Date Received: February 25, 2002 - Douglas Kennedy
Fished, Sunday the 24th around Castle Rock, north Wahwheap side. Brisk weather but a nice day considering the season. Lots of Stripers on the fish finder @ 60ft, only one small fish landed, in good condition. Drifting #6 hook with 3/16 oz of lead slip sinker, small piece of anchovy just off the bottom. Saw Carp sunning or herding up for spawn along southern exposure rock walls. Saw what I think were Sandhill cranes (long neck and bill, gray back) in the area diving maybe for bait fish. Looked around the back side of Lone Rock didn't find stripers but didn't look too hard. Great short day for the first run of the season!
Date Received:April 1, 2002 - Wayne Gustaveson
I spent an hour trying for smallmouth bass by covering as much water in Wahweap Bay as possible. I tried many different habitat types starting at main points jutting into bays. I used a 194 Yamamoto single tail exclusively to test fish reaction to my best bass bait. There was no response. I moved to secondary points in mid canyon and finally to brushy water in the back. Temperatures were inviting. I found 62 degree water with the main body at 57. My guess is 2 more days and smallmouth bass with break loose.
Then I went to the power plant intake and found lots of boats all catching stripers. I tried a weightless anchovy and caught a fish immediately. Then I tried putting bait behind my 194 grub and suspending it at 35 feet. Caught another. Then I caught a fish on a simple carolina-rigged bait. There was no best technique as fish were scattered and seemed to react randomly. The only thing that worked consistently was to throw chum in and pull fish out. Caught 5 in one hour of fishing.
Date Received:November 2, 2001 -Ed Gerdemann
On this trip I was priviledged to fish three days with Cap'n Chuck Duggins of the Yamamoto Pro Staff. Cap'n Chuck is a longtime Maine smallmouth guide who has recently relocated to Page. I look forward to many more days on the water with him.
We concentrated on smallmouth on both Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th. The fishing was pretty tough. We did manage to get into a few smallmouth on Thursday fishing my channel pattern from the top of Antelope Island to the mouth of Navajo Canyon, and we also hit the twin islands area in Navajo itself. Probably the best bait of the day was a Yamamoto Series 30 grub in watermelon with green and red flakes fished on a 3/16 oz. ball jig head. I also caught a couple of decent fish on a drop shot Senko in the daquri color. The depth ranged anywhere from 15 to 30 feet. It was a chilly bluebird day which I believe hurt the fishing. On Friday we fished Gunsite and the channel between Warm Creek and Padre Bay, however, the fishing was even slower. I managed a couple of fish on the Series 40 grub and one on a Hula Grub. The highlight of the day was fishing out of Chuck's big Lund with his new 90 hp Honda 4-stroke. That is one sweet motor. Late in the afternoon we ran into Bryan Kelley and family in Warm Creek and made arrangements to go after stripers with them the next day.
On Saturday we followed Bryan, Jill and the children to the notch at Gunsite. Bryan's previous post pretty well describes the action. We found stripers laying on the bottom in one small area in the middle of the bay. Our two boats were so close together all day we could have passed sandwiches and sodas back and forth (we did pass some of our anchovies when Bryan ran out). The Kelleys outfished the Cap'n and myself considerably, however, enough stripers ended up in Chuck's boat to make both of us happy. Fishing anchovies just above the bottom was the ticket. In addition to the stripers, we caught some catfish, and I even got a smallmouth.
I can see right now we are going to have to retrain the Cap'n. He's so used to that catch-and-release smallmouth fishing in Maine that his natural reflex when he boats a striper is to throw it back in the lake. He did that a couple times before he could catch himself. Cap'n, when striper fishing you must recondition yourself to throw them in the cooler and not back in the lake! I know it will be tough, but I have confidence you will learn to do it!
Date Received: April 7, 2002 - Tim Kelly
Lake Powell was on fire for us Thursday, Friday, and Saturday April 4th-6th! Fishing the Cliffs west of Antelope point. There is a small crumbling of boulders or rock right in the cut where we were fishing, and I think you are probably right about it being in the turn if heading towards Antelope up the canyon from the dam! I would say it is about a mile from antelope point! We worked any where from two feet from the wall out to 100 ft from it. We had to keep moving around after it would slow down, but some of the bites lasted 45-60 minutes, and that is when you gotta get the fish off and the anchovies in the water fast! I was using a jig head on one pole and free lining with a 2.0 hook and half anchovie on it! Both were working! Sometimes when it slowed all you had to do is reel pain stakingly slow.
----Tim, big Al and I caught 69 stripers on thursday! On Friday we were joined by Brian and Chris, and caught 162 stripers!
On Saturday I took my son and his friend out, and we boated 80 stripers in 4 1/2 hours, then a big wind storm came up and we got off in a hurry! Over 300 stripers in 3-days! Another man from Las Vegas fishing close to us was averaging about 50-60 a day also in three days. It was an excellent trip for the 1st time out this year!
Wayne-thanks for all the great tips and this fantastic web site!
Date Received: April 7, 2002 - Bryan Kelly Family
Here is our report for the week 4-1 to 4-6.
Started Monday 3pm till 5pm at dam. Caught two fish. Worked buoys 3-5 at the chains.
Tuesday after speaking with you that morning went to Mountain Sheep Canyon for site seeing and the two Last Chance for smallies we found no takers in LC. at 330 we arrived at Pump on the rock out cropping you described. and from then till 530 we had 23 stripers.
Wednesday well you know how that started, we did travel over to pump again after you left and from 1200 till 230 we had 35 fish again chum a little and they will bite till your arms are tired.
Thursday we took trip to Gun Site and Padre canyons for looks and smallies we found smallies in the shaded cracks and drop offs on the walls in Padre bay we did find 59 degree water but they hit Yamamoto crawdad. They will taste good, 5 fish all 9-11"
Friday we started in Antelope Canyon for site seeing, Jill took killer mirror shot of canyon walls attached. on way out half way back into canyon a large rock slide and shade from the hole from the slide well first cast I caught a 1 lb smallie 13"-14" long put it back for you! Afterwards we said lets hit pump once again from 2pm till 330 PM we iced another 38 fish.
I did see Tim Kelley in his Lund and they had 162 in a days work 5 in boat. They fished the turn before Antelope point.
Sat we started late after going into town for a trailer tire :-(. Got blown off lake big time!
Thanks again for the information and this site!
Date Received: April 25, 2002 -Chris Michels
Friday April 19. We got on the water at about 12:30 and fished for about four hours in the corner before Antelope Canyon. This has been my favorite early spring spot for many years now. Started chumming and had our first hit at within a few minutes. The fish were at about 40 feet deep. We caught 58 stripers by the end of the day. Water temperature started at 51 hit 54. This was much colder that two weeks ago.
Sunday April 21. Sunday's weather and fishing definitely made up for Saturday. Started fishing in the same spot at 8:40 and fished until 1:45. The fishing was HOT!. Water temperature varied from 51 to 55. We had lots of chasers and the fish varied in depth from 50 ft up to the surface. The fishing was so good I got out my fly rod and tied on a black ghost zonker. I had never caught a striper on a fly before but this time I caught three on the fly rod. I used a full sinking line and jigged the fly at about 30 to 40 feet. I was very surprised that when a new school would come in the first line hit was almost always my fly. We caught 168 stripers on Sunday.
Date Received: April 29, 2002 - Ed Gerdemann
Weather and outboard problems cut short my April 26-28 trip, however my partner Dale Marenda and I were able to get in about six hours on the lake Friday, the 26th, before the wind blew us off. The smallmouth were just starting to hit as the wind came up. We caught several nice ones along my main channel milk run from the top of Antelope Island down to Lakeshore Drive on 40 Series Yamamoto Grubs (rootbeer with green and copper). The fish were up shallow obviously preparing to bed. The largest was a little over 12 inches, a female full of eggs. Of the nine smallmouth we caught, five were males and four were females. All were caught in eight to 15 feet of water.
In addition to the smallmouth, I caught three stripers on that same grub. All three were up on shallow shelves in no more than 15 feet of water. I lost several other fish which I also believed to be stripers by the way they were fighting. I did not see them.
Date Received:May 1, 2002 - Lou Brown
We came down on the 26th and 27th. As you know the weather was not the best. We went out Friday morning around the islands you showed me near castle rock and picked up a couple of SM. We then went to the mouth of Navajo where we got into them during the shad rally and found some stripers there again. We got them going for a few minutes and then they left and we could not find them again. We picked up 10 stripers there and 4 more SM and then headed in to let the rest of the crew have a chance to go boating. Saturday morning was a little windy and chilly so we headed for Navajo and went to the first point past the islands as instructed. There was one boat drifting around there so we pulled up and started chuming and immediately started catching stripers. We were able to put 25 in the boat in about 2 hrs until the boys said they were cold and ready to go. My one son hooked into what we thought was going to be a monster and 8 minutes later when we finally got a look at the fish is was a 10 lb carp. What a fight. It hit a jig with a piece of chovie on it.
Date Received: May 1, 2002 - Douglas Kennedy
Fishing the south end of the lake has been particularly good both at the power plant intake and the dam area. One does not have to travel far from the boat ramp to find good fishing. Anchovies for bait works well. At the dam I like to use a 3/16 oz. bullet sinker (make sure it slips on the line by tying off a snap swivel below it) with Eagle Claw “laser sharp” #2 hook (model LO44G ) with about 18” of clear 4# mono for leader. Cut Anchovies in 1/3 or 1/4ths and try to hide the hook but leave the point exposed. Chum four or five pieces per hour broadcasted in the area you want to fish. Chumming and continual casting adds more fish. Cast, let the bait sink to about 40’ and sit awhile, if you don’t catch a fish try again. A 1/4 oz. Jig head covered with anchovy works good as well when used in the same manner, however I believe one has better hook ups with the slip sinker. At the power plant intake I like the same method but if the wind is right for drifting the cliffs “freelining” can be more effective, same hook just no weight. If you find a “hot spot” use you’re trolling motor to stay over it. Try a white double tail grub on a ¼ oz. Jig head tipped with anchovy around protruding rocks, for producing a quick half dozen or more when you find the right spot.
