January 20, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

 

 

Ron Colby and I went to Gunsight today to track the elusive winter stripers.  There have been reports of shallow stripers in the backs of the canyons in the lower lake.  I suspected there were hungry stripers prowling the shallows looking for any meal.

 

We graphed some deep fish on a break from 40-60 feet but could not get any hits on spoons.  Then we saw lots of carp sunning themselves in the calm surface water.  We left the basking carp and went further back.

 

As depth hit 25 feet it was too shallow for spoons so we put on deep running crank baits.  It didn’t take long for Ron to get a striper on a Lucky Craft CB 200.  The diving crank bait runs at about 12 feet.  He was using a slow retrieve with a stop and go action. We worked further toward the back and into a shallow cove.  Ron got another 4-pound striper and I missed a largemouth as I set the rod down to take a picture of Ron’s fish.   

 

It looked grim for me so I took off the Bevy Shad and tried a Norman Little N suspending crank bait.  I hooked two stripers in 4 casts but lost them both at the boat.

 

As we continued to cast and drag our deep diving cranks it became apparent the pattern was a slow retrieve with a stop and go action.  How slow?  After a long dry spell in catching I threw the bait out and stripped off line trying to get the bait far behind the boat.  A striper hit while the bait was hanging motionless on the top. That is slow.  When I figured out how slow they wanted the bait moving my catch rate increased.   

 

We then threw long casts behind the boat and stripped off more line while using the trolling motor.  When the baits were about 3 long casts behind the boat we started a retrieve with the boat moving just fast enough to feel the lure start to work.  We then paused the lure.  As we took up the slack stripers would hit on the first movement.

 

That is the only time I have used this bizarre technique but it was effective.  On the way out of the canyon we tried the same technique in a different terminal cove.  I caught a striper there in the middle of the canyon doing the same long-line stop and go retrieve.  It was crazy but that’s what they wanted.

 

For the record Ron caught twice as many fish as I did but I took more pictures.  

 


February 3, 2006 - Quent Bradwisch

Quent reports good fishing at the dam with anchovies.  He fished from 9 AM to noon and filled up the filleting racks at the fish cleaning station with 30 fish. They ranged in size from 20-30 inches with the largest being 6.13 pounds. 

He was tied to the second buoy from the west wall and casting to the deep water side of the boat. Stripers were hitting the bait on the fall for the most part.  When fishing slowed, chumming got them going again.  

He thought that boats using electric motor could fish anywhere along the west wall and still catch fish even if the prime buoys from 2-5 were taken. 

He was using a single hook with one split shot up the line.  The slow fall was just right on this day. Most fish were caught from 20-40 feet. One-inch anchovy chunks worked very well.  Some fish were thin but the majority had good fillets and will be well utilized at supper tonight. 

February 8, 2006 - Quent, Ed Hanson and Dave Fox

Fishing at Glen Canyon Dam is hot for stripers lined up along the west wall. The best spot is near the 2nd or 3rd buoy in the barricade line.  Morning has been better but some days catching continues all day long.  Expect fishing to be good for most of the spring.   

 

Use an anchovy chunk with a light weight to get the bait down to 15-30 feet.  

 

Quent, Dave and Ed caught 100 stripers at the dam today with a steady bite from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Biggest fish was 5 pounds 15 ounces. Smallest was 3 pounds.


February 9, 2006 - Ross Gregerson, Pat Baker and Phil Dietz

We launched  about 10:30 am from Waweap Marina and trolled from there to Lone Rock  using spoons and leaded line.
We had success all day, and a good fish fry the next!

Ross Gregerson, Pat Baker and Phil Dietz of St. George, Utah


February 15, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

Fishing was good for my weekly trip. We went to main Rock Creek and tried most of the coves in the back of the canyon tossing deep diving Normal Little N suspending baits in the backs where depth was 25 feet or less. I was surprised to catch my first smallmouth bass of the season along an open rock shore.  Water temperature was 47 which is pretty chilly for smb to be eating.  But we caught a few more during the day so they were out and about.  I was surprised that we encountered no largemouth.
In the back of main Rock Creek, where the small perennial stream enters, we found what we were looking for. Stripers were stacked in the very back bay at water depth from 10 feet and less. The first fish was a walleye.  Then we whacked about 30 stripers from 2-6 pounds.  We had one almost every cast for close to 2 hours.  Somewhere in the middle another walleye ate the bait. 

Later we found sunfish in the stomachs. Apparently the stripers had been in the back of the canyon since the last shad school was eaten.  They have switched over to sunfish now but remain in the same spot.  Fishing was good and well worth the cold ride uplake from Antelope ramp.   

Stripers were very shallow along a flat weed covered edge. Each cast into the shallows produced a strike. One cast produced a rare sight.  Instead of a striper, walleye or bass this time the fish was a lake trout (mackinaw). I have only encountered 3 lake trout in my years on the lake.

 

The trout was not in good shape as shad forage is scarce now in southern Lake Powell. It was close to 30 inches long and probably made the trip downstream from Utah or Colorado.  I wish it could have told the whole story of its life.  It would have made a better choice by staying in the cold home trout water instead of working downstream  where it had striped bass and warm water with which to compete.

The deep divers caught everything this day.  I even snuck up on a carp and snagged it in  the vent.  That was a shock for me and the carp.  

February 25, 2006 - ABA Bass Tournament

The first bass tournament of the season was held at Wahweap today. It was good to see the ABA crowd back again.  They fish tomorrow as well.

Brian Hammond from Page brought in a nice 5-fish limit of smallmouth and finished near the top.

Jim Bishop proved to be very tough once more as he got a limit of LMB and SMB that weighed an ounce shy of 15 pounds.

That was good news to see bass weights between 9 and 15 once more.  Last spring was the first time that the winning weights went over 15-pounds for a very long time.

Anglers reported many stripers shallow in the backs of coves where they were fishing for bass. Some bonus walleye showed up as well.    

While waiting for the bass weigh-in on the Wahweap fish dock we noticed a few crappie swimming in and out of the trees attached to the dock for cover.

There were consistently 10 boats fishing at the dam for stripers today.  The fish cleaning station was busy so most of the boats were catching some fish. 


February 28, 2006 - Striper fishing at the dam

Bill helps Joyce Bradwisch unhook a striper caught at Glen Canyon Dam. Striper fishing is steady with most anglers catching a few fish each day.  Then there are times when fishing is HOT for a while with all anglers catching numerous fish.  
Joyce Bradwisch displays her first striper. This is the best time and place to learn how to catch stripers.  Kids, adults and mature anglers will enjoy catching 3-5 pound stripers by dangling anchovy bait in 20-50 feet of water along the beautiful steep cliffs of Glen Canyon and Lake Powell. 
Bill and Joyce hold some of their daily catch. 
The Crew from Cedar City were having a huge time catching stripers along with 10 other boatfuls of anglers.  Soem prefer to tie to the barricade while others hold position with a trolling motor.  The barricade swings with the wind so it is not always over the same spot. Sometimes the schools run in open water and sometimes they follow the wall.  

Every one catches fish when armed with an anchovy, light (or invisible) line and a little patience.   


March 1, 2006 - Jim Riddle, Orem UT

My dad and I were down there Feb. 10, 11, and 12th and will be returning on March 10th, 11, 12th.    We had the most success at the dam on buoy #5.  We used 2/0 circle hooks with chunks of anchovy.  

 

 

 

Jim Riddle with 6.5 pound striper

 

Also had success along the wall at the mouth of Antelope Canyon.  Caught one 6 ½ pounder about half-way up Navajo canyon using the same technique.  Tried many different things—spoons, jigs, cranks, etc.  Only caught fish on anchovies.

 

Richard Riddle with 5.75 pound striper.

Thanks for the tips on fishing north of Wahweap and on the Cajun Red Line.  Hopefully we will do better this trip.

March 6, 2006 - Josh Parker, Phoenix, AZ

My Dad and I hit Powell this weekend 3/04 & 3/05 Fished Rock Creek area and things were slower than expected.  Not much of a reaction bite at all.  We picked up one nice striper on a Yamamoto Swimbait, and a 3lb walleye on white curly tail worm.  Then caught 4 fat smallmouth and 2 dink largemouths dropshoting.  Fish were less active that we had heard they were, bass bite was soft.  Sunday morning we fished Padre Bay and did better with the small mouth dropshotting 10-25 ft fish were bigger 2-3 pounds and put up a great fight.  Overall bigger and more fish around Padre then up by rock creek.  Weather was great that the scenery never disappoints.  


March 7, 2006 - Mike McNabb

I went out yesterday for 4 hours just to scout.  I haven't been out in a while and I need to find the fish.  I went to warm creek and hit some coves, the weather didn't look too great so I stayed close.  The first cast I caught a nice walleye, then 5 thin stripers.  Then caught a nice small mouth on a jig, letting it just sit for a minute. I caught 3 more stripers but the fun was when one of the stripers came to the top and swirled and tried to jump.  It wasn't a striper but a 5.2 large mouth.  I haven't caught one like that since 1997.  I had my camera with me but the batteries were dead!  As I was reeling in, the big largemouth, a striper swam with him.  I saw another good size largemouth swimming around in another cove earlier. I was using a crank bait on all of the fish except for the small mouth. 

March 9, 2006 - Russ Bassdozer and Jeremy Riley

What do guys who work in the sportfishing business all week long do when they get some free time? If they're lucky, they get the chance to share a great day on Lake Powell like Jeremy Riley and Russ Bassdozer did this past weekend.
 
It was a day to remember, and we caught so many stripers, walleye, smallmouth and largemouth that our arms were sore for two days after that. Bassdozer thought he had the lake record walleye. It was a huge one. But after checking and seeing the Lake Powell walleye record is one ounce short of ten pounds, Bassdozer has to get a lot better at walleye angling to beat that. Jeremy caught the biggest largemouth for the day.
 
Multiple species of fish were congregated in large numbers in small areas. Spotting numbers of carp often was a good indication that largemouth, smallmouth, walleye and hordes of striped bass were not far away. In fact, don't hesitate to look the carp schools over carefully or even blind cast to the carp. On this particular day, bass were frequently tucked in and swimming with members  of the carp schools in shallow water only a few feet deep. Other bass, especially chunky largemouth in the two and three pound class were in shallow water in large numbers in some areas. These bass appeared dormant, most commonly on sand banks that had good stands of dead rooted vegetation left over from last year. The bass were simply sitting motionless amidst the stumps and stalks of dead vegetation. Some of these bass could be caught, but others showed no interest and moved away when bothered.
 

 

Speaking of lures, Bassdozer threw a 3-1/2 inch white Yamamoto swimbait all day and a black/chrome lipless rattling crankbait. Jeremy threw a bulky brownish purplish greenish skirted football jig with a twin tail trailer most of the day, and a green pumpkin spinnerbait. All manner of gamefish hit all these baits with gusto. Action was so good, there was no incentive to try anything else this day.
 
Sand was important to us, especially "shining sand" reflecting lots of sun in the backs of coves and creeks. Dead vegetation and brush left over from last year was key, as was low-lying rounded rock shorelines that didn't tower too tall or cast too much shadow throughout the day. Hey, there could be dozens of different patterns going on, but we were able to get those kinds of places - shining sand with last year's root masses and low-sloping round rock shorelines - to produce many fine fish for us. The sandy flats along the insides of such places had pockets of mixed game fish stacked up together in small areas, and the closest points outside such areas had fewer but bigger smallmouth on them.

 


March 13, 2006 - Paul Robinson

My brother in law and I went to Powell this past weekend we didn’t see another boat in our four hours on the lake. We got there at roughly 1:30 and left and 5:30 we caught 21 stripers between 4and 6 pounds they were all around 40 inches or better. They were quite tasty. We caught them down by the dam barricades and it was almost every cast we had a bite. It was a good time.


March 13, 2006 - Jamie Cyphers and Todd Labrum

Jamie Cyphers shows off some typical striped bass that hit spinnerbaits and suspending rip baits in the back of the coves in Rock Creek and Padre Bay.
Todd Labrum kept up with Jamie catching striped bass walleye and largemouth.
Typical cove habitat where fish were caught.  Bait fish are in the submerged weeds and predators are nearby waiting for a feeding opportunity.  
The ride home was a bit sporty but fishing at Lake Powell was worth it. 

March 28, 2006 - Daniel Babcock

We had a very enjoyable first trip to Wahweap, I played skipper to my brother two cousins and two sons.  It was a good learning experience for all of us! After arriving Friday morning about 3:00 we slept for 3 hours then spent the mourning touring around the southern part of the lake.  After getting camp set up, we went down to the dam and fished for an hour and a half, finding the most success using anchovies on a #3 gamakatsu drop shot hook and no weight.

My son Samuel out fished everyone in the boat catching 3 fish while everyone else watched wishing they could tie into one of these striped beauties.

We toured around the lake a little more, spending some time in Antelope Canyon after seeing some anemic looking stripers in the clear water that would not hit anything.  

After catching up with my brother who came up from Las Vegas, we spent the afternoon in camp and feasted on Samuel’s fried striper.   After dinner we returned to the dam at about 5:30 and fished until 9:00 catching approximately 20 stripers the majority of which came the last hour or so. Had it not been for my sleepy boys we may have stayed longer and caught more fish under the starlit skies of Wahweap.

 

As fortune had it we all stayed up late reminiscing about past outings, and I had a difficult time rousting the crew out of bed in the morning.  As they wandered around rubbing the sleep out of their eyes I made a quick dash to buoy #1 and in 20 minutes I caught 3 stripers ( 2 on chovy chunks and one on a chartreuse jig)

We spent the rest of Saturday between camp, the dock, buoy #1 and the dam.  We had good success when we were fishing and caught another bunch of stripers.  We met Kurt Jensen at the Fish cleaning station and had a good chat with him. 

It was great to get down to Lake Powell again.  This is an amazing fishery.

 


May 25, 2006 - Richard Roberts

Hello Wayne, my name is Richard Roberts. My brother Tim Roberts and I spend a 2 day trip to Powell where we spent our time at Rock Creek. It was the weekend of April 21st. We traveled from Antelope Marina up to Rock Creek and found a camping area. On the way up we stopped by a point at marker 22. Very rocky and we threw dark green grubs and bobbed them off the bottom in 15-20 feet. That is where I picked up about a 5 pound Walleye. A few smallies too.

 
 
 
 
 
We hit a Rock Creek area and loaded up on the smallies. Almost every other cast with the same dark green grubs. They sure put up a great fight!
 
 
 
Striper action was hard to get to bite but we picked up several with broken back rattle traps and grubs. We would use the trolling motor and slowly cruise the shore line and cast forward. We would pick up hungry stripers hunting the shallow. Several skinny and one plump one. (Must be from up north).
 
 
 
Over  all the trip was a blast and we intend to hit Powell for the striper boils in a month.
 
Please tell everyone that this lake provides superior fishing now and you can not go there and not catch great fish.
 
 

 


May 27, 2006 - Cody Small - Farmington, New Mexico

Three friends and I went striper fishing at Powell the 22nd and 23rd.  Monday was pretty windy so we didn't head out until early afternoon, we launched at Antelope Point and fished Navajo Canyon, we started fishing along the canyon wall just around the first big bend and it proved to be a very hot spot, we were all four reeling them in as fast as we could re-bait and drop our lines back in the water. 
 We were fishing from about 20 to 40 feet deep, with anchovies, and catching mainly 2 to 3 pound stripers with the occasional small mouth, the biggest of the 100 plus fish we caught that day was just over 5 pounds.
The next day we returned to the same spot mid morning, we needed to head for home kind of early so we only brought three bags of anchovies to fish with, it wasn't nearly as fast and furious as the day before, but still pretty steady, and the stripers were bigger, most in the 4 to 6 plus pound range, along with a couple nice small mouth and several catfish. We ran out of bait a few hours later with around another 100 fish to filet. This was the first time striper fishing for three of us and we all had a blast. Thanks Wayne.

June 4, 2006 - Shaun Sand

 

Here is a report from last week we did awesome. I posted this at http://www.coloradofisherman.com/forum/index.php?topic=8788.0 I think you will find the replies interesting 1100+ views and 55 responses from Colorado fishermen.

 
 

 

We spent Memorial Weekend at lake  Powell. It was our first time there. It was our best fishing camping adventure ever. We caught over one hundred fish. This was my first striper ever.
 
 

We caught this stringer in about an hour within 150 yard of our campsite.

We figured out the stripers and caught 51 in about 4 hours. They were 4 to 7 lbs.

