Rim Country Fishing Report, February 16, 2017
By: James Goughnour, Rim Country Custom Rods 480.495.1351
Fishing conditions on Roosevelt and Apache Lakes continue to improve. Local anglers are calling fishing “good.” The water temperature is in the low to mid 50’s and a the water condition in a large portion of the lake is stained. However, during the afternoon when the water temperature is slightly higher, fish become more active. Reaction baits and jigs were reported the most successful recently. Anglers reported more success fishing clear water areas throughout the lake.
The high water flow into Roosevelt Lake from both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek is making Roosevelt Lake a better fishery each day. The lake level continues to rise and is now above the 55% full mark and has risen 1% every three days for the past couple of weeks. Lots of brush and small tress that lined the long points and shoreline are now submerged and providing excellent habitat for the fish. If these conditions continue for the next month, it will create excellent spawning conditions.
Crappie anglers are reporting an average bite. Crappie anglers can be seen trolling along shorelines and submerged points. Clear water is a must for crappie fishing so most crappie are being caught in the mid-lake sections in deeper water. Trolling a 1/4 oz jig head and a grub tailed tipped with a minnow is a typical winter technique for crappie anglers on Roosevelt and Apache.
The AZGFD habitat building team has scheduled another build of concrete reef balls at the Mesa office on March 3rd and 4th. When finished, these reef balls will be deployed into Roosevelt Lake and eventually other lakes around the state. Once the reef balls are deployed, the GPS coordinates will be provided allowing anglers to fishing the specific reef ball locations. For more information on this project and to volunteer to support this effort, contact Amberle Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or call her at 623-236-7593. In a news letter recently released by the AZGFD, a video which explains the big game draw process was released. The video contains valuable information and contributes to better hunter understanding of the process. You can watch the video at https://youtu.be/tpI0lLp5Adk. For more information, contact the Department’s Big Game Supervisor, Amber Munig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AZGFD has scheduled six public forums to meet with constituents about developing the 2017 fall hunt recommendations for deer, bighorn sheep, turkey, javelina, bison, bear, mountain lion, and small game animals. On March 2nd, public meetings on this topic will be held in the Pinetop and Mesa offices. For more information visit the AZGFD portal website.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.