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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. 



March 23, 2017 - Stripers biting at Dam

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We have had some unsetteled weather with more to come this week.  I went to the fish cleaning station today to check on the status of the striper factory down at the dam. Two boats were checked cleaning stripers.  The first group caught 75 stripers in 4 hours of fishing.  The second group of boaters only had 30 but fishing time was less.  

The hot spot remains at the west wall near the buoy line.  These anglers were not fishing right at the buoys but further up the wall near the chain link fence that overhangs the wall. Both were using anchovies and fishing was good all morning.  

 Expect stripers to stay active near the dam for the rest of the month. 

 

March 23, 2017 - Grubs work well for many species

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Several readers contacted me last week asking about conditions on Lake Powell.
Here is an example from Mike, who didn’t share his last name. “I am so ready to fish Lake Powell this spring, what do you think the fish will eat?”
Since I just returned from our B.A.S.S. spring qualifying tournament held last week in Bullfrog, I can tell you that grubs of all shapes and sizes are the baits of choice for great anglers.
In the spring on Lake Powell, several species of fish become quite active at the same time. Stripers are getting ready for their annual spawn and are actively seeking and sometimes finding shad in the backs of small and large coves in clear, stained and muddy water. Stripers (as I’ve written before) oft times overstay their welcome in canyons and bays and become very hungry after the schools of shad they chased into their “traps” are either eaten or somehow escape after a time.
Stripers that are left behind begin to forage just like bass, but in my opinion don’t have the same skillset for rummaging on the bottom for crayfish, blue gills or sunfish. They become fascinated by any moving bait and will attack almost anything reeled passed them.
Just last week I caught 20 stripers while practicing for our tournament and did so on four lures: a 6-inch jerkbait, a 3-inch crankbait, and a 3.5-inch single- or double-tailed grub. And the more aggressive bites came on grubs.
Walleyes are just concluding their spawn and crappies are schooling near the backs of spawning coves. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are just now making nests and will begin to spawn in earnest over the next week or two. When you include blue gills in the discussion, six species of fish will choose to eat grubs rather than almost any other baits or lures that anglers choose.
Grub fishing is one of the oldest methods of catching fish. A soft plastic body is threaded on a ball head jig hook and the lure is then thrown out and reeled in so that the grub “swims its way back to the shore or boat.”
The beautiful part of fishing a grub is that almost anyone can learn how to do it with minimum teaching and training. While other methods, including but not limited to jerkbaits, drop shots, crankbaits or spinnerbaits, require significant time on the water to refine one’s skills, casting grubs is done by simply tossing them out and reeling them back fast or slow or in a yo-yo manner. Period.
In last week’s tournament I drew a co-angler each day from among the participants to fish from the back deck of my boat. All three of my co-anglers caught fish and two of the three caught their five-fish limit each day and used grubs almost exclusively, a testament to their value as viable lures.

Several readers contacted me last week asking about conditions on Lake Powell.

Here is an example from Mike, who didn’t share his last name. “I am so ready to fish Lake Powell this spring, what do you think the fish will eat?”

Since I just returned from our B.A.S.S. spring qualifying tournament held last week in Bullfrog, I can tell you that grubs of all shapes and sizes are the baits of choice for great anglers.

In the spring on Lake Powell, several species of fish become quite active at the same time. Stripers are getting ready for their annual spawn and are actively seeking and sometimes finding shad in the backs of small and large coves in clear, stained and muddy water. Stripers (as I’ve written before) oft times overstay their welcome in canyons and bays and become very hungry after the schools of shad they chased into their “traps” are either eaten or somehow escape after a time.

Stripers that are left behind begin to forage just like bass, but in my opinion don’t have the same skillset for rummaging on the bottom for crayfish, blue gills or sunfish. They become fascinated by any moving bait and will attack almost anything reeled passed them.

