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Lake Powell Fishing Report
October 05
15:51 2015

Photo Caption:  Striper boils have erupted as shad are moving out of the protection of warm water in the backs of canyons and coves.  Stripers have found the fleeing shad and are blasting the surface to anglers delight.  See the splash and make the catch. 

Lake Powell Fish Report – October 5, 2015

Lake Elevation: 3605

Water Temperature 74-76 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson


I predicted last week that “surface action would return and make striper boil fishing as good as it was two weeks ago.  Stripers would then move into the canyons and coves where shad have found safe refuge”.

Striper boil reports from the southern lake this weekend were the best of the year.


Stripers are moving into coves where shad have been hiding out for much of the summer. Boils in coves and along the shore have now replaced open water boils in the main channel.  These are the fall events that we have been waiting for.


On Saturday morning we were graphing for striper schools when a few splashes were seen and we headed in their direction. I marked the spot where a potential “spooning” school was holding before chasing the topwater fish.  In the back of Warm Creek Cottonwood we saw large shad schools perhaps 20 yards long move out in open water with individual stripers and bass chasing along the side of the school. Both bass and stripers hit surface lures, cast near the shad school.


Surface water temperature was above 75F, which is still too warm for adult stripers to stay on the surface for extended periods of time. Despite the exciting surface activity, best fishing results came from spoons dropped to 25-55 feet near the small boils.  We chased the topwater schools along shore and into coves and then back out into the bay where shad schools were leading them. We caught some topwater fish and more deep fish. Surprisingly the last topwater fish we saw was within a few yards of our marker dropped there first thing in the morning. We then spooned up more stripers.  Our cooler count was 40 stripers.


On Sunday, boil reports from Padre Bay, Last Chance and Rock Creek began to pour in. Most anglers were getting 20-50 stripers on surface lures from boils.  Fantastic fall fishing has arrived. Unfortunately, it will be short lived as a cold windy front blows through early in the week, but as soon as the wind quits the cooler water will allow more adult stripers to hit the surface making boils bigger and stronger by Oct. 9th.  Great surface fishing will continue until the next full moon and perhaps longer.  These predictions are for the whole lake both north and south.


Bass fishing continues to excel with active smallmouth bass following the striper lead as shad schools swim in open water.  Shad are being forced out of the backs of canyons as the lake level continues to decline and as water temperature drops.  Bass fishing will get better as water temperature reaches the 62-65F mark in late October or early November.


This is a great time to be on the lake with fantastic fishing success and cool nights to go along with warm calm days.  Oh!  Lake Powell, We have to love it!

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