Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

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 ..

 

 

Fish are finally bitin’ again…

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…

Come see us..

bob

“always try to be a bit nicer than is called for, but don’t take too much guff”!

 

Paxton Lowenfield of El Paso Texas with his first White bass

Another good day on Frank Vilorio’s boat..

 

The fish are BACK!! and hungry…. sorta….

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…

come see us

Bob

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…

 

don’t know what’s bigger.. the fish or the grin… Justin caught this one yesterday..

 

 

Fishing Report History

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