Rim Country Fishing Report

Rim Country fishing report

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James Goughnour
James Goughnour

Rim Country Fishing Report Jan 12, 2018

Trout fishing on Rim Country lakes and streams continues to be excellent. Although we’re still a few months away from the AZGFD Summer Stocking Program of Rim Country lakes and streams, anglers are reporting good access and time to study native fish habits and habitat. The Community Fishing Program provides trout stockings to Green Valley Lakes every other week during the cooler months. These stockings will continue into April depending on the weather. Typically, these stockings occur during the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month.  Each month, the two stockings consist of around 800 pounds of healthy and eatable Rainbow Trout. In terms of fish, this equates to about 1,400 trout each month into the lakes. To ensure a safe transition of trout into the lake, AZGFD specialists test the water in all three lakes at Green Valley prior to releasing the fish. Fishing at Green Valley Park is a great family adventure were we live and a very teachable experience for our youth anglers.

A few years ago, AZGFD changed from a calendar year expiration of fishing licenses to a one year period. This new system requires anglers to know when they need to renew a license. If your 2017 license has expired, you can renew the license on line at www.azgfd.gov. Many “near” senior anglers in Rim Country may want to consider purchasing a lifetime license as an option.

Roosevelt Lake remains at 57% full. Rim Country anglers were excited about the recent rain storms that recently dropped a half-inch of rain onto the watershed. Within one day, the flows in the Salt River and the Tonto Creek increased bring more water and nutrients into the lake. Experienced bass anglers know that harder flowing water will attract bait fish and bass to the water source areas within the lake. The water temperature at Roosevelt Lake is in the low to mid 50’s so anglers are targeting deeper fish with jigs, worms, deep running crank-baits, Spider-rigs and spoons.

If you’re a crappie angler, it’s time to get your boat ready. Crappie fishing on Roosevelt Lake is getting better for trolling in deeper depths. A small grub-tail tipped with a minnow was recently reported successful along the shoreline of Windy Hill. One angler reported twelve boats slowly zigzagging the waters between Badger Ramp all the way around Steamboat Rock to Windy Hill Ramp.

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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