Shady Lakes Closing Shop

A local attraction known for fishing will officially be closing its doors on 30 October.

Jan Phillips is one of the owners of Shady Lakes, which has been a part of the Phillips family since 1962. Even though the Phillips family is closing the door on Shady Lakes, Jan hopes whoever ends up buying the fishing hole can keep the tradition going. The owners have yet to put the property on the market. Shady Lakes was originally just a bait farm when it was first purchased by the Phillips family in 1962. Once they bought it, they quickly converted it into what it is today.


Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Oasis State Park

Oasis State Park in Portales, with support from the Friends of Oasis is holding their 26th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kids aged 6-17 will have the opportunity to learn all about various fishing techniques, water safety, fish biology and learn the difference between a trout and a catfish by rotating through nine learning stations.

Lunch for participants is provided at noon and sponsored by the Community Services Center and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Portales. Following lunch, awesome outdoor prizes like fishing rods, sleeping bags and sports equipment will be drawn. Each registered child is eligible for a door prize, so participants are asked to pre-register with the park by calling (575) 356-5331. More information can be found here.


It’s time to renew your membership

Mike Maes,
Membership Chair

NMT members, the time of year is here to renew your membership for 2017.

Our membership is based on the calendar year: 1 January – 31 December.

Your membership in New Mexico Trout is crucial to our ability to preserve and enhance trout habitat and trout fishing in NM. We are in coordination with the Valles Caldera National Preserve to install a fish barrier on the Rio de Los Indios and our initial estimate is that we may be contributing up to $10,000. We need your support.

We have several forms of membership and sponsorship:

Regular Family Junior (under 21) Life Member Individual Sponsor Business Sponsor Corporate Sponsor
$30 annual $35 annual $15 annual $500 one-time payment $60 annual $150 annual $250 annual

And there are several convenient ways to renew your membership:

  1. Renew online! If you have already registered and are logged in, all your contact information will be automicatically filled in.
  2. Renew by mail. Fill in your information and send the form to your self to mail in with a payment.
  3. Come to our monthly meeting, fill out and drop off an updated membership form and we’ll take care of the restTypes of membership:


If you have any questions,contact Mike Maes or any one of the NMT Board of Directors.

Notes from the President

At the December meeting, we will have the drawing for a bamboo rod. There still are some blank spaces on the on the raffle board and we will be selling those at both the November and December general meetings. If you have not gotten in on the raffle, you will have two more opportunities to do so. The rod is going to be a great Christmas present for some lucky winner.

Want a chance to express your concerns about how the U.S. Forest Service is managing your public lands in the Santa Fe National Forest? An Open Houses will be held on November 14 at the Walatowa Visitor Center, Jemez Pueblo, and on December 7 at the Supervisors Office. All will be from 1 to 3:30pm. More information concerning the Open Houses can be obtained from their website at:

We are looking for a Club member to step forward and be the Director of Youth Programs. If you are interested please contact me at I, and many other Club members, enjoy working with this program so you will not be alone.

Lastly, make sure when you get your 2017 calendar that you circle February 11, the Saturday we will have our annual Conclave.

Jerry Burton, President NMT

Press release: Forest Service & Jumping Mouse

SANTA FE, NM – July 25, 2016 – For Immediate Release.

Fire staff help erect fence to protect New Mexico meadow jumping mouse habitat (Photo credit: USDA Forest Service)

Fire staff help erect fence to protect New Mexico meadow jumping mouse habitat (Photo credit: USDA Forest Service)

While Forest Service crews were  constructing a fence to protect critical habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, a 10-person team of researchers from Northern Arizona University (NAU) confirmed that the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is home to the species.

Wildlife ecologist and NAU School of Forestry professor Carol Chambers, Ph.D., and her crew surveyed 10 sites in or near suitable habitat for the mouse and confirmed its presence in eight of the 10. Dr. Chambers’ team used Sherman traps, which are box-style traps used for live capture and release, as well as videography and track plates that capture mouse footprints to confirm its presence. The team also conducted detailed habitat assessments, including vegetation and stream and soil characteristics, and collected hair and fecal samples from the mice to conduct an analysis of their diet.

