Outdoor Notes 06-03-11

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Free fishing, clinics are Saturday around NM

Saturday is Free Fishing Day throughout New Mexico.
Saturday, the New Mexico Game Commission grants anglers of all ages, residents and nonresidents, a day of fishing in public waters statewide. No license, stamps or special permits are needed, although bag limits and all other fishing rules apply.
Also Saturday, Game and Fish, the U.S. Forest Service and other conservation partners will conduct several free fishing clinics at waters across the state. Anglers of all ages are encouraged to participate.
At least 130 volunteers will be at the clinics to provide fishing instructions and information about New Mexico’s fish and fish habitat. Young anglers will learn the basics of hook baiting, knot tying and the correct way to release fish.
Lessons on responsible fishing and how to get the most out of the Department’s Fishing Rules and Information Booklet. Waters at most of the clinics will be stocked with catchable-sized trout or channel catfish before the events.
Clinics will be held at the following sites around the state:
• Eagle Rock Lake, Red River, 8 a.m.-noon;
• Roswell Wal-Mart, 7-11 a.m.;
• Blue Hole Park Pond, Santa Rosa, 8 a.m.-noon;
• Las Cruces Alumni Pond, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.;
• Lake Roberts, 9 a.m.-2 p.m;
• Tingley Beach, Albuquerque, 8-11:30 a.m.;
• Aztec Fishing Pond, Riverside Park, 8-11:30 a.m.;
• Grants Riverwalk Pond, 8 a.m. to noon;

For more information about the clinics, contact Kevin Holladay at 505-476-8095 or keven.holladay@state.nm.us.

Possible infestation halts boating on Sumner Lake

FORT SUMNER — The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish announced that Sumner Lake will be closed for boating due to potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers during routine testing of the waters.
Sumner Lake State Park will remain open for camping and other recreational activities.
“We are at a critical point with invasive species and we have to take this drastic action of closing Sumner Lake because these destructive mussels can destroy drinking water infrastructure downstream,” State Parks Director Tommy Mutz said. “We can’t emphasize enough the serious irreversible environmental damage invasive species can do to our natural habitat.”
Quagga mussels are small invertebrates that can rapidly reproduce and can cause problems for farmers, boaters, cities or any other organization that distributes water.
The mussels are known to clog pipes, pumps and water-cooling intake valves on engines.