Theodore Roosevelt Lake Fishing Report near Miami, Arizona
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by J K Johnson
on February 19th
For bass drop shot works pretty well on the outside points, flats and backs of coves in 30 to 10 feet of water but altering the drop shot technique to a Texas nose hook and whacky style setup is productive especially when the typical setup does not hit the mark.
Fishing Tips for Theodore Roosevelt Lake
by Al W
on March 13th
Theodore Roosevelt Lake is easily one of the best bodies of water in the West. You have probably already heard about the legendary fishing so I am going to skip right to Fishing Info. The lake is divided into 3 different. The first of which is the Salt River Arm. This enormous arm of the lake is known for its tremendous inflow. Because of this inflow, tons (literally) of plankton can be found here. That is one of the reasons that huge amounts of crappies will suspended here to feed during the winter. This area also has lots of sandbars and mudflats, which makes this catfish heaven. If you want to catch other species of fish try the northern shoreline where there are more rocks and the drop offs are steeper. The second zone is the western end of the lake near the Tonto Arm. Starting in the western end the bottom it very rocky with lots of coves. Then the bottom changes to large mudflats and sand bars. After that it leads into thick weeds. The area where Tonto Creek enters the lake is filled with cottonwood trees 100 feet tall. This area is perfect for flipping, pitching, and working spinners. Be sure you use heavy tackle to make sure the fish don't get tangled around the trees. Zone 3 is what’s left. This section is filled with all sorts of different structure. From reefs, islands, and coves to marinas and the dam this section has something for everyone. This is the section to go to when the inflow from the other areas muddies the water to much. In the spring look for fish in sheltered, shallow coves or large shallow flats. Rocky ledges are magnets for spawning smallmouth bass. The mouths' of coves and the drop offs near the large shallow flats are the best spots for prespawn crappies. When the crappies are spawning try fishing fallen trees or brush piles. Spring runoff makes the back of coves perfect for spinners or rattles jigs. Post spawn bass can be found in the same coves early and late in the day but during the rest of the day action is good near major points, reefs, and islands. For the summer fishing at night near main lake points will work for just about any species. Starting in late fall fish start chasing shad near the surface (hint-use topwaters). Look for birds feeding at the surface. In the winter try fishing deep water and the arms of the lake mentioned above. Tight Lines!
Fishing Info for Theodore Roosevelt Lake
by Al W
on March 2nd
Theodore Roosevelt Lake is 13,000 acres big with an average depth of 110ft. You can keep 6 bass here but only one can be in between 13 and 16 inches. You will need a U.S. Service Pass Tonto Pass to fish here. There are no restrictions on motor size. If you want to go water skiing feel free because it’s allowed. There are tons of facilities and businesses in the area that cater to your fishing needs. Good luck fishing!
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