Lure Tricks Will Get Lazy Bass To Bite

FISH & TIPS

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Many anglers have been wondering where the bass have gone in Roosevelt. It's been pretty slim pickin's if you've tried your luck lately.

I believe that the recent explosion in the shad population is mostly to blame for these slow conditions.

An overabundance of easy prey can make a bass pretty lazy. They can spend less than five minutes filling up on shad without having to really even chase them and be done for the next six or eight hours.

There are two strategies that might increase your success with these lazy bass. You can use a technique that presents your lure in a way that is extremely easy to grab and slowly, thoroughly covers the area like a split shot, drop shot or Carolina rigged finesse worm.

My choice for a good worm on Roosevelt would be an Oxblood or Neon Melon Sweetwater worm.

If the slow approach doesn't suit you then you might try drawing a quick reaction strike by using a fast technique with a lure that provides plenty of noise and flash. Good lure choices for this technique might be a Lucky Craft CB series crankbait or a Pointer 100 jerkbait.

The good thing about a food explosion is that it will be followed by an explosion of great fishing when the food supply dwindles. There should be plenty of big aggressive fish when the conditions turn around.

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

Lake reports

Apache: Fishing is good. Anglers have been catching lots of 2-3 lb. bass on topwaters, jerkbaits and worms. Most of the action has been coming from less than 15 feet. Fishing for crappies has been productive in 5-7 feet with mini-jigs.

Bartlett: Fishing is fair. Bass fishing has been decent with Senkos as well as jerkbaits. Split shot rigged plastics have also been productive.

Pleasant: Fishing is fair to good. Lots of shallow bass are taking jerkbaits and topwaters. Carolina rigged worms and lizards have also been productive. Target secondary and mainlake points.

Roosevelt: Fishing is fair. Fishing for crappies has still been productive. Many anglers are still catching 20-30 fish per day. Most of the action has come from trolling small grubs. Bass fishing is a little better than it has been. Jerkbaits, crankbaits and drop shot worms have produced some bass this week.

Saguaro: Fishing is good. Jerkbaits and Senkos are working really well around shallow cover. Split shot or Carolina rigged worms are also catching a lot of postspawn bass on points. Night fishing has really started to heat up with Westy Worms and jigs.

Mogollon Rim

Chevelon Lake: All roads are open and the lake is full. Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout. Try lures such as Panther Martins and Z-rays and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers and peacock ladies.

Bear Canyon Lake: Access roads are open. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies.

Black Canyon Lake: The boat ramp is accessible and boats can be launched easily. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Water quality is currently good and fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies.

Willow Springs Lake: The boat ramp is accessible. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout and will be stocked weekly throughout the summer. Fish is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait and flies.

Woods Canyon Lake: The boat ramp is accessible. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout and will be stocked weekly throughout the summer. Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait and flies.

White Mountains

Becker Lake: Was stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout a few weeks ago. Fishing is fair. Anglers should try flies such as wooly worms in brown and black colors and lures such as Mepps and Panther Martin spinners, Z-rays and KastMasters. The lake may only be fished with artificial lure and fly only through May 24. There is a two fish limit.

Big Lake: Fishing has been good when the wind has been calm. Use the South Cover boat ramp to launch boats. Try worms, Power Bait, lures (KastMasters, Rapalas, Z-rays and Panther Martins) and flies (wooly worms, wooly buggers and peacock ladies). Very large trout have been caught in the last couple weeks. A 26-plus-inch rainbow was caught on a fly recently.

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