JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

January 15, 2018

NMDGF Will Continue To Stock Rainbow Trout Through the Ice at Fenton Lake Throughout the Winter Months


 

Winter conditions are changing fishing opportunities in the Jemez right now. The Jemez River is a wonderful wintertime fishery and, along with Fenton Lake, will be stocked throughout the winter months. You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have  info to add, please send to: fishingreport@jemezcentral.com. All photos in this report are of summer time conditions unless otherwise noted.

 

Jemez River

Jemez River

Jemez River

Fishing Report December 19, 2018…Rating…(Recently Stocked)

The Jemez River is really your best wintertime fishing opportunity in the Jemez. The river is stocked from Battleship Rock on south to the Gilman turnoff throughout the winter 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.

 

 The Jemez River was stocked on Wednesday December 5th with 1972 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Wednesday, December 19th with 1000 Rainbows.

 

 

 

 

                  

East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report November 14, 2018….(Rating…Fair) .

Because of icy conditions, fishing on the East Fork will be limited through the winter months. Your best bet is the extreme lower portion of the river accessed upstream from Battleship Rock. Bring a box of worms (BTW, Amanda’s stocks fresh worms throughout the winter months) 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 January 15, 2019…(Rating…Wait Until Spring)

The River is covered with ice limiting fishing opportunities until spring.  
  Rio San Antonio was stocked on Thursday, September 13th with 750 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Thursday, September 27th with another 750 Rainbows.

 

 

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)

Fishing Update January 15, 2019…(Rating… Open For Ice Fishing)

 The lake, as of January 11th, has been opened for ice fishing. Wintertime angling at Fenton is a wonderful experience and can bring limits of stocked rainbows, Rio Grande Cutthroat and the occasional resident brown. This past weekend the fishing was fast and furious. Most anglers limited out.  NMDGF will continue to stock through the ice during the winter months.  Worms, meal / wax worms and garlic scented power bait were most effective through the ice. Jigging Pistol Petes or Woolybuggers are also a good bet.

Fenton Lake was stocked on Wednesday, November 14th with 1000 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, November 27th with 2000 Rainbow Trout. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update January 15, 2019….(Wait Until Spring) 

 FR 376 is now closed for the winter season greatly limiting access to Rio Guadalupe. Because of the deep canyons that define this river and because of the restricted sunlight, ice can form quickly restricting fishing opportunities,

 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 November 14, 2018 ( Rating…Nope)  What water that remains in this river is now frozen restricting fishing. Hopefully the fish that survived the summer can survive the winter. Let’s hope for a snowpack that can revive Rio de Las Vacas.

Rio de Las Vacas On August 28, 2018.


 
    The Rio de Las Vacas  was stocked on Tuesday March 27th with 750 Rainbow trout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rio Cebolla

The Lower Rio Cebolla near Porter Landing

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update November 14, 2018 (Recently Stocked)  Ice is forming on the upper portion of Rio Cebolla restricting fishing opportunities. That section of the creek both right above and below the lake should fishable for awhile.

Rio Cebolla was stocked on Wednesday, October 3rd with 460 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Thursday, October 18th with 400 Rainbows.

 

  

 

 

 

 

San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update November 14, 2018….(Rating….Wait till Spring) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile hike. Although I have had no reports, I’ve got to believe that this lake is covered with ice and unfishable. Best to wait till spring if you are looking for fishing opportunities.

San Gregorio was stocked on May 18, 2018 with 6000 catchable sized Rainbow Trout and will be stocked again next 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 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).

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