March 25, 1997
By Wayne Gustaveson

There are no hot spots to report but wise anglers are looking for "warm spots" to really increase the number of fish caught. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are actively searching for water that is warmer than the main channel temperature of 55 degrees. When the lake remains calm, warm surface water does not mix with the heavier cold water and creates pockets where water may be as much as 5-8 degrees warmer than anywhere else. Fish flock to these locations and are very excited about feeding and enjoying the warm temperatures. Finding one of these warm water resorts is the key fishing pattern for Lake Powell now. Use the thermometer more than the graph to locate fish.

Largemouth are the most cooperative fish with smallmouth warming up and almost ready to bust loose. There have been a few crappie and striped bass caught but no real sustained activity is expected from these species for two more weeks.

The most effective technique is probing the bottom with a plastic grub. Jig color has not been as important as placing the grub in the right temperature zone. Any bait in the right spot will work while the perfect bait fished in cold water is ignored. Warm water is most often stained with silt or algae. Seek for off- color water instead of the clear-blue of the main channel. Clear water can be warm in the back of a protected cove or canyon so don't write off clear water until the thermometer confirms the temperature.

Spring time at Powell means that the wind will blow. Wind mixes that warm layer of water and scatters fish. After the wind, fish deep and slow until the wind quits and then search again for warming water. Bass will be doing the same thing as they prepare for nest building and spawning which begins in April.

Inflow now exceeds outflow so the lake is stable or rising slowly. That is a good thing for anglers.