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August 9, 2016 - Boils and Graphs

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Lake Powell Fish Report – August 9, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3617
Water Temperature: 80 – 86 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
I keep hoping for reports of striper boils close enough for me to find them in a one day trip from Wahweap.  The last boil reports received were almost in range. The surface in the San Juan has been quiet most of the year, but last week striper boils erupted. Surface action was found in the main channel near the mouth of the San Juan and in the San Juan arm as far uplake as the entrance to the Great Bend. The strong boils in Good Hope Bay the previous week calmed down which seems to be the pattern.  As soon as the fish report says they are boiling in Good Hope that changes to a new location. So the last good reports were from the San Juan. Now you have to choose where they might come up next.
I do know that our recent mid water trawl samples found mostly gizzard and a few threadfin shad in the Bullfrog area. Shad numbers in the San Juan (Piute Canyon) and Good Hope Bay were similar while Wahweap Bay came in a distant fourth.   This information suggests that searching for boils each morning and evening near Bullfrog would be a rewarding experience.
The warm cap on the lake still impacts adult stripers.  They can make a quick trip to the surface and catch a few shad but then have to dive quickly to deep, cool water. Adult fish boils will be quick.  Prolonged surface action will likely feature juvenile stripers that can stay in the warm surface water full time. Personally, I am very happy to find, catch and keep small stripers that are easy to fillet and great to eat.
Deep stripers that have had a recent shad meal are always susceptible to spoons.  Striper schools hold on the bottom, usually on elevated structure such as the top of a submerged rock pile or  on the breaking edge of an underwater cliff where depth increases quickly from 30 feet to 50 feet or deeper.  While graphing, I keep a spoon in hand and drop it as soon as a school is seen on the graph. As the spoon descends I stop the boat to try to stay over the school. Recently these school fish are quick to hit the spoon the first time it enters the school.
In the southern lake where shad are not abundant, adult stripers hold at 30 feet.  They periodically search shallower water for shad, crayfish or sunfish.  These fish are best targeted with bait fished at 30-50 feet.  Steep canyons walls (near a shallow rocky area) from Warm Creek to Rainbow Bridge are the summer home for huge numbers of stripers. Try 3 different spots on any shady canyon wall and it is likely that you will find stripers in short order.
Walleye are caught sporadically along with largemouth bass.  Fish deep water for walleye and brushy coves for largemouth. Smallmouth bass are found in deep water as well except at dusk and dawn when they are susceptible to surface lures.
Panfish are hiding in shallow weed beds and are very willing to eat small live worms on tiny hooks as they shade up under your fishing boat.
Fishing is still great if you fish deep water during the day or in shallow areas during low light.

Lake Powell Fish Report – August 9, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3617

Water Temperature: 80 – 86 F

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

slurps622cI keep hoping for reports of striper boils close enough for me to find them in a one day trip from Wahweap.  The last boil reports received were almost in range. The surface in the San Juan has been quiet most of the year, but last week striper boils erupted. Surface action was found in the main channel near the mouth of the San Juan and in the San Juan arm as far uplake as the entrance to the Great Bend. The strong boils in Good Hope Bay the previous week calmed down which seems to be the pattern.  As soon as the fish report says they are boiling in Good Hope that changes to a new location. So the last good reports were from the San Juan. Now you have to choose where they might come up next.  

I do know that our recent mid water trawl samples found mostly gizzard and a few threadfin shad in the Bullfrog area. Shad numbers in the San Juan (Piute Canyon) and Good Hope Bay were similar while Wahweap Bay came in a distant fourth.   This information suggests that searching for boils each morning and evening near Bullfrog would be a rewarding experience. 

The warm cap on the lake still impacts adult stripers.  They can make a quick trip to the surface and catch a few shad but then have to dive quickly to deep, cool water. Adult fish boils will be quick.  Prolonged surface action will likely feature juvenile stripers that can stay in the warm surface water full time. Personally, I am very happy to find, catch and keep small stripers that are easy to fillet and great to eat.

graphgw3Deep stripers that have had a recent shad meal are always susceptible to spoons.  Striper schools hold on the bottom, usually on elevated structure such as the top of a submerged rock pile or  on the breaking edge of an underwater cliff where depth increases quickly from 30 feet to 50 feet or deeper.  While graphing, I keep a spoon in hand and drop it as soon as a school is seen on the graph. As the spoon descends I stop the boat to try to stay over the school. Recently these school fish are quick to hit the spoon the first time it enters the school. 

