|The big high pressure system parked over the West this week
is warming the surface of Lake Powell. In the morning the surface
temperature is in the low 50's but by afternoon the sun warms it to almost
60 F. The warm water layer is thin but cold-blooded fish really like warming
Fishing has not "taken off" in the main lake. It will take a few more warm
windless days for fish to get active. But that is exactly what the weather
forecast predicts. The key water temperature is 57 in the morning with
warming to the mid 60's in the afternoon. When that happens spring fishing
will peak. The question will be if the current warm weather pattern allows
that to happen in March.
Harris family from Syracuse, UT.
Brenda holds a big striper she caught in the northern lake while Halle and
Mom look on.
If warming continues then bass spawning can happen as early as the last week
of March or first week of April. The normal bass spawning period begins in
mid April. An early spawn precedes snowmelt runoff and provides better
fishing than late spawning that occurs while the lake is rapidly rising.
Take a close look at the weather patterns and plan a spring trip
The most active fish right now are largemouth bass. They are near brush and
often in shallow water warming their backs in the sun. They can be caught on
a wide variety of lures from the standard plastic grubs and tubes, to
spinner baits and jerk baits. The best time to fish is late afternoon with
water temperature at its peak. Cloudy water warms quicker than clear water
but finding brush is important. This week bass may be caught in clear brushy
water just as well as in cloudy brushy water.
The best fishing location is the northern lake from Farley and White Canyons
down to Scorup Canyon. With shad still common in this stretch look for good
early activity from bass, stripers and walleye. Good catches of healthy
stripers were recently reported from these northern canyons on anchovy bait.
Stripers are sluggish in the rest of the lake with only a few fish being
caught. Stripers will be more active in the afternoon and at night for those
that like to fish "under the lights".
For those coming to Lake Powell from water infested with
quagga mussel, please make sure to wash your boat and inspect it for hitch
hiking adult mussels. Don't bring these unwanted nuisance shellfish to Lake
Powell. If you want to learn more, go to
http://www.100thmeridian.org Take the quagga mussel test and download
a certificate that will allow you to bypass the Lake Powell fee booths with