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6 Creative Hacks to Put a Shoe Organizer to Work

by The Schnoor Team

Simple over-the-door shoe organizers are brilliant hacks when it’s time to tame the clutter in your home.

Bulk shoppers and anyone with more stuff than storage, rejoice: You can reclaim your home from clutter with hanging shoe organizers. Sure, they're amazing tools for wrangling homeless sneakers and ballet flats. But there's another reason pro organizers adore them: Their numerous cubbies are perfect for containing odds and ends that drive homeowners mad. You know, that mass of knotted cords, your messy cabinet full of cleaning goods, that one disappearing mitten.

Pick up a few of these genius inventions and let your inner neat freak take over. Here are six shoe organizer ideas to get you started.

#1 Keep Bulk Buys in Check

Instead of piling up towers of paper towels or toilet paper, hang a cloth shoe organizer from your basement or bathroom closet rod and store each roll in its own individual cubby to free up floor space. As a bonus, you won't have to fumble around trying to extract a roll from its plastic covering — just open the closet, grab, and go. (This tip applies to all kinds of bulk purchases, from canned goods to seltzer water.)

#2 Corral Gift Wrap

Not sure where to tuck away your collection of festive wrapping paper? Don't waste precious floor space by stuffing those awkward tubes in a box. Homeowner Angie Holden used a standard over-the-door organizer to keep her gift wrap in order after her under-the-bed storage system grew "too cumbersome to get out when I need it."

Reserve three rows of the organizer's slots for the long wrapping paper tubes. The rolls will sit in the lowest one. To keep those puppies upright, attach elastic bands to the organizer, between the upper two rows of slots, and slide the tubes down through the elastic before they reach their resting place in the lower row. Make it a complete gift station by sewing a catchall bag to the bottom of the organizer for ribbon, tape, and bows.

#3 Cut the Cord on Clutter

Don't let tangled tablet chargers and extra iPhone cords rule your home. Instead, use a shoe organizer to keep your electronic accessories out of sight and ready when you need them. Organization blogger Stefanie Sliger divided her various cables by type, stuffed each set into its own pocket, and labeled accordingly. (Think "iCables," "outlet adapters," and "HDMI.") "It's definitely easier to see, grab, and store cords using the shoe organizer," Sliger says. If you have extra space, those additional pockets are perfect for batteries and lightbulbs.

#4 Feed Your Kids

Tired of your little ones leaving a trail of displaced soup cans and sideways pasta boxes as they dig through the pantry in search of something to snack on? Using a shoe organizer to sort your snacks "makes it easy for kids to snag grab-and-go snacks," like granola bars, applesauce, raisins, and juice boxes, says personal organizer MaryJo Monroe. Hang it over the pantry door for easy access.

#5 Tame Winter Garb

As fall becomes winter, figuring out how to keep your endless collection of mittens, gloves, and extra fluffy socks organized and accessible can be a nightmare. After a basket storage system failed to keep her family's winter accessories under control, blogger Jamie Rannila turned to a shoe organizer — a solution that has been particularly popular with her triplets. "This way of organizing makes it so easy for them to reach and put their items in their own compartment," Rannila says.

#6 Create a One-Stop Cleaning Station

Is your under-sink space cluttered with myriad sponges and half-empty spray bottles that needed to be pitched months ago? Stop digging through the dark to find the glass cleaner. A hanging shoe organizer in your pantry can make life so much easier — just stick each product and cleaning accessory in its own pocket. Voila! No more hunching and hunting.

Source: "6 Creative Hacks to Put a Shoe Organizer to Work"


FAMILY FUN & KIDS

by The Schnoor Team

Albuquerque is possibly the best family vacation destination, with something for all interests. The city has been voted among the top 10 cities for families several times. Every visitor to Albuquerque is encouraged to be a kid at heart. From nature centers and museums to amusement parks and sports venues, families are guaranteed to have plenty of fun options to choose from. The little ones might be interested in seeing the animals at the zoo, while the older ones may want to try hands-on science experiments. If your family is looking for outdoor activities, there are many opportunities for hiking, biking and even ballooning.

As far as kid-friendly vacations are concerned, Albuquerque has many options. Plus, it's so affordable that you'll find your travel budget goes far. If you’re looking for the very best family vacation destination, with everything from dinosaur exhibits to outdoor fun, look no further than Albuquerque.

