Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
March 21, 2017
Spring run-off is in full swing leaving most of the Jemez Area rivers difficult to fish, Rio Cebolla being the exception. Fenton Lake is ice free and the fishing is fabulous. You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have info to add, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All photos in this report are of summer time conditions unless otherwise noted.
Fishing Update March 21, 2017…(Rating… Recently Stocked But Running High) The river is running very high and muddy right now making fishing very difficult. It might be a good idea to wait a week or two for the run-off to subside. The river has been recently stocked and will continue to be stocked throughout the spring and early summer. If you can find some slack water, Salmon eggs, worms and meal worms can be very effective for the stocked rainbows and the occasional resident brown. The Jemez River was stocked on Monday, March 6th with 750 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Tuesday, March 21st with 750 Rainbows.
Fishing Report March 15, 2017….(Rating….Wait A Week Or Two) The East Fork is running high and muddy right now due to the peak of the spring run-off. Fishing will be good in a few weeks when he river starts to behave itself. Just a reminder that 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 March 15, 2017..Rating….(Slow)
Water conditions on Rio San Antonio are not good right now as the river is flowing murky and very high. Anglers are catching a few browns and holdover rainbows having best success with worms. Give this river a week or two to settle down.
Stocking on Rio San Antonio will resume in April .
Fishing Update March 15, 2017…(Rating….Fabulous Fishing)
The lake is free of ice and the fishing is fast and furious. Everybody is catching limits of stockers and the occasional brown. This time of year it seems that pretty much whatever you throw in the lake will bring results. Try a large spinner or spoon for some of the larger fish in the lake. NMDGF continues to stock the Fenton. Fenton Lake was stocked on Monday, March 6th with 750 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Tuesday, March 21st with 750 Rainbow Trout.
The state park is open for camping and other recreational activities.
Stop into Amanda’s. We have fishing tackle and fresh bait.
Fishing Update March 15, 2017….(Rating…Best To Wait) FR 376 will remain closed, through April 15th (weather permitting), allowing for limited access to Rio Guadalupe. The deep, dark canyons of this river make for lengthy ice and snow retention making fishing difficult to nearly impossible. The river is in spring run-off mode right now and will be the last of the Jemez watershed to clear up. It will probably be May before Rio Guadalupe will provide any quality fishing opportunities. Best bet is to wait.
Fishing Update March 15, 2017 ( Rating…Wait) The Las Vacas is a mixture of both winter and spring conditions. The river is running high and very murky but ice and snow are still prevalent in the area. Because Las Vacas never takes on too much mud this river might be worth a try. Best bet is to fish with worms, salmon eggs or brightly colored spinners or sub surface flies.
Stocking on the Las Vacas will resume in April.
Fishing Update March 21, 2017 (Open Water and Recently Stocked ) Rio Cebolla is a great spring time fishing opportunity in the Jemez because of the likelihood of clear, fishable water. This weekend will be a great opportunity to drop a worm, salmon egg, fly or run a spinner through one of this little river’s many small pools.
Rio Cebolla was stocked on Monday, March 6th with 250 rainbow trout and most recently on Tuesday, March 21st with 250 rainbows.
Fishing Update March 15, 2017….(Rating….Wait And See) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile trail. Although, I have had no first hand reports, I’ve got to believe that San Gregorio still has some ice and the trail mostly covered in deep snow. This will be the case well into the month of May. We’ll have to wait and see if the hatchery truck makes an appearance in June. Winterkill is common for this high altitude lake, but fishing might be worth a try as conditions permit. Regardless, this area provides for a beautiful, quiet and serene environment for those willing to make the effort.
Look for the stocking truck to make its next appearance during June of 2017…conditions permitting.
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, 2016 through March 31, 2017. 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. Active duty military and military veterans that are NM residents are being offered reduced priced licenses. 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).