Since I have had the opportunity of more time on the water this season I have been trying some new technique. My father and I have been fishing the last four days, April 26-29 from a 24’ pontoon boat, launching at Stateline ramp. The best catching for us has been in the Whaweap Creek area. This is at the far north end of Whaweap bay past Lone Rock. Starting out fishing for Walleye we quickly changed over to Stripers, just to much fun. We did boat one Walleye, 17.5” 1.75 # verified by Zebco Delier scale, and watched another 4 -5# one swim away from the landing net, weight estimate cannot be verified! The boat joke all afternoon when another fish would get away or miss the net, “netman big walleye”!
Towards the end of this large Canyon one can find stained, brown water from the creek, troll Wally Divers, Shad Raps or almost any natural looking shad imitation lure. Look for Swallows combing the water for the midge hatch. The fish are being taken in about 20’ of water, zig zag trolling at about 3mph through the heavily stained water to the less stained water. Let out at least 50 yards of line and get ready, they Striper will hit it hard! Reel like ell, watch the other lines, they may run with you till you get the close to the boat, then they go for the motor prop or under the boat and into the other lines. The fish are healthy and will tear up your rods, reels and lines, not to “mention striper” thumb from unhooking them. Our boat efforts yielded more than 145 unruly Stripers over last four days.
Special thanks to some “Northern Boys” Chet, Gary, Rolland, Larry for their insight and kindness. Not to forget Wayne G. and his fine Web Page, network and information that can bring success to any fisherman. Just add water.
Good Fishing, Douglas Kennedy
Date Received: May 3, 2002 - Stirling Shupe
My name is Stirling Shupe, I am a Page local. Here is a photo of a fishing trip from April 30. My brother Stewart Shupe, my nephew Colton Mortensen, and myself, ended up catching 80 stripers even though the wind started blowing pretty badly.
Date Received: May 6, 2002 - Wayne Gustaveson
We celebrated Quatro de Mayo by going fishing. Mark and Kyle Walker and I went bass fishing. We started in the main channel near the Narrows heading uplake to Padre. There was a busy weekend and a bass tournament so I think all the close spots had been fished before we got there.
We went up to the other end of the narrows and found a boat fishing the spot I wanted to try. So we kept going. Went past Padre Bay and then started to fish main channel rocks near the mouth of Last Chance. Then we started to catch fish. Walker was the first to score using a bright red Yamamoto grub. He got a green sunfish. Then he smacked a nice walleye out of a shade pocket on a quick drop with blocky looking rocks. Mark and I stuck with our green grubs and I put on a green/white laminated senko which is a new Yamamoto soft plastic jerk bait.
I looked up the bay for the next spot that resembled the place we had just caught fish and headed for it. At the next spot I caught 2 stripers on the grub while bass fishing. Mark and Kyle started to catch 2-3 bass per spot. Went beyond the mouth of West Canyon and found a series of submerged reefs similar in structure to where we were finding success. Bass fishing was awesome here. We got 3-5 fish on ever pass and were able to fish 3 different reefs at least 3 times each and catch fish each time. That was the best. We made it up as far as the mouth of Rock Creek and then fished the other side of the canyon on the way back to Wahweap. We fished from 9-2 PM and caught 40+ bass plus the other species mentioned. It was in the mid 70’s, steady fishing, not too crowded and just a lot of fun. The green grubs caught just as many fish as the bright red one by the end of the day.
This was not the first trip on which Kyle had accompanied us. He is a fishing fool and really likes to go. After catching about 3 fish in a row he said something that I thought would be worth sharing with you. He said that the most important thing he had learned while fishing with us was to not give up after missing a fish. Many times a bass will pick up a bait and then let it drop when pressure is applied or it will come a short distance and then come unhooked. My common practice is to “kill the grub” after a fish comes unhooked. By that I mean as soon as I know the fish let go I just open the bale and drop the lure to the bottom. When it hits I take up the slack and then set the hook. I don’t test to see if the fish has returned I just set the hook because I know that more than 50 % of the time the fish will be holding the bait once more. If I miss the second set I drop again and 33% of the time the fish will be there and can be caught on the third attempt.
Date Received: May 7, 2002 - Dennis and Casey - Sterling, Colorado
Thanks for your wonderful fishing report service!
My grandson and I fished May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in Navajo Canyon between the two islands against the walls, mostly on the points. During the slightly windy weather on the 2nd we caught 40 stripers on anchovies between 3pm and 8pm. We were using the methods you described in earlier reports.
On the 3rd, it was calm and the stripers were easy to see in the water but much more cautious. That day we settled for 8.
On the 4th, it was calm but the fish were more cooperative. We ended the day with 17.
We caught fish of two sizes primarily. About 20% were young plump fish about 15" in length. Our single large catch was about 6 lbs. All the rest were 18" to 22" but skinny. We were surprised to find that there was more meat on the smaller fish than the larger after comparing the filets.
Thanks again for your fishing reports. Without your information we would have not caught as many as we did.
Date Received: May 9, 2002 -Tim Kelly
A bunch of us from work came up to Powell for our company flotilla on Thursday through Sunday May 2nd - 5th. We fished the big turn in the channel west of Antelope point where some of us have fished all spring. We were on Chris's pontoon boat again on thurs. for a 1/2 day Chris, Dave, & I drummed up 47 stripers.
On Friday Stan joined us for another 43 stripers. Saturday we had several more show up, with the fishing ladies taking the front seats for a slammin time.
I invited my friend Lou Keating along with his brand new Javelin (pocket rocket) bass boat, and I fished with him and took pictures of everybody else!
Big Al and his wife joined us in his Tracker, and we harassed the Stripers all day long. Lou and I scurried over to Navajo canyon for awhile, and caught some smallmouths. All in all we had a great time with good friends and great weather. We ended up with 162 stripers, and a half dozen smallies for the week end!
FYI- Wayne we caught a couple of fat female stripers with green eggs in them out of the turn in the channel west of antelope point where we've been fishing.
Also Lots of ripe males---Tim
Date Received: May 13, 2002 -Tom Tolkacz
Arrived at Page via air and the boats picked us up. In total we had roughly 2.5 boats and six fisherman for the three days. We hit the curve along the wall mentioned by the pontoon group, found some fish there and then down farther towards the power plant intake. We did try up Antelope on Saturday but could not find the fish, just great water and swimming! Fish generally didn't bite hard and well on Friday and Saturday. Light bites and short feeding frenzies, mostly after 1:00. Had to chum heavy. Sunday we went up Navajo and water temp was close to 65 compared to 55 in main channel. Fish feed numerous times for long periods of time. Didn't need heavy chumming. Double, triples as many lines as you could keep in the water! Friday -30, Saturday 40 and Sunday we quit at around 100! Pictures are yet to come. Two boats on their way home today. I have to believe with the water temperature climbing the action will go crazy.
Agree with earlier post that larger fish have little meat compared to small fish. Did try in evenings and mornings for smallies off rocks in narrows with no luck! Others casting points and shoals were striking out too, don't really know why.
Technique: tried the number four circle hook with the slip sinker, was not getting fish at all and the basic three/eights jig head was doing much better on first two days. Switch to a smaller jig head with a small sinker above on Sunday and this did much better, smaller hook picked up the lighter bite. Did see a group using the slabbing-jigging technique and doing well too. Thanks for the tips. PS: thought you guys had some pictures of my buddies boat and fish from Sunday? I am hooked!
Date Received: May 13, 2002 - Papa Jack
Made the trip to the lake on 4/28/02 solo and picked up my boat at Big Water Storage. Headed for Page and fueled up and spent the night in the lower campgound packing everything into the bass boat. Met a very nice group of three young people from Canada camped next to me who were down for their first trip on a recommendation from his Dad who lives in Mesquite. Gave them a few tips on catching Stripers as well as some Circle Hooks and SMB grubs. Told them about the B.B. and they said they had heard about it. Hopefully they will check it out before their next trip. Also invited them to the next S.H.A.D. Rally.
Launched at Stateline Monday morning and made a run for Friendship Cove to setup camp. My camping and fishing partner arrived a couple of hours later in his 20' pontoon boat and after settling in, just enjoyed GOD's beautiful scenery and relaxed.
Fished Tuesday at Wetherill about 3 blocks in on the ledges and the SMB were there. If not on top of a 3-8' ledge, then just as you pulled the grub off into the dark blue water's edge. Water temp was in the mid to high 50s. Also fished Mountain Sheep Cyn. until the wind came up, so headed to Dangling Rope for fuel and ice and back to camp for the rest of the day. We had 20-40 MPH winds off and on the next two days which kept the water temp in the low 50s and also slowed down the bit.
Had some good friends who were on the houseboat Spartacus I just down the next cove, so spent some time visiting and cooking aboard their houseboat during the windy afternoons. They had been there a little over a week when I arrived and were doing very well on the SMB on an all white Yamamoto's 4 1/2" grub as well as pumpkin.
From 5/2 to 5/6 I fished Wetherill Cyn, Grotto Cyn, Mountain Sheep Cyn, back of Dangling Rope, Cornerstone Cyn, West Cyn clear back to the big sand beach and Face Cyn all the way to the very back. Most of the SMB were taken on the outside reefs and dropoffs. I did catch a number of them in the canyons, but again it was where there was a reef or out cropping with shade on it. I did pickup a few fish in the very back of West Cyn and Face Cyn where the water color turned and then #18-20-156 Chartreuse worked very well.
I started out with #18-20-194 Classic Watermelon W/Lg. Blk. Flake, but could not get hit on it. I went to #18-20-186 Pumpkin (Orange) W/Lg. Blk. Flake and #18-20-239 Blue Pearl/Blk & Hologram and both seemed to keep them bitting. I used 3/16 oz. & 1/4 oz. round jig heads and switched both rods to 1/4 oz. as it seem to work better. Also used 3/8 oz. on one rod, but didn't seem to catch as well. Did try out Bass Man's "Secret Weapon" Sliders, but could not stand not catching fish after 15-20 minutes, so would go back to the Yammie grubs. I just need to make a trip one day with nothing but those "Secret Weapons"!!!!
