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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. 



April 10, 2017 - Stripers at Chains

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flintstephans

 

My wife and I fished from shore near the Chains parking area near the dam on April 7. We caught more than 20 stripers in two hours. We quit because we had as many as we could carry back up the hill. We got them on anchovies and on Berkley Gulp 3-inch white minnows, but they were so aggressive I think they would have taken anything. The biggest were 26 inches and the smallest about 21. The bigger ones were fatter and healthier than the smaller fish.

fsstringer

 

April 10, 2017 - Escalante to San Juan B&C

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Hi Wayne, my name is Luke Berman from Wanship, UT.  We just got back from a 3 day trip and had an awesome time.  I have an account with your website under 'badberm' but couldn't remember my password.  I tried to look it up based on username/email address and it wouldn't recognize it.  I don't post often although I look at your website almost daily and wished I could make it down a lot more often.  Anyhow, here's a report!  I will email you some pictures separately.
Launched at bullfrog on Wednesday 4/7 with a small boat extremely over loaded and headed to the Escalante.  Water in the channel was 55-57 each morning.  As we pulled in to the back of Davis there were a few skinny stripers right against shore.  We set camp up quick and headed towards the backs of the canyons to try and find the murky and warmer water.  We found both and caught 35-45 fish that day including a nice largemouth, a couple walleye, a handful of crappie and a couple stripers.
Thursday 4/8 we decided to stay in the escalante and explore all of the canyons and structure it had to offer.  The morning started slow.  We tried a couple of the canyons closer to the mouth hoping to find murky water towards the backs but it was too clear and cold so we flipped around and found some warmer water towards the back of the escalante and started catching fish pretty regularly.  The key was to find murky water and structure.  We did well in the water that had 5-10 feet of visibility. If it was too stained the catching rate slowed.  We caught 60-70 fish that day with all of them being smallies and crappie.  We did try a few spots for strippers that day as well as night fishing by camp with little success.  We were hoping to find a few schools and spent some time looking but never seen anything on the graph that was convincing.
Friday 4/9 we decided to go for broke and head to the San Juan.  None of us had ever been and we were worried about fuel so we headed to Dangling Rope to top off and fill a couple jugs.  We made it a few miles into the San Juan and hit the first big broken structure we found and caught the first fish at 11:24 which turned out to be the biggest largemouth of my life.  We thought it would be fun to count how many fish we caught that day so we kept track.  I'm bashful to say but when we left to head back to camp we tallied 233 fish between the 3 of us!  It was incredible.  We didn't even make it to stained water because we kept seeing structure so we would stop and catch fish after fish.  The water was clear and the fish were not on beds in fact we never seen a fish on a bed the whole trip.  The water was mostly 60-61.5 that day.  We were careful to stay far enough from shore as not to spook them.  I'd say most were caught between 10-25 feet.  We fished drop shot rigs with shad shaped worms almost exclusively.  We did catch a few on senkos and grubs but drop shot was king.  It was a trip all of us will talk about for years.  Good luck to all and thanks Waynelbermanbc

lbermanbc

 

Launched at bullfrog on Wednesday 4/5 with a small boat extremely over loaded and headed to the Escalante.  Water in the channel was 55-57 each morning.  As we pulled in to the back of Davis there were a few skinny stripers right against shore.  We set camp up quick and headed towards the backs of the canyons to try and find the murky and warmer water.  We found both and caught 35-45 fish that day including a nice largemouth, a couple walleye, a handful of crappie and a couple stripers.

lbermanlmbThursday 4/6 we decided to stay in the Escalante and explore all of the canyons and structure it had to offer.  The morning started slow.  We tried a couple of the canyons closer to the mouth hoping to find murky water towards the backs but it was too clear and cold so we flipped around and found some warmer water towards the back of the Escalante and started catching fish pretty regularly.  

The key was to find murky water and structure.  We did well in the water that had 5-10 feet of visibility. If it was too stained the catching rate slowed.  We caught 60-70 fish that day with all of them being smallies and crappie.  We did try a few spots for stripers that day as well as night fishing by camp with little success.  We were hoping to find a few schools and spent some time looking but never seen anything on the graph that was convincing.

