New Mexico fishing report — March 8

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and, has been generated from the best information availablefrom area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.


Animas River — The flow is 265 cfs. Fishing is reported as fair for trout, several browns have been caught along with stocker rainbows. Best bet is through town at city park using worms and spinners. Fly anglers are also having good success with bead headed pheasant tails and woolly buggers.

Chama River Upper section flow no read due to ice; no report on the fishing there. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 98 cfs and the water is low and a little off color. Not much change here either. The release out of El Vado has been reduced. Best bet is to use big nymphs with flash and sparkle over the tail outs of pools and the obvious seams. Crane fly larva and egg patterns were reported to be hot flies as well. The stretch below Abiquiu is fishing well. The river was stocked with 299 triploid rainbow trout last week. It’s all about black midge larvae and pupa, and baetis nymphs here. Power Bait and spinners like black Panther Martin’s are also producing fish on both sections reported.

San Juan River: Upper section — Catch and Release flow is 510 cfs. The visibility is reported to be two to three feet in the river below the dam. Despite the murky water, big midge hatches continue to come off late mornings. Cluster patterns like Griffith’s gnats work on the gulping fish. Try a single black midge for the sippers. Egg patterns are also a hot producer right now with peach and yellow being the best colors. Dark bodied midge larvae and pupa as well as dark brown baetis are also getting attention.