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  • Roosevelt Lake, or Theodore Roosevelt Lake is one of the biggest bodies of water in the state. It is also famous for producing some of the biggest catches in the state, Its not unusual to see a 10 lb plus size largemouth and a 25 lb plus Flat Head Catfish come out of the lake. Roosevelt lake impounds the Salt River making it the first in a chain of four Lakes; Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon and Saguaro.
  • GPS:
    N 46.81246 and W -93.93775
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Check the Game and Fish site
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    fishing and boating and are open year-round at Roosevelt Lake Except where posted “Closed to Entry” on the Tonto Creek arm of the lake from November 5 to February 15 for wildlife protection
    Road Conditions:
    The roads to Roosevelt Lake are paved all the way to the main launching area. There are alternated routes to the north of the lake that turn into dirt if you want to just launch off the shore.
    Land Ownership:
    Tonto National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    Tonto Basin Ranger Station HC02 Box 4800 Roosevelt, AZ 85545 (928)-467-3200
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    Roosevelt Lake's Fee is the Tonto Pass. You can order one from us here or buy one from a licenses vendors in person.
    Elevation:
    2200 ft feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    Roosevelt Lake has 20,000 feet of surface acers and 27 miles of shoreline
    River Lake Impounds:
    Roosevelt Lake is filled from the Salt River
    Average Depth:
    100 ft
    Bag Limit:
    6 bass, no more than 1 bass between 13 and 16 inches may be kept
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    There are no motor restrictions at Roosevelt Lake
    Boats to Rent:
    Yes
    Swimming:
    You can swim all you want at Roosevelt Lake unless otherwise posted near objects "marinas"
    Camping:
    Yes there are plenty of campsites at Roosevelt Lake with hookups
    Barrier free Access:
    Yes there are lots of spots were you can drive down right to the shore at Roosevelt Lake
    Trailer Spaces:
    Yes
    Electricity:
    Yes
    Launching Area:
    Every couple of mile along the lake is a launching area
    Water Skiing:
    Yes
    Marinas:
    Roosevelt lake Marina (928) 467-2245 www.rlmaz.com
  • You can take the historic Apache Trail 41.5 mi from Mesa for a scenic drive down Hwy 88 all the way to the dam at Roosevelt Lake. Hwy 88 is not that rough, you do not need a 4 wheel drive truck to take it although parts are not paved so avoid it during bad weather. It' s definitely worth the drive with steep cliffs and desert terrain as you pass by Canyon and Apache Lake. An alternative route is to take the 87 north out of phoenix to the 188 south along the horse of Roosevelt that will eventually intersect with the 60 to take you back to Phoenix. This route is all Paved and takes you almost to the pines of Pason back down the the old mining town of Miami.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    4/5,
    ""
    Date:
    Feb 24, 2017
    (2,110 feet, 58-percent full)

    Water temperatures on Thursday, Feb. 9 were 60 degrees on the Tonto end of the lake. Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass ProShop, said largemouth bass fishing has been difficult at Roosevelt. He said the Tonto end of the lake has stained water and from the dam to the Salt River, it’s muddy. Best bets this weekend is using spinnerbaits, dropshots and Texas-rigged plastic worms.

    Feb. 24 report from Jom Goughnor of Rim Country Custom Rods:

    The water level continues to rise in Roosevelt Lake. Both the Salt River and Tonto Creek are flowing at hundreds of times the normal rate. The increased flows are raising the lake level 1 percent every two to three days. The lake currently stands at 58 percent full. The last time the lake reached this level was 2012.

    Fishing conditions continue to improve with most anglers reporting a good-to-excellent reaction bite. The water temperature is in the low to mid 50s but sun-warmed coves can heat up to the high 50s during the afternoon. The water condition in a large portion of the lake remains stained. Reaction baits such as shallow to mid-level running crank-baits and dark colored jigs were reported successful recently. Anglers reported more success fishing clear water areas just outside of the stained water.

