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AZ
United States
33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Arizona Game & Fish Department - Arizona Game & Fish Department
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Fishing Report
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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Fishing Report Provided by - Austin Baldwin
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Clear
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
April 8, 2015

Caught about 15 crappie and 25 bass, even got a few blue gil. Shad are running in the marina. Bass and crappie hitting shad if you can get your hands on some. If not, jigs and shad like lures work very well. The picture is last Saturday morning, 3 hours of work and got 12 fish on many different things.

Catch Report
CatchSpeciesLure/BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (inches)
1Largemouth BassBass Jig
2BluegillHammered Jig
3White CrappieShad
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