Jicarilla Fishing Blog

Fisheries Updates

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, March 03, 2016

Folks,

We are in that weird "in-between" season when there is ice, but it is not safe to fish, and there is ice so your not able to fish... 

I know it is frustrating especially when it has been a very spring like February and beginning of March. I hope for the lakes and rivers sake that we get back into winter for at least another month or two... 

Due to this "in-between" state there is nothing really to report on as far as fishing goes. I can however give an update to the 2016/2017 fishing season. We are expecting to stock this spring as usual with a good mix of catch-able and catch-able plus size fish. As soon as the ice sheet has receded we will go around and test for water quality and quantity. Only once that work is completed will I know what lakes will be receiving fish. If I had to guess right now, Embom and Mundo will be stocked this spring. 

As always e-mail me at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com or call me at the office if you have any questions (575) 759-3255. Please leave a message that includes your phone number and area code if I'm not in the office.

We are all looking forward to an excellent 2016-17 season. The new Fishing Proclamation is posted on the main page of the website. It is your responsibility as an angler to be aware of all current fishing regulations and rules associated with visiting the Jicarilla Apache Nation. The new permit season begins April 1st 2016!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to go fishing!

J.

END OF ICE SEASON

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Due to extremely warm weather ice season has officially ENDED here on the Jicarilla.

Thank you to all of the anglers for making this an awesome ice fishing season and hope you all had a great year on the hard water here! The Fisheries Crew will keep you all up to date as spring time information becomes available.

Again ICE FISHING SEASON IS CLOSED due to unsafe ice conditions!

Jacob




19 February 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Jicarilla Ice Report: 19 February 2016

Mundo Lake:  Ice thickness: Nine inches (9”) of ice covering the entire lake, Use Caution as we have been experiencing extremely warm day time temperatures upwards of 50 degrees and conditions can and are changing rapidly! Ice sheet is slush packed with approximately 4” of slush. It is supposed to get cold this weekend but currently it appears ice fishing season is coming to an end. If you want to go onto the ice please drill multiple test holes to be SAFE! With these high temperatures weak spots will have developed and obviously we cannot test every inch of the lake you might fish!

Road is very muddy especially in the afternoon.

Notes on fishing: Fishing pressure has slowed and fish are weary.  Fishing has been extremely slow which is very standard for this late in the season. Start dusting off and lubing your soft water fishing equipment because the spring season is just around the corner!

Embom Lake:  The ice has become slushy and is NOT safe! DO NOT GO ONTO ICE! Embom is closed to ice fishing until further notice.

Notes on fishing: N/A.

*****Ice fishing is inherently dangerous. The Jicarilla Apache Nation, officers and agents are not responsible for injuries, accidents, deaths, or theft, which occur while fishing or recreating on the Jicarilla Apache Nation*****  

February 8th Ice Report

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Jicarilla Ice Report: 08 February 2016

Mundo Lake:  Ice thickness: ten to ten and a half inches (10.0” to 10.5”) of ice covering the entire lake, Use Caution as we have been experiencing extremely warm day time temperatures and conditions can change rapidly! Ice sheet is snow packed with approximately 2” of snow.

Road has been plowed, but is still snow packs and slick. We are expecting more snow this week so snow coverage and road conditions might change. With warm days this snow may turn to mud.

Notes on fishing: Fishing pressure has slowed and fish are weary. No signs of ice melt, but this week is going to be warm according to the weatherman. Lighter line and smaller jigs might be what it takes as these fish have seen meal worms for almost a month and a half now. Reported catch of 1 catfish 2 trout and 1 bass from this weekend.

Embom Lake:  The ice has become slushy and is NOT safe! DO NOT GO ONTO ICE! Embom is closed to ice fishing until further notice.

Notes on fishing: N/A.

*****Ice fishing is inherently dangerous. The Jicarilla Apache Nation, officers and agents are not responsible for injuries, accidents, deaths, or theft, which occur while fishing or recreating on the Jicarilla Apache Nation*****  

28 January 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jicarilla Ice Report: 28 January 2016

Mundo Lake:  Ice thickness: ten to ten and a half inches (10.0” to 10.5”) of ice covering the entire lake, Use Caution as we have been experiencing extremely warm day time temperatures and conditions can change rapidly! Ice sheet is currently covered in snow pack.

Road has been plowed, but is still snow packed and slick in areas.  With warm days snow may turn to mud. As always be careful!

Notes on fishing: Yellow powerbait and clean curly tail jigs seem to be the most productive. Trout up to four pounds have been reported this week.

Embom Lake:  Due to gas production in the benthic material of the lake, the ice has become slushy and is NOT safe! DO NOT GO ONTO ICE! Embom is closed to ice fishing until further notice.

Notes on fishing: N/A.

