26 August 2014
Howdy Fish Fans,
The Mundo Madness fishing derby was held this weekend, and I personally feel it was a success. I do wish a few more people targeted catfish, but that’s okay.
1st Place Audie Reval- 17 channel catfish weighing 23lbs 0 oz. (300.00 cash prize)
2nd Place Shawn Jones- Mixed bag of Catfish/Bass/Bluegill weighing 15lbs 0.5oz. (200.00 cash prize)
3rd Place Patrick Lamb- Mixed bag of Bass/bluegill weighing 9lbs. 1.5oz (100.00 cash prize)
The one disappointing part of the derby was how few youth entries we had; all of the youth who participated got prizes regardless of weight caught. It is the firm belief of the Jicarilla Game & Fish Department that youth involvement with the outdoors is paramount to the success of natural resource management in the future. Please take a kid or five fishing! Next year I would like to see the little ones in equal number to the adults!
A big thanks to everyone who came out and fished the derby as well as the volunteers and my fellow fish crew member Rosenburg Tafoya for always bringing the positive vibes. The Wildhorse Casino & Inn sponsored this event and donated the cash prizes, which I’m sure the top three anglers appreciate greatly.
Mundo: You should be able to limit out on catfish with decent bait from the east shoreline or from fishing in a boat on the south bay. The top prize winning angler caught the majority of his fish in the last hour of the derby on the east shore line. I can only imagine night fishing there to wear out ones elbow quickly.
Bluegill have taken the hint about the changing weather patterns and headed into a little deeper water. Small beadhead nymphs are just as good as anything else for catching them, but small hooks a piece of worm and a bobber will get it done as well.
Tiger Musky are targeting bluegill right now, so a bluegill colored swim bait would probably get some action if you can place it in front of a player.
Stone: No reports, I’m a little disappointed in the anglers who call and write, there seems to be a lot of interest but no one is willing to give it ago.
Navajo River: Is clearing up and flowing consistently, it is still a hair early for fall fishing, but it is scouting season for me, and who knows you might luck out on an early pre-spawn brown trout… Catch and release of native fish is required, catch and keep is preferred for trout.