Author Archives: Karl Moffatt
Many would argue that autumn is the best time of year to get outdoors and enjoy all that the state has to offer.
The days are pleasantly warm and sunny while nights are crisp and cool. Gone are the summer’s tourist crowds and it is a time locals savor.
One great fall destination that provides all of the above in a remote, backcountry setting is Lagunitas campgrounds in the Carson National Forest just outside the Cruces Wilderness Basin.
It’s said to be New Mexico’s biggest and best fishing derby drawing thousands of visitors from neighboring states to Clayton Lake State Park where the top prize of a fully equipped bass fishing boat is a big draw. Continue reading
Construction of a new fishing park at Eagle Rock Lake near Questa and in-stream fish habitat improvements at the Red River fish hatchery are expected to be completed by the summer of 2015 to help promote angling and tourism in the area. “It’ll be a very, nice aquatic park in a beautiful setting that folks can really enjoy while fishing,” says Frey Sports Fish Program Manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Habitat improvement stamp funds from fishing license sales paid for the construction costs. Continue reading
There’s a reason savvy travelers love the off-season and the same goes for those who love to fish, especially on the fabled San Juan River in northwest New Mexico. Here’s some tips and tricks on how to enjoy some of the finest winter fishing in the west.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has brought back the annual midwinter hunting and fishing show after it was cancelled last year following the death of its founder, Bob Gerding. Continue reading
Sitting upon the edge of a cliff at Tsankawi, legs dangling in space, basking in the midwinter sun, one can look out over the snow dusted valley below and perhaps understand why the ancient Indians choose to live here hundreds of years ago. Continue reading
For many anglers New Mexico’s Rio Grande gorge and its tumbling river is an intimidating and stingy place to fish.
Its reputation for skunking even seasoned anglers may cause some to pass it up for easier fare elsewhere.
But those who’ve managed to overcome this maddening river’s mysterious ways say the fishing can reach mystical proportions.
We were breaking ice that fall morning as we trudged through the marsh trail leading to the upper flats of the San Juan River. And we were hoping we’d get one of the more favored fishing spots to ourselves because the fall is when this trophy, trout stream really grows busy.
There’s no better time than the fall to enjoy some of the best scenery in northern New Mexico and with the changing of the leaves there’s no better excuse for a road trip. Continue reading
Summer on the San Juan river is great for anglers who know how to handle the heat as they will enjoy dynamite dry fly action, lots of sight fishing in incredibly clear water and a really memorable experience, especially in the weeks following the annual spring flush. Continue reading