Fall fishing at Lake Powell. Perfect air and water temperatures, bass rising to the surface for boiling shad, your top-water lures drawing monster strikes. And scenery that’s part Mars, part red-rock cathedral.
This lake, with more than 1,800 miles of shoreline, is a geological and fishing wonder. During fall, boat rental prices drop, and there are plenty of nearby hotel accommodations ranging from cheap to luxury. It’s well worth any driving distance to Page.
See for yourself the in this video from a Oct. 9 fishing trip with Wayne Gustaveson, who has fished the lake 41 years and is the primary fisheries biologist at Lake Powell for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
History of Lake Powell’s finest fishing report
In 1995, Gustaveson began writing a fishing report targeted at helping reduce the population of invasive striped bass. The report began as a hard-copy version that he passed out at boat ramps. By 2000, the report went online at http://www.wayneswords.com.
“We have a striped bass population that is doing too well. There’s too many fish,” Gustaveson said. “I thought, ‘We have too many striped bass, but we also have 3 million people who visit Lake Powell every year. So if I can send one fish home with each one of those guys, then we’d have 3 million less striped bass in the lake.’ So I started doing fishing reports telling people where to go, what to use, how to do it, and hopefully they’d harvest striped bass. It’s worked out very well for us.”
This excellent report written by the man who has fished the lake 41 years is now the go-to report for anyone who wants success at Powell.
The memories and photos from Lake Powell make this a destination that lasts. Be sure to purchase your fishing license online before heading to Powell or to any of Arizona’s fishing waters.