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August 27, 2014 - Fishing is Much Better!

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
August 27, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 77-80 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Reports of stripers feeding on the surface really had me invigorated this morning.  We took off for Navajo Canyon at first light and studied clam water at the mouth of the canyon where boiling stripers had been caught in big numbers the day before.  A few fish broke the surface but we could not identify any stripers.  The next decision was to wait for the action to start or to travel up canyon.  I waited about 10 seconds and then decided to go uplake because patience is not one of my virtues.
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.
Bass fishing has improved dramatically with the drop in surface water temperature into the 70s. Bass are hanging on the deep water edge of rock piles extending into the main channel.  They will hit surface lures early and late but may be caught more frequently on plastic grubs in shad colors all day long.
Fishing had definitely improved.  Looks like it is time to plan the fall fishing trip to Lake Powell.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

August 27, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3606

Water Temperature 77-79 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

nob82714Reports of stripers feeding on the surface really had me invigorated this morning.  We took off for Navajo Canyon at first light and studied calm water at the mouth of the canyon where boiling stripers had been caught in big numbers the day before.  A few fish broke the surface but we could not identify any stripers.  The next decision was to wait for the action to start or to travel up canyon.  I waited about 10 seconds and then decided to go uplake because patience is not one of my virtues.

 
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!

btmfam2The 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. 

Bass fishing has improved dramatically with the drop in surface water temperature into the 70s. Bass are hanging on the deep water edge of rock piles extending into the main channel.  They will hit surface lures early and late but may be caught more frequently on plastic grubs in shad colors all day long. 

Fishing has definitely improved.  Looks like it is time to plan the fall fishing trip to Lake Powell.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:46
 

August 20, 2014 - Fish are where you find them

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
August 20, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3607
Water Temperature 78-83 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Powell fish are getting fatter.  That is a good thing coming off a difficult year with low water and very little brushy habitat. Our studies show that the shad population is nearing a peak not seen in this decade. Lakewide shad numbers from our first shad trawl in July are well above average from Wahweap to Good Hope with Bullfrog showing the most shad of all stations. The August trawl sample next week will determine the strength of this year shad class. The large shad population probably has much to do with the challenging fishing results found over much of the lake.
Fishing is best in the northern lake. Stripers are still boiling from Bullfrog all the way to Horn (Buoy 129).  The boils are much quicker than found two weeks ago but they are consistent.  Stripers are feeding both in the bays and in the backs of canyons.  It takes patience but those that search aggressively are finding boils and catching a respectable number of stripers.  These stripers will hit topwater lures or shallow running crankbaits or medium sized spoons.
In the southern lake finding fish is less certain.  There are few fish reports with lots of recreational boaters still wake boarding and tubing.  An early start is recommended to avoid boat traffic and wakes.  I headed through the Castle Rock Cut at first light and saw a splash on the Warm Creek side.  As the boat slowed to a stop a surface lure was ready to cast but no other splash followed.  However, the graph showed a fish school at 45 feet so a spoon was dropped instead. A fish hit the spoon on the first hop and quickly came to the boat.  To my surprise the expected striper turned out to be a walleye.  The spoon was deployed again and another fish caught. This one was a catfish!  Both fish were eating shad.  It turned out to be one of those crazy days.
Trolling and graphing for stripers turned into a smallmouth catching experience. The best trolling lure this day was the Bomber Flat A in shad color. The habitat bass chose was near a gentle sloping brushy shoreline where bottom depth was 15-20 feet. Smallmouth stomachs were empty except for an occasional crayfish.
Fishing in the southern lake is still a mystery. A solid pattern has not been identified. The most consistent striper spot is Navajo Canyon but stripers are moving up and down the canyon and changing feeding times.  One day small boils will be found at dawn near the canyon mouth while the next day small boils will occur at 11 AM near the big sand dune. This sums up the fishing pattern.  Fish are where you find them.  I will try to make more sense out of this by next week.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

August 20, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3607

Water Temperature 78-83 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

gbheron820Lake Powell fish are getting fatter.  That is a good thing coming off a difficult year with low water and very little brushy habitat. Our studies show that the shad population is nearing a peak not seen in this decade. Lakewide shad numbers from our first shad trawl in July are well above average from Wahweap to Good Hope with Bullfrog showing the most shad of all stations. The August trawl sample next week will determine the strength of this shad year class. The large shad population probably has much to do with the challenging fishing results found over much of the lake.

 
Fishing is best in the northern lake. Stripers are still boiling from Bullfrog all the way to Horn (Buoy 129).  The boils are much quicker than found two weeks ago but they are consistent.  Stripers are feeding both in the bays and in the backs of canyons.  It takes patience but those that search aggressively are finding boils and catching a respectable number of stripers.  These stripers will hit topwater lures or shallow running crankbaits or medium sized spoons. 


In the southern lake finding fish is less certain.  There are few fish reports with lots of recreational boaters still wake boarding and tubing.  An early start is recommended to avoid boat traffic and wakes.  I headed through the Castle Rock Cut at first light and saw a splash on the Warm Creek side.  As the boat slowed to a stop a surface lure was ready to cast but no other splash followed.  However, the graph showed a fish school at 45 feet so a spoon was dropped instead. A fish hit the spoon on the first hop and quickly came to the boat.  To my surprise the expected striper turned out to be a walleye.  The spoon was deployed again and another fish caught. This one was a catfish!  Both fish were eating shad.  It turned out to be one of those crazy days.

fraug20wcat 
Trolling and graphing for stripers turned into a smallmouth catching experience. The best trolling lure this day was the Bomber Flat A in shad color. The habitat bass chose was near a gentle sloping brushy shoreline where bottom depth was 15-20 feet. Smallmouth stomachs were empty except for an occasional crayfish.


Fishing in the southern lake is still a mystery. A solid pattern has not been identified. The most consistent striper spot is Navajo Canyon but stripers are moving up and down the canyon and changing feeding times.  One day small boils will be found at dawn near the canyon mouth while the next day small boils will occur at 11 AM near the big sand dune.

