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July 23, 2014 - Fishing Observatory

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
July 23, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3609
Water Temperature 77-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Fishing is good at Lake Powell but for best results go NORTH.  Water is now clearing in Good
Hope Bay all the way to Trachyte. Surface action continues but boils are seen only sporadically.  Trolling and spooning will put more fish in the boat but it is hard to beat the adrenaline rush provided by a school of stripers thrashing on the surface.  With surface temperatures exceeding 80 degrees it is much more likely to catch juvenile stripers on top. The bigger fish are forced into deep water and can be caught on deep trolling lures.  For the Very Best results fish at night with a green a light near the marinas and houseboats fields to catch copious quantities of stripers.
Fishing out of Wahweap is challenging with warm surface temperatures and lots of boating activity.  These fish have not returned to the surface since full moon. Stripers can be caught trolling in the shade of the main channel cliffs early in the morning.   The area from Buoy 25 upstream to Wetherill is the most productive.  Early morning and late evening are the best times with mid day being a better time for swimming and recreating.
Smallmouth bass fishing is improving but bass are located further off shore and in deeper water than expected.  The best depth to catch larger smallmouth bass is 25 feet.  It is also possible to catch smallmouth trolling along the shoreline at a bottom depth of 15-25 feet.  There are some shad along the edge of the canyons and coves but stripers have slurped up a high percentage of larval shad already.  Smallmouth are more than willing to chase shad along the shore which makes them vulnerable to crankbaits trolled or cast in open water.
Water conditions have opened up a new event in which all can participate.  There are many long, deep-channel coves that have flooded cattails, tumbleweeds and tamarisk trees. Many species of fish have moved into the weedy coves and are easy to see in the clear water.  A boat, paddle board, or floating device puts one in range of the fish picture show.  It is reminiscent of a nature preserve. Bluegill are the most common fish seen with many spread randomly through the weeds.  School of shad swim in tight bunches of 50-100 fish.  Not far away will be a few larger bass trying to ambush the shad school.  Lurking on the perimeter of the weeds will be striped bass waiting for the opportunity to rush into the cove and chase shad.  Spend an hour watching the natural fish exhibit while camped on the lake.
Catfish are perhaps the easiest fish to catch now. They can be caught near camp on the sandy beaches.  But for best results try the backs of long narrow canyons much like Navajo, Last chance, and San Juan.  Most of the shallow water near the end of the canyon will be very murky.  Anchor in 10-15 feet of water in the back of the canyon and use chicken liver or similar smelly bait to catch catfish all day and all night long.
There is always some fishing activity going on at Lake Powell, even in the hottest part of summer.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

July 23, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3609

Water Temperature 77-85 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

July 25 - Big Striper Boils reported all afternoon near the Horn - Buoy 129

austinkFishing is good at Lake Powell but for best results go NORTH.  Water is now clearing in GoodHope Bay all the way to Trachyte. Surface action continues but boils are seen only sporadically.  Trolling and spooning will put more fish in the boat but it is hard to beat the adrenaline rush provided by a school of stripers thrashing on the surface.  With surface temperatures exceeding 80 degrees it is much more likely to catch juvenile stripers on top. The bigger fish are forced into deep water and can be caught on deep trolling lures.  For the Very Best results fish at night with a green a light near the marinas and houseboats fields to catch copious quantities of stripers.

 
Fishing out of Wahweap is challenging with warm surface temperatures and lots of boating activity.  These fish have not returned to the surface since full moon. Stripers can be caught trolling in the shade of the main channel cliffs early in the morning.   The area from Buoy 25 upstream to Wetherill is the most productive.  Early morning and late evening are the best times with mid day being a better time for swimming and recreating. 

Smallmouth bass fishing is improving but bass are located further off shore and in deeper water than expected.  The best depth to catch larger smallmouth bass is 25 feet.  It is also possible to catch smallmouth trolling along the shoreline at a bottom depth of 15-25 feet.  There are some shad along the edge of the canyons and coves but stripers have slurped up a high percentage of larval shad already.  Smallmouth are more than willing to chase shad along the shore which makes them vulnerable to crankbaits trolled or cast in open water. 

