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October 27, 2015 - Last Report of Year

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Lake Powell Fish Report – October 27, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 69-72 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
Each November we conduct our annual gillnet sampling to assess adult fish population strength, numbers and health.  Since we will be on the lake for 2 weeks, today’s fishing report will the last of the season. Sporadic reports will be sent out randomly when something unusual happens like a trophy fish being caught. For current fishing information during winter log on to Wayneswords.com.  The next regular weekly report will be published the first week of March 2016.
Today, stripers are hiding in deep water.  They must not like the bright full moonlight. There is a band of adult stripers and gizzard shad suspended at the preferred temperature found right now at 40 feet.  Trolling with down riggers works along the 40 foot thermal barrier this week. The best report came from trolling Kastmasters in the main channel at 40 feet near Halls Marina and in the channel upstream from Slick Canyon.  The Slick Rock report included speed reeling spoons between 40 and 80 feet for quick striper hookups.
Young-of-year stripers (6-10 inches) are in the backs of canyons in shallow water.  They eat plankton, shad and sunfish and can be caught jigging small spoons in 15-30 feet of water. We have seen shad schools feeding on the surface in early morning and late evening.  Small spoons cast into or near the shad schools will be clobbered by the many small stripers that stalk these schools. When shad are seen on top, game fish can be caught in close proximity.
Bass fishing continues to be the most productive target.  Smallmouth bass and largemouth are found in 15-25 feet of water. The most effective technique is dropshot fishing with plastic grubs and swim baits.  Casting crankbaits is not as good now as it was a week ago.  Go slow and deep while maintaining bottom contact for the opportunity to catch some really nice smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass are now being caught more often in the same areas, particularly where aquatic weeds are growing on the bottom.
These fishing patterns will hold up during November and December.  Dropping water temperature adds the possibility of catching walleye and crappie in shallow water using the same techniques favored in springtime.
In summary, the fishery is in awesome shape. Stripers continue to put on weight and are increasing in number. Shad forage is still high going into the winter season.  Adult stripers, which weighed 3-4 pounds this spring, produced a huge crop of young-of-year stripers.  These adults will weigh 4-5 pounds in the spring and produce another bumper crop of young stripers.  If shad have a good spawn in 2016 then stripers will grow to even larger proportions.  Expect fishing success in spring 2016 to be of epic proportions.
Bass numbers are high.  Largemouth bass need the lake to come up next spring and cover brush along the shoreline before that population can excel.  Smallmouth bass are doing very well.  They need more forage from shad, sunfish and crayfish.  Anglers can help increase size of smallmouth bass by harvesting 9-12 inch fish while releasing larger bass.  There is intense completion for forage among smallmouth which can be reduced by keeping more bass. Smallmouth are great fish to eat.  Keep more bass to make the average size of fish grow larger.
Walleye numbers are very high in the northern lake. Plan a walleye trip in May to Good Hope Bay and see if it is possible to catch 50-100 fish per day.  It could happen.
Thanks for fishing at Lake Powell in 2015 and talking part in one of the most amazing fisheries in the world.



wadestbLake Powell Fish Report – October 27, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3606

Water Temperature 69-72 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com

Each November we conduct our annual gillnet sampling to assess adult fish population strength, numbers and health.  Since we will be on the lake for 2 weeks, today’s fishing report will the last of the season. Sporadic reports will be sent out randomly when something unusual happens like a trophy fish being caught. For current fishing information during winter log on to Wayneswords.com.  The next regular weekly report will be published the first week of March 2016. 

Today, stripers are hiding in deep water.  They must not like the bright full moonlight. There is a band of adult stripers and gizzard shad suspended at the preferred temperature found right now at 40 feet.  Trolling with down riggers works along the 40 foot thermal barrier this week. The best report came from trolling Kastmasters in the main channel at 40 feet near Halls Marina and in the channel upstream from Slick Canyon.  The Slick Rock report included speed reeling spoons between 40 and 80 feet for quick striper hookups.   

