Fishing was great at Lake Powell last week; at least it was for my son and I. We spent three days on the lake and caught somewhere over a hundred small and large mouth bass and two bluegills. Mostly we caught SMB.
Thursday we fished in Stanton Canyon and across the lake by the Halls houseboats. We had the most success with Yamamoto green pumpkin double hula grubs. We caught a few on chartreuse and two on top water plugs. We hoped to find a walleye with a lucky tag, but didn't catch any walleyes this trip.
Friday and Saturday we fished in Moki Canyon. We caught a lot of fish; mostly on the green pumpkin grubs. The fish weren't shallow. Most of the bites came in about ten to twelve feet of water. A slow retrieve was more effective than a fast one. We did not notice a difference between sun and shade.
We ran onto a pattern in Moki I haven't noticed before. In the left fork, we noticed that the fish finder screen looked like it was covered with flakes of pepper. We were unsure of the type of fish we were seeing. We tried trolling to see if we could happen to find out what we were seeing; turned out it was small mouth bass. There must have been several thousand bass in that bay. I'd never caught SMB trolling before. We also big bunches of fish; like striper schools in the winter. Again it was SMB. We caught them jigging right under the boat in twenty to thirty feet of water. Wayne was right (again). He said to "watch your fish finder and be flexible in how you fish."
I've included a picture of a lizard we saw in Moki Canyon. It reminded me of the trips I'd take with my uncle fifty years ago. At that time, a popular way to fish was to fish salamanders in the cottonwoods. One trip we ran out of salamanders so we caught lizards and fished with them. Yes, you can catch bass on lizards.