June 13, 1997
By Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Elevation: 3686 and rising 8 inches per day
Water temperature ranges between 72 and 76 F

Bass fishing is becoming more "normal" with excellent fishing during feeding periods and longer slow spells where not much is caught. There really has not been a whole day where fishing was off. Typically early morning is good and then catching slacks off. Then fishing picks up mid day with a slight change in the weather like a fresh breeze or cloud cover or sunshine after cloudiness. Late evening and early morning are consistently good fishing periods.

Last time out I had a slow morning with a few nice bass and a bunch of little ones caught on topwater lures an hour after daylight. Then there was nothing until 1 pm when the wind came up. The double tailed grub I had been throwing all morning with no results instantly became the most sought after morsel in Lake Powell for the next hour. Smallmouth bass hit the lure on every drop along steep walls with a shelf or rock pile down 10-15 feet. The structure was visible in the clear water with the boat parked over the top but it was deep enough to avoid detection if passed at high speed by a boat in the middle of the channel. Try the obscure deeper structure for some really great fishing. Look for a shallow rock in open water away from shore for a prospective hot spot.

Small stripers are hitting small lures and small pieces of anchovies on small hooks. Some of the fish are big enough to fillet - all are big enough to keep. The kids can really get excited about catching these fish on every cast for an hour or so. Check around Gregory Butte, the back of Navajo, the gravel pile in Wahweap Bay, the back of Bullfrog, Moki Wall and really almost anywhere in Lake Powell.

Fish early morning and late evening - but after dark is the best time. Hang out the crappie light or gas lantern, attract plankton to the light and then get ready for fast action. The best catch reported so far is 300 fish caught near Gregory Butte. There can be no finer fish eaten than these healthy 7-12 inch stripers.

The 2 year old stripers are scattered, eating plankton in open water. They periodically probe rocky structure in search of crayfish. Most 2-3 pound stripers caught are taken on crayfish or shad imitating grubs while fishing for bass. Trolling main channel areas with deep divers produces an occasional 5-10 pound trophy striped bass.

Shad numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate. There is almost no survival of newly hatched shad as yearling stripers consume them as quickly as they emerge. Please help us harvest young striped bass to protect the fishery from forage depletion.