Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

Fishin’ is starting to pick up…

We finally have some fishin reports coming in to start of the new year..

The days have been beautiful here, just a little cold..

White bass are scarce during the day,  Some large ones are being caught by a few folks that are willing to toll around the east side points and south long point with White or Chartreuse crank baits..  not very dependable though..  the best White Bass fishing has been at night under lights with live bait.. around any structure or the marinas.. Marina del Sur has been the best for night fishing with live shad if you can catch some.. live shiners are very good…

The Black Bass have been pretty dependable.  Main lake points with structure heading to deeper water.. Grubs and most tube plastics have been working..  Steve Sumwalt caught a 3 lb Black Bass in McRae canyon on Saturday.

As usual, Catfish are very active.. they have moved into shallower waters.  Most are being caught in less than 10 ft of water from the bank.  The north east side has been the most active.  Cut shad and cut Carp have been the bait of choice lately..

No reports of Walleye or Smallmouth yet..

The fishing should start picking up as the winter nears end… hopefully….

Tell mama that it’s too cold for a honey-do list…

come see us.

bob

 

“timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance”

 

George Torres caught this 42lb, 44″ Blue Cat on cut Carp in 2′ of water… Way to go George!!!

 

Weathers cold…Fishin is warm….

Not many folks fishin’ right now… but those that are are not doin to bad..

Trolling with white, blue/chrome or chartreuse crank baits are bring up large whites and an occasional walleye… Driftin with live shiners has been working for the last few days..

fihsin has not been very dependable, but most folks are catchin a few fish.

The catfish are still very active on cut baits and live bluegills..

No reports on Black Bass or Smallmouth.

Most of the lake activity seems to be duck hunters up north..

I have heard a few stories about hunters shooting birds that they cannot get to, so they leave em’, dead or dyin’..

One question was, ” Can I legally pick them up?”    YES..but only if you have a current hunting license and the appropriate stamp..  Remember you are responsible for the bird just as if you had shot it..

That is what Frank Villorio said and I read the proclamation and agree,,,

Hey Kevin… if you have anything to add, please respond..

The best way is for the shooter NOT to shoot the bird unless you are sure that it will land somewhere that you can retrieve it..  that’s just good sportsmanship and common sense..

I had the Grizzly 1754 MVX brought back up from Cabela’s .. so if you are gonna be here over the holiday, come see it..

We will be closed from Christmas eve ( 24th) through Jan 2nd…

Tell mama that you just gotta try your hand at winter fishin’

come see us..

bob

” Love the folks that God gave ya’ ………. cause he’s gonna need em’ back someday!”

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS YA’LL ….. from Janice, Bob, Steph, Rockstar, Larry, Sky-lar and Robster…

 

 

Mike Padilla caught his first fish Dec 19th.. 23 lb. Striper on a live Shiner… WAY COOL…

 

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…

 

Fishing Report History

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