Fishing Report: North Central region
Jerry M.: We caught 30-plus walleye (and pike) last week in Lake Mary. Only kept a few and released the rest. Largest was 7 pounds. Great weekend.
The campgrounds have opened across the forests. Fishing is still excellent early in the morning on Lower Lake Mary.
KAIBAB LAKE — Kaibab Lake is full. Trout fishing has slowed with the algae bloom that has taken over the lake. Crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass are starting to bite on the upper end of the lake. Stocked with trout from Colorado last Friday.
CATARACT LAKE — Lake is full.
CITY RESERVOIR — Fishing was good for trout over the weekend for folks fishing with garlic PowerBait. Try hot dogs or worms on the bottom to catch catfish.
DOGTOWN LAKE — The lake is full. Fishing was is starting to pick up. Stocked with trout this week.
SANTA FE — The lake is full. Sunday a couple of folks fishing on the dam were doing well fishing straight down using PowerBait and corn, They caught some trout and a catfish. There is an algae on the lake making angling difficult.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — Crappie are being caught from boats on the opposite side of the lake from the dam. Campground is open.
LOWER LAKE MARY – Not many changes reported this week. Fishing has continued to be excellent early in the morning. Things slow down about 11 as the water warms. One of my coworkers caught a bunch of trout on dark leech patterns fly fishing over the weekend. For folks who don’t fly fish try fishing the flies behind a clear casting bobber. Tie a swivel below the bobber then attach about 3 feet of line below the swivel with the fly attached to the line. Folks were catching big trout from boats about a mile up from the dam on Joes flies. Other small lures also work. For folks who like fishing with bait I would try garlic power bait.
UPPER LAKE MARY — Yesterday an angler caught a 1+ lb yellow perch on Upper Lake Mary and brought in the office to be measured. He caught it on a night crawler under a bobber. We are hearing reports of folks catching good numbers of walleye trolling lures on the lake. Folks drop-shotting nightcrawlers are also catching walleye. Folks are also catching northern pike and channel catfish.
ASHURST LAKE — Folks were catching trout Friday on the lake using PowerBait and lures. I would try flies or lures on the shallow end of the lake to catch the bigger trout. Bait anglers fishing worms under a bobber were catching some fish. Stocked with trout from Colorado last week. Scheduled to be stocked with trout this week,
FRANCIS SHORT POND – If you have kids you want to catch fish Frances Short is the place to go. Folks were catching lots of bluegill on worms. Fly fishermen are catching lots of crappie Folks fishing with worms or hot dogs were catching catfish.
KINNIKINICK LAKE — The road is open. We spent last Monday and Tuesday sinking Juniper trees in the lake. The tiger trout were hitting lures and flies near the boat ramp.
OAK CREEK — No report. Scheduled to be stocked with trout this week.
BEAVER CREEK – No report.
WEST CLEAR CREEK – No report.
BLUE RIDGE — No report
KNOLL LAKE — No report. Scheduled to be stocked with trout this week.
Lake Powell Fish Report – June 26, 2019
Lake Elevation: 3608
Water temperature: 72-76 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Lake Powell continues to rise over a foot per day, for the second week in a row. The lake is up about 2 inches short of seven feet since the last report.
Early morning provides the best fishing. Striper slurps last all day long but in the early morning there are fewer boat wakes and more aggressive slurps. That makes it easier to approach the feeding school. Slurps tend to stay up for less than a minute. The school runs through the small shad school quickly, then dives and regroups and looks for another small shad school. When shad are seen the slurpers come right back up. They may be just out of range or right under the boat. React quickly by casting your lure 2 feet in front of the leading fish. If the lead fish are actively slurping (head out of the water) as your lure lands in the right spot, just in front of the lead fish, there is a 50% chance of catching a fish. If it lands too far in front or behind the slurping group, reel in fast and try again. After the slurp goes down watch for the next group to resurface, judge direction of travel and then cast to the sweet spot to catch more fish.
The best chance of catching a striper out of a slurp occurs on the first cast. As they go down a time or two, they are less likely to hit your lure. After they surface for the third time, they avoid your lures. Quickly move on to the next school. This morning we saw slurping schools just about every quarter mile between Wahweap and Last Chance. The biggest concentrations were in Warm Creek, Labyrinth Canyon mouth, Dominguez Rock Cove, and Buoy 25 cove.
The best lures were slender surface lures similar to an Ima Skimmer. Other reports indicate good catches on an eighth-ounce white crappie jig. I like the thrill of the fish hitting the surface lure and can cast over the feeding school at long distance so I use that. If the slurping school is close then light crappie jigs may be best. Your personal preference is your best choice.
Slurps are dependable lakewide on calm days. It is possible to see slurps in Moki Canyon, Lost Eden, Halls Creek Lake Canyon, Annie’s Canyon to Rincon, and Hole in the Rock to the San Juan. Slurps are happening lakewide.
Stripers slurp on very small shad (less than an inch) which makes them challenging to catch.
Smallmouth bass were reluctant to hit our lures. We cast to a few spots and trolled along shorelines that have usually been good for bass without success. They still seem to be looking for their old familiar rocky coves, but cannot find them due to the rapidly rising water. Largemouth bass are doing great in the backs of brushy coves and flooded crevasses where new tumbleweeds provide the brushy cover needed by bass and crappie.
Enjoy an early morning fishing trip and then find time for water sports on beautiful Lake Powell