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September 10, 2014 - Boils morning and evening

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
September 10, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3605
Water Temperature 75-79 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Striper fishing has settled into a predictable pattern over the length of Lake Powell.  Each morning striper schools come to the surface chasing shad schools.  The trigger is first light which makes shad form into tight schools following a night of happy wandering as individuals.  Shad feed on plankton after dark but do not maintain the school mentality in low light.  When visibility improves in the morning each shad wants to be in the middle of the school while those shad on the outer edge of the school bear the brunt of attacking game fish.
This daily ritual helps explain why shad like to swim in big schools.  It also explains why stripers feed at such high speed.  Stripers don’t have to be real fast – just fast enough to get to food before their school mates. Stripers often race each other during the feeding process. That is why a striper school can be within casting distance one minute and over 100 yards away the next.
We were surprised to see impressive striper boils this morning despite the full moon.  The need to feed on shad is more important to stripers than the unexplainable weirdness that generally goes with bright nights when the moon is at its peak.
The lakewide pattern is very specific.  Stripers attack the first shad school found in morning light.  That could be as early as 5:30 AM (MST) but more typically at 6 AM. The skirmishes tend to be in the same locations each morning.  Each boil is very quick and may last for only 1-2 minutes with a strong boil staying up for 5-10 minutes. The key is to run at full throttle until a splash is seen.  When in casting range drop off plane and cast as quickly as possible over and as close as possible to the swirling fish.  Each time the lure enters the feeding school it will be whacked by attacking stripers.  When the school sounds the fun is over and it is time to hit the throttle while looking for the next boil.  There are usually many quick boils in a favored area so the run is not that far.
The feeding intensity is strongest from 6-7:30 AM and then it goes silent. The next daily feeding activity is at supper time as stripers come back to the top during the last hour of daylight. It gets dicey when the sun sets and stripers are still feeding. Hopefully you can camp near the action. If not, make sure to have a GPS bread crumb trail on the graph to increase the odds of the boat returning to the right spot after dark.
Those favored feeding areas include the main channel from the mouth of Warm Creek to Antelope Point Marina, Cha Canyon to Neskahi Canyon in the San Juan, Escalante main channel, Rincon to Slick Rock Canyon, and Castle Butte to Fourmile Canyon.  I am sure there are many other boiling stripers that we do not know about, but these are the areas where recent morning and evening boils have been reported.
The best lures this week were shallow running crankbaits with a white background and a chartreuse stripe on the side.  We did well with a Luck Craft Pointer in chartreuse shad and a Shad Rap in Helsinki shad color.
Top water lures are so much fun and they get stroked and petted while in the boil. But only occasionally do the stripers actually get hooked up on a surface lure.  The opposite result occurs when a white Rattlin’ Rap or a ghost Lucky Craft LV 100 swims into the school.  Shallow runners are worker much better than surface lures.
Striper boils are really just getting started.  They are expected to improve each week in November and continue through mid October.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

September 10, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3605

Water Temperature 75-78 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

bretthepflyStriper fishing has settled into a predictable pattern over the length of Lake Powell.  Each morning striper schools come to the surface chasing shad schools.  The trigger is first light which makes shad form into tight schools following a night of happy wandering as individuals.  Shad feed on plankton after dark but do not maintain the school mentality in low light.  When visibility improves each morning individual shad want to be in the middle of the school while those shad on the outer edge of the school bear the brunt of attacking game fish.  

This daily ritual helps explain why shad like to swim in big schools.  It also explains why stripers feed at such high speed. Stripers don’t have to be real fast – just fast enough to get to food before their school mates. Stripers often race each other during the feeding process. That is why a striper school can be within casting distance one minute and over 100 yards away the next. 

We were surprised to see impressive striper boils this morning despite the full moon.  The need to feed on shad is more important to stripers than the unexplainable weirdness that generally goes with bright nights when the moon is at its peak.   

