Jicarilla Fishing Blog

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


12 September 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Have not received a single report, since my last post. Most folks around here have hunting fever. The weather has been shaping up nice, and there has been some excellent hatches at Embom and Mundo, which have turned the lake to a boil with fish rising.  The river is starting to lower and clear, which means October Brown Trout fishing is just around the corner.

Don't miss out on the the best season of the year to fish the Jicarilla!


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.