Weather is hot, fishing is hotter at Lake Powell

Brigham Young University student Josh Jones ventured recently to Lake Powell with fellow biology students. In addition to learning some fish facts, the students also caught some very nice stripers trolling and casting in Last Chance Bay.

The water is boiling at Lake Powell, but not simply because it’s nearly 100 degrees at the southern Utah reservoir.

The water is churning because stripers finally are boiling, feeding on maturing shad and settling into an random feeding schedule of small slurps early and late in the day mixed with larger boils during the day.

That’s the latest word from Utah Fisheries biologist Wayne Gustaveson on his Lake Powell fishing website

“It is amazing how much has changed in the past week,” wrote Gustaveson Thursday in his latest fishing report update. “Shad have grown larger and faster while stripers have become more aggressive. Precise casts and small profile lures are still preferred but full size lures that cast much farther are producing as well.”

He reported water temperature at 73-77 degrees and lake elevation at 3,609.2 feet, still nearly 90 feet down from full at 3,700 feet.

That uptick in lure size is major change in angling technique, he said.

“The big difference this week was that these stripers would now hit full size surface lures,” Gustaveson wrote. “The micro-lures used last week were not required.”

During a recent outing, Gustaveson noted a stealthy approach followed by an accurate cast resulted in one fish caught from every second or third boil.

“From Bullfrog to San Juan water clarity is still cloudy from runoff but small slurps are seen commonly throughout the day,” Gustaveson said. “These stripers are catchable with a fish caught from every other slurp.

“There is a lot more chasing than catching, but at the end of the day there will be enough great tasting small stripers for fish tacos.”


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