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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Fishing Line
By Bill Dyroff For the Journal

CATCHES of the WEEK: On the San Juan, Saturday, Joe Ayala of Albuquerque caught and released a 27-inch rainbow on a size 18 apricot egg at the Upper Flats. Also Saturday, but at Sandia Pueblo Lakes, Jack Lucero of Albuquerque caught a 211/2-inch, 4-pound rainbow on a night crawler. FREE FLY FISHING CLINIC at TINGLEY BEACH: On Feb. 10, a Saturday, members of New Mexico Trout and BioPark Fishing Guide Volunteers will provide a free fly fishing clinic for all ages at Tingley Beach. Hours will be 10 a.m. to noon. An event tent will be located on the grass south of Tingley Train Station. Until further notice, this will be an ongoing activity at Tingley Beach— occurring the second Saturday of each month. Participants can learn basic fly tying methods and fly rod casting techniques, or enhance advanced skills. Fishing etiquette and catch and release practices will also be introduced. Equipment and supplies are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free; however, participants are welcome to bring their own. In addition, Tingley Outfitters provides basic equipment for purchase inside the train station. No fee or advance registration is required, and there is no fee for access to Tingley Beach. For more information: call Tingley Beach Curator, (505) 248-8514. EAGLE NEST LAKE ICE FISHING SERIES RESULTS: The Eagle Nest Lake Ice Fishing Series held Saturday attracted 36 entries. Only trout, kokanee salmon and yellow perch caught at the lake were considered for prizes— with winners determined by total weight of fish caught. First place was won by Toby Varoz of Taos who brought 11 pounds of trout and perch to the weigh-in. He received a prize of $116.00. TROUT STOCKING PLAN SHOULD IMPROVE FISHING AT BLUEWATER AND ELSEWHERE: A recent news release from the Department of Game and Fish. The Department of Game and Fish is moving forward with plans to re-evaluate trout stocking strategies at Bluewater Lake and other fisheries statewide. This is an effort to improve trout fishing by addressing challenges imposed by drought, disease and temporarily closed fish hatcheries. "Our goal is to make the most of what we've got and provide anglers with the best trout fishing opportunities possible," fisheries chief Mike Sloane said. "We are currently renovating two of our fish hatcheries (Lisboa Springs near Pecos and Los Ojos near Chama, closed since their trout tested positive for whirling disease). Until they are operating again, we are evaluating the best ways to distribute trout across the state." Drought and overpopulation of suckers and goldfish have compounded problems at Bluewater. To reduce the numbers of suckers and goldfish, the Department has stocked

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thousands of non-reproducing tiger muskies into the lake (many of these are now more than 2 feet long). The Department has also continued stocking trout— larger fish than in previous years but fewer in number. "Until the renovations are completed at the hatcheries, our plan is to adjust stocking schedules to reflect what the remaining three hatcheries are producing and prevent any one fishing destination from being overly impacted," said Brian Gleadle, the Department's Northwest Area Operations Chief. For more information about fishing in New Mexico and a current statewide fishing and stocking report, please visit the Department Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. AROUND the STATE ICE CONDITIONS EAGLE NEST: As of Monday evening. About a couple of feet of snow on the ice and the ground; U.S. 64 is clear, but icy in spots. Ice thickness is about 14 inches. Most days, ice fishermen have been doing real well for 14-inch average rainbows and 10-inch-average perch. Best reports are from the area near the main boat ramp. Best for the rainbows with salmon eggs, corn, PowerBait, crappie jigs, Swedish Pimples and Dominators— best for perch with worms. For current ice conditions, contact Eagle Nest Lake State Park, (505) 377-1594 or Mountain View Cabins, (505) 377-6941. Sue Finley, Mountain View Cabins MALOYA and ALICE: As of Tuesday. More than a foot of ice at each lake. Good at both for 6- to 10-inch rainbows on homemade doughbaits or PowerBait. A heavy snow pack in both lake areas; use caution while parking. Greg Romero, park ranger, Sugarite Canyon State Park FENTON: As of Wednesday. Ice thickness is 8 to 12 inches. But the ice still has about a dozen or so open holes with bubbling water; definitely not safe areas— avoid them. Some holes are a couple of feet wide. Caution ... the holes are now more difficult to see because of 3 inches of new snow on the ice. Fishing has been really good recently for 12- to 14-inch rainbows with salmon eggs. For current conditions, call the state park, (505) 829-3630. Randy Trujillo, park ranger JICARILLA LAKES: As of Tuesday. Ice fishing conditions good at Horse and Mundo. The road to Horse is snow-packed and slick— access OK for 4WD vehicles, and tracks have been made all the way to the lake. The road may be plowed in the near future. Fishing reports range from slow to fair at Horse; best reports from anglers using PowerBait and jigs on the bottom. At Mundo, roads have been plowed to the boat ramp. Mundo has ice at 8 inches to 10 inches and is fishing very well for 9- to 12-inch rainbows on corn, salmon eggs and jigs. For current information: call Kevin Terry, Jicarilla Game & Fish, (505) 759-3255. Kevin Terry, fisheries biologist, Jicarilla Game & Fish BLUEWATER: As of Wednesday. Ice thickness is about 6 to 8 inches. Extremely light pressure— some days, no one seen on the ice. No current reports. For updates, call the state park, (505) 876-2391. Helen Harry, park ranger OPEN WATER NAVAJO LAKE: Cold, cold, cold. Day temperatures about 20 and night lows about

