ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (2,125 feet, 70-percent full). Water temperatures high-60s to low-70s during afternoons.
Its finally official: Roosevelt Lake is above 70-percent full for the first time in 5 years. Anglers and bass fishing tournament directors are excited about the fishing conditions. The higher water level and mild spring weather has enhanced the spawning conditions. Lots of submerged trees and brush provided new habitat and areas to spawn for all species of fish.
Springtime is the one time of the year when many aggressive bass will be found in shallow water. Most anglers are selecting baits which perform best in 20-foot depths or less. A Spider-bait using a shad color imitation Fluke-style bait is a top producing reaction bait this spring. Bass will continue the spawning phases for another month before returning to the deeper and cooler water. The clarity of the water is good and the water temperature is in the high 60s and low 70s which is perfect for springtime fishing conditions.
The crappie spawn is underway. Look for crappie to be spawning near newly submerged trees and brush. Crappie will seek the darkest, coolest place at the base of a tree to spawn, so even if you cannot see into the darkest areas, it is always worth a cast.