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Have you made a recent fishing trip to Lake Powell? If you have, please let us know how you did.  Post your fishing report on the Fishing Message Board or send it to Wayne Gustaveson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) via E-mail.  Please include who you are and where you are from, dates fished, location, tackle used, species and number of fish caught and any other information you would like to pass on to other anglers.

Our goal here is to save shad by encouraging harvest of striped bass and walleye.  If we do that then all fisheries benefit from the effort.

Keep the reports coming.  I send out high resolution pictures to the media with my weekly fish reports.  If you have a good photo and would like it to be displayed in newspapers and magazines then send it to me.   Be aware that your photo may be used in other locations.

If possible send, first and last name, and hometown. The media likes pictures of kids (include age) and fishergirls. Be creative when taking photos. Change poses and backgrounds. Use the flash in full sun to avoid hat shadow.

If you have a general question try posting on WAYNESWORDS FISHING MESSAGE BOARD.  Thanks to Bartsplace for putting the new message board in place so we can all commiunicate in real time with hot fish reports. 



May 11, 2018 - Stripers in Forgotten Cyn

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Jon Runge
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Forgotten Canyon.  Anchovies at about 30 ft in back of canyon.   Flurocarbon on #5 hook.   Caught several nice fish there.

Forgotten Canyon.  Anchovies at about 30 ft in back of canyon.   Flurocarbon on #5 hook.   Caught several nice stripers there.

 

May 9, 2018 - Bass in Navajo to Dove

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With only 75 min to fish Tue evening I ran up to the back of Navajo and found some stripers trolling in 20-25’ with an 8’ deep running crank and then spooned a few more before running out of light.
Early Wed I ran into the buoy 25 spot but no stripers to be found so on around to the Dove Canyon area again to chase some bass around with the Ned Rig. It was good but not as good as last week and this week they much preferred the shorter bait with light head as opposed to the opposite last week. They did however really like top water until about 10:30 when the cloud cover ended. While a medium Zara Spook was attacked with fury, I had to go to a popper TW bait to get them to eat it. Weird! I am liking the size of the smallmouth this Spring as the average length is about 14”. (As pictured)
I then spent a few hours up in Last Chance trolling but only had one striper to show for it. I did make one random cast in the middle of a bay and had a walleye decide he wanted to visit.
With only 75 min to fish Tue evening I ran up to the back of Navajo and found some stripers trolling in 20-25’ with an 8’ deep running crank and then spooned a few more before running out of light. Early Wed I ran into the buoy 25 spot but no stripers to be found so on around to the Dove Canyon area again to chase some bass around with the Ned Rig. It was good but not as good as last week and this week they much preferred the shorter bait with light head as opposed to the opposite last week. They did however really like top water until about 10:30 when the cloud cover ended. While a medium Zara Spook was attacked with fury, I had to go to a popper Top Water bait to get them to eat it. Weird! I am liking the size of the smallmouth this Spring as the average length is about 14”. (As pictured) 

I then spent a few hours up in Last Chance trolling but only had one striper to show for it. I did make one random cast in the middle of a bay and had a walleye decide he wanted to visit.
 

May 2, 2018 - Gregory Bass

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Took the HB out 4/29 and anchored at the mouth of Last Chance across from Gregorie's Butte. A bit windy when we arrived and just got settled in and rigged up.

 We had 8 guys and 2 fishing boats with us and the wind was not bad and they took off. The guys throwing Senko's were definite the winners fishing close to shore with their wacky rigs and shallow presentations with chartreuse colors. Others tried jig heads with various style grubs and did not do well at all. The next day was basically the same with SMB hitting the same Senko's but now they caught some walleye fishing around the Butte with traditional jigs in watermelon.

The change came on Thursday when, for some reason, the Senko's were not producing. Based on the fact that the fish preferred a slow presentation I switched to a watermelon tube bait with a light weight head and I got things started again. For some reason they just went deeper, about 16 ft, but still wanted a slow presentation. The fish seemed bigger but were still active. During the entire trip I can say I never felt the "strike" but rather a soft pickup and then just held on to it. The other crew was still working around the Butte and caught more walleye and SMB. 

