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April 22, 2015 - Smallmouth Bass Best!

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Lake Powell Fish Report – April 22, 2015                                                                                                                Lake Elevation: 3590.5                                                                                                                                                             Water Temperature 59 - 65F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
Weather in the southwest continues to be mild. At Lake Powell nights are cool and days warm enough to make fishing and boating on the lake refreshing. The mild weather lasts until May when temperatures are turned up a notch.  That warming will bring another bass spawn and the beginning of runoff and rising lake levels.
Current conditions include excellent fishing success for smallmouth bass lakewide.  Largemouth and crappie are the next most likely fish to catch.  When May warms up walleye may take over second place, at least in the northern lake. Here is a breakdown of fishing success from last week.
Northern Lake (Trachyte to Good Hope Bay)
Fishing success moves up and down with the degrees on the thermometer. It is better in the afternoon when warm and more challenging following a cool night or windy day. Striper schools are continually moving but can be caught in large numbers when a school is located by graphing or trolling. The most recent positive report came from trolling the main channel between Castle Butte and the Horn with deep Thundersticks and Umbrella rigs adorned with 6-inch paddle tail swim baits.
Walleye were caught trolling bottom bouncers with night crawlers and casting Wally Divers across shallow flats (15 ft) near Castle Butte.  Bass fishing was best near broken rock structure on a 45 degree slope.  Bass were found from shore out as far as 20 feet.
Bullfrog to Escalante
Bass fishing is best along the shoreline. Use plastics for best success.  Single tail, double tail, senkos, shad shaped worms, and other plastic baits all work well. The secret is to use the technique that instills personal confidence rather than trying the technique that worked well for someone else. Go with your favorite lure and technique right now and fish will be caught. For best results use green colored plastic.
Crappie are showing up in the Escalante canyons with brush piles on the bottom. Stick up brush is hard to find so search for the submerged cover for best results.
Walleye will be caught in bigger numbers during May but expect to catch one or two per trip this week.
Southern Lake (Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge)
Bass lead the way but do it better in the warming afternoons.  Fish broken rock along the shore and over submerged rock piles in open water.  Plastic lures are best with green colors most preferred. Walleye are showing up but not yet in large numbers.
Stripers can be found trolling where bottom depth is 25 feet. Yesterday we were able to mark schools in the back of the Rock Creek canyons and catch stripers on each pass over the school location.  Surprisingly, the fish caught early in the day were small yearlings that were in open water eating plankton.  After the water warmed in mid morning, larger stripers were caught where the yearlings had been located. The bigger mature fish were not found. It is expected that they are off feed while waiting for spawning temperatures to arrive.  It may be difficult fishing for mature stripers during the next month. Bait fishing may produce a few stripers throughout the lake.
San Juan is perhaps the best location on the lake this week for all fish. Bass fishing is phenomenal.  Water is clear all the way around the Great Bend.   Crappie are showing up in the San Juan better than in other lake locations.
The first two weeks of May will probably be the best fishing for the spring season.  Hope you can make it!

Lake Powell Fish Report – April 22, 2015                                                                                                                

Lake Elevation: 3590.5

Water Temperature 59 - 65F

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

smbrecordWeather in the southwest continues to be mild. At Lake Powell nights are cool and days warm enough to make fishing and boating on the lake refreshing. The mild weather lasts until May when temperatures are turned up a notch.  That warming will bring another bass spawn and the beginning of runoff and rising lake levels.

Current conditions include excellent fishing success for smallmouth bass lakewide.  Largemouth and crappie are the next most likely fish to catch.  When May warms up walleye may take over second place, at least in the northern lake. Here is a breakdown of fishing success from last week.    

Northern Lake (Trachyte to Good Hope Bay)

Fishing success moves up and down with the degrees on the thermometer. It is better in the afternoon when warm and more challenging following a cool night or windy day. Striper schools are continually moving but can be caught in large numbers when a school is located by graphing or trolling. The most recent positive report came from trolling the main channel between Castle Butte and the Horn with deep Thundersticks and Umbrella rigs adorned with 6-inch paddle tail swim baits. 

Walleye were caught trolling bottom bouncers with night crawlers and casting Wally Divers across shallow flats (15 ft) near Castle Butte.  Bass fishing was best near broken rock structure on a 45 degree slope.  Bass were found from shore out as far as 20 feet.  

