Jicarilla Fishing Blog

19 May 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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!



30 April 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, April 30, 2015


Hope all is well in your perspective corners of the southwest.  The weather has still been temperamental in the afternoons around Dulce.  Yesterday the temps here peaked in the low 70’s and the sun was shining, you can almost feel summer coming.

The fishing on the other hand has been incredibly excellent at Mundo. One angler who camped last week with fishing partner caught 160 fish in four days using a peacock flash gold bladed pistol pete in size ten. A local angler has been limiting out consistently with spinners and spoons on trout in the 14-16” range, while fishing night crawlers 4’ deep with a bobber he has been averaging catches in the 16-18” range. Lures seem to be out fishing powerbait which is slightly surprising to me. Two anglers reported catching bass in the 16” range on the south side of the lake near the weed beds. I have not heard any reports about cat fish since last week, but I would bet the fishing is still excellent.

As of now Mundo Lake and Stone Lake were the only lakes stocked with trout this year.

Just so everyone is on the same page, the drought conditions that I have been harping on for the last two years, have not improved, in fact the drought has worsened. Fifteen years of drought with the last five years the worst of the fifteen.  Horse Lake and Dulce Lake has been hit the hardest by the drought and are not suitable for fish stocking. Stone Lake is very low and if summer is anything like last year, its situation will not improve this year. Embom Lake is in a similar state as Stone. Of course as all of you are aware, the drought is not just here on the Jicarilla, but throughout the Southwest, most of your favorite fishing holes close to home are feeling the squeeze as well.

I have to be a never failing optimist to work as a fisheries professional, especially in the Southwest. Monsoon and winter this year could throw us a bone and get these lakes back on a positive track.

Since Mundo has been spared the worst of the drought so far, you will notice an increased effort to maintain excellent fishing, at a level not seen in the lake before. Quality fish stockings spring and fall as well as an increase in catchable size fish seasonally. Lemonade out of lemons here folks. Speaking of Mundo I went out last Friday and sterilized the vault toilets and re stocked the paper products.

Good Luck Fishing,

22 April 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

22 April 2015


The weather this last week has been a little bit unusual, but its bi-polar personality is pretty much on par for spring in the mountains. Wind, and ominous clouds, but very little moisture with temperatures anywhere from the mid-20s to the high 60’s depending on the time of day.

Despite all of this, anglers are still getting out and its seems the fishing is fanstastic. It’s actually kind of funny, I get more reports when the fishing is poor than when it is awesome…I would have thought quite the opposite would be true.

I have not heard of any particular technique out fishing another. The streamer nymph dropper combo seems to be the standard float tuber technique, and every flavor of power bait has been hot at one time or another.  Beadhead prince nymphs and caddis flies have been popular droppers, and are a great way to catch trout and bluegill.

I heard of one angler limiting out on catfish in less than two hours last week. Not sure of the bait, but I believe he was fishing from the east side of the lake. I also heard of one tiger musky caught that was over 30 inches and fat.

The river is currently running low and clear, during our spring survey last week we managed to capture quite a few brown trout in the 14-16 inch range with a few stretching out of 18+. Of course we conduct this work to monitor native fishes below is a sample of some beautiful native species captured last week.

 Buehead sucker male in spawning colors

Roundtail chub pre-spawning colors

Roundtail chub pre-spawn colors

Good luck fishing!


10 April 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, April 10, 2015

10 April 2015


Fishing has been very good, though the weather has been less than optimal with high afternoon winds the last few days. Gusts up to 40mph combined with dry ground turned Tuesday into a Dust Bowl re-enactment forcing many anglers off the water. Yesterday and so far today have been calm and I imagine anglers will be out at Mundo hoping to limit out on trout, as many anglers have been doing.

