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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.

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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. 



July 18, 2017 North Lake Surface Activity

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Put in Thursday (late afternoon) below the main ramp at Hite because of Bruce's suggestion with no issues. Andrew and I drove the boat down to Farley while the rest of our group drove around in the truck, ran into slurps/boils at the mouth of Farley and boated about 30 in about half an hours time. They had them pinned on the bank and were still in the area without being on the surface. We met up and set up a nice little camp towards the end of the road in Farley, there was one other boating group back there but they left the next day. The last couple hours of Thursday we fished a few more much quicker slurps in Farley and hit some bank spots in White, the bank fishing was awful, even in the evening, I hooked into one Largemouth on a buzzbait and we caught another couple Smallmouth, we also didn't see any surface action late that night.
Friday morning had some cloud cover until about 9am which was nice, we chased many quick slurps in Farley and White, the slurps really liked a top water or smaller grub or tube, remember to cast in the direction they're heading or you'll miss them. We headed back to camp to process some fish, a Dutch lady who had gotten her van stuck on the other side of Farley came running over to our camp and asked for help, so a couple of us went to help her while we went back out. Mid morning was even better, bigger slurps and even some boils up against the bank, if you have your pick of slurp/boil I'd say go to the one closest to the bank, one boil in White had them split in two coves that were connected, so we just sat on the point and caught them from both coves for over half an hour. Lunch time things slowed down around White and Farley so we headed down lake. Mid afternoon the slurps started up again in the main bay by Castle Butte and towards the northwest banks. The last couple hours of the day we followed some huge boils that had shad pinned against the bank just by mile marker 126 I believe. They headed north and we would just follow them from cove to cove and they would erupt, it was an amazing site, I've never heard that kind of noise before with all of them (and so many of them) sucking shad right at the surface. Wind kicked up and we didn't want to drive through some debri in the dark so we headed back.
Saturday we tried following the same pattern, there was still lots of activity in Farley and White but not as much as Friday. We headed back down south a little earlier and found bigger slurps/boils just below Scorup that lasted pretty much all day long between mile marker 127-28 I believe. At numerous points that day you could look 360 degrees and see many different groups/schools slurping/boiling at the top. One thing that helped with so many going on was to pick one and chase/be by that one, if you just waited in that area they would usually pop back up soon enough, we caught more that way then chasing different ones after each would go down. Also remember to just keep casting in the area even if they aren't at the surface, we caught probably half our fish this way. Saturday had cloud cover from about 3pm to 6pm that afternoon so that might have helped as well?
Sunday we chased a few more into White and swam around Battleship rock (BTW water depth around it is 50-60 feet). We took out below the main ramp again with little issue. Many things worked on this trip (except the mouse lure my cousin used a boil just for fun ha ha), Nixon and I used a 3 inch candy strike king tube with a Gamakatsu jig head 90% of the time that was working well, buck tails, poppers, spooks, and grubs all were effective. Stripers and Shad are everywhere right now! It was probably the most consistent boil trip we've ever had. We never kept track but guesstimated at around 450-500 Stripers. I'd say it was 75% slurps and 25 boils. Stripers were all sizes and it was probably 60% healthy, 40 skinnier. Bank fishing was another story, we struggled when we tried it!? Maybe it was a timing thing but we didnt catch much of anything in the brush (which is everywhere) mid-day or even late? We did catch a few Largemouth early and late but that was it, usually even in the dead of summer a the smaller Largemouth will attack anything? Baby bass are everywhere tho so that was a good sign. We saw a few different sizes of shad, some were tiny, a quarter to half an inch and others were already more like two or three inches. Water temp was 82-84, water clarity was fine, Farley and White are green, there is more of a stained mud line with only a couple feet of visibility in front of Trachyte towards two mile, then green till Castle Butte again. Debri has mostly cleared but there are still some patches out there so be careful. The top of Good Hope and the Horn had a few different spots to watch out for wood wise. Best of luck! Thanks for everyone's input and advice, cant wait to get back in the fall.

Put in Thursday (late afternoon) below the main ramp at Hite because of Bruce's suggestion with no issues. Andrew and I drove the boat down to Farley while the rest of our group drove around in the truck, ran into slurps/boils at the mouth of Farley and boated about 30 in about half an hours time. They had them pinned on the bank and were still in the area without being on the surface. We met up and set up a nice little camp towards the end of the road in Farley, there was one other boating group back there but they left the next day. The last couple hours of Thursday we fished a few more much quicker slurps in Farley and hit some bank spots in White, the bank fishing was awful, even in the evening, I hooked into one Largemouth on a buzzbait and we caught another couple Smallmouth, we also didn't see any surface action late that night.

