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16D Elk Youth Encouragement Hunt

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This hunt was a lot of fun. Great Job Bud


16B Scouting Pictures!

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Hey Everybody… How about some 16B Elk and Bear Scouting Pictures?  These are all public land..  There are a few more bear pictures that you can see on my Facebook Page if you are interested…

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Archery Coues Update – 3 Days Out

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And yes I know there is a typo…



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.

New Director of Game and Fish

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Sorry I didn’t get this out sooner but I have been on the road… Ok.. Jim Lane, has been chosen to lead the Dept of Game and Fish. The good is that he is qualified… The bad, well not sure if there is a bad. The only experience that I have with him is his work on the A-plus issue but unfortunately that really didn’t go anywhere…

Ultimately, I will give him the benefit of the doubt and I am willing to work with him until we can get a better feel for him. I will admit that I think the fact that our commission is suspect lead to there only being 5 candidates for the position and that is not a good thing.


ALBUQUERQUE – Jim Lane, chief of the Department of Game and Fish Wildlife Management Division, was selected as the agency’s new director Thursday by the State Game Commission.

Lane will be responsible for overseeing a department with more than 300 employees and an annual budget of more than $34 million. His duties will begin Oct. 29, continuing the pursuit of the Department’s mission to conserve, protect, enhance, manage and propagate the state’s wildlife and its habitat for public recreation and food supply.

Lane will replace current Director Tod Stevenson, who announced plans to retire this month after having worked 33 years with the Department, including three as director.

As chief of the Wildlife Management Division, Lane was is responsible for a staff of 17 and an annual budget of $4.1 million. His division is in charge of big-game, habitat enhancement, wild turkey, small game, migratory bird, furbearer, bear and cougar programs.

In three years with the Department, Lane has helped increase numbers of big-game licenses, improved communication within the agency and with sportsmen and landowners, established a four-year rule process to improve big-game and small-game management decisions, and initiated the process to delist endangered desert bighorn sheep. He previously worked with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources as an environmental scientist, wildlife division director, wildlife program coordinator and other positions. He holds a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Kentucky, and is a current member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.

Lane currently lives in Rio Rancho with his wife, Beth, of 19 years; and children Allison and Christian.

“I’m extremely humbled to have this incredible opportunity to lead an agency of extremely talented professionals dedicated to the hunters, anglers and wildlife of New Mexico,” Lane said. “I look forward to working with everyone with a passion for our state’s natural resources and the recreation opportunities they provide.”

The Commission interviewed four finalists for the position Thursday in executive session, and then selected Lane in public session. Other finalists included:

Dan Brooks, of Santa Fe. A 20-year employee with the Department of Game and Fish, he currently is chief of Law Enforcement, a position he has held for the past 10 years. He also has worked as a wildlife specialist, game warden and public information officer. Many people also know Brooks as the “Cast Iron Ranger,” for his appearances on the Department television show as an outdoor chef. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in renewable natural resources, he also serves as a legislative representative for the Department and as a certified Department of Public Safety law enforcement trainer. He previously worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department as a wildlife biologist and for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as a range technician and biological aide. His research on Coues white-tailed deer led to publication of a book, “Coues White-tailed Deer in Arizona.”

Dale Hall, of Albuquerque has worked for the Department of Game and Fish for 22 years, the past 11 as coordinator of the Habitat Stamp Program and a $1 million annual budget for enhancing wildlife habitat on federal lands. He also has been coordinator of the Landowner-Sportsman Program, guide-outfitter registrar, Northwest Area fisheries manager and assistant Hunter Education coordinator. He previously worked as a wildlife manager for private ranches in Texas and Colorado, and as a big-game damage aide for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and a master’s of agriculture degree in wildlife sciences from Texas A&M University.

Tim Frybarger, of Los Alamos, recently retired after 23 years with the Department of Game and Fish, including the past three as assistant chief of the Wildlife Management Division. He also worked as district wildlife supervisor in northwestern New Mexico, landowner-sportsman coordinator, guide-outfitter investigator, and district wildlife officer in Quemado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from New Mexico State University and is a member of the New Mexico Conservation Officers Association and the Wildlife Society.

Floyd Acord, of Oklahoma City, was the only out-of-state applicant for the position. He currently is a security guard. He previously worked as chief of police in Cedar Lake, Okla., and as an oil field worker. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in education from southwestern Oklahoma State University.

My 2011 Unit 15 Archery Elk Hunt

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Access to the Valles Caldera???

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To some this might be old news but I just wanted to bring in up…. I pulled this from the AP today.

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. — The push is being renewed to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico to the National Park Service.

U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall introduced legislation Thursday that directs the Park Service to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources.

The two New Mexico Democrats say hunting, fishing and cattle grazing would be permitted under the bill. The measure also ensures access by area tribes.

The senators first introduced the legislation last year.

The federal government bought the 89,000-acre former cattle ranch in 2000. A nine-member board currently runs the preserve with a mandate of protecting the land, providing recreation while also allowing cattle grazing and making the preserve financially self-sustaining by 2015.

This could be a good thing…  As many of you know in Valles Caldera it is all about the money, you have to pay for everything.  Not only do you have to pay for everything you just can’t show up and hunt or fish or even hike.  The original idea was that if the state was going to purchase all this land that it should be self-sustaining.  Well, that is a great idea it just isn’t’ going to happen.  So basically, we have paid for and are paying something that we have very limited access to.  This transfer of management would basically give us more access to the Caldera and it wouldn’t require the Valles Calder to be self-sustaining. 

Bowhunting in Bandelier???

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Wow Bowhunting in Bandelier???

This would be awesome…