Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake (crappie on fire), Green Valley lakes, Mogollon Rim
The water level in Roosevelt Lake is currently 39% and rising each day. The Salt River and the Tonto Creek are flowing at over 100 percent of their normal rates for this time of year. With the downstream demand now being taken from the Verde River, the water level in Roosevelt Lake is rising each day albeit slightly on some days.
The new water flowing into the lake brings nutrients which will improve the overall fishery. The water temperature at Roosevelt Lake is in the low 70’s. Anglers are reporting excellent fishing conditions at all levels in the lake. The bass and crappie continue to feed heavily in preparation for the approaching colder water temperatures. Reaction baits, casting spoons such as a KastMaster or Crippled Herring are being reported as highly successful, while dropshot and Texas-rigged artificial worms are also catching good numbers of bass in shallow water.
The Florida strain and northern strain bass being caught in Roosevelt Lake are extremely healthy and “fat” from feeding on shad and crawdads. Florida strain bass grow larger than the northern strain and several experienced anglers feel that the next state record large mouth will come from Roosevelt Lake within a few years.
Crappie fishing rated as excellent
Crappie anglers are reporting the best fishing in the past several years on Roosevelt and Apache lakes. Limits of crappie are being caught in just a few hours of fishing in the morning. Large crappie schools can be found in 25-30 foot depths and always in brush, trees or the artificial habitat structures deployed by the AZGFD. A vertical fishing technique is the most popular technique. November is traditionally considered one of the best months for crappie fishing due to the stable weather pattern.
Green Valley lakes loaded with trout
Green Valley Park trout fishing is highly successful and a wonderful environment to introduce youth to fishing or take the entire family for a few hours on the shoreline. All three lakes at Payson’s Green Valley stocked with over 400 pounds of rainbow trout every other week during the winter months. Anglers are reporting a good bite on Powerbait and small nymph flies.
Fish Rim Country before a freeze
It’s getting colder up on the Rim with overnight lows reaching the freezing mark. If you’re wanting to get in a fishing trip before lakes begin to freeze, this is the month to go. Many trout are still in the lakes and will provide some excellent adventures for those willing to brave the elements.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.