Young-of-year stripers (6-10 inches) are in the backs of canyons in shallow water.  They eat plankton, shad and sunfish and can be caught jigging small spoons in 15-30 feet of water. We have seen shad schools feeding on the surface in early morning and late evening.  Small spoons cast into or near the shad schools will be clobbered by the many small stripers that stalk these schools. When shad are seen on top, game fish can be caught in close proximity.     

briangsmb_edited-1Bass fishing continues to be the most productive target.  Smallmouth bass and largemouth are found in 15-25 feet of water. The most effective technique is dropshot fishing with plastic grubs and swim baits.  Casting crankbaits is not as good now as it was a week ago.  Go slow and deep while maintaining bottom contact for the opportunity to catch some really nice smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass are now being caught more often in the same areas, particularly where aquatic weeds are growing on the bottom. 

These fishing patterns will hold up during November and December.  Dropping water temperature adds the possibility of catching walleye and crappie in shallow water using the same techniques favored in springtime. 

In summary, the fishery is in awesome shape. Stripers continue to put on weight and are increasing in number. Shad forage is still high going into the winter season.  Adult stripers, which weighed 3-4 pounds this spring, produced a huge crop of young-of-year stripers.  These adults will weigh 4-5 pounds in the spring and produce another bumper crop of young stripers.  If shad have a good spawn in 2016 then stripers will grow to even larger proportions.  Expect fishing success in spring 2016 to be of epic proportions. 

Bass numbers are high.  Largemouth bass need the lake to come up next spring and cover brush along the shoreline before that population can excel.  Smallmouth bass are doing very well.  They need more forage from shad, sunfish and crayfish.  Anglers can help increase size of smallmouth bass by harvesting 9-12 inch fish while releasing larger bass.

bmwalleyeThere is intense competition for forage among smallmouth which can be reduced by keeping more bass. Smallmouth are great fish to eat.  Keep more bass to make the average size of fish grow larger.

Walleye numbers are very high in the northern lake. Plan a walleye trip in May to Good Hope Bay and see if it is possible to catch 50-100 fish per day.  It could happen.

Thanks for fishing at Lake Powell in 2015 and taking part in one of the most amazing fisheries in the world.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 13:22
 

October 20, 2015 - Best Bass Fishing

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Lake Powell Fish Report – October 20, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 72-74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
Lake level continues to hold at 3606 (MSL) thanks to the rainy weather during October. Just before the last rain, some really huge striper schools were found in the southern lake.  It was absolutely unbeatable to find a huge school with over a thousand stripers loitering on the bottom below the boat. That happened to more than one group of anglers last week.  Then those huge schools fragmented with only 5-10 stripers hanging out together.  The good news was that the more numerous small groups of stripers could be graphed more often. Spoons deployed to the bottom often resulted in 1-3 stripers being hooked.  Then the boat had to move a short distance to find the next small group. It was easier to find the randomly scattered stripers pods, but more productive to find that one big school and catch 50 at one spot.
This week expect to find scattered striper schools. The target depth is 40-50 feet. In fact, the very best striper catching method would be to troll lures behind a down rigger set at 40 feet.  Fish are layered at their preferred temperature zone and suspended just above the thermocline.  It is easy to find the deep fish by watching for western grebes on the surface.  The abundance of shad allows grebes to be present in most canyons and bays on the lake.  Find grebes, troll deep and catch stripers.
While graphing this morning we trolled mid range crankbaits (bevy shad) above the band of fish seen at 40-50 feet.  An occasional striper was hooked trolling.  Other times the boat was stopped over a suspected school of stripers on the bottom. Both techniques worked but not every time.  Stripers were very aggressive near dawn but lost enthusiasm as it got later in the day.
Smallmouth bass fishing is superb lakewide.  Topwater lures at morning and evening, trolling the shoreline during the day, or fishing plastics along rocky shorelines and prominent points, are all working effectively.   I am not sure that bass fishing could get much better than it is right now.
Northern Lake:  Expect to find a plethora of shad from Good Hope to Trachyte. Shad are so abundant that striper fishing is slower than in other lake areas because there is an over abundance of shad forage. This is a good problem to have but for now fishing downstream from Good Hope may be more productive.  Bass fishing success for larger bass is stellar.  The biggest bass from the last bass tournament came from the northern lake.
Main Lake:  Padre Bay to Cedar Canyon.  Bass fishing results in more fish caught per hour except when a large striper school is found.  A large stationary striper school results in 50 or more fish caught in a short time while spooning in deeper water (40-50 Feet).  The challenge is finding that deep, huge school. Trolling deep diving lures with flat line or with downriggers running at 40 feet works while graphing.  Stop and drop spoons when the potential large school is seen on the graph.
Warming weather arrives again this weekend.  Water temperature is 72 degrees now and dropping toward the magic 60 degree mark in the foreseeable future. The last 10 days of October will produce some amazing catches of all the fish this lake has to offer. I recommend coming now for that final trip of the year.

