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August 24, 2016 - Subtle surface action

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Lake Powell Fish Report – August 24, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3614.82
Water Temperature: 78 – 80 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
August striper boils continue to excite anglers over the length of Lake Powell.  There are some subtle nuances that will assist those trying to find them.
Full moon has an impact on fishing. For instance, the full moon on August 18 delayed striper boils in Good Hope Bay until 6 PM, but once they started catching was great.   The next two evenings, boils started at 4PM and provided tremendously exciting striper fishing results until dark.  Boiling stripers varied from small 12 inch fish, to mid range 14-18 inchers, with a few  in the 22-24 inch range.  During the day stripers were in deep water and could be caught trolling along the shady steep shorelines. On the 21st stripers began boiling at noon and continued until dark.
Bright nights had the same impact in the southern lake.  Scattered boils were found from Padre to Rainbow in the evening but the surface was calm during the day.  That changed on the cloudy morning of August 23rd.  Overcast skies provided stripers the desired visibility and strange surface feeding activity was found in West Canyon.  On our weekly sampling trip we noticed many single fish hitting the surface in a deep box canyon.  They were not aggressively chasing surface lures and I thought they might have been gizzard shad.  Then we put on heavy spoons that allowed us to throw long casts. When the spoon hit within the splash ring, stripers could be caught with a quick, shallow retrieve.  Twenty stripers were caught before the fish quit at 8 AM.
We caught an occasional smallmouth bass or striper while trolling, but this fishing was not as exciting as the single fish boils in the early morning hours.  We were surprised to troll up an adult bluegill on a rocky point at the mouth of West Canyon. I carry night crawlers with me in hopes of catching a walleye. I put a small split shot sinker on in front of a small #8 hook and dropped a night crawler onto the 15 foot flat where the bluegill was caught.  I was proud to catch 3 more bluegill on 3 casts. I am studying panfish to determine how their diet may change in the presence of quagga mussels.  Some mussels have been found in sunfish stomachs to date but they are only found as a small portion of stomach contents.
A bass fishermen reported a good pattern that will work lake wide.  In the spring time we look for the warmest water available to target largemouth bass.  Now, in the heat of summer, targeting the coolest water works well. These spots include long points that fall into the deep main channel.  The warm surface layer prevents bass from occupying shallow water in the backs of coves.  Fish hold deep in their comfort zone, then rise quickly to feed and retreat back to the depths. Search for bass on main channel points and use crankbaits and rattletraps to target the quick moving fish. Fish the deep water with plastic grubs on ¼ ounce jig heads.
Bait fishing for stripers is still good along steep canyon walls but as the water cools both bass and stripers will have more freedom to move throughout the water column. Expect trolling and casting to improve as water temperature drops into the low 70s.
We have confirmed a late spawn of shad so surface fishing for bass and stripers will continue into September. Shad will be small size so surface feeding will be more like slurps than boils.

Lake Powell Fish Report – August 24, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3614.82

Water Temperature: 77 – 80 F

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

August striper boils continue to excite anglers over the length of Lake Powell.  There are some subtle nuances that will assist those trying to find them. 

Full moon has an impact on fishing. For instance, the full moon on August 18 delayed striper boils in Good Hope Bay until 6 PM, but once they started catching was great.   The next two evenings, boils started at 4PM and provided tremendously exciting striper fishing results until dark.  Boiling stripers varied from small 12 inch fish, to mid range 14-18 inchers, with a few  in the 22-24 inch range.  During the day stripers were in deep water and could be caught trolling along the shady steep shorelines. On the 21st stripers began boiling at noon and continued until dark.

alvarez22Bright nights had the same impact in the southern lake.  Scattered boils were found from Padre to Rainbow in the evening but the surface was calm during the day.  That changed on the cloudy morning of August 23rd.  Overcast skies provided stripers the desired visibility and strange surface feeding activity was found in West Canyon.  On our weekly sampling trip we noticed many single fish hitting the surface in a deep box canyon.  They were not aggressively chasing surface lures and I thought they might have been gizzard shad.  Then we put on heavy spoons that allowed us to throw long casts. When the spoon hit within the splash ring, stripers could be caught with a quick, shallow retrieve.  Twenty stripers were caught before the fish quit at 8 AM.

