Enjoying western fisheries

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George Andrejko/AZGFD

Roosevelt Lake in Arizona.

I’m fortunate to live near one of the top western fisheries, Lake Roosevelt. I spend a good amount of my offseason fishing this Salt River reservoir. I keep it pretty casual; I just enjoy catching them. But I do pay attention to how this time can benefit me as an angler.

I recently enjoyed a couple days of really good fishing on Roosevelt, and this gave me an opportunity to fish a lot of different things that I don’t get to use very often. It’s nice to be able to work with different rod actions, bait sizes and things that I don’t normally spend a lot of time doing. 

In a tournament, you end up sticking with things you’re really familiar with, and if you get outside that, you feel like you’re risking too much. There’s really not much time to experiment when you’re competing, so offseason fishing is your best opportunity to try new items.