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Transferable Sheep Tag???

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WHAT TRANSFERABLE SHEEP TAGS????? Yes you heard it right…  Hmm…  I have been talking to some people at the Dept of Game and Fish and there is a ton of information swirling about this… My head is still spinning.  It is on the next agenda meeting and it might happen.  The issue is that these would be the sheep tags that are on private property… Basically, places like the Turner Ranches.   IMO, the issue is that 5 tags may go to non-residents for everyone tag that residents get.  This is based on the fact that the transferable tags will probably go to NR and that the Sheep don’t follow the same quota system as the elk, deer, etc…

SOO This will give us one tag that we don’t currently have access to but is it setting a DANGEROUS precedent so these transferable sheep tags end up like the elk and antelope LO tags??  I am not sure but we need to stay on top of this…

Jason

 

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A G E N D A
NEW MEXICO STATE GAME COMMISSION
University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center – Room C
1634 University Blvd. NE
(Just North of Indian School Road)
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Thursday, December 15, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Public testimony and comment: All those interested in providing oral comments are encouraged to prepare a “Speaker’sCard” for each item on which they will comment. These cards assist the Commission Chair to manage more effective public communication. Comments will be allowed on each item, regardless of card completion.
Those who desire to address the Commission and who claim to represent an organization must provide the following information: The number of members in the organization, frequency of the organization’s meeting and either a signed statement from that organization’s president that states the organization has discussed the topic and approved the position that therepresentative is presenting, or proof that they are a registered lobbyist for the organization.

AT THEIR DISCRETION, THE COMMISSION MAY TAKE ACTION ON ANY AGENDA ITEM
AGENDA ITEM NO. 1: Meeting Called to Order.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 2: Roll Call.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 3: Approval of Agenda.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 4: Introduction of Guests.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 5: Approval of Minutes (November 3, 2011 –Farmington, NM).
NEW BUSINESS:

AGENDA ITEM NO. 6: Revocations.
Presented by Dan Brooks – The Department will present a list of individuals to the Commission that meet established criteria for revocation of hunting, fishing and trapping license privileges.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 7: Final Proposed Amendments to the Upland Game Rule to Align with Statutory Changes from Senate Bill 196.
Presented by Alexa Sandoval – The Department will present final proposed amendments to a specific section of the UplandGame Rule 19.31.5.8 A, NMAC, to ensure alignment with current law regarding license types. In addition, the Department will recommend removing the requirement that grouse hunters obtain a free Blue Grouse permit. (Action item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 8: Final Proposed Amendments to Fisheries Rule to Address Northern Pike in Eagle Nest Lake.Presented by Mike Sloane – The Department will present final proposed amendments to the Fisheries Rule (19.31.4 NMAC) to address the potential risk Northern Pike represent to the trout fishery in Eagle Nest Lake. (Action item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 9: Proposed Bighorn Sheep Hunting Agreements with Owners of Private Lands in Bighorn SheepRange.
Presented by Darrel Weybright – The Department will present draft agreements to access private lands in the Fra Cristobal and Culebras mountains to hunt bighorn in 2012. These agreements would allow the Department to offer first the public hunting opportunities for bighorn sheep on private land. (Discussion item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 10: Final Proposed Amendments to the Elk Rule and the Hunting and Fishing License Application Rule to Modify Eligibility Requirements for Youth Encouragement Elk Hunts.

Presented by Darrel Weybright – The Department will present final proposed amendments to a specific section of the Elk Rule (19.31.14.13 E (1), NMAC), and a specific section of the Hunting and Fishing License Application Rule (19.31.3.11 P, NMAC), to expand the eligibility requirements for youth interested in applying for Youth Encouragement Elk Hunts. (Action item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 11: Discussion of Options for the Future Allocation of Habitat Stamp Funds.
Presented by Ken Cunningham – The Department will present various options to consider for the future allocation of Habitat Stamp Program funds and seek Commission input and guidance on desired process to finalize a new allocation system.
(Discussion Item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 12: Update on H Bar V Conservation Easement
Presented by R.J. Kirkpatrick – The Department will provide an update on the potential purchase of a Conservation Easement on the H Bar V Ranch using conservation easement funding available through a legislative appropriation to the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, and federal funds from the State Wildlife Grant Program.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 13: General Public Comments (Comments Limited to 3 Minutes).

