Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

THE WEATHER IS HOT.. SO IS THE FISHIN’ 06/15

If yur’ comming to the lake for Father’s Day.. (which we hope that ya’ are)… come prepared..

It’s gonna be hotter’n “whoopee in woolens”..  don’t know if ya ever tried that… but it’s HOT…

The fishin is still very good…

The White bass seem to be moving up north finally.. I have been getting reports of nice size fish caught on the east side at the Black Bluffs ..  and the rocky points and coves just north of Kettle Top on the east side..  Live shiners, sassy shad and shad colored crank baits trolling around 15 – 20 feet down..  Then when you find the schools of fish (you’ll know when you do).. Be ready with chrome, white or yellow slabs, or the ever dependable Kastmaster..  Jigging up from the bottom or around 25′ feet.

A few Stripers have been reported this week.. all have been caught while fishing for Whites.. up north and around Kettle Top.

Starting to get some action in the early mornings and evenings in the backs of coves..  Not much going on along the west side beaches south… if you are fishing the west side beaches you probably need to be up north.. So if your bank fishin, stay up north.  Specifically on the main lake points ..

Ash Canyon has started to get active for Whites..   The rocky ledges have produced good catfish..

Walleye still being caught along south Long Point and north side of Rattlesnake Island.  Trolling crank baits and Walley divers..

Night fishin at Rock Canyon is a sure bet for good results.. Still no reports about Damsite night fishin..

Catfish still very good up north on cut bait, Bluegill (live) and chicken liver..

if anyone fishes the south end, especially Ash Canyon.. please report in so that I post a report..

I plan on stirrin’ up the “bigger’n a damn baby” cinnamon rolls for Saturday morning… so come & get ya one..

No honey-do list allowed… it’s father’s day for cryin out loud…

Come see us

bob

 

Group from Sweden had a great early father’s day fishing trip Tuesday, grand father, father and sons. Frank Vilorio said that they were a pleasure to fish with .

FISHIN’ IS STILL GOOD… LAKE IS RISING… 06/08

Not sure what the weather is going to do… but it supposed to be HOT this weekend..

The fishing has slowly gotten better..  The bank fishing is good..

Whites are dependable on Kastmasters, live shiners, end line spinners… (pretty much anything that looks like a minnow)..

Trolling around McRae canyon, North side of Rattlesnake Island, also pretty much any of the major main lake points.. 15 – 30 feet.. Jigging up off of the bottom to mid depth seems pretty dependable.  The Whites are just about everywhere.. so if you don’t hook up in a short period of time… MOVE..  But once you find em’  and they are of any size.. STAY..  don’t leave fish to find fish..

Tight-lining live Shiners from shore off of main lake points seems to be the ticket.. and keep moving to another point till you find fish..

Small-mouths have been showing up around the cliffs and rocky points on the east side, mid lake and points to the north..

Catfish are still on Fire… Rocky areas as well as in the channel up north in the toolies… cut bait and any thing that smells dead. Also, live shiners have produced good catfish.. There are lots ( I mean gazillions) of small catfish.. so if you start catching small ones.. MOVE.. they won’t leave you alone.. and there won’t be any big ones in the area..

Walleye are still fair to good along South Long point.. yellow or chartreuse crank baits and Wally divers.. (we got em’ in stock)

Rock Canyon Marina has been very good for night fishing.  Damsite is also open for night fishing but I have not received any reports from there..  So if you guys fish Damsite at night.. let me know how ya’ do..

I promise to conjure up some big ol’ cinnamon rolls for Saturday morning..

I also have been talked into opening at 5am for the fishing tournament Friday & Saturday.. so if you don’t have anything to do at 5am, come see me.. I’ll buy your coffee…

It’s gonna be too hot to even start on the honey-do list this week… so don’t even try..

 

come see us

bob

 

–no one sent any pictures this week.. sorry…

 

 

FISHIN’ STILL GETTING BETTER.. 06/01

it’s raining as I post this.. but the forecast is calling for a nice weekend..

The fishing is still picking up a little each week.

Frank Vilorio is still putting customers on White Bass and Walley.  Whites are very good on Kastmasters and white slabs.  Schools of Whites are getting easier to find and follow.  Live shiners also good.    15 -30 feet deep in McRae Canyon and around the north end of Rattlesnake island were very productive yesterday and today.

Night fishing has started at Rock Canyon and Damsite.. Not sure about Damsite, but Rock Canyon has been producing lots of good Whites at night.. might want to call them before you show up to get the details..(times & costs etc..) look em up on the iner-toob..

No reports of Crappie this week.. so if you find em’…let me know

Walley were caught off of main lake points jigs and Wally Divers..  Yellow & Chrome.. No reports of Walleye around South Long Point.. but that is usually a go to spot if you are hunting Walleye…

No reports on Catfish this week.. But I bet that they are still hot up north on cutbaits…

The rising lake levels are starting to slow a bit.. the inflows are slowing and the release is increasing… but we should continue to rise for another few weeks… hopefully…

Pray for lots of rain up north…

We ran out of Shiners early in the week due to the enormous crowd over Memorial Day weekend.. We are expecting a large load of Shiners tomorrow (Friday) afternoon…  So we should be in good shape for the next week.

