Fishing report — May 18

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses.

Ute Lake – Water temp is around 59 degrees. The main lake is lightly stained and the river arms are heavily stained. Walleye are fishing fair to good. The walleye have moved into 20-30 feet of water. Fish are being caught using minnows and nightcrawlers on the bottom near deep water. Trolling has been slower, but it should pick up any day. Smallmouth bass are fishing fair. Quite a few 10-13-inchers are being caught in 2-6 feet of water with tubes. Largemouth bass are fishing fair. They have been staging in 2-4 feet of water, but are elusive. Get into the reeds and you should be able to capture a couple. Crappie are fishing fair to good. A few limits were taken last weekend. The Canadian arm seems to be producing more of them. Catfish are fishing slow to fair. Reports of 12 channel cats caught last Sunday on stink baits up the Canadian in 4 feet of water. White bass are fishing slow to fair. Fish are being caught here and there.

Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as good to excellent for crappie with all methods working. Bass are fishing fair with topwater rigs. Walleye are fishing good when trolling or jigging in 12-15 feet of water. Catfish are reported as slow to fair with a few fish being taken on cut bait and chicken livers.