Rio San Antonio At La Cueva...Early Winter Ice

Rio San Antonio At La Cueva…Early Winter Ice

JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

December 23, 2014

Most fishing waters in the Jemez are iced over now and are very difficult to fish. Fenton Lake is again closed to fishing until spring as there is no accessible open water. The lower Jemez River is free of ice and will be stocked throughout the winter.  You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have  info to add, please send to:

 Jemez River

Fishing Update January 27, 2015….Rating B)  Just a little update. The Jemez River has experienced several ‘mini runoffs’ the last few weeks. When the temperatures are in the upper 40′s here in the Jemez, we see some snow melt that is causing short bursts of spring run off conditions. The lower Jemez may be higher than normal for this time of year and discolored. It might be a good time to try worms for bait (available from Amanda’s). The Jemez River will be stocked throughout the winter months and provides for an excellent winter time fishing experience.  The Jemez River was most recently stocked on Wednesday January 21st with 875 Rainbow Trout.

East Fork Jemez River

Fishing Report November 18, 2014….(Rating C) Ice has begun to form all along the East Fork and fishing will be limited to the lower section. Park at Battleship Rock and walk upstream from there. Although I have had no reports from anglers this section has a nice population of resident browns and provides a nice early winter fishing experience.

San Antonio

Fishing Report  November 18, 2014….(Rating….C)  Ice has been forming on the Rio San Antonio every morning and fishing will be limited as we approach winter in the Jemez. The lower section of the river will provide the best opportunities for now.

Fenton Lake

Fishing Update December 23, 2014….(Rating….Wait Till Spring)  There is no accessible open water at Fenton Lake as of Monday, December 22, 2014. Ice Fishing is prohibited and there are no fishing opportunities on the lake until spring ice-out. However, the beavers have been busy on Rio Cebolla below the lake and there are some nice ponds generally free of ice presenting some good fishing opportunities. Bonus…there has been enough snow to offer an opportunity for cross country skiers. This web sight will keep you updated to any changes. The state park is open with limited camping opportunities (six electrical spots) throughout the winter.   

Rio Guadalupe

Fishing Update December 23, 2014….(Rating…Wait Till Spring) Although access to Rio Guadalupe will be available through the end of December via FR376, fishing will be difficult. Because most of the river runs through tall, deep canyons ice will form early limiting the fishing opportunities. The lower section just upstream from the tunnels may be your best bet.

Rio De Las Vacas

Fishing Update December 23, 2014….(Rating …Wait Till Spring) Rio de Las Vacas is now running low and clear and ice is beginning to form on this high altitude river. It may be best to wait till spring to fish the Vacas.

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update December 23, 2014 (Rating… Wait Till Spring) Generally, the Rio Cebolla is icy and unfishable. Below the lake within the state park there are some beaver ponds that are providing some limited fishing.

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update December 23, 2014….(Rating….Use Caution) Because San Gregorio does not have the thermal activity that creates dangerous soft spots as Fenton Lake does, there are currently some ice fishing opportunities. You must be willing to walk a mile to this wilderness lake with gear in tow through deep snow. Give it a try with a buddy and let me know how you do.

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 a year (license year is April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015). 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. The bag limit for brown, brook and rainbow trout, lake trout and Kokanee salmon is a combined total of five fish in one day and 10 in possession (two daily bag limits may be in possession).  Only two fish in the daily bag limit maybe Cutthrout trout. No Gila trout (not found in Jemez) may be in possession at any time. 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