Lake Powell is coming up at a rate of 3-4 inches
per day which makes fishing the shoreline a bit more difficult.
In these conditions bass are still very active but it is necessary to fish
deeper water. It is best to cast to the edge of a drop off instead of the
sandy flat that may look quite promising. The row of trees will begin to
disappear with only a few stickup limbs to mark their presence.
That may be helpful in fishing for largemouth
as weedless rigged baits can now be fished straight down under the boat and
through the tree branches. Approach likely looking tree groves quietly and
slowly to disturb the area as little as possible before dropping the bait
into the brush. Largemouth bass and crappie are still in the trees and will
react to lures worked gingerly through the branches.
Jack Herrin with walleye
Smallmouth bass are easier to catch.
It's a sure thing to find a small rock slide on a vast expanse of slick
rock. A small patch of rocky habitat collects bass magnetically. Bigger bass
are now deeper (20-35) than when they were spawning. Find open water shoals,
and reefs and let a plastic tube or grub (1/8 to 3/8 ounce) descend along
the deep water edge until a bass finds it. Bass will feed on top of the
shoal and then drop over the edge to deeper water. First try casting to the
top of the reef and then into deep water along the edge for best success.
Striped bass are staged for spawning.
Giant schools are congregated in isolated areas in almost every canyon area.
Find a school by graphing and trolling. Fish are most active right at dusk.
Once located the schools should remain in the area until the spawning event
occurs. They can be caught from the resting school on anchovies or hard
plastic crankbaits, plastic swim baits or flies like Mylar clauser minnows.
Twilight is the best time to fish for stripers but they can be caught
periodically throughout the day.
There is a large school of stripers in Padre Bay southeast of Cookie Jar
Butte. But stripers are present in all the canyons and finding your own
school would be the best bet. Look along Moki Wall out of Bullfrog. Some
stripers have been caught near the dam and Power Plant intake but not in
numbers reminiscent of years when forage is less. Stripers tend to return to
the same spots annually. Try areas that have been good producers in previous
years. This is a good time to try anchovy bait.
Walleye are making a strong come back.
Fishing success is the best seen in over a decade. Standard walleye night
crawler worm harnesses and bottom bounces are best but simply trolling a
crankbait at a depth of 12 foot over submerged trees 15 feet deep in murky
water is working well. Windy afternoons create mudlines favored by feeding
walleye. Cast soft plastic bass baits into the mudline and drag them back
slowly for a chance at tasty walleye.