Date Received: January 18, 2004 - Ron Colby

Sheridan and I went fishing this afternoon and had a great time. A bunch of Smallmouth stacked up along sun exposed walls. We were split-shoting 4 inch grubs along the walls down to about 40í depth. Most of them came shallow and close to the walls but a few were out in the open or came out following the bait. Color was Yamamoto 215 and Sheridanís favorite, 140, just ask him. We saw a couple really nice largemouth cruising. Did not find any Stripers but did see schools of shad in 80+ (I assume they are shad) out in front of the wakeless area straight out from the ramp. Used my underwater camera down to about 50í looking for bass around the rocks but just found a few carp but interesting to know that the water temp at that depth was 50 while surface was 48.

Date Received: March 11, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson and Ron Colby

Ron Colby and I went fishing this afternoon. We had high expectations as we left the dock at noon since water temperature was already above 55 degrees and the weather was warm and calm. We went to Warm Creek and looked for shallow canyons and cuts next to deep water. Fairly small open coves with sand banks and some rocks had warmed to 56 or 57 degrees. We cast shallow running jerk baits to the bank as we moved along the coves on the electric motor. Some coves were loaded with bass and others were blank. In the coves with fish the action was awesome especially for me. I had not caught a bass this year but that was soon rectified. Ron was using his perfected stop and go technique with a bevy shad. He caught 2 bass for each one I got.

I think I caught 6 bass (2 lmb and 4 smb). Ron was in double figures including the biggest largemouth and smallmouth. He is a fish catching machine. The most exciting part was that the smallest bass caught weighed 1.75 pounds - the largest 2.25. We didn't even come close to finding a "keeper" bass (one that was 9-11 inches). I caught the largest variety of fish when I hooked a carp in the last cove on a crank bait. But the neatest part of the day was playing a 7.25-pound striper that engulfed and swallowed the crankbait. There wasn't anything but line showing at the mouth when Ron netted the big striper for me. I was using my bass rod with light mono line. So I was a little bit lucky to get the fish to the boat. There was a lot of head shaking and deep diving before I won the battle.

The shallow cove pattern should hold lake wide. First warming brings the largest bass into shallow water as they look for an easy meal. They stay there until the water cools making them seek deep water. Expect bass in shallow coves anytime the temperature is above 55 degrees and warming. If water is cooling then the fish will leave for deeper structure. Bass can be caught on a variety of lures when shallow but I suspect that reaction baits will be better than finesse baits with these bigger fish. We saw no small bass in the shallows yet.

The next storm front will put bass back down. But the next two days should be excellent. We graphed shad in open water on the bottom at 60 feet near the floating restroom. Jigging for stripers was unrewarded.

Date Received: March 19, 2004 - Bill Bjork

We got a sweet mess of stripers in last chance this morning! on crank bait. 14 fish, two were over 5 lbs.

Waynes Note: Striper catching reports are starting to come in from the back of Gunsight, Last Chance, Rock Creek, Halls and Bullfrog. Pattern is the same. Crank baits, spinner baits fished fairly shallow in murky water. Stripers are fat. There are 3 sizes: 2, 4 and 7 pound range.

Date Received: April 1, 2004 - Bob Elkin

March 31, 2004 Fishing report.

As most of you Wordlings know, I won the water level contest last year - and the prize was a day fishing with the Master - Wayne. Circumstances prevented me from collecting that prize - until today. It was really worth the wait. I learned more about fishing as a whole, and Lake Powell in particular, in a few hours with Wayne than I have learned in the last several years.

We went to Rock Creek, almost to the end. Started about 8 AM casting Rat-L-Traps & crankbaits. Had a few smallies follow the bait, but they weren't real aggressive. Saw several bass nests with Papa bass guarding. I had never seen that sight before.

Started trolling along the shadow line and across some points and the stripers started hitting. I've never had much luck with a Rat-L-Trap before, but today they were hitting like crazy. About 10 AM, the fish turned off like throwing a switch, so we went to Friendship Cove, and then to Gunsight. Got some hits on grubs and jerk-baits, but they were hitting short. Lost quite a few smallies & a couple of stripers, but we brought back 11 stripers - all in the 2 1/2 - 3 lb. range, and turned loose the smallies. One of the several SMB that Wayne caught was VERY small (must have been a "runt"), but ALL the rest were nice size. I only brought one into the boat.

Best day CATCHIN' I've ever had - except for the very first fish I ever caught (you know - the one that hooked ME on fishing) about 13 years ago.

Waynes addendum: It is always fun to turn someone on to the mental side of fishing. We made the first pass without catching a fish. I asked Bob what we learned? He was surprised to find that we had isolated a pattern and a fish holding location for the morning fishing with what would normally have been a dry run for him. We saw bass chase lures off a point and he had a short hit on a rattle trap during the first run. We built on that and trolled traps and made the stripers turn on.

Turns out they were schooling 2.5 pound fish actually eating plankton in the shade of a deep cove while shad were in the sunny main channel across the point. But stripers would hit a "shad" (rattle trap) when one ventured into their zone. The bite died when the shadow left the cove. Perhaps the plankton migrated or the visiblity shut off the bite.

Watching nesting bass just thrills me. Bob probably wondered why we didn't fish much and I ran the shoreline looking at nests. Bass were not as aggessive as expected but I enjoyed the interaction with fish and watching Bob learn. It was a good day. Tip: The deepest cove behind the floating restroom in Rock Creek (with the white marker buoy) holds a lot of aggessive spawning bass.

Date Received: April 15, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

Took a TV news crew and outdoor writers from 3 separate publications fishing in Padre Bay and Rock Creek. We had just annihilated the stripers Monday morning and I was positive that we could report the performance on Wednesday. But sometimes a big group is tougher to manage. It took longer to get everyone to the dock, launch 3 boats and then get the parade to Padre. It was probably an hour later in the day before we started fishing. I spend too much time positioning cameramen and talking instead of fishing. In any event the fish started with the first cast and we caught about 2 each on traps and spoons. But instead of getting stronger the bite just died. Most folks look at an ice chest with 15 fish and think it's a great day. I am disappointed knowing the full potential of the circumstances. No one else seemed to mind.

We then moved the caravan to Rock Creek hoping to get that striper school going. We had some more boat trouble and had to send one boat back to Wahweap. Then we tried trolling and managed to get about 10 more stripers bringing the total to 25. There were 3 fish over 5 pounds in the box. Looking back I guess we had a good day. Perhaps I am too hard to please.

The big group had to return which left me with just one reporter. We went bass fishing and had an amazing 2 hours. We started at the cove behind the floating restroom in Rock Creek marked with the white buoy. I had reported the spot previously and wanted to know if it was over fished as a result. But NO. We caught our first 4 bass there.

The bait was green pumpkin tubes and grubs. Both worked fine. Jerk baits and traps were not as good.

Then we went into the main channel looking for cuts similar to the one just fished. The design is short and narrow with a depth of 15-20 feet with surrounding gentle sloping shoreline. Each similar cut we tried was good. As the water warmed it got better. As the wind started blowing it got better still. When it got too windy we headed for home with satisfied smiles.

I can still see my 3 pound smallmouth coming up from the deep in the clear water and making a very high leap and then falling back into the water. What a picture!

Date Received: April 15, 2004 - Jim Loveland Alpine, Utah

My family and I just spent the last couple of days down at Lake Powell for Spring Break. I was excited to read your report before hand stating that the smallmouth & largemouth bass had already started spawning. I had never personally fished during the spring spawn so I was pumped to give it a go.

I headed out to go fishing on the lake Thursday morning, April 8th, with my oldest daughter Lindsey (age 6) and my son J.J. (age 5). We were staying on our houseboat in the Wahweap marina slip so with my young kids I decided it would be best to not head too far up lake. Unfortunately, since I'm used to beaching a houseboat in the Face / West / Rock Creek Canyon area I was a bit out of my element in knowing where the good fishing spots were in the Wahweap section of the lake. By pure chance, we began heading up lake and turned into the first canyon that I came across, Antelope Creek canyon. I was very pleased to discover this beautiful picturesque canyon and also to see plenty of fish on the finder throughout the canyon. I began fishing the canyon for spawning bass for the first couple of hours and managed to pick up 3 Smallmouth bass on 3" tube jigs holding in swallow on points with some structure to them. One smallmouth bass was a very nice 2 to 2 1/2 pound bass that hit the jig in the shallows almost immediately after I cast it. I've attached a digital picture of Lindsey & J.J. with this fish.

After fishing for the spawning bass we decided to try trolling rapalas for stripers since I had graphed several schools of them in various locations in the canyon. Shortly after we started trolling my daughter Lindsey's poll had a huge hit. We worked the fish in and were excited to see a 4 to 5 pound striped bass on the end of it. The fish was extremely agressive and healthy and put up a great fight. Unfortunately, we forgot to bring a net on board the boat, so I tried to gently bring it to the edge of the boat's swin deck so that I could lip the fish and bring him on board. Just as we got him to the edge of the boat and reached down to grab him, he dove under the swim deck putting enough pressure on the line to snap it and swim off with my rapala still hooked in his mouth. Afterwards, we tried trolling a few more times through the same area but were unable to hook into any other stripers.

Friday morning I decided to head back out with the kids to Antelope Creek canyon and try to get back into the stripers. This time we tried fishing for them with both anchoives and by trolling again with rapalas. Unfortunately, after about 2 1/2 hours of fishing for them with no luck I realized that it was time to give up on the stripers and get back to the spawning bass. After dealing with tour boats several times the day before in this skinny canyon and seeing another one heading our way, I quickly decided it was more than past time to try a new canyon. We ended up heading further up lake and fished Navajo canyon. We spent another 3 to 4 hours there fishing shallow rocky points with 3" tube jigs and netted 4 more smallmouth bass. All of the fish caught were very close to the edge of the water and unfortunately not quite as large as the size of the big smallie caught the day before. Attached is a photo of my kids with one of the smallies caught in Navajo canyon.

All in all the kids and I had a great time with beautiful spring weather and fairly decent fishing on the lake.

Date Received: April 19, 2004 - Ryan Mosley

Found stripers early Friday morning in Navajo. Caught a few trolling crankbaits like Yozuri Crank-n-dives, but couldn't jig any up. Smallmouth were hit and miss everywhere we went. You would catch 2 or 3 on this rock pile, nothing on the next. Seemed to best in Warm Creek fishing windy points using, once again, the Yozuri Crank-n-dive! No one boated a fish all weekend on soft plastics, which surprised me, but with a 20-30 mph wind it is awfully hard to feel the bottom or a bite on weighted jig.

The fish are definitely healthier which equals what you used to catch in weight, so we filled up on some fillets.

Date Received: April 21, 2004 - Ed Gerdemann

Friday morning we started motoring uplake doing all the things necessary to break in the engine. After about an hour and a half of running we ended up in Last Chance Bay. Having had enough of boat riding for awhile we decided it was time to wet a line. It was around 10:15 a.m. when we motored into a large cove on the right hand side heading up the bay. I'm not sure how far in we were, however we were in what I would consider the lower end of the bay. I started throwing a grub and a crankbait along the rockpiles while Chuck worked a split shot rig with a Senko. In the first half hour we picked up two or three smallmouth. As we got back further in the cove the shallow water extended further out from the shore. Chuck took a couple of fish off one large flat on his Senko which convinced me to switch over as well. I didn't have a split shot rig in the boat so I used a drop shot setup like a split shot rig. Although generally thought of as a deep water vertical presentation, the drop shot rig works quite well for shallow water horizontal presentations. Changing to Senko was a big help to me as I started catching fish more frequently. The cove's shallow flats were covered with scattered boulders. Chuck and I discovered if we could pitch a bait around those boulders we'd often get a strike. While I was scoring regularly on the Senko Chuck, ironically, switched over to a chartruese grub. I think both baits worked equally as well.

The key to catching these fish was a slow presentation. While the bass would readily grab the bait if it was presented right in front of them, they didn't seem to be in much of a chasing mood. We did see some bass chasing some shad but these were the exceptions. Most of the fish appeared to be holding tight near those boulders. Chuck surmised, and I agreed with him, that most of these bass were males nesting in the shadows of those boulders.

I was quite impressed with the size of these smallmouth. Of the 35 or so we caught in about two and a half hours, I can only recall two being under 12 inches. Most of the fish were in the 14 to 16-inch class with a few even bigger. We saw several smallmouth chasing shad in the back of a small cut that would have easily exceeded three pounds. I had one that looked about as long as my arm shoot up and grab my Senko as I was quickly reeling it back to the boat. It stripped a few feet of line off my reel and then broke off as clean as a whistle. That was the biggest smallmouth I've hooked on Lake Powell in some time. I loosened my drag after that which, given the size of the smallmouth in the lake now, is something I'll need to remember all year. In terms of both size and numbers if fish caught, this was the best smallmouth experience I've had on Lake Powell ever.

By the time we fished both sides of the cove the wind was starting to come up so we headed back to Wahweap. We managed to get back in before the big wind hit. We weren't so fortunate Saturday, however. I decided to stay a bit closer so we went into Navajo Canyon. The first thing I noticed was the water temperature in Navajo was only about 60 degrees while the temperature where we were catching those bass in Last Chance the day before was around 64. We probably didn't go in far enough as I think we would have found warmer water further back. We fished some areas above the double islands and back around the dune where we picked up a few smallmouth, all decent fish, as well as one striper and a crappie. Unfortunately the wind was really swirling around in the canyon so we decided to call it a day after only an hour and half of fishing.

Date Received: April 21, 2004 - Tim Kelley

Days fished April 18 thru the 20th

We started out in Padre Bay on Sunday morning at around 10:00 a.m. trolling rattletraps in the back of the channel, we picked up a striper almost immediately, while bringing it to the boat, the other two people started casting the shoreline, and all broke loose with the feeding frenzy! These stripers were still up in the 10 foot depth range, and hitting lures at will! It was a very pleasant surprise for all of us, and we stayed and fished the channel most all of the day! We were also picking up Smallmouth, and an occcasional Walleye while casting the shorelines!

Monday found us back in Padre again with the idea of why fix it if it ain't broke! Same repeat as Sunday with more stripers being caught trolling than casting, but getting some more SMB casting the shoreline!

Tuesday we headed for Rock Creek for our long trip, and made it in there around 8:30 a.m! We went to the back of Dry Rock Creek, and started picking up Stripers around 9:00 a.m.! These were all caught trolling Rattletraps, and Bevy Shads! We stayed there for three hours untill the bite shutoff! We tried several different canyons in Rock Creek after that with no success. At about 1 p.m. I mentioned trying the floating outhouse that Wayne had mentioned a week ago on the board(us computer guys have ways of storing these bits(get it) of information in our mental media storage devices! LOL Anyway THANK YOU WAYNE for that tip!

We worked the whole bay for a couple of hours and just slayed the SMB in there! We brought back thirty, but caught at least fifty in there! Sometimes triple hookups, and a lot of doubles going on(is that a triple double?) After that we wanted to try Friendship cove, and actually started picking up Stripers in the very back while tossing grubs for Smallies! That nasty wind came up though, and it was a long ride back so we ended the day with lots of success!

We did not keep track of total smallies for the trip, but probably 75 or better!

I think around sixty stripers, and half dozen Walleyes!

Date Received: April 27, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

Ray Grass (Deseret News) and I fished yesterday for bass and stripers. We started trolling for stripers in Padre Canyon and caught 2 on the first pass. We went around again and got one. We went around again and caught another. Two more passes and the stripers were done.

We then went uplake and fished the main channel from West to Rock Creek. Bass were spawning and super aggressive. We caught fish by sight-fishing beds. A Senko hovering over a nest made the bass go ballistic. We did well dragging grubs and tubes off shallow reefs into deeper water. We found fish near big rocks. It was a magic day which was really beyond description.

I had the feeling I could catch a bass any place any time. I didn't want to leave because days like that do not happen very often.

Date Received: April 27, 2004 -Dave (Fishbone) Morrow

We made our annual spring fishing trip to Lake Powell. Our timing couldn't have been much better. We fished Friday the 23rd, in Navajo cyn. We all did very well on SMB, with a few LMB mixed in. The smoke sparkle Gitzit was the jig of choice for our boat.

