25 September 2014
With hunting season in full swing here on the Jicarilla things have been a bit on the busy side. As a few of you know I was out of the office the last couple of days on personal stream research days, fish were caught and dirt roads driven. I believe I have responded to all e-mails and voice-mails, If you have pressing questions e-mail is usually the best, as this time of year I’m in the field quite a bit. I respond as quickly as I can to voice mails.
Many folks are still reporting excellent warm water fishing at Mundo Lake with wooly buggers catching all species except tiger musky. The lake has been light on anglers and I even managed a day of fishing in the canoe all by myself until late in the afternoon when two float tubers arrived. Though the bass bite was a bit slower than I would have liked (of course if my arm isn’t sore, I like all other anglers think it could have been better) I did manage a few in the 2lbs range as well as four or five more in the 1lbs range. All my bass were caught on large baitfish imitations in bluegill-ish colorations.
Stone Lake had its first anglers of the fall and they reported a skunk, though high summer like temperatures and clear skies with bright direct sunlight did little to help their chances. I have been meaning to make the trip out to Stone, but have not been able to fit it in. I’m just waiting for the perfect rainy overcast day to do it now…
The Navajo river is running low and clear, this of course can change with rain, but today it looks awesome. Some anglers last week reported catching many small browns in the 10-12” range and one larger specimen that spit the hook after a long downstream run. October last year, when sampling many large fish were captured that were in the process of or just completed spawning, so the next month and a half should provide excellent streamer or Rapala fishing. I have had good luck with rainbow trout colored countdown style Rapalas as well as sculpin and clouser minnow imitations.
As always hopefully your fishing proves successful,