In the southern lake where shad are not abundant, adult stripers hold at 30 feet.  They periodically search shallower water for shad, crayfish or sunfish.  These fish are best targeted with bait fished at 30-50 feet.  Steep canyons walls (near a shallow rocky area) from Warm Creek to Rainbow Bridge are the summer home for huge numbers of stripers. Try 3 different spots on any shady canyon wall and it is likely that you will find stripers in short order.  

Walleye are caught sporadically along with largemouth bass.  Fish deep water for walleye and brushy coves for largemouth. Smallmouth bass are found in deep water as well except at dusk and dawn when they are susceptible to surface lures.

Panfish are hiding in shallow weed beds and are very willing to eat small live worms on tiny hooks as they shade up under your fishing boat.  

Fishing is still great if you fish deep water during the day or in shallow areas during low light.

Looking for a good bait to "match the shad hatch"  Try this- 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 12:30
 

August 3. 2016 - Go Deep!

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Lake Powell Fish Report – August 3, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3617
Water Temperature: 80 – 86 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Last week the suggested fishing spot was “Go North”.  That is still good advice. This week with surface water temperatures climbing into the mid 80s the suggested “Hot” spot is “Go Deep”.  A walleye report just received indicates the walleye was caught at a depth of 50 feet.  Smallmouth fishing has slowed but these fish are still available at 25 feet and deeper.  Stripers are holding at 30 feet or deeper.  All of the species that prefer water temperatures in the 70s are forced into deeper water to find their comfort zone.
Here is the breakdown by species:
Striped Bass: Stripers love shad.  Shad love warm shallow water that is enriched with plankton. Shad would prefer to hold in 75 degree water but that depth zone is overpopulated with predators.  Shad then stay on the surface and move toward the brush line where it is possible to move into the brush when danger threatens.  Adult stripers are forced into deep water because after they mature their body can only withstand 80 degree water for a few minutes. They can attack a shallow shad school, grab a bite to eat, but then must quickly dive to cooler water.  This is synonymous with humans snorkeling. We can dive into deep water while holding our breath but must soon surface to take another breath.
Striper surface activity seen yesterday lasted less than a minute.  In one Padre Bay location, a striper school surfaced many times but only for 30 seconds per trip.  When close to the rising fish, catching was easy.  If we had to run toward the school there was no surface catching.  The simple answer to this dilemma was to use a medium size spoon that could be cast 50 yards to reach surface feeding fish or dropped toward the bottom to chase fish that were diving for cooler water.   One resting school was graphed on the bottom at 55 feet. They responded quickly to spoons. Three fish were caught before the school vacated the spot.
The most effective fishing method for stripers is to use bait while chumming along steep canyon walls.  Not surprisingly, these adult fish are holding at 30 feet which provides a comfortable temperature while they wait for food to descend from above. Productive fishing spots included: Warm Creek Wall, Labyrinth Wall, East side of Padre Bay, Mouth of Padre Canyon, and the west wall between Wetherill and Cornerstone Canyon (fish the lighter grey wall instead of the colorful red wall.)
Walleye:  Prefer cooler water but will come shallow in low light and at night. Use night crawlers on bottom bouncers or added to single tail grubs that can be worked slowly along the bottom.  Walleye are not a schooling fish but they congregate in the same areas. When one is caught by any means, mark the location and return to capture site to target more.   Sometimes a walleye is caught trolling. That catch may mark the spot where many more can be found using many different walleye fishing techniques.
Largemouth bass are brush loving fish and will be in brush despite water temperature.  If an old tumble weed pile is available in deeper, cooler water that is the preferred habitat. Smallmouth bass like rock structure, so they can be anywhere in this lake. With shallow shad being present, the best smallmouth technique now is to use topwater lures at dusk and dawn each day.
Bluegill love the brushy coves with tumbleweeds windrowed at the base of the tamarisk forest at the waters edge. Small worms on small hooks make for a perfect match for the bold attitude of these aggressive panfish.  Kids and bluegill were made for each other.
It’s hot, but fish can still be caught.  Try fishing early in the morning when it’s cool and then use the wakeboards and PWCs for the rest of the day.  Have a great trip to Lake Powell.