The other boat fished more crank baits. Deep diving fat raps, DT 10's in shad colors or anything with green in it. Sat. and Sunday were not quite as good but we changed tactics, and caught stripers, trolling rattletraps, shad raps or any shad colored lure. All in the backs of cyns. ( Last Chance and Navajo) where the water turned Murky green. The back of Navajo is filled with floating debris. Watch your speed back there. One Particular spot in Navajo, not to far past the biggest sandy beach, going in, was the best spot for us trolling for stripers. Look for the big rock Islands, and troll between them and the shore. Totals for our trip, approximately 100 SMB, 25 Stripers,

4 LMB, 2 Walleye, 1 Catfish, 3 Crappie, and 3 Bluegill. All the fish we caught were fat and healthy. Nice job managing the fishery Wayne, thank you.

Date Received: April 29, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

Got an early start today to beat the wind. Fished with Doug Miller (KUTV2 - SLC) for stripers and smallmouth. On the way up lake noticed a splash near shore that looked like stripers. I couldn't believe it but slowed down and looked again. Yes, they drove shad against shore once more. Did not get shut down in time to prevent the wake from washing the shoreline but did have a rattletrap hooked up and caught a 2-pound striper before the wake hit. It was near the mouth of Navajo on the opposite shoreline.

We rushed to Padre Bay and stopped well out from the back of the canyon. We put the trolling motor on high and began casting 'traps" for stripers along the wall. Doug hooked a 2-pounder on the first cast. We went all the way to the back but caught no more.

We turned around and trolled shad raps (size #7) and traps out to the main bay. Got a double hook up after 100 yards. Got those in the boat and continued toward deeper water. Another double. We turned and trolled back and found two more stripers. This time we had a 3 and a 4.5-pound fish. We had enough tape, some decent size fish, and needed to get a smallmouth story before the wind came up so we packed up and headed for Rock Creek.

We paused in the main channel near Friendship Cove and fished some long flats looking for spawning smallmouth bass nests. The first cove was clear and had a nice flat breaking into a rocky terrace. We soon found 3 nests with active males. They were all about 1.5 pounds and looked great on tape. Sight fishing is so fun. We caught 20-30 bass and then headed back down lake to beat the wind. It came up at 11 AM while we were near Warm Creek. The rest of the boat ride was a bit bumpy but we were home by noon with lots of fish, good memories and a sense of satisfaction in pulling all this off and beating the wind as well.

Date Received: May 3, 2004 - Brad Schoudel

4-30 to 5-2 fish report

Back again after one weekend off. drove up Thursday night after the weather cleared. set out for last chance Friday morning set up camp and was fishing by noon. Like I said in my last report I am going to focus on stripers this trip. Best decision I made in a long time, Marked a lot of fish at the entrance of the cove we were camping in. The first pass double hookup. went by again nothing. We then started trolling the backs of canyons not much success, started trolling around points off the main arm picked up fish here and there. called it an early evening caught maybe 15 the first half-day. Woke up at dawn Saturday tried the spot by camp, WOW stripers were actively feeding everywhere got a double almost every time through. real nice fish from 2.5 to 6.5 lbs.

the big ones were all caught in the morning. about 9 am both of our arms were noodles so we went to dangling rope for gas then to rock creek for smallmouth. started fishing the usual spots with not much success. Then it dawned on me I was fishing for smallmouth like I do for stripers.(crankbaits way to fast) put on a split-shotted senko slowed way down and the smallmouth bite picked up.

Wayne was correct again most spots with 5-15 of water and tumbleweeds stacked up produced. We caught 10 fish in that little area in the picture. But I couldn't focus because I knew my spot in last chance would produce day and night. So off we went to last chance and caught stripers until exhausted. Saturday was by far the best day @ Powell I've ever had. We caught at least 40 stripers and lost 20. Also 30 smallmouth hit the deck with many more bites missed. What a day... Our best lures were Wally divers(fire tiger) and silver shad rap The big one # 9. not much luck with rattletraps. I think I troll too fast to get those lures deep enough. the smallie hit good on white or smoke grubs and white senkos. I really wish this job would stop interfering with my fishing. Will be back in 2 weeks...

Date Received: May 7, 2004 - John Lassandro

As promised to Tim Kelley, I am posting the results of my fishing trip to powell. As usual it was fantastic. I actually got to meet Wayne Monday at the fish cleaning station in Wahweap (what a kick in the head! could have talked to him for hours). I have been to Powell 3 times in the last year and on the fist trip I put together a lure combination (don't laugh) that always catches smallmouth, it is a jig with a grub that has a small spinner blade and arm attached (you guys that have been fishing awhile will know it as the old beetle spin lure! which I do not see around anymore.). The jig and grub can be had anywhere but the spinner can only be had at Wal-Mart and it comes in 3 sizes depending on the jig and grub (I use the largest size with a 1/8 oz jig and 4" grub).

Day One (Friday): Went to Padre Bay and fished a cove just left of the Bell rock. Caught about 18 smallmouth in the 1 1/2 to 3 pound range as well as 2 stripers about 2 1/2 pounds (very skinny and pale) which could be counted towards the Shad Rally :-) all of which were caught on watermelon and red/black flake yamamato 4" grubs. Then procedded back to Wahweap and stopped at one of my favorite spots in Warm Creek (first small cove on left when entering the bay) and fished the rock shelves on the left and picked up another half dozen 2-3 pound SMB. Released all but the Stripers... I actually had to go out and buy a knife and board as I have not cut up a fish in 20 years (had to read the directions that came with the knife :-) and also got some direction from a group of guys who were at the cleaning station - P.S. Thanks guys!

Day Two (Saturday): Went back to Padre Bay and fished the large cliffs to the left of the Bell Rock and picked up about 15 SMB in the 2 pound range on the same combo as before (although 2 were caught on a silver bullet).

Day Three (Sunday): Went to Last Chance Bay (had relatives on board yesterday and today and needed to show them around as they had never been to Powell and fished very little - hard work!!!) And picked up 6-8 in Randy's Cove on the right hand side of the cove, again on the same rig. Stopped at the Rock Cliffs on the left side of Padre Butte in Padre Bay and picked up a couple more SMB and a 3 pound Striper on a green/orange crawdad crankbait. Released all but the striper...

Day Four (Monday): What a fantastic fishing day...went to Warm Creek and fished the Cottonwood Wash. We came across a point in 4-6 feet of water holding tons of SMB in the 2-3 pound range. We were catching them nearly every other cast on that same rig but this time with the watermelon and black flake yamamato grub! I stopped counting after the first 45 minutes when I got to 25 SMB and my girlfriend was at about 12. But the bite continued for another hour or so. Can only guess we caught at least 45-50 SMB's. We kept 11 of the nicest ones to fillet (thats when I bumped into Wayne and was so embarressed as they were not under the 12 inch slot - but could not resist after releasing so many nice ones the previous three days I thought what the heck! but Wayne then explained as this was a bumper year it was OK).

Day Five (Tuesday): Went back to Warm Creek to fish Cottonwood again (Duh) and did OK we caught 30 SMB 2-3 pound range on the same grub off of various points. Then fished opposite of Wahweap marina in the first little cove (has some really old bouys in it) and caught another 14 SMB in the 1 1/2 to 2 pound range. Day total 44 (we counted this time as the action was a bit slower than yesterday) released all...

Day Six (Wednesday): Went back to Cottonwood again... this time we stated fishing the first longest point on the right and I picked up 2 stripers in the 3 pound range on the beetle spin rig with a watermelon and red/black flake grub on ultralight rig (what a blast - I always use the ultralight when going for SMB). Then I noticed shad action around us and the next thing I know we had us a boil! (never seen one before) so I grabbed a larger spinning rod and threw on a shad crankbait as fast as I could and cast into it and hooked a 10 pounder at least, as I could not fit him into the net I had, and fumbled this one so bad he got away. My girlfriend had one on bigger than that but he broke the line as she did not have a chance to grab a bigger rod. Well after that disaster we both rigged up and tried to chase the boils going on all around us. I managed to get one more 5 pounder . Then it was over :-( Continued to fish Cottonwood and came across a small island near the middle of the cove and picked up 2 more strippers in the 6-7 pound range on the silver bullet (sighted a couple of schools so I changed rigs). Also picked up 4-5 SMB on the ultralight in the 2 pound range. Kept the strippers and cleaned them on the way out and back home :-(

Hope I did not bore everyone to tears, but I wanted to share with you all, as you provided so much info prior to the trip..

Date Received: May 11, 2004 - Brian Hammond

I fished Wahweap last weekend and thought I would post a fish report. Topwater is working well early in the morning for the larger smallmouth and largemouth. Both poppers and spooks were working. Biggest largemouth was 2.3 lbs and several smallmouth in the 1.75 lb range. The smaller bass (less than 12") are now moving about and we did catch more of them than during recent outings. Tubes, Senkos and Chartruese grubs were working throughout the day. We did run into several schools of small stripers, 12 inch range with occasion 1 to 2 pounder even though we were not fishing for them. Schools were chasing shad by Castle Rock, Ice Cream and the old bouy cove across the bay from Wahweap Docks. Caught stripers and occasional smallmouth in each area. I did nab one 6.4 lb striper in lone rock canyon. That's it for now.

Date Received: May 18, 2004 - Mark Reece

Drove to Wahweap with my fishing partner, my brother, for a quick two and one-half day trip from May 13 through May 16. Fished from Gregory Butte back to Wahweap and was quite pleased at the increase in size of the fish over past years. We are mainly largemouth/smallmouth anglers so, as usual, wasted a couple of bags of anchovies that found the dumpster at Wahweap. First day we started at around Gregory Butte and found most of the structure out of water so went to warm creek and found 6 smallmouth ranging from 1.5 to 2 lbs. A bit slow so we took a drive to the back of Navajo. Saw some huge cottonwood trees exposed from the low water busting with shad and crappie. Caught a crappie and largemouth on a jig but not any smallmouth. Decided to go crappie fishing and caught a dozen quite quickly on a beetle spin but no size to them. After my brother landed a 3.5 lb smallmouth we went back to camp at warm creek. From our camp site stripers were boiling late day and early morning and found quite a few other species of fish.

Warm creek proved to be the most productive area. Saturday we caught around 30 smallmouth with many going from 2 to 3 lbs on twin tail grubs, drop shotting, crankbaits and top water plugs. Did not fish the striper boils except for a short bit of shoreline fishing that produced one striper around 3 lbs. Also caught two walleye, one about 2 lbs on a crankbait and a very nice fat 4 lb walleye on a drop shot rig.

Date Received: May 19, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

I was auctioned off at the last Western AFS meeting as a fundraiser for the Fisheries Society Meeting. They got the money and I got to go fishing with Kirk Lashmett and son Chris. We went to Last Chance and had a fine day catching over 50 fish of 6 different species including striper, smallmouth, largemouth, crappie, walleye and green sunfish.

We trolled for stripers and Kirk got a 5-pound female which turned out to be a spawned out fish. That means that spawning has begun. Stripers caught at the same point last week still had eggs. Chris got a walleye on the next pass.

We drifted to the back of a cove and were attacked by 12-inch stripers. Blue/chrome rattletraps were the best defense. We had the deck littered with 20 bodies in the first skirmish.

A stop at a tumbleweed pile produced largemouth and crappie which were released. Plastic baits were good. Didn't seem to matter which color or size. It was all about being in a big tumbleweed field with enough water depth to make fish feel comfortable.

On the home trip we found a main channel mudline near Gregory Butte and caught stripers trolling and casting at the edge of the mud.

Date Received: May 25, 2004 - Byran Kelley

We did make it up and camped in Last Chance as you described in your fishing reports and Rally information the Larger Stripers were on the main points the yearlings were in backs of most Canyons. The Turbid water came way out after all the wind we had lately at least three canyons worth. The 15025 range is were we found all fish troll was at 2-3 Mph. The little ones were found at dawn when the shad were spawning in the tumble weeds. I still love that site of Shad spawning in weeds. I did add some tumble weeds to back of one that I found on a ledge above high and dry.

All together we caught 10 Stripers 7 3-5 # range, 3 or so little ones some were quick release at boat. 2 very fat Walleyes 3-4 # 2 very healthy Smallies 2-3 # all were caught on Shad Raps or Norman dd22 in Shad colors Stripers all trolling or real fast crank action the rest were all real fast crank work.

We did not find the normal Smallmouth patterns that we've seen in the past I even fished 40-50 ft with drop shot and did not get a bite. No grubs or Senko action.

Ed will need to teach me more about those Bronze backs!

Thanks for all your information it makes the 5 hour trip worth it as we always catch a few fish!!! Besides the camping was fantastic many new things to see with water down. Launching was no problem at Wahweap.

Date Received: May 27, 2004 - Tim Kelley

Days fished May 21st thru May 24th, 2004

I brought the college boys up for some much needed recreation and fishing. We arrived on Friday, and went out into the Wahweap area as we got out late after setting up camp. Worked some points around the no wake zone and picked up a couple of 3 pound stripers, and it was real windy so started working the west side towards Wahweap. At the small hill on a point we started picking up Walleye and we fished that point until I could no longer stand to fight the wind!

On a tip from Bluetail(Henry) we were up at 3:30 Sat. morning and trolling points, and west side of Wahweap and started getting big stripers! My son hooked the 1st one that was 7&1/2 pounds just after 4:00 a.m.! We caught several more in the 4 to 6 pound class before 7:00 a.m.! We went to the Dam, and started casting the rocky points with little success. Came in at noon tired from the early rising.

Went back out at 3:30 Sunday morning and repeated the above sequence, with more large stripers being caught in the early hours! The old saying "if you snooze you lose" definitely applied for this trip! Decided to try the northeast side of Wahweap on the points and canyons after 6:30 a.m. this time and was treated to more large stripers, and plentiful walleye. My son hooked into a big striper that took off like a barracuda, and I had trouble getting reverse motion to follow him, and keep him from spooling my son's reel. This fish had our attention for about ten minutes before he rolled at the top, and took a deep run and snapped the line like it was a piece of thread. I think from the size of the body and tail when it rolled that it was in the twenty pound plus class!! The boy was heartbroke,(I gave him the pole with superbraid on it after that)!

Back out at the same time Monday morning-now I am getting to like this early fishing, with not as much success with the bigger fish, most early ones were in the 3 to 4 pound class. Headed back across Wahweap to the east side, and got a couple of more six pounders, and more walleye.

Monday night was walleye dinner night, and it was scrumptious. Ended up the trip with 39 stripers( very quality fish), 14 walleye, and several SMB, and the best part is that I never went out of the Wahweap area, and saved lots of gas, and travel time, and left the lake with two very happy college boys!

Also would like to mention that we met Henry and Marge at the lake by coincidence as I had answered his post about walleye in the lower lake a week ago, and he ended up being just a couple of campsites away from us, and he came up to talk about boats when we discovered the fact that we talked on the B.B.! Henry's wife catches big stripers!!!

Date Received: May 31, 2004 - The Gonzalez's- Richard, Michelle, Rick & Laura

Wayne, we want to share the fishing results on our recent May family vacation. Even though it was extremely difficult to launch, we didn't let it get in the way of great fishing. We arrived in Lake Powell on 4/30/04 and camped in Wawheap. We launched and went fishing that evening. We caught 11 fish, we were amazed at the quality of the fish and the fight that they gave us. Each fish was over 5 lbs, a couple were 7 1/2. We decided to go back evening fishing the next day were we caught another 11 fish of the same quality. The fish were all in a pre-spawn basis and by the way we were fishing in Last Chance Bay where we continued to fish for our entire trip of 8 days.

The next two days we continued to fish in the evening with minimal sucess, we only caught 1 on Sunday and then 3 on Monday. That brought us to Tuesday...we decided to wake up at 3:30 a.m and launch by 4:30 a.m. The canyons are absolutely beautiful and that hour of the morning. We arrived in Last Change around 5:30, it was one of the best days fishing (at least we thought), the next three days were even better. On Tuesday we caught 12 fish, on Wednesday we caught 17 fish, on Thursday we caught 24. Thursdays stringer weight out over 150 lbs with the largest catch being 8.5 lbs. Friday was just as good, we caught 23 fish and the stringer weight about 100 lbs. We totaled the whole trip with 101 stripers. Our family vacation for our 10 years has been Lake Powell and the was the best fishing year we have had in those ten years. Our family consists of myself, my husband and two children ages 13 (boy) and 11 (girl). On our daughters first day back to school after vacation, she had to see the nurse regarding her wrist. She was the lucky one who caught the 8.5 lb fish all on here own. She was having a heck of a time with the fight, but we wouldn't let her give her pole to any of us. She enjoyed it. I will try to scan some pictures to send in to you, but we wanted to be sure to share our story. Hope you enjoyed it.

