Rim Country Fishing Report

The water level in Roosevelt Lake is currently 39 percent and rising each day. There is still a considerable amount of water flowing into the lake from the Salt River and the Tonto Creek. In addition, during the winter months, a portion of the Verde River is diverted to meet downstream demand resulting in less water being drawn from the Salt River. This allows Roosevelt Lake to fill and replenish. The difficult task of water management for the metro Phoenix area is directly tied to the amount and location of moisture. An accumulation of snow on the Mogollon Rim during the winter is paramount to keeping the Salt River chain of lakes healthy.

Reaction baits extremely successful at Roosevelt

The water temperature at Roosevelt Lake is in the low 70’s. The bass continue to feed heavily in preparation for the approaching colder water temperatures and lower metabolism. Reaction baits such as jerk-baits, spinner-baits and crank-bait are being reported as extremely successful, while drop-shot and Texas-rigged artificial worms are also catching good numbers of bass.

Green Valley Park trout biting

Green Valley Park trout fishing is highly successful. All three lakes at Payson’s Green Valley will be stocked with over 400 pounds of rainbow trout every other week during the winter months. The stocked rainbow trout are 8 to 10 inches. Next scheduled stocking is planned for the week of October 29. Anglers are reporting a good bite on Powerbait and small nymph flies.

Fishing show recommended

Art Chamberlin was a recent guest on the Fishing with Johnny Johnson outdoor fishing show. Art and Johnny did an excellent job of demonstrating exactly how to catch crappie on Roosevelt Lake. They discussed where to fish, baits, knots, equipment, habitat and the improved fishing conditions on Roosevelt Lake. You can watch or DVR this highly recommended and informative show on Saturday, October 27th at 7 a.m. on Fox Sports Arizona.

More artificial habitat dropped in Roosevelt Lake

More great news for Roosevelt Lake. The AZGFD, Aquatics Branch, deployed another 150 Georgia Cube artificial habitat structures recently. These habitat provide an excellent place for smaller fish to hide and ambush points for predator fish. Anglers have been reporting that the habitat structures attract a lot of crappie, bluegill and bass. Since the habitat deployment program started two years ago, 944 structures have been deployed mostly in the middle section of the lake and towards the Salt River. The habitat locations have been listed on the fishaz.azgfd.com website. The locations listed on the website are approximate, so it may require driving the boat in a conical pattern, to find the exact locations.

Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.

James Goughnour owns Rim Country Custom Rods (480) 495-1351.

Contact the reporter at kmorris@payson.com

Contact the reporter at kmorris@payson.com

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