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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:48

Lake Powell Spring Fishing Will Peak Soon

Wayne Guestaveson reports that fishing is very good for all special at Lake Powell right now. He predicts the peak time for spring smallmouth will happen during the last week or April and the first week of May. So get down there right now.

See Waynes excellent report. Below are excerpts.

The lake is stabilizing, ready to start filling. Sight fishing is best in crystal clear water.  Rising water causes bank sloughing which clouds the shallow water and reduces visibility. All these factors suggest that the last week of April and first week of May will be the peak time for spring bass fishing success.

Runoff from the Colorado River will cool and muddy the water from Hite to Good Hope Bay. Backs of northern lake canyons will have greater visibility, warmer water and good fishing but with the Hite launch ramp high and dry there is no reason to pass up the great bass fishing at midlake canyons.

May is the best month to fish for walleye lakewide as they try to recover from spawning stress and rebuild their muscle mass. Walleye search for food continually in these low forage conditions while waiting for shad to spawn and grow. Trolling along muddy shorelines may be the best strategy for walleye.

Striped bass are still found along every shoreline in the southern lake. Bait fishing is the most successful technique as stripers patrol along the canyon walls from the dam to the back of Navajo Canyon.  From Padre Bay to Rincon stripers are found in isolated spots along the shoreline and can be readily collected by casting jerk baits (Lucky Craft Pointers) into the shallows.  Bait fishing is improving in the Bullfrog area but it is not yet producing the incredible numbers found near the dam. Expect Bullfrog striper bait fishing to improve as water temperature warms into the 60s.

Quagga mussel larva have been found in various spots at Lake Powell. No adult mussels have been found, but officials have changed the invasive species label for Powell from Undetected to Detected.

What that means is that boaters need to be diligent in cleaning, draining and drying boats.

Utah's DWR provided this news release about the issue:

Microscopic Invasive Mussels Found at Lake Powell
Boaters must be more diligent in decontaminating their boats.

In 2012, the National Park Service collected water samples from multiple locations in Lake
Powell. A few of those samples tested positive for the presence of microscopic, larval-stage quagga
mussels (called veligers). No adult mussels have been found in the lake. This discovery prompted
the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) to change Lake Powell’s mussel status from
Undetected to Detected.

Individuals who boat at Lake Powell often travel to other Utah waterbodies. Boaters need to be exceptionally
careful in decontaminating their boats after they visit the lake.

What this means for boaters
If you are a boater who likes to visit Lake Powell, this means you will need to be more diligent in
cleaning, draining and drying your boat, especially if you plan to boat in other Utah waters.

What this doesn’t mean for boaters
While unfortunate, this news does not necessarily mean that Lake Powell has an established
population of quagga mussels. It does not mean that you shouldn’t boat in Lake Powell. We
encourage you to boat at Lake Powell — it is a wonderful place!

What you need to do

  1. Enjoy Lake Powell!
  2. After removing your boat from the lake, pull out the drain plug and pump out your ballast tanks/livewells. Lake Powell’s water is now a serious threat to other Utah waterbodies. Removing this water greatly reduces the threat.
  3. Wipe down the outside of your boat.
  4. When you arrive home, spread out all equipment and toys that were in the water and allow them to dry for seven days. This includes skis, wakeboards, life vests, anchors, ropes and water toys. Open all compartments to allow your boat to dry out. The veligers found in Lake Powell cannot survive without water for seven days in the summer.
  5. If you plan on boating before your seven-day dry time has expired, contact your nearest DWR regional office and ask for a professional decontamination. Employees will be happy to help you. If you delay professional decontamination until you arrive at the ramp of your next water, there might be a long wait before you can decontaminate and launch.
  6. If you are traveling on I-15 or across U.S. Highway 6, you can arrange decontamination at the DWR’s Cedar City office (435-865-6100) or Price office (435-613-3700) on your way home.

Why is decontamination a priority?
It is critically important to protect all Utah waterbodies from invasive species. If our recreation
areas become infested, access to your favorite lake or reservoir could be severely restricted. We
don’t want to see this happen, so we want to work with you — the boaters — to help keep Utah’s
waters clean and open for everyone.
For more information on invasive mussel monitoring at Lake Powell, visit
— Published February 6, 2013

Thursday, 31 January 2013 02:19

28 Pound Striper Caught At Lake Powell

Last week Jesse Pond caught a 28 pound striped bass near Forgotten Canyon at Lake Powell. His father, Sean, posted this account of the epic battle in the Anglers' Corner section on WaynesWords.com. He posted 2 photos, one of which is shown here. Below we give excerpts from his account. It is worth reading the entire post.

