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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 30, 2011- Mike McNabb -

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mikemc1We were in Padre Canyon on the 21st for a couple of hours with my wife, granddaughter and her friend. They didn't want to fish, just play on the beach so grandpa went out fishing. I was coming up empty cove after cove but then I found one small cove that gave up a nice striper and small mouth and 4 nice largemouth, I hit the jackpot. The fish were in the bushes (stick-ups) in about 8 feet of water. The water was stightly stained. I was using a senko water melon with black slecks weedless rig with a small split shot at the top of the hook. It seemed that the fish hit right away as the bait dropped and hit the bottom. As soon as I got the slack line reeled up they were on the hook. Without getting the slack line tight quickly you would never know you had something on the line, a really light hit.

I took the fish back and showed my granddaughter, took a picture and then took them back to were I caught them and let 'em go. It was a great hour or so fishing all by myself. I did meet three Utah Wildlife law enforcement officers, they checked out my fishing license and we had a nice conversation and I showed off the two big LM, one was 2.12 and the other was 3.1 pounds.

Mike McNabb

 

May 30, 2011 -Koby Hubbs - Lake Canyon Stripers

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kobylmbWe just got back from another great fishing trip from the best fishing lake in the Western U, S.  I was down there two weeks ago and had a great trip with fish on their nests.  Sorry I forgot to send in a report of that trip.

This was supposed to be a scout trip to Zion’s as we drew a lottery pick to hike down the Subway and then the Narrows.  With all of the high water they cancelled our permit and the only place that I could think of that would be a suitable replacement on such short notice was Lake Powell.

kobybigOn our ride down we had two goals in mind.  One, have the boys tie their own knots and rig their own bait.  Two, hook and land a fish on the knots that they had tied.  We spent the majority of the four hour ride practicing and learning the Palomar for the hook, and the Uni knot to tie a leader to their braid.  After much weeping, and wailing they finally learned to tie both knots.

kobystringWe arrived on Wednesday the 25th of May with about 10 minutes to spare before the inspection station closed.  We wanted to do some night fishing so we were in luck.  The ranger told us that a boat had just left the cleaning station with around 100 stripers that had been caught at the mouth of Lake Canyon.  This was the news that we were waiting to hear with the young boys that we had this trip.

kobyposeThe first night was a challenge as I gave each of the boys a rod and reel and told them to tie on in the dark so we could start fishing.  I was expecting lots of problems, but they all tied their leaders and hooks without a problem.   A chunk of anchovy later and we had wet lines.  Within a few minutes we caught the first striper of the trip.  We fished for several hours, but only caught about 10 stripers a few cats, a walleye, and a largemouth.  I was shocked to catch a largemouth on an anchovy chunk in open water.

The next morning I got everyone up early and we headed to Moki wall to try out the fishing there.  We were catching a few stripers, but the catch rates were slow so we ran up Moki canyon and found a better spot towards the end of the canyon.  We caught much larger stripers at the end of  canyon, and the catch rate tripled to about 6-10/hour.

We fished again the next morning to discover that we had caught most of them the day before.  This was the signal that we needed to convince us to go try Lake Canyon, but the wind was blowing too hard to risk the trip with 6 people in my fishing boat with all of our camping supplies.

kobyropeThe next morning we finally ran down to Lake Canyon and started catching fish right away.  We caught 40+ fish in a little over 3 hours before we had to retreat into the canyon because of the strong winds.  We found a sheltered bay to swim and clean fish for the rest of the day.

Our final morning we decided to catch fish again at the mouth of Lake Canyon until the winds picked up.  We started off catching slower than the previous morning, but it picked up at about 8:00 and by noon we had around 75 strippers to clean again.  Our total for the trip was around 80 pounds of filleted striper meat; after all we could eat fish for dinner every night.

Thanks to the ranger who recommended that we go to Lake Canyon and Wayne for this website.  Koby Hubbs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2011 07:25
 

May 28, 2011 Shane Spravzoff - Padre - Smallmouth

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ssprav1 

We fished the lake May 26th and 27th.  The water is rising fast but the fishing is still excellent!  I was joined on this trip by my good friends Nick Sanchez, Anthony Ruby, and my girlfriend Jessica Waltenberg.  As you reported the fish are now out a little bit deeper with the magic depth seeming to be right around 20 ft.  Our efforts were concentrated in Padre Bay and once again we caught walleye, smallmouth, largemouth, and stripers.

