The lake is now rising 2-4 inches per day and the filling rate will continue
to increase during May. Increased runoff is due to warming weather. Fish
respond to warming by increasing activity. In turn, cooling causes them to
sulk on the bottom. The intermittent winds really cool the bite while an
extended warm calm period ignites a flurry of fishing results. There needs
to be a longer warm period than seen in April to really make the fish perk
Bass spawning has been impacted by wind induced weather anomalies.
Largemouth spawned haphazardly and smallmouth bass spawning has been
delayed. Much more spawning is to come but rising lake levels will take away
most of the sight-fishing opportunities. Bass fishing will peak during the
next two weeks. In current conditions, plastic baits fished on the bottom
have been the best technique. Continue to fish shallow rock ridges, reefs
and points for best bass success.
Joel Belmont with stripers caught under
green light at night.
Crappie have spawned and will continue to guard nests for the next two
weeks. There will be another spawn that will coincide with smallmouth
spawning on the next warm spell. Expect this to happen when morning water
temperature exceeds 62 degrees.
Good walleye fishing is delayed by the same lack of warming. All these
warming worries will be forgotten when the heat does come.
The good news is striped bass. They have turned a "cold shoulder" to the
weather and have just gone about their business of finding current in the
main channel to the delight of anglers. Fishing has been excellent in the
southern lake from the dam, to buoy 3, to the intake, buoy 9, with stops in
Antelope and Navajo Canyons. Running the circuit of these favorite fishing
spots has resulted in catches of at least 20 and often many more stripers
for bait anglers.
Patience is required. It seems the schools start and stop. When they are on
fishing is furious; when off, not fish is caught. Fortunately, they are on
most of the time. Chumming gets the school going. Then all that have
prepared by using invisible fluorocarbon line with either a light jig head
or Carolina rigged circle hook catch fish in a hurry when the school comes
In the northern lake, the mouth of Moki canyon is the most consistent place
but many schools are holding along canyon walls both uplake and down from
Bullfrog. I like Lake Canyon and Slick Rock for consistent action.
The Hite area is affected by runoff. Good Hope Bay is still murky but
fishable. Head to the back of the canyon to find fish when muddy water
dominates the channel. Trolling for stripers in the bays is consistent but
not better than fishing bait in the channel. All stripers are now eating
plankton which means they are able to forage individually. Therefore,
schools have broken down. Many lone fish will be found in the backs of bays
while schools are in the channel.