This sums up the fishing pattern.  Fish are where you find them.  I will try to make more sense out of this by next week.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:27
 

August 6, 2014 - Boils in GHB

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
August 6, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3607
Water Temperature 77-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Stripers are still boiling from Good Hope Bay to Trachyte and White Canyon. The intensity is not as strong as last week when stripers first found shad as the water cleared up and visibility increased.  Now there is a morning and evening pattern developing with random boils occurring during the day.  In the morning start looking in Good Hope Bay and then run uplake to the Horn and beyond. Feeding activity can be in the main channel or in the backs of canyons depending on the whim of the stripers. When boils are encountered, stop and fish.  Cast to boils as long as the fish stay on top.  Use full size top water lures, lipless vibrators and Kastmasters for best success.
Catching can be prolonged by casting spoons as soon as the stripers leave the surface.  Stripers are lurking just under the water looking for another shad and the falling spoon is just what they are looking for.   Stripers really like the side-to-side motion the spoon makes when free falling. Slab style jigging spoons are best when used in free fall mode but in surface boils the Kastmasters type spoons are better.  It is wise to have both styles rigged and ready to go.
If stripers are seen on the graph schooled up in deep water, a slab spoon will be the best choice and catching at a high rate will continue.
At mid morning the surface activity slacks off.  Take a break by cooling off in the warm water and then repeat the boil search in the evening as the sun gets low in the west.
From Wahweap to Bullfrog it is a different story. Boils are very random and only a few may be seen during a whole week of looking. When a boil does come up, stripers are very cooperative and will hit full size lures as described above.
Smallmouth bass are active lakewide and can be caught on primary and secondary points leading into the main channel or main canyon.  Fish from 12- 25 feet deep with plastic grubs bounced off the bottom and then retrieved back to the boat.  The best lure for me today was the Yamamoto shad shaped worm rigged on a regular eighth ounce lead head jig. Swim the lure to resemble a shad in open water.  We also caught smallmouth along the shoreline while trolling for stripers. Bass hit trolling lures that ran from 12-20 feet deep over a 30 feet bottom.
Fishing was not fast but it was steady.  Bass size is increasing as shad become more available to all fish.
We recently completed our shad trawling survey and found that shad numbers were above average in all locations sampled. At Wahweap the average sample is usually between 10 and 30 shad per tow. July’s shad sample was over 100 shad per tow.  At Good Hope Bay the average shad haul is usually 100 fish but in July 2014 the count was over 1000 shad per tow.  These numbers are very encouraging.  Boils should continue as plenty of shad are available in the northern lake.   Hopefully shad and stripers will get together in the southern lake as well. Right now there are a few boils in Navajo Canyon without much activity from Rock Creek to Rainbow Bridge.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

August 6, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3607

Water Temperature 77-85 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  http://www.wayneswords.com

briangsmb_edited-1Stripers are still boiling from Good Hope Bay to Trachyte and White Canyon. The intensity is not as strong as last week when stripers first found shad as the water cleared up and visibility increased.  Now there is a morning and evening pattern developing with random boils occurring during the day.  In the morning start looking in Good Hope Bay and then run uplake to the Horn and beyond. Feeding activity can be in the main channel or in the backs of canyons depending on the whim of the stripers. When boils are encountered, stop and fish.  Cast to boils as long as the fish stay on top.  Use full size top water lures, lipless vibrators and Kastmasters for best success.

    
Catching can be prolonged by casting spoons as soon as the stripers leave the surface.  Stripers are lurking just under the water looking for another shad and the falling spoon is just what they are looking for.   Stripers really like the side-to-side motion the spoon makes when free falling. Slab style jigging spoons are best when used in free fall mode but in surface boils the Kastmasters type spoons are better.  It is wise to have both styles rigged and ready to go.  
If stripers are seen on the graph schooled up in deep water, a slab spoon will be the best choice and catching at a high rate will continue. 


At mid morning the surface activity slacks off.  Take a break by cooling off in the warm water and then repeat the boil search in the evening as the sun gets low in the west. 


From Wahweap to Bullfrog it is a different story. Boils are very random and only a few may be seen during a whole week of looking. When a boil does come up, stripers are very cooperative and will hit full size lures as described above.  
brianshandsmSmallmouth bass are active lakewide and can be caught on primary and secondary points leading into the main channel or main canyon.  Fish from 12- 25 feet deep with plastic grubs bounced off the bottom and then retrieved back to the boat.  The best lure for me today was the Yamamoto shad shaped worm rigged on a regular eighth ounce lead head jig. Swim the lure to resemble a shad in open water.  We also caught smallmouth along the shoreline while trolling for stripers. Bass hit trolling lures that ran from 12-20 feet deep over a 30 feet bottom. 


Fishing was not fast but it was steady.  Bass size is increasing as shad become more available to all fish.
We recently completed our shad trawling survey and found that shad numbers were above average in all locations sampled. At Wahweap the average sample is usually between 10 and 30 shad per tow. July’s shad sample was over 100 shad per tow.  At Good Hope Bay the average shad haul is usually 100 fish but in July 2014 the count was over 1000 shad per tow.  These numbers are very encouraging.  Boils should continue as plenty of shad are available in the northern lake.   Hopefully shad and stripers will get together in the southern lake as well.

Right now there are a few boils in Navajo Canyon without much activity from Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge.

