SEPTEMBER 13, 2000
By Wayne Gustaveson
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Lake Elevation: 3680
Water Temperature: 77-80 F

Stripers are still hungry but shad numbers in open water are very small and decreasing daily. Boils are becoming much less numerous. The best time to see a boil is from mornings first light until 8 am. Big boils are past with single fish and small striper pods more common. Good boils may happen anywhere shad and stripers come together. The best chance to locate a boil is near Copper Canyon in the San Juan, White Canyon near Hite and within 5 miles of Wahweap Marina.

Large striper catches are still very possible with a slight modification in technique. Search for boils in early morning light. When a single striper or small group is seen cast surface lures to the swirls. Then as soon as the stripers leave the surface use a jigging spoon or large (half ounce or heavier) white marabou jig and thoroughly work the bottom and water column in the vicinity of the boil. Many more fish can be taken from the bottom than the surface while stripers are still actively searching for food. The search mode lasts from first light to 9 or 10 am.

When stripers enter their resting mode they can be seen on the graph as stacks or individual fish in deep water (40-70 feet). Resting fish can be started by chumming anchovy pieces and fishing cut anchovies near bottom. When a school starts to feed than the spoon can be used to catch fish quickly in short bursts. Trolling will take stripers, as well, but fish in this phase spend more time on top and bottom and less time in the water column where trolled lures are effective. Fishing the surface and bottom is more productive. .

Smallmouth bass follow the same activity patterns with surface feeding in the early morning, active searching later in the day and deep rest periods at mid day. Use surface lures early, shallow running crank baits mid day and soft plastic grubs for the remainder of time.

Smallmouth and green sun fish were very active from God Hope to Hite early in the week, even biting with regularity during the windy periods. Soft plastic grubs worked well on rocky points, talus slopes and shoal areas. Bass were more likely to hit when the grub was close to the bottom, Fewer fish were seen chasing grubs in mid water this week than last. It was better to let the grub hit bottom, rest and then hop it along the bottom. My best success came by dropping a green single tail grub directly below the boat to the most productive habitat while drifting with the wind across rocky points. Fish were fairly shallow at 8-15 feet in Good Hope and White Canyon earlier this week. Primary points were 10 times more productive than long rocky shorelines and coves.

Catfish were very active. Some were caught on soft plastic grubs while bass fishing. Walleye were taken on jigging spoons while probing the bottom for resting stripers.