JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

May 10, 2023
   

 

The Guadalupe Box

The lake is fishing very well and all streams are in great shape except for Rio Guadalupe and Rio de Las Vacas, which are both running very high. 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 May 4, 2023…Rating… (Good) The Jemez River is in great shape right now, recently stocked and fishing very well.

 

The Jemez River was stocked on Wednesday, April 5th with 110 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Thursday, May 4th with 800 Rainbows.

 

 

 

 

                  

East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report May 4, 2023… (Rating… Good).

The East Fork of the Jemez River still is in great shape right now and is fishing very well.
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…May 4, 2023. (Rating…Very Good)

Rio San Antonio is in great shape right now and the fishing is great through-out its length .

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

Rio San Antonio was stocked on Wednesday, April 26th with 200 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Thursday, May 4th with 600 Rainbows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)

 

 

 

Fishing Update May 10, 2023 (Recently Stocked)

 Fenton Lake State Park is open for day use from 7am to 7:00pm every day. All loops of the campground remain closed for camping with only the five electrical sites open, which are available by reservation year around. Fenton Lake is in great shape and fishing is excellent. 

 

Beautiful Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

Fenton Lake was stock on Wednesday May 3rd with 400 large incentive Rainbows and most recently on Wednesday, May 10th with 1760 Rainbow Trout.

 

 

 

 

 

Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update May 4, 2023…. (Time to Wait) 

 FR 376 remains closed limiting access to Rio Guadalupe. Because of the heavy snowpack at the headwaters, spring run-off will make for difficult fishing well into May this year.

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 May 10, 2023 (Rating…Recently Stocked)  

As the heavy snowpack at the headwaters of the Vacas in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness continues to melt, this river will be difficult to fish. Fishing will be fabulous once we get into late May.

Rio de Las Vacas On August 28, 2018

 
 
The Rio de Las Vacas was stocked for the first time this year on Wednesday, May 10th, with 400 Rainbow Trout.
 

 

 

 

 Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update May 10, 2023 (Recently Stocked)

Rio Cebolla is fishing very well through-out its length. NMDGF continues to stock Rio Cebolla. Also, of note, The Kid’s Pond at the hatchery is in the stocking rotation and fishing is fabulous for the kiddos (11 and under). 

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


 
Rio Cebolla was stocked on Thursday, May 4th with 300 rainbows and most recently on Wednesday, May 10th with 180 Rainbow Trout.

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 April 22, 2023… (Rating…Access is Tough)

 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. It will be interesting to see if any of these fish survive and provide a quality fishing experience. Fingers crossed. The trail to the lake still has a lot of snow to negotiate. May be best to wait till May.

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 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).

Having fun in the Jemez