The San Juan River produces some incredible winter trout fishing.
Have a look as the hosts of the show “American Angler” fly fish one of the most productive trout rivers in New Mexico, if not in the entire continental U.S.
Even in winter the San Juan river is producing big and healthy trout. Rainbows, browns, and cutthroat can be fished in this river, and judging by the write-ups there is some great access to this Blue Ribbon trout fishery. Trout average between 16 to 18 inches and the San Juan holds an estimated 15,000 trout per mile.
As an eastern fly fishing enthusiast I have to work very hard to get to small brook trout streams in my area, so being able to fish bigger rivers with lots of casting space, such as the San Juan River, would be a real treat.
It helps that it has an uber healthy population of hungry big rainbows and other trout species and decent public access on large sections of the river, much of it bordered by a state park.
If you are lucky enough to be a resident near the San Juan River, or will be visiting the state, don’t forget to pack your fly rods and gear.
For New Mexico fishing regulations for winter trout fishing check out their Fish and Game site.