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June 13, 2018 - Slurps Continue

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Lake Powell Fish Report – June 13, 2018
Lake Elevation:  3612
Water temperature:  72  - 75 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Striper slurps continue over the length of the lake.  Typically slurping stripers begin feeding when the sun hits the water.  If in a shaded canyon just randomly throw surface lures toward the shore in areas where bottom depth is about 25 feet.  Stripers, smallmouth and largemouth bass respond well in low light to a surface lure hitting near shore, or the edge of a drop off, or even in open water in the middle of the bay.  Watch for splashes in the back of the canyon and cast in that direction.  Those splashes could be bass or stripers or gizzard shad.  Any of these are worth targeting. It is fun to catch bass and stripers while gizzard shad tend to attract sport fish so they are worth targeting with surface lures.
On my fishing trip this week, the first random cast with an Ima Skimmer surface lure resulted in a 2-pound striper, followed by 4 smallmouth bass over 2 pounds and one largemouth bass.  As the sun started to break over the high cliff wall we noticed a small surface disturbance in the middle of the bay in deeper water. After seeing one fish jump we confirmed that these were slurping stripers and we headed toward the school.
The trick is to get the boat close enough to cast but not close enough to spook the school. On this day we had more schools spook and go down before we could make a good cast that landed just beyond the school so we could work our surface lures back over the feeding fish. It is definitely best to come up behind the school so the fish are swimming away from the boat.  We had way too many schools that were coming toward us and spooked before we could get a good cast off. It is worth it to take an extra turn or two and approach the school from the side or from the rear.
Surface lures work well with a perfect cast and a great retrieve.  Watching fish hit the topwater is almost as fun as catching them. You can probably catch more fish on a white jig or grub that is closer to the size of the tiny shad stripers are eating. These slurps only stay up for a few minutes at best. Once they go down, the school often goes right under the boat and can be caught on spoons or other fast falling lures like a heavy rattletrap. The school is in range for less than a minute so react quickly when the graph lights up with 30 or more fish.
In the southern lake striper slurps were found in Padre Bay near Dominguez Rock, Gregory Butte, Dove Canyon, and Rock Creek. In the northern lake slurps were seen in Bullfrog Bay, Halls Creek, Cedar Canyon to Good Hope Bay and Red Canyon.  This is a lakewide event but with more shad in the northern lake the best place to try is from Bullfrog to Trachyte Canyon.
Smallmouth bass fishing is great in the early morning on surface lures lakewide and later in the day on plastic grubs and senkos near isolated rock slides and along rocky shorelines where water depth is 10-20 feet.  Larger bass are deeper at 20-35 feet.
Walleye are being caught trolling, and casting in cloudy water.  Wind is forecast to blow in the afternoon this week. When the wind comes up try trolling along windy points and flat ledges with a bottom depth of 10-30 feet.  Catch one walleye and return to that spot to catch more. You can cast for walleye using a plastic bass grub with a piece of worm attached and a slow retrieve while maintaining bottom contact.  Walleye group together. Catch one and more are likely to be found in the same spot.
Blue gill and green sunfish are quite visible now as they are nesting in shallow water. Look for a 12-inch circular nest on the bottom and drop a tiny plastic jig on to the nest and watch the bluegill come over to remove it. Set the hook when he picks it up. Male, nest guarding,  bluegill are the most colorful fish in the lake.

Lake Powell Fish Report – June 13, 2018

Lake Elevation:  3612

Water temperature:  72  - 75 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net


Striper slurps continue over the length of the lake.  Typically slurping stripers begin feeding when the sun hits the water.  If in a shaded canyon just randomly throw surface lures toward the shore in areas where bottom depth is about 25 feet.  Stripers, smallmouth and largemouth bass respond well in low light to a surface lure hitting near shore, or the edge of a drop off, or even in open water in the middle of the bay.  Watch for splashes in the back of the canyon and cast in that direction.  Those splashes could be bass or stripers or gizzard shad.  Any of these are worth targeting. It is fun to catch bass and stripers while gizzard shad tend to attract sport fish so they are worth targeting with surface lures.