Bullfrog to Escalante 

Bass fishing is best along the shoreline. Use plastics for best success.  Single tail, double tail, senkos, shad shaped worms, and other plastic baits all work well. The secret is to use the technique that instills personal confidence rather than trying the technique that worked well for someone else. Go with your favorite lure and technique right now and fish will be caught. For best results use green colored plastic.

Crappie are showing up in the Escalante canyons with brush piles on the bottom. Stick up brush is hard to find so search for the submerged cover for best results. 

Walleye will be caught in bigger numbers during May but expect to catch one or two per trip this week. 

Southern Lake (Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge)

Bass lead the way but do it better in the warming afternoons.  Fish broken rock along the shore and over submerged rock piles in open water.  Plastic lures are best with green colors most preferred. Walleye are showing up but not yet in large numbers. 

andrewtiptonStripers can be found trolling where bottom depth is 25 feet. Yesterday we were able to mark schools in the back of the Rock Creek canyons and catch stripers on each pass over the school location.  Surprisingly, the fish caught early in the day were small yearlings that were in open water eating plankton.  After the water warmed in mid morning, larger stripers were caught where the yearlings had been located. The bigger mature fish were not found. It is expected that they are off feed while waiting for spawning temperatures to arrive.  It may be difficult fishing for mature stripers during the next month. Bait fishing may produce a few stripers throughout the lake.

San Juan is perhaps the best location on the lake this week for all fish. Bass fishing is phenomenal.  Water is clear all the way around the Great Bend.   Crappie are showing up in the San Juan better than in other lake locations.   

The first two weeks of May will probably be the best fishing for the spring season.  Hope you can make it!

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:07
 

April 14, 2015 - Bass Fishing is Best

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Lake Powell Fish Report – April 14, 2015                                                                                                                Lake Elevation: 3591                                                                                                                                                              Water Temperature 56 - 62 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
The fishing reports from the weekend were the best reports of this year by far.   Virtually all that went fishing caught fish.  Some found phenomenal fishing success.
Bass anglers led the way.  Reports of 50 bass per trip were common.  Bass were caught equally well on plastic baits fished along the bottom or with crankbaits cast to shore and retrieved in shallow water.  Afternoon fishing in warmer water was much better than morning fishing but both were worthwhile.  It is not necessary to wait until noon to catch bass as it was a month ago.
Searching the shoreline in Rock Creek and Padre Bay for bedding bass nests was not productive. There were a few nests seen and some reported but the majority of bass have not reoccupied the nests for the magical second spawn.  That means good bass fishing is still to come. The most likely spawning period is from April 19th to April 24th following the cold front moving in tomorrow.
Stripers are still being caught by trolling to find the school and casting to catch more fish.  Stripers are relatively shallow and really like to hold over shallow water humps near deep water.  Shad are hiding in shallow water while stripers are at the mouth of the cove making sure no shad try to escape from the box canyon.  Small shad lures trolled over those striper humps (10-25 feet) activate the striper school.  Trailing stripers are still being caught by casting shad imitating lures in the area where a striper was caught trolling.  However striper fishing in the southern lake is less successful than it was in March and early April. We retraced our steps used to write the last fish report and found striper numbers only half as great as were caught the previous week.  Searching in the coves near Buoy 25 produced no stripers.  My guess is that fishing pressure caused many of the sun bathing stripers to move on.  They will not go far.  I expect them to be found within a few miles of Buoy 25 in the next week.  If you find them let us know!
Further uplake striper schools were larger and acting in a more normal manner.  That means large schools of stripers can be detected on the graph while trolling.   If they are too deep for the shallow trolled lures they can be marked and then caught with spoons as the boat returns to the school. A striper school was reported to be holding at the mouth of Bullfrog Bay near Buoy 94.  These fish were eager to strike a trolled silver and blue Thunderstick Jr.  When the fish were seen under the boat they could be spooned off the bottom at a depth of 25 feet.  Stripers were being caught at the mouth of Red Canyon trolling, spooning and casting.
Walleye were showing up well in Good Hope Bay.  They could be caught trolling and jigging on shallow flats (15 feet) out in open water. Find a submerged flat and bounce a trolled lure off the bottom to excite walleye holding on the shallow terrain.
The mud line created by runoff from the Colorado River is upstream from Red Canyon. Stained water starts at Buoy 118 and increases near the mouth of Ticaboo.
A few crappie are being caught in the backs of canyons from Good Hope to Trachyte.  It is necessary to go all the way to the back of a canyon to find clearer water not impacted by silt from runoff in the main channel.  Crappie are also being reported in the San Juan and Escalante arms of the lake.
The brief cool down will delay the catch of all species midweek but the bite will warm back up again by the weekend.

