Jicarilla Fishing Blog

21 July 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, July 21, 2016

21 July 2016

Hope everyone is enjoying their summers and getting out, despite the ridiculous heat. I took some personal time and went fishing, which it turns out I really enjoy, I had almost forgot how much so.

Mundo Madness III was a success this year with about 70 anglers and with new rules a pretty exciting competition. I would like to thank all of the anglers and the Wildhorse Casino and Hotel for making Mundo Madness a success again this year.

Bluegill Category: 1st Place Christy Kuhlman 26 pounds 8 oz.

Honorable Mention: Tim Seaman 18 pounds 7 oz.

Largemouth Bass Category: 1st Place Nathan Pratt 5 pounds 11 oz.

Channel Catfish Category: 1st Place Tim Romero 29 pounds 3.5 oz.            

                Honorable Mention: David Valdez 25 pounds 12 oz.

As promised here are a few photos of the derby and some angler submissions from this year…






22 June 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

22 June 2016

The weather has been hot here in Dulce. The trout bite has been slowing down with the warmer water, but the catfish bite has been awesome with one angler bringing in a seven pound channel cat this week.

Damsel flies have been coming off Embom in the evening with an active trout bite, but sadly I don’t carry a fly rod in the work truck. We have received no reports from anglers at Embom the last few weeks.

Anglers have been doing very well on tiger musky at Mundo with the largest fish landed this year being 42” and 14 pounds and some change. Remember these fish may look big and scary but they are quite fragile, practice good catch and release techniques if you are going to target these fish!

The Summer Derby is this weekend at Mundo, registration will be on the Mundo Spillway starting at 8:30. Fun for the whole family.

Stay out of the heat and enjoy the summer folks! I have a whole lot of photo’s to upload, I have not forgot just ran out of time this week.

J.

Mundo Madness III

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, June 06, 2016

06 June 2016

Mundo Madness 3 will be held at Mundo Lake June 25th! Registration will start at 8:30 at the spillway and the derby will be from 9:30 to 3:30 with the awards ceremony at the Wild Horse Casino & Hotel. The cost of entry is $10.00 for youth (12 and under) and $20.00 for adults (13 and over). After registration there is a mandatory angler meeting, where we will discuss the rules and regulations etc.

Prizes for adult participants will include 600.00 in cash for differing categories including:

Largest trout (20" and over)- $150.00

Largest Bag of bass- $150.00

Largest Bag of bluegill- $150.00

Largest Bag of channel catfish- $150.00

(Must be 21 years of age to collect cash prizes, so if a minor wins they will need to have a parent or guardian present)

Adults are allowed to enter one bag of either bass, bluegill or catfish. All anglers who catch a trout over 20" will be allowed to enter into the trout category. This is a little different than previous years in an attempt to keep those "pro" cat-fisherman from dominating the rankings. 

Youth prizes as always include tackle and fishing related goodies.

Hope to see you out there.

Jacob 

May 16th 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16th 2016

Fish Folks,

Lots of people have been calling and e-mailing regarding fishing at Mundo, but only a few have sent in a report.

Luckily one of the old guard long time Jicarilla fishing groups came up and gave Mundo a pontoon boat effort this weekend. They managed approximately 25 fish each in the 16-18” range and one 40” obese tiger musky (after those kind of numbers who is still counting?) Largest trout of the weekend was 23”. These guys are a little guarded with their secrets but mentioned 8-10 feet or more of water on intermediate type fly lines and nothing special as far as fly selection. They were overheard to say “It rivaled Stone Lake during the hayday…”

That’s as glowing of a recommendation as I think you can get. Damsels, hares ears, prince nymphs, smaller beadhead wollybuggers, according to other fisherman were productive, fly selection was not as important as overcast conditions as the bite slowed significantly when the sun came out.

Shore anglers did not fare as well, and bait has not been producing on these large hold over fish (if they didn’t fall for the ‘ole powerbait trick last year, why would they this year?). Spinners and small crank baits have also been much more productive than bait, but few anglers seem to be using gear.

No new reports from Embom.

Spring fishing will only last so long, so if you are on the fence about a trip I would make it happen soon. 

Go fishing!

Jacob

28 April 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Folks,

Fishing reports are coming in from over the weekend and after work hours this week and it seems as though people are either fishing better or the weather has just hit the right spot. Anglers this last weekend reported ten fish each 14”-20” in size using flies, and many 16-20” fish were caught on spinners at Mundo after work this week.

Yellow and red daredevils were a popular lure for trout, and I even got a report of a tiger musky caught on the fly as well.

I would say the fishing despite the highly variable weather is incredibly good.

As always I do not divulge stocking dates so don’t try to bribe me (which only two people this spring have tried, sorry guys). I don’t think stocking date is that important if the fishing is half as good as the reports I’ve received.

Embom has been stocked, but I have received no reports.