Things continued the same way on Friday and Sat morning. We packed up, pulled the anchors and went back to the marina. My oldest and youngest sons took one of the boats and fished around the cut while we just got back into the slip. While they were fooling around my oldest son caught a 4 1/2lb LMB that looked as though she had recently spawned. We never caught any other varieties of fish and I could not even guess how many SMB's and walleye we caught. It was a great fun trip. We never kept even one fish so they are still there waiting for some other anglers to have fun with. Best of luck to all

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 May 2018 14:36
 

April 28, 2018 - Southern smalllmouth

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My young friend Sam Isaacson had never been to Lake Powell or had a lot of fishing success but today he got to change that.

We launched out of Wahweap about 10:30 and thought we’d go looking for bass beds with the water a little warmer than my solo trip this past Monday. We did find a few but never could see fish on or near them. We killed about 2 hrs looking and fishing unproductive areas with little to show for it so I finally worked our way up to the Dove Canyon area and then over into the Dungeon Canyon area later. From 12:30-5pm we caught 55 fish inc 2 nice LM, 4 stripers, and a bunch of pretty good smallmouth. The Ned Rig did a lot of the damage in 5-10’ of water for the most part. It was great to see young Sam get on a good bite and catch a bunch! The water was 63-66 degrees and of course very clear. A little wind helped ripple the water and give us some ‘cover’. I hope to be back again before the great bite slows down!

 

April 28, 2018 - Buoy 3 Stripers

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We hit the lake Saturday the 21st - Monday 23rd. We camped in Rock Creek and while the bass fishing was fair we couldn't find any stripers. We worked all 3 Rock Creek bays, The mini cove between Rock Creek and the potty, West canyon and the Bouy 25 wall. We finally had some luck at buoy 3 about 1:00 Monday afternoon on the way in. The fishing (catching ) was fast and furious in Apx 40' of water using bait. We put 20 fish in the boat in an hour with the boat next to us at least equaling that total. Unfortunately the reality of the drive home called and we had to leave before the party was over. The fish ranged from 16-24" and 1 1/2-3 #. Most were healthy but a few had the "milky" meat when filleted. Stomachs were full of chum and stolen bait.

While we wish we would have found fish sooner the weather was amazing and it was a great first trip of the year. Can't wait to get back up there.

Thanks for all you do, Jeff

 

April 28, 2018 - Southern Bass

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 April 2018 12:28
 

April 26, 2018 - Southern Stripers and Bass

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We fished Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. We didn’t have the most success ever but this is also the first time we have fished Powell this early in the season. Our normal routine is to look for stripers in the morning and if that doesn’t work we go looking for SMB. This time we didn’t spend very much time looking for stripers, so we went straight for SMBs around Gregory and West. The catches were non-existent as the water temps only reached 59-60 during the middle of the day. My dad started catching SMB off of slick-rock slopes once temps got to 62 in the afternoon. We moved around the mouth of West and just up lake to the next big point. These spots usually produced for us, but the structure is slightly different now that the water has dropped below the levels we are used to for these areas. We used 4” single-tail drop-shots and simple grubs in baby bass, orange/pumpkin, and white. Most of the fish caught looked like they were full of eggs, so we put them back and only kept the ones that looked like they could be males. Monday we headed for the Padre East Wall hoping for stripers. Once we got there we noticed surface-feeding stripers and carp cruising around. We graphed a big school but could not relocate it again. My dad took stripers on the spoon, but we kept spooking the fish, so we moved on. We headed for the back of Last chance where we again graphed stripers and caught using spoons. There were others trolling points on the left side of the back cove who caught crappies and SMB. We did not have much success so we returned to the mouth of West, and visited Dungeon and Wetherill catching more SMB in the 65F water on slick-rock using the same grubs as the day before. Tuesday we did not have much time as we had to return to PHX. Regardless, we started for the back of Last Chance hoping for more stripers. This day was a very slow day for us. The water temp was 67F in some spots, but the fishing did not improve with the increased temps. We were hoping for much hotter fishing, but days like these make you appreciate the unreal 50 and 100-fish days that come during later parts of the year that much more. We will be back in May with improved methods and increased patience. Thank you to you and everyone on the message board for the info and good reads.  

