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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 15, 2017 - Smith Fork to Knowles

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ryanmlmb

 

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

 

May 8, 2017 - Rock Creek

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joshpollock1joshpollock2

 

Just thought I'd write and say not only thanks for letting us come stay but thanks for the tips!! I really appreciate your help, thank you for taking a second to help us out! We caught a bunch of stripers and small mouth! With your help I was able to be a successful dad!! Haha. Thought I would share a few pics with you and say thanks!! My family had a blast we love Lake Powell, it never disappoints even with the wind!!

joshpollock4

joshpollock3

 

May 9, 2017 - Trophy Striper at Bullfrog

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danmiller

The striper weighed in unofficially at 29.1 lbs.  It was measured at 39 1/2 inches, with a girth of 27 inches.  The fish was caught on a 4 inch Berkley Smelt by Dan Miller of Paonia, CO.  The striper was caught on May 6th, 2017.

 

May 3, 2017 - Llewellyn Stripers and Bass

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Thanks for all the information. Appreciate it. We went an hour south of Bull Frog today. Caught a large number of smallmouth and for over an hour we couldn't keep the stripers off. Caught them as fast as the bait went down. Great fun!
Thanks for all the information. Appreciate it. We went fishing an hour south of Bullfrog today in Llewellyn Canyon. We caught a large number of smallmouth and for over an hour we couldn't keep the stripers off. Caught them as fast as the bait went down. Great fun!  We were about 1/2 mile up the canyon.  
 

May 2, 2017 - Bait working at Bullfrog

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Launched out of Bullfrog about 8 AM. Decided to fish the mouth of Halls Creek for Stripers. Cast out an anchovy tipped jig head and 30 seconds later the fight was on. I had fished here before and read a report of others catching sripers just left of the entrance this year. We continued to catch till we were hot enough to find shade for lunch. Two of us had landed about 20 by then. Mostly good and healthy.


Found a rock pile in the shade and lunch was delayed by smallmouths. Landed about twenty of those in an hour or so. Around 6 PM we went back to the mouth and caught a few more stripers on anchovy along with one walleye and one striper on a spoon. Could not stay another day due to work.


Of note: stripers did not hit our circle hook lines. Did catch them on jigs from 1/16 to 3/8 oz. I felt that the 1/16th was best but it also had the smallest flurocarbon line. Could see the fish on the graph but they had little interest for spoons. The area we caught most of them is a point that juts out a little with some 40' to 20' depth on the sides. Smallies liked the 1/16 with a body and seemed to be feeding best where the steep wall met the rocks.

 

May 1, 2017 - Rock Creek to Balanced Rock Cyn

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Hey we got home yesterday from a week on Lake Powell.  We haven't been there this early in the year for quite a while so it was different for us.
We made camp in Grotto canyon and fished from Rock Creek up to Balanced Rock Canyon for the week. The fishing was very good as usual; the
weather a little challenging. We thought our campsite was tucked away pretty good to escape the evening winds, but soon learned that there
really isn't anywhere on Powell to escape the wind! We got blasted with those evening 30 mph gusts several nights! Thank goodness our Pontoon
enclosure stood the test. During the day it was nice except for Tuesday a storm front moved in and it couldn't decide whether it would rain or not.
We finally just went to camp after fishing in the morning and went for a hike.  We came home Thursday after the forecast for Friday was 20
degrees cooler.
As I said the fishing was good, too many SMB to keep count, some nice 2+ lbs, 19 LMB, 6 Walleye, 22 Stripers. We caught almost all the fish on
Yamamoto 5" grubs and the magic color was Grn Pumpkin/BlkFlk on 1/2 ounce jig heads. We tried some other colors but green seemed to work
the best. We fished from on shore to 30 ft. and found fish willing to bite in every location.  We had the most success in the backs of canyons or
any inlet where we found structure or shelves.  It was a great trip! Can't wait until June to go again when it's Warmer!  Thanks again Wayne for
the great website, the information is always helpful!

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Hey we got home yesterday from a week on Lake Powell.  We haven't been there this early in the year for quite a while so it was different for us.We made camp in Grotto canyon and fished from Rock Creek up to Balanced Rock Canyon for the week. The fishing was very good as usual; the weather a little challenging. We thought our campsite was tucked away pretty good to escape the evening winds, but soon learned that there really isn't anywhere on Powell to escape the wind! We got blasted with those evening 30 mph gusts several nights! Thank goodness our Pontoon enclosure stood the shuntwae17_edited-1test.

During the day it was nice except for Tuesday a storm front moved in and it couldn't decide whether it would rain or not. We finally just went to camp after fishing in the morning and went for a hike.  We came home Thursday after the forecast for Friday was 20 degrees cooler.  As I said the fishing was good, too many SMB to keep count, some nice 2+ lbs, 19 LMB, 6 Walleye, 22 Stripers. We caught almost all the fish onYamamoto 5" grubs and the magic color was Grn Pumpkin/BlkFlk on 1/2 ounce jig heads. We tried some other colors but green seemed to work the best. We fished from on shore to 30 ft. and found fish willing to bite in every location.  We had the most success in the backs of canyons or any inlet where we found structure or shelves.  It was a great trip! Can't wait until June to go again when it's Warmer!  