Lake Powell Fish Report – August 3, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3617 

Water Temperature: 80 – 86 F

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

walleyecaughttubeLast week the suggested fishing spot was “Go North”.  That is still good advice. This week with surface water temperatures climbing into the mid 80s the suggested “Hot” spot is “Go Deep”.  A walleye report just received indicates the walleye was caught at a depth of 50 feet.  Smallmouth fishing has slowed but these fish are still available at 25 feet and deeper.  Stripers are holding at 30 feet or deeper.  All of the species that prefer water temperatures in the 70s are forced into deeper water to find their comfort zone.

Here is the breakdown by species:

Striped Bass: Stripers love shad.  Shad love warm shallow water that is enriched with plankton. Shad would prefer to hold in 75 degree water but that depth zone is overpopulated with predators.  Shad then stay on the surface and move toward the brush line where it is possible to move into the brush when danger threatens.  Adult stripers are forced into deep water because after they mature their body can only withstand 80 degree water for a few minutes. They can attack a shallow shad school, grab a bite to eat, but then must quickly dive to cooler water.  This is synonymous with humans snorkeling. We can dive into deep water while holding our breath but must soon surface to take another breath.  
Striper surface activity seen yesterday lasted less than a minute.  In one Padre Bay location, a striper school surfaced many times but only for 30 seconds per trip.  When close to the rising fish, catching was easy.  If we had to run toward the school there was no surface catching.  The simple answer to this dilemma was to use a medium size spoon that could be cast 50 yards to reach surface feeding fish or dropped toward the bottom to chase fish that were diving for cooler water.   One resting school was graphed on the bottom at 55 feet. They responded quickly to spoons. Three fish were caught before the school vacated the spot.

fattystbThe most effective fishing method for stripers is to use bait while chumming along steep canyon walls.  Not surprisingly, these adult fish are holding at 30 feet which provides a comfortable temperature while they wait for food to descend from above. Productive fishing spots included: Warm Creek Wall, Labyrinth Wall, East side of Padre Bay, Mouth of Padre Canyon, and the west wall between Wetherill and Cornerstone Canyon (fish the lighter grey wall instead of the colorful red wall.)

Walleye:  Prefer cooler water but will come shallow in low light and at night. Use night crawlers on bottom bouncers or added to single tail grubs that can be worked slowly along the bottom.  Walleye are not a schooling fish but they congregate in the same areas. When one is caught by any means, mark the location and return to capture site to target more.   Sometimes a walleye is caught trolling. That catch may mark the spot where many more can be found using many different walleye fishing techniques. 

Largemouth bass are brush loving fish and will be in brush despite water temperature.  If an old tumble weed pile is available in deeper, cooler water that is the preferred habitat. Smallmouth bass like rock structure, so they can be anywhere in this lake. With shallow shad being present, the best smallmouth technique now is to use topwater lures at dusk and dawn each day. 

Bluegill love the brushy coves with tumbleweeds windrowed at the base of the tamarisk forest at the waters edge. Small worms on small hooks make for a perfect match for the bold attitude of these aggressive panfish.  Kids and bluegill were made for each other. 

It’s hot, but fish can still be caught.  Try fishing early in the morning when it’s cool and then use the wakeboards and PWCs for the rest of the day.  Have a great trip to Lake Powell.

