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.
September 27, 2016 - Rock Creek Hot!
We fished Rock Creek the past three days and found a huge school of stripers in the back where the arm to the left splits from the main canyon. Fish were in mid channel from 60-80 feet. They really liked bait but could also be caught on spoons. We filleted 175-200 fish in the 3-day event.
September 26, 2016 Slow mid lake
Hi Wayne, just thought I would give a quick report on our weekend trip up to good hope, sat morning we left bullfrog at 7:45 and made trachyte by 9 a.m. found stripers at the mouth of trachyte and boated 9 with silver and blue kastmaster, and chrome bucktail jig, also white single tail grub, then trolled through trachyte and found no action at all, stopped and trolled off and on all the way back to bullfrog the lake was totally calm and beautiful but the fish just did not seem interested in anything we threw out, I even tried drop shot with senko for smallies along the way and was denied, got back to bullfrog and went straight over to halls bay to see if we could graph some stripers and found very few, it was like some kind of moquie curse, next day left at the same time and went to lake canyon where I had absolutely killed it on stripers on labor day weekend, but only to find 2 or 3 very small groups , boated only 1 striper, we then went up to iceberg, by this time the wind was really picking up , we trolled and graphed the length of iceberg and saw little to no sign of striper action, needless to say it was a really rough ride back to bullfrog with a empty live well, I really thought that hitting this weekend right behind a big weather system would be game on, but it was painfully slow. Hoping to squeeze in one more quick trip before I have to winterize my boat, being from Colorado and having a inboard has its disadvantages….Cheers
September 25, 2016 - San Juan Great Bend
Subject: fish report
My fishing buddy Joe and I launched at south lake resort Sept. 15th-22nd and found a different fall fishing that we have ever encountered, we had to hunt and figure things out in order to put fish in the boat. In the big lake just before the Great Bend (San Juan) we metered large dense schools of shad everywhere, So thick when threatened by stripers they looked like suspended bottom. These shad holding at 60 feet had small numbers of stripers hanging around to grab a meal whenever they pleased, so as long as the wind was down spooning was the ticket.
We decided to head for the Great Bend, their we found large numbers of mature stripers by trolling deep diving bombers the first day right in the center of the bend between east alcove canyon and bend canyon. We anchored their for a couple nights in center river which proved too be the smart thing, wake up in the morning and your are already on the fishing grounds ready to boogie after a hot cup of coco. So, conclusion is Great Bend was holding fish, we did not see one boil the whole trip, we did pick up walleye here and their and stripers also, but it was not a typical fall fishing trip. Never the less it was a blast and had some stellar fried panko covered striper dinners on the boat. Water was 74 early and 78 by the end of the day holding the mature fish deep.
September 25, 2016 - Escalante report
Stripers - Great topwater action with ok boils in the morning between 50-mile and Willow canyons, even when stripers were not seen on top throwing top water lures worked great. Best topwater action was from 9:00 am till 10;30 am. Spooning worked all day - stripers could be found in schools from 25 ft to 80 ft of water, 40 ft was the magic depth. Trolling was only marginal for us because getting our lures to 40 ft was tough - but it did help us locate fish!
Smallmouth Bass - they are everywhere and fairly easy to catch! We caught them in a variety of ways from the traditional curly tail jigs thrown at rocky shore lines to bottom bouncing in 40+ feet of water. Key depth for smallmouth seemed to be about 20-25 ft.
Catfish - Caught more than we really wanted they seemed to be at the 40 ft depth as well. Bottom bouncing and spooning produced all our catfish.
Crappie - they were a no-show
Walleye - We have some freshly tagged walleye in the Escalante River arm, between 50-mile and Willow canyons. We did not catch any bottom bouncing or using jigs tipped with night crawlers (not from lack of effort). However, we did catch numerous walleye while spooning (figured this out fishing for stripers). If you tipped your spoon with a night crawler and kept it close to the bottom walleye showed up, 40 ft was again the magic depth.
