Jicarilla Fishing Blog

Fishing Report 9-22-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fishing Report 9/22/2010

            The Harvest moon is in the sky beckoning all of you nighttime cat fishermen for one more outing. The few reports this week also suggest that they are ready to hit your bait at Mundo Lake. Enbom has been good with a few hints of big fish being caught in the past week. The tribal celebration of Go-Jiya limited pressure at the lakes last week, but a few very large fish were seen near the surface at Stone Lake. There were also several reports of float tubers on Stone, but so far there haven’t been any reports from them. The Navajo River was shaping up very well but this morning rain is back in the picture and it is predicted to continue through tomorrow. The algae blooms that were affecting Enbom and Stone Last week are in their final stages and water clarity is getting better daily. Any anglers fishing Enbom or Stone in the mornings or evenings will also enjoy a chorus of Elk bugles coming from the Horse Lake Mesa Game Park.

            Mundo Lake is still crystal clear and cooling off nicely. The few reports this week suggest that trout fishing is fair to good with flies and fair with bait. Anglers in tubes and boats trolling flies and small lures are doing the best catching 10-12 inch average trout. Powerbait and worms are working for trout and incidentally for catfish. There haven’t been any reports from anglers targeting Bass for several weeks and I am hearing less and less about the sometimes aggravating Bluegill. Mundo Lake Campground has been almost vacant, as have the docks, so consider Mundo for your next fishing trip.

            Enbom Lake is at the end of a green algae bloom, and the water is clearing up daily. Again, there hasn’t been a lot of pressure but the few things I have heard are good. Woolly Buggers, Pistol Petes, and small castmasters and spinners are good right now. Olive seems to be a hot color for flies. Float tubes should be able to access some of the shallow areas on the north side after the recent weed harvesting. There are still big fish out there and I have heard some gossip of a 20 inch Rainbow being caught at Enbom last week.

            Stone lake has had pressure lately from float tubers but for one reason or another I haven’t had a single report from them or anyone who has talked to them. I did talk to a few locals who were on the lake during Go-Jiya and saw big torpedo fish cruising near the surface like fresh water sharks. FYI, we will be getting a very nice underwater camera in the next few weeks so that we can observe and record the fish in Stone to further frustrate us while fishing for them. I am very excited about this purchase and hope that it will help us understand more about the behavior of our beloved fresh water hogs.

            On a side note, I want to mention again that Brown Trout spawning season is just around the corner in the Navajo River. The fish should currently be doing the best they can to pack the pounds on for the spawn. Streamers and egg patterns are both likely to get attention. On Monday we did a short (100ft)  electrofishing survey near the north boundary and caught a beautiful 18 inch Brown in excellent condition. He is still there waiting for you to show up. I will be out of town for the next 2 weeks pursuing antelope, deer, and behemoth trout in Wyoming, and I desperately want to hear big fish stories when I return. See you then.

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department   

Fishing Report 9-13-2010

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, September 13, 2010

Fishing Report 9/13/2010

            Fall fishing is often the best time of year at the Jicarilla Fishing lakes. Water temps are coming down across the board and all three lakes have de-stratified with a mild turnover. The nutrient rich bottom water has come to the surface and spurred what we hope will be the last algae bloom at Stone Lake and Enbom Lake. Mundo Lake is still crystal clear, but it may have a bloom also in the next week or so. The water temps are hovering just over 62 °F and the nighttime temps have been in the upper 30’s, so I expect the water will cool off into the fifties in the next week or so. Enbom is fishing good to excellent and Mundo Lake has been fair to good. Stone Lake hasn’t had any pressure, and fishing probably won’t pick up until the algae bloom clears up.

            Mundo Lake is very clear and fishing has been fair. The best action for trout has been from anglers in float tubes fishing woolly buggers and beadheads on a slow troll. The deep area in front of the dam is producing a few fish on the bottom with powerbait. There were only a few reports this week and pressure has been low.

