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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. 



October 27, 2016 - Stanton- Moki (Must Read)

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Having just returned from spending three days on the lake with my dad, October 20-22, I thought I'd share the experience and insight from our trip. We launched from bullfrog early Thursday morning. After setting camp in Stanton Canyon we decided to stay close for the day. The first day on the water seemed quite slow we caught a smallmouth here picked a smallmouth up there but it just didn't seem to be that productive. However, at the end of the day we started to count up the number fish that we had caught it ended up that we had picked up about 40 fish throughout the day.
On Friday morning we ventured out of Stanton and headed up to the lake to Moki.  In Moki we picked up several fish using the normal techniques that you would think of when fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass. As we were slowly progressing down one of the rockslides we noticed crazy amount of disturbance on our graph, as you can see in the picture.  After fishing the rest of the way through the rockslide constantly seeing all this disturbance on our graph I decided to throw on a diver we trolled it.  Within just a few seconds I had a hit and unfortunately the fish got off. Put my lower back in the water control that for another 30 seconds or so and have another hit and missed. This cycle continued a few more times and then I hooked onto a fish.   At this point in time I was totally expecting to pull in a striper or possibly a walleye.   But that's not when I found attached to my lure.  What did they find on the end of my pole? Nothing other than about a pound and a half smallmouth bass.
At first I thought it was a fluke, so I tried again.  What happened? Caught another small mouth.  While we were trolling we noticed that there were groups of fish sitting on the bottom in 20 to 25 feet of water, but on our graph, appeared to be balls stripers.  This led us to dropping the same plastic grubs that we had been fishing the rockslide earlier down and jigging just like you would for stripers in the winter. Did we hook into a fish?  Yeah we did. But once again not what we expected. Just like before, we didn't find a striper at the end of the line. It was a smallmouth bass.
As we've reflected on what we saw on our sonar and made some connections with the fish that we caught during this trip, I wonder how many times I've passed off balls of smallmouth bass as carp.   My suggestion if you're headed in to the northern part of the lake would echo words that I think Wayne wrote about a week and a half ago, "Be flexible. If you find something that works stick with it."
When I headed out on the water if you told me I would've been trolling and jigging for smallmouth bass I would've said you were crazy.  Having experienced that now, it's opened my mind to a whole new set of possibilities on the water.

Having just returned from spending three days on the lake with my dad, October 20-22, I thought I'd share the experience and insight from our trip. We launched from bullfrog early Thursday morning. After setting camp in Stanton Canyon we decided to stay close for the day. The first day on the water seemed quite slow we caught a smallmouth here picked a smallmouth up there but it just didn't seem to be that productive. However, at the end of the day we started to count up the number fish that we had caught it ended up that we had picked up about 40 fish throughout the day.

On Friday morning we ventured out of Stanton and headed up to the lake to Moki.  In Moki we picked up several fish using the normal techniques that you would think of when fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass. As we were slowly progressing down one of the rockslides we noticed crazy amount of disturbance on our graph, as you can see in the picture.  After fishing the rest of the way through the rockslide constantly seeing all this disturbance on our graph I decided to throw on a diver we trolled it.  Within just a few seconds I had a hit and unfortunately the fish got off. Put my lower back in the water control that for another 30 seconds or so and have another hit and missed. This cycle continued a few more times and then I hooked onto a fish.   At this point in time I was totally expecting to pull in a striper or possibly a walleye.   But that's not when I found attached to my lure.  What did they find on the end of my pole? Nothing other than about a pound and a half smallmouth bass.  

At first I thought it was a fluke, so I tried again.  What happened? Caught another small mouth.  While we were trolling we noticed that there were groups of fish sitting on the bottom in 20 to 25 feet of water, but on our graph, appeared to be balls of stripers.  This led us to dropping the same plastic grubs that we had been fishing the rockslide earlier down and jigging just like you would for stripers in the winter. Did we hook into a fish?  Yeah we did. But once again not what we expected. Just like before, we didn't find a striper at the end of the line. It was a smallmouth bass.