Please get the walleye stuff updated and feel free to post any/all of this on your website
thanks for all your work we had a great trip
September 25, 2016 Lake to Halls
Just fished 5 days on Powell with great success except for the 22nd.
We fished lake canyon in the mornings and halls bay in the evenings. One morning 2 of us got 70 striper in lake canyon. When the fish were up, they were running the shad back and fourth up the walls of the canyon. Top water and sub surface worked great and when they were not up, we murdered em on spoons.
This style panned out all week.
In Halls we had some pretty good hits too. We had a boil after sunset for a few and did well. We had an afternoon where the fish were up everywhere busting the surface. Lots of meat in halls on the spoons though those fish were mostly small. The biggest fish we got in halls were mostly in 15-20' of water. Had the full blast experience out there.
Halls has a ton of October potential in the shallows. A little less than 1/2 way back on the right. I really hope to pull off an October run somehow
September 23, 2016 - Warm Creek Stripers
After seeing the recent report from Warm Creek we went over there on Monday and Tuesday, 9/19-20.Monday was calm and beautiful and we started fishing about 1/3 mile north of the floating toilet in 70-100 feet of water and never left! Stripers were everywhere. Saw a few individual boils in the morning and a quick cast with a rattletrap to the rise would usually result in a small striper. Even got one near the floating toilet after seeing a few rise on our way over there. Spoons jigged off the bottom got some as well as speed reeled up. Dropping the rattletrap (actually a Strike King Red Eye Shad) to the bottom and reeling it up also got some nice fish but it takes a long time for them to sink 90 feet down.
But the anchovy on a 1/4 ounce jig head was by far the best producer. Whether fished near the bottom or 20 feet down we caught stripers of all sizes. 1/3 were emaciated and we sent those to the bottom. Smaller fish near the surface. Things slowed down a bit around 10am so we tried some smallie and largemouth fishing. Caught some on flies and topwater but it was fairly slow so we took a break to eat at El Tapatio my all-time favorite Mexican restaurant.
Afternoon smallie fishing was slow near the mouth of Warm Creek so we headed back to the same spot as the morning and had even better fishing. Evening was amazing. Gorgeous sunset was not properly captured on the GoPro but you can see how hot the fishing was with a white clouser stripped fast back to the boat during a short-lived boil as the sun went down. I'm sure we would have got fish on topwaters if we had a rod ready to go.
Tuesday was windy and rainy but the anchovy fishing was on fire and possibly better than the night before. I-Pilot trolling motor did an amazing job keeping us 'anchored' in 100 feet of water in a stiff wind. Rattletrap speed reeled from the bottom got a fish every other time but my buddies often had 3 fish on at a time with anchovies. Possibly more skinny fish than Monday but still managed to fill the cooler with nice ones. Bait fishing was too easy so I threw the fly out on fast sinking line and got 1 stripping the fly up fast through the school of fish. Headed back in the steady drizzle but didn't mind one bit after such a great fishing trip.
Thanks again for the great site and info. Couldn't have done it without Waynes Words!
September 23, 2016 -Reports Still Needed
I feel a lot of pressure to provide the service to the 5600 registered users and the innumerable visitors that use the website for Lake Powell information. Over the last 16 years I have provided online fish reports but the biggest breakthrough has been to get fish reports back from those that just completed their fishing trip. How often do anglers tell others about their prime fishing spot and techniques – almost never, except on Wayneswords. Thank you for doing that.
I am not going to give up on that. We will have the website up and running as soon as possible but while in transition we still have options. Anglers Corner still works along with all of the other options that can be reached from the left index.
Wayne@wayneswords email account was hacked and has been shut down.
It seems my entire internet world has crumbled but we will rise from the ashes and make it work even better. I have volunteers to help with the process.
Thanks to Joshua Miller for trying to find the bug.
Eric Whitley suggested an on line chat board to do the same thing we have now with out the hacking possibility.
Ryan Kocherhans offered to host the site.