The lakewide pattern is very specific.  Stripers attack the first shad school found in morning light.  That could be as early as 5:30 AM (MST) but more typically at 6 AM. The skirmishes tend to be in the same locations each morning.  Each boil is very quick and may last only 1-2 minutes with a strong boil staying up for 5-10 minutes. The key is to run at full throttle until multiple splashes are seen.  When in casting range drop off plane and cast as quickly as possible over and as close as possible to the swirling fish.  Each time the lure enters the feeding school it will be whacked by attacking stripers. When the school sounds the fun is over and it is time to hit the throttle while looking for the next boil.  There are usually many quick boils in a favored area so the run is not that far.

stbusy_edited-1The feeding intensity is strongest from 6-7:30 AM and then it goes silent. The next daily feeding activity is at supper time as stripers come back to the top during the last hour of daylight. It gets dicey when the sun sets and stripers are still feeding. Hopefully you can camp near the action. If not, make sure to have a GPS bread crumb trail on the graph to increase the odds of the boat returning to the right camp spot after dark.  

Those favored feeding areas include the main channel from the mouth of Warm Creek to Antelope Point Marina, Cha Canyon to Neskahi Canyon in the San Juan, Escalante main channel, Rincon to Slick Rock Canyon, and Castle Butte to Fourmile Canyon.  I am sure there are many other boiling stripers that we do not know about, but these are the areas where recent morning and evening boils have been reported.  

The best lures this week were shallow running crankbaits with a white background and a chartreuse stripe on the side.  We did well with a Lucky Craft Pointer in chartreuse shad and a Shad Rap in Helsinki shad color.Topwater lures are so much fun and they get stroked and petted while in the boil. But only occasionally do the stripers actually get hooked up on a surface lure.  The opposite result occurs when a white Rattlin’ Rap or a ghost Lucky Craft LV 100 swims into the school.  Shallow runners are worker much better than surface lures.    

Striper boils are really just getting started.  They are expected to improve each week from now until mid October.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 12:16
 

September 3, 2014 - Boils Improving

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
September 3, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 75-79 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Navajo Canyon continues to be the best spot for striper boils in the southern lake. Lacking any other reports we headed back to Navajo to glean additional information for this week’s report.  No surface action was seen in Wahweap or Warm Creek but as soon as we saw the mouth of Navajo Canyon there were small groups of stripers hitting the top.
That is where it got frustrating. The surface lure (Lucky craft Sammy) hit the water and stripers pushed the lure around but would not hook up. It was fun to see the swirls and splashes around the lure but we wanted to catch some fish.  We took off the topwater lures and cranked down with shad raps, rattletraps, and pointers.  No fish were seen when we were ready to cast again so we trolled where the last small boil was seen.  We caught two stripers right away but then it was over.  We quit trolling and ran back from the mouth of Navajo toward Warm Creek looking for the next school.
Good choice!  We found larger schools working the surface as the sun hit the water but sometimes had to run a mile to find them.  When we got in casting range, and stopped in range, but not too close, then made good casts we could catch 2 stripers out of each pod of stripers.  After they went down (usually less than a minute) we would run again.  We stayed busy running in the main channel and casting from 6-8 AM.  As the action died in the main channel we went up Navajo Canyon looking for boils in the shade of the steep cliffs.  We found a few more boils and caught more fish.  We ended up with 23 stripers in 3 hours which is the best we have done this fall.  Boil fishing is getting better.  It looks like it will continue to improve each day due to the strength of the threadfin shad population.
The best reports this week featured the San Juan from Wilson Creek to Neskahi Bay. Stripers continue to boil in good numbers there both morning and evening then randomly throughout the day.  No reports came from the northern lake but the size of the shad population makes it seem likely that boils are happening early morning there as well.  We found surface action from first light to 8 AM MST.  It is quite likely that the early morning boil pattern occurs lakewide.
Bass fishing continues to improve as well.  Just remember that bass are feeding on shad along with stripers.  That means they are more likely to be on rocky main channel points than in the backs of coves.  When shad move out of the channel to avoid stripers then bass fishing will change accordingly.  Right now white or silver crankbaits, white flukes and D-shad and white plastic grubs are good shad imitations.  Shad stay near the surface so work the flukes and shad imitators near the top early morning and then deeper during the bright light of day.
It has been a rough couple of years with the declining lake level, loss of habitat and downsizing of fish populations.  Now that is behind us and all fish species are rebuilding. Threadfin shad had a banner year and provide the bulk of open water forage. Bass, stripers, walleye are all eating their fill and growing FAT and sassy.  Fall fishing will be outstanding

Lake Powell Fishing Report

September 3, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3606

Water Temperature 75-79 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson

http://www.wayneswords.com

sr9314Navajo Canyon continues to be the best spot for striper boils in the southern lake. Lacking any other reports we headed back to Navajo to glean additional information for this week’s report.  No surface action was seen in Wahweap or Warm Creek but as soon as we saw the mouth of Navajo Canyon there were small groups of stripers hitting the top.