Friday morning had some cloud cover until about 9am which was nice, we chased many quick slurps in Farley and White, the slurps really liked a top water or smaller grub or tube, remember to cast in the direction they're heading or you'll miss them. We headed back to camp to process some fish, a Dutch lady who had gotten her van stuck on the other side of Farley came running over to our camp and asked for help, so a couple of us went to help her while we went back out. Mid morning was even better, bigger slurps and even some boils up against the bank, if you have your pick of slurp/boil I'd say go to the one closest to the bank, one boil in White had them split in two coves that were connected, so we just sat on the point and caught them from both coves for over half an hour. Lunch time things slowed down around White and Farley so we headed down lake. Mid afternoon the slurps started up again in the main bay by Castle Butte and towards the northwest banks. The last couple hours of the day we followed some huge boils that had shad pinned against the bank just by mile marker 126 I believe. They headed north and we would just follow them from cove to cove and they would erupt, it was an amazing site, I've never heard that kind of noise before with all of them (and so many of them) sucking shad right at the surface. Wind kicked up and we didn't want to drive through some debri in the dark so we headed back.

Saturday we tried following the same pattern, there was still lots of activity in Farley and White but not as much as Friday. We headed back down south a little earlier and found bigger slurps/boils just below Scorup that lasted pretty much all day long between mile marker 127-28 I believe. At numerous points that day you could look 360 degrees and see many different groups/schools slurping/boiling at the top. One thing that helped with so many going on was to pick one and chase/be by that one, if you just waited in that area they would usually pop back up soon enough, we caught more that way than chasing different ones after each would go down. Also remember to just keep casting in the area even if they aren't at the surface, we caught probably half our fish this way. Saturday had cloud cover from about 3pm to 6pm that afternoon so that might have helped as well?

Sunday we chased a few more into White and swam around Battleship rock (BTW water depth around it is 50-60 feet). We took out below the main ramp again with little issue. Many things worked on this trip (except the mouse lure my cousin used in a boil just for fun ha ha), Nixon and I used a 3 inch candy strike king tube with a Gamakatsu jig head 90% of the time that was working well, buck tails, poppers, spooks, and grubs all were effective. Stripers and Shad are everywhere right now! It was probably the most consistent boil trip we've ever had. We never kept track but guesstimated at around 450-500 Stripers. I'd say it was 75% slurps and 25 boils. Stripers were all sizes and it was probably 60% healthy, 40 skinnier.

Bank fishing was another story, we struggled when we tried it!? Maybe it was a timing thing but we didnt catch much of anything in the brush (which is everywhere) mid-day or even late? We did catch a few Largemouth early and late but that was it, usually even in the dead of summer the smaller Largemouth will attack anything? Baby bass are everywhere tho so that was a good sign. We saw a few different sizes of shad, some were tiny, a quarter to half an inch and others were already more like two or three inches. Water temp was 82-84, water clarity was fine, Farley and White are green, there is more of a stained mud line with only a couple feet of visibility in front of Trachyte towards two mile, then green till Castle Butte again. Debris has mostly cleared but there are still some patches out there so be careful. The top of Good Hope and the Horn had a few different spots to watch out for wood wise. Best of luck! Thanks for everyone's input and advice, cant wait to get back in the fall.

 

July 8, 2017 - Neanderthal Stripers

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Doepke Fishing Report

Steve Doepke, Tony & Connor Gilbert of Phoenix caught 290 striper in the Neanderthal area from Tuesday, 7/4 to Friday morning 7/7.

Wayne's fishing report was right on, the slurps have weakened from several weeks ago and the stripers were hungry and hitting good on bait.

Our targets areas were points in 40' of water near a drop offs. You need to use constant chum to locate and keep the school under the boat, but when the school stayed under the boat it was "game on" with double and triple hookups. Fish were healthier than two weeks ago and fought well. We used Carolina rigs with a small weight and 10lb fluorocarbon leader. Target depth was thirty feet deep, but once the school was going you could position your bait anywhere between 10 - 30'  to hookup.

 We had the pleasure to meet and fish with Mark Wollgast and family from Phoenix. Its always nice to meet other fisherman on the water and help each other catch fish.

Doepke fishing will be back in September!!!

