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.