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April 22nd Main Lake Water Temp. 55 Degrees
The Lake elevation is 3776.55 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.
Even with last weeks cold fronts the fishing remained pretty good. This week's weather calls for some very warm days and a lot of wind.
Walleye-Even though I think they are spawning in parts of the Lake the bite was good. Suspending Jerkbaits are working well in the Main Lake from the mouth of Ute Creek to the dam. Trolling with Flicker Shad, Model A Bombers, and Wally Divers is working as far up the Canadian as Watson Island. Also, Jigs and Live Minnows are catching 'Eyes as deep as 25 feet.
White Bass-Trolling is the best bet. Several lures are working, but the Model A Bomber seems to be the most consistant.
Crappie-There are still some nice Crappie being caught in Ute Creek, mostly around the Marina, on Live Minnows.
Bass-Male Smallmouth are very active in 2 to 8 feet of water. Senkos, Jigs, and Chigger Craws are good bets. A Drop Shot fished at 8 to 12 feet of water has produced a few larger Bass. I haven't had any reports of bedding fish, but it should be getting close.
We are now stocking Lew's Baitcast and Spinning Reels. Stop by and take a look at them. I think you will be impressed with the quality that they are producing for the price, I know I am.
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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