Reports have been coming in fairly consistently about 50 fish days and 40 fish days and one angler even managed to catch a very nice bluegill on the fly. The water temperature has been in the low fifties and warm water species should be starting to become more active. Of course most of you come for the trout, you really should consider mixing it up a bit. No reports of tiger musky captures this year, so I’m not sure of their average size this spring, but I would not be surprised if a fish in the mid thirty inch range is caught this season. As with all the other reports I have written the last few weeks, fly pattern-lure selection-powerbait flavor has not seemed to have much of an influence on the excellent fishing.

Hope everyone is getting out and enjoying the hot fishing before the hot weather slows it down for the summer.


April 2nd 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, April 02, 2015

02 April 2015


It appears spring has sprung. The birds were chirping this morning even though the temperature was 28 degrees on my way to work.

Fishing at Mundo has been on fire, lots of nice sized hold over fish, with some anglers limiting out in hours on 17+ inch fish. If you throw it, it seems to work… Worms, powerbait, lures, flies, you name it, have not heard of a particular technique not working. The report is very good for all the anglers I’ve spoken with. No word on warm water fish except a few bass were caught earlier this week, and one tribal member caught a large 20+ inch catfish on worms.

Water temperatures are on average 51 degrees, while Stone Lake is sitting on average at 53 degrees.

Field season is in full swing, and spring break youth employees have been milling around all week. Yesterday we started finishing the landscaping on our new picnic pavilion at Mundo. Planned landscaping improvements include a fancy retaining wall and a large fire pit. Of course picnic tables still need to be installed. Sadly I do imagine the Nation will be under fire restrictions this year, but I see a nice fire for the Ice Derby becoming a tradition again.

Just a short update this week, as the field is calling. This time of year as some of you have found out it is hard to reach me by phone, but I check my e-mail first thing in the morning and before clocking out.


March 23rd 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

23 March 2015


 ield season is under way here and there are quite a few projects the fisheries crew is starting to work on. It seems that no matter how busy things seem to get I can always manage to add more to the pile.  I cannot tell you how happy getting out of the office for a full day yesterday made me. I have some phone calls to return, e-mail this time of year is a more effective way to communicate, as I do not mind sending an e-mail a 0700 or 2100 but calling your residence at those hours I most likely will not do. I will return all communication, plus please remember to leave an area code with your phone number please. I get call from throughout the southwest.

 Just FYI the two docks on the west side of Mundo Lake were set up yesterday. The Fisheries Crew should have the other two docks set up soon.

Fishing reports have been coming in slowly from Mundo and even I am impressed with the quality of fish being caught. Last week a 24” rainbow that must have gone 9 pounds was taken by a community member. One angler from Durango this weekend reported one 20” fish and a few more in the 18” inch range. Yesterday while putting up the dock a community member landed two trout in the span of an hour from shore, one 16” and another 14”. Everything seems to be working, as in all the usual suspects’ powerbait, worms, though the Durango angler mentioned that a black wooly bugger did not perform as well as a smaller caddis nymph.

I have yet to see any bass in pre-spawn mode, but I imagine all the warm water creatures will be waking soon. Spring has sprung and though I wish winter would have dropped a lot more snow, it is awesome that fishing season is here!

Please do not forget to skim or preferably read in depth the 2015-2016 fishing proclamation and remember the season starts on  April 1st!

Look forward to seeing you all out on the water this season.


17 March 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

17 March 2015


Spring officially begins March 20th this y ear, and Mundo lake is finally ice free. That means it is spring fishing season! Over the weekend the near seventy degree temps put the final nail in winters grip on the lakes.

I have been getting lots of calls the last few weeks with people itching to go fishing.  Well now all you have to do is brush the dust off the float tube and gear.

Yesterday we posted our official 2015-2016 Hunting and Fishing Proclamations on the home page of jicarillahunt.com. Inside you will find a new native fishes of the Navajo River page, as well as some changes to bag and possession limits on bluegill, catfish, and bass. Trout is staying the same as last year. Most everything rules and regulations wise are the same.