bgl

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 09:05
 

July 26, 2016 - Go North for Topwater

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Lake Powell Fish Report – July 26, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3619
Water Temperature: 79 - 83F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
If planning a fishing trip to Lake Powell the best advice is Go North!  Fishing is awesome, incredible and just about any other exciting expressive term may be used. The best spots are from Bullfrog to Hite.  I will present details later but just wanted to get that out there.
If you are committed to a southern lake trip and it’s too late to switch, you can still catch fish and lots of them. The differentiation between north and south lake fishing is technique.  North is TOPWATER and spoon fishing while southern lake fish are eating bait. So take your pick.
If launching from Wahweap or Antelope Point the best fishing is now found from Padre Bay to Rock Creek and beyond.  The good bait spots close to the marinas are still producing but at a smaller, slower rate than last month.  Now the key to finding a deep striper school is to find a major rock structure that extends out from the middle or at the end of a steep cliff wall.   Stripers suspend at 30-40 feet over a  200 feet or deeper bottom and then periodically search shallower rocky flats or structures to find sunfish and crayfish.
These spots produced big catches recently:
Rock Creek - last steep cliff on the left side near the back of the canyon; 3 coves starting at the restroom cove and then those coves in order on the same side when moving toward the back of the canyon.  Look for the steep walls with a shallow structure nearby.
Last Chance -   Same steep structure with isolated shallow structure.  White Rock slide on the right side about 3 or 4 coves toward the back of the canyon.
Padre Bay  - Shady east side in the morning.  The steep cliff on the east shoreline is interrupted by a large cove in the middle of the cliff wall. On the left of the cove look for a big rockslide that leads down to a slick rock point which is the first hot spot.  In the middle cove is a short canyon, with high walls that I call Secret Canyon, 2nd hot spot. The 3rd hotspot is along the right side of the big cove where a rocky butte protrudes from the cliff wall.  Basically, graph and troll along the east wall until a school is seen and then use bait to catch them.
From Bullfrog north, finding stripers is a lot easier.  Head uplake early and look for striper boils. Boils were found from Good Hope Bay to Trachyte both morning and evening. When boiling, the stripers were happy to hit topwater, shallow runners, spoons etc.
These boils were not nonstop.  There were times when no surface action was seen. When this happens just look at the graph and stop over the first school of fish seen and drop spoons or swim baits.  Catching is actually quicker using spoons in deeper water although boils are the most exciting fishing done in freshwater. Unlimited fish are waiting to be caught in the northern lake by you.
As a bonus you can try for a few walleye from Bullfrog to Good Hope Bay.  One of those tasty fish may have a tag in its back which will allow you to win a prize in the Tagged Walleye contest sponsored by Utah Wildlife Resources.
The HOT (including summer weather and catching) Fishing will continue through August.  Everyone should make at least one more trip to Lake Powell this summer. There are a lot of fish just waiting for you.

Lake Powell Fish Report – July 26, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3619 

Water Temperature: 79 - 86F

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

bjgilliam2If planning a fishing trip to Lake Powell the best advice is Go North!  Fishing is awesome, incredible and just about any other exciting expressive term may be used. The best spots are from Bullfrog to Hite.  I will present details later but just wanted to get that out there.  

If you are committed to a southern lake trip and it’s too late to switch, you can still catch fish and lots of them. The differentiation between north and south lake fishing is technique.  North is TOPWATER and spoon fishing while southern lake fish are eating bait. So take your pick.

If launching from Wahweap or Antelope Point the best fishing is now found from Padre Bay to Rock Creek and beyond. The good bait spots close to the marinas are still producing but at a smaller, slower rate than last month.  Now the key to finding a deep striper school is to find a major rock structure that extends out from the middle or at the end of a steep cliff wall.  The end of a steep cliff wall is a great place to try. Stripers suspend at 30-40 feet over a  200 feet or deeper bottom and then periodically search shallower rocky flats or structures to find sunfish and crayfish.

These southern spots produced big catches recently: 

Rock Creek - last steep cliff on the left side near the back of the canyon; 3 coves starting at the restroom cove and then those coves in order on the same side when moving toward the back of the canyon.  Look for the steep walls with a shallow structure nearby.

Last Chance -   Same steep structure with isolated shallow structure.  White Rock slide on the right side about 3 or 4 coves toward the back of the canyon. 

buoy25bPadre Bay  - Shady east side in the morning.  The long steep cliff on the east shoreline is interrupted by a large cove in the middle of the cliff wall. On the left of the cove look for a big rockslide that leads down to a slick rock point which is the first hot spot.  In the middle cove is a short canyon, with high walls that I call Secret Canyon, 2nd hot spot. The 3rd hotspot is along the right side of the big cove where a rocky butte protrudes from the cliff wall.  Basically, graph and troll along the east wall until a school is seen and then use bait to catch them. 

From Bullfrog north, finding stripers is a lot easier.  Head uplake early and look for striper boils. Boils were found from Good Hope Bay to Trachyte both morning and evening. When boiling, the stripers were happy to hit topwater, shallow runners, spoons etc. 

