Jicarilla Fishing Blog

17 January 2019

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Folks,

We have got quite a bit of winter around here and the last snow was very wet. All roads will be wet/slush/mud as long as the temperatures remain above freezing.  The ice sheet is under about 9-12" of slushy snow and water. With this much water and slush on top of the ice sheet conditions can be hard to "see" from shore. As always use extreme caution on the ice and use your best personal judgement before walking out onto unknown ice sheet.

We really need the water the snow has brought since the region is still in Exceptional Drought (the highest drought rating) so I'm not upset.

Please be extra careful out there and I'll get an update on conditions Tuesday (Monday is a holiday).

Take care and enjoy your weekend, build a snowman!

J.

 

10 January 2019

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, January 10, 2019

Folks,

Just a quick ice update before the weekend. Mundo had 6-8" of slush and snow on top of 5-9" of ice. Roads are slush to snow packed and the weather man is calling for snow over the next few days. Fishing has been excellent with bait, pink and white, white and chartreuse jigs working well. 10 to 12 fish an hour has been reported by multiple anglers. I have noticed some confusion on what is legally allowed during ice season, Please Read The Proclamation available on the main page in .pdf format to make sure you stay legal! Every time I talk to anglers there is always a diversity of questions regarding limits, rods, baits, etc. we try to make the proclamation easy to read and digest as well as access online if questions arise. If you happen to be at the office we have paper copies of the Non-Tribal member proclamation available as well.

Have a good weekend!

J.

 

07 January 2019

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, January 07, 2019

Fishing Update Folks,

The weekend people have been reporting on average 5-10 trout per hour on all tackle types with sizes ranging from 10-21". The ice as of Saturday was reported at 6" with lots of slush on top. It has been snowing so there will also be fresh snow on top of the sheet. With snow comes winter driving to access all fishing areas HIGHLY RECOMMEND 4x4 with good tires!

Hope the New Year is treating you all well,

J.

 

 

 

 

04 January 2019

Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, January 04, 2019

Happy New Year Folks!

The office has been closed all week but the latest ice report is 5-7" on Mundo and good fishing. Sorry I don't have more information but anglers have not been sending in reports as consistently this year with the crazy weather.

Enjoy the New Year!

J.

27 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, December 27, 2018

Folks,

No real change in ice conditions but the weatherman is finally projecting some colder temperatures. Today the ice at Mundo measured 3-4" off the boat ramp, with more fluctuation in thickness the farther onto the sheet. Obviously folks have been fishing within 10 yards of the boat ramp.

Use your best judgement when traveling on ice. 

J.

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Saturday, December 22, 2018

Folks,

As I posted earlier this week the Office is are closed*(refer to 18 December post for dates), and I normally do not make a habit of checking e-mails on weekends, or holidays.

The last ice report received indicated unsafe conditions and lots of slush with extremely warm day time temps( as of today). 

It looks like high temps will be in the mid forties over the weekend with the forecast indicating warm temps into Thursday next week.

If I get another update I will share it.

J.

 

18 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Folks,

Despite all of the good fishing reports I have been receiving the weatherman has decided to "rain" on the ice fishing parade. Over the weekend reports of 5" of ice in most locations on Mundo "Lots" of 15-18" trout and multiple 2 to 4 pound catfish.

Sadly its was not below freezing most of the weekend and Sundays high temp was in the mid-fifties. The ice sheet  lost consistency and thickness (back to 2-4"). The weatherman is predicting day time highs the next ten days in the mid to upper forties and nightly lows in the upper twenties. This is not a good short term forecast for folks thinking about ice fishing, and if correct will not allow safe access to the lakes before Christmas. The weatherman has been wrong in the past, and if I were a betting man he is going to be wrong again once or twice in the future.

Holiday Schedule Update:The Department will be closed for the Christmas Holiday Monday the 24th of December through the 26th and will be back on Thursday the 27th. The Department will also be closed the 31st of December through the 1st of January for the New Year Holiday and return Wednesday the 2nd.

Questions have been coming in regarding fishing derbies. The Department will not be holding an Ice Derby this year but will again be holding a spring open water derby. Participation and interest in the ice derby has been waning and the ice sheet itself has been less than dependable the last few years causing the Fish Crew a lot of stress due to safety concerns. We are hoping a new derby format and season will reinvigorate our loyal anglers and attendance will increase.

I will update the ice conditions before leaving for the holiday so keep and eye out. As many may be aware I try to update ice conditions as new information or reports become available.

~J.

 

 

 

 

14 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, December 14, 2018

Folks,

I know all of you are getting excited about ice season. Reports from this week indicated 5" of ice on the south side of Mundo with the rest of the lake with less unstable ice (the angler wisely did not venture far). Embom looked to soft with water on top to fish one angler reported. I have no reports from Stone.

Usually we do not have safe ice until Christmas time so if we can start getting lower day time temps I think we should be on track for good even ice by next week. These day time temps have been killing the ice development.

Be safe and make sure you are comfortable with the decisions you make. No ice is safe ice, there are just some ice sheets that are less dangerous than others.

Angler reported excellent fishing multiple 20" fish, and consistent 12-17" fishing at Mundo. White, pink and chartreuse jigs all fishing well.

Be Safe,

J.

 

10 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, December 10, 2018

Folks,

I have been traveling for business and some R&R. Just a few updates:

The ice is reported at 3-4" on the south side of Mundo. Roads are snow packed.

The Fish Crew will be returning to the office on Thursday this week and will get a more detailed report posted then.

Hope all is well, and lets keep the positive thoughts going for more snow!

J.

29 November 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, November 29, 2018

Folks,

Sheet ice is starting to form, and the weather "experts" say it is going to start snowing soon (like tonight?).

I know some of you just can't wait for ice season, but it is still a little while out. Mundo still is about 3/4's open but closing tighter daily.

Stone is mostly covered except for the holes the aerators and water fowl are keeping open. But a very thin sheet.

Hope your Turkey days were awesome!

J.