Whether you're a seasoned fisherman hoping for a record catch, or just want to relax under the sun with a rod and reel trying your hand at fishing, Lake Powell is the fishing destination of choice. The lake is teaming with smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, walleye, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill - so there's a pretty good chance you'll be hooking dinner for your whole group!

Quick information about fish typically found in Lake Powell: 

Smallmouth Bass

  • Best time of year to fish? Good year round fishing, but best time is April, and September, October. In the fall the fish are very active.
  • Taste? Really good flavor. Filet, coat with beer batter, and fry.  Light white meat.  Not real fishy tasting.

Largemouth Bass

  • Best time of year to fish? Good year round fishing and are typically found in deeper waters.
  • Taste? Largemouth bass has a more fishy taste than their cousin, the smallmouth bass. Best way to prepare is to smoke largemouth bass using alder or cherry wood.

Striped Bass

  • Best time of year to fish? Best fishing is when the shad start to school up after spawning. The stripers will “boil” or surface feed on them –typically July through October.
  • Taste? Stripers have a stronger fish taste. When you filet them, you must cut out the red meat. Grilled with lemon, butter, and pepper is a favorite way to prepare.


  • Best time of year to fish? February through April.
  • Taste? Similar to chicken but with a slightly sweet taste. They are considered the best eating in the lake. Dip it in egg, roll them in pancake mix, and fry in butter for great eating.

Channel Catfish           

  • Best time of year to fish? Summer and fall. If renting a houseboat, you can catch them off the back of your houseboat from June through October. 
  • Taste? White-to-off-white in color, firm and tastes buttery. Not real fishy in flavor. Most people coat them in corn meal and fry them for a tasty dinner.


  • Best time of year to fish? Spring is the best time to fish Crappie for 1.5 to 2 pounds. 
  • Taste? Very mild, slightly sweet, non-fishy flavor. Probably the second-best tasting fish in Lake Powell.


  • Best time of year to fish? Great summer fishing.
  • Taste? They are very tasty, but run about 1 lb. when caught, and only about 6 oz. when filet, so you’ve got to catch several.


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