Crappie Report: Good News from Barlett

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October 29th, 2009

Since my last report I’ve heard real good news from Bartlett. Several anglers have reported good numbers of Crappie been caught up river trolling crankbaits and grubs. Plus much to my surprises many small Crappie under 10” are being caught. This is very good news as for the past few years we have worried that Bartlett Crappie may not be spawning. The only catch is that SRP in drawing the lake down for dam inspections/ repairs and the water level is dropping fast. Because of this the bite has started to slow down a little so the time to try Bartlett is now. And be careful up river as there may be hazards that are not marked yet.

This past week Roosevelt has shown signs that the fall/ winter patterns are really getting going. Art Chamberlin of C&C Guide Service caught 18 nice slabs on the Tonto end the other day and a few anglers have done well on the Salt end as well. Many avid Rosey Crappie anglers believe that the time is right for the bite to explode. As the weather cools off it’s a great time for a weekend camping trip to Rosey. Cholla and Windy Hill are my favorite spots to camp.

I haven’t heard any reports from Alamo or San Carlos this week. However, Alamo has always been a great place to catch big AZ slabs in the winter. Plus the camp sites there are very nice. San Carlos is at about 3% and can be dangerous to launch and navigate, so be careful.

If you need any help with tips or tackle you can find me at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm in the fishing department.

Bill (Piscolli) Eveland

BPS/ AZCA

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