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July 19, 2016 -Hite Launching and Fishing
Launching at Hite... is fine, it is a couple feet at the end of the dock, we had to get all four wheels wet but it was simple and straightforward. I honestly think it will get better until it isn't possible if that makes sense. Once you leave the dock it starts getting deeper and the trees just pas the dock are 6-10 feet deep. It remains that depth till you get to the edges of the channel then its in the 12-15 foot range. The channel itself is about 30 feet deep and we even recorded a 40 foot depth at one point. We took screen shots of the river channel on google earth so we knew where the channel still was and cruised right on down to the main lake area that really starts near Farley. Past the confluence of Farley and White the lake is clear enough to fish, Trachyte is stained but still has plenty of feet of visibility. There is a distinct mud line half way towards Two Mile Canyon. There are a couple patches of floating wood until you get past the Horn, wind seemed to push what was remaining towards banks and the receding lake is now holding most of it. I personally wouldn't hesitate to launch at Hite till about 3615, then its certainly more of an unknown. We knew of three other boats that launched there as well including a couple in a 21 foot cruiser so its not all that bad. We have some footage and ill make a separate video of just launching there.
Fishing... was amazing (despite the wind). Ill try to keep it somewhat short and sweet but i could go on forever. Bottom line is in Good Hope varying school sizes are pushing shad specifically towards the backs of coves in certain arms. We only saw a couple open water slurps in Good Hope but we like the ones pushed up agains the bank better anyway. Morning and evenings are the best, and each day they seemed to go farther along in the day even with complete sunshine. Many times we would see only a few splashes and blow ups but an entire school would be in the area so we caught a lot more than we would see at times. The back of Red, Blue Notch and the Northwest shore heading up lake past Castle Butte were all good areas and consistent. Open water slurps were more picky, tube jigs and smaller baits worked best for these. The ones against the bank anything worked. You knew the school was moving on when you'd start catching yearling Stripers trying to catch up, but then you'd start catching really nice Smallies getting active after a boil. Smallmouth were cruising and suspended the entire time, the Largemouth were tucked up closer to boulders and brush and liked a slower presentation. We caught three really nice Walleye just casting bank and my Dad finished off our grand slam with a really nice Crappie in Scorrup. Sunday night was the kicker, we were casting bank the opposite bank of the uplake side of Castle Butte when all of a sudden we saw a huge boil just coming right into us on the bank, game on, from 7:30 until dark we boated 90 Stripers in that area, it was epic. Monday, we fished the morning, then packed up and headed back towards Hite from our camp near Castle Butte, five hours later we got back. Starting at the top of the Horn we saw open water slurps everywhere all the way up to Trachyte where it really got ridiculous. Slurps in every direction. Our battery was useless cause we had our generator die before the trip so we couldn't recharge. So we had to guess where the next one would come up, and it wasnt hard when you had dozens to choose from, very fun and challenging. Then we found some really big boils up against the bank in the mouth of Trachyte heading towards Farley. Seems as though it is really starting to ramp up. We found shad of all sizes, some really small ones in Good Hope to over an inch long by Trachyte. Only saw maybe ten boats the whole time, two were TR and Stickbow Shooter with great info and help, thanks guys!
Thanks for all the help and info here, it truly is amazing and unlike any other place. Ill have our video up ASAP but if you have any more questions ill gladly answer them. Oh and the Hite store really was open every day from 8-5. Great time, not sure when we'll get back but hopefully soon.
July 13, 2016 - Rock Creek Stripers
We had a great trip last weekend. We came across 1 slurp just south of Rock Creek and were able to catch a few surface fish but the real action was against the last vertical wall on the west side at the end of the main canyon in Rock Creek. The fishing was fast and furious on bait in apx 30' with all the kids catching as many fish as they wanted. Time of day didn't seem to matter. We caught 75 stripers over 2 days in 3 hours of total fishing
The majority of the fish were healthy with only 1 in 5 being malnourished.
The stomachs I did check had crayfish.
July 11, 2016 - Herd shad to catch bass
Mid-July and it's 100+ on the lake after noon, but only low 70's at first light when buzzbaits and other topwaters like the deps Buzzjet Jr (shown in photo) excel for a short while. Once the topwater action ends, switch to medium-running lures like 1/2 oz spinnerbaits or crankbaits, and finish up mid-morning with deep-diving 1 oz spinnerbaits and cranks in 15-25 feet of water as well as skirted jigs/trailers bounced on bottom.
