and Photo by Wayne Gustaveson
STILL TIME -- Dan Austin
caught a gizzard shad while casting 3-inch plastic single-tailed
grubs in Lake Powell's Ticaboo Canyon. Fishing continues to be
incredibly good despite full moon, rising water, runoff stain, rapid
warming, and many other variables that tend to slow things down. It
hasnít happened yet. There is still time for an excellent spring
Good fishing continues as hungry sport
fish compete for limited forage. Last yearís forage is at the low
point for the year and newly spawned fish are not yet large enough
to provide food for adult fish. The result is fast fishing for
stripers, walleye, and smallmouth bass.
Stripers continue to travel the deep canyon walls from Glen
Canyon Dam to Bullfrog and all spots in between. They are readily
caught on anchovy bait fished at 30-50 feet near the wall and on
cliff points and talus rock piles.
Chum to get the school started and then harvest all fish caught
as the population is overabundant and must be downsized to keep the
fisheries healthy. Some of the hotspots include Navajo, Last Chance,
Oak and Reflection, Jacks Arch, Escalante, Moki, Hansen Creek and
In The Mood For Bigger Food
There are fewer 4- and 5-pound stripers being caught each day,
but it is difficult to tell because juvenile striped bass have begun
feeding on plankton in very large schools in 10-20 feet of water.
Theses stripers prefer a larger food item, so a cast or trolled
lure gets whacked a number of times as it traverses the large
Juvenile stripers are in prime condition and provide a better
meal than the thin 4-pound fish. When a school of juveniles is
located, they can be caught quickly on small lures such as white
grubs, small spoons (Kastmaster or Wally lure) or small crankbaits.
Stationary schools of juveniles are located in Wahweap Bay
(Castle Rock Cut), Navajo Canyon (points behind the double islands),
and Padre Bay (buoy 21A). Find the schools by shallow, slow trolling
a spoon or jig with small grub attached.
When a fish is caught, immediately cast Ĺ ounce spoons in the
area (much like fishing boils) to keep the school active while the
first fish is landed.(I took 15 stripers in 15 consecutive casts
using this method in Wahweap Bay.)
Hungry stripers too big to eat plankton are searching for
crayfish on all rocky shoreline near deep water. Fishing a plastic
tube or grub on the edges of the main channel is a sure thing for
stripers and walleye.
Thereís Still Time
Stripers are readily caught trolling the edge of the channel with
deep-diving crank baits. Walleye are caught using the same trolling
methods near shore where a bit of mud is stirred up by wind or boat
Use Hot-n-Tot and Wally Divers to target walleye or deep
Thundersticks or Deep Husky Jerks to target stripers. When a fish is
caught trolling, itís a good idea to cast plastic tubes and grubs to
see if a school of stripers or group of walleye is in the vicinity.
If this isnít enough, then smallmouth bass are hot on most
vertical rocky structure. Bounce a tube or grub along bottom or drag
them from reef to reef to catch bass up to 3 pounds.
Fishing continues to be incredibly good despite full moon, rising
water, runoff stain, rapid warming and many other variables that
tend to slow things down. It hasnít happened yet. There is still
time for an excellent spring fishing trip.
At press time, lake elevation was 3,597, and water temperature
was 68-75 F.