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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 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
 

April 30, 2011 - Greg Vinet - Moki Wall

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mokiwallwideFishing At Moki Wall 4/27  38 Fish.

 

 

 

mokiwall14/29 16  Fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mokifcCold  Windy On 4/28 0 Fish

 

 

 

 

Greg Vinet & Friends

 

April 29, 2011 - Mike McNabb

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cory62Went up to Last Chance on Thursday first half of the day and did okay. I thought a couple of canyons would have produced more fish but I was wrong. We didn't see any beds in the places we went. The canyon we were in has held many beds in years past. The water temp was still only 57 to 59, 60 in some  of the shallow waters around noon. We caught a couple of 2# + largemouth and about 8 small smallmouth, a few were keepers. We caught them on double-tailed hula grubs and senkos. Then we headed back to a few Striper spots.


 

 

 

 

 

 

cory6We got to Bouy 3, about 2 pm, on the outside curve but it was really slow. So I tried another spot I had seen people at a few days before and it was really hot.  We were catching them one right after another for a few hours. Cory, 8 years old, caught the most and the biggest. We all looked over at him when he asked for help reeling in his 6.1 pound striper. His dad encouraged him to keep working, he could do it all by himself. Cory said his arm was hurting but he did it, he got it all the way in to the boat by himself. His comment was he was going to be sore that night. The next day his mom said yes his arm was sore. He also told his 15 year old brother he could catch the most and the biggest because his arm was to sore to do it today. Most of the ones we caught were 2 1/2 to 4 pounds. This was a really thick, healthy striper. We caught lots of fish and enjoyed each others company and the warm weather, it was a great day.

 

 

 

April 27, 2011 - Danny Woods

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shellywaeThis was Shelley's third time to Lake Powell, the last trip she got skunked. She caught a walleye, small mouth, striper, and got a largemouth about 5 feet from the boat when it jumped three feet in the air, the senko and hook went one way...the fish went the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

braydenDanny, our guide caught a large mouth in the same spot Shelley lost hers...might have been the same fish! My son Brayden caught stripers and a small mouth.

 

 

 

 

shellystbI caught stripers and a small mouth. It was an absolutely amazing day. I don't want to sound like a note from a bathroom wall...but for a good time call Danny woods at "this side of that"!!

 

April 26, 2011 - Kyran Keisling - Grand Slam

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kristin waeI don’t know if you or any of the followers of this site have ever discussed the topic of the Lake Powell Grand Slam or not but in my circle of fishing family and friends it is a big deal.  The “Slam” is a Striped Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Walleye and Crappie all in the same day.  In all the years that I have fished this lake I have only done it once, until last weekend. 

 

 

 

 

kristinMy fiancé Kristin and I went up to Last Chance/Padre Bay on Saturday and first thing in the morning she put a Walleye and a Smallmouth in the boat.  We haven’t been catching nearly the numbers of Walleye (aka Toothy Meat Tubes) that we were last year and the thought of getting the Slam started swimming through my mind when she landed it.  A short time later I caught a Striper and a Largemouth and we both became dead set on completing it with a Crappie.

kyrankWe fished the brush in the back of Last Chance for a couple of hours to no avail.  I knew of another crappie spot closer to Wahweap so we headed out.  Unfortunately storms were blowing in and we had actually decided to trailer the boat and call it a “Home Run” instead of a Slam. 

At the last minute we both decided to brave the storm and go down wet and swinging.  We got to my spot to find one lone Crappie hanging out in the only bush that was still submerged.  We chased her around the bush for 20 minutes pitching small jigs at her and cussing the rain.  The only thing that we seemed to be doing was scaring the pee-wadley out of her but then suddenly out of nowhere she darted out of  her brush fortress and took my jig.  Kristin and I let out a mighty whoop and slapped high fives on our Grand Slam.  It will be a memory we both will never forget.  I love Lake Powell

kkeislingbcP.S. The Largemouth we caught for the Slam was small so I didn’t get a picture, the one I have included with this email is one that I caught the day before.  I didn’t have a scale but she is one of my largest on Lake Powell. And I forgot to take a picture of the Striper so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 15:15
 

