June 13, 2002
By Wayne Gustaveson   Home Page:
Lake Elevation: 3643  Water Temperature: 69-75 F

You may ask how the fish report is generated. It is actually about as scientific as the art of fishing can be defined. Each Wednesday morning I go to the same stretch of shore line and use the same lure and see how many bass I can catch in 30 minutes. Then I go to the same main channel striped bass spot and try for 30 minutes. After fishing the standardized spots I experiment with lures, presentations and techniques that were successful to see if they can be duplicated in other locations. If they can, a pattern has been identified and that information can be passed along in this report with some reasonable assurance that it can used by other anglers to catch fish.

This morning the first shallow reef produced only one little bass. The next spot was better as grubs were cast from the main channel toward shallow coves at the edge. Bass were on the deep water break from 5-15 feet instead of on top of the reef. Experimenting further along the main channel targeting the same "outside structure" was terrific. Two anglers caught 29 smallmouth from 6 to 14 inches in 2 hours. All bass during the first hour were taken on a watermelon pepper (color 194) Yamamoto 4 inch single tail grub. Then a smoked silver sparkle grub was used and found to be equally effective. Two bonus walleye and some green sunfish were captured while fishing for bass.

The striper spot was next. We pulled into a rock island point jutting into the main channel between the mouth of Navajo and the Power Plant Intake. On one side of the point there is shallow water which tapers gradually to 25 feet. On the other side the steep cliff face falls 200 feet to the Colorado River bed. The transition point is perfect for stripers to lurk in deep water and then zip over the lip to probe under rocks for crayfish. A deep water escape route is close at hand. There is abundant plankton in the main channel water column for the smaller schooling stripers to eat if no crayfish are found.

I tie to the rocky point and then chum 6 finely cut anchovies on the deep water side. Then I put an anchovy tail on a circle hook (Yamamoto No. 4 Gamakatsu split shot). The weightless bait is cast out with the chum and the descent of both is studied. Some day's nothing happens meaning the stripers are not there or unwilling to bite. Other days stripers rise to the bait immediately and can be seen flashing around the free floating chum and often can be see inhaling everything - even the hook. Today was one of those often hoped for but seldom realized events. Stripers immediately hit the free-falling baits and continued to hit as fast as they could be reeled in, taken off and put in the cooler. Then the rods were quickly rebaited and cast out once more. During the next 30 minutes 18 stripers were caught and many more were hooked but lost. Five bonus catfish were caught in the process. Remember to chum a little each time a fish is caught.

Even though summer has arrived with warm temperatures and increased lake activity the fishing is still excellent. Today's results were superior to many days in March and April. Great fishing experienced in May was similar to conditions found today. Do not put away the fishing tackle yet. There are still plenty of smallmouth and stripers to catch. Walleye and catfish are hitting much better now than they did in May. This is really fun.