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Fishing Line for July 2, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF GAME & FISH

This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg of Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

We hope you enjoy this special aquatic education edition of the fishing report. Every fishing excursion can be turned into an educational opportunity for children and adults alike. The activities outlined below can be used to learn more about the fish we pursue and the habitats they rely on, which in turn can make us better anglers. Happy fishing!

TEACH YOUR KIDS HOW TO READ THE WATER IN A RIVER

Fishing a river does not require much gear and can easily be done from the bank or while wading. Children should use shorter rods and smaller, lighter reels. Five-and-a-half-foot rod and reel combos are not expensive and are great for kids age 7-12.

Teaching kids how to fish takes time; I recommend fishing for short periods, 30 minutes or so with short breaks. And don’t forget to bring snacks. Stay close to your kids as things will go wrong. Snags, tangles, and losing tackle and bait are part of the process. Do not show frustration as mistakes are to be expected and are a major part of learning.

As the adult you will not be doing much fishing. You will be baiting hooks, tending to tackle issues and hopefully unhooking fish. If you do hook a fish, let your child reel it in and experience catching a fish.

Remember, fish are predatory and are constantly in search of food. Fish themselves can be eaten by other wildlife so staying safe, preserving energy and hiding is a major priority for them. Teaching your kids how to study a river or stream to locate possible hiding spots for fish will sharpen their fishing skills and lead to a lifetime of angling success.

Go to wildlife.state.nm.us/education/conservation-education for the department’s downloadable lesson plan.

KEEP A FISHING JOURNAL

Fishing can be a great way to spend the day outdoors, but it can also be a learning experience. Showing our kids how to tie a knot, rig a rod, cast, set a hook and reel a fish in are skills we teach them.

There are other ways to help new or young anglers sharpen their skills. Turn fishing trips into learning experiences that will help them become successful anglers for years to come. Lesson No. 1 is to practice consistent record-keeping.

Go to wildlife.state.nm.us/education/conservation-education for the department’s fishing journal template to:

Name and describe the species of fish they catch.

Learn successes and failures of fishing patterns and trends.

Learn how to adjust to changing angling conditions.

Sharpen fishing skills as well as lure/bait and tackle selection.

Closure Information

The department reminds anglers it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and contact land managers for properties of interest when restrictions are lifted.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — blm.gov/new-mexico

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) — fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates

New Mexico State Lands — nmstatelands.org/resources/recreational-access/

New Mexico State Parks — emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/

New Mexico Open Gate Properties — wildlife.state.nm.us/hunting/maps/open-gate-program/

New Mexico Wildlife Management Areas — wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/state-game-commission-lands/

Consult local government websites for information regarding specific city and town fishing access.

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