March 6, 2007
Bass fishermen have already been competing for fishing
honors in the early season at Lake Powell. Cold temperatures, and a little
snow mixed with wind did not dampened their spirits as they showed their
prowess by catching bass in the toughest of cold weather conditions. The
Anglers Choice Team tournament saw many 5-fish bass limits with some teams
weighing almost 15 pounds for a 3-pound average. Smallmouth up to 4-pounds
and largemouth over 5-pounds were taken and released following the weigh-in.
There are as many productive techniques as there are fishermen. Some of the most productive in this early tournament involved a fishing strategy using multiple methods. Most know that a few bass will be easy prey and bite on the first cast. After that it takes more patience to continue to catch fish.
Ron Colby shows off a 3-pound smallmouth caught on the shad shaped worm. Ron won the heaviest weight for two days combined.
When prowling fish quit biting, it's time to break out the plastic and fish
slow and deep for resting fish. Time tested jig and pork rind and large hula
grubs caught some fish but perhaps the best deep approach was the drop shot
rig. The weight is placed on the bottom with the plastic worm, grub or senko
hooked on a super sharp hook some 6-10 inches up the line. When fished
correctly, the weight rests on the bottom and the plastic bait resembles a
free swimming or resting bait fish. A slight movement of the rod tip allows
the bait to flutter and twitch with tantalizingly slow movements that are
attractive in cold weather. The weight is pulled along the bottom on a tight
line and then allowed to rest and flutter in one spot for longer periods.
The deep diving cranks needed a bit of innovation as well. The lures that dug up mud at 15-25 feet worked better when a "hot color" like red-crayfish or fire tiger was used. Fishing is off to a good early start. When temperatures warm up, it won't take nearly as many casts or crazy colors to catch fish here.
Tournament anglers found some willing stripers in Rock Creek, Neanderthal Cove and Warm Creek. A few walleye were taken as well.
Remember to protect the big lake from hitch hiking mussels coming from Lakes Mead, Mohave or Havasu. Drain all water and wash the boat, then let it dry 5 days before launching in a new water.