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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..
“If you’re too busy to go fishin… You’re too busy” … Bill Ring
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..
“the man who wants to loan you a slicker when it ain’t rainin’, ain’t your friend”
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….
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..
“a person can pretend to care,,,,but they can’t pretend to be there”