Friday 4/7 we decided to go for broke and head to the San Juan.  None of us had ever been and we were worried about fuel so we headed to Dangling Rope to top off and fill a couple jugs.  We made it a few miles into the San Juan and hit the first big broken structure we found and caught the first fish at 11:24 which turned out to be the biggest largemouth ofmy life.  We thought it would be fun to count how many fish we caught that day so we kept track.  I'm bashful to say but when we left to head back to camp we tallied 233 fish between the 3 of us!  It was incredible.  We didn't even make it to stained water because we kept seeing structure so we would stop and catch fish after fish.  The water was clear and the fish were not on beds in fact we never seen a fish on a bed the whole trip.  The water was mostly 60-61.5 that day.  We were careful to stay far enough from shore as not to spook them.  I'd say most were caught between 10-25 feet.  We fished drop shot rigs with shad shaped worms almost exclusively.  We did catch a few on senkos and grubs but drop shot was king.  It was a trip all of us will talk about for years.  lbermanlmb2

Good luck to all and thanks Wayne

 

 

lbermansmb2

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 09:43
 

April 4, 2017, Castle Butte to Ticaboo

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We put in at Bullfrog on Friday around 10am, water temp was still at 55 which was encouraging knowing it was and had been windy and rainy for a few days leading up to the trip. We headed up to Good Hope, we saw blue water turning to a green hue starting just past Cedar Canyon and just as you turn the corner past the restroom and hit GH it turned again with visibility in the 5-10 foot range. As the channel narrows again heading past Castle Butte the water turned again with a more definitive mud line with only 1-2 ft clarity. The little cuts and canyons just below Scorup where we camped the water was still clearer (this seemed to be the case throughout, at every point we fished in the bay the water was clearer away from the river channel). We pitched camp and started fishing around 2pm, I caught a willing Smallmouth on a chatter bait before pushing off so we just decided to fish the coves next to our camp. The backs of the these cuts held lots of fish of all kinds, even after watching another boat fish the cove next to us as we set up camp we went in after and caught 10+ fish in the back of that same cove. We used our usual, single tail grubs in green pumpkin, shad, brown, chartreuse, and a double tail hula grub. At around 5pm we got blown and rained off the lake so we putted the few hundred yards back to our camp to wait it out.... which ended up being until the next day.
Saturday we headed south past the main mud line and stopped a few spots with minor success before heading to Ticaboo. Im not sure whether it was coincidence or area but in Ticaboo starting in early afternoon we started to pick up a few more fish at a better rate. We ended up staying in there the rest of the evening. A technique that worked well for Crappie was to drift a 1/8oz shad colored grub behind the boat as we were targeting bank. My Dad caught a dozen just doing this one technique while we kept catching fish casting towards the bank. One thing to note was that the Largemouth again seemed to be in the bigger cut boulders, also don't be afraid to cast in the exact same spots multiple times, this produced multiple fish. Another technique that worked really well in Ticaboo was to cast a drop shot at the base/face of the really huge boulders where you could work it vertically. Anytime the wind was calm enough to fish a bit slower success also increased. We saw water temps hit 57-58 that day.
Sunday fishing improved dramatically, it was day that you wait and dream about all year. The sun was out and the wind was relatively calm all day. This day we just cut to the chase and headed straight towards Ticaboo repeating the same patterns as the day before, right after lunch fishing the bank heading out of Ticaboo it really turned on, it just became fish after fish, I was having a lot of success slow swimming a Yamamoto double tail hula cinnamon with blue flake on a Owner stand up jig head size 1/4. Along with many Smallmouth we kept picking up a few Crappie, one weighing in at 1.14 it was awesome!!! After fishing pretty much every foot of bank in Ticaboo we hit a few other spots on the other side of the Bay, as the day got later a few clouds starting rolling in, my Unlce asked if it would be a good idea to try top water and if they'd bite? So i tied on a buzz bait, first cast a 3lb Largemouth exploded on it, it was the icing on the cake for a perfect day, we fished the remaining hour or so and it was on fire (mostly sallies), we were all wishing we could stay another week, or month or two. The water temp showed 59 at around 6pm or so. Sunday was a 100+ fish day, Saturday was closer to 50ish? Weather patterns even day to day play a huge part in the spring time fishing.
The next morning (today) packing up and heading back to bullfrog was cold and windy, it had once again already changed to the colder pattern. Id say if you're planning a trip up north over the next couple weeks be in mind of water clarity, and even if only a couple of the days look nice over a trip still do it, those nicer days will more than make up for a couple crappy ones and you'll still probably catch fish. Thanks again for everyone on this site and the info that they share on a myriad of topics, hopefully our reports and info help out as well.
Preston
Wayne, Fish estimates over three days for our six anglers...
Smallies 100
Crappie 30
Largemouth 20
Striper 15
Walleye 10

dungbc2_edited-1dunglmb2_edited-1

 

