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Old 02-12-2014   #1
 
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Input on San Juan

I drew a permit in early June on San juan. Is there any good fishing? If so what species? What are the best camp sites on a four night stay? Thanks for input.

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I drew a permit in early June on San juan. Is there any good fishing? If so what species? What are the best camp sites on a four night stay? Thanks for input.
Personally, I don't fish these types of rivers--not my favorite fish species to eat even if I could catch them.

Are you putting in at Sand Wash or Mexican Hat? In the past I've taken 5 days from MH and 7 days from Sand Island, both taking out at Clay Hills.
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We're putting and at the Mexican Hat. Do you have any suggestions on the campsites?
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Campsites are assigned from slickhorn down. Above that the more common ones are honaker and johns. I dont remember any of them being great, but all are adequate. Not sure what kind of fish are in there...its pretty murky water.
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Fishing: Would not plan on it. Might be some catfish but not sure. Problem is the native fish are protected and can not be targeted. Not worth the hassle down there because of it.

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We're putting and at the Mexican Hat. Do you have any suggestions on the campsites?
I need to take a look at my trip log--it's been a few years. I've run this several times and the most memorable camps (besides Chinle) were at Grand Wash and Slickhorn. I'll take a look, and I'm sure buzzards with great suggestions will chime in as to the best ones out of these multiple choices, as well as the others.

Disclaimer: I've never had a permit to hike and camp on the rez, though I have on every trip...you probably should as it takes much less effort to get one it seems. I have an early season permit and I will get one this time--maybe I'm getting smarter? Or, less confrontational at least.
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pulled cat fish out before. only one, and a small one.

piece of advice, alcohol is prohibited on the navajo nation. that means if you camp river left you "shouldn't" have any booze on your trip. we have always stayed river right because of this. i have seen navajo nation police floating with rangers on the juan. not something i wanna mess with.
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Thanks so much for the info!
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There are Channel Cat and Carp, Razorback Suckers, Roundtail and Bonytail Chub, and the Colorado Pikeminnow. The Razorback and Pikeminnow are endangered and protected. However, there are significant petroleum and agricultural contaminants released into the SJ from the Farmington area, so I wouldn't suggest eating anything out of it.
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Had some kids with us last year, they were catching catfish darn near every cast. I'm with lmeyers though, wouldn't eat them.....
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