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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. 



October 3, 2016 - San Juan Boils

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Hi Wayne, Jason Reden here. I , along with 11 others were on my aunt & uncles houseboat, "Kapa Lua", from Sept 16th - 23rd. My cousin Brent, good friends Steve and Pete and I did most of the fishing through the week. We left Antelope Pt. Saturday morn and traveled all day straight to the San Juan where we always camp way up between the the two big bays. We've always done well there but it was a full moon that week and we all thought that would hinder fishing.  Not so!  It was on Fire !  Brent and I set out early Sunday morning and headed up river toward the last huge bay scouting for striper boils. Water was flat as glass and excellent for spotting crashing fish. We saw our first tell tale sign in the back of big bay as the stripers had shad pinned in a large cove and were crashing like tuna. It was on !  We were throwing 1oz. Krocodiles over the boils and hooking nice 2-4lb. Healthy fish. We stayed on them for a good hour until they left the cove.

 

We then headed back toward the channel ( right below the big arch hole that people hike to ) where we saw a few boils. We cut the motor and threw on them. Bang! It was on, and like no other time we had ever seen.  We're from San Diego and the only way I can describe it, is Tuna Boil.  This huge school of stripers did not leave, and Brent and I caught 2 -5lb. Fish for two hours straight! We quit keeping count, but we had to have boated 50+ fish.  We shook our heads as we left the feeding school to go get others in on the action.  Steve, Pete and Brent did go back and caught more. I stayed at camp and had fun with the smallmouth on 2lb. Line. Good stuff...  a very small spoon is all you need.  

 

Monday morning Brent, Pete and I headed back to the same "Arch area" to see if possibly the stripers would show up like they did Sunday.   As we got close we could see sprays of water glimmering through the sun.  Bang! It was on again... fast and furious for an hour or two.  Usually schools will boil fast and leave, not this one.  The shad ball they were feeding on must have been enormous as they were being pushed up to the cliff and skipping onto the rocks trying to evade the onslaught.  Very exciting indeed !  Again, a 1oz. Krocodile or any Hopkins type spoon will work.  They cast a mile and sink quickly if needed. We catch most every fish on them including Walleye and an occasional Catfish.  If stripers aren't boiling, send it down 60-100 ft. And crank up fast. This works great if you don't have a graph and are trying to get something going.  Go from cliff to cliff, or even deep places you wouldn't normally fish, and drop your spoon way down.  The key is to twitch and jerk the spoon as you reel ridiculously fast. Very fun...

 

A storm came in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It rained but the wind wasn't bad so Brent and Steve went up to big bay and tried graphing fish ( none of us are real savvy with the graph ) anyway, they said a big red ball showed up on graph so they dropped spoons. Bang! They got into nice 2-5lb. Healthy fish down deep.  We've read some of Wayne's reports on gizzard shad, and we think that that's probably what the red ball was.  Good stuff Wayne...

 

Thursday night the winds from hell blasted the back of our houseboat. 3-4ft. Waves crashed directly over the back rail filling both engine compartments and into the lower bedrooms of the boat. " Kapa Lua" went down...   Luckily we were parked on a fairly shallow beach in Warm Water bay or things could have really gotten ugly.  The boat rested on the props in about 10-12ft. Of water.  Brent's 20' Regal boat was blown onto shore and tipped sideway, and filled with water. It's a loss.  Steves 18' center console boat was also blown ashore but we managed to shove it back upright, and it saved the day by towing both beached wave runners and the Regal back to Antelope Pt. Friday morning.   We've been through some monster storms at Powell in the past but this was the perfect storm... hitting us from directly behind, the bilges couldn't keep up with 4' crashing waves straight over the back rail. It happened in a matter of minutes.  Powell is by far the best fishing, and most beautiful place I've ever been, and the storms are just part of the deal. ( I'm sure my uncle Greg would have something to say about that ).  I'm sure we'll all be just a little more weary of wind direction, and where we park next trip.  One thing is for sure though, the Reden's will be back next year to hammer on the stripers again !

 

Jason Reden...

