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Oct
17
2014
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Lake Powell Fishing Report by Wayne Gusatveson

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Photo caption: Brian Myers found bass fishing good for his angling group in Good Hope Bay. Here is a light colored largemouth bass which looks much like a smallmouth bass. These fish species are currently hard to tell apart when they come from murky water. Bass fishing is good now while stripers are being more selective. This is a picture also of the “graph” to illustrate striper feeding.

Lake Powell Fishing Report October 17, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3606

Water Temperature 70-74 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson

My week was spent from the mouth of San Juan to Rincon with a side trip up the Escalante Arm. Striper fishing was tough with no boils seen and only 3 fish caught all week. Bass fishing saved the day. The main channel bass pattern was consistent. At the corners and edges of the channel there are a few shallow slick rock islands protruding from the water. These beautiful rock formations harbored good numbers of smallmouth bass that could be consistently caught casting and trolling with shad colored lipless vibrating lures. It is likely that bass were running shad schools into the shallow bays and trapping them against the rocks where feeding was intense. The rocks guarding the mouth of the San Juan were a good example of the rocky habitat that provides especially good fishing. Fishing in the backs of canyons was slow for stripers but again smallmouth bass were active in 12-25 feet of water in most canyons.

Upon returning there were many fish reports waiting. Fishing has been challenging since full moon but is now slowly improving. The key is to find locations where fish are active and avoid the quiet spots. The best spots this week were on the San Juan Arm from Cha to Neskahi, and the mouth of Rock Creek to Gregory Butte. There were no fresh reports from the northern lake except to say that fishing is improving after full moon. Fishing at Bullfrog was slow with the best spot in Halls Bay.

There is more action in the southern lake. The best plan of attack is to head out early and look for striper splashes as they feed individually and in small groups from Wahweap to Rock Creek. If the surface action continues then stripers can be caught in quick small boils. The real action comes when the school dives and can be found on the graph. Spooning over holding schools at 40-60 feet is the very best fishing technique now to catch big numbers of stripers. Stripers were recently spooned up at the mouth of Rock Creek where small surface disturbances were seen. The school was found where bottom depth was 60 feet. It is really tough to find suspended schools where bottom depth exceeds 100 feet. Look for boils but the best work is done in deep water with spoons. Bucktail jigs, hyper stripers and similar lures that can be fished at various depths in the water column and then retrieved from the bottom to the location favored by suspended fish may be the best technique for catching fish in these challenging high-forage conditions.

Graph

 Tips for Graph Use: Those new to using a graph to locate fish commonly turn on the fish ID which shows computer generated fish pictures on the graph. Fishing is not a video game. Actual fish are best seen by using raw data. This can best be tested on cliff walls and at the mouth of canyons. Here the sonar sound bounces of the cliff wall then the bottom before returning to the graph. The fish ID shows these “bounces” as fish when they are not. Learn to use the graph in open water where bottom depth is between 40 and 60 feet. Look for individual fish and schools where the bottom is distinct for best results. Graphing in the main channel only works when the graph is zoomed in to show a selected area. Choose the depth where most fish traces are seen for best results. Fishing is slower than usual but warm days and cool nights are very comfortable. The Lake Powell scenery is even better than ever in these late summer days.

Oct
10
2014
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Fishing Report October 8, 2014 with Capt. Bill

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Fly Fishing 10/8/14 with Richard Hargis from Utah

The days scenario fishing Powell is a 50/50 possibility for Stripers. If you hit the schools on top then two people can bag 10 to 20 fish in and hour fishing conventional. Fly fisherman can cut that equation in half. The fish are fat and strong with 1 1/2 inch fillets for the table. The rest of the day would be looking for small mouth unless where presented with another boil of course the hopefully a few more Stripers.

That’s the first 50% ! the second is hitting a dud on the top water and it’s a day of Small Mouth but it’s a beautiful time to get that fall weather fish with winter around the corner and don’t forget a good day fishing is better that a good day at the office and the catching is the bonus.

