It seems April weather is always the same. There is some warming and when it
seems it will actually get warm another cold blast follows. Base water
temperature was 52 again this morning for the second consecutive week after
a big wind storm. But the next time it warms it will be for real - I
promise, honest, for sure, well maybe, I hope. And when it gets warm
conditions will change making it much easier to catch fish.
Deep Thunderstick with orange belly
(note big snap used to allow free straight running)
For now the same patterns we have discussed for the last month still
prevail. There are some subtle differences. Today we went to Lone Rock
(Wahweap Bay) to troll up some small stripers. We have been catching them
there for weeks. They are in the upper surface layers eating plankton and
will hit a shallow running crankbait as it gets in their face. This time the
only fish we caught was a walleye when our lures accidentally got too close
to the bottom. After trolling over all the spots that were good previously,
it was time to actually find out what was going on. We moved to Lone Rock
Canyon and immediately caught a fish. It finally
dawned on me that water temperature in Wahweap Bay was 52 while temperature
in the Canyon was 56. Once in the warmer canyon, the trolling pattern worked
just as well as it had previously. We caught small stripers on a
regular basis on shallow running Lucky Craft bevy shad.
Well what do you know; fish went to warmer water
instead of staying where it was cold. We missed the most obvious
indictor of good spring fishing. Fish like warmer water. We wasted an hour
repeating the method that worked last week instead of checking temperature
at the beginning of our trip. Water temperature is the key to spring
fishing. Remember that. It will save time and put more fish in the live
We caught a 5 pound striper and some smallmouth while trolling across a
shallow point. Trolling the baits past a submerged island produced more
smallmouth bass. All the fish are poised ready to move on beds as soon as
the water temperature spikes. The last 10 days of April still look like an
excellent time to make that first trip to the lake.
There have been some good catches of crappie and bass already but not on a
consistent basis. In late April and early May bass, crappie, walleye and
striper fishing will get better. It will then be possible to count on active
fish on every trip taken in decent weather.
Smallmouth bass are on rocky points and reefs. They are willing to hit
plastic tubes and grubs. Largemouth and crappie are in the brush and will
hit those baits that can swim through the brush forest and come out the
other side. New warming has begun now and it appears that water temperature
will hit 60 degrees by this weekend.
It is time to go fishing at Lake Powell.