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For a while there the only dependable action was down at Caballo … Now the tide has turned again and the action has moved back up here in the Butte…
White bass good around Rattle Snake island and McRae using kastmasters, white / chrome Bombers.. Some were caught on White and Chrome Slab Spoons..
Walleyes are still biting around 9 to 12 feet using Chartreuse or Blue/Chrome crank baits and Walley Divers also soft plastics with jig head. The Walleye action has been along gravel beds and were the sandy beach transitions into the rocky structure…
Fernie Valles from Cabela’s in El Paso has been catching Crappie with his fly rod.. yea.. you read that right, “Fly Rod”.. using a Chartreuse/White Bucktail Clouser minnow and orange, green, purple, chartreuse, white wooly buggers. He did’nt tell me where he was fishin’, but it had to be over some weed beds or around submerged structure… If your in the El Paso Cabela’s, check him out, he will tell ya… Crappie on a fly rod, Now that’s too cool!!..Back in the day, Frankie Urzeta guided Fly Fishing trips for the big Stripers… Imagine that!!
Water clarity 5 feet mid lake.
Night fishin’ with live Shiners has been consistently good..
No good news on Black Bass or Smallmouth, catfish have been quiet also..
The best bite has again been the very early mornings and evenings.. get back in before it gets too hot..
Today was “Hotter’n woopie in woolens” !!
Tell mama that it’s just too darn hot for the Honey-do list…
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“always try to be a bit nicer than is called for, but don’t take too much guff”!
The last few weeks have been challenging.. to say the least…. The lake level and water conditions have been changing so rapidly, and the water temps have been staying down due to the extreme amount of run off coming in that the fish are just confused… fish like things to stay steady.. they don’t react well to change.. (sorta like most of us).. so when the lake is changing so fast they don’t eat.. they hide.. Kevin Gardner, lead Fish Biologist with NM Game & Fish told me that in addition to the rapidly changing water conditions.. there is a hell-of-a-lot more water!! Think about it.. for several years we have had a certain concentration of fish per gallon of water… now we have a LOT more water and the same amount of fish.. So they are scattered from “Hell to Breakfast”.. that’s a quote…
So that brings up a point that I usually make about this time each year.. The fish are there.. if you are not catchin’ em… CHANGE SOMETHING!! change baits, change techniques, or just MOVE… keep changing until you catch fish.. then perfect it!!
That’s how ya learn.. and it’s more fun too…
White bass fishing is picking up around Rock Canyon and the flats of McRae using white and chrome crank baits and live bait. Ash Canyon and the Damsite area have been very good for White Bass from the shore with live Shiners..
Crappies seem to be on there beds spawning, best to let them spawn on their beds so we had another good crop for the coming year. So do your best to let em’ alone and go fish for somethin’ else for a week or so.. Remember when we did not have any Crappie??
Walleyes continue to be best catch using crawl harness on the bottom, curly tail jigs and crank baits also good, look for gravel point’s. A lot of folks are doin’ well walking the shore line of South Long Point and casting Yellow or Chrome Walley divers from the bank.. Also bouncing jigs w/ night crawlers back to the bank..
Night fishing has been very strong in the last few nights.. any structure with lights and live bait..
No reports on Black Bass or Smallmouth this week…..
The annual Jr. Open is this weekend..I think that this is the 40th annual.. So if you have never taken the kids to this event you need to.. the folks that put in on put a lot of effort and resources into it and it’s a really neat deal.. Call Justin @ 575-644-6189… For you guys that are fishin with live baits or last minute supplies we will be open around 5 am… on Saturday and Sunday… 5 am..that’s perty damn early for this Texas boy..
Tell mama that the fishin’ is getting good… you gotta go…
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I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better. .. Yogi Berra…
After that wind last week, the fish are confused… All of the patterns that had been working for several weeks are now different..
The whites have been showing back up as of this morning. Trolling on the east side shorelines and then jigging with Yellow or Chrome slabs was doing pretty well this morning. Some nice Whites were caught in Ash Canyon with slab spoons..
Benny Pascal caught several really big Crappie in McRae canyon jiggin’ with small slabs yesterday.
Some Walleye were caught in the same areas around South Long Point on yellow curly tail jigs as well as bouncing jig heads with night crawlers along the gravel beds in 5 – 12 feet.
Nothing on Catfish or Black Bass this week..
This weekend is Game & Fish Free Fishin’ weekend.. in other words a license is NOT required.. But the bag and size limits DO apply… so ya’ can’t just run a’muck…
Time to get those teenagers away from those dad’burned electronic gizmos and get em’ out to do sum-thin’ worth while… bring em’ to the lake and go fishin’ ….
We have a huge load of shiners and fatheads commin’ in tomorrow.. so we will have plenty of live bait..
Tell mama that you lost the honey-do list in the wind …
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” If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him even though he has more talent than you…” Bart Star, 1934-2019.
The wind has blown for the last few days…. But it supposed to lie down by tomorrow evening and be Ok on Friday and through the weekend… “supposed to” is a relative term.. it’s so windy right now that I went home and got there 15 minutes before it left… (sorry)
Walleye fishing continues to be very good using bottom bouncers with crawler Riggs , Yellow Walley Divers, split tail chartreuse jigs and minnows on a jig head. Try gravel point’s 6 to 12 feet of water.
Crappie fishing good on minnows , most have spawned and are guarding eggs. Fish in the coves on the east side.
White bass fishing has been sporadic.. The best is still in the mornings.. live shiners and chrome crankbaits..
Catfish are almost non existent right now…not sure whats happening there but my catfish guys are getting skunked…
Memorial Day weekend is upon us.. Folks are already showin’ up.. waitin’ on the wind to die down.. We have plenty of live bait and more showin’ up on Friday.. so we won’t run out..
No matter what you do, do it with your family and remember to give thanks to those that we need to remember.. if you need reminding.. go to my Blog and find last years post titled “Memorial Day”.. its true, word for word…
Tell mama that it’s just too windy for the honey-do list..
come see us..
“Don’t hang your wash on someone else’s line! ”