June 20, 2007
lake continues to rise slowly. The main impact of maximum elevation is
floating driftwood. Much new wood was deposited in the lake last October
during the big flood. That wood and debris was stranded when the lake
declined over winter. With rising water, wood is floating again and will
continue to be a nuisance until the lake begins its decline in July.
Fortunately, wood does not prevent travel to any location. Just be careful
to slow down near debris to protect your boat prop.
Fishing is super for slurpers. Stripers from 8 inches to 3 pounds are found chasing tiny shad on the surface on most calm days. Wispy little surface riffles point to schools of feeding stripers that are very catchable while they are looking up. They go down quickly when a boat gets close but pop up a short distance away within a few minutes. It's great fun and an exciting way to catch abundant juvenile stripers that are so good to eat.
The technique is to cast small heavy lures over or in front of the leading fish in the slurp. Lures include Kastmaster, Wally lure, CC spoons, small plastic grubs on heavy jig heads, or small surface lures (walkers and poppers). Retrieve the lure in the upper 3 feet of water while slurpers are on the surface. After they go down, follow them with a spoon to catch some while waiting for them to resurface.
Slurps are found from Padre Bay to Hite. The premier location is Good Hope Bay now that the water has cleared enough for stripers to see larval shad. Access the Good Hope from Bullfrog/Halls and watch for slurps anywhere along the way. The better choice for adventuresome folks is to use the primitive launch at the old Hite Marina site. Make a short (but slow near driftwood) run downstream for good fishing.
Launch site at Old Hite marina. Use 4wd and watch for driftwood on the way to great fishing