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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.

Thanks to all who have contributed because it makes it easier for a newly arriving angler to start fishing with confidence needed to catch fish on this huge lake.

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. 



June 15, 2017 - Launching at Hite

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Hi Wayne, as you can see from the pictures we launched my 19ft boat at Hite lask weekend (June 9-10). The water was 5ft deep at the dirt ramp and we had not problems launching. There is some debris in the water that you may have to move out of the way to get your trailer in but it was very doable. The water is very stained all the way to Red Canyon. That is as far down lake as we went. Red canyon was fishable with about 12-18 inches visibility.  We mostly fished in Farley and White with about the same visibility and did ok on Walleye, Crappie, and small mouth. Not fast fishing givin the windy conditions but ok. Lots of debris floating in the main lake so you need to be on the lookout. Water and wind was to bad to find any kind of slurping activity. But those looking to launch as Hite certainly can but fishing is limited to White, Farley, and further down lake than Red Canyon.

 

June 14, 2017 - Navajo stripers

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Made our annual trek to Lake Powell and fished June 6-9 with good success but not quite as many stripers as last year.  In five days of fishing, the four of us kept and filleted a little over 280 stripers, one walleye, and a few catfish including one in the ten pound class.  The stripers were not as active on the points behind the double islands in Navajo as in past years.  We certainly caught a few there but the bite was sporadic and would be good for an hour and then shut down.  We also found many thin fish there comprising about 33% of the catch which is high compared to the 12 prior week-long trips we have made each year in the past.  We made one run up to Last Chance and fishing there was very slow as well.  In the past, we trolled areas where we metered fish and once we hit a spot with active feeding fish, we would go to that location and try bait fishing. 

 

2017powell02Catch of stripers by trolling was also off a bit.  We were fortunate to run into an angler from Colorado who had found good fishing just outside the mouth of Navajo on the south side so on Thursday we tried that area and really did well having our best day with a full ice chest of 97 fish.  Only about 5% of the fish in this area were thin and the overall size was much better averaging about 2 pounds instead of a mixture of 1/2 pound fish with larger ones in other areas.  We found a number of crayfish in the stomachs of the stripers including quite a few juvenile crayfish we had not seen before.  On Friday morning out we did see some slurps at the junction of the main channel and Warm Water Bay.  We did not stop on the slurps due to quite a bit of boat traffic.  Bait fishing with anchovies was the most effective method.  We did try using striper chum and cut striper as bait but noted it was much less effective than anchovy.

 

Todd Tognazzini, Paso Robles, CA

 

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6-14-2017 - Slurping schools

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For what it's worth-
We went out to Warm Creek, way to the back left side and set up on shore for a catfishing evening. Caught only a few on worms but had a real nice evening anyway.
When we were at the cleaning station near stateline we talked with two guys from the valley and they were cleaning 40 stripers that they caught buy the dam on chovies and rubber tails.
My next door neighbor here in Greenehaven went out earlier in the day and came across 3 striper boils. One up by Cookie Jar and two in Wahweap Bay before noon. Said there were hundreds of fish in each and lots of jumpin out of the water. They don't fish!
Now the bad news, its gonna get hot from here on out! :-)
For what it's worth-We went out to Warm Creek, way to the back left side and set up on shore for a catfishing evening. Caught only a few on worms but had a real nice evening anyway.
When we were at the cleaning station near stateline we talked with two guys from the valley and they were cleaning 40 stripers that they caught buy the dam on chovies and rubber tails.My next door neighbor here in Greenehaven went out earlier in the day and came across 3 striper boils. One up by Cookie Jar and two in Wahweap Bay before noon. Said there were hundreds of fish in each and lots of jumpin out of the water. They don't fish!
Now the bad news, its gonna get hot from here on out! :-)
 

June 10, 2017 - SJ to Escalante

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We just came home from a wonderful week on Lake Powell. With the rising water we found out it was difficult to find a camp spot with all the houseboats in many of our favorite spots. We made camp across from Ribbon Canyon for 4 nights and fished from mouth of San Juan up to Escalante. As usual the SMB fishing was great but a lot of them were dinks. We saw a couple of slurps in the area but couldn't get close enough to fish them but still caught a number of lone stripers.  My husband caught the lunker LMB in the picture just west of Cottonwood canyon on an inlet wall, that was a thrill. We also caught a number of Walleye in that area. We moved to Dangling Rope area after that and fished that area for two days. On the way there we came upon two slurps between Rainbow Bridge and Cathedral Canyon we did manage to fish those and landed several stripers. The other LMB I caught just west of Dangling Rope close to shore in rocks & brush that was another big thrill! The fishing seemed to be better in the afternoons until the wind came up which made fishing a challenge to say the least. Lots more wind for the weekend so we headed home. We caught 21 Walleye, unfortunately none with tags, 14 stripers, and 12 LMB using Yamamoto 5" single tail grubs in White/silver flake and 4" shad colored tubes with 1/4 or 1/2 ounce jig heads.

