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Fishing Report October 2, 2018

Fishing Report October 2, 2018
October 03
07:25 2018

Weather is cooling, Lake Elevation:  3592 Water temperature:  73-76 degrees and rain is finally falling, and fishing is picking up. Hopefully the rainy period will slow down the decline in water level for a short time and allow the Castle Rock Cut to stay open for a few more weeks.   Water depth is 12 feet in the Cut which means it should be passable through October.

Fishing is improving as the water temperature has declined to the low 70’s.  Smallmouth bass have been the constant, most dependable target species to pursue. They are gorging on crayfish and very cooperative for anglers. The best techniques are very similar to springtime bass fishing. Weightless shad shaped worms and senkos are dependable baits fished in 5-15 feet of water.  Bass are moving shallower as the lake continues to decline. They are very active early in the mornings and late in the evenings. During the day it may be better to switch to drop shot fishing in slightly deeper water.

Habitat preference is very different compared to other years. Usually there are brushy spots with tumbleweeds and brush. This year the rapid drop in water level has left the brush high and dry. This past week the best bass habitat was long shallow gravel points shaded by mud lines. Bass are much more likely to be on the outside primary points instead of in the backs of shallow coves. Look for deeper water in shallow bays to find bass.

Strippers have been harder to find in the southern lake. There is a short period at dawn where stripper schools can be located on the graph and then caught using deep diving spoons. This flurry of activity is short lived and drops off as the sun gets higher in the sky. During a normal fishing day the very best technique is to use bait with lots of chumming. The spring time spots:  dam, Buoy 3, Navajo Canyon points etc. are working again.  Add to that some up lake spots that have produced good catches this week: Warm Creek Wall, Labyrinth Wall, back of main Rock Creek and Middle Rock Creek.  The technique is to graph the bottom structure while trolling.  When a school is seen, mark the spot. Return to the school, chum the spot with cut bait and then drop a one-inch piece of anchovy down to the school to catch lots of strippers.

In the northern lake, from Bullfrog to Good Hope, there are many more shad schools and normal fall fishing techniques work well. Again, troll and graph but when a stripper school is seen, drop spoons into the school to catch lots of fish in a hurry.  Good spots this week include mouth of Stanton Creek, Bullfrog Bay haystacks, and mouth of Knowles.  The best lures are slab spoons, including Fle Fly Slabs or any spoons that resemble them.

Bait fishing also worked at Bullfrog this past week with many strippers caught on bait at the mouth of Lake Canyon.

Other fish that are responding well are walleye, catfish and bluegill. Tip your jig, small spoon, or just a small jig-head with a piece of night crawler to catch a wide variety of fish in a short time. Fishing is improving and will peak as the lake temperature drops into the 60’s.

Quality of life is measured by amount of time spent fishing.

Wayne Gustaveson or

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