Mogollon Rim/Roosevelt Lake fishing report
From James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:
Good morning Rim Country Anglers –
Roosevelt Lake water level dropped another 1 percent this past week and currently stands at 46-percent full. We’ve seen a huge drop off in the Tonto Creek flow the past month and for the past two weeks the Tonto Creek has stopped flowing.
The Salt River remained at 30 percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The water temperature is increasing with morning temperatures in the low 80s increasing to the mid 80s during the afternoon. For the most part, the water in the lake is clear but there are areas of algae growth that makes a green tint to the water.
Bass fishing reported “fair” to “good”
Bass fishing was called fair to good this past week. The best success was reported this past week on shallow running crankbaits if shad are present. Anglers said there were lots of shad in the shallow water in coves and along the shoreline.
A Rapala SR5 or smaller size crankbait will run in 5-10 feet water and was catching good numbers of bass. A Texas rig, dropshot and Carolina rig techniques using Senkos, 10-inch ribbon tail worms, 6-inch curly tail and lizard imitations were successful in deeper water such as main lake points in 15-25 feet water. A hotspot for catching deeper fish this past week was Connors Ledge on the Salt River end of the lake
Fish the night for crappie
Night time crappie fishing is a big topic right now at the lake. Crappie fishing was reported to be fair this past week. The full moon last night and mild weather made for some great fishing memories for several young and old anglers that I spoke to. Live minnows fished about 2 feet below a bobber, is the best bait for night time crappie fishing.
Rim lakes give anglers trout limits
The Rim lakes continue to produce some great fishing trips. Stocked trout are plentiful and whatever your favorite trout lure is, it will work this week.
Super-doopers, Z-Rays, crank bait and dry flies were all reported successful and PowerBait on a small treble hook will almost always catch a trout. Some very nice size trout have been caught in the last several weeks. What a great experience to watch antelope an deer grazing on the shoreline as you troll for 2-5-pound rainbows. Consistently, anglers are reporting that they are catching limits in less than three hours.
Our local bass fishing pro Clifford Pirch is fishing the Bassmaster Elite tournament on Chickamauga Lake in Tenn. this weekend. Clifford is currently in 23rd and will need to move into the top 12 today to fish for the championship tomorrow. He is only a couple of pounds behind and all of Rim Country is wishing Clifford good luck today.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.