August 29, 29016 - North Lake is best
My daughter wanted to get out one more time before she started school so we headed out Friday afternoon. We stayed at Ticaboo Resort and launched at Bullfrog both days. Saturday we ran North and made it to Striper city right as the sun was coming up. Nothing on top so we started fishing at the mouth of Trachyte trying to repeat success from my last Trip. Wasn't long before a pretty serious boil erupted in the first little cove from the entrance. It was easy pickens for about 20 minutes. When they stopped we started the big motor only to find another boil in the next cove over. These stayed around a little longer. Even after they sounded we were able to hook up just about every cast throwing our swimbaits right next to the brushiy bank just letting the swimbait fall. Good Times!
After Trachyte went quiet it was time for a little Popcorn! Popcorn Canyon that is . Memmer? You Memmer. Found them in the same spot as last month. 18-20 feet. Spoons and swimbaits doing work. When we would lose them we'd hit the trolling motor and find them just a few yards away. Steady action all day. We left them biting and went to do some bass fising. With the overcast skies the bass were very cooperative all day and would hit everything from Vixens and Ricos to Beavers flipped on braid in the thick stuff. Absolutely killed them Saturday.
Sunday was a different story. Just for a change of scenery we went south. Mistake! Stopped in at the Rincon and caught some stripers and bass chasing shadows with a Rico. Tons of small bass. In fact, too many so we headed to Escalante just to see what was happening. I figured we would just go fishing and see what we run into. Usually we run into something, either some surface activity or a big school on the graph and we switch gears. Never happened. We caught numerous small bass for the next couple of hours with nothing on top or big schools below. We started working our way back to bullfrog stopping back in the Rincon, hitting Iceburg and and Slick Rock with nothing but bass and occasional striper. We were running and gunning and never really got a feel for the day or the fish. Just Junk fishing.
Overall was a great trip and time well spent with my daughter. There's big time shad in the back of Iceburg. Big as in size and big schools. Cant wait til the water cools a bit and the stripers get up in there. The bass were already there but the shad were same size as most the bass.
Go North! Tight Lines.
August 29, 2016 - Southern lake boils plus
Southern lake report August 22nd to August 26th.
Took houseboat from Wahweap to mm26 across from Gregory Butte and in the folds of the Goose Neck for 5 days. We fished morning and most afternoons except when the storms were rolling in. There were huge pods of shad right around the houseboat. Big storms on Wed evening, Thursday evening and Friday a double one in the evening and one about 1 am. Nice lightening show. Raining on Saturday morning as we took the houseboat back to Wahweap.
Monday morning we fished right behind the houseboat and caught stripers and smallmouth. We then checked in Dove Canyon and found an ongoing boil in the back. Stripers had the shad cornered. Monday afternoon we took the girls to West Canyon for a "3 hour tour". No fishing.
Tuesday early to Dove, nothing. Hauled a-- to Friendship and found a big boil about 100 yards wide in the back on the right side. The stripers had the shad penned against the wall. We decided to run up to the San Juan and check out Cha area. Smallies on senkos and swim baits could be caught everywhere. Headed to Wilson Creek and found a boil in the very back. These fish were big and had personalities. They would hit anything top waters or swimbaits.
Wednesday am headed to Dove, nothing. Ran to Dry Rock creek and found a big boil in the second bay on the right heading toward the back of Dry Rock Creek. We got there late and only caught a few. I did have a double striper hookup on a top water. Broke it off lifting it into the boat. Headed to the back and caught a couple trolling in the back. There were splashes but they were spread out. Wed morning we decided to use some of our catfish bait, shrimp and caught cats, stripers, smallies and a carp right off the back of the houseboat.
Thursday the girls headed back to Wahweap and we passed a few small boils in Warm Creek going in. On the way back to the houseboat just after crossing behind Padre Butte we spotted boils in the main channel. These boils ended up right against the side of Padre Butte. This was at 11:30 am. These boils stayed up for 2 hours.