The Utah Fish and Game dept request that you keep all the stripers you catch. the lake has too many. We happily oblige. The wipers were in the coves fingers in Moki canyon. We were using anchovies with 3/8 oz. jig heads. Dropping them to the bottom then coming up about 3 ft. I was using my vexilar and caught 2 to 3 for every one anyone else caught. The vex rules. I could see them come off the bottom and would predict within a second or two when they would bite. The crappie were in the back of the coves along with the walleye, small mouth, channel cats, and blue gill. These were caught on blue and silver rapalas and similar. We just got back and need some sleep.
This was the best trip ever. You should go.
Oh, by the way, what happened to the stringer of fish, you ask?

 

We cooked them and ate them on shore.


May 31, 2006 - John Coombs

 Today was a good day.  The few people that were loading their boats at Halls were hitting the stripers with flying colors.  The first was a couple of good ol fisherman that fished Lake Canyon and they were trolling at about 2.5 mph with crank baits.  Between the three of them they caught about 20 stripers in 4 hours. 

The 1 and 2 year olds are boiling non stop in the morning until about 10 up the San Juan in between Cha and Piute.  The bass fishing is really good up there because the two people that were there caught about 30 Smallmouth on top of the stripers.  A group of three were fishing the wall next to the launch ramp at halls and caught 41 stripers in the matter of 5 hours with anchovies. 

There are small boils here in Bullfrog Bay they all seem to be the younger stripers.  No one that I had the chance to speak with fished the boils here in the bay.  But on my way from there I saw six small boils but they disappeared when I tried to sneak up in the Mon-Ark. 


May 31, 2006 - John Lassandro

Thursday 5/25

Suzie and I got out on the lake at 5:30 and decided to try for smallies and walleyes first thing and leave the stripers for the afternoon time. So we launched at stateline and went across the bay to the coves near the castle rock cut. We were fishing yamamato grubs (watermelon with black flake) and Rat L Traps (blue and chrome - hammered sides), we managed about 5 or so smallies but no walleyes :-). When we started getting a lot up bumps but no hookups on the grubs, so I tried a Rat L trap and picked up YOY striper with chasers, so we decided to go after them, we managed about 10 or so and then lost them. Continued casting shore and I marked what looked like a school so I dropped a wally lure spoon (baby shad - remembered your earlier post Wayne) and picked up another 8, then lost them too. We then decided to go to the dam and try anchovy fishing, when we got there the west wall was busy so we tied up on the east side (have had luck there a couple of times this year (thanks Tim!!). And started to pick up nice 4-6 pounders then until we filled up the live well and cooler - ran out of places to put them as we did not bring enough ice (always ice them). We ended the day with 35 stripers and 5 smallies.

As a side note let me back up Wayne on the "ice them" deal (no he does not have stock in Ready Ice). We were camping in the Wahweap campground and gave some fillets to our neighbor who had Nevada plates, the next day he caught up to us at the cleaning station and said how much better the striper from Powell tastes vs. the striper from Mead, so I asked what did they do with the fish when they caught them at Mead? He replied "put them on a stringer" and I said "there you go, the only difference is we ICE THEM!"

Friday 5/26

We decided to go further upstream and put in at antelope and headed for Gunsight (weather said it was going to get windy so we did not want to go too far) with the same game plan as the day before. Not much luck there but we did manage to catch about 10 smallies and 3 stripers though. Really did not want to go further north (really wanted to go to Last Chance) so we headed back in the direction of the launch ramp, I decided to try Warm Creek as in our early days of coming to Powell it was always great for smallie action. We were trolling Rat L traps and started picking up some nice stripers, so after about 5 or 6 of them we stopped and threw the anchor out and tried anchovies, and got a school under us slamming the bait every drop. About this time the wind kicked up to 25 mph or so, (luckily I recently bought a box anchor for the boat as I was told it was the best - have been through about 3 different kinds trying to find one that would hold the boat). Then Suzie' hat blew off so I had to pull anchor to get it, then in my zeal to not drift too far I threw the anchor over real quick and the rope must have tangled in the clasp because it came off!!! (I won't say how much it cost but lets say it's not cheap….) At this point we were both real bummed out, and with the wind blowing like it was we had no chance of staying over these fish. But we did mange to pick up 22 stripers for a grand total of 35 fish (25 stripers and 10 smallies) for the day. So we headed in, and I knew the wind was only going to get worse the following day so we stopped in town at Outdoor sports and picked up another box anchor and a shackle to replace the snap hook.

Saturday 5/27

Armed with a new anchor and determined to fill up all the live wells and cooler we headed off to Warm Creek. We arrived about 7AM and trolled for a bit to see if they were still there and lo and behold they were!!!! What luck, so after picking up a few trolling we anchored and I started to chum (by the way the winds were about 20-25 mph sustained with 40-45 mph gusts at this point - and the anchor was holding nicely!) and started catching nice 3-5 pounders with the odd YOY. I decided it did not look too bad out (I also have 4 years Navy experience - early years I was a senior coxswain driving 30 to 40 foot officers motor whale boats and certified on 56" Landing Craft Mechanized -LCM for short, you know the ones you see landing troops on the beach, which I have driven in the open ocean, so this was not too frightening yet!) but I decided that if the 40-45 mph gusts became sustained for any length of time that it was time to head in. We lost count as we were catching them as quickly as we could get the bait in the water (only had this happen once before - last year this time at antelope marina night fishing) and we were having a blast. When the gusts became sustained we pulled anchor and left grudgingly, as we were getting into the main body of the bay it got pretty rough for my little 21' fish and ski, and the waves were crashing over the side of the boat, my first mate was pretty sure we left it too long before pulling anchor! I was a little nervous as well cause I knew it would get worse once we hit the main channel, and unfortunately I was right, the worst part was the corner just after Navajo heading towards antelope marina. The waves were 4-5 for whitecaps at least and all I could do was trim down and keep the bow straight into the waves and not let them break over the bow. Managed to get through that OK and then the wind calmed back down to 20-25 sustained, we stopped and considered fishing the intakes (as we failed in our primary mission….fill the boat with stripers - both live wells were full and the cooler was only 1/2 full - we needed a few more to accomplish our goal), so I motored over to the intakes but the wind was still too strong and blowing us into the wall (my anchor rope is only 50 foot long - I needed another 350-400 feet). So I decided we really needed to get in before it got rough again, and it did….. We ended the day with 45 nice striper though.


 

Sunday 5/28

Well take a wild guess were we went today! Right if you guessed Warm Creek, right back to the mother lode…. Threw out the anchor and chum and started all over again just like the previous day one fish after the other and I thought OK what's going to happen today to stop us achieving our goal? I had only brought along 3 bags of anchovies and it occurred to me I may not have brought enough today as there were more YOY and 3-4 pounders than the previous days 4-5 pounders. By the way we decided to refer to the sizes by school levels (pardon the pun) so if they were 1-2 pounders we called them grade schoolers, if they were 2-3 pounders we called them jr high schoolers,  3-4 pounders we called them high schoolers, and 4+ they were college students. So after the first bag and a half of chovies I thought heck throw a spoon down and see what happens, as it got battered by the grade schoolers and I couldn't hook up I decided to let it keep dropping and get to the bigger ones below, it worked a treat for about half a dozen fish then they lost interest (by the way my first mate decided she was not having much luck with the spoon and threw out a Rat L Trap and then she stared getting hook ups too) I did not want them to leave (always remember what Wayne said about the 10 minute memory) so we went back to the chovies and started catching again, I was stuffing them into the live wells and cooler filling every nook and cranny (always cognizant of keeping them iced or at the least cold) because it was ALL about the numbers at this point, as well as the primary directive. At times we could not get past the grade schoolers with our bait to get to the college students so I threw the bait out further from the boat so it would drop down past them, it worked for a while then they cottoned on to it. After 4 1/2 hours of this we finally accomplished our goal!!!! So we sat there and ate our lunch watching the fish finder like TV as there was a constant procession of fish on it during that hour. So much for the chum huh? Looks like I did not really need it. We ended the day with 105 fish between the two of us with only 1 rod apiece (I could not imagine trying to manage two rods).

Monday 5/29

After the previous days striper takes we once again went back to targeting walleye, and on good cleaning station info tried Lone Rock area for a couple of hours (I wanted to get an early start back to Phoenix and try to beat the holiday traffic on I-17, should have gone back to Warm Creek as I-17 was pretty tame (see posts on recreation BB) before packing up camp and heading home. We got skunked though, but after the previous days takes it did not really matter. Oh well we had a fantastic time anyway I should not try to be too greedy…..but one can always wish. That's one of the things that always brings us back to Powell, just when you think it can't get any better than this, bang it does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So here's to the next time, and the time after that, and the time after that……etc.

 

 


June 8, 2006 - Bill and Angie

 
This was my wife Angie’s first Lake Powell Striper trip and maybe her last as she excelled at making the rest of us feel inadequate by catching Stripers on both poles…one in each hand at the same time!  She also caught the most and the biggest Stripers of the day.  She used anchovies at various depths and presentations without adherence to rules or fishing etiquette.
 

 


June 9, 2006 - Todd Tognazzini, Paso Robles, California

 
 Powell Fishing Report 6/1 to 6/5


Brian - 1st Trip

Tim, Rich, Brian, and I made another incredible trip to Lake Powell leaving California on May 31st and fishing from June 1st through the 5th.  The 11 hour drive is well worth it.  This is the fourth trip in the last five years we have made and the fishing has always been very good.  This year however, it was absolutely fantastic.  We camped at Wahweap Campground and got a full hookup even though we were tent camping so we could plug in the small freezer we brought.  We kept it under an easy up shade and it worked out really well in keeping our fish in great shape. 
We followed Wayne's instructions and started the trip in the small cove just past buoy 9.  The fishing on anchovies was good right away with many fish in the 1-2# class.  As boat traffic started to increase, we decided to troll our way to Navajo Canyon.  We picked up one walleye on a Rapala DT 16 but the stripers did not seem to want to hit lures much. 

Todd

We moved up Navajo Canyon and about three miles in and found bait fishing really good on almost every point with many fish in the 5# class. 

 By 2:00 p.m. we had filled an 150 quart ice chest with fish and headed in.  Each day seemed to get better and better.  Our biggest fish was a little over 6 pounds and most were 4-5 pounders.  Every day we filled the ice chest by 2:00 p.m. or earlier.  We averaged 100 fish each of the first four days and caught about 160 on our last day fishing by the boom at the dam.

Rich 

We also fished near Lone Rock but found mostly 1/2 pound fish there.  About 10% of the stripers we caught were very skinny but most fish were in great shape.  I realize that there is great interest in reducing the striper numbers but keeping the skinny fish is a real waste because it is almost impossible to get a good fillet off of them.

Tim

  The fish cleaning station at Wahweap worked well and we had a nice time talking with the anglers and tourists who stopped by while we were cleaning fish.  We had a really neat system for taking care of the fish that I would like to share.  I would fillet using an electric fillet knife which is highly recommended when cleaning big quantities. Tim would rib cage, Rich would bloodline, and Brian would rinse.  We then pulled out our Foodsaver, patted dry the fillets and sealed a meal size portion in separate bags.  The Foodsaver was somewhat of an afterthought but we will not go without it again.  The fish were immediately put on ice and transferred them to the freezer back at camp.  The fish froze nicely and we purchased 10 pounds of dry ice at the Safeway ($1.18/pound)in Page for the trip home.  The fish made it home in great condition.  We had over 50 sacks of fillets. 

It was a little disappointing to see people bring fish to the cleaning station that had been soaking in warm water on a stringer all day.  The smell was a bit overwhelming and you could visually see how soft the meat had gotten.  It takes little effort to throw in a big ice chest and buy a couple of 20# bags of ice.  Another tip we have learned over the years probably from Wayne was to bleed the stripers right away by cutting the gill area and dropping them in a live well or fish basket.  In five or ten minutes, the fish bleed out and can then be moved onto ice.  We caught a few smallmouth, two walleyes and a handful of catfish.  With the stripers biting the way they are, it is pretty difficult to try for anything else.
Thanks again Wayne for such a wonderful website.  You dialed us into the fish right away.

June 9, 2006 - Bob Armbruster and family (Mondofish)

Arrived at Wahweap Friday 6-2 and immediately went to the dam for afternoon fishing. Luckily got in at the West side 3rd bouy and started catching 3 to 5 pounders. We were using 1/4 oz. jigs, curly tail grubs tipped with chovies. It was so nice being back to the lake. Ended Friday with 32 nice fish. Took the Wordlings advice about ICING the fish...thanks everyone.

 

Saturday the 3rd we began at the dam but it was crowded so decided to explore new territory...for us it was new anyway. Went into Antelope and tried the intake with no immediate luck. Decided to go up into Navajo Canyon and were we glad we did. The ride thru it was spectacular. We arrived at the double islands and fished the second point for awhile. A few caught there. Moved to the first point and began to catch them with regularity. A mixture of yearlings up to 6 pounds. We caught over a 100 fish Saturday afternoon. The scenery and the fishing were awesome. Also caught a few smallmouth off that point with tube jigs. Also between the two points along that same wall is a half moon shaped "semicave" where we caught a dozen or so before we left for the day.
Sunday the 4th we decided to go back to Navajo and fish the first point. If you can put up with the occasional mini tidal wave from passing boats the fishing is incredible. The closer to the dropoff at that point the better. Fished from 8am to 1:30 and caught another 64 stripers. About that time I was wearing down from positioning the boat, the waves etc. so we headed in. On our way we decided to check the dam and lo and behold there were no boats there. We slid in to number three and proceeded to slam em from 3pm to 6. All big fish. We filled our coolers. Total for Sunday 99 stripers.

Navajo Points - STRIPER SPOTS

Would like to thank all wordlings for their advice on fishing locales...Wayne...Ed...John...Guido...Tim and so on.....til next time...Powell for Life!!! Mondofish

June 12, 2006 - Lou Brown

We were down to your end of the pond Tuesday night and Wednesday and did really well. We started at buoy 1 and caught small ones then went across the channel to the south on the point and started catching the bigger ones. When the cooler was full we quit.

 

Gloria

The next morning we went to the cut above the intake as you suggested and immediately
started catching fish. They were the smaller ones but a lot of fun.

 

 

They were still biting when the cooler was full and we went looking for bigger fish.   

 

In Padre bay my friend hooked a nice smb and while he was
fighting the fish a bigger striper (6-8lbs) tried to eat the small
mouth.  We could easily see the big striper with the small mouth in his mouth head first and half way in. We thought we were going to get two for one but right at the boat he spit the smb out. The smb then took off and the fight was on again.  It was really neat.

 


June 14, 2006 - Christopher

Christopher and 4-pound smallmouth bass.

June 12, 2006 - Doug & Heike

We fished at the fishing dock on the Wahweap Marina and caught 5  stripers ranging from 2 to 5 pounds. I  also caught a small mouth bass that was about 14 inches and 3 carp that were about 10 pounds.

June 19, 2006 - Jared K. Sorenson

Fishing Report June 12-15

Three of us left Sanpete County Monday morning with a new boat that was just purchased (bought used) and untested by us and we headed down to Wahweap.  We usually try to make it to Bullfrog in the spring and fall. This was also the latest in the season we had ever left in the spring and the first time we had ever gone to Wahweap.  So we knew we would be doing a lot of discovering and exploring.  On the way down we had a guy with California plates pull in front of us forcing us to stand on the brakes and just barely came up short of hitting him.  We didn't want be the ones to hit him but I admit that it would have been a little gratifying to see him end up in the grill of a diesel by trying to pull that stunt again. As we got to Page, one of the tires on the trailer was shredding so we stopped in town and replaced all of them to avoid further trouble.  It was late in the day when we got that taken care of so instead of exploring for a camp we stayed in the Wahweap camp ground.  We decided to test the boat since there was a little day light left.  We launched and were doing all right until we were a little ways off of a steep cliff headed to the dam and a submerged rock found our prop. Fortunately the damage did not have any serious affect on the performance of the boat. It was easy to put an end to the day after that. 

Tuesday morning we got on the lake just before 7:00 (Utah time, sorry AZ). Fishing anchovies, we tried the point at the mouth of Antelope but couldn't find anything to bite.  We headed up lake and ended up at the mouth of Warm Creek.   Again, we couldn't find anything to bite but it did look like good bass country so a few grubs were tossed and we caught a couple  mini-small mouth. We turned back and headed into Navajo.  When the canyon takes its first hard right there was some good shade below some steep walls so we decided to drop some anchovies there.  That was just the luck we needed.  After a few minutes we all hooked up with some pretty good stripers.  Two of us were using anchovies and the third was using a Sassy Shad but was doing just as well as the anchovies.  At this spot the majority of the stripers were in the 4-6 lb range and fought really well.  That turned off after about 45 minutes but we had caught about a dozen stripers by then, which was about 10:00. The water was near 90 ft. deep and we were dropping to the bottom and bringing it up after holding for a little bit at each depth (we couldn't trust the depth finder so we had to do our own depth finding). After that we just looked for shade and a place to tie up.  From that point on we just picked up a few here and there through the rest of the day.  All of the fish caught were of the non-yearling type and had some decent size to them. 

Wednesday we headed back to the first dog leg in Navajo.  Just like the day before, the fish were biting and they were normally in the 4-6 lb range.  Again, that pretty much shut off by 10:00.  Our cooler was full so we found a rock to fillet them to make more room in the ice cooler. We hung around the shade and picked up a couple more but since it was so slow we decided to do some more exploring.  We had heard about the double islands but didn't know where they were.  We went a couple miles into Navajo and found them.  We stopped just behind the islands, probably at what is referred to as the second point behind the islands.  I wish we had a good depth find there because there has to be some interesting structure under there.  Whatever it is, that was the spot to pad our numbers.  They were almost all yearlings but it sure was fun.  We would simply cast the anchovies out and let them drop to the bottom, which is probably in the 40 ft. range if you were on the shelf and a lot deeper than that if you were off the shelf.  The only thing unusual in this spot was if you did not get a bite on a cast. The Sassy Shad was working, too but not as well as anchovies.  Every once in a while we could hook up with one that was up to 3 lbs. but most were the 12 inch variety. We probably caught near 40 when the cooler was overflowing and we found another rock in the shade and started filleting. We then went to the other side of the point since it was in shade in the middle of the day and the hot spot was not.  The shade didn't work.  We ventured out into the sun in the yearling hole and had some more fun although we did catch a few more that had a little weight to them.  That's when the wind picked up.  The forecast had said to expect 10-20 mph winds with gusts up to 30 but it turned into steady winds probably in the mid 30's all after noon and evening.  We endured all we could and then headed back to camp.  We got back okay and called it a day. The next morning we had to pack up and leave but we did manage to check things out around the bay and up to the dam.  We dropped anchovies at the point up to Antelope. We caught 2 little stripers and then just started bass fishing.  We caught a few mini-small mouths again and also hooked into a really nice walleye.

We left and made it home without incident. Thanks for all the tips and guidance from this web site.  We would have never done as well as we did without it.


June 16, 2006 - Wayne and Rick Larsen

Travis Larsen won the door prize at the local PD Christmas party and fishing with me was the prize.  He should have taken the chocolate cake instead - not really.  We had a great time. 

We fished anchovy bait along the steep main channel canyon wall and found the striper supply to be very abundant this day.  There was no end to the fish we could catch.  The full moon jinx is definitely over in the southern lake.

Brian Larsen caught a lot of fish and was soon  holding them, taking his own hook out and rebaiting too.  Course everyone else was hooked up at the same time so it was a matter of priorities.  Wait for help or do it yourself so another fish could be caught. When he lost track of how many fish he had caught we knew we were having a good day.  
Travis Larsen had a previous fishing lesson so he was quick to catch fish from boat or shore - it didn't matter.

The water is crystal clear. The hooked fish and all the followers could be seen trailing behind. 

Travis ran this one up the gently sloped landing  ramp and then into the ice box to keep it cold and fresh. 

Total count for the day was 63 stripers for 3 hours fishing.  When it was time to leave the stripers had come shallow and could be seen taking the chum only 10 feet down.  We could have caught a hundred more by changing to a weightless hook and a 1-inch chunk of bait.  But we had to go in.  They will be there tomorrow and next week!

Fishing is still GOOD.


June 29, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

Today was my first fishing trip following my vacation.  Had the pleasure of going with Rory Aikens of AZ Game and Fish.  He was working on a story for the September edition of the game and fish magazine. We launched at Antelope at 5 AM and went Rock Creek.  Saw no boils along the way at prime time.  Rats!!

We caught a few small bass and stripers in the back of main Rock but no big fish.  I took this picture of the great largemouth habitat now present in so many of the canyons.  Bass have to love the willows, cattails, sedges and tamarisk that have been inundated. What shad survive this summer will do so by living in the trees/weeds.

Bass and stripers were not in the back in shallow water. We went out to the main channel and started catching smallmouth regularly but not fast on grubs, tubes, and deep diving cranks.  There was no real pattern. Find a pocket of fish and all the lure types worked. Move away from the concentration of fish and none of the lures worked.

Behind an island off the main channel Rory was catching bass on topwater, Ron on watermelon tubes and I dragged a chartreuse flaked grub down the 25 foot deep slot in the middle of the lake. Finally I hooked a nice 5-pound striper that was still in good shape.  We got that fish in and quickly dropped spoons to get a few more.  We chummed anchovies but couldn't keep the moving school in range.

Each time we saw fish on the graph in water deeper than 25 we could catch a couple more stripers before they moved off.  Rory got  a topwater striper that was flanked by 3 other followers.

Plugging the shore produced more smallmouth but I cast the spoon to deep water on a 30 to 60 foot break and got a huge hit.  Then the line went slack and then the fish came back. When I got the fish up close enough to see it was obvious that the first fish had come unhooked but the spoon was immediately consumed by another 5 pound fish.  The hooked fish was escorted by an entourage of perhaps 20 schoolmates. The group of fish was so close together they appeared to be touching each other.   Ron dropped a grub into the mass of fish and got a hook up.  Rory couldn't get his surface lure to sink deep enough so he blanked. It was a great visual experience to see that all happen. 

For the day we caught 6 largemouth, 20 smallmouth, 13 stripers, and 1 walleye imprint in Ron's leg. Just like the fish report says - fishing is slowing down but slow at Powell is good for most other lakes.        


June 30, 2006- Brooke Wiley

Brooke Wiley 6/23-25/06
 
 
6/23/06
On Friday my Dad and I used the valet launch at Antelope. This worked very smoothly and we were in the water earlier than normal. This gave us time to do some fishing in the mouth of Warm Creek. We fished the wall on the right side. This was good fishing, within a half-hour we had caught five nice striper. Then we found a nice campsite in Warm Creek. We had KFC for dinner, we had bought this in town. This makes a wonderful meal. Then the people across the canyon launched a few fireworks. Today was a perfect birthday for my Dad. 
 
6/24/06
Early Saturday morning (no sleeping in for us) we headed over to where we were the night before. IT WAS PERFECT. Almost instantly I had hooked a striper with an anchovies and lead head. After it had been landed my Dad had one on. He was using the same bait but a drop shot rig. After a while we had caught one or two little smallmouth. We kept catching striper for a few more hours. We stopped fishing when our two ice chests were over flowing (about 56 two-five pound fish). Cleaning them was a pain but the added help of our new electric fillet knife wasn't so bad. After taking a swim we fished for bass in Warm Creek. I caught three little smallmouth. That evening after a hearty dinner of Dinty More stew I did some bass fishing around the camp. After catching two little smallmouth I caught a great largemouth. All the bass we caught today we released.
 
6/25/06
Again we got up early and fished the same as yesterday. It was considerably not as good as the day before but was still good. After fishing for a few hours we had caught one little channel cat and a few smallmouth. One of smallmouth was of considerable size. We had also caught 23 striper of the same size as the day before.
 

June 30, 2006 - Mike Myers

Striper fishing is still great at the dam. these striper were caught in about 2 hours on anchovies on June 28, 2006.

June 30, 2006 - Pieter Jones

I fished the lake during the week of 20th.-27th while houseboating with family. The first evening we beached in the back of Gunsight. Just for fun, we hung out a light and fished anchovies, catching some nice 3-5 lb. residents. The light drew small and larval shad.

The next morning we fished the point to the left, behind the double islands in Navajo. Chummed up stripers with anchovies and plugged all the space that we had and finished by 9:30 AM. Filleting fish was the rest of my life I thought.

The next time we got into fish was in the main channel a few coves below Dangling Rope. Two short Walleye and a nice striper on a topwater plug near the bank. We caught a few stripers off the back of the houseboat that night as well.

I fished a morning by myself in Rock Creek between 5-8. I was on the right side tied to a point, that is a rock with a 2 or 3 foot gap between the main wall. I chummed up a nice group and proceeded to catch fish at will. I hooked a fish that was a double digit fish. I don't know if it was old and slow or just above 10 pounds, but I couldn't stop it. I was thinking that I could be quick to untie from the rock and start up after him when the thing came unbuttoned. I reeled up a halfway bent hook. I felt pretty lucky and appalled all in the same sentence. I lost my will and it seemed as the sun was eating up the shade of the wall, it was eating my patience too, so I called it. If I had more sticks on the boat, this could have been a bloody massacre, good, hungry school.

That same night we relocated over to Last Chance and after dusk took the boat out to the end of the ridge of our cove, tied up, dropped the light down and starred to chum. It didn't take long and the nice fish were coming up. Having fished that same morning, I was wiped out so we left a good bite for sleep. Little did we know that would be our last chance because the next eve. was our last and we were in Warm Creek.

We fished Navajo again and it just wasn't happening like before. Couldn't get into anything good or consistent. We were finished with a decent striper and a nice walleye. The key seemed to be tying up to good locations and chumming up fish. Drifting and chumming was only good for a slow to steady pick. I saw yearling boils everywhere between Warm Creek and Dangling Rope. Every time we hung the fish light out we drew shad and some times striper were seen below. I had a great time on such a beautiful lake and with great company. I was aided by the direction of this website and for this I am grateful. Thanks Wayne and all of you anglers that contribute your experiences.


July 3, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

What a delightful day! Troy came home from ASU for the Holiday and we went out with the other weekend visitors and just had a great time on Lake Powell.  The main channel was not bad at 8:30 AM and it was clear sailing to Padre Canyon. Troy wanted to catch some stripers so we went to the back of Padre where the canyon narrows.  There is an island/point where we parked the boat.
We waded across the little channel and fished off the point with anchovies.  Troy got a quick hit but it was a catfish.  No one else was interested. 

 

After 20 minutes, we walked toward the back on the canyon to the next point/island  and chummed once more.

It took about 10 minutes and the school turned on.  We were just one point short on our initial attempt.  The fish came fast and furious with Charlene and Troy throwing fish on the slick rock as fast as I could take them off the hook. We brought the cooler over and put 25 stripers on ice in the next hour. 
This the point where we found the school of stripers.  They were right off the point and in the slot on the left hand side of the picture. 

You can find them again at this spot if you get into Padre Canyon


June 30, 2006 - Brent

We are back. And boy did we had a fantastic trip!!!

As soon as I can I will post a link to a web site with pics and a short daily diary.

Have to say a big thanks to Wayne. I never liked fishing but my second son loves it. Last year we didn't catch a thing. But with Wayne's and everyone else's help we caught more fish then I ever thought possible. Stripers in the morning and bass at night.

One night was classic, we just finished dinner and I hooked up a plastic purple worm and walked out to the weeds next to our houseboat. Everyone said, "What are you doing?" I replied that I read on Waynes Words to fish late at night or early morning like this, and I through out my lure. When I reeled it back in I had a nice size bass on my line. Everyone was stunned, including me! One throw out and one fish in. Classic!

Thanks again for everyone's help.


July 5, 2006 - Richard Roberts

My wife and I took off this 4th and hit the lake. We only had time to hit Rock Creek for a day. What fun!
Awesome fish caught on cut anchovy bait.  We were sitting off the Rock sticking out of the water at the arch. You can see that's the main channel near the mouth of Rock Creek.

 

There is an arch on the east shoreline  and about 150 ft further down is a rock approx 5 feet in diameter and 5 feet out of the water.  The fish were straight out about 20 ft from there.

These fish seem fatter than the ones being caught closer to the dam.

June 30, 2006 - Ed Gerdemann

How many lakes would you say that catching 19 nice fish would constitute a slow day? That's how my friend John Conrad and I felt this past Saturday after fishing hard all morning and "only" having 19 fish to show for it. But that's what happens when you fish Lake Powell regularly. You get spoiled.
 
Part of our "disappointment" in Saturday's catch was linked to Friday's success. That morning John and I left the Antelope Point ramp about 4:30 and motored up to the passage between Padre and Dominguez Butte where I had experienced some excellent smallmouth action my last trip. Friday's expedition was even better as we took 32 smallmouth in a little less than three hours. Drop shotting proved to be the most effective presentation. As usual I used a wacky-rigged three-inch slim Senko, however I did catch one of my bigger fish jigging a 3/4 oz. Wallylure Baby Shad spoon. John tried a variety of things but settled on a small tube as his most effective lure (yes, you can fish tubes on drop shot rigs). We found fish ranging anywhere from 15 feet on the tops on the reefs down to 30 feet. No matter whether they were shallow or deep they were hanging right at the dropoff line. One of the reasons I believe this is such a good area as the narrow passage funnels a lot of current through the area either in the form of wind or boat traffic. I believe this pushes the shad up on the reefs and dislodges the crayfish from the rocks. At any rate this is one of the better smallmouth areas in the lower lake right now. In addition to the 32 smallmouths we also took one striper and a channel cat from this area. 
When fishing at the passage died off we motored up to the ledges behind Gregory Butte. This area was not as productive as it had been in previous trips, however we did manage a few decent bass. Before heading back to Antelope Point we decided to fish the rockslides and boulder fields along the front of Gregory Butte. I had not fished this area this year but had found it productive in the past. This turned out to be a great move as we took a number of nice fish. The dropoffs around the bigger boulder fields were more productive than the smaller chunk rock areas. Again the key was locating a dropoff where the depth abruptly changed from 15 to 30 feet. The smallmouths were anywhere within that strata right on the break. Again, I believe this area's location on the lake is a major factor for it holding so many fish. The main channel makes a big bend around Gregory Butte, and wind currents and boat traffic turbulance may be pushing a lot of bait up into this area. 
Our final tally for Friday was 57 smallmouths, one striper, one catfish, one bluegill and one largemouth. We caught a number of bass over two pounds but also caught plenty of smaller "eaters" which we saved for the grill.
On Saturday we decided to concentrate on stripers. We also decided to stay close to home because of threatening skies and the fact that I just didn't want to fight heavy holiday boat traffic back from 20 plus miles uplake. Armed with anchovies we made our first stop at the V cut on the main channel just above Buoy 9. Our liberal chumming efforts produced only one striper, but I did catch three dandy channel cats that moved in to feast on the chum. Convinced we weren't going to get much striper action there we motored into the double island area of Navajo Canyon. In the middle of the channel just above the double islands we saw some small stripers slurping on larval shad. We each cast a small spoon into the slurps and soon we were both hooked up with one-pound stripers. Unfortunately the fish went down and did not appear again. We kept casting in the area hoping they would return but that was it for the surface action. We then chumed the first point above the islands where my graph showed some fish. Almost immediately I was hooked into a nice striper, however that was it for the stripers on that point. We did take several decent smallmouth which seemed to like our anchovies better than the stripers. We moved up to the next point where John managed to catch a nice 5-pounder, however all I caught was one smallmouth. As 10:00 a.m. approached we decided that the stripers just were not going to cooperate so we spent the remainder of the morning fishing the points, cuts and rockslides for smallmouth. We managed to catch a few more nice bass, and John nailed a nice walleye as the highlight of the day. We finished the day with five stripers, 10 smallmouth, three catfish and a walleye - slow for Lake Powell's standards but pretty darn good fishing for most other places. One of my gripes about using anchovies is the mess they make in my boat. This trip John and I decided to cut up the anchovies the night before while they were frozen. We felt this worked quite well. The anchovies were still fresh (we put them back in the freezer after we cut them up), and we didn't leave a mess in my boat. I think I'll make this a regular practice in the future.  

July 6, 2006- Tim Roberts

 What a great week and fantastic time as always at Powell. We started our trip by boarding one of those 70ft. Houseboats out of Antelope Marina and boy was it nice. Everyone there was very helpful and accommodating, it's a beautiful marina. After getting a good nights sleep we got up early and headed to up to the Rock Creek Area where we have stayed many times.

  On Monday morning we graphed the area for Stripers and found many spots holding fish, all down around 25-30ft.. Tim Evans and I picked  Arch, which is along the wall that separates Rock Creek from Dry Rock Creek and started chumming anchovies. About five minutes later if that, we were into fish and ended a short morning of fishing with 18 Stripers, all in the 3.5 - 4.5lb. range. All the fish were healthy, hard fighters and had nothing in their stomachs but an occasional Crayfish. We also found that many of the fish were females still with eggs and males ready for action:).  
 
Tuesday Morning we repeated the same process and ended up with 53 striper after about three hours of fishing and shuttling two different group of fisherman out to the location. On this day, we also had three new fisherman with us and boy did they have fun. They had no problems catching fish and couldn't get there lines back in the water fast enough after each catch. There was even some kind of dance they were doing in my boat on the way back, ok! I was to! A couple of our other fisherman Tim and Terry tried there luck at Smallmouth Bass fishing and were very successful. They were tossing top water plugs at first light on shallow flats and then when the sun came up switched to rocky shorelines and plastics and continued to do well. The Smallmouth ranged from the small ones to some very nice fish in the 2.5 to 3.5lb range.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday we took off and rested, tried???   