shadcattailsWater conditions have opened up a new event in which all can participate.  There are many long, deep-channel coves that have flooded cattails, tumbleweeds and tamarisk trees. Many species of fish have moved into the weedy coves and are easy to see in the clear water.  A boat, paddle board, or floating device puts one in range of the fish picture show.  It is reminiscent of a nature preserve. Bluegill are the most common fish seen with many spread randomly through the weeds.  School of shad swim in tight bunches of 50-100 fish.  Not far away will be a few larger bass trying to ambush the shad school.  Lurking on the perimeter of the weeds will be striped bass waiting for the opportunity to rush into the cove and chase shad.  Spend an hour watching the natural fish exhibit while camped on the lake.  

catboyCatfish are perhaps the easiest fish to catch now. They can be caught near camp on the sandy beaches.  But for best results try the backs of long narrow canyons much like Navajo, Last chance, and San Juan.  Most of the shallow water near the end of the canyon will be very murky.  Anchor in 10-15 feet of water in the back of the canyon and use chicken liver or similar smelly bait to catch catfish all day and all night long.  

There is always some fishing activity going on at Lake Powell, even in the hottest part of summer.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 09:42
 

July 16, 2014 - Summer outlook

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
July 16, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3609
Water Temperature 77-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Powell remains at the high water peak of 3609 MSL but has started its annual decline. The bright side of this picture is that brush and drift wood cluttered camping and recreational beaches will become pristine for the rest of the summer as water level declines. The slow decline will stabilize fishing success and set the stage for awesome topwater fishing during the rest of July and August.  There is just enough submerged brush in the water to harbor shad and protect them while they grow larger.  Watch the lake level closely when planning a summer boil trip.  Brush comes out of the water when lake elevation hits 3603.  That will be the peak of the top water fishing season as shad and stripers come together on equal footing when brush is no longer available to protect shad.  Water level from 3603-3605 MSL should be the ideal time to catch bass and stripers on surface lures.
The super moon was great to look at but all fish in the southern lake went on vacation while gazing at the moon.  The best angling occurred at Bullfrog and Halls where night fishermen were catching 2-3 pound stripers under the lights all night long. Daytime fishing success is now recovering lakewide as small stripers are chasing small shad on the surface over the entire lake.
Topwater hotspots for stripers right now include the main channel at the mouth of Lake Canyon, Halls Creek buoy field and the wall on the upstream side of the buoy field, Neskahi Bay on the San Juan, Escalante main channel, and Good Hope Bay.   Slurping boils will be seen lakewide with best success early in the morning before boat traffic stirs up the lake and shortens the time a striper school spends slurping on the surface.  The last hour of daylight will be good as well if the wind does not blow.
Average size of bass caught is still small with most fish weighing less than a pound. Bigger bass can be caught by fishing topwater lures at twilight both morning and evening.  Largemouth will surprise some anglers by feeding in open water with a school of slurping stripers.  The ideal bass fishing experience results when stripers drive shad into a shallow brushy cove.  It is great fun to catch stripers on topwater lures while they are actively engaged.  But stripers usually leave the cove after only a few minutes.  Continue to work topwater lures near brush to target largemouth bass after the boil subsides.
Catfish are perhaps the easiest fish to catch now. Just fish off the back of the boat near camp with table scraps.  My favorite catfish recipe is blackened catfish with Cajun spices cooked in a hot cast iron pan with olive oil. That will make an unforgettable meal for a youngster who caught the catfish and provided the fish for dinner.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

July 16, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3609

Water Temperature 77-85 F

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

coopersparks14_edited-1Lake Powell remains at the high water peak of 3609 MSL but has started its annual decline. The bright side of this picture is that brush and drift wood cluttered camping and recreational beaches will become pristine for the rest of the summer as water level declines. The slow decline will stabilize fishing success and set the stage for awesome topwater fishing during the rest of July and August.  There is just enough submerged brush in the water to harbor shad and protect them while they grow larger.  Watch the lake level closely when planning a summer boil trip.  Brush comes out of the water when lake elevation hits 3603.  That will be the peak of the top water fishing season as shad and stripers come together on equal footing when brush is no longer available to protect shad.  Water level from 3603-3605 MSL should be the ideal time to catch bass and stripers on surface lures. 


The super moon was great to look at but all fish in the southern lake went on vacation while gazing at the moon.  The best angling occurred at Bullfrog and Halls where night fishermen were catching 2-3 pound stripers under the lights all night long. Daytime fishing success is now recovering lakewide as small stripers are chasing small shad on the surface over the entire lake.

