Warm Creek Bass - August 20 - Ed Gerdemann

Edward Gerdemann

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August bass fishing on Lake Powell is often tough, but that doesn't mean the fish can't be caught. The action might not be as fast as other times, and the large numbers so common in the spring and fall might not be there, but a decent day can still be had if an angler is willing to work.

The above scenario is exactly what new fishing partner Tom Bettfreund and I experienced last Thursday. The action wasn't all that fast and the smallmouth were scattered at all different depths; but we took our time, covered some water, fished hard and eventually came up with a decent catch. To maximize our fishing time in the hot weather we decided to fish close in choosing the northeast side of Warm Creek beginning at the channel mouth and then fishing the broken rock substrate up to where it gave way to sand. We then finished our day over at the double islands. Early morning action was extremely slow. By 8:30 a.m. we had only caught a few little ones, but then something changed and we began taking better fish with more regularity. Our best bait was the old reliable Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm in the watermelon/white laminate (color 901 on the Yamamoto chart) fished on a drop shot. Tom did catch a couple on a spinner bait with a trailer as well.

As mentioned above, we could establish no real consistent pattern. We took fish as shallow as 10 feet and as deep as 40 and just about everywhere in between. The bigger fish were just as diverse in their depth range as the little guys. We caught fish casting horizontally and dropping directly below the boat. About half the fish we hooked were on the initial drop and the rest coming on a very slow drag with lots of pauses. One area of consistency was the fish, whether they were deep or shallow, were all sitting close to a break line - sometimes on top of the shelf, sometimes at the bottom of the drop and sometimes in between. The beauty of fishing the drop shot is it allows us to fish the entire water column without changing setups. With the calm weather we could fish efficiently down to 40 plus feet with a 1/4 oz. weight.

We were helped by a thin overcast which kept the worst of the sun off the water until around 10:30 a.m. When the cloud cover burned off it got unbearably hot, so we quit fishing around 11:45 a.m. In a little over six hours of fishing we managed to catch 29 smallmouth. Our biggest ones were around 1 3/4 pounds - not huge but a lot of fun on light tackle. Again, this was not the best morning of fishing I've had on Lake Powell, but considering the weather and time of year it was very satisfying. We're looking forward to some great fall action!