Lake Powell Fish Report – September 26, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3610.94
Water Temperature: 70 – 74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Here is a quick summary of weekend fishing success before we head out on the lake for electrofishing sampling from Wahweap to the San Juan.
SAN JUAN – Stripers are holding at 60 feet near deep schools of gizzard shad. Shad appear to be thick, long horizontal lines on the graph. Occasionally a few smaller lines will be seen protruding from the large mass of shad. When that irregularity is seen, drop spoons to the bottom and work the spoon back up through the shad to find stripers.
Trollers will find mature stripers holding near bottom on the Great Bend near Alcove Canyon. Deep diving lures excite these larger stripers. When fish is caught trolling drop spoons to catch the trailers as the first fish is landed.
ESCALANTE - Top water action was consistent in the morning between 8-9:30 (MST). Boils were not strong but catching stripers and bass on the surface was great. The most consistent spot was between Willow and 50-mile canyon. Spooning worked great all day long at the average depth of 40 feet. Find fish in the graph and drop spoons to the bottom for quick catch of stripers, bass and walleye. More tagged walleye are now swimming in the Escalante.
BULLFROG-LAKE CANYON – Morning and evening striper fishing is solid with surface action when stripers come to the top, while trolling and spooning worked most of the time. Just keep watching the surface for splashes while fishing deep water. When a school of stripers is found large numbers can be caught in short order.
WARM CREEK – GUNSIGHT – Spooning and trolling worked well for deep water striper schools holding at about 70 feet. There are many schools now showing up that can be caught with your favorite fishing technique. Bait fishing is the most consistent but trolling, casting and spooning is a close second.
Overall lakewide fishing success is much better than it was during the full moon and warm surface water which was recently experienced. Fall fishing is now taking off. Surface action can be seen randomly throughout the day but morning is more consistent.
Expect the fall fishing peak to occur when water temperature hits the mid 60s. That is the magic temperature in the spring and the fall. Prime time for fishing, camping and enjoying the beauty of Lake Powell is at its peak now until mid October. Hope you can make it.