New Mexico fishing report —March 1

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and, 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 227 cfs. Fishing is reported as good for trout, several browns are being 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 101 cfs and the water is low and a little off color. Fishing is reported as good using flies, Power Bait and spinners like black Panther Martin.

San Juan River: Upper section Catch and Release — flow is 504 cfs. Conditions remain the same and fishing continues to be good to excellent for trout. The midge hatch has been epic all day long with 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 also 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 killing it! Colored larvae will catch fish all day long, red, orange, white, black, pink, apricot. Bunny leaches are great attractors! Brown, Black, purple, and white.

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

Abiquiu Lake — Fishing is very slow. The Army Corps of Engineers have switched over to winter staffing and all but a few primitive sites are closed for the season. There was very little pressure and fishing is reported as very slow.

El Vado Lake — No report

Heron Lake — No report

Jackson Lake — The lake is clear of ice. Still not a lot of traffic and no report, but fishing should be good with warmer weather and recent stocking.

Lake Farmington — Trout fishing is reported as good 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.

Morgan Lake — Bass fishing has picked up and is reported as fair to good. Success has been reported with black jigs, Strike King rodent baits and 7 inch black Finesse worms.

Navajo Lake — The pike are turning on and being taken close to the surface using top water lures and Rapala DT yellow perch jerk baits down to 8 feet. 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.