Lake Powell report
Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com
Lake Powell is infested with quagga mussels. Protect other Utah waters by cleaning and draining the water from your boat before leaving Lake Powell. Your boat must be dried for 18 days before launching in another water. If you plan to launch soonet, a professional decontamination is required. Locate a decontamination station and learn about quagga mussels.
Lake elevation: 3,619 feet
Water temperatures: 79-83°F
If you are committed to a southern lake trip, and it’s too late to switch, you can still catch a lot of fish. The differentiation between north and south lake fishing is technique. North is topwater and spoon fishing while southern lake fish are eating bait. So take your pick.
If you're launching from Wahweap or Antelope Point, the best fishing is from Padre Bay to Rock Creek and beyond. The good bait spots close to the marinas are still producing but at a smaller, slower rate than last month. Now, the key to finding a deep striper school is to find a major rock structure that extends out from the middle or at the end of a steep cliff wall. Stripers suspend at 30–40 feet over a 200 feet (or deeper) bottom, and then periodically search shallower rocky flats or structures to find sunfish and crayfish.
These spots produced big catches recently:
Rock Creek: Last steep cliff on the left side near the back of the canyon; three coves starting at the restroom cove and then those coves in order on the same side when moving toward the back of the canyon. Look for the steep walls with a shallow structure nearby.
Last Chance: Same steep structure with isolated shallow structure. White Rockslide on the right side about three or four coves toward the back of the canyon.
Padre Bay: Shady east side in the morning. The steep cliff on the east shoreline is interrupted by a large cove in the middle of the cliff wall. On the left of the cove, look for a big rockslide that leads down to a slick rock point, which is the first hot spot. In the middle cove is a short canyon with high walls that I call Secret Canyon, second hot spot. The third hotspot is along the right side of the big cove where a rocky butte protrudes from the cliff wall. Basically, graph and troll along the east wall until a school is seen and then use bait to catch them.
From Bullfrog north, finding stripers is a lot easier. Head uplake early and look for striper boils. You'll find boils from Good Hope Bay to Trachyte during mornings and evenings. When boiling, the stripers were happy to hit topwater, shallow runners, spoons, etc.
These boils were not nonstop. There were times when there was no surface action. When this happens, just look at the graph and stop over the first school of fish seen and drop spoons or swim baits. Catching is actually quicker using spoons in deeper water although boils are the most exciting fishing done in freshwater. Unlimited fish are waiting to be caught in the northern lake.
As a bonus, you can try for a few walleye from Bullfrog to Good Hope Bay. One of those tasty fish may have a tag in its back, which will allow you to win a prize in the tagged walleye contest.
The hot fishing will continue through August. Everyone should make at least one more trip to Lake Powell this summer. There are a lot of fish waiting for you.