October 8, 2008
Striper fishing is very selective while bass fishing continues to get better.
The pattern for fat and fussy stripers requires finding fish and then conforming to their feeding behavior. There is no room for deviation. The over riding factor is abundant shad. In these conditions stripers will only eat shad so find what their feeding technique is in your fishing location.
At Hite the feeding pattern requires only short swimming bursts to catch ever present shad. Stripers rest while digesting near the last feeding opportunity. There is not much movement and no schooling behavior as the school is not needed to feed effectively. Therefore, the most effective technique is trolling a deep diver from 15-30 feet to put the lure in front of resting fish. They give a short swimming burst to catch the lure.
In the main lake with a few less shad there is some schooling behavior required to surround a shad school and effectively feed. A few stripers will break water while chasing fleeing shad to the surface but most feeding is under water. The trick is to see 2-3 fish splashing and then quickly get to that spot and drop spoons to the subsurface feeding event. When fish are seen on the graph near tiny boils they can often be caught. Fish quickly and efficiently as stripers are moving quickly among various shad schools.
This morning we started at Lone Rock looking for a boil. We saw only widely scattered fish at first light and could not get any started with top water or spoons. We left there at 7 AM (MST) and searched through Wahweap and crossed into Warm Creek at Castle Rock. We traveled as far back in Warm Creek as the floating rest room without seeing any surface feeding. We then turned toward the main channel on our way to Navajo or Antelope Point. Half way across the bay we saw 10 fish splashing on the east shoreline of Warm Creek directly east of the Caste Rock Cut. They were down by the time we got to the spot and we could not locate them on the graph. But soon we saw a few fish come up a bit further up the shoreline. We got on them and caught 5 on top and then began spooning the school to put another 20 in the boat. Bottom depth varied from 30-70 feet. Stripers used the whole water column while feeding.
The magic time seems to be 8 AM. There is more striper activity between 8-9 than the hours before or after.
When stripers quit it is time to go bass fishing. Green tubes fished on outside rocky points and around submerged brush are very effective. The key is fishing at a bottom depth of 25 feet. I prefer to fish vertically under the boat when targeting deep water. When fish are seen on the graph in these conditions they can be caught.
Catfish, sunfish and crappie are providing great fishing from Good Hope Bay downstream. It is still quite slow in the Hite area.