Roosevelt Lake Fish Report

Roosevelt Lake - Tonto National Forest, AZ

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

Lake elevation is 2,103 feet, 49-percent full.

Gary Senft, Bass Pro at the Mesa BassPro Shops, reported seeing a ton of fry in the coves where there was trees and brush. So the latest waves of spawns seemed to be relatively successful.

May 3 report from James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake was called excellent this past week. The majority of fish are either spawning or in a post spawn. The post spawn fish are mostly being targeted by experienced anglers. These bass are crushing top-water baits, reaction baits and slowly-moving worm and crawdad imitation baits.

So basically, the bass are feeding heavily after spawning to regain strength and size. The top-water bite is happening from first light until mid-morning on most days, so look for bass chasing shad on the surface in shallow water along the shorelines, backs of covers or long shallow points. Reaction bites such as a spinner bait or crankbait were called good last week and even better on the windy days.

Later in the day, anglers reported using jigs, Texas rigs, Senkos, dropshot with a worm or crawdad imitation bait. Several anglers reported that the spawn activity slowed down considerably last week. But keep in mind, that bass will spawn well into June.

Two hot spots were reported last week; both are mid-lake locations -- Chub Bay and the Islands which are directly across the lake from the dam were recommended.

The crappie fishing was called poor this past week and a lot of anglers blamed the high winds. The crappie spawn is also winding down, so crappie should be schooling, but experienced crappie anglers are struggling to find even five crappie per trip. Hopefully the new moon this week and calmer waters next week will help the anglers. Trolling a 1/16-3/16-ounce jig hook with a 1-inch green & yellow (called a John Deere) or pumpkin & chartreuse color grub tail were reported slightly successful.

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

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