Lake Powell Fish Report – September 1, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3609
Water Temperature 79 - 82 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
The number of striper boils in the southern lake is increasing each day. This morning boils were seen at Buoy 1, Buoy 3, Buoy 9, mouth of Navajo, Padre Bay (Padre Butte and east wall), mouth of Last Chance and mouth of Rock Creek. I am sure there were more but after working these schools I needed a rest!
There are some established rules to follow.
Boils start at 6 AM and continue until 7:30 AM. After that boils are seen randomly throughout the day with no schedule, time or place. Evenings boils start up at 6 PM and continue until dark at the same location and with the same aggression seen in the morning.
Surface lures may be the best bait to start with when approaching a new boil. You will know it is the right lure if stripers attack the lure as soon as it hits the water. After a short time boiling fish tend to chase shad in opposite directions as the surface action widens. When a surface lure is chased but missed a few times it may be time to change to a shallow running lure like a rattletrap or flat rap or Kastmaster. Finally when the school goes down, drop a spoon to the bottom where they were last seen. Speed reel the lure up to catch a few more. When they quit hitting spoons move on to find the next boil and repeat the lure sequence. Fishing is intense from 6 – 7:30 AM.
Finally, stripers caught this morning were stuffed with 3-inch threadfin shad. We need some more anglers out there catching and keeping stripers so the shad population will last longer. They are being decimated at a high rate now.
At midlake stripers have quit boiling but can be caught readily by graphing the 20-40 foot contour and dropping spoons to any stripers schools seen. This technique worked great this week in the back of Bullfrog Bay.
In the northern lake boils continue from Good Hope Bay to Trachyte Canyon. The morning and evening time periods are best here as well.
Bass are caught near shore as the striper boils go down. Big largemouth and lots of smallmouth bass are following shad schools and become energized as stripers push shad toward shore.
The boils season now happening is the best boil action we have seen for a very long time. If you like to fish topwater there is no better place than at Lake Powell in September 2015.