            Enbom Lake has a slight algae bloom going off right now. The lake has recently been harvested for weeds and float tubing is prime right now. The best action is on damselflies, woolly buggers, and streamers. I spent 30 minutes fishing Enbom this Morning from the shore. I was using an olive sculpin streamer followed by an olive conehead bugger. I caught 2 small 11 inch fish on the bugger and stuck a nice chunky 17 inch Rainbow on the streamer pattern. I also missed several good hits and had a few follow ups. That is the only report this week.

            Stone Lake is in the midst of an extensive algae bloom. The entire lake has been affected and globs of algae are floating all over and accumulating in some areas. One local reported seeing several very large cruisers in the middle of the lake late last week but that was about it for reports. I tried fishing for a couple of hours but struck out. I was fishing deep (12-16 feet) with big streamer patterns and was surprised that I didn’t catch more weeds and slime. When this bloom subsides it will be game on at Stone for the next couple of months.

The Navajo River is clearing up a little, but it remains susceptible to high mountain rains which can’t seem to stay away for any longer than a week. It is a little early, but don’t forget to check the river in October for big spawner browns. This week is a tribal holiday called Go-Jiya. Therefore, the Jicarilla Game and Fish office will be closed Tuesday through Thursday (9/14-9/16). Have a great week on the water.

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department

 

Fishing Report 9-7-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Fishing Report 9-7-10

            The holiday weekend was good for fishing on the Jicarilla Lakes. The weather held up until Monday when the wind picked up, but all in all it was a good weekend. We received a few positive reports from trout anglers at both Mundo and Enbom. Bass and Catfish were also hitting well at Mundo. As far as I know, Stone was pretty vacant but we would love any reports, good or bad, from Stone. I didn’t hear anything from the Navajo River either, but the break in rains has allowed it to clear up a bit. The nighttime temps are still very pleasant and fishing season is far from over up here.

            Mundo Lake was fishing well with flies including wooly buggers, beadheads, and damsel patterns. Bait anglers were catching trout on powerbait and salmon eggs. The salmon eggs were also working for catfish. Bass are hitting plastic grubs in blue and even top water patterns like frogs. The average trout is 10 inches but a few of the 14-16 inch fish were caught in the deep water near the dam. The water is clear and the weeds are down.

            Enbom Lake has been cleared of weeds and the trout fishing was hot over the weekend. Float tubers and shore anglers alike were slamming chubby 10 inch trout, with a few bigger fish mixed in. Woolly buggers, Prince nymphs, and parachute adams on top were all reported. Yellow powerbait was catching them quickly according to one report that claimed two limits in around an hour. Overall, the catch rate has been around 3-5 fish per hour at Enbom.

                        There were no reports from Stone Lake or the Navajo River this week. Considering the pressure at Stone, I think you have a fair chance of catching the first fall fish. Those 100,000 stockers are fat and feisty by now and they are just waiting for you to get out there and tug on them. See you on the water.

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department  

Fishing Report 8-31-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fishing Report 8/31/10

       September is here at last, and the start of the fall fishing season is officially underway. Overall, fishing pressure has been way down this week and Mundo is getting most of the attention. A few fish have been caught in Enbom, and Stone is still driving me crazy. The weed harvester will begin operations at Enbom today (8/31) and it should be pretty cleaned out by the weekend. The river is high and muddy right now, but if the weather man is right we should have fishable conditions by Saturday or Sunday. Water Temps are on their way back down, but surface temps are still around 70°F and bottom temps are as cool as 62°F. We have been working hard to get our hands on some Stone Lake trout, but the gill nets have gone dry again. Camping for the holiday weekend might be a bit crowded since the trapping contest is still underway at Enbom. However, Stone Lake has plenty of sites as well as electric hook ups in the RV park. All of the camping, including the Stone Lake RV park is free with a valid Jicarilla Fishing Permit.

