Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
May 19, 2016
Excellent fishing conditions exist throughout the Jemez Mountains right now. Fenton Lake is in great shape and all of the streams are running with good volume and clarity. FR 376 opened on April 15th, which will allow for access on the lower Las Vacas, lower Cebolla and the entire length of Rio Guadalupe. Now is the time to venture out for the best fishing opportunities of the season. 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 May 14, 2016…(Rating… Recently Stocked) The Jemez River is still running a bit high and somewhat murky, but is very fishable and most anglers are doing very well. The river continues to be stocked. Soon after the hatchery truck has done its thing, fishing can be like ‘shooting fish in a barrel’, so please be considerate of others and keep only your limit of five fish. Worms and fireballs will be your most consistent bait. For the fly fisher, copper johns, San Juan Worms and egg patterns have been most effective. NMDGF will continue to stock this river throughout its length from Battleship Rock on down to the Gilman turnoff. The river is full of fish right now. The Jemez River was stocked most recently on May 13th with 1000 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Report May 18, 2016….(Rating….Fishable And Improving) The East Fork is running a bit high but is clearing and very fishable. I have had no reports but now would be a great time to hit the river and 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 May 18, 2016….(Rating….Recently Stocked) The hatchery truck has been stopping at Rio San Antonio of late. That section of the river from La Cueva Picnic Area upstream to the San Antonio Campground is where the hatchery truck makes its stops. The San Antonio is in great shape right now with good volume and clarity and fishing is excellent from Hwy 126 to the north for the many small browns that call this section home. Gold Ribbed Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail and other dark colored nymphs have been effective. 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 as plentiful stocked rainbows.
Fireballs will work best for the stocked Rainbows.
Rio San Antonio was stocked most recently with 1500 Rainbow Trout on Tuesday, May 17th.
Fishing Update May 19, 2016…(Rating….Recently Stocked And Fishing Well )
Fenton Lake is in great shape right now and fishing has been ver good for stocked rainbows. NMDGF stocked Fenton lake three times last week with 140 18″ Rainbow Trout on May 4th and another 2060 Rainbows on Wednesday, May 11th and 800 Rainbows on the 13th. The lake was stocked twice this week… on Tuesday, May 17th with 829 Rainbow Trout and again on Thursday, May 19th with 1800 Rainbows. Garlic scented power bait, nightcrawlers and meal worms have been the most consistent baits. Brass colored spoons and spinners along with olive colored Pistol Petes have also been very effective. If you can get any kind of fly on the water in the evenings, fishing will be fast and furious. Small Prince Nymphs with a beadhead fished just below the surface is a good bet. Fishing was good to excellent this past weekend with most anglers catching their limits. I did hear some reports of some of the big 18 inchers being caught. Now is the time to take advantage of this tremendous early summer fishing opportunity.
The state park is fully open for camping and other recreational activities. Please, save some for the kids and keep only your limit of five fish.
Stop into Amanda’s. We have fishing tackle and fresh bait.
Fishing Update May 18, 2016….(Rating…Improving) FR 376 is now open, effective April 15th, allowing good access to Rio Guadalupe. The water is still running high but has cleared and is fishable. Remember, this is a brown trout fishery (no hatchery truck), so worms, streamers, nymphs and bright flashy spinners will be your best bet this time of the year.
Fishing Update May 18, 2016 ( Rating…Excellent) The Las Vacas is running high but clarity is good and the river is very fishable. Alan, a local angler, fished the river last week and did very well using Hare’s Ears and San Juan Worms. For the bait fisher, worms and salmon eggs along with brass colored spinners should work dandy for the recently stocked rainbows and resident browns. Rio de Las Vacas is stocked between Hwy 126 and the girl scout camp. The Vacas was stocked on May 5th with 750 Rainbows and again on May 13th with 1250 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update May 19, 2016 (Recently Stocked) The Rio Cebolla from the lake upstream to Seven Springs is in great shape and is fishing well for stocked rainbows, resident browns and the occasional cutthroat. 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 a Stimulator or Hopper pattern 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 both above and below Fenton Lake. Rio Cebolla was stocked on May 11th with 725 Rainbow Trout, on Tuesday, May 17th with 775 Rainbows and again on Thursday, May 19th with 590 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update May 18, 2016….(Rating….Wait Till June) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile hike. The trail to the lake is in good shape right now. This lake has not been stocked since June of 2014 so there will be very few fish to entice the angler. Because of the extreme winter kill conditions due to the high altitude and shallow nature of San Gregorio, very few fish hold over from year to year. Best bet is to follow this fishing report to determine if and when the lake will be stocked in 2016.
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).