AGENDA ITEM NO. 14: Adjourn.
NOTE: The meeting will be adjourned upon completion of the agenda or up to those items that time allows. Any items not discussed will be on the following meeting’s agenda.
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476-8029 at least 3 working days before the meeting date. Public documents, including the Agenda and Minutes can be provided in various accessible forms. Please contact Ms. Quintana if a summary or other type of accessible form is needed.

FB Founder on Killing and Eating

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OK OK… I know that this is OLD NEWS but it has been sitting in my bookmarks forever and I never posted it… I totally agree… IMO if people can’t take a life then they don’t deserve the privilege of eating meat…

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May 27, 2011
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Only Eat What He Kills – 13

Mark Zuckerberg, the 27-year-old founder of Facebook, has made a unique vow for a billionaire living in the Silicon Valley: for the next year Zuckerberg’s going to only eat animals that he kills.

Each year Zuckerberg comes up with a personal challenge, basically a New Year’s resolution on steroids. Last year he decided to learn Chinese, this year he’s going to be his own meat processor. And his reasoning is actually pretty logical. He wrote this response to Fortune

I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.

This mentality toward food isn’t that foreign to farmers and hunters, but in Zuckerberg’s social circles, it’s basically the equivalent of saying that he’s going to eat rocks for the next year. After he made the announcement, some of his friends commented on his Facebook page that they were disgusted, according to CNN.

But despite the criticism, he’s taking the challenge pretty seriously. Zuckerberg posted messages and photos on Facebook about killing lobsters, goats, pigs and chickens before eating them.

“He cut the throat of the goat with a knife, which is the most kind way to do it,” Jesse Cool, a well-known chef and Zuckerberg’s diet mentor, told CNN.

Zuckerberg also said that he’s interested in going hunting. Keep fighting the good fight Mark, all of us here at Outdoor Life are pulling for you.

Also, consider this our formal invitation … if you ever want to go hunting, OL will be more than happy to take you.

NM Fishing Reports

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOV. 29, 2011:

 

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

 

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

 

Northwest

 

Animas RiverThe flow is 359 cfs. Fishing is good for trout above Cedar Hill using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms. Please respect private property when fishing in this area.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 75 cfs. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 388 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 391 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is slow to fair for trout with all methods reported working. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 – Chama River from El Vado Lake to west boundary of Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The river below El Vado is fishing good to excellent. All methods are catching fish. Brown trout are reported being landed using black and gold Panther Martins. Below Abiquiu Lake, fishing is reported as fair to slow using Power Bait, worms and spinners.The river has been stocked with 1,144 rainbows.

San Juan RiverUpper section – catch and release flow is 322 cfs.The release has been reduced so the Department of Game and Fish can proceed with some sediment remediation and habitat improvements to the upper river. The affected area from above Texas Hole to the upper braids was expected to be reopened to anglers the afternoon of Nov. 29. Check with Navajo Lake State Park, (505) 632-2278, for current information. Expect good midge fishing and midge hatches during the mornings and good blue winged olive hatches in the afternoons. In the mornings, use a red midge larva as your point fly and trail a size 24-26 black or gray midge pupa. As the afternoon progresses, change your flies to baetis, such as a gray or chocolate RS2 or foam wing emerger. The river was stocked below the quality waters with 2,106 rainbow trout.

Abiquiu Lake – Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with smaller-sized fish being caught. No report on salmon or other species.

El Vado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair with better reports from the Chama River inlet and the dam. Fish are being landed with worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. The main boat ramp is open but the primitive ramps are closed due to low water. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging slowed down and is reported as a done deal for the season.

Heron Lake Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Bait fishing is good to excellent for lots of 12- to 16-inch rainbows using salmon eggs at the boat ramps. Salmon snagging is very slow. No report on lake trout.

