Date Received: April 13, 2004 - Kurt Jensen
Decided to get serious. Drove to another canyon and started fishing sliders and grubs. yeah, sliders. they are easy to fish and work very well. my partner loves them – he introduced the slider to Bass Man. I’m more comfortable with grubs, so I fished grubs. And, we started catching fish. We caught lots of nice smallmouth over the rest of the weekend, mostly 13-15”. 15” smallies go about a pound right now. Considering the bite, this was a perfect opportunity to work on the drop shot technique - we did not. We stayed with dark colors – smoke w/copper (Yamamoto), smoke w/black & purple (Yamamoto), smoke w/blue (Yamamoto), smoke hologram (Kalin & slider).
Temperatures were 58 in the morning and heading for 62+ on the first day until the wind came up. Remember the calm, clear trip. Not! The wind blew & blew & howled & blew & well…it was spring at Powell… Water temp stayed 58-59 all day every day after that. Occasionally tried crankbaits and finally caught 1 fish. But, the plastic worked. Not furious, but steady all day long. Caught about 80 fish total – 99% smallmouth, 1 crappie, 3 walleye, and 4 stripers.
Bass Man & Gold Cup found stripers hanging around a new ‘island’ in Red Canyon, it’s just at the current water level, but we could not get a bite trolling or chumming an anchovie on a hook. Tried the John Pauly but I don’t think we rigged the anchovie right. Seemed like the circle was too tight. Will try again in May. Did troll up some small stripers in Blue Notch, again thanks to Bass Man.
Dirty water was already to Castle Butte when we got there. On the way out there was a line just at the last corner of Good Hope, buoy 119. The canyons were a little dirty but not bad. They may not stay good for long. Considering that the runoff just started would expect the dirty water to reach at least as far as last year.
Red Canyon is very dangerous – lots of humps just under the surface. Blue Notch is almost gone – cannot get behind Castle Butte any more – pretty soon you’ll only be able to look in from Red Canyon. Saw vehicles drive in from Blue Notch and get all the way to Red Canyon, though most of Red Canyon is a cliff so they parked on top and walked down. One adventurous soul ventured onto a point that sticks out into the mouth of Red Canyon. There is no place to launch any kind of boat that we saw.
Date Received: April 3, 2004 - Mike Milburn
I fished Lake Powell on March 31 and April 1. I fished the main channel just below Good Hope Bay. I caught 12 really nice walleye and about 50 smallmouth bass and 3 stripers. The walleye and bass were caught on 1/4 oz single tail grubs in the pumpkinseed color. I caught the stripers trolling a shad rap on mono line (not deep).
Weather during that period was overcast with light winds. It's as good as I have ever done on the walleye. They seemed to be very willing to bite and I found most of them at about 12 to 16 feet on broken rocky structure.
I hope to get back down there later this week.
Date Received: May 13, 2004 - Norton
Got back last Sat. night from Powell. We were there for 2 weeks. The weather and the fishin was great. The smallies were on the beds everywhere, they seem to be bigger on the average than past years. We used grubs mostly and a few other plastics. We parked the house boat near outlet of San Jaun on the Colo. River, like we do every year for 15 years. The stripers were big, fat and hungry. My buddies used anchovies, I used a crankbait. In an hour, 7 of us caught over 60 stripers, ranging from 2 lbs. to 8 lbs. I caught 31 of the stripers using a crankbait, they were attacking the crank on every cast and this went on for a week at this spot. We found then just inside the San Juan river, the north east side just passed Jacks Arch cove, 2 points come out and the area is loaded with stripers. We found them by crusin around slowly near shallow points with a sharp drop off on one side. It didn't matter what time of day, the crankbait nailed them. I used a Viva crankbait in the shad with green back, and rattles. The stripers were straighting out the treble hooks, so I went one size larger with no problems. We tried all different kinds of cranks and spinnerbaits but they would just knock them. Even with the water down 117 ft. it's still Lake Powell !! The boat ramp at Bull Frog was no problem. We had a Great Time!!