Simultaneously, about 50 SFNF employees, students working on Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews and a handful of people representing the permittees on the Cebolla-San Antonio allotment joined forces over three days to construct 2.8 miles of fence in the Road Pasture. The new Road Pasture fence, approved as part of the May 2016 habitat protection project for the mouse, will help keep cattle out of designated critical habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

“While we have obligations under the Endangered Species Act for the conservation of the mouse, we also understand that the ranching tradition runs deep in New Mexico. Our intent is to protect the mouse while continuing to allow grazing on the impacted allotments,” Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia said. “We appreciate the help of all our partners, particularly the grazing permittees, for working with us to achieve that multi-use objective.”

Read the full press release.

Jemez Creek Volunteer Project and Small Stream Fishing Clinic – July 23, 2016

For the past several months the lower Jemez Creek has been the site of a major Forest Service stream restoration project. Old, ineffective stream structures have been replaced, pools and meanders have been constructed, and willows and cottonwoods have been planted along the stream banks. The forest Service has asked us to do some follow-up work on the plantings, primarily to do some deep watering to help them get through this extremely dry period until we (hopefully) get some summer rain.

Cecil Rich, the SF National Forest fisheries biologist, will give us a brief overview of the project as a whole to explain how the different plantings and constructed features will benefit water quality, fishing, and aquatic habitat.

After lunch the Club will conduct a clinic on small stream fly fishing techniques, including:
* selecting appropriate tackle
* flies for Jemez streams
* reading the water
* casting techniques for small water
* being stealthy

This should be particularly of interest to those who are new to fly fishing or who want to sharpen their techniques for fishing typical Jemez streams. More experienced NM Trout members will be available for personal coaching.

We will meet at 9:00 AM, Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
at the Spanish Queen Public Use Site on Highway 4 south of Jemez Springs. See the map below.

Bring gloves, hat, sunscreen, wading boots or hippers for occasional stream crossings, water bottle or canteen (we’ll have a 5 gal water cooler), fly fishing gear for the clinic. We’ll have some 5 gal buckets, but bring one if you have it.

Respond to by 10:00 PM Tuesday, July 19th and NM Trout will provide you with lunch.

Take I-25 north to Bernalillo, left on Highway 550 to San Ysidro, right on Highway 4 through village of Canon and past the Highway 485 intersection. The Spanish Queen Use Site will be on the left. See the map below. The driving time from the Big I is a little over an hour.

For further information contact New Mexico Trout Conservation Chairman, Ron Loehman.


Volunteers Needed for VCNP Fly Fishing Clinics

We got off to a late start this year with the Valles Caldera National Preserve fly fishing clinics, primarily because of the uncertainty surrounding new administrative ground rules.  We need a couple of volunteers to help with two clinics, one scheduled for beginner adults on July 23 and the second for kids and adults on August 20. You don’t have to volunteer for both.

These clinics will be abbreviated from what we did last year, focusing on a 50-minute introduction to fly fishing using our handout, followed by 50-minutes of casting practice.  We will start at 8:30 am, and drive to the San Antonio cabin area at 10:30 am. After a brief lunch, we should be fishing before noon. This should get us on the water earlier than last year. We will quit by 3 pm to drive back, as the clinics end at 4 pm.

I will be driving one of the VCNP’s vans, but given the number of attendees, we may have to take another van or car/truck.  Volunteer efforts include helping clinic attendees in the classroom and then on the river.  I’ll let you know the number of attendees a few days in advance of the clinic – as of now, they haven’t reached the 20 person limit.

Note that we will not be sleeping over at the Bunkhouse as that is being used by VCNP.  If you want NMT to bring sandwiches and drinks, let me know.  We could also car pool.

NMT Volunteers should contact me either by email or phone if you are interested in helping with either of these clinics.

Hank Westrich, NMT Youth Programs