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September 13, 2016 - Pick you spot and technique

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September 13, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3612.28
Water Temperature: 74 – 77 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Water temperatures have declined to 74 F in the morning rising to 78 in the afternoon.  These temperatures coincide with mid June which is a transition month for warm water fish.  In the spring bass get ready to spawn while waiting for the preferred temperature (mid 60s). Shad get active in the low 70’s. Stripers spawn when the water temperature rises quickly to the mid 70s.   After all the spring time excitement based on water temperature, most fish experience a lull in activity during the 75-80 F temperature range.  That is right where our fish are right now. Fish are waiting for the magic mid 60s, when energy and excitement are at a peak.
For now, there is a gradual movement of bass from deep water to shallow. Bass are still holding at 25 feet or deeper but feeding forays occur more often in shallow water. Stripers are holding at 40 feet but they are constantly searching the surface for any sign of shad. When shad are seen, they attack.  With no shad, they go back to cool water and wait. Walleye are a cool water fish and a night prowler.  It is easier to catch them as the light fades at night or before the sun gets bright in the morning.
Fish reports indicate scattered fish randomly working the surface or being caught in deep water. The most consistent fishing pattern is to do what you like best.  If you like to use plastic baits on the bottom, try it and work at it persistently. At the end of the day you will have caught a large number of smallmouth bass and a number of other species. If you choose to throw surface lures toward shore, your catch will include mostly stripers and bass.
My suggestion is to use your favorite technique and concentrate on conditions and signs around you for best results. Obviously, when surface action is seen, throw topwater baits to catch stripers and a surprising number of bass. When fish are seen on the graph, get a bait or spoon down to them quickly for good results.  If 15 ravens and two coyotes are seen waiting patiently on shore, it would be wise to throw surface lures toward that group of predators to see if the striper school that drove shad onto the shore is still in the vicinity. Pay attention to subtle events that surround you, which may lead to a discovery leading to fishing success.
Basically all Lake Powell sport fish are in transition. Shad continue to run and hide.  When bass or stripers find them, fishing results are quick. Keep 3 rods ready with a surface lure, a spoon, and a medium running crank or swim bait.  The best location to fish is on outside points rather than the backs of coves. Shad live in open water and bass wait near rock or brush cover close to open water waiting for a shad sighting.  Stripers are in deep water looking up to see a random shad school that can be attacked.
Water has cooled enough now so that thin adult stripers that have been trapped under the warm water layer are now able to come to the surface to feed with their smaller, faster offspring.  Many more thin adult stripers are being caught on the surface in the northern lake.  They feed right next to the schools of 14-18 inch juvenile stripers that are the prime fish in the lake right now.
There is not one best spot to be fishing.  That will change as water cools a bit more.   The best advice right now is chose the fishing technique and location that gives you the most confidence. Use the lure that you have had the best luck on recently. Go out and do your thing. At the end of the day you will have had a great fishing trip.

Lake Powell Fish Report – September 13, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3612.28

Water Temperature: 74 – 77 F

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

chrisp4Water temperatures have declined to 74 F in the morning rising to 78 in the afternoon.  These temperatures coincide with mid June which is a transition month for warm water fish.  In the spring bass get ready to spawn while waiting for the preferred temperature (mid 60s). Shad get active in the low 70’s. Stripers spawn when the water temperature rises quickly to the mid 70s.   After all the spring time excitement based on water temperature, most fish experience a lull in activity during the 75-80 F temperature range.  That is right where our fish are right now. Fish are waiting for the magic mid 60s, when energy and excitement are at a peak.

For now, there is a gradual movement of bass from deep water to shallow. Bass are still holding at 25 feet or deeper but feeding forays occur more often in shallow water. Stripers are holding at 40 feet but they are constantly searching the surface for any sign of shad. When shad are seen, they attack.  With no shad, they go back to cool water and wait. Walleye are a cool water fish and a night prowler.  It is easier to catch them as the light fades at night or before the sun gets bright in the morning. 

brianbarsnessFish reports indicate scattered fish randomly working the surface or being caught in deep water. The most consistent fishing pattern is to do what you like best.  If you like to use plastic baits on the bottom, try it and work at it persistently. At the end of the day you will have caught a large number of smallmouth bass and a number of other species. If you choose to throw surface lures toward shore, your catch will include mostly stripers and bass.

