10th June 2014
It is feeling more and more like summer here on the Jicarilla. The dragon flies and damsel flies are in full “bloom” so to speak and fisherman should be able to take advantage of some awesome hatches on Mundo and Stone. Though surface action is limited, due in part to a healthy osprey population at both lakes.
Mundo Lake has provided plenty of anglers there limit in the last week or two while other anglers who may not have heeded my advice to try new tactics had a hard time on the standard powerbait and egg sinker. Of course of the anglers that limited out half of which were using yellow or pink powerbait and an egg sinker, just not right at the boat ramp.
Some anglers with boats have been saying trolling spoons had been slow, but today an angler who has been trolling said if he wasn’t busy wresting his dog and opening a soda for his daughter he could have landed two this morning. The angler indicated that the strikes “ Were not from some dinker, but at least an 18 inch fish” of course fish stories are just that…Right?
The Bluegill have been keeping the children very busy and happy, while providing ample table fare for the family. I get a lot of complaints about these fish from trout anglers, but they have obviously not seen the face of a four year old after he lands his first or his tenth fish of the day. If you would like an awesome meal and failed to connect with a trout, bluegills are there in good skillet size and numbers.
Two local anglers bass fishing Mundo reported 2 tiger musky catches, the anglers reported the fish to be fat and sassy in the high 20” range. Please catch and carefully release these amazing fish, it is the law.
Weed harvesting is still occurring on Mundo, when operations are done there the plan is to move the machine to Stone.
Stone Lake has proven to be a difficult nut to crack for some of New Mexico’s float tubers. With winds making all day fishing hard early in the season and prolific hatches of mayflies, damsel flies, and dragon flies filling trout’s bellies. Two local anglers reported good success on red and white streamers as well as purple and orange egg sucking leeches. Though they were very zipper lipped about where in the lake and the exact quantity landed the term “Banner Day” was used five times that I counted.
The Navajo River has seen what appeared to be its high water season and is coming into its lower turbidity summer flow nicely. Of course monsoon rains will cause havoc, now would be an excellent time to come give the river a shot, It is also just a darn fine place to beat the summer heat wet wading. Crayfish, stonefly, and minnow patterns should provide action if you have the right set of eyes to find the prime holding water.
No one seems to ask me what I personally fish or how, so I don’t know if I should share. My plans for Jicarilla fishing this year include, top water fly bass at Mundo, a fly caught tiger musky, and more monster trout out of the Navajo. I can usually be found far from the truck wet wading or paddling my canoe on weed lines throughout the summer months.