October 16, 2007
at Lake Powell is still hot - but only in the inflow areas from Red Canyon
to Hite and in the upper reaches of San Juan's Great Bend. Stripers have
chased shad to the ends of the lake where the highest numbers of forage fish
now reside. In these isolated locations boils continue on most days.
Spooning at depths of 40-60 feet is a sure thing where the graph shows
schools of fish. If looking for the greatest chance of fishing success, head
to the inflowing waters of the Colorado and San Juan Rivers.
In the main lake fishing is spotty with decent catches one day followed by sight-seeing the next. Stripers are moving toward the backs of the canyons but with cooler temperatures there are many more time periods when no feeding is done. Some may not realize that stripers prefer to feed at night. When fishing is tough during the day and fish are seen on the graph, the best way to get them to respond is by night fishing.
A green or white light attracts and congregates plankton. The plankton swarm soon gets the attention of small forage or game fish. Small schooling fish then attract stripers. October and November may be the best months for night fishing. Water is not cold enough to shut down the feeding response and fish that choose to eat at night are very susceptible to feeding near the lights. To catch stripers, fish anchovy bait deeper than the lighted shad school, usually 30-60 feet. Again, fishing near the inflow areas is better than main lake areas where striper schools are scattered.
Trevor Skelton with his big smallmouth and brother Chase Skelton.