Topwater hotspots for stripers right now include the main channel at the mouth of Lake Canyon, Halls Creek buoy field and the wall on the upstream side of the buoy field, Neskahi Bay on the San Juan, Escalante main channel, and Good Hope Bay.   Slurping boils will be seen lakewide with best success early in the morning before boat traffic stirs up the lake and shortens the time a striper school spends slurping on the surface.  The last hour of daylight will be good as well if the wind does not blow. 

coachklmb_edited-1Average size of bass caught is still small with most fish weighing less than a pound. Bigger bass can be caught by fishing topwater lures at twilight both morning and evening.  Largemouth will surprise some anglers by feeding in open water with a school of slurping stripers.  The ideal bass fishing experience results when stripers drive shad into a shallow brushy cove.  It is great fun to catch stripers on topwater lures while they are actively engaged.  But stripers usually leave the cove after only a few minutes.  Continue to work topwater lures near brush to target largemouth bass after the boil subsides. 

Catfish are perhaps the easiest fish to catch now. Just fish off the back of the boat near camp with table scraps.  My favorite catfish recipe is blackened catfish with Cajun spices cooked in a hot cast iron pan with olive oil. That will make an unforgettable meal for a youngster who caught the catfish and provided the fish for dinner.

 

July 9, 2014 - Blue Collar Stripers

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Lake Powell Fishing Report

July 9, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3609

Water Temperature 75-80 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

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Lake Powell Fishing Report

 

July 9, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3609
Water Temperature 75-80 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Powell has topped out at 3609 MSL after rising 35 feet this year.  That means Castle Rock Cut is 27 feet deep and should remain passable for the rest of 2014. Fish are more concerned about habitat.   New green brush went under water at 3603 and will provide bass habitat and shad shelter for much of the summer.  The shad crop is a bit above average. Adult shad continue to spawn in July when in some others years they would have finished spawning by now. That is a positive occurrence.  The size of the shad population will be determined with trawl sampling during dark moon phase later in the month.
Blue collar stripers in the southern lake have settled into a daily routine.  They go to work at first light and chase shad for an hour or two.  Then they take a break until mid day when the most serious shad chasing occurs. On calm days surface feeding action is common in the main channel as small striper schools are consistently seen from Padre Bay to Rock Creek and Dungeon Canyon.  Surface boils settle down again in the afternoon and then are repeated briefly in the evening.  The imminent arrival of full moon this weekend will push most feeding activity into late afternoon and evenings with quiet mornings.
Full moon will have less impact in the northern lake where water is clearing as runoff diminishes.  Surface feeding is ramping up in the backs of canyons as shad are becoming visible to stripers.  Best striper fishing will now be in the northern lake with good striper fishing lakewide. Expect increasing surface feeding activity in Good Hope Bay during July. Boils
Stripers are susceptible to trolling while relaxing at depth between surface excursions. A few fish can be caught while waiting for the next surface explosion. Trolling success is about 2-3 fish per hour in the southern lake compared to 10 fish an hour in the north.
Bass fishing success is increasing lakewide as water level stabilizes.  Lots of fish are caught with plastic grubs and tubes but the average bass size is small.
Catfishing success is increasing as spawning concludes.  Catfish are patrolling the beaches in the evening looking for an easy meal.
Surface fishing for stripers combined with small bass along the shore and catfish on the beach provide ideal conditions for teaching children how to fish.  The key element in fishing instruction is to actually include fish as part of the training.  Fish are now available for kids to catch while visiting Lake Powell on a family vacation.  Make sure to bring fishing equipment for another fun activity while at the lake.

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Lake Powell has topped out at 3609 MSL after rising 35 feet this year.  That means Castle Rock Cut is 27 feet deep and should remain passable for the rest of 2014. Fish are more concerned about habitat.   New green brush went under water at 3603 and will provide bass habitat and shad shelter for much of the summer.  The shad crop is a bit above average. Adult shad continue to spawn this week when in some others years they would have finished spawning by now. That is a positive occurrence.  The size of the shad population will be determined with trawl sampling during dark moon phase later in the month. 


sharonhunt3Blue collar stripers in the southern lake have settled into a daily routine.  They go to work at first light and chase shad for an hour or two.  Then they take a break until mid day when the most serious shad chasing occurs. On calm days surface feeding action is common in the main channel as small striper schools are consistently seen from Padre Bay to Rock Creek and Dungeon Canyon.  Surface boils settle down again in the afternoon and then are repeated briefly in the evening.  The imminent arrival of full moon this weekend will push most feeding activity into late afternoon and evenings with quiet mornings.

 


Full moon will have less impact in the northern lake where water is clearing as runoff diminishes.  Surface feeding is ramping up in the backs of canyons as shad are becoming more visible to stripers.  Best striper fishing will now be in the northern lake with good striper fishing lakewide. Expect increasing surface feeding activity in Good Hope Bay during July. 

Stripers are susceptible to trolling while relaxing at depth between surface excursions. A few fish can be caught while waiting for the next surface explosion. Trolling success is about 2-3 fish per hour in the southern lake compared to 10 fish an hour in the north. 


bymyers5Bass fishing success is increasing lakewide as water level stabilizes.  Lots of bass are caught with plastic grubs and tubes but the average bass size is small. Both bass and striper populations are rebuilding after low water and poor habitat during the past two years. 

Catfishing success is increasing as spawning concludes.  Catfish are patrolling the beaches in the evening looking for an easy meal. It is easy to invite them to dinner by putting a few table scraps on a hook which are then cast to the sandy bottom behind the boat. 


Surface fishing for stripers combined with small bass along the shore and catfish on the beach provide ideal conditions for teaching children how to fish.  The key element in fishing instruction is to actually include fish as part of the training. Fish are readily available for kids to catch while visiting Lake Powell on a family vacation.  Make sure to bring fishing equipment for another fun activity while at the lake.

 

July 1, 2014 - July 4th Fireworks

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
July 1, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3609.2
Water Temperature 73-77 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Stripers are settling into a feeding schedule which would be good for anglers to know about.  Today we launched at first light from Stateline ramp in the southern lake.  No surface activity was seen in Wahweap but as we came out of the Castle Rock Cut individual splashes were seen in the Warm Creek channel.  It was not until we hit the shade from the high ridge on the east side of Warm Creek Bay that stripers began to join and feed in groups of 5-10 fish.  If we could get close enough to place a precise cast to a group on the surface we could catch yearling stripers measuring 6-12 inches. Warm Creek was bubbling with these small fish.
Stomach contents revealed that these small stripers were eating very small shad without much swimming ability.  Therefore they could feed individually without a group effort to corral fast moving adult shad.
We left the small stripers and headed uplake to Padre Bay.  There were a few small boils in the main channel that dove before we were in range.  Again when we entered the shade produced by the tall wall on the east side of Padre Bay, schools of larger stripers were found feeding.  They were up and down quickly but a good cast resulted in a 2.5 pound striper hookup.
The big difference this week was that these stripers would now hit full size surface lures. Micro lures used last week were not required.  Now a stealthy approach with a good stop in casting distance followed by an accurate cast resulted in one fish caught from every 2 or 3 quick boils.
The next leg of the journey took us to Gregory Butte at 8 AM. Shade was gone but striper schools were seen slurping along the eastern shoreline. These fish exhibited the same behavior with tight schools and quick surface trips.  Then things got much more exciting as a slurping school moved into shallow water in a weedy cove.  They had obviously driven a school of larger shad into the shallow brush line.  Now when we cast near these feeding fish they would hit the surface lure every time.
It is amazing how much has changed in the past week. Shad have grown larger and faster while stripers have become more aggressive. Feeding time is random with a sure opportunity to see small slurps early and late each day followed by larger boils spaced throughout the day. Precise casts and small profile lures are still preferred but full size lures that cast much farther are producing as well.
From Bullfrog to San Juan water clarity is still cloudy from runoff but small slurps are seen commonly throughout the day. These stripers are catchable with a fish caught from every other slurp.  There is a lot more chasing than catching, but at the end of the day there will be enough great tasting small stripers for fish tacos.
Bait fishing for stripers at the back of Moki and Lake Canyon where bottom depth is 30 feet continues to produce many more fish than caught by surface fishermen. These fish are about the same size as those caught on the surface with a few 3-pound fish added.
Smallmouth are near shore and rocky structure.  They too are getting excited about the waves of small shad driven past by feeding stripers. Don’t be surprised to catch a bass in the middle of a shallow water boil.  Bluegill have moved into the submerged tamarisk trees and can be caught on crappie jigs and live worms.  Catfish are actively spawning now and are very aggressive on the sandy beaches near camp throughout the day.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

July 1, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3609.2

Water Temperature 73-77 F

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

 

hotw1Stripers are settling into a feeding schedule which would be good for anglers to know about.  Today we launched at first light from Stateline ramp in the southern lake.  No surface activity was seen in Wahweap but as we came out of the Castle Rock Cut individual splashes were seen in the Warm Creek channel.  It was not until we hit the shade from the high ridge on the east side of Warm Creek Bay that stripers began to join and feed in groups of 5-10 fish.  If we could get close enough to place a precise cast to a group on the surface we could catch yearling stripers measuring 6-12 inches. Warm Creek was bubbling with these small fish.

 
Stomach contents revealed that these small stripers were eating very small shad without much swimming ability.  Therefore they could feed individually without a group effort to corral fast moving adult shad.  


We left the small stripers and headed uplake to Padre Bay.  There were a few small boils in the main channel that dove before we were in range.  Again when we entered the shade produced by the tall wall on the east side of Padre Bay, schools of larger stripers were found feeding.  They were up and down quickly but a good cast resulted in a 2.5 pound striper hookup. 


The big difference this week was that these stripers would now hit full size surface lures. Micro lures used last week were not required.  Now a stealthy approach with a good stop in casting distance followed by an accurate cast resulted in one fish caught from every 2 or 3 quick boils.

 
The next leg of the journey took us to Gregory Butte at 8 AM. Shade was gone but striper schools were seen slurping along the eastern shoreline. These fish exhibited the same behavior with tight schools and quick surface trips.  Then things got much more exciting as a slurping school moved into shallow water in a weedy cove.  They had obviously driven a school of larger shad into the shallow brush line.  Now when we cast near these feeding fish they would hit the surface lure every time. 


jonahIt is amazing how much has changed in the past week. Shad have grown larger and faster while stripers have become more aggressive. Feeding time is random with a sure opportunity to see small slurps early and late each day followed by larger boils spaced throughout the day. Precise casts and small profile lures are still preferred but full size lures that cast much farther are producing as well. 


From Bullfrog to San Juan water clarity is still cloudy from runoff but small slurps are seen commonly throughout the day. These stripers are catchable with a fish caught from every other slurp.  There is a lot more chasing than catching, but at the end of the day there will be enough great tasting small stripers for fish tacos. 


Bait fishing for stripers at the back of Moki and Lake Canyon where bottom depth is 30 feet continues to produce many more fish than caught by surface fishermen. These fish are about the same size as those caught on the surface with a few 3-pound fish added. Smallmouth are near shore and rocky structure.  They too are getting excited about the waves of small shad driven past by feeding stripers. Don’t be surprised to catch a bass in the middle of a shallow water boil.  Bluegill have moved into the submerged tamarisk trees and can be caught on crappie jigs and live worms.  Catfish are actively spawning now and are very aggressive on the sandy beaches near camp throughout the day.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:36
 

June 24, 2014 - Lake Powell is BOILING!

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
June 24, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3607.25
Water Temperature 71-76 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
The last fish report was not very exciting with mundane fishing results. Since then two major events occurred. First the wind quit blowing hard in the afternoons. Second the Summer Solstice on June 21 had a dramatic impact on Lake Powell as the lake started BOILING!  I suppose the striper boils were not really caused by the first day of summer.  Regardless, going fishing is now terribly exciting once more.
Slurping striper boils are seen lakewide.  Juvenile stripers are feasting on larval shad with the feeding action occurring on the surface making fish location easy to see. Schools of 50 to 500 stripers are tightly grouped as they line up and mow the surface while eating tons of larval shad.
Shad are abundant in areas where slurps are happening. Right now the main channel is the prime fishing destination.  Head uplake from Wahweap or downlake from Bullfrog to get in on the action.  The best spot from Wahweap is upper Padre Bay to Rock Creek.  Best spot down from Bullfrog is Escalante to San Juan.  Perhaps the best spot on the entire lake is the San Juan Arm from the mouth to Wilson Creek.
Lure choice is important. Shad size is very small and swimming ability is slow.  Crankbaits do not mimic the forage. It is possible to cast to the edge of the action and work the lure into the feeding fish. A silent entry works as stripers are willing to consume a “larger fish” when one is seen.  But if the lure lands mid group they spook and go away.  A small spoon, like a Kastmaster, that falls down through the feeding fish and then works through the feeders has more success because perfect casts are not needed – a good one is enough.  Some stripers spook when the lure hits but others grab the spoon as it works down and then through the school. My best success has come on small (3/8 ounce) micro fabric jigs that are similar to flies tied to look like various fish species.  These small fish can be worked slower than spoons when necessary or fast following a perfect cast.  Results are very rewarding with these and also small bucktail jigs. Yesterday one or more fish were caught from every slurp.  The hooked fish was then escorted to the boat by an entourage of 30-50 following fish.  That was really neat to see in clear water.
Timing is variable with a good early morning bite followed by a mid day lull.  Then at 2 PM (MST) the afternoon boils start and last until dark. The days are action packed. Yesterday, from 2-5  PM, there was never a moment when I was not casting to boils, choosing which group to try next, cruising to the next group, or taking a fish off the hook. It was a truly amazing fishing experience.
Striper size is 14 to 20 inches and fish are fat as they can get.  Stomachs are bulging with about 50 shad per stomach.  It is time to save some shad.  Get out there and give the shad a hand. If we want boils to be around in September we have to allow shad to grow to adult size. Reducing striper numbers now will help that cause and make fishing better later on.
These stripers are perfect eating size.  Just put some ice in a cooler and place fresh caught fish on ice immediately.  They will then keep until the end of the trip when filleting is possible.  Take the fishing rods along on the wakeboarding adventure.  Stop for all boils to add variety to the trip. It will add a new dimension to the summer Lake Powell adventure.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

