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Lake Powell

Rating - Very_Good   

Wednesday, Jun 30 2021
Lake Powell continues to decline in lake level every day. One positive note is that the rate of decline has lessened. Inflowing water has slightly increased in the last two weeks but is still less than the outflow. Rivers that feed Lake Powell are only flowing at 20% of average for the month of May. Apparently, there is no end in sight. Lake level decline has required the Stateline launch ramp at Wahweap to close this week. That means the Wahweap main ramp and Antelope private ramp are the only launch sites in the southern lake. Bullfrog and Halls Crossing are still operating midlake.Water temperature is now between 65 and 70 degrees, which is the spawning trigger for gizzard shad and striped bass. Threadfin shad spawn near 70-75 degrees. The shad spawn will provide forage for all predatory fish. Striper slurps and boils will begin in June and continue into July. For now, bait fishing will continue to be the best technique for stripers.Bait fishing continues to be very effective over the length of the lake. Most spots mentioned in the previous fishing forecasts are still providing substantial catches of stripers. Those great fishing spots have some common features. Striper schools hold in deep water in the main channel and in narrow side canyons. These are spawning areas during the night but also provide limited forage during the day. Stripers of all sizes feed on schools of tiny plankton holding in the upper 30 feet of water. Hungry stripers are eager to eat larger food items. Chum an area with small chunks of anchovies to energize the school. Schooling fish are eager to eat quickly before their school mates arrive. When the active feeding fish slow down or move away, just chum the area again to reenergize the school. This fast-bait fishing will continue until shad spawn and young shad grow large enough to entice the striper school.The DWR targeted bass to find the habitat where they are spawning. At these very low lake levels, there are tall cliffs, smooth sandstone humps and rocky points. Bass definitely prefer the rocky points. The best bass spot was a rocky shoreline in the shade of a tall cliff wall. They used Ned Rigs, single and double-tailed plastic grubs and plastic tube baits. Cast the baits as close to shore as possible, let them rest for 30 seconds and then work the bait slowly back to the boat with pauses while the bait rests on the lake bottom. Sometimes bass would smack the bait quickly and other times we had to work the bait into deeper water before the bass attacked. They caught smallmouth bass from 7 inches long to 2 pounds. Fishing was steady in the preferred rocky habitat. There was a bonus catch of striped bass while fishing the rocky points. Stripers were eating crayfish along the breaking edge where the shallow, rocky structure quickly declined into deeper water.Hungry walleye responded to the same plastic baits in 15 feet of water in shady, rocky coves. Walleye are hungry and tend to be in flat rocky structures. Catch a walleye and return to the same spot to catch more. Your chances of catching more walleye increases by adding a piece of night crawler to the hook of a plastic bait.Please be aware of exposed cliffs/rocks while traveling the lake.Special Alert: Lake Powell is infested with quagga mussels. Protect other Utah waters by cleaning and draining the water from your boat before leaving Lake Powell. Your boat must be dried for 18 days before launching in another water. If you plan to launch sooner, a professional decontamination is required.




Wednesday, Jun 30 2021




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Lake Powell


Rating - Very_Good

Lake Powell continues to decline in lake level every day. One positive note is that the rate of decline has lessened. Inflowing water has slightly increased in the last two weeks but is still less than the outflow. Rivers that feed Lake Powell are only flowing at 20% of average for the month of May. Apparently, there is no end in sight. Lake level decline has required the Stateline launch ramp at Wahweap to close this week. That means the Wahweap main ramp and Antelope private ramp are the only launch sites in the southern lake. Bullfrog and Halls Crossing are still operating midlake.Water temperature is now between 65 and 70 degrees, which is the spawning trigger for gizzard shad and striped bass. Threadfin shad spawn near 70-75 degrees. The shad spawn will provide forage for all predatory fish. Striper slurps and boils will begin in June and continue into July. For now, bait fishing will continue to be the best technique for stripers.Bait fishing continues to be very effective over the length of the lake. Most spots mentioned in the previous fishing forecasts are still providing substantial catches of stripers. Those great fishing spots have some common features. Striper schools hold in deep water in the main channel and in narrow side canyons. These are spawning areas during the night but also provide limited forage during the day. Stripers of all sizes feed on schools of tiny plankton holding in the upper 30 feet of water. Hungry stripers are eager to eat larger food items. Chum an area with small chunks of anchovies to energize the school. Schooling fish are eager to eat quickly before their school mates arrive. When the active feeding fish slow down or move away, just chum the area again to reenergize the school. This fast-bait fishing will continue until shad spawn and young shad grow large enough to entice the striper school.The DWR targeted bass to find the habitat where they are spawning. At these very low lake levels, there are tall cliffs, smooth sandstone humps and rocky points. Bass definitely prefer the rocky points. The best bass spot was a rocky shoreline in the shade of a tall cliff wall. They used Ned Rigs, single and double-tailed plastic grubs and plastic tube baits. Cast the baits as close to shore as possible, let them rest for 30 seconds and then work the bait slowly back to the boat with pauses while the bait rests on the lake bottom. Sometimes bass would smack the bait quickly and other times we had to work the bait into deeper water before the bass attacked. They caught smallmouth bass from 7 inches long to 2 pounds. Fishing was steady in the preferred rocky habitat. There was a bonus catch of striped bass while fishing the rocky points. Stripers were eating crayfish along the breaking edge where the shallow, rocky structure quickly declined into deeper water.Hungry walleye responded to the same plastic baits in 15 feet of water in shady, rocky coves. Walleye are hungry and tend to be in flat rocky structures. Catch a walleye and return to the same spot to catch more. Your chances of catching more walleye increases by adding a piece of night crawler to the hook of a plastic bait.Please be aware of exposed cliffs/rocks while traveling the lake.Special Alert: Lake Powell is infested with quagga mussels. Protect other Utah waters by cleaning and draining the water from your boat before leaving Lake Powell. Your boat must be dried for 18 days before launching in another water. If you plan to launch sooner, a professional decontamination is required.


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