Look for stripers in Elephant Butte and Caballo Lakes at depths between 20 to 50 feet, sometimes suspended
over much deeper water. They may locate over old creek beds or
channels, near sunken islands, along ridges with adjacent dropoffs, or near bridges. In fall, stripers move into shallow
flats and chase schools of shad near the surface. Fall can be an
exciting time for striper fishing, compared with winter, when
stripers tend to stay deep and roam less.
For best results, use a depth
finder. As waters warm, try trolling with live-bait shad or
bluegill. When using bait, always use a fresh specimen; replace
lethargic bait frequently. Try still-fishing with live bait from
an anchored boat or slowly adrift. Use 1 ~ to 4 ounces of lead
in a bead-chain weight to keep the bait at the proper depth.
When you locate stripers holding in deep water, try jigging or
trolling with a downrigger.