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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. 



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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Last Updated on Monday, 29 May 2017 14:15
 

May 26, 2017 - Bullfrog to San Juan

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My brother in law Derrick Longson and I (Mike Larsen) wore out our arms and shoulders catching every species of game fish in the lake earlier this week.  From Bullfrog to the debris flow coming down the San Juan we found and caught hordes of smallmouth,  tons of largemouth,  tasty walleye,  slurping stripers any time we wanted, and an occasional crappie.  Tubes, grubs,  Ned rigs, spinner baits, topwater,. . . it didn't matter.  . . . If you threw it,  the fish ate it,  sometimes fighting over the lure.  We tried to stop long enough on Tuesday to have a sandwich and the stripers started boiling next to my boat. We caught lots of  quality fish on the suface and down to 15 /20 feet, including some toads on very light gear and topwater.  

Great weather,  great fishing and had the place to ourselves. It didn't matter where we stopped,  we found fish and lots of them.

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Last Updated on Friday, 26 May 2017 07:04
 

May 24, 2017 - Halls Crossing bass

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We had a fantastic trip to Halls Crossing. We caught some nice small-mouth, large-mouth, and a few walleyes. Thank you for your help!!

I took my son-in-law. This was his 2nd trip to Lake Powell (his 1st trip was 3 weeks ago at Wahweap). This was our 1st time to Halls Crossing / Bullfrog area. My son-in-law is officially a Lake Powell fan!! The canyons up river are unbelievable and beautiful. We caught our fish on rock piles and at the end of canyon alleys. Tumble weeds at the end of canyon alleys = large mouth!

 We will be back in October.

 Thank you!

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May 23, 2017 - Rincon Stripers

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Spent a few days last week at the Rincon. Smallmouth bass were in every rocky spot and readily took tube jogs dropped along the drop offs and inched around the submerged boulders. Even caught my first walleye. 

Last minute tips from Howard Oatman and Steve Moore at Bullfrog helped me locate the stripers. They were hanging out just off Rincon's small island's west point. They congregated where the water took a quick dive from about 35' of water to 100', in the channel from the small feeder creek. The school seemed to be holding around the 45-60 foot range. An anchovy tipped jig and/or spoon cast out and allowed to swing back to the the kayak seemed to do the trick. Doubles on the kayak were pretty common and pretty exciting. The hardest part was the wind pushing and fish pulling me off of the spot.

The stringer pictured was the ones I kept for lunch that day.

Thanks again for all the work you do on this blog- it is extremely helpful and appreciated by many of us.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 18:38
 

May 22, 2017 - Buoy 25 Stripers

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Steve & Tom Doepke & Tony Gilbert all from Phoenix

Fished Friday, 5/19 - Sunday, 5/20.

 

Our grouped fished MM25 and caught 300 stripers on anchovies during our stay. Schools would come by and it would be non stop action and then they would move on only to return again. The cove was the most reliable but the bigger fish were on the point at the end of the cliff face. We used a 10lb floro leader on a Carolina rig at 30' with anchovies..

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 19:19
 

May 22, 2017 - Moki Stripers

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Here is a quick report from my trip last week, May 15-18. We got down to the lake Monday afternoon.  Weather was not so great, windy most of the week with a big storm on Wednesday.  We started the trip with some success trolling in Bullfrog bay area Monday afternoon. A few SMB, stripe bass, and walleye fell victim to the Rapala DT14 in Parrot color.

