Jicarilla Fishing Blog

FREE FISHING DAY 6/5/2010 !!!!!!

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, June 03, 2010

Saturday June 5th is a Free Fishing Day at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes. This day is also the Free Fishing Day for the State of New Mexico. The Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department is pleased to honor the same day and we encourage folks to get out and fish. Due to the late notice, please pass this message along to friends and family. Have a safe and Fun Day!!!!

Kevin Terry
Fisheries Biologist
Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department

Fishing Report 6-2-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Fishing Report 6/2/10

            The Memorial Day weekend was great at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes. The campgrounds were full but not crowded, and the fishing was excellent at both Enbom Lake and Mundo Lake. I was holding off a little on this report hoping to get a few more email reports from a direct source, but the deadline is fast approaching and the hearsay has been more than adequate this week. The big news is trout fishing, and both Enbom Lake and Mundo Lake have been great for rainbows averaging 8-10 inches with bigger Rainbows over 14 inches mixed in about every 4th fish or so. Stone Lake is still very slow, but there have been extremely prolific hatches of damselflies, Chironomidae midges, and more recently the callibaetis mayflies. There hasn’t been much talk about Bass or Catfish but I expect that will change soon as the water temps continue to rise and both species start spawning. The surface water temp at all three lakes is approximately 65 degrees.

            Mundo Lake has been good for Rainbow trout with bait, lures, and flies. The most frequently reported bait was yellow powerbait but worms certainly had honorable mention. Small lures including kastmasters and panther martins are also getting good action. Flies of a very wide variety are picking up good numbers of trout and the smaller beadhead nymphs are hooking bluegill frequently also. There hasn’t been any mention of dry fly fishing at Mundo. Pheasant tails, woolly buggers, damselflies, and many others will catch trout. I have seen Bass cruising the shorelines and around the docks and I suspect that reports of big bass will hit my email any day.

            Enbom Lake has been excellent for Rainbow Trout that average 8-12.These fish are mixed in with larger fish up to and over 20 inches. I talked with a young fly fisherman (~8) yesterday who took quite a ride on his float tube before landing a 20 inch Rainbow. The chironomidae midges continue to hatch in good numbers at Enbom and there has been a little dry fly action in the evenings. Bait is fishing well at Enbom and powerbait and worms have been the ticket. Grasshoppers are showing up too, so you might try one behind a bobber in windy afternoons. The most commonly reported flies are black and brown woolly buggers but I expect a chironomidae midge pupae ( nymph) pattern would slay them. I also saw a few damselflies crawling out at Enbom Lake yesterday. Enbom still has a rusty hue, but visibility is good to 5 feet.

            Stone Lake did have some pressure over the weekend but I did not hear a single thing beyond that. Everyone I talked to saw boats and float tubes out there but no one offered a report. I assume the bite is still slow but I really don’t know. I did observe callibaetis mayflies hatching in large numbers yesterday, and I am sure there are fish gorging themselves on the emergers. Try a hare’s ear nymph for this hatch. The time is now for great fishing and camping at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes.

Also, we are very happy to announce that the Jicarilla Game and Fish Department will begin selling fishing permits on the website www.jicarillahunt.com by the week’s end. Now you can purchase and print your Jicarilla Fishing Permit from the comfort of your home. See you soon!!!

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department

 

 

Fishing Report 5/26/2010

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fishing Report 5/26/2010

            Fishing at the Jicarilla Lakes has been good to excellent over the past week. The reports have been coming in and Enbom Lake and Mundo Lake continue to produce large trout in good numbers. I just got back from vacation, so I will be summarizing the report from the fisheries technician Rosenberg Tafoya for those of you who get the report from our website. I also received some good reports via email. The Holiday weekend is fast approaching and camping and fishing at the Jicarilla Lakes is exactly what the doctor ordered.

