Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

THE WHITES ARE RUNNING..

If you haven’t been here in a while.. it looks pretty dismal… but on the bright side, the recent rains up north have slowed the draw down..  Just keep prayin’ for rain this winter.. everyone needs it.. the ski slopes can use it then melt it and send it too us…

The White Bass have been very active just about everywhere.  The South side has been a little more productive.. especially in the early mornings and evenings..Just about everyone tells me that they found Whites in Pirates Cove and the coves to the south.

Today the clouds are giving us a much needed reprieve from the heat..  it is helping the fishin’ also.  This morning we got really good reports on Whites and Walleye.

The Whites are chasing the shad to the top and having a “buffet”.  Just watch for the birds.. The run to em’ and start throwin’ jigs, slabs, silver / white crankbaits, or just about anything that looks like a bait fish.

Bank fishing has been good off of the main lake points..  live Shiners and crank baits.. The south and west sides seem to be good.  Some locals have been driving the beaches, watching for the Whites to “boil” the water.. then jump out and start casting..

Night Fishing has been awesome!  Any main lake points, the North point of Horse Island and the North East side of Rattlesnake.  ( which by the way is accessible on foot now)..  floating lights or submerged LED lights with live Shiners are the ticket..

The Walleye have been very good along the rocky shorelines one the east side.  7′ – 12′ of water.  Trolling below 2 mph.  Also casting Walley divers, or Chartreuse crank baits..  A lot of Walley are caught while fishing for the Whites also.

A few Bass Fisherfolks have been in over the last week saying that the Black Bass fishing has been uncharacteristically GOOD..  not sure of a pattern…no one will tell me that..

No reports on the Catfish.. but it is generally very good this time of year..

Frank Vilorio just coughed up an extreme amount of money to get us to put a new Mercury 300 hp Four Stroke on his Triton guide boat.. So he is back on the water with his main boat… give him a call.. you won’t regret it..

Tell mama that the weather is just too nice to stay home..

come see us..

bob

“The quickest way to double yur money, is to fold it over & put it back in yur pocket”

Frank’s first fishin’ trip with his new motor.. Happy folks with lots of fish.. just like always..

 

 

LAKE IS DOWN… FISHIN IS UP.. STILL..

The lake is starting to look kinds dismal.. not as bad as it was about 5 years ago.. but it will get there in the next month.. not much that we can do about it except pray for rain up north.. The good news is that the weather service is forecasting a wetter than average winter in Northern NM and Colorado..so pray real hard.. if you pray long enough,, it will eventually rain..

Water temperature at mid lake this morning was 78 degrees.

The bite is better in the mornings and evenings.. with the evenings being best.

The white bass have been very good around rattle snake the last day or so. As well as the Dam area and south of the Butte, using crank baits, Kastmasters and slabs.
Also several reports of birds chasing bait fish. Some folks are trolling the east side with white bombers or chartreuse crank baits to find Whites.
The Whites are pushing the shad to the top and “boiling” the water. No real pattern or location, you just gotta be watchin’ for em… then be ready to go to em’ and cast jigs, spoons or Kastmasters.. Pretty much anything that looks like a bait fish..

Small mouth bass very good on point’s with pop R’s on top water.

Walleyes still biting in 18 to 25 feet of water. Same patterns as Whites, or with Yellow, Chrome/Blue Walley Divers. South long point as usual, also on the east side around rocky structure.

Have not received a report on catfish in quite a while.. not sure whats goin’ on there..

Bank fishing is still best off of the main lake points, the more structure the better.. live Shiners and crank baits..

Night fishin’ still very productive. Any structure with lights in the water will work.. Live bait is the ticket..

We have plenty of live Shiners and Fatheads..

If any of ya’ll catch good fish on anything other that what I am reporting, please share it with me. I will post it. I post what I hear from Frank Vilorio and a few local folks, as well as what I am told when I work the minnow tanks in the evenings..

Tell mama that you gotta go fishin’ before the lake drops..

come see us..

bob

“Don’t let so much reality into your life that there’s no room for dreamin’ ”

NICE !

RAIN.. AT LAST… & GOOD FISHIN’ TOO

We are getting some good rains.. that has cooled the temps down also..