Friday there was boil right behind the houseboat. This was intense and the stripers were in about 6 inches of water. If you threw in close to bank fish on. These fish were all different sizes. We then went back toward Padre Butte and found nothing. Back to the houseboat. While sitting on the houseboat there were two separate boils in the 11am to noon time frame. I was able to net a few shad (2 to 2.5 inches long). We took the boat out a ways to 28 feet and fished with dead shad. This is where the smallmouth were hanging out. We caught many nice smallmouth on dead shad. We also caught a few stripers. These stripers were big and not in the best of shape. I noticed a couple of splashed behind the boat and threw to the area and caught a nice smallmouth. I then threw again and hooked another smallmouth. I threw again and caught a striper. We caught 60 fish on top waters in 2 hours and 45 min. 60% stripers and 40% smallmouth. What a hoot.
Most of these fish were in good shape. I finally called "Uncle" with a full cooler and 15 fish on the floor of the boat. They were still out there when we went the 50 yards back to the houseboat. My cleaning arm will never be the same.
Equipment: Baitcasters with 12 and 14 pound flouro. Spinning reels with 8 and 10 pound flours. Trolling 14 pound mono. Top Dog topwaters for saltwater and big rapalas. Size 4 hooks for the shad. 5 inch senkos in shad color, Texas rigged.
Notes: Smaller swim baits were the best (2 to 2.5 inches). The big swim baits 3.5 in got very few hits. The big top waters got pounded. Trolling was slow. Bigger smallmouth were very deep and fat and healthy.
Water temp was 84 to 86 on Monday and went down everyday. 72 on Friday morning. More shad than I have seen in a long time in the lower basin. Must have been a good late shad spawn. No one fishing. Only saw 2 or 3 fishing boats the entire week.
Good week of fishing!
August 16, 2016 - Padre to Knowles
Last week, my father, Rex, and I went to LP for the second fishing trip of the summer. We started out on the south end of the lake for the first two days targeting stripers on the east side of Padre Bay. Trolling the entire wall from the rock slide to the rubble beyond the small island produced a number of stripers, smallmouth, and a walleye the first trip in early July, but this time we were not as fortunate, so we headed to the back wall by the hidden cove and immediately got into small, short term boils that were composed of mostly juvenile stripers. After they went deeper, spoons dropped to the bottom and speed reeled up with intermittent pauses resulted in several more.
The action slowed, so we headed further south past the small island to the broken rocks to target some smallmouth but instead ran into more boils. Pleasant surprise. We got several on top water and shallow cranks.. they were always just out of casting range. We eventually found a small school down at 40 feet and used bait to pull in a few more before heading back to the ramp for the day. The next day we decided to target smallmouth early on the east side of Gregory Butte. We caught a handful of SMB and stripers with poppers and shallow cranks, but they were all tiny, so we headed back to Padre to the spots that worked for us before. The first few spots were empty and trolling along the wall caught only one striper. With only 7 total fish for the day and no keepers, we figured today was just going to be one of those days. At 11AM we were preparing to head in for a much needed nap, but our instinct (or maybe it was the shade) told us to try one more spot. On the south side of Padre’s east wall by the broken rocks in the remaining shade, we ran into a massive school in 25-40 feet of water. We went from 7 fish to 60 in no time. Once the shade disappeared we decided it was time to go even though the bite was still on. Most of the fish were unhealthy and had stomachs full of crayfish.
We spent the next three days in Bullfrog hoping to see more boils. The first day we found a massive school at 60-75 feet on the opposite side of Knowles Canyon. We tried everything from spoons to marabou jigs. We probably sat there for over half an hour and only caught one. It is hard to leave a spot like this when you find so many fish, but when they’re not biting there’s not much you can do.
