Elephant Butte Lake Fishing Report

Thursday August 4, 2016


The heat has broken.. the days are much milder.. just humid.  Maybe the rain will fill the lake.  hope so.

The Whites are still very active.  Jigging off of the bottom with slabs & kastmasters.  15- 20 feet deep around structure or along sandy banks that lead to the backs of coves.  Whites are still very good casting in the backs of coves with white, chrome, chartreuse crankbaits.  Live bait is working very well if you don’t want to cast.  Live bait at night has been very good.  The tires at Rock Canyon has improved in the last week or so.

Early mornings and evenings are still the best bites.. the fish are moving in schools.. so don’t stay in the same place … keep moving..

Frank Vilorio has been putting customers on schools of Whites along the east side, between South Long Point to McRae Canyon.  Fish still have good size too.

Believe it or not, the Walleye are still good along sandy beaches and rock transitions down to 20 feet.  Yellow Wally Divers or most any yellow, chartreuse or chrome crank baits.

Smallmouth are good around large rocky areas, 10 – 20 feet, using flukes and curly tail jigs.

Catfish are very good all over the lake.. they have been relatively small but there are plenty of them.  Same stuff, anything that is dead or smells dead..  we have plenty of bags of dead minnows if you want to bait a spot..   just ask for em’.  if you buy enough stuff, they will be free.. otherwise, it depends on what kind of mood my mother in law is in at the time.. (but their cheep)

you probably have heard the rumors about the lake levels.. yea, it’s not good news.. but we have lived though worse.  Maybe the fishing will be better this winter with less water for them to hide.

Ron, I promise to have the cinnamon rolls for you this Saturday morning.  I have been letting ya’ll down on that.  I will get back in the swing of baking this weekend.

Justin Orr, our NM Nitro, Bass Pro Team fisherman

A good day on Frank Vilorio's boat.. but then, every day on Frank's boat is a good day...

A good day on Frank Vilorio’s boat.. but then, every day on Frank’s boat is a good day…

won the tournament at Ute lake last weekend.. He is doing good.. you will be seeing his new boat all wrapped up in Butte Marine logos in a week or so..


You have two days to finish the honey-do list.. so get to it..  then pack up the gear and come see us’