That is where it got frustrating. The surface lure (Lucky craft Sammy) hit the water and stripers pushed the lure around but would not hook up. It was fun to see the swirls and splashes around the lure but we wanted to catch some fish.  We took off the topwater lures and cranked down with shad raps, rattletraps, and pointers.  No fish were seen when we were ready to cast again so we trolled where the last small boil was seen.  We caught two stripers right away but then it was over.  We quit trolling and ran back from the mouth of Navajo toward Warm Creek looking for the next school. 


Good choice!  We found larger schools working the surface as the sun hit the water but sometimes had to run a mile to find them.  When we got in casting range, and stopped in range, but not too close, then made good casts we could catch 2 stripers out of each pod of stripers.  After they went down (usually less than a minute) we would run again.  We stayed busy running in the main channel and casting from 6-8 AM.  As the action died in the main channel we went up Navajo Canyon looking for boils in the shade of the steep cliffs.  We found a few more boils and caught more fish.  We ended up with 23 stripers in 3 hours which is the best we have done this fall.  Boil fishing is getting better.  It looks like it will continue to improve each day due to the strength of the threadfin shad population.


rattlinrapThe best reports this week featured the San Juan from Wilson Creek to Neskahi Bay. Stripers continue to boil in good numbers there both morning and evening then randomly throughout the day.  No reports came from the northern lake but the size of the shad population makes it seem likely that boils are happening early morning there as well.  We found surface action from first light to 8 AM MST.  It is quite likely that the early morning boil pattern occurs lakewide. 

Bass fishing continues to improve as well.  Just remember that bass are feeding on shad along with stripers.  That means they are more likely to be on rocky main channel points than in the backs of coves.  When shad move out of the channel to avoid stripers then bass fishing will change accordingly.  Right now white or silver crankbaits, white flukes and D-shad and white plastic grubs are good shad imitations.  Shad stay near the surface so work the flukes and shad imitators near the top early morning and then deeper during the bright light of day.                Rattlin Rap

 
It has been a rough couple of years with the declining lake level, loss of habitat and downsizing of fish populations. Now that is behind us and all fish species are rebuilding. Threadfin shad had a banner year and provide the bulk of open water forage. Bass, stripers, walleye are all eating their fill and growing FAT and sassy.  Fall fishing will be outstanding!

dallintrotterDallin Trotter

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:03
 

August 27, 2014 - Fishing is Much Better!

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
August 27, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 77-80 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Reports of stripers feeding on the surface really had me invigorated this morning.  We took off for Navajo Canyon at first light and studied clam water at the mouth of the canyon where boiling stripers had been caught in big numbers the day before.  A few fish broke the surface but we could not identify any stripers.  The next decision was to wait for the action to start or to travel up canyon.  I waited about 10 seconds and then decided to go uplake because patience is not one of my virtues.
It seemed like a good choice as scattered stripers were breaking the surface just past the double islands. My first cast to a surfacing fish was rewarded with my first striper caught on top water this month.  Stripers were surfacing all around the bay but were not bunched up. They appeared to be feeding individually instead of in a school.  Since these stripers were lacking school mentality we decided to troll and caught a few more fish on Shad Raps and Bevy Shad. We saw a few more individual splashes as we traveled to the Big Sand Dune where we turned around.
On the way back down the canyon we trolled near shore by rocky points and rock piles.  Smallmouth bass were obviously feeding on shad as each rock pile paid off in at least 2 bass and occasionally in another striper.  Our largest bass was almost 2 pounds.
The next stop was the mouth of Warm Creek on the shoals marked by white buoys. We trolled there and found more bass ready and willing but the average size was smaller than those caught in Navajo.  We picked up one larger striper while trolling the shoals which was 19 inches and 3 pounds. These stripers are very fat! That bodes well for fall fishing ahead.
Upon my return it was reported that the boils at the mouth of Navajo were strong between 8-9 AM.
Oh Well! That’s fishing!
The northern lake is still the best striper fishing location with The Horn being the most consistent spot.  But reports from Escalante and Rincon were received this week.  I think the whole lake is now fishing well with small quick boils occurring for the first 2 hours of daylight and last 2 hours at evening.  If more than 5 fish are breaking the surface attack them with surface lures and shallow runners. If only one fish is seen, then troll in the area of the splash with medium runners that dive 12 feet.
Bass fishing has improved dramatically with the drop in surface water temperature into the 70s. Bass are hanging on the deep water edge of rock piles extending into the main channel.  They will hit surface lures early and late but may be caught more frequently on plastic grubs in shad colors all day long.
Fishing had definitely improved.  Looks like it is time to plan the fall fishing trip to Lake Powell.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

