05-24-08: 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 for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was very good this past week although anglers reported that most of the fish caught were small.
Best baits were sweet beavers, brush hogs, lizards, salt craws, worms and jerk baits worked shallow.
Fishing for crappie was good for anglers using minnows, tubes and jigs.
Fishing for walleye was fair for anglers using crank baits, jigs, tubes, grubs and minnows. Fishing for catfish was good using liver, dough baits and night crawlers.
No reports on other species.
Ute Lake
Crappie fishing was the hot ticket again this past week. Several anglers reported doing very well using minnows, jigs, tubes and artificial leeches.
Most of the crappie were in less than 10 feet of water. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good for anglers using jerk baits, tubes, worms, jigs, lizards, grubs and spinner baits.
The bass were shallow and most of the fish caught were males.
Fishing for catfish was very good for anglers using night crawlers, liver and dough baits and fishing shallow.
Fishing for walleye and white bass was slow-to-fair as anglers reported that these two species appeared to be scattered. A few were caught by anglers trolling crank baits at various depths and a few more were taken by anglers drifting minnows.

Catches of the week
Conchas Lake: May 18, Tom McWhorter of Bosque Farms caught a 4.65-pound largemouth bass,