Just wondering. I’ll be going for thanks giving break. Might be a bit too cold, but gonna prepare just in case.

Where are good places to fish? I heard about this place called "bullfrog" that produces lots of nice stripers.

And also, what bait do you use? Heard lots about frozen anchovies, and just dropping them over the boat.

Lastly, whats up with looking for striper "boils"?

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  1. Chadd says:

    Moleman — sounds like a great trip. Better than chewing on Aunt Joan’s desiccated turkey while Granpa Dean and Uncle Howard argue about college football. I have fished Powell and it’s awesome — large, scenic, incredible views, mild weather, great camping, and (of course) the stripers. I have always fished there in the summer and early fall — you’re arriving after the climax of shad action is over with, I think. I’m not an expert, so, take this for what it’s worth. I can tell you that there will probably be fewer water skiers in November, which can only be a good thing.

    Bullfrog is not necessarily an area of the lake, it’s a marina (a popular one) and it’s becoming a bit of a tourist trap. A really fun place, though. Lots to do and see. I have fished in Lake Powell mostly from Bullfrog up to the north end — that whole arm of the lake is good for stripers.

    Good places? Criminy, that lake is a maze of coves and crags and canyons. I can’t remember one place from the next, but what you’re looking for is coves and boils, which brings me to your next question.

    Stripers are schooling predators, and in Powell they feed on shad, which is a common baitfish. My understanding is that shad spawn in spring and their young spend the summer in shallows and narrows. In fall they migrate out of the canyons into deeper, more open water. At this time, the stripers round up shoals of migrating shads and chase them to the surface or against canyon walls to feast on them. The shad boils at the surface, trying to become creatures of the air to escape the hungry stripers. If you can cast lures or bait into such boils, the fishing can be spectacular. Unfortunately, like I said, I think the big shad run is done by October.

    I say again I am not an expert on Lake Powell or stripers — all this info comes from various people I’ve tripped with. We fished mostly at the mouths of coves where the stripers (which school up in open water) hunt the canyon-hugging shads. We trolled in and around coves and also cast toward the coves and retrieve out to imitate migrating shad. So, look for lures that resemble a 3-8 inch metallic baitfish — big spoons, spinners, Rapala shads, Ford Fenders, crankbaits of all kinds. I’ve never fished bait there, but I’m sure any kind of shad or baitfish will work if you can find the fish. Always check the regs though, and don’t fish with any illegal baits.

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