May 21, 1999
Lake Elevation: 3679 msl
Water Temperature: 62-74 F
Finally - It's Spring. The long-awaited mid April bite is going strong even though May is almost over. Water temperature is now above 60 lakewide and it's time to go fishing. Walleye fishing is at its best, smallmouth are on the points, largemouth are in the shallow brush, bluegill are in the treetops, and striped bass are moving from prespawn staging areas.
Striped bass will be on the move this week. They wait for rapid warming to trigger the spawn. Stripers will leave the dam and Power Plant Intake and make an evening run to the points and coves of Antelope Island. The same thing happens uplake. A spawning shoal has been discovered on the main channel islands near the mouth of Slick Rock Canyon. Fishing is good all day on bait, but some BIG fish could be caught at night when the huge females move in at dusk. Stripers have moved downstream from Moki Wall to the mouth of Halls Creek (just inside the mouth of Halls Creek on the right side) with a potential spawning congregation in the first large group of cottonwood stumps on the right side near the back of Halls bay. Spawning shoals will be found over the entire lake. Fish in the back of White canyon will move up the river but they will stay in White for another week waiting for the cold runoff to warm up.
***NOTICE TO STRIPER ANGLERS AT DAM***
With stripers migrating it hurts me to see you tie up to the middle of the barricade. Stripers are following the west wall at a depth of 30 feet as they leave the protected sanctuary to access the main lake. That is why anglers near the wall catch all the fish. It is much more productive to be near the wall than in the middle of the lake. So hold near the wall with an electric motor, or try to remain motionless in some manner to wait for a migrating school. Better yet, anchor off the points of Antelope island (particularly the closest point to the dam). Venture further uplake to find moving schools of fish that rest on points between the two sets of islands in Navajo Canyon or on the steep walls in the back of last Chance. There is too much unproductive time being spent at the dam that could be spent catching fish. Go out and find your own school! It will be worth it.
Smallmouth are hitting in the main lake from Last Chance to Hite. The only real advice needed is to fish early and late with bottom bouncing plastic grubs. The clear water main channel points may be better than the backs of the canyons. Mid day is not as good and afternoon is much better than morning fishing.
Walleye are hitting plastic grubs moved slowly along the bottom all day and night. They are more likely to hit if a live worm is added for enticement. Largemouth and crappie are in the shallow trees and brush at the backs of the canyons but the peak fishing period for theses two species is over.