Eagle Nest Lake officially open for ice fishing

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 1/9/20

Ice fishing season is here - for Eagle Nest Lake State Park, that is.

On Tuesday (Dec. 31) a press release from the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource Department's State Parks Division, as well as the Department of Game and Fish, announced the opening.

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Eagle Nest Lake officially open for ice fishing

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Ice fishing season is here - for Eagle Nest Lake State Park, that is.

On Tuesday (Dec. 31) a press release from the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource Department's State Parks Division, as well as the Department of Game and Fish, announced the opening.

The lake is managed and maintained by both parties, the release stated.

"The surface of Eagle Nest Lake is now open to walk-in access or access by snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles for ice fishing and other recreational activities on the ice," read a portion of the release.

For those heading to the lake for ice fishing, side-by-side and utility task vehicles are not allowed, and entry for snowmobiles is on the south boat ramp next to the main area, which is just south of the visitor center.

State officials said for those using snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles to take the most direct routes from the parking lot to the ice and that "vehicle use is prohibited elsewhere in the park."

Officials are warning visitors to the area that anything that happens on the lake is at one's own risk. However, they also gave some tips on how to better prepare for your next ice fishing trip.

Some of those tips include: wearing a life jacket, fishing with somebody else and not alone, watching your step, spreading out on the lake to balance the weight on the ice and keeping fishing holes "small and few."

The lake is stocked with salmon and trout, according to the state park's official website.

Fishing licenses are required to ice fish at the lake.

Eagle Nest Lake is about an hour drive northeast for residents in the town of Taos.

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