September 16, 1999

Lake Elevation: 3693 msl

Water Temperature: 72-77 F

For catching stripers it is the best of times and the worst of times. When they boil it is as good as it can possibly be. When they don't it tests your patience.

Striper boils are happening over the entire lake. Stripers pop to the top sometime between 7 and 10 am and 4 to 6 PM. The aggravating part is that stripers DO NOT come to the top every morning and evening. Boils have been reported inconsistently in Wahweap Marina (4-5 PM near tire reef and gas dock), Navajo Canyon, Kane Creek, Last Chance, Rock Creek, San Juan, Rincon, Good Hope Bay and Hite area. A boil may last for 30 minutes. But only one boil per fishing trip is the norm.

To increase your catch use silver or shad colored jigging spoons or large white marabou jigs and fish on the bottom in the submerged river channel in the backs of the canyons where bottom depth is 40 - 60 feet. Typically stripers will rest on the bottom near the last boil event and can be reactivated by shad (in the form of a spoon) entering the resting area. When the school starts feeding every fish wants to eat so, consequently, more spoons equal more fish. Have more than one rod rigged and ready to quickly drop a spoon to a trailing striper.

A fish locating graph saves time in finding schools. When a school is marked throw a marker buoy over board. Fish will return to their small, very distinct, resting spot when they finish chasing the initial offering of spoons or jigs. Boats can drift away from a tightly packed striper school in a minute or two. To prevent losing the school, mark the spot and return to start a new drift and catch a few more fish off the bottom.

I didn't have a graph yesterday when I tested this technique in the lower lake. I went to the back of main Rock Creek and dropped the spoon down in three different flooded creek channels where the estimated depth was 40 feet. No luck. I then tried Dry Rock Creek where the canyon narrows right near the huge balanced rock. A striper hit on the first drop, came off and another fish hit the lure on the way up. As I got that fish to the boat there were 10 fish following the hooked one. I am sure that this school of fish boiled sometime before my arrival. They all had shad in the stomach. But I missed that event and had to catch them deep. They were very aggressive but I had to dredge them off the bottom to get them started.

Smallmouth fishing is fantastic in the upper Lake (Rincon - Hite) for the first hour of light in the morning and last hour in the evening on surface lures. During the remainder of the day soft plastic grubs are working well for a steady catch of bass. The key is to be over quick breaking structure with deep water (at least 30 feet) near by. Sharp points with deep water on either side and submerged rocky pinnacles are real fish producers. Don't look on shallow spots in the backs of the canyons. Smallmouth are still closer to the main channel.

Catfishing is excellent on any sandy beach with liver. Bluegill are really active in Good Hope Bay on live worms and small plastic jigs.