ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (2,092 feet, 40-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with a Nov. 15 report:
Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake was called good this past week by local experienced anglers. As we have been stressing the past couple of weeks, the bass are preparing for the coming colder months by feeding heavily.
There is a large amount of bait fish in the lake and bass will pursue those shad when the opportunity arises. Bass will be chasing shad to the surface while waterfowl birds such as herons, grebes and gulls will be driving them back down. If you're fishing this week on any of the Salt River chain lakes, watch for birds diving on schools of bait fish. If you see diving birds in the same area where bass are breaking the surface, as quickly as you can, get a crankbait or a casting spoon onto the edges of where the action is happening.
The reason its important to be on the edges is that bass prefer to attack the edges of bait schools to separate a small group of shad from the larger ball. Remember that these shad are swimming for their lives, so a fast and erratic retrieve is a must. This pattern can happen several times during the day. It may stop for a while, but expect it to reemerge perhaps just a little farther down the shoreline or on the next point.
Crappie fishing reports are getting better each week and was called fair to good this past week. Crappie sizes appear to be down this fall with most crappie being about the size of your hand. However, crappie schools are getting larger at this time of year and schools can be found in 25-30 feet water. A 2-inch curly tail grub in a black, blue and chartreuse color on a 1/8-ounce small jighead hook was reported successful last week. However, a couple of other anglers had success on a black and green grub tail color.
The water temperature is in the high 60s and the low 70s on a sunny day. But overall, the water temperature in the lake is dropping. Fifty degrees is the temperature at which bass metabolism begins to slow down and winter fishing becomes tougher. We're not there yet and we'll keep you posted each week. The water flows into Roosevelt Lake are back to normal rates for this time of year and the water level remained constant at 40 percent full.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.