Jicarilla Lakes Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Jicarilla Lakes are on the huge Jicarilla Apache Reservation west of Chama NM. The million-acre reservation is famous for its big game hunting. This is lonely country characterized by sandstone cliffs and spires that tower above tall pines. Unfortunately, like many other waters in the Southwest, the “Jic” lakes have suffered from prolonged drought. In fact, what was a fantastic fishery is no longer even a fishery! Mighty Stone Lake is virtually fishless as of this writing (early 2004), and many of the other lakes are in poor condition.
These lakes are incredibly rich and stocked fish grow at the amazing rate of two inches per month! The tribe gets free fish each spring for stocking and, according to conditions, some lakes will be stocked and some not. So be sure to check on where the fishing is. We have all fished when the fish are biting but if there are no fish to begin with… Types of Fish: Rainbow, brown, and some cutthroat. Bass, bluegill, and catfish at Mundo. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."