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March 12th Main Lake Water Temp. 43 Degrees
The Lake elevation is 3783.95. Storage is 183,500 acre ft.
The Main Lake is clear.
The weather hasn't improved much but the fish are starting to move around a little. We had a few a boats on the water over the weekend and I did hear from some that had a little success.
Smallmouth are starting to move up and chase some reaction baits. Chatterbaits, Swimbaits, and Craws seemed to be the best choices this week.
We had a couple of reports of Catfish hitting Punch Bait in 15 to 20 feet of water.
There was only 1 Crappie report, but it was a good one. They were caught on Live Minnows in about 30 feet of water fishing under lights at night.
There wern't any reports on Walleye or White Bass but both should be getting close to spawning patterns.
The soft plastic Tube has been a favorite lure of mine for shallow Smallmouth ever since I started fishing them in the 80's. Our house label tubes have a solid nose that makes them great for Texas Rigging, but there are times, especially during the spawn, that I prefer a jig head inserted inside of the tube with an exposed hook. This can improve the hook-up ratio as well as producing a slow spiral as the tube falls. If you have fished Ute Lake much you know that an exposed hook can keep you pretty busy tying on if you are fishing cover. Our new GitZit Wireguard Jig has 3/0 heavy carbon steel hook and a twisted wire weedguard and it can be inserterd into a Tube. I fished this set-up last Summer and I was really pleased with the results. Whether it is a RNT Saturn Tube, or some other Tube, it works!
Until next week,
TIGHT LINES, GOOD FISHING, AND "MAKE 'EM BITE"!
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