Main lake stripers have gone quiet. My best guess for the lack of feeding is
a general attitude of satisfied luxury. They have all the food they want or
need. They feed only when they want and are quickly sated. They seem to have
little regard for the anglers who would really like to get close and
personal with these fat fish.
Here is what's happening. Stripers are feeding quickly during their prime
feeding times. At first light and last light there is a brief flurry of
feeding. Some of it is on top when 5 fish splash in unison. These fish are
as susceptible to angling as are any stripers when they decide to eat. They
grab anything close to their mouth when in feeding mode. The event lasts for
about 20 minutes and then its over.
Keith Barney with 4.3 pound largemouth
This quick boil is almost impossible to find by running around the lake
looking for boils because it is of short duration and happens early when
light is not adequate to illuminate a few splashes. Those that have been
successful are camped near the action and waiting when the sky lightens in
the morning. Once a feeding location is known, an angler could be waiting at
the right spot to get 5 quick fish. Find them one day and return to the spot
the next for consistent action.
During daylight, fishing is tough with only a random boil that could happen
anytime, any place and then not repeat. Spooning is good if a school is
found but they move quickly out of the zone. Cooler temperatures will
improve spooning results as shad move deep. Do not expect that to happen
Trolling is working near the inflows where shad abundance is high. At Hite
and upper San Juan use a deep diver to get down 20 feet and near the lazily
For this week the best bet is to fish for bass around shad schools located
in the backs of many brushy coves. Surface lures tossed near brush (with
shad) are being whacked with regularity morning and evening. During the day
plastic tubes and drop shot shad baits are working on the deep water side of
brushy shad coves. Fish 25 feet for best action on keeper sized fish.
When fish are fat and fussy the strategy is to make them mad. Shad colored
baits blend win well with thousands of shad. Sometime the wild colors of a
fire tiger crankbait trigger a reaction when shad colors will not. Go bright
and see if the fishing fortunes improve.