I have yet to receive any fishing reports as the ice just came off this weekend. I will be setting up the fishing docks at Mundo first thing next week. We are also planning on spring stockings just around the corner. Expect lots of catchable-plus and super plus sized fish this year in Mundo. Our highly successful ice derby will fund the first large stocking on the lake in the upcoming weeks.

Hope all is well, get out and enjoy this beautiful spring! 



4th March 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

04 March 2015


Good news all around here on the Jicarilla it has been snowing, raining, sleeting, and a little bit of hailing as well. Though we are by no means out of the drought, this last couple weeks of moisture, sure have been a blessing, even if they have made everything a muddy mess.

Though Mundo, Stone and all the other lakes are still covered in very thin sheet ice (READ: UNSAFE), the moisture is a allowing me to breathe a small shy of relief. Mundo’s shallow water bay (near the dead tree) is totally de-iced and as soon as some warmer temperatures stick around, it should thaw rather quickly.

Of course I would prefer for this winter moisture cycle to keep going; only time will tell.

As many of you know the Department has spent a large amount of time and energy on Mundo Lake, as it has maintained highest water level throughout the drought.  This year Mundo will receive more, and larger fish than it has ever before in hopes of providing beyond excellent fishing this season. Of course summer time trout fishing is never going to be as good as spring or fall, just remember there are ample warm water species to keep you busy.

Everyone enjoy their final days of winter, and as always I can be reached at Jicarillafishqs@gmail.com.


February 18th 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

18 February 2015


Howdy Folks,

As many of you who watch the weather know, it’s been unpredictable and well down right confusing.

There is still ice on the lakes, but it is not thick enough to fish on. The ice has started to detach from the shore in many areas. It was ten degrees on my drive to work the day before last. But it is mid to upper fifties during the day.

So it’s no ice fishing, and no normal fishing… This is one reason for the lack of reports, but it has allowed for plenty of 2015-2016 fishing season planning. On my personal time I even found myself with a pile of greasy q-tips cleaning reels. Wishful thinking...

The 2015-2016 hunting and fishing proclamations are in final draft form awaiting offical blessing. That means you should see .PDF files on the main page mid-march as scheduled.  There are proposed changes and additions in content this year. One addition I have been quite excited about is a Native Fishes Page as well as an expanded Navajo River section. For die-hard rainbow trout fishermen, this most likely is not super exciting, but for a native fish geek like me it is. For you trout geeks a heads up, there are no proposed changes to bag limits for trout this year.

Speaking of trout sandwiches, I have already scheduled the first stocking of 2015 for Mundo Lake. Expect it to be similar to our fall stocking last year, which means lots of catchable to obese rainbows for the spring season.  I will announce the stocking sometime after it has occurred.

Despite the drought I think the 2014-2015 season was excellent. Obviously more rain and snow would be appreciated this year, but we are pushing forward. Hopefully this year will bring an opportunity to meet more of our devoted anglers, as well as continue to expand our warm water fisheries program. I’ve also got a long list of native fish work including Rio Grande cutthroat, and west slope native larval collections.


As always jicarillafishqs@gmail.com is the quickest way to get ahold of me or you can call the office (575) 759-3255. One note: if you leave me a voicemail please include your area code. I have had some interesting guessing games on a few returned calls…

4th February 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, February 04, 2015

4 February 2015


Due to the near fifty degree day time temperatures the ice seems to quickly be deteriorating.  Approximately 2-3” of good ice with 5” of snow/ white ice “crust” on top at Mundo and areas are starting to totally thaw near shore. With the crust on top it is extremely difficult to spot areas of concern.  

Stone Lake is in a similar condition except with large areas of extreme thaw occurring, like around or near aerators.

I think unless by some fortunate event, winter kicks in, the season is coming to an end. Which is good for open water fin-atics, who have been calling regularly in preparation for spring fishing… More news of this to come in the upcoming weeks.

Questions as always can be directed to me at the office (575) 759-3255 or at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com