Date Received: June 1, 2004 - Aaron Anderson

Traveled uplake and camped at Friendship Cove on 5/28. The night was bright so we trolled main channel points and had good luck for stripers from dark till 10:30 PM. We trolled husky jerks, thundersticks, and bleeding shad rattletraps. Stripers really seemed to like the red hooks.

Next morning at 4 am we continued trolling and hit stripers right away. Main channel points between Friendship and Rock Creek were good. On the way home we trolled outside points on each bluff in Last Chance and found striper fishing good there too. Caught a number of larger fish to 6 pounds and encountered the full range of sizes down to 12 inches. When the wind blew hard we found stripers just out of the main channel waves on the first protected point. Fishing was good all day long on Saturday.

Date Received: June 7, 2004- Tim Boatman, Richard Lara, Todd Tognazzini

BLT Club Fishing Trip-

Wahweap, Last Chance, Padre Bay- June 2-4

We took our third consecutive annual fishing trip to Powell leaving after Tim got off work on June 1st and driving 12 hours to Wahweap Campground. We arrived and were too excited to fish in spite of the sleep deprivation so we launched the boat and headed out toward Lone Rock. Fishing was rather slow but we did pick up a few walleyes, a small striper or two and ended up with 9 fish for the morning.

We came back in around 11 and set up at the campground with a few hour nap and then headed back out for the evening. We tried a little bait fishing and trolling with diving plugs like we had done in the morning without success. We seemed to be struggling to find a pattern that worked at least in Wahweap Bay. We were treated to one of the most spectacular moon rises you will see but could not get a hit that evening.

We decided to take the advise on your Angler's Corner and try an early morning trip to Last Chance so we sacked out and set our alarms for 2 a.m.. We headed out and fortunately had the full moon to navigate as a number of buoys down the channel are not lit. We also were unaware of the new marina at Antelope which really slows you down making time down the channel. We made it to Last Chance at about 5 a.m. and put out some deep divers. We immediately had a double strike and continued to find nice stripers all along the slick rock surfaces in 15-30 feet of water. The fish were concentrated more on the points, but we found some really nice fish inside of points as well. We caught all our fish while trolling although Rich did pick up a couple of fish by casting behind the boat while one of us were fighting a fish. We ended up with a few stripers in the 5-6#, 26 inch class and headed back in to get some sleep around noon with a nice stringer of 25 fish counting a couple of walleye. The fish are in great condition compared to two years ago when they were fairly skinny. Every fish we cleaned had lots of fat and was in great shape. Most had empty stomachs although a few had fish or crawdads but the fish seemed too long and slender for shad.

Fishing was so good at Last Chance that we took the afternoon off and decided to get another 2 a.m. start the next morning. On June 4th we got started early again for the 26 mile run to last chance. We knew the route a little better and made it to Last Chance much earlier about one hour before light. We started at the same point near Sumner Cove and immediately caught fish trolling so I decided to put the electric motor down and try to cast in the moonlight toward the points. We had a little wind to fight, but we were sorry we had not tried this before because we caught 8 fish in about 15 minutes including two 26 inchers. We were sorry we did not just fish at night and sleep during the day because casting in the moonlight was really a new experience. I have bait fished at night but this was something different for sure. We continued to fish both sides of Last Chance until about 11 a.m. and fishing continued to be excellent. The fish again were in 15-30 feet of water off of slick rock slopes. Reaction lures were key and deep divers were critical. The fish seem to concentrate especially around areas where deep water meets this 15-30 feet range.

Fishing slowed with the warmer weather but our ice chests continued to fill. We headed over to Padre Bay to see if the pattern was the same. Finding similar slick rock and depth near Kane Canyon, we started catching stripers again. I broke off my shad colored Rapala DT16 and had already lost my Rapala DT10 so I switched to a Rat'l Trap and it also worked. We did find a few smaller fish in this area, but Rich caught another 25 inch fish in this area too. We ended up with a total of 39 fish for the day including 2 smallmouth and 2 walleye. We headed back in at 4 p.m..

Thanks again Wayne for sharing information on Wayne's Words. We have found it to be right on every time and thought we might increase someone else's success by sharing our trip information.

Todd Tognazzini

Date Received: June 17, 2004- Ed Gerdemann

One of the things I love about fishing Lake Powell is the variety of species available. I never know from one strike to the next what's going to tug on the other end of the line. My fishing trip last week was a classic example with five different species coming to the boat - and that's only about half the species available in the lake!

Joining me was my long-time fishing partner John Conrad. John first fished Powell back in the "good old days" when it was a premier largemouth bass and crappie lake. He was present during the striper crash of the 1980s and has witnessed Powell's rebirth as a top sport fishery under the current management plan. He believes that fishing has never been better at Powell than it is right now, and given his experience, I'm not about to dispute him.

On Friday morning we motored out to the long point extending from Padre Butte. I immediately picked up a dandy smallmouth on a drop shot Senko in 17 feet of water. John added a small striper that hit his tube, but that was all for that spot. We then worked down the point closer to the butte where a secondary point jutted out into the lake. There we picked up a couple little smallmouth and another striper, but that was it except for a few short strikes. The fish just didn't seem overly aggressive. I figured the previous three days of heavy winds and cooler temperatures may have played a part in this. We moved up the channel towards Last Chance stopping to fish some main channel reefs and points along the way where we picked up several smallmouth. John also landed a nice walleye. Except for that first smallmouth, all of the fish came from 23 to 26-foot depths right on the ends of the break lines. We also found Wayne's mud line pattern holding true as we took several decent fish under one mudline that extended out over a submerged point. Our successful presentations up to this time were totally vertical with my fish coming on the initial drop and John's fish hitting just as he lifted the tube off the bottom.

It was approaching 9:00 a.m. when we motored over to a partially shaded 45-degree rock rubble bank at the mouth of Last Chance. Here the pattern changed a bit as the fish wanted a more horizontal presentation instead of a vertical one right under the boat. They were shallower, too, ranging between 12 and 20 feet. We found both the shaded and sun exposed portions of that bank equally effective as we were getting strikes from more and more aggressive smallmouth on about every other cast. In addition to the smallmouth, we also picked up several nice green sunfish which proved a fine addition to the dinner table. We worked this area until about 10:30 and then headed up to a cove in Last Chance where I had been successful earlier this spring. We found the smallmouth still there but they had moved to the rock slides on the outer end of the cove instead of being on the flats in the back of the cove as they were in April. We took several nice bass there, including a couple of the day's best, before calling it quits and heading back to the Antelope Point Ramp. We finished the day with one walleye, four stripers, four green sunfish and 25-30 smallmouth.

The next morning found us in Gunsight working some reefs and points where Lou Shultz and I had taken several smallmouth last month. Unfortunately this area only produced one small fish before we headed back to the main channel and uplake. We stopped at a reef near Padre Butte that we did not fish on Friday and took a couple very nice smallmouth, a catfish and a striper. All fish came from that 23 to 26-foot mark on straight vertical drops below the boat. Because another boat was working the point at the end of Padre Butte where we had started the day before, we went straight to the secondary point that had been our second stop on Friday. We didn't catch any smallmouth here but did take several small stripers that were working the area, occasionally breaking the surface. We took them on tubes and small grubs. John tried a small spoon while I threw a topwater but neither presentations worked. When that bite died we headed back to the main channel reefs we'd fished yesterday. Here I took a nice walleye that grabbed my Senko on the drop as it passed by an overhanging ledge. We also caught several smallmouth. We then went back to the 45-degree bank at the mouth of Last Chance where we'd been so successful the previous day. If anything the fishing was better there on Saturday. We took a number of smallmouth as well as several catfish and green sunfish. We then motored to a similar bank on the other side of Last Chance where we finished our trip with several more nice smallmouth. As on Friday we caught more fish in 12 to 20 feet after 8:30 than in the deeper water were we found them earlier in the day. Our tally for Saturday was one walleye, five channel cats, six green sunfish, seven stripers and another 25-30 smallmouth.

On both days our average size smallmouth was between 13 and 14 inches with a number of bigger ones caught. Our biggest were around 2 1/2 pounds. We caught only a handful of fish under 11 inches which is a far cry from past years. I graphed several schools of fish off points which I believe were stripers, however we didn't have much success at catching them with the bass tactics we were using. Had we trolled crankbaits over those points I'm sure we'd have taken more stripers. Neither John nor I, however, enjoy trolling very much and will normally only employ it when other methods fail. We were having so much fun doing what we were doing that it never occurred to us to change. Both days we found the fishing better after 8:30 in the morning than during the early hours. We also discovered on both days that we were much more successful with vertical presentations early and horizontal presentations later. This is contrary to what the rules of fishing generally say, but fishing itself is often a study in contradictions. That's what makes it so fun. I caught most of my fish on a three-inch slim Senko fished wacky-rigged on the drop shot setup. My best colors were 194J (classic watermelon with black) and 301 (green pumpkin with green and purple). I tried both cream white (036) and gold pearl (300) with no success. It appeared the fish were more interested in crayfish colors than shad colors. A number of the fish I filleted had been eating crayfish - something I hadn't seen since last spring. Maybe there aren't as many shad available this year - at least for the time being. John caught most of his fish on a slender three-inch tube in chartreuse. I also picked up a few fish on a small (Series 30) Yamamoto single tail grub in lemon (192). This color actually looks more like chartreuse or lime than lemon. But getting back to what I said in the beginning, the real kick of the trip was all the different species caught - smallmouth, walleyes, stripers, green sunfish and catfish. And it could have been more had we found some largemouth and crappie! It was particularly fun catching all those cats on artificials. I am going to have to discipline myself to troll for stripers at some point this season, but as long as I can catch the numbers and variety of fishing with my current methods it will be hard to change.

Date Received: June 23, 2004- Wayne and Troy Gustaveson

This weeks fish report is the most detailed I have ever tried to convey. The pattern is so specific that those that crack it are catching many fish and those that don't are not finding much. Read it closely and stay in the main channel.

I did try to duplicate the pattern in Warm Creek. I found the 70-100 foot deep "main channel" and then selected 3 likely points adjacent to the channel. There may have been only 5 that fit the pattern in all of Warm Creek. I trolled my fire tiger shad rap and chrome and silver wallydiver one time at high noon across these three points. On the first pass I caught a walleye on the shad rap. One the second I caught another walleye. On the third we got hits by little stripers on both shad rap and wallydiver. The catch stats are not important but the fact is that most points dropping abruptly into the channel hold fish. The landform has to be big and it has to fall directly into the channel. Select them from a mile way and then just fish the right spots. We started early and traveled uplake as far as Wetherill. We did not stay at any one location to exploit a school of fish. Just took one pass and proceeded on to test the pattern as far uplake as possible. By 1 pm we were back at the dock with 8 stripers, 5 walleye and 1 bass that we could not release. Probably 10 bass from 1-2 pounds were released. We had a good day. Had the walleye for dinner. That was exceptional.

Striper sidelight:

Early in the morning, (7 am) we stopped at the Dominguez Rock floating restroom. On my return I found my son Troy fishing a wallylure off the dock as he waited for me. The timing was perfect to see his great surprise when a 3-pound striper nailed his spoon. By the time he landed his fish I had spooned up another. We got 4 total in a few minutes plus some bass. It was obvious that shad and stripers had been in the cove early that morning. They were still shaded up under the "fishing dock" when we made our visit. It may be on the striper feeding circuit and worth trying again in the future.

These were the biggest stripers caught. All the rest were yearlings taken by trolling the points (corners) from Warm Creek to Wetherill Canyon.

Date Received: June 23, 2004- Jack Kruse

I don't know how much you use trolling tactics for Powell but I thought I would pass this along. We fished Powell the last week of May, when we had all the wind, and I rigged up an in-line Carolina rig with a half oz. sinker and trailed a crankbait suspendo lure about 3 feet behind it and just trolled with the wind. Caught walleye, stripers and cats. It is an effective way to present a crankbait down 30-40 feet. Another method we have used in the past was a marabou jig head (white and at least a half oz.) and trail a hellbender on 20 lb. mono. Stripers on points would not leave it alone. We normally never troll, but some conditions are just made for it. We also caught the best conditioned bass I have seen in many years.

Date Received: June 28, 2004- Dusty

Stayed 4 days up Last Chance Bay and fished hard 3 1/2 days. The wind kept us from fishing Thursday afternoon. We trolled everything except the kitchen sink without a bite."Walleye Worm Harness,Flat Fish,Rapalas,Crank Baits, Even Rubber nothing worked. If not for the few boils we found,we would have no Stripers at all.The boils where all small fish 10 & 12 inches feeding on 1/2in.shad fry.We found that using a small rubber shad worked, but they are very picky about what they are eating."Bait Will Not WORK" No Walleye where caught trolling......Not a Bite.....??????? WHATS-UP WITH THAT???????????? Small mouth Bass Fishing was "POOR" as was Cat fishing. Nothing to write home about. We saw many fish on the finder but no takers. Between us we have 30 years in fishing Stripers, we have never had such a hard time puting something together to catch one!!!!!!!!

We watched a wall on the west side "FALL"!!!!!!!!!! it was 1/2 a mile long, 180 ft. high, 20 ft.thick. What a site to see,it made a 6 ft.wave of white water, it threw dirt,mud and water 200 the air. The dust lasted for over an hour. We were chasing boils in that very spot the night before.

It was a site none of us will ever forget........... DUSTY........

"Just call us LUCKY."

As you can see by the dates, We had been chasing slurping boils 20 ft. from the very wall the day before...... People from around the Canyon came to see what all the noise and Dust was..... At the time of the slide we were north about 1 & 1/2 miles fishing the shaded side of the Canyon.... Wayne we were so dumd founded for 20 seconds, that we forgot about our cameras,and then we moved out into the channel for fearing there was an earthquake HAPPENING.... We slowly made our way to the "FALL"not knowing if anyone was in the area or not..... When we arrived pieces where still fall away....... I have some film on my camcorder but its before and after it does show a much better view. You are right about Slurping Boils being picky eaters. we did have fun trying different things.

We have Burned in another Memory that shall not be forgotten for the rest of our lives...... Ya-know we talked about what you said before our trip, about the slide areas in this Canyon and to stay clear of them.........we did our very best.

Date Received: July 1, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

Boil Mania

We have been dodging houseboats in the main channel from Padre Bay to Rock Creek. You may have seen us in the tin boat casting to tour boats wakes or between the houseboat and the fleet of tow alongs. Seems the stripers are feeding in the main channel because that is where shad want to feed. I am sure it's much safer and calmer in the coves but shad are in the channel so that's where it happens.

Aaron Anderson fished his first boil today. He thought it was OK.

We have seen stripers start to come up about 8 am (MST) and then feed on the surface as long as the wind stays down. The boils are very tight with 100 fish in a spot the size of a 20 foot boat or sometimes the 12 inchers will cover almost an acre of water. Shad larvae are talking a huge hit right now. Each striper is eating hundreds per day. Save Some Shad!

Our best luck has been on topwater with fish larger than 2 pounds. Lucky Craft Sammys work when stripers are a bit finicky -as these are. If small fish are feeding then I down size to a small wally lure with chartreuse hook feathers or blast a bleeding shad rattletrap with red hooks through the school.

(This 5-pounder just inhaled the 'trap) We are seeing more than 50 individual slurps each day. One day we can catch fish in half of those. Other days we only get fish out of every fifth boil.

The first boil and first cast is always the best. Chasing the boil for the 3rd and 4th time is almost pointless. Look for a new group and then come back to the first group after they have forgotten about you. These are not rocket scientists - just fish. Their memory is about 10 minutes. So work from group to group and rest them while working another bunch. I ran from Rock Creek to Padre just hitting each boil one time then moving on. That is a good plan when they are up and down quickly. If they stay up then work them harder. Try to judge the mood of fish you are working and then develop a strategy to maximize catch.

Fish size is incredible! A little dimple could be an 8-inch striper or a 7-pounder. Just cast and see. I am using super line to save lures and haven't lost one yet. I have torn the heck out of my hooks and need to replace them. When I swing a 6 pounder over the side and flop it on the floor I worry about breaking a rod but the line holds up. (This is Troy Gustaveson doing the fish flop). But the fish is soon freed and the hooks are NOT tangled in the net and I am casting once more. I love it.

Don't know how long it will last. Last year this bite was only a week long. Hope the visitors on the 4th have a good time. I will wait till the crowd leaves then go out and try them again. Hope they are still there.

