JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

November 22, 2022


The Guadalupe Box

Fishing in the Jemez has transitioned to winter mode. Most streams above Battleship Rock have become iced over and difficult to fish. Fenton Lake is ice covered but is unsafe for ice fishing. We’ll see if ice fishing will eventuate this season. We’ll keep you updated. The Jemez River south of Battleship Rock and below the village is stocked throughout the winter offering anglers a great opportunity for wintertime fishing. 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 November 22, 2022…Rating… (Recently Stocked) The Jemez River is really your best bet for wintertime fishing in the Jemez. The river is in good shape right now with good volume and is generally ice free. NMDGF has recently stocked the river and will continue to do so throughout the winter months. The upper section does hold some resident browns that may also offer some action. Fishing on the Jemez should be fabulous throughout the winter months.


The Jemez River was stocked on Wednesday, October 26th with 1500 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, November 16th with 1000 Rainbow Trout.






East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report November 22, 2022… (Rating… Icy).

The East Fork of the Jemez River has developed a good coating of ice and is very difficult to fish. The very lower section, just above Battleship Rock, generally is ice free throughout the winter and can provide a good opportunity for resident browns and stocked rainbows.
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…November 22, 2022. (Rating…Icy)

Rio San Antonio has developed ice throughout most of its length making for difficult fishing. There is some open water here and there that might be worth a try.

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

Rio San Antonio was stocked on Tuesday, September 20th with 750 Rainbows and most recently on Thursday, October 6th with 750 Rainbow Trout.








 Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)




Fishing Update November 22, 2022 (No Fishing Right Now)

 Fenton Lake State Park is open for day use from 6am to 7:00pm every day. All loops of the campground are now closed for camping with only the five electrical sites open, which are available by reservation year around. The lake is completely covered with a thin layer of ice with no open water. Fenton is unsafe and closed for ice fishing at this time.


Beautiful Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

Fenton Lake was stocked on Wednesday, October 26th with 1000 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, November 16th with 1000 Rainbow Trout.






Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update October 26, 2022…. (Icy) 

 FR 376 will remain open throughout the end of the year providing excellent access to Rio Guadalupe, however, because of considerable ice throughout its length any fishing on the wonderful river is difficult. 

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 Novemberr 22, 2022 (Rating…Icy)  

The Vacas is mostly ice covered right now making for difficult fishing. 

Rio de Las Vacas On August 28, 2018

The Rio de Las Vacas was stocked on Friday, October 14th with 500 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Thursday, October 20th with 500 Rainbows.




 Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update November 22, 2022 (Fair)

Rio Cebolla is fishing fair for the stocked rainbows. The river is generally covered with ice except right above and below Fenton Lake. Worth a try.

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

Rio Cebolla was stocked on Thursday, October 6th with 400 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Thursday, October 20th with 400 Rainbows.

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 November 22, 2022… (Rating…Iced Over)

 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 fingerlings into the lake during the summer of 2021 and fall of 2022 as an experiment to see if they can survive and thrive through the harsh high altitude San Pedro Parks Wilderness winter. Right now, the lake is covered with ice and is unsafe for ice fishing.

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