These boils were not nonstop.  There were times when no surface action was seen. When this happens just look at the graph and stop over the first school of fish seen and drop spoons or swim baits.  Catching is actually quicker using spoons in deeper water although boils are the most exciting fishing done in freshwater. Unlimited fish are waiting to be caught in the northern lake by you.

wgwaeAs a bonus you can try for a few walleye from Bullfrog to Good Hope Bay.  One of those tasty fish may have a tag in its back which will allow you to win a prize in the Tagged Walleye contest sponsored by Utah Wildlife Resources. 
The HOT (including summer weather and catching) Fishing will continue through August.  

Everyone should make at least one more trip to Lake Powell this summer. There are a lot of fish just waiting for you.  You might plan a fall trip as well if you like to catch fish in the scenic wonderland where I live.

 

 

July 19, 2016 - Summertime tips

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Lake Powell Fish Report – July 19, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3620
Water Temperature: 77 - 83F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Stripers have moved out of the main channel and toward the backs of canyons. The move indicates that the shad food source has been well used in open water of the channel and bays. Slurping stripers have been relentless in pursuit of small newly-hatched shad.   Those shad that have survived are seeking a sanctuary in the brush that now lines the shoreline.  Shad have a better chance of avoiding predation if there is some kind of brushy cover available. Shad are clever but stripers are hungry.  Stripers keep searching and moving until more shad are found.
The prime shad striper battleground is now found in short U-shaped coves near the main channel or main bay. Shad move into coves to look for brush while stripers guard the mouth of these coves to prevent shad from escaping. Search for striper surface activity at first light in the morning.  Top water lures are working well when any surface action is seen. Shallow running crankbaits and Kastmaster type spoons work well when cast into active boiling fish.
If surface feeding stripers are going down quickly try to locate the retreating school on the graph. These flighty fish are hungry and will eat a shad-like offering while they are down at 30 feet under the boat.   One sure fire technique is to drop a rattletrap type lure into the deep school and then reel it up through the school as the fish reorganize and get ready for the next surface burst.
Striper boil fishing is best from the San Juan north, but a slurping boil can be seen anywhere.  In the southern lake bait fishing is king. Huge catches are still being reported along main channel walls particularly where these walls meet a rockslide, rock pile or shallow boulder field. Hungry main channel stripers stay deep to stay cool but periodically come shallower (20 feet) to look for crayfish on rocky structure.
Bass fishing is slower in the heat of summer.  Largemouth bass are tucked in the comforting arms of abundant submerged brush. Smallmouth bass have gone deeper than most anglers prefer to fish. It is much better to get the bait down to 30-50 feet now than to fish along the shallow shoreline.
The surprise fish right now is the walleye.  They are still hungry despite the abundant shad spawn.  Walleye are found in the U-shaped canyons where stripers and shad are competing. They are in shallow shoreline habitat where one or two trees attract sunfish. Slow rolling crankbaits, worm-tipped plastic grubs or tubes, and slow trolled bottom bouncers with worm harnesses are all working right now.  More walleye have recently been tagged from Wahweap Bay to Dungeon Canyon in the southern lake.  The greatest numbers of tagged walleye are found near Bullfrog Bay.  Remember the tagged walleye contest is still going on and we are looking forward to awarding our second prize to the next lucky angler to catch a tagged walleye.
There are many coves now that contain tumbleweed piles, tamarisk trees and other brush.  In each of these coves a school of panfish can be found and caught.  Bluegill, and green sunfish are abundant and getting larger than in recent years.  Perhaps the sunfish in the southern lake are increasing in size due to the opportunity to eat quagga mussels. Our food habits investigations have determined that panfish are eating mussels.  These larger sunfish can be caught well on a live worm by a small child.

Lake Powell Fish Report – July 19, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3620 

Water Temperature: 77 - 83F

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

andrewStripers have moved out of the main channel and toward the backs of canyons. The move indicates that the shad food source has been well used in open water of the channel and bays. Slurping stripers have been relentless in pursuit of small newly-hatched shad.   Those shad that have survived are seeking a sanctuary in the brush that now lines the shoreline.  Shad have a better chance of avoiding predation if there is some kind of brushy cover available. Shad are clever but stripers are hungry.  Stripers keep searching and moving until more shad are found.

The prime shad striper battleground is now found in short U-shaped coves near the main channel or main bay. Shad move into coves to look for brush while stripers guard the mouth of these coves to prevent shad from escaping. Search for striper surface activity at first light in the morning.  Top water lures are working well when any surface action is seen. Shallow running crankbaits and Kastmaster type spoons work well when cast into active boiling fish.

stb2hungryIf surface feeding stripers are going down quickly try to locate the retreating school on the graph. These flighty fish are hungry and will eat a shad-like offering while they are down at 30 feet under the boat.   One sure fire technique is to drop a rattletrap type lure into the deep school and then reel it up through the school as the fish reorganize and get ready for the next surface burst. 

Striper boil fishing is best from the San Juan north, but a slurping boil can be seen anywhere.  In the southern lake bait fishing is king. Huge catches are still being reported along main channel walls particularly where these walls meet a rockslide, rock pile or shallow boulder field. Hungry main channel stripers stay deep to stay cool but periodically come shallower (20 feet) to look for crayfish on rocky structure. 

Bass fishing is slower in the heat of summer.  Largemouth bass are tucked in the comforting arms of abundant submerged brush. Smallmouth bass have gone deeper than most anglers prefer to fish. It is much better to get the bait down to 30-50 feet now than to fish along the shallow shoreline.

benedetto3The surprise fish right now is the walleye.  They are still hungry despite the abundant shad spawn.  Walleye are found in the U-shaped canyons where stripers and shad are competing. They are in shallow shoreline habitat where one or two trees attract sunfish. Walleye really like to eat small sunfiush.

Slow rolling spinnerbaits, worm-tipped plastic grubs or tubes, and slow trolled bottom bouncers with worm harnesses are all working right now.  More walleye have recently been tagged from Wahweap Bay to Dungeon Canyon in the southern lake.  The greatest numbers of tagged walleye are found near Bullfrog Bay.  Remember the tagged walleye contest is still going on and we are looking forward to awarding our second prize to the next lucky angler to catch a tagged walleye. 

There are many coves now that contain tumbleweed piles, tamarisk trees and other brush.  In each of these coves a school of panfish can be found and caught.  Bluegill, and green sunfish are abundant and getting larger than in recent years.  Perhaps the sunfish in the southern lake are increasing in size due to the abundant opportunity to eat quagga mussels. Our food habits investigations have determined that panfish are eating mussels.  These larger sunfish can be caught well on a live worm by a small child.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 10:41
 

July 13, 2016 - Tagged Walleye Caught

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Lake Powell Fish Report – July 13, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3621 (Lake has Topped out)
Water Temperature: 77 - 83F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
The big news this week is that the first tagged walleye has been captured in Bullfrog Bay. It is not only possible to catch a walleye in the heat of the summer but also to capture one of the select few fish that have been tagged with red Floy tags. The attached picture shows where to look for the tag when a walleye is caught.  Jared Beckman was awarded a gift card from Sportsmans Warehouse as his prize.
If you would like to enter the contest before the next trip to Lake Powell you may do so at this website.
When a tagged walleye is caught take a picture of the fish and then a closeup of the tag number. Contact me with the tag number at 928 645 2392.  Send a fishing report indicating how and where the fish was caught. You will then receive a prize donated by Sportsmans Warehouse, Fish Tech Outfitters, Stix Market, or Berkley.
Other fish are biting as well. Bait fishing continues to provide lots of stripers for anglers using anchovies along steep canyon walls.  One consistent habitat type is a steep main channel canyon wall that ends in a shallow rocky flat or point.  Stripers hold in the deep water and then move up to shallower rocky areas to search for crayfish. Recent hotspots include Antelope Canyon, Warm Creek Wall, Navajo Canyon and shady east walls in Padre Bay and Last Chance canyon. Look for the same steep walled habitat in the northern lake for fast bait fishing.
From Rock Creek to Hite, stripers are feeding on the surface and easy to find as slurping boils are often seen anytime during the day. Larger stripers have joined smaller fish in chasing small shad to the top. Surface activity is still found in the main channel but surface action is increasing along the shoreline.  We found stripers chasing shad into 2 feet of water on our sampling trip this week.  Shad were trying to find a hiding place in the brush ring that now surrounds the lake. Hopefully, some of those shad will survive to grow to a larger size and provide more forage in the fall.
Bass fishing continues to excel along the rocky shoreline. Plastic grubs, swim baits, spinner baits, and surface lures are working well.  The best topwater fishing is found at dusk and dawn while the best daytime fishing action is at 25 feet with plastic baits fished close to the bottom. A striper school chasing shad into the shallows activates the bass and increases opportunities to catch a wide variety of species. I was surprised to catch a walleye on a rattletrap while fishing the shoreline after surface feeding stripers evacuated the area.
Bluegill and green sunfish are seen much more often and their size is increasing. Look for a canyon or cove with lots of weeds.  Large schools of bluegill can be seen in shallow water hanging out in the newly submerged brush. They can be caught on tiny crappie jigs or on live worms on small hooks.  Bluegill are excellent eating fish and a lot of fun for kids to catch off the back of the boat.
Catfish are a constant visitor to sandy shore areas where houseboats can park on a sandy beach.  Catfish are best caught in the evening on hotdogs or other leftover dinner food. My favorite catfish bait is found in a striper stomach. Just open the stomach cavity of a freshly caught striper and remove the liver. Catfish just cannot get enough striper liver!  Try it.
This has been a great year for catching fish at the lake and it looks like fishing success will only improve as summer wanes.

Lake Powell Fish Report – July 13, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3621 (Lake has Topped out)

Water Temperature: 77 - 83F

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

The big news this week is that the first tagged walleye has been captured in Bullfrog Bay. It is not only possible to catch a walleye in the heat of the summer but also to capture one of the select few fish that have been tagged with red Floy tags. The attached picture shows where to look for the tag when a walleye is caught.  Jared Beckman was awarded a gift card from Sportsmans Warehouse as his prize. 


If you would like to enter the contest before the next trip to Lake Powell you may do so at this website.

  
http://wildlife.utah.gov/lake-powell-tagged-fish-contest.html


When a tagged walleye is caught, take a picture of the fish and then a closeup of the tag number. Contact me with the tag number at 928 645 2392.  Send a fishing report indicating how and where the fish was caught. You will then receive a prize donated by Sportsmans Warehouse, Fish Tech Outfitters, Stix Market, or Berkley. 


Other fish are biting as well. Bait fishing continues to provide lots of stripers for anglers using anchovies along steep canyon walls.  One consistent habitat type is a steep main channel canyon wall that ends in a shallow rocky flat or point.  Stripers hold in the deep water and then move up to shallower rocky areas to search for crayfish. Recent hotspots include Antelope Canyon, Warm Creek Wall, Navajo Canyon and shady east walls in Padre Bay and Last Chance canyon. Look for the same steep walled habitat in the northern lake for fast bait fishing.     

From Rock Creek to Hite, stripers are feeding on the surface and easy to find as slurping boils are often seen anytime during the day. Larger stripers have joined smaller fish in chasing small shad to the top. Surface activity is still found in the main channel but surface action is increasing along the shoreline.  We found stripers chasing shad into 2 feet of water on our sampling trip this week.  Shad were trying to find a hiding place in the brush ring that now surrounds the lake. Hopefully, some of those shad will survive to grow to a larger size and provide more forage in the fall.  

Bass fishing continues to excel along the rocky shoreline. Plastic grubs, swim baits, spinner baits, and surface lures are working well.  The best topwater fishing is found at dusk and dawn while the best daytime fishing action is at 25 feet with plastic baits fished close to the bottom. A striper school chasing shad into the shallows activates the bass and increases opportunities to catch a wide variety of species. I was surprised to catch a walleye on a rattletrap while fishing the shoreline after surface feeding stripers evacuated the area.

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Bluegill and green sunfish are seen much more often and their size is increasing. Look for a canyon or cove with lots of weeds.  Large schools of bluegill can be seen in shallow water hanging out in the newly submerged brush. They can be caught on tiny crappie jigs or on live worms on small hooks.  Bluegill are excellent eating fish and a lot of fun for kids to catch off the back of the boat.    

Catfish are a constant visitor to sandy shore areas where houseboats can park on a sandy beach.  Catfish are best caught in the evening on hotdogs or other leftover dinner food. My favorite catfish bait is found in a striper stomach. Just open the stomach cavity of a freshly caught striper and remove the liver. Catfish just cannot get enough striper liver!  Try it.  

This has been a great year for catching fish at the lake and it looks like fishing success will only improve as summer wanes.

jaredbeckmanJared Beckman

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 09:37
 


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