We still catch a bass or two while waiting for the boil. Here is Cody Thomas with a preboil smallmouth.

Date Received: July 2, 2004 - Tim Kelley

Days fished: June 25th thru June 27th

Arrived at Wahweap Friday morning, and after setting up camp we went to the dam and started trolling the west side for stripers. It was mid day and close to 100 degress. No striper action, but picked up some walleye. Caught a 3 pounder on a Bagley Monster Shad deep diver! Came back in to cool off because the real purpose of the trip was to night fish the Dam! Went back out at 8:30 p.m. and trolled for a little while in Wahweap, and then headed for the buoy line at the Dam! It was a calm and perfect temperature for night fishing! We used my hydro glow light, and larval shad were there before I could even bait up! Immediate hookups as soon as Al and I dropped the bait to about 25 feet! Yearly stripers all over the place. They were packed in there tight! We tied up between the 3rd and fourth buoy on the west side. We fished until 4:00 a.m. and caught 51 stripers. No big ones appeared that night.

We started trolling back in Wahweap on the way back to dock, and started picking up stripers from 3 to just shy of 7 pounds the largest!

Went back out Saturday evening around 7:30 p.m, and went across the channel to Ice Cream canyon, and started catching walleye, and small stripers again! Trolled till about 10:00 p.m. then came in to crash. Best lure that evening was the new glass Rapala Shad Rap(shad color).

We just kicked around camp on Sunday, and snoozed a lot for the next night trip! Went back to the Dam around 8:30 p.m. and tied up to the same spot as Friday night with the same action as before! More yearling stripers, and also some catfish this time! We decided not to do the all night thing since the bigger ones never showed, and quit after another 15 small stripers, and a couple of catfish!

Both nights we fished were calm, and perfect for night fishing! There were thousands of larval shad brought in by the hydro glow light. We mostly used 1/3 anchovie on just a steel Gamakatsu hook, and let the bait free fall like chum. We did very little chumming as it was not needed! We ended up with up with 72 stripers, 3 cats, and a half dozen walleye for the trip. Now back for the boils next week!!!!

Date Received: July 5, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

Went to Padre bay to find boils this morning. Arrived at 8 am and small boils erupted immediately. Maybe I was a bit late and the boils had started earlier. They were up and down really fast. We had 4 fish on in the first boil and then we could only catch one fish out of all the others. We chased and cast to boils continually from 8 to 9:30. The schools fragmented, got much smaller and we were not having any luck with the small pods so we went uplake.

On the corner where Padre Bay turns past the mouth of Face Canyon there were big schools of yearlings. We had on big lures so our catch rate on the small fish was not very good. This corner from Gregory Butte back to Padre Bay has yearling stripers up all day long. If you wanted to be sure to catch some topwater fish this would be the place. Put on a very small curly tail grub - even a crappie jig. The small lure would reach these boils because you can get right next to them. They are not all that spooky just hard to catch with full size lures. I get one on a rattletrap or small spoon occasionally.

We traveled up to the mouth of Rock Creek and back without seeing any more boils. When we past Gregory Butte we found the same little fish in big schools. Caught a couple more on traps and spoons. Then back in Padre we found another school or two of big fish.

We left at 11 AM with a dozen stripers. Biggest was 5.5 pounds. Most were 3-4 pounds and we had 3 yearlings. Not a great catch but a grand chase was had by all.

Date Received: July 13, 2004 - Tim Kelley

Days Fished: July 7th to 10th

We arrived at Wahweap at around 2:00 p.m. after having major issues with Chris's pontoon boat-but we won't go there that is for sure! Chris ran his pontoon, and Al and I headed up on my Lund to Rock Creek to look for boils and a camping spot. Saw nothing on the way even at Gregory that looked like slurps or boiling stripers. I did a little trolling in Rock Creek when I got there and picked up a nice SMB right away. We found a nice protected little spot big enough for both boats, and set up camp. We went out early evening and only saw a few quick boils in the main channel in front of Rock Creek, but the boat traffic was so heavy that the would go down before you could get close.

We decided to cruise back down to Gregory Butte, and look for Stripers there. We did find, and chase a couple of boils in that area, and caught a few yearlings from them. They were very boat shy and didn't stay up for long.

Thursday morning we were on the water by 5 a.m. and looking for boils. We decided to head down to Kane Creek and look for Wayne and give him a hand with some boy scouts trying to earn their fishing merit badges! We found no boils happening in the area of Padre canyon, Kane wash, and Padre Butte. We looked around for Wayne some more, but could not find him either. We decided to cruise the Gregory Butte area to find those all day boils that Wayne had mentioned earlier in the week---NOT! Yep I knew it--Wayne had gone and hid them all from us!!

Well off to the Rope for Gas, and check out that end of the lake. When we got back up to Rock Creek we did get into a couple of quick boils, and caught a couple of fish from them. Then they disappeared for the day. We spent the rest of the day resting, and trying to keep cool--it was HOT. Thursday night the boils magically appeared right in front of our camp in the mouth of Rock creek. There were several boils with either yearlings or big fish going on all evening.

We got a triple hook-up, and I had Chris hold them up for a quick pic, and then we chased them some more. These boils were tough to fish, but casting long distances, and not getting to close seem to work better. I put on a 3/4 ounce chartruese and silver Kastmaster that I could cast over 2 hundred feet, and got a hookup or hit every time I used it. Al was tossing a Black and Silver Bleeding Shad rat-L-trap, and Chris was using A Spook Jr. and we all caught fish.

Friday morning started out with boils still on the west side of Rock creek from a couple hundred yards in front of the floating restrooms and to the north. We would leave them to go to the middle of the channel, and then come back and work them again. We caught some more nice fish from these. Friday evening a wind storm came through, and shut the boils down(disappointing). We were hoping to get that evening action again. We did make it back down to Gregory Butte earlier and got into a yearling boil, but another group of enthusiastic fishermen decided they needed to blow right in on us and fish it also, so we left them to chasing that boil, and came back.

Saturday morning we got into a few more boils before we called it a morning, and packed up to leave. Still a great trip for the 1st boil chasing for the summer, and we had a ball chasing them.

Wayne will they keep boiling in the south end-how's your crystal ball?

Date Received: July 13, 2004 - Mike Robeson

Mike R. from Port Orchard WA. fishing from 15 ft Smoker Craft. Getting more difficult to launch and retrieve boats at Stateline.

Fished Lower Lake Powell 6am to 11am Wed 7 July, Fri 9, and Monday 12 July 04.

Trolled with Rattletrap at 10-15 feet around entrance to Wahweap bay. Caught a few small Smallmouth bass. Cast Yamamoto grubs around points and dropoffs in main channel and around the narrows. Caught more Smallmouths.

Fished most points and dropoffs across from Wahweap Marina, caught and released many small Smallmouth bass. Kept a few that were damaged too much to recover.

Fished shoreline (points and dropoffs) from Boat Rentals to edge of Lone Rock area.

Caught 6 that were over 2lbs and many that were under that and over one lb. Three days fishing Total: 45 Smallmouth, 1 Walleye, 3 Catfish, 2 Largemouth, 4 small Stripers.

Caught one Walleye in main channel near entrance to Wahweap bay.

I tried trolling a "Lake Casitas Trout" 12 inch long. Looking for the bigger Striper. No luck. Will have to try that one again in the fall.

Thanks for the information on your web-site and good luck fishing.

Date Received: July 21, 2004 - Ed Gerdemann

If I had to describe the fishing this past weekend one word would suffice - tough.

This was without a doubt the toughest trip I've had to Powell in recent years. My partner for the trip Dale Marenda and I came up with hopes of finding boiling stripers. If not I figured we would still be able to do OK on the smallmouth or some other species would jump in to fill the void. It just didn't happen this time. The only boils we saw were a couple slurps from some six to eight inch smallmouth. I did not see one fish break water that I could positively identify as a striper. We did see a lot of carp breaking the surface, but, except for those little smallmouth, that was about it as far as surface activity. That would have been fine if the smallmouth had been hitting, however the usually reliable bronzebacks seemed to be in an extremely negative mood. Maybe I wasn't hitting on the pattern for the week, I don't know, but I just couldn't get any consistent action from my bronze friends.

Friday morning actually started not too badly. Dale and I motored up into Padre Bay. It was a beautiful ride just as the sun was coming up over the buttes. I'm always amazed at how beautiful Lake Powell is at daybreak. The smooth water made the ride up very enjoyable. Our first stop was the end of Padre Butte. While we didn't do anything there our second stop, a reef just to the north of the butte, produced five smallmouth and one green bass. One of those bronzebacks was my first three-pounder of the year. We caught every one on a drop shot Senko, however Dale also tried Carolina rigging a Yamamoto 40 Series single tail grub and I tried a little 30 Series on a jig head to no avail. The Senko is what they seemed to want. Bouyed with our success there we motored over to some points near the mouth of Last Chance bay. We took several more fish there, however things got very slow after that. I took one more nice smallmouth from a rockslide on the lower end of Last Chance on a Senko and another one trolling a Shad Rap along a series of rockslide on the west side of the bay.

We finished the day having taken 15 smallmouth between us as well as several nice green sunfish, however all but two of those smallies were taken before 9:00 a.m. and all were taken on Senkos except for the one that fell to the trolled Shad Rap. While our numbers were down we were quite impressed with the size of the fish. Those smallmouth averaged a good two pounds not to mention the three-pounder I caught. I'm amazed at how well they seem to be doing.

After a long, rough ride back to Wahweap Dale and I decided to fish a bit closer in on Saturday. Our plan was to get out very early and fish some of my old channel hotspots and then try Navajo Canyon. Since we had caught most of our fish early on Friday we reasoned that we might have lost some precious prime time fishing while we were motoring up to Padre Bay. We decided we might do better spending that time fishing instead of boat riding hence the change in strategy. Unfortunately the fishing picked up right where it left off the day before - ignoring our lures. One of things I noticed with Friday's bass is that many of them had been eating large crayfish. For that reason I thought a crayfish colored grub fished on a jig might outfish a drop shot Senko. I was wrong on that account as the jig produced only a couple half-hearted strikes. I threw topwaters to no avail as well. What few fish that were caught again came on drop shot Senkos. The channel and Navajo Canyon only produced a couple fish between them. We did catch a few fish towards the end of our day on some reefs near the mouth of Warm Creek. We took a couple of "keeper" smallmouth up there around 12 inches each and I lost one really nice fish that I never saw. But that was it for the trip.

I still wonder if we would have done better had we gone back to Padre and Last Chance instead of staying in close. I'm still wondering if there was any producing pattern on Saturday. While stripers have always been hit and miss for me, I've rarely had trouble catching at least a fair numbers of smallmouth. It was frustrating trip for me from a fishing standpoint - and a humbling one as well

Date Received: August 11, A Train

On a recent camping trip to Lake Powell on the 1st of August we fished with worms off of the rocks near the dam. It was midday, mostly cloudy and to our suprise we managed to land 5 three to four pound channel catfish.

Date Received: August 23, 2004 - Ed Gerdemann

I believe Wayne was right in the past week's fishing report when he said, "Fat fish are fussy eaters." Lake Powell is full of fat fish, and getting them to eat - at least strike an artificial lure - is quite a challenge right now.

For the second trip in a row I had trouble getting on a reliable pattern, and the results were similar this past weekend as they were back in July. Joining me on this excursion was my friend and former colleague from work Tom Mai. Tom has enjoyed fine fishing during his other visits to Lake Powell so not catching so many this time was not a terrible disappointment for him. I, however, would have enjoyed at least a little more action particularly on Saturday when we could only get a couple fish in the boat. As with the previous trip, I saw nothing that resembled a striper boil between Wahweap and the mouth of Last Chance Bay. In fact I saw very little surface activity of any kind, just a few carp. Since it's been nearly three years since I've seen a good striper boil, I would like to get into another one before I'm too old to fish.

On Friday we motored up to Padre Bay to work some reefs that had produced on previous trips. Tom, using a drop shot Senko, nailed a nice two-pound smallmouth on his first drop. He said the fish hit while the bait was still dropping. We were over 30 feet of water when the fish hit, but Tom said it was well above the bottom. Neither of us got another nudge for over an hour. Finally I coaxed a couple smallmouth to hit while working a dropoff near Padre Butte. We took a few more decent fish off some reefs and rockslides around the mouth of Last Chance Bay, but that was it for the day - 15 smallmouth between us and one green sunfish. Our best fish was around 2 1/2 pounds with several more in the two-pound class. Most of the fish were caught on drop shot Senkos in some form of watermelon. I tried some white ones with no luck. We also tried working soft plastic jigs in both crayfish and shad colors but only took a couple fish . As mentioned above I really couldn't put any sort of consistent pattern together as we took fish from as shallow as eight feet to as deep as 30. I was mildly surprised to catch three or four of those fish in less than 15 feet of water. These all came from under overhanging rocks. We'd drop our Senkos right along the overhang and on a few occasions were rewarded with a nice strike. This proves, at least in my mind, that some Lake Powell smallmouth will remain in shallow water as long as they have shade and overhead cover.

Wanting to save our lower backs and tailbones from another jarring ride through the narrows, on Saturday we decided to fish Wahweap Bay. As mentioned above we only caught a couple small bronzebacks. We fished some dandy looking points and reefs along the Antelope Island side of the bay and worked the flat wake zone down at the mouth of Wahweap, but we just couldn't put anything together. I think the next time I face tough conditions like this I'll purchase some night crawlers and see if that works any better than artificials. We still enjoyed the beautiful weather and scenery and agreed that the worst day on Powell is a lot better than the best day in Phoenix.

I have two trips planned for September and two more in October. I am confident that as the sun angle changes and the water begins to cool that the smallmouth, stripers and, hopefully, walleyes will feed more aggressively as they prepare for the winter. Maybe they won't be so fussy then.

Date Received: September 1, 2004 - Julie Drugatz

I got to play in my very first Striper boil just coming from Kane Wash hitting the channel at buoy marker 27 on Saturday. I've seen them for years, but never was in the right place or had fishing equipment ready.... I told my husband after the ten minutes of sheer adrenaline and three incapacitated rods... that I knew what buck fever felt like on the lake! LOL... not a one of those fun stripers went home with my husband Ken says no gas money today! Had a ball!

Date Received: September 1, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

Boils in Padre Bay peaked on August 31. Perfect weather conditions made fishing just terrific as many pods of 3-7 pound stripers boiled from 6-9 AM. They hit topwater and shallow running crank baits. The first time the boil emerged the school was bunched quite tightly and fish would hit all lures presented. As the boil continued stripers split up and chased shad in many directions. Then they got fussy and hit short as they moved quickly away from the boat. Two to four fish could be taken from each boil before the fish went down.

Sheridan Colby holds his 5-pound striper.

Ron Colby got so excited about the boils that he lost his head. On September 1 the morning breeze ruffled the surface making boils hard to see. Catch rate dropped accordingly. There were fewer boils and number of fish caught per boil decreased.

Amy Ostapuk landed a six-pound striper.

Her Dad Paul did almost as good with a fine 5 pounder.

It was fun to calmly stand back and watch all the excitement going on as adrenaline boiled over. Rods were grabbed and lures flung to boiling fish. Triple hookups were common with the expected tangling of lines hooked to flopping fish. I, of course, have seen so many boils that I am immune to adrenaline induced effects.

Date Received: September 7, 2004 - Brad S

It has been a long summer away from Powell. Kelli and I drove up from Vegas Friday night. launched at main ramp 6;00 AM Saturday morning no crowds no problems. Didn't see any boils on our way to rock creek (might be hard to spot doing 40 mph).

set up camp and started fishing for smallmouth. not too much going on a few here and there. waited out a storm and decided to buy anchovies and night fish by camp. night fishing was good 10 catfish and 2 stripers in 2 hours. fished the big cove just up from the floating restroom in rock creek. To my surprise I brought some shad to the lights not many but they were big 4+".

Had high hopes for boils in the morning. Sunday left camp at 6:00 AM, We didn't have to go far nice boil @ the mouth of RC. then we moved down river hit 8-10 boils @ mouth of friendship. After that died off we around the corner near the mouth of last chance. WOW! that whole area had 2-5 boils going all morning. At one time I thought we were being taken under siege... 5-7 pounders flying out of the water all around. we were surrounded!!! It was the largest and most violent boils I have seen @ the lake.

when it started getting warm we left to eat. I was thinking the smallmouth fishing would be good there so we returned around noon and they were STILL boiling. need less to say we didn't fish for smallies very long. I don't how many we caught Sunday only had enough room to keep 10. Out of all the fish we caught only 2 were under 5lbs!!!! I have been using Wayne's flipping technique on 2-3 lb lake mead stripers all summer. As you can see these fish are either too big to flip or my technique needs improvement. Oh well Kelli thinks I have too many rods anyway.

