Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake and Mogollon Rim
The water level in Roosevelt Lake currently stands at 39% full with the Salt River flowing at 38% of its average rate for this time of year. The Tonto Creek has again stopped flowing. Typically, water is drawn out of the Salt River through the end of October before switching to the Verde River. With the monsoon winding down, many are hopeful that the Roosevelt Lake watershed will receive lots of moisture this winter.
Crappie anglers are 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.
Payson/Mogollon Rim report
There is excitement among Rim Country anglers about the AZGFD Community Fishing Program which includes Payson’s Green Valley Lakes. The first stocking of trout will be during the second week of October. According to Joann Hill, the Community Fishing Specialist with AZGFD, about 600 trout will be stocked into all three of the Green Valley Lakes assuming there are no ph water issues. The water is tested prior to each stocking to ensure fish are being stocked into a healthy fishery. Fishing one of the Community Fishing lakes is included in a general fishing license, so no special stamp or tag is needed. Green Valley offers a wonderful fishing experience for the entire family. About the only thing needed to catch a trout at Green Valley Park is light fishing line, 4-6 pound test, a small hook either single or treble hook size 14 and a jar of Powerbait. If you don’t plan to consume the fish you catch, simply flatten the barb on the hook using a pair of pliers. When the fish is near the shoreline, but not out of the water, slide you hand down the line and hold the eye of hook. As you turn the hook, the fish will be released. If you are a novice, there are several experienced trout anglers at Green Valley on any given day, just ask and one of them will be glad to help.
Trout stocking continues for Rim Country lakes and streams but the program will end in a couple of weeks. Bear Canyon Lake and the Tonto Creek were recently stocked with some larger than normal trout in the 12″ to 13″ range. If you’re looking for some solitude and some great stream trout fishing, Rim Country is the place to be.
Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods can be reached at 480-495-1351