Lake Powell Fish Report – October 20, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3606

Water Temperature 72-74 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com


angelfishLake level continues to hold at 3606 (MSL) thanks to the rainy weather during October. Just before the last rain, some really huge striper schools were found in the southern lake.  It was absolutely unbeatable to find a huge school with over a thousand stripers loitering on the bottom below the boat. That happened to more than one group of anglers last week.  Then those huge schools fragmented with only 5-10 stripers hanging out together.  The good news was that the more numerous small groups of stripers could be graphed more often. Spoons deployed to the bottom often resulted in 1-3 stripers being hooked.  Then the boat had to move a short distance to find the next small group. It was easier to find the randomly scattered stripers pods, but more productive to find that one big school and catch 50 at one spot.

   
This week expect to find scattered striper schools. The target depth is 40-50 feet. In fact, the very best striper catching method would be to troll lures behind a down rigger set at 40 feet.  Fish are layered at their preferred temperature zone and suspended just above the thermocline.  It is easy to find the deep fish by watching for western grebes on the surface.  The abundance of shad allows grebes to be present in most canyons and bays on the lake.  Find grebes, troll deep and catch stripers.

While graphing this morning we trolled mid range crankbaits (bevy shad) above the band of fish seen at 40-50 feet.  An occasional striper was hooked trolling.  Other times the boat was stopped over a suspected school of stripers on the bottom. Both techniques worked but not every time.  Stripers were very aggressive near dawn but lost enthusiasm as it got later in the day.

adamsonf2Smallmouth bass fishing is superb lakewide.  Topwater lures at morning and evening, trolling the shoreline during the day, or fishing plastics along rocky shorelines and prominent points, are all working effectively.   I am not sure that bass fishing could get much better than it is right now. 

Northern Lake:  Expect to find a plethora of shad from Good Hope to Trachyte. Shad are so abundant that striper fishing is slower than in other lake areas because there is an over abundance of shad forage. This is a good problem to have but for now fishing downstream from Good Hope may be more productive.  Bass fishing success for larger bass is stellar.  The biggest bass from the last bass tournament came from the northern lake. 

bbjork111Main Lake:  Padre Bay to Cedar Canyon.  Bass fishing results in more fish caught per hour except when a large striper school is found.  A large stationary striper school results in 50 or more fish caught in a short time while spooning in deeper water (40-50 Feet).  The challenge is finding that deep, huge school. Trolling deep diving lures with flat line or with downriggers running at 40 feet works while graphing.  Stop and drop spoons when the potential large school is seen on the graph.  

Warming weather arrives again this weekend.  Water temperature is 72 degrees now and dropping toward the magic 60 degree mark in the foreseeable future. The last 10 days of October will produce some amazing catches of all the fish this lake has to offer. I recommend coming now for that final trip of the year.

 

 

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October 13, 2015 - Chasing deep schools

