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
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
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
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
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
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
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.