We put in at Bullfrog on Friday around 10am, water temp was still at 55 which was encouraging knowing it was and had been windy and rainy for a few days leading up to the trip. We headed up to Good Hope, we saw blue water turning to a green hue starting just past Cedar Canyon and just as you turn the corner past the restroom and hit GH it turned again with visibility in the 5-10 foot range. As the channel narrows again heading past Castle Butte the water turned again with a more definitive mud line with only 1-2 ft clarity. The little cuts and canyons just below Scorup where we camped the water was still clearer (this seemed to be the case throughout, at every point we fished in the bay the water was clearer away from the river channel). We pitched camp and started fishing around 2pm, I caught a willing Smallmouth on a chatter bait before pushing off so we just decided to fish the coves next to our camp. The backs of the these cuts held lots of fish of all kinds, even after watching another boat fish the cove next to us as we set up camp we went in after and caught 10+ fish in the back of that same cove. We used our usual, single tail grubs in green pumpkin, shad, brown, chartreuse, and a double tail hula grub. At around 5pm we got blown and rained off the lake so we putted the few hundred yards back to our camp to wait it out.... which ended up being until the next day.

dungbc_edited-1 Saturday we headed south past the main mud line and stopped a few spots with minor success before heading to Ticaboo. Im not sure whether it was coincidence or area but in Ticaboo starting in early afternoon we started to pick up a few more fish at a better rate. We ended up staying in there the rest of the evening. A technique that worked well for Crappie was to drift a 1/8oz shad colored grub behind the boat as we were targeting bank. My Dad caught a dozen just doing this one technique while we kept catching fish casting towards the bank. One thing to note was that the Largemouth again seemed to be in the bigger cut boulders, also don't be afraid to cast in the exact same spots multiple times, this produced multiple fish. Another technique that worked really well in Ticaboo was to cast a drop shot at the base/face of the really huge boulders where you could work it vertically. Anytime the wind was calm enough to fish a bit slower success also increased. We saw water temps hit 57-58 that day.  

dunglmb_edited-1Sunday fishing improved dramatically, it was day that you wait and dream about all year. The sun was out and the wind was relatively calm all day. This day we just cut to the chase and headed straight towards Ticaboo repeating the same patterns as the day before, right after lunch fishing the bank heading out of Ticaboo it really turned on, it just became fish after fish, I was having a lot of success slow swimming a Yamamoto double tail hula cinnamon with blue flake on a Owner stand up jig head size 1/4. Along with many Smallmouth we kept picking up a few Crappie, one weighing in at 1.14 it was awesome!!! After fishing pretty much every foot of bank in Ticaboo we hit a few other spots on the other side of the Bay, as the day got later a few clouds starting rolling in, my Uncle asked if it would be a good idea to try top water and if they'd bite? So i tied on a buzz bait, first cast a 3lb Largemouth exploded on it, it was the icing on the cake for a perfect day, we fished the remaining hour or so and it was on fire (mostly smallies), we were all wishing we could stay another week, or month or two. The water temp showed 59 at around 6pm or so. Sunday was a 100+ fish day, Saturday was closer to 50ish? Weather patterns even day to day play a huge part in the spring time fishing.

 
The next morning packing up and heading back to bullfrog was cold and windy, it had once again already changed to the colder pattern. Id say if you're planning a trip up north over the next couple weeks be in mind of water clarity, and even if only a couple of the days look nice over a trip still do it, those nicer days will more than make up for a couple crappy ones and you'll still probably catch fish. Thanks again for everyone on this site and the info that they share on a myriad of topics, hopefully our reports and info help out as well.  

dungsmbPreston

Fish estimates over three days for our six anglers...Smallies 100

Crappie 30

Largemouth 20

Striper 15

Walleye 10

 

 

 

dungsmb2

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 09:09
 

March 31, 2017 - Birthday fishing report

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fatstb

 

 

Birthday fishing Report

 

Fishing for large numbers of stripers will be best using bait at the dam and along the walls in the forebay.  Also look at Buoy 3 and in the close canyons at Navajo, Warm Creek and Lone Rock.  These fish are hungry and willing.  If you get on the right spot there could be a large number of stripers caught.

 

We have identified another pattern for those that want to run uplake and fish in clear water for fat stripers. Schools of stripers were located yesterday in Labyrinth Canyon, Face Canyon, Buoy 25 Cove, and small coves in the main channel from Warm Creek to Padre Bay. Schools of suspended stripers are feeding on plankton at a depth of 30 feet in clear water. I expect this pattern to be repeatable in all clear water canyons.

