Lake Powell is filling fast with 60,000 acre feet
per day running into the reservoir from the tributaries. Runoff
is strong and high but not yet at its peak. The shoreline is rapidly
changing. Expect to reposition the boat every day if camped on shore. Do not
leave vehicles close to the waters edge when camping for an extended period.
Jack "Hotwheels" Herrin, Rich Hunton
and sons Tim and Brandon -
Of course rising water affects fishing success.
Bass made nests when the water level was 10 feet lower than
today. That nest may now be as much as 100 yards from the new shoreline
established by last nights rising water. To avoid
false starts do not fish shallow flats that were dry desert soil the
previous day. Fish are not there yet. Instead
look for a ravine with steep sides and brush
where fish can move vertically with rising water and changing
Water cools over night back to the base temperature which has now risen to
60 degrees. Warm days heat water to over 70 degrees in protected coves and
bays. While fishing is good some mornings, bass still feel the warming and
react accordingly. Fishing success is often better in afternoon.
Bass are in brush. Look for twigs and branches just barely sticking out of
water. These submerged trees mark the old shoreline where bass can be found.
The most productive lures now are spinner baits and buzz baits that can be
effectively fished over the brush forest and still attract attention.
Fishing for both species of bass is excellent. Crappie fishing remains
spotty but is great in the right spots.
Striped bass habits are changing as
spawning nears. About the only time stripers are not actively chasing food
is during spawning. These eating machines will eat at any opportunity but
they are thinking more about spawning and less about shad. Stripers look for
a quick meal at dusk and dawn but then spend the day wondering if this days
warming will trigger spawning that night. This subtle attitude change has
provided the opportunity for bait anglers to be more successful than
trollers. Bait fishing is not yet at the caliber
seen in most years but some fish are now being caught on anchovies at the
dam, main channel and in the backs of canyons. It is worth the
effort to fish bait while actively chumming for half an hour in selected
locations. Stripers have recently been caught on bait at the dam, Navajo and
Antelope Canyons. Better bait fishing is being reported in the backs of the
major canyons where muddy water shades the bottom. Use the graph to find a
school in 20-45 feet of water and then anchor and use bait. The bite will be
spotty but catches of 10-30 fish have been reported. Night fishing also
offers a good possibility of success for stripers that are very active
during this time period due to imminent spawning potential.
Crappie success is slowing but
catfish are getting more aggressive with