Oct
10
2014
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Lake Powell Fishing by Wayne Gustaveson 10-8-14

Photo:  Striped bass caught now are as healthy as they have ever been due to a bumper crop of shad.  Stripers are selecting threadfin shad in the main channel and saving gizzard shad next to shore until later in the year.  Fishing is challenging in these high forage conditions but very rewarding when catching these beautiful prime young fish. Lake Powell Fishing Report
October 8, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 72-74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
October is hunting season.  It’s time to put on the blaze orange sweatshirt, load some weapons and get in the boat.  The weapons should be transported fully loaded because the game appears quickly and then runs off even faster.  If fully ready and very observant there is time to get one shot off before the game slips out of range.  This is not a road hunt but rather a very exciting fishing trip.  The critters being pursued are surface feeding striped bass and smallmouth bass. The weapons are fishing reels fine tuned to cast very far with great accuracy and they are loaded with heavy, long-casting lures that resemble shad.   Yes – Fishing striper boils in the fall is more like hunting than fishing.

Our quarry this morning was found in the same range as reported last week but there were some subtle differences.  Early morning fishing during the full moon is not as productive as it is under dark night skies. We headed out at first light but did not see any surface action until we reached Rock Creek.  Even then the action included only a few stripers jumping here and a couple over there. We eased over to the spots where the last splash was seen. If another fish or two came up they were easy to catch when the boat was in casting range. Stripers in pursuit of shad are single minded and will bite just about anything that wiggles.  But once they dive and start looking for another school they are hard to catch.

For two hours we chased single splashes and rolling turbulent waters which were big stripers feeding just under the surface.  These fish were working individually since shad numbers are high enough to allow stripers this luxury.  Usually the striper school has to surround shad and hold them in place before feeding.  Not now!  Shad are numerous making stripers a bit more challenging to capture.

After 8 AM surface boils began holding more fish and the action persisted a little longer.  We caught stripers at the mouth of Rock Creek by running a circle around the big bay looking for splashes.  Big splashes usually mean stripers are feeding but we also caught smallmouth as they boiled in two locations.

Next we headed down lake to look at Last Chance again. It had been calm and quiet early in the morning but this time through there were more aggressive small boils with an exciting climax of one big boil that stayed up for 5 minutes.  The big boil came up at 10 AM.

That’s a good summary of how to catch stripers now.  They are easy to snare when hitting the surface and hard to find when not on top.  The very best way to catch fish now is to find a school on the graph and drop spoons to catch a lot of fish in a short time.  But the schools holding on the bottom are just as hard to find as the fish boiling on the surface.  Trolling is the last resort as both chasing boils and spooning are more productive.

The best time to fish now is the last few hours in the evening.  The best location is in the main channel from Padre Bay to Trachyte. The best recent report came from the main channel just upstream from the mouth of the San Juan.
All of the stripers caught had threadfin shad in their stomachs.  These shad are open water fish while small gizzard shad are found close to shore. I suspect that stripers are selectively pursuing threadfin shad in open water and will save the gizzard shad in coves and backs of canyons for later in the year.

Fishing in these high forage conditions is more challenging than when stripers are really hungry.  But catching fish now is more rewarding as these fish are in abnormally prime physical condition seldom seen on Lake Powell. Catching 10 stripers now makes a successful trip. Catching 20 or more is like fishing in Shangri-La.   stbduo (1)

Oct
01
2014
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Lake Powell Fishing Report September 30, 2014 by Wayne Gustaveson

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Caption: Raquel Dibble, Perry UT, displays some very healthy stripers caught this week from boils. Cooler temperatures allow stripers to come to the surface to feed on shad that have been hiding in the warm surface waters. Boil fishing should be good through October.  ht

Lake Powell Fishing Report September 30, 2014 Lake Elevation: 3605 Water Temperature 73-77 F

Just blew the hot water lid off of Lake Powell. The long hot summer kept the surface temperature above 80 degrees until the rainy cold front arrived this past weekend. Now instead of daytime air temperatures reaching 90 degrees the temperature is now a much more comfortable 70 degrees. Morning air temperature is now in the 50s. We put on our coats and headed out at first light this morning. We saw no boils in Warm Creek so we headed uplake. There were no boils at the mouth of Gunsight so we kept driving. This was getting depressing because I was sure the cooler water temperature would allow stripers to attack shad that had been peacefully feeding on the surface. On calm evenings for the past two weeks hundreds of schools of shad could be seen feeding in the open water of the main channel with only an occasional game fish rising up to chase them. It was amazing to see that many shad with no stripers in attendance.

