Jicarilla Fishing Blog

January 6th 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, January 06, 2017


After a stressful warm and rainy Thursday the weather finally snapped into winter mode and the ice recovered to 7" thick.


Hope to see you all out there!

-The Fish Crew

January 3rd 2017

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, January 03, 2017


The Ice thickness at Mundo is approximately 6-7" thick. The Ice Derby will be held this Saturday unless some unforeseen warms spell reduces the ice thickness considerably (for my mental health's sake, I hope this does not occur). 

Hope to see you all at the event.

Happy New Year from the Fisheries Crew!


This seven pounder was caught this New Years Weekend, so I think the fishing should be pretty good as well...

December 29th 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, December 29, 2016


Just checked the ice and it appears to be at an average thickness of 4.5". It has been cold and the ice is forming fairly consistently. I think we are going to be in great shape for the 11th Annual Ice Derby next Saturday January 7th 2017. 

Look forward to seeing you all at the derby!

Happy New Year,


P.S. The Nation will be on holiday Monday the 2nd so the next ice update will be on Tuesday the 3rd!

December 27th 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, December 27, 2016

27 December 2016          


It appears we are having the most delayed ice season in recent memory. Today ice was approximately 4” thick at both Mundo and Embom both had highly variable areas with much less ice. There is a light layer of crunchy snow on both lakes. Roads into the lakes are snowy and require a 4x4 vehicle with good clearance to access safely.

I’m not a weatherman but the ten day forecast is calling for clear and cold, which should hopefully get ice fishing season started.

I will be updating this report by the end of the week to keep everyone up to date on the ice progress. This weekend is a National Holiday and we will be closed Monday the 2nd of January. I therefore will be updating this report again on Tuesday the 3rd.

Happy Holidays from the Jicarilla Fisheries Crew!


19 December 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, December 19, 2016

Fish Folks,

Due to heavy rain this weekend the ice thickness has shrunk to approximately 1.5” at both lakes. The good news is the slab at Mundo is now covering 100% of the lake and is good clear ice. Not safe to fish as of yet but a great base layer that should (barring any more rain) be in good shape to fish very soon.

The rain was quite unexpected and now we’re experiencing arctic cold conditions single digit/negatives at night. So things will shape up quickly.

As always I’ll keep you posted.


December 15th 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, December 15, 2016

15 December 2016

Howdy Fish Folks,

I know you are all patiently awaiting hard water season (well some of you are patient). As of today Embom lake has developed a complete cap of ice but it is not thick enough to support weight. Mundo Lake has almost formed a complete cap of ice, with about 1 acre of open water remaining. Ice at the edges was not thick enough to support weight (2” on average). So far the ice appears to be developing clear and has no snow on top.  Let me repeat that just for good measure, THE ICE IS NOT THICK ENOUGH (YET) TO SUPPORT WEIGHT ASSOCIATED WITH FISHING.

I imagine based on previous years that we will be seeing weight bearing ice around the weekend of Christmas. That of course is a guess, and is subject to change depending on what the weather decides it’s going to send our way.

Dust off the ice gear, as the season is getting ready to start.

I will be taking some holiday time off, but will try to keep the office informed of ice conditions during my leave.

As always NO ICE IS SAFE. Use your best judgement to insure your safety when navigating frozen bodies of water.

Happy Holidays,


11th Annual Jicarilla Ice Derby

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

28 November 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, November 28, 2016

28 November 2016


Winter seemed to kick in full gear this weekend. It is snowing lightly, very gusty, and apparently cold. I went out to the lakes today and both are still open but some shelf ice was present this morning. If you have an open water itch to scratch I would suggest you do it very soon…

I have received no reports from anglers. It appears there has been very light traffic at both lakes recently.

The 11TH Annual Ice Derby will be held January 7th and I will be posting more updates as they become available, but so far we have an awesome t-shirt logo and sponsors for this year’s event. The prize ceremony will be held at the Wild Horse Casino & Hotel as usual and the times for the event have not changed. I will post a full flier on the website as soon as it is completed.  

