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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.

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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 9, 2016 - Knowles Canyon

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My Son and I pitched camp in Knowles canyon on the 5th in the morning, and stayed through the 7th. Reports about the afternoon bite are spot on. Fishing picked up every day as the weather warmed. We did have to fight the wind a bunch at that made things a bit tough at times but overall the fishing was very good. Forgotten, Knowles, and Cedar were all very good for SM and a surprising amount of LM in the rocks. Trees produced some nice size crappie also. We also found more Walleye than I have ever found at LP. All the canyons produced a few walleye and the mouth of Cedar canyon had a bunch of them.


Drop shot with cut tails in greens or browns were very good, also shad shaped worms and the newer bio spawn plasma tail was good also. Ned rig was also decent as a finesse rig as well as a flick shake senko picked up a few

Top water bite was very tough in the morning but we picked up a few.


Over the course of the 3 days, I think we put about 175 of mixed bag in the boat. Great trip despite the wind and rain! Always fun to spend 3 days fishing hard with my best fishing partner. We will be back on June 3rd for a week on our houseboat.

 

May 8, 2016 - Bullfrog to Escalante

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Hi Wayne, Our annual Mothers day trip to Bullfrog started a day early hoping to have better weather. We started fishing on May 4th and headed to the Escalante. We tried bottom bouncers on the chunk rock, trolling with walleye rigs and a night crawler. We picked up about seven walleye 12" to 16". We head toward the back until we hit the stained water. We had the best luck in the water that was fresh cement color kind of green. We started fishing the banks and picked up quite a few small mouth, walleyes and crappie. We did pretty good in all the small coves working our way out. The day was georgous, no wind and the weather was 85. The surface water got up in the afternoons to 68 degrees and the fishing got fast and furious. We would catch three and four at a time using single tailed grubs in white, chartreuse and smoke sparkle. I caught a lot of crappie on Berkley minnows in chartreuse and white with a 1/6 or 1/8 lead head. In the shade was the best. The crappie where about 12" long and some where 6". Our wives had a great time fishing.  We stuck it out until about 5 pm then head back to Bullfrog.

 

On Thursday we headed back to the Escalante to find a lot more people fishing. It started out a little slow so we drifted a bank casting colored lead heads with a night crawler and picked up quite a few walleye and crappie. 10 to 15 feet of water. We had good luck in the morning with night crawlers, then we switched back to plastic. Mizmo 3" white, chartreuse and smoked beaver tails worked great on all fishes.  Yum warning shot in pumpkin with purple flake picked up a lot of bass. We fished the mouth of Indian creek in the afternoon and fishing was red hot. Mostly small mouth, all sizes. We headed back about 5:30 but the fishing was still real good.

 

On Friday we went north to the mouth of warm springs where we caught a lot of walleye. Tried Cedar and picked up a few but it was slower. Fished the first little cove south of Cedar and got into the large mouth. It was a lot of fun catching those big guys and throwing them back for another day. The wind came up in the afternoon and it got rough so we headed back early so we could take wives to Mothers day prime rib. It is nice to have a wife who likes to fish and to have a lake as beatiful as Lake Powell to enjoy it.

 

May 7, 2016 - South smallmouth

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Most of the time Lake Powell fishing is so good we become spoiled, so when the action is a bit below the norm it can be somewhat disappointing. When this happens we have to look at the success we’ve had on a particular trip and realistically assess how we would have done on most of the other local fisheries to put things in perspective. When we do this we realize that even subpar Lake Powell trips are far better than most other places.

 

That’s how my fishing partner Jim Buxton and I had to look at our trip this past week. In reading Wayne’s report concerning the previous week’s storms and the effect they had on the water temperature, I figured we might encounter some slower smallmouth fishing, however I expected it to get better as the week progressed. The fact is we had similar action on both Tuesday and Wednesday with perhaps Wednesday being a bit slower than Tuesday. While I don’t have a temperature indicator on either of my depth finders, the water seemed much colder than normal for this time of year. The fact we were fishing post front conditions didn’t help, either. Nevertheless, in two days we caught 62 smallmouths, three stripers, one largemouth and one bluegill. Many of the smallmouths we caught were in the 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pound class. While we didn’t get any really big bass, we didn’t get many dinks, either. As a bonus all three stripers were nice sized and in good condition providing far better than average table fare for stripers.

 

We fished Tuesday in Gunsight Bay, a rocky bay on the north side of the channel between Warm Creek and Gunsight and the east side of lower Warm Creek Bay. On Wednesday we fished around what used to be the double islands just through the Castle Rock Cut, the east side of lower Warm Creek and the shelves below the mouth of Navajo. I believe the action was a little better Tuesday than Wednesday which surprised me because I thought the further removed from the storms the better the fishing would be. Over both days both Jim and I probably lost as many of the fish we hooked as we landed. One thing I noticed is many of the fish we landed were barely hooked in the thin upper lipped membrane. The circle hooks we were using normally hook fish in the corner of the mouth and sometimes in the hard tissue in the roof of the mouth. We had relatively few of these type hookups. To me this indicates they weren’t really sucking in the soft plastic lures we were fishing. If we’d have landed just half the fish we lost our totals would have been more like normal for this time of year.

 

We caught fish anywhere from about two feet deep down to 20. Most of my fish came in very shallow water while Jim seemed to catch most of his a bit deeper. Jim was mostly dragging his rig behind the boat while I was casting ahead. The best presentation was slow as the bass seemed to have little inclination to chase. When fishing is good dropping the lure back down immediately after losing a fish often results in another hookup, either from the original fish or a chaser, but we only had a couple instances of that this time. In addition I only saw a couple times where another bass was chasing a hooked smallmouth. When the action is hotter seeing three or four chasers is very common. Jim and I both fished drop shot rigs with Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worms in the 901 (watermelon with white laminate) color. I’ve decided that this is consistently the best color for Lake Powell smallmouths. The best presentation was slow.

 

There is no doubt some of the fish we caught were on beds, however the spawn of many of the females I filleted was not fully developed. Based on this, I think the bulk of the smallmouth spawn is still a week or so away. A few females did have ripe eggs, however. I believe three or four days with warm, stable weather will bring on some outstanding smallmouth fishing. It’s not that we had bad fishing as most people would be thrilled to catch what Jim and I caught. I doubt we’d have done as well anywhere else in Arizona. It’s just that we get so used to such outstanding smallmouth action on Powell that anything that falls a bit short is a downer. I guess we can say we’re spoiled!

 

 

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I wanted to say a word about Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, headquartered in Page by the way. For the past 15 or so years I have been using Yamamoto soft plastics almost exclusively. I’ve found them to be superior to other brands I’ve used and have always found the customer service very good. This past week when I was going through my tackle for this trip I noticed I was nearly out of Shad Shaped Worms in the 901 color. I placed an online order over a weekend figuring they would be delivered by the middle of the next week. The following Monday, a week before I was scheduled to leave for this trip, I received a call from a woman at Yamamoto explaining they were out of the 901 color in that lure. I explained that I would be leaving for a Lake Powell trip in exactly a week and that it would really be nice to have them. She said that if they could get them in stock she could send some over to the Lake Powell Campground (owned by Yamamoto) store. When I stopped at the store while driving into Page last Monday my order was waiting for me there. Now that’s customer service we rarely see these days!

 

The fact that Yamamoto baits are so good and that they are manufactured locally in Page is good reason to use them. But the fact that this company still cares about customer service in an age where fewer and fewer companies do is even more reason to give them our business. As long as I continue to bass fish I will continue to buy these baits.

 

May 4, 2016 -Big Largemouth in Wetherill

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Hey Wayne, my name is Jason and just wanted to send you a pic of a good largemouth caught on Monday the 2nd. Just read your report from today and it was pretty spot on with how the action was for us from Sunday till today. Our best luck was in cloudy water in the back of the canyons, especially wetherill where this largemouth was caught. It's tail was pretty beat up so I think it was on a bed. Watermelon imitation crawdad plastic seem to work great as well as single tail pumpkins.

 

On our way out today we had surprisingly exceptional luck in the shallows on the right before you go into the cut if you were coming from Wawheap. Tight lines!

jasonlmb


 

April 30, 2016 - Fishing for stripers in main channel

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Wayne we slayed the stripers on April 30, 2016. We first hit the infamous dam area and caught several there but the rudeness of fishermen speeding into the fishing hole there sent us to buoy 3. Once on the canyon wall we were met by some awesome folks on a pontoon boot who were soon joined by another boat tied together. The three boats were hooting and hollering “Fish On” for the next few hours. We fished until we had a 140qt and a 80qt. plus the live well full of fish. When we got to the fish cleaning station we counted 100 stripers and continued to fillet for the next couple of hours.