            Mundo is fishing fair to good for Rainbows averaging 10-12 inches. The best reports are from anglers fishing bait near the bottom. The deep area in front of the dam has been especially good. Powerbait in various colors and worms have been reported. One angler told me that he observed some folks trolling at Mundo who apparently caught a bunch of trout in a short period of time. I haven’t spoken to any fly anglers this week, but I assume the float tube fishing is good considering the recent weed harvesting efforts at Mundo. The water is very clear and cooling off nicely. There were no reports of Bass caught this week, but there was a report of a trout angler catching Catfish on powerbait one after the other. The Bluegill bite has also slowed down, which is good news to trout fishermen using flies.    

            Enbom is very weedy, but that is soon to be resolved. The Harvester will start today and we are trying our best to have things cleaned up for the weekend. The reports I received were second hand but according to our trapper, 13 chunky Rainbows lost their lives over the weekend. Buggers, Beadheads, and Bait will work and small spinners and lures should get some attention also. Early September mornings at Enbom offer an extra special experience to anglers if the Elk are Bugling in the Game Park.

            Stone Freakin Lake continues to haunt my dreams. I am holding out hope for this fall and doing my best to remember the 9.5 lb beauty I caught last October, but I just can’t wrap my hands around the current situation out there. I set overnight gill nets last night, and again they were completely empty this morning. My favorite fish finder is super confident that there are hundreds of big fish hanging deep in the middle of the lake, but again today I was tempted to swim the thing. The northern half of the lake, especially the NE side has a substantial green algae bloom, but the south and southwest is fairly clear. I observed small salamanders, snails, and hatching Callibaetis Mayflies as well as millions of fathead minnows nut not a single Trout or Bass. The lake level is excellent thanks to the rains and the weeds are not as bad as usual this time of year. Good Luck and go deep.

            On behalf of the Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department, have a wonderful and safe Holiday weekend filled with plenty of fishing and very little or no LABOR!

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department

 

 

Fishing Report 8-24-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fishing Report 8/24/10

            It’s hard to believe that September is just around the corner.  Time is really flying by this year and Stone Lake still hasn’t been even remotely productive. On the other hand, Mundo Lake has been fishing fair to good and Enbom is coming back around. Overall, fishing pressure has been down at the lakes lately probably due to local folks getting geared up for hunting season. The best reports have come from Mundo Lake where fishing has been great to fair depending on species and timing. Since we are heading into what I consider to be the best time of year at Stone Lake, we will be conducting gill net and sonar surveys at Stone on Thursday (8/26). Hopefully, I will have some info to share on that in next week’s report.

            Mundo Lake has been fishing fair to good for trout with the average size slipping down a bit this week. The best reports are from bait anglers using powerbait on the bottom. The reported average is between 8 and 10 inches, but a few of the larger fish are showing up here and there. The weeds have been cut at Mundo and most of the lake is cleaned out so to speak. Catfish have been hitting powerbait, worms, and Liver offering anglers a chance to double up on trout and cats when using powerbait. Tonight is the full moon and Catfish should be active. Anglers have been reporting incidental catch of bluegill while fishing on the surface with flies or bait. The average size is too small to filet but we encourage take of anything close to palm sized bluegills. We did not receive any reports for Bass this week but I talked with a gentleman that saw a very nice fish under the dock near the spillway.

            Enbom Lake has been slow for Rainbows averaging 12 inches. The weeds are reemerging as a problem, but we hope to get the weed harvester out there by Thursday. The only reports this week are from anglers using bait including powerbait and worms. As water temperatures drop you can expect fishing to pick up at Enbom. The usual ensemble of woolly buggers and beadheads is still the go to box at Enbom for fly anglers. While we have grown used to the “stockers” at Enbom, there are still some very nice fish out there, so be prepared. The campground at Enbom will have limited space this week due to the trapping contest that has a base camp at the lake.

            Have a great week, and an even better weekend, at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes.

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department

               

Fishing Report 8-10-2010

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fishing Report 8/10/2010

            Today should be a great day for fishing as it happens to be my father’s Birthday. My dad is the main culprit behind my obsessive fish addiction and a true lover of all things trout. Happy Birthday Dad! The Jicarilla Fishing lakes have been hit and miss this week with an overall decline in pressure. Mundo Lake is the hot spot again, with fair to good fishing for all 4 species. Enbom is getting weedy again, but the harvester will be there next week for round 2. I haven’t heard anything about Stone but I assume the trend continues. The Navajo River is still murky but it has been clearing up daily with the recent break in monsoon activity.

            Mundo Lake is fishing fair to good for trout. The average size is approximately 10-12” but there have been a lot of larger fish caught in the past few weeks. The best reports are from anglers using white powerbait or worms and the action has been split between the top and bottom. Largemouth Bass are biting well on grubs, spinnerbaits, and jerk baits. Bluegill are still extremely aggressive and can be caught with flies, worms, or corn. Catfish have been hitting on liver, worms, and stinkbaits. Weed harvesting at Mundo is now 90% complete offering anglers a break from the weeds. However, keep in mind that the harvester only cuts to 6 feet deep.

            Enbom Lake has been slow as far as I can tell from one or 2 reports. I went out there today to try and get more info but there wasn’t a soul in sight. The weeds are an issue again, especially on the North half of the lake. My personal preference at Enbom is to use black or brown buggers or olive damselflies. If there is cloud cover, or in the mornings and evenings, fish will rise well to various dries including parachute Adams. The harvester will be moved to Enbom next week for round 2. Campers, there will be limited space at Enbom next week beginning 8/24 through 9/5 due to our annual trapping competition that is based there.

            Stone Lake needs a friend and I am not sure if I am him. I have been neglecting her lately and apparently so has everyone else. I hope to get out there for the first time in weeks tomorrow after Elk work in the morning. Yes, I will provide a short update on that trip in the blog.

            The Navajo River is clearing up and almost fishy. It may be worth throwing a worm or bright attractor patterns if you are in the neighborhood. I would love to hear about any trips to the river as I haven’t had a report in weeks. Stay wet out there!!!

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Dept.

Fishing Report 8-3-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Fishing Report 8-3-2010

            Fishing has been limited this week at the Jicarilla Lakes due to almost continuous monsoons. The torrential rains have been happening in the afternoons for the most part, but it has started just after lunch a couple of days. Mundo has been fair to good on the bottom for trout and good for bluegill and Bass. Enbom has been slow for trout, and Stone Lake is still a complete blank despite yet another angler report of a broken fish finder. Needless to say, the river is not a good option right now, as its color will remind you of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory.

            Mundo Lake is the “go to” spot of the week. Trout fishing has been good for Rainbows over 14 inches with several 18 ers mentioned. The majority of the action has been reported by bait anglers fishing worms or powerbait on the bottom. Weed harvesting between lightning events is at about 50 % of Mundo, so bottom fishing is less of a weed problem right now. Anglers fishiAng for trout with lures or flies on the top half of the water column have not fared as well. Fly fishermen are having a tough time keeping the bluegills off and lures aren’t working well either. Bass fishing is good with grubs and spinnerbaits. The average Mundo Lake Bass is 10 inches, but several notable fish were caught recently, including a 3 and ½ lb hog that was caught on a zoom horny toad by Richard Chavez a local high school student and Bass Junkie. The reports from catfish anglers suggest slow conditions but I spoke with a float tuber this morning who caught a nice one on a woolly Bugger (go figure!).

            Enbom Lake has been slow for trout with catch rates dropping to around 1 fish per hour. The fish that have been caught are nice healthy rainbows averaging 12 inches. Enbom did get a little color from the rains, but clarity is still good and the weeds have not rebounded completely yet. The kill event that was mentioned last week has subsided with total losses of less than 500 fish. We are keeping a close watch out there and will report any changes ASAP.

            Stone Lake is still driving me crazy. It looks good with relatively minimal weed growth and great clarity, but those brave souls who have ventured out there including my 2 summer workers this afternoon have all met the same skunk. However, we did receive another report of a broken fish finder at Stone Lake.  Apparently the thing was mapping small, medium, and large fish virtually everywhere and still not a single bite. Funny, I had the same problem with my piece of junk sonar unit. Things have to change out there at some point and I hope it is when you are on the water. Have a great week and keep your line wet.

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Game and Fish Department

Fishing Report 7-27-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fishing Report 7-27-2010

          The summer monsoons are finally here and things have cooled off at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes. Fishing has been variable from lake to lake and day to day but there have been times of excellent action over the past week. Several notable fish were caught over the weekend and Saturday was reported as epic at Mundo Lake. Bass are still hot at Mundo, as are Bluegill, but the catfishing has slowed way down again. Enbom is suffering a partial summer kill with high water temps and Ph levels. Stone Lake has been lonely as is usual this time of year, but one report indicated that the fishing is still very slow. The Navajo River has been good lately, but the rains have muddied things up and fishing has slowed down.

            Mundo Lake is the best lake this week for anglers looking for Trout or Bass. Trout fishing has been very off and on at Mundo but our fisheries technician Rosenberg Tafoya reported that Saturday was one of the best days for large trout at Mundo in recent history. He estimated that at least 20 fish over 16 inches were caught on Saturday alone. The most notable of these was a Rainbow that measured 23 inches and was caught by Timothy Tafoya of Dulce on Powerbait. Subsequently, Sunday was considered fair for trout and Monday was very slow. The action has been split between bait and flies with one report of anglers having success with parachute Adams dry flies. The bait menu includes powerbait, worms, and grasshoppers and the standard assortment of damsels, woolly buggers, beadheads and streamers are working on the fly side. Largemouth Bass have been biting well on a wide variety of grubs and lures and top water action has been reported. For fly anglers, a streamer in bright (bluegillish) colors will double your odds with Bass and trout. Bluegill are fishing very well with beadheads (size 16-20) and worms, and especially with the combination of the two. Catfishing has fallen off big time this week. There was substantial pressure over the weekend but the reports indicated low success across the board.

            Enbom Lake is experiencing a Summer Fish Kill episode that was brought on by high water temps (mid 70’s) and high Ph levels. So far, the kill has been fairly minimal (approx 200 fish) but we are continuing to monitor this event. Catch and Release fishing is highly discouraged at Enbom right now due to the high water temps and low recovery rate of released fish. Anglers who are retaining fish are still having success at Enbom but the action is considered fair to slow. Powerbait, worms, and flies will all do the trick out there.  

            Stone Lake is very slow according to the one report we have this week. July is not usually a good month at Stone. We received one report and it was 2 hours of nothing. Don’t write Stone off completely, but I wouldn’t recommend spending too much time out there. Stop by, give it a try, and who knows maybe you will catch the 30 inch behemoth that we all know is out there. There was a good hatch of salamander tad poles this year and a salamander fly or plastic lure may be the ticket (3-4inches).

            The Navajo River was fishing well with flies and bait before the monsoons arrived and muddied up the water. I suspect the trend will continue when things clear up. Grasshoppers are everywhere out there, and a hopper dropper rig is a good option for fly fishermen. Bait anglers can find what they need on the banks and should have success in the deeper holes. This is a good time to be on the river and escape the midday heat with a dip in one of our newly renovated pools.

            I apologize to those of you that follow this report on a weekly basis and have been wondering where the reports have been. I have been away getting married and spending some time in the sun on the beautiful island of Kauai. I thought about publishing a fishing report from there but I couldn’t do it to you. However, I am back and ready to go, so grab a rod and meet me at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes.

