Hot Winter Fisheries
This big river used to enjoy a reputation in the 1950s and 1960s as one of the top trout spots in the nation, but the river's trout population and the numbers of large fish declined in the 1970s and 1980s. To a large degree, the river has recovered.
The Rio Grande cuts a mighty path on its 70-mile southward course from Colorado, through the wide valleys of New Mexico. The Rio Grande is a wide freestone river with deep pools, wide glides, boulders, big pocket water, and riffles, inaccessible except in a few places due to the 600- 1,000-foot deep canyon. Various springs feed the river.
Pike have become the winter draw on the river. Look for deep, slow pools, fish rainbow trout streamers and hold on. Trout lovers can drop a line for big browns and fat rainbows and a decent population of cutthroat trout. Cast around rocks, along current edges, foam eddies, and at the head and tail of pools.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication