ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (Lake elevation 2,103 feet, 49 percent)
June 19 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods
Good morning Rim Country Anglers, Water continues to be drawn out of Roosevelt Lake for downstream use. The water temperature in the lake continues to be in the high 70's to low 80's. As the ambient temperatures in Tonto Basin increase, many anglers begin to night fish. This means getting on the water around 5 PM and fishing until midnight or later. Evening fishing on Roosevelt Lake is very popular during the summer. If you have never tried it, pick an evening when the skies are clear and the wind is calm. Night fishing is an entirely different world than daytime fishing but its also great fun.
Some of the best bass fishing of the year is happen right now on Roosevelt Lake. Anglers are reporting a good to excellent reaction bite. Recommended baits include top water baits such as a Rio Rico and Zara Spook, jerk-baits such a Lucky Craft pointers, and Rapala lipless crank-baits. Drop-Shot, Texas-Rig and Carolina-Rig techniques using imitation worms, lizards and crawfish recently were reported successful throughout the day in 20 feet depths.
Crappie fishing reports are fair to good. Throughout the summer, crappie will be found in larger schools in 15 to 30 feet of water. Crappie schools prefer to be near cover such as a bush or structure such as a rock pile. A small shad imitation bait or curly tail grub on a 1/8th-ounce jig head hook was reported successful.