The New Mexico Game and Fish Department’s fishing report appears below:
Catfish and bluegill provided some great action for anglers this past week. Best baits for the catfish were high were night crawlers and cutbait used on trotlines and rod and reel. Most of the bluegills were taken on minnows, worms and poppers. Fishing was fair trolling deep running crank baits in the early morning hours for walleye. Black bass fishing was fair for anglers using tubes, grubs and drop shot rigs at the north end of the lake. Fishing was fair for anglers using slab spoons and crank baits for white bass.
Santa Rosa Lake
Fishing for black bass has picked up considerably. Several small mouth and large mouth were taken on grubs, tubes, top water lures and crank baits fished in the backs of coves and up the river channel. Most of the fish were small. Fishing was fair for anglers using liver and shrimp on trotlines for catfish. A few walleye were taken by anglers trolling white Bomber crank baits.
Fishing was fair using worms for bluegills and channel catfish. Fishing for other species was slow.
The Ute Lake Marina has closed temporarily but the boat ramps are open and in good condition. The water level rose about 14 inches this past week scattering the fish and bringing most of them a bit shallower. White bass fishing was fair to good for anglers trolling chrome colored crank baits at depths of 8 to 12 feet. Anglers trolling for white bass also caught several small mouth bass and a few walleye. Small mouth bass were also taken by anglers using grubs, senkos, baby brush hogs and top water lures. Fishing for bluegills was good for anglers using worms and small jigs. There were no reports on other species.