FAMILY FUN ATTRACTIONS IN THE ALBUQUERQUE AREA

Tinkertown Museum- http://tinkertown.com (505) 281-5233 9am-6pm daily, 7 days a week Adults: $3.50   Seniors (62+): $3.00   Children 4-16: $1.00 “Fantastic, funky Tinkertown Museum is an enchanted assortment of miniature, animated Western scenes. The gift shop alone is worth the visit.” - Sunset Magazine

Albuquerque BioPark- http://www.cabq.gov/biopark The Albuquerque BioPark consists of the Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach. The BioPark is a great place for kids. Marvel at animals from all over the world at the zoo, learn how the waters of the Rio Grande change from Albuquerque to the Gulf of Mexico at the aquarium, and the kids will love the 10,000 square foot glass conservatory housing native and exotic plants at the Botanic Garden

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History- www.nuclearmuseum.org 9:00am - 5:00pm Daily Adults: $8.00 Seniors (60+), Veterans, Youth (6-17): $7.00 Kids Under 6 Free The nation’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field, and an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum- www.balloonmuseum.com (505) 822-1111 $4.00 Adults ($3.00 for NM Residents with valid ID) $2.00 ages 65+ / $1.00 ages 4-12 / under 3 FREE The museum tells the history of ballooning, from the first flight in France in 1783, with a rooster, sheep, and duck as passengers, to the use of balloons in military, science, and aerospace research.

Explora- www.explora.us (505) 224-8300 Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 12pm-6pm Adults $8.00 / Children (1-11) $4.00 / Seniors (65+) $5.00 “I can't say enough about how awesome this place is. It isn't just a science center or a museum... it is a fun house! The kids cheer when I tell them we may return. From the visitor-controlled water fountain art to the living room-sized elevator, we love it!” – Yahoo Reviews

New Mexico Museum of Natural History - www.nmnaturalhistory.org (505) 841-2800 9am-5pm daily, 7 days a week Adults $7.00 / Children (3-12) $4.00 / Seniors (60+) $6.00 The Museum's permanent exhibit halls illustrate a "journey through time", covering the birth of the Universe (≈13.6 billion years ago) to the Ice Age (≈10000 years ago).

White Sands National Monument - Located outside of Alamogordo, about 1.5 hours south of Albuquerque, the White Sands National Monument is open seven days a week from 7am to an hour after sunset. The park admission fee is $3.00 per person over 16 (15 and under are free). Guided sunset strolls and full moon hikes and biking are available for an additional fee.

Source: "FAMILY FUN & KIDS"

Fiestas de Albuquerque

by The Schnoor Team

Presented By: City of Albuquerque, Cultural Services
Dates: April 6, 2019
Location: Historic Old Town
Address: 200 N Plaza St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: 505-768-3556
Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Price: Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Albuquerque's birthday and enjoy the history and traditions of our city with free children's activities, live artist demonstrations, local food, shopping, and fun for the whole family. Fiestas de Albuquerque will feature live entertainment performed by a variety of local talent including headliner, Gonzalo.

Source: "Fiestas de Albuquerque"

2018 Balloon Fiesta Adventure Guide

by The Schnoor Team

23 New Mexico True Adventures You Need to Experience During Balloon Fiesta

For more than four decades, guests from all over the world have come to New Mexico to celebrate ballooning at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Mornings are filled with breakfast burritos, morning glows, and breathtaking mass ascensions. Evenings include live entertainment, “Glowdeos”, and fireworks. But how should you fill your time between ballooning events? Let us help you craft the perfect New Mexico True adventure based on your interests.

1. Fill Your Tank- Fill your tank with breakfast at one of more than 100 restaurants on the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway. Remember: Mornings can be chile.

2. Ride the Rails- Ride the rails and see stunning fall colors on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama.

3. Find “Hoppiness”- Find “hoppiness” on the New Mexico True Ale Trail and see what the hype surrounding New Mexico’s craft beer is all about.

4. Enjoy an Excursion- Explore New Mexico’s stretch of Route 66 and check out all 465 miles of classic neon, vintage motels, and roadside oddities.

5. Play the Slots- Play the slots (slot canyons, that is) at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Cochiti Pueblo.

6. Just Relax- Just relax with a spa treatment that uses locally sourced ingredients.

7. Cowboy Up- Cowboy up with Old West traditions at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso Downs.

8. Reach for the Sky- Reach for the sky at Acoma's famed "Sky City", a USA Today award winner as "Best Native American Experience."

9. Play in Nature’s Sandbox - Play in nature’s sandbox and go sand sledding at White Sands National Monument.

10. Break Out Your Lederhosen- Break out your lederhosen and raise a stein at Red River’s Oktoberfest, located on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway.

11. Sip it Up- Sip it up at wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms on the New Mexico True Wine Trail.

12. Savor the Flavor- Savor the flavor along the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, USA Today's '10BestReaders' Choice' award winner as "Best Food Trail."

13. Discover Native Treasures- Discover Native treasures with multicultural arts & crafts vendors, traditional dances, and hands-on demonstrations.

14. Taste Tradition- Taste tradition along the New Mexico Culinary Treasures Trail made up of family-owned restaurants in operation more than 40 years.

15. Intermingle with Artists- Intermingle with artists on the self-guided Abiquiu Studio Tour. The landscape alone, made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe, is worth the drive.

16. Craft Shop ‘til you Drop - Craft shop ‘til you drop for unique works of art at the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival.

17. Grab Some Green Chile- You will find New Mexico’s signature pepper on almost every menu. But you can also pick your own at Big Jim Farms in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, and they’ll roast it for you right there.

18. Hit the Links- Hit the links along the New Mexico True Golf Trail, showcasing New Mexico’s many stunning—and affordable—golf courses.

19. Complete Your New Mexico Bucket List- Check off all of our can’t-miss experiences on our New Mexico True 30 list. It includes many of the state’s best-known sites, and a few that might surprise you.

20. Crafting and Mastering the Art of Chocolate- Indulge in the handcrafted chocolate at Cacao Santa Fe where you, too, experience the process behind making fine chocolate while working alongside the master.

21. Peek the Peak and Explore- Take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway. From the observation deck at more than 10,000 feet, watch a New Mexico sunset produce a spectacular array of color.

22. Art Like You’ve Never Seen Before- Dive into the art museum at Meow Wolf. Climb through windows, walk through refrigerators, and explore mind-altering dimensions at the most immersive art exhibit you’ll ever find.

23. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star- New Mexico is one of the only states in the U.S. with a protection ordinance for dark night skies. Connect with nature, explore how our ancestors navigated via the galaxy, and enjoy a sky filled with twinkling stars ready to be wished upon.

Source: "2018 Balloon Fiesta Adventure Guide"

 

Santa Rosa Lake State Park

by The Schnoor Team

This reservoir on the plains of eastern New Mexico offers fishing, boating, camping and hiking, as well as abundant bird watching opportunities. Equestrians are welcome at the Los Tanos Campground. 

 

 

Source: "Santa Rosa Lake State Park"

 

Fishing in New Mexico

by The Schnoor Team

One of the nicest things about fishing in New Mexico is the year-round season for most waters. Add the broad variety of species from panfish to trout, bass and catfish, northern pike and walleye, and you have one of the best places to fish in the nation. And don’t forget about the phenomenon of winter ice fishing in the so-called desert Southwest

Out-of-state anglers must purchase an annual fishing license, a one-day license or a five-day license. The fishing license year is April 1- March 31.

A few lakes and parts of some streams are designated “Special Trout Waters,” more commonly referred to as “Quality Waters.” On most of them, only artificial flies and lures with single, barbless hooks can be used. All have restrictions on bag and possession limits. Many Indian pueblos and reservations offer public fishing, mostly for rainbow trout, some with bass or catfish.

FISHING IN NEW MEXICO BY REGION

NORTHWEST

Navajo Nation – Whiskey Lake, north of Gallup at 8,000 feet, offers average catches of 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout and a decent opportunity for 20-24-inch and larger fish (closed Dec.-Apr.). Navajo fishing and boat permits are available at sporting goods stores in the Gallup and Farmington areas. Reliable advice on routing to Whiskey and all lakes on the Navajo Nation is strongly advised. Visit the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife website, http://www.nndfw.org/ for more information.