 

Tuesday was the best day for weather and fishing.  We started out trolling in Bullfrog bay and moved up lake towards the Moqui wall. We caught an assortment of walleye and SMB on a variety of Rapala, Storm and Strike king lures.  Blue and Chartreuse was the common hot color pattern for the day. We stopped at the Moqui wall and decided to drop some “chovies”. Very quickly we had 20 fish in the cooler, so we decided to try some of our other favorite spots on the lake.  We started to troll up Moqui canyon and caught a couple more stripers and walleyes.  Next was time to target some LMB.  We headed to the back of a few canyons with trees and stick ups.  We were not disappointed.  Senko’s were the hit for a mid-day snack according to the LMB.  Even one LMB was smart enough to rap the 10# braid around a tree to get away from the VMC wacky hook stuck in the roof of his mouth. Some stripers were caught in the back of Forgotten on crank baits in blue and silver flavor.  Even a catfish joined the party on a crank bait.  We decided we wanted to finish filling the cooler with stripers, so we headed back to Moqui wall.  It started off just the way we left it.  1/3 of a “Chovie” on an unweighted #2 circle hook, and it would only take 30- 45 seconds to get a hit. Cooler was full quickly and we were off to the cleaning station. Condition of the stripers was pretty good for the ones put into the cooler, and all of them went into the cooler.

 

Wednesday we started the morning at the Moqui wall bait fishing stripers.  When the fish made their circle around the corner we were parked on, the fishing was fast.  Within an hour or so we had the cooler most the way full.  The storm started to roll in so we retreated to Halls for some lunch.  By the time lunch was done we took our punishment and crossed to Bullfrog and called it a day.

 

Thursday we only had a couple hours to fish in the morning.  We targeted walleye.  We did pretty well trolling Rapala Shad Dancers in live bluegill.  That was the best lure of the morning.  I had a first on lake Powell,  I saw a very large beaver swimming in the cove where the ferry boat unloads on the Hall side.  Pretty cool to see.

 

All in all it was another good trip to the pond, despite the wind and weather. 

 

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May 17, 2017 - Great Bait at Bullfrog

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Wayne just a quick update on this last week fishing.  Stayed at bullfrog and fished around Moki, mouth of Halls creek, mouth of Hansen creek, they seemed to be the best but did catch fish most points we tried. We were targeting the points of the canyons. These fish were a mix of sizes and thickness, but most were fairly healthy.   It was Amazing striper fishing this week with bait.  We would chum the points of all these canyons and within minutes or less there were lots of willing stripers.  All rods were bending and it got a little crazy at times.  We were averaging over 100 stripers a day with the morning and the late afternoon and evening being the best bite.  Water temp was about 64 early in the week and about 67-69 by the end of the week.  We caught a few other species but were mainly targeting the stripers.  The key was not to leave the point we picked to early, I saw some people  come to a point and not see any fish and then leave.  I had a few occasions where we would pull up to a spot and not see anything on the finder but after a few minutes after throwing the chum the area was full of stripers and it was game on.  Its time to get some stripers in this part of the lake.  Thanks Wayne for all you do.  Russ

 

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May 15, 2017 - Smith Fork to Knowles

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Well last weekend we scheduled a short, last minute trip to get our Lake Powell fix for the season.  Thursday afternoon and Friday, the weather and subsequent fishing was phenomenal.  Saturday we woke up to breezy conditions which only worsened by midday, making fishing pretty tough.  All-in-all we had a great trip and I'm proud to say we caught 8 different species!  Gotta love diversity in a fishery....

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Our target species was Walleye, which we caught in good numbers along main channel structure from Smith's Fork up to Knowles Canyon.  One of our members even caught a tagged Walleye, pictured here being held by Ethan Eakle.

 

 

 

Many of our Walleyes were 14-15 inches, and up to 20-inches, the perfect eating variety.

 

 

 

The best pattern was to find a shaded, talus slope and/or a shelf in 20-30 ft of water.  We did best using jigs in shad colors like Yamamoto curly tailed grubs and Gulp minnows rigged on 1/4-1/2 ounce jigheads.  The windier or deeper the water, the heavier the jig.  Occasionally we'd mark suspended fish under the boat, 20-40 ft deep.  A quick drop would result in the occasional Striper or Walleye.

 

rmosleytripWe caught several Bass, Bluegills, Green Sunfish, Crappie, and Catfish while casting the same jigs.  We caught those species within a variety of habitat (trees, covers, broken slick rock), but the most productive habitat was where we targeted Walleye.

