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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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March 18, 2015 - Murky is Better!

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Lake Powell Fish Report – March 18, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3591.85
Water Temperature 55-60 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Spring is here!  Water temperature has warmed enough to wake up bass and energize the fishery.  Water temperature in the morning is in the mid 50s but in the afternoon the 60 degree barrier is overcome.  That has positive ramifications for all Lake Powell fish.
Largemouth bass are the first to spawn.  The warm 60 degree threshold has largemouth building nests. Males select rocky structure at the base of a bush or near a tumbleweed pile.  They use their tail to   sweep moss and sand from the rocky structure.  If the warm pattern holds they will soon select a mate and lay eggs on the rocks for the male to guard.  If a cold front comes through the nest is temporarily abandoned until the water warms again and the egg-laying process is repeated.   Once the nest site is selected the male bass will be in close proximity for the next month. Find that nest site in the lakes clear water and fishing for bass is a whole lot easier. If the male is released to return to his nest he can be caught a number of times during the spawning season.
Smallmouth bass have been almost dormant over the winter. They react to 60 degree water by waking up and feeding more often.  They do not spawn until water temperature climbs consistently above 62-64 degrees.  It will take another two weeks before smallmouth begin the nesting ritual.  The main difference with smallmouth spawning is the lack of brush near the smallmouth nest.  Smallmouth need rocks for substrate but hide the nest near a ledge or rocky structure. Nests found on a shallow ridge in open water without brush will normally be made by smallmouth. Nests within a brush pile will likely be tended by largemouth and crappie males.
To catch fish find shallow rocky habitat with deep water nearby.  Fish near the nests to catch the smaller males.  But the bigger female fish will be just off the deep water edge in 10-15 feet of water. Best baits now are Yamamoto senkos and shad shaped worms fish weightless or on a dropshot rig.
Stripers have moved shallow to “sun themselves” – not really!  Stripers are all about eating.  They go where the forage fish are. Small fish are in the shallows feeling the warmth and stripers have followed. Instead of fishing deep water looking for schools, move to the 10-15 foot bottom depth and cast shad or sunfish imitating lures. There is not much brush in the water for forage fish to hide in so they have gone to Plan B. Forage fish use murky water and rocks as a defense against predator fish. Water with color absorbs more heat than clear water and is therefore warmer.  Warm water fish really like warm water in the spring time. The take home message here is that predator fish will be in warmest water available where bottom depth is 10-20 feet.
For example, when southern lake boaters go through the Castle Rock Cut they will leave clear water in Wahweap and enter murky water in Warm Creek.  Look closely at that water color and then duplicate it at new fishing spots.  Find matching water color to locate a new fishing spot to try at a new location.
Fishing is really good right now if a few rules are followed. Head to the backs of murky water canyons where water temperature is warmer to find the best fishing results possible in late March.

Lake Powell Fish Report – March 18, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3591.85    

Water Temperature 55-60 F

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


Spring is here!  Water temperature has warmed enough to wake up bass and energize the fishery.  Water temperature in the morning is in the mid 50s but in the afternoon the 60 degree barrier is overcome.  That has positive ramifications for all Lake Powell fish.  

kcampbell2Largemouth bass are the first to spawn.  The warm 60 degree threshold has largemouth building nests. Males select rocky structure at the base of a bush or near a tumbleweed pile.  They use their tail to   sweep moss and sand from the rocky structure.  If the warm pattern holds they will soon select a mate and lay eggs on the rocks for the male to guard.  If a cold front comes through the nest is temporarily abandoned until the water warms again and the egg-laying process is repeated.   Once the nest site is selected the male bass will be in close proximity for the next month. Find that nest site in the lakes clear water and fishing for bass is a whole lot easier. If the male is released to return to his nest he can be caught a number of times during the spawning season. 

Smallmouth bass have been almost dormant over the winter. They react to 60 degree water by waking up and feeding more often.  They do not spawn until water temperature climbs consistently above 62-64 degrees.  It will take another two weeks before smallmouth begin the nesting ritual.  The main difference with smallmouth spawning is the lack of brush near the smallmouth nest.  Smallmouth need rocks for substrate but hide the nest near a ledge or rocky structure. Nests found on a shallow ridge in open water without brush will normally be made by smallmouth. Nests within a brush pile will likely be tended by largemouth and crappie males.   

charsmbTo catch fish find shallow rocky habitat with deep water nearby.  Fish near the nests to catch the smaller males.  But the bigger female fish will be just off the deep water edge in 10-15 feet of water. Best baits now are Yamamoto senkos and shad shaped worms fish weightless or on a dropshot rig. 

Stripers have moved shallow to “sun themselves” – not really!  Stripers are all about eating.  They go where the forage fish are. Small fish are in the shallows feeling the warmth and stripers have followed. Instead of fishing deep water looking for schools, move to the 10-15 foot bottom depth and cast shad or sunfish imitating lures. There is not much brush in the water for forage fish to hide in so they have gone to Plan B. Forage fish use murky water and rocks as a defense against predator fish. Water with color absorbs more heat than clear water and is therefore warmer.  Warm water fish really like warm water in the spring time.  The take home message here is that predator fish will be in warmest water available where bottom depth is 10-20 feet.

For example, when southern lake boaters go through the Castle Rock Cut they will leave clear water in Wahweap and enter murky water in Warm Creek.  Look closely at that water color and then duplicate it at new fishing spots.  Find matching water color to locate a new fishing spot to try at a new location.  

Fishing is really good right now if a few rules are followed. Head to the backs of murky water canyons where water temperature is warmer to find the best fishing results possible in late March.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:40
 

March 11, 2015 - Good Hope Stripers

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Lake Powell Fish Report – March 11, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3591
Water Temperature 50-54 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
The striper hot spot this week at Lake Powell is Good Hope Bay.  This will be a recurring theme in 2015.  Striper numbers and shad forage are higher in the northern lake. Reports from Good Hope this week indicate it is possible to catch 100 stripers per day while graphing and spooning.
Begin the search in Good Hope Bay near Red Canyon.  You may have to go as far as The Horn to find a school.  Graph the 25-45 foot contour looking for big striper schools.  These schools are large and easy to detect.  Stop the boat directly over the school and immediately drop spoons to the bottom. Fish in an active school will hit the spoon as it comes down.  Inactive fish have to be coaxed so jig the spoon off the bottom perhaps 3-4 times.  Then retrieve the spoon as quickly as possible for 15 – 20 feet, before stopping and jigging at mid depth.  This gives any trailing fish an excuse to grab the suspended spoon.  If there were no followers, rest assured the fish in the resting school are “looking up” just waiting for the bait to come back down.  Give them what they want by dropping the spoon back to the bottom.  If the spoon lands within the school again, they won’t disappoint.  There will soon be a fish holding on to the spoon with others following trying to get a good look at what the first fish ate. Then its game on! The whole school goes into feeding mode.  Work quickly to hook, land fish, unhook, and return the spoon to the water as quickly as possible. Admire the fish after the school moves on. Just concentrate on catching fish while the school is in range.
In the southern lake it is not quite that easy.  Shad numbers are less and stripers seem to be separated from shad. Try trolling while graphing.  Lately we have been seeing small groups of 10 stripers or less on the graph instead of the huge schools found in the north. These randomly scattered fish are better targets for trolled lures than a precise spoon drop.  Troll in the backs of most canyons where water color is slightly stained and water depth is the same 25-45 feet.  When a striper hits the trolled lure be ready to toss a spoon or a crankbait to any following fish.  There will be occasions when a small bunch of stripers follow the hooked fish and an extra 2-3 fish can be caught at each stop.
If bass are the target, some rally fat large and smallmouth are being caught near brush.  That sounds simple but requires some explanation.  Submerged shoreline vegetation is scarce and the lake level continues to fall.  “Brush” is defined as tumbleweed piles, cattail clumps washed into the lake from flash floods last fall, or any other unusual structure that a largemouth bass could call home. Sometimes it is a rock, ledge, or a change in water color. Finding bass-holding habitat is challenging but may be the key to catching the huge bass that are available right now.   When a good spot is found it can be fished more than once. If bass are caught in a likely spot, let it rest and return 2 hours later to find more bass.
Bass fishing in the southern lake seems to be almost as good as in the north. The general rule this year is that bass are bigger, fatter and more satisfying than in any recent year.  There have been some really big bass landed already and many more are expected as the water warms.
Walleye are spawning now so they are challenging to catch.  Fishing will be better in mid April after spawning is over.  But females that are not actively spawning can still be enticed by night crawlers towed behind a spinner rig on a bottom bouncer or a trolled crankbait ticking bottom at 12 feet in murky water.
Expect to interact with some quality fish this year no matter which species is pursued.  Don’t miss out on the action. This year is going to be very special.

Lake Powell Fish Report – March 11, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3591    

Water Temperature 50-54 F

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


bfgraph2The striper hot spot this week at Lake Powell is Good Hope Bay.  This will be a recurring theme in 2015.  Striper numbers and shad forage are higher in the northern lake. Reports from Good Hope this week indicate it is possible to catch 100 stripers per day while graphing and spooning.   

