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: 3,611.26 feet
Water temperatures: 73-75°F
Bait fishing: The first stop was at Warm Creek Wall. Previously cut chum was tossed in the water where the Warm Creek Wall ends at the entrance to Wahweap Bay. It took five minutes for the chum to settle and then stripers started to hit regularly as the bait impaled on a 1/4-ounce jig head descended to 30–50 feet. We spent 20 minutes there, caught 10 fish and then moved on. Bait fishing still works at the normal spots.
Other bait spots include Padre Canyon and Rock Creek (close to the mouth of the canyon).
Trolling: The second stop was near Gregory Butte where stripers reportedly boiled last week. They were seen on both the east and west shorelines, but the surface activity decreased as the full moon got brighter. We trolled a shallow-running rattletrap and a deep-running walleye lure. Both lures got ticked but the rattletrap caught a healthy young striper. I was constantly searching for deep-resting schools of stripers that could be caught on spoons. Unfortunately, the graph did not show anything but a blank water column. So we moved on.
We stopped at West Canyon mouth and repeated the trolling pattern. We caught two bass and another striper but saw no spooning schools. So we moved on.
Top water: We moved into Dove Canyon, which was dead calm, and stopped mid-way back in the middle arm and cast topwater lures to the brushy shoreline. It was fun to see large and smallmouth bass blow up on the surface lures and follow them to the boat splashing all the way. These were curious fish that needed to improve their targeting techniques as only one largemouth bass was actually hooked and landed. I really enjoy the experience of seeing bass and stripers strike surface lures. It is very exciting.
The dead-calm water then succumbed to the weather front and strong winds blew for a short time, then light rain followed. We used discretion and returned to Stateline Ramp and called it a day. The report summary is that all techniques we tried worked. The full moon and weather front had a negative impact on fishing success, but each technique caught fish. Lake Powell was beautiful on a calm overcast morning. I am thankful for the opportunity to be back out on the lake enjoying what I love to do best.