Fishing Report: North Central region
High winds over the past week made angling difficult. Fishing was slow on Ashurst both Saturday and Sunday. Fishing was excellent on Kaibab Saturday and Monday.
KAIBAB LAKE — Last Saturday Folks were catching trout on garlic PowerBait fished on the bottom. Folks were also catching fish using worms under a bobber. Catfish were being caught on hot dogs. One of my co-workers caught 300 fish on the upper end of the lake Saturday using flies. Most of the fish were black crappie but he also caught some really nice bluegill, a couple of catfish and some trout. Stocked with 6,000 lbs of catfish last week, Kaibab also got a load of Colorado trout last week.
CATARACT LAKE — No report. It has been stocked.
CITY RESERVOIR — Lake is closed because of the fire danger.
DOGTOWN LAKE — Fishing has been hit or miss on Dogtown so far this year. Stocked last week and this week.
SANTA FE — Lake is closed because of the fire danger.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — Gate is Open. Whitehorse was stocked with largemouth bass in March. The fish stocked were 5-8 inches long. 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 report.
UPPER LAKE MARY — No report.
ASHURST LAKE — The wind slowed fishing down over the weekend. I would try fishing with garlic PowerBait, or cheese PowerBait this weekend. Ashurst was stocked with Colorado trout last week.
FRANCIS SHORT POND – The pond got a double stocking of rainbow trout last week with one load being large trout out of Colorado. Folks using flies and lures were catching lots of fish. Bait anglers are catching fish on worms and garlic PowerBait. Catfish were stocked last week and are scheduled to be stocked this week. Frances Short was stocked with Colorado trout this week.
KINNIKINICK LAKE —No reports.
OAK CREEK — No report. Stocked this week.
BEAVER CREEK – Has been stocked.
WEST CLEAR CREEK – Has been stocked.
BLUE RIDGE — Lake is closed due to fire closure.
KNOLL LAKE — Lake is closed due to fire closure.
Lake Powell Fish Report – May 30, 2018
Lake Elevation: 3611
Water temperature: 67-74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson: http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Lake Powell continues to rise with inflow doubling outflow right now. Rising water is having a positive effect on fishing success. Bass, crappie, bluegill and sunfish all search for brushy structure. We hope the lake level continues to rise and reaches the next plateau where a significant amount of submerged cover is created.
The most commonly caught fish right now are smallmouth bass. They love rocks! Look for them on shallow rocky points stretching out perpendicularly from the shoreline or on a rocky point where a ridge enters the water. Bass have recently occupied another habitat which is a small isolated rock slide in the main channel or main canyon. Look for a rock slide less than 100 yards in width with steep cliffs on either side. Bass congregate in the rocky cover with the small fish anywhere from 5-15 feet deep. Larger bass are deeper in the 20-30 foot strata. Bass are eating crayfish and small sunfish. The best bottom contact baits are plastic jigs, senkos, ned rigs, shad shaped worms and chatterbaits. Square bill crankbaits are working as well. The most fun is found throwing topwater baits at low light morning and evening.
Bluegill and sunfish are biting well and are found in the same rocky habitat shared with smallmouth bass. The slight difference is bluegill will be on a quick drop off near shore where boulders are piled up to provide the habitat needed. If tumbleweeds have floated in and sunk near the boulders that structure is even better. Water clarity is only 15 feet this week but that is enough to allow visual sightings of sunfish schools hanging out near shore. Once sighted these tasty fish are easy to catch if you are prepared with a live worm. Green sunfish have a large mouth for their size and really like worms. Bluegill have a small mouth so it is important to downsize the hook to a trout size of number 8 or smaller. We caught lots of sunfish on a worm under a bobber, and on a small plastic bluegill jig on a 1/16th ounce jig head. Then we tried a tiny ice jig with a ¼ inch worm attached and caught sunfish like crazy.
Remember that Utah Wildlife and BYU are collecting sunfish this week at the fish cleaning stations at Wahweap and Bullfrog. If you catch a sunfish, please keep it and bring it to the cleaning station where it will be used to understand sunfish food habits and how important quagga mussels are in their diet. Please remember where the sunfish were caught and let us know that detail when the fish is turned in. You can fillet bluegill and keep the meat. The carcass and stomach is enough for the study. If you bring in a sunfish you will be entered in a fishing contest where fishing tackle is awarded to the lucky winner in a prize drawing. The Prize Drawing will take place after June 2, 2018 and prizes will be mailed to winners.
Walleye are caught on bottom bouncers with worms, on plastic baits retrieved close to the bottom, and on lures trolled across rocky points. The number of walleye caught per hour increases as you head north. Walleye are caught randomly in the southern lake but can be caught in large numbers in the north. Walleye fishing will remain good over the next 3 weeks.
Striped bass are in the final stages of spawning. They are randomly caught along main channel walls and in side canyons by bait fishermen, but the hotspots tend to move around each day. Random stripers are caught while trolling the shoreline particularly where water is murky toward the back of the canyon. Yearling fish that eat plankton near the surface can be caught while trolling and casting. Stripers will come back to the surface in mid June when spawning is done and as larval shad are found near the surface. Stripers that are missing in action now will be back in large numbers as they slurp the tiny shad near the surface. Look for striper slurps to start mid June.
On the fish report trip this week we caught 36 bluegill and sunfish, 1 striper, 1 walleye, and 40 smallmouth bass. The Lake Powell Slam is a great goal to shoot for this week!