February 20, 2005 -Rick Rowland

Hi! Just looking at your site, thought I’d let you know that we had a lot of fun at Wahweap this winter. We made one trip in Nov and caught seven 5.5 to 8-lb stripers, then in Dec the same thing in jan.05 two times we did the same thing and one of those days we caught over 20 all 5 - 8-lb.

We fished outside of the marina and only at night. I only told you of the ones we kept or should I say got in the boat. On every trip we fished only the dark hours but some of the time we had one bite after another and lost several hard fighters. This was the first time I tried winter night fishing down there and it was great. Only used anchovies.

LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SPRING - I'LL BE WATCHING YOUR SITE!!

February 25, 2005 - Steve Van O

Just got back from our trip to the lake. We had steady fishing for bass (both SM and LM) during our trip. Although our retrieves were slower than last years spring trip we still found some active fish.  We used grubs, drop shot and other plastics to get many of our bass.
I also used jerk baits and caught several 1-2 lb striper active in Last Chance and near Rock Creek on major points with Jerkbaits in about 4-10 feet. They were really active for the most part. They were supposed to be SM but I still had some fun with them.

Here is a photo of a smallmouth and walleye I caught.

   

 

March 5, 2005 - Bass Tournament

Bass fishing season started with a bang.  The first bass tournament of the season was held today.  I expected some bigger fish this year.  Last year the winner needed 5 fish that weighed more than 12 pounds.  This year I was hoping to see that fish size increase to 14 pounds.

I was not disappointed.  The winning team weighed 4 LMB and 1 SMB weighing over 15.5 pounds.   The biggest largemouth was over 5 pounds with the largest smallmouth close behind.

March 10, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson & Aaron Anderson

 

Aaron and I made a return trip to Lone Rock in Wahweap Bay to see if the stripers were still there.   OH MY GOODNESS!  The water is getting warmer each day and stripers are getting more aggressive.

 

Since we knew from a trip on Tuesday that trolling deep was the best method, we started trolling by the first buoy marking Lone Rock beach.  We were on the east side of the bay.  All of our previous success had been on deep trolled lures so I dug out the deepest divers I had.  I found two BIG MACs (striper color) which were given to me over the winter by Kent Sorenson who found them in a bargain bin in northern UT. Sorno this report is dedicated to you.  Thanks. I owe you. Come on down and collect!

 

The Big Macs were running at 25 feet with bottom depth at 35 feet.  The stripers were right there.  It was almost like letting them jump in the boat.  We only had two hours to fish and made remarkable use of the time. Caught 5-6 pound stripers on each pass.

(That is Lone Rock in the background.)

 

Finally at 4:55 PM we had to leave to meet a schedule after catching one last fish.  Then Aaron said “maybe we could make one more pass".  So we turned around and headed back.  Aaron hooked one within the first minute.  I reeled my bait in while he played his fish and hooked one on the retrieve. We had a double with 6-pounders . We caught 17 pounds of fish in 5 minutes.  That’s GOOD FISHING!

March 14, 2005 - Tim and Shaun Kelly

March 11th thru 12th,2005 Areas fished: Lone Rock; Gunsight; and Last Chance This is more of an informative report than anything, and mostly featuring my son, as I don't get to fish with him that often anymore!

We started out in Lone Rock late friday afternoon, the fish were in the 45 to 50 ft. channel between Lone Rock and the Camping beach just as Wayne had informed on the B.B. and Anglers corner. I started out with a deep diving Yozuri in Chartreuse and Chrome, and my son with a Bagleys Monster Shad, both of these lures dive 20 ft. or deeper! My son got some violent strikes on the Monster Shad but no takers, I got nothing on the Yozuri. We both then switched to what I knew would work, that being a shad colored (white translucent) Rapala Glass Shad Rap. I used both downriggers, and was running them at 18 to 20 ft. deep off the cannon ball. We would get strikes or fish on the turn when coming across the 32 ft depth range, and not realizing it we were getting the fish that were hugging the bottom! I was trolling underneath the 20 foot fish!

A pic of me with one of the Lone Rock piggies.

Wayne came out with his family around 4 p.m. and was slaying them in the channel! When he left he gave us one of his secret lures, and I proceeded to let my son use it! We only ended up with a half dozen fish, but all fat ones!  
Next morning we headed to Last Chance, with my theory of starting the farthest out, and working my way back to Lone Rock! We got to the very back where the "Y" is and stopped to graph, I shut down the engine, and we peeled the heavy coats off, and when looking down at the graph, there were fish loaded up in there! The water temp. was 54 degrees, and never got over 56 back there! We started picking up strikes and fish almost immediately, but lost a few at 1st with short strikes as fish were not aggressive. We worked the last cove on the left if facing the back, but got most of our action on parallel to the mouth about 50 yards out! Then we found the hump! The stripers were stacked over this hump like cords of wood, and the 1st time we passed over it we got a double hookup! We worked this hump until there were no more on it. With fish on every pass, I will say that we lost quite a few on the retrieve half way to the boat. Hooks were all sharp, so not sure if the strikes were short or not, but I know a couple of fish were hooked in the belly, and below the mouth, and I actually hooked one with both hooks in the top dorsal fin, and believe me the fight he gave me had me thinking ten pounder!! A couple pics of my son with Last Chance fish!
We headed for Gunsight when it slowed in L.C. and cruised in there around 1:00 p.m.! Warning--there are a lot of big humps and rocks just sub surface going in just past the buoy in the front of G.S., be very careful right now! When we got into Gunsight there was a lot of floating bottom looking stuff like the bay was turning over, but that did not slow down the fishing, and we used the same depth pattern as L.C., and started catching fish within ten minutes of arriving, and downrigging the glass rap only ten to eleven feet got it to the desired 21 foot depth. Shaun was running the W.G. special, and again we were getting double hook ups! Another pic of my son with a G.S striper. Water Temp. was 60 degrees
When we left for Lone Rock the wind was really kicking up in the channel around 3:00 p.m., which made the ride through both sets of narrows pretty rough! When we got into the Wahweap area we could see the 50 foot high cloud of dust across Lone Rock, and opted to finish the day without the grief of a dust storm! When at the fish cleaning station several different groups of fisherman from different areas of the lake were showing up with good catches of stripers! Lone Rock, Navajo, and Warm Creek which made me believe fishing was good at the backs of canyons everywhere on the lower lake! Here is a pic with one cooler full from the boat on Saturday! Things are looking great for some more outstanding fishing this year! Thanks again to Wayne for his generosity by loaning my son his secret weapon, and the great job he has done with the fisheries at Lake Powell.

March 16, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson

 

I took my sons Troy and Mark fishing today.  Yesterday the fish were shallow - less than 20 feet deep near Lone Rock.  We went there first and found only one taker with our slow, stop-and-go trolling technique.  Working out deeper we started to get hits on the big Shad Rap where bottom depth was 35.  We put some nice big fish in the boat but then hit an hour dry spell with no fish caught. 

 

 

We then moved out deeper (45 ft) and put on a Big Mac and a Little Mac which we ran side by side.  That did the trick.  Each time we hooked a fish on one of the macs we would stop and jig spoons while the fish was reeled in.  Sometimes we found no stragglers but other times we would get an extra 2 or 3 fish.

 

We fished about 4 hours and boated 14 fish.  Troy and Mark each lost one at the boat.  One other fish broke off my brand new Shad Rap.  Must have been a frayed line. Troy got a 7.5-pound beauty.

 

Back at the cleaning station we got a group picture of 14 fish that weighed over 70 pounds.  Troy took the picture and this was all Mark and I could hold up at one time.  

 


March 21, 2005  - Jimmie (Wade) Thomas, Flagstaff, AZ

My Son and I came down from Flagstaff and Fished The Lone Rock area: in about 40-50 Feet of water. Fish were Graphed around 22 -30 Feet22 -30 Feet down to 40 Feet.  Caught 6 Fish while fishing in between wind and Rain   3 Fish In the  morning each day.  Left around noon Sunday due to high wind and Sleet. I Did not have a fish Scale But Stripers Were 32 inch to 27 Inches long Very Fat, healthy and heavy.  Fish were Caught on Deep Running  Bomber Striper Chrome lures, that I used as a kid at Amistad Lake, In Del Rio Texas to catch hybrid striped bass ,The Color is very rare now unless you get it in a small size.  At First, we  lost several Fish Because the hooks were Crushed By the Fish jaws. I also had Several get off after a few Tugs. I installed the largest treble hooks I could Find to land the fish we caught and they were Quite Twisted Around and Bent after a few tugs. What strong jaws these fish have. My Net is now all Bent out of shape.  The hooks looked Like they were destroyed with a hammer. Wow Wish I lived there!  If the hooks were strong enough we  would have brought home an easy 15 Fish; but I don't know where I would have put them. The 6 we caught filled up two regular 32 Quart ice chest.

  I have a teenage son and this was quite a experience for both of us!  Thanks for all your  fishing  Reports  

 

March 23, 2005  - Richard Campbell
This 13-1/2# striper was caught from the Wahweap Fishing Dock while night fishing with anchovies on March 11, 2005.

April 5, 2005  - Tim Kelley and John Lassandro

We started out late on Thursday, and basically we covered the same territory as I did with my son three weeks ago. But because of the short day we went to Gunsight 1st. No disappointments as we found the humps off of the points, and also fish that were hanging in the 25 ft. zone at the 45 foot lake depths. We had a lot of double hookups, and came back with a cooler of fish. We had G.S. to ourselves! Next morning we went straight to the back of Last Chance. Fish were there, but it took them awhile to wake up! We had a couple of double hookups, and a couple of singles, and then they got lock jaw! Decided not to venture to Rock Creek. We came back to G.S.(why fix it if it ain’t broken). Spent the afternoon there, picking up more Stripers repeating the same pattern as before, and then we decided to finish the day in Wayne’s World (Lone Rock). Sorry Wayne, I just couldn’t let you have all the seven pounders! LOL We only caught a few there, but I picked up a nice 7.6 pounder at the end of the day! Back at the cleaning station with another cooler of fish!
Saturday was slower for us, and we went into the back of Navajo. We found a point with a hump, and picked up a couple in that area! It was slow for us there, so we headed over to G.S. again. The Spanish Armada was already there, and it looked like a Lund convention only one missing was mine)! Never seen so many Lunds at once on Powell. They are getting to be a popular boat here! It was like the Nascar circuit, with only a few being caught until the Italian stallion and I arrived. We started picking them up, and then the line formed behind us!( LOL) I won’t say anymore! But we did get a half dozen out of the minor bite. We left the well beaten area, and went back to Wayne’s World! We picked up a couple more and went in for the day!
I think Wayne covered paying attention a bit ago on the B.B., and I was paying attention at the cleaning station. I noticed one group with some nice fish taken from Warm Creek. Now three weeks ago there were some coming to the station from Warm Creek, but they all looked to be in the 2 -3 pound range. But this weekend they looked better! So Sunday was going to be a half dayer, and we went to Warm Creek! There are some good fish in there, and we saw a lot of big arches on the F.F.! We caught 3 nice stripers in there, but it was not fast fishing, maybe due to the weekend pressure from the previous days. Most of our time was spent trolling. We worked the Big Macs pretty hard, but the biggest fish was still caught on the Glass Rap again! John wanted to test the grounds, before a family trip next weekend with his parents, and 1st mate Suzie! Good luck to them, and I hope they do well!
The weather was beautiful for the most part, with some wind kicking up Sunday afternoon! I did here a guy tell a friend at the cleaning station that he picked up a 13 pounder in Navajo! The Stripers are nice and fat, and healthy, and can't wait for the next trip--it can get only better!!  

April 6, 2005 - Aaron and James Anderson

Aaron and James Anderson went with me to Lone Rock from 3-6 PM.  We tried to jig up a few stripers but found no schools willing to stay under the boat. So we trolled. 

We put on a Deep Thunderstick and the Big Mac.  It didn’t take long for Aaron to score with a 7-pound striper on the thunderstick.   The Big Mac was ignored so we replaced it with a Yozuri Deep er.  My guess is that stripers near Lone Rock are suffering heartburn from a Big Mac overdose. 

We found one good fish holding point and got 3 double hookups on each pass.  We ended up with 8 stripers for 2 hours of fishing.  Biggest fish was 7 pounds. 

Aaron and James make these nice fish look small.  James is 6’10 inches and Aaron only 6’5.  I asked James to hold me up next to his fish so it could have the proper visual perspective.   


April 23, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson

Here is what I have learned since I returned from vacation.  

Bass spawned last weekend (April 15 -17).  The weekend was warm.  Temperature stayed above 60 for a few days. Then a cold front cooled things off and water dropped back to the mid 50’s.  Bass stayed on the nest but lost aggression soon as the cold front hit.  These eggs are hatching right now.

The next spawn (2nd spawn) will be the big one. Expect it when the water gets back into the 60s for 3 days.  Prolonged warming will bring incredible fishing.  Mixed fronts will lead to average bass fishing.

Today the bass were off the ledge just below the spawning flats. Pull a grub or tube to the edge of the flat (visible brown structure) and let it fall 10-15 feet to find where the bass have gone.  When it warms up the bass will be back on top of the structure instead of just under the lip.

Water is rising fast.  Last weeks nests are now 3 feet deeper than when spawned.  Bass will likely use the same nest again.  That makes the shoreline less of a target and vertical islands and humps are prime fishing spots.   

Striped bass are still hitting trolled lures but there is a movement shallow in the afternoon.  Look for spawning shad in the backs of canyons at first light with the next warm spell. Stripers will be shallow at first light when feeding on shad.  If it gets warm enough for them to spawn then they will be most active at dusk and then just after dark.


April 22, 2005 - David and Catherine Smith, Greenehaven, UT

Hi.  My husband thought you'd want to see the picture of the HUGE Striper that I caught on Saturday.  It was the most exciting thing!!  What do ya think???
We trolled right down the middle of the lake on the way to Lone Rock, about 25 feet down, and we used a Shad replica, which was about three inches long.  We did the same thing today, and caught an 8 pounder and a three pounder.  My hub caught these!!!  Thanks so much!!  

April 8, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson

I have heard some interesting reports of new striper school activity recently.  There may be a school of stripers between the Antelope Point public launch ramp and the marina wakeless buoys.  There is a shelf on the south side of the channel.  Fish will be near the edge of that shelf. It may be worth the time to troll or drop spoons there on the way uplake.  This may be the school of fish that was in the marina last fall.  They were some big fish. Last fall they moved from the mouth of Antelope Canyon to the power plant intake.  They may cover that amount of area again this spring.

There is another school of fish in Dry Rock Creek.  These fish are smaller but more numerous than the bigger fish downlake. Trolling works well.

Aloha.

April 26, 2005 - Ryan Mosley

We fished on Sunday and Monday out of Wahweap.  Sunday morning was calm, but after about noon it blew until I got home on Tuesday.  We started fishing the back of a canyon.  There was a lot of activity back there, both happy shad and sad shad!  Happy shad spawning everywhere.  I almost couldn't believe how abundant they are this year.  Sad shad were boiling to the surface, apparently being chased by the gobs of 10 inch stripers that are hanging out back there in the muddy water. We saw some bigger fish boiling too.  I had one on, and had some other chasers. Eric, Matt and I probably caught a dozen of the 10 inch stripers on small jigs and topwaters, but we continued to search for bigger fish.
We moved out towards the green water but stopped in the left fork on our way out. Under a alcove there was some old brush, roots, and rock structure that looked like good crappie habitat.  I was already rigged, just in case, so I made some casts.  I caught 5 crappies in about 2 minutes, and before my partners could change their rigs.  We ended up fishing there for about 3-4 hours, catching crappies almost non-stop.
I would guess the three of us caught over 70 fish.  We kept 25, being they are just so good to eat!  It seemed as if there were almost 3 size classes, some 7-8, some 10-11, and some whopping 13 -14 inchers!  It was great!  We caught them on several colors, under bobbers of course!  White and chartreuse/black seemed the most productive.

 

I had a hard time coming back in the office, explaining to the crew, why I fished crappie the whole time.  We just couldn't pass up an opportunity like that.  We just moved back and forth along the wall, changed colors when the bite slowed and caught fish consistently.  The sun never shined in there and the wind never blew!  Just a little oasis!  We took the kids back on Monday and let them replicate the catch.  Koby had a good time and I was pretty proud to watch him cast into the cover and pull out some fish.

 


May 2, 2005,  Brian Hammond

We fished Wahweap and Padre Bay.  We could not find fish on the beds as we did a few weeks ago.  We did catch many smallmouth that were post spawn.  Good length but thin in the belly and weighing about 1.5 lbs.  Caught 5 largemouth and one looked to be post spawn.  Biggest largemouth was 2.10 lbs.  

The majority of our fish in Wahweap were caught with chartreuse hula grubs in 12 to 20 ft of water.  The largemouth were caught on bitsy jigs in submerged bush or tumble weeds.  In Padre it was the same, but Hard Jerk Baits were also a good choice there.  We caught several in small coves along the main channel with the jerk bait and also with grubs.  Most bass were on gradual banks where the water dropped off to 15 to 25 ft.  Early morning top water bite was not on for us this weekend.  Spinner bait and Crank bait bite was not working well for Smallmouth and Largemouth.


April 30 - Wayne Gustaveson

Assessed the striper fishing yesterday to see what changes had occurred in the last week.  Launched at the concrete Stateline Ramp and trolled straight out toward the rock buoy marking a shoal in mid bay.  There was plenty of 25 foot water strata around the shoal and I wanted to see if any stripers were there while I waited for fishing buddies to show up. One turn around the submerged island produced nothing on the Big Mac.  When I saw my friends I trolled back toward the ramp and hooked a 4-pound ripe male striper in deep water.  

We then cruised to Lone Rock and trolled along the east shore with no success.  Aaron started to hook an occasional fish with a Mann deep troller that ran at 40 feet.  Fish were deep with the calm weather.  When we thought we had a deep trolling pattern established the wind stated to blow. We soon found that the fish moved shallower in the windy chop.  Then the Big Mac Dave was running at 25 feet worked better than the deep troller.  The later it got the better the fish hit. Best time was the hour before sunset.  

After running the Big Mac for a while we switched to a medium depth Mann trolling lure.  John Lassandro was there and did very well with a Mann trolling lure and a Yozuri Crystal Minnow with a fluorescent belly.

Both boats ended up with 9 big stripers from 4-8 pounds in 2 hours trolling in the heavily worked Lone Rock area.  The key to success was matching the depth where fish were holding, being willing to change when fish behavior changed due to windy conditions, and using a variety of lures to match the mood.  We trolled the hard baits at 3 to 3.5 mph.

Females had bright green eggs.  They are waiting for the first warm day to spawn.  Males were running ripe and dripping on the boat and cooler.  The Lone Rock area will be one place where night fishing for spawning stripers will be worth trying as the water temperature spikes.  


May 10 - Flint Stephens

We tried a submerged light off the fishing pier at Wahweap Saturday night (May 7) with no success. One person caught a lone striper on an anchovy. The light brought in the plankton, but the baitfish never followed. We caught a couple of bluegill and quit about midnight.


Sunday the weather was beautiful. We tried shore fishing the Antelope arm for a couple of hours with little luck. We moved to the Stateline boat ramp area and immediately saw another angler land a nice striper. We soon caught one of our own on an anchovy and lost a couple of others. We caught another about 2 p.m. a nice fish of 29 inches. We fished several more hours with only a couple more bites and no hook-ups. The two guys next to us ended up with four. We also caught a couple of smallmouth bass.
(Picture to follow)

It was very slow compared to what we have usually experienced at Powell. I'm sure the recent cold fronts didn't help. We still enjoyed the trip and were very pleased with the fish we caught.
 


May 7 - Wayne  H


  the fishing was great! This is day 2 of our trip the first day was better but we were so busy catching fish we forgot to take pics and we didn't get off the lake until after dark. the first day we caught over 50 fish including about a 5' LM and a nice walleye a boat load of crappie and small mouth.

 

the second day we caught a few walleye! more crappie and smallmouth but the whole trip we only caught 1 striper!  the trip was fun!!!! one of the best I've had on Powell we ended up with about 50 keepers what a fish fry.

