ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (2,120 feet, 65-percent full).
The Roosevelt Lake water level remains at 65 percent full. It has been at this level for several weeks due to the increased monsoon rains throughout the watershed. The flows into the lake from the Salt River and Tonto Creek have decreased recently so more moisture is going to be needed to maintain this level.
As a point of reference, during the first week of August during the past two years, Roosevelt Lake stood at 40-42 percent full. The Salt River flow is just under the normal flow at 200 CFPS and the Tonto Creek is above its normal flow at 18 CFPS. Typically, during August, the Tonto Creek is not flowing. The water clarity is improving steadily with the lower flows and is now clear everywhere except the ends of the lake where the water is entering. The water temperature is in the low to mid 80s and each week the temperature is slightly dropping.
Reaction baits such as jerkbaits and crankbaits continue to produce excellent numbers of bass in the 12- to 14-inch range. Anglers report fishing main lake points in 15-25 foot depths however, some bass are being caught in water as shallow as 4 foot. Dropshot and Texas rig techniques were also reported successful in depths of 25 foot. Translucent colored soft plastic baits have been reported successful on bight sunny days.
Anglers are also reporting excellent night time fishing conditions. During the recent full moon phase, top-water baits such as a Rio Rico and a Spro Frog produced lots of action just after sunset. Dark colored jigs and crawdads fished on a Texas rig also brought good numbers of fish to the boat.
Crappie fishing continues to be poor on Roosevelt Lake with typical reports of five crapping being caught after several hours of fishing. Several crappie anglers have given up on Roosevelt and Apache for crappie and are fishing San Carlos Lake on the Reservation near Globe. Anglers are reporting catching limits of crappie on San Carlos; however, many are small and less than a pound. Two anglers recently reported catching over 50 crappie but keeping only 15 of the largest ones.