On August 13 2015, Elephant Butte Lake was stocked with approximately 40,000 black bass averaging 2″ in length.
Volunteers (area anglers and boat owners) showed up, and assisted New Mexico Department of Game & Fish (who supplied the fish!) and State Park staff in distributing the fish to points around the lake.
This is the second infusion of fish into the lake this year; about 20,000 bass were introduced the week before Memorial Day. Money for the mid-May stocking was raised by the community of Elephant Butte and the surrounding area, with Socorro bass fisherman Ron Gilworth heading up the project.
According to Bob Owen of Butte Marine in Elephant Butte, quoting Mark Curry from Tracker/Bass Pro, “there are not many markets where the local fishermen get together for a cause like he saw here this morning.”