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This Week's Fishing Report

Posted June 11, 2012


This Week’s Fishing Report

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing is fair to good trolling white, chartreuse, chrome and fire tiger Bombers for white bass and an occasional walleye.  Good reports from the Long Point and McRae Canyon areas.  Fishing is fair using tubes, senkos, Pop Rs, jerk baits and Crank baits for largemouth and smallmouth bass.  Crappie fishing was slow but a few were taken by anglers using minnows and small jigs.  Fishing is fair using chicken liver, shrimp and stink baits for catfish.  Surface temps on the main lake are in the high 60s.


Caballo Lake: Fishing is fair to good trolling white crank baits, sassy shad, spinners and spinner/minnow combinations for white bass.  Fishing is fair trolling spinner/night crawler combinations, crank baits and jig-night crawler combinations for walleye.  Fishing is fair using stink baits for catfish.


Rio Grande River: Water flow below Elephant Butte was 1390 cfs on Monday.  Fishing below Caballo is fair using stink baits for catfish.

Many thanks to the Sentinel for this information.

What's Happenin' This Weekend

Posted June 4, 2012

Bass Tournament
6am-3:30pm, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Fishing tournament sponsored by the American Bass Association. Cost: $5 day use fee. Contact: Bobby Brewster, 575-740-7320.

Action Pistol Shoot
Set up 8am; shoot 9am
Adobe Hills Shooting Range, north on Kopra to Gun Club Road, Truth or Consequences  
Pistol Action Shoot for 22-45 caliber; lead bullets only, no fmj. $5 per weapon.
Contact: Rio Vaqueros, Carol Anton, 575-744-5411, riovaqueros@gmail.com.

Sierra County Farmers' Market
8:30-11:30am, Ralph Edwards Park
South of Riverside Drive between Birch and Cedar, Truth or Consequences
See the description at 6/2/2012 and the Farmers' Market website for more information.

2nd Saturday Art Hop
6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences / Hot Springs Historic District

Galleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Geronimo Springs Museum will offer free admission, musical entertainment, and refreshments, while a show of paintings by Dave Barnett, "Songs of the Desert," will continue at RioBravoFineArt. For info on other openings and special events, check Art Hop's Facebook page or the MainStreet website. Contact: promotions@torcmainstreet.org.

2nd Sunday Poetry Reading
1pm, Black Cat Books & Coffee, 128 Broadway, Truth or Consequences
Read or listen on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Free. Contact: Rhonda Brittan, 575-894-7070.


This Week's Fishing Report

Posted June 4, 2012

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing is good using tubes,crank baits,creature baits, worms, jerk baits and jigs for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.  Fishing is good using minnows, sassy shad, white Bombers and spinners for white bass.  Fishing is fair using minnows, small tubes and jigs for crappie.  Fishing is good using chicken liver, shrimp and stink baits for catfish.  Surface temps on the main lake range from 65 to 71 degrees.
Caballo Lake: Fishing is good trolling crank baits, spinner/grub combinations and spinner/minnow combinations for white bass.  Fishing is fair to good using stink bait, liver and shrimp for catfish.  A few crappie are being taken on minnows.
Rio Grande River: No Report. Water flow below Elephant Butte was 30 cfs on Monday.  Fishing is slow for all species.  Flows are expected to increase from Elephant Butte and Caballo.

Eat Lunch then Swim for Free

Posted June 4, 2012

 It’s time to pamper yourself.  Lunch and Swim at the Elephant Butte Inn.  We are here to help you beat the summer heat.  Have a delicious lunch between the hours of 11am – 2pm, Monday through Thursday, then spend the afternoon swimming in our refreshing outdoor pool.  Public pool hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am – 5pm.

