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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. 



September 19, 2016 - Spooning at Halls

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September 16, 2016 - Mid lake

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sharonhu3Hello Wayne: We just returned from a wonderful 9 days on spectacular Lake Powell. We arrived at the lake on the 7th &

stayed through the 15th.  The weather was wonderful; warm days and mild nights. We arrived later than usual on Wed.

and made camp the first night near Camel Rock, fished a little but only caught a few SMB.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sharonhu4Next day we headed for Oak Bay and were not disappointed.  We caught 3 nice LMB, the nice walleye in the picture & 4 more walleye of smaller size.  SMB bite was great, too many to keep count.


On the 9th we headed up towards the mouth of the San Juan and made camp just west of Llewellyn and fished that area for 5 days. We caught about 30 stripers from 14" up to 24" the smaller ones were very healthy and put up a big fight while the big stripers were very thin and we thought they were Walleye reeling them in.  We caught another 15 walleye and again the SMB bite was great.  The smallies are very healthy and put up as much fight as the smaller stripers. If you like to catch SMB they are lots of fun to catch right now, lots of good size healthy fish.  We caught fish from 8ft. of water up to 30ft. The shallow area in the back of Cottonwood Canyon was full of nice SMB in 9ft. of water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sharonhu5Another spot was just North of the San Juan buoy on the West side there is an inlet with 24ft to 8ft of water that we also

found great number of SMB and early morning we caught a number of stripers there. We also caught stripers in Jack's Arch.


We used our usual Yamamoto single & double tail grubs 5" in white, watermelon grn. and chartreuse they hit on them all with 1/2 ounce jig heads. (I got the weight) In stronger wind we use 5/8 ounce heads. It did get windy on Tuesday and

Wednesday to the point of not wanting to fight it so we stayed in camp more than usual.  


Our last night we camped across from Dangling rope and I caught 7 very nice channel cats, one around 3lbs. that was fun. Used worms for the catfish.


We were surprised how busy the lake was there were lots of houseboats and boat traffic.


We had a great time and came home on Thursday.  Can't wait until next spring we will be back.

Thanks again Wayne for the great website and information.  There is no place like Lake Powell!!


sharonju2

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2016 19:54
 

September 13, 2016 - Halls Creek stripers

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Thanks for the response and update.  We left Bullfrog 9/8 Thurs morning and went to Halls Creek Bay.  Passing the islands on the turn I told my dad this would be a good place to fish, always saw them stacked up here.  Thurs night ran out to islands to make phone call and screen was black.  Dropped Kastmasters and picked up three in 15 min then had to run back to houseboat for repairs.  Fri morning islands were devoid of fish.  Went to Bullfrog Bay, saw bird activity and stopped to see what they were feeding on.  Saw a few splashes so dropped Kastmasters down.  Hooked up a few small 1lbers.  Screen was black but with shad balls on the screen fish were not eager to hit.  Ran to Moqui Wall for shade and less fed fish.  Picked up three nice 2-3 lbs then bite stopped.  Trolled from canyon to halfway to buoy field.  Not a hit.  Brought downrigger up and found one on the line.  My dad always said it was hard to catch fish when you had one on the hook.  True story.  Always believe your dad.
Went in for lunch and back out to islands after dinner.  Not a mark.  Sat morn started boat and saw boil in middle of HC Bay by gravel islands.  About left half the crew on the houseboat as I yelled boil and was untied and in gear as they jumped on.  Splashes stopped but we graphed schools around the islands. We boated 20 in an hour with multiple triple hookups.  I had two LP first timers on board, an exchange student from Switzerland and "Fish-On John" (he landed 10 of the 20).   They will never be the same after fishing LP.
Fish table said good fishing from 6:45-9:45.  Caught last fish at 10 then lockjaw.  Went back to houseboat for filetting party.   Found 3" shad in all sizes of stripers hence the lockjaw to bait and lures.  1-2lbers were fat with 3lbers all bone and thin filets.
Tight lines,
Mike
TheBigCanoe

We left Bullfrog 9/8 Thurs morning and went to Halls Creek Bay.  Passing the islands on the turn I told my dad this would be a good place to fish, always saw them stacked up here.  Thurs night ran out to islands to make phone call and screen was black.  Dropped Kastmasters and picked up three in 15 min then had to run back to houseboat for repairs.  