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Wayne - we slayed the stripers on April 30, 2016. We first hit the infamous dam area and caught several there but the rudeness of fishermen speeding into the fishing hole there sent us to buoy 3. Once on the canyon wall we were met by some awesome folks on a pontoon boot who were soon joined by another boat tied together. The three boats were hooting and hollering 'Fish On' for the next few hours. We fished until we had a 140qt and a 80qt. plus the live well full of fish. When we got to the fish cleaning station we counted 100 stripers and continued to fillet for the next couple of hours.


Leo's (age 7) first striper trip to lake Powell with Grandad Ron Flewellen of Queen Creek,Az. Leo caught the big fish of the trip a 4# 6oz. Striper. There were six of us on the boat and he kept reminding us he had big fish. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 6, 2016 - San Juan and Back!

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Lake Powell report for May 5 & 6, 2016  (Afternoon water temps over 66 degrees!)
I got a late start Tue morning since I planned on fishing up the San Juan this day and wanted to kill a little time to stop in for gas at Dangling Rope Marina on the way and it didn’t open until 8 so I made a stop near MM 36 on my way as this area was so good last year. The first fish for the season was a smallie pushing 3 lbs on a crawdad colored crank. After another 5 fish in this area and then fuel and I was up fishing in the Neskahi Bay area at 9:15, targeting bass. Total for the day was 121 fish, mostly smallmouth with a fair amount of largemouth coming from congregated areas along with one striper and one crappie, both of the latter on a 5” Senko. There was no question that the LM preferred the Lucky Craft Pointer bait (as pictured) above all other baits, tied to 12 lb fluorocarbon. Sometimes just toss and wind and other times as a jerk bait. There were several baits working well for the smallies including the Yamamoto dbl tail grub w/ 1/8 oz head, drop shot ¼ oz weight with Berkley chartreuse 4” Gulp minnow, the Pointer crank/jerk bait mentioned above, and a  ½ oz spoon, but no bait was better than a 5” green Senko. (see fish/bait pics) They would eat that Senko UP! My landing rate was probably only 70% and I suspect that I could have improved this by switching from a drop shot hook rigged wacky style to a small weightless jig hook exposed, of which I did not have any with me.  I saw few fish on beds up here but there were fish in the very backs of many coves in gentle sloping flat sand bottoms with no rock, in 1-2’. This water was a little off colored and they could have actually been bedding fish. The ‘typical’ areas that I would fish in the summer/fall, outside rock piles/points, were not as good as shorelines right up tight in a foot or two of water. Interestingly enough, southern coves had many fish in the very back and with NE coves, the fish were much more point oriented but still very shallow. The 5-15’ range held hardly had any fish up here for me. I fished until 6pm and headed back to Wahweap.
[As many times as I have been up in this Neskahi area, I wasn’t aware of a shallow clump of rock out in the boat lane of this big cove and I’m sure glad someone marked it with a boat bumper!]
Wednesday I got an even later start and decided to stay relatively close to the southern areas that had done quite well last Fall and see if I could locate a few spots of concentrated fish for my Boy Scouts trip at the end of this month and I can’t say that I was all that successful. 29 fish was all that I caught from 8:30 till 4. That’s somewhat pitiful compared to Tue but it did tell me several things I wanted to know. A lot of time this day was spent targeting stripers inc some time spooning but mostly trolling and I did no bait fishing. I started in Goodman and then Kane coves and had smaller smallmouth to show for my time there by casting to the rocky shoreline with a grub, than by trolling. There were a few stripers trolled up in each cove, all of them while in 25-30’ of water. In one cove I used the extra deep pointer running about 15’ max and in the other cove I used an extra large crank with a BB in the bill and I could bounce the bottom at 22’. Both of these were run on 15 lb fluorocarbon line at about 3 mph and both were equally well at catching stripers (2 each) but the Pointer did catch several more bass than the deeper running lure did. I left this area and then poked around MM 25 with no success and went into the Friendship Cove entrance where I caught a few on the shallow pointer before heading over to MM 36 and working my way into Dungeon Canyon. There were fish in here all right, some back in behind the ‘haystacks’ in shallow water spawning and I spent a couple of hours catching 4-5 bedding fish and dropshotting a few in addition to hooking onto a carp that looked like it had been attacked by the dreaded tiger muskie?? It was still swimming but I’m not sure how. I then fired up the Verado to do some trolling down that shoreline from the corner to Dungeon. Mostly smallies were caught doing this with one striper until I went in the very back and that Gulp minnow produced two 3 lb stripers in a foot of water.
Recap: This first trip of the season was much better than last years first one, even the second day down south. The stripers appear to still be in the same areas as they were but I may have needed to cut up some anchovies but I suspect in 2 months or so they will be willing to hit a spoon or TW better in these south areas. The San Juan was on fire but I was a little disappointed I couldn’t catch some bigger bass there. When I was at Dangling Rope Marina I had some folks ask me what kind of mileage I got with my Mercury Verado outboard, the same question many bass boat people ask and I would say based on experience and after running the lake for these 2 days inc up to the start of the Great Bend in the San Juan and points between and running it hard occasionally (It still hit 76.5 mph up there Wed and used 50 gal for the 2 days). I suspect that overall it is better on fuel than my 2010 Merc 250 XS and it certainly performs much better at Powell’s elevation. If running over 4800 rpm it may be slightly worse but better otherwise. It is also great to have the throttle option of hand or foot and essentially cruise control for the long runs common to Lake Powell. With the increased trolling success at Powell I also find the ‘troll feature’ to be quite handy where I can dial in the trolling speed to what produces the most success. When it gets warmer, all the fish like it a little faster and I’ve found that I can increase rpm’s/mph up a few tenths to be more attractive to the stripers, with 3.3 mph being about ideal for them and a little slower for the bass.  I’m going to need to invest in a selfie stick apparently with ongoing no show situations as these are poor pics to say the least.
ps:  For those interested, as I was loading up at the ramp to leave Wed afternoon, they were loading two new large premium fuel tanks for install at the Wahweap marina. Looks like maybe 5000 gals of the good stuff!
Sam Sherwood – Mesa, AZ