    Crappie anglers are reporting a slow bite. Crappie anglers can be seen trolling along shorelines and submerged points however, the water conditions and series of storms has pushed the crappie into deeper water. The mid-lake area of the lake where the water is more stable reported better success. Trolling a 1/4 oz jig head and a grub tail, tipped with a minnow, is a typical winter technique for crappie anglers on Roosevelt and Apache Lakes.
  2. Jose
    4/5,
    ""
    Date:
    Feb 17, 2017
    (2,110 feet, 55-percent full)

    Water temperatures on Thursday, Feb. 9 were 60 degrees on the Tonto end of the lake. Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass ProShop, said largemouth bass fishing has been difficult at Roosevelt. He said the Tonto end of the lake has stained water and from the dam to the Salt River, it’s muddy. Best bets this weekend is using spinnerbaits, dropshots and Texas-rigged plastic worms.

    Feb. 16 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

    Fishing conditions on Roosevelt continue to improve. Local anglers are calling fishing "good." The water temperature is in the low to mid 50s and a the water condition in a large portion of the lake is stained. However, during the afternoon when the water temperature is slightly higher, fish become more active. Reaction baits and jigs were reported the most successful recently. Anglers reported more success fishing clear water areas throughout the lake.

    The high water flow into Roosevelt Lake from both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek is making Roosevelt Lake a better fishery each day. The lake level continues to rise and is now above the 55% full mark and has risen 1% every three days for the past couple of weeks. Lots of brush and small tress that lined the long points and shoreline are now submerged and providing excellent habitat for the fish. If these conditions continue for the next month, it will create excellent spawning conditions.

    Crappie anglers are reporting an average bite. Crappie anglers can be seen trolling along shorelines and submerged points. Clear water is a must for crappie fishing so most crappie are being caught in the mid-lake sections in deeper water. Trolling a 1/4 oz jig head and a grub tailed tipped with a minnow is a typical winter technique for crappie anglers on Roosevelt and Apache.
  3. Tom.
    4/5,
    "2,107 feet, 53-percent full"
    Date:
    Feb 9, 2017
    (2,107 feet, 53-percent full)

    The lake level has risen 14 feet during the past month.

    Fishing conditions have improved recently and anglers are attributing the improvement to the stable weather. The water temperature is still in the low to mid 50s but the bright afternoon sun heating the water even slightly, can coax lethargic bass into chasing shad. Recently two local anglers fished Apache during the late afternoon and weighed 35 pounds for their best five fish. "All of these fish were caught on crank-baits and a Spider-bait," (which are reactionary type baits) said one of the anglers.

    Large amounts of water continue to enter Roosevelt Lake from both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek.

    Due to the recent storms and snowfall throughout the watershed, both inlets are flowing at far above the normal average flow rates for this time of year. The lake level continues to rise and is now above the 53 percent full mark.

    The lake has risen more than 16 vertical feet during the last month. Recently, the water reached the Indian Point ramp which has not been submerged in several years. This is all great news to anglers who are anxiously awaiting the spring bass fishing season. It is also great news for the Wild West Bass Trail, which will be conducting their Arizona Team Championship Tournament on Roosevelt Lake May 4-6, 2017.

    A word of caution to all boaters on Roosevelt Lake, there have been several reports of debris floating and slightly submerged due to the increased water flow. Always be aware of hazards when operating a boat and ask passengers in the boat to alert the driver of any issues seen.

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  1. HookedAZ
  2. HookedAZ
    This is a cool video from Rosy with some yellow bass.

  3. KEITH
    WHAT is length of lake?
    What is "average" width?
    I am trying to compare it to Lake Washington in Seattle Wa, just to get an idea of how big it is.
  4. Nancy McKenzie
    Is there camping at the lake? How do I make reservations?
  5. Autumn
    If we are careful can we use fireworks on the lake?