Jicarilla Fishing Blog

18 January 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, January 18, 2018


Due to significant deterioration of the ice sheet all lakes are closed to ice fishing until further notice.

The Fish Crew is going to be out of the office so please e-mail any questions regarding the closure to jicarillafishqs@gmail.com


11 January 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fish Folks,

It is with much regret that the Fish Crew is CANCELING the 2018 Ice Derby.

Today the Fish Crew went and checked on the ice conditions and poured over the short and long term forecasts for the region and there appears to be little chance of safe ice conditions here in the near future. After rain yesterday the ice sheet is in very poor condition with open water growing at both Stone and Mundo and the ice sheet shows signs of receding from shore at both lakes as well. 

Ice was measured with no thickness greater than 3", the sheet was found to be of very low quality.

As always the Fish Crew will keep you informed as the situation progresses. Be on the look out for information regarding a spring derby to replace the ice derby this year...

If you have any questions regarding this information please do not hesitate to contact the Crew at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com or Monday through Thursday at (575) 759-3255.


03 January 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, January 03, 2018


Happy New Year! The weather prognosis has not changed and we still have some open water at Stone and Mundo Lakes.

I will keep you all updated as the situation progresses but Fish Crew will be setting a date and if the ice is not considered safe the ice derby will be canceled and we will start working on a spring or fall derby to take its place. 

This "winter" or lack thereof has been an roller coaster of disappointment thus far, at this point the Fish Crew's primary concern with is getting precipitation on the ground, and the more the better.

Fingers crossed for snow!


27 December 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Despite many Christmas wishing for ice fishing this weekend, it doesn't appear any wish made it on Santa's good list.

Mundo Lake still has open water and a very uneven ice sheet with no thickness measured over 3". NOT SAFE FOR ICE FISHING

Stone Lake has multiple acres of open water and a very uneven ice sheet with no thickness measured over 3.5". NOT SAFE FOR ICE FISHING

The Fish Crew will be out for the New Year Holiday until Wednesday January 3rd and will be giving you an update on conditions then.

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and best of luck in the New Year!

From the Fish Crew!


20 December 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, December 20, 2017


It sure has been quiet, I normally am inundated with calls and e-mails this time of year. Anyone who has been keeping an eye on the weather should be aware of how warm and dry it has been. The ice conditions have not changed since the last report with a little less than half of Mundo lake covered with thin sheet ice.

The previously selected date of January 6th, 2018 for the 12th Annual Event does not appear to be very likely due to a total lack of ice at this late date. So we are changing it.

The Fish Crew is proposing to move the event to January 27th in a final attempt to let winter catch up with the calendar. Of course this date will also be dependent on ice conditions.

I will be posting the event flier this week.

Hope all is well,


14 December 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, December 14, 2017


It is that weird time in between boating season and ice fishing season. Mundo is currently 40% covered with thin ice. It appears doubtful unless the weather changes significantly that there will be any ice fishing before 2018. Ice fishing season has become pretty hard to predict, but its 50 degrees outside during the day, and that makes it pretty hard to grow ice. Of course there is just enough ice to make shore or boat fishing impossible. 

Obviously there are no reports. I'll keep you all updated as the situation progresses.

Hope all is well,


04 December 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, December 04, 2017


It feels like September. The long term forecast is predicting more of the same. No fishing reports have been submitted to the Fish Crew, but an issue has been noticed, the limit at Stone Lake is 2 trout per day. The Proclamation is available the main page of this website by clicking on the photo of it. You can also swing by the office and pick up a printed copy Monday through Friday 8-5. Please read and follow the proclamation.

The Ice Derby is tentatively scheduled for January 6th, but with this warm weather I would suggest just penciling it in. The temperatures are not showing any signs of cooling off, and there is no ice to be found at 60 degrees. I will keep everyone updated on the Derby but as some of the readers may be aware the Fish Crew does not control the weather. This is quite an abnormal year, if you remember last year we had safe ice by Christmas Weekend, and that was considerably later than years previous. Stay Tuned.

I will be out of the office from December 5th returning on December 12th. It turns out I like to fish too, and have sorted out a few days with a ten weight and box of clousers in an undisclosed location where it is warm.

Please e-mail and call as needed, I will respond to all calls and e-mails on the 12th. 

Best of luck!


17 November 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, November 17, 2017


Just a quick FYI. I will be out of the office from 19 NOV 2017 -21 NOV 2017 and will return to the office on the 22 NOV 2017. 

I will be able to periodically check my e-mail (jicarillafishqs@gmail.com) during my absence. If you leave me a voicemail I will return your call as soon as I return.

Hope you all get out and fish before winter rears its ugly head! Have a great weekend!


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.