|Lake level has stabilized. Weather is still warming despite
some cloudy days. Spring fishing is improving daily. Looks like an early
start to another good fishing year at Lake Powell.
The anticipated movement of stripers into the main channel near Glen Canyon
Dam is just beginning. After last year's early season success, folks just
can't wait for big striper schools to move near the dam and power plant
intake and many other deep water spots. There have been some good days at
the dam but the poor days are still more prevalent. Striper schools are
moving from the backs of the canyons to the deep water and back again.
Moving schooling fish are more difficult to find but easy to catch once
Dave Bland with striper caught on crankbait in
Navajo Canyon during early March.
The best fishing strategy is to be a generalist. Fish bait in deep water for
stripers and then try the shallows for bass and walleye. Keep moving and
experimenting until the daily pattern is discovered.
Bass are near brush cover and weed beds. Largemouth bass are the most active
fish now but smallmouth are biting better with each passing day. Standard
bass fare from spinner baits, hula grubs and jerk baits are all working.
Bass will be congregated on certain points and brushy coves while other
spots that look just as good will be fishless. Keep moving and casting to
find fish or to find active fish. The best time to fish is afternoon
when water reaches its warmest temperature. It may even be better to sleep
in and just fish in the afternoon for best results.
Walleye are being caught on bass baits while anglers fish for bass. Walleye
can be targeted in May when they get more active. But for now fish for bass
and catch one or two walleye per trip as a bonus.
It's the same with crappie. Some are being caught but the catch will
increase greatly as the water warms consistently in the 60's.
It's typical early spring fishing. Some days are great but most likely there
will be more casting than catching. But, what better place to practice
casting than at Lake Powell.
Don't bring Quagga Mussels to Lake Powell
from the lower Colorado River Reservoirs. Wash your boat and dry it for 5
days before launching in Lake Powell.