Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

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 point’s 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 Davis 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 is tough.. but it’s good practice… 08/10

Fishing has been tough for the last few weeks.. lots of big fish have been caught when someone actually finds em’.

water temp still 78 in A. M.

The storms last week drove them to deep water. They still seem to be deep.. The shad are abundant… so the fish are eating all that they can handle of natures preferred meal..  Your lure is just not very appetizing..

The white bass have been good on points leading to deep water, fish are scattered out. More on north side of the points than the south.. (think about the water flow)

With lots of shad all over the lake, watch for seagulls working the water.  If you see em’ run to them and fish under them..

Walleye still biting from 6 feet to 20 feet of water on Walley divers or most crank baits and slabs.

A lot of white drum also being caught off the bottom using slabs. Not sure why you would want to fish for drum… but I guess that at least your catchin’ sumthin’ ..

Small mouth bass and large mouth bass being taking off rocky structure on tube baits. Watermelon color working good.

The local guys are saying that the early bite (like.. dawn or before 6:30am) is the best and then just before dark..

Night fishing is still the BEST for Whites. lighting up the water around the rocky main lake points.  Live shiners are the best.

The fishing has slowed a bit.. but don’t let that scare ya’ .. if you can find em now, you will be a better fisherman later…

So tell mamma that you cant do the “honey-do” list,, cause you gotta go practice…

come see us

bob

Frank Vilorio used this report to catch this haul with his customers yesterday… NICE..

The fishin’ is good.. the weather is “iffy” 07/27

The weather is overcast and forecast says it’ll stay that way through the weekend… but those guys are never right anyway…

But the fishing has stayed strong..

Water temperature in A.M. 78 degrees, water clarity 3 feet.

White bass fishing is fair around rattle snake and kettle top, look for birds working. Kastmasters, white or chrome slabs.  white or yellow sassy shads…  pretty much anything that shines or looks like an injured minnow…

Night fishing for the Whites has continued to be very productive..  around any kind of structure.. keep the bait (live shiners) just outside of the light beam..

Walleye bite still good also off rocky point’s and on gravel 10 to 20 feet of water.

Catfishing has had a resurgence.. Blues and Flatheads are biting on fresh cut bait and bluegills.. the bigger the better..

Black Bass have been good.. rocky points, drop shots, niko rigs.. no real pattern to em..

No reports of small mouth this week..

We will have cinnamon rolls on Saturday morning.. come getcha some…

tell Mama that it too cloudy for the Honey-do list..

Come see us…

 

bob

the only fish that Rocky will catch all year.. (at the minnow tank)…

Rocky fishin’ in the minnow tanks again…

Nice Black Bass caught & released in McRae canyon..

 

SEAGULLS ARE FLYING… THE WHITE BASS ARE SCHOOLING .. 07/20

The gulls have finally started to show up.  Best around mid-morning..The Whites that are under the gulls have been good sized.  Throwing Kastmasters, White or Chrome slabs or crank baits..

No real pattern to where the action is.. you just have to watch for the birds..

Small mouth bass are hitting very good off of the rocky points..

No word on Black bass.

The Walleye have picked up again, off of points that are leading to deep water, rocky ledges.  Some action at South Long Point.  1/2oz white slabs, 15-20′ jiggin off of the bottom.  Wally Divers are still a good bet also.

Some Crappie have been caught around structure in 15-20′ of water..  Small jigs, live Fatheads seem to be the best.

No word on Catfish, my Catfish guys have not been on the lake lately..

Had a BIG wind blow through yesterday evening.. today’s fishermen are having a hard time finding fish.. But the pattern should return by tomorrow.. that’s my story & I’m stickin’ to it !

Night fishing is still King… Rock Canyon is better, but Damsite is very good..  Live shiners ..

The patterns are changing lately with the season.. so if you guys catch fish… please let me know.. respond to this page or come by..

Cinnamon Rolls on Saturday morning..

Pay the neighbor kid to do your Honey-do list…

come see us..

bob

Don’t know who ya’ are.. but that’s a nice crappie..

Today’s catch on Frank Vilorio’s boat.. NICE!!

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report History

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……
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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
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WEEK OF 8/7/2015
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