NMGF News:In this time of change, the Department would like to encourage anglers to stay home, mend equipment and prepare for the upcoming fishing season.In the weekly fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg of Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, we will be sharing tips and tricks to help you be ready to go on future adventures. Each week we will feature some different flies, lures, activities or cooking recipes that can be done at home. In this week’s report, Dustin will discuss fishing for crawdads, fishing with crawdads and fishing with a slip bobber. Crawdad caught at Farmington Lake. Courtesy/NMGFFishing for crawdads and fishing with crawdadsI grew up in the Rio Grande River Valley, and as a kid had many great adventures fishing the irrigation ditches and river close to my house. Fishing for crawdads in the irrigation ditches was something that my buddies and I would do on hot summer days. This is a fun activity to do with kids and a really easy opportunity to try out.All you need is a five-foot stick, 10 feet of string, a clothespin, weight and bacon or hotdogs for bait (any firm lunch meat works well, too). A fishing pole also works great for catching crawdads and eliminates the need for a stick and the 10 feet of string.How to make your crawdad rig:Tie one end of the string through the metal spring of the clothespin.Thread weight onto your string. You can use a fishing weight, nut, washer or any sort of weight that can be placed on the string a couple inches away from the clothespin.Use the clothespin to secure a piece of bacon or another meat bait of your preference.Tie the loose end of your string to your stick. If you have personal tips and tricks that you would like to share with your fellow anglers as we wait out the current restrictions, email Dustin at [email protected] Information:Social distancing is a challenge for all anglers; the itch to go fishing just keeps growing. But this is a time for all New Mexicans to pull together for the overall health of all our citizens and stay home. The Department reminds anglers it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and contact land managers for properties of interest when restrictions are lifted.Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – https://www.blm.gov/new-mexico U.S. Forest Service (USFS) – https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updatesNew Mexico State Lands – https://www.nmstatelands.org/resources/recreational-access/New Mexico State Parks – http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/New Mexico Open Gate Properties – http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/hunting/maps/open-gate-program/New Mexico Wildlife Management Areas – http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/state-game-commission-lands/Angler and outdoor recreationists should consult their local government’s website for information regarding specific city and town fishing access. When fishing for crawdads, try using a 5-foot stick, 10-feet of string, a clothespin and weight. Use bacon or hotdogs for weight. Courtesy/NMGFAnd now you’re ready to fish for crawdads.But first, you’ll just need to locate the habitat structure where they like to live. Crawdads like to live under rocks because it gives them protection from predators and the water’s current. In the irrigation ditches, you can often find good crawdad habitat around bridges where the ditch goes under a road. There will often be loose or undercut rock/concrete on either side of the bridge. I prefer the downstream end of the bridge because it is safer to access and usually has better habitat.Once you find a promising spot with large rock/concrete or an undercut bank, toss your baited clothespin into the ditch and let it sink to the bottom near the rocks. Crawdads have exceptional sensory organs that help them detect the bait. If crawdads are present, they usually detect and latch onto your bait in under five minutes. Once they find it, they use their claws to pinch and latch onto the bait. They do not want the bait to get away and will travel with it if they must. Dustin’s 2.5 inch plastic crawdad rigged on a white jig. Courtesy/NMGFLet’s also talk about how fishing with crawdads as bait, or using artificial crawdads, can help you catch a lot of fish. Pike, bass, catfish, walleye and other large predatory fish love eating crawdads.Here is a 2.5-inch plastic crawdad rigged on a ¼-ounce white jig head that I used to catch a lot of bass at Navajo Lake last summer. It is a green and red color with black flakes.Note: Many lakes in our state have crawdads that can be caught using this same method described above in rocky areas of the lake.Fishing with a slip bobberSometimes when fishing with a traditional bobber your bait stays too shallow; other times, when using weight, your bait gets too deep. The solution? Fish using a slip bobber. This allows you to get your bait to the desired depth. For example, if you want to fish your bait 20 feet deep and the lake is 40 feet