It seemed like a good choice as scattered stripers were breaking the surface just past the double islands. My first cast to a surfacing fish was rewarded with my first striper caught on top water this month. Stripers were surfacing all around the bay but were not bunched up. They appeared to be feeding individually instead of in a school. Since these stripers were lacking school mentality we decided to troll and caught a few more fish on Shad Raps and Bevy Shad. We saw a few more individual splashes as we traveled to the Big Sand Dune where we turned around.
On the way back down the canyon we trolled near shore by rocky points and rock piles. Smallmouth bass were obviously feeding on shad as each rock pile paid off in at least 2 bass and occasionally in another striper. Our largest bass was almost 2 pounds.
The next stop was the mouth of Warm Creek on the shoals marked by white buoys. We trolled there and found more bass ready and willing but the average size was smaller than those caught in Navajo. We picked up one larger striper while trolling the shoals which was 19 inches and 3 pounds. These stripers are very fat! That bodes well for fall fishing ahead.
Upon my return it was reported that the boils at the mouth of Navajo were strong between 8-9 AM.
Oh Well! That's fishing!
The northern lake is still the best striper fishing location with The Horn being the most consistent spot. But reports from Escalante and Rincon were received this week. I think the whole lake is now fishing well with small quick boils occurring for the first 2 hours of daylight and last 2 hours at evening. If more than 5 fish are breaking the surface attack them with surface lures and shallow runners. If only one fish is seen, then troll in the area of the splash with medium runners that dive 12 feet.