Jicarilla Fishing Blog

27 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, December 27, 2018


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. 








22 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Saturday, December 22, 2018


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.



18 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, December 18, 2018


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.






14 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, December 14, 2018


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,



10 December 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, December 10, 2018


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!


29 November 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, November 29, 2018


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!


20 November 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fish Fans,

22 Fish and hour at Mundo lake this week on flies. I think that kind of speaks for itself. Weather has been beautiful.

This week the Roads Department went to Mundo Lake and did some awesome stuff. First they ripped up the whole road and graded/re-crowned the road. They also Installed a culvert and drainage at the junction to either go up to the spill way or head to the camping area. Lastly they installed a culvert and re-cut drainage ditches in an attempt to keep water from running down the road from the camping area to the junction. Of course no amount of work short of asphalt will keep the road 100% perfect 100% of the time, and I'm no roads engineer, but please say thank you to these guys if you happen to see them around. If everyone stays respectful and limits travel on ranch roads when they are wet they will stay in better conditions longer. You can always park off the high way during wet conditions. One last note on the roads the junction intersection looks different and many areas are compacted that are not the actual road, the Game & Fish will be seeding in the upcoming weeks, please be aware, use common sense and pay attention as the road has changed.

Go fishing!








08 October 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, November 08, 2018


Couple of reports from some anglers with black and green pistol-petes fishing very well. Easy limits. Power bait in yellow and green was catching at about the same rate. 16" fish noted, nice and fat. Fall fishing is only going to get better, until winter. Lot of folks calling about reports, but no one providing them sure makes writing these blog posts fun.


Only the two groups fishing at Mundo the last couple days. 

Just a reminder the Nation's Departments (i.e the Fish Crew et al.) will be on Administrative Leave in honor of Veterans Day on Monday November 12th 2018.


Get out and go fishing, chores can wait.









01 November 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, November 01, 2018

Folks I hope you all had a Happy Halloween. It snowed and rained yesterday morning but today was clear and beautiful. The roads should be drying and the weather is supposed to stay clear over the weekend. At least that is what they are saying now.A few minor reports from locals mentioned easy limits before the sun went down after work this week. Spinners, powerbaits, etc. 

Someone told me baseball season was over, and the Broncos didn't win the Stanley Cup so there is no excuse for not fishing every day and submitting reports. Just in case you forgot or misplaced the Fish Crew Contact info is as follows jicarillafishqs@gmail.com

Have a great weekend!











25 October 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, October 25, 2018

Been getting much needed cool weather with precipitation. It feels like fall. Today has been dry but overcast and cool. Roads into mundo were wet this morning but should be drying. for those who feel adventurous parking on the highway pull out and walking around the north side of the lake fishing along your way is very productive and keeps your tires clean.

The gloomy weather has kept most fishermen at home, which seems weird to me as my best fishing always occurs during these times. It also helps keep the crowds away from the big fish putting on pounds for winter. I guess folks are to busy watching baseball? No fishing reports have been submitted. 


Go Fishing, Submit reports, Be Happy!