Elephant Butte Lake Fishing Report

Thursday August 31, 2017


The fish biologist from the NM Game & Fish are at it again..  They will showing up Saturday morning early with a truck load of Black Bass fingerlings…  We need to get a bunch of ya’ll together in your boats .. aka the “Elephant Butte Navy”..  to receive bags of fish and take them up the lake to be released in strategic areas..

As of now the plan is.. The truck from NM Game & Fish is leaving for Montana Wednesday..(yesterday)..They plan on returning with the fish in the wee hours of the morning of Saturday 09/02.  We plan to start filling bags at 7am.  If you can make it with your boat, please be in the water and ready to go at or close to 0700…  We will be at the main boat ramp by Marina Del Sur.  With enough boats it will go pretty quick, which is important.

Now for what I know about the fishin’..

Water temperature is 77 degrees in the A.M. water clarity 3 – 5 feet mid lake.

White bass fishing is good in mid channel around McRae  and south long point towards rock canyon. Look for seagulls and turns hitting the water, best time is early morning and late afternoon,  also look for schools of white bass bringing up schools of shad.  Sassy shads, Slab spoons, Kastmasters & live shiners..

Night fishing is still very good.. Both Marinas, rocky points or around any main lake structure.. Light up the water & go get em’..

Small mouth  fishing is good on deep point’s leading to main channel and along big boulders that are submerged.  Tube baits on jig heads are a solid bet.. Same for Black Bass..

A few Walleyes are still being caught in 20 feet of water on jigs and trolling crankbaits.  Yellow, Chartreuse, Purple Walley divers seem to get the job done..

Kris Flores found good White Bass on the north end of Caballo lake.. We don’t usually get reports from Caballo, but if you have never fished down there, it usually is worth the trip..

None of my Catfish guys reported in this week… so it don’t know nuthin’ bout the catfish… But the same techniques should be working as have been all season..

Tell mama that she has to come with ya’ to stock fish…

remember… We all live downstream…

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The Leong family with there morning catch of white bass and Drums using slabs