Come on up, and catch a fish for me. As always questions at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com or give the office a ring (575) 759-3255, its common this time of year for me to be in the field so leave a message and I will return your call. If you have specific questions and a voicemail return is okay let me know and I'll leave you one of my world famous three minute voice mails.

Jacob

14 April 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, April 14, 2016

14 April 2016      

Folks,

Spring is here, for now, it seems. Fishing reports have slowly been trickling in but the weather seems “unsettled” at best. Fishermen at Mundo yesterday said the bite was slow with two hits and one fish landed in four or so hours of effort. Not sure if it is the weather or people are still shaking off the winter doldrums, because reports have been few and far between.  If I were not working I’d be fishing right now, regardless of the reports.

The Fish Crew is wrapping up a large river restoration project on the Navajo River, and just yesterday finished the spring river sampling effort.  Some amazing native fish were sampled and a week in the field always does my soul good.

Stockings will occur in the upcoming weeks into Mundo and Embom. Embom is currently full and hopefully remains that way for the foreseeable future.

As always e-mail me at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com or call me at the office (575) 759-3255 and if I’m not in the office leave me a message with your contact information.

Thank goodness it is fishing season,

Jacob

Spring is here?

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Folks,

I guess El Nino bit the dust a little earlier than expected. We are still optimistic that another winter blast will come to the Jicarilla, as more water is never a bad thing. I know all of you are chomping at the bit to get fishing. The lakes are mostly Ice free and easily fished as of today. We are going to wait a little while before putting out the docks at Mundo, in hope that winter really isn't over. There should be excellent fishing this spring for hold over fish as I know not all of them were caught.

As always I do not release stocking information such as dates or times. I know that seems to take a lot of fun out of it for many folks that e-mail me asking those very things. Right now we have plans to stock Embom and Mundo. Currently Embom is full, we have had no reports so I'm unsure of winter hold overs as of now.

Just FYI the new 2016-17 fishing proclamation has been posted to the main page of the website in .pdf format. Please download and reaqaint yourselves with the rules and regulations before visiting the Jicarilla Lakes. The new season starts April 1st.

The Fisheries Crew will hopefully see you all fishing this season!

Jacob

Fisheries Updates

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, March 03, 2016

Folks,

We are in that weird "in-between" season when there is ice, but it is not safe to fish, and there is ice so your not able to fish... 

I know it is frustrating especially when it has been a very spring like February and beginning of March. I hope for the lakes and rivers sake that we get back into winter for at least another month or two... 

Due to this "in-between" state there is nothing really to report on as far as fishing goes. I can however give an update to the 2016/2017 fishing season. We are expecting to stock this spring as usual with a good mix of catch-able and catch-able plus size fish. As soon as the ice sheet has receded we will go around and test for water quality and quantity. Only once that work is completed will I know what lakes will be receiving fish. If I had to guess right now, Embom and Mundo will be stocked this spring. 

As always e-mail me at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com or call me at the office if you have any questions (575) 759-3255. Please leave a message that includes your phone number and area code if I'm not in the office.

We are all looking forward to an excellent 2016-17 season. The new Fishing Proclamation is posted on the main page of the website. It is your responsibility as an angler to be aware of all current fishing regulations and rules associated with visiting the Jicarilla Apache Nation. The new permit season begins April 1st 2016!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to go fishing!

J.

END OF ICE SEASON

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Due to extremely warm weather ice season has officially ENDED here on the Jicarilla.

Thank you to all of the anglers for making this an awesome ice fishing season and hope you all had a great year on the hard water here! The Fisheries Crew will keep you all up to date as spring time information becomes available.

Again ICE FISHING SEASON IS CLOSED due to unsafe ice conditions!

Jacob




19 February 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Jicarilla Ice Report: 19 February 2016

Mundo Lake:  Ice thickness: Nine inches (9”) of ice covering the entire lake, Use Caution as we have been experiencing extremely warm day time temperatures upwards of 50 degrees and conditions can and are changing rapidly! Ice sheet is slush packed with approximately 4” of slush. It is supposed to get cold this weekend but currently it appears ice fishing season is coming to an end. If you want to go onto the ice please drill multiple test holes to be SAFE! With these high temperatures weak spots will have developed and obviously we cannot test every inch of the lake you might fish!

Road is very muddy especially in the afternoon.

Notes on fishing: Fishing pressure has slowed and fish are weary.  Fishing has been extremely slow which is very standard for this late in the season. Start dusting off and lubing your soft water fishing equipment because the spring season is just around the corner!

Embom Lake:  The ice has become slushy and is NOT safe! DO NOT GO ONTO ICE! Embom is closed to ice fishing until further notice.

Notes on fishing: N/A.

*****Ice fishing is inherently dangerous. The Jicarilla Apache Nation, officers and agents are not responsible for injuries, accidents, deaths, or theft, which occur while fishing or recreating on the Jicarilla Apache Nation*****