Due to the recent storms and run-off, the amount water flowing into Roosevelt Lake has increased dramatically. Both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek are flowing above their normal rates for this time of year. The lake is currently 40% full and rising slightly each day. The water is very clear with the temperature reaching 50 degrees on some morning and rising to 54 degrees on a sunny afternoon.
At the current water temperature, fish metabolism will slow meaning that cold-blooded fish are less active and will eat less. Combine the colder water temperature with the recent storms and large swings in the barometric pressure, all of these factors are contributing to fishing being called poor. Anglers reports some success using a deep Carolina-rig technique. A few other anglers reporting using jigging spoons such as a Trendsetter jig in deeper depths.
Crappie fishing has been reported as extremely slow; however, if the weather stabilizes for a couple of consecutive days, crappie fishing should improve greatly. Large schools of crappie are being located in 15-25 foot depths. The bite during colder months can be very slight if vertically fishing. An ultra light rod and a light braided line are always recommended for crappie fishing.