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Spring Runoff and Fishing in the Everglades!

Capt. Scott Taylor
April 11, 2018
Pagosa Springs - Freshwater Fishing Report

Spring Runoff and Fishing in the Everglades!

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The fishing has still been good around the Pagosa Springs area, but changes are on the way with spring runoff. As always, the "Quality Waters" section of the lower San Juan below the Dam in NM will still be fishing good throughout spring runoff. If the BOR does let excess water flows out to flush the river, it is usually after runoff in Pagosa Springs. All of our Forest Service permits in the San Juans will open for guiding on May 15. Generally all the access roads are closed until that date. If the fishing conditions are good during runoff we will be fishing the Private Waters on the San Juan and the Navajo. Otherwise we will be fishing in NM on the "Quality Waters".

The flows on the streams are still good and safe to wade, it just depends on the clarity. The San Juan in town is a 406 cfs today but was at 900 cfs 3 days ago. The Navajo is at 38 cfs, but jumped to 55 cfs 3 days ago. When the fishing is still safe, keep in mind that the highest water will be in the morning and early afternoon is usually lower. Below the dam the water is at 596 cfs. I like that a lot better than the 350 cfs it was at before I came to FL.

The water temps in the Everglades have been around 77 degrees on the outside and up to 80 in some of the back waters. The fishing was really good and we saw lots of reds, and then the wind came. That was a tough day. Now it has calmed a bit, the water is not as stirred up. Out of the last 5 days (after the big blow) we have hooked Tarpon every day, just haven't got them to the boat. We have some nice tides next week, so everything should improve.

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Pagosa Springs Fishing Forecast:

Clear water below the Dam in NM on the Lower San Juan, water will be getting dirty near town with increased flows with spring runoff.

Florida is looking great.

Target Species:

Trout, In Florida - Tarpon, Redfish and Snook

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Join a Pagosa Springs Fishing Guide for a great day fishing on Southwest CO's high mountain streams and Northern NM on Navajo Lake and the " Quality Waters" of the San Juan River. Species fished on a guided fly fishing trip, include Bass, Pike, Trout, Crappie, Salmon and more while Fly Fishing Pagosa Springs, CO. Fly fishing and spin fishing trips with artificial lures and flys are offered on Navajo Lake, and fly fishing only trips are offered on the "Quality Waters" of the San Juan River.

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High Country Fishing Charters
558 Ginger Cir.
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970-946-5229
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