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May 19, 2015 - Lost Stripers Found!

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Lake Powell Fish Report – May 19, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3592
Water Temperature 64 - 70 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
LOST STRIPERS ARE FOUND!
Striper fishing has been difficult in May since most are accustomed to fishing with bait for big schools of fish in deep water of the main channel. But not this year.  Stripers are in great shape and in spawning condition.  In April schools of stripers were found in the backs of canyons eating shad hiding in shallow water.  But not now.
It is now apparent that these schools of prespawn fish have moved out of murky water in the backs of canyons into open bays often near the canyon mouth and main channel. Prespawn schools are holding in spawning coves next to deep water waiting for water to warm enough for spawning to occur. With no shad in spawning coves stripers have only plankton to eat while waiting….  Plankton move just enough to group up in shallow open water.  Stripers cruise along just under the surface until a plankton congregation is encountered and eat a few microscopic tidbits as they wait….  In these conditions shad imitating crankbaits are ignored except at low light morning and evenings. This is why striper fishing has been tough in May.
Now enter Dave Sellers, an expert striper fly fishermen from California.  He discovered that these schools were often near the surface and could be caught on flies by long casts expertly retrieved.  That did not help me much since I have not used a fly rod since I was a teenager. But he did give me one technique that I could successfully perform and it worked for a fish collection that was needed this week.  Here are Dave’s words (which I edited for this report) that I used to catch stripers.
“We headed back to Padre Bay to the cliff walls on the east shore and located a big school under the boat. We went fishless for about an hour. Rob handed me the controller to his boat troller and he laid out for some shut eye on the leaning seat on his Ranger Bay Boat while dragging a fly behind the boat. Happy accident!! it wasn't 100 feet before the rod was just about jerked out of his hand. I cast out and gave it a long count. Nothing. Then, I resumed trolling looking for schools. Rob did not have his line in water any longer as he was staring at the graph with me. Another 15 minutes and we decided to get on the main motor and slowly head across the mouth of the cove looking for fish on finder. I dragged my fly line out this time and cruising at tuna trolling speed, a hook up occurred inside of 30 seconds. The two clueless fly casters finally got a clue. The fish were not on the graph because they were on the surface. After getting my fish in, we shut the motor down and started casting. Every cast again. This time many of the takes were within the first two pulls, and once again, bone jarring. The fish, as expected, would pile under the boat with the caught fish. But this time, it was not a problem. For every school we dragged in from our casts, there were more out around us. It was yet another evening of abundance.”
I found ripe male stripers using Dave’s description of the habitat and then trolled a clouser minnow on my spinning rod with 7-pound fluorocarbon line along the surface at 4 mph and hooked up within 5 minutes.  Then we circled around that location continuing to catch shallow stripers on flies. We got one triple while trolling 3 flies and we even caught one fly casting when stopped over a school that we drug under the boat.
For the next week – maybe two, it is possible to find mature adult stripers by trolling flies along the surface.  This magnificent but incredibly unusual year continues while fishing Lake Powell.
Bass and walleye are still being caught in big numbers while working the shoreline with green plastic baits and square bill crankbaits.  The walleye bite in the northern lake is monumental. Add a live night crawler to target these toothy and tasty game fish.
Come enjoy fishing at Lake Powell. There is something for everyone to enjoy right now.

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Lake Powell Fish Report – May 19, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3592

Water Temperature 64 - 70 F

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

                                                             LOST STRIPERS ARE FOUND!

Striper fishing has been difficult in May since most are accustomed to fishing with bait for big schools of fish in deep water of the main channel. But not this year.  Stripers are in great shape and in spawning condition.  In April schools of stripers were found in the backs of canyons eating shad hiding in shallow water.  But not now. It is now apparent that these schools of prespawn fish have moved out of murky water in the backs of canyons into open bays often near the canyon mouth and main channel. Prespawn schools are holding in spawning coves next to deep water waiting for water to warm enough for spawning to occur. With no shad in spawning coves stripers have only plankton to eat while waiting….  Plankton move just enough to group up in shallow open water.  Stripers cruise along just under the surface until a plankton congregation is encountered and eat a few microscopic tidbits as they wait….  In these conditions shad imitating crankbaits are ignored except at low light morning and evenings. This is why striper fishing has been tough in May.

pbflyspotNow enter Dave Sellers, an expert striper fly fishermen from California.  He discovered that these schools were often near the surface and could be caught on flies by long casts expertly retrieved.  That did not help me much since I have not used a fly rod since I was a teenager. But he did give me one technique that I could successfully perform and it worked for a fish collection that was needed this week.  Here are Dave’s words (which I edited for this report) that I used to catch stripers.

