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Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using curly tail grubs, tubes, crank baits, wooly buggers, crawdad imitation flies and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. Fishing for walleye was fair for anglers using leeches, minnows, curly tail grubs and crank baits. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for perch. We had no other reports.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 889 cfs. Trout fishing was good using night crawlers, salmon eggs, wooly buggers, San Juan worms, egg patterns and spinners.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 598 cfs and 751 cfs respectively. Trout fishing above El Vado was good using Chernobyl ants, hoppers, wooly buggers, chamois leeches, Mepps spinners and Panther Martins for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below El Vado was good using Berkley Power Worms, pheasant tail nymphs, wooly buggers, Panther Martins, night crawlers and PowerBait for rainbow and brown trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu. 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 was slow to fair trolling with spinners tipped with PowerBait or corn for a mixed bag of kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. Fishing in the Pinon Beach area was good using corn, PowerBait and an assortment of spinners for small smallmouth bass.

Heron Lake: Fishing from boats and from the bank was sporadic this past week. Anglers trolling spinners in the Rincon area picked up a few rainbow trout. Bank fishing was best in the Ridge Rock area with a few trout caught by anglers using worms. We had no other reports.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 18.5 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez, East Fork and San Antonio was slow. We had no reports from the other streams in the area.

Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Ricos, Pop Rs, finesse worms, jerk baits, tubes, brush hogs, wooly buggers and spinners for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs, swim baits, minnows, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair trolling kokanee killers, double whammies, Panther Martins and Arnies tipped with PowerBait for kokanee salmon. We had no other reports.

San Juan River: Stream flow from Navajo Reservoir on Monday was 528 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was rated as good to excellent by anglers using Big Mac, Disco and Rootbeer midges, San Juan worms, pink egg patterns and chamois leeches. Through the bait waters, anglers did well using San Juan worms, Fire Balls, PowerBait, night crawlers, small spoons and jerk baits.

Catch of the Week - San Juan River: Houston Lapahie, 5, of Kirtland, caught an 18-inch, 4.5-pound, brown trout July 5. He was using worms.


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