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Ute Lake yields some mighty largemouth bass

Weekly Fishing and stocking report

Posted 8/23/19

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Ute Lake yields some mighty largemouth bass

Weekly Fishing and stocking report

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If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at funfishingnm@gmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date and location; type of fish, length and weight, if possible; and bait, lure or fly used.

Catches of the week

Corona Pond: Foster Golightly, age 10, of Corona caught a half-pound albino catfish using raw chicken Aug. 19.

Hopewell Lake: Mark Duran-Lippman of Río Rancho caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using a fly rod with a streamer fly Aug. 17.

Alto Lake: Jaxson Flores, age 9, of Alamogordo caught a 6-pound catfish using a red worm Aug. 17.

Fenton Lake: Jorge Valenzuela and Jacqueline Valenzuela, both age 4, of Albuquerque caught a 17.5-inch rainbow trout weighing 2.7-pounds using a gold deluxe Panther Martin spinner Aug. 17.

Elephant Butte: Mike Papasan of Rockport, Texas, caught a 25-inch, 6-pound walleye using a white curly-tail grub Aug. 17. Bailey Henderson of Dusty caught a 27-inch, 8-pound walleye trolling a fire tiger lure Aug. 18. Calvin and Patricia Largo of Gallup caught their limit of 50 white bass using jigs in 25 feet of water Aug. 19.

Conchas Lake: Luciano Lopez of Tucumcari caught and released a 24-inch, 5.5-pound walleye while fishing at night using live minnows Aug. 17. Hunter Manley, age 2, of Albuquerque caught his first fish, a small mouth bass, using his Mickey Mouse fishing rod with a worm Aug. 18.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Briton Faith Mortensen, age 3, of Placitas caught a 19-inch rainbow trout using salmon eggs Aug. 17. Ryett Ford, age 2, of Placitas caught a 17-inch rainbow trout using salmon eggs Aug. 18.

Escondida Lake: Richard Shewell of Los Lunas caught a 37-inch, 24-pound flathead catfish fishing at night using cut bait Aug. 17.

Pecos River: Gavin George, age 4, of Weed caught a 20-inch catfish using worms at the lower Tansil Dam near Carlsbad Aug. 16.

The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:

Conchas Lake: Marcel Almanzar of Río Rancho caught a 17-inch and an 18-inch largemouth bass simultaneously using a squarebill crankbait Aug. 10.

Canjilon Lakes: Andrew Romero and his dad Frank, both from Albuquerque, caught their limits of trout using an assortment of flies Aug. 12.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Josiah Salgado, age 7, of Albuquerque caught his first rainbow trout, 16 inches, using mealworms Aug. 11.

Elephant Butte Lake: Gavin Ray Baker, age 13, of Las Cruces caught a 10-pound drum using minnows Aug. 11.

Lakes and streams

(Only those with fishing reports for the week are listed.)

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 23.2 cubic feet per second. Fishing for trout was fair to good using blue-winged olive nymphs and caddis dry flies.

Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was good using chicken liver. Fishing for bass was slow to fair. One angler reported catching a 6-pound bass using a Whopper Plopper. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.

Conchas Lake: Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was good using squarebill crankbaits, Pop-Rs, Whopper Ploppers, Senkos and creature baits. Fishing was fair to good for white bass and walleye using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good using cut bait.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was 58.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small dry flies such as Yellow Sally, hoppers and spruce moth flies.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait, black woolly buggers and Chernobyl Ants. Fishing for perch was fair to good using worms. Fishing for pike was fair using spoons. We had no reports this week on other species.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Fawn Lakes: The last report was that high runoff water has created poor fishing conditions.

Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using streamers, PowerBait, worms, woolly buggers and Pistol Petes.

Los Pinos River: Fishing for trout was fair to good using red zebra midge droppers on a hopper fly.

Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait and woolly buggers.

Morphy Lake: Closed for a renovation project on the dam and no firm opening date has been set.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 58.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs, woolly buggers, leech-pattern flies and Panther Martin spinners.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 75.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using rooster tail spinners, salmon eggs and Panther Martin spinners.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 1,120 cfs. The river level was high and fishing for trout was slow. Fishing near Albuquerque for catfish was good using cut bait. Anglers are advised to bring bug spray.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 34.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using small hopper flies.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 22.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow Monday morning near Peñasco was 13.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using Parachute Adams, mosquito flies and blue-winged olives.

Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week. Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds, July 1-Dec. 31.

Ute Lake: Fishing for largemouth bass in shallow water was good using top-water lures such as buzzbaits and Whopper Ploppers. Fishing for smallmouth bass in deeper water was good using drop-shot rigs, tubes and chigger craws. Fishing for walleye and crappie was slow. Fishing for white bass was good using jigging spoons in 30 to 35 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was fair using cut bait and stink bait. Fishing for bluegill was very good using small spinners and worms. The main lake was clear, and the water temperature was in the lower 80s. There was a 5.88-pound largemouth bass caught by Butch Colantonio, of Amarillo, Texas, and a 5.74-pound largemouth bass caught by Tom Jessop, of Dalhart, Texas, Aug. 18.

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