            Mundo Lake has been Excellent this week. Reported baits include orange, yellow, and rainbow powerbait. Lures reported include dare devils in red and white or silver and red, Kastmasters in rainbow, silver and orange, orange, and red, Panther Martins, and Blue Fox spinners. Flies reported include Hares Ear nymphs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, and Pistol Petes in olive, brown, or black. There were more than 30 fish larger than 14 inches reported caught at Mundo over the last week and at least 2 of those were at or better than 20 inches. It would be fair to say that the numbers actually caught are way higher than that. People are focusing on the large trophy trout out there right now and therefore we haven’t heard much from folks targeting Bass, Bluegill, or Catfish. However, the conditions should be favorable for targeting these fish species as well.

            Enbom Lake has also been excellent this week. The same orange, yellow and rainbow colors of powerbait were reported and very similar lures as well. Most of the fly action was on wooly buggers, but I suspect that beadhead nymphs, renegades, and chironomidae patterns will turn fish also. We did stock Enbom Lake with the same numbers of large fish as Mundo, so anglers can expect to pick up some large fish along with the standard 8-12 inch rainbows.

            Stone Lake has been very slow. The few reports we received suggested multiple hours with very few hits and no fish landed. The water quality is great and the hatch of chironomidae midges is in full effect. The wind has contributed to the low pressure, but mornings and evenings offer a chance to catch the really big one at Stone Lake. Anglers can fish from the shore, float tube, or boat right now.

            The Navajo River continues to offer a chance at big browns. Worms have been the only thing reported and are probably the best choice right now in the off colored water. There are several great new pools in the mile of stream that was rehabilitated last year in an effort to create and enhance habitat used by the Roundtail Chub. The Roundtail Chub is a fish that is native to the Colorado River Drainage and is currently in trouble throughout the majority of its historical range. The Jicarilla Apache Nation is working to protect this species in its waters and therefore these fish need to be released immediately upon capture. The first picture in the Fishing 2009-10 album in the photo gallery is a Roundtail Chub if you have never seen one before. Please help us protect these beautiful fish and let us know when where and how you caught them.

            Have a great Holiday Weekend!!!!!

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Dept.

Fishing Report 5/18/10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fishing Report 5/18/10

            Fishing has been good to excellent this week at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes. Most of the recent pressure and action has been split between Mundo Lake and Enbom Lake, but we did hear of a Lunker that was caught at Stone Lake on Saturday. The water is clearing up at both Enbom Lake and Mundo Lake and Stone remains crystal clear. The year’s first Bass reports have come in and folks are catching Bluegill as well. We have completed the year’s spring stocking with a load of 1,500 lbs. of 16-22 inch  Rainbow Trout that was split between Mundo Lake and Enbom Lake on 5/17/2010.  A couple of local anglers each caught big Browns on the Navajo River over the weekend. One of the Browns was caught with a worm by Josh Martinez, a Dulce Local, and it measured in at just over 20 inches. The Navajo River is still off color a little but fishing quite well. There were no reports from Dulce Lake this week.

            Mundo Lake is fishing good to excellent. Most anglers are targeting trout and the bite has been good for Rainbows with what appears to be a dual average. Half of the fish reported were the smaller 8-10 inch fish and the other half are averaging 14-16 inches with even larger fish reported. That dual average should persist for the next few weeks with the addition of 750 lbs. of Trophy Rainbows ranging from 16-22 inches that were stocked into Mundo Lake yesterday (5/17).The best reports were from anglers using smallish spinners especially dark colors, and flies including wooly buggers, pheasant tails, renegades, zug bugs, leeches, hares ears, and damsels. The good old lure/fly hybrid, the “Pistol Pete”, also faired very well at Mundo Lake this week. The docks will be installed for the year at Mundo Lake sometime between now and the Holiday Weekend (Memorial Day) depending on time and weather. A couple of anglers have started to target Bass at Mundo and they are having success with spinnerbaits along the shorelines. There haven’t been any huge Bass yet, but the 10-12 inch fish are pretty aggressive. There were no reports on Catfish this week.

