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Lake elevation: 3,631 feet
Water temperatures: 79–83°F
After returning from a week's vacation, there were a number of exciting fishing reports waiting. Striper boils were reported much closer to my home port at Wahweap. Normally, large boils require travel to the San Juan or Good Hope Bay. These boils were a short boat ride away at Castle Rock, Warm Creek and Navajo. With great anticipation, we loaded up and headed out Tuesday morning before dawn.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson.
The sunrise was absolutely beautiful as we crossed Wahweap Bay on perfectly calm water. We saw single fish splashing near Castle Rock, but headed uplake looking for a larger fish concentration. As we turned the corner heading to the main channel, the wind came up which prevented us from going to the mouth of Navajo. We fought the wind all the way to Gunsight, then Labyrinth, Face and finally stopped at Gregory Butte. We didn't see any boils through the white caps. The wind finally quit as we headed back down lake to Labyrinth.
In flat water, we finally saw stripers hitting the surface. These stripers were in wide spread, small pods of three to six fish covering a large cove. We caught a fat, healthy striper each time our topwater lures landed near a surfacing fish, but only one fish from each pod with lots of chasing. These were not the large striper boils we were looking for. So we moved on.
One report indicted a consistent boil in the main channel between buoys 13 and 15. We found a school at mid-morning, but they went down before we could get to them. We caught one fish blind casting to the vacated spot. We saw a quick boil at Labyrinth wall, but they went down before we could cast.
In short, stripers did not welcome me back with open fins. The wind kept the stripers down during the morning prime time. When the wind stopped, the stripers stayed deep. My striper boil report is a recap of reports received recently from anglers that did catch a lot of stripers in boils in the southern lake. In the past few days, anglers reported striper boils at Castle Rock (Warm Creek side), mouth of Navajo, main channel between buoys 13 and 15, Gunsight, and Face Canyon.
Some of these boils were huge and lasted a long time. Stripers could be boiling right now at the spots I visited this morning. In fact, we met anglers at the fish cleaning station who caught boiling stripers at Castle Rock at 7 a.m. If we had gone down toward the dam instead of Warm Creek this morning, we would have witnessed an hour long boil in the cove halfway between Wahweap Marina and Buoy 1. More evening boils were reported near Buoy 9 just uplake from Antelope Point Marina. In short, boils are where you find them, but the morning and evening are still the best time to look.
Uplake, anglers found strong boils in the back of Halls Creek. Last week's hot spots seem to be quiet right now. Each time I make this report, though, those old boil spots take off again so don't be afraid to return to a spot that has recently boiled.
We stopped and trolled in a few spots this morning and found smallmouth bass, and an occasional striper willing to hit crankbaits, near rocky reefs or long primary points. We caught the best and biggest in the early morning shadows, particularly in the area just vacated by surface feeding stripers. In the bright sunlight, the size of smallmouth that we would catch declined dramatically. Smallmouth bass anglers were not doing well when we talked to them mid-morning. I suggest trolling to find a good bass spot and then using dropshot rigs with shad-shaped worms.
Fishing was tough for us this morning because of the wind. When that happens, stripers often feed at mid-day or again in the evening. I think I will go out again this afternoon. Catching stripers on top water lures is the most exciting fishing that happens in fresh water.