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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.

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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. 



August 9, 2017 - Moki Boils

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Fished Monday morning, evening, and again Tuesday morning. Monday morning we found boils from Halls bouy field almost to Moki Canyon. We got a little of a late start and only boated around 30. They would go down around 10:00. Monday evening good boils in same place, several large groups which could be approached slowly without spooking. 7 boats ended up working these fish. Something I've never seen happened. These fish scattered totally across the main channel and did their own thing. Became almost impossible for a hookup but fish were everywhere feeding. I guess they lost the pack mentality.
Tuesday morning we caught them starting at the mouth of Moki. Good large boils, easy to approach.  They were moving up stream, and we just followed and overfilled the cooler. 11:00 was shutdown time again.  We saw on small boil on our way back to Bullfrog which we got 1 out of. 96 fish total in 7 hours of fishing. All were caught on super spooks with gold, red, and blue, with silver.  The gold seemed to be the favorite for them.

Fished Monday morning, evening, and again Tuesday morning. Monday morning we found boils from Halls bouy field almost to Moki Canyon. We got a little of a late start and only boated around 30. They would go down around 10:00. Monday evening good boils in same place, several large groups which could be approached slowly without spooking. 7 boats ended up working these fish. Something I've never seen happened. These fish scattered totally across the main channel and did their own thing. Became almost impossible for a hookup but fish were everywhere feeding. I guess they lost the pack mentality.

Tuesday morning we caught them starting at the mouth of Moki. Good large boils, easy to approach.  They were moving up stream, and we just followed and overfilled the cooler. 11:00 was shutdown time again.  We saw on small boil on our way back to Bullfrog which we got 1 out of. 96 fish total in 7 hours of fishing. All were caught on super spooks with gold, red, and blue, with silver.  The gold seemed to be the favorite for them.

 

August 7, 2017 - GHB to Forgotten

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Wayne, My Son and I fished mostly Good Hope last week and ended in Forgotten Canyon on Saturday Morning. Boils were sporadic at best in Good Hope all week but the fish that We did find were very willing to hit top waters as well as smaller swim baits when they went down. The best boils We found were in the main channel a couple miles above Knowles canyon on Friday in the middle of the day with 3-4 schools working one are for about an hour. Also Saturday morning in Forgotten was exceptional with a ton of fish working the top although the fish were not real well organized. We did real well on fish working right against the cliff walls. We even say catfish working the shad over against the walls. We found fish from the floating bathroom all the way back from about 7:30-9:00 non stop and they were still going when we had to leave to get the houseboat back to Bullfrog. The entire week was good for Small Mouth with ned rigs and drop shot working best for us. Very few small mouths would hit a top water which was interesting as we usually do very well on them early in the morning. We caught a few nice LM as well and my 10 year old Grand daughter landed a 5 lb Cat off the house boat. Over all the fishing was very good, not nonstop, but always good enough to make us smile. The stripers were as healthy as I've seen them in many years.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 August 2017 21:10
 

July 31, 2017 - San Juan stripers and bass

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I got a late start out of Flagstaff on Friday, July 28 and after a launchsvslures

from the Antelope ramp, a houseboat stop at Wahweap, and an ice cream float

stop at Dangling Rope, I was on my way to the San Juan after not seeing much

in the way of boils anywhere except for some "burps" here and there between

buoys 2 & 3 in the narrows by the dam. I finally ran into boils in Cha

Canyon Bay at 11:25 and was on them for 3 hours before they went down for

good. These were mostly just solid 3-4 lb fish that fought well, no dinks

but no big ones either. My boil baits as pictured were a KVD 'sexy shad'

with a weight strip on it to throw it further, a big 'whopper plopper',

again for distance but that lure worked best in the middle of the feeding

frenzy as it seemed to scare the outside single fish, and a 3/4 oz

Rattletrap that could cast a mile and either be retrieved quickly near the

surface or counted down to depth once the boil went down. I could always

catch at least 2 or 3 fish from each boil before they'd go down so these

fish were very cooperative! Good weather conditions of no wind and light

boat traffic along with high clouds made for almost ideal conditions

although it was still pretty hot to start with. The clouds lowered coming

down off Navajo Mountain and cooled things off and it looked like it would

only get better but the bite faded out by 2:30. Although the boils were only

25-50 fish groups, they were very numerous in a half mile circle with 5-6

different groups at all times. I wonder how long they'd been going before I

got there???

