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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 10, 2011- Scott Meyer -Gunsight

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scott meyerI love reading your reports and wanted to share our good fortune in Gunsight canyon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scottsmbMy wife, brother, and two friends spent May 4th thru the 7th in Gunsight Canyon fishing for small mouth bass and stripers. Small mouth was good on warm 80 degree afternoons hitting on plastic hula grubs and Rapala crankbait that dove 8 to 10 feet. Over 3 days we caught about 30 small mouth trolling the shoreline looking for rock and underwater tree structures.

 

 

 

 

 

smstringWed afternoon proved to be the best striper fishing in the back of the canyon. Water temp was 62 degrees and about 4pm we found a school under the boat. We did a little chumming with anchovies then dropped a 1/16oz weighted hook with anchovies to a dept of 20 to 25 feet and the fun began. We landed 50 in under 2 hours. Stripers were skinny most ranging from the 2 to 4lb size but put up a good fight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

scottmcconnellScott and Julie Meyer from Gilbert, AZ

 

 

 

 


 

May 10, 2011- Chas McConnell - LMB San Juan

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chasbigbassHere is a picture of the 7.19 Large mouth I caught around the San Juan arm, using a crappie jig. The fish came out of the water three times and finally ran to a tree.

It was all we could do to get this fish in a net and into the boat. After this picture was taken, she was kissed and gently returned to the water.

This fish reminded us of the great largemouth fishing in the 1980's, where a 5 pound LM was fairly common. I miss those days.

Anyway, the crappie and walleye fishing was also good.

As always, we had a excellent trip to Powell

 

Chas McConnell

 

May 9, 2011 Scott Zufelt - Buoy 3 Trout

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szufeltI caught the fish in the attached pic on 5/7/11 along the wall near buoy 3 on an anchovie. It appears to be a trout, but is unlike any trout I have ever caught. It had a mouth full of teeth and put up a good fight. Can you identify what kind of fish this was from the pic?

Thanks,

Scott Zufelt

 

Waynes Note:  "Looks like  Brown trout to me but its been along time since I have seen a trout of any kind in Lake Powell"

Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2011 14:44
 

May 9, 2011 -Matt Madsen- Bullfrog North

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Fished out of Bullfrog from the 4th to the 7th.  Water temps started out in the high 50's on Wednesday and hit 64 by Saturday.  Little or no wind on the 4th and 5th,  afternoon wind on the 6th and 7th. 

Fished north of Bullfrog around Knowles, Cedar, and Warm Springs.  Fishing was slow in the mornings, but picked up in the afternoons.  ON the 5th, we caught mostly Largemouth in the morning.  Fish were on a variety of Crankbaits and grubs.  While not targeting Walleye,  we caught eight each day.  They were up and hit both grubs and cranks.

Only one striper was caught on the trip, about a 5lb female. Her eggs were green.

Weather was warm in the 80's, coupled with mild winds, it was one of the best trips I have ever had at Powell.

I would recommend that people target the Walleye right now.  They are up and feeding pretty heavy.  I did not take any crawlers,  but a half a crawler on a 1/4 oz. jig head, worked on the rock slide/slick rock transitions, should produce pretty good catches of them right now.

Baits used were a variety of grubs, smoke sparkle, greens, and browns on 1/4 oz. hds.  The cranks were mostly shad colors, medium to deep runners.

 

 

May 9, 2011 - Marty Peterson - Bullfrog

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Arrived on the evening of the 3rd. Stopped in at the fish cleaning station to gain info. Several anglers there with walleye. Only one with many stripers. Stripers caught trolling just the right lure at just the right place we were told. We did not have the right lure because we trolled up only a few fish over the next two days.

The wind came up some on Tuesday night, so we nightfished just inside the tires at the slips. Brought in no shad or fish. Wed. morning woke up to boats from a tournament. So we joined them up Bullfrog Bay and picked up a few small stripers and walleyes mostly on anchovies. Spent the afternoon trolling in Halls. Picked up one healthy striper and a crappie.

Nightfished upper Bullfrog on Wed. night. Caught one small striper on topwater just before dark and one striper on bait. Again brought in no plankton or shad. Awakened by overly friendly tourney anglers again Thursday morning. Was only 39 degree air that morning. And the water dropped from 62 to 56. Managed a few fish during the morning but our best fight was a foul hooked carp. Did see a lot of small largemouth fleeing nesting areas about everywhere there was flat rock. 

Turned those fillets into fish tacos and even at about $2 per fillet it was worth the trip.  Marty Peterson.

