Regional Reports-West

Alamo Lake

One of Arizona's top bass lakes is 2,800-acre Alamo Lake. Located 35 miles north of Wenden, Alamo was created in 1968 when the Bill Williams River was dammed. Florida-strain largemouth bass were soon introduced. After a population slump in the 1980s, a slot limit was imposed in the early 1990s and the bass rebounded. Today the limit is six bass daily with only one allowed between 13 and 16 inches, and the fishing is great. Threadfin shad and bluegills are Alamo's major bass food sources, so spinnerbaits and crankbaits in these bait patterns produce well. Topwater plugs produce in May. Plastic worms and tube baits are always a good choice too. Adjacent Alamo State Park has campgrounds, recreational vehicle sites with hookups, launch ramps, boat rentals and a bait-and-tackle shop. A resident fishing license is $18. Nonresidents pay $51.50 for the season, $12.50 for one day and $26 for five days. Contact: Arizona Game and Fish Department (602-942-3000); Alamo State Park (520-669-2088).