            Enbom Lake was far and away the hot spot this week at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes. As many as 17 anglers were out there over the weekend, and the action was hot. Most of the success was on spinners and flies similar to the ones reported for Mundo. Also similar to Mundo, was the dual average reported, with approximately half of the Rainbows caught at 8-10 inches and half of them at 14 inches or better. I have heard of at least 10 Rainbows caught in the 18 inch range. Enbom was also stocked yesterday (5/17) with 750 lbs. of 16-22 inch trophy Rainbow Trout. These fish stocked well, and dispersed quickly in the rusty colored water that is still in the process of clearing up after runoff. The Chironomidae hatch is substantially more active at Enbom right now when compared to Mundo Lake. There should be a possibility for dry fly fishing early mornings and in the evenings or any other time when the wind is down.

            Stone lake is still giving folks a hard time. To date, over 95% of the attempts at Stone Lake have been fruitless. Consequently, the fishing pressure is extremely low and therefore we have fewer and fewer reports. Finally, for the first time since ice out I have a fish caught at Stone Lake to report. Unfortunately, the report is second hand, but it comes from a reliable source. The fish was caught with a lure from shore and was a Rainbow Trout that measured 23 and ½ inches. The water is in excellent condition and the Midge hatch is going off big time. With any luck, the action will pick up soon.

            Conditions are excellent at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes right now. Don’t forget that camping is free with a valid Jicarilla Fishing Permit. Consider the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes for your next aquatic adventure!!!!!

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department

 

Update 5/13/2010

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hello Everyone,

I was informed yesterday that a client was trying to contact me through email via the website and that his message did no get through. This was a problem that resulted from migrating to a new hosting service for our website and it has been resolved. If you are one of the folks that tried to contact me and didn't receive a reply, please try again. I apologize for any inconveniences that this problem caused.

Thank You

Kevin Terry
Fisheries Biologist
Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department

Fishing Report 5/11/10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fishing Report 5/11/10

            The Jicarilla Fishing Lakes are shaping up, with good fishing reported at both Mundo and Enbom Lakes. Flies and Lures have had the best report but bait including powerbait and worms is also working. Stone Lake has had a little pressure but very few reports have come in, and most of those have been hearsay. We stocked Dulce Lake today (5/11) with approximately 4,000 8-10” Channel Catfish. Our next Trophy Trout stocking will happen on Monday 5/17 with 1,500 lbs of trophy Rainbows from 15-22”. These fish will be divided between Enbom and Mundo Lakes.

            Mundo Lake is fishing fair to good this week. Visibility is improving at 3-4 feet and the water temps are in the mid 50’s. There were only a couple of reports this week and the best action reported was on lures and pistol petes trolled by boat. Several nice Rainbows were reported in the 14-17” range as well as the smaller stocker Rainbows that are currently averaging 8 inches. There were no reports from anglers targeting Bass or Catfish.

            Enbom Lake is fishing well with flies and lures. Darker colors are the best and spinners, small spoons, and woolly buggers are all working. Anglers are catching the big trophy fish with quite a few Rainbows in the 14 to 18 inch range reported this week. I did not receive any reports from bait anglers, but I suspect the bite on bait is picking up also. The water clarity is improving but the visibility is still limited to 2-3 feet. The Chironomidae midges are beginning to hatch and dry fly action has been possible on calm evenings. The pupae (emerger) of this large midge are black with whitish stripes and a light colored head and wing casing. Most fly shops will carry these big Midges in size 10-14. The good old black or Brown Pistol Pete behind a water bubble is another option worth consideration right now. Enbom has been the popular spot this past week.

            Stone Lake has yet to produce a single fish as far as I know. I have received a few second hand reports of boat activity over the weekend but I didn’t hear any news on success. I have found that I get more reports from anglers who didn’t get a bite than I do from anglers turning fish all day. Maybe the fish are biting after all.