My suggestion is to use your favorite technique and concentrate on conditions and signs around you for best results. Obviously, when surface action is seen, throw topwater baits to catch stripers and a surprising number of bass. When fish are seen on the graph, get a bait or spoon down to them quickly for good results.  If 15 ravens and two coyotes are seen waiting patiently on shore, it would be wise to throw surface lures toward that group of predators to see if the striper school that drove shad onto the shore is still in the vicinity. Pay attention to subtle events that surround you, which may lead to a discovery leading to fishing success. 

Basically all Lake Powell sport fish are in transition. Shad continue to run and hide.  When bass or stripers find them, fishing results are quick. Keep 3 rods ready with a surface lure, a spoon, and a medium running crank or swim bait.  The best location to fish is on outside points rather than the backs of coves. Shad live in open water and bass wait near rock or brush cover close to open water waiting for a shad sighting.  Stripers are in deep water looking up to see a random shad school that can be attacked.   

Water has cooled enough now so that thin adult stripers that have been trapped under the warm water layer are now able to come to the surface to feed with their smaller, faster offspring.  Many more thin adult stripers are being caught on the surface in the northern lake.  They feed right next to the schools of 14-18 inch juvenile stripers that are the prime fish in the lake right now.

wgwaeThere is not one best spot to be fishing.  That will change as water cools a bit more.   The best advice right now is chose the fishing technique and location that gives you the most confidence. Use the lure that you have had the best luck on recently. Go out and do your thing. At the end of the day you will have had a great fishing trip.

 

September 7, 2016 - Next week will be great

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rbdspinnerLake Powell Fish Report – September 7, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3612.95

Water Temperature: 75 – 78 F

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

 

The last fish report was “the best of the year”. Yesterday we paid the price for the perfect timing last week and had a non productive trip. Surface feeding fish are so much fun that I just kept looking for boils and did not find any.   After two hours of searching without finding we tried trolling, spooning and casting without much luck.   I should have been trolling and spooning early in the day but spent the time cruising for boils.  I will chalk this one up as fish celebrating the Labor Day weekend and ignoring anglers.  Usually when I have a great trip fishing success cools off.  When I have a mediocre trip catching quickly improves.

My prediction for the rest of the week is that striper fishing will be consistent with the best techniques being spooning, down rigger trolling and an occasional boil. While graphing yesterday we determined that the holding depth for most fish right now is 45 feet.  If the down rigger is set for that depth where fish traces are seen (30-45 feet) catching will be quick. Stripers have recently seen edible shad and are searching for more.  Spoons are shad imitating lures. When dropped into a searching school, spoons will be quickly attacked.

Bait fishing suffers when shad are available.  If shad are soon found again, bait fishing success will be poor.  If stripers go for another week without finding a shad food source then bait fishing will pick up once more.  Stripers in the southern lake are searching and moving.  They will settle into a new pattern by the next report.

My website is currently off line due to a hacking incident so I do not have current reports on uplake fishing success.  I suspect striper fishing continues to be good morning and evening on surface lures, spoons and down rigger trolling.

I did find one highlight on my scouting trip. Each time we went to the back of a canyon where brushy habitat was still submersed, active large and smallmouth bass were hitting top water and plastic baits.  For most of the summer, larger bass have been hanging out in deep water where temperature was more comfortable.  Now, with temperatures in the mid 70s, bass have come shallow once more. Largemouth bass and crappie need brush to feel comfortable.  They will stay in brush zones as long as the water is deep enough.  Smallmouth bass like shad which are hiding in the shallow brush.  All shorebound fish are focused on brushy pockets.  Locate wet brush to find bass, bluegill and walleye.

Channel catfishing is very dependable now. Use table scraps, hot dogs or anchovies on the sandy beach where houseboats park to have an exciting evening of catfishing.

Wayneswords will be back on line soon so send those holiday weekend reports as soon as possible to provide fishing insight to those that are planning September trips to the lake.

sjboilshore

 

 