Next we rounded the corner of Gregory Butte trying to decide whether to go to Rock Creek or Last Chance when a school of big stripers attacked a shad school right in front of us. In early September we had been catching stripers smaller than 16 inches on top in the warm surface water. But these fish were different. The first two fish hooked were both over 3 pounds and so strong we could not get them in the boat before the school went down. We just had to play these fish and watch the rest boil while we reeled them in. The school came up quickly 2 more times and we caught more big fish each time they surfaced. The largest striper weighed 4.5 pounds. That was worth the trip but we weren’t done.

We headed into a nearby Last Chance cove and found the yearlings boiling. They were easier to catch and land quickly so we caught another 10 on top. When they went down we followed them with spoons between 40-60 feet and caught more. At 9 AM this action stopped so we headed back down lake. Back at Gregory Butte the big fish boiled in the main channel twice more and we caught 2 out of each boil. Fall fishing has officially arrived. Stripers are boiling from dawn to 10:30 AM. There were reports of more 3-4 pound boiling fish in Rock Creek during the same time that we were catching fish in Last Chance. We caught plenty of smallmouth bass on top water and shallow running cranks that were feeding right with the stripers in the coves. It is likely that random boils continued through the day and then build again during the last hour of daylight. The cooler surface temperature is what the stripers have been waiting for. If planning a trip for boiling stripers now is the time.

Sep
20
2014
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Holiday Special 2014

 

 

Clipart Illustration of Santa Holding A Red Christmas Stocking On A Fishing Pole Hook

 

It’s that time of year again to give that Special Angler a Special Gift.
Give them a Gift Certificate for Fishing Lake Powell for 2015.  Whether Fly or Spin a Fishing trip at Lake Powell is a Gift they will always remember.  All Gift Certficates are good for 1 year from purchase date.  The angler just gives a call and let’s us know what dates will work for them it’s as easy as that.
 
As a “thank you” to all our customers, any Gift Certificate purchased from September 19, 2014 through December 15, 2014 we will give you $25 off.
Give them a Memory that will last a lifetime Fishing Lake Powell.
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Sep
19
2014
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Lake Powell Fishing Report by Capt. Bill & Wayne Gustaveson

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It’s that time of year already. Looking for the special gift for your special angler for Christmas. Give them a Gift Certificate for fishing Lake Powell. You can purchase the G/C and give it to them and let them pick their dates. All Gift Certificates are good for 1 year from purchase date. Give them a Memory that will last a lifetime fishing Lake Powell. From 9-19-14 through 12-15-14 receive $25.00 off any G/C purchased. Our way of thanking of our Customers.

 

 

Notes from Fishing last week Capt. Bill 

Due to he warm water and lower water I am predicting October and November to be the BEST fly and top water plug bite to be the best in the decade. Try to book your experience and full days recommended for Fly Fishing and extended trips if possible. 

The weather and fishing condiitons are optimum for Lake Powell Stripers for October & November. Last year I fished December and it was fantastic and caught the biggest striper ever! 

Tight Lines from Lake Powell ~ Capt. Bill

markcounterPhoto caption:  Mark Counter, St George UT, found a nice striper boil in Warm Creek Bay.  If the boat is stopped close enough to cast a lure to the rising fish, catching is assured. Boils are now happening lakewide in the early mornings and late evenings.

From Wayne Gustaveson

Photo Caption: Lake Powell stripers are in prime condition. These fat stripers were caught in surface boils this week that are occurring daily from dawn until 7:30 AM and them again during the last hour of daylight.

Fishing is improving over the length of the lake. More striper boils are seen each day and bass are being caught with more regularity. 

Striper boils were confined to a few specific spots last week but now boils are seen almost daily. The best locations in the southern lake include the main channel near the mouth of Navajo Canyon, Gunsight Canyon main channel, Last Chance coves about half way up the canyon and main channel from West Canyon to Wetherill. These boils follow the lakewide pattern of being most active during the first 2 hours in the morning and the last hour in the evening. Stripers come up quickly to feed and then go down to regroup before surfacing once more. This week the boils moved closer to the walls as stripers try to corral shad and trap them in places where there is no escape and feeding is easier for the predators. 

At mid lake the best spots are in the San Juan near the mouth and then again from Cha Canyon bay to Neskahi bay. Here the boils are up a bit longer but still the best time is early morning and late evening. 

