ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (43-percent full)
Good morning, Rim Country anglers,
The water level at Roosevelt Lake currently stands at 43-percent full which is very close the level for this time of year, over the past two years. The Tonto Creek is not flowing into the lake and the Salt River is flowing at about 175% of its normal rate for this time of year although, the flow is only about 200 CFPS.
The water temperature is in the mid to high 80s and the clarity of the water is crystal clear. Summer fishing reports have been called fair to good and sporadic at times. Anglers are reporting catching several fish during the first couple of hours, then things stop for an hour before becoming active again. More action is being reported in the morning when bass will chase bait into shallow water. If you see one of these boils of bait, its best to cast your bait beyond the boil and retrieve through it. Typically, these bass will react to baits such as a Zoom Super Fluke, a Spider Bait or a lipless crank-bait. Other typical summertime baits are jigs, worms and lizard imitation baits.
Bass fishing after dark is getting better and several local tournaments have switched over to night tournaments this month to avoid the extreme heat of the day. Baits used for night time bass fishing are generally larger and darker colored baits than would be used during the day.
Floating crappie lights have improved night time crappie fishing so much so that we'll call it good. It's been a while since we've called crappie fishing good on Roosevelt Lake. Crappie typically are in schools this time of year, and in 25-35 feet of water. A live minnow is always the best bait for night time crappie fishing. If you're fishing for crappie during the day, a 2-inch curly tail grub on a 1/16-ounce jighead will allow the bait to slowly fall into the brush holding crappie.
If you're a catfish angler, this is your time. Some nice reports are being received from anglers that spend a few hours each night at the lake. One reported catfish weighed three pounds and several were in the two pound range. PowerBaits, hot-dogs and corn can be successful catfish baits during the summer months.
Lots of visitors continue to come to Rim Country each weekend to get out of the heat. These families are enjoying some great trout fishing experiences our Rim Country has to offer. The AZGFD summer trout stocking program continues to release perfect sized rainbow trout into many of our lakes and streams. Successful baits being used include powerbait, salmon eggs and dry flies