 

We repeated the same process again on Thursday and Friday and ended four days of fishing with 125 very healthy Stripers. The Stripers again averaged about 4.5 lbs. with the largest on this trip at 5.5 lbs. caught by Mr. Evans, who also got the largest Smallmouth. In addition to the Stripers we caught about 50 - 60 Smallmouth, 2 Walleye ( On Crystal Minnow trolled ) and many Catfish and Bluegill.  If we had fished all day it is hard to imagine how many fish we could have put in the boat. Powell is just teaming with fish and were graphed in many different areas. The stripers always seemed to be down about 25-30 ft. and were along many of the ledges and drop offs. Another note on the health of Powell is the abundance of Bluegill, they were everywhere.
 
Hopefully we helped save a couple of Shad this week and also introduced a few new rookies to Powell and its great fishing. We pretty much all decided that given a choice to go anywhere on vacation, it would be POWELL, what a wonderful place. Hopefully I will be back in August or September for the boils. Till then, good luck to you all and SAVE SOME SHAD!!!!!   

June 30, 2006 - Scott Stelmach

Camped 5 nights at Stanton Creek this past weekend (Sat. night is the loudest!). Spent most of my fishing time throwing top water baits like the Lucky Craft Sammy off of points and shelves. About every 5th cast or so there would be a hit or a swirl so it kept the fishing exciting...nothing like seeing a Smallmouth explode out of the water with the lure three feet ahead of him!! Used a larger top water bait to keep the yearling Stripers from hooking up which allowed more time for the bass to connect. Evening was better for me then the morning.

 

Is there a technique someone can pass on that would increase my hook up rate on top water baits? I bet I missed 50% of the fish. The Smallmouth are really getting to be nice sized and I know there’s one that’s at least 5 pounds with my Sammie lure still in his mouth (if found reward offered).


July 4, 2006 - Jeff Bank - Littleton, Colorado

First, thank you for your web site.  I was able to do my duty and save some of the shad based on your reports and contributing reports from other fishermen.

 

Based on these fishing tips, we went up the San Juan to Neskahi to Piute bay area.
We used top water Storm Chug Bug in Metallic Silver/ Blue Black color and Super Spook Jr and Zara Puppy's in Blue Shad colors.
The best lure by far was a Rapala X-Rap Xtreme Action Slashbait in silver/blue.  My son used this as it was easy to cast and caught one every single time while the top water lures were hit very often, but a lot of the strikes were missed.
I liked the Storm chug bug as it makes a lot of noise when you pop it and that seemed to attack the stripers and get a hit.
I am enclosing two pictures of stripers slurping.  What surprised me, was there was no clear indications of a striper boil except for what looked like a local wind "ripple" on the lake. No noise, no jumping, no splashing.
In general, they were not spooked by the boat so after a while I learned to keep the motor running and just idle in after them.  If I turned the motor off, then started it back on to catch up to them, they broke for the bottom.  What drove them down also was catching a couple of stripers out of each boil.  No problem, as by the time I got them out of the net and into the cooler, they usually were back up in the distance.  The treble hooks get tangled up in the net so it does take a couple of minutes to get one off the lure and out of the net.

 

And there were boils all over and all day long.  We saw the first boil at 7:30AM and we only would quit to go swimming and cool off. We would catch about 10 or so and then go to shore so I could fillet them and put the fillet's on ice.
The stripers were full of baby shad, and so much so, that if you squeezed them, shad would squirt out both ends of the fish! (easily one fish contained a hundred of these babies). The average size was 15 inches or so.  The biggest ones (20 in) were caught on the biggest lures cast when the boil was the furthest away from the boat (40-50 yards).  My son could not cast that far, so I usually got within 10-15 yards to a boil before he cast.

 

My goal is now to tie up some flies based on these baby shad and fly fish for these shad killers.  They are heck of a good fighters when they are healthy like this. I remember back in the late 80's catching stripers that were just a big head with skin and bones behind it and felt like you were reeling in sea weed.

July 8, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

Got a boil report yesterday so went out this morning to confirm it.  Yep! we have some slurps going.

Launched at Stateline at 6 AM and started fishing at the tire breakwater on the south side of Wahweap marina. The first little surface disturbance came at 6:30 which is bit later than normal under cloudy skies.  It was up and down before I could blink. Went over there anyway and a few minutes later they came up again - in range. Got one 12-inch striper on a small profile clear Sammie.  The boils were 'ghosts' to start and then turned into little boils not slurps. The action was more circular than linear long extended slurps as pictured below. I could throw into the main body of fish and catch one.  Just had to get close enough.  

The next time up they ignored the Sammie.  I remembered a recent post here that said jerk baits were good when fish were fussy. I put on my favorite bevy shad.  Sure enough next time up they hit the bevy.  I caught about one fish for every two boils. There was one time when a large school of fish came up at the same time.  I got 3 out of that group - one each on a kastmaster, bevy shad, and Smaiie. I threw everything I had tied on and got fish each cast that was quick enough.

The bevy shad was the best lure.  Boat traffic picked up at 7 AM so I was bouncing off boat wakes and dodging houseboats, casting over jet skis - You know, Normal July fishing :)

I use other boats to my advantage.  I position my boat so surfacing fish are between me and  the boats cruising by.   That way when they run from boat noise they move towards me.  I love it when they pop up in range after guessing right on their fright response. 

Stripers came up until 9 AM when I got tired of the chasing game and went in.  I had 13 little fish but they were caught ON TOP and were the best size to eat.  Great Fun!


July 10, 2006 - Tim Raver, Mesa AZ

Here is a couple photos of the trip we made the week of the July 4 holiday. You may remember talking to me at stateline. We were unloading our house boat  Sat July 8 around midmorning and you were just pulling your boat out. You also gave me a couple of your cards for my two sons.
 
We had a great trip even though one of the motors went out (starter) on the house boat. We had intended to go up to Rock Creek because of the great fishing we experienced last year at this same time there. Well with only motor we decided to pull into Last Chance and stay there as it is one of our favorites as far as beach availability.
It ended up being just as good anyway on the fishing. We were up and at them everyday fishing the points off the main channel of Last Chance with great success. Four adults and four teens spent everyday catching 30-40 fish at a time that consistently averaged 4-5 lbs using chovies. 
I have learned a lot from you and the other wordlings on your website the past several years and have enjoyed many fillets.
 
Thank You for all you do.

July 17, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

Took my new camera out for a test spin.  The sun came up so I took a picture.  Looks like it's going to work just fine. 

 

 

 

 

We did some fishing too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I fished Wahweap Bay with Nob Wimmer, my creel clerk that many of you have met at Wahweap Fish Cleaning Station. He has been fishing at night in Wahweap with the green light and doing very well. I conned him into a combination night and morning trip. I wanted to know if his fish were vulnerable in the daytime as well.  (Besides night is for sleeping). He was willing to share so we went fishing.  

 

We launched at 4:30 AM as the sky was starting to lighten. We found his 60 foot trench in between Castle Rock and the next rock butte to the north which claims the Sand King dune.  The spot is near the only big rock slide in Wahweap Bay but it is in open water so it will take some searching to get on the exact spot.

 

Chum was showered down over the trench and its occupants but no fish showed on the graph or our lines for the first hour.

 

Then the sun started to peak over the ridge and stripers started to bite.  Our baits were deep, near the bottom at 55 feet at first. But as each succeeding fish was caught the next bait only descended half way down before being consumed.  

 

Stripers were schooled at mid depth (20-30 feet) and were anxious to eat from 6-8 AM.  We caught all sizes from 12 inches to 6 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Young joined us with a group of anglers and they were catching just as many fish as we were. We waved over another boat that was watching from a respectable distance.  Their fishless morning soon turned completely around as the fish started to jump in their boat as well. 

 

It started to get hot so we left them still biting.   We had 46 stripers and 1 catfish for 3 hours of fishing and 2 hours of catching.  The general health of these fish was improving as most had crayfish in their stomachs. They are finding food and staying under the thermocline to eat and conserve energy.

 

Look for the breaking edge of a drop off with broken rock on the break.  Crayfish are under those rocks and striped bass are holding in any area that has crayfish and deep water together.  Cold water is 25 feet and deeper.  Surface temperature was 79 degrees. 


July 18, 2006 - Brooke Wiley

Friday 7/14/06
 We left Flagstaff around 5:00 pm. When my father, mother and I arrived in Page we bought bait and chicken (the chicken makes a very delicious and quick meal). Then headed over to the Wahweap campground for a good nights sleep.
 
Saturday 7/15/06
  We launched the boat early and went to the mouth of Warm Creek. There we caught 23 striper in 2 hours.  These ranged from yearlings to 5 pounds. We filled the ice chest.  We caught them off chovies and a Wally Lure. That afternoon we headed up to Dangling Rope Marina for ice cream. Andy, who worked there, made really good floats. While watching the fish swarming in the water for bites of human food we saw many striper, carp and 1 catfish. Are the striper really that desperate for food? That evening we fished around camp for bass and caught 2 very little large mouth bass.
 
Sunday 7/16/06
  This morning we woke up to the sounds of fish jumping at most likely shad. Even though it sounds great with 2 hours of fishing we only  caught 1 small mouth bass.  We tried top water and jigs.  Also we stuck strictly to bass. Then it was time to go home.  

July 19, 2006 - Bill Wilson, Wilson Creek Winery

We just got back from a great week at LP. The kids fished like crazy and this time actually caught stripers (yeah). We actually felt guilty not throwing them back when we had our fill of fillets and fish tacos. Boy that was special to have a kid catch lunch. They were ecstatic. We caught them right off the back of the HBoat in Dove Canyon and didn't have to go to the point. We did just to see and we caught them there as well. 

I have a new saying: "Ski boat - $50K, 1 Week Houseboat share - $30K, Gas - $4.19 gal, expression on your 9 year old daughter's face after catching a 3lb striper on a pink Barbie pole off the back of your HB - priceless. Thanks again for the inside info. I made everyone read them and the results spoke for themselves. I wish I had the pleasure of meeting you out on the lake and introducing myself and vice-versa. Maybe next year. Continued success to you and all your Wordlings out there. You really do make a difference, you did with our group for sure.

 

Thank You

July 25, 2006 - Nick Economos, San Ramon, California

Thank you very much for the information on your website.   We ended up finding an amazing fishing hole in Middle Rock Creek canyon (July 18-20, 2006).  It was about a half of a mile down the canyon on the left hand side and we seemed to catch a fish almost every cast.  We ended up staying at this location for three nights and the fishing was amazing all three days.  We even had great success in the middle of the day. 

 

 

 

We fished with anchovies and tried to get them to about 30 feet.  We caught a about 24 stripers, 15 catfish and 5-7 small mouth bass.  We were only fishing for 1-2 hours each day and had plenty of fish for dinner every night.  Most of the stripers were 24-26 inches in length and weighed about 5-7 pounds.

I included one picture of the point that we were fishing off so other anglers could locate it and another of some of the fish from the first day.


August 9, 2006 - Derrick Fontenot - Boise, Idaho

We fished the southern lake on Aug 3rd and August 4th mostly near the mouth of Warm Creek. The first day of fishing we managed to catch 6 decent size stripers (~ 1.5 to 3lbs.), but we were fishing daylight hours and it was a very hot day. We stopped fishing for a while to let the kids play in the water to cool off.  Friday was a much better day for fishing as it was overcast most of the day and made the temperature more bearable.  We started out fishing the canyon walls right at the mouth near marker #12. Once we found the fish the bite was on until we got tired of catching and stopped fishing to play in the water. We caught all size fish, the biggest being ~4 lbs. the smallest ~14”.  

We fished mostly with Anchovies, although my son caught one nice size striper with an artificial shad lure.  I recommend going to smaller hooks, we started fishing with #1 hook which allowed the fish to get the bait off the hooks too easily once the Anchovies got wet.  I started using #4 hooks and started having much more success catching fish. 1/8 ounce jig heads worked well too.  It was five of us on the boat, me, wife, and 3 kids. Everyone caught fish, so all was good.  We left with approximately 30 fish in the cooler. We did not see any boils in the southern lake at all, but overall a great fishing experience. Thanks for all your great info!  We will be back next year.

 

 


August 8. 2006 - Paul Hubble

We just came back from Powell on August 4th and had a great fishing trip.  We fished points near the main channel in Last Chance, chummed with anchovies and fished anchovy chunks at about 30-40 feet.   We caught around 20, 4 – 6 pound stripers, several catfish and some small bass that we let go.  We were using 10 pound mono line and #1 hooks which meant lots of fun. 

 

I have attached a photo of my boys, Winston and Grant Hubble with some of the stripers they caught. 

By the way, we love your website, thanks for all the great info.


August 29, 2006 - Steve Banbury

My wife and I just returned Sunday, Aug. 27, from a week at Powell.  We typically throw all the camping gear in the boat and try to find a secluded camp spot away from the jet skiers and crazies. We put in at Wahweap (I'll be smart and put in at Antelope Marina next time and save the time and gas) and went directly to Face Canyon.  We had discovered Face a few years ago while smallie fishing.  In May, when we usually visit Powell, Face is the best smallie area on the lake.  We found a wonderful camp spot which happened to be on a point surrounded by a shear drop off to 40 feet.  By the time we got camp set up it was too late to take the boat out so we just threw our lines out from shore.  Forget the boat, we fished from that spot exclusively for the next two days catching stripers, smallies and catfish in rapid fashion and almost continuously.  I'm guessing daily we caught and released 40-50 stripers averaging four pounds and up to eight.

The third day the action finally slowed so we resorted to the boat. A quick run across the lake to Last Chance and we quickly found the striper mother lode.  Thanks to reports on this website we targeted sheer cliffs in the shade and that was the pattern all week.  As the sun approached it's vertical azimuth at noon the available shade shrunk and concentrated hundreds of stripers in a very small area. It was wild.  The second the bait got down to the level the fish were holding (30-40 feet) it was nailed and the fight was on.  These were mostly large stripers in the 24 inch range and probably weighing up to eight pounds. If they hadn't been so skinny they would have weighed half again as much.  We released all these fish and that raises an important point. 

When stripers are brought up from this deep they actually suffer the bends, their air (swim) bladders expand and they cannot descend from the surface after release. These fish will float on their side on the surface and die unless you release the air.  This is a trick I learned while ocean fishing for bottom fish in deep water. You must puncture the air bladder  to release the air.  The actual swim bladder is located in the center of the fishes body and without specific knowledge of it's exact location you would likely kill the fish while poking around trying to locate it. Rather, I've found that if you make the puncture (use the tip of a sharp fillet knife or, better yet, an ice pick) in the gut area you can safely release enough air to allow the fish to swim down unharmed.  The spot to poke looks like a pot belly and is about an inch forward of the anus. I do it from the side so I can be sure the point won't enter too deeply and pierce the intestines. You just want to breach the skin. You'll immediately hear the air releasing but you must actually squeeze the entire abdominal area and force out all the air. This doesn't hurt the fish and the small cut will seal almost immediately.

Even though we're told there are too many stripers in the lake it's no fun to kill fish and this little trick allowed us to keep fishing and catching upwards of 50 fish a day without guilt. We targeted other species too and  caught smallies, cats and walleyes.  Cat fishing was excellent, smallmouth was fair and the walleyes we caught while fishing for smallies.  If you want walleyes it's best to fish at night and we were just too worn out by then from fighting all those stripers. 

Stripers and cats were all caught on medium-light spinning tackle.  I use a 12 pound main line and add a slip sinker above a swivel with about 18 inches of 8 pound leader to the hook. The hook is important!  When fishing with bait the fish will often completely swallow it and removing it without harming the fish is very difficult. I use a small, size 4 or 6, circle hook which will almost always stick in the upper lip.  While it seems way too small to handle such a large fish it's no problem if your drag is properly adjusted. The small hook and 8 pound leader also seems to attract more hook ups.  I hook the rear half of an anchovy in the center under the backbone.  The front half I chop up and throw in for chum.  Lower to the depth the graph shows most of the fish and hang on.  If you don't have a graph just experiment between 30 and 40 feet.

 

Smallies and walleyes were all caught on a spider jig (something like a skirted Yamamoto double tail). I still buy these things in two pieces (skirt and tail) and have been using this bait ever since it was invented about 20 some years ago. I rarely use anything else for smallies, largemouth and walleyes and almost always a dark grey silverflake color. Browns and greens will work too.  I've been fishing Lake Powell for about 30 years now and I honestly can't remember the fishing ever being as good as it is right now.  Not too many outdoor pursuits you can say that about anymore. 

