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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 5 Specific areas to open in the Gila Wilderness-others remain closed Fork of the Gila River• (Turkey Feather Creek and the West Fork itself will remain closed as will all areas and trails west of them.) The Trail from 74 Mountain to Mogollon Creek up Turnbo Canyon, and the west side of McKenna Park to White Creek Cabin will open along with all areas east of it. (Anything west and north of Trail 74 Mountain within the Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FOREST/Silver City The Wilderness Ranger Dis- trict of the Gila NF will begin a gradual opening of specific areas in the Gila Wil- derness that were closed due to the Whitewater-Baldy fire. Effective Saturday, June 30, 2012, the following areas will be open to public access: Area east of Turkey Feather Creek and the West Somhwest APe= Dept. oq Fisking Rep0r00 -r--0..., ,,. 1 tail grubs and sassy shad for white bass• Fishing was slow to fair us- ing crank baits and spinner min- now combinations for walleye• Fishing was fair using Pop Rs, jerk baits, crank baits, tubes, crawdad imitations and creature baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass• Fishing was fair to good us- ing stink baits, chicken liver and shrimp for catfish• We had no re- ports on other species• Surface temps on the main lake were in the mid to upper 70s. The Monticello and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed• Escondida Lake: Fishing was fair using stink bait, hot dogs and chicken liver for catfish• We had no reports on other species• Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 22 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week• For updated informa- tion regarding closures in the area call 575-533-6231• Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait• Lake Roberts: Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, cheese and spinners for trout• Fishing for catfish was fair to good using stink bait, worms and liver• Percha Dam: Fishing was good using grubs and minnows for walleye. Fishing was good using cut bait, minnows and liver for catfish. Quemado Lake: We had no re- ports from anglers this week• Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday lwas 1,950 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was fair using small Spoons and white grubs for white bass and a few walleye• Fishing was fair using stink bait and liver for catfish• Fishing below Caballo was good using minnows, crank baits, spoons and grubs for wall- eye and white bass• Snow Lake: The Snow Lake/Dip- ping Vat Campground has been closed until further notice due to the Whitewater/Baldy Fire Com- plex. For more information call 575-533-6231. CATCHES OF THE WEEK: • Eagle Nest Lake: June 24, James Chick of Espanola caught a 26- inch northern pike. He was using a small silver Kastmaster. • Abiquiu Lake: June 27, Amy Anderson of Los Alamos caught a 27-inch, 7-pound walleye. She was trolling a crank bait at the north end of the lake. • Cochiti Lake: June 28, Abel Baca Jr. of Albuquerque caught and released a 32-inch, 7-pound northern pike. He was trolling a crank bait. • Ute Lake: June 28, Kenny Smith of Portales caught a 6.23-pound largemouth bass. He was fishing in less than 2 feet of water. • Lake Van: July 2, Josh Rivas of Roswell caught a 26-inch chan- nel catfish. He was using shrimp. • Bluewater Lake: July 2, Mike Case of Farmington caught a 42- inch musky. He was trolling a crank bait. • San Gregorio: June 23, Jordan Baldonado of Rio Rancho caught a 20.5-inch rainbow trout. He was using a wooly bugger. If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at fishforfun2 @ We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used. SOUTHWEST AREA Bear Canyon: Fishing was fair ', using chicken liver, stink bait and worms for catfish. We had no re- .... worts on other species• Bill Evans Lake: We had no re- ports from anglers this week. Caballo Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, sassy shad, curly tail grubs and spinner min- now combinations for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and bottom-bouncer nightcrawler combinations for walleye• We had no reports on other species• Elephant Butte: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, curly 9EWEE002Y New Inventory Huge Selection/ Lip • Belly Button • Eyebrow. Tongue • Ear. Nose Silver Rings • Dangles • Logos • itanium • 14K 114 E• Motel Drive * Lordsburg I 575.542.8880 wilderness boundary remains closed•) Note: The West Fork, from White Creek Cabin south to within a mile and a half of the West fork trailhead, remains closed• All other closures will remain in place including the Catwalk National Recreation Trail until further notice• Please refer to closure or- der (Order Number 06-307) and corresponding map for specific details• The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and Visitor Center and the Mogollon Box remain open to the public• Although the Whitewater- Baldy fire is 87% contained, some interior smoldering and burning will continue until monsoon rains arrive. Anyone planning on trav- eling into these opened areas is urged to use caution• Hazards such as slow burning stump holes, loose rocks, damaged or blocked trails, falling trees and limbs may exist• Also, in anticipation of the monsoon rains, flash flooding with debris flows may also pose a danger• Keep informed of weather forecasts before ven- turing out. Fireworks and other pyro- technic devices are always pro- hibited on national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays• For