Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

Weather is HOT… so is the fishin’

its hotter’n whoopie in woolens out there… no end in sight to the weather..

Water temperature is around 73 degrees in A.M.  water clarity at mid lake is 3 to 4 ft.

White bass are still very active.. pretty much everywhere.. start aroung the main lake points on the east side, Rattlesnake, Horse Island, Ash canyon… like I said… pretty much everywhere..trolling with white bombers or Rattle traps.. then when you find em’ stay put jiggin with kastmasters, slab spoons or cast with small curly tail jigs and/or drifting with live shiners..

Walleyes have moved a little deeper 12 to 16 ft of water, swim baits , jig head with live bait and night crawlers on worm harness is good, Yellow or Chrome Walley Divers..  try the rocky main lake points, and the gravel beds on South Long Point..

No good reports on the Black Bass or Smallmouth this week, but you can bet that they are active off of the main lake points.  Use your confidence baits… (that’s the same bait that you caught em’ on last time!)

The weather is forecast to be HOT.. so be prepared.. Fish in the mornings and evenings.. take plenty of water..

I am gonna try to conjure up a heapin’ batch of home made cinnamon rolls for Saturday mornin’ ,, so come get’ya one..

It’s too hot for the honey-do list.. tell  mama that you gotta go fishin.

come see us…

bob

“never take another man’s bet.. he wouldn’t offer it if he didn’t know somethin’ you don’t”

 

if you can’t find the walleye.. Frank Vilorio will help ya.. NICE.. (not sure about the glasses though)

 

 

The fishing is “Prolific”

Word of the day… Prolific –    present in large numbers or quantities; plentiful

Water temps are in the high 60 degree range.

Walleye bite is very good throughout the day,  fish on the bottom with Walley divers,  large cult tail jigs and swimbaits , you’ll find them in 3 to 10 feet of  water,  south long point is good.

White bass bite is excellent on main points leading to lake, slabs and Kastmasters are working good, and just about everywere else.. so if you are not catchin’ fish.. don’t stay in one spot,  MOVE…

crappie fishing is good around marinas,  ash canyon and Kettle top. Use live bait or small grubs.

Large mouth bass and small mouth bass very good in McRae and Ash canyon early morning on plastics.

Damsite is open for night fishing.. not sure if they are taking reservations, might be worth a call..

It’s gonna be HOT this weekend.. so get prepared.. jump in the lake if you need to..

Tell mama that the fishin’ is too good to miss a weekend..

come see us.

bob

“never get up before breakfast, if you have to get up before breakfast…. eat breakfast first”..

 

 

Lisa caught her sweetie day dreamin’,, sometimes there is more to fishin’   than just fishin”…

 

 

FISHIN’ IS GOOD… GET ON OVER HERE…

With a little tolerable weather this week.. the fishin’ has really gotten good..

Water temperature 63 deg. this morning at mid lake.

Walleye fishing has picked up , catching them in 4 ft to 9 feet of water using plastics (4 To 5 inch grubs, twin tail baits,  curly tail jigs) & yellow Walley divers.  Look for gravel bottoms around the north & east side of Rattlesnake Island, South Long Point. Got some reports of good Walley catches along the cliffs on the East side up North.   Jeff Irvine caught a really nice Walley at night at Marina Del Sure on a shad..   So that tells us that the Walleye are very active all over the lake. I you are not catchin’ em.. move to another spot or try something different..

White bass very good on the normal stuff..   White or chrome crank baits, Kastmasters, Yellow end line spinners, In the  back of coves in  McRae Canyon  and east side of South Long Point, around Rattle Snake island and Dam site marina.

Night fishin’ has come alive.. around the Marinas, especially Rock Canyon and in the back of Rock Canyon..  Got good reports from night Fishin’ last weekend off of the North tip of Horse Island..  Live Shiners under the lights..

Small mouth bass and large mouth bass good around rocky ledges and point’s leading to deep water.

Crappie good on live Fathead minnows and crank baits around Kettle top. Most of the East side rocky areas produced good Crappie this week..  If you are not catchin’ em,  keep movin or keep changin your methods..

Catfish every where, good on cut shad, live Bluegills , stink baits & weenies.. .(how long has it been since you fished with a weenie??)  that’s old school cool!!

The Black Bass are currently spawning, the discharge at the dam has slowed in the last few days.. So they may have a chance to hatch..  PLEASE stay off the bedding fish in the shallows…  Let em have their babies… another week and they will be done..The guys from NM Game & Fish put out the voluntary “please don’t fish in this cove” signs in several coves a few weeks ago.. Some one stole or removed all of them.. Really??   Finally we get some help with good conservation practices and some dummy steals the signs…  Jeeeesh…

Pawn the honey-do list off on the neighbor kid..

come see us

bob

“only a buzzard feeds on his friends ”

Jeff’s pretty exited about his 27″, 8lb Walleye… NICE !!

the Leong family fro Las Cruces & Alb. on Frank’s boat…

 

THE WIND QUIT…. FOR A WHILE ANYWAY…

This week has been nothin’ short of brutal… the wind just has not stopped..

until today,, it just flat beautiful..

Water temperature is 59 at mid lake in the A.M.

The Crappie have turned on today.  biting on live Fatheads and small tube baits around Kettletop and Castle Rock.

Crappie, walleye and white bass fishing is good,

Good reports on the Walleye this week despite the wind.  Biting on Walley Divers and yellow or chartreuse crank baits, small curly tail jigs off the bottom around Rattlesnake Island, the flats of McRae Canyon and along South Long Point.  The best action has been around the areas that transition from rocky bottoms to sand..  if that makes sense..

White bass biting on kastmasters,  crank baits and ripple shad all over lake. Just troll with crank baits (white or chrome) until you find em’.  then jiggin with Kastmasters, Slab Spoons.  Throwing end line spinners was a good deal this morning..

No Catfish reports this week,, but you can bet that they are good on fresh cut bait and live bait.

Watch the weather, cause it can change quick..

Tell mama that the honey-do list is just too long..

come see us..

bob

Remember–“we all live downstream”

That’s nice mess of Walleye. Caught on Frank Vilorio’s boat..

 

Fishing Report History

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