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FISHING REPORT

 

April 28, 2017

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 1,800 cfs.

Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was slow with just a few caught by anglers using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,640 cfs and 1,490 cfs respectively. Fishing has been slow with the high-water release. Fishing was slow to fair using worms and salmon eggs for trout. 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.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using jigs, crank baits, swim baits and spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no other reports.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, craws and swim baits for smallmouth bass. Carl Stanley of Albuquerque had a great time bass fishing here on April 23. He caught several while using a green pumpkin Berkley Power chigger craw.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using garlic PowerBait, a wide assortment of flies, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes for trout.

Heron Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms from the bank for rainbow trout. We had no reports from boaters. Both boat ramps are now open.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 304 cfs and fishing was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing on the East Fork was fair to good using bead-head hare's ear nymphs and worms for brown trout. Fishing on the San Antonio was good using salmon eggs, worms, bead-head pheasant tail nymphs and San Juan worms for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Trout fishing on the Cebolla was good using worms, salmon eggs, San Juan worms and small red copper John Barrs. We had no other reports.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using baby brush hawgs, senkos, grubs, swim baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using swim baits and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing for crappie was fair for anglers using small tubes and grubs. We had no other reports.

San Juan River: Stream flow from Navajo Reservoir on Monday was 479 cfs and scheduled to increase to 1,000 cfs on Thursday, April 27. It is expected to stay at this level until the spring release begins on May 3. At that time, the ramp up to 5,000 cfs will begin and may take up to 16 days. This flow is scheduled to last about 35 days and then ramp back down to 500 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was fair to good using fluff baetis, root beers, red annelids, bead-head pheasant tail nymphs, RS2s and small streamers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using night crawlers, PowerBait, salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and jerk baits.

 

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