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The dog days of summer may be over soon but evening storms are making Crappie fishing extremely tough. During the day it has been very slow and at night can be risky as high winds can creep in with almost no notice.
Roosevelt- The lake is at 82 percent and slowly dropping. I haven’t heard of day time success in a week or so. Last Saturday about 6 teams from the Arizona Crappie Association fished the Salt River end with no crappie caught, only a hand full of bass. We did however graph several schools of fish but they had lock jaw. We had planned to go back out Saturday night but a storm formed to the south east and quickly changed our minds. Only one team went out and caught 14 but had to battle the wind. With surface temps still in the 80’s, it may take another moon phase to get them going.
Alamo- The lake is at 14-percent and should be holding schools by the dam. I would either fish at night under lights or troll the steep cliff walls during the day.
San Carlos- The lake is at 3 percent, its kind of scary out there right now. The Crappie should be stacked up by the dam but use extreme caution launching and navigating.
Bartlett- All reports I’ve heard were of day time trollers catching bass, no Crappie.
Pleasant - No reports.
This is the time of year where summer patterns are dieing off and fall patterns haven’t started to work yet. You have to be patient and try different techniques at different depths. It is however a good time of year to scout for the big schools and/ or get your equipment ready for the fall patterns. Day time trolling and casting patterns should start to be affective soon. If you need any help come see me at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa.
Bill (Piscolli) Eveland