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Fishing Line for July 16, 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.
Get your New Mexico fishing license: Valid April 1 to March 31, 2020-2021 licenses are on sale.
In this week’s report, Berg invites Chevy Wyatt, an avid young angler, to share some fishing tips; and Berg also shares another tasty summer recipe.
Fishing with Chevy Wyatt
There are many great anglers that routinely contribute to the department’s weekly fishing report. This week, we are fortunate to share with you some tips and tricks from one of the regulars who has a knack for catching fish in southern New Mexico. Chevy Wyatt and his parents, of Roswell, are an avid fishing family.
Chevy, age 12, loves fishing for just about anything that pulls on his fishing line. He dreams about fishing as many lakes and rivers as possible.
Here are a few of Chevy’s go-to fishing holes in southern New Mexico, and a few techniques he wants to share with his fellow anglers.
Tips from Chevy: 
I pay close attention to the water for activity. Jumping minnows tell me that larger fish are in the area.
My favorite trout bait is salmon peach PowerBait with glitter. I also like to use small spinners for trout.
My favorite catfish bait is chicken breast. It stays on the hook the best, especially when I cast for the stars (long cast).
I pay very close attention to my line once cast. A strong tug is a good bite. Small taps mean the fish might just be playing or investigating my bait. The line going slack means the fish is bringing the bait closer to me.
Fishing for bass, I like to try all types of lures including plastics, spinners and crawdad imitations. Using a Texas rigged Senko worm always does the job for me.
When you release a fish, always make sure to release it away from where you are fishing. You do not want to disturb the other fish that you have yet to catch.
I always make sure my fishing line is in good condition. I’ve lost big fish on weathered line.
Always remember to be patient. You will often get a hit when you’re least expecting it.
When hooked to a big fish, loosen your drag and tire them out. Never rush a big fish.
Berg’s Recipe Follow Up – Trout Salad made into Salmon Salad
Back in June, Marcus McCoy submitted a trout salad recipe for people to try. I could not wait to try the recipe; I found some smoked salmon in the freezer and put it to good use with this recipe.
Here’s what I used to make the salmon salad.
2 frozen fillets of smoked salmon
2 whole pickles diced into ¼-inch cubes
3 leaves of lettuce or kale diced into ½-inch squares
Half of a large tomato diced into ¼-inch cubes
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
Shred salmon and mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Eat salmon salad on crackers or by itself.
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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