Jackson Lake Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.

Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.

Morgan Lake – No report

Navajo Lake – Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as poor. The fish are too soft. Trout fishing is reported as fair to good from the dam using spinners and streamers..

 

Northeast

 

Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 4.6 cfs and 4.5 cfs near Cimarron. Check the flows before you go. Releases below 25 cfs make for slow fishing. If the release doesn’t go back up, wait until spring next year to fly fish.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 18 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary; water levels are very low and fish are spooky.

Red River – Flows are 15 cfs near Questa and 40 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught and all methods working.

Rio Grande– Flows are 386 cfs near Cerro and 551 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels are still a bit high and fishing is reported as slow to fair. Trout still seem to prefer the faster aerated water. Nymph the pocket water or strip streamers for browns. Cover the deeper slower runs for the bass with streamers or crayfish patterns.

Rio Hondo – The flow is 12 cfs. Trout fishing is reported as slow. Best bet is to fish at and above the confluence with the Rio Grande.

Rio Pueblo The flow is 14 cfs. No report.

Charette Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Clayton Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Eagle Nest Lake – The lake was half-covered with ice Monday and was expected to be completely covered after this weekend’s storm. It is closed to boats for the winter. Fishing continues to be good from the bank where there is open water. The perch are reported as good on worms. Trout fishing is good using Power Bait. Pike fishing is reported as good with larger lures and baits. Salmon snagging is slow.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Fishing is good on Lake Maloya for trout. Fish are being landed using Power Bait and salmon eggs from shore. Fly fishing is reported as good in the early mornings and late evenings.

Maxwell Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Shuree Ponds No report.

Springer Lakes – No report. Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.

 

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

 

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San AntonioFlow on the Jemez River is 20 cfs. Water levels are up and the stream is running a bit murky. Fishing is fair to slow for trout ranging from 10 to 12 inches. The East Fork and The San Antonio still remain slow due to the conditions left by the fire. The Cebolla and the Rio de las Vacas/Guadalupe watershed continue to be good choices for anglers to catch fish. All methods are reported working.

Metro DrainagesThe drainages were stocked last week. Albuquerque was stocked with 101 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 201; Bernalillo 80 and Corrales with 121. Fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair. Winter hours apply: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some anglers are reporting success with most methods working. Catfish are reported as fair with using stink baits and chicken liver.

Cochiti Lake – No report. The only boats reported were sail boats. The lake is closed for the season along the Tetilla Peak side. The upper lake is also closed above the Tetilla boat ramp due to a log boom in place on the lake.

Fenton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with worms and Power Bait. Ice has formed along the edges of the lake by the dam, but there is still plenty of open water for fishing. The lake is closed to ice fishing.

Tingley BeachTrout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been good. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked with 1,400 triploid rainbow trout Nov. 22. Reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond have been hit and miss. Success has been reported when using bunny leeches and black beetles.

 

East–Central, including the Pecos River

 

Coyote CreekThe flow is 2.4 cfs. No report.

Pecos River – The flow is 36 cfs. The upper river is slowing down quite a bit. Water temps have been in the high 30s in the morning and the fish are tight-lipped. Fish the afternoon hours, especially while the sun is on the water. The water is very clear and low so go with long leaders, fine tippets and a smaller fly. Some midges have been coming off. Nymphing with a dry dropper rig can end your slump if they aren’t coming up on your dry fly. Try flashback pheasant tails or a tungsten micro may fly.

Conchas Lake – No report due to holiday weekend.

Morphy Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Santa Rosa Lake – No report.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic. Best reports when using Power Bait, cheese and worms.

Sumner Lake – Walleye are reported as fair. Fish are being caught in shallow water and off points and structure. The fish range from 14 to 20 inches and are hitting white shad lures. No reports for the trout stocked below the dam.

Ute Lake – The best fishing is from Ute Creek to the dam. Waleye are reported as fair to good using blades and spoons. Water temps are still in the 50s and fish are not schooling as usual. White bass are also being caught and reported as fair when using various blades and crank baits.

 

Southwest

 

Gila River – The flow is 63 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande– No report.

Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair with most methods working.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow. Water levels are very low. Best bet is below the diversion spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park.Fishermen are catching a few white bass and black bass on the river; most walleye are too small to keep (less than 14 inches.

Elephant Butte Lake – Some white bass are reported being caught in 10 to 20 feet of water along the west shore. Anglers are having success with shiners, slabs and spinners. No report on striped bass. Catfish are report as good on the north end of the lake on trotlines baited with liver and stink bait. No report on other species.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is fair for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait.

Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported as slow with worms and Power Bait.

Quemado Lake – No report.

 

Southeast

 

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.28 cfs in town and 5.3 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as fair to good on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher. Best bet is to fish the deeper holes were fish will be holding in the low water conditions.

Bonito Lake –The lake closes for the season Nov. 30.

Bottomless Lakes: No report. Waiting for results from golden algae testing.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing remains good for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. Best times to fish are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bear and Human Clashes

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The interesting thing here is why is the Wall Street Journal talking about bear vs. human clashes???

And for what it is worth, I don’t like community members digging thru my trash bins or coming into my house uninvited either…

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The Wall Street Journal

  • U.S. NEWS
  • NOVEMBER 21, 2011

As Bears Multiply, Human Clashes Rise

By STEPHANIE SIMON

Forty years after being hunted to near-extinction in many parts of the U.S., black bears have become so plentiful that they are causing trouble for their human neighbors—ripping open camping tents in Colorado, attacking dogs in New Jersey, even breaking into a home in Florida to nab a birthday cake from the kitchen counter.

Bears on the Loose

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John Flavell/The Independent/Associated PressA black bear took a break from being tracked in Ashland, Ky., May 23, 2011.

Bear populations have surged so much that several states, including Nevada, Oklahoma and New Jersey, have started or expanded bear hunting seasons. Texas is circulating a brochure that tells hunters what to do if a bear wanders into camp. (“Talk in a calm manner…Do not run!…Do not play dead!”)

WSJ’s Stephanie Simon has the story of more and more encounters between humans and black bears as a result of the animals being forced from their natural environs. AP Photo/Eddy Philippe

Black bears, which can top 350 pounds, were hunted with vigor for centuries. But with their populations near collapse, states began imposing hunting limits or bans in the 1970s.

Recovery has been slow—bears reproduce just every two to three years—but pronounced. Today there are an estimated 3,000 black bears roaming Florida, up from just 300 in the mid-1970s, said David Telesco, who manages bear conservation in the state. Between 300 and 400 black bears live in Nevada, and biologists say the population is growing 16% a year.

“There are now bears in areas of the country where there haven’t been bears since the colonial days,” said Rick Winslow, a carnivore biologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

J.A. Whittenburg V saw one not long ago—charging toward him on his ranch in south Texas, he said in an interview. His dogs barked furiously. The bear wasn’t intimidated. “He just kept coming my way,” he said.

Mr. Whittenburg said he shot the bear three times with a rifle he carries to take down wild pigs. “You just want to shoot ’til the thing quits moving,” he said.

Black bears aren’t as menacing as grizzlies, which can top 800 pounds. In recent months, grizzlies have attacked and injured hikers in and around Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Two hikers were killed by grizzlies in Yellowstone this summer.

Shy by nature, black bears prefer to stay away from humans. But the drought that has gripped much of the South and Midwest in recent years has made foraging in the woods tough. So the bears, which must consume up to 20,000 calories a day to pack on weight before winter hibernation, are increasingly prowling through towns and suburbs in search of food.

In New Jersey, the state Department of Environmental Protection tallied 2,400 bear incidents last year, up from 1,800 in 2009. The reports ranged from a bear strolling through a college campus to home invasion. “Literally, people would go out to get the groceries from their car, leave the screen door open, and come back to find a bear in their home,” said Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for the department.

In New Mexico, the Department of Game and Fish has killed more than 230 bears this year that were disturbing people, pets or property, up from 86 last year and 24 the year before.

