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April 26th Main Lake Water Temp. 59 Degrees
The Lake elevation is 3785.01 and the storage is 191,000 acre feet. The Main Lake is stained.
The weather was really lousy this last week, but the fishing is pretty good. The Main Lake temperature should finally get over 60 degrees this week. The Upper Canadian and Ute creek are reaching the mid 60s every afternoon.
Walleye-Jigging with Live Minnows or Grubs in 22 to 35 feet of water seems to working the best on the Main Lake. We have had a few reports of Walleye being caught shallow in the Upper Canadian. A few are being caught trolling Flicker Shad and Wally Divers on the Main Lake.
White Bass-They are scattered right now. Trolling medium and deep running Crankbaits is a good choice.
Crappie-We did see a couple nice bags of Crappie that were caught over the weekend. They came on Minnows. Look for them to be 10 to 15 feet.
Catfish-The Upper Canadian is the best area. Punch Bait and Cut Bait are both working.
Bass-This is a good one. Smallmouth are on or going to the beds. Craws, Tubes, and Flukes are producing well. Largemouth are moving up. Right now they seem to be just sunning so the bite is the best after mid-morning. I did see one female this weekend that had a little blood showing on her tail. Craws and Tubes are both good bets. Okay, I know I am going to get email. I have been running past year's weigh-ins through my memory banks [remember, they are old] for 2 days and the only 30 lb. 2 day weight that I can come up with was weighed this past weekend! It took about 27 lbs. to win the first Red Man held here in the mid 80s. The 2nd Red Man may have been even closer to 30 lbs, I'm just not sure. I can remember a couple of Logan Opens that were mid 20s, a Quinn Wilson that was also mid 20s, and few Sun Countrys that were also in the mid to upper 20s. Butch C., maybe you can help me out! Good job, guys. This is impressive.
Panhandle B.A.S.S. Federation 4/23-4/24
1st Place-Kris Bosley-30.04 lbs.
2nd Place-Brady Bressler-22.62 lbs.
3rd Place-Jeff Woodington-20.61 Lbs.
Big Bass-Kris Bosley-4.54 lbs.
The Logan Bass Club will be hosting the 11th Annual Ute Lake Big Bass Tournament on Saturday, May 7th. The largest Bass for the day will pay $500.00 and 3 places are paid every hour. Entry fee is $50.00 per person. The boaters meeting will be held at the American Legion 7:00 PM may 6th. This tournament is a lot of fun and it benefits Logan's 4th of July fireworks.
Reminder- The new fishing licenses year for New Mexico starts April 1st. All licenses must come from New Mexico Game and Fish, either online or over the phone. There are no written licenses available here at the Lake!
Until next week,
TIGHT LINES AND GOOD FISHING!
Ben and Kathy
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