9 September 2014
I guess the hunting bug has once again swept the Northern New Mexico contingent into the woods and off my favorite fishing holes. Fishing reports have slowed to a tepid pace and most people I have spoken with end their reasoning for not fishing with “ As soon as I bag this bull, I’ll try and get out there…”.
Obviously many sportsmen and women sometimes spilt their free time between two passions, but missing out on fall fishing is just not an option in my eyes. For those of you who are dedicated anglers you will find the honey holes on the Navajo River, Stone Lake, & Mundo Lake free of all but the most serious anglers for the next few months.
Since I do not have much to report from anglers, I’d like to take this time to give an update on some of the fish crew’s projects and upcoming events.
- Two weeks ago the fish crew started a new aquatic vegetation control program in Mundo Lake. If this project is successful we hope to move it to Stone Lake in the spring of 2015.
- The Fish crew along with Jicarilla Construction Department are currently building a new picnic area at Mundo Lake which should provide an excellent location for picnics and large group BBQ’s just 25 yards south of the spillway parking area. Expected completion of the picnic pavilion is mid-October 2014.
- This week the fish crew is setting fyke nets in Mundo Lake to survey fish abundance and health. These nets will also allow the crew to reduce numbers of over populated channel catfish; the goal is to keep the population in check since there is limited take from anglers currently. Please do not disturb nets.
- Obviously we have the 9th annual ice fishing derby coming up this winter. There will be some new prize categories, changes in some rules and protocols, and most likely a ton of fun as per usual. If you or your organization would like to donate to this year’s event please call or me send an e-mail at your earliest convenience. The fish crew has started gathering prizes and planning this upcoming event and hope to have a flier out and it posted on the website as soon as possible.
- The fish crew is preparing to stock the Jicarilla Lakes this fall with its normal sub-catchable rainbow trout as well as ample loads of catchable-plus (12”-20”) sized rainbow trout which we are able to purchase with the new fish funds which were incorporated into permit sales in 2014. I will keep you all aware of these stockings as they come up. The fish crew is currently awaiting perfect water conditions as well as scheduling deliveries etc. I would anticipate late October or early November these stockings will start.
That’s a brief overview of some of the news and projects here on the Jicarilla. As always send me an e-mail with questions etc. firstname.lastname@example.org .
Happy Hunting, I’ll be fishing (when I can…)