May 6, 2005 - John Powers

My wife and I after a very successful trip last Tuesday and Wednesday (May 3-4).  We fished Gunsight on Tuesday and caught lot's of SMB which were fried for dinner at our campsite that evening. The next day was spent entirely at the back of Navajo Canyon where the striper fishing was red-hot. The only thing that kept us from catching more was running out of places to put them.  On a number of occasions both my wife and I were hooked-up at the same time! We trolled deep ing baits like the Norman DD22 at about 3 mph and got all the action we could ask for. All fish were ripe and in the 4-7 lb. range.
 


May 6, 2005 - Darro and Marilyn Thuet, Cedar City, UT

My wife and I caught these stripers about 2 miles south of Dangling Rope on the east side in a small canyon.  We used our new $14.88 rod, reel and 8# test line (all included).  We went out to do some night fishing and hung the Coleman lantern of the back of the boat.  Lots of shad came but the fishing was slow, so I went to bed early.  Later, my wife woke me up and asked if I would move the anchor to the back of the boat so the waves wouldn't slap the bow where we were sleeping.  I was tired so I left the lantern burning on the back.  Early in the morning, I woke up hearing splashing.  It was unbelievable, at least 15 large stripers were lined up on each side of the boat taking turns swimming through the cloud of shad in the back.  I don't think it matters what you used or how you hooked the bait. Just let it sink 15 to 20 feet and you had a fish on.  There are as many fish swimming around with our hooks in their mouths as we caught.  We lost 4 due to the anchor rope, one to the motor, one to the fish basket, (which was useless because it only holds four large fish) one to lines crossing with fish on and six from broken lines (mostly because our lines were twisted and tangled because early fish had pulled the drags out so much resulting in twisted line. When we pulled the boat out of the water, there were shad eggs (I think) covering the out drive.   
We used whole anchovies on a weighted hook.  We caught 18 stripers and 4 catfish in about 40 feet of water.  All stripers were about the same size, 7 to 8 lbs.  Most were females.  We fished May 5th from 5 AM to about 7:30 AM.  What a hoot.   Lessons learned:     Never tie the anchor of the back     No fish baskets, use a large ice chest     Take 2 lanterns     Leave the lantern going when you go to bed     If you use light line, take an extra pole

May 5, 2005 - John and Suzie Lassandro

Suzie and I started out about 10AM from Wahweap and headed for Warm Creek. We fished the very back (graphed some fish but not as many as previous weeks), after throwing all lures from the tackle box at the victims with no success we gave up and went to Lone Rock to try our luck (came across Wayne there - imagine that!) and we managed to boat 9 nice fish (the largest 8 1/2 lbs - compliments of Suzie and a Yozuri crystal minnow in shad with an orange belly - Her and our personal best - way to go 1st mate!) most of the fish were caught on the yozuri and a Manns 25+ stretch also in shad color.

The next day we decided to go to Last Chance (hoping to bump into Tim Kelley and crew) we tried everything there as well and had no luck (BTW the trolling motor battery's were dead - so I charged them - the trolling motor went bad and drained them - shame on Minn Kota). But we did a little fishing along a shore of one of the coves on the way out and picked up half a dozen smallies on my special beetle spin rig...So we then decided to go to Gunsight to try our luck there and oicked up 3 on the shad Big Mac (obviously wrapped in Duct Tape to keep it as fresh as possible!)

On Sunday we went to Lone Rock as smallie fishing was out due to the trolling motor issue, and we picked up 4 nice fish, 3 of which were with the Big Mac (still fresh from the day before) and one with a tail dancer in chartreuse (TD-11 which will troll to 30 feet), and then a thunderstorm came in so we decided to call it quits and head home.


May 4, 2005 - Tim Kelley Days fished: April 25th thru 29th , 2005 Areas fished: Gunsight, Padre, Last Chance, Dry Rock Creek

This was my first houseboat trip, and a great 1st trip it was!! Again thank you Randy Tickner, and all of the rest, for a great time and really good eating!! This was the scenery out my back door for a week, and although we didn’t make it up to Friendship Cove as planned, it was still a great place to be camped! Monday, Big Al, Hugh and I, headed up to L.C. and worked the back coves for some walleye, stripers, and smallies. On the way back to the H.B. we fished the boulder piles on the gooseneck in Padre, and picked up 4 quick stripers there too! Most all fish were caught on Storm deep ing thundersticks, and Rapala deep ing glass shad husky jerks. B.T.W. we started every morning fishing those boulder piles, and picked up 2 or 3 stripers there, before we left for another area, so it became known as the three fish stretch!
Tuesday we headed up to Rock Creek(after catching our three stripers off the boulders), and fished the Dry Rock Creek arm during most of the morning! I was mostly hunting stripers, and it was slow there, but we did pick up 3 or 4 in that area. We went to D.R. for gas, and finished up fishing SMB that afternoon with most caught using crankbaits. We stopped at the gooseneck on the way back and picked up a couple more stripers.


 

Wednesday, Larry came on board in place of Hugh, and we started out at the boulders again for our 3 stripers(it was definitely a pattern by now) , and then we went over to Gunsight. It was slow, but we did manage a couple of stripers, walleye, and s.m.b.! Wed. was Mexican food day, and we headed back to the H.B. for Hugh’s Green Chile Verde smothered eggs brunch, can anybody say whooooeeee? Then the big storm came!!! The wind howled, and loosened the anchor lines big time! We ended up parallel to the shore line, and I went out and hooked up to the back with my Lund ,and pulled the big H.B. back out straight so the crew could reset the anchor lines! What excitement! I knew that there had to be one adventure in store for us! That storm pretty much shot the afternoon for fishing! Al says he likes the SMB fishing see pic.
Thursday, Steve Cobble replaced Larry, and we stayed in the Padre Bay area all day, until another storm came in! Started out at the? Yea you got it, the boulder piles again! Steve could have helped us break the 3 fish jinx there, but lost his striper close to the boat! Big mistake for those stripers as Steve (Buddha) came back with a vengance (what is up with the hot seat thing?)! Anyway Big Al and I got real tired of Steve yelling fish on, and thought that he might make a great boat anchor or something! LOL I also mentioned if he could walk on water maybe he should head back to the houseboat now!! Steve is not photogenic, and declined to have his pic taken, but I would have snapped a quick one of him walking on water if that became the case!! The best area was the back of Padre where the green water met the milky water, and we caught a striper every time we entered that zone! At the end of the afternoon TopCat and his crew also brought back a load of nice smallies—see pic, and kept big Al busy with the fillet knife!!
Friday was the best weather day of all, and we started out at the boulders once more, caught our allocation of stripers there, and headed for the back of Last Chance! I think we should have went up the back arms and took a look from what Wayne told me, but we worked the 1st few side canyons, for some stripers, and then went to the back of one side canyon where there were some trees and started smb fishing! I had the big fish experience on the way in when Steve yelled that my downrigger popped! I was running a black and chrome bleeding shad rap that took off with the fish line a peeling off big time. Got the boat stopped in time to grab the pole and feel three violent head shakes, and then the line started ripping off again 75 feet or so then pop! I looked at Al and Steve and said he had to have broke a hook, as I was fishing 30 lb. power pro!! Worse than that as one third of the front hook was gone, and the whole back hook was missing along with the split ring that was peeled out straight and only hanging with a little loop! Why oh why did I not replace the standard hooks and split rings, I was forewarned!!! We still ended up with the best afternoon of fishing when we found stripers, smb, walleye, and crappie all in the same cove in the back of this canyon in six feet of water! Toss a crank bait, and wonder what you will catch next all afternoon! Yeah and that Rapala now has steel hooks and split rings on it! LOL

May 4, 2005 - Brian Walters Mesa, AZ

My dad and I had a chance to fish for smb at lake powell this past weekend(30th/1st). we found fish in warm creek and padre bay, alot of fish! most of our fish came out of about 15 to 20 ft of water. we caught all of our fish on 2.5" gitzit tube baits. green pumpkin and watermelon with black flake on 8 # test line. it was definitely a pressure bite. we would let our bait sink to the bottom, lift up and feel pressure, set the hook. we caught about 30 - 40 fish each day but only fished for 4 hrs on sat and 3 hrs on sunday. most of our fish were around 1 lb with the occasional nice one. I'm sending you pictures of some fish we caught on sat.  my dad also caught a nice walleye-18" and healthy, also on a tube bait. this was my dads first time fishing for smb. it would be really cool if his picture was at the top of your weekly fishing report. thanks for all the work  I'm sure you put into your web site! its a wealth of helpful info!


May 15, 2005 - Fish hungry

Wow, wow, wow, that is all I can say. One of the best fishing trips of my life. We got to Wahweap marina late Thursday night, actually Friday morning. Accidentally slept in and wasn't on the water till almost 9 am. No problem at all, we caught our first striper trolling a shad rap on our way out of the stateline boat ramp. Fished for a few hours around lone rock and consistently caught stripers about one every 20 minutes or so on rat-L-traps and producers. Then we went on the long trek down through the narrows and up to Warm Creek bay. Tried fishing for small mouth bass and caught quite a few, but they were pretty small, 1-2 lbs. So, we went back toward Wahweap.

Saturday morning we got out about 8AM and started trolling anchovies. This was the much better ticket! We caught our biggest striper of the trip, 9 lbs, right off the bat. We then caught a catfish and a 25", very fat walleye. From then on it was striper after striper. We had several doubles and were fighting to keep lines untangled while we both hauled them in. By 2pm we had two large coolers stuffed full, so we did catch & release for a while, then called it a trip and headed home.

We had the best action on the anchovies rigged JP style, but trolled on a downrigger at 40-45 feet and trolled super fast, 4-5 mph. Most of our success was actually straight across from the stateline ramp, near castle rock, where no one else seemed to want to try it. Great trip for someone who wants fast fishing, not much expertise involved!


May 14, 2005 - Wade Thomas, Flagstaff, AZ

I saw you and Rick  and his son Saturday afternoon as you were retrieving  your boat. You were walking up that steep hill and I waved.  Wayne, my son was so excited to see you " hey, that’s him,  that’s Wayne". Yea, were fishing fanatics, Some weekends we go out and fish two days straight without sleep, 10 weekends in a row now , my wife is becoming jealous of fish,  anyway a dozen roses this weekend and I was gone again.   

Hey a couple of days ago a fellow asked you on your bulletin  board how the night fishing would be.  Friday night in the first half of Navajo Canyon I tied up in 130 Feet of water and put out  two 24 inch green night lights.  There was a 1/8 moon and not a bite,  until  the moon set.  Then, a swarm of Shad began to circle my boat, a thousand at least.  The shad were about 4 to five inches long. An hour before sun rise,  the stripers began to swim through the shad.    I was surprised to see  how close  the stripers came to the boat,    The stripers were fussy about eating the anchovies, however we caught  10 in about a hour in the 35 foot depth, the bait had to be slightly moving.  When daylight broke the Shad scattered and the stripers left.  

Saturday night, we  put out the lights and less shad appeared however we caught 25  stripers and one walleye .  Three were 14-inch size but the rest were 4 to 7 lb range, (Wahweap size), and one  32 inch 10 lb beauty.  Saturday night we saw two giant size stripers they looked over 4 foot, perhaps magnified in water but mouths wide open and chasing the shad. 

Each morning a quick boil appeared and the striper were gone.   Sunday morning there were large boils in the back of small coves; however  they were large numbers of spawning carp.  Night fishing was terrific .   I learned a valuable boat lesson, the bark and sticks in the water can cause a unique  problem.  One stick removed my boat plug and a panic began.  The water sure comes in fast. I found a spare plug, but not before a small heart attack...  In the future, I believe I will put my plug in from the inside.  


May 14, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson and Rick Larsen

Interesting.  I expected bass fishing to get better but it was tougher today than Friday.  It was warm today but not as hot as forecast.  Still plenty of catchable smallmouth but the bigger ones were only hitting very early in the morning.  The best technique is to find off shore humps and reefs where the water is murky due to bank sloughing, wind or wave action.  Use tubes or grubs in greens and flesh tones.  White works too.  I think putting the lure in the right place is more important than having the right color.  Bigger bass were caught on reaction baits while feeding on or near shad.

Rick and Travis Larsen show off the smallmouth and striped bass they caught today.

Stripers are doing lots of different things this week. Very early in the morning striper schools are chasing spawning shad in isolated canyons - this is not a lake wide occurrence. These fish will stay schooled up and be near the back of the canyon all day long. They can be caught on rattletraps, spoons and spinnerbaits.

 

The other group of stripers –particularly big females, are moving out of deep water to forage on crayfish on rocky points and shoals. They are caught while fishing for bass or trolling across points with shad raps and other plugs that run 12-20 feet deep.

I checked with anglers at the Power Plant intake and found them catching fish on bait at 40 feet.  Stripers are running the main channel and are caught on bait in the absence of shad while waiting to spawn. Anchovy fishing has been sporadic at the dam, intake and Navajo Canyon points.


May 16, 2005 - Jerry Y

My friend and I started Saturday morning trolling around Gregory Butte where we picked up a nice Walleye.  About 3 lbs.  Using a Lucky Craft Deep er, blue and silver coloring.  Headed around north side and caught two nice stripers on Norman DD22 lures.  Black and silver coloring.   Then headed to Last Chance and trolled in the back area where water was about 40 ft and picked up two more nice stripers.  When fishing slowed down for stripers we fished the shore line for smallies and caught a bunch of 1-2 lb using white, watermelon and pumpkin with red flacks. Stopped to eat some lunch just drifting in the water with a anchovy on a 1/4 ounce jighead down about 30 ft. in 40 ft of water and we pulled out a 2 lb striper.
Went to start boat and battery was dead.  Fortunately I have two extra batteries due to the fact that I have a Minn-kota stern mount trolling motor.  Used one of the batteries to get going again where we headed to the intakes.  We arrived at 3:45 pm and I immediately threw in a full anchovy on a 1/4 ounce jighead and let it settle to about 35 ft when I felt a slight tug on the line.  Played with the line for about 30 seconds and then wham.  Hook Up! My friend and I pulled out six stripers 6-9 lbs in an hour and a half of fishing.  The bite tapered off to Zero so we went to the dam and threw a few anchovies out but didn't get a nibble.  Two other boats were there and hadn't had any luck for two hours.   Sunday morning we got out on the lake around 7:30 and headed directly to the intakes.  We could only fish for a couple of hours before we had to head back to Phx.  But we did catch three nice stripers.  The biggest one was 10.5 lbs.  Again a full anchovy on a 1/4 ounce jig head.  Fish are between 35-40 ft. and about 30-80 ft from the wall. They are biting real soft almost as if they are slurping the bait for a while.  You need to play the bait for a while and then they'll take the whole thing.   The picture of me holding two of the stripers we caught Sun. The fish in my right hand was 10.5 lbs. My friend is holding some of the fish we caught Sat.

May 16, 2005 - Jim Ripley, Mesa, AZ

  My wife and I caught 16 walleyes Saturday and Sunday (May 14-15) in Padre Bay area.  We stopped fishing because I thought we had limited out.  All caught mid-day where water was cloudy from boat wash against the shore. First 11 caught in about 3-4 hours on Saturday. 

Back to same spot on Saturday for 2-3 hours and caught another five in deeper water 28-32 feet.  Best walleye outing we've ever had or expected to have, which is why I hadn't bothered to check up on limit.


May 24, 2005 - Tim Kelley, Jeff Bierer
Shad Rally Fishing
May 19th thru 21st, 2005

Jeff Bierer, local Flagstaff fire fighter and hero, came up with me to his 1st Shad Rally. I haven't fished with Jeff since last October, so it was a real treat to be back out on the lake with him again! We arrived at Wahweap at around 8:00 a.m. on Thursday to find the whole lower campground full, and to my dismay, the upper R.V. campground not open yet! This is a bad decision by Aramark in my opinion, and just gives me another reason to head to the Antelope Marina when they get there campground open! We ended up in Page at Yamamoto's campground, which ended up being very comfortable anyway, and I will use again in the future!
  We got out on the lake around 11:30 a.m., and it was already in the low 90's with a heat wave like no other! Stripers were non existent in the Wahweap bays until after 4 p.m.! We went into Lone Rock and found a trolling pattern that started from Lone Rock heading west towards two huge motor homes by the last john on the north! We picked up 5 nice big stripers in that area. We waited around for dusk in hopes of the spawn activity. It never happened, and we got off the lake at 9:00p.m.
Went back out early Friday a.m. and saw the crowd at Ice Cream, Jeff lost a nice one fairly soon! He convinced me to head back to Lone Rock, and we should have been there at 6:00 a.m. instead! I started trolling at the 3rd buoy from the north end, and caught one right away, then Jeff got one soon after! We repeated this two more times, and the scum line got so bad along with pieces of weed that we could not keep our lures from getting bogged down with the junk! We went back to Ice Cream, and trolled towards Castle Rock. We should have went further  around the south side of Castle Rock, Wayne's friend Aaron told me a guy at the fish cleaning station had 16 he trolled up that morning!
We came in at 10:00 a.m. with the Lone Rock four to the cleaning station with intentions on trolling Castle Rock that evening, and then heading for the Dam for some night fishing! 
After the shad rally meeting we headed out to Lone Rock and worked our way back to Castle Rock. We did find the Castle Rock stripers and caught two in there and lost several also. We headed to the Dam with four caught total from L.R. and Castle Rock. Should have fished the Dam Thursday night also, because the action was definitely there! We trolled the cliffs all the way from Anchovie point to the Dam with the last bit of daylight with no action trolling! We tied between the 2nd and 3rd buoy, and Jeff caught a 2 pound striper, and a walleye within 30 minutes, however the current pushed the buoys, and us out, which moved us closer to the wall, and the depth was only 20 feet. I saw this on the f.f., and told Jeff that we needed to move farther towards the deep water! We pulled the boat along the floats until we were parallel with the 4th float, and tied back up!
Around 9:45 things got real exciting! Jeff was using one pole, and I had two going, and I mean they were going! LOL  We could not get the bait down past the 20 to 25 foot depth without getting smacked!! Jeff caught a nice 6 pounder that had a chaser with it, I was removing a Striper at the time, and told him to keep his fish in the water for a few more minutes while I got my bait down there. We are talking only ten feet under water, and I let my bait drop down there and started moving it up and down about 8 inches until the chaser saw my bait and hammered it too, What a blast! We quit fishing around 1 a.m. from being beat down from the morning
sun, but I think we could have fished most all night if not so tired, and kept them coming into the boat! We got 40 fish from the Dam, and got back to the cleaning station at 2 a.m. Too tired and full of food to go out Sat. nite again, but I know it would have been good again, because John Lassandro called me Monday night and said Sunday night he caught 16 off the Dam in the same spot! I will be back for another night session soon!

May 24, 2005 -  Ed Gerdemann

On any fishing trip it's a good idea to have a Plan B. That certainly saved my good friend Dale Marenda and I at last weekend's SHAD Rally. Our purpose, like other Rally anglers, was to harvest stripers, but unfortunately the stripers didn't cooperate very well except for Tim Kelly and the Night Owl Crew. Fortunately Plan B was smallmouth bass, and those bronzebacks turned the Rally into one of my better bass trips in recent years.

Our plan on Friday was to actually concentrate on smallmouths and then pursue stripers during Saturday's Rally, however the way our smallmouth angling started on Friday I was beginning to think we should have been concentrating on stripers right then and there. We motored up to Padre Canyon and began fishing some big rockslides along the mouth of the canyon. After picking up only a couple little ones there we went back more towards the end of the canyon where I had found some nice bass last October. We actually did pick up a couple decent fish under some rock ledges in a little cut, however we worked some reefs and islands out in the bay and nearly struck out. We then trolled the points hoping to pick up stripers, smallmouth, walleyes or whatever else would bite, but all we hooked was the bottom. By now it was after 11 a.m. and we'd only taken seven fish - not too good for what was supposed to be a hot smallie bite.

Things changed abruptly after we ran up to some points and ledges behind Gregory Butte. I'd had considerable success in this area last year and decided it was worth a try. Our luck totally changed as we took 35 or so smallmouth over the next two hours. A number of the fish we caught were nine to 12-inch "eaters" however we did take a number of fish in the 1 3/4 to 2-pound plus range. By 1:30 we were hot, tired and, facing a long boat ride back to Wahweap, called it quits for the day.

