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Fishing report 03-18-11

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Northwest

Animas River: The flow is 310 cfs. Fishing is reported as good for trout on upper stretches near Colorado border. Fly anglers are having good success with bead headed pheasant tails, prince nymphs and copper johns all size 14-16. The river was stocked with 499 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Chama River: Upper section flow no read due to ice, no report on the fishing there. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 98 cfs and the water is clear and low. Reports are slow for trout with not much success from anglers. The river below Abiquiu Lake was stocked with 1,300 triploid rainbow trout last week. Flow below Abiquiu is at 164 cfs.
San Juan River: Upper section catch and release flow is 499 cfs. The visibility is reported at two to three feet in the river below the dam. Despite the murky water, big midge hatches continue to come off late mornings. Cluster patterns like Griffith’s gnats work on the gulping fish. Try a single black midge for the sippers. Egg patterns are also a hot producer right now with peach and yellow being the best colors. Dark bodied midge larvae and pupa as well as dark brown baetis are also getting attention. Lower section open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and flies.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing is very slow. The Army Corps of Engineers have switched over to winter staffing until April 12.
El Vado Lake: Fishing is reported as slow for trout on both sides of the dam. Some fish have been caught using worms, Power bait and spinners.
Heron Lake: Fishing is fair to good for trout along the shore by the dam and at the boat ramps. Anglers are using roe sacks, power bait, spinners and worms.
Jackson Lake: Fishing is good for trout. Anglers are having success using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades. The lake was stocked with 1,500 triploid rainbow trout last week.
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.