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Fishing Report

Water temperature:

70-75 F

June 13, 2019

February 11, 2011

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wayne with two fat stripers caught spooning

Today's fishing adventure started off with great expectations. Lucas, the Quagga tech at the top of the ramp, told us a 12-pound striper was caught yesterday near the wakeless zone in front of Wahweap Main ramp. So we started looking there but found only a blank screen on the graph.

We then went to Warm Creek because we hadn't fished that in a couple of weeks and thought the fish would welcome our arrival. But two hours of graphing, stopping and spooning was not rewarded at all. We cut our losses and headed to Lone Rock where most fish have been caught recently.

The southwest corner was fishless. So we started graphing again.  The third hour passed with no fish. Then half way between Lone Rock and the shoreline of Lone Rock canyon we graphed a school. Our activity level was intense. We spooned, chummed, dropped anchor and succeeded in catching two stripers before all that activity drove the school away.  The screen went blank again. Fishing bait was not productive which was very surprising.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 February 2011 13:04

February 5, 2011

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wgmarkThe frigid cold weather has passed.  Lake Powell is back at normal winter air temperature which means that on a calm day with the boat next to a south facing (solar heat gathering) rock, it is very pleasant. No gloves are needed - just a coat and a cooler to hold fish.

Bottom fishing remains good to excellent for hungry adult striped bass.  They are holding near 60 feet in the back of most  canyons.  There will be some migrational movement in late February or early March but for the next 3 weeks these fish will stay where they are and bite when found.

Use the graph to locate the school. Chum early and often to activate the school and keep them going. Use a jig head with a short shank to get the 1 inch chunk of bait down quickly to the bottom. When the school rises off the bottom following a hooked school mate, a slow sinking carolina rigged bait is better.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 February 2011 11:37

January 26, 2011

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wgstbWe returned to Warm Creek to check on striper fishing status. I have been almost shutout for the last two weeks. But today was different. We left earlier and got to the back of the canyon, hovered over the 65 foot depth strata and started looking.  My shutouts had been pitched in the 45 foot deep water further back by the mouth of Crosby while 65 foot had been devoid of fish.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 February 2011 09:17

January 21, 2011

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We returned to Warm Creek and found conditions much the same as last week. Fishing has slowed considerably under the glow of the full moon and the fast fishing of two weeks ago.  We probed into the shallow water near Haystack Rock in Cottonwood Warm Creek. A nice largemouth hit the Bevy Shad on the second cast - but it came off. We saw three stripers on separate occasions slowly following our lures back to the boat but none struck the lure.  After an hour of casting we went toward the back of main Warm Creek to see how the deep stripers were doing.

There were no boats working the 60 foot depth strata, but a cluster of boats back at 45 feet showed us where the fish were.  Ray Young invited us to come over as they caught fish after fish. We got close, dropped an anchor and put spoons into the water. Our added activity slowed down the school. We caught two fish before they quit.

The important news is that fishing is much slower but a few largemouth are still biting.  Striped bass schools are in shallower water and can be started into activity with bait and copious chumming. Spoons still work but the school tends to run unless chum is used to Marty Peterson with winter striperhold them in position. 

Water temperature is 47-49 degrees which is the normal low point of the year.  The good news is that the lake is calm making an afternoon trip on the lake an enjoyable experience. 


January 18, 2011 - Fish Report

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jason with winter largemouth bassStriper fishing success has changed dramatically since our last report. Fish holding at 60 feet impatiently waiting for the next boat of anglers to arrive have now moved into shallower water.  That would usually make them easier to find but in this case they have moved into very shallow water not normally inhabited in the winter. 

Look for striped bass at the extreme shallow end of brushy canyons and coves where sunfish and crayfish may be found hiding in the trees.  Shad are now in very short supply or at least separated from striped bass schools. In the absence of shad, stripers are searching for any food available. They have gone shallow in that quest instead of into deeper water.

The next migrational move will be toward the deep main channel. But for this week look in the backs of canyons for slowly moving 2-3 pound adult stripers.

The bonus feature of this move is that largemouth bass are holding in the same locations. Use jerk baits like a Pointer or X-rap. Toss it near shore where submerged tree branches can be seen sticking out of the water. Make sure to use a pause and go retrieve in the cold water. That gives cold fish a chance to make a decision to bite while the bait is suspended motionless near them.

Expect another change in pattern as the full moon wanes.  Hopefully stripers will return to the 60 foot winter holding spots where they are easy to locate and catch. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 08:16
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