Lake Powell Fish Report – July 26, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3619
Water Temperature: 79 - 86F
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. 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.
Padre 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.
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. You might plan a fall trip as well if you like to catch fish in the scenic wonderland where I live.