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Home Anglers Corner June 4, 2018 San Juan Slam

June 4, 2018 San Juan Slam

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My family and I had another great trip to Lake Powell this year from May 26 to June 1.  As we typically do, we pushed all the way from Antelope Point to the San Juan Arm on the first day.  We stayed there all week.  We never tire of the remoteness and beauty of the San Juan Arm in the more than 35 years we have been going there.  The fishing was good, but we did not see any surface action.  We looked each morning, but they didn’t seem to be schooling up on shad at all.  We graphed and found fish at all the same locations we have found them in prior years.  Most of the fish were down about 50 to 75 feet.  We had the best luck trolling down deep.  Rattle traps, grubs, and plugs all worked good, but personally I had the best action on a silver and red rattle trap.
We saw something I had never seen before while fishing there.  One of guys with us is an avid Bass Fisherman and this was his first trip to Powell.  We would do a bit of bass fishing in back of coves and off of rocky points.  He nailed bass constantly.  We went in the back of one cove and he broke out a surface lure – a Whopper Plopper.  He casted it about ten feet parallel off the shore in the cove and started reeling it in – he didn’t reel it in more than two feet – when BAM - a nice striper nailed it.  It was exciting seeing and hearing the striper slam it on the surface.  We were expecting the bass to hit it, not a striper.
I also caught nice walleye.  I threw out a rattle trap and was waiting for it to sink when –wham a walleye hit it on the way down.
We had a little drama on the first fish we caught on the first day. We were trolling and two of us hooked up at the same time.  I reeled my fish in, but our lines were crossed.  I reached down to grab the fish on my lure and – ouch it wiggled and the hook nailed me good in the thump.  Pictures included.
We will be back in September for our second trip of the year.  We love the surface action in September.  Lake Powell is truly a great place.
Thanks again Wayne for the fishing reports and great website.  We love logging on and reading the reports and seeing the pictures when sitting in boring meetings while at the office….
Brent W. Reden
El Dorado Hills, California

My family and I had another great trip to Lake Powell this year from May 26 to June 1.  As we typically do, we pushed all the way from Antelope Point to the San Juan Arm on the first day.  We stayed there all week.  We never tire of the remoteness and beauty of the San Juan Arm in the more than 35 years we have been going there.  The fishing was good, but we did not see any surface action.  We looked each morning, but they didn’t seem to be schooling up on shad at all.  We graphed and found fish at all the same locations we have found them in prior years.  Most of the fish were down about 50 to 75 feet.  We had the best luck trolling down deep.  Rattle traps, grubs, and plugs all worked good, but personally I had the best action on a silver and red rattle trap. 

We saw something I had never seen before while fishing there.  One of guys with us is an avid Bass Fisherman and this was his first trip to Powell.  We would do a bit of bass fishing in back of coves and off of rocky points.  He nailed bass constantly.  We went in the back of one cove and he broke out a surface lure – a Whopper Plopper.  He casted it about ten feet parallel off the shore in the cove and started reeling it in – he didn’t reel it in more than two feet – when BAM - a nice striper nailed it.  It was exciting seeing and hearing the striper slam it on the surface.  We were expecting the bass to hit it, not a striper.

I also caught nice walleye.  I threw out a rattle trap and was waiting for it to sink when –wham a walleye hit it on the way down.

We had a little drama on the first fish we caught on the first day. We were trolling and two of us hooked up at the same time.  I reeled my fish in, but our lines were crossed.  I reached down to grab the fish on my lure and – ouch it wiggled and the hook nailed me good in the thump.  Pictures included. 
We will be back in September for our second trip of the year.  We love the surface action in September.  Lake Powell is truly a great place.

Thanks again Wayne for the fishing reports and great website.  We love logging on and reading the reports and seeing the pictures when sitting in boring meetings while at the office….

Brent W. Reden

El Dorado Hills, California

 

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