While traveling west over Eisenhower tunnel and over Vail pass everyone looked at us like we were crazy for having our boat in tow in January. as we headed out of Grand Junction Colorado into the Utah Desert the outside temperature was 7 degrees Fahrenheit and my wife started to believe I was crazy too……….

The next morning we slept in until about 9AM, grabbed a quick bite and headed back to the off shore marina to look at the house boat, when we finished our houseboat tour we made it back to the Boat inspection station about 11AM and it was 43 degrees, sunny and no wind, once the inspection was complete we hit the boat ramp to launch and realized there were only 2 other trucks in the parking area, we had the lake all to ourselves!

Jesse had been bugging me to fish so I finally gave in and rigged up his and my poles with a couple of cast masters and trolled all the way out of Forgotten Canyon with no luck, as we reached the main channel I rigged up 2 poles with leaded line , mine had a Rapala CD9 and was out 7 colors, I set Jesse up with a Storm Thunder stick in green and let him out 8 colors and settled in behind the controls, I varied our trolling speed between 1.5 – 2.3mph on my GPS, about 15 minutes later we had just turned into the main channel towards Bull fog when Jesse Yelled “ DAD, I HAVE A SNAG” I looked at the fish finder and said Jess we are 200 ft deep , that’s not a snag, HOLD ON!

some 20 to 30 minutes later with the fish actually coming our way he must have been able to see the bottom of the boat because he dove straight down and hard! It pulled Jesses rod so fast the handle was forced into his groin, Jesse yelled and fell forward , I grabbed Jesse by his hoodie with my left hand and his pole with my right, feeling the weight of this fish...

Once the fish was in the boat we snapped bunch of pictures and decided to head to bull frog marina and get it weighed. The post office scales were all that we could find and it showed about 27 ½ pounds. We froze Jesse’s fish that night and upon return to Bailey Colorado my wife had it weighed at our local Safeway and it came in at 28.31 lbs.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 03:15

Exploring and Fishing Cathedral In The Desert

Cathedral In The Desert is an iconic landmark in Glen Canyon at Lake Powell. It is a beautiful canyon grotto with a waterfall (actually two waterfalls). A few years ago Lake Powell dropped to a very low level and the main waterfall was exposed. Many people make a trek to see the Cathedral, which was often been described as paradise lost beneath the waters of Lake Powell.

In recdent years the lake's level has risen and, at this writing, the top of the main waterfall is under 10 feet of water. (See photos and a video showing Cathedral In The Desert.)

On Oct. 20, 2012, DWR Biologist Wayne Gustaveson boated into the Cathedral and filed this report:

For example, on Saturday we took a side trip into Cathedral in the Desert at the back of Clear Creek Canyon on the Escalante. The lake level now is at the base of the second waterfall with the main cathedral well under water.  We viewed the falls and then retraced our steps.  While passing over the first falls (10 feet deep) marking the cathedral we noticed a school of fish sunning themselves near the surface of the 50 feet deep chamber. A Kastmaster spoon tossed to the basking fish proved them to be largemouth bass. A slab spoon simultaneously dropped to the bottom of the chamber resulted in a 5-pound striper. The next two drops to the 50-foot bottom produced two walleye. Then the fish quit.  That is a good summary of fishing this week. There are fish to catch in a wide variety of places but it takes a subtle key to understand when fish are vulnerable.

Friday, 15 June 2012 02:58

Striper Boils Are Starting At Powell

At Lake Powell, anglers anxiously await the heat of summer when shad grow big enough to attract hungry stripers. The aggressive predators chase the shad near the surface and make the water appear to boil. It is still early in the year but boils are now starting in many spots on the lake. The action will get better each week until it peaks in late July or early August.

The fishing report on wayneswords.com is the key source of current information about fishing at Powell. Now's the time to plan a Powell trip. Be sure to check Wayne's report before you head out.

Wayne provided this information.

Warm Creek traffic lane from Castle Rock Cut to Main Channel. Boils of yearling stripers start mid morning about the same time the houseboats are on the move through Warm Creek. It’s a real circus casting between boats and bouncing over wakes but these are the most catchable boil fish close by. They also come up in the evening for the last hour of light.


Padre Bay yearlings boil mid morning on most days, but not everyday. Normally start time is 9 AM (MST)


Last Chance and Rock Creek only very early and late slurps but these are larger fish when the come up in low light. They can be caught more often trolling than boiling.


Reflection Canyon. Striper school, 4-pound size class, near three partially submerged boulders in the channel near mouth of Reflection. Boil only quickly in the evening after the sun goes behind the ridge. Can be caught trolling near the same submerged rock reef.

