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: 3610.94 feet
Water temperatures: 70–74°F
Here is a quick summary of fishing last weekend before we head out on the lake for electrofishing sampling from Wahweap to the San Juan.
San Juan: Stripers are holding at 60 feet near deep schools of gizzard shad. Shad appear to be in thick, long horizontal lines on the graph. Occasionally, you'll see a few smaller lines protruding from the large mass of shad. If you see that irregularity, drop your spoons to the bottom and work the spoon back up through the shad to find stripers.
Anglers who are trolling will find mature stripers near the bottom on the Great Bend near Alcove Canyon. Deep-diving lures excite these larger stripers. When you catch a fish trolling, drop spoons to catch the trailers as you land the first fish.
Escalante: Top water fishing was consistent in the morning between 8–9:30 a.m. MDT. Boils were not strong, but fishing is great for stripers and bass on the surface. The most consistent spot was between Willow and 50-mile canyon. Spooning worked great all day long at an average depth of 40 feet. Find fish in the graph and drop spoons to the bottom to quickly catch stripers, bass and walleye. There are now more tagged walleye swimming in the Escalante.
Bullfrog-Lake Canyon: Morning and evening striper fishing is solid. There's surface action when stripers come to the top, while trolling and spooning work most of the time. Just keep watching the surface for splashes while you're fishing deep water. When you find a school of stripers, you can catch a large number in short order.
Warm Creek–Gunsight: Spooning and trolling work well for the deep water striper schools that are holding at about 70 feet. There are many schools showing up that you can catch with your favorite fishing technique. Bait fishing is the most consistent, but trolling, casting or spooning can be a close second.
Lakewide, fishing is much better than it was during the recent full moon with warm surface water. Fall fishing is taking off. You can see surface action randomly throughout the day, but morning is more consistent.
Expect the fall fishing peak to occur when the water temperature hits the mid 60s. That is the magic temperature in the spring and the fall. Primetime for fishing, camping and enjoying the beauty of Lake Powell is at its peak and will last mid-October. Hope you can make it.