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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. 



December 9, 2010 - Dennis Garmann - Hite

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I made that trip that I wasn't going to make on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the weather was so nice I couldn't resist. Arrived at Hite at 10 am on Tuesday and ran down about a mile and had a walleye within 15 minuets and the fishing just got better from there. Early Tuesday, the stripers were hitting like crazy until about 10 then slowed down when they got full of shad. Then I would fish for Crappie and L M bass. Found a place with plate- size crappie and an occasional L M or walleye . By Wednesday noon I had 25 stripers, 6 L M , 6 crappie and 2 walleye. I would have liked to catch a few more walleye, but decided to make it home before dark. The weather was absolutely beautiful and next week looks like some of the same.

Right now trolling with rattle traps seems to work better than bottom bouncers. That guy with the Pontoon that is all closed in with canvas and is staying down there was catching walleye trolling small Rapalas right out in the middle of the lake and trolling back and forth across the lake. He said there was no rhyme or reason for it but had caught 4 nice walleye that last morning I was there. The vast majority of the fish have moved from the dock area down about half way to Farleys canyon where the water is warmer. There were tons of fish in that large cove on the left half way to Farleys. Fishing right now is at its very best, if its a calm day.

 

December 8, 2010 - Walt Maldonado - Halls Creek - Bass

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My fishing partner, Zack Dinkins and I slipped down to Bullfrog November 30th. It was cold and the boat ride to Halls Creek was brutal. We fished the front and picked up two stripers and a lone walleye. We moved to the back in the trees and threw jig-n-pig around the trees and rocks. With only a couple of bites and no takers

I tied on a blue back, chartreuse sided custom crankbait that my friend in Tennessee builds. My first cast hooked up with a three pound largemouth. The next ten cast produced three more fish that were three to four pounds. Zac then tied on a similar colored rattle trap and started yo-yoing it through the trees. He caught a four pounder on his first cast. He proceeded to catch one every fourth cast. I tied a rattle trap on and used the same yo-yoing strategy. Long story short we ended up catching six two pound fish, nine three to four pound fish and four fish just over five pounds.

It was the kind of day you dream about. The largemouth's seemed to be gorging themselves for the upcoming winter! I have never experienced anything like it this time of year. All the largemouth's were caught in 18 to 20 feet of water with a temp of 53 degrees during the warmest part of the day. A slight breeze blew every once and a while other wise the water was slick. Just wanted to pass along the info in case someone else might have the same luck

 

December 3, 2010 - Marty Peterson - Bullfrog

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Nightfished Bullfrog Bay on 11/29 and 11/30 into the early morning of 12/1. We used 1/4 oz and 1/8 oz jigs and also tried a circle hook. We used pieces of anchovies cut into quarters or so. Put a green underwater light out. Our "Killerfishlight" has been pretty reliable.

Started after dark and hooked the first fish about 7:30 PM or so on Monday. Proceeded to have trouble turning bites into hookups the rest of the night. It is amazing to me how gently a full grown Striper can hit the bait. Ended up catching a few fish and it was worth braving the cold and wind.

Tuesday evening we started at sunset. Chummed just a little, brought in modest amounts of plankton and no visible shad. But what I guess are either small schools or single Stripers are attracted to our bait and give a little tap. Some eat the bait but most need a hook set. There were times we went maybe 20 or 30 minutes without a bite but usually had some sort of action every few minutes. We managed to land 36 Stripers before the need to rest for the drive home took over around 1AM. Missed at least three times that many hook sets and had a few fish break off, straighten the hook or break the line. One fish that I think was much larger than average swam straight down after being hooked. It was pulling the drag pretty well and when I tried to slow it down the line snapped. The line is in good shape and broke near the rod tip. 8 pound test. I need more practice with big ones. I do OK catching average sizes back reeling when needed with 4 pound test and a circle hook. But it is just not the same. My pole with 12 pound Flourocarbon just does not get as many bites as the 8.

The heaviest fish we filleted was 24" long and 4.5 lbs. The average length was 22". We did not get into but one small Striper and not too many skinny ones.

 


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