We fished from on shore to 30 ft. deep wherever we found structure, brush, or shelves. It was a great trip a little warm in the middle of the day so we went trolling, but the nights were wonderful. Thanks again Wayne for the great website!

 

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June 10, 2017 -San Juan Trip

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Hi Wayne:

My family and I had another great trip to Lake Powell from May 27 to June 4.  On the first day we pushed from Antelope Point all the way to the San Juan Arm.  We have gone there for over 30 years and love the remoteness and the beauty of the area.  The fishing is always good there too. The fishing was great this year as well.  During the first part of the week we did not see too much surface action.  We trolled and graphed along several canyon walls that produced for us in prior years and they did not let us down this year.  Your tips on reading our fish finders really helped. We found three areas of big schools and the fish were mostly prevalent about 50 to 100 feet. The fish were in these areas all week. We would typically troll through the areas we saw the schools on the graphs to see if anything would hit.  We would usually pick off a couple while trolling and they seemed to like my cousin, Justin’s, red rattle trap the best.  He would hook up on almost every pass and the rest of us would hook, but with less frequency.  We trolled other colors of rattle traps, spoons, different crankbaits, as well as a white fly now and again.  We hooked up with all the lures, but the red rattle trap gave the most consistent results.  redentwoAfter trolling through the schools a bit, we would return and jig off the bottom and threw anchovies a few times.  We caught some nice fish doing this and it was great fun.  We would often hook up and then a number of fish would chase the fish up we caught.  They would chase it all the way to the boat.  We did a few double hookups by reeling up next to whoever caught a fish.

We caught a number of Walleye while trolling and I caught one real nice one on a rattle trap while trolling (picture attached).  I threw him back so he/she can continue to get bigger.  In fact, we threw all the Walleye back.

Toward the end of the week the noticed the fish were schooling up vigorously and chasing shad.  We chased the boils and did fairly well, but the stripers were a bit finicky compared to prior years and what we typically experience later in the year.  Small spoons worked much better than the larger ones.  We found that a ¾ oz. chrome Kastmaster worked the best on the boils.

Finally, I had an interesting experience.  I have had a chrome colored rattle trap and trolled it for years on the lake and had never caught a single fish with it.  I had pretty much given up on it and it usually just sits in my tackle box.  Since the stripers were hitting my cousin’s rattle trap so much I decided to give it a try this year.  I trolled with it for less than five minutes and then all of a sudden my pole went WHAM and the drag spun like crazy.  At first I thought I must have had a big hog on there, but it was weird as I reeled it in.  It would fight for a second and then would switch to feeling like I had hooked a branch or big group of weeds.  I wasn’t sure what I had.  As I reeled it in I noticed I had caught two stripers, one was hooked on the front hook and the other on the back hook.  They were working against each other as I reeled it in so it did not feel like a normal fish.  Picture attached.

We truly love Lake Powell and will have our second trip of the season in September.  Thanks for a great website Wayne.  My cousins and I sit in our offices and pull up your site on a regular basis to see what people are catching and it really helps us get through the bad days and the boring meetings.

Sincerely,

Brent W. Reden

California

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June 6, 2017 - Buoy 25 Cove

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Doepke fishing from Phx - spent three days (6/3 - 6/5) fishing MM25 spot. The striper bite is wide open all day long on anchovies. Fish where the cliff enters the water and then go in one point and stay in 50' of water. Stripers are 20-30 down and stacked up. If you don't like anchovy fishing I did pretty good using swim baits also.

 

Catching is good as it gets right now in that spot.

