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Home Anglers Corner April 25, 2017 - Bass and stripers in southern lake

April 25, 2017 - Bass and stripers in southern lake

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Had an amazing 3 days of bassing at Lake Powell. We try and fish the late spring and early fall every year.
Yes it's a long haul from So Cal, but if you like bass fishing, it's a must on the old bucket list. Best part of these trips is that I always fish with my dad, John Chaparro of St. George, UT.  who's now 84 and still charges.
This year we arrived mid-day on Friday April 21, launched the boat at Antelope Point and immediately headed into Warm Creek for an afternoon session.
The small mouth were ready to play as we caught and released over 50 chunky Smallies, a handful of Largemouth and a token Striper. We fished till sunset, headed back to our awaiting slip at The Point and then to our hotel room in Page.
The marina at Antelope Point is an easy 10 min drive from Page. The whole set up makes things super convenient and while I like camping, a hot shower and comfortable bed make this a true
Day 2 started out early as we headed up-lake about 15 miles to Padre Bay looking for Walleye. Our morning was a bust on the Walleye as we couldn't get on them. The Walleye fishing can be very good but it's still a bit early for them. We abandoned Padre and continued up lake another 10 miles to Rock Creek Canyon. All I can say is that we HAMMERED the bass, catching over 150 fish. We even kept a couple dozen for a future fish fry. The lake wants people harvesting smallies and it's helping as we are seeing bigger fish year over year. We also caught and released a bunch of Largemouth. It was just an epic bite! Back to the hotel and off to sleep
Day 3 was our day to harvest stripers. We started headed down lake to mile 3 with the frozen chovie and started a steady chum line. We had a good school come under us and while we hooked a few, it wouldn't hang around. That was how it was to be for the rest of the session. We would get on a good mark, catch a few and it would be over. FYI, we switched over to cut striper and the fish responded much better.  Our persistence paid off and we managed a full ice chest of fat stripers for the fillet table. Knowing the wind was coming up, we called it a trip at 2 pm.
Mission accomplished.
The combination of incredible fishing, perfect weather, scenery and fishing with the guy who showed me how to fish. I thanked him several times on this trip for the lifetime of enjoyment fishing has provided me. What a gift.
Tom Chaparro
San Clemente, CA

Had an amazing 3 days of bassing at Lake Powell. We try and fish the late spring and early fall every year.
Yes it's a long haul from So Cal, but if you like bass fishing, it's a must on the old bucket list. Best part of these trips is that I always fish with my dad, John Chaparro of St. George, UT.  who's now 84 and still charges.

This year we arrived mid-day on Friday April 21, launched the boat at Antelope Point and immediately headed into Warm Creek for an afternoon session.The small mouth were ready to play as we caught and released over 50 chunky Smallies, a handful of Largemouth and a token Striper. We fished till sunset, headed back to our awaiting slip at The Point and then to our hotel room in Page.The marina at Antelope Point is an easy 10 min drive from Page. The whole set up makes things super convenient and while I like camping, a hot shower and comfortable bed make this a true event.

Day 2 started out early as we headed up-lake about 15 miles to Padre Bay looking for Walleye. Our morning was a bust on the Walleye as we couldn't get on them. The Walleye fishing can be very good but it's still a bit early for them. We abandoned Padre and continued up lake another 10 miles to Rock Creek Canyon. All I can say is that we HAMMERED the bass, catching over 150 fish. We even kept a couple dozen for a future fish fry. The lake wants people harvesting smallies and it's helping as we are seeing bigger fish year over year. We also caught and released a bunch of Largemouth. It was just an epic bite! Back to the hotel and off to sleep.

Day 3 was our day to harvest stripers. We started headed down lake to mile 3 with the frozen chovie and started a steady chum line. We had a good school come under us and while we hooked a few, it wouldn't hang around. That was how it was to be for the rest of the session. We would get on a good mark, catch a few and it would be over. FYI, we switched over to cut striper and the fish responded much better.  Our persistence paid off and we managed a full ice chest of fat stripers for the fillet table. Knowing the wind was coming up, we called it a trip at 2 pm. Mission accomplished. 

The combination of incredible fishing, perfect weather, scenery and fishing with the guy who showed me how to fish. I thanked him several times on this trip for the lifetime of enjoyment fishing has provided me. What a gift. 

Tom Chaparro

San Clemente, CA