Jicarilla Fishing Blog

07 June 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, June 07, 2018


This time of year it is a time to start thinking about warm water fishing. Catfish and bluegill fishing are great ways to keep fishing during the heat of summer and make fish tacos. Average Bluegill size this year was almost 10 inches in one small visual survey conducted by the fish crew. The awesome thing about these fish is that instead of boring your kids to death with watching a bobber, they can actively participate and catch fish hand over fist, keeping them actively engaged and excited for the next trip. If you are trying to introduce a youth to fishing Bluegill is the fish!

If I had my choice, I  would rather catch bluegill on popping flies from a canoe than almost any other kind of fishing. Of course when fishing that way the accidental large mouth bass explosion is equally awesome!

People are still reporting great catches of trout, but folks who are fishing dawn and dusk are the ones really catching well.

While we are on the topic of fishing I like doing. I will be out of the office next week and will return on Monday the 18th. I might sporadically have access to e-mail, but will definitely not answers calls until I return. 

Enjoy the fishing!











29 May 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, May 29, 2018


There is still an unclaimed fly rod that a fisherman found and would like to return. If you lost the rod, please contact me at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com to identify and claim it. Drought conditions here have not improved and the fire ban is still active. This drought is being categorized as the worst in recorded history (the last 19 being the worse consecutive years in the previous 1200... who knows what was going on in 818?) with 1977 and 2002 also being noted as "exceptional".

That's not good news. We have begun taking regular surface water temperature readings at the lakes, and last week Stone lake had readings on average of 66.5 degrees. 

It is common practice to stop catch and release angling for trout as water temperatures rise above 68 degrees, and to limit angling and use heavier line at temperatures above 65 degrees. The stress caused by warm temperatures, angling, handling, etc. will lead to significantly increased mortality post release. Just because a fish "swims away strong" does not mean it will not succumb to the stress and die after swimming away (often within 24 hours).


Normally these temperatures would not be reached in our lakes until late June or early July. Obviously due to the exceptionally dry and warm start to this year we have reached these temperatures prematurely.

This all being said anglers have been noting awesome catches at Mundo in the evenings on all techniques. I just wanted to start the conversation about this drought because it seems many are in some kind of denial or just enjoying the early summer. 






23 May 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Los Pino's Fly & Tackle is the only vendor in Albuquerque that has our fishing permits available. 24 hours a day you can get a permit at the Wild Horse Casino and Hotel or Monday through Friday 8-5 at the Game & Fish office in Dulce.



17 May 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, May 17, 2018


It feels like summer is here. On that note the fire danger has been hopping between HIGH and EXTREME here in Northern New Mexico. The Nation has enacted fire restrictions and a complete burn ban, this includes the use of propane and charcoal grills in the out of doors. I understand this may put a damper on those wishing to have a camp fire during the 80 degree days we have been having, but please understand the risk of large wild fire is to high to allow any fires at this time.

I have been receiving complaints about folks parking very selfishly at Mundo lake and very near the boat ramp which makes it quite stressful for folks backing a trailer or truck down the ramp. Please park orderly and away from the ramp as far as possible to allow folks easy access to the ramp. By doing this you might also save yourself an insurance claim. Let's all remember the golden rule and rejoice that your fishing, not stuck in traffic.

The fishing has continued to be excellent. Folks are reporting easy limits at all lakes, but most folks in boats are out fishing shore bound anglers. Reports from Stone Lake indicate excellent shore fishing from the east side of the lake with many fish in 16-18" landed on black and white daredevils. Weeds at Embom have been coming up quicker than normal but some excellent reports of 16-18" fish keep coming in.

It is very hot so most anglers are reporting the best fishing in the morning or evening with consistent slowing during the heat of the day.











14 May 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, May 14, 2018


A regular angler made an extraordinary find in the middle of Mundo lake last week. If you are not to embarrassed to admit loosing one of the more important pieces of tackle one can own in the lake please contact me and hopefully we can facilitate it's return ( jicarillafishqs@gmail.com). It is early on Monday morning and have not recieved any fishing reports, from the weekend as of yet.

Happy (belated) Take Mom Fishing Weekend!












10 May 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, May 10, 2018


Today it is hot. If your interested in fishing for trout I would recommend fishing in the morning or evenings if the weather remains this hot. Fishing has been hot as well with consistent catches at Mundo and Embom. Not much new to report, everyone is catching regardless of technique.As always lures and flies are catching more and larger fish than bait.

