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August 25, 2017

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using jerk baits, tubes, salt craws, chatter baits, curly tail grubs and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using spinner/night crawler combinations, crank baits and spinners. We had no other reports.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 295 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 392 cfs and 602 cfs respectively. Fishing above and below El Vado was good using weighted wooly buggers, terrestrials, night crawlers, Fire Balls and PowerBait for brown and rainbow 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.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, creature baits, jigs and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using corn dry flies for carp. Fishing was fair using shrimp, worms, chicken liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 13.9 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez was slow to fair for anglers using earth worms and San Juan worms. Fishing on the Cebolla was fair using Fire Balls for trout. We had one other report and that was from the San Antonio where a few small browns were caught by an angler using worms.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was very good using finesse worms, tubes, curly tail grubs, crawdad flies, crank baits, jerk baits and chatter baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. There was some topwater action early in the day. Fishing was very good using swim baits, chatter baits, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was very good using worms, spinners and small crank baits for perch. Carle and I were here last week and the perch were so aggressive, they were hitting everything from the smallest spinner to 6-inch deep diving crank baits. The perch ranged in size from 4 to 8 inches. Fishing for kokanee salmon was slow. We had no other reports.

San Juan River: Stream flow from Navajo Reservoir on Monday was 598 cfs. and expected to be raised to 700 cfs on Tuesday. Reports this past week ranged from poor to excellent. All the excellent reports came from anglers fishing the Quality Waters. They did very well using small midge patterns, crystal flash emergers, RS2s and small bead-head pheasant tail nymphs. Anglers fishing the bait waters did not fare as well. One angler we spoke to said he’d been fishing the bait waters below Brown’s Corner off and on for the past three weeks and had no luck. He was using PowerBait and salmon eggs. Anglers who had some success through the bait waters were using small bead head nymphs and San Juan worms and adding a little weight above the fly.


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