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San Juan USGS River Flow 2,960 cfs
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Increasing to 5,000 CFS for 5/22/16, to remain at 5,000 cfs for up to 31 days
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Fishing Report
May 15, 2015

San Juan Weekly Fishing Report  Bad Day at Texas Creek Image
Jay Walden
"Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more," William Shakespeare, from Henry V. The next two days here will be the final hurrah for quite a while for many folks to have a shot at fishing the Juan. On Wednesday at 1:00 am the BOR will begin its ramp up over the following five days to a 5,000 cfs flow that will last approximately 31 days, with a twelve day ramp down to 500 cfs. Acqua alta the Italians call it—(high water) although that phrase is a term used in Venice to describe the exceptional tide peaks in the northern Adriatic Sea, combined with prevailing winds known as the sirocco which produces flooding in the Venetian lagoon. I digress, but you get the picture. It will dramatically change the character of this river as we know it now, in the short term, but at least we won't be walking around the town of Navajo Dam with our pant legs rolled up to our knees for the next month, or so, I hope. As a fisherman, I have mixed emotions about Acqua alta, the selfish side of me will miss being able to wade almost anywhere I want, casting about for trout; the more sensible side of me knows that it's a necessary evil and in the long term it's going to do wonders for the aesthetics of the river, and the health of the fishery. Once the dust settles at 5,000 cfs and the water clears, I'll probably visit a couple of spots I know I can still access by foot, maybe fish out of the boat with a couple of guides I know. There'll be a few trips up to the lake to toss poppers to smallmouth, perhaps a trip or two up to Colorado to visit some water up there that I haven't seen since last year. It'll be okay, I'll get through it, and when the water starts to drop again, I'll have a whole new river to fish, a better river, a prettier river, with lots of hungry fish in places I haven't been able to fish in four years. It's a good trade-off. In the meantime, we've got a photo contest going on here at Abe's with some great prizes for the top five submissions. You can check out the details on our Facebook page and submit your entries of your favorite shots of the river, or fish, to: photos@sanjuanriver.com. Contest ends June 10, 2016. Please bear in mind that we emphasize the utmost concern over the proper handling of all fish and advocate that you always use the best practices when taking photos and releasing fish. Done properly, your fish should always be kept in the net, in the water, until you are absolutely ready for the shot— always wet your hands, gently lift the fish with plenty of support underneath it, snap a picture and get it immediately back into the water. The entire photo part should only take a second. These wonderful creatures are our livelihood and our passion and each and every one demands your utmost respect. Once the water reaches 5,0000 cfs, there are still opportunities to fish here, and although the wading part is limited, the fishing from a boat with an experienced guide can be very good. If you would like more information or would like to book a guide, please give us a call at 505-632-2194                         
Report by Jay Walden

NM Fish and Game LogoNew Fishing License Required April 1       
Reminder - time to purchase new Fishing Licenses:  The 2015-2016 Fishing Season will end March 31, 2016 and a new NM Fishing Season will begin April 1, 2016 and end March 31, 2017.  New NM 2016-2017 licenses will be required beginning April 1, 2016.

NM Fishing License Info

 Spring High Flow 2016

Bureau of Reclamation
San Juan Flow Info
Snowpack for the 2015/2016 winter season is projected to provide for a Spring 'High Flow' as recommended by the SJRIP (San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program) to mimic a natural spring flow to provide better habitat for endangered Fish Species downstream of Farmington. The river is scheduled to begin an increase beginning May 18 and progressively ramping up to 5,000 cfs which will be reached on Sunday May 22, 2016.   The San Juan will remain at 5,000 cfs for 31 days or until runoff on the Animas river is complete.  If the Animas runoff is estimated to be complete before the 31 day period for 5,000 cfs, the San Juan will begin ramping down to a seasonal flow before the 31 days is finished.  If all 31 days of 5,000 cfs flow are required to supplement the Animas Flow, the San Juan release will begin decreasing on Thursday June 23, 2016.  Following the 31 days at High Flow, he river will ramp down to a seasonal flow of 500 cfs beginning July 4, 2016. 

 The San Juan fishes well from a drift boat with an experienced guide during High Flows, many fishermen do very well during decreases in flow. 
Final Release Schedule Updated 5/11/2016
Motel Info

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.

Born 'N' Raised Info 

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 is open for the 2016 Fishing Season

Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday 6:30 am-9:00 pm,    Closed Monday and Tuesday


RV Slot Info 

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.

  2016 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 2015
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:


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