 

July 6, 2017 - Powell, Dove to Dungeon Trip

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July 6, 2017 - Powell, Dove to Dungeon Trip
I took a SIL and grandson to Powell for half a day trip staying down south fishing from the Dove to Dungeon Canyon areas as I mostly did last week but while there were some fish in those areas again, neither the early TW bite nor the plastic nor the trolling bite was as good as last week so we only ended up with half as many for 3 guys that 1 produced last week, but one of today's fish was the nicest smallmouth anyone has ever put in my boat as my grandson Jax Gibbons of Gilbert landed this nice smallie pictured by trolling a shad colored DT10.
I've wondered for years where these bigger smallies are at and finally found one! I was able to spoon a few stripers in 25' that I couldn't do last week.
Sam Sherwood
Mesa, AZ

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I took a SIL and grandson to Powell for half a day trip staying down south fishing from the Dove to Dungeon Canyon areas as I mostly did last week but while there were some fish in those areas again, neither the early TW bite nor the plastic nor the trolling bite was as good as last week so we only ended up with half as many for 3 guys that 1 produced last week, but one of today's fish was the nicest smallmouth anyone has ever put in my boat as my grandson Jax Gibbons of Gilbert landed this nice smallie pictured by trolling a shad colored DT10.

I've wondered for years where these bigger smallies are at and finally found one! I was able to spoon a few stripers in 25' that I couldn't do last week.

Sam Sherwood

Mesa, AZ

Last Updated on Friday, 07 July 2017 07:32
 

July 5, 2017 - Dove to Dangling

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My new Flagstaff house cuts the distance from my Mesa home in half for getting to Powell but it's still tough to get on the water at first light but I did find some willing participants for top water when I arrived in the Dove Canyon area at 7:30 this morning. A TW popper worked on LM, SM, and stripers for 90 minutes and then the TRD Finesse 'Ned Rig' went to work for another 90 minutes in the same area and uplake toward Dungeon Canyon.

I also trolled a DT6 shad colored crank in the Dungeon Bay Area early afternoon after a Dangling Rope refreshment stop and after the plastic bite slowed down. The shallow trolling isn't as good right now with the bass staying deeper but I did catch some good smallies, LM and a walleye doing it. I used the Merc Verado trolling feature and ran the GPS speed at 3.2 mph. After not being to the lake for almost a year I forgot how rough the water can be in spots just from the busy boat traffic. Glad I went with the biggest boat Phoenix had to offer this time for my old back!

 

July 5, 2017 - Bullfrog Report

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My son and I got to fish over the 4th of July weekend.  We spent our time between Hall's Bay and Moki.  We figured it was a good omen when saw a boil from the ramp as we unloaded.  We fished for bass and stripers the first  day. We found a few boils/slurps and caught a few stripers out from the Bullfrog ramp.  We went to Stanton Canyon intending to fish for bass but ran into more stripers and chased them for a while.  The last part of the day we fished through the Hall's houseboats and Hall's Bay looking for stripers.  We didn't find fish around the houseboats, but we did in Hall's Bay.  We used silver Kastmasters almost exclusively.  We threw top water lures, but had no strikes. 

The second day we went up Bullfrog looking for boils.  We found a fair number of stripers, but couldn't get them to bite. By 9:30 the wind came up and added to the chop of the boats, we left Bullfrog and went to Moki and fished for bass.  We caught 2 walleyes. 1 bluegill, 1 LMB and about 40 SMB.  Most were caught on a Yamamoto green pumpkin double tail hula grub fished slowly 15 to 25 feet deep.  We caught a couple on a white Senko worm and one SMB on a Kastmaster.  We tried a couple other colors of grubs, but didn't catch fish with them.  We had our most success in rock piles we knew were there but are covered with water. 

The last day we went back to Bullfrog looking for boils.  We found lots of action.  We were on fish until about noon; about half boils and half slurps.  We found some groups of fish simply would not bite.  Other groups were automatic bites.  So we finally threw lures at a school a few times and if they didn't bite we moved on.  Again, we caught them exclusively on Kastmasters.  We caught about 50.  We had one really frustrating experience.  A boat cruising by was so close they went across my line and tangled it in their propeller.  We headed back to Moki to fish for bass and found numerous boils out from the Bullfrog ramp and caught a few more stripers.  We eventually made it to Moki and caught a few more bass. 

A thank you to my uncle who first took me to Lake Powell fifty-some years ago.  He passed away two weeks ago at 91 hooking up his boat to go fishing.

 

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.


codyt1

 

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.

 


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