Jicarilla Fishing Blog

20 December 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, December 20, 2017


It sure has been quiet, I normally am inundated with calls and e-mails this time of year. Anyone who has been keeping an eye on the weather should be aware of how warm and dry it has been. The ice conditions have not changed since the last report with a little less than half of Mundo lake covered with thin sheet ice.

The previously selected date of January 6th, 2018 for the 12th Annual Event does not appear to be very likely due to a total lack of ice at this late date. So we are changing it.

The Fish Crew is proposing to move the event to January 27th in a final attempt to let winter catch up with the calendar. Of course this date will also be dependent on ice conditions.

I will be posting the event flier this week.

Hope all is well,


14 December 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, December 14, 2017


It is that weird time in between boating season and ice fishing season. Mundo is currently 40% covered with thin ice. It appears doubtful unless the weather changes significantly that there will be any ice fishing before 2018. Ice fishing season has become pretty hard to predict, but its 50 degrees outside during the day, and that makes it pretty hard to grow ice. Of course there is just enough ice to make shore or boat fishing impossible. 

Obviously there are no reports. I'll keep you all updated as the situation progresses.

Hope all is well,


04 December 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, December 04, 2017


It feels like September. The long term forecast is predicting more of the same. No fishing reports have been submitted to the Fish Crew, but an issue has been noticed, the limit at Stone Lake is 2 trout per day. The Proclamation is available the main page of this website by clicking on the photo of it. You can also swing by the office and pick up a printed copy Monday through Friday 8-5. Please read and follow the proclamation.

The Ice Derby is tentatively scheduled for January 6th, but with this warm weather I would suggest just penciling it in. The temperatures are not showing any signs of cooling off, and there is no ice to be found at 60 degrees. I will keep everyone updated on the Derby but as some of the readers may be aware the Fish Crew does not control the weather. This is quite an abnormal year, if you remember last year we had safe ice by Christmas Weekend, and that was considerably later than years previous. Stay Tuned.

I will be out of the office from December 5th returning on December 12th. It turns out I like to fish too, and have sorted out a few days with a ten weight and box of clousers in an undisclosed location where it is warm.

Please e-mail and call as needed, I will respond to all calls and e-mails on the 12th. 

Best of luck!


17 November 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, November 17, 2017


Just a quick FYI. I will be out of the office from 19 NOV 2017 -21 NOV 2017 and will return to the office on the 22 NOV 2017. 

I will be able to periodically check my e-mail (jicarillafishqs@gmail.com) during my absence. If you leave me a voicemail I will return your call as soon as I return.

Hope you all get out and fish before winter rears its ugly head! Have a great weekend!


15 November 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, November 15, 2017
This is turning into another beautiful fall week. Though the weatherman says there is a change coming soon. I cannot imagine we have many more like this one left.
Fishing pressure has been incredibly light at the lakes, but all of the anglers the Fish Crew has talked to or observed have been catching fish very consistently. Which truthfully is my favorite way to fish, an awesome bite all to myself. In fact one fisherman reported he didn't think the fishing could be that easy after limiting out in two hours on fish up to 17". No information on flies but he was in a kick boat with a “wet-tip” line.

Just a friendly reminder as this is an issue every year: The limit on trout at Embom and Mundo is FIVE fish per angler. The limits are not going to change for the 2017/2018 fishing season. We still get creative fisherman that try to convince fish crew/law enforcement that we're wrong at the lake... Please read the proclamation before going fishing.

In response to some "theories" I have heard lately the Fish Crew is working on some in depth limnology, fisheries science, and fish physiology articles for the blog. I hope the readership finds them helpful, because I keep hearing the same old angler wives tales over, and over, and over again, even though many  have debunked (in some instances many, many, many decades ago). If you have questions you would like covered please send them my way at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com or call the office at (575) 759-3255. 

The 12th Annual Jicarilla Ice Derby is scheduled for January 6th 2018! Get it on your calendars now. There is lots of planning yet to occur, but the date has been set (of course this is subject change based on ice safety, etc.).


06 November 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, November 06, 2017


Just a small update. The Fish Crew will be away most of the week for meetings and training. Please leave voice mails or e-mails so we can get back to you asap. I'll be checking my e-mail at least daily while on travel.

