Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
January 23, 2016
The Jemez Mountains have transitioned into winter. For the first time in seven years, Fenton Lake is open for ice fishing and is being stocked through-out the winter months. All of the higher elevation streams are ice and snow covered and will provide little to no fishing opportunities until spring. The Jemez River below Battleship Rock will provide excellent fishing opportunities throughout the winter months as NMDGF will continue to stock this river throughout the winter. 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 January 20, 2016…(Rating… Recently Stocked ) The Jemez River is in great shape right now and is fishing well for recently stocked rainbows. Worms and fireballs will be your most consistent bait. While other waters in the Jemez have become icy and unfishable, the Jemez River remains a viable winter time fishery. NMDGF will continue to stock this river throughout its length from Battleship Rock on down to the Gilman turnoff. The Jemez River was stocked on Tuesday, January 12th with 750 Rainbow Trout and again on Wednesday, January 20th with another 750. The Jemez River is full of stocked trout right now with very little fishing pressure. Find a sunny day with little wind and the Jemez River will be an enjoyable winter time fishing trip.
Michael Farley has fished the Jemez several times over the last two weeks and has limited out every time with salmon eggs.
I received a report via email today from Keith. He fished the Jemez just below Battleship on Saturday the 23d and described his day as one of his best ever. He landed ten rainbows in 3 1/2 hours using a pink egg pattern.
Andy Ray fished the Jemez below Battleship Rock on Saturday, January 30th. He reported a beautiful day with the rainbows hitting bright red egg and San Juan Worm patterns. He caught 8-9 fish and released all but a few for dinner. One rainbow was in the 13-14 inch range.
Thanks for the reports guys. Always appreciated.
Fishing Report November 22, 2015….(Rating….Depends) The East Fork will have many areas of ice and will be unfishable. Generally that area of the river just above Battleship Rock for a half mile or so remains ice free throughout the winter months and can provide some excellent fishing opportunities for small resident browns and a few migrating stocked rainbows up from the Jemez 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 January 10 2016….(Rating….Limited Fishing Till Spring) The Rio San Antonio was stocked most recently on Tuesday, September 15th with 750 Rainbow Trout. That section of the river from La Cueva Picnic Area upstream to the San Antonio Campground is where the hatchery truck makes its stops. However, with consistent night time temperatures at or below zero, the San Antonio is covered with ice and snow and is generally unfishable.
Fishing Update January 23, 2016…(Rating….Open For Ice Fishing And Recently Stocked)
A layer of ice about ten inches thick has formed on Fenton Lake and the lake has been opened for ice fishing. As of Monday January 12th, about 95% of the lake is open for ice fishing. Everybody has been catching fish. Salmon eggs and wax worms, both available from Amanda’s have been the most consistent baits. Michael Farley fished the lake last week and did very well through the ice using salmon eggs. The state park is open for camping throughout the winter with five electrical sites available. The lake was stocked on January 12th with 750 Rainbow Trout and again on Wednesday, January 20th with another 750 Rainbows. The personnel at the state park knock a hole in the ice near the boat ramp to facilitate stocking by NMDGF. Stop into Amanda’s. We have fresh bait and hot drinks…coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to warm you up.
Fishing Update January 10, 2016….(Rating…Wait Till Spring) FR 376 is closed for the winter season restricting access to Rio Guadalupe. Best fishing for now and throughout the winter will be the extreme lower portion of the river below Gilman Tunnels on down to its’ confluence with the Jemez River. Remember, this is a brown trout fishery (no hatchery truck), so worms, streamers, nymphs and bright flashy spinners will be your best bet this season of the year.
Fishing Update January 10, 2016 ( Rating…Wait Till Spring) The Las Vacas is ice and snow covered. Winter conditions will restrict fishing until spring. The Vacas was most recently stocked on September 29th with 500 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update January 10, 2016 (Rating…Wait Until Spring) The Rio Cebolla is ice and snow covered both above and below the lake. Winter conditions will restrict fishing until spring. Rio Cebolla was stocked most recently on September 15th with 950 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update January 10, 2016….(Rating….Wait Till Next June) This high altitude, wilderness lake is covered with ice and you will find the one mile trail covered with snow making access very difficult. Because NMDGF did not stock the lake this past summer, there will be very few fish to holdover through the winter. Best bet is to follow this fishing report next June to determine if and when the lake will be stocked in 2016.
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).