 

September 30, 2016 - Kane Creek Boil

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There was a huge boil that lasted for over an hour in the very back of Kane Creek (left side of Cookie Jar in Padre Bay) last Tuesday. A huge school of 3 inch shad were seen swimming in the back of the canyon.  Then stripers found the shad and the battle commmenced.  This boil was not repeated the next day. It is a random event but that means it can also happen again soon.  Follow the huge shad school to find stripers.  Some of the boiling stripers appeared to make a splash as large as a teenager jumping off a houseboat. I am going to go take a look in Padre again.
 

September 28, 2016 - Southern Bass

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If there’s one thing I know I would not like to be, it would be a shad in Lake Powell. This fact was evidenced last Friday in Last Chance Bay. My friend John Conrad and I were fishing in a little cut in the back of a cove we have fished many times over the years. A striper school had a bunch of shad pinned against the shoreline and was thrashing into them quit vigorously. But when the stripers left there was no rest for the shad as some hungry smallmouths were waiting for the survivors. And in addition to the hordes of hungry stripers and smallmouths, shad also have run a gauntlet of largemouths, walleyes, crappies and even catfish. In short, there is no rest for a shad in Lake Powell.
It was very clear to John and me Friday that the smallmouths in Last Chance Bay were gorging on shad as most of the ones we cleaned had multiple shad in their stomachs. This might explain why fishing was a little tough Friday morning as it was obvious these fish were well-fed. Nevertheless John and I managed to catch 37 smallmouths until the wind came up forcing us to leave around 1:15 p.m. The weather also played a role in our fishing on both Wednesday and Thursday. Because there was rain in the forecast on Wednesday we stayed fairly close to home, fishing a large rocky bay on the north side of the channel above the mouth of Warm Creek, the ledges at the mouth of Warm Creek proper and the double islands just beyond the Castle Rock Cut. The fishing was actually pretty good as we were able to land 57 smallmouths and a few sunfish. The only problem with the day was the fish size. Most were “cookie-cutter” 11 to13-inchers which are wonderful for eating, but we would have like to have had a few bigger ones as well. Thursday morning we fished the ledges near the junction of Wahweap Bay and the main channel catching 24 more smallmouths before the wind and rain hit forcing us to run for State Line Ramp. As it turned out we could have ducked into Wahweap Marina and waited it out, but the forecast was for rain and wind from about 10:00 a.m. on and we didn’t want to take the chance of having to load the boat in driving wind and rain - a miserable experience for sure.
Despite having to cut short our fishing two of the three days, we still managed to catch 118 smallmouths plus a few sunfish. Our largest bass were about 15 inches. As mentioned previously, we had a bunch of fish between 11 and 13 inches which are a lot of fun on light tackle and made for some great fresh fish dinners. We were somewhat disappointed that we didn’t catch any walleyes. Given the overcast weather we thought we would catch at least a couple, but the walleyes eluded us this trip. We fished plenty of good looking walleye spots but to no avail.
We found the bass much more aggressive on Wednesday and Thursday which makes sense because we were fishing between two storm fronts. Friday was a bluebird day, and the fishing was slow early picking up around 10 a.m. Most of the bass we caught were in shallow water, five to 15 feet. On Wednesday we did take a few between 20 and 30 feet, but most were up shallow - at least the ones that would hit. Nearly every fish we caught came from points and shelves that came directly off the shore. Offshore reefs were not productive. We caught all our fish dragging drop shot rigs, however I believe jigs, plastic worms and even crankbaits would be effective. Anglers can pretty well name their poison on smallmouths right now. I did hook one pretty decent striper on a topwater lure Friday, but I lost it at the boat. I had one other topwater strike, but the stripers left that area and did not return. We did not see any other striper surface activity.
While Friday’s fish were definitely eating shad, crayfish were the forage of choice for the fish taken Wednesday and Thursday. In fact, they were crammed so full I don’t think I’d want to be a crayfish in Lake Powell, either! One thing is clear. There are a lot of smallmouth up in shallow water on Lake Powell right now. I believe this pattern will hold up for several weeks as long as cold Pacific storms stay away. If you like to catch smallmouth bass, right now is a good time to fish Lake Powell. John and I will be up again next week.

eddggg1If there’s one thing I know I would not like to be, it would be a shad in Lake Powell. This fact was evidenced last Friday in Last Chance Bay. My friend John Conrad and I were fishing in a little cut in the back of a cove we have fished many times over the years. A striper school had a bunch of shad pinned against the shoreline and was thrashing into them quite vigorously. But when the stripers left there was no rest for the shad as some hungry smallmouths were waiting for the survivors. And in addition to the hordes of hungry stripers and smallmouths, shad also have run a gauntlet of largemouths, walleyes, crappies and even catfish. In short, there is no rest for a shad in Lake Powell.


