Lake Powell is rising almost a foot per day making the lake 6 feet higher
than at last report. Last week fish and fisherman got separated. Let's hope
we can get both groups back together this week.
Mudlines have advanced further toward Bullfrog and the mouth of the San
Juan. Inflow close to 100,000 acre feet per day moves a lot of sediment into
the lake. Fishing in muddy water is generally less productive than clear
during peak runoff. Some water color in the backs of main lake canyons not
directly affected by runoff marks good fishing spots but main channel mud
should be avoided.
Fishing for Largemouth bass has been
the best seen in decades so far this Spring.
Flat shoreline is not a productive spot to fish now due to constantly rising
water. Look instead for steep structure: cracks in cliff walls, deep water
ends of long points, islands in open water and other habitat that has been
submerged longer than a week. Fish continue to use habitat along the
original shoreline before the lake begin to rise. Expect to find shore bound
fish like bass and walleye in at least 15 feet of water. Only the smallest
fish will be venturing into newly covered terrain.
One effective pattern for bass fishing now is to find isolated rock slides
on the steep main channel. A small slide only 20 feet wide is better than a
huge slide that may be over 200 yards long. A small slide on a steep slick
rock shoreline almost guarantees that fish can be caught on the thin line of
rocks. I find white rocks hold more fish than red rocks in the lower lake. I
can't explain that but offer it as a means to locate more fish in these
Walleye are being caught regularly now. Numbers harvested increases with
distance traveled uplake. Rainbow to Good Hope are the best walleye spots
Striped bass are in transition. Some fish have spawned, some are still
waiting. The bigger news is that stripers are finding schools of spawning
adult shad. Scattered boils are being reported from Last Chance to San Juan.
The boils are really quick and not really fishable yet. A better strategy is
to troll or cast or vertically jig with spoons in the vicinity of the
surface activity. Jerk baits are working in the shallows to catch a few
single stripers. The best report came from the mouth of the San Juan at
Jacks Arch. Trolling a heavy white bucktail jig accounted for consistent
catches of stripers over the past week. Unfortunately bait fishing is still
spotty and not as productive as seen in past years.
The most productive fishing approach now is casting surface lures around
brush in morning and evening twilight.
Catfish have come alive now with warm water. The can be caught with ease
along main channel beaches in the evening with hotdogs, chicken liver or