            Dulce Lake has been stocked for the year with 4,000 8-10” Channel Catfish and 3,000 4-6” Rainbows. The Catfish should start biting in the next week or so, but the trout will take approximately 2 months before they reach a catchable size. We are excited to get Dulce Lake back into the circuit.

            Everything is really starting to happen at the Jicarilla Lakes. We are one stocking (5/17) away from completing the spring stocking regime. The insects are beginning to hatch and the weather is getting better. It’s a late start, but a start nonetheless. I will see you out there.

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Dept.

           

Fishing update 5/6/2010

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, May 06, 2010

 This update is to let all of you know that I got a chance to test our sonar in Horse Lake today. We haven't stocked it since 2007 and there shouldn't be any fish at all out there. I trolled around for more than an hour an did not map a single fish. Whoooo!!! You may remember a couple weeks back when I reported mapping a bunch of fish of various sizes at Stone Lake but didn't know how accurate the fish finder was. Well, now it is safe to say that I do trust the machine after all. I also received some positive news late yesterday that a local angler had a big hit at stone Lake while trolling on tuesday evening. I still believe that we lost a portion of the trout population over the unusually long winter, but I don't believe it was as bad as first suspected after the gill net results. Things are just weird this year, but the bugs are beginning to fly and that is a good thing. 
 
Kevin Terry
Fisheries Biologist
Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Dept.

Fishing Report 5-4-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Fishing Report 5/4/2010

            The Jicarilla Fishing Lakes are lonely and need some attention. Angler pressure has been very low so far this season and therefore we are lacking in fishing reports to share. The weather has been the primary culprit, and again on Sunday we saw snow showers and cold gusty winds. Spring run-off is completely over for the year and the lakes are steadily clearing up. Stone Lake is ahead of the others and has excellent visibility right now. Mundo Lake is getting better with 2-3 feet of visibility, and Enbom is lagging behind with only 1-2 feet of visibility. The few fishing reports that we have received suggest that fishing is slow across the board at the Jicarilla Lakes. Spring trout stocking is almost complete for the year, and all three of the fishing lakes have been stocked.  

            Mundo Lake is clearing up nicely and has recently stopped overflowing. Most of the fishing pressure has been from bait anglers targeting trout and whether fishing the top or bottom it has been slow. I have not received any reports from anglers targeting Bass or Catfish.

            Stone Lake has been devoid of anglers lately. A few locals have been casting lures here and there but as far as I know, they are not catching fish. The typical spring cruisers are not around which is not that surprising considering that this year is anything but typical. Usually the Chironomidae midges would be hatching by the millions already, but so far there have only been a few coming off in the mornings. The water is very clear with 6- 8 feet of visibility and the surface water temp is hovering around 55 degrees.

            Enbom Lake is still quite turbid with 1-2 feet of visibility. There were a few reports this week from anglers using bait and lures. The bite on bait was very slow on powerbait, salmon eggs, and worms. Lures were also slow, and except for a few follow ups, action was nonexistent. I tried Enbom this morning with a brown woolly bugger and a slow retrieve. I fished for 30 minutes without so much as a bump.

            Things are bound to turn around any day now. I hope to see you out there when it happens!

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Dept.

             

Fishing Report 4-28-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fishing Report 4/28/2010

 

          Spring stocking on the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes is almost complete. We stocked another 50,000 6 inch Rainbows into Stone Lake yesterday (4/27) bringing this years total to 105,000 fish. Enbom Lake was stocked last week with 8,000 8” Rainbows and 500 14-16” Rainbows. Mundo Lake also received 15,000 8” Rainbows and 500 14-16” Rainbows last week. Dulce Lake was stocked with 3,000 6 inch Rainbows (4/27) and will be stocked with Channel Catfish in May. The mystery is still unraveling at Stone Lake where the water quality is in great shape with approximately 6-7 feet of visibility. Both Enbom Lake and Mundo Lake are still quite turbid with less than 2 feet of visibility, but they are clearing up daily, and should be fishing well by the weekend. Overall, fishing pressure has been way down so far at the Jicarilla Lakes. The muddy water and the uncertainty of over winter survival at Stone have made an impact for local anglers and out of towners alike.

