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July 25, 2014 - Boils at Horn
It has been a long 2 years since I have been to the big pond, but today was just like I remembered it 10 years ago with Hot Wheels and crew on the old pontoon boat. Boil fever was intense!!
We left from Halls and found them in the main channel at the HORN mile marker 129. During a brief period there were 5 separate boils we could see from the boat with the largest boil next to the bouy marker. The fish preferred the smaller top water lures, the yozuri would cast a lot further but they seemed to have issues with the larger hooks. We had originally planned to go all the way to check out white, farley and striper city but will have to do that on Friday. We didn't get to the Horn til about 12pm or later, and once the sun came out they boiled all afternoon. Life is so much better when you can fill the cooler with stripers and drink a cold beer to boot.
July 19, 2014 - Bullfrog Boils and Bait
Returned to Bullfrog on Tuesday evening for more fishing adventure. The fish cooperated. We found slurps, boils and nightfishing. The hotspot for us was near where the ferry boat is stored (was operating? Friday). Boils of stripers toward the shallows and slurps deeper. Nightfished till about 11PM each night. First night great, second average, third fantastic for stripers with a little less fillet than those caught from boils. First night 60' deep water with most fish caught 30' or so. Second night 78' deep. Third 50'. All fish around 30' deep or less those nights too. Maybe 35' deep water would have worked even better now that I think about it. All spots same area.
For the best fillets learned that we needed a cooler full of ice for fish caught first and then can use live well in the morning. Fish were tough on our knife blades. Because we have a place we can rest off the water in the afternoon we like to fish the evening, anchor in at night and then up before dawn in the morning preferably chasing boils. Then go to the fish cleaning station and after to the refrigerator and a nap.
The "Jumpin Minnow" I think is the name was our best overall lure. Nothing on spoons although we used them when other lures were not working either. Would have struggled without lip grippers and rubber net as opposed to a regular net. There is just something about casting out into a boil, and have a striper grab it before I even start to reel and enjoying the fight all the way back to the boat. So 30 stripers each daily is about what we were catching. And that is just too many to resist putting the longer, skinnier, big boned ones back into the Lake.
July 15, 2014 - Bullfrog boils/slurps
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 08:36
Austin and I hit the Bullfrog area Thursday through Sunday. We had fun chasing boils each day. The best spot was the wall before you entered Lake Canyon. Each day the stripers would push the shad against the wall and feed up and down the wall. Boils/slurps were easy to distinguish. Stripers in slurps are shy and had to have the right lure on, The boils were just throw it close and whammo. Fish boiled from Moki to Lake but two areas stood out. The Lake Canyon walls just before the entrance and just north of the Halls buoy field to about 1/2 way to Moki. They also were chased between there but not as much frequency. Striper size was amazing, We caught <8" to 23.5" stripers out of the same boils. Fish are fattening up and the 16-18" fish are fat and full of spunk. They fight harder than the bigger ones and you will mistake a good fish for the 18".
Best lure was a zoom fluke. The gulp minnow in 3" was a close second. We threw them on a 1/4oz jig head. For fun we used spooks for top water action but gave that up as hooks got in our fingers and toes as the stripers were flipping around the boat.
We fished each morning for green bass but had very little luck other than my personal best LMB 22" 4.5 lb She was a beauty and caught on topwater plug. Night catfishing was really fun and turned out eventful with Austin catching 2 yellow bullheads on back to back nights.
One thing to note was the water temp on Sunday did not cool over night. By late afternoon from Halls to Lake the water was 88-91 degrees and boils were very very scarce. Water temp made a huge difference. We did jig up a few on the walls is all. The bay between Stanton and the Halls Buoy field only got to 87 so they were more active but it was 1-10 fish pods. Austin decided to put on a spook puppy and cast to the rings of individual fish. Wow did that work. We spent 2 hours catching fish we never would have. We just sat out in front of the buoy field and watched for surface rings and casted to them. You could troll that area with shallow running plugs and do as well I am guessing. We just trolled our flukes coasting from spot to spot and picked up quite a few- 300 to be exact during the trip.
Lake Powell is a beautiful place to be and even in the heat, you can catch fish. We did run across what I am assuming to be an osprey next in the rock and had 2 young ones in it.
