Near record-breaking fish caught at Elephant Butte Lake

Giant Striped Bass
Courtesy: Alamogordo Daily News/Ford family

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (KRQE) – A father and son fishing trip turned into quite a haul for two men at Elephant Butte Lake.

80-year-old Joe Ford of Alamogordo caught this 54 pound striped bass.

Ford told the Alamogordo Daily News that he’s been fishing at the Butte for 25 years and has never seen anything that size.

The state record for a striped bass is 54 pounds, 8 ounces. The record fish was also pulled from Elephant Butte Lake back in 1992.

Ford won’t have a trophy, though – he released the big fish back into the water. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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