August 31, 2016 - Lake Powell is Boiling

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September 1, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3613.88
Water Temperature: 76 – 78 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Best Trip of the Year!  “Lake Powell is Boiling”.
I have waited a long time for this.  I hear about boils up north lasting all day long and it makes my mouth water.  Last week we caught single fish on the surface. Today we caught 52 stripers on large, white top water lures in boils that lasted for two hours.
The south lake “boils” were not the standard large groups of stripers rounding up shad and corralling them on the surface as we are used to.  Instead, 5 fish would blow up in one spot with single fish hitting the surface nearby.  Anytime we were close enough to cast to any rising fish our surface lures were chased down and hit 2,4,6, even 8 times before a striper hooked up.  After each fish was landed we immediately cast to the same area and had “blow ups” on our lures even when no fish were actively hitting the surface.  When the first five fish left the area we scanned the surface to find another group of 5-10 fish on top.  A quick ride put us in range and we cast again.  On each stop we put 5-10 fish in the boat before moving on.  When the surface was quiet for a moment we looked at the graph and dropped spoons to schooling fish sneaking under the boat.
At the fish cleaning station we found the stomachs to be full of 3 inch adult threadfin shad.  I suspect that cooler water temperatures and dropping lake levels allowed the shad and stripers to come together after being separated during the hot summer. From the observed behavior of the feeding stripers it seemed that the shad school had broken down into small shad pods that were fleeing in all directions.  Stripers also broke down into small groups and chased after the shad pods.  The end result was small groups (less than 50) of stripers appearing regularly on top in one large general area.  The boils we observed were small but consistent, and the feeding fish were very cooperative.  It was a great morning of fishing.
These boils began over the weekend and were seen in Kane Creek, at Gooseneck Point (Buoy 23) and the bay near the floating restroom at Dominguez Rock, the main channel on both sides of the lake near Gregory Butte, mouth of West Canyon, Friendship Cove, and Dry Rock Creek. Boils start shortly after dawn and continue until 8 AM (MST).  There may be a few random boils at mid day but the next serious boils started at 5 PM and continued to dark.
In the north lake, boils are occurring morning, mid day, and evening as well, but the duration is longer and there are more locations where surface action can be found.  The general report is that “ Lake Powell is Boiling”.
The other sport fish species are benefitting as well from the striper smorgasbord.  As shad schools flee from chasing stripers they run into large and smallmouth bass waiting near shore.  Adult bass will feed right with the stripers and be caught regularly on surface lures or shallow running crankbaits during boils. Juvenile bass are on the fringe of the adult fish activity and are often caught after the boil subsides.
During mid day, stripers lounge in shallow water waiting for shad to swim by.   Casting or trolling rattletraps across 25 foot deep flats at the edge of deep water prolongs the bass and striper catch. September is going to be an exciting month for fishing in beautiful Lake Powell.

Lake Powell Fish Report – August 31, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3613.71

Water Temperature: 76 – 78 F

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


Best Trip of the Year!  “Lake Powell is Boiling”.


tracebstb4I have waited a long time for this.  I hear about boils up north lasting all day long and it makes my mouth water.  Last week we caught single fish on the surface. Today we caught 52 stripers on large, white top water lures in boils that lasted for two hours.

The south lake “boils” were not the standard large groups of stripers rounding up shad and corralling them on the surface as we are used to.  Instead, 5 fish would blow up in one spot with single fish hitting the surface nearby.  Anytime we were close enough to cast to any rising fish our surface lures were chased down and hit 2,4,6, even 8 times before a striper hooked up.  After each fish was landed we immediately cast to the same area and had “blow ups” on our lures even when no fish were actively hitting the surface.  When the first five fish left the area we scanned the surface to find another group of 5-10 fish on top.  A quick ride put us in range and we cast again.  On each stop we put 5-10 fish in the boat before moving on.  When the surface was quiet for a moment we looked at the graph and dropped spoons to schooling fish sneaking under the boat. 

At the fish cleaning station we found the stomachs to be full of 3 inch adult threadfin shad.  I suspect that cooler water temperatures and dropping lake levels allowed the shad and stripers to come together after being separated during the hot summer. From the observed behavior of the feeding stripers it seemed that the shad school had broken down into small shad pods that were fleeing in all directions.  Stripers also broke down into small groups and chased after the shad pods.  The end result was small groups (less than 50) of stripers appearing regularly on top in one large general area. The boils we observed were small but consistent, and the feeding fish were very cooperative.  It was a great morning of fishing.

stboils5These boils began over the weekend and were seen in Kane Creek, at Gooseneck Point (Buoy 23) and the bay near the floating restroom at Dominguez Rock, the main channel on both sides of the lake near Gregory Butte, mouth of West Canyon, Friendship Cove, and Dry Rock Creek. Boils start shortly after dawn and continue until 8 AM (MST).  There may be a few random boils at mid day but the next serious boils started at 5 PM and continued to dark.

In the north lake, boils are occurring morning, mid day, and evening as well, but the duration is longer and there are more locations where surface action can be found.  The general report is that “ Lake Powell is Boiling”.