“We headed back to Padre Bay to the cliff walls on the east shore and located a big school under the boat. We went fishless for about an hour. Rob handed me the controller to his boat troller and he laid out for some shut eye on the leaning seat on his Ranger Bay Boat while dragging a fly behind the boat. Happy accident!! it wasn't 100 feet before the rod was just about jerked out of his hand. I cast out and gave it a long count. Nothing. Then, I resumed trolling looking for schools. Rob did not have his line in water any longer as he was staring at the graph with me. Another 15 minutes and we decided to get on the main motor and slowly head across the mouth of the cove looking for fish on finder. I dragged my fly line out this time and cruising at tuna trolling speed, a hook up occurred inside of 30 seconds. The two clueless fly casters finally got a clue. The fish were not on the graph because they were on the surface. After getting my fish in, we shut the motor down and started casting. Every cast again. This time many of the takes were within the first two pulls, and once again, bone jarring. The fish, as expected, would pile under the boat with the caught fish. But this time, it was not a problem. For every school we dragged in from our casts, there were more out around us. It was yet another evening of abundance.”

flysizeI found ripe male stripers using Dave’s description of the habitat and then trolled a clouser minnow on my spinning rod with 7-pound fluorocarbon line along the surface at 4 mph and hooked up within 5 minutes.  Then we circled around that location continuing to catch shallow stripers on flies. We got one triple while trolling 3 flies and we even caught one fly casting when stopped over a school that we drug under the boat. For the next week – maybe two, it is possible to find mature adult stripers by trolling flies along the surface.  This magnificent but incredibly unusual year continues while fishing Lake Powell. 

Bass and walleye are still being caught in big numbers while working the shoreline with green plastic baits and square bill crankbaits.  The walleye bite in the northern lake is monumental. Add a live night crawler to target these toothy and tasty game fish.   Come enjoy fishing at Lake Powell.

There is something for everyone to enjoy right now.

 

May 12, 2015 - Set Your Clock to find fish

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Lake Powell Fish Report – May 12, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3590.6
Water Temperature 62- 70 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
Lake Powell is rising!  The inflow is double the outflow allowing the lake level to climb almost one foot in a week.  Let’s hope it continues to rise for the next month.
Fishing success continues at the fast rate for which the month of May is known.  All fish species are cooperating. You just have to know what time it is in the water so you can set your clock for your target species.
Bass fishing is an afternoon phenomenon.  Water temperature in the morning is in the low 60s.  That was just what bass wanted last month - but not now.  The sun starts to warm the water mid morning but really gets aggressive by mid afternoon. When the water temperature nears 68-70 degrees bass fishing peaks. Bass are caught lakewide.  There may have been a subtle movement from open water reefs toward fairly steep rocky shoreline.  But that will change now that water level is on the rise. It won’t take long to find out the best location.  Just cast to reefs and then to steep rock piles. Smallmouth bass will let you know where they are at any given time as they gobble up the green plastic grub or Gulp minnow.
But first check your fish watch – Afternoon = Bass.
Dawn starts the day off with another chance to catch walleye as the first fish of the day. It is best to fish in the shade before the sun hits the water. Drag a plastic grub slowly along the bottom.  In early morning expect walleye to be the narrow trough at the center of a ravine where water would run down to the lake after a rain storm.  The magic depth is 12-25 feet. Catching walleye is better if there are submerged tumbleweeds in the shallows near shore.  That gives bluegill a place to hide and walleye a fast food stop for breakfast.  Walleye will snack when the wind blows in the afternoon.  Look for them where the waves are braking along a reef or shoreline.
Fish watch – Breakfast – Walleye.
Crappie are rebels. They do not care what time of day it is. In fact their only concern is searching for a large bush to hide in. With not many bushes in the water crappie are paranoid and found in really strange places.  They can be on a shallow hump near shore or in open water where the water color is murky brown.  They are widely scattered so slow trolling to cover a lot of ground may be the best technique.  Crappie are easier to understand at night.  Put out a light in a shallow cove where crappie were found during the day.   Crappie are attracted to light after dark.
Fish watch – Light on a dark Night = crappie.
Striped bass fishing is HOT at the right time.  There are two brief periods when striper catching is easy.  The first striper feeding period occurs as the sun begins to brighten the morning sky.  Stripers then come shallow to feed after a night of chasing each other around shallow coves. The next catching period is from sunset until dark.  Stripers have been sleeping all day long waiting for dark and hoping tonight will be the time to spawn.  They try to find a little snack before be consumed by spawning mania once more.  Lucky Craft pointers retrieved in a stop and go motion near shore are just what stripers are looking for.
Fish Watch – Almost light and then again at almost dark = Stripers

Lake Powell Fish Report – May 12, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3590.6

Water Temperature 62- 70 F

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

elipricelmb_edited-1Lake Powell is rising!  The inflow is double the outflow allowing the lake level to climb almost one foot in a week.  Let’s hope it continues to rise for the next month.Fishing success continues at the fast rate for which the month of May is known.  All fish species are cooperating. You just have to know what time it is in the water so you can set your clock for your target species. 

Bass fishing is an afternoon phenomenon.  Water temperature in the morning is in the low 60s.  That was just what bass wanted last month - but not now.  The sun starts to warm the water mid morning but really gets aggressive by mid afternoon. When the water temperature nears 68-70 degrees bass fishing peaks. Bass are caught lakewide.  There may have been a subtle movement from open water reefs toward fairly steep rocky shoreline.  But that will change now that water level is on the rise. It won’t take long to find out the best location.  Just cast to reefs and then to steep rock piles. Smallmouth bass will let you know where they are at any given time as they gobble up the green plastic grub or Gulp minnow.  

But first check your fish watch – Afternoon = Bass.

Dawn starts the day off with another chance to catch walleye as the first fish of the day. It is best to fish in the shade before the sun hits the water. Drag a plastic grub slowly along the bottom.  In early morning expect walleye to be the narrow trough at the center of a ravine where water would run down to the lake after a rain storm.  The magic depth is 12-25 feet. Catching walleye is better if there are submerged tumbleweeds in the shallows near shore.  That gives bluegill a place to hide and walleye a fast food stop for breakfast.  Walleye will snack when the wind blows in the afternoon.  Look for them where the waves are breaking along a reef or shoreline. 

Fish watch – Breakfast – Walleye.

sprav5bCrappie are rebels. They do not care what time of day it is. In fact their only concern is searching for a large bush to hide in. With not many bushes in the water crappie are paranoid and found in really strange places.  They can be on a shallow hump near shore or in open water where the water color is murky brown.  They are widely scattered so slow trolling to cover a lot of ground may be the best technique.  Crappie are easier to understand at night.  Put out a light in a shallow cove where crappie were found during the day.   Crappie are attracted to light after dark.  

Fish watch – Bright light on a dark Night = crappie. 

Striped bass fishing is HOT at the right time.  There are two brief periods when striper catching is easy.  The first striper feeding period occurs as the sun begins to brighten the morning sky.  Stripers then come shallow to feed after a night of chasing each other around shallow coves. The next catching period is from sunset until dark.  Stripers have been sleeping all day long waiting for dark and hoping tonight will be the time to spawn.  They try to find a little snack before being consumed by spawning mania once more.  Lucky Craft pointers retrieved in a stop and go motion near shore are just what stripers are looking for. 

Fish Watch – Almost light and then again at almost dark = Stripers

 

