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April 17th Main Lake Water Temp. 55 Degrees
The Lake elevation is 3785.85 and the storage is 196,800 acre feet. The Main Lake is stained.
I have been involved in fishing for a long time and it still amazes me how quickly things can change. In the course of one week we went from really slow to pretty darn good!
Walleye-Good-If you fish the last couple of hours of daylight you have a good chance of catching a limit using Jerkbaits on gravel or rock points. During the day they are holding in 10 to 15 feet of water and are hitting Live Minnows, Gulp Minnow, and Curly Tail Grubs presented on Jigs.
White Bass-Fair-Most of the activity is still in the upper Canadian but some Whites are showing up on the Main Lake now. Trolling with medium diving Crankbaits such as Flicker Shad, Model A Bombers or Little Ns has been working. They are also taking a Jerkbait late in the day.
Catfish-Good-Trotlines were producing nice fish over the weekend. They are starting to move into shallower water in the coves.
Crappie-Fair-They are starting to show up in Ute Creek. They seem to be on the points right now but should start moving into the coves as the water continues to warm.
Bass-Good-They really turned on! Sun Country Bass Assoc. held a 2 day tournament over the weekend and I was impressed. I haven't received the final results yet ( Hey, Doug) but I can tell you that there was a 16 lb. limit weighed on Sunday, a limit close to 15 lbs. on Saturday, 7 or 8 Smallmouth weighed in that were over 4 lbs. ( 1 over 5 lbs.) , at least 5 Largemouth that were in the 5 lb. range, and Steve Schneider brought a 7.16 Lb. Largemouth to the scales Sunday.
Most of the dock talk was about reaction baits, mostly Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits, and Chatter Baits. However, I do know that Tubes and Stick Baits played a part in some of the bags that were caught. The Bass are staged up and are about ready to start to the beds. Look for them on secondary points and in the backs of the pockets.
Hereford Bass Club will host a 1 day tournament this Sunday, April 22nd. from 6:00AM to 2:00 PM. You can enter at the Marina parking lot Sunday morning up to 5:45 AM. Entry fee is $25.00 per person. For more information contact Dan Brooks-806-344-6833.
The 13th Annual Ute Lake Big Bass Tournament, hosted by the Logan Bass Club, is coming up on Saturday, May 5th. The Largest Bass for the day pays $500.00 and there are 3 places paid for each hour. Entry fee is $50.00 per person. The boaters meeting will be held at the American Legion at 7:00 PM on May 4th. This tournament is a lot of fun and the proceeds go toward Logan's 4th of July Fireworks Display!
Start making you plans to get to the Lake, the Spring bite is firing up and it looks like it is going to be a good one. I look forward to it and I hope to see everyone enjoy it!
Until next week,
TIGHT LINES AND GOOD FISHING!
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