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33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W

Fishing Reports

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

The water level at Roosevelt Lake currently stands at 43-percent full which is very close the level for this time of year, over the past two years. The Tonto Creek is not flowing into the lake and the Salt River is flowing at about 175% of its normal rate for this time of year although, the flow is only about 200 CFPS.

The water temperature is in the mid to high 80s and the clarity of the water is crystal clear. Summer fishing reports have been called fair to good and sporadic at times. Anglers are reporting catching several fish during the first couple of hours, then things stop for an hour before becoming active again. More action is being reported in the morning when bass will chase bait into shallow water. If you see one of these boils of bait, its best to cast your bait beyond the boil and retrieve through it. Typically, these bass will react to baits such as a Zoom Super Fluke, a Spider Bait or a lipless crank-bait. Other typical summertime baits are jigs, worms and lizard imitation baits.

Bass fishing after dark is getting better and several local tournaments have switched over to night tournaments this month to avoid the extreme heat of the day. Baits used for night time bass fishing are generally larger and darker colored baits than would be used during the day.

Floating crappie lights have improved night time crappie fishing so much so that we'll call it good. It's been a while since we've called crappie fishing good on Roosevelt Lake. Crappie typically are in schools this time of year, and in 25-35 feet of water. A live minnow is always the best bait for night time crappie fishing. If you're fishing for crappie during the day, a 2-inch curly tail grub on a 1/16-ounce jighead will allow the bait to slowly fall into the brush holding crappie.

If you're a catfish angler, this is your time. Some nice reports are being received from anglers that spend a few hours each night at the lake. One reported catfish weighed three pounds and several were in the two pound range. PowerBaits, hot-dogs and corn can be successful catfish baits during the summer months.

Lots of visitors continue to come to Rim Country each weekend to get out of the heat. These families are enjoying some great trout fishing experiences our Rim Country has to offer. The AZGFD summer trout stocking program continues to release perfect sized rainbow trout into many of our lakes and streams. Successful baits being used include powerbait, salmon eggs and dry flies. You can check out the stocking of your favorite lake or stream via the portal website at AZGFD.gov. 

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

ROOSEVELT LAKE – (Lake elevation 2,099 feet, 46 percent)

June 19 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Good morning Rim Country Anglers, Water continues to be drawn out of Roosevelt Lake for downstream use. The water temperature in the lake continues to be in the high 70's to low 80's. As the ambient temperatures in Tonto Basin increase, many anglers begin to night fish. This means getting on the water around 5 PM and fishing until midnight or later.  Evening fishing on Roosevelt Lake is very popular during the summer. If you have never tried it, pick an evening when the skies are clear and the wind is calm. Night fishing is an entirely different world than daytime fishing but it’s also great fun.   

Some of the best bass fishing of the year is happen right now on Roosevelt Lake. Anglers are reporting a good to excellent reaction bite. Recommended baits include top water baits such as a Rio Rico and Zara Spook, jerk-baits such a Lucky Craft pointers, and Rapala lipless crank-baits. Drop-Shot, Texas-Rig and Carolina-Rig techniques using imitation worms, lizards and crawfish recently were reported successful throughout the day in 20 feet depths.  

Crappie fishing reports are fair to good. Throughout the summer, crappie will be found in larger schools in 15 to 30 feet of water. Crappie schools prefer to be near cover such as a bush or structure such as a rock pile. A small shad imitation bait or curly tail grub on a 1/8th-ounce jig head hook was reported successful.  

The AZGFD Commissioner's meeting that was held recently in Payson was a huge success.  Several Rim Country residents addressed the Commissioners on topics concerning large groups of folks. Overall, the meeting was extremely positive. I personally addressed the Commissioners on the topic of their efforts to improving fishing conditions for Roosevelt Lake and the new Bubbling Ponds warm-water hatchery for bass.

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

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

ROOSEVELT LAKE – (Lake elevation 2,103.5 feet, 50 percent)

AZGFD stocked 40,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings (3-6 inches) on Thursday, April 23.

April 25 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake is good to excellent. Each spring, fish go through three overlapping phases. Pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn. During all of these phases, bass become very active and aggressive. Knowledgeable anglers can catch good numbers of bass if they are aware that during this time of year, bass can be found in all three phases.

Pre- and post-spawn bass will be in deeper water near spawning flats and feeding heavily on shad and crayfish. During the spawn, male bass don't leave the bed to feed, however they do aggressively defend the eggs against any intruders.

A bait placed near a bedding area will almost immediately draw attention. This can be an exciting way to catch bass but remember to release those spawning bass. It's fun to watch a bass swim right back onto the bed as if it had never been caught. As we move into May, bass will begin moving into a summer pattern meaning that they will move to deeper water during the brightest and hottest time of the day. They will return to more shallow water during feeding cycles.

Crappie fishing was called poor recently on Roosevelt Lake. Most crappie anglers are trolling for crappie in 15-20 feet depths using a grub tail bait. One hot spot for crappie reported this week from the Windy Hill ramp to the Schoolhouse ramp. Hopefully, the Florida-strain bass being stocked into Roosevelt will result in a population growth for crappie as well as bass.

The trout lakes and streams on the Rim and north of Payson are providing great opportunities to those willing to make the trip. The summer trout stocking program is in full swing so all lakes and streams are now being stocked. PowerBaits in all colors are reported successful as well as small crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

If you haven't checked out the new portal on the AZGFD website you'll want to see it. You can now buy a license on line and keep track of your draw points. This portal has many great new features as well as the old information that was carried forward. You can register your account at AZGFD.gov.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water. 

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