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Well we still are not allowed to access the lake.. as you probably know…
Several folks have fished Damsite and the river with varying levels of success.. Some Walleye, a few trout and a few catfish… Mostly on live bait, worms, cut bait, and salmon eggs… no one has given me any sort of details.. but at least they are fishin”…
We are still open for fuel and propane, as well as service and sales (since we are here)… we will continue to have live bait for those who need em’… we have been shutting the doors a little earlier, so if you plan on be’in here after 6 pm. or so,,, better call us.. we’ll wait… maybe..
come see us..
“Ask no more and give no less than honesty, courage, loyalty, generosity and fairness.” … Code of the West ….
(didn’t know that there was actually was a Code of the West… did ya?? )
Sorry that’s its been a while since I posted any news…
As most of you know… the State Park is closed to any & all visitors… NO fishin’ at Elephant Butte or Caballo lakes.. You can however fish at the Damsite facility. Damsite is a BLM lease, so it is technically private. The owners of Damsite welcome you come and fish from the banks.. but please mind you manners.. a few nights ago several groups of folks got rowdy and rude.. just about ruined it for everyone else, cause the owners considered kickin everyone out until this all ends. No boats though, just bank fishin.
Several respectable baskets of White Bass and a few Catfish have been caught from the banks at Damsite. Live minnows and cut bait seem to be a good bet.
Several folks have started fishin the river.. no reports yet, but that’s not a reason not to come and try. Lorenzo from Cabela’s El Paso is fishin the river today.. hopefully he sends me a good report that I can pass along.
Butte General Store & Butte Marine are still open. We will be here pretty much 7 days a week until dark thirty or so.. if you comin’ late please call, we will wait… usually.
I spoke with the administrator of the Elephant Butte St. Park yesterday, Dr. Urban has no choice but to close the Park and lake as it is a directive from the Governor of NM… So don’t take it out on the State Park staff… they would be open if it were their choice.. currently the directive is to be closed till April 9th. (subject to change).
You will notice some new changes here at Butte Marine,, lots of ATVs and Side by Sides have been showing up and leaving as we develop our market.. Please check us out at Trackeroffroad.com . then come getcha one..
Our new office building for the sales staff is finished.. most of you remember my converted garden shed.. well it’s gone and something more substantial is in the same spot..
We have a face here, Terry Dalrymple is on staff as our full time sales associate, part time boat washer, part time store dude, part time repair guy… well you get the idea.. come & say howdy to him.
lots of you folks have been responding about this blog not being active.. sorry bout that. I will be back in the swing of a weekly post (or somewhat weekly).. hopefully we will be gettin’ back out on the water soon… on the bright side, with the fishin’ pressure off, maybe the fish will be bigger, and more active when we get back out there…
Keep yur’ powder dry…come see us..
“don’t let so much reality into your life that you have no room left for dreamin’ ”
The Walleye all but disappeared last month from Elephant Butte. But they are officially back.
Good strong Walleye bite is been found all over the lake over gravel and rock beds. Bouncing Yellow, Chartreuse or Orange Walley Divers off the bottom. Also Jig heads with grubbs or night crawlers.
Roy Worley of El Paso caught a really nice Walley on a Fat Albert grub. Watermelon green / chartreuse tail on the North East side over rock beds in 12′ of water.
Whites are boiling in the early to mid mornings on the East side up around the Black Bluffs and the Chalk Bluffs. Jigging is still very good for the whites when you get into the middle of em’.
Top water for whites in the backs of East side coves is still producing good results.
Had two reports of 10 lb. Stripers caught deep under the boiling White Bass schools up around the Black Bluffs.
Night Fishing is still the best for large stringers of Whites. Damsite, Ash Canyon and just about any rocky structure under the lights at night with live Shiners.
The lake is still droppin’. It’s supposed to drop another 6 -8 feet and stop. that’ll make a very good start for next year. We have been very fortunate this year with the weather patterns. So, not to be greedy. But “PRAY FOR RAIN” this winter..
I have been working on the Damsite Marina a few days this week, I have seen LOTS of small bass fingerlings in the shallow water hiding in the brush.. So when you see any of the Game & Fish Officers, thank em’.. they are instrumental in getting the stocking of fish that we need…
It’s been a really rough week for all,,, get back to what matters, mend a bridge that you should have mended long ago..
Hug yur family…
come see us..
“Don’t teach your kid to be rich, teach em’ to be happy…. so when they grow up they know the value of things, not the price”
Yea… that’s right.. the water is dropping.. the inflow is now less than the discharge.. but don’t fret.. we are supposed to end the season 10 or so feet down from were we are now.. that will result in a great water level to start next year.. If we get the same weather pattern next winter that we had last winter… how cool would that be ??
The fishin’ has really picked up this last weed,, Frank Vilorio has been putting some serious catches of White Bass and Crappie in the boat ..
Top water fishin for White Bass is back . the action is very good using Pop R top water lures in the back of McRae and around Rock Canyon is good. Also got a good report from the back of Ash Canyon this morning.
Slabs are also working good on points in 15 to 20 feet.
Trolling 6 to 8 ft with crank baits also productive for White bass.
Small mouth bass good also on slabs off ledges 10 to 20 feet, some also being caught on top water plugs.
Crappie have been hittin’ on small grubs and live Fatheads in the shallows of the coves with plenty of submerged brush..
The best bite is still in the early mornings and evenings.. Mornings being the best..
Water temperature this morning was 78 degrees. Clarity 5 to 6 feet at mid lake.
Walleyes slowed down due to the heat.
Night fishin’ still very good. Any structure with submerged or floating lights.. The Damsite reservation spots have been producing a lot of nice Whites..
Week before last the Game & Fish officers brought a truck load of Black Bass fingerlings to help stock the lake.. when you see the Game & Fish guys… thank em’ cause this program really works..
Tell Mama that you just gotta get to your fishin hole …
come see us..
“a man with an edgy smile is like a dog with a waggin’ tail… he ain’t happy… he’s nervous”..