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Lake Powell Fish Report – July 19, 2017
Lake Elevation: 3635
Water Temperature: 80-83 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Striper slurps and boils are now available lakewide. Here is a rundown on what to expect.
Boils/slurps were found most consistently this week near the mouth of Moki Canyon but boils were seen from Forgotten to Lake Canyon. Stripers were caught on top water lures and chartreuse grubs. Those fish caught in the backs of canyons were thin compared to those caught in the main channel or at the mouths of the canyons. Stripers caught ranged from 16-24 inches.
Largemouth bass were found occasionally feeding with stripers on the surface. More often largemouth bass were found in the brush line near shore. They could sometimes be seen blowing up on the surface and could be caught on topwater lures or a spinner bait.
Smallmouth bass are showing up more often on rock structure now that the lake has stabilized. Look for isolated rock slides or rocky islands to target smallmouth. As lake level continues to stabilize or begins to decline bass habitat will be more obvious. Bass have been harder to find than normal but that will now change with consistent lake levels. Stabilized lake levels will make it easier to catch bluegill along the brushy shorelines as well.
Fishing success is improving as the summer moves on.