07-11-2007: 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
Fishing was fair-to-good using worms, poppers and minnows for bluegill. Fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using Ricos, senkos, tubes and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Most of the bass were taken in less than 10 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was best for anglers fishing at night with night crawlers and minnows. Fishing for white bass was fair for anglers using crank baits, jigs, top water lures, grubs and minnows. Fishing for catfish was fair using liver and cut bait.

Ute Lake
Fishing slowed down a bit this week with less fishing and more boating on the lake. Anglers who did get out reported fair fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Best baits were Ricos, crank baits and senkos. Fishing for walleye was slow but there were some taken by anglers using bottom bouncer/night crawler combos and rip shad trolled at 18-to-20 feet over brush. Fishing for catfish was slow-to-fair for anglers using top water lures and trolling white and chrome crank baits. We had no reports of other species.

Catches of the week
On July 7, Patty Fry of Amarillo, caught a 4.1 pound largemouth bass at Ute Lake. She was using a senko in 4 feet of water. On the same day, Paul Camino of Weed, caught a 4 pound walleye at Ute Lake. He was trolling a bottom bouncer/night crawler rig.
If you have a catch of the week story, send it to us at billfishnm@hotmail.com. Include date, location, type of fish, length and bait used to catch the fish.
This report was complied by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.