A fantastic fishing season is drawing to a close. It has been a banner year
for all species. Habitat, food/forage and fish numbers have peaked at near
optimum conditions. Great fishing will continue into the winter months, but
his will be my last report for a while.
Now it is time for me to go to work sampling fish on the lake. I will be on
the water during the week and not near a computer for awhile. Reports will
continue sporadically as something news worthy happens. I leave you with
Shawn Johnson - Wahweap Largemouth
Today shad are still in the shallows with bass and stripers standing guard
in close proximity. But a winter storm is bearing down which will drop water
temperature into the 50s. Soon winter fishing patterns will be in place.
That means top water fishing is almost over for the year. It is wise to have
a surface lure hooked up during November, just in case, but the real
catching will be done at depth.
We fished this morning in Warm Creek. Shad schools were swimming happily in
the shallows with little regard for any threat. A surface lure did hook a
couple of small bass but the action was slow. Later in the morning we left
shallow water and began graphing for stripers. There were none in the creek
channel at 25 feet nor any at the next drop to 45 feet. It was not until we
reached mid channel and mid bay where bottom depth registered 60 feet that
we saw a fish school close to the bottom. Spoons were deployed and stripers
cooperated. The spot was marked with a float for reference. During the first
flurry we put four fish quickly in the boat. Then we returned to the marker
and caught more. Each time we lost the school we circled the marker until
the school was located. Each time spoons were dropped while fish were on the
graph fish were hooked.
This will be the striper pattern for the
next two months. Find a school on the graph in deep water then
quickly drop spoons, stump jumpers or swim baits to get the school excited.
We try to keep a hooked fish in the water column as long as possible to keep
the school from drifting away. Schoolies tend to follow a fish that is
feeding/hooked. Likewise a fish that comes unhooked and swims away often
takes the whole school with him. When that happens return to the marker and
start the search over.
We caught 30 stripers (2-4 pounds) in 2 hours after spending 3 unproductive
early hours fishing too shallow. Winter time success comes from fishing
deliberately in deep water for specific targets. Striper bass, walleye and
catfish can all be taken in this manner.
Unfortunately bass fishing will slow with each degree of cooling. November
fishing will be fair only to grind to a halt in December and January.
Surprisingly, crappie fishing will improve with November being perhaps the
best month of the year for fishing success. Crappie will be schooled in the
densest brush shelters in the canyon. Fish vertically in heavy cover with
small curly tail grubs for best results.
Walleye are good winter fish with most of them caught in the northern lake
near Hite. Catfish success declines with cooling.
For the rest of the year stripers, walleye
and crappie are the best fish to target.
Trolling for Stripers at Hite -
Fishing is excellent
IF trolled lures dive to at least 20
feet and trolling speed exceeds 3.5 mph. Slower or shallower gives