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May 22, 2015 - Slurps and Night Fishing at Hansen Creek
Found lots of yearling stripers in Hansen Creek Canyon Wednesday 5/20. We were working our way up the canyon fishing the shore for smb etc. when we noticed some non carp splashes that just barely dimpled the surface. The wind had calmed and allowed us to become aware that yearling stripers were chasing what we think are the baby shad. First we cast our jigs toward the schools with no success. But the first topwater lure thrown in front of a school hooked up. Same with a spoon. But then we found that the spoon would also sometimes hook up after the fish left the surface.
There were lots of these schools past the gravel island. It was about 4 PM when we first noticed and they lasted till dark. Often were spooked by the motor sound and movement of us in the boat but also swam right under us other times. Most of these fish were under a foot long. A 3/4 ounce silver Kastmaster worked best for us. In the morning we found a school feeding again and hooked four quick fish. Then boat traffic started and we left for the cleaning station and home.
So I wonder if they are actually slurping or if it is that they are just feeding on the shad and sometimes hit the surface? I am not certain of how to describe other than slurp. The night fishing also was very good but required small jigs and a quick hookset. Larger stripers moved in around 10:30. We ended up filleting 60 fish Thursday morning all good mostly small fillets. The morning before we filleted only a dozen or so fish having caught 1 striper, 1 walleye, and a carp nightfishing in Lake Canyon. And then some smb from the morning. Between two of us.
Other anglers told us that they encountered slow fishing generally except for fantastic afternoon of smb fishing in the Rincon area Tuesday when two anglers boated over a 100 in four hours. And others caught stripers nightfishing from their houseboat in Hansen which is why we tried fishing there.
May 21, 2015 - Double-checking Fly Trolling
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:16
Went fly fishing in Wahweap today to test the fly trolling pattern. If it works in Wahweap Bay it should work in clear water lake wide. There are certain areas where I have caught stripers consistently over the years. These include Lone Rock, Castle Rock, Old Buoy cove by the marina and others.
I started by trolling an unweighted clouser minnow fly at 4 mph about 125 feet behind the boat. My selected spot was on a break where the depth falls from 25 to 35 feet. It took less than 5 minutes to hook up. A school followed the first fish under the boat so I dropped the fly on my other rod to the bottom while taking the first fish off the hook. Then I cast the rod in hand and let that fly sink and picked up the other rod. The first fly was only mid depth but deep enough to hook another striper. Five fish later the school moved on so I trolled again.
Staying over the 35 foot depth zone allowed me to find another school and hook up trolling. The following school was very large so I dropped a spoon into the followers and caught a couple more. These fish were flighty and not sticking around long. But when they left I soon found them again by trolling the fly.
One ounce spoons worked while the school was actively following the hooked fish but they would move on soon after that fish was in the boat. Casting flies was a bit better to feed the followers.
End result was 30 fish in 2 hours. Most were 18-inch ripe males. About half of them had plankton in the stomachs.
You might take a fly with when fishing for stripers this week. Happy Holiday.
May 19, 2015 - Bullfrog to Good Hope report
Got in late saturday afternoon, had to wait on the houseboat that had been delayed because of wind earlier that day, trolled a little in Bullfrog around buoy field nothing. The next day we went up to Good Hope with everyone else in the world it seemed like, a lot of boats. We found that the steeper slopes (45 degrees) produced better than the shallows and hardly fished anything else but outside points, we threw jigs with white and chartreuse single tails sometimes tipped with crawlers.
My buddy Colin got the grand slam of six species Sunday with the only striper of the trip coming in around 3lbs, a catfish, a huge Crappie, thickest ever bluegills, quality Smallmouth bass, and quite a few nice walleye. Sunday we fished some favorite areas around Bullfrog and found it very difficult so headed home a little early before weather looked to turn.
Wayne two fisherman 12 hours of fishing for about 45 fish. First trip in a long time that I did not catch a striper. Gold Cup and Kevin, had radio problem on houseboat as nobody hollered back at me and my old handheld finally gave it up, sorry to have missed you guys. Quick trip, best quality of fish in along time if not the best in 25+ years.
May 17, 2015 - Fly fishing for Stripers in Padre Bay
Great report on Bulletin Board
May 18, 2015 -Southern Smallmouth
This is a well written timely report that resides on the Bulletin Board
May 17, 2015 - Big Striper in Navajo
Kevin Campbell went fishing with Bill Keller in Navajo Canyon yesterday. Bill caught this nice 8-pound striper on anchovies.
May 11, 2015 - Good Hope and Escalante
The Mothers day trip was cooler than normal and fishing was a little tougher than it has been in the past. We fished the Escalante on Thursday and it was good in the afternoon we caught crappie,large mouth, small mouth, walleye and one striper. The fish were fat and full of crayfish and shad. Yamamoto single tail smoke grubs and yum crawdads work the best.
Friday we went up to Good Hope bay and trolled for some walleye. Caught a few on walleye divers and crank baits. it rained on us once and the wind blew, but we did ok in the coves out of the wind. Caught alot of small mouth, but it was a little slower than we are used to.
