ALAMO LAKE: Well folks, once again it's been awhile since I have had a chance to write anything. Let's start with lake levels and launching. The lake level is at 1084ish with releases of 25 cfs. Once you get to the buoy line your going from 30 feet of water to 9. I would be very careful flying through there.
We were out graphing the lake the other day and I was hitting underwater logs and unknowns even at 5 mph.
Between releases and evaporation we're losing about a foot of water a month. I'm starting to see things that I have not seen since 2002 when I first got here. The dirt launch ramp at the rental boat road is still usable but there's a prop wash mound that is about 4 inches under water, 5 feet from the shore line.
We're going to do our best today with a backhoe and try to drag it back. Just keep in mind launching is going to become an issue in the near future.
Bass fishing is decent. The Phoenix High School Junior Bass Master Tournament was held out here this last weekend and the big fish was 4-plus pounds. On day one, bag limits were hitting 15-19 pounds. I was not here for day two and don't have the winning weight in front of me.
Early mornings = top water. Mid day = 20 feet of water with plastics. Evenings = Everything.
few people are still catching crappie but it's mostly hit and miss. I don't have any reports on the night bite yet.
Cat fishing is great. It's hard not to catch a catfish anywhere in the lake. When they're hitting spinner baits then they're eating everything. Even shore fishing is decent. We hit 117 degrees out this last Sunday. I was happy. I was able to come out of hibernation, see my shadow and declare an extra eight weeks of summer.
You really need to bring sun block, and lots of water. A hat is becoming a must. The first signs of heat exhaustion are dizziness, light headed, head ache, nausea. If you have the chills at 110 degrees you're well on your way to heat stroke.
Get off the lake and get cooled down and if need be, find a ranger so we can you the help you need. While on the lake the other day I forgot my hat. By the time we got in I was feeling like crap. It took me all the next day to hydrate and feel better. It can hit you fast. Well that's it for now. -- Mark