March 3, 2007 - Bass Tournament at Wahweap

The first bass tournament of the year was quite successful despite some very cold temperatures. The high today was 44 degrees and it was below freezing when the bass anglers left at first light.
Some nice 3-pound smallmouth and 4-pound  largemouth were caught.  Bass seem to be in very good shape coming out of winter.
I do not have details on where fish were caught or what baits were used. The same guys will be headed out tomorrow to brave the weather and catch some more fish.  It is a separate tourney tomorrow but there will be a prize for heaviest overall weight for two days.  
At today's weigh in Ron Colby had over 13 pounds for 5 fish.  The heaviest bag of fish was over 14 pounds.  Big bass was just under 5 pounds.  It looks promising for another great fishing year at Lake Powell.

February 22, 2007 - Drew Cushing


March 11, 2007 - Steve Harris, Syracuse, UT

Went to lake powell last weekend. It was Will, Carl, Mikey, my son Caden, and me - Steve.
We caught 5 stripers and 1 smallmouth on Friday and we felt like we had done pretty good.

Mikeys First Striper

We went out around 10:00 on Saturday and had an amazing day of striper fishing. Between the 5 of us we caught 72 stripers. It was amazing. Most of them were around 3- 5 lbs.
 We caught 2 around 12 lbs and one at 15 lbs. Mikey even caught his first fish. We're now all hooked on striper fishing. They were all caught on anchovies on the north end of the lake.
Great weekend but the temps were a little chilly. Around 45 during the day and 25 at night.
Can't wait to come down again.

Team "Off the Hook", Syracuse UT


March 10, 2007 - Mike McNabb

I used a worm, watermelon color, with small weight in front pulled it off a
ledge and let it set for a few seconds.  Tightened my line, felt a slight
nibble, tightened it again, felt a very faint nibble again and set the hook.
Knew it was a good one as soon as I set the hook. Used a Berkeley lip gripper
digital scale to weigh him.  Took a few pictures and let him go.  Paul McNabb caught a 2.6# LM right after I caught mine. 

Mike McNabb with 4.13#  Largemouth

March 21, 2007 - Mike McNabb and Claude Lasley

 My buddy Claude Lasley and I went to Last Chance Tuesday,
3-20-07, 1:00-5;30PM. Caught about 30 fish in 4 1/2 hours. 2- stripers on spinner bait, 3-small mouth on black hula grub. One of the smallmouth was 3.0# caught on watermelon 8" worm, 1-3.4# walleye on black hula grub.
Approx. 25 large mouth ranging from 1# to 4#, big ones caught on 8" watermelon worm. We used a small split shot at the front of the worm when we wanted to get down fast in deep water (10-15') and took the weight off when
in shallow water around weeds. Most were caught in shallow water in the back of coves around tumbleweeds or submerged bushes.


The weather turned nasty, cold and looked like rain while we were there but I think it got the
fish excited. We kept a few to eat and some had eggs. Walleye in picture is 3.4#, Large mouth 3.15#, Smallie 2.15#, other LM was 2.5 pounds. We lost 3 others at boat that would go 2 1/2 #'s, I had one on that bent my pole in half, thought it was a snag until it started moving, didn't really set the hook, it got away! The biggest of the day of course!! 
 


March 24, 2007 - Bass Tournament

Bill Bjork from Page, AZ was the happy angler with the biggest bass of the day.  His largemouth weighed 5.25 pounds and was caught on a sandy point. Ed Cummings teamed with Bill to take 3rd place.

 

 

The first place prize went to Mel and Murph McBride with a 16.3 total weight on 5 fish.   That is a huge 5-fish limit.
The sun came out and the kids watched their Dad's weigh in the big fish.
It was a real family affair.  looks like there is another generation of fishermen coming up.

March 24, 2007 - PD Rick and Family

This amazing group of kids  came out in the biggest rainstorm of the year to participate in our bass fishing clinic at Wahweap Marina.  We talked about the sense or feeling needed to detect a bass hit.  It is significantly different from a striper or trout hit.  The kids listened and enjoyed themselves but the cloudburst kept us from going out on the lake and doing the homework. Rick took his family out in the afternoon and caught fish on a day when fishing was really tough.   

The rain stopped as we pulled into McDonald's. We ate and took a bit too long, sorry we missed you.
We got to the fishing dock at 12. We went out in the afternoon, near Ice
Cream Canyon, and caught one Walleye and one largemouth near the entrance on soft plastics.
Just as you and Ron predicted, the bite came with the lure on the bottom. It felt more like a snag at first. The younger
fishermen struck out but we'll try again tomorrow morning. I saw Brook at the fishing dock and he told me of his fish, he really seemed to enjoy himself. Thanks for all your help and we learned a great deal.

Don't worry about the weather, that just makes us appreciate how nice the afternoon was! We got
some great pictures in the afternoon. The best part is just being with each other and having fun.

March 25, 2007 - PD Rick and Family  FISHING CLINIC Story

 

We tried Navajo Canyon first, and fished about a half mile past the two islands with no luck.
 

Julie and I took the kiddos to Antelope Canyon, where we had a good run of stripers. Like you said, look for a pattern. Julie got a hit when she accidentally bounced one of the green Yamamoto grubs off the wall and into the water, shaded area. She did it again and caught a striper.
We told the kids to do the same and Ashley (the oldest) picked up a striper. Then the bite stopped, and we tried bait.
 

 

Ashley

All kids caught their own fish. The anchovies worked for about 30 minutes. We left later and tried the dam, and picked up another 5. The storm drove us from the lake, and it was a great day.

 

Natalie  (on left - striper on right)

Totals for the day were 15 stripers, 16-26 inches with most around 24 inches. Larger fish near the dam. Not fat but they didn't seem to be too skinny. Each and every kiddo caught and was photographed with their fish. Those that caught more than one did some trash talking. It was cute.

 

Bree's First Striper

Nice net job Ashley!

Happy Kids with some very nice stripers!

March 26, 2007 - Kevin Campbell

                                              

A great day guiding on the lake with a returning client from last year. Phil brought his buddy and fellow Delta Airlines employee. These guys were a pleasure to fish with. Stripers were the target today. Well, the fish were more than happy to join in the fun. We started at the dam and immediately it was on! Fish after fish ate anchovies either on Carolina rigs or on a jig with a grub and a small piece of ‘chovy added.

At 11:00 after filling one and half coolers with stripers, we thought it would be nice to see some new water. So we left to fish the intake and the small cove just past buoy 9. These 2 spots only yielded a few fish each. I decided to try the Warm Creek wall since the other 2 spots didn’t produce well. Nobody was home here, at least on the 2 spots we fished along the wall.

So, after a while we opted to go back to the Dam. Good plan. The fish were still there and biting as well as they were when we left. The other boats that were fishing along with us were slamming the fish as well. The west wall was the place to be. We tied to the 3rd barrier but other boats were just drifting and casting their anchovies and letting them pendulum back under the boat. That was exactly what we were doing. The fish seemed to be 30 feet or shallower. I didn’t see many fish on the finder that were deeper than 40 feet. Overall, the best method was a 1/4oz jig and grub with a piece of ‘chovy added. We used both chartreuse and shad color grubs on 10 pound mono. The photo shows 34 stripers that we kept and we sank at least 20 skinny fish.

Happy retirement Phil!
 


March 25, 2007 - Craig Butler, Grand Junction, CO

I always love to read your report to get a idea of the weather and lake conditions before I head down to Lake Powell when I'm fun fishing or doing a prefish for a bass tournament.

I figured it was time I sent in a report. I went down to Powell Friday night to prefish for the upcoming WON BASS tournament next weekend and we headed out Saturday morning to hopefully find some new spots to fish next week with my partner Greg Pink from Montrose, Colorado and the fishing was actually pretty tough for bass until later in the day because of the cold front that passed thru.


 

I cant give out exact locations due to having a tournament next week but we were fishing in 30 feet of water or better on channels and ledges using shaky head worms and dropshot with roboworms.
Fish seem to have moved off of shallow stuff right now due to this cold front but we did end up finding fish. The picture here is of Greg Pink with a 26" long 7 pound largemouth it was our biggest of the weekend and it was the largest bass he has ever caught out of Lake Powell!!
MR. Pink was very happy and we gently released it back in the water to spawn this spring.
I personally feel this will be the best fishing at Powell this spring than it has been since I have been fishing here. There are lots of 3 pounders in the lake now so fish Powell while you can this spring.

 


 


 

 


March 29, 2007 - Dave Tomes

Fishing at the intake on Sunday March 18th, 2007. 1st photo is Andy Groenink, an RV visitor from Michigan who demonstrated he is an avid fisherman..(Dave Tomes had to force him to give it up that day).....
 2nd photo is a catch of 12 the same day with Dave Tomes taking first place....(as usual). All taken on frozen cut anchovies from Stix Market. Dave thinks the water was not warm enough to go get the biggies that day, but knows the fishing storm is coming fast so get ready.

April 3, 2007 - Lana Berry

This past weekend, we caught several nice bass using Carolina-Rigged Stretch 40’s in the Padre Bay area.





My son Jacob had a great time!
The crappie bite in West Canyon was unbelievable as well. We were catching the crappie on yellow feather jigs around submerged tumbleweeds.

Perry Berry

March 30, 2007 - Bob Fenchak

This Largemouth bass was caught at 6:45 pm on Fri night March 23rd, in the Padre Bay Area. As you can see it was almost dark when the picture was taken. The big bass hit a 10- inch waterdog. We bought the waterdogs last year and  kept them alive over winter so we could use them again in the spring.

 

Bob Fenchak - Page, AZ

The big bass weighed 6.54 pounds.   

We caught some smaller (3-pound) large and smallmouth bass too. This is my biggest bass ever.  I am having it mounted.

 


April 7, 2007 - Mike Jano


I hooked up with Lake Powell fishing guide, Ray Young, for a morning of striper fishing. We left the Wahweap marina around 7:45 AM and headed to Antelope Canyon. Ray stopped at one of his favorite spots, where his clients have been successful in the past. I didn't have a GPS with me, but I estimate that we were about half way back into the navigable portion of this canyon, on the right hand side as we headed in.

Success at this or any other spot, as Ray informed me, depends on a lot of things, including: weather, water temperature, time of year, the spawn, the shad population and so on. But Ray was guessing that those factors signaled that this might just be a current hot spot. Using his trolling motor and fish finder, Ray  maneuvered us around a fairly tight area, probably around 50 feet from the canyon wall. Ray suggested that I use anchovies, and that I lower my baited hook to around 40 feet. I had 10 lb line and was using a special rod which was very flexible (Ray's rod). The extra flexible rod serves to keep the fish from detecting the rod's resistance when they start to nibble the bait.

The first hour was fairly slow, resulting in my catch of only a couple of stripers, though the fish locater consistently registered hits at around the 42 to 50 foot depth. Finally around 9:00 AM they started biting, and biting, and biting. In roughly an hour and a half more I had landed 27 beautiful stripers. Not a single other species was taken. These were all in the 2 to 4 pound range, with the biggest one looking like it was probably a 5 pounder (but we didn't weigh any of them). Even though I had another hour left of Ray's time, I had all the fishing I wanted for one day and told Ray to take me back.

Unfortunately for Ray, the fish cleaning stations at Wahweap were out of order. But being the great guy he is, Ray graciously took me, his customer, to his house in Page to fillet the fish for me. It took him well over an hour to finish the fillet job. His wife even pitched in and helped. I ended up with 18 zip lock bags of fillets, each holding enough for one meal for two people.

I have used guides at both Lake Texoma (Oklahoma - Texas border) and Lake Powell for striper fishing nearly every year for fifteen years. But this past Tuesday with Ray Young was definitely my most successful striper outing.

April 5, 2007 - Danny Vine

Yesterday I  was fishing for the largemouth bass that I heard about on your webpage. I was trying something else, a shad color spinnerbait. After the first 3 casts I caught a pound and a half Walleye, about a foot and half long.

Danny Vine a local fisherman - 12 years old

April 4, 2007 - BassDozer



Many of the biggest largemouth and smallmouth are in schools with hordes of stripers. These schools of mixed bass and stripers are found roaming the back ends of most creek inflow areas lakewide.

You need to fish right in the thick of the stripers, but it is well worth it for a chance at the big black and brown bass schooled with the stripers right now.


 
Russ Bassdozer caught this 4.8 pound largemouth on April 1st on a black/red spinnerbait.
 
