COLORADO RIVER NORTHWEST FISHING REPORT

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June 24th, 2009

LAKE POWELL – Note: There are now mandatory boat inspections at Lake Powell to ensure you are not Moving A Mussel or other invasive species. Mostly, the inspection stations are open dawn to dusk, but you cannot launch without one.

Best bet is to make sure your boat is quagga free to begin with. Clean, drain and dry your boat following each outing, and be sure to wait at least five days before launching your boat on any other lake (if you are a day user).

June 10, 2009, By Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Elevation: 3633
Water Temp: 70- 74F

Did it rain at your house? This week has been more like a nice week in April than June in the desert. Normally air temperature is nearing the century mark here, but we will take the 70s for now and enjoy the heat when it comes. Fishing conditions have not changed much since last report. Water still runs in at a rate of 80,000 acre feet per day. Lake level still increases by 3-6 inches. Surface temperature is holding near 70 degrees. Bass are still biting and stripers randomly boil

Best fishing is for smallmouth along the main channel and main canyon areas. Steep slick rock and cliff face areas seem to hold more agreeable fish than other spots. Look for a bit of broken rock, a ledge or terrace that provides just a tiny bit of cover in the vast expanse of clean slick rock. Find a bush in a crack or fracture of the slick rock and a largemouth may lurk there as well. Bass are looking for crayfish and are willing to hit plastic near bottom in the 20-30 foot range. Our tendency is to fish the shoreline from a boat holding about a cast or two off shore.

The better thing to do now is put the boat in the same location but drop the lure straight to the bottom instead of casting toward shore. Once the lure contacts bottom let it drift slowly along the 25 foot contour. Gently ease the bait along the bottom to encounter bass and walleye.

Early in the morning shad are spawning farther back in the canyons and coves on the surface around brush and driftwood. Shallow-running crankbaits and top water lures work well at fist light before the sun hits the water. The extended spring weather means that a variety of species are working on vulnerable shad. It is possible to catch bass, stripers, walleye, catfish and sunfish near the site of any spawning shad school.

Shad spawning activity subsides by 8 AM and game fish move to their daily holding pattern. Bass go deep, stripers cruise the shoreline along that same 25 foot contour.

Trolling the 25 foot flats is effective but not fast fishing. Rat-L-Trap baits are effective for both bass and stripers. Shallow running crankbaits, like glass Shad Raps and Lucky Craft bevy shad also work well. It seems to me that shorter baits (3 inches) are more effective than longer ones (Thundersticks). Look out for tree tops that grab trolling lures but get close enough to brush to attract fish interest. A lure that runs right over the brushy tree tops is a great choice.

While doing all this, keep an eye out for random striper boils. I get new reports every day of random boils occurring mid morning over the expanse of the lake. Boils are becoming more visible and staying up longer. Unfortunately, they are not yet predictable or repeatable occurrences. But top water time is getting closer. Expect stripers to become catchable in boils as the lake stabilizes and water temperature warms. Shad will grow faster in warmer waters and hasten the boil response. Until then enjoy bass fishing and trolling in the cool springtime luxury of Lake Powell.

LEES FERRY – June 14, 2009 by Lees Ferry Anglers Report by: Elizabeth Welling
Fly Fishing: Today the water was low and slow to rise but finally did around 11am. The Dry Dropper with Zebra midge produced well all morning. A second rise came on about 2pm, which was slower than this mornings rise, but still consistent. San Juan worms produced well with the rising water. The eddies, were the place to find fat rising fish the riffles and seams produced a good amount of healthy fish as well.
Walk in: We have had a few good reports from this section. Anglers were fishing from the boulder field all the way to the confluence over the weekend. From what we have heard having great success with San Juan worms and midge patterns. Hope to see you soon… tight lines E. The trick to this section is weight and drift. Get the right amount of shot and a good dead drift and you’re in the money. We did see a good amount of anglers in this section and most reported doing very well.
Spin Fishing: Fishing with glo bugs and San Juan worms on the bottom seems to be the trick.
BE SURE YOU CRIMP THE BARBS.
Angler report

I just wanted to mention that I had one of the most unbelievable fishing experiences of my life.  It was my first trip to Lee’s Ferry, and I thought that I was not going to have a successful trip on the Colorado due to a bad experience on a kayak on Sunday (50 mile per hour winds in the canyon), but I ended up making peace with those clear cold waters before the trip was over!

I fished the walk-in area with spinning gear and caught 15 of those beauties in about an hour and a half.  I put my waders on, walked in up to just above my knee, found a nice little hole, and cast after cast I was either reeling one in, or missing one!

I used a Black and Gold Panther Martin with a gold blade and red treble (GO STEELERS!  Sorry Cardinal Fans!).  It was a simple fishing trip, didn’t need much gear, just crimped the barbs, and didn’t even need to use my pliers at all!  Attached are a few pictures of the rainbows!

I look forward to getting back up to the Ferry in the coming months for sure.  I am “hooked!”

B.G. Davison
Scottsdale, AZ

LAKE MEAD –Lake Mead water continue to drop slowly, falling about 1 foot over the last three weeks.  The current level is 1,095 feet above msl.  The striper bite has been great. Both trolling and fishing under lights at night yielded large numbers of fish.  The lights are more productive when used around the new moon, on dark nights.  The last new moon was on Monday the 22nd. There is a waxing quarter moon this weekend.  Two-pound stripers are not uncommon.

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.


Robert Funk: 10-4 Rory! I have fished Mead for about 10 years now and I have to say this last trip produced the largest ammount of nice quality sized stripers that we have ever encountered. These are the “good old days” right now as far as I’m concerened. We stayed in the campground at Temple Bar for the week and much of the time we were the only ones there. Gas was about $3.25 a gallon at the dock. Fishing was best when the water got choppy from the wind. Smooth glassy water = slow fishing.

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 pretty good in the southern portion of the lake. Submersible lights are very effective for stripers when used on dark nights.  The last new moon was on Monday the 22nd.    The new fish cleaning station at Katherines landing  is operational.   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.govso 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.  The trout fishing has been pretty sporadic.  It appears that those fishing right after the plant (between 7:30-8:00 a.m.) are able to bring in some fish, but later in the day, the fish are harder to catch.  Those that brought in trout today were present at the fish plant and they caught the fish early in the morning near the picnic area and near the kayak launch site.  The average size of the fish was 12 inches and the fish were caught on Power Bait, spinners, jigs, and Super Duper lures.  Those fishing for striper and channel catfish from the shoreline using anchovy, LA Slider lures, and stink bait were not successful.
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.govso 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 pretty good.  Both bass and catfish are biting well.  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 – The striper bite has been pretty good.   I have not heard about the rest.

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.htmlbefore you go. If you fish the river below Davis Dam and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.govso 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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