As we've reflected on what we saw on our sonar and made some connections with the fish that we caught during this trip, I wonder how many times I've passed off balls of smallmouth bass as carp.   My suggestion if you're headed in to the northern part of the lake would echo words that I think Wayne wrote about a week and a half ago, "Be flexible. If you find something that works stick with it."

When I headed out on the water if you told me I would've been trolling and jigging for smallmouth bass I would've said you were crazy.  Having experienced that now, it's opened my mind to a whole new set of possibilities on the water.

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Ocotber 18, 2016 - Rock Creek

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Rock Creek Fishing was great!annacossel2
 

October 27, 2016 - Lone Rock

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This fishing report is for the 18th to the 22nd of October we fished the canyon and cliff drop offs near lone rock.
Bass fishing was slow to moderate with the best times being early morning or late afternoon. Small mouth were caught with a grub jig green, chartreuse or white colored.  They were staged off rocky points and off steep cliff drop offs.  Some crappie were caught will fishing for small mouth at the end of the retrive.
Striper fishing was moderate to fast.  Most succes was fond buy jigging with small tube or grub jigs tipped with anchovie shad or stripper meat. We used a fish finder to watch for schooling and staging fish.  Most fish were caught in deeper water with some exciting top water sight fishing in the mornings and evenings. Thanks and good fishing.
Steve Sorensen

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This fishing report is for the 18th to the 22nd of October we fished the canyon and cliff drop offs near lone rock.       Bass fishing was slow to moderate with the best times being early morning or late afternoon. Small mouth were caught with a grub jig green, chartreuse or white colored.  They were staged off rocky points and off steep cliff drop offs.  Some crappie were caught will fishing for small mouth at the end of the retrieve.     

Striper fishing was moderate to fast.  Most succes was found buy jigging with small tube or grub jigs tipped with anchovie shad or striper meat. We used a fish finder to watch for schooling and staging fish.  Most fish were caught in deeper water with some exciting top water sight fishing in the mornings and evenings. Thanks and good fishing.

Steve Sorensen

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October 27, 2016 - Good Hope Bay

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Fished Lake Powell October 7th and 8th. Fished Goodhope Bay both days. Fishing was pretty slow looking for SMB and LMB and walleye or what ever bites our hooks. We finally had some fun on Saturday afternoon at Stripper City. We got into a boil between 2:30 and 3:30 that lasted an hour. Boated 18 strippers and probably lost just as many. Has continuous activity for an hour chasing the school around. We were the only ones up there except for a boat that was trolling and never saw the boil. When it was over we trolled over to them and told them about it and boy were they bummed they missed it. We gave them all the strippers and that made them happy.
Happy fishing,
Dan Sundt

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Fished Lake Powell October 7th and 8th. Fished Goodhope Bay both days. Fishing was pretty slow looking for SMB and LMB and walleye or what ever bites our hooks. We finally had some fun on Saturday afternoon at Striper City. We got into a boil between 2:30 and 3:30 that lasted an hour. Boated 18 stripers and probably lost just as many. Had continuous activity for an hour chasing the school around. We were the only ones up there except for a boat that was trolling and never saw the boil. When it was over we trolled over to them and told them about it and boy were they bummed they missed it. We gave them all the stripers and that made them happy. 

Happy fishing, Dan Sundt

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October 27, ,2016 - Rincon

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Fished the Rincon area, including slick rock and iceberg canyons.  Bass were down deep still approx 30ft. Fishing the bottom slow with single tail grubs, paddle tail grubs, and Rapalas with fair success.  The best bass fishing was from 5pm to dark. Stripers were missing in action, brought 3 in between 6 fishermen over 3 days.

