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Fishing Reports

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ROOSEVELT LAKE – (Lake elevation 2,099 feet, 46 percent)

June 19 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Good morning Rim Country Anglers, Water continues to be drawn out of Roosevelt Lake for downstream use. The water temperature in the lake continues to be in the high 70's to low 80's. As the ambient temperatures in Tonto Basin increase, many anglers begin to night fish. This means getting on the water around 5 PM and fishing until midnight or later.  Evening fishing on Roosevelt Lake is very popular during the summer. If you have never tried it, pick an evening when the skies are clear and the wind is calm. Night fishing is an entirely different world than daytime fishing but it’s also great fun.   

Some of the best bass fishing of the year is happen right now on Roosevelt Lake. Anglers are reporting a good to excellent reaction bite. Recommended baits include top water baits such as a Rio Rico and Zara Spook, jerk-baits such a Lucky Craft pointers, and Rapala lipless crank-baits. Drop-Shot, Texas-Rig and Carolina-Rig techniques using imitation worms, lizards and crawfish recently were reported successful throughout the day in 20 feet depths.  

Crappie fishing reports are fair to good. Throughout the summer, crappie will be found in larger schools in 15 to 30 feet of water. Crappie schools prefer to be near cover such as a bush or structure such as a rock pile. A small shad imitation bait or curly tail grub on a 1/8th-ounce jig head hook was reported successful.  

The AZGFD Commissioner's meeting that was held recently in Payson was a huge success.  Several Rim Country residents addressed the Commissioners on topics concerning large groups of folks. Overall, the meeting was extremely positive. I personally addressed the Commissioners on the topic of their efforts to improving fishing conditions for Roosevelt Lake and the new Bubbling Ponds warm-water hatchery for bass.

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

Average: 3 (1 vote)

ROOSEVELT LAKE – (Lake elevation 2,103.5 feet, 50 percent)

AZGFD stocked 40,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings (3-6 inches) on Thursday, April 23.

April 25 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake is good to excellent. Each spring, fish go through three overlapping phases. Pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn. During all of these phases, bass become very active and aggressive. Knowledgeable anglers can catch good numbers of bass if they are aware that during this time of year, bass can be found in all three phases.

Pre- and post-spawn bass will be in deeper water near spawning flats and feeding heavily on shad and crayfish. During the spawn, male bass don't leave the bed to feed, however they do aggressively defend the eggs against any intruders.

A bait placed near a bedding area will almost immediately draw attention. This can be an exciting way to catch bass but remember to release those spawning bass. It's fun to watch a bass swim right back onto the bed as if it had never been caught. As we move into May, bass will begin moving into a summer pattern meaning that they will move to deeper water during the brightest and hottest time of the day. They will return to more shallow water during feeding cycles.

Crappie fishing was called poor recently on Roosevelt Lake. Most crappie anglers are trolling for crappie in 15-20 feet depths using a grub tail bait. One hot spot for crappie reported this week from the Windy Hill ramp to the Schoolhouse ramp. Hopefully, the Florida-strain bass being stocked into Roosevelt will result in a population growth for crappie as well as bass.

The trout lakes and streams on the Rim and north of Payson are providing great opportunities to those willing to make the trip. The summer trout stocking program is in full swing so all lakes and streams are now being stocked. PowerBaits in all colors are reported successful as well as small crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

If you haven't checked out the new portal on the AZGFD website you'll want to see it. You can now buy a license on line and keep track of your draw points. This portal has many great new features as well as the old information that was carried forward. You can register your account at AZGFD.gov.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water. 

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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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