Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
November 22, 2015
The Jemez Mountains have transitioned into winter during the last ten days or so. We have had over a foot of snow in many places and consistent overnight temperatures in the teens have put a thin layer of ice on Fenton Lake and many of the higher elevation streams. The Jemez River below Battleship Rock will provide excellent fishing opportunities throughout the winter months as NMDGF will continue to stock this river throughout the winter. 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 November 24, 2015…(Rating… Recently Stocked )
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. While other waters in the Jemez become icy and unfishable, the Jemez River remains a viable winter time fishery. NMDGF will continue to stock this river throughout its length from Battleship Rock on down to the Gilman turnoff.
The Jemez River was stocked most recently on Tuesday, November 24th with 750 Rainbow Trout.
Find a sunny day with little wind and the Jemez River will be an enjoyable winter time fishing trip.
Fishing Report November 22, 2015….(Rating….Depends)
The East Fork will have many areas of ice and will be unfishable. Generally that area of the river just above Battleship Rock for a half mile or so remains ice free throughout the winter months and can provide some excellent fishing opportunities for small resident browns and a few migrating stocked rainbows up from the Jemez 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 November 22, 2015….(Rating….Limited Fishing Till Spring)
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. However, with consistent night time temperatures in the teens, the San Antonio has a lot of ice and is generally unfishable.
Fishing Update November 24, 2015…(Rating….Looks Like…Wait Till Spring)
A thin layer of ice has formed on Fenton Lake and is generally unfishable. Last week the area around the lake had about a foot of snow. The eastern side of the lake had some open water as of Friday November, 20th.
Michael Farley and friends “found a spot on the east side (unfrozen) and walked all the way around the lake in a foot of snow. We caught no fish but had a blast.”
The lake was most recently stocked on November 24th with 750 Rainbow Trout.
There has been no ice fishing permitted at Fenton for the last four or five years, and I see no change for this winter season.
Fishing Update November 22, 2015….(Rating…Accessible But Icy)
FR 376 will remain open through December 31st allowing full access to Rio Guadalupe. You may find the forest road snow packed and icy in many spots so please take necessary precautions. Because much of the river flows through deep, shaded box canyons you will encounter a lot of snow and ice on Rio Guadalupe making for difficult fishing conditions. Best fishing for now and throughout the winter may be the extreme lower portion of the river below Gilman Tunnels on down to its’ confluence with the Jemez River. Remember, this is a brown trout fishery (no hatchery truck), so worms, streamers, nymphs and bright flashy spinners will be your best bet this season of the year.
Fishing Update November 22, 2015 ( Rating…Wait Till Spring)
The Las Vacas is low, clear and mostly covered in ice. Any open water will probably produce some nice catches of the resident browns and some of the remaining stocked rainbows. Because of the high elevation of this stream I would wait until spring.
The Vacas was most recently stocked on September 29th with 500 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update November 22, 2015 (Rating…Worth A try)
The Rio Cebolla is fishable both right above and right below the lake, mostly for the stocked rainbows. The area has seen a good amount of early season snow and cold temperatures. You will find a lot of ice covering the river, particularly on the upper reaches. Worms and salmon eggs will be your best bet.
Rio Cebolla was stocked most recently on September 15th with 950 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update November 22, 2015….(Rating….Wait Till Next June)
This high altitude, wilderness lake is covered with ice and you will find the one mile trail covered with snow making access very difficult. Because NMDGF did not stock the lake this past summer, there will be very few fish to holdover through the winter. Best bet is to follow this fishing report next June 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).