 

They will hit a small (3-4 inch) shallow running (4 feet) Lucky Craft Pointer SP trolled well behind the boat.  (Bring your small trout lures and try them) These fish are surviving on plankton until shad spawn again but when they see a small shad-imitating lure on the surface they rush up 10-20 feet and hit the lure.  Catching fish is steady. We counted over 30 fish at the cleaning station yesterday after 3 hours of fishing.

 

Good Luck tomorrow!

 

fatstb2

 

March 23, 2017 - Stripers biting at Dam

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We have had some unsetteled weather with more to come this week.  I went to the fish cleaning station today to check on the status of the striper factory down at the dam. Two boats were checked cleaning stripers.  The first group caught 75 stripers in 4 hours of fishing.  The second group of boaters only had 30 but fishing time was less.  

The hot spot remains at the west wall near the buoy line.  These anglers were not fishing right at the buoys but further up the wall near the chain link fence that overhangs the wall. Both were using anchovies and fishing was good all morning.  

 Expect stripers to stay active near the dam for the rest of the month. 

 

March 23, 2017 - Grubs work well for many species

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Several readers contacted me last week asking about conditions on Lake Powell.
Here is an example from Mike, who didn’t share his last name. “I am so ready to fish Lake Powell this spring, what do you think the fish will eat?”
Since I just returned from our B.A.S.S. spring qualifying tournament held last week in Bullfrog, I can tell you that grubs of all shapes and sizes are the baits of choice for great anglers.
In the spring on Lake Powell, several species of fish become quite active at the same time. Stripers are getting ready for their annual spawn and are actively seeking and sometimes finding shad in the backs of small and large coves in clear, stained and muddy water. Stripers (as I’ve written before) oft times overstay their welcome in canyons and bays and become very hungry after the schools of shad they chased into their “traps” are either eaten or somehow escape after a time.
Stripers that are left behind begin to forage just like bass, but in my opinion don’t have the same skillset for rummaging on the bottom for crayfish, blue gills or sunfish. They become fascinated by any moving bait and will attack almost anything reeled passed them.
Just last week I caught 20 stripers while practicing for our tournament and did so on four lures: a 6-inch jerkbait, a 3-inch crankbait, and a 3.5-inch single- or double-tailed grub. And the more aggressive bites came on grubs.
Walleyes are just concluding their spawn and crappies are schooling near the backs of spawning coves. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are just now making nests and will begin to spawn in earnest over the next week or two. When you include blue gills in the discussion, six species of fish will choose to eat grubs rather than almost any other baits or lures that anglers choose.
Grub fishing is one of the oldest methods of catching fish. A soft plastic body is threaded on a ball head jig hook and the lure is then thrown out and reeled in so that the grub “swims its way back to the shore or boat.”
The beautiful part of fishing a grub is that almost anyone can learn how to do it with minimum teaching and training. While other methods, including but not limited to jerkbaits, drop shots, crankbaits or spinnerbaits, require significant time on the water to refine one’s skills, casting grubs is done by simply tossing them out and reeling them back fast or slow or in a yo-yo manner. Period.
In last week’s tournament I drew a co-angler each day from among the participants to fish from the back deck of my boat. All three of my co-anglers caught fish and two of the three caught their five-fish limit each day and used grubs almost exclusively, a testament to their value as viable lures.

Several readers contacted me last week asking about conditions on Lake Powell.

Here is an example from Mike, who didn’t share his last name. “I am so ready to fish Lake Powell this spring, what do you think the fish will eat?”

Since I just returned from our B.A.S.S. spring qualifying tournament held last week in Bullfrog, I can tell you that grubs of all shapes and sizes are the baits of choice for great anglers.

In the spring on Lake Powell, several species of fish become quite active at the same time. Stripers are getting ready for their annual spawn and are actively seeking and sometimes finding shad in the backs of small and large coves in clear, stained and muddy water. Stripers (as I’ve written before) oft times overstay their welcome in canyons and bays and become very hungry after the schools of shad they chased into their “traps” are either eaten or somehow escape after a time.

Stripers that are left behind begin to forage just like bass, but in my opinion don’t have the same skillset for rummaging on the bottom for crayfish, blue gills or sunfish. They become fascinated by any moving bait and will attack almost anything reeled passed them.

