ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (2,091 feet, 40-percent full)
Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake was called good this past week by local experienced anglers. As we have been stressing the past few weeks, the bass are preparing for the coming colder months by feeding heavily.
There are a large amount of bait fish in the lake and bass will pursue those shad when the opportunity arises.
Bass will be chasing shad to the surface while waterfowl birds such as herons, grebes and gulls will be driving them back down. If you're fishing this week on any of the Salt River chain lakes, watch for birds diving on schools of bait fish. If you see diving birds in the same area where bass are breaking the surface, as quickly as you can, get a crankbait or a casting spoon onto the edges of where the action is happening. The reason its important to be on the edges is that bass prefer to attack the edges of bait schools to separate a small group of shad from the larger ball.
Remember that these shad are swimming for their lives, so a fast and erratic retrieve is a must. This pattern can happen several times during the day. It may stop for a while, but expect it to reemerge perhaps just a little further down the shoreline or on the next point.
Crappie fishing reports are getting better each week and was called fair to good this past week. Crappie sizes appear to be down this fall with most crappie being about the size of your hand. However, crappie schools are getting larger at this time of year and schools can be found in 25-30 ft. water. A 2" curly tail grub in a black, blue and chartreuse color on a 1/8 oz. small jig-head hook were reported successful last week. However, a couple of other anglers had success on a black and green grub tail color.
The water temperature is in the high 60s and the low 70s on a sunny day. But overall the water temperature in the lake is dropping. Fifty degrees is the temperature bass metabolism begins to slow down and winter fishing become tougher. We're not there yet and we'll keep you posted each week. The water flows into Roosevelt Lake are back to normal rates for this time of year and the water level remained constant at 40 percent full.
The cooler weather is a great time to trout fish. Long time trout anglers know this and therefore, now is the time they head to the Mogollon Rim lakes before the first snow of the season. There are plenty of trout to be caught in rim lakes and I can almost guarantee that you'll have the entire lake to yourself.