LAKE POWELL FISH REPORT
FEBRUARY 23, 2005
By Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Elevation: 3559
Fishing has started sooner than expected this year. I suspect
the reasons include healthy striped bass that continue to eat despite cold
temperatures and shad schools that are easy prey in close proximity. With
plenty of forage, large-bodied adults continue to take advantage of easy shad
meals. Big stripers need lots of food, even in cold water. The result is almost
daily feeding. When stripers are eating anglers can catch them.
Halls Creek / Bullfrog seems to be the most consistent spot. Stripers were
recently found in the back of Halls Creek and were susceptible to flat line
trolling with deep diving Shad-Raps in shad colors. Stripers were shallow,
25-40 feet, for this time of year. The big silver predators were gorging on
shad and willing to take lures. This technique does not always work. Stripers
dive to the bottom when not actively feeding and will not rise to a shallow
Troll for a while and continually scan for deep schools. Deep stripers can be
caught by vertically jigging spoons on resting fish, slow trolling cut bait near
bottom, or by stationary bait fishing with much chumming. Find a school on the
graph and use your preferred technique.
Stripers can be found in almost every major canyon. They feed for short periods
each day and can be caught when active.
Night fishing is excellent around the lighted marinas. The Halls buoy field is
good with the current hot spot being the houseboat pumpout station area.
Wahweap marina is still good but better at night than in the daytime. Use a
green light for best results. Drop anchovies to the bottom and stay alert for
soft biting winter fish. A bonus catfish will occasionally be caught.
Walleye are now in prespawn mode and will show up on steep vertical structure on
warm afternoons and evenings. There are more walleye upstream from Bullfrog
than down. Largemouth bass have been caught both shallow and deep on warm, calm
afternoons in between storm fronts.