Yup, they're biting a little bit of everything. Bass have taken well to the newly-flooded brush but it's really the excellent water quality and bounty of young-of-year shad almost everywhere that's firing the food chain from the bottom up, and keeping the biomass pyramid active. Use your boat movement to flush and stampede the small shad, causing small stripers, bluegill and small bass to bust on them, drawing the bigger bass out to see what's happening and become catchable. It's the opposite of the stealthy, quiet approach. You want to constantly use the boat to move the shad, firing up the small predators that rouse the larger ones. Enjoy!
July 11, 2016 - Hite Conditions and Northern Pike
Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 11:00
Hi Wayne, we had a fun and interesting trip to Hite and the North end last weekend. We were able to launch at Hite with no problems. You can see from the pictures the depth is about 8-10 ft.. Brush was not a problem. We found scattered slurps/boils from Good Hope up to 4 Mile. They were up quick and then down. Very boat shy. If you could find one next to shore it was much better and less spooky and stayed up a little longer. Most activity we found was around the Horn and north to 4-mile. Kastmasters and top water worked great.
We did find this little surprise in Ticaboo while looking for bass and crappie. Water clarity from 4-mile down lake was clearing up nicely. Very fishable. Looking forward to more and better action on the north end in the next few weeks.
July 10, 2016 - Slurps and bait at Bullfrog
Fished out of Bullfrog late Tuesday July 5th after assisting with some minor flash flood repairs in Ticaboo. Found slurps in the bay in front of Halls ramp. Set up for night fishing in the Alcove on the south side of the entrance to Lake Canyon. The wind was strong out of the south and we were protected from it there. Had to wait about five minutes for the first bite. Brought in shad before dark too. In two hours we landed 27 stripers between two of us. Most a little skinnier than the fish caught in slurps. More slurp fishing in the bay in the morning. Then off to the cleaning station and then fish fillets to the freezer.
Wednesday afternoon we chased more slurps in the wind. Saw one good boil late but others were fishing it. Set up for night fishing near shore by the Halls bouy field. Brought in fewer shad and stripers than the night before. In the morning we looked again for slurps and found a few.
Thursday afternoon we decided to try running down towards the Rincon as the wind had died down. Ran across a slurp just past Lost Eden. Landed one striper out of it. Then we noticed a boat in distress waving at us. They stated that the towline from a tube had wrapped up in their prop. A knife resolved that. Sometimes it is good to have anglers around. Few slurps and no boils after that so for night fishing we set up further up Lake Canyon. Just to try it. Fish were slow to come in and a lot less shad than previous nights. Fewer slurps in the morning with most out from the Halls ramp again. We did try about 3 minutes of Walleye fishing and even brought some worms. But are easily distracted by stripers.
Both of us had more fun catching stripers out of slurps than at night. There are a few gnats to deal with at night. The best lure for fishing slurps for me was a 3/4 ounce Hopkins Shorty. With fluro leader. But topwater worked almost as well. Better when the fish were close to the boat.
July 9, 2016 - Family Fishing
The Bennett clan had a fun filled Fourth of July on the south end of the lake. Early morning boys trip produced 18 stripers between my son, grandpa and myself. This was fast and furious as we new the wake boarders would wake up soon. The majority of our success was all main lake as we start with our first slurp on the turn from warm creek to the narrows... 4:50amish. It was awesome as the bass boat glided right into them and my 5 year old Trace was the first to hook up with a clear zerra puppy. Followed by grandpa with a popper and myself with a shad shape (natural shad color) worm on light line 6lb. Starting with a triple off the bat was awesome!!! This pattern continued up the lake until our last slurp in the dove/ Neanderthal area.
I did notice larger stripers were much more co-operative than the smaller ones staying on the surface for multiple casts. Then we had to switch gears to bass fishing (it's to thick in my blood not to!) We proceeded to pick off numerous smallmouth and some largemouth on a smorgasbord of lures and from top water to 35' bottom bouncing a jig. Just all around good times. We headed back early to fillet stripers and switch gears to the pontoon.
