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San Juan USGS River Flow 357 cfs Water Clarity:   1' - 1' 1/2 Visibility Abe's 50 Year Celebration
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Fishing Report
March 29, 2015

San Juan Weekly Fishing Report 
I'll be brief. That'll probably come as a relief to those who have to sort through my verbosity each week to get to the nuts and bolts of what they're really looking for. How's the fishing? That's what they really want to know, you can skip all the other stuff— the personal anecdotes, history lessons, etc., just give us the real deal. Well, here goes. To make things simple, I'll start with a rating of one to ten, one being just abysmal, don't waste your time, ten being off the charts, on fire, ant fall easy fishing, and I'll give recent fishing here a five. It's okay, borderline good, to downright tough at times. The visibility is still about a foot or so in most areas and if I had to guess I would say that we're looking at about another month, until we see the clear water conditions you're accustomed to during late Spring, Summer, and Fall. I'llBad Day at Texas Creek Image be happy to eat those words and will be the first to let you know if those conditions change any time soon. As far as dry fly fishing opportunities they have been pretty much nonexistent during my recent outings. There hasn't been much in the way of hatches lately and the clarity of the water hasn't helped when there are actually a few active bugs. The better hatches, when they have happened, seemed to be in the afternoon (around 3:00 pm) but that's also when the wind tends to pick up around here lately, so I haven't seen a lot of heads up. So it's still a nymph and streamer game out there, for the most part. The usual suspects of red larva, princess nymphs, desert storms, teamed up with standard midge patterns like zebra midges, mono midges, scintillas, and crystal flash midges, should be your go to flies. The present flows here are still around 350 cfs and will likely stay that way for a while. I wouldn't expect to see any high water releases anytime this spring, which means that you won't have any 5,000 cfs conditions to work around, but also means that the river won't get a nice cleanup from all the didymo and silt built up from the past couple of years. Well, you can't have everything go your way now, can you? Anyway, outside of that, the weather should be warm with temps in the mid-70s during the earlier part of the week and lots of sunshine, so if you come, bring your sunscreen. It looks like we'll see some substantial wind starting Wednesday, peaking on Thursday, and declining a bit, come Friday, so plan accordingly. Overall, the fishing here as been entertaining enough to make it still worthwhile, but it is still a bit challenging. I really don't see the dynamic changing much until the water clears considerably, or the releases pick up a bit, both of which are likely to happen around the same time. That's about it friends. It's still a bit busy on the water, with a lot of folks taking advantage of Spring Break time off and great weather, but it hasn't been summertime busy, if that's what you're wondering. The weekends are more generally the busier time, as always. If you would like to book a guided trip or need more info, give us a call at 505-632-2194.                                      

Report by Jay Walden


New Fishing License Required April 1       
Reminder - time to purchase new Fishing Licenses:  The 2014-2015 Fishing Season will end March 31, 2015 and a new NM Fishing Season will begin April 1, 2015 and end March 31, 2016.  New NM 2015-2016 licenses will be required beginning April 1, 2015.

NM Fishing License Info


 Spring High Flow 2014

Bureau of Reclamation
San Juan Flow Info
The Bureau of Reclamation in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has made a decision to prioritize Reservoir Storage over a Spring High Flow, so without unexpected precipitation there will not be a Spring Release for 2014.

The San Juan features year round consistent temperatures out of Navajo Dam providing a fabulous Four Season Fishery!  Water temps are in the low 40's near the dam providing a consistent environment for insect growth and development.  Fish have access to midges and annelids year round in addition to more seasonal mayfly, caddis, terrestrials and golden stonefly nymphs and adults.