*****Ice fishing is inherently dangerous. The Jicarilla Apache Nation, officers and agents are not responsible for injuries, accidents, deaths, or theft, which occur while fishing or recreating on the Jicarilla Apache Nation***** 

Ice Report

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jicarilla Ice Report: 19 January 2016

Mundo Lake:  Ice thickness: Ten and half inches (10.5”) of ice covering the entire lake, variable thickness depending on location. Use Caution as we have been experiencing extremely warm day time temperatures and conditions can change rapidly! 4” of snow currently covering the ice sheet, and no slush.

Road has been plowed, but is still snow packs and slick. We are expecting more snow this week so snow coverage and road conditions might change.

Notes on fishing:  Trout up to twenty inches have been regularly caught. Most productive bait seems to be wax worms and small jigs.

Embom Lake: Ice Thickness: Due to gas production in the benthic material of the lake, the ice has become slushy and is NOT safe! DO NOT GO ONTO ICE! Embom is closed to ice fishing until further notice.

*****Ice fishing is inherently dangerous. The Jicarilla Apache Nation, officers and agents are not responsible for injuries, accidents, deaths, or theft, which occur while fishing or recreating on the Jicarilla Apache Nation***** 

Tenth Annual Ice Derby Results

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, January 11, 2016

11 January 2016

Folks,

The Tenth Annual Ice Derby was held this weekend and despite the weather over a hundred people participated in the event. The fishing was pretty hot. Below for your curiosity are the rankings. The top anglers worked hard all day despite the cold and everyone it seemed had a great time.  I will try and post some photos when they become available to me.

Youth:

1ST Trason Garcia--- 3lbs. 8oz.

2ND O’ Ryan Atole--- 1lbs. 13oz.

3RD Charmagne DeJesus--- 1lbs. 1oz.

Longest & Heaviest: was held by the same fish

Ricci Soto with a rainbow trout measuring 22.5” and weighing 5lbs. 14oz.

Adult: (based on total bag weight)

1ST Jeremy Decker---73lbs. 6oz.

2ND Sue Lee---60lbs. 4oz

3RD Pa Yang---22lbs. 12oz.

4TH Nathan Pratt--- 20lbs. 12oz.

5TH Jen Zimmer---17lbs. 3oz.

6TH Ricci Soto---15lbs. 7.5oz.

A BIG THANKS to all the sponsors and volunteers for making the Tenth Annual Ice Derby a Success!

J.

Jicarilla Ice Derby

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, January 05, 2016

For Your Information:

The Tenth Annual Ice Derby WILL BE held this Saturday the 9th of January!

The Fisheries Crew Will See You There!

J. 

04 January 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, January 04, 2016

Jicarilla Ice Report: 04 January 2016

Mundo Lake:  Ice thickness: Six and half inches to seven and half inches (6.5” to 7.5”) of ice covering the entire lake, highly variable thickness depending on location. Use Caution as we have been experiencing extremely warm day time temperatures and conditions can change rapidly! 2” of snow currently covering the ice sheet.

Road has been plowed, but is still snow packs and slick. We are expecting more snow this week so snow coverage and road conditions might change.

Notes on fishing: too many large trout to mention, powerbait and feather jigs seem to be the most productive but corn has also been successful. Trout up to five pounds have been regularly caught.

Embom Lake: Ice Thickness: Five inches (5.0”) of ice covering all of the lake, highly variable thickness depending on location. Slush and snow covering ice sheet making it extremely difficult to judge weak spots from shore. USE EXTREME CAUTION!

Road has been plowed one lane to the vault toilets.  See anticipated

Notes on fishing: same as Mundo.

*****Ice fishing is inherently dangerous. The Jicarilla Apache Nation, officers and agents are not responsible for injuries, accidents, deaths, or theft, which occur while fishing or recreating on the Jicarilla Apache Nation*****

31 December 2015

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, December 31, 2015

Jicarilla Ice Report: 31 December 2015

Mundo Lake:  Ice thickness: Six inches (6.0”) of ice covering the entire lake, highly variable thickness depending on location. Slush and snow covering ice sheet making it extremely difficult to judge weak spots from shore. Use Caution as today is extremely warm and conditions can change rapidly!

Road has been plowed, but is still snow packed and slick.

Notes on fishing: One angler caught a five pound rainbow on orange powerbait

Embom Lake: Ice Thickness: Five inches (5.0”) of ice covering all of the lake, highly variable thickness depending on location. Slush and snow covering ice sheet making it extremely difficult to judge weak spots from shore. USE EXTREME CAUTION!

Road is drifted with snow, hike from highway is best way to ensure not getting stuck.

Notes on fishing: No recent reports

*****Ice fishing is inherently dangerous. The Jicarilla Apache Nation, officers and agents are not responsible for injuries, accidents, deaths, or theft, which occur while fishing or recreating on the Jicarilla Apache Nation*****