Just last week I caught 20 stripers while practicing for our tournament and did so on four lures: a 6-inch jerkbait, a 3-inch crankbait, and a 3.5-inch single- or double-tailed grub. And the more aggressive bites came on grubs.

Walleyes are just concluding their spawn and crappies are schooling near the backs of spawning coves. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are just now making nests and will begin to spawn in earnest over the next week or two. When you include blue gills in the discussion, six species of fish will choose to eat grubs rather than almost any other baits or lures that anglers choose.

Grub fishing is one of the oldest methods of catching fish. A soft plastic body is threaded on a ball head jig hook and the lure is then thrown out and reeled in so that the grub “swims its way back to the shore or boat.”

The beautiful part of fishing a grub is that almost anyone can learn how to do it with minimum teaching and training. While other methods, including but not limited to jerkbaits, drop shots, crankbaits or spinnerbaits, require significant time on the water to refine one’s skills, casting grubs is done by simply tossing them out and reeling them back fast or slow or in a yo-yo manner. Period.

In last week’s tournament I drew a co-angler each day from among the participants to fish from the back deck of my boat. All three of my co-anglers caught fish and two of the three caught their five-fish limit each day and used grubs almost exclusively, a testament to their value as viable lures.

Some used white or pearl while others stayed with green pumpkin or brown as base colors and coupled them with 1/8- to 1/2-ounce ball- or football-head jigs. In fact, on two consecutive days, while I threw crankbaits, my co-anglers were catching more fish than I by “dragging” their grubs behind the boat. One angler caught three keepers before I caught a single fish.

If I were to make a trip to Lake Powell in the next month, I would start and finish my fishing adventure with a couple of rods and reels and two different colors of grubs ready for action. Then, I would travel to the backs of any and all small or large coves or bays and cast grubs to any structure such as rocks, brush or grass and carefully reel them in, varying the retrieve until the fish tell me which way they want the presentation: slow, fast, or somewhere in between.

Lake Powell will rise at least 30 feet this year and it will begin rising in the next 30 days. Now is a great time to visit one of my personal 10 wonders of the world. And do it with grub.

 

March 18, 2017 - Stripers on bait Wm Creek

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Went to the back of Warm Creek 3/17 looking to see if we could wake up some catfish. BTW, 13 feet of water in the cut right now but stay in the middle exiting north bound as there are a couple of fingers coming out left and right that show yellow water due to shallows there. YELLOW WATER-BEWARE!

Didn't find any catfish. We sat on shore and enjoyed the great weather. We went to the sandy area facing north and spent a nice few hours.

What did we catch you ask?

Nothing but stripers! Up to about 22 inches, all somewhat skinny. Not real bad skinny but obviously needing food. Our baits were soaking on the bottom in about 12 feet of water sloping to 25-30 80 yds off shore. This might be a good area to try trolling in somewhat near shore.

Going out Sunday to the dam to see if we can gin up some more stripers.

We live where others come for vacation!!!!

 

March 15, 2017 - Chains striper catching

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On the way home from work tonight I stopped at the Wahweap Fish Cleaning station and got a great report. A family from Prescott was there with about 30 stripers which they caught from shore after walking down from the Chains Parking lot near the dam.  They found a ledge at the waters edge with an underwater flat about 30 feet deep. They cast out anchovy bait from shore and caught fish steadily from noon to 2:30 PM.  It looks like bait fishing at the dam by boat and from the shore is now happening well.  
 

March 11, 2017 - 5 species

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tsstb

 

 

 

tslmbAs usual your fishing report is spot-on Wayne. My 9 year old son, my brother and his wife, and I took your advice and fished the green water in the back of several Canyons yesterday and caught 5 species of fish. We initially started trolling for stripers about 10:30am and had limited  success so we started using bass fishing tactics and casting crank baits towards the shore in 25 to 30 feet of water and started catching Smallmouth  immediately.

We picked up several stripers and a 3lb hen walleye using this same tactic. Action slowed, so we moved to the next canyon and started throwing crank baits and soft plastics around chunk rock in 10 to 30 ft of water and picked up some more smallies and a few large mouth. As the afternoon shadows began to appear on the water we found a school of stripers feeding in about 30 ft of water and caught them on about everything we cast. We found that the medium to small fish were much healthier and gave better fillets than the large fish. Thanks again for a very accurate and specific report that allowed us to know where and how to catch fish and spend our short one day trip catching rather than searching.


Todd Shakespeare, Cedar City Utah

 

tssmb

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 March 2017 19:17
 

March 8. 2017 - Walleye video -Smith Fork

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