N.M. fishing report — March 29

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from 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 192 cfs. Fishing is reported as good for brown and rainbow trout. Fly anglers are having good success with bead-headed pheasant tails, prince nymphs and copper john’s all size 14-16. All other methods are also working.

Chama River — Upper section flow is 160 cfs. Fishing is reported as good above Heron Lake for rainbow trout using salmon eggs, Power Bait and worms. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 162 cfs and the water is clear and low. Reports are good for trout using various flies, spinners, worms and Power Bait. Flow below Abiquiu is at 151 cfs, no report on fishing.

San Juan River: Upper section — catch and release flow is 504 cfs. The visibility is reported at two to three feet in the river below the dam. No changes here; the midge hatch has been epic, large clusters from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The best fishing will be with midge pupa and larvae, size 22 and 24, clusters are working well. You can find fish eating midges of all colors, dark midges have been best, black, brown, dark gray and olive. Some fish have been eating cream as well. Try fishing BWO’s from 11 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Dark brown and olive been the best colors in a size 22 and 24. Back to midges in the evenings. Black and brown have been best. Colored larvae will catch fish all day long, red, orange, white, black, pink, apricot. Bunny leaches are great attractors and eggs the size of a pea in pink, orange, apricot, peach and cheese are all working well.

Lower section — Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section.

Abiquiu Lake — No report. The Army Corps of Engineers have switched over to winter staffing until Arpil 12 and all but a few primitive sites are closed for the season. No report on fishing at this time.

El Vado Lake — Fishing is reported as fair for trout on both sides of the dam. Some fish have been caught using worms, Power Bait and spinners.

Heron Lake — Fishing is slow for trout due to low water levels. The lake is down 45 feet from last year, making it hard to find the rainbows. Anglers are catching lake trout from 5 pounds up to 22 pounds when trolling broken back lures.

Jackson Lake — Fishing is good to excellent for trout. Anglers are having success using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades. The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 1,500 triploid rainbow trout.

Lake Farmington — Trout fishing is reported as good on the dam side of the lake using salmon eggs or trolling spinners like Blue Fox with rainbow holograms and Arnies with red and gold blades. Also good reports from anglers stripping woolly buggers from shore are taking fish.

Morgan Lake — Bass fishing is reported as slow.

Navajo Lake — The pike continue to be fishing well when using Rapala DT 6-16 and Rapala XR 12-14. Perch, yellow perch, hot steel, rainbow and gold are reported as the hot colors right now. Fish are averaging 30 inches. Trout are reported being taken at the Pine River boat ramp with worms and spinners. No report on other species.