19 May 2015
Sorry for the delay in posting the fishing report, things have been on the crazy side with the spring season in full swing. Kids fishing days, visiting Pautzke Bait Reps, San Juan River Recovery Implementation Program Meetings, data entry, youth workers, well the list goes on and on. So let me give you the run down on the last few weeks and a little update on the fishing as well.
Jicarilla Game & Fish and the Fisheries Crew are highly active in the community and the last few weeks have been quite busy with community events, including Head Start Kids fishing day, Volunteer judging the Elementary School Science fair, and are currently working on a Father/Child fishing day for Father’s Day with the Community Health and Fitness Department. These events are essential for educating the public on fisheries management as well as getting the community excited about what is in their “backyard”. It’s quite fun for me personally, as I was not trained as an “educator” so to speak, so getting the opportunity to hone these skills is essential.
For all of you who are educators or parents my hat is off to you, as it is not as easy as one would think.
Two of the Pautzke Bait Professional Team Members came to the Jicarilla two weeks ago and were making a fishing video of New Mexico’s hot fishing areas and how to target them using Pautzke’s large array of baits. It was quite informative for me fishing with these guys as they filled me in on all the top secret ingredients (not really), and how the products are manufactured. Fire Balls and their Fire Corn managed to catch fish all day one fish topping 3 pounds. They were using slip bobbers set to about 7 feet. Of course you can read about their trip on the Pautzke blog (see link below) and except a video on youtube soon. I’m not a huge bait fisherman myself, but watching these guy’s fish was educational and entertaining (some very exuberant hook sets were the high light)!
http://www.pautzke.com/fireblog_read.php?read=339 or it is on their facebook page (331 likes so far).
Fishing at Mundo has remained consistently awesome and lots of above average catches have been reported. It seems all of the 17” plus sized fish have been caught using assorted lures like spinners and spoons. I have not received a report that included a bait or lure that did not produce fish. I have not received any fly only reports, but many anglers using bobbers and beadhead patterns have been doing very well. During our kids fishing day one angler managed his limit in about 30 minutes, returning many “smaller” fish.
The fishing is excellent; there really is no other way to put it. The weather has been on the rainy side which is excellent for the fish, not so good for the fisherman. Please exercise caution accessing the lake as the roads have been muddy off and on the last few weeks.
Many people ask what I’m doing or what is the Fisheries Crew plans for this year. I felt a little explanation of why the reports have been slow would be in order. As always you can contact me at Jicarillafishqs@gmail.com. Contacting me via phone this time of year is more difficult but if you leave your name and number (area code as well please) I will return your call as soon as possible. Good Luck Fishing!