August 27, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3606

Water Temperature 77-79 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

nob82714Reports of stripers feeding on the surface really had me invigorated this morning.  We took off for Navajo Canyon at first light and studied calm water at the mouth of the canyon where boiling stripers had been caught in big numbers the day before.  A few fish broke the surface but we could not identify any stripers.  The next decision was to wait for the action to start or to travel up canyon.  I waited about 10 seconds and then decided to go uplake because patience is not one of my virtues.

 
It seemed like a good choice as scattered stripers were breaking the surface just past the double islands. My first cast to a surfacing fish was rewarded with my first striper caught on top water this month.  Stripers were surfacing all around the bay but were not bunched up. They appeared to be feeding individually instead of in a school.  Since these stripers were lacking school mentality we decided to troll and caught a few more fish on Shad Raps and Bevy Shad. We saw a few more individual splashes as we traveled to the Big Sand Dune where we turned around. 

On the way back down the canyon we trolled near shore by rocky points and rock piles.  Smallmouth bass were obviously feeding on shad as each rock pile paid off in at least 2 bass and occasionally in another striper.  Our largest bass was almost 2 pounds. 

The next stop was the mouth of Warm Creek on the shoals marked by white buoys. We trolled there and found more bass ready and willing but the average size was smaller than those caught in Navajo.  We picked up one larger striper while trolling the shoals which was 19 inches and 3 pounds. These stripers are very fat! That bodes well for fall fishing ahead. 

Upon my return it was reported that the boils at the mouth of Navajo were strong between 8-9 AM. Oh Well! That’s fishing!

btmfam2The northern lake is still the best striper fishing location with The Horn being the most consistent spot.  But reports from Escalante and Rincon were received this week.  I think the whole lake is now fishing well with small quick boils occurring for the first 2 hours of daylight and last 2 hours at evening.  If more than 5 fish are breaking the surface attack them with surface lures and shallow runners. If only one fish is seen, then troll in the area of the splash with medium runners that dive 12 feet. 

Bass fishing has improved dramatically with the drop in surface water temperature into the 70s. Bass are hanging on the deep water edge of rock piles extending into the main channel.  They will hit surface lures early and late but may be caught more frequently on plastic grubs in shad colors all day long. 

Fishing has definitely improved.  Looks like it is time to plan the fall fishing trip to Lake Powell.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:46
 

August 20, 2014 - Fish are where you find them

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
August 20, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3607
Water Temperature 78-83 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Powell fish are getting fatter.  That is a good thing coming off a difficult year with low water and very little brushy habitat. Our studies show that the shad population is nearing a peak not seen in this decade. Lakewide shad numbers from our first shad trawl in July are well above average from Wahweap to Good Hope with Bullfrog showing the most shad of all stations. The August trawl sample next week will determine the strength of this year shad class. The large shad population probably has much to do with the challenging fishing results found over much of the lake.
Fishing is best in the northern lake. Stripers are still boiling from Bullfrog all the way to Horn (Buoy 129).  The boils are much quicker than found two weeks ago but they are consistent.  Stripers are feeding both in the bays and in the backs of canyons.  It takes patience but those that search aggressively are finding boils and catching a respectable number of stripers.  These stripers will hit topwater lures or shallow running crankbaits or medium sized spoons.
In the southern lake finding fish is less certain.  There are few fish reports with lots of recreational boaters still wake boarding and tubing.  An early start is recommended to avoid boat traffic and wakes.  I headed through the Castle Rock Cut at first light and saw a splash on the Warm Creek side.  As the boat slowed to a stop a surface lure was ready to cast but no other splash followed.  However, the graph showed a fish school at 45 feet so a spoon was dropped instead. A fish hit the spoon on the first hop and quickly came to the boat.  To my surprise the expected striper turned out to be a walleye.  The spoon was deployed again and another fish caught. This one was a catfish!  Both fish were eating shad.  It turned out to be one of those crazy days.
Trolling and graphing for stripers turned into a smallmouth catching experience. The best trolling lure this day was the Bomber Flat A in shad color. The habitat bass chose was near a gentle sloping brushy shoreline where bottom depth was 15-20 feet. Smallmouth stomachs were empty except for an occasional crayfish.
Fishing in the southern lake is still a mystery. A solid pattern has not been identified. The most consistent striper spot is Navajo Canyon but stripers are moving up and down the canyon and changing feeding times.  One day small boils will be found at dawn near the canyon mouth while the next day small boils will occur at 11 AM near the big sand dune. This sums up the fishing pattern.  Fish are where you find them.  I will try to make more sense out of this by next week.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

