Everywhere I've been this week I've been met with the big question, "Can you still launch at Roosevelt?" Yes you can launch a boat, but the key is knowing the right spot because it changes often.
I've had the best luck just west of the one-lane marina ramp. If you take the left turn just before you get to the one-lane ramp, it will take you to the west side of the flat. After you pass the old dogleg marina ramp that is on your left, you'll see the circular area people have been using to turn around and launch.
This has been the most popular place to launch a boat in recent weeks. However, it is just a dirt ramp that is not maintained.
Hopefully some of the money collected from the daily and annual passes that were bought by fishermen and campers all over the forest will be used to construct a new ramp. Even if it is just temporary and can be moved as water conditions continue to change.
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Apache: Fishing is fair. A few giant bass have been falling for topwater lures. Nighttime anglers have been successful fishing red or bluegill colored Wired Worms. Catfishing has been good with live bait for flatheads in the 10- to 20-pound range. Look for banks that holds lots of bluegills.
Bartlett: Fishing is good. Westy Worms and Yamamoto jigs are catching fish out of rock cover. There has also been good early morning topwater and crankbait action.
Canyon: Fishing is fair. Topwater lures have been the best trick for catching stubborn bass. Some anglers have also had success with crankbaits in the morning hours.
Pleasant: Fishing is fair. Ten-inch Power Worms and Westy Worms are your best bet for bass. Stripers and white bass have been biting on topwaters and spoons. Watch the shad boils for the best action.
Roosevelt: Fishing is good. Look for fish to be feeding on shad near the surface during the early morning hours. Topwater and crankbaits have been working well. Fishing with 7-inch straight tail worms has also been a good standby.
Saguaro: Fishing is slow. Yellow bass have been providing about the only action. Try fishing small spoons and tailspinners. A few largemouth have been tricked on Texas-rigged worms. Six-inch straight tail worms seem to be the best choice.
Mogollon Rim lakes
Chevelon Canyon: Fishing is fair to good. Anglers should try small lures such as Z-Rays, Panther Martin spinners, and rainbow-trout colored Rapalas. Small flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, and peacock ladies should work. Trout between 10-14 inches may not be possessed.
Bear Canyon: Fishing is fair to good. Anglers should try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, small lures and flies.
Black Canyon: Closed due to fire closures.
Willow Springs: Has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs. Lures such as Z-Rays and Panther Martin spinners and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers are also effective. Fish early in the morning and late in the evening.
Woods Canyon: Has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs. Lures such as Z-Rays and Panther Martin spinners and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers are also effective. Fish early in the morning and late in the evening.
Green Valley Lake: This fishery is part of the urban fishing program and requires an urban fishing license. The lake contains rainbow trout, bluegills, and catfish. Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms are effective. Try Crappie jigs, small Rapalas, crankbaits, and small spoons.
Chevelon Creek: Anglers should try bait (worms, Power Bait or salmon eggs), small lures and flies in the deeper pools of the creek.
Northern Arizona waters
Kaibab Lake: Trout fishing is slow. Catfishing is good.
Cataract Lake: Campground and lake are open.
Dogtown Lake: Water levels is extremely low. Has not been stocked this year.
Whitehorse Lake: Water level is extremely low. Has not been stocked this year.
Santa Fe: Water level is extremely low. Has not been stocked this year.
Upper Lake Mary: Catfishing is good.
Ashurst Lake: Stocked recently. Fishing is good. Try worms, corn or Power Bait.
Kinnikinick Lake: Stocked recently. Try worms, corn or Power Bait.