Jicarilla Fishing Blog

November 17th 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

17 November 2015


Winter came around these parts fairly sudden. It came in the form of heavy wet snow, which is fantastic. Let it snow-let it snow.

As of Sunday there was sheet ice forming around the lakes, but anglers reported chugging through it with their waders and tubes. If this weather keeps up it will be an early ice season, if you remember last year we did not have safe fishing ice till around Christmas. I’ll keep you all up to date on ice conditions as they arise.

Only one hitch, I’ll be taking some time off starting Thanksgiving. Yesterday was my 13 year anniversary to my significant other, and she and I will be getting married. That’s right another fisherman bites the dust. Rosenberg will keep the office up and up on ice conditions if you feel the need to call and ask, but I will be out of the office until December 14th.


Fishing reports ranged widely lately. Some folks managed excellent catches while others managed lots of smaller fish. Either way I seems from all reports the action has been solid despite the cold morning temperatures.  One angler on Sunday reported catching and releasing 4 trout over 21 inches and the one he weighted tipped the scales at 5.5lbs. Using beadheaded flies and a small spilt shot to fish in 18” of water of so. He said he stopped counting at twenty fish. Another angler reported black being the color of choice but couldn’t break the 15” mark on the many fish he caught and released.

I did not receive any reports from Embom. Which means there is still 500 pounds of 2-10 pounders swimming around. First week of ice season should be spectacular.

Good luck fishing, and Happy Holidays from the Fish Crew.


Last Weeks Photos as Promised

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, November 02, 2015

Full Stringer from Mundo

Mundo Monster

Nice Rainbow from the Navajo River Sampling

29 October 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, October 29, 2015

29 October 2015

Fishing has been excellent. Anglers have been limiting out on large trout at Mundo and the weather is finally starting to look like fall. The fisheries Crew completed its last large fall project, which means I’m going to be spending more time in the office than I care to admit. ‘Tis the season for reports and meetings…Oh and planning, lots of planning, for next year, ice derby, future projects…etc.

One angler caught his limit of rainbows yesterday at Mundo using flies, his stringer weighted in near if not over thirty pounds for his five fish.  I’ll post photos of his stringer as soon as I receive them. He also reported excellent luck on beadhead streamer buggers, and egg patterns. While I was talking to the fisherman we saw a beautiful tiger musky that I would estimate in the high thirty inch range. I want to catch that fish.

Another group of anglers limited out last week on Friday with the largest of the ten trout going 21.5” and another at 18.5”. Using spinners, sadly I did not look to see what color.

I received no reports from bait anglers. The larger trout are not normally prone to powerbait consumption.

 I have received no reports from Embom as of yet… But yesterday evening the lake was glass smooth and trout were rising on the south end.

With the overcast skies & cool temperatures I would imagine the fishing will stay this awesome for a while, though a cold snap could put them down for winter. Which is good news for Ice anglers.

Speaking of ice anglers, planning has begun for the 10th annual Jicarilla Ice Derby. We are very excited about some new sponsors and prizes this year. I’ll keep you updated as planning progresses.

The Fisheries Crew conducted its annual fall Navajo River Sampling and despite higher than normal flows managed to successfully sample 16 sites along the river. We caught many beautiful native fish and a few excellent trout. I’ll post these photos as soon as time allows.

Have a good weekend and come on up I hear the fishing is grand.


October 13th 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

13 October 2015


Having a long weekend was fortuitous, the Fisheries Crew needed a breather after the last few weeks, and to rest up for the busy weeks ahead. 

Fishing reports have been trickling in and some anglers have been catching white others have been getting skunked. The most successful anglers have been using lures not bait. I know that is not what any bait angler wants to hear, but it makes a lot of sense to me. The trout have been exposed to common baits like corn/dough/worms/powerbait/fireballs/etc. since the first entered the lake, if they were smart enough not to fall for it this spring or last fall, why would they now? Just something to think about as you pack for your next outing.  Fall stocking is just around the corner for Embom and Mundo.