In the northern lake the best action is from the Horn to Trachyte Canyon. Again early and late are the best times to find surface feeding fish.

During the rest of the day there are still fish to be caught. It takes a bit more work than stopping near a boil but in the end more fish can be caught deep than on the surface. To start, chase a boil and then when they quit start trolling and graphing the bottom structure. Graphing does not work well in the main channel where bottom depth is greater than 100 feet. But in the backs of canyons and coves look for suspended shad schools surrounded by other fish traces. Toss out a floating marker and continue to troll hoping for a hookup. If no fish are caught trolling, return to the marker and drop spoons, bucktail jigs or plastic grubs to the bottom. With the tremendous number of shad now available game fish are schooled near large shad schools. It is possible to catch both bass and stripers under shad schools. Bass will be in large groups instead of randomly scattered along the shoreline.

On some days trolling mid range lures like Shad Raps or Pointers is the best option. On other days the Kastmaster may be the best bet. Keep changing lures until the favored pattern for the day is discovered. Trolling might work well or fishing the bottom in likely spots seen on the graph may be best. The choice is up to the fish and as anglers we have to respond to what the fish are doing if we want a successful catch. 

It is gratifying to see the fisheries respond to improved habitat and forage. Over the last 2 years the lake level declined, brush was eliminated, and the fish populations downsized. But now a new younger generation of bass and stripers is responding to the resurgence in lake conditions. Brush is in the shallow water, shad are at a 10 year peak in abundance, and young game fish are growing fast while enjoying the luxury. 

Fishing is more challenging in these ideal conditions when fish do not have to work to eat, but the satisfaction of catching fish now is very rewarding. Do not just use the same old techniques in the same comfort zone that has been engrained over the years. Try a new approach of using a variety of lures and fishing techniques to find what the fish want. You will be surprised at your reward at the end of the day.

Sep
10
2014
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Lake Powell Fishing Report September 10, 2014 Wayne Gustaveson

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Photo Caption: Lake Powell stripers are in prime condition. These fat stripers were caught in surface boils this week that are occurring daily from dawn until 7:30 AM and them again during the last hour of daylight.

Lake Powell Fishing Report
September 10, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3605
Water Temperature 75-79 F

Striper fishing has settled into a predictable pattern over the length of Lake Powell. Each morning striper schools come to the surface chasing shad schools. The trigger is first light which makes shad form into tight schools following a night of happy wandering as individuals. Shad feed on plankton after dark but do not maintain the school mentality in low light. When visibility improves in the morning each shad wants to be in the middle of the school while those shad on the outer edge of the school bear the brunt of attacking game fish. 

This daily ritual helps explain why shad like to swim in big schools. It also explains why stripers feed at such high speed. Stripers don’t have to be real fast – just fast enough to get to food before their school mates. Stripers often race each other during the feeding process. That is why a striper school can be within casting distance one minute and over 100 yards away the next. 

We were surprised to see impressive striper boils this morning despite the full moon. The need to feed on shad is more important to stripers than the unexplainable weirdness that generally goes with bright nights when the moon is at its peak. 

The lakewide pattern is very specific. Stripers attack the first shad school found in morning light. That could be as early as 5:30 AM (MST) but more typically at 6 AM. The skirmishes tend to be in the same locations each morning. Each boil is very quick and may last for only 1-2 minutes with a strong boil staying up for 5-10 minutes. The key is to run at full throttle until multiple splashes are seen. When in casting range drop off plane and cast as quickly as possible over and as close as possible to the swirling fish. Each time the lure enters the feeding school it will be whacked by attacking stripers. When the school sounds the fun is over and it is time to hit the throttle while looking for the next boil. There are usually many quick boils in a favored area so the run is not that far.

The feeding intensity is strongest from 6-7:30 AM and then it goes silent. The next daily feeding activity is at supper time as stripers come back to the top during the last hour of daylight. It gets dicey when the sun sets and stripers are still feeding. Hopefully you can camp near the action. If not, make sure to have a GPS bread crumb trail on the graph to increase the odds of the boat returning to the right spot after dark. 

Those favored feeding areas include the main channel from the mouth of Warm Creek to Antelope Point Marina, Cha Canyon to Neskahi Canyon in the San Juan, Escalante main channel, Rincon to Slick Rock Canyon, and Castle Butte to Fourmile Canyon. I am sure there are many other boiling stripers that we do not know about, but these are the areas where recent morning and evening boils have been reported. 

