Fishing Report: Roosevelt Lake, Mogollon Rim lakes and streams
The water level in Roosevelt Lake continues to fall and currently the water level stands at 52% full. The flow into the lake from the Salt River is at 20% of the normal rate for this time of year. The flow has leveled off recently at is currently at 80 CFPS flow into the lake. The Tonto Creek stopped flowing several weeks ago and is still not flowing. Algae blooms in all of the Salt River chain lakes continues to be a serious concern for anglers and the AZGFD.
Bass fishing reports continue to be very good with bass moving into a summer pattern. Several experienced anglers prefer fishing during the evening hours until about midnight at this time of year. The calm evenings and the recent full moon phase made for some great evening fishing experiences. A drop-shot and Texas rigged Roboworm were reported very successful for evening and night fishing. Other anglers prefer to be on the water at safe light and fish until about noon. Reaction baits such as spinner-baits, chatter-baits, paddle-tail swimbaits and Flukes were reported successful early. Rio Rico top-water baits were also reported as a successful option.
Mogollon lakes and streams
Several lakes on the Rim remained open even with the forest closures and fished reports have been very good to excellent. More streams throughout Rim Country are again being stocked bringing fishing conditions back to normal. Nymph flies, Mayflies, Wooley Buggers and Cicadas flies are all working successful as well as Powerbait and traditional worms.
Crappie fishing reports continue to be good. Anglers are reporting crappie are orienting to cover such as trees and brush or structure including ledge overhangs and drop off areas. Look for schools of crappie in the 20-foot to 25-foot range. Anglers are fishing for post spawn crappie using a vertical fishing technique. This requires a super sensitive ultra-light power, extra-fast action fishing rod and a braided line such as a 4 pound rated Power Pro.
Upcoming AZGFD Commission meeting in Payson
The monthly AZGFD Commission Meeting will be held in Payson at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino on June 8 & 9. The meetings will start each day at 8:00AM. Many important topics related to Rim Country hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities will be addressed during this meeting. We are fortunate that Payson is one of the remote commission meeting locations selected by the commissions. It affords residents and Commissioners the opportunity to meet face to face and hear first hand public concerns. These meeting are very informative and provide insight to the complexity of Arizona Game & Fish Department. The meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. Several Rim Country hunters and anglers are looking forward discussing important topics and providing feedback to the Department.
Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods can be reached at 480-495-1351