 

July 30, 2014 - Stripers BOILING in GHB

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
July 23, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3608
Water Temperature 77-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
STRIPERS BOILING!
Big news began pouring in on July 25th.  Stripers were boiling in the northern Lake from Good Hope Bay to White Canyon.  As the week progressed more reports followed.  Stripers were seen feeding on the surface all day long from Good Hope Bay upstream.  Even better news confirms that these are “boils” and not “slurps”.  The difference is that slurping fish require an accurate cast and great retrieve before a fish can be caught.  On the other hand boiling fish will hit any respectable lure that lands in the circle of fish. Catching is assured when in the feeding zone.
Water color is now clear enough for striped bass to see their shad forage. When water was murky due to runoff shad were protected for at time as sight feeding stripers were unable to consistently find shad.  Now that is past. The buffet is open and stripers will eat shad early and often as long as the supply lasts. Anglers are now needed to go save some shad!
The most effective baits are top water lures and shallow running crankbaits. These result in a hook up every cast. The downside is that treble hooks and energetic stripers require more time to unhook before the next cast can be thrown while the boil is still in casting range. A helpful hint to speed up the process requires a “fishing towel”.  When the hooked striper hits the deck throw a hand towel over the fishes’ back and quickly pick up the fish. The towel is thick enough to protect your hand from dorsal spines.  With the fish supported in this manner the weight is off the hook and it makes it easier to unhook the fish using a handy pair of pliers.
The second option is to use a single hook on a jig or spoon.  This type hook can be removed more quickly than a treble which allows the next cast to be made more quickly.  The downside to this method is that the hookup occurs underwater where it can be felt but not seen.  It is so exciting to see a school of stripers play “volleyball” with your lure.  A surface lure can be batted back and forth many times before one fish finally gets the hook in its mouth.  That is quite exciting even when the fish misses the lure.
My “go to” method for boils is to remove the belly hook from a big Jumpin’ Minnow surface lure.  When the fish hits the deck (No Net Used) I grab the big lure and use it as a handle since there is no hook on the lure body.  The only hook is in the fish’s mouth. I first shake the lure hoping the fish will come unhooked with a quick jerk. When that happens I can throw the next cast within seconds. After the boil moves out of range the deck is cleared and all deck fish are then put on ice before moving to the next skirmish line.
In the heat of summer it is critical to have a fish cooler with ice. These fish will retain their great eating quality when put directly on ice.  Never put fish on a stringer or in a live well with 85 degree water.  That warm water quickly degrades eating quality.  It is wise to enjoy the catching and retain eating quality by being prepared with the right fishing equipment and a cooler full of ice.
Boil fishing does not require the same light fluorocarbon line that has to be used when bait fishing.  Braided line can be tied directly to the lure.  I still use fluorocarbon leader on my fishing rig but I go to 12-pound test so fish can be flipped into the boat without using a net. It is infuriating to have the second treble hook imbedded in the net when the fish are boiling right next to the boat. I would rather lose the first fish and then cast to the second one than spend my time impatiently unhooking lures from a badly tangled old fashion net.  If a net is used make sure it has rubber mesh.
Sorry – I get a bit invigorated when thinking about fishing striper boils.  It is the ultimate freshwater fishing sport!

Lake Powell Fishing Report

July 30, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3608

Water Temperature 77-85 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  http://www.wayneswords.com

 

 

STRIPERS BOILING!

 


dawkinstbBig news began pouring in on July 25th.  Stripers were boiling in the northern Lake from Good Hope Bay to White Canyon.  As the week progressed more reports followed.  Stripers were seen feeding on the surface all day long from Good Hope Bay upstream.  Even better news confirms that these are “boils” and not “slurps”.  The difference is that slurping fish require an accurate cast and great retrieve before a fish can be caught.  On the other hand boiling fish will hit any respectable lure that lands in the circle of fish. Catching is assured when in the feeding zone. 


Water color is now clear enough for striped bass to see their shad forage. When water was murky due to runoff shad were protected for at time as sight feeding stripers were unable to consistently find shad.  Now that is past. The buffet is open and stripers will eat shad early and often as long as the supply lasts. Anglers are now needed to go save some shad!


The most effective baits are top water lures and shallow running crankbaits. These result in a hook up every cast. The downside is that treble hooks and energetic stripers require more time to unhook before the next cast can be thrown while the boil is still in casting range. A helpful hint to speed up the process requires a “fishing towel”.  When the hooked striper hits the deck throw a hand towel over the fishes’ back and quickly pick up the fish. The towel is thick enough to protect your hand from dorsal spines.  With the fish supported in this manner the weight is off the hook and it makes it easier to unhook the fish using a handy pair of pliers.

 
The second option is to use a single hook on a jig or spoon.  This type hook can be removed more quickly than a treble which allows the next cast to be made more quickly.  The downside to this method is that the hookup occurs underwater where it can be felt but not seen.  It is so exciting to see a school of stripers play “volleyball” with your lure.  A surface lure can be batted back and forth many times before one fish finally gets the hook in its mouth.  That is quite exciting even when the fish misses the lure. 


jumpin minnow t-2000My “go to” method for boils is to remove the belly hook from a big Jumpin’ Minnow surface lure.  When the fish hits the deck (No Net Used) I grab the big lure and use it as a handle since there is no hook on the lure body.  The only hook is in the fish’s mouth. I first shake the lure hoping the fish will come unhooked with a quick jerk. When that happens I can throw the next cast within seconds. After the boil moves out of range the deck is cleared and all deck fish are then put on ice before moving to the next skirmish line. 


In the heat of summer it is critical to have a fish cooler with ice. These fish will retain their great eating quality when put directly on ice.  Never put fish on a stringer or in a live well with 85 degree water.  That warm water quickly degrades eating quality.  It is wise to enjoy the catching and retain eating quality by being prepared with the right fishing equipment and a cooler full of ice. 


Boil fishing does not require the same light fluorocarbon line that has to be used when bait fishing.  Braided line can be tied directly to the lure.  I still use fluorocarbon leader on my fishing rig but I go to 12-pound test so fish can be flipped into the boat without using a net. It is infuriating to have the second treble hook imbedded in the net when the fish are boiling right next to the boat. I would rather lose the first fish and then cast to the second one than spend my time impatiently unhooking lures from a badly tangled old fashion net.  If a net is used make sure it has rubber mesh.


strperthumbSorry for getting wound up – I get a bit invigorated when thinking about fishing striper boils.  It is the ultimate freshwater fishing sport!

