Lake Powell report
Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com
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Lake elevation: 3,616 feet
Water temperatures: 79-83°F
Here is the summary:
Quick striper boils were common over the length of the lake. Striper schools come up fast, go down quickly and then return to the surface. The key is to make a good guess where the next surface blast will be and move to that spot. If in casting range when the school resurfaces, catching is easy with surface lures, spoons or midrange crankbaits. August is the most consistent month to find surface feeding fish. That is the case in 2016.
The best boil spots were from Good Hope Bay to Hite. Northern fish stay up longer and boil more often. Stripers boiled long and hard at buoy 134. The main channel islands at the mouth of Scorup Canyon created a calm spot that consistently attracted surface-feeding stripers. Wind was a key factor from Red Canyon to the Horn. When windy, boils were quiet. When calm, the surface blew up with hungry stripers. One day the wind was calm at the mouth of Red Canyon and the entire bay was dotted with individual stripers feeding on top. An accurate long cast to a splash ring caught a fish every time. It was a great experience for those that like the challenge of casting to a single surfacing fish.
At mid lake, surface action was reported at the mouth of the Escalante and at Hole in the Rock. The best time was again early morning and late evening in clam spots. Iceberg Canyon continues to be a go-to spot for surfacing feeding stripers. From dawn until 9 a.m. boils were common in the main canyon.
Anglers reported evening boils in the main channel upstream from the mouth of the San Juan.
Fortunately for me, boils are also going on from Rainbow Bridge to Antelope Point Marina. I choose to follow up a report of boils in Face Canyon and stretching all the way across the main channel to Gooseneck Point. I may have arrived there too early but did not see any surfacing fish. After years of experience, I have found that waiting for boils is not wise. It is better to search for them because stripers and shad move each night and can be in a much different location each day. Do not wait for boils – go find them!
I continued traveling upstream and saw the first surface action against the shady east wall at the mouth of Rock Creek. Their behavior was, as expected, quick intense boils that lasted only a short time. But we often got close enough to cast and caught one to three fish from each boil. We put more than 30 fish in the ice chest from 6:30–9 a.m. When the surface action ceased, we moved over to Wetherill Canyon where more boils were reported. We did not see any more fish but did find the reported herd of 35 desert bighorn sheep feeding along the lake shore. This was the biggest herd of sheep I have personally seen on the lake. Isn’t Lake Powell amazing?
Boil reports continue in the main channel from the mouth of Navajo to Antelope Point Marina. These boils are early morning and late evening. One group of anglers caught 50 stripers in a two-hour fishing trip here.
We did find some larger shad in the striper stomachs at the fish-cleaning station. That indicates boils will be more aggressive as stripers try to corral a heard of shad. They will stay up longer and be more aggressive, making them easier for anglers to catch.
It looks like striper boils will continue through the rest of August. There's action happening lakewide. The best place to go is Good Hope Bay, but the rest of the lake is not bad either.