Recorded 48 SMB, that I need to post, in the 9" to 12" range plus at least another 25 to 30 SMB in the 4" to 7" range. (See Pic of Basket of SMB) When the wind quite, the water was up to 60 degrees and as high as 68-70 degrees in the shallow back of the coves.
Had the pleasure of meeting up with Jerry Nelson and crew on their houseboat, Holiday Afloat, in Dove Cyn on Monday afternoon the 6th. Also had a pleasant experience towards the back end of Face Cyn when I heard and saw three PWC come towards me while I was fishing a narrow area. They slowed down to a crawl and passed me. On their way out, the same proceedure was repeated and they asked me how the fishing was. Gave them a report and THANKED THEM VERY MUCH for their courtesy. I told them it was things like that that would help all boaters appreciate each other on the lake.
One finally "WARNING": Be very CAREFUL when going away from the main channel and the marker buoys. Not only going in the canyons, but entering them as well. With the lower water level, it is not the same lake as when you were there a year ago or longer. I found a number of hazards entering West Cyn, Face Cyn and Mountain Sheep that could wreck your day and maybe cost a life. I also suggest that you follow the buoy markers around the two islands when coming out of Padre Bay heading up lake to Gregory Butte. I would not take the short cut between Gooseneck Point and the islands as it has white reef markers clear across now. I would also not cut between Gregory Butte and the West Cyn shallows, but would go towards Last Chance and pass Gregory Butte on the Camel Rock side.
Date Received: May 13, 2002 - Ed Gerdemann
Tom and I got on the lake around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9. Since our day would be short, we decided to concentrate on smallmouth along my main channel milk run. The fishing we experienced was only fair. I believe this spring's low water has caused the smallmouth to move off some of the areas where I've been finding them the past few years. Several of those areas still produce, however about half seemed almost devoid of any fish. I may have to hunt some different areas this year.
Nevertheless, we managed several fish in the 14 to 16-inch class as well as some smaller ones for the pan. Our best bait was the old reliable Yamamoto 40 Series grub in watermelon with black and red flake. I also caught a fish or two on a Yamamoto Cut Tail worm (same color). I fished the grub on a 3/16 oz. jig head while Tom in the back of the boat used a mini-carolina rig with a #4 Yamamoto split shot hook. By the way, if you haven't been using this little hook, you're really missing something. It works great with soft plastics for smallmouth and with anchovies for stripers. Some folks may tell you it's too small for smallmouth and stripers, however the fish don't know that. It's really a great little hook.
Most of the smallmouth we caught were in eight to 15 feet of water. I did catch one right up on the bank and one at perhaps 20 feet. All of them displayed red eyes which, I believe, is indicative of the spawn. The ones I cleaned had been feeding heavily on crayfish, the usual Lake Powell smallmouth fare.
On Friday morning I turned on the weather report only to hear predictions of 45 to 50 mile-per-hour winds. Tom and I had planned to join Lou this day, however after hearing the forecast I called Lou and cancelled. As it turned out, we could have gotten in a few hours before the wind came up, however it's always better to be safe than sorry - especially on Lake Powell. On Saturday morning things had calmed down for us to try again. This time, armed with anchovies, Tom and I headed for Navajo Canyon and the first point above the double islands. We were immediately into stripers. Soon we were joined by Lou who tied up to our boat for the rest of the action. Also showing up were Tim Kelly, Clark Norton and a couple other board regulars. The action was fast and furious until about 10:30 a.m. when it slowed considerably. We stayed there until about 12:30 and then left to make a few casts for smallmouth on the rock slides below the islands. I managed one pan-sized smallie. The wind appeared to be coming up again, so Tom and I headed back to Stateline. Fortunately, we beat the big blow that hit later that afternoon.
I'll be back up this weekend, however I'm not sure exactly how much fishing I'll be able to do as I've got some work projects on tap. I'm hoping to get out a few hours on Saturday. Hope to see you on the lake!
Date Received: May 20, 2002 - Ryan Mills
Just returned from my first trip to Lake Powell in a few years. We decided that we would test our luck in Navajo Canyon. I brought my wife and my dog. We arrived late on Thursday, May 16th and headed back to find a camping spot. We camped in a camping spot really far back where the green algea is all over the water. It was perfect for us because we could let our dog run free because it was more of a one party beach. To get there you just go past the twin islands, past the really round smooth island, past the big beach for house boats and you will see it on the right hand side. You can't miss it. It is a ways back, but you can't miss it.
By the time we set up camp it was getting dark so we were not able to fish that day. Friday morning we were on the water by about 6:30 AM. We were trolling with some Rapala Rattle Raps and caught 4 stripers on a cliff and decided to stop there and anchovie it. We ended up fishing for 2 1/2 hours and caught a total of 10 stripers. We had to pick up 4 more people at Noon at the marina so we did not fish too long. After we picked up the people we went back to camp and set up their stuff. We decided to troll and had no success. We swam most of that day and went back and enjoyed some good steak and tested our luck catfishing.
The catfishing was absolutely unbeleivable! I have never seen so many catfish in my life! We were fishing with chicken liver right from our campsite. If you go to the same campsite you will see that there is a rock ledge on the end of the sand beach. Fish from the side that is farthest from the direction out to the marina. We were all catching 2 cats at a time on every single cast! One person caught 7 cats on the same peice of liver. We were catching sooo many cats it got boring and we went to bed! We had so many cats on our stringers that they were breaking their jaws and getting free. We ended up cleaning 62 cats, released over 20 and estimated that at least a dozen more broke free! That is almost 100 catfish in one night!
The next morning we were on the water by about 8:00 AM and decided we would troll for a little bit and then we were going to need to go get gas at the marina (you suck alot of gas getting to the campsite). We did not have any luck trolling so after fueling up we decided to try a different method. We started to find points that had ledges about 40-60 feet under water in Navajo Canyon starting at the mouth of it and working back toward our campsite. We decided we would chum 6 cut up anchovies and cast in with no weights on our lines at the same time and give it 15 minutes to see if we catch anything. We would let our lines go all the way to the bottom and real up 3 turns of the reel about every 30 seconds. We found alot of schools with this method. We would catch as many as we could before the wind or passing by boats would dislodge our anchor and we would move on to the next spot. If we did not catch anything in 15 minutes we moved on to the next spot.
The best action for stripers was at the twin islands in Navajo Canyon. There is a point there that alot of fishermen seem to hang out at. We just so happened to cruise by and nobody was there. We anchored off just off the point and caught 16 stripers in about 2 hours. We could actually see the schools swimming under us. We ended up catching almost 40 stripers this day.
We caught so many catfish the night before nobody was even in the mood to fish for them Saturday night! I threw out a couple lines while we cleaned the ones from the night prior and my bells were going off like crazy and I just reeled in a few and then just kept my lines in because I could not get any fish cleaning done. I also noticed shad busting the shore line and thought maybe there were stripers busting the shad. I casted anchovies and caught catfish. I think the cats were actually chasing shad.
We woke up, cleaned camp and left to go home Sunday morning. All in all we ended up catching almost 100 cats, almost 50 stripers and 1 small mouth bass (on an anchovie). What a great little fishing trip! If the water was a bit warmer and I was on a house boat like my last trip, the trip would have been a dream trip!
Date Received: May 22, 2002 - Tim Kelley
We came up to Powell for my last spring trip Thurs. 5/16 to Mon. 5/20 ! Dave and I started in Navajo for a half day of fishing just past the big Rock islands and caught 25 stripers there, and then moved to the big turn in the channel west of Antelope point(boat ramp), and caught another dozen stripers before coming in. On friday we hit Navajo in the morning for another 20 stripers, and I needed to come back to camp to take care of some minor problems! My cousin Jim drove all the way down from Montana(1000 miles) because he has never caught Stripers before, and I have been raving about it for a month and a half now! He came in Friday night, and along with my son we headed out Sat. morning to Navajo again. When we got to the point past the rock islands there were about 15 boats already there. I think the stripers were already boat wary because it was real slow! We left after about an hour, and headed for the big turn past Antelope point in the narrow channel. We started catching Stripers shortly after we arrived, and Jim was already becoming a convert!! We had to chum a lot to keep them biting, and the numbers were'nt like the previous weeks! We went right back to Antelope Sunday morning for only a half day because my son had to leave that day, but things were much better than on Saturday. We started catching Stripers right off , and ended up with 32 for a couple of hours of fishing! Now my Cousin Jim was pretty happy because I had told him things were slowing down a bit from the previous weeks, so he wasn't expecting the big numbers I had told him about.
Monday was really different! It was like early April all over again, and unbelievable. We decided to try some trolling, and jigging early in the morning around the points and bays between the Wahweap and the Dam. We started getting into Samllmouth and Walleye both! At about 9:30 a.m. I suggested we head over to Navajo because I thought there probably wouldn't be too many boats in there on Monday. Good decision because there was only one boat, and as soon as be got there we started slammin them left and right! We got lots of double hook ups on both of our two poles, and had 4 stripers floppin in the boat several times throughout the day! My cousin couldn't believe it, and this bite never really slowed, we finally quit at around 3:00 p.m. because we were both tired from catching fish. We also got buzzed by a helicopter flying low through the canyon and around the islands at high speed, which was a hoot! At the end of the day I had converted my cousin into a striper catching machine that was already talking about the next time he will be coming down! We took some pictures, and shook hands, and fried up some fillets that evening for a great dinner. What a great end to a great spring fishing trip! We ended up with 76 stripers, and several Smallies and Walleye for this one day!
Date Received: May 28, 2002 - Greg Entress - Tempe, AZ
Just spent the weekend on Lake Powell. How fun. My friends and I have enjoyed reading your report prior to both of our trips in the past year, so I thought I would take a moment to share my experiences.
Last October we visited and caught not one Largemouth... almost all striper and channel cat mixed in with a few small mouth. This trip however was dominated by largemouth -- great for fun but poor for feeding as we throw them back. We caught most of our LM's in the upper portion of Gunsight Bay. There are two long, thin channels towards the back LeftHandSide of Gunsight where we fished... towards the back, waters were more still. Crank baits worked best. A simple classic silver/black light diving rapala was the hottest. I also had some success with a double-jointed chartreuese diddy.
