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Fish: Striped Bass

Lake Powell Recommendations

Post By: spicyhombre      Posted: 12/29/2020 8:46:36 PM     Points: 6182    
I am thinking about going to Lake Powell in mid to late April for 4 days. We will target Striped Bass, Smallies, as well as LM Bass, Crappie, and Eyes ( not ruling out others). Thinking about launching at Bull Frog and boating north towards Good Hope Bay but very open to other ideas as just started thinking about this trip and have never fished Powell.

We will be 4 people in 18í boat and backcountry camping. Very experienced with canyon camping so not looking for camping tips other than recommended areas/canyons for home base. Mainly looking for area suggestions for fishing.

Thanks for taking the time to respond. Email me through skipper link if not wanting to put anything on blast.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/29/2020 8:52:48 PM     Points: 1709
You have decided to take one epic trip that you won't regret. I hope you truly enjoy your time out. The boat ramp you're launching is a good starting point. I did a few areas on my trip. I got out to the main lake and turned left and chose a random finger to go down. Almost any cove you go to will have a lot of wiper and small mouth bass especially that time of the year.

I used neg rigs and caught over 300 stripers and 40 plus LMB and SMB. Good luck out there! Here is a [log in for link] to my trip from a few years ago if you have some down time!

As far as camping, pick a cove and enjoy. Make sure that time of the year you find one that gets a bit of sun hitting it, because i think April can still be a bit chilly. Hope i've provided some help to you with my response.
 Reply by: navacito      Posted: 12/29/2020 10:22:51 PM     Points: 75
Nearly everything powell is here. [log in for link]
you can search forum topics and see historic fish reports for your time frame, water database to compare water levels.
 Reply by: Ryan      Posted: 12/29/2020 10:49:43 PM     Points: 2586
I agree with the advice to head over to Wayneswords. There is an absolute wealth of knowledge there.

One suggestion on your starting point. The time you are suggesting going is very likely going to be the low point of the water year - and lower than the lake has been in years. Right now it looks like the main Bullfrog ramp will be out of water, forcing you to use the Executive Services ramp. Which will be a problem for parking.

If I were going that time of year, and wasn't tied to Bullfrog for some reason, I'd go and launch from Halls. It isn't that much further of a drive from Colorado, and the ramp will be in better condition.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 12/29/2020 11:18:20 PM     Points: 6182
Thanks for the info guys. I will dig into Wayneís Words site and think about Halls for launching.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/30/2020 6:30:53 AM     Points: 1709
Let us know how your trip goes and hope to see some pictures.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 12/30/2020 7:45:11 PM     Points: 6182
Do you guys know if fire pans are required in primitive sites? I assumed they were required like most rivers but donít see anything and am seeing pictures posted with surface rock rings. I own a pan but the rock ambience is nicer.
 Reply by: Ryan      Posted: 12/30/2020 10:39:57 PM     Points: 2586
What do you mean "primitive sites"? If you are asking if you need one when shore camping, the answer is no.

You do need to have some sort of port-a-potty though.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 12/30/2020 10:54:56 PM     Points: 6182
Ryan-
Yes, I mean shore sights. I am a river guy so I do have a rocket box groover so Iím set there. Iím glad to hear I donít have to bring the fire pan.
 Reply by: gsn1574      Posted: 12/31/2020 11:04:49 AM     Points: 2194
Have not been for several years. My grandfather was a partner in a mobile home in the Halls Crossing employee housing before the NPS decided to "seize" the private trailers.

We would go down in April every year and usually had pretty good luck on small mouths, walleye, and a few cat fish thrown in. The stripers were hit and miss that early. Waynes words is the bible for what is going on down there. We often went into the bays along the main channel from halls to the san juan arm or in the bay opposite bullfrog. We would troll crank baits along the walls and bays on the main channel mostly but would find walleye up the arms (moki and San Juan) if you found some structure in the right depths. Those little bays fill up with small mouths in the spring as the water warms up quickly in the morning.

Once in a blue moon we went as far north as Moky canyon but usually headed south. Funny time, it will be beautiful weather there and you'll hit blizzards over the passes on the way back. Caught in shorts and flip flops a couple times on the return trip.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 12/31/2020 11:55:45 AM     Points: 6182
Yeah, I have been caught many times wearing shorts through snowstorms on my way home from Utah. Before kids I was a serious desert rat going for several weeks at a time every spring and fall. The Colorado mountains like to bring you back to reality in a hurry. 😜 I love the canyon country though and canít wait to introduce my son to it.

I have been combing through Wayneís Words and you guys are right, it is loaded with info. Sounds like the striper fishing should improve as you go north that time of year.

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