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist

Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department

Fishing Report 7-6-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Fishing Report 7/6/2010

            I hope that this report finds everyone well after the long holiday weekend. I also hope that everyone had a chance to fish in between barbeques and fireworks. The fishing on the Jicarilla Lakes has been good, although trout fishing at Mundo has slowed and Stone Lake is still very slow. The best reports this week came from Enbom Lake. Catch rates were reported at or better than 5 fish per hour from a couple of different anglers. Bass and Bluegill are extremely active at Mundo, but the trout fishing and Catfishing has slowed down. Everything is set to go on Saturday July 10th for the 3rd annual 3 species pony express fishing derby. This is a great event which is held at Mundo Lake from 7am-4:30 pm. We have prizes for 1st through 3rd place for each of the 3 species as well as a grand prize for the heaviest combined creel of the day. In the kid’s division there will be prizes for 1st through 3rd place for the heaviest combined creels. We will have our usual one day raffle for hunting and fishing permits and be prepared ($) for the possibility of a very special once in a lifetime type of hunt that may be raffled as well.  For more details on prices and rules please visit the “Whats New” section of the www.jicarillahunt.com website.          

            Mundo Lake is set for another interesting derby on Saturday. The Bass are very active and I expect competition for this species to have an interesting outcome. The trout fishing has slowed down, but they are there, and I am sure someone will dial them in on Saturday. The Catfishing has been slow, but there have been some big fish reported lately and a heavy catfish creel was the game changer last year. I was at Mundo Lake briefly this morning and talked with a young angler that was doing well for Bass with his fly rod and a top water popper. The best reports were from anglers using bead heads including prince nymphs, brown woolly buggers, and powerbait in orange, yellow, and red. Small lures like castmasters and daredevils are getting a fair bite, and they are also working for trolling.

            Enbom Lake is currently the hot spot for trout on the Jicarilla fishing lakes. Several anglers reported outstanding catch rates for chubby trout that average 8-12 inches. The best action is with flies near the surface which has a lot to do with the weeds getting very thick out there. After a few days of work we have the weed harvester running and operations will begin at Enbom ASAP. If you are out there while the machine is running look for clear undisturbed water. Harvesting at Enbom Lake typically only takes a couple of days, so the lake should be in great shape for the weekend. Powerbait was in the report but avoid fishing it on the bottom in really weedy areas. The fish have been surface oriented lately so dry fly fishermen should definitely give it a shot with attractor patterns, parachute adams’, or even adult damsel patterns (blue).

            Stone Lake remains very slow this week. We had another good report of an angler using a wide variety of patterns for 5 hours with only a slight bump. The water is clear and the weeds are not that bad yet, but the fish are not biting. I did observe a couple of fish cruising slowly along the shore this morning. They did not appear to be feeding but I wish I had a rod to cast at them anyway. If the wind is down and the lake is glassy I would suggest using the higher banks to sight fish or even locate breaks in the weed beds. I often have the best luck right next to the weed beds in the summer months. Damsels, damsels, damnsels!!!

            The Navajo River is low and clear and is probably in the best shape of the season so far. Good reports are trickling in from anglers using worms and mention of large browns has been whispered again this week. I have sent a few fly fishermen into the river lately but have not heard anything from them. That usually makes me think that something good is going on and with super active hoppers I would suggest a hopper dropper method or buggers and streamers. There is approximately 12 miles of fishable water in the Navajo River and now is the time to try it.

            There was another mentionable catch this week which was taken on the willow creek canal otherwise known as the san juan-chama azotea tunnel diversion. This is a seasonal fishery that flows into Heron Lake and is open for fishing to Tribal members and their guests/clients only . There are big fish in the creek and on Sunday (7/4)  Larson Panzy, a tribal member and Game and Fish employee, caught a 22 inch rainbow on a pistol pete. The fish was fat and sassy and gave Larson one hell of a fight. Guided day trips can be arranged by contacting Kevin at the Game and Fish office (575)759-3255. We hope to see everyone at Mundo Lake on Saturday for another great event!