Our next stop was the broken rock section north of the mouth of Knowles. Here we found a school at 35-50 feet more willing to bite. These fish were much healthier than the ones on the south end of the lake. The majority of stripers were caught on spoons dropped to the bottom and speed reeled for 3-5 turns of the handle with a 1 second pause repeated until the spoon was out of range. We moved to mile 117-118 and targeted SMB and LMB for the remainder of our trip. We ended up catching very healthy SMB and LMB with a handful of walleye on humps 25 feet down on spoons and hula grubs. As our final morning was coming to a close, and the wind was reaching into the 20MPH range, we graphed another large school at 50 feet and landed another cooler full. The fishing at LP is so good, we would have stayed there all day if our trolling motor battery hadn’t died on us and the wind hadn't threatened to push us onto the rocks! We had another great trip. Included are a few photos we took along the way. Once again, thanks for all the helpful information you provide on your website.
August 16, 2016 - Boils San Juan- Rincon
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:33
Camped at Neskahi Wash area from Aug 6th to the 11th. After many annual trips up there, this was the first time ever without seeing a boil. Not a single one for six days! However, we did find a productive boil, where the stripers had the shad trapped on a vertical wall, on the west side of the little Rincon. Anything bright and shiny worked and Cotton Cordell chrome spoons were used for casting distance with 20 lb braid, 12 lb flouro leader. This was during the middle of the day, noon straight up. Thin but not skinny fish, not like last year.
The most productive boils were at the east end of the Cha Canyon body of water, not exactly boat shy, but you did have to play hide and seek with them a bit. Nicer fish, a little fuller, as many as you wanted. We started there around 7 am and things slowed around 9:30-10:00. There were always three or four boils in sight the whole time.
Smallmouth fishing was fun and easy anywhere. Piute held the bigger models, which longer than 12 inches, would rocket up vertically from depth and explode on the bait just as it was leaving the water right next to the boat on the retrieve. Single or double curly- tail grubs in any color but white worked. Chrome Rattletraps were the best hard lures to use. Morning was a bit better, but any time of day worked on deep rock piles and slides.
Caught a couple of nice largemouth early; stealth on a standup paddleboard, tight to the brush, shallow, like as in knee or thigh deep water. Anything would have worked on those guys, very aggressive strikes.
August 15, 2016 - Brody’s first striper
I’ve been reading your blog for years and finally decided to contribute. I just made a post but I couldn’t figure out how to post a photo. I remember you saying you wanted photos of children fishing. My son’s name is Brody and he is 3 years old. He loves fishing. He isn’t the best caster but in slurps and boils he makes a really good reeler. Here is a striper he reeled in at the mouth of Weatherill Canyon.
Thanks for all you do!
August 5, 2016 - San Juan boils
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 August 2016 06:25
Powell Report Aug 4&5, 2016
San Juan Boils are Awesome!
I took a friend Bryan and his grandson Travis up to Powell for a short trip before Travis leaves on his 2-year church mission. We were concerned about the weather forecast posted Wed night when considering staying close or heading north but went ahead and headed up to the San Juan out of Wahweap on Thursday morning expecting to get wet but never did. What we did do was find stripers on top ¼ mile into the San Juan and we started catching fish immediately for the next ½ mile before a boater came up and asked if we knew what the “hundreds of fish coming up on the surface just around the corner” was all about and we assured them we’d go see if we could fix it… wow, game on!
We had close to 3 hours of great action as the clouds kept the sun at bay and we had lots of different boils to work, some large and some small. We finished up this action and left it about 9:45 while there was still a little bit going on top but headed up to a spot we killed them last year in and we were disappointed to find no boils up there but poking around we did find some likely looking shad balls with stripers going on them and dropped spoons on them for great action for another couple of hours, from 40-80’ bottom depth. Many fish were suspended and would be caught speed reeling up after bouncing the spoon on the bottom for awhile and some we’d just guess about where 30’ was and jig it around that depth and score, since that depth seemed to be the shad ball locations. We even caught a few fish on the bottom in 80’! Stripers, smallies, walleye, and catfish were all in the mix. We left after noon and headed to Dangling Rope for some ice cream and shade.
