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Free Fishing Across the State this Weekend..

Lucky Seven: Kids fishing derby at Lake Roberts

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Posted:   05/31/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT


The Fourth Aldo Leopold Kids Fishing Derby and Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lake Roberts in the Mimbres Valley, north of Silver City.

The day will include a fishing derby, outdoor learning stations and an awards ceremony that includes prizes for the biggest fish and most fish caught.

Saturday is a free fishing day for New Mexico, so fishing licenses are not required. Anglers, however, must still adhere to daily bag limits. For trout, it’s five per day.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the north side of Lake Roberts near the boat ramp. The derby will begin once registration is complete and will conclude at 12:45 pm.

The awards ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will stock the lake with tagged Gila Trout and any child who catches one will receive a prize.

Learning centers will open at 9:30 am and will be staffed by a variety of local, state and federal groups. Visitors will be able to learn about the art of fly fishing and how to identify aquatic insects and animal tracks. There will also be a Native American Art stand and a Living Stream exhibit presented by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Sapillo Volunteer Fire Department will be grilling hotdogs for attendees.

The annual Aldo Leopold Fishing Derby and Festival is hosted by the Wilderness Ranger District of the Gila National Forest along with strong support from the community.

For information, call (575) 536-2250

Attack on Trapping!!!

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Okay.. We need to track this… I don’t want to start any fist fights or even fist pumps but this is somethinig you might want to attend if you are a sportsman.  You guys know that I don’t trap but I believe it is an essential management tool…  This group basically wants to shut trapping down in NM. 



This Spring, Trap Free NM is taking its message on the road with a series of free presentations and public meetings in towns across New Mexico:

Grants: Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:00pm 
New Mexico State University, Library Room 
1500 N. Third Street, Grants, NM

Farmington: Tuesday, April 17, 6:30-8:00pm 
San Juan College, Information Technology Building, Room 7103
4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM

Española: Wednesday, April 18, 6:30-8:00pm 
Northern New Mexico College, Administration Bldg Rooms 101-102 
921 Paseo De Onate, Española, NM

Portales: Sunday, April 22, Earth Day Event 
Eastern New Mexico University – Campus Union Bldg. 
1500 S. Avenue K, Portales, NM

Roswell: Monday, April 23, 6:30-8:00pm 
Roswell Public Library 
301 N. Pennsylvania, Roswell, NM

Silver City: Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00pm 
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 
3842 N. Swan Street, Silver City, NM

Los Lunas: Wednesday, April 25, 6:30-8:00pm 
UNM Valencia Campus – Student Community Center 
280 La Entrada Road, Los Lunas, NM

Silver City Deer Info: Meeting 2/28/2012

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Sorry I have been such a slacker on this deal…

It looks like we are getting one step closer in helping manage the deer population in Silver City…  I have posted the proposal before but if you want to see it again follow this LINK.

Also one of the cool things that  might be happening is,if you hunt in CERTAIN UNITS during the archery seasons and you are not successful you will be able to turn those bucks tags into doe tags IF you hunt in a certain area.


Town of Silver City Council Meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Grant County Administration Center, 1400 Hwy 180 E. On the agenda: Deer management for the Silver City area by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish;

Desert Bighorn Skull Auction!!!!!

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SANTA FE – Eight desert bighorn sheep skulls and horns that were recovered from ranges in southern New Mexico go up for sale this week in a silent auction at the Department of Game and Fish office in Santa Fe and at Bob Gerding’s Hunting & Fishing Show in Albuquerque.


The skulls, six rams and two ewes, became available for sale in November 2011 when the State Game Commission removed desert bighorn sheep from the state threatened and endangered species list. Protected game animals and their skulls are the property of the state. Proceeds from the auctions will be used to augment the Department’s bighorn sheep restoration program.


Those interested in bidding on the skulls and horns can see them and make a bid Wednesday and Thursday at the Department office at 1 Wildlife Way off Caja del Rio Road next to the Marty Sanchez Golf Course. Friday through Sunday, the skulls will be at the Gerding Show at the Manuel Lujan Building at Expo New Mexico, the state fairgrounds. Admission to the show is $8 for adults and free to children ages 11 and younger.


Bidding for the first four skulls will close at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and bidding for the remaining skulls will close at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Winning bidders will be able to pick up their skulls and pay for them Feb. 13-17 at Department offices in Santa Fe or Albuquerque

NMWF Legislative Update

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Sportsmen’s concerns register at Legislature

With this legislative session half over, bills affecting New Mexico sportsmen could start moving quickly, which means hunters and anglers need to be ready to respond.

