August 18, 2005
By Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Elevation: 3605
Water Temp: 79-82 F
Full moon is coming
and stripers are acting spooky as expected. Bright nights have slowed the
morning action. Cloudy
conditions seem to bring out the early morning boils but mornings after
bright nights are quiet. Stripers cannot leave the shad alone so they will
feed some time during the day. It seems that about 2 mornings each week
are great fishing while 5 mornings are just average. If there is no
surface action at dawn then expect stripers to start eating at 7-9 AM.
Under the bright moon the randomness of boils is magnified.
They can happen anytime of day.
The best advice is to fish the last 2 hours of daylight for the
most consistent boiling action.
over the expanse of Lake Powell are very quick. It may be that main
channel shad are schooled in small groups that scatter quickly when
stripers attack. For whatever
reason the boils are up and down in short order.
That leaves only two fishing options:
Run and gun as quickly as possible, or park where boils come up
often and try to be in position to cast when the boil surfaces in range of
the parked boat. At the
end of the day either method will result in the same number of fish
are consistently seen from the dam to Navajo Canyon, the first 8 miles of
the San Juan, Cottonwood Canyon to Rincon, Bullfrog and Halls Bay, and
Cedar Canyon to Good Hope Bay. Of
course boils may happen anywhere but these were the spots with the most
reports last week.
bass are very catchable in the evenings either in boils on surface lures
or on the broken rock of the main channel with plastic grubs and shad
crank baits. Smallmouth bass fishing in the San Juan is excellent. Lots of
1-2 pound bass are being caught by those targeting bass or fishing for
stripers. Some good
largemouth are showing up too.
fishing for stripers at the south end of the lake has been good under
green lights on cloudy nights. Bright
nights are not as good but some fish are being caught each night. The
14-inch yearlings are eager to eat both day and night. Expect to catch a
bunch of those every time out. They
are very fat and have great fillets for excellent table fare.
are not slowed by the full moon. They
regularly bite each night despite weather conditions. Use liver or hot dogs on shallow sandy beaches.
Any beach that provides a good boat anchorage is the exact habitat