On my fishing trip this week, the first random cast with an Ima Skimmer surface lure resulted in a 2-pound striper, followed by 4 smallmouth bass over 2 pounds and one largemouth bass.  As the sun started to break over the high cliff wall we noticed a small surface disturbance in the middle of the bay in deeper water. After seeing one fish jump we confirmed that these were slurping stripers and we headed toward the school.  

The trick is to get the boat close enough to cast but not close enough to spook the school. On this day we had more schools spook and go down before we could make a good cast that landed just beyond the school so we could work our surface lures back over the feeding fish. It is definitely best to come up behind the school so the fish are swimming away from the boat.  We had way too many schools that were coming toward us and spooked before we could get a good cast off. It is worth it to take an extra turn or two and approach the school from the side or from the rear. 

Surface lures work well with a perfect cast and a great retrieve.  Watching fish hit the topwater is almost as fun as catching them. You can probably catch more fish on a white jig or grub that is closer to the size of the tiny shad stripers are eating. These slurps only stay up for a few minutes at best. Once they go down, the school often goes right under the boat and can be caught on spoons or other fast falling lures like a heavy rattletrap. The school is in range for less than a minute so react quickly when the graph lights up with 30 or more fish. 

In the southern lake striper slurps were found in Padre Bay near Dominguez Rock, Gregory Butte, Dove Canyon, and Rock Creek. In the northern lake slurps were seen in Bullfrog Bay, Halls Creek, Cedar Canyon to Good Hope Bay and Red Canyon.  This is a lakewide event but with more shad in the northern lake the best place to try is from Bullfrog to Trachyte Canyon.

Smallmouth bass fishing is great in the early morning on surface lures lakewide and later in the day on plastic grubs and senkos near isolated rock slides and along rocky shorelines where water depth is 10-20 feet.  Larger bass are deeper at 20-35 feet.

Walleye are being caught trolling, and casting in cloudy water.  Wind is forecast to blow in the afternoon this week. When the wind comes up try trolling along windy points and flat ledges with a bottom depth of 10-30 feet.  Catch one walleye and return to that spot to catch more. You can cast for walleye using a plastic bass grub with a piece of worm attached and a slow retrieve while maintaining bottom contact.  Walleye group together. Catch one and more are likely to be found in the same spot.  

Blue gill and green sunfish are quite visible now as they are nesting in shallow water. Look for a 12-inch circular nest on the bottom and drop a tiny plastic jig on to the nest and watch the bluegill come over to remove it. Set the hook when he picks it up. Male, nest guarding,  bluegill are the most colorful fish in the lake.

 

June 6, 2018 - Slurps Begin

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Lake Powell Fish Report – June 6, 2018
Lake Elevation:  3612
Water temperature:  72  - 75 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Stripers Slurps Begin:
Stripers have now completed spawning and they are really hungry! Shad have started to spawn and tiny larval shad are found near the lake’s surface. Stripers are now looking up in search of a school of larval shad. Once located stripers feed carefully on these tiny fish.  It takes intense concentration to slurp in these tender morsels that are only a quarter to a half inch long.  Stripers line up and feed shoulder to shoulder through the tiny shad gathering.  Occasionally a striper gets frustrated and jumps out of the water while the rest of the fish swim just below the surface as they try to find some food.
From the boat this feeding action looks like a mild surface disturbance. Look for the 2 or 3 fish that jump and then join back into the small wave created by the slurping fish.  Get in casting range and then throw surface lures well beyond the striper school and work it back through the surface feeding stripers; or use a small white jig or grub and reel it right under the surface; or use a small spoon and reel it through the surfacing stripers.
Of course, as soon as any cast is made the striper school tends to dive for safety. The usually pop back up within a minute but just out of casting range. When they reappear cast again as described above or watch the graph when they dive down again. They usually descend to 25-40 feet and glide right under the boat.
If this sounds confusing that’s because it is. The end result is that a few stripers will be hooked on topwater, and some on shallow grubs and spoons.  A few more fish will be caught on spoons fishing in deep water under the boat. There is no one right way to do this. The best method is to be prepared for all circumstances.  You will catch fish but not on the same scale as fishing summer striper boils. That comes later. For now chasing slurps is fun and some fish are caught. Perhaps the best slurp lure is a white crappie jig.
Slurps have been found in the main channel at the mouth of Rock Creek and Last Chance and in Dove Canyon.  Uplake they were found in Bullfrog Bay, Moki Canyon, the back of Halls Creek and in open water at Buoy 102.  The biggest and most consistent slurps are found in the morning.
Back at the fish cleaning station we found one striper with quagga mussels and crayfish in his stomach.  The other fish had the grey ooze of decomposing tiny shad.
Smallmouth bass are still the most commonly caught fish and found on various rocky structures over the length of the lake.  Best bets include: Plastic jigs, senkos, ned rigs, and shad shaped worms. The most fun is found throwing topwater baits at low light morning and evening.
Bluegill and green sunfish are actively spawning now. They can be seen near blocky rocks or where woody stickups or tumbleweeds are congregated. The water is not as clear as it has been but these sunfish nests can be seen very well in 5-10 feet of water.   The nest is a small depression about a foot in diameter with the male bluegill guarding.  A small jig with a piece of worm attached can be dropped on the nest.  Wait for the male bluegill to pick it up to move it off the nest and then set the hook.  These bluegill are some of the brightest colored fish that swim in Lake Powell.
The added bonus while fishing for bluegill is that largemouth bass share the same habitat and can be caught right alongside the bluegill school.
Walleye are still being caught in good numbers over the length of the lake with the northern lake from Escalante, to Bullfrog, to Good Hope Bay being the best spots to try.

