These species range in size from the small bluegill to the hefty striped bass. In fact, the Utah record for the largest catch-and-release fish was made at Lake Powell! Here are some of the types of fish you can catch on a fishing trip with Lake Powell Guide Services.
Channel catfish continually grow and average 22” in length. This species of catfish can be caught practically year-round, making them a great possibility no matter when you visit Lake Powell. They like to eat crawfish and moss, so look for areas with rocks or gravel for better opportunities to hook a catfish of your own.
Bluegills are small fish with several different names: common yellow perch, sunfish, white bass, and red-breasted bream. No matter what you call them, bluegills are the most common fish at Lake Powell. These fish tend to be where there is little current, typically by their food source. However, bluegills can be found anywhere from the water’s surface to 35’ below.
The species of the biggest fish ever caught at Lake Powell, the striped bass can grow to behemoth sizes. Striped bass, also known as stripers, are easy to catch and very common in Lake Powell. These fish run in groups, so where one is, others are likely close. Depending on the season, you can find striped bass around inlets, rock piles, reefs, and near the dam.
Also known as the bucketmouth, largemouth bass often try to eat anything they can get their mouths around. These bass are larger than the smallmouth, typically weighing in at 12 lbs. While you can catch a largemouth bass year-round, one of the best times to hook one is in February and March, especially if you’re looking to beat the summertime crowds.
Though the smallmouth bass is about half the size of largemouth bass, catching a smallmouth bass is quite an accomplishment. Even though they’re small, smallmouth bass aren’t an easy catch. These fish are agile, fast, and powerful. You can find smallmouth bass much more frequently in Lake Powell than their larger counterparts. These fish are generally found in more abundance on the upper half of the lake in clearer waters.
Carp can grow to be large, weighing anywhere from 4–30 lbs. Additionally, common carp are likely to put up a good fight and make things interesting. The common carp is well-populated in the lake and has no catch limit. While these fish are typically not the desired catch, keep in mind that carp is a great bait for channel catfish and walleyes.
The walleye can grow to be as large as 25 lbs. These fish are known for their toothy bites and for being the best tasting freshwater fish. Walleyes can usually be found in shallow to moderately deep waters and are especially active in the spring and fall. If you’re looking to catch a walleye, try fishing closer to sundown.
With almost a dozen fish species and year-round availability, Lake Powell is an angler’s paradise. When you take to the lake with Lake Powell Guide Services, you can rest assured that our Captain knows the best spots for each type of fish and the season.