08-01-2007: Fishing Report, hunting permits

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.

Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was quite good this past week although most of the fish caught were small. Best baits were top water lures early in the day and senkos, tubes, salt craws and worms during the day. Most of the daytime action was at 12-to-20 feet in deep brush. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for white bass and a few walleye. A few whites and walleye were also taken by anglers using jigs tipped with minnows and night crawlers. Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill.

Ute Lake
Bass fishing was about the same here as it was at Conchas. Several small smallmouth bass were taken by anglers using senkos, tubes and top water lures. A few largemouth bass were taken by anglers using top water lures in the evening hours and tubes and brush hogs during the day. Fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers trolling crank baits for white bass. A few were also taken on jig and minnow rigs. Fishing was slow for walleye but there were a few taken by anglers trolling bottom bouncer/worm jig and minnow rigs at 35-t0-45 feet. We had no reports on other species.

Catches of the week
On July 26, Jimmy Liles of Logan, caught a 4.9 pound largemouth bass at Ute Lake. He was fishing an evening bass tournament and using a top water lure. On July 26, Jake Brophy of El Rito, caught a 6.1 pound largemouth bass at Conchas Lake. It was his first big mouth and he was using a watermelon tube.
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.

SANTA FE — About 2,000 New Mexico public-land deer permits and almost 60 elk licenses left over from the 2007-2008 drawing will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 7 — only on the Department of Game and Fish website. They will be available — first-come, first-served — for a $6 application fee. Applications will be accepted only on the Department’s website, [ http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ ]www.wildlife.state.nm.us

The application deadline was April 10 and the drawing was conducted in late June. Hunters who were successful in the public drawing may not purchase another permit or license. Applications for leftover permits will be accepted until 10 days before a hunt begins to allow time for hunters to receive their permits in the mail.

 The leftover permits – most for archery hunts — were allocated for different seasons and management units statewide. They are valid for specified weapons, season dates and locations. These hunts, along with all the details, will be listed on the Department website.

Deer hunt permits will be awarded as soon as the applicant’s credit card is approved for the $6 application fee. Deer hunters then must purchase an over-the-counter deer license. Elk licenses will be awarded when the applicant’s credit card is approved for the license fee and the $6 application fee. All hunters also must buy a Habitat Management & Access Validation, and, if hunting on federal lands, a habitat stamp.

For more information, and to view and apply for the extra deer hunting permits, visit the Department of Game and Fish web site at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Hunters can call (505) 476-8000 for information, but applications only will be accepted online.