Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
July 30, 2015
Fenton Lake fishing has been up and down. Some days fishing is good…most days, not so good. Water conditions prevent stocking at this time. All streams are in pretty good shape right now, with the exception being the Jemez East Fork which is still running quite muddy. Conditions can change rapidly so feel free to call the store. (575)829-4333. Rio Cebolla above the lake is clear, cold and stockable. You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have info to add, please send to: email@example.com.
Fishing Update July 23, 2015…(Rating….Muddy But Recently Stocked) Although the river is still running pretty muddy, the water quality was good enough recently to stock. Worms and salmon eggs should work the best for the stocked rainbows. The Jemez River was most recently stocked on Friday, July 17th with 1000 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Report July 8, 2015….(Rating….Running Mud) The East Fork is running dark right now. You may find some better water at the upper most headwaters close to the Caldera. The East Fork is now being managed as a Brown Trout fishery and is no longer being stocked with Rainbows. Looks like the brown trout population is coming back after the burn scar flooding of a couple years ago.
Fishing Report July 16, 2015….(Rating….Clearing And Getting Better) The Rio San Antonio was stocked most recently on Thursday, June 11th 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. Water flow on Rio San Antonio has receded considerably and water has warmed to the point that the river can no longer be stocked. Water is clearing and is fishable. Dalton Strain, a local angler fished the middle portion of the river between the picnic ground and the campground and caught an 18 inch cuttbow using a secret fly. This is significant because it means that at some time a rainbow trout cross-bred with a cutthroat and this fish was born and raised in the Rio San Antonio. The upper section of the river (above the campground) will provide the best opportunities for the resident browns. Just hike above the private property and fish from there upstream. Worms, bright spinners and when clear, any dry fly should entice some of the river’s resident browns.
Fishing Update July 30, 2015…(Rating….Up And Down)
Fenton Lake has not been stocked for over a month and fishing has been slow. Some anglers, some days are doing well, but generally, fishing is slow. Water quality is still poor with PH levels and water temps up. The lake was most recently stocked on Monday June 15th with 1635 Rainbows and again on Wednesday, June 17th with 280 Rainbow Trout. This most recent stocking consisted of another batch of large Rainbows in the 18 to 20 inch range. Troll or cast a large spoon or spinner at the north end of the lake for a chance at one of the large rainbows that were stocked in June. Worms and corn have been most consistent for the bait thrower. Fresh bait and fishing tackle is available from Amanda’s.
Fishing Update July 23, 2015….(Rating…Fishing Well With Good Water Quality) FR 376 is open as of April 15th and there is now full access to Rio Guadalupe. The river is in good shape right. George, from Hummingbird Music Camp, fished the river last week and caught and released lots of resident browns (6to 11 inches) using a dark colored nymph. He indicated that Rio Guadalupe was in great shape. Doc Minter, Jemez Springs resident fished the river this week and did well for the browns using black ant and beetle patterns.
Fishing Update July 8, 2015 ( Rating…Worth A Try)
I have had no recent reports from the Rio de Las Vacas. Water conditions may be some of the best in the Jemez right now as this river is some what immune from the muddy run-off of summer thunderstorms. The Vacas was last stocked on June 3rd with 750 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update July 30, 2015 (Rating… Best Opportunity In The Jemez Right Now) The Rio Cebolla is in great shape and is fishing very well for stocked rainbows and resident browns and cutthroats. Andy from Tijeras fished the upper river from the hatchery to the barrier last week and caught 40 browns in about six hours of fishing. Andy fished stimulator patterns and released all of his fish. Most were small with the larger fish in the ten inch range. I have had reports of anglers doing very well using live grasshoppers. Rio Cebolla was most recently stocked with 450 rainbow trout on Wednesday, July 17th. That section within Fenton Lake State Park below the dam has been stocked as well as from the lake on up to the fish hatchery. The upper portion, that section above the hatchery, is in great shape right now. The quality section, above the barrier, is fishing well for the native Rio Grande Cutthroats.
Fishing Update July 8, 2015….(Rating….Don’t Go For The Fishing) It is a beautiful one mile hike into the San Pedro Parks Wilderness to San Gregorio Reservoir but do not go for the fishing. Apparently, just after ice-out back in April there was some good fishing but I have had no positive reports since then. NMDGF normally stocks San Gregorio once per year in June but because of bad ‘road’ conditions and other factors the lake has not been stocked as of July 8th. Word from NMDGF is that the lake may be stocked in September. Keep you eye on JemezCentral.com for San Gregorio stocking information.
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).