Date Received: June 2, 2004 Brad Schoudel
San Juan report 5-28 to 5-31
Kelli, a friend and I made the drive down Thursday night. Launched the boat by 6 am (ramp was already crowded). After a stop @ dangling rope off to the san Juan river. We set up camp just past cha canyon. It was windy Friday afternoon so we didn't fish that much. got up very early Saturday started trolling in deep canyon, no luck
went to piute, no luck. Off to plan B now im just looking for signs of life drove all around no birds, no boils, no shad, no stripers. After I finish scratching my head. I grab the spinning gear and proceeded to catch a bunch of largemouth and smallmouth with the occasional walleye,catfish,bluegill. Still determined to find stripers woke up early Sunday drove to the mouth looking for birds or boils. nothing . started trolling and picked up 2 4 #'s. I thought I was on to something but didn't get any more the rest of the morning. After that I concluded that the stripers left for some reason.
the water looked to be rising 6 inches a day. Anyway enough of my striper pain and off to catch feisty bass the rest of the trip. I went through 3 bags of "gulp" grubs up there. Those things work great even caught some real nice catfish on them. It was real good fishing for bass the whole trip. I think I caught more largemouth than smallies and Kelli caught 3 2-3# walleyes. The best thing about the san Juan is the tranquility, It was a holiday weekend and I saw maybe 5 boats a day. All in all it was a great trip and the quiet, no wake, bass fishing was awesome.
Date Received: June 3, 2004 Wayne Gustaveson
We traveled to the San Juan today. What a beautiful calm morning. Started fishing for bass along the shade line of the narrow main channel downstream from Piute Canyon. Caught a few smallmouth and largemouth on soft plastic grubs but fishing was not nearly as fast as I had hoped. There was no real pattern with only random bass caught. One would deep and the next shallow. Some were in under mudlines while others were in clear water. I have to attribute the mediocre bass fishing to the full moon. I expected it to improve in the afternoon.
We did see one striper slurp in the channel but they went down too quickly to get a cast off. The rest of the morning was more of the same. We stopped for lunch and found tiny young-of-year shad schooled up feeding on top. It was a huge school and surprisingly catfish were milling around trying to eat a few. It seemed that catfish were very active and possibly in a spawning mode. Look for shallow prowling catfish this week. They can be caught sight fishing with bait when they behave in this manner. Just put the bait on a shallow spot as they swim around in the same area time after time. They will eventually eat it.
Tiny shad soon came into play as we headed back into the channel for more fishing at 1 pm. The first striper slurp came into view in the narrow channel downstream from Piute Canyon. Stripers appeared to be 12-inch yearlings by the surface disturbance. Rattletraps and wallylures soon proved the stripers to be 2.5 to 4 pounds. They looked smaller because they were working methodically with only the top of their heads out of the water as they ate slow swimming shad. The slurps were up and down quickly but 1 or 2 nice fat stripers could be caught out of most groups.
We found more slurps in Neskahi Bay. Sometimes there were 3 small boils up at the same time. We then saw a sight I have never before witnessed. A large flock of grebes appeared to be actively feeding on shad. Then as we got closer it looked like stripers were boiling. As we pulled into range we confirmed that stripers were driving shad to the surface and grebes were eating shad as they surfaced. What a circus! I have never seen a grebe boil - let alone a shad-striper-grebe boil.
We saw a few slurps early. Best slurps were between 1-3 pm. Then a lull. When the evening shadow fell across the canyon the slurps popped up again. We saw activity as far up as the end of Neskahi Bay (just before the water got muddy) and as far downstream as Bald Rock Canyon. There are a lot of small shad in this stretch of canyon. Slurps are tight with stripers swimming close together taking advantage of the poor swimming shad. Stripers were staying up long enough to be catchable. The San Juan is definitely worth the trip if you like chasing slurps.
Date Received: July 2, 2004 - Chuck Fulton
From San Juan- Jun 29-Jul 1
We ran to the SJ from Antelope Pt on Tue morning. Went straight to Piute Creek and set up camp in the back. We always do our recon via trolling and caught the first and only striper( caught trolling) in Piute within 1 minute. Piute was full of fish and shad. That evening there were three boils in Piute that were real boils, not the traveling slurpers. The next morning Piute was dead but the slurpers were working all over the main bay. They were somewhat boat shy but not bad and very responsive to top water--in fact, I couldn't get them to hit a white bucktail jig.
That night Piute had another good boil series just before dark. Thursday morning the upper portion of the big bay had as many as 5 slurper boils going at any time. Think we got 20-25 fish in an hour and a half.
Ran into Dreamweaver as we headed home and he reported getting into a big boil in the main channel just before the big bay at Piute Creek and took several from it. As we started the turn out of the main channel into Dangling (for ice cream) there was a slurper boil that covered a couple thousand square feet and we got as close as 50' feet from it. There must have been a thousand fish in it--shoulder to shoulder moving at trolling speed---fascinating!!
All our San Juan fish were healthy and aggressive. The water going into that bay is slightly stained. We went to the Great Bend and the water got progressively more stained but not too bad but was starting to pick up some debris. Talked to a couple small mouth fishermen who were disappointed in the SJ small mouth...we only caught a couple, all small. All- in -all, SJ is as good as it's ever been.