Already it appears that sportsmen have had a positive impact. Members of the House Taxation and Revenue Committee told NMWF this week they had heard overwhelming opposition to House Bill 24, a bill that would negatively change the Habitat Stamp program and cause the Department of Game and Fish to lose $150,000 a year. Bill sponsor Rep. William Rehm of Albuquerque failed to appear at the Tax and Revenue Committee hearing on Monday, forcing postponement. On Wednesday he asked that the bill be pulled off that day’s calendar, and on Friday it was not heard. So it isn’t clear when – or if – HB 24 will come up for a hearing again, but the clock is ticking down and the bill’s chances of getting through the Legislature look dimmer every day.

Unfortunately, a measure paving the way for the sale of the Marquez Wildlife Management Area in Unit 9 passed its first committee hearing in the House this week. State law requires legislative approval for a state agency to sell property worth more than $100,000. House Joint Memorial 7 would give the Game Commission permission to sell the Marquez before a sale price has been negotiated, without further legislative approval or oversight, with no time limit and no promise that the public will be involved in the decision. The Marquez is managed for high quality elk and deer hunting, and while the number of licenses is limited, all New Mexico hunters have an opportunity to try for a tag. (Thanks to Senate Bill 196 last year, all wildlife management area elk licenses are reserved for New Mexico residents.) The Game Commission voted in November against entering negotiations to sell the Marquez, but if HJR 7 passes there would be nothing to stop the commission from selling it in the future.The bill’s next stop is the House Voters and Elections Committee. It wouldn’t hurt for sportsmen to send Committee Chairwoman Mary Helen Garcia an email stating your opposition to HJR 7. Write her at

The legislative session ends at noon on Thursday, Feb. 16. For the latest updates from Santa Fe, visit the Legislative Watch section of our website. Click here, or go to

Bucks on my Hit List!!!!

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Antelope Poachers…. APB

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Let’s find these people…







ESTANCIA – The Department of Game and Fish would like to make the holidays a lot less merry for whoever shot two pronghorn antelope and left them to rot in a field near Estancia.


Conservation officer John Martsh said the antelope were killed sometime between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Dect. 15, off N.M. 542 near mile marker 3 just south of Estancia. There was no hunting season in progress at the time.


“It appears that someone drove up, shot the antelope and then left the scene in a hurry to prevent being caught,” Martsh said.


A $350 reward is being offered for information that leads to charges being filed in connection with the case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Operation Game Thief toll-free, (800) 432-4263. Callers may remain anonymous.

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OK… You guys know that I can be pretty hard on the Dept of Game and Fish…. It is not because I hate them or have anything personal against them it is just that I want them to do the right (IMO) for the Resident Sportmans of NM…  Anyway, about 2 years ago Dan W. and I talked about trying to get the Commission Meetings broadcast on the internet.  At the time we both thought it would be a good idea but we just didn’t think it would happen in a timely manner…WELLLLLLL, IT FINALLY HAPPENED…. This is pretty cool… Look at this press release.  I just talked to Dan W. and he mentioned that it is something that the Martinez Administration is really pushing… Cool… This made my day….

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004

Public contact: (505) 476-8000






SANTA FE – Thursday’s meeting of the New Mexico Game Commission will be broadcast live over the internet. Webcasting the meeting aligns with Gov. Susana Martinez’s initiative to make state government more accessible and transparent.


The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque. The public can access the live webcast from the Governor’s website, Information about how to view the streaming video is available on the website.


Video from Thursday’s meeting, as well as future meetings will be posted in the website archives.


The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings, and other information about Thursday’s meeting are available on the Department of Game and Fish website,, or by calling (505) 476-8008. Details of proposed rules, along with the opportunity to comment on proposals, are available on the Department website.


Agenda items include:


A proposal to allow unlimited take of northern pike from Eagle Nest Lake, which addresses the aggressive species’ threat to the lake’s trout and salmon fishery.


  • Discussion with private landowners regarding proposed agreements that would give public hunters access to private land to hunt bighorn sheep in the Fra Cristobal and Culebras mountains in 2012. The agreements would allow the Department of Game and Fish to offer the first public hunting opportunities for bighorn sheep on private land. The agreements would give landowners reciprocal hunting opportunities.


  • Proposed amendments to elk hunting rules that would modify eligibility requirements for the Youth Encouragement Elk Hunts, and increase hunting opportunities.


  • Discussion of options for future allocations of Habitat Stamp Program funds that would provide for wildlife habitat improvements on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.


The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Jim McClintic, Vice-chairman Thomas “Dick” Salopek, Tom Arvas, Bill Montoya, Scott Bidegain, Robert Hoffman and Robert Espinoza Sr.



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Hey Everybody

I have been getting a ton of calls regarding the sheep lo tags so I called the Dept to see if I could get some answers regarding the restrictions.

