Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

FISHIN’ IS KINDA SLOW…BUT STILL WORTH IT…

the water clarity is just about zero point nuthin’…

it gets that way about this time of year for a few weeks after the dam shuts down..

problem is that it slows the fishin’ too,,

Frank Vilorio is still finding fish,  but having to work for em’..

Water temperature in AM 71 degrees,

White bass bite is slow,  Still finding them with crankbaits and jigs.. I saw a nice boil of Whites yesterday mid morning in the cove south of Marina Del Sur.. so the Whites are still chasing the bait fish,, you just gotta keep hunting and get lucky..

A few Walleyes are being caught on ledges and rocky points with Walley divers and jigs..

Most all of the action is south of Horse Island.. (thats the south end of the lake)..

No report on Catfish this week.. but they are bound to the good..

Tell Mama that you gotta go fishin’ to help find the fish…

come see us..

bob

“Nobody ever drowned himself in his own sweat”

 

Israel Gallucci with a nice Walleye caught jiggin’ a white slab on Sunday.

 

 

Toni Gallucci with her 6lb 4oz White Drum…

 

THE DAMN DAM IS CLOSED !!

FINALLY….  they shut the gates on the dam..  So now all we have to do is PRAY for water up North..

Maybe we can get a really productive snow pack and fill up more than average before they let it all out next year…

here’s the facts..

they shut the dam two days ago..

07/27/2018 –  2.9% @  4285.38 (elevation above sea level)

other interesting facts..

02/29/1952 the elevation was 4262.17 (23.21′ lower than two days ago)

07/19/2013 the elevation was 4286.33 (.95′ higher than two days ago)

Maximum available elevation is 4415.00  (129.62′ of room to fill er’ up)

So it is at the lowest in recent memory…. but it is still a pretty nice lake..

 

Anyway… the fishing has slowed down from “Terrific” to ” Pretty Darn Good”

Actually the patterns are the same as the last report.. Just not as active.. So refer to the last fishing report and repeat… You’ll just have to work a little harder..

The Catfish have come alive again though.. Cut bait and bluegills … 20 -25 feet.. around lots of structure.

Sorry that there is not much more to report.. but shutting the dam is reason enough for celebration..

Tell mama that you gotta go see the lake at it’s lowest..

come see us

bob

” A lot of good luck is undeserved…. but then so is a lot of bad luck”

Louis Hernandez with his nice big Blue Cat caught on cut bait… ( at night from the bank)

 

 

 

Fishin’ is best in years… for this time of year…

It could have something to do with the low water..  If it gets much lower, we should be able to net em’..

But on the bright side, I have some customers over from AZ and they said that our lake is still nicer than most of theirs..    I was out on the lake a few days ago.. it is still plenty big,  just not as big as most of ya’ll are used to..  We are still getting about the same number of customers and usual for this time of year..

The water Gods are supposed to slam the dam shut any day now.. Actually we are discharging a lot less water today than we have been for a while.. so maybe they are shutting it down..   stay tuned…  We are at 3.5% of capacity as of this morning ..

Billy Lewis hooked onto a 37.4 lbs Striper on Saturday August 25th on a guided fishing trip with Frank Vilorio.  Took Billy 20 minutes to play the fish  till they could net him. Congratulations Billy on catching a trophy Striper on Elephant Butte lake.  We still got some Big ones.  Check out the picture below..

White bass fishing the best in years,  large mouth and small mouth fishing is good. Few crappies still being caught on live bait.

Whites are being found all over the lake.. The south east side still seems to be the best in the early mornings and evenings..  Although there have been some Whites boiling the bait fish up on the West side coves in the late evenings..   Same as usual… white crankbaits, jigs, spinners or live shiners.

Bank fishing has been best in the evenings, long casting with White Bombers or Chartreuse Walleye Divers.. Just about anything that looks like a baitfish…

Night fishin still very productive.. Main lake points, live shiners, lights..  The best night fishin is still the Damsite Marina.. not sure if they are still open for night fishin though, so you better call em before you go..

No reports on Walley or Catfish this week..

Black Bass and Smallmouth have been good, rocky ledges, rocky points using most any plastics..

Tell mama that the lake is beautiful this time of year..

come see us..

bob

“most folks are like a bob-wire fence…..   they have their good points”

 

Billy Lewis with his 37.4lb Striper, on Frank Vilorio’s boat..

On the Bright Side… There is plenty of Beach !!

The lake continues to drop.. not sure when the Water Gods will shut the dam… as low as it is, we have still seen it lower.. and it always makes a rebound.. maybe not soon, but it will rebound..

The duck huntin’ promises to be outstanding though with the amount of marsh land that is growing up North.. at least that is sumthin’ to look forward to..

Right now the fishin’ is still very good..

The White bass are running strong, still chasing bait fish up to the surface all over the lake.. The best areas seem to be the flats on the North side of McRae Canyon, around the dam and on the South East side around Pirate’s Cove..

Keep watching for the birds.. then get to em’ and throw Kastmasters, Jigs, End Line Spinners or Crank Baits.. pretty much anything that resembles a silvery bait fish..

Have had good reports on the Small Mouth Bass off of all of the rocky ledges on the South East side.  Just North of the Butte.  Pirates Cove and South… Throwing just about any Plastics..

Did finally get a few reports of Catfish, 15 – 20′, rocky ledges and up North in the river channel.. mainly cut bait and live Bluegills…

Frank has been catching nice large Crappies in McRae on the North Side on live Fatheads.

Bank fishing has been good,  Main lake rocky points using live shiners or white Bombers.  Bank fishing at night using live shiners or Night Crawlers.  The end line LED lights have been a real good deal if your are night fishing from the bank..  ( we got em’)

The best bite is still early to mid morning.  Also Night Fishing is still very good.  Saw some really impressive stringers come from the docks at the DamSite last weekend.  Live Shiners.

don’t let the lake level scare ya… tell mama the you gotta go fishin’ cause they are easier to find with the lake so low..

come see us..

bob

” Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day”

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report History

FISHIN’ IS KINDA SLOW…BUT STILL WORTH IT…
THE DAMN DAM IS CLOSED !!
Fishin’ is best in years… for this time of year…
On the Bright Side… There is plenty of Beach !!
THE WHITES ARE RUNNING..
LAKE IS DOWN… FISHIN IS UP.. STILL..
RAIN.. AT LAST… & GOOD FISHIN’ TOO
Fourth of July !! Weather is HOT… So is the fishin..
Weather is HOT… so is the fishin’
The fishing is “Prolific”
FISHIN’ IS GOOD… GET ON OVER HERE…
THE WIND QUIT…. FOR A WHILE ANYWAY…
SHOULD BE A GOOD WEEKEND TO GO TO THE LAKE !!
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