The Rim Country Fishing Report
July 6 – by James Goughnour

Fishing reports are very good for what is normally called the dog-days of fishing. Anglers are working around the 110+ ambient temperatures at the lake by fishing during the evening hours and early in the morning. Anglers are reporting a large schools of bait-fish in the lake so bass, crappie and other sport-fish will gorge during feeding periods throughout the day and night. Anglers are reporting that shad imitation reaction baits such as crank-baits, jerk-baits, spinner-baits and chatter-baits will catch large numbers of predator bass. Larger bass tend to prefer solitude and will remain in deeper depths. Texas and Carolina rigged worms, jigs and a drop-shot technique in 30-40 foot depths has been producing an exceptional number of 5 pound and larger bass during June and early July. The water temperature is reaching the low 80’s during the day and the clarity is crystal clear.

Crappie fishing reports remain very positive this year as crappie are gathering into large schools. Crappie are being reported to be near cover or abrupt changes in structure in the 20-foot to 25-foot range. Live minnows or small artificial curly-tail grubs are the most popular baits choices for summer crappie fishing.

Trout fishing on the Rim has been reported as good to excellent, although most of the Tonto and Coconino Forests remain closed due to extreme fire danger. If you are planning a trip into the forests, remember to check the status with USFWS or the AZGFD.

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