We spent the last few days camped in Kane Wash, Travis was able to get us the much sought after first cove on the right. I had my daughter in from Oklahoma and my nephew came in from SLC for this quick trip.
We set out early Saturday and trolled a couple small Islands just out from camp, no fish caught but several graphed.We quickly headed to the East wall, made a quick trolling pass with no marked fish.
Based on a tip from a super nice guy, we headed over to last chance. Dropped into the 3rd canyon on the right and started trolling, we had out a white and orange rattlin rap and a chrome/black grappler shad.It took us a few minutes to mark the first school but when we did, it was game on.
We kept making passes, catching fish trolling, then dropping spoons on the followers, with good success.
Something we did that day was different for me, after a school had left under the boat and we resumed trolling, my daughters boyfriend decided to leave out his spoon, he was using a brass colored kastmaster with a red insert, he quickly and often caught more than the rest dragging an assortment of shallow running lures.With 2 lines out, from about 7:30-9:00 we boated over 20 fish, then they disappeared.
We came back the next morning and started trolling with 3 rods out. The 2 on the outside, running a grappler shad and the famous red Kastmaster, were completely outfished this day by a short running red jointed shad rap, running 50' out in the prop wash.( a tip Mondo gave me a couple years ago). We caught many doubles and 2 triples and yet only managed to get tangled on 2 occasions.
So we caught close to 40 fish, can't recall what time we started but it was certainly early.
On this day we kept marking schools and catching up to 11:00.
As far as boils, we saw a few, 4-5 fish hitting the surface at times, each time we got in the area and threw spoons and my daughter was using a chartreuse jig head with a Yamamoto single tail, color was white with a silver speckle.
The jig using the Yamamoto grub far out caught the combined efforts of all the spoons, her success only ended after she caught several smallies she sighted in the shallows as we made trolling passes,
the smallies, in the 1-1 1/2 pound range managed to chew off the last Yamamoto tail, other single tails were un effective.
Anyway, we had a great time fishing, caught more than we deserved based on a great tip from a friend.
All stripers were in the 1-1 1/2 pound range as well. I had a little bit larger one to the boat and promptly lost it(in the 2-3lb range.)
We pulled into the back of a small canyon to filet and my daughter wanted to keep trying the jighead.
she hollered to come look and we were treated to a display of constant shad swimming around the boat.
They kept breaking the surface and it looked like rain. No stripers caught here, despite seeing a large school come onto the graph below the shad.(they soon left)