Just last week I caught 20 stripers while practicing for our tournament and did so on four lures: a 6-inch jerkbait, a 3-inch crankbait, and a 3.5-inch single- or double-tailed grub. And the more aggressive bites came on grubs.

Walleyes are just concluding their spawn and crappies are schooling near the backs of spawning coves. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are just now making nests and will begin to spawn in earnest over the next week or two. When you include blue gills in the discussion, six species of fish will choose to eat grubs rather than almost any other baits or lures that anglers choose.

Grub fishing is one of the oldest methods of catching fish. A soft plastic body is threaded on a ball head jig hook and the lure is then thrown out and reeled in so that the grub “swims its way back to the shore or boat.”

The beautiful part of fishing a grub is that almost anyone can learn how to do it with minimum teaching and training. While other methods, including but not limited to jerkbaits, drop shots, crankbaits or spinnerbaits, require significant time on the water to refine one’s skills, casting grubs is done by simply tossing them out and reeling them back fast or slow or in a yo-yo manner. Period.

In last week’s tournament I drew a co-angler each day from among the participants to fish from the back deck of my boat. All three of my co-anglers caught fish and two of the three caught their five-fish limit each day and used grubs almost exclusively, a testament to their value as viable lures.

Some used white or pearl while others stayed with green pumpkin or brown as base colors and coupled them with 1/8- to 1/2-ounce ball- or football-head jigs. In fact, on two consecutive days, while I threw crankbaits, my co-anglers were catching more fish than I by “dragging” their grubs behind the boat. One angler caught three keepers before I caught a single fish.

If I were to make a trip to Lake Powell in the next month, I would start and finish my fishing adventure with a couple of rods and reels and two different colors of grubs ready for action. Then, I would travel to the backs of any and all small or large coves or bays and cast grubs to any structure such as rocks, brush or grass and carefully reel them in, varying the retrieve until the fish tell me which way they want the presentation: slow, fast, or somewhere in between.

Lake Powell will rise at least 30 feet this year and it will begin rising in the next 30 days. Now is a great time to visit one of my personal 10 wonders of the world. And do it with grub.

 

March 18, 2017 - Stripers on bait Wm Creek

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Went to the back of Warm Creek 3/17 looking to see if we could wake up some catfish. BTW, 13 feet of water in the cut right now but stay in the middle exiting north bound as there are a couple of fingers coming out left and right that show yellow water due to shallows there. YELLOW WATER-BEWARE!

Didn't find any catfish. We sat on shore and enjoyed the great weather. We went to the sandy area facing north and spent a nice few hours.

What did we catch you ask?

Nothing but stripers! Up to about 22 inches, all somewhat skinny. Not real bad skinny but obviously needing food. Our baits were soaking on the bottom in about 12 feet of water sloping to 25-30 80 yds off shore. This might be a good area to try trolling in somewhat near shore.

Going out Sunday to the dam to see if we can gin up some more stripers.

We live where others come for vacation!!!!

 

March 15, 2017 - Chains striper catching

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On the way home from work tonight I stopped at the Wahweap Fish Cleaning station and got a great report. A family from Prescott was there with about 30 stripers which they caught from shore after walking down from the Chains Parking lot near the dam.  They found a ledge at the waters edge with an underwater flat about 30 feet deep. They cast out anchovy bait from shore and caught fish steadily from noon to 2:30 PM.  It looks like bait fishing at the dam by boat and from the shore is now happening well.  
 

March 11, 2017 - 5 species

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tslmbAs usual your fishing report is spot-on Wayne. My 9 year old son, my brother and his wife, and I took your advice and fished the green water in the back of several Canyons yesterday and caught 5 species of fish. We initially started trolling for stripers about 10:30am and had limited  success so we started using bass fishing tactics and casting crank baits towards the shore in 25 to 30 feet of water and started catching Smallmouth  immediately.