Thanks again Wayne for the great website, the information is always helpful!

shuntmanstb17

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April 25, 2017 - Bass and stripers in southern lake

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Had an amazing 3 days of bassing at Lake Powell. We try and fish the late spring and early fall every year.
Yes it's a long haul from So Cal, but if you like bass fishing, it's a must on the old bucket list. Best part of these trips is that I always fish with my dad, John Chaparro of St. George, UT.  who's now 84 and still charges.
This year we arrived mid-day on Friday April 21, launched the boat at Antelope Point and immediately headed into Warm Creek for an afternoon session.
The small mouth were ready to play as we caught and released over 50 chunky Smallies, a handful of Largemouth and a token Striper. We fished till sunset, headed back to our awaiting slip at The Point and then to our hotel room in Page.
The marina at Antelope Point is an easy 10 min drive from Page. The whole set up makes things super convenient and while I like camping, a hot shower and comfortable bed make this a true
Day 2 started out early as we headed up-lake about 15 miles to Padre Bay looking for Walleye. Our morning was a bust on the Walleye as we couldn't get on them. The Walleye fishing can be very good but it's still a bit early for them. We abandoned Padre and continued up lake another 10 miles to Rock Creek Canyon. All I can say is that we HAMMERED the bass, catching over 150 fish. We even kept a couple dozen for a future fish fry. The lake wants people harvesting smallies and it's helping as we are seeing bigger fish year over year. We also caught and released a bunch of Largemouth. It was just an epic bite! Back to the hotel and off to sleep
Day 3 was our day to harvest stripers. We started headed down lake to mile 3 with the frozen chovie and started a steady chum line. We had a good school come under us and while we hooked a few, it wouldn't hang around. That was how it was to be for the rest of the session. We would get on a good mark, catch a few and it would be over. FYI, we switched over to cut striper and the fish responded much better.  Our persistence paid off and we managed a full ice chest of fat stripers for the fillet table. Knowing the wind was coming up, we called it a trip at 2 pm.
Mission accomplished.
The combination of incredible fishing, perfect weather, scenery and fishing with the guy who showed me how to fish. I thanked him several times on this trip for the lifetime of enjoyment fishing has provided me. What a gift.
Tom Chaparro
San Clemente, CA

Had an amazing 3 days of bassing at Lake Powell. We try and fish the late spring and early fall every year.
Yes it's a long haul from So Cal, but if you like bass fishing, it's a must on the old bucket list. Best part of these trips is that I always fish with my dad, John Chaparro of St. George, UT.  who's now 84 and still charges.

This year we arrived mid-day on Friday April 21, launched the boat at Antelope Point and immediately headed into Warm Creek for an afternoon session.The small mouth were ready to play as we caught and released over 50 chunky Smallies, a handful of Largemouth and a token Striper. We fished till sunset, headed back to our awaiting slip at The Point and then to our hotel room in Page.The marina at Antelope Point is an easy 10 min drive from Page. The whole set up makes things super convenient and while I like camping, a hot shower and comfortable bed make this a true event.

Day 2 started out early as we headed up-lake about 15 miles to Padre Bay looking for Walleye. Our morning was a bust on the Walleye as we couldn't get on them. The Walleye fishing can be very good but it's still a bit early for them. We abandoned Padre and continued up lake another 10 miles to Rock Creek Canyon. All I can say is that we HAMMERED the bass, catching over 150 fish. We even kept a couple dozen for a future fish fry. The lake wants people harvesting smallies and it's helping as we are seeing bigger fish year over year. We also caught and released a bunch of Largemouth. It was just an epic bite! Back to the hotel and off to sleep.

Day 3 was our day to harvest stripers. We started headed down lake to mile 3 with the frozen chovie and started a steady chum line. We had a good school come under us and while we hooked a few, it wouldn't hang around. That was how it was to be for the rest of the session. We would get on a good mark, catch a few and it would be over. FYI, we switched over to cut striper and the fish responded much better.  Our persistence paid off and we managed a full ice chest of fat stripers for the fillet table. Knowing the wind was coming up, we called it a trip at 2 pm. Mission accomplished. 

The combination of incredible fishing, perfect weather, scenery and fishing with the guy who showed me how to fish. I thanked him several times on this trip for the lifetime of enjoyment fishing has provided me. What a gift. 

Tom Chaparro

San Clemente, CA

 

April 18, 2017 - Stripers at Chains

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On 4/18/17 we ended up going down to the bottom of the Chains parking lot, we hiked opposite way of the dam, down near where we could get closer the water and stay off the cliffs. We got there about 45min before sundown. We had one fishing line and threw it in with no weight, a whole anchovie and a PRAYER! Nothing happened for about 20 minutes and we all thought it was going to be a bust, so I gave the pole to my wife to hold. Just as I was walking away, it began to bend and after that we were reeling them in as fast as we could get the next anchovie in the water. Caught 10 stripers in about 20 minutes after that. The only reason we stopped was we only bought 1 pack of hooks and we used them all and we ran out of sunlight!!! My wife and daughter had a blast and was an amazing experience for us. We will be definitely be coming back next weekend for sure!! The most fun I have had in a long time and look forward to grilling up the stripers.
Jake Cook 25yrs old, Tiffany Cook 25yrs old (wife) Brylee Cook 2 yrs old (daughter)jcookdau

jcookdau

 

On 4/18/17 we ended up going down to the bottom of the Chains parking lot, we hiked opposite way of the dam, down near where we could get closer the water and stay off the cliffs. We got there about 45min before sundown. We had one fishing line and threw it in with no weight, a whole anchovie and a PRAYER! Nothing happened for about 20 minutes and we all thought it was going to be a bust, so I gave the pole to my wife to hold. Just as I was walking away, it began to bend and after that we were reeling them in as fast as we could get the next anchovie in the water. Caught 10 stripers in about 20 minutes after that. The only reason we stopped was we only bought 1 pack of hooks and we used them all and we ran out of sunlight!!! My wife and daughter had a blast and was an amazing experience for us. We will be definitely be coming back next weekend for sure!! The most fun I have had in a long time and look forward to grilling up the stripers.
Jake Cook 25yrs old, Tiffany Cook 25yrs old (wife) Brylee Cook 2 yrs old (daughter)

 

jcook

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