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September 26, 2016 - Weekend Summary

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September  26, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3610.94
Water Temperature: 70 – 74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Here is a quick summary of weekend fishing success before we head out on the lake for electrofishing sampling from Wahweap to the San Juan.
SAN JUAN – Stripers are holding at 60 feet near deep schools of gizzard shad.  Shad appear to be thick, long horizontal lines on the graph. Occasionally a few smaller lines will be seen protruding from the large mass of shad.  When that irregularity is seen, drop spoons to the bottom and work the spoon back up through the shad to find stripers.
Trollers will find mature stripers holding near bottom on the Great Bend near Alcove Canyon.  Deep diving lures excite these larger stripers.  When fish is caught trolling drop spoons to catch the trailers as the first fish is landed.
ESCALANTE - Top water action was consistent in the morning between 8-9:30 (MST). Boils were not strong but catching stripers and bass on the surface was great.  The most consistent spot was between Willow and 50-mile canyon. Spooning worked great all day long at the average depth of 40 feet.  Find fish in the graph and drop spoons to the bottom for quick catch of stripers, bass and walleye. More tagged walleye are now swimming in the Escalante.
BULLFROG-LAKE CANYON – Morning and evening striper fishing is solid with surface action when stripers come to the top, while trolling and spooning worked most of the time. Just keep watching the surface for splashes while fishing deep water.  When a school of stripers is found large numbers can be caught in short order.
WARM CREEK – GUNSIGHT – Spooning and trolling worked well for deep water striper schools holding at about 70 feet.  There are many schools now showing up that can be caught with your favorite fishing technique. Bait fishing is the most consistent but trolling, casting and spooning is a close second.
Overall lakewide fishing success is much better than it was during the full moon and warm surface water which was recently experienced.  Fall fishing is now taking off.  Surface action can be seen randomly throughout the day but morning is more consistent.
Expect the fall fishing peak to occur when water temperature hits the mid 60s.  That is the magic temperature in the spring and the fall.  Prime time for fishing, camping and enjoying the beauty of Lake Powell is at its peak now until mid October.  Hope you can make it.

Lake Powell Fish Report – September  26, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3610.94

Water Temperature: 70 – 74 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com

Here is a quick summary of weekend fishing success before we head out on the lake for electrofishing sampling from Wahweap to the San Juan.


SAN JUAN – Stripers are holding at 60 feet near deep schools of gizzard shad.  Shad appear to be thick, long horizontal lines on the graph. Occasionally a few smaller lines will be seen protruding from the large mass of shad.  When that irregularity is seen, drop spoons to the bottom and work the spoon back up through the shad to find stripers.
Trollers will find mature stripers holding near bottom on the Great Bend near Alcove Canyon.  Deep diving lures excite these larger stripers.  When fish is caught trolling drop spoons to catch the trailers as the first fish is landed.  

ESCALANTE - Top water action was consistent in the morning between 8-9:30 (MST). Boils were not strong but catching stripers and bass on the surface was great.  The most consistent spot was between Willow and 50-mile canyon. Spooning worked great all day long at the average depth of 40 feet.  Find fish in the graph and drop spoons to the bottom for quick catch of stripers, bass and walleye. More tagged walleye are now swimming in the Escalante.   

BULLFROG-LAKE CANYON – Morning and evening striper fishing is solid with surface action when stripers come to the top, while trolling and spooning worked most of the time. Just keep watching the surface for splashes while fishing deep water.  When a school of stripers is found large numbers can be caught in short order.  

WARM CREEK – GUNSIGHT – Spooning and trolling worked well for deep water striper schools holding at about 70 feet.  There are many schools now showing up that can be caught with your favorite fishing technique. Bait fishing is the most consistent but trolling, casting and spooning is a close second.

 Overall lakewide fishing success is much better than it was during the full moon and warm surface water which was recently experienced.  Fall fishing is now taking off.  Surface action can be seen randomly throughout the day but morning is more consistent.

Expect the fall fishing peak to occur when water temperature hits the mid 60s.  That is the magic temperature in the spring and the fall.  Prime time for fishing, camping and enjoying the beauty of Lake Powell is at its peak now until mid October.  Hope you can make it.

 

September 23, 2016 - New Instructions

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With all the annoying internet conflcits now I also have time issues.  I am going to St George for a baptism this weekend.   I can catch up with fish reports on Monday morning before electrofishing sampling Monday night at Wahweap and Tuesday night on the San Juan. I wil be back Wednesday afternoon and post a San Juan fish report.

The next week we will electrofish at Good Hope Bay and The Rincon with fish reports to follow from those areas.  

