May 9, 2007
days this week will finally put cold weather in the rear view mirror.
Weekend storms have increased river flows, jacked up runoff and that will
continue until the snow is gone with warmer days ahead. The lake is now
rising 2-6 inches a day. It should come up four more feet in the next few
Bass have been struggling with cold fronts Bass spawning has been sporadic but there will be another spawning surge over the next 10 days where multiple spawning smallmouth bass will bring off one more nest of black fry. Rising lake levels will move the shoreline away from the existing nests. Sight-fishing for spawning fish is not as good in May but catching spawning fish will great. Just fish deeper and further away from shore where the nests were made in April at lower lake levels. This week nests will be at least 2-feet deeper than when first constructed.
Good Hope walleye
Warming water temperatures activate fish. Walleye have finished spawning
(walleye) and get very hungry when their cold-blooded body finally warms up.
They respond by eating early and often. The next 3 weeks will be the best
time to catch hungry walleye. Fish in low light periods - early and late.
Take advantage of boat wakes and windy afternoons to find murky water where
walleye shade up to feed. Mudlines along rocky points, muddy coves, and mud
covered brush are prime walleye spots during May.
Steffen and Skyler Koury with Navajo Canyon Stripers