When the weather is hot, so is the fishing at Lake Powell

Chas McConnell of Winter Park recently caught this 7.1-pound largemouth bass on a small crappie jig in the San Juan arm of Lake Powell last week. The fish was released to be caught again. Angling reports say fishing is excellent this week for all species.                 

Lake Elevation: 3,613 asl                
Water Temperature: 57 – 64 degrees F

PAGE, Ariz. – Fishing at Lake Powell coincides with the weather report. Warm and sunny days grouped together bring fantastic fishing results. Cold and blustery days make catching fish a bit more work. Yesterday was a perfect example of spring weather on the lake. A cold wind blew all night lowering the water temperature back to 57 degrees after it valiantly struggled to get into the 60s the day before. At dawn it was calm, then every hour or two after the weather alternated between dead calm and thunderstorm whitecaps. The good news is that when the three-day calm warm weather hit last week, fishing success was off the charts. The better news is that it will be calm and hot this weekend. Fishing will be likewise.

The biggest news all spring has been the relentless striper bite in the southern lake. Bait anglers have filled coolers and live wells full of stripers on a daily basis. There appears to be no let up in the number of fish to be caught. Anglers have done best at Buoy 3 which is the main channel corner just downstream from the mouth of Antelope Canyon. Unfortunately boat traffic makes the steep walled area very rough and uncomfortable after the tour boats start their daily trips. By next week all boats will be going through Castle Rock cut as the lake is now rising rapidly. Then Buoy 3 will be calm and fish will still be biting.

Other locations in the lower lake are just as good. Chum a shallow ledge on the edge of the cliff channel with cut-up anchovies and return in an hour to catch stripers. That works from the dam to Rainbow Bridge. Stripers are congregated in the back of canyons where water depth shallows from 60 to 45 feet. Bait fishing in the ends of canyons is hot as well. Use some bait and fish will come.

For those that prefer other fish and methods will not be disappointed. Walleye fishing is hitting its peak in the northern lake between Bullfrog and Good Hope Bay. Big largemouth bass exceeding 7 pounds continue to be caught each week. Smallmouth are coming alive on every rocky point lakewide. Crappie fishing improves each time the water warms to the mid 60s. This weekend will be another chance to have the best fishing trip of a lifetime. It may be as good or better than last weekend and that was as good as it gets.

Some breaking news about the new Million Dollar Fish Contest: Cabelas is sponsoring a nationwide fishing contest where tagged fish are released in many different lakes across the country. The lucky angler who catches one of the tagged fish from May 14th to July 14th will win a prize with the largest prize potential of $2 million. Fifteen of those tags are attached to striped bass in Lake Powell. You must register to be eligible to win. Find more information online at http://www.cabelas.com/fishformillions.


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