Crappie Fishing Heats Up At Roosevelt

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Anglers have been targeting the main lake east of Windy Hill for crappie by slow trolling jigs and minnows. If you're not sure what to look for on your electronics, then this is the time to go.

A fair number of boats will be easy to see once you enter the Salt Arm, so it's not difficult to locate the fish. However, if you're like me and don't really enjoy the crowd, you can catch fish on the Tonto end. Target rock humps that rise to about 20 to 25 feet. You can tell if there are fish right away because they are schooled up in big numbers. They show up on your graph in thick lines and big clouds suspended over the hump.

Big fish contest

Stop at the Tackle Box in Tonto Basin to sign up for the big crappie contest. It's free to enter for monthly prizes and $2 for a weekly 100-percent payback option.

Lake Reports

Apache: Fishing is fair. Crankbaits and inline spinners have been producing some fish, mostly on points. Spooning has been productive for yellow bass with an occasional largemouth or smallmouth.

Bartlett: Fishing is fair. Crankbaits, jigs and worms are producing a few bass. Watermelon, pumpkin or smoke colors seem to work best. Most anglers are reporting smaller fish on average.

Canyon: Fishing is fair. Crankbaits, spinners and spoons have been producing some bass. Smallmouth action has been much better than largemouth.

Pleasant: Fishing is fair. Drop shot worms and spoons have been producing a few fish in 30-50 feet. The shallow fish are few and far between, but the shad seem to move up shallow in the evening bringing the bass and stripers with them.

Roosevelt: Fishing is good to excellent. Fishing for crappies in 15-25 feet has been excellent at times. Black/ blue, pumpkin/chartreuse and John Deere grubs tipped with a minnow have been doing the trick for most anglers. Bass fishermen have been reporting 10-15 bass per day on worms and crankbaits. Early morning has been providing the best crankbait action.

Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Spooning has been the most productive method for yellow bass with a few largemouth mixed in. A few anglers have been catching big largemouth with swimbaits.

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