06-27-2007: 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. The report is compiled by the state’s Department of Game and Fish.

Conchas Lake
Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good for anglers using Pop Rs, Ricos, senkos, tubes and crank baits. The best top water action was during the morning hours. Fishing for walleye was fair for anglers using grubs, jigs tipped with minnows, crank baits and bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs. Fishing for bluegill was good for anglers using small wet flies, poppers, worms, minnows and small jigs. Fishing for white bass was fair for anglers using crank baits, grubs, minnows and top water lures. Fishing for catfish was fair using liver, night crawlers and cut bait.

Ute Lake
Fishing was fair using bottom bouncer/ night crawler rigs in 25-to-40 feet of water for walleye. A few walleye were also taken by anglers trolling crank baits, casting top water lures and using jigs in the brush. Fishing was good using cut bait, liver, minnows and shrimp for catfish. Fishing was good using worms and minnows for bluegill. Fishing was slow-to-fair using top water lures, spinner baits, jerk baits, tubes and finesse worms for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using liver, night crawlers and dough baits for catfish. Fishing was fair using top water lures, crank baits, spinners and minnows for white bass.

Catches of the week
On June 24, Laura Elkins of Amarillo caught a 5.08-pound largemouth bass at Ute Lake. She was using a spinner bait.

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Gila River Purchase
The State Game Commission and The Nature Conservancy recently purchased 168 acres, which includes more than mile of the Gila River, for $600,000 state officials announced in a press release.
The property in the Gila-Cliff Valley, 25 miles northwest of Silver City in Grant County, supports critical populations of several indigenous fish species, including the federally and state protected spikedace and loach minnow. The property also provides vital habitat for other endemic, rare, and declining species.
“This property is extraordinarily rich biologically,” said Terry Sullivan, state director for the Nature Conservancy.  The Gila River Valley is among the few undammed rivers in the West, which provides for an amazing diversity of aquatic life.”
“This is among the few remaining places in the Southwest where natural river processes function, and it is vitally important to protect it,” Game Commission Chairman Alfredo Montoya said.