Found a comfy beach and then my daughter Kendyl took over bringing in smallmouth after smallmouth on a little rocky point near by. Was the perfect ending to the day with both kiddos catching fish. We hung out for fire works and a bar-b-que then headed home. Yes the lake was crowded and yes we had numerous trips on the launch ramp... Half in the dark but it was all worth it to see smiling kids with fish!!! Just had to add that I had a parent complaining to me that there is nothing for kids to do around here... I beg to differ!!! Tight lines everyone!
July 9, 2016 - Antelope Stripers
Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 11:12
This is Steve and Pam Hodges from Phoenix, and Linda Davis from Apple Valley, Ca. We caught 63 stripers today in Antelope Canyon today July 7th and 20 yesterday. We were fishing with anchovies and throwing out chum bait. We started both days at our spot at 7am and finished around 1pm. They never stopped but we ran out of bait and our live wells were full or we would still be there. We had a wonderful time and will be there again in the morning.
We caught a total of 132 Striped Bass in Antelope Canyon in three days!!! We fished from 7am to around noon or 1pm all three days. The fishing never stopped or slowed down. It gets a little hectic in there once the tour boats start coming in, but the boats stir the water up and that’s when all three of us would get a fish on at the same time, that happened several times to us. The first day we only caught 20 fish, the second day we caught 63 and then the third day we caught 49. We fished with anchovies and cut up chum to draw them in.
July 4, 2016 - Good Hope Boils
Just spent a couple days at Good Hope. 107 stripers and a few smallies. Had to leave because we didn't have enough ice to keep them cool. Oh the pain!
There's a lot of debris floating just southwest of the two islands in the mouth of Red Canyon. The shad were tucked up underneath it and the stripers were driving them nuts. Slurps and Boils happened as the evening shadows worked toward the east. We didn't have to move very far to get into the next school.
We were using a two inch spoon, the treble hook replaced with a single 3.0 hook for easier removal.
Thanks for the website. It sure has been good info. Here's wishing every one a case of "Striper Thumb".
Tight lines and sharp hooks.
June 30, 2016 - Bullfrog stripers and wallleye
Spent a few days around Bullfrog Sunday - Tuesday. We were on a mission to get more walleye tagged for the upcoming contest -- but MAN! All those slurps - almost boils! - were dang hard to ignore!
We had our first fish just outside the wakeless area of the Bullfrog ramp. It was literally within a minute of being on the lake. That was about 12:30pm. It was non-stop slurps from Bullfrog Bay down around the corner from Lost Eden. After catching a dozen or so stripers, we finally found ourselves a camp in a nice little cove just south of the small canyon south from Lost Eden and the crack in the wall (~mile marker 91). We dropped off the cots and went out to bottom bounce along the humps and shallow points. This did not produce any walleye. So, we went for a drive up Long Canyon, which produced nothing. The heat of the day was starting to intensify, and we figured the fish were just taking a break. So we went for another ride back to Lost Eden and some shade. Bluegill were willing participants in our adventure, but they only gave entertainment for a short period before the anglers were ready to try again for walleye. Back to the campsite and the shallow humps we went. This time, we went back to what we know best: trolling. We immediately picked up 12 walleye (4:00pm) using plugs diving to ~10 - 12'. We expected the fishing to just get better as the evening went on. We were wrong. As the lake calmed down, the surface turned glassy. No slurps at all. The walleye went to sleep as well. We fished until dark, with little success. Oh well, we had a fun time in the early part of the day.
We hit things early on Monday morning, expecting lots of slurps and action before the sun came up. We started trolling in front of camp again. No slurps to be seen. The walleye were still asleep. We picked up a couple stripers trolling, but the lake was eerily quiet. We decided to go for a ride towards Ice Berg, fishing any spots that looked good on the way. We found a couple spots that looked good for wallleye, but no success. We did find a few stripers trolling. Still no slurps.
We hit Ice Berg about the time the sun was hitting the water. That's when things really got exciting! The "slurps" in Ice Berg started at the first alcove. That entire bay was lit up -- and those slurps were much more aggressive than the typical slurp. The schools of fish were huge and when one slurp went down, another would erupt behind, to the side, in front, behind again.....they were going off everywhere! We hardly had to move the boat. They were bigger fish too. We spent the next few hours catching stripers. Healthy stripers. They were great fish! What a blast! Too bad we still had walleye that needed to be caught! It was time to go slow things down, and get some walleye.
