Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake
Roosevelt Lake anglers are reporting good fishing conditions. However, if the weather predictions are correct, that is about to change. A winter weather pattern will continue to push lake water temperatures down and slow the metabolism of cold-blooded fish. Anglers are reporting the best success on casting spoons fished in 30-40 foot depths. Look for locations where there is an abrupt change in structure or a deep drop-off. Bass will typically be present in big numbers in these areas. Bass are continuing to feed on shad in preparation for the approaching colder water temperatures, so when fishing a spoon, always look for baitfish. If you finds schools of shad, the bass will not be far away. The amount of cloud cover will dictate the spoon color. If it’s a sunshine day, a chrome color is being reported as the best selection. If it’s overcast, a darker blue or green color is producing good results.
The water level in Roosevelt Lake remains at 39% full. The Salt River and the Tonto Creek flows rates have dropped off significantly due to the lack of recent moisture. The water temperature at Roosevelt Lake is continuing to drop and is now in the low to mid 60’s in the morning increasing to the high 60s during the afternoons.
Mogollon Rim trout fishing slowing
Trout fishing on all Rim Lakes is beginning to slow. Freezing temperatures on some of the Rim Lakes is now common and a few lakes have a thin ice layer in the mornings. A few weeks from now. lakes will begin to freeze and winter conditions will close some roads.
Dec. 5 workshop on habitat crappie fishing
Mark your calendar for December 5th at 6:30 PM. Mr. Art Chamberlin will be at the Mesa Bass Pro Shop discussing the “Roosevelt Lake Habitat Crappie Fishing.” Art will be joined by AZGFD representatives discussing everything you want to know about how the artificial habitat structures are improving fishing conditions on Roosevelt Lake. This presentation is sponsored by Ground Game flooring of Payson. No matter what sport-fishing you enjoy, you will want to attend this seminar and learn how fish relate to all kinds of cover. If you can’t attend, you can watch a live-stream on Facebook page at AZ Anglers.
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