|LAKE POWELL FISH
Cold night time temperatures and windy afternoons have kept the lake from warming significantly. With temperatures in the low 50’s the bass spawn has been delayed and stripers remained midway back in canyons. The good news is that both species will be found right where they were left last week.
Stripers are holding in almost every canyon but at very specific locations. I will try to reveal the hiding place so all can find them. Stripers are on the edge of deep water usually near a shallow point or underwater hump. Shad are usually in 30 feet of water or less near the back of the canyon or bay. Begin the search by going to the back of the canyon and working out. Graph for shad schools.
Stripers were caught last week in Wahweap, Gunsight, Navajo, Last Chance, Rock Creek, Escalante, San Juan, and from 7-Mile to Red Canyon. Best lures were deep diving Husky Jerk, Norman D-22, Reef Runners, Big Macs, tail dancers, and Rapala Glass Shad Raps.
Bait fishing for stripers is good at night with anchovies at Bullfrog and Wahweap Marinas under lights. Put a one-inch chunk of bait on a ¼ ounce jighead and lower to the bottom. Raise the bait in 5-foot increments until fish are found. The bite is very subtle so hold the rod for quick reaction and watch the rod tip for sign of stealthy fish.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass are poised for spawning. They will not spawn until temps are above 60. That can happen quickly with 3-4 warm calm days. Right now it appears that spawning may be two weeks away but that can change rapidly. For those planning to hit the peak of the spawn I expect the last two weeks of April will be the time.
Walleye fishing will get better each week with the peak in May. Crappie will spawn the same time as the bass and be found only in isolated locations.
Expect spring fishing to be excellent from now till the end of May.