JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

April 15, 2015

This Is Typical Of The Brown Trout Caught On the Upper San Antonio - Photo Courtesy Of Nicholas Schwartz

This Is Typical Of The Brown Trout Caught On the Upper San Antonio – Photo Courtesy Of Nicholas Schwartz

The lake is in great shape, stocked and is fishing very well. NMDGF is stocking Jemez waters weekly now.  Now is a great time to fish the Jemez country.  You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have  info to add, please send to:

 Jemez River

Fishing Update April 13, 2015….(Rating….You Will Catch Fish)  The Jemez River is in great shape right now and is fishing very well. Andy, from Tijeras, fished the river last week between Battleship and Hummingbird. He reported a limit of rainbows in about three hours. Sadly only one small brown was caught (and released). Andy used  a red Copper John sub-surface and an orange Stimulator on top, catching fish on both. Michael Farley and friend fished the lower Jemez in Saturday and Monday and limited out both days using worms and salmon eggs.  The river is full of stocked rainbows right now.  The Jemez River was most recently stocked on Monday, April 13th with 2000 Rainbow Trout.

East Fork Jemez River

Fishing Report April 2, 2015….(Rating….The Beauty Alone Makes It Worth It)  The East Fork is in great shape right now. It is now being managed as a Brown Trout fishery and is no longer being stocked with Rainbows. The best section of the river for catching fish is below the Jemez Falls. Park at Battleship Rock and walk upstream from there. Although I have had no reports from anglers this section has a nice population of resident browns and provides a nice  fishing experience with tremendous beauty as well.

San Antonio

Fishing Report  April 15, 2015….(Rating….Awesome)   The Rio San Antonio was stocked for the first time since last fall, on April 2nd, with 796 Rainbow Trout and again on April 15th with 750 Rainbows . That section of the river from La Cueva Picnic Area upstream to the San Antonio Campground is where the hatchery truck makes its stops.  Soon after the hatchery truck leaves, fishing can be like “shooting fish in a barrel”, so please take only your limit of five (or less) and save some for the kids. Fireballs and worms will be your best bet. The run-off has subsided and the river is in excellent condition right now.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 flashy subsurface flies are sure to entice some of the resident Brown Trout. Nick from Albuquerque, e-mailed me last week and reported catching and releasing many small browns on the upper San Antonio. He fished with a green Caddis Larva pattern and a Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear.

Fenton Lake

Fishing Update April 7, 2015….(Rating….Best Time Of The Year)  The lake is receiving a lot of pressure right now but the fish are plentiful and they are biting. The lake was stocked with 2254 Rainbows on Tuesday, March 31th and again on Tuesday April 7th with 2200 Rainbow Trout.   The months of April and May will provide the best fishing of the year at the lake. This past weekend everybody was catching limits of trout with just about anything thrown in the water. Andy, from Tijeras, a regular contributor, e-mailed me a report from fishing Fenton Saturday  March 14th. He landed a nice 16″ Rio Grande Cutthroat using a Hare’s Ear. Thanks Andy…for the report. Phil Gallegos of Corrales, caught a 9 lb 27 inch brown trout at the lake on Wednesday, March 25th. Phil was trolling a large Dardevle spoon. The state park is open with limited camping opportunities (six electrical spots) throughout the early spring. Be sure and stop at the entrance gate and pay the $5 entrance fee. Failure to do so could result in an $83 fine. (BTW, the five dollar entry  fee is not new, it has been in place forever).

Rio Guadalupe

Fishing Update April 15, 2015….(Rating…Should Be Fabulous) FR 376 is open as of April 15th and there is now full access to Rio Guadalupe. The river, although high, is running quite clear and fishing for the hungry resident browns should be fabulous. Fishing reports for this gem of a river are greatly appreciated.

Rio De Las Vacas

Fishing Update April 5, 2015….(Rating …Hit It) Rio de Las Vacas is now running high but fishable with spring run-off conditions.  The Vacas is normally the last in the Jemez to finish its run-off.  NMDGF stocked the river with 750 Rainbow Trout on Thursday, April 2nd and again on April 13th with 850 Rainbows. I have had no reports from anglers.

Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update April 15, 2015 (Rating… Hit It)  The Rio Cebolla is in great shape and is fishing very well for stocked rainbows and resident browns and cutthroats. Rio Cebolla was stocked  on Thursday, April 2nd with 950 Rainbows and again on April 15th with 700 Rainbows. That section within Fenton Lake State Park below the dam has been stocked as well as from the lake on up to the fish hatchery. 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. Dave, from Albuquerque, stopped in the store and showed me some pictures on his phone of some beautiful RG Cutthroats that he caught using the ‘tenkura’ method of fly fishing. He was using a hand tied nymph pattern.

San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update April 15,  2015….(Rating….Don’t Really Know) Because San Gregorio is located at a higher elevation within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, winter hangs on just a little bit longer. This high mountain lake is stocked only once per year (usually in June), but there should be a nice population of hungry holdovers, as this past winter was not that brutally cold…thus hopefully no winterkill. The trail to the lake should be open and clear of snow and ice, so make the trip and fill me in.

Cute Catch

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

Big 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. 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 may be 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 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).

Having fun in the Jemez