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Great Day for Fishing

Great Day for Fishing

  In May of 2016, a retired steel worker from Albuquerque named Michael Yazzie was in Red River to spend a warm spring day doing something that he loved doing: fishing. Michael was particularly fond of the river because the spring runoff was steady but not too swift, and the water was fairly clear, not turbid (muddy) as is often the case in May. The high country snow was melting, filling the banks of the streams and the Red River. Michael tried different places on the river, covering several excellent locations, including the Red River Anglers Park on the west side of town, near the helicopter pad and the softball/soccer field. To say he had a good day would be putting it mildly. He won’t say where on the river he hooked the 11½ pound, 28-inch rainbow whale. Anglers guard a great fishing hole with a code of silence. He was also smiling and laughing so hard that he had trouble talking, being out of breath. He was able...

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Winter Fly Fishing

Winter Fly Fishing

    Red River has been a great place to fish for centuries, considered to be one of the finest fresh water hatcheries in the country. During the spring, summer and fall, streams, lakes and the river are the favorite challenge of fly-fishing enthusiasts looking for a genuine mountain experience. What many of those enthusiasts don’t know is that good fishing doesn’t stop when the snow flies. While the Red River may ice over in spots, it flows year-round, offering opportunities for anyone who can figure out what the chilly trout want. Downstream, where the Red River makes its way to the Rio Grande, temperatures are less harsh and there are many great spots, especially near the Red River Hatchery outside of Questa. If you’ve ever wondered about ice fishing, there are places that are accessible until the thaw becomes a game-changer in late February or early March. A guide is recommended for such an adventure,...

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Fishing Derby at the Ponds

Fishing Derby at the Ponds

  The Town of Red River and the Red River Ski & Summer Area will host the Red River Fishing Derby on May 30 at the ponds at Base Camp. The Derby will also include educational booths provided by the Forest Service, casting contests and a raffle benefitting the Red River Valley Charter School. There will be food, vendors and a beer garden at the Ponds! Registration is available by calling 575-754-2223 x 205. $10 per person prior to May 15 – $20 after that to...

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Where Can I Catch Fish?

Where Can I Catch Fish?

  The Upper Valley and the Red River through town are heavily stocked by the Red River Chamber of Commerce, thanks to your tourism dollars. The NM Department of Fish & Game also stocks the rivers and lakes in the area. • Upper Red River – Fishing in the beaver ponds above the Upper Valley is excellent for brooks and stocked rainbows. Between town and the Upper Valley is a 1-mile section designated Special Trout Waters. • Red River – Fishing through town is excellent, with some of the best angling under bridges and around bushes. All fishing is open unless marked otherwise. Both the river and Town Ponds near the Lift House are stocked. • Lower Red River – Approximately 2 miles west of Questa is the Red River Fish Hatchery. The Red River runs beside it and you can fish upstream or down from the parking lot. • Rio Grande -You can reach the Rio Grande from the John Dunn Bridge, located north of Arroyo Hondo or...

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NM Public Fishing Waters

NM Public Fishing Waters

  New Mexico offers fishing enthusiasts a wide variety of angling locations and nearly two dozen species of game fish! Click here to view New Mexico Game & Fish’s map of public fishing waters:...

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NM Big Fish Awards Program

NM Big Fish Awards Program

  Would you like to qualify for a New Mexico Fishing Award? It’s easy. Just weigh and measure your catch, fill out the application form for NM State Record Fish application (which can be downloaded from our website www.wildlife.state.nm.us under FISHING) and return to the Santa Fe Office, NM Dept. of Game and Fish, Attn: Public Information and Outreach Division, PO Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Any fish legally taken in New Mexico is eligible. Award Rules: Anyone may enter. Any fish legally taken by angling in New Mexico will be considered if it meets or exceeds the minimum size in the table below. A witness is needed; this may be the person who weighs and measures the fish. Send photo if possible. Species Minimum Length in Inches Bass – Largemouth 20″ Bass – Smallmouth 14″ Bass – Spotted 14″ Bass – Striped 34″ Bass – White 15″ Bluegill 9″ Catfish – Blue 28″ Catfish – Channel 24″ Catfish – Flathead 36″ Common Carp 35″ Crappie 14″ Kokanee...

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Fishing

Fishing

  As early as 1905, Red River City began gaining notoriety as a pristine fish hatchery and paradise for anglers, boasting some of the finest trout fishing in the nation. Combined with the cool mountain weather, people began to regard the high country of Northern New Mexico as a place to relax and escape the rigors of day-to-day living, as well as the heat. It was also a great place to catch fish. In those early days, there were no bag limits, but as more people made use of the river and the high country lakes, regulations became necessary to keep area waters from being “fished out.” Today the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish operates fish hatcheries and stocks fish throughout the spring and summer months. The Town of Red River also conducts a trout stocking program, supported by the not-for-profit Texas Hold’em tournaments organized by summer resident and Louisiana native John Pilgreen. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LICENSE Fly fishing tours with experienced local guides are...

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