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Lake Powell Fish Report – October 13, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 72-75 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
My last fish report expressed the hope that stripers would start boiling again, but to my dismay, no boils have been reported this week.  Unforgettable boil action has occurred in August, September, and early October but each of these episodes has been interrupted by quiet periods when stripers stay deep despite a high abundance of forage.  When boiling stripers do splash on top in big groups, it is easy to find and then catch them with surface lures.  I hope that happens soon but, while waiting, stripers can still be caught in large numbers.
Subtle changes have occurred recently that give clues to finding striper schools.  Water temperature is still warm which means that adult striped bass remain in deep water most of the time but they will come to the surface to feed for quick bursts.  As water temperature continues to decline, stripers can stay on top for longer periods.
The last storm front seemed to allow bait fish and stripers to relocate.  Shad schools that were trapped in the backs of canyons made a quick move to similar spots but perhaps in the next canyon.  Large striper schools have been seen this week but in different bays than previously reported.  It is now necessary to find big schools of shad and stripers as they move from spot to spot. Schools are easy to see on sonar graphs.  Striped bass schools are often shaped like a Christmas tree, while gizzard shad schools appear as a thick band or cloud of fish layered in a horizontal line slightly above the lake bottom. Threadfin shad schools appear as a suspended balloon-shaped cloud in open water.  Finding a threadfin school is my goal because all other game fish, even catfish, are watching shad closely right now.
Trolling shallow running crankbaits has been a successful technique for capturing juvenile striped bass.  Recently these smaller stripers have moved shallow and started to eat plankton as they do in the springtime. Catching small stripers is the first step in finding the adults.  Juveniles live and feed in warm water.  Adults “look up” to see what the youngsters are doing. When juvenile stripers find a threadfin shad school adults can quickly come to the top and feed with the kids. A small striper caught trolling, has the attention of larger fish that follow and then watch for food in deeper water.  Each time a young fish is caught trolling, drop a spoon to the bottom or cast a crankbait behind the small fish to attract the larger school.
While trolling, diligently study the graph to detect striper schools resting on bottom. Glance up often and scan the surface for jumping stripers.  Gizzard shad are active jumpers now, but stripers have a different, more aggressive splash. Troll toward the surface activity for best results.  When a resting striper school is seen on the graph, stop and drop spoons quickly into the group. The spot can be marked for a return engagement but stripers are on the move and may not be there when you return.
This may sound like a lot of work, but the reward may be 50 large adult stripers caught from one school in short order.
The other option is to move to the shallow shoreline and cast surface lures during morning and evening prime time for large and smallmouth bass. Shad movement has bass on edge and looking up for the opportunity to feed.  Bass fishing is steady and productive all day long.  Use plastic baits in 15-30 feet of water to target larger bass.  Small bass are very aggressive and can be caught trolling, casting and jigging along primary points in the bays or on rockslide areas in the canyons and channels.
Channel catfish are active at dusk.  They have grown larger this summer with the abundant shad population and they are more aggressive than normal.  I often catch catfish while spooning on the bottom for stripers.
Resting deep water striped bass can be caught on bait in 30-60 feet of water in the shade of main canyon walls.  Mark the fish on the graph, drop chum and catch large stripers.
Fishing is really good now for bass and stripers for those that like the challenge of matching wits with fish that are on the move. As the water temperature drops into the 60s, larger bass, walleye and crappie will become prime targets.

Lake Powell Fish Report – October 13, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3606

Water Temperature 72-75 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com


My last fish report expressed the hope that stripers would start boiling again, but to my dismay, no boils have been reported this week.  Unforgettable boil action has occurred in August, September, and early October but each of these episodes has been interrupted by quiet periods when stripers stay deep despite a high abundance of forage.  When boiling stripers do splash on top in big groups, it is easy to find and then catch them with surface lures.  I hope that happens soon but, while waiting, stripers can still be caught in large numbers.

 
aclkSubtle changes have occurred recently that give clues to finding striper schools.  Water temperature is still warm which means that adult striped bass remain in deep water most of the time but they will come to the surface to feed for quick bursts.  As water temperature continues to decline, stripers can stay on top for longer periods. 


The last storm front seemed to allow bait fish and stripers to relocate.  Shad schools that were trapped in the backs of canyons made a quick move to similar spots but perhaps in the next canyon.  Large striper schools have been seen this week but in different bays than previously reported.  It is now necessary to find big schools of shad and stripers as they move from spot to spot. Schools are easy to see on sonar graphs.  Striped bass schools are often shaped like a Christmas tree, while gizzard shad schools appear as a thick band or cloud of fish layered in a horizontal line slightly above the lake bottom. Threadfin shad schools appear as a suspended balloon-shaped cloud in open water.  Finding a threadfin school is my goal because all other game fish, even catfish, are watching shad closely right now.   


Trolling shallow running crankbaits has been a successful technique for capturing juvenile striped bass.  Recently these smaller stripers have moved shallow and started to eat plankton as they do in the springtime. Catching small stripers is the first step in finding the adults.  Juveniles live and feed in warm water.  Adults “look up” to see what the youngsters are doing. When juvenile stripers find a threadfin shad school adults can quickly come to the top and feed with the kids. A small striper caught trolling, has the attention of larger fish that follow and then watch for food in deeper water.  Each time a young fish is caught trolling, drop a spoon to the bottom or cast a crankbait behind the small fish to attract the larger school. 


downloadWhile trolling, diligently study the graph to detect striper schools resting on bottom. Glance up often and scan the surface for jumping stripers.  Gizzard shad are active jumpers now, but stripers have a different, more aggressive splash. Troll toward the surface activity for best results.  When a resting striper school is seen on the graph, stop and drop spoons quickly into the group. The spot can be marked for a return engagement but stripers are on the move and may not be there when you return. 