Lake Powell report for May 5 & 6, 2016  (Afternoon water temps over 66 degrees!)

I got a late start Tue morning since I planned on fishing up the San Juan this day and wanted to kill a little time to stop in for gas at Dangling Rope Marina on the way and it didn’t open until 8 so I made a stop near MM 36 on my way as this area was so good last year. The first fish for the season was a smallie pushing 3 lbs on a crawdad colored crank.

After another 5 fish in this area and then fuel and I was up fishing in the Neskahi Bay area at 9:15, targeting bass. Total for the day was 121 fish, mostly smallmouth with a fair amount of largemouth coming from congregated areas along with one striper and one crappie, both of the latter on a 5” Senko.

There was no question that the LM preferred the Lucky Craft Pointer bait (as pictured) above all other baits, tied to 12 lb fluorocarbon. Sometimes just toss and wind and other times as a jerk bait. There were several baits working well for the smallies including the Yamamoto dbl tail grub w/ 1/8 oz head, drop shot ¼ oz weight with Berkley chartreuse 4” Gulp minnow, the Pointer crank/jerk bait mentioned above, and a  ½ oz spoon, but no bait was better than a 5” green Senko. (see fish/bait pics) They would eat that Senko UP! My landing rate was probably only 70% and I suspect that I could have improved this by switching from a drop shot hook rigged wacky style to a small weightless jig hook exposed, of which I did not have any with me.

I saw few fish on beds up here but there were fish in the very backs of many coves in gentle sloping flat sand bottoms with no rock, in 1-2’. This water was a little off colored and they could have actually been bedding fish. The ‘typical’ areas that I would fish in the summer/fall, outside rock piles/points, were not as good as shorelines right up tight in a foot or two of water. Interestingly enough, southern coves had many fish in the very back and with NE coves, the fish were much more point oriented but still very shallow. The 5-15’ range held hardly had any fish up here for me. I fished until 6pm and headed back to Wahweap.

[As many times as I have been up in this Neskahi area, I wasn’t aware of a shallow clump of rock out in the boat lane of this big cove and I’m sure glad someone marked it with a boat bumper!]

Wednesday I got an even later start and decided to stay relatively close to the southern areas that had done quite well last Fall and see if I could locate a few spots of concentrated fish for my Boy Scouts trip at the end of this month and I can’t say that I was all that successful. 29 fish was all that I caught from 8:30 till 4. That’s somewhat pitiful compared to Tue but it did tell me several things I wanted to know. A lot of time this day was spent targeting stripers including some time spooning but mostly trolling and I did no bait fishing.

