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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 27, 2017 - GHB Stripers

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Me, my friend and my 2 kids were at lake powell earlier this month. We launched at Bullfrog and headed up to Good Hope.

It was awesome, We found the stripers and never even moved the boat. We went back 3 days. One day we had 110 stripers before 11:30am. Had to stop because we had no place else to put them on my boat.

We got them using Anchovies on a jig head.

I also have a small unit called a Hydro Wave. It is a speaker you put in the water, and makes shad splashing sounds. I have no doubt that this unit worked awesome for these stripers. We honestly did not move to find the fish. Stayed in one spot.

 

Attached is one photo.

Also I recorded the trip and put on youtube.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBcI71jQLQA

 

June 26, 2017 - Trolling by Wahweap Marina

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I found a consistent afternoon bite trolling around the 1st rocky point to the southwest of the marina using a DD22 last week.  40-60' of water worked the best for me.  Surface action was slow - only got one using a Sammy.  Smallmouth action was slow for me but single tail grubs in chartreuse and white worked the best on steep, slick rock adjacent to deep water.

 

June 20, 2017 - Last Chance Trip

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I am so glad you came to say hi in Last Chance! It's always great to see you.
I wanted to let you know about our fishing trip and thank you for creating the best fishery in the world! Nothing is quite like fishing Powell.
I included some pictures of my family and the fish we caught. The striper fishing was unbelievable. We caught them mostly by using 1/2 anchovies and sinking them to the bottom in 20 - 30 ft depth. The stripers really got going around 10 am and again in the evening. On our way out of last chance canyon we encountered around 10 separate boils over a 2 hour houseboat ride. The action was frequent. While cleaning the stripers I inspected their stomachs to find everyone of them having an empty stomach... Hope this isn't demonstrating a lack of shad to feed on.
In addition to the stripers we also caught a lot of small mouth bass using a mixture of trolling crank bait divers at 10 ft and throwing single tail Yamamoto's at submerged rock structure. Any color worked - Pumpkin, Watermelon, Orange and Purple. The smallmouth all had a stomach full of crawfish.
After the sun went down we started catching Catfish using worms and 1/2 anchovies just right under the boat at 10 - 15 ft depth and even caught 1 bluegill.
My estimation is 100 total fish over 5 days of fishing 2 -3 hours per day.
I only have one complaint... You didn't come pick me up and take me fishing with you! :)codytson1

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I am so glad you came to say hi in Last Chance! It's always great to see you.


I wanted to let you know about our fishing trip and thank you for creating the best fishery in the world! Nothing is quite like fishing Powell.


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I included some pictures of my family and the fish we caught. The striper fishing was unbelievable. We caught them mostly by using 1/2 anchovies and sinking them to the bottom in 20 - 30 ft depth. The stripers really got going around 10 am and again in the evening. On our way out of last chance canyon we encountered around 10 separate boils over a 2 hour houseboat ride. The action was frequent. While cleaning the stripers I inspected their stomachs to find everyone of them having an empty stomach... Hope this isn't demonstrating a lack of shad to feed on.


codyt2In addition to the stripers we also caught a lot of small mouth bass using a mixture of trolling crank bait divers at 10 ft and throwing single tail Yamamoto's at submerged rock structure. Any color worked - Pumpkin, Watermelon, Orange and Purple. The smallmouth all had a stomach full of crawfish.


After the sun went down we started catching Catfish using worms and 1/2 anchovies just right under the boat at 10 - 15 ft depth and even caught 1 bluegill.


My estimation is 100 total fish over 5 days of fishing 2 -3 hours per day.
I only have one complaint... You didn't come pick me up and take me fishing with you! :)

codytson1

 

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June 19, 2017 - South Lake bass and stripers

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coldren1My dad, Rex, and I went on our first LP trip early June (June 6-10) and had some pretty good results.


The first day we headed out to Mile 25 and ran into some graph and water pump issues that threatened to end the trip before the first fish was caught. Fortunately for us, the bilge pump was working fine, so we decided the leak wasn’t going to keep us from fishing. We started at the brushy inlet south of Gregory and caught a good amount of SMB in the first hours of the morning including two SMB on the first two casts - a promising turnaround from the scary start. After being distracted by a slurp close by, we headed to Last Chance in search of more stripers and SMB. We ran into a few slurps but only managed one striper. We motored back to our personal favorite rock slide and found SMB at 25 feet, but the bite was slow, so we left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

coldren2Day two, we started at the inlet at Gregory and focused primarily on fishing the rocky points at 20-30 feet of water. The SMB fishing was just as good as the day before with consistent hookups by casting shallow and dragging the grub on the bottom with little to no action added. We turned for the mouth of West Canyon where we began with a double hookup on two sizable SMB on the first two casts on submerged shoals. Fishing the slopes of the slick rocks on the East side, we managed to land another 20-30 SMB and one walleye on single tail grubs and grubs with the tails chewed off. We fished our grubs until they couldn’t stay on the jig head any longer. We mainly fished colors in baby bass and brown which worked equally well.

 

The final day we went to the mouth of Navajo Canyon in search of stripers. We found a school just outside the mouth that offered up a handful of stripers and some catfish caught on bait as well as more SMB off the rocky points. We were directed here by another group of anglers from California that had had success at this spot the day before.

 

Overall, it was a great trip. Hopefully, we will be back soon when the striper action picks up on the top. Thanks again for the info.coldren3

Last Updated on Monday, 19 June 2017 18:13
 

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!

 

sunt4sunt3

 

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.

 


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