Sept. 27, 2006 Fishing Report

This fishing report has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Conhas Lake
Smallmouth bass provided some good action this past week for anglers using drop shot rigs, tubes and crank baits. Most of the bass caught were in 5-to-15 feet of water. Fishing was slow-to-fair trolling crank baits and jigging with slab spoons for white bass. Fishing was fair using liver and dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake
Walleye fishing was a real challenge this past week. There were a few limits caught but the fish were hard to find. Anglers having the best luck were trolling or jigging deep. Slab spoons, jig and minnow rigs and deep running crank baits worked best. Most of the fish came from depths of 20-to-60 feet. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was slow with most anglers reporting just l or 2 keepers per day. Best bass baits were jerk baits, split shot rigs and crank baits. We had no reports on other species.

Catches of the week
Ute Lake:
On Sept. 22, Hank McWilliams of Borger, Texas, caught a 23-inch and a 24-inch walleye. He was using a jig and minnow.

Upcoming
Saturday is a free fishing day. Take the whole family fishing on public waters for free. No state license is required. All other rules apply.
Kokanee snagging season opens Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31 on the following waters: Abiquiu Lake, Chama River from El Vado Lake to west boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area, El Vado Lake, Navajo Lake and Eagle Nest Lake. The kokanee are currently schooling near the dam and near the main marina at Navajo Lake.

Compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish.