22ND April 2014
Howdy Fish Fans,
It has been a busy few weeks here with Spring seemingly in full gear work is starting to involve more and more outside with less and less office time.
Last week the Jicarilla Department of Game & Fish sampled the Navajo River and caught many nice trout some in the 24” range. During this sampling one angler managed two trout in the 15-18” range using a purple egg-sucking leech. The rainbow trout that we captured were all in pre-spawn mode and looking to bulk up. Egg sucking leeches in an array of sizes and colors would be a good pattern to stock up on before making the journey to the Navajo. Grasshoppers are also starting to bounce around, dry fly action is not what I would expect, but a drowned grasshopper pattern should elicit some big strikes.
As I mentioned last week Mundo and Stone Lake have been stocked for the spring. No other lakes are going to be stocked until further notice. Embom will hopefully be stocked in the next few months after aerator work can be done.
The weed harvester is currently cutting at Mundo. With no snow cover on the ice this last year algae grew all winter. . The harvester should have the lake in tip-top shape in the next few weeks. The weeds are mostly concentrated on the southside of the lake so there is still now plenty of awesome fishing water.
Mundo-On Friday last week anglers caught quite a few fish in the 14-16” range using spinners and powerbait. Yesterday an angler managed a nice 17” fish on yellow powerbait from the boat ramp, though he did mention the strikes were fairly light in nature, so he did not realize the size of the fish till he set the hook. As the water temperatures rise into the 50’s this action should continue to intensify.
I have received no new reports from Stone, but last week I did notice some large fish cruising the west and north side of the lake.