We caught an occasional smallmouth bass or striper while trolling, but this fishing was not as exciting as the single fish boils in the early morning hours.  We were surprised to troll up an adult bluegill on a rocky point at the mouth of West Canyon. I carry night crawlers with me in hopes of catching a walleye. I put a small split shot sinker on in front of a small #8 hook and dropped a night crawler onto the 15 foot flat where the bluegill was caught.  I was proud to catch 3 more bluegill on 3 casts. I am studying panfish to determine how their diet may change in the presence of quagga mussels.  Some mussels have been found in sunfish stomachs to date but they are only found as a small portion of stomach contents. 

A bass fishermen reported a good pattern that will work lake wide.  In the spring time we look for the warmest water available to target largemouth bass.  Now, in the heat of summer, targeting the coolest water works well. These spots include long points that fall into the deep main channel.  The warm surface layer prevents bass from occupying shallow water in the backs of coves.  Fish hold deep in their comfort zone, then rise quickly to feed and retreat back to the depths. Search for bass on main channel points and use crankbaits and rattletraps to target the quick moving fish. Fish the deep water with plastic grubs on ¼ ounce jig heads.  

Bait fishing for stripers is still good along steep canyon walls but as the water cools both bass and stripers will have more freedom to move throughout the water column. Expect trolling and casting to improve as water temperature drops into the low 70s. 

We have confirmed a late spawn of shad so surface fishing for bass and stripers will continue into September. Shad will be small size so surface feeding will be more like slurps than boils.

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August 17, 2016 - Lakewide Boils

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Lake Powell Fish Report – August 17, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3616
Water Temperature: 79 – 83 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
My flat bottomed boat sprung a leak last week and prevented me from getting out on the lake. Thankfully that was quickly repaired and we went fishing on August 16th.  Missing that personal weekly lake trip left me wondering where to start and where to go on this huge lake. That reminded me how a summer visitor feels when coming to Lake Powell for an infrequent trip.  So I went to Wayneswords.com and asked for information.  Fishing reports are scarce in the heat of summer when recreation is the main reason to be on the lake.  However, I know that many lake visitors fish early and late and then do water sports during the day.  So I asked the website members where to go and how to fish.  Not surprisingly, fish reports came rolling in.
Here is the summary:
Quick striper boils were common over the length of the lake. Striper schools come up fast, go down quickly and then return to the surface.  The key is to make a good guess where the next surface blast will be and move to that spot. If in casting range when the school resurfaces, catching is easy with surface lures, spoons or midrange crankbaits.  August is the most consistent month to find surface feeding fish.  That is the case in 2016.
The best boil spots were from Good Hope Bay to Hite. Northern fish stay up longer and boil more often.  Stripers boiled long and hard at Buoy 134. The main channel islands at the mouth of Scorup Canyon created a calm spot which constituently attracted surface feeding stripers. Wind was a key factor from Red Canyon to the Horn.  When windy, boils were quiet. When calm the surface blew up with hungry stripers. One day the wind was calm at the mouth of Red Canyon and the entire bay was dotted with individual stripers feeding on top. An accurate
Long cast to a splash ring caught a fish every time.  It was a great experience for those that like the challenge of casting to a single surfacing fish.
At mid lake, surface action was reported at the mouth of the Escalante and at Hole in the Rock.  The best time was again early morning and late evening in clam spots. Iceberg Canyon continues to be a go-to spot for surfacing feeding stripers. From dawn until 9 AM boils were common in the main canyon.
Evening boils were reported in the main channel upstream from the mouth of the San Juan.
Fortunately for me, boils are also going on from Rainbow Bridge to Antelope Point Marina.   I choose to follow up a report of boils in Face Canyon and stretching all the way across the main channel to Gooseneck Point. I may have arrived there too early but did not see any surfacing fish.  After years of experience, I have found that waiting for boils is not wise.  It is better to search for them because stripers and shad move each night and can be in a much different location each day.  Do not wait for boils – Go find them!
I continued traveling upstream and saw the first surface action against the shady east wall at the mouth of Rock Creek. Their behavior was, as expected, quick intense boils that lasted only a short time. But we often got close enough to cast and caught 1-3 fish from each boil.  We put over 30 fish in the ice chest from 6:30- 9 AM. When the surface action ceased we moved over to Wetherill canyon where more boils were reported. We did not see any more fish but did find the reported herd of 35 desert bighorn sheep feeding along the lake shore. This was the biggest herd of sheep I have personably seen on the lake.  Isn’t Lake Powell amazing?
Boil reports continue in the main channel from the mouth of Navajo to Antelope Point marina. These boils are early morning and late evening. One group of anglers caught 50 stripers in one 2-hour fishing trip here.
We did find some larger shad in the striper stomachs at the fish cleaning station. That indicates boils will be more aggressive as stripers try to corral a heard of shad.  They will stay up larger and be more aggressive which makes them easier for anglers to catch.
It looks like striper boils will continue for the rest of August.  Action is occurring lakewide. The best place to go is Good Hope Bay, but the rest of the lake is not bad either.