Across the channel from Ice Berg we started trolling again searching for walleye. We found none. We did find smallmouth bass. We tried bottom bouncing some points and found more smallmouth bass and a few catfish. But no walleye. After a few hours of this, we decided to head back to camp. A houseboat had beached near our camp, right close to the shallow humps and points, and numerous kids were playing in the water on float toys -- not exactly conducive for catching fish. So we went to Hall's Creek Bay where a couple weeks before some success was had around the islands.
The islands are no longer islands. Water levels have risen quite a bit, and the one island is about 6 feet under water. We started bouncing the bottom hoping for some walleye. Again, all we found were smallmouth bass and a couple catfish. We soon decided it was time for a swim and some lunch.
After the break, we headed towards Stanton. Again, we went back to trolling. Finally! we nailed a walleye! We grabbed the bottom bouncing rods, and started getting walleye, after walleye. We totaled 50 walleye. We felt much better after finally get some of them taken care of.
Again, we expected to start to see more action as the evening wore on. We were disappointed to see the slurps die off (again) and the lake turn to glass. Oh well. We had a pretty good day with a lot of stripers and walleye caught.
Tuesday morning was another interesting experience. The mouth of Hall's Creek and the main channel had lots of activity. But the slurps were all spread out with only a couple fish. There really weren't any concentrated slurps going on. We would just drift around looking for fish, then cast to those couple fish. We caught a bunch for stripers again - but more of the 10 - 12" stripers. It seemed that the fish got bigger as you went towards Ice Berg, and smaller up in Bullfrog.
The trip was great. We caught a ton of fish. The Lake is certainly alive right now -- and the good news for those anglers that hate getting up early is: Fishing is best in the middle of the day, and worst in the early morning and late evening. So, sleep in. Go fish in the heat of the day, then enjoy the evening with your feet up on the cooler and a Coke in your hand!
June 27, 2016 - Boils Between Rincon and Escalante
It's On! Got my boat back from Cali last Monday and was heading to Powell on Friday morning. Reading all the post were killing me and my BIL. We were on the water at 6 Am and headed straight for the Juan. We made a quick stop for some boiling stripers at the Rincon. They were blowing up shad they had cornered in a small cove. Fun Stuff. Saw small skirmishes here and there on the way down. Got to the San Juan and it was dead no action on top at all. We bass fished til about 3;30. Driving all night was catching up to us so we put the power poles down in a little cut and took bout a hour nap. Hoping to kill a little time til the evening boils started.
The bass were hitting anything and everything. Tons of smallies , no size though, even out deep. Did well for largies in the flooded brush with flukes and Keitechs. We waited around thinking the stripers should get going any minute but it never happened. It might of after we left but I didn't want to wait much longer. It was probably around six at that time. We found plenty of willing schools at the mouth of Escalante on our way back. Big schools were working in and out of the main channel. When we were done with one school or they would sound there was usually another one heading our way or just a short trolling motor trip away. What a way to the end a day.
The next morning we intended on going back to Escalante but never made it. Rincon was alive. After an hour or so and several fish later we set back out for Escalante but got right up to the last bend and hit the mother lode. They weren't slurping , they were full on boils. We smashed em for a couple of hours. It was just craziness. Me and My BIl are pretty good at getting the most out boils. We've been doing it for a while and got a good system. When they're going pretty good it's not about enjoying the moment or the scenery or taking pictures. We have one thing on our mind, load the boat! Get a fish on get in the boat as fast as you can and repeat. I know a bass boat isn't the best for trolling and bait fishing, but when it comes to boil fishing it's absolutely the best rig to have, put the trolling motor on high and get at em. The Fortrex is strong enough to keep up with moving schools and quiet enough it doesn't spook them. When the dust settled my boat was thrashed. There was blood, scales and shad littered all over the deck.
We had so many fish I could barely get on plane, good problem to have. Only bad part about the whole thing it was only 10:30. We still had the whole day ahead of us. Oh well. We stopped for a burger and ice cream at Hall's and we were off the lake at 12:00.
They were going strong in the main channel between the Rincon and Escalante. Most of the damage was done on Grubsters and Keitechs. They weren't real boat shy and even willing to hit 4" Big Hammers and Fish Traps even though the shad they were spitting up all over my boat were only 1". That was a great outing and should hold me over for ,I don't know...a week or so . Nows a good time to be out there! Go get you some!