Roosevelt Lake Fishing Report

Roosevelt Lake - Tonto National Forest, AZ

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

Recent bass fishing tournaments on Roosevelt and Apache lakes are confirming that fish are scattered throughout the lakes. These experienced anglers are calling fishing conditions good to excellent.

A recent Lets Talk Fishin' Tournament on Roosevelt Lake was won by the team of Clifford Pirch and Reese Randall, who brought five fish weighing just less than 13 pounds to the scales. Tournament anglers reported using crankbaits, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits in 5-15 foot depths. A deep dropshot technique and spoons were reported successful in 30 feet and deeper depths.

Anglers are targeting warmer water in the lake where the sunlight warms the water for the longest period of the day. The water temperature has been trending down recently with water temperatures in Roosevelt Lake dropping into the high 50s in the mornings and warming to the low 60s as the sun warms those shallow waters in the afternoon. Within the next month, we can expect the fish metabolism to slow when the water temperature reaches about the 55-degree mark. At that point, most of the bass will be in greater than 20 foot depths of water.

Crappie anglers are also reporting good catch numbers in depths of less than 15 feet. Small jigs, tipped with a minnow and spoons were reported successful using a slow trolling technique. Crappie in the 2 pound range are being caught and several anglers are catching 10-15 crappie in a few hours of fishing. Most crappie anglers are reporting the most active time of the day is around noon for schooling crappie.

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

More Reports

Arizona Game & Fish Department Reports
for Friday, December 2nd, 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
Bear Canyon Lake: Bear Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Chevelon Canyon Lake: Chevelon Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Willow Springs Lake: Willow Springs 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
Becker Lake: Becker Lake Fishing Report
Big Lake: Big Lake Fishing Report
Concho Lake: Concho Lake Fishing Report
Lyman Lake: Lyman Lake Fishing Report
Little Colorado River: Little Colorado River Fishing Report
Silver Creek AZ: Silver Creek 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
Pena Blanca Lake: Pena Blanca Lake Fishing Report
Roper Lake: Roper Lake 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 Marsh: Topock Marsh Fishing Report
Dead Horse Ranch State Park : Dead Horse Ranch State Park Fishing Report
Verde River: Verde River 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 Lake: Willow Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Lake Powell: Lake Powell Fishing Report
Alamo Lake: Alamo Lake Fishing Report

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