 

May 6. 2017 -Stripers at the dam

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We fished Friday and Saturday along the walls by the Dam. We arrived at the dam around 9-10 am both days.On Friday we fished the west wall all morning and when things slowed down we moved over to the east wall and the opposite on Saturday. We were fishing for Striped bass and really just wanting to get out of the house now that remodel projects are complete! Our style... was simply slow troll along back and forth about 30' off the wall and pitch to the wall and let it pendulum swing back to the boat. Some times the fish would actually bring it back to the boat for us:) Some times they would grab it at no more than 10' deep and sometimes they would wait until it stopped the drop. We found that a tight line was best to feel the slightest bump and set the hook. We watched as many boats pulled up fished awhile with little success and then left. The bite is so soft right now that most of the guys (and gals) that stuck their rods in rod holders probably wouldn't even know they had a bite;) We actually even caught fish not more than 2 minutes after boats pulled away without success. We held the rod in hand to "feel" the bite. The rise and fall of the boat from the waves along those walls is simply too much to see a bite the way they were this past weekend in my opinion. Not a lot of meat on them right now as you know. We managed to get 4 gallons of fillets in the two days. I'm sharing this in hopes that others will help us slim down the stripe population to help them grow.

phillipfaulk2One anchovy on a 1/4 oz jig rigged just behind the eye socket, no chumming, tight line, rod in hand, 10-40' deep and lots of ice water for the veins and sunscreen was what worked for us.

45 striped bass on Friday and 40 stripped bass on Saturday but we ran out of anchovies and decided to go take a nap.

Also caught 4 catfish and 4 small mouth on Saturday of which went back in to grow for another day. 

Dylan Williams & Phillip Faulk

Page, Arizona

 

May 5, 2017 - Walleye GHB to Bullfrog

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The Vosika family my son Ben and my brother Larry and  his son Jermey who we surprise my brother at bull frog marina getting gas  with his son just showing up from California .
We camp together before memorial weekend we stayed at the lake 5 Days .
Caught walleyes  up-and-down the channel walls. Walleyes were caught in 10 feet of water and the next range was 25' . We were able to jig ,cast cranks and worm harness them to eat . We did bring 750 night crawlers with and left with a dozen or two.
We had only one walleye over 25" all others 16-18"
The colors of choice was like looking into a large box of crayons with all them colors as just picking one .
Blue ,white , orange were working the best. We caught fish From halls crossing ,knolls, cedar canyon, seven mile and before good hope.
We did keep 200 walleyes that were brought home for family and friends to enjoy.

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The Vosika family, my son Ben and my brother Larry and  his son Jermey, who were surprised by my brother at bull frog marina getting gas with his son just showing up from California. We camped together before memorial weekend and stayed at the lake 5 Days.  We caught walleye up-and-down the channel walls. Walleyes were caught in 10 feet of water and the next range was 25'. We were able to jig, cast cranks and worm harnesses for them to eat.

We did bring 750 night crawlers with and left with a dozen or two. We had only one walleye over 25" all others 16-18". The color of choice was like looking into a large box of crayons with all them colors and just picking one.  Blue, white, orange were working the best. We caught fish From halls crossing, knolls, cedar canyon, seven mile and before Good Hope.We did keep 200 walleyes that were brought home for family and friends to enjoy.

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May 30, 2017 - WAE at Bullfrog to Cedar

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Hey Wayne,
As promised here's the report from our trip over Memorial Weekend.  Trip dynamics are always a whole lot different when you have a surplus of younger kids and extra people.  This prevented us from being on the water early and for as long as I normally would too.  With that in mind we primarily fished for stripers at the mouth of halls and walleye from bullfrog to cedar.  We caught about 40 stripers during the trip, most were caught at the entrance to halls and the rest were caught by accident while bouncing jigs for walleye.  We did well on walleye for 2 days by chasing shade in the main channel between bullfrog and cedar.  Really any part of the channel that had anything other than slick rock held walleye.  We used 3/8 ounce jig heads with any brand of brown or green single tail grubs.  We also tipped our jigs with a small piece of crawler.  I'll send a couple pics.  Thanks Wayne

As promised here's the report from our trip over Memorial Weekend.  Trip dynamics are always a whole lot different when you have a surplus of younger kids and extra people.  This prevented us from being on the water early and for as long as I normally would too.  With that in mind we primarily fished for stripers at the mouth of halls and walleye from bullfrog to cedar.  We caught about 40 stripers during the trip, most were caught at the entrance to halls and the rest were caught by accident while bouncing jigs for walleye.  We did well on walleye for 2 days by chasing shade in the main channel between bullfrog and cedar.  Really any part of the channel that had anything other than slick rock held walleye.  We used 3/8 ounce jig heads with any brand of brown or green single tail grubs.  We also tipped our jigs with a small piece of crawler.  Here is a picture.

