Darn old full moon really put the fish down early this week. Fish are fat
after chowing down all summer on a surplus supply of shad. There is plenty
of forage. Living is easy. All this adds up to tough fishing for sportsmen
when fish get a blast of full moon-itis. But this will pass. By the time the
report makes the rounds the worst will be over and fishing will perk up once
Striper boils are now defined as 3 fish splashing within 50 yards of each
other. They can be caught if the surface lure is presented on time before
the splash ring goes away. Splashing fish may be either bass or stripers.
They are all lazily eating shad on the surface. The surface action may last
for two bites but fish are up and gone in a flash.
Jamie Jenneve's son from NY with
The best way to catch them is to drop spoons in the vicinity of the splash
rings. The best depth for spooning is 40 feet. When a school is graphed on
bottom, drop the lure until it touches and then jig in short strokes. If the
school is suspended, drop the lure below the school and then speed reel
through the fish. Pause when above the fish and drop the lure back through
the fish zone. This technique will catch more stripers than any other right
The only really good time of day right now is evening. As the moon darkens,
mornings will get progressively better. The twilight periods are far
superior to any other time of day for fishing success.
There are fish to be caught in these conditions. My best technique today was
to find a long rocky point covered with tamarisk trees. Follow the point out
until treetops are just barely visible under water. Fish shad and bluegill
crankbaits and plastics where bottom depth is 20-30 feet. A Storm Wild-eye
swimbait was the best lure today. Let it swim through the tree tops and drop
along the edges to find bass lurking in the trees. Bass fishing really saved
the day when stripers were not ready to go for us.
At Bullfrog there were a few striper boils (3 fish) in the early morning in
Hansen Creek, Lake Canyon and Halls Creek. Spooning near the boils produced
a few stripers. The only really good spooning spot found was at the tire
breakwater guarding Bullfrog Main Ramp which produced some 30 fish catches
early in the week.
Water temperature is cooling and the moon is getting darker. Fishing will be
back to normal with a good fishing success rate as the moon gets dark at