 

Oh and watch out for striper thumb!  It is that time of year. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 08:36
 

July 23, 2014 - Fishing Observatory

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
July 23, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3609
Water Temperature 77-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Fishing is good at Lake Powell but for best results go NORTH.  Water is now clearing in Good
Hope Bay all the way to Trachyte. Surface action continues but boils are seen only sporadically.  Trolling and spooning will put more fish in the boat but it is hard to beat the adrenaline rush provided by a school of stripers thrashing on the surface.  With surface temperatures exceeding 80 degrees it is much more likely to catch juvenile stripers on top. The bigger fish are forced into deep water and can be caught on deep trolling lures.  For the Very Best results fish at night with a green a light near the marinas and houseboats fields to catch copious quantities of stripers.
Fishing out of Wahweap is challenging with warm surface temperatures and lots of boating activity.  These fish have not returned to the surface since full moon. Stripers can be caught trolling in the shade of the main channel cliffs early in the morning.   The area from Buoy 25 upstream to Wetherill is the most productive.  Early morning and late evening are the best times with mid day being a better time for swimming and recreating.
Smallmouth bass fishing is improving but bass are located further off shore and in deeper water than expected.  The best depth to catch larger smallmouth bass is 25 feet.  It is also possible to catch smallmouth trolling along the shoreline at a bottom depth of 15-25 feet.  There are some shad along the edge of the canyons and coves but stripers have slurped up a high percentage of larval shad already.  Smallmouth are more than willing to chase shad along the shore which makes them vulnerable to crankbaits trolled or cast in open water.
Water conditions have opened up a new event in which all can participate.  There are many long, deep-channel coves that have flooded cattails, tumbleweeds and tamarisk trees. Many species of fish have moved into the weedy coves and are easy to see in the clear water.  A boat, paddle board, or floating device puts one in range of the fish picture show.  It is reminiscent of a nature preserve. Bluegill are the most common fish seen with many spread randomly through the weeds.  School of shad swim in tight bunches of 50-100 fish.  Not far away will be a few larger bass trying to ambush the shad school.  Lurking on the perimeter of the weeds will be striped bass waiting for the opportunity to rush into the cove and chase shad.  Spend an hour watching the natural fish exhibit while camped on the lake.
Catfish are perhaps the easiest fish to catch now. They can be caught near camp on the sandy beaches.  But for best results try the backs of long narrow canyons much like Navajo, Last chance, and San Juan.  Most of the shallow water near the end of the canyon will be very murky.  Anchor in 10-15 feet of water in the back of the canyon and use chicken liver or similar smelly bait to catch catfish all day and all night long.
There is always some fishing activity going on at Lake Powell, even in the hottest part of summer.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

July 23, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3609

Water Temperature 77-85 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

July 25 - Big Striper Boils reported all afternoon near the Horn - Buoy 129

austinkFishing is good at Lake Powell but for best results go NORTH.  Water is now clearing in GoodHope Bay all the way to Trachyte. Surface action continues but boils are seen only sporadically.  Trolling and spooning will put more fish in the boat but it is hard to beat the adrenaline rush provided by a school of stripers thrashing on the surface.  With surface temperatures exceeding 80 degrees it is much more likely to catch juvenile stripers on top. The bigger fish are forced into deep water and can be caught on deep trolling lures.  For the Very Best results fish at night with a green a light near the marinas and houseboats fields to catch copious quantities of stripers.

 
Fishing out of Wahweap is challenging with warm surface temperatures and lots of boating activity.  These fish have not returned to the surface since full moon. Stripers can be caught trolling in the shade of the main channel cliffs early in the morning.   The area from Buoy 25 upstream to Wetherill is the most productive.  Early morning and late evening are the best times with mid day being a better time for swimming and recreating. 

Smallmouth bass fishing is improving but bass are located further off shore and in deeper water than expected.  The best depth to catch larger smallmouth bass is 25 feet.  It is also possible to catch smallmouth trolling along the shoreline at a bottom depth of 15-25 feet.  There are some shad along the edge of the canyons and coves but stripers have slurped up a high percentage of larval shad already.  Smallmouth are more than willing to chase shad along the shore which makes them vulnerable to crankbaits trolled or cast in open water. 

shadcattailsWater conditions have opened up a new event in which all can participate.  There are many long, deep-channel coves that have flooded cattails, tumbleweeds and tamarisk trees. Many species of fish have moved into the weedy coves and are easy to see in the clear water.  A boat, paddle board, or floating device puts one in range of the fish picture show.  It is reminiscent of a nature preserve. Bluegill are the most common fish seen with many spread randomly through the weeds.  School of shad swim in tight bunches of 50-100 fish.  Not far away will be a few larger bass trying to ambush the shad school.  Lurking on the perimeter of the weeds will be striped bass waiting for the opportunity to rush into the cove and chase shad.  Spend an hour watching the natural fish exhibit while camped on the lake.  

catboyCatfish are perhaps the easiest fish to catch now. They can be caught near camp on the sandy beaches.  But for best results try the backs of long narrow canyons much like Navajo, Last chance, and San Juan.  Most of the shallow water near the end of the canyon will be very murky.  Anchor in 10-15 feet of water in the back of the canyon and use chicken liver or similar smelly bait to catch catfish all day and all night long.  

There is always some fishing activity going on at Lake Powell, even in the hottest part of summer.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 09:42
 

July 16, 2014 - Summer outlook

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
July 16, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3609
Water Temperature 77-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Powell remains at the high water peak of 3609 MSL but has started its annual decline. The bright side of this picture is that brush and drift wood cluttered camping and recreational beaches will become pristine for the rest of the summer as water level declines. The slow decline will stabilize fishing success and set the stage for awesome topwater fishing during the rest of July and August.  There is just enough submerged brush in the water to harbor shad and protect them while they grow larger.  Watch the lake level closely when planning a summer boil trip.  Brush comes out of the water when lake elevation hits 3603.  That will be the peak of the top water fishing season as shad and stripers come together on equal footing when brush is no longer available to protect shad.  Water level from 3603-3605 MSL should be the ideal time to catch bass and stripers on surface lures.
The super moon was great to look at but all fish in the southern lake went on vacation while gazing at the moon.  The best angling occurred at Bullfrog and Halls where night fishermen were catching 2-3 pound stripers under the lights all night long. Daytime fishing success is now recovering lakewide as small stripers are chasing small shad on the surface over the entire lake.
Topwater hotspots for stripers right now include the main channel at the mouth of Lake Canyon, Halls Creek buoy field and the wall on the upstream side of the buoy field, Neskahi Bay on the San Juan, Escalante main channel, and Good Hope Bay.   Slurping boils will be seen lakewide with best success early in the morning before boat traffic stirs up the lake and shortens the time a striper school spends slurping on the surface.  The last hour of daylight will be good as well if the wind does not blow.
Average size of bass caught is still small with most fish weighing less than a pound. Bigger bass can be caught by fishing topwater lures at twilight both morning and evening.  Largemouth will surprise some anglers by feeding in open water with a school of slurping stripers.  The ideal bass fishing experience results when stripers drive shad into a shallow brushy cove.  It is great fun to catch stripers on topwater lures while they are actively engaged.  But stripers usually leave the cove after only a few minutes.  Continue to work topwater lures near brush to target largemouth bass after the boil subsides.
Catfish are perhaps the easiest fish to catch now. Just fish off the back of the boat near camp with table scraps.  My favorite catfish recipe is blackened catfish with Cajun spices cooked in a hot cast iron pan with olive oil. That will make an unforgettable meal for a youngster who caught the catfish and provided the fish for dinner.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

July 16, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3609

Water Temperature 77-85 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  http://www.wayneswords.com

coopersparks14_edited-1Lake Powell remains at the high water peak of 3609 MSL but has started its annual decline. The bright side of this picture is that brush and drift wood cluttered camping and recreational beaches will become pristine for the rest of the summer as water level declines. The slow decline will stabilize fishing success and set the stage for awesome topwater fishing during the rest of July and August.  There is just enough submerged brush in the water to harbor shad and protect them while they grow larger.  Watch the lake level closely when planning a summer boil trip.  Brush comes out of the water when lake elevation hits 3603.  That will be the peak of the top water fishing season as shad and stripers come together on equal footing when brush is no longer available to protect shad.  Water level from 3603-3605 MSL should be the ideal time to catch bass and stripers on surface lures. 


The super moon was great to look at but all fish in the southern lake went on vacation while gazing at the moon.  The best angling occurred at Bullfrog and Halls where night fishermen were catching 2-3 pound stripers under the lights all night long. Daytime fishing success is now recovering lakewide as small stripers are chasing small shad on the surface over the entire lake.

Topwater hotspots for stripers right now include the main channel at the mouth of Lake Canyon, Halls Creek buoy field and the wall on the upstream side of the buoy field, Neskahi Bay on the San Juan, Escalante main channel, and Good Hope Bay.   Slurping boils will be seen lakewide with best success early in the morning before boat traffic stirs up the lake and shortens the time a striper school spends slurping on the surface.  The last hour of daylight will be good as well if the wind does not blow. 

coachklmb_edited-1Average size of bass caught is still small with most fish weighing less than a pound. Bigger bass can be caught by fishing topwater lures at twilight both morning and evening.  Largemouth will surprise some anglers by feeding in open water with a school of slurping stripers.  The ideal bass fishing experience results when stripers drive shad into a shallow brushy cove.  It is great fun to catch stripers on topwater lures while they are actively engaged.  But stripers usually leave the cove after only a few minutes.  Continue to work topwater lures near brush to target largemouth bass after the boil subsides. 

Catfish are perhaps the easiest fish to catch now. Just fish off the back of the boat near camp with table scraps.  My favorite catfish recipe is blackened catfish with Cajun spices cooked in a hot cast iron pan with olive oil. That will make an unforgettable meal for a youngster who caught the catfish and provided the fish for dinner.

 

July 9, 2014 - Blue Collar Stripers

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Lake Powell Fishing Report

July 9, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3609

Water Temperature 75-80 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

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Lake Powell Fishing Report

 

July 9, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3609
Water Temperature 75-80 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Powell has topped out at 3609 MSL after rising 35 feet this year.  That means Castle Rock Cut is 27 feet deep and should remain passable for the rest of 2014. Fish are more concerned about habitat.   New green brush went under water at 3603 and will provide bass habitat and shad shelter for much of the summer.  The shad crop is a bit above average. Adult shad continue to spawn in July when in some others years they would have finished spawning by now. That is a positive occurrence.  The size of the shad population will be determined with trawl sampling during dark moon phase later in the month.
Blue collar stripers in the southern lake have settled into a daily routine.  They go to work at first light and chase shad for an hour or two.  Then they take a break until mid day when the most serious shad chasing occurs. On calm days surface feeding action is common in the main channel as small striper schools are consistently seen from Padre Bay to Rock Creek and Dungeon Canyon.  Surface boils settle down again in the afternoon and then are repeated briefly in the evening.  The imminent arrival of full moon this weekend will push most feeding activity into late afternoon and evenings with quiet mornings.
Full moon will have less impact in the northern lake where water is clearing as runoff diminishes.  Surface feeding is ramping up in the backs of canyons as shad are becoming visible to stripers.  Best striper fishing will now be in the northern lake with good striper fishing lakewide. Expect increasing surface feeding activity in Good Hope Bay during July. Boils
Stripers are susceptible to trolling while relaxing at depth between surface excursions. A few fish can be caught while waiting for the next surface explosion. Trolling success is about 2-3 fish per hour in the southern lake compared to 10 fish an hour in the north.
Bass fishing success is increasing lakewide as water level stabilizes.  Lots of fish are caught with plastic grubs and tubes but the average bass size is small.
Catfishing success is increasing as spawning concludes.  Catfish are patrolling the beaches in the evening looking for an easy meal.
Surface fishing for stripers combined with small bass along the shore and catfish on the beach provide ideal conditions for teaching children how to fish.  The key element in fishing instruction is to actually include fish as part of the training.  Fish are now available for kids to catch while visiting Lake Powell on a family vacation.  Make sure to bring fishing equipment for another fun activity while at the lake.

