Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

LAKE IS OPEN AND THE FISHIN’ IS GOOD….

Currently the lake hours (I can’t get used to sayin that).. lake hours are 6am till 8pm..
State park guys are pleading with everyone to follow the safe distancing guidelines.. If we are seen with a large crowd or anything that may look like a crowd,, we may get closed again… so PLEASE.. do your best “social distancing” impressions…

now… for the fishin report…

Whites are spotty,, on Monday and Tuesday the BIG white bass were biting good.. then Yesterday and today they quit… Today some good stringers of medium sized Whites were caught on the East side in front of McCray canyon as well as up north at the Chalk bluffs. Some folks were trolling with Chartreuse or yellow, chrome crank baits.. some folks were jiggin spoons over schools of Whites..

haven’t seen the birds flyin over the shad yet.. but when they do, get under em…

Right now the schools of shad are enormous.. so the fish are full of natural food.. they are not really interested in your shiners or crank baits..

Small Mouth bass were strong on the sides of main lake points .. We saw one come in to the scale at just a shade under 5 lbs.. NICE…

No reports on Black Bass or Catfish yet..

Walleye are Fair over sandy banks and gravel beds on the east side by the “S” curve by Castle Rock and Pump House cove… bouncing Yellow, White or Silver Crankbaits and Walley Divers on the bottom in about 5-10 feet of water.

Rocky has our minnow tanks cranked up.. so we have plenty of Shiners and Fatheads…

Come and fish… the lake is callin ya…

come see us..
bob

“If you’re too busy to go fishin… You’re too busy” … Bill Ring

LET’S TRY THIS ONE MORE TIME… GOOD NEWS.

This evenings press release states that Elephant Butte Lake will reopen on Monday June 1 for day use only… if it stays in effect. that is GOOD NEWS… Don’t hold yur breath…

if it sticks .. i’ll start getting some fishin’ reports commin’ yur way…

come see us..

bob

“the man who wants to loan you a slicker when it ain’t rainin’, ain’t your friend”

HOLD THE PHONE !!! THE LAKE IS STILL CLOSED

A few minutes after I posted the last report…..I got BAD NEWS..

Elephant Butte State Park CLOSED until further notice. Caballo partially open.. Governor’s office does not want a COVID-19 hot spot due to visitation.

So disregard all of the previous news… Well Crap….

bob

FISHIN’ JUST GOT A LOT BETTER…..

Elephant Butte State Park ( the lake ) has been opened up to day use. We can access the water from 6am to 8pm daily… NICE!!

So take a kid fishin!…. you’ll be glad you did…… Johnny Morris.

I do have some feedback from a few of the fishermen that have been one the main lake this week..

White Bass have been hitting in schools in some of same dependable places, North side of McCray canyon, in the opening of some of the main lake coves on the east side, as well at the shore line of South Long Point… using the same dependable stuff as always.. white or silver crankbaits, Jigging when you find schools with Kastmasters, white or silver slabs. Best bet is use what you have used in the past at the same spots that you caught fish in years past..

Top water fishin’ for Whites has turned on way up North on the East side in the openings of coves.. Also, watch for the birds.. there was some good White Bass action under the birds today on the both sides along the shallow banks..

Smallmouth bite is VERY good, sandy or gravel bottoms in McCray canyon, South Long Point and the shallow areas on the west side.. bouncing small crankbaits off the bottom in 6 -10′ …

On the positive side of the closure…. the fish have spawned without any pressure and the water level has been relatively constant.. so the spawn should have been very successful…

water temps have been in the mid to high 60 degree range in most areas..

We saw a few nice Walleye caught in the Damsite basin this week, so they should be getting started on the main lake.. best bet is along gravel beds in 5 -10 feet deep, bouncing yellow or chartreuse Walley Divers or crankbaits on the bottom…

Frank Vilorio is back in business also, so if you want to go fishin’ to really learn this lake, call him up… his link is at the top..

We have live Shiners and Fatheads as well as worms.. (always a sure bet)

The fishin’ is gonna be good..

So come see us..

Bob

“a person can pretend to care,,,,but they can’t pretend to be there”

Fishing Report History

LAKE IS OPEN AND THE FISHIN’ IS GOOD….
LET’S TRY THIS ONE MORE TIME… GOOD NEWS.
HOLD THE PHONE !!! THE LAKE IS STILL CLOSED
FISHIN’ JUST GOT A LOT BETTER…..
STATUS QUO HERE AT THE LAKE…
Well…. not much has changed… still not supposed to recreate…
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