LAKE POWELL: Lake Elevation: 3620
Water Temperature: 50-53 F
The last report indicated a change in striper behavior with striper schools in Wahweap and Warm Creek still searching for shad but not finding them. This week we chose to go uplake further to see if similar conditions existed. The early morning trip to Padre Bay was chilly but we made it without frostbite. Cooperative schools of stripers were found at 75 to 90 feet in Gunsight, Padre and Kane Canyons. They responded well to spoons dropped right in the middle of striper pods. Previous reports detailed how to catch fish from schools. This report will be aimed at finding schools which is the most critical element of fishing success in winter months.
Stripers are now resting on the lake bottom in deep water toward the back of the canyon. They prefer to be in deep water and are often at the breaking edge where the depth quickly changes from shallow to deep water. To clarify, they are either standing on the edge of a cliff looking down or they are on the bottom at the base of a cliff. Schools are most often seen where depth quickly changes from 40 to 75 feet or deeper.
I really love spooning for stripers in the winter. Sometimes you see a waiting school like this that wants to be active and is just waiting for a shad or spoon to drop in the middle.