• Lake Powell was formed by the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in 1966. The lake is a maze of never-ending, deep canyons with thousands of miles of coastline. You could spend a lifetime at Lake Powell and never see the whole lake. The majority of the lake goes into Utah, the southern reaches of the lake in Arizona. Many people from around the world visit Lake Powell for site seeing, wake boarding, house-boating, hiking, kayaking and world-class-fishing. This article will give you a quick overview of the fishing.

    Fishing Lake Powell
    If you're looking for a scenic fishing getaway, Lake Powell is the spot. In addition, Lake Powell is famous for striped bass fishing. Along with striped bass, you can catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white and black crappie, channel catfish, walleye, tiger musky, carp and gizzard shad. I generally go anytime between March and September although striper fishing is good in the winter as well.

    If you fish Lake Powell, give yourself at least four days to get to the back of the lake, the true wilderness. You haven’t seen Lake Powell until you have gone out of the Wahweap bay area into the canyons. The lake is big enough that you can find a spot with no other boats in sight, hear no other motors and find your own private beach. You may consider taking the back way into the lake through Utah and launching at Hite. If you do not have a boat that can make it 30 miles, this would be a good idea. You may also consider going out with a Lake Powell Guide if you do not have enough time to learn the lake.

    Wayne Gustavson writes a weekly fishing report for Lake Powell,"Waynes Words" that you can pick up in the local paper or view on line to get up to date information about the lake levels and conditions. http://www.wayneswords.com

    There is a bait shop in Page called "Stix" that sells Lake Powell fishing Maps, has the Lake Powell fishing report posted and is also a great place to stock up on jigs and beverages.

    This Lake Powell can chew up small boats. Lake Powell gets windy mid day, especially in the summer producing larger waves. These waves are best handled by a 16 Ft. plus boat. Sure you can take kayaks and small boats out, but be cautions of taking them in the channel during windy or stormy conditions. The lake has narrow canyons that magnify the wakes of passing boats as thy ricochet off the walls.

    Be sure and bring an extra propeller. Lake Powell is too large to put a buoy at every protruding rock. Keep your eyes peeled for rocks that sit less than a couple feet below the water. You will literally find spots in the middle of the lake you can stand on. These are usually good smallmouth spots but a hazard for boats. Some of the marinas rent fishing boats too.

    Rules and Regulations
    If you go fishing at Lake Powell and already have an Arizona fishing license, you will need to buy a Lake-Powell-stamp to add to your fishing licenses that cost about eight dollars.You may check with them if a one day Lake Powell fishing license is available. If you're heading up through Page, you can pick this stamp up at the Wal-Mart in town. I would recommend buying a two pole stamp as well if you're going fishing for stripers. You’re going to pay to access the lake as well, about fifteen dollars at every entry point.

    Lake Powell Striped Bass
    If you like catching big fish, gear up for stripers. There are tournaments and contest every year at Lake Powell for big Stripers. Be prepared to head far back to the North-Eastern side of the lake if you want to have higher catch rates and bigger catches. Many do find spots in the Page/Wahweap area they catch stripers on the norm but from local feedback, the further you move up lake, the better. When I say “up lake”, I mean as far as the San Juan River. Anchovies work well for bait. Another method is to find the feeding boils on the top of the water and throw top-water lures into them. Once you find a school, you can chum the water and work a spoon.

    Lake Powell Smallmouth Bass
    If you can't catch a smallmouth bass as Lake Powell, you’re doing something really wrong. This seems to be the most prevalent fish at the lake. If you're fishing for largemouth, expect a few surprise smallmouths on your line. Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is headquartered in Lake Powell and they also make one of the best smallmouth gigs around. Read more about how to catch smallmouth bass at Lake Powell. This video below and the image to the right show a Yamamoto 5" D/T H-GRUB CHART W/LG GRN&CHART or hulu grub. This color works great at Powell.

    Lake Powell Largemouth Bass
    The fish the guy is holding in the red on the top banner of this web site was caught at Lake Powell. This was a six pound largemouth bass caught off shore near the Wahweap tour boat dock with a stick-bait in April. Generally if you pull a largemouth out of Powell it's going to be good size. It's hard to separately target smallmouth and largemouth sometimes. Seems the smallmouth go after everything from spinners, crank-baits and top-water.


    I fish top-water lures for largemouth at Powell from spring to fall. The best and only time is early morning when the water is like glass. Rainbow colored top waters seem to work well and white Super Spooks. Fly fishing for largemouth bass at Lake Powell seems to be popular as well. Some of the local guides offer it.