I started in Goodman and then Kane coves and had smaller smallmouth to show for my time there by casting to the rocky shoreline with a grub, than by trolling. There were a few stripers trolled up in each cove, all of them while in 25-30’ of water. In one cove I used the extra deep pointer running about 15’ max and in the other cove I used an extra large crank with a BB in the bill and I could bounce the bottom at 22’. Both of these were run on 15 lb fluorocarbon line at about 3 mph and both were equally well at catching stripers (2 each) but the Pointer did catch several more bass than the deeper running lure did.

I left this area and then poked around MM 25 with no success and went into the Friendship Cove entrance where I caught a few on the shallow pointer before heading over to MM 36 and working my way into Dungeon Canyon. There were fish in here all right, some back in behind the ‘haystacks’ in shallow water spawning and I spent a couple of hours catching 4-5 bedding fish and dropshotting a few in addition to hooking onto a carp that looked like it had been attacked by the dreaded tiger muskie?? It was still swimming but I’m not sure how. I then fired up the Verado to do some trolling down that shoreline from the corner to Dungeon. Mostly smallies were caught doing this with one striper until I went in the very back and that Gulp minnow produced two 3 lb stripers in a foot of water.


Recap: This first trip of the season was much better than last years first one, even the second day down south. The stripers appear to still be in the same areas as they were but I may have needed to cut up some anchovies but I suspect in 2 months or so they will be willing to hit a spoon or TW better in these south areas. The San Juan was on fire but I was a little disappointed I couldn’t catch some bigger bass there.

When I was at Dangling Rope Marina I had some folks ask me what kind of mileage I got with my Mercury Verado outboard, the same question many bass boat people ask and I would say based on experience and after running the lake for these 2 days inc up to the start of the Great Bend in the San Juan and points between and running it hard occasionally (It still hit 76.5 mph up there Wed and used 50 gal for the 2 days). I suspect that overall it is better on fuel than my 2010 Merc 250 XS and it certainly performs much better at Powell’s elevation. If running over 4800 rpm it may be slightly worse but better otherwise. It is also great to have the throttle option of hand or foot and essentially cruise control for the long runs common to Lake Powell.

With the increased trolling success at Powell I also find the ‘troll feature’ to be quite handy where I can dial in the trolling speed to what produces the most success. When it gets warmer, all the fish like it a little faster and I’ve found that I can increase rpm’s/mph up a few tenths to be more attractive to the stripers, with 3.3 mph being about ideal for them and a little slower for the bass.  I’m going to need to invest in a selfie stick apparently with ongoing no show situations as these are poor pics to say the least.

Sam Sherwood – Mesa, AZ

 

May 3, 2016 - Rock Creek to Padre Bay

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Had some friends that braved the weather last week. Main lake rock piles from Rock Creek to Padre.  Grubs, tubes and medium divers were working. Almost all smallies with a few walleye and Stripers. They did not try to fish for striper.

 

Thanks,

 

Bryan

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April 27, 2016 - North End Report

