Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
October 5, 2015
Fenton Lake fishing has picked up this past week. All streams are in great shape right now. Cooler nighttime temperatures have allowed for cooling water temperatures in the Jemez area streams. Improved conditions have allowed NMDGF to resume stocking operations. 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 September 29, 2015…(Rating….River Is Full Of Stocked Fish) The Jemez River is in great shape right now and is fishing well for recently stocked rainbows. Worms and fireballs will be your most consistent bait. Because of warm water temperatures on the lower Jemez, your best fishing will be from the village of Jemez Springs up to Battleship Rock. The Jemez River was stocked most recently on Tuesday, September 29th with 1404 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Report September 15, 2015….(Rating….Excellent) The East Fork has cleared and can best be described as “tea colored” according to local angler Angelo Gonzales. Angelo fished the upper East Fork several weeks ago and caught ( and released) 42 fish…six rainbows, two RG cutthroats and the rest browns up to twelve inches. He was using a homemade spinner with a single barbless hook. I had a young lady in the store recently that caught and released eight browns using an Elk Hair Caddis. The largest brown was a healthy 15″. The upper portion of the river seems to have the best population of fish. 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 15, 2015….(Rating….Recently Stocked) The Rio San Antonio was stocked most recently on Tuesday, September 15th with 750 Rainbow Trout. That section of the river from La Cueva Picnic Area upstream to the San Antonio Campground is where the hatchery truck makes its stops. Water is running clear and is fishing well. Dan, a local angler from Rancho de La Cueva, fished the upper San Antonio recently and caught and released multiple limits of small browns. His best success was with a Simulator and a black Humpy.
The upper section of the river (above the campground) will provide the best opportunities for the resident browns. Just hike above the private property and fish from there upstream. Worms, bright spinners and any dry fly should entice some of the river’s resident browns.
Fishing Update September 29, 2015…(Rating….Recently Stocked And Picking Up)
Water quality has improved significantly over the last week. Fishing has been picking up, with most anglers catching at least a few fish. Seventeen year old William Bixby of Rio Rancho caught and released several limits of rainbows on Sunday and kept two fish in the 18″ range. William was fishing nightcrawlers from the bank. The lake was stocked on Tuesday, September 15th with 500 Rainbow Trout and again on September 29th with 1000 Rainbows. The large Browns in the lake are in spawning mode right now. This time of year they can be very aggressive and less cautious. Try a large flashy spoon or spinner at the north end of the lake for a chance at the larger fish. I would encourage anglers to take a picture of your catch and return all large Browns to the lake so that they can propagate. Worms and meal worms have been most consistent for the bait thrower. Fresh bait and fishing tackle is available from Amanda’s.
Fishing Update July 23, 2015….(Rating…Fishing Well With Good Water Quality) FR 376 is open as of April 15th and there is now full access to Rio Guadalupe. The river is in good shape right. George, from Hummingbird Music Camp, fished the river last week and caught and released lots of resident browns (6to 11 inches) using a dark colored nymph. He indicated that Rio Guadalupe was in great shape. Doc Minter, Jemez Springs resident fished the river this week and did well for the browns using black ant and beetle patterns.
Fishing Update September 29, 2015 ( Rating…Recently Stocked)
I have had no recent reports from the Rio de Las Vacas, however, I do know that the water is clear and low making for some tough fishing. Any dry presented well should bring some action from the resident browns. Fishing for the recently stocked Rainbows will be like ‘shooting fish in a barrel’. But because of the low, clear water low profile fishing will be in order. These fish are put in the river so that you can take them out (put and take), but please be considerate of others and take no more than your limit of five.
The Vacas was stocked on September 29th with 500 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update September 15, 2015 (Rating…Recently Stocked) The Rio Cebolla is in great shape and is fishing very well for stocked rainbows and resident browns and cutthroats. I have had reports of anglers doing very well using live grasshoppers. Rio Cebolla was stocked most recently on September 15th with 950 Rainbow Trout. That section from the fish hatchery on down to the lake has been stocked. The upper portion, that section above the hatchery, is in great shape right now. The quality section, above the barrier, is fishing well for the native Rio Grande Cutthroats.
Fishing Update July 8, 2015….(Rating….Don’t Go For The Fishing) It is a beautiful one mile hike into the San Pedro Parks Wilderness to San Gregorio Reservoir but do not go for the fishing. Apparently, just after ice-out back in April there was some good fishing but I have had no positive reports since then. NMDGF normally stocks San Gregorio once per year in June but because of bad ‘road’ conditions and other factors the lake has not been stocked as of July 8th. Word from NMDGF is that the lake may be stocked in September. Keep you eye on JemezCentral.com for San Gregorio stocking 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 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).