 

When the boils died I ran on up to the Neskahi Wash area and the smallies

welcomed me to their party with 12 fish for 12 cast to start on a 'Ned Rig'

and another 25 before the wind came out of nowhere at 4 to go from flat

water to whitecaps in a matter of minutes and the bite shut down. With the

rain and wind I decided to make a slow run back to Wahweap and check a few

places out on the way. With the 2-3 waves most of the way back I lost

interest in breaking out the trolling rods but did find a few fish on spoons

here and there.

 

I did get an early start on Sat morning but had some wind that wasn't

conducive to prime boil conditions so I decided to just work the southern

end of the lake and headed for the Padre Bay area, but with a slow drive

through I saw nothing on top so I headed over to the Buoy 25 wall and found

a few small boils that would go down quickly after one fish was caught. I

left here and went into Face Canyon without seeing anything before goingsvslmbsm

over to Dove Canyon and finding a side cut with little wind and some willing

stripers on top as well as some on spoons at 25-30', along with a fat cat,

(see pic) and a couple of the smallest bass I've ever caught! (see pics)

 

From Dove I headed over to Friendship Cove at 8 AM and was surprised to pass

over several small groups on top in the boat traffic/rougher water (buoy 31

area) but they'd go down quickly. Friendship only produced a few spoon fish

deeper and one quality LM bass on a TRD (see pic) up very shallow. A few

other small spoon fish on my way back in and I was headed back to Flag at

11:30.

 

Sam Sherwood

Mesa & Flag, AZ

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July 26, 2017 - Tapestry Wall

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Fishing for small mouth was extremely effective along Tapestry wall using a texas rigged 3" senko (with a small, 4 sized EWG hook and a 1/8oz sliding bullet weight) in green pumpkin with black fleck.

 

Biospawn 4.5" plasma tails (also green pumpkin) were even more effective rigged the same way.

 

At poison rock you can see 6-20" smallies on the rocks, and can frequently catch them off of either a texas rigged or wacky rigged green pumpkin 3" senko (they'll hit a bigger size, but hook up ratio is terrible unless you use something small).

 

Tube jigs were less effective than senkos, even using an identical color and retrieve.

 

July 20, 2017 - Bullfrog North

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We just got back as well....best fishing trip I have EVER had...even though we didn't have time to coordinate visiting with anyone like I wanted to...
Wish fished Moki wall with great success trolling a silver/blue thunder stick...we had good success down to about buoy 80 chasing boils. I CRUSHED the smallies Lost Eden and Annies...but our honey hole of the trip was Smith Fork Canyon across from Forgotten... the stripers, smallies, EVERYTHING were cast after cast in there... in the AMs and PMs, the stripers were pushing shad up again the rocks, and every cast was a fish.... this was from the mouth, all the way back, it was crazy good.
Need to get back down there soon...we went all the way up Iceberg, and neither BB or I even cast a line because of so much boat traffic!
We just got back....best fishing trip I have EVER had...even though we didn't have time to coordinate visiting with anyone like I wanted to...
We fished Moki wall with great success trolling a silver/blue thunder stick...we had good success down to about buoy 80 chasing boils. I CRUSHED the smallies Lost Eden and Annies...but our honey hole of the trip was Smith Fork Canyon across from Forgotten... the stripers, smallies, EVERYTHING were cast after cast in there... in the AMs and PMs, the stripers were pushing shad up again the rocks, and every cast was a fish.... this was from the mouth, all the way back, it was crazy good.
Need to get back down there soon...we went all the way up Iceberg, and neither BB or I even cast a line because of so much boat traffic!
 