more information, please call the Wilderness Ranger District at (575) 536- 2250. NM residents get first shot at leftover Derek Runyan and Braiden Washburn AMS student qualifies to compete at wond's largest junior high rodeo Courtesy submission Braiden Washburn, an 8th- grade student at Animas Middle School, earned a position on the New Mexico National Junior High rodeo team. He competed with his partner, Derek Runyan from Silver City, in the Team Rop- ing at the 8th Annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) that was held in Gallup, New Mexico from June 24th thru June 30th. Featuring more than 1000 contestants from 47 states, Cana- dian provinces and Australia the National Junior High Finals is the world's largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,00 in prizes, NJHFR contestants also competed for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Cham- pion. Braiden and Derek finished 3rd after two go-rounds of in- tense competition and advanced to Saturday's final championship performance. After the final per- formance, Braiden and Derek placed 3rd in the nation for 2012• Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the "Cinch Town Tour" tele- cast series• Check online at http:/ / for the broadcast schedule• Braiden is the son of Owen and Tricia Washburn. Trash management key to managing state bear issues licenses Mexico Department of Game and Fish is en- Submitted by NM DEPTof GAME couraging the public to & FiSH/Santa Fe manage their trash prop- More than 6,000 deer, elk erly• "Everyone needs to were and;jayelina licenscs hat keep.their tras h in-an en- not sold, during theannual draw- ,ing for big-gamin,hunting li- censes will go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT Wednesday, July 1 1, on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state New Mexico residents will get first shot at the licenses dur- ing the first-come, first-served sale. State law restricts sales to residents-only for the first 24 hours• The sale will be opened to nonresidents at 10 a.m. MDT July 12. Hunters are strongly ad- vised to obtain or review an online customer account, in- cluding a Customer Identifica- tion Number, user name and password before the sale begins• Popular licenses sell out in min- utes, sometimes seconds, after sales begin• Submitted by NM DEPT of GAME & FISHISanta Fe Bear season begins soon at a trash can or dumpster near you. To make this a safe summer for bears and humans, the New closed container stored in a secure building," said Rick Winslow, large carnivore biologist for the department. "Only put your trash out on the morning it will be col- lected and hauled away" Every year, bears that come into towns searching for food are : caught and relocated or killed by department employees• Bears are killed when conserva- tion officers determine the bears are a threat to public safety• Bears that regularly feed on garbage can lose their fear of humans and con- sider humans as a source of food. This year, the department will in- crease its efforts to eliminate trash-habituated bears. "This is potentially a very dangerous situation," Winslow said. "If people care about bears and their own safety, they won't let this happen•" Populations of bears and hu- mans have grown significantly in New Mexico• In 1925, just prior to bears being protected as game animals, a conservative estimate of the bears on U.S. Forest Ser- vice land was 660 animals• To- day, the statewide estimate ex- ceeds 6,000 bears• To illustrate the problem trash creates for bears and bear managers, the Department of Game and Fish produced a short documentary about bears and trash in the City of Raton. The department is working with Raton and San Miguel County to address their trash management issues. The agency is trying to obtain grant money to purchase new bear-resistant dumpsters. Raton has 3,200 resi- dential dumpsters and 800 busi- ness dumpsters for a population of 7,000 residents• "The City of Raton has agreed to enter into an agreement with Game and Fish to get rid of all the dumpsters in town and re- place them with larger, bear- proof, containers, which should reduce human/bear conflicts in the community," said Officer Clint Henson. "We have worked toward this goal for many years," he said. "This will reduce potential human injury and will assuredly keep many bears from becoming ha- bituated to human food." A screening of the department's video, "The Mod- ern Black Bear: Born Wild, Raised on Trash" and a news con- ference is scheduled at 1 p.m. May 3 at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park's Education Center in Albuquerque• Other screenings will be shown around the state, and ,.dates and times will be available soon ' 'on ..... the department's website, In addition to im- proved trash manage- ment, the department encourages homeowners to: • Pick fruit as it rip- ens and do not allow it to rot on the ground• • Do not feed seed to birds in mountain communities between April 15 and Nov• 1• • Remove hummingbird feed- ers if bears are using them. • If water is attracting bears, do not provide it. That includes decorative fountains and bird baths. • Do not feed pets outside. • Clean barbeque grills thor- oughly and place them in a se- cure building. • Do not stack wood against your home as bears are attracted to rodents. • Pick up trash immediately if it is scattered by bears or other animals. "We recognize that it's a thrill to see the bears in town or being released back into the wild on the TV news, but fed bears are dead bears," Winslow said. 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