August 20, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3607

Water Temperature 78-83 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

gbheron820Lake Powell fish are getting fatter.  That is a good thing coming off a difficult year with low water and very little brushy habitat. Our studies show that the shad population is nearing a peak not seen in this decade. Lakewide shad numbers from our first shad trawl in July are well above average from Wahweap to Good Hope with Bullfrog showing the most shad of all stations. The August trawl sample next week will determine the strength of this shad year class. The large shad population probably has much to do with the challenging fishing results found over much of the lake.

 
Fishing is best in the northern lake. Stripers are still boiling from Bullfrog all the way to Horn (Buoy 129).  The boils are much quicker than found two weeks ago but they are consistent.  Stripers are feeding both in the bays and in the backs of canyons.  It takes patience but those that search aggressively are finding boils and catching a respectable number of stripers.  These stripers will hit topwater lures or shallow running crankbaits or medium sized spoons. 


In the southern lake finding fish is less certain.  There are few fish reports with lots of recreational boaters still wake boarding and tubing.  An early start is recommended to avoid boat traffic and wakes.  I headed through the Castle Rock Cut at first light and saw a splash on the Warm Creek side.  As the boat slowed to a stop a surface lure was ready to cast but no other splash followed.  However, the graph showed a fish school at 45 feet so a spoon was dropped instead. A fish hit the spoon on the first hop and quickly came to the boat.  To my surprise the expected striper turned out to be a walleye.  The spoon was deployed again and another fish caught. This one was a catfish!  Both fish were eating shad.  It turned out to be one of those crazy days.

fraug20wcat 
Trolling and graphing for stripers turned into a smallmouth catching experience. The best trolling lure this day was the Bomber Flat A in shad color. The habitat bass chose was near a gentle sloping brushy shoreline where bottom depth was 15-20 feet. Smallmouth stomachs were empty except for an occasional crayfish.


Fishing in the southern lake is still a mystery. A solid pattern has not been identified. The most consistent striper spot is Navajo Canyon but stripers are moving up and down the canyon and changing feeding times.  One day small boils will be found at dawn near the canyon mouth while the next day small boils will occur at 11 AM near the big sand dune.

This sums up the fishing pattern.  Fish are where you find them.  I will try to make more sense out of this by next week.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:27
 

