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33° 41' 13.956" N, 111° 7' 16.3776" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Water temperatures on Thursday, Feb. 9 were 60 degrees on the Tonto end of the lake. Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass ProShop, said largemouth bass fishing has been difficult at Roosevelt. He said the Tonto end of the lake has stained water and from the dam to the Salt River, it’s muddy. Best bets this weekend is using spinnerbaits, dropshots and Texas-rigged plastic worms.

Feb. 16 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Fishing conditions on Roosevelt  continue to improve. Local anglers are calling fishing "good." The water temperature is in the low to mid 50s and a the water condition in a large portion of the lake is stained. However, during the afternoon when the water temperature is slightly higher, fish become more active. Reaction baits and jigs were reported the most successful recently. Anglers reported more success fishing clear water areas throughout the lake.    

The high water flow into Roosevelt Lake from both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek is making Roosevelt Lake a better fishery each day. The lake level continues to rise and is now above the 55% full mark and has risen 1% every three days for the past couple of weeks. Lots of brush and small tress that lined the long points and shoreline are now submerged and providing excellent habitat for the fish. If these conditions continue for the next month, it will create excellent spawning conditions.  

Crappie anglers are reporting an average bite. Crappie anglers can be seen trolling along shorelines and submerged points. Clear water is a must for crappie fishing so most crappie are being caught in the mid-lake sections in deeper water. Trolling a 1/4 oz jig head and a grub tailed tipped with a minnow is a typical winter technique for crappie anglers on Roosevelt and Apache. 

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

The extreme heat during the day on many Arizona lakes has anglers modifying their fishing strategy. Even local tournaments are forced to acknowledge this change. The move is to night time bass fishing. When ambient temperatures exceed 105 degrees and the water temperature is in the mid 80s, the fishing conditions during the daytime can be limited to just a few hours after sunrise.

As the temperatures rise, the anglers concentration is distracted and in some cases it can become dangerous if food intake and fluid levels are not properly maintained. So it's not hard to understand why summer nighttime bass fishing is so popular among local anglers. In addition to the cooler night time temperatures, the full moon which is rising at sunset and lasting until about 2:30 a.m., will make for some great memories for those enjoying the fishing in the dark.  However, there is an entirely different set of rules for night time fishing, so if you've never fished at night, use extreme caution. Everything from launching the boat to landing a fish is different at night. The exciting news is that the fish become more active and the full moon is a plus for the fish and the angler.
Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake is being called “good” by experienced local anglers. A dropshot and Texas-rig techniques using Roboworms, a Senko and a jig were reported the most successful baits recently. Major lake points in 15-25 feet depths is where most fish are being caught. The water clarity is extremely clear which is typical for this time of year. The Tonto Creek has stopped flowing and the Salt River is flowing at 60% of its normal flow for this time of year.  The lake stands at 47% full and the daily trend of the water level is down.

Crappie anglers continue to report a good to excellent morning and evening bite. Crappie anglers are fishing in 20-25 foot depths near submerged rocks and trees. Crappie schools are getting larger but it's still a good technique to rotate between 2-3 locations holding crappie schools.  Experienced crappie anglers are reporting 25 crappie caught in a few hours of fishing. 

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake is being called excellent by local experienced anglers.
Most bass are staging right now just outside of spawning areas waiting for perfect conditions to move shallow. We just passed a new moon and the next full moon will occur later this month. The brighter moon and warmer nighttime water temperatures will bring even more fish to spawn. Many bass are already spawning and can be seen in two to five feet deep water in the backs of coves.
The water temperature, which is a major indicator of spawning conditions, is now measuring over 60 degrees during the day. The lake level continues to increase and currently stands at 52 percent full with lots of shoreline vegetation recently covered by the rising water level. Newly submerged vegetation is a great food source and enhances the overall fishery.  The flows into the lake slowed considerably recently and as a result, the water clarity is improving. For sight anglers, this is good news especially with the bass fishing tournaments scheduled for this month.   

Most bass continue in the pre-stage phase and are in 10 to 15 feet of water preparing to move shallow.  These bass are actively feeding in preparation for the spawn. Reports suggest that any type of reaction bait is catching fish. Fish are feeding so aggressively that things like color, size and speed seem not to matter. Two baits mentioned more than others are the Pirch Outdoors Spider-bait and a Reaction Innovation paddle tail swim-bait.  A dropshot technique, Texas rig and a jig are also excellent springtime baits for Roosevelt Lake. Hot spots reported are any points with nearby shallow coves used as spawning areas.    

Crappie fishing is also improving. During the spawn, the male crappie color changes to a gloss black with emerald green markings. The male crappie are moving into shallow water to prepare for their spawn. This process is just beginning but look for crappie conditions to continue to improve especially during the full moon phase in a couple of weeks. Crappie will spawn under logs, rocks, docks and even on the tires at the marina. If you're fishing one of these types of cover, always look for the darker shady areas, that is where crappie prefer to spawn.

The Rim Lakes are not part of the winter trout stocking program due to ice and road conditions however, I'll keep you posted when the summer stockings schedules are released by the AZGFD. In the meantime, the Community Fishing Program provides great local fishing opportunities for all ages and experience levels. Green Valley Lake in Payson is stocked every other week with hundreds of healthy 12" rainbow trout. You can check the stocking schedule for your favorite Community Fishing lake at AZGFD.gov website

Two upcoming exciting  bass fishing tournaments are planned for this month.  First, the Wild West Bass Trail will conducting its second tournament of the year on Roosevelt Lake. This tournament which is a Pro-Am format, will be held on March  19 and 20. You can register and read all of the details at www.wildwestbasstrail.com or you can contact the Tournament Director, Mr. Paul Alpers directly at 573.280.8020.
Also, mark your calendars for the Bill Luke Bass Days, March 18th through the 20th on Lake Pleasant. This is the tournament that pays for the top 10 largest fish weighed in each hour. $10,000 will be paid for the biggest bass overall and $2,000 for the daily biggest bass. In addition to fishing, there are many family related activities during Bass Days, check them all out and register at www.billlukebassdays.com    

Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.