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33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W

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Fishing Report
April 22, 2015

Good morning, Rim Country Anglers,

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake is excellent this week. Bass continue to be either spawning or post spawn and chasing a large variety baits aggressively.  Most any type of reaction bait is successful right now and top-water baits are working great too.

One tip for fishing top-water baits is to let the fish take the bait down until you feel pressure on the middle section of you fishing rod, before setting the hook. Setting the hook to quickly will often rip the hook from the fish. The ideal rod for fishing top-water baits is a medium power with a moderate fast action.  Texas rig and dropshot using a Roboworm in 15-20 feet depths is also a good springtime technique.

The water level in Roosevelt Lake currently stands at slightly less than 50 percent full. The Salt River is flowing at 30 percent while the Tonto Creek is at 25 percent. The water temperature is in the 60s which is perfect conditions for fishing.

The crappie spawn is also underway so most crappie anglers are fishing shallow water and always near some kind of cover.  Right after the spawn crappie will begin to gather in schools. I noticed some anglers trolling recently so if you don't see crappie on beds, try trolling a ¼-ounce grub tail. If you see crappie spawning, a grub tail on a 1/32-ounce jig head hook.

Summer trout stockings are underway. Be sure to check out the AZGFD website for the latest trout stockings of your favorite Rim Country lake and stream.

AZGFD Fisheries Branch Chief Chris Cantrell has notified the Gila County Roundtable members that stockings of Roosevelt Lake with Florida strain bass will occur within the next two weeks. Timing is critical when moving small fish so we don't yet have the exact date when the truck will be at the lake, but it’s getting close. The restocking of Roosevelt Lake with Florida strain bass will improve the fishery as hopefully reduce the gizzard shad population in the lake. The AZGFD Fisheries Dept. has done excellent work over the past 18 months to address anglers concerns. 
  
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.

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April 8, 2015

Bass fishing is excellent on Roosevelt and Apache Lakes. The calm winds helped anglers find bedding bass and the spawn is in full swing. Many anglers reported that the largemouth bass are spawning in 5 feet water or less while smallmouth bass were seen spawning in deeper water, in the 15-20 foot range.  The major spawn should continue for the next couple of weeks especially with the approaching full moon April 4.

Spawning will last for some bass well into June, so don't give up on shallow-water fishing just because the majority of bass have spawned. I received reports that anglers caught 20 bass in the first four hours after sunrise using reaction-type baits such as crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. Slow moving baits such as a weightless Senko and Roboworms using a dropshot technique were also reported successful. A few reports of top-water success were received but most experienced anglers say a good top water bite is still a few weeks away. 

Crappie fishing was called fair on Roosevelt Lake and good on Apache Lake. The crappie spawn is underway so most crappie anglers are targeting shallow water of 5 feet or less.  Reported hot spots for crappie are Windy Hill, near the Badger ramp and the shallow water behind the Roosevelt Marina. When crappie fishing, always look for the shady or dark areas adjacent to cover, many times that is where spawning crappie will be located. Bait suggestions include a Lil' Fishy bait which is a 1-inch minnow imitation bait and a 2-inch grub tail bait on a 3/16-ounce jighead hook.   

The summer trout stocking of Rim Country lakes and streams begin this week. The initial stockings include Christopher, Haigler and Tonto Creeks along with Willow Springs and Woods Canyon Lakes. These trout stockings will continue throughout the summer and provide excellent family fishing opportunities. Keep in mind that some roads and lakes on the Rim remain closed due to winter conditions so always check with local businesses in the area you plan to visit.

AZGFD Fisheries Branch Chief, Chris Cantrell has notified the Gila County Roundtable members, that stockings of Roosevelt Lake with Florida strain bass, will occur during the month of April. Watch for the announcement as soon as the exact dates are known and plans are finalized.   

Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.  

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