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July 4, 2018 - Come Join the Crowd

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Lake Powell Fish Report – July 4,  2018
Lake Elevation:  3609
Water temperature:  75 - 83 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Lake Powell is BUSY on the 4th of July week.  There are lots of visitors lakewide enjoying the sun and warm water. Houseboats, fast running boats, kayaks, wake boats, and all other watercraft are on the lake now. When heading to Lake Powell for vacation it is wise to bring along a fishing rod to broaden the whole lake experience.  Fisherman need to get up early and then stay up late to catch fish.
Early morning is the best time to catch fish.  Rig up with a surface lure and toss that lure toward shore to attract smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and stripers.  Bass will be near stickups or rocky cover. Stripers will be slurping anywhere from the mid channel in most long canyons to open water in the main channel.  All these fish are very cooperative from the time the sky lightens in the east until the sun hits the water.  The best lures for slurpers are small narrow topwater lures, small white jigs or swim baits, and Kastmaster type spoons.
As the sun comes up, so do the skiers, wake boarders and surfers.  The lake gets busy and rough so be selective in choosing your fishing location.   Run to the end of the long canyons like the Escalante, San Juan, Navajo, or near Hite. Or join in with those that are celebrating their time on the water with swimming or water toys.
In busy areas it is still possible to find a deep canyon or cove and fish with bait for stripers. Schools are moving along the canyon walls and can be found with a little effort.  There were recent reports of striper schools at the mouth of the San Juan, the main channel in the Escalante Arm and at the mouth of Moki Canyon.
Big walleye have been caught recently while trolling with deep diving Fat Free shad lures.  Down rigger trolling is another way to get the lure down to the cooler temperature zone where most fish hangout while waiting to head back to the warm surface water to chase some more small shad.  During the day, fish move quickly from cooler, deeper water to the surface and then they go deep again in short order.  This up and down activity really makes fish fight well during the hot days of summer.
Catfish are actively spawning in the backs of many canyons.  When in spawning mode catfish are very active and catchable.  Head to the back of the canyon where water is less than 25 feet deep.  Use hot dog rounds, shrimp, worms or 3 inch artificial Gulp minnows.  Begin fishing for catfish at dusk and continue into the night.  Circle hooks are great hooks for catching catfish.  It is possible to catch catfish with just a rod propped up in a rod holder with a bell on the tip to announce when a catfish come calling. But I prefer to hold the rod in my hand to feel the first bite and then set the hook when the cat comes back for the second look. You will catch more catfish if you hold the rod instead of propping it up.

Lake Powell Fish Report – July 4,  2018

Lake Elevation:  3609

Water temperature:  75 - 83 F

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

Lake Powell is BUSY during the 4th of July week.  There are lots of visitors lakewide enjoying the sun and warm water. Houseboats, fast running boats, kayaks, wake boats, and all other watercraft are on the lake now. When heading to Lake Powell for vacation it is wise to bring along a fishing rod to broaden the whole lake experience.  Fisherman need to get up early and then stay up late to catch fish. 

Early morning is the best time to catch fish.  Rig up with a surface lure and toss that lure toward shore to attract smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and stripers.  Bass will be near stickups or rocky cover. Stripers will be slurping anywhere from the mid channel in most long canyons to open water in the main channel.  All these fish are very cooperative from the time the sky lightens in the east until the sun hits the water.  The best lures for slurpers are small narrow topwater lures, small white jigs or swim baits, and Kastmaster type spoons.  

As the sun comes up, so do the skiers, wake boarders and surfers.  The lake gets busy and rough so be selective in choosing your fishing location.   Run to the end of the long canyons like the Escalante, San Juan, Navajo, or near Hite. Or join in with those that are celebrating their time on the water with swimming or water toys.

In busy areas it is still possible to find a deep canyon or cove and fish with bait for stripers. Schools are moving along the canyon walls and can be found with a little effort.  There were recent reports of striper schools at the mouth of the San Juan, the main channel in the Escalante Arm and at the mouth of Moki Canyon.

Big walleye have been caught recently while trolling with deep diving Fat Free shad lures.  Down rigger trolling is another way to get the lure down to the cooler temperature zone where most fish hangout while waiting to head back to the warm surface water to chase some more small shad.  During the day, fish move quickly from cooler, deeper water to the surface and then they go deep again in short order.  This up and down activity really makes fish fight well during the hotamymcbeth days of summer.

Catfish are actively spawning in the backs of many canyons.  When in spawning mode catfish are very active and catchable.  Head to the back of the canyon where water is less than 25 feet deep.  Use hot dog rounds, shrimp, worms or 3 inch artificial Gulp minnows.  Begin fishing for catfish at dusk and continue into the night.  Circle hooks are great hooks for catching catfish.  It is possible to catch catfish with just a rod propped up in a rod holder with a bell on the tip to announce when a catfish comes calling. But I prefer to hold the rod in my hand to feel the first bite and then set the hook when the cat comes back for the second look. You will catch more catfish if you hold the rod instead of propping it up.

 

Amy McBeth with Walleye from Navajo Canyon

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 10:45
 

June 27, 2018 - Chasing Slurps

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Lake Powell Fish Report – June 27, 2018
Lake Elevation:  3610
Water temperature:  75 - 80 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Slurping stripers were visible all over the lake on our weekly trip.  Average size of slurping stripers was 14 inches but they range from 8 to 18 inches.  Water was warm (78-80 F) on top which means that adult stripers cannot come to the top and spend much time without suffering severe stress due to warm water. Young stripers see a larval shad school near the surface, form a scavenging line and attack the small shad.  Since these shad cannot swim fast, stripers eat as many shad as possible in 15 seconds and then go back down to 30 feet.  That makes it hard to see the striper school and then get in range to make a cast while they are still on the surface.  Normally the striper school goes down and then quickly pops back up on the next shad school.  If they surface near your boat then a quick cast will possibly catch a fish. If stripers are out of casting range then the boat has to be moved quickly to get in range.  The action is exciting but catch rate is low.
Lures that worked well included a small white clouser minnow fly attached behind a bubble filled with water and a small skinny surface lure (Ima Skimmer) and a Kastmaster spoon.  It is necessary to throw long casts to the quickly moving striper school. That is not easy with a small lightweight lure with limited casting range.
The cast must land in front of the lead striper. If it lands in the middle of the school they often spook, jump and then go deep.  It is better to throw well in front of the school and let it rest until the school gets in range.  Then start working the lure, bringing it right in front of the slurping fish.  When all this happens a fish is caught.  When any of the other possibilities occur; casting too short; casting behind the school; or not casting soon enough, the school will sound and you will have to wait for the next school to surface.  When one school goes down, just look around to see more schools surfacing in the vicinity.  Also look at the graph to see if the fleeing school goes under the boat.  If so, deploy a spoon to the depth indicated on the graph to catch more fish.
Slurps were recently seen from Warm Creek to Rock Creek in the main channel and midway back in many canyons; from Bullfrog to Trachyte; and in the Escalante and San Juan Arms.  Slurps are lakewide but the intensity and catch rate is greater further north.
Bait fishing for larger stripers is still working particularly along the main channel and in many canyons.  It takes a few tries to find fish and it is more likely to find fish in spots that are not reported that often.  Recent reports have come from the mouth of San Juan and Lake Canyon where big catches of stripers were found.
Trolling for walleye in the shade of the canyon walls early in the morning is working. Lures that have been effective include; Live Target threadfin shad (Copper color), Lucky Craft 78 or 100 XD pointers in chartreuse shad.  The shady walls between Piute and Deep Canyon in the San Juan are a good place to try but any similar landscape may work lakewide.
Smallmouth bass are hitting surface lures at first light in the morning.  Then they go deeper so fish at 20-40 feet to catch bass during the daytime.
Bluegill are still spawning and the circular nests can be seen in 3 feet of water near the shoreline or any large rocky area.  Use a tiny jig head with a piece of live worm attached to catch these brightly colored fish.
Catfish are active from sundown and into the night. Use table scraps, worms or anchovies on the sandy beach behind the houseboat. It’s a great activity to keep the kids interested as it cools down after a hot day at the lake.

Lake Powell Fish Report – June 27, 2018

Lake Elevation:  3610

Water temperature:  75 - 80 F

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

Slurping stripers were visible all over the lake on our weekly trip.  Average size of slurping stripers was 14 inches but they range from 8 to 18 inches.  Water was warm (78-80 F) on top which means that adult stripers cannot come to the top and spend much time without suffering severe stress due to warm water. Young stripers see a larval shad school near the surface, form a scavenging line and attack the small shad.  Since these shad cannot swim fast, stripers eat as many shad as possible in 15 seconds and then go back down to 30 feet.  That makes it hard to see the striper school and then get in range to make a cast while they are still on the surface.  Normally the striper school goes down and then quickly pops back up on the next shad school.  If they surface near your boat then a quick cast will possibly catch a fish. If stripers are out of casting range then the boat has to be moved quickly to get in range.  The action is exciting but catch rate is low. 

