My Goodness! Something happened to Lake Powel this week. The cause is
uncertain but we know that yearling stripers that were feeding on top near
Hite went deep. At the same time the bottom feeding fish on the south end
came to the surface. I suspect there is a logical reason, such as water
level decline displacing shad from brush shelters causing them to seek open
water. Rather then try to explain the phenomenon, I just went fishing! It
has been awhile since I have found full open water boils where I could reach
them from Wahweap or Antelope Point. This morning 103 stripers were caught
in 2 hours of fishing.
Warm Creek was where I fished, but my guess is that the same conditions are
at work from Wahweap to Dangling Rope and beyond. At dawn stripers start to
hit the surface as widely spaced individuals. A spoon thrown near a single
splash is quickly eaten. Top water lures are taken only half the time. Then
as the sun climbs, stripers run shad schools toward shore or into a cove.
Real boils erupt with hundreds of yearling stripers feeding tightly
together. Fish in full boils hit anything, with walking topwater baits being
the most effective. When boiling fish go down to regroup, pick up a hammered
silver spoon to follow them to the bottom. When they come back up, use the
topwater lure. Fishing becomes non stop catching when using these
Jack "Hotwheels" Herrin 'surrounded'.
Scan the shoreline for the location of the boil. A neat trick is to look
toward the East into the rising sun as it peaks over the horizon. Striper
splashes will light up like flashing strobe lights as the sun backlights the
splash spray. Follow the strobes to the center the activity. My advice is to
keep moving while looking for boils instead of waiting in one spot - even if
that was where they were seen yesterday. Stripers have no loyalty to spots.
They just follow shad that are doing their best to avoid the stripers.
How long will the southern lake boils last? There are no guarantees. Today's
boil may have been the last. More likely we should see boils at least
through this weekend. Do not wait hoping for a prolonged surface feeding
event. My guess is these boils will be short lived. Be prepared to look in
lots of places to find boiling fish.
Bass and walleye will be near the boiling stripers. Expect bass to hit as
the stripers go deep. Today I found healthy 3 pound stripers on bottom under
the 16-inch boiling stripers. As we reeled in each hooked fish, many shad
were regurgitated. I am sure the deeper fish were laying low, waiting for
the dead and wounded shad shower to come into the deeper water. Again
shad-colored spoons are the ticket to find bass, walleye and larger stripers
after the boil.
Catfish and sunfish are eager to provide fishing action for all near camp.