Crappie Getting Fat Around Rim Country

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If the last month and a half is any indication of what kind of fishing we'll see this spring, then we should be in for a good season. The average crappie has been about one and a half pounds with lots of them getting close to two pounds.

When shallow fishing heats up in another month, not only can you expect to catch lots of fish, they should be big ones.

Russell Hatfield of Tonto Basin is leading this week's Big Crappie Contest at The Tackle Box. Not to be outdone by his fishing partner who weighed in a 1.60-pound crappie the day before, Hatfield brought in a nice crappie that tipped the scales at 2.13 pounds.

Every two weeks, The Tackle Box gives away a $10 gift certificate and a four-pound spool of McCoy Mean Green fishing line to the angler who brings in the heaviest crappie.

Lake Reports

Apache: Fishing is fair. Crankbaits and crawdad imitations have been producing some bass. It should only start getting better as the water temperature tries to warm up. Most of the action has been coming from smallmouth bass. Deep spooning has also been working well for yellow bass.

Bartlett: Fishing is fair. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are producing some early morning action on wind blown banks. Crawdad pattern plastics have also been working well, especially during the warming afternoon hours. Dropshotting has also been popular. Fishing for crappies has been fair to good. Minnows seem to be the best producers.

Pleasant: Fishing is fair. The shallow bite has gotten better with the warmer weather. Anglers are catching a few on flukes and spinnerbaits. Dropshotting and Carolina-rigging is still producing some bass.

Roosevelt: Fishing is fair to good. Crappie fishing has been fair but a little slower compared to recent weeks. Bass fishing has been really good on rocky banks with football jigs and Carolina rigs. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits have also been good producers.

Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Bass have been biting crawdad imitations around chunk rock banks. Flipping jigs have been working well. Dropshotting has also been productive.

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