May 6, 2015 - May is Best Month for Fishing Success

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Lake Powell Fish Report – May 6, 2015                                                                                                                Lake Elevation: 3589.8
Water Temperature 62- 70
By: Wayne Gustaveson   http://www.wayneswords.com
Fish reports from the first weekend in May are rolling in and all agree that last weekend was the very best fishing of the year and perhaps the best seen in a very long time. All species of fish were caught along the length and breadth of the lake. Smallmouth bass were the leader by a country mile followed about equally by largemouth bass, crappie, and walleye. Stripers came in last but there were a few clues to help find them in the coming days.
Smallmouth bass were actively spawning in the mid to northern lake. They are very aggressive when the first eggs are laid but then become more docile with each passing day.  Weather is now blustery with scatter showers and cooler weather.   But water temperature remains above 62 degrees so bass will continue to guard nests and be easily caught.  Smallmouth techniques were evenly divided between square bill crankbaits cranked near shore and plastics fished along the bottom from shore to 25 feet deep.  It seems crankbaits and spinner baits were best early and late while plastics were better mid day.
Largemouth bass are randomly caught while pounding the shoreline looking for smallmouth.  It seems largemouth are done spawning but they are actively chasing sunfish and crayfish in submerged tumbleweed shelters in the backs of coves. Largemouth are caught frequently but compared to smallmouth they are outnumbered 10 to 1.
Crappie are actively spawning and have been found on nests in open water far from brush. The falling lake level with clear water makes them easy to see but they look back and see the boat so they are not always easy to catch. Small fish imitating lures are best. Try 1/16th ounce weights on 4-6 pound test when specifically targeting crappie.
Walleye are showing up more often now.  The magic depth is 15-20 feet. The best lures are plastic tubes and grubs that move slowly along the bottom.  A piece of live worm is a good enticement and draws response from crappie bass and bluegill as well.  Blue gill occupy tumbleweed piles in 10 feet of water and less.  Walleye hang at the 15 foot area and move in shallow occasionally to invite a bluegill to lunch.
Stripers are still difficult to find. The problem is romance related.  They are up all night and tend to go to sleep first thing in the morning.  I went out early today and found stripers much easier to catch at first light than at mid day. The vulnerable stripers are in open water where bottom depth is near 25 feet. These 1 and 2 year old fish are eating plankton and can be caught with small trolled lures.  Our best lure today was a ghost colored Lucky Craft Bevy Shad 75.  It runs about 8 feet deep and is small enough to excite the plankton-eating fish.
The larger mature males and females are separated from the small fish.  They hold in larger schools in deeper water.  Big schools were found at the mouth of 50-mile Canyon in the Escalante arm and in Bullfrog Bay near Buoy 94.  The 50-mile fish got away because they could be seen but not caught.  The Bullfrog fish were harvested in abundance with anchovy bait after extensive chumming and precise positioning over the stationary school.
If big striper schools are seen in deeper water, mark the spot and chum to wake them up. Once caught on bait they can be kept active with small spoons and jigs.  I caught schooled stripers today on Kastmasters and shad shaped worms.  Once active they just need something to eat.  Get it to them as quickly as possible before the boat drifts away from the school.
After the blustery week is over expect fishing to improve again as water warms.  Fishing does not have to be as good as it was last week to be incredibly exciting.

Lake Powell Fish Report – May 6, 2015                                                                                                                          

Lake Elevation: 3589.8

Water Temperature 62 - 70 F

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

ssshanelmbFish reports from the first weekend in May are rolling in and all agree that last weekend was the very best fishing of the year and perhaps the best seen in a very long time. All species of fish were caught along the length and breadth of the lake. Smallmouth bass were the leader by a country mile followed about equally by largemouth bass, crappie, and walleye. Stripers came in last but there were a few clues to help find them in the coming days.

Smallmouth bass were actively spawning in the mid to northern lake. They are very aggressive when the first eggs are laid but then become more docile with each passing day.  Weather is now blustery with scatter showers and cooler weather.  But water temperature remains above 62 degrees so bass will continue to guard nests and be easily caught.  

Smallmouth techniques were evenly divided between square bill crankbaits cranked near shore and plastics fished along the bottom from shore to 25 feet deep.  It seems crankbaits and spinner baits were best early and late while plastics were better mid day. 

Largemouth bass are randomly caught while pounding the shoreline looking for smallmouth.  It seems largemouth are done spawning but they are actively chasing sunfish and crayfish in submerged tumbleweed shelters in the backs of coves. Largemouth are caught frequently but compared to smallmouth they are outnumbered 10 to 1.  

Crappie are actively spawning and have been found on nests in open water far from brush. The falling lake level with clear water makes them easy to see but they look back and see the boat so they are not always easy to catch. Small fish imitating lures are best. Try 1/16th ounce weights on 4-6 pound test when specifically targeting crappie.  

ssshane2smbWalleye are showing up more often now.  The magic depth is 15-20 feet. The best lures are plastic tubes and grubs that move slowly along the bottom.  A piece of live worm is a good enticement and draws response from crappie, bass and bluegill as well.  Bluegill occupy tumbleweed piles in 10 feet of water and less.  Walleye hang at the 15 foot area and move in shallow occasionally to invite a bluegill to lunch. 

Stripers are still difficult to find. The problem is romance related.  They are up all night and tend to go to sleep first thing in the morning.  I went out early today and found stripers much easier to catch at first light than at mid day. The vulnerable stripers are in open water where bottom depth is near 25 feet. These 1 and 2 year old fish are eating plankton and can be caught with small trolled lures.  Our best lure today was a ghost colored Lucky Craft Bevy Shad 75.  It runs about 8 feet deep and is small enough to excite the plankton-eating fish.  