With stripers on the agenda for Saturday morning we armed ourselves with anchovies and ran back to Padre. We began trolling the points on both the steep and flat banks. When we trolled across a flat point towards the back end of the canyon Dale's rod bent up double and, after a spirited battle, he guided a five-pound-plus striper to the net. About 30 minutes later he was hooked up again - this time adding a three-pounder to our cooler. It appears those stripers preferred Dale's Shad Rap to my Wally er (I loaned him that Shad Rap, by the way). We trolled back and forth in that area and up into the narrow back end of the canyon until about 8:30 with no further action. I did notice on my depthfinder as we trolled what appeared to be a big school of fish relating to a hump in the middle of the channel where the canyon really narrows down in the back. I decided that might be a good place to try some anchovies. We chummed the area and began fishing. I quickly hooked a fish which got off after just a few seconds. About 20 minutes later Dale tied into another five-pounder that we managed to boat. I then hooked another fish that broke my line before I could see it. We stayed there another half hour or so but had no more action.

We then moved up to some steeper ledges towards the front of the canyon. I graphed a large number of fish there so we chummed and began fishing. After a short time we began catching fish - smallmouths not stripers! Thinking someone upstairs was trying to tell us something we abandoned striper fishing and began concentrating on smallmouth. We took a few more small fish in that area and then motored back to the area behind Gregory Butte where we had experienced such good success on Friday. The fish were nearly as cooperative Saturday as we put another 35 bronzebacks in the boat before heading back to Wahweap and the SHAD Rally fish fry.
We found the key to catching smallmouths this trip was to look for underwater overhanging ledges. The water is clear right now so they are not hard to see. If we could get our lures in front of these ledges we would nearly always get a strike. Our top lure was the three-inch Yamamoto slim Senko wacky rigged on a short drop shot setup. Color didn't seem to matter as we caught bass on a couple varieties of watermelon, chartreuse, smoke and a couple other shades. We found that having a short tag end between the hook and sinker, about six inches, was generally more effective than longer lengths. We would drop or pitch our rigs in front of these ledges and the bites always came on the initial drop. If we didn't feel a fish after taking out the slack we reeled in and made another pitch. Nearly every bite was a pressure bite which means all we felt was some added weight on the end of the line to signal a fish. Friday we found the smaller "eaters" concentrated along the ledges six to 12 feet deep right on the first main dropoff while the bigger ones were along the second major dropoff at 15 to 20 feet. On Saturday with a thin cloud cover the bigger bass were mixed right in with the smaller ones in the shallower water. Those who think drop shotting is only for deep vertical fishing are really missing out. This technique can be dynamite for shallow water smallmouths, too.

While we were a little dismayed that we didn't catch more stripers, 80 or so feisty bronzebacks in two days certainly made up for what could have been a very disappointing trip. We should hope all Plan B's work out so well.


May 23, 2005 - G.D. Beckett

Quite a warm spell this last weekend.  I fished from shore near the first caves on the Escalante arm.  Many small mouth bass (landed 7, but 4 were those "sure is cute" kind), and an excellent striper (probably around 7 lbs or so).  The bass were mostly on spoons rising up  from the bottom.  Pretty much got hit right around 12-ft or so, where I'd imagine the thermal might have been.  The striper was taken on a white-iridescent plastic minnow.  Quite a fight in that girl on a 4 lb rig.  While boating, metered a bunch of fish hanging around the shallow drop-offs.  There was also a lot of action on the shallow banks in the early morning.  

Anyway, I was with the family so fishing wasn't the main priority (for them anyway).  Just thought I'd drop the note to let you know that there are fish up that way if anyone cares to look.  Thanks again for all the great info on your web page!


May 23, 2005 -John Huscroft

Fished last Thurs. thru Sat. Green pumpkin tubes in the morning and green pepper when the sun hit the water. Fished on a 1/4oz jig head.  Last Chance in the back where the water turns a little stained just needed some rock up on the flats.  Stayed away from the sand bottoms.  Friday hit Rock Creek, the flats on the right side on the way in, when the wind was blowing we had 7 or 8 smallies in the 2 to 2.5 range. If they weren't on top of the flats just move out.  Sometimes we were 300 yds off the bank but only in 20 to 25 feet of water and still catching them. Caught 60 to 70 fish a day. When the wind stopped and things got a little slower switched to a 4" straight tail worm on a 1/8 oz darter head and an ultra light with 6lb line. Thanks for the advice on not running up to the San Juan, didn't need to.

May 27, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson

I drug Craig Zufelt and Randy along with me during the shad rally. We had a good time and caught a bunch of fish.  Craig was the hero catching the biggest and most stripers, plus a walleye, and some nice bass.  Randy and I were just playing caddy for Craig most of the day. We fished from Warm Creek to Navajo and ended up at the dam.  Anchovies were the best bait and still fishing the best technique.

The full moon, rapidly rising water and temperature caused a big change in fish behavior from the week before. I have been telling everyone for two weeks to fish for spawning stripers but the stripers didn’t get the memo.  They have not yet spawned to my knowledge.

I caught a 6-pound female this morning and she still had bright green eggs. As you can see from the picture the ovary is large and bright green.  After the spawn this entire ovary will be empty and only the walls will remain.  The ovary will be flaccid with  hemorrhagic tissue (that means it will be limp and bloody).  Guess I could have just said that.

I put this picture up so you can check each fish over 5 pounds to see egg condition.  Please tell me the first time a spawned out female is found.  I personally have not seen a spent female this spring.  As soon as I do I will post a picture so you can see the contrast between ripe and spent stripers.


May 27, 2005 - Paul Decker, Ridgecrest. CA

  Fishing ancillary to houseboat trip, 17 - 23 May 2005   The general story:  Camped at the end of a narrow twisty inlet NW of Gunsight Butte, a few hundred yards from the mouth of Padre Creek.  Morning and afternoon skiff fishing with Yamamoto grubs and leadheads resulted in a fair amount of action, but most of them were babies that didn't even get up to the hook.  Just enough action off the points and at the ends of inlets to be fun.  Did keep 3 or 4 that were 1 to 1 1/2 lb early in the week.   Off the back of the houseboat, however, was a different story!  Several nights, while playing cards with my wife, I caught a couple of catfish (two poles, nightcrawler on one and chicken liver on the other).  Both poles were just as hot.  These 2 to 3 lb. cats were gimmies!  My fridge was broken so I had to pace myself; grrr!   Last morning of my license was FANTASTIC!  With my wife still sleeping, I was getting ready to depart to the skiff for the traditional pre-breakfast hours of tossing the Yamamoto grubs.  Then, I noticed a school of shad next to the houseboat, darting and splashing around and under a mat of floating weeds.  Cool!  I subconsciously noticed a striper below them;  the water was pretty murky.  Then I noticed a large number of bluegill under the mat and proceeded to catch nine of them with pieces of nightcrawler.  When I thought about how much filleting I was getting into, I quit.  But my thoughts went back to the striper, now.  I grabbed a pole with a shiny Panther Martin soft plastic lure that looked like a shad (fluttery, pancake shaped tail and about 3" long) and cast it off the back of the boat (narrow  channel and probably about 10 feet of water).  Pulled the lure at a moderate clip back toward the boat.  This cast yielded a 1 1/2 lb smallie.  The next cast to the same spot got the striper; 4 1/2 lb!  I wondered about the other side of the boat (shallower water and only about 200 feet from the end of the inlet.  This gave me a 3 1/2 lb walleye!   I spent the rest of that morning filleting the striper, bass, walleye, three cats from the night before and 9 bluegill.  In the twenty years I've been doing one spring week on the lake, this one morning will stand out for a long time!   LOVE YOUR WEBSITE!

May 26, 2005 - Karl Rasmussen, Hurricane, UT

  Trace Allen caught this 28 inch, 10 pound fish in the middle of the day at about 50 feet off the shoreline of spawning female stripers in Wahweap Bay.  This was his first time catching stripers and he did very well for his first fish.  We will be back soon. 

 

Thank you to the Kent Jorgensen rig.  It really works.  We're still figuring it out.  I need to get a fish finder for sure.  I'm pictured with a 3 pound striper.  It was my first.

May 30, 2005 - Mike Walton, Jeff and Judy Wilshire

Caught two nice Walleye and numerous smallmouth bass first evening fishing from the shore with small deep ing crankbaits.  Worked the lures from clear water into the mudline.  Used topwater crankbaits the next morning from the boat and caught one 2 1/2 lb smallmouth and three  6 to 10 lb stripers.  Continued with the crankbaits but action dropped off quick.  We then tried trolling with a storm deep thunder with no further luck.  Switched to plastic drop shots and caught numerous small mouths.  Next morning switched to white bucktail jigs and immediately started catching striper near the shore.  When the action near shore slowed down we started letting the bucktails drop into deeper water (30 to 40 feet) and caught several more this way. 

When this stopped working we switched to anchovies at about 40 feet off the point at the entrance to the last little cove on the left near the back of Gunsight and caught striper until the live well was stuffed completely full of nice 6 to 10 lb fish.  Catfish could be caught off the back of the houseboat at any time using pieces of anchovy. The majority of the striper we caught were females with large sacks of roe still inside.  The only food we found inside their stomachs were crawfish or in one case the anchovies we chummed with.

There were swarms of smallmouth fry near the houseboat, it looked like a cloud moving through the water. The carp were spawning every morning and evening, what a sight to see!  The amount of splashing was amazing.  You could walk up on the shore and watch the frenzy.

We ended up keeping about twenty striper and two walleye and the one large smallmouth.  We caught and released too many smallmouth to keep track of.


May 31, 2005 - "Bones" Lanyon

  Name: Jarrett "Bones" (age 7) From: Colorado Date: 5/27/05 Time: Late Afternoon early Evening Tackle: A little white jig thingy on a Zebco rod and reel Number and Species: 5 Bass Location: Rock Creek Bay

  Yep, she wasn't my first nor my biggest but definitely the most fun!!!!!  What's my secret?  Well most anglers will stick their tongue off to the left or right, however, lack of teeth up front allows the "stick it out the front method". Works every time.  Oh yeah and I spit on the lure for good luck.   PS My dad loves your web site and says it's the best. 

Tons of great information, keep up the good work.   Bones

 


May 31, 2005 - Marcus


tues, am chovies at dam, 27" and a smile

June 4, 2005 - Tony Dambrauskas, Nick and Cole from Mesa, Az

Memorial Day Weekend report

 

5/26 - We started off trolling Rat L Traps, Husky Jerks and Norman DD22?s around Lone Rock for striper without any luck.  Moved to Navajo Canyon and did the same trolling scheme right before the twin islands and picked up 1 small striper.  Got tired of dragging water and decided to fish SM.  Between the three of us we managed to catch at least 30 fish that morning. Lots of doubleheaders! Mostly smaller fish up to 1.5 lbs. The key was tube baits for the smallies on 1/8oz heads.  Much better than standard grub and jig combos that have worked in the past. Colors that really produced were smoke w/ blue flake, smoke w/ red flake, and watermelon w/ red & black flake.  Most fish hit on the fall or as you retrieved for your next cast.  Shaded rock piles were also essential. Most fish were caught in 10-20? of water.

 

5/27 - We started off trolling Rat L Traps, Husky Jerks and Norman DD22?s in Navajo Canyon, landing 1 small striper again right after the twin islands.

Went back to SM fishing and caught at least another 30 fish between the 3 of us.  Larger fish in the 1.5-2lb class this time. Same pattern as the day before except we were fishing earlier in the morning.  Lots of scattered SM around the twin islands in Navajo and in between them.  Also picked up a bonus 2# walleye on a tube at the islands too.

 

5/27 ? Evening. Tried trolling Lone Rock again without success. Marked lots of fish with NO takers.  We talked to Thea at Stix and asked her where to go night fishing.  She said the dam with anchovies.  Not one to contest tribal knowledge, we gave it a shot.  We went out from 7pm till 12am and landed 10 stripers ranging from 2-9 lbs!!!  Lost just as many due to frayed line.  The 9lb?er being landed by Cole, Nick's son.  30? long!!

 

Absolutely fantastic fishing!!!! Filled our cooler to the brim!  The key to success that night was fly lining (no weight) ˝ an anchovy on 6-8 lb line on a size 1/0 Khale hook.  Chumming every 15 minutes to get the fish interested was also important.  The stripers were not schooled up, but came by in groups of 2 or 3 every 20 minutes or so. 

Slow but steady action.  We also had a submersible green light which seemed to charm the fish into our ice chest as our catch rate was about 3X of the boats around us without submersible green lights.  GO OUT AND BUY ONE IF YOU WANT TO NIGHT FISH!!!!  After the moon comes up? go home.

 

5/28 ? Evening.  Bought a new 120 Qt IGLOO at Wal Mart as we?d filled our other one completely? How's that for confident!!!!! Loaded up with 10 lbs of anchovies and headed to the damn before sunset. We set up in the same spot and tried the previous night's pattern.  Within the hour, fish started coming in, slow and steady.  Every time we chummed, 1-2 fish were in the ice chest 10 minutes later.  This proceeded until the moon came up over the horizon at 12 am or so.  We caught another 12 stripers this evening between 5-7#?s ALL fat fish. 

 

Males and Females ready to spawn. Lost fewer fish because we checked our lines an retied more frequently.  Having flawless line is important to keeping your fish.  The stripers? initial run and the final fight at boat side before the net WILL test your tackle.

Total kept fish for the trip 24 Stripers, 14 Smallies, 2 Channel Cats, 1 Walleye, 1 Sunfish.  Two 100+ Qt ice chests were filled to max capacity!!!!  Fish Fry Fridays are in Full Effect!!!!

 

 

Thanks goes to Wayne for all the GREAT INFO on this site and Thea at Stix for pointing us to the daily hotspot!!!!  This was one of the best fishing trips we've ever had!!!!  Nick and I have been coming for 3 years and the fish keep increasing in size AND number.  I'm scared and excited to see the 7#er?s this year with another 4#?s on them next year!!!  These fish are PHAT!!!!!

 


June 21, 2005 - Larry Millhouse

June 20th fished Rock Creek.  Two skinny stripers and many fat smallmouth.  Saw two slurps Monday evening, but couldn't get them to co-operate.  June 21st scouted early for slurps, but found nothing, so fished fruitlessly for smallies along the main channel.  Trolled for Stripers in Last Chance and found some!  Caught two on jointed rapala. 

Stopped to talk to a guy on a jetski about the fishing and lure sunk to bottom.  Started boat again and had a fish within a few feet. (where have we heard that story before?).  So, I located a small concentration of fish between 40 and 65ft and dropped anchovies on them.  Slow fishing, caught three in two hours, but they were very fat.  Biggest was 5 pounds.  Wind blew me off the hole, so I cleaned my fish in what I thought was a warm 90 degrees and sweated like crazy.  Went back to the hole when the wind quit and fish were gone.  Headed for Antelope at 2pm got boat out of water by 3:30 and then the wind hit hard!  They liked shiny silver and black best.  4 of my seven stripers came on that color.  The other 3 were on anchovies.  Smallies liked Yamamoto watermelon/red specks.  Gotta go buy some more singletails.


June 21, 2005 - Bill McBurney, Ambassador Guide Service

Monday evening from 4 to late dusk boils were numerous and scattered over a mile from the point of Dangling Rope and Mountain Sheep and up lake. Tuesday morning the top water was slow but trolling was excellent.


June 19, 2005 - John Lassandro

Let me start out by saying that I flew my brother in from Ohio specifically to take him to Powell for 4 days of fishing (boy was the pressure on – I feel for those guides). So here are the results of the 4 hard days of fishing (because I wasn’t about to NOT put him on some fish!).

Monday 6/13/2005

We went to Warm Creek first thing, and got there at 5AM, on some good info that slurps had been spotted in Cottonwood wash. And low and behold they were going on everywhere, we managed to boat 3 yearlings and 1 four pounder out of them (but boy were they spooky!). We were using Sammy 115 in chartreuse, and if we could get it near them they would hit it, but there were a lot of short strikes. As the heat and the long drive the previous day got to us we went in for the afternoon to clean fish and cool of. We went back out again just before dusk to see if they would show up, but did not so we called it a day.

Tuesday 6/14/2005

We were tired from the previous day before so I decided to hit the dam, and I am really glad I did. As we were able to get 12 four-six pounders out in 2 ˝ hours (as well as a nice smallie) on anchovies. Oh we did pick up 3 cats too. After that we called it a day on the fishing and went and played a round of golf (somebody has to do it!)

Wednesday 6/15/2005

This is the day I promised myself I would show Tony (Vito) around the lake, so we started out by stopping in Warm Creek looking for slurps (again a no show), so we proceeded up to Middle Rock Creek (again on some good intel) and looked around and only saw 1 really quick one, but we did see a lot of catfish spawning!. So I then decided to have a look in Dangling Rope – nothing, so we threw out some chovies and picked up a couple of 4 pounders for our troubles, Then we went to Last Chance and got a few smallies, and by then it was getting pretty hot. So I took him to Navajo Canyon and we parked in the shade on a point and threw down the chovies again. And we picked up 4 five to seven pounders there. And off to the cleaning station again.

Thursday 6/16/2005

Since we had such good luck at the dam and we only had a few hours to fish, we decided to go there,  the action was not as good as Tuesday, and we did get 9 five-seven pounders in about 4 hours. And then it was off to the cleaning station for the 4th day in a row! We met Wayne there and that’s when he told us he was going to check out a big one (congrats to Dan and crew!).

All in all, my brother said it was the best fishing trip he had ever been on (thanks Wayne and all who help make this the best fishery that I and everyone that I take there fishing have ever been to), and that says a lot as My dad has been taking us fishing since we were old enough to hold a fishing rod (thanks to you Dad!). And on that let me say that I flew him and his wife out in April and was able to share Lake Powell with them as well!!!


June 14, 2005 - Ed Gerdemann

One of the challenges about fishing Western reservoirs the extremes in water fluctuation which causes a fisherman be always relearning the lake - even if he just fished that lake three weeks prior. That's what happened to me on my trip to Powell last weekend. It had been only three weeks since my last trip but the lake was nearly 20 feet higher. Points and reefs that produced so well for me late last year and earlier this spring were completely submerged and invisible except on the depth finder. Most of my best spots were too deep. I was also amazed by the weather. Normally by mid-June the water temperatures are in the high 70s or low 80s and I'm leaving the dock in shorts and a T-shirt. On this trip I found the water temperatures running 68-69 and left the ramp both mornings in long pants and a sweatshirt. I even had to wear a rain poncho some on Saturday - something almost unheard of on Powell in June!
 
Fortunately on both Friday and Saturday my friend John Conrad and I were able to put together a decent enough pattern to produce around 50 smallmouth along with one walleye and a channel catfish. On the down side there was enough wind on both days to rough up the surface and no slurping stripers emerged from the depths to tempt us. We saw the results the guides were getting on stripers with anchovies and we decided that wasn't for us - at least not on this trip. While I wouldn't describe the smallmouth as overly active, they did provide a lot of action. The biggest disappointment was not getting as many of the bigger bass as I did my last trip. We caught plenty of "eaters" but those two-pounders were a bit hard to come by this weekend.
Launching at Antelope Point, we began on Friday by fishing some reefs near Padre Butte. The fishing was slow producing only a few eating size smallmouth and one small walleye. We then went over to what has been my best smallmouth area behind Gregory Butte. As mentioned above all the reefs, points and ledges that produced so well in the past were underwater and way too deep to be effective at this time. Fortunately the fish had stayed in the area simply moving up with the rising water. I figured this would be the case as I had noticed a lot of potentially good smallmouth structure above the water line in this area three weeks ago. We were able to take a number of fish in this area, including a few pretty nice ones, within a couple hours. Just as the fishing seemed to die off so did my trolling motor battery. Our trip back to Greenehaven that afternoon included a stop at Walmart for a new deep cycle battery.
 
Armed with that new battery we looked forward to Saturday morning with great anticipation. Unfortunately while eating breakfast I heard a loud crash on the deck of my mobile home. Going out to investigate what turned out to be a lawn chair that had been thrown up against the wall, I was greeted by a sharp gust of wind and some sprinkles. John and I decided to have another cup or two of coffee while we waited to see if things would improve. About an hour and a half later the wind had calmed and the skies seemed to clear so we drove back over to Antelope Point and launched.
Because of the threatening weather we decided to stay in close. We started by fishing some of my old haunts along the Antelope Island side of the main channel. That only produced five or six small bass so we motored up to some reefs at the mouth of Warm Creek Bay right at the 90-degree turn on the main channel. There were found a number of cooperative smallmouth along sides of those reefs. The highlight of the day was watching what we believe was a giant walleye chasing a smallmouth that John was fighting. Unfortunately by noon the skies were darkening and the wind was picking up so we hightailed it back to the ramp and got the boat out just as the thunder, lightning and rain all started pouring in.
 
We caught virtually all our smallmouth on sharp dropoffs between 20 and 23 feet deep. The depth was critical. If we were a foot too shallow or a foot too deep we didn't get bit. The point, ledge or reef had to drop from about 15 to 40 feet in a very short distance with the bass concentrating on that very narrow 20-23 foot margin. It was tricky to present our lures to that magic depth because the steep dropoffs made it too easy to be too shallow or too deep. We found offshore reefs more productive than points jutting out from the shore. Drop shot rigs fished vertically below the boat were the most effective presentation. As in the past wacky rigged three-inch slim Senkos produced a lot of fish, however both tubes and small grubs fished on drop shot rigs also were effective. Color did not seem to be critical as watermelon, chartreuse and white all worked about equally well. Again, the key was getting to the right depth on the right kind of structure.
 
Figuring out the pattern on an ever-changing lake is certainly a challenge, however I find it a lot of fun. I'm sure things will be all different the next time I'm up. As always, I look forward to it.

June 12, 2005 - Gar and Huck Summers

Gar and I spent Fri, Sat and Sun in the Rock Creek area. Fri afternoon we fished in Antelope Cyn, the first hard left turn. We stuck half an anchovy on 3/8 oz jig heads. We caught about 15 stripers in a couple of hours. It was good enough to keep us there but not red hot. the size was good. the smallest was 4.5 lbs and the biggest was 8. Stay off the rocks about 10-20 yds right on the point.

We went into Dangling Rope on Sat. at first light. There was a slurp there that didn't want much to do with us. Gar caught a couple on a crappie jig. We fished the whole canyon with dark green jigs and caught a bunch of smallies. None of them very big but there was a couple that may have been 2 lbs.

Sat we sat in the rain with nothing on but shorts and t-shirts. we ran into rock creek to get away from some of the worst weather. it paid off. There was a slurp that was pretty aggressive almost to the end of Dry Rock. They were big fish (3.5-5 lbs) and much more aggressive than the slurps we had seen. (when a slurp starts to turn into a boil, does that make it a burp?) We caught a bunch of stripers on light colored grubs. I even threw a green grub at them and caught one. they were really boat shy, if they saw you or you landed your grub right on them they would sound. If you could cast just past them a couple of feet and pull through them you would hook up every time. Even if they did sound you could cast to where they had been and let the grub sink straight down they would hit it. I think the bad weather was probably helpful. The wind wasn't too bad but between it and the rain it helped to hide us from the fish and make a little background noise.


The hardest part of the weekend was learning to recognize the bite. The stripers we caught drowning anchovies as well as the smallies never hit hard. The line would just get a little heavy or a little harder to reel in. Set the hook at any weight. If you don't take Wayne's advice and use a rod that is stiff enough you'll never feel those subtle hits. get that sissy light-weight rig out of there. that's kind of the highlights, good luck.

The smallies are out on main channel points they are not shallow. 25 feet or more .when you graph stripers they will take bait. Me and john had a blast! We got wet from that huge thunder storm on saturday and we found a over hanging rock inside of dungeon canyon ,we hauled our camp stove up there and cooked our supper under the rock to get out of the rain .When the weather let up a bit we went back out. We caught stripers in the rain and in the evening we found that slurp John was telling you about .That was so much fun!!!  The slurp was in front of these good folks in a fancy house boat every time we would land a fish they would cheer.


June 9, 2005 - Brandon Majers, Payson, Utah

It seems we have really bad luck fishing lake powell. We fished from June 1-7 and the only fish we caught was one very small striper weighing maybe a half a pound (we didnt have a scale with us). We got there and set up camp the first day at a little inlet just inside of halls bay and then we started fishing at night with anchovies and thundersticks we didnt catch a single fish until the 5th day. We were there and that was when my dad caught the little striper on the thunderstick. The picture is of my father Drew and his striper.

 


June 9, 2005 - Chuck and Judy Fulton

We got off the lake last night from our first Spring week in many years....windy, huh?  Fished the evening of the 3rd in the back of Padre Creek and immediately caught several nice stripers on a 1/2 oz slivery (scaled) rattle traps and one on a white buck tail,  all trolled at 2.5mph in 20' of water on mono.  Fished the next two days in Last Chance and Dry Rock Creek and got skunked.  The green water in the back of both arms of Last Chance was void of any life.  Moved to Friendship and  couldn't find anything but a few smallies and no stripers.  Fished the back of Rock Creek and all I got was snagged.  We did  get several nice small mouth throughout all this---all on striper type lures while trolling. 

FINALLY, went for a scenic boat ride to Middle Rock Creek and found a slurper boil.  It was small and sounded easily, not to return but a boil!!  Yesterday morning went back and trolled at 25', 2.5 mph and caught several nice stripers (6-7#s) using billed ing lures (color didn't seem to make much difference) on leaded line.  We also encountered another slurper boil which didn't last long either.  I didn't graph near as many shad as I'd expected this week.....are we in for a bad shad year?  The fish we caught in MRC had not spawned yet. 


June 8, 2005 - Adrian Anderson

Wow, what a wonderful time we have had at Lake Powell this year fishing. My wife and I were there for spring break, it was our anniversary also and my boss let us stay on the house boat. We trolled all around Lone Rock and my wife landed 5 big stripers, one being 8 lbs and 28" long. Then we returned the week before memorial day and did not do as good as hoped. We found Wayne at the mouth of Navajo canyon catching stripers like crazy. We were too late, we managed to catch 3 there. The trip ended with 2 catfish, 2 smb, and 4 stripers (not very big).

  We could not let that discourage us. Mike, Derrick, Pam, and myself returned on June 3rd for a night of fishing at the DAM. We put one  green light down at 15 ft and one on the surface. The lights are 21" long. It was not long and the fishing began biting around 11 pm. We were tied up on the north side of the canyon to the third buoy. Mike was using a clear GITZ-IT with a piece of anchovy, I was using a 1 oz. bucktail jig with anchovy, and Derrick and Pam were using a hook with anchovy. We all caught fish, but mike out did us all. (it must be the GITZ-IT). We brought home 21 stripers and one cat fish. Of course on all the trips I manage to catch the smallest fish. Mike caught 2 that were 7-pounders. It was fun and we all can't wait to go again. Thanks to Wayne and his advice and web site, we have had a great time fishing. Good luck to all.


June 8, 2005 -  Jerry Y  and Jim

We launched at Stateline on Friday morning and headed to Navajo battling the wind and rain.   About 2 miles up on the right hand side was a point that the rocks jutted out into the channel.  Threw an anchor out on the rocks and fished the point.  There was a shelf that went from 15 ft to 60 feet.  Dropped full anchovy using a texas rig set up.  Let it drop to around 45-50 ft.  Caught 15 stripers around 4-5 lbs. Fishing slowed and we were going to head to intakes but it was too windy so we decided to call it  day.  Got off lake around 2:00 pm.
Saturday morning we decided to launch at Antelope.  Cut out a lot of time and the tossing around through the channel.  Headed to Padre Bay where we trolled around Padre Butte.  Caught  5 using Norman DD22.  Nothing else worked.  Tried Storms, Yozuri;s, Lucky Craft.  Decided to go to Last Chance and caught 3 more again with the Norman.  Ate lunch out on the lake and then headed to the intakes.  No one was around there so we had the whole area to ourselves. 
We positioned ourselves just out from one of the big slabs that protrudes from the wall.  There is a shelf that is around 40 ft deep and then drops to 60 and then to 200+.  We threw full anchovies on 1/4 oz. jigheads and some on a texas rig.  Ended up with 10 more.  Avg 5 lbs largest went 7 lbs. By the way in Navajo and Last Chance we caught 20 smallies using watermelon color ST Grubs.  And one Wally on a white ST Grub in Navajo. 
      Pictures are some of the fish we caught Saturday.  The young man with the fish was his first striper and the biggest fish he had ever caught.  6.2 pounds. And his name is Shad (really).

June 7, 2005 - Cody Thomas and Kyle Walker, Page, AZ

Cody Thomas with walleye caught near Wahweap Marina.

Kyle Walker with largemouth captured on cell

picture phone.


June 26, 2005 - Steve Doepke

We setup camp in Dove Canyon on the 16th and spent most of our time fishing the first two points in Last Chance. We caught approximately thirty stripers between three to six pounds mainly fishing anchovies at 60ft. depths.

Fishing was slower than expected with no slurps being viewed during our trip.

 

 


July 2, 2005 - Wayne and Troy Gustaveson

Took my son Troy out to chase boils in Warm Creek today.  We found the slurps but they would not stay up long enough to make for good fishing.  We had to circle the school and hope they would come up close to the boat before we could even cast to them.  Troy did get one nice fish a rattletrap.  Only 2 little swirls were seen as he cast to the expected location of the next surface disturbance, but the fish was a good one.  Even the yearlings were not staying up long.  If you park over the top of a school of yearlings, fish can be caught really fast on 2 inch plastic grubs. Yearling schools are very abundant near the Castle Rock cut on the Wahweap side.

It was very busy on the south end of Powell over the Holiday weekend with lots of boats and lots of wakes. 


June 27, 2005 - John Lassandro

I invited a very good friend from work whom I have known for quite some time and promised him that I would take him fishing, and once we finally agreed on a date, I thought the best place to show him some great fishing was to take him to Lake Powell. He asked if we could take his 13 year old son and I said sure! So the following is our trip from Thursday June 23rd to Sunday June 26th.  

Thursday 6/23/2005

We went to the dam for some night fishing with anchovies and tied up to the 2nd buoy as someone was already there at the 3rd to 4th buoy. We threw down some chovies and his son very quickly caught a 4 pounder, then my friend hauled in a catfish. I baited his son’s hook again and immediately he hooked another nice one but he tried to horse it in and it broke the line so we gave him some instructions on how to play the fish for next time. We all got in the water again and I started graphing some very large schools, but it turned out that they were only 6 inch fish who kept stealing our bait (hooks were too big). We did manage to boat a few though. So we moved to the other side of the couple who were fishing there as well (who by the way were from Phoenix and this was their first trip to Powell as well – and they had been there for 2 or 3 weeks I can’t remember exactly – and they said they had a fantastic time and could not believe how great the fishing was and that this would not be the last trip). But we could not get our bait past the little guys so we decided to call it a night and go to the cleaning station.

Friday 6/24/2005

Due to the heat and the thunderstorms during the day we decided to night fish again with anchovies (also Tim’s tip helped that decision – thanks Tim!) we went to Antelope marina and tied up to the end of the last dock as you are leaving the marina heading up lake. We threw out the lights and started chumming and lo and behold about 10:30 we started getting bites. We managed to get 29 fish in the boat. There were about 7 yearlings and the rest were 4-6 pounders. What a blast! Welcome to Lake Powell Clark and Mathew!!! About 1AM we called it quits and headed for the cleaning station at Wahweap (we put in at Antelope of course). So when we got there the grinder was not working (I think due to the power outage that day – people threw stuff down there that they should not have while the grinder was not working – shame shame!) So it made a difficult job more difficult. We got back about 4AM but with smiles on our faces.

 

Saturday 6/25/2005

After the success the night before we decided to press our luck and try the marina again. And we had the same results as the night before! Only we wanted to take more back to the cleaning station (what were we thinking??!!) so we filled the live wells and the built in cooler on the boat, it’s a good thing we did or we would not have had the numbers from the night before as the sizes were slightly better that night (no yearlings and only 3 three pounders and the rest were 4-8 pounders). So with the grinder working we managed to finish at the same time 4AM but with more fillets. We ended up with 33 fish all in all. What a way to initiate someone with Powell fishing? I think he and his son will be back again. More for our side….


June 27, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson

The last remnants of my family reunion faded into the sunset today but not before I took my brother Dorian on one more fishing trip. We launched early at Antelope ramp and went to Antelope canyon.  We were not the first ones there and it seemed too busy to support another boat so we backed off and went to Navajo Canyon instead.  

It turned out to be an excellent choice.  We parked on the second point behind the double islands, chummed and immediately hooked a 28 inch striper. That was great and closely followed by a second and third.  I put on bait and unhooked fish for my brother and my nephew. 

I gave them the special treatment because the fishing usually dies when this brother comes. But not today.  Fishing was steady from 7-9 AM. We used a spinning rod with 20-pound Power Pro line tipped with 3-feet of 8 pound test fluorocarbon leader.  The best set up was a sliding sinker above a swivel, then the leader with a #4 circle hook attached. I think the fluorocarbon line leader is very important.  Never use straight power pro when fishing bait.  But even when fishing monofilament I think the fluorocarbon leader increases hits and fish caught.  

We cast out a medium distance, stripped off a bit more line, set the bale, and then let the bait rig settle back toward the boat.  I estimated we were fishing at 30-40 feet.  We were over a ledge at 30 feet and each time the sinker would clink against the rock ledge we reeled up slowly dragging the bait slowly over the ledge.  That’s where we got most of the hits.

I had another rig with a weightless anchovy attached on which we caught fish almost as often but the weighted rigs did better.  

When that spot slowed down we went around the corner and fished the shady side.  We chummed and immediately hooked 4-5 more fish.  Then it slowed down.

Next we moved to a shady alcove with a 25-35 foot bottom.  We saw no fish on the graph.  But we chummed and hooked 2 more, including the biggest fish of the day which was a nice 7-pounder.

While in the alcove we had a pair of Peregrine Falcons chase a sparrow around.  They circled the boat at least 6 times at great speed.  They finally smacked the little bird but it fell dead on the water and they would not get close to pick it up. That is as close to a Peregrine attack as I have ever been.

 


July 9, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson

I took my wife Charlene and sons out chasing slurping stripers in Wahweap bay last night.  We found numerous schools of yearlings from Ice Cream Canyon to Castle Rock.  We looked for larger fish but the little ones were too much fun.  Caught 30 in an hour of fishing. 

A closer look shows a slurping school just under the rod on the right side and another slurp straight down from the fish tail.

Those chasing larger fish in the open were not getting as many fish by number but just as much by weight. 


July 8, 2005 - Bill McBurney - Ambassador Guide Service

Bill specializes in guiding fly fishermen on Lake Powell and Lees Ferry.  The slurping boils are perfect for catching stripers on fly rod. 


July 8, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson

I took my tiny 2-inch grub, a bottle of super glue and went to Stateline ramp to see how many shad I could save. The school of yearlings was waiting right by the end of the breakwater between the pump out dock and gas dock.  When they came to the top I cast into the school and reeled quickly.  When they went down I dropped the lure into the school and jigged vertically.  That all worked. I caught 11 before the first grub was ripped apart. 

Then I decided to check the schools over by Castle Rock. In mid bay some 2-pound yearlings came up and they were proud to eat the little grub just like their little brothers. I was able to get quite close this morning without spooking them.   When they sounded the school went right under the boat and I dropped the little grub straight down into the fleeing fish.  A 4-pounder nailed it.

Then I found the schools by Castle Rock and they were very agreeable.  Got 10 in 10 casts from one school following the boat.  Then it was time to go in.  The count was 35 fish from 10-inches to 4 pounds in 100 minutes of fishing.  I do like fast fishing.  It would be hard for me to describe faster fishing than the opportunity that awaits today. I used 3 grubs and lost no jigs.

If you like crappie fishing then this is for you.  Morning temperatures are a delightful 70-80 degrees.

If you want bigger fish they are still being caught on bait in the shade of cliff walls in Navajo, Antelope and the dam (east side).  


July 9, 2005 - Dylan and Megan Macfarlane

Dylan Macfarlane, age 10, caught this striped bass at Lake Powell in Gunsight Canyon on July 6th at 7:30 PM.
He used a 4 inch Yamamoto grub, clear with black speckles.  Dylan's mom, Megan, said the trophy fish was 24 inches long and weighed about 15 pounds. 

 

Great Catch Dylan!


July 18, 2005 - Ryan Hunt

Yup just got done eating a striper.  I went fishing from the 14th- 16th.  I heard the best spot was the inlet of the power plant and Navajo canyon.  I fished antelope point with anchovies and it was ok after the sun came up for about an hour.  The best spot was about 5pm-dark across from the state line boat ramp along the cliffs. I just used anchovies and tried a spinnerbait against the rocks for small mouth and only caught one small mouth but 13 stripers.  

July 15, 2005 - Aaron Anderson

Mike Bryan, Aaron and daughters went to Navajo Canyon early in the morning.  They tied up to a rock outcropping on the  second point .  Six anchovies were cut up and chummed to get the stripers attention. Then the baits were put in the  water. 
The fishing rod with fluorocarbon line caught fish immediately.  Rods with power pro and green monofilament went fishless.

 

Fluorocarbon leaders were tied on to the other rods and then everyone caught fish. 

15 stripers were laid out at the fish cleaning station after two hours of fishing.

July 11, 2005 - Ed Gerdemann

I've been telling all my Lake Powell buddies for the past few years that I never hit the lake without a rod rigged with a Senko. From now on I'll also tell them I never head out without one rigged for a jigging spoon as well. Both lures proved their worth for me this past Saturday during an early morning excursion on my favorite lake.   Because my wife Judy decided that getting up at 3:00 a.m. to go fishing is not one of her favorite things (getting up at 3:00 a.m. period is not one of her favorite things) I ended up fishing alone. Because we had things planned for the afternoon this had to be a quick trip. I launched at Antelope point and motored to some big reefs along the main channel at the mouth of Warm Creek. I didn't see any boils or slurps on the way up so I got out the drop shot rod and started working a Senko around the reefs. I didn't have much luck until about 6:00 a.m. when I caught seven smallmouth over the course of about 20 minutes. All were taken between 23 and 25 feet right up against the steep sides of the reefs. After that flury they simply stopped. I fished the area about another half hour working all the reefs I could see. As I was reeling up quickly getting ready to move to another spot I happened to look down at my depthfinder to see it was covered with huge arches. Before I could say anything I felt a hard strike and line started peeling off my reel. Afraid I would get spooled I put the trolling motor on high and chased the fish. After a few frantic minutes I got the upper hand and was soon leading a 5 1/4-pound striper to the net.   After taking care of that fish I pulled my heavy spooning rod from the rod locker and began searching for that school. Although they had moved from where the first fish hit I was soon able to locate them nearby. Dropping a Wallylure into the arches I was soon fast into another fish that got off. It didn't matter as I left the spoon down there, jigged it once and was fast into another. Again this fish escaped but a third soon hit and this time it was hooked for good - a solid 4 1/2-pounder. The school moved again and it took me another 10 minutes to find it, but when I did it was a repeat of what happened before - but this time the prize was a 5 1/2-pounder. In a matter of about 25 minutes I had put 15 1/4 pounds of stripers in the cooler.   But that was it for the day. I never could find that school again. I even fired up the big engine and circled all through the area but never seeing that massive group of arches that marked this school. I tried a bit more bass fishing on some reefs just up the main channel and then I motored up into Warm Creek searching for surface slurps are arches on the graph but found neither. I went back to where I had started but was unable to locate the school. By that time it was 9:30 and the boat traffic made fishing in that area difficult so I motored back to Antelope Point.   I think that if I had brought some anchovies I could have kept that school in the area by chumming. I also think it would have helped to have had another fisherman with me. I've found with stripers that the fish seem to hit better with two anglers working them than just one. I wouldn't be at all surprised if chumming with anchovies and then fishing with a spoon might not be the best striper pattern lower lake by now, so if you're heading out on the water over the next few days don't forget to rig up at least one rod with a jigging spoon - and keep a Senko rod handy as well! I think you'll be glad you did.

July 11, 2005 - Troy Wadsworth and Kurtis Glover   

The Dam, Power plant Intake, and Navajo Canyon   We arrived at Lake Powell  on Friday night to do some night fishing.  We started at the dam  about 11:00 pm.  It was a beautiful night and we tied up on the east side of the buoys about the Fourth one in.  We were using a weighted double tail white grub and a non-weighted double tail white grub with a half anchovy on it.  We stayed for 2 hours and only caught one striper.  We decided to go to the Power Plant,  we drop the green light, and started to see action.  Fishing was steady at about three fish per-hour, we ended up catching 15 nice stripers all average about 4 pounds.  