I plan on building cinnamon rolls for Saturday morning.. as long as you guys keep buyin’ em’… I guess I will keep makin’ em”..

Hire the neighbor kid to do the honey-do list..

come see us

 

bob

On May 27th, Robert Jaramillo caught a 6lb 26 inch walleye and his daughter Gabryelle Jaramillo caught a few white bass.   That’s what it is all about…

Frank Vilorio makes em’ happy…

MARGINALLY CONTROLLED CHAOS.. 05/25

Yep… Marginally controlled chaos.. that’s what this weekend is building itself to be… If you are looking for a quiet place to fish this weekend.. stay up north…  or find coves on the east side.. just be aware of everyone else.. cause’ they are probably not aware of you…

We love these weekends… cause’ the cash register sounds like “stairway to heaven” all day long..

With that said…

The fishing has really turned on in the last few days..  Walleye have finally showed up…

White bass very productive in McRae and around Rattlesnake Island , live shad is king if you can find them,  with live shiners right behind.     Kastmasters  and slabs very good when locating schools of whites.  Also Panther Martin end line spinners for trolling..

Walleyes being caught on crank baits and wally divers , chartreuse and  white, also  bandits chrome with blue back. Justin Orr caught good Walleye this afternoon on Chartreuse/Purple crank baits… yea.. purple?  Walleye are still along South Long Point, strongest in the areas that transition into rocky banks..  Also anywhere that has some cliffs or steep rock ledges..

Blue channel cats are very good on live or frozen shad,  cut bait also good.  Mostly up North…

Water temp is 66 degree in A.M. clarity improving in mid lake.

Be careful this weekend, there will be LOTS of folks here ..  Most have not been to the lake yet this year.. so many will leave their brains at home..  BE SAFE.

Planning on building the “over the top” cinnamon rolls for Saturday morning… come getch’ya one  .. they’ll ruin ya…

Tell mama that the honey-do list is not long enough to take serious…

Come see us..

Bob

Dennis Shell with 7lbs 6 oz. Walleye caught May 22th while fishing with Frank Vilorio

that’s Frank Vilorio…  One heckuva nice guy.. worth every dime…Nice Walleye..

 

Fishing Report History

THE WEATHER IS HOT.. SO IS THE FISHIN’ 06/15
FISHIN’ IS STILL GOOD… LAKE IS RISING… 06/08
FISHIN’ STILL GETTING BETTER.. 06/01
MARGINALLY CONTROLLED CHAOS.. 05/25
LAKE IS RISING FAST… 05/19/17
A LITTLE WINDY..BUT THE FISHIN’ IS GOOD.. 05/11
CATFISH ARE BITING… GOOD WEEKEND FOR A TOURNAMENT
WATER IS UP…FISHIN’ IS GREAT…04/20/17
GETTING BETTER EACH WEEK…. 04/12/2017
IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER… 04/05/17
SHOULD BE A GOOD WEEKEND… 03/30/17
CRAPPIES ARE BACK !! 03/22/17
SLOW …BUT GETTIN’ BETTER.. 03/10/17
STILL SLOW BUT BETTER THAN LAST WEEK !! 03/03/17
02/24/17 — Catfish Tournament info… finally …
First Fishing Report of 2017..
MERRY CHRISTMAS YA’LL
I’M BACK.. FISHIN’ IS NOT BAD..
TOLD YA’ THAT THE CATFISHIN’ WAS GETTING GOOD..
FISHIN’ IS GREAT… GO FIGURE…
FISHIN’ HAS GOTTEN BETTER…
DUCK HUNTIN” ??
SLOWING DOWN… BUT STILL GOOD..
FISHIN’ IS STILL GREAT…
105 THOUSAND NEW FISH..
WEEK OF 08/12..SAME AS LAST WEEK
WHITE BASS … EVERYWERE… WEEK OF 08/04
WEEK OF 7/13.. HOT.. HOT..HOT…
end of another era….
WEEK OF 06/10 — BLACK BASS COMING BACK..
WEEK OF 02 JUNE… FISHING STILL GREAT..
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND…
WEEK OF 5/19 — WALLEYE HITTING STRONG
WEEK OF 5/12…. BIG CRAPPIE
BLACK BASS STOCKING…
MAY 5… REPORT IS MUCH THE SAME…FISHING IS GREAT !!
APRIL 22….CRAPPIE & WALLEYE ..
WEEK OF APRIL 13TH
APRIL 6TH… CRAPPIE ARE BACK !!
WELL THAT WAS A SHORT SUMMER….
17 March
09 MARCH… IT’S GETTING FUN..
02 March
BIG STRIPER..
26 FEBRUARY
20 FEBRUARY
10 February
5 FEBRUARY
28 January
01/15/2106 — WALLEYE……
WEEK OF 12/13..
WEEK OF 11/13 —
fishing report 10-16-15
Week of 10/13
Fishing Report 10-09-15
Fishing Report 10-01-15
FREE FISHIN’ DAY…09/26/2015 (SATURDAY)
FREE FISHING DAY FRIDAY 9-25-15
WEEK OF 09/23/2015
WEEK OF 8/7/2015
Week of 07-28-15
Week of 7-10-2015
Week of 06-27-2015
Week of 6-19-2015
Week of 5-29-2015
Week of 5-22-2015
Week of 5-15-15
Week of 05-02-2015
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