JULY 27, 2000
By Wayne Gustaveson
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Lake Elevation: 3682
Water Temperature: 76-88 F

************************* STRIPER BOILS ************************

The entire lake has early morning surface feeding (striper boils) events happening. It is just a matter of finding out where the boils are and how excited the stripers are to chase shad. Stripers are now catchable on 5 inch surface lures from Wahweap to Hite.

The general lakewide pattern starts as shad begin to form schools after a night of random distribution. As skies lighten, shad can see one another and form schools for protection as they feed on plankton. Each shad tries to get on the outside of the school to feed and then get to the inside of the school when danger threatens. When shad are bunched up by the thousands striper boils may last for hours. With only a hundred shad in one area there is not enough safety in numbers and shad scatter with individuals heading out in all directions. Stripers chase down the singles with 5-10 stripers in hot pursuit of a few shad. These small boils only last for a few seconds but they pop up in the same vicinity time after time

Big boils are found from Nokai to Mikes Canyon in the upper San Juan, and from Hite to Good Hope. (Caution: strong wind may cause the morning boils to fizzle). Smaller boils are found somewhere in each canyon and bay. Reports of small boils have come from Bullfrog Bay near the last gravel island, Hall's Ferry Boat cove, Rincon, Last Chance, main channel between Padre Bay and Last Chance, Wahweap Bay (haystacks) and Navajo Canyon.

Stripers begin rounding up shad at first light. They pursue shad in same general direction of travel each morning. Today's boil will probably be duplicated in timing and intensity tomorrow. Boils are tight and stripers very aggressive at first light. Feeding intensity decreases and stripers break into smaller groups as the sun climbs in the sky. Boils cease about 9 am (MST). Surface feeding action may happen anytime during the day but will consistently begin about 5 am til 8 am and then be repeated from 5 pm until dark.

If that's not enough, smallmouth are still being consistently caught on main channel rocks, ledges and submerged islands over the entire lake from first light to 10 am. They start up again in the afternoon and bite until dark. Surface lures work early and late with soft plastic tubes/grubs bounced off the bottom at 15-35 feet providing good action in the day light hours.

Catfish are found on each sandy beach where a boat may be parked. Bluegill are easy to catch on live worms or small plastic grubs on tiny hooks.