Fishing for good news in swollen rivers

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By Sherry Robinson

My neighbors, who like to fish in Bluewater Lake, have found it harder and harder to get their boat in the diminishing water. It’s a familiar complaint around the state, as the drought draws lake and reservoir edges farther away from boat ramps.
With record-breaking rain in recent weeks — more three times the average over much of the state — recreation managers suddenly had the opposite problem. Lake levels at Bluewater, in western New Mexico, rose six feet, according to the state Department of Game and Fish. Cochiti Reservoir was up 13 feet; Conchas Lake, five feet; Caballo Lake, six feet. Ute Lake and Navajo Lake also have ample water. In many areas, boat ramps reopened.
The winner may be Sumner Lake, where the water level rose about 23 feet within a few days and the east side boat dock had to be moved 14 times. At this writing Brantley Lake State Park was closed to boating and swimming because of safety concerns related to heavy rains and runoff. In fact, the four main Pecos reservoirs — Santa Rosa, Sumner, Brantley and Avalon — zoomed from 11 percent to 92 percent of capacity, according to news reports.

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