That was one awesome day of fishing. Left early Monday morning saw a few boils here and there. The ramp at wahweap is great that pipe matting is genius. I have 2wd and got stuck twice last fall. this time no problems and no waiting @ 8:00 AM. The weather and lake was perfect. We will be going almost every weekend from now until the end of October. Cant wait Brad S

Date Received: September 8, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

The early morning boils in Padre Bay were blown away by a morning breeze. We found meager results until the wind let up about 8 AM. Then an open water boil near the confluence of the 3 Rock Creeks blew up in mid channel.

We followed these fish into a nearby cove and proceeded to catch fish for about and hour. Jim Walker hoists a couple of nice 4.5 stripers.

BYU-bound basketball center James Anderson uses all of his 6' 10" inch height to hoist a 5 pound striper in the boat and flop it on the deck.

I found a few nice smallmouth bass on main channel points after the boils subsided.

Date Received: September 16, 2004 - Ed Gerdemann

Wayne has told me that my problem with catching stripers is I don't stick with them. If I don't have success early on a striper outing I head for my comfort zone - the smallmouth reefs where I normally will have success. This past Saturday I was bound and determined not to let that happen even in the face of early adversity. I was determined to stick with the stripers until I figured out a pattern and caught some.

Once again my partner for this outing was my good friend Dale Marenda. In addition to the fishing the purpose of the trip was to do some much needed work in and around my mobile home. I appreciated Dale's shovel, pitchfork and, most of all, his strong back in this endeavor. His effort in this regard was well beyond the call of duty.

We arrived Friday and spent a good part of the afternoon shoveling and hauling dirt, removing dead tumbleweeds and getting rid of the plants that were popping up in the expansion joints of the driveway. On Saturday morning we "rewarded" ourselves by launching my boat at around 5:15 a.m. Putting in just ahead of us was my friend Tim Kelly and his companion. Dale and I enjoyed a beautiful, smooth boat ride up to entrance of Padre Bay. I never get tired of seeing those first rays of sunlight hit the rocks bringing alive all the beautiful colors. As much as I enjoy fishing Lake Powell, I think I enjoy the scenery that much more. There are lots of great places to catch fish but few as beautiful as Powell.

It was Dale who first spotted some fish breaking water so I dropped the boat off plane to take a look. Sure enough they were stripers. It wasn't a tight boil with fish thrashing everywhere, but simply a fish or two here and there. I cut the big motor and moved into the boil area with the trolling motor. We started casting but didn't have any luck. I did have one fish hit a topwater lure three times but it never got hooked. Soon the fish went down. Rather than leave the area immediately I picked up my spooning rod and dropped a 3/4 oz. Wallylure Baby Shad to the 30-foot level and started jigging. I didn't have any immediate success and was getting ready to leave when I noticed several large arches on my graph at the 20-foot mark. I dropped the spoon directly below the bow transducer and a striper hit it on the way down. I actually set the hook by thumbing the spool. The fish wasn't big - maybe two pounds - but at least it was a striper and it was in my boat. After 20 more minutes of fruitless jigging Dale and I motored up into the main part of Padre Bay. We looked for any possible signs of boils but saw none. I motored back and forth across the bay several times keeping a watchful eye out for boils and watching my graph for shad balls and striper schools. Not seeing anything I decided to head up to Buoy 24 where I had heard of a number of stripers being taken during previous days. When we arrived there were no signs of boils, but I did notice what appeared to be shad balls and individual larger fish on my graph right in the vicinity of the buoy. The fish seemed to be hanging between 30 and 40 feet over 56 to 63 feet of water. I thought that if they didn't come up and boil at least we might have the opportunity to spoon a few. I motored a bit above the buoy, cut the big engine and started jigging.

It didn't take long before my seven-foot trigger rod was bent over double and line was peeling off the reel. In fact it peeled off so quickly I had to thumb the spool to keep it from backlashing. I knew this was a bigger fish. I soon got it turned and headed up for the boat but it did manage a couple more line-peeling runs before Dale got the net under it. We figured it weighed a bit over six pounds. After getting it into the cooler I went back to where we started the drift. We drifted past where I hooked that fish and I was just starting to reel up when I had a vicious strike that nearly knocked the reel handle out of my hand. Like the previous one, this striper burned my thumb with several drag-stripping runs. After good fight Dale again got the net under another nice striper just slightly smaller than the one before.

We spent the next hour and half fishing around that buoy. I caught three more stripers in the four-pound class plus a couple smaller ones. All the fish were between 30 and 40 feet. I was able to follow my spoon down on my front graph which enabled me to keep it at the right depth at all times. I could even follow it as I jigged it up and down, however it was a lot more important to watch the line than the graph while jigging. I found that I needed to lower my rod tip at about the same speed the spoon was falling because the only way I could detect many of the strikes was simply watching the line go slack. A fast retrieve reel is definitely an asset in this kind of fishing. I missed a number of strikes until I got the hang of it.

Unfortunately Dale wasn't enjoying the same success. He was using a spinning rod which couldn't handle a heavier spoon, and I think this hurt his chances considerably. We had more than enough stripers in the cooler for dinner that night and to take home, and I did want to check out the smallmouth before heading back. We left Buoy 24 and motored up to a couple points near the mouth of Last Chance Bay. Over the next hour and a half we took over 30 smallmouth mostly on drop shot three-inch slim Senkos. Dale did get one fish on a Yamamoto 40 Series (four-inch) single tail grub, but the Senko was working so well we really didn't want to fish anything else. The best color seemed to be 194J (classic watermelon with black), however I caught a number of bass on a solid back Senko. My guess is most any color would have worked. Many of the fish were "eating size" 10 and 11-inchers, however we did get a few in the two-pound range. Their stomach contents revealed they were eating both shad and crayfish, so I think lures representing either forage type would have produced. We found most of the smallmouth in 15 to 30 feet of water on the ends of the points mostly under overhanging ledges. This was a much more agressive bite than I have experienced the past couple months with most of the hits coming on the initial drop.

We ran into Tim Kelly at the fish cleaning station and learned that he and his partner cornered a huge boil near the mouth of Kane Creek and took over 50 stripers up to over six pounds there in about an hour and a half. We were close to the vicinity but never saw Tim's boat. Had I seen it we likely would have joined him. It would have been a lot of fun to have gotten into a boil like that.

Nevertheless I was satisfied with our outing. As I've said in the past I measure the success of a fishing trip not only by the fish caught but by what was learned. While I had experienced some spooning success in the past (mostly under Wayne's instruction), I was not overly confident with the technique. On this trip I experienced enough success to gain confidence that I can actually catch fish with this method. I also gained confidence in how I am reading the graph and in my ability to identify catchable fish.

Again, I would like to thank Wayne for showing me the basics that autumn morning in Gunsight three years ago. Thanks to him I'm more likely to stick with the stripers until I figure them out because I have confidence I will be able to figure them out.

Date Received: September 16, 2004 - Tim Kelley

Padre Bay Area Fishing Report

Days fished: Sept. 9th thru Sept.13th

Chris Michels and I arrived at Powell (Wahweap) Thursday, and set up camp and made lunch for the ride up lake! Didnít see any boils on the way to Rock Creek, but it was way after 1 p.m. by the time we got started uplake. We spent all afternoon in the Rock Creek area until the big storm blew in late afternoon. We elected not to stay for evening boils as it didnít look like the wind was going to let up for quite awhile. Got up at 4:00 a.m. on Friday morning and headed for Padre Bay. As we were headed along the Alligator Back by Padre Butte we saw the whole area to the right with spread out sporadic feeding going on. We stopped there and started catching Stripers right away. Before I knew it Wayne G., and Ron Colby were pulling in on our left to help us work this bunch over.

When it died down we followed Wayne, and Ron towards Kane Wash to see if the big feed would start in that area. It never happened so Chris, and I headed for Rock Creek again. Never saw another boil that day, so we came back in for dinner.

Saturday morning was the magic time! We came in to Padre at 6:00 a.m. just left of the Gooseneck towards Kane wash, and shut the engine down. We werenít there more than five minutes when the Bay came alive! The topwater feed went on for an hour and 45 minutes before it shutdown. All of this bite was spread out sporadic feeding, and not the real tight close knit boils you would expect. We would just fan cast the area, or cast to a swirl and hook up a striper. We hardly had to use the electric to keep in the feed area. Chris and I caught 50 really nice stripers out of there!

Sunday morning was different, and there must have been ten boats in there just waiting. We were one of the last to leave when the no show happened, and we started cruising towards mile marker 23 to 24. On the turn back around toward the Gooseneck as we were coming back, I saw the tail slapping happening to the right, very close to the shoreline, and right by an old boat wreck that was about a hundred feet up towards the cliffs. I think we worked these fish for about 45 minutes, and caught 18 more nice stripers.

The bite was different that morning, and they were hitting short, and also pitching our lures two feet out of the water which seem to always foul the lure. We jigged a few up right after they went down, then moved back around the big boulder off the point back towards Kane Wash, and there was some more topwater action going on in there. We caught a few more in there, and also jigged three more up! We went down to mile marker 23 to see if we could find Ed Gerdemannís stripers from previous day, and started doing some jigging. As soon as I dropped my jig to the bottom, and lifted it up something really big bent me over! My intercoastel rod bent over like a horseshoe and the line started peeling off. It took me a long time to work this heavy fish up, and when I told Chris to get the net ready my rod tip popped up, and he was gone-never even got to see himóBUMMER!

Monday was a repeat of Sunday, and we thought the big bite was going to happen again by Kane Wash but it didnít, so we moved over just outside of the big boulder on the point starting the Gooseneck so that we could see both ways, and used the binoculars to glass the area. I saw them from half a mile away, and they came back up over by the boat wreck again right along the shoreline! We screamed in on them, and that feed went on for 45 minutes again. After they went down we jigged 3 or 4 back up, and then headed around the boulder again, and jigged three more up there! We headed out to the bay right on the east side of Padre Butte to talk to Jim Morril from Prescott, and as we got close to them we could see both rod tips bent over with fish on! Jim had found a huge school of stripers there, and Chris and I joined in for a jiggin session! These were all nice big fat fish! Chris and I had to leave to head back home though so we left them to there jiggin bliss wishiní we had one more day of this action. We were only out for three hours and ended up with thirty fish that morning! Will be back soon I can guarantee that!! Sorry we couldnít go up river to help you Wayne, next time for sure.

Date Received: September 17, 2004 - Steven Daly, Lakeside, AZ

Used to go to powell at least twice a year to catch striper...havent been since the lake dropped, anyway My business partner and I were there from Thurs. the 9th to Saturday morning......Thursday started off with a bang, We caught 19 striper ranging from 2 lbs to the largest 6.5lbs......thought we were set .....then the weather and the wind shut it down exept for some slurps in the morning and in the evenings.....We fished mainly the opening to navajo canyon to warm creek,,,,,the ride in and out was rough with all the houseboat and tour boat traffic....but it was bearable.....thanks for your reports each week It sounds like we did ok.

Date Received: September 17, 2004 -Scotty Grow, Mesa

Fished yesterday (5 hours) just east of antelope at the cliffs on the east/south east side trolling in my canoe using a shad rap deep runner, natural color (no down rigger). Caught three (one was 24")until about 9:30 am.

Also caught a 3 lb cat fish trolling....go figure. Smallmouth were biting but did not catch anything over 10".....using senkos. I'll try going deeper next time.

Date Received: September 26, 2004 -Wayne Gustaveson

My brother Dorian and nephew Darrell came from Oregon with two friends to fish striper boils. Surprisingly enough the fish cooperated.

We found our first schools at the mouth of Navajo Friday morning at 6 AM. We had a great time chasing them around until 8 AM. Ron Colby was out with us and he came up with a 9 pound fish that is the biggest I have seen come out of boils this year.

Jim Cassad and Steve Brower admire the trophy.

Then we went into Navajo Canyon to fish for bass. I got off on shore to fillet the morning catch while the others fished. I had 15 filleted when the boat came screaming back with shouts of "they're boiling around the corner". There were 7 more fish on the deck which we put in the cooler and set out looking for more. We found two more nice boils between the mouth of Navajo and the double islands.

I tried filleting again and just finished up when a main channel boil erupted at mid day in the mouth of Navajo. We got 3 more stripers. Then we tried for bass at the mouth of Warm Creek which was good fishing for small bass both casting and trolling.

Our total for the day was 40 some stripers and 20 bass.

Saturday we repeated the process. Found a nice boil further downstream from the mouth of Navajo. It did not last as long. No more fish came up so we went to Padre. Anglers up there were grinning about the big boil near the floating restroom. We were too late for that but found a quick boil good for two fish. We started to jig near the boil site surrounded by lots of other boats.

Schools were moving quickly and hard to stay over. When we got spoons down to a school the hits were quick. It was best to speed jig the lure from the bottom half way back to tthe surface and then drop the spoon again. We caught a dozen on spoons and then worked back to Wahweap. I wanted to try out the report from Chuck Fulton that he found a school of stripers feeding at buoy 1 at dusk the night before.

We came back out at 6 pm. Proceeded through the wakeless area at the dam and ran smack into a big boil. Jim Cassad foul hooked an 8-pound striper in the side with his surface lure. We watched the fish boil away from us while he played the big fish. What a battle! He thought it was a lake record. It was a big fish but it was being pulled sideways so it played much tougher than a regular mouth hooked fish.

That was it. We finished with 30 stripers for the day.

Dorian and Darrell went out Sunday morning without me. They found only a very small boil at buoy 1 and caught only 2 stripers on spoons.

It appears to me that boils are getting more active in the evening as full moon arrives. Morning boils are less frequent and short lived. Still lots of surface action but boil timing is changing rapidly. Spooning is perhaps a better way to put stripers in the cooler but nothing compares to catching stripers on topwater for pure fun.

It was fun to see so many familiar faces on the lake this weekend. All were catching fish.

Date Received: September 28, 2004 - Ed Gerdemann

I must admit I'm getting addicted to striper fishing, and if it gets much better than this past weekend I may not want to chase smallmouth ever again! Well maybe that's an exaggeration, but the more of those silver creatures I catch the less likely I will be to abandon the striper chase for bronzebacks. My guest this trip was longtime Arizona outdoor writer Bob Hirsch. Bob is not only a fine writer but a great fishing companion, superlative chef and all-around good guy. He loves Lake Powell like I do, and I hope we can fish it together again in the future.

We launched Friday morning intending to motor up to Buoy 24 where I've had striper success my last trip, however somewhere between the power plant intake and the mouth of Navajo Canyon we were sidetracked by several boats and what turned out to be a huge striper boil. Among those fishing that boil was Wayne and his brother. I had never seen this many big fish boiling all at one time in fresh water. I can still see those big tails thrashing the surface. My hands were shaking as I got the trolling motor down and readied my rod. I got a cast into the middle of the fray and about halfway back to the boat a dandy striper blew up on my Spit 'N Image topwater. After several line-stripping runs and some serious bulldogging I got the fish turned to the boat where Bob got the net under it. This was a nice six-pound plus fish - one of the best fish I've ever taken on topwater. While I was getting reorganized Bob nailed a nice one on a lipless crankbait. I was able to get one more fish to smack my Spit 'N Image before the boil subsided.

When Wayne and the others left the area we decided to head uplake as well. As we got to the mouth of Padre Bay we saw four or five other boats stopped in the middle of the lake, and we figured we'd found another boil. When we got close to them it was obvious they were fishing deep. I dropped the trolling motor and picked up a rod rigged with a Wallylure spoon. I saw some arches on the graph just off the bottom in 38 feet of water. I dropped my spoon to them and felt an immediate hit, but my line broke as I set the hook. I picked up another spoon-rigged rod and dropped down again. This time everything held and I put a two-pounder on the deck. Unfortunately that was the only fish we took from there. When the other boats left we went around the point to Buoy 24.

