ROOSEVELT LAKE: - (2,101 feet, 48-percent full): March 7 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:
Perfect fishing conditions this week will bring a lot of anglers to the Rim country. Many bass are spawning while others are in a pre-stage spawn. So what does that mean? It means that bass are very active right now in shallow water from 1-20 feet, especially for the first three hours after daylight.
Experienced anglers are targeting pre-spawn bass on the sides of coves while spawning bass will mostly be found in the back of coves. This past week, bass were chasing all kinds of reaction-style baits fished very quickly. Most fishing reels today move lures quickly through the water and during slower fish activity, can move a bait too fast. However, at this time of year, that fast-moving bait is to the anglers advantage.
Other baits reported successful included a dropshot and Texas rig technique in 20 feet of water and a flippin' technique on shallow flats. We just passed the first full moon in March, so fishing should be excellent this coming week. Due to the run-off from the storm last weekend, the lake increased 1 percent and now stands at 47-percent full. Both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek are flowing, which adds to the fishery's health and improves the fishing experience for anglers.
An upcoming event is the Mogollon Sporting Association banquet. The very popular auction and banquet will be held at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino on May 2. This years event is going to be huge with top-of-the-line hunting, fishing, camping products being auctioned and raffled. Tickets sell out each year for this event and this year will be no different.
If you would like to make a donation or would like to purchase tickets, give me a call to reserve your table. The MSA funds many local events related to our youth and also contributes to wildlife conservation within Rim country. If you didn't see Max Fosters' MSA article in the Payson Roundup from March 6, its very well written and worth your time to read.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.