Striper

Lake Powell Report
June- August 2012
 
Topwater and spooning for stripers is the name of the game in the hot part of the summer for me. I’ve taken a few trips on the lake and stayed close to Page. I start out looking for splashes from stripers chasing shad and throw a topwater of some type in the area. Most of these fish have been yearlings and in the 16 inch range but still fun. The bigger fish in the 3-5 pound range are deeper and will usually take a jigging spoon. I keep a close eye on my sonar and when I find a school, I put down the topater and quickly pick up the spoon rod and drop it to the feeding stripers.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trips
June-July, 2012
 
Lake Powell has a been a bit of a fickle creature recently. Some very good days mixed with some ok days. The stripers are boiling on most days especially very early in the morning. Recent monsoon rains are helping out greatly with cloudy skies in the mornings. This prolongs the boils greatly. On sunny days, the boils are mostly done except in shady areas along high cliffs by 7am. The trolling for walleye remains fairly good with mid-depth crankbaits. Smallmouth are often caught with the walleye off the flooded tree tops. Jig fishing is always a consistient way to put fish in the boat this time of year. Single tail Yamamoto grubs are a favorite. Broken rock, especially with scattered bursh is a good place to find smallmouth and the occasional walleye. The trusty dropshot rig is a go-to method to provide good action from smallmouth.
Lake Powell Report
April -May, 2012
 
Bass fishing was as good as it gets here on the Big Pond. A dry winter in the Colorado, Green and San Juan drainages led to very stable lake levels in Powell in 2012. This provided excellent angling for smallmouth, largemouth, walleye and crappie. Sight fishing for bass on spawning beds was outstanding since the lake level didn’t really move. Normally, the spawn happens right when the lake level is rising rapidly and the fish are not visible on their beds for more than a couple weeks. A welcome addition to this year’s boated fish are a drastic increase in the catch rate of walleye. These tasty fish are showing up while fishing for smallmouth on rocky structure and trolling for stripers over submerged brush, or targeting them with walleye specific methods like bottom bouncers.
Early in the spring the stripers were found in the submerged brush by trolling or casting shallow running plugs. As the water warmed and their spawn approached, they quit feeding in the day and seemed to be on a night bite. Around the second week of May, they went back on a daytime pattern and could be caught trolling over brush. As of  5/19 there were several “slurps” reported. Slurps are  small pods of stripers, often yearlings, sipping newly hatched shad off or near the surface. These slurps should turn into full fledged violent boils of adult and juvenile fish within 3 weeks or so.
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