05-16-2007: 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.

Conchas Lake
Anglers fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass reported fishing good-to-excellent this past week.
They did well using buzz baits, spinner baits, small swim baits, crank baits and tubes. Most of the bass were small but a few were 3-to-4 pounds. Crappie fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using small jigs, grubs and minnows. Fishing for walleye and white bass was fair with grubs, road runners, crank baits and minnows. Fishing was fair using worms, minnows and jigs for bluegill. Fishing for catfish was fair-to-good for anglers using liver, dough and night crawlers.

Ute Lake
If you like crappie fishing this may be the lake to check out as it appears they are spawning. Anglers did very well this past week using minnows and small tubes and jigs and working them in shallow brush. Fishing for walleye was fair but it had slowed from previous weeks. The walleye were scattered and found at depths of 2-to-30 feet. When on the flats, anglers did best using grubs, jigs tipped with minnows and jerk baits. In deeper water, best baits were crank baits and bottom bouncer/worm or minnow rigs. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair for anglers fishing the main lake in 10-to-20 feet of water. Best baits were crank and tubes. Anglers fishing for largemouth bass did best in the coves and staging areas for bedding fish. Best baits were crank baits, spinner baits, lizards and tubes. Fishing for catfish was fair-to-good with liver, dough and night crawlers over baited holes.

Catches of the Week
On Friday, Sharon Cox of Lazbuddie, Texas, caught an 11.14-pound walleye at Ute Lake, using a crappie minnow.
On Saturday, Rick Hipp of Albuquerque caught a 4.8-pound largemouth bass at Conchas Lake using a spinner bait.

This report was compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.