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Bass and walleye fishing really picking up as temps rise on Lake Powell

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson Daniel and Matthew Bishop went fishing with grandpa Dan Bishop form Page. Daniel caught this 3- pound largemouth in Navajo Canyon and has bragging rights over his brother and grandpa.
Springtime for Lake Powell fish effectively arrives today. Air temperature at Lake Powell will climb into the 70s today and stay there all week. Water temperature will rise from the high 40s to the mid 50s by the weekend. Warm-water fish will take immediate notice of the warming water.

Smallmouth bass don’t really get in gear until the early morning water temperature is 57 degrees or above. Largemouth bass are the first to respond. With warming, largemouth will get more active, look for an easy meal of crayfish, sunfish or shad, and be much more interested in bass jigs. Expect the afternoon water temperature to climb to the 60s by the weekend. I am an early morning fishermen and often reap the rewards of getting out early, but that does not really matter when pursuing largemouth bass this week. Afternoon fishing in warming water will be better than morning fishing in cool water.

Largemouth enjoy cover. At the current low lake levels, flooded brush is hard to find. If you see a submerged tumbleweed pile, a bush with thick branches or some other cover that may hold a bass, cast to the cover. It is wise to use a weedless lure and a slow presentation when fishing for largemouth.

This is the time to catch big, heavy bass before the spawn when large females are full of eggs. Expect to find more bass in the backs of canyons where water is green or murky. Clear water is not as “bassy.”

Due to low water and lack of brush, largemouth bass are not as numerous as smallmouth bass. I recommend that all largemouth bass that are caught be released so they can successfully spawn and increase bass numbers.

For the complete article see the 03-15-2017 issue.

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