On January 7th the Jicarilla Game & Fish Department held the 11th Annual Ice Fishing Derby at Mundo Lake. The Derby had eighty contestants this year and prizes were given in multiple categories. The Game & Fish would like to thank all of the participants in the 11th Annual Ice Derby as well as our gracious Event Sponsors: KCIE 90.5 Dulce, Wildhorse Casino & Hotel, Jicarilla Power Authority, Basin Pump & Supply Company, Jicarilla Public Relations Office, Dulce Autoparts, Running Elk Corporation, East Main Trading Center, and Jicarilla TRU Value.
Of course this event would not have been possible without staff from the Game & Fish Department including: Rosenberg Tafoya, Newton Vicenti, Augustine Gomez, and our college intern Talbertt Caramillo.
Hopefully all of you who missed this year’s event will be able to join us in 2018! Mr. Sue Lee sent over a link to his video of the event, CLICK HERE TO WATCH!
Total Bag Weight
1ST Place: Sue Lee with 6 Rainbow Trout and 32 Channel Catfish weighing 54 lbs. 11 oz.
2nd Place: Jason Bundy with 8 Rainbow Trout weighing 17 lbs. 12 oz.
3rd Place: O’ryan Atole with 14 Rainbow Trout weighing 16 lbs. 14 oz.
4th Place: Seneca Atole with 13 Rainbow Trout weighing 16 lbs. 1.5 oz.
5th Place: Leon Jake with 8 Rainbow Trout weighing 15 lbs. 10.5 oz.
Biggest Fish (By Length)
1st Place: Leon Jake with a Rainbow Trout measuring 22.56”
2nd Place: Delbert Crow with a Rainbow Trout measuring 21.26”
Youth Division Total Bag Weight
1st Place: O’ryan Atole 14 Rainbow Trout Weighing 16lbs 14 oz.
2nd Place: Josh Saiz 5 Rainbow Trout weighing 6 lbs. 2 oz.
3rd Place: Esteban Lujan 3 Rainbow Trout weighing 4 lbs. 9 oz.
4th Place: Kyler Crow 1 Rainbow Trout weighing 2 lbs. 15.5 oz.
Today I went out and checked the ice conditions at Mundo and Embom. Currently both lakes have approximately 2” of ice/5” of slush/ 2-3” of snow. This means that the ice is not safe for human traffic or fishing… This winter has given us quite the mix up with days and days of rain and warm night time temperatures fairly regularly. I do not know if the ice will “turn around”, as that would be quite abnormal, not saying it isn’t possible, just highly unlikely.
We will of course update information on ice conditions as it becomes available. At this rate I would start cleaning up the open water gear and finding the drain plugs for your boats… The Fisheries Crew is excited for 2017 season and we hope to see you all up here soon!