Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake and Green Valley Lakes
March 22 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:
Bass and crappie fishing conditions remain excellent on Roosevelt Lake. The water level is 58% full and the water temperature is in the mid 60’s making it perfect for the on-going spawning activities. The water flows into the lake from the Salt River and the Tonto Creek are now less than 10% of normal rates for this time of year. The result of the low water flows is extremely clear water conditions throughout the lake. Anglers are reporting being able to see the bottom at depths greater than 20 feet.
Both bass and crappie spawns are underway. Anglers fishing the shallow areas of coves report seeing more than a dozen bass and or crappie at any time in any cove. Bass and crappie are guarding nesting sites and are aggressively attacking baits positioned near these sites. It’s a great time to fish any of the Salt River chain of lakes since each lake is now reporting spawning activities. During the spawn, it’s very easy to catch a limit of fish, anglers are reminded to practice conservation and only take fish you plan to consume up to the legal limit. The future of our State fisheries depend on angler conservation. Anglers reported seeing no fry in the coves which indicates the spawning activities will continue for several more weeks. In addition to the spawn, many bass are in a pre-spawn or post-spawn phase and can be caught in 15-30 foot depths on reaction baits, artificial worms, jigs and crawdad baits. The next full moon on March 31, is sure to promote more spawning activities.
Many of the bass seen in the shallow areas of coves are in the 12″ to 14″ length. There is a good chance these are some of the Florida Strain fry and fingerling bass that have been stocked by the AZGFD over the past few years. By all accounts, the spawn last year was extremely successful which contributes to anglers reporting lots of 6″ to 12″ sized bass being seen. These reports along with photograph proof that three bass over 11 pounds were caught on Roosevelt Lake last week is very encouraging for the future of the fishery.
The Wild West Bass Trail Tournament will be conducting its Team Championship May 10-12 on Roosevelt Lake. Each day the anglers will launch out of the Cholla site and the first two day weigh-ins will take place at the Cholla site at about 3:30 PM. The final day weigh-in at Green Valley Park Saturday afternoon will be in conjunction with an Expo in the park sponsored by the Town. The boats are expected to arrive about 3:45 PM with the weigh-in beginning at 4:00 PM. This is going to be a great event and lots of fun for the entire family. On May 9th the Wild West Bass Trail is inviting the public to mingle with the anglers, get autographs, photos and listen to presentations on bass fishing techniques by well know Arizona anglers. This event will take place at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino starting at 4:30 PM in the afternoon. Mark your calendars and bring the family out to meet our great Arizona anglers.
Fishing reports from Green Valley Lake in Payson are also excellent. Trout are stocked into the lake as part of the AZGFD Community Fishing Program. The AZGFD recently reported that the Community Fishing Program trout stockings into Green Valley Lakes will continue for an additional six to eight weeks depending on weather conditions. Flies of all kinds are being reported successful, Powerbait in the green and yellow color and salmon eggs will catch a limit of trout at Green Valley Lake.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.