We picked up several stripers and a 3lb hen walleye using this same tactic. Action slowed, so we moved to the next canyon and started throwing crank baits and soft plastics around chunk rock in 10 to 30 ft of water and picked up some more smallies and a few large mouth. As the afternoon shadows began to appear on the water we found a school of stripers feeding in about 30 ft of water and caught them on about everything we cast. We found that the medium to small fish were much healthier and gave better fillets than the large fish. Thanks again for a very accurate and specific report that allowed us to know where and how to catch fish and spend our short one day trip catching rather than searching.


Todd Shakespeare, Cedar City Utah

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 11 March 2017 19:17
 

March 8. 2017 - Walleye video -Smith Fork

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February 6, 2017 - Don Allphin - Daily Herald

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I once again returned to Lake Powell to continue my wintertime fun on the water.
Notice I wrote “water” and not “ice." I am officially tired of our northern Utah winter and can’t wait for a wet and wild spring.
Actually, I will be ice fishing later this week and will report on my success next column. In the meantime though, Brent Daybell, my friend from West Jordan, and I spent two incredible days on Lake Powell catching fish while many Utahns struggled to dig out of snow banks.
We arrived at the Bullfrog just after 9 a.m., checked in to the Defiance Lodge, brushed the snow and ice off the boat cover and did so in 45-degree temperatures -- a huge difference from the 9 degrees we left on the top of Soldier Summit.
Our goals on this trip were to find stripers, walleyes and possibly crappies as we continued to learn more about this wintertime fishing bonanza. Remember, I only began fishing Lake Powell in the winter in 2016. As with our previous visits, we rarely saw another boat and only two other trailers were parked in the lot closest to the launch ramp.
We went north from Bullfrog to the canyons just beyond Moki. As we entered each canyon I became glued to my fish finder, watching both the depth and the fish activity. That meant that I didn’t travel too fast once we began our search.
Fish finders work better when you are moving no faster than 5 mph. If I know a canyon is very deep (over 100 feet) all the way to the back, I won’t slow down and start my search until the water depth is about the 80-foot level.
On the very first stop, on the outside step up from 70 to 50 feet of water, we made a breakthrough that changed our goals and our activities for the rest of the trip. I noticed a series of straight horizontal lines showing on my finder, all of which were surrounding a vertical “blob” that appeared on the screen. The horizontal lines “had” to be fish and they hovered in 20 to 30 feet of water.
I dropped down my white 1/2-ounce spoon and immediately caught a fish, a huge crappie (one of the best eating fish in the universe). Most of the time, I see trees on my finder and look for small circles that could appear to be ornaments on the underwater tree when I locate crappies, but not this time. Schools of crappies surrounded schools of shad seeking refuge in the middle of some old cottonwoods adorning the back of the canyon.
Both of us caught several crappies while waiting for the stripers to get excited. In all, we fileted enough fish to fill several quart bags that included stripers, crappies and walleyes. But the real discovery was learning how to specifically target crappies in each and every canyon in which we fished.
If you would like to duplicate or recreate our trip, here is what you need to do. First, book a room at either Ticaboo or Defiance Lodge, and try to arrive mid-morning on day one. Then, go north and try each canyon between Bullfrog and Good Hope Bay. Follow the instructions to locate fish in 20 to 70 feet of water and use spoons lighter than one ounce to drop directly to the fish. If you are on the bottom and see fish suspended above your lure, bring it up to the fish.
Once you find fish, attempt to stay on them for the rest of your trip. Don’t leave fish to find fish … it’s really that simple.
Wintertime on the ice can be a lot of fun, but it simply can’t compare to 50-degree daytime temperatures and the quiet beauty of experiencing Lake Powell without the tourists. Oh, and the fishing is pretty good too!

 Brent Daybell, my friend from West Jordan, and I spent two incredible days on Lake Powell catching fish while many Utahns struggled to dig out of snow banks.

