Back to Elephant Butte
Went back to Elephant Butte a couple of weekends ago and got the boat wet. It is summer in the southwest and hot as all get out. We decided to show up in the afternoon and fish until late in the night. It was a great strategy. First of all the lake is smaller now. There is less surface area to share with those who are not familiar with fishing. As it became later in the afternoon, there were less and less non fishermen on the lake. Stress levels were much better when we did not have to worry about the jet ski or skier that thought it was cute to pass within 30 feet of a boat that had people casting 50+ feet around it. We found a nice spot with the good old fish finder and put out the lights. Within minutes we had small bait circling the boat. This is where the good news stops because we did not think we would need any bait. We were going to use slabs (a strategy that had worked for me countless times n the past). For the next 5 hours we slabbed our hearts out. It was just not meant to be. I think that if we had some live minnows or shad, we could have slayed them. The finder was full of fish. We could hear them out in the darkness. All night out and no fish.
The next morning we decided to troll a bit. It was a little nerve racking due to the traffic and trying to stay away from the non fishing boaters out there. It did produce fish. We caught quite a few white bass and crappie. All were in the one pound range. They were small but plentiful. This was good for the old ego after the night before. They liked white and silver lures. We fished deep divers and square bills. Shad-raps, Bombers, and Lucky Strike seemed to work best.
A new item on the lake was a great little hamburger hut all the way up to the top of the lake. They had a restaurant on a boat just out there with a sign that said we are open. The burgers were to die for. The buns were fancy. They used green chile and white cheese. They even had a waitress. I wish them best of luck. Great food, nice people and did not have to leave the lake -Thanks!