The sun started to come up and we decided to head into Wahweap for some fuel and to see if we could get into some of the slurps and boils by State Line.  As we arrived at State Line we notice the slurps next to the breaking wall, we used the weighted double tail white grub and ended up with 4 yearling stripers.  The stripers were really boat shy.  After catching the little guys we decided to head to Navajo Canyon.  

We went two the two islands that are a few miles back and fished the 2ND point to the east of the two islands just before you make a left turn.  This spot has always been good to me and my friends in the past.  We dropped are weighted and non-weighted double tail white grub with a half anchovy on it AND BANG.  The striper action was INTENSE.  We couldn't even keep are poles in the water long enough before we had a striper on.  We caught a total of 30 stripers in 3 hours, and these baby's weren't small by no means. Our smallest striper was about 5 pounds with are largest being close to 9 pounds.  OH WHAT A DAY!!!.  

We filled all our two ice chest and the life well with very fat healthy stripers.  We couldn't catch anymore because the boat was overloaded with 50 stripers. My wrist started to get sore from reeling in all those fat stripers.  We decided to head back at about 11:30 am to Wahweap to clean all these fish.  We drew a crowd of people once we arrived at the fish cleaning station.  A lot of those people never saw that many fish.  We had a blast,  I have been coming to Powell for years and this year is by far the best year I have ever experienced with striper fishing.  


July 11, 2005 - Bodie Lowe

Long awaited pictures from Bodie.  Looks like a very memorable trip from 6/26-6/30/05. There were many more pictures which I didn't post of waterfalls and scenery and smoky sunrises.  Bodie offers to send pictures to those that want to see more.

These are from 2nd night at about MM 46 (can't remember name). Huge storm on Tuesday, once cleared fishing was wide open for a good 45 minutes then dead.

Most of the fish were caught on anchovies. I wasn't catching any earlier on cut bait, so I decided to go with whole anchovies and from then on, that was the ticket. We had a bunch that were cut up already so we used them as chum and did not see any get hit on the float to the bottom. We had 4 fishermen/women on the top deck of the houseboat and one on bottom, while I fished off back of friends Mastercraft (tied to houseboat) with lures. I caught 2 stripers on blue/silver Rat-L-Trap and one more on shad Rapala, Both no more than 20 feet of water, about 3 feet from the surface.
 There were no signs whatsoever of shad, but there was a giant school of Stripers just cruising back and forth along our beached houseboat. The guys on top were just suspending their whole anchovies just to the point of disappearance (12-15 ft deep?) and wait for the chomp. A couple were picked up off the bottom. It was almost too easy.
 We had 2 guys that had never even fished before bring in Stripers 5+ lbs. Funny thing is, the night before we could see them the same way (although not as many) and they wouldn't even acknowledge the bait. The whole anchovy theory? Maybe, but I don't know. It was seriously wide-open for 45 minutes and then they (the biters at least) just vanished.
Did get spooled with 6 lb test on one. Maybe got back 30 yards of line, then it went on a second run that was amazingly similar to a run I had with a 26 pound Yellowtail. I had no chance. It ran, ran, ran, I tightened drag, it ran, ran, ran. Finally just ran out of line and then tried to hand line it in and then got the proverbial "pop." Funny how that is one of the wierd things in the world that makes you want to cry. Or vomit. Or both.

Here is view from LP resort balcony the morning before departure...


July 19, 2005 - Bryan Kelley

We arrived at Midnight to find NPS doing a check point at look out. They wanted to see permits. I did not even see the hidden pay station behind stop sign. But I will say they said please go back and purchase them I said No Problem they let us go.   We headed out of Stateline at 7:12 after getting Powell stamps. Man I wish AZFG would get them online for purchase as that's how I do my License now. Papa Jack said try Friendship cove for camping we did arrive there at 9:00 or so to find full beaches. We setup camp in Dungeon Canyon.  

Friday Morning after setup we tried Striper fishing in Rock Creek west side first two or three coves. Using anchovies like Wayne says in the shade of shear cliffs Nick and Jill caught three in 2.5 hours. Nice fish 3-5 lbs. 30'-45' after marking some fish did not chum much as it was early in trip. Sat. and Sun. Morning up at 5:00 am looking for boils and slurps heading to Last Chance.   Second Canyon on East side of Last Chance going in. All the way in back south side, Like Wayne says find some abnormal feature along walls in shade. Large bump in wall. Hump from 110' to 69' right on transition but when sun hits it they move out right now that's around 8 am. All our fish were on anchovies 28' to 45' along a shear cliff we did chum this time after Jill landed first fish and the fun was on each day from 6:00 till 8 am we filled the cooler with Nice BIG Stripers 28 fish total for two days.

Saturday I did land the biggest fish I ever caught attached is Picture, 12 min fight after Maria hooked it. I was replacing a straighten hooked on her pole she was holding mine! She could not reel it in. Bigger than our dog!!!!!

I did clean her right after that morning I took these roe pictures. The eggs  sacks were not Olive Green like others more tan shade had she spawned? I assume a fish this big was mature enough to spawn.   Once again your weekly advice is what make our trips successful. Thanks for all you have taught us in finding the fish. I hope all the first timers read all the information here there truly is no fishing place in AZ/UT like Lake Powell.. 

Waynes Note:  Fish was spawned out female with normal looking egg sacs for this time of year.


July 19, 2005 - Wade Thomas, Flagstaff

I had not fished Lake Powell for a Month due to basketball camps at Sinagua High School .The team traveled to several schools, but most of the time I was thinking about fishing, Summer basketball is over and my boat was collecting dust and I was missing out on all the great lake action.   First day off I was GONE. 

  My son and I Fished our  usual spot about 3 miles into Navajo Canyon  Tied up and fished in water of 165 feet.  Put out two green lights and dropped lines at 40, 35 and 25 Feet.  Changed  my line color per Mr.  Anderson previous Reports and used a clear mono filament line.  The moon was up about 3/4 and I caught one striper about 4 lb .  I was fishing for stripers but the catfish were feeding in the 25 foot range, I thought they were bottom feeders. After the moon went down, the shad began to circle my boat.  I caught 7  catfish  until about 4:30 am, Then  I had a couple of bags of anchovies stolen by some pesky yearling stripers.  I decided to use a small hook and Five  Small stripers were caught  all about 9 inches,  with the small hooks I started catching the  four pound size Again 5 Quick Stripers,  when daylight broke a large boil occurred right if front  of my boat.    I was rigged for anchovies , so I quickly put on  a yellow Crappie jig and began to catch the yearlings about 4 , and one large striper, which swallowed  my jig and the sun came up and they were gone.    Where did these tiny stripers come from.  Were they hiding in May.  

We had a great time, Again 


July 19, 2005 - Jim

My son (age 10) and I just returned from Lake Powell.  We fished a little Sunday evening, about an hour, at the mouth of Twilight canyon.  We caught 3 six pound Stripers. 
     We returned to the same spot the following afternoon, Monday, as soon as it fell into shade, about 2PM.  We fished until about 6PM taking 7 more Stripers. 
     The following day, Tuesday, we fished in Twilight canyon about 2 bends past the arch and took 11 more fish between 3PM and 6PM. 
     Wednesday we sat in Twilight canyon in the same shady spot and took 7 more stripers, ran out of cooler space and quit about six.  We used Ľ ounce jig heads with anchovies.
     During this time we caught and released 3 small catfish.  
     We found the fish, without a fish finder, at about 10 to 20 feet deep in about 230 feet of water at the mouth of the canyon and at all depths from the bottom (about 130 feet), to 6 feet deep, up the canyon. 
    When another boat or PWC came by and bounced us the fish did not bite.  Only when the water settled down did we get hits.
Wake-less or at least flat wake speeds in side canyons need to be the rule. 
 

     One PWC rider actually stopped to show off by doing a few circles 30 feet from us.  We were impressed, first by the stupidity of the rider, second by the amount of exhaust fumes that remained after he left, and third by the 45 minutes it took for the water to settle down.  It was far worse than the pair of 30 foot cursers that went by at about 20 mph within 30 feet of us. (the bigger the boat the greater the arrogance of the pilot).
 

     In all fairness, twice in the four days, a PWC did slow down when they saw us fishing.
We have fished for small mouth all over the lake in the past and have had no problem finding them with grubs and Jig Heads in shady rock rubble.  This was our first time looking for stripers.  You may want to call it beginner’s luck.


July 23, 2005 - DAVID FUSELLO

Stripers caught in Navajo Canyon on July 16th.

We recently fished at Lake Powell and used the anchovy method you recommended.  And guess what, we landed these beauties.  We didn't have a scale but I am guessing they are from about 8 - 10 lbs.

 

  Thanks for the great advice!  Cant wait for our next trip to catch some Stripers  

Wayne's Note:  Thanks for putting them on ice.  They keep so much better that way.


July 25, 2005 - Wade Phyfer, Cornville, AZ

We just left the lake, ( 7- 24 ) at buoy 3 south of wahweap we witnessed several large boils lasting 10 - 20 minutes. We caught 8 large stripers from 7 to 19 lbs on Saturday along with several small mouth and numerous cats ( all above pan size ). We were camped just below the lookout pagodas. Bait was frozen anchovies on weighted hooks and nothing else. 

July 28, 2005 - Wayne in Sedona

my kayak and i got into antelope point at about 5:30 p.m. monday night.......steady rain and zoolike chaos iof incoming water craft lovers discouraged launching....fished the dock for a few hours under a lantern starting about 11:30 and caught a few small stripers and some small (yellow?) cats....decided to take out  the kayak at 4 a.m. after a little nap......got about 1 mile from navajo canyon, enjoying the peace and quiet of paddling on bath tub like conditions under moonlight....have never fished for stripers before, but have enjoyed this website and was prepared......saw a boil at first light , and had a double hookup by myself......got one 2 pounder. and 1 about 7 lbs.......boil disappeared, and i tried other methods with little success

caught some smallies along cliff walls, but wanted to get back in to the big stripers....about 8 a. m. saw a boil across the bay, and paddled over and promptly backlashed in   my excitement....saw some jetskiers checking out the shore and realized the school was back
up.....paddled over and caught another, and then chased the school with several surfacings for about 2 hours....brought  5 home about 7 lbs....could have caught more with the kayak prepared more specifically for striper readiness....also realized i should use my back hold for an inboard icebox for speed and freshness......all the big ones seemed to prefer the cut
anchovies, whether skillfully presented on the hook or not.....shad lures and spoons gave me the smaller ones of the school....is it from the depth the larger ones, size of mouth required to get 1/2 an anchovy in mouth,or ???????
 

tried some tonight and the meat is incredible!!!!!!!wow- i am inspired to get more and will get my kayak ready for the fast and furious boil chases.......also, the big fish were good fighters, but once at the kayak were relatively easy to grab by hand and get in boat...is this
normal?????.......also, anyone have suggestions on access to calmer waters for paddlers?......i have been all the way uplake once, last june., but did not realize visibility was unfishable that early?........will the stripers be all the way uplake when the water clears?........also, how do i get a really big one????just luck?....


August 2, 2005 - Sharon Marmaduke, Flagstaff

Last Saturday, July 30, we caught these eight fat stripers in the entrance of Dry Rock Creek, fishing with anchovies at about 30 feet.  We never saw boils, but they seemed to swirl by in waves past our lines.  We would get multiple hookups, and they all put up exciting fights.  They were caught between seven and eight AM--then things stopped completely.  Always one of our favorite fishing areas on the lake, these were the nicest stripers we've seen in years.  For two of the gals in our group, these were their very first fish, and for five-year-old Chandrah, she now has her first "fish story"--the first fish she ever caught all by herself was bigger than she is!

Thanks Wayne for all the great advice on this web site!

 


August 15, 2005 - Brian Jones

We put in at Wawheap friday evening, saw no boils, slightly windy, we motored out to mile marker 4 bouy and tied up.  Put out the fish lights and did quite well.  Lots of small fish, one 7-pounder a few 5's and 4's.  Ended up with close to 30 fish. 

  We went to Navajo canyon and back 3 times looking for boils in the narrows, canyon, antelope marina, and only saw 2-3 very small and short boils.    Best fishing was at night with anchovies.


August 15, 2005 - Jim Zabala, West Covina, CA

Thanks for the great site Wayne.  My friend Steve and I just returned to the Los Angeles area from Lake Powell.  We fished for parts of four days in the Dangling Rope area.  We had two excellent mornings of Striper fishing on cut Anchovies at the mouth of Mountain Sheep Canyon.  The fish bit well for us but only when we anchored in 30 to 35 foot depth.  We actually caught nothing on Anchovies in depths less than 30 feet or more than 35 feet.  I marked fish steadily throughout the mouth of the canyon and was able to pick up a few fish to 7 pounds drifting over the schools and jigging a small blue and chrome Kastmaster lure.  That was a blast.  The rig of choice for us on the cut Anchovies was 6 pound test tied directly to a 1/8 ounce lead jig head with painted eyes on it.  The rig was deadly when the Stripers were under the boat eating the chum.   Boils for us were few and far between.  We did witness a beautiful boil right near Dangling Rope Marina and were able to pick off a couple on topwater baits.  What a blast!  I wish that we were able to find a few more boils and experience more of that excitement.   This was our first trip to Powell.  I'd like to remind all of the boaters out there to make sure to bring a quality spare anchor.  We experienced the worst few hours of wind that I've ever been in.  I'm still a bit shaken by it.  Our boat was nearly lost onto the rocks when the wind suddenly shifted directions and picked up to at least 40 miles an hour.  One anchor broke loose and left the boat sitting sideways to that wind.  Steve and I spent the better part of an hour in the water, in that wind, trying to re-secure the boat.  Luckily, I brought a piece of rebar that we used to secure the stern of the boat.  The extra anchor that I brought, that broke loose, is now in the trash and is on its way to the landfill.  It will be replaced with a quality anchor.  Just be prepared when you travel to Lake Powell!   One more note.  We did travel to Oak Canyon the morning after the storm.  We didn't witness any boils or catch any fish on Anchovies, but I marked tons of fish on my Furuno fish finder.  I was amazed that we didn't get anything.  The steep walls at the entrance to Oak Canyon were plugged with fish down to about 45 feet.  This might be an area to keep an eye on.

August 15, 2005 - John Powers

Picture #1: A nice 6 lb. striper from a Navajo Canyon boil.
Picture #2: Cody chasing stripers.


August 15, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson, Brett and Wilson

Took my son Brett and grandson Wilson  to chase boils between AP Marina and Navajo Canyon this morning from 6-8 AM. Saw the first boil near the east tire breakwater but they were small fish and uncooperative.  Closer to the mouth of Navajo a school of yearlings stayed up for about 20 minutes.  We caught 10.  Then we headed back and ran into larger fish near the corner turning back to AP.  These stayed up long enough to get 6 big ones.  Great morning - 16 fish - 2 hours -Wilson's first fish - priceless. 

August 21, 2005 - Tim Kelley

Big Al and I made a flying trip up Wednesday morning thru Friday morning to fish lower lake boils!!

We found them Wednesday evening about 1 hour before dark, and about a 3/4 mile south of the double islands.

There were a few slurps in the channel as we were heading out, so we stopped and cast to them with immediate hookups, and then the whole channel came alive! We fished it for about an hour straight, with no boat traffic or other fisherman in sight, and pulled in around forty fish!! Big Al was ecstatic, as he has not had a chance to fish that kind of topwater striper action! To say the least, he is now an avid topwater striper fisherman!

We went right back Thursday morning but got caught up in the channel with sporadic slurps starting from about a mile from Navajo (just past the intake) all the way to the mouth of Navajo! We caught quite a few in the channel, but we opted to chase the boil in Navajo instead!

We found it again starting with slurps, but it had moved to within about a half mile of the islands! This time they had the shad up against the canyon walls on the left side going in, and all you had to do is cast to the walls, and start working it back with hits immediately at the walls, or within the 1st 30 feet off the walls! Bone colored jumpin minnows, and chartreuse walking sticks is what worked for us the whole trip! We caught another 30 + stripers that morning!

Thursday evening was not as great in the canyon, but we did catch a boil of yearlings at the tires on the east side of Antelope Marina so we caught a bunch of those before heading into Navajo!
There were only sporadic slurps going on, but there was also lots of skiers, and boat traffic in Navajo, so I think it kept the stripers down for the evening. We came back out at dark, and tied up to the tire line on the west side of Antelope Marina, but it was slow, and only got 6 stripers before getting tired and calling it a night. We ended up with a dozen fish for the evening!

Friday morning was a bust, and I could see a good storm building to the west, we only caught one striper casting to the rocks to the north of the mouth of Navajo, and no topwater showed up in the canyon, or out in the main channel from the mouth back to the Antelope Marina.

We were of the lake by 8:15 a.m. and went back to pack up camp, and boat! Black clouds were rolling in, and the wind kicked up about 9:30, by the time we pulled out of Page, about 10:15, it was coming down hard! We were glad not to be on the lake!

Timing is everything! It was a great trip, and we really didn't put in long days fishing, just early morning, and late afternoons! I'll be Baaack!


August 25, 2005  - Wayne Gustaveson and Ron Colby

Launched at Antelope Point ramp at 5:45 AM headed for Padre and boiling stripers with camera crew in tow.  Saw the first boil at the mouth of Gunsight. Two boats were already working that one so we went on by. Crossed the shortcut near Padre Butte and headed straight east to the far wall. Saw backlit splashes in the early morning sun and knew it had already started.

Pulled up to the large tight boil and chucked Jumpin minnows and Sammie’s as fast as possible. We were not disappointed with instant hookups from half-pound to 5-pound fish. That boil stayed up for 10-15 minutes surrounded by perhaps 8 boats before sounding. We cruised closer to the wall and got another looser boil with just a few more hookups. The concentration of boats broke up then to look for more boils. Some found a boil directly east of the floating restroom. We jigged spoons without luck. So we hightailed it to the mouth of Last Chance. Two boats marked a new boil. We slipped in on an open side and commenced to catch 3-5 pound fish for perhaps 15 minutes before they went down. That boil completely filled one iced live well and we started working on the other side. 

We returned to Padre and saw a few splashes on the west side of the bay. We got no hits as the fish went down as soon as we were in casting range. Not a problem – We just dropped spoons to the bottom on a ledge that fell from 55-65 feet. The big stripers were there digesting shad in the cool deep water and could not resist eating one more shad (spoon)  after the morning boil. We had one hookup after another for another half hour. Half of the fish came off the bottom and the other half came from speed reeling the spoon back to the surface. When the last live well was full we called it quits and headed back. 

The body count at the cleaning station was 63 stripers and one catfish. Not bad for a 3 hour fishing trip with lots of other boats helping to save some shad.  The show will air on KSL TV 5 out of Salt Lake perhaps this coming Saturday depending on the competing news schedule.


August 29, 2005 - Brad Heiner


Left Layton UT Thursday morning to the big lake, destination Padre Bay, decided S. end instead of N. bullfrog after reading the weekly fishing report. What's another half hour to hour drive when traveling 6+ hrs anyway! It was just me my wife and my 4yr old daughter on this trip. very peaceful. We launched from Antelope point ramp around 5pm UT time Thursday headed for padre bay. We were excited to explore new territory since last trip down here 3 years ago.


Set up camp by mile marker 19 without seeing a boil or a striper splash the whole ride up water was just a little chopped but fairly calm. Left camp 7:30 in search for boils,
evening breeze came up and put a good chop on the water cruised all around Padre Bay till almost dark and only saw one small quick boil by mouth of Padre Canyon. Water was too chopped. The only way i saw these fish is that their whole body came out of the water. They were down within a few seconds. Threw 1/4 oz. Kastmasters without any luck. Friday morning cruised the bay starting around 6:30 from marker 19 to 24 we were happy to find the floating restroom at marker 23 instead of having to use our porta potty. Just got off the pot around 7:30 and glanced straight E across the bay and saw stripers splashing and going crazy. We were first ones here, shut off big motor and coasted slowly within casting range. Threw 1/4 oz Kastmasters, red tied white tail on hook. Boil was fairly spread out. We each caught a couple then here came the army of boats other boats were very courteous, nobody ran their big motor partially because boil was so spread out. A few would keep boiling here and there lasting for about 1 full hour, 6 to 7 boats fishing this boil.  After having no more luck casting, and all but one boat had left, I decided to try jigging the kastmaster down around 60 feet or so. I was amazed!  I would have a hookup within just a few minutes one right after another these fish were all 5-8lbs fought like crazy! and would take us around 10 minutes to net with 10lb line, drags set just right for 10lb line. It was around 10:30 and we had no way of keeping fish cool, coolers were full of drinks and food, girls were getting hungry so they begged me to head back to camp and I gave in. We ate lunch, filleted the 13 big fat stripers. We went back out to same spot around 2:00 to Get JIGGY WITH IT again and no luck, they were gone.

