ALAMO LAKE: Well folks, I just don't have a lot to report this week. High winds and storms have kept me off the lake. We did have a lightning strike that caught a portion of the wildlife area on fire.
I'm happy to report that only about 4-5 acres burned and no wildlife was injured that we are aware of.
My hat goes off to the Game and Fish Dept. and state land department for getting this under control before it could do a lot of damage. If youre on the lake in a boat, or just out swimming, get out of the water. Wait until the storm is over.
OK, good news for you crappie fishermen. It came from a good source that theyre catching 20-50 a night up in the trees at the east end of the lake. Tie off a tree in about 18 feet of water and drop a minnow down about 8-10 feet. Use submersible lights. The bite starts around 10:30 and goes until around midnight or when the storms blow you off the lake.
Catfishing is still decent. Anglers are still limiting out fishing on the north side of the old rental boat ramp area. Looking down the roadway, it's the cove to your right. I closed Cholla Ramp down a couple of days ago.
We have signs marked through the park directing you to the old rental boat area. Were working with the Game and Fish Dept. to move the dock from Cholla over to the barrel area. We found a place that we think will work for awhile.
Both state parks and the Game and Fish Dept. are getting bombarded with calls wondering what were going to do for launching as the lake goes down. We are doing our best to find spots that are safe for you to use.
Your safety is our number one priority. Right now, and like I have mentioned, the old rental boat road and area are the best we have.
I have spent a lot of time graphing areas and have a couple of different options in mind. I saw this video on YouTube about using a slingshot. I'm just kidding.
The fire restrictions have been lifted back to a stage one. This means you can have a fire in the campground inside a fire ring. No fires are allowed in the wildlife area or on the BLM lands around the park.
The "No ski, or tow-able devises" will remain in effect until the lake comes up. The lake level is at 1085ish with releases of 25 cfs. The lowest I have ever seen it in my 14 years out here is 1080.
The monsoons have not done squat raising the lake. The COE did their inspection on the bulkhead. It was not as bad as they thought it would be. If we got hit with 20-30 feet of water I don't think they would drain it down.
If we do not get major winter rains then by this time next year we will be at 1075 and they might want to do a more detailed inspection.
Well that's all I got for this week -- Mark