We arrived at the Bullfrog just after 9 a.m., checked in to the Defiance Lodge, brushed the snow and ice off the boat cover and did so in 45-degree temperatures -- a huge difference from the 9 degrees we left on the top of Soldier Summit.
Our goals on this trip were to find stripers, walleyes and possibly crappies as we continued to learn more about this wintertime fishing bonanza. Remember, I only began fishing Lake Powell in the winter in 2016. As with our previous visits, we rarely saw another boat and only two other trailers were parked in the lot closest to the launch ramp.

We went north from Bullfrog to the canyons just beyond Moki. As we entered each canyon I became glued to my fish finder, watching both the depth and the fish activity. That meant that I didn’t travel too fast once we began our search.
Fish finders work better when you are moving no faster than 5 mph. If I know a canyon is very deep (over 100 feet) all the way to the back, I won’t slow down and start my search until the water depth is about the 80-foot level.

On the very first stop, on the outside step up from 70 to 50 feet of water, we made a breakthrough that changed our goals and our activities for the rest of the trip. I noticed a series of straight horizontal lines showing on my finder, all of which were surrounding a vertical “blob” that appeared on the screen. The horizontal lines “had” to be fish and they hovered in 20 to 30 feet of water.

I dropped down my white 1/2-ounce spoon and immediately caught a fish, a huge crappie (one of the best eating fish in the universe). Most of the time, I see trees on my finder and look for small circles that could appear to be ornaments on the underwater tree when I locate crappies, but not this time. Schools of crappies surrounded schools of shad seeking refuge in the middle of some old cottonwoods adorning the back of the canyon.

Both of us caught several crappies while waiting for the stripers to get excited. In all, we fileted enough fish to fill several quart bags that included stripers, crappies and walleyes. But the real discovery was learning how to specifically target crappies in each and every canyon in which we fished.

If you would like to duplicate or recreate our trip, here is what you need to do. First, book a room at either Ticaboo or Defiance Lodge, and try to arrive mid-morning on day one. Then, go north and try each canyon between Bullfrog and Good Hope Bay. Follow the instructions to locate fish in 20 to 70 feet of water and use spoons lighter than one ounce to drop directly to the fish. If you are on the bottom and see fish suspended above your lure, bring it up to the fish.

Once you find fish, attempt to stay on them for the rest of your trip. Don’t leave fish to find fish … it’s really that simple.
Wintertime on the ice can be a lot of fun, but it simply can’t compare to 50-degree daytime temperatures and the quiet beauty of experiencing Lake Powell without the tourists. Oh, and the fishing is pretty good too!

For more information just drop me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

January 10, 2017 - Calm fishing at Bullfrog

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Fished out of Bullfrog Jan. 4-7. Several of us try to get together every January for an annual fishing adventure. Every year it is a great time. We were joined again this year by a crew from “Outdoors with Adam Eakle”. A Television program on KSL that airs at 6:30 PM on Saturdays in the Salt Lake viewing area. The plan is to show this adventure on January 21st.
We left temperatures below zero and enjoyed temps in the 20’s and 30’s on the water. Some anglers think that having ice in the eyelets of a fishing pole is ice fishing, others think fishing in the 20’s is nearly tropical. It is a perspective kind of thing. But really if the fish cooperate the temperature is not too important.
We caught fish in Bullfrog Bay with spoons, anchovies and a few trolling. In Halls Creek with spoons and anchovies. There were also fish caught in Moki on anchovies I think. The quickest catching was early mornings. I always launched later in the mornings after the sun started to warm things up a little. Except Thursday. Little sun and lots of wind kept me off the water working on other tasks.
Every evening there was a lot of filleting that needed to be done. In my boat we did not keep up but still landed 18 stripers on Wednesday. 12 on Friday. 17 on Saturday. Great fillets on all but 5. North of Dome Rock is where most of the stripers seemed to be caught in 25 to 55 feet of water.
Of note to me: the stripers caught on spoons seemed to be a little closer to the bottom than usual and just a little harder to set the hook on unless concentrating. Spoons tied directly to powerpro or fluro seemed to make little difference to the fish this trip. At least later in the day when we were on the water. One angler discovered a stout fillet knife he says works better than an electric one. I only noticed two boats the entire time that were not a part of our group. One an I/O having cold weather trouble and one rental. We saw coyotes on the shore and fox just hanging around. It was fun to see some fox up close. Walleyes were caught in other boats but we did not take the time to try. Should have as we wasted those nightcrawlers.  Marty Peterson.
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Fished out of Bullfrog Jan. 4-7. Several of us try to get together every January for an annual fishing adventure. Every year it is a great time. We were joined again this year by a crew from “Outdoors with Adam Eakle”. A Television program on KSL that airs at 6:30 PM on Saturdays in the Salt Lake viewing area. The plan is to show this adventure on January 21st.