 

 

 

 

ssprav2Nick had never bass fished before but had no problem picking it up.  I believe he was the hot stick for the weekend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ssprav3However, Jessica was not to be outdone and ended up with the biggest bass of the weekend, a 3.4 pound beast of a smallmouth that was released to fight another day!  Once again it was another great trip at Powell.  The fishing was best in the mornings before the wind came up.  We caught fish dropshotting, on tubes, and cranking!

 

 

 

ssprav4Here's to all those who have served this  great country!  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Tight Lines,

Shane Spravzoff

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 May 2011 18:35
 

May 28, 2011 - Randy - Midlake

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I have been going to the lake in Mid to late May since 2004 (annually; 1 week each trip).  Trip is with 7 others fishing about 6 – 7 hrs/day.   This year, 5/14/11 – 5/20/11.   This report is similar to the fellow that reported on fishing around Bullfrog.  I echo his comments on the fishery and the weather (made it rough).

This year we fished the San Juan river area; Wilson Creek and E and W of there including Cha canyon.   Fishing was slow, probably the least productive of my 7 trips.  Caught a fair number of SM Bass but most were very small, a few small LMB, a few blue gill, a few stripers, and just a few crappie (sp).  The one thing that was abundant was Walleye – here we caught more than ever.   One of our party caught a 4 lb – 9 ounce walleye on a jig at ~ 50 ft.  We also did some fishing just N of Iceberg and 1/2 day on the Escalante – a mile or so off the Colorado river (intersection).

Finally, I noticed when we cleaned the back carpeted area of the house boat where we cleaned fish, something was different.  The striper scale, was different than past years in that the scale was very easy to clean (dry sweep) off the carpeted deck.  I did not find it that way in past years when it was very sticky and difficult to clean.

I like your website and appreciate your work.

Thank you,

Randy

Elko, NV

 

May 28, 2011 - Curtis Kosley - Halls Crossing

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larrykosleyI took my father and mother to Lake Powell for the first time between 5/19 and 5/26, and we stayed at the Hall's crossing RV campground. We are all from Colorado Springs Co. The people there treated us like family and helped us with anything we wanted, including taking us to and from the marina if we wanted. I rented a slip for the week and it was so nice. The weather and fishing... not so good. I have fished all over the lake during the past 12 years and this was the worst for catching anything due in part to a lot of wind, rain, and at times hail. Also, I had to troll more than just bait cast than usual as my father has trouble standing for long periods of time. We tried anchovies at the mouth of Moki,along with several others and could not get the stripers to come in. We fished up to Cedar canyon and caught several nice large mouth on blue and white bombers towards the end but not much else up there.

 

stevenkosleyThis trip we caught more walleye than other types of fish with the largest being 4 lbs. ( my dad's largest fish ever). He caught it in Knowles canyon on a black and silver crank-bait while trolling. We tried the back of Hall's bay by the trees and caught one nice crappie (picture attached) but the wind kept coming up and keeping the water muddy. It was hard fishing to stay out of the trees.

 

By the way, I am attaching pictures of our larger fish. My dad Larry Kosley with his 4lb. walleye, my son Steven with a nice largemouth, and my other son Dustin with his crappie. We are used to catching 150 to 200 fish or so in  a week vs. the 55 various types this time around. This year we were about two weeks earlier and the weather kind of made it tough.

 

 

dustinkosleyI could not believe how hard it was just to find and catch small mouth. Most of them were only 6 to 12 inches long. I don't know if the weekend bass tournament effected things or not. I was curious as to how well it went, does anyone know? I did not have a temp. gauge for the water but it must have stayed cold enough to keep the fish from biting. I tried all of the backs of canyons and it was unusually tough. My son did get one striper casting which was about 3 to 4 lbs. and fat and healthy in Forgotten canyon but that was the only one we caught this trip. I imagine with the nicer weather coming in as we were leaving, things will be picking up. We were starting to see the debris and murky water just above Moki. Also, I attatched a picture of red buoy 114. it is located at the right hand mouth of Knowles canyon in case the someone wonders where it went. Curtis Kosley, Colo. Spgs, CO

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 May 2011 10:22
 

May 26, 2011 - Lee Mason - Walleye

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leemasonwaeHi Wayne, everyone is now telling me to come out of hiding and let my prospects be shared. I'm known in Page as  L J or as the walleyestinger . for I fish and catch walleye year round and always catch my Legal limit Plus , each time I go Out . 

