Powell has topped out at an elevation of 3642 feet above sea level. Lake
level will now slowly decline through the rest of the year. That will make
beaches larger and more accessible, strand driftwood, and make boating and
camping easier. The inflow areas will increase in water clarity. Through all
this stripers will continue to boil.
Austin Kimber - Boils at Bullfrog
Striper boils in the main channel have peaked. There is a definite schedule.
Single fish or small groups come to the surface shortly after first light.
These fish are the easiest to catch because they have just begun to feed.
But they are widely scattered.
As the sun hits the water singles form into bigger pods. Boils get larger
but they are up and down quickly. The best catch rate comes when these pods
resurface and the boaters are in range and ready to cast as they come up.
About 2-3 hours after dawn there is a flurry of large size boils. If lucky
enough to find one of these large late boils the catch can be huge. After
that the lake goes quiet for a time.
The process is repeated in the evening. Stripers begin to boil at 5 PM (MST)
and continue until dark. Calm evenings provide the biggest and best boils.
But on most nights this week, wind starts to blow at 5:10 PM and boils are
wiped away. When wind happens the only choices are to stay home or search
for calm water. In the lower lake Navajo Canyon provides a calm area where
boils can happen when open main channel areas are churning with white caps.
Boils are better near Bullfrog than at Wahweap. Expect upper lake
and San Juan boils to be better than both in the near future.
With time expect boiling stripers to move out of the channel. Boils are easy
to see now while cruising the main lake travel lanes. Soon the main channel
will go quiet and boils will start working further back in the canyons. Shad
will eventually leave the open water and seek the safety of brush pockets
and turbid water in the backs of canyons and coves. When that happens,
stripers will follow shad into side canyons and coves.
Another option on a windy evening is to troll the 25 foot depth contour with
deep diving lures. Walleye, bass and stripers are lurking around the
submerged tree tops and more than willing to hit a shad lure as it swims by.
Bass are still hitting top water lures at first light in the morning. Those
same flooded tree tops are perfect habitat for bass, bluegill, walleye and
Catfish are ever present in the evening and can be caught from the beach by
camp or off the back of the houseboat. Use leftovers from dinner, hotdog
rounds or anchovies and chicken liver for catfish bait.