JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

May 18, 2022
   

 

The Guadalupe Box

There are no fishing opportunities in the Jemez right now due to the Stage III Forest Closure. 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 17, 2022…Rating… (Closed to Fishing) The Jemez River has been recently stocked, is full of fish and should provide fabulous fishing for a while.  Favorable water conditions exist throughout the course of the river from Battleship Rock on south to the Gilman turnoff. This stretch of the river is an excellent springtime fishery. Currently, the river is closed to fishing due to forest closure.

 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).  Any sub-surface nymph pattern or streamer should bring action for the fly fisher.

The Jemez River was stocked on Tuesday, May 10th with 1300 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Tuesday, May 17th with 1000 Rainbow Trout.

 

 

 

 

                  

East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report April 6, 2022… (Rating…Closed to Fishing).

The East Fork of the Jemez River is currently closed to fishing and all activity due to forest closure and an active fire in the area..
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 10, 2022. (Rating…Closed to Fishing)

Rio San Antonio is in great shape right now and fishing for stocked rainbows and resident browns should be good. The river was stocked for the first time since last fall on Wednesday, April 13th. However, that portion of the river east of HWY 4 from La Cueva Picnic Area south to Battleship Rock is currently closed to fishing and other activities due to forest closure.

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

Rio San Antonio was stocked on Wednesday, May 4th with 452 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, May 10th with 750 Rainbow Trout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Update May 17, 2022 (Closed to Fishing)

 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 except for the five electrical sites which are available by reservation year around. Fishing is very good for stocked rainbows and the occasional resident brown. Just about anything thrown into the water right now will bring action.

 

Beautiful Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

Fenton Lake was stocked on Wednesday, May 11th with 930 Rainbow Trout, on Tuesday, May 17th with 1270 Rainbows and most recently on Wednesday, May 18th with 300 Rainbow Trout. (incentive fish 18-22″)

 

 

 

Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update May 4, 2022…. (Closed to Fishing) 

 FR 376 remains open from Gilman Tunnels north to Porters Landing, allowing for access to this wonderful fishery. I have had no reports, but fishing for the resident browns should be fabulous right now. 

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 11, 2022 (Rating…Closed to Fishing)  

The Vacas is in great shape and was recently stocked. Fishing should be excellent.

Rio de Las Vacas On August 28, 2018

 
 
The Rio de Las Vacas was stocked on Tuesday, May 10th with 500 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Wednesday, May 11th with 500 Rainbows.
 

 

 

 

 Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update May 17, 2022 (Closed to Fishing)

Rio Cebolla is in great shape right now, unaffected by the fire and is fishing very well for the stocked rainbows, Browns and Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout are plentiful in the upper reaches above the Seven Springs Fish Hatchery. 

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


 
Rio Cebolla was stocked on Wednesday, May 11th with400 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Tuesday, May 17th with 136 Rainbows.

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 May 4, 2020… (Rating….Closed to Fishing)

 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 into the lake during the summer of 2021 as an experiment to see if they can survive and thrive through the harsh high altitude San Pedro Parks Wilderness winter. I have had no reports.

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