Lake Powell Fish Report – April 14, 2015                                                                                                                Lake Elevation: 3591                                                                                                                                                              Water Temperature 56 - 62 F

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

dungeebass1The fishing reports from the weekend were the best reports of this year by far.   Virtually all that went fishing caught fish. Some found phenomenal fishing success.   

Bass anglers led the way.  Reports of 50 bass (45 smallmouth and 5 largemouth) per trip were common lakewide.  Bass were caught equally well on plastic baits fished along the bottom or with crankbaits cast to shore and retrieved in shallow water.  Afternoon fishing in warmer water was much better than morning fishing but both were worthwhile.  It is not necessary to wait until noon to catch bass as it was a month ago. 

Searching the shoreline in Rock Creek and Padre Bay for bedding bass nests was not productive. There were a few nests seen and some reported but the majority of bass have not reoccupied the nests for the magical second spawn. That means good bass fishing is still to come. The most likely spawning period is from April 19th to April 24th following the cold front moving in tomorrow. 

Stripers are still being caught by trolling to find the school and casting to catch more fish.  Stripers are relatively shallow and really like to hold over shallow water humps near deep water.  Shad are hiding in shallow water while stripers are at the mouth of the cove making sure no shad try to escape from the box canyon.  Small shad lures trolled over those striper humps (10-25 feet) activate the striper school.  Trailing stripers are still being caught by casting shad imitating lures in the area where a striper was caught trolling.  However striper fishing in the southern lake is less successful than it was in March and early April. We retraced our steps used to write the last fish report and found striper numbers only half as great as were caught the previous week.  Searching in the coves near Buoy 25 produced no stripers.  My guess is that fishing pressure caused many of the sun bathing stripers to move on.  They will not go far.  I expect them to be found within a few miles of Buoy 25 in the next week.  If you find them let us know!     

Further uplake striper schools were larger and acting in a more normal manner.  That means large schools of stripers can be detected on the graph while trolling.   If they are too deep for the shallow trolled lures they can be marked and then caught with spoons as the boat returns to hover over the school. A striper school was reported to be holding at the mouth of Bullfrog Bay near Buoy 94.  These fish were eager to strike a trolled silver and blue Thunderstick Jr.  When the fish were seen under the boat they could be spooned off the bottom at a depth of 25 feet.  Stripers were being caught at the mouth of Red Canyon trolling, spooning and casting.

duboysbigwaeWalleye were showing up well in Good Hope Bay.  They could be caught trolling and jigging on shallow flats (15 feet) out in open water. Find a submerged flat and bounce a trolled lure along the bottom to excite walleye holding on the shallow terrain.  

The mud line created by runoff from the Colorado River is upstream from Red Canyon. Stained water starts at Buoy 118 and increases near the mouth of Ticaboo. 

A few crappie are being caught in the backs of canyons from Good Hope to Trachyte.  It is necessary to go all the way to the back of a canyon to find clearer water not impacted by silt from runoff in the main channel.  Crappie are also being reported in the San Juan and Escalante arms of the lake.  

The brief cool down will delay the catch of all species midweek but the bite will warm back up again by the weekend.