Lake Powell Fish Report – August 17, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3616

Water Temperature: 79 – 83 F

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


brodylarsenMy flat bottomed boat sprung a leak last week and prevented me from getting out on the lake. Thankfully that was quickly repaired and we went fishing on August 16th.  Missing that personal weekly lake trip left me wondering where to start and where to go on this huge lake. That reminded me how a summer visitor feels when coming to Lake Powell for an infrequent trip.  So I went to Wayneswords.com and asked for information.  Fishing reports are scarce in the heat of summer when recreation is the main reason to be on the lake.  However, I know that many lake visitors fish early and late and then do water sports during the day.  So I asked the website members where to go and how to fish.  Not surprisingly, fish reports came rolling in.  

Here is the summary:

Quick striper boils were common over the length of the lake. Striper schools come up fast, go down quickly and then return to the surface.  The key is to make a good guess where the next surface blast will be and move to that spot. If in casting range when the school resurfaces, catching is easy with surface lures, spoons or midrange crankbaits.  August is the most consistent month to find surface feeding fish.  That is the case in 2016.

The best boil spots were from Good Hope Bay to Hite. Northern fish stay up longer and boil more often.  Stripers boiled long and hard at Buoy 134. The main channel islands at the mouth of Scorup Canyon created a calm spot which consistently attracted surface feeding stripers. Wind was a key factor from Red Canyon to the Horn.  When windy, boils were quiet. When calm the surface blew up with hungry stripers. One day the wind was calm at the mouth of Red Canyon and the entire bay was dotted with individual stripers feeding on top. An accurate long cast to a splash ring caught a fish every time.  It was a great experience for those that like the challenge of casting to a single surfacing fish. 

At mid lake, surface action was reported at the mouth of the Escalante and at Hole in the Rock.  The best time was again early morning and late evening in calm spots. Iceberg Canyon continues to be a go-to spot for surfacing feeding stripers. From dawn until 9 AM boils were common in the main canyon.

Evening boils were reported in the main channel upstream from the mouth of the San Juan.

Fortunately for me, boils are also going on from Rainbow Bridge to Antelope Point Marina.   I choose to follow up a report of boils in Face Canyon and stretching all the way across the main channel to Gooseneck Point. I may have arrived there too early but did not see any surfacing fish.  After years of experience, I have found that waiting for boils is not wise.  It is better to search for them because stripers and shad move each night and can be in a much different location each day.  Do not wait for boils – Go find them!

shuntsheepI continued traveling upstream and saw the first surface action against the shady east wall at the mouth of Rock Creek. Their behavior was, as expected, quick intense boils that lasted only a short time. But we often got close enough to cast and caught 1-3 fish from each boil.  We put over 30 fish in the ice chest from 6:30- 9 AM.

When the surface action ceased we moved over to Wetherill canyon where more boils were reported. We did not see any more fish but did find the reported herd of 35 desert bighorn sheep feeding along the lake shore. This was the biggest herd of sheep I have personably seen on the lake.  Isn’t Lake Powell amazing?

Boil reports continue in the main channel from the mouth of Navajo to Antelope Point marina. These boils are early morning and late evening. One group of anglers caught 50 stripers in one 2-hour fishing trip here.   