Lures that worked well included a small white clouser minnow fly attached behind a bubble filled with water and a small skinny surface lure (Ima Skimmer) and a Kastmaster spoon.  It is necessary to throw long casts to the quickly moving striper school. That is not easy with a small lightweight lure with limited casting range. 

The cast must land in front of the lead striper. If it lands in the middle of the school they often spook, jump and then go deep.  It is better to throw well in front of the school and let the lure rest until the school gets in range.  Then start working the lure, bringing it right in front of the slurping fish.  When all this happens a fish is caught.  When any of the other possibilities occur; casting too short; casting behind the school; or not casting soon enough, the school will sound and you will have to wait for the next school to surface.  When one school goes down, just look around to see more schools surfacing in the vicinity.  Also look at the graph to see if the fleeing school goes under the boat.  If so, deploy a spoon to the depth indicated on the graph to catch more fish.  

Slurps were recently seen from Warm Creek to Rock Creek in the main channel and midway back in many canyons; from Bullfrog to Trachyte; and in the Escalante and San Juan Arms.  Slurps are lakewide but the intensity and catch rate is greater further north.

Bait fishing for larger stripers is still working, particularly along the main channel and in many canyons.  It takes a few tries to find fish and it is more likely to find fish in spots that are not reported that often.  Recent reports have come from the mouth of San Juan and Lake Canyon where big catches of stripers were found.

Trolling for walleye in the shade of the canyon walls early in the morning is working. Lures that have been effective include; Live Target threadfin shad (Copper color), Lucky Craft 78 or 100 XD pointers in chartreuse shad.  The shady walls between Piute and Deep Canyon in the San Juan are a good place to try but any similar landscape may work lakewide. 

Smallmouth bass are hitting surface lures at first light in the morning.  Then they go deeper so fish at 20-40 feet to catch bass during the daytime.  

Bluegill are still spawning and the circular nests can be seen in 3 feet of water near the shoreline or any large rocky area.  Use a tiny jig head with a piece of live worm attached to catch these brightly colored fish.

Catfish are active from sundown and into the night. Use table scraps, worms or anchovies on the sandy beach behind the houseboat. It’s a great activity to keep the kids interested as it cools down after a hot day at the lake.

 

June 20, 2013 - Beware of Buzzards when fishing

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Lake Powell Fish Report – June 20, 2018
Lake Elevation:  3611
Water temperature:  73 - 76 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
My weekly fishing trip began in perfect fashion.  We stopped at Padre Butte and trolled with great hope of catching a walleye.  The lures were deployed and we trolled for 50 yards before both rods jerked and loaded hungry fish.  My partner caught a smallmouth bass but my fish was a 14-inch walleye. This seemed like the perfect start to a perfect day.  However, within a few minutes the wind picked up and conditions changed.
Our plan was to chase slurping stripers from Padre Bay to Rock Creek.  We saw lots of stripers slurping shad near the surface but they were up quickly and usually gone before we could get in range to make a decent cast.  Surprisingly, the slurp that stayed up the longest was in the main channel on the return trip where boat wakes were stirring up the water into 2 foot waves.  This school of stripers stayed up long enough to make a decent cast and catch some fish.  Reports from Bullfrog were identical with quick slurps and no fish caught.  Striper slurps are still going strong but in calm water it is much easier to see the surface disturbance, approach quickly and make a good cast. This will continue until the rapidly growing larval shad are big enough to swim fast which causes the stripers to boil as they round up the shad school and then attack.  That will happen in July and August.
As we gathered fish reports at the end of the day it was obvious that anglers using bait for stripers along the canyon walls all caught more and larger stripers than we did. Average catch for anglers using bait was 10 - 20 stripers. Good bait fishing was found in Antelope, Navajo, Labyrinth Wall, and Rock Creek. In the northern lake Moki Wall and the cove just upstream from the mouth of Moki were good bait spots. Night fishing under green lights in Bullfrog Bay is the best way to catch large numbers of stripers.
Another hot ticket in the northern lake is to chase slurps in Red Canyon and the Good Hope Bay area. There are more stripers, more shad and more fish caught there. If I had a day to fish up north, I would go to Good Hope Bay.
The best is saved for last.  Smallmouth bass are the best fish to target and catch right now.  They really like topwater lures at first light in the morning (lakewide). After the sun comes up, switch to plastic shad-shaped worms on a drop shot rig. Fish those rigs from 10-15 feet early and switch to 17-22 feet later in the day.  The best habitat is submerged ledges, scattered boulder-sized rocks and even muddy points where crayfish gather. Smallmouth bass will hit plastic baits all day long. Bass caught this week ranged from small to 3.5 pounds. Kids fishing for this first time will be able to catch both bass and stripers by following the directions given here.
Walleye are still caught trolling and casting early and late and under muddy colored water durng the day.  Bluegill and green sunfish are still holding at nest sites where a few stick ups or tumbleweeds are submerged. Channel catfish are spawning and active both day and night in the backs of the canyons from 10-29 feet on a sandy bottom.
In conclusion, I suggest to those exploring the lake that canyons that have buzzards in them are not a good place to fish. In fact, I am quite sure that the two buzzards we saw in the back of Rock Creek spoiled our fishing trip.  It seemed fine when they were perched on the rocks just looking at us, but when they turned their backs and spread their wings and maintained that posture the whole time that we fished in the canyon that our fishing trip was spoiled for the rest of the day.  Just a word of caution: DO NOT fish near buzzards with outstretched wings.