 

May 6, 2011 - Don Nix - San Juan Stripers

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donnixWayne, the photo is me (Don Nix) and one of the 70 plus Stripers we caught on a trip to the Southern end of the lake on May 16 and 17th. My fishing buddy Bill Bell and I are from the Bayfield, Chimney Rock, area of Colorado and have fished the lake for many years but never sent in fishing information before. On this trip we decided to fish the Southern end. After a short visit to Mike Sticker (Stix) in Page, we headed to the dam area. No luck on the graph so worked our way up to the San Juan. 

After graphing for an hour or so we started finding a few schools on the canyon points. Using anchovies to get the fish started, we then kept them going using 3" spoons. The fish were not in the best of shape but one out of every 3 had a good fillet. The weather was in the low 70's and we couldn't have asked for a better trip. The fish ranged from one to 4 lbs, with the smaller ones having the best fillet...We plan on heading back in the next month to the North end and will let you know how that goes.......Thanks to all you input over the years Wayne......

 

May 5, 2011 - Kevin Phillips - San Juan

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kphillips10Six of us spent a week in the San Juan, from the 21st of April to the to the 27th, and had a great time, catching Big Crappie, Large and Small mouth Bass, and healthy Striper's. We caught a lot of 2lb+, Crappie, on 1/8th and 1/16th oz jig's, with Gulp grub's, stinger's, and my favorite this year, was a Shad looking Power bait straight minnow, with glitter all in it.

 

kphillips3We found the water temp's to be lower then normal for sure, but it only seemed to keep the smaller Crappie's out waiting for the warmer water, the nice one's were there. We also caught a lot of Large mouth, and Small, on the same jig's. There were huge school's of Striper, on the wall's in the great bend, full of green egg's, just waiting for the right temperature's.

 

kphillips2The fish are fat and sassy, with 15 to 16 inch Crappie's, weighing 2 to 2lb 2oz.
Large mouth's are like football's, and the Small mouth's were fiesty as ever. If it weren't Mother's day weekend, we would be back for sure. Hope some of these picture's are decent.

 

kpsonThe six of us were Sam, Dustin, Dave, and Egon from Colorado, and Carl, and KyKevin, from Utah. A great bunch of men, that are fun to fish with.




Wayne I am sending more picture's, one from last year, that never got posted, of a couple of nice 2 1/2  and 2lb 2oz Crappie's Dustin caught, and a few more from this trip.
kphouseThese 10 Crappie's were from 1lb 14 oz, to 2lb 2 oz, most of them caught off of one rock, can's were put there for size comparison.

 

May 2-3. 2011 - Striper Collection in Good Hope Bay

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wipernobEach year hybrid striped bass, wipers, are planted in Willard Bay and New Castle Reservoirs by the UDWR. Wipers are sterile hybrids created by crossing striped bass and white bass.  Offspring are sterile allowing managers to control the population size of these voracious predators. In past years wiper fry have been purchased from fish farms in the eastern US. Recently disease and invasive species infestations make it less desirable to move fish species from state to state. In a proactive effort to maintain UT wipelivewellfisheries while practicing safe procedures an attempt was made in May 20011 to produce the needed wiper fry in UT using local fish.  Parents were collected with male striped bass obtained from Lake Powell and female white bass obtained from Utah Lake. White bass were part of the by-catch of the commercial carp fishery being conducted at Utah Lake.

wiperinjectBoth male and female striped bass were collected by hook and line in Lake Powell on May 2-3, 2011. Ripe striped bass are found only in the inflow areas of the upper Colorado and San Juan rivers where forage is abundant allowing maturation. Over the rest of the lake striped bass condition is not as good and adult fish did not ripen over winter. Hungry stripers are easy to catch on bait in the main lake but spawning stripers are not chasing food. Stripers in prespawn condition may be the hardest fish to catch as they concentrate on spawning. Knowing this we targeted scattered fish by trolling deep diving lures along miles of shoreline in Good Hope Bay.

spermsyringeCollection of eggs and sperm is time limited as spawning products remain viable for a short time. Eggs must be fertilized within the same hour as the female ripens. Moving eggs is difficult while sperm has a longer life span and can be transported and used as much as a week later.  We kept both ripe male and female stripers but knew going in that sperm would likely be the only product useable from Lake Powell fish.