Buoy 24 didn't disappoint us as we took several nice stripers, all on spoons. I caught all of mine on a 1 1/2 oz. Wallylure while Bob had success on a Cripple Herring. The fish were dandies with several of them in the five to six pound class. They were suspended in 35-40 feet of water over 58-60 feet. Most of them hit either on the initial drop or after two or three jigs. By 10:30 a.m. the bite died out. Bob suggested that if we had anchovies we might have been able to prolong the action by chumming, but since we didn't have any we decided to give the stripers a rest and try for some smallmouth. We fished several points and reefs near the mouth of Last Chance. The big smallmouth weren't hitting but we did take a number of small to medium-sized fish. I caught mine on a drop shot Senko while Bob split shot a small Zoom lizard with good success. Most of the fish were in 15 to 25 feet of water near the dropoffs. We also enjoyed some good action fishing under mudlines taking some of our best fish there. We knocked off a little after 2 p.m. having caught about a dozen stripers and 25-30 smallmouth - a pretty fair fishing day by any standard.

After such a good day Friday I figured that Saturday would be a bit of a letdown, but my premonition was way off. The fishing was actually better for both species. We got on the lake about a half hour earlier as we felt we would have taken more boil fish Friday if we'd been there earlier. When we reached that same spot below Navajo Canyon we saw Wayne, Ron Colby and a couple other folks already there. The fish were boiling but not like they were Friday. I couldn't get a hit on my Spit 'N Image, but Bob nailed one on his crankbait. I also caught a decent fish on a Rattlin Rapala which is also a lipless crankbait. The other boats left the area but Bob and I decided to stay and spoon. It didn't take long before we were back into the stripers. I am constantly amazed at the power of these fish, especially the bigger ones. Although the fight may not last long, those initial runs are something to behold. My thumb got a little raw on the reel spool trying to slow them down. By the time we left we had nine or 10 in the cooler, and a couple we figured were pushing seven pounds. These fish were bigger than anything we took the day before.

After we left the area we returned to Buoy 24. I graphed a number of fish close to the bottom but we couldn't get them to hit. Unlike Friday, however, on Saturday we had anchovies. Bob cut up several and chummed the area around the buoy. Within 10 minutes the fish were hitting. It was tough to stay on the schools as they were moving around a lot. I did notice that after we chummed those fish moved up off the bottom to where they were the day before. It was a real kick to watch my spoon drop down to the fish on the graph and then actually see the fish hit the spoon on the graph screen. The only fly in the oatmeal here was another broken line and several lost fish. It was probably a good thing as I don't know how we would have fit any more stripers in my cooler. We had to keep Bob's heavy tackle box on top of it to keep the lid closed as it was. Before we left Buoy 24 Wayne, Ron and their companions dropped by, but the bite had ended by then.

We finished the day pursuing smallmouth in the same areas as the day before. Although the fishing started a bit slowly, it did pick up with us taking about as many fish as we did on Friday - and we caught some bigger ones as well. We fished the same patterns as we did Friday including the mudlines. We headed back to Stateline A with 16 dandy stripers and about that many smallmouth jam packed into my cooler. My wrist got a good workout at the fish cleaning station, that's for sure.

One of the highlights of the trip along with the great fishing was Bob's cooking. I must confess I really hadn't cared too much for stripers, but Bob fixed them two different ways that were delicious. I'm looking forward to trying some more of his recipes. As addicted as I'm getting to this striper fishing I'll need them!

Date Received: September 28, 2004 - Joan Terao

Just got back from our houseboat trip, September 18th - 25th and it was a memorable trip.

It started out fine except for the two days of rain and wind. We took shelter in Last Chance Bay, way in the back and we were mostly protected. Had to keep getting up between 2am and 4am to tighten the houseboat anchor ropes.

When it was calm, there were no signs of striper activity but we did catch lots of catfish on night crawlers and some smallmouths on soft plastics (nothing exceptional in size though). Speaking of cats, what is with the blonde colored channel cats? We caught several of them, very strange looking, almost albino with pale eyes.

Moved the boat on day three and the powerboat died. Appeared to have jumped the timing and was unfixable. Had to drag it around with us for the remainder of the trip.

Went into Dangling rope and found where the stripers went. Boils, all in the main channel between Rock Creek and Dangling rope, sometimes several at once. Fueled up the houseboat and headed back to Rock Creek. Boils and more boils in the main channel. {sigh} Couldn't do a dang thing about them.

Found a decent campsite in Rock Creek. **Side note, don't camp in the very back, my better half jumped off the houseboat onto the shore and sunk himself thigh deep in muck. So we backed off nearer to the mouth of the third arm of the bay. Once the houseboat was anchored we noticed that hundreds of small shad were hiding all around our boat, we took it as a good sign. That afternoon the boils were erupting all in front of us, of course since our powerboat was down we couldn't get to them, the fish stayed just out of casting range. There is nothing more frustrating that to be standing on shore watching numerous boils happening and you just can't get to them!

We had a friend with us that although is an avid fisherman, he had never caught a striper in his life. Watching the fish splashing and leaping out of the water was too much for him to bear so he paddled a small inflatable boat we had with us out to a boil and cast in. Well he hooked a BIG one, which proceeded to drag the little boat all over the place. At times his fishing pole was bent over double and then the boat would whip around 180 degrees, he was having a blast. Once he managed to get it to the boat he realized he neglected to bring the net so he attempted to grab it with his bare hands. Forgetting the net was lesson number one, lesson number two is that stripers have very sharp fins, don't try to grab a big one barehanded. He tried lifting the fish into the boat but as he did so it shook the hook and dropped back into the lake. He cast a second time and brought in a very nice, fat and healthy five pounder. After that the boils sounded and did not reappear.

That night we decided to drop the fishing light over the back of the houseboat. I didn't expect much as we were only in eight, maybe ten feet of water. Boy was I wrong. I expected shad to be attracted to the light and to appear but they never did. Blue gills, sunfish and another small fish were everywhere as what I can assume were larval shad(?). All around the light were tiny floating / swimming something that looked like round bugs, dirt specks, your guess is as good as ours (the jellyfish perhaps?). They didn't look like fish yet they moved. I then looked into the shadows and saw an enormous striper, then realized they were all around the boat. The smallest one we saw was about 12" most were 18" or more. The big ones would come right up to the light, I mean right up to the light were its mouth was touching the clear plastic cover in order to suck down the tiny swimming thingies for a minute or so before returning into the shadows.

Of course we got all excited thinking maybe the trip wouldn't be a complete fishing bust after all that is until an hour passed and we didn't catch a thing. Dozens of fish stayed right by the houseboat as long as the light was on and we presented every type of lure we had, we dropped anchovies, we threw topwater lures, sinkers, imitation shad, we even got into the really weird stuff that you buy just because its on sale and it looks really different. No luck. At one point I watched one, it had to be at least 18", moving over the bottom picking up the pieces of anchovies yet ignoring my anchovy baited hook! I got so frustrated that I started jigging up and down and actually hit a big one on the head. Didn't bother him too much as he continued to clean up the pieces on the bottom. We saw about a 12 incher come swimming in towards the light very fast and erratic, at first glance he looked like a hammerhead shark as he had a fish in his mouth sideways. So we know they were feeding, just not on what we had. I gave up after I caught a medium sized sunfish that managed to choke down my anchovy baited hook.

Moved the houseboat to Wahweap Bay below the Windows. Saw some jumping fish, no boils. The next morning before we turned the houseboat in, about 7am we looked over the back of the boat and we were in about 6 feet of water and there were a half a dozen stripers right behind the boat! By the time we grabbed our poles they were gone.

Even though the fishing for us was not so good due to our circumstances, the trip was a good one and we are already set up to return next summer. When we asked our buddy if he wanted to return, it was obvious he has caught a bad case of boil fever as his reply was "hell yes! I'm not satisfied yet!" I didn't bother to tell him there is no cure, once you have it you have it for life.

Date Received: October 1, 2004 - Burt Misevic, Camarillo, CA

I had not been to Lake Powell before November 2003. During that visit my wife, Marge and I enjoyed a tour boat ride first to Antelope Canyon and Navajo Canyon. The scenery was so breathtaking we signed up for the all day trip to Rainbow Arch later the same week. It was all quite over whelming. Well, we knew if we were ever going to get our spread out family to enjoy a joint vacation, a houseboat trip on Lake Powell just might be the attraction to make this happen. So in January we sold the vacation scheme to family and in February we reserved a 59' foot houseboat and power boat for the third week of September. I won't bore you with the planning and execution and get to the fish story. I must admit it was a bit of an adventure the first time backing out the Queen Mary shoulder to shoulder with other houseboats in Wahweap! And inventing a procedure to anchor the boat the first time was an experience - but all worked out well.

I am not an experienced fresh water fisherman - but for some reason I did browse the net to see what information was available under the input "fishing Lake Powell". Well, of course your web page emerged and what a web page it is. I was overwhelmed with all the information one could ever expect for any fishing location - what a resource! My fishing equipment is all family hand-me-downs and frankly I haven't a clue how to use most the stuff. Most the spinning reels are loaded with monofilament line at least 15-years old, and the lures, well, they looked old. After touring the web page there was a trip to SportMart and Walmart. This trip confirmed that not much has changed in lures and plugs. It took me a while to get a lead on what weight line would be right for Lake Powell - I wondered, do they really catch 7 or 8 lb. Striped Bass? Thanks to the lure manufacturers I learned how to tie a lure to the line. From the stories on the web page it indicated anybody can catch fish - it looked like paradise! It did take a while to decode "Wally Deep Diver" to being a lure from Walmart!

Well, during our wonderful trip on the lake we managed to fit in a few hours of fishing from whatever houseboat mooring we were at. We were able to dip our lines either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Believe me, I now have a new appreciation for the skill level of real fishermen! It isn't as simple as it looks! However, our group of inexperienced middle-aged males managed to catch enough fish to go home proud! And we were pleased to experience a Striped Bass boil at our feet and brought home one nice 20-incher on light tackle. Our Small Mouth and Large Mouth bass were brought in on an eclectic array of lures (small red spoon with white dots, white Rooster Tails, Brown Rooster tails, and the Striped Bass in the boil with a brown rooster tail). These bass looked really well fed. Our fishing was at the lower end of the lake from the shore of the larger bays and canyons. Our fishing experience added a wonderful content to our overall great houseboat trip on Lake Powell (I won't go into the winds on Monday night, Sept. 20th. We learned something about mooring a houseboat!).

Thank you Wayne for generating an interest in our seeking a fishing experience on Lake Powell. You provided the forum for all the fishing information we could ever need and we put it to use.Thanks to all your contributors as well. No doubt we will have a return trip where we will have fishing as a central focus of the trip.

Date Received: October 2, 2004 - Tim Kelley

Fished Sept. 25th thru 27th

Arrived at Wahweap on Saturday afternoon by myself, and set up camp! I was not going to go out, but the thought of evening boils got the best of me. Thanks to Paul McDonald who helped me launch it was easier than I had planned! Thanks Paul, it was good to meet you. I made it to Padre by about 3:00 p.m. I was searching the Cookie Jar area, and ran into Bill Taylor, another fine gentleman from the wordling bunch, he told me that there were good boils earlier that morning. I also ran into trigganitro aka Travis, and chatted with him and his crew for about thirty minutes, and he talked about the 9 lb. Striper he jigged up that morning.

Well the evening boils were a couple of very quick topwater bites that I got two fish out of each, one boil by Padre Butte, and the 2nd one across the bay, and directly to the east of Kane wash in the pocket! I headed back for Wahweap, and I got to Anchovy point right at dark to see 5 boats sitting there from which looked like the end of a good boil. Little did I know that standing on one of those boats was Wayne G.! The next morning I did not make it up as planned -nobody there to keep me honest!

I went back up to Padre Bay, and was able to jig up three stripers there, then headed for Last Chance, and started in the 1st bay to the left as you enter L.C.! I started jigging a school I graphed to the back of the bay, and picked up a Walleye on the 1st drop. Then I got a striper. Then as I had started jigging again I heard this loud roaring noise coming from the front of L.C., and I thought here comes a cigar boat, but as I turned to look another striper hooked up, and then I looked back up to see a float plane blasting in about 50 feet above the water, it scared the bejubers out of me! I watched as he landed clear to the back of L.C! I pulled in my striper, and decided to run back there and get a picture! By the time I got there people were already jumping off the top of the wing, and swimming around in the water! It was a different experience to see that,so I snapped a half dozen pics, and left to go see if I could find Papa Jack up in Friendship cove. Found out from P.J.?s friends that he had trouble with his motor home, and was staying in Wahweap campground.

By late afternoon, and no more jigging success, I decided to head back to Anchovy point to see i the boil would show again. As I came around the corner there was P.J. fishing the reefs by the dam. Had a long talk with him, and he relayed the misfortunes he was having with his motor home. I told him to stick around this evening for a boil that was going to come up, but he went in early to make sure he got a shuttle back to canp! I was doing some graphing, and another boat approached me, and it ended upbeing John Lassandro who I met for the 1st time at the Spring Rally. John, and I talked, and he had the same idea about the evening boil because he had seen the boats at the boil from Lakeshore drive the night before!

Well they came up at about 6:20 p.m. and John and I had them to ourselves! This boil only lasted about 20 minutes, but the wait was worth it. The pics are not great, because it was dark when they were taken, but John and I took pics of each other before heading in. At the fish cleaning station we planned our strategy for Monday.

Met John at the intake at 6:15 a.m. we sat for about 5 minutes, and then we split, and I went into Navajo. As soon as I got there the stripers were feeding, so I hailed John on a handheld, and he came in and joined me for a 15 min. topwater bite there. When that ended, we headed for the narrows going towards Padre. About one mile into the narrows the channel was alive with mutiple topwater boils. We worked that area for about 45 minute, and both of us got some nice stripers out of there. I think we should have stayed in the lower part of the lake, but we headed for Padre to find some boils, and do some jigging, nothing for the rest of the morning!

We went back in with the evening boils in mind! While I was at camp I called up Wayne, and coaxed him into coming out with me for the evening. He told me about buoy one, and I said John and I had got into them the evening before. We launched at 4:00 p.m., and headed for Navajo, where I told John we would meet him. We scoped and graphed, and cruised, but it was a no show for Navajo boils. We made our way back to the dam, and we hadn?t been at Anchovy point for more than a minute when the boils started going. This topwater feed went from 6:00 p.m. to almost 7:00 p.m., and the burning sky sunset to the west, and the orange moon rising to the east made it a picture perfect event. What a blast with some nice SMB feeding right in with the Stripers, the picturesque setting, and of course fishing shoulder to shoulder with Wayne G., one of the neatest times I?ve had at Lake Powell. Wayne and I pulled 20 stripers out of that boil! BTW John went out the next morning, and got into a one hour Boil in Navajo, and he sent me a pic at the cleaning station to make me feel bad! LOL

Date Received: October 2, 2004 - Tim Souers (Chicago)

We were parked just around the far corner from Padre for 5 days (Sept. 20 - 24), and fished Last (I call it Fat) Chance, all around Padre, and the last night at Mile Marker 1 (where I read in your bulletin board that that same boil must be happening). Before leaving for Powell, we read on your bulletin board about some new top-water lure everyone was talking about (because it was so expensive), and somebody wrote something like, "you could probably do just as well with one of Chuck Fulton's home-made lures".

He and my dad John had just made a new batch. We fished almost exclusively those when the stripers came up, and white Bucktails or silver Kastmasters to troll and jig. It got really good at the end when we found sporadic, semi-large 15 minute boils in the morning around mile marker 22

And on the trip back to Wahweep in the houseboat, we passed 3 enormous boils with the last being at Mile Marker 1.

How cool was it to leave the houseboat at the dock and ride 10 minutes to...a boil!

My buddy Steve Flynn caught his biggest fish ever (see photo) on the last cast of the whole trip.

Lake Powell is the best.

Date Received: October 4, 2004 - Chuck Fulton

We spent the last two weeks of Sept in the lower lake this year and the fish report of 9/30 pretty much says what I'd observed. We did, however, see an unusual number of boils in mid day. On Oct 1st traveling from MP25 starting at 11am (AZ time) in the houseboat we saw two boils at MP 21 and 20, two boils in front of Navajo canyon and a Big boil at MP1...all mid day. The boil at MP 20 was up and two boats traveling, not fishing, ran right through the middle and did not put them down. Soooo, since I'd been having trouble getting into the quick boils, I change tactics and started running at medium speed to within first cast distance of the boil....skip the stealth....and catch rate improved dramatically. My theory is the fish are familiar with boat noises, especially fast ones, and are less concerned than say San Juan fish might be. Last Fri morning(8AM) 100 yards above the new Antelope Point Marina we got into a "big fish" boil and got several in excess of 7#...used the "get in quick " technique and had time for 2-3 casts unless a fish was hooked...hate it when that happens.

