Monthly Archives: July 2013

Draining of Lake Roberts

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This should be a good thing..

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 30, 2013:
Lake Roberts dam improvement project to begin soon
SILVER CITY – A project to improve the dam and spillway at Lake Roberts, a popular fishing and camping destination in southwestern New Mexico, is scheduled to begin this week as the Department of Game and Fish starts to lower the water level about 10 feet.

The lake and the Gila National Forest campgrounds and picnic area will remain open during the construction, estimated to take about one year. Fishing opportunities and access to the shoreline may be limited, and the boat ramp will be closed as the water level drops over the next month. The portion of the lake around the dam and spillway will be closed for the duration of the project.

The Department of Game and Fish will monitor fish health during the project to determine whether to relax fishing bag limits to avoid fish going to waste. Once the project is finished, the lake will be refilled and restocked with fish.

The $6.5 million project is designed to make the dam and spillway better able to withstand extreme flooding events. The plan is to replace the existing spillway, construct a secondary 70-feet-wide spillway, and raise the dam eight feet. Sportsmen are paying for the project through license fees and federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and boat fuel.

Mike Gustin, assistant chief of lands for the Department of Game and Fish, said the state engineer has indicated that the dam could be vulnerable if a major flood were to come down Sapillo Creek. Since the dam was completed in 1963, a small town has taken roots along the tailwaters. The improvements will help the dam withstand a major flood.

The dam at Lake Roberts is one of 11 dams owned and maintained by the State Game Commission and the Department of Game and Fish. The others are Eagle Nest, Bear Canyon, Jackson, McGaffey, Laguna del Campo, Fenton, Hopewell, Snow, Quemado and Clayton lakes. All are scheduled for different degrees of upgrades over the next four years.

For more information about the Gila National Forest recreation sites at Lake Roberts, please contact Wilderness District Ranger Ray Torres at (575) 536-2250.

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How about a little FF for Largemouth Bass in Bill Evans and some trail cam pics??

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Hey Everyone…

Here is the draft logo for the Outdoor Youth Encouragement Project!!!

OYEP Logo

 

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July 16 – Fishing Report

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N.M. fishing and stocking reports for July 16
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish sent this bulletin at 07/16/2013 09:58 AM MDT
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Fishing report

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
Check out the latest stocking report.
Navajo Lake smallmouth
Catches of the week

Elephant Butte Lake: July 12, Chet DeMoss of Lemitar caught a 30-pound blue catfish. He was using a crank bait. July 14, William Sanchez of Socorro caught and released an 8.25-pound largemouth bass. He was using a senko.
Navajo Lake: July 14, Benny Hannum, age 12, of Albuquerque, caught a 4-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a perch-colored crank bait. That same day, Benny’s dad Eric Hannum of Albuquerque caught a 34-inch, 18-pound northern pike. He was using a tube jig.
Pecos River: July 10, Damien Lopez, age 14, of Pecos, caught a 17-inch sucker. He was fishing near the town of Pecos and using a worm
Quemado Lake: July 8, Brandon Steele, age 13, of Socorro, caught a 42.5-inch, 22.5-pound tiger musky. He was using a Mepps spinner. July 11, Jacob Charles Tarlton, age 4, of Midland, Texas, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout. He was fishing on the bottom and using a worm. July 12, Chris Ortega of Albuquerque caught and released a 36-inch tiger musky. He was using a custom made jig head. July 12, David Pabon, age 8, caught a 15-inch rainbow trout. He was fishing on the north side of the lake and using Canadian crawlers. July 13, Isaac Johnston, age 12, of Reserve caught a 14.5-inch rainbow trout. He was using pink Power Bait.
Tingley Beach: July 12, Shelby Hawkins of Santa Fe caught and released a 19.5-inch largemouth bass. She was fishing the Catch and Release Pond and using a black single hook Rooster Tail. July 12, Gaucin Elias Garcia, age 6, of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch, 5.5-pound catfish. He was fishing the Central Pond and using a hot dog.

The following was received too late for last week’s report but we felt it was definitely worth mentioning:

Cochiti Lake: July 7, Derek Robinson of Albuquerque caught a 32-inch northern pike. He was fishing on the Tetilla Peak side of the lake and using a sliver and black countdown Rapala.

