Colorado River Northwest Fishing Report

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November 5th, 2009

LAKE POWELL — Report courtesy Wayne Gustaveson, Utah Division of Wildlife. October 28, 2009
Lake Elevation: 3633. Water Temp: 62-64 F

A fantastic fishing season is drawing to a close. It has been a banner year for all species. Habitat, food/forage and fish numbers have peaked at near optimum conditions. Great fishing will continue into the winter months, but his will be my last report for a while. Now it is time for me to go to work sampling fish on the lake. I will be on the water during the week and not near a computer for awhile. Reports will continue sporadically as something news worthy happens. I leave you with this advice.

Today shad are still in the shallows with bass and stripers standing guard in close proximity. But a winter storm is bearing down which will drop water temperature into the 50s. Soon winter fishing patterns will be in place. That means topwater fishing is almost over for the year. It is wise to have a surface lure hooked up during November, just in case, but the real catching will be done at depth.

We fished this morning in Warm Creek. Shad schools were swimming happily in the shallows with little regard for any threat. A surface lure did hook a couple of small bass but the action was slow. Later in the morning we left shallow water and began graphing for stripers. There were none in the creek channel at 25 feet nor any at the next drop to 45 feet. It was not until we reached mid channel and mid bay where bottom depth registered 60 feet that we saw a fish school close to the bottom. Spoons were deployed and stripers cooperated. The spot was marked with a float for reference. During the first flurry we put four fish quickly in the boat. Then we returned to the marker and caught more. Each time we lost the school we circled the marker until the school was located. Each time spoons were dropped while fish were on the graph fish were hooked.

This will be the striper pattern for the next two months. Find a school on the graph in deep water then quickly drop spoons, stump jumpers or swim baits to get the school excited. We try to keep a hooked fish in the water column as long as possible to keep the school from drifting away. Schoolies tend to follow a fish that is feeding/hooked. Likewise a fish that comes unhooked and swims away often takes the whole school with him. When that happens return to the marker and start the search over.

We caught 30 stripers (2-4 pounds) in 2 hours after spending 3 unproductive early hours fishing too shallow. Winter time success comes from fishing deliberately in deep water for specific targets. Striper bass, walleye and catfish can all be taken in this manner.

Unfortunately bass fishing will slow with each degree of cooling. November fishing will be fair only to grind to a halt in December and January. Surprisingly, crappie fishing will improve with November being perhaps the best month of the year for fishing success. Crappie will be schooled in the densest brush shelters in the canyon. Fish vertically in heavy cover with small curly tail grubs for best results.

Walleye are good winter fish with most of them caught in the northern lake near Hite. Catfish success declines with cooling. For the rest of the year stripers, walleye and crappie are the best fish to target.


LEES FERRY by Lees Ferry Anglers, by Ted Welling, Nov. 1

NEW FLOWS FOR NOVEMBER, 7,500 to 1,300

Fly Fishing: With these new flows it will take a few days for the trout to acclimate, however I did receive a few good reports a couple others reported it a bit slow. A mixed bag if you will.
I hear there are a few real hot spots. I hear other spots are not so hot.

I believe this will change in the next few days. If you have fished here for awhile you probably already know this. You just have to fish to find them and when you do well, why leave fish to find fish?
In one ear I am hearing the trout are just gorging. One report mentioned 17 to the boat in just a few short hours, and in the other ear I hear 9 or 10 all day. This is the reason I don’t often mention numbers in these reports. Two key words acclimate & locate.

Now, here is the way I see it. The up coming weather is looking very mild temps in the 70s and sunny. Why sit at home in front of the TV and watch sports when you can go out and be a big part of your own. Beside all that…… winter is going to sneak up on us pretty darn fast. We all know how good the fishing is in the winter months. Sight casting and all but, Boy it gets cold. “Burr” T

Walk in: No new reports for this section. I will have to fish this section and give you the latest on Tuesday.

I will leave this report below for us spin heads as it seems to be accurate!

BE SURE YOU CRIMP THE BARBS.

LAKE MEAD –Lake Mead water level have remained fairly steady. The current level is around 1,093 feet above msl. The striper bite has been fair. Fishing under submersible lights at night can yielded large numbers of fish.  The lights are more productive when used around the new moon, on dark nights.  The last new moon was October 18th.  Most stripers being caught are in the 1-pound range, with occasional fish up to two pounds.  Stripers are being caught 12 to 60 feet of water.  Catfish are biting well on anchovies.  Largemouth bass are being caught in isolated coves around the lake.

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 634 feet above msl.  Fishing for stripers and catfish has been slow. Submersible lights are very effective for stripers when used on dark nights.  The next new moon is October 18th. Bass are located both in shallow water 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, spinners, and Power worms.

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 –No new reports.  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.   Trout stocking resumed Tuesday October 13th.  Rainbow trout are stocked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service monthly.  The next scheduled stocking is for November 10th. The fish are stocked in two locations; Davis Camp and near The Riverside. Trout fishing at the stocking sites is great immediately following the stockings, then the fish move out and you need to find them.   Anglers typically report catching trout on the Arizona side across from the Riverside and off the shore of Davis Camp. USFWS will be stocking trout once a month from October until March. Remember to fish for trout, you need a trout stamp on Class A and Lifetime fishing licenses. The 2009 Class A Fishing License goes on sale for half price in November and December. Community Park is good place for the morning fishing. Anchovies work best for catching stripers, but you may also catch catfish and trout.
The water level will go up later in the day, but it will drop after sunset. 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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