Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

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

 

Crowds are gone.. fish are biting, well .. sorta.. 09/07

The summer rush is over..  the lake is calmer,  the next 2 months are great for fishermen..

The problem is that the fishing will get tougher.. but that will make you a better fisherman..

A week or so ago I reported that Kevin Gardner,  NM Game & Fish Biologist told me that the spawn was very successful this year… today I had the opportunity to observe some coves and shallow areas.. HOLY SAMAKI Batman!!  (look that one up!) He was not kiddin’  there are gazillions of small fish everywhere..  Our fishery should be exceptional in a few more years.. that is if we continue to manage it well and get lucky with the water levels..

One problem this year however is that the shad spawn was good also.. so much so that the shad are thick.  The fish are plenty, but they are having their fill of nature’s preferred meal.. so our bait is just not that appetizing.  But that too will payoff in the next few years with very healthy fish in big numbers..

The whites are very active all over the lake. Feeding on schools of shad. Watch for the water boiling as the the Whites chase the shad to the top.. Watch for the birds.. If you can throw a cast net, you can catch shad.  that is the preferred bait.  Followed by live shiners,  Kastmasters and slab spoons.  A few folks have said that they have had better luck on the feeding frenzies by throwing top water lures over the feeding zones..

The last few days I have had reports of good catches of whites around Rattlesnake Island (north side),  just North of Dam Site Marina in the coves between the dam and the open water..  then along the east side over the rocks just North of the Butte.

Early morning and late evening bites are still best.

Walleye still biting on rocky point’s 15 to 20 feet using kastmasters, slabs and deep diving crank baits.

Brian Lucero reported that Catfishing is good in the Rio Grande for Flatheads using live bait.   The Blues are still very active in the lake and starting to move to deeper water.  Cut Bait is good, but live Bluegills are best..

Crappie are starting to bite in shallow water, target big boulders and submerged brush .  We will be getting Fathead minnows in on Friday.  (Preferred bait of the elusive Pomoxis nigromaculatus)   Probably gonna have to look that one up also…

Night fishing is still the best.. Main lake points with lots of structure and/or boulders.. Rock Canyon Marina has been good. Dam Site has been best for night fishing with live shiners..

The City of Elephant Butte is having “Elephant Days” this weekend.. It is a pretty cool little festival.  There will be a carnival, a small midway and a dance on Saturday night.. Look it up on the intertube for more details.. You can fish in the morning, go to the festival mid day, take a nap, then go back fishin’ in the evening and through the night..  Sounds like a good plan..

Tell mama that there is a festival in Elephant Butte, load the kids up and come see us…

bob

I personally lived through two major hurricanes when I lived on the Gulf Coast..  Say a prayer for those folks in Texas and Florida.. they’re gonna need it…

NICE Crappies on Frank Vilorio’s boat..

 

Brian Lucero found this cat in the river… NICE..

 

 

FISH STOCKING SATURDAY MORNING.. COME & HELP.. 08/31

The fish biologist from the NM Game & Fish are at it again..  They will showing up Saturday morning early with a truck load of Black Bass fingerlings…  We need to get a bunch of ya’ll together in your boats .. aka the “Elephant Butte Navy”..  to receive bags of fish and take them up the lake to be released in strategic areas..

As of now the plan is.. The truck from NM Game & Fish is leaving for Montana Wednesday..(yesterday)..They plan on returning with the fish in the wee hours of the morning of Saturday 09/02.  We plan to start filling bags at 7am.  If you can make it with your boat, please be in the water and ready to go at or close to 0700…  We will be at the main boat ramp by Marina Del Sur.  With enough boats it will go pretty quick, which is important.

Now for what I know about the fishin’..

Water temperature is 77 degrees in the A.M. water clarity 3 – 5 feet mid lake.

White bass fishing is good in mid channel around McRae  and south long point towards rock canyon. Look for seagulls and turns hitting the water, best time is early morning and late afternoon,  also look for schools of white bass bringing up schools of shad.  Sassy shads, Slab spoons, Kastmasters & live shiners..

Night fishing is still very good.. Both Marinas, rocky points or around any main lake structure.. Light up the water & go get em’..

Small mouth  fishing is good on deep point’s leading to main channel and along big boulders that are submerged.  Tube baits on jig heads are a solid bet.. Same for Black Bass..

A few Walleyes are still being caught in 20 feet of water on jigs and trolling crankbaits.  Yellow, Chartreuse, Purple Walley divers seem to get the job done..

Kris Flores found good White Bass on the north end of Caballo lake.. We don’t usually get reports from Caballo, but if you have never fished down there, it usually is worth the trip..

None of my Catfish guys reported in this week… so it don’t know nuthin’ bout the catfish… But the same techniques should be working as have been all season..

Tell mama that she has to come with ya’ to stock fish…

remember… We all live downstream…

come see us

bob

 

 

The Leong family with there morning catch of white bass and Drums using slabs

 

 

 

Fishin’ Finally getting better.. 08/23

The Whites are getting more dependable, you may have to keep moving to find em’  Good spots are North of Kettle top, flats of McRae,  rattle snake island and around the Dam.  Slab spoons running off of the bottom and Ripple shad with 3/8 Jig head when surfacing. A few local guys are still having very good luck early in the mornings, finding the boiling shad and throwing top water lures..

The bird are still feeding on boiling shad.. so watch for the birds..

Night fishing still going strong.  Both, Damsite marina as well as the Rock Canyon marina and tire barrier..  Live shiners are the best at night.  Live shiners & night crawlers have been a very good option at night from the shore..

Have had a few good reports of folks just walking & or driving the beaches on the east side watching for boiling shad.. then casting at them.  That sounds like a good time..

Walleye still biting with slabs, crank baits and Wally Divers.  Along the east side rocks as well South Long Point.

Large mouth bass good on soft plastics at rocky points and large boulders, 8 to 20 feet.

Catfish good using cut shad, worms and stink bait all over lake.

Water temps in the mornings are around 78 and dropping, water clarity mid lake 3 ft on top.

Kevin Gardner from the NM Game & Fish was by the other day.  He reported that the fish spawn this year was exceptional.  See ya’ll.. all of those efforts are paying off.. (lots of water didn’t hurt).. So when you see the Game & Fish biologist guys.. make a point to thank them.. they have spent a lot of resources here at our lake..

On that note.. there will be another Black Bass stocking at the end of August or the first few days of September.. I will post the date when they firm it up.. All of the help that we can get will help..

On a sad note.. we lost a local friend & fellow Lake Rat this week..  Doug Harris from here in Elephant Butte died on Monday.. after he spent a great weekend on the lake with his family.. He was a great dude, if you new him, then you laughed with him..When God says that it’s your time…. It’s your time… Gonna miss that dude..

Grab mama and the kids… come see us..

bob

Picture is Matt Gilstrap professional outfitter and Gene Alley cattle rancher from Upham New Mexico. The good lookin’ dog is Frank Vilorio’s first mate “Anchor”

 

 

 

Fishing Report History

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..
26 FEBRUARY
20 FEBRUARY
10 February
5 FEBRUARY
28 January
01/15/2106 — WALLEYE……
WEEK OF 12/13..
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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
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