Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

FISHIN’ IS STILL NOT SO BAD… 12/15/17

We are still getting a fair number of weekend fishermen and the local folks are still out there… the mild winter weather has helped… The lake is still rising quite well.. we are up to 19.9%  (that’s 20% percent to you & me)…  The north end is quite murky.. but the clarity is OK at mid lake..Water temperature 50 degrees

The White Bass fishin’ is good, the Catfish is VERY good…

Some White Bass still biting over the North part of the flats of McRae Canyon.  Trolling towards castle rock on crank baits.

Small mouth bass being caught on plastics around pirate cove close to the bank.

Catfishing are biting on cut bait in deep water.   Up North and Mid lake..

If don’t get another report out before Santa comes….

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of y’all.

Come see us..

bob

GOOD FISHIN’ FOR WINTER…. 11/30

believe it or not… the fishin has not been all that bad in the last few weeks.. mild weather and low winds have made for some really nice days on the lake.  The locals and a few weekend fisher folks have been finding good catches of White Bass.

The constant inflow of water has gotten the lake very muddy especially on the North end.   Water temperature 60 degree in A.M up to 62 in afternoon,  water clarity improving in the last day or so.

Frank Vilorio says that White bass still good, mainly trolling crank baits,  jet boat cove, south long point, North part of the flats of McRae.  Also, watch the graph for schools of bait fish.. then jig below them for the Whites.

Small mouth good on soft plastics on rocky points.

The catfish continue to be very good for the hardy souls that get our there and fish for them..

Big Blue Cats have been caught on the North end in the channel in deeper water (25 feet or so) on live bait and cut bait.  Bluegills are still the preferred grazin’ for catfish..

Check out Kris Flores’ U-tube stuff “Muddy River Catfishing” for techniques… or just book a trip with Byron Lucero at “Set the Hook Catfishing”..  When it comes to the catfish on Elephant Butte, these two dudes can provide you with the information to have a successful trip…

No input on any other species at this time… not many folks out there…

Tell mama that the fish are bitin’ and there is no-one else on the lake…

Come see us..

bob

Azariah Gallucci of Belen caught a 4Lbs 2 oz white bass using a crank bait fishing with Frank Vilorio on Sunday. Possible lake record.

Byron Lucero sent this in… not sure who they are.. but that’s a good night fishin trip on Byron’s boat..

 

 

 

I’m BACK.. Fishin is not all that bad.. 11/10/17

The lake has been coming up nicely…  about 15.4% this morning.. over twice as much as last year at this time..  The fishin’ has been poor due to the extremely low viability.   It has been just flat MUDDY..

in the last week we have seen Frank and few locals start finding good catches of white bass.

Last week was very productive for white bass using white 1/2 oz. slabs in 15 to 25 ft of water,  Look for schools of shad on fish finder,  Look carefully and under the school of shad you will possible Mark fish, target humps and drop offs,  ledges. Water temperature 65 degree, water murky.  Now you have to do a little work, but that’s kinda fun…

Catfish have gotten pretty active also..

Flatheads are still active in shallow water using live bluegill or fresh cut shad.

Catching 20+ pound cats on cut bait in 20+ foot of water. Blue Cats are excellent right now also..

The weather has been very nice.. the lake is not busy.. so..

Grab yur’ Sweetie and go fishin’

Come see us..

Bob

Nice Catch Byron.. (Set the Hook Catfishing)

 

Slower,,, but not Bad.. 09/22

The fall fishing patterns are in full swing..

Still lots of shad.. But lots and lots of small fish of all species.. which is great for the future..

Water temperature now dropping to around 76 in the AM.

Everything basically remains the same as last weeks report.  .

The team that won the bass tournament last weekend weight over 12 pounds,  5 fish.  So the Blacks and Smallmouth are still active.

The White Bass have been being caught all over the lake in the mornings and evenings.  Rock Canyon, Damsite and the rocky canyons around the Butte on the south end.

The Walleye are spotty.. South Rock Canyon area trolling with Wally divers and Chartreuse crank baits..

Catfish on the other hand are getting strong..

Good stringers of nice size Cats are being caught on cut bait.  The Catfish are starting to move to deep water.  So find an area that you can get your bait into 30 – 50 feet..   Live bait are no longer the ticket.. you can’t get live bait down to 30′ without it dying.  Cut Bait or shrimp are the ticket..  Early mornings and late evenings into the night are best ..

Tell mama that you gotta go fishin’ before the winter..

come & see us..

 

bob

 

Fishing Report History

FISHIN’ IS STILL NOT SO BAD… 12/15/17
GOOD FISHIN’ FOR WINTER…. 11/30
I’m BACK.. Fishin is not all that bad.. 11/10/17
Slower,,, but not Bad.. 09/22
Crowds are gone.. fish are biting, well .. sorta.. 09/07
FISH STOCKING SATURDAY MORNING.. COME & HELP.. 08/31
Fishin’ Finally getting better.. 08/23
fishing is tough.. but it’s good practice… 08/10
The fishin’ is good.. the weather is “iffy” 07/27
SEAGULLS ARE FLYING… THE WHITE BASS ARE SCHOOLING .. 07/20
SORRY BOUT’ THE DELAY… HERE IS A NEW REPORT.. 07/06
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..
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5 FEBRUARY
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