Begin the search in Good Hope Bay near Red Canyon.  You may have to go as far as The Horn to find a school.  Graph the 25-45 foot contour looking for big striper schools.  These schools are large and easy to detect.  Stop the boat directly over the school and immediately drop spoons to the bottom. Fish in an active school will hit the spoon as it comes down.  Inactive fish have to be coaxed so jig the spoon off the bottom perhaps 3-4 times.  Then retrieve the spoon as quickly as possible for 15 – 20 feet, before stopping and jigging at mid depth.  This gives any trailing fish an excuse to grab the suspended spoon.  If there were no followers, rest assured the fish in the resting school are “looking up” just waiting for the bait to come back down.  Give them what they want by dropping the spoon back to the bottom.  If the spoon lands within the school again, they won’t disappoint.  There will soon be a fish holding on to the spoon with others following trying to get a good look at what the first fish ate. Then its game on! The whole school goes into feeding mode.  Work quickly to hook, land fish, unhook, and return the spoon to the water as quickly as possible. Admire the fish after the school moves on. Just concentrate on catching fish while the school is in range.

In the southern lake it is not quite that easy.  Shad numbers are less and stripers seem to be separated from shad. Try trolling while graphing.  Lately we have been seeing small groups of 10 stripers or less on the graph instead of the huge schools found in the north. These randomly scattered fish are better targets for trolled lures than a precise spoon drop.  

Troll in the backs of most canyons where water color is slightly stained and water depth is the same 25-45 feet.  When a striper hits the trolled lure be ready to toss a spoon or a crankbait to any following fish.  There will be occasions when a small bunch of stripers follow the hooked fish and an extra 2-3 fish can be caught at each stop.   If bass are the target, some rally fat large and smallmouth are being caught near brush.  That sounds simple but requires some explanation.  Submerged shoreline vegetation is scarce and the lake level continues to fall.  “Brush” is defined as tumbleweed piles, cattail clumps washed into the lake from flash floods last fall, or any other unusual structure that a largemouth bass could call home. Sometimes it is a rock, ledge, or a change in water color. Finding bass-holding habitat is challenging but may be the key to catching the huge bass that are available right now.   When a good spot is found it can be fished more than once. If bass are caught in a likely spot, let it rest and return 2 hours later to find more bass. 

Bass fishing in the southern lake seems to be almost as good as in the north. The general rule this year is that bass are bigger, fatter and more satisfying than in any recent year.  There have been some really big bass landed already and many more are expected as the water warms. Walleye are spawning now so they are challenging to catch.  Fishing will be better in mid April after spawning is over.  But females that are not actively spawning can still be enticed by night crawlers towed behind a spinner rig on a bottom bouncer or a trolled crankbait ticking bottom at 12 feet in murky water. 

Expect to interact with some quality fish this year no matter which species is pursued.  Don’t miss out on the action. This year is going to be very special.

meyersbboth

 

 

March 2, 2015 - What to expect in 2015

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Lake Powell Fish Report – March 2, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3592
Water Temperature 49-53 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Welcome to a Happy New FISHING Year at Lake Powell.  Headline news indicated that threadfin shad, the main forage fish in the lake, had a banner year in 2014. The Utah Division of Wildlife trawl shad samples in 2014 were 10 times greater than seen in the past decade. I would like to insert a picture of a big striped bass here with a huge smile on its face but I don’t have any fish that will smile for the camera.  Instead we will have to be satisfied with bass and stripers with a large stomach compared to the whole body profile.  Lake Powell fish are coming out of winter in the best rotund condition seen in this century.
That is fantastic news for fish but has to be interpreted when it comes to angling projections.  Let’s take striped bass for an example.  Fat healthy stripers have lived in the back of the canyon eating shad all winter.  When water warms in the springtime most anglers expect stripers to be in the main channel by Glen Canyon Dam or Moki Wall near Bullfrog.
A recent poll of stripers, conducted by me, found that most fish interviewed said they would choose to stay in the back of the canyon rather than heading to the dam in the spring because there was more food in the canyon than the main channel.  When asked about spawning they indicated they could spawn in the canyon near food and did not have to run to the channel.   Sample size was small but consistent.  My prediction is that fishing will be much better in the canyons with reaction type shad imitating lures than in the main channel with anchovy bait.
Further questioning teased out another fact.  Most stripers were in spawning condition this spring because of the great food resources. Therefore, when spawning time comes in May, the majority of adult fish indicated they would not feed during the spawning season but spend time finding a mate and spawning habitat. Younger fish and precocious teens said they would keep chasing shad no matter what.  Luckily it was found that adult striper fishing would improve dramatically after the spawn in June as older fish said they would feed on the surface often if shad numbers were strong again in 2015.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass were not interviewed so the same old traditions should be expected. When water warms in March and April male bass will head to the shallows to build nests.  If the runoff is small or significantly delayed by cool weather, bass nests can be seen and fish readily caught from shallow nests.  If fast rising water covers the nests and makes them harder to find, male bass will still be quick to bite when a plastic bait threatens to enter a bass nest.
All bass have benefitted from the abundant shad food resource. They are in prime condition.  Both large and smallmouth bass may produce personal best size fish for lucky anglers this spring. Habitat is limited by low water levels so largemouth bass will be found near submerged brush piles. Look for old tumbleweed piles or cattail clumps that were displaced by flood waters.  These areas are not common but could be a bass bonanza when found.  Some crappie will be found in the same locations.
Walleye are present in large numbers in the northern lake.  They will be a worthy target fish in May and June.  If stripers are being stubborn during this time make sure to have some walleye baits and worms along to save the trip.
Catfish are fat and sassy as well. They will be easy to catch on a sandy beach near camp.
It looks like a great fishing year.  My prediction is that calm, good weather periods extending for 3-5 days in March and April will be the best spring fishing periods for a variety of fish with largemouth the main target and smallmouth a close second.  Walleye will be the best target fish in May.  Striped bass will be consistent throughout the spring season but location will be the key to finding them. Look in the backs of canyons near shad schools for best results.  Bait will work better for night fishing while shad lures will be the best method in daylight hours.
Plan your trip now.  It’s going to be a great year for fishing success.

