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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill and striped bass at Elephant Butte Lake in New Mexico.

Elephant Butte Reservoir, NM

With a long-standing reputation for bass and striper fishing, Elephant Butte Lake is a top choice for serious fishing enthusiasts. This 36,000-acre lake is located in the west-central part of the state, at Truth or Consequences.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Elephant Butte Lake in New Mexico is a renowned destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a wide range of fishing opportunities and outdoor activities. The lake is known for its diverse fish species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, walleye, catfish, and crappie. Anglers can enjoy a variety of fishing techniques and target different species throughout the year.

Largemouth bass are highly sought-after in Elephant Butte Lake, with the lake consistently producing trophy-sized fish. The lake's expansive shoreline, submerged structures, and vegetation provide excellent habitat for these powerful predators. Anglers can use techniques such as casting with jigs, soft plastics, or topwater lures to entice largemouth bass. With careful presentation and persistence, anglers have the opportunity to land impressive bass.

Smallmouth bass are another popular species found in Elephant Butte Lake. These hard-fighting fish inhabit rocky areas, points, and drop-offs. Anglers can target smallmouth bass using techniques such as casting with jigs, crankbaits, or tubes. The lake's structure and clear waters make it an ideal location for smallmouth bass enthusiasts to test their skills.

White bass, known for their schooling behavior and aggressive strikes, are abundant in Elephant Butte Lake. Anglers can enjoy the excitement of catching multiple white bass in a single outing. Casting with jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits near drop-offs, points, or along the shoreline can be effective in enticing these voracious feeders.

Walleye, a prized game fish, can also be found in Elephant Butte Lake. These elusive predators often inhabit deeper areas, particularly around submerged structures and points. Trolling with deep-diving crankbaits or casting with jigs and live bait are popular methods for targeting walleye in the lake.

Catfish are plentiful in Elephant Butte Lake, providing anglers with additional opportunities. Channel catfish and flathead catfish can be caught using various bait presentations such as stink baits, chicken liver, or cut bait. The lake's depths and areas with rocky bottoms or structure attract these bottom-dwelling fish.

Elephant Butte Lake in New Mexico provides exceptional fishing opportunities with its diverse fish species and scenic surroundings. Anglers targeting bass, walleye, white bass, catfish, or crappie can enjoy the thrill of the catch while embracing the beauty of the lake and its desert environment. Boating facilities and camping amenities further enhance the outdoor experience, making Elephant Butte Lake a popular destination for anglers and nature enthusiasts seeking a memorable fishing adventure and a serene retreat.

Over 360 miles of shoreline are available to anglers fishing from a boat. For bank fishing from shore, there over a dozen areas with easy access. Quality fishing is available for bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, bluegill and striped bass. Four major boat launch ramps are available to the public. Rental boats are also available at the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Elephant Butte Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Striped bass

Elephant Butte Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Elephant Butte Lake, with multiple boat ramps available for easy access to the water. Anglers can navigate the lake's vast expanse, explore different fishing spots, and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding desert landscape. Boaters can also engage in recreational activities such as water skiing, tubing, or simply cruising along the lake's calm waters.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Marina Del Sur
Rentals: Pontoon boats
575 744-5567

Sports Adventure
Rentals: Pontoon boats
575 744-5557

Zia Kayak Outfitters
Rentals: Kayaks
575 744-4185

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Dam Site Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Dam Site Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Ridge Road, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Rock Canyon Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Ramp Road, this is a four -lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking

South Monticello Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Monticello Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Dam Site Lodging & Marina
55 Damsite Road
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
575 894-2041

Marina Del Sur
101 South Highway 195
Elephant Butte, NM 87935
575 744-5567

Rock Canyon Marina
3310 Rock Canyon Rd
Elephant Butte, NM 87935
575 518-4091

Click here for a New Mexico Fishing License.

For those looking to extend their stay, Elephant Butte Lake offers camping facilities. Campers can set up their tents or park their RVs in designated campgrounds, immersing themselves in the natural beauty and peaceful ambiance of the lake. Camping allows visitors to enjoy evenings under the starry sky, gather around campfires, and relax in the serenity of the outdoors.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Elephant Butte Lake State Park Campground - 575 744-5923

Enchanted View Campground - 575 744-5876

Agua Vista RV Park - 505 250-2539

Cedar Cove RV Park - 575 744-4472

Rio Lago RV Park - 575 740-2719

Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort - 575 744-5996

South Monticello Campground - 575 744-5923

Elephant Butte Lake NM Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Elephant Butte Lake
Elephant Butte Lake State Park
101 NM-195
Elephant Butte, NM 87935
575 744-5923


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