Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

Fishin’ is good… no kiddin’…

 

The fishin’ continues to improve with the water clarity.  The Whites have been very dependable trolling white, chrome & blue, or chartreuse crank baits.. Ol’ Doug Long came up from El Paso last week and caught some really nice big Whites… He was trolling with chrome/blue,  chrome/ black crankbaits.

Frank Vilorio has been catchin’ whites on live shad.. so if you can throw a cast net, go get em..Live shiners have been dependable also..

Have not heard any reports about night fishin’,  or bank fishin’ , probably too damn cold…

Black Bass & Smallmouth have been good along rocky structure and main lake points.  Soft tube baits and plastics are dependable.. Last week Dean Leavengood caught some nice Black Bass and one large catfish while fishin’ for Blacks..

Catfishin’ has been outstanding just about everywhere.   Seems to be best on the North East side.  Cut baits and live Bluegills..

Tell mama that it’s too cold for the honey-do list..

come see us…

bob

We are thinkin’ about ya Ron…

“life’s problems are like throwin’ cattle… dig yur’ heels in on the big’uns… catch the little one’s round the neck”…

Dean Leavengood caught this beauty on a Green Pumkin tube & a 2/0 hook …. go figure!

The guys from Ducks Unlimited hunted with Frank Vilorio last week, he put them on good birds.  That’s good exposure for the lake…

Water is clearing up,,, fishin’ is gettin better….

As usual, the water clarity was all but gone when the dam shut off… this time it was muddier than normal.  Anyway.. it is finally clearing up..

White bass fishing is picking up with clearing water, live shad and shiners are the best bait, some also being caught on trolling crank baits, white and chartreuse .

Large mouth, small mouth bass being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water using jigs and creature soft baits , rocky point’s leading to deeper water are good spots.

Catfish good over baited holes, cut shad is good choice.

If you can throw a cast net, the shad are not hard to find right now..

Some ducks are now showing up. Water is rising providing great habitat, a lot of Millet grass providing good feed.

Tell mama that the honey-do list has gotta wait…

come see us..

bob

“Always drink upstream from the heard!”

Julian Vargas’ nice catfish…

 

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)

 

 

 

Fishing Report History

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