It’S Fishing Weather


This week, Trent Hubbard of Payson asks, “Does the temperature affect bass fishing?”

Temperature affects bass fishing immensely. Especially when the water is cooling down for the winter. A fish’s metabolism slows down with the cooler temperatures so it doesn’t have to eat as much during this period. However, our winter climate is not nearly as harsh as most other areas so we can still experience some pretty good fishing during the winter if we adjust to the mood of the fish. You can do that by slowing the presentation of your lure and by placing it as close to the fish as possible.

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Lake reports

Apache: Fishing is fair to good. Jerkbaits and spinnerbaits have been good for bass at times. However, most anglers have had the best success with in-line spinners like Don’s Dragonfly or Don’s Special in black or yellow.

Canyon: Fishing is good. Anglers have been catching mostly yellow bass, but there have been some good reports on largemouth as well. Spooning or vertical jigging tailspinners have been the most productive way to target these fish.

Havasu: Fishing is fair to good. Spinnerbaits and worms have been working well for largemouth and smallmouth bass along tule patches. Most anglers have been targeting river current or wind-blown stretches. The striper bite has been food for 1- to 3-pound fish on fast-moving shad imitations. Look for the seagulls and you’ll find fish.

Pleasant: Fishing is tough. Some anglers have caught fish on 4-inch worms, but they’re mostly small fish. There have been a few reports of good shad boils, but they’re very difficult to find. Fishing tubes and soft jerkbaits in the river have been productive at times.

Roosevelt: Fishing is good. Fishing Texas-rigged worms and drop-shotting worms has been very productive. Some anglers have also had good luck with spinnerbaits and crankbaits. The crappie fishing has been improving. Grubs, spoons and minnows are all working well.

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