06-18-08 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 good again this past week for anglers using tubes, sweet beavers, salt craws, senkos, crank baits, jerk baits and top water lures. Most of the bass caught were in less than 8 feet of water. Fishing for crappie slowed but there were a few taken by anglers using minnows, tubes and jigs. Walleye fishing was fair for some anglers but very good for others using Rat-L-Traps, senkos, grubs, jigs, spinner/worm rigs and tubes. Anglers reported catching walleye near Rattlesnake Island, near the dam and at the upper end of the lake. Night fishing for catfish was good using liver, shrimp and night crawlers. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms and flies.

Ute Lake
Fishing for catfish was very good this past week for anglers fishing at night and using liver, night crawlers and cut bait. Fishing for white bass was good for anglers working the main lake and Canadian arm and casting or trolling crank baits at depths of 8-to-14 feet. Fishing for walleye was a bit sporadic but some anglers did well trolling crank baits and bottom bouncer/worm rigs. Fishing for largemouth bass was fair-to-good for anglers using senkos, tubes, crank baits, jerk baits and top water lures. Most of the largemouth were in less than 10 feet of water. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair for anglers working rocky points and using worms and lizards on drop shot rigs. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms.

Catches of the week

Ute Lake: June 8, Jeremy Fleck of Capitan caught a 5.5-pound largemouth bass. He was using a tube in 12 feet of water.

Conchas Lake: June 14, Franco Vallejos of Albuquerque caught a 5.10-pound largemouth bass. He was using a senko. June 15, Mark Adams of Edgewood caught a 5.13-pound largemouth bass. He was using a jig.