ROAD TO OVERTON is better served on the water right now.

Just like many structure spots move in and out of their “prime” so you could say the same for launch ramps. Especially those at sprawling Lake Mead where a fairly big bass tournament is on the calendar later this year

It’s interesting to look back at the history of the lake. It didn’t start out full, and over the decades its features have changed as conditions have changed.

Most of that history in our view goes back to the 1971 Bassmasters Classic where unimaginable flooded brush was actually present. No wonder the winner Bobby Murray threw spinnerbaits in the backs of washes.

Then, reader Gene Borne sent me a link that shown the lake back in 1947 (the year I was born) and renowned outdoor writer Jason Lucas. That’s the postage stamp of a photo [below] that you’re looking at now. I think the cover appeared a year after the photo was actually taken, as I recall the account.

Mead 1947While the shot was staged, an 8-pound bass is still a good one. And what caught my eye on this magazine cover shot is the desert in the background. (Where is that?)

As for launching today, veteran local angler Vern Price told me that only Callville Bay is launchable right now, however he estimated that at the end of the month, some work would be attempted at the other popular ramps (though he did not specify which).

I know my plan is to practice out of Callville just because it gives me a real time sense of distance and fishing time. Not everybody does it that way, but it works for me. And I’m already committed to fishing the event, so the few extra gallons of gas is not going to spoil the party.

We’ll know more in time.


3 Responses to “Lake Mead then… and right now”

Hope there’s another 8#’er(?) waiting for you George! Good Luck & tight lines, G.

by bill hamilton

One working ramp for the whole lake? Yikes, worse than I thought.

by George Kramer

Bill, this past weekend, Temple Bar was also functional.