Date Received: July 8, 2004 - HotWheels
HotWheels Fishing Report.
My friends the Wilson Brothers, Bryce and Eric and new guy Eddie had a great time last Weekend July 2cd to the 5th. We wanted to get away from the crowds so we headed to the San Juan. But on the way down we hit slurps in main channel at Iceberg and Rincon area. The new guy(to striper boils) got the first hook up, but lost it at the boat. But the excitement was on. We tried top water spook jr’s and sammies but could not get any more hits. I think that was because of the “boil fever” , just could not get the cast in front of the boil at the right time, then the action stopped. So we headed on down and setup camp in Piute Canyon. What a beautiful place. But we could not find any slurps or boils in this area. That night the moon was full and it lit up the whole canyon with a deep red, what a sight this was.
Next day we headed up to dangling rope to get gas and check out main channel for more boils. We did find some at the mouth of Rock Creek, but again could not get hooked up, boils did not stay up very long and it was later in the morning.
The second night we decide to fish the bay area of Piute before the full moon came up. Tied up off a rock island and hung out the lantern and also a green light on Wilson brother’s boat in 60 to 80 foot of water. It only took about 5 mins before we had hundreds of tiny little shad under the lights. The new guy again got the first hook up( what’s up with that) and reeled in a nice 3lb striper using a small chuck of anchovy about 60 ft down. Then it got hot, we caught 7 more stripers 2 to 4lb in the next hour, before the wind blew us off our spot and the full moon came up. So we came back to the beach where we were camped and also caught a dozen or so catfish.
Next morning packed up and headed back up main channel. We had to stop and Rincon because of all the slurps and boils we were seeing. Bryce hooked up right away on spook jr, and Eric got out his fly rod. This was what we had been looking for. Eric hooked up right away also on the fly rod, boy did he have fun getting that striper in the boat. Me and the new guy(Eddie) in my boat hooked up on spook jr and a Sammie. But soon the striper’s would not hit the top water lures??, even when we got right into the boil, but Eric was still getting hits on the fly rod. So Eddie and I tied on jig heads with chartreuse grubs and that was what worked the best anytime we could make the case into the boil. 17 striper’s from 3 to 6lb for a total from around 10am to 2pm Slurps were staying up much longer this time.
I got the biggest of the day, looked to be about 6lb. Here are a few pictures of our trip. We are coming back down 1st week of August. There is nothing like “boil fever” J
Can wait to go again… HotWheels….
Date Received: July 12, 2004 - Bill Bjork
Ed and I whacked the stripers yesterday in the San Juan. We were extra lucky to be in the right place at the right time. We snuck into the cove they were boiling in with the trolling motor on low as it would go. We got about 11 of them. chasing in open water was a waste of time. They are very sensitive to any kind of motor noise close to them.
What a day we also caught quite a few small mouth.
Date Received: July 30, 2004 - Joe Hopkins - Mesa, Arizona
We just finished a one week houseboat trip on Lake Powell. We fished 4 mornings for bass and three nights for catfish from the back of the houseboat with nightcrawlers.
We caught 92 fish.....19 catfish, 22 smallmouth, 6 largemouth and 45 stripers. The stripers were caught from boils at Anton Bay in the San Juan and also from the river about 1/2 mile above Anton (Neskahi) bay. In addition we caught stripers from boils in the mail channel at bouys numbered 57, 68, 77, 114 as well as just inside the mouth of the Escalante River. The stripers were caught on white or silver Rattle-Raps.
It seems that this year the stripers were not staying up as long as they did in past years. The size was good, however......most were 3-4 lbs with an occasional 6-7 lbs.
We appreciate your fishing report....keep up the good work,
Date Received: August 4, RICK ROWLAND, HURRICANE UTAH
I'VE ENJOYED YOUR SITE, SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE OUR LAST TRIP TO POWELL WITH YOU. FRI.7/30 & 31 WE PUT IN AT WAHWEAP (1HR WAIT TO GET IN).
WE WENT TO TO MARKER "63". THIS IS JUST ABOVE THE SAN JUAN ARM. WE HAD A SMALL BOIL THAT AFTERNOON. FISHED ALL NIGHT, HAD SHAD UNDER US ALL NIGHT ( AND YOUR RIGHT THEY WENT COUNTER CLOCK WISE ALL NIGHT, NEVER PAID ATTENTION TO THAT UNTIL I SAW IT ON YOUR SITE). NO STRIPERS ALL NIGHT - JUST SHAD AND 2 CATFISH.