Fished the Rincon area, including slick rock and iceberg canyons.  Bass were down deep still approx 30ft. Fishing the bottom slow with single tail grubs, paddle tail grubs, and Rapalas with fair success.  The best bass fishing was from 5pm to dark. Stripers were missing in action, brought 3 in between 6 fishermen over 3 days.akivesboy
 

October 27, 2016 - Good Hope Bay

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Went down the 6&7 of Oct and stayed in GHB. We fished ticaboo with probably our greatest success. I think we did best throwing a bomber model A and did ok with jigs. We typically don't fish much for stripers but got into a great school at 50 ft with Flo green and silver kastmasters in the back of warm springs canyon. Only managed 2 walleye 1 big crappie too many smallies to count and a decent number of largemouth. I wish I could figure the walleye out better I included a pic of my brother's monster smallie. Can't wait to get back down!

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Went down the 6&7 of Oct and stayed in GHB. We fished ticaboo with probably our greatest success. I think we did best throwing a bomber model A and did ok with jigs. We typically don't fish much for stripers but got into a great school at 50 ft with Flo green and silver kastmasters in the back of warm springs canyon. Only managed 2 walleye 1 big crappie too many smallies to count and a decent number of largemouth. I wish I could figure the walleye out better I included a pic of my brother's monster smallie. Can't wait to get back down!

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October 23, 2016 - Shallow stripers in Warm Creek

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Fresh back from 3 days of catching and wanted to share what we observed. A buddy and I caught all the Stripers we cared too- in the BACK of Warm Creek bay on Thursday. Thousands of Striper are schooled up near numerous schools of bait-we could have caught hundreds if we chose too...aided by the use of anchovies perhaps...then, it would have been all over. We preferred to target the most active Stripers by casting and trolling lures...we trolled, watched the graph, and hooked up frequently with willing fish. We targeted shallower water areas of the bay where my Bombers crankbaits run to 12-14' deep at 3.2 mph.

 We left the vast majority of schooled fish unmolested as we observed numerous bait and predatory fish stacked in water deeper than we cared to fish. All of our harvested Striper came in from 30' of water or less. We avoided trolling the deeper diving lures-which I assume would have worked equally as well. So much fun to be had in the shallows-more than once Striper in the 3lb. range could be seen smashing the lure next too the boat on the retrieve...those fish are fast and you need to be ready! I had a Striper or two whack my lure at the end of the retrieve just before I lifted the lure out of the water...now that is exciting!

 Each of the side canyons off of the back of Warm Creek held fish too. Size of fish varied significantly (lure size fish up to 5#). The larger fish should be heavier and seemed less energetic-still reasonably healthy but not skinny...at least not yet. We culled a few large fish but kept numerous in the preferred table fare sizes.

 The sweet spot for us were the juvenile through 3lb. fish which were numerous and feisty. We don't target while angling but to use a term my friend Tim has posted more than once...we found the "Mother Lode". Tim "Striperholic" has had great success targeting Striper in Warm Creek over the last few weeks so I figured I'd go check out what all the excitement was about. We enjoyed the health and fight of the fish caught.

 We left the schools actively hitting crankbait's in Silver and White. Striper than we could handle with Additionally, we did well with SMB and LMB too, but all of those were caught in and in and around Wahweap Marina.

 

October 22, 2016 - Southern smallmouth bass

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Fall smallmouth bass fishing on Lake Powell can be a study in contrasts. At times most of the fish are found 20 feet deep and deeper, at times they are mostly 15 feet and shallower and at times they are all over the place - and all that can change depending on where you are fishing. That was the case this past Wednesday and Thursday for longtime fishing partner Dale Marenda and me. On Wednesday we fished the double islands just through the Castle Rock Cut and the reefs and ledges at the mouth of Warm Creek. We found equal numbers of bass above 15 feet and at 20 feet and below. Unlike my last trip we found many fish on the sides of offshore reefs. We found a few fish in the backs of coves, but most of them were either on offshore reefs or long points that went well out into the lake.

 

eg10aThursday we motored up to Last Chance Bay and found a different scenario. We took a few fish in deeper water, but a vast majority of our fish came from very shallow water in the far back ends of coves, mostly in little cuts with trenches going into them from the main cove. We looked At Wayne’s fishing report and tried fishing some rockslides off vertical walls, but that was not overly successful. We took a few fish there, but the back of the coves were much better. I was battling a smallmouth in one little cut and 30 to 40 bass were chasing it. We estimated we saw more than 50 bass in one little cut about the size of a large living room. Most were smallmouths, but a few largemouths were swimming with them. They were easy to see in relatively clear water.

 

The one similarity between the two days was morning fishing was relatively slow. Our best action occurred after 12:30 p.m.both days. In fact, the action was so good late Thursday afternoon that we hated to leave, but the ride back to Wahweap from Last Chance in my boat takes nearly an hour and we wanted to get back before it got too late. The other consistency  both days was the bass wanted a slow presentation. They absolutely would not chase a lure. It was necessary to put a lure right in front of them and leave it there. Drop shot fishing with Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worms was productive, but I’m sure other slow finesse presentations with a variety of soft plastic baits would work. Most of the fish we caught had been feeding on crayfish which leads me to believe single tail, double tail and Hula Grubs fished on light jig heads would be very successful.

 

On this trip I really believe using a fluorocarbon leader was critical to success. Dale was really struggling Thursday until he switched from a monofilament leader to fluorocarbon. Almost immediately he started getting many more strikes and catching more fish. While there are days where I think you could tie a jig to an anchor rope and catch bass at Powell, I also believe there are many days where using at least a fluorocarbon leader makes a huge difference. I use either fluorocarbon line or a fluorocarbon leader for all presentations except for topwater. At least I know when I leave the ramp I have eliminated line visibility as a possible problem, and this means I fish with greater confidence. I can’t stress the importance in using fluorocarbon line on Lake Powell. I know it’s contributed to my fishing success.

 

Our fish count on Wednesday was 26 smallmouths and one largemouth. We had several really nice smallies over sixteen inches with most of the others being cookie cutter 11 to 13-inchers which are found in abundance in the lake right now.Thursday we caught 36 smallmouths and four largemouths mostly in that 11 to 13-inch size with a few bigger. As in my past trips, these fish fought extremely hard for their size. All were in good shape indicating they are getting plenty of forage. They all produced nice plump fillets and are excellent eating.

 

eg10bI’ll be back up again next week with longtime friend and fishing partner John Conrad. Hopefully we will continue to find fall fishing success.

 

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October 11, 2016 -Stripers in Rock Creek

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stripespcrankKim and Joe from Espanola here.  We and our dogs had a GREAT trip to Lake Powell October 5-8.  We camped near the back of Dry Rock Creek and fished the back of Dry Rock Creek and Rock Creek.  We caught all the stripers we cared to fillet over our three day trip and came back with our cooler crammed with fish.

 

We caught most of them in about 70-90 feet of water.  Stripers seemed to be holding around 60 feet to the bottom and were very willing to take our lures (picture below).  We had better luck at the back of Rock Creek.  We saw no boils and tried trolling (that middle lure usually brings them in), but only caught smallmouth this time.

 

Last trip this year, can't wait for the next year.

 

 

Kim Martin

 

October 11, 2016 - Bass in southern lake

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gerde1Smallmouth bass fishing remained outstanding the lower end of the lake last week. When I was up in late September I predicted the fishing would be at least as good if not better when I returned two weeks later, and that was definitely the case. There are many smallmouth up in shallow water right now, and they are hungry. As long as we don’t have a major early Pacific storm, I see this pattern holding up at least until the end of the month.

