Fishing Report: North Central region
KAIBAB LAKE — A couple of fly anglers caught trout, crappie and bass on the upper end of the lake last week. I didn’t get any details from them just that they both caught lots of fish.
CATARACT LAKE — We sampled the lake caught some really nice channel catfish and quite a few largemouth bass up to 2 pounds. We also sampled some really nice sized bluegill. Most of the catfish were concentrated along the north shore of the lake.
CITY RESERVOIR — I received reports that folks are catching limits of rainbows using PowerBait. Stocked this week.
DOGTOWN LAKE — The fishing at Dogtown should be picking up as the water cools. I would try lures for some nice trout.
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 electrofished 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. Fishing was slow yesterday when I was at the lake, but there was a lot of surface activity as the trout chased mayflies that were emerging. I would fish with lures or flies right now.
FRANCIS SHORT POND – Fall trout stockings have begun on the pond. Stocked this week.
KINNIKINICK LAKE — Had a good report of folks catching some nice brown trout this week on lures.
OAK CREEK — No report. Stocked this week.
BEAVER CREEK – No report.
WEST CLEAR CREEK – No report.
BLUE RIDGE — The road to the lake is closed.
KNOLL LAKE — Lake is open and was stocked.
Lake Powell Fish Report – September 26, 2018
Lake Elevation: 3591
Water temperature: 75-78 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Lake Powell continues to drop. Lake elevation today is 3591. That still leaves 11 feet of water in the Castle Rock Cut. If the current rate of decline continues, the Cut will remain open for approximately 5 weeks which would mean that it will be open through most of October. The Cut and Antelope ramp will both close before the HFE (High Flow Experiment) scheduled for November 5th occurs.
Fishing in the southern lake during the past week has been slower than usual with full moon and declining lake levels. Here are the bright spots:
Smallmouth bass continue to cooperate with bass anglers who are using plastic baits and targeting open water reefs. With the lake falling there are some long, narrow rocky points extending from shore and gradually declining to 30 feet or more. Work green plastic grubs or shad shaped worms along the bottom in 15-25 foot range to target the larger bass. Smaller bass will be mixed in but are more common at shallower depths. There are some bass in the backs of canyons and coves. They are usually on the breaking edge where shallow water drops into a deeper channel. Water clarity over the length of the lake has declined considerably with dropping lake levels allowing sand and sediment to mix in the water column with each wind event. Big patches of aquatic weeds are now showing in the backs of many coves. The weed mats are coming out of the water and drying up as the lake drops.
Striped bass schools are found in deeper water (50-75 feet). These fish have been searching for shad but not finding many in the southern lake. When a school is seen try spooning, but if that does not work then drop anchovy bait for a quick catch of lots of fish. When stripers are schooled up with low shad numbers, many in the school do not get fed. Only the quickest fish will get enough shad to eat. Right now about 75% of the schooling stripers are healthy and 25% malnourished. I suggest keeping all stripers to reduce total striper numbers and to increase the opportunity for those remaining fish to find adequate nourishment.
From Bullfrog north, shad numbers are much higher than in the south. Graph and troll to find striper schools and then use spoons to catch a bunch. Spoons resemble shad and stripers really respond well to spoons in these conditions. The target depth is a bit shallower in the north but striper schools can be graphed from 30 to 70 feet. Striper schools may be harder to find now than commonly found this time of year but when a school is graphed these fish respond very well.
We found out last week that the very best way to catch large numbers and a huge variety of fish is to use night crawlers. Tip a plastic grub, spoon or a plain bait hook with a one-inch piece of worm. Drop the bait down to the bottom in 5-25 feet of water and gently jig it up and down. The response is amazing. Expect to catch bluegill, green sunfish, smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish in big numbers. A really small hook is best. An ice jig or ice fly has a very small hook but packs a lot of weight for its size. If you want to catch a lot of fish this is the technique for you.