LAKE POWELL FISH REPORT
APRIL 12, 1996

LAKE ELEVATION: 3672
WATER TEMPERATURE: 57-64 F

The lake warms from the high 50's in the morning to the low 60's in the afternoon. Bass move shallow with each warming cycle then retreat with windy conditions or nighttime cooling. Bass spawning did occur last week with many really nice, mature bass caught by anglers. The ideal location was the deep water edge of a shallow, brushy flat where bass could find a suitable nest site with a very accessible deep water escape route nearby.

Largemouth bass will build a nest on rocky rubble at the base of a bush in 2-3 feet of water. Smallmouth have the same nesting requirements but will not necessarily place the nest near a bush. Crappie nests will be near thick cover like a tumbleweed clump. All nests will be 2-3 feet deep when started but could end up much deeper when lake levels rise. With the lake level currently stable nests will be found very shallow.

Bass are caught most often in the backs of coves where water clarity is less than that found in the main lake. Fish will be seen in clear water but these fish are very difficult to catch. One party of anglers used unweighted live night crawlers cast into shallow brush to entice the visible, finicky fish. Water dogs work well for nesting bass. My best luck this past week has been with small, 2 inch, power grubs (chartreuse/pumpkin) fished on an 1/8 ounce leadhead. Toss the slow falling bait near brush in 8-10 feet of water for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Jig the bait in short hops off the bottom for bass or retrieve slowly and steadily for crappie.

Bass action has been hot in the upper Escalante, and middle San Juan. The backs of most canyons lakewide have been very good and will continue to produce fish for the rest of April.

A few crappie, striped bass and walleye were caught but the best action was from black bass. Fishing is good when the weather cooperates but is temporarily interrupted by a large storm front. Fishing is great and should hold up for the rest of the month.