JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

April 14, 2021


Although There Will Be Ebbs and Flows, Spring Runoff Has Begun

This years run-off came and went with a whimper. All streams in the Jemez are in excellent shape and running a little high and mostly clear…the exceptions being Rio de Las Vacas and Rio Guadalupe which are still in run-off mode. Fenton Lake is now open for 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 April 14, 2021…Rating…(Recently Stocked) Spring runoff came and went with a whimper and the Jemez River is in excellent shape right now. NMDGF will continue to stock this river through out the spring and early summer.

 Salmon eggs, worms and meal worms can be very effective for the stockers and the resident browns. Spinners are a good bet this time of year (gold or brass blades are recommended).  Hare’s Ear, Brassies and Copper Johns should bring action for the fly fisher.

The Jemez River was stocked on Wednesday, March 17th with 1000 Rainbows, on Tuesday, April 6th with 242 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Tuesday, April 13th with 900 Rainbows.






East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report April 7, 2020…(Rating…Fair) .

 The river is in pretty good shape and although I have had no reports, fishing should be good right now.
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 April 14, 2021…(Rating…Recently Stocked)

Run-off is finished and the river is in great shape. The river has been recently stocked with larger rainbows and fishing should be fabulous with just about whatever you throw at ’em.

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

Rio San Antonio was stocked most recently on Tuesday, April 13th with 750 Rainbow Trout.








Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)

Fishing Update April 7, 2021(Lake is C0mpletely Free of Ice…Recently Stocked)

 Fenton Lake  State Park is open for day use from 7am to 7:30pm everyday. The lake is completely free of ice, boats are now allowed and fishing is very good.


Beautiful Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

Fenton Lake was stocked on Wednesday, March 17th with 1006 Rainbow Trout, on Wednesday, March 31st with 1860 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, April 6th with 670 Rainbow Trout.






 Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update April 7, 2021….(Worth a Shot) 

 FR 376 is now open allowing for access to this river. Spring runoff has begun on Rio Guadalupe making for difficult to impossible fishing. Best to wait till mid to late April. 


 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 April 7, 2021( Rating…Excellent)  

The Vacas is in pretty good shape right now and has been recently stocked.

Rio de Las Vacas On August 28, 2018.

 The Rio de Las Vacas was stocked most recently on Tuesday, April 6th with 500 Rainbow Trout.




 Rio Cebolla

The Lower Rio Cebolla near Porter Landing

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update April 7, 2021 (Recently Stocked).

This little river is your best fishing opportunity right now as Rio Cebolla rarely is affected by spring runoff. Try right above the lake or within the state park below Fenton. The cold water conditions make for lethargic fish so, your best bet would be bait. Worms or salmon eggs place at the nose of the trout should provide some action.

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

 Rio Cebolla was stocked on Wednesday, March 17th with 250 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, April 6th with 400 Rainbow Trout.

Beautiful native Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Caught and Released by Antonio Gallegos From the Upper Rio Cebolla










San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update March 11, 2021…(Rating….Wait Till Spring)

Winter conditions still dominate San Gregorio. This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile hike. Access is limited now because of winter time conditions. The lake remains ice covered and is not safe.

San Gregorio was last stocked on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 with 5000 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, 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