Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake
Rim Country anglers and all local residents are excited that the monsoon rains have arrived. All forest closures in Rim Country have been lifted and Bryce Sisson with the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery is reporting that trout stockings are back to a normal schedule. Most recently, the Tonto, Christopher and Haigler Creeks have been stocked as well as the East Verde River. The water level in Roosevelt Lake currently stands at 46% full, however, the flow into the lake from the Salt River jumped up to 46% and over 100 CFPS. That is compares to just last week when the flow was 33% or 53 CFPS of its normal rate for this time of year. The ground is extremely dry, so we’ll need several more storms to keep the water flowing.
Not only does the increased water flow decrease the chance of algae growth, it brings much needed nutrients into the lake for plant life as well as the fish. Experienced anglers know that bait-fish will migrate to moving water followed by sport fish. Any small streams flowing water into the lake will be a key location as long as it is flowing. The water temperature is in the low to mid 80’s depending on the day and the water is clear in the main portion of the lake and stained where water is flowing.
Fishing reports continue to be exceptional. One angler reported catching over 30 bass on a spoon at 40 foot and deeper depths. Most likely this is a result of the large number of schooling bait-fish in the lake. Anglers fishing in the early mornings and those fishing in the evenings are reporting about the same amount of success. Anglers are reporting shad imitation reaction baits such as crank-baits, jerk-baits, spinner-baits and chatter-baits will catch large numbers of bass. Texas and Carolina rigged worms, jigs and a drop-shot technique in 20-30 foot depths has also been producing an exceptional catch rates.
If you plan to fish any of the Salt River Lakes or anywhere in Rim Country, beware of the monsoon weather. It has been well documented that deadly storms can pop up on any given day. Always check the forecast and monitor weather condition throughout the day.
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