We did run across what I am assuming to be an osprey next in the rock and had 2 young ones in it.
By the way, How old is a 7 inch striper? Cute little guys running with the big boys.
Waynes note: a 7-inch striper caught now is a late hatched yearling spawned last year that did not find shad in the fall of 2013. Some yearlings found shad and they are twice the size of the 7 inchers.
July 14, 2014 - San Juan stripers and bass
I spent almost a week at Powell, July 7-12 on a family vacation with all my kids and grandkids. We found time to fish most of the days and had a couple of gkids catch their first fish ever. We stayed on a houseboat in a slip at Wahweap but took them fishing in the Dove Cove area and Rock Creeks. They caught their fish on 5” Yamamoto chartreuse grubs with ¼ oz jig heads. There was also a so-so top water bite in this area early in the mornings until about 8:30 although most boils were small and the time was better spent fishing TW lures around shore and in the back of coves than outside running from pop-up to pop-up.
We did get up to the San Juan and spent most of Friday morning fishing the east shoreline just before the Great Bend. Making the run up from Wahweap didn’t put us there until almost 6:30 but there were scattered boils going when we arrived that would come up and then down sporadically. We stuck around long enough to have some pretty good boils come up within casting distance and were able to have quite the striper rodeo before it was all said and done when heading back at 1. During some of the ‘down’ time we tried drop shot and the grubs on the various points from 5-30’ and had very little action from smallmouths (although catfish seemed to like the small dropshot worm quite well) as I usually do but once we got to the back of anything resembling a cove and tossed top water or jerkbaits the bass bite was on. The stripers would usually be over 20-30’ but would be right up next to shore on occasion as well. Big spooks worked well as did poppers and then running a crank through the area would be good as well. When they were down for too long I’d drop a spoon and get good action also, out to 50’. The spoon was also quite an attractant for catfish.
Certainly the fish catching this trip was much better than a month ago and given the option of a good back, I’d be right back up the San Juan again with a TW, medium crank, and a 3/8 oz spoon in hand ready to load the boat again!
July 12, 2014 _ Bullfrog stripers
Arrived Bullfrog Monday evening around 7. Stripers were slurping near the ramp. Fished them effectively for an hour or so with small topwater lures. Surfacing slowed so we looked for more near Halls ramp. Only one showed. Set up for nightfishing. Wind was present so we sheltered near a wall. About an hour after dark the stripers started to cooperate. Lots of shad. In the morning we filleted 62 stripers at the station.
The two of us returned to the water around 5 on Tuesday. Found and chased a slurp of real small stripers just east of the ramp. Near where lots of people tend to swim. There is a shallow kind of a cove and sand for a beach. According to my graph the water temp right there was 90 degrees at 6 PM. Elsewhere it was 80.5. In the morning I checked and found 78 there. The wind came up and slurps were hard to see so we headed up for more night fishing. Wind was gusting and had trouble anchoring in. We had tied to a tree stump the first night but it would not work the second. Between rain and wind we worked a little harder to position but finally the anchor caught. The biggest stripers came in after midnight after I had decided to rest. I had to tell my fishing buddy that there is "no laughing when angling" but I guess more fish just bring more happiness. Big of course is relative to the comparison. The longest about 23" and weighed 3.1 lbs.
At sunrise we went again in search of slurps. Found a fairly large size boil again east of the ramp. Caught 1, had a line break with another and then the entire school dived at the sound of the motor being put in gear and never came back. Waited a while and then chased slurps near Halls. Large topwater lures with more range seemed to work OK. Small slurpers had the best meat. We filleted about 30 Wednesday morning. Had to puncture and release a few of the night fish though.
Picture of Parvis holding two stripers
July 10, 2014 - Midlake stripers = 4th-6th
4th - Fished Lake canyon late evening. Caught 3 on top in a pretty good boil about half way back. Fish were pretty active but did not stay up very long. Lots of boat traffic in Lake and all the way back up to B F marina. Tried fishing off of the house boat for an hour or so after the fireworks caught one catfish and gave up. Other people were having good luck down by the marina store lights.
