The last couple of years has seen Lake Powell water level drop to almost record lows. Because of the low water level it takes about 25 minutes longer to get up-lake to areas like Warm Creek, Padre Bay and beyond. In 2013 we had one of the best, if not the best year ever for catching stripers. I am hoping 2014 will be just as good. The bait used to catch striper’s changed from anchovies to artificial bait. If you find the shad you usually find the stripers. They are very healthy fish with great fillets. The smaller stripers are the best eating ones with firm, clear meat. The average weight of the stripers has been approximately 3 to 4 pounds but catching one 5 to 8 pounds is a possibility. In May of 2010, 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. Big Stripers 10 pounds and above are almost impossible to catch, it takes a lot of luck and being in the right place at the right time. 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.
I love top water fishing, it usually takes place sometime in August or September. 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 in April of 2010. 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!
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