I did get a report of a 16” brown trout being caught out of the Navajo River by one of our regular local river fishermen. He was using flies and worms. He reported lots of other fish captured including some roundtail chubs that fought very well, he of course released them unharmed. The water has been near base flow of 30 CFS and as clear as it gets, so if you have wanted to give the river a go, this is the time. Brown trout should begin their spawning activities soon. The Department will be conducting its annual stream sampling starting October 19th. Though fishing in the areas sampled will not be optimal, we are only sampling sixteen sites that are 300 meters in length, leaving lots of river ready to fish.

Stone Lake Update:

As many of you know the Fisheries Crew conducts annual fall gillnetting at Stone Lake to quantify trout population and overall health of the fish. It is the official opinion of the Department that Stone Lake has under gone a large scale summer kill event, and is fishless.

This year the gillnetting consisted of approximately 102 hours of effort in multiple areas of the lake. Despite the stocking of 14,000 6-8” fish this spring, NO fish were captured during our gillnet survey. During the survey lake depth measurements were taken. The approximate maximum depth of the lake was nine feet.

 Summer time temperatures due to receding lake level is the main suspect, but the Department is also going to conduct a full spectrum water quality analysis to check for any confounding factors, since high mineral content in the lake has been noted many times in the past. High mineral content can be extremely detrimental to sub-catchable trout, limited recruitment to larger size classes.

As always I will keep you informed as updates become available. You can reach the Fisheries Crew at (575) 759-3255 or at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com.

Oh and for your viewing pleasure is a photo of a 3lb 7oz bass an angler caught at Mundo in July of this year. Please keep sending in photos! 


September 30th 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

30 September 2015                        


Fall is in full swing based on the color of the aspen in the high country. Trout fishing here has showed solid signs of improving as the water temperatures drop, especially in the early morning and late evening. This Saturday it was almost ninety degree’s so afternoon fishing has been sluggish. Of course these warm day time temperatures suit themselves perfectly for a last ditch effort to put a little protein in the freezer in the form of catfish or bluegill.

The Navajo River flows has decreased to what appears to be base flow of around 30 cfs, and is about as clear as it will ever get. Anglers have been having luck on worms and flashy bugger patterns for brown trout. Of course I like baby Rapala’s in rainbow trout color or olive and white clouser minnows. A few intrepid fly anglers swear by indicator rigs and nymphs. Finding the fish is most of the battle while pattern seems to not matter as much.

Last week an angler came and fished Mundo for a few hours and said the trout bite was slow with him missing his only good bite. He did comment that the wildlife viewing on the drive up 537 made the trip.

I have been really bad about carrying a camera around to photograph people with fish the year. I try to document captures when I get the chance, mostly to spice up these reports with some photographic evidence. Of course carrying a camera in the work truck has its perils, mostly for the camera itself, as dust and vibration seem to get the best of them pretty quickly. I am telling you this story in hopes of soliciting photos from you are anglers. It makes the reports much nicer to see some of these fish instead of me listing off sizes etc. Send your photos to jicarillafishqs@gmail.com and I’ll make you slightly more famous by putting it on the website.

Hope all is well,


24 September 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, September 24, 2015

24 September 2015


Fishing on the Jicarilla should be heating up quickly, night time temperatures have been in the low 40’s to high thirties and day time has been in a seventies and eighties. The next four weeks should be some of the better trout fishing of the season, though our spring fishing was excellent by all reports.

I have been getting lots of calls about stocking. Stocking will occur this fall.

Many people seem to be under the impression that stocking is required to catch trout. After many hours on and around Mundo Lake this summer, I can tell you there is a large amount of “hold over” fish from the spring stocking events and probably a few from last falls as well. Now these fish have learned to survive on natural feed and survive predation, so they are not the fresh off the boat powerbait fiends that come out of the truck, but they’re larger, stronger and taste better. It is my personal belief that one should fish as much as possible regardless of the stocking truck, it’s good for the soul. It also allows you as an angler to grow, to learn to adapt to changing seasons, and therefore making it easier to catch zippered lipped trout.