Permits cam be found at Los Pino's Fly and Tackle!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend.












07 May 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, May 07, 2018


Another successful fishing derby is in the books.  Some of the highlights include the Largest Fish being 17.913 inches long, and the heaviest bag of five trout being 8.2122 pounds. Fishing was and still is on fire. 148.412 total pounds of Rainbow Trout were weighed in by 29 contestants (for an average bag limit weight of 5.11 pounds per person...). I'm just a simple biologist but I think that's a pretty darn good average.

I think someone in a row boat with a spinner could catch a limit of 16" or better trout in under ten minutes (30 trout an hour?). A third grader trolling a Rainbow Trout rooster tail managed 4 fish on Saturday in one pass from the south toward the boat ramp (while I rowed)... Of course me and the young man are professionals... Your results may vary. The weather has been incredibly hot and fishing like this will not last forever if the temperature continues to rise.

Get it while you can,











01 May 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, May 01, 2018


Fisherman have been reporting down right amazing catch rates and sizes of fish at both Embom and Mundo, but reports from Stone have not come in. One local angler caught and released 15 fish from Embom on midge and damsel fly patterns with the largest being 17 3/4" with the average being 16". He noted that the dragon fly larvae and damsels were starting to move and were quite common in the stomach of the one fish he harvested for the day. This morning it took one angler less than 30 minutes to have four keepers at Mundo.

This Saturday is our 12th annual fishing derby please see the post below for all the details! A quick reminder on  May 5th registration starts at 9:00 at the Mundo Lake Spillway.

I have been getting a lot of calls concerning permit availability in Albuquerque. Currently I believe Los Pinos Fly and Tackle is the only shop with permits available. I understand you may have a favorite retailer for your permit purchases, but only vendors who are up to date on payment and have requested permits will be restocked. I will keep you all updated on permit availability as changes arise in the mean time you can buy a permit from the Wildhorse Casino and Hotel front desk 24 hours a day,seven days a week.  Or you can come say hi at the office Monday-Friday 8-5 here at the Game and Fish in Dulce!

Hope to see you all this Saturday at the derby!


12 April 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fish Fans,

The wind is howling, not a good day for fishing. Please check weather reports before planning a fishing trip. 


DERBY MAY 5TH 10:00am to 5:00 pm. Registration at Mundo Lake starting at 9:00am

$30.00 entry for adults and $15.00 for children (12 and under). CASH ONLY, please bring correct change if possible!

Event T-shirt with entry while supplies last

Weigh in will be held at the Wildhorse Casino and Hotel

Categories include Largest Trout, Smallest fish, Best bag of 5 trout (weight), and Youth only competition.


Prizes also include roto-molded Cabelas Coolers and assorted fishing tackle!

All monies raised by this event go to stocking lakes here on the Jicarilla!

Come out and fish to support a good cause. Maybe win some cool stuff!

I will be going on a fishing trip next week and will not be returning to the office until Monday the 23rd of April. I will not have access to voicemails or e-mails during this time. I will return all communications promptly when I get back to the office.

Mike Parker if you are reading this I would love to answer your questions about fishing here, but you did not leave your return phone number in the voicemail making it hard for me to call ya back...

Enjoy the wind!


09 April 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, April 09, 2018

Fish Fans,

All I can say is every report I have received makes me wish I were fishing. 20 fish an hour 17-23" at Mundo on flies from shore. Of course the fly angler did not mention a pattern, but I'm willing to guess if it that good it can't be to complicated. Most reports have been from lure and fly anglers from the evening hours. All of which is pretty amazing as I have not even stocked yet. So before the summer doldrums hit the fishing should remain amazing for quite some time! Have not heard any recent reports from Stone nor Embom but there are fish in both those lakes as well. All of these fish are holdovers from previous years which means they might not be as willing to eat bait since they have seen those tricks before...

This week is shaping up to be the first week of summer as far as sunlight/temperatures etc. so please plan accordingly.

The Fish Crew is on the river all week conducting its annual spring sample. Please if you have questions leave me a voicemail at the office and I will call you back either in the morning or evening when I return to the office (575) 759-3255. Of course you can always use the e-mail jicarillafishqs@gmail.com.

May 5th DERBY DAY! 

Hope all is well.