This may sound like a lot of work, but the reward may be 50 large adult stripers caught from one school in short order.  
The other option is to move to the shallow shoreline and cast surface lures during morning and evening prime time for large and smallmouth bass. Shad movement has bass on edge and looking up for the opportunity to feed.  Bass fishing is steady and productive all day long.  Use plastic baits in 15-30 feet of water to target larger bass.  Small bass are very aggressive and can be caught trolling, casting and jigging along primary points in the bays or on rockslide areas in the canyons and channels.

  
Channel catfish are active at dusk.  They have grown larger this summer with the abundant shad population and they are more aggressive than normal.  I often catch catfish while spooning on the bottom for stripers. 


Resting deep water striped bass can be caught on bait in 30-60 feet of water in the shade of main canyon walls.  Mark the fish on the graph, drop chum and catch large stripers. 


Fishing is really good now for bass and stripers for those that like the challenge of matching wits with fish that are on the move. As the water temperature drops into the 60s, larger bass, walleye and crappie will become prime targets.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:49
 

October 5, 2015 - Boils Erupt

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Lake Powell Fish Report – October 5, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3605

Water Temperature 74-76 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com


 

sher2I predicted last week that “surface action would return and make striper boil fishing as good as it was two weeks ago.  Stripers would then move into the canyons and coves where shad have found safe refuge”. Striper boil reports from the southern lake this weekend were the best of the year.

 

Stripers are moving into coves where shad have been hiding out for much of the summer. Boils in coves and along the shore have now replaced open water boils in the main channel.  These are the fall events that we have been waiting for.

 

On Saturday morning we were graphing for striper schools when a few splashes were seen and we headed in their direction. I marked the spot where a potential “spooning” school was holding before chasing the topwater fish.  In the back of Warm Creek Cottonwood we saw large shad schools perhaps 20 yards long move out in open water with individual stripers and bass chasing along the side of the school. Both bass and stripers hit surface lures, cast near the shad school.

 

Surface water temperature was above 75F, which is still too warm for adult stripers to stay on the surface for extended periods of time. Despite the exciting surface activity, best fishing results came from spoons dropped to 25-55 feet near the small boils.  We chased the topwater schools along shore and into coves and then back out into the bay where shad schools were leading them. We caught some topwater fish and more deep fish. Surprisingly the last topwater fish we saw was within a few yards of our marker dropped there first thing in the morning. We then spooned up more stripers.  Our cooler count was 40 stripers.

 

On Sunday, boil reports from Padre Bay, Last Chance and Rock Creek began to pour in. Most anglers were getting 20-50 stripers on surface lures from boils.  Fantastic fall fishing has arrived. Unfortunately, it will be short lived as a cold windy front blows through early in the week, but as soon as the wind quits the cooler water will allow more adult stripers to hit the surface making boils bigger and stronger by Oct. 9th.  Great surface fishing will continue until the next full moon and perhaps longer.  These predictions are for the whole lake both north and south.

 

Bass fishing continues to excel with active smallmouth bass following the striper lead as shad schools swim in open water.  Shad are being forced out of the backs of canyons as the lake level continues to decline and as water temperature drops.  Bass fishing will get better as water temperature reaches the 62-65F mark in late October or early November.

 

This is a great time to be on the lake with fantastic fishing success and cool nights to go along with warm calm days.  Oh!  Lake Powell, We have to love it!

