Lake Powell is still cold. That is good, considering the past few years when
March winds have blown away the snow pack and greatly reduced expected
runoff. There have even been March snow storms that have increased the snow
pack to an average of 118% in the Colorado River drainage. It looks very
promising for significant runoff and a subsequent rise in lake level of 40
feet or more. Lake elevation is creeping up steadily now rising about a half
inch per day.
That news continues to be good for boating access. Primitive launching at
the old Hite Marina location will commence as soon as the lake level exceeds
3606 sometime in May. The Castle Rock cut on the south end will be flooded
in June regardless of the success of the planned deepening project during
Louis Santi; Helper, UT, with 5lbs
7oz largemouth caught in Bullfrog Bay - March 9, 2008
The bad news? Fishing is still waiting for a bit of warming before really
taking off. There has been some spotty success on warm afternoons for bass
and stripers but it will get a lot better as soon as the daily air
temperatures consistently exceed 70 degrees. That happens soon as day length
exceeds darkness on the first day of Spring. The magic water temperature to
key on is 57 F. When that happens fishing really takes off.
For the present - Patience is required. Fishing is not good all day long.
There are some short daily feeding periods when fish become active. There
are also times when fish can be seen on the graph but they are not
interested in feeding.
Stripers are caught sporadically at Glen Canyon Dam and other canyons on the
south end of the lake, close to the current as water is drawn through the
dam. Schools can also be found in the backs of most canyons lakewide where
remnant shad populations still exist.
Bass are dormant most of the day with short activity periods. Largemouth
will be near brush and smallmouth will be on rocky structure. Find the
warmest water possible to interdict active bass coming close to the surface
to feel the warmer water.
The current weather forecast is for warmer days free of wind. That can
change fishing prospects in a hurry. Best Spring fishing is always found
after 3 days of warm calm weather. It continues to be good until the next
storm front blows through with a drop in water temperature.