Lake Powell Extended Fishing Guide

“Fish On!” Great Fishing Opportunities in Lake Powell

Fishing in Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is superb and varied. Numerous species of fish can be caught in Lake Powell, including smallmouth bass, striped bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, black crappie, walleye, channel catfish, bullhead catfish, and northern pike.

The Colorado River impounded behind Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona, forms Lake Powell, which is more than 570 feet deep when filled to capacity. The lake follows the flooded river gorge for 180 miles with an ever-changing shoreline of nearly 2,000 miles. The lake covers more than 160,000 surface-acres when full. Two inundated rivers, the San Juan and Escalante, branch off the Colorado River and compose major portions of the reservoir.

Fishing can be done year-round on Lake Powell. Although there are many miles of shoreline to fish from, the best way to access the best fishing on Lake Powell is from a boat.

Special Regulations: Smallmouth bass limit 20; largemouth bass limit 5; crappie limit 10; channel catfish limit 25; striped bass, no limit; walleye limit 10. An interstate permit for Arizona is needed on the southern portion of the reservoir in that state. Chumming is only allowed for taking striped bass, and only commercially prepared anchovies and sardines may be used. Archery and spear fishing is prohibited within 0.25 mile of developed areas, structures, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and Dangling Rope Marina and 100 yards of boats.

Marinas

There are full-service marinas and launch ramps at the following sites:

  • Wahweap Marina and the Glen Canyon Dam, located near Page, Arizona, on U.S. Highway 89. This south end of Powell is less fertile than the upper stretches. Striped bass are the most common catch.
  • Bullfrog Marina is used by most Utahns. From Salt Lake, head south on Interstate 15 and southeast on U.S. Highway 6 to Interstate 70, then west to Highway 24 (exit 147) to Hanksville. Head south on Highway 95 from Hanksville and then Highway 276 to Bullfrog. Read more about Bullfrog Marina.
  • Hite Marina was once the northernmost facility on the lake for getting boats on the water, but the ramp has been closed due to low lake levels.
  • Halls Crossing is located across the main channel from Bullfrog and is reached by a vehicle ferry that operates year-round.
  • A midlake marina, Dangling Rope, provides gas and services for boaters traveling the lake. There is no shore-based access to Dangling Rope Marina.
  • Antelope Point Marina joined the list of marinas on the huge reservoir in the early 2000s and is found near Page, Arizona.

Lodging and camping

Lodging is located at Wahweap and Bullfrog. Accommodations are available in Page. Trailer rentals are available at Halls Crossing and Hite. There is a National Park Service campground at Lees Ferry. Concessionaire-operated campgrounds are available in Wahweap, Bullfrog, and Halls Crossing on a first-come, first-served basis. RV campgrounds are available at Wahweap, Bullfrog, and Halls Crossing.

Primitive camping is available at the following vehicle-accessible shoreline areas: Lone Rock, Stanton Creek, Bullfrog North and South (Bullfrog area), Hite, and Farley Canyon. These sites have no facilities except for pit toilets. Shoreline camping outside developed areas is possible lakewide (campers must have self-contained or portable toilets).

Fees and Permits

Fees for day-use, boat launching, and camping are collected at Powell March through November. The cost to enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is $30.00 for an annual vehicle pass, one- to seven-day vehicle $15.00; $30.00 for an annual boat pass, $16.00 for a boat one to seven days, and $8.00 for a second boat (including personal watercraft); and individual walk-in $7.00.

Groceries and supplies: Groceries and supplies are available at all marinas, though selection is limited and prices are high. It is best to arrive at the reservoir with everything you will need.

The park concessionaire also offers numerous services, including lodging, boat tours, boat rental, equipment rental, etc.

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