07-18-2007: 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 good using night crawlers and liver at night for catfish. Fishing was good using worms, popper and minnows for bluegill. Fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using buzz baits, Ricos, tubes and crank baits for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Fishing for walleye was best for anglers fishing at night with night crawlers and minnows although a few were taken by anglers trolling deep during the day. Fishing for white bass was fair for anglers using crank baits, grubs and minnows.

Ute Lake
Fishing was fair-to-good using senkos, tubes, sweet beavers, jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Most of the bass taken were in less than 15 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was slow but there were a few taken by anglers using bottom bouncer rigs in 30-to-35 feet of water. A few white bass were taken by anglers deep trolling crank baits. We had no reports on other species.

Catches of the week
On July 14, Mike Bell of Cannon AFB, caught a 3.96 pound smallmouth bass at Ute Lake.
On July 15, Ben Newton of Logan, caught a 5.22 pound largemouth bass at Ute Lake using a whacky rigged senko.
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This report was complied by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.