Fishing (and other stuff) Report
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
Just after I called El Nino a dud, I wake up to snow April Fools Day! The mountains looked beautiful with their fresh coating of white.
Unfortunately, the warm weather we had in February led to the apricot trees blooming earlier than usual. It looks like another year without apricots, at least here in Española. The early blooming plums also look to be gone. Peaches may have suffered too, although I’m optimistic some blossoms survived. Cherries may have been hit hard also, although some of the late bloomers may be okay. European plums like Green Gage haven’t bloomed yet and should be okay.
The apple trees still have not bloomed and looking at our trees they’re loaded with buds. Even trees that had fruit last year look good. There was a lot of bee activity around the apricot trees when they were blooming, so there should be good pollination. Many varieties of apples require cross-pollination to set fruit.
The snowfall April 1 actually slowed down the spring runoff and the Rio Grande fell from this time last week. It could be worth trying. The bass fishing is starting to pick up at Abiquiu Lake and they are catching some small lake trout at Heron Lake. The flows on the Chama River below El Vado Lake and Abiquiu Lake are still low, so try to hit these spots before they start releasing water. I noticed that they were catching some big fish at the Maxwell Lakes. The fishing at Lake Maloya near Raton has been good, with some big fish being landed.
Spring turkey season opens April 15 and you can buy your turkey license online or from license vendors. Preseason scouting pays off for gobblers. Knowing where the birds are before you hunt is an advantage. A combination scouting and fishing trip would be a good plan before the season starts.
Good fishing everyone.