Early Warm Weather Affects Fish Feeding

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Early spring is a time for feast in fishing.

This is primarily the result of the frequent cold fronts that constantly break up any streaks of warm weather.

Every time it starts to warm up, the fish believe that spring is here, so periods of heavy feeding erupt suddenly. Then, when a cold front hits, the fish can completely shut off and return to the winter holding pattern. That's why one week you'll hear that they are going crazy and the next week it's dead.

This has been the situation recently at Roosevelt Lake.

Reports of anglers catching 25 to 40 crappies at Roosevelt turn to reports of five or six after a cold front.

There's not much we can do about that because we've got no control over the weather. However, you can try to plan your trip during the peak fishing periods.

Look for the best fishing to happen during the latter part of a warming trend or just prior to a cold front.

If it is a prolonged cold front, the fish will often return to heavy feeding much sooner. This can happen as early as the first real warm afternoon following a front, especially the closer we get to spring.

For any of your tackle needs or to go fishing with Clifford Pirch, call (928) 978-3518.

Lake reports

Apache: Fishing is good. Crankbaits and jerkbaits have been working well for bass. In-line spinners are also a great choice for smallmouth, especially early in the day.

Bartlett: Fishing is good. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are working well in stained water or windy areas. Plastic worms and jigs have also been producing fishing.

Pleasant: Fishing is fair to good. Carolina-rigged lizards and various worm rigs have been the most productive strategy. Boiling activity has slowed down after recent cold fronts, but it is still a possibility.

Roosevelt: Fishing is fair to good for crappies. Most of the success has come in 14 to 20 feet with minnows or jigs. Bass fishing has been slow.

Saguaro: Fishing is fair if you know where to look. Many anglers reported catching bass in the 4- to 7-pound range recently. The best action has come on jigs and worm rigs.

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