Jicarilla Fishing Blog

September 6th 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, September 06, 2018


The weather is sort of starting to reflect the appropriate season here in Dulce. September has brought some much needed moisture, of course with that has come lightening. Roads which have been getting rain have been drying quickly, but we are no means out of the drought. Fishermen and fisherwomen have slowly started getting out to the lakes and some have reported excellent fishing for bass and bluegill. One or two anglers have even started targeting trout with some mixed results. Lake temperatures are still in the low to mid sixties but are dropping slowly which should start to refresh the trout bite.

Of course we will be doing our fall surveys in the next few months, but currently things are looking better than expected after the brutal drought summer we just came through. Water levels in all of the lakes are down from last year but holding.

The fish crew will be out and about over the next few weeks getting ready for fall surveys, talking to anglers, and taking data for the upcoming stockings.

I will be out of the office next week and the office will be closed for a half day the 13th, closed all of the 14th, closed all of the 17th and will be back in service on Tuesday the 18th. This is a Jicarilla National Holiday and most non-emergency staff will be celebrating. The Wildhorse Casino and Hotel will still be open normal hours to sell permits if you need one! If you find yourself in the Stone Lake area please be respectful of the posted rules regarding the celebration and don't be surprised to find lots of folks in the area over this time frame.


Good Luck,













23 August 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, August 23, 2018


It appears folks are starting to get the fall fishing fever. It doesn't quite feel like fall yet, but night time temperatures are starting to come down and day time highs are only in the mid eighties. Which is a move in the right direction, but by all metrics still very warm. We are still very short on precipitation and in what most would consider exceptional drought.

As temperatures continue to come down fishing should start to heat up. But no reports have been submitted and very few anglers have been spotted around the lakes.

Hope all is well,













02 August 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, August 02, 2018


I guess I'll just keep saying it, but it sure has been HOT! The Fish Crew finished up its summer sampling efforts on the Navajo River this week and managed to catch quite a few fish. Anglers have reported nice catches of bluegill up to ten inches, one bass was reported which from the picture appeared to be about 2 pounds, and one 31" catfish was reported. 

The unseasonably warm (which sounds weird since it is still summer) temperatures and limited monsoon activity has caused the Nation remain under fire restrictions and Extreme to HIGH fire danger. 

Below you can see The better three quarters of the Fish Crew with a 21 & 3/4" Brown Trout captured during our sampling efforts.

I keep telling myself it is almost fall, I hope that is true!

Have a good weekend
















18 July 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, July 18, 2018


It has been HOT. Lucky we are receiving some much needed monsoon activity. Of course with the monsoon comes mud, lightning, and all sorts of other fun stuff. 

I have received no fishing reports.

If you are planning a trip please be mindful of muddy roads, and afternoon thunder showers.This weekend is The Little Beaver Celebration here in Dulce. So please be prepared for larger than usual crowds in and around town, as well as camping at the lakes.

Stay out of the heat!






03 July 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, July 03, 2018


I have received no fishing reports this week. Weeds at Mundo are rising, especially near shore and some anglers find that problematic, especially when using sinkers.Temperatures are EXTREMELY HOT. Water temperatures are very warm, and are high enough to reduce trout activity and eating. Its time to focus on warm water species. Many regional fisheries managers are recommending voluntary cold water species fishing closures (https://alamosanews.com/article/slv-trout-unlimited-requests-voluntary-fishing-restrictions-in-valley-rivers-and-streams). 

I know everyone wants to camp over the Fourth, camping is first come first served, and we are under an extreme fire danger warning. No open flames outside private dwellings. Please be considerate of the consequences of carelessness. 


Happy Fourth of July!










Lost & Found 25 June 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Monday, June 25, 2018


It has been a busy year for folks losing items of kit out at the lakes. On a positive note we have some super stand up anglers who have helped successfully return most items reported. It has always helped that those who take the time to return items always catch bigger fish. 

Of course as one item gets returned, another gets turned in.

If you recognize this vest or know it's owner please give the Fish

Crew a call or e-mail: (575) 759-3255 or jicarillafishqs@gmail.com.

20 June 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, June 20, 2018


It is HOT. Trout fishing is slowing down in the afternoons. Anglers are still reporting catches of trout in the evening and early morning. Many anglers are still catching but the fish are deeper and moving quite a bit slower during the day. These 90 degree days are tough on trout. Catfishing should be warming up and I have seen some excellent 9" to 10" bluegill swarming for the spawn.Just a heads up there will be 178 kids at Mundo Lake for our youth outdoor education program. If you're not into kids having a good time and learning about natural resources please stay away.

Good Luck,









07 June 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Thursday, June 07, 2018


This time of year it is a time to start thinking about warm water fishing. Catfish and bluegill fishing are great ways to keep fishing during the heat of summer and make fish tacos. Average Bluegill size this year was almost 10 inches in one small visual survey conducted by the fish crew. The awesome thing about these fish is that instead of boring your kids to death with watching a bobber, they can actively participate and catch fish hand over fist, keeping them actively engaged and excited for the next trip. If you are trying to introduce a youth to fishing Bluegill is the fish!

If I had my choice, I  would rather catch bluegill on popping flies from a canoe than almost any other kind of fishing. Of course when fishing that way the accidental large mouth bass explosion is equally awesome!

People are still reporting great catches of trout, but folks who are fishing dawn and dusk are the ones really catching well.

While we are on the topic of fishing I like doing. I will be out of the office next week and will return on Monday the 18th. I might sporadically have access to e-mail, but will definitely not answers calls until I return. 

Enjoy the fishing!











29 May 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Tuesday, May 29, 2018


There is still an unclaimed fly rod that a fisherman found and would like to return. If you lost the rod, please contact me at jicarillafishqs@gmail.com to identify and claim it. Drought conditions here have not improved and the fire ban is still active. This drought is being categorized as the worst in recorded history (the last 19 being the worse consecutive years in the previous 1200... who knows what was going on in 818?) with 1977 and 2002 also being noted as "exceptional".

That's not good news. We have begun taking regular surface water temperature readings at the lakes, and last week Stone lake had readings on average of 66.5 degrees. 

It is common practice to stop catch and release angling for trout as water temperatures rise above 68 degrees, and to limit angling and use heavier line at temperatures above 65 degrees. The stress caused by warm temperatures, angling, handling, etc. will lead to significantly increased mortality post release. Just because a fish "swims away strong" does not mean it will not succumb to the stress and die after swimming away (often within 24 hours).


Normally these temperatures would not be reached in our lakes until late June or early July. Obviously due to the exceptionally dry and warm start to this year we have reached these temperatures prematurely.

This all being said anglers have been noting awesome catches at Mundo in the evenings on all techniques. I just wanted to start the conversation about this drought because it seems many are in some kind of denial or just enjoying the early summer. 






23 May 2018

Jicarilla Hunt - Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Los Pino's Fly & Tackle is the only vendor in Albuquerque that has our fishing permits available. 24 hours a day you can get a permit at the Wild Horse Casino and Hotel or Monday through Friday 8-5 at the Game & Fish office in Dulce.