Powell rose 4 feet since the last report one week ago. Daily
inflow is currently near 74,000 acre feet per day. Water temperature went
right through the upper 60s on its way to 80F.
The water temperature spike was exactly what striped bass were waiting for.
They spawned last week from June 2-5 in Padre Bay. Spawning in most lake
locations probably occurred at about the same time but local differences in
wind, and water temperature may have allowed spawning to happen a week
sooner or later at individual locations. Spawning by stripers ascending the
Colorado River will occur next week as water warms and fish swim to Cataract
Canyon to lay eggs. These eggs roll and tumble in violent current for two
days. Hatching occurs as eggs reach the calm lake inflow. Here they survive
on small plankton until large enough to eat fish.
Jacob Berry - Walleye
There have been no reports of anglers finding a school of spawning stripers
and catching trophy fish. It looks like the spawning discovery was more of
an academic exercise. But is was fun and rewarding to track the school and
determine spawning duration.
Another sampling event has much more interest to anglers. Larval shad tows
indicate good numbers of young shad are being hatched in the backs of most
canyons. It will be only a matter of days until these young shad are
discovered by stripers just set free from "spawning prison". Mature stripers
have not eaten hardly anything for over a month while waiting to spawn. They
are now free to go find food. Expect stripers to move toward the surface
where larval shad reside.
Expect young stripers to be the first to start "slurping" planktonic larval
shad. It will take the adult stripers another week or two to find small
shad. Shad grow an inch a month. When shad get more girth to go with their 2
inch length, boils will being. Might as well tie on
a surface lure now. You will need it for the next 5 months.
Smallmouth bass fishing is still
excellent. Small bass are on most rock structure in the main channel and
canyon. Use single tail grubs and senkos for steady action.
Largemouth bass are in the row of brush
just recently covered by rising water. Use weightless senkos, double tail
grubs and spinnerbaits to work the brush line.
Walleye are in murky cuts where bottom
depth is 15-25 feet. Use live worms or plastic baits slowly crawled along
the bottom to entice an attack from these ambush feeders.
Sunfish/Bluegill are building nests
in shallow water and are susceptible to surface lures and popping bugs.
Unfortunately, rapidly rising water makes them hard to find.
Catfish spawning is just beginning.
These bottom dwellers will be seen in shallow water for the next two weeks
as they seek out nest sites and partners. Carp have begun to spawn as well.
That splashing on the surface this week will likely be carp. Next week it
might be stripers!