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April 15th Main Lake Water Temp. 55 Degrees
The Lake elevation is 3776.64 and the storage is 138,000 acre feet. The Main Lake is clear. . The surface temperature in the Canadian and Ute Creek is reaching into the upper 50s to low 60s in the afternoon.
Fishing really picked up this week. The water temperature really took a jump and it was like everything in the Lake woke up! We had snow here Sunday night and freezing temps. for 2 nights so it will probably slow things for a few days, but we should see a fast rebound.
White Bass-Trolling is still a good choice for Whites. They are holding at 10 to 15 feet and medium diving Shad colors are working well.
Walleye-There was 2 patterns working well this week. The males are starting to run the bank and Clown Suspending Rogues were working well on them. Jigs tipped with Live Minnows fished at 20 to 25 feet produced some larger females. The females I saw are about to pop, so the spawn is about to happen. Trolling with Cranks that run 8 to 12 feet also produced some nice fish. [Check out the picture of Del & Chili]
Crappie-The bite has been very good with Live Minnows in Ute Creek, especially in the area of the Marina.
Bass-This is by far the biggest surprise of the week! The bite improved dramatically. The male Smallmouth moved up and they turned on. Jerkbaits, Jigs, Senkos, and Craws all produced limits in this weekend's Sun Country tournament. There were also several Largemouth that were caught shallow as well. The Smallies were coming from clear water, but the Blacks were holding in the dirtier parts of the Lake.
Sun Country Bass Assoc. April 12 & 13th
1st Place-Dougan Anderson & Kevin Rodriquez-21.93 Lbs.
2nd Place-Jeff Solverson & Jusin Solverson-16.70 Lbs.
3rd Place-Butch Colontonio & Angie Colontonio-16.28 Lbs.
Tip Top Bass Club April 13th
1st Place-Darrell Blades-7.47 Lbs.
2nd Place-Mike Hershey-7.44 lbs.
3rd Place-Donny McWhortor-5.73 Lbs.
A reminder, The new year for New Mexico Fishing Licenses starts April 1st. Licenses can be purchased online at www.wildlife.state.nm:us or by toll-free telephone: 1-888-248-6866. This phone # is for week days only! There was some confusion this week about the Habitat Stamp that is required for Ute Lake. You must have the HMAS stamp that costs $4.00 if you are from 18 years old through 69 years old. That is the ONLY Habit Stamp that is required for our Lake. If you fish or hunt on FEDERAL LAND you must have the other one that is $5.00!
The Logan Bass Club will be hosting the 9th Annual Ute Lake Big Bass Tournament Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. The Largest Bass for the day pays $500.00 and 3 places are paid for every hour, 1st-$100.00, 2nd-$75.00, & 3rd-$50.00. Entry fee is $50.00 per person. The boaters meeting will be held at 7:00 PM MDT at the American Legion on May 2nd, 2014. Procedes from this event benefit Logan's 4th of July fireworks show. Tickets will be available for a 7' Graphite Medium Heavy custom hand wrapped rod donated by Tyler Decker of Decker Custom Rods that will be raffled at the weigh-in.
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Until next week,
TIGHT LINES AND GOOD FISHING!
Ben and Kathy
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