Thanks for all the support. Especially to Ron Colby who has done this by himself for many years. The hackers are ahead right now but we will figure out how to overcome their obstruction to passing out good fishing information.
September 19, 2016 - Spooning at Halls
Great report from the website. Just loading it here so that it easier to find a month from now.
September 16, 2016 - Mid lake
Hello Wayne: We just returned from a wonderful 9 days on spectacular Lake Powell. We arrived at the lake on the 7th &
stayed through the 15th. The weather was wonderful; warm days and mild nights. We arrived later than usual on Wed.
and made camp the first night near Camel Rock, fished a little but only caught a few SMB.
Next day we headed for Oak Bay and were not disappointed. We caught 3 nice LMB, the nice walleye in the picture & 4 more walleye of smaller size. SMB bite was great, too many to keep count.
On the 9th we headed up towards the mouth of the San Juan and made camp just west of Llewellyn and fished that area for 5 days. We caught about 30 stripers from 14" up to 24" the smaller ones were very healthy and put up a big fight while the big stripers were very thin and we thought they were Walleye reeling them in. We caught another 15 walleye and again the SMB bite was great. The smallies are very healthy and put up as much fight as the smaller stripers. If you like to catch SMB they are lots of fun to catch right now, lots of good size healthy fish. We caught fish from 8ft. of water up to 30ft. The shallow area in the back of Cottonwood Canyon was full of nice SMB in 9ft. of water.
Another spot was just North of the San Juan buoy on the West side there is an inlet with 24ft to 8ft of water that we also
found great number of SMB and early morning we caught a number of stripers there. We also caught stripers in Jack's Arch.
We used our usual Yamamoto single & double tail grubs 5" in white, watermelon grn. and chartreuse they hit on them all with 1/2 ounce jig heads. (I got the weight) In stronger wind we use 5/8 ounce heads. It did get windy on Tuesday and
Wednesday to the point of not wanting to fight it so we stayed in camp more than usual.
Our last night we camped across from Dangling rope and I caught 7 very nice channel cats, one around 3lbs. that was fun. Used worms for the catfish.
We were surprised how busy the lake was there were lots of houseboats and boat traffic.
We had a great time and came home on Thursday. Can't wait until next spring we will be back.
Thanks again Wayne for the great website and information. There is no place like Lake Powell!!
September 13, 2016 - Halls Creek stripers
We left Bullfrog 9/8 Thurs morning and went to Halls Creek Bay. Passing the islands on the turn I told my dad this would be a good place to fish, always saw them stacked up here. Thurs night ran out to islands to make phone call and screen was black. Dropped Kastmasters and picked up three in 15 min then had to run back to houseboat for repairs.
Fri morning islands were devoid of fish. Went to Bullfrog Bay, saw bird activity and stopped to see what they were feeding on. Saw a few splashes so dropped Kastmasters down. Hooked up a few small 1lbers. Screen was black but with shad balls on the screen fish were not eager to hit. Ran to Moqui Wall for shade and less fed fish. Picked up three nice 2-3 lbs then bite stopped. Trolled from canyon to halfway to buoy field. Not a hit. Brought downrigger up and found one on the line. My dad always said it was hard to catch fish when you had one on the hook. True story. Always believe your dad.
Went in for lunch and back out to islands after dinner. Not a mark. Sat morn started boat and saw boil in middle of HC Bay by gravel islands. About left half the crew on the houseboat as I yelled boil and was untied and in gear as they jumped on. Splashes stopped but we graphed schools around the islands. We boated 20 in an hour with multiple triple hookups. I had two LP first timers on board, an exchange student from Switzerland and "Fish-On John" (he landed 10 of the 20). They will never be the same after fishing LP.
Fish table said good fishing from 6:45-9:45. Caught last fish at 10 then lockjaw. Went back to houseboat for filetting party. Found 3" shad in all sizes of stripers hence the lockjaw to bait and lures. 1-2lbers were fat with 3lbers all bone and thin filets.
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