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April 20, 2011 - Philip Roskowski - Otters

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We fished up the San Juan this past weekend.  We saw otters in 2 different locations, one a few miles up from the great bend just as the canyon opens up on the north side.  There was a single otter in and out of the water working along the bank as we fished.  He was relatively unconcerned as we watched him.  Later the same day we were fishing in the canyon just up stream of Neskahi wash and saw at least one or as many as 3 otters along the rock pile on the south side of the lake.  Again it (they) were in and out of the water as we fished.  Quite a fun sight.

We saw gill nets by Piute wash and were wondering what they found.  A link to results would be great.

Fishing was good, not spectacular, for Smallmouth, Largemouth and Crappie.  We caught a couple of hundred between 2 of us on jigs over 4 days.

 Waynes Note:  Netting in the upper San Juan is aimed at surveying native fish. So far they have collected razorback sucker and pike minnow.  That is a good thing.  This lake, which may have the highest population of game fish of any lake in America, also has room and a place for endangered fish. Lake Powell has it all. 


Bass Tournament - April 16, 2011

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duganOn Saturday a bass tournament coincided with the first really warm day of spring. Water temperature tried its best to spike but the best it could do was range from 52-58 F which was not enough to motivate prespawn bass to move up on beds.  As often happens the first really bright sunny day is tougher fishing than expected. Most of the anglers struggled to catch big fish.  Dugan Warner shows off this nice smallmouth caught before he went up the San Juan to rescue antother boater and after he witnessed a rock slide at the mouth of Rock Creek.  Look for a change in the face of the cliff wall between Friendship and Rock Creek next time you go by that way.

melmurphMel and Murph had their normal day catching a bunch of really nice fish in Wahweap and Warm Creek. I am not sure what they used to catch the dogs? I am glad to report they were well behaved and not even wet. I think the dogs are mostly for show and are only used as bait when fishing gets really tough.

Bill Zeglin was the big winner this day. He sold out and went to the San Juan where water temperature was warmer  and bass were much more active. His 5 fish weighed over 18 pounds which is respectable on any lake in America.billzeglin

 Expect fishing for bass and all other species to get much better this week as water temperature climbs above 60 for the first time this year in the southern lake.







April 14, 2011 - Danny Tribble - Good Hope Bay

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Tdtribbleboysook the family and our son's friend for an early camping and fishing trip April 10-13.  Launched out of Bullfrog (Hite was a no go per reports we read on this site) and ran up to Knowles canyon to camp.  We trolled around the mouth of Knowles and surrounding area trying to mark stripers with NO luck the first afternoon.  Did save the evening with smallie fishing. 

Next morning we ran up to Good Hope Bay, trolled for stripers, unable to locate them again.  We made our way to Red Canyon to check there...nothing.  We decided to head up to Striper city.  We trolled deep running blue rapala shad at the mouth White and Trachyte, finally got some action. 

dtribbleboyWe never marked any schools on the fish finder, and the bite was sporatic, but we did get into them.  The kids had a great time.  All fish between 2 lb 15 oz and 4 lb.  Water temp there 57. 

Spent the next day fishing Knowles and surrounding canyon for SMB and LMB.  Water temp 55-57.  The fishing was a little slow in the morning, picked up in the afternoon.  Fish are still pretty deep 15-20 ft, holding to the rocks.  Our son did manage to jig up a nice crappie as well.  The weather was beautiful and there was NO wind (I did not know that was possible!)  Can't wait to get back to LP soon!


Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2011 07:16

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.  


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