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Lake Powell has topped out at 3609 MSL after rising 35 feet this year.  That means Castle Rock Cut is 27 feet deep and should remain passable for the rest of 2014. Fish are more concerned about habitat.   New green brush went under water at 3603 and will provide bass habitat and shad shelter for much of the summer.  The shad crop is a bit above average. Adult shad continue to spawn this week when in some others years they would have finished spawning by now. That is a positive occurrence.  The size of the shad population will be determined with trawl sampling during dark moon phase later in the month. 


sharonhunt3Blue collar stripers in the southern lake have settled into a daily routine.  They go to work at first light and chase shad for an hour or two.  Then they take a break until mid day when the most serious shad chasing occurs. On calm days surface feeding action is common in the main channel as small striper schools are consistently seen from Padre Bay to Rock Creek and Dungeon Canyon.  Surface boils settle down again in the afternoon and then are repeated briefly in the evening.  The imminent arrival of full moon this weekend will push most feeding activity into late afternoon and evenings with quiet mornings.

 


Full moon will have less impact in the northern lake where water is clearing as runoff diminishes.  Surface feeding is ramping up in the backs of canyons as shad are becoming more visible to stripers.  Best striper fishing will now be in the northern lake with good striper fishing lakewide. Expect increasing surface feeding activity in Good Hope Bay during July. 

Stripers are susceptible to trolling while relaxing at depth between surface excursions. A few fish can be caught while waiting for the next surface explosion. Trolling success is about 2-3 fish per hour in the southern lake compared to 10 fish an hour in the north. 


bymyers5Bass fishing success is increasing lakewide as water level stabilizes.  Lots of bass are caught with plastic grubs and tubes but the average bass size is small. Both bass and striper populations are rebuilding after low water and poor habitat during the past two years. 

Catfishing success is increasing as spawning concludes.  Catfish are patrolling the beaches in the evening looking for an easy meal. It is easy to invite them to dinner by putting a few table scraps on a hook which are then cast to the sandy bottom behind the boat. 


Surface fishing for stripers combined with small bass along the shore and catfish on the beach provide ideal conditions for teaching children how to fish.  The key element in fishing instruction is to actually include fish as part of the training. Fish are readily available for kids to catch while visiting Lake Powell on a family vacation.  Make sure to bring fishing equipment for another fun activity while at the lake.

 

July 1, 2014 - July 4th Fireworks

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
July 1, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3609.2
Water Temperature 73-77 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Stripers are settling into a feeding schedule which would be good for anglers to know about.  Today we launched at first light from Stateline ramp in the southern lake.  No surface activity was seen in Wahweap but as we came out of the Castle Rock Cut individual splashes were seen in the Warm Creek channel.  It was not until we hit the shade from the high ridge on the east side of Warm Creek Bay that stripers began to join and feed in groups of 5-10 fish.  If we could get close enough to place a precise cast to a group on the surface we could catch yearling stripers measuring 6-12 inches. Warm Creek was bubbling with these small fish.
Stomach contents revealed that these small stripers were eating very small shad without much swimming ability.  Therefore they could feed individually without a group effort to corral fast moving adult shad.
We left the small stripers and headed uplake to Padre Bay.  There were a few small boils in the main channel that dove before we were in range.  Again when we entered the shade produced by the tall wall on the east side of Padre Bay, schools of larger stripers were found feeding.  They were up and down quickly but a good cast resulted in a 2.5 pound striper hookup.
The big difference this week was that these stripers would now hit full size surface lures. Micro lures used last week were not required.  Now a stealthy approach with a good stop in casting distance followed by an accurate cast resulted in one fish caught from every 2 or 3 quick boils.
The next leg of the journey took us to Gregory Butte at 8 AM. Shade was gone but striper schools were seen slurping along the eastern shoreline. These fish exhibited the same behavior with tight schools and quick surface trips.  Then things got much more exciting as a slurping school moved into shallow water in a weedy cove.  They had obviously driven a school of larger shad into the shallow brush line.  Now when we cast near these feeding fish they would hit the surface lure every time.
It is amazing how much has changed in the past week. Shad have grown larger and faster while stripers have become more aggressive. Feeding time is random with a sure opportunity to see small slurps early and late each day followed by larger boils spaced throughout the day. Precise casts and small profile lures are still preferred but full size lures that cast much farther are producing as well.
From Bullfrog to San Juan water clarity is still cloudy from runoff but small slurps are seen commonly throughout the day. These stripers are catchable with a fish caught from every other slurp.  There is a lot more chasing than catching, but at the end of the day there will be enough great tasting small stripers for fish tacos.
Bait fishing for stripers at the back of Moki and Lake Canyon where bottom depth is 30 feet continues to produce many more fish than caught by surface fishermen. These fish are about the same size as those caught on the surface with a few 3-pound fish added.
Smallmouth are near shore and rocky structure.  They too are getting excited about the waves of small shad driven past by feeding stripers. Don’t be surprised to catch a bass in the middle of a shallow water boil.  Bluegill have moved into the submerged tamarisk trees and can be caught on crappie jigs and live worms.  Catfish are actively spawning now and are very aggressive on the sandy beaches near camp throughout the day.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

July 1, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3609.2

Water Temperature 73-77 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  http://www.wayneswords.com

 

hotw1Stripers are settling into a feeding schedule which would be good for anglers to know about.  Today we launched at first light from Stateline ramp in the southern lake.  No surface activity was seen in Wahweap but as we came out of the Castle Rock Cut individual splashes were seen in the Warm Creek channel.  It was not until we hit the shade from the high ridge on the east side of Warm Creek Bay that stripers began to join and feed in groups of 5-10 fish.  If we could get close enough to place a precise cast to a group on the surface we could catch yearling stripers measuring 6-12 inches. Warm Creek was bubbling with these small fish.

 
Stomach contents revealed that these small stripers were eating very small shad without much swimming ability.  Therefore they could feed individually without a group effort to corral fast moving adult shad.  


We left the small stripers and headed uplake to Padre Bay.  There were a few small boils in the main channel that dove before we were in range.  Again when we entered the shade produced by the tall wall on the east side of Padre Bay, schools of larger stripers were found feeding.  They were up and down quickly but a good cast resulted in a 2.5 pound striper hookup. 


The big difference this week was that these stripers would now hit full size surface lures. Micro lures used last week were not required.  Now a stealthy approach with a good stop in casting distance followed by an accurate cast resulted in one fish caught from every 2 or 3 quick boils.

