Lake Powell Fishing Tips

Lake Powell Fishing Tips
Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir created by the Glen Canyon Dam. The lake is at the border between Arizona and Utah and helps provide freshwater from the Colorado River to many communities. There is excellent fishing in Lake Powell. Fish species include northern pike, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass and catfish.


Fishing can be done year round in Lake Powell. Water temperatures are moderate, from 45 degrees to 85 degrees F. During spring, the fish are most active, and it is also the time when they spawn. During summer, the fish move to the deeper waters, getting away from the active boaters and water skiers. In fall, the fish move back toward shallower waters, and in winter, when the lake is relatively devoid of human traffic, fishing can be both relaxing and successful.



Bait for fishing in Lake Powell will depend greatly on what you are fishing for. When going after the active striper schools, anchovies have proved to be successful. For walleye, plastic worms and jigs are recommended, and you should fish early in the morning or later in the evening, and in the spring. For largemouth and smallmouth bass, jigs and grubs are good lures. Catfish come out when it is warmer, and it's best to fish for them in shallower waters. Chicken livers are a popular bait for catfish.


Catches are limited by species by the Utah Department of Natural Resources. For smallmouth bass, you are limited to 20; for largemouth bass, you are limited to five. There is no limit on striped bass. For channel catfish, the limit is 25, and for walleye, the limit is 10. Several fish exist in Lake Powell are endangered and must be released if caught: Colorado pikeminnow (squawfish), razorback sucker, humpback chub, bonytail chub and flannelmouth sucker.

A license is required to fish the lake in either Utah or Arizona. Prices are more expensive for non-residents than residents (see Resources).



Article Written By Candace Horgan

Candace Horgan has worked as a freelance journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Denver Post" and "Mix." Horgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and history.

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