Anglers Find World-Class Fishing on Lake Powell

Fishing on Lake Powell.
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If a typical shout of joy on your vacation goes something like, “Oh my goodness, I know this un’s gonna be huuuuge,” chances are you’re a fisherman. Welcome to Lake Powell, bud. You’re going to like it here.

Lake Powell is a world-class destination for fishing, whether it’s sport fishing or the zen-like fly fishing. The waters are clear and the fish abundant. While on Lake Powell, you can try to hook a number of varieties of fish, including smallmouth bass, striped bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, black crappie, walleye, channel catfish, bullhead catfish, and northern pike.

If you skimmed over that list, we don’t blame you. Just know that there’s lots of fish in these pristine waters.

What Makes it Great

Evening at Lake Powell.
Evening at Lake Powell. slashvee - cc

The best part of fishing on Lake Powell is that there shall be no need for telling tall tales. The fishing is that good.

And there’s plenty of fishing holes to venture to. The ever-changing shoreline exceeds 2,000 miles on this lake, which is actually a flooded river gorge. The waters get to almost 600 feet deep, but what’s even better is that there are more than 160,000 surface-acres when the lake is full. Lots of ground to cover, so get out there and get fishing.

Aside from the camping, the lake and its marinas offers plenty more opportunities for adventure and exploration, such as SUP and kayak rentals, and houseboats. There are also plenty of hiking options on the lake. But if you’re a die-hard fisherman, you’ll be too busy catching fish for all that.

What You’ll Remember

Telling tall tales of just how big the fish really was; reeling in the lunker of your dreams; remarking at how beautiful the scenery around you is; making fun of your friends who didn’t catch as many fish as you

Who is Going to Love It

Fishermen of all ilks, be they spinners or fly fishermen; lake lovers; folks who like to bring home not only a wide variety of fish, but a lot of them.

GPS Coordinates, Parking and Regulations

GPS Coordinates: varies—most great fishing is accessed by boat

Fish year-round on Lake Powell, although what you are trying to catch will have better times of the year, so you should consult a guide or fly shop for more detailed information. Holidays, late-summer and fall are the busiest time on the lake. You can fish on the miles of coastline, but will most likely have the best luck via boat. Bring your own to launch or rent from the various marina concessionaires. Marinas on the lake include Wahweap, Bullfrog, Hite, Halls Crossing, and Antelope Point.

Fees to enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are $15 for one- to seven-day vehicle passes and can vary according to length of stay or amount of boats.

Regulations are in place for how many of certain types of fish you can keep and other fishing guidelines, but are too extensive to list here. Check with the National Park Service before fishing.

Difficulty: Depends on your expectations for fish size and quantity caught

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