JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

September 21, 2017


Remember, Saturday, September 23rd is free fishing day. No license is required. All other rules and regulations apply.


Marcos Torres From Albuquerque With His 17″ Rainbow Trout From Fenton Lake Caught On A Red Pistol Pete

Cooling temperatures will continue to improve water conditions in the Jemez Mountains. NMDGF has resumed  stocking. You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have  info to add, please send to: All photos in this report are of summer time conditions unless otherwise noted.


Jemez River

Jemez River

Jemez River

Fishing Report September 21, 2017…Rating…(Recently Stocked)

Because of improved water conditions the Jemez River continues to be stocked by NMDGF. Fishing should be fabulous throughout the balance of the summer and into fall.

 Salmon eggs, worms and meal worms can be very effective for the stockers and the occasional resident brown. Any terrestrial should bring action for the fly fisher.

 The Jemez River was stocked on Thursday, September 7th with 1000 Rainbows and most recently on Thursday, September 21st with 1250 Rainbow Trout






East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report July 27, 2017….(Rating…Fishing Fair) The upper East Fork (Las Conchas area) is running low and clear. Anglers are catching small browns, cutthroats and a few rainbows on dries.

 Just a reminder that the East Fork is now being managed as a Brown Trout fishery and is no longer being stocked with Rainbows. The brown trout population has come back after the burn scar flooding of a couple years ago. Please, because of the delicate nature of this population of browns, I would encourage a strict catch and release practice.



San Antonio

Rio San Antonio

Rio San Antonio


Fishing Report September 21, 2017…(Rating…Recently Stocked)  

Excellent fishing right now in that section of river that has been recently stocked between San Antonio Campground and La Cueva Picnic Area. Salmon eggs and worms are your best for the stockers. Upstream to the San Antonio Hot Spring north from Hwy 126, fishing for the resident Browns is really good. Generally the fish are small (5 to 9″) but they will keep your fly busy. Terrestrial patterns (Hoppers, Stimulators, Ants) will be very effective. Small spinners and live worms will entice this population of Browns.

Rio San Antonio was stocked on Thursday, August 31st with 750 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Wednesday, September 21st with 1500 Rainbows.



Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)

Fishing Update September 8, 2017…(Rating… Recently Stocked)






Dion Vallo of Cochiti Pueblo With His 22″ Brown Trout From Fenton Lake-Caught With a Live Grasshopper

While not fast and furious, fishing at the lake is picking up with the cooler weather and recent stockings. Now is the perfect time to visit the state park with fewer folks, less bugs and better fishing. Live worms, nightcrawlers and meal worms (all available from Amanda’s) have been the most consistent bait throughout the summer. Fenton Lake was stocked on Wednesday, August 23rd with 1500 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Friday, September 8th with 2288 Rainbows..

The state park is open for camping and other recreational activities.


Stop into Amanda’s. We have fishing tackle and fresh bait.



 Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update August 2, 2017….(Rating…Good) 

FR 376 is now open to through traffic.

This gem of a river is being managed as a brown trout fishery so you will not see the stocking truck along this wild river. Low water conditions can be found on Rio Guadalupe and fishing for the resident browns is fair to good right now. This river is somewhat protected from the sun by its’ towering canyon walls, keeping the water somewhat cool.  Hopper patterns and stimulators seemed to be the best bet. Now is the time to visit Rio Guadalupe.






 Rio De Las Vacas


Rio de Las Vacas

Rio de Las Vacas

Fishing Update August 22, 2017 ( Rating…Recently Stocked) The Las Vacas is running low and clear right now making for difficult fishing. 7x tippet along with small dries are recommended  to entice some of the resident browns and recently stocked rainbows in this river.

    The Las Vacas was stocked  most recently on Monday August 21st with 50o Rainbow Trout.





Rio Cebolla

The Lower Rio Cebolla near Porter Landing

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update September 21, 2017 (Recently Stocked )  Rio Cebolla is stocked both above and below Fenton Lake and has been recently stocked making for pretty easy fishing. Try floating a salmon egg through the current of many of the undercut banks in this little creek. Also, if you are willing to hike to the headwaters and fish for the resident browns and native Rio Grande Cutthroats you will be rewarded.

Rio Cebolla was stocked on Thursday, September 7th with 825 Rainbows and most recently on Wednesday, September 21st with 950 Rainbow Trout.




San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update June 19, 2017….(Rating….Recently Stocked) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile trail. Fishing will be fast and furious over the next month or two as NMDGF stocked San Gregorio on June 19th.

San Gregorio was stocked on June 19th with 6500 catchable sized Rainbow Trout.



Cute Catch




Fishing The Jemez

Children Are Welcome!

The Jemez is a great place to bring your young children to fish.  They can be successful fishing anywhere in the Jemez, but for those that are 11 yr and younger, the Kid’s Pond at the hatchery is a great place for the youngsters.  Stop in at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store for any supplies or snacks that you might need. Make sure you take proper precaution with your children around the water.  Early Spring can often bring high water and strong currents, which can be a danger for kids and adults alike.

                         Fenton Lake Catch

Big Catch

Facts about Fishing

The cost of a license for New Mexico residents is $35 for a license that is good for the license year  April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Non-resident licenses are $65 for the year. Short-term licenses are the same price for residents and non-residents alike and can be purchased for one day ($22) or five days ($34). Seniors (ages 65-69) and handicapped can purchase an annual license for $18. Juniors (age 12-17) pay $11 for an annual license. Active duty military and military veterans that are NM residents are being offered reduced priced licenses.  Licenses are free for individuals over the age of 70. All necessary habitat stamps and fees are included in the pricing structure notated above.  A second rod validation (optional) is available for $4. Applicants for hunting and fishing licenses are required by law to provide the last four digits of their social security number. Special trout waters are found in the Jemez and are normally well-marked, but it might be a good idea to consult your fishing proclamation for special regulations that may exist.  The website has complete fishing rules and information. Fishing and hunting licenses are available at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store in La Cueva (575-829-4333).

Having fun in the Jemez