You need to use lures that the stripers are not going to hit so readily. That rules out using topwaters, crankbaits, jerkbaits and most shad-colored baits because the stripers will be all over them. However, largemouth and smallmouth will hit many other lures more readily than stripers will. So you need to find a lure the stripers will follow, but not hit so eagerly, because that gives the competitive big bass in the striper schools more of an incentive to whack the lures as the stripers only follow.
 
Most of these bass were caught on black/red or dark green/red spinnerbaits with red-colored blades.  Best results lately have been on black/red skirted spinnerbaits with one red and one black blade. Also heavy skirted jigs with pork or bulky soft plastic trailers.

April 9, 2007 - Maynard Sorensen

It was a one day stand for the Maynard Sorensen and Son, Victor Sorensen's family out of Ivins, Utah at Lake Powell on Saturday, April 7th. A trip up to Antelope Canyon in the afternoon for three hours of fishing filled up the cooler and more. Using anchovies and locating a large school it was the usual (following Wayne's advice) success for our season opener.
The freshly caught Striper fillets provided a great Easter Morning breakfast for us all. The grand children did most of the honors in catching and bringing the fish to the boat while Dad and Grandpa cut and baited hooks and handled the boat. One other problem Wayne, too many fish, too little cooler. A passerby provided us with a nice heavy plastic bag to haul the catch to the fillet station. Good fishermen always do a good turn daily. Victor Sorensen and his daughter Hannah looks on in amazement.

Keep up the good work Wayne.
 

April 10, 2007 - Aaron Cameron

I will give you just a quick report on our trip from last Thursday, Friday and part of the day on Saturday. Thursday was by far our best day of the three. We went right to Rock Creek and spent some time catching a few fish and then found that they were up on the long point that runs east in the back of the canyon. We caught mostly stripers for about two hours. It got a little slow so we started fishing our way out of Rock Creek and decided to go into Dry Rock Creek. That was a good choice as we caught fish at will for about four hours.
 We stated in a little bay in the back and my son and my nephew each caught two largemouth that went about 3 pounds each. We also caught some stripers. We then noticed that on the opposite bank there was some splashing and little fish coming out of the water. I got so excited because my preferred bait is top water. I hurried into my tackle box and tied on my Zara Spook Jr. and proceeded to catch fish along with my three partners. We caught mostly strippers with a few largemouth and smallmouth mixed in. It was FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!! We then hit the bay at the Rock Creek floating restroom.
We ended the day with about 100 stripers and 20 or so green and dark bass and a few walleye. We were so tired when we got back to Antelope that we considered just going back to the motel and not eating as it was just about dark and we started at 8:30 in the morning. Friday we were very confident that we would have the same luck. We started out our day at West Canyon where we caught a little bit of everything. We then headed for Rock Creek where we were confident that we would have the same luck as the day before.
Well the fish were not stacked up in Rock Creek or Dry Creek like the day before. We did catch fish but we had to work for them. We left Rock Creek and fished Dungeon and Wetherill. The pattern was to throw my confidence bait which is a rattle trap across shallow shelves and the bass would hit it as it was pulled over deeper water. You know the pattern better than I. Fish counts were at the most 60 fish between four of us in about 10 hours. Not great, but fun.
Saturday morning we fished Antelope Canyon with chovies for stripers. We got up later than we wanted to as the last two days of hard fishing had taken its toll. We got in the canyon about 9:00. We stopped at the first point that turns East and marked fish as high as 15 feet. I knew that was a good sign so without tossing any chum I immediately baited and threw in and wham, fish on. In the next hour we boated about 25 fish. It was fast and very fun. Then the clouds moved away the sun was bright and the fish went deep and it was over. What and end to a fantastic trip to Powell. I did take note that the fish caught in Antelope Canyon had shoulders on them as compared to the snakes we caught up channel the two days prior. I appreciate all your efforts to maintain a wonderful fishery.

April 22, 2007 - Dan Wells and Mike McNabb

This is a picture of Dan Wells with a nice Largemouth taken Saturday April
21.

It weighed 3.10 pounds.

 

It was caught caught on dark jig in Dove Canyon. Of course, we
released it.

Dan Wells
 

Caught this one Wednesday April 19th , the day after our really windy day.
My scale said 5.5 pounds

 Caught on dark colored jig and
released.

 

Mike McNabb


April 22, 2007 - Brian Walters - Mesa Arizona

Well the fishing was EXACTLY as you had said in your fishing report..... We fished for 3 days Thursday, Friday, and sat (19th,20th,&21st). You can catch all the stripers you want.
the only time we were not catching stripers was when we were side tracked looking for smallmouth.. Where are all the smallmouth? do you think the smallmouth will turn on when it warms up? Thanks for all the info on your website.

 

NOTE: Smallmouth fishing will improve when morning temperature is in the 60's
 


April 30, 2007 - Michael James

We were at Lake Powell fishing on April 23, 24, 25, 26…. We caught many striper, 1 smallmouth, 1 largemouth, and one rather large channel catfish.


From Left to Right. Daniel James (Kaysville, Utah), Matthew James (Kaysville, Utah), Michael James (Farr West, Utah).

We caught about 50 striper and the smallmouth and largemouth bass in FACE Canyon on 23rd and 24th. We caught 60 or so striper in Navajo Canyon on the 26th. We had a slow fishing day on the 25th and caught only a couple striper that day. We primarily used Anchovy bait. We did catch the Largemouth bass on a night crawler. We caught the Catfish with Blood bait off shore in Gunsight Canyon at night.

The attached picture is most of our complement of fish, but we gave about 10 striper away prior to taking the picture.

The fishing was great, the weather was warm and the water in the canyons ranged from 55 to 63 degrees while we were fishing.


April 30, 2007 - Ivan Fletcher, Ivins UT

Wayne,your fishing report said that the striper fishing was red hot well your sooo right I went into Navajo canyon on saturday around noon. I turned on my finder and found that it would not work. So I took an educated guess and found lots of hungry stripers.

They were hitting on cut anchovy. The action was so fast that barely had time to take care of the fish before I had to set the hook on the next one. I switched to whole anchovy in the same spot hoping to catch larger striper (10lbs.and up) but only was catching small cats so I switched back to cut bait and started catching 3-7lbs stripers. I was catching so many stripers that I quit after 2 1/2 hours with over 30 stripers. It was a fantastic trip.


April 29, 2007 - Shawn McNally

This is my son Jeffery Miller with the 3.5 pound largemouth bass caught he caught in Ice Cream Canyon (Wahweap Bay) on Easter Weekend.
Kids can be just as excited with a huge Bluegill as a trophy bass.  Just take them fishing to ensure having a good time. 

April 25, 2007 - Conner Grass and Wayne Gustaveson

I had the honor of fishing with Conner and younger sister Ellie Grass last week. Everyone caught fish even Mom, Dad and Grandpa. We fished in Padre Bay around brush piles along side the main canyon submerged creek bed.  In the brush we caught bluegill.  At the edge of the brush we found large and smallmouth bass.  Further out in the channel stripers were schooled and hungry.

Conner started with a rattletrap and then switched to a green grub but he had the best success on a Xcalibur jerk bait in white. Once he got the hang of fishing the jerk he wouldn't use anything else.

In total we caught 30 stripers, 20 large and smallmouth bass, 5 bluegill, 1 walleye and a  crappie. it was a great trip.        


April 24, 2007 - Dave Mccall

We went to Last Chance bay Thursday through Sunday.
Thur 8 stripers 8 sm
Fri 25 stripers 4 sm
Sat 35 stripers 5 sm
Sun 150 to 200 stripers in two hr.
We could have caught more but had to fillet and head home.
About 2/3 of the striper we could get fillets.


We found a hotspot on Saturday.
When you first enter Last Chance bay on the right side there are two small coves, before you get to sandy beach.

 
Saturday morning we were catching the striper on crank baits right off the shore. We anchored off the rock point and caught about 25. Then they left. Saturday evening went back, and caught a few on cranks and grubs. Went back Sunday morning and the depth finder was black with fish. We anchored and the rest is history. After we cleaned our fish the fish finder was still filled with fish. One of the guys was still catching fish while we were filleting fish.


April 23, 2007 - John Lassandro

4/13 Friday

Arrived about noon and setup camp and then dunked the boat and headed to the dam east wall. By this time it was 3pm but I was able to catch 9 stripers (on anchovies on a 1/4 jig) in about 2 hours, things slowed down so I moved to Anchovy point and picked up a couple more there. Called it a day headed to the cleaning station for the obvious reasons and also wait for Tim Kelley to get there from Flagstaff as he was going to fish with me on Saturday and Sunday.

4/14 Saturday

Tim and I got an early start as this was forecast to be the best day of the trip weather wise, so we put in at antelope and headed up to Last Chance. Arrived about 8AM and started casting for striper with Rat L Traps (blue and chrome) in the backs of the upper coves, we picked up a dozen or so and decided to try for crappie (we killed them with small jigs tipped with lemon meringue 2" grubs). Then we went back to striper fishing with the Rat L Traps and picked up another dozen or so (all the stripers were the nice smaller fat fish) and 1 walleye. We packed it in about 6PM and headed back - nice day all in all.

4/15 Sunday

On this day it was cloudy and overcast so we decided to target walleye specifically and headed to Gunsight. Started with jigs tipped with a nightcrawler on the points, got nothing for several hours so we went for stripers with the Rat L Traps and picked up a few trolling and then Tim tied on that topwater and Bingo, he got one to nail it. We managed a couple more on traps and then trolling, working our way out, then the wind started to pick up and Tim was throwing a Xrap and picked up a LM (but the great part was that another bass followed and jumped out of the water after the lure as well). Then the wind started to howl and next thing you know whitecaps!! So we headed in and on the way noticed that the power plant intake was pretty calm as it was leeward of the wind, so we stopped but did not pick up anything so went on home. Good thing too cause I was really tired after 2 long days and Tim had to head home and a friend was coming up from Phoenix.

4/16 Monday

My friend and I went to the dam first thing (west wall) and spent 2 hours, all we caught were about 6 fish when one school came through. So I said lets go to Anchovy point, upon arriving I noticed some fish on the finder so we chummed and cast out and it was pretty much non stop till we decided we had enough (after filling the 100 qt cooler and half the rear livewell). Went to the cleaning station and cut up about 80 or so fish that day.

4/17 Tuesday

I was by myself this day with only a few hours to kill before I had to head back to Phoenix so I just smallie fished around Wahweap for about 4 hours and did not catch a single fish. So thought OK it's time to head back.

May 1, 2007 - Mike McNabb


I  caught this largemouth on a dark colored jig again, I've caught all of my big ones on the same colored jig this spring. This one weighed in at 4.4 pounds.

I'll bet the guys in the tournament where looking for this one a couple of days later. We were knocking them dead last week, lots of fish on their beds. A good time to catch and release.
 


May 2, 2007 - Shane Koury, Show Low, AZ

We fished Lake Powell on the evening of April 26th through April 29th. We fished Gunsight, Gunsight Canyon , Cookie Jar, and Navajo Canyon. On April 26th the wind came up in the afternoon and the smallmouth fishing was incredible. The fish seemed to be in the shallow water like you would expect in the spawn. We caught about 30 smallmouth that evening and 5 large mouth.

Steffen Koury with small mouth.

On April 27 we fished the same places we fished the day before and had little luck, the only difference was there was no wind on the 27th.

Skyler Koury with Large mouth.
 

On April 28th and 29th we fished a lot of different structure. We found the larger smallmouth were at about 15-25 foot deep. We caught a smallmouth at about 20 foot that had eggs coming out when we got it to the boat, so that fish had to be spawning deep.

Every fish we caught in the last two days that was in typical spawning depth and structure was about 8 to 14 inches long, and even some littler.
 
The striper fishing is excellent. We fished for striper in the middle of the day with cut anchovies at about 20 to 40ft down, we caught about 25 to 40 fish an hour. We only kept some of the larger fish each day. They averaged from about 3 to 8 pounds. We also caught numerous striper while fishing for smallmouth, we would fish deep trying to catch some more large smallmouth and would catch the striper in the same structure on plastic tubes and grubs.


Steffen and Skyler with stripers caught in one hour from Navajo Canyon.
 
