LOOK AT THE NEW growth...

Before I go on a weekful of rants of other matters, I had to pass on some great photos of the “new” Lake Mead, home of the 2011 U.S. Open. These have been provided by John O’Brien, the man who has spent much time chronicling the history of the event for a new book (release date unknown, but highly anticipated).

It has been some four decades (heck the 1971 Bassmasters Classic comes to mind) when anglers instinctively went to the backs of the washes (ala Bobby Murray and Roland Martin) to fish water that was similar to what they knew “back home.”

SALT CEDARS, a bass magnet...

Now, with the huge influx of new water into the 110-mile long reservoir (plus that 35 miles up the Overton Arm) you have a type of shallow habitat that virtually none of the competitors have ever seen before.


Needless to say, these shots whet one’s appetite for Senkos, frogs, flukes and other cover favorites. Perhaps the only question now will be: where do the smallmouth factor in with all this increased, shallow largemouth habitat present?

We can’t know that exactly from long distance, but the sonar-totin’ pros should be able to figure that out in a few hours of practice. What we can do, however, is thank John O’Brien for the heads-up!



6 Responses to “Lake Mead: Fresh new images of new habitat”

That new habitat should make for a helluva good recruitment year class!

by Guy Williams

I fished a lot of areas that looked like the pictures during the FLW last June. It reminded me of Mead in the 1990’s in some areas. Other areas reminded me of Havasu with all the tules in the water. It’s awesome to see Mead getting higher in the last 2 years!! Maybe in a few years the largemouths will explode like the smallies have there!!!! BTW, the jig is still a Mead killer!!

by Ray Leyerly

Yes George it is higher but it still has a long way to go till Mead get’s back to the 80’s high water levels and the duck ponds you could go to in the overton and fishing the Virgin river bowl area as well as fishing up the colorado. I am very happy to see it going up but I do not think I will see it back to full pool in my lifetime. I guess those were the days with miles upon miles of flooded salt cedar.

by George Kramer

As Billy J. Kramer (without the Dakotas) sang: “…That was all in my past; you can’t live on memories they don’t last.” 😉

Billy J. Kramer is wrong. Memories last a lifetime. I have alot of great memories of fishing, friends, and fun that I will take with me to my grave. And we make new memories everytime we go fishing.

Looks pretty fishey, makes me want to go there and try it out! Gracias.