    The image to the right is the same guy (Koltin) holding a three pound largemouth caught off shore near the dam.

    Lake Powell Walleye
    Walleye generally are found deep on the bottom in rocky areas. Their eyes are sensitive to light so they stay out of it. The best way to locate walleye if you are fishing for them specifically is to troll deep-divers on rocky shorelines. Spoons work well as well if you know where they're at. There are also other walleye jigs on the market that seem to make vibrations they react to.
  • Directions to Lake Powell Arizona
    There are different parts of Lake Powell to visit so directions depend on what part of the lake you will be visiting. The most popular destination is Wahweap and Antelope Marina in Page. To get to Page from Phoenix you take the I17 to Flagstaff and then 89 north to Page. It's about a two hour drive to Flag and then another 2 hour drive to Page. There's alternated routes to get to the back side of the lake from the southeast corner of Utah if you decide to visit Halls Crossing or Dangling Rope. If you have the time to drive to the back side and you do no need many accommodations, you can enjoy world class fishing without the crowd.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    "Waynes Words"
    Mar 9, 2017

    Bass fishing is getting much better with warming weather. Daniel and Matthew Bishop went fishing with grandpa Dan Bishop form Page AZ. Daniel caught this 3- pound largemouth in Navajo Canyon and has bragging rights over his brother and grandpa.

    Lake Powell Fish Report – March 8, 2017

    Lake Elevation: 3594

    Water Temperature: 49-54 F

    By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com

    Walleye and Largemouth Fishing Begins

    Springtime for Lake Powell fish effectively arrives today. Air temperature at Lake Powell will climb into the 60s today and soar to the 70s later in the 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 this week, 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 60’s 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. When cover is completely lacking find the warmest water and cast there. If there is no brush then find large rocky structure with a bit of shade where bass wait to ambush a shad or sunfish.

    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 lake wide. Surprisingly, if you want to harvest a bass then the females are the ones to keep. Males guard the nest and tend the kids. Next month, when sight-fishing for bass, males are the bass seen guarding the nests. These little guys are the ones that must be released. If you want to keep a bass then make sure it is a smallmouth bass. They are available in large numbers and great for a fish dinner. You can keep up to 20 smallmouth bass each day.

    Walleye are more excited about warming water than largemouth bass because warming triggers walleye spawning. Reports are starting to come in from the northern lake that walleye have been captured on spoons in 60-80 feet of water. These prespawn walleye aggregations will turn their focus from feeding to spawning which occurs at night on submerged rockslides. That means walleye will be harder to catch now but they will be post-spawn hungry and ready to provide an epic fishing experience in April and May in the northern lake. Put that on your calendar.

    Striped bass are still quite catchable. The question now is when will stripers show up at the dam or other locations in the main channel and provide great fishing for all that use bait. No reports of bait fishing success have been received yet.

    Fishing success is still solid for those using the troll/cast/spoon techniques that have worked all winter long. Stripers are still finding shad in the backs of canyons and can be caught by trolling shad imitating crankbaits that run from 8-25 feet in the murky water in the backs of canyons. My fishing success has dropped off during the last few trips. The weekly trip tally has dropped from 75, to 55, to only 30 stripers caught yesterday. I know, no one is going to feel sorry for me bringing in 30 stripers, but it just means that conditions are changing and I have to look in other locations as stripers are on the move.

    Good striper reports are coming in from murky water in the backs of Navajo Canyon, Lone Rock Canyon, Warm Creek, Padre Canyon, Last Chance, and Rock Creek. Trolling and casting works best. Spoons are still working periodically with the silver Kastmaster lures working better than the standard jigging spoons.

    It is exciting to see spring fishing take off again. It makes we want to go fishing at Lake Powell!

  2. Report
    Feb 4, 2017
    Water temperature 65-68 degrees, Lake Elevation 3,609; 52 percent full.

    Lake Powell fish are now in prime time. Water temperature is in the mid 60’s which means that all fish can basically go anywhere they want to. During summer there is a separation of large and small stripers because big fish need cooler temperatures. Those barriers are now removed
  3. Reports
    Water temperature 65-68 degrees, Lake Elevation 3,609; 52 percent full.

    Lake Powell fish are now in prime time. Water temperature is in the mid 60’s which means that all fish can basically go anywhere they want to. During summer there is a separation of large and small stripers because big fish need cooler temperatures. Those barriers are now removed.

    See the full report from Wayne Gustaveson (www.wayneswords.com).

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