Here is may report for June 10-17th. We passed you as we headed back to the dock on Friday morning. Wish we weren’t in the houseboat would have loved to stop and chat.
Headed out on the Houseboat and found a great spot directly below the Western shelve of Gunsight Butte. After spending a few hours getting the boat anchored and things situated it was time to get a line in the water. Started fishing for some cats off the back of the houseboat with some great success using frozen anchovies. Landed several 1-2 lb and then hooked into a really nice 6-7 lb channel. The kids also had great success off the houseboat fishing the shade for Bluegill. A small grub tipped with a piece of meat was usually the ticket. We did however notice that as the week progressed and the water level increased a foot a day the catfish and bluegill action slowed.
In the evenings we headed to the Southern point of Gunsight where we made several passes over the ledges that jut out into the main channel from the South end of Gunsight and only picked up a few Smallmouth. So we made the move across the channel to the mouth of Labyrinth Canyon. On the East side of the mouth there is a shear wall with water depths 350-400’ feet. We trolled West along the wall and at the end the bottom abruptly shallows to 18-25’. Every time we passed over that elevation change we hooked up on either Striper, Walleye or Smallies. The fish were stacked on this point, and it became our go-to spot to take those in our party who weren’t really into fishing, but wanted to experienced Lake Powell fishing. Our best time to troll these spots was dusk and after dark.
The next morning we were up early looking for bass on rock-falls in Padre Creek but never really dialed into the small mouth frenzy. The main reason for this was due to our first experience with slurps. As we trolled the shore tossing grubs we spotted the slurps happening in the calm water. We knew they were following small shad so we switched to Maniac Minnows on 1/8oz and 3/16oz jig heads. After spending a couple of opportunities learning how to fish the slurp, it was on.
Everything you read about slurps is true. You cannot cast into the slurp like you would a boil. It immediately will put the whole school down. Although we found that if they just went out of sight, a couple more casts into the general area would produce a strike. The best way is to get parallel with the slurp with the trolling motor and then cast across and beyond their path and reel the minnow into their noses as they passed. Using this we had several doubles and triples. I recommend keeping two poles ready and let the caught fish lie in the boat and get another bait into the water asap in hopes of picking up a second hit. The size of the fish in the slurps are not the biggest, but we did find the smaller 15-20” size produced the best fillets. As the wind kicked up in the mid morning and afternoon, it became very difficult to spot the slurps and chase them around. We were very surprised to find several slurps out in the open water of Padre Bay in windy conditions while taking family boat rides.
On the way in with the houseboat we spotted Wayne in the main channel fishing slurps in breezy conditions, so our next trip we will be more vigilant to keep looking in the waves.
What a great week with family and friends enjoying everything this beautiful lake has to offer.
Bear River City, Utah