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33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W

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December 19, 2014

(2,093 feet, 41-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with a Dec. 13 report:Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake was called fair to good this past week. Bass are still feeding heavily in preparation for the colder months ahead. Reaction baits such as crankbaits and Rattle-Traps in a chrome color with black or blue accents were reported successful in shallow areas such as the backs of coves or on flats. In the afternoon, anglers reported a good bite on a flipping and pitching technique using Clifford Pirch Outdoors custom made jigs. 

Crappie fishing reports were better this past week. Crappie schools are staging in 25-35 feet of depth and always in rock piles or brush. A small jig called a Lil Fishy was successful this past week. A lot of experienced crappie anglers know the Lil Fishy is a favorite bait used by Curt Rambo of Tonto Basin. As I spoke to Curt on Friday, he was on the water fishing and reported a good crappie bite.

The lake level increased 1 percent this past week and currently stands at 41-percent full. The Salt River is flowing at 150 percent of its normal rate or about 375 CFS. The Tonto Creek is flowing at 50 percent which is about 12 CFS. The water clarity is still slightly stained due to the storms we've been getting. The clearest water can be found near the dam and the most stained water will be near where the Salt River empties into the lake. The water temperature is in the high 50s in the morning and increasing to just slightly above 60 degrees in the afternoon.  

The fifth meeting of the Gila County Roundtable meeting will be held December 18th at 6 PM. The meeting will take place at the Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce building. AZGFD representatives will be giving updates on the condition of Roosevelt Lake and the status of the planned stocking of Florida Strain Bass this coming Spring. Bring a friend, the more people that attend these meetings the more attention this topic it gets. 

Rim Country Custom Rods has gift certificates available as well as some inventory if you're wanting a custom fishing rod for your favorite anglers. Call for a free quote on any custom rod at 928-468-0263 or visit our website at www.rimcountrycustomrods.com

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

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December 12, 2014

ROOSEVELT LAKE – (2,092 feet, 41-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with a Dec. 6 report:

Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake was called “fair” this past week. The cold front that moved through the area a few days ago had a significant impact on fishing. The water coming into the lake is again stained. Yesterday, we saw muddy water just in front of the Grapevine ramp on the Salt end of the lake. The Tonto end was more clear due to lower water inflow.

The water temperatures are in the high 50s and low 60s, and the bass are becoming more dispersed throughout the water column. Anglers are fishing deeper water using deep diving crankbaits and casting spoons for these deeper bass. In the afternoon, anglers are using a flipping and pitching technique in warmer, more shallow water.

Crappie fishing reports suggested a poor bite last week most likely again due to the cold front. Crappie schools are being reported but not this past week. Remember that crappie like more stable weather and some kind of structure or cover in 25-35 feet depth. A small jig using a 2-inch grub tail, lowered into the middle of the school was successful this past week.

The lake level remained at 40 percent full again this week but the water flows into Roosevelt Lake increased dramatically.

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