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.
Fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using minnows, spinner/worm rigs, grubs and crank baits for walleye. We received a few good reports from anglers fishing on the north and south sides of the lake. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits and using spoons and minnows for white bass. Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was fair-to-good for anglers using crank baits, tubes, jigs, jerk baits and spinner baits Most of the bass were in less than 12 feet of water.
Fishing for walleye was rated as good to excellent this past week as the males were in a feeding mode and in 6-to-14 feet of water. Several limits were reported by anglers using crank baits, spinners, jerk baits and minnows. Fishing for crappie was good for anglers using minnows, jigs, small tubes and small crank baits in 2-to-6 feet of water. Good reports came in from anglers fishing up the Canadian arm of the lake. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good for anglers using tubes, spinner baits, crank baits and jerk baits in shallow water. Fishing for white bass was sporadic but a few good size fish were taken by anglers trolling crank baits.
Catches of the week
Ute Lake: On April 18, David Morse of Dalhart, TX caught a 4.69 pound largemouth bass. He was fishing from the bank and using minnows. .
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This report was compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.