Bass Are In The Weeds, Working Into Shallower Water
Fall has arrived with cool nights stealing the heat from the
Surface temperature has dropped 5 degrees this week to a
delightful 72 degrees. That is a perfect temperature for bass
The current water level is identical to last year. Fish that
have been deep in the main channel will now have the opportunity
to move to shallow flats along the edges of the main channel and
closer to the backs of canyons.
Expect to find game fish near rooted aquatic weeds. Look for
"fish grass" as the declining lake exposes weed beds that house
many sunfish and shad. Predators will key on these green grass
pastures as they search for feeding opportunities this fall.
Look for sandy coves lined with aquatic weeds or slick rock
coves with some tumbleweed piles scattered around. Motor to the
backs of the canyon and visibly search the shallows for tall
Look in water less than 10 feet deep so weeds can easily be
seen from the surface. Bass are in the weeds now, but expect
stripers to be working into shallower water with each passing
Grass beds are found in Padre Bay, Friendship Cove,
Rock Creek, Dungeon Canyon, and many canyons uplake to the
Rincon including the San Juan. I suspect that this pattern will
work uplake from Bullfrog to Good Hope, but it wonít be as
important in the northern lake where more shad are available.
In the southern lake, plastic tube jigs fished along the weed
tops will be the most productive technique. In the northern
lake, vertically jigging slab spoons along the bottom will
provide the most action.
As water temperature declines, the success of suspending
crankbaits will increase dramatically as bass and stripers move
In the southern lake, stripers are still being caught on
anchovies along the main Colorado River channel, and tributary
channels, and at the canyon mouths. This pattern will hold up
probably into the dead of winter.
The striper population peak ensures that stripers will
continue to be caught at an amazing rate. If stripers were
caught at a certain location in the summer, it is highly
probable that anglers could return to the same spot now and
catch stripers once more as main-channel stripers are holding in
the same locations they have frequented all summer.
Cool weather has slowed the catch some from the frantic pace
seen in summer, but the size and quality of fish caught will now
increase as the larger adults will be able to come closer to the
surface to feed as they prepare for winter.
Fishing and weather are delightful. This is a good time to
come to Lake Powell.
At press time, the lake elevation was 3,601, and the water