Lake Powell Fishing Report
February 19, 2015
Lake Elevation: 3592
Water Temperature: 50-53 F
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.
Catching 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.