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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. 

April 10, 2011 - Kevin Campbell - Buoy 3 stripers

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Another day, another cooler full of stripers. Full day trip with 2 really nice folks from Riverside, CA. Started at buoy 3 and it was on right from the start. After a while I broke out the crappie gear and we were taking fish on 1/8 oz Roadrunners and 2" Yamamoto grubs on 1/8 oz heads nearly as well as chovie rigs. After a brief stop at Antelope Point, we ran up to fish Padre Canyon for bass and stripers along the banks with crankbaits. I talked to a couple guys at the cleaning station who were up there on Wednesday and had a good load of stripers to show for their efforts with cranks. Well, the cold front shut that pattern down for today. We spent a good amount of time working rock, sand and brushy banks with only a couple hook ups to show for it. Nevertheless, Padre is a beautiful spot this time of year. We hit buoy 3 again on our way back in and abused them once more. I took a 5 pounder on the 2" Yamamoto grub after a lengthy battle on 6 lb Fireline w/ 6 lb Vanish leader. About 60% of the fish were good enough to fillet. The water temp recovered nicely today, 52 in the main channel and 55 in the Padre shallows.

Looks like a good run of nice weather for the next week or so, the water temps will start to climb a little faster. We should also see an increase in the inflow as well.


March 31, 2011 - Cummings - Dam Stripers

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mar2511_4We recently (March 25 and 26) got up to the lake. We headed straight to the dam, as usual. Long story short 120 stripers the first day about 5 and a half hours of fishing. The second day was a little better, we started throwin them back we kept 159 after fishing for 3 and a half hours. We were right by the buoy line, west wall. We used third of an anchovie on a .25 oz jig head.


March 24, 2011 - Sterling- Stripers at the dam.

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p3201204My name is Sterling and I wanted to write to you because I appreciate your website and all you do. I frequent Powell often and love every chance I get attending the lake. I am from St. George, Utah and there were several teenagers that accompanied us on our trip and a couple of them had never caught a fish before. To see them catching fish right and left was wonderful. I was operating the camera and my father-in-law and friends are in this photo. We caught 73 striper by the dam using anchovies. We tied up to the dam but unfortunately there was an individual who got on a high-horse. There has been no signs posted about tying up to the buoys but yet when we got there along with two other boats a siren roared. I was pretty frustrated at the whole situation because the wind was rather strong and it was hard to stay in one spot. Can you help me understand why the random siren and call out from an officer on the dam. I have never heard of anything like it until March 19, 2011 when we were there. Do you know if there is any rule that states it is illegal to tie up to the buoys?

Waynes Note:  I am checking with BOR on the new policy. So far they have not returned my call. 


March 24,2011 - Byron Oldham - Bullfrog Stripers

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hari march 2011 powellSure enjoy reading what you do and it has helped us catch fish. Many times though I have not figured out how to catch them at Lake Powell. Levor Oldham is my brother and he catches them but I have had a harder time.Took my boys and 2 nephews down to bullfrog to get rid of some cabin fever.  I told them the fishing might be fishing instead of catching.  They only like to go catching.  They hate fishing.  Anyway we fished all day Friday and got nothing.

 Kevin Phillips had some kids he was taking fishing and saw we had nothing and told us exactly where to go and what to do.

We did really well, after the detailed instructions, until we got blown off the lake about noon on Saturday.  Anyway,  he really went out of his way to make sure we were catching fish.  Even came by to tell us we were trolling to slow.  When we sped up we caught more.

Not sure how to thank him but it made the trip.  I should have taken more pictures but here is one with Hari holding up a couple.

Thanks again for telling us how to fish powell and for having guys like Kevin who will help those of us not in the know.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2011 19:48

March 22, 2011- Kevin Phillips - Bullfrog Stripers

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Wayne Sam Conger and I took our friend's, Henry and Amy Cordova to Bullfrog,and their two kid's Bruce and Cirenda. We fished from the 17th to the 20th. Started out a little slow, only catching 6 Striper's on the 17th. Went to Moqui on the 18th, and found nothing.


Came back to Bullfrog, arround 1:00 P.M., and started trolling, we went to shallow water, and started catching fish, on a black and silver Yo-Zuri hydro magnum. I called Sam on the radio, and we caught striper's the rest of the trip.


The Cordova's caught 52 on Friday, and 41 on Saturday, which blew pretty hard, making it hard to fish. We caught them on a variety of lure's.


Bruce and Cirenda had a blast, and their parent's, Henry and Amy as well. The kid's enjoyed the Carp, on the slip's about as well as Striper's on the troll. We caught a total of 99 Striper's, and ended another great Powell trip. Can't wait for April.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 19:44

March 22, 2011 - Ron Colby - Bass

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rcolby322When the wind laid down enough to launch yesterday afternoon we went out close and caught some nice largemouth bass even if the weather outside was frightful.  Largemouth are still shallow in the submerged trees and will contiunue to provide good fishing right up through the end of April.  Water temperature was 48F.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 07:40

March 16, 2011 - Big Gizzard Shad

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recordgizzard1While trolling for stripers in shallow murky-green water I was convinced that we could go even shallower and catch stripers and maybe walleye in the muddy water at the end of the canyon. Each time we stopped to take off a fish I would cast to the striper holding spots at the depth break on the end of a shallow point and expect to get a bite.  But it did not happen. Stripers just kept hitting the trolled Flat Rap (size 10) shallow running flash bait.

Finally we went back to the muddy water and trolled as far as possible. Sure enough I got hit in 8-feet of muddy water.  This fish seemed different right from the first.  As it got near the boat it raced right past us and had to be turned back. It made 3 runs at the boat in a lightning fast manner. When we could actually see what it was, I was surprised to flip a 3-pound gizzard shad into the boat. It was my first.  I have been in a boat when one other shad was caught a few years ago.  But landing a big shad is not a common occurrence. 

Expect to see a few more gizzard shad landed from now until May when they are most aggressive during their spawning period. If you want to catch one try a fast ripping retrieve in very muddy water.  


March 14, 2011 Chet Garling - Bullfrog Stripers

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Got to fish the back of Bullfrog bay Sunday afternoon the 13th and first thing Monday morning, using a fast (really fast 4-5.5 Mph) troll with divers that ran about 8 feet, landed over a dozen stripers  this morning at first light.  There were two distinct schools with one producing 1-2 pounders (which my wife called the nursery)and the other with 4-5 pounders, all were healthy fish, past dome rock on the right hand side in sticks around 20 feet of water. Had some success with some very large smallmouth (3 pound plus) and largemouth over the Sunday afternoon Monday morning period using spinnerbaits and chartruese jigs. Weather was great, what a great way to start the season for us.
Chet and Jill Garling

March 14, 2011 - Drew Kohl - Wahweap Stripers

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Fishing mid-day 11-1pm in Wahweap Bay at the Sand King notch across from State Line ramp. Chummed with anchovies and dropped full anchovies down 40’, caught three 3-4lb stripers. Nice day at the lake.

Drew Kohl


Wahweap Camp site near Sand King. akohl

March 12, 2011 - Mike McNabb - Wahweap Striper

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paulmcnabb We were fishing in Wahweap on March 5th and caught approximately 25 - 30 stripers in a couple of hours. They were in about 30 to 40 feet of water. We used anchovies, dropping them to the bottom and then cranking it up a couple of times. Most of the fish were between 2.5 to 4.0 #'s.


Paul McNabb caught the last and biggest fish of the day. It weighed 8.4 pounds 


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