Fishing report: Roosevelt Lake, Green Valley Lakes
Crappie anglers are reporting good to excellent fishing conditions for Roosevelt and San Carlos lakes. The water temperature has reached the mid 60s triggering the crappie spawn activity. Crappie spawning sites can be seen in 10-foot or less depths near brush, logs, rocks or other types of cover. If you see a dark or shaded area under a log or behind a large rock, there is a good chance that crappie will be there. The full moon phase contributed to the spawning process and the crappie spawn will continue for another several weeks on Roosevelt and San Carlos lakes.
The lake level remains at 58% full, however, increased amounts of water is being released from Roosevelt Lake to meet downstream demands. The water flows into the lake from the Salt River and the Tonto Creek continue to be low for this time of year. Both the Salt River and Tonto Creek are flowing at less than 10% of normal rates.
Bass fishing is excellent and bass remain in pre-spawn, spawn or post-spawn phases. Reaction baits such as a spinner-bait, chatter-bait, jerk-bait and crank-bait will all catch large numbers of bass. Artificial worms, jigs and crawdad imitation baits using a drop-shot or Texas-rig technique are being reported successful in 25-foot depths or less. Many bass have completed spawning activities and have moved back into deeper depths which provide a good food supply and safety. These bass will typically be in 30-35 foot depths. Artificial jigs or worms using a Texas or Carolina Rig technique was reported successful.
Fly fishing hot at Green Valley Lakes
Fishing reports from Green Valley Lake in Payson are also excellent due to the AZGFD Community Fishing Program which stocks trout every other week into the lakes. Flies of all kinds are being reported successful, PowerBait in the green and yellow color and salmon eggs will catch a limit of trout at Green Valley Lake. Mark your calendars for May 12th. That’s when the AZGFD Wildlife Fair and the final day weigh-in of the Wild West Bass Trail Team Championship are scheduled. During the morning, you can see lots of wildlife and take part in many activities including free fishing. At 2 PM, the Outdoor Expo begins with the bass weigh-in beginning around 4 PM. Plan to bring your entire family to Green Valley Park for these exciting programs.
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