After the DR break, we fished close by and caught some smallies and a largemouth in the back of a canyon and then trolled up a few more including a striper along the shoreline going toward Wahweap. The trolling was not nearly as effective as last year but I think it will be better in a month with some cooling. With the increasing winds and rain in the distance we decided to head in early and it was a pretty rough go! Our total catch for the day was 125+ with lots of 4+ lb healthy stripers. Bryan commented several times on how quiet the Verado motor was and on the slick design features of the Phoenix 920. It was also a little surprising how much less fuel we needed than anticipated after running 75 miles up into the river then chasing boils around for hours, and then hauling back down to DR.
For Friday we booked it right back up to the San Juan hoping for a repeat but even though there was sporadic action again shortly into the San Juan, we buzzed past them and went up around the first hard RH corner and there was a good sized boil to start with but after we worked them for awhile, we only had random smaller boils that were much more skittish than before so it wasn’t long before we headed up to the spooning spot hoping for boils but had none and the spoon fish had moved and few fish were caught. Since it got hotter quicker and the clouds were long gone and it was getting hot, we heard DR Marina ice cream calling our names much earlier and headed back there and then went to some areas around Dungeon Canyon/North to finish off the trip. We caught a few here and there including a nicer walleye off a submerged island but the day was much slower and hotter so we headed in before noon and called it a trip. Only about 40 fish this day and the stripers were all pretty much on the smaller size. With any luck I’ll be back a few more times this season when it gets cooler and if I don’t get too bogged down with the new house project in Flagstaff.
Sam Sherwood Mesa, AZ
July 28, 2016 - Boils Halls North
Boils returned in force yesterday, with boils at Halls marina, mm97, mm95,mm102, entrance to Hansen Creek, the previous 11 days were hit and miss, tried to catch more walleye to go with my sisterinlaw's 24" 4# walleye she caught in 30' of water with a chartreuse 4" single tail in Warm Spring canyon but only managed one more trolling in Good Hope bay. Smallmouth Bass were plentiful as usual with a few Largemouth thrown in. Great annual family trip #27, can't wait for next year's.
July 26, 2016 - Hite report - Fish and Ramp
We launched at Hite at 7:30 am. Not as early as I wanted but just couldn't get the crew out of bed at 4:30. Launching was ok, had to back the boat and truck over rocks and then out into the lake until the entire truck was in. The graph showed 1 foot of water under the boat at launch. Moving out we had around 7' for 100 yards then 12' then finally 25' about 1/2 mile down lake and stayed that way until we rounded the corner and could see Tractyte after that no problem.
Water was still heavily stained until you got down around 2&4 mile. The back of Farley's and White's was fairly clear. Most debris was hung up on shore. We mainly went to catch stripers and try for some walleye. 4 mile canyon had slurps going on and off most of the time, yearlings mostly. In 2 mile we got into some actual boils and they were bigger 3-4 lb fish but skinny.
We went to the back of 2 mile and there were shad fry everywhere. 3 different sizes from 1/4" up to 2" (I assume the 1/4" were shad but of course not sure).The slurps we're a little shy, we would motor in with the trolling motor and catch 1-2 in each. The bigger fish that were actually boiling were easy to get into and would actually stay around the boat for a while and you could catch 8-9 at a time. Even after the boils would go down we could cast a shad rap and pick up numerous fish.
Caught a few smallmouth fishing for stripers, we played with the stripers so much we didn't even try for walleye. In White Canyon we thought we were fishing a slurp and ended up catching 7-8 Gizzard shad that would actually bite the lure?? Big, 1 1/2-2 lbs.
Spent some time in the shade eating lunch and examined the receding water line for quagga's and didn't see any. Overall a good trip, I wouldn't launch there again this year, another foot or two and it would be pretty sketchy for me. And it was hot, very hot, 107 when we pulled off the lake around 4:30.