 

April 7, 2015 - Catching Nibblers

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Lake Powell Fish Report – April 7, 2015                                                                                                                Lake Elevation: 3590.9                                                                                                                                                              Water Temperature 56 - 62 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
The unseasonably warm water experienced during the past week has now turned seasonably cooler.  The cold front chased bass off their nests, sent stripers deeper and slowed fishing success temporarily.  But it reality that makes this a normal April with the various changes that occur every Spring.  Now it is easy to predict what will happen next by looking at the temperature and weather forecast. Plan the fishing trip for 3-5 day warming periods and avoid cold fronts if possible.
Both large and smallmouth bass made nests and some spawning probably occurred. But as water cools bass leave the beds and wait for the next warming period when the nests can then be freshened up and more eggs laid. During a normal spring male bass will guard 4-6 different batches of eggs and fry.
Weather is predicted to warm up this weekend. Expect bass to return to shallow rocky structure when surface water temperature exceeds 62F in the morning period.  The next spawn will include many more fish than the few that made nests during the first week of April. Bass fishing success will also increase. One major change is that bass fishing success will be much better in clear water.  Bass can now be caught on virtually all rocky habitat over the length of the lake.
Walleye will get more active with the next water warm up.  The key to catching walleye is to fish low light periods in morning and evenings with slowly worked plastic baits that creep along the bottom in 12-25 feet of water. Another friend of walleye anglers is wind and wave action that ruffles the water surface and reduces visibility allowing walleye to see bait and lures more clearly through their light sensitive eyes. Walleye numbers are much higher from Bullfrog to the Colorado River inlet near Trachyte Canyon.  Runoff water makes the water murky which also enhances walleye success.
Striped bass moved from shallow warm water back to deep water with the recent cooling period. In the past few days the best success for larger stripers was found by those trolling deep diving lures in the 20-45 foot strata. Adult and juvenile stripers are divided by size.  Smaller fish are near the surface where plankton is found. Young stripers can feed on these random open water congregations of tiny microscopic animals and maintain good condition by the food obtained. But all stripers are habitually required by nature to consume any fish or lure that invades their personal space.  A shallow running lure that zips through the feeding school will be whacked. While trolling lipless vibrators recently we often feel many little ticks before hooking a striper.  My guess is that the trolled lure runs through a school of plankton eating stripers that just nibble at the lure before one finally opens its mouth enough to take the hook. When nibblers are contacted mark the spot and return to cast lures to the location for a quick catch of stripers.
It was recently reported that stripers were seen in the famous Buoy 25 coves that were so good two years ago. We investigated and found that to be true.  Many nibblers were found with respectable numbers caught while trolling LVs. The clear water makes it easy for stripers to just go deep to avoid boat traffic trolling overhead.  I have predicted that bait fishing will be slow this spring but this spot may be the perfect place to find lots of success using anchovies.  Striper numbers are large and the friendly deep water with shallow benches tend to hold stripers that come up to eat plankton and dive to avoid trouble.  It would be worthwhile to try bait at Buoy 25 just like the good old days.

 Lake Powell Fish Report – April 7, 2015                                                                                                                          Lake Elevation: 3590.9                                                                                                                                                            Water Temperature 56 - 62 F

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

wglmb09The unseasonably warm water experienced during the past week has now turned seasonably cooler.  The cold front chased bass off their nests, sent stripers deeper and slowed fishing success temporarily.  But it reality that makes this a normal April with the various changes that occur every Spring.  Now it is easy to predict what will happen next by looking at the temperature and weather forecast. Plan the fishing trip for 3-5 day warming periods and avoid cold fronts if possible.   

Both large and smallmouth bass made nests and some spawning probably occurred. But as water cools bass leave the beds and wait for the next warming period when the nests can then be freshened up and more eggs laid. During a normal spring male bass will guard 4-6 different batches of eggs and fry.   

Weather is predicted to warm up this weekend. Expect bass to return to shallow rocky structure when surface water temperature exceeds 62F in the morning period.  The next spawn will include many more fish than the few that made nests during the first week of April. Bass fishing success will also increase. One major change is that bass fishing success will be much better in clear water.  Bass can now be caught on virtually all rocky habitat over the length of the lake. 

gauneyeWalleye will get more active with the next water warm up.  The key to catching walleye is to fish low light periods in morning and evenings with slowly worked plastic baits that creep along the bottom in 12-25 feet of water. Another friend of walleye anglers is wind and wave action that ruffles the water surface and reduces visibility allowing walleye to see bait and lures more clearly through their light sensitive eyes. Walleye numbers are much higher from Bullfrog to the Colorado River inlet near Trachyte Canyon.  Runoff water makes the water murky which also enhances walleye success.