 
The next leg of the journey took us to Gregory Butte at 8 AM. Shade was gone but striper schools were seen slurping along the eastern shoreline. These fish exhibited the same behavior with tight schools and quick surface trips.  Then things got much more exciting as a slurping school moved into shallow water in a weedy cove.  They had obviously driven a school of larger shad into the shallow brush line.  Now when we cast near these feeding fish they would hit the surface lure every time. 


jonahIt is amazing how much has changed in the past week. Shad have grown larger and faster while stripers have become more aggressive. Feeding time is random with a sure opportunity to see small slurps early and late each day followed by larger boils spaced throughout the day. Precise casts and small profile lures are still preferred but full size lures that cast much farther are producing as well. 


From Bullfrog to San Juan water clarity is still cloudy from runoff but small slurps are seen commonly throughout the day. These stripers are catchable with a fish caught from every other slurp.  There is a lot more chasing than catching, but at the end of the day there will be enough great tasting small stripers for fish tacos. 


Bait fishing for stripers at the back of Moki and Lake Canyon where bottom depth is 30 feet continues to produce many more fish than caught by surface fishermen. These fish are about the same size as those caught on the surface with a few 3-pound fish added. Smallmouth are near shore and rocky structure.  They too are getting excited about the waves of small shad driven past by feeding stripers. Don’t be surprised to catch a bass in the middle of a shallow water boil.  Bluegill have moved into the submerged tamarisk trees and can be caught on crappie jigs and live worms.  Catfish are actively spawning now and are very aggressive on the sandy beaches near camp throughout the day.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:36
 

June 24, 2014 - Lake Powell is BOILING!

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
June 24, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3607.25
Water Temperature 71-76 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
The last fish report was not very exciting with mundane fishing results. Since then two major events occurred. First the wind quit blowing hard in the afternoons. Second the Summer Solstice on June 21 had a dramatic impact on Lake Powell as the lake started BOILING!  I suppose the striper boils were not really caused by the first day of summer.  Regardless, going fishing is now terribly exciting once more.
Slurping striper boils are seen lakewide.  Juvenile stripers are feasting on larval shad with the feeding action occurring on the surface making fish location easy to see. Schools of 50 to 500 stripers are tightly grouped as they line up and mow the surface while eating tons of larval shad.
Shad are abundant in areas where slurps are happening. Right now the main channel is the prime fishing destination.  Head uplake from Wahweap or downlake from Bullfrog to get in on the action.  The best spot from Wahweap is upper Padre Bay to Rock Creek.  Best spot down from Bullfrog is Escalante to San Juan.  Perhaps the best spot on the entire lake is the San Juan Arm from the mouth to Wilson Creek.
Lure choice is important. Shad size is very small and swimming ability is slow.  Crankbaits do not mimic the forage. It is possible to cast to the edge of the action and work the lure into the feeding fish. A silent entry works as stripers are willing to consume a “larger fish” when one is seen.  But if the lure lands mid group they spook and go away.  A small spoon, like a Kastmaster, that falls down through the feeding fish and then works through the feeders has more success because perfect casts are not needed – a good one is enough.  Some stripers spook when the lure hits but others grab the spoon as it works down and then through the school. My best success has come on small (3/8 ounce) micro fabric jigs that are similar to flies tied to look like various fish species.  These small fish can be worked slower than spoons when necessary or fast following a perfect cast.  Results are very rewarding with these and also small bucktail jigs. Yesterday one or more fish were caught from every slurp.  The hooked fish was then escorted to the boat by an entourage of 30-50 following fish.  That was really neat to see in clear water.
Timing is variable with a good early morning bite followed by a mid day lull.  Then at 2 PM (MST) the afternoon boils start and last until dark. The days are action packed. Yesterday, from 2-5  PM, there was never a moment when I was not casting to boils, choosing which group to try next, cruising to the next group, or taking a fish off the hook. It was a truly amazing fishing experience.
Striper size is 14 to 20 inches and fish are fat as they can get.  Stomachs are bulging with about 50 shad per stomach.  It is time to save some shad.  Get out there and give the shad a hand. If we want boils to be around in September we have to allow shad to grow to adult size. Reducing striper numbers now will help that cause and make fishing better later on.
These stripers are perfect eating size.  Just put some ice in a cooler and place fresh caught fish on ice immediately.  They will then keep until the end of the trip when filleting is possible.  Take the fishing rods along on the wakeboarding adventure.  Stop for all boils to add variety to the trip. It will add a new dimension to the summer Lake Powell adventure.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

June 24, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Lake Elevation: 3607.25                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Water Temperature 71-76 F                                                                                                                                                                                        

 By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

Lake Powell is BOILING

The last fish report was not very exciting with mundane fishing results. Since then two major events occurred. First the wind quit blowing hard in the afternoons. Second the Summer Solstice on June 21 had a dramatic impact on Lake Powell as the lake started BOILING!  I suppose the striper boils were not really caused by the first day of summer.  Regardless, going fishing is now terribly exciting once more.  

slurps622aSlurping striper boils are seen lakewide.  Juvenile stripers are feasting on larval shad with the feeding action occurring on the surface making fish location easy to see. Schools of 50 to 500 stripers are tightly grouped as they line up and mow the surface while eating tons of larval shad.  

Shad are abundant in areas where slurps are happening. Right now the main channel is the prime fishing destination.  Head uplake from Wahweap or downlake from Bullfrog to get in on the action.  The best spot from Wahweap is upper Padre Bay to Rock Creek.  Best spot down from Bullfrog is Escalante to San Juan.  Perhaps the best spot on the entire lake is the San Juan Arm from the mouth to Wilson Creek. 

 

 

 

slurps622bLure choice is important. Shad size is very small and swimming ability is slow.  Crankbaits do not mimic the forage. It is possible to cast to the edge of the action and work the lure into the feeding fish. A silent entry works as stripers are willing to consume a “larger fish” when one is seen.  But if the lure lands mid group they spook and go away.  A small spoon, like a Kastmaster, that falls down through the feeding fish and then works through the feeders has more success because perfect casts are not needed – a good one is enough.  Some stripers spook when the lure hits but others grab the spoon as it works down and then through the school. My best success has come on small (3/8 ounce) micro fabric jigs that are similar to flies tied to look like various fish species.

