13 April 2014
Howdy Fish Fans,
A few things to report which it appears from my e-mails will make quite a few people happy. I do not however have the magic pill or bait recommendation for you, I know, this is why you read but I can onlymention a few tips.
First the Jicarilla Lakes (Mundo& Stone) have been stocked for the first time this year. This has been the topic of many e-mails; the fish stocked this spring were all rainbow trout.
Embom Lake will be undergoing some aerator changes that will hopefully allow the lake to increase its productivity. It will be stocked once improvements are made. The schedule for this work is currently “As soon as the water is warm enough for me to swim in…” I need to do some underwater scouting and I think the current 45ish degrees is a fair to chilly for me. I will do my best to keep you all informed of updates as they become available.
Fishing reports have been coming in slowly. As per usual some are doing well others are having a tough time. It appears that the water temperatures are still a hair low and fish may not be actively swimming around making powerbait fishing slow. Black and olive conehead or beadhead wooly buggers trolled slowly have been picking up fish in Mundo and Stone.
One angler shared a stomach sample from a nice Stone Lake trout. In its stomach was a selection of snails and immature damsel fly larvae, as well as what appeared to be mayfly larvae. Snails are always something to have around as well as scud in grey and olive. Scuds only turn orange when they are dead…
Quite a few anglers have been having a tough time fishing Stone due to the spring time “Breeze”. The weather has slowed many anglers in pontoon craft, always remember to have some extra cordage on your boat, it’s a key safety requirement in my eyes, as well as helpful in rigging a second anchor when the wind is cantankerous. I prefer parachute cord also known as 550 cord, buy the good stuff with an actual 550lbs breaking strength. Find a good rock and learn a few knots and your good to go with an anchor always return your rocks before leaving.
The river has been fishing well for this time of year with some of the locals managing some nice browns and a few rainbows. One angler reported catching a sizeable cuttbow. Most the fishermen I’ve spoken with have been using small spinners, worms or wooly bugger type streamers. Remember if fishing the river be kind to the native fish. Spring runoff is fast approaching and the water is starting to turn a little turbid. Sadly it might be a “you should have been here last week” but only time will tell if this weekend is awesome fishing.
Hopefully this inspires some fishing adventures in the coming weeks… As always send comments, questions or concerns to email@example.com, please send it reports as well.