NEW MEXICO: Trout Good Using Various Bead-headed Nymphs, Spinners & Worms

Animas River
The flow is 294 cfs. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms. Better reports are coming from the upper stretches closer to Colorado on the reservation.

Chama River
Upper section flow is 100 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 202 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu is 204 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is fair to good with the recent drop in flow. Some big browns have been taken from the wild life area. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 – Chama River from El Vado Lake to west boundary of Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The river below El Vado is fishing good to excellent. The water is a bit murky. All methods are catching fish with limits of rainbows being taken. Some brown trout are also reported being landed a bit lower downriver from the spillway using black and gold Panther Martins.

San Juan River
Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 547 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, gray, black, chocolate, cream and olive have been my best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Try fishing BWO’s from 1 to 5 p.m. Dark or light 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. The lower river was stocked last week with 3,810 rainbow trout.

Abiquiu Lake
Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Not much has changed at the lake and conditions remain the same. Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with smaller-sized fish being caught. No report on salmon or other species.

El Vado Lake
Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair with better reports from the Chama River inlet and the dam. Fish are being landed with worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. The main boat ramp is open but the primitive ramps are closed due to low water. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as fair to good on the north side of the lake. Park at the gate just below the Stone House Lodge and walk down to the dirt boat ramp for the best access.

Heron Lake
Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging – Snagging Season is closed Oct. 1 – Nov. 10 at Heron Lake and Willow Creek. It is unlawful to possess kokanee salmon at Heron Lake and Willow Creek during the closed season. Snagging season will open at Heron Lake and Willow Creek Nov. 11 – Dec. 31. Reports of trout and lake trout are good from shore when using roe sacks. Trout are also fishing good with spinners and worms. If you hook into a salmon be sure to release it.

Jackson Lake
Trout fishing is reported as slow – fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore. Spinners and black wooly buggers are reported working well on the back side of the lake. The lake was stocked with 1,602 rainbow trout last week.

Lake Farmington
Trout fishing is reported as fair with the recent stockings by the spillway using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.

Morgan Lake
Fishing is slow for bass with very little traffic at the lake.

Navajo Lake
Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as good at Simms Marina. No reports on other species.

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