Early May Report
Capt. Mark Nesbit
May 9, 2009
San Juan River - Freshwater Fishing Report
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
SPRING PEAK RELEASE SCHEDULE
May 7, 2009
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The Bureau of Reclamation has tentatively finalized this year's scheduled spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir. The schedule is still tentative due to the fact that the recent inflow forecast, received from the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (CBRFC), showed a decrease from the previous forecast. We will be getting one more inflow forecast from the CBRFC prior to the start of the peak release (the week of May 18th). A further drop in that mid-May forecast could result in the spring peak release being reduced from the planned two-week duration down to a one-week duration. If that happens, another notice announcing the change will be distributed.
For now, the current spring peak release schedule is as follows: Reclamation will begin ramping up the release at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. The release will be increased gradually over the next several days until the maximum release rate of 5,000 cfs is reached on Thursday, May 28th. The release will remain at 5,000 cfs through Tuesday, June 9th. On Wednesday, June 10th, the release will begin to be gradually decreased until it reaches 500 cfs on Thursday, June 18th. The attached chart shows the daily release rates throughout the spring peak release period.
The release pattern, duration, and magnitude for the spring peak release follow the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program (SJRIP) Flow Recommendations for Endangered Fish.
As noted above, this schedule is subject to change. Also, adjustments may be made to the releases if significant precipitation occurs during the scheduled release period.
If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Pat Page at (970) 385-6560 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org (please note that the email address has recently changed).
The river flow is 500cfs and water clarity is 2-3'.
The upper flats and cable hole areas are fishing good to fair. The flies that were working for me was a red larva early am. Then black or gray crystal flash midge #24-26. and black or gray scintilla bubble midge patterns #24-26.
The T-hole on down is fishing good to great from the boat's. I am using #20 chocolate foam wings and dark beatis nymphs. Black midges late afternoon. The water flows will increase starting May,15th. The water flow rate increase chart is on our web site. www.blueskyflyfishing.com Peggy and I are married and heading on our honey-moon for Tarpon fishing and margrita's. Check our fihing report after we return, hope fully it will be full of fish tales
Tight Lines to all,
Capt. Mark Nesbit
San Juan River Fishing Forecast:
The river will be coming up and San Juan worm's gray scuds, red larva's and white myissis shrimp #20-22 will be working.
The lake bite will be hot for Small mouth bass in the next week or two.
Rainbow and Brown trout, Small mouth bass
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About The Author: Captain Mark Nesbit
Company: Blue Sky Fly Fishing Co.
Area Reporting: San Juan River, New Mexico and Navajo Lake
Bio: Outfitter and guide on the San Juan River for 10 years. Mark Nesbit now guides fishing trips on Navajo Lake in northern New Mexico.