Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
September 27, 2016
NMDGF has resumed stocking operations in the Jemez. The Jemez River, Fenton Lake, Rio Cebolla, Rio San Antonio, Rio de Las Vacas and the Kid’s Pond have all been stocked recently. Fishing will continue to improve throughout the fall months. The headwaters of most streams will also provide excellent fishing opportunities. 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 September 16, 2016…(Rating…Recently Stocked) The upper section of the Jemez River will provide the best fishing opportunities for now. Worms and fireballs will be your most consistent bait. For the fly fisher, Copper Johns, San Juan Worms and egg patterns along with most terrestrials such as Hopper Patterns and Stimulators have been most effective. The Jemez River was stocked most recently on Friday, September 16th with 1000 Rainbows and prior to that on August 30th with 2000 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Report August 23, 2016….(Rating….Worth The Beauty Alone) The East Fork is in great shape right now with good color and decent volume. I have had reports that have indicated good fishing with any attractor fly pattern (hopper or stimulator) or any brass colored spinner. Now is a good time to try your skills with the resident browns and the few rainbows and cutthroats the inhabit this river. 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 September 27, 2016..Rating….Excellent, Recently Stocked) NMDGF continues to stock Rio San Antonio. Fishing will be excellent in that section of the river from San Antonio Campground on downstream to La Cueva Picnic Area. From Hwy 126 to the north there are many small browns that call this section home. Any dry placed on the surface will bring fast action. Terrestrials have been effective. Dan, a local angler caught and released many browns today, including a 14 incher. He was fishing a yellow stimulator. Worms have been best for the bait fisher. The lower San Antonio (that section of the river from La Cueva Picnic Area downstream to Battleship Rock) has a nice population of brown trout as well and a few stocked rainbows that filter their way down from the picnic area. Fireballs will work best for the stocked Rainbows.
Rio San Antonio was stocked on Wednesday, September 7th with 750 Rainbows and again on Tuesday, September 27th with 800 fish.
Fishing Update September 7, 2016…(Rating….Recently Stocked And Fishing Well)
Stocking has resumed at Fenton Lake and fishing will continue to improve throughout the fall. Fenton Lake was stocked on Tuesday, August 16th with 140 trophy sized (20 to 24 inchers) Rainbow Trout and again on Friday, August 19th with 1741 catchable sized Rainbow Trout. Fenton was most recently stocked on Wednesday, August 31st with 2000 Rainbows. Fishing over the Labor Day Weekend was very good according to most accounts. Although the water is still pretty green with algae, most anglers caught their limits, with many fish taken in the 18 to 24 inch range. Interestingly, the best fishing seemed to be within fifteen feet of the shore line. I heard good reports on all the standard baits, including fireballs, nightcrawlers and garlic Powerbait. Brass colored spinners and lures were also effective. Pistol Petes, Prince Nymphs and Mosquito patterns were also catching fish.
The state park is fully open for camping and other recreational activities.
Stop into Amanda’s. We have fishing tackle and fresh bait.
Fishing Update August 3, 2016….(Rating…Fair) FR 376 is now open, effective April 15th, allowing good access to Rio Guadalupe. The water is low and clear, but fly fishers are doing well for the browns with any caddis imitation or hopper pattern. Remember, this is a brown trout fishery (no hatchery truck), so flies, worms or life grasshoppers will be most effective.
Fishing Update September 16, 2016 ( Rating…Recently Stocked) The Las Vacas is running low and clear but because of recent rains the water has cooled and volume increased enough to allow NMDGF to stock the river. Lower water conditions make this river 7x tippet water for the fly fisher. This is terrestrial time with hopper and ant patterns being the most effective. Worms and salmon eggs will be most effective for the bait fisher.
The Vacas was most recently stocked on September 16th with 610 Rainbow trout and prior to that on September 7th with 500 fish.
Fishing Update September 16, 2016 (Recently Stocked) The upper portion of the creek, above the hatchery is fishing very well for the resident Browns and the native Rio Grande Cutthroats. Attractor patterns such as Stimulator or Hopper patterns are working, as well as small Copper Johns. The forest road is open at the hatchery as of April 15th, so the upper reaches of the creek are much more accessible. Fireballs and worms have been working well for the stocked Rainbows between the fish hatchery and the lake. Rio Cebolla was stocked most recently on Friday, September 16th with 950 Rainbow Trout and prior to that on Wednesday, September 7th with 825 Rainbows.
Fishing Update August 3, 2016….(Rating….Fishing Is Poor) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile hike. For the first time in two years San Gregorio Lake has been stocked. However, heavy pressure has taken its toll on the fish population. On Monday, June 6th NMDGF released 6000 catchable sized Rainbow Trout, some in the 18 inch range, into the lake.
According to JS Baird, who fished the lake last weekend (July 29-31), the lake was crowded and the fishing pressure was very high. The water was low and mostly muddy and very few fish were being caught. JS has one fish on the whole weekend. Thank you for the e-mail report JS. San Gregorio is in a beautiful setting and is worth the hike alone, but the fishing is poor right now.
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).