Jicarilla Fishing Blog

18 October 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, October 18, 2018


The weather has been playing slight tricks, with forecasts not quite being accurate to on the ground conditions. It did lightly rain today but it should dry fairly quickly and the forecast is calling for it to clear up over the next few days. The day time temperatures have been fluctuating greatly and the skies have been mostly cloudy. One fishing report was submitted and they indicated fishing was good with all colors of powerbait.

The Fish Crew finished the fall Navajo River sampling and tagged many large brown trout for further study. You can take these fish home if you catch them but we sure would appreciate you sending us a note with the tag number and location of capture( if you release the fish take note of the same information and send it along! Do not remove the tag if you release the fish). The tags used are FLOY Tags and are identical to the T-Bar tags one might find in a new T shirt, just like your t-shirt tags you can grab them and pull them right out before filleting. The tags are near the dorsal fin and do not disturb meat that one would eat.

Anyway Hope for a big winter,








11 October 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, October 11, 2018


There has been a nice change in the weather this week, with overcast skies, rain, and even snow in the high country near the office. Of course with rain comes the mud. There is very little to be done about the mud. Be careful out there. Thread lightly. 

The Fire Guys have informed me that despite these rains there was a human caused fire this weekend. That being said fire restrictions have been lifted, meaning open flames are allowed in approved fire rings, and grill boxes.

I have only received two fishing reports, both from Mundo. One angler fishes there regularly and has been very happy with multiple 16-18" trout being caught every trip. Another angler's little one brought in a 16" from the dock. All using common baits.

With this change in the weather the fishing should just continue to improve for those willing to put in the time, and tolerate the tempermental weather. 


Hope all is well, 













20 September 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, September 20, 2018


Small updates for the week, include fire restrictions still in place at least until September 30th 2018 when our fire office will re-evaluate the weather and precipitation data. So no open fires or charcoal at the lakes, but propane grills or camp stoves are allowed. As new information comes in after the 30th I'll update the blog to reflect new regulations. I think it is to hot for a fire, but some folks just can't go fishing without a camp fire.


Today I went and took water quality measurements at the lakes and found the temperatures at all three lakes to be in the low sixties. I only mention it as many anglers frequently ask the current temperatures. 

Fishing reports have not been coming in at all, so I'm going to make my pitch for you ladies and gents to please submit reports to jicarillafishqs@gmail.com so I can share some information with the readers. Of course you can also call the office and talk to the Jacob or leave him a voicemail at 575-759-3255.

Have a good weekend, and please if you have a few minutes go fishing!








September 6th 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, September 06, 2018


The weather is sort of starting to reflect the appropriate season here in Dulce. September has brought some much needed moisture, of course with that has come lightening. Roads which have been getting rain have been drying quickly, but we are no means out of the drought. Fishermen and fisherwomen have slowly started getting out to the lakes and some have reported excellent fishing for bass and bluegill. One or two anglers have even started targeting trout with some mixed results. Lake temperatures are still in the low to mid sixties but are dropping slowly which should start to refresh the trout bite.

Of course we will be doing our fall surveys in the next few months, but currently things are looking better than expected after the brutal drought summer we just came through. Water levels in all of the lakes are down from last year but holding.

The fish crew will be out and about over the next few weeks getting ready for fall surveys, talking to anglers, and taking data for the upcoming stockings.

I will be out of the office next week and the office will be closed for a half day the 13th, closed all of the 14th, closed all of the 17th and will be back in service on Tuesday the 18th. This is a Jicarilla National Holiday and most non-emergency staff will be celebrating. The Wildhorse Casino and Hotel will still be open normal hours to sell permits if you need one! If you find yourself in the Stone Lake area please be respectful of the posted rules regarding the celebration and don't be surprised to find lots of folks in the area over this time frame.


Good Luck,













23 August 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, August 23, 2018


It appears folks are starting to get the fall fishing fever. It doesn't quite feel like fall yet, but night time temperatures are starting to come down and day time highs are only in the mid eighties. Which is a move in the right direction, but by all metrics still very warm. We are still very short on precipitation and in what most would consider exceptional drought.

As temperatures continue to come down fishing should start to heat up. But no reports have been submitted and very few anglers have been spotted around the lakes.

Hope all is well,













02 August 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, August 02, 2018


I guess I'll just keep saying it, but it sure has been HOT! The Fish Crew finished up its summer sampling efforts on the Navajo River this week and managed to catch quite a few fish. Anglers have reported nice catches of bluegill up to ten inches, one bass was reported which from the picture appeared to be about 2 pounds, and one 31" catfish was reported. 

The unseasonably warm (which sounds weird since it is still summer) temperatures and limited monsoon activity has caused the Nation remain under fire restrictions and Extreme to HIGH fire danger. 

Below you can see The better three quarters of the Fish Crew with a 21 & 3/4" Brown Trout captured during our sampling efforts.

I keep telling myself it is almost fall, I hope that is true!

Have a good weekend
















18 July 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, July 18, 2018


It has been HOT. Lucky we are receiving some much needed monsoon activity. Of course with the monsoon comes mud, lightning, and all sorts of other fun stuff. 

I have received no fishing reports.

If you are planning a trip please be mindful of muddy roads, and afternoon thunder showers.This weekend is The Little Beaver Celebration here in Dulce. So please be prepared for larger than usual crowds in and around town, as well as camping at the lakes.

Stay out of the heat!






03 July 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, July 03, 2018


I have received no fishing reports this week. Weeds at Mundo are rising, especially near shore and some anglers find that problematic, especially when using sinkers.Temperatures are EXTREMELY HOT. Water temperatures are very warm, and are high enough to reduce trout activity and eating. Its time to focus on warm water species. Many regional fisheries managers are recommending voluntary cold water species fishing closures (https://alamosanews.com/article/slv-trout-unlimited-requests-voluntary-fishing-restrictions-in-valley-rivers-and-streams). 

I know everyone wants to camp over the Fourth, camping is first come first served, and we are under an extreme fire danger warning. No open flames outside private dwellings. Please be considerate of the consequences of carelessness. 


Happy Fourth of July!










Lost & Found 25 June 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, June 25, 2018


It has been a busy year for folks losing items of kit out at the lakes. On a positive note we have some super stand up anglers who have helped successfully return most items reported. It has always helped that those who take the time to return items always catch bigger fish. 

Of course as one item gets returned, another gets turned in.

If you recognize this vest or know it's owner please give the Fish

Crew a call or e-mail: (575) 759-3255 or jicarillafishqs@gmail.com.

20 June 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, June 20, 2018


It is HOT. Trout fishing is slowing down in the afternoons. Anglers are still reporting catches of trout in the evening and early morning. Many anglers are still catching but the fish are deeper and moving quite a bit slower during the day. These 90 degree days are tough on trout. Catfishing should be warming up and I have seen some excellent 9" to 10" bluegill swarming for the spawn.Just a heads up there will be 178 kids at Mundo Lake for our youth outdoor education program. If you're not into kids having a good time and learning about natural resources please stay away.

Good Luck,