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zero degrees. Little or no fishing pressure; no reports. Steve Mueller, park superintendent SAN JUAN RIVER: As of Tuesday. Flowing at 468 cubic feet a second; Navajo Lake is turning over and clarity of the San Juan changes from 11/2 to 31/2 feet almost hourly. Good in quality water for catch-and-release of 17- to 20-inch fish, some bigger to 27 inches (see Catches of the Week above). Best with egg patterns, San Juan Worms, red or orange Larva and Scintilla Midges. Good in regular water for 12- to 16-inch rainbows and a few browns; night crawlers and garlic cheese best this week. Andy Greenberg at Abe's HERON: As of Monday evening. Extremely light pressure and no reports this week. About 10 inches of snow on the ground. Main roads are clear. In the park, main roads have been plowed, but are ice-packed. For current information, contact the state park office, (505) 588-7470, or Stone House Lodge, (505) 588-7274. Marilyn Morrison, Stone House Lodge RIO CHAMA below EL VADO: As of Monday evening. About 10 inches of snow on the ground. River flow is at 223 cfs, and fairly clear with a greenish cast to it. Only a couple of groups have been here fishing; no reports. David Cooper, El Vado Guest Ranch ISLETA PUEBLO LAKES: As of Tuesday. Despite colder weather, excellent for 12to 16-inch rainbows on night crawlers, salmon eggs and PowerBait; some anglers reported success with artificial lures. Jason Rector, Aquatics Consultants, for Isleta Lakes SANDIA PUEBLO LAKES: As of Tuesday. No ice. Good to very good for 11- to 13-inch rainbows, some bigger at 18 inches to 211/2 inches (see Catches of the Week, above). Best with night crawlers, Pistol Petes, white PowerBait and Super Dupers. Paul Holmes, lakes manager COCHITI: As of Tuesday. About 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ground; roads are clear. Lake is still frozen; not safe. Murray Lewis, Mainstream Bait Shop, Peña Blanca NOTES from GAME & FISH: In the Taos Area, water flow on Monday morning at Embudo was 580 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair for anglers using spinners, streamers and worms for trout. No reports on other species. Water flow on Monday for the Red River near Questa was 29 cfs. Fishing was fair for anglers using small beadhead nymphs and streamers. Monday flow of the Jemez near Jemez Springs was 18 cfs. Trout fishing on the lower Jemez was fair to good for anglers using small beadhead nymphs, PowerBait and salmon eggs. Our best reports again this week came from anglers fishing downstream from Soda Dam. Trout fishing was good at Bosque Redondo for anglers using flies under a bubble, corn, salmon eggs and PowerBait. Trout fishing was good at Bill Evans on PowerBait, salmon eggs, salmon egg/corn combinations, spinners and Pistol Petes. No reports on other species. Fair to good for trout at Bear Canyon on salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and PowerBait. Bill Dunn's Report for the Department of Game and Fish SUMNER: As of Tuesday. Cold weather and very little pressure. No reports from the lake. Continues good below the dam for 12-inch stocker rainbows. Best reports on PowerBaits and Mepps spinners. For more information call the park office, (505)

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355-2541. Lewis Hancock, park ranger ELEPHANT BUTTE: Not much fishing pressure. I haven't even heard of anyone fishing. No reports. JR McManus, Desert Bass Guide Service WINTER STOCKING, MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY: None planned for this week. John Sheffer, assistant manager for distribution, Red River Hatchery
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