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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 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,


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.
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"


May 21, 2011 -Alan DeKalb -Dam Stripers

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adekalbSpent last week fishing mostly at the dam. Because of the weather buoy 3 was just too rough, tour boats weren't much help. Tuesday the 17th was a very good day just before the cold front hit. Wayne stopped in at the fish cleaning station in the afternoon. Three of us caught 3-5 lb stripers in just 2 hrs at the dam on anchovies. There were a couple of other boats around us doing just as well. They hit hard for 2 hrs and then died off. When things slowed down doing some chumming seemed to pick them back up. Spent most of the rest of the week hiding out from the weather in the slip. We went out a couple of other times durning the week, but the wind was blowing to hard.


Alan DeKalb  Tucson AZ


May 21, 2011 - Michael Perez- Crappie

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perezbcHere’s a picture of a massive crappie that was caught on May 12, 2011 by Cassey Kern of Castle Rock, Colorado on a chartreuse cranck bait in Good Hope Bay. The fish was 14 1/4” long, no weight taken. Fun, fun, fun…



Michael Perez


May 18, 2011- Steve Henline - Stripers

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ryan12May 16
Fishing continues to be great. The morning was spent fishing for walleye and smallmouth. Bottom bouncers and grubs were the ticket. 6 Walleye, none large all around 2 lbs. Great eating size. 3 dozen smallmouth 1 to 1 ½ lb. 4 stripers incidental to SM fishing.

Targeting stripers in the back of the canyon. Started trolling Storm deep diving thin fins. The bite was definitely on. When the smoke cleared we had boated around 30 stripers either trolling or casting crankbaits. While we were trolling we had a double and both were big fish. With light rods we couldn’t control either. One broke off and the other we chased and fought for 15 minutes before it too, unbuttoned. The biggest fish we caught and landed was slightly over 8 and the two we lost were definitely bigger.
The striper had gizzard shad cornered and it was a mini boil for a few minutes. We didn’t have any top water lures lined, so we threw the crank baits we had on. The fish we caught were fat and healthy and a few were bulging with gizzards. We wanted to stay and hammer them but had to be back to the dock early. All in all it was a great day.

17 May
We were busy most of the day, but decided to go back and see if we could find more of the fish that broke us off yesterday. Arrived at 5:00PM to a choppy and windy canyon. Put out four lures and started trolling. Double then a triple immediately. Shotgun lure was a big top water. I was at the helm and Captain Ryan running the lures. 15 minutes after five, a big striper blew up on the surface lure. 10 minutes later she was in the live well bleeding out. 12-pound male.

We took all of the lures out of the water save the big top water. From that time on we ran one lure and one rod thinking that we would pick up more big fish. Not to be. Several over 5 lbs, but no more hogs. Quit at 7:00 and returned to Antelope Point Marina, hoping to fish for walleye under the big moon, but it was too windy. Called it a day. 31 stripers. Had we run 4 lines that count would have been much, much more, but we were more than satisfied with the fish we had, If we get a chance, we’ll be back trying to catch something over 20 lbs.

 Calm seas Tight lines, Captain Steve

The fish turned out to be a male. Actual weight was 12.6 on a scale. Length was 29 inches girth 18.75. Bite was top water while the stripers were chasing spawning shad. We hope to be back after them this PM. Calm Seas
Captain Steve Henline and Captain Ryan Thurner. Antelope Point Outfitters


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