June 22, 2005
By Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Elevation: 3601
Water Temp: 72-76 F

It’s that pesky full moon period once more.  Fishing tends to get a bit unpredictable with bright nights and hot days.   The good news is that shad are growing in the warming water.  Soon newly hatched shad will be large enough to interest adult striped bass and regulation-size boils will begin.

For this week the best technique is fishing anchovies in the shade of steep canyon walls. Resting striper schools will eat anchovy bait when many other fishing methods may be ignored. Stripers seem to be in the main channel and near the mouths of major canyons resting at 40-60 feet.  Look for rock slides where stripers stop by periodically to search for crayfish.  Place bait in front of a striper looking for food and good things happen.  When full sunlight hits the fishing spot move along the wall following the shade to keep the bite going.  Chumming on a regular basis is the best way to keep stripers interested.  Throw out 3 or 4 finely cut anchovies every 10 minutes.    

Stripers are being caught at the dam, power plant intake, Antelope Canyon, Navajo Canyon, Last Chance main channel points, Rock Creek and main channel points from the mouth of the San Juan to the Escalante.  It seems that as one spot heats up another slows down.  If no fish are caught in the first spot try another and see if the fish have just moved a bit along the wall.  Graphing is a great way to decide where to start fishing each day. 

When fishing bait, results are better when invisible fluorocarbon line is used.  Stripers become accustomed to inspecting the bait to see if it has a hook attached.  High visibility line has a negative effect on the number of bites per trip.  Fluorocarbon can be 8-12 pound test and still retain the invisibility factor that is important for bait fishing.

Surface feeding “slurps” continue but yearling stripers are small and spooky.  Duration each morning is short under full moon conditions. Aggression will increase as the moon darkens and shad size increases.

Smallmouth bass fishing is steady.  Use soft plastic grubs, tubes and senkos on drop shot rigs at 25 feet to catch bass.  When fishing is tough try smaller baits to get more hits.

Main channel rocks are better than flooded brush in the backs of canyons. Brushy habitat has increased tremendously but bass and panfish are yet to be caught there in big numbers.  

The lake continues to rise.  Water levels will increase for two more weeks before it stabilizes.  But total runoff is slowing down now.  The murky water caused by the big spring flood will clear in July.  Until then fish bait on canyon walls for best results. 

June 16, 2005   Fish Report Update

Not so fast!  Looks like trolling is not over.  Just ask Dan Porter who caught a 38.5 pound striper in Rock Creek trolling a thunderstick on leaded line.  Deep trolling is still working there. 

Anglers using anchovies at Glen Canyon Dam had another good day today bringing in lots of 5-10 pound stripers.


Competition for the favored 3rd and 4th buoy over the 50-foot deep ledge is intense.  Some have been camping on the buoy line all night to get the spot.