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September 12th Main Lake Water Temp. 76 Degrees
The Lake elevation is 3783.78 and the storage is 182,400 acre feet. The Main Lake is clear.
Fishing is starting to improve. The weather is stable and the surface temperature is starting to drop a little. It appears to me that the fish are starting to transition to a Fall pattern.
Walleye-They are scattered but are starting to bite some. Wednesday, a found keepers in 6 to 12 feet of water on a secondary point. We have had a few reports of Walleye caught trolling with crankbaits that run 10 to 12 feet and you can also catch some vertical jigging as deep as 40 feet. As I said, they are scattered but they are starting to feed.
Bass-They are starting to follow the bait fish from the Main Lake points toward the coves. Soft Plastics are still the most consistent baits with topwater being my second choice. There were a few really nice limits weighed in over the weekend. Kris Bosley and Jim Simpson had a 2 day total of 19.54 lbs., anchored by a 5.43 lb. Largemouth caught by Jim.
Quinn Wilson Memorial 9/8-9/9
1st Place-Simpson/Bosley-19.54 lbs.
2nd Place-Armenta/Page-16.93 lbs.
3rd Place-Gordan/Grant-13.15 lbs.
Big Bass-Jim Simpson-5.43 lbs.
The Hereford Bass Club is hosting an open Tournament this coming Sunday, Sept. 17th from 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM. You can enter at the Marina parking lot before 6:30 AM Sunday morning.
The 26th Annual Ute Lake Open Team Tournament is coming up on Oct. 7th and 8th. 1st place is guaranteed $1000.00 and the entry fee is $100.00 per team. The boaters meeting will be at the American Legoin Bingo Hall at 7:00 PM Friday, Oct. 6th. For more information contact Calvin Liles-575-403-6161.
White Bass-They are starting to show up in more areas of the Lake. The mouths of the coves is still one place to look, but the are also beginning to relate to points and drop offs on the channel. Most are in 25 to 30 feet of water, but you find find them as deep as 40 feet. Vertical jigging with SlingBlades and Happy Hour Shad is working well for us.
Catfish-They are active. They are also starting to follow the Shad. You can even find some under the schools of Whites.
Until next week,
TIGHT LINES AND GOOD FISHING!
Ben and Kathy
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