          Stone Lake continues to give us problems. The gill nets have only captured one fish, which was a nice Bass. This is the case even after 55,000 fish were stocked last week. So far we have observed 2 large trout and 4-5 Bass near the shore at Stone which means that at least some fish made it through the winter. We have also observed plenty of dead salamanders and 4 fish carcasses. The fish finder sonar still feels that there are a lot of fish in Stone but they haven’t shown up in the nets, on the lines, or near the shore as is usually the case in the spring. I believe that we had a significant loss of fish over the unusually long winter, but I also believe that there are still quite a few holdovers and will soon be a crop of aggressive stockers fattening up and growing fast. The few attempts at fishing besides those by the Jicarilla Game and Fish Department have been dismal. However, there certainly hasn’t been a very significant effort to date. The water quality is fabulous with 6-8 feet of visibility and temperatures are in the mid 50’s. I plan on testing the sonar at Horse Lake later today to determine its accuracy in a lake that hasn’t been stocked since 2007. An update will follow, but I think it is time to give Stone a shot.

          Enbom Lake is still very turbid with less than a foot of visibility. The fish that were stocked last week should be on the bite by now and they will be hitting on leech patterns and dark colored woolly buggers. The roads at Enbom have dried out and the boat ramp is in working condition. I have not received a report yet, but expect there will be some after the weekend.

          Mundo Lake has finally stopped flowing and the parking lot is high and dry. Visibility is around 1-2 feet and it has been improving daily. There have been a few folks at Mundo primarily using bait and the bite for trout has been slow. Catfish have been caught with worms and powerbait, and a few trout are showing up here and there with lures and flies. Expect the action at Mundo to pick up as the water clears.

          Dulce Lake is back in the trout circuit in a minor way. Dulce Lake is in as good a shape as it has been since the dam work a decade ago. Therefore, we decided to give a couple thousand small trout a shot. These fish should be catchable in a couple of months and we will manage them as a seasonal fishery much like Enbom Lake. The water is clear and cold and they should do quite well for now. Dulce Lake will be stocked with catfish in May.

          Let’s make up for a slow April with a great start to May. I hope to see you out there and can’t wait to get the year’s first good report.

 


Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Game and Fish Department

Fishing Update 4/22/2010

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Fishing Update 4/22

    The news at Stone remains a mystery. We spent the better part of yesterday searching for trout and spot sampling with the gill nets. My sonar unit decided that this would be a perfect time to crap out, just as has the rest of the technology surrounding me including this ridiculously expensive and completely ornery lap top which has made it a challenge to get this out to you. Again today I went to stone after talking to computer techs forever, and looked for trout near shore where they usually hang this time of year. NADA. However, I still haven't found any legitimate evidence to prove that there was a kill event. I am not giving up the search until all of you are satisfied. I have to be in ABQ tomorrow for a meeting, but I am planning to fish Stone on Sunday. 
    The other lakes have pretty much topped out for the year and will be clearing up over the next few weeks. The Stocking plan that was detailed in Tuesdays (4/20) report went ahead as scheduled. The parking lot/emergency spillway at Mundo is drying out and there are just a few muddy areas left, so park in the dry spots. The turbidity has been keeping most of the local anglers away from Mundo and Enbom, so I really don't know how they are fishing. The canary in the coal mine fish that I put in a net pen overnight at Enbom to test survival did enjoy the company of enough leaches to creep me out so if I was there, I would use a brown or black wooly bugger or leech pattern. If any of you decide to try the Jicarilla Lakes this weekend, please call or email a report to me so I can pass it along to the rest of the folks who love to fish here. I am working to get you answers!!!!!!!

Kevin Terry 
Fisheries Biologist
Jicarilla Game and Fish Department