Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
February 18, 2014
As of Tuesday February 18th, all waters in the Jemez are generally free of ice and are fishable. Because the forest roads remain closed, access to some waters will be limited. With little to no snowpack there will be no muddy, high water runoff to contend with this spring. Fenton Lake is also generally free of ice and is open to fishing.
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Fishing Update March 12, 2014….(Rating B)
The Jemez River was stocked on Wednesday, March 12th with 1500 Rainbow Trout. Fishing has been good using BH nymphs and salmon eggs. Worms are also a good bet. The Jemez River is in great shape right now with good flow and good clarity. Get your fishing in early and often this year.
Fishing Report February 18, 2014….(Rating C)
The East Fork is generally free of ice with moderate flow and color. This river is no longer being stocked, so your quarry will be the small resident browns that make this their home. I had a report from some anglers that fished the lower EF last week from Battleship Rock on upstream about a mile or so with moderate success using worms.
Fishing Report February 18, 2014….(Rating….No Reports)
The Rio San Antonio is fishable with some ice in shaded areas. I have had no reports, but fishing should be awesome for resident browns and a few holdover rainbows. Worms and salmon eggs should be very effective. Gold bladed Panther Martins are a good springtime lure. Any nymph pattern with some flash will also be effective.
Fishing Update March 12, 2014 (Rating….A)
The lake continues to fish very well. Fenton was most recently stocked March 12th with 1500 rainbow trout. There is also a lot of holdovers that have put on some size. The next month or two will be the best time of the year to fish the lake’s population of voracious rainbows, browns and cutthroats. Try any flashy lure, olive colored Wooly Bugger or Pistol Pete. Garlic flavored Power Bait of any color has been effective. Almost every angler that stops in the store reports catching limits of rainbows. Worms and nightcrawlers seem to be the most consistent bait.
As of today (11/28/13) Fenton Lake is completely covered with a thin layer of ice and is unfishable. The ice will continue to thicken as we move toward winter, however there will be no ice fishing again this year as dangerous soft spots on the ice are sure to form due to thermal activity beneath the surface of the lake. The State Park is still open for limited camping (six spots) and other recreational activity, including fishing on the Rio Cebolla both above and below the lake.
Fishing Update March 6, 2014….(Rating….Wait Till April)
Forest Road 376 is closed until the early part of April and access to the Rio Guadalupe is limited. However, as noted in the stocking report, NMDGF stocked 2500 Rio Grande Cutthroat fingerlings on Monday March 3rd. Those that survive will provide for some nice fishing for New Mexico’s native trout on the upper Rio Guadalupe sometime in the future.
The Rio Guadalupe is in winter mode right now. A lot of ice with limited, to no fishing opportunities.
Fishing Update February 18, 2014….(Rating….No Reports)
Rio de Las Vacas is generally ice free and should provide for some excellent fishing opportunities.
There is a lot of ice and not much open water.
Fishing Update March 12, 2014….(Rating….A)
The Rio Cebolla was stocked with 500 catchable sized rainbow trout on Wednesday, March 12th. Carlos and Rudy stopped in the store tonight and reported fabulous fishing on Rio Cebolla just above the lake today. They did well for browns using a Prince Nymph and rainbows with a red Copper John. As noted in the stocking report NMDGF stocked 1500 Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout fingerlings in the lower Rio Cebolla on March 3rd. These fish will provide some fun fishing for New Mexico’s native trout in the future once they have had a chance to grow to catchable size. This section of river is not accessible right now as the Forest Road 376 is still closed and the gate locked.
Fishing Update February 18, 2014….(Rating….No Reports)
Although I have had no reports on conditions at San Gregorio Lake I would expect for some open water and springtime conditions. The lake often experiences winter kill due to its shallow nature and cold, high elevation winters. Please e-mail me with any up to date 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 a year (license year is April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014). 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).