San Juan River Fishing Report

winter baetis on beaver stickAs warm spring weather rapidly replaces old man winter the snowpack in the San Juan Mountains looks pretty good, while it is not the 150 percent of average I was hoping for, the snowpack is sitting right around 90 percent of average. Good news considering March and April usually bring much needed spring moisture. Runoff from the San Juans should provide addaquite inflow to Navajo reservoir I doubt it will be enough water to provide the usual high water spring release.

The water is beginning to clear after an extended turnover period and the fishing has been good throughout the entire quality water section of the San Juan. We continue to catch egg producing rainbows and browns making the cream egg, red larva combination very productive. Although the water is not perfectly clear the fish are aggresivly feeding on the surface in the afternoon hours, especially during periods of overcast, eating blue wing olives and small midge clumps. Stay posted for future spring flow information and fishing conditions.

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