June 14, 2001
By Wayne Gustaveson   Home Page:
Lake Elevation: 3672  Water Temperature: 73-77 F

Fishing pressure has decreased dramatically lakewide since May which is good news for those still wanting to catch fish. Smallmouth will bite better for the first angler fishing the shoreline each day. There are so many miles of shore line that it is easy to find an unfished stretch at any given time.

Smallmouth fishing is still very good along main channel rocks, points, shelves and reefs. The secondary points in canyons and coves are good too. Some midlake anglers are catching better bass on spinnerbaits in the cloudy water in the brushy ends of coves. The most predictable pattern is bouncing plastic grubs and tubes along the bottom around rocky structure in clear water. Crankbaits are working well at times and top water baits are great early morning and late evening.

Lower and midlake stripers are moving and making a periodic sweep through a given home range. One day stripers in Navajo Canyon will be working the first two points past the first double islands just as they have been all spring. The next day they may be on different points in close proximity and the third day may find them in shallow water (30 feet) near the back of the canyon. Then they retrace the route and start over again. They are not bashful about eating once the school is located. Chumming and fishing bait, spooning with vertical jigs, trolling with crank baits all work to locate schools. The best method of catching big numbers of fish is bait fishing with lots of chumming once the general location of a holding school is found. You may have to find a new school each day but when you do the catch is well worth while. Periodically check spots that have produced all spring to see if the school has returned to that location. Don't wait too long if fish don't respond to chum within a short time. If stripers hit for a few minutes and then go silent it may be time to move on. Pack up, move to a new location and try again.

Anglers at Hite are trolling in Red and White Canyon to locate stripers and then using anchovies to catch big numbers. Crankbaits worked in 12 feet of water in the back of White Canyon (which is clear water) catch both smallmouth and stripers. Muddy water (main channel) extends all the way to Good Hope Bay but driftwood is no longer a navigational hazard.

Stripers are still in good shape but they have not grown any since spring. Shad spawned this spring are not yet big enough to interest most stripers who are mostly finding crayfish on rocky points about 25-35 feet deep. Stripers don't grow on a crayfish diet since there are not enough crayfish found to equal energy expended in the search. Hopefully, there will soon be enough shad to meet striper dietary needs. Expect striper boils to start within two weeks as shad move out of cloudy water nursery areas in search of clear water plankton pastures.

Catfishing is now excellent on sand at dusk and into the night with soft, smelly bait.