5th - Went north mid day - saw very little on top going up. Caught a few crappie and catfish and a smallmouth or 2 in Scorup - water clarity about 8 inches. Four mile - nile - nothing - water clarity 4 to 6 inches. Bottom of GHB around the floating toilet bay nile also water clarity close to a foot. Going back down, we found small slurps/boils at MM 117 and MM113 caught a few at each place. Lots of shad on top feeding from bottom of GHB clear down to Forgotten canyon. They were literally everywhere when the water was calm, good sign for August boils. Caught a few more at MM 100 before going in. Had 13 strippers for the afternoon. Water clarity does not get much better than a foot until below Moki. Water clarity around the marina was 2 1/2 to 4 feet. The water around BF Bay looked more like GHB water nice and green with lots of plankton. The further north you go the browner the water gets.
6th - Went South mid day - saw small slurps and boils just about any where you went as long as the water was calm and little boat traffic. MM 77 finally got out of boat traffic and found lots of fish on top. They were up and down quick, feeding along almost faster than the trolling motor would go, and hard to predict if, when or where they would come up again. We wanted to go down and see the cathedral in the desert in the back of Clear creek in the Escalante, so we would stop if we saw some, and head on down after they went down. Did not see much for fish in the Escalante. Went on down and found willing fish on top at MM 62 and MM 65. Ended up with 20 for the afternoon. Water clarity at the Rincon was about 4 to 5 feet. In the Escalante it was pretty clear, close to 10 foot visibility. Out in the main channel around MM 65 visibility was around 6 to 8 feet.
I fished a 3" storm swim shad in pearl color in the murky water and shad color in the clearer water on 2/10 Power pro with a short Flourcarbon leader. The wife used a 1/4 ounce kastmaster. She out fished me in the murky water and after the fish would go down. I outfished her and finally tied her on a swim shad in the clear water. Determine which way the fish are headed and cast 5 feet beyond and 5 feet ahead of the lead fish. Had better luck when traveling parallel to the fish than when they were headed toward or away from us. Tried yelling at the fish to get them to come back up and travel in the direction I wanted them to with very little luck. Did not fish in the mornings, went down mostly to relax. Don't have the patience to fish near the marinas. Fish were from 14 to 21 inches. Smaller ones were fatter, but all were worth filleting. I plan on being back at the end of the month during the new moon. Should be really good.
Hopes this helps
Good luck and tight lines
JUly 7, 2014 - Cedar to GHB stripers
Launched Tuesday morning from Halls. There were slurps within 50 yards of the ramp and from the house boat field to Moki. Nothing in between to Cedar. Camped in Cedar. Found slurps of bigger stripers (20+") in the back of Cedar, Seven Mile and south Good Hope Bay. The stripers were neither boat or lure shy. When not slurping, the stripers were easily caught trolling in south GHB. Shoreline fishing for SMB was tough in the green stained water. GHB is slowly clearing and we would not hesitate to camp and fish up there in two weeks. Boat/skier traffic in the back of Cedar and Seven Mile made fishing there next to impossible after Thursday.
We had expected to catch smaller stripers with the first slurp but they were all in the 20"+ range but for a few smaller ones - 14" - 16". That was par for the week. 90% were healthy stripers, not fat but certainly worth filleting. The stripers were not lure or boat shy. After my initial hook up with a grub I immediately switched to a 4" swim bait on a 3/8 oz. lead head. Gloria was using a Swim'n Image with the belly treble hook removed.
Trolling we mostly used Fat Free Shads in citrus shad and white colors. Those worked best. The Norman Deep L'il N worked also but without the consistency of hookups. Gloria managed 2 walleye trolling, one of which was thin.
We checked out more of GHB and found lots of shad in the cuts across the channel from Castle Butte. I suspect that GHB will come around with better water clarity quickly but keep in mind that seeing a few feet in the water is clear for me but if you're looking for 20' visibiltiy it won't happen up there.