In Nevada, where black bears have taken to raiding garbage bins around Lake Tahoe, the legislature authorized the state’s first-ever bear hunt this year, to the dismay of antihunting activists. “The people in Lake Tahoe look at these bears as members of the community,” said Christine Schwamberger, an attorney who represented the opposition.

The hunt wasn’t aimed at the nuisance bears in Tahoe but was authorized because the overall bear population is expanding rapidly, said Chris Healy, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

The decision pleased hunters like Dave Piccinini, who brought down a 350-pounder. Mr. Piccinini sent the hide to a taxidermist to be mounted for display at his sporting goods store in Reno. Determined not to waste the meat, he had it processed. The bear sausage he liked. The bear steaks, not so much.

“It’s fairly greasy,” he said. “But if I was going to shoot it, I was going to pack it out and eat it, so that’s what I’ll do.”

Write to Stephanie Simon at stephanie.simon@wsj.com

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Hey Guys…

As many of you know I am a “Road Warrior” for work, here are a few tips that I use to keep “RTR” or Ready to Roll…

Jason

NM Sanctuary Video – Hunting in NM…

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This is an AWESOME video…. About a great group that is doing some really neat stuff to help the hunting and fishing in NM…

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Sanctuary from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo.

NM Fishing and Stocking Reports

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOV. 15, 2011:

 

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

 

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

 

Northwest

 

Animas RiverThe flow is 359 cfs. Flows continue to run high from runoff and the water is murky. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 83 cfs. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 178 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 204 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is fair – good with all methods reported working. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31Chama River from El Vado Lake to west boundary of Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The river below El Vado is fishing good to excellent. The water is at a perfect flow. All methods are catching fish. Brown trout are reported being landed using black and gold Panther Martins. Below Abiquiu Lake fishing is reported as fair to slow using Power Bait, worms, spinners and bead headed nymphs.

San Juan RiverUpper section – Catch and Release flow is 331 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, gray, black, chocolate, cream and olive have been my best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Try fishing BWO’s from 1 to 5 p.m. Dark or light gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22 in dry and wet patterns. Back to black and brown midges in the evenings. Brown, black, purple and white bunny leaches are great attractors.

Abiquiu Lake – Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Not much has changed at the lake and conditions remain the same. Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with smaller-sized fish being caught. No report on salmon or other species.

El Vado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair with better reports from the Chama River inlet and the dam. Fish are being landed with worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. The main boat ramp is open but the primitive ramps are closed due to low water. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging slowed down and is reported as fair on the north side of the lake. Park at the gate just below the Stone House Lodge and walk down to the dirt boat ramp for the best access.

Heron Lake Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Nov. 11 – Dec. 31. Salmon are being snagged at the boat ramps and close to the dam. Reports of trout and lake trout are good from shore when using roe sacks. Trout are also fishing good with spinners and worms.

Jackson Lake Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.

Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.

Morgan Lake – No report

Navajo LakeSpecial Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as fair at Simms Marina and at the dam, but fish are starting to soften up. No reports on other species.

 

Northeast

 

Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 15 cfs and 6.6 cfs near Cimarron. The release out of Eagle’s Nest Dam has dropped significantly and is really not worth fishing at these low levels. Check the flows before you go. Releases below 25 cfs make for slow fishing. If the release doesn’t go back up, wait until spring to fly fish.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 6.4 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary, water levels are very low and fish are spooky.

Red River – Flows are 12 cfs near Questa and 42 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught with all methods.

Rio Grande– Flows are 473 cfs near Cerro and 687 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels have come up and fishing is reported as slow to fair. Trout still seem to prefer the faster aerated water. Nymph the pocket water or strip streamers for the feistier pre-spawn browns. Cover the deeper slower runs for the bass with streamers or crayfish patterns.

Rio Hondo – The flow is 15 cfs and fishing is reported as fair from mile marker 8 up to mile marker 16 when using dry flies, small spinners and worms.

Rio Pueblo The flow is 11 cfs. The fishing is fair for trout when using flies, small spinners and worms.

Cabresto LakeThe lake is closed for repairs to the dam.