Lake Powell Fish Report – March 2, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3592     

Water Temperature 49-53 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson  

http://www.wayneswords.com

Welcome to a Happy New FISHING Year at Lake Powell.  Headline news indicated that threadfin shad, the main forage fish in the lake, had a banner year in 2014. The Utah Division of Wildlife trawl shad samples in 2014 were 10 times greater than seen in the past decade. I would like to insert a picture of a big striped bass here with a huge smile on its face but I don’t have any fish that will smile for the camera.  Instead we will have to be satisfied with bass and stripers with a large stomach compared to the whole body profile.  Lake Powell fish are coming out of winter in the best rotund condition seen in this century.

wgstb5That is fantastic news for fish but has to be interpreted when it comes to angling projections.  Let’s take striped bass for an example.  Fat healthy stripers have lived in the back of the canyon eating shad all winter.  When water warms in the springtime most anglers expect stripers to be in the main channel by Glen Canyon Dam or Moki Wall near Bullfrog.  

A recent poll of stripers, conducted by me, found that most fish interviewed said they would choose to stay in the back of the canyon rather than heading to the dam in the spring because there was more food in the canyon than the main channel.  When asked about spawning they indicated they could spawn in the canyon near food and did not have to run to the channel.   Sample size was small but consistent.  My prediction is that fishing will be much better in the canyons with reaction type shad imitating lures than in the main channel with anchovy bait. 

wgstb2big_edited-1Further questioning teased out another fact.  Most stripers were in spawning condition this spring because of the great food resources. Therefore, when spawning time comes in May, the majority of adult fish indicated they would not feed during the spawning season but spend time finding a mate and spawning habitat. Younger fish and precocious teens said they would keep chasing shad no matter what.  Luckily it was found that adult striper fishing would improve dramatically after the spawn in June as older fish said they would feed on the surface often if shad numbers were strong again in 2015.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass were not interviewed so the same old traditions should be expected. When water warms in March and April male bass will head to the shallows to build nests.  If the runoff is small or significantly delayed by cool weather, bass nests can be seen and fish readily caught from shallow nests.  If fast rising water covers the nests and makes them harder to find, male bass will still be quick to bite when a plastic bait threatens to enter a bass nest.  

All bass have benefitted from the abundant shad food resource. They are in prime condition.  Both large and smallmouth bass may produce personal best size fish for lucky anglers this spring. Habitat is limited by low water levels so largemouth bass will be found near submerged brush piles. Look for old tumbleweed piles or cattail clumps that were displaced by flood waters.  These areas are not common but could be a bass bonanza when found.  Some crappie will be found in the same locations. 

waemouthWalleye are present in large numbers in the northern lake.  They will be a worthy target fish in May and June.  If stripers are being stubborn during this time make sure to have some walleye baits and worms along to save the trip.

Catfish are fat and sassy as well. They will be easy to catch on a sandy beach near camp. 