But the best LM bass fishing came just a little further south (closer to the main channel). There is a wrap around rock face that is about 4-500 yards shy of the aforementioned thin channels and here there is a flat with some nice reeds that happens to be protected by a few small rock structures. This spot is also on the LHS if traveling from Wahweap into Gunsight. We caught a bunch of smallish (9-12 inchers) -- but still fun -- LM's here. Also a handfull of nice 14-18 inchers.
Date Received: June 11, 2002 - Ed Gerdemann
Mother nature again played a cruel hand as she has on a couple other trips this year, still, my partner and I managed to have a good day on the water on Friday (June 7) before the big wind set in. Joining me on this trip was my co-worker Jim Buxton. This was only Jim's second trip to Powell, however he and I have been fishing together off and on for 19 years. We hit the lake at 4:30 a.m. on Friday and motored out to the exposed reefs off Antelope Island just off the mouth of Warm Creek. Bouncing a 40 Series Yamamoto grub off the rocky substrate, I immediately tangled with a striper rooting around the rocks for crayfish. My next cast brought in a nice channel cat. About 10 minutes later both Jim and I had put two more stripers in the boat, and Jim nailed the first smallmouth of the day. My highlight of those early hours was a 17-inch smallmouth that nailed the Yammie grub in 12 feet of water just on the edge of a big dropoff. It was a heavy fish with a lot of girth, almost like a largemouth. I released it after Jim took a few photos. As excited as we were about the fishing, we still took time to enjoy a magnificant Lake Powell sunrise. I always get a lump in my throat as I watch the early morning sun bring those beautiful colors on the rocks alive.
The rest of the day was spent on my typical channel "milk run" around Antelope Island. We took smallmouth everywhere we stopped. The 40 Series grub in colors 236 (rootbeer with green and copper) and 208 (watermelon with black and red) produced well all day, however, after the sun got high up in the sky Senkos in 237 (daiquiri with black) and 042 (plain watermelon) probably produced better than the grubs. Most of the smallmouth we caught were in eight to 15 feet of water. We tried deeper water with little success. I did manage to get a nice walleye to hit a 40 Series in about 25 feet of water just off a big ledge. We finished the day with 40-50 smallmouth, five stripers, a walleye and a channel cat. That's excellent fishing anywhere.
On Saturday morning we woke up at 3 a.m. The wind was already blowing about 18 mph with a forecast for gusts up to 50 mph. Thinking the better of venturing out on Powell in a 16-5 boat, we decided to call it a trip as far as fishing was concerned. Ironically, sometime before dawn the wind laid down and the lake was calm until mid-morning. We could have gotten in about four hours before the wind started. Still, Lake Powell is no water to fool with, and it is always better to error on the side of caution.
Date Received: June 19, 2002 - Stratos Man
Lake Powell - What a beautiful Lake!!!
We planned to be on the Lake 6/7 to 6/11 camping in the Dungeon Canyon Area. Boat problems and high winds forced us to camp just beyond Warm creek, close to the main channel. Winds gusted to 50 mph, so fishing was limited during our trip. We enjoyed great fishing when the wind allowed us to venture away from camp in our boats.
I found a great Smallmouth bite early in the morning on the N. side of Antelope Island in about 17ft. of water. Almost every time my jig would hit the bottom, I would get a bite! I found the best action on a white with sparkly Yamamoto single tail grub fished with ¼ oz. Jig head. We were also catching Stripers early in the morning on surface lures, crank baits and spoons.
I only wish the wind would have allowed us to fish more, we would have caught 100's.
Date Received: June 25, 2002 - Lenny Lamberty-Glendale, AZ
Now we were ready to search for our home in Navajo Canyon. We ended up at the big beachy area that had previously been described on your web site.
After setting up camp, we started our assault on the fish from shore. In the four days we camped there, we caught around 30 small cats, a few nice stripers, and a handfull of monster carp. My 7 year old nephew hauled in one carp that had to go 10 or 11 pounds, which was a huge thrill for him. My three year old son also caught his first 4 catfish, which we haven't stopped hearing about yet. He had promised his Nana he'd catch her one, and he came thru with very little assistance.
My Brother In Law and I also worked areas near camp from the boat, and had some success. Trolling deep diving shad crank baits, and working the edges with the same, yielded a handfull of nice stripers and a mess of smallmouth. The bronze backs were mostly on the small side, but a riot none the less. Along the way, the Brother In Law hooked into a beautiful largemouth probably pushing 4 lbs. We got a great look at him as he did his dance and performed his own release.
We made our way out of Navajo on Thursday morning to head back to Wahweap and stay at the hotel. We figured the wives and boys would appreciate a real bed, pool, and hot showers. The right choice was made as the familiar Lake Powell winds kicked up Thursday, which would've been tough with small boys in dome tents. Friday morning Kevin and I headed out directly across from the boat ramp and scored <
Finally, Saturday morning we headed back to same area across from boat ramp. On this last morning of our trip, it was my turn. Bouncing live crawlers off the bottom near the drop offs, I landed 5 beautiful channel cats and a half dozen smallmouth. Catfish are destined for the deep fryer, and the smallmouth will live to fight another day.
Date Received: July 1, 2002 - Wayne Gustaveson
My nephew Darrell and friend Jim Casad came for some striper fishing this weekend. They drove all Friday night from Oregon arriving at 4:30 am Saturday morning. I met them at 5 am and we launched from Wahweap and went straight across the bay to the closest point just north of Castle Rock. I had heard of stripers hanging around the point but hadn't fished it before. We tied to the big rocks at the end of the point and chummed half dozen anchovies. Then we threw weightless anchovies into the 40 foot deep water. The bite started immediately and I was very pleased to find 99% of the stripers healthy and heavier than they had been all year. Average weight was 2.25 pounds and a few legitimate 3 pounders were taken.
The difference this day is that the fishing never slowed. We caught a striper every cast for 3 straight hours. I finally ran out of anchovies and had to quit. That has never happened to me before. I usually have enough bait for all circumstances. We got back to the fish cleaning station and counted out 121 great looking stripers. That was a great morning.
I did not fish on Sunday but they went back and duplicated the trip with similar results. The body count this time from 6 to 10 am was 116 stripers. They were thrilled. Me too.
On Monday we went back with a video camera to film some of the action. We chummed, got everything ready, cast out and waited for the first bite. Wham! A catfish hit. Then after 10 minutes and another catfish. Ten more minutes and not one striper. It never happened. We left and fished for bass. When we returned at 9 am we tried at all over again. Not one striper.
My guess is that after the heavy harvest of the first 2 days the remaining stripers looked around and realized they had no leaders. So they took the day off to hold a school election so they would have someone to follow . Maybe they will be back on the prowl tomorrow.
Date Received: July 2, 2002 - Ed Gerdemann
Once again this year we were priviledged to have my Aunt and Uncle, Tom and Nelda Estes of Hust, Texas, to our place at Powell for the week. Although neither Nelda nor my wife Judy, fished, Tom and I did enjoy an average week of Lake Powell fishing - which is pretty darn good fishing, by the way. We found only fair smallmouth fishing but enjoyed some excellent striper action in Navajo Canyon.
Our first stint on the lake was the afternoon of Monday, June 24. We fished approximately three hours along the main channel between Antelope Point and Navajo Canyon. Concentrating on smallmouth, we managed 16 of them plus a fine walleye which Tom coaxed into hitting a 40 Series Yamamoto grub. Most of the smallmouth were between eight and 11 inches although we did get a couple bigger ones. My best luck was drop shotting a Senko. The bass were not exceptionally deep, no more than 20 feet, however they did seem to be holed up in shady crevices along the broken rock substrate. Dropping a watermelon colored Senko into a good crevice was usually worth a strike.
We hit the lake at 4:30 a.m. the following morning, and chased smallmouth from the top end of Antelope Island well up into Last Chance Bay. We took about 30 bronzebacks mostly of the size we caught Monday afternoon. Our best baits were the 40 Series grub in various watermelon and rootbeer colors and the same watermelon Senko that produced the day before. I managed one decent smallie on a Texas-rigged Cut Tail worm as well. We enjoyed the ride up the lake almost as much as we enjoyed the fishing. That afternoon we purchased some anchovies, and on Wednesday morning we headed into Navajo Canyon to try and nail some stripers. We managed to get 26 along with four catfish and another walleye. Most of the stripers were in the 13 to 18-inch class, however several were bigger. We fished our anchovies on drop shot rigs with 1/4 oz. of weight and #4 Yamamoto split shot hooks. We took all our fish off the first point above the double islands. When we arrived we graphed two distinct schools approximately 100 feet apart in 50 to 90 feet of water. We laid down a chum line and soon had them up and active anywhere from 15 to 40 feet. The action was not overly fast, however it remained steady from about 5:30 a.m. until around 11:00.
On Thursday we took a day off from fishing and took a side trip up to Zion National Park and the Pink Coral Sand Dunes State Park. Although Judy and I had seen both before, this was a first for Tom and Nelda. They were amazed at the spectacular scenery. I must confess I never get tired of looking at it, either. Friday found Tom and I back in Navajo off that same point. We found the same two schools of fish, however it took a little more effort to get them going. One school, directly off the point, consisted mostly of 13 to 16-inch fish, however the second school, which was suspened off the downlake side of the point, were considerably bigger - a number going over 22 inches. The big fish were especially fat, much fatter than most stripers I've caught previously. Their size matched their power as the regularly took 20 to 30 feet of line off our reels when they made their runs. We boated 17 really nice fish before the action ceased around 9:30 a.m. We then went smallmouth hunting and added a few bronzebacks to the cooler. The 40 Series grub did most of the damage on those.
To me, the most important thing about fishing - besides catching fish - is what new things I learn each trip. On this trip I discovered the drop shot rig was far better for fishing weighted anchovies than a Carolina rig as it is much less likely to tangle. Also, when striper fishing with the drop shot (circle-style) hooks, it is important to back off the reel drag and let the fish run. This simply drives the hook in deeper. If the drag is set too tight these hooks tend to pop out. I lost five or six fish in a row on Wednesday until I backed off that drag. After that I think I only lost one fish.
