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San Juan USGS River Flow 4,310 cfs
'High Flow Extended to June 29'
The SJ is expected to begin ramping down to 500 CFS about June 29 and reach 500 CFS about
 July 10, 2016.
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Fishing Report
June 26, 2015

San Juan Weekly Fishing Report  Bad Day at Texas Creek Image
Jay Walden
It's painstakingly slow—like watching paint dry, or grass grow, or waiting for a Sunday sermon to end when you're seven years old and the wooden pew is hard, and all your friends are already back home playing, because their parents don't go to church; or if they do, their preacher isn't as long-winded. But it's like that, it really is, watching the snow slowly melt off the mountains of Colorado in the distance, looking for a new rock today that wasn't visible yesterday, a sign, any sign, that run-off is coming to it's end, because you want to, no— have to, fish. It should have been a productive time, but it wasn't. I should have painted the house, worked on the car, written a book, but I didn't do any of those things. I didn't do any of those things because I was in a funk—a no fishing-stare at the mountains-watch the snow melt-are we there yet?, funk. But it's coming to an end soon, they tell me. It'll all be over, and I'll be able to wade the river, fish to my heart's content, eat my lunches again on goose-poop covered islands and swat at mosquitoes and life will be good once again, and all my friends and co-workers will be happy too, because I can fish and I am no longer the grumpy old guy they have to avoid and endure. With my life restored, who knows, perhaps I will find my muse again, the water, the fish. Perhaps, I'll be inspired to write again; perhaps I will dance, I know I will dance at least a little jig of happiness, because now I can fish. According to the last word I received from the Bureau of Reclamation, they plan to start reducing the flow here on the 29th of June and over the following 12 days; that means by July 4th the flow should be somewhere around 2,200 to 2,000 cfs and I can begin accessing some water on foot again. Let's hope they keep their word. Angels are smiling in heaven.                         
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
The San Juan 'Spring High Flow 2016' did not go as expected as the high silt load in parts of the lower river caused the river to run higher in its banks than in previous years endangering people and property.  To adjust for this situation the High Flow was reduced from 5,000 cfs to about 2,000 cfs intially and then brought up to a little over 4,000 cfs later when it was deemed safe to do so.  As a result there is more water in the reservoir than anticipated and the 'High Flow 2016' will be extended.  Currently, the plan is to maintain the current flow of about 4,200 CFS and then begin ramping the flow down to 500 cfs beginning as early as June 27 and reaching 500 cfs about 10-12 days later.  This is a dynamic situation and could change based on weather and other factors.   

 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 6/23/2016
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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