Lake Powell ready to play ball with hopeful summer anglers
PAGE, Ariz. — Now that he’s retired, former Major League Baseball player Fred Lynn has his summers free, with plenty of time to fish.
Which is good because fishing at Lake Powell is ready for summer.
The water level stabilized at 3,600 feet, which means the Castle Rock Cut is wet but not passable.
With water temperatures now in the 74- to 78-degree range, anglers will find summer fishing patterns now in play.
The key, regardless of species targeted, is to fish early and late and use shade to your advantage.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass are on rocky slopes. Rocks utilized vary from slick-rock slopes to large boulders, down to small rubble rock. Look for rocks large enough to allow crayfish to crawl under where they hide from predators.
Smallmouth bass are the second most likely fish to bite your lure. Chartreuse grubs are good to start with each day.
Walleye are still being caught in good numbers and can be targeted by trolling a 12-foot diving lure along the front of rocky structure in the morning or evening shade.
Great results have come recently with the Bomber Deep Flat A lure in Silver Flash color. It seems to have just the right running depth and action to entice hungry walleye residing in the 12- to 20-foot depths.
Stripers still are the most likely fish to catch but they are slightly more difficult to find now.
Striper schedule starts at dawn when they come to the surface looking for a school of larval shad. A slight dimpling action is all that is seen as they quietly feed on the tiny fish.
Stripers can be caught on small swim baits or other small lures cast to the periphery of the surface disturbance.
This search patterns lasts for about two hours. Then stripers move back to resting points where they have resided for the past two months.
They repeat this shad search again in the evening twilight. When not actively feeding, stripers are in 20 to 30 feet of water and are vulnerable to anchovy bait.
Lake area determines which type of feeding action to look for. From the dam to Padre Bay, stripers are in deep water without significant shad numbers.
The weather is hot but fishing is still pretty darn good at Lake Powell.
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