Friday evening returned to same spot cruised bay all over until almost dark water was nearly glass, not a single boil nor seen any other boats fishing a boil. Sat morning back to same spot to slay the stripers waited with a couple other boats for boil to start, it never really got going, a few spread out boils here and there at same place as Friday morning, we fished it for about an hour, jigged and cast and only caught 4, 2 big ones and 2 small 1pounders. My wife threw out anchovies here, one broke her line and another swam off with her whole pole, so a little bonus to the guy that catches that fish.

Sat. evening we stayed at camp and prepared for the rain and wind storm which was about to crush us, and sat and listened to my wife scream her head off! during the lightning and thunder, she isn't very good at roughing it! Sun morning bright and early morning cruised bay again no boil, not even a splash, water was glass so we water skied, rain storm over night may have affected there eating pattern. Headed back toward camp by marker 19 came around padre butte on the ski and 4 boats were there fishing a boil, South West side of butte. Slowly coasted in, a few spread out boils, a few splashes here and there. They had pretty much shut down by this time around 10:00 tried casting and jigging and chovies with no luck wish i would have found it a little earlier.


My wife and daughter had a ball at camp catching bluegill off the back of the boat in the little cove at camp they loved our leftover pasta salad and little pieces of worm. We had lots of fun! Another great trip to Powell!


September 5, 2005 -Wade Thomas - Flagstaff

I fished last Thursday night at Navajo canyon about a mile in and caught 9 nice stripers.. The shad are getting large. Many were 4 to 5 inches long.    At first light,  I started heading toward Padre Bay to see if I could find a boil and before I got there I spotted a large boil about a football field size with multiple splashes.   The fish were easy to spot because they were coming out of the water high and splashing. The location was about 500 yards past  Labyrinth canyon on the right side heading north.  We fished with spoons with whole anchovies attached to the hook. The boil did not last long because other boats came up and scared the fish down. The other boats left. 

I drifted under the school and fished about 40 feet and caught 10.  All the fish were around 4 to 5 lbs.  the fish all fought like 10 pound they were very aggressive.   This style of fishing was  exciting as the fish finder showed fish all over.  This was a great season of fishing. 

I have caught around 300 Stripers  We started with deep running lures then moved to anchovies then night fishing and back to spoon lures  My freezer is way to full with fillets.   I learned if fisherman would just follow your advice their odds  of catching will go way up! 


August 17th, 2005 - Bill Angel (Chino Hills, CA)

< >   < > I took the family out fishing several days in mid August on our non-skiing days. I spent most of my time untangling their lines, but the kids and wife did well for occasional fishermen. We pulled in 3 nice ones this day at the mouth of the Navajo. I couldn't find the scale, but this one measured in at 28". Wish I new the weight. I'm guessing about 10 lbs or so. The other 2 were only a few inches smaller and brought in by my 9 and 12 year olds. Proves you don't have to be a professional to land some BIG ones at Powell.

 


September 6, 2005 - AL

< > First of all it goes without saying you have a fantastic web site.  < > This being my first time to Lake Powell I read everything you had to say about catching stripers.

  < > For the most part it was find the boils, catch a few fish and then they were gone.  Enjoyable. < > THEN on 1 September on the way back from Rainbow Bridge and approaching Padre Bay I never saw so many fish in all my life.  There was such a feeding frenzy that you couldn't even scare them away.  We caught fish one after another for well over an hour.  The only reason we had to leave is that it is was getting dark.  The fish varied from 12" to 5 pounds.  It wasn't a matter of hoping you would catch a fish.  It was hoping you would not hook another fish that was only 12".  Believe it or not, I either had a hit or hooked a fish every single cast.  Wish I would have had a movie camera.  A little heavier equipment would have been better too because the bigger fish could not be horsed in and really gave the drag on my baitcasting reel a work out.

  < > Anyway, thanks again for all the information you provide and I sure envy you being able to fish those striper boils whenever you like. 


September 8, 2005 - Tom Brennan

We fished/searched early and late Tuesday from Antelope Ramp through Padre Bay. Found no boils but caught some nice smallmouth trolling near the shore. Wednesday we decided to try the dam (west side) and caught a bunch of mostly small stripers and smallmouths on anchovy chunks. For hours we had a hit on almost every cast, usually within seconds. Each time either caught a fish or they cleaned the hook (more the latter than former). The sizes were not worth bragging about, but the quantity was amazing. We lost count, but it was easily 50 before we decided to try elsewhere for bigger fish. Never did see a boil and only one or two fishermen throughout the trip.

September 9, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson and Ron Colby

I reread the fish report and took my own advice and went to Rock Creek this morning. Launched at Antelope at dawn and looked for boils on the way uplake.  No luck. So we cruised into the back of main Rock Creek about 7 AM and saw splashes in the back. The surface action was scattered loosely around the bay but every time the surface lure got close to a swirl the fish responded with a resounding splash. 

There were lots of acrobatic double back flips as the lure went skyward only to come down into the mass of waiting fish.  Hookups were common from 7 to 8:15.  One live well was full of stripers from 1 to 5 pounds.

We took a break and tried to decide to spoon a few more or go looking for boils.  We did both.  We spooned up another 5 or 6 and then went looking for boils.  

 

About half way out of the canyon we saw ravens on the shoreline and then splashes against a steep wall.  Stripers were wallbanging shad against a steep cliff wall (see picture of cove). The wall sparkled with shad flying up the wall followed by the wake of heavy bodied stripers. Each time the cast got near the wall a big splash ensued. These were the best fish of the day.  They were fat and strong and went from 5-6 pounds.  We commenced to fill the other live well.  When we had that live well stuffed and 3 tails sticking out prevent the lid from closing we headed for home.

 

 

But, not so fast.  At the intersection of main rock and dry rock the surface was exploding with mid channel boils.  These are the ones we were more accustomed to with 25 second boils and 5 minute subsurface maneuvering. There were 3 schools up at once but none that would stay up long enough to catch more than one fish.  We looked at the live well and then the ghosts boiling around us and decided that we had enough for one day. 

We cruised back to Wahweap and found 40 stripers averaging 4 pounds in the live well. That was fun!

 


September 19, 2005 - Tim Kelly and Chris 

Dates fished Sept. 16th and 17th, 2005

< > Chris and I arrived Friday, set up camp, and then headed over to Gunsight for a short trip! There was some slurps in the back on the west side, and we got  a couple of hits but no takers! We left after a hour, and went to Padre! In the channel going into Padre Canyon we found a huge school of Stripers surrounding a big cloud of shad! I saw this on my graph, and immediately yelled to Chris jigging spoons!! Before I could get to my pole after shutting down the motor Chris already had one on!! As soon as my spoon hit the bottom, and I slapped it off, my pole bent over also! This went on for about forty minutes, and we filled the front live well with stripers, and ice. All of the pictures you see were < > taken the next day in Rock Creek! < >  

Saturday morning we were launching in the dark around 5:00 a.m., and I wanted to get up to Rock Creek to find Guido's boiling fish! We got there at 5:50 a.m. and started the hunt! Went straight back to the back and waited in the left cove for the monster boils--nothing! We went back out by the floating john for the big boils in the confluence--nothing!! We headed into Dry Rock Creek and missed out on some top water action (there were four boats there), it had just subsided before we got there!

< > < > We saw Ed Gerdemann, and sent him back to the back of Rock Creek! We joined him a little later, and there were three boats back there jigging! Ed said he had pulled up a few, so we worked the area, and it looked slow! Ed went into the bay on the right and Chris and I started graphing the back of Rock Creek! I saw a bunch of fish birds about a hundred yards from where we were and decided to go over there! Oh boy good choice, and take a look at my graph when we got there!  

One other boat followed us over there, and we both stopped around the same time and the poles started bending over immediately! This boat and ours sat over < > this school for over an hour and were catching them with double hookups consistently! Chris kept yelling at me to look at the graph, and there were time when so many fish from 30 to 50 feet that the graph thought the lake bottom was the the top of the school! A pic with me holding two nice ones and Chris with a couple of bigguns! < >  

When it slowed down we found a shady spot, and started filleting fish, because we knew it was going to be late when we retuned! Then we found some shade onshore, and crashed for about two hours (this fishing is hard work)! LOL

< > We headed back to the back of Rock Creek around 4:00 p.m. to see if we could find the school again, and we caught a topwater feed against the rocks on the left side of the channel, the stripers were busting shad against the rocks! We got two big powerful fish off the rocks and then they came right under the boat, and I could see them while I was still trying to get Tuna # 1 in! < >   < > We caught no more from that school as they never came back up! We headed back to look for boils and jigging! Wow they disappeared! We headed back out to the floating john to wait out the evening boil! We sat there for quite awhile with nothing happening, but we noticed one boat sitting clear out in the channel, so I told Chris to scope it with the binoculars. and he screamed there out there feeding right now, boom I was there in 60 seconds, and we had a double on with the 1st casts! This was sporadic feeding but all you had to do is fan cast in the general direction of a ring, and wham! We filled the front live well halfway before it stopped! Headed back and the Moon helped us out with the voyage! < > Coming back this week with reinforcements!!

September 20, 2005 - Ed Gerdemann

< > Patience must be a virtue when striper fishing because if I would have had a little more of it this weekend my fishing partner and I might have cashed in on a motherload of stripers. But instead of waiting and looking I took off for greener pastures (or should I say bronze) only to find out later that the stripers really turned on right where we had been earlier. Despite this we still had a good two days of fishing and did manage to catch a few stripers along with a good number of smallmouths. < >   < > Joining me on this trip was Ron Runnells of Mesquite, NV. Ron is an important person in my life as he hired me for State Farm way back in 1979. I worked for him my first 9 1/2 years with the company beginning in Flagstaff and later in Phoenix. Ron enjoys the outdoor experience as much as I do which gave us plenty to talk about during breaks in the work day. We even did a little fishing and hunting together during those years as well. This was the first time I'd seen him in over 10 years so this was a very special trip for me. < >   < > We started Friday morning from Antelope Point motoring uplake looking for striper boils. After searching Padre Bay we decided to try a little smallmouth fishing while keeping an eye out for any sign of stripers. We quickly got into some smallmouths on some rocky ledges around the mouth of Padre Canyon. We later fished my smallmouth milk run beginning behind Gregory Butte and working up into Last Chance Bay. We finished the day having taken around 40 bronzebacks all on drop shot Senkos in 22-30 feet of water. We used the three inch slim models in both classic watermelon and black and chartreuse with green and chartreuse. Although both colors worked I believe the chartreuse was more effective. We did not see anything resembling a striper boil all day nor did I find anything on the graph that suggested a school of stripers below the boat. The down side of the day was my front depthfinder went on the fritz in the late afternoon. I couldn't get it working right again which I believe really hurt us on Saturday as we concentrated more on finding stripers than on Friday. < >   < > Saturday morning we decided to go to straight to Rock Creek. This was my first trip into Rock Creek and I really enjoyed the area. At the back of the main Rock Creek arm we ran into Jeff Rogers of St. George, UT and some of his friends. They were catching a few stripers and invited us to join them. We took three stripers fairly quickly on Wallylure spoons. The method of choice was either casting or dropping the spoon below the boat and then reeling quickly making a quick stop every three or four turns of the reel. We also had a couple strikes on the initial drop. Soon Tim Kelly and Chris Michaels motored up in Tim's boat to join the fun, but by then no one was getting bit. Jeff and Tim left while Ron and I stayed for awhile motoring around looking for a school on my console graph. Not having the graph in front was really hindering my striper finding efforts. 
After futilely searching a while longer we motored to back of Dry Rock Creek. There we again ran into Jeff and his friends. Jeff told us that the area was loaded with shad but that they hadn't seen any stripers. We idled around and saw plenty of shad balls but no big marks a striper school. We tried both casting and dropping spoons around all this bait but to no avail. Ron and I then ran into the back of Middle Rock Creek where we found the same situation - plenty of bait but no stripers. By then we were anxious for some fishing action. I saw what looked like a good smallmouth bank so we started fishing it and quickly found some bronzebacks. Like Friday we found the bass in that 22-30 foot range. Our best area had a 15-foot rocky shelf that dropped very quickly to 35 feet. We'd pitch our Senkos up on the shelf and drag them off letting them fall. Often times the only indication of a strike would be the line stopping when the lure should have been up off the bottom. Although we didn't catch as many bass as Friday the average size here was significantly larger. 

In one funny incident I hooked and lost a nice smallmouth. A few minutes later Ron hooked a strong fish. Watching Ron play the fish I noticed that it spit out a chartreuse Senko. Seeing that Ron's Senko was still on the hook I decided that this was the fish I had lost a few minutes earlier. Ron did managed to land the fish but my Senko was gone forever.   While we were enjoying all this Jeff and his crew motored by and told us that Tim and Chris had gone back to where we started that morning and had really gotten into a good spoon bite there catching over 30 stripers between them. I wanted to kick myself in the pants as something told me we should have stayed where we were that morning and that the stripers would show up in some way, shape or form. We motored back there to find Tim and Chris getting ready to leave. Before they left, however, Tim told us of a place back in Padre Canyon where he and Chris had caught a good bunch of stripers the previous evening and strongly suggested we check it out on our way back. After again failing to find those Rock Creek stripers Ron and I headed back downlake. 

Taking Tim's suggestion we motored back about 2/3 into Padre Canyon locating the area Tim had described.   Fortunately some stripers were still there. Again, not having a front graph hampered our fishing but the stripers seemed to be concentrated in a fairly small area which made it a bit easier for us to locate them. In a little over an hour we managed seven more stripers all taken on 1 1/2 oz. Wallylure spoons. Most of the fish were suspended at 25-30 feet over 45 to 55-foot bottom. The fast reeling with pauses caught the first few fish but later on all the hits came on the initial drop. We tried traditional jigging but that didn't seem to work. Still, we were grateful for what we were able to catch and would like to thank Tim for the tip.   Hopefully before my next trip I can get some answers from Lowrance as to what might be wrong with the front depthfinder. Also, hopefully, I'll get a dose of patience as well.


September 25, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson

My wife, Charlene and I went to Dangling Rope to meet her brother Carlos and wife Raquel who traveled down from Bullfrog.  On the way into DR Friday evening I saw a few scattered stripers blowing up in the main channel.  We got together and left the marina to find a place to camp for the night. At the entrance to DR the stripers were still popping so we put off looking for camp and started fishing. 
Raquel tossed a jumpin minnow into the closest boil and was rewarded with an instant hookup. She was a bit excited and when she finally got the fish to the boat she couldn't believe how big the fish was. The phrase "this fish is huge, GI-normous, BIG and many other adjectives became the preferred response many times over the next night and morning.

When Raquel hooked the first fish Charlene asked her what she had on meaning which lure. Raquel responded "Obsession". Needless to say, the girls caught the most fish.

The next morning we left camp as the sun hit the ridge and found the main channel boiling once more.  We followed the feeding schools and caught fish from the the mouth of Mountain Sheep Canyon to the cliff walls perhaps a half mile upstream.  Stripers ran shad into the coves and the fishing here was phenomenal for an hour.  We caught fish constantly from 6:30 to 8:30 AM.     
It was great overnight trip which concluded with an excursion to Anasazi Canyon and Lehi Arch.  None of us will forget the great adventure.

I suppose the striper boils will remain at DR to Mountain Sheep for a few more days and then continue to work uplake in search of undisturbed shad schools. 


September 20, 2005 - Clint Rogers

< > Jeff Rogers from St. George agreed to take me, his son Clint, and two of my friends from Logan, Ki Aston and Paul Lindhardt, on a shad saving expedition to the lake on Sept 16th and 17th. My dad and I went last year at this time and learned how to jig'em up off the bottom with Wally lures and Kastmasters and we were anxious to put our new skills to use again. Ki and Paul are avid trout fishermen who wanted to see firsthand what striper fishing is all about. < >  

We arrived Friday the 16th at 5:00pm and head directly to Rock Creek as per Wayne's instructions. We graphed huge bait balls of shad in the back of main rock creek canyon and chased slurps or mini boils for the last hour or so of light. The slurps were quick and hard to predict where they would come up but we managed to catch 7 smaller stripers by casting rapalas toward the slurp.

< > The next morning the shad balls were still present in the bay but boils may have been prevented by a wind that chopped up the water surface. We saw a few slurps but had greater success jigging the fish off the bottom. If bouncing the lure off the bottom didn't produce a hit then a burst of speed on the reel followed by a pause often attracted a bite. The action was fast and furious for about 30 minutes with double hook ups of 3-5 pounders. Ed Gerdemann joined us at this time and after a quick check to see what we were using pulled in a few of his own. The bite suddenly quit though and we decided to go over to dry rock creek as we knew there were big balls of shad there too and we had high hopes of finding a boil that day. Big Mistake. When we left Tim Kelly and his < > friend Chris found the school again and slayed 'em. We returned just as Tim was rigging up the Wayne's Words Flag and complaining about how tired he was after catching that many fish.
< > Later that day we did find our boil in main rock creek canyon at about 3:30pm. The boil was about 20 yards across. Jeff put the boat right on the edge and four lines were airborne immediately. Not one of us connected with a fish and we couldn't believe it! We made a few more searching casts with jigs and I caught a nice one that escaped just as I had him almost to the boat after two or three good reel singing runs, but that was it. We waited and searched but never saw the fish come up again in the bay. We caught 21 fish and enjoyed every minute on the Lake. We also helped two more fishermen become addicted to striper fishing and following the < > wayneswords website.


September 23, 2005 - Chuck Fulton

We went to Friendship Thur morning.  We fished two boats so these reports will cover alot of area.  Thur evening Dry Rock had single fish working fairly strongly across the whole bay and we caught a dozen or so on top water.  Surface "walkers" seemed better than poppers. Friday morning was a repeat with less activity.  

The back of both Dry and main Rock had tons of shad.  The back of main Rock exploded one evening but otherwise pretty benign. There was nothing in the main channel in front of Rock.  Sat morning went to the San Juan arriving at daylight going as far up as Cha.  Nothing in Cha but two small boils on the wall into Cha that each gave up a few fish.  The SJ channel in front of Nasja had "onesies, twosies" but no organized boil.  

Coming down river at 9:30 we found a real boil at MP 55.  Stayed up for 45 minutes and had a ball.  Further down river at MP 55 another big main channel boil and another 30 minutes or so.  The next day that boil happened again starting at 6:30 am  and fish actively worked the whole channel width for about 3/4 of a mile up and down.  Great fun.  Again walking lures out fished poppers.   

All fish were very fiesty and healthy--4 to 8#.  We checked that area, morning and afternoon, until yesterday (the 22d) and it never happened again.  Fishing slowed near the end of our trip except a good evening in the little bay just below Wetherill where we "filled the boat" again.  We'll be back in early Oct for a "boys" trip.  


September 24, 2005 - Cracker and Gabino

Wayne here is a pic. of a nice SMB 3.9lbs.Rock Creek area caught it Tuesday on a 10 ft noodle rod with 4lb fire line and a 4 lb. Vanish tippet with a small cast master spoon on a wind blown shore what a thrill about a  6 minute fight. Gabino and I must have caught 30 or more on small spoons and Zara Puppy’s that I scraped the green paint off to make them white. Also notice a bunch of small crappie under Halls launch ramp docks earlier in the week while we were up there. Cracker 

Darn full moon messes up the boils something fierce, but what photos it brings


September 27, 2005 - Bill Owens 

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Our trip began on Thursday the 22nd consisting of a party of three.    Being the wise fisherman we (think we) are, we were sure to do an ancient “hopeee” fisherman’s dance, pray to the fishing gods and burn incense at the alter of Maha-Wayneee (check the web site).  With all reasonable preparations in place, we left Bullfrog marina and headed straight for Rock Creek in boil search mode.  