The best lures this week were shallow running crankbaits with a white background and a chartreuse stripe on the side. We did well with a Lucky Craft Pointer in chartreuse shad and a Shad Rap in Helsinki shad color.
Top water lures are so much fun and they get stroked and petted while in the boil. But only occasionally do the stripers actually get hooked up on a surface lure. The opposite result occurs when a white Rattlin’ Rap or a ghost Lucky Craft LV 100 swims into the school. Shallow runners are worker much better than surface lures. 

Sep
08
2014
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Lake Powell Fishing Report by Wayne Gustaveson 9-6-14

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Photo caption: Dallin Trotter, Cedar City UT, caught some nice fat stripers in early morning striper boils in the main channel near Navajo Canyon. Striper boils are getting bigger and more numerous as the lake surface temperature cools.

Navajo Canyon continues to be the best spot for striper boils in the southern lake. Lacking any other reports we headed back to Navajo to glean additional information for this week’s report. No surface action was seen in Wahweap or Warm Creek but as soon as we saw the mouth of Navajo Canyon there were small groups of stripers hitting the top.

That is where it got frustrating. The surface lure (Lucky craft Sammy) hit the water and stripers pushed the lure around but would not hook up. It was fun to see the swirls and splashes around the lure but we wanted to catch some fish. We took off the topwater lures and cranked down with shad raps, rattletraps, and pointers. No fish were seen when we were ready to cast again so we trolled where the last small boil was seen. We caught two stripers right away but then it was over. We quit trolling and ran back from the mouth of Navajo toward Warm Creek looking for the next school.

Good choice! We found larger schools working the surface as the sun hit the water but sometimes had to run a mile to find them. When we got in casting range, and stopped in range, but not too close, then made good casts we could catch 2 stripers out of each pod of stripers. After they went down (usually less than a minute) we would run again. We stayed busy running in the main channel and casting from 6-8 AM. As the action died in the main channel we went up Navajo Canyon looking for boils in the shade of the steep cliffs. We found a few more boils and caught more fish. We ended up with 23 stripers in 3 hours which is the best we have done this fall. Boil fishing is getting better. It looks like it will continue to improve each day due to the strength of the threadfin shad population.

The best reports this week featured the San Juan from Wilson Creek to Neskahi Bay. Stripers continue to boil in good numbers there both morning and evening then randomly throughout the day. No reports came from the northern lake but the size of the shad population makes it seem likely that boils are happening early morning there as well. We found surface action from first light to 8 AM MST. It is quite likely that the early morning boil pattern occurs lakewide.

Bass fishing continues to improve as well. Just remember that bass are feeding on shad along with stripers. That means they are more likely to be on rocky main channel points than in the backs of coves. When shad move out of the channel to avoid stripers then bass fishing will change accordingly. Right now white or silver crankbaits, white flukes and D-shad and white plastic grubs are good shad imitations. Shad stay near the surface so work the flukes and shad imitators near the top early morning and then deeper during the bright light of day.

It has been a rough couple of years with the declining lake level, loss of habitat and downsizing of fish populations. Now that is behind us and all fish species are rebuilding. Threadfin shad had a banner year and provide the bulk of open water forage. Bass, stripers, alleye are all eating their fill and growing FAT and sassy. Fall fishing will be outstanding!

Aug
27
2014
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Lake Powell Fishing Report by Wayne Gustaveson 8-27-14

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Photo Caption:  Carl Lind, Wittmann AZ, caught this 3-pound striped bass in Last Chance Bay trolling a shad rap.  Striper fishing is much better this week as stripers are chasing shad to the surface each morning and evening.  Stripers are FAT after gorging on a bumper crop of shad. They are very strong fighters and are willing to hit surface lures.

August 27, 2014 Lake Elevation:

3606 Water Temperature

77-80 F
Reports of stripers feeding on the surface really had me invigorated this morning.  We took off for Navajo Canyon at first light and studied calm water at the mouth of the canyon where boiling stripers had been caught in big numbers the day before.  A few fish broke the surface but we could not identify any stripers.  The next decision was to wait for the action to start or to travel up canyon.  I waited about 10 seconds and then decided to go uplake because patience is not one of my virtues.   It seemed like a good choice as scattered stripers were breaking the surface just past the double islands. My first cast to a surfacing fish was rewarded with my first striper caught on top water this month.

