Fishing for bass at Roosevelt has finally started to heat up. After experiencing an unusually slow spring and early summer, anglers are starting to get excited about fishing again.
Normal summer patterns like Westys and Texas-rigged Sweetwater worms are starting to catch bass on points and reefs during the afternoon and evening hours.
If you prefer morning trips, be sure to try topwater lures like Ricos and buzzbaits. Good summer locations to try these lures usually revolve around mainlake structure as most of the fish retreat from spawning locations.
Tuesday Night Tournaments
Anyone interested in fishing the Tuesday Night Tournaments is welcome to meet around 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Cholla Ramp. No membership is required and entries are accepted at the ramp. Cost is $25 per two-person team.
To go fishing with Clifford Pirch or for any of your fishing tackle needs call (928)978-3518.
Apache: Fishing is excellent. Bass have been biting everything from crankbaits and jerkbaits to worms and jigs. Most of the action has been coming from mainlake points and reefs. Many fish over 5 pounds have been caught this week including 9- and 11-pounders.
Bartlett: Fishing is fair. Worms and jigs fished on mainlake structures have been catching some fish. Most of the bass are around 1 pound.
Pleasant: Fishing is good. Topwaters, dropshots and Carolina rigs have all been producing fish. Mainlake reefs and the Agua Fria arm seem to be the best areas.
Roosevelt: Fishing is good. Topwaters during the early morning hours have been drawing quite a bit of action. Worms and crankbaits have done the trick on points during the afternoon and evening hours. Fishing for crappies has also been good. Trolling or jigging in 10 to 15 feet has been very productive.
Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Westy Worms and Carolina rigs have been fairly productive. The numbers are down, but the bass have been averaging 3 to 5 pounds.
Fishing at Rim lakes
Chevelon Canyon: Fishing is fair to good. Try lures such as Z-Rays, Panther Martin spinners, Rapalas and flies (wooly worms, wooly buggers and peacock ladies). It's summertime so fish early in the morning and late in the evening.
Bear Canyon: Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Fishing is best early and late in the day.
Woods Canyon: The boat ramp is accessible. The fishing is fair to good. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. Fish early and late in the day.