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TENNESSEE: Old Hickory Lake – Caught Bass on Crank Baits, Jerk Baits, Jigs & Worms

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Decided to go to the lake yesterday for a couple hours. Arrived at 11am but did not start fishing till noon, due to motor problems. After resolving motor issues, my day turned into a great December day!

Air temperature was 63 degrees, and water temperature was 51 degrees when I arrived. I started out fishing transition banks. It did not take long to start catching them. Caught my first bass on the third cast. A solid keeper. I caught fish just about anyway I wanted. I caught some on crank baits, jerk baits, jigs, and worms. I ended the day around 3PM.

Caught 10 bass, 5 keepers with the biggest being 4 and half to 5 pounds. Had a couple over 3, a 2 and half, and one about 2 pounds.

Did not have a fish after 2pm, but had wore the spot out pretty good.

The key to success was to find the shad. Find the shad, you find the fish! Good luck to all!

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

Monday, November 7th, 2011

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

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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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ARKANSAS: Greer’s Ferry – topwater bite good on Worms, Jigs & C-riged Lizards

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The water level at Greers ferry is at 462.56 and falling that is 1.53 feet above normal pool.

The hybrids and white bass are back to eating better than they have been due to the recent rain and cooler water temps and more oxygen , use topwater baits ,in-line spinners,grubs,swimbaits as well as spoons, find the bait and the fish will be close by, and just be patient and you can catch some.

The bream bite is good shallow as the full moon spawn is over and they are guarding the young and eating crawlers, catalpa worms, crickets, crankbaits and topwater baits shallow as out to 27 feet of water

The recent rains should help the walleye bite, try crawlers dragged on jighead and try a drop shot rig, with crawlers on in 23-48 feet of water.

Catfish are still good all over the lake as most bait at a lot of depths will work.

Crappie is suspended in pole timber in 15-25 feet over 60-100 feet of water and will eat jig and jigs tipped with minnows

Bass fishing is good shallow, they are up chasing bream and the topwater bite is good as well as the deeper bite, on worms ,jigs and c-riged lizards  from 15 feet out to 50

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NEW MEXICO: Power Bait, Worms & Spinners Tipped with Corn Working Well

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Animas River – The flow is 417 cfs. The river is fishing fair for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 30 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 598 cfs. The upper Chama in the Sargent Wildlife area has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama as a whole. The stretch flowing downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is low and the water temps are high making fishing very slow. The river below El Vado is open within Cooper’s El Vado Ranch. Big nymphs dead drifted and finished with a swing or stripping streamers is the way to go there. The stretch below Abiquiu Dam typically won’t really fish well until autumn when irrigators aren’t calling for water. The river above El Vado was stocked with 753 rainbow trout last week.

San Juan River – Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 493 cfs Fishing is good but fly choices have become smaller with the lower and clear water. In the mornings, use a red midge larva as your point fly and trail a size #24-26 black or gray midge pupa like a UV flash midge emerger. As the afternoon progresses, change your flies to baetis, such as a gray or chocolate RS2 or foam wing emerger. Small #16-18 ants fished along the banks are also bringing up fish. The PMD hatch on the lower river is waning but, there are some still around from Simon downstream.

Abiquiu Lake– Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with a few smaller-sized fish being caught. Some smallmouth 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.

El Vado Lake – Fishing is slow due to a lot of recreational traffic on the water.

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 Martins tipped with corn and garlic Power Bait in 20 to 30 feet of water. Best fishing is around Rattlesnake Island and on the east side of the main lake.

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 back side of the lake.

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

Navajo Lake – Salmon are reported as good to excellent using double whammies, super dupers and z-ray in 60 feet of water. Best fishing is from the dam to Francis Canyon. Northern pike are still hitting and reported as good. Try using xr-14 or f-18 lures in the afternoons. Top water gear is working in the mornings. No report on other species.

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

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

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
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MONTANA: Upper Madison – Worms, Eggs & Stones are the Ticket

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Most of the Upper opened on May 21st and has been on fire since then. The river below the West Fork has a lot of color but you can still fish the right bank for a long way down. We have been targeting the upper river with great success.

The fish are in soft water with flows over 2000cfs. You don’t have to hit too many runs to start racking up a lot of fish.

Standard fair including worms, eggs and stones are the ticket, but don’t forget a baetis nymph as a dropper as an option even when there is color in the water.

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