Fishing Report: Lake Powell
“All Species Now Available”
May 2, 2018
Lake Elevation: 3609
Water temperature: 59 – 64 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson: http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
It’s typically springtime weather now with some warm days followed by cooling and windy conditions. Water temperature has been in the mid 60s but then drops back into the high 50s when the wind blows. Inflow and outflow at Lake Powell are getting closer but there is still more water flowing out than coming in. Water in the southern lake is still amazingly clear. Conditions in May are generally warmer, calmer and conducive to catching a wide variety of fish species. Here is what to expect.
Striped bass are spread between the main channel and the main canyons. Fish in spawning condition will be in the big bays and main canyons. They will be most active at night. Look for them in the shade of the tall canyon walls at first light in the morning. They will eat plankton close to the surface but their main purpose is to wait for the rapid warming spawning trigger that happens when surface water temperature increases almost 10 degrees in one day. The best fishing method is trolling and graphing until a small school or a few individuals are seen. Catch a striper trolling and then watch the graph to see following fish below the boat which may be caught on spoons.