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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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Great Winter Hikes Can Be Found in Los Alamos & White Rock Areas

Tsankawi Indian ruins near White Rock NM.

New Mexico’s mild winter weather makes for ideal hiking conditions and the White Rock and Los Alamos area boasts some of the best sunny and scenic strolls around. 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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Outdoors Promoter Bob Gerding Dies, Hunting and Fishing Show Cancelled

Bob Gerding

Bob Gerding, operator of the annual hunting and fishing show has died after a fight with cancer and the show has been cancelled this year. He was a bear of a man and a true outdoorsman who loved New Mexico and all that it offered. He will be sorely missed. Read more about him from Outdoors New Mexico’s profile of the man back in 2008. 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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Some tips for spring fishing on New Mexico’s waters

The late Sarge Wethington, father of longtime New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Fisheries Biologist on the San Juan river at Navajo Dam, Marc Wethington, shows how it was done on the San Juan back in the day. Photo courtesy of the Wethington family.

It’s the first day of spring in New Mexico and recent warm temperatures should bring the fish out so it’s a good time to unpack your gear and get out there. Here are a few tips and tricks for fishing this time of year. 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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Salmon Snagging Season in New Mexico

Steve Chase, 28, of Laguna, NM shows off a fat salmon he snagged at Navajo Lake last year.

Salmon snagging is a traditional fall fishing activity across much of northern New Mexico, drawing a hardy group of anglers to area lakes where the brightly colored, tasty fish can be caught in big numbers. Here’s some tips on how it’s done. 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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Don Wolfley: Last of the Old School Fishing Guides at Heron Lake

man shows off salmon

It’s a hazy summer morning at Heron Lake and fishing guide Don Wolfley is backing his 24-foot pontoon boat into the water for a day of deep sea fishing – New Mexico style! Continue reading »

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