The other sport fish species are benefitting as well from the striper smorgasbord.  As shad schools flee from chasing stripers they run into large and smallmouth bass waiting near shore.  Adult bass will feed right with the stripers and be caught regularly on surface lures or shallow running crankbaits during boils. Juvenile bass are on the fringe of the adult fish activity and are often caught after the boil subsides. I noticed that bass were in much shallower water yesterday than seen in the previous month. 

During mid day, stripers lounge in shallow water waiting for shad to swim by.   Casting or trolling rattletraps across 25 foot deep flats at the edge of deep water prolongs the bass and striper catch.

September is going to be an exciting month for fishing in beautiful Lake Powell.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 07:51
 

August 24, 2016 - Subtle surface action

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Lake Powell Fish Report – August 24, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3614.82
Water Temperature: 78 – 80 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
August striper boils continue to excite anglers over the length of Lake Powell.  There are some subtle nuances that will assist those trying to find them.
Full moon has an impact on fishing. For instance, the full moon on August 18 delayed striper boils in Good Hope Bay until 6 PM, but once they started catching was great.   The next two evenings, boils started at 4PM and provided tremendously exciting striper fishing results until dark.  Boiling stripers varied from small 12 inch fish, to mid range 14-18 inchers, with a few  in the 22-24 inch range.  During the day stripers were in deep water and could be caught trolling along the shady steep shorelines. On the 21st stripers began boiling at noon and continued until dark.
Bright nights had the same impact in the southern lake.  Scattered boils were found from Padre to Rainbow in the evening but the surface was calm during the day.  That changed on the cloudy morning of August 23rd.  Overcast skies provided stripers the desired visibility and strange surface feeding activity was found in West Canyon.  On our weekly sampling trip we noticed many single fish hitting the surface in a deep box canyon.  They were not aggressively chasing surface lures and I thought they might have been gizzard shad.  Then we put on heavy spoons that allowed us to throw long casts. When the spoon hit within the splash ring, stripers could be caught with a quick, shallow retrieve.  Twenty stripers were caught before the fish quit at 8 AM.
We caught an occasional smallmouth bass or striper while trolling, but this fishing was not as exciting as the single fish boils in the early morning hours.  We were surprised to troll up an adult bluegill on a rocky point at the mouth of West Canyon. I carry night crawlers with me in hopes of catching a walleye. I put a small split shot sinker on in front of a small #8 hook and dropped a night crawler onto the 15 foot flat where the bluegill was caught.  I was proud to catch 3 more bluegill on 3 casts. I am studying panfish to determine how their diet may change in the presence of quagga mussels.  Some mussels have been found in sunfish stomachs to date but they are only found as a small portion of stomach contents.
A bass fishermen reported a good pattern that will work lake wide.  In the spring time we look for the warmest water available to target largemouth bass.  Now, in the heat of summer, targeting the coolest water works well. These spots include long points that fall into the deep main channel.  The warm surface layer prevents bass from occupying shallow water in the backs of coves.  Fish hold deep in their comfort zone, then rise quickly to feed and retreat back to the depths. Search for bass on main channel points and use crankbaits and rattletraps to target the quick moving fish. Fish the deep water with plastic grubs on ¼ ounce jig heads.
Bait fishing for stripers is still good along steep canyon walls but as the water cools both bass and stripers will have more freedom to move throughout the water column. Expect trolling and casting to improve as water temperature drops into the low 70s.
We have confirmed a late spawn of shad so surface fishing for bass and stripers will continue into September. Shad will be small size so surface feeding will be more like slurps than boils.

Lake Powell Fish Report – August 24, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3614.82

Water Temperature: 77 – 80 F

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

August striper boils continue to excite anglers over the length of Lake Powell.  There are some subtle nuances that will assist those trying to find them. 

Full moon has an impact on fishing. For instance, the full moon on August 18 delayed striper boils in Good Hope Bay until 6 PM, but once they started catching was great.   The next two evenings, boils started at 4PM and provided tremendously exciting striper fishing results until dark.  Boiling stripers varied from small 12 inch fish, to mid range 14-18 inchers, with a few  in the 22-24 inch range.  During the day stripers were in deep water and could be caught trolling along the shady steep shorelines. On the 21st stripers began boiling at noon and continued until dark.

alvarez22Bright nights had the same impact in the southern lake.  Scattered boils were found from Padre to Rainbow in the evening but the surface was calm during the day.  That changed on the cloudy morning of August 23rd.  Overcast skies provided stripers the desired visibility and strange surface feeding activity was found in West Canyon.  On our weekly sampling trip we noticed many single fish hitting the surface in a deep box canyon.  They were not aggressively chasing surface lures and I thought they might have been gizzard shad.  Then we put on heavy spoons that allowed us to throw long casts. When the spoon hit within the splash ring, stripers could be caught with a quick, shallow retrieve.  Twenty stripers were caught before the fish quit at 8 AM.

