JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

May 24, 2019


Conditions in the Jemez are excellent right now with good volume and good color. Everything has been stocked, so fishing should be excellent through the Memorial Day Weekend. 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 May 22, 2019…Rating…(Recently Stocked, Conditions Improving)

The Jemez River is still running a little high and murky, but is very  fishable. It has been recently stocked, so there should be plenty of fish to be caught. I have had no reports. The river is stocked from Battleship Rock on south to the Gilman turnoff throughout the spring and early summer months.

 Salmon eggs, worms and meal worms can be very effective for the stockers and the occasional resident brown. Any sub-surface dark colored nymph pattern should bring action for the fly fisher. There is normally a spring stone fly hatch on the Jemez…not sure when that will occur this year with the heavy runoff.


 The Jemez River was stocked on Wednesday, May 8th with 1000 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Wednesday, May 22nd with 1000 Rainbows.






East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report May 22, 2019…(Rating…Fishing Well) .

 Spring runoff is beginning to settle down and the river is fishable. Bring a box of worms (BTW, Amanda’s stocks fresh worms throughout the year) or any nymph pattern should bring some action.

 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 May 24, 2019…(Rating…Recently Stocked)

Conditions are improving and anglers are catching fish. Rio San Antonio is now in the stocking rotation…so, certainly worth a try. Matthew Cleary has a great day on the river last weekend and e-mailed this report. “Had a great day on San Antonio Creek this past Sunday. Over 20 browns caught using a green flash back hares ear and a peach egg as a dropper. The bite was 50/50 on either fly. Water was clear and the sky mostly overcast.” Attached is a photo. Thank you Matthew for your report and taking the time.  Any bait, nymph pattern or spinner should bring action.

Matthew Cleary’s Beautiful Healthy Brown From the Upper San Antonio.

Rio San Antonio was stocked on Thursday, May 9th with 1000 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Friday, May 24th with 750 Rainbows.





Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)

Fishing Update May 22, 2019…(Rating…Recently Stocked and Fabulous Fishing)

 Fenton Lake continues to fish terrific. Anglers are catching lots of limits with just about whatever they throw in the water although worms, nightcrawlers, anything garlic and gold Kastmasters have been very effective. As of April 1st a new fishing license is required to fish all New Mexico waters. Boats with electric motors or oars are allowed on the lake.

Fenton Lake was stocked on May 8th and 9th with 3200 Rainbows  and most recently on Wednesday, May 22nd with 1200 Rainbows.






 Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update May 22, 2019….(Still Rockin’ and Rollin’) 

 FR 376 is now open from Gilman Tunnels all the way north to Hwy 126 allowing for access to Rio Guadalupe. However, heavy spring runoff continues, limiting fishing on this wonderful river.

 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.






 Rio De Las Vacas


Rio de Las Vacas

Rio de Las Vacas

Fishing Update May 24, 2019( Rating…Recently Stocked)  

Spring runoff is beginning to recede and fishing this wonderful river should be excellent this spring and summer. It will be interesting to see how many fish survived the extreme low water conditions of the summer of 2018. The stocking truck has added the Vacas to it’s rotation, so there should be plenty of fish to be caught.

Rio de Las Vacas On August 28, 2018.

    The Rio de Las Vacas was stocked on Wednesday, April 17th with 998 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Friday, May 24th with 1000 Rainbows .








Rio Cebolla

The Lower Rio Cebolla near Porter Landing

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update May 24, 2019 (Recently Stocked) 

Rio Cebolla is fishing very well for stocked rainbows. Lou, from Los Alamos, fished the river right above the lake recently and caught many rainbows including a 15 incher using worms. The upper river is accessible for RG Cutthroat and resident browns.
 Rio Cebolla was stocked on Wednesday, May 9th with 500 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Wednesday/Friday, May 22nd and 24th with 800 total fish.







San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update May 22, 2019…(Rating….Wait Till June )

This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile hike. The trail to the lake still has some snow and lots of mud, limiting access. Best to wait till  late June if you are looking for fishing opportunities.

San Gregorio will be stocked again this spring…probably in June.



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, 2018 through March 31, 2019. 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