Oct. 17, 2002
By Wayne Gustaveson   Home Page:
Lake Elevation: 3625  Water Temperature: 67 - 70 F

Fishing conditions remain quite constant under warm and sunny skies with cool nights. It is a great time to be at Lake Powell.

Fishing in the upper half of the lake is best with stripers contributing to the catch along with the dependable smallmouth bass. From Bullfrog to Hite, including the San Juan expect to see a quick, but productive striper boil about once per day. Be most attentive at dawn and dusk. Most of the boiling action will be near shore or in the back of a short cove near deep water. Shad are still commonly found in almost every canyon. Stripers visit them on a regular schedule and are easily caught when they are attacking shad either on the surface or at depth. Scan the graph for shad or striper schools which will generally be grouped in one isolated section of any canyon where bottom depth is about 60 feet. Drop spoons or troll directly over or through fish schools Anchovies are not very productive when shad are present while reaction baits like jigging spoons or a fast-trolled shad lure will tempt fat stripers to eat one more fish. Look specifically for boils and deep-feeding stripers in Trachyte, Farley, Red Canyon, Bullfrog Bay by the houseboat field, the Rincon and San Juan upstream from Cha Canyon.

Lower lake stripers are still eluding us. They boil one day in Dungeon Canyon and the next in West Canyon or Gunsight. It may be best to avoid the location of a recent boil because stripers are likely to be at another point on their large feeding circuit. The only striper advice is to fish for smallmouth in the lower lake and keep one eye on the graph just in case a school swims under the boat. Keep a spoon tied on just in case the graph lights up with the wavy zig-zag lines so characteristic of feeding stripers.

Bass fishing was better this week in the lower lake. Bass have shown a renewed interest in chartreuse colored grubs and tubes. The second best color was white and variations of white including daiquiri.

Fishing location is probably much more important than color. On my weekly trip it took a while to find bass. We fished great looking rocky points in the main channel across from Friendship Cove. Grubs thrown to the shallow end of points were ignored. But working the grub deeper to the next terrace at 15-25 feet produced an occasional bass. Pulling back further from the point and allowing the grub to work between 30 and 45 feet was better. But the most productive method was to work the grub on the bottom of a 45-60 foot trench between two good looking points. Success improved if a breeze was blowing to keep the grub bouncing slowly and steadily along the bottom. The graph was mostly void of fish at this location but each time a fish trace was seen at 45-60 feet the grub could be dropped directly below the boat to get a strike from a hungry smallmouth. An occasional striper was caught while grubbing and spooning the deep water between rocky points. Target big drop-offs and deep terraces on the edge of the main channel and main canyon. For most productive fishing this week think deep and ignore the shallow water.