Steffen and smallmouth bass

May 9, 2007 -  Jim Dykes

Just got back to San Diego from Lake Powell. My uncle, Bill Kessler of Phoenix, my brother, Greg Carlson of Heber and I joined three of Greg’s customers, Brent, Mike and Clint, on May 1-2 to check out Lake Powell The enclosed pictures are evidence of the great fun we had on this spectacular lake. We caught 46 fish over a day and a half from several locations including Navajo Canyon and Sandy Beach though it seemed no location could stop my brother.
Great stripers along with a few small and largemouth kept us busy. We used anchovies on the stripers and a variety of tackles for the rest. We’d have stuck around for Thursday but the wind came up. We had to throw back a few but not before I got a picture of the particularly awesome fish my uncle caught. (He is a loyal reader of your report – if you can find a way to fit that picture in, it would be great. He probably won’t get up there again.) Thanks to Lake Powell and Arizona for a great trip and some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve had the privilege to see.
 

May 5, 2007 - Mike McNabb

I took 3 guys out Wed and Thurs. Wed. we caught 25 healthy stripers and a few smallies, one 2 ½ pounder. Thursday we stayed in Wahweap bay area and got off around 1:00 when the wind started to get really nasty. We caught 15 largemouth and smallmouth and 15 that got to the boat but got off (catch and release).

Ted caught a 3.15 pound and a 3.4 pound largemouth.

Dark colored jig. Murky water and 4 to 8 feet down around rocks and small inlets. We also caught a couple of small mouth that weighed in around 2 ½ pounds. It was windy but we had a good time.


Good fishing.
 


May 13, 2007 - Brian Clement

Hi my name is Brian Clement and we went fishing this week, on Wednesday and Thursday morning. We fished all night and caught a hundred and ten stripers. Ranging from big to small, they were all caught on anchovies. !

 
We would love to see one of these pictures get on your website. We love this website and hope to see us on it. Thanks Wayne for all the tips and extras you do to make fishing at Powell a great experience. My other two buddies names are Monroe and Jake, I am in the middle and my name is Brian...Thanks for everything

May 13, 2007 - Mike McNabb and Harvey Hoff

Caught another nice largemouth, 3.14#, Harvey Hoff in Wahweap
area, black hula grub double tail, around back of cove 4'-10' water. The
lake was really clear on the 10th. Saw some nice small and large mouth bass
around beds but not on them, were not aggressive. Thinking the spawn in
some places is probably over or maybe just starting for some fish.

HARVEY HOFF  LMB 3.14 pounds

May 10, 2007 - Ed Gerdemann

My first trip to Powell every year is one of nervous anticipation. First, I wonder if everything will be alright at the trailer. Then I wonder if the boat and motor will work okay after sitting through a long winter. Finally I wonder about the weather, particularly if the forecast is for unsettled conditions.

The past weekend was full of all these things as Dale Marenda and I made our first journey to the Big Pond in 2007. When we arrived at my Greenehaven trailer on Thursday, my first fears were realized when I turned on the water and discovered a burst pipe in the utility room and a broken toilet in the guest bathroom. Fortunately I was able to reach a plumber by phone who was able to come out and do most of the repairs. Waiting for the plumber gave us the opportunity to get our tackle ready for the next morning. Although the wind was howling when we went to bed, the NOAA forecast gave me optimism that we'd at least have some fishing Friday morning. That optimism proved to be well-founded.

Friday morning dawned overcast but with calm winds. We got the boat, which ran flawlessly I might add, in the water as early as possible and headed for the mouth of Gunsight where I'd caught a lot of smallmouth last fall. I figured the bass would be shallow with many on beds. Since bedding bass can't stand the sight of a sunfish hanging around, I thought a good presentation would be a Yamamoto 40 Series grub in a chartreuse color fished on a light Carolina rig. My light Carolina rigging consists of a Berkley Fireline, Power Pro or some other superline, a 1/4 oz. egg sinker, a swivel and two feet of six-pound-test fluorocarbon on which I tie a #3 Yamamoto split shot hook. This is essentially the same presentation as a split shot rig. Dale was using the same setup, but instead of a grub he was using a Roboworm with which he's had great success at Bartlett Lake this spring. We managed a few decent bass early on, however after the first hour or so the action really tapered off. I continued to fish the same rig thinking it should be the right combo for the conditions, while Dale tried several different things. After nearly four hours we'd only boated about 10 bass.
By this time we had left the shoreline at the mouth of Gunsight and moved up more towards the face of the butte. It was at that point I decided to change my pattern. I picked up my rod with a short drop shot rig and nose-hooked a new Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm. On my second cast I took a 2 1/4 pound smallmouth. Dale soon changed, and then we started catching one bass after another. Over the next two hours we took over 30 bass, including a 3 1/4 pound largemouth that Dale was able to land on an ultralight rig. We took a number of smallmouths between two and 2 3/4 pounds, however we also caught enough smaller "eaters" for a couple excellent dinners. We even caught a couple stripers on the new Yamamoto bait. Of the 40 some bass we caught, eight were largemouths. With the exception of Dale's dandy, most of the greenies ran 1 1/2 to two pounds.

Nearly all the bass were caught in four to 12 feet of water. The best areas were big gravel flats which the bass were obviously using for bedding, however that first ledge off steep, rocky banks also harbored some good fish. The presentation was simple - cast out and slowly drag the lure back. Most of the hits came on the initial drop, however I had several good fish pick up the bait on the retrieve. We were using the Baby Bass color in the Shad Shaped Worm, however I think any of the watermelon and green pumpkin colors as well as Natural Shad would have worked just as well. This is an excellent new bait. I'll be anxious to see how it works when the bass head for deeper water this summer.
But, alas, all good things must come to an end, and about noon the wind really started to blow. We headed back to the Antelope Point ramp just ahead of the big gusts. Although disappointed our day was over, I was glad to be off the lake when those gusts started exceeding 30 mph!

I was as pessimistic about Saturday morning as I had been optimistic about Friday. The wind was not forecast to lay down. When we reached Antelope Point at around 5:30 a.m. there were big whitecaps out on the channel beyond the breakwater. It was also a lot colder Saturday. We decided to go into Page for coffee and a little more breakfast while we waited to see if conditions would improve. We returned to Antelope Point around 7:00 a.m. While still cold and windy, it didn't look as bad as it did earlier. We decided to launch and go try for stripers in Antelope Canyon where we'd be protected somewhat from the wind. We were in there for more than two hours with absolutely no luck except for one little smallmouth I caught off a little ledge along a steep wall. As we left the canyon around 9:30 I noted the wind had died some. I decided it might be a good idea to try the rocky bay across from Antelope Point Marina. It would be protected in there, and before the marina went in this bay was one of my best smallmouth spots.
While we found shelter from the wind, the fishing wasn't very good. I did manage one nice 2 1/2-pounder as well as a couple smaller bronzebacks, however that was about it. By noon the wind had died considerably so we ran up to the rocky bay at the mouth of Warm Creek. Although that bay had produced for me in past years, it only gave up a couple more little ones on Saturday. At that point Dale suggested we motor down into Navajo Canyon to see if we could find some cooperative stripers.
We saw a number of boats fishing off the second point above the double islands, so we joined them. We were there for over an 1 1/2 hours before I finally hooked a fish in nearly 60 feet of water, which I proceeded to lose. We had no more hits over the next 1/2 hour. Most of the other boats were leaving. Finally some folks on the back side of the point told us they had started getting some fish. We joined them, and soon we were catching stripers, too. It wasn't fast action, but at least it was action. Over the next hour Dale and I took 10 stripers. I also got a 2-pound smallmouth on an anchovy. These active fish were holding in 20 feet deep over 35-45 feet on the back side of that point. I never graphed a tight school of them on my fish finder, but everytime I saw two or three strong arches we'd get a bite.
I would have liked to have stayed longer, but we ran out of bait and it was getting late. We finished the day with 10 stripers and seven bass. There's no doubt in my mind that the wind and colder temperatures affected the fishing. This, I guess, is a testament to how great Lake Powell fishing is when 17 fish, including 14 very nice fish, is a slow day.

May 14, 2007- Lou Schultz

My partner & I, went to Cookie Jar area, including lower mouth of Padre, and ~ 500 ft. from stick-up trees in back of Gunsight canyon, where, in 2 days of fishing we yielded 140 lbs. of Stripers, most of which were the skinny, big-headed ones along with some SMB, and one Walleye. We had to dump some ice to get fish to fit. Had I known, another large cooler would have been taken. Lots of cleaning. My partner, after nicking himself several times, decided to break down & buy an electric knife. Voila! no more nicks, just pokes from spines!!
Almost all were caught on white grub-tails.

May 14, 2007 - Scott Feagan

It’s Monday morning and back to work. I went to the Chains area and fished from 8am to 4pm. I found the fish closest to the dam in what appeared to be about 20-30 feet of water when they would strike. I first went to the furthest East (just across from Anchovy Point) and worked a while there with no results. Then to the closest I could get to the dam and I couldn’t keep a hook in the water from 1030am on to about 3pm. I came back around 6pm and they were gone. It appeared the fish had moved over to the West with all the boats over there and shade forming for fish cover. So thank you for the information.

May 21, 2007 - Jim Riddle

Captain Ray Young

So, after trying to figure out a time to go to Lake Powell this spring, we finally went and had a great time. We went to the south end out of Page and launched at Antelope Point. Capt. Ray launches at State Line due to restrictions on guide services at Antelope.

Day one: We decided to get a guide (I have been to Lake Powell many times, and a few times specifically to fish, but never really piled in the fish like I hear about everyone doing) to learn some of the subtleties. It was money well spent. We went with Capt. Ray Young--about the nicest guy you would want to meet, and who was able to help me learn some of the more advanced concepts of finding, identifying, and fishing suitable structure and at the same time get very basic to help my wife (who doesn't do a lot of fishing) on things as simple as how to set the hook, etc. I would recommend Capt. Ray to anyone at all. We were specifically targeting smallmouth and Ray delivered.

Jim Riddle

For the first time in my life, I actually lost count on how many fish we caught. Many were very small--like REALLY small--but there were plenty of decent sized fish. Also, every once in a while you would get the odd striper coming into the picture. The 15 inch'ish stripers that are not in the schools seemed very, very healthy--nice and fat and pulled like crazy--did not want to give up. The bigger (I should say longer) stripers were clearly near death and just felt like pulling in a big stick. We caught a couple of walleyes and a blue gill and my wife had a large mouth to the boat when he came unbuttoned. We mainly fished watermelon or white unweighted senkos weedless or watermelon, or chartreuse single tail grubs on a 1/4 oz jighead. I also caught a couple on a Shad Rap R/S and a deep diving X-Rap.

Ashley Riddle

Before we finished for the day, Capt. Ray took us to his "secret spot" for stripers so we could get some fish to take home. Pretty amazing how he took us to this spot and IMMEDIATELY we started catching fish until we decided that we had enough. Used anchovies down about 40 feet. We had a fish on from the time we put the first line in the water until we decided to leave. We caught somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 in about a half hour.
Day 2: On our own now, we went uplake and found a campsite in Grotto Canyon. I saw a little brush in the cove so while we were still setting up I threw grub next to brush and immediately caught a little smallie. We motored around with the electric and found some of the structure that we learned about with Ray and some of what I had read about and seen on WaynesWords.com. (In fact I think we fished the same rock that Wayne posted in his fish report!) We pretty much caught fish all day. What was a bonus is that we found one little spot where we go into some walleye and pulled out a total of 6 in about an two hours mixed in with our regular haul of small smb.
There was one larger, very dark backed SMB that we kept seeing following the smaller fish that we hooked and finally Ashley (my wife) hooked up with it on a slightly larger grub--it was the biggest smallie of the trip.
I did catch the biggest walleye (to my credit) on a deep diving x-rap (I had never caught walleye before). The walleye were all very thick across the back, very feisty and pulled really hard. From that same spot we also caught several bluegill (Ashley caught the biggest one--really pretty one--see picture) and several stripers. We caught the most on watermelon, chartreuse, and smoke single tail grubs, but also caught fish on the X-Rap, weightless senkos, and carolina rigged senko.


When we got back to camp and it got shady and calm, I started throwing a Pop-R from the back of the parked boat. I could see fish following it but no takers. I tied a small power grub on a 12 inch leader off of the back hook of the Pop-R and caught a mixed bag of blue gill and very small smallies--a lot of fun.

