Jicarilla Fishing Blog

05 March 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, March 05, 2018


After a large out cry from parents with children graduating over the weekend of May 19th the Fish Crew has decided to move the derby to the weekend of May 5th! 

This will be the first and last rescheduling of the event.



01 March 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, March 01, 2018

Fish Fans,

The weather is a strange bird sometimes. There has been some light sheet ice covering 1/3 to 1/4 of Mundo this week. I do think you can fish but if the wind picks up you might not have free choice of where on the lake... Small boats and float tubers should be very cautious of moving ice! The road situation is VERY MUDDY! I hope we get a few more storms to round out the winter, as we always need moisture.

We have selected May 19th (Armed Forces Day) for our spring derby. Memorial Day and more importantly Mothers Day both fall in May, lots of M's. I didn't think many fishermen nor fisherwomen would want to skimp on Mothers Day (at least not the smart ones). 

!!!Just an FYI 2018/2019 Fishing Permits will be required April 1st!!!!

I'll keep the updates coming as the Fish Crew finalizes its 2018 plans!


22 Feburary 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 22, 2018


The ice is mostly cleared, though winter is still here. Please exercise extreme caution as many roads are very muddy.

The Fish Crew will be back in the office starting Monday.

Have a good weekend!


15 February 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 15, 2018


Winter tried to come around the last few days, I can see snow in the mountains to the east but Dulce mostly received rain. Which has made for a muddy mess. I won't complain about precipitation as we are always in need of it. 

The ice situation has not changed and Mundo Lake is still covered approximately 50% by slushy ice sheet. It is receding slowly but hopefully snow and more winter will keep spring away for just a little longer.

The ice sheet is not safe for ice fishing!

The Fish Crew will be out of the office next week on business but will be responsive to e-mails at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com


08 February 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 08, 2018


The ice sheet is starting to recede and a little less than half of Mundo Lake is open water. If these abnormally warm temps keep up it will only be a few more weeks until "spring" fishing starts.

The 2018/2019 Fishing Proclamation has been approved and will be posted to the main page of the website soon. Not to worry, very few changes from previous years. 


30 January 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Despite some colder nighttime temperatures Jicarilla Lakes are still closed to all ice fishing activities. Open water is expanding slightly but there are no real shore fishing opportunities as of yet. The quality of the ice sheet is still very poor.

I will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops.


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!