SJ - Sept 10th - 17th

PowellBride

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Had a fabulous 10 days on the lake.

Fishing - Fishing was a bit slower than past years, but it wasn't bad by any stretch. We primarily target the SMB & LMB.
As we arrived on Saturday afternoon, we past HotWheels and he was slaying the stripers! So nice to finally put a face to the name. It was only 2:30 and he was headed back to clean fish, as he was out of room.
Sunday and Monday the fishing was steady and it seemed like every fish I hooked had a craw full of shad or crawfish. A little wind and rain on Tuesday and Wednesday slowed the fishing a bit. Weather cleared up from Thur - Saturday, and fishing was back to normal, though the fish later in the week weren't spitting up dinner.

We did catch a few VERY nice LMB, my Dad caught a personal best at 18 3/4". A handful of 14"+ were landed each day. So much fun!

We saw a few boils, but nothing large or sustained. There were shad schools EVERYWHERE, and the one by the houseboat several mornings was so active the surface water looked like it was raining for hours. The boils we did see were in Wilsons, or in the main channel of the SJ between Wilsons and Shoot-the-Chute (AKA Syncline), as well as the main bay around Cha.

Fishing from the channel below Peek-A-Boo, through Paiute Bay, Neshki Wash, and toward the great bend was non-existent.


SJ Water - As I shared on another post, the water upriver from Desha is green, trending to brown once you hit the turn into the Bay at Paiute. We tried to see if we could get to the start of the great bend, but a 1/4 mile before that it was only 6', with brown water and no visibility. The debris field in the picture below starts about where the old water monitoring station used to be. We went up on Thursday, and we'd had some light rain showers in the area on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

From just below Peek-A-Boo arch to Desha, the water clarity starts to improve, it's pretty brown still at Peek-A-Boo, and mostly clear by the time you hit Desha.

Adventure - We got to make two new human friends and 1 labor-doodle friend. So Saturday night around 6:30, the night before we are going to leave the SJ, we are just heading to the top deck for our evening happy hour when a tracker rounds the corner into our cove, using a trolling motor. "Sorry to bother you, but do you have a marine radio?". Well yeah, but you're not gonna reach anyone on Saturday after 5 PM. Turns out they are camped in Desha, and were headed back to camp when their motor just quit. We made a dash with our speedboat to load up their camp and hosted them for dinner and overnight. We were all headed back to Halls/Bullfrog so we towed them along on Sunday. Of course by the time we reached Halls, the wind decided to kick up - it made parking the houseboat and the disabled tracker fun. As soon as we got the HB settled, our second boat turned their attention to getting the tracker over to the Bullfrog ramp. As soon as we hooked them up to the smaller boat- the gusts started. What a show that was, as the wind was catching the Skeeter, and we were trying to get the tracker off the dock without damage to either boat, or catching the tow rope in a prop.

Hazards -There are new prop eaters everywhere! Go WIDE, and WIDER around the points, as there are random boulders just at the surface or below at Sentinael Point and the next point on the opposite side as you come into Cha. Tried to get a photo of the boulder that is just "in the middle" by Sentinel

What is it? This red ball, with a white bumper attached was anchored out in the middle of Cha Bay, between Cha & Trail. We motored over, but didn't see any rock or other hazard that it was marking. Anyone have any idea what it is?

Wildlife - We did see two pair of donkey's with yearlings, up in the Great Bend & Paiute area. I think they are happy with the lack of boat traffic up that way at these water levels. We spotted a couple of coyotes; one with a pup. No otters this trip, though we saw 8 - 10 in August. We also found a very large bunny.


Anniversary toast - as per tradition, we had to have a toast in Wilson's.....125' or so below the actual wedding spot. What a beautiful place to take a moment to celebrate your blessings and the love of your life.
 

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Had a fabulous 10 days on the lake.

Fishing - Fishing was a bit slower than past years, but it wasn't bad by any stretch. We primarily target the SMB & LMB.
As we arrived on Saturday afternoon, we past HotWheels and he was slaying the stripers! So nice to finally put a face to the name. It was only 2:30 and he was headed back to clean fish, as he was out of room.
Sunday and Monday the fishing was steady and it seemed like every fish I hooked had a craw full of shad or crawfish. A little wind and rain on Tuesday and Wednesday slowed the fishing a bit. Weather cleared up from Thur - Saturday, and fishing was back to normal, though the fish later in the week weren't spitting up dinner.

We did catch a few VERY nice LMB, my Dad caught a personal best at 18 3/4". A handful of 14"+ were landed each day. So much fun!

We saw a few boils, but nothing large or sustained. There were shad schools EVERYWHERE, and the one by the houseboat several mornings was so active the surface water looked like it was raining for hours. The boils we did see were in Wilsons, or in the main channel of the SJ between Wilsons and Shoot-the-Chute (AKA Syncline), as well as the main bay around Cha.

Fishing from the channel below Peek-A-Boo, through Paiute Bay, Neshki Wash, and toward the great bend was non-existent.


SJ Water - As I shared on another post, the water upriver from Desha is green, trending to brown once you hit the turn into the Bay at Paiute. We tried to see if we could get to the start of the great bend, but a 1/4 mile before that it was only 6', with brown water and no visibility. The debris field in the picture below starts about where the old water monitoring station used to be. We went up on Thursday, and we'd had some light rain showers in the area on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

From just below Peek-A-Boo arch to Desha, the water clarity starts to improve, it's pretty brown still at Peek-A-Boo, and mostly clear by the time you hit Desha.