Fishing pressure has been incredibly light, and so my stream of fishing reports has dried. Come help me out by fishing and sending in a report. It makes these a whole lot easier to write.

I did receive a great report from one of our local Navajo River fishermen. He has been catching trout now that the flows have reduced and waters cleared a bit. He reported a few nice brown trout catches including on that measured 19.5”. He also has been lucking into some nice channel catfish upwards of 5 lbs. each. The Nation manages the Navajo River for native fish and the removal (to your fryer) of catfish is appreciated.  

Good luck on your hunts, fishing trips and normal weekday shenanigans.


September 8th 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, September 08, 2015

08 September 2015


Just a quick update from a recent angler update.

Last Monday in four hours of fishing with Woolly buggers and beadheads a husband wife crew caught 8 rainbow trout and around 50 bluegill. The anglers mentioned they had Mundo Lake to themselves.

Having the lakes to yourself this time of year seems the norm as it appears hunting is more popular than fishing in the fall. Which is a big benefit to me as a fisherman.

I have been getting a lot of calls about stocking as per usual I do no release dates or times of stocking events. I can tell you that Mundo, Stone, and possibly Embom will be stocked this fall. Though it appears from recent reports that the trout fishing at Mundo has been very good despite the warm temperatures. The Department will stock its normal sub-catchable sized fish as well as trophy sized fish like we have done the last two years.  These “Trophy” sized fish are brought to you through fishing derby profits as well as the $5.00 Fish Fund included in permit purchase prices.

The best way to know how the fishing is?  To come give it a try! Though some disagree fishing for fishing sake is a pretty darn good way to use up a day or two.


1st September 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

01 Sept 2015


As you have noticed fishing reports have been pretty light lately. Partly because the Fish Crew has been busy on the final push of summer, and partly because fishing pressure and therefore reporting has decreased significantly.  The weather yesterday started to feel like fall with a slight chill in the air when I walked out of the office last night.  For most people that means hunting season, for me it means fishing season.

The list of projects completed by the summer youth employee’s, college intern, and, the Fish Crew is extensive. But as most people know, the work is never done. We’ve got fall trout stocking coming up and of course ice season is just around the corner. Ice season means the Tenth Annual Ice Derby is creeping up quickly.

Of course let’s not just skip right to ice season, we have fall trout fishing to look forward to in the short term. The fall season is shaping up to be the best in recent memory. As soon as day time temps drop a few more degree’s trout fishing at Mundo should be fantastic! There was a great group of fish stocked this spring and they should be ample size for catching this fall. Not to mention we will be stocking more fish this fall in the 2-8lbs range.

These large fish are brought to you by proceeds from the fishing derbies and the $5.00 permit increase last season. Needless to say we have hosted more happy anglers this year at Mundo than ever before, as far as I can tell. 

Hope all is well in your prospective corners of the world, don’t forget to go fishing. Pray for a serious winter!

As always for specific questions you can reach me a jicarillafishqs@gmail.com or by calling the office (575) 759-3255


August 4th 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

04 August 2015


The weather has been more than I expected this year, rain and rain and rain. Which is fantastic, now all we need to get back on track is an average or above average winter to top it off.  According to the Dulce weather station we have had 13.02” of precipitation this year so far, which if I remember correctly is more than we received all last year! Keep it coming! Though this weather does have its draw backs including lots of mud and rutted roads, the affect it has had on the landscape is incredible. It is very green here, and it is the first year I’ve been in this position were the lakes have not declined in storage all year, they have stabilized and slight increased.

