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33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W
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Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Stained 1 fish caught

fishing was terrible we tried dropshots, trick worms, jig & pig, brush hogs, spinner baits, all kinds of plastics and finally on Sunday we caught 6 bass that wouldn't way 3 pounds together we fished 30 feet to the bank what happened

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth Bass
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

The water temperature continues to fall and bass are actively feeding. Many anglers are reporting catching football shaped bass with stomachs full of bait. This is very common in the fall as bass prepare for the colder months ahead. The feeding frenzies by bass is an advantage to anglers. Bass will react to many baits such as top water, crankbaits, jerk baits, lipless crankbaits and several others. The key is that bass are reactive during this time of year so baits that get the attention of the bass will most likely get bit.

The crappie fishing reports continue to improve. This fall is shaping up to possibly be one of the best crappie fishing years we've had for a long time.  Anglers are finding schools of crappie in 25-30 feet of water and always near some structure or cover. Hot spots reported for crappie recently are the brush line near the dam and brush around points leading into Vineyard Cove.

Starting off this week with a huge thanks to the Mogollon Sporting Association of Payson, better known locally as the MSA. Two months ago representatives from the Arizona Game & Fish, Fisheries Department came to the MSA and ask for funding to help improve stream habitat on Canyon, Haigler and Christopher Creeks. Branch Fisheries Chief Cantrell requested $30,000 to complete the funding for the projects. MSA approved the action and this past week presented the check to AZGFD representatives which included Commissioner Pat Madden. The MSA is a non-profit group dedicated to assisting youth and contributing to wildlife conservation in our Rim Country community. A huge thank you to the Mogollon Sporting Association. 

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Good morning Rim Country anglers,

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake is being described as good to very good by most experienced anglers. Many anglers are reporting large amounts of bait fish and longer sessions of bass feeding activity. The wolf packs of coordinated attacks in deeper water are becoming more active each week. As we have been reporting, this is typically more of a mid to late September occurrence, but it does appear to be, at least sporadically, happening early on Roosevelt Lake this year. A casting spoon or crippled herring bait cast into the school of bait and allowed to sink, will almost certainly catch an attacking bass waiting below the bait fish school. 

The lake is in perfect condition for fishing. It has been hovering around the 42 percent full mark and the temperatures are reaching the high 80's during the afternoons. We avoided any high algae blooms in the lake this year and there have been no reports of fish kills due to excessive heat. The Salt River is flowing at 100 percent of its normal rate for this time of year and the water is crystal clear. These are all typical conditions for a desert reservoir like Roosevelt Lake.    

Crappie anglers continue to catch good numbers during the evening and night-time using live minnows fished about two feet below a split shot weight. If you’re fishing for crappie during the day, look for a submerged bush or boulder in 20 feet of water and vertically fish using a 2-inch curly tail grub-tail bait. Hot spots reported this week are around Windy Hill and the rocky shorelines near the dam.    

Trout stockings of Rim Country streams, rivers and lakes continue, which provide excellent day trips and nearly guaranteed results. You can research the stocking schedule for your favorite lake or stream at the new portal site at www.azgfd.gov. If you have not established an account on the portal, it’s easy to do and it provides lots of information about your Arizona fishing and hunting experiences. 

Rim Custom Rods here in Payson builds custom fishing rods and can repair any broken rod. In many cases, the rod can be repaired in minutes while you wait. Rim Country Custom Rods can be reached at 928-468-0263 or at our website www.rimcountrycustomrods.com.

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