Colorado River Northwest

Share or Bookmark:
| More
June 26th, 2008
Colorado River Northwest

LAKE POWELL – By Wayne Gustaveson  Runoff is slowing down but the lake is still going up. The wall of incoming water still measures 87,000 acre feet per day. That amount is double the spike flood released earlier in the year. Flood waters have muddied the water upstream from Bullfrog and picked all driftwood that has been resting on the shoreline for the past decade. It is not a good idea to go upstream yet. Wait two more weeks for water to clear, wood to settle and fish to regain visibility.

Its not a boat wake -Those are stripers!
The good news is a large shad spawn occurred in the upper lake. These small fish are protected from intense predation by low visibility. As soon as the small stripers can see shad there will be day-long boils in the upper lake.

In the lower lake the slurp boils are heating up. Tiny shad are being discovered in more and more canyons. Now Rock Creek has come alive with 8-12 inch stripers slurping in larval shad less than an inch long. These micro boils are going strong in Navajo Canyon, San Juan between Cha and Piute Canyons, Last Chance and other canyons yet to be discovered.

There are many stripers that didn’t get the shad memo. They remain in the channels eating plankton. There has been a resurgence of steady catching at the Dam, Navajo Canyon, Padre Bay, Last Chance, Lake Canyon, Halls Creek at mouth and Moki Canyon mouth.

If stripers elude your best efforts, realize that they are making a transition between the open clear water and shad water in the back of the canyon. When regular spots don’t produce, look toward the back of the canyon to find migrating stripers. The search image is changing from plankton to shad. Anchovies will work better in clear deep water while a small white jig or small spoon may be better in the murky, shallower water.

Bass are still two weeks away from settling down into a summer pattern. There are small bass shallow on shore but larger fish are randomly scattered enjoying the new brush forest they have been given by rising water.
Walleye did not put on much of a show this spring. Now may be the time. It is mid June but the water temperature is now at the point that walleye have become very active and are showing up in greater numbers than any time this spring. They seem to like the water in the 70’s for stronger activity.

Catfish are providing a strong evening fishery and many bonus cats are being caught by anchovy fishermen whose bait gets too close to the bottom.

Fishing is still great at this amazing fishery. Cast in front of the leading fish – Don’t throw into the middle of the school.

LEES FERRY – Report by: Ted Welling, Lees Ferry Anglers:
Fly Fishing: There are so many locations to catch fish right now. We are working back eddies, deep runs, and riffles. About the only time to consider wading is during the early morning hours.  Otherwise plan on drifting along the outside seams and through deep runs with a weighted nymph rig. As of late the best bite is zebra midges. They have stopped taking to the scud and San Juan worm, I am still using these patterns for attractors however. The trout are bumping large patterns at the surface, which I see as great news. I heard a couple cicadas buzzing during the afternoon on Friday. Any day now! It’s my favorite time of the year! Our season for cicadas starts typically around the third week of June. If you’re looking for some the best top water fishing our river has to offer, make the time to fish with us from the third week of June through the second week of August! Call# 800-962-9755 for more information and details about our guide service and lodge.

Walk in: No new reports have been received during the last couple of days. The fishing at this section has been pretty good here as well. The flies of choice are scuds, and zebra midges.

Spin Fishing: Spin fishing is still great! Stop in and pick up some egg patterns and ask us about the recommended rig and best areas to fish. The marabou jigs are also working.  We do have maps available in the fly shop as well.

LAKE MEAD – Lake Mead water levels continue to drop as the elevation is currently at around 1,106 feet above msl.  Water temperatures are running between 67 and 72 depending where you are on the lake.  Backs of coves are warming up nicely and largemouth bass are in shallow, some on nests.  Nighttime Striper fishing is picking up again.  Anglers using artificial lights were catching as many 13 to 18-inch stripers as they wanted to clean.

Catfishing under lights was also very productive using anchovies.  Artificial lights tend to be most productive if fished with a new moon.  June 3rd is the new moon so trolling crankbaits during the day will drop off a little.  Launching conditions at South Cove have continued to deteriorate with the dropping water.  The new concrete ramp the National Park Service just completed is one lane with buoys marking the edges.

Use caution not to go off the sides of the metal extensions at either side.  According to the Bureau of Reclamation, water levels are projected to be at its lowest levels later this month before rebounding slightly by October.

Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders.  Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s web pages at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MOHAVE –The fishing is picking up a little on the upper end of the lake.  The lake is running high at 644.6 feet above msl. The stripers seen in the fall were fat and full of shad, with schools of shad being chased by striped bass.  No sign of shad this spring so far.  If you can find schools of shad, throw a small crankbait.

Biologists from both Arizona Game and Fish Department and Nevada Division of Wildlife have continued to install fish habitat in both Carp cove and Box cove.  The largemouth and bluegill are really utilizing the new structures. Additional habitat will be added at several locations over the next two years.  These structures are fish magnets.

There is a wheelchair accessible fishing pier just south of the main launch ramp at Katherine’s Landing. If you fish Mohave and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.
I
mportant notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s web pages at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

Where: MOHAVE
When:06/01/08
Caught: LRG. & SMALL MOUTH
Technique: DROP SHOT , CRANKS
Comments: CAUGHT 6 LRG ON 6/1/08. 5 OUT OF ONE HOLE, BAM BAM BAM.ON 6/2/08 CAUGHT 4 SMALL MOUTH & 5 LRG ALL PUSHING 3LBS.COULD OF CAUGHT MORE BUT HAD TO GO.
Name: JIM Z

WILLOW BEACH – An angler reported catching a 40-pound striper here using a swim bait.

Trout are stocked every Friday. The fishing for trout has been good from shore immediately following the stocking.  Try using a Jake, Panther Martin, or other spinner’s or spoons.  If that doesn’t work you can always use Power Bait.  Some anglers are still picking up decent stripers around the Monkey Hole area.

This is the leading edge of the desert bighorn sheep rut. From now until the Monsoon-generated rains hit is the best bighorn viewing time along the river in Black Canyon, so take along you binoculars and/or spotting scopes when you go fishing.

Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see. If you fish Willow beach and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s web pages at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

TOPOCK MARSH –Water level is up, but still be careful while launching.  The catfish are biting on night crawlers and anchovies.  Bass bite is still not bad.  Crappies have shut down.  Try night crawlers or anchovies for catfish.

Game and Fish biologists surveyed the Marsh starting on the week of Jan. 15.  The largemouth bass population was observed to be very healthy, as well as channel catfish.  Crappie were also present, but in smaller numbers.

You can access the marsh by boat at North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing too. For more information on the marsh, contact the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge at (760) 326-3853 or go to http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/havasu/index.html.

Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s web pages at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM –The striper bite is picking up.  Trout were last stocked on March 24-25.  This was the last trout stocking until next winter.

Water levels on the river fluctuate, so be careful. You can check the Bureau of Reclamation Web site for flow predictions http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html before you go. If you fish the river below Davis Dam and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.
Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s web pages at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

Leave a Reply