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Wayne’s Lake Powell Fish Report – April 4, 2018

Wayne’s Lake Powell Fish Report – April 4, 2018
April 04
09:29 2018

Chris Romero and his son caught  some nice bass and stripers in Warm Creek Bay

Lake Elevation: 3612

Water temperature: 52 – 58 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson

The warming trend faltered this past week and afternoon water
temperatures dropped slightly from 60 degrees down to 57 while early
morning temps were still in the low 50s. Cooling slowed down bass that
were starting to build spawning beds. Bass will move back up and fan
some more rocks later this week as the next warming trend arrives.

It was surprising to see the impact of cooling daytime water
temperatures, dropping lake levels, combined with the presence of quagga
mussels as visibility in the lake became clearer than ever witnessed in
my long career. We fished for bass in Friendship Cove only to find an
aquatic petting zoo where the lake bottom could be seen at 25 feet
throughout the entire cove. Bass and other fish were seen swimming
under the boat but few were caught due to water clarity. My advice is
to spend more time fishing for bass in deeper water (25-30 feet) or in
canyons where visibility is 15 feet of less. In clear water, throw very
long casts to prevent fish from seeing the boat before they have a
chance to see the lure. Recently, under the declining full moon, the
very best bass fishing success was from 5 pm to dark when shadows were
on the water. That is the warmest water of the day with water clarity
reduced by shadows.

Walleye fishing has started in the northern lake. One party captured 50
walleye over the past weekend fishing near Good Hope Bay. Their
technique was to cast Gulp minnows and Keitech swimbaits on 3/16 ounce
jig heads on main lake points where bottom depth was 10-15 feet. The
lures had to be retrieved very slowly for best results. Expect walleye
action to improve lakewide, each week through the rest of April and May.

Some crappie have been caught over the length of the lake. They will be
near a sunken bush or holding by an old cottonwood tree trunk. Brush is
not abundant so it takes a lot of searching to find where they hangout.
More crappie are caught in the mid and northern lake.

Clear water is not a problem in the northern lake where runoff is
starting to muddy the water from Hite down to the Horn. The channel is
getting muddy but the backs of the canyons (White, Trachyte, Scorup,
etc.) remain green with good fishing for bass, walleye and stripers.

Bait fishing is working now in the southern lake with stripers
reportedly caught at the dam, power plant intake and on the first left
turn after passing buoy 3 while heading up lake. Number of stripers
caught is not as many as last year when 20 or more fish were caught per
boat. This year the average catch is 10 fish or less. It is important to
be in the right spot where many fish can be caught while 20 yards away
from the good spot no fish are caught. Move around from spot to spot
until the boat is centered over a school for best results.

I still go uplake and troll for stripers along the breaking edge of the
shoreline where water depth changes quickly from 20 feet to 50 feet.
Stripers can see and feel the trolled lure in the clear water and come
up from 40-50 feet to hit the lure at 10 feet. It is wise in the clear
water to troll the lure at 200 feet or further to let the fish forget
about the boat before seeing the lure. This is more important in the
southern clear lake than in the north where water clarity is less than
10 feet.

In the south, stripers are schooling in clear water along the main
channel and in the murky water at the backs of canyons. The schools are
now large, tight and easy to see on the graph instead of scattered in
small bunches as they were over winter. Once located, they can be
caught by casting crankbaits, jigs, and spoons to their holding
location. More fish can be caught on lures uplake than on bait near
the main channel.

Expect fishing success to improve with warm weather and falter as the
wind and cool temperatures return. Watch the weather reports that are
fairly accurate for about 10 days out. Go fishing on the best weather
days during April, when possible, to have the best success on your trip.

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