It’s striper time at Lake Powell
Lake Elevation: 3,622 asl
Water Temperature: 60-65 degrees F
PAGE, Ariz. – The big news this week is that stripers are now being caught in big numbers at the mouth of Lake Canyon. Stripers have been slow to start this spring in the mid-lake area but now it appears that has changed. It is likely that the mouth of other canyons including Annies, Slick Rock and Iceberg would have similar concentrations of large stripers willing to hit bait. In other late developing years stripers have been found along the walls downstream from Halls Creek all the way to Lake Canyon. Catch rate is increasing just inside the mouth of Moki where the canyon intersects with the main channel. Smaller stripers are being caught in Halls using crappie jigs near the surface in open water.
Anglers are catching hundreds of fish using standard bait fishing techniques that have worked so well at Wahweap this spring. It has just taken longer for stripers near Bullfrog to move to the main channel and then be located by anglers. But the wait is now over and striper fishing mid-lake is heating up fast. We expected striper fishing to begin later up-lake but had no idea it would be June before it exploded.
Striper fishing in the southern lake continues to amaze us with the volume of fish that are being caught on a daily basis - weather permitting. High winds over Memorial Day weekend made fishing success marginal because calm spots were hard to find. But the seas have now calmed and fishing is picking up right where it left off. Striper fishing is excellent from Wahweap to Bullfrog. Stripers are caught in the Escalante as well near the large dome shaped island 5 miles up the canyon.
Bass fishing continues to be good but not along the shoreline. The rapid increase in lake level floods new shoreline each day. Smallmouth bass are now 20 feet deep making it necessary to fish deeper water. Old standard plastic grubs fished along the bottom are still very effective for catching good numbers of bass. Largemouth are shallower. When trees are available largemouth will not leave the cover. Each day more brush is covered allowing bass to move back into the thickets that they occupied when water was higher.
Walleye fishing continues to be exceptional. Slow-trolled bottom-bouncer weights with attached worm harness are very effective while fast trolling with diving crankbaits is working as well. Casting into murky water often produces walleye along with bass and stripers. Walleye are being caught from Good Hope Bay to Wahweap. This may be the yearly peak for walleye fishing so give it a try before success rate declines.
Crappie fishing is winding down as spawning is now complete. Some crappie can still be caught on small jigs trolled slowly with an electric motor or wind drift. Target the deep water side of brush thickets to find a suspended school of elusive panfish.
Catfish are now starting to bite on a beach near your camp. Share your dinner with them and they will provide great fun for kids of all ages. Fishing is not as fast as it was in May but the variety and chance of catching a large number of fish still exists.