Jicarilla Fishing Blog

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 

October 6th 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, October 06, 2016

06 October 2016


I spent most of the week at Mundo Lake working on the boat ramp. 15 yards of concrete were poured today and textured but there is still a 3 foot slab and two expansion joints to pour on Tuesday (weather permitting). The ramp will not be open to vehicles until next weekend. This will allow time to cure in the cooler weather we are experiencing overnight.

We will be finishing the remaining dirt work (grading) and so forth next week. The in water portion of the ramp will be compacted rock and will be concreted with a product called concrete canvas in the spring. I hope the water just comes up ten feet so this becomes a non-issue.

I did notice quite a few nice fish patrolling the shore, and the water temperature is perfect for fishing. Embom was looking nice though there still are some weeds along the shallow edges, and fish were rising to a sparse hatch at lunch time yesterday.

You can still launch small craft along the south side of the ramp if you are careful, and are willing to give your boat a slight push. Roller trailers are a beautiful thing, I have not got my trailer tires so much as wet in years.

Hope all is well, and don’t miss the fall fishing, it will be winter before you know it.


22 September 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, September 22, 2016


Water temperatures are coming into fall conditions, though rain in the afternoons and some high winds have been detrimental to evening fishing this week. If I had a fishing pole in the truck I’d be at Mundo this evening as it is shaping up to be beautiful.

No fishing reports have been received and no anglers have been seen at Mundo or Enbom, which in my mind means it’s even better as you will have the place to yourself. When hunting season starts most folks are too busy in the woods to enjoy the lake, which is good for fishing centric folk such as myself.

As noted in the last report the Fish Crew will be constructing a new boat ramp, the old ramp is still use-able until the day of construction. There will be a two day window where the slab will have to cure and then will be fully functional. Currently based on design and material acquisition the ramp will be built the last week of September or the first week of October, if all continues to go smoothly.

Stocking will be occurring in Mundo and Embom, we are expecting a large shipment of 16-26” rainbow trout to be stocked in both lakes as soon as conditions are optimal. As loyal followers know, I do not release dates of stocking events.

Hope all is well, and that you all find some time to come and enjoy some fall fishing!


24 August 2016

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fish Fans,

The nights are getting cooler and the rain has been coming every evening (just about), so that is a good sign that fall fishing is here.

I do not having any fishing reports to share, but I imagine the fishing reports will start flowing with the cooler weather. Be careful as the rain has come with ample lighting and thunder. Please send in reports so I can provide information to the group, many people request information though very few provide.

One project note of concern to anglers wanting to launch boats from the ramp at Mundo. The Department will be installing a new boat ramp at Mundo. We will be re-grading the slope to a shallower angle. The ramp will be out of commission during construction and will require a week to dry before it can accept traffic. The demolition and construction will begin at the end of September, more specific dates forthcoming. This has been a requested improvement to the lake and after much planning it is moving forward. Small boats will be able to launch from shore.

Everyone has been asking about stocking. Per usual I do not release stocking dates etc. but fall stockings of trophy and catch-able size fish will be occurring in the next few months. There has been lots of trout activity in the evenings and a few larger fish reported being lost near shore by unsuspecting anglers, so don't think you need to wait for the truck before the fishing is awsome.

As always give me a call at 575-759-3255 or e-mail me at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com