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AZ
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33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W

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Fishing Report
July 18, 2014
I'm hearing Bass Point using ¾-ounce jigs or C-rig with 10-inch worms is on fire right now. I drove past there this morning and saw three Tonto Basin locals all fishing within 20 yards of each other....not hard to figure that one out! It was confirmed at the Tackle Box on my way home! This will be the week for some evening and night fishing. We'll have a full moon tonight, actually a "super-moon," and the cloud cover has been keeping the temperatures slightly lower. So call your fishing buddy, and make a plan. Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake was called good this past week by local anglers. The bass are in a summer pattern and anglers are reporting a good bite in the early morning and after sunset until about midnight. The lake dropped again this past week and currently stands at 42 percent full. The flow in the Salt River flow increased this past week due to the monsoon rains. The flow is just under 200 cubic feet per second, which is more than 100 percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The Tonto Creek is flowing slightly at 3 cubic feet per second. The monsoon rains benefit not only the water level but the water flowing into the lake also brings nutrients which is critical to small fry fish that were born a couple of months ago. A Texas Rig technique and jigs were the most reported successful techniques this past week; however, a dropshot and Carolina rig were also reported successful. One local angler told me yesterday that he caught a 9-pound bass using a 10-inch curly tail worm in 30 feet of water depth. Anglers are fishing main lake points or dropoff areas near flats such as Goose Flats, Bass point or Connor's Ledge. Most bass are in the 15-35 feet of water, but some are being caught as deep as 40 feet. So if you're fishing a drop-off, let the bait settle on the bottom before lifting it again so it can fall to a deeper depth. If you plan to fish at night, you might try a 10-inch black ribbon tail worm. The crappie bite stayed steady last week and was called fair. Remember that this time of year, crappie will be right in the brush or under a ledge. Fishing vertically with an ultralight rod and 4-pound test line will allow you to feel your way through the brush to get your bait in front of the crappie. Two baits were recommended this week: A Lil' fishy in the blue pearl color and a 2-inch motor oil and chartreuse tail grub. If you plan to fish at night this week, under the full moon, a live minnow is the only bait to use. The monsoons are in full swing in Rim Country this week. We remind all anglers and outdoors enthusiasts to pay attention to the weather conditions and don't risk a serious situation. Monsoon storms typically last 1-2 hours so remember these words from an experienced angler: "The time to plan for bad weather is before it storms." You should always know where you would run for shelter, if caught in a storm. Have a great week of fishing next week and I hope see you on the water.
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July 7, 2014
Good morning rim country anglers - Roosevelt Lake water level dropped another 1 percent this past week and currently stands at 43-percent full. The Salt River is flowing at 50 percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The water temperature is increasing with morning temperatures in the low 80s increasing to the mid-to-high 80s during the afternoon. The water cleared up a lot this week and we're now seeing clear water most everywhere on the lake. Bass fishing was called “good” this past week. The best success was reported this past week on Texas rig, dropshots and Carolina rig techniques. Baits ranged from Senkos, ribbon tail worms, curly tail and lizard imitations. Main lake points in 15-25 feet water is the most popular areas for summer time fishing. We've been talking about anglers now fishing from late afternoon until well after dark. With the new moon we had last night, it means very little light will be available. Most anglers prefer to fish dark colored baits when night time light levels are low. So black, dark blue or brown would be colors of choice this week. One more tip was given for the late afternoon and early evening fishing is a spro frog bait. This top-water bait can be deadly in the summer time. A frog bait is most successful in shallow water and with brush or tree tops are sticking out of the water. An example would be the shoreline between the Windy Hill and School House ramps. It’s a little early for a frog bite, but if you're fishing this week, it would be worth a try. Speaking of nighttime fishing, the after-dark crappie fishing was reported to be fair again this past week. The mild weather is ideal for night time crappie fishing. A live minnow is the best bait for night time crappie fishing. Crappie lights which attract small bait fish to the light, which in turn attract the crappie, will be highly effective this week. The Rim lakes continue to produce some great fishing trips. Trout stockings are underway and most angler are reporting excellent fishing on most lakes. Several baits were reported successful, so you will need to experiment. Small crankbaits in a crawfish color, Z-Rays, Mepps size-0 spinners and PowerBait were all reported successful this past week. Fly anglers are reporting dry flies fished extremely slowly was the best technique. Mornings and evenings were the best times reported which is a typical summer time pattern. Now if you're going to the any of our many lakes this coming week, it’s going to be crowded, so use extra caution and always obey the boating and fishing rules. Rim Country Custom Rods wishes everyone a great July 4 holiday. Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.
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