Powell will rise a few more inches and top out at essentially the same level
as reported in 2006. That means shoreline vegetation that was wet but not
covered last spring will be watered again and grow taller waiting for the
lake to flood that brushy fish habitat next spring. A fairly small
fluctuation zone means rooted aquatic plants will grow quickly in sunny
shallows providing even more fish habitat. Shad are spawning around brush
and weeds which provides an extra protective barrier between slow moving
larval shad and hungry predators.
Frank Glaab with stripers caught on bait
in Navajo Canyon
Larval shad presence has impacted fish location and behavior. Larval shad
drift near the surface providing an easy meal for stripers and bass. Since
larval shad do not swim well, all predators feed calmly on the surface
during early morning hours. Bass make hardly a ripple but striper schools
can be seen as they feed in unison to "slurp" the little shad from the top.
Casting small lures to the leading edge of the slurp is a very effective.
When the sun hits the water larval shad find cover and stripers go to the
bottom. Smaller topwater baits work early. Slurps are found now in most
canyons near cloudy water and around brush. Fish very early to capitalize on
Bait fishing remains great BUT location is changing.
Success is declining at the dam, Antelope and Navajo. There are still some
very good days with large catches but that is often followed by some periods
of inactivity probably caused by fish movement as they patrol the walls
looking for forage. Better bait fishing is found uplake along the main
channel and in main canyons. The habitat to key on is brushy flats
protruding into the main lake. Find the drop off at the edge of the brushy
flat to find stripers holding at 30-50 feet. Hot striper fishing was
recently reported in Padre Bay, West Canyon, and Rock Creek to Dungeon
schools are found in the Escalante just past the entrance to 50 Mile Canyon,
Iceberg canyon mouth, and Moki Canyon.
Night fishing continues to be excellent at most midlake locations and around
Bullfrog and Halls Marina. The Antelope Canyon fish dock is hot at night and
very good during daylight hours from dock and shore.
Bonus fish are found while fishing for other species. Walleye continue to
feed with stripers during early morning feeding sprees. Find a slurp and
troll in that vicinity where bottom depth is 12 feet with a shad rap or
Wally Diver to catch walleye.
Bluegill are found in brushy coves or
weed beds and some nice pan-sized fish are caught on live worms and small
Catfish are getting very active and provide some wonderful evening
entertainment at camp. I understand they will perform for hotdogs - with or
without cheese centers.