Lake Powell Fishing

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Anglers come to Lake Powell for a chance to bag smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, striped bass, crappie and bluegill. Due to its high desert location, Powell is ideal for fishing year round.

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  • Popular fishing species include smallmouth bass, catfish, and striped bass.
  • Boat and equipment rentals are available at area marinas.
  • Fishing licenses are required on both the Arizona and Utah portions of the lake.


Lake Powell is world-famous for its fishing, and for good reason. The lake is choked full of smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, striped bass, crappie and bluegill.


Due to Lake Powell’s high desert location in Utah and Arizona, it can be fished year round. In fact, winter is the preferred season amongst many locals.

Where to go Fishing

Due to Lake Powell’s size (it’s over 186 miles long and 1,960 miles of shoreline) the lake is best fished from a boat.  Rentals are available at area marinas.

If you’re looking to fish from shore, Antelope Point Marina maintains a fishing dock.

During summer, heavy boat traffic often drives fish to deep waters, so trolling at a depth of about 25 to 45 feet is often productive. During winter, as the waters calm, the fish will often retreat to shallow waters in the canyon inlets.

In the southern lake popular fisheries include Rock Creek and Padre Bay. In the northern section, try Slick Rock Canyon, Lake Canyon, and Hansen Creek.


Lake Powell is located in both Utah and Arizona, so the requirements change depending upon your location. Utah issues 1-day and 7-day licenses, available for purchase online. In Arizona, anyone over 14 years of age who plans to fish needs a license. They are also available for purchase online.

Guided Tours & Rentals

For access to insider information and local’s only spots, hire one of the guide’s located on this page. They take the guess-work out of fishing so you can relax and enjoy the trip.