ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (Lake elevation 2,103 feet, 47 percent)
Good morning, Rim Country anglers.
Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake and Apache Lake continues to be called excellent. Many bass are moving to deeper water which is more of a summer pattern for western lakes.
Many bass are still in a post-spawn phase and feeding heavily as they rebuild strength after spawning. Look for bass before sunrise chasing shade in the shallow waters of coves or along the sides of coves leading to main lake points.
Early morning bait selections include spinner baits, chatter baits, top water and shallow-running crankbaits.
As the sun gets above the mountains and the sunlight hits the water, a lot of the surface activity will diminish. That is the time to move to 15-25 water depth and slow down the presentation. Bait selections include a jig, Senko or a Roboworm. The temperatures at the lake are getting higher so fish will be looking for comfortable places to rest during low activity cycles.
Crappie fishing reports continue to be sparse. Anglers are reporting some limited success by trolling for crappie in 15-20 feet depths using a grub tail bait tipped with a minnow. The boat speed is critical when trolling for crappie, keep your boat in the 1.25-1.50 mph range and experiment to determine the optimum speed. Small grub-tail baits on a 1/4 to 3/8-ounce jighead hook was reported successful with many anglers changing colors throughout the day.
The trout lakes and streams on the Rim are producing great trout reports for both size and numbers. PowerBaits in all colors are reported successful as well as small crank-baits and spinner-baits. The AZGFD Trout Stocking and Community Fishing programs are great benefits for anglers in our State. We are fortunate to have so many species of sport-fish and a wide variety of lakes from desert reservoirs to remote mountain streams. If you can't make it up to one of the Rim Lakes, Green Valley Lake in Payson is part of the AZGFD Community Fishing Program and is stocked with nice rainbow trout every other week.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.