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Autumn on the Rio San Antonio

Autumn on the Rio San Antonio

October 10, 2014 Now is a great time to fish the Jemez Mountains. The weather is perfect (except when the remnants of a hurricane roll through), waters are in great shape and stocked.    You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have  info to add, please send to:

 Jemez River

Fishing Update October 10, 2014….(Rating B) That section of the river from the Village of Jemez Springs on up to Battleship Rock should produce some good fishing for resident browns and recently stocked rainbows. The Jemez River was stocked for the first time in months on September 17th with 500 Rainbow Trout and again today (October 10th) with 2000 Rainbows.  Fireballs are most effective for the stockers.

East Fork Jemez River

Fishing Report October 10, 2014….(Rating D) Water conditions on the East Fork are perfect now and will continue to be throughout the Fall months. This river is no longer being stocked, so your quarry will be the small resident browns that make this their home. That section of the river from Jemez Falls on down to Battleship Rock is your best bet. Park at Battleship Rock and walk upstream from there.  I have had no reports from anglers.

San Antonio

Fishing Report  October 10, 2014….(Rating….B)  The upper section of the Rio San Antonio is one of the better options right now. That section of the river above private property, above Hwy 126, on upstream to the hot springs is fishing very well for small browns. The river has cleared considerably and will continue to do so as we enter late Autumn.  Most any dry fly that you can place on the water will be effective. That section of the river from San Antonio Campground on down to the La Cueva Picnic Area was has not been stocked since August 26th (750 rainbow trout) and  fishing has slowed.

Fenton Lake

Fishing Update October 10, 2014….(Rating….B)  The lake has been stocked with over 7000 Rainbow Trout over the last month, including 1500 on Thursday, October 10th,  and fishing has finally picked up. The weed situation has improved. Right now I would use worms or nightcrawlers fished just below the surface using a float.  The large Brown Trout that inhabit the lake will become more active as Fall spawning season approaches. Casting a large streamer or spoon will be effective for the large German Browns.

Rio Guadalupe

Fishing Update October 10, 2014….(Rating….B) This gem of a river has cooled and cleared and the resident browns are hungry and soon will be going into spawning mode when they will become quite aggressive and less cautious.  I have had no recent reports from anglers, but I would give this river a try. You won’t be disappointed…unless you are seeking stocked rainbows with salmon eggs or power bait.

Rio De Las Vacas

Fishing Update October 10, 2014….(Rating….A)  Water flow has leveled and the Las Vacas is now running low, clear and cool.  NMDGF has stocked over 5000 rainbow trout in the last seven weeks, most recently on September 17th (500 fish). That section of the river from Hwy 126 on down to the girl scout camp will offer the fastest fishing for the stockers.

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update October 10, 2014 (Rating… B) The Rio Cebolla was last stocked with 950 rainbow trout on Wednesday, September 17th bringing the total fish stocked since August 13th to over 3500 fish.  The Cebolla is currently being stocked  just above the lake on up to the Seven Springs Hatchery. All other areas of the river are maintained as a brown trout fishery including that section of the river upstream above Porter’s landing along FR376. Rio Cebolla is fishing very well on the upper river at and above the fish hatchery for a mix of small browns, cutthroats and rainbows. Almost any fly that you can place on the water will draw some action. From the hatchery on down to Fenton Lake fishing will be fast and furious  for the stockers. Fireballs are the most consistent bait, IMO.  

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update October 10, 2014….(Rating….B) I have had no recent reports from anglers but NMDGF made their annual trip to stock the lake with 8000 catchable sized rainbow trout on Thursday June 19, 2014.  Fishing has slowed some but it is still a good bet. Most baits, lures and flies have been effective for the stockers. Some larger 14-16 inch rainbows have been reported, indicating some holdovers from last year. Plan a day and fish both the Las Vacas and San Gregorio. If the lake is a little slow, the hike in is worth the effort.

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).

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