Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

STILL NOT MUCH TO REPORT…. 02/15

the fishing has not changed much since my last post..

Several locals have been out lately…  no patterns to report..

Some Walleye have been caught, which is encouraging..  Around Horse Island on the East side. Using 3/4oz Kastmasters.

A few sporadic Whites bass trolling along the east side with white crank baits..

No word on Catfish..

Live bait has been producing small amounts of Whites & Catfish around the marinas.

The weather turned crappy today.  supposed to be the same tomorrow and be sunny and warm on Saturday..

So tell mama that the weather is good and ya’ll need to go fishin..

come see us..

Bob

Steven Zumwalt from El Paso caught this 19 inch Walleye fishing with Frank Vilorio.

 

Fishin’ Report?? not much to report… 01/18

You guys have been replying to my lack of a report… well… there is just not that much goin’ on right now..

The last few days have been colder’n a cast iron commode..  so not many folks have been out on the water..

I know… its not really that cold…but this is Elephant Butte.. it’s not supposed to be 26deg…

A few hardy folks have found White Bass by trolling with white bombers.. then jigging.  But not very dependably.

No Walleye to report yet… but stay tuned.

Catfishing is still the most dependable.. live bait or cut bait in 20 – 25 feet.

Justin Orr is out today trying to find some Black bass or Small Mouth.. will let you know if he finds out anything noteworthy..

Hey… the Catfish Tournament is going to be May 19th..  so put that on your calendar.. Butte General Store is coughing up $1750. in Bass Pro Gift Cards.. Tracker Marine has sent us a $1000 Bass Pro/Calbela’s gift card for the highest placing Tracker boat..  the guys from NM Game & Fish will be on hand to help and offer advise..  Kris from Muddy River Catfishing will be on hand to help as well as promote his stuff…  Last year was a challenge due to the bad weather, but everyone had a blast..

So put the date on your calendar, more info to follow..  the rules will be out in a week or so..

The lake is rising well this winter.. 22.4% as of this report… Still no projections on the releases for the year, so keep your fingers crossed..

Tell mama that you gotta go help find fish…

come see us

bob

Nice big Cat on Kris Flores’ boat… (Muddy River Catfishing)

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..

 

 

 

Fishing Report History

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
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