Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake
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The water level in Roosevelt Lake currently stands at 39% full with the Salt River flowing at 40% of its average rate for this time of year. The Tonto Creek stopped flowing for the past several weeks. Roosevelt Lake will be used for downstream demands for about another month. Hopefully, we’ll have some storm activity and an early, wet winter.
Prognosticators are expecting a wet and colder winter which would greatly benefit Roosevelt Lake. Moisture in the form of rain is good, however, a big snow pack on the Rim provides a steady stream of water into Roosevelt Lake as it melts during late spring. The water is mostly clear and the temperature is in the high 70s to low 80s degrees. Reaction baits which imitate shad continue to be highly successful. These baits include crankbaits, jerkbaits and Spider baits. An artificial worm using a drop-shot technique will catch lots of 12″ to 14″ fish. A jig fished in deeper water near structural changes or cover produced some quality fish. Anglers are reporting reaction baits are successful in 5 to 20 foot, drop-shot and jigs are go-to baits for 25-35 foot.
Crappie anglers are reporting good or excellent crappie conditions. Crappie schools will nearly always be located in or very near to some type of cover. Live minnows rigged either in a drop-shot or jig configuration have been successful. Artificial baits such as a small curly-tail bait or a small minnow imitation bait fished on a jig-head will catch a limit of crappie once a school is located.
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
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