Fishing Report 7/24/2012
The Jicarilla Lakes are in good shape with crystal clear water at Stone, Dulce, and Mundo Lakes. The river is also low and clear right now, but that can change quickly during monsoon season. There are very few people at the lakes and we have virtually zero reports this week. The weekend’s celebration captured all of the attention with Horse Races, dances, and carnivals. I managed to talk to a group of three at Dulce Lake this afternoon, as well as three young kids captivated by bluegill at the primary dock at Mundo Lake. It is rare to have such good clarity this time of year and the bug life continues to thrive at all of the lakes. Grasshopper season is in full bloom too! With nighttime temps in the mid fifties and a fair chance of sage scented afternoon showers, it’s the perfect time for a camping getaway.
Mundo Lake is very clear for a change, and the surface temps are just over 70°F. Schools of Bluegill are cruising around all of the docks and the catfishing should be excellent. Trout fishing is slow with better action in the deeper water and during the evening and morning hours.
Stone Lake is also very clear and the bugs continue to hatch as do the fat head minnows which can be seen in the thousands along the shore. It’s a bit of a stretch to say that trout are probably targeting these bait fish in low light conditions only because there is so much prey available throughout the lake. However, I would try a minnow fly or spoon near shore or along weed-lines if fishing very early or just before dark. Please use caution when launching a boat at Stone Lake as the water levels are extremely low and dropping. Large heavy vessels are not recommended at this time.
Dulce Lake is weedy, and low, and hot, but fish are still active! I saw several risers while talking to a group of three fly anglers fishing from a drift boat this afternoon. They had been out on the lake for a little over an hour when I talked with them and they had one only fish on by then. I am not sure what they were using. Dulce Lake is a good choice for anglers pursuing dry fly action in the evenings, especially for those with a tube or small boat.
The Navajo River is looking pretty fishy right now. I walked through a mile or so of water late last week to evaluate the most recent set of restoration designs. In that stretch, I noticed and abundance of small Northern Leopard frogs as well as thousands of grasshoppers. The latter is a legal bait (grasshoppers) but there are plenty of artificial frog patterns that one might try for big browns in deep holes (real frogs are not legal on the Jicarilla Reservation). I would really like to hear from anyone fishing the river this week. Have a great time out there!
Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Dept.