Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
August 23, 2016
NMDGF has resumed stocking operations in the Jemez. Fenton Lake, Rio Cebolla, Rio San Antonio and the Kid’s Pond have all been stocked recently. Fishing will continue to improve throughout the fall months. The headwaters of most streams will also provide excellent fishing opportunities. You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have info to add, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fishing Update August 23, 2016…(Rating… Worth A Shot) Look for the Jemez River to be stocked by Labor Day weekend. Afternoon rains can change the river to a muddy mess, but if the water is clear, fishing can be very good. Worms and fireballs will be your most consistent bait. For the fly fisher, Copper Johns, San Juan Worms and egg patterns have been most effective. The Jemez River was stocked most recently on June 8th with 1000 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Report August 23, 2016….(Rating….Worth The Beauty Alone) The East Fork is in great shape right now with good color and decent volume. I have had reports that have indicated good fishing with any attractor fly pattern (hopper or stimulator) or any brass colored spinner. Now is a good time to try your skills with the resident browns and the few rainbows and cutthroats the inhabit this river. 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.
Fishing Report August23, 2016..Rating….Excellent, Recently Stocked) NMDGF stocked Rio San Antonio due to improved water conditions. Fishing will be excellent in that section of the river from San Antonio Campground on downstream to La Cueva Picnic Area. From Hwy 126 to the north there are many small browns that call this section home. Any dry placed on the surface will bring fast action. Terrestrials have been effective. Worms have been best for the bait fisher. The lower San Antonio (that section of the river from La Cueva Picnic Area downstream to Battleship Rock) has a nice population of brown trout as well as a few stocked rainbows that filter their way down from the picnic area.
Fireballs will work best for the stocked Rainbows.
Rio San Antonio was stocked most recently with 1000 Rainbow Trout on Tuesday, August 23rd.
Fishing Update August 19, 2016…(Rating….Try For A Trophy)
For the first time in over two months Fenton Lake was stocked yesterday (August16th). Quality over quantity with this load of fish, as all 140 Rainbows are in the 20 to 24 inch range and fat. Fenton Lake was stocked on Tuesday, August 16th with 140 trophy sized (20 to 24 inchers) Rainbow Trout and again on Friday, August 19th with 1741 catchable sized Rainbow Trout. This weekend will be the perfect time to try for a trophy at Fenton Lake. As a side note…the Kid’s Pond at the hatchery was also stocked with 86 of these big fish. Come on up and ‘fasten your kid’s seatbelts’ so they won’t get yanked in.
The state park is fully open for camping and other recreational activities.
Stop into Amanda’s. We have fishing tackle and fresh bait.
Fishing Update August 3, 2016….(Rating…Fair) FR 376 is now open, effective April 15th, allowing good access to Rio Guadalupe. The water is low and clear, but fly fishers are doing well for the browns with any caddis imitation or hopper pattern. Remember, this is a brown trout fishery (no hatchery truck), so flies, worms or life grasshoppers will be most effective.
Fishing Update June 8, 2016 ( Rating…Marginal) The Las Vacas is running low and clear and because of warm water temperatures is not stockable at this time. Conditions like this make it very difficult for the bait fisher and becomes 7x tippet water for the fly fisher. This is terrestrial time with hopper and ant patterns being the most effective. I had a couple of reports last week, one from Andy Ray (a frequent contributor) who fished the upper Las Vacas within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness and did very well for the beautifully colored wild browns and native Rio Grande Cutthroats using a Gold Ribbed Hares Ear and a San Juan Worm.
The Vacas was last stocked on May 19th with 750 Rainbows.
Fishing Update August 23, 2016 (Recently Stocked) The upper portion of the creek, above the hatchery is fishing very well for the resident Browns and the native Rio Grande Cutthroats. Attractor patterns such as Stimulator or Hopper patterns are working, as well as small Copper Johns. The forest road is open at the hatchery as of April 15th, so the upper reaches of the creek are much more accessible. Fireballs and worms have been working well for the stocked Rainbows between the fish hatchery and the lake. Rio Cebolla was stocked on Friday, August 19th with 750 Rainbow Trout and again on Tuesday, August 23rd with 825 Rainbows.
Fishing Update August 3, 2016….(Rating….Fishing Is Poor) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile hike. For the first time in two years San Gregorio Lake has been stocked. However, heavy pressure has taken its toll on the fish population. On Monday, June 6th NMDGF released 6000 catchable sized Rainbow Trout, some in the 18 inch range, into the lake.
According to JS Baird, who fished the lake last weekend (July 29-31), the lake was crowded and the fishing pressure was very high. The water was low and mostly muddy and very few fish were being caught. JS has one fish on the whole weekend. Thank you for the e-mail report JS. San Gregorio is in a beautiful setting and is worth the hike alone, but the fishing is poor right now.
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
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, 2015 through March 31, 2016. 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. 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).