 

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May 29, 2017 - Southern Smallmouth bass

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The first fishing trip of the year always brings a lot of excitement and anxiousness to me. The excitement is getting on the water to catch those first fish of the year. The anxiousness comes from wondering if all my equipment is working correctly. Of course, since that first trip is usually in the spring there’s always concern about the weather. Longtime fishing partner, John Conrad, and I experienced a little bit of all that last week. We experienced the excitement of catching a lot of fish, a problem with a piece of equipment and a weather issue that cut our fishing a day short.

On Tuesday, with a forecast of sunny weather and light winds, we motored up to Last Chance Bay to begin our season. The two new depth finders I had installed this year worked beautifully, and the weather, as advertised, was fine. The only problem was the fishing. It was much slower than we would have figured for the third week in May. We fished two coves with large flats which I thought would be full of spawning fish, but there just didn’t seem to be large numbers of fish either on or near the flats. We worked up against the bank, out in the middle, right on the edges and down off the first big drops. We did catch fish, just not the numbers we had anticipated. We decided to move from the big coves in Last Chance to some smaller ones down behind Gregory Butte. It had been several years since I’d fished that area, but both John and I had considerable success there back in 2004-2006. Things remained about the same initially as we were fishing large flats, however we found much better success later in the afternoon as we worked into some steeper, deeper coves with shorter flats and points. That change in topography seemed to work as we caught as many fish the last two hours as we had all day. Our final tally was 46 smallmouths and one striper. I lost one of the bigger largemouth I’ve hooked in a while when it jumped and threw the hook, and I had the hook come out of a nice walleye right at the boat.

jconrad13There was no consistent pattern all day concerning depth. We took some fish in just a few feet of water, however we caught quite a few from 20 down to 30 feet. In fact, in three consecutive drops right below the boat I took three nice smallmouth at 15 feet, 20 feet and 30 feet. Most of the fish came between 10 and 15 feet.

Wednesday we decided to stay closer to home and fished a rocky bay on the north side of the main channel just above the mouth of Warm Creek. This bay has often been a good producer, however the results Wednesday were mixed. We found pods of fish here and there, but there was no consistency. There was also no size as our biggest smallmouths were only about a pound. We ran down below the mouth of Navajo Canyon where my neighbor Dave Tomes told us he’d been catching good numbers of smallmouths. Dave’s advice was good as we immediately started catching fish. Most of these fish, even those along the steepest structure, were fairly shallow, five to 15 feet. The key was pitching a lure back into the little cuts and notches along the cliffs. A successful presentation in one of these areas invariably brought a strike. The fish averaged a bit larger here than at our first stop, too. We worked all the way up to the mouth of Navajo, crossed it and worked  some more shore above it. The action was steady all the way with us rarely going than just a few minutes between strikes. We finished the day with 102 smallmouths, one largemouth, one striper and one channel cat.

We intended to fish Thursday morning, but when we arrived at the State Line launch ramp the wind was howling. We drove over to the main ramp by Wahweap Marina and looked down lake. Seeing lots of white caps we decided it best to call it a trip as far as fishing was concerned. We both agreed that 10-15 years ago we would have launched, but at our ages we felt no desire to fight the wind. Watching the wind get worse as the day went on, we knew we’d made the right decision. As it turned out, this was not the worst thing that could have happened. The winch on my boat trailer had not working properly as I had a hard time getting it to catch after loading the boat Wednesday afternoon. We tried working on it some back at my Greenehaven mobile before deciding the catch was broken. We removed the winch and drove into Page purchasing a new one at Walmart. We then successfully installed it, so the day was not a total waste. We would rather have been fishing, however, as I could have dealt with the winch another time. Nevertheless it was good that we resolved this problem.

Overall, we felt we had a successful trip. We were somewhat disappointed in the overall size of the smallmouths with our biggest ones running 1 1/2 pounds or so. We were also disappointed we didn’t land any walleyes. They’re usually quite active in May, and my partners and I usually catch several during this time of year. We did not find the fish much in the mood to chase as the slower the presentation the better. We fished entirely with soft plastics on drop shot rigs in both horizontal and vertical presentations. The best presentation was slow as possible. In fact, seven times John got strikes while his sinker was hung in the rocks. Several times the fish pulled the sinker out and John was able to land them. This is not unusual as I’ve had that happen many times over the years. In fact, it was this very thing that got me to slow my presentations which, I believe, has led to more success. My go to bait, the Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm, continued its dominance on Lake Powell smallmouths, however I think any reasonable soft plastic lure would have worked.

While the weather issue and the equipment problem were frustrating, we did catch a lot of fish. It really felt good to feel something pulling on the end of a line after many long months of not fishing. Hopefully this will be another great year for Lake Powell fishing!

 

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