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AZ
United States
33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Good morning Rim Country anglers,

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake is being described as good to very good by most experienced anglers. Many anglers are reporting large amounts of bait fish and longer sessions of bass feeding activity. The wolf packs of coordinated attacks in deeper water are becoming more active each week. As we have been reporting, this is typically more of a mid to late September occurrence, but it does appear to be, at least sporadically, happening early on Roosevelt Lake this year. A casting spoon or crippled herring bait cast into the school of bait and allowed to sink, will almost certainly catch an attacking bass waiting below the bait fish school. 

The lake is in perfect condition for fishing. It has been hovering around the 42 percent full mark and the temperatures are reaching the high 80's during the afternoons. We avoided any high algae blooms in the lake this year and there have been no reports of fish kills due to excessive heat. The Salt River is flowing at 100 percent of its normal rate for this time of year and the water is crystal clear. These are all typical conditions for a desert reservoir like Roosevelt Lake.    

Crappie anglers continue to catch good numbers during the evening and night-time using live minnows fished about two feet below a split shot weight. If you’re fishing for crappie during the day, look for a submerged bush or boulder in 20 feet of water and vertically fish using a 2-inch curly tail grub-tail bait. Hot spots reported this week are around Windy Hill and the rocky shorelines near the dam.    

Trout stockings of Rim Country streams, rivers and lakes continue, which provide excellent day trips and nearly guaranteed results. You can research the stocking schedule for your favorite lake or stream at the new portal site at www.azgfd.gov. If you have not established an account on the portal, it’s easy to do and it provides lots of information about your Arizona fishing and hunting experiences. 

Rim Custom Rods here in Payson builds custom fishing rods and can repair any broken rod. In many cases, the rod can be repaired in minutes while you wait. Rim Country Custom Rods can be reached at 928-468-0263 or at our website www.rimcountrycustomrods.com.

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

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

The monsoons have slowed resulting in lower input flows into Roosevelt Lake. So predictably, the water level began to fall again and currently, Roosevelt Lake is at 42-percent full.  The Tonto Creek is not flowing and the Salt River is flowing at 130 percent of its normal rate for this time of year.

The water in the lake is very clear and the water temperatures are reaching the high 80s during the afternoons. 
  
The bass are in a summer pattern meaning they will typically be in deeper water and can be challenging to catch.

Some bass will suspend in deeper water and just will not react to anything. Bass anglers are reporting good numbers of 12-14-inch bass being caught using a dropshot or Texas-rigged worm imitation bait. Reports also indicate a sporadic reaction and top-water bite.

Mostly this is a morning bite or late afternoon, so always keep your favorite reaction bait on a rod and ready to cast. One bait that has recently been successful is a Skinny Dipper in a Money Shot Violet color, made by Reaction Innovations. This 5-inch bait rigged weightless, on an extra wide gap size 5 hook, can be deadly. The technique for this paddletail bait is to cast it as far as you can, let it sink for 10 seconds, and begin a slow retrieve, pausing about every five turns.

The crappie bite was called good this past week.  Crappie anglers reported 20-25 crappie being caught from just before dark until around 11 p.m.. We are moving into a new moon phase, making crappie lights effective in attracting baitfish and crappie to your location. The new green color crappie lights are becoming popular, so be sure to check those out.

I didn't think that trout fishing reports on our Rim Lakes and streams could get any better but they just did. Not because the fishing changed, but the schools are now back in session and the number of anglers fishing during the week has declined dramatically. So now you add solitude to your weekdays of fishing your favorite stream or lake. Successful baits reported were PowerBaits, and dry flies. 

Rim Custom Rods  here in Payson builds custom fishing rods and can repair any broken rod. In many cases, the rod can be repaired in minutes while you wait Rim Country Custom Rods can be reached at 468-0263 or at our website www.rimcountrycustomrods.com.

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

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

The water level at Roosevelt Lake remained at 43 percent full this past week due to the monsoon activity we had last week. The Tonto Creek is not flowing and the Salt River is flowing at 150%percent. Every bit of monsoon water we can get is a good thing for Roosevelt Lake. Typically, 43 percent full at this time of year is about average for the lake level.

The bass are in a summer pattern meaning they will typically be in deeper water and near structure or cover.

Experienced anglers are reporting Texas rig plastic worms, spider jigs and Carolina rig using worms or lizards continue to be the most successful techniques. Reports indicate that anglers are fishing in the 20-30-foot range both during the day and at night. The full moon we recently had and the perfect night time weather conditions, are making for great opportunities for night time fishing. Many anglers prefer to use green colored baits during the day and at night they switch to darker colored baits such as blacks, browns or blues.

The crappie bite was called fair to good this past week. Crappie anglers reported a better night time bite especially with the full moon phase. Recent hotspots include the steep cliff side of Salomé Cove and the marina area near the tires. Night time crappie fishing usually requires live minnow bait. 

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