April 14, 2017
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 1,050 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using weighted wooly buggers and worms for trout.
Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,210 cfs and 1,590 cfs respectively. Fishing has been slow with the high-water release. A few trout have been caught by anglers using salmon eggs and worms. Catch and release with single barbless hook, artificial fly and lure only from the gauging station below Cooper's Landing to the Rio Nutrias confluence.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was fair using curly tail grubs, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass. We had no other reports. The main area park boat ramp has opened.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using worms, lime green PowerBait, wooly buggers, Super Dupers and Pistol Petes for trout. Jason Sanchez of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch brown trout this past Sunday. He was using a Super Duper. Jose Guerrero caught an 18-inch rainbow. He was using garlic glitter PowerBait.
Heron Lake: Bank fishing was good using roe sacs and PowerBait for rainbow trout. A few lake trout in the 5 to 7-pound range have been caught by anglers using cut bait. We had no other reports. The Sierra Vista boat ramp has opened and the boat dock is in place.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 243 cfs and fishing was slow. Fishing on the East Fork was fair to good using copper John Barrs, bead-head hare's ears and worms for brown trout. Anglers also reported catching an occasional rainbow. Trout fishing on the Cebolla was fair using worms and salmon eggs. We had no other reports.
Lake Farmington: Nonmotorized watercraft are now allowed on Lake Farmington. Fees are $50 for the season or $5 daily. We had no reports from anglers.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair using jigs, worms, grubs, swim baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using swim baits, spinner baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing for crappie was slow but a few were caught by anglers using small grubs. We had no other reports.
San Juan River: Stream flow from Navajo Reservoir on Monday was 479 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality waters was fair to good using red larva, OJs, red annelids, bead-head pheasant tail nymphs and olive and brown wooly buggers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using night crawlers, PowerBait, wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, jerk baits and Kastmasters.