June 24, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Lake Elevation: 3607.25                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Water Temperature 71-76 F                                                                                                                                                                                        

 By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

Lake Powell is BOILING

The last fish report was not very exciting with mundane fishing results. Since then two major events occurred. First the wind quit blowing hard in the afternoons. Second the Summer Solstice on June 21 had a dramatic impact on Lake Powell as the lake started BOILING!  I suppose the striper boils were not really caused by the first day of summer.  Regardless, going fishing is now terribly exciting once more.  

slurps622aSlurping striper boils are seen lakewide.  Juvenile stripers are feasting on larval shad with the feeding action occurring on the surface making fish location easy to see. Schools of 50 to 500 stripers are tightly grouped as they line up and mow the surface while eating tons of larval shad.  

Shad are abundant in areas where slurps are happening. Right now the main channel is the prime fishing destination.  Head uplake from Wahweap or downlake from Bullfrog to get in on the action.  The best spot from Wahweap is upper Padre Bay to Rock Creek.  Best spot down from Bullfrog is Escalante to San Juan.  Perhaps the best spot on the entire lake is the San Juan Arm from the mouth to Wilson Creek. 

 

 

 

slurps622bLure choice is important. Shad size is very small and swimming ability is slow.  Crankbaits do not mimic the forage. It is possible to cast to the edge of the action and work the lure into the feeding fish. A silent entry works as stripers are willing to consume a “larger fish” when one is seen.  But if the lure lands mid group they spook and go away.  A small spoon, like a Kastmaster, that falls down through the feeding fish and then works through the feeders has more success because perfect casts are not needed – a good one is enough.  Some stripers spook when the lure hits but others grab the spoon as it works down and then through the school. My best success has come on small (3/8 ounce) micro fabric jigs that are similar to flies tied to look like various fish species.

 These small fish can be worked slower than spoons when necessary or fast following a perfect cast.  Results are very rewarding with these and also small bucktail jigs. Yesterday one or more fish were caught from every slurp.  The hooked fish was then escorted to the boat by an entourage of 30-50 following fish.  That was really neat to see in clear water.  

Timing is variable with a good early morning bite followed by a mid day lull.  Then at 2 PM (MST) the afternoon boils start and last until dark. The days are action packed. Yesterday, from 2-5  PM, there was never a moment when I was not casting to boils, choosing which group to try next, cruising to the next group, or taking a fish off the hook. It was a truly amazing fishing experience. 

slurps622cStriper size is 14 to 20 inches and fish are fat as they can get.  Stomachs are bulging with about 50 shad per stomach.  It is time to save some shad.  Get out there and give the shad a hand. If we want boils to be around in September we have to allow shad to grow to adult size. Reducing striper numbers now will help that cause and make fishing better later on. 

These stripers are perfect eating size.  Just put some ice in a cooler and place fresh caught fish on ice immediately.  They will then keep until the end of the trip when filleting is possible.  Take the fishing rods along on the wakeboarding adventure.  Stop for all boils to add variety to the trip. It will add a new dimension to the summer Lake Powell adventure.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:30
 
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