What to Do in Sierra County This Weekend

Posted May 31, 2012

The Story of a Pioneer Family: The Cornelius Sullivans of Monticello & Dusty, NM
Geronimo Springs Museum, 211 Main Street, Truth or Consequences

This exhibit pays tribute to the New Mexico Centennial and tells the story of a young Irishman from New York who came out West to Sierra County in the 1880s and became a prosperous cattleman and landowner in spite of great tragedy and hardships. His story is the poignant tale of one man's ability to prevail against all odds and achieve the American Dream...in the setting of the Wild West of 19th Century America. The exhibit will be on display for 6 months along with the John Sullivan Exhibit. Free. Contact: Marilyn Pope, 575-894-6600, info@geronimospringsmuseum.com.

Free Fishing Day
All day, at fishing sites in Sierra County and throughout New Mexico

The first Saturday in June is free fishing day in New Mexico, when anglers of all ages - residents or nonresidents - can fish without a license, stamp or validation. All other fishing rules apply. The Department of Game and Fish and its community partners conduct free fishing clinics at waters statewide on free fishing day. The Department also invites schools, scouting groups and other community and youth organizations to schedule fishing clinics at other times of the year. Call to schedule a clinic or for more information: 505-476-8095.

Sierra County Farmers' Market
8:30-11:30am, Ralph Edwards Park
South of Riverside Drive between Birch and Cedar, Truth or Consequences

Buy local! Fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, and crafts will all be available, complete with live music accompaniment by a different musician each week! All products sold are locally grown and/or made in Sierra County. EBT and Debit cards are accepted and there's plenty of free parking. See the Farmers' Market website for more information and late-breaking news. Contact: Colleen Davis, 575-894-9375colleen@sierracountyfarmersmarket.org.

WCC&D 29th Annual Fiesta
grounds open at 9am, WCCD Community Center, Winston

The Winston, Chloride, Chiz & Dusty Community Association hosts its 29th Annual Fiesta just 35 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences / Elephant Butte via Hwy 52. Grounds open at 9am; the day's events include a parade, BBQ dinner, craft fair / flea market, cow chip poker, theme raffle, games for kids of all ages, entertainment on the patio, and a western dance from 8pm-midnight. Pay $5 at the door for the dance, otherwise it's a free event. Contact: Linda Turner, 575-743-0190montecristogallery@windstream.net.

6/2/2012 - 6/3/2012
VFW Benefit Pistol Shootout
Saturday, 9am-1pm; Sunday, 10am-last shooter
Adobe Hills Shooting Range, north on Kopra to Gun Club Road, Truth or Consequences 

VFW Post #1389 will receive 100% of the proceeds of this pistols-only contest; all shooters are welcome, but must bring at least 100+ rounds. Fee is per shooter; $10.00 for the first pistol, and $5 for each additional pistol. A $2 discount is available to those who sign up in advance at VFW Post #1389.

Prizes, donated by the community, will be awarded to the top shooters in each category. Eye and hearing protection is required for shooters and spectators alike; folks should bring their own seating and refreshments. Contact: Sidearms Training Academy, Tim Tyrrell, 575-921-6369.

New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers' Association Saturday Night Dance
7-9pm, NMOTF Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, Truth or Consequences

Old country dancing keeps the heart young! Real old-time fiddle music in a family-friendly, non-smoking environment will be provided by Harold Puncher Keith on fiddle; John Tate on guitar; Snooky Keller on piano; Helen Tate on drums; Carolyn Mayfield on vocals and guitar; and Larry Nelson on bass. Donations are welcome! Contact: New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association, Zelma Iorio, 575-297-4071, zelmastone@hotmail.com.


