Lake Powell report
Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com
Attention: Quagga mussels have been detected at Lake Powell. 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 you can launch in another water. If you plan to launch sooner than that, a professional decontamination is required. Learn more about these destructive mussels.
Lake elevation: 3,590.5 feet
Water temperatures: 59–65°F
Weather in the southwest continues to be mild. At Lake Powell, the nights are cool and the days warm enough to make fishing and boating on the lake refreshing. The mild weather lasts until May, when the temperatures turn up a notch. That warming will bring another bass spawn and the beginning of runoff and rising lake levels.
Fishing is currently excellent for smallmouth bass lakewide. Largemouth and crappie are the next most likely fish that you'll catch. When May warms up, walleye may take over second place (at least in the northern lake). Here is a breakdown of fishing from last week.
Northern Lake (Trachyte to Good Hope Bay)
Fishing is better or worse depending on the degrees on the thermometer. It is better on warm afternoons and more challenging following a cool night or a windy day. Striper schools are continually moving, but you can catch large numbers when you locate a school by graphing or trolling. The most recent positive report came from trolling the main channel between Castle Butte and the Horn with deep Thundersticks and Umbrella rigs adorned with six-inch paddle tail swim baits.
Anglers caught walleye by trolling bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers and casting Wally Divers across shallow flats (15 feet) near Castle Butte. Bass fishing was best near broken rock structure on a 45-degree slope. Bass are as far as 20 feet from shore out .
Bullfrog to Escalante
Bass fishing is best along the shoreline. Use plastics for best success. Single tail, double tail, senkos, shad shaped worms and other plastic baits all work well. The secret is to use a technique that instills personal confidence, rather than trying the technique that worked well for someone else. Go with your favorite lure and technique right now and you will catch fish. For best results, use green-colored plastic.
Crappie are showing up in the Escalante canyons where there are brush piles on the bottom. Stick up brush is hard to find, so search for the submerged cover for best results.
You can catch walleye in bigger numbers during May, but expect to catch one or two per trip this week.
Southern Lake (Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge)
Bass lead the way, but do better in the warming afternoons. Fish broken rock along the shore and over submerged rock piles in open water. Plastic lures are best, and green colors are preferred. Walleye are showing up, but not yet in large numbers.