09-23-08: Fishing Report

This Sept. 23 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.

Saturday set for free fishing day
Saturday is a Free Fishing Day as New Mexico celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day. No license is required to fish in public waters, although bag limits and all other rules apply.

Conchas Lake
Fishing was fair using liver, minnows, night crawlers and dough baits for catfish. Fishing was slow for all other species but there were a few smallmouth bass, crappie and white bass caught by anglers using minnows and crank baits. The fish were scattered at various depths.

Ute lake
Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was fair-to-good for some but slow for others. Best baits were swim baits, top water lures and spinner baits. Fishing was fair using top water lures, crank baits and spinners for white bass. A few walleye were taken by anglers using bottom bouncer rigs with night crawlers or minnows at 20-to-25 feet. Fishing was fair using liver and minnows for catfish.

Catches of the week
Conchas Lake: Sept. 20, Michael Bock of Albuquerque caught a 3.9-pound smallmouth bass.
Ute Lake: Sept. 21, Craig Dillion of Colorado Springs caught a 5.29-pound largemouth bass. He was fishing a tournament.

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.

This report was compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.