Alamo Lake fishing report
From Mark Knapp of Alamo Lake State Park:
(Send your reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)
Lake level: 1,117 feet.
Well folks, once again it’s been awhile since I had a chance to sit down and write anything. At least I have some good news for a change. Let’s start with lake levels and releases. As of today (Monday, July 10) there are no scheduled releases that will have a major impact on the lake or launching. This is great news for us. Both ramps are open and work great. The releases are at 50 cfs.
The lake is dropping about a foot a month due to releases and evaporation. This is normal and to be expected. No news on CORE vs. bulkhead.
Now fishing. Things are getting back to normal with bass fishing. There’s a decent top water bite going from 4:30 a.m. till around 6 a.m. Then switch to training wheels (crankbaits) or plastics. A friend of mine who hates throwing plastics even gave it thumb’s up. When I asked what color, he said: “Green with red flakes.” Go figure.
Start throwing in about 2 to 10 foot of water. Around 10 a.m. the fish are heading down to the 20 foot mark. They’re in there off the points and bluffs until around 5 p.m., and then head back up to feed. So, morning = shallow. Midday = deep. Evenings = both.
It’s really hard not to catch a couple of catfish on any day. The lake is infested with them. Hot dogs and nightcrawlers work the best. Anglers are even catching them on plastics and training wheels.
Crappie fishing is hit and miss in my book. Word on the street is that some crappie are being caught on the night bite up by the dam. That’s as far as I dare go with this. So, get some minnows and head up to the cliffs by the dam. Throw out some crappie lights and watch for baitfish to come up. Get your minnow down in about 10 foot of water and see what happens. Please, let me know how you did.
Shore fishing is decent for catfishing and some bass. This lake is not shoreline friendly. If you’re determined, you will find a place to fish. If not, stop by the ranger station and we will try to help you.
Finally I just want to say: we’re hitting the triple digits out here on a regular basis. Bring lots of water and stay hydrated. Sunblock is must.
That’s it for now.