Current Specials...Good through June 9, 2012

Posted May 28, 2012



Brisket Sandwich with Sauteed Onions & Cheddar. Served on a Kaiser roll with your choice of side. $7.95


Cobb Salad with Cajun Blackened Chicken

Full $9.95 Half $7.00


Relleno Burrito with Shredded Prime Rib. Deep fried relleno wrapped in a flour tortilla with prime rib, red or green chile, jack & cheddar cheeses. Comes with rice and beans. $9.95


Taco Salad

Fried flour tortilla bowl filled with salad mix, jack & cheddar cheeses, taco meat, tomato, onions, black olives, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. $8.95


Yellow Fin Tuna Sandwich

Pan cooked yellow fin on a Kaiser roll with chipotle mayo, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, green leaf lettuce with choice of side. $10.95


Open Faced Chili Con Carne Burger served on a bed of waffle fries with a Kaiser roll topped with chili con carne, jack & cheddar cheeses with onion & tomatoes. $8.95



Shrimp Alfredo with Spinach

Sauteed shrimp tossed in a creamy Alfredo sauce with fresh spinach & linguine. Soup or Salad. $19.95


Shredded prime Rib Enchiladas

Shredded Prime Rib layered between three corn tortillas with red or green chile with melted jack & cheddar cheeses. Comes with rice & beans; no Soup or Salad. $9.95


Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Comes with Soup or Salad. $14.95


Linguine with Red Clam Sauce.

Comes with Soup or Salad. $14.95


Chipotle Barbequed Catfish

Comes with hushpuppies, cottage fries, coleslaw & lemon. No soup or salad. $10.95


Our World Famous 12 oz. Prime Rib Dinner

.....while they last $21.95 Blackened $23.95




Memorial Day Weekend:Fly Freedom's Flag Boat Parade

Posted May 20, 2012

This is always a spectacular event.  The event starts at 10am on Saturday the 26th with a POW/MIA service at Dam Site Restaurant Patio. Decorated boats meet at Dam Site to start the boat parade at noon. At 12:30 the boats pass by the main boat ramp for wreath toss and playing of taps. All are invited to decorate their boats, rvs or campsites and join the parade honoring those who've served in the military. Cost: free.Contact: Lago Rico, Inc., Nadine Crom,

575-744-5567, nadine@lagorico.com.http://www.thedamsite.com




NM Centennial - Shaped by Science, Pt. 4..Reaching toward Space

Posted May 20, 2012

Some of the most important events in the history of U.S. space technology happened in the desert of New Mexico, from the early liquid-fueled rockets to the first serious efforts to turn rockets into weapons. 

But few steps into the unknown of early space travel can compare to Joe Kittinger's great jump of August 1960.  It was part of an Air Force program to develop space suit technology.  Kittinger rode a balloon to the very edge of space.  At 100,000 feet above the ground, he jumped and parachuted to Earth.

"As you look up," he said right before the jump, "the sky looks beautiful but hostile.  As you sit here, you realize that man will never conquer space.  He will learn to live with it, but he will never conquer it."

Thanks to "New Mexico, 100 years of Statehood" published by the Albuquerque Journal.

What to Do in Sierra County This Weekend

Posted May 17, 2012

5/19/2012 - 5/20/2012
Drag Boat Races
8am-4pm, Hot Springs Landing, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Pay the standard park entrance fee to watch drag boats racing on the lake.
Contact: SWDBA, Ray Vickers, 575-740-0004.

Xterra Dread Mon Mountain Bike Clinic
8am, Dam Site Marina, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Get a chance to preview the new XTERRA Dread Mon course prior to the running of the race on 7/21/2012. Led by New Mexico's own Clay Moseley, the clinic will be limited to 25 participants. Cost:$20. Contact: HEROS Inc, Scott Kennicutt, 575-740-3929.


NM Centennial - Shaped by Science, Pt. 3..Sled Track

Posted May 14, 2012

Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range served as centers for the development of technology that shaped the Cold War military.  Few examples of that work were more dramatic than John Stapp's trips down Holloman's famous sled track.

Stapp, a physician, volunteered for the first trip on Holloman's sled track in December 1954, and eventually would make 28 more runs, earning himself the title "world's fastest human."  His efforts generated data that played a role in safer aircraft and eventually safer automobiles.

Our thanks to the Albuquerque Journal's "New Mexico 100 Years of Statehood" publication for this article.




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