Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake, Mogollon Rim
Bass anglers are reporting that fishing is good to very good at Roosevelt Lake. The early morning is the best time to be fishing. From safe light until about 10 AM, there is a lot of activity with bass chasing shad from deeper water into shallow water. Anglers are positioning their boats on main lake points and when the action begins, it can be furious for several minutes. Shad imitation baits such as a Super Fluke in a pearl color or a white paddle-tail swim-bait are recommended for the reaction bite. When bass are attacking, bait fish are swimming as fast as they can, so a fast and erratic retrieve will land several 1 to 2 pound bass.
Most local bass fishing tournaments have switched to night events to avoid the extreme heat conditions during the day. At dusk, a good top water bite is being reported in shallow coves or large flat areas such as Goose Flats or Connor’s Ledge. A drop-shot and Texas rigged Roboworm in a dark color were reported very successful for night time fishing.
The water level in Roosevelt Lake continues to fall and currently stands at 50% full. The Salt River is flowing at 29% of its normal rate for this time of year and the Tonto Creek has not been flowing for several months. Downstream demands draw 2,000 cubic acre feet per day on average from Roosevelt Lake. The water clarity is stained due to the presence of algae and the water temperature is in the low 80’s in the morning, increasing to the mid 80’s during the warmest time of the day.
Crappie fishing reports are improving as crappie gather into large schools. Crappie are being reported to be near cover in the 20-foot to 25-foot range. Anglers are catching a limit of crappie within a few hours in the morning. Trolling using small crank-baits is a successful technique during the early morning hours until about 10 AM. Crappie fishing conditions should continue to improve over the next few months.
Mogollon Rim trout fishing
Trout fishing on the Rim has been reported as good to excellent although the Tonto and Coconino Forests are closed. Lakes on the Rim continue to be stocked with trout. Hot spots reported this week were Woods Canyon, Willow Springs and Bear Canyon Lakes.
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