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Rex with SMB by West

 

April 26, 2018 - Chris Bailey- Reel Outdoors

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Hey wayne, an update…Your info on the bass proved very effective. We got to Bullfrog on Monday, found some beds, as you said, in 2-6 feet of water. Most were South facing on rock reefs either on the shore or out on shallow rock flats. 

On Monday, we found mostly males starting the beds but by Tuesday, they had enticed the females to joint them. Whacked close to 40 fish a day. All released of course.

Tried top water on Monday with one hit. By Wednesday, the early morning topwater action on Zera Spooks was going full throttle until 9 Am, did not matter that we had a good breeze. Once the sun got high and the topwater died, I threw a 1/4 once solid white 4” curly tail grub. Frustrated males would come hit the random casts and when the wind died around noon, we would target bedding fish. when the wind came back up, we would cruise points and water with rock.....anywhere I saw black of a deep big rock, it had a smallie near it. Blind casting fish would swim 20” to hit a swimming grub. Managed a few big largemouths as well.

They were doing a number on the walleye and crappie along the mud line in Good Hope bay just jigging a jig in 10-12 feet of water along the mud line. The crappie were jumping everywhere, trying to loosen their egg scenes. All of the fish are very healthy.

Thanks for all your help

Chris Bailey, Reel Outdoors TV

 

April 19, 2018 - Big Smallmouth Bass

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I caught this 4.5 female bass across from the Big Dog at Antelope Point Marina during that nasty wind last Fri 4/13.  10 feet down dragging a rainbow panther martin. She fought for 10 seconds and gave up. Too full of eggs. I was solo, so took her back to houseboat to get a pic, and released her.

 

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April 16, 2018- SJ and Llewellyn

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I had a great experience spending time on the water with Wayne last Tue 4/10/18 as we put almost 200 miles of water under us, running from Wahweap to Llewellyn Cove (which I’d never before fished) first thing in the morning, checking out water clarity and fish activity before doing the same in many other spots inc up into some of my fave places in the San Juan. I somehow managed to scare off the striper schools that Wayne is famous for as we could never quite get over a good one to spoon even though we did manage to catch a few random stripers here and there along with a good number of smallmouth. We also managed a willing crappie and largemouth along the way and saw a couple of walleye but they wanted no part of us, must’ve been me I’m sure.
Where there was brush in the water there was always fish, usually many different varieties and as the sun got higher and the water warmed, the number of fish shallow increased but there were always more hanging out just beyond good visibility. With water temp peaking at 63 in a few places in late afternoon this increased the fish activity found in the shallows but only one bed was spotted. It seemed that we were probably a week or two early with what weather was coming last weekend and continuing this week.
I’d planned to be back up there this week but since I’m not a big fan of wind or cooler temps to start things off with in the Spring, it looks like next week I’ll go back to see if I can find if some more fish bed & breakfast opportunities have been established.
Sam Sherwood
Mesa, AZ

I had a great experience spending time on the water with Wayne last Tue 4/10/18 as we put almost 200 miles of water under us, running from Wahweap to Llewellyn Cove (which I’d never before fished) first thing in the morning, checking out water clarity and fish activity before doing the same in many other spots inc up into some of my fave places in the San Juan. I somehow managed to scare off the striper schools that Wayne is famous for as we could never quite get over a good one to spoon even though we did manage to catch a few random stripers here and there along with a good number of smallmouth. We also managed a willing crappie and largemouth along the way and saw a couple of walleye but they wanted no part of us, must’ve been me I’m sure.

Where there was brush in the water there was always fish, usually many different varieties and as the sun got higher and the water warmed, the number of fish shallow increased but there were always more hanging out just beyond good visibility. With water temp peaking at 63 in a few places in late afternoon this increased the fish activity found in the shallows but only one bed was spotted. It seemed that we were probably a week or two early with what weather was coming last weekend and continuing this week.

I’d planned to be back up there this week but since I’m not a big fan of wind or cooler temps to start things off with in the Spring, it looks like next week I’ll go back to see if I can find if some more fish bed & breakfast opportunities have been established.

Sam Sherwood
Mesa, AZ

 


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