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33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W

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Fishing Report
November 21, 2014

(2,092 feet, 40-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with a Nov. 15 report:

Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake was called “good” this past week by local experienced anglers. As we have been stressing the past couple of weeks, the bass are preparing for the coming colder months by feeding heavily.

There is a large amount of bait fish in the lake and bass will pursue those shad when the opportunity arises. Bass will be chasing shad to the surface while waterfowl birds such as herons, grebes and gulls will be driving them back down. If you're fishing this week on any of the Salt River chain lakes, watch for birds diving on schools of bait fish. If you see diving birds in the same area where bass are breaking the surface, as quickly as you can, get a crankbait or a casting spoon onto the edges of where the action is happening.

The reason it’s important to be on the edges is that bass prefer to attack the edges of bait schools to separate a small group of shad from the larger ball. Remember that these shad are swimming for their lives, so a fast and erratic retrieve is a must. This pattern can happen several times during the day. It may stop for a while, but expect it to reemerge perhaps just a little farther down the shoreline or on the next point.    

Crappie fishing reports are getting better each week and was called fair to good this past week. Crappie sizes appear to be down this fall with most crappie being about the size of your hand. However, crappie schools are getting larger at this time of year and schools can be found in 25-30 feet water.  A 2-inch curly tail grub in a black, blue and chartreuse color on a 1/8-ounce small jighead hook was reported successful last week. However, a couple of other anglers had success on a black and green grub tail color.

The water temperature is in the high 60s and the low 70s on a sunny day. But overall, the water temperature in the lake is dropping. Fifty degrees is the temperature at which bass metabolism begins to slow down and winter fishing becomes tougher. We're not there yet and we'll keep you posted each week.  The water flows into Roosevelt Lake are back to normal rates for this time of year and the water level remained constant at 40 percent full.

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

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Fishing Report
November 10, 2014

(2,092 feet, 40-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with an Nov. 8 report:

 

Good morning Rim Country anglers,

 

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake this time of year requires some experimentation. Bass are active all over the lake and can be found in very shallow to very deep water depths. Anglers are reporting good numbers of bass using a drop-shot technique, however most are in the 1-2 pound range. Larger sized bass are close to bait balls of shad. Reaction baits such as crankbaits, chatter baits, top-water baits and spoons were catching bass in depths from 2 down to 40 feet. If you're fishing this week and one technique is not catching fish, move to a new area where is different technique is applicable.   

 

The water in the lake is mostly clear with some stained water where the Salt River, Tonto Creek and other small streams flow into the lake. Western impound lakes such as the Salt River Chain of lakes are known for crystal clear water especially when the weather is stable. The fresh water flows into Roosevelt Lake are back to normal rates and the water level remained constant at 40 percent full this week.

 

Crappie fishing improved this past week and was called fair to good. The weather is predicted to remain calm this coming week so the crappie bite should continue.  According to our local crappie experts, the full moon that just past may be a factor in better crappie fishing. Crappie schools can be found in 25-30 feet water close to structure or cover.  The 2-inch curly tail grub in a yellow & green color called a John Deere, on a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce small jig-head hook were reported successful on most days last week.

 

A custom fishing rod with the owners name or a short verse makes a fantastic Christmas gift for your favorite angler. Rim Country Custom Rods can build any style of fishing rod for a specific angler and his or her style of fishing. 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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