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September 3rd, 2009

LAKE POWELL- Courtesy Wayne Gustaveson, Utah Division of Wildlife (wayneswords.com).
Aug. 19, 2009, Lake elevation: 3,639. Water Temp: 75 – 79 F.
Stripers are performing a Lake Powell balancing act. When boils cool in the upper lake it seems boils take off in the south. At the end of July boils slowed near the dam and stripers at Hite went ballistic. Bullfrog has been the fulcrum with steady surface activity throughout most of the summer.

Early this week the entire northern and middle lake went quiet. True to form stripers in the south took up the slack. But today boils were back at Bullfrog and bigger and better. Many anglers took 40 or more stripers from hour-long, acre-wide boils in Slick Rock Canyon, Halls buoy field and Tapestry Wall.

The general boiling pattern prevails. Stripers hit the surface just as the first ray of sunlight peaks over the eastern horizon. Most of the action is centered near the main channel as shad have returned to open water. Shad size is larger now forcing stripers to work harder to drive them to surface and keep them corralled for feeding purposes. This makes stripers more aggressive, which equates to more fish caught if the lure hits reasonably near a fresh splash ring.

Get on the water early for best success. The first hour of daylight is critical. Single stripers splash constantly during the magic hour. Hit the ring – catch the fish. Usually a big school joins up and feeds for 15 minutes before breaking down into single splashes once more. Feeding sometimes ends one hour after it begins but some days feeding is extended for two hours or more.

Always as the sun gets higher in the sky, boils become more random and unpredictable. A huge boil could erupt at anytime, anyplace and last for an extended period. But these mid day boils are unpredictable. It is best to go on with the recreation plan for the day and just keep a rod ready in case of “emergencies”.

Afternoon boils are not as likely as the summer wind pattern tends to blow them away. On a rare calm afternoon it is a good bet to look for boils in the portion of the lake where boils were found in the morning.

Lure choice is wide ranging. It is more important to throw a long accurate cast than to have the right color lure. I prefer big floating stick baits that cast a mile and have stout hooks. There is less lure maintenance with this outfit. It is not necessary to change plastic lure bodies with the hard plastic bait. After a good morning of boils it is necessary to change bent hooks and replace broken split rings. If using light line it is only necessary to restock the tackle box to replace lost lures.

Striper size is increasing daily. They started the year at about 2.5 pounds and now are close to 4 pounds and 23 inches long. They are strong and thick bodied. The fillets are excellent and perhaps the best I have ever seen. This is a year to remember for striper fishing. The good news – It will only get better as water temperatures continue to cool.

LEES FERRY –From Lees Ferry Anglers Aug. 23, 2009. Report by: Ted Welling

Fly Fishing: Fishing is reported as good today. Fishing started out great this morning with a small lull around noon then, shortly after lunch picked right back up. We are fishing the riffles as the water rises. Then after the peak we are drifting the channel or the edges or even setting anchor and just fishing from the boat. If the wind stays down you have a good shot at the rising fish in the back eddies.

I have found some pretty good places to fish for the sippers and have landed some good fish in these areas. I like to fish the back eddies for the fish; you don’t have to worry yourself over controlling the drift because you are anchored. You just have to make sure you are not disturbing the food flow (the key to fishing for the sippers), get your craft in this lane and just watch the fish disappear.

Walk in: Word has it that this section is fishing well anglers are using the same as up river. Dries –n- droppers, scuds, San Juan worms, and zebra midges. Anglers report fishing is productive from the boulder field all the way to the confluence.

Spin Fishing: I did a little spin fishing the past few days and did well.
I was using both a Panther Martin and a Vibrex Blue Fox and I can’t tell you what worked better. Both did the trick. It was not on fire or nothing but, I was pleased. So, if you have been thinking of fishing,,,,,,,, C’mon down, fishing is good at Lees Ferry. Ted

If you have some news you would like to report about fishing lees ferry, the walk-in section or up river please e-mail your report to: anglers@leesferry.com Attn. Lees Ferry Fishing Report. We would be happy to have your input, and pass it along -Ted Welling, Lees Ferry Anglers & Cliff Dwellers Lodge

LAKE MEAD –Lake Mead water level have remained fairly steady.  The current level is around 1,094 feet above msl.  The striper bite has been great.  Fishing under submersible lights at night yielded large numbers of fish, but with a full moon this week, it might not be as productive.   Most stripers being caught are in the 1-pound range, with occasional fish up to two lbs.  Stripers are being caught 12’ – 60’ of water.  Catfish are biting well on anchovies.

Launching conditions at South Cove will continue to deteriorate as the water level continues to drop.  The concrete ramp the National Park Service completed last year is one 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.  Temple bar launch ramp is two lanes.  Launching conditions in general are better at temple bar than south cove.

Important notice: With the 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 lake level is around 641 feet above msl.  Fishing for stripers seems to be fair.  Stripers are being caught while trolling or still fishing with anchovies.  The full moon is Sept. 4, so submersible lights won’t be as effective. Bass are located both in shallow and on fish habitat in 15-20 ft.

Biologists from both Arizona Game and Fish Department and Nevada Division of Wildlife with the help of volunteers, National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation personnel have continued to install fish habitat in Carp Cove, Box Cove and now Shoshone.  Fish habitat consists of PVC structures, wood pallet structures, Tamarisk bundles, and some Christmas trees. 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 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/.

WILLOW BEACH – Trout are stocked every Friday.  Trout anglers fishing from shore were catching trout on and around the pier area.  Those successful at landing trout were fishing with salmon-egg scented Power Bait, flies, and Power worms.  Most fishermen were successful in the early morning and around noon, when the wind picked up.

This is the tail-end of the desert bighorn sheep rut, but it is still possible to see these majestic desert denziens while fishing for stripers and trout.

Important notice: With the 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 – The water level is up and the bite has been fair.  Both bass and catfish are biting.  Catfish are biting on anchovies and night crawlers.

You can access the marsh by boat at the 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 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 –One angler reported catching good size trout and small stripers in the area of veterans bridge.  The striper bite has been pretty good.

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 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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