Fri morning islands were devoid of fish.  Went to Bullfrog Bay, saw bird activity and stopped to see what they were feeding on.  Saw a few splashes so dropped Kastmasters down.  Hooked up a few small 1lbers.  Screen was black but with shad balls on the screen fish were not eager to hit.  Ran to Moqui Wall for shade and less fed fish.  Picked up three nice 2-3 lbs then bite stopped.  Trolled from canyon to halfway to buoy field.  Not a hit.  Brought downrigger up and found one on the line.  My dad always said it was hard to catch fish when you had one on the hook.  True story.  Always believe your dad.

Went in for lunch and back out to islands after dinner.  Not a mark.  Sat morn started boat and saw boil in middle of HC Bay by gravel islands.  About left half the crew on the houseboat as I yelled boil and was untied and in gear as they jumped on.  Splashes stopped but we graphed schools around the islands. We boated 20 in an hour with multiple triple hookups.  I had two LP first timers on board, an exchange student from Switzerland and "Fish-On John" (he landed 10 of the 20).   They will never be the same after fishing LP. 

Fish table said good fishing from 6:45-9:45.  Caught last fish at 10 then lockjaw.  Went back to houseboat for filetting party.   Found 3" shad in all sizes of stripers hence the lockjaw to bait and lures.  1-2lbers were fat with 3lbers all bone and thin filets. 


Tight lines,
MikeTheBigCanoe

 

September 7, 2016 - Red Canyon

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Spent Labor Day weekend in and around Red Canyon. Caught most of our fish in schools just outside Blue Notch.  Schooled fish were a 50/50 mix of 12" and 24" stripers.  Half of the larger stripers were in bad shape.  Fished small boil 6:30 am Friday just outside Blue Notch.  Heard report of large extended boil in White Canyon on Sunday - but 2/3 of the fish were in bad shape.  Many people headed north, reports I heard were that most fish were in bad shape.  Fished half hour boil Monday morning - all fish were healthy 18" stripers.
Did OK trolling outside Blue Notch (did not see shad or stripers inside of Blue Notch), shoreline above, below, and into Red Canyon. Fish seemed to be schooled up so random trolling is not very effective, does work to find the schools of course. Tried jigging schools in other places but did not get a hookup.  Hard to tell if they were stripers or gizzard shad. Sure looked and acted like stripers...
Thought you might want to see picture of a walleye jigged up near one school of stripers.  Trolled up another walleye in dirty water across from Ticaboo. Talked to a couple who were fishing bottom bouncers on the rocks near the floating bathroom. Said they were catching about one or two a day.

Spent Labor Day weekend in and around Red Canyon. Caught most of our fish in schools just outside Blue Notch.  Schooled fish were a 50/50 mix of 12" and 24" stripers.  Half of the larger stripers were in bad shape.  Fished small boil 6:30 am Friday just outside Blue Notch.  Heard report of large extended boil in White Canyon on Sunday - but 2/3 of the fish were in bad shape.  Many people headed north, reports I heard were that most fish were in bad shape.  Fished half hour boil Monday morning - all fish were healthy 18" stripers. 

Did OK trolling outside Blue Notch (did not see shad or stripers inside of Blue Notch), shoreline above, below, and into Red Canyon. Fish seemed to be schooled up so random trolling is not very effective, does work to find the schools of course. Tried jigging schools in other places but did not get a hookup.  Hard to tell if they were stripers or gizzard shad. Sure looked and acted like stripers...

kurtjwaeThought you might want to see picture of a walleye jigged up near one school of stripers.  Trolled up another walleye in dirty water across from Ticaboo. Talked to a couple who were fishing bottom bouncers on the rocks near the floating bathroom. Said they were catching about one or two a day.

