Fishing Report: Kokanee salmon snagging remains good near the dam at Navajo Lake

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reduces water releases from Navajo Dam

The Daily Times staff
Kokanee salmon snagging season is open through the end of the year at Navajo Lake.
  • Nearly 2,000 trout released into the San Juan River below quality waters.

San Juan River: Las Cruces resident Hope Carreon caught an approximately 29-inch brown trout on Oct. 11 using an i-Yong Blondie fly.

Eagle Nest Lake: Albuquerque residents Terry Norcross and Matthew Farmer caught a 38-inch pike weighing 14 pounds and a 38.5-inch pike weighing 15 pounds on Oct. 11 using Rapala lures.

Red River: 14-year-old Bernalillo resident Aiden Paquin caught a 20-inch rainbow trout on Oct. 9 using salmon eggs.

Santa Cruz Lake: Peñasco resident Alyson Trina Archuleta, age 9, caught two rainbow trout more than 20-inches long on Oct. 13 using a Kastmaster lure.

Rio Grande: Española resident Rob Vigil went fishing for his birthday on Oct. 3 and caught a 21.5-inch rainbow trout near Pilar using a black and gold Panther Martin spinner.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Six-year-old Las Cruces resident Kole Kinney caught a 22-inch rainbow trout on Oct. 5 using an artificial crawdad.

Navajo Lake: Bass fishing has been slow, but pike were biting on swimbaits and jerk baits. Kokanee salmon season is open from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. Kokanee salmon snagging was good near the dam.

A trout fisherman untangles his line while standing on a small island, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at the Texas Hole on the San Juan River.

San Juan River: The San Juan River was flowing at 610 cubic feet per second on Oct. 14. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation began decreasing the releases from Navajo Dam on Oct. 16 from 600 cubic feet per second to 500 cubic feet per second. Quality water trout fishing was good using red and cream larva fly patterns, mono midge pupa patterns and crystal flash midge emergers. Below the quality waters, trout fishing was good using Baetis nymphs, Parachute Adams and Blue Wing Olives. In the bait waters, fishing for trout was good using worms and spinners.

Chama River: The Chama River was flowing at 754 cubic feet per second below El Vada on Oct. 14 and 867 cubic feet per second below Abiquiu. Trout fishing downstream from El Vado Lake was good using leach pattern flies, tungsten bead head green scud flies, peacock nymph flies, salmon eggs, worms, Panther Martin spinners, nightcrawlers and yellow garlic PowerBait.

There were no reports from anglers at Lake Farmington or on the Animas River.

Stocking report

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish released 284 rainbow trout into the Animas River on Oct. 9 and 126 rainbow trout into Aztec pond number 1 the same day. It also released 1,327 rainbow trout into Jackson Lake on Oct. 9.

On Oct. 11, 1,991 rainbow trout were released into the San Juan River below the quality waters.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish releases fishing reports twice a week on