LAKE POWELL FISH REPORT
JUNE 1, 2000
By Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Elevation: 3678
Water Temperature: 66-74 F

Unseasonably warm temperatures were not lost on fish that moved into summer habits and patterns. That is actually good news since fish will be in the same places and very predictable all during June. The rising lake will submerge those dry launch ramps we have been waiting for by the middle of the month.

SUMMER PATTERN:

Best fishing for bass and stripers is at twilight in morning and evening. Fish get up early! Be there just as soon as it is safe to navigate for best results. Shad are spawning at first light. Cast surface lures for a very productive hour of fishing before the sun hits the water each morning and just as it gets dark at night.

After the sun rises pull off shore and work at 20-40 feet for light sensitive fish which go deeper to avoid the bright direct summer sun. Slow down the retrieve. Use a split shot (carolina rig) approach where the bait or grub/tube swims in a weightless manner while the weight is about 2 feet above the bait. This summer tactic is a sure thing for bass. With the weight making occasional bottom contact the free floating/drifting bait can be very slowly moved by a low speed trolling motor or a gentle breeze.

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Bass fishing is good lakewide. There seems to be a recurring pattern with 2-3 days of real great catches followed by 2-3 days of less activity. When it is good no help is required. On the in-between days it helps to slow down and go deeper. A plastic grub or tube worked with almost no action or only subtle, gentle movement will get strikes where the fast moving lure will be ignored.

STRIPED BASS

Look shallow and early for striped bass. Surface lures near shad spawning sites, or on long points in main bays will bring stripers up to investigate at mornings first light. The investigation begins with a savage splash aimed at maiming the lure. There seems to be enough forage to draw stripers into shallow coves to feed instead of suspending in open water to eat plankton. Look for short, open coves with brush near deep water, lakewide.

Starting points: Coves surrounding antelope island, back of Warm Creek (both arms), Navajo Canyon, West Canyon, Last Chance, Rock Creek, main channel rock hazard buoys (Buoy 22, hazard buoy at Rock Creek), Rincon and Slick Rock, Bullfrog Bay (brush at back), Knowles, Good Hope Bay.

Trolling with shad imitating deep divers yields about 3-4 fish per hour. Anchovy bait produces 10-15 fish in each cove or point where fish traces are seen on the graph. Chumming works well. If fish are marked and do not respond, try chumming, leaving and then returning in an hour. Chum once more but try to drift very quietly into the spot. Shallow fish (15-30 feet) are much spookier about boat noise than fish at 60-90 feet. Don't pass up a temporary wind induced mudline when looking for shallow stripers.

Catfishing is very good and will remain so all summer.