July 7, 2014 - Bullfrog Stripers on Top
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 12:29
Fishing Report – Bullfrog Area- 06/27-07/03
Normally I am one of those mysterious “lurkers” who reads but doesn’t post—I’ll try to change my ways as the site is so valuable to all who visit! Arrived in Bullfrog to heavy but normal late afternoon winds – Had been down about three week earlier to slow surface striper and SMB/LMB action – likely due to the very muddy conditions and 12” per gain in water every day. Best fishing three weeks ago was at the mouth of Lake Canyon with “chovies”. Last week was entirely different. Slurps and mini boils just about everywhere. Bullfrog was on fire early in the morning 7:00 to 9:00 and after 5:00 until dusk. However midday activity could be found. Schools of fish varied from 10-20 to 50+ plus. As Wayne says-you have to look for the leading fish and cast in back and in front to have any chance. Kastmasters worked well as most schools were approachable. It did not matter what color Kastmaster was used. We caught as many one to two pound stripers as we wanted. 25% were thin and were not worth filleting. However a greater percentage of fish that were caught this trip were healthier than three weeks earlier.
Saw a boat with guys fly fishing for stripers and having success--
Switched to surface lures a few days ago and had a blast—Less fish caught but so much more fun! Found that the fish in the main channel—especially between Halls and Bullfrog were much more approachable as they must be comfortable to the constant boat traffic. Fishing slurps/boils in quieter locations was frustrating -- -- By the way – how come a slurp/boil always comes up in the opposite direction you’re looking and always behind you! LOL!
For our bait fishing friends who did not enjoy our hour upon hour of slurp/ boil chasing we had great success with “chovies” once again at the mouth of lake canyon and the main channel – north east side--
Spent half a day fishing rocks and deep weeds with plastics and crank-baits for SMB / LMB with very very limited success. That was disappointing – Glad that the striper action was great!
Based on the number of small cuts on my hands – regardless of using gloves –it was a really great time at the lake – Hope to be back at the end of July – I assume the boiling fishing will slowly move north--
July 1, 2014 - Moki stripers
BullfrogJune 23 - 30
Fished by trolling a cliff near Moki first eve, no success. caught a Boat I had to tow 7 miles to Halls.
Next day went to Rincon, caught some smallies and Walleye on shad shaped worms, drop shot working the rocks. Was there at around 10 am and didn't see slurps water was stained not the light green but more brown, went to Escalente no slurps but great water.
Was fishing with wife so all trips were about 4 hours. Wednesday went into Moki, found a slurp and immediately produced a few. When we reached about 30 feet near the back , found a school we worked with Chovies. Produced 89 in a few hours about 1 in 4 skinny and ranged from 1.5 to 3 lbs for the most part. The hard part is the channel is only about 80' wide there and boats every 5 Min or so coming by on plane or pulling people even though there was only a couple hundred yards left...why water sport in the backs of canyons?. ( they were probably thinking why do fishermen have to fish the canyons...lol).
This spot produced 25-50 fish each time we visited and we just stopped because we had enough. Found slurps entering and leaving each time and produced fish often. Mainly once the water clarity changed. Small chrome rippin raps, white road runners with white bodies rigged in tandem were quite effective.
Chased slurps around Halls around midday but the were far more picky than the slurps in canyons. Still nailed a few.
To find the stripers in the canyons had to graph until we found some fish near bottom. Then Chum, if fish rose off the bottom you had a winner. The bait was more effective but of course less fun than the slurps. Often fish would follow the hooked fish, have a shad type soft plastic ready and double up...that scramble is often very fun.
On the last day we found a few slurps in the main channel, Bullfrog Bay and even in the slips.
Hope this helps and have fun!!
June 26, 2014 - Picky stripers
We returned to Padre Bay to try to duplicate the great success found on Monday with catching slurping stripers. The fish were still there at the same main channel locations – Gunsight, Padre, Face, West Canyon, and Dove Canyon. The difference was that on Monday slurping stripers were super aggressive and willing to eat most jigs and spoons cast in front of the feeding group. On Wednesday the number of slurps was reduced by 60%. Much worse was the finicky response to most lures.
Slurping stripers would eat a micro glass jig placed just right but would ignore many more casts than they responded to. Slurp duration was less as well. They did not stay up as long. Now we have to figure out if they were just too full of shad, if they started feeding earlier, or if they are changing to a different time or method.
We tried afternoon again because it worked so well previously. But early morning and late evening may be better now. Upon our return from uplake areas we toured through Warm Creek and found numerous boils after 5 PM. Unfortunately, the calm water was great for water sports and boils were disturbed by skiers and wake boarders before fish could be caught. Stay tuned. We will try to keep up with the changing patterns and report them as they develop. Shad size in Warm Creek is large enough that full-fledged boils could occur soon.