One last suggestion with regard to the camp.  As I mentioned we set up a simple camp and in the past I've usually just set up a canopy or two. I've tried them all from a simple tarp the the new steel frame jobs. Lake Powell is infuriatingly windy at times and  they will all blow away no matter how well you tether them down.  The steel frame models will bend and twist into pretzels.  This trip was no different, the wind at times was brutal, but instead of a canopy I set up a Coleman screen house. This contraption has a tent-like frame which handled the wind with no problem. It was huge, provided plenty of shade and had the added benefit of keeping out all the flying insects.  No tent stakes work in the sand. Where possible tie to the base of a bush, or tie to a large rock and bury it in the sand. No matter how good the fishing is it's no fun to come home and find your camp gone!   


September 4, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

We had a great Holiday weekend with many of the family spending time in Page and of course on Lake Powell.  We did fish but spent more time at the beach, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling and just enjoying the incredibly clear, warm water that makes this lake so great.  I am not sure you can swim anywhere else after being exposed to Lake Powell.

 

Anyway, we went to the mouth of Warm Creek on the same ledge that we have fished all summer long.  We caught 70 fish there on Memorial Day and on Labor Day we caught another 30 in about 1.5 hours.  I cannot even guess how many fish have been caught in this spot over the summer.  If it were 100 fish per day, which is very possible, the count would be over 9000 from ONE spot! 

I think this spot is the terminal end of a major migration route along the cliff wall which terminates in a very big shallow area which holds lots of crayfish. Stripers move up to feed on crayfish and then drop back over the edge to get back to the safety of cold water.  Fish keep following the wall and end up resting in a spot that is easy for anglers to find.  There are many other places like this where fish migrate, day after week after year. It makes striper fishing pretty easy when shad are scarce and fish are hungry.  When shad are abundant stripers react differently requiring different tactics.  For now   stripers are in the main channel waiting for you to feed them something.


September 17, 2006 - Karl Rasmussen

 
I have to telling you thanks for the hints online for what I call the Green Light Special with anchovies.
That light under the houseboat works wonders; from watching the fish swim around your light to catching the stripers.  We caught over 20 fish.  We only lost one.  The gamakutsu octupus hooks work the best.
 

We mainly came to bring my mom and dad to sight see Lake Powell.  It was the first trip for my dad on the Lake.  He loved it and for sure will be back. 

 
 He caught his second striper the next day while we were coming back from the boat dock.  It's one of the biggest fish he has ever caught.  He caught some stripers the night before, but this fish was caught on a circle hook down about 80 to 100 feet.  He had fun reeling him in.  He gave the grandkids a treat with his big smile. 

 

Most of our time Saturday was spent sight seeing.  We made a trip to see rainbow bridge.  We had fun there.  Dad (Grandpa) said that it was awesome, but he sure kept telling us that he wanted to get back to the houseboat and fish.  We actually enjoyed the day.
 
Check out the picture of the fish swarming our boat by the dock at Rainbow Bridge.
 
Thanks for your website, and everyone: "Catch some Fish". 

September 14, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson - Electrofishing trip

I will go into a bit more detail than I mentioned in the fish report for 9-14-06.

 

The patterns for slow days including spooning stripers seen on the graph.  We used Hopkins, wallylures and Howard Oatman BMS spoons with equal success.  Find a couple of arches on the graph at about 40 feet and drop spoons directly on top of the arches.  If a fish is caught or a fish hits a spoon then work the fish into a frenzy by hopping the spoon on the bottom and then speed reeling up and dropping right back to the bottom.  This quick paced technique seemed to keep the moving schools in place for a while and the resting schools awake for a bit longer.

 

Stripers were in the mouth of coves along the right hand shore going upstream from GHB to Scorup.  We hit them morning and afternoon and they were in the same places each time.  The main channel mouth of a cove is a striper holding spot form Wahweap to Hite.

Nob Wimmer is pictured with a largemouth and a crappie caught in the shade of the canyon wall.  We were hold up in the thin shade after being in the sun for 10 hours and still having a few hours to go before sundown when we could start our night time duties of electrofishing sampling.

 

 

 

Note the sharp contrast between shade and sun.  We found a broken rock ledge along the steep wall and slowly worked plastic baits along the bottom. A crappie school was holding under the triangle shaped rock on the left side. Later we got a report that crappie were caught in the trees in the back of Trachyte on the same day.       

 

Fishing was tough this trip but we managed to find enough fish to have a really good time.

 

 


September 9, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

Thursday was an overcast day with a little rain. We went to the mouth of Warm Creek to thin down the striper population.  With family I just take fish off and bait hooks. This day there were some fishing friends that could take their own fish off and sacrifice their thumbs to the abrasive striper teeth.

 

We chummed and then used circle hooks with weightless anchovies.  Over the next 3 hours there were a few casts that came back clean when a fish knocked off the bait.  More often the hooked fish would come to the top, spit up an anchovy which was immediately eaten be the trailing striper.  When we got tired of catching fish there were 117 in the large size cooler.

 

Scott and Matt stuff more stripers in the cooler.

Then we drifted over the shallow flat at the mouth of Warm Creek and dropped some smoke sparkle twin tail grubs for bass.  We caught a range of sizes from 6 inches to 2.5 pounds.  Bass fishing was slower than expected probably due to the storm front but it was a nice change of pace.   

 

To do the downlake trip I had to forego a San Juan sampling trip with my crew.  They went to the San Juan without me and duplicated the report by Thomas J below.  Fishing was awesome with scattered boiling stripers, smallmouth, and largemouth.  They caught crappie while fishing grubs for bass.   The San Juan trip is definitely worth the trip and would be worth the gas money.  


September 2, 2006 - Bob Mondofish


 
Sorry about the delay in reporting our latest excursion to the "Big Pond". Arrived Sunday afternoon and headed straight for the dam. Fished the right side (facing the dam) and had decent results for three hours 18 stripers.


 

 

Saturday began at the same spot with limited success (the wind pinched us in against the wall) so we moved across to the left side of the barricades (facing the dam) and proceeded to slam em. Over 100 stripers for the day.
 Sunday we went back to the left side and had a great day. It reminded me of last spring...numerous rushes where six or eight rods went off at once...all of us dancing around the boat...two rods in hand..the BEST kind of CHAOS...where you look at each other when its over and say..."Wow...what just happened?" We boated 126 stripers for the day. We used 1/8 ounce jigs (bare) tipped with anchovie for the majority of the trip but I boated a few Sunday jigging a Wallylure. Once again Lake Powell produces great fishing...but even greater memories for my family and I. Powell for Life!!!!!!! Bob

 


September 17, 2006 - Greg Smith - Alexandria, Virginia

 
Thought I would pass this photo on.
 
We slayed them at the mouth of Warm Creek Bay in the main channel.  We probably caught about 85 stripers over three days.  At one point four different fisherman had fish on their poles at the same time.  We used anchovies with no weight about 40 feet deep next to a deep channel wall.
 
Great trip!

September 23, 2006 - Wayne and Darrell Gustaveson

We returned to Padre Bay after a windy day kept us from returning longer than we wished. Darrell went to Padre Canyon where a boil had been reported earlier in the week.  I went to Kane Wash to relocate the surface stripers we found before the wind started. I was sure that the early start would put us right where we needed to be.  But, no such luck. The cold wind had forced the stripers back to deeper water and there were no fish on the 15 foot flats and grass beds.  We hurried to Padre Canyon and found Darrell and friends putting the 50th fish in the live well.

They caught fish on every cast with white stratus and silver hopkins spoons  as long as the morning sun was still shaded behind the canyon wall. They had found the fish laying on the bottom at 70 feet.  The resting fish were eager to eat spoons and came up toward the surface as the spoons from 4 anglers worked effectively overhead. I arrived at the same time as the sun and only got about 10 before the stripers quit for the morning.  Was Darrell proud?  You guessed it! He beat me soundly. They finished with 60 and my boat got 10. He has been learning a thing or two on his frequent trips from Oregon. When fishing it is all about location and timing.  He was in the right spot and I was not.

We then used bait along the canyon wall and caught quite a few stripers but there is a marked difference between fish that hit bait and those that react to spoons. Fish that are caught on reaction baits are much healthier and provide better fillets.   Those that are only strong enough to catch and eat anchovy bait are very thin.     


 

September 21, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

My nephew Darrell, Jim and Casey Cassad, Steve Bauer came from Oregon to celebrate Casey's return from Iraq, where he was a Navy Pilot.  We tried the Warm Creek wall with bait and found no action.  We went uplake to Padre and found stripers in the shallows.  We experimented with spoons, suspending cranks, and finally topwater. Since, topwater is the ultimate rush, we choose that.  Stripers were not boiling but would come up from 15 feet out of the grass to hit jumpin' minnows. 
Jim and Casey Cassad  ran the shoreline casting surface lures to the flat and caught fish as fast as they could unhook them and toss them on the beach.  After a pause in the action, they  returned to pick up the prize.  We harvested 50 on the first pass along the shoreline.  More came later on spoons, bait and trolling but the early morning run along the beach was certainly the highlight of this trip. 
When stripers come shallow other species get wound up as well. This nice 3-pound smallmouth was taken in 5 feet of water over weeds with a suspending Lucky Craft Bevy Shad.  Stripers and bass often feed together in brushy shallows.

When fishing in September - Think topwater!


September 26, 2006 - Jim and Josh Morrill, Paul and John Padrnos, Rick Flora, David Harril, Ken and Mike Lain, Mike Pomeroy, Ross and Charles Green - Prescott, Arizona

The men from "The Heights Church" in Prescott went to Rock Creek after a wind storm Friday morning Sept 22.  Found them thick and willing to bite on spoons from 30-70 ft from first light until 11am. In the afternoons we were back fishing at 4:00PM  and usually picked up multiple hookups immediately that continued until dark. The guys on the boat with 8 lb. test line caught at least double or triple the fish of guys with heavier line, even if it was fluorocarbon. Several of our fishing sessions had 6-8 guys jigging off my boat which causes a major chain reaction of hungry willing active stripers immediately below the boat. The action became nonstop and continued that way throughout the entire fishing session with a nearly completely full screen of fish on the finder screen.... Our record was six of eight guys hooked up at the same time. Our other boat had just two or three guys on it and never had the fast paced nonstop hookups. Don't exceed the boat capacity, but in striper spooning/jigging, the more the merrier.  We always fish the new moon to be efficient at thinning out stripers.  We used 1.5 OZ Cabelas Real Image Jig-N-Spoons @ $1.99 each.  Bring alot of them, our group went through about 60-70 of them or more. Only one short boil on the trip that produced a dozen or so.
 
The school in Rock Creek is huge and still will support many happy fishing outings. We were able to thin the school out by 550 stripers over three days. More importantly many deep friendships were strengthened and made! LOAD UP THE BOAT WITH FRIENDS AND GO GET THEM!
 
Most of those fish were in the 3-4 lb. range with 60-70% of them skinny. There were all sizes caught up to 5lbs or so though. Main Rock Creek near the end where it splits in 120 ft of water to 60 ft for most of them. Caught some large ones all the way in to 20' of water. Best bite was usually in 100'.

 

No one was home in the Rock Creek Mouth area or in the Last Chance Mouth area. Camped in Friendship and saw no boils there either. No walleye, no Largemouth.

September 28, 2006 - Ed Gerdemann

One of the jokes at a couple of the early SHAD Rallies was my Dad, Paul Gerdemann, always brought the bad weather with him - for which he received much unmerciful abuse from fellow Wordlings. When Dad decided he wanted to come to Powell at a time when the weather would be at its absolute best, I suggested mid-September - not to warm, not too cold, normally calm winds and usually dry. Taking my advice he and Mom decided to visit Judy and I September 15-24, but unfortunately he brought his jinx with him as we faced some unseasonably cool and windy weather. They way it worked out Dad and I only got one day on the lake, Tuesday the 19th, but it turned out to be well worth the trip - in more ways than just the fish we caught.
 
Like me, Dad is a smallmouth fanatic. He'd rather catch a brown bass than any other species. Because of this we decided to concentrate on smallies on Tuesday and pusue stripers later in the week. Mike Stickler (Stix Market) told us about some reefs around the mouth of Gunsight that had been particularly productive lately, so I decided to make that our first stop. As it turned out we spent the entire morning in that area as smallmouth were all over those rocks. In less than four hours we had taken over 40 bronzebacks as well as one green bass my Dad managed to coax out from the back of a rock. Most of the fish were right on the reef edges 20-27 feet deep, however we did take several less than 12 feet deep. The key to finding the shallower fish was finding overhanging ledges which provided shade. We found that if we pitched a bait into those shady areas underneath those ledges we were often rewarded with a nice smallmouth. Our best producing bait was a Yamamoto Series 9B 3-inch Slim Senko in classic watermelon and black (194J) wacky rigged on a drop shot setup. We also took a few fish on 40 Series single tail grubs, but the drop shot Senkos were by far the best choice. Unlike previous trips where nearly every fish hit on the initial drop, we found that it paid to keep the bait down for a bit after it hit the bottom if we didn't get bit on the way down. We also found that making pitches away from the boat towards the overhanging ledges or parallel with the reef edges was more effective than dropping down directly below the boat.
 
Another thing we noticed were a large numbers of smallmouth chasing a hooked fish. When we lost a fish we'd simply let our lines go slack and more times than not we'd be hooked up again. While many of those might have been the original hooked bass, I'm convinced at least some of them were the chasers. At any rate, it was a good practice to let the line go slack after losing a fish.
 
Our best fish were a bit over two pounds, and we had quite a few 3/4 to 1 1/4-pound "eaters" which provided the family with a couple excellent meals. We saw a couple fish chasing our hooked smallies that we felt would have gone three pounds or better, but, alas, neither of us were able to hook one.
 
After lunch we motored into the back of Padre Canyon, stopping along the points looking for striper schools. We were also going to fish the "slop" pattern for bass hanging out near the weedy flats. We didn't find anything that I could readily identify as a striper school and only picked up a couple more smallmouth the rest of the day. Our plan for the rest of the week was to visit Bryce Canyon on Wednesday, which we did, and then fish for stripers on Thursday and maybe Friday. As it turned out the weather was cool and windy on both Thursday and Friday mornings. Although I probably would have gone out if it had been just me and/or one of my regular partners, Dad doesn't particularly enjoy fishing in marginal weather anymore. That's something he's done plenty of in over 70 years of angling, and he's really not interested in doing it these days. I completely understand 
 
Still, last Tuesday was a very special day for me. Dad's now 80 and obviously most of his fishing days are behind him. I hope we can share a boat together again, but if we don't it was great to experience one more day on the water with Dad pursing our favorite quarry - the smallmouth bass. So maybe the weather wasn't Dad's jinx. Maybe the good Lord only intended for us to chase smallies. At any rate, I was grateful for the opportunity.

September 30, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

I cant go to Lehi Arch in Anasazi without dropping a spoon and catching a striper in this beautiful spot. There are so many scenic spots on this grand lake.  Its  a wonderful bonus when most of them also provide abundant fish to catch. 
I managed to catch a 3-pound striper on the first drop and then on the second drop I hooked this little one upside down. 

After that I put the rod away and just enjoyed the scenery.

We camped in Oak Canyon and found the fish to be off the bite or somewhere else.  I got three bites in an hour of fishing my, jumpin minnow, topwater plug.  But this bite was memorable when 2 bass found my lure at the same moment.   
Yes largemouth and smallmouth will feed together.  These two fish fought each other and did not put extra stress on my rod as they could have if working together to free themselves.  I am glad my wife  had the camera handy to record this event. I will remember this one for a very long time.

October 2, 2006 - Russ Bassdozer

Well, I have some good news to share. I got a 4 and a 5 pound largemouth on Friday fishing from medium to dark muddy green "pea soup" way back in a flood plain. Both caught on a flipping jig and pork. In the dark water, I use black and blue jig with black pork. In the medium green water, I use a peanut butter jelly (brown purple variant) with brown pork. I always use the biggest pork they make, on a 1/2 oz flipping jig that I make. Saturday, I got a 6 pound largemouth on the PBJ jig and pork, plus another 6 pounder chased up to the side of the boat with the one I caught. These fish look huge in the water! Makes your heart stop when you first see the size of them! As you know, these are good fish for Lake Powell! They were prime specimens - very healthy and well-proportioned.

It was really grueling work to flip for hours, and almost no bites, but it paid off! I could have easily caught nothing. I doubt I can go back there again and do that every time. Not even once in a while. These are more like solitary fish, and rare to come across them. I just got lucky. However, I have hit a handful of 4 plus largemouth (including a 7 pounder in July) back in that basin this year. More than any other year. So either I am getting better, luckier, or the big largemouth just decided to favor that basin this year. I know what you want to ask, but I won't name the basin. I do not have any photos either, just my word. I usually get those big ones by myself because there's no one else I know with who wants to put in the long boring hours to do that. It's like they say about musky fishing - one fish every ten thousand casts. Anyway, I like it. I really don't need to catch any more two pounders. If I can get just one more 6 or 7 (plus a few 4 and 5's) in October, I'd prefer that instead of many hundreds of 2 pounders.