The larger mature males and females are separated from the small fish.  They hold in larger schools in deeper water. Big schools were found at the mouth of 50-mile Canyon in the Escalante arm and in Bullfrog Bay near Buoy 94.  The 50-mile fish got away because they could be seen but not caught.  The Bullfrog fish were harvested in abundance with anchovy bait after extensive chumming and precise positioning over the stationary school. If big striper schools are seen in deeper water, mark the spot and chum to wake them up. Once caught on bait they can be kept active with small spoons and jigs.

 I caught schooled stripers today on Kastmasters and shad shaped worms.  Once active they just need something to eat. Feed them as quickly as possible before the boat drifts away from the school.  After the blustery week is over expect fishing to improve again as water warms.  

shuntstb15_edited-1Fishing does not have to be as good as it was last week to be incredibly exciting.

 

April 29, 2015 - May is Walleye Month

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Lake Powell Fish Report – April 29, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3590.5

Water Temperature 61 - 66 wgwae4of7F

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

 

May is walleye month.

 

Fishing at Lake Powell continues to get stronger as the water warms.  It was 61-66 F today, which is primetime for spring fishing.  Smallmouth are still king but striped bass are in the back seat now and walleye are riding shotgun.

 

Smallmouth bass are moving back on the spawning beds so bass fishing will be super this week.

 

Striped bass are thinking about spawning so they are active at night.  The best time to catch stripers is at night or early morning in pre dawn light. They tend to quit biting when the sun peaks over the ridge and hits the water.

 

Walleye always come on strong in May because they are trying to rebuild their body after the stress of spawning.  They are caught more often now because they feed all day long. Later in the summer after the other fish spawn there is plenty of forage for omnivorous walleye but in May they have to use available forage.  It takes a full day of feeding to get that feeling of fullness they desire.

 

Walleye pattern:

 

Find colored water, usually toward the back of the canyon but sometimes along the bank where wind and waves stir up the sediment.

 

The proper walleye-catching depth is 12-15 feet.  That works whether trolling, casting or dragging live worms.  Find a bench, terrace or reef surrounded by deeper water.  Work your bait along the breaking edge.  As with most animals fish really like to have a close avenue of escape handy where they can dive quickly into deep water.

 

Trolling, casting, dragging or bottom bouncing will work.  It is up to you to decide which is your preferred method.

 

walleyecaughttubeTrolling: Tie on a 12-foot medium runner and drag it at 2-2.5 mph across the reef.  Walleye are ambush feeders that will strike quickly as a trolled bait is in range.  They really like to hide in a bush and eat fish that swim in close proximity.  Therefore trolling near brush and hitting bottom occasionally is the most effective technique.

 

Bottom bouncing: Use the 12 inch long L-shaped weight with a worm harness, attractant spinners and beads to deliver the night crawler to the waiting walleye. The bouncer has a heavy weight to keep the worm near the bottom.  The worm harness spinners attract attention and the worm usually has a couple of hooks that will impale the walleye as it strikes.

 

Casting or Drifting:  Use a plastic grub, jig, tube or worm on a jig head.  They key is to keep the bait on the bottom while slowly moving along the bottom contour. It will soon become apparent when the lure hits a stick or rock and bounces off.  Then the distinctive walleye bite will feel subtlety different as the bait is mouthed and then released…then picked up and dropped again.   Walleye often bite many times before getting enough hook to be caught.  The bite feels like a lure being grabbed by a rubber band, stretched and then released.  The take home message is that when strange things happen to your lure on the bottom it is usually walleye related.

 

How important is the live worm?  When the worm is lost to a walleye bite it seems wise to put another worm on to catch the fish.  But at times the lure on bottom without a worm will work just fine.  Live worms attached to the terminal tackle are really a matter of personal preference.  If you think walleye will bite better with a worm attached then put one on.  If you think it doesn’t matter then you don’t need one.  All of the walleye caught casting today had a piece of worm attached. The one walleye caught trolling did not bite a worm.  

 

Place a half-inch chunk of live worm on the hook with the plastic grub for taste and to build your confidence.

 

Oh! and one last caution:


walleyelurewormWhen you hook the walleye do not put your hand in the fishes mouth  They have sharp teeth! 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 07:48
 

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
 
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