We did find some larger shad in the striper stomachs at the fish cleaning station. That indicates boils will be more aggressive as stripers try to corral a herd of shad.  They will stay up longer and be more aggressive which makes them easier for anglers to catch. 

It looks like striper boils will continue for the rest of August.  Action is occurring lakewide. The best place to go is Good Hope Bay, but the rest of the lake is not bad either.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:12
 

August 9, 2016 - Boils and Graphs

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Lake Powell Fish Report – August 9, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3617
Water Temperature: 80 – 86 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
I keep hoping for reports of striper boils close enough for me to find them in a one day trip from Wahweap.  The last boil reports received were almost in range. The surface in the San Juan has been quiet most of the year, but last week striper boils erupted. Surface action was found in the main channel near the mouth of the San Juan and in the San Juan arm as far uplake as the entrance to the Great Bend. The strong boils in Good Hope Bay the previous week calmed down which seems to be the pattern.  As soon as the fish report says they are boiling in Good Hope that changes to a new location. So the last good reports were from the San Juan. Now you have to choose where they might come up next.
I do know that our recent mid water trawl samples found mostly gizzard and a few threadfin shad in the Bullfrog area. Shad numbers in the San Juan (Piute Canyon) and Good Hope Bay were similar while Wahweap Bay came in a distant fourth.   This information suggests that searching for boils each morning and evening near Bullfrog would be a rewarding experience.
The warm cap on the lake still impacts adult stripers.  They can make a quick trip to the surface and catch a few shad but then have to dive quickly to deep, cool water. Adult fish boils will be quick.  Prolonged surface action will likely feature juvenile stripers that can stay in the warm surface water full time. Personally, I am very happy to find, catch and keep small stripers that are easy to fillet and great to eat.
Deep stripers that have had a recent shad meal are always susceptible to spoons.  Striper schools hold on the bottom, usually on elevated structure such as the top of a submerged rock pile or  on the breaking edge of an underwater cliff where depth increases quickly from 30 feet to 50 feet or deeper.  While graphing, I keep a spoon in hand and drop it as soon as a school is seen on the graph. As the spoon descends I stop the boat to try to stay over the school. Recently these school fish are quick to hit the spoon the first time it enters the school.
In the southern lake where shad are not abundant, adult stripers hold at 30 feet.  They periodically search shallower water for shad, crayfish or sunfish.  These fish are best targeted with bait fished at 30-50 feet.  Steep canyons walls (near a shallow rocky area) from Warm Creek to Rainbow Bridge are the summer home for huge numbers of stripers. Try 3 different spots on any shady canyon wall and it is likely that you will find stripers in short order.
Walleye are caught sporadically along with largemouth bass.  Fish deep water for walleye and brushy coves for largemouth. Smallmouth bass are found in deep water as well except at dusk and dawn when they are susceptible to surface lures.
Panfish are hiding in shallow weed beds and are very willing to eat small live worms on tiny hooks as they shade up under your fishing boat.
Fishing is still great if you fish deep water during the day or in shallow areas during low light.

Lake Powell Fish Report – August 9, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3617

Water Temperature: 80 – 86 F

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

slurps622cI keep hoping for reports of striper boils close enough for me to find them in a one day trip from Wahweap.  The last boil reports received were almost in range. The surface in the San Juan has been quiet most of the year, but last week striper boils erupted. Surface action was found in the main channel near the mouth of the San Juan and in the San Juan arm as far uplake as the entrance to the Great Bend. The strong boils in Good Hope Bay the previous week calmed down which seems to be the pattern.  As soon as the fish report says they are boiling in Good Hope that changes to a new location. So the last good reports were from the San Juan. Now you have to choose where they might come up next.  

I do know that our recent mid water trawl samples found mostly gizzard and a few threadfin shad in the Bullfrog area. Shad numbers in the San Juan (Piute Canyon) and Good Hope Bay were similar while Wahweap Bay came in a distant fourth.   This information suggests that searching for boils each morning and evening near Bullfrog would be a rewarding experience. 

