LAKE POWELL FISH REPORT

March 20, 1998

Lake Elevation: 3674 msl

Water Temperature: 51-53 F

By Wayne Gustaveson The lake is still cold which keeps the bass and crappie fairly dormant. There are brief periods of activity on warm afternoons but catching can be described as spotty at best. The pattern is to find cloudy water which is 5 degrees warmer than the main lake temperature of 51 degrees. Largemouth are more active than smallmouth so brushy structure produces more fish than rocky ledges.

Striped bass are still providing the best opportunity on the lake particularly in the lower lake near Glen Canyon Dam. Fish are stacked in front of the concrete barrier and make periodic journeys out of the protected sanctuary near the dam by closely following the walls and shade lines. Shore anglers and boat anglers are both catching 10-30 stripers per trip in the forebay near the buoy line.. Cast a one-inch chunk of anchovy on a light jig head. Let the bait settle to about 25-40 feet and then slowly reel it in. Keep casting and drifting until a school of fish cruises past your offering. Fish are hungry and eager to take the bait. It is a waiting game until the schools of fish move out of the sanctuary and swim into the angling zone. Mid day and late afternoon have been the most productive times.

Another striper pattern is found in the main lake. Large schools randomly work their way to the back of the canyon or cove and then rest there from 2 days to a week before moving on. Once these large schools are located the catches can be enormous. It is important to stay with the fish once found because they tend to move a great distance before finding a spot to set up housekeeping again. If you encounter one of these schools please let us know and we will put the word out to harvest them. It is essential to reduce the total numbers of striped bass this year to bring the predator population back in balance with the forage. There are too many predators to feed now and not enough food to go around.

There was a large school of striped bass reported 3-19-98 on the Warm Creek side of Castle Rock which is the main rock structure separating Wahweap Bay from Warm Creek. The schools were located by fish finder on the bottom in large typical haystack shaped schools at 40-60 feet. Another school was graphed in the back of Warm Creek (Cottonwood Arm) which is directly east of Castle Rock and Wahweap Marina.