July 22, 2016 - 10 Pound Catfish
My name is Christian White and I'm from Page, Arizona. The night of July 21st around 9:00 p.m at Antelope Point shoreline I was night fishing with anchovies. I'd put my anchovies on the hook with some weights, cast my rod and let the bait sink to the bottom.
I landed this 27 inch 10 lbs channel catfish.
July 19, 2016 -Hite Launching and Fishing
Launching at Hite... is fine, it is a couple feet at the end of the dock, we had to get all four wheels wet but it was simple and straightforward. I honestly think it will get better until it isn't possible if that makes sense. Once you leave the dock it starts getting deeper and the trees just pas the dock are 6-10 feet deep. It remains that depth till you get to the edges of the channel then its in the 12-15 foot range. The channel itself is about 30 feet deep and we even recorded a 40 foot depth at one point. We took screen shots of the river channel on google earth so we knew where the channel still was and cruised right on down to the main lake area that really starts near Farley. Past the confluence of Farley and White the lake is clear enough to fish, Trachyte is stained but still has plenty of feet of visibility. There is a distinct mud line half way towards Two Mile Canyon. There are a couple patches of floating wood until you get past the Horn, wind seemed to push what was remaining towards banks and the receding lake is now holding most of it. I personally wouldn't hesitate to launch at Hite till about 3615, then its certainly more of an unknown. We knew of three other boats that launched there as well including a couple in a 21 foot cruiser so its not all that bad. We have some footage and ill make a separate video of just launching there.
Fishing... was amazing (despite the wind). Ill try to keep it somewhat short and sweet but i could go on forever. Bottom line is in Good Hope varying school sizes are pushing shad specifically towards the backs of coves in certain arms. We only saw a couple open water slurps in Good Hope but we like the ones pushed up agains the bank better anyway. Morning and evenings are the best, and each day they seemed to go farther along in the day even with complete sunshine. Many times we would see only a few splashes and blow ups but an entire school would be in the area so we caught a lot more than we would see at times. The back of Red, Blue Notch and the Northwest shore heading up lake past Castle Butte were all good areas and consistent. Open water slurps were more picky, tube jigs and smaller baits worked best for these. The ones against the bank anything worked. You knew the school was moving on when you'd start catching yearling Stripers trying to catch up, but then you'd start catching really nice Smallies getting active after a boil. Smallmouth were cruising and suspended the entire time, the Largemouth were tucked up closer to boulders and brush and liked a slower presentation. We caught three really nice Walleye just casting bank and my Dad finished off our grand slam with a really nice Crappie in Scorrup. Sunday night was the kicker, we were casting bank the opposite bank of the uplake side of Castle Butte when all of a sudden we saw a huge boil just coming right into us on the bank, game on, from 7:30 until dark we boated 90 Stripers in that area, it was epic. Monday, we fished the morning, then packed up and headed back towards Hite from our camp near Castle Butte, five hours later we got back. Starting at the top of the Horn we saw open water slurps everywhere all the way up to Trachyte where it really got ridiculous. Slurps in every direction. Our battery was useless cause we had our generator die before the trip so we couldn't recharge. So we had to guess where the next one would come up, and it wasnt hard when you had dozens to choose from, very fun and challenging. Then we found some really big boils up against the bank in the mouth of Trachyte heading towards Farley. Seems as though it is really starting to ramp up. We found shad of all sizes, some really small ones in Good Hope to over an inch long by Trachyte. Only saw maybe ten boats the whole time, two were TR and Stickbow Shooter with great info and help, thanks guys!
Thanks for all the help and info here, it truly is amazing and unlike any other place. Ill have our video up ASAP but if you have any more questions ill gladly answer them. Oh and the Hite store really was open every day from 8-5. Great time, not sure when we'll get back but hopefully soon.