The warm cap on the lake still impacts adult stripers.  They can make a quick trip to the surface and catch a few shad but then have to dive quickly to deep, cool water. Adult fish boils will be quick.  Prolonged surface action will likely feature juvenile stripers that can stay in the warm surface water full time. Personally, I am very happy to find, catch and keep small stripers that are easy to fillet and great to eat.

graphgw3Deep stripers that have had a recent shad meal are always susceptible to spoons.  Striper schools hold on the bottom, usually on elevated structure such as the top of a submerged rock pile or  on the breaking edge of an underwater cliff where depth increases quickly from 30 feet to 50 feet or deeper.  While graphing, I keep a spoon in hand and drop it as soon as a school is seen on the graph. As the spoon descends I stop the boat to try to stay over the school. Recently these school fish are quick to hit the spoon the first time it enters the school. 

In the southern lake where shad are not abundant, adult stripers hold at 30 feet.  They periodically search shallower water for shad, crayfish or sunfish.  These fish are best targeted with bait fished at 30-50 feet.  Steep canyons walls (near a shallow rocky area) from Warm Creek to Rainbow Bridge are the summer home for huge numbers of stripers. Try 3 different spots on any shady canyon wall and it is likely that you will find stripers in short order.  

Walleye are caught sporadically along with largemouth bass.  Fish deep water for walleye and brushy coves for largemouth. Smallmouth bass are found in deep water as well except at dusk and dawn when they are susceptible to surface lures.

Panfish are hiding in shallow weed beds and are very willing to eat small live worms on tiny hooks as they shade up under your fishing boat.  

Fishing is still great if you fish deep water during the day or in shallow areas during low light.

Looking for a good bait to "match the shad hatch"  Try this- 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 12:30
 

August 3. 2016 - Go Deep!

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Lake Powell Fish Report – August 3, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3617
Water Temperature: 80 – 86 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Last week the suggested fishing spot was “Go North”.  That is still good advice. This week with surface water temperatures climbing into the mid 80s the suggested “Hot” spot is “Go Deep”.  A walleye report just received indicates the walleye was caught at a depth of 50 feet.  Smallmouth fishing has slowed but these fish are still available at 25 feet and deeper.  Stripers are holding at 30 feet or deeper.  All of the species that prefer water temperatures in the 70s are forced into deeper water to find their comfort zone.
Here is the breakdown by species:
Striped Bass: Stripers love shad.  Shad love warm shallow water that is enriched with plankton. Shad would prefer to hold in 75 degree water but that depth zone is overpopulated with predators.  Shad then stay on the surface and move toward the brush line where it is possible to move into the brush when danger threatens.  Adult stripers are forced into deep water because after they mature their body can only withstand 80 degree water for a few minutes. They can attack a shallow shad school, grab a bite to eat, but then must quickly dive to cooler water.  This is synonymous with humans snorkeling. We can dive into deep water while holding our breath but must soon surface to take another breath.
Striper surface activity seen yesterday lasted less than a minute.  In one Padre Bay location, a striper school surfaced many times but only for 30 seconds per trip.  When close to the rising fish, catching was easy.  If we had to run toward the school there was no surface catching.  The simple answer to this dilemma was to use a medium size spoon that could be cast 50 yards to reach surface feeding fish or dropped toward the bottom to chase fish that were diving for cooler water.   One resting school was graphed on the bottom at 55 feet. They responded quickly to spoons. Three fish were caught before the school vacated the spot.
The most effective fishing method for stripers is to use bait while chumming along steep canyon walls.  Not surprisingly, these adult fish are holding at 30 feet which provides a comfortable temperature while they wait for food to descend from above. Productive fishing spots included: Warm Creek Wall, Labyrinth Wall, East side of Padre Bay, Mouth of Padre Canyon, and the west wall between Wetherill and Cornerstone Canyon (fish the lighter grey wall instead of the colorful red wall.)
Walleye:  Prefer cooler water but will come shallow in low light and at night. Use night crawlers on bottom bouncers or added to single tail grubs that can be worked slowly along the bottom.  Walleye are not a schooling fish but they congregate in the same areas. When one is caught by any means, mark the location and return to capture site to target more.   Sometimes a walleye is caught trolling. That catch may mark the spot where many more can be found using many different walleye fishing techniques.
Largemouth bass are brush loving fish and will be in brush despite water temperature.  If an old tumble weed pile is available in deeper, cooler water that is the preferred habitat. Smallmouth bass like rock structure, so they can be anywhere in this lake. With shallow shad being present, the best smallmouth technique now is to use topwater lures at dusk and dawn each day.
Bluegill love the brushy coves with tumbleweeds windrowed at the base of the tamarisk forest at the waters edge. Small worms on small hooks make for a perfect match for the bold attitude of these aggressive panfish.  Kids and bluegill were made for each other.
It’s hot, but fish can still be caught.  Try fishing early in the morning when it’s cool and then use the wakeboards and PWCs for the rest of the day.  Have a great trip to Lake Powell.

