Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake
Finally, a week has passed and the water level in Roosevelt Lake did not drop. The lake level has dropped 1% each week for the past three months. Early May was the last week when the level didn’t drop by at least 1%. Currently, the lake stands at 42% full thanks to the monsoon rains which increased the flow rates in the Salt River and Tonto Creek. The Salt River is flowing at 60% of its normal rate for early August, and the Tonto Creek is flowing again at 20 CFPS or 85%. The 2018 monsoon rain totals are above average with about a month remaining in the official season of monsoons.
The water temperature is typical for summer months in the low to mid 80s and the water is very clear.
Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake continues to be good to very good. The excellent reports of crankbait success is an indication that bass are pursuing schools of threadfin and gizzard shad. Anglers are reporting success in 5-15 foot depths using crankbaits in the early morning. As they fish longer into the day and evening, deeper diving crank-baits in the 20-30 foot depths are producing good results. Imitation worms such as a Roboworm using a drop-shot or Carolina-rig technique, jigs and crawdad imitation baits have also be reported very successful.
Crappie fishing reports remain steady this summer with good to excellent conditions being reported. The habitat structures deployed by the AZGFD earlier this year are providing excellent fishing locations for catching crappie using a drop-shot technique. The Department is planning to build and deploy more habitat on Sept. 28-29. If you would like to help, the person to contact it Bryant Dickens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.