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.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF GAME & FISH
As COVID-19 continues to force all of us to make changes to our daily schedule, the department would like to remind you that together we can make a difference. To help minimize the spread of the virus:
Practice social distancing.
Wash your hands regularly.
Avoid non-essential travel.
Wear a face covering.
Avoid interacting with large groups.
The department is continuing to adapt our ways of working to conserve wildlife for all New Mexicans. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, department biologists and conservation officers continue to conduct wildlife surveys, contact anglers and OHV recreationists and stock fish in open waters throughout the state.
Our teams are wearing personal protective equipment for everyone’s safety while working in small groups for maximum social distancing. We ask for your help to keep everyone safe and healthy by following the NMDOH public health emergency order by wearing PPE while staying at least six feet away from staff and equipment.
IN THIS WEEK’S REPORT
Berg shares more fly fishing and other tips from local anglers.
Dropshot fishing hack: Brandon Marshall of Las Cruces shares with us a perfect dropshot rig that he learned from an Arizona angler.
Instead of always having a set leader length, like on most dropshot rigs, Marshall can adjust his at any time while also preventing tangles.
First, take a bobber stopper and puts it onto his fishing line.
Next, slide a hook onto the line while making sure that the hook is facing up.
Then place another bobber stopper onto the fishing line below the hook.
Lastly, simply tie on a teardrop weight to the end of the fishing line.
With this rig, the hook stays at your desired depth. By sliding the hook and bobber stops up or down on your line, you can easily change the depth of your hook. When a fish bites, the fish and hook slide down the fishing line to the weight, preventing tangles.
Note: Make sure the bobber stoppers you use are rated for the pound test line you are using so that the stoppers are not too loose or too tight on your line.
Marshall has had success with this rig at Trees Lake in Deming and Elephant Butte Lake. He likes to use Robo worms for largemouth bass and plastic minnows for white bass.
It is so easy and makes so much sense. Thanks for the tip!
KEEPING FISHING SIMPLE: Four-year-old Lilly May Lovato reminds us that catching fish does not have to be so complicated. She loves to fish with her Mickey Mouse fishing rod at Eagle Nest Lake. With just her rod, a jar of PowerBait and a few hooks and weights, Lilly is ready to go. What she really likes is how beautiful it is at the lake and being surrounded by nature. She reminds us that it does not always take the most expensive gear or experienced angler to enjoy a great day outdoors with family.
Any anglers willing to share their experiences, techniques or tackle, please contribute by emailing Berg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.