Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

Still no fishin’ to report….

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..

bob

“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?? )

WE’RE BACK…. SORT OF….

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..

Bob

“don’t let so much reality into your life that you have no room left for dreamin’ ”

Walleye are back… Whites are good also..

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..

bob

“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”

Havn’t seen Roy Worley in a coon’s age… he still ain’t very pretty… ..

 

Catsy Smolak catches fish while Bill drives the boat..

 

 

 

Lake is goin’ down,,, fishin’s pickin up!!

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..

bob

“a man with an edgy smile is like a dog with a waggin’ tail… he ain’t happy… he’s nervous”..

16″ Crappie from Frank Vilorio’s boat ..

 

 

Fishing Report History

Still no fishin’ to report….
WE’RE BACK…. SORT OF….
Walleye are back… Whites are good also..
Lake is goin’ down,,, fishin’s pickin up!!
Fish are finally bitin’ again…
The fish are BACK!! and hungry…. sorta….
The wind sure did’nt help the fishin’ but it was good today…
Walleye fishing is Excellent…
Fish Kill ?? Now we have the right answer..
Water is still rising… White Bass are getting active..
Fishin’ continues to be very good…
Weather’s warmin’, fishin’ is too….
The Crappie are the best that they have been in 10 years or so!!
fishin’ report is good – to very good…. and windy…
CRAPPIE AND WALLEYE HAVE STARTED TO BITE…
TROUT !! HE CAUGHT A TROUT IN THIS LAKE !!
Com’on,,, Time to go fishin”
Lake is commin’ up!! Fishin’ is gettin’ good…
Fishin is finally gettin goin….
Fishin’ is starting to pick up…
Weathers cold…Fishin is warm….
Fishin’ is good… no kiddin’…
Water is clearing up,,, fishin’ is gettin better….
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