Striped bass moved from shallow warm water back to deep water with the recent cooling period. In the past few days the best success for larger stripers was found by those trolling deep diving lures in the 20-45 foot strata. Adult and juvenile stripers are divided by size.  Smaller fish are near the surface where plankton is found. Young stripers can feed on these random open water congregations of tiny microscopic animals and maintain good condition by the food obtained. But all stripers are habitually required by nature to consume any fish or lure that invades their personal space.  A shallow running lure that zips through the feeding school will be whacked.

While trolling lipless vibrators recently we often feel many little ticks before hooking a striper.  My guess is that the trolled lure runs through a school of plankton eating stripers that just nibble at the lure before one finally opens its mouth enough to take the hook. When nibblers are contacted mark the spot and return to cast lures to the location for a quick catch of stripers.  

It was recently reported that stripers were seen in the famous Buoy 25 coves that were so good two years ago. We investigated and found that to be true.  Many nibblers were found with respectable numbers caught while trolling LVs. The clear water makes it easy for stripers to just go deep to avoid boat traffic trolling overhead.  I have predicted that bait fishing will be slow this spring but this spot may be the perfect place to find lots of success using anchovies.  Striper numbers are large and the friendly deep water with shallow benches tend to hold stripers that come up to eat plankton and dive to avoid trouble.  It would be worthwhile to try bait at Buoy 25 just like the good old days.

ryankimball


 

April 1, 2015 - Warm water arrives early

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Lake Powell Fish Report – April 1, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3591
Water Temperature 60 - 65 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
April is here but bass and stripers took little notice as they have been swimming in warming water for the past two weeks.   We usually have to wait until mid April for the magic 60 degree water temperatures that kicks-off bass and crappie spawning but those temperatures are already here.  It is no joke!  Fishing success makes it seem like the end of April and early May. Here is the summary of current conditions.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been active in the murky water in the backs of canyons for a while but now are found on points and in coves in water color transition zones and even clear water. The best habitat is rocky structure with piles of submerged tumbleweeds in close proximity. Bass are very active and quick to bite plastic jigs and tubes, worked methodically along the bottom.  Afternoon fishing in warming water is very productive but the morning bite is improving dramatically.
Recent bass tournaments have had winning weights exceeding 20 pounds for 5 bass. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are rotund coming out of winter in great shape. Bass fishing is great over the length of the lake.
Crappie are found in the backs of canyons near brush and weeds where water is stained. Crappie fishing is better in the northern lake than the south with the San Juan and Escalante canyons being the best spots right now.
Walleye fishing has taken off in the northern lake with Good Hope Bay being the prime location.  These great tasting fish were caught most often on open water reefs at a depth of 20-25 feet. Slow trolling with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses is a sure thing but casting night crawlers and plastic grubs to the same reefs works well also.  Walleye are being caught lakewide but the numbers are smaller in the southern lake compared to the north.
Striped bass are active but well hidden.  Adult stripers are searching for shad. Shad are hiding in very shallow water hoping that stripers will not cross long shallow flats in the back of a canyon or cove.  Stripers hold in the 25 foot zone and periodically make the trek into 2 feet of water to get a shad snack.  A good sign of fish activity is looking for grebe congregations. Grebes often rest in large groups in the middle of the bay over deep water.  Finding a cluster of grebes in the back of the canyon where water depth is less than 3 feet is very unusual.  But if a flock of grebes is found out of place there is often a school of hungry stripers targeting that same shad school.  Right now it is more likely to find a striper school on a shallow flat in the back of the canyon than it is to find stripers in the deep water of the main channel. Do not expect to catch stripers at the dam or Moki Wall using anchovy bait.    It would be very helpful if concerned anglers went the extra half mile across the mud flat in the extreme back of the canyon to rescue shad from ravenous BIG stripers.
During the daily cycle stripers will hold in deeper water where they can be trolled up with down riggers.  Then stripers will move toward the shallows looking for shad.  Stripers in search mode are vulnerable to rattletraps and LVs trolled or cast to moving schools. Finally striper schools will go shallow for a short time where they can be caught on shallow running lures, spinner baits and surface lures. One striper boil was reported in shallow water over the weekend. Stripers then retreat from the shallows and head back out to deep water where they stay for a time before repeating the foraging process. It is necessary to look in all these depths and places to find the moving school.  Smaller stripers are consistently feeding on plankton in open water and they can be caught by trolling shallow running crankbaits and casting LVs or Kastmasters spoons.
There is a lot of fishing opportunity at Lake Powell now and it should continue throughout the month of April.

