JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

July 10, 2019

Conditions remain good for some fine fishing in the Jemez Mountains, although warming water conditions are limiting stocking operations by NMDGF.  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 July 10, 2019…Rating…(Too Warm To Stock…Fishing Well)

The Jemez River is fishing well although the river has not been stocked since mid-June. I have had no reports. The river is stocked from Battleship Rock on south to the Gilman turnoff throughout the spring and early summer months.

 Salmon eggs, worms and meal worms can be very effective for the stockers and the occasional resident brown. Put any dry on top of the water and any sub-surface dark colored nymph pattern should bring action for the fly fisher.

The Jemez River was stocked on Thursday, June 6th with 1000 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Monday, June 17th with 1000 Rainbows.






East Fork Jemez River

Jemez East Fork

Jemez East Fork

Fishing Report June 18, 2019…(Rating…Fishing Well) .

 The river is in good shape right now. Bring a box of worms (BTW, Amanda’s stocks fresh worms throughout the year) or any nymph pattern should bring some action.
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 July 10, 2019…(Rating…Too Warm to Stock)

Water volume in the river is quite low right now, but anglers are still catching fish. The upper river (above Hwy 126) is fishing awesome for resident browns.  Any bait, nymph pattern or spinner should bring action.

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

Rio San Antonio was stocked on Monday, June 17th with 600 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Tuesday, July 2nd with 211 Rainbows.





Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake (Summertime)

Fishing Update July 10, 2019…(Rating…Fishing Has Slowed)

 Things slowed some over the weekend…but anglers still caught limits of fish. With the influx of 4400 fish on June 25th, there is still plenty of fish to be caught. It seems that the standard bait offerings have been ineffective. Mealworms and any dry fly placed on the water will bring lots of action however. As of April 1st a new fishing license is required to fish all New Mexico waters. Boats with electric motors or oars are allowed on the lake.

Fenton Lake was stocked on Wednesday, June 12th with 2200 Rainbow Trout  and most recently on Tuesday, June 25th with 4400 Rainbows and again on Monday, July 2nd with 351 Rainbows.






 Rio Guadalupe

The Guadalupe Box

The Guadalupe Box

Fishing Update June 28, 2019….(Water Starting to Behave) 

 FR 376 is now open from Gilman Tunnels all the way north to Hwy 126 allowing for access to Rio Guadalupe. Run-off has subsided substantially and fishing should be fabulous (I’ve had no reports) for the resident browns that call this river home. Spinners, streamers, large dark colored nymphs and worms should bring lots of action.

 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 June 18, 2019( Rating…Recently Stocked)  

Spring runoff is beginning to recede and fishing this wonderful river has been excellent the last week or two. It will be interesting to see how many fish survived the extreme low water conditions of the summer of 2018. The stocking truck has added the Vacas to it’s rotation, so there should be plenty of fish to be caught. I’ve had some good reports of good fishing last week…so certainly worth a try.

Rio de Las Vacas On August 28, 2018.

 The Rio de Las Vacas was stocked on Wednesday, April 17th with 998 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Friday, May 24th with 1000 Rainbows .








Rio Cebolla

The Lower Rio Cebolla near Porter Landing

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update July 2, 2019 (Recently Stocked) 

Rio Cebolla is fishing very well for stocked rainbows. Throw something in the water and the stockers will respond. The upper river is accessible for RG Cutthroat and resident browns. Brendon Armstead, from Rio Rancho fished the upper river above the hatchery and caught and released about 25 trout with a mixed bag of Browns, Cutthroats and even a few Rainbows including a beautiful 14″ Brown (pictured). Brendon fished with his own personal fly patterns.

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

 Rio Cebolla was stocked on Monday, June 17th with 800 Rainbows and most recently on Tuesday, July 2nd with 600 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 June 29, 2019…(Rating….Recently Stocked )

This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile hike. The Lake has been stocked recently for the first and only time for 2019. Fishing should be good throughout the summer.

San Gregorio was stocked on Wednesday, June 28th with 3900 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, 2018 through March 31, 2019. 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