I've been doing much better on my striper fishing than in previous years. For this I must thank Wayne for taking the time last fall to show me what I was doing wrong. I'm much improved at recognizing stripers on the graph and getting excited and hitting than before. I'm also not as inclined to go running after smallmouth if the stripers aren't cooperating. I've been working at them until they begin to hit. Thanks again Wayne for all you've taught me.
Date Received: July 2, 2002 - Bob Elkin, Kanab
Since the boat was acting up on Thursday and I couldn't go where I wanted, I put the stock prop on Friday morning and headed for the lake in the afternoon. This time the boat worked OK so we headed down Navajo Canyon - went close to the end. About 7:30PM I caught a little smallmouth bass. Another cast to the same point a few minutes later got a little catfish. Wouldn't have kept it, but it was the first catfish I ever caught. Was wondering at this point if I was ever going to get that first striper, but I didn't have to wonder long.
Since it was getting late, we decided to quit fishing and go a little farther down the canyon before heading back A little after 8PM we were just ready to turn around when my wife spotted something strange ahead of us. It turned out to be a "boil". The canyon was about 75 feet wide at this point and the water was churning with stripers. Fins flashing everywhere. I increased speed a little before we got to them and then cut the engine and drifted right into the middle of the boil. Quickly put a Zara Spook on and cast it in. The lure barely hit the water and I had one. Got him into the boat and he was so lively that on one of his jumps either the lure or one of his fins sliced my thumb - deep. I grabbed a rag and held part of it on my thumb while holding the striper at the same time. Got the hook out of his mouth, dropped him into the livewell, and cast out again. In about 15 minutes I caught 3 stripers and lost a couple more. If I had somebody to help get the fish off the hook, I probably would have doubled that number. The boil started breaking up with little boils moving up and down the canyon.
Spent the next half hour chasing the small boils. Caught 2 more stripers and lost 3 more. Most fun I've ever had fishing! If I had an electric trolling motor I thing I would have at least doubled the harvest. After reading your Fishing Tips over and over and trying it, I think I am starting to get the hang of Lake Powell Fishing. It's certainly different than the fishing I've done before.
Date Received: July 3, 2002 - Jim Casad
I just returned home. Sitting here in my library/study I have been reflecting upon our fishing expeditions. Lake Powell is truly a special place on this earth. I have been fortunate to have fished in many parts of the world. Each place is unique and special to me. However, NOTHING, I have ever fished compares to the grandeur, aesthetic beauty, complexity, or catch rate as your lake. I feel so very lucky and blessed to have had this experience.
I believe that God put you at Lake Powell for a very important reason. You have done well. Lake Powell and the great state of Utah are lucky to have you. Lake Powell has a very bright future because of your scientific insights, work ethic, and skill.
Date Received: July 16, 2002 - Ed Gerdemann
The two things that stick out most in my mind about last week's Powell trip are fish don't always follow logical (by human standards) patterns and that merely finding fish is not enough - you must find catchable fish.
To illustrate the first point I did not get my boat in the water until 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. The temperature was well over 100 with the sun beating down on the water. Yet, despite the heat, between 3:30 and 6:30 my partner John Conrad and I nailed 26 smallmouth and one large green sunfish that found a drop shot Senko to its liking. We were fishing the area around the Antelope Point ramp and the reef-filled bill just up from Antelope Point on the opposite side of the lake. We found fish anywhere from 10 to 20 feet deep. We did not find any fish deeper. This is totally contrary from what conventional fishing wisdom would dictate.
But it gets better. The next morning we hit the water at first light planning on making my channel smallmouth run from the top of Antelope Island down to Antelope Point. Our first stop was the little twin islands just off Antelope Island at the mouth of Warm Creek, a spot that has produced for me well in earlier trips. Despite fishing completely around both islands, prime smallmouth habitat, we managed just two fish. The long point off the top of Antelope Island, another of my favorite spots, failed to produce anything but a couple of half-hearted strikes. By 9:30 a.m. we had fished several spots and only had a half dozen smallmouth between us. The sun was well up in the sky and the mercury was approaching 100 degrees, more like fishing Alamo Lake this time of year than Powell. Thinking the best fishing should have been over, I was not overly enthused about fishing the rest of the morning in that heat. Then something funny happened. The smallmouth started hitting. Over the next three hours, until the heat finally drove us off the lake, we caught 34 smallmouth, two walleyes, another green sunfish and one ugly green bass. It's funny how catching a few fish will help one forget about excessive heat or cold. It also helps folks forget about their aches, pains and other physical ailments, however that's a story for another time. Even more amazing is we could not put together in consistant pattern. We caught fish as shallow as three feet and as deep as 35, and there was not one particular depth range where they seemed more abundant. My guess is the smallmouth are in transition between their spring and summer patterns and haven't decided completely where they should be. Nevertheless, working areas where we could cover a wide depth range without moving the boat, we managed a good catch.
Drop shot Senkos seemed to outproduce everything else we tried. The watermelon-cream laminate (color 901) seemed to be the most effective in the Senko, however we also took some fish on daiquiri (color 237) Senkos as well. In addition to the Senkos, we caught some fish on 40 Series grubs in rootbeer with green and copper (color 236) and watermelon with red and green (color 222). John also took some fish on 30 Series grubs in chartreuse with green and chartreuse (color 169).
Most of the smallmouth we took the first two days ranged from eight to 12 inches, however we did catch a fair number in the 13 to 15-inch range. All the fish were healthy. The ones we kept had been feeding heavily on both crayfish and little sunfish.
The next morning, Saturday, July 13, armed with anchovies we headed for Navajo Canyon looking for those striper school hanging off the first point above the double islands. We graphed large numbers of fish suspended about 15 feet under the surface over 80 to 100 feet of water. Despite significant chumming, we could not get them to hit. However, we graphed another school in the same area but ranging from 20 to 35 feet down. In the beginning they would only mouth our baits, however after we were able to catch a couple they started hitting with much more authority, and the catching got better. Later on, we were able to pick up some fish that moved up on the rocks looking for crayfish. A number of the stripers we cleaned had crayfish in their stomachs which is what I've found on previous trips. Again, merely finding fish did not guarantee success. We had to find fish willing to hit our baits.
After taking 22 stripers and a catfish in about three hours, the boat traffic in the narrow confines of the canyon made fishing unpleasant so we headed back to the channel for a final bout with the smallmouth. Fishing for them was very similar to the other two days with us taking 21 more bronzebacks as well as another catfish and a sunfish before we headed back to Stateline launch ramp at about noon.
Our tally for the trip was 87 smallmouth, 22 stripers, three sunfish, two catfish, two walleyes and one ugly green bass. Given the brutally hot weather which limited our time on the water, I figured this was pretty darn good fishing.
There's one tip I'd like to share about smallmouth fishing. It's quite common for two or three or more smallmouth to chase when of their hooked brethren, often trying to take the lure out of its mouth. When a smallmouth you're playing comes unbuttoned, don't just quickly reel in. Let your lure drop. There's a good chance one of the chasing fish will grab it. That has happened to me many times over the years and several times on this trip.
Date Received: July 29, 2002 - Wayne Gustaveson
Went out at 8:30 AM looking for a clue about striped bass location. Headed on a line from Castle Rock to the Haystack in Cottonwood Warm Creek trolling the Little Mac and graphing. Hit a 14 inch striper within 5 minutes. Graphed scattered fish - no shad. Could not find another striper.
Went to main channel and fished points for smallmouth. Bass Fishing is getting better without anyone else fishing except me. They were right where I left them. Ends of breaking points were good for a fish or a bite every time on the 4 inch grubs either watermelon or pumpkin color. I then trolled/graphed between main channel points hoping to find another striper. No luck except for the bass that hit the Little Mac on every shallow point crossed. Bass that hit the Mac were 11-12 inch fish while fish caught on grubs were smaller than 11 inches. This bass hit the Little Mac and was carrying a 5 inch senko, and trailing 5 feet of line from his gullet from a previous encounter.
On the way back in saw stripers chasing shad on the surface very near the south tire break water of the marina. They were clones of the 14 inch fish caught in Warm Creek. I think there are not enough shad to feed a school so stripers are feeding in small groups widely disbursed over the entire bay. Suspended shallow fish in open water. Very difficult pattern! Try trolling but keep a surface lure ready and cast quickly when the singles pop up.
Date Received: July 30, 2002 - Ed Gerdemann
Two weeks ago, fishing on a dark moon, I hardly got bit before 9 a.m. This past Saturday, fishing on a very bright moon, I hardly got bit until, you guessed, 9 a.m. Now I could make a logical argument for this behavior two weeks ago with the dark moon, but Saturday's pattern just doesn't make any sense at all.
I wasn't able to hit the lake on Friday morning as I had to wait for a refigerator to be delivered to our Greenehaven mobile. By the time it was delivered and installed, it was mid-afternoon, the wind had come up and it was threatening rain. I decided it best to scrap the evening fishing plans and get an early start the next morning. As it turned out, I could have stayed in bed a while longer.
On Saturday I pulled out of the State Line breakwater at a little after 5 and headed for the top of Antelope Island off the mouth of Warm Creek. I fished the two small islands there as well as the big point coming off the top of Antelope and had two little smallmouth to show for my efforts. The wind was blowing quite hard from the southeast, and I could see big whitecaps on the main channel; so I headed back across Wahweap to fish some interesting looking points coming off Antelope Island just opposite Lake Shore Drive. An hour of fishing there produced just a couple more small fish. By then the wind had laid down, so I headed for channel going around the bottom end of Antelope. My first stop was a large, rock-filled bay just above and opposite Antelope Point. Although this spot has been a big producer for me this year, it only yielded a couple small fish. I had been alternating a Yamamoto 40 Series grub on a 3/16 oz. jig head with a Senko on a drop shot rig. Each got a few hits but neither produced significant results. It was now 9 a.m., and I headed up lake for the two coves and reefs just below Navajo Canyon.
