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Officer of the Month 

Last Updated: 08/01/2011

August 2011

Officer Denny with flathead catfish from survey on Black River
Officer Denny with flathead catfish caught while surveying Black River
Officer Denny participating in golden algae research
Officer Denny participating in golden algae research



Shawn Denny

Duty Station:   

Roswell, NM

Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units:     

Southeast Area waters which includes Santa Rosa south and from the Sacramento Mountains east.


Bachelor in Fishery and Wildlife Management from NMSU

Length of Service:       

15 years

Specialty or Interest:    

Fisheries Management concentrating mostly on small ponds and warm water fish

Current Projects/Assignments:

Developing methods for evaluation of catfish stocking program, aquatic invasive species detection and management including golden algae research and monitoring.

Best Thing About the Job:       

Freedom to pursue projects that I believe will benefit anglers, plus most of the field work is fun.  It is a lot like fishing but with different equipment and goals.

Most Common Question People Have:           

Where is the best place to go fishing.


Depends on the time of year and area.  Typically in the summer try Bonito Lake for trout or try Sumner and Santa Rosa Lake for warm water fish.  Fishing really gets better in the late winter and early spring at Sumner and Santa Rosa.

Contact Information:, 575-624-6135