I am excited! We are finally moving striped bass up to the top of
the report. STRIPER BOILS have
started and fish are catchable. For weeks there have been small boils
reported here and there with none of them really repeatable or predictable.
That is past now. Boils start at first light and continue all morning or
until the wind comes up.
Kip Bennett and Grandpa.
Stripers have been quiet most of the year because they came out of winter in
good shape making them finicky eaters. Then the water warmed and they forgot
about food as they concentrated on spawning. Now with spawning complete the
population is lean and hungry. Fish look thinner now with the ovaries
evacuated. Striper fillets are still prime and fish are healthy. All they
need now is food and lots of it!
Shad have spawned and larvae are in rich abundance in the open bays and
channels, where predator and prey are doing daily battle. Here is the scene.
Shad regroup in schools at first light. Stripers see the gathering, surround
the school and feed quickly by trapping shad on the surface. Since shad
larvae are tiny, a quick feeding burst often fragments the shad school
making them hard to see and follow. Stripers then go deep, regroup and
search for the next shad pod. The school is then up and down at every
Today, as we ran from Wahweap to Rock Creek, about 25 quick boils were seen.
More boils were seen in Padre Bay but there was surface activity all the way
up and back. The first fish was caught at 8 AM and the last one at 11:30 AM.
We caught 10 stripers so there was more chasing than catching. Best success
was found when boils were located, boat properly positioned and then the
fish surfaced in range for a second time. Casting to the tail end of fleeing
fish is not productive, but if a school resurfaces in range stripers are
caught. Regardless, boil junkies have the adrenaline surge going for hours
when that much surface activity ensues.
There was no best lure. The catch was made when a lure was placed right in
front of the first fish coming to the surface to feed. We caught them on
full size topwater lures, shallow running rattle traps, and deep diving
Rapalas. It took many casts to get the lure and fish together but it was
certainly satisfying when it happened. School stripers were all 3 pound
clones. Expect good striper surface action from Wahweap to San Juan and
beyond to Bullfrog. The best spot on the lake is at the mouth of the San
Visibility in the upper lake is improving. Runoff has declined to 60,000
acre feet per day. Launching at Hite and
fishing downstream to Good Hope is enjoyable once again with less driftwood
and clearer water. Water temperature is still lagging due to snow melt
runoff so fishing downstream from Bullfrog is still a better bet.
Bass fishing remains good on main
channel rockslides with plastic baits. Walleye are still caught occasionally
while fishing for bass. Sunfish and catfish
are at a peak in activity level as both species are near spawning.
Fishing is now improving each day and will continue to improve as water
warms and lake level stabilizes. It is a great time to plan another Lake
Powell fishing trip.