Rim Country Fishing Report August 4, 2016
By: James Goughnour, Rim Country Custom Rods (480-495-1351) The talk recently among Rim Country anglers is the amount of rainfall received in Rim Country. Rainfall amounts reported varied from 2 1/2″ to 3 1/2″ depending on the area. As a result of the monsoons, the water flowing into Roosevelt Lake from the Tonto Creek, which was at minimal flow at the end of July, has increased to 350 CFPS and at one point was flowing at over 1,000 CFPS. The Salt River was flowing at 140 CFPS has increased to 450 CFPS. The lake level currently stands at 41% full and the lake water temperature remains in the mid 80’s. As you might guess, the increased water flows is having a positive affect on the fishing conditions. Bass fishing reports for both Roosevelt and Apache Lakes were called very good recently. The water coming into the lakes is bringing nutrients and bait with it. Experienced anglers know that bass will move towards flowing water therefore anglers will be fishing anywhere the water is entering the lake. Bass are feeding actively in these areas throughout the day. Another reason bass are attracted to these areas is the water entering the lake is cooler in temperature than the body of the lake, so after feeding, bass will find a shady comfortable hiding place to rest until the next feeding period. All types of reaction baits such as top-water, spinner-baits and crank-baits were reported successful as well as jigs, Senko-worms and Texas Rigged Roboworms. One other benefit of the increased water flow is the algae growth areas reported recently have dissipated. Several anglers think the rains arrived just days ahead of what could have been a fish kill due to the algae. The crappie anglers are also enjoying the benefits of the additional water. Anglers reported a good to excellent crappie bite. Two anglers recently caught over 25 crappie in a couple of hours of fishing one morning on Roosevelt Lake. Most crappie anglers are fishing vertically using a John-Deere colored 2″ grub-tail in 20 to 25 feet deep water. A 1/8 ounce jig-head hook creates a slow fall rate which crappie like. Crappie will be in schools during this time of year near brush or rock structure. The size of the schools can very, so anglers may need to find another school if the bite in one area begins to slow. Trout fishing on the Rim continues to be called excellent. Reaction baits, salmon eggs and Powerbait are being reported successful on all Rim Lakes. The AZGFD summer trout stocking program will continue for a couple more months for Rim Country lakes and streams, so don’t miss the opportunity. Some sections of trout streams in Rim Country are catch and release only using a barbless hook. Anglers will see signs along the trails leading to East Verde, Horton, Canyon and Oak Creeks. These are some pristine fishing areas and well worth the trip. Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.