 

August 29, 29016 - North Lake is best

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My daughter wanted to get out one more time before she started school so we headed out Friday afternoon. We stayed at Ticaboo Resort and launched at Bullfrog both days. Saturday we ran North and made it to Striper city right as the sun was coming up. Nothing on top so we started fishing at the mouth of Trachyte trying to repeat success from my last Trip. Wasn't long before a pretty serious boil erupted in the first little cove from the entrance. It was easy pickens for about 20 minutes. When they stopped we started the big motor only to find another boil in the next cove over. These stayed around a little longer. Even after they sounded we were able to hook up just about every cast throwing our swimbaits right next to the brushiy bank just letting the swimbait fall. Good Times!
After Trachyte went quiet it was time for a little Popcorn! Popcorn Canyon that is   . Memmer? You Memmer. Found them in the same spot as last month. 18-20 feet. Spoons and swimbaits doing work. When we would lose them we'd hit the trolling motor and find them just a few yards away. Steady action all day. We left them biting and went to do some bass fising. With the overcast skies the bass were very cooperative all day and would hit everything from Vixens and Ricos to Beavers flipped on braid in the thick stuff. Absolutely killed them Saturday.
Sunday was a different story. Just for a change of scenery we went south. Mistake! Stopped in at the Rincon and caught some stripers and bass chasing shadows with a Rico. Tons of small bass. In fact, too many so we headed to Escalante just to see what was happening. I figured we would just go fishing and see what we run into. Usually we run into something, either some surface activity or a big school on the graph and we switch gears. Never happened. We caught numerous small bass for the next couple of hours with nothing on top or big schools below. We started working our way back to bullfrog stopping back in the Rincon, hitting Iceburg and and Slick Rock with nothing but bass and occasional striper. We were running and gunning and never really got a feel for the day or the fish. Just Junk fishing.
Overall was a great trip and time well spent with my daughter. There's big time shad in the back of Iceburg. Big as in size and big schools. Cant wait til the water cools a bit and the stripers get up in there. The bass were already there but the shad were same size as most the bass.
Go North! Tight Lines.

My daughter wanted to get out one more time before she started school so we headed out Friday afternoon. We stayed at Ticaboo Resort and launched at Bullfrog both days. Saturday we ran North and made it to Striper city right as the sun was coming up. Nothing on top so we started fishing at the mouth of Trachyte trying to repeat success from my last Trip. Wasn't long before a pretty serious boil erupted in the first little cove from the entrance. It was easy pickens for about 20 minutes. When they stopped we started the big motor only to find another boil in the next cove over. These stayed around a little longer. Even after they sounded we were able to hook up just about every cast throwing our swimbaits right next to the brushiy bank just letting the swimbait fall. Good Times!

After Trachyte went quiet it was time for a little Popcorn! Popcorn Canyon that is   . Memmer? You Memmer. Found them in the same spot as last month. 18-20 feet. Spoons and swimbaits doing work. When we would lose them we'd hit the trolling motor and find them just a few yards away. Steady action all day. We left them biting and went to do some bass fising. With the overcast skies the bass were very cooperative all day and would hit everything from Vixens and Ricos to Beavers flipped on braid in the thick stuff. Absolutely killed them Saturday. 

Sunday was a different story. Just for a change of scenery we went south. Mistake! Stopped in at the Rincon and caught some stripers and bass chasing shadows with a Rico. Tons of small bass. In fact, too many so we headed to Escalante just to see what was happening. I figured we would just go fishing and see what we run into. Usually we run into something, either some surface activity or a big school on the graph and we switch gears. Never happened. We caught numerous small bass for the next couple of hours with nothing on top or big schools below. We started working our way back to bullfrog stopping back in the Rincon, hitting Iceburg and and Slick Rock with nothing but bass and occasional striper. We were running and gunning and never really got a feel for the day or the fish. Just Junk fishing. 

