June 19, 1998
Lake Elevation: 3694 msl
Water Temperature: 62-68 F
By Wayne Gustaveson
On June 17th high winds associated with a cold front mixed the warm thin surface water layer with cool deep water resulting in a temperature drop back to 62 F. The immediate result of this type of unusual weather pattern is a temporary shut down in bass fishing. Bass stop feeding for a short time and then gradually become more active. It usually takes 3 days of good weather for bass to recover after weather events of this magnitude. This comes at a time when bass were just starting to become predictable. This has been a tough year for bass fishing and weather has played a big part in their poor showing so far. Continue to fish for stripers and when bass are encountered enjoy them for the moment.
Water temperatures remain in the 60's, which is the preferred temperature range of striped bass. The cool spring has prolonged striped bass fishing and enhanced striper catching. There has been a small decrease in numbers of stripers brought in to the cleaning stations this week. The hundred fish days are less common but the average catch is still well above 20-30 fish per party. It seems that fishing is a little more spotty with schooling stripers caught in bunches interrupted by quiet spells. Mornings are better fishing with midday lulls before the afternoon bite starts back up. Mornings are usually calm while afternoons often have windy conditions to contend with. There has not been any day this year that stripers were not caught and the good fishing continues.
Fish the following locations remembering to move between spots if fish are not cooperating at the first spot tried. Fish the dam, power plant intake, Warm Creek at the mouth of Crosby Canyon, Navajo Canyon points from the double islands to the big sand dune, Last Chance in the back, Rock Creek near the floating restroom, main channel islands near the mouth of Slick Rock Canyon, Lake Canyon mouth, Moki Wall and mouth of canyon, Red Canyon. Fish have been caught for weeks at all of these spots. You may find your own striper school by exploring main channel islands and points marked by rock buoys. Broadcasting 3 or 4 finely cut sardines around the boat may start a dormant school of stripers feeding or restart a school that has shut down.
The standard bait is a one inch chunk of a sardine completely covering a relatively small bait hook. Use just enough weight 18 inches up the line to get the bait to the desired depth. With these temperatures most action is still occurring in the upper 30 feet. Stripers will go deeper as the water warms. Keep all stripers caught which may allow a few of this years shad crop to survive. The 12-15 inch stripers consume most of the small shad so these stripers are the most important ones to harvest. They are also the best eating of all sizes of stripers.
Catfish, bluegill, and green sunfish are available near your campsite and can be readily caught. Isnít this a great fishery?