Fishing report — Oct. 27

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, 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 270 cfs. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms. The river was stocked with 475 rainbow trout last week.

Chama River — Upper section flow is 61 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 98 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu is 102 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is fair to good. Some big browns have been taken from the wildlife area. The river below El Vado is fishing good to excellent. The water is at a perfect flow. All methods are catching fish with limits of rainbows being taken. Some brown trout up to 20 inches are also reported being landed using black and gold Panther Martins. The river was stocked below Abiquiu Lake with 445 rainbow trout last week and fishing there is reported as fair.

San Juan River: Upper section — Catch and Release flow is 499 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, gray, black, chocolate, cream and olive have been my best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Try fishing BWO’s from 1 to 5 p.m. Dark or light gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22. Both dry and wet patterns. Back to midges in the evenings.

Abiquiu Lake — Special Kokanee salmon snagging season Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Not much has changed at the lake and conditions remain the same. Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with smaller-sized fish being caught. No report on salmon or other species.

El Vado Lake — Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair with better reports from the Chama River inlet and the dam. Fish are being landed with worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. The main boat ramp is open but the primitive ramps are closed due to low water. Special Kokanee salmon snagging season Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is continues to be fair to good on the north side of the lake. Park at the gate just below the Stone House Lodge and walk down to the dirt boat ramp for the best access.

Heron Lake — Kokanee salmon snagging is prohibited Oct. 1 – Nov. 10 at Heron Lake and Willow Creek. It is unlawful to possess kokanee salmon at Heron Lake and Willow Creek during that time. Snagging season will open at Heron Lake and Willow Creek from Nov. 11-Dec. 31. Reports of trout and lake trout are good from shore when using roe sacks. Trout are also fishing good with spinners and worms. If you hook into a salmon be sure to release it.

Jackson Lake — Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore. Spinners and black wooly buggers are reported working well on the back side of the lake.

Lake Farmington — Trout fishing is reported as good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.

Morgan Lake — Fishing is slow for bass with very little traffic at the lake.

Navajo Lake — Special Kokanee salmon snagging season Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as good at Simms Marina and at the dam. No reports on other species.