Navajo Lake State Park - This 15,000-acre irrigation impoundment in the Four Corners area is home to rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon (landlocked Pacific sockeye salmon), largemouth/smallmouth bass, northern pike, channel catfish, crappie and bluegill.  For information on Navajo Lake and the San Juan River below the lake, visit www.emnrd.state.nm.us/spd/navajolakestatepark.html.

San Juan River - The San Juan River is a famous trout stream because the water portion directly below the dam is nearly always cold and clear because the dam slows the water and filters out the mud. This stretch is among the most hallowed trout fishing waters in North America. The rich waters spawn abundant flora, which in turn creates a fine environment for insect proliferation, which in turn supports one of the most prolific trout populations in any large river, both in terms of quantity and average fish size. It is illegal to fish with more than two flies on a single line when fishing the special trout water on the San Juan River.

NORTH CENTRAL

Cochiti Lake - A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) lake 50 miles north of Albuquerque and about 10 miles west of 1-25 has black bass, white bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye, catfish and northern pike. While Cochiti Lake is located within the boundaries of Cochiti Pueblo, permission to fish there is not required, as it is a USACOE facility. Visit www.corpslakes.usace.army.mil

Heron Lake - Less than 20 miles southwest of U.S. 64 near Tierra Amarilla, Heron is a no-wake, 6,000-acre lake that favors fishing and sailing.  Produces 14- to 20-inch kokanee, and 10-to 20-plus-pound lake trout. Many visitors use guides to provide proper equipment and advice. Visit www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/

Jemez Mountains - Jemez streams and Fenton Lake are accessible via N.M. 44 northwest out of Bernalillo, then N.M. 4 north out of San Ysidro.  Jemez waters are heavily stocked with catchable rainbows. Some streams have good populations of brown trout. Visit www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/

Jicarilla Apache Reservation - Probably the best lake in the state for large rainbow trout is Stone Lake - 18 miles south of U.S. 64 out of Dulce. Stone Lake is currently stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass and brown trout. Stone is most easily fished from small boats and float tubes, and is an extremely productive fishery with an unbelievable diversity and abundance of aquatic invertebrates. Tiger salamanders and Fat head minnows also contribute to trout diets in this lake and growth rates of 2 inches have been recorded at Stone Lake. However, prolonged drought conditions have seriously affected the Jicarilla fishing lakes, and decreased opportunities for fishermen. There are seven fishing lakes ranging in size from 35-500 acres, when full. Two of these lakes, Hayden Lake and La Jara Lake are currently dry. The other lakes including Stone Lake, Mundo Lake, Enbom Lake, Dulce Lake and Horse Lake have been impacted by drought conditions but are currently stocked for fishing. Bait fishing is allowed at Mundo and Enbom Lakes. At Stone Lake, however, only artificial flies and lures, with barbless hooks, are allowed. Mundo Lake offers rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill. Stone Lake also has rainbow, brown and largemouth bass; Enbom Lake has rainbow trout; and Dulce Lake features channel catfish. Visit www.jicarillahunt.com/fishing

Private Waters on the Brazos River - The Brazos River east of Chama flows mostly on private land. Two long-established lodges with a variety of accommodations and prices offer access to the river’s fine rainbow and brown trout - Corkins Lodge to 2.5 miles of private access, and Brazos Lodge to public access.

Red River and Lower Red River - The Red River originates in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area above Red River, NM.  The Red is New Mexico’s largest tributary to the Rio Grande.  There are two distinct sections on the Red River, the Upper Red and the Lower Red. The Upper Red River flows along Highway 578 and continues through the town of Red River.  This section is heavily stocked with rainbows and has wild browns and includes a 3-mile section of designated Special Trout Water.  The Upper Red fishes best May through October. The Lower Red River is a 4-5 mile stretch from Questa, NM to the confluence with the Rio Grande.   This wild canyon section features pocket water, riffles, plunge pools and short deep runs.  Easier access is at the Red River Fish Hatchery parking lot, ideal for a half day.  The better fly fishing requires hiking down one of two trails in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Area of the Rio Grande, west of Questa, NM.  Wild brown trout and some rainbows averaging 10-14 inches inhabit the Lower Red plus a few 15-16 inchers.  In the winter nice cuttbows migrate into the Lower Red from the Rio Grande.  The main fly fishing season is September through mid April, with fall and spring being best.  The summer can be hit or miss with runoff and rain.

