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33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W

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September 15, 2014
(2,088 feet, 38-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with an Sept. 6 report: Bass fishing on Roosevelt and Apache Lakes improved last week and was called good to very good by experienced anglers. Anglers have been reporting all summer that there are lots of shad in the lake. This is time of year when shad group into large schools and we can see just how much bait is in the water. Some bait balls were called “enormous” by anglers, and when bass are frantically chasing shad, it provides a great opportunity for anglers. Most anglers are still reporting that they are fishing main lake points, in 20-30 feet water, but the top-water activity, especially in the shallow portions of coves, is increasing each week. Another sign that the fish are transitioning is the report that crankbait success is increasing. In addition to the crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits and top water baits such as a Rio Rico or Zara Spook were reported successful. As the sun gets higher and the water gets flatter, most anglers are switching to a dropshot or a Carolina rig technique during the hottest times of the day. The crappie bite was called fair to good this past week. Success continues to be reported vertically fishing in brush that is in 25-30 feet of water. A small, 2-inch grub tail bait on a 1/16 or 1/8-ounce jighead was reported successful and in some cases, anglers tipped the jig with a live minnow. We have a full moon this week which should make for some excellent night time crappie fishing. For night time crappie fishing, most anglers use live minnows and a small split-shot weight. Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.
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Rating:
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Stained
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
September 9, 2014
(2.090 feet, 38-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with an Aug. 30 report: Good morning, Rim Country anglers, Hey, do you get the feeling fall is coming? Brisk temperatures in the morning, cool monsoon rains and the bull elk were heard bugling in Payson this past week. That's a sure sign that fall is coming and the rut is getting underway. I was fortunate to watch several elk just west of Payson this past week for about a half-hour. It’s a spectacular sight -- what a great time of year to be in Rim Country. Bass-fishing was called “good to very good” this past week, with good reports coming from both ends of the lake. What a difference this freshwater entering the lake can make in a short amount of time. From first light until about noon seems to be the best times reported. Anglers continue to target shad schools in the backs of coves with top-water baits, and as the sun gets higher, they switch to a dropshot technique in 20-25 feet water off main lake points. Darker color 3/8-ounce jigs were also reported successful. The water level in Roosevelt Lake this week remained constant at 38-percent full. Both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek continue to bring freshwater into the lake. The amount of monsoon rain flowing into the lake is off-setting the amount taken out for downstream use, which is a very good thing. The rains helped avoid algae blooms, which cause fish kills and kept the level of the lake at a safe level this summer. The crappie bite was called “fair” this past week by Curt Rambo, a legendary crappie angler and guide. Small schools of crappie are being caught in brush or rock piles in 25-30 feet of water. Hot spots reported include the rocky shore near the dam on the highway side of the lake. A small 2-inch grub tail or the Lil Fishy bait we've been talking about on the 1/16- or 1/8-ounce jighead is an excellent summer time bait for crappie. Trout stockings by AZGFD for the East Verde River and Haigler Creek have ended effective this week. Stockings will continue for another couple of weeks for Canyon, Willow Springs and Woods Canyon Lakes and the Tonto Creek. If you're headed to one of the Rim lakes this weekend, PowerBaits, a Panther Martin and a Mepps spinner were all reported successful. Have a great Labor Day weekend, and I hope see you on the water.
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