 These small fish can be worked slower than spoons when necessary or fast following a perfect cast.  Results are very rewarding with these and also small bucktail jigs. Yesterday one or more fish were caught from every slurp.  The hooked fish was then escorted to the boat by an entourage of 30-50 following fish.  That was really neat to see in clear water.  

Timing is variable with a good early morning bite followed by a mid day lull.  Then at 2 PM (MST) the afternoon boils start and last until dark. The days are action packed. Yesterday, from 2-5  PM, there was never a moment when I was not casting to boils, choosing which group to try next, cruising to the next group, or taking a fish off the hook. It was a truly amazing fishing experience. 

slurps622cStriper size is 14 to 20 inches and fish are fat as they can get.  Stomachs are bulging with about 50 shad per stomach.  It is time to save some shad.  Get out there and give the shad a hand. If we want boils to be around in September we have to allow shad to grow to adult size. Reducing striper numbers now will help that cause and make fishing better later on. 

These stripers are perfect eating size.  Just put some ice in a cooler and place fresh caught fish on ice immediately.  They will then keep until the end of the trip when filleting is possible.  Take the fishing rods along on the wakeboarding adventure.  Stop for all boils to add variety to the trip. It will add a new dimension to the summer Lake Powell adventure.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:30
 

June 18, 2014 - Brush is now underwater

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
June 18, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3604.33
Water Temperature 67-74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
There are so many changes occurring in the fishery right now that it is really hard to keep up.
The lake came up another 5 feet this week, but the big news is that green brush is now under water.   That gives bass, crappie, sunfish and shad a place to hide.  Most fish are on the move trying to stake their claims while the land rush is on.   Wind has been relentless the past week making it hard to get out and fish.  It looks like that will change today with calmer weather in the forecast.  Strong winds really mixed the water which dropped the water temperature back to 67F.  With all this happening it is no wonder it is hard to find a fishing pattern that consistently works right now.
There are two choices when fishing for stripers.   Surface feeding occurs morning and evening and sometimes mid day.  Watch for a surface disturbance and then cast a shallow running crankbait or topwater lure over and beyond the slurping fish.   With windy mornings it has been hard to find many slurps but there are a few.  I chased some slurpers today and caught one striper and a dozen little smallmouth bass on a ¼ ounce Kastmaster.  Yes the bass were slurping too and they faked me out a number of times.
The second option is bait and its much more dependable.  Use anchovies along the steep walls near areas where slurping action is seen. It seems that schooling stripers will move toward chum and start to feed within 15-20 minutes.  When the school lights up many stripers can be caught in short order.  It is important to continue to chum or the school will lose interest and move on.
Small, smallmouth bass are the next most common fish to catch.  The little dudes hit trolled lures while fishing for stripers. They hit spoons while slurping on the surface.  They hit plastic bait while fishing for big bass.  The average size of these fish is only a half pound.  But that is encouraging as there are lots of little fish to use the flooded brush and grow larger for next year.
Walleye are still hitting well but the new brush that just went under water makes it harder to find them consistently now.  It will take another week or two for all these fish to move to new locations and then let us know what they want from anglers.
Fishing in the southern lake is not nearly as good as that found at mid lake. There is muddy water uplake from Bullfrog.  Best fishing is from Rincon to the mouth of the San Juan. If fishing is the main purpose for the trip then it would be wise to head to the Escalante or San Juan and main channel in between to increase the chance of fishing success.  Slurps are more common, longer lasting, and fish aggression is much better midlake.
Some good news is that shad are getting bigger which will lead to real boils occurring starting in July.

Lake Powell Fishing Report

June 18, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3604.33

Water Temperature 67-74 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

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img_0070 28.75 pound striper netted at Warm Creek wall by Adam Jones and Deborah Williams

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There are so many changes occurring in the fishery right now that it is really hard to keep up.The lake came up another 5 feet this week, but the big news is that green brush is now under water.   That gives bass, crappie, sunfish and shad a place to hide.  Most fish are on the move trying to stake their claims while the land rush is on.   Wind has been relentless the past week making it hard to get out and fish.  It looks like that will change today with calmer weather in the forecast.  Strong winds really mixed the water which dropped the water temperature back to 67F.  With all this happening it is no wonder it is hard to find a fishing pattern that consistently works right now. 


There are two choices when fishing for stripers.   Surface feeding occurs morning and evening and sometimes mid day.  Watch for a surface disturbance and then cast a shallow running crankbait or topwater lure over and beyond the slurping fish.   With windy mornings it has been hard to find many slurps but there are a few.  I chased some slurpers today and caught one striper and a dozen little smallmouth bass on a ¼ ounce Kastmaster.  Yes the bass were slurping too and they faked me out a number of times. 

The second option is bait and its much more dependable.  Use anchovies along the steep walls near areas where slurping action is seen. It seems that schooling stripers will move toward chum and start to feed within 15-20 minutes.  When the school lights up many stripers can be caught in short order.  It is important to continue to chum or the school will lose interest and move on. 

Small, smallmouth bass are the next most common fish to catch.  The little dudes hit trolled lures while fishing for stripers. They hit spoons while slurping on the surface.  They hit plastic bait while fishing for big bass.  The average size of these fish is only a half pound.  But that is encouraging as there are lots of little fish to use the flooded brush and grow larger for next year. 

walleyeshaneWalleye are still hitting well but the new brush that just went under water makes it harder to find them consistently now.  It will take another week or two for all these fish to move to new locations and then let us know what they want from anglers. 


Fishing in the southern lake is not nearly as good as that found at midlake. There is muddy water uplake from Bullfrog.  Best fishing is from Rincon to the mouth of the San Juan. If fishing is the main purpose for the trip then it would be wise to head to the Escalante or San Juan and/or the main channel in between to increase the chance of fishing success.  Slurps are more common, longer lasting, and fish aggression is much better midlake.  

Some good news is that shad are getting bigger which will lead to real boils occurring starting in July.

 
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