Overall was a great trip and time well spent with my daughter. There's big time shad in the back of Iceburg. Big as in size and big schools. Cant wait til the water cools a bit and the stripers get up in there. The bass were already there but the shad were same size as most the bass. 

Go North! Tight Lines.

 

August 29, 2016 - Southern lake boils plus

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Southern lake fishing with a trip to the San Juan. 1 Hour, 35 Minutes ago
Southern lake report August 22nd to August 26th. Wayne I know you wanted boil reports last week so here you go.
Took houseboat from Wahweap to mm26 across form Gregory Butte and in the folds of the Goose Neck for 5 days. We fished morning and most afternoons except when the storms were rolling in. There were huge pods of shad right around the houseboat. Big storms on Wed evening, Thursday evening and Friday a double one in the evening and one about 1 am. Nice lightening show. Raining on Saturday morning as we took the houseboat back to Wahweap.
Monday morning we fished right behind the houseboat and caught stripers and smallmouth. We then checked in Dove Canyon and found an ongoing boil in the back. Stripers had the shad cornered. Monday afternoon we took the girls to West Canyon for a "3 hour tour". No fishing.
Tuesday early to Dove, nothing. Hauled a-- to Friendship and found a big boil about 100 yards wide in the back on the right side. The stripers had the shad penned against the wall. We decided to run up to the San Juan and check out Cha area. Smallies on senkos and swim baits could be caught everywhere. Headed to Wilson Creek and found a boil in the very back. These fish were big and had personalities. They would hit anything top waters or swimbaits.
Wednesday am headed to Dove, nothing. Ran to Dry Rock creek and found a big boil in the second bay on the right heading toward the back of Dry Rock Creek. We got there late and only caught a few. I did have a double striper hookup on a top water. Broke it off lifting it into the boat. Headed to the back and caught a couple trolling in the back. There were splashes but they were spread out. Wed morning we decided to use some of our catfish bait, shrimp and caught cats, stripers, smallies and a carp right off the back of the houseboat.
Thursday the girls headed back to Wahweap and we passed a few small boils in Warm Creek going in. On the way back to the houseboat just after crossing behind Padre Butte we spotted boils in the main channel. These boils ended up right against the side of Padre Butte. This was at 11:30 am. These boils stayed up for 2 hours.
Friday there was boil right behind the houseboat. This was intense and the stripers were in about 6 inches of water. If you threw in close to bank fish on. These fish were all different sizes. We then went back toward Padre Butte and found nothing. Back to the houseboat. While sitting on the houseboat there were two separate boils in the 11am to noon time frame. I was able to net a few shad (2 to 2.5 inches long). We took the boat out a ways to 28 feet and fished with dead shad. This is where the smallmouth were hanging out. We caught many nice smallmouth on dead shad. We also caught a few stripers. These stripers were big and not in the best of shape. I noticed a couple of splashed behind the boat and threw to the area and caught a nice smallmouth. I then threw again and hooked another smallmouth. I threw again and caught a striper. We caught 60 fish on top waters in 2 hours and 45 min. 60% stripers and 40% smallmouth. What a hoot. Most of these fish were in good shape. I finally called "Uncle" with a full cooler and 15 fish on the floor of the boat. They were still out there when we went the 50 yards back to the houseboat. My cleaning arm will never be the same.
Equipment: Baitcasters with 12 and 14 pound flouro. Spinning reels with 8 and 10 pound flours. Trolling 14 pound mono. Top Dog topwaters for saltwater and big rapalas. Size 4 hooks for the shad. 5 inch senkos in shad color, Texas rigged.
Notes: Smaller swim baits were the best (2 to 2.5 inches). The big swim baits 3.5 in got very few hits. The big top waters got pounded. Trolling was slow. Bigger smallmouth were very deep and fat and healthy. Water temp was 84 to 86 on Monday and went down everyday. 72 on Friday morning. More shad than I have seen in a long time in the lower basin. Must have been a good late shad spawn. No one fishing. Only saw 2 or 3 fishing boats the entire week. On Wed a boat with 10 people capsized at mm27. The boat sank. No fatalities. A houseboat lost power and got bashed on the rocks for awhile.
Good week of fishing!

