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February 5, 2011

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wgmarkThe frigid cold weather has passed.  Lake Powell is back at normal winter air temperature which means that on a calm day with the boat next to a south facing (solar heat gathering) rock, it is very pleasant. No gloves are needed - just a coat and a cooler to hold fish.

Bottom fishing remains good to excellent for hungry adult striped bass.  They are holding near 60 feet in the back of most  canyons.  There will be some migrational movement in late February or early March but for the next 3 weeks these fish will stay where they are and bite when found.

Use the graph to locate the school. Chum early and often to activate the school and keep them going. Use a jig head with a short shank to get the 1 inch chunk of bait down quickly to the bottom. When the school rises off the bottom following a hooked school mate, a slow sinking carolina rigged bait is better.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 February 2011 11:37 Read more...
 

January 26, 2011

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wgstbWe returned to Warm Creek to check on striper fishing status. I have been almost shutout for the last two weeks. But today was different. We left earlier and got to the back of the canyon, hovered over the 65 foot depth strata and started looking.  My shutouts had been pitched in the 45 foot deep water further back by the mouth of Crosby while 65 foot had been devoid of fish.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 February 2011 09:17 Read more...
 

January 21, 2011

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We returned to Warm Creek and found conditions much the same as last week. Fishing has slowed considerably under the glow of the full moon and the fast fishing of two weeks ago.  We probed into the shallow water near Haystack Rock in Cottonwood Warm Creek. A nice largemouth hit the Bevy Shad on the second cast - but it came off. We saw three stripers on separate occasions slowly following our lures back to the boat but none struck the lure.  After an hour of casting we went toward the back of main Warm Creek to see how the deep stripers were doing.

There were no boats working the 60 foot depth strata, but a cluster of boats back at 45 feet showed us where the fish were.  Ray Young invited us to come over as they caught fish after fish. We got close, dropped an anchor and put spoons into the water. Our added activity slowed down the school. We caught two fish before they quit.

The important news is that fishing is much slower but a few largemouth are still biting.  Striped bass schools are in shallower water and can be started into activity with bait and copious chumming. Spoons still work but the school tends to run unless chum is used to Marty Peterson with winter striperhold them in position. 

Water temperature is 47-49 degrees which is the normal low point of the year.  The good news is that the lake is calm making an afternoon trip on the lake an enjoyable experience. 

 

January 18, 2011 - Fish Report

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jason with winter largemouth bassStriper fishing success has changed dramatically since our last report. Fish holding at 60 feet impatiently waiting for the next boat of anglers to arrive have now moved into shallower water.  That would usually make them easier to find but in this case they have moved into very shallow water not normally inhabited in the winter. 

Look for striped bass at the extreme shallow end of brushy canyons and coves where sunfish and crayfish may be found hiding in the trees.  Shad are now in very short supply or at least separated from striped bass schools. In the absence of shad, stripers are searching for any food available. They have gone shallow in that quest instead of into deeper water.

The next migrational move will be toward the deep main channel. But for this week look in the backs of canyons for slowly moving 2-3 pound adult stripers.

The bonus feature of this move is that largemouth bass are holding in the same locations. Use jerk baits like a Pointer or X-rap. Toss it near shore where submerged tree branches can be seen sticking out of the water. Make sure to use a pause and go retrieve in the cold water. That gives cold fish a chance to make a decision to bite while the bait is suspended motionless near them.

Expect another change in pattern as the full moon wanes.  Hopefully stripers will return to the 60 foot winter holding spots where they are easy to locate and catch. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 08:16
 

January 7, 2011

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Jan 7, 2011

 

cooperwimmerStriped bass and a few shad are spending the winter in the backs of most canyons where bottom depth is between 45 and 70 feet. Shad are not abundant so stripers are more than eager to enjoy any shad that gets in range. These conditions are ideal for anglers to catch large numbers of stripers.

 

Schools are large and easy to see on the graph. My first choice is to drop spoons to the waiting fish. Spoons are good shad imitators and will often light the fire under a school.  Hook one striper and the others rise off the bottom in pursuit of the one with food in its mouth.  Stripers in search mood are very anxious to feed and will chase the next shad imitating spoon as soon as it is presented.  This week striper schools have been turning on and staying lit for hours at a time.  Catches of 100 stripers per boat have been reported in Bullfrog Bay and duplicated in Warm Creek near Wahweap. 

 

Last week stripers were more likely to respond to bait fishing and copious chumming.  Find the school. Broadcast finely cut bait around the boat.   Then put a one-inch chunk of bait on a hook and start catching fish. It’s wise to chum a few more pieces of bait each time a fish is caught to keep the school interested and under the boat.

 

There are two layers of stripers residing in the 60 foot zone of the canyon. The 2-3 pound adults are on the bottom but will come to the surface when the school is excited.  Then they retreat back to the resting zone. The second layer is made up of yearling stripers feeding on plankton at 15-25 feet. The small ones are just as glad to see a shad swim by so they will respond to spoons or bait. Expect to catch both size classes in the same area.   Put the bait near bottom to catch a large fish or stop it short at 15 feet to catch 3 small ones.   

 

I am surprised to see stripers as active as they are right now as the water temperature has dropped into the high 40s.  But fishing is good and mid day weather is sunny and calm.

  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 13:56
 


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