Colorado River Northwest Fishing Report

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September 24th, 2009

LAKE POWELL — Report courtesy Wayne Gustaveson, Utah Division of Wildlife. Sept. 16. Lake Elevation: 3,636. Water Temp: 75 – 77 F.  Pesky thundershowers and afternoon winds have been messing up the morning and evening fishing this week. But when it calms down a few boils are still seen. To maximize harvest look for boils but fish deep for stripers.

This morning I went to Cookie Jar hoping to see striper surface action. For the past two months the ride up to Padre Bay has consistently produced at least a few boils – but not today. The channel was bumpy but not enough to really put the fish down. We trolled and spooned in the bay but did not graph any significant shad or striper schools.

We then headed to the back of the canyon and graphed along the submerged creek channel where bottom depth was 30-50 feet. We saw a few individual suspended fish and small shad schools. Spooning on the bottom proved that these fish were yearling stripers. Fishing was not fast but good enough.

Then about 8 a.m. a boil of 3-pound adults blew up in the back of the canyon. We didn’t get there in time for any surface action but this time the spoons worked much better. We were able to get over the active school perhaps 3 different times in the next half hour and caught multiple fish each time.

This example is the fishing model this week. There will be a quick boil anytime, anywhere. You may even catch some topwater fish from the boil. But most of the heavy work will be going on at mid depth. The best technique will be to lowering a spoon, jig or swim bait below feeding fish and then reeling quickly up though the zone where fish are feeding. If I had to guess the depth it would be bottom depth of 45 feet with suspended fish at 25-35.

Stay in tune with the wildlife as they will help you find feeding stripers. Boils have been going on all summer. Many birds and critters are keying off feeding stripers to find food. I was amazed how quickly the sedentary great blue heron went to the boil this morning. We saw the bird catch a big gizzard shad that stripers had driven into the shallows. Herons, grebes, gulls, coyotes, ravens and shad all watch for stripers and react to the feeding opportunity. I guess you could add me to the list as well. Pay attention to your surroundings for subtle signs that stripers are near. Now that stripers are feeding in the ends of the canyon all types of wildlife can participate in the banquet.

Topwater fishing is still good for bass but plastics fished along the bottom catch a grundle of small bass with a few really good ones mixed in. Catfish are good near camp at night and sunfish are in the trees next to the boat. Use small live worms on small hooks for bluegill.

Note – According to a posting on the fishing bulletin board stripers are still boiling around Stateline and Wahweap marinas.

LEES FERRY – Report by: Ted Welling, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2009, courtesy Lees Ferry Anglers. http://www.leesferry.com/

Fly Fishing: Fishing was slower today. Fish moved out to deeper water. We are anchoring above the riffles and fishing from the boat. The gravel bars are fishing OK for one or two fish then you have to move on to another spot. Later on in the day the fishing did pick up, we feel the most productive way to get into fish is from your craft. The back eddies are still holding fish but, you are still fishing from the boat.

Same suspects, Zebra midges, scuds San Juan worms, brassies and the like.

Walk in: Word has it that this section is fishing well anglers are using the same bugs 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. Fishing is more productive in the early morning and late afternoon.

Spin Fishing: I did a little spin fishing the past few days and did well.
I was using both a Panther Martin and a Vibrax 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. There are a couple other lures that are working well, stop by the shop and I will put you on the right track. Ted


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 to good. Fishing under submersible lights at night yielded large numbers of fish.  The lights are more productive when used around the new moon, on dark nights.  The next new moon is this week, on Friday, Sept. 18.  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.

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 638 feet above msl.  Fishing for stripers and catfish seems to be fair. Stripers and catfish are being caught still fishing with anchovies. Submersible lights are very effective for stripers when used on dark nights.  The new moon was last week, on Friday, Sept. 18. 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. The striper bite should be good.

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.   Trout stocking resumes in October.

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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