July 18, 2017 North Lake Surface Activity

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Put in Thursday (late afternoon) below the main ramp at Hite because of Bruce's suggestion with no issues. Andrew and I drove the boat down to Farley while the rest of our group drove around in the truck, ran into slurps/boils at the mouth of Farley and boated about 30 in about half an hours time. They had them pinned on the bank and were still in the area without being on the surface. We met up and set up a nice little camp towards the end of the road in Farley, there was one other boating group back there but they left the next day. The last couple hours of Thursday we fished a few more much quicker slurps in Farley and hit some bank spots in White, the bank fishing was awful, even in the evening, I hooked into one Largemouth on a buzzbait and we caught another couple Smallmouth, we also didn't see any surface action late that night.
Friday morning had some cloud cover until about 9am which was nice, we chased many quick slurps in Farley and White, the slurps really liked a top water or smaller grub or tube, remember to cast in the direction they're heading or you'll miss them. We headed back to camp to process some fish, a Dutch lady who had gotten her van stuck on the other side of Farley came running over to our camp and asked for help, so a couple of us went to help her while we went back out. Mid morning was even better, bigger slurps and even some boils up against the bank, if you have your pick of slurp/boil I'd say go to the one closest to the bank, one boil in White had them split in two coves that were connected, so we just sat on the point and caught them from both coves for over half an hour. Lunch time things slowed down around White and Farley so we headed down lake. Mid afternoon the slurps started up again in the main bay by Castle Butte and towards the northwest banks. The last couple hours of the day we followed some huge boils that had shad pinned against the bank just by mile marker 126 I believe. They headed north and we would just follow them from cove to cove and they would erupt, it was an amazing site, I've never heard that kind of noise before with all of them (and so many of them) sucking shad right at the surface. Wind kicked up and we didn't want to drive through some debri in the dark so we headed back.
Saturday we tried following the same pattern, there was still lots of activity in Farley and White but not as much as Friday. We headed back down south a little earlier and found bigger slurps/boils just below Scorup that lasted pretty much all day long between mile marker 127-28 I believe. At numerous points that day you could look 360 degrees and see many different groups/schools slurping/boiling at the top. One thing that helped with so many going on was to pick one and chase/be by that one, if you just waited in that area they would usually pop back up soon enough, we caught more that way then chasing different ones after each would go down. Also remember to just keep casting in the area even if they aren't at the surface, we caught probably half our fish this way. Saturday had cloud cover from about 3pm to 6pm that afternoon so that might have helped as well?
Sunday we chased a few more into White and swam around Battleship rock (BTW water depth around it is 50-60 feet). We took out below the main ramp again with little issue. Many things worked on this trip (except the mouse lure my cousin used a boil just for fun ha ha), Nixon and I used a 3 inch candy strike king tube with a Gamakatsu jig head 90% of the time that was working well, buck tails, poppers, spooks, and grubs all were effective. Stripers and Shad are everywhere right now! It was probably the most consistent boil trip we've ever had. We never kept track but guesstimated at around 450-500 Stripers. I'd say it was 75% slurps and 25 boils. Stripers were all sizes and it was probably 60% healthy, 40 skinnier. Bank fishing was another story, we struggled when we tried it!? Maybe it was a timing thing but we didnt catch much of anything in the brush (which is everywhere) mid-day or even late? We did catch a few Largemouth early and late but that was it, usually even in the dead of summer a the smaller Largemouth will attack anything? Baby bass are everywhere tho so that was a good sign. We saw a few different sizes of shad, some were tiny, a quarter to half an inch and others were already more like two or three inches. Water temp was 82-84, water clarity was fine, Farley and White are green, there is more of a stained mud line with only a couple feet of visibility in front of Trachyte towards two mile, then green till Castle Butte again. Debri has mostly cleared but there are still some patches out there so be careful. The top of Good Hope and the Horn had a few different spots to watch out for wood wise. Best of luck! Thanks for everyone's input and advice, cant wait to get back in the fall.

Put in Thursday (late afternoon) below the main ramp at Hite because of Bruce's suggestion with no issues. Andrew and I drove the boat down to Farley while the rest of our group drove around in the truck, ran into slurps/boils at the mouth of Farley and boated about 30 in about half an hours time. They had them pinned on the bank and were still in the area without being on the surface. We met up and set up a nice little camp towards the end of the road in Farley, there was one other boating group back there but they left the next day. The last couple hours of Thursday we fished a few more much quicker slurps in Farley and hit some bank spots in White, the bank fishing was awful, even in the evening, I hooked into one Largemouth on a buzzbait and we caught another couple Smallmouth, we also didn't see any surface action late that night.