When a ripe striper was captured it was immediately taken to base camp, injected with hormones to hasten spawning and placed in a large holding net. The net was then lowered to 30 feet in the lake where fragile striped bass so sensitive to handling stress may have a chance to ripen and then survive long enough to spawn.   Monday was spent collecting stripers, running them back to camp and then returning to capture another fish. By evening the holding net contained 25 ripe injected fish.

wiperropeThe next morning the target was now ripe males. Females did not have time to ripen and still meet our deadlines. We continued to troll and catch more fish which of course were 90% females.  These fish were used to certify that stripers in Lake Powell are disease free and worthy to be used as brood fish.  This survey has been done annually and will continue to be performed in the future.

wiperopeAt noon on Tuesday it was time to raise the nest and see if our brood fish survived over night. With anticipation the nest was raised to find that 80% of our fish had made it. Sperm was collected as the stomach was stroked and fluid collected with a syringe. Extender was added to prolong viability and allow the male product to be used later at Utah Lake. That went well and our project was a success.

Female striped bass did not ripen overnight in the cold water experienced on site.  That would have taken more time that was not available so no ripe eggs were crossed with white bass sperm which we had on hand. Now our hopes are riding on the reciprocal hybrid cross between white bass females and striped bass males.  Those fertilized eggs are now in the hatchery at the Lee Kay Center in Salt Lake City. We should know by next week if the eggs will hatch. If so, half the fish will be grown at Lee Kay and half at Wahweap hatchery. Look for an update as the project continues.
 

May 4, 2011 - Ryan Mosley - Crappie

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ryancrappieSorry it's late but here's our report from last weekend, 4/48-5/1.

 

We arrived at Good Hope Bay early Thursday morning. All was calm, but the forecast predicted high winds on both Friday and Saturday, with gusts up to 50 mph. Water temps were in the lower 60s. Our goal- get our crappie limits before the wind and/or low pressure put the fish down. We got 'em that afternoon, catching over 30 crappies up to 15-inches in length. Fish were scattered compared to previous years, so we would catch a few, move to a new pocket of brush, and catch a few more. Berkley 2-inch Power Grubs in natural chartreuse rigged on 1/8 oz jighead about 4 ft under a float were the ticket.

 

rscrappieBefore the wind started on Friday, we targeted walleyes casting lures and stripers trolling cranks. The few walleyes we caught hit crankbaits and single tailed grubs along shallow points and flats in about 20-30 ft of water. Stripers weren't concentrated but we caught several along the rocky shore across the main channel from the floating restroom. A Berkley Frenzy mid diver in firetiger produced the most fish, but we also caught some (and more walleyes) on Wally Divers (pink firetiger), Hot-n-Tots (chrome and chartreuse), and Rapala Shad Raps (clown). Boat speed was about 3.5 mph. The calm didn't last and it wasn't long until the wind made trolling pretty unenjoyable.

 

Saturday was tough. The air temp dropped about 20F and the water temp went from 60s to mid 50s. The fish turned off for us, and we only caught a few bass casting jigs and a few more stipers trolling. We resorted to the camp, but caught some nice catfish up to 3 lbs from shore using what we had for bait- smoked ham lunch meat!

 

rogersSunday was still blustery in the morning, and we caught a few more cats from shore. By afternoon, the wind slowed down and we found the fish more active. We caught several bass and a few more walleye and crappie while casting single tailed Yamamoto jigs and crankbaits. Some of the bass were about 2 lbs.

 

The water was "green" in the lower Good Hope Bay area, but we could see a color change well to the north. Water temps varied depending on wind and location. When calm and in the backs of canyons we saw it has high as 67F. In the main channel it was as low as 55F.

 

rogersmbOther than fighting the wind, it was a good trip and we took home a load of fillets as planned including stripers, walleyes, catfish, bluegill, and crappie.

 

Hope it helps, Ryan

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2011 07:49
 

May 4, 2011 - Chet Garling - San Juan

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bassman9I am sending a picture from my phone to go with this report, and one of Bassman's big bass.

My son Tory and I spent the weekend Apr 29-May 2 camped on the San Juan at Neskahi.
Friday we were able to troll up a dozen healthy stripers with rapala type lures running flat line about 150' so lure running 12' or so.The stripers were in about 68' of water at the top of the great bend. We were able to locate them coming closer to Neskahi every day as the water clarity changed.


Bassman - KC Benn

 

 

 

Tory Garling

torygSaturday we boated about 50 LMB and SMB along with some crappie, most were taken with a chartreuse 3" Yamamato single tail. Sunday we had around 90 or so between the two of us, we spent the afternoon on Bassman's boat, what a treat. Monday morning the topwater bite was on. We boated 20 or so before heading back. Water temp was 60 in the colored water in coves. Had to hole up in Lake Canyon for a couple of hours because of high seas, before getting to the San Juan, the wind was aggravating not debilitating, it was cold. I have never seen so many boats, houseboats and camps in the area before, every cove, bay, wall or canyon was fished very hard, over and over. Got to see Hotwheels and chatted with a few other folks.
Thanks again for all you do. Kind regards, Chet Garling

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2011 14:18
 


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