Saturday it was cool, ran down to the Escalante started in the stained water but not much luck. worked our way out on the big rock pile slides and was much better. Fishing got red hot in the afternoon, we caught two and three at a time. Our wives had a great mothers day trip, we all caught fish with three day total of around 200. Thanks for all your help.
May 10, 2015 - Friendship to San Juan bass
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2015 19:53
We just got back from our annual fireman's trip up to Powell and the fishing was even better than last week. Even with the blustery weather we absolutely pounded the fish.
We camped out in Friendship Cove and fished Last Chance and Rock Creek with excellent results.
On Wednesday Chris Romero and I ran up to the San Juan and fished our way back to Friendship. This turned out to be a very special day on the lake. I am not a big fish counter, but I am sure that Chris I were well into the triple digits on this day. We caught smallmouth, largemouth, striper, walleye, crappie, bluegill, and sunfish. The fish were definitely on the chew and ate just about anything we threw at them.
We primarily fished dropshot, quarter ounce jigs with yammy trailers, and crankbaits. When the wind was blowing we fished wind swept banks and really put a hurtin on em. Even with the cooler weather, the water temps were ranging from 64-72. Most of the largemouths and crappie were already spawned out, but there were still lots of smallmouths on the beds. We released all of the crappie and largemouth we caught as well as the bigger smallmouths.
The fish were as fat and healthy as I have seen in a long time! Powell is gonna be a blast this year!
May 9, 2015 - Dungee Good Hope
Good Hope Bay, May 1st-6th.
Our April trip spoiled us a bit as this trip the fishing was difficult at times. The Smallies had moved off the shallower reefs somedays and were in their usual broken rock closer to shore type structure, but then sometimes back on reefs? Largemouth were easier to find this trip and we're usually in the areas with the bigger boulder sized chunk rock sections. Caught more Crappie than expected, but there was no real pattern to them, Walleye were everywhere, and we caught more 6-12" walleye than I've ever seen, but we also caught an average of more bigger ones than say a couple years ago as well. Walleye were caught pounding bank with double tail hula grubs or slow rolling a craw crank back to the boat from behind the boat. Soft plastics were definitely the key, as even when it was windy fish still preferred the presentation of a grub or double tail hula to a crank.
When weather cooperated the fishing was incredible, but we got blown or rained off the lake almost everyday we were there this time. The mud line about castle butte but below say where MM 124 would be was getting blown all over on a daily basis, and then there was the main silt line at about MM 123. The only spot we had success trolling this time was at the very bottom of the turn at the Horn with the three gravel mounds, we quickly trolled up a couple Walleye before getting blown off again. After this bigger front finally rolls out the fishing will be fantastic! Saturday through monday was the busiest id ever seen it up there and there were multiple groups who had drove down blue notch. Still another amazing trip with hundreds of fish caught, the bigger shad have seemed to disperse but the carp are everywhere now so bring your bow.
Fish plastics (Single tail grubs in chartreuse, brown and shad color along with our favorite, double tail yamamoto grubs in shad colors) in shallow mixed structure areas and pay attention to your line and the feel of the bait. Fishing for bass this way requires your attention and patience, it isn't like trout fishing where they will just come along and rip off with it. Feel your bait and drag it along structure till you feel it get heavier or move on its own, then rip um!
April 18, 2015 - Old report uplake bass
Fishing Report 4/18
Water Temp 59-64
We ran my usual spring spots targeting sunken boulders, reefs and tumbleweeds. The morning bite was slow until the water hit the 60s. We hit Moki wall and drowned chovies only to catch one striper right away and then nothing for 40 minutes. We ran some cuts in Moki for some SM. We trolled BF and graphed plenty of no bite fish. Finally the sun was high so we ran to the back of Lake Canyon and trolled up a striper and walleye. When we were trolling out I noticed the graph light up and the bite was on. Smallies and walleye had moved up to feed so we had a good hour bite in about a 50 yard area of bank. T-rigged Tubes, Drop shot slim baby senkos and reaction baits did the trick.
Water Temp 59-67
I pre-fished with a friend for the Bullfrog Open. We fished from Reflection Canyon to Red Canyon. It was a great way to scout the lake. The water up north was colder and the fishing pressure was heavier than I can remember this early in the year. It was hard to not fish and even harder not to catch very nice LM. We saw crappie in Reflection and Polywog in the Escalante. Walleye were caught from 2ft to 12ft on spinner baits and plastics and there were some really nice ones. LM were associated with boulders and tumbleweeds and darn it they were hard not to catch prior to tournament time.
There were 57 boats in the tournament and it was won with over 28lbs in 2 days. We fished locally to Bullfrog were we found quite a few LM moved up and on Sunday we found a LM that we called houseboat. Aramark was giving away a 5 day houseboat trip for the big fish over 6lbs hence her name. The fish we found spawning was 6-8lbs and we had her on and lost her. She went right back to the nest only to never give us another chance. All of our LM came on spinner baits and jigs.