Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
April 9, 2014
There has been no spring runoff this year in the Jemez mountains. Water conditions in the streams and the lake are excellent right now. April will be a good month to test your fishing ability for the stocked rainbows and resident browns.
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Fishing Update April 9, 2014….(Rating A)
The Jemez River was stocked on Wednesday, April 9th with 2000 Rainbow Trout. Fishing has been good using BH nymphs and salmon eggs. Worms are also a good bet. The Jemez River is in great shape right now with good flow and good clarity. Get your fishing in early and often this year.
Fishing Report April 9, 2014….(Rating C)
The East Fork is low and has good color. 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. Although I have had no reports, worms, spinners and BH nymphs will all be effective for the small browns.
Fishing Report April 10, 2014….(Rating….A)
The Rio San Antonio is running quite low especially for April and has good color. The middle portion of the river was stocked today (April 10th) with 750 Rainbows and fishing will be fantastic this weekend. Also, that portion of the river upstream from San Antonio Campground is full of hungry browns. Last week, James from Los Alamos, fished the upper river drifting various beadhead nymphs and caught lots of small browns. Worms and spinners should be very effective as well.
Fishing Update April 15, 2014 (Rating….A)
Fenton Lake was stocked again today(April 15th) with 2200 rainbows. Fishing at the lake will be fantastic this weekend for the stockers and the holdover browns and cutthroats. Try any flashy lure, olive colored Wooly Bugger or Pistol Pete. Garlic flavored Power Bait of any color has been effective. Worms and nightcrawlers seem to be the most consistent bait. Local boy, Lucas Trujillo, fished from a boat last Friday and caught and released multiple limits of rainbows using a Panther Martin ( yellow/red dots). The lake has been stocked with nearly 5000 fish over the last week.
As of today (11/28/13) Fenton Lake is completely covered with a thin layer of ice and is unfishable. The ice will continue to thicken as we move toward winter, however there will be no ice fishing again this year as dangerous soft spots on the ice are sure to form due to thermal activity beneath the surface of the lake. The State Park is still open for limited camping (six spots) and other recreational activity, including fishing on the Rio Cebolla both above and below the lake.
Fishing Update April 15, 2014….(Rating….Should Be Awesome)
Forest Road 376 is open as of April 15th which allows for access to the Rio Guadalupe and its great population of brown trout. Rio de Las Vacas is bringing some good volume into the Guadalupe at Porters Landing providing some excellent water conditions. Look for the annual stonefly hatch very soon. Worms, spinners and nymph patterns are always effective on this gem of a river.
The Rio Guadalupe is in winter mode right now. A lot of ice with limited, to no fishing opportunities.
Fishing Update April 14, 2014….(Rating….No Reports)
Rio de Las Vacas was stocked with 1500 Rainbow Trout on April 14th. I have had no reports from anglers, but the water in the Vacas is in great shape and with the recent stocking should be fantastic fishing. Try worms for the browns and salmon eggs for the stockers. Any nymph pattern should be effective for the fly fisher.
There is a lot of ice and not much open water.
Fishing Update April 14, 2014….(Rating….A)
The Rio Cebolla was stocked with 900 catchable sized rainbow trout on Monday, April 14th. The Cebolla is stocked just below the lake within the state park and from 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. Alex Rose of Los Alamos fished the Cebolla right as it enters the lake and pulled out a beautiful 15″ Cutthroat using a worm. FR376 is now open as of April 15th from Gilman Tunnels on north to Hwy 126.
Fishing Update February 18, 2014….(Rating….No Reports)
Although I have had no reports on conditions at San Gregorio Lake I would expect for some open water and springtime conditions. The lake often experiences winter kill due to its shallow nature and cold, high elevation winters. Please e-mail me with any up to date 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 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 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).