Below is a quote from the Proclamation…
*Culebra Mountains, Fra Cristobal Bighorn Sheep Hunts These hunts occur only on private land. Landowners have placed certain restrictions on these hunts. Please call the Department at (505) 476-8038 for more information about these restrictions

This number goes to a guy named Aaron…  I asked him what the restrictions were… and he had no idea… SOOOOO… He made an internal transfer of my call to Darrel Weybright…  From the way Darrel answered the call I think he thought I was Erin… He answered very casually.  I guess Darrel is in charge of this entire thing…  SOOO… Bullet points of our long call…

1) It will be a 50/50 split… LO to draw

2) THERE WILL BE NO SCOUTING prior to your hunt

3) You will be allowed to camp in designated areas

4) You will need to be chaperoned by a ranch designee

5) Your party can be a max of 4 people

6) He brought up the Leo Sims deal and I called him on it… He refused to even talk about it or even address it then he said that he had to go… IMO, kind of strange and I didn’t get a good feeling about it AT ALL…

7) This hunt will happen unless the commission opposes it but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen

8) There is a potential contract between the Game and Fish and the LO but he wouldn’t share it with me and he said the commissioners don’t have a copy of it so I am not sure how they could review the topic if they don’t know what they are agreeing to.

9) I want to stress that I am glad that these LO have helped the residents on NM with Conservation BUT I just wish all of this was on the table… I don’t like the precedent that is being created.  We all agree the that LO system is messed up and now we are adding one more species to the list…  I don’t like the fact that there is this contract but it hasn’t had any public input…

10) I JUST ADDED THIS… BUT Darrel said that there would be 2 hunters on the mountain at a time… Because the the hunt codes indicate two draw hunters at a time this implies that the LO Tag Holders will have a different season….


NM Fishing Report Dec 13th….

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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.




Animas RiverThe flow is 240 cfs. No report due to weather.

Chama River – No read on flow due to ice on the upper stretches. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 382 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 388 cfs. The Chama below El Vado Dam has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama. The stretch downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is slowing down. The release out of El Vado is murky but fishable.The stretch below Abiquiu Dam is fishing good and the water clarity is getting better.

San Juan RiverUpper section – Catch and Release flow is 493 cfs.The habitat improvements and silt remediation project on the San Juan was completed last week. The work in “The Braids,” has been very productive as fish have moved into this new habitat where they previously weren’t. 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.

Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow for all species.

El Vado Lake – No report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.

Heron LakeNo report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.

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

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

Morgan Lake – No report

Navajo Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good from the dam using spinners and streamers.




Cimarron River – No read on flows due to ice. The Cimarron is done until spring.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 61 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary, water levels are very low and there is snow and ice.

Red River – No read on flow due to ice at Questa and 38 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught and all methods working. Please respect spawning fish and leave them alone while on their beds.

Rio Grande– No read on flow due to ice at Cerro. Flow is 446 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels are 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 the browns. Pike fishing is starting to get going. Best bet is to use large red and white lures or flies.

Rio Hondo – No read on flow due to ice. Trout fishing is reported as slow with snow and ice. Best bet is to fish at the confluence with the Rio Grande.

Rio Pueblo No read on flow due to ice. 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 is closed to fishing until the ice is thick enough to allow it. The lake is also closed to boats for the winter. The New Mexico Game Commission will consider allowing unlimited take of northern pike from Eagle Nest Lake to address the aggressive species’ threat to the lake’s trout and salmon fishery at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, in Albuquerque.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – No report

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

Shuree Ponds No report.

Springer Lakes – No report. 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. The lower Guadalupe can be accessed below Gilman tunnels and is fishing fair in the warmer part of the day. The lower Jemez was stocked Nov. 11 and may be worth fishing for rainbows. The Valles Caldera National Preserve has closed the fishing program until next spring.

Metro DrainagesThe fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish. The drainages were stocked last week: Albuquerque with 300 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 200; Bernalillo with 80; Corrales with 121; and Peralta with 250.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as slow due to ice on the lake.

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

Fenton Lake – The lake has iced over and is closed to ice fishing because of dangerous ice conditions.

Tingley BeachTrout fishing has been good. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked with 2,538 triploid rainbow trout. Reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond have been hit and miss when using bunny leeches and black beetles.


East–Central, including the Pecos River


Coyote CreekClosed for the season.

Pecos River – No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice, especially in shaded stretches. Fish the afternoon hours while the sun is on the water.

Conchas Lake – No report.

Morphy Lake – Closed for the season.

Santa Rosa Lake – No report.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.

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 – No report.




Gila River – The flow is 66 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. The lake was stocked with 937 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow and water levels are very low. Best bet is below the 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 – No report due to light traffic and weather. The Rio Grande between Elephant Butte and Caballo was stocked with 1,700 triploid rainbow trout.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is slow for trout. The ponds were stocked with 199 triploid rainbow trout.

Lake Roberts – Trout fishing is reported as slow with worms and Power Bait.

Quemado Lake – No report.




Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.28 cfs in town and 6.6 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as slow on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher.

Bonito Lake – Closed for the season.

Bottomless Lakes: No report.

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 fair for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. Best times to fish are reported from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.