 Southern lake report August 22nd to August 26th. 

Took houseboat from Wahweap to mm26 across from Gregory Butte and in the folds of the Goose Neck for 5 days. We fished morning and most afternoons except when the storms were rolling in. There were huge pods of shad right around the houseboat. Big storms on Wed evening, Thursday evening and Friday a double one in the evening and one about 1 am. Nice lightening show. Raining on Saturday morning as we took the houseboat back to Wahweap. 

Monday morning we fished right behind the houseboat and caught stripers and smallmouth. We then checked in Dove Canyon and found an ongoing boil in the back. Stripers had the shad cornered. Monday afternoon we took the girls to West Canyon for a "3 hour tour". No fishing. 

Tuesday early to Dove, nothing. Hauled a-- to Friendship and found a big boil about 100 yards wide in the back on the right side. The stripers had the shad penned against the wall. We decided to run up to the San Juan and check out Cha area. Smallies on senkos and swim baits could be caught everywhere. Headed to Wilson Creek and found a boil in the very back. These fish were big and had personalities. They would hit anything top waters or swimbaits. 
Wednesday am headed to Dove, nothing. Ran to Dry Rock creek and found a big boil in the second bay on the right heading toward the back of Dry Rock Creek. We got there late and only caught a few. I did have a double striper hookup on a top water. Broke it off lifting it into the boat. Headed to the back and caught a couple trolling in the back. There were splashes but they were spread out. Wed morning we decided to use some of our catfish bait, shrimp and caught cats, stripers, smallies and a carp right off the back of the houseboat. 

Thursday the girls headed back to Wahweap and we passed a few small boils in Warm Creek going in. On the way back to the houseboat just after crossing behind Padre Butte we spotted boils in the main channel. These boils ended up right against the side of Padre Butte. This was at 11:30 am. These boils stayed up for 2 hours. 

Friday there was boil right behind the houseboat. This was intense and the stripers were in about 6 inches of water. If you threw in close to bank fish on. These fish were all different sizes. We then went back toward Padre Butte and found nothing. Back to the houseboat. While sitting on the houseboat there were two separate boils in the 11am to noon time frame. I was able to net a few shad (2 to 2.5 inches long). We took the boat out a ways to 28 feet and fished with dead shad. This is where the smallmouth were hanging out. We caught many nice smallmouth on dead shad. We also caught a few stripers. These stripers were big and not in the best of shape. I noticed a couple of splashed behind the boat and threw to the area and caught a nice smallmouth. I then threw again and hooked another smallmouth. I threw again and caught a striper. We caught 60 fish on top waters in 2 hours and 45 min. 60% stripers and 40% smallmouth. What a hoot.

Most of these fish were in good shape. I finally called "Uncle" with a full cooler and 15 fish on the floor of the boat. They were still out there when we went the 50 yards back to the houseboat. My cleaning arm will never be the same. 
Equipment: Baitcasters with 12 and 14 pound flouro. Spinning reels with 8 and 10 pound flours. Trolling 14 pound mono. Top Dog topwaters for saltwater and big rapalas. Size 4 hooks for the shad. 5 inch senkos in shad color, Texas rigged. 
Notes: Smaller swim baits were the best (2 to 2.5 inches). The big swim baits 3.5 in got very few hits. The big top waters got pounded. Trolling was slow. Bigger smallmouth were very deep and fat and healthy.

Water temp was 84 to 86 on Monday and went down everyday. 72 on Friday morning. More shad than I have seen in a long time in the lower basin. Must have been a good late shad spawn. No one fishing. Only saw 2 or 3 fishing boats the entire week. 

Good week of fishing!

