JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report

Jasmine And Her Brother Emanuel With Their Stringer Of Rainbows From The Kid's Pond

Jasmine And Her Brother Emanuel With Their Stringer Of Rainbows From The Kid’s Pond

July 11, 2014…. Monsoon rains are here, but that is a ‘double edged sword’. While it does cool the rivers and adds volume…it also can add color, making the streams unfishable at times. There has been no stocking activity since June 4th, with the exception of the Kid’s Pond.  You can find information about specific Jemez area waters below. Also if you have  info to add, please send it to:




 Jemez River

Fishing Update July 11, 2014….(Rating D) If you can catch the river on a day when it is not flowing mud you may be able to entice a few fish in the section of the river from the village on up to Battleship Rock.


East Fork Jemez River

Fishing Report June 18, 2014….(Rating C) The East Fork is low and clear. This river is no longer being stocked, so your quarry will be the small resident browns that make this their home. That section of the river from Jemez Falls on down to Battleship Rock is your best bet.


San Antonio

Fishing Report  July 11, 2014….(Rating….C) The upper section of the Rio San Antonio is one of the better options right now. That section of the river above private property, above Hwy 126, on upstream to the hot springs is fishing very well for small browns. Most any dry fly that you can place on the water will be effective.


Fenton Lake

Fishing Update July 11, 2014….(Rating….C-) Fenton Lake has not been stocked since June 4th because of high water temperatures and high PH. Some fish are still being caught but generally the fishing can best be described as slow. Nightcrawlers, Powerbait, and Fireballs all fished with a float just below the surface have been the most effective.


Rio Guadalupe

Fishing Update July 16, 2014….(Rating….C) Cooling rains also means for muddy conditions on Rio Guadalupe at times. If you can catch it right, this beautiful river can still provide for some good brown trout fishing. Most dry flies should be effective. Attractor patterns such as a Stimulator or Hopper will bring the browns to the surface. Apparently Andy from Tijeras found the Guadalupe in good shape last week as he reported via email catching 25 to 30 fish in four hours…all browns in the 8 to 13 inch range. He used an Orange Stimulator with an Olive Hare’s Ear dropper. Thanks for the report Andy.


Rio De Las Vacas

Fishing Update July 11, 2014….(Rating….D)  Water flow is very low right now limiting fishing activity. If you are on that side of the Jemez, you might as well take the hike in to San Gregorio.



Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update July 11, 2014 (Rating… B) The Rio Cebolla was stocked with 450 Rainbows on Thursday July 17th and on July 2nd with 650 Rainbow Trout.  The Cebolla is stocked just below the lake within the state park and from 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. Rio Cebolla is fishing very well on the upper river at and above the fish hatchery for a mix of small browns, cutthroats and rainbows. Other sections have slowed.


San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update July 11, 2014….(Rating….A) Now is the time to take the short one mile hike into the San Pedro Parks Wilderness to San Gregorio Lake. NMDGF made their annual trip to stock the lake with 8000 catchable sized Rainbow Trout on Thursday June 19, 2014. Most baits, lures and flies have been effective for these stockers. Some larger 14-16 inch rainbows have been reported, indicating some holdovers from last year.




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 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 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).

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