Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
April 19, 2017
The next six to eight weeks will provide the best fishing of the year in the Jemez. Most streams are fishable and stocked and the Lake is in great shape and well stocked. You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have info to add, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All photos in this report are of summer time conditions unless otherwise noted.
Fishing Update April 13, 2017…(Rating… Recently Stocked and Fishing Well) The river is running high but is very fishable. The river has been recently stocked and will continue to be stocked throughout the spring and early summer. Salmon eggs, worms and meal worms can be very effective for the stocked rainbows and the occasional resident brown. Hares Ear and Pheasant Tail Nymphs are doing well for the fly fisher. The Jemez River was stocked on Thursday, April 6th with 1834 Rainbows and most recently on Thursday, April 13th with 1836 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Report April 6, 2017….(Rating….Improving) The upper East Fork (Las Conchas area) is running high but is fishable. Anglers are doing well for browns and the occasional rainbow or cutthroat using bait and sub-surface flies. 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.
Fishing Report April , 2017…(Rating…Recently Stocked And Fishing Well)
Water conditions on Rio San Antonio have improved. The river is still running high but is very fishable and recently stocked. Anglers are catching a few browns and recently stocked rainbows having best success with worms and Fireballs. I had some anglers in the store Wednesday that were doing very well with olive colored Pistol Petes. Patrick (regular of Amanda’s) from Los Alamos, stopped by the store on Wednesday, April 5th and reported catching and releasing a nice 18″ Brown on Rio San Antonio right around the La Cueva Picnic Area. He was using a bead head Pheasant Tail.
Rio San Antonio was stocked on Wednesday April 12th with 1306 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update April 19, 2017…(Rating….Fabulous Fishing)
The lake is in great shape right now and the fishing is fast and furious. Everybody is catching limits of stockers and the occasional brown. This time of year it seems that pretty much whatever you throw in the lake will bring results. Try a large spinner or spoon for some of the larger fish in the lake. Rudy and Mike stopped into the store on Wednesday (4/5) and reported catching and releasing over forty fish each including a nice 18″ Rainbow. They were most successful with chartreuse Power Bait and yellow garlic salmon eggs. Thanks for the report guys. Brian and friend from Los Alamos fished the lake from a boat on April 12th and caught multiple limits using small dry flies at the north end of the lake. Fishing was best when the sun went behind the mountain. Jason Sanchez of Mora caught an 18 1/2 inch brown recently using a Super Duper lure, also from a boat. NMDGF continues to stock Fenton. Fenton Lake was stocked on Tuesday, April 11th with 2200 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Wednesday, April 19th with 2000 Rainbow Trout.
The state park is open for camping and other recreational activities.
Stop into Amanda’s. We have fishing tackle and fresh bait.
Fishing Update March 15, 2017….(Rating…Best To Wait) FR 376 will remain closed, through April 15th (weather permitting), allowing for limited access to Rio Guadalupe. The deep, dark canyons of this river make for lengthy ice and snow retention making fishing difficult to nearly impossible. The river is in spring run-off mode right now and will be the last of the Jemez watershed to clear up. It will probably be May before Rio Guadalupe will provide any quality fishing opportunities. Best bet is to wait.
Fishing Update April 6, 2017 ( Rating…Recently Stocked) The Las Vacas has been recently stocked but according to reports the river is running very high and very murky making for difficult fishing. This river will take awhile to settle down but it might be worth a try. Best bet is to fish with worms, salmon eggs or brightly colored spinners or sub surface flies.
The Las Vacas was stocked on Thursday, April 6th with 750 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update April 13, 2017 (Recently Stocked ) Rio Cebolla is a great spring time fishing opportunity in the Jemez because of the likelihood of clear, fishable water. This weekend will be a great opportunity to drop a worm, salmon egg, fly or run a spinner through one of this little river’s many small pools. Rio Cebolla is stocked both above and below Fenton Lake.
Rio Cebolla was stocked on Monday, March 21st with 250 rainbow trout and most recently on Wednesday, April 12th with 850 rainbows.
Fishing Update April 19, 2017….(Rating….Wait And See) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile trail. I received an e-mail from Chris indicating that there was two to three feet of snow on the trail and at the lake. San Gregorio was still covered with ice as of Easter weekend. We’ll have to wait and see if the hatchery truck makes an appearance in June. Winterkill is common for this high altitude lake, but fishing might be worth a try as conditions permit. Regardless, this area provides for a beautiful, quiet and serene environment for those willing to make the effort.
Look for the stocking truck to make its next appearance during June of 2017…conditions permitting.
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
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 http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us 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).