Hello from NM

Discussion in 'Welcome Mat' started by Ken, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Ken

    Ken Active Member

    Hello all.

    I live just outside of Albuquerque, and usually fish Elephant Butte in southern New Mexico. I've been in the Page, AZ area several times but never for fishing. Usually just exploring the canyons and scenery between Page and Kanab, UT.

    Decided to pull the boat out of Elephant Butte and take a trip this May to Powell. I have a Tracker V18 and will be fishing with my dad. I'm still trying to get the hang of fishing these reservoirs without the lilly pads we had back east!
  2. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    Welcome from Colorado! My family did a trip to Elephant Butte many years ago (must have been 1991?). Saw some huge stripers there. Fun lake, but Powell is my favorite.
  3. Bill Sampson

    Bill Sampson Well-Known Member

    I was at Elephant Butte 2 years ago in September, and the water level was really low. Is it recovering?
  4. Ken

    Ken Active Member

    Not really. It's up 23 ft from last fall but they already started draining it. It's been about the same the past 3 years. They've recently been stocking black bass instead of stripers.
  5. Bill Sampson

    Bill Sampson Well-Known Member

    It looks like at full pool it would be a great recreational lake. How long would you guess it's been since the lake has been at full pool?
  6. Ken

    Ken Active Member

    Before my time out here... in the 1990's. Here's some photos from NASA comparing then to now :( https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=81714
  7. Bill Sampson

    Bill Sampson Well-Known Member

    Those are amazing shots. It is actually larger than I thought it was when it's at full pool.
  8. VanillaIceCream

    VanillaIceCream Well-Known Member

    Welcome Ken - I used to live in ABQ.

    You're going to love Lake Powell much more than the Butte in every way.

  9. Ken

    Ken Active Member

    I'd love to go to Powell every weekend, but 6+ hours each way...
  10. Ken

    Ken Active Member

    We had a great trip to Powell. Thanks to everyone for the help. Had to make room in my freezer at home for the fillets!

    ps. Love the fish cleaning station at Wahweap.