Jemez Fishing Report
JemezCentral Up to Date Fishing Report
June 22, 2016
Poor water conditions throughout the Jemez right now will limit stocking opportunities to the Rio Cebolla both above and below Fenton Lake. This will be the case until cooling afternoon rains and cooler nights reduce the water temperatures in the lake and the creeks. Recently stocked San Gregorio Lake (6000 fish) and the headwaters of most streams will provide the best opportunity for awhile. 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 June 22, 2016…(Rating… Worth A Shot) The Jemez River has lost a lot of volume over the last few weeks and fishing has slowed for most anglers. Stocking has been suspended for the time being. Worms and fireballs will be your most consistent bait. For the fly fisher, Copper Johns, San Juan Worms and egg patterns have been most effective. The Jemez River was stocked most recently on June 8th with 1000 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Report June 8, 2016….(Rating….Worth The Beauty Alone) The East Fork is in great shape right now with good color and decent volume. I have had reports that have indicated good fishing with any attractor fly pattern (hopper or stimulator) or any brass colored spinner. Now is a good time to try your skills with the resident browns and the few rainbows and cutthroats the inhabit this 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 June 9, 2016….(Rating….Depends) Rio San Antonio was not stocked yesterday as previously reported. Conditions (warm water) will not allow it. My apologies for the inaccuracy. Fishing will be tough in that section of the river from San Antonio Campground on downstream to La Cueva Picnic Area. From Hwy 126 to the north there are many small browns that call this section home. Gold Ribbed Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail and other dark colored nymphs have been effective. Worms have been best for the bait fisher. The lower San Antonio (that section of the river from La Cueva Picnic Area downstream to Battleship Rock) has a nice population of brown trout as well as a few stocked rainbows that filter their way down from the picnic area.
Fireballs will work best for the stocked Rainbows.
Rio San Antonio was stocked most recently with 1500 Rainbow Trout on Tuesday, May 17th.
Fishing Update June 10, 2016…(Rating….Recently Stocked )
Fenton Lake is in great shape right now but the population of stocked Rainbows has been depleted with the recent busy weekends. Amazingly, anglers are still catching plenty of fish. Fishing will improve for this weekend as NMDGF stocked the lake on Friday, June 10th. Fenton Lake was stocked most recently on Friday, June 10th with 2300 Rainbow Trout. According to Tom from Rio Rancho, who stopped by the store recently, nightcrawlers and garlic scented power bait worked best for him. Meal worms have also been effective for the bait fisher.. Yellow Z -Ray lures with red spots along with olive colored Pistol Petes have also been very effective. If you can get any kind of fly on the water in the evenings, fishing will be fast and furious. Small Prince Nymphs with a beadhead fished just below the surface is a good bet. Fishing was good to excellent this past weekend with most anglers catching their limits. I did hear some reports of some of the big 18 inchers being caught. Now is the time to take advantage of this tremendous early summer fishing opportunity.
The state park is fully open for camping and other recreational activities.
Stop into Amanda’s. We have fishing tackle and fresh bait.
Fishing Update June 8, 2016….(Rating…Excellent) FR 376 is now open, effective April 15th, allowing good access to Rio Guadalupe. The water is in great shape right now with good color and volume that is behaving. Reportedly, the annual stone fly hatch is currently in full swing on sections of the 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 time of the year.
Fishing Update June 8, 2016 ( Rating…Marginal) The Las Vacas is running low and clear and because of warm water temperatures is not stockable at this time. Conditions like this make it very difficult for the bait fisher and becomes 7x tippet water for the fly fisher. This is terrestrial time with hopper and ant patterns being the most effective. I had a couple of reports last week, one from Andy Ray (a frequent contributor) who fished the upper Las Vacas within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness and did very well for the beautifully colored wild browns and native Rio Grande Cutthroats using a Gold Ribbed Hares Ear and a San Juan Worm.
The Vacas was last stocked on May 19th with 750 Rainbows.
Fishing Update July 6, 2016 (Full Of Recently Stocked Fish) The Rio Cebolla from the lake upstream to Seven Springs is in great shape and is fishing well for stocked rainbows, resident browns and the occasional cutthroat. The upper portion of the creek, above the hatchery is fishing very well for the resident Browns and the native Rio Grande Cutthroats. Attractor patterns such as Stimulator or Hopper patterns are working, as well as small Copper Johns. The forest road is open at the hatchery as of April 15th, so the upper reaches of the creek are much more accessible. Fireballs and worms have been working well for the stocked Rainbows both above and below Fenton Lake. Rio Cebolla was stocked most recently on Wednesday, July 6th with 825 Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Update June 8, 2016….(Rating….Excellent, Recently Stocked) This high altitude, wilderness lake is accessed by a beautiful one mile hike. The trail to the lake is in good shape right now. For the first time in two years San Gregorio Lake has been stocked. On Monday, June 6th NMDGF released 6000 catchable sized Rainbow Trout, some in the 18 inch range, into the lake.
According to NMDGF, the lake is in excellent shape. Ample spring run-off has filled the lake to capacity. Fishing will be excellent through-out the summer and into the fall. Remember…keep only your limit of five fish.
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).