Things are "looking up" for fishing all over the lake. Last weeks report
indicated dismal prospects for the main lake and those predictions were
confirmed. Now the corner has been turned and fishing success will build
each week until a grand peak is reached in late September.
The biggest news is shad are abundant and predators are living large on the
buffet circuit. The few fish being caught now are FAT. Shad abundance is one
of the main factors in past poor fishing success. The other negative factors
are warm surface temperature and vast forests of submerged tree habitat
which has fish goggle-eyed.
Slick Rock Coves are prime "boil" habitat.
Fishing prospects for the southern third of the lake remain tough with the
most cooperative fish being catfish and bluegill. Try fishing around brush
with live worms in the backs of canyons for nice sized panfish. Catfish are
in the sandy shallows near campsites. Use the same live worms, shrimp or
chicken liver for the best chance to catch fish for supper.
The mid section of the lake, from Rock Creek to Bullfrog including the San
Juan, boasts some decent striper boils early in the morning and late in the
evening. Boils are hard to find as shad have moved out of the channel and
are now in the coves. Cruise the shoreline at first light to find scattered
single stripers surfacing. Scattered individual stripers will group up as
the sun climbs and then school up to create some real boils. The action
quits abruptly at 8 AM (MST).
The most productive habitat is slick rock coves without brush. Stripers trap
shad in rock coves and hold them there for a week or more at a time. Shad
are more abundant in the backs of canyons but brushy cover inhibits feeding.
Boils are in the open coves instead of along brushy shorelines.
"FAT" striper caught with LV 300
The northern lake is the place to be. Nothing even comes close to fishing
success in the northern reaches of the lake. Boils may be found throughout
the day with early and late best, but boils can spring up anytime. Shad are
still in the channel uplake making stripers easier to find. Cruise the main
channel from White Canyon all the way to buoy 110 for excellent fishing
opportunities. That is 25 miles of potential striper boils!
Bass fishing patterns play off shad behavior. Shad schools are often in the
channel. That places bass on rock structure close to shad and "looking up"
to eat. Bass waiting for a shad swim-by are susceptible to mid range shad
crankbaits or lipless vibrators. Dragging a rattletrap along the 20 foot
breaking edge of structure will catch more bass than other methods. Instead
of fishing the shoreline and brushy coves, cast crankbaits to the open
channel for more consistent bass action. A slow retrieve is still best to
consistently catch fish.
Loose striper boil against slick rock 8-6-08