Information About Lake Powell
The last two years Lake Powell has risen to new levels not seen in about 7 or 8 years. The water covered many bushes and small trees. The submerged vegetation has given food and nursery cover for the surviving hatchlings and young fish. The hatch has produced billions of shad in Lake Powell and that means lots of food for the bigger game fish.
The bait used to catch striper’s changed from anchovies to artificial bait. This last year we didn’t use anchovies at all. If you find the shad you usually find the stripers. They are very healthy fish with great fillets. The average weight of the stripers has been approximately 3 to 4 pounds. Last April, while fishing in shallow water, we saw 2 stripers that would probably weigh in at 45 to 50 pounds, maybe more. The lake record is 48.11 pounds, caught in 1991. The stripers have been difficult to catch at certain times of the year. Chasing striper boils and hooking into one using top water bait is a blast! The same goes for the largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Top water fishing, the kind of fishing I love to do, was great this year. The fish seem to fight harder when caught on top water. Yamamoto grubs work great on Lake Powell. Knowing which grub to use and how to work it will produce lots of fish. Weather conditions and water temperature also have a big influence one how well the fish bite.
The best times to fish on Lake Powell and catch the “big ones” are March, April and two weeks into May. Sure you can catch big ones other times of the year, but my clients typically catch larger fish during these months.
Lake Powell produces lots of 2 to 4 pound largemouth and 2 to 3 pound smallmouth bass. A 4 to 6 pound bass on Powell is considered big for Powell. The lake record for largemouth bass is 10.2 pounds caught in 1974. The lake record for smallmouth is 5.8 pounds caught in 2007.
We caught a 5.0 pound smallmouth last April. As it got close to the boat we got really excited thinking it might be a lake record! But it fell a little short. That is the exciting thing about fishing, you never know when the big one is going to take your bait!
Check out our photo gallery to see more than 30 pictures from fishing trips – Lake Powell Pictures