Starting outside the second cove below Navajo, I begin pitching the grub around the reefs. I laid on top of the rocks and along the sides, too, right where the visible rock disappears into the depths. I immediately starting getting bit, however I was either not hooking them or having them come unbuttoned before I could land them. I lost eight or nine fish in a row, and I was starting to talk to myself. It was now about 9:30 a.m. After saying a few choice words after losing another fish, I again pulled out the drop shot rod and started dropping my Senko along the edges of the vertical drops. The change in setup made all the difference in the world. At that point I had only landed six smallmouth all morning. But over the next hour and a half I boated 15, mostly fishing vertically under the boat. Although I caught a few fish shallow - mostly early - a bulk of the smallmouth were in 25 to 30 feet of water. I did catch some much shallower by pitching my rig under overhanging ledges that created shade. My setup consisted of a #4 Yamamoto split shot hook and a 1/4 oz. drop shot weight hanging about 12 inches below the hook. My baits were five-inch Senkos that I broke in half. The color of choice was 901 (watermelon/cream white laminate). My presentation was pretty much do nothing. I simply dropped the rig below the boat. Often when I took out the slack a fish was on the other end. If that wasn't the case I just sat there suspending the Senko off the bottom letting the waves rocking my boat produce the lure action. It was almost like bait fishing.
I was able to make several other interesting observations that might help other anglers. The smallmouth are definitely moving to their mid-summer patterns as I took far more at 25-30 feet than I did up shallow. In addition, I think it's a good idea to use downsized baits. As I mentioned above, I was using a half of a five-inch Senko. I kept biting off the torn up end on several until I was down to about a 1 1/2-inch bait. If anything, that smaller piece was better than the larger one. I also think that if I had opted for a 30 Series (three-inch) grub instead of the 40 Series (4-inch), I would have had better results there, too. All of the crayfish I saw in the stomachs of the fish I cleaned were about 1 1/2 inches long. In addition to the crayfish, I also noted a few little sunfish about the same size in several smallmouth stomachs.
Finally, I was seeing a lot of smallmouth on my graph hovering just above the bottom. When fishing is really good, particularly by working grubs and jigs along the bottom, I see very few fish on the graph. I believe that's because they are deep in the crevices rooting out crayfish in places where a graph can't detect them. However on Saturday there were definitely a lot more showing than normal, and their being up off the bottom probably explains why the drop shot outfished the jig. These are things I'm committing to my memory for future reference - particularly for dealing with such illogical fish!
Date Received: August 8, 2002 - Rickey Jackson, Gold Canyon, AZ
My dad and I fished Navajo canyon 8/03/02 and 8/04/02 and had some success for stripers. We fished about 14 miles back in the canyon, right before the water becomes stained. The stripers were chasing shad under the surface with a few fish rising to the top. All the fish that were caught were suspended in 20-30 feet of water with the boat resting in 65 feet. We fished with whole anchovies, split shotting with a very small weight. Saturday was fairly successful we fished from 6am to noon and caught 35 stripers. Sunday the canyon was filled with debris from Saturdays flood but this did not hurt the fishing. Between 6am and 10 am we caught over 40 stripers, all the fish were healthy and dad did catch a 7 pounder. We only saw two other boats on Sunday and they both joined us on our spot and they all caught 30+ fish within 2-3 hours. We experienced striper fishing for the first time two weeks ago and we had to make a return trip. In two trips we caught over one hundred stripers from one spot. This was also a return trip to Powell for us since we left town in 1978, the lake sure fishes differently. Thanks for the tips on striper fishing which made our trip even more memorable. We will be back in October.
Date Received: August 12, 2002 - Ed Gerdemann
The strange mid-morning smallmouth bite that I have experienced over the last month continued last weekend. Fishing was very poor early in the morning but would then pick up later. The difference on this trip, however, was the good fishing only lasted a couple hours before shutting off completely.
Joining me on this trip was John Meyers, my neighbor from up the street in Phoenix. This was John's second trip to Lake Powell with me having joined me on a mid-September trip a couple years ago. Although this trip wasn't as good as the one a couple years ago, we both enjoyed some pretty decent action on both Friday and Saturday.
We started Friday morning at first light working the area around the Antelope Point ramp. We caught a few fish there, mostly out in 25 feet of water off the ends of the points. Yamamoto 40 Series grubs and drop shot Senkos produced all the fish. We then moved to the large rocky bay just uplake and on the opposite side of Antelope Point. At first we didn't get any hits, but at around 8 a.m. things started picking up on both the grubs and Senkos. The fish in this bay were considerably shallower than those we took at Antelope Point, often in only 10-12 feet of water. The big fish taken was a 16.2-inch smallmouth that nailed my grub just on the edge of a dropoff in about 17 feet of water. Unfortunately it was guthooked and was bleeding severely when I landed it. Rather than release it and risk wasting it, I kept it. This was the first really good smallmouth this year that I have been unable to release unharmed. These things will happen, however I was disappointed in not being able to release this fish.
From here we motored up to the coves below Navajo Canyon on the east side of the lake. We found smallmouth off the edges of the reefs and along the steep banks. Twenty-five to 28 feet seemed to be the magic depth. One of the highlights of the morning was a striper boil we observed in the first cove below Navajo. The people camped there told us there had been boils going on there for several days. We didn't get any boiling fish, but John did nail one on a Wallylure. I raised the school to within sight of the boat with a Wallylure but could get no takers. We waited there for quite a while for them to come up again, but they never did. My other highlight of the late morning was taking a 19.3-inch walleye on a drop shot Senko.
Our combined tally for Friday consisted of 40 smallmouth as well as the one striper and walleye.
The original plan for Saturday was to try and locate the striper schools in Navajo Canyon that I have been working since May, however John, having caught stripers before, was more interested in chasing smallmouth again. Of course I need no excuse to go after those bronzebacks so Saturday found us working grubs and Senkos again along the main channel. We tried to fish some different areas this time, however we did fish some of the same places we had fished the day before as well. Unfortunately, the fishing was not quite as good as it was on Friday, both in terms of numbers and size. Like Friday, we caught very few fish before 8 a.m., enjoyed a fairly steady bite until around 10:30 a.m. and then saw the action drop off to nothing as the boat traffic on the lake increased.
One difference between Friday and Saturday was the drop shot Senko was not overly effective on Saturday. I caught a couple fish on a 40 Series grub but ended up catching most of my fish on the smaller 30 Series grub fished on the drop shot rig. We finished the day with 32 smallmouth but did not catch any walleyes or stripers. Also, our biggest fish on Saturday were around 12 inches.
In retrospect, we should have gone after stripers Saturday morning. Still, we enjoyed both mornings on the lake. The weather was beautiful and not as hot as in my past few trips. My plans are to be back up again on August 23 and 24, and this time I will spend at least a few hours trying for stripers.
Date Received: September 18, 2002 - Ed Gerdemann
Even though the stripers seemed to have deserted the lower lake in recent weeks, smallmouth action remained steady on this past trip. For the second time this year I was joined by Phoenix attorney Dale Marenda. Our April trip was cut short by high winds, however we enjoyed absolutely wonderful weather for our two days on the lake.
Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for us as we found smallmouth action right off the bat along the twin islands off the top of Antelope Island opposite Warm Creek Bay. The first smallmouth we found were in shallow water, five to 10 feet, and they were quite active preferring to chase baits rather than just hit them on the fall or pick them up off the bottom. I got my first strike as I was reeling in a Yamamoto 40 Series grub after bumping it along the bottom. The hit came right at the boat. On my next cast I didn't let the grub reach the bottom as I swam it back toward the boat. Soon I felt a little heavier weight. I set the hook and was fast into another fat smallmouth. Dale also nailed a couple of fish at this same time. I then hung a heavier fish that put on a quite an aerial show before slipping off the hook right at the boat. I felt that smallmouth would have gone three pounds. I would have released it anyway, however it would have been nice to have landed it for a few photos.
As quickly as the action started, it stopped. We hung around those islands a while longer and got a couple more strikes but put no more fish in the boat. We then tried the long point off the top of Antelope itself, but all it produced were a couple of little bronzebacks. We moved down lake into the main channel and started fishing some broken rock faces on the south side of the lake. After losing a couple fish on the grub, I switched to a drop shot rig using a Yamamoto Senko. Taking the advice of Cap'n Chuck Duggins, I buy my Senkos in five and six-inch sizes and then break them in half for drop shotting smallmouth. I find that both the front and back ends are equally effective, and I get a lot more baits for my money this way. Both Dale and I started pitching drop shot rigs along the rock faces, getting strikes at all depths. The smallmouth seemed to be lying in the crevices and shelves along the steep drops at anywhere from five to over 45 feet deep. The strike could come at any time as our Senkos dropped along the steep faces. We took about 15 smallmouth along this one area before heading down lake a ways for a lunch break.
After lunch we worked a couple of reefs and ledges along the Antelope Island side of the channel, taking several decent fish. We then crossed the lake and worked the ledges and reefs just below the mouth of Navajo Canyon. The drop shot pattern remained strong the rest of the afternoon. Our tally for the day was approximately 40 smallmouths. Unfortunately we did not take any stripers or walleyes.
On Saturday morning we motored up to Gunsight looking for any stripers that may have moved in after the shad that present there. We managed to graph one large school of fish in the big cove off the left side of Gunsight heading up which I am certain were stripers. The size of the archs on my graph indicated fairly large fish and the numbers were indicative of a large striper school. We chummed with anchovies and dropped both anchovies and spoons down to them with no success. I even made a few casts with a topwater hoping to manufacture a boil with no success as well. After working that school for over an hour we determined we would not see any action, so we cruised up and down Gunsight trying to locate another school, but we didn't see anything. With time running short on the morning, we decided to go back to the reliable smallmouths. We started working around a rock off of Gunsight Butte just in back of the notch and immediately were into smallmouth. We took several nice ones there, however as we moved down the shore the action stopped. We motored further up Gunsight and tried a similar looking spot with little success, however when we moved back to where we started we got back into fish. It was there I saw some boiling fish. I had put my striper gear away, so all I had to throw into that boil was a 40 Series grub. It didn't matter. I got a jolting strike - not from a striper but a 12-inch smallmouth. While playing that fish I get a better look at the other boiling fish, and they, too, were all smallmouth.