Lake Powell Fish Report – June 6, 2018

Lake Elevation:  3612

Water temperature:  72  - 75 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net

Striper Slurps Begin:

Stripers have now completed spawning and they are really hungry! Shad have started to spawn and tiny larval shad are found near the lake’s surface. Stripers are now looking up in search of a school of larval shad. Once located stripers feed carefully on these tiny fish.  It takes intense concentration to slurp in these tender morsels that are only a quarter to a half inch long.  Stripers line up and feed shoulder to shoulder through the tiny shad gathering.  Occasionally a striper gets frustrated and jumps out of the water while the rest of the fish swim just below the surface as they try to find some food.  

From the boat this feeding action looks like a mild surface disturbance. Look for the 2 or 3 fish that jump and then join back into the small wave created by the slurping fish.  Get in casting range and then throw surface lures well beyond the striper school and work it back through the surface feeding stripers; or use a small white jig or grub and reel it right under the surface; or use a small spoon and reel it through the surfacing stripers. 

Of course, as soon as any cast is made the striper school tends to dive for safety. They usually pop back up within a minute but just out of casting range. When they reappear cast again as described above or watch the graph when they dive down again. They usually descend to 25-40 feet and glide right under the boat.

If this sounds confusing that’s because it is. The end result is that a few stripers will be hooked on topwater, and some on shallow grubs and spoons.  A few more fish will be caught on spoons fishing in deep water under the boat. There is no one right way to do this. The best method is to be prepared for all circumstances.  You will catch fish but not on the same scale as fishing summer striper boils. That comes later. For now chasing slurps is fun and some fish are caught. Perhaps the best slurp lure is a white crappie jig. 

Slurps have been found in the main channel at the mouth of Rock Creek and Last Chance and in Dove Canyon.  Uplake they were found in Bullfrog Bay, Moki Canyon, the back of Halls Creek and in open water at Buoy 102.  The biggest and most consistent slurps are found in the morning. 

Back at the fish cleaning station we found one striper with quagga mussels and crayfish in his stomach.  The other fish had the grey ooze of decomposing tiny shad. 

Smallmouth bass are still the most commonly caught fish and found on various rocky structures over the length of the lake.  Best bets include: Plastic jigs, senkos, ned rigs, and shad shaped worms. The most fun is found throwing topwater baits at low light morning and evening. 

Bluegill and green sunfish are actively spawning now. They can be seen near blocky rocks or where woody stickups or tumbleweeds are congregated. The water is not as clear as it has been but these sunfish nests can be seen very well in 5-10 feet of water.   The nest is a small depression about a foot in diameter with the male bluegill guarding.  A small jig with a piece of worm attached can be dropped on the nest.  Wait for the male bluegill to pick it up to move it off the nest and then set the hook.  These bluegill are some of the brightest colored fish that swim in Lake Powell.  

The added bonus while fishing for bluegill is that largemouth bass share the same habitat and can be caught right alongside the bluegill school. 

Walleye are still being caught in good numbers over the length of the lake with the northern lake from Escalante, to Bullfrog, to Good Hope Bay being the best spots to try.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 June 2018 14:58
 

May 30, 2018 - Bluegill Prizes Awarded this Week.

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Lake Powell Fish Report – May 30, 2018
Lake Elevation:  3611
Water temperature:  67-74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Lake Powell continues to rise with inflow doubling outflow right now. Rising water is having a positive effect on fishing success.  Bass, crappie, bluegill and sunfish all search for brushy structure.  We hope the lake level continues to rise and reaches the next plateau where a significant amount of submerged cover is created.
The most commonly caught fish right now are smallmouth bass.  They love rocks!  Look for them on shallow rocky points stretching out perpendicularly from the shoreline or on a rocky point where a ridge enters the water.  Bass have recently occupied another habitat which is a small isolated rock slide in the main channel or main canyon.   Look for a rock slide less than 100 yards in width with steep cliffs on either side.  Bass congregate in the rocky cover with the small fish anywhere from 5-15 feet deep.  Larger bass are deeper in the 20-30 foot strata. Bass are eating crayfish and small sunfish.  The best bottom bouncing baits are plastic jigs, senkos, ned rigs, shad shaped worms and chatterbaits.  Square bill crankbaits are working as well. The most fun is found throwing topwater baits at low light morning and evening.
Bluegill and sunfish are biting well and are found in the same rocky habitat shared with smallmouth bass.   The slight difference is bluegill will be on a quick drop off near shore where boulders are piled up to provide the habitat needed.  If tumbleweeds have floated in and sunk near the boulders that structure is even better. Water clarity is only 15 feet this week but that is enough to allow visual sightings of sunfish schools hanging out near shore. Once sighted these tasty fish are easy to catch if you are prepared with a live worm. Green sunfish have a large mouth for their size and really like worms. Bluegill have a small mouth so it is important to downsize the hook to a trout size of number 8 or smaller.   We caught lots of sunfish on a worm under a bobber, and on a small plastic bluegill jig on a 1/16th ounce jig head.  Then we tried a tiny ice jig with a ¼ inch worm attached and caught sunfish like crazy.
Remember that Utah Wildlife and BYU are collecting sunfish this week at the fish cleaning stations at Wahweap and Bullfrog.  If you catch a sunfish, please keep it and bring it to the cleaning station where it will be used to understand sunfish food habits and how important quagga mussels are in their diet.  Please remember where the sunfish were caught and let us know that detail when the fish is turned in. You can fillet bluegill and keep the meet. The carcass and stomach is enough for the study.   If you bring in a sunfish you will be entered in a fishing contest where tackle is awarded to the lucky winner in a prize drawing.    The Prize Drawing will take place after June 2, 2018 and prizes will be mailed to winners.
Walleye are caught on bottom bouncers with worms, on plastic baits retrieved close to the bottom, and on lures trolled across rocky points.  The number of walleye caught per hour increases as you head north.  Walleye are caught randomly in the southern lake but can be caught in large numbers in the north.  Walleye fishing will remain good over the next 3 weeks.
Striped bass are in the final stages of spawning. They are randomly caught along main channel walls and in side canyons by bait fishermen, but the hotspots tend to move around each day.   Random stripers are caught while trolling he shoreline particularly where water is murky toward the back of the canyon. Yearling fish that eat plankton near the surface can be caught while trolling and casting. Stripers will come back to the surface in mid June when spawning is done and as larval shad are found near the surface. Stripers that are missing in action now will be back in large numbers as they slurp the tiny shad near the surface. Look for striper slurps to start mid June.
On the fish report trip this week we caught 36 bluegill and sunfish, 1 striper, 1 walleye, and 40 smallmouth bass. The Lake Powell Slam is a great goal to shoot for this week!

Lake Powell Fish Report – May 30, 2018

Lake Elevation:  3611

Water temperature:  67-74 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net


Lake Powell continues to rise with inflow doubling outflow right now. Rising water is having a positive effect on fishing success.  Bass, crappie, bluegill and sunfish all search for brushy structure.  We hope the lake level continues to rise and reaches the next plateau where a significant amount of submerged cover is created.

The most commonly caught fish right now are smallmouth bass.  They love rocks!  Look for them on shallow rocky points stretching out perpendicularly from the shoreline or on a rocky point where a ridge enters the water.  Bass have recently occupied another habitat which is a small isolated rock slide in the main channel or main canyon.   Look for a rock slide less than 100 yards in width with steep cliffs on either side.  Bass congregate in the rocky cover with the small fish anywhere from 5-15 feet deep.  Larger bass are deeper in the 20-30 foot strata. Bass are eating crayfish and small sunfish.  The best bottom contact baits are plastic jigs, senkos, ned rigs, shad shaped worms and chatterbaits.  Square bill crankbaits are working as well. The most fun is found throwing topwater baits at low light morning and evening. 

Bluegill and sunfish are biting well and are found in the same rocky habitat shared with smallmouth bass.   The slight difference is bluegill will be on a quick drop off near shore where boulders are piled up to provide the habitat needed.  If tumbleweeds have floated in and sunk near the boulders that structure is even better. Water clarity is only 15 feet this week but that is enough to allow visual sightings of sunfish schools hanging out near shore. Once sighted these tasty fish are easy to catch if you are prepared with a live worm. Green sunfish have a large mouth for their size and really like worms. Bluegill have a small mouth so it is important to downsize the hook to a trout size of number 8 or smaller.   We caught lots of sunfish on a worm under a bobber, and on a small plastic bluegill jig on a 1/16th ounce jig head.  Then we tried a tiny ice jig with a ¼ inch worm attached and caught sunfish like crazy.

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Remember that Utah Wildlife and BYU are collecting sunfish this week at the fish cleaning stations at Wahweap and Bullfrog.  If you catch a sunfish, please keep it and bring it to the cleaning station where it will be used to understand sunfish food habits and how important quagga mussels are in their diet.  Please remember where the sunfish were caught and let us know that detail when the fish is turned in. You can fillet bluegill and keep the meat. The carcass and stomach is enough for the study.   If you bring in a sunfish you will be entered in a fishing contest where fishing tackle is awarded to the lucky winner in a prize drawing.    The Prize Drawing will take place after June 2, 2018 and prizes will be mailed to winners.

Walleye are caught on bottom bouncers with worms, on plastic baits retrieved close to the bottom, and on lures trolled across rocky points.  The number of walleye caught per hour increases as you head north.  Walleye are caught randomly in the southern lake but can be caught in large numbers in the north.  Walleye fishing will remain good over the next 3 weeks. 

Striped bass are in the final stages of spawning. They are randomly caught along main channel walls and in side canyons by bait fishermen, but the hotspots tend to move around each day.   Random stripers are caught while trolling the shoreline particularly where water is murky toward the back of the canyon. Yearling fish that eat plankton near the surface can be caught while trolling and casting. Stripers will come back to the surface in mid June when spawning is done and as larval shad are found near the surface. Stripers that are missing in action now will be back in large numbers as they slurp the tiny shad near the surface. Look for striper slurps to start mid June. 

On the fish report trip this week we caught 36 bluegill and sunfish, 1 striper, 1 walleye, and 40 smallmouth bass. The Lake Powell Slam is a great goal to shoot for this week!

 

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May 23, 2018 - Great Fishing and Prizes!

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Lake Powell Fish Report – May 23, 2018
Lake Elevation:  3610
Water temperature:  65-72 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Lake Powell actually came up a foot last week. The runoff was welcome but all fish are still anxiously waiting for the lake water to cover the brush on the shoreline.  That has not happened yet but the water is moving in the right direction this week.  After a cool week the days are now getting warmer and water temperature will rise once more.  All of these are positive events when considering how fish will respond in the coming week.
Striped bass are actively spawning now.  The cooling temperature slowed down the process because the females are motivated to spawn by rapidly warming water.  We noticed a few stripers on the surface during our weekly fishing investigation. They came to the top as the morning sky began to lighten in the east. Numbers seen were much less than the previous week.  We were able to catch a few stripers while fly fishing, casting surface lures, and even jigging with bass lures at 10-20 feet. The action was sporadic as stripers rolled on top in small groups from first light until the sun cleared the horizon.   In full sunlight, striper action was done for the day along the spawning wall.  There were reports of good striper catching in the stained water in the backs of the canyons with trolling lures. Some stripers are still being caught with bait along the main channel walls and in the canyons but striper fishing is good instead of great right now.
Our sampling shows that both gizzard and threadfin shad spawned this week.  The tiny shad will grow and reside near the surface.  In due time striper schools will finish spawning, find small shad, and begin feeding on the surface.  Then fishing will improve from good to great as stripers start to slurp shad from the surface. Expect these changes to occur the first week of June.
Smallmouth bass are the hot item in the lake this week. They continue to spawn in shallow water, feed actively on crayfish and sunfish, and provide constant action for anglers. They are found in great numbers in 10-25 feet of water along the shoreline where large rocks are available for cover.  We drifted along rocky shorelines yesterday in Padre Bay and found active groups of bass on small rocky points jutting out from the shoreline. Expect this pattern to hold over the length of the lake.
Bass will hit topwater lures early and late. The most versatile lure is a single tail plastic grub which works all day long. Chartreuse and various shades of green were the best colors. Bass size ranged from small to 2.5 pounds. Number of bass caught ranged from 30-50 for each group of anglers that we checked with.   Largemouth bass were less abundant but were caught right alongside the smallmouth throughout the day.
We found that adding a one inch piece of night crawler to the single tail grub increased the catch considerably. While fishing the rocky shoreline (10-25 feet deep) we also caught green sunfish, bluegill, channel catfish and walleye.  This mixed bag of game fish really makes fishing the shoreline exciting.  The rising water has had a small impact on the extreme water clarity as well.  It is now possible to see the bottom in clear water areas at a depth of 15 feet but there is a green tinge to the water as well which is encouraging for the productivity of the fishery.
Finally, we are continuing our study of food habits of those fish that might eat quagga mussels. We ask for your help with that study.   Simply catch bluegill and sunfish and bring them to the fish cleaning stations at Bullfrog or Wahweap from May 28th through June 2nd from 10 AM to dark.
YOU CAN WIN PRIZES! For every fish you bring us we will put your name into a drawing for fishing tackle.
Details:
Please bring fish to cleaning stations separated by location caught.  Example: Good Hope Bay or Moki Canyon, is sufficient.
You can take filets from fish if you want them – we need the carcass with stomach intact and the ability to get a length measurement.
Every person donating fish will be entered into a drawing for each fish donated.  Drawing will take place after June 2nd, 2018 and prizes will be mailed to winners.
All current fishing regulations will be enforced:  Daily limit for bluegill and green sunfish (a combined total of 50).

Lake Powell Fish Report – May 23, 2018

Lake Elevation:  3610

Water temperature:  65-72 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net

Lake Powell actually came up a foot last week. The runoff was welcome but all fish are still anxiously waiting for the lake water to cover the brush on the shoreline.  That has not happened yet but the water is moving in the right direction this week.  After a cool week the days are now getting warmer and water temperature will rise once more.  All of these are positive events when considering how fish will respond in the coming week.

Striped bass are actively spawning now.  The cooling temperature slowed down the process because the females are motivated to spawn by rapidly warming water.  We noticed a few stripers on the surface during our weekly fishing investigation. They came to the top as the morning sky began to lighten in the east. Numbers seen were much less than the previous week.  We were able to catch a few stripers while fly fishing, casting surface lures, and even jigging with bass lures at 10-20 feet. The action was sporadic as stripers rolled on top in small groups from first light until the sun cleared the horizon.   In full sunlight, striper action was done for the day along the spawning wall.  There were reports of good striper catching in the stained water in the backs of the canyons with trolling lures. Some stripers are still being caught with bait along the main channel walls and in the canyons but striper fishing is good instead of great right now. 

Our sampling shows that both gizzard and threadfin shad spawned this week.  The tiny shad will grow and reside near the surface.  In due time striper schools will finish spawning, find small shad, and begin feeding on the surface.  Then fishing will improve from good to great as stripers start to slurp shad from the surface. Expect these changes to occur the first week of June. 

Smallmouth bass are the hot item in the lake this week. They continue to spawn in shallow water, feed actively on crayfish and sunfish, and provide constant action for anglers. They are found in great numbers in 10-25 feet of water along the shoreline where large rocks are available for cover.  We drifted along rocky shorelines yesterday in Padre Bay and found active groups of bass on small rocky points jutting out from the shoreline. Expect this pattern to hold over the length of the lake. 

Bass will hit topwater lures early and late. The most versatile lure is a single tail plastic grub which works all day long. Chartreuse and various shades of green were the best colors. Bass size ranged from small to 2.5 pounds. Number of bass caught ranged from 30-50 for each group of anglers that we checked with.  Largemouth bass were less abundant but were caught right alongside the smallmouth throughout the day.

We found that adding a one inch piece of night crawler to the single tail grub increased the catch considerably. While fishing the rocky shoreline (10-25 feet deep) we also caught green sunfish, bluegill, channel catfish and walleye.  This mixed bag of game fish really makes fishing the shoreline exciting.  The rising water has had a small impact on the extreme water clarity as well.  It is now possible to see the bottom in clear water areas at a depth of 15 feet but there is a green tinge to the water as well which is encouraging for the productivity of the fishery. 

Finally, we are continuing our study of food habits of those fish that might eat quagga mussels. We ask for your help with that study.   Simply catch bluegill and sunfish and bring them to the fish cleaning stations at Bullfrog or Wahweap from May 28th through June 2nd from 10 AM to dark. 

YOU CAN WIN PRIZES! For every fish you bring us we will put your name into a drawing for fishing tackle. 

Details: Please bring fish to cleaning stations separated by location caught.  Example: Good Hope Bay or Moki Canyon, is sufficient. You can take filets from fish if you want them – we need the carcass with stomach intact and the ability to get a length measurement. Every person donating fish will be entered into a drawing for each fish donated.  Drawing will take place after June 2nd, 2018 and prizes will be mailed to winners.

All current fishing regulations will be enforced:  Daily limit for bluegill and green sunfish (a combined total of 50).

 

Note:  Pictures for this report are found on Wayneswords.net> Fish Report.  It is much easier to post picutres on the new website. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:19
 

May 16, 2018 - Striped bass are Spawning

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Lake Powell Fish Report – May 16, 2018
Lake Elevation:  3609
Water temperature:  63-70 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Striped bass are now actively spawning.  Unlike bass, stripers do not build nests on the gravel bottom or protect the young.  Male stripers have been ready to spawn since the first of April. Females are now experiencing the spawning trigger which is a rapid water temperature rise. Stripers spawn on the surface which makes a surface disturbance similar to a striper boil, but the event occurs after dark when no one is there to see it. Having witnessed a few of these night time spawning events I can attest that the experience is unforgettable.
My first spawning event occurred on the Warm Creek side of the Castle Rock Cut in 1984.  We located a dormant striper school there in the afternoon and returned on a moonless night. When the night sky was fully dark, we cast white bucktail jigs into the spawning cove, which was 30 feet deep and about 50 yards long.  Striped bass males are extremely aggressive when spawning.  It was not possible to reel in the jig without getting hit or catching a fish. Occasionally a large female was also hooked.  We harvested over 150 stripers weighing 3-4 pounds with a few larger females, including the biggest which weighed in at 22 pounds.
Striped bass spawning will continue for the next two weeks over the length of the lake.  It is now possible to see visible striper schools during the day in the clear water. We have seen schools at Buoy 25, and along the east wall of Padre Bay, Last Chance and Rock Creek.   They tend to move around so I suggest trolling the shoreline at dusk. Mark the spot where a large concentration of fish is found and return there after dark to find the spawners.  We recently tried to locate a spawning school before the sun came up by trolling in 12-25 feet with Lucky Craft pointers.  When the first fish was caught (4:30 AM MST) we immediately cast randomly around the boat and caught male stripers on every cast until the sky began to lighten up (5 AM).  No more fish were caught after light intensity increased at 5:30 AM.    These spawning events can be found over the length of the lake.
Bass fishing continues to be the best target for daytime anglers. Smallmouth bass are found over the length of the lake along sloping slick rock shorelines with broken rock habitat.  Common holding depth is 3 to 20 feet.  They can be caught on green or smoked color plastic jigs, either single or double tail, Senkos, and Ned rigs.  It is fun to throw topwater lures at first light and again in the evening. There are still many shorelines that have clear water which makes it necessary to throw very long casts to prevent spooking bass prematurely.
Largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill will be near any submerged brush pile. Since that is not common at the current water level, look for shaded areas with rock habitat.  Use the same lures as listed for smallmouth bass. When trying for bluegill, downsize the bait and add a piece of night crawler to increase the catch.
Walleye are now at their feeding peak for the year. They will be caught more often now, in the next two weeks, than over the rest of the summer. Walleye congregate in shallow, murky coves following a wind event or a tour boat wake in the main channel. They can be caught now by trolling across a main channel point with a diving lure that hits bottom at about 12 feet.  It is wise to troll a floating lure as quagga mussels may cut the line as the lure hits bottom.  If it is a floater, you can double back and find it on the surface and use it again. Slowly dragging a single tail grub with a night crawler attached along the bottom can be very effective.  Using a bottom-bouncing rig with a night crawler harness, slow trolled along a level bottom works as well. Walleye are one of the best fish to eat fish found in Lake Powell. Keep walleye and stripers to help balance the population.  There is no limit on these species so keep all you can catch or give away.

Lake Powell Fish Report – May 16, 2018

Lake Elevation:  3609

Water temperature:  63-70 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net

stbvisualStriped bass are now actively spawning.  Unlike bass, stripers do not build nests on the gravel bottom or protect the young.  Male stripers have been ready to spawn since the first of April. Females are now experiencing the spawning trigger which is a rapid water temperature rise. Stripers spawn on the surface which makes a surface disturbance similar to a striper boil, but the event occurs after dark when no one is there to see it. Having witnessed a few of these night time spawning events I can attest that the experience is unforgettable. 

 

 

 

 

My first spawning event occurred on the Warm Creek side of the Castle Rock Cut in 1984.  We located a dormant striper school there in the afternoon and returned on a moonless night. When the night sky was fully dark, we cast white bucktail jigs into the spawning cove, which was 30 feet deep and about 50 yards long.  Striped bass males are extremely aggressive when spawning.  It was not possible to reel in the jig without getting hit or catching a fish. Occasionally a large female was also hooked.  We harvested over 150 stripers weighing 3-4 pounds with a few larger females, including the biggest which weighed in at 22 pounds.

Striped bass spawning will continue for the next two weeks over the length of the lake.  It is now possible to see visible striper schools during the day in the clear water. We have seen schools at Buoy 25, and along the east wall of Padre Bay, Last Chance and Rock Creek.   They tend to move around so I suggest trolling the shoreline at dusk. Mark the spot where a large concentration of fish is found and return there after dark to find the spawners.  We recently tried to locate a spawning school before the sun came up by trolling in 12-25 feet with Lucky Craft pointers.  When the first fish was caught (4:30 AM MST) we immediately cast randomly around the boat and caught male stripers on every cast until the sky began to lighten up (5 AM).  No more fish were caught after light intensity increased at 5:30 AM.    These spawning events can be found over the length of the lake.

Bass fishing continues to be the best target for daytime anglers. Smallmouth bass are found over the length of the lake along sloping slick rock shorelines with broken rock habitat.  Common holding depth is 3 to 20 feet.  They can be caught on green or smoked color plastic jigs, either single or double tail, Senkos, and Ned rigs.  It is fun to throw topwater lures at first light and again in the evening. There are still many shorelines that have clear water which makes it necessary to throw very long casts to prevent spooking bass prematurely.

 

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Largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill will be near any submerged brush pile. Since that is not common at the current water level, look for shaded areas with rock habitat.  Use the same lures as listed for smallmouth bass. When trying for bluegill, downsize the bait and add a piece of night crawler to increase the catch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walleye are now at their feeding peak for the year. They will be caught more often now, in the next two weeks, than over the rest of the summer. Walleye congregate in shallow, murky coves following a wind event or a tour boat wake in the main channel. They can be caught now by trolling across a main channel point with a diving lure that hits bottom at about 12 feet.  It is wise to troll a floating lure as quagga mussels may cut the line as the lure hits bottom.  If it is a floater, you can double back and find it on the surface and use it again. Slowly dragging a single tail grub with a night crawler attached along the bottom can be very effective.  Using a bottom-bouncing rig with a night crawler harness, slow trolled along a level bottom works as well. Walleye are one of the best fish to eat fish found in Lake Powell. Keep walleye and stripers to help balance the population.  There is no limit on these species so keep all you can catch or give away.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:49
 


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