September  22, 2005
By Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Elevation: 3602
Water Temp: 73-75 F

Bright nights have shifted striper boiling action from morning to evening. Stripers are still prowling and eating each morning but the action must be seen on the graph or discerned by logic to locate schools. 

Inquiring eyes still keep close tabs on fish movements so a graph is not absolutely essential.  Ravens, blue herons and coyotes really stay close to stripers, feeding on shad that leap out of the lake to avoid the striped marauders. After the boil has subsided birds roost in large groups near the site of the last blowup.  While cruising looking for stripers, pay attention to bird location and even fresh white wash on rocks close to shore. Drop spoons or troll in deep water (60 feet) near roosting birds to find resting or cruising stripers. Be aware of subtle signs that alert wise anglers to potential striper holding spots.  Seeing more than one great blue heron in an area is uncommon.  If 10 herons are perched on a rock island at morning’s first light it is highly likely that a school of stripers is nearby.      

Boils are less frequent but still seen briefly in the morning and more often at evening.  Cast surface lures when fish break the surface. Increase your catch by using spoons after the boil subsides. Just a couple of fish breaking the surface marks the location of many fish resting or feeding  near the bottom.  Sharp breaks along the 30-60 foot bottom contour are likely striper ambush spots.  Drop the spoon to the bottom. Jig it 5 times then reel it briskly back to the surface. Pause 2-3 times on the way up.  Chasing stripers will often eat the bait as it stops. Speed reeling is the most effective technique this week for catching a big cooler full of stripers.  

Use silver and/or shad imitating spoons like Hopkins, Kastmaster, Wally lures shad minnow, and Cabelas …  It is more important to be in the right place at the right time than to have the right lure.  All of this class of jigging spoons will work when dropped on a hungry school of stripers.  Do not go small.  Spoons in the 1-2 ounce size are better than smaller ones that take more time to get down to a rapidly moving school of stripers.  With gizzard shad becoming more abundant, stripers are not going to turn down a spoon that is a full 6 inches long.  

Best locations this week are Gunsight to Rainbow Bridge, the San Juan arm, Escalante mouth and main channel, Bullfrog/Halls, and Good Hope Bay.  

Bass fishing continues to improve each week with lots of 1-2 pound bass caught on main channel rocks with soft plastic grubs and senkos. The biggest bass are taking topwater baits early and late while feeding with the stripers on the surface. If you want a big bass use surface lures around shad schools.