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Guide To Fishing At Elephant Butte Lake

AKA: The Butte, Elephant Butte Reservoir

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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.

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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What to fish for...

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.

Primary fish species residing in Elephant Butte Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill 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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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.

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

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Contact Information

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


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