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Lake Powell Fishing Report - Stripers are slurping, water is rising

First Published      Last Updated Jun 11 2014 11:06 am

Lake Powell Fishing Report

June 11, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3599.32

Water Temperature 71-78 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words

Stripers are Slurping!

Lake Powell is still coming up and will break the 3600 MSL barrier today, but stripers are the big news now. Striper slurping boils are seen lake wide. Young stripers that live in the warm surface layer are finding larval shad (less than an inch) near the surface. Young shad cannot swim fast enough to elude stripers which line up and methodically "mow" the surface area chomping down all shad in their path. From a distance the feeding activity looks like another boat wake, but after closer examination the disturbance is made by a platoon of fish swimming in an orderly line. It is really cool to watch the action but it is even better to participate.


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Shad are tiny so big lures are not the best. The skirmish line is all about the business at hand so a large lure tossed in the middle of the line causes the whole school to submerge and swim away from the foreign matter dropping out of the sky. The rules of engagement are to throw tiny lures like flies and tiny jigs or spoons. It's a great day for fly fishermen. But spinning rods also work under these conditions.

Lures must be cast over or ahead of the skirmish line. Then a small lure that swims gently through the feeding fish or just underneath may be taken by a brave individual. A small rattletrap or Kastmaster are the target lures for this approach.

Another option is to seek out the leaders of the group which break away from the group and head in a new direction. These scouts are looking for the next shad school and are most likely to hit larger lures that can be cast longer distances. Small profile surface lures, marabou jigs and small crankbaits work.

The last option is a combination lure with a small fly attached to a large surface lure. Throw the big lure to reach the fast feeding school and then hope the small lure is eaten by the feeding stripers. It's a grand chase with lots of fun and action. At the end of the day a reasonable number of fat 12-20 inch stripers will be caught. The bigger boils and huge catches will come next month when shad grow larger to meal size and stripers have to chase harder to catch a meal. Boils will be next!

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