ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (2,088 feet, 38-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with an Sept. 6 report:
Bass fishing on Roosevelt and Apache Lakes improved last week and was called good to very good by experienced anglers. Anglers have been reporting all summer that there are lots of shad in the lake. This is time of year when shad group into large schools and we can see just how much bait is in the water.
Some bait balls were called enormous by anglers, and when bass are frantically chasing shad, it provides a great opportunity for anglers. Most anglers are still reporting that they are fishing main lake points, in 20-30 feet water, but the top-water activity, especially in the shallow portions of coves, is increasing each week.
Another sign that the fish are transitioning is the report that crankbait success is increasing. In addition to the crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits and top water baits such as a Rio Rico or Zara Spook were reported successful. As the sun gets higher and the water gets flatter, most anglers are switching to a dropshot or a Carolina rig technique during the hottest times of the day.
The crappie bite was called fair to good this past week. Success continues to be reported vertically fishing in brush that is in 25-30 feet of water. A small, 2-inch grub tail bait on a 1/16 or 1/8-ounce jighead was reported successful and in some cases, anglers tipped the jig with a live minnow.
We have a full moon this week which should make for some excellent night time crappie fishing. For night time crappie fishing, most anglers use live minnows and a small split-shot weight.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.