Jicarilla Fishing Blog

March 23rd 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

23 March 2015


 ield season is under way here and there are quite a few projects the fisheries crew is starting to work on. It seems that no matter how busy things seem to get I can always manage to add more to the pile.  I cannot tell you how happy getting out of the office for a full day yesterday made me. I have some phone calls to return, e-mail this time of year is a more effective way to communicate, as I do not mind sending an e-mail a 0700 or 2100 but calling your residence at those hours I most likely will not do. I will return all communication, plus please remember to leave an area code with your phone number please. I get call from throughout the southwest.

 Just FYI the two docks on the west side of Mundo Lake were set up yesterday. The Fisheries Crew should have the other two docks set up soon.

Fishing reports have been coming in slowly from Mundo and even I am impressed with the quality of fish being caught. Last week a 24” rainbow that must have gone 9 pounds was taken by a community member. One angler from Durango this weekend reported one 20” fish and a few more in the 18” inch range. Yesterday while putting up the dock a community member landed two trout in the span of an hour from shore, one 16” and another 14”. Everything seems to be working, as in all the usual suspects’ powerbait, worms, though the Durango angler mentioned that a black wooly bugger did not perform as well as a smaller caddis nymph.

I have yet to see any bass in pre-spawn mode, but I imagine all the warm water creatures will be waking soon. Spring has sprung and though I wish winter would have dropped a lot more snow, it is awesome that fishing season is here!

Please do not forget to skim or preferably read in depth the 2015-2016 fishing proclamation and remember the season starts on  April 1st!

Look forward to seeing you all out on the water this season.


17 March 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

17 March 2015


Spring officially begins March 20th this y ear, and Mundo lake is finally ice free. That means it is spring fishing season! Over the weekend the near seventy degree temps put the final nail in winters grip on the lakes.

I have been getting lots of calls the last few weeks with people itching to go fishing.  Well now all you have to do is brush the dust off the float tube and gear.

Yesterday we posted our official 2015-2016 Hunting and Fishing Proclamations on the home page of jicarillahunt.com. Inside you will find a new native fishes of the Navajo River page, as well as some changes to bag and possession limits on bluegill, catfish, and bass. Trout is staying the same as last year. Most everything rules and regulations wise are the same.

I have yet to receive any fishing reports as the ice just came off this weekend. I will be setting up the fishing docks at Mundo first thing next week. We are also planning on spring stockings just around the corner. Expect lots of catchable-plus and super plus sized fish this year in Mundo. Our highly successful ice derby will fund the first large stocking on the lake in the upcoming weeks.

Hope all is well, get out and enjoy this beautiful spring! 



4th March 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

04 March 2015


Good news all around here on the Jicarilla it has been snowing, raining, sleeting, and a little bit of hailing as well. Though we are by no means out of the drought, this last couple weeks of moisture, sure have been a blessing, even if they have made everything a muddy mess.

Though Mundo, Stone and all the other lakes are still covered in very thin sheet ice (READ: UNSAFE), the moisture is a allowing me to breathe a small shy of relief. Mundo’s shallow water bay (near the dead tree) is totally de-iced and as soon as some warmer temperatures stick around, it should thaw rather quickly.

Of course I would prefer for this winter moisture cycle to keep going; only time will tell.

As many of you know the Department has spent a large amount of time and energy on Mundo Lake, as it has maintained highest water level throughout the drought.  This year Mundo will receive more, and larger fish than it has ever before in hopes of providing beyond excellent fishing this season. Of course summer time trout fishing is never going to be as good as spring or fall, just remember there are ample warm water species to keep you busy.

Everyone enjoy their final days of winter, and as always I can be reached at Jicarillafishqs@gmail.com.


February 18th 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

18 February 2015


Howdy Folks,

As many of you who watch the weather know, it’s been unpredictable and well down right confusing.

There is still ice on the lakes, but it is not thick enough to fish on. The ice has started to detach from the shore in many areas. It was ten degrees on my drive to work the day before last. But it is mid to upper fifties during the day.

So it’s no ice fishing, and no normal fishing… This is one reason for the lack of reports, but it has allowed for plenty of 2015-2016 fishing season planning. On my personal time I even found myself with a pile of greasy q-tips cleaning reels. Wishful thinking...

The 2015-2016 hunting and fishing proclamations are in final draft form awaiting offical blessing. That means you should see .PDF files on the main page mid-march as scheduled.  There are proposed changes and additions in content this year. One addition I have been quite excited about is a Native Fishes Page as well as an expanded Navajo River section. For die-hard rainbow trout fishermen, this most likely is not super exciting, but for a native fish geek like me it is. For you trout geeks a heads up, there are no proposed changes to bag limits for trout this year.

Speaking of trout sandwiches, I have already scheduled the first stocking of 2015 for Mundo Lake. Expect it to be similar to our fall stocking last year, which means lots of catchable to obese rainbows for the spring season.  I will announce the stocking sometime after it has occurred.

Despite the drought I think the 2014-2015 season was excellent. Obviously more rain and snow would be appreciated this year, but we are pushing forward. Hopefully this year will bring an opportunity to meet more of our devoted anglers, as well as continue to expand our warm water fisheries program. I’ve also got a long list of native fish work including Rio Grande cutthroat, and west slope native larval collections.


As always jicarillafishqs@gmail.com is the quickest way to get ahold of me or you can call the office (575) 759-3255. One note: if you leave me a voicemail please include your area code. I have had some interesting guessing games on a few returned calls…

4th February 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, February 04, 2015

4 February 2015


Due to the near fifty degree day time temperatures the ice seems to quickly be deteriorating.  Approximately 2-3” of good ice with 5” of snow/ white ice “crust” on top at Mundo and areas are starting to totally thaw near shore. With the crust on top it is extremely difficult to spot areas of concern.  

Stone Lake is in a similar condition except with large areas of extreme thaw occurring, like around or near aerators.

I think unless by some fortunate event, winter kicks in, the season is coming to an end. Which is good for open water fin-atics, who have been calling regularly in preparation for spring fishing… More news of this to come in the upcoming weeks.

Questions as always can be directed to me at the office (575) 759-3255 or at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com


January 29th 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, January 29, 2015


Ice fishing season is starting to slow, I imagine it is everyone preparing for football this weekend, resting up for the big game so to speak.

There were two anglers on Mundo this afternoon, no fish when I drove by. Stone was fished by a local fisherman, though he did not manage a bite, he reported 5" of ice off the east boat ramp, but highly variable and definitely not safe in some areas.

Mundo's ice was holding at about 6" but last night was very warm and the ice is starting to soften in some areas. We are expecting a winter storm tonight, but that's according to the weatherman. It has remained cool today, but expect high variability and deteriorating conditions if the temps continue to remain high.

I truly hope this is not the beginning of the end to ice season, well my canoe does, but it has been an excellent season despite the weather.

I will update ice conditions on Monday. 

As always questions and so forth can be sent to jicarillafishqs@gmail.com , as many can attest I respond promptly on week days, especially Monday-Thursday.



26 Juanuary 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, January 26, 2015

26 January 2015


Even though we got a late start on our ice season this year, this weekend was what appears to be one of the more consistent fishing reports from the season. I know of at least four fisherman who all caught there limit of trout( 12-16" fish), and there were reports of other anglers catching as well. Obviously I can’t talk to everyone… But it seemed every type of baits was working, from meal worms to feather jigs. I did not talk to an angler who was having poor luck on particular bait.

Ice conditions were 6” to 7” on Mundo measured on Sunday. Due to high temperatures yesterday the ice is shifting and popping quite a bit. Use your best judgment.  On Friday it was 7” and making quite a bit of noise. But the bite seemed like it was on for the anglers I talked to. The weather has been unseasonably warm, so I would expect things to start changing rapidly, if winter doesn’t kick in sooner or later…

Stone is still deemed unsafe. And I would imagine it to stay that way until ice season is over. Some anglers have been risking it, as I’ve seen foot prints and auger holes. But the ice was 2” near shore, so I did not venture any farther.  Please use your best judgment, as ice fishing is inherently dangerous.



9th Annual Ice Derby

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, January 20, 2015


The 9th Annual Ice Derby was what I would call a 100% success with 128 entries, and sun burns for everyone. The weather was fantastic and the ice held in there despite the near 50 degree temps. This year the Wildhorse Casino and Inn generously donated cash prizes for the top six contestants, so three people who would have gone home empty handed last year got a nice honorable mention cash prize.


1st Place  Pa Yang with 20 channel catfish weighing 24.lbs 15oz.

2nd Place Sue Lee with 8 channel catfish and 1 rainbow trout weighing 12lbs. 7 oz.

3rd Place Michael Alesio with 9 rainbow trout, 1 largemouth bass, and 1 channel catfish weighing11lbs. 13.5 oz.

4th Place Shawn Jones with 4 rainbow trout 3 channel catfish and 1 largemouth bass weighing 9lbs. 12.5oz.

5th Place Mitch Roggy 3 rainbow trout and 2 channel catfish weighing 8lbs. 0.5oz

6th Place Sam Loftin with 7 rainbow trout and 1 channel catfish weighing 6lbs 15.5oz

Youth (All kids who checked in at the prize ceremony received a prize)

1st  Place Yvey Hanson with 1 rainbow trout weighing 1lbs 2 oz ( tie breaker of length was used, 350mm)

2nd Place Julian Cdebaca 1 rainbow trout 1lbs. 2oz (343mm)

3rd Place Joshua Maestas 1 rainbow trout weighting 0lbs 13oz.

