ROOSEVELT LAKE: - More good news reported for bass anglers on Roosevelt Lake. The top-water bite is "on fire" according to local anglers first thing in the morning. Experienced anglers are reporting the bite is from first light until the sunlight hits the water or when the early morning breeze dies down. Zara Spook, Pop-R, Buzz-bait and a Rio Rico were all recently reported successful.
A hot spot for this early morning top water bite is from the Marina to the Windy Hill ramp on the South side of the lake. After the top-water bite slows, a dropshot, Texas rig and Carolina rig techniques can be employed for bass in deeper and cooler waters.
A new plastic worm bait made by Lil' Chunk Bait company here in Payson has been reported successful. Its a curly tail worm, in a gizzard shad color. The water temperature is in the low-80s in the morning, increasing to the mid -80s in the afternoon and water clarity is very clear. The water level in the lake is holding near the 40 percent level with the Salt River continuing to flow in excess of 100 percent of its rate for this time of year, while the Tonto Creek flow is still flowing albeit at low levels.
The crappie bite is better at night than during the daylight hours. The new moon phase should make for some excellent night time crappie fishing using floating crappie lights. Always be sure to check the weather before and during your night time fishing trips.
Rim Custom Rods here in Payson builds custom fishing rods and can repair any broken rod. In many cases, the rod can be repaired in minutes while you wait. Rim Country Custom Rods can be reached at 928-468-0263
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.