You can count on getting these reports. Hopefully many will email me fishing information which I will then post on Anglers Corner.  We are moving into the best fishing period of the entire year. We will get this information out to you as best we can.  Check Anglers Corner, Fish reports and other new reports that show up to find current fishing information until we can get the whole website operating properly again.

Thanks for you patience and participation.

Wayne  

Last Updated on Friday, 23 September 2016 11:56
 

September 21, 2016 - Fishing Therapy

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September  21, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3611.26
Water Temperature: 73 – 75 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
I made it back on the water this week after successful knee surgery.  My doctor suggested using the knee as much as the pain would allow.  I thought I should do more to hasten healing, so I incorporated my own plan for “fish-ical” therapy.  I can highly recommend my techniques for improving knee strength and movement which include: trolling while sitting down with the knee elevated.  (I also iced the knee while the cold rain came down and soaked the ace bandage.)  Standing straight up and casting top water lures toward shore. This also works for spooning striper schools in deep water and bass on drop-offs near shore.  I tried sitting down while bait fishing but I had to keep standing up to land the fish. I have to improve that technique and will report back next week.
The last report said to fish with the technique which inspires the greatest confidence in catching.  Therefore I choose techniques that give me complete confidence in catching fish. I was not disappointed.
Bait Fishing:  The first stop was at Warm Creek Wall.  Previously cut chum was tossed in the water where the Warm Creek Wall ends at the entrance to Wahweap Bay.  It took 5 minutes for the chum to settle and then stripers started to hit regularly as the bait impaled on a ¼ ounce jig head descended to 30-50 feet.  We spent 20 minutes there, caught 10 fish and then moved on.  Bait fishing still works at the normal spots.
Other bait spots include: Padre Canyon, Rock Creek (close to the mouth of the canyon).
Trolling:  The second stop was near Gregory Butte where stripers reportedly boiled last week.  They were seen on both the east and west shorelines but the surface activity decreased as the full moon got brighter.  We trolled a shallow running rattletrap and a deep running walleye lure.  Both lures got ticked but the rattletrap caught a healthy young striper. I was constantly searching for deep resting schools of stripers that could be caught on spoons. Unfortunately, the graph did not show anything but a blank water column. So we moved on.
We stopped at West Canyon mouth and repeated the trolling pattern.  We caught two bass and another striper but saw no spooning schools. So we moved on.
Top Water:  We moved into Dove Canyon which was dead calm and stopped midway back in the middle arm and cast topwater lures to the brushy shoreline. It was fun to see large and smallmouth bass blow up on the surface lures and follow them to the boat splashing all the way.  These were curious fish that needed to improve their targeting techniques as only one largemouth bass was actually hooked and landed.  I really enjoy the experience of seeing bass and stripers strike surface lures.  It is very exciting.
The dead calm water then succumbed to the weather front and strong winds blew for a short time followed by light rain.  We used discretion and returned to Stateline Ramp and called it a day.  The report summary is that all techniques tried, worked. The full moon and weather front had a negative impact on fishing success but each technique caught fish. Lake Powell was beautiful on a calm overcast morning.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be back out on the lake enjoying what I love to do best.

dbunnelcalm

 

Lake Powell Fish Report – September  21, 2016 Lake Elevation: 3611.26

Water Temperature: 73 – 75 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com


I made it back on the water this week after successful knee surgery.  My doctor suggested using the knee as much as the pain would allow.  I thought I should do more to hasten healing, so I incorporated my own plan for “fish-ical” therapy.  I can highly recommend my techniques for improving knee strength and movement which include: trolling while sitting down with the knee elevated.  (I also iced the knee while the cold rain came down and soaked the ace bandage.)  Standing straight up and casting top water lures toward shore. This also works for spooning striper schools in deep water and bass on drop-offs near shore.  I tried sitting down while bait fishing but I had to keep standing up to land the fish. I have to improve that technique and will report back next week.  


dbunnellThe last report said to fish with the technique which inspires the greatest confidence in catching.  Therefore I choose techniques that give me complete confidence in catching fish. I was not disappointed.


Bait Fishing:  The first stop was at Warm Creek Wall.  Previously cut chum was tossed in the water where the Warm Creek Wall ends at the entrance to Wahweap Bay.  It took 5 minutes for the chum to settle and then stripers started to hit regularly as the bait impaled on a ¼ ounce jig head descended to 30-50 feet.  We spent 20 minutes there, caught 10 fish and then moved on.  Bait fishing still works at the normal spots. 


Other bait spots include: Padre Canyon, Rock Creek (close to the mouth of the canyon).


Trolling:  The second stop was near Gregory Butte where stripers reportedly boiled last week.  They were seen on both the east and west shorelines but the surface activity decreased as the full moon got brighter.  We trolled a shallow running rattletrap and a deep running walleye lure.  Both lures got ticked but the rattletrap caught a healthy young striper. I was constantly searching for deep resting schools of stripers that could be caught on spoons. Unfortunately, the graph did not show anything but a blank water column. So we moved on. 