It was very clear to John and me Friday that the smallmouths in Last Chance Bay were gorging on shad as most of the ones we cleaned had multiple shad in their stomachs. This might explain why fishing was a little tough Friday morning as it was obvious these fish were well-fed. Nevertheless John and I managed to catch 37 smallmouths until the wind came up forcing us to leave around 1:15 p.m. The weather also played a role in our fishing on both Wednesday and Thursday. Because there was rain in the forecast on Wednesday we stayed fairly close to home, fishing a large rocky bay on the north side of the channel above the mouth of Warm Creek, the ledges at the mouth of Warm Creek proper and the double islands just beyond the Castle Rock Cut. The fishing was actually pretty good as we were able to land 57 smallmouths and a few sunfish. The only problem with the day was the fish size. Most were “cookie-cutter” 11 to13-inchers which are wonderful for eating, but we would have like to have had a few bigger ones as well.

 

 

eddggg2Thursday morning we fished the ledges near the junction of Wahweap Bay and the main channel catching 24 more smallmouths before the wind and rain hit forcing us to run for State Line Ramp. As it turned out we could have ducked into Wahweap Marina and waited it out, but the forecast was for rain and wind from about 10:00 a.m. on and we didn’t want to take the chance of having to load the boat in driving wind and rain - a miserable experience for sure.


Despite having to cut short our fishing two of the three days, we still managed to catch 118 smallmouths plus a few sunfish. Our largest bass were about 15 inches. As mentioned previously, we had a bunch of fish between 11 and 13 inches which are a lot of fun on light tackle and made for some great fresh fish dinners. We were somewhat disappointed that we didn’t catch any walleyes. Given the overcast weather we thought we would catch at least a couple, but the walleyes eluded us this trip. We fished plenty of good looking walleye spots but to no avail. 


We found the bass much more aggressive on Wednesday and Thursday which makes sense because we were fishing between two storm fronts. Friday was a bluebird day, and the fishing was slow early picking up around 10 a.m. Most of the bass we caught were in shallow water, five to 15 feet. On Wednesday we did take a few between 20 and 30 feet, but most were up shallow - at least the ones that would hit. Nearly every fish we caught came from points and shelves that came directly off the shore. Offshore reefs were not productive. We caught all our fish dragging drop shot rigs, however I believe jigs, plastic worms and even crankbaits would be effective. Anglers can pretty well name their poison on smallmouths right now.

I did hook one pretty decent striper on a topwater lure Friday, but I lost it at the boat. I had one other topwater strike, but the stripers left that area and did not return. We did not see any other striper surface activity.


eddggg3While Friday’s fish were definitely eating shad, crayfish were the forage of choice for the fish taken Wednesday and Thursday. In fact, they were crammed so full I don’t think I’d want to be a crayfish in Lake Powell, either! One thing is clear. There are a lot of smallmouth up in shallow water on Lake Powell right now. I believe this pattern will hold up for several weeks as long as cold Pacific storms stay away. If you like to catch smallmouth bass, right now is a good time to fish Lake Powell. John and I will be up again next week.

