APACHE: Lake elevation is 1,908 feet (93-percent full). Bass fishing remains fair to good.
Bass Pro Gary Senft fished the lake the morning of Aug. 9 from 5:30 a.m. to noon and caught smallmouth bass in the 3-pound range, as well as largemouth bass on dropshot-rigged Roboworms in red crawler and morning dawn in 15-25 feet of water. The morning crankbait and top-water bite was poor, Senft said.
If I had to pick a magic depth for bass, Senft said, Id say 18 feet.
The key to locating smallmouth bass was looking to the adjacent shoreline and seeing all the small rocks that crawdads would hide in. Smallmouth bass, as evident by their red-tinted mouths and claws sticking from their throats, were gorging on crawdads. The heavier largemouth and smallmouth bass were caught on Texas-rigged Roboworms and half-ounce football jigs with green pumpkin Yamamoto hula grubs (crawdad imitations).
You still might find bass chasing shad at the surface, especially at first light. Try working the major points using soft plastic crayfish like lures worked along the bottom. Crankbaits can also work well at times. A few good-sized smallies can be caught -- please practice catch-and-release on these fish, which are in the comeback mode. Walleye fishing should be decent at first and last light using night crawler rigs, or jigs tipped with worms. Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Try gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails. Catfishing should be good. Carp fishing can be very good.