Powell continues to rise a foot per week. The fill rate will increase when
warm weather finally releases the snow pack in the mountains. There has been
one cold front per week for what seems like forever. Warming and cooling
have fragmented bass spawning. Some spawned early and some late but the big
event was a no show in 2008.
The positive aspect of the blustery weather is that striped bass are still
holding in the main channel in large numbers. They have their nose turned
into the slight current waiting for warming to trigger spawning. While
there, they are easy targets for bait anglers. Graph along the edge of the
channel at first light in the morning. When a school is found a bit of chum
will ignite the school into a morning feeding frenzy. Most fish will be
between 1-3 pounds but fishing is intense for the first hour of the day.
Conner Grass and Wayne with largemouth
When the sun hits the water fishing changes to spurts of activity flowed by
slow periods. The school can take off feeding again anytime. If a good spot
was found in the morning expect fish to return there during the day. It
helps to have a few spots in mind to keep trying during the day to maximize
Just a slight ledge or small rock slide may be enough to hold a large school
of stripers. While stripers are still being caught at the dam it seems more
fish are found from Buoy 1 to the mouth of Antelope, from the power plant
intake to Buoy 9, and in Navajo Canyon. Further uplake stripers are next
caught at the mouth of Last Chance and then uplake to Lake Canyon, mouth of
Halls Creek and Moki Canyon. I am sure there are many more spots just as
good. Look at the features characterizing a historically good fishing
spot and try similar areas in other parts of the lake to find your own
private fishing hole.
Runoff has muddied the water down to Good Hope Bay in the Colorado and to
Neskahi Bay in the San Juan. The backs of canyons are still fishable but
avoid the main channel further upstream in both arms of the lake.
Smallmouth bass become active with warming water. Afternoon fishing is best
after the lake has a chance to warm 3-5 degrees. If the temperature is 60 in
the morning expect bass to bite well when it reaches 65 degrees.
Bass are found midway back in the canyons. In slick rock canyons expect bass
to be on relatively scarce broken rock, ledges or around brush. In most
canyons look for a short drainage or submerged creek channel joining the
main canyon. These abrupt breaks are perfect spots for bass and walleye to
ambush prey. Always look for fish around color changes from brown to green
and green to clear. Factors that cause color changes also congregate fish in
Cut intersecting Navajo Canyon is a good spot to
fish for bass.