BUT SATURDAY MORNING ABOUT 6AM THE BOILS STARTED IN THE COVE RIGHT ON THE 63 MARKER. WE HAD BOILS ALL OVER THIS COVE, SOMETIMES LARGE. WE HAD 2 KIDS WITH US SO WE DIDN'T CATCH NEARLY AS MANY AS WE COULD HAVE. WE DID TAKE 10 - ALL WERE ABOUT 5lbs. THE BOILS WENT FROM ABOUT 6AM TO ABOUT 9 AM. IT WAS A BLAST, THERE WAS NOT ONE OTHER BOAT AROUND US.
I DON'T MIND PIN POINTING WHERE WE WERE BECAUSE I WON'T BE BACK THIS SUMMER, NOT UNTIL FALL. IT WAS A 2 HOUR WAIT TO GET OUR BOAT OUT OF THE WATER. IT'S CRAZY AT THAT MARINA. THE NARROWS CHANNEL IS LIKE RIDING IN A TIDAL WAVE WITH ALL THE BOATS IN THE CHANNEL.
HAVEN'T BEEN IN BOILS SINCE LAKE MEAD USED TO BE GOOD - IT WAS FUN
Date Received: August 13, 2004 - Rick Ferguson
Thanks to the excellent information on your website, we had a sucessful first fishing/houseboat trip to Lake Powell. Just unpacked the truck and wanted to post a fishing report to give something back. This is my first and only report until we return from San Diego in a year or two.
Saturday evening 8/7, we found a small slurp at bouy 43a above Dangling Rope. Chased it for a while but never got in front of it well. Got one 4lb fish on the kastmaster. Returned Sunday evening at 6:00pm and found a good bunch of fish at bouy 49. It was wide open until 7:00pm but we had to be back at camp for dinner and left them biting. Got 16 fish, all on kastmasters for me and my buddy Bill. We kept these fish. Bill and I have fished together for 30 years and this was the most exciting freshwater bite for us ever. The attached picture shows the haul.
Hooked on the slurps, we made the run in Bill's Nitro to the same area Monday morning. The slurps were spread out but we got 9 more, all released, given we could not take proper care of any more fillets. The bite stopped at 7am. Returned for the evening bite at 5:30. Found them north just outside Rainbow Bridge. 6 fish taken. Could have more but I was filming the adventure and not fishing much. The fish were spooked sinking out when the kastmater hit the water.
Tried again Monday morning with no joy. Ran all the way to the San Juan entrance.
In between chasing stripers we fished for bass. The best area was the buoy at Dungeon Canyon. Got 10-15 smallies each day. Bill found a great spot in Rock Creek and did well on the drop shot. The cats were biting well off the back of the houseboat too.
Thanks again for all your efforts and to everyone who contributes. Tired, gotta go to bed now.
Date Received: September 28, 2004 - Gary Gaz
First let me thank you for your report, it is always useful.
We were down there last weekend, from Thurs. to Sun. We headed up the San Juan from Wahweap. We mostly trolled the shoreline and did well with Small Mouth and caught 1 Large Mouth.
At one point we tried your advice about finding suspended fish and letting our lures sink to the bottom and realing them in fast. Made me look like I knew what we were doing as I didn't tell anyone I got it from you and on my first cast I got a Striper, more followed.
I had also read the piece on night fishing and had bought a submergible light. The ones talked about in the piece were very expensive. I found one at Sports Warehouse in SLC for under 20 dollars, I'm sure not as high quality but I was amazed by the results. After it was in the water a few minutes we could see the Shad swarm around it. They were so thick that my fishfinder went from reading the bottom at 90 feet to saying it was only at 7 feet. It was amazing. We didn't stay up long enough to wait for the Stripers to arrive but I'm sure they would have.
On the way back to Wahweap we stopped to troll around the mouth of Rock Creek. Of course without pictures or the fish this is just a fish story but my son got a small mouth that was much bigger than any we'd caught before. We have only caught up to 2 pounders before. This one was much larger, but, because we lost the net the day before, it made it to the swim deck before it left. To me it looked like a monster, all mouth.
We usually troll using the main motor, about 2.5 to 3 miles per hour and use mostly different colors of Shad Raps.
Date Received: October 14, 2004 - Dave McCall
My partners and I fished Friday and Saturday morning in warm creek and Padre Bay and caught a bunch of small, Smallmouth. We decided to go to San Juan. We were in the second bay up the San Jaun. About 25 miles up the river. We used shrimp with a slip sinker.
We caught a razor back sucker 15lbs and another one 5lbs a 6lb channel cat and more little smallmouth.
Sunday went to Last Chance Bay. Sunday evening got into the stripers. From 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm we caught stripers from 25 in. to 30 in. my scale died don't know what they weighed. We got 35 in the boat and lost two or three times that many.