Launched at bullfrog on Wednesday 4/5 with a small boat extremely over loaded and headed to the Escalante. Water in the channel was 55-57 each morning. As we pulled in to the back of Davis there were a few skinny stripers right against shore. We set camp up quick and headed towards the backs of the canyons to try and find the murky and warmer water. We found both and caught 35-45 fish that day including a nice largemouth, a couple walleye, a handful of crappie and a couple stripers.
Thursday 4/6 we decided to stay in the Escalante and explore all of the canyons and structure it had to offer. The morning started slow. We tried a couple of the canyons closer to the mouth hoping to find murky water towards the backs but it was too clear and cold so we flipped around and found some warmer water towards the back of the Escalante and started catching fish pretty regularly.
The key was to find murky water and structure. We did well in the water that had 5-10 feet of visibility. If it was too stained the catching rate slowed. We caught 60-70 fish that day with all of them being smallies and crappie. We did try a few spots for stripers that day as well as night fishing by camp with little success. We were hoping to find a few schools and spent some time looking but never seen anything on the graph that was convincing.
Friday 4/7 we decided to go for broke and head to the San Juan. None of us had ever been and we were worried about fuel so we headed to Dangling Rope to top off and fill a couple jugs. We made it a few miles into the San Juan and hit the first big broken structure we found and caught the first fish at 11:24 which turned out to be the biggest largemouth ofmy life. We thought it would be fun to count how many fish we caught that day so we kept track. I'm bashful to say but when we left to head back to camp we tallied 233 fish between the 3 of us! It was incredible. We didn't even make it to stained water because we kept seeing structure so we would stop and catch fish after fish. The water was clear and the fish were not on beds in fact we never seen a fish on a bed the whole trip. The water was mostly 60-61.5 that day. We were careful to stay far enough from shore as not to spook them. I'd say most were caught between 10-25 feet. We fished drop shot rigs with shad shaped worms almost exclusively. We did catch a few on senkos and grubs but drop shot was king. It was a trip all of us will talk about for years.
Good luck to all and thanks Wayne