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October 23rd, 2008

LAKE POWELL –  By Wayne Gustaveson, Utah Division of Wildlife, Oct. 15 Report: The Bomber Long A Suspending jerk bait has been a very dependable sub-surface lure for me in current feeding conditions.

I went fishing on the morning of the Oct. 14 just to make sure the full moon hex was still viable. Sure was. I didn’t get a bite. But that is now over and each night will get darker and hopefully days will be warmer following the first major cold front of the season. By the coming weekend good fishing should prevail.

Full moon was actual helpful with cold, windy mornings, in that, shad-chasing fish all seem to wake up mid day and begin feeding. There is a strong feeding period beginning at 11 AM (MST) when much surface action is seen. The next major feeding period occurs from 4 PM to dark.

Shad are still abundant but predators are packing on weight by eating as many shad as possible with water temperature pegged in the preferred activity range. Stripers are most active when water is in the mid 60’s and bass get very active both spring and fall in that same range.

The pattern right now is top water lures and shallow runners cast to any two-fish splash seen any time of day. All fish are chasing shad and trapping them against the surface and/or shore allows the predator to effectively corner and catch shad. Splashes against shore often indicate bass, while deep water splashes often mark stripers which can then be caught by fishing spoons directly under the surface disturbance.

Constantly scan the water surface and shoreline for signs of fish activity. A swirl, a gull diving on the water, a coyote walking on shore, ravens perched on rocks, all are indicators of feeding events. Find a shad school in shallow water and use shad like duck decoys. Fish will come to shad. October is hunting season and fish-hunting is good right now. Any of these events may lead to discovering feeding activity and allow one to experience some amazing fishing success.

Mid Lake Powell is probably the best. I would fish from Good Hope Bay to Padre Bay. San Juan and Hite have lots of fish but a few less shad in the main lake makes it a better angling bet. Spend equal time looking for bass and stripers. Both species are found in the same location near shad. One visual trigger may lead to the active feeding zone. Don’t ignore stripers feeding on top if fishing for bass. It is likely bass will be caught right in the same spot.

Fishing success should be at its Fall peak during the last two weeks of October.

LEES FERRY – No report was available from the guides.

Angler reports

Where: Lees Ferry Walk in Section
When: 10/18-19/08
Caught: 7 Rainbow Trout
Technique: Fly Fished San Juan Worms, Zebra Midges, Scuds under indicator.
Comments: Fished the walk in area at Lees Ferry with my son Christopher and my fishing partner Scott Webster on 10/18/08 and 10/19/08. Water is running very fast (12,000cfs – although this is considered “moderate” !) and this makes for some very challenging fishing. We fished with fly equipment (9′ 5 wgt), San Juan worms and Zebra midges (or Scuds). Wading is extremely challenging and we do not recommend it for inexperienced fisherman. Metal studded wading boots are a must and wading deeper than your knees is not recommended. We fished the entire length of the walk in area with our best luck at the Big Rock area. Fly fishing was also a challenge to accomplish a drag free drift, most times drifts were lasting less than 15 seconds and it was necessary to mend 3-4 times every drift. I had 12 hits, 6 fish on, none landed, Scott had 20 or more hits, 9 fish on and 7 landed. Due to my sons size his fishing opportunities were very limited due to the force of the water. If you go, be prepared to stop in at Lees Ferry Anglers and get some help and advice from the guides there on the weight necessary to get down to the fish. We were skunked Saturday morning, we started getting hits and hook ups Saturday afternoon once we were clued in on the amount of weight to use. Do not wade into water without metal studs on your wader boots. Stones are very slippery and the water is moving very fast. All in all a great trip, great scenery.
Name: Mark Miconi


Where: Lee’s Ferry
When: 10/18/08
Caught: Trout
Technique: Fly Fishing
Comments: Went to the walk-in 2 days with my son. Few fishing there this weekend. Nice weather and great fishing.
Name: Jim Andrews

LAKE MEAD – Lake Mead water levels have been rising a little; the elevation is approaching 1,108 feet above msl.  Fishing has slowed.

Launching conditions at South Cove have remained nearly the same for the last three months.  The new concrete ramp the National Park Service just completed its two-lane with cones marking the edges. Use caution not to go off the sides of the metal extensions at either side. National Park Service is working to keep the ramp open.

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 – fishing for small stripers has been decent.  Try using cut anchovies at night. The lake level has remained pretty steady and is running at 632 feet above msl. The stripers seen last fall were fat and full of shad, with schools of shad being chased by striped bass. No sign of shad this year so far.  If you can find schools of shad, try trolling 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, bluegill and catfish 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.

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 www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

Where: lake mohave
When: 10/07/08
Caught: striper
Technique: from shore with anchovies
Comments: We caught 75 fish in two nights fishing from shore, we caught 71 striper and 4 catfish 2 of the striper were 5 pounds
Name: brian davis

Where: Lake Mohave
When: 10/13/08
Caught: Large Mouth Bass, Catfish, Stripers
Technique: Jigs for large mouth bass, worms for catfish six snd eight inch swim baits for stripers
Comments: at the south end of the basin, best time after sun rise and before sun set. Had a steady catch going all day. Stripers were from two to eight pounds, same for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Name: Skip Pickens
WILLOW BEACH – Trout are stocked every Friday. Fishing has been pretty good for trout.  Most of the success has been coming from or around the new pier. Try using green Power Worms, or salmon eggs. Anglers report the fishing being best before 7:30 a.m. The striper fishing has been fair.

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 www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

TOPOCK MARSH – Water level is up, but still be careful while launching.  The fishing has been pretty slow.  A few bass are being caught, but overall slow.  Golden Shores and Game and Fish held a kids fishing clinic at Five Mile Landing on Saturday,  Oct. 11.  This is the second year this event has been held.  The kids had fun.  Some catfish and bass were caught,

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 www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM –The striper bite has been good. Trout stockings resume this week.   Look for the trout fishing to be good immediately following the stocking.

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 www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

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