The fishing report from New Mexico Wildlife Department is generated by officers and anglers.
Area lake reports:
• Clayton Lake: Fishing is reported as slow and boat ramp is closed due to low water.
• Conchas Lake: Walleye fishing is reported as good. Fish are being found in 20 feet of water and moving deeper with the warming water. Fish are hitting jigs with worms and minnows. Some bass are being taken off points and structure. No report on what they are hitting. Catfish are reported as fair using trot lines baited with liver and stink bait.
• Ute Lake: Water Temp - 78 degrees, main lake clear with the arms lightly stained. Walleye are fishing fair to good. It is starting to get a bit more difficult to catch a bunch of them, but they are biting. Best bet is trolling over brush for the walleye. White bass are fishing good; it’s all about finding the schools. Look for large schools suspended 30 feet down on your fish finder. Trolling deep divers is the best way to find the schools, and once you find them, switch to slabs and proceed to get into some serious action. Smallmouth and Largemouth bass are fishing good. Early morning topwater action then go deeper with tubes and worms in 10-25 feet of water. Main lake points and the back of coves will produce fish. Catfish are fishing good. Chicken liver, night crawlers and stink baits will all catch fish. Fish coves in 15-25 feet of water.
• Sumner Lake: No report this week.
• Santa Rosa Lake: Walleye are reported as fair to slow, although many are small. Bass are fair to slow. Best bet is to try downsized crank baits and soft plastics around the points and on the flats. Catfish are fishing well using minnows and cut bait along the warmer water in the coves.
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