I average 18 to 30 each trip , but I only keep 4 to 5 only and keep only 1 that is the largest for records.
I make all my own lures by hand and have a special 1 that is in a series of 5 that is a walleye killer year round.
I can't share the lure and the 1 thru 5 series with you for I do not have a patent on this and the series just yet put is pending.

I can share photo's with you, I post what I fish for on facebook , I only post 1 pic to show only the spieces but never the large ones nor the quantities.

Here's the latest caught 5-22-2011 @ 2:49pm  I hope you enjoy this and share on your site.
 

May 24, 2011 - John Huscroft - Rock Creek bass

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Fished out of Friendship Cove.  Caught between 70 and 90 per day.  A lot of little smallies on whatever you threw all day long.  Looked for bigger fish in the backs of Rock Creek on Friday morning and still caught small fish.  Friday afternoon fished the stained water in Last Chance and caught some good largemouth, went back to the stained water on Sat afternoon and caught 6 nice largemouth 2 ½ to 3pounds.  Most of the better fish were on Senkos and Jigs.  No traffic at all.



John Huscroft
 

May 23, 2011 - Don Nix - Navajo Stripers

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jenninixHey Wayne, photo is of my wife Lisa, and my daughter Jenni, with a couple of healthy 4 lb Stripers. We just got back from Navaho Canyon after fishing May 19. This was the daughters' college graduation present. We fished mainly with bait and did a lot of chumming. That seemed to be the secret as no large schools were located. When we found a few fish in the 40 to 60 ft range we chummed like mad. My favorite spot had 4 boats on it so we used the graph alot.

 

The fish were a little healthier than a couple of weeks ago and most had crawdads in them. Several males were ripe and most females had egg sacks. Most of the stripers were in the 2 to 4 pound range. The wind came up in the late afternoon but we had a lot of fish to clean by then. The water temp was in the low 60s which was down a little, most likely do to the cold weather prior to our arrival. It was nice being able to use the cut and not have that long ride around by the dam.  

 

Thanks Wayne.....  Don Nix, Chimney Rock, Co.

 

May 23, 2011 -Joe Paez -Navajo Stripers

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anthonycattersonMy BIL and I were dying to get to the Lake from all of the reports we have been reading. You should have a disclaimer on this site warning people that reading post could be hazardous to a marriage.
Anyway the report: We arrived at Wahweap from Provo Friday morning expecting to cover alot of water and target multiple species. We hit Navajo and never left.Thats why I dont fish tournanments here, the Stripers always sidetrack me. We immediately graphed a school lowered a spoon and it was on. We chummed heavily to keep them interested. I eventually switched to chovies. As much as I hate the smelly hands I like catching lots of fish more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


joe paezThere were schools all over the last half of the canyon. 30-40 feet seemed to be their comfort zone. Whether they where in 45' or 100' of water.
Tons of small stripers everywhere. Kids would have a blast on a medium, medium-lite rig, good eating too!
We got spoiled by my graphs. We would graph a school then determine if we wanted to fish it or not by the size of them on my Structure Scan.

 

 

strperthumbGotta love technology. But it doesn't take all that to get in to em good these days.
Gonna be on the IR for a few due to Striper thumb. Love the site. Be back in July for boils.
Thanks
Joe Paez

Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2011 18:21
 

May 21, 2011 - Joel Belmont -

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jbelbass"We spent a week on the lake between Bullfrog and the Dam.  We didn't fish the lake hard... but fished it every day.  It seems I always pick a time in May when the stripers have their minds on other things, which seemed to be the case this week.  I couldn't interest even one of them.  Even bait fishing at the dam was really slow for everyone I saw there.  The smallies were reliable as always, and we kept 6 of the mid-size dinks (10-12") for dinner one night.  I did catch a nice LMB working a ledge near deep water (which seems to always produce the largest LMB's I catch on the lake) with a singletail yamamoto - my go-to smallie bait. I always like to let the Largemouth (of size) go, and keep the ones there are too many of (stripers, dink smallies, etc).  It could have been the weather that threw things off a bit (water temp hovered between 60 and 64) or the spawn, but we never could stir up a school on the graph.  Hopefully warmer weather will get things rolling again.

Also, my thanks to Wayne, who lent me a hand at the far end of the Escalante.  Always a gentleman. 

~Joel Belmont, Glenwood Springs, CO"

 


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