07-3-08: 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 was fair using Ricos, buzz baits, tubes, jerk baits, crank baits and sweet beavers for a mix of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. A few smallmouth bass were also taken by anglers using drop shot/worm rigs off rocky points. Fishing was fair using grubs, crank baits, minnows and bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was good using worms, wooly buggers and poppers for bluegill. White bass fishing was fair-to-good for anglers trolling crank baits and casting top water lures. Fishing for catfish was best at night with the best baits being liver and cut bait.

Ute Lake
Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair this past week for anglers using tubes, sweet beavers, top water lures, jerk baits and crank baits. Most of the bass were taken in less than 12 feet of water. The best action was reported by anglers fishing early and late in the day. Fishing was very good using top water lures, crank baits and jerk baits for schooling white bass. A few walleye were taken by anglers fishing at night and using minnows. We had no reports on other species.

Catches of the week
Ute Lake: On July 26, Lawrence Roybal of Silver City caught a 6.28-pound largemouth bass. He was using a tube and Patch Mason of Del Rio, Texas, caught a 4.53-pound largemouth bass.
If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week include name, date, location, type of fish, length and bait used.

Compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.