We caught an occasional smallmouth bass or striper while trolling, but this fishing was not as exciting as the single fish boils in the early morning hours.  We were surprised to troll up an adult bluegill on a rocky point at the mouth of West Canyon. I carry night crawlers with me in hopes of catching a walleye. I put a small split shot sinker on in front of a small #8 hook and dropped a night crawler onto the 15 foot flat where the bluegill was caught.  I was proud to catch 3 more bluegill on 3 casts. I am studying panfish to determine how their diet may change in the presence of quagga mussels.  Some mussels have been found in sunfish stomachs to date but they are only found as a small portion of stomach contents. 

A bass fishermen reported a good pattern that will work lake wide.  In the spring time we look for the warmest water available to target largemouth bass.  Now, in the heat of summer, targeting the coolest water works well. These spots include long points that fall into the deep main channel.  The warm surface layer prevents bass from occupying shallow water in the backs of coves.  Fish hold deep in their comfort zone, then rise quickly to feed and retreat back to the depths. Search for bass on main channel points and use crankbaits and rattletraps to target the quick moving fish. Fish the deep water with plastic grubs on ¼ ounce jig heads.  

Bait fishing for stripers is still good along steep canyon walls but as the water cools both bass and stripers will have more freedom to move throughout the water column. Expect trolling and casting to improve as water temperature drops into the low 70s. 

We have confirmed a late spawn of shad so surface fishing for bass and stripers will continue into September. Shad will be small size so surface feeding will be more like slurps than boils.

bgstbsmall

 

 

August 17, 2016 - Lakewide Boils

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Lake Powell Fish Report – August 17, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3616
Water Temperature: 79 – 83 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
My flat bottomed boat sprung a leak last week and prevented me from getting out on the lake. Thankfully that was quickly repaired and we went fishing on August 16th.  Missing that personal weekly lake trip left me wondering where to start and where to go on this huge lake. That reminded me how a summer visitor feels when coming to Lake Powell for an infrequent trip.  So I went to Wayneswords.com and asked for information.  Fishing reports are scarce in the heat of summer when recreation is the main reason to be on the lake.  However, I know that many lake visitors fish early and late and then do water sports during the day.  So I asked the website members where to go and how to fish.  Not surprisingly, fish reports came rolling in.
Here is the summary:
Quick striper boils were common over the length of the lake. Striper schools come up fast, go down quickly and then return to the surface.  The key is to make a good guess where the next surface blast will be and move to that spot. If in casting range when the school resurfaces, catching is easy with surface lures, spoons or midrange crankbaits.  August is the most consistent month to find surface feeding fish.  That is the case in 2016.
The best boil spots were from Good Hope Bay to Hite. Northern fish stay up longer and boil more often.  Stripers boiled long and hard at Buoy 134. The main channel islands at the mouth of Scorup Canyon created a calm spot which constituently attracted surface feeding stripers. Wind was a key factor from Red Canyon to the Horn.  When windy, boils were quiet. When calm the surface blew up with hungry stripers. One day the wind was calm at the mouth of Red Canyon and the entire bay was dotted with individual stripers feeding on top. An accurate
Long cast to a splash ring caught a fish every time.  It was a great experience for those that like the challenge of casting to a single surfacing fish.
At mid lake, surface action was reported at the mouth of the Escalante and at Hole in the Rock.  The best time was again early morning and late evening in clam spots. Iceberg Canyon continues to be a go-to spot for surfacing feeding stripers. From dawn until 9 AM boils were common in the main canyon.
Evening boils were reported in the main channel upstream from the mouth of the San Juan.
Fortunately for me, boils are also going on from Rainbow Bridge to Antelope Point Marina.   I choose to follow up a report of boils in Face Canyon and stretching all the way across the main channel to Gooseneck Point. I may have arrived there too early but did not see any surfacing fish.  After years of experience, I have found that waiting for boils is not wise.  It is better to search for them because stripers and shad move each night and can be in a much different location each day.  Do not wait for boils – Go find them!
I continued traveling upstream and saw the first surface action against the shady east wall at the mouth of Rock Creek. Their behavior was, as expected, quick intense boils that lasted only a short time. But we often got close enough to cast and caught 1-3 fish from each boil.  We put over 30 fish in the ice chest from 6:30- 9 AM. When the surface action ceased we moved over to Wetherill canyon where more boils were reported. We did not see any more fish but did find the reported herd of 35 desert bighorn sheep feeding along the lake shore. This was the biggest herd of sheep I have personably seen on the lake.  Isn’t Lake Powell amazing?
Boil reports continue in the main channel from the mouth of Navajo to Antelope Point marina. These boils are early morning and late evening. One group of anglers caught 50 stripers in one 2-hour fishing trip here.
We did find some larger shad in the striper stomachs at the fish cleaning station. That indicates boils will be more aggressive as stripers try to corral a heard of shad.  They will stay up larger and be more aggressive which makes them easier for anglers to catch.
It looks like striper boils will continue for the rest of August.  Action is occurring lakewide. The best place to go is Good Hope Bay, but the rest of the lake is not bad either.