Rio Chama Below El Vado Lake - In and around El Vado Ranch, rainbow and brown trout inhabit the many holes, pools and ripples of the nearby lakes and streams. In fact, this part of the Rio Chama is spectacular and it is not uncommon to hook an 18-20 inch trout. Take N.M. 112 west of U.S. 64 near Tierra Amarilla and proceed to Cooper’s EI Vado Ranch right at the river; parking fee applies.

Rio Grande - Anglers along the Rio Grande will be challenged by native brown trout, German brown trout, rainbow trout, and northern pike. All anglers, 12 years or older, must have the following: a valid New Mexico fishing license, a Wildlife Habitat Improvement validation, and a Habitat Management and Access Validation (Only those younger than 18, 100% Disabled Resident Veterans and Resident Anglers 70 and older are exempt from purchasing this validation.) in their possession. Licenses are available at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center. To improve trout fisheries, "Special Trout Waters" have been designated north from Taos Junction Bridge to Colorado. Anglers need to be aware of special restrictions that apply in this area. Visit www.blm.gov/nm

NORTHEAST

Cimarron River – The Cimarron River flows east out of Eagle Nest Lake, U.S. 64, through Cimarron Canyon State Park. Good for 10- to 14-inch rainbows and browns. A stretch of Special Trout Water starts near Tolby Campground.

Clayton Lake - A 176-acre impoundment, about 15 miles northwest of Clayton and north of U.S. 64, Clayton Lake State Park has one boat ramp. Fish for rainbows, walleye, largemouth, catfish and big bluegill.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park – Eagle Nest Lake, a 2,000-acre impoundment alongside U.S. 64 northeast of Taos, is one of the state’s premier kokanee and trout lakes, surrounded by the stunning scenery of the high mountains of the Moreno Valley. The lake at 8,300’ elevation is a cool retreat from summer heat or a winter wonderland. Good in open water or through the ice for 14-inch plus rainbows.

Springer Area Lakes - Springer Lake is about 5 miles west of Springer. Best (Apr.-June and Sept.-Oct.) for 5- to 25-pound northern pike. Lake 13 on the Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge, off N.M. 445 just outside the village of Maxwell, produces rainbows in the range of 12 to 24 inches.  Charette Lakes on a mesa southwest of Springer usually offer good fishing for 10- to 14-inch rainbows and perch. Maxwell and Charette Lakes closed Nov.-Feb.  Contact the Springer Chamber of Commerce, 575-483-2998 or springercofc@railnet-isp.com

Valle Vidal - The Valle Vidal is a lush mountain basin located in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, in northern New Mexico. It is managed by the Carson National Forest primarily for its wildlife, as well as its outstanding scenic and recreational opportunities. The Valle Vidal is a veritable Rocky Mountain paradise, with abundant populations of regional wildlife, including mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, bald eagles, and native Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Shuree Ponds, open July 1 to Dec. 31, are stocked with 15-inch-plus rainbow trout, with one reserved for anglers under 12. Daily bag is two 15-inch or bigger fish.

Three lakes along 1-40 between Tucumcari and Santa Rosa usually offer good fishing for walleye: Ute Lake, 25 miles northeast of Tucumcari along U.S. 54 near Logan; Conchas Lake, 31 miles from Tucumcari via N.M. 104; and Santa Rosa Lake, about 10 miles north of 1-40 out of Santa Rosa. The lakes also have small mouth/largemouth bass and channel catfish; great some years for crappie; and Ute and Conchas also have white bass. Be sure to check water levels before planning any fishing trip.

SOUTHEAST

Brantley Lake - An impoundment on the Pecos River reached via CR 30 off U.S. 285, 12 miles north of Carlsbad, Brantley Lake has largemouth/spotted/white bass, walleye, catfish, crappie and bluegill. If you go, concentrate on the upper portions of the lake for channel catfish and white bass. Brantley is catch and release fishing only due to contamination concerns.