Lake Powell Fish Report – April 1, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3591   

Water Temperature 60 - 65 F

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

mikelarsen3April is here but bass and stripers took little notice as they have been swimming in warming water for the past two weeks. We usually have to wait until mid April for the magic 60 degree water temperatures that kicks-off bass and crappie spawning but those temperatures are already here.  It is no joke!  Fishing success makes it seem like the end of April and early May. Here is the summary of current conditions. 

Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been active in the murky water in the backs of canyons for a while but now are found on points and in coves in water color transition zones and even clear water. The best habitat is rocky structure with piles of submerged tumbleweeds in close proximity. Bass are very active and quick to bite plastic jigs and tubes, worked methodically along the bottom.  Afternoon fishing in warming water is very productive but the morning bite is improving dramatically. 

Recent bass tournaments have had winning weights exceeding 20 pounds for 5 bass. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are rotund coming out of winter in great shape. Bass fishing is great over the length of the lake. 

Crappie are found in the backs of canyons near brush and weeds where water is stained. Crappie fishing is better in the northern lake than the south with the San Juan and Escalante canyons being the best spots right now. 

Walleye fishing has taken off in the northern lake with Good Hope Bay being the prime location.  These great tasting fish were caught most often on open water reefs at a depth of 20-25 feet. Slow trolling with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses is a sure thing but casting night crawlers and plastic grubs to the same reefs works well also.  Walleye are being caught lakewide but the numbers are smaller in the southern lake compared to the north. Striped bass are active but well hidden.  

hotwheelAdult stripers are searching for shad. Shad are hiding in very shallow water hoping that stripers will not cross long shallow flats in the back of a canyon or cove.  Stripers hold in the 25 foot zone and periodically make the trek into 2 feet of water to get a shad snack.  A good sign of fish activity is looking for grebe congregations. Grebes often rest in large groups in the middle of the bay over deep water.  Finding a cluster of grebes in the back of the canyon where water depth is less than 3 feet is very unusual.  But if a flock of grebes is found out of place there is often a school of hungry stripers targeting that same shad school.  Right now it is more likely to find a striper school on a shallow flat in the back of the canyon than it is to find stripers in the deep water of the main channel. Do not expect to catch stripers at the dam or Moki Wall using anchovy bait.    It would be very helpful if concerned anglers went the extra half mile across the mud flat in the extreme back of the canyon to rescue shad from ravenous BIG stripers. 

During the daily cycle stripers will hold in deeper water where they can be trolled up with down riggers.  Then stripers will move toward the shallows looking for shad.  Stripers in search mode are vulnerable to rattletraps and LVs trolled or cast to moving schools. Finally striper schools will go shallow for a short time where they can be caught on shallow running lures, spinner baits and surface lures. One striper boil was reported in shallow water over the weekend. Stripers then retreat from the shallows and head back out to deep water where they stay for a time before repeating the foraging process. It is necessary to look in all these depths and places to find the moving school.  

Smaller stripers are consistently feeding on plankton in open water and they can be caught by trolling shallow running crankbaits and casting LVs or Kastmasters spoons.  

There is a lot of fishing opportunity at Lake Powell now and it should continue throughout the month of April.

9lbscampbell

 

