Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake
The talk among Rim Country anglers is the release of the GPS locations of the habitat deployed into Roosevelt Lake. See the post. Many anglers have been seeking this information since habitat was initially deployed last year. Experienced anglers using side scan radar systems have been able to locate most of the locations, but now everyone can easily find them using any commercial fish finding graph.
Anglers who have found the locations have reported great success fishing near the habitat which means the structures are doing exactly what the AZGFD Aquatics Branch expected. More habitat will be deployed in the future, so keep checking this website for updates. Kudos to AZGFD for the habitat and the update on locations.
The water level in Roosevelt Lake currently stands at 47% full. The Salt River is flowing at 33% or 53 CFPS of its normal rate for this time of year. The connectivity from saline associated with the low flows is extremely high. This exacerbates the Golden Alga toxin that can lead to fish kills in all of the Salt River chain of lakes. The only real solution is more water flowing in the watershed. Let’s hope that the monsoon rains will begin soon and alleviate the stressful conditions for wildlife, plant-life, steams and lakes.
Fishing reports are very good for what is normally called the dog-days of fishing. Anglers are working around the 110+ ambient temperatures at the lake by fishing during the evening hours and early in the morning. Anglers are reporting a large schools of bait-fish in the lake so bass, crappie and other sport-fish will gorge during feeding periods throughout the day and night. Anglers are reporting that shad imitation reaction baits such as crank-baits, jerk-baits, spinner-baits and chatter-baits will catch large numbers of predator bass. Larger bass tend to prefer solitude and will remain in deeper depths. Texas and Carolina rigged worms, jigs and a drop-shot technique in 30-40 foot depths has been producing an exceptional number of 5 pound and larger bass during June and early July. The water temperature is reaching the low 80’s during the day and the clarity is crystal clear.
Crappie fishing reports remain very positive this year as crappie are gathering into large schools. Crappie are being reported to be near cover or abrupt changes in structure in the 20-foot to 25-foot range. Live minnows or small artificial curly-tail grubs are the most popular baits choices for summer crappie fishing.
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