Date Received: October 5, 2004 - Steve Van O

Just got back from Powell and had a great fishing trip. The first day was kinda slow as I was hunting for Smallmouth in areas where there had been fish in the past few months. The fish were not there and moved to the areas where the water was actually cooler. Deep coves and long points held most of the fish. During the tournament we averaged 2lb fish and the day after the tournament we got into two SMALLMOUTH BOILS. I have never seen smallmouth boils on Powell before but have seen them in Michigan a lot. we got into one school in wahweap which had an average of about 2 lb smallies. I weighed the four biggest we caught out of the boil and they went, 2.3,2.2,2.0 and 2.0. Nice fish! they were all caught within a matter of 15 minutes off of the same point. we also caught others from smaller boils that went in the pound to pound and a half range.

Mostly using grubs and crankbaits to get em. It was a good go and we won the tournament too. We weighed 11.20 pounds for the tournament.

Date Received: October 5, 2004 - Jerry Yamashita

Ed and I launched Sat. 10/2 at Stateline A at about 4:30 a.m. made our way through the moonlight to Navajo. Looked for boils at the mouth but didn't see anything so we moved to Padre around Cookie Jar. Just as we arrived we ran into a nice boil. Got three out that boil. Waited for more boils and they were small boils popping up over towards the east wall. They would bat the Sammies and then disappear. We decided to move to Dominguez Butte. As we were heading into the cove with the floating outhouse we saw the water jumping with shad. The stripers had them trapped at the end of the cove. Ed and I floated towards the shore and pulled out 4 more. These guys were in less than 3 feet of water. Everything died down so we went trolling over by buoy 24 and trolled a little bit where we caught 7 more smaller ones.

Since it was getting later we decided to move down lake so we went back to Navajo where we graphed some fish at 35-50 feet but couldn't get them to hit our jigs. We then decided to head down to buoy 1 and search again. As we were coming out of the no wake zone by AP marina a boil erupted right in front of our boat. You could have stuck a net in and pulled them out they were so close. One more in the cooler.

Got down to #1 but nothing happening. Getting dark so we went back to the hotel.

Sunday morning back on the lake again. Headed to Cookie Jar but nothing happening. I think the little wind and cooler evening may have chased them out. Went over to the floating outhouse again. Stripers had the shad trapped again. There were two other boats in the way so we had to fish a little further from shore. The guys in the other boats were breaking lines trying to land the fish. Ed and I managed to get two nice ones out of the school. As quick as it started it ended.

We headed down lake and worked #24, Cookie Jar area, Navajo, AP marina areas but saw nothing. As we were coming through the narrows at buoy #3 we ran into a boil. With our boat rocking all over the place due to the passing boats and a recent tour boat passing we threw our Sammies in and both got a hook up. Brought those two in and watched as the boil moved down river. We couldn't get close enough again. We headed down to buoy 1 where there was a small boil just as you enter the no wake zone. Some smaller stripers were splashing around and batted out lures but we couldn't get anything to hit. We had to get back to retrieve and head home so that was the end of our trip. Total of 17 stripers. Smaller ones trolling were 2-3 lbs. Ones out of the boils 5 to 8 1/2 lbs. Not too bad for a day and a half fishing.

Date Received: October 6, 2004 - Scotty Grow

Lots of action at antelope point off of the cliffs. No action until about 11:30am then it just turned on....stripers and small mouth. Boils and just casting a natural looking shade rap right on the cliffs.....shady side.

I noticed that as long as I could see the moon the fish were quiet but when the moon seemed to move to the west the fish turned on. The biggest one was 26".....caught ten.....they hit very hard and were fighting aggressively.

Date Received: October 10, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

Randy showed up at the rally with only a toothbrush, tackle box and fishing rod. I took him with me since there were 2 to 3 anglers in all other boats. The prospects of morning boils in Wahweap Bay proved to be a dream -darn it!

That would have been great.

So we went up lake arriving at Padre Bay to find gulls and ravens stationed on the shore behind Padre Butte. The birds and anglers waited impatiently but the stripers were no-shows. We checked the restroom cove - no stripers.

Went across to Last Chance looking for shad coves. In the shade of the wall Randy got a blow up on his jumping minnow so we drifted on shore, got out of the boat and cast to the area where the fish came up. This proved to be a good choice as stripers worked over our jumpin minnows for the next 30 minutes. There was no boil but they did come up in the morning shade to the walking baits as they neared a rock point near shore. We got 8 averaging 4-5 pounds. It was a delightful spot with great scenery and willing fish. This alone was worth the trip.

When the surface action ended we trolled along the shoreline trying to relocate the departing school. I graphed a school and got a hit but missed the fish. We turned around and dropped spoons on the spot and got an immediate hookup from a 3 pound fish. Dropped again but the school had gone.

That is so common right now. A spoon dropped right in the school is eaten but the school mates will not stick around. The school leaves before many more can be caught. Striper schools will be more stationary as the temperature cools.

We searched other coves in Last Chance with no luck. Returned to the restroom cove saw two stripers in the grass in the back but could not catch any. Trying to piece the pattern together I noticed a cove that also had a sand bottom with aquatic weeds (grass) near the deep water by Padre Butte where the birds had congregated earlier. I tossed the jumpin minnow as close to shore as possible and got a huge washtub swirl and strike. While I fought the 6-pound striper Randy tossed his lure behind my fish and hooked a 2.5 pound smallmouth bass. We pulled our fish in and noticed another 3 pound smallmouth swimming behind our fish. That was the pattern all day. Hook a good fish and watch many others swim with it. Both bass and stripers are keying on shad trapped in coves and are working as a team to feed on them and keep them pinned in a spot.

We then went looking for spots that fit the pattern: Sand coves with grass next to deep water. We found perhaps 5 more coves with shad trapped and caught good smallmouth in each cove. The biggest and best bass were swimming together in groups around shad. Once found they were easy to catch.

Birds helped with our search. Coots eat grass in coves. Find FEEDING coots and shad schools were near. Gulls marked the sites of previous striper boils. Find gulls and stripers could return any time. These spots are a good starting point for the next day. Ravens perched on shore mark the same areas and are found in conjunction with gulls. Mergansers on shore and herons mean shad and predators are near or have been there recently.

This pattern was good to us and will work lakewide for the remainder of October.

Date Received: October 15, 2004 - Steve Bauer

Steve Bauer sent this picture of our September trip for boiling stripers at the main channel near the mouth of Navajo Canyon. Good boils and good fun. Pictured (l-r) are Wayne, Darrell, Jim Casad, and Dorian Gustaveson.

Date Received: October 10, 2004 - Tim Kelley

My son and I got into a quick topwater feed next to the rocks below Lakeshore drive where Pete N. and his son saw them Friday morning! My son got two stripers on topwater, and a SMB! I got a striper, and a SMB out of it! He was happy so I'm a happy pappy!

This happened at 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning! My son is the one who spotted it with Binoculars from the other side of the Bay where we were waiting for them to boil like the Saturday morning no show! We checked Navajo, and waited at the mouth of Warm Creek around 9:30, and checked Antelope Marina around 11:00 a.m. then you know the rest--the ominous sky said get off the lake, so we did!

Hopefully I can get him into some real topwater action next year! My wife, and son enjoyed the potluck! Thanks for all your efforts!

Date Received: October 11, 2004 - Don Schuster

Greetings from Basalt, Co.

Spent Wednesday to Sunday on the lake, went south from Bullfrog to Iceberg rather than to my favorite Forgotten Canyon. Took my friend, Dave Marrs, down to rainbow bridge in the little boat since he had never been there. Fished a couple of points with extended shelves on the way out of the canyon. Picked up four or five smallies over 2 pounds. White and brown with orange tail grubs fished slowly near or on the bottom in 10-12 feet did the trick. Could hardly feel the bite.

Returned to Iceberg and found smallies in the same pattern some to three pounds. Mid canyon smallie/striper boils late evening and around 9 in the morning until a family camped on the shore. Funny how kids throwing rocks in the water will put a crimp on surface feeding. Rapalas danced on the surface did well before the attack of the rocks. Caught one crappie of 14" in the back of the canyon but nothing else.

Also found smallies in several of the small side canyons north of Slick Rock, same grub pattern. Moved the houseboat back to the slip at Bullfrog on Saturday and fished a few of what were islands and side canyons south of Hansen's Creek but only picked up a few fish. Went out on Sunday morning for a couple of hours before making the trek home. Looked for the Stanton boils but only saw sporadic fish hitting the surface so we fished a few of the points between the Hall's buoy field and Moki Wall.

Picked up one or two smallies off most points and my buddy Dave from Carbondale got the smallie of his life in the last half hour of fishing. It went four pounds or maybe more. One of the biggest smallmouths I've seen since my days of fishing Beaver and Hog Islands in Lake Michigan thirty years ago.

What a great few days on the lake, didn't even need to fix anything on the houseboat.

Date Received: October 11, 2004 - Murray Wilson

On Sunday I caught a quick boil in the main channel in front of Antelope Marina at 11:30 am. I managed to get 2 stripers out of it one being a nice 29" 7.5 pounder.

This trip was my first Striper encounter and I have to say that in many years of fishing I have never seen anything even close to as exciting as hearing a loud splashing sound and looking up to see the water alive and teaming with ferocious feeding Striped bass. During this trip I was lucky enough to have this happen a total of five times within casting distance of my boat. After tossing my 3/4 ounce Rattletrap to the middle of this and with in a few seconds feeling the heavy tug on the line and then seeing the spool start to scream once he knows he's hooked is a total blast. I highly recommend it. Maybe its a bit lucky being in position for a boil this time of year but it sure helps to have the kind of help and knowlege that Wayne freely gives that made a first striper trip for a couple of guys so memorable. I have a feeling that the 650 miles from Denver is going to run up the odometer on my truck quite a bit in the coming future.

Date Received: October 19, 2004 - Tim Kelley and Chris Michael

Days fished Oct 14th-16th Chris and I started fishing Thursday afternoon in the Antelope Marina area! We saw some boils, and caught a few from them up to 4 pounders! We also trolled a couple up that afternoon! We tried to make it to the Marina early Friday morning but missed the big boil by 30 minutes, however Chris noticed some splashes by the rocks across from the houseboats, and we made our way over there in time to catch six stripers, and 3 smb in just a few minutes. We headed into Navajo to check for boils, and do some jigging!

We found a spot close to the back that had lots of shad, seemingly fish, but could not get them to hit jigs or trolled lures, so we tried banging the rocks with cranks to no avail! We went back to the Marina and chased some boils around for a couple more hours, and picked up a couple of nice stripers from them! We went back for an afternoon nap as one purpose of coming up was to night fish the new marina, and hope to find a honey hole for the south end that would be equivalent to Halls buoy field! We were not disappointed!

We were back at 5:00 p.m. to get into the evening boils at thr Marina but not that night! We had made a new acquaintence with a great guy named Charles that had a huge Houseboat slipped there, and he invited us to tie up to the back and do our night fishing! We put out the hydro glow and ten minutes after it was on the stripers were coming into the boat! About the time we had ten in the cooler Charles comes out with two plates of pulled pork, asparagus, mashed potatos, and salad for Chris and I! It was hard to stop to eat, but of course we did!

Charles had some friends there from California, and Chris and I told them to get there poles, and join us! We gave them a quick course on chovie fishing, and after losing the 1st three or four they started getting the hang of it! It was a hoot as all four of us were bringing in stripers! Chris, and I pulled in 38 stripers that night, and the other two caught about a dozen!

Here is a picture of the cooler full Chris and I ended up at the cleaning station with the next day!

Saturday morning the boils did not show in the Marina, and we were there at 1st light. We worked the rocky banks again, and didn't find them there, We did some trolling, and picked up a few later that morning, and I hooked this nice SMB by the gas dock. We tried looking in the 1st two miles of Navajo again then went back to the Marina to look for boils, and troll some more. While trolling both of our rods bent back at the same time! Line was peeling off, and we both thought that we had caught a cable until we stood up and could feel the head shaking, and monster runs being made by both fish. We brought to the boat a five pounder and a six and a half pounder which Chris is shown with here!

We went back for a snooze so we could come back and night fish again!

We wanted to try some other areas in the marina, so we tied up to the middle of the long dock between the houseboats and the Gas dock to start with! 10 min. after we turned on the light we dropped our bait to the magic 40 ft. depth, and started catching stripers right away, but it slowed down there after 30 minutes, so we moved to the outside of the gas dock, and tried that for 30 minutes, it was even slower there, but we caught a few more, and Chris got a five pounder out of that spot. We moved back down to the east end, and talked to Charles and the gang again, and then moved to the east outside corner of the houseboat slips and tied up there! Again as soon as we dropped our bait down to 40 ft. the catching was on again! This end has proved to be the best so far, and we fished until we ran out of bait, and ended up with another 28 stripers for the night!

It was so peaceful, and calm both nights that it made it very comfortable for fishing enjoyment! We will be back Thursday this week again!

Date Received: October 19, 2004 - Lou Schultz

I went back to Warm Creek, fished MORE places around there, plus the bay South of the Castle cut. Got LOTS of SMB, plus a couple of LMB. Once, I had a large SMB on, & 3 or 4 others, it's size or BETTER, followed it right up to the boat.(Puppy mentality?) @ ~ 2 pm, I went to UT Antelope on West side, caught LOTS more SMB, plus a ~ lg. catfish that was all, like, bluish looking. Was that a "Bullhead"?

I used grubs, white, green, brown, also used Shad-Raps in silver, green. I even drop-shotted a live night-crawler, which took ~ 25 sec. to have a nice SMB take it, just resting in pole-holder.

NEVER saw a Striper, but Your Lake is WAYYYY intimidating, overwhelming. I was NOT going to kill 1/2 day or better looking, though maybe I better re-think that! I talked my Wife into going on the Navajo "tapestry" tour, which She enjoyed VERY much. (Thurs, 14th.) While going past the DOCKS @ Antelope Marina, the whole boat got to witness a med. size boil, LARGE Stripers clearing the water. I was livid, + a lot of other emotions. (Wrong time, right place, wrong license, etc.)

Did You know a Mallard will not eat an Anchovie? I cut up my mushy bag, in last hopes of attracting Stripers, but NO. I don't even know if SMB will take them regularly.

Date Received: October 25, 2004 - Ed Gerdemann

When I picked up Jim Buxton Wednesday for our daily commute from west Phoenix to Tempe I noticed a frown on his face. This bothered me as Wednesday was actually our Friday. In 24 hours we were scheduled to be leaving for Powell. As he got into the Jeep he told me he had just seen a weather forecast which predicted rain and snow for northern Arizona through Saturday. He then asked me if I still wanted to go. I told him that the forecast I saw indicated clearing on Friday and a pretty good day for Saturday. I suggested we check for an updated forecast later that day before making a decision.

After arriving at work I checked several weather reports on the Web. All of them indicated that the bad weather that was moving in would clear out by Friday, and Saturday should be decent. I told Jim I thought Friday might be marginal but Saturday looked reasonably good and that I thought we should go. My philosophy is I only have so many fishing trips in a lifetime, and if I wait for ideal conditions I would have miss out on about half of them. Jim agreed so the trip went off as planned - or I should say better than planned.

True to the reports it was raining when we got into Page Thursday. We used that afternoon getting the boat ready and rigging tackle. Having told Jim how successful I had been spooning for stripers, he had purchased a Bass Pro Extreme seven-foot medium/heavy action trigger rod and a new baitcasting reel just for the occasion. He also picked up some Wallylure spoons at Stixx. Although it rained off and on all night, Friday morning dawned only partly cloudy and it appeared the front was moving east. Because the weather still looked a bit unsettled I decided to stay close and fish Navajo Canyon. After reading Wayne's reports as to how the shad had been moving back into the canyons I thought Navajo might be productive. We motored in to about a mile above the dune where the water color started changing from a clear dark green to sort of an olive drab. I graphed some fish in about 35 feet of water. We dropped spoons but only got one half-hearted hit. Jim switched to a jig and immediately hooked into a decent smallmouth which came unbuttoned as it jumped near the boat. I soon had taken a couple on a drop shot Senko and Jim, who had trouble with losing fish on that jig all day, lost another one and then boated a small one.