Day 3: We were only going to fish for a couple of hours and then head in. I fished a LC Sammy and had several strikes but could not hook up--probably my fault, and the fish seemed pretty small, but still still very fun to see them hit a topwater. Switched to grubs and started catching fish. Finally we decided to call it and we headed in. Picked up our fish at Capt. Ray's and went home.



 
It was not nearly as hot as I expected it to be and I learned that heading up lake is definitely worth the time and the gas as we felt like we almost had the Lake to ourselves. Great trip, can't wait to go again.

May 20, 2007 - Mike McNabb

We have a new record for our family in the small mouth category.

Laura McNabb
caught this huge smallie on a dark colored hula, double tail Yamamota Grub
in about 10-13 feet of water. She let the grub just sit on the bottom for
15 - 30 seconds and the bass picked it up and just sat there. She said she
noticed her line was tight and set the hook. She thought she had a snag at
first. I was thinking striper but hoping for something else, and then it flashed and man did Laura hit the panic button. The fish was still 10-15 feet away from the boat and she was yelling, "get it! get it!" I told her to just keep playin' him, you're doin' fine! She got him up next to the boat and I netted him. Wow it sure was big. We took pictures weighed him with a Berkley lip gripper scale and let him go. She was really excited!


May 25, 2007 - Joel T.

The BIL and I launched at Antelope for a 5 night trip rudely cut short to a 3 night trip after 4th day carelessness resulted in a hook embedded deep in my thumb and a trip to the Page hospital for removal (The BIL thinks I'm morphing into a BIL... hard to dispute his claim). Prior to that, striper slaying was going better than expected.

Night Fishing: Though this year there aren't any shad to attract, the night light draws plankton and in the past we have had some great plankton-only bites. First night we tried a never-before-failed spot near Dominguez Butte and basically struck out...caught only two. The other two nights we fished in the main channel near Rock Creek, kept 20+ each night and tossed back any that even smelled skinny. Comparing to other trips, the night fishing was only mediocre at best.

The second morning we met up with Wayne and he demonstrated his trolling over reefs technique in the main lake channel. We milked and massaged that for all it was worth and ended up catching lots of extremely healthy stripers before the early trip exit. Healthy stripers were just the opposite of what I had expected (one weighed over 5 lbs. and was not just healthy but actually fat).

Here was the pattern: Skinny stripers were in the canyons, fat ones in the main lake channel, at least from Rock Creek up. We trolled Rattling Rapallas, Wally Divers etc. along all shorelines other than straight up and down cliffs. Time of day didn't seem to make much difference. They're evidently feeding and fattening up on bluegill and sunfish. The water was clear and usually a hooked fish had 6-8 others following. An occasional Walleye joined the other stiffs in the ice chest. The key to success was trolling the main lake shoreline rather than back in the canyons.

What surprised us most was fish condition. From reports prior to trip I expected to toss most back. Instead
we tossed any that even hinted at being skinny and still kept 3 out of four...we kept none with the white meat fillets you can roll up like a tortilla.

Again, the keys that worked... fish the main lake channel, except along cliffs... Canyons are harboring mostly skinny stripers.

May 31, 2007 - Barry, Greg, Levi and Ron - Mora MN

Family and friends are gathering to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Page residents, Corky and Maryann Grace on May 31st.  The family did the houseboat trip, rented a ski boat and then went striper fishing for the day on May 30th.  With  warm wonderful weather, the beauty of Lake Powell, and great fishing, it appears we may stay for the next year to see if we really like it here.     

 

Ron Grace

We fished anchovy bait at Warm Creek wall without any success.  The next stop was Cookie Jar where the first school of stripers was found in a sandy cove behind two houseboats.  Stripers hit bait right on the bottom in 30 feet of water and then came shallower as the chum got them stirred up.  We caught about 20 fish here before it slowed down. We thought that was wonderful but there was more to come.

 

Levi Fladebo    

Stripers were holding in sandy coves with brush on the shoreline instead of slick rock cliff walls. Bottom depth of 30-40 feet was best but fish would rise in the water column when they started to feed. Fish responded aggressively to chum and bait but lures were taken as well.

The nest stop was the brushy shoreline on the east side of the channel between Rock Creek and Dungeon Canyon. We trolled the reef ends with shad raps while graphing for striper schools.  Stripers were seen on the sharp breaks where bottom depth quickly fell from 20 to 40 feet.

Greg Baldwin  

We graphed a good school of fish, anchored the boat on the break, and chummed 4 anchovies cut in chunks. The striper school went ballistic. They hit every bait we put in the water.  We had four fish on at once many times over.

We found out that three bags of anchovies allows you to catch about 125 stripers before the bait is gone.  We quit fishing at noon with a full live well of thin fish and a big  cooler of smaller fish on ice.

We ate stripers for the first time last night using our Minnesota recipes and they taste really great.

We have had a wonderful trip!

Barry Dickinson     


May 30, 2007 - Jeff and Garrett Cook, Idaho Falls, ID

Fished the Gunsight / Padre Bay area over the long weekend and had a great time. Fishing was steady throughout the day. Fished the banks early, and deeper water as the days warmed up. We found fish on the points and in the back of coves. Shallow fish were near the brush that contained bluegills. Kept a couple of walleye for dinner, and the largest one had just eaten a 3” bluegill.

 

Jeff Cook

Smaller Stripers seemed to be moving around throughout the day, and were caught on a variety of baits. The smaller Stripers were nice fat fish, the larger ones were on the skinny side. Striper fishing was excellent at sundown off of points in 35’ water on CD9 Redfins.
We caught Smallmouth anywhere from the bank out to 30’ of water. Mostly smaller fish on the banks, and larger ones in deeper water. Most of the bass caught were Smallies, with several Largemouth to keep it interesting. All Largemouth / Smallmouth bass caught were released.

 

Garrett Cook

The Stripers found themselves on the wrong end of a fillet knife. Though not specifically targeted, bluegills were caught on crank baits and jigs. Bass were caught on crank baits and drop shot rigs rigged with finesse worms, or finesse shad worms. Thank you Wayne for the great job you do on the website.



 

May 30, 2007 - Frank Glaab - Phoenix, AZ

May 19 - 25 Houseboat Trip

We beached in Navajo Canyon for two nights and caught a dozen crappie, some carp, several catfish averaging 1 to 2 lbs. We used frozen anchovies but the crappies were caught with rattletrap lures. Not one striper caught in Navajo for our group.


Frank Glaab
After beaching in large cove off of Last Chance Bay we finally hit the stripers. About 4:00 pm until 12:30 am we caught about 80 stripers averaging 15 - 24 inches on frozen anchovies. We caught two walleyes, several smallmouth and largemouth bass with rattletrap lures, and 30 catfish averaging 2lbs using frozen anchovies and raw bacon.
 
After some rainy weather came through the striper fishing died and our trip ended with a two chukars playing above our beach. We stayed the last night in a slip at Antelope Point and ate at the new restaurant there, the pizza was great !

June 5, 2007 - John Szymoniak, Boise ID,  Peter Szymoniak - Pensacola FL 

Greetings Wayne, First thanks for your reports they provide solid fishing intel - proof to follow.

Spent last week fishing LP from the dam to West Canyon. Sat 5/25 and 5/26 had one those "great" fishing days at the first point past the double rocks in Navajo Canyon (fish were also on the second point you often mention - but I found them to be a bit larger on the first point). Tried the same spot Tue but nothing - very windy with a frontal passage. Tue thru Fri on a houseboat out of dam area. Wed Gunsight canyon before sun hit the water produced largemouth, smallmouth, and two nice stripers on topwater lures in the back of the canyon along weeds and rubble.

Thursday 5/31 and Friday 6/1 we had the "great" fishing again you referred to last week = 100+ fish.

 This came after pretty slow start in Last Chance canyon - but I got a good cell signal on my Blackberry and checked out your recent fish report for that week which told us what to look for in the way of structure. So with this new information we headed back into West Canyon to a slot area and found the mother lode of stripers. The spot consistently produced for the next 48 hours for us. Look about 1.5 miles up the canyon on the left side - there is a large rock out from a steep drop off with a narrow slot between the wall and the rock. The fish were there like cordwood averaging 4-5 lbs in 20 to 45 feet of water. Often with one hooked dozens would follow the hooked one up to the boat looking for a meal.

May 30, 2007 - Bob Howard

Bob Howard

Just got back from a short 2 day trip with my two grandsons. First day we fished close to check out boat & motor and fished up to Dominguez Butte & mouth of Padre with good results.
The second day, we started to Rock Creek to find Tim Kelly's spot where all the action was happening. But as I was at the mouth of Friendship Cove I had to pull in there.
We started throwing grubs on 1/4 oz Road Runners with good success. We worked all the way back catching 18" to 22" stripers, SM, LM and a few crappie.
In one cove with flooded brush in it one grandson caught a 4lb LM & within minutes the other caught a 4 1/8lb SM. I sat there in amazement. We caught everything all the way to the very back.
I kept trying to get the guys to quit & clean fish as it was getting late. They finally agreed and we went back to the mouth of FS in a nice shady spot and started to work and sinking the remains in 25" to 30" water.
Well one guy picked up my rod and asked if he could try it?
I said yes and the first cast caught a 22" striper, he threw him in the box that I was trying to get empty and proceeded to catch 6 more. At this rate we were never going to get through.

 

Weston Anderson

 Well his next cast was a backlash and when he got it cleared his lure was on the bottom and he started to reel in, he thought at first he was hung up until it started moving and we all saw that he had a very BIG fish on it.
He played it for about 10 minutes (with my expert coaching) before he tore the hook out.

Isaac Gallegos

It was his fish of a life time and I wanted him to bring it in more than I can say.
We finished cleaning fish and left racing with the sun, running 50 to 55 and was a little after sundown when we got in. I had thought that cleaning fish and throwing the remains in would ruin that spot, but it seemed to attract them in this time.
All in all this was the shortest trip I have made to Powell, but it will be in my memory the BEST trip I have ever made because I have just introduced two young kids to Lake Powell and especially "Friendship Cove" And they have already said "Papa we will to do this again".

It just don't get any better.

May 25, 2007 - Jerry Anderson, Provo and Greenehaven, UT



I caught the fish on Friday May 25th at 5:30 am in Wahweap Bay in about 10 feet of water.  It was the only striper I caught but we also caught a few SMB and LMB though nothing big.

Sorry I didn't weigh it but it was at least 3 feet long. You can use the photos any way you like. Thanks for everything that you do. It is always very helpful.
 

 

Jerry Anderson

 

Striper was caught with Zara Spook topwater in Wahweap Bay.  The big one was the only fish that hit the big gold bait.

Big striper was released and is still swimming in Wahweap Bay.  Go get him!!

Waynes Note:  Without a weight I just have to guess.  My estimate is 15 pounds.


June 6, 2007 - Ross Green, Prescott Valley, AZ

I was with a group of guys fishing in the friendship cove and rock creek area from May 25th to June 4th. We had very good success on stripers, small mouth, walleye and catfish.

For the cats and stripers I use a system that is similar to mooching for salmon. I use a sliding egg sinker of about 1/2 oz to 3/4 oz. I tie my main line to an appropriate sized swivel. From there I use 8 to 10 pound test leader of about 24 to 30 inches. I then tie on a 1/ 0 octopus type hook. I will take an anchovy and cut off the head and about 1/2 inch more. The bait should be a minimum of 3 inches long. Starting at the tail I then pierce the hook into the tail section about 1/4 inch from the caudal fin.

Next bring the hook all the way through the bait. Then near the end of the bait (towards the head section) I run the hook through the bait and leave the barb exposed. I then tighten the line to have the shank of the hook run along side of the anchovy. The last step is to put a half hitch just above the entry point near the tail. It is important to use the half hitch. The fish cannot pull the bait off. Then simply cast out and let it sit on bottom. You can also use this system for suspended stripers. Just lower bait to the appropriate depth and bang. I catch over 90% of all hits. Our last trip we put in the boat over 100 stripers and over 50 catfish.

We also trolled and picked up a large variety of largemouth, smallmouth, walleye and of course a zillion stripers. I used Rapala sunfish imitations with a ten foot marked bill. I put them back about 40 feet. On the rocky shore line of eastern Friendship Cove was a great place. Also we encountered a striper boil behind the island directly across the lake from Friendship Cove. We also jigged in Rock Creek. The schools are scattered but we did pick up a lot of fish. It seems white is still the preferred color.

 

2nd attempt, pictures to follow:

First cut the head of the anchovy off with about 1/2 inch of body. You will want bait to be at least 3 inches long.