bobreed


Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2015 16:29
 

September 29, 2015 - Blood Moon Reaction

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September 29, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 74-76 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
Super Blood Moon
There was no better place to be than Lake Powell to watch the bright full moon this week and the eclipse.  The timing was perfect as the moon came up at dusk with a huge presence over the high sandstone cliffs.  I hope you got to see it.
However, striped bass were not impressed.  I cannot explain why some full moons coincide with really difficult fishing success while others happen to make fishing success better.  The result of this buildup to blood moon was to chase striped bass from the surface to the bottom.  That was not all bad as anglers in the Bullfrog area, that knew where to look, were able to spoon up stripers from 80 feet deep.  The hotspots were at the Mouth of Moki Canyon and along the east cliff wall between Lost Eden and Lake Canyon.  Anchovy bait and chum were best at Moki Canyon while jigging spoons were the ticket along the downstream wall.
Stripers in the Wahweap area also went deep but finding them was more difficult in the southern lake.  If a school of stripers was seen on the graph it was possible to drop a spoon right in the middle of the group and catch a few fish before they moved on. These schools did not hold in one spot or return to a specific location making finding them doubly difficult.  The few stripers caught in the southern lake had no shad in their stomachs.  It appears that full moon brought feeding and surface boils to a screeching halt.
Surface activity in the northern lake was absent. We found that out in a long round trip from Red Canyon to Trachyte and back during evening prime time.  It was beautiful trip with the calm water unmarked by any stripers splashing on the surface. Trolling and spooning was good but boils were missing in action.
For now, it is all about smallmouth bass. Moon effect may have slowed the bass action on the day of the blood moon, but catching is still wide open. Surface lures cast to brushy shorelines were hammered. Drop shot rigs were readily consumed.  Plastic grubs were chased and inhaled with regularity. Trolled crankbaits were chased down.  Bass fishing was really good in September and will continue to excite young and old anglers alike.  In fact this would be a great time for a grandson to go bass fishing with his grandfather. They could both catch fish.
My prediction is that darker nights and cooler temperatures over the next two weeks will rejuvenate the surface action and  make striper fishing as good as it was two weeks ago.  Shad were found in large schools in the backs of the canyons and in open water of the channel.  The next major movement will be for stripers to regain their appetites and move into the canyons and coves where shad have found safe refuge for the last few weeks.
A large striper weighing 19 pounds 4 ounces was caught trolling on leaded line at an undisclosed lake location.

Lake Powell Fish Report – September 29, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3606

Water Temperature 74-76 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com

Super Blood Moon

 There was no better place to be than Lake Powell to watch the bright full moon this week and the eclipse.  The timing was perfect as the moon came up at dusk with a huge presence over the high sandstone cliffs.  I hope you got to see it.  
However, striped bass were not impressed.  I cannot explain why some full moons coincide with really difficult fishing success while others happen to make fishing success better.  The result of this buildup to blood moon was to chase striped bass from the surface to the bottom.  That was not all bad as anglers in the Bullfrog area, that knew where to look, were able to spoon up stripers from 80 feet deep.  The hotspots were at the Mouth of Moki Canyon and along the east cliff wall between Lost Eden and Lake Canyon.  Anchovy bait and chum were best at Moki Canyon while jigging spoons were the ticket along the downstream wall.

 
sher1Stripers in the Wahweap area also went deep but finding them was more difficult in the southern lake.  If a school of stripers was seen on the graph it was possible to drop a spoon right in the middle of the group and catch a few fish before they moved on. These schools did not hold in one spot or return to a specific location making finding them doubly difficult.  The few stripers caught in the southern lake had no shad in their stomachs.  It appears that full moon brought feeding and surface boils to a screeching halt.   


Surface activity in the northern lake was absent. We found that out in a long round trip from Red Canyon to Trachyte and back during evening prime time.  It was beautiful trip with the calm water unmarked by any stripers splashing on the surface. Trolling and spooning was good but boils were missing in action. 


For now, it is all about smallmouth bass. Moon effect may have slowed the bass action on the day of the blood moon, but catching is still wide open. Surface lures cast to brushy shorelines were hammered. Drop shot rigs were readily consumed.  Plastic grubs were chased and inhaled with regularity. Trolled crankbaits were chased down.  Bass fishing was really good in September and will continue to excite young and old anglers alike.  In fact this would be a great time for a grandson to go bass fishing with his grandfather. They could both catch fish. 


My prediction is that darker nights and cooler temperatures over the next two weeks will rejuvenate the surface action and  make striper fishing as good as it was two weeks ago.  Shad were found in large schools in the backs of the canyons and in open water of the channel.  The next major movement will be for stripers to regain their appetites and move into the canyons and coves where shad have found safe refuge for the last few weeks. 


A large striper weighing 19 pounds 4 ounces was caught trolling on leaded line at an undisclosed lake location.

 

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