I’m excited to give you the run down on how to have 75+ bass days at Lake Powell, and maybe land you a couple lunkers over 6 lbs! I’m going to start off with where, when, & why. Then show you my two favorite baits I’ve wound up catching 90% of my fish on at Lake Powell. Follow these tips and you will have the guaranteed exact same experience as I have had. Every year for 15 years my family and I have consistently caught fish, and this is how to do it. As always I’m sharing this with you in good faith that you will plan to catch and release. Especially if you use my advice! This way in ten years I can have the same experience with my one year old son.
When to Go?
This is the most important part of pulling in 75+ bass a day at Lake Powell. This lake is so huge those bass can disappear anywhere over such a vast expanse of water. Spring is by far the best time to go because the fish are in pre-spawn, spawn, & post spawn modes. Which means all the bass move into shallow water for a 1-2 months out of the year, and are super aggressive! My favorite two months, which will always produce fish are April & May. I try to pack as many trips in as I can in those two months at this beautiful lake.
Where to Go?
My philosphy is 90% of bass fishing is knowing where the fish are at. If you are fishing early in the spring the water warms up faster in the shallower upper-ends of the lake where the water is more stained, so the best place to head is up river. Later in the spring as the water warms you want to be at the lower end of the lake in the month of may. I’ve always launched at either wahweap or antelope.
What to use?
I have caught both Largemouth & Smallmouth bass on a myriad of baits & techniques, but I’ve narrowed it down to your 3 best bets. I’ve caught 75+ fish a day on the first two rigs listed below, and the third rig is something to throw to get those numbers back up if you feel like things are slowing down.
- Yamamoto 5″ Senko’s – My favorite color is natural shad, green pumpkin, and watermelon flake colors. I always rig them weightless Texas Style. I use this bait for when they are in really shallow close to the bank. Twitch it 2 – 3 times, then let it set and repeat. Make sure to watch your line because it will swim off on you with a big bass on the other end! Seems to work really well in calm, clear, and shallow water. Click on the link to check out my post on tips & techniques if you have any questions on how to pull this off.
- Yamamoto 4″ 0r 5″ Twin Tail Hula Grubs – My favorite color is smoke with black flake, green pumpkin, and watermelon red flake. Sometimes one color works better than another. It’s important to try them all. I also rig this texas style with a 1/4 oz. painted black or green bullet head sinker. The biggest secret to crushing fish on this is casting past your target. Plus, a lot of times I like to throw the bait landing it right on the rocks on the shore. Then slowly pull it into the water, and let it fall straight down the face of those rock ledges. After that I like to hop the bait or crawl it along the bottom back to the boat. Click on the link to check out my post on tips & techniques if you have any questions on how to pull this off.
- Shaky Head Rig – I like to use the 4″ Yamamoto Senko’s green pumpkin, natural shad, or watermelon flake depending on the clarity of the water rigged up on a Shaky head. If the other two methods aren’t producing fish, this shaky head rig will get you crushing some fish. It gets down to the bottom fast, and imitates foraging prey on the bottom. The bass at Lake Powell can’t resist it.
Hope this will help you in your search for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass at the beautiful Lake Powell. Feel free to respond to this post’s if you have any further questions on what I do to release the Kraken on some bass at Lake Powell.