JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

March 20, 2018


During the spring months, NMDGF will expand stocking operations to include more waters. 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 March 20, 2018…Rating…(Recently Stocked)

The water on the Jemez River is in great shape right  now and fishing will be good throughout the spring months with little to no spring run-off. NMDGF stocks the lower Jemez during the spring and early summer.

 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 Tuesday, March 6th with 750 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, March 20th with 750 Rainbow Trout






East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report March 6, 2018….(Rating…Fishing Is Picking Up) .

There is a lot of open water on the East Fork and with little to no runoff expected this spring, fishing should be fabulous on this off the road river.

 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 March 20, 2018…(Rating…Slow)  

Rio San Antonio will be slow until the stocking truck makes its first appearance in April. Two anglers stopped into the store today (3/20) and reported slow fishing on the upper San Antonio (about a mile upstream from the campground). They caught a few browns using a San Juan Worm pattern. They indicated a fair amount of ice on the river.


                                                   NMDGF will resume stocking of Rio San Antonio in early April.



Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)

Fishing Update March 20, 2018…(Rating… Recently Stocked and Excellent Fishing)

Even though we have had some very cold mornings, the lake is generally free of ice and fishing can be best described as fast and furious. Throw pretty much anything in the water and you will catch fish. Worms and nightcrawlers continue to be the most consistent bait. Be sure to stop in to Amanda’s for some hot coffee and fresh bait. 

 Fenton Lake was stocked on Tuesday, March 6th with 750 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, March 20th with 750  Rainbow Trout.

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






 Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update March 6, 2018….(Rating…Limited Access) 

FR 376 will remain closed through the middle of April limiting access to Rio Guadalupe.

The towering canyon walls along most of the river restrict sunlight and make for a longer 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 March 6, 2018 ( Rating…Spring is Here) The Las Vacas is generally free of ice and fishing for the resident browns and holdover rainbows should be excellent over the next three months or so. Of all the Jemez area rivers, the Las Vacas will have the most runoff because its’ headwaters form in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness. Look for this river to be stocked in late March.

    Look for the Rio de Las Vacas  to be stocked later during the month of March.





Rio Cebolla

The Lower Rio Cebolla near Porter Landing

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update March 20, 2018 (Recently Stocked)  Rio Cebolla is generally free of ice and received its’ first stocking of the spring both above and below Fenton Lake. Fishing should be excellent throughout the spring on this small Jemez Mountain creek.

Rio Cebolla was stocked on March 6th with 250 Rainbows and most recently on March 20th with 250 Rainbow Trout.




San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update March 20, 2018….(Rating….Wait Till Spring) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile hike. There is still a fair amount of snow along the trail to the lake. The lake is generally free of ice but the fishing has been slow for the holdover trout. Because of its high altitude, San Gregorio often experiences winterkill. It might be best to wait till June after the hatchery truck makes an appearance.

San Gregorio was stocked on June 19th (2017) 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