OUT: Lake Powell Report October 16, 2008

Art Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources/Special to The Daily Sentinel
Keith Barney of Phoenix, Ariz.,  caught this 4-pound largemouth bass in Warm Creek on a Lucky Creek Sammy top water lure. Fishing surface lures is a most exciting way to fish and top water fishing is peaking right now.

PAGE, Ariz. — I went fishing the morning of the Oct. 14 just to make sure the full moon hex was still viable.

Sure was. I didn’t get a bite.

But that is now over and each night will get darker and hopefully days will be warmer after the first major cold front of the season.

By the coming weekend, good fishing should prevail.

The full moon is actually helpful right now with cold, windy mornings, in that shad-chasing fish all seem to wake up mid-day and begin feeding.

There is a strong feeding period beginning at 11 a.m. (MST) when much surface action is seen. The next major feeding period occurs from 4 p.m. to dark.

Shad are still abundant but predators are packing on weight by eating as many shad as possible with water temperature pegged in the preferred activity range.

Stripers are most active when water is in the mid 60’s and bass get very active both spring and fall in that same range.

The pattern right now is topwater lures and shallow runners cast to any two-fish splash seen any time of day.

All fish are chasing shad and trapping them against the surface and/or shore allows the predator to effectively corner and catch shad.

Splashes against shore often indicate bass and deep water splashes often mark stripers, which can then be caught by fishing spoons directly under the surface disturbance.

Constantly scan the water surface and shoreline for signs of fish activity. A swirl, a gull diving on the water, a coyote walking on shore, ravens perched on rocks — all are indicators of feeding events.

Find a shad school in shallow water and use shad like duck decoys. Fish will come to shad.

October is hunting season and fish-hunting is good right now. Any of these events may lead to discovering feeding activity and allow one to experience some amazing fishing success.

Mid-Lake Powell is probably the best. I would fish from Good Hope Bay to Padre Bay. San Juan and Hite have lots of fish but a few less shad in the main lake makes it a better angling bet.

Spend equal time looking for bass and stripers. Both species are found in the same location near shad.

One visual trigger may lead to the active feeding zone. Don’t ignore stripers feeding on top if fishing for bass.

It is likely bass will be caught right in the same spot.

Fishing success should be at its fall peak during the last two weeks of October.


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