Hope all is well,


November 3rd 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, November 03, 2016

03 November 2016

Another week closer to winter, and the weather has been unseasonably warm and sunny, with strong dry breezes in the afternoons.  Fishing reports have been mixed with some anglers doing amazingly well at Mundo and Embom with others struggling to get a bite.  Water temperature as of yesterday was about 53 degrees and the water was slightly off color, making perfect conditions for slow rolled spinners or streamer fishing.

I’m unsure what accounts for this large discrepancy in fishing action between reporters, but a few thoughts include willingness to change techniques when things are slow, and weather conditions at the time of fishing.

Now I am as stubborn as any respectable angler can be, but at some point you have to make a conscious choice to 1) not catch fish but fish with a technique you enjoy or 2) change your technique or location until you find the magic combination or the sun goes down.  On any given day with any given angler you cannot make a fish eat, but you can increase the odds of an eat occurring by mastering and employing multiple techniques throughout a slow bite day. Sitting in one location using only one technique without success for prolonged period of time is a recipe for a fishless day. Trolling the same lure all day without success for prolonged period of time is a recipe for a fishless day…

This week the Mundo docks were removed for the season. The Fish Crew also continued its work on the Mundo boat ramp. Gravel was added to the entry, sides and in water portion of the ramp yesterday. I have had no problems launching the Departments 18’ 25hp john boat. Do not back your truck tires past the concrete portion of the ramp! The final piece of work to be done will be completed in 2017. The ramp is useable and open for the remainder of the open water season. As per usual the Nation nor its agents are responsible for damages or injury that may occur while visiting the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Use at your own risk.

One note for the hard water fishermen the 11th Annual Ice Derby is currently being planned and has tentatively been scheduled for January 7th 2017. I’ll be posting more information as it becomes available.

Good luck fishing,


14 October 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Friday, October 14, 2016

14 October 2016


I have been getting quite a few phone calls about the boat ramp and of course fishing conditions. Luckily I have also received some fishing reports from charitable anglers.

Mundo: Fish in the 12-15 inch range have been caught consistently during the evening and early morning, all anglers have reported a slowing in catch rate in the afternoon. Beadhead wooly buggers and nymphs in larger sizes have been producing well.  Only one bluegill has been reported fishing in this manor, which makes sense as water temperatures have been a little low for active bluegill feeding. Casting to the weed lines have been the most consistent fish catching technique, two anglers reported trolling not being very effective.

Powerbait was effective for anglers in the evening on some larger trout (see attached photo). I would suggest a bobber and bait as there still is low lying weeds in the lake making sinker fishing difficult.

Boat Ramp Project Update: The out of water portion of the ramp is completed, a beautiful (if I don’t say so myself) 71’ 4500psi slab has been poured and textured.  There is approximately 2 feet of gravel/rock/sediment in between the ramp and the water. It has been packed by a backhoe but is still soft in areas, it is our hope that as it dry’s it will harden and be ready for part two of the construction, which is the “in water phase”. If you are using the ramp, DO NOT BACK YOUR VEHICLE TIRES OFF OF THE CONCRETE. If you just need access for hand launch directly right of the ramp (south) is acceptable for getting your trailer tires to the water’s edge. All of our amenities are use at your own risk, and we ask that you exercise due diligence and common sense.The Nation, Department, nor its agents are liable for personal property damage.

Embom: One angler noted better catch rate at Embom than Mundo using the same flies. Yesterday morning I saw a nice light hatch and some surface action as well as some nice sized cruising fish along the rocks at the south side. Weeds are still fairly thick but open places are available for those with a small water craft such as a float tube or pontoon boat.  No large boat access is available at Embom, only hand/shore launching. Due to the weeds I would recommend some lighter patterns like unweighted wooly buggers or lightly weighted prince nymphs