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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. 



January 27, 2011 - Russ Bassdozer

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russWe've been seeing many stripers all over Lake Powell in recent weeks. Wherever there are shallow, sunny, brushy banks anywhere on the lake, there are at least a few stripers up shallow prowling the areas.

The proverbial "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow" seems to be at the end of any intermittent creek, the last hundred feet before the creek runs dry tends to have hordes of stripers up in the sunny, super-heated water that's often less than one foot deep.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 11:11 Read more...
 

January 7, 2011 - Marty Peterson

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Did some cold weather fishing out of Bullfrog this week (1/4-6).  The 4th we finally started fishing around 3PM. Between 4 of us we hooked 12 quick Stripers and then set out chasing a boil we could see near the shore. In Upper Bullfrog Bay. Our motor spooked them or something. Then two of us set up for night fishing off the back of the houseboat. Fished two hours caught 6 Stripers. 3 skinny. Then the cold told us to get inside.

 

On the 5th it took till 10:30 before we started fishing after thawing out the boat. The catching was exceptional. We found fish at 70' in the morning. And they were anxious to hit spoons. By afternoon the fish had moved closer to 60' and still were hungry. Between Richard Snow and I we boated around 100 Stripers before dark. All out of the Bay and most on spoons. An ounce and a half Wallylure worked best for me. Two anglers in another boat near us quit fishing a little earlier with 80 on board. Other boats in our group went up Moki and Trachyte. In Moki the Stripers chased rattletraps. In Trachyte they caught a variety of fish.

 

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December 28, 2010 - Nob Wimmer

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MicahNob's grandkids came to visit over the Christmas Holidays. He thought they would really enjoy driving fence posts around his property but after putting in 82 posts they were anxious for a fishing trip. So we took them to Warm Creek hoping to find a school of the little good-eating stripers. It was a short search because Ray Young and his grandkids were already there in one boat and Dana Andrus in another.  We moved in and anchored right next to the other boats forming a circle 'trapping' the stripers in the middle. Ray apologized that the stripers were small. I just grinned. Just what I wanted. 

 

 The ideal fishing set up for juvenile stripers is light line with either a short shanked jig head or a Carolina rigged circle hook. Drop shot is not as good because the fish are suspended usually in the upper 15 feet so the drop shot weight does not get close to the bottom. I had my regular braided line with fluoro leader and jig head.  I prefer this because I like to keep the line tight and set on the first tick. The technique involves casting out about 20 feet, leaving the line tight and letting the bait swing under the boat as it settles. Or when fish are directly under the boat dropping the bait straight down. Watch it until it disappears, stop it and gently lift it back into sight and then let it sink out of sight again.  Kids love this because they can see the fish swarm around the bait.  OK, I like it too.

My jig head rig worked great for the first 15 minutes but then the fish got wise.  They went into stealing mode where they bump the bait and wait for it to fall off the hook before eating. When they do this pick up the other rod with the Carolina rig which has a free floating bait.  That one falls at the right speed and a light bite can be turned into a hooked fish by letting the fish swim with it.  The circle hook sets best under light steady pressure rather than from a quick hook set.  

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 13:48 Read more...
 

January 9, 2011 - Ray Schelble - Bullfrog

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triple catch of stripers on spoonsWent to Lake Powell from about 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2011, through about 1 p.m. Saturday, January 8, with Jason Willard in my boat. During that time, Eljay Gibson, Leroy Humke, Marty Peterson, Richard Snow, Jeff Thomas, Clair Baldwin and T.J. fished part of the time in other boats. Jason and I fished the Bullfrog area on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. We fished Moki and Hanson on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Weather:
A storm dropped a couple of inches of snow on Monday night. Winds during our time there was mostly calm with occasional light breezes from the north and east. Temps ranged from highs in the high 30s to lows in the teens. Snow and ice in the shade at the docks did not melt while we were there. According to the employees it had been unusually cold for a while, freezing plumbing in a campground restroom and at a house of someone we know in Ticaboo. Drove home Saturday night over Soldier Summit in snow.

 

Water conditions:

Water surface temp was around 50 degrees everywhere, give or take a degree or two. Water was generally clear, ranging from a touch cloudy in Bullfrog to really clear in Hanson.

Went to Lake Powell from about 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2011, through about 1 p.m. Saturday, January 8, with Jason Willard in my boat. During that time, Eljay Gibson, Leroy Humke, Marty Peterson, Richard Snow, Jeff Thomas, Clair Baldwin and T.J. fished part of the time in other boats. Jason and I fished the Bullfrog area on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. We fished Moki and Hanson on Wednesday afternoon.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 13:39 Read more...
 

January 10, 2011 - Gabby - Hite

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Headed to the lake new years day weather at home was -14. Arrived at halls,finding my boat was full of snow and the road past the county line not plowed. I made it out to my house boat about 1600. The roof had 2 inches of ice and snow on it and all the tie down lines were froze to the deck. Temp om the lake was 30. Headed to hite the next morning at 0700. Found a campsite by farley and got right to fishing.

The technique hasnt changed much from December fishing, except it has slowed down some. Water temp was 46 down stream and 38 the closer you got to Hite. The mud line is now more than a mile down from Hite. I didn't see any trafic coming out of Hite so I assume it to be frozen. Skim ice formed over night by the mud line so I cant imagine that the ramps are not frozen. Fishing early in the morning with temp around 20 degrees is sure hard on your fingers when fish are hitting one after the other. Hope this report helps for the people wanting to go to Hite.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 January 2011 12:39
 

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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