 

The road hunt was long and the beautiful scenery that typifies Lake Powell often seduced our eyes from the task at hand.  Bill and Nate, my long time fishing buddies had now been riding for hours and had already started twitching from the itching and squirming from the burning, but this behavior, I knew could not be solved with a cream, nor could it be quenched with a moisten patch.  What these two yahoos needed was to satisfy their unrelenting desire for a striper (I do hope that is the right spelling).  And just at that point, that point of points, that moment of moments there it was, yes, oh yes, water spraying, movement, splashing it’s a, it’s a ……bo…..a .…..bo.…..a boat wake intersecting another boat wake.  “Nate, sit down I WILL DECIDE WHAT IS AND IS NOT A BOIL!  Geeeeeesss I can’t believe you let something so obvious fool you like that”....BOIL!    

And there it was, against the cliffs of Klondike Cove.  Bill and Nate exploded out of their seats like two male pheasants kicked in the tail feathers.  As one flew to the bow and the other astern, somehow they managed to snatch poles in mid-flight.  After positioning the boat, I secured my pole and stood up slightly flinching, like a ground hog rising out of its hole under dueling rapier swords.  Now, you have heard of boil fever, but with Bill and Nate its boil fever with a caffeine fix, on speed and steroids!  Before long there was nothing but slime, scales and porcupine spines all over the deck of my plush, freshly cleaned, carpet.  Just a piece of advice, before you start fishing a boil, make sure you are wearing socks and shoes, chain-mail socks and Kevlar shoes if you can get them.  A landed striper may be about to die but it is not going down easy.  Luckily his buddies were still out there dancing, and besides there’s plenty of time to doctor stab wounds later.
This striper fishing can be non-stop action.  I have also found that you can speed up the time between hookups if you horse them a little and rush them to the boat.  The down side of this technique is that it costs you a spook and decreases your reserve pole count by one.  I have heard many people compare boil fever to buck fever but in my opinion this assessment is not quite accurate, after all buck fever usually only lasts for a few moments.  If you know someone that has had an hour and thirty-minute buck fever, he/she is likely shooting at the DWR’s off-season decoy and by law this does not count.  Secondly the bullets that one employs in buck fever are not affixed with razor sharp points and barbs.  While it is true that many hunters at one time may participate in a single buck fever event, it is not likely that they will flail about wildly and in random arches pointing there muzzle in any of the 360 degrees of direction, the same cannot be said for boil fever.  If the muzzle of the gun was itself outfitted with points and barbs and the buck and his buddies danced randomly around the hunter then maybe, but in my view the laws a Physics and Murphy are both stacked against the boil fever victim.  

As luck would have it, this pod of fish was massive and over the next three days we followed these fish from Klondike Cove all the way passed the mouth of Forbidden Canyon, where we finally had to bid them farewell on the 25th.  Our total take numbered well over a hundred fish but the remainder of this story will have to wait until next time…to be continued.

Continued...Fishing activity from where we were September 22-25. After launching at Bullfrog we headed down to Rock Creek on Thursday the 22nd on the way we passes an afternoon boil around the inlet to Klondike Cove. There we caught a few fish. After the boil went down we kept up the search all the way to Rock Creek. At Rock Creek we started to run and gun search for the fish in each of the fingers. Nothing of school size could be seen so we headed back to the place we had seen fish and were rewarded with a massive boil in bay east of Klondike Cove that evening. There were boils on the evening of the 22nd all over the bay. Many fishing boats drove right passed the boils and missed the action. The next morning (Friday) we returned to Klondike Cove and were rewarded with a 11/2 to 2 hours of feeding on the surface plus a little subsurface feeding after the boils went down. Most of the fish seemed to prefer the bone or white colors with good activity on the silver popper type lures. If you want the ultimate enticer throw a bone colored Spook Jr., the fish can easily get this one in there mouth and it has a high hookup rate compared to the bigger lures, the down side is you can’t cast it that far. I guarantee you they will not leave this one alone. I use the second to largest size bone colored spook because you can cast it a country mile. The action that you give the bait is the trigger to getting good reaction bite. Don’t reel so fast that you make a wake, simply dart the spook to the left and the right, and twitch it a lot. When the boil is on sometimes I find that I am rushing the retrieve and not twitching it enough and the fish don’t take it as fast. We also had a lot of success on Wally Lure types that we speed reeled across the surface during a boil. After the boil went down and prior to the morning and nightly feeding the spooning worked well. If you are having a hard time casting to a boil that is to far from the boat, put on a heavy spoon the wing that thing out there and speed reel across the surface. After the morning action on the 23 we spooned in the same bay for some time before eating lunch at camp. We returned for the evening action and graphed hoards of fish at 60 ft under schools of shad. We were certain these fish would rise and feed right in the same Bay. But in an odd turn of events this massive hoard of fish just stayed at 60 ft with only a few fish breaking the water. I was blown away by this behavior. The fish were numerous and under the shad and as night fell very little boil action materialized. We could not even entice them with a spoon. It was like this massive school just decided to skip a meal. Later we talked to Wayne and he had found other parts of the school just south around the corner that were feeding. Maybe they were feeding under the surface? But you would think our spooning would have been more successful. We retired to bed and found these same fish in the bay on the morning of the 24th. Early that morning, before light, the fish were holding in the center of the channel at 60 ft. As the sun came over the hill the fish suddenly were gone. We began a run and gun search for the fish in that bay area and soon discovered them just south of Little Arch Canyon. They were banging the shad against the cliffs and moving them toward the Little Arch Canyon opening. At this point other boats began to discover the action. We saw Wayne and his family right in the middle of the action and we all had a good time for about 2 hours fishing the cliff bangers. After the action subsided we return to camp. That night the fish moved to the cliffs north of Klondike Cove and the feeding activity was mostly subsurface. We caught many fish spooning them until dark. The fish would cruse up and down the cliff walls pounding the shad as they went. The next morning the Bay east of Klondike Cove was emptied of the massive school. At this point we surmised that if these fish had move from Rock Creek to Dangling Rope in a week that they may move north toward the opening of Rainbow Bridge Canyon. We headed north and picked up surface activity all over the large bay south of Rainbow Bridge. The school was spread out all across the bay down the middle of the channel and it swept southeast toward the cliff face and wave after wave of fish moved up the cliffs to their shad pounding rendezvous point inside of the opening to Rainbow Bridge. This small bay was like a boiling pot for about an hour. After the boils stopped we spooned several more out of the same cove. We returned, broke camp and headed north to Bullfrog and ran into them again on the cliffs northwest of the Rainbow Bridge opening.

So here is what I would do if I were in your shoes and going fishing today. I would start at Rainbow in the main channel early in the morning and search south stopping to graph for the massive school every half mile or so. If I went more that 5 miles south and found nothing I would turn and go north at high speed, back to Rainbow Bridge doing the same thing. I would search no more that 5 miles south of Rainbow. Keep in mind this is in the morning before first light. When I found the school I would stay in that bay and expect them to sweep up or down the channel in that area until a cove was found and I would damn sure have my boat at the opening of that cove and be sitting quite before the school got to it. If past behavior is any indication of future results they will sweep the channel to a cliff wall and then up or down the wall to the first opening they can use to corner the shad. What you want to do is get ahead of them and enjoy one wave after another as them move to the cove and as a cherry on top move into the cove and go crazy. Finish up, eat lunch, and fillet to your hearts content. I would guess that a school this size will need to move or they will find the pickens slim before to long. They will likely move north because shad concentrations will cause them to move away from the places they have cleaned out, to new shad populations that are dense (think north). But do not be surprised if they move south a couple if time in the process. This is what happened to us on the morning of the 24th when they moved back downstream to Little Arch Canyon just before the morning action. When all else fails, do an ancient “hopeee” fisherman’s dance, pray to the fishing gods and burn incense at the alter of Maha-Wayneee!


September 29, 2005 - Jim Morrill

< > As we unpacked on Sept 22 at 3:30PM a small boil erupted right across from our camp at the point that is 300-500 yards from the end of main rock creek. We went out to that location an hour later and quickly scored a half dozen 4lb stripers using spoons. The next morn the boils erupted right off that point again, a large boil that lasted 45 minutes or more. We picked up 20 plus but mostly on spoons as they went down. The schools were spookier and moved around more than I am used to in late Sept. Fri. They did not want the larger topwater stuff. Fri PM there was alot of boat traffic in the area that kept the fish moving. We still got 20 or so but had to work for them and keep moving. They were all in main rock creek and mostly on spoons. I took a run out to the main channel for the last 30 minutes of light but found no boils. < >   < > Sat morn we saw no boils in main rock so tried dry rock and found stripers in most coves at 50-70 ft of water. They were also sitting out at the mouth of most coves near the points. Again all the schools moved more and quicker than I had experienced in other Sept. trips. Sat PM we found a bite around 3PM in main rock creek and quick boils of 4lb. fish. Sunday we all were convinced main rock creek was best so stuck to it morning and evening. It was superb for brief spurts and the boils came at 3:30pm and again at last light. I think we got about 50- 4lbers that day and a great end to our trip. Next morning we spent 1 hr and got a quick 10 fish and then packed up for home. These were all in Main Rock Creek 50-70' of water down the middle, 300-500 yards from the end. < >   < > Although the fishing did not compare with old striper city days, it was beyond the expectation of all the other 10 guys on the trip and I have never been fishing with a finer group. Final count was 130-140, maybe 25 were smallies that we caught readily after lunch trolling walls while we sipped drinks and smoked cigars. These guys are already planning our 2006 trip. 

October 4, 2005 - Ed Gerdemann

Joining me were my wife Judy and our dog Monty. Judy doesn't fish much anymore and did not fish on this trip. As for Monty my guess is he had never seen a live fish until this trip, and I can't say he was overly excited about that experience. The three of us hit the water Thursday morning around 8:30 a.m. Because of the late start I didn't want to go too far so we motored to the back of Padre Canyon where I had some striper action two weeks before. Tim Kelly put me on that spot back then, and I'm happy to report that Tim's pattern was still holding two weeks later. The area was almost deserted except for one bait fisherman who didn't seem to be having much luck. With the front depthfinder working I quickly found a school, dropped a Wallylure spoon down to them and within two jigs I felt a tap and set the hook into very angry striper. While playing that fish I made note of a couple landmarks that I could use to help me position my boat over the school again (I forgot about those marker buoys I have in a storage compartment). Over the next two hours I was consistantly able to locate the school and managed to land 18 stripers. They were suspended in 40-45 feet of water from just off the bottom to about 15 feet above it. Anytime I saw the school on the graph and got a spoon to them I got a hit. In addition to the 18 fish landed I lost five or six others. Virtually every hit came on the drop - a few on the initial drop but most after two or three jigs. I had one striper in the four-pound class and a couple of three-pounders, however many of the fish I caught ranged from 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 pounds - hardly the brutes most folks have been catching this year. Sometimes I felt the hit and sometimes all I saw was slack line on the water. Having more fish than we needed,  we beached the boat and had a leisurely lunch before heading back to Antelope Point.  < >   < > I didn't fish Friday as we took a day trip to Kanab, however at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday I was again launching my boat at Antelope Point. I was by myself as Judy and Monty stayed at Greenehaven. I thought it might be best to give the Padre Canyon hotspot a bit more rest so I motored up to Rock Creek where I saw John Powers and his wife. I found lots of shad on the graph but few other marks that would indicate stripers. John didn't appear to be having any better luck and left for another area. I finally went into a cove on the left side (heading in) towards the back of the main Rock Creek arm. There I graphed a few fish and managed to hook a couple that quickly got away. I didn't see either of them but figured they were stripers. I then caught a striper but could not again locate that small school. I moved back towards the mouth of the cove to a rock that stuck out off the vertical wall. I dropped my spoon by the rock and immediately had a hit. It turned out to be a decent walleye however I lost it before I could get the net under it. Almost immediately I hooked my second walleye and this one didn't get away. I then landed a smallmouth and another striper before losing my second walleye. I dropped right back by the rock and hooked my fourth walleye of the morning and this one didn't get away. After that the action stopped and I could find no other fish on the graph. I motored to the back of Dry Rock Creek and found nothing but shad balls. By then it was around 10 a.m. and I decided to go back to Padre Canyon. When I arrived at the hot spot I saw that a houseboat and a couple large cabin cruisers were beached there and jet skiers were running back and forth over the area I had fished on Thursday. Despite this I again quickly found a striper school and soon had one slam my Wallylure. I took 11 more stripers over the next couple hours and this time the fish were much bigger. I took three that exceeded five pounds and had a couple over four. My smallest were around two pounds. It was much harder to stay over the school this time as it seemed to move around a lot. Again the fish seemed to be up a bit off the bottom in 40-45 feet although I did take a couple of my bigger ones in over 50 feet of water. I caught all my fish on 1 1/2 oz. Wallylure spoons. I had a second rod rigged with a topwater which I never used as I didn't see any boils. < >   < > The area I was fishing in Padre Canyon is right where the canyon really narrows down. There is a small gravel island on the right side going in and the left side has a steep beach which more often that not has a house boat beached on it. Again, I must give credit to Tim Kelly for putting me on this spot as it has really produced for me three times. While the action wasn't fast and furious like striper spooning sometimes can be, it was steady enough to keep me from reaching for the smallmouth gear thus enabling me to keep my promise to myself. Hopefully I'll do as well my next trip. 

September 29, 2005 - Ray Young

< > I spent two day in Friendship Cove this week.   Great fishing! < > Stripers were boiling all morning and the bass were right there as well.   Both largemouth and smallies.

October 7, 2005 - Gene Avery

< > We're a bunch of retirees (mostly) from southern Calif Aerospace companies (Rocket scientists) who fell into a striper hole in Gunsight Canyon last Friday.  Caught a nice bunch on just anchovies.   < >   < >  

 

Here are pictures of the fish and the cove they were in----but they're gone now.

Hope they come back in October!


October 9, 2005 - Chuck Fulton

< > Just returned from one day (last Monday) in Rock Creek.  Lots of wind with a couple fish trolling....no boils.  Lots of shad in the back of main Rock but lots fewer than earlier in the back of Dry Rock.  Moved to Oak Bay so we could reach the lower San Juan.  Fished the SJ Tue evening, Wed morning and Wed evening with no boils, couple trolling.  Looked all the way through Cha and saw nothing---not even a quick shore boil.  Tons of shad in Nasja and painted some scattered fish.  Ran into a fellow who was camped there and had seen a couple "flash" boils and had caught some fish jigging. 

Then we found them!  There is a zillion shad in the back of each little indentation in the shore line of Oak Bay.  The shad are hiding in the sunken tumble weeds and the stripers are in there after them.  Likely to boil any time of day but will hit surface lures with out boiling. Found my home built lures worked as well as any and the salt water sized Rapala Skitter Pop does also.  We lost one fish that was HUGE...couldn't control the run and got spooled. Most of the action is in less than 15' of water.  Once in a while the bay erupts but that is short lived.  Fish were from 2-6# (more of the bigger variety) and all healthy and fiesty. < >  

There are also lots of shad in the back of Twlight, Anazai, and Reflection.  The  only real concentrations of shad we found were in the back of canyons and bay indentations.  Perhaps the stripers are forcing them into there for protection in colored water and weeds. 


October 5, 2005 - Jim Morrill

< > As we unpacked on Sept 22 at 3:30PM a small boil erupted right across from our camp at the point that is 300-500 yards from the end of main rock creek. We went out to that location an hour later and quickly scored a half dozen 4lb stripers using spoons. The next morn the boils erupted right off that point again, a large boil that lasted 45 minutes or more. We picked up 20 plus but mostly on spoons as they went down. The schools were spookier and moved around more than I am used to in late Sept. Fri. They did not want the larger topwater stuff. Fri PM there was alot of boat traffic in the area that kept the fish moving. We still got 20 or so but had to work for them and keep moving. They were all in main rock creek and mostly on spoons. I took a run out to the main channel for the last 30 minutes of light but found no boils. < >   < > Sat morn we saw no boils in main rock so tried dry rock and found stripers in most coves at 50-70 ft of water. They were also sitting out at the mouth of most coves near the points. Again all the schools moved more and quicker than I had experienced in other Sept. trips. Sat PM we found a bite around 3PM in main rock creek and quick boils of 4lb. fish. Sunday we all were convinced main rock creek was best so stuck to it morning and evening. It was superb for brief spurts and the boils came at 3:30pm and again at last light. I think we got about 50- 4lbers that day and a great end to our trip. Next morning we spent 1 hr and got a quick 10 fish and then packed up for home. These were all in Main Rock Creek 50-70' of water down the middle, 300-500yards from the end. < >   < > Although the fishing did not compare with old striper city days, it was beyond the expectation of all the other 10 guys on the trip and I have never been fishing with a finer group. Final count was 130-140, maybe 25 were smallies that we caught readily after lunch trolling walls while we sipped drinks and smoked cigars. These guys are already planning our 2006 trip. 


October 17, 2005 - Peter J. , San Diego < >  I fished Wed. 12th.-15th with two friends. Looked around Padre Canyon first for nothing and posted up in the back of Gunsight. Fishing was on and then off, but when it was on, it was good. We caught most of our fish in the back of the three coves left of the slot that runs straight to the back. The shad were stuck in the mud and the stripers were keeping them there in 1/2'- 3' of water and at times, schools of bigger striper could be seen slowly schooling in circles there. We caught most of the fish on topwater plugs while rattletraps and bucktails seemed useless. 

Friday was the best day. When we got up at first light, it looked like the lake was made of shad and as the day grew, the shad spread out. I caught a lot of yearlings that morning, it was difficult to get the bigger ones with all the yearlings. They were roaming up both banks of the slot right of where the coves start where the water is deeper. The bigger ones were real shallow and we caught most of them after 10 A.M. and did not catch any bigger fish from the boat the whole time. Between three of us we probably caught about 100 fish counting the smaller ones, with about 30-40 in the 3-7lb. range. Things dropped of there Saturday morning and a lot of open water fish were popping the surface. I could hear boils all bright, night long. I would guess this area is going to be really hot once the weather and moon cylcle change. 

Wayne you are the best and thanks for the resources.....

October 17, 2005 - Richard Culver

Fishing with Angelo M and my Dad, they came up from Phoenix, and I came down from Northern Utah

Day 1 – 6 Oct 05.

Launched out of Antelope Point boat ramp around 5:15 a.m. and headed north to Rock Creek canyon, did not find anything, came back down lake and pulled into Padre Canyon and started at the mouth and worked our way to the back, started catching small fish on top water plugs (blue and chrome Rebel jumping minnow). Water was 70 degrees and slick, had some fish come up and start a small boil. Stayed in Padre Bay till 5 p.m. just kept working the same water and managed to fill both live wells with stripers. When the fish were not on top we got them on yozuri rattling vibes (like a rattle trap) off the secondary points/gravel bars/ and ambush points all through out Padre Canyon. Tally for day 1 was 60+ stripers from 1 to 10 lbs. 

Day 2 – 7 Oct 05.

Hit the lake at 5:30, ran straight to Padre Canyon, stayed mainly in the back end of the canyon (last 100 yds) and threw the jumping minnow all morning. When 1 fish blew up on the bait there was usually a wolf-pack of 3-10 stripers hanging around. As soon as one of us hooked up the other guy would throw almost right on top of the strike and have an immediate hookup also. Went as far back in Padre Canyon as you can go with out having 4 wheel drive and caught stripers in less than 3 foot of water.  Tally for Day 2 was 22 stripers in the 3 to 12 lb range. 

