With so many mixed reports coming from Roosevelt, it's hard to know what kind of bass fishing to expect on your next trip. What you can expect is that you will have to try quite a few areas before you find success. The good thing is that, once you find them, they're stacked in big numbers. Summer bass tend to run in big schools, and a good area can support hundreds of them.
Good areas that you might focus your attention on should be fed by multiple channels or vast flats. This ensures that several populations of fish will be visiting the structure if it is a good ambush point and food is continually passing by.
To go fishing with Clifford Pirch, or for any of your tackle needs, call (928) 978-3518.
The Payson Bowhunters are having an archery shoot starting at 6 a.m. July 19 and 20. There will be three different target courses available.
For more information, contact Tige Godac at 474-9678, or Todd Ralls at 476-4545.
Apache: Fishing is good. Westy Worms and Texas rigged plastics are catching lots of bass. Crankbaits fished along windy banks have also been good producers.
Pleasant: Fishing is fair. Drop shots and Carolina rigs are catching bass on mainlake points and reefs. There has been a little early morning topwater action if you can find the shad boils.
Roosevelt: Fishing for crappies is good. Several fishermen from Payson have been catching around 40 fish per trip this week. Most of the action has come from around 15 feet on jigs. Bass fishing has been hit and miss. Some days are good and others they won't bite at all.
Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Westy Worms and Carolina rigs have been producing some nice bass on mainlake points and bluffs. Some fish have also been falling for topwaters and jerkbaits.
Chevelon Canyon Lake: Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout. Try lures such as Z-Rays, Panther Martin spinners, Rapalas and flies (Wooly Worms, Wooly Buggers, and Peacock Ladies). It's summer time, so fish early in the morning and late in the evening. Anglers are catching rainbow trout on Wooly Worms early in the morning.
Bear Canyon Lake: 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.
Black Canyon Lake: The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair to good. Try using worms and Power Bait, as well as Z-Rays and Panther Martin spinners. Flies such as Wooly Worms, Wooly Buggers and Peacock Ladies are also effective. Fish early and late in the day.
Willow Springs Lake: The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Fish early and late in the day.
Woods Canyon Lake: 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.
Green Valley Lake: Fishing is fair to good with most anglers catching limits of feisty trout. 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: Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies in the deeper pools.
Becker Lake: The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair. Try Power Bait or worms with marshmallow early in the morning. Use some weight to get it out there a ways or use a boat. Also try trolling lures and small flies. Large rainbow trout have been caught by fly-fishermen using a small size No. 14 and smaller beadhead nymphs and Peacock Ladies, and brown Wooly Worms.
Big Lake: Fishing is fair to good. The lake contains rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache trout. Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as cow bells, Crickhoppers, and Super Dupers. Flies such as Peacock Ladies, Wooly Worms and Wooly Buggers have been effective. Use the South Cove boat ramp. The water level is low at the other two boat ramps. Boat anglers are doing better than shore anglers. There are boat rentals available at the store.
Concho Lake: Fishing is fair. Fish for trout in the early morning by the dam or by the boat ramp. Try worms, Power Bait and flies.
Crescent Lake: The water level is low and the lake is weedy. The west side boat ramp is the most accessible. The lake was stocked with catchable-size brook trout in May. Try worms, Power Bait and flies. Try using a water casting bubble with an artificial fly or bait. Fish off of the points early morning or after the clouds build up.
Fool Hollow Lake: The lake is low but the boat ramp is accessible; use caution when launching a boat. Launching big boats is difficult. Fishing is fair for trout but good for catfish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye and sunfish. Try worms, jigs and crankbaits for bass or walleye but try chicken liver for catfish. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout.
Greer Lakes: Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. Bunch, Tunnel and River reservoirs have been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. A few nice brown trout over 16 inches have been caught at River Reservoir. Bunch and Tunnel reservoirs are low so use caution when launching a boat.
Hulsey Lake: Fishing is fair. Fishing will be best in the early morning hours and late in the day. Try worms, Power Bait and flies.
Lee Valley Reservoir: This fishery experienced a winter fish kill but some grayling survived. Try small (size 14) nymph flies such as Hare's ears, caddisfly, beadheads and Peacock Ladies. Catchable-size Apache trout were stocked in May. Fishing is fair to good.