May 31, 2001
By Wayne Gustaveson   Home Page:
Lake Elevation: 3669.4  Water Temperature: 70-75 F

Wayne's on vacation this week.

Once again it was a good week for fishing, although Memorial Day brought more pleasure boaters than fisherman. The blueprint for a successful Lake Powell fishing trip, per species, is as follows:

Stripers: Fishing is good. Stripers are being caught in traditional areas such as White Canyon(near the battleship rock formation), Red Canyon, main channel point between Hall's Bay and Bullfrog Bay, Moki Canyon, Knowles canyon(in front of the double arch), Padre Canyon, Rincon, San Juan( wall at the confluence), Navajo Canyon(near the double set of islands), intake area(along the walls both east and west of the shed), and the dam. Fishing with anchovies is the most productive method. Provide lots of chum to hold the school. Try rigging your anchovy up with little or no weight to match the decent of the chum. Anglers are also catching a few stripers on fast moving "shad like" crankbaits(trolling or casting).

Smallmouth Bass: Fishing is excellent! Aggressive smallies can be found on every submerged point, reef, or island throughout Lake Powell. Fish main channel structure for a rapid bite, it is often overlooked. There are lots of lure choices, but fishing with grubs seems to be the most consistent. Rig grubs or tube jigs, in earth tone colors, on a 1/4- 3/8 oz. jighead. Topwater fishing is terrific in the morning and evening hours. Try spitting topwaters such as Pop-Rs and Skitterpops. Good catches have also been reported on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and flies(wooly bugger pattern on sinking line). Move towards the backs of the canyons, where there is off-colored water, to increase your chances for largemouth bass.

Walleye: Also caught lakewide, while fishing smallmouth. Early morning and late evening these fish prowl the broken rock for forage. Try tipping a grub with night crawler and fish a little deeper.

Catfish: Anglers are filling their creel with these bottom dwellers. They are getting aggressive as they head into the spawn. Males guard the nest like black bass, so they are also caught on artificials. Most often the best spot is right from camp, under your own houseboat, using left over table scraps.

Crappie and Bluegill: Slow but still catching a few around "endangered" brush. Use chartreuse and white curly tail grubs on 1/8 oz. jighead. Try fishing 2-3 ft. under a bobber to help detect strikes.