 

August 16, 2016 - Padre to Knowles

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Last week, my father, Rex, and I went to LP for the second fishing trip of the summer. We started out on the south end of the lake for the first two days targeting stripers on the east side of Padre Bay. Trolling the entire wall from the rock slide to the rubble beyond the small island produced a number of stripers, smallmouth, and a walleye the first trip in early July, but this time we were not as fortunate, so we headed to the back wall by the hidden cove and immediately got into small, short term boils that were composed of mostly juvenile stripers. After they went deeper, spoons dropped to the bottom and speed reeled up with intermittent pauses resulted in several more.

 

scoldren20The action slowed, so we headed further south past the small island to the broken rocks to target some smallmouth but instead ran into more boils. Pleasant surprise. We got several on top water and shallow cranks.. they were always just out of casting range. We eventually found a small school down at 40 feet and used bait to pull in a few more before heading back to the ramp for the day. The next day we decided to target smallmouth early on the east side of Gregory Butte. We caught a handful of SMB and stripers with poppers and shallow cranks, but they were all tiny, so we headed back to Padre to the spots that worked for us before. The first few spots were empty and trolling along the wall caught only one striper. With only 7 total fish for the day and no keepers, we figured today was just going to be one of those days. At 11AM we were preparing to head in for a much needed nap, but our instinct (or maybe it was the shade) told us to try one more spot. On the south side of Padre’s east wall by the broken rocks in the remaining shade, we ran into a massive school in 25-40 feet of water. We went from 7 fish to 60 in no time. Once the shade disappeared we decided it was time to go even though the bite was still on. Most of the fish were unhealthy and had stomachs full of crayfish.

 

We spent the next three days in Bullfrog hoping to see more boils. The first day we found a massive school at 60-75 feet on the opposite side of Knowles Canyon. We tried everything from spoons to marabou jigs. We probably sat there for over half an hour and only caught one. It is hard to leave a spot like this when you find so many fish, but when they’re not biting there’s not much you can do.

 

scoldren30Our next stop was the broken rock section north of the mouth of Knowles. Here we found a school at 35-50 feet more willing to bite. These fish were much healthier than the ones on the south end of the lake. The majority of stripers were caught on spoons dropped to the bottom and speed reeled for 3-5 turns of the handle with a 1 second pause repeated until the spoon was out of range. We moved to mile 117-118 and targeted SMB and LMB for the remainder of our trip. We ended up catching very healthy SMB and LMB with a handful of walleye on humps 25 feet down on spoons and hula grubs. As our final morning was coming to a close, and the wind was reaching into the 20MPH range, we graphed another large school at 50 feet and landed another cooler full. The fishing at LP is so good, we would have stayed there all day if our trolling motor battery hadn’t died on us and the wind hadn't threatened to push us onto the rocks! We had another great trip. Included are a few photos we took along the way. Once again, thanks for all the helpful information you provide on your website.

 

Stephen Coldren

 

 

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August 16, 2016 - Boils San Juan- Rincon

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Camped at Neskahi Wash area from Aug 6th to the 11th. After many annual trips up there, this was the first time ever without seeing a boil. Not a single one for six days! However, we did find a productive boil, where the stripers had the shad trapped on a  vertical wall, on the west side of the little Rincon. Anything bright and shiny worked and Cotton Cordell chrome spoons were used for casting distance with 20 lb braid, 12 lb flouro leader. This was during the middle of the day, noon straight up. Thin but not skinny fish, not like last year.


The most productive boils were at the east end of the Cha Canyon body of water, not exactly boat shy, but you did have to play hide and seek with them a bit. Nicer fish, a little fuller, as many as you wanted. We started there around 7 am and things slowed around 9:30-10:00. There were always three or four boils in sight the whole time.

 

Smallmouth fishing was fun and easy anywhere. Piute held the bigger models, which longer than 12 inches, would rocket up vertically from depth and explode on the bait just as it was leaving the water right next to the boat on the retrieve. Single or double curly- tail grubs in any color but white worked. Chrome Rattletraps were the best hard lures to use. Morning was a bit better, but any time of day worked on deep rock piles and slides.


