LAKE POWELL FISH REPORT

May 7, 1999

Lake Elevation: 3670 msl

Water Temperature: 58-65 F

One angler wrote this week that he caught more fish than others around him fishing bait for suspended stripers along Moki Wall. His technique was again to use the 1/4 ounce lead head jig with cut anchovy. He constantly kept the line tight - as the jig slowly sank and while being reeled slowly back to the boat. The fish were hitting so softly that the bite was not felt. He set the hook when the line stopped moving or started moving in the wrong direction. Jig heads tend to make the anchovy swim straight instead of spinning as they do with just a hook and sinker. A more natural presentation may make the difference between a few fish and a whole bunch.

Striper catching is steady for suspended fish on anchovy bait at the dam (2nd and 3rd metal float - west wall), power plant intake, and Moki Wall near Bullfrog/Halls. When stripers are found in the back of the canyon there is potential for a bigger catch. The drawback is that sometimes the school is not located.

We have recently found ripe male striped bass. Spawning will occur with the next major warming period which has been forecast for the near future. Trophy females will move shallow at dusk to spawn and continue through the night. Males will stage on long points in open bays. Troll fast (4-5 mph) over major points at dusk to find a school and then stay with the spawning fish until that big female decides to bite. Bait, spoons, jigs, and minnow like crank baits are best for spawning fish.

The bass bite will be on again next week if the weather holds. When main channel temperatures exceed 62 degrees expect lake-wide bass action. At this time bass are still searching warm water pockets and tend to be bunched in isolated locations. Murky water is usually warmer and more productive. With the expected warming trend the backs of most canyons will be good but I would still seek stained water for best action.

Bass, bluegill and crappie fishing is currently better in the upper lake, San Juan and Escalante than near the dam. That may change with warming temperatures.