Step one: run the hook totally through the tail of the anchovy. Pull the hook out with about three inches of line.

Step two: about 1/4 an inch from the front section (where head was attached) of the anchovy run the hook barb all the way out the other side. Do not allow the shank to go through bait.

Step 3: pull the line snug. Then secure at the end of tail with a half hitch. This will resemble a stitch. With the line snug the shank of the hook will line up on the side of the anchovy

The half hitch is used to keep the line snug.

When your anchovies get mushy you can twist your line a couple times around the body

This would be done between steps one and two. Remember, the more anchovy scent you have in the water the more fish you will catch. When one of my kids get home I will get their help to down load pictures.

Wayne I hope this helps. I have used this technique at Powell for a while now. I have even been able to create boils behind my boat as early in the year as this past March.
 


June 6, 2007 - Jim Morrill

Wayne I want you to meet a friend Ross Green some time. He will be taking a lot of guys to Powell and he is really an incredible fisherman. I would like him to send you a technique he uses for anchovies that is so simple and effective. In simple terms: smaller hook goes through bait once then entirely out. Next the hook goes into spine and is left. Line is now taken and half hitched around the tail and it holds the bait unbelievably well. I will try to get him to explain it better. This is most likely something you have run into but I had not. He rarely ever gets stripped of bait and catches almost every hit because of the small wide hook and placement and maybe even the way it pulls off the bait. This is a deadly setup for bait fishing from shore or with split shot or free fall. I have never seen anyone so successful with anchovies. This technique works mainly with the last 1-2" tailpiece and the half hitch ending up around the tail. It is also fast to do.
We had excellent spring fishing May 30 - June 4th primarily fishing the main channel points and islands from Friendship Cove to Dungeon. Here is a summary:

I had excellent success with the natural colors of 3" and 4" Berkeley Tubes. They seem to be a good mimic of shad, crawdads or both. They worked well in the small coves for largemouth and outside the coves for smallies. They picked up many, many stripers too. Berkeley baits seem to give you many chances to catch the fish also with their well tested and researched scents. I think they really help the beginners. Slide the a 1/4 to 1/2 lead head inside the tube and you will catch fish. I had bass giving me a half dozen chances to get a good hook set as they just keep coming back. Stripers do the same. Spent a fair amount of time bouncing the bottom, but swimming it by a point works too. Often the hit comes before you ever move the tube. Stay persistent, they work!

The Kastmasters also worked well as their size must have "matched the hatch". We found these easy for the kids to cast and they could have real success on them. 1.5" size was what we had.

Small 1" crappie grubs were a success in the coves with one split shot weight catching crappie, sunfish and yes some nice 3 lbs. Largemouth darted out and snatched them too and this was also a great gig for our young fishermen that gave them a very productive hour of fishing. I will always keep that trick in my hat for future trips.

We also were wildly successful using crank baits as long as we used my one rule of cranking............there is only one speed for a crank bait: mach speed. The small 1 to 1.5 " crank bait bodies worked well at full speed on Walleye, Smallies and Stripers. We had better success on any of the fat shad type lures with longer diving bills. Two lures worth noting is a 2" sunfish looking rapala with a longer bill. Another lure, my favorite of the trip (you could bet your paycheck on) is the Norman Deep lures. The Norman Lure that is a big fat shad body (largest Norman made I think) with the deep dive bill and the "suspend" body absolutely kicks butt at a fast speed and will sometimes hit bottom in 22' of water. This lure looks huge but will slam walleye, pounder smallies and larger and stripers. I think this lure and some 10-15 lbs test may also be the ultimate houseboat lure for that 5 knot troll of a houseboat down the channel. It tracks well and gives you a deep deep troll. We slammed a lot of Stripers using this deep deep Norman at a 4-5 knot troll on 8-10 lbs test line around the islands just before dungeon canyon extending back toward Page a mile or so. Look for the high points there and troll around them. The coves between the islands and shore produced full boils each afternoon and fish were caught out of the boil. My other Captain said he saw shad the size of his hand being attacked by the stripers. Are these the gizzard shad being attacked??? Are we the first to catch stripers out of a full boil this season??? We also saw smaller slurps in Friendship cove about a third of the way back and deep in main rock creek. Fish were healthier out in the main channel. The shoreline on the most upstream side of Friendship produced nearly a dozen walleye the largest a 3-4 pounder. 99% of our fish were caught at a point of some kind or an island (usually on the point).

My buddy also jigged up a few using Cabalas real image spoons in 1.5 oz. This was a tougher sell but he did get several fish per hour on them. In contrast we got 10 per hour per boat trolling deep divers or casting.

TRY THAT NORMAN DEEP DIVER AT A FAST TROLL IF YOU WANT FISH.


I had the incredible pleasure of hooking two ten year old nephews on fishing. They were eager, listened and enjoyed. Take them and teach them with a simple pole/reel and teach them exactly what you to do to cast and retrieve without tangles and you will be rewarded with their success. They especially need to know the particulars of keeping lines from wrapping around tips and reel handles and keeping line tight as it goes on the spools, etc. If you teach the tangle prevention and snag prevention well, they will most likely be catching fish off points with a crank bait just like you in a couple days. Cost to get a boy a trip like this was maybe $150, one 10 year old boy caught over 75 fish---------Priceless!

Hope you can all get some of that Lake Powell beauty, adventure, freedom and friendship and share it with a boy and turn him into a man. GO FISH!

June 5, 2007 -Bryan Kelley

Maria Kelley

The Kelley’s were a little late hitting the water on 5-31 as Dummy me locked the keys in the truck at Shell station as I went in for Lake Powell stamp.

We motored up to Rock Creek in our normal camping area and set.

It was 5 pm when we decided to test out Tim Kelley’s lead on the point right at channel and Rock Creek, Well I marked fish on a nice hump chummed two or three chovies and bam the fight was on. We boated 11 stripers in under 60 min and headed back to camp for dinner.

Smaller and med size fish - no rails.

Friday am up at 5 or so tried Tim’s Rock Creek canyon spot no stripers but smallies were willing to eat. After an hour I said lets gas up at the Rope and head to Oak Canyon.

After no ice cream (they were still closed) and $125 in gas off we went. Channel was smooth this am we arrived and started to chum and Maria’s bait just got in water and Bam. The fight was on. We fished the large cliff east side of Oak Canyon bay filled live well in 1.5 hours with 30-40 fish only 3 were rails, one was around 5.5. BTW Maria killed Dad 5 fish for every one or two of mine. Your tip on the huge school was right on. Finder showed black from all the echo’s in 40-50 ft water all along the cliff

When tired and out of bait I fillet the fish and found some nice area for dogs to run around.

While heading to the restroom we ran across a large slurp in the oak bay we got close for two or three cast and pulled one real nice and two small ones.

Heading back to the rope we also found another large slurp in channel just past the gravel hill.

In channel along the wall Maria landed two from slurp as dad was running the trolling motor to stay in casting range.

Saturday we headed to Navajo so we would not need to bounce the straits on Sunday .

All the way to the end lots of wood in the water some very big trees. Found camp site and set heard sound of fish and we fished two very large slurps for 1.5 hours 10 fish from the slurps. At the end, both had gotten scared of cranks baits landing so we change to grubs and they did not mind them at all. These were juvenile stripers with good fillets.

Much warmer Saturday night in the canyon from up lake Thursday and Friday.

Thanks Tim and Wayne for the locations to try.

So after two years way we still can find fishing excitement in Lake Powell see ya 7-10 7-16

 

Golden Eagle In Navajo Canyon


June 14, 2007 - Brett Butler

Date: 6/05/07-6/11/07 Padre Canyon-Padre Bay

We stayed in the marina the first day due to high winds and left early on the 7th. We anchored in before noon and my nephews Carson, Sage, Zach, Ryker, my son Triston and brother Clay went fishing for smb.
We had very little experience and a lot of youth but following the jigging tips and free advice obtained here on Wayneswords we started catching smb on tubes of various colors fairly steady at most structures and coves. They were not monsters but were a lot of fun to catch on our ultra-lites. The younger boys ages 11, 13 and 4 were ecstatic and claim they liked fishing more than all the other toys we brought with us.
We did fish with anchovies at night off the back of the houseboat, but the action was slower than previous trips. So we decided to head to some deeper water one morning and hooked on to a mess of fish 3-4 pounders in good health. Approximate fish count was 42 smb, 30 stripers, 13 catfish, 7 lmb and 1 walleye. We had a big fish fry the last night. I now believe I have fishing allies to compete with the jetskis and wakeboarders on our yearly trips. Thank you Wayne and all who contribute for helping with the planning and preparing for a successful trip.

 
I told the boys I would try and get the fishing photos on your website if you could they would be thrilled. Thanks again for all you do!!!!!!!




 

June 13, 2007 - Lee Fleming

Lake Record Smallmouth Bass??

Lee Fleming with his 5 pound 8 ounce smallmouth bass caught near Rock Creek on a Yamamoto Hula Grub in bright orange with a brown skirt.

 

The big smallmouth was 20 inches long which is one inch longer and 2 ounces heavier than the existing lake record 5 pound 6 ounce bass.

 

The bad news - Lee didn't get it weighed on certified scales. The big fish is just that - a big fish.  It cannot have record status without proper documentation.

 

Congratulations Lee on the smallmouth bass catch of the year.  

 

 


June 21, 2007 - Mike McNabb

Yesterday was tough fishing. We did manage to get 10 fish into the boat and missed a few others. Things seem to be changing as far as the time the stripers biting. Early, like 5 am to about 6:30 am they are biting pretty good at the dam. We hit the dam first but a little late so we went to three other good spots trying to find them on the graph.

 

Zach

Finally we went into Navajo and picked up
some strays. We never did find a school of stripers on the graph. We only caught 10 fish but we had a good time. Zach-11yrs. and his little brother
Nick -6 yrs. caught 6 fish and Dad and Grandpa caught 4 fish. Zach and Nick are proud of their first stripers.
 

Nick


July 1, 2007 - Chuck Fulton

During our houseboat trip in June I converted my 5 yr old granddaughter and her 3 year old brother to being real fishermen.
 
 
 
The picture of the boy in his life vest is with a striper on that he caught trolling on his kids pole. They caught dozens of bluegill and a couple carp off the back deck of the houseboat. What fun!!
 
And they are now die hard fisherpeople. If you can use the pictures on the web site feel free. Chuck

June 28, 2007 - Ed Gerdemann

By typical lake Powell fishing standards, my trip last week would have to be classified as average.

 However, average for Lake Powell is a heck of a lot better than most other places. Considering the hot weather and the still rising water, I'd have to say we did pretty well.

My guest this trip was long-time fishing partner John Conrad. John specializes in night fishing at Lake Pleasant for white bass, stripers and crappies under the lights, so fishing in daylight again takes a bit of adjustment; however John adjusted quite well and took quite a bunch of fish from the back of my boat.

We decided after arriving that we would limit our fishing to artificial lures, and that we would concentrate on smallmouth. We would be diligent for striper boils as well as large schools that might appear under the boat, and we would have rods on deck rigged with spoons, crankbaits and other striper-type lures; however we decided that we would make smallmouth our main quarry with the hopes of a few walleyes thrown in.

Friday morning we left Antelope point just at the time it was safe to run the lake without lights. We motored up to the mouth of Gunsight to work some main lake reefs and points. Within a short period of time we had nailed four smallmouths all between 2 1/2 and 2 3/4 pounds. I caught my fish on the new Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm while John used a Yamamoto 3-inch Slim Senko. We were both fishing drop shot rigs. I took one dandy on top of a reef in less than 15 feet of water, however the other three came from right at 20 feet. John even caught a 4-pound carp that hit a tube fished on a jig head.

No sooner than the action began, it ended. Over the next three hours we took only a half dozen small fish. We left the Gunsight area and worked the pass between Padre and Dominguez Butte with little success. We then ran uplake to some points behind Gregory Butte. Initially we didn't do much; however as suddenly as the bite ended three hours earlier, it began again. By this time I had switched from the Shad Shaped Worm to the Senko rigged wacky style. John went back to fishing a tube, however he was fishing it on a drop shot rig instead of a jig head. Over the next couple hours we took over 50 smallies. Quite a few of them were dinks, however we also took a good number of 3/4 pound to 1 1/4 pound "eaters" as well as a few larger fish. John also caught a decent walleye which we added to the cooler. Again, the magic depth was 20 feet. We found the fish relating more to steep structure where the bottom dropped from 15 to 30 feet in a short distance. Points, reefs and ends of flats all worked well. Most of my hits on the Senko came on the initial drop, while John's fish seemed to come after he worked his lure a bit.



