ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (2.093 feet, 41-percent full)
Good morning Rim Country Anglers Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake was called good this past week by local anglers. Several anglers are reporting a good bite in the early morning and after sunset.
The lake dropped again this past week and currently stands at 41-percent full but the flow in the Salt River flow increased dramatically this past week due to the monsoon rains. The flow is over 200 cubic feet per second. which is 140 percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The ground is soaked so lets hope we get a few more storms to keep the water flowing into the lake.
A dropshot and Carolina rig were the two most successful techniques reported this past week. Anglers are fishing main lake points or drop-off areas. Most bass are being found in the 15-35-foot depth, but some are being caught at deeper depths.
The crappie bite was called fair this past week. Crappie were reported to be right in the brush or under a log. Fishing vertically right into a bush was reported more successful than a trolling technique. A 2-inch motor oil and chartreuse tail grub was the bait of choice this week, and if you plan to fish at night this week, a live minnow is the only bait to use.
Starting off this morning with two meetings invitations. The first is the Gila County Roundtable meeting with AZGFD representatives.
This meeting will be July 28 at 6 p.m., at the Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce building. During this meeting Game and Fish will give updates on what is being done to improve the fishing in Roosevelt Lake. They will also be reviewing new proposed fishing regulations for 2015. The second meeting in being hosted by the USFWS.
During this meeting representatives will review a draft environmental impact study on the release of Mexican Gray Wolves in Gila County. This meeting will be Aug. 11 at the Hon-Dah Hotel and Casino in Pinetop. Be sure to mark these two important meetings on your calendar.
Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods