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