Stripers were surfacing all around the bay but were not bunched up. They appeared to be feeding individually instead of in a school.  Since these stripers were lacking school mentality we decided to troll and caught a few more fish on Shad Raps and Bevy Shad. We saw a few more individual splashes as we traveled to the Big Sand Dune where we turned around.   On the way back down the canyon we trolled near shore by rocky points and rock piles.

Smallmouth bass were obviously feeding on shad as each rock pile paid off in at least 2 bass and occasionally in another striper.  Our largest bass was almost 2 pounds.   The next stop was the mouth of Warm Creek on the shoals marked by white buoys. We trolled there and found more bass ready and willing but the average size was smaller than those caught in Navajo.  We picked up one larger striper while trolling the shoals which was 19 inches and 3 pounds. These stripers are very fat! That bodes well for fall fishing ahead.

Upon my return it was reported that the boils at the mouth of Navajo were strong between 8-9 AM. Oh Well! That’s fishing!   The northern lake is still the best striper fishing location with The Horn being the most consistent spot.  But reports from Escalante and Rincon were received this week.  I think the whole lake is now fishing well with small quick boils occurring for the first 2 hours of daylight and last 2 hours at evening.  If more than 5 fish are breaking the surface attack them with surface lures and shallow runners. If only one fish is seen, then troll in the area of the splash with medium runners that dive 12 feet.

Bass fishing has improved dramatically with the drop in surface water temperature into the 70s. Bass are hanging on the deep water edge of rock piles extending into the main channel.  They will hit surface lures early and late but may be caught more frequently on plastic grubs in shad colors all day long.   Fishing has definitely improved.  Looks like it is time to plan the fall fishing trip to Lake Powell.

Aug
20
2014
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Lake Powell Fishing Report by Wayne Gustaveson 8-20-14

For some unknown reason on certain days one lure will work better than another. On this trip the Bomber Flat A in shad color worked the best. This lure is pictured here so you can see the colors,,,,and the fish.

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Lake Powell Fishing Report
August 20, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3607
Water Temperature 78-83 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Powell fish are getting fatter. That is a good thing coming off a difficult year with low water and very little brushy habitat. Our studies show that the shad population is nearing a peak not seen in this decade. Lakewide shad numbers from our first shad trawl in July are well above average from Wahweap to Good Hope with Bullfrog showing the most shad of all stations. The August trawl sample next week will determine the strength of this year shad class. The large shad population probably has much to do with the challenging fishing results found over much of the lake.

Fishing is best in the northern lake. Stripers are still boiling from Bullfrog all the way to Horn (Buoy 129). The boils are much quicker than found two weeks ago but they are consistent. Stripers are feeding both in the bays and in the backs of canyons. It takes patience but those that search aggressively are finding boils and catching a respectable number of stripers. These stripers will hit topwater lures or shallow running crankbaits or medium sized spoons.

In the southern lake finding fish is less certain. There are few fish reports with lots of recreational boaters still wake boarding and tubing. An early start is recommended to avoid boat traffic and wakes. I headed through the Castle Rock Cut at first light and saw a splash on the Warm Creek side. As the boat slowed to a stop a surface lure was ready to cast but no other splash followed. However, the graph showed a fish school at 45 feet so a spoon was dropped instead. A fish hit the spoon on the first hop and quickly came to the boat. To my surprise the expected striper turned out to be a walleye. The spoon was deployed again and another fish caught. This one was a catfish! Both fish were eating shad. It turned out to be one of those crazy days.

Trolling and graphing for stripers turned into a smallmouth catching experience. The best trolling lure this day was the Bomber Flat A in shad color. The habitat bass chose was near a gentle sloping brushy shoreline where bottom depth was 15-20 feet. Smallmouth stomachs were empty except for an occasional crayfish.

Fishing in the southern lake is still a mystery. A solid pattern has not been identified. The most consistent striper spot is Navajo Canyon but stripers are moving up and down the canyon and changing feeding times. One day small boils will be found at dawn near the canyon mouth while the next day small boils will occur at 11 AM near the big sand dune. This sums up the fishing pattern. Fish are where you find them. I will try to make more sense out of this by next week.

 

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