ALAMO LAKE: Well folks, once again, here today, gone tomorrow. If I was getting paid by the mile I would be retired and writing this from my bass boat.
The park will be slammed until Easter weekend is over. If youre planning on coming out here, make a reservation. Everyone I have talked to is catching fish. From what I'm told there's a decent top-water bite going at first light. From there, go to training wheels(crankbaits) and plastics.
I think this is going to be a good year for fishing.
OK, a guy just walked in and said he has caught crappie, catfish, and bass throwing plastics in about 10-15 feet of water. This is at two in the afternoon. He also said there is a really good top-water bite going in the evenings. That covers bass.
Now crappie fishing is still decent. A guy named Rus, who is a member of the Barn Yard Boys (horseshoe club} from Chino Valley came in and talked with me on Friday the 27th. He said he had caught 32 crappie that day from morning til noon. He was using minnows and was fishing in 15-25 feet of water. Even though he was using minnows -- a live bait -- I was gaining some respect for him. Rus left the building and came back. He asked me if we had worms. Naturally, I thought he was talking about plastics and pointed to the back wall.
He came back up with a confused look on his face and said, "Where are the worms?" I looked at him and said, "You mean live worms, like nightcrawlers?" He says "yes.
Well, needless to say, any respect he had gained went right out the door with him. I think I even called him a bottom feeder. Now before everyone thinks I'm being mean to poor ol Rus, we had talked about this. He told me that a lot of people in Chino Valley enjoyed reading my reports and we would have some fun with them. Well, here yah go Rus: this ones for you.
Its hard not to catch a catfish right now. Theyre catching them from the shore using both nightcrawlers and minnows with a bobber. Cholla dock got moved and the ramp is working well. We have been hitting the high 90s, so remember sunblock and stay hydrated. The lake level is at 1094ish with releases of 25 cfs.
Sadly were starting to go down again, but that 6 feet of water was a real lifesaver.
I will keep Cholla ramp open until boats start tearing up props, getting stuck, or it just becomes a hazard.
Now I need to take a minute and remind everyone that the snakes are out. This year we already dealt with eight or nine. Please do not shoot the snake in the park. Just give us a call and we will come remove it from your campsite.
You do get cell phone service from the Cholla campground.
Wow, this feels weird having time to sit and write and not be in a hurry. So I will share this with you. A camper from Cholla came over to the store/ranger station and said he had found a rattlesnake under his motorhome. He wanted to know if he could shoot it. I told him "no. He was kinda honked off at my answer. I explained it to him like this:
First you have to have a valid hunting license. Second, it's against the law to go firing off a gun in this park. And it would go something like this. You shoot the snake. A camper at the other of the park hears a gun shot. They call the cops. Dispatch calls me and says "shots fired at Cholla campground."
I get my gun, vest, and few other tools at my disposal and go to Cholla with lights siren going full blast. My blood pressure and adrenaline are 400 over 550 and rising as I pull up and see the guy holding a gun. I will take control of the situation and ask some questions later while were on our way to the nearest jail.
Since it's a 100-mile trip to the jail I will start asking questions like "Did you see the kids in the other campsite? You scared the crap out of the rest of the campers, and things like that."
The guy says: "what was I suppose do with a snake under my trailer?"
I will look them right in the eye and calmly say "walk away." It all ends up in court with fines and stuff like that. So, there you have it. If you see a snake out here in the park, walk away and find us.
We will remove it, relocate it and everyone goes home happy. Well, the phone had to ring and theyre pointing at me, so gotta go.
If you do not hear from for a couple of weeks is because I'm going to the worlds largest gun show in Tulsa, Okla. next week.
That's it for now -- Mark