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Last Updated: 9/30/10

Rick Castell
Rick Castell, August 2010 Employee of the Month


Rick Castell


Fisheries Manager for Northwest Area Operations

Area of Responsibility

Northwestern New Mexico


B.S. New Mexico State University, Spring 1994

Length of Service:

17 years in November

Specialty or Interest:

Hunting and fishing -- of course. Also scuba diving, running and functional strength type exercise, learning and teaching defensive tactics for our officers, and mixed martial arts (MMA).

Current Projects/Assignments:

I've recently been AIS Level 2 certified, and my duties have accordingly expanded into decontamination of AIS infected watercraft. Tiger muskie monitoring and management is still toward the top of my projects list. Also, we've just completed a year-long creel survey at Tingley Beach to assess our stocking schedule versus angler presure and demand.

Best Thing About the Job:

The ability to work outside the office much (although my colleagues would argue, all) of the time.

Most Common Question People Have:

When will you be stocking Tingley Beach with trout.


November through March according to the schedule (although we often start as early as late September or early October).

Contact Information:

(505) 222-4715,