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Welcome to tinylakes.com!

March 6th, 2010

This is my blog about my experiences fishing from the shores of the small lakes near where I live in Northern New Mexico. I will provide hints, tips, tricks, and plenty of information for you along your fishing journeys. My name is Ricky.

Cochiti Lake to reopen Wednesday

August 16th, 2011

By: Tracy Dingmann, KOB.com

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will re-open the popular Cochiti Lake public recreational area on Wednesday.

The area was affected by the Las Conchas fire and has been closed for much of the summer.

All facilities will be open except for the Tetilla Recreation Area on the east side of the lake, including the Tetilla boat ramp, campground and Santa Cruz Road.

The burn scar remains at risk for flooding, the Corps said Tuesday.

The main Cochiti boat ramp will only be open and accessible to boater traffic during the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

No boats will be allowed to remain on the lake overnight.

Due to potential for unpredictable canyon flooding upstream, boaters are requested to remain in the main body of the lake and not attempt any upstream travel.

A Corps spokesman says it has an emergency plan in place to warn boaters of potential hazards from flooding.

Under the plan, every effort will be made to contact boaters to warn of potential hazards, and park rangers will make a sweep of the lake starting at 5 p.m. to remind boaters the ramp will be closing at 7 p.m.

Source: KOB.com

Santa Cruz Lake on August 15, 2011

August 15th, 2011

Went fishing today for rainbow trout at Santa Cruz lake near Cundiyo, New Mexico today. The water level was extremely low for this time of the year. We’re seeing late fall-time levels in our own experiences; however, NMDGF has not recently reported the lake levels for Santa Cruz. The Natural Resources Conservation Service provided the following information. Nearby lakes Abiquiu, Cochiti, and Conchas are reported as 12%, 10%, and 4% of capacity respectively. Abiquiu and Cochiti are still reporting healthy averages and percentages of last year. Conchas Lake reflects the condition of Santa Cruz, reporting 5% of average and only 29% storage from last year. The information has been compiled at the end of July, 2011 and is subject to changes on the NRCS website.

Where angling is concerned, the fish simply are not biting consistently. They are catchable on assorted Powerbait and marshmallow and common sizes range from 9-13 inches. Patience is a must and during off peak times you can have the whole lake to yourself. This is not an understatement as the low water levels have forced the closure of the boat ramp. Again, until further notice, THE SANTA CRUZ BOAT RAMP IS CLOSED!