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

September 11, 2014….

As the waters in the Jemez continue to cool, you will find more consistent and widespread stocking by NMDGF. The Fall months of September and October is are a great time to fish the Jemez. Don’t forget that Saturday,  September 27th is Free Fishing Day in New Mexico. No license required. All other rules and regulations apply.

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 Jemez River

Fishing Update August 27, 2014….(Rating C) That section of the river from the Village of Jemez Springs on up to Battleship Rock should produce some good fishing for resident browns and a few holdover stocked rainbows as the river has cleared this week with less rain.  Still no stocking for now. Michael Shaw,  from Albuquerque fished the Jemez around the Hummingbird Music Camp area on the 26th and caught and released about thirty fish, mostly rainbows mixed with a few browns in the 12-14″ range. He was using a foam hopper pattern with various droppers.


East Fork Jemez River

Fishing Report September 11, 2014….(Rating D) Water conditions on the East Fork are perfect now and will continue to be throughout the Fall months. 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. I have had no reports from anglers.


San Antonio

Fishing Report  September 11, 2014….(Rating….B) 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. The river has cleared considerably and will continue to do so as we enter into Autumn.  Most any dry fly that you can place on the water will be effective. That section of the river from San Antonio Campground on down to the La Cueva Picnic Area was stocked (finally) August 26th with 750 rainbow trout and has been fishing very well. Please be considerate of others and kill no more than your limit of five fish. Save some for the kids.


Fenton Lake

Fishing Update September 11, 2014….(Rating….B)  The water in Fenton Lake was finally deemed safe to stock and NMDGF released 1100 Rainbow Trout into the lake on Wednesday, September 10th. Stocking will escalate as we transition into Fall and fishing at the lake will continue to improve.  The large Brown Trout that inhabit the lake will become more active as Fall spawning season approaches. Casting a large streamer or spoon will be effective for the large German Browns.


Rio Guadalupe

Fishing Update September 11, 2014….(Rating….B) This gem of a river has cooled and cleared and the resident browns are hungry and soon will be going into spawning mode when they will become quite aggressive and less cautious.  Andy from Tijeras sent me a report via e-mail indicating a great fishing day on the Guadalupe. He caught and released many browns using a Stimulator on the surface with a Hares Ear dropper. His e-mail included a photo and the river looked beautiful.


Rio De Las Vacas

Fishing Update September 11, 2014….(Rating….A)  Water flow has leveled and the Las Vacas is now running clear and cool.  Water conditions on the Las Vacas are good enough to stock as NMDGF has stocked over 4200 rainbow trout in the last six weeks, including 500 yesterday,  September 11th. That section of the river from Hwy 126 on down to the girl scout camp will offer the fastest fishing for the stockers.



Rio Cebolla

Fishing Update September 11, 2014 (Rating… B) The Rio Cebolla was stocked with 825 rainbow trout on Wednesday, September 10th bringing the total fish stocked since August 13th to over 2600 fish.  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. 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. Almost any fly that you can place on the water will draw some action. From the hatchery on down to Fenton Lake fishing will be fast and furious  for the stockers. Fireballs are the most consistent bait, IMO.  


San Gregorio Lake

Fishing Update August 27, 2014….(Rating….B)  NMDGF made their annual trip to stock the lake with 8000 catchable sized rainbow trout on Thursday June 19, 2014.  Fishing has slowed some but it is still a good bet. Most baits, lures and flies have been effective for the stockers. Some larger 14-16 inch rainbows have been reported, indicating some holdovers from last year. Plan a day and fish both the Las Vacas and San Gregorio. If the lake is a little slow, the hike in is worth the effort.




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).

Having fun in the Jemez