weather is here. Lake level is rising rapidly. That means
transition time and tougher fishing
Bass fishing has been super all spring. Rising lake levels cover bass
habitat and disguise fish holding spots that have been so obvious at lower
lake levels. Bass fishing is still good but it will be necessary to fish
deeper and more intuitively when bass nests or actual fish can no longer be
seen. Structure fishing is a must. Identify where fish would likely be
holding by looking at the landscape. Pick out rock points, rockslides on
steep cliff walls and submerged brush for a starting point.
Try to identify a pattern. Bass tend to do the same thing at the same time
in many lake locations. Sometimes they will inhabit structure at the
intersection of the main channel and a canyon mouth. At other times they are
in the very back of a cove. Fish both areas to determine present location.
When one fish is caught try to duplicate that in a similar habitat location.
It may be that fish are more readily caught at the intersection than in back
of the cove during the first week of June. Smallmouth and largemouth will
differ in habitat choice and location. Smallmouth are much easier to catch
now, particularly the smaller fish. A single tail plastic grub cast to a
submerged island in open water is sure to be eaten by a hungry little bass.
Walleye fishing is good in the early morning
and afternoon. Afternoon winds are common. Find muddy coves and pockets
where wind blows soil into the lake on a regular basis. Crawl a plastic grub
or night crawler on a worm harness slowly along the bottom in 15-25 feet of
water to target light sensitive walleye.
Striped bass will likely spawn this week. In
recent years the spawn has not been so important as many fish were not
mature or too thin to develop eggs. This year virtually all of the 3-5 pound
stripers are in spawning condition. This intense focus on spawning means
little feeding is occurring. Striper schools are more likely to move away
from boat noise or high traffic areas. This uncharacteristic shyness makes
them hard to find and catch. Cut bait is the best technique now and will
remain so until the spawning event concludes.
Stripers have been caught on bait at Glen Canyon Dam, Navajo Canyon (second
point beyond double islands), Padre Bay (east wall), and Moki wall near
Bullfrog. Fishing is inconsistent at all of these locations. Fish will be
there one day and gone the next. Try a spot and then return later for
another try until fish are located.
The best part is that there are so many opportunities to catch one species
or another that most trips will be successful. It is wise to be a generalist
under these conditions and fish for any target of opportunity. One strategy
would be to try for walleye and stripers at dawn and dusk. Then switch to
bass in morning and afternoon. Little smallmouth will be catchable all day
long on small sized main channel rock slides which would be a good chance to
teach children how to catch fish.
June 5th is free fishing day at Lake