Lake Powell Fish Report – August 2, 2017
Lake Elevation: 3634
Water Temperature: 81-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
If shopping for the best deal on striper boils at Lake Powell, the answer is simple. The best chance of finding surface feeding action is found in the far north lake. The area from Good Hope Bay (Buoy 118) to Trachyte Canyon (Buoy 125) is the most productive. There are boils occurring everyday over the length of the lake so it is possible to find them at any place, and at anytime. If asked to make a list of the top 5 boiling spots it would look like this and in this order:
1. Good Hope to Trachyte
2. San Juan – Cha Canyon to Great Bend
3. Escalante River Arm
4. Rincon to Forgotten Canyon
5. Face Canyon to Rainbow Bridge
I live near the number 5 rated boil spot on the lake so I am reporting for that area. Other canyons uplake are better for boils seen and fish caught, but similar in how to find fish and catch them.
Today I headed out at first light and found a breeze blowing. According to my rules that is not good for finding surface action. When I got to Padre with choppy water I stopped and trolled along the east wall in the shade. The result was one smallmouth and one striper caught in 15 minutes. That is too slow for me and the wind let up a bit, so we moved to Face Canyon.
Surface feeding stripers were in the same bay where we found them last week. The boils were very quick averaging about 25 seconds from beginning to end. If we moved close enough to the previous boil and they came back up again in casting range we caught a fish. Usually we arrived at the boil site with the water still trembling on top but the fish were gone. We chased 5-6 quick boils, caught 4 fish and then moved on.
We decided to take one look in Rock Creek and then head back. It was 10 AM and way too late for morning boils. The mouth of the three Rock Creeks has been a good boil spot over the years so we went there. We were very surprised to see the biggest boil of the morning against the wall between Main Rock and Middle Rock. Then the fish came up in the middle of the bay. The next boil was on the east wall of Dry Rock. This bay was the best spot of the day and we quickly caught 20 fish on topwater lures in less than an hour.
Surface feeding stripers can come up at any time or place. The shad in their stomachs were 2-3 inches long which means these fish need to boil to catch fast moving shad. They go down quickly because the surface temperature of the water was 84 degrees which was too warm for these 2-3 pound stripers to stay on top for long. They dive quickly to deep water to cool off and then pop back up again to eat more shad. The superb physical condition of stripers caught today has not been seen since 2016. They are fat again.
We saw many and caught a few smallmouth bass in the rock slide areas of Rock Creek. As the lake level declines bass fishing will get back to normal with bass occupying habitat that is easy to find.
Fishing success at Lake Powell is amazing! When you stick with it and keep trying the result is a fun day of fishing, a good catch and memorable sightings of the red rock walls and blue water. I love this place!