NEW MEXICO: Fish Being Landed with Worms, Spinners & Woolly Buggers

Chama River
Upper section flow is 40 cfs. and below El Vado, the flow is 766 cfs. Fishing is fair in the upper Chama with some bigger rainbows reported being taken in and around Chama. Fish are being landed with worms, spinners, woolly buggers and various bead-headed nymphs. Below El Vado, trout fishing is good for rainbows up to 20 inches and browns up to 18 inches. Panther Martins and Rapalas are working for the browns and rainbows.

San Juan River

Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 499 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, chocolate, dark grey, cream and olive have been best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Try fishing BWO’s from 2 p.m. to about 5 p.m. Dark gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22. Both dry and wet patterns. Back to midges in the evenings. Black and brown have been killing it! Caddis are showing up in the evenings from 7 p.m. to dark. You will find the best activity through the bait water up to Simon canyon. Small brown caddis are the best, size 20 and 22. PMD’s are all over the lower river in the afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. They are starting to show up on the upper river should be great in a couple of weeks! Hoppers and ants are working well too! Bunny leaches are great attractors in brown, black, purple, and white. If all else fails try fishing big foam patterns especially in the morning.

Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. Some reports say the lower section is fishing a well as the upper quality waters. The lower section was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout last week.

Abiquiu Lake
Fishing is slow for walleye with a few smaller sized fish being caught. Some small mouth bass have been reported but at best it is hit and miss for them. Catfish are reported as slow but a few bigger fish have been taken in the coves with stink bait and liver. No report on other species.

Heron Lake
Fishing is fair for trout from the bank and trolling. Most success has been by Willow Creek along the channel into the lake. Power Bait, worms and spinners tipped with corn are working well. Salmon fishing is good when trolling double whammies, Kokanee Killers and Panther Martin’s tipped with corn in 18 to 25 feet of water.

Jackson Lake
Trout fishing is reported as fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Spinners with gold blades are reported working well on the backside of the lake.

Lake Farmington
Trout fishing is reported as fair by the spillway using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.

Navajo Lake
Fishing for smallmouth bass is very good in the coves with almost any method catching fish. The largemouth bass have also turned on and are starting to hit with both aggressive bites and feeding strikes. Both species are being caught on soft plastics, jerk baits or crank baits Salmon are starting to bite when using Rapalas or Kokanee Killers in 40 feet of water. Best fishing is from the dam to Francis Canyon.  Northern pike are hitting all over the lake. Try using xr-14 or f-18 lures in the afternoons and top water gear is working in the mornings.

New Mexico
Fish & Game

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