Elephant Butte Fishing Conditions

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Fishing reports courtesy of local fishing guide Frank Villorio.

Walleye fishing is Excellent…

The wind has blown for the last few days…. But it supposed to lie down by tomorrow evening and be Ok on Friday and through the weekend… “supposed to”  is a relative term.. it’s so windy right now that I went home and got there 15 minutes before it left…  (sorry)

Walleye fishing continues to be very good using bottom bouncers with crawler Riggs , Yellow Walley Divers, split tail chartreuse jigs and minnows on a jig head.   Try gravel point’s 6 to 12 feet of water.

Crappie fishing good on  minnows , most have spawned and are guarding eggs.  Fish in the coves on the east side.

White bass fishing has been sporadic.. The best is still in the mornings.. live shiners and chrome crankbaits..

Catfish are almost non existent right now…not sure whats happening there but my catfish guys are getting skunked…

Memorial Day weekend is upon us..  Folks are already showin’ up.. waitin’ on the wind to die down.. We have plenty of live bait and more showin’ up on Friday.. so we won’t run out..

No matter what you do, do it with your family and remember to give thanks to those that we need to remember.. if you need reminding.. go to my Blog and find last years post titled “Memorial Day”.. its true, word for word…

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

come see us..

bob

“Don’t hang your wash on someone else’s line! ”

Mike Verlander of El Paso with a trophy 29″ Walleye on Frank Vilorio’s boat..

 

 

Fish Kill ?? Now we have the right answer..

All you folks that have been concerned about the amount of dead fish on the lake,  we now know the scientific reason..

Kevin Gardner, Head Fish Biologist at the NM Game & Fish called me with the answer..

He spent time on the lake this week and figured out the story..

The dead fish ( tons of em’) are Small Mouth Buffalo.   also a small amount of Blue Cats and others…

The Small Mouth Buffalo, much like the Kokanee Salmon die after they spawn… (naturally).  Well the SM Buffalo in our lake have not had the correct conditions to spawn in many, many years..

This year the water conditions were just right, at the right time of year and the right temp… etc…

So they spawned…..All of em’ at once.. Now they are dying by the thousands.. that’s why you are seeing the unsightly mess of dead fish floating on the water,,, particularly up North..

The fungus that you see on them is due to the fact that as they have been slowly dying for several weeks, their bodies quit producing antibodies long before they were actually dead.. so they have had no way to fight off the fungus.. basically they started decaying long before they are dead.. YUK… (zombie fish)

So, when you hear any of the crazy, half baked, dooms-day stories about all the fish in the lake dying… You can educate the uniformed with the scientific fact…. It’s Nature doing what Nature does… and sometimes Nature ain’t pretty…

come see us.

bob

“never drop yur’ gun to hug a bear”…

 

Water is still rising… White Bass are getting active..

White bass picking up on crank baits and curly tail jigs,  chrome blue back, chrome black back crank baits, 6 to 8 ft divers.  No one has been jiggin’ for em yet,  but probably a good idea to start tryin..

Whites are good in most parts of the lake.. the “S” curve by Kettletop and around the Castle Rock have been the best..

Night fishing has really turned on in the last few days.. Live shiners under the lights..

Crappie fishing good on Fathead minnows 10 to 15 ft of water.  Still over grass beds and cockle-burrs if you can find em’.. most of the coves on the east side are still producing good Crappie.

Walleyes continue to be very active on gravel point’s early in the morning, Frank Vilorio is using bottom bouncers with night crawlers, with the best result on worm harnesses.  Other folks have had great luck on the ol’ standby, yellow, chartreuse or chrome/blue Wally Divers..  also yellow or white curly tail jigs bouncing along shallow gravel …  South Long Point and most of the beaches that have a gravel bottom.  North end of the lake has been more productive..

The bite has been better in the early mornings and evenings, but the mornings have been best..

We have been selling lots of shiners to folks going down to Caballo lake this week.. not sure whats going on down there, but as soon as I find out I will let ya’ know..

If you are comin’ to the lake this weekend, be careful cause the wind is supposed to blow like Zeus’s Butt Friday afternoon and evening..

Tell mama that it’s gonna be to windy for the “honey do” list..

come see us..

bob

“Never run from a fight.. if yur gonna get hit, its better to take it in the front than in the back”  and it looks better too…

That’s Vilorio with a nice stringer of Walleye…   Show-off…

Fishin’ continues to be very good…

The lake is rising fast..  Rattlesnake is now an island again.. We are getting a little more than 3000 cubic feet per second of water at the upper end.. the dam is still shut… So cross your fingers for a favorable year..  and then again next year.. (is that gettin’ greedy??)

The best bite this week has been the Walleye… nice big 9 or so pound Walleye are common on long gravel point’s in 4 to 10 feet. Chartreuse curly tail jig works good along with Walley Diver crank baits and bottom bouncers with night crawlers.

Nice big Crappie are feeding over the weed beds in the coves on the east side.. Live Shiners and Fatheads have the best bait..  also white curly tail jigs..

Whites are starting to run.  Trolling the east side and around Castle Rock and the coves just south of Kettletop.

The bank fishing has been very good in the last few days.. The South side of Long Point and around Rock Canyon.  Walley as well as Whites are being brought ashore with Curly Tail jigs & crank baits.. as well as tight lining live shiners.  I did get one favorable report from the gravel points North of Long Point on the East side..

Night Fishing has been good in all of the same areas on the bank with night crawlers and live shiners.  Also around any submerged structure with lights and live shiners..

Several reports of small Catfish,,, but the big un’s seem to be hiding..

Tell mama that the honey-do list is just too boring…

come see us..

bob

when u feel greedy..remember… “Pigs get fat….hogs get slaughtered!”

Frank Vilorio,, just showin off

Fishing Report History

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