 

September 28, 2016 - Oak Canyon

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We fished Oak Canyon on Sept 18,19, and 20th.  My wife caught a few Walleye on a gray 4 inch single tail Yamamoto but none had tags.  They were down at about 25 feet and seemed to prefer a slow drag across the bottom.  There were large schools of shad in the water and the stripers would heard them up on the beach from time to time. Our daughter would wake us up at 5:45 am to fish boils off the back of the boat. Top water baits and jerk baits worked all day on the stripers.  Small mouth bass were also biting well on the single tail grubs in gray and chartreuse colors.  Only one large mouth bass caught which we returned immediately.  The fishing trip was above average until our boat broke down with a spun engine coupler on Wednesday and we had to get a tow back to Antelope point public launch ramp.  Heading back in a few weeks to try for more Walleye, hopefully one with a tag.
Terry Biagi
Chandler, AZ

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We fished Oak Canyon on Sept 18,19, and 20th.  My wife caught a few Walleye on a gray 4 inch single tail Yamamoto but none had tags.  They were down at about 25 feet and seemed to prefer a slow drag across the bottom.  There were large schools of shad in the water and the stripers would heard them up on the beach from time to time. Our daughter would wake us up at 5:45 am to fish boils off the back of the boat. Top water baits and jerk baits worked all day on the stripers.  Small mouth bass were also biting well on the single tail grubs in gray and chartreuse colors.

 tiaga2Only one large mouth bass caught which we returned immediately.  

 

The fishing trip was above average until our boat broke down with a spun engine coupler on Wednesday and we had to get a tow back to Antelope point public launch ramp.  Heading back in a few weeks to try for more Walleye, hopefully one with a tag. 


Terry Biagi

Chandler, AZ

 

 

 

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September 27, 2016 - Rock Creek Hot!

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We fished Rock Creek the past three days and found a huge school of stripers in the back where the arm to the left splits from the main canyon. Fish were in mid channel from 60-80 feet.  They really liked bait but could also be caught on spoons.  We filleted 175-200 fish in the 3-day event.  
 

September 26, 2016 Slow mid lake

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Hi Wayne, just thought I would give a quick report on our weekend trip up to good hope, sat morning we left bullfrog at 7:45 and made trachyte by 9 a.m. found stripers at the mouth of trachyte and boated 9 with silver and blue kastmaster, and chrome bucktail jig, also white single tail grub, then trolled through trachyte and found no action at all, stopped and trolled off and on all the way back to bullfrog the lake was totally calm and beautiful but the fish just did not seem interested in anything we threw out, I even tried drop shot with senko for smallies along the way and was denied, got back to bullfrog and went straight over to halls bay to see if we could graph some stripers and found very few, it was like some kind of moquie curse, next day left at the same time and went to lake canyon where I had absolutely killed it on stripers on labor day weekend, but only to find 2 or 3 very small groups , boated only 1 striper, we then went up to iceberg, by this time the wind was really picking up , we trolled and graphed the length of iceberg and saw little to no sign of striper action, needless to say it was a really rough ride back to bullfrog with a empty live well, I really thought that hitting this weekend right behind a big weather system would be game on, but it was painfully slow. Hoping to squeeze in one more quick trip before I have to winterize my boat, being from Colorado and having a inboard has its disadvantages….Cheers
 

September 25, 2016 - San Juan Great Bend

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My fishing buddy Joe and I launched at south lake resort Sept. 15th-22nd and found a different fall fishing that we have ever encountered, we had to hunt and figure things out in order to put fish in the boat. In the big lake just before the Great Bend (San Juan) we metered large dense schools of shad everywhere, So thick when threatened by stripers they looked like suspended bottom. These shad holding at 60 feet had small numbers of stripers hanging around to grab a meal whenever they pleased, so as long as the wind was down spooning was the ticket.

 

We decided to head for the Great Bend, their we found large numbers of mature stripers by trolling deep diving bombers the first day right in the center of the bend between east alcove canyon and bend canyon. We anchored their for a couple nights in center river which proved too be the smart thing, wake up in the morning and your are already on the fishing grounds ready to boogie after a hot cup of coco. So, conclusion is Great Bend was holding fish, we did not see one boil the whole trip, we did pick up walleye here and their and stripers also, but it was not a typical fall fishing trip. Never the less it was a blast and had some stellar fried panko covered striper dinners on the boat. Water was 74 early and 78 by the end of the day holding the mature fish deep. 

 

September 25, 2016 - Escalante report

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Stripers - Great topwater action with ok boils in the morning between 50-mile and Willow canyons, even when stripers were not seen on top throwing top water lures worked great.  Best topwater action was from 9:00 am till 10;30 am.  Spooning worked all day - stripers could be found in schools from 25 ft to 80 ft of water, 40 ft was the magic depth.  Trolling was only marginal for us because getting our lures to 40 ft was tough - but it did help us locate fish!