The days have been really nice.. the light winds seem to have the water around the banks stirred up as to help the fishin’..

The slightly turbulent water stirs up food for the small fish.. the small fish attract the bigger fish.. that in turn attracts the fishermen..(top of the food chain)..  that in turn attracts more friends to your fish fry.. so everybody wins ??

so much for my way of thinkin”..

Water temperature is in the 73 degree range in the mornings.

Walleye bite is good off the bottom 16 to 26 feet of water using slabs and jigs. Walley have been good on the sand banks of South Long Point, were the sand transitions into rocks..  (same as usual).  Also the larger main lake points have been productive.

White bass very good on the flats of McRae in 10 to 36 feet of water.  East side of Rattlesnake and north east side of Long Point have been the ticket yesterday and today.  Also the North side of Horse island and some action out of the rocks on the south side of the Jungles…

The gulls are back…watch for sea gulls diving down on schools of feeding fish.  Fish with them using slabs spoons, Kastmasters, or White & or Silver crank baits.. when the gulls move.. you move..

The Whites have been very active this week.. just not everywhere like past weeks.. so if you do not catch fish in 15 or 30 minutes… MOVE…

If you are bank fishin’..  stay around main lake points with structure. (rocks)..  use live shiners, crank baits or swim baits for Whites..

Night fishin’ has been very good after dark.. (I cant believe I said that either)..  anyway, night fishin’ from the Marinas is best..  or any of the previously mentioned spots with lights… and coffee…  make sure and call the marinas for availability..

Small mouth bass productive off point’s on top water lures and later on the day in 15 to 20 feet of water with plastics, chartreuse is the best color.

Tell mama that you just gotta go to the lake and see it rain…

come see us

bob

“Good judgment comes from experience…. a lot of that comes from bad judgment”

Lisa and Anthony Saavedra from Belen fished with Frank Vilorio on July 7th to celebrate their 28th anniversary, Congratulations on their anniversary and their catch.+

 

My nephews Joey & Garrison fished with Justin Orr last week.. He taught them to cast and drag a bait.. They did really well.. Hey Garrison, get yur’ foot off the rod!!!

Fourth of July !! Weather is HOT… So is the fishin..

I just figured out that my last several posts did not publish.. RATs… sorry bout that.. my fault..

It’s been awful hot here lately… if it gets any hotter, we’re gonna have to take stuff off that we really oughta keep on…

But the fish don’t know it.. they’re biting really strong..

Water temperature in the morning is 75 degree at mid lake.

Walleye bite is still good using swim baits,crank baits (Wally Divers)  and curly tail jigs in 8 to 15 feet of water,  target rocky point’s leading to main body of lake. Chartreuse color , chrome crank baits, also white are good choices.

White bass bite is off the wall,  mid morning is very productive, active feeding white bass are feeding on shad on top. The four ladies from Santa Fe (in the picture)  caught their limit in 3 hours slabbing silver dollars off the bottom on ledges in 10 to 20 feet of water.  pretty much all of the “go to” stuff is working now.. slabs, Kastmasters, end line spinners, white Bombers..

The Whites are starting to push bait fish into the shallow water in the backs of coves on east side also.  Throw slabs and crank baits at them..

If you don’t catch fish in 15 minutes or so…don’t keep doing the same things.. MOVE…

Night fishing is still very good.. Any structure around the main lake points, the marinas, north east side of Rattlesnake Island have been very productive.. Most any where that you can set up with lights will fill the cooler.. Live bait at night under the lights..

Black bass are strong in the backs of coves on the east side, early mornings on crank baits and soft plastics.

The crowds are really getting thick leading up to this weekend.. the Fireworks display will be on Saturday June 30 at about “dark thirty” sharp.. if you have never seen the Fireworks over the lake.. it’s worth the trip..

Tell mama that the “honey do” list will have to wait, you gotta go to the lake to see what all the fuss is about..

come see us

bob

“don’t let so much reality into yur life that there’s no room fer dreamin’ ”

Four ladies and a cooler of fish on Frank Vilorio’ boat..
NICE..

Dante from TorC with his first fish.. How COOL is that?!!

Fishing Report History

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
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