After working that area and taking a few more fish, we tried a couple other areas in Gunsight with no success. We then motored back to the rock face on the main channel where we had been so success the day before. The smallmouth were still there, and we managed to take several more. We hit several more of my favorite spots along the channel, taking at least a fish or two nearly everywhere we stopped. Again drop shot Senkos were the ticket, although Dale did get the best smallmouth of the trip, a 14-incher, on a Carolina-rigged 40 Series grub. We finished the day with about 30 smallmouth between us.
Our top colors for the grubs were 236 (rootbeer with green and copper), 208 (watermelon with black and red) and 222 (watermelon with green and red). Our best color for Senkos was 901 (watermelon with cream white laminate). I really think the smallmouth were attracted to the contrasting colors of the laminate Senko. This has been an excellent color for me this summer.
Those of you who are not keeping some smaller smallmouth to eat are really missing out. Those nine to 12-inchers are excellent table fare, right up there with walleye in my book. With a hordes of smallmouth on virtually every reef and ledge all up and down the lake and a 20-fish per person limit, this is a resource more people should be utilizing.
Date Received: September 23, 2002 - Tim Kelley
We headed out Sunday morning(9-15-02) to hunt for Stripers! We graphed in Warm Creek; then Gunsight; Padre Bay: and a ways into Last Chance. We thought we located a school of Stripers in Last Chance, but after an hour of chumming and jigging all we pulled out were a couple of cats. It was mid afternoon by then so we decided to salvage the day with some SMB fishing! We worked the points and shelves down Last Chance, and around towards Padre with lots of SMB to be had! I used the Yammie series 194 and 222 with the 222 being the most productive, and my partner used a smaller Mr. Twister crawdad colored jig(rootbeer/orange) with lots of success.
On monday we went back into Warm Creek and looked around for Stripers for awhile with no success, so we went right back to SMB fishing for the rest of the morning. We worked the two rock islands in the Castle Rock channel, also points and shelves on Antelope Island with lots of success for SMB. In the two days we caught close to 55 SMB, but nothing over 12 inches. I think Ed G. scared all the big ones back down into deeper water. LOL
I had to come back to Flag on Monday, and celebrated my son's 18th birthday on Tuesday. Back to Powell on Wednesday morning early, and I had told my cousin to go into Navajo, and look for the slot canyon that Clark was talking about on the bulletin board(thanks Clark). He didn't catch any stripers that day just SMB and catfish, but he thought he graphed a small school. So Wed. morning I said lets go back and check it out again! We went back to the slot canyon and started cruising and graphing, we ended up at the very back over what we thought was a school of stripers. We started chumming and each had two poles in the water, jig head with chovie on one, and freelining the other. Bam--two minutes, and we had three in the boat, so we thought all right here we go, then nothing for half an hour. Then we would start catching catfish, and SMB started taking chovies. An hour later a couple more stripers, and this went on like that for most of the day. We moved out of there and worked some of the other bays in the slot canyon and had a couple hits with no takers, so we kept going back to the original spot. Same story-slow catching but an occasional Striper, and more cats! We came back with 10 stripers, and 8 cats, and half a dozen SMB for the day--good eatin that night with my own version of the cajun deep fry! Thursday was even slower in the same place with only 3 stripers, and a half dozen cats. When we left the water temp was 74 degrees. Hope the Shad Rally will produce more Stripers, I have a lot of confidence that Wayne will find them for us!!
Date Received: September 30, 2002 - Wayne Gustaveson
For those of you scoring along at home the results of the South Rally were surprising. I told the group on Friday Night that conditions were tough and we were going to have challenging fishing on Saturday. We hoped to be able to measure our success by catching a single striper per boat. More than that would be a real bonus.
The plan was to peek into Gunsight on the off chance that there might be a striper boil on the shad that had been peacefully grazing unmolested there for 6 weeks. Then we would go to Last Chance to find stripers in the backs of short coves off the channel.
We met a 6 AM and headed for Gunsight in a 10 boat convoy. Ron Wolfington got to Gunsight first and was sitting in the middle of a huge striper boil when the rest of us rounded the corner and entered the bay. We shut it down and with the wind at our back drifted into the boil. It was wide spread and allowed all boats to get a good cast into the boil and hook up a time or two before it was over. It was the first boil that many first timers had seen.
The stripers then moved through the water column and along the bottom to a near by cove. Their presence could be tracked by seeing an occasional splash and hooking a fish on spoons worked mid depth through the column. Hungry stripers moved in and out of a 60-foot deep slot in the middle of the canyon and we picked up more fish on spoons than we caught on top working the bottom near the trench. When it was over I counted 17 stripers in our live well as I transfered them to the cooler. Gary Foell and Ernie Scruggs contributued to that total fishing out of the flat bottom metal boat. There was not hardly another striper caught after the boil and spoon action quit.
I was amazed at my first lower lake boil of the season coinciding exactly with the rally.
The expected fish in Last Chance were there and steadily caught by those venturing that far uplake. It was not spectacular fishing but provided enough action so that the one fish per person goal was shattered. Kathy Dorsett got her fish!
Date Received: October 1, 2002 - Grant Foster
My brother and I hit the water at Bullfrog early Friday am for the trip to Wahweap for the south shad rally. We had hoped to run in to Mom Farrell and crew, but did not see them. We fished the Bullfrog area till about 9 am and did get into a short lived boil at the haystacks. I was not prepared with my rods and didn't get the top lures on until too late. From there we boated into Lake Canyon until we hit a tremendous amount of trash in the upper end. Did not catch any fish and headed for Wahweap.
The trip was beautiful until we got to Dangling Rope. The wind started to pick up and by the time we got to mile marker 25A, just south of Camel rock, it was HOWLING! We encountered waves that were a realistic 5 to 6 feet high. I got sideways in one of the troughs and a big roller filled my little ranger bass boat full of water. It was more than the bilge pump could keep up with and my brother threw the beer out of the cooler and started bailing. The water was over the back of the seat and we lost several items that floated out of the boat. All personal electronics (cell phones, brand new digital cameras, etc.) were shorted out. Clothing, sleeping bags, and everything else was soaked. Two boat batteries shorted out, but fortunately one of the trolling batteries survived. Between waves of water in the face, I spotted a cove and headed full throttle toward it. Movement was slow since we were full of water and the motor died about 15 yards from shore, but we finally rammed onto the beach. The following 5 1/2 hours were spent drying things out, getting shorted switches disconnected, the good battery hooked up and waiting for the wind to lay down.
The wind never quit and it was getting dark and the decision was made to get underway toward Wahweap again. With bilge pump running, we pounded through the surf all the way into the marina. Finally, we made the hotel room. What a relief. After a shower and some dinner, I remembered some people coming to the rally were going to stay at the Days Inn, and I phoned in search of them since we missed the Friday afternoon briefing. I finally got ahold of Bob Howard and it sure was good to hear his voice. After getting the saturday itinerary, we went to bed. The next morning, getting out of bed was tough because of the adrenaline hangover, but we finally caught up with everybody in Gunsight just in time to join in a boil. What fun that was!
After everyone then headed up to Last Chance, my brother and I saw the clouds building in the sky and chickened out then headed back toward the marina. We were coming in as it started to hail and docked the boat and headed for cover under the covered fishing dock while the hail really started to come down. Was I ever glad we didn't go to Last Chance. From there we went to the fish fry at the picnic area and got plump on TopCat's good cooking. We got to meet a lot of the people on the board which was one of the main reasons for my wanting to make the trip.
On Sunday, we passed on the chance to fish with Papa Jack and headed for Bullfrog. We made a quick swing through Gunsight and ran into Larry from Parachute, Colorado. The wind blew all the way back to Bullfrog, but nothing like on Friday. We got the boat on the trailer about 1/2 hour before it started raining hard. It was good timing. Thanks again to Wayne for the opportunity to learn more about fishing and to TopCat who kept cooking while the rest of us stuffed our faces. It was a privilege to meet 'Doc' Bill and everyone else. When's the next trip?
Date Received: October 10, 2002 - Wayne Gustaveson
I am trying to "literally" stay on top of the Warm Creek (Cottonwood) stripers. My guess is that there are a few schools (2-5) with 100 fish in each. I have found shad in the main channel leading into the canyon to the left of the haystacks. Shad are over about 35 feet of water. There is probably a good shad school in each "trench" leading to the coves on the right of the haystacks as well. Yesterday, I went early and graphed the deep side of the trench where depth was 55. When traces were seen the spoon was dropped down. A fat 17-inch striper responded immediately. I saw a few followers by watching the graph as the fish was played. It was not a real active response from the rest of the team. My drift took me out of the trench and I had to reposition the boat. The third drop in the trench resulted in one more 19 inch striper. This fish was thin and was probably a loner.
I was hoping for surface action and not seeing any, left for Gunsight. I saw shad there but never did graph stripers. Then I went bass fishing.
I post this as a general search pattern that will often work on any part of the lake. First find an area where stripers have been or should come because shad schools are present. From first light till full sun hits the water stripers are very active and willing to eat. If boils or splashes are not seen then search for striper blotches on the graph and drop spoons to the schools. This is the very best time of day to catch stripers.
If stripers are found mark the spot or spots and then fish bait later in the day. It is likely that stripers will move in and out of these areas during the day and they will return to the scene of the morning action. Lots of chumming is better than a little.
Date Received: October 22, 2002 -Ed Gerdemann
Maybe it was last Thursday's cold front or maybe it was the bright moon, but whatever it was fishing was pretty tough for my friend John Conrad and I last week. We actually caught quite a few smallmouth, however we had problems getting fish of any size, and the action was painstakingly slow most of the time. However, the beautiful weather we enjoyed on Friday and Saturday made the time on the water enjoyable even if the fishing wasn't at its best.
We first hit the water late Thursday morning just as the storm appeared to be closing in. We made a few casts around the islands just off the top of Antelope Island, each of us losing a couple fish, before the wind and rain drove is to safety in a protected cove near the Haystacks in Warm Creek. When the wind let up we ventured out and worked part of Warm Creek, taking a couple of very shallow fish along a rock rubble shore. We then headed down to the main channel working the points and reefs both above and below Navajo Canyon. We took a few smallmouth along these spots with John nailing a nice 15-incher. We could not put together a good pattern, however. Some of the fish came from very shallow water, some from over 40 feet and some in between. We took all of our fish on drop shot rigs using Senkos, Yamamoto 30 Series (three-inch) single tail grubs and Yamamoto Flat Tail worms. We tallied about a dozen smallmouth before heading back to the ramp as darkness fell.
