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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.

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. 



September 13, 2017 - Warm Creek boils

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I have been a fan and weekly reader of your fishing report for years and would like to thank you for your unrivaled knowledge and quality of reporting.  I was fishing north of the Warm Creek floating restroom the mornings of September 10 – 12, and only saw one other boat that fished that group of fish the entire trip, so I assume it was you we saw the morning of the 12th.  The fishing was on fire from the time the sun crested the rocks until 9:30, then slowed substantially.  My son and I caught over 100 fish on small 1 oz and ½ oz salmon jigs (Dungeness Stingers - http://www.dungenessstinger.com/ ) and topwater lures on Monday, and another 50+ on Tuesday morning.  I was in the red/white Chaparral deck boat and another friend was in the tan/white bass boat.  There are thousands of stripers hanging out in that area, hanging out deep (50 – 70’) in the early morning (before sunrise) and pushing the shad shallow as the sun gets higher.  We caught fish non-stop on the jigs for another hour after the boil(s) stopped after the other boat (maybe you) left.  The evening bite was okay, but nothing compared to the morning.  I love Lake Powell!  Let me know if it was you we saw on Tuesday.  jacksonhorton.jpg   Good luck fishing!

 

Waynes Comments:   Yes that was our boat that you saw on Tuesday. Thanks for sharing

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:45
 

August 30, 2017 - Southern bass

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Hi All:  For a cluster of reasons I have not been fishing at Powell since I went with Dan Parks.  Quite a while ago.  This time I decided on a Fri Sat trip and was a little intrepid about a Saturday.  Saturday was not bad.  No worse than any other day.  Perry Ransom who is from Georgia has never been farther north in Arizona than Flagstaff.  He was awestricken by the beauty of the painted desert and Lake Powell.  We had perfect weather.  No wind, no rain, sunshine and a sliver of moon.
The batteries in the boat are quite old.  Will replace them this coming week.  Had a tail light that we could not get working even with a new replacement.  Park service with red and blue lights apprised us of that.  We already knew it and showed him our new replacement light.  He said I sped across the dam, 12 miles over the speed limit.  Nice guy, let us go with a warning.
When we went to the last hot spot at the entrance to the main channel at Warm Creek the trolling motor would not function.  We fished rather unsuccessfully without it and caught a few fish.  I believe leaving the foot control lying on the deck just under a boat cover for 3 months is a poor practice.  Particularly with almost daily showers we have had at Munds Park.  We let it dry out over night and Saturday it worked fine.  We tried the hot spot, no bites, went south of the entrance to Navajo and loaded up on not very big smallies.  We ended up keeping and fileting 18 and we probably let another 36 go because they were too small.  Smallies, in spite of not being huge, feel like you have a much larger fish in tow.  I missed Ed's fileting talents.  I did the honors and Perry took off the rib cages and packaged the catch.
The hot spot was the bay where Ed Gerdemann caught a big large mouth and a large smallie when we were up there earlier this year.  We caught the largest ones by dead sticking.  That is, just casting out, letting the lure sink to the bottom and have a drink of water or sing a song then pick up the pole with a fish on the end.  Not very scientific but effective.
I am looking forward to going again.  I know Perry is still even more eager than before having had a taste of the good fishing at Powell.
El Viejo

Hi All:  For a cluster of reasons I have not been fishing at Powell since I went with Dan Parks.  Quite a while ago.  This time I decided on a Fri Sat trip and was a little intrepid about a Saturday.  Saturday was not bad.  No worse than any other day.  Perry Ransom who is from Georgia has never been farther north in Arizona than Flagstaff.  He was awestricken by the beauty of the painted desert and Lake Powell.  We had perfect weather.  No wind, no rain, sunshine and a sliver of moon. 

The batteries in the boat are quite old.  Will replace them this coming week.  Had a tail light that we could not get working even with a new replacement.  Park service with red and blue lights apprised us of that.  We already knew it and showed him our new replacement light.  He said I sped across the dam, 12 miles over the speed limit.  Nice guy, let us go with a warning. 

When we went to the last hot spot at the entrance to the main channel at Warm Creek the trolling motor would not function.  We fished rather unsuccessfully without it and caught a few fish.  I believe leaving the foot control lying on the deck just under a boat cover for 3 months is a poor practice.  Particularly with almost daily showers we have had at Munds Park.  We let it dry out over night and Saturday it worked fine.  

We tried the hot spot, no bites, went south of the entrance to Navajo and loaded up on not very big smallies.  We ended up keeping and fileting 18 and we probably let another 36 go because they were too small.  Smallies, in spite of not being huge, feel like you have a much larger fish in tow.  I missed Ed's fileting talents.  I did the honors and Perry took off the rib cages and packaged the catch. 

The hot spot was the bay where Ed Gerdemann caught a big large mouth and a large smallie when we were up there earlier this year.  We caught the largest ones by dead sticking.  That is, just casting out, letting the lure sink to the bottom and have a drink of water or sing a song then pick up the pole with a fish on the end.  Not very scientific but effective. I am looking forward to going again.  I know Perry is still even more eager than before having had a taste of the good fishing at Powell. 