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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:58

Lake Powell Spring Fishing Remains Hot

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Spring fishign remains hot for smallmouth bass. Walleye fishing is good and getting better and striper fishing is on the verge of becoming excellent. That's a summary of the new fishing report by DWR biologist Wayne Gustaveson. You can see the full report here. Below are excerpts:

Bass have mostly pulled off the nests as fry have hatched following a good spawn in mid April.  But males still guard the swimming fry for a time and are in close proximity to the nest.  Bass are seen cruising in shallow water rather than guarding each nest. But it’s not over.  Soon guarding males will abandon swimming fry and reoccupy the nest. They spawn again and start the process over again.  The difference this year is that anglers will be able to see nests in May that are usually covered by murky runoff.  Males will now randomly spawn and guard nests depending on where they are in their individual nesting/spawning cycle.  The end result will be visible bass which are very aggressive on nests shortly after eggs are deposited but slacking off in aggressiveness a day or two after the event.   Crappie follow a similar pattern but their second spawn is weaker than large and smallmouth bass.

Walleye fishing improves each day...

Male stripers have been ready to spawn since early April but females are still holding off, hence the inconsistency of striper fishing right now.  Once in place males don’t move much and are often dormant during the day.  They can be found by trolling and casting near points.  Spawning will not occur until females are stimulated to spawn by rapidly rising water temperature and increased inflow near a flowing tributary.  Historically, the earliest spawn has come near May 10 and has been delayed as late as June 10.  Finding a spawning striper school is the only thing better than fishing a boil.  The only problem is that it all happens at night.  



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RexFly.com has posted good information and a couple of videos showing how they catch crappie and smallmouth bass at Lake Powell fishing minnow-immitation patterns using a fly rod. You can see the videos and read the information on this post on www.wayneswords.com. We have embedded one of the videos below. They have 2 videos on their original post and it is worth clicking to see the other one.



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Smallmouth and largemouth fishing is now very good at Lake Powell when the water warms between storm fronts. Bass are looking for nesting sites and spawning is expected as early as next week. Anglers cruise shorelines looking for big fish and then cast to them - for exciting sight-fishing action. Wayne Gustaveson expects very good action to continue into May. Here's a quote:


The good news about early warming and small runoff is that sight fishing for cruising and nesting bass may be prolonged into May. Bass nests made this week may still be visible and only a foot or two deeper during May. Bass fishing will be good enough that all anglers will be successful. So remember to release largemouth bass and male smallmouth bass that are guarding nests. It is fine to keep smallmouth bass 12 inches and smaller.


Stripers are so fat, they are not expected to make their normal spring move in large numbers toward the dam. They can be caught in the backs of canyons and along the side of the main channel.


Read Wayne's full fishing report.


The warm spring has seasonal changes occurring a week or two earlier than normal. To hit the best fishing, I'm moving my Powell trip to the last week of April. I still have room in the boat if anyone is interested.


- Dave Webb

Published in Utah Fishing Report
Friday, 06 April 2012 16:21

Utah Fishing Report - Early April

Ice is now pulling back at Scofield. Ice-off fishing should be good there this weekend and early next week.


Strawberry ice-off may start later next week, still too early to know for sure. Watch for updates.


Many streams are now running high and a little muddy, but are still fishable. The best stream fishing now will be on protected stretches below dams:

Green River

Provo below Jordanelle and below Deer Creek

Weber between the dams

Ogden below Pineview

Huntington below Electric Lake


Lake Powell is now heating up for stripers, smallmouth, largemouth and other species. Peak spring action will probably occur late April and early May. I'm planning to head down the fist weekend in May. I still have room in the boat if anyone ways to come.


Flaming Gorge and many small reservoirs now offer good trout fishing.


I fished the stream below Joes Valley yesterday and did well using nymphs, catching small browns and cutts. The water was very low, very clear and very cold. Not much insect action.


We had planed to fish Joes from my little inflatable boat, but the wind was strong and gusty and we didn't dare launch.

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Wayne Gustaveson predicts this will be the year of the Big Fish at Lake Powell.

The photo at right shows a 28 pounder caught by Rich Cromwell Halls Creek Bay. Wayne gives this account:

 "A bass angler was bouncing tube jigs on the bottom at 40 feet near the Halls boat ramp when a 28-pound striper inhaled the bait.  He landed the trophy and now leads the parade with the largest striper caught this year.  This fish is larger than the 5-10 pound fish that are being caught in the southern lake.  There will be many more “big fish,”  5 pounds and better, caught as spring progresses."

Wayne is the DWR biologist heading the fishing program at Lake Powell. He writes a weekly fishing report giving excellent, timely tips for catching all species at Powell. 

See Wayne's report here.

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