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.
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
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.
catching bait this week was the Kinami Rattle Flash (Blue Chrome).