We left the marina with temperatures below zero and enjoyed temps in the 20’s and 30’s on the water. Some anglers think that having ice in the eyelets of a fishing pole is ice fishing, others think fishing in the 20’s is nearly tropical. It is a perspective kind of thing. But really if the fish cooperate the temperature is not too important.


mpcalm1We caught fish in Bullfrog Bay with spoons, anchovies and a few trolling. In Halls Creek with spoons and anchovies. There were also fish caught in Moki on anchovies I think. The quickest catching was early mornings. I always launched later in the mornings after the sun started to warm things up a little. Except Thursday. Little sun and lots of wind kept me off the water working on other tasks.


Every evening there was a lot of filleting that needed to be done. In my boat we did not keep up but still landed 18 stripers on Wednesday. 12 on Friday. 17 on Saturday. Great fillets on all but 5. North of Dome Rock is where most of the stripers seemed to be caught in 25 to 55 feet of water.


mpcalm2Of note to me: the stripers caught on spoons seemed to be a little closer to the bottom than usual and just a little harder to set the hook on unless concentrating. Spoons tied directly to powerpro or fluro seemed to make little difference to the fish this trip. At least later in the day when we were on the water. One angler discovered a stout fillet knife he says works better than an electric one. I only noticed two boats the entire time that were not a part of our group. One an I/O having cold weather trouble and one rental. We saw coyotes on the shore and fox just hanging around. It was fun to see some fox up close. Walleyes were caught in other boats but we did not take the time to try. Should have as we wasted those nightcrawlers.  

Marty Peterson.

 

January 31, 2016 - Last Chance New Years Celebration

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We visited Last Chance the day after Bob Reed reported his awesome fishing trip success. 

 

https://youtu.be/w00Iyinv_eY

 

lcgraph1We searched for deep stripers in 60 feet of water and found one small school on the graph.  They were cooperative when the spoons were deployed.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lcgraph2When a striper school is aware of other fish feeding they move toward the action.  The whole school arrives shortly after the first fish is caught.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

danalcOn this day the fish in deep water were not abundant so we went to shallow water in the back of the canyon.  We began by trolling medium running lures in 25 feet of water.  Hookups were quick with only about 2 minutes of trolling before the next fish was caught.  As that fish was reeled in we cast lures and caught more. When the fish moved under the boat we dropped spoons to the bottom at 20 feet.  Catching was continuous.  The fish were quickly loaded in the 150 quart cooler. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But some jumped out as the cooler filled up and landed on the floor and on a tackle box. That was okay. I think when a tackle box smells like fish the lures inside work better.

 

 

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December 3, 2016 - Trophy Striper

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Hey Wayne! Just thought I'd share this with you! Giant striper, really healthy caught in Wahweap.

Didn't have a scale on me but from the length and girth, it was easily 20lbs.

Danny Vine

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I was using a pepper custom jigs micro jig with a Yamamoto 4" double tail grub in about 4' of water.dvinesmb

 

I caught these other fish in about 20' of water with a swim bait.

 

Caught about 15 yesterday.

dvinebasslr

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 December 2016 18:41
 


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