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Fishing Report
October 28, 2014

(2,091 feet, 40-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with an Oct. 23 report:

Good morning Rim Country anglers,

Now that the water flows into Roosevelt Lake have slowed somewhat, the water condition is improving. You'll recall that during the past couple of weeks we've been suggesting fishing the mid-lake portions of the lake since they were more clear. This past week, most areas of the lake were slightly stained but much improved over the previous weeks and getting better each day. The run-off into the lake is still above 100% of the normal rates for this time of year from both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek. The lake currently stands at 39% full but continues to raise slightly each day with the above normal inflows.

I received calls from quite a few anglers reporting good to excellent days on Roosevelt Lake this past week. Most anglers reported using 4"- 6" worms on a drop-shot technique. Jigging and castings spoons are both catching deeper fish and crankbaits are catching good numbers of bass at all depths of water. Remember that in the Fall, its all about bass chasing shad, so if you see bait on your graph or breaking water on the surface, the bass will be close by.

Crappie fishing was called fair this past week. Reports indicate anglers are catching good numbers of crappie but no real large sizes. Look for crappie schools in 25-30 ft. water and always near rock piles, ledges or brush. Several different colored 2" curly tail grubs on a 1/16 oz. small jig-head hook were reported successful.

Call Rim Country Custom Rods for all your fishing rod needs or if you have questions related to fishing. If we can't answer your question, we'll get you in contact with an expert. Call for a free quote on any custom rod or repair. Rim Country Custom Rods is located in Payson and can be reached at 928-468-0263 or www.rimcountrycustomrods.com

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

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Fishing Report Provided by Arizona Game & Fish Department - Arizona Game & Fish Department
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Stained
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
October 17, 2014

(2,091 feet, 39-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with an Oct. 11 report:

The talk around Rim Country continues to be the water flow into Roosevelt Lake. This past week, the rain has been hard at times and even flooded some roads in the area. This has resulted in big increases to the water flowing into the lake.

Both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek are flowing at well over 100 percent of what is normal for this time of year. The water coming into the lake continues to be a chocolate brown color and the closer you get to the ends of the lake, the worse the water conditions get. Not only is the water chocolate colored, the temperature of the water entering the lake is significantly colder than the main lake water temperature.

Anglers I spoke with this past week stated that they are only fishing the main lake areas from the Windy Hill ramp to the Cholla ramp. The good news is that bass fishing was called excellent this past week. I spoke with Ted Morton of Tonto Basin who reported catching 30-plus bass on two guide trips this week as well as other anglers who reported good numbers. Points and drop-off areas were identified as prime locations.

Top-water baits such as a Rio-Rico and a Zara Spook are working for schooling bass. Deep diving crankbaits were reported successful this past week and lots of fish are still being caught on a drop-shot technique using almost any color 4- to 6-inch worm and fishing in 10-20 feet depths. One other technique discussed was using a spinner-bait to to fish areas where the rising water level has covered grass along the shorel
fish areas where the rising water level has covered grass along the shoreline.

Crappie fishing was called poor this past week. However, with the stable weather outlook for this coming week, the crappie bite is expected to improve. Look for crappie in 25-35 feet water, near rock piles or brush. Traditionally, November is the best crappie fishing on Roosevelt Lake due to the stable weather that month.

So you crappie anglers, hang in there, your time is coming.

The winter trout stockings have been announced by AZGFD. Due to the cold weather on the Rim, those lakes and streams traditionally are not included in the winter stockings. You can see a complete list of all the planned stockings on the AZGFD website. Great news for the Community trout stocking program. Green Valley Lake, right here in Payson, will be stocked with trout for three consecutive weeks beginning this week. So if this is your favorite lake, it’s time to get ready. There are different regulations and bag limits for the Community Fishing Program so be sure to review the pamphlet you received with your license or review the Community Fishing Program rules online, before you fish.

Rim Country Custom Rods builds and repairs all kinds of fishing rods. If you have a treasured fishing rod that you would like to have restored to near new condition, give Rim Country Custom Rods a call to get a free quote. Rim Country Custom Rods is located in Payson and can be reached at 928-468-0263 or www.rimcountrycustomrods.com.

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

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