And although the jig and pig works shallow on the largemouth,  Saturday's 6 pounder (and the 6 that chased it) came out of a creek channel in 20 feet of water. I have hit a lot of big smallies over the years here off deep points, say 20 to 30 feet deep on the flipping jig and pig. So it is not just for shallow water.

TROLLING DEEP CRANKBAITS

Otherwise, when I can't stand the long hours of flipping any longer, then trolling deep-diving crankbaits at 700 rpms in the lighter stained-to-clear water is very productive on smaller bass (smallmouth), walleye and stripers. The trolled fish are just hanging out there in the middle of nowhere. No way you can catch them casting. But trolling, I try to stay in 20-30 feet of water, and just kind of zig and zag between those two depth ranges - and there are many fish out there of all kinds. What they are doing out there, I have no idea. The bottom looks featureless and there are no bait schools that show up on the graph. But, trolling that depth range has been much more productive than casting for me on Lake Powell lately. It doesn't much matter what color crankbait either, as long as it's one that digs bottom when it gets shallower than 20 feet. Usually, the package says it dives 8 to 12 feet, but when you troll at 700-800 rpm's, those crankbaits will dig bottom at almost 20 feet. There have been some days I felt one color was preferred. But other days, I have intentionally used 6 very different color crankbaits - and the fish hit all 6 colors equally well. So I am of the opinion the color does not matter lately.  The smallmouth and walleye are just out there, and they're going to hit whatever you troll past them. There are cormorants filtering into the area lately, and I troll around them to maximize striper action, even when the cormorants are over 100 feet of water, I can troll stripers around the newly-arriving cormorants just coming into these areas. The cormorants are on bait and gamefish both shallow (in a few feet of water), and as I say, they can be quite deep. I tend to see shad most every trip shallow (by eyesight) and deep) on the fish finder). So there are shad present most everywhere I have been on the lake lately. There is no lack of shad, although not in the numbers of say two years ago.

 

 

CASTING BIG SPINNERBAITS

When I stop the boat to cast, I am catching a ton of fish on a 3/4 oz spinnerbait I make in a gold shiner pattern - but that's usually when I am out with a friend. Most of my friends don't like to troll, and don't like to flip jig and pigs for hours in muddy water for one big bite. But when we go out casting, I can't seem to keep them off that spinnerbait. By far, it has been the best bass casting lure for me on Lake Powell in 2006. I caught a number of big bass on it, including my biggest this year, a seven pounder in July, on that same spinnerbait configuration. Casting is usually shoreline-oriented, and the largemouth are really looking good this year. The largemouth are entrenched all over the shallows, anywhere there is organic material (aquatic plants, tumbleweed drifts, brush, trees). Anyway, the heavy spinnerbait is the best casting lure for the shoreline areas for me. At times when I try another lure, and the catching seems slow, I can go back to that spinnerbait, and the catching action picks up almost every time. That's been consistently the case so far this season.

Oh yes, I did above average with a lipless rattlebait on days when I have tried that lately too! I tend to use this over shallow, irregular depth shoals (where both shallow and deep water intermix in between shelfs and humps) or lift-and-drop it (like a yoyo) off bluff walls and ledges in 20-30 feet of water.

One day last weekend, I caught large numbers of bass on a Yamamoto 3-1/2-inch swimbait (watermelon red laminate) on a 3/8 oz jig head too.

But primarily for me it's been the heavy spinnerbait for casting, the deep crankbait for trolling and best of all, the big jig and pig for grinding out the solitary green giant ones!


October 2, 2006 - Mark Gluba

Fished Wahweap for the better part of three days after trying numerous spots in Padre Canyon, Gunsight, and Rock Creek...

There was no reason to leave Wahweap!!! We killed 'em, all trolling, mostly deep divers, or casting when we would get on a school.

The fish were in the vicinity of Lone Rock Island, but we found schools anywhere from the middle of the bay, to the mouths of small canyons, to about 40 yards off the Lone Rock campground area.

Averaged about 30-50 fish for every session, morning and evening. Four anglers fishing. Fish were nice length and fiesty, but very skinny. Caught a couple that should have been 8-9 pounders... weighed one of them and it only tipped the scale at 3.10.

Anyways, Great fishing and great weather. Most successful lures were 30' Taildancers, Deep Little N came in a respectable second, with any other crankbait that can get down a little coming in a decent third.


October 2, 2006 - Tubbyama

Took the gals down to Stanton, tried the Mouth of Lake Canyon Sat morning, pulled a couple Snakes out of there. Tried a little Halls Creek for Lg/Smallmouth but came up pretty short. Later tried the dome rock at Bullfrog bay, came up pretty short there also. Sunday morning the yearling school had the shad balled up at the mouth of Bullfrog just a little south of Stanton in 50ft.

The shad were on top and the yearlings would take forays into the bait ball. Topwater was ok but spoons were good for instant hookups. Bait was not working well for my daughter. Caught unlimited numbers Sun morning just 500 yds from camp. The yearlings were much smaller then the schoolies up north and the bass fishing was pretty dismal compared to north lake 2 weeks ago. IMO. Good luck to all.


October 3, 2006 - Brooke Wiley

Saturday Sept. 30
  Today we got up early and spent a few minutes at the mouth of Warm Creek. We didn't catch anything there. Then we drove up to Padre and tried fishing the shoal but again didn't catch anything. Next we tried fishing the back of Padre. There in about two hours we caught close to 20 striper and one catfish using chovies a few feet off of the bottom in 50-70 ft . Most of them were skinny. They weren't schooling and when they hit the bait it felt like trout in a lake. Nothing was hitting hard or fighting very hard. 
We found a wonderful camp site.

Sunday Oct. 1

Striper fishing stayed about the same in Padre Sunday morning. We went back out to the shoals. There we caught and released some wonderful smallies and took a few of the larger ones home for dinner. The weather was perfect. I love Fall fishing.


October 4, 2006 - John Lassandro

Fishing Trip 24th Sept – 30th Sept

 

Sunday 24th September

My first mate and I headed out to Padre Bay to try topwater fishing in the places Wayne mentioned in his fish report. We stopped in Padre Canyon first and tried the recommended spots (shallow bushy/weedy areas), picked up 1 striper on topwater with a few smallies mixed in (Suzie got 2 really nice largemouth’s). Then we moved on to the shoreline between the restroom and Dominguez Butte, we had no real luck with topwater (I picked up a couple of nice smallies) so we tried drop shots and we were hammering them, when that died down we tried behind the restroom, where it has always been good, and nothing! So we decided to head back as it was getting late. This was OK with us because we wanted to focus a few days of the trip on smallie fishing instead of stripers everyday. Smallies are what brought us to the lake 4 years ago and we have always had fun fishing for them. We could not resist a stop at the Warm Creek point, and when we arrived there 2 other boats there and we dropped chovies and picked up a couple stripers for our troubles. Finished the day with 3 stripers, 2 largemouth and 25 smallies.

Monday 25th September

We went to Gunsight first thing, again searching the shallow bushy/weedy areas for a topwater bite. I managed to pick up a few nice size smallmouths and Suzie picked up a nice largemouth again, but no stripers. So I decided to graph for them and did manage to find one resting school, so we dropped spoons and chovies on them and picked up about 8-10 fish. It slowed down so we decided to head back with a stop at the Warm Creek point again, and when we arrived there were no other boats there. So we dropped chovies over and started a feeding frenzy that lasted an hour and a half. Finished the day with 47 stripers, 1 largemouth and 20 smallies.

Tuesday 26th September

We pretty much took the day off from fishing to break things up with golf instead (Page National is quite a nice and challenging course) but we did get the itch to do some smallie fishing in the evening and went out in Wahweap for an hour and a half and bagged 15 smallies.

Wednesday 27th September

With a fairly restful day behind us we decided to venture further upstream, and headed for Last Chance. Fished a lot of the channel points with chovies and scraped up about 20 stripers for our efforts. Since it was now starting to get warmer during the day we pulled up stakes and headed home.

Thursday 28th September

After a tip from one of my LP buddies we headed to Rock Creek this day and were rewarded with finding a very large school which we stole about 113 fish out of excluding one walleye. Great day, anchovies and spoons (walleye lures) did the trick. Needless to say we were pretty tired by 2pm and headed back to spend the required 2 ½ hours cleaning them.

Friday 29th September

With the grueling previous days activities we decided to take it easy and get in another round of golf. But we could not leave it at that and got on the lake to try a couple of hours fishing somewhere we could stay out of the sun so we opted for Navajo canyon. Suzie smallie fished the points while I chovy fished them. I managed to get 3 stripers and 2 smallies (can you believe that! Smallies on chovies) and she caught a bunch of smallies (I think about 20).

Saturday 30th September

Again with a day of rest behind us we headed for Rock Creek again. We were not disappointed!! The school had split up and was not as easy to get going but the catching was pretty steady on chovies (very little spoon action this day) and we managed to boat 70 by 1:30. Knowing that somebody (Me) had to fillet these beasts I called it quits and headed for a spot on the way out that always produces smallies and coaxed another 25 smallies into the boat.

All in all we finished the trip with 253 stripers, 107 smallies, 3 largemouth and one very tasty walleye.

Thank all who contribute to the board (and the anonymous tipster – you know who you are) and especially Wayne for his efforts and continued patience with all of us.


October 9, 2006 - Chuck Fulton

The 8 guys got together Sunday afternoon and headed "up the creek" in a houseboat.  I wanted to do the San Juan but we had folks that needed to head home by Friday noon---hence, lower lake it is.  Fished Sunday night in the back of Padre.  Folks there were catching a few, mostly skinny, and the gravel bars were littered with dead fish.  Guess some folks are still releasing fish and/or don't know where to knife them to get the air sack. 

Monday morning about 8 am the back right hand bay of Gunsite erupted and sacrificed 65 stripers to surface lures.  All fish except 10 were in good condition....what a blast.  Went back the next 2 mornings and nothing.  A houseboat in the back said there'd been a boil at least 10 of the last 13 days.  When we left  there were still shad, I'd say moderate numbers,  but I could never find where the fish went to rest and guard the shad. 

We moved to Friendship and fished main Rock Creek the rest of the trip.  We caught nice numbers of fish trolling and jigging---most of these fish were in reasonable shape.  The last evening we resorted to 'chovies (yuk) and all fish we caught were recyclers.  There were other fishermen there who were catch and release only and, boy, did I ever get a weird look when suggesting they keep or kill.  In all a great trip and some beautiful waterfalls...still miss the SJ. 


October 9, 2006 - Rod Lathrop - Springfield, OR

Rod Lathrop here from Springfield, Oregon. I first visited Lake Powell in 1983. It took me 23 years to get back! Wife Amy and I with our good friends Linda and Jerry Penick left Wahweap on a houseboat Sunday October 1, returning Sunday October 8. We had a ball!

Sunday evening we tied up in Padre Bay. That night we turned on the green light at the back of the house boat - and the plankton came right in! We caught stripers and catfish off the back of the houseboat that first evening, in modest numbers.

Monday we drove on into Rock Creek Bay, and the fishing was great! Except for when the thunderstorms chased us off the water, that is.

Bass

We averaged between 40 - 60 lmb and smb each day, fishing mornings and evenings. Middle of the day we water skied or played pinochle. The pattern, which you tipped us to on your great web site, was anywhere there was grass in the water, preferably intermingled with large boulders and structure, with deep water nearby. Rock Creek Bay and the surrounding area had plenty of great spots. Our largest bass went about three pounds. One day we went back into the San Juan - Yes, it is certainly worth the extra effort to get there. We caught lots of beautiful bass almost everywhere in Neskahi Bay

Our best top water lure was the XCalibur XJ4 Jimmy hard bait, a stick bait, in chartreuse shad. I replaced the back treble with a Gamakatsu feathered treble, and caught a bunch of fish early and late.

 

Our best diving bait, and best overall lure, was the Yo-zuri Rattl’n Vibe in pearl shad. This bait caught a lot of fish, and many bigger fish.

Any time of day we were effective drop-shotting a 6" Magic Worm in Green Magic. This worm is a hand pour with a stripe of brown on top, blue in the middle, and green on the bottom. When the fish wouldn’t hit top water or plugs, they would always hit the drop-shot worm.

Stripers

I tried most of the striper techniques you write about, and caught fish on all of them! We trolled whole anchovies and caught stripers, we jigged slab spoons and caught stripers, plus we caught the incidental striper while bass fishing. But, by far, the most effective striper fishing we did was in the back of Rock Creek Bay with chovy chunks on a #2 Gamakatsu circle octopus hook with a single, very small split shot.

In one evening and one morning I think we must have caught about 200! We had more doubles, triples and quads than we had singles. My depth finder was black with stripers. We kept what we could, and released the rest. Amy & Linda liked this part the best!

I had a ball with the ultra light with 1/8th ounce jigs. We caught bass, bluegill and crappie on chartreuse and white jigs, any time of day.

I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful web site you maintain. It has provided me with hours of avid reading, and certainly helped me have a spectacular fishing trip. All I needed was another week on the water, and a bigger ice chest to take home more stripers!


October 14, 2006 - Ed's Dad

Here's a photo of my Dad with a nice smallmouth from our September trip.

October 10, 2006 - Ed Gerdemann

Dale Marenda celebrated his 79th birthday in a big way this past Saturday. It wasn't with a big party or with fancy presents, but it was a very special event - a beautiful sunny October day on Lake Powell. Dale was once again my fishing partner for the past weekend, and, as always, I enjoyed his company. However, when we arrived in Page on Thursday it appeared questionable if we'd be celebrating anything. It was windy and raining with the forecast for a big Pacific storm moving through the area.
 
Friday started about as badly as a day could start with heavy rains that knocked out the power at my Greenehaven mobile home for over seven hours. Although our alarm clocks didn't sound because of the power outage, we were awakened with huge thunderclaps and the sound of heavy rain on the roof. Although the power was back by before mid-morning, the weather conditions did not improve. I decided to take a nap while Dale caught up on some reading - hardly a way to spend a trip to Lake Powell, especially a birthday trip. Around 11:00 a.m. Dale woke me and to say it looked like the storm was moving on through. I went outside and saw enough blue sky to agree and soon we were headed for the Stateline launch ramp. 
Our plan, due to the unsettled conditions, was to make a quick run to Lone Rock to look for the striper school that guide Ray Young had been working so successfully in recent weeks. With the help of a nice couple from Nevada and lots of chum, we finally got those fish excited and were able to boat 12 before another threatening bank of clouds began approaching. The fish were located almost against Lone Rock on the northwest side. We fished anchovies at 25-30 feet over 37-42 feet for all our fish. 
 
We quickly ran back to Stateline where we loaded and headed over to the fish cleaning station. We were just  finishing up at the cleaning station when rain and hail began pelting us. Although the day had been a bit of a disappointment, we felt we had done pretty well for just about three hours on the water. Most heartening of all, however, was the forecast for a sunny day Saturday, Dale's birthday.
Our plan Saturday was to launch at Antelope Point and to run to Gunsight early for some smallmouth fishing. We then planned to finish our day in Antelope Canyon trying to find the striper school that Mike at Stix Market and Ray Young suggested we try. When we arrived at Antelope Point we saw the lake had risen so much that the walkways out to the courtesy docks were a foot-and-a-half underwater. I told Dale that I'd beach the boat after he parked my vehicle so he could get in without getting wet, however he said he'd think of something else. As Dale was walking back down the ramp two other men were readying to launch a large cuddy cruiser. Dale hitched a ride on the cuddy to the courtesy dock where I picked him up - no wet feet or muddy shoes.
 
We had excellent smallmouth success along the east side of lower Gunsight from right in front of the butte all the way around the mouth of the bay. We found smallmouth holding not only along the sides of the points and reefs in 20-24 feet of water, but right on top of them as well in as little as 10 feet.  Drop shot three-inch slim Senkos in color 194J (classic watermelon with black) were the ticket once again for these Lake Powell bronzebacks. We had much more success with longer, more horizontal presentations than directly under the boat. About 60% of our hits came on the initial drop, however we found it worthwhile to keep the bait in the water and drag it around for a bit. Our biggest smallies were in the two-pound class, but Dale and I both hooked into larger ones which broke our 6-pound-test fluorocarbon leaders. We quit bass fishing around 1:20 p.m. having taken 45 feisty bronzebacks as well as a bonus of three greenies (largemouths).
As mentioned earlier, we decided to finish our day looking for stripers in Antelope Canyon. Following Ray Young's advice we looked for where the main channel in the canyon was around 60 feet deep. He said the stripers were hanging on to ledges along the walls at 35 feet. We motored quite a ways back  and saw two boats along a wall with several anglers holding on to bending rods.  This was all we needed to know. We joined the fun and were soon catching stripers of our own. As Ray said, they were hanging along the wall at around 35 feet, however they could be chummed up to the 20-foot level. Over the next hour and a half Dale and I took 26 silver beasts.
 