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.
July 16
Northeast

Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Charette Lakes: Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here. Trout fishing was good this past week for anglers using Power Bait and fishing the north side and the Texas Point area.
Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 19 cfs. Trout fishing was good using small stimulators, red bead-head San Juan worms, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and Pistol Petes.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jigs and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using chicken liver, shrimp, hot dogs and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using topwater lures, tubes, crank baits and senkos for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using bottom-bouncer nightcrawler rigs, crank baits and grubs for walleye and a few white bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp as of Monday was in the mid to high 70s. The Cove and Central campgrounds have reopened and the steep boat ramp on the north side and the Corps ramp on the south side are now open.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
Eagle Nest Lake: Water levels have dropped and four-wheel drive is now needed for launching boats. Extreme caution is advised. Boats over 20-feet are having considerable difficulty. Fishing was good using worms and spinners from the bank and from boats for perch. Most of the perch were small. Fishing for kokanee was fair trolling Arnies, Panther Martins and Platte River specials. A few rainbow trout were caught by anglers trolling for kokanee or using Power Bait from anchored boats. Fishing for northern pike was fair using spoons, spinners and swim baits.
Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, spinners, brassies, elk hair caddis and copper John Barrs.
Lake Alice: Trout fishing was slow with very light pressure.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout up to five pounds.
Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Monastery Lake: The lake reopened to fishing July 12. Over the weekend, fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, Power Bait, salmon eggs and elk hair caddis.
Morphy Lake: Hot Spot for trout: Fishing was reported as excellent as all anglers fishing over the weekend caught limits of trout. They were using Pistol Petes, Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms, dry flies and an assortment of spinners.
Nutrias Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, worms, salmon eggs and spinners. Pecos River: The following waters are closed to fishing due to the wildfire in the area: Pecos River from Cowles to the Village of Pecos, Cow Creek, Mora Creek, Holy Ghost Creek, Panchuela Creek, Winsor Creek, Jacks Creek, Cowles Ponds and the Dalton Canyon area.
Red River: Water flow near the hatchery Monday was 55 cfs. Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, poundmeisters, salmon eggs, worms and Panther Martins. For the second straight week, anglers did very well above and below the hatchery.
Rio Costilla: Water flow below Costilla Dam was 39 cfs. Trout fishing was very good using an assortment of dry flies with the best reports coming from anglers using yellow sallies.
Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 202 cfs. Trout fishing was as sporadic as the rains in the area. When the water was clear anglers did well using poundmeisters, red copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and spinners. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 22 cfs. Trout fishing was good using poundmeisters, worms and salmon eggs.
Rio Pueblo de Taos: Water flow near Taos was 11 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Springer Lake: As of Monday the water level was quite low and fishing was slow for all species.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using salmon peach Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms for trout. Fishing for catfish was slow but there was one big fish caught. It was a 36-inch, 16-pound catfish caught by an angler using worms. We had no reports on other species.
Ute Lake: Best fishing reports this week came from anglers fishing for catfish. They were fishing at night and using stink bait. Several limits were reported. Fishing was fair to good trolling crank baits and using topwater lures for white bass. Anglers trolling crank baits also picked up a few walleye. Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was slow with just a few fish taken by anglers using senkos, tubes, creature baits, salt craws and 4-inch worms. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 70s.