Mundo Madness II was held on August 1st and we have 63 participants this year which is about ten more than last year. Besides a 30 minute lighting delay the event went off without a hitch. This event held in conjunction with the Hunt The Jicarilla Outdoor Expo helped raise monies to stock the lakes of the Jicarilla.

Below you will find a list of our top anglers and their catches.

Adult Division:

1st Shawn Jones with 60 Bluegill weighing 17 lbs. 12 oz. ($300.00 Cash prize)

2nd Mike Alesio with 23 Bluegill weighing 10 lbs. 11 oz. ($200.00 Cash prize)

3rd Gary Henry with 1 Largemouth Bass/ 4 bluegill weighing 1 lbs. 10 oz. ($100.00 Cash prize)

Youth Division:

1st Ivan Jones with 14 bluegill weighing 4  Lbs. 6 oz.

2nd Oryan Atole with 12 bluegill weighing 4 Lbs. 3.5 oz.

3rd  Darnell Reval with 4 bluegill weighing 1 Lbs. 11 oz.

All the youth participants that were present at the awards ceremony walked away with some awesome tackle sets with included fly fishing and conventional goodies like hemostats, lure, bait, tackle bags etc. The Game & Fish prides its self in its efforts to engage youth in outdoor pursuits and fun filled derby with awesome prizes is just one way we accomplish this mission.

Adult Cat Fish:

Fidel Vigil with 1 channel catfish weighing 2 lbs 7.5 oz ($150.00 cash prize)

The Department was expecting cat-fishermen to be a much more competitive bracket, but it appeared only one or two anglers devoted themselves to fishing for cats. It would not surprise me if a cat crazy angler brought in 50lbs of cats or more if they devoted the whole length of the derby just to catfishing.

Adult Trout over 20

Although at least a 100 trout were caught the largest brought to weigh in was 15.5” and did not qualify for the $150.00 cash prize. Based on the numbers of trout caught in the 8-12” range this year’s fall/ice season on Mundo should be the best in recent memory.

Big shout out to all the participants who dealt with adverse weather conditions all day to make Mundo Madness 2 a success. 

Thanks to the Fish Derby Crew Volunteers: Rosenberg Tafoya, Audie Atole, Ben Phone, Lionel Velarde, Jerome Lester, Newton Vicenti, and Christopher Blanco.

Come fish I hear it has been awesome!


13 July 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, July 13, 2015

13 July 2015


If the weather could get any better (for the droughts sake) we would have feet of snow on the ground. It has rained almost every day here on at least some portion of the reservation. Now a lot of people have still been calling asking if the drought it over, Folks I cannot answer that, but what I can say is that this is the first year since I have been here where we have at least stabilized if not gained a few inches of water. All of the lakes have come up a few inches which does not sound like much, but this time last year we were down a foot or more.  Being an optimist this means it is the first year over the last 16 that we have not declined but improved and or stabilized. So good news all round, if we end up with an average or above average snow fall this winter, next year should be even better. So let’s all put some positive energy, prayers, etc. toward furthering that cause.

Fishing has been excellent. I have seen quite a few awesome stringers full of all warm water species. I ever had a report of a 15lbs. channel catfish captured. Trout fishing has been slowing down during the heat of the day, which is to be suspected in summer. Lots of thundershowers have been forcing anglers off the lake due to lighting in the afternoon/evenings. Please be careful as this lighting has been pretty intense in areas. Yesterday an angler reported a 17” bass and a trout that was 18” being caught.

I know anglers are getting out there, but reports have been incredibly slow. 

FYI The Fish Crew, Youth Employees, and college intern as well as a few wildlife biology members, last week finished the landscaping of the Mundo Pavilion. There still is a little gravel to spread but it is 99.9% done. You will notice a large fire pit and two large wood benches overlooking the lake, as well as one serious railroad tie retaining wall.

Little Beaver Weekend this weekend come up and enjoy the festivities. Mundo Madness II will be held August 1st. Details will posted again in this blog and around the web or call the office.

Have a good week,