 

 

 

Water was about 65F; cooler in the morning and warmer in the afternoon.  We did better overall in the "green" water which extended uplake from Stanton Creek.  We didn't get high enough to observe the mudline.

 

Hope that helps!  Ryan

 

May 4, 2017 - Tagged walleye in GHB

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We fished most of the day in Good Hope Bay.  The weather was as good as I have ever had at Lake Powell - the temperature was around 80 degrees with very light breezes.  We fished mostly for Walleye but also stripers, small mouth bass and crappie.  We did catch a few small mouth and a number of stripers and a bluegill but no crappie.  We caught many striped bass around Moki Canyon and the Bullfrog area.
We fished both the east and west sides of the bay mostly along rocky points.
The water in Good Hope Bay was showing signs of the spring runoff; it was somewhat milky with plenty of scum on the water.  I am sure that as the runoff continues the water clarity will only decline.  This did complicate the fishing from other areas downlake where the water was still clear.
We fished mostly with the curly tail jigs generally with a worm tip.  We did use some plugs imitating shad with little success.  The walleye were not striking aggressively and we lost nearly as many as we got to the boat.  The hit was almost like dragging the lure over a rock or some other underwater structure.  The stripers, however, were pretty aggressive in their attacking the lure.

We fished most of the day in Good Hope Bay.  The weather was as good as I have ever had at Lake Powell - the temperature was around 80 degrees with very light breezes.  We fished mostly for Walleye but also stripers, small mouth bass and crappie.  We did catch a few small mouth and a number of stripers and a bluegill but no crappie.  We caught many striped bass around Moki Canyon and the Bullfrog area.  We fished both the east and west sides of the bay mostly along rocky points.

The water in Good Hope Bay was showing signs of the spring runoff; it was somewhat milky with plenty of scum on the water.  I am sure that as the runoff continues the water clarity will only decline.  This did complicate the fishing from other areas downlake where the water was still clear.

We fished mostly with the curly tail jigs generally with a worm tip.  We did use some plugs imitating shad with little success.  The walleye were not striking aggressively and we lost nearly as many as we got to the boat.  The hit was almost like dragging the lure over a rock or some other underwater structure.  The stripers, however, were pretty aggressive in their attacking the lure.

 

May 3, 2017 - Bullfrog Kayak Catfish

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I had no luck in the bay, but my handheld finder did say there were lots of fish hanging out on the edge of the ledge where water dropped from 35 ft to 75 ft at the mouth of the inlet just to the east of the north buoy field. I dropped spoons and anchovies down to them but got nothing.
I moved into the inlet and caught smallmouth, largemouth, and stripped bass on a chartreuse 1/4oz tube jig allowed to slide down the wall.
Catfish were jumping everywhere and I ended up catching a few of these as well. And one larger catfish that pulled me into the rock wall and tried his hardest to pull my kayak under. It was pretty exciting to say the least. The old girl could pull and just wanted back down to the bottom.
Thanks again for your reports and your time that you took to respond to my questions.
I'll shoot you a note on any info I get so you can pass it along to others if you deem it worthy of good report.
Tight lines and Big Fat Stripers,
Mike Jensen

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I had no luck in Bullfrog bay, but my handheld finder did say there were lots of fish hanging out on the edge of the ledge where water dropped from 35 ft to 75 ft at the mouth of the inlet just to the east of the north buoy field. I dropped spoons and anchovies down to them but got nothing. I moved into the inlet and caught smallmouth, largemouth, and striped bass on a chartreuse 1/4 oz tube jig allowed to slide down the wall.

Catfish were jumping everywhere and I ended up catching a few of these as well. And one larger catfish that pulled me into the rock wall and tried his hardest to pull my kayak under. It was pretty exciting to say the least. The old girl could pull and just wanted back down to the bottom. 

Thanks again for your reports and your time that you took to respond to my questions.
I'll shoot you a note on any info I get so you can pass it along to others if you deem it worthy of good report.

\Tight lines and Big Fat Stripers,
Mike Jensen

 


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