Saturday, in search of some bigger fish, we motored to the Rock Creek area. We concentrated our efforts on the gravel banks on the opposite shore opposite the mouth of Rock Creek. The results were similar to Friday except we got into fish fairly quickly and stayed into them until we had completely fished the area. Again 20 feet seemed to be where the bigger bass were stationed. We took some smaller ones shallow but the nicer 2-pounders all came from deeper water. We tried fishing the 25-30 foot strata with little success, however. We also found that the main lake side of the shoreline was more productive than inside the coves. As with Friday, I had most of my luck with the drop shot Senko; while John stayed with his tube. The best colors were watermelon and chartreuse.

After working those banks we tried Friendship Cove without much success except for the one striper of the trip which John caught. He also caught a decent channel cat there as well. We finished the day back behind Gregory Butte, however as the noon hour approached the bite subsided. We took a few more fish; but tired and sweating from the heat, we decided to call it a day around 1 p.m. and headed back for the ramp. Our final tally for Saturday was 78 smallmouths, one striper and one catfish.

Once again drop shotting was the ticket. John spent considerable time using various types of jigs, but they weren't as effective as the drop shot presentation. Over the past four or five years I've found that more often than not the drop shot will outfish the jig particularly when the fish are in their summer patterns.

I promise that on future trips I will put some effort into stripers; however as long as that "average" smallmouth fishing continues, it will be difficult not to pick up a drop shot rig and pitch it at a reef or rock pile. I'll try but can't guarantee I will!


June 25, 2007 - Rhonda

Rhonda with grandkids and smallmouth bass.
Kids, grandkids, and trout.

July 8. 2007 - Al Thomas

Fourteen year old

Nick Glover

with two of the 38 fish we caught on this trip in Rock Creek Bay. Nick was the top fisherman this trip. He caught the first fish, the biggest fish, and the most fish. Not too bad for a Saturday night!


July 10, 2007 - Richard Roberts

My buddy Bryant Branam and I camped at the busy Rock creek area on Fri and Sat. We searched and could not find any Stripers till late afternoon at Billie Flat Top South Central area. There is a shallow 20 foot ledge that goes out about 75 feet and drops to 60-100 feet very swiftly. They were there at 60 feet but would not bite after tons of chovies/chum. While we were trying to entice them we got hit with the Powell Wind around 60 Mph. That was it for the afternoon. We had water blowing over the bow and said that's it.

 

Richard Roberts

On Sat, we looked for other areas and found nothing. By afternoon we had just a few and went back to investigate the striped ones from Fri. They were there still at 60 feet and had friends at 40 feet. A handful of chum was enough make the water erupt with fish. They sat at 10 feet waiting for out baits (Jig head with cut chovie on it) to come down.

Both Bryant and I said, OK had enough. We actually got burned out catching them. We had about 60 plus fish in a few hours. It was like jack polling them.

These were very healthy fish too. They had our chum and some crayfish inside them. Did not see other food but they WERE FAT ONES. (TO 24 INCHES)

Thank you for everything you and the readers contribute. Without all of your guys input, we could not have this kind of fun. Best to everyone.
 

Bryant Branam


July 15, 2007 - Mike McNabb

Just the other day one of my customers asked if there were any trout left in the lake. I told them I heard of any in many years and that I didn't think there was. So today guess what, we caught this trout by the chains about 10:00am. It was 18" long and weighted a little over 2 pounds.

 

Shannon Willis

The largemouth held up next to it weighed about the same. My son Sean caught one in about the same place when he was in 8th grade, around 1990. Shannon Willis caught this on an anchovy.
 

Shannon and Robert Willis


July 16, 2007 - Ed Gerdemann

Although most of my trips to Powell are strictly for fishing, there are times when I have to devote most of my time to maintenance chores at our Greenehaven mobile. Such was the case this past week. However, I did manage a few hours on the water Saturday morning, and, like most days on the lake, this one was very productive.

My partner on this trip was my Greenehaven neighbor Dave Tomes. We pulled out of my driveway at 3:45 a.m. Saturday morning and headed to the Antelope Point ramp. Our targeted quarry would be smallmouths, however I did bring some anchovies along just in case I found a striper school. We also had some rods rigged for throwing into boils. Our destination were the islands and gravel banks just opposite the mouth of Rock Creek. I found lots of bass in this area my last trip, and Saturdays outing proved the smallies were still there in abundance.

Almost immediately after arriving we were into fish. We could see some fish breaking surface, however they all appeared to be smallies chasing shad, not stripers. I'm sure we could have caught some on small topwaters or by swimming grubs just under the surface, however we opted for drop shotting deeper water. I think we picked the right tactic as we put 14 fish in the boat within the first half hour. I was using a wacky rigged 3-inch Slim Senko, while Dave was primarily using the new Yamamoto Shade Shaped Worm. I don't think it made any difference as we were both catching fish at about the same rate. The action remained quite hot until around 7:45 a.m. when it definitely started slowing down. After moving to several different islands and banks, we decided to move over to a shady bank on the east side of the mouth of Rock Creek. Getting out of the sun proved to be a good move as we caught several more decent smallmouths before calling it a day at around 11 a.m. We lost track counting how many we caught, however I would estimate our total count was between 40 and 50 smallmouths. While we didn't get any monsters this trip, we did get several smallmouth in the two-pound range plus a large number of "eaters" in that 3/4 pound to 1 1/4 pound range.

Although we caught a few fish between 15 and 20 feet, most of our fish - and all of our nicer fish - were taken at 20 to 24 feet. We tried some even deeper water but with no success. I had several instances when my bait was struck not long after it hit the surface, but these were always over water in the 20 to 24-foot range. About 70% of our fish hit on the initial drop, however we found it advantageous to leave our baits down and drag them around a bit. I took a few fish right under the boat, however I found that casting away from the boat produced more strikes.

One other thing I found of interest was how may gut-hooked fish we had. With the circle hooks I normally use while drop shotting, it's not too often a fish will be gut hooked. Most of the time it will be hooked in the corner or roof of its mouth. Saturday I had to deal with a lot more deeply hooked fish than normal. I wonder if this has anything to do with a lack of forage and the fish being more aggressive when they do find something they think is food?

A tip I would like to pass on to other Powell anglers fishing in hot weather is when that early morning bite slows, you can often extend your day by fishing shaded areas. Bass will be active in these areas long after their brethren along the sunny banks have moved back in under the rocks.

I'll be up for a short trip in a couple weeks, and maybe this time I'll find it in heart to search for stripers. If not, I will continue to enjoy those fighting bronzebacks.

July 17, 2007 - Russ Bassdozer

Happened to catch some nice fish on a buzzbait Saturday morning. So I decided to make a big "buzz" of it for Sunday. Launched at Antelope around 5 AM and ran 5 east-facing walls before 8 AM while they were still throwing some shade down.
 
 
Caught 4 or 5 decent bass off each wall plus many smaller ones. Photo I took of myself using the automatic timer shows one of the better buzzbait bass that hit in less than a foot of water!

 

East walls I fished with shade were in the Kanes, creeks above West Canyon and in Friendship.


July 23, 2007 - Russ Bassdozer

I caught over 30 bass Saturday morning mostly on Carolina rigs in 20-25 feet of water.

How I make the Carolina rig is: 1) thread the sinker on the line, 2) thread the bright bead on the line, 3) thread the rattle strap on the line, 4) tie on the swivel, 5) tie a foot long leader to the swivel, 6) tie the hook on, 7) attach the bait, and 8) coat all the above with attractant.
 
 

I fished directly below the bow of the boat in 15-20 feet of stained water like you'd fish a jigging spoon, but I jigged it more gently. Most fish came off small gravel patches or little rough spots that showed on the sonar screen.
Caught this bass and a bunch of his largemouth and smallmouth cousins today (Sunday) on a Texas-rigged Yamamoto Flappin' Hog.
 

July 30, 2007 - Debbie and Calvin Patton

My husband and I fished Goodman Canyon and Gunsite Canyon from 7-20 thru 7-28. The kids in our group caught bluegill and 4 or 5 catfish every day from the back of the houseboat and beach area. We also fish from our bass boat. We caught 2 small mouth and 1 largemouth bass the first morning on buzz baits.

I tried plastic frogs and pork frogs and caught a couple of largemouth on each. Mid day we tried chumming with anchovies as you suggested on your site.

We didn’t have any luck, but I’m not sure we had enough anchovies to make it work. We had shad schools off the back of our houseboat but the shad were very small about 1 ½” long. Small stripers were schooling in the back of the canyons about 1-2 lbs. great fun on the fly rods. We caught 6-8 on small fish flies and small rattle traps. Lots of fishin fun of all kinds. Lots of habitat in Rock creek arms on the right as we go in but we didn’t fish there. We went to look for the dinosaur tracks. No one brought the print out from your site. We asked the ranger but she didn’t know anything about it. We will be better prepared next time. Thank you for all you do to maintain the quality of our fishing experience. We have been coming to Powell since 1980. While I haven’t seen any crappie for a while we did get walleye last year. There seems to be more large mouth the last 2 years or so. Thanks again.

July 31, 2007 - Ed Gerdemann


One of the challenges in fishing Lake Powell and other southwestern reservoirs is dealing with fluctuating water levels. During the spring runoff that hump that had been so hot two weeks ago might be way too deep today; and with the lake dropping, as Lake Powell is right now, that ledge that didn't produce anything the last time now might hold a motherlode of fish.

That was the situation I found when I went out chasing smallmouth bass this past Saturday along the gravel banks and islands opposite the mouth of Rock Creek. This was my third trip to the area in the past month, and I have found something different each time. Joining me Saturday was Cap'n Chuck Duggins of Page. It's always a pleasure fishing with Cap'n Chuck as I get to share in his wisdom gained from many years on the water - much of it fishing for smallmouths.
It was about 7:45 a.m. when we approached a small island set back in a bay. I had fished this area my previous trips with no success. We'd been fishing for a couple hours already in the places where I'd previously had success, and we had taken some nice fish. The morning and been cool and overcast with a moderate southeast breeze; but as the eight o'clock hour approached the sun was starting to burn through the clouds, and the lake had calmed. We started working a point that jutted out from the north side of the island and took a couple of decent smallmouth. Chuck and I thought that point looked too good to hold just a couple fish, so we went back and fished it again. We stayed on this little point for over an hour and a half catching between 20 and 30 smallmouth between us.

The key to this spot was a small ledge at 26 feet between two big dropoffs. The point sloped out to 12 feet and then dropped suddenly to the ledge. Coming off the ledge it dropped to over 50 feet very quickly. The fish were literally stacked on the ledge. They actually looked like a striper school on my graph, however we didn't catch any stripers. In addition to the soft plastic baits we were fishing one drop shot setup, I dropped a Wallylure jigging spoon down there several times taking one decent smallie. By 9:30 the bite ended. In all my years on Lake Powell I have never taken so many smallmouth from one small spot.
  We had some decent success earlier that morning. We started our fishing at a small island on the west end of the gravel banks. This place had been quite good two weeks ago, and it wasn't bad Saturday. We caught 10-15 smallmouth there, and I took a couple largemouth and two walleyes. Chuck also caught a very nice bull bluegill. The highlight, however, was a dandy smallmouth that engulfed my Shad Shaped Worm which I had cast across a big point. We didn't weigh the fish; but Chuck, who has had a lot of experience with smallmouths as a guide in Maine, estimated it to be over three pounds but not quite four. It was the biggest smallmouth I've ever landed on Lake Powell.

During the very early morning with the overcast skies and cool breeze, all the fish were much shallower than where we found them later. I caught fish as shallow as eight feet and as deep as 20 during our first two hours with most coming at 12 to 15 feet. It was when the breeze died and the sun began to show that we caught them below 20 feet. It should also be noted that several points that had produced well my first two trips did not produce much this time. My guess is the dropping water level was accountable for that.

We ended the morning fishing the shaded banks along the east side of the mouth of Rock Creek were we took a few more small fish. We figured out tally for the morning at 50-60 smallmouths, two largemouths, two walleyes and one bluegill. We did not catch a striper nor did we see anything that we could positively identify as a striper boil. We did see some boiling fish, but I believe they were smallmouth.

