The fishing report from the New Mexico Wildlife Department is generated by officers and anglers.
Area lake reports
• Clayton Lake: Trout are good from the shore with Power Bait and worms. Bass are fair with spinner baits and worms. Walleye are fair with deep diving Rapalas. Catfish are good with night crawlers, chicken liver and stink bait.
• Conchas Lake: The water is clear and the temperature is in the 70s. Walleye are good from the south side shore and trolling. Jigs, spinners, crank baits and night crawlers are working well. Crappie are slow with jigs and minnows. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are reported as fair to good with tubes, Senkos and worms. Catfish are good with stink bait and chicken liver. No reports on white bass.
• Ute Lake: The water is lightly stained and temperature is in the 70’s. Walleye are good trolling crank baits at 10-20 feet, and minnows and worms are picking up walleye off the points. Crappie are reported as fair using small jigs and minnows. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are good with spinner baits or crank baits. White bass are still scattered with a few being caught on minnows. Catfish are good using stink bait.
• Sumner Lake: Winter trout waters, stilling basin – Walleye are slow to fair. Best reports are from the west side near Spears Point trolling bottom bouncer rigs with night crawler trailers. Bass are slow. Catfish are good below the dam with chicken liver and minnows.
• Santa Rosa Lake: Walleye are good drifting and trolling with chartreuse or white curly tails and sassy shad. Smallmouth bass are reported as good around the shoreline and largemouth bass are good at 9-12 feet with crank baits, jigs and minnows working well for both. Crappie are good in 9-15 feet of water with jigs and minnows. No reports on catfish.
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