Fishing Report: North Central
KAIBAB LAKE — We sampled the lake and caught a lot of largemouth bass, crappie and rainbow trout scattered around the whole lake with the bigger bass being caught on the upper end of the lake on the boat ramp side. Try fishing from the cove just east of the boat ramp to find the nice largemouth. No new angler reports. Folks were catching crappie on the upper end of the lake and folks are still catching catfish. Over 40,000 trout have been stocked in the lake this year.
CATARACT LAKE — We sampled the lake caught some really nice channel catfish and quite a few largemouth bass up to 2 lbs. We also sampled some really nice sized bluegill. Most of the catfish were concentrated along the north shore of the lake.
CITY RESERVOIR — No new reports. Stocked this week.
DOGTOWN LAKE — We electrofished the lake on 8/13 and caught some nice sized largemouth bass. The biggest we caught was almost 3 lbs and we caught a total of 10 bass 2lbs or larger during the sampling. The bass were concentrated near the dam and along the north shore. I have heard reports of some nice Brown Trout being caught by anglers at Dogtown. There haven’t been any details just pictures. Stocked last week.
SANTA FE — Lake is open. We electrofished the lake on 8/16. We caught a lot of 5-6 inch yellow perch and black crappie.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — We elctrofished Whitehorse 8/14 and found out some of the largemouth bass stocked in March had spawned over the summer. Most of the fish were 5-8 inches long when they were stocked All of the bass and the black crappie looked healthy and the bass were fat. The biggest bass we caught was 12 inches long and weighed over a pound The minimum size you can keep bass in Whitehorse is 13 inches. Please release all of the bass caught this year so we can get them established. More bass will equal bigger crappie in the long run.
LOWER LAKE MARY- No water.
UPPER LAKE MARY — had a report of a few nice crappie being caught near the dam.
ASHURST LAKE — Cooler weather means better trout fishing in the area. Fly fishermen were catching fish yesterday when I was on the lake. For folks who don’t fly fish try a joes fly fished behind a clear casting bubble. If you prefer bait fishing I would try garlic powerbait on the south west area of the lake. Stocked last week.
FRANCIS SHORT POND – Fall trout stockings have begun on the pond. 500 trout were stocked last week. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
KINNIKINICK LAKE — No reports. Scheduled to be stocked with Brown Trout this week.
OAK CREEK — No report. Stocked last week.
BEAVER CREEK – Has been stocked.
WEST CLEAR CREEK – Has been stocked.
BLUE RIDGE — The road to the lake is closed.
KNOLL LAKE — Lake is open and was stocked.
Lake Powell Fish Report – September 12, 2018
Lake Elevation: 3595
Water temperature: 75 – 80 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Spoon up some stripers!
Lake Powell continues to drop about 1-foot per week. The Castle Rock Cut should be passable for another 2 months. It was recently announced that a High Flow Experiment (HFE) will occur during the first week of November. At that time the outflow from the dam will increase dramatically to move sediment from the river bottom to the river banks further downstream. This event improves habitat for native fish in the river and in backwaters. It is likely that the Castle Rock Cut will no longer be open after the HFE event occurs.
The big news now is that striper schools are actively chasing shad schools in deep, open water. That means it is time to pull out the jigging spoons and start fishing in deep water in the canyons and main channel. If you are lucky it is still possible to see a quick striper boil. You may be able to get to the school quickly and catch some fish on top water lures. More importantly a surface feeding event marks the spot where large schools of stripers are holding in deeper water. Get to the boil site as quickly as possible and if the fish have gone down, deploy spoons into the depths, let the spoon hit bottom and then speed reel the spoon back to the boat.
Speed Reeling definition: When the lure hits bottom start reeling the spoon as fast as physically possible. If fish are seen on the graph at a certain depth, pause and jig a few times at the suspected holding depth. Then continue reeling very fast until you are sure that the spoon is above the holding depth of the school. Retrieve the spoon, cast again, then repeat the retrieval process.
If no boils are seen, use the graph to search for a large striper school, which may be holding somewhere between 30 and 90 feet of water. When a striper school is detected, stop quickly and drop spoons immediately. Let the spoon hit bottom to help you know where the spoon is in relation to the fish. If the school is 10 feet off the bottom than reel up 4 turns and start jigging the spoon up 3 feet and letting it fall back down 3 feet. Stripers often follow the spoon and then hit as it falls. It is more likely to feel the fish as you jig upwards instead of feeling the fish hit the lure as it falls. A hooked striper excites the other fish in the school as they see the fish swimming with a “shad” in its mouth. The school follows the hooked fish looking for more food. It is often possible to “lead” a striper school that follows the boat. When a fish is caught, unhook the fish as quickly as possible, and return the spoon to the water immediately to keep the school under the boat and actively engaged in searching for more shad. It is not unusual to lead a striper school for over an hour as the boat drifts with the breeze, while catching 50 or more stripers in one drift.
Spooning hotspots recently include Knowles Canyon, Good Hope Bay, Dome Rock in Bullfrog Bay, Piute Canyon in the San Juan, 50 Mile Canyon in the Escalante, and Oak Canyon upstream from Rainbow Bridge.
Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be excellent lake wide. Dropshot rigged Yamamoto Shad-shaped worms and other plastic baits are working well all day along the shoreline. Look for long rocky points that reach out into the lake at the new lower water levels we are now dealing with. Bass will be holding at 10-20 feet at the end of the point and also at the same depth perpendicular to the point.
Most fish are perking back up now that the water temperature is dropping into the mid 70’s in the morning. Expect to still catch a few largemouth bass, bluegill, walleye and catfish while fishing for your favorite species of fish.