Lake Powell Fishing Report: Good news all around - Spring Peak is here
Lake Powell Fishing Report
April 30, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3577
Water Temperature 56-60 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words
Great News! The cold wind that has been blowing non-stop is going to soon be gone. Lake temperature has dropped back down to 56 degrees in the mornings but it rises to 60 by evening. That has slowed bass and crappie spawning. Looks like all of us are just waiting for that warm weather, which begins this weekend. Then it will be party time.
More great news! The Castle Rock Cut deepening project is now complete. The Cut was taken down to elevation 3580 after 300,000 cubic yards of material was removed. At this elevation the Cut is 1-mile long. The lake will flood the Cut by rising just 3 feet. Boats can cross with an additional 3-5 feet of elevation increase. The lake rose 18 inches last week. At that rate look for the Cut to be open for Memorial Day.<
Want More? Striper fishing is wide open on bait and lures. Bait fishing at the dam is spotty but there are some really good spots that take up the slack. Here are some good choices: Lone Rock Canyon, Buoy 3 on the south corner just before Antelope Canyon, Navajo Canyon from the double islands all the way to the back of the canyon (Check any rocky point from the Sand Dune to the end), Piute Canyon, Last Chance, and Rock Creek. Most successful fishing depth is 24-30 feet.
Bait fishing gets better mid lake. The mouth of Moki Canyon is hot. Also check mouth of Lake Canyon and Slick Rock.
Trolling, casting and spooning is still good in the backs of canyons with a flat flood plain in the murky water section where bottom depth is 25 feet. That has not changed during the month as water temperature has stayed the same and prolonged the early spring fishing. Warming will only make that better.
Northern lake has lots of mud coming downstream with the spring runoff. The Mudline is between Ticaboo Canyon and Buoy 119. Heavy mud (chocolate milk color) makes it difficult to catch fish while light murky water is great.