By: Chris Shaffer

Most rivers and streams in Northern New Mexico have finally receded to favorable levels and anglers are catching limits of trout following heavy stockings by New Mexico Game & Fish. This pattern should continue through early October as water levels continue to fall. Action at the Chama River remains impressive even amongst heavy pressure.

On the Chama pressure isn’t normally an issue for anglers with good bait. When we were here a few weeks ago we filmed Pautzke Outdoors in a tad more than an hour, catching and releasing three limits of trout between three anglers. We didn’t catch anything bigger than 12 inches, but had a blast seeing bobbers go down every few drifts. We caught all rainbows, although a few anglers told us they’d caught browns in recent weeks.