Elephant Butte Lake Fishing Report

Friday July 20, 2018


The lake is starting to look kinds dismal.. not as bad as it was about 5 years ago.. but it will get there in the next month.. not much that we can do about it except pray for rain up north.. The good news is that the weather service is forecasting a wetter than average winter in Northern NM and Colorado..so pray real hard.. if you pray long enough,, it will eventually rain..

Water temperature at mid lake this morning was 78 degrees.

The bite is better in the mornings and evenings.. with the evenings being best.

The white bass have been very good around rattle snake the last day or so. As well as the Dam area and south of the Butte, using crank baits, Kastmasters and slabs.
Also several reports of birds chasing bait fish. Some folks are trolling the east side with white bombers or chartreuse crank baits to find Whites.
The Whites are pushing the shad to the top and “boiling” the water. No real pattern or location, you just gotta be watchin’ for em… then be ready to go to em’ and cast jigs, spoons or Kastmasters.. Pretty much anything that looks like a bait fish..

Small mouth bass very good on point’s with pop R’s on top water.

Walleyes still biting in 18 to 25 feet of water. Same patterns as Whites, or with Yellow, Chrome/Blue Walley Divers. South long point as usual, also on the east side around rocky structure.

Have not received a report on catfish in quite a while.. not sure whats goin’ on there..

Bank fishing is still best off of the main lake points, the more structure the better.. live Shiners and crank baits..

Night fishin’ still very productive. Any structure with lights in the water will work.. Live bait is the ticket..

We have plenty of live Shiners and Fatheads..

If any of ya’ll catch good fish on anything other that what I am reporting, please share it with me. I will post it. I post what I hear from Frank Vilorio and a few local folks, as well as what I am told when I work the minnow tanks in the evenings..

Tell mama that you gotta go fishin’ before the lake drops..

come see us..


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