The only fishing report recieved noted high catch rates on the standard fly patterns like hares ears and wooly buggers. The group caught 60 fish in approximately  five hours of fishing. 2 Rainbows in the 18" range and two in the 17" range where the largest noted.

Have a great week and enjoy the beautiful weather.


02 November 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, November 02, 2017


We got the first snow this week, but it has dried out and has been excellent fall weather since. No reports have been submitted. But I have been creeping around the lake quite a bit and it appears that everyone with every conceivable technique is catching fish. Average size I've seen is around 17" out of Mundo. The weeds are still around but it doesn't appear to be slowing down those folks willing to fish from catching.

Have a good weekend!


26 October 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, October 26, 2017


Fall seems to finally be here, which is nice as night time temperatures drop and cool calm afternoons making the end of field season pleasant. Though no reports have actually been submitted, the fish crew has been dropping by the lake and has seen some excellent fishing occurring. A group of 5 people each limited out in three and half hours a day or so ago at Mundo. A boat yesterday hooked quite a few in the 20 minutes we were present at the lake. It seems from our observations that all types of common baits, flies, and lures were all working great. Largest fish I saw caught was around 18" and the average size was in the 15" range.

We did stock a fair amount of 8-9" Brown and Rainbow Trout last week so please be nice if you choose to release these smaller fish, so they can grow big for next year!

The roads into Mundo and Embom are dry but rutted from the rains earlier this month, our heavy equipment folks are trying to get the grader to the lakes soon, but are quite busy getting ready for winter.

Weed conditions at Mundo are making deep trolling and sinkers with bait from shore slightly difficult, but of the 10 anglers we talked to the consensus was the fishing was great regardless of the inconvenience the weeds posed. Normally this late in the year the weeds have subsided, but late warm temperatures and sunny days have allowed the weeds to stick around longer than normal.

Embom weed conditions were quite good considering this lake usually has the most weeds. I would consider fishing with a bobber and not the normal sinker rig to avoid weeds in the first place.

Stone Lake gill netting was conducted by the Fish Crew earlier this week and we are guardedly optimistic about the lakes condition. It appears the spring stocking of 8-9" was fairly successful and the smallest fish sampled was 14" while the largest was almost 18" with the most common size being 15.5”. The lake is very shallow despite the increase in volume this year, it is a long way from full. The deepest water observed was approximately 12 feet. This is concerning as we need to get these fish through winter and more water makes that easier. The south boat ramp is in un-improved condition though with rubber boots the fish crew had no issue launching its 18’ 25hp jon boat. That being said the Fish Crew has a lot of experience dealing with un-improved ramps and each individual fisherman or women should use his or her best personal judgement before launching a boat.

One general issue we continue to notice is anglers not reading the proclamation or understanding the rules, regs, and limits. Please take the time to read the fishing proclamation as tickets and subsequent fines can be easily avoided by following the rules!

Get out and go fishing before winter settles in!


05 October 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, October 05, 2017


No fishing reports today but a weather conditions report. The last two days it has rained/hailed quite a bit, it is currently raining and I have been informed the roads for the Navajo River, Mundo Lake, and Embom lake are very very very muddy and mostly impassable. If the weatherman is right it should clear up and dry out by this weekend. Of course that being said he didn't think it was going to rain all week...

Be safe out there!

The Fish Crew

October 2nd 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, October 02, 2017


Fall finally has arrived and I can see snow in the high country from my office, so I guess winter isn't to far off. Fishing reports have been few and far between, but most folks have reported consistent action despite higher than normal weeds (for this time of year). Obviously boating is an advantage at Mundo.

Some updates on other things:

We will be starting fall stockings very soon. Stockings will include 8-9" fish as well as larger 16-20+" fish for Mundo and Stone.

One angler reported fishing from a kayak at Stone Lake and caught multiple trout in the 12-15" range (which is estimated to be the maximum size in the lake). Obviously this is fantastic news, the gamble of stocking this year thus far has paid off. Of course we still need to get these fish through the winter (lake is still very low). Boat access is challenging unless you are using a kayak or float tube, or similar hand launched craft. The department will conduct its fall gill netting of Stone next week, so there will be some more updates very soon. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather, come and enjoy some fishing before winter is here to stay.

The Fish Crew