Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

LETS HOPE THAT THE WIND WILL LIE DOWN…

The fishin’ continues to improve… but the dog-gone wind won’t let anyone go out ..

Today has been beautiful so far.. the week end forecast looks to be OK..

The wind has caused the water temps to drop back into the mid 50 degree range.. 55 deg. at mid lake today.. (Wednesday)

The Whites are still very dependable all over the lake.  White Bombers, crankbaits, live shiners and Kastmasters..

Walleye are being found over the gravel beds around south long point and McRae Canyon ..  Yellow or white cranks baits.. Walley divers…

Large crappies are being caught up north around structure and brush.  Jiggin’ or live Fatheads.

Blacks and Small mouth are very active.   Not sure about were, but the Bass Tournament last week produced bags of fish that we haven’t seen in years…That was good to see..

Kris Flores ( Muddy River Catfishin’) reports that the Flatheads are starting to wake up..  Fresh cut bait or live bait..Watch his YouTube videos for more info…

The report seems to be a general repeat of last weeks details.. So the Spring patterns are starting to settle in..

Tell mama that the wind is not gonna blow at the lake this weekend, so you gotta go fishin..

come see us..

bob

“don’t never interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ ya none”

 

 

Paul Hale from Bloomburg TX in Frank Vilorio’s boat.. they got in before the wind started..

 

 

looky what the folks at Cabela’s El Paso dropped on us for the Catfish Tournament… WOW!!

 

 

 

FISHIN’ IS GETTIN’ GOOD….

The fish are getting very active.. Kinda like we like ’em…

White bass fishing is very good around Rattlesnake island, Kettle Top and McRae canyon.  Trolling with white Bombers, White or Yellow Crank baits.. Start Slabbin’   when you get into a mess of em.. (that’s jiggin’ with slab spoons)

Also, Ash Canyon and the south side of the Butte were very good this morning. (Wednesday)

Water temperature in the morning is 56 -57 range, clarity 2 to 3 feet depending on the algae bloom,

Walleye fishing is good on gravel bottoms 8 to 20 feet.  Most Walleye are being caught on yellow crank baits while trolling for Whites over gravel bottoms with a little structure.. East side of the lake by Castle rock and Boy Scout Cove..

If you are fishing for the Walleye, don’t forget to work the banks on the south side of Long Point.. Trolling with yellow Walleye divers..  no reports from there yet.. but that is always a “go to” spot for a few months every year..

Crappies are starting to bite in 10 to 20 feet around structures on live bait (fatheads) and small jigs.

Large mouth bass fishing is good on plastics and kastmasters & slabs.

No Catfish reports this week,, but you know that it is good..

Be careful this weekend,

Tomorrow the  wind is supposed to blow “hardn’nuff to use a log chain for a windsock”…

It is supposed to lay down for the weekend,,,but that’s just a forecast…

Tell mama that you’ll take her to the lake if she let’s ya skip the “honey do list” one more week…

come see us

bob

“there’s more ways to skin a cat than just stickin’ his head in a boot jack & jerkin his tail”

 

Not sure who this dude is,, but he’s on Frank’s boat and he’s HAPPY!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATFISH TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION INFO..

hey guys,

We need to get an approximate head count of participants in this years event..

please per-register..   you do not have to pay until you arrive..

Either call Butte General Store at 575-744-5427 and whomever answers the phone will put you on the list.

or email us..  [email protected]   and give us both names and whether you are fishin’ by boat or land.

Then, next time that you come by, or before 9pm on May 18th (night before the tournament).  please bring your $50.

Cash (folding money) only.. that way we can turn the entry fees into prizes the following day..

Hope to see ya there..

bob

SPRING IS HERE.. THE FISH KNOW IT !!

The spring patterns are starting to show up..

White bass fishing is good in coves and also open water , some are starting to come up to the bank ,  Inline spinners,   white & chartreuse crank baits.    Bigger ones are still being caught in deeper water jiggin’ with slab spoons and Kastmasters..  They have been all over the lake this week..  North and South, mostly on the east side.. no reports of Whites on the West side yet..

If you are bank fishing try Ash Canyon / Damsite area.. around the rocks…  or go to Long Point, out on the very end in the toolies and around the rocks..  Live Shiners and White / Chartreuse Crank baits..

No reports of night fishing yet.. but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try.. Live Shiners are king at night..

Large mouth bass and Small mouth bass are transitioning to the bank, plastic baits are a good option, also small crank baits.  They seem to be in the coves and moving along the banks.  Not around the points yet..

Blue Cats are also being caught on cut bait all over the lake.   Deeper coves and rocky ledges seem to be producing the best catches.. If you can’t get cut bait, start with frozen shrimp and / or chicken livers..

Occasional Walleye being caught in shallow water.  They seem to be fickle this year.. one week they are on,,then off again..The only ones that I heard of this week were caught by folks also catchin’ Whites..   Yellow inline spinners, Yellow Wally Divers.

Crappies are starting to bite in 10 to 15 feet of water.  Mostly up North and the backs of the Northern coves in the toolies.   Small curly tail jigs & Live Fatheads..

I plan on making the big-ol’ cinnamon rolls Friday night.. so we should have em’ hot & fresh on Saturday morning.. come & getcha one… it’ll ruin ya..

Tell mama to finalize that honey-do list.. you gotta go fishin’

Come see us..

bob

“never miss a good chance to shut up”

Fishing Report History

LETS HOPE THAT THE WIND WILL LIE DOWN…
FISHIN’ IS GETTIN’ GOOD….
CATFISH TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION INFO..
SPRING IS HERE.. THE FISH KNOW IT !!
COOL NEWS ABOUT THE CATFISH TOURNAMENT..
FISHIN’ HAS SLOWED A BIT.. BUT STILL GOOD…. 0/30/18
FISHIN’ IS GOOD…. 03/22/18
CATFISH TOURNAMENT RULES… 03/17/18
FISHIN’S GETTIN’ BETTER… 03/16/18
GOOD THINGS TO REPORT.. 03/07/18
White Bass are getting started… 02/23
STILL NOT MUCH TO REPORT…. 02/15
Fishin’ Report?? not much to report… 01/18
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..
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
Week of 04/18/2015