ALAMO LAKE: Well folks, it's that time where I'm here today and gone tomorrow. Since I'm here today and will be gone next week, here's what I know.
Junior and I went out fishing a couple of nights ago and boated about seven bass. I say "about" because the little one he hooked and set the hook so hard that it flew out the water and over the boat -- that really does not count in my book. (He is still arguing the point that it counts.)
One thing I will say is its always some kind of cheap entertainment taking him out with me. We caught all our fish on plastics. He was throwing a tiny baby brush hog, brown color, and I was throwing regular brush hogs with a red flake. We started at 4 a.m. and fished till dark, working the cliffs up around the dam. We also missed a lot of fish. It's a very light bite.
Other anglers are catching 7-8 a day working points throughout the lake.
OK, I finally have some news on crappie fishing. It's not great, but it's not bad either. I talked with some guys from the Sun City Bass Club this morning. They went across the lake from the main ramp and trolled with minnows in about 25 feet of water. They had the trolling motor set to 1. That's pretty darn slow.
They caught six crappie and three catfish. They were heading back out this morning. They also said they only fished from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. yesterday. So really that's not too bad.
The COR just lowered their releases from 15 cfs to 10 cfs. That's great news and the lake will not go down so fast. So now we just need a load of winter rains and were set.
The lake level is at 1089ish. All restrictions remain in place. I would like to mention that on Nov. 15 we will be hosting our 8th annual Stars party. If youre into stars or want to learn about them, then this is worth coming out for. It starts about noon. The Verde Valley Astronomers Club is doing some solar viewing of the sun and slideshow presentations. At dark they set up a variety of telescopes and you can see all kinds of cool stuff.
So if you want to learn some stuff from the pros, then this is the place to be on Nov. 15. The last time I set up a telescope I was pretty proud of myself seeing a bright light. I went and got my wife to come out and look at it. She came out, gave me this "look," and walked away shaking her head, saying, It's a street light, you idiot."
And that was the end of my telescope viewing days. That's all I got. -- Mark