17 July 2014
Howdy Fish Fans,
Yesterday the Fisheries Crew stocked Mundo, Enbom, and Stone Lake with approximately 21,500 brown trout. Sadly the water quality at Horse and Dulce is still too impaired due to drought conditions to stock. Good news is that does mean more fish for the other lakes. The Department continues to monitor water quality at all the lakes to ensure when acceptable values are found to be consistent fish will be stocked immediately.
The monsoons have dropped significant rains here in Dulce which is very good news for the lakes and the wildlife on the reservation. Though the lightning and rains have made fishing the evening bite very difficult as well as blown out the river. Please use extreme caution navigating any off pavement road after the rains, as most washes have been running like flooded rivers and mud is thick in certain areas. I know a lot of fishermen have awesome big tough trucks, but all these trucks seem to do is tear up a perfectly good road before getting stuck. Lightning is as I have mentioned before, No Joking Matter, please exercise all do caution.
Cat fishing at Mundo has been exceptional with many fish caught in the 18”-20” range. I know for a fact that much larger channel cats roam the deep. Please take these fish home and eat them, we currently have an over abundance of channel cat fish and the trout will thank you every time you throw one in the fryer.
I am quite excited for what these rains and fish mean for the fall fishing here on the Jicarilla. I personally find fall to be the best time to fish as it is my favorite time of the year and the fishing is usually excellent.
Summer is obviously warm water fishing, and with that a recent sample of Tiger musky showed excellent growth and above average condition factors. Most of the tigers are 25-30” and should continue to grow for a few more months this year. I have received a lot of concern over the tiger musky eating trout, they do in fact eat trout but there numbers are so low that they should have no serious impact on trout population numbers. What does have a serious impact on trout numbers are channel catfish, come eat them.
Little Beaver weekend is quite a show around these parts with the pow wow, rodeo, carnival and festivities. If the weather pushing you off the lake, come enjoy a roasted corn and fry bread here in Dulce. Festivities start Friday.