weather has been postponed by warm afternoons, calm days, and beautiful
sunsets. If you like to take pictures, the subtle sun exposures make
everyone a professional this time of year. Oh yes, fishing is not bad
It is very easy to get skunked fishing right now because fish are bunched up
in certain areas. We are spoiled by summer fishing when hungry fish are
eating often and widely spread. In these conditions all can catch fish in
every canyon with the right combination of patience and knowledge. Now
knowledge and patience are important but opportunity is the key. Fish feed
in two hour bursts. That's the opportunity. It takes a little luck and keen
observation to recognize when feeding begins.
Jacob Berry - largemouth he caught on
To reduce the patience factor and increase opportunity head to the inflow
areas. The upper San Juan and Colorado inflow upstream from Good Hope Bay
are good for all species. Look for the temperature break between the cold
inflowing river and the warm lake water. Great fishing will be on the warm
side of the cold water. If I had to choose the best spot right now it would
be in the San Juan Arm from Alcove Canyon to Spencer's Camp. Use shad
colored plastic baits to catch bass, stripers, walleye and crappie. The
shoreline has some nondescript structure that harbors bass. The big flat
expanse of open water has plenty of stripers. Just troll the plastics in
open water while moving between bass fishing spots to find stripers. All are
keying on shad on the warm side of the bay. It's as good as it gets right
There is a nice school of stripers near the
Dome Rock in upper Bullfrog Bay (Red X).
Use fluorocarbon leader for best success!
For those that can't run to the headwaters, a cooperative school of stripers
has moved into the back of Wahweap between Lone Rock and Lone Rock Canyon.
The school is right in the middle of the bay where bottom depth is 50-55
feet. It takes some graphing to get on the school, but once located fishing
is great as long as the anchovy chum keeps falling. When the moon was full,
afternoon fishing was best. But now the moon is waning, fish can be caught
any time day or night. But here is where the patience factor comes in. The
exact time that they want to feed must be discovered. A good plan is to
check for the school every two hours. If they are not there in the morning
then try again later until they light up. Coolers fill in a hurry when the
bite is on.
Bass are as moody as the stripers. Mornings were not good fishing last week
but now that the nights are not as bright bass catching will improve. Flat
calm periods are not as good as those where a little breeze breaks up the
surface and allows bass better feeding visibility. There will be a two hour
feeding period that is awesome followed by a slow period until bass decide
to feed again. I expect morning and evening to be best this week. Plastics
fished on the bottom are generally working better than crankbaits.
Bonus crappie are in their fall feeding period. Again the inflow areas are
best but search the brush and rocks just like spring time fishing. Schools
are tightly bunched so they are easy to miss, but once discovered schools
are large and tightly bunched. Remember the 10 fish limit on these fun pan