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Old 02-08-2018, 10:33 AM
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Helping Stock Trout in Rio Grande NM

Saw this posted on facebook and thought it sounded like a cool opportunity to explore a new river.

I'm thinking about making a weekend out of it. Anyone have experience fishing this area?
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5000 lively native trout are ready for a new home.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Fisheries staff needs help to carry Rio Grande cutthroat trout fingerlings down the Rio Grande Gorge into Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

-Volunteers will pack 2-4 gallons of water containing trout in a sturdy ziplock bag.
- Hikers will use established BLM trails near Questa, N.M. Trail lengths vary between one-half to one mile and may be challenging. Most trails are well maintained but can be rocky and occasionally steep.
-Approximately 3-4 hours will be required to hike down, stock and hike out.

When: 10:00am, Friday, March 30, 2018
Where: La Junta trailhead in the BLM Rio Grade del Norte National Monument
What to bring:
-Good hiking boots, sunscreen, hat, drinking water and lunch
-Your fishing gear. March can be a great time to fish the Rio Grande.
-Good day pack or frame back. We'll provide the bags, water, and of course, the fish

Directions to get to the La Junta trailhead:
From Questa, drive north on Highway 522.
About 2.5 miles after, turn west (left) onto Highway 378.
Continue on Highway 378 through Cerro and into the Wild Rivers area.
Highway 378 will eventually head south and along the gorge rim.
Continue on Highway 378 until you see the La Junta trailhead sign.

Questions/Contact
Laurence D'Alessandro
Coldwater Fisheries Biologist - NMGFD
505-476-8103 or Laurence.Dalessandro@state.nm.us
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Old 02-08-2018, 02:09 PM
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That looks like a cool opportunity to help with a conservation effort. I wish I wasn't going to be out of town during that time. If you go, let us know how it went. Enjoy!
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:50 PM
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Lakelady,

Thanks for posting this. It makes me feel slightly better about NM's conservation efforts for the heritage Rio Grande Cutthroat trout of NM.
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Old 02-10-2018, 03:13 AM
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Welcome to AZ and aboard this forum. I envy your ability to contribute to the improvement of the sport.....should have done more of it myself when I was able.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:05 AM
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Great opportunity to volunteer. I've been down to that area a couple times. It's worth the drive and effort, simply beautiful country and spectacular water.
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:38 PM
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It's tough since it's on a Friday. Don't they know people work?

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That looks like a cool opportunity to help with a conservation effort. I wish I wasn't going to be out of town during that time. If you go, let us know how it went. Enjoy!
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:11 AM
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Lakelady,

My son works for a company that gives employees off one day a year to do conservation work.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:04 AM
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MAN! That's cool! More companies should do that! A couple days a year would be nice, though.

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Sounds like fun! I'll actually be hiking down la junta a couple weeks before that. Too bad the timing didn't add up.
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