Lake Powell Fish Report – June 20, 2018

Lake Elevation:  3611

Water temperature:  73 - 76 F

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

My weekly fishing trip began in perfect fashion.  We stopped at Padre Butte and trolled with great hope of catching a walleye.  The lures were deployed and we trolled for 50 yards before both rods jerked and loaded hungry fish.  My partner caught a smallmouth bass but my fish was a 14-inch walleye. This seemed like the perfect start to a perfect day.  However, within a few minutes the wind picked up and conditions changed.

Our plan was to chase slurping stripers from Padre Bay to Rock Creek.  We saw lots of stripers slurping shad near the surface but they were up quickly and usually gone before we could get in range to make a decent cast.  Surprisingly, the slurp that stayed up the longest was in the main channel on the return trip where boat wakes were stirring up the water into 2 foot waves.  This school of stripers stayed up long enough to make a decent cast and catch some fish.  Reports from Bullfrog were identical with quick slurps and no fish caught.  Striper slurps are still going strong but in calm water it is much easier to see the surface disturbance, approach quickly and make a good cast. This will continue until the rapidly growing larval shad are big enough to swim fast which causes the stripers to boil as they round up the shad school and then attack.  That will happen in July and August.

As we gathered fish reports at the end of the day it was obvious that anglers using bait for stripers along the canyon walls all caught more and larger stripers than we did. Average catch for anglers using bait was 10 - 20 stripers. Good bait fishing was found in Antelope, Navajo, Labyrinth Wall, and Rock Creek. In the northern lake Moki Wall and the cove just upstream from the mouth of Moki were good bait spots. Night fishing under green lights in Bullfrog Bay is the best way to catch large numbers of stripers. 

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Another hot ticket in the northern lake is to chase slurps in Red Canyon and the Good Hope Bay area. There are more stripers, more shad and more fish caught there. If I had a day to fish up north, I would go to Good Hope Bay.  

The best is saved for last.  Smallmouth bass are the best fish to target and catch right now.  They really like topwater lures at first light in the morning (lakewide). After the sun comes up, switch to plastic shad-shaped worms on a drop shot rig. Fish those rigs from 10-15 feet early and switch to 17-22 feet later in the day.  The best habitat is submerged ledges, scattered boulder-sized rocks and even muddy points where crayfish gather. Smallmouth bass will hit plastic baits all day long. Bass caught this week ranged from small to 3.5 pounds. Kids fishing for this first time will be able to catch both bass and stripers by following the directions given here.

Walleye are still caught trolling and casting early and late and under muddy colored water during the day.  Bluegill and green sunfish are still holding at nest sites where a few stick ups or tumbleweeds are submerged. Channel catfish are spawning and active both day and night in the backs of the canyons from 10-20 feet on a sandy bottom. 

In conclusion, I suggest to those exploring the lake that canyons that have buzzards in them are not a good place to fish. In fact, I am quite sure that the two buzzards we saw in the back of Rock Creek spoiled our fishing trip.  It seemed fine when they were perched on the rocks just looking at us, but when they turned their backs and spread their wings and maintained that posture the whole time that we fished in the canyon that our fishing trip was spoiled for the rest of the day.  Just a word of caution: DO NOT fish near buzzards with outstretched wings.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:35
 

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
 


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