Lake Powell Fish Report – August 17, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3616

Water Temperature: 79 – 83 F

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


brodylarsenMy flat bottomed boat sprung a leak last week and prevented me from getting out on the lake. Thankfully that was quickly repaired and we went fishing on August 16th.  Missing that personal weekly lake trip left me wondering where to start and where to go on this huge lake. That reminded me how a summer visitor feels when coming to Lake Powell for an infrequent trip.  So I went to Wayneswords.com and asked for information.  Fishing reports are scarce in the heat of summer when recreation is the main reason to be on the lake.  However, I know that many lake visitors fish early and late and then do water sports during the day.  So I asked the website members where to go and how to fish.  Not surprisingly, fish reports came rolling in.  

Here is the summary:

Quick striper boils were common over the length of the lake. Striper schools come up fast, go down quickly and then return to the surface.  The key is to make a good guess where the next surface blast will be and move to that spot. If in casting range when the school resurfaces, catching is easy with surface lures, spoons or midrange crankbaits.  August is the most consistent month to find surface feeding fish.  That is the case in 2016.

The best boil spots were from Good Hope Bay to Hite. Northern fish stay up longer and boil more often.  Stripers boiled long and hard at Buoy 134. The main channel islands at the mouth of Scorup Canyon created a calm spot which consistently attracted surface feeding stripers. Wind was a key factor from Red Canyon to the Horn.  When windy, boils were quiet. When calm the surface blew up with hungry stripers. One day the wind was calm at the mouth of Red Canyon and the entire bay was dotted with individual stripers feeding on top. An accurate long cast to a splash ring caught a fish every time.  It was a great experience for those that like the challenge of casting to a single surfacing fish. 

At mid lake, surface action was reported at the mouth of the Escalante and at Hole in the Rock.  The best time was again early morning and late evening in calm spots. Iceberg Canyon continues to be a go-to spot for surfacing feeding stripers. From dawn until 9 AM boils were common in the main canyon.

Evening boils were reported in the main channel upstream from the mouth of the San Juan.

Fortunately for me, boils are also going on from Rainbow Bridge to Antelope Point Marina.   I choose to follow up a report of boils in Face Canyon and stretching all the way across the main channel to Gooseneck Point. I may have arrived there too early but did not see any surfacing fish.  After years of experience, I have found that waiting for boils is not wise.  It is better to search for them because stripers and shad move each night and can be in a much different location each day.  Do not wait for boils – Go find them!

shuntsheepI continued traveling upstream and saw the first surface action against the shady east wall at the mouth of Rock Creek. Their behavior was, as expected, quick intense boils that lasted only a short time. But we often got close enough to cast and caught 1-3 fish from each boil.  We put over 30 fish in the ice chest from 6:30- 9 AM.

When the surface action ceased we moved over to Wetherill canyon where more boils were reported. We did not see any more fish but did find the reported herd of 35 desert bighorn sheep feeding along the lake shore. This was the biggest herd of sheep I have personably seen on the lake.  Isn’t Lake Powell amazing?

Boil reports continue in the main channel from the mouth of Navajo to Antelope Point marina. These boils are early morning and late evening. One group of anglers caught 50 stripers in one 2-hour fishing trip here.   

We did find some larger shad in the striper stomachs at the fish cleaning station. That indicates boils will be more aggressive as stripers try to corral a herd of shad.  They will stay up longer and be more aggressive which makes them easier for anglers to catch. 

It looks like striper boils will continue for the rest of August.  Action is occurring lakewide. The best place to go is Good Hope Bay, but the rest of the lake is not bad either.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:12
 


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