18 February 2015
As many of you who watch the weather know, it’s been unpredictable and well down right confusing.
There is still ice on the lakes, but it is not thick enough to fish on. The ice has started to detach from the shore in many areas. It was ten degrees on my drive to work the day before last. But it is mid to upper fifties during the day.
So it’s no ice fishing, and no normal fishing… This is one reason for the lack of reports, but it has allowed for plenty of 2015-2016 fishing season planning. On my personal time I even found myself with a pile of greasy q-tips cleaning reels. Wishful thinking...
The 2015-2016 hunting and fishing proclamations are in final draft form awaiting offical blessing. That means you should see .PDF files on the main page mid-march as scheduled. There are proposed changes and additions in content this year. One addition I have been quite excited about is a Native Fishes Page as well as an expanded Navajo River section. For die-hard rainbow trout fishermen, this most likely is not super exciting, but for a native fish geek like me it is. For you trout geeks a heads up, there are no proposed changes to bag limits for trout this year.
Speaking of trout sandwiches, I have already scheduled the first stocking of 2015 for Mundo Lake. Expect it to be similar to our fall stocking last year, which means lots of catchable to obese rainbows for the spring season. I will announce the stocking sometime after it has occurred.
Despite the drought I think the 2014-2015 season was excellent. Obviously more rain and snow would be appreciated this year, but we are pushing forward. Hopefully this year will bring an opportunity to meet more of our devoted anglers, as well as continue to expand our warm water fisheries program. I’ve also got a long list of native fish work including Rio Grande cutthroat, and west slope native larval collections.
As always firstname.lastname@example.org is the quickest way to get ahold of me or you can call the office (575) 759-3255. One note: if you leave me a voicemail please include your area code. I have had some interesting guessing games on a few returned calls…