are performing a Lake Powell balancing act. When boils cool in the upper
lake it seems boils take off in the south. At the end of July boils slowed
near the dam and stripers at Hite went ballistic. Bullfrog has been the
fulcrum with steady surface activity throughout most of the summer.
Early this week the entire northern and middle lake went quiet. True to form
stripers in the south took up the slack. But today
boils were back at Bullfrog and bigger and better. Many anglers
took 40 or more stripers from hour long, acre wide boils in Slick Rock
Canyon, Halls buoy field and Tapestry Wall.
The general boiling pattern prevails. Stripers hit the surface just as
the first ray of sunlight peaks over the eastern horizon. Most of the action
is centered near the main channel as shad have returned to open water. Shad
size is larger now forcing stripers to work harder to drive them to surface
and keep them corralled for feeding purposes. This makes stripers more
aggressive, which equates to more fish caught if the lure hits reasonably
near a fresh splash ring.
Get on the water early for best success. The first
hour of daylight is critical. Single stripers splash constantly
during the magic hour. Hit the ring - catch the fish. Usually a big school
joins up and feeds for 15 minutes before breaking down into single splashes
once more. Feeding sometimes ends one hour after it begins but some days
feeding is extended for two hours or more.
Always as the sun gets higher in the sky, boils become more random and
unpredictable. A huge boil could erupt at anytime, anyplace and last for an
extended period. But these mid day boils are unpredictable. It is best to go
on with the recreation plan for the day and just keep a rod ready in case of
Afternoon boils are not as likely as the summer wind pattern tends to blow
them away. On a rare calm afternoon it is a good bet to look for boils in
the portion of the lake where boils were found in the morning.
Lure choice is wide ranging. It is more important to throw a long accurate
cast than to have the right color lure. I prefer big floating stick baits
that cast a mile and have stout hooks. There is less lure maintenance with
this outfit. It is not necessary to change plastic lure bodies with the hard
plastic bait. After a good morning of boils it is necessary to change bent
hooks and replace broken split rings. If using light line it is only
necessary to restock the tackle box to replace lost lures.
Striper size is increasing daily. They started the year at about 2.5 pounds
and now are close to 4 pounds and 23 inches long. They are strong and thick
bodied. The fillets are excellent and perhaps the best I have ever seen.
This is a year to remember for striper fishing. The good news - It will only
get better as water temperatures continue to cool.