Kevin Terry

Fisheries Biologist          

 

Fishing Report 6-29-10

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fishing Report 6/29/2010

            Fishing has been good at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes. Summer is in full swing and the warm water species are very active. We have the first positive report from Stone Lake in weeks, and it and several other fish reported were over 20 inches. The aquatic weeds are showing up and causing issues but we hope to get the weed machine in action by week’s end. Afternoon thunderstorms have been threatening the beginning of monsoon season but so far we have only seen a few drops here and there. The 3rd annual Pony Express 3 species fishing derby is set for Saturday July 10 at Mundo Lake. Please view details of this event on the website www.jicarillahunt.com in the “what’s new” section. This is a great event with good prizes and hearty competition. As usual, there will be a one day onsite raffle for hunting and fishing permits as well as fabulous prizes. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go towards the 2010 Pony Express Race held on Friday July 16th 2010. There is a lot happening around here right now and the holiday weekend is sure to be a good time.

            Mundo Lake is the big producer this week. There has been good to excellent action for Bluegill and Bass. The bluegill are biting best on flies, and various small (size12-20) beadheads are working the best. Bass are biting grubs, spinnerbaits, salamander and frog plastics, and have even been observed going top water. Catfish are biting and some very nice fish have been caught. The rumor is that a 28 inch cat and a 32 inch cat were both caught over the weekend. Catfish are hitting worms, liver, and a variety of commercial stink bait products. With the weeds getting tall, I recommend fishing top down with a bobber to avoid tangles. Trout are biting at Mundo, but the fishing should be considered fair to slow for trout right now. A lot of the bigger fish have been taken deep, but that is also where the weeds are the worst. Trout reports include powerbait, worms, small spoons, spinners, and various flies. The best trout fishing has been very early morning and just before and after dark.

            Enbom Lake has been hit or miss, with times of excellent fishing and times of very slow fishing. The Rainbows have been quite active lately and you can see them jumping completely out of the water chasing adult damselflies throughout the day. On average, the best action has been in the mornings and evenings. The water temps are getting up there (high 60’s) so if you are practicing catch and release please land and release the fish as soon as possible, and avoid placing them in weedy areas if you can. Enbom Lake is the first stop for the weed harvester and we will hopefully be at it by Thursday (7/1) afternoon. Flies, lures, and bait are all getting some action out there. Float tubes and boats will help you avoid the weeds, but they are getting pretty thick. I haven’t had any reports, but I suspect that dry fly fishing with damsels or hoppers will work.

            Stone Lake has had its first confirmed catch reported in weeks. This big Bow was caught by Shane Bradley a Jicarilla Game and Fish Officer. Shane was using a spoon and casting from the shore at Manghani Point on the east side of the lake. His Rainbow measured 23 inches and had the typical Stone Lake body type, which is only the ideal in the world of trout. In other words, it was FAT! That was the one and only report this week and I didn’t even hear about any other anglers that were observed out on the water.  

            The Navajo River is producing good fish and excitement. Jamil Montoya a Dulce local and tribal member caught a 21 inch male Brown Trout with worms on the lower end of the newly enhanced one mile section of river. This beauty weighed in at 4 lbs. Jamil’s mom Ann also had a fight when she hooked and eventually landed a 32 inch carp in the same pool. The river is low, fairly clear, and certainly worth a trip if river fishing is your preference. The Navajo River is prone to turbidity so check the weather and avoid fishing after a good rain.

            July is packed with action at the Jicarilla Fishing Lakes. We hope that all of you can join us for a great fishing derby at Mundo Lake on Saturday July 10th.  Also, if you are in the neighborhood tomorrow (6/30) stop by Mundo Lake from 5-8pm and join us for a community fish fry. This event will focus on catching, cleaning, and eating Bass, Bluegill, and Channel Catfish. There will be demonstrations, information sharing, and of course plenty of fish to eat so stop by and see us. Have a great Holiday Weekend.

Kevin Terry, Fisheries Biologist