April 24, 2011 - Joe Lako - San Juan Bass

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Joe Lako reported on the way back from the San Juan today that bass fishing was the best he has ever seen in 20+ years of fishing.  Water temperature was 62. Bass, crappie and a few walleye were very active along the mud washed shoreline from Neskahi upstream to the mouth of the great bend.  Largemouth were around shallow brush, smallmouth on the rocks and crappie in the coves with trees and tumbleweeds. Yamamoto senkos and robo worms worked equally well with the best color being brown with purple flakes but virtually all colors worked well. No stripers were caught but not much effort was expended in finding them.

Joe warns that a shallow rock whale exists at the mouth of the San Juan at the confluence with the Colorado River Arm on the downstream side at the entrance to the SJ.  Be very careful and make sure to stay in the center of the channel when turning into the SJ to avoid the rock.

Water warmed up to near 70 degrees in the muddy water upstream from Neskahi Bay on Friday but cooled off with the cold front on Saturday. Not surprisingly fishing was better before the front than after when the water temperature dropped considerably.  Mudline was just upstream from Neskahi Bay where the channel narrows and the Great Bend begins.   

 

April 23, 2011 - Wayne

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markbassIt has been an interesting weekend. My son Mark (the original Wordling) came home to spend Easter vacation with us and to do some fishing.  We went to Last Chance on Friday where trolling for stripers had been so good.  Sure enough we could not catch one fish trolling in our spot.  Too many lures had buzzed by the remaining fish I guess. But we were able to spoon up enough willing stripers to make it a success. We used some of Dave Wallace's new 1 ounce wally lures (shad minnow). They worked great. That was a perfect size for spooning between 30 and 50 feet. 

 

But Mark likes to catch bass so we went to the dirty water in the back of the canyon.  Largemouth were right there where they should have been in about 10 feet of the warmest water available. He used a sliding sinker rigged Yamamoto tube in green pumpkin to catch some nice bass.  

 

 

markcrappieHe made a comment that it was about time he caught a crappie because it had been a very long time.  Next fish was a very nice crappie which Mark says is his personal best. Fishing was best from 8-10 AM and then died near mid day.

On Saturday we took the grandkids down to the main channel to catch stripers.  We tried Buoy 3 but it was just too rough to enjoy. We caught a striper on the first cast with Grandson Cooper catching his first striper.  But we left after his fish to find calmer water.    

 

markcoopWe pulled into the cove behind buoy one and put some kids on shore while the rest of us searched to find a vulnerable striper school.  At that point ill fortune took over as my Glastron failed to start -  no spark.  We could't get it fixed so we looked for help.  Robert Hogan and wife came right over and offered to tow us back to the marina. We took them up on the offer. When we gathered up the kids on the beach we found they caught 4 stripers while waiting for us. 

 

 

robert hoganMy sincere thanks to Robert Hogan for taking time out of his day and expending his resources to tow me back to the dock. 


Last Updated on Saturday, 23 April 2011 21:35
 

April 22,2011 - ThomCat - Slick Rock

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thomcat1Just returned from a great four days at Lake Powell. It felt nice to get away from the cold unsettled weather in the Salt Lake Valley. We caught some nice walleye in the mouths of Slick rock and Iceberg canyons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

thomcatgWe trolled Walley Divers and Rattlin Shads with down riggers. Most of the action was in 22 to 35' deep with lures bouncing off the bottom. We had a hard time finding Stripers during the day but, caught quite few with anchovies in the evening off the back of the boat in some small coves we camped at up the San Juan.

 

 

 

 

thomcat3I was fishing a surface lure and caught a Bluegill and a Smallmouth at the same time. That was a first! Hope to get back in a couple of weeks when the striper action picks up further north.

Rod and Cathy, Sandy Ut

 


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