Friday morning we decided to head up lake. It was one of those post-front bluebird days, and I told John before we ever launched the boat that the fishing would likely be tough. My prediction came true. We found a few fish around Padre Butte along some steep-sided reefs on the south end of the butte. I took one fish in about 15 feet of water, however the rest we caught were over 40 feet down. We then headed up into Last Chance where we found a few more willing smallmouth along some reefs extending out off a steep wall. Vertical presentations with drop shot rigs again produced all the action. By now we had put together a pattern of sorts in that we had located smallmouth along the steep sides of the reefs holding 40 to 47 feet deep. We also found that downsized baits like the 30 Series grub the only lures that would interest them. Another thing we noticed is that there were no smallmouth chasing the hooked fish like we see so often. It seemd like we practically had to hit a fish on the head to get it to strike.
After fishing in Last Chance we motored down to some reefs out from the mouth of Face Canyon. We took two or three decent smallmouth there before working around the mouth of West Canyon where we drew a big blank. By then it was getting late, so we headed back towards Wahweap Bay, stopping off at the little double islands off Antelope Island where we took a couple more fish. Our smallmouth total for the day was 20.
Because of the steep structure deep water pattern we had established on Friday, we decided to head to Navajo Canyon Saturday morning where such structure is abundant. Although I have fished Navajo a number of times for stripers this season, I had not yet fished it seriously for smallmouth. I've normally found the average smallmouth from Navajo somewhat larger than what I normally catch out on the main channel, so I was hoping for some bigger fish as well. We initially motored to the back end of Navajo to fish the dingy water. We had no strikes back there. In one place we graphed some suspended fish from 20-60 feet over about 85 feet of water. Figuring they were stripers, we dropped jigging spoons down and worked them hard but had no hits. We motored back up into the clear water and located some smallmouth along some steep breaks and reefs just below the dune. We took several decent fish from reefs and broken rock faces on both sides of the canyon. I even had a couple stripers make a pass at a drop shot Senko as it was decending towards the bottom. I dropped a Wallylure down to where they were but got no hits nor did they show any more interest in my Senko. We ran into Lou Keating who confirmed to us he was having a hard time catching fish as well. That made us feel a bit better. We worked down Navajo Canyon, stopping anywhere we saw suitable structure that fit our pattern. I tried wacky rigging Senkos and actually caught a few fish on them, however John started scoring regularly with a one and a half inch chartruese tube on a 1/16 oz. jig head. I went to a Yamamoto Tiny Ika on my drop shot, but that wasn't nearly as effective as John's little jig.
We finished the afternoon taking a few more fish off the main channel reefs below Navajo. I ended the day by catching a decent smallmouth on a Texas-rigged Yamamoto Cut Tail worm. What was different about the latter part of the day is that we began catching some fish in shallower water. Earlier everything we caught was 35-45 feet down, however by late afternoon some smallmouth were working up into the 12 to 15-foot range. Had we been able to fish on Sunday, I believe we would have found much more active bass in much shallower water than we found on Friday and Saturday.
One thing I noticed in the fish we kept was that the crayfish they were eating were mostly around an inch and a half long. I found that quite unusual for Powell in October. By this time of the year most of the crayfish are at least twice that size with many bigger. That explains why the downsized baits worked better.
Our smallmouth total for Saturday between the two of us was 35, making it 67 smallmouth taken for the trip. This says something about Lake Powell fishing. Where else can the fishing be considered tough when two anglers take 67 smallmouth in two and a half days of fishing? I guess we're just spoiled here.
Date Received: October 22, 2002 - Dennis Tucker
WE FOUND THEM! In West Canyon at Lake Powell, Thursday Oct 17th, 32 of them on an awesome topwater bite, Pop-Rs and Zara Spooks. 20-inch fish, 1.5 to 3 pounds! The stripers were all over the shallows just inside West Canyon - early morning (sun up for about an hour/hour & a half). Also, later in the day when it was overcast they were back! Watch for the ravens attracted by the shad. They were boiling more than once. The shad would kinda be "herded in" to the shallows, then the stripers would attack.
Date Received: October 23, 2002 -Papa Jack
We didn't make it up to the San Juan as planned because we had such a great campsite in Friendship Cove and the fishing for SMB in that area was real good.
Most all of the fish were caught on outside structure anywhere from 5-10 feet to as deep as 42 feet. The best catching lures were #237 Daiquiri, #156 Chartreuse, #186 Pumpkin & #194 Watermellon 4" grubs. I caught 90 % of my fish on #237, but others in our party had just as good success on #156. The fish had a lot of crawdads in them.
The earliest we got on the lake was around 8 AM and would come back around Noon and then go out for a couple of hours again around 3 PM. It didn't seem to matter the time of day as much as it did the depth. We fished West Cyn., Face Cyn., Wetherill Cyn., Mountain Sheep Cyn., Little Arch, Rock Creek Cyn., Middle & Dry Rock Creek Cyns. and our favorite: "Friendship Cove"!!!
Just when you enter into Friendship Cove on your left at the first cove, there are two outside rock now above water. The second rock outcropping off the point on your left was alway good. The best hot spot was about 2/3 of the way back on the right side. It is a rock pile that is still 3 1/2 feet under water and I marked it with two water jugs. It has 50 feet of water around it and always produced fish everytime we hit it. It is quite aways off shore and could do some serious damage to a boat and motor when the water drops a couple of more feet.
The best SMB fishing was found in Friendship Cove, the OUTSIDE of West Cyn., Wetherill Cyn. and Rock Creek Cyn. Almost to the end of Rock Creek Cyn. on the right side is a outside sand pile that a number of big cruisers were camped on and just before you get to it there is an underwater reef with a couple of water bottles marking it. A lot of good fish came off that spot as well.
We didn't keep count on the number or size SMB we caught, but would estimate that seven of us took at least 150 plus SMB from 7" to 13 3/4". We enjoyed Fish-N-Egg sandwiches one morning and Fish Stew with 20 SMB in it one night plus everyone took a limit home.
It was nice to see Wayne and friend come in to our campsite on Wednesday the 16th for a fish report. The comment one of our party made who was a sports writer was: "I bet Wayne is one of the only people putting out a fish report that gets out on the lake and gets and gives a first hand account of what is going on!" I couldn't agree more!!
Date Received: November 1, 2002 -Wayne Gustaveson
Looks like its finally happening. After picking the fat stripers from the nets yesterday Ryno and I went out to see if we could catch them. Some really good things have been going on lately in Warm Creek according to the assemblage of gulls, ravens, herons and coyotes. They were all there waiting this morning at sunup. I think there was a boil way early on a rocky point just east and across the bay from the floating restroom. Gulls were on the shore but no fish rose to surface lures.
At 7:30 am we cruised back to the mouth of Crosby. Saw gulls circling and diving with coyotes chasing each other on shore. First cast to the sandy point at the center of the bird activity resulted in a striper hit but I didn't get the fish all the way to the boat. We were a little late again. We worked those sandy coves and shore for a while with no luck. Then the gulls left and went to the opposite shore. Saw 5 splashes and headed that way. The stripers would not come to the surface for our spooks. We down graded to rattletraps and immediately put 3 fish in the boat. Then they quit.
The gulls roosted on rocks so we went to mid bay and started spooning for stripers. It was slow to start. We graphed shad and small pods of fish but got no hits. Then we drifted int 45 feet of water and saw a denser school of fish. This time we got hit on a 5 inch chartreuse Duh spoon that I was field testing. We got three quick ones there and then lost the school.
We moved directly east of the mouth of Crosby on the steep rubble drop where bottom depth was 35-40. We graphed one huge striper school there and caught the rest of our fish from that school. Here the wallylure and the Duh spoon caught fish at an equal rate. The hammered silver spoon blanked but did get a few fish followers.
We finished with a dozen nice fat stripers. They are not jumping in the boat in big numbers but the quality is impressive. These 2-3 pound fish are FAT and strong. Real prizes all.
You can't catch a lot of fish but you can now go to Warm Creek in the morning and expect to bring back 10 nice stripers. Many different techniques work. You can troll rattletraps on flat line. You can spoon at 25 - 50 feet. And you can catch a quick 5 fish boil if you're lucky. The wildlife on shore is impressive and the weather today was awesome.
Date Received: November 20 2002 - Curt H.
Once the storm moved through, we found good fishing at Rock Creek and then again in Reflection & Lewelyn to the North. We don't fish for stripers preferring small mouth. Did well off rocky structures using chartreuse, black & pink lead heads rotating between pumpkinseed & chartreuse grubs. Casting towards the banks & letting bait drop to the bottom with a slow retrieve. Perfect fishing weather 11/12-11/18 plus a pretty darn good meteor shower Monday night lessened somewhat by a full moon.
Date Received: November 25, 2002 - Dennis Williams
These were caught at Lake Powell recently by a fellow angler. I'm not sure when or where, but what are they??
The family Eubranchiopoda contains fairy, tadpole and clam shrimp. They exist only in temporary pools and are absent from running water. A distant cousin is the brine shrimp that resides in Great Salt Lake. The family is distinct in that most of the life cycle is spent as a resting egg or spore. When rain comes and fill the pool the active stage hatches out, reproduces and lays more senescent eggs. It is one of the most unique species in the desert Southwest and common in slick rock pools near lake Powell.
The pictures shows a tadpole shrimp, Apus longicaudatus.
Date Received: December 1, 2002 -Dave Heine, Muskyman
I went to Powell last May. Had a great trip and just got my pictures back. We caught a lot of smallies and kept them all with the exception of the one in the picture. We did exceptionally well on the night/evening fishing. I really feel that night fishing is the way to go. What really surprised me was the size and amount of walleye we caught. Every 50-100 yards we caught another walleye 15-22 inches long and they tasted awesome! All of our fish caught in the evening /night were caught on crankbaits that dive in the 8-12 foot range. Mainly shad or white and black colored ones with rattles worked best.