Rory’s Tips

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August 26th, 2009

This is the first quarter of a waxing moon, so fishing at night should be viable under lights. But there is also a transition time from summer to fall activity patterns for the fish. Daytime fishing should become more viable as the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and the lakes start to cool down.

Sport-fish especially will start feeding more aggressively to put on fat before winter conditions arrive. For anglers at the desert lakes, this can result in some pretty dramatic topwater fishing at times as bass chase shad at the surface. Lake Powell is experiencing lots of that right now (see the Powell report below). But some version of that will also be occurring at other warmwater lakes.

We have received some nice reports of anglers loading up on bluegills at some lakes. This might be one of the best times of year to take the kids out and fish worms (especially dillies) or even corn under a bobber, especially in the backs of rocky coves, for bluegills. Canyon, Saguaro and Apache can all be bluegill heaven at times.

This is also a transition time in the high country lakes. Those lakes should be cooling down a little each day, and the trout should start feeding more aggressively. It’s a slow but steady process. As the trout become more active, lures such as spinners and casting spoons can become more effective than bottom fishing with prepared baits. If you have a two-pole stamp, try both techniques to see which one provides the most fish (and fun).

So act like the fish and ease into an autumn state of mind while still catching some summer memories out there.

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