deep, a slip bobber is the perfect solution.This is how a slip bobber works: The bobber can freely slide up and down the fishing line until it is stopped by a “bobber stop.” The bobber stop is a small rubber bead or knot threaded onto your fishing line that stays in place.To execute a slip bobber setup, identify the depth at which you wish to fish. For this example, we will use 20 feet. Pull 20 feet of fishing line out of your reel, with nothing tied to the end of the line. Then, place a bobber stop at the 20-foot mark. Next, thread a slip bobber onto your line below the stop. Below the bobber, tie a swivel to the fishing line and then tie on about three feet of leader to the other end of the swivel. Lastly, tie on your hook and bait to the very end of the leader. If your bait is not heavy enough to sink, add split shot weights to the leader a couple of feet away from your bait.When put together properly, you should be able to cast your slip bobber setup with bait out into the lake. The bobber and bait land in the water and the bait with weight begins to sink. The bobber floats while allowing the line to pass through it, drawn down by the weight of the bait that is sinking. Once the bait has sunk 20 feet deep, the line passing through the slip bobber stops because the rubber bead bobber stop reaches the slip bobber and does not allow the line to pass through further.I’ve had good success using live minnows baited below a slip bobber rig for catching walleye and bass. I am sure it would work for many other species of fish using a variety of baits.Here is a video that shows how to set it up.Here is a little more detailed video.Here is a detailed video for slip bobber fishing for walleye, which is something I personally think is a great idea, but the video also details techniques that could be used for other species. Dustin’s nephew, Jacob, with a crawdad he caught using a hotdog in an Albuquerque irrigation ditch. Courtesy/NMGFDetecting when a crawdad has latched onto your bait takes some practice. Sometimes you will see the string move or feel the tension created by the crawdad dragging your bait to a safe place where they can consume it. Other times, you will not know one is latched onto your bait until you gently raise the bait to the water’s surface and see the crawdad.Whether you sense a latched-on crawdad or are periodically checking to see if one is there, you want to gently raise the bait to the water’s surface. If there is a crawdad latched to your bait, continue to gently lift the crawdad out of the water and over the bank. Sometimes the crawdad will release the bait before being caught, but you will be surprised how often they cling to the bait, refusing to let it go!You can pick up crawdads with your hands by carefully and gently pinching them behind their claws with your index finger and thumb. Just be careful not to get pinched yourself. A net is also a good option for handling caught crawdads.If you know any kids that have not tried fishing for crawdads, take them out and show them what to do. It is a great fun educational outdoor activity for them to enjoy.
The Bossier Bearkats wasted little time in taking the drama out of their first-round Class 4A playoff game against the Neville Tigers on Thursday night at Bossier.Bossier scored the first basket of the game, led 15-2 after the first quarter and rolled to a 64-45 victory. The game wasn’t that close as the Bearkats led by as many as 33 in the second half. Neville hit a flurry of 3s late to make it semi-respectable.District 1-4A champion Bossier (23-10), the No. 4 seed, will host No. 13 Ben Franklin (24-3), a 45-44 winner over No. 20 Salmen, in the second round next week. Neville, the No. 29 seed, closed its season 12-16.Bossier has now won 13 straight first-round playoff games. The Bearkats haven’t lost in the first round since 2003.The Bearkats had one of their best games of the season shooting against Neville, making seven 3-pointers. Tyrese English, who led the Bearkats with 23 points, made four. Larry Robinson III, who scored 11, had three.Bossier had little trouble scoring inside, too, against the shorter Tigers. Post players Chris Davenport and Antonio Davis scored 10 and eight points, respectively. Some of those came after offensive rebounds.Meanwhile, Neville couldn’t get anything to fall until late in the game when the outcome was no longer in doubt. Bossier rarely let the Tigers get more than one shot.Robinson also had six rebounds and five assists. Davis had eight rebounds and Davenport had six.The two other Bossier Parish teams in the playoffs, Parkway and Plain Dealing, play Class 5A first-round games on the road Friday.District 1 co-champion Parkway (21-10), the No. 28 seed, travels to No. 5 Ruston (24-7) in Class 5A. Ruston defeated Parkway 56-34 in Ruston on Dec. 22.In Class 1A, No. 26 Plain Dealing (13-14) will visit No. 7 Delhi (19-9), the fourth-place team in District 2.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
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