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Home 2016-2017 Lake Powell Tagged Walleye Contest! July 6, 2016 - First Walleye Article

July 6, 2016 - First Walleye Article

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I took the family down for a fourth of July fishing weekend.  I had been having some problems with my boat so I decided to stay somewhat close to the Bullfrog area.  My wife, two sons, and I, all  headed out on Friday for the Main Channel in front of Moki.  We were mainly targeting walleye in search of the first tagged fish for the contest.  We couldn’t seem to catch the tagged walleye but we caught some nonetheless.  We ended up with around 10 in about 1 ½ hours as well as about 10 stripers.  We were using a brown/white swimbait on a 2/0 hook with a ¼ oz. tungsten slip weight. 


The next morning we decided to head down to Lake Canyon in search of a tagged walleye. My previous fishing partners and I always troll up some around the mouth of the canyon all the way to about a ¼ mile back.  All we trolled up there were some really healthy stripers off some humps.  White thundersticks really did well but we caught well on anything white that could tick the bottom. 


My son caught a new fishing pole for his birthday from some fishing enthusiast family members and he couldn’t wait to try it out.  We made it to a rock slide in the canyon and he threw it out with the same swim bait as we trolled by.  Next thing I know, I looked up and he had a walleye to the boat.  It was the biggest of the weekend at 24 ½”.  I can’t tell you how proud I was of him or how excited I was for him that he caught it all on his own, from stringing the reel himself to catching it all by himself.  Someday soon he will probably out fish me, and on that day, he will no longer be invited back!  We ended up with another 10 walleye and about another 50-60 stripers for the weekend.  It was my youngest boys’ (2 yr old) first trip down so we spent a lot more time playing than fishing but it was all fun nonetheless.   We had a great time with some awesome weather. The only bad part of the trip was having to leave.   Thanks Wayne for making it the best fishery we could all imagine.  It just seems to get better and better.


Brandon Sagrillo

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 13:27