 

NM Free Fishing Days:  You may fish without a license on two scheduled Saturdays/year as part of National Fishing Day & National Hunting & Fishing Day -- generally the first Saturday in June & the last Saturday in September. Please consult the NM Fishing Proclamation for exact dates &/or changes.  
NM Fishing Proclamation

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Restaurant - El Pescador will be opening Friday March 20, 2015 for the 2015 Fishing Season

Hours:  Wednesday - Saturday 6:30 am-9:00 pm,  Sun 6:30 am - 2:00 pm    Closed Monday and Tuesday

   

 

BOR Stream Improvement Project - Project Completed Jan 2012  Beginning Oct. 10, 2011 the BOR will begin a $300,000 habitat improvement project on the “ Braids” section of the San Juan River. The first phase of the project will encompass changes to the Rex Smith Wash and address the silting problems associated with that area. During this time, the trail to the upper reaches of the river will be inaccessible from the berm area of the Texas Hole parking lot. In order to reach those areas of the river, you will have to access them by wading upriver from the Kiddie Hole Area, or from the BOR parking lot, located near the dam. The second phase of the project will begin sometime in November and the “Braids” area will be closed to fishing for about 30 days, until early December. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by January 8, 2012. There will still be plenty of water to fish during this time and upon completion, this project will add more fishable water and improved habitat for the trout in that area. We will be posting further information via our weekly fishing reports on our website.

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As always, we truly value our faithful customers and look forward to meeting new fishers daily to the San Juan -- Please stop in for a visit and share your fishin' stories. We'll be scoutin' and fishin' the river to provide you with the most current river info.



  2015 and 2008-2012 Historical Flow Data for the San Juan River

   San Juan Flow Graph

  San Juan River estimated Flow Data 2008 to Current

San Juan Flow Graph 2014
San Juan Flow Graph 2013


The San Juan Flow Graph data above are provided by Abe's Motel and Fly Shop and Aspire Computer Solutions, LLC as information to fishermen/women and other interested parties.  The data are drawn from the USGS public records, some of the data are provisional and may be subject to change.  In some cases CFS values were missing and estimated CFS Average values were substituted based on available Gauge readings. 

The flows in the San Juan river below Navajo Dam are controlled by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in compliance with existing law and authorized purposes.  As is the case with many other western waters, some flows are influenced by system wide efforts to protect endangered species.  Water is naturally limited and always in high demand  in the Southwest, many competing entities are present staking claims to San Juan water and by complying with previous agreements/laws,  the BOR has limited flexibility in how flows are maintained. 

The reservoir at Navajo Dam was constructed from 1958 to 1962 as part of the Colorado River Storage Project.  There were two important provisions to the congressional authorization to build the dam, one included a substantial diversion of water from the San Juan Basin through the continental divide to the Chama river in northern New Mexico to supply additional waters to New Mexico cities along the Rio Grande.  These flows are not shown on the graph as the San Juan Chama Project water is drawn from the system before it enters Navajo Reservoir.  The second provision set aside a substantial amount of San Juan water to provide for the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project (NIIP).  The NIIP project is intended to irrigate approximately 110,600 acres of Navajo farmland south of the San Juan River.  The water for the NIIP project is drawn from the reservoir through a diversion headworks near the south side of the dam and moves water to the NIIP Project through approximately 60 miles of tunnels and canals south of the river,  bypassing the river.  As a result of the San Juan Chama Project and the NIIP Project waters no longer being present in the main river channel,  the San Juan has been a smaller river since the dam was constructed.   


In recent years flows on the San Juan have been significantly influenced by the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program (SJRIP) which recommends minimum flows (500 - 1000 cfs) in a targeted critical habitat downstream for two endangered species,  the Colorado Pikeminnow and the Razorback Sucker.  The critical habitat area is between Farmington and Lake Powell.  When sufficient water is available a short period of high water (5,000 CFS) is delivered to the river in spring to mimic historical flows in the interest of improving downstream habitat for the Endangered Species.  The main contributors to flow in the Endangered Species Habitat area are the San Juan and the Animas rivers.  As the Animas is a free flowing river, flows from the San Juan are adjusted up and down to try to meet the recommended flows in the Critical Habitat Area. 

For fishermen/women the lower flows of 2015 provide access to more of the river.  For those on Guided Trips, the river still fishes well in drift boats. 

The BOR provides information on the current status of the reservoir at Navajo Dam at the following link:


http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

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