El Viejo

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:29
 

August 28, 29017 - Don't leave fish to find fish

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Thanks for all you do to get the word out about Powell fishing.
Had one day to fish Powell.  We were really trying to target top water boils.  Launched at Antelope at first light. We found our first boils in Padre Bay  (if you go around  Padre Island and  head toward Face, it would be the to the shear wall off to your left).  We found lightly dispersed boils but they stayed up as we approached and our big top water baits didn't scare the fish.  Every Boil produced fish.  Most were in great shape and went on ice in the cooler. We were only there about 30 min and boated 12 stripers with many, many exciting top water hits that didn't connect.  Love doing this... :-)
We had read the previous weeks report and were gnawing at the bit to get up near the San Juan to the "good fishing".  So we left these fish and headed up.   We spent the rest of the morning running up to the San Juan and then up to the San Juan till the main channel was only 30 feet deep. Didn't see a single boil :-(   We bass fished the rest of the morning and early afternoon in the San Juan.  Normal crazy SMB fishing on the white jig.  We headed back about 5pm to try and catch any evening activity in Padre.  We did run into a small but very dense boil about 2 turns from getting out of the San Juan, but they were skiddish and spooked easily.   On the way to Padre we had a big blow and just headed in.  In hind site, we let the anticipation of what might have been, get in the way of what was right in front of us at Padre....  We ended up with over 100 SMB, 2 LMB, 12 Stripers and another amazing memory.
As a side note.  In the 3rd week of June, I ran through this same area in Padre and was able to catch a few stripers out of slurps.  Also, my brother (who was on this trip) fished 3 weeks ago and caught stripers on topwater baits in the same place in Padre.... so there seems to be a good group hanging out around there.
thanks again for all you do.....doug
sorry about the picture.  it is the only one we took of fish.... :-)

dougwallaceThanks for all you do to get the word out about Powell fishing. 

Had one day to fish Powell.  We were really trying to target top water boils.  Launched at Antelope at first light. We found our first boils in Padre Bay  (if you go around  Padre Island and  head toward Face, it would be the to the shear wall off to your left).  We found lightly dispersed boils but they stayed up as we approached and our big top water baits didn't scare the fish.  Every Boil produced fish.  Most were in great shape and went on ice in the cooler. We were only there about 30 min and boated 12 stripers with many, many exciting top water hits that didn't connect.  Love doing this... :-)

We had read the previous weeks report and were gnawing at the bit to get up near the San Juan to the "good fishing".  So we left these fish and headed up.   We spent the rest of the morning running up to the San Juan and then up to the San Juan till the main channel was only 30 feet deep. Didn't see a single boil :-(   We bass fished the rest of the morning and early afternoon in the San Juan.  Normal crazy SMB fishing on the white jig.  We headed back about 5pm to try and catch any evening activity in Padre.  We did run into a small but very dense boil about 2 turns from getting out of the San Juan, but they were skiddish and spooked easily.   On the way to Padre we had a big blow and just headed in.  In hind site, we let the anticipation of what might have been, get in the way of what was right in front of us at Padre....  We ended up with over 100 SMB, 2 LMB, 12 Stripers and another amazing memory.

As a side note.  In the 3rd week of June, I ran through this same area in Padre and was able to catch a few stripers out of slurps.  Also, my brother (who was on this trip) fished 3 weeks ago and caught stripers on topwater baits in the same place in Padre.... so there seems to be a good group hanging out around there.
thanks again for all you do.....doug 

sorry about the picture.  it is the only one we took of fish.... :-)

 

August 28, 2017 - Big Fish for 10 yr old

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kodacarothers_edited-1  Hey Wayne, this is Cody Crothers I went to school with your son and I am in town for a month visiting my parents all the way from Sri Lanka.  We are staying out on the lake and have been fishing everyday. I really appreciate your reports to help me start patterning the fish after being gone the last 3 years.  

kcarothersrbt

 

Well from Mammoth mountain to here my 10 year olf son Koda has been out fishing me on an extreme level.  Pictures attached.   Well today I finally figured out the the small and large mouth bass are not up in the sallows but rather on deeper structure, so we would troll until we got a hook up "no fish finder" then stop and fan cast the area.  Well as Koda's 5 foot ultralight trout rod with a 2" mid diving white bomber lure loaded up I figured he had a healthy striper but to my surprise it was the biggest smallmouth I have ever seen face to face.  Didn't have a scale or a tape but I recon it was pushing the 4lb mark.  Gotta love when the student surpasses his teacher.  Thanks again for what you do.

 

August 12, 2017 - Boils at Great Bend

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I launched out of Antelope Pt Friday morning 8/11 early and due to the wind causing turbid water I hustled up to the San Juan but never saw any boils even when arriving in the river and slowing down and having flat water and overcast skies.

After driving around Cha Bay I just went on up to Neshkai and bass fished again but the fishing was just ok. A few on TW, more on the Ned Rig and even more and bigger on the good 'ol Yamamoto dbl tail grub.

After awhile I went on up to the 'Spencer's Camp' area but only caught a few LM. On the way back down the Great Bend I about slept through lotsa boils but turned around and got on them consistently good from 1-3. These were large groups of fish stretched all across the bend and I'd catch 2-4 from each group and by the time I'd get them all unhooked I'd have to chase the group down 100 yards from me going north. This repeated itself so many times I got wore out and quit throwing TW and just tossed a big rattletrap as these fish would eat anything!!  Sometimes they'd just have my boat surrounded 5' away but I did my best to save a few stripers! 

Gotta luv the DNA of these small bass (pic) trying to eat a spoon that's their same size.

It's worth mentioning that the new Mercury 'auto trim' (see picture) on this new boat works pretty well. Good for beginners and seasoned veterans alike!!

 

Sam Sherwood

Mesa, AZ

 

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!
 


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