We stopped at West Canyon mouth and repeated the trolling pattern.  We caught two bass and another striper but saw no spooning schools. So we moved on.


Top Water:  We moved into Dove Canyon which was dead calm and stopped midway back in the middle arm and cast topwater lures to the brushy shoreline. It was fun to see large and smallmouth bass blow up on the surface lures and follow them to the boat splashing all the way.  These were curious fish that needed to improve their targeting techniques as only one largemouth bass was actually hooked and landed.  I really enjoy the experience of seeing bass and stripers strike surface lures.  It is very exciting. 


The dead calm water then succumbed to the weather front and strong winds blew for a short time followed by light rain.  We used discretion and returned to Stateline Ramp and called it a day.  The report summary is that all techniques tried, worked. The full moon and weather front had a negative impact on fishing success but each technique caught fish. Lake Powell was beautiful on a calm overcast morning.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be back out on the lake enjoying what I love to do best.

dbunnellmb

 

 

 

September 13, 2016 - Pick you spot and technique

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September 13, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3612.28
Water Temperature: 74 – 77 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Water temperatures have declined to 74 F in the morning rising to 78 in the afternoon.  These temperatures coincide with mid June which is a transition month for warm water fish.  In the spring bass get ready to spawn while waiting for the preferred temperature (mid 60s). Shad get active in the low 70’s. Stripers spawn when the water temperature rises quickly to the mid 70s.   After all the spring time excitement based on water temperature, most fish experience a lull in activity during the 75-80 F temperature range.  That is right where our fish are right now. Fish are waiting for the magic mid 60s, when energy and excitement are at a peak.
For now, there is a gradual movement of bass from deep water to shallow. Bass are still holding at 25 feet or deeper but feeding forays occur more often in shallow water. Stripers are holding at 40 feet but they are constantly searching the surface for any sign of shad. When shad are seen, they attack.  With no shad, they go back to cool water and wait. Walleye are a cool water fish and a night prowler.  It is easier to catch them as the light fades at night or before the sun gets bright in the morning.
Fish reports indicate scattered fish randomly working the surface or being caught in deep water. The most consistent fishing pattern is to do what you like best.  If you like to use plastic baits on the bottom, try it and work at it persistently. At the end of the day you will have caught a large number of smallmouth bass and a number of other species. If you choose to throw surface lures toward shore, your catch will include mostly stripers and bass.
My suggestion is to use your favorite technique and concentrate on conditions and signs around you for best results. Obviously, when surface action is seen, throw topwater baits to catch stripers and a surprising number of bass. When fish are seen on the graph, get a bait or spoon down to them quickly for good results.  If 15 ravens and two coyotes are seen waiting patiently on shore, it would be wise to throw surface lures toward that group of predators to see if the striper school that drove shad onto the shore is still in the vicinity. Pay attention to subtle events that surround you, which may lead to a discovery leading to fishing success.
Basically all Lake Powell sport fish are in transition. Shad continue to run and hide.  When bass or stripers find them, fishing results are quick. Keep 3 rods ready with a surface lure, a spoon, and a medium running crank or swim bait.  The best location to fish is on outside points rather than the backs of coves. Shad live in open water and bass wait near rock or brush cover close to open water waiting for a shad sighting.  Stripers are in deep water looking up to see a random shad school that can be attacked.
Water has cooled enough now so that thin adult stripers that have been trapped under the warm water layer are now able to come to the surface to feed with their smaller, faster offspring.  Many more thin adult stripers are being caught on the surface in the northern lake.  They feed right next to the schools of 14-18 inch juvenile stripers that are the prime fish in the lake right now.
There is not one best spot to be fishing.  That will change as water cools a bit more.   The best advice right now is chose the fishing technique and location that gives you the most confidence. Use the lure that you have had the best luck on recently. Go out and do your thing. At the end of the day you will have had a great fishing trip.

Lake Powell Fish Report – September 13, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3612.28

Water Temperature: 74 – 77 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com

chrisp4Water temperatures have declined to 74 F in the morning rising to 78 in the afternoon.  These temperatures coincide with mid June which is a transition month for warm water fish.  In the spring bass get ready to spawn while waiting for the preferred temperature (mid 60s). Shad get active in the low 70’s. Stripers spawn when the water temperature rises quickly to the mid 70s.   After all the spring time excitement based on water temperature, most fish experience a lull in activity during the 75-80 F temperature range.  That is right where our fish are right now. Fish are waiting for the magic mid 60s, when energy and excitement are at a peak.

