March 14, 2007
By Wayne Gustaveson
Lake Elevation: 3597
Water Temp: 51-58 F
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 water.

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 accordingly.

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 minimal inconvenience.