It looks like a great fishing year.  My prediction is that calm, good weather periods extending for 3-5 days in March and April will be the best spring fishing periods for a variety of fish with largemouth the main target and smallmouth a close second.  Walleye will be the best target fish in May.  Striped bass will be consistent throughout the spring season but location will be the key to finding them. Look in the backs of canyons near shad schools for best results.  Bait will work better for night fishing while shad lures will be the best method in daylight hours. 

Plan your trip now.  It’s going to be a great year for fishing success.

Walleye Trolling lures (Banana lures)  Wally Divers

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February 19, 2015 - Rock Creek and Padre Canyon

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Lake Powell Fishing Report

February 19, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3592

Water Temperature: 50-53 F

 

It has been my experience that fishing success is much better in low light conditions.  Therefore we launched as soon the first dim light appeared in the eastern horizon. It took an hour to travel from Wahweap to Rock Creek but we made it before the sun hit the water.
We began trolling our standard Shad Raps (SR8) and ghost colored Lucky Craft XD 100 with immediate success.  Well the Lucky Craft worked well and the Shad Frap did too when we switched from black and silver to Helsinki Shad color.  Fish are fussy for unknown reasons which I can’t explain.  I just change colors and let them decide on the color of the day.
Fishing was steady at the 18-25 foot range in the back of the canyon. We caught a striper every 8 minutes or so for the first two hours.  We were only able to catch one striper on a spoon as these fish were randomly scattered.  Trolling worked best in the low light of early morning but when the sun came out enough to warm us up fishing success declined.
At that point we retreated to shallow turbid water and tried for other fish species.  Our plastic grubs fished in 10-15 feet of water near submerged brush piles produced one smallmouth one striper and my personal best 20 inch largemouth bass that was between 5 and 6 pounds.
But fishing was slow so we checked out a few more spots.  No fish were caught nor schools graphed in Dry Rock Creek probably because we there in full sun light.
We ran up lake as far as Grotto Canyon to check on quagga mussel advance.  Mussels were easy to find. Lake Powell is infested from Wahweap to Dangling Rope.  We did not have means to go further so will save that for another day.
On the way back to Wahweap we stopped in Padre Canyon and trolled toward the back.  We passed over a big school at bottom depth of 35 feet.  Three fish were caught trolling but only one on spoons as the fish hightailed away from our tempting lures. The only spoon caught fish came on a small spoon.  We will have to try smaller spoons on these reluctant fish next trip.
All fish are fat, in great condition and willing to eat even at the currently low temperature of 50-53 degrees. It looks like spring fishing will be awesome.

It has been my experience that winter fishing success is much better in low light conditions.  Therefore we launched as soon as the first dim light appeared in the eastern horizon. It took an hour to travel from Wahweap to Rock Creek but we made it before the sun hit the water.

We began trolling our standard Shad Raps (SR8) and ghost colored Lucky Craft XD 100 with immediate success.  Well, the Lucky Craft worked well and the Shad Rap did too when we switched from black and silver to Helsinki Shad color.  Fish are fussy for unknown reasons which I can’t explain.  I just change colors and let them decide on the color of the day. 

waynegbigbasssmallCatching was steady at the 18-25 foot bottom depth range in the back of the canyon. We caught stripers from 2.5 to 4 pounds  every 8 minutes or so for the first two hours.  We were only able to catch one striper on a spoon as these fish were randomly scattered with no large schools detected.  Trolling worked best in the low light of early morning but when the sun came out enough to warm us up fishing success declined. 

At that point we retreated to shallow, turbid water and tried for other fish species.  Our plastic grubs fished in 10-15 feet of water near submerged brush piles produced two smallmouth, one striper, and my personal best 20-inch largemouth bass that was between 5 and 6 pounds. We put him back to protect the cove until we return again. 

But fishing was slow later in the day  so we checked out a few more spots.  No fish were caught nor schools graphed in Dry Rock Creek probably because we there in full sun light. 

We ran up lake as far as Grotto Canyon to check on quagga mussel advance.  Mussels were easy to find. Lake Powell is infested with mussels from the main channel to the backs of all canyons from Wahweap to Dangling Rope and beyond.  We did not have means to go further so will save that for another day.   

On the way back to Wahweap we stopped in Padre Canyon and trolled toward the back.  We passed over a big striper school at bottom depth of 35 feet.  Three fish were caught trolling but only one on spoons as the fish hightailed away from our tempting lures. The only spoon caught fish came on a small spoon (2 inches).  We will have to try smaller spoons on these reluctant fish next trip. 

At the cleaning station we found all fish to be fat, in great condition but their stomachs were empty which makes them challenging to catch.  

But, It looks like spring fishing will be awesome as soon as the water warms to the upper 50s. 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:18
 
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