Jicarilla Fishing Blog

31 August 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, August 31, 2017


Fishing questions keep coming in, but reports have not been. I have only spoken with a few folks and they were split between the anglers catching and those who were not. Both groups were using similar techniques but with drastically different results. The one thing that was different between the groups was the hours of fishing and the day time temperatures. Late evening to night has been good, but with the high day time temperature afternoons have not been fishing well.

Fall is here but the temperatures are still pretty hot. September usually is the start of fall fishing here but it might be delayed if the temperatures remain summer like.

As always you can call the office 9575) 759-3255 or e-mail jicarillafishqs@gmail.com if you have specific questions about the fishing.

The Fish Crew will be conducting fall monitoring of the recreational lakes in October as we normally do. I know folks want answers about size of fish and quantity in certain lakes sooner, but we conduct those samples when water temperatures have subsided which reduces the stress on the fish. As always I'll post about some of the results of those efforts when they are completed.

Hope all is well,


08 August 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, August 08, 2017


The lack of reporting on fishing might have something to do with the full swing monsoon conditions we have had over the last few weeks. Of course we need the moisture but it sure makes putting in a day of fishing difficult.

The temperatures are finally coming down and fall fishing is just around the corner, as someone reminded me today summer is basically over.

Time flies when you are having fun I guess.

I have been getting a lot of questions about the aquatic vegetation at the lakes, and I can say that Mundo weeds are lower than normal for this time of year which is great, Embom is about normal for this time of year.

If you have any questions you can reach the Fish Crew at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com or at the office (575) 759-3255

17 July 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, July 17, 2017


Monsoon season is here in full swing. If you are planning a fishing trip please be prepared for rain, lighting, and thunder in the afternoons and muddy roads in the evening. 

No fishing reports have been submitted. 

The fish crew is conducting our summer sample on the Navajo river so please leave a message if  you have any questions.

29 June 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, June 29, 2017


The summer seems to be in full swing, and fishing report submissions have fallen off. What I have heard has included many fish caught early in the morning and late in the evening. Damsel fly patterns have been working well, as there are blue damsels everywhere in sight of water. The day time temperatures and high winds have made afternoon trout fishing slow, and most anglers have been looking somewhere between tomatoes and firetrucks that choose to fish through the heat of the day.

Just a warning to folks that would like to come camping, there is a fire ban in place and the fire danger is VERY HIGH according to the Smokey the Bear sign maintained by the forestry department.

The Jicarilla Apache Nation is on leave from Friday at 5:00 pm this week until Wednesday the 5th, so make sure to get your permits at the Hawks Express or the Wildhorse Casino and Hotel over during that time as the Game & Fish will be closed.

Hope you all have a great Fourth of July weekend,


June 15TH 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, June 15, 2017


Reports have basically been "everyone is catching" and some have caught some monsters. One Rainbow Trout was landed from the boat ramp dock at Mundo that was 24".

I would suggest since the weather is getting very warm to come catch 'em before they go deep for the summer!

If you all are planning on camping please be very careful with fires and completely drown them. I have come across a couple piping hot abandoned fire pits in the last few weeks. With no moisture in the forecast and high winds the fire danger is creeping up.

Just an FYI for you out of town anglers the Hawks Express Gas Station now is a Jicarilla Fishing Permit Vendor. Stop in and buy a tasty beverage and a permit!

Have a great weekend!


31 May 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This morning was one of those perfect dry fly mornings at Mundo that only come around rarely and never last long. The overcast conditions and a beautiful midge hatch turned the glass smooth corners of the lake into a feeding frenzy. It appeared to be every trout in the lake eating on the surface. This brings about the problem with writing the fishing blog, I never want to say " You should have been here yesterday" so I'll avoid it by saying, you should have been here this morning. I would imagine if the weather pattern holds that these hatches will continue for a little while especially in the mornings before the wind picks up. One other hatch of angler interest is  the Cicadas that this year are thick in most every tree and bush near the lakes, fish have been known to focus on these large bugs when the opportunity strikes...