August 6, 2014 - Boils in GHB

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
August 6, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3607
Water Temperature 77-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Stripers are still boiling from Good Hope Bay to Trachyte and White Canyon. The intensity is not as strong as last week when stripers first found shad as the water cleared up and visibility increased.  Now there is a morning and evening pattern developing with random boils occurring during the day.  In the morning start looking in Good Hope Bay and then run uplake to the Horn and beyond. Feeding activity can be in the main channel or in the backs of canyons depending on the whim of the stripers. When boils are encountered, stop and fish.  Cast to boils as long as the fish stay on top.  Use full size top water lures, lipless vibrators and Kastmasters for best success.
Catching can be prolonged by casting spoons as soon as the stripers leave the surface.  Stripers are lurking just under the water looking for another shad and the falling spoon is just what they are looking for.   Stripers really like the side-to-side motion the spoon makes when free falling. Slab style jigging spoons are best when used in free fall mode but in surface boils the Kastmasters type spoons are better.  It is wise to have both styles rigged and ready to go.
If stripers are seen on the graph schooled up in deep water, a slab spoon will be the best choice and catching at a high rate will continue.
At mid morning the surface activity slacks off.  Take a break by cooling off in the warm water and then repeat the boil search in the evening as the sun gets low in the west.
From Wahweap to Bullfrog it is a different story. Boils are very random and only a few may be seen during a whole week of looking. When a boil does come up, stripers are very cooperative and will hit full size lures as described above.
Smallmouth bass are active lakewide and can be caught on primary and secondary points leading into the main channel or main canyon.  Fish from 12- 25 feet deep with plastic grubs bounced off the bottom and then retrieved back to the boat.  The best lure for me today was the Yamamoto shad shaped worm rigged on a regular eighth ounce lead head jig. Swim the lure to resemble a shad in open water.  We also caught smallmouth along the shoreline while trolling for stripers. Bass hit trolling lures that ran from 12-20 feet deep over a 30 feet bottom.
Fishing was not fast but it was steady.  Bass size is increasing as shad become more available to all fish.
We recently completed our shad trawling survey and found that shad numbers were above average in all locations sampled. At Wahweap the average sample is usually between 10 and 30 shad per tow. July’s shad sample was over 100 shad per tow.  At Good Hope Bay the average shad haul is usually 100 fish but in July 2014 the count was over 1000 shad per tow.  These numbers are very encouraging.  Boils should continue as plenty of shad are available in the northern lake.   Hopefully shad and stripers will get together in the southern lake as well. Right now there are a few boils in Navajo Canyon without much activity from Rock Creek to Rainbow Bridge.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

August 6, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3607

Water Temperature 77-85 F

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

briangsmb_edited-1Stripers are still boiling from Good Hope Bay to Trachyte and White Canyon. The intensity is not as strong as last week when stripers first found shad as the water cleared up and visibility increased.  Now there is a morning and evening pattern developing with random boils occurring during the day.  In the morning start looking in Good Hope Bay and then run uplake to the Horn and beyond. Feeding activity can be in the main channel or in the backs of canyons depending on the whim of the stripers. When boils are encountered, stop and fish.  Cast to boils as long as the fish stay on top.  Use full size top water lures, lipless vibrators and Kastmasters for best success.

    
Catching can be prolonged by casting spoons as soon as the stripers leave the surface.  Stripers are lurking just under the water looking for another shad and the falling spoon is just what they are looking for.   Stripers really like the side-to-side motion the spoon makes when free falling. Slab style jigging spoons are best when used in free fall mode but in surface boils the Kastmasters type spoons are better.  It is wise to have both styles rigged and ready to go.  
If stripers are seen on the graph schooled up in deep water, a slab spoon will be the best choice and catching at a high rate will continue. 


At mid morning the surface activity slacks off.  Take a break by cooling off in the warm water and then repeat the boil search in the evening as the sun gets low in the west. 


From Wahweap to Bullfrog it is a different story. Boils are very random and only a few may be seen during a whole week of looking. When a boil does come up, stripers are very cooperative and will hit full size lures as described above.  
brianshandsmSmallmouth bass are active lakewide and can be caught on primary and secondary points leading into the main channel or main canyon.  Fish from 12- 25 feet deep with plastic grubs bounced off the bottom and then retrieved back to the boat.  The best lure for me today was the Yamamoto shad shaped worm rigged on a regular eighth ounce lead head jig. Swim the lure to resemble a shad in open water.  We also caught smallmouth along the shoreline while trolling for stripers. Bass hit trolling lures that ran from 12-20 feet deep over a 30 feet bottom. 


Fishing was not fast but it was steady.  Bass size is increasing as shad become more available to all fish.
We recently completed our shad trawling survey and found that shad numbers were above average in all locations sampled. At Wahweap the average sample is usually between 10 and 30 shad per tow. July’s shad sample was over 100 shad per tow.  At Good Hope Bay the average shad haul is usually 100 fish but in July 2014 the count was over 1000 shad per tow.  These numbers are very encouraging.  Boils should continue as plenty of shad are available in the northern lake.   Hopefully shad and stripers will get together in the southern lake as well.

Right now there are a few boils in Navajo Canyon without much activity from Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge.

 
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