At that point I noticed a boat in the mouth of a cove on the opposite (left side heading up canyon) side. I motored over there to see if they were catching anything. They indicated they had not been doing well, however I did notice a lot of shad on my graph in that cove. Just outside the cove off a point in 32-38 feet of water I graphed a number of large fish on the bottom. Cutting the engine I scrambled to the front seat and got the trolling motor down. I located those same fish on the front graph and soon we were dropping Wallylure spoons to them. Jim hooked into the first one which really gave his new rod and reel a workout. After several line-stripping runs he got the big fish turned and soon I had the net under a fat eight-pounder. Soon I was fast into my first striper which was nearly the twin of Jim's. We took five more there before the action died off.

Before leaving the area Jim managed to take a green bass on a jig in the very back of that cove. I motored up canyon and graphed another group of large fish on the bottom in 40 feet. On my first drop I was into another fine striper in the seven pound range. That, however was our only fish from that spot. I went back over the school several times but they continued to ignore out spoons. We motored back to the end of Navajo where we tried a couple more spots without success. We then went back to our hotspot where Jim landed another nice fish. We ended the day catching a few smallmouth on the points above the double islands. Our tally was nine fine stripers and about a dozen smallmouth (we kept six of those bronzebacks).

Saturday dawned bright and clear - too bright and clear for me as I feared we were in for one of those post-front bluebird days. Since Jim has never been further uplake than Warm Creek I thought it would be nice to at least get him up into Padre Bay. Even if the fish didn't cooperate it would be a beautiful boat ride. After a wonderful (and somewhat chilly) ride uplake we motored into Padre Canyon. About three-fourths back in I started idling around looking for shad or schools of gamefish. On the right side going in there was a small shallow cut right next to a longer deeper cut with a steep wall. I circled around this area for 15-20 minutes until I started seeing balls of shad on the graph. I then spotted some large arches just off the bottom in 22 feet of water. After locating that school on my front graph we started spooning. My first fish was a nice bronzeback - not the striper I'd been hoping for but a great fish to start the day. The next hit, however produced a six-pound striper that put up a terrific battle in that relatively shallow water.

While trying to get back on top of the school Jim and noticed some shad working in the shallow cut. I moved us over there with the trolling motor. The water was just a few feet deep in there but the shad were really working. We started throwing lipless crankbaits. Suddenly the whole place errupted as a school of stripers pinned those shad up against the bank. Jim and I both cast into them and were instantly hooked into rampaging stripers. Jim's broke off, however I managed to land mine after a terrific battle on a relatively light rod. Although the stripers disappeared about as quickly as they appeared, it was still apparent that something else was chasing these shad. I cast my Rattlin' Rapala into a disturbance and it was hammered by a dandy bronzeback just as soon as it hit the water. The fish turned broadside so I could get a good look at it, and then the hooks came out. The water was shallow and there was a lot of vegetation making it not ideal for that crankbait. I switched to a Spit 'N Image surface lure. I made a cast across a little hole and walked the lure back through it where a nice smallmouth blew up on it but missed. Four more times I cast and worked the bait across there and four more times that bass blew up on and missed that lure. Jim was casting a Pop R and I suggested he try that spot. On his first try the surface literally blew up and he was battling a heavy fish. As he got it near the boat he saw that he had two smallmouth hooked on the same lure! After a bit of struggle I got the net under those fiesty bronzebacks. We could have quit right then and we would have had a day to remember.

But the best was yet to come. Action in the shallow cut died out so we started working the deeper cut. We took a number of dandy smallmouth by pitching drop shot Senkos and Kut Tail worms parallel to the canyon wall. Most of the fish took our offerings on the initial drop. We had to watch our lines carefully for a twitch, a sudden stop or a rapid acceleration as all were strike indicators. These were the best smallmouth I had taken in several trips with a number of them topping two pounds.

Again just that would have been a great fishing day, however I wanted to try for some more stripers. As we moved out of the deep cut back towards the main bay I graphed some large fish holding on the bottom in 23 feet. Jim was the first to hook up but, instead of the striper we expected, he had tangled with a three-pound walleye which mistook his Wallylure for a shad. I was next to hook up, and this time it was a nice striper. Over the next hour and a half we had continual spooning action on stripers in that little area. We took fish in as little as 18 feet of water all the way out to 30 feet. We found it necessary to jig our spoons two or three times before the hit would come. As long as I kept us over the fish we had action. In addition to the stripers Jim managed to lure a two-pound channel cat to hitting his spoon.

I am convinced we could have stayed on this spot and continued to catch stripers but my fish cooler was filled to the brim. Faced with a long boatride back to Wahweap, not to mention a long session at the fish cleaning station, we decided to call it a day and a trip. We totaled 16 dandy stripers up to seven pounds, 13 smallmouth with most running between 1 3/4 and 2 1/2 pounds, one walleye and one catfish. This was my best trip to Powell this year when combining both numbers and quality of the fish. The weather turned out far better than forecasted as well. I'm very glad we decided not to let a little thing like a weather forecast get in the way of our trip!


I would like to encourage all of you who don't know how to use a jigging spoon to give it a try. I am by no means an expert in this method, however the more I use it and learn the more impressed I am. As with drop shotting, learning how to fish a spoon will enable you take advantage of fishing opportunities you wouldn't been able to before. It will help you become a more complete Lake Powell angler.

Date Received: October 25, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

We returned from a successful deer hunt and went striper fishing. I hoped the fish were still in Padre Canyon so we headed that direction. On the way there we hit a quick boil at Buoy 3 in the main channel. Dorian Gustaveson showed us what the rest of the day was going to be like with a nice 7 pound fish caught on a jumpin' minnow on his second cast of the morning.

Then we motored to Padre. I wanted to graph the canyon so we trolled while watching the graph. The first portion of the narrows were devoid of shad. Last time I looked here two weeks ago the shad were thick. We had to make the turn around the last corner before we started marking big schools of shad. Looks like they have been pushed further back in the canyon by striper attacks.

We had no hits trolling so we went back out. I tried jigging spoons on each corner with no success. Then we went out to the island in front of the narrows. Saw a school on the canyon edge where it dropped form 25 to 45 feet. We dropped spoons and wham! The graph lit up and the fish started flopping on the boat deck. In the next 45 minutes we caught 23 stripers up to 7 pounds. Most were big, fat 5-pounders. Man that was fun.

Date Received: November 1, 2004 - Ryno

Well we didn't make it on the lake until Sunday morning.

As you recall I was leaving to go home that day, but I was excited about getting out and catching some of those bruisers you spoke of. We headed out of Wahweap at first light and kicked the ol' 200 Merc into hyper-drive for a quick trip uplake. As soon as we got to Padre Butte we slowed down and scanned the northern shore for birds. The last big cove before the restroom had about 15 gulls, 10 ravens and one lonely, but well fed coyote. We figured that was a good start.

It got shallow quick so we used the electric to motor into the back. As we approached the end of the cove you could see shad wake near the shore, which was broken by occasional feeding bursts by the gulls. I was rigged with the trusty spook jr. and hooked immediately. You were right, there is a crop of spiny niad back there which makes casting topwaters more effective. The other guys were mowing the bottom with their rattletraps and began to make the change to topwaters. Once everyone was rigged on top the action went into lightspeed. We had some doubles and the cheers were loud as we watched the stripers attack the artificial prey. They slammed and beat the spooks up, and I mean up! Some of those lures were knocked out of the water 2-3 ft. It was a blast. We only boated 12 fish, but it takes some time to real in those 6-7 lbers. Those are some healthy fish and the fillets will feed us "piscivores" for a few dinners.

Anyways, as always I appreciate the tips and the fish. You put us where the action is and a productive fishing trip is what we all needed. I'll nurse my sore forearm in preparation for the upcoming icefishing season. Thanks Wayne and enjoy the pics!

Date Received: November 10, 2004 - Tim Kelley and John Lassandro

Days fished November 5th and 6th

What a blast John and I had chasing stripers together! I met John and Susie at the south spring shad rally, a couple of great people, and fisherpeople also! In the past several weeks John and I have been shadowing each other in separate boats chasing stripers! Since Johnís 1st mate and fine lady didnít make this trip, I was able to get on the boat with John, and do some serious striper chasing! I met John at Wahweap ramp friday at 7:20 a.m., and we headed directly to Padre Bay! We worked the Kane Wash area, and John started picking up stripers 1st in the coves, and was giving me a good ol rear kicking most of the morning on topwater! I was noticing he was using a topwater lure I had purchased for him that he couldnít find, and gave him a couple of weeks ago! LOL

We moved on to Padre Canyon but found no topwater action there, however we did get on a submerged school in 45 foot of water on the east side that allowed us to get in some good jiging action, with a hit as soon as jig was dropped to them! We pulled three out of there, before the school moved on. But the best is yet to come!

We then headed for Gunsight from a tip John received at the cleaning station from a group of anglers via S.L.C. that jigged a bunch up the day before! I was in the frame of mind for jigging since we had just had some luck with that, and as we were most of the way in John noticed a couple of seagulls sitting on a shallow rocky shoreline on the right, so I said lets stop here for a minute! My 1st cast towards the shore had a six pound striper smashing my lure with a vengence as he took off for deeper water like a crazed tuna! As I was fighting this one John got smashed on his 1st cast also! Nothing like a pair of lines with drag screaming at you at the same time. This action went on for forty minutes straight without moving off this spot, and we fished up until about 20 minutes before dark. All fish were in the 5 to 7 pound class! Here is a picture with John holding two nice ones from the topwater bite! ( I already posted my pic holding a couple 7 pounders on the B.B.). Here is another pic of us at the cleaning station that night.

Saturday morning we headed back to the same place, and when we got there it turns out to be Pieter, and his friend from San Diego were already on the hot spot, so we stayed about a hundred feet from them, and still got some action off the right shallow point coming out off the shoreline. When it died down we decided to go search for some schools to jig! We tried some jigging on a school with no luck, and went back to working all the coves in the back of Gunsight. John caught a real nice SMB bass, and while he was working it I cast a Strike Pro vibrator out towards the middle of the channel. I had two nice stripers follow it back, and one took a smash at it while I was bringing it up towards the boat! Thatís when I told John we need to start trolling! It wasnít more than a couple of minutes trolling before a nice six pound striper hammered my lure. Wow theses fish were making big runs after hookup, and during reeling them in too! We trolled for around an hour and a half before it slowed, with a fish on every 5 or 6 minutes. Here is a picture of the typical fish we were trolling up!

We then moved to the very back of G.S., and I took a picture of a boat on the shoreline that had been under water for probably quite a few years and I posted it on the B.B., on the right there was a shallow cove that had some kind of flat reeds sticking up, and John noticed a big splash right at shore, and he said that is a striper. We got in to where it was only three feet deep, and started casting to one foot depth of water! ďBamĒ right away I got a good one on, and then John hooked up! As we were bringing the fish to the boat there were several chasers following them, and they would swim right under the boat! I got one more out of there before I think we spooked em back out to the channel! These fish were all healthy 6 pounders! We finished the day out trolling, and catching a few with the hopes that the late afternoon bite would occur in the same spot as before but it didnít.

It was still a great day fishing, and t-shirt weather to boot! I really enjoyed fishing with John, and found out he shares the same passion for catching stripers as I do. We headed back to Wahweap for another hourís session at the fish cleaning station. Look forward to fishing with you again John. We caught well over 250 pounds of fish in two days!

Date Received: November 12, 2004 - Wayne Gustaveson

It was interesting to watch a "complete cycle" of the daily striper feeding pattern in Padre Bay. Shad have been trapped in the grassy coves for a long time but recently the school size has diminished. I suspected that during the night some shad had fled the shallows for deep water. But after watching the events yesterday I think just the opposite is true.

We were near the floating restroom at Dominguez Butte. At noon seagulls left their quiet rocky perches and flew excitedly to a long point in close proximity to deep water. It was obvious to me that the striper school had rounded up a school of shad from deep water and chased them against the shallow rocky point to trap them and then feed on them. Shad took the opportunity to continue to even shallower water where big mature stripers could not follow. Once finding a shallow sanctuary with grassy cover, shad were reluctant to leave - at any price.

Shad are not seeking the shallows, they are forced into them each day by stripers. Shad feel secure in the weedy shallow water so they stay until forced to leave to find food. Stripers run new shad into the killing fields each day. Some days there are many, other days just a few. When shad are plentiful, stripers stay for a long time. This makes fishing really great. When just a few shad are trapped the striper stay is short and fishing is over quickly.

As Forrest Gump would say, fishing for stripers in the shallows is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get. But recently I have at least tasted "chocolate" every trip. I do the same thing each time. Run into the shallows in Gunsight, Labyrinth, Kane Creek, Kane Wash, Padre and Face. Throw topwater to the shallow grassy coves where I have seen shad previously. When I find a school I stay. If there are no takers I move quickly to the next spot. Most days I catch one striper or a bonus smallmouth per spot. Some days many more.

This day we got 18 with an average weight of 5 pounds. The previous day we got 13 but the total weight was bigger. Got some huge fish, 2 of which were close to 9 pounds. It was always fun. Jim Walker and Perry Berry were the fish catchers this day.

Date Received: November 15, 2004 - The Newmans, Page, Az. USA

On Nov. 11th we were pleasantly surprised to catch a 8.2# 30", a 6.7# 28", a 5.5# 26" and a 4.5# 24" stripers and a 15" smallmouth in the Padre Bay area. All were caught on a Storm Rattlin' Chug-Bug ( Tenn. shad ) top-water lure, which we consider the ultimate in a top-water lure. On Oct. 30th, we caught a 5.2# 21" largemouth and several smallmouth, some in the 2# range in the same area and on the same trusty lure.

This is the 8.2# 30" striper we mentioned in our previous note, caught on Nov. 11th. We went to Padre Canyon again this morning on Nov. 15th. We had no action so proceeded to the floating restroom where we saw about a dozen seagulls sitting on a sandbar. We started fishing the shallow water and caught 5 nice stripers and a smallmouth. The largest was 25" and weighed 5.4#.

What we tho't might be a catchless day turned out pretty well, after all !

Date Received: November 22, 2004 - Kelly Baker

Weather was spectacular on Friday, cruised the canyons in Padre Bay looking for birds and graphing all the likely spots. Didn't find any shad being rustled around by the stripers and didn't find any concentrations of stripers. Got some good hits on the graph in Gunsight about mid canyon on the south east side of the canyon in about 35 to 40 feet, got dark before we could find what they wanted to eat.

Saturday the weather started out great, we went back to Gunsight and started trolling whole anchovies over the area we found on Friday. Over the course of the day we caught four stripers and a largemouth, lost three others because we were using 4 pound leader, switched to 12 pound and didn't have any more problems. The weather over the course of the day went from sunny to very overcast, started raining about 9 p.m. and hadn't stopped by Sunday at noon when we left.

December 15, 2004 - Wayne, Ron, Larry and Jim

I must be healing. I have gone fishing the past two days in a row. Went yesterday with Ron Colby and you can read about that in the new fish report. A little more detail. We were in Ron's boat and he graphed a few fish off the point. We dropped spoons down and Ron claimed to have a couple of hits. I am not too sure about that cuz the first fish he caught he snagged in the belly. That got me revved up and I set the hook immediately after he did and fought one all the way back to the boat. Well it wasn't the 'rock fish' I wanted but just a plain rock. Colby took the picture.

So I'm not sure if the school started because Ron was reeling his fish in upside down or if it was me reeling in a rock. Anyway the commotion woke the school up and we caught some really nice fish on a point I can see out of my office window.
This morning I wrote the fish report while watching Larry Millhouse and Jim work over the point where Ron and found them yesterday. I promised to join them when I could. About 11 AM I found them working spoons in the old hot spot but they had only one fish. Jim caught an 8-pounder. 'Big Grin'
We tried two points and the channel and then Ice Cream Cyn with no luck. Then we searched further towards Lone Rock. Just before the last right turn heading to Lone Rock I graphed a school of shad at 90 feet. I edged toward shore until bottom depth came up sharply to 60 feet. We dropped our spoons there. I t only took about 5 minutes to get the first 5 pounder to hit. Then we had the school going and it followed the boat for about 30 minutes while we jigged 12 nice fish off the bottom and caught them speed reeling at mid depth.

Larry broke his first one off with a massive hook set. He was out of action for a time while retying and Jim and I waited patiently by flopping fish in the boat. Once retied Larry caught up quickly. We finally ran up on shore and had to reposition the boat. On the next drift we only caught one more. With my lunch break over I left them to try another assault on the striper school. I hope they got more.