Sadly for me, the Departments College Intern and myself watched the lake boil for two hours as we replaced log steps on the east and west side of the lake. As a side note the Fish Crew is going to be continuing its infrastructure projects at the recreational areas, we have been working on a camp site at the top of Mundo and will continue later this week with the installation of a new fire pit at the site directly north of the vault toilet. 

I did manage to get a fly fishing report from one of our regular anglers and he said that most bugger flies and larger bead heads (with rubber legs) were producing trout 16" and over the last time he was here. He also noted that he only caught one Bluegill.  All of the reports I have received have indicated great consistent fishing, for larger trout. I have not received any reports about other species, and as you all are aware that is pretty common, as most folks are targeting trout. Bait anglers have noted corn, fireballs, and smaller power bait hunks working well.

Get out and fish!


25 May 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, May 25, 2017


The weather has stabilized a bit, though we have been experiencing high winds off and on, especially in the evening. Fishing from the few reports I have received include many 16-18" Rainbow Trout out of Mundo on every technique that is commonly used except flies. (I have not received a fly only report recently). Spinners and spoons (z-rays) have all been producing well and powerbait below bobbers has been working, though one angler had better luck with one fireball and a few kernels of corn. 

No large fish have been reported out of Embom but lots of 8-12" have been inhaling all manner of bait and lures. There are many bigger fish in Embom but with the lake full to the brim they may be harder to reach without a float tube or small boat.

The day time temperatures are warming up, which means summer is around the corner. If you want to come up and fish for big hungry trout I would recommend getting here before the heat of summer hits.

Hope all is well out there, and please submit reports or questions to the Fish Crew at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com or call the office and ask for Jacob at (575)-759-3255. It is the busy season so please leave a message with your phone number so I can call you back ASAP.

The Fish Crew has big plans for camping and recreational construction projects this summer so be on the lookout for improvements at Mundo Lake!


10 May 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, May 10, 2017


The weather sure has been a mixed bag of rain, wind, hail, and general awesome fishing weather (if you own lots of gore-tex).

Despite the conditions some anglers have been out and about getting some fish here and there. The roads to Mundo and Embom were graded earlier this week but with all the rain today I'm unsure what condition they will be in once it drys out.

Below are some happy angler photos from Mundo this weekend. For those willing to pay their dues the pay off seems to be awesome fishing! You have to take some chances, and if you are like me, go fishing whenever you can, not just when the report is stacked full of big fish catches. Remember the reports only tell you how the fishing was yesterday.

Good Luck At The Lake!

-Fish Crew

02 May 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, May 02, 2017


I apologize with the lack of reports, but very few have been submitted. We have also the gearing up for fisheries work season which gets quite hectic. The good news is that Mundo and Embom have both cleared very nicely and have had few anglers present just a couple each day as far as the Fish Crew can tell.

The one report received was that trolling was not producing very well.

The trout catch from Mundo according to those anglers I've talked to has been slow from the bank, but the weather (mostly wind) has kept folks from giving full day efforts. Very few boat anglers have been seen.

It looks good to me as most afternoons have been slightly to completely overcast (despite the wind) and the water temperature is shaping up nicely.

Get out and fish, submit some reports!


18 April 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, April 18, 2017


The weather is heating up which has been a nice change of pace. The lakes are clearing daily. Fishing reports have been scarce but a few folks have said they have landed fish in the 14-22" range at Mundo lake in the last week. One angler noted the catfish bite was very good on the east side of Mundo. Afternoon breezes have been kicking up across the lands, so start early or fish late seems to be the game plan for the most successful anglers. 

Stocking update: Embom, Mundo, and Stone Lake have all been stocked with 8-9" fish. In the upcoming weeks larger fish 2-7lbs will be stocked into Mundo and Embom. As always I do not release stocking dates, despite how many, or how creatively people ask.

The fishing has been very good, that should be what counts, right?

If you are not interested in catching smaller fish, I would highly suggest adjusting your techniques to include larger hooks, or larger lures and flies. This is especially a good idea given the turbidity as large patterns move more water and attract bigger more aggressive fish.

Come enjoy the spring time fishing, before summer is here.