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The wife and I fished last Thursday Friday and Sunday - Saturday was windy so we worked on the Houseboat.
Thursday morning looked for bass around Bullfrog with little success. Went out to Bouy 94 and caught 13 stripers in about an hour and a half. That afternoon went up to Forgotten Knowles and Cedar. Still did not have much luck with the bass??? Caught 13 Walleyes in using mostly bottom bouncers.
Friday went up to Good hope looking for crappies. Caught about 10 or 12, 6 nice ones. They were scattered could not find any concentrations and the water was pretty stained/dirty. Got windy later so we started on the walleye again, found a few hot spots and caught 25, most we had ever caught in a day. Did not catch many bass??? 3 or so.
Sunday was a repeat of Friday except for we could not find any crappies, so we worked on the walleyes again - caught 27.
Ended up with just shy of 100 fish for the trip, which for the third week of April is a little slow, but 65 walleyes made it well worth the trip. Wife had never used a bottom bouncer before so I was telling her how to hold the rod, and what angle the line was supposed to be, what to look for etc.., and she said I've caught 4 already and you have yet to catch your first one. When you get a few in the boat you can start giving me instructions.
Details - Gas was $2.36 at the top of the hill - $3.98 on the water. The run off has begun and the water at the horn (MM 129 - top of GHB) was to stained/muddy to fish, less than a foot of visibility. At MM 125 right at Castle butte was 1 to 1.5 feet and still had a bit of green to it. Was browner on the west side there for some reason. Red canyon and Ticaboo were about the same with 2 to 3 feet of visibility with a nice green tint - just right to fish. Very back of Red was really red with less than a foot of visibility in the very back. MM 119 or south end of GHB the visibility was similar to Cedar. Knowles and Forgotten 4 to 6 feet nice and green. Bull frog water was still pretty clear. Saw a few trucks parked at Blue notch.
Caught the walleyes on worm harnesses using chrome and white blades with a baitfish print on one side. Yellow and orange were not near as productive. Did also catch a few on flickers shad cranks and green tube jigs tipped with a piece of crawler. Surprising thing beside the number of fish caught was they were in 2 to 6 feet of water for the most part? We looked for wind blown points and banks with small rock or gravel shores that were catching waves from a long way off. We caught over 30 on an 80 yard stretch of bank just going back and forth.
What crappies we did catch were on white Berkley gulps shad with the long flip tails slow trolled and cast to the shallow water
Would love to tell you what the bass were hitting, but only caught 12 or so, half of them were caught on bottom bouncers or crappie jigs. - Did catch a 17" SMB on a crappie jig
One slight compliant. There was a boat that sat off about 1/4 mile and watched us, they ended up moving right on top of us and we almost bumped boats several times. The wind was blowing north of 30 and it was hard to control the boat as it was with out the company. Could not really figure what to do or say to them, guess they weren't catching any or could not find there own spot? It was getting dark and we had to run back to Bullfrog so we just left. Had never had any body crowd me that way before? That happened Friday evening, and believe it or not again on Sunday same place - same boat? I've had ski boats run us over in striper boils, but never had a fishing boat crowd us that hard.
On a bright note, the second MM 114 is brand new, and has a light on it. This may sound funny to you folks from the south, but this is the only lit MM bouy north of Bullfrog. Over half the MM bouys are missing north of Bullfrog.
Be very carefull traveling in GHB there are many whales lurking in Ticaboo - Red - and Scorup. With water clearity less that 2 feet in places you can not see them. I am guessing in 2 weeks or so all of GHB will be to murky to fish.

The wife and I fished last Thursday Friday and Sunday - Saturday was windy so we worked on the Houseboat. 
Thursday morning looked for bass around Bullfrog with little success. Went out to Bouy 94 and caught 13 stripers in about an hour and a half. That afternoon went up to Forgotten Knowles and Cedar. Still did not have much luck with the bass??? Caught 13 Walleyes in using mostly bottom bouncers.
Friday went up to Good hope looking for crappies. Caught about 10 or 12, 6 nice ones. They were scattered could not find any concentrations and the water was pretty stained/dirty. Got windy later so we started on the walleye again, found a few hot spots and caught 25, most we had ever caught in a day. Did not catch many bass??? 3 or so.
Sunday was a repeat of Friday except for we could not find any crappies, so we worked on the walleyes again - caught 27. 
Ended up with just shy of 100 fish for the trip, which for the third week of April is a little slow, but 65 walleyes made it well worth the trip. Wife had never used a bottom bouncer before so I was telling her how to hold the rod, and what angle the line was supposed to be, what to look for etc.., and she said I've caught 4 already and you have yet to catch your first one. When you get a few in the boat you can start giving me instructions.
Details - Gas was $2.36 at the top of the hill - $3.98 on the water. The run off has begun and the water at the horn (MM 129 - top of GHB) was to stained/muddy to fish, less than a foot of visibility. At MM 125 right at Castle butte was 1 to 1.5 feet and still had a bit of green to it. Was browner on the west side there for some reason. Red canyon and Ticaboo were about the same with 2 to 3 feet of visibility with a nice green tint - just right to fish. Very back of Red was really red with less than a foot of visibility in the very back. MM 119 or south end of GHB the visibility was similar to Cedar. Knowles and Forgotten 4 to 6 feet nice and green. Bull frog water was still pretty clear. Saw a few trucks parked at Blue notch.
Caught the walleyes on worm harnesses using chrome and white blades with a baitfish print on one side. Yellow and orange were not near as productive. Did also catch a few on flickers shad cranks and green tube jigs tipped with a piece of crawler. Surprising thing beside the number of fish caught was they were in 2 to 6 feet of water for the most part? We looked for wind blown points and banks with small rock or gravel shores that were catching waves from a long way off. We caught over 30 on an 80 yard stretch of bank just going back and forth. 
What crappies we did catch were on white Berkley gulps shad with the long flip tails slow trolled and cast to the shallow water.