Rio Peñasco on Private Land - The Peñasco is a spring creek with nine miles of trout water teeming with wild browns and rainbows along NM 82 east of Cloudcroft. A number of springs help maintain a water temperature of 52-60 degrees year round. Most of the wild browns and rainbows average 10-14 inches with realistic odds of trout reaching 20 inches. The constant water temperatures and tremendous aquatic insect population allow the trout to grow year round. The entire length of the Peñasco is privately owned. Mel and Jennifer Foley (505-687-2221) operate a 2-mile section known as The Rio Penasco Fishing Company. The Foleys offer day trips and overnight camping in comfortable tent-cabins with a full bathhouse. The Mesilla Valley Flyfishers have a two-mile public access lease on the Cleve Ranch. A $10 daily permit is available at the well-posted parking areas along US Highway 82 or by calling the Anglers Nook in Las Cruces, NM (505-522-3810). Five miles of the Penasco on the Mulcock Ranch (505-687-3352) is available for day fishing with a nominal rod fee. The Mulcock Ranch currently features a bunkhouse available for camping.

Ruidoso Area – The Ruidoso River: The Ruidoso River is still recovering from the flooding of 2008 and intermittent low water levels due to drought in recent years. Fishing may be fair for small brown trout and good for rainbows if water levels allow stocking. Grindstone Lake: Stocking of rainbows has been sporadic the last few years due to water quality problems. During the summer, try fishing early in the day (before the sun hits the water) and cast to rising fish. Check stocking reports and lake levels before planning a fishing trip. Bonito Lake remains closed for fishing until further notice.

SOUTHWEST

Bill Evans - Some 30 miles northwest of Silver City and about four miles southwest of U.S. 180, Bill Evans Lake is 300 feet above the river that fills it. Water from the Gila River is pumped up a high mesa to where a sparkling lake is impounded.  The lake annually fills anglers' creels with crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass. Trout, although present throughout the year, are more active from October through May. Compared to other southwestern lakes, Bill Evans has relatively cool waters and largemouth bass grow slower than in warmer lakes. Call New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, 575-522-9796.

Caballo Lake - About 16 miles south of Truth or Consequences via 1-25, Caballo Lake holds a large population of walleye in the 14-24 inch range and fishing should be very good. Fishing should be very good for blue and channel catfish ranging from 10-20 inches.

Elephant Butte Lake - New Mexico’s big one, Elephant Butte Lake is a few miles north of Truth or Consequences, just east of 1-25. Current lake conditions appear to favor blue catfish. Fishing for them should be excellent. White and largemouth bass fishing will be fair throughout the lake during late spring and summer. The Department plans to stock 1 million striped bass fry this spring. Several large stripers were found in recent surveys, but they are few and far between. Fishing should be good for walleye.

Silver City Area - Fishing Lake Roberts for largemouth bass and bluegill is generally good from spring to early summer. Channel catfish should be good in summer. During the winter, fishing for stocked rainbow trout should be good. Fishing at Quemado Lake should be good for stocked rainbow trout throughout the year, but slows in the summer as water temperatures increase. Tiger muskies are available throughout the year and are currently being caught at record sizes at Quemado, as well as at Bluewater Lake (you can only keep one, however, and it has to be longer than 40 inches). Fishing for stocked rainbow trout at Snow Lake is best from November- March. Expect fishing to be slowest in the summer. Both the Gila River and the San Francisco River along with their many tributaries are located within the Forest. Upper reaches and headwater tributaries of both rivers offer trout fishing, the lower reaches of both rivers offer quality warm water fishing opportunities. Visit the www.wildlife.state.nm.us fishing report.

CENTRAL

Sandia Pueblo lakes - Open all year. North of Albuquerque; take the Alameda exit west about a mile to N.M. 313, then north about a mile.  Three small lakes with bass, catfish and rainbow trout; Anglers can expect to catch 10- to 13-inch rainbows. Subject to availability, sometimes stocked with 3- to 8-pound rainbows.

Tingley Beach: The three ponds at Tingley Beach provide something for everyone. Whether you want to fish the Catch and Release pond, or want to expose a young angler to the sport at the Kid’s Pond, you’re set at Tingley Beach. Catchable-size trout and catfish are stocked from October through April in large quantities. If you live within Albuquerque or the surrounding communities, Tingley Beach is a classic “urban fishery” and it’s hard to beat.

Source: "Fishing in New Mexico"

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