 

My partner on this trip once again was long-time friend John Conrad. John fished with me two weeks prior and was looking forward to another shot at those smallies, and anything else that might find the end of our lines. Wednesday’s (Oct. 5) fishing was a bit slow which I believe was due to post-front conditions. Still, fishing a rocky bay in the main channel, the mouth of Warm Creek and the double islands just beyond the Castle Rock Cut we managed 35 smallmouths, one largemouth, five stripers and four bluegills with three of those bluegill being very nice. Thursday morning we woke up to a plumbing leak at my Greenehaven mobile home which necessitated a visit from the plumber. That delayed our launching the boat until around 2 p.m. Still, in just a little over two hours of fishing, we took 15 smallmouths and one striper. We were fishing the ledges just above where Wahweap Bay meets the main channel. Friday, with the plumbing all fixed and nice weather predicted, we ran to my favorite fishing hole - Last Chance Bay. We fished three coves there taking 53 smallmouths, three largemouths, one striper and three more big bluegills - 60 total fish - making our three-day total 103 smallmouths, four largemouths, seven stripers and seven bluegills, a total of 121 fish of all species. I believe if we’d have gotten a full day on Thursday we would have conservatively added 30 to 40 to that total.

 

gerde2As mentioned at the top, we found most of the smallmouth in shallow water - 15 feet and less. We caught a few between 20 and 35 feet, mostly along a wall that I knew had some submerged ledges, but those fish were exceptions. There were so many fish in shallower water that it really didn’t pay to fish all that deep. As in our trip two weeks prior, we caught nearly all our fish off shore-related structure such as ledges and points. We had little success on offshore reefs. The best presentation was as slow as possible. Despite catching large numbers of fish, they did not seem overly aggressive. We had to put our baits right in front of the fish and leave them there. We had about an equal number of hits on the initial drop and while slowly dragging across the structure. As is our usual case, we caught nearly everything on drop shot rigs, however any slow soft plastic bait presentation such as jigs and tubes would have worked. I used a Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm in the 901 color - watermelon and white laminate. John’s bait of choice was a Berkley Gulp minnow in a natural shad color. I don’t think the lure was all that important as any smaller soft plastic would have worked. We saw virtually no surface activity. I tried throwing topwater several times with nary a strike. Most of the fish we filleted had been feeding on crayfish which would explain the lack of surface activity. I did clean a couple that had shad in their stomachs, and I had one nine-inch bass spit out a bluegill that was much bigger than I would have thought a bass of that size could swallow. Most of the stripers we caught were small school fish that passed under our boat.

 

gerde3Just like the last trip we did not catch any really big smallmouth. Our biggest ones were around 16 inches and we caught quite a few of those. We also caught a lot between 13 and 15 inches and hordes of the 11 to 12-inch “eaters” which we enjoyed for dinner three nights. I don’t know what has happened to Lake Powell smallmouth over the past three years as they have on average fought much harder than in previous years. In fact, they have fought harder for their size than any smallmouths I have caught anywhere - and I have been privileged to fish some great smallmouth water in Arkansas, Missouri, Ontario and Maine. Most of these fish jump completely out of the water, sometimes multiple times. They dig deep and strip off line. They never give up. That’s what makes the smallmouth bass such a great gamefish and why I have pursued them so much over my fishing life. I consider them the perfect gamefish.

 

The biggest surprise of the trip were the bluegills. We have never caught bluegills of this size on Lake Powell. They reminded me of the monster bluegills that were in Lake Pleasant right after it filled behind the new dam in 1993 and 1994. They were the dark, copper-bellied bulls which are fun to catch and excellent eating. Every bluegill we caught was taken straight down at 25 to 35 feet. There is no doubt that if we’d replaced our larger bass hooks with smaller panfish type hooks and had used live worms instead of our soft plastic lures we would have taken quite a few of these fish. I learned from fishing Lake Pleasant and elsewhere that big bluegills spend most of their time in deep water, and fishing a smaller drop shot setup with live worms or crickets would take a lot of them.

 

gerde4The problem is I have a hard time bluegill fishing when the smallmouth fishing is so good, and smallmouth fishing is very good on Lake Powell right now. And it’s not necessary to travel many miles up lake to find good fishing. There is a lot of good fishing in Wahweap Bay and just beyond. It’s a great time to give it a try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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