ALAMO LAKE: Well folks, where to start. I guess I will pick up where I left off last time I wrote. I did go out fishing in the wind and cold. Four-and-a-half hours later I got the one bite. I did a good hook set. The pole went straight down, I pulled up, and a mouth the size of a coffee can came straight up out of the water.
The fish went back down and my line snapped. I don't even want to guess the size of this bass. As I sat down in the boat wondering what just happened it occurred to me that I was using line I had put on a pole last year. I was so focused on getting on the lake that I did not bother checking my gear. Needless to say all my poles are re-strung with 6- and 10-pound Stern. I also learned that when you change out the impeller on your boat, take the time and replace the thermostat, too.
In my case I lucked out. Once the overheat buzzer went off I shut down the motor and after a few choice words the thermostat opened and I was able to continue fishing.
Point is: Spring has sprung and you should take the time to check tire pressure, squirt the wheel bearing with some grease, and make sure all your equipment works. I live out here so I'm lucky to be able to come back home and do the quick fixes. Had I drove 150 miles out from the Phoenix area I would have been angry. Take the extra time and save yourself your sanity in the longrun.
As far as missing the bass. I just smiled as I drove away, saying: "I know where you live."
OK, finally I have some really good news. This last storm put 4 something foot of water in the lake. It's still coming up, but I think it's leveling out now. It was enough that I feel comfortable opening Cholla ramp. The Game and Fish Dept. is going to move the dock back over to Cholla later this week. The lake looks like a giant milkshake with lots of logs and debris floating around. Be very careful blasting across the lake.
We took our state boat out today to check things out and hit all kinds of stuff underwater. Were marking stuff as we find it, but still be careful. It's going to take the lake a week or so to clear up, then the fishing is going to be unreal.
So, we got water, Cholla ramp is open, and were going into the 80s for the next week or so. Were going to get slammed so make a reservation before coming out. Were still going to keep the old rental boat area open, so you will have two places to launch.
I really like the old rental boat area and will continue to use it. Remember the Dept. annual "Alamo Lake Cleanup" is this weekend. With all the stuff that just washed in from a 5,000 mile drainage area we should find some interesting stuff.
We really appreciate your help with this. You may or may not have heard, the Wayside Inn has new owners. I have met them a few times and they seem very nice and motivated on working on the place. Stop in and see them, they will appreciate it.
OK, that's about it. The lake level is 1092-3ish and rising, with releases of 25 cfs. Ramps are back open. Were getting our bait deal worked out and have minnows, nightcrawlers and ice. It's that time of year to start bringing sunblock and bug spray. I know Nick is waiting on this so it can hit print, so gotta go.