09-26-07: 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.

Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good for anglers using buzz baits and spinner baits. Fishing was fair using crank baits, spinners and slab spoons for white bass. We received good reports from anglers fishing near Big Island and on the south side of the lake. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. Fishing was fair-to-good using cut bait, liver and night crawlers for catfish.

Ute Lake
Fishing this past week was rated fair-to-good for anglers using buzz baits, chug bugs, Ricos and Zara Spooks for largemouth and smallmouth bass. A few bass were also taken by anglers using senkos, tubes and spinner baits. Fishing improved a bit but was still rated as slow for walleye. The fish caught were taken by anglers trolling crank baits at 25-to-35 feet. Fishing for white bass was sporadic. A few were taken on top water lures, jigging spoons and crank baits. Fishing was fair-to-good using liver, cut bait and dough baits for catfish.

Catches of the week
On Sept. 23 during a tournament, the team of Marshall and Furrow of Clovis weighed in a 4.1-pound largemouth bass caught at Ute Lake. They were using topwater baits.

Saturday: No license
Mark your calendar for Saturday. On this day, New Mexico residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a license. All other fishing rules apply.

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.