Longest fish went to Annie Montoya with a rainbow trout measuring 21.5” and weighing 5lbs 3oz.

Shortest fish went to Joe Pesata with a largemouth bass measuring 277mm

In total a 112 fish were weighed in at the prize ceremony, and one angler traveled all the way from Virginia to enter the Derby. Pa Yang crushed the competition with the nearest angler 12lbs 8oz behind her winning bag weigh on 24lbs. 15oz.

I would like to give a special thanks to Rosenburg Tafoya for all of his efforts organizing this event. I would also like to give a big thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors of the event this year!

KCIE 90.5                Jicarilla Travel Center      Jicarilla Public Relations Dept.      Wildhorse Casino & Inn

Running Elk Corp.          Jicarilla Early Childhood Development                  FE Guides         FE Forums

Jicarilla Tru Value         East Main Trading             Raymond Rent-A-Nerd      Dulce Auto Parts

San Juan Marine


Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, January 14, 2015



I have been on travel this week, but I just received the call from Rosenburg that Mundo has 6-7" of good ice as well as some good snow cover.

As of Today we will officially be having the 9th Annual Ice Derby as planned!

Obviously (unlikely) if conditions were to change by the day of the event arrangements for rescheduling would have to be made.

I want everyone to have a fun and SAFE event, and with this years weird winter it has been very difficult to predict ice conditions into the future. Hence the prolonged announcement.


Hope to see you all on the 17th!




January 6th 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, January 06, 2015

January 6th 2015


Happy New Year Folks,

Next weekend (January 17th) is the 9th Annual Ice Derby. It is assumed at this point that the derby will be held as scheduled since ice conditions are seemingly improving at Mundo Lake. Throughout the two weeks to come the Fisheries Crew will continue to monitor conditions to insure a safe and fun event for all participants. On Wednesday January 14th the Crew will make a final announcement in regards to the event. If at this point the ice is not safe the derby will be postponed. I do not think this will be an issue, but the weather this year has made it extremely difficult to judge conditions into the future.

As always participants can expect awesome prizes and the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win some awesome fishing trips donated by Chama Land & Cattle as well as Fish Enchantment Guides, as well as an iPad mini (bring cash to purchase tickets at the event). All (100%) proceeds from Jicarilla Game & Fish Derbies goes directly into stocking fish in the Jicarilla Lakes, come out enjoy some good times for a good cause!

Just an update on ice conditions and fishing, yesterday the Fisheries Crew went out and checked ice thickness at Mundo and Stone, as well as Embom, below you will find thickness’s measured on January 5th 2015. Embom Lake was stocked this summer with brown trout but due shallow water and current low dissolved oxygen conditions, it is assumed to be fishless. The same is assumed with Horse and Dulce Lake.  This is not news, as I have been updating anglers regularly about the droughts effects on these three lakes.

Ice is highly variable, the Fisheries Crew obviously cannot test every area of ice, and the individual angler assumes all responsibility for their own safety.  Neither the Jicarilla Apache Nation nor its agents assume any responsibility for the personal safety of anglers or their property. Please folks be smart use your best judgment when walking onto any frozen body of water, if you are unsure of conditions drill test holes frequently!

Mundo Lake:

The Fish Crew walked approximately one hundred yards East off the boat ramp and drilled test holes every 30 yards or so. Average Ice thickness was 6.5” of well composed ice. The crew then walked straight south for another 100 yards drilling in the same manner. The average ice thickness on this transect was 6” and ice composition was similar. There was one patch of ice on the Southeast corner that was recently frozen and ice did start to lose thickness toward this area. The area was clearly marked by lots of feathers and blood, where an eagle pair had been feasting on the ducks that remained in the patch before it froze.  The ice has approximately 2” of snow on top making walking easier, but causing difficulty identifying areas of concern. In total 8 test holes were drilled all showing greater than 5” of ice in the areas sampled.

Anglers have been on the lake over the weekend and reported catches of trout in the 14” range, one angler reported white feather jigs being the hot ticket for their party.

Stone Lake:

The Fish Crew walked approximately 50 yards west from the east boat ramp and drilled test holes every 20 yards or so. Ice thickness was on average 5.5”. At this point the Crew walked 100 yards north and drilled test holes every 20 yards or so. Average ice thickness was 5”. Stone Lake’s ice was highly variable across the entire lake with openings near aerators and what appeared to be thin spots and openings sporadically throughout the lake. One group of fishermen had fished in the area directly out from the east boat ramp, and there appeared to be blood from a capture next to one of the holes. I did not speak with these anglers so I’m unsure of the particulars. The lake also had approximately 2” of snow cover causing difficulty identifying areas of concern. The Crew was not comfortable wondering around too much due to the high assumed variability in ice thickness.

Happy New Year and I hope to see you all at the derby!