Both air and water temperature are cooling which will have the exact
opposite effect on fishing. The heat of summer is over making it more
comfortable for anglers as well as fish. Shad have grown larger than a piece
of linguini and are now bite size. All these factors align to keep fishing
success at it best.
Ronnie Doss - 12 pound striper-
Fall is topwater time on the big lake. Striper boils have already heated up
and they will build and continue through September.
Timing is the most critical factor as it
seems there are willing striper schools and harried shad in almost every
canyon. Daylight allows shad to join up after a night of individual random
feeding. As shad schools form, stripers attack. Before the sun peaks over
the horizon single bass and stripers whack shad in the center of lake. It
looks like trout feeding in a high mountain lake. As the
first sun rays hit the water shad join into
schools and stripers form into bigger bunches to continue the assault.
Surface feeding activity continues for an hour
and on some days much longer. But, get on the water
early for best success. The first hour of daylight is critical.
The very best spots may be Tapestry Wall, Halls buoy field, Slick Rock
Canyon and Warm Creek but there are a hundred spots that are a close second.
On a calm afternoon surface feeding action starts up again after 4 PM but
afternoon winds keep boils down. If wind happens make sure to be on the
water early the next morning to take advantage of hungry stripers.
Stripers will feed anytime of day. Boils seen midday will be some of the
biggest and longer lasting as both striper and shad school size is large.
When they come together after a rest the result is perhaps an hour long
feeding spree. Stay ready for this prize event.
Recent reports of boils have come from almost every
canyon between Wahweap and Hite. More fish are being caught from
Bullfrog upstream. Slightly bigger fish are being caught from Rainbow
downstream. Fishing is good in all directions. Just go give it a try at
When boils quit just hit the shoreline and toss rattletraps for bass or
spoons for more stripers. It is time to start speed
reeling. After a boil quits drop a spoon to the bottom in 50 feet
of water and then reel it as fast as possible to 25 feet. Then drop it to
the bottom again and repeat. More stripers will be caught this way than in
boils during September.