Friday morning had some cloud cover until about 9am which was nice, we chased many quick slurps in Farley and White, the slurps really liked a top water or smaller grub or tube, remember to cast in the direction they're heading or you'll miss them. We headed back to camp to process some fish, a Dutch lady who had gotten her van stuck on the other side of Farley came running over to our camp and asked for help, so a couple of us went to help her while we went back out. Mid morning was even better, bigger slurps and even some boils up against the bank, if you have your pick of slurp/boil I'd say go to the one closest to the bank, one boil in White had them split in two coves that were connected, so we just sat on the point and caught them from both coves for over half an hour. Lunch time things slowed down around White and Farley so we headed down lake. Mid afternoon the slurps started up again in the main bay by Castle Butte and towards the northwest banks. The last couple hours of the day we followed some huge boils that had shad pinned against the bank just by mile marker 126 I believe. They headed north and we would just follow them from cove to cove and they would erupt, it was an amazing site, I've never heard that kind of noise before with all of them (and so many of them) sucking shad right at the surface. Wind kicked up and we didn't want to drive through some debri in the dark so we headed back.

Saturday we tried following the same pattern, there was still lots of activity in Farley and White but not as much as Friday. We headed back down south a little earlier and found bigger slurps/boils just below Scorup that lasted pretty much all day long between mile marker 127-28 I believe. At numerous points that day you could look 360 degrees and see many different groups/schools slurping/boiling at the top. One thing that helped with so many going on was to pick one and chase/be by that one, if you just waited in that area they would usually pop back up soon enough, we caught more that way than chasing different ones after each would go down. Also remember to just keep casting in the area even if they aren't at the surface, we caught probably half our fish this way. Saturday had cloud cover from about 3pm to 6pm that afternoon so that might have helped as well?

Sunday we chased a few more into White and swam around Battleship rock (BTW water depth around it is 50-60 feet). We took out below the main ramp again with little issue. Many things worked on this trip (except the mouse lure my cousin used in a boil just for fun ha ha), Nixon and I used a 3 inch candy strike king tube with a Gamakatsu jig head 90% of the time that was working well, buck tails, poppers, spooks, and grubs all were effective. Stripers and Shad are everywhere right now! It was probably the most consistent boil trip we've ever had. We never kept track but guesstimated at around 450-500 Stripers. I'd say it was 75% slurps and 25 boils. Stripers were all sizes and it was probably 60% healthy, 40 skinnier.

Bank fishing was another story, we struggled when we tried it!? Maybe it was a timing thing but we didnt catch much of anything in the brush (which is everywhere) mid-day or even late? We did catch a few Largemouth early and late but that was it, usually even in the dead of summer the smaller Largemouth will attack anything? Baby bass are everywhere tho so that was a good sign. We saw a few different sizes of shad, some were tiny, a quarter to half an inch and others were already more like two or three inches. Water temp was 82-84, water clarity was fine, Farley and White are green, there is more of a stained mud line with only a couple feet of visibility in front of Trachyte towards two mile, then green till Castle Butte again. Debris has mostly cleared but there are still some patches out there so be careful. The top of Good Hope and the Horn had a few different spots to watch out for wood wise. Best of luck! Thanks for everyone's input and advice, cant wait to get back in the fall.

 

July 8, 2017 - Neanderthal Stripers

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Doepke Fishing Report

Steve Doepke, Tony & Connor Gilbert of Phoenix caught 290 striper in the Neanderthal area from Tuesday, 7/4 to Friday morning 7/7.

Wayne's fishing report was right on, the slurps have weakened from several weeks ago and the stripers were hungry and hitting good on bait.

Our targets areas were points in 40' of water near a drop offs. You need to use constant chum to locate and keep the school under the boat, but when the school stayed under the boat it was "game on" with double and triple hookups. Fish were healthier than two weeks ago and fought well. We used Carolina rigs with a small weight and 10lb fluorocarbon leader. Target depth was thirty feet deep, but once the school was going you could position your bait anywhere between 10 - 30'  to hookup.

 We had the pleasure to meet and fish with Mark Wollgast and family from Phoenix. Its always nice to meet other fisherman on the water and help each other catch fish.

Doepke fishing will be back in September!!!

