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Home Anglers Corner May 15, 2017 - Smith Fork to Knowles

May 15, 2017 - Smith Fork to Knowles

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Well last weekend we scheduled a short, last minute trip to get our Lake Powell fix for the season.  Thursday afternoon and Friday, the weather and subsequent fishing was phenomenal.  Saturday we woke up to breezy conditions which only worsened by midday, making fishing pretty tough.  All-in-all we had a great trip and I'm proud to say we caught 8 different species!  Gotta love diversity in a fishery....


Our target species was Walleye, which we caught in good numbers along main channel structure from Smith's Fork up to Knowles Canyon.  One of our members even caught a tagged Walleye, pictured here being held by Ethan Eakle.




Many of our Walleyes were 14-15 inches, and up to 20-inches, the perfect eating variety.




The best pattern was to find a shaded, talus slope and/or a shelf in 20-30 ft of water.  We did best using jigs in shad colors like Yamamoto curly tailed grubs and Gulp minnows rigged on 1/4-1/2 ounce jigheads.  The windier or deeper the water, the heavier the jig.  Occasionally we'd mark suspended fish under the boat, 20-40 ft deep.  A quick drop would result in the occasional Striper or Walleye.


rmosleytripWe caught several Bass, Bluegills, Green Sunfish, Crappie, and Catfish while casting the same jigs.  We caught those species within a variety of habitat (trees, covers, broken slick rock), but the most productive habitat was where we targeted Walleye.




Water was about 65F; cooler in the morning and warmer in the afternoon.  We did better overall in the "green" water which extended uplake from Stanton Creek.  We didn't get high enough to observe the mudline.


Hope that helps!  Ryan