JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

December 12, 2017


As we approach winter, NMDGF will continue to reduce stocking efforts. Ice has begun forming on the lake and the streams particularly the upper reaches. The lower Jemez will be stocked throughout the winter months and will continue to provide the best fishing opportunity. 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 December 5, 2017…Rating…(Recently Stocked)

The water on the Jemez River is in great shape right  now and fishing will be good throughout the fall and into the winter months. NMDGF stocks the lower Jemez during the winter.

 Salmon eggs, worms and meal worms can be very effective for the stockers and the occasional resident brown. Any subsurface nymph pattern should bring action for the fly fisher.

 The Jemez River was stocked on Wednesday, November 17th with 750 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, December 5th with 750 Rainbow Trout






East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report December 5, 2017….(Rating…Wait Till Spring) .

There is a lot of ice forming along the East Fork limiting fishing opportunities until spring. The lower portion, just above Battleship Rock, usually has some open and fishable water during the winter.

 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 December 5, 2017…(Rating…Limited Because Of Ice)  

The formation of ice has limited fishing on Rio San Antonio until spring. 

Rio San Antonio was stocked on Thursday, August 31st with 750 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Wednesday, September 21st with 1500 Rainbows.



Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)

Fishing Update December 12, 2017…(Rating… Too Much, Not Enough)


Ice has begun to form on Fenton Lake limiting fishing. There is no open water on the lake currently leaving the lake unfishable. There is too much ice to fish, but not enough thickness to ice fish. I will keep you informed as ice conditions improve.  Fenton Lake was stocked on Wednesday, November 15th with 750 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, December 5th with 750  Rainbow Trout.

The state park is open for camping and other recreational activities.


Stop into Amanda’s. We have fishing tackle and fresh bait.



 Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update December 5, 2017….(Rating…Limited Because of Ice) 

FR 376 will remain open through the end of December providing access to Rio Guadalupe.

The towering canyon walls along most of the river restrict sunlight and allow for the formation of lasting winter ice. Fishing will be limited to the extreme lower portion of the river below Gilman until spring.

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 December 5, 2017 ( Rating…Wait Till Spring) The Las Vacas is covered with ice and will be unfishable until spring.

    The Las Vacas was stocked  most recently on Wednesday, October 4th with 561 Rainbow Trout.





Rio Cebolla

The Lower Rio Cebolla near Porter Landing

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update December 5, 2017 (Fishing Is Limited)  Ice has formed on Rio Cebolla limiting fishing both above and below Fenton Lake.

Rio Cebolla was stocked on Thursday, September 7th with 825 Rainbows and most recently on Wednesday, September 21st with 950 Rainbow Trout.




San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update December 5, 2017….(Rating….Wait Till Spring) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile trail. Ice has  formed on San Gregorio restricting fishing until next June. There may be some ice fishing opportunities as winter progresses but use caution and fish at your own risk.

San Gregorio was stocked on June 19th with 6500 catchable sized Rainbow Trout.



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, 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 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