On my first two trips to this area the bass were feeding primarily on crayfish, however on Saturday threadfin shad were definitely the primary forage. Not only did we see some smallmouth boils, many of the fish we caught had shad sticking out of their mouths. I found few crayfish parts in the fish I filleted but quite a few shad remains. There were also a number of spent shad in the bottom of my fish cooler. I saw nothing I could identify as a gizzard shad.
Our best lure was the new Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm. As said before, we fished them on drop shot rigs with a 1/4 oz. weight hooked through the nose with a #3 Yamamoto split shot (circle type) hook. The two colors we used were watermelon with large black and small red (Color 208 on the Yamamoto chart) and Baby Bass (305). I suspect we would have been highly successful using Senkos, grubs or any number of other soft plastic baits in a variety of colors. Long ago I determined that location and presentation were far more important than the actual lure and/or color (some of Cap'n Chuck's wisdom, by the way).

There is a good chance that the next time I visit this area the ledge that was so productive this trip might not hold a fish, however that ledge off the next point might be magic - just another challenge to face on Lake Powell!

August 3, 2007 - Mike McNabb

Hey Wayne,
Thought I'd email ya this one. A 4.2# largemouth caught around 7:30 am on dark colored hula, double tail Yamaoto grub in 6-8 feet of water in the back of coves around stick-ups under the water. Right after I caught this one I went around the corner to an area that looked the same and had another one on almost the same size, I got him next to the boat, he jumped and got off.
 

I was out for 3 hours and caught about 15+, mostly largemouth. It was a very good morning. The picture turned out pretty good considering I took the picture!


August 3, 2007 - Keith and Brody Gilbert

We just returned from our first trip to Lake Powell. We spent 5 days on a 46 ft Voyager house boat. We’re from Arroyo Grande California.

Brody Gilbert

I, along with my son Brody (10 years old), had some great luck fishing. I caught a 22 inch striper in Oak Canyon.
My son caught several Cats in the 18-22 inch range.
We also caught some nice smallmouth bass and blue gill in Padre Bay. If possible, please post one of the pictures of my son on your website, he would get a big charge out of that!

 

Great Pictures! You obviously had fun and we got a charge out of them as well. 

Brody and Keith Gilbert with Bluegill.
Keith in answer to your question this is a yellow bullhead which is a smaller catfish that is common but not abundant in the lake.

August 5, 2007 - Gail Kirby

This was taken in mid May with Rick Kirby and his 91 yr old father, M.R. (Richard) Kirby. He will be 92 in Sept. and this fish he just couldn't land on his own. We were fishing with Anchovies near the mouth of Last Chance Bay on the right side as you enter in one of the canyons there. M.R. just handed the pole to Rick and said "I can't get him in, I need HELP!!!"

The second photo is of Richard's wife, June and she's in her 80's. They had a wonderful and eventful trip with us in May, as usual! Hope you are able to pull these photo's up for viewing.

Thanks so much for your website and the insightful information you extend to all of us! Keep up the good work!

 

August 5, 2007 - Matthew Ament

Matthew Ament  - Left

I wanted to thank you for your site and for all the great info you always post for us fisherman. This was my first trip to Powell but my two friends 22nd trip. They always fish, but never really get into them. Well I am a avid fisherman, and with your help
and website, we were able to get on to a school of stripers that was
well over 50 yards square in size. We caught a striper on every cast
For almost two hours!! It was the best fishing we have had ever and
Wanted to pass some of the thanks on to you and your advice. We caught them early am all on top water lures. Prop baits and walking
Baits.
 These all came out of a small cove around west canyon. They were stacked in there so thick every fish came to the boat with around 40-100 with them. They stayed in around 20 feet of water and we could see most of the school the entire time fishing for them. We even had contest to see if we could do something not to get bite, but no luck. We caught and caught and caught!!! Most all of the fish were
Around 3-6 lbs with a couple pushing a skinny 10. We caught around 40
Smallies, and about 10 large mouths. All in all a unbelievable trip
For just two hours!! Once again, thank you for keeping us city folks
updated on what's going on up there in Powell. We are planning the
next trip already!! And now everyone just wants to fish!!

Imagine That--right?! 


August 19, 2007 - Mike McNabb

The large mouth fishing is really picking up. There are a lot of 1 to 1.5
pound large mouth out there in the back of small inlets, in shallow water
from a couple of feet deep to 10 feet or so.

 

Phil Turk

Every once in a while you
catch a big one like the one Phil Turk caught. It was 4.4 pounds, caught on
the dark double tail hula Yamamoto grub in 8 feet of water at about 8:30
a.m.

We caught approximately 15 large mouth and a few small mouth on
Saturday August 18th in the morning.

 

Fritz

Fritz hooked into one of only a few
stripers that day.


Take care and good fishing!
 


August 20, 2007 - Bassdozer

Don't know if you've gotten any news of stripers in Warm Creek recently, but I had a three hour long blitz there starting this morning at 5:30 until 8:30. I caught about 120 or so, and they were still hitting when I left them to go bass fishing. Actually, I started out intending to go bass fishing, since I had a 4.4 largemouth last Friday off the long point directly across from the floating restroom (marked "A" on the map).

I put down on the point about 5:30 and everything was real quiet and still a little dark. I could hear stripers breaking out in the middle of the lake but could not really see them. In a few minutes, the stripers started breaking as far as you could see in all directions. It has been a couple years since I've seen a blitz of that magnitude and intensity. It was like a roar and a solid mass of white water everywhere near and far. It was quite a sight!

The height of that only lasted about five or ten minutes, but they continued to boil off the long point about a half hour in small groups. As far as you could see, there were pods of stripers breaking everywhere again and a wall of stripers from one end of the bay to the other were coming in at me. They gradually moved right up onto the shoreline, and action lasted right against the shore across the entire bay until about 7 o'clock. After that, they moved out slowly, to 20 feet of water, 30, 40 finally 60 and 70 feet.

By about 8:30, I had my fill and left them biting to go bass fishing. I estimate I caught about 120 stripers by skipping a 3/4 oz hammered spoon, keeping it wobbling and dancing across the top of the water. They were all the same size and healthy . I kept about ten to eat, which all were about 16 inches long and weighed 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 pounds apiece. The shad they spit up ranged from no longer than my thumbnail (about 3/4") to about 2/3's the size of the 3/4 oz spoon.


August 27, 2007 - Brooke Wiley and family


We got out on the lake about 7:30 Saturday morning. We started fishing a drop off in Warm Creek across the Bay from the floating restrooms. (Thanks for the tip!) We probably caught 15 stripers there. We we were using chovies, wally lures and cast masters. Ron Colby and some other people were fishing there too-. After a while we went and looked for boils. We found and tried to chase a few "swarms". That was where a few striper and shad would shoot out of the water for a few seconds then go back down. We caught two bass back in small in small coves in Warm Creek.

 

Brooke with stereo stripers

The next morning we woke to the sounds of a boil near our camp. It was amazing, fish were shooting up out of the water. We weren't able to get to it before it went down but we were able to find a huge school right beside the floating restrooms. We caught about 30 stripers before the school moved on. Then we went and chased the "swarms" again and picked up a few more stripers.


August 28, 2007 - John Lassandro

Fishing Report August 24 - 26, 2007

Friday August 24th
Suzie and I got to the Antelope ramp about 5:45 and were headed towards Warm Creek by 6am. When we arrived (saw 1 small slurp in the channel on the way - but was not able to get a hookup) there were several small slurps at the mouth of WC but was not fast enough to pick any up. They were down as fast as they were up (gosh I hate that, it's very frustrating). So we proceeded to the floating restroom at the back to look for the monster boil. Either we got there too late or there was not one that day so we got out the binoculars and scanned all the shorelines on the way back out, did not spot any. But we did time it just right to get to a slurp at the mouth of WC, I had rigged our rods up with a 3/4 oz wallylure (thanks Dave!), blue and chrome with hammered side Rat L Trap, and top water lure (mine was a walking stick - sammy 115 knockoff - in chartreuse and a bone colored Pop R for Suzie). I threw the walking stick and got one, threw that on the deck (with the fish still on it) and grabbed the Rat L Trap and picked up another, that went on the deck also, and I threw the spoon last. Had 3 fish flapping on deck and Suzie got one on the Rat L Trap. We hung around and chased a few more slurps around but only managed to boat one more fish. At 9 o'clock we decided it was over and headed for Antelope point to anchovy fish. We stopped at the first shallow point as you are going into Antelope and threw out some chum and dropped our bait, we both started getting hookups pretty quickly and stopped about 11:30 as it was getting just too hot to fish any longer so we finished with a total 20 fish. Suzie caught a couple nice 3 pounders and I got one. We went back to the cleaning station (our first time at the new facility) to cut up the days catch. In general we really like the new station, and our dislikes appear to already be addressed, as the NPS guy responsible stopped Saturday and said the suspended water hose where going to get replaced and the lip on the west grinder was getting fixed as well (as fish would get stuck on the way in). We decided we would not go out in the evening as we needed to catch up on sleep.

Saturday August 25th
Tim Kelley met up with us at the hotel @ o'dark thirty so we could get to the ramp and out on the lake at dawn. We did bump into Wayne launching at the ramp and filled him in on the day before and we agreed to go up to WC together (gotta buy that guy a marine radio - Christmas present - yea!). We arrived in Warm Creek (I had already warned Tim that we did not see any boils the day before so he would not get his hopes too high) on the way I spotted a slurp in the middle of the channel so we stopped and threw to it - bingo double hook up! What a great way to start the day. Stopped at the mouth of WC and cast into a couple of slurps but did not get anything, so we headed to the back floating bathroom area, nothing (using binoculars Wayne) so we decided to look for Wayne as he cruised the bay where Russ said he got into them. As we motored over there I decided to scan the shore for boils and I am sure I saw splashes all the way at the back, so I gunned it and along the way ended up in 5 feet of water so I had to slow down to get across the shelf there (the whole time seeing the splashes but not wanting to get too careless) once I cleared it I then high tailed it to the shore. By the time we got there they had gone down, but I noticed the screen was blacked out with fish so I started spooning and picking them up, so Suzie and Tim followed suit with top water and Rat L Trap and spoons. Then the place exploded with a huge boil and I had three rods going and fish flopping on the deck everywhere, it was a blast. When it subsided the slurps were moving all over the place so we fished them, even when there were no slurps you could still throw a top water and have a striper crash on it. It all lasted for about 45 minutes and we ended up with 50 fish. Then went to Antelope to bait fish but it was pretty dead, so we called it a day. Went back out that evening but as Wayne said it was very windy and we did not catch anything.


Sunday August 26th
We got a very early start again and headed straight for WC, stopped at the mouth again and did not see anything, encountered 2 slurps on the way to the floating toilet and boated 2 fish. When we got to the back I noticed some action (birds diving in the water and splashes upriver 200 yards from the potty), so we started casting them and getting hookups, then the whole place busted loose for about 10 minutes. Not the intensity from the day before, much more dispersed, but still awesome especially with the birds diving in the water (Suzie actually had one bird try to eat her lure and another chase it up to the boat). When they subsided I graphed around and could not find them resting in deeper water like the day before (they might have been closer to the potty based on Brooke's report). So we headed over to the spot where they boiled on Saturday and hung out and cast for a bit and nothing materialized, so again headed back to the potty. Still no action, so out to the mouth again (had been the most consistent spot all weekend) and nothing either, all done by 8AM. We decided to skip the chovy fishing and head home as we still had to check out of the hotel and clean fish. Had a great fry up of fresh fish Sunday and Monday (also shared all the fillets with family and friends already). Man it doesn't get any better than that does it, a very fulfilling weekend all in all.

September 12, 2007 - Ross Green, Captain of Thee Adventure
 

Our Group from Prescott area had a very successful fishing trip to Powell. Nine of us caught over 500 strippers in our 4 day stay from 6-10 September. We primarily used Cabela's 2 ounce real image spoons. Item #WW-12-1228 . This significantly out caught the Hopkins spoons. We also picked up several Walleye.

We found that Dry Rock Creek was stuffed with Stripers. We encountered several boils. Rock Creek also had large numbers. " Rock Creek " did have a bad problem with Jet ski's and ski boats. None of them seemed to know any boater edicate or boating laws.

We also caught a lot of catfish using the method I previously reported here in June.