Day 3 – 8 Oct 05

Back to Padre Canyon, 5 fish real quick then could not buy a bite, spoke to Wayne G, he was jerking spoons with zero results and going to head up lake, said he would be by buoy 24. Stayed in Padre till around 10 a.m. then headed to Buoy 24 to see what was going on. Wayne was not there. Ended up fishing the little bay right behind the floating toilet and worked over a school of big smallmouth and small stripers that were feeding in the area, biggest smallmouth was 3.5 lbs, caught the SMB and stripers on crank baits, rattling vibes, spoons and top water plugs. Headed back to Padre around noon to see if it turned on, nothing happening, wind started to blow so we headed back to Page. Tally for Day 3 was 5 stripers and 10 SMB


October 24, 2005 - Ed Gerdemann

Over the years I've enjoyed many beautiful days on Lake Powell but I can't think of two prettier ones than October 14 and 15. There was a bit of chill in the morning but by 8:00 a.m. or so both days the temperature was perfect. The autumn sun cast beautiful shadows on the rocks and the sky was simply a gorgeous blue. I just love autumn on the lake.   The fishing wasn't too bad, either, as my friend John Conrad and I found out. We were somewhat disappointed in that we did not get into the stripers like I had done on my last trip, however we did catch a few as well as some decent bronzebacks which are always a ball to catch.   Because Saturday's weather forecast was a bit ominous we decided on Friday to run all the way to Rock Creek to look for some stripers. We couldn't locate any early on but did take a few decent smallmouth as well as a couple little green bass off some long points that ran out in the cove on the left towards the back of main Rock Creek. We then moved out into the main creek channel where I managed to graph a school of stripers. I took two and lost a couple more on Wallylure jigging spoons. For some reason John couldn't get a striper to hit his Kastmaster but he did manage two very nice channel cats which were hanging in with the stripers in around 45 feet of water. After a couple passes I could not locate the school again.
About that time we ran into John Lassandro. John said he was headed for Friendship Cove so we decided to follow him there. We didn't catch any stripers there but did manage some nice smallmouths along the points and reefs on the southwest side of the cove. The smallies ranged anywhere from 8 to 28 feet deep. Drop shot rigs were once again the best presentation however the smallmouths would hit both wacky rigged Senkos and curly tail grubs as long as they were presented on a drop shot setup. They wouldn't go for jigs at all. I also tried lipless crankbaits and surface lures with no success. We didn't catch any monsters but did take enough 14-inch-plus fish to make the day interesting. We finished off our day fishing around the mouth of Last Chance before heading back to the Antelope Point Ramp.
On Saturday we awoke to hear that the storm front that was predicted to hit in the late morning had stalled and that it wasn't likely to hit until late afternoon or early evening. With that good news we headed to the back of Padre Canyon where I had some good success my past two trips. But, alas, the school I had been working back there had left for parts unknown. I did hook and lose a nice striper but I really didn't see much on the graph. We motored back out a bit and started working a ledge and wall for smallmouths catching several nice ones. About that time we ran into two new friends Tim and Ken from Grand Junction who said they thought they were over some stripers. We dropped spoons down in about 60 feet of water. I was soon hooked into a nice fish of about five pounds and shortly thereafter I had the treat of watching John handle a five-pound plus fish on his 5-foot ultralight with six-pound-test line. I told John I was going to have lunch and take a nap and then I'd get up and net his fish but he managed to get it into netting range in about 15 minutes.
Unfortunately that was it for stripers on Saturday. We continued to work the reefs and points in Padre Canyon for smallmouths taking several decent fish, however the best smallmouth action of day came during our last couple hours on the water. We decided to fish the rocky areas around Padre Butte, something I really hadn't done all year. We were pleasantly surprised to find several pockets of nice bronzebacks holding along breaklines in 20-25 feet of water. We probably took over 20 in those last two hours with once again drop shot Senkos working the best - a fitting ending to a beautiful day on the water.

 


October 25, 2005 - Russ Bassdozer

Having had his fill of big largemouth, the mighty Dozer next set his mind to catching the lake record smallmouth. He came close with this one. It hit a spinnerbait burned through the branches of a flooded field of living tamarisk trees

Russ Bassdozer from Page Lake Powell, Arizona with a largemouth that jumped about two feet into the air first before body-slamming a helpless little topwater popper that was minding its own business. Whew! What a scrapper (the bass, not Bassdozer)


 

The Bassdozer had just landed one at least the same size as this when he handed the rod to buddy Chad, a local tournament angler from New Mexico. Chad threw the topwater surface swimmer out there, and immediately hooked into this spool stripper. Meanwhile, Dozer tossed his smallie overboard to help net this one for Chad.
Bronze isn't the only color of Lake Powell bass that Jeremy Riley likes to catch. He makes it a habit to pull in a few bigmouthed greenies every chance he gets. Also caught on a soft plastic swimbait.
Always on his toes, Jeremy Riley of Page, Arizona took this lunker smallie on the first cast of the trip. Jeremy used a shad-colored soft plastic swimbait that he's holding up next to the smallie.


 


October 24, 2005 - Ryan Mosley

Fished all day Saturday, from Gunsight Canyon up to Dry Rock Creek. Looked for boils in all over, but never saw any surface activity.  We caught a couple of largemouth in Gunsight but the bulk of the catching was up in Rock Creek.  Dry Rock Creek has a lot of shad in it.  We saw them on the graph and feeding on the surface.  We made some trolls through the back of the canyon and picked up about 10 yearling stripers.   


 

Crankbaits such as Glass Shad Raps and Yozuri Crank-n-Shads were productive.  Casting around in the same area we caught several largemouth and smallmouth on crankbaits and topwaters.  It was a pretty aggressive topwater bite, for about an hour.  Popping topwaters caught fish, but the smaller walkers did better like the Spook Jr.  There is a lot of vegetation in the area, spiny niad and some recently inundated tamarisk, willow, and tumbleweed.  I saw lots of YOY largemouth and bluegills around the vegetation, which will be pretty fun in the years to come. 

 

If we could have done it different, it would have been nice to start up at Dry Rock Creek, first thing in the morning.  It had the makings of a boil.  We graphed what appeared to be bigger fish, where canyon depth was about 60-70ft.  We tried spooning, jigging, and trolling through these fish without any success.  

 

 


October 30, 2005 - Ed Gerdemann

With stripers a day can make all the difference in the world, and that certainly held to form this past week. These fish can be all over the place and active one day and almost completely disappear the next. I guess that's what I find so frustrating about them.
 
Joining me for my last trip of the season was another long-time fishing partner Dale Marenda. This was Dale's second trip with me this year having fished with me in the SHAD Rally in May. I always appreciate and enjoy Dale's company, his assistance in getting the boat in and out of the water and his willingness to take on chores around the trailer. We have lots of great conversations on a wide variety of issues which makes the trips even better.
 
We arrived Thursday afternoon but didn't get to fish as I had to have my hot water heater repaired (I didn't want to take cold showers again). We used the time to get our tackle and the boat ready for a hard day of fishing Friday. When the weather report changed from a 20 percent chance of rain on Friday to a 60% chance with considerably cooler temperatures with not much of an improvement predicted for Saturday I was afraid my Powell fishing season was over, however when Friday morning dawned it still had not started raining so Dale and I decided to put the boat in the water. Launching from Antelope Point we ran into Gunsight Canyon. I decided to stay a bit closer to the ramp than in previous trips because of the threatening weather. We explored several areas towards the back of Gunsight catching a few smallmouth but it wasn't until we ran up into a small canyon at the very end did we hit the jackpot. The light drizzle that had been falling most of the morning quit. We motored inside the little canyon at the very back of Gunsight where I noticed some arches on my graph at 25 feet. I dropped a spoon and soon hooked my first striper of the day. I wasn't able to find that school again but it didn't matter as just up the canyon we saw those telltale splashes that signaled shad were running along the canyon wall. Moving closer to investigate we could see stripers pushing those shad all up and down the wall. Dale took a nice one on a spook and I was soon into one with my favorite lipless crankbait, a Rattlin' Rapala. Over the next hour and a half we took about a dozen nice stripers mostly on cranks as we worked towards the very back of the canyon. On the way back out I took another nice fish on a spoon and then the action simply stopped just as the drizzle returned.
We fished some other areas taking a couple smallmouth and a crappie before returning to the little canyon just as the drizzle once again stopped. Although we didn't find any stripers running shad we did manage to get several nice smallmouth on crankbaits. I was finally able to locate a striper school in around 32 feet of water at the mouth of the canyon which produced several more spoon fish. Our final tally was 18 stripers averaging between four and five pounds each as well as a half dozen nice smallmouth and the one crappie. As far as the total weight of fish caught this was my best day on Powell this season. All those stripers wouldn't fit into my cooler forcing Dale to have to hold the lid down on the ride back to Antelope Point.
 
Saturday dawned with signs the bad weather was breaking up. Since the day looked promising weather-wise I decided to run a bit further heading into the back of Padre Canyon. While the day got prettier by the hour the fishing didn't. We couldn't find any active stripers in Padre Canyon and only a few smallmouth. We tried some main lake reefs for bronzebacks with little success. Finally as the day was getting late we returned to the little canyon at the back of Gunsight to see if we could repeat Friday's success. Unfortunately there was no activity in the canyon whatsoever for either stripers or smallmouth. Just before we were going to quite for day, however I did locate a school of fish right at the canyon's mouth just about where I found them at the end of the day before. We managed four on Wallylure spoons but the bite was tough. Over and over again we jigged through the school without nary a strike. I could feel my spoon actually hitting fish on both the drop and the jig up, and Dale accidently snagged one in the side that got a bit close to his spoon in about 30 feet of water. But those four stripers to go along with a few smallmouth caught earlier in the day were all we could manage.
 
As mentioned earlier this was my last fishing trip to Powell for the season. I simply have too much going on at work and to do around home to make another trip up before the end of the year. Although I would have loved to have had two really great fishing days I was grateful for finding those stripers in the back of Gunsight on Friday that gave me my biggest fishing thrill of the year. 

October 30, 2005 - Brian and Dolores Cassidy

Fishing report 10-20 to 10-26
Headed up to Dry rock on the 20th caught a few bass but that was it. So we pulled up and headed to the back of rock creek on the way we checked out a little cove and caught some real nice bass. One was a 5lb large mouth and 3 small mouth 3-4lbs. plus 6 bass under 2lbs, all in 10 min. 
 
 


 

Found a nice beach in the back of Rock creek and tried  fishing that evening 10/21 lots of bass and a few small stripers 1-2 lb size. Went out at sun up on the 22nd and boy were the back coves full of stripers, First was a 8 lb caught on a to water (spook jr.) most of the action was under the water with some hitting the top. You could see them zipping thru the water right near shore, I put on a silver blue rattle trap and would get slammed almost every cast. This lasted for about 1 hour and I was beat when it was over. I kept all I could carry back to the boat but lost track on total caught ( Had a nice fish fry for lunch so much the dogs feasted too. 
After that morning the stripers would hit the cove early and late but not like the 22nd. Bass fishing was great all the time with bass chasing the shad in to the the shore line. rattle traps were best bet with top water next. tried night fishing  Sunday night with a light out the back of the boat, with in 1 hour it look like  moving jelly around the light, not long after the shad came in. I tried jigging a Kastmaster and on the first drop got slammed but lost it, dropped it again and caught a 3 1/2 walleye, what a treat( next days lunch) not much action after that but just as I was getting ready to call it a night a big striper crashed in to the shad and scared the devil out of me ( it was over 30" long). 
During the day the cat fishing was non-stop at the back of the houseboat. This was a great week fishing and the weather  great. I got to meet John Powers on Sat and Sun and he and his wife fished the same cove as myself and my wife Dolores. I was sorry John you were not there the day before, I could have used the help saving the shad. Well I hope we make it there next year.

November 7, 2005 - John Powers

Stay out of Warm Creek unless you want to catch 4-6+ lb. stripers and plenty of them! This weekend that school from last week seems not to have left. If you're planning a trip to the South end, go all the way to the back of Warm Creek and at the very end it branches into 2 small coves. As we approached, I noticed that the cove on the left had flocks of seagulls lining the shore, so I loaded the rods with Shad Raps and tried trolling in 18-20 of water. Bam! We hit the mother load! One big feisty striper after another! The fish were so aggressive that at one point I was removing a fish from my wife's bait with the boat stopped and my bait just dangling in the water. Yep...you guessed it, a 5 lb. striper grabbed the stationary Shad Rap and started peeling off line!

These fish were there both Saturday and Sunday. Very shallow. Look for the birds. Final count for 1.5 days = 47 fish. I think we could have caught many more, but we had to quite at noon on Sunday.


November 18, 2005 - Brian Hammond, Page, AZ

 
 Fished the weekend of Nov. 12th from Padre Bay area up and into Wetherill Canyon.  We caught several smallmouth in the 2 to 3 pound range along with largemouth.  I did manage to catch and release the biggest largemouth I have caught on the Lake in all my years here.  Weighed in at 5.1 pounds and I caught it on a 297 Senko in about 20 foot of water.  Most of the fish came on Senko's, Hula Grubs or Top Water Baits.

 


November 29, 2005 - Joel T.

Faith, other than in God, at times can be a crapshoot. I rolled snake eyes over the weekend and have now learned to regard with great suspecion: 1. Those who claim since no atmospheric pressure change is expected a cold front won’t be in the cards, (of course the possibility exists this could have merely been “get even time” advice), and 2. Weather Service maximum wind speed predictions are evidently scientifically calculated by the... eenie-meenie-minie-moe formula.
Curiosity got to this cat and after and an early Thanksgiving Day feast with Flagstaff relatives, had time to arrive and launch at Antelope Point right at dusk. (Hopefully for a 4-night trip, with the only forecast glitch being a 40% chance of rain Saturday, but only an associated 4-5 degree temp. drop afterwards, and 11 mph max. wind speed.)


With not a ripple in sight, 1/2 hour later I dropped the night fishing light off a Dominguez Butte buoy, which had always yielded success in earlier fall trips, even though pre-graphing the area always, curiously, showed completely blank graphs, with stripers and shad magically appearing from seemingly nowhere ˝ hour after pitch dark (evidently a daytime snoozing on the bottom area for both). Right on schedule1/2 hour after dark I boated the first striper and while snacking on a variety of Holiday deserts boated 29 others that evening. What a fun start. However, the light did not draw either plankton or shad.Friday morning was spent extensively tossing Jumping Minnows in the three back-end notches of Gunsight. Saw only one grebe and one shad school, caught 5 relatively large stripers, and unfortunately had to pull the gills on 4 and throw them back, the fifth was fillet-able, barely. Trouble brewing?


That evening, night fishing at same location again produced great action, 19 stripers, until 9:00 pm, and then nothing thereafter. The approaching “minor” weather disturbance perhaps? Of the 49 stripers caught the first 2 evenings, all those weighing 3 lbs or less were fat. About a dozen ranged from 4 to 5lbs. Disturbingly, this same length of fish, only 5 weeks earlier at same location, weighed 1 lb. heavier. That’s a tremendous loss of conditioning in just one month and it’s a long winter. Remember just a few years back when most striper fillets were white-ish and could be rolled up like a tortilla? Several of the fillets from those weighing 4 to 5 lbs were very close to that condition. This does not appear to bode well for the larger stripers in South end; fortunately at the N. end, regardless of size, the term skinny fish is not in the dictionary.


Saturday morning, when the minor weather disturbance was scheduled to approach, only scattered clouds appeared and a light breeze, as predicted, so I tossed Jumping Minnows in the back of Friendship, Dry Rock Creek and Rock Creek and didn’t even entice a swirl. Earlier this fall all these locations had at least a few resident grebes and shad schools. Now it looked like an atom bomb had gone off. Not one shad school, not one grebe. Earlier this fall, at same locations some shad would move in and out of the canyons when weather fronts arrived but would return within 24 hours and it didn’t seem to bother the grebes. But shad are all grebes eat. I can only surmise the shad had been gone for some time and the grebes, at some time earlier, flew north rather than starve. So I checked the back of Last Chance where there were also resident grebes earlier this fall and found it also grebe abandoned. The only grebe I saw all trip was a solitary one in Gun Sight. This is the latest in the year I’ve ever fished the South end, so hopefully it’s an annual grebe-shad ritual. Though no shad came to the night light, the light also didn’t draw plankton, and so there was no reason for the shad to come, they may still be around but in deeper water and not schooled and noticeable. Or, the deteriorating condition of the larger stripers may indicate an upper lake shad problem. Spring will tell.


By the time I arrived back at Dominguez Butte whitecaps had formed. I beached on the sheltered side, took a nap, and awoke two hours later to sand blasting gusts and white caps that had grown in stature. A short climb gave me a view of the non-sheltered side of the Butte and discovered the 11 mph maximum wind speed was kicking up 5-foot waves as far as the eye could see. Right at dark I motored out (on the sheltered side) 100 yards and tied up to a deep water buoy under two assumptions: 1., the wind would die down after dark and 2., my bait would have great movement with no effort on my part. I blew the first assumption. Having given myself 6’ of slack on the tie up, I now was involved in a game, completely out of my control, called Bucking Bronco Splash. Regardless, ˝ hour after dark assumption No. 2 kicked in and began catching stripers lickity split.But there was a drawback. Even though the night fishing platform is at the rear of the bass boat, and at least 15’ from the bow, a slight amount of spray from the Bucking Bronco Splash routine would make the 15’, which I ignored…for an hour or so…then I got chilled. Suddenly, even though the fishing was as fast and furious as can be imagined, suddenly it had no relevance. All I wanted to do was get warm and stop shivering. I put on jackets and head coverings on top of my snowsuit and existing head covering and buried myself in a sleeping bag. Six hours later, awakened by a call of nature, I discovered two inches of water above the floorboards (meaning the bilge was also full)…all spray water. Thank heaven for bilge pumps. I’ll leave to your imagination to envision answering a call of nature while the boat is doing the Bucking Bronco Splash.


Next morning it had calmed to traversable white caps so I loaded up and zipped in. Have no idea what actual wind speed was weathered the day before but Page was currently forecasting 40mph wind gusts and the weather was currently “kids stuff” compared to the day before.


Incidentally, if you crave solitude, I saw no other fishing boats during the entire trip. All said and done it was an interesting trip but doubt if I’ll ever make another Thanksgiving trip if there is even the slightest hint of 11 mph winds. And if the observations have any validity, the South end may be plagued this spring with skinny large stripers, provided they make it thru the winter.


December 11, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson. Ron Colby, and Jerry Schlief

Ron and friend Jerry talked me into going fishing today.  I said no, unless they would wait until the temperature rose above freezing and I could no longer see my breath.  So about 10 AM we launched at Antelope and went to Warm Creek.  Tried the back where the fish were a month ago and caught nothing.  Saw some grebes fishing on a point in deeper water so we joined them.  Jerry caught a walleye on  a deep running suspending Norman Little N in lavender shad color.


Ron and I cast to the same bank.  I caught a 4-pound striper and Ron hooked a 2-pound smallmouth bass.  By that time Jerry had his walleye subdued.  He cast again and got a 1.5 pound crappie.  Ron's next fish was a two-pound smallmouth .  Jerry countered with a two-pound largemouth.

 

I started taking pictures.  That was my excuse anyway.  Actually, I lost my LC bevy shad to a heavy fish on the hook set.  Must have had a nick in the line from the first striper.  I tied on a spoon but the water was only 18-feet deep that is not a good depth for spoons.



Ron and Jerry started whacking more walleye on the deep running crankbaits retrieved with a slow cadence and an occasional pause. By the time I got a deep runner back on the action was over.

 

We worked around the point and got another fish or two but the best spot was where the grebes were working.  We went back and got more bass and walleye.  The stripers had moved off for the moment.  It was time to move as we had worked over this spot pretty good.  But Jerry wanted one more pass.

 

 

So we gave him one more cast to the good spot and he responded with a another 3-pound walleye.  We didn't see any shad except the ones the grebes ate as they came back  to the surface.  I suspect the bait was hiding in the aquatic weeds.  There was only one shad school and all the predators were taking turns searching the small cove for shad.


 

We then moved out to the next deeper point where bottom depth was 30 feet.  We graphed a loose aggregation of fish - not a typical striper-looking school - but enough fish to stop for.

 

The wallylure spoon got a striper on the first drop.  Then a Yamamoto swim grub was inhaled.  We put 15 stripers in the boat before the school moved off.  Half the stripers were fat and half were thin.  All of them were fun to catch.


Not a bad day of fishing at all.   

 


December 15, 2005 - Ron Colby

Ron Colby went back to Warm Creek and caught a  walleye weighing 4 pounds 15 ounces on the Norman Little N deep diving crank bait.  He also found a school of yearling stripers near the mouth of Warm Creek that were eager to eat small spoons.

 

Afternoon weather has been mild and calm making fishing pretty fun after the boat stops moving.   


December 30, 2005 - Wayne Gustaveson

I have noticed a steady stream of boats fishing the buoy line at the dam over the past week.  I finally got a chance to talk with one group of anglers.  The results are good.  This party caught 22 4-pound stripers from 9-noon today.  They used anchovy bait suspended at 40-70 feet for steady catching. 

The weather has been great during the mid day period with temperatures in the 50's and no wind.

If you are looking for a quick fishing trip with good results this is a good place and time.