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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017 5 rles receives Submitted by NM DEPT of GAME New Mexico Highlands Univer- & FISHISanta Fe 'New Mexico De- partment of Game and Fish fisheries biologist Marc Wethington has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Fisheries Society. Wethington, a 21- year veteran of the de- partment, received the society's Fish Head of the Year Award at a re- cent meeting in Farmington. The award honors career achieve- ment. Marc Wethington receives lifetime achieve- ment award, Wethington, 53, is a I This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been gener- ated 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. Catches of the week: Bluewater Lake: Andrew Venable, 13, of Grants, caught and released a tiger muskie March 20. He was using a trout rig. Caballo Lake: Nick Mondragon of Nambe caught a 23-inch wail- 'eye March 18. He was jigging a curly tail grub. Elephant Butte Lake: Robert Bryant of Albuquerque caught and released a 6-pound large- mouth bass March 15. He was us- ing a 9-inch purple Yamamoto Senko. Gene Thomas of Truth or Consequences caught and re- leased a 10-pound, 2-ounce large7 mouth bass March 16. He was .fishing the Rattlesnake Island area and using a white tube. Fenton Lake: Javon Daniel, 6, of Rio Rancho, caught a 21-inch rainbow trout March 16. It was his first fish of the day and he was using salmon peach glitter PowerBait. MaxwellLake 13: Jody Gray of Ute Park caught a 21-inch rain- bow trout March 16. Jody was using salmon peach PowerBait. Navajo Lake: Jared Fishburn, 14, of Farmington, caught a 25-inch brown trout March 17. He was using a fire tiger Rapala. Red River Hatchery Pond: Townes Webb, 4, of Austin, Texas la nl The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will host Hidalgo County high school seniors at the Hidalgo County Learning Center on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Assistance will be avail- able in filling out the Elks schol- arship application, which has a deadline of May 12. The local lodge scholarship is judged on a points system, and seniors who attend this workshop will receive an automatic 10 points towards their application. The Lordsburg Elks lodge will be giving out two $1000 scholasrhips to high school se- niors and one $1000 scholarship to a continuing education stu- dent. For more information con- tact Priscilla Perea at or the Lordsburg Elks Lodge at lordsburgelks @ caught and released his catch of the day, a nice rainbow trout. He was using chartreuse PowerBait. The foilowing catches came in late but deserve a mention: Brantley Lake: Peyton Kennard, 11, of Roswell caught and re- leased his first Iargemouth bass March 12. He was using a min- now under a bobber. Jen Kennard of Roswell caught and released a 3.5-pound largemouth bass March 12. She was using a min- now under a bobber. Southwest Area Ahmmi Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports. Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing was fair to good using garlic PowerBait and worms for trout. Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes under a bubble, .salmon eggs, PowerBait and small spoons for trout. Fish- ing for largemouth bass was fair using crank baits, swim baits and tubes. Caballo Lake: Fishing for wall- eye was fair using curly tail grubs, tubes and crank baits. Anglers had the best luck at the north end of the lake. Fishing for white bass was fair using grubs and crank baits. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, liver and cut bait for catfish. Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, top water lures and grubs for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, spin- ner baits, senkos, crank baits and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using cut bait, night crawl- ers and liver for catfish. We had no other reports. The surface wa- ter temp ranged from the high 50s to the low 60s. Escondida Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes, Kastmasters, Super Dupers, PowerBait, homemade dough bait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow. We had no other re- ports. Gila River: Stream flow on Mon- day morning was 506 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait for trout. Lake Roberts: Fishing was fair to good using worms and PowerBait for trout. We had no other reports. Pereha Dam: Fishing was slow for all species. Quemado Lake: We had no re- ports from anglers this week. Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 1,240 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Young Pond: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, home- made dough bait and PowerBait for trout. sity graduate and a Kirtland na- tive. He has been stationed at the San Juan River be- low Navajo Dam his entire career. He has overseen nu- merous habitat improve- ment projects in the river designed to mitigate low water flows and maintain the high-quality trout fish- ery. The world-renowned fishery boasts an esti- mated 70,000 trout aver- aging 16 to 18 inches in length occupying about four miles of river below the dam. It is widely re- garded among anglers as one of the West's top trout streams. "It is an honor to have been recognized by my peers for the work that we've been able to ac- complish here on the San Juan on behalf of all anglers," Wethington said. Wethington was lauded in award nomination letters for his depth of knowledge, strong work ethic and ability to forge positive working relationships. "Anyone who ffshes the San Juan knows what a great job he's done keeping it special," said Eric Frey, Sport Fish Program manager for the department. "He's truly devoted his career to fulfill- ing that mission." Bobby Gomez, a 1972 graduate of Lordsburg High School, was recently named KRQE's 2016 Football Friday's Coach of the Year. Gomez, the son of Sal and Toni Gomez of Lordsburg, coaches 6-man foot- ball at San Jon High School in northern New Mexico. Construction on three brid on Forest Road 150 begins Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FOREST/Silver City Mimbres, NM. The Gila Na- tional Forest, Wilderness Ranger District wishes to notify the pub- lic that bridge work will begin on Forest Road 150 on March 22. This project will replace three aging bridge structures On Forest Road 150; one at Indian Creek, the second at a small tributary to Black Canyon; and the third is the main bridge at Black Canyon. Contractors will be mobiliz- ing equipment, beginning prep- ping the sites and working on the road surface. Detours around the bridges will be made available and will be wide enough to ac- commodate wider load vehicles, i.e., livestock trailers. The road will be signed to alert drivers to the construction work. The pub- lic is urged to exercise caution on the road and comply with traf- fic controls. Delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected. The construction work is expected to go through September 2017. For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http:// or join the conversation on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest. LHS Football All Stars selections Four Lordsburg High School Maverick football players were selected to represent the South in the North-South All Star Football Game, which will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Pictured above are Jacob Esquivel, Raymond Saucedo, Johnny Plowman and Coach Loule Balsa. Not pictured was Joseph Gonzales. Below are theWinter sports All District and All State selections. LHS All District Volleyball selections Vanesea Pantoja, Gabby Olivas, Anissa Plowman and Gabby Artiaga LHS Football All-District selections Jacob Esquivel, Raymond Saucedo, Johnny Plowman and Luke De La Garza. Not pictured wae Joseph Gonzales LHS Football Class AA All-State selections Greg Cuevas, Jacob Esquivel, Raymond Saucedo, Johnny Plowman and Luke De La Garza. Not pictured was Joseph Gonzales Courtesy photos LORDSBURG MAVERICK BASEBALL 2016-17 DATE OPPONENT TIME Fri, March 17 Duncan V 5 PM Tues, March 21 at Hatch V/JV 3/5 PM Sat, March 25 at Navajo Pine in Gallup V il AM/1 PM Th-Sat. Mar. 30-Apr.1 at Thoreau Tourn. V TBA Tues, April 4 Silver V/JV 3/5 PM Fri, April 7 Hatch V/JV 3/5 PM Tues, April 11 Mesilla Valley Christian V 4/6 PM Sat, April 15 Tohajii.lee V 11 AM/1 PM Tues, April 18 at Cobre JV/V at Walatowa 4/6 PM Sat, April 22 Charter V 11 AM/1 PM Mon, April 24 at Safford V 5 PM Sat, April 29 Jemez Valley V 11 AM/1 PM Tues, May 2 at Magdalena V 3/5 PM Wed.-Fri., May 10-12 State Baseball Tourn- Abq TBA Head Coach: Michael Newell Asst. Coach: Victor Saenz Principal: Ralph Almanzar Athletic Director: Louie Baisa Superintendent: Randy Piper LADY MAVERICK SOFTBALL 2016-17 DATE OPPONENT TIME Tues, March 14 Hatch JV/V 3/5 PM Sat, March 18 vs. Eunice V Las Cruces 11 AM/1 PM Tues, March 21 Hot Springs JV/V 3/5 PM Fri./Sat.,Mar. 31/Apr. 1 at MVCS Tournament V TBA Fri, April 7 at Hatch JV/V 3/5 PM Tues, April 11 at Mesilla Valley Christian 4/6 PM Sat, April 15 Tohajiilee V - Short Park 11 AM/1 PM Tues, April 18 at Cobre JV (iV-V) 4/6 Pr,1 Thurs, April 2'0 at Hot Springs (JV-V) 3/5 PM Sat, April 22 Walatowa Charter V 11 AM/1 PM Tues, April2S at Silver JV 3/5 PM Sat, April 29 at Jemez Valley V only11 AM/1 PM Tues, May 2 TBA TBA Wed.-Fri,, May 10-12 State Tourn-Rio RanchoTBA Head Coach: Rodney Plowman Asst Coach: Erin Hawley. Athletic Director: Louie Baisa Principal: Almanzar Superintendent: Randy Piper t i DATE Thurs, March 23 Sat, April 1 Fri, April 7 Thurs, April 13 Mon, April 17 Fri, April 21 Thur or Fri, April 27 or 28 Fri./Sat., May 5-6 MAVERICK TRACK 2016-17 OPPONENT TIME Richard Moore Invitational - LHS 3PM at Mike Castillo Invitational - 9AM Silver HS , at Reserve Track Meet TBA Hidalgo County Relays - LHS 3 PM (hosted by Animas HS) at Marilyn Sepulveda Classic - 3PM ALB. (All Star Meet) at Cobre Invitational 3PM District 3AAA Track Meet -TBA 3PM at State Track Meet - UNM - Albuquerque Head Coach: DJ Saucedo IBA Asst. Coaches: Teddy Medina, Louie Baisa (vol), Jacob Ornelas (vol), Chris Sanchez (vol) Athletic Director: Louie Baisa Principal: Ralph Almanzar Superintendent: Randy Piper I,