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

Animas River
The flow is 354 cfs. Flows have come up from runoff and the water is murky. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.

Chama River
Upper section flow is 86 cfs. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 95 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 91 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is good with all methods reported working. 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 at a perfect flow. All methods are catching fish with limits of rainbows being taken. Brown trout are reported being landed using black and gold Panther Martins. Below Abiquiu Lake fishing is reported as fair to slow using Power Bait, worms, spinners and bead headed nymphs.

San Juan River
Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 504 cfs. A $300,000 fish habitat project on the trophy trout waters of the San Juan River was in full swing Nov. 1, when crews move heavy equipment into a popular stretch of the river. Water flow from Navajo Dam will be reduced to 350 cubic feet per second to accommodate the equipment needed to improve trout habitat in “The Braids,” a small section of the river above Texas Hole, approximately one mile downstream from the dam. Anglers will not be allowed in the construction area for about 30 days. The project is designed to enhance fishing opportunities by creating deeper pools for fish during periods of low flow from Navajo Dam. The estimated completion date is Jan. 8.

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 continues to be 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
Kokanee salmon snagging is prohibited and it is unlawful to possess kokanee salmon Oct. 1 – Nov. 10 at Heron Lake and Willow Creek. Snagging season will be open at Heron Lake and Willow Creek Nov. 11 – Dec. 31. Reports of rainbow 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 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.

Lake Farmington
Trout fishing is reported as good 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 continues to be reported as good at Simms Marina and at the dam. No reports on other species.

New Mexico
Game & Fish

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