Lake Powell Fish Report
They’re Slipping Into Summertime
By Wayne Gustaveson
As of press time, Powell’s lake level is stabilizing,
and surface water temperature is steady. The constancy
allows fish to slip into summertime patterns.
That is really a good thing because fish will be in
the same spots and do the same things for most of the
Stripers will be on the lookout for shad. The first
hatch of shad was good in the southern lake and great in
the northern lake.
Since then, shad numbers are lagging in the south but
consistently good up north. Stripers will have a brief
boiling period where young stripers will eat larval shad
each morning and evening.
The boils will get bigger and better with time from
Bullfrog to Hite and in the San Juan. But, from Rainbow
to Wahweap, boils will simmer and then decline until
more shad are found. If looking for boils, go to the
The lack of shad near Wahweap means that the
over-abundant adult stripers will continue to be caught
with anchovies in incredible numbers. Stripers are
holding at 30-50 feet in the main channel from the dam
to Warm Creek, including Navajo Canyon.
Catches of 30-plus fish per trip are common, and
those results should continue into the first of July.
Night fishing at Wahweap and Antelope Point gets
better each day. Try a green or white light from your
boat or fish from the public fishing docks to enjoy
catching fish in the cool comfort of a balmy evening.
Bigger bass have gone deeper during the heat of the
day. Probe the depths to 30 feet with a plastic grub or
tube to find some decent smallmouth bass.
If you just like to catch fish, then throw the soft
plastic bait near shore to find an eager army of little
bass willing to bite at most times of the day.
The real excitement comes from throwing top-water
lures around brushy pockets and rocky points at first
light in the morning. Bass and stripers are searching
the shallows for food during twilight.
One of the most common patterns found in summer is a
consistent topwater bite. It is possible to fish all day
with a Super Spook Jr., Jumpin Minnow, or surface
At the end of the day, the surface bait will be
responsible for catching just as many fish as the deep
running plastic baits.
Catfish and bluegill are active in large numbers. Use
live worms on a very small hook for good panfish action.
Kids around a houseboat should always have a rod
rigged and ready for sunfish that swarm the boat looking
Summer is here, but the fish haven’t quit biting.
Take fishing tackle along on your family vacation this
After more research, I have added another hotspot
- Dam – Fish the ledge on west side which coincides
with barricades 3-4 and 5. If those spots are
taken, go uplake.
- Corner as lake turns left (north) at Buoy 3.
Fish the shade line in the morning.
- Power Plant Intake – (Construction boom on rim)
Fish early before boat traffic starts.
- Buoy 9 – Gently sloping outcropping near shore is
the best place.
- Small canyon just upstream from Buoy 9 before the
lake turns left heading for Navajo
- Mouth of Navajo on the main channel side — either
side of the entrance along main channel
- First corner of Navajo Canyon – Fish shade line in
the morning. Look for a yellow rope on the right side
to tie up to a good spot.
- Double islands in Navajo Cyn – Go beyond islands
and fish the first and second points on the left hand
side of the channel.
- Mouth of Warm Creek and main channel
- Padre Butte between Buoy 21A and 22B – Fish the
channel beyond Padre Butte to the south.
- Jacks Arch – mouth of San Juan
- San Juan - Too muddy, stay in main channel.
- Buoy 65 -East channel wall 200-500 yards down lake
of Cottonwood Canyon
- Buoy 74 - Mouth of Bowns and Long Canyons, 50-100
yards from main channel inside of Bowns Canyon’s NE
- Buoy 92/93 - West wall of main channel 50-150
yards down lake from mouth of Lost Eden Canyon
- Halls Ramp – Cliff wall downstream from ramp
- Buoy 99 A at Hansen Creek
At press time, the lake elevation was 3,611 feet, and
the water temperature was 75-80 F.