Northwest
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using topwater lures, jerk baits, tubes, senkos, salt craws and swim baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, salt craws, crank baits and swim baits for walleye. With rising water levels on the lake, the walleye have moved back to shallower water and most were caught at depths of 8 to 12 feet. Fishing from the bank was fair to good using worms for a mixed bag of bluegill and rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid 60s to the low 70s.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 224 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using jerk baits, swim baits, crank baits and spinners for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species. An alternate ramp has been provided for boaters that is a bit deeper than the main boat ramp area. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use live minnows at this lake.
Brazos River: Trout fishing was good using bead-head pheasant tails, elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs and worms.
Canjilon Lakes: Depending on who you talked to, trout fishing was either very good or slow. Anglers having the best luck were using spinners, Pistol Petes and Power Bait during the day and dry flies in the evening hours.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 265 cfs and 197 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using assorted spinners, Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow and the water was quite murky.
Cochiti Lake: The surface water temp was in the low to mid 70s. Fishing was fair using jigs, crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair using tubes, crank baits, topwater lures and jerk baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using liver and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was very good using black wooly buggers for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Anglers also reported some success using Pistol Petes and Power Bait.
Heron Lake: Kokanee fishing was slow to fair trolling Cripplures, Panther Martins, Arnies and wiggle hoochies tipped with corn. Most of the kokanee taken this week were caught around the island in the deeper water. Fishing from the bank was slow. The water level has been dropping about a foot and a half per week and the only boat ramp open is the primitive ramp in the Ridge Rock area.
Jackson Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Jemez Waters: Fishing on the Cebolla and Rio Guadalupe was fair to good using worms, salmon eggs and hoppers. The Jemez River was flowing heavy with ash and is expected to stay that way through the monsoon season. The San Antonio and East Fork on the Valles Caldera reopened last Friday. For information on fishing here visit www.vallescaldera.gov.
Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, spinners and Power Bait.
Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow for all species.
Navajo Lake: Hot spot for kokanee: Fishing continued to be very good trolling Arnies, Panther Martins, Cripplures, Super Dupers and Z Rays tipped with corn for kokanee. Anglers reported taking fish at 4 to 5 colors. Fishing was good using grubs, tubes, senkos, creature baits, brush hogs, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using perch colored crank baits, tubes, jerk baits and swim baits for northern pike. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the low to mid 70s.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 1,050 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was fair to good using red and orange San Juan worms, black or brown streamers, hoppers, cream larva, wooly buggers and orange sparkle worms. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, jerk baits, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs and spinners.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes and Power Bait.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Central and Youth Ponds was good using nightcrawlers, hot dog chunks and homemade dough bait for catfish. The best catfish reports again this week came from anglers using hot dogs. Anglers using nightcrawlers and red worms are catching a few bluegill. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was slow.

Southwest
Bear Canyon: Fishing was fair using chicken liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using nightcrawlers and hot dogs for catfish. Fishing for bass was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using topwater lures and nightcrawlers. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was very good using nightcrawlers for catfish and white bass. Anglers using crank baits, sassy shad, curly tail grubs and topwater lures also reported good catches of white bass along with a few walleye. Expect the lake levels to drop considerably over the next several days.
Elephant Butte: The surface water temp ranged from the mid 70s to the low 80s. Fishing was fair to good using shrimp, liver and crank baits for catfish. Fishing was good using shiners, sassy shad, Flicker Shad and topwater lures for white bass. Be sure and watch for the birds to get in on the topwater action. This past week the white bass were very active in the backs of coves. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow to fair using topwater lures early in the day and switching to tubes, senkos and other plastics during the day. Most of the largemouth bass were found in shallow water in the backs of coves. Fishing was good using crank baits grubs and tubes on main lake points for walleye. Most of the walleye were found in 10 to 15 feet of water. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions.
Escondida Lake: Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers and hot dogs for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 47 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Glenwood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Roberts: Fishing was slow for all species.
Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was very good using Krocodile spoons, Power Bait, worms and egg patterns. Fishing for tiger musky was good using jigs and spinners.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 6.8 cfs. We had no reports from below Elephant Butte but fishing below Caballo was fair to good using minnows, grubs, liver and nightcrawlers for a mixed bag of white bass, walleye and catfish.
Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast
Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 2.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species but there were a few catfish caught by anglers using nightcrawlers and liver.
Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using hot dogs and nightcrawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
El Rito Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers, hot dogs and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers and dough bait for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow.
Grindstone Reservoir: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jal Lake: Fishing was fair using worms for catfish.
Lake Van: Fishing was fair to good using homemade dough bait, nightcrawlers and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing in the evening hours was good using homemade dough balls and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing was good using worms for sunfish. Anglers are reminded that there is a 2-fish limit on channel catfish.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 86 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using nightcrawlers and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow near Hollywood on Monday was .00 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was very good using minnows for walleye as several anglers reported catching limits. Fishing was fair using minnows and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The primitive launch area is closed. No boat launching at this time.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers and minnows near the dam for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The water level has been dropping quite rapidly and as of Monday the main boat ramp was down to one lane.

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I borrowed this from the Raton Range.. Pretty Cool..