 

Smallmouth Bass - they are everywhere and fairly easy to catch!  We caught them in a variety of ways from the traditional curly tail jigs thrown at rocky shore lines to bottom bouncing in 40+ feet of water.  Key depth for smallmouth seemed to be about 20-25 ft.

 

Catfish - Caught more than we really wanted they seemed to be at the 40 ft depth as well.  Bottom bouncing and spooning produced all our catfish.

 

Crappie - they were a no-show

 

Walleye - We have some freshly tagged walleye in the Escalante River arm, between 50-mile and Willow canyons.  We did not catch any bottom bouncing or using jigs tipped with night crawlers (not from lack of effort).  However, we did catch numerous walleye while spooning (figured this out fishing for stripers).  If you tipped your spoon with a night crawler and kept it close to the bottom walleye showed up, 40 ft was again the magic depth.

 

Please get the walleye stuff updated and feel free to post any/all of this on your website

 

thanks for all your work we had a great trip

 

September 25, 2016 Lake to Halls

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Just fished 5 days on Powell with great success except for the 22nd.


We fished lake canyon in the mornings and halls bay in the evenings. One morning 2 of us got 70 striper in lake canyon. When the fish were up, they were running the shad back and fourth up the walls of the canyon. Top water and sub surface worked great and when they were not up, we murdered em on spoons.


This style panned out all week.

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In Halls we had some pretty good hits too. We had a boil after sunset for a few and did well. We had an afternoon where the fish were up everywhere busting the surface. Lots of meat in halls on the spoons though those fish were mostly small. The biggest fish we got in halls were mostly in 15-20' of water. Had the full blast experience out there.


Halls has a ton of October potential in the shallows.  A little less than 1/2 way back on the right. I really hope to pull off an October run somehow

 

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September 23, 2016 - Warm Creek Stripers

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After seeing the recent report from Warm Creek we went over there on Monday and Tuesday, 9/19-20.Monday was calm and beautiful and we started fishing about 1/3 mile north of the floating toilet in 70-100 feet of water and never left! Stripers were everywhere. Saw a few individual boils in the morning and a quick cast with a rattletrap to the rise would usually result in a small striper. Even got one near the floating toilet after seeing a few rise on our way over there. Spoons jigged off the bottom got some as well as speed reeled up. Dropping the rattletrap (actually a Strike King Red Eye Shad) to the bottom and reeling it up also got some nice fish but it takes a long time for them to sink 90 feet down.

 

But the anchovy on a 1/4 ounce jig head was by far the best producer. Whether fished near the bottom or 20 feet down we caught stripers of all sizes. 1/3 were emaciated and we sent those to the bottom. Smaller fish near the surface. Things slowed down a bit around 10am so we tried some smallie and largemouth fishing. Caught some on flies and topwater but it was fairly slow so we took a break to eat at El Tapatio my all-time favorite Mexican restaurant.

 

Afternoon smallie fishing was slow near the mouth of Warm Creek so we headed back to the same spot as the morning and had even better fishing. Evening was amazing. Gorgeous sunset was not properly captured on the GoPro but you can see how hot the fishing was with a white clouser stripped fast back to the boat during a short-lived boil as the sun went down. I'm sure we would have got fish on topwaters if we had a rod ready to go.

 

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Tuesday was windy and rainy but the anchovy fishing was on fire and possibly better than the night before. I-Pilot trolling motor did an amazing job keeping us 'anchored' in 100 feet of water in a stiff wind. Rattletrap speed reeled from the bottom got a fish every other time but my buddies often had 3 fish on at a time with anchovies. Possibly more skinny fish than Monday but still managed to fill the cooler with nice ones. Bait fishing was too easy so I threw the fly out on fast sinking line and got 1 stripping the fly up fast through the school of fish. Headed back in the steady drizzle but didn't mind one bit after such a great fishing trip.

 

Thanks again for the great site and info. Couldn't have done it without Waynes Words!

 

 

 

Rex Huang

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