Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson,

Attention: 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 Powell


Lake elevation: 3,600 feet

Water temperatures: 78–83°F

Great news! Someone caught a trophy striper near Bullfrog by Whitewater, DD. She reported that it took more than 15 minutes to land the fish. She thought she was severely snagged on the bottom instead of playing a trophy striper. She stated “It was like reeling in a live cinder block.” The big fish was caught on a Rapala Deep Diving lure that runs 16 feet deep. It was the second fish caught after trolling for 20 minutes. The big fish was 42.5 inches long and weighed 34.4 pounds. We hope to talk with DD more and be able to present additional details of the big fish adventure.

This trophy striper was caught at Lake Powell recently. The fish weighed 34.4 pounds and measured 42.5 inches.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Fishing success is picking up over the length of the lake. Bass fishing continues to be steady along the rocky shoreline. Smallmouth bass can be caught with plastic grubs, trolling lures throughout the day and top water lures each morning and evening.

Largemouth bass are in the new weed growth patches that are showing up in abundance on many flats and coves along the shoreline. Find a new weed patch and largemouth bass and sunfish will be close by.

Bluegill and green sunfish are bigger and more abundant this year than ever before. They hold at 15 to 25 feet this time of year. You can catch them in big numbers with a very small bait hook tipped with a one-inch worm chunk. Kids have a great time fishing for bluegill.

Striped bass are becoming better fishing targets for anglers trolling at 20 to 40 feet with deep-diving lures or down riggers. Stripers are located along the length of the lake holding in 70-degree water which is found at 25 to 40 feet. A common spot to find stripers is along a steep cliff that has a rock slide or a shallow cove at the end of the cliff. Adult stripers cannot stay in warm water, but they can make a quick run into the shallows, feed quickly on crayfish and then drop back down into deeper, cooler water.

Look for these shallow cliff ending spots and try bait in these spots to increase the striper catch. Trolling along the cliff wall is working much better now than it was last month.

We had a large walleye report turned in by trollers working the main channel in the Escalante arm of the lake.

Catfish are eager to hit bait on the bottom near camp both morning and evening.