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Road Trips

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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Winter Fishing and Camping on the San Juan River

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.
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Winter Trout Fishing on the Rio Chama Below El Vado Dam

Toner Mitchell poses with brown trout caught in the Chama River of northern New Mexico.

In the dead of winter when most anglers are yearning for a fight with a feisty trout there are only a few places one can try in northern New Mexico.

But for those seeking the solitude of a lonely stretch of river, incredible scenery and the possibility of catching a fat fish, then the Rio Chama below El Vado Dam is where it’s at. Continue reading »

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Ice Fishing is On & Eagle Nest Lake is the Place!

Mitch Roggy, 53, of Albuquerque shows off a nice, fat Rainbow trout he picked up while ice fishing at Eagle Nest Lake one past winter.

In the dead of winter when the dreaded effects of cabin fever begin to set in, people will do some incredible things to get outdoors and have some fun.

Like ice fishing, a traditional New Mexican outdoor activity that much like salmon snagging requires a hardier breed of angler and a touch of desperation. Continue reading »

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Take a Ride on the Rails into Historic Las Vegas NM this summer.

Las Vegas NM RR Station

The railroad helped put Las Vegas on the map and visitors today can still experience the thrill of riding the rails into town and spending a weekend exploring this historic oasis on the edge of the plains. Continue reading »

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Sleigh Rides at New Mexico’s Valles Caldera National Preserve Make for Great Winter Fun!

A horse drawn sleigh in the snow at Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

The musky scent of horses and the creak of a wood sleigh as it slips across a sea of brilliant snow at the Valles Caldera National Preserve can make for an enchanting winter excursion. Continue reading »

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Record Breaking, Trophy Sized Tiger Muskies at Bluewater Lake NM

man shows off tiger muskie

The Tiger muskie fishing at Bluewater Lake is so good these days its drawing anglers from across the state looking to land a trophy sized fish and maybe even break the state record. Continue reading »

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New Mexico’s Best Stonefly Fishing Just Across the State Line

trout in net with fly in mouth

Some of the best fly fishing in New Mexico can be found just across the state line in southern Colorado when the Conejos River is thick with stoneflies during the annual hatch. Continue reading »

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Star Gazing Best at Clayton Lake State Park

Clayton Lake State Park features great fishing and camping, fabulous scenery and spectacular night skies.

If you’re looking to see stars, then forget Santa Fe’s Plaza and get out to Clayton Lake State Park where they throw parties for them all the time.
Boasting some of the best star-gazing conditions in the country the park is only one of four worldwide that is officially recognized for its incredibly dark skies. Continue reading »

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Great Bass Fishing So Close to Santa Fe and Albuquerque it Should be Illegal

Leo Salcido of Albuquerque, shows of a nice, fat, bigmouth bass he caught at Shady Lakes.

For over 50 years Shady Lakes in Alameda has been providing anglers a lush retreat where the thrill of battling a big bass is only a cast away.
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