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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.
July 13, 2016 - Rock Creek Stripers
We had a great trip last weekend. We came across 1 slurp just south of Rock Creek and were able to catch a few surface fish but the real action was against the last vertical wall on the west side at the end of the main canyon in Rock Creek. The fishing was fast and furious on bait in apx 30' with all the kids catching as many fish as they wanted. Time of day didn't seem to matter. We caught 75 stripers over 2 days in 3 hours of total fishing
The majority of the fish were healthy with only 1 in 5 being malnourished.
The stomachs I did check had crayfish.
July 11, 2016 - Herd shad to catch bass
Mid-July and it's 100+ on the lake after noon, but only low 70's at first light when buzzbaits and other topwaters like the deps Buzzjet Jr (shown in photo) excel for a short while. Once the topwater action ends, switch to medium-running lures like 1/2 oz spinnerbaits or crankbaits, and finish up mid-morning with deep-diving 1 oz spinnerbaits and cranks in 15-25 feet of water as well as skirted jigs/trailers bounced on bottom.
Yup, they're biting a little bit of everything. Bass have taken well to the newly-flooded brush but it's really the excellent water quality and bounty of young-of-year shad almost everywhere that's firing the food chain from the bottom up, and keeping the biomass pyramid active. Use your boat movement to flush and stampede the small shad, causing small stripers, bluegill and small bass to bust on them, drawing the bigger bass out to see what's happening and become catchable. It's the opposite of the stealthy, quiet approach. You want to constantly use the boat to move the shad, firing up the small predators that rouse the larger ones. Enjoy!
July 11, 2016 - Hite Conditions and Northern Pike
Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 11:00
Hi Wayne, we had a fun and interesting trip to Hite and the North end last weekend. We were able to launch at Hite with no problems. You can see from the pictures the depth is about 8-10 ft.. Brush was not a problem. We found scattered slurps/boils from Good Hope up to 4 Mile. They were up quick and then down. Very boat shy. If you could find one next to shore it was much better and less spooky and stayed up a little longer. Most activity we found was around the Horn and north to 4-mile. Kastmasters and top water worked great.
We did find this little surprise in Ticaboo while looking for bass and crappie. Water clarity from 4-mile down lake was clearing up nicely. Very fishable. Looking forward to more and better action on the north end in the next few weeks.
July 10, 2016 - Slurps and bait at Bullfrog
Fished out of Bullfrog late Tuesday July 5th after assisting with some minor flash flood repairs in Ticaboo. Found slurps in the bay in front of Halls ramp. Set up for night fishing in the Alcove on the south side of the entrance to Lake Canyon. The wind was strong out of the south and we were protected from it there. Had to wait about five minutes for the first bite. Brought in shad before dark too. In two hours we landed 27 stripers between two of us. Most a little skinnier than the fish caught in slurps. More slurp fishing in the bay in the morning. Then off to the cleaning station and then fish fillets to the freezer.
Wednesday afternoon we chased more slurps in the wind. Saw one good boil late but others were fishing it. Set up for night fishing near shore by the Halls bouy field. Brought in fewer shad and stripers than the night before. In the morning we looked again for slurps and found a few.
Thursday afternoon we decided to try running down towards the Rincon as the wind had died down. Ran across a slurp just past Lost Eden. Landed one striper out of it. Then we noticed a boat in distress waving at us. They stated that the towline from a tube had wrapped up in their prop. A knife resolved that. Sometimes it is good to have anglers around. Few slurps and no boils after that so for night fishing we set up further up Lake Canyon. Just to try it. Fish were slow to come in and a lot less shad than previous nights. Fewer slurps in the morning with most out from the Halls ramp again. We did try about 3 minutes of Walleye fishing and even brought some worms. But are easily distracted by stripers.
Both of us had more fun catching stripers out of slurps than at night. There are a few gnats to deal with at night. The best lure for fishing slurps for me was a 3/4 ounce Hopkins Shorty. With fluro leader. But topwater worked almost as well. Better when the fish were close to the boat.
July 9, 2016 - Family Fishing
The Bennett clan had a fun filled Fourth of July on the south end of the lake. Early morning boys trip produced 18 stripers between my son, grandpa and myself. This was fast and furious as we new the wake boarders would wake up soon. The majority of our success was all main lake as we start with our first slurp on the turn from warm creek to the narrows... 4:50amish. It was awesome as the bass boat glided right into them and my 5 year old Trace was the first to hook up with a clear zerra puppy. Followed by grandpa with a popper and myself with a shad shape (natural shad color) worm on light line 6lb. Starting with a triple off the bat was awesome!!! This pattern continued up the lake until our last slurp in the dove/ Neanderthal area.
I did notice larger stripers were much more co-operative than the smaller ones staying on the surface for multiple casts. Then we had to switch gears to bass fishing (it's to thick in my blood not to!) We proceeded to pick off numerous smallmouth and some largemouth on a smorgasbord of lures and from top water to 35' bottom bouncing a jig. Just all around good times. We headed back early to fillet stripers and switch gears to the pontoon.
Found a comfy beach and then my daughter Kendyl took over bringing in smallmouth after smallmouth on a little rocky point near by. Was the perfect ending to the day with both kiddos catching fish. We hung out for fire works and a bar-b-que then headed home. Yes the lake was crowded and yes we had numerous trips on the launch ramp... Half in the dark but it was all worth it to see smiling kids with fish!!! Just had to add that I had a parent complaining to me that there is nothing for kids to do around here... I beg to differ!!! Tight lines everyone!
July 9, 2016 - Antelope Stripers
Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 11:12
This is Steve and Pam Hodges from Phoenix, and Linda Davis from Apple Valley, Ca. We caught 63 stripers today in Antelope Canyon today July 7th and 20 yesterday. We were fishing with anchovies and throwing out chum bait. We started both days at our spot at 7am and finished around 1pm. They never stopped but we ran out of bait and our live wells were full or we would still be there. We had a wonderful time and will be there again in the morning.
We caught a total of 132 Striped Bass in Antelope Canyon in three days!!! We fished from 7am to around noon or 1pm all three days. The fishing never stopped or slowed down. It gets a little hectic in there once the tour boats start coming in, but the boats stir the water up and that’s when all three of us would get a fish on at the same time, that happened several times to us. The first day we only caught 20 fish, the second day we caught 63 and then the third day we caught 49. We fished with anchovies and cut up chum to draw them in.
July 4, 2016 - Good Hope Boils
Just spent a couple days at Good Hope. 107 stripers and a few smallies. Had to leave because we didn't have enough ice to keep them cool. Oh the pain!
There's a lot of debris floating just southwest of the two islands in the mouth of Red Canyon. The shad were tucked up underneath it and the stripers were driving them nuts. Slurps and Boils happened as the evening shadows worked toward the east. We didn't have to move very far to get into the next school.
We were using a two inch spoon, the treble hook replaced with a single 3.0 hook for easier removal.
Thanks for the website. It sure has been good info. Here's wishing every one a case of "Striper Thumb".
Tight lines and sharp hooks.