By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
This is a good time of the year to give the fishing equipment a rest. Now is when you can make an inventory of your fishing equipment and figure out what you are going to need for the upcoming year.
Clean your rods and reels, including putting new line on your fishing reels. Go online and order some of your favorite lures and accessories so you are well-equipped to begin the season.
Over the years, I have discovered that it’s best not to depend on local tackle shops having your favorite lure in stock. Even big-box stores like Walmart are often out of many of the most popular lures. That may be especially true this year with the supply-chain problems that have been occurring this winter.
The ice-fishing season is still on hold as conditions are still unsafe at most of the popular ice-fishing destinations. This is a good time of year to plan a trip to Southern New Mexico. The weather is milder and several areas offer good fishing for stocked rainbow trout. Next week, the fishing report will focus on some of the better areas to visit in Southern New Mexico.
Fenton Lake State Park in the Jemez Mountains is open. Camping is allowed by reservation only. It was stocked Dec. 21 with 391 catchable-size rainbow trout. Fenton also has wild brown trout and Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Only two cutthroat trout may be kept per-day as part of the five-trout-per-day bag limit. The lake is completely frozen but unsafe for fishing. Call (575).829.3630 for current conditions at Fenton.
The Seven Springs Brood Pond at Seven Springs Fish Hatchery is open. It is also known as the Kid’s Pond. It is well-stocked with rainbow trout. There are a few big brown trout in this pond. The fishing is for anglers under 12 years old. It is likely freezing over
The trout fishing has been fair in the Jemez River. The streamflow is now 18.2 cubic-feet-per-second. This is lower than last week. The fish are concentrated in deeper pools. It was stocked Dec. 21 with 750 rainbow trout. Headwater tributaries of the Jemez River are icing up.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open. The Lake View campground is now closed and the docks have been taken out of the water. The Main Area and Visitors Center are now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Six-Mile and the Marina Day Use areas are open daily. The lake was frozen over with ice. Wind breaks up the ice during the day and it is unsafe for fishing. The lake is currently closed to all boating and ice fishing. For more information and current conditions, call (575).377.1594.
Heron Lake State Park is open. The boat ramps are closed. Bank fishing could be fair for rainbow trout. You may catch a lake trout this time of year. The lake level is still low. Kokanee salmon snagging season ended Dec. 31. The banks are very muddy due …….