Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
December 8, 2016
Ice is forming on most Jemez area waters making fishing limited and difficult. Fenton Lake, when ice fishing becomes available and the Jemez River will be your best opportunities throughout the winter months. You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have info to add, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fishing Update December 8, 2016…(Rating…Best Wintertime Opportunity And Recently Stocked) The river will be stocked throughout the winter months providing excellent fishing opportunities for the hardy angler. Find a nice, sunny day with light winds and fishing the Jemez will be a very pleasant wintertime diversion. You will probably have the river to yourself. Salmon eggs, worms and meal worms will be very effective for the stocked rainbows and the occasional resident brown. For the fly fisher, any bead head nymph should do the trick. Remember, the water is very cold and the fish are somewhat lethargic, so fish low and slow. I spoke with three young anglers who stopped in the store last weekend and they reported limits of rainbows on the river right around Hummingbird. Most were in the 12 to 14 inch range with fireballs. The Jemez River was stocked on Thursday, November 18th with 750 Rainbow Trout and most recently on Thursday, December 8th with 750 Rainbows.
Fishing Report December 1, 2016….(Rating….Wait Till Spring) The East Fork area will provide a great opportunity for show shoeing or skiing in a beautiful, serene setting, but fishing will be restricted because of ice and snow. Let’s hope for a wet snowy winter so that water quality (re: volume) will manifest come spring. 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 December 1, 2016..Rating….(Limited Fishing) Fishing will be restricted on Rio San Antonio throughout the winter months because of ice and snow. There is very little open water to drop a line.
Stocking on Rio San Antonio has been suspended until spring .
Fishing Update December 8, 2016…(Rating….In Between)
The State Park has received about a foot of snow this past week and frigid temperatures have caused a layer of ice to form over the lake. Right now the lake is ‘in between’ fishing. The ice is too thick to find open water and too thin for ice fishing. NMDGF may be able to sneak another stocking or two before conditions make it prohibitive. Fenton Lake was stocked on Thursday, November 18th with 750 Rainbows and most recently on Thursday, December 8th with 1000 Rainbow Trout. (through the ice at the boat ramp) The lake is currently closed to all fishing. Fishing will resume when ice conditions allow for safe ice fishing. We will keep you posted.
The state park remains open for limited camping and other recreational activities.
Stop into Amanda’s. We have fishing tackle and fresh bait.
Fishing Update December 1, 2016….(Rating…Limited) FR 376 will remain open, through December 31st (weather permitting), allowing for access to Rio Guadalupe. The deep, dark canyons of this river allow for quick ice formation and retention making fishing difficult to nearly impossible. Best bet is to wait for spring.
Fishing Update December 1, 2016 ( Rating…Wait Till Spring) The Las Vacas is running low and is generally ice covered. Recent snows (over a foot) make for difficult access to this high country stream. Best bet is to wait till spring.
Stocking on the Las Vacas has been suspended until spring.
Fishing Update December 1, 2016 (Wintertime Conditions) If you can find a bit of open water, I’m sure you can entice a rainbow or brown into taking a well place worm or fireball. In addition to about a foot of new snow, the creek is generally covered with a layer of ice.
Rio Cebolla will not see the stocking truck until next spring.
Fishing Update December 1, 2016….(Rating….Ice Fishing Maybe) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile trail. Snow shoes or skis will be appropriate for the next several months. There may be some opportunity for some ice fishing this winter but please be careful as this wilderness lake is not monitored for safety. 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).