The highlight of the evening was a triple hookup. Dale, fishing two rods, had a vicious hit on his lighter spinning rod. About the same time a striper found my anchovy and soon I was doing battle with my own fish. Before either one of us could land our fish, Dale got a strike on his  baitcasting outfit. As he tried to battle both fish, the reel fell off of his baitcaster, but fortunately it landed on the boat deck. Needless to say this was quite a scene. I managed to land my striper, and then took Dale's spinning rod. While Dale struggled to remount the reel on his baitcaster, I managed to get the net under a 4 3/4-pound channel cat that Dale had been battling on his spinning rod. Finally Dale, after successfully remounting his reel, managed to land third fish - another nice striper. This must have been quite entertaining to the anglers in the boat in front of us.
 
Just as we were getting ready to leave a tour boat came by. The captain asked us if we'd had any luck, and Dale opened the fish cooler to a cheering crowd. All the while I was thinking it was too bad they didn't come by during the triple hookup fiasco.
 
I was very honored to help Dale celebrate the big 79. Later that night while dining on the fruits of our efforts and on our way back Sunday we talked about what an incredible day of fishing. Lake Powell is a great place to spend a birthday, or any other day for that matter! 

October 17,  2006 - John Powers

My wife and I fished the north wall at the entrance to Warm Creek Bay this Monday for about 3 hours. We managed 32 stripers and one catfish on anchovies with the majority in pretty fair condition. 2/0 red Gamakatsu circle hooks were used. It seems that the better fish are caught by allowing the bait to drop to depths of over 60 ft. The fish closer to the surface are extremely thin. This area, that has been described in detail in other reports, is currently holding a very large school

Spooning with Wallylures and speed reeling was also tried without success.


October 20, 2006 - Bob Hahn 

Just wanted to send a few pictures of our first trip to Lake Powell from our home above Powell Lake in British Columbia.  Our Powell Lake is strictly a trout fishery so we enjoyed catching a variety of species in your area.
 
 
 We would have probably had better luck if we hadn't incurred the wrath of the Giant of Rock Creek Canyon.  I wanted to warn other anglers not to cross the giant.
 
   
 

 

Our best fishing came in Oak Creek Bay where the scenery was spectacular.
 

 

Son, Steve, unhooks his first nice striper while grandson, Zach, looks on jealously.  
 

 

Even the most fanatic fisherman (and I qualify) must try to record some of the beauty of this fantastic fishing hole.
 

 


October 22, 2006 - Karl Rasmussen

 
Check out the fun these children had catching fish until 12 am Friday night.  We caught only a couple stripers on Saturday as fishing slowed. 


 

 

The best method now is the green light special with the green light suspended under the surface 15 feet and the showering of chum to lure in the fish. 
 

 

There were times when 3 fish were on at once with the poles we had out.  We are going to start doing this annually.  We caught 47 fish.  Great fun it was.
 
We thank you for website.
 

 


October 22, 2006 - Top Cat

Fri- sun Oct 22.

Arrived late evening, fished off the houseboat, managed 27 nice and 5 we committed CPR on. Stopped fishing very late or early depending on your clock setting.

Sat headed out in the AM, not too early, air was pretty chilly, fished near houseboats, targeting Smallies this time. Nothing, crossed the bay and tried the shallows and reefs, nada, went to Lone Rock area, saw one boat pick up a few, fished the area with Chovies, nada. Talked with another boat, they had nada.

Day was not looking good for catching.

Headed to Lone rock Canyon,

CAUTION!!!! There is a HUGE spread of debris across the Back of Wahweap bay! From Lone Rock clear across the bay! Some of the stuff is pretty large!! Waynes Note: Some of the stuff used to reside at our hatchery,  before it was carried downstream!

Lone rock bay, sighted many fish, no takers, watched a boat with three guys sweep a long section of the bank, nada!

Decided to chase some cats on the sand at Lone Rock Beach, too many folks hanging around, so we hit the little cove to the East end of LRB. Half way in, Randy finally nails a nice smallie. Things we thought would change, They did not!

Loaded up another cove for somebody else with fish cat food, headed back to the HB for some kick back time.

Did not fish Sat night.

Sunday with fresh catch report from a friend, we headed out with a renewed vigor to attack the smallies. We failed again!

Weather was chilly at night and morning runs as well. But bright sunshine prevailed so it was easy to warm up after a short run. It was a put it on, take it off sorta day for clothing.

Sounds like one shouda gone WAY north!


October 22, 2006 - David Melling

I was just told about the Big Striper Contest and may be too late, but decided to send anyway.  My son caught this fish on Friday, June 2nd 2006 outside of Antelope Marina against the cliffs on an anchovy down around thirty feet.  There were three of us total in the boat and we were just bait fishing and chumming.
 We caught plenty of fish in two days...somewhere around fifty the first day and around twenty five the second between three of us.  This striper weighed 16 pds and was thirty-six inches long.  It took about twenty minutes to land and was caught by my son Tyler Melling, age 14.

  Bruce Ivie, David Melling and Tyler all had our birthdays the same week so we decided to celebrate by going on a little fishing trip.  The fish was so big that when we landed it, it literally bent the net!  Most of the fish we caught were in the two to four pound range with some pushing around five to six pounds.  This fish truly made the trip and a nice birthday present for my son!


October 24, 2006 - Ed Gerdemann and Jim Buxton

Without a doubt late October is my favorite time on Lake Powell. I love feeling the nip of the morning air, and the lower sun angle casts shadows that really bring out the beauty of the cliffs and buttes. I also enjoy the reduced boat traffic and smoother boating conditions. But most of all, I really enjoy late October fishing. Although a Pacific storm can shut down the fishing for a few days, when conditions are right late October produces the finest fishing of year.
 
This past weekend was no exception as my guest Jim Buxton and I had some truly outstanding fishing. This trip was sort of a present for Jim as he retired from State Farm at the end of August. Jim and I have worked together for most of the past 24 years and have shared in some incredible fishing experiences during that time as well.  Although our best single fishing day occurred about two years ago when, in the back of Padre Canyon,  we had the finest combined striper and smallmouth fishing I'd ever experienced on Lake Powell; this past Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, may have been our two best combined fishing days together in all those years.
 
Friday morning we launched at 7:00 a.m. at  Antelope Point and motored up to Gunsight  smallmouth bass our primary target. As I've done more than once this year, I nailed a dandy smallie on my very first cast - always a good omen. The pattern Wayne explained in his last report was still holding true Friday as we didn't find smallmouth everywhere. We'd catch two or three off of one point or reef, and then we'd fish two or three other spots with nary a hit before finding another hotspot that produced another couple fish.  Once again three-inch slim Senkos fished on dropshot rigs proved to be the best setup. Classic Watermelon with Black (194J on Yamamoto's color chart) was once again the top color.  We found our fish ranging anywhere from 12 to 25 feet deep with most coming from 18-22 feet. We caught them both on the tops of the rocky structure as well as the edges.  In about five hours we managed to land 35 fish with a number of them in the two-pound class and a couple even a bit bigger. We caught some  "dinks" but nearly so many as I caught on my last trip.
 
After working over those smallies, we decided to see if we could catch some of the stripers that everyone else had been catching along the wall at the mouth of Warm Creek. I had been confused as to exactly where this spot was. Everyone I asked told me to look for the concrete abutment on the wall. I was finally able to see what they meant - a concrete block hanging from a chain on the north channel wall just above the mouth of Warm Creek. Anglers in two other boats were enjoying some action there as well. We dropped some chum and soon were into stripers. We found that our best sustained success was dependent on regular chumming - three or four pieces after each fish caught. We also found we had greater success if we'd first drop our baits down to 25 feet and then every couple minutes or so drop them another five feet until we got down to 40 feet. Nearly all of our hits came in that 25 to 40-foot zone. Although we had a couple pretty heavy hits, most of the strikes were relatively light. In a little over an hour we added 15 stripers to go along with the 18-plus smallmouth we had saved from the morning's catch. Unfortunately six of the stripers were too skinny to fillet.
 
Although we enjoyed catching those stripers, we decided the smallmouth fishing was a lot more fun, and that's what we'd concentrate on Saturday. We had an extra pack of anchovies, however, and I decided to take them along Saturday just in case. Am I ever glad I did.
After such a beautiful and productive day on Friday, we awoke Saturday morning to a cold north wind. We decided to have an extra cup of coffee at my trailer while we decided what we should do. After waiting an extra half hour, we decided the wind was beginning to lay so we drove over to Antelope Point. When we got there the wind was blowing stronger than ever. As we readied the boat, John Powers and his wife drove up. John told us the forecast was for light and variable winds. Since the wind wasn't that bad and figuring it would eventually lay, we headed out again. Our starting point Saturday was the passage between Padre and Dominguez Butte. I had enjoyed some excellent smallmouth action around the reefs in this area earlier this season and had no reason to believe it would not be productive Saturday. I was in for a rude awakening, however.  In over an hour of fishing we managed just a few "dinks" and one 11-inch "eater." It seemed like either the bigger smallmouth had left that area or simply weren't hitting.
 
The north wind did lay down for a bit, however we were soon faced with a much stronger east wind which was beginning to produce some whitecaps. Since holding the boat was difficult under these conditions, I motored to a more protected area in Gunsight where we'd had some success the day before. Although we didn't have any  problem catching smallies, none of them were of any size. Jim lost one really nice fish right at the boat, but that was about it as far as decent sized smallmouth were concerned.
At this point, remembering we had a pack of anchovies, I decided to venture  towards the back end of Gunsight where the year before Dale Marenda and I had enjoyed some excellent striper action on crankbaits and spoons. We motored to where two smaller tributary canyons entered the main canyon channel along a 75-degree bend. We ventured into the mouth of the right-hand canyon, and soon my graph was marking a school of fish suspended just off a 32-foot bottom. Dropping Wallylure spoons, both Jim and I were soon battling nice stripers. We caught a couple more, however it just seemed the action should be faster. Jim asked if he should start chumming with the anchovies we brought, and I told him that seemed like a good idea. I continued fishing the spoon, catching one more fish, however Jim started enjoying much faster action with anchovies. I, too, switched over to bait fishing and was quickly into action as well.  This was a real role reversal for me as my normal scenario is chasing smallmouth after failing to find stripers. Perhaps I'm getting better at this striper thing.
The stripers were all through the water column. Jim was catching most of his fish at around 15 feet, while I was dropping to the bottom. Many of my hits came on the initial drop, however if I didn't get a hit then I seldom had to wait more than a minute or so before getting a strike. Over a three-hour period we landed 34 stripers and lost several more. When I got "bored" with bait fishing I'd switch back to the spoon. I actually took several more stripers that way, however the anchovy action was much faster. We had one really funny sequence. I told Jim I wanted to get some action shots of him landing a striper.  I maneuvered the boat over the school, and Jim dropped his bait. He hooked a fish but lost it before it could be landed. He also developed a bad snarl on his reel. At my suggestion he picked up his drop shot rod, baited up and dropped down again. He hooked another fish that broke his line before I could get any photos. He then had to re-rig, but finally he was able to hook and land the fish that gave me some nice action photos.
 
After kidding Jim on how long it took him to catch a fish, I decided to show him how it 's done. I picked up my bait rig, maneuver over the school, dropped the bait and - nothing.  This seemed crazy considering how fast the action had been. Finally after about 10 minutes I felt a bump, and during the ensuing struggle Jim got some action shots with his camera. I guess if we  experienced this much trouble under the pressure of the camera, it's not too likely we'd ever make it as TV fishermen.
 
The stripers we caught Saturday where in varying condition. About 60 percent of them were fit the fillet. The smaller ones were quite plump and had good flesh. As we've found previously, the larger fish tended to be skinny.
 
Nevertheless it was another fun day on Lake Powell. We didn't get exactly what we wanted, but what we got was pretty good. That's October fishing on Lake Powell - about as good as it gets anywhere!

November 6, 2006 - Ed Gerdemann

Although I always look forward to fall fishing on Lake Powell, fall also brings with it some sadness as it means my fishing season is nearing an end. This year that last fishing day was this past Saturday, November 4. From now until spring my weekends will be filled not with fishing but getting ready for holidays, home maintenance and improvement projects and dealing with family and work issues.

But Saturday, for one last glorious time, I enjoyed a beautiful day on my favorite lake. Joining me was Cap'n Chuck Duggins of Page. One of my big highlights this season was getting to fish with the Cap'n again after a two-year absence. Although the fishing can be great and the lake beautiful, when you have a good fishing partner it makes the day that much better; and Cap'n Chuck is as good as they come.

Our plan was to target smallmouth bass early and then, if time permitted, go looking for stripers. We left Antelope Point around 8:15 a.m. and headed to the reefs and points around the mouth of Gunsight where I've enjoyed some incredible smallmouth action my past three trips. Although Chuck nailed a nice two-pounder right off the bat, we didn't find many willing fish along this stretch. Chuck caught his first bass dragging a tube in about 20 feet of water. He later caught a second fish doing the same thing, and then he nailed a nice largemouth on a spinnerbait. While all this was happening I was drawing a blank on my normally reliable drop shot Senko. I switched to a Yamamoto single tail grub and on my second cast had a hard strike that I missed. Two casts later I connected again, and this time the hook stuck. But the fish was striper and not the smallmouth I wanted. After depositing that silver beast in the cooler, we continued working those reefs and points. We got a couple more smallmouth, and I nailed another striper; but that was it. I suspect many of the smallies have left the main lake structure and are moving up into the canyons and backs of the coves. This is just a theory, however. I didn't get the chance to put it to the test.

The reason I didn't put that theory to the test is because I was able to locate a school of stripers in the back of Gunsight. Just as they showed on my depthfinder screen, one nailed Cap'n Chuck's spinnerbait. I was working a Wallylure spoon, however they didn't seem interested in it. I opened the cooler, broke out the anchovies and threw out quite a bit of chum. Picking up my rod rigged for anchovy fishing, I was soon hooked up with a striper of my own. The action continued quite steadily for the next couple hours. The stripers where everywhere in the water column from on the bottom in 35 feet to right under the boat. Many hits came on the initial drop. The line would either stop suddenly or really take off. Either action meant a fish had it. While I was catching stripers, poor Chuck was having problems keeping the little largemouths and catfish away from his anchovies. He even caught a pretty nice smallmouth on bait, and I added a 3-pound plus channel cat to the stripers in my cooler. Unfortunately many of the stripers were very skinny and not fit to fillet. We continued to fish until the cooler was nearly too full to close (we never got a count on how many we had).

On our way back to the ramp I lamented how we were not able to establish a smallmouth pattern, however Chuck put things in perspective.

"We've got a cooler full of fish," he said. "We've had a good day."

And a good way to end the season.

November 5, 2006 - Russ Bassdozer

Here's my friend Josh Heywood with some of the smallmouth we caught today.
 
 

 

We had a bunch of fish like these trolling Bassdozer deep diving crankbaits in twenty feet of water.
Here's a photo of the crankbaits we used. Josh used 30 lb test Spiderwire (no leader). I used 10 lb test Yamamoto Sugoi grey fluorocarbon on one rod, and 10 lb Maxima UltraGreen monofilament on a second rod.

 


November 5, 2006 - Brian & Dolores Cassidy,  Philadelphia, Pa.

Fishing Report 10/26 - 11/1 From

Started out on 10/26 with a run up to the back of Rock Creek with 46' House boat.

Fishing was super hot the last hour of day light with the stripers coming in to the back of the coves. We were using X-rap’s and LC pointers ( Ghost and silver/blue) were the hot colors.The action was non stop the last hour with every cast being hit with most hooking up, we would just unhook and toss them on the beach behind us.

