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FISHING REPORT

 

September 8, 2017

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, square bill crank baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass. Top water worked best in the early morning hours. Fishing was fair using curly tail grubs tipped with night crawlers, bottom bouncer rigs and worm harnesses at 12 to 25 feet for walleye. Bank fishing in the morning hours was good using worms for bluegill. We had no other reports.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 132 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 605 cfs and 558 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using hoppers, yellow sallies, wooly buggers, night crawlers, Fire Balls and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout. Chuck Estrada reported that he and Penny Frick caught limits of trout up to 17 inches last Friday. They were using salmon eggs and night crawlers. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow. New Special Trout Water: The river from the USGS gauging station to the confluence of the Rio Nutrias is now catch and release only using single barbless hook artificial flies and lures.

El Vado Lake: Fishing at the south end of the lake was fair to good using worms, grubs, small tubes and crank baits for smallmouth bass and a few perch. We had no other reports.

Heron Lake: Bank fishing from Piedra Vista Cove to the dam was very good around the boat dock areas using worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait and spinners for 14 to 18-inch rainbow trout. A few were also caught in the Rincon area. We had no other reports.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 12.9 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez was fair to good for anglers using worms and salmon eggs. Fishing on the Cebolla was good using elk hair caddis, worms and yellow PowerBait. Fishing on the San Antonio was good using worms, salmon eggs, terrestrials, elk hair caddis and small spinners. We had no other reports.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using swim baits, tubes, curly tail grubs, crank baits, jerk baits and chatter baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using swim baits, chatter baits, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was very good using worms, spinners, grubs and small crank baits for perch. Most of the perch action was reported on the San Juan arm. We had no other reports.

San Juan River: The BOR raised the flow to 800 cfs due to low flows downstream and dry weather forecasts. Stream flow on Monday morning was 769 cfs. If you are nymphing or bait fishing further downstream, add a little more weight and you should still have a successful trip. Fly fishing action through the Quality waters was good for anglers using RS2s, emergers, red annelids, bunny leeches, San Juan worms, dead chickens, parachute Adams and small Griffith's gnats. Trout fishing through the bait waters was good using night crawlers, PowerBait, San Juan worms, wooly worms, wooly buggers and Panther Martin spinners.

 

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