July 14, 2010
Lake Elevation: 3638                          
Water Temp:    80- 85 F  

This is what to expect on a typical summer morning. We launched at Wahweap Stateline Ramp at 5 AM. After the boat inspection for mussel prevention we headed toward Castle Rock Cut. Single fish splashes were seen along the way but no striper slurps or boils. That is not surprising as sunlight on the water is needed for predators to see the tiny larval prey fish they are eating. As we headed to the back of Warm Creek we stopped to see if any of those single surfacing fish would hit a lure. All offerings were ignored and an occasional yellow flash was seen indicating most of these fish were carp.

Near the mouth of Crosby Canyon jumping fish were still scatted but some were in close proximity. The boat was eased in the middle of the loose congregation of fish as various surface lures, flies, spoons and rattle traps were deployed toward each splash. Small (8-12 inch) yearling stripers were quite cooperative. They hit flies, and small spoons, but their favorite was a blue rattletrap. In the next hour, 21 of the best eating fish in the lake were put on ice.

Cayen Foye

Then we headed across Warm Creek on the way to Padre Bay. It was slow going with a stop every 200 yards to cast at a 10 fish pod of slurping stripers. Some days a fish can be caught from each pod. Not this time. Not a single fish hit a lure until we headed up the main channel. Here the rattletrap again was preferred as one striper could be caught out of every 5 pods of fish encountered.

In Padre Bay, slurps were a bit larger and one fish was occasionally caught when the lure was placed perfectly in front of the lead fish. I can't explain the lack of respect for many of my casts that I thought perfect, yet were ignored for some undiscovered reason.

On the return trip we saw pods of fish continuing to work in the same vicinity seen an hour earlier on the trip uplake. The difference was more fish in each pod but perhaps less aggression as they were totally focused on larval shad and not on artificial lures. At the fish cleaning station we had 21 small stripers, eight 3-pounders and one walleye that ate a spoon that got too close to the bottom.

Bass and walleye fishing remain good for the "dog days" of mid summer. Deep diving crankbaits cast into the tree line consistently produces fish but a few lures are lost in the process. Walleye are still caught trolling over tree tops. Their numbers are at a record level not seen since the 1980s. Largemouth in the 4-6 pound range continue to provide great sport for those hoping to catch their personal best bass. Smallmouth fishing is good but larger fish are deeper on rock structure. Fish 25-35 feet deep for the best chance to catch a quality smallmouth bass. Catfishing in the evening and after dark is exceptional.

Now that the lake has quit rising good fishing spots will continue to produce fish each trip. Find a good spot and it will continue to pay off for the next month.
Best fish catching bait this week was the Kinami Rattle Flash (Blue Chrome).