Jicarilla Fishing Blog

28 February 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fish Folks,

The ice sheet at Mundo Lake has receded approximately 5 feet from shore, that usually means open water season is around the corner. Of course it is still obviously winter here with about a foot of snow falling lasting night and this morning.

So there is not enough ice to ice fish, and to much ice to open water fish. It is a bummer for those who have a serious case of cabin fever, but really good news for the quantity of water in our lakes. Obviously the more snow, the better chances of run off helping bring water into the lakes... For obvious reasons there are no up to date fishing reports... 

Hope all is well,


13 February 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, February 13, 2017

Fish Folks,

The weekend put a hurting on the ice sheet at Mundo, unseasonably warm temperatures and rain all day Saturday softened what is left of the ice sheet into what I would describe as a "snow cone" consistency. There is also some run off coming in, putting water under and over the sheet which is softening the edges where it is entering the lake significantly. At this time the lake is NOT SAFE for fishing! 

We are getting snow today which is great for a possible spring run off into the lakes, hopefully we can recover some storage volume in the recreational lakes this year. I do not want to jinx it so that's all I'm going to say about the possibility. 



09 February 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 09, 2017


This week was unseasonably warm and one day rain, causing the ice sheet to deteriorate at a rapid rate. Currently there is 6" of standing water on the ice sheet and it is not safe for fishing. It's t-shirt weather outside today so I would suspect the sheet is going to continue to erode until we see colder day time temperatures.

I'll update the ice information again on Monday.

Enjoy the weekend,


06 February 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, February 06, 2017


Received a few reports from the weekend, most mentioned ice thickness between 6"-9" with crusty snow and some slush.

Fishing for one angler was very good for catfish, bluegill with some nice 8" plus bluegill and even a few trout for the complete Mundo Slam. Mr. Lee submitted some of the photographic evidence to jicarillafishqs@gmail.com over the weekend and are presented below. If that is not motivation I don't know what is. He said total he caught 31 catfish, 2 trout, and 9 bluegills and also released a few more. The bass through the ice is worthy of a trophy in my opinion (sadly I don't have any to give).  


Despite winters weird ways the season keeps going and I personally am very glad folks keep having good days on the hard water.

Hope all is well and GO FISHING, football is over!


02 February 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 02, 2017


I went out early this morning and dug a few test holes. The average ice thickness was 9", as it was early there was no slush yet, but there was about 2" of snow. The ice is fairly "dry" but of good quality in the sites I selected.

If you want to get your ice fix everything is looking good.


01 February 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, February 01, 2017


Ice measured 7" on Monday with 2" of slush and multiple inches of snow. The weather has been cold at night and fairly mild during the day which is buffered by the snow layer. As always be careful and drill test holes if wandering around the lake.

I just received photos from the Ice Derby and will be posting them to a new file in the photos section of the website later today or tomorrow so be on the look out for those.

An Angler sent me a photo of his catch from Monday and he was quite happy and you can see why!

Be safe/Catch Big Fish!


26 January 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, January 26, 2017


The Fish Crew went out to Mundo yesterday and the ice was approximately 4" thick with 3" of slush and 5" of snow.

The Crew did not venture to far now wide as the snow cover makes it impossible to see any problematic areas where the ice may be more variable or weakened.

The weather is supposed to be cold all week so conditions may improve if this weather pattern continues.

I will check the ice Monday morning and report the findings to the blog.

Have a great weekend!


17 January 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On January 7th the Jicarilla Game & Fish Department held the 11th Annual Ice Fishing Derby at Mundo Lake. The Derby had eighty contestants this year and prizes were given in multiple categories.  The Game & Fish would like to thank all of the participants in the 11th Annual Ice Derby as well as our gracious Event Sponsors: KCIE 90.5 Dulce, Wildhorse Casino & Hotel, Jicarilla Power Authority, Basin Pump & Supply Company, Jicarilla Public Relations Office, Dulce Autoparts, Running Elk Corporation, East Main Trading Center, and Jicarilla TRU Value.

Of course this event would not have been possible without staff from the Game & Fish Department including: Rosenberg Tafoya, Newton Vicenti, Augustine Gomez, and our college intern Talbertt Caramillo.

Hopefully all of you who missed this year’s event will be able to join us in 2018! Mr. Sue Lee sent over a link to his video of the event, CLICK HERE TO WATCH!

Total Bag Weight

1ST Place: Sue Lee with 6 Rainbow Trout and 32 Channel Catfish weighing 54 lbs. 11 oz.

2nd Place: Jason Bundy with 8 Rainbow Trout weighing 17 lbs. 12 oz.

3rd Place: O’ryan Atole with 14 Rainbow Trout weighing 16 lbs. 14 oz.

4th Place: Seneca Atole with 13 Rainbow Trout weighing 16 lbs. 1.5 oz.

5th Place: Leon Jake with 8 Rainbow Trout weighing 15 lbs. 10.5 oz.

Biggest Fish (By Length)

1st Place: Leon Jake with a Rainbow Trout measuring 22.56”

2nd Place: Delbert Crow with a Rainbow Trout measuring 21.26”

Youth Division Total Bag Weight

1st Place: O’ryan Atole 14 Rainbow Trout Weighing 16lbs 14 oz.

2nd Place: Josh Saiz 5 Rainbow Trout weighing 6 lbs. 2 oz.

3rd Place: Esteban Lujan 3 Rainbow Trout weighing 4 lbs. 9 oz.

4th Place: Kyler Crow 1 Rainbow Trout weighing 2 lbs. 15.5 oz.

Today I went out and checked the ice conditions at Mundo and Embom. Currently both lakes have approximately 2” of ice/5” of slush/ 2-3” of snow. This means that the ice is not safe for human traffic or fishing… This winter has given us quite the mix up with days and days of rain and warm night time temperatures fairly regularly. I do not know if the ice will “turn around”, as that would be quite abnormal, not saying it isn’t possible, just highly unlikely.

We will of course update information on ice conditions as it becomes available. At this rate I would start cleaning up the open water gear and finding the drain plugs for your boats… The Fisheries Crew is excited for 2017 season and we hope to see you all up here soon!


12 January 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fish Folks,

The warm weather and rain has slushed Mundo Lake. It is currently not safe for fishing. The weatherman says a cold front might be coming in this weekend. I will update the ice conditions on Monday.

I will also post the results of the 11th Annual Ice Derby!

Have a good weekend,

-Fish Crew

January 6th 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, January 06, 2017


After a stressful warm and rainy Thursday the weather finally snapped into winter mode and the ice recovered to 7" thick.


Hope to see you all out there!

-The Fish Crew