Rim Country Fishing Report
By: James Goughnour, Rim Country Custom Rods (480)495-1351
Congratulations to two of our local professional Bassmaster Elite anglers. Both Clifford Pirch and Brett Hite finished in the top 12 on the Potomac River event recently. When you’re fishing against the top bass fishing anglers in the world and on their home town lake, making the cut to fish on Championship Sunday is a huge accomplishment.
The water flows into Roosevelt Lake are back to average rates for this time of year however the new water in the lake contributes to a healthy overall fishery. Roosevelt Lake is 40% full and hopefully the monsoon rains will keep coming. The water in the lake is stained especially where water is entering while the water temperature is in the low 80’s during the afternoons. Bass fishing has been called good to very good recently with two distinct patterns being reported. The first is a reaction bite either on top water or just under the surface. Spro Frogs, small paddle-tail swim baits, jerk-baits and crank-baits are successful for bass chasing schools of bait fish. Huge schools of bait fish are being seen throughout the lake. Bass swimming in schools called wolf-packs, have also been reported. Typically this is something that happens in late summer and early fall but it could be just beginning to happen on Roosevelt. If you see a group of bass attacking bait fish in deep water, a great technique is to cast a spoon into the school and let it flutter down until a bass attacks what looks like an injured shad. The second successful pattern being reported is a deep water jig or drop shot technique. Anglers are reporting bass in the 15 to 25 feet range using a Roboworm or a jig in a green or brown color.
The crappie bite is reported to be good with most anglers believing the full moon phase we just passed is a major contributor. Crappie anglers are catching good numbers of crappie during the morning and evening using a 2″ curly tail grub-tail bait. Look for crappie schools near submerged bush or a rocky shoreline in 20 to 25 feet of water.
Rim Country trout fishing continues to offer excellent opportunities for skilled and novice anglers. Stocked rainbow trout will mostly stay within a few hundred yards of the stocking area. A good pair of polarized sunglasses will permit anglers to see these trout in pools along a stream. Then its just a matter of making an accurate cast using power-bait, a small fly or even a worm to land a perfectly sized trout. In addition to pools, look for logs, boulders and ledges which are prime trout locations. The summer trout stocking program is winding down and by the end of this month, most stockings will end for Rim County streams.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water