Fishing report — July 7

QCS staff

The fishing report from New Mexico Wildlife Department is generated by officers and anglers.

Area lake reports

Clayton Lake: Heavy rains over the weekend caused the water to become murky. Largemouth bass are reported as good using plastic crawdads. No reports on other species.

Conchas Lake: Recreational boaters made the water a little murky and slowed the fishing. Walleye are reported as fair with jigs and worms, although many were too small to keep. Crappie are slow. Bass are reported as slow. Catfish are good using stink bait or worms.

Ute Lake: The water is clear and the temperature is in the mid to high 70’s. Walleye are reported as very good trolling bombers at 10-15 feet or jigging. Crappie are poor. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are good using crawlers for small mouths and top water lures for largemouths. White bass are fair with top water lures. Catfish are good in 4-8 feet of water with stink bait.

Sumner Lake: Winter trout waters, stilling basin – Fishing has been slow. A few catfish were caught from the banks with chicken liver and night crawlers.

Santa Rosa Lake: There were lots of recreational boats over the weekend and fishing is reported as slow for all species.