April 27, 2006
By Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Elevation: 3592
Water Temp: 57-65 F

The bass spawn continues in staggered fashion.  Unsettled weather delayed some fish from nesting while others spawned in warm, calm locations.  Some bass are building nests while others guard young fry. The end result features active bass that are shallow, and deep, with some in between. All are willing to chase lures. The main action is in shallow water with a deep water escape route close by. Terminal coves near brush are good, but donít overlook a shallow reef, long point or island in open water. Nests made last week will be deeper and further from shore as the rising water covers more land.  

Bass are responding well to jerk baits, spinner baits, plastic tubes, grubs and senkos.  Fish on nests are very aggressive when eggs are fresh and nervous and flighty when eggs are hatching. 

Crappie are spawning on the same schedule as bass.  Expect them to be in brush pockets with tumbleweeds being the dominant habitat type. Drop a tiny jig into pockets and spaces between limbs and bushes. Gently move the jig up and down to invite attention and to keep the small hook from grabbing a limb.  Crappie will be in water 3-10 feet deep.

 

Post spawn walleye are rebuilding their hungry bodies by feeding around the clock as water heats up.  Walleye will be in 10-20 feet of water near brush that hides sunfish and shad. Fish jerk baits, and spinner baits near brush in morning and late evening twilight for best walleye action.  Slow trolling through mudlines that cover rocky points with wallydivers or live worm harnesses is the best daytime walleye technique. Expect walleye catches to increase daily and peak during May.

 

Striper fishing remains hot in the southern lake.  Big coolers of stripers are harvested each day from the dam to the Navajo Canyon. Fishing pressure has spread out as stripers run the canyon walls.  Schools are commonly found in the main channel at different locations each day. Try various locations with a run and chum mindset.  Have confidence that stripers will respond to chum at your location instead of searching for the one hot spot that others have found.

There is an added striper bonus now.  With warming water, juvenile stripers have become active and easy to catch on bait.  That means lots of stripers will be caught while waiting for schools of bigger fish to come by. The points above the first set of double islands in Navajo are producing lots of small stripers. 

 

In the remainder of the lake, stripers are in the backs of canyons feeding near brush with walleye and bass.  Troll, cast or jig to schools of opportunity.  Find fish on the graph and quickly put a lure in their midst for a chance to catch many stripers in short order. Stripers are fat and strong in the northern lake waters.