Charette Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Clayton Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing continues to be good. The perch are reported as good from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using lightweight tackle. Trout fishing is good when trolling topwater gear and hit and miss from the bank using Power Bait. Pike fishing is reported as good when anchored or trolling from a boat. Anglers are having success with larger lures and baits. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging reported as slow.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Fishing is good on Lake Maloya for trout. Fish are being landed using Power Bait and salmon eggs from shore. Fly fishing is reported as good in the early mornings and late evenings. The lake was stocked with 3,498 triploid rainbow trout last week

Maxwell Lakes – Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Shuree PondsThe water level on the upper pond is reported to quite low. No report.

Springer Lakes – No report. As a side note, Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.

 

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

 

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San AntonioFlow on the Jemez River is 40 cfs. Water levels are up and the stream is running a bit murky. Fishing is fair for trout ranging from 10 to 12 inches. The East Fork and The San Antonio still remain slow due to the conditions left by the fire. The Cebolla and the Rio de las Vacas/Guadalupe watershed continue to be good choices. All methods are reported working. The river was stocked with 1,485 rainbow trout last week.

Metro Drainages Stocking has started on the drainages: Albuquerque was stocked with 301 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 201; Bernalillo 80; Corrales with 121 and Peralta with 250. Fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good. Some anglers are reporting success with most methods working. The tiger muskies continue to fish good for the smaller juvenile fish. The fish reported were caught on rattletraps while trolling and jerk baits from shore. Catfish are reported as fair with several landed using stink baits and chicken liver.

Cochiti Lake – No report.

Fenton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with worms and Power Bait.

Tingley BeachTrout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been great. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked last week with 2,399 triploid rainbow trout. Fly-fishing anglers in the South/Catch and Release Pond are enjoying the recent stocking of rainbow trout ranging in size from 10 to 30 inches. Bunny leeches, nymphs, and emergers are bringing in the big ones.

 

East–Central, including the Pecos River

 

Coyote CreekThe flow is 1.5 cfs. No report.

Pecos River – The flow is 34 cfs. The river is continues to fish well. The water is very clear, so go to long leaders, fine tippets and a smaller flies. Some midges but blue winged olives are the only dry fly game left on the Pecos. Nymphing with a dry dropper rig can end your slump if they aren’t coming up on your dry fly. Try flashback pheasant tails or a tungsten micro may. The river was stocked with 999 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as slow. North Dock reports that white bass are being taken in 40 to 45 feet of water when suspended at 15 – 20 feet with jigs and slabs. No report on other species.

Morphy Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Santa Rosa Lake – No report.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is fair to good for trout using Power Bait, cheese balls and worms.

Sumner Lake – Sumner Lake is open to boating. The east ramp is open for launching. Walleye are reported as fair. No report on what’s working. Pressure has been light.

Ute Lake – The fishing is starting to pick up a bit. White bass are being caught near steep structure in the main part of the lake. Walleye were caught in the same places. All fish were caught on the white slabs. Fishing pressure remains on the light side.

 

Southwest

 

Gila River – The flow is 65 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande– The flow is 2.5 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. No report.

Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good with most methods working.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow. Water levels are very low. Best bet is below spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park.

Elephant Butte Lake – Some white bass are reported being caught in 10 – 20 feet of water along the west shore. Anglers that are catching fish are having success with shiners, slabs and spinners. No report on striped bass. Catfish are reported as good on the north end of the lake on trotlines baited with liver and stink bait. No report on other species.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is fair for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait.

Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported as fair with worms. No report on other species.

Quemado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait. No report on the tiger muskies.

 

Southeast

 

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.39 cfs in town and 4.4 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as fair to good on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher. Best bet is to fish the deeper holes were fish will be holding in the low water conditions..

Bonito Lake – Trout fishing continues to be good in the mornings and evenings. Green and yellow Power Bait, spinners and black woolly boogers our reported working well. The lake closes for the season Nov. 30.

Bottomless Lakes: No report, but winter stocking has begun and fishing should be good at Cottonwood and Devil’s Inkwell.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is reported as good for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes