Alamo Lake can be dynamite in April. The average high temperature is 79 degrees and the average low is 44 degrees. Bass may be spawning, and crappie fishing will be great. With all the rain we’ve had, the ramps are open now and it’s a great place to go.
April At Alamo Should Be Great
One of the reasons I like Alamo so much is that it’s far from anywhere and it’s not on the way to any place either – you have to want to go to Alamo, and it’s a pretty good drive no matter where you live, so the lake is usually not too crowded and not overrun with jet skis and skiers. It’s a great place to fish.
Kokopelli Trailers will be donating a custom built bass boat trailer to the upcoming Ivan Nelson Fishing Classic.
When we first started going to Alamo there wasn’t much there, but now there are cabins to rent, a great little store, and lots of improved campsites, many with electric, and there are nice restrooms scattered around. Rates for camping are $15 to $25, depending on amenities. The cabins are great — we stayed there and they are like the ones at Lyman Lake State Park — a small front room with a table and chairs and a little bookshelf, and a back room with bunk beds and a double bed — and AC!
You can’t cook (or smoke) in the cabin, but there is a picnic table out front and a grill, plus a fireplace. The covered porch is a great place to sit and take in the view. There is a nice restroom between the cabins, and it also has showers. The cabins are $65 per night, and it’s an extra $5/night for a pet, and a limit of two pets per cabin. You need to tell them about the pet when you call to make a reservation. To make reservations, call 1-877-MYPARKS.
This time of year the bass fishing should be great. We fished Alamo with Bob Mallory in April one year, and we started with spinnerbaits early in the day. The fish were right on the bank, and the best areas had sticks and rocks on them. Fishing buzzbaits in those open bays with stick-ups is fantastic in the spring. Later in the day we threw smoke/sparkle twin-tail Yamamoto Hula
Grubs, and blue/black worked too. In any muddy areas, go chartreuse and the dark blue/black. When the fish are up shallow like they are in the spring, Bob uses a ¼-ounce weedless jighead for the Hula Grubs. Cast it right to shore and swim it back — the fish will absolutely slam it.
I’ve always had good luck with white baits at Alamo too. The river end has tons of stick-ups that are incredibly fun to fish, especially pitching and flipping. For crappie, use small grubs and light dart head jigs, and fish them through the sticks on the shoreline, or dangle minnows under a bobber.
As of right now (early March) the water is muddy and fishing is slow, but I’m betting that by April it will be great. Alamo is also a fantastic place for bird watching and they have tons of burros and amazing sunrises and sunsets. I just love it there, and I think you will too.