Caught a couple of nice largemouth early; stealth on a standup paddleboard, tight to the brush, shallow, like as in knee or thigh deep water. Anything would have worked on those guys, very aggressive strikes.

 

David Tassey

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:33
 

August 15, 2016 - Brody’s first striper

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I’ve been reading your blog for years and finally decided to contribute.  I just made a post but I couldn’t figure out how to post a photo.  I remember you saying you wanted photos of children fishing.  My son’s name is Brody and he is 3 years old.  He loves fishing.  He isn’t the best caster but in slurps and boils he makes a really good reeler.  Here is a striper he reeled in at the mouth of Weatherill Canyon.

 

Thanks for all you do!

 

Nathan Larsen

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August 5, 2016 - San Juan boils

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sssjb1Powell Report Aug 4&5, 2016

 

San Juan Boils are Awesome!


sssjb2I took a friend Bryan and his grandson Travis up to Powell for a short trip before Travis leaves on his 2-year church mission. We were concerned about the weather forecast posted Wed night when considering staying close or heading north but went ahead and headed up to the San Juan out of Wahweap on Thursday morning expecting to get wet but never did. What we did do was find stripers on top ¼ mile into the San Juan and we started catching fish immediately for the next ½ mile before a boater came up and asked if we knew what the “hundreds of fish coming up on the surface just around the corner” was all about and we assured them we’d go see if we could fix it… wow, game on!


We had close to 3 hours of great action as the clouds kept the sun at bay and we had lots of different boils to work, some large and some small. We finished up this action and left it about 9:45 while there was still a little bit going on top but headed up to a spot we killed them last year in and we were disappointed to find no boils up there but poking around we did find some likely looking shad balls with stripers going on them and dropped spoons on them for great action for another couple of hours, from 40-80’ bottom depth. Many fish were suspended and would be caught speed reeling up after bouncing the spoon on the bottom for awhile and some we’d just guess about where 30’ was and jig it around that depth and score, since that depth seemed to be the shad ball locations. We even caught a few fish on the bottom in 80’! Stripers, smallies, walleye, and catfish were all in the mix. We left after noon and headed to Dangling Rope for some ice cream and shade.



sssjb5After the DR break, we fished close by and caught some smallies and a largemouth in the back of a canyon and then trolled up a few more including a striper along the shoreline going toward Wahweap. The trolling was not nearly as effective as last year but I think it will be better in a month with some cooling. With the increasing winds and rain in the distance we decided to head in early and it was a pretty rough go! Our total catch for the day was 125+ with lots of 4+ lb healthy stripers. Bryan commented several times on how quiet the Verado motor was and on the slick design features of the Phoenix 920. It was also a little surprising how much less fuel we needed than anticipated after running 75 miles up into the river then chasing boils around for hours, and then hauling back down to DR.


For Friday we booked it right back up to the San Juan hoping for a repeat but even though there was sporadic action again shortly into the San Juan, we buzzed past them and went up around the first hard RH corner and there was a good sized boil to start with but after we worked them for awhile, we only had random smaller boils that were much more skittish than before so it wasn’t long before we headed up to the spooning spot hoping for boils but had none and the spoon fish had moved and few fish were caught. Since it got hotter quicker and the clouds were long gone and it was getting hot, we heard DR Marina ice cream calling our names much earlier and headed back there and then went to some areas around Dungeon Canyon/North to finish off the trip. We caught a few here and there including a nicer walleye off a submerged island but the day was much slower and hotter so we headed in before noon and called it a trip. Only about 40 fish this day and the stripers were all pretty much on the smaller size. With any luck I’ll be back a few more times this season when it gets cooler and if I don’t get too bogged down with the new house project sssjb4in Flagstaff.


Sam Sherwood                                                                                Mesa, AZ

 

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