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Author Archives: Karl Moffatt

Winter a wonderful time to visit the Valles Caldera

barn and corrals at valles caldera in winter

When the Valles Caldera National Preserve is blanketed in a sea of gleaming snow it’s a great time to visit this spectacular outdoor recreation area in the Jemez Mountains. Continue reading »

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Ice Fishing at Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake in the Jemez Mountains is open for ice fishing this winter. This year’s winter storms and colder temperatures have produced ice thick enough to safely support anglers and it’s open to ice fishing for the first time in several years. Continue reading »

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Spring caddis hatch on the Rio Grande should be good to fish in 2018

The caddis hatch on the upper Rio Grande in 2018 should be great for fishing if the warm days and low water flows continue.
“It’s looking good,” says Nick Streit of the Taos Fly shop.
Low snowpack levels in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado means less high and muddy runoff in the big river.
And that makes for good fishing especially during the annual caddis hatch when millions of the bugs emerge from the water to mate along the river. Continue reading »

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Spring fishing should be good in 2018 despite return of drought

rio grande angler thumb

Anglers planning on doing some fishing this season may want to get it done sooner rather than later while most of the state’s reservoirs are still full. Continue reading »

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San Juan River’s Simon Canyon Run Under Restoration

Duranglers Corner San Juan River N.M.

New Mexico’s trophy trout fishery, the San Juan River below Navajo Dam, will be getting an upgrade for Christmas including two new boat ramps and many in-stream habitat improvements. Continue reading »

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Trout stocked all winter long in New Mexico to keep anglers happy

Anglers can still catch plenty of tasty fish during the winter as the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish switches from stocking catfish to trout in many statewide waters. Continue reading »

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Lagunitas Lakes Make for Fine Fall Fishing

Lagunitas Lakes Carson National Forest N.M.

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.
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Otter Olshansky: A lonely death on New Mexico’s Continental Divide Trail

snowy forest road

Olshansky had hiked into the northern New Mexico wilderness near Chama on November 14, 2015, looking for solitude.
It swallowed him whole. Read the story Outside magazine missed. Insightful and in-depth investigative journalism by award winning reporter, Wren Propp. Continue reading »

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Great Family Fun at Clayton Lake State Park Fishing Derby

Clayton Lake State Park

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 »

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Red River & Eagle Rock Lake – New & Improved!

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 »

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