April 19, 2002
By Wayne Gustaveson   Home Page:
Lake Elevation: 3647  Water Temperature: 54-64 F

High winds cooled Lake Powell and put fishing in suspended animation

Some bass spawned before the wind started to blow and they remained with nests guarding eggs and fry. New spawning awaits weather moderation. Each time the wind stops, warming occurs and bass move shallow in search of nest sites and spawning partners. Bass fishing is unpredictable with wind storms and fluctuating temperatures but will improve markedly with warm, calm days. Bass fishing is better than it was last week and particularly good in the San Juan and other uplake areas.

Crappie are in very short supply but will be found more often in the upper lake and the upper San Juan. They are beginning their spawn and mimic bass in spawning cycle and needs. Look for submerged tumble weeds to find crappie Remember the crappie limit has decreased to 10 fish in response to the lower crappie numbers present.

Stripers remain in the main channel in the lower lake. They range from the Dam to the back of Navajo and at most spots in between. Navajo Canyon stripers have started to bite on the points past the first set of islands. Stripers remain in the shallow algae-green water in the very back of Navajo Canyon. Anchovies work best for the main channel fish while trolling and casting are recommended for those in shallow water. Last Chance has an agreeable school of stripers in the last canyon on the right and in the main canyon that splits to the left. Casting and trolling work better for these fish, especially on windy days.

Mid lake stripers are hitting at the mouth of Hall's Creek and in the back of Halls. Troll for shallow fish and use bait with copious chumming for the deep main channel fish.

Troll to locate stripers staging near Hite prior ro ascending the river to spawn. The wind-cooled water temperature will keep fish in place and make them harder to find. Last week the Dirty Devil was the best catching location and would be a good starting point for searching out fish.

Last week the best striper bait presentation was to see stripers (on graph or with eye), chum and then fish a weightless anchovy. The shallow fish that are rising to feel the warmth of the surface water are the most active. The very slow descent of the chum and corresponding bait on a hook is less threatening to shallow stripers and makes for a big catch when the school does not spook away from the boat.

Keep all stripers caught before they spawn to reduce striper numbers and keep the population in balance with the limited forage supply.