Lake Powell Fish Report – August 3, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3617 

Water Temperature: 80 – 86 F

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

walleyecaughttubeLast week the suggested fishing spot was “Go North”.  That is still good advice. This week with surface water temperatures climbing into the mid 80s the suggested “Hot” spot is “Go Deep”.  A walleye report just received indicates the walleye was caught at a depth of 50 feet.  Smallmouth fishing has slowed but these fish are still available at 25 feet and deeper.  Stripers are holding at 30 feet or deeper.  All of the species that prefer water temperatures in the 70s are forced into deeper water to find their comfort zone.

Here is the breakdown by species:

Striped Bass: Stripers love shad.  Shad love warm shallow water that is enriched with plankton. Shad would prefer to hold in 75 degree water but that depth zone is overpopulated with predators.  Shad then stay on the surface and move toward the brush line where it is possible to move into the brush when danger threatens.  Adult stripers are forced into deep water because after they mature their body can only withstand 80 degree water for a few minutes. They can attack a shallow shad school, grab a bite to eat, but then must quickly dive to cooler water.  This is synonymous with humans snorkeling. We can dive into deep water while holding our breath but must soon surface to take another breath.  
Striper surface activity seen yesterday lasted less than a minute.  In one Padre Bay location, a striper school surfaced many times but only for 30 seconds per trip.  When close to the rising fish, catching was easy.  If we had to run toward the school there was no surface catching.  The simple answer to this dilemma was to use a medium size spoon that could be cast 50 yards to reach surface feeding fish or dropped toward the bottom to chase fish that were diving for cooler water.   One resting school was graphed on the bottom at 55 feet. They responded quickly to spoons. Three fish were caught before the school vacated the spot.

fattystbThe most effective fishing method for stripers is to use bait while chumming along steep canyon walls.  Not surprisingly, these adult fish are holding at 30 feet which provides a comfortable temperature while they wait for food to descend from above. Productive fishing spots included: Warm Creek Wall, Labyrinth Wall, East side of Padre Bay, Mouth of Padre Canyon, and the west wall between Wetherill and Cornerstone Canyon (fish the lighter grey wall instead of the colorful red wall.)

Walleye:  Prefer cooler water but will come shallow in low light and at night. Use night crawlers on bottom bouncers or added to single tail grubs that can be worked slowly along the bottom.  Walleye are not a schooling fish but they congregate in the same areas. When one is caught by any means, mark the location and return to capture site to target more.   Sometimes a walleye is caught trolling. That catch may mark the spot where many more can be found using many different walleye fishing techniques. 

Largemouth bass are brush loving fish and will be in brush despite water temperature.  If an old tumble weed pile is available in deeper, cooler water that is the preferred habitat. Smallmouth bass like rock structure, so they can be anywhere in this lake. With shallow shad being present, the best smallmouth technique now is to use topwater lures at dusk and dawn each day. 

Bluegill love the brushy coves with tumbleweeds windrowed at the base of the tamarisk forest at the waters edge. Small worms on small hooks make for a perfect match for the bold attitude of these aggressive panfish.  Kids and bluegill were made for each other. 

It’s hot, but fish can still be caught.  Try fishing early in the morning when it’s cool and then use the wakeboards and PWCs for the rest of the day.  Have a great trip to Lake Powell.

bgl

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 09:05
 

July 26, 2016 - Go North for Topwater

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Lake Powell Fish Report – July 26, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3619
Water Temperature: 79 - 83F
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.   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 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 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.

Lake Powell Fish Report – July 26, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3619 

Water Temperature: 79 - 86F

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

bjgilliam2If 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. 

buoy25bPadre 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.

wgwaeAs 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.

 

 
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