Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake
The water level in Roosevelt Lake currently stands at 40% full with the Salt River flowing at 50% of its average rate for this time of year. The Tonto Creek is barely flowing at the time of this report. As soon as the monsoon rains slow, it doesn’t take long for the flows into the lake to decrease. The water clarity is mostly clear with some stained water near where the Salt River enters into the lake. With the ever shorter daylight hours and lower overnight low temperatures, the water temperature is falling and is now in the high 70s or low 80s during the day.
Crappie anglers are also reporting good crappie conditions. Crappie schools will nearly always be located in or very near to some type of cover. The artificial habitat structures are providing a wonderful source of security and food supply for crappies. A small jig fished vertically at a 25-foot depth is the most successful technique reported.
Weekend Warrior results
Congratulations to the Payson bass fishing team of Buddy Randall and Bobby O’Donnell for winning the Weekend Warrior event on Roosevelt Lake recently. Their winning weight was just under 25 pounds for a five-fish limit. The anglers attributed their success to crankbaits and a Carolina technique. Winning weights of tournaments are a significant indicator of the health of a fishery. Not many years ago, a 15-pound limit would win an event. The Roosevelt Lake recovery efforts by the AZGFD are clearly being demonstrated when it takes 25-plus pounds to win an event.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.
Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods can be reached at 480-495-1351