March 24, 2015 - Murky water stripers

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Lake Powell Fish Report – March 24, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3591.25
Water Temperature 55 - 63 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
This is an incredible time to be on Lake Powell.  Spring arrived early with warm temperatures and no wind.  The calm water is so picturesque that it is hard to break away and concentrate on fishing.  All the fish are noticing the warm water as well.  It’s a month early but bass are lining up to spawn.  If the water continues to warm bass may move on nests next week.  Regardless, the prespawn fishing success is awesome.
Smallmouth bass are the most cooperative fish right now. Fishing success is temperature dependent making afternoon fishing prime time. Use plastic single tail grubs or tubes along primary and secondary points near shore.  The warm water is found in shallow water with deep water still fairly cool.  Find colored water for most consistent results but some bass are now being caught in clear water as well.  Bass can be caught anywhere from the shoreline to 25 feet deep.  Cast shallow and work the plastic bait progressively deeper along the rocky point until a fish is hooked and then recast to catch another.
Largemouth bass were caught occasionally while using these same fishing techniques.  It helps to find some semblance of brush to locate largemouth bass habitat.
The best news is that all these fish are fat and healthy. Many rotund, 2-pound smallmouth were caught this weekend.
Crappie are also showing up in these warm conditions.  Bluegill and other brush-loving fish have moved into muddy water to find protection from marauding predators.  If submerged tumbleweeds or some other brushy material is found in muddy water it is added incentive for bass, crappie and bluegill to set up temporary quarters there until the lake rises and covers more brush. Reports of 30 crappie caught in a day were had this weekend.  One 3-pound crappie was caught in the San Juan.
Stripers are following these proceedings with interest. As small bodied fish move into the shallow muddy water, stripers follow. The best reports for big stripers this week came from muddy water in the backs of canyons.  Anglers casting jerk baits and lipless vibrators into shallow water were rewarded with big stripers weighing 5-pounds and better.  Again afternoon fishing was better after the water warmed in the afternoon sun.
Smaller stripers (16 inches) are eating plankton which is most prevalent in murky water at 5-10 feet deep. Troll or cast lipless vibrators or jerk baits to target these fish. The best option is to troll to find the striper school then cast quickly once a fish is hooked to catch more stripers while the first fish is netted.
Walleye are starting to show up for bass anglers dragging plastic lures long the bottom.  They will get more active in April but walleye made an appearance this weekend.   To target walleye tip the plastic bass jig with a small piece of night crawler.
All things considered it looks like a very good week to fish for many different species at Lake Powell.

Lake Powell Fish Report – March 24, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3591.25    

Water Temperature 55 - 63 F

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

lv500smaThis is an incredible time to be on Lake Powell.  Spring arrived early with warm temperatures and no wind.  The calm water is so picturesque that it is hard to break away and concentrate on fishing.  All the fish are noticing the warm water as well.  It’s a month early but bass are lining up to spawn.  If the water continues to warm bass may move on nests next week.  Regardless, the prespawn fishing success is awesome.  Smallmouth bass are the most cooperative fish right now.

Fishing success is temperature dependent making afternoon fishing prime time. Use plastic single tail grubs or tubes along primary and secondary points near shore.  The warm water is found in shallow water with deep water still fairly cool.  Find colored water for most consistent results but some bass are now being caught in clear water as well.  

Bass can be caught anywhere from the shoreline to 25 feet deep.  Cast shallow and work the plastic bait progressively deeper along the rocky point until a fish is hooked and then recast to catch another. Largemouth bass were caught occasionally while using these same fishing techniques.  It helps to find some semblance of brush to locate largemouth bass habitat.  

The best news is that all these fish are fat and healthy. Many rotund, 2-pound smallmouth were caught this weekend.

Crappie are also showing up in these warm conditions.  Bluegill and other brush-loving fish have moved into muddy water to find protection from marauding predators.  If submerged tumbleweeds or some other brushy material is found in muddy water it is added incentive for bass, crappie and bluegill to set up temporary quarters there until the lake rises and covers more brush. Reports of 30 crappie caught in a day were had this weekend.  One 3-pound crappie was caught in the San Juan. 

Stripers are following these proceedings with interest. As small bodied fish move into the shallow muddy water, stripers follow. The best reports for big stripers this week came from muddy water in the backs of canyons.  Anglers casting jerk baits and lipless vibrators into shallow water were rewarded with big stripers weighing 5-pounds and better.  Again afternoon fishing was better after the water warmed in the afternoon sun. 

Smaller stripers (16 inches) are eating plankton which is most prevalent in murky water at 5-10 feet deep. Troll or cast lipless vibrators or jerk baits to target these fish. The best option is to troll to find the striper school then cast quickly once a fish is hooked to catch more stripers while the first fish is netted.

Walleye are starting to show up for bass anglers dragging plastic lures long the bottom.  They will get more active in April but walleye made an appearance this weekend.   To target walleye tip the plastic bass jig with a small piece of night crawler. 

All things considered it looks like a very good week to fish for many different species at Lake Powell.

 

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