Adventure - We got to make two new human friends and 1 labor-doodle friend. So Saturday night around 6:30, the night before we are going to leave the SJ, we are just heading to the top deck for our evening happy hour when a tracker rounds the corner into our cove, using a trolling motor. "Sorry to bother you, but do you have a marine radio?". Well yeah, but you're not gonna reach anyone on Saturday after 5 PM. Turns out they are camped in Desha, and were headed back to camp when their motor just quit. We made a dash with our speedboat to load up their camp and hosted them for dinner and overnight. We were all headed back to Halls/Bullfrog so we towed them along on Sunday. Of course by the time we reached Halls, the wind decided to kick up - it made parking the houseboat and the disabled tracker fun. As soon as we got the HB settled, our second boat turned their attention to getting the tracker over to the Bullfrog ramp. As soon as we hooked them up to the smaller boat- the gusts started. What a show that was, as the wind was catching the Skeeter, and we were trying to get the tracker off the dock without damage to either boat, or catching the tow rope in a prop.

Hazards -There are new prop eaters everywhere! Go WIDE, and WIDER around the points, as there are random boulders just at the surface or below at Sentinael Point and the next point on the opposite side as you come into Cha. Tried to get a photo of the boulder that is just "in the middle" by Sentinel

What is it? This red ball, with a white bumper attached was anchored out in the middle of Cha Bay, between Cha & Trail. We motored over, but didn't see any rock or other hazard that it was marking. Anyone have any idea what it is?

Wildlife - We did see two pair of donkey's with yearlings, up in the Great Bend & Paiute area. I think they are happy with the lack of boat traffic up that way at these water levels. We spotted a couple of coyotes; one with a pup. No otters this trip, though we saw 8 - 10 in August. We also found a very large bunny.


Anniversary toast - as per tradition, we had to have a toast in Wilson's.....125' or so below the actual wedding spot. What a beautiful place to take a moment to celebrate your blessings and the love of your life.
We saw that red ball last year as well. Covered in what I believe were mussels. In years past had never noticed it. Wonder if its been exposed by lower water levels. I have know idea what it would have been for put there for. If I remember the graph showed fairly deep water around it.
 

Bill Sampson

Escalante-Class Member
Had a fabulous 10 days on the lake.

Fishing - Fishing was a bit slower than past years, but it wasn't bad by any stretch. We primarily target the SMB & LMB.
As we arrived on Saturday afternoon, we past HotWheels and he was slaying the stripers! So nice to finally put a face to the name. It was only 2:30 and he was headed back to clean fish, as he was out of room.
Sunday and Monday the fishing was steady and it seemed like every fish I hooked had a craw full of shad or crawfish. A little wind and rain on Tuesday and Wednesday slowed the fishing a bit. Weather cleared up from Thur - Saturday, and fishing was back to normal, though the fish later in the week weren't spitting up dinner.

We did catch a few VERY nice LMB, my Dad caught a personal best at 18 3/4". A handful of 14"+ were landed each day. So much fun!

We saw a few boils, but nothing large or sustained. There were shad schools EVERYWHERE, and the one by the houseboat several mornings was so active the surface water looked like it was raining for hours. The boils we did see were in Wilsons, or in the main channel of the SJ between Wilsons and Shoot-the-Chute (AKA Syncline), as well as the main bay around Cha.

Fishing from the channel below Peek-A-Boo, through Paiute Bay, Neshki Wash, and toward the great bend was non-existent.


SJ Water - As I shared on another post, the water upriver from Desha is green, trending to brown once you hit the turn into the Bay at Paiute. We tried to see if we could get to the start of the great bend, but a 1/4 mile before that it was only 6', with brown water and no visibility. The debris field in the picture below starts about where the old water monitoring station used to be. We went up on Thursday, and we'd had some light rain showers in the area on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

From just below Peek-A-Boo arch to Desha, the water clarity starts to improve, it's pretty brown still at Peek-A-Boo, and mostly clear by the time you hit Desha.

Adventure - We got to make two new human friends and 1 labor-doodle friend. So Saturday night around 6:30, the night before we are going to leave the SJ, we are just heading to the top deck for our evening happy hour when a tracker rounds the corner into our cove, using a trolling motor. "Sorry to bother you, but do you have a marine radio?". Well yeah, but you're not gonna reach anyone on Saturday after 5 PM. Turns out they are camped in Desha, and were headed back to camp when their motor just quit. We made a dash with our speedboat to load up their camp and hosted them for dinner and overnight. We were all headed back to Halls/Bullfrog so we towed them along on Sunday. Of course by the time we reached Halls, the wind decided to kick up - it made parking the houseboat and the disabled tracker fun. As soon as we got the HB settled, our second boat turned their attention to getting the tracker over to the Bullfrog ramp. As soon as we hooked them up to the smaller boat- the gusts started. What a show that was, as the wind was catching the Skeeter, and we were trying to get the tracker off the dock without damage to either boat, or catching the tow rope in a prop.

Hazards -There are new prop eaters everywhere! Go WIDE, and WIDER around the points, as there are random boulders just at the surface or below at Sentinael Point and the next point on the opposite side as you come into Cha. Tried to get a photo of the boulder that is just "in the middle" by Sentinel

What is it? This red ball, with a white bumper attached was anchored out in the middle of Cha Bay, between Cha & Trail. We motored over, but didn't see any rock or other hazard that it was marking. Anyone have any idea what it is?

Wildlife - We did see two pair of donkey's with yearlings, up in the Great Bend & Paiute area. I think they are happy with the lack of boat traffic up that way at these water levels. We spotted a couple of coyotes; one with a pup. No otters this trip, though we saw 8 - 10 in August. We also found a very large bunny.


Anniversary toast - as per tradition, we had to have a toast in Wilson's.....125' or so below the actual wedding spot. What a beautiful place to take a moment to celebrate your blessings and the love of your life.
Great pictures. Thanks
 
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