 

July 6, 2017 - Powell, Dove to Dungeon Trip

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July 6, 2017 - Powell, Dove to Dungeon Trip
I took a SIL and grandson to Powell for half a day trip staying down south fishing from the Dove to Dungeon Canyon areas as I mostly did last week but while there were some fish in those areas again, neither the early TW bite nor the plastic nor the trolling bite was as good as last week so we only ended up with half as many for 3 guys that 1 produced last week, but one of today's fish was the nicest smallmouth anyone has ever put in my boat as my grandson Jax Gibbons of Gilbert landed this nice smallie pictured by trolling a shad colored DT10.
I've wondered for years where these bigger smallies are at and finally found one! I was able to spoon a few stripers in 25' that I couldn't do last week.
Sam Sherwood
Mesa, AZ

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I took a SIL and grandson to Powell for half a day trip staying down south fishing from the Dove to Dungeon Canyon areas as I mostly did last week but while there were some fish in those areas again, neither the early TW bite nor the plastic nor the trolling bite was as good as last week so we only ended up with half as many for 3 guys that 1 produced last week, but one of today's fish was the nicest smallmouth anyone has ever put in my boat as my grandson Jax Gibbons of Gilbert landed this nice smallie pictured by trolling a shad colored DT10.

I've wondered for years where these bigger smallies are at and finally found one! I was able to spoon a few stripers in 25' that I couldn't do last week.

Sam Sherwood

Mesa, AZ

Last Updated on Friday, 07 July 2017 07:32
 

July 5, 2017 - Dove to Dangling

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My new Flagstaff house cuts the distance from my Mesa home in half for getting to Powell but it's still tough to get on the water at first light but I did find some willing participants for top water when I arrived in the Dove Canyon area at 7:30 this morning. A TW popper worked on LM, SM, and stripers for 90 minutes and then the TRD Finesse 'Ned Rig' went to work for another 90 minutes in the same area and uplake toward Dungeon Canyon.

I also trolled a DT6 shad colored crank in the Dungeon Bay Area early afternoon after a Dangling Rope refreshment stop and after the plastic bite slowed down. The shallow trolling isn't as good right now with the bass staying deeper but I did catch some good smallies, LM and a walleye doing it. I used the Merc Verado trolling feature and ran the GPS speed at 3.2 mph. After not being to the lake for almost a year I forgot how rough the water can be in spots just from the busy boat traffic. Glad I went with the biggest boat Phoenix had to offer this time for my old back!

 

July 5, 2017 - Bullfrog Report

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My son and I got to fish over the 4th of July weekend.  We spent our time between Hall's Bay and Moki.  We figured it was a good omen when saw a boil from the ramp as we unloaded.  We fished for bass and stripers the first  day. We found a few boils/slurps and caught a few stripers out from the Bullfrog ramp.  We went to Stanton Canyon intending to fish for bass but ran into more stripers and chased them for a while.  The last part of the day we fished through the Hall's houseboats and Hall's Bay looking for stripers.  We didn't find fish around the houseboats, but we did in Hall's Bay.  We used silver Kastmasters almost exclusively.  We threw top water lures, but had no strikes. 

The second day we went up Bullfrog looking for boils.  We found a fair number of stripers, but couldn't get them to bite. By 9:30 the wind came up and added to the chop of the boats, we left Bullfrog and went to Moki and fished for bass.  We caught 2 walleyes. 1 bluegill, 1 LMB and about 40 SMB.  Most were caught on a Yamamoto green pumpkin double tail hula grub fished slowly 15 to 25 feet deep.  We caught a couple on a white Senko worm and one SMB on a Kastmaster.  We tried a couple other colors of grubs, but didn't catch fish with them.  We had our most success in rock piles we knew were there but are covered with water. 

The last day we went back to Bullfrog looking for boils.  We found lots of action.  We were on fish until about noon; about half boils and half slurps.  We found some groups of fish simply would not bite.  Other groups were automatic bites.  So we finally threw lures at a school a few times and if they didn't bite we moved on.  Again, we caught them exclusively on Kastmasters.  We caught about 50.  We had one really frustrating experience.  A boat cruising by was so close they went across my line and tangled it in their propeller.  We headed back to Moki to fish for bass and found numerous boils out from the Bullfrog ramp and caught a few more stripers.  We eventually made it to Moki and caught a few more bass. 

A thank you to my uncle who first took me to Lake Powell fifty-some years ago.  He passed away two weeks ago at 91 hooking up his boat to go fishing.

 


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