Roosevelt Lake Fishing Report

Roosevelt Lake - Tonto National Forest, AZ

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

Nov. 10 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

The big news among Rim Country anglers is the decreased amount of water being taken out of Roosevelt Lake to meet downstream demands. Each year during the winter months, water from Bartlett Lake and the Verde River is used as the primary downstream water source allowing Roosevelt Lake to replenish during the winter months. The Verde River runs into the Salt River just north of Mesa which permits the use of two watersheds to supply water to the Valley.

Roosevelt Lake water level currently stands at 34 percent full. The Salt River is flowing at 60 percent of its normal rate for this time of year while the Tonto Creek is flowing at about 30 percent. Now all we need is moisture and a good snowpack up on the Rim this winter for Roosevelt Lake to be in great shape for 2017 bass fishing tournament season.

Anglers reported slower conditions recently on Roosevelt Lake but still rating the overall fishing conditions as good. Bass continue to feed aggressively in preparation for the colder months ahead; however, the falling water temperature may be a factor. The water temperate is now is in the mid to high 60s.

A wide variety of baits are catching bass at this time. Top-water, spinnerbaits, paddle-tail swimbaits, a drop-shot, Texas rig and spoons have all been reported successful. One angler reported catching omore than30 bass on deep water spoons, while another reported mid-day success in shallow water on a crankbait. Due to the slower flows of water into the lake, the clarity remains very clear.

Experienced crappie anglers continue to report limits of crappie being caught on Roosevelt Lake in 20-25 feet depths. A vertical fishing technique, using a bait called a lil' Fishy or a small curly-tail bait are still the baits crappie anglers are using most often. By the way, the silver with a blue high-light is the lil' Fishy color to use.

Rim lakes fishing conditions were reported as good recently. Not many anglers are fishing right now so reports are lighter than usual. However, anglers are reporting that both wet and dry flies are working extremely well. Power Bait and small spinner-baits resulted in some nice limits being caught.

Anglers at Green Valley Lake are excited about the success rate of fishing. AZGFD completed its second stocking of about 700 rainbow trout this week. Experienced trout anglers are catching limits within a couple of hours each morning. PowerBait, wet flies and small spinnerbaits were the favorite baits reported. The stocked rainbow trout are measuring 12-13 inches and are feeding actively.

Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water. (2,084 feet, 35-percent full).

More Reports

Arizona Game & Fish Department Reports
for Friday, November 4th, 2016
Roosevelt Lake: Roosevelt Lake Fishing Report
Bartlett Lake: Bartlett Lake Fishing Report
Lake Pleasant: Lake Pleasant Fishing Report
Saguaro Lake: Saguaro Lake Fishing Report
Canyon Lake (AZ): Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Apache Lake: Apache Lake Fishing Report
Horseshoe Lake (AZ): Horseshoe Lake Fishing Report
Dogtown Lake: Dogtown Lake Fishing Report
Kinnikinick Lake: Kinnikinick Lake Fishing Report
Cluff Ranch Ponds: Cluff Ranch Ponds Fishing Report
: Patagonia Lake Fishing Report
Parker Canyon Lake: Parker Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Pena Blanca Lake: Pena Blanca Lake Fishing Report
Riggs Flat Lake: Riggs Flat Lake Fishing Report
Roper Lake: Roper Lake Fishing Report
Rose Canyon Lake: Rose Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Bear Canyon Lake: Bear Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Black Canyon Lake: Black Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Chevelon Canyon Lake: Chevelon Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Willow Springs Lake: Willow Springs Lake Fishing Report
Woods Canyon Lake: Woods Canyon Lake Fishing Report
: Fool Hollow Lake Fishing Report
Rainbow Lake: Rainbow Lake Fishing Report
Scott Reservoir: Scott Reservoir Fishing Report
Show Low Lake: Show Low Lake Fishing Report
Woodland Reservoir: Woodland Lake Fishing Report
Becker Lake: Becker Lake Fishing Report
Big Lake: Big Lake Fishing Report
Carnero Lake: Carnero Lake Fishing Report
Clear Creek Reservoir: Clear Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Concho Lake: Concho Lake Fishing Report
Crescent Lake: Crescent Lake Fishing Report
Greer Lakes: Greer Lakes Fishing Report
Hulsey Lake: Hulsey Lake Fishing Report
Lee Valley Lake: Lee Valley Lake Fishing Report
Luna Lake: Luna Lake Fishing Report
Lyman Lake: Lyman Lake Fishing Report
Black River: Black River East Fork Fishing Report
Little Colorado River: Little Colorado River Fishing Report
Show Low Creek: Show Low Creek Fishing Report
Silver Creek AZ: Silver Creek Fishing Report
Lake Mead: Lake Mead Fishing Report
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave Fishing Report
Colorado River - Willow Beach: Willow Beach Fishing Report
Colorado River: Colorado River Fishing Report
Topock Gorge: Topock Gorge Fishing Report
Topock Marsh: Topock Marsh Fishing Report
Dead Horse Ranch State Park : Dead Horse Ranch State Park Fishing Report
Verde River: Verde River Fishing Report
Fain Lake: Fain Lake Fishing Report
Goldwater Lake: Goldwater Lake Fishing Report
Granite Basin Lake: Granite Basin Lake Fishing Report
Lynx Lake: Lynx Lake Fishing Report
Watson Lake: Watson Lake Fishing Report
Willow Creek Reservoir: Willow Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Lake Powell: Lake Powell Fishing Report
Alamo Lake: Alamo Lake Fishing Report

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