Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
December 11, 2014
Unseasonable warm temperatures have thawed Fenton Lake and has allowed for some unusual winter time fishing here in the Jemez. The lake was stocked last on December 4th and fishing has been good. You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have info to add, please send to: email@example.com.
Fishing Update December 4, 2014….Rating B) The Jemez River will be stocked throughout the winter months and provides for an excellent winter time fishing experience. Fireballs are most effective for the stockers. The Jemez River was stocked most recently on Thursday December 4th with 877 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Report November 18, 2014….(Rating C) Ice has begun to form all along the East Fork and fishing will be limited to the lower section. 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 early winter fishing experience.
Fishing Report November 18, 2014….(Rating….C) Ice has been forming on the Rio San Antonio every morning and fishing will be limited as we approach winter in the Jemez. The lower section of the river will provide the best opportunities for now.
Fishing Update December 18, 2014….(Rating….B) The lake is about 50%free of ice due to unseasonably warm temperatures and is open to fishing for the time being. Garlic Power Bait and nightcrawlers seem to be the most consistent baits. I spoke with David (park manager) today and he has been fishing the lake and doing very well. There are lots of fish and not a lot of anglers. He also said that the beavers have been busy on Rio Cebolla below the lake and there are some nice ponds presenting some good fishing opportunities. Bonus…there has been enough snow to offer an opportunity for cross country skiers. This web sight will keep you updated to any changes. The state park is open with limited camping opportunities (six electrical spots) throughout the winter. On December 4th NMDGF stocked 750 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update November 18, 2014….(Rating….C) Although access to Rio Guadalupe will be available through the end of December via FR376, fishing will be difficult. Because most of the river runs through tall, deep canyons ice will form early limiting the fishing opportunities. The lower section just upstream from the tunnels may be your best bet.
Fishing Update November 18, 2014….(Rating….C) Rio de Las Vacas is now running low and clear and ice is beginning to form on this high altitude river. It may be best to wait till spring to fish the Vacas.
Fishing Update November 18, 2014 (Rating… C) Fishing has slowed on the river between the hatchery and the lake for stocked rainbows. Matthew Moore (age 15) stopped by the store today (Nov 7th) with a beautiful 16″ Rio Grande Cutthroat. He caught the fish on the river just above the lake using a Panther Martin). A week later (Nov 15th) 15 year old William Bixler caught a nice 18″ German Brown using a nightcrawler purchased from Amanda’s. See their photos on the front page. The Cebolla is currently being stocked just above the lake on up to the Seven Springs Hatchery. All other areas of the river are maintained as a brown trout fishery including that section of the river upstream above Porter’s landing along FR376. Ice has begun to form on many sections of the river, so fishing will be limited soon.
Fishing Update November 18, 2014….(Rating….C) I have had no reports from anglers recently and with the recent cold snap and some snow, access to the lake may be limited.
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 a year (license year is April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015). 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 maybe 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 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).