For now, there is a gradual movement of bass from deep water to shallow. Bass are still holding at 25 feet or deeper but feeding forays occur more often in shallow water. Stripers are holding at 40 feet but they are constantly searching the surface for any sign of shad. When shad are seen, they attack.  With no shad, they go back to cool water and wait. Walleye are a cool water fish and a night prowler.  It is easier to catch them as the light fades at night or before the sun gets bright in the morning. 

brianbarsnessFish reports indicate scattered fish randomly working the surface or being caught in deep water. The most consistent fishing pattern is to do what you like best.  If you like to use plastic baits on the bottom, try it and work at it persistently. At the end of the day you will have caught a large number of smallmouth bass and a number of other species. If you choose to throw surface lures toward shore, your catch will include mostly stripers and bass.

My suggestion is to use your favorite technique and concentrate on conditions and signs around you for best results. Obviously, when surface action is seen, throw topwater baits to catch stripers and a surprising number of bass. When fish are seen on the graph, get a bait or spoon down to them quickly for good results.  If 15 ravens and two coyotes are seen waiting patiently on shore, it would be wise to throw surface lures toward that group of predators to see if the striper school that drove shad onto the shore is still in the vicinity. Pay attention to subtle events that surround you, which may lead to a discovery leading to fishing success. 

Basically all Lake Powell sport fish are in transition. Shad continue to run and hide.  When bass or stripers find them, fishing results are quick. Keep 3 rods ready with a surface lure, a spoon, and a medium running crank or swim bait.  The best location to fish is on outside points rather than the backs of coves. Shad live in open water and bass wait near rock or brush cover close to open water waiting for a shad sighting.  Stripers are in deep water looking up to see a random shad school that can be attacked.   

Water has cooled enough now so that thin adult stripers that have been trapped under the warm water layer are now able to come to the surface to feed with their smaller, faster offspring.  Many more thin adult stripers are being caught on the surface in the northern lake.  They feed right next to the schools of 14-18 inch juvenile stripers that are the prime fish in the lake right now.

wgwaeThere is not one best spot to be fishing.  That will change as water cools a bit more.   The best advice right now is chose the fishing technique and location that gives you the most confidence. Use the lure that you have had the best luck on recently. Go out and do your thing. At the end of the day you will have had a great fishing trip.

 

September 7, 2016 - Next week will be great

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rbdspinnerLake Powell Fish Report – September 7, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3612.95

Water Temperature: 75 – 78 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com

 

The last fish report was “the best of the year”. Yesterday we paid the price for the perfect timing last week and had a non productive trip. Surface feeding fish are so much fun that I just kept looking for boils and did not find any.   After two hours of searching without finding we tried trolling, spooning and casting without much luck.   I should have been trolling and spooning early in the day but spent the time cruising for boils.  I will chalk this one up as fish celebrating the Labor Day weekend and ignoring anglers.  Usually when I have a great trip fishing success cools off.  When I have a mediocre trip catching quickly improves.

My prediction for the rest of the week is that striper fishing will be consistent with the best techniques being spooning, down rigger trolling and an occasional boil. While graphing yesterday we determined that the holding depth for most fish right now is 45 feet.  If the down rigger is set for that depth where fish traces are seen (30-45 feet) catching will be quick. Stripers have recently seen edible shad and are searching for more.  Spoons are shad imitating lures. When dropped into a searching school, spoons will be quickly attacked.

Bait fishing suffers when shad are available.  If shad are soon found again, bait fishing success will be poor.  If stripers go for another week without finding a shad food source then bait fishing will pick up once more.  Stripers in the southern lake are searching and moving.  They will settle into a new pattern by the next report.

My website is currently off line due to a hacking incident so I do not have current reports on uplake fishing success.  I suspect striper fishing continues to be good morning and evening on surface lures, spoons and down rigger trolling.

I did find one highlight on my scouting trip. Each time we went to the back of a canyon where brushy habitat was still submersed, active large and smallmouth bass were hitting top water and plastic baits.  For most of the summer, larger bass have been hanging out in deep water where temperature was more comfortable.  Now, with temperatures in the mid 70s, bass have come shallow once more. Largemouth bass and crappie need brush to feel comfortable.  They will stay in brush zones as long as the water is deep enough.  Smallmouth bass like shad which are hiding in the shallow brush.  All shorebound fish are focused on brushy pockets.  Locate wet brush to find bass, bluegill and walleye.

Channel catfishing is very dependable now. Use table scraps, hot dogs or anchovies on the sandy beach where houseboats park to have an exciting evening of catfishing.

Wayneswords will be back on line soon so send those holiday weekend reports as soon as possible to provide fishing insight to those that are planning September trips to the lake.

sjboilshore

 

 
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