Lake Powell Fish Report

Fantastic spring runoff into Lake Powell is beginning to slow down after a wet and wild spring that allowed the lake to rise approximately 60 feet.

Lake Powell continues to rise. Main ramp at Wahweap is now open for launching all boats.

Lake Powell is on the rise and the water temperature is climbing. The big flush that sent a lot of lake water down the Colorado River is now over.

Lake Powell has risen almost 5 feet in the past week. But now, the temporary early water release has begun, and the lake will decline back down to lower levels.

On my weekly fishing trip, we focused on catching stripers.

Weather is the biggest mystery confronting fishing success in 2023.

After working at Lake Powell from 1975 to 2021, I was very surprised to see the lake drop down to lower lake levels than I witnessed during my 46 years as fisheries biologist and manager at the lake.

I had the opportunity to spend two weeks on Lake Powell in October with family. It was a great lake tour with lots of hiking and fishing experiences.

Recent rainy weather slowed the decline of Lake Powell, which dropped only 1 foot over the past two weeks. Lake Powell could use more rain, but we are thankful for any small help received. Let’s hope for more wet weather in the coming days and months.

Hot weather has kept water surface temperatures in the lower 80s, resulting in the continuation of summertime fish behavior.

Lake Powell continues to slowly decline at the rate of about 1 foot per week. Launch ramps at Wahweap and Bullfrog are still 6 feet above 3,525 MSL, which is the elevation when launch ramps will have to resort back to boiler plate to allow boats to launch.

Southern Lake Powell is still busy with the summer crowds recreating with wakeboard boats. Padre Bay has a ton of houseboats and wake boats. To find good fishing spots, head uplake past Gregory Butte. Fishing success improves dramatically in calmer water.

As I returned from my summer vacation, I found that Lake Powell is 17 feet lower than it was a year ago. The good news is the lake is still 11 feet higher than the low water mark reached this spring.

My son and I traveled up lake on my weekly fishing trip trying to discern how fishing had changed since last week.

Lake Powell water level is now 3,535, which means the lake has risen 13 lucky feet since the runoff began. The lake will continue to rise for at least another week and hopefully much more.

Lake Powell water level is now 3,535, which means the lake has risen 13 lucky feet since the runoff began.

Lake Powell water level will be 3,533 in the coming week, which means the lake has risen 11 feet since the runoff began.

Fishing was great last week, so we decided to duplicate that trip and see what had changed in the past week.

Lake Powell water temperature climbed dramatically in the past week.

Lake Powell has been rising for the past week. Last Friday when I launched at the Stateline Auxiliary ramp, the lake water was lapping at the front edge of the new cement ramp.

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