JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

August 2, 2022


The Guadalupe Box

The forest is open for public use but there are still some restrictions. 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 July 13, 2022…Rating… (Remains Closed to Fishing) The Jemez River will probably remain closed through the monsoon season. Once things open up in September, fishing should be fabulous throughout the fall months. Currently, the river is closed to fishing due to the forest closure in that specific area.


The Jemez River was stocked on Tuesday, May 10th with 1300 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Tuesday, May 17th with 1000 Rainbow Trout.






East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report July 13, 2022… (Rating… Remains Closed to Fishing).

The East Fork of the Jemez River is currently closed to fishing and all activity due to forest closure and its close proximity to the fire burn scar.
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 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…July 13, 2022. (Rating…Open, Fishing is Fair)

Rio San Antonio has not been stocked since early May. Your best opportunity for success is that section of the river from La Cueva Picnic Area south to Battleship Rock. Lots of small browns call this section home. Even better…is the section of the river from HWY 126 north to San Antonio Hot Spring. Browns will rise to almost any dry fly that you can get on the water.

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

Rio San Antonio was stocked on Wednesday, May 4th with 452 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, May 10th with 750 Rainbow Trout.








 Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)









Fishing Update June 24, 2022 (Open, Fishing Has Slowed)

 Fenton Lake State Park is open for day use from 6am to 9:00pm every day. All loops of the campground are now open for camping by reservation only, including the five electrical sites, which are available by reservation year around. Fishing has slowed for stocked rainbows and the occasional resident brown. Currently, NMDGF has suspended stocking operation in the lake as water temperatures and PH levels are too high.


Beautiful Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

Fenton Lake was stocked on Tuesday, May 17th with 1270 Rainbows, on Wednesday, May 18th with 300 Rainbow Trout. (incentive fish 18-22″) and most recently on Wednesday, June 22nd with 700 Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout (incentive fish 16-18″)






Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update July 13, 2022…. (Open to Fishing) 

 FR 376 remains open from Gilman Tunnels north to Porters Landing, allowing for access to this wonderful fishery. I have had no reports, but fishing for the resident browns should be fair to good right now. 

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 July 13, 2022 (Rating…Open to Fishing)  

The Vacas is running very low and is pretty tough fishing right now. 

Rio de Las Vacas On August 28, 2018

The Rio de Las Vacas was stocked on Tuesday, May 10th with 500 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Wednesday, May 11th with 500 Rainbows.




 Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update August 2, 2022 (Recently Stocked)

Rio Cebolla is the only water in the Jemez that is cold enough to stock right now and is fishing very well for the stocked rainbows. Browns and Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout are plentiful in the upper reaches above the Seven Springs Fish Hatchery.

14″ Brown From upper Rio Cebolla. Caught and Released by Brendon Armstead of Rio Rancho.

Rio Cebolla was stocked on Wednesday, July 20th with 800 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, August 2nd with 800 Rainbow Trout.

Beautiful Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout caught and released from the upper Rio Cebolla above McKinney Pond. Photo courtesy of John Sandlin,










San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update July 13, 2022… (Rating….Open…Fishing is Poor)

 This high-altitude lake is accessed by a beautiful one-mile hike. San Gregorio is no longer part of the stocking rotation because of its wilderness status. NMDGF did, however, pack some Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout into the lake during the summer of 2021 as an experiment to see if they can survive and thrive through the harsh high altitude San Pedro Parks Wilderness winter. I have had no reports.

San Gregorio has not been stocked with rainbow trout since June of 2020 and will not be stocked for the foreseeable future.



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, 2020 through March 31, 2021. 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