Would love to tell you what the bass were hitting, but only caught 12 or so, half of them were caught on bottom bouncers or crappie jigs. - Did catch a 17" SMB on a crappie jig

On a bright note, the second MM 114 is brand new, and has a light on it. This may sound funny to you folks from the south, but this is the only lit MM bouy north of Bullfrog. Over half the MM bouys are missing north of Bullfrog.
Be very carefull traveling in GHB there are many whales lurking in Ticaboo - Red - and Scorup. With water clearity less that 2 feet in places you can not see them. I am guessing in 2 weeks or so all of GHB will be to murky to fish.

 

April 25, 2016 - San Juan report

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Hi Wayne, Another great year fishing at Lake Powell. We went to the San Juan on Thursday Friday and Saturday came back on Sunday. The ride down on Thursday was gorgeous. We set up camp near the mouth of Piute bay and did a little fishing close to camp. Caught a couple dozen bass all sizes. Friday we fished the north end of the bay using different colors and brands of soft plastics. Yums, mister twister, yamamotos, and strike kings. The fish where on the banks and it was red hot. A lot of the time  we had two and three at a time. The crappie where in three age groups 6", 10" and 15". Each day we caught and released over 50 crappie. Every where we found them they where bunch up. The Large mouth where in great shape. They where also in three size group, 8", 12", and 16". We saw a lot of fish nesting.  We caught more Large Mouth than we have for years. We picked up a few stripers but did not fish for them. We caught one walleye and a few blue gills. The story on small mouth is there are almost to many. You have a hard time keeping the little ones off your hook. Even if you uses bigger lures they still bite. The small mouth where fat and full of crawdads. On Saturday fishing was good in the morning down on the great bend, but the wind came up and it was crazy it would gust so hard it would lift sprays of water right off of the surface. In the canyon the was coming from two different directions at the same time. As the day went on you could find coves to get out of the wind. Does any know how a domestic sheep got on the island at the mouth of piute bay. It would be a long swim from all directions. We pick up camp and started home on Sunday it was cooler but the wind was gone. At Bullfrog we had our boat inspected and cleaned it took about 15 mins and people at the station where real nice. The over all trip was fantastic, thanks for keeping the lake such a great place to fish.

 Another great year fishing at Lake Powell. We went to the San Juan on Thursday Friday and Saturday came back on Sunday. The ride down on Thursday was gorgeous. We set up camp near the mouth of Piute bay and did a little fishing close to camp. Caught a couple dozen bass all sizes. Friday we fished the north end of the bay using different colors and brands of soft plastics. Yums, mister twister, yamamotos, and strike kings.

The fish where on the banks and it was red hot. A lot of the time  we had two and three at a time. The crappie where in three age groups 6", 10" and 15". Each day we caught and released over 50 crappie. Every where we found them they where bunch up. The Large mouth where in great shape. They where also in three size group, 8", 12", and 16". We saw a lot of fish nesting.  We caught more Large Mouth than we have for years. We picked up a few stripers but did not fish for them. We caught one walleye and a few blue gills.

The story on smallmouth is there are almost too many. You have a hard time keeping the little ones off your hook. Even if you uses bigger lures they still bite. The small mouth were fat and full of crawdads. On Saturday fishing was good in the morning down on the great bend, but the wind came up and it was crazy. It would gust so hard it would lift sprays of water right off of the surface. In the canyon the was coming from two different directions at the same time. As the day went on you could find coves to get out of the wind.

Does any know how a domestic sheep got on the island at the mouth of piute bay. It would be a long swim from all directions. We pick up camp and started home on Sunday it was cooler but the wind was gone. At Bullfrog we had our boat inspected and cleaned it took about 15 mins and people at the station where real nice. The over all trip was fantastic, thanks for keeping the lake such a great place to fish.

 

April 21, 2016 - Stripers at the Dam

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jsandersonThank you for your website and the information provided. We had a great day fishing near the dam. Caught about 70 fish for the day.

 

My mom had the time of her life catching stripers for the first time.

 

Thank you Wayne and Lake Powell

 


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