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High school shooting program planned; NMAA sanction sought; several area schools on board
By Bob Morris, Sports Editor
• Fri, Jul 12, 2013

It seemed only natural to Dave Schutz that shooting sports become a New Mexico Activities Association sanctioned activity.

Schutz, the director of shotgun sports at the NRA Whittington Center, is among the individuals who put together an effort to introduce trap shooting as an NMAA event for the upcoming school year.

“I’ve been involved with 4-H shooting sports for years in Colorado,” Schutz said. “You have athletes who don’t have the strength or speed but have excellent eye to hand. They make excellent shooters.”

The effort first started through conversations between Schutz and former Raton schools Superintendent Dave Willden. Schutz added he has some friends who participated in high school programs sanctioned in other states and “one day, I decided that New Mexico needed that program too.”

Plans are to start with trap shooting, given that there are more trap clubs and ranges in the state than there are for skeet shooters. Schutz said trap shooting will serve as a starting point and “down the road, I’d love to see how it evolves to where it could mimic a collegiate program.”

Schutz said there are 42 schools currently on board with the program, including Raton, Springer, Maxwell, Cimarron, Des Moines and Clayton. The program would be open to boys and girls.

Schutz added the New Mexico State Trap Shoot Association backs the proposal, as does the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico Amateur Trap Association. He said he has talked to NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez, who has indicated her support. He said plans are to have an initial shoot in October, then work to get the NMAA board of directors behind supporting trap shooting as a sanctioned high school activity.

“This will have to be something, to an extent, that evolves,” Schutz said, adding that not every high school has the money available to support such a program. Schutz said he expects teams will have to raise their own money at first.

But if the program grows, Schutz said it could rival programs in other states. He noted Nebraska had 2,600 participants in its program and Iowa had 2,100, both programs that have been in place for some time. He added Nevada just started such a program and had 300 students at its first state shoot.

He said a positive about the program is that it will mean another activity is available to students — students who might not be interested in other sports currently offered.

“Any time we can get something new into the state and the school system, it gives athletes a reason to stay in school and keep their academics up,” Schutz said. “That’s the basis behind high school activities.”

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Comments Off on Yuppies catching Guppies – Monastery is Open

A LOOOONNGGGGGGG TIME ago this was a fun little lake… When I lived in Santa Fe and Vegas we used to call it Yuppies catching Guppies.  Very much a put and take fishery but it was a good time.

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 11, 2013:
Freshly stocked with trout, Monastery Lake will reopen for fishing Friday
PECOS – Monastery Lake has been freshly stocked with trout and will reopen for fishing at 8 a.m. Friday, the Department of Game and Fish announced. It will be the first time anglers have been allowed at the lake since the 10,219-acre Tres Lagunas Fire started May 30 in Pecos Canyon.
In the Jemez Mountains, the Seven Springs Hatchery kids pond and streams in the Valles Caldera National Preserve also will reopen to fishing Friday.
The reopenings coincide with the announcement by the Santa Fe National Forest to reopen portions of the forest Friday morning. Areas impacted by the Tres Lagunas and Jaroso fires in the Pecos area, and the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez Mountains remain closed for public safety concerns. The Santa Fe National Forest has been closed to all entry since June 24.
In Pecos Canyon, all other Game Commission properties, including the Bert Clancy, Mora and Jamie Koch recreation areas, will remain closed due to fire and flood safety concerns. For details and maps concerning closures and fire restrictions on Forest Service properties, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/santafe or call (505) 438-5300. For information about fishing at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, please visit www.vallescaldera.gov.
Anglers who visit Monastery Lake are advised to keep a sharp eye on the weather and the potential of flooding near the Pecos River. Strong thunderstorms upstream could send torrents of water and debris downstream. Anglers should avoid the Pecos River, where runoff carrying ash and silt already has killed many fish.

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Comments Off on Youth Outreach Program. I need some help!!

Hey Guys..

You know that I seldom ask for help so this is a change for me.  I am looking for some seed money to get this project started.  As you know in years past I had given stuff that I had to kids that have enjoyed the outdoors.  I want to continue that and I am looking for any monetary donations that you can help with.  ALL the money will be used to create encouragement packs that I will give to kids.   I will not make any money off of this and I will end up loosing money but no biggie..

SO if you can please contribute…

http://www.gofundme.com/2kdzi0

Again thanks for all your support.

J-

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