Alamo Lake report: Fish “as fat as a fully inflated football”


From Mark Knapp, Park Manager at Alamo Lake State Park

Well folks, I ‘m pleased to say that when they pulled me out of my cave a few days ago. I saw my shadow, stretched, got the lower back to pop,  and declared an extra six weeks of summer coming our way.

It looks like sooner rather than later. We’re supposed to be in the 80s going into next week.  That should jump-start the bass fishing.  I have heard of a few being caught here and there.  It would not surprise me that if one went out and threw a spinnerbait up into about 2 feet of water you might pull out a bass going a couple of pounds.

As I have mentioned in the past, the Dept. does electroshocking to determine the health and quality of the fish in the lake.  Ninety percent of the fish tested in our lake are very healthy.  They range in the 2-pound area and are as fat as a fully inflated football.  I could run with this, but have to remind myself that this a fishing report and do not need Nick shaking his head thinking “not again, Mark.”

So, moving on.  Crappie fishing is really starting to turn on.  Same ol story there.  Upper end of the lake.  Buoy line,  north side.  Roadrunner jigs with a minnow trailer is the hot ticket.  I also think split shot and No. 10 hook with a minnow would work just as well.  So, in a nutshell fishing is turning on.

I would like to remind everyone that Stew and his Dept. are doing their annual “Alamo lake Clean Up” on Saturday, March 7.  Registration begins on Friday, March 6 at the group use area located inside the park.  We (Parks) will waive the day-use and camping fees if you’re registered for the clean-up and camping in the group use area.

Here’s how it’s going to work.  Plan on launching off the old rental boat road/area.  We will open up the Cholla ramp area as a drop-off point. Once the clean-up is over, Cholla will be closed back down. The clean-up is 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  After that. there will be dinner and raffle door prizes held at the group use area.  It’s a lot of fun and we hope to see you come out.

The lake level is at 1088ish with releases set at 10 cfs for now.  All restrictions remain place.  Although the lake is still slowly deflating, we still have plenty of water so come on out.  Well, I better quit writing while I’m ahead and this stands a chance to see print. — Mark

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