Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson
Attention: 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 soonet, a professional decontamination is required. Locate a decontamination station and learn about quagga mussels.
Lake elevation: 3,635 feet
Water temperatures: 79–85°F
Lake Powell has stabilized. There is plenty of brush along the shoreline, so hopefully the lake's water level will continue to cover that brush for the rest of July before it begins to decline.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson.
Good news! I received the first report of a boil today near Antelope Point Marina. Stripers were eating shad larger than the tiny shad found over the last month. Stripers were scattered, but willing to hit a topwater lure occasionally. It is not really time to come fish for boils, but that time is getting closer. Surface activity should pick up lakewide by the end of July and continue through the month of August — and maybe longer.
We had to collect 60 stripers today to do a disease certification and confirm that Lake Powell fish are healthy and strong. If I had known the stripers were boiling near Antelope Point, I would have gone there for my fish collection. Early this morning, I only knew that bait fishing was still good along the canyon walls. We took three boats and headed for Warm Creek Wall. We chummed along the wall and began to catch fish steadily for the next three hours. The school would come up for chum and then descend to the depths. When near the surface, we caught fish in 10 to 15 feet of water. When the action died down, we dropped our baits further down to 40 to 60 feet to find the school and drag it back towards the top. Catching slowed down at 9 a.m. so we counted the fish and confirmed that we had our 60. Later at the fish cleaning station, we counted 80 stripers from the efforts of 10 anglers in three different boats. Those fishing Lake Powell for the first time were in awe of the amount of fish that you can catch on this incredible fishing lake.
Bait fishing success will continue to excel this summer as many fish remain trapped in the deeper water by warm temperatures on the surface. The younger stripers will continue to feed on the top and gain weight dramatically as the boil season progresses.
Bass fishing is now getting more predictable as the lake level has stabilized. That allows bass to find a spot they like and hold there until the lake's water level begins to go down. Smallmouth bass are often found on a slick rock walls near the flooded brush line. By next week, that preferred habitat type should become obvious and I will report it.
Walleye fishing is slowing but anglers are still catching some in the mid- to upper-lake. Now that shad are larger and more abundant, expect walleye to feed each morning and evening. They prefer to hold on a flat near a steep cliff wall, in the brushy weeds along a long sandy beach or a point that has been covered with water. Bottom bouncing, or fishing a bass grub with worm attached, is still very effective.
It is summer and still hot! Lake Powell, however, is amazing considering the amount of fish that you can catch in these challenging conditions. Go fishing early. Then enjoy boating, skiing, sightseeing or whatever peaks your interest. Then, as the sun starts to set, go out for another fishing adventure. It is definitely worth it.https://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/reports_lp.php