Elephant Butte Reservoir

Details

Location:
Elephant Butte, NM
United States United States
Coordinates:
33.2002, -107.1641
Distance:
36,500 Miles
Description:

The largest and most popular lake in New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake State Park provides a setting for every imaginable water sport. The visitor center offers regional interpretive exhibits. The mild climate of the area makes this park a popular year-round destination.

lephant Butte Reservoir, created by a dam constructed in 1916 across the Rio Grande, is 40 miles long with more than 200 miles of shoreline. Although constructed to provide for irrigation and flood control, the lake is New Mexico’s premier water recreation facility. A wide variety of water sports are available at the lake, with fishing being one of the most popular. The mild climate of the area makes this park a popular year-round destination.

Fishing opportunities are available for stripped bass, white bass, crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, and catfish. There are over 200 camping and picnicking sites and 3 developed camps on the lake, along with concession-operated marinas and stores.

Best fishing is late April through August. Entry fees charged. Good access roads. Nearest full-service community is Truth or Consequences, 7 miles south. The smaller town of Elephant Butte is located adjacent to the State Park.

Cover/Structure:

Ledges, dam tailwater, coves, points.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Pier, Disabled access, State campground, Shore fishing access, State picnic area, Playground, Camping, Restrooms, Beach, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating
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Photos

Map

Map for 33.2002, -107.1641
New Fishing Report

Fishing Reports

Elephant Butte Reservoir Fishing Report 08.21.12

The algae is on the surface so the bait fish (shad) are on the surface eating the algae which creates Top Water Action for the Bass. These Bass herd the shad into a ball then start attacking them. These "boils" are lasting up to 4 hours nonstop.  This is the ultimate in fishing.  We have been catching our limits every day. 4 - People = 100, 3 - 4 lb. White Bass. The Black Bass (large mouths) are doing the same. All the fish in our lake are chowing down. My clients are wo...

Fish

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Atlantic Wolffish (Anarhichas)

3
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Bass, Hybrid Striped (Morone saxatilis x Morone chrysops)

Freshwater
309
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Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
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Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
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Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)

848
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Bass, White (Morone chrysops)

Freshwater
492
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Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
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Catfish, Flathead (Pylodictis olivaris)

Freshwater
635
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Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Walleye-240-fw

Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum)

Freshwater

Guides

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Bass Busters Fishing Guide Service

Specializing in trophy striped bass fishing. With professional angler Randy Snyder
Elephant Butte, NM, United States United States
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Jr's Desert Bass

Professional fishing guide JR McManus will guide you on an action-packed day at Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico's most magnificent lake. You'll learn the latest methods on catching fish and JR'...
Elephant Butte, NM, United States United States
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Land of Enchantment Fishing Adventures

Striper fishing for striped bass is one of the greatest adventures you can have on Elephant Butte lake in Elephant Butte, New Mexico. The striped bass is one of North America's most unpredictable fi...
Elephant Butte, NM, United States United States
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Rio Grande Guide Service

Come to the land of enchantment...Elephant Butte, New Mexico... catch some fish, lose the stress & enjoy life. Fishing, hunting, boating, jetskiing, waterskiing, camping, hiking, birdwatching, and o...
Elephant Butte, NM, United States United States

Lodges

There are no lodges specified for this fishing spot.

Tournaments

There are no tournaments associated with this fishing spot.