 After dark we used a lantern to collect the stripers to put on ice. The next day we started filleting and found the any fish over 18" was really not fit to eat, the 15-18" fish had nice thick meat on the fillet and made for some great meals, the rest were sunk in deep water. We had 28 and 30" stripers that only weight in at 3 ½ - 4 lbs, they looked half the weight they should have weight in at. Fished Rock Creek two more days with less action then the first night but we still had good action. Tried night fishing with the green light 2 nights and had plankton all over the light, after about 1 hour shad showed up and after 2 hours we had a large school of shad eating the plankton. We jigged below the shad and got some nice bass but the stripers never showed up.
Moved to Padre Canyon for 2 days and had good luck casting off the houseboat or rocks with anchovies on 1/4 oz jig heads, lots of stripers and cats and a few bass. Mornings and evenings were best. Tried the green light but no shad showed up just carp sucking the plankton off the light.( Never saw that before)

Spent the last night across from the resort in Wahweap in I think Ice Cream Canyon. Beached the house boat with a deep drop off in the back. Very good fishing casting anchovies on jig heads past the drop off, if the stripers did not take it on the drop, jig and pause worked bring it in. Lots of long skinny Stripers and some fat channel Cats ( one topped 8 lbs) good fight on light gear.

This was a great Trip and want to thank everyone for all the reports. Please keep all Stripers they are going to die being this under weight, saw a few people releasing them and I tried to get the not to release them, I tried to show how there was no muscle mass in the rear end of the stripers verse the small plump fish who feed well in the warm summer water. We saw no Shad below Rock Creek and the Stripers got thinner the more down lake we went. Well thanks everyone for all your reports and hope to return next year. ( boy I hate that drive back)

November 3, 2006 - Tom Brennan

Fished 11/1 and 11/2. Caught about 120. Mostly smallish, with mixed quality, but the biggest was fat and 5.4 lbs. Mostly on chovies, but a few on surface lures. Best spot was at the submerged point extending west from the wall with the dangling chain at the mouth of Warm Creek (Northeast corner). There are big rocks just under the surface so be very careful if you go there.

November 7, 2006 - Ron Griffith

We made a quick trip to Page for the Balloon Regatta and managed to get in a little fishing. The Regatta is the first weekend in November and a must see. The balloons against the red rock are an awesome sight.

On Saturday I planned on fishing the flats at Gregory Butte, the rocks at Gregory and run up West Canyon, however the flats were producing very nice smallies so we stayed there.


We caught 13 smallmouth, (plus 5 long releases), in about 4 hours. All fish were healthy fighters 1 ½ to 3+ lbs and released. The water was clear and 64 and the weather was perfect.

We fished right on the bottom at 20 to 25 feet. The bite came as the bait released from the rocks then fell back to the bottom. There was also a school of stripers lurking around, but they would only follow a spoon, bevy shad or pop-r. No takers. They would come right up on the boat and then cruise off.

My wife was using a drop shot with a 3" senko wacky style. Color didn't seem to matter. She used watermelon /w black, mauve /w black, pearl, and chartreuse w/ chartreuse & green. I was using a 3 ½ chartreuse tube on a 3/8 oz tube jig. I tried a baby bass color and a motor oil /w black, but the chartreuse was the ticket.

On the way in we stopped at the intake. I didn't see anything on the graph, but we tried anyway and caught nothing. We didn't stay very long. The intake was in the shade and a little too cold for my wife after the great sunshine on the flats.

On Sunday, we went to the morning balloon launching and didn't get on the lake until around 10:00 am. We junk fished Wahweap bay, mostly just cruising around and enjoying the nice weather and trying different lures.

I picked up a striper on a pop-r while drifting by the Wahweap Windows. I saw it surface and threw on it. I didn't get another hit so we moved on.

A nice 1 ½ lb SMB grabbed a spinnerbait in the cove just south of the windows. We had a leftover bag of anchovies from a Sept trip, so we moved up to Lone Rock.

We located the school of stripers at Lone Rock and caught about 10, and 1 cat, in 30 minutes. I had a deep hook on my last striper, and while trying to get it out, lost the school. We cruised up and down the rock for another 30 minutes looking for them, but only picked up one more.

Three made it to the cleaning station, but none made it to the table.

We fished the cove past Lone Rock for another hour. My wife had one hit on a bevy shad, but that's all. We called it day and headed in.

We will be returning again in December and plan on spending new years day fishing, if the weather is good.

November 7, 2006 - Thomas Ross

We just got back from another wonderful week at Lake Powell.  We managed to
put 57 striper filets into our freezer to keep us fed until the spring.  We
fished the back end of Warm Creek in 20 to 25 feet of water using anchovies
on the bottom as bait.  They seemed to be the most active for us between
1:00 and 3:30 PM on October 30, 31 and November 2, the three days we fished.
Most were between 3 and 5 pounds and were definitely thinner from the same week a year ago.

November 8, 2006 - Tim Kelley

Report for October25th to Oct 29th 2006

The Houseboat Crew

We had a great fall trip in the lower lake with a houseboat furnished by Rick Dudley,

Thanks again Rick! 8 anglers fished for 3 days. Kurt and I went out on Wednesday

for a pre-trip to find the closest schools.

Wednesday, Kurt and I got on the lake about 10:30, and headed for Gunsight to

see if we could find a topwater bite. Went to the back right end finger, and I flipped

a walking stick towards the shoreline, snapped it three times and had a feisty smb

hammer it. What a way to start! Flipped it to the other side, and had a striper smash

it. This happened a couple more times with Kurt picking up a striper also. We looked

to the north, and some dark clouds were rolling in fast, with lightening strikes on each

side of us. Then it started to rain. We worked our way back out into the bay, and then

the wind started blowing big time! Well let's say the trip back was interesting!

Thursday we waited for the crew to show up, and load the houseboat at Wahweap.

Kurt and I headed out in front to stop at the entrance to Warm Creek. Guido showed up

In about an hour, and we already had about three in the live well. The bite was slow there, I think due to the previous days storm front, so we headed on to Padre Canyon.

It took us awhile to find the school, but once on them we started catching stripers. The

School was located about 200 yards out from the mouth of Padre Canyon in about 80

feet of water. I had to leave to go prepare fish for the fish fry, and Guido said they really

turned on just before dusk. Guido came back in the dark around 7 p.m. with 54 stripers. Thursdays catch was 96 stripers.

Each day after the cold front got better! Friday morning early we went to the back of

Last Chance, with Kurt and I going for the bass fishing 1st. We tried to find Kurt's nice 5

Pound LMB from this spring to see if he was 6 pounds! Kurt was adamant about catching

bass on his different homemade spinnerbaits(this guy don't give up)! He had a lmb follower, so I told him that I would have to catch it for him. I tossed out a blue and chrome rattletrap , and wham poor ol' Kurt's LMB slammed that lure. That ended up being my lure choice for the day for bass, and did quite well!

Guido came rolling in to the confluence of the two back fingers of L.C. and radioed me that he had found a big school. I jetted over there, and met John & his crew, along with

Rick & his crew, and we started hooking up right away! We sat over these fish for several hours with double, and triple, triple hookups throughout that period. Another gentleman, and his wife showed up in a cruiser, and we waved them over to join in. Here is a pic of

Guido and Tom with fish,

 

and a pic of Guido's cooler from the morning. Guido's boat, and Rick's boat left to go fillet stripers as they had all coolers filled to the brim, but

Kurt, and I went on to play with the SMB, and LMB some more.

Kurt caught a nice walleye in the back of L.C. on a spinner bait which was a nice surprise. We caught quite a few SMB, and a few LMB also.  We went back to the houseboat late afternoon, and those guys were still filleting fish! Here is a pic of

Kerry, and Tom filleting on my custom made 4 ft. fillet board. Notice the cooler up behind them on the rear deck of the houseboat. We had to wait in line to fillet! Kurt

and I finished the afternoon fishing the shoreline by the houseboat for bass, while

Guido and his crew headed back over to Padre Canyon for the evening striper bite.

They brought back another 50 stripers from an hours fishing to equal 130 stripers

just for his boat for the day. Total among 8 of us was over 300 fish for Friday.

 

Saturday was no less than phenomenal fishing, and all species were waking up

just after sunrise. Today was the back of main Rock Creek for us, and Kurt, and

I ran up there early, while the rest of the gang fiested on green chile covered eggs

for breakfast. Man I wanted to stay for that, but Kurt is a slave driver for sure, so

we started out with some bass fishing again! The very back cove of Main Rock creek

had a finger that went to the left quite far, and the sun was hitting it 1st.

 

I got into a real good topwater bite, with Kurt catching some on spinner baits also.

This nice fat LMB slammed my walking stick with a chartreuse teaser tail that I

tied to the rear hook, with a vengeance. We fished that finger until we wore out

our welcome.

 

We headed back out into the bay, and Guido's and Rick's  boats were just showing up! Since Guido had been up to Powell a couple of weeks ago, he was on the stripers right away. We all lined up and started slaying them. Here is a pic of us bumper to bumper right west of the peninsula that separates the bay in the back of Main Rock Creek. It dropped from 15 feet to 80 feet about 30 feet from shore, and a huge school of stripers was hanging there without moving. Like Joel said in his report, this was more like

harvesting than catching. All three boats fished this area for three hours straight

before giving it up, and then Kurt, and I stayed on for another hour.

I  decided to anchor off the area that was about 60 feet deep, and let my boat drift

out aways into 80 feet before tying my line to the bow. This turned out to be some of

the fastest striper fishing that I have experienced since about 4 years ago!

Not having to work the electric to stay over the main school, let both Kurt and I

work two poles a piece for some pretty intense fishing. We took 115 stripers out

of there, with 63 coming in about 40 minutes!

 

 Here is a combo pic of my front

and back live wells stuffed full of stripers! I have no doubt that if all three boats

stayed there the full time all day that we could have taken 500 stripers just that day alone!

When you run out of room for fish what can you do! We had them so frenzied that they

were taking bait 3 feet below the surface. At the end I pulled out my walking stick and

started catching them on topwater.

 

Kurt and I finished the afternoon SMB fishing, and  we picked up some nice ones

with this pic of Kurt's fish that smacked his spinnerbait (they finally woke up to

those which made Kurt real happy)!

Sunday morning we only fished for a couple of hours right close to the houseboat,

and Guido talked us into trying some drop shot fishing, Kurt and my 1st time with

that technique, and we actually did pretty good with it!

What a great time, with  great food, and great fishing with a great bunch of guys!

This might turn into an annual trip-who knows. Poor stripers won't know what hit them!

Thanks to Guido for finding the stripers in a hurry, and to Rick for supplying the nice

houseboat for our creature comforts.

 


September 30, 2006 - Mark Gluba - Corona, CA

A little late, but I thought I'd substantiate my claims of success from fishing around Lone Rock last month. These pictures are from about a 4-hour morning outing. The same results came from just about every excursion morning and evening.

 
Although expensive, the 30 foot taildancer trolling lures work very well when fish are deep.

 

November 15, 2006 - Bassdozer

A Wonderful Wednesday!

It's not hard to harvest a boatload of biggie smalls like these lately, plus all the stripers you want.

Bass like these were belting 3/4 oz peanut butter jelly football jig with big brown pork chunks in 30 feet of water off main lake points today.
 

 

 

 

 

 

This bronzeback hit a heavy brown-and-orange jig and brown pork off a main lake point.


November 21, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

Today, I went on my first real fishing trip in over a month.  All the netting was just too busy to allow time for a relaxed fishing experience.  So I pried Colby away from his computer and we went to Rock Creek to check out all the good reports we had heard lately.

We started in the back of Dry Rock Creek where bottom depth was 30 feet.  I dropped a spoon and Ron was throwing a jerk bait.  I got two quick hits on a rocky point but the school left. Ron started to whack them on a spinner bait.  It was too shallow for spoons so I put a spinner bait and figured out how to catch them.  Then we switched to topwater chuggers. 

Balanced Rock overlooking Dry Rock Creek. Note the striper swirl along the shade line.

 

The big fish were shallow and lethargic so they moved too slow to hook up on a walking bait.  The shallower we got the faster we caught fish.  The peak was in the very back of Dry Rock where water depth was 3 feet.  There was a lot of stripers back there  (understatement).

 

   

 

Wayne takes a break after filling the live wells and littering the deck with stripers.

After two hours of catching we moved out to rest up.  We had 15 little fish for dinner and 70 big fish.  As a bonus we caught 2 walleye and 4 largemouth bass. All fish were caught on topwater, spinner baits, rattletraps or jerk baits and the wallylure 1.5 ounce spoon.  They are still very fun to catch.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was asked what kind of shape these fish were in so I included the close up.  Most adults in the southern lake are thin.  I don't fillet them. But they are fun to catch. 

Its even better when they will hit topwater lures or shallow runners in clear water where you see all the action.


November 24, 2006 - Captain Matt and Company

Captain Matt & Company arrived at Antelope Marina on November 24th at 7:30 A.M.  Nine members and two boats in all in attendance in the fishing expedition.  Boats loaded and in the water by 8:00 A.M. and headed out towards Warm Creek Bay.  While heading towards the back of the bay we arrived at Crosby Canyon.  We found the perfect camp site and unloaded the camping gear and proceeded out to fish.  With camp  still in our sights, we dropped five lines in the water, using anchovies and for the next hour and a half we were able to pull in 43 large stripers in boat one.  Boat two did not do as well with catching only 12 stripers.  Fishing action was non-stop in boat one and and at one point we had four fish on the boat floor and a striper on all five lines.  Headed back to camp around noon for lunch. 
Captain Matt Back out in the afternoon but the fish must have been napping too.  Only caught 3 more fish.  Saturday A.M.  pretty darn cold with frost on the tents.  Had mechanical problems with boat two so we set out just with boat one.  Proceeded out to our prior hot spot and found nothing going on.  Saw a large flock of seagulls hovering over an area so we set out for that location.  The seagulls knew what they were looking for and that worked out for as as we were right smack dab in a feeding frenzies.  Caught 25 more fish in less than one hour.  Action cooled so returned to camp.  With a total of 79 fish, weighing approximately 250 pounds we decided to call it a day.  With boat problems we called it a trip and decided to head home. 
 In my 30 plus years fishing at Lake Powell, have never seen such beautiful weather.   The nights were a bit chilly but the days were just great, no wind and warming up nicely.  Fishing was fantastic and would highly recommend fishing at Powell.  All the fish you want are there just for the taking.  Good fishing too all.  See you in the Spring. Note: See the attached pictures of Captain Matt (big guy in black sweat shirt) and his crew.  Look at our catch and boy were they tasty.  Had a huge fish fry with family and friends and used a beer batter for the fish.  Very tasty.  Huge fillets.    Best of luck.

November 29, 2006 - Tim Kelley

Pre-Thanksgiving treat!

I was blessed to find out that my buddy in Iraq got to come home for a two week break! We talked last week, and he said that he needed to go to Page
to do some battery maintenance on his two boats! I told him that I would help him, and said lets go fishing for a half of day! He was overjoyed at the prospect!

We went over to Lone Rock on a picture perfect day, and trolled up 16 stripers! Jeff caught the 1st fish, and the last fish, and several in between, and talked about how lucky we have it in the U.S.! Jeff really misses
being able to fish and camp at Lake Powell.
It did my heart good to be able to take him fishing, and he was appreciative for that also! I could see that just an afternoon of fishing at his favorite lake, gave him some inner peace, and for just awhile made him forget that he has to return to endangerment of his life!

Jeff told me that he got to do a little fishing at a lake while deployed in Iraq, and here is a pic of something he caught one afternoon close to his compound. He donated this fish to his counterparts family to cook up, as they are always glad to eat fresh fish over there. I look forward to a great spring trip with Jeff when he gets back home!


December 13, 2006 - Wayne Gustaveson

What a great day of fishing!  We went to Lone Rock to find the school of stripers reported to be rampaging in the area.  We graphed from Lone Rock Canyon well past Lone Rock and back and then back and forth from the beach to the rock and found exactly zero fish traces.  We quit looking for suspended fish and then searched intently for fish laying on bottom. At 11:30 AM we found one tiny rough spot on a smooth bottom and dropped a spoon to find out.  The spoon was consumed before it hit bottom and the game was on.    
For the next two hours every cast produced a fish.  We jigged, speed reeled, stopped half way in the water column and wiggled the spoon; all of that worked.  After a while I found the best technique was to drop the spoon to the bottom and then lift up and hold it still.  Stripers would pick at it and jiggle it relentlessly.  If I jerked they let go but if I gently swept the rod tip up I hooked up most of the time.

Then we looked up and saw gulls circling and diving.  Single stripers were hitting the surface. We saw threadfin shad V-waking along on top.  We could catch fish on rattletraps, topwater or spoons.  The action quit about 1:30. My guess is we could have started them again but we had 85 in the boat and only 20 that were not filleted. These stripers have found shad and their condition is much improved over last month.  Good thing are happening right now with striper condition.  I don't think the shad population shares my elation however.      


December 30,2006 - Ron Colby


12-30-2006; Guy Robertson and Rick Bock’s families enjoyed a beautiful day and some fantastic fishing near Lone Rock. They said they had let twice this many go. Their secret; chumming with a variety of offerings including pork roast chunks from last night’s dinner and KFC scraps (the other white meat) from that days lunch along with anchovies which they used for bait.