Around the islands across from Friendship cove we found a lot of small mouth. Several nice Large mouth  were also caught and released.

September 3, 2007 - Carl McLelland

My wife and I live in Sparks, NV. We usually spend a week every year on Powell with our boat, preferably later in the fall, but this year due to commitments it was August or not at all.
We launched from the Valet Ramp at Antelope on Friday, August 17th and recovered on Wednesday, August 22nd. We anchored every night in Friendship Cove.
Fishing is something I do to further enjoy our trip; not the purpose of the trip although I could easily fish 14 hours a day while there if she would let me!
I spent two days trolling a line while we cruised and just enjoyed the beauty of the lake. Results were poor (two or three fish per day), but I didn't expect much more. (Doesn't bother her if I'm dragging a line provided the boat is in motion and we are seeing the lake..) In the meantime I had graphed many spots I wanted to fish more seriously. Since we were anchoring in Friendship Cove I worked those spots (inside Friendship) with good results.
 

My preference is trolling and for this trip I was using either anchovies or a white shad lure I picked up at the (Sparks) local B&T shop just because it looked interesting. I fished from 0600 until about 0900; quitting when my wife got out of bed.

The techniques I use are probably not optimum for stripers but it works well for cutthroats at Pyramid, and for King and Silver Salmon in Alaska. A #2 Abe & Al chrome flasher, then 36" leader and then the bait. Essentially, when I graph a fish or school I'll zig-zig through them, constantly stop-start the boat, make 90-270s to hit them from different angles, etc. In other words, fish them till they are either dispersed or 'in the boat'. Most of my fish were caught at 30-35 foot depth with a 40-50 foot bottom depth. Aside from a few largemouth that I released, the smallest stripper I caught was 22 inches and 3 pounds, and the largest right at 5 pounds. One thing about these size fish: they are voracious fighters for their size... definitely fun to fight on very light tackle. "My" daily limit was six fish, which I cleaned then immediately put in the freezer to bring home. Of interest, I always open their stomach's to see what they have been feeding on. Every fish that I caught in Friendship Cove had been "feasting" on crawdads, which told me there were no shad in the area. Some of the fish had only one crawdad and one had about six.
Here's a photo my wife took when she got up one morning.. Spenser, my "K9 Guard Dog" inspecting the mornings catch! (He loves to bark at them and nip at their tails when I bring them into the boat).
Typical graphing of the fish. (The solid line at 30 feet in the 50khz presentation is my downrigger ball).
And the "crazy troll pattern".. When you find them, stay on them....
More than anything else I just wanted to write and say "THANKS!!" for building and maintaining such a wonderful website. I'm an avid reader of it on at least a weekly basis!

September 1, 2007 - Chuck Fulton, Wayne Gustaveson, Nob Wimmer

Chuck just sent the incriminating evidence from our fishing trip on August 29, 2007.  He offered to fly up from Prescott to help with the boiling striper problem in Warm Creek.  Nob and I went to the Page airport at 5 AM, picked up Chuck and headed to Warm Creek via Antelope ramp. 
We went directly to the bay near the floating restroom.  We cast to single fish for a few minutes before the larger boils began (Above). When fish are evenly spaced the best method is to cast just beyond  a swirl and bring the lure through the splash ring for a quick hookup. Surface lures or spoons worked equally well.  The glowing scenery made it hard to look for fish but we managed.

Wayne and Nob

When the boils were close we made hasty work of

September 12, 2007 - Bob Mondofish

 


Arrived Friday the 7th and looked at houseboats all afternoon. Saturday tried the dam mid morning with no luck. We decided to venture into the Narrows and ended up in Warm Creek Bay. We had never been over there and were impressed by the beauty of the bay. We cruised to look at prospective fishing spots for Sunday...Haystack...Restroom...etc. We fished anchovies in the afternoon for a bit with little luck...4 stripers. We then went into the bay between the restroom and the far shore and cut the engine to drift and make a sandwich. After eating we were debating whether to leave or not when I mentioned that we should try Wally Lures for a bit. And was I glad we did. We were drifting in roughly 50 ft. of water and dropping the Wally's to the bottom and reeling up a few feet and then jigging when we started picking up fish. Almost every drop resulted in double hookups for my wife and I.

WE ARE WALLY LURE FANATICS NOW. For the next two hours we pounded em. Total for Saturday afternoon 48 with the biggest around 4 pounds. 44 on Wally's.
 

Sunday we were on the water by 6 am experiencing the smoothest ride ever thru the Narrows. We arrived at the restroom in Warm Creek to the sound of stripers breaking water....sporadic mini boils all around us. We picked up a few with topwater lures and followed them with Wally jiggin. Spent a lot of time chasin em....man that can be a frustrating exercise ha ha. Ended up at the Blitz point across from the restroom chasin mini boils for awhile picking a few off.

Then my lovely wife Lisa got a 3 pound smallie on a Zara Spook off the point. It was exciting to watch her catch that fish. Total for Sunday 27 stripers and 1 NICE smallmouth. Spent the afternoon shopping houseboats and I think we found one but will write more about that when the purchase is final (don't want to jinx it).

All in all a great trip to the Great pond....Powell for Life...Bob PLEASE GOD GIVE US A CASTLE ROCK CUT IN 08!!!!!!!


October 17, 2007 - Ed Gerdemann

Although striper fishing has been tough in the lower lake in recent weeks, bass fishing has excellent. Not only have the bass been active and hitting well, they have been up in shallow water readily accessible for even novice anglers. During the last week of September my uncle, Tom Estes, and I enjoyed some excellent shallow water bass angling. Last Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13, I returned with my good friend Dale Marenda to find the pattern virtually the same.

Because of shaky weather forecasts, we elected not to make the run up to Rock Creek where I've enjoyed so much success this season. Instead we did all of our fishing in the Gunsight area which has been nearly as good. With the exception a couple of boats fishing a bass tournament on Saturday, we had our spots virtually to ourselves. We could have gone to Rock Creek Friday as the 15-25 mph winds that were forecast never materialized. Weatherwise, in fact, I could not have imagined better fishing conditions than Friday - mild temperatures, overcast skies and just a bit of ripple on the water.
Despite these almost perfect conditions, things started a bit slow for us Friday morning. I went to the same area where my uncle and I had started two weeks before; however, except for a couple small fish, we caught nothing. Things changed dramatically when we went into a large, shallow, boulder-strewn cove on the right side of the bay about two-thirds back. The water on both shores of cove runs five to 15 feet deep. There is a large V notch in the middle of the cove that bottoms out at around 20 to 25 feet. On both the north and south ends are points that jut out into the main bay. On Friday we found bass hanging in the middle of the cove in around six to 10 feet of water. The smallmouths dominated the upper part of the cove while end the lower end, where there was also some aquatic vegetation, largemouths seem to predominate. Our best setup was a 4-inch Yamamoto Kut Tail worm in watermelon with black and red fished on a short drop shot rig. Dale also caught some nice fish dragging a Carolina rig behind the boat. Although the old reliable 3-inch Slim Senko produced a few fish; the bass, both largemouths and smallmouths, seemed to prefer the slimmer profile of the Kut Tail. After taking about 25 or so from that productive cove, we proceeded on up the bay on the right side fishing the points and coves as we went. Although the action wasn't as fast as in the previous spot, we steadily took a mixture of both smallmouths and largemouths - all at about the same depth with the same setups. Later in the afternoon we visited the points and reefs on the east side of the mouth of Gunsight.
 While not as productive as the waters back up in the bay; we did take several decent smallmouths, including a 2 3/4-pounder that found my Kut Tail to its liking. Our estimated fish count for the day was somewhere between 50 and 60 bass, with smallmouths making up about 70% of the numbers. We were pleased with the largemouth numbers. These were the most largemouths I've ever caught during a trip to Powell. We caught no stripers or any other species for that matter.

Things were definitely different Saturday. To begin with the skies were clear and the temperature several degrees lower. It was more breezy as well. In addition to all this, there was a 25 to 30-boat bass tournament that came roaring by the Antelope Point ramp as we were motoring out. We ended up sharing a couple of our spots with some of those guys. Fishing wasn't quite as good, either. Our first stop was the big cove where we had our best success Friday. Action was still pretty good, however it was clear that the bass, while still up shallow, had moved out closer to the break lines. The points on each end were the most productive spots. We moved to the cove immediately below it and took a couple more nice bass, including my best largemouth of the trip. We then moved over to the west side of the bay to fish some broken rock banks. Fishing was very slow until we reached a long point that went way out into the lake. The south side of the point had steeper break while the north side had a slow, gradual slope. The south side was far more productive as we took several nice fish there. We moved further back into the bay working a big shallow cove and a gravel island but with little success. We had lunch and then motored back to the east side visiting several of the places we'd fished that morning. We took a few fish more fish, but action had slowed considerably.

To end the day we went back to the mouth of the bay visiting the reefs and points where we had finished earlier. We didn't do much at first; however Dale changed from the skinny Kut Tail to the more substantial Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm and immediately caught a nice 2-pound largemouth. I switched over and caught a nice largemouth and a couple more smallmouth before we raced back to Antelope Point to beat the rising wind. We took somewhere between 35 and 45 bass on Saturday.
As it is most of the time with drop shot fishing, most of the fish hit on the initial drop. However, we had more hits on the retrieve than we normally see. We found it worth our while to slowly drag and shake our baits a bit. On Friday our deepest fish was probably only 15 feet; however on Saturday, although a majority of bass came from 15 feet or less, we took several at around 20 feet. I caught four or five dropping directly below the boat after seeing arches on the graph.

This was the best opportunity I've ever had to compare the fight of largemouth and smallmouth bass side by side. Largemouths make that first big lunge and a couple more smaller runs. They might even jump once; however they give up fairly quickly often laying on their side before being netted or lifted into the boat. Smallmouth, on the other hand, never give up. They shake their heads and make drag-stripping runs. Many of them come completely out of the water dropping back in head-first. They are still fighting furiously when extracted from the water. They never seem to lay over on their sides like a largemouth. When Dr. James Henshall described them as inch-for-inch and pound-for-pound the gamest fish that swims, I know what he meant.

While stripers may be the fish of preference for most Lake Powell anglers, smallmouth and largemouth bass are excellent backup species when stripers aren't around. They are always around and usually willing to bite. Give them a try the next time the striper bite is slow. You'll be glad you did!

October 16, 2007 - Bill Bjork

 

 

 

Storm clouds were on the horizon yesterday afternoon but, the fishing was so good and the storm went to the south of us. Hardly any traffic on the lake and didn't see a tour boat. Hope everyone is enjoying this nice fall season.

Bill Bjork

 

This nice largemouth was caught in the southern portion of the lake.


October 16, 2007 - Ryno

Made it down to your "playground" this last weekend to spend a little time on the lake. We didn't exactly tear it up, much to my disappointment. It was a great time to be on the lake though, and the daytime temps were about perfect.

We only fished for a couple of hours on Saturday and caught a few bass and a couple of stripers fishing in the back of Warm Creek. We graphed a lot of fish in the open water just north of the floating restroom and tried trolling with little success.

Sunday we were out at first light. With the amount of shad and stripers we graphed the day before, we were anxious to find some boils. All the components were there but the fish didn't surface. We trolled and caught 8 fish in the 1.5-2.5 lb range. We were using Glass Shad Raps, Yozuri Crank-n-dives, and Thunderstick Jrs. The stripers were all healthy and had shad in their stomachs. We tried vertical jigging with spoons and soft plastics and only managed a few bites. There were a lot of fish spread out through the main channel (max depth of 50-60ft) in the back of Warm Creek but we never saw any mass concentration.

Well not much of a report, but it may help with what not to do! We were still pretty happy to take home a dozen stripers for the frying pan. I'm sure now that I'm back in Dutch John, someone will get into a big boil there tomorrow morning!
 

October 9, 2007 - Ed Gerdemann

I grew up an only child, and the closest thing I had to a sibling was my mom's brother, Tom Estes. Being just seven years older than me, we were able to do a lot of things together which included the traditional family fishing outings on the Big Piney River in the Missouri Ozarks. That's where we both developed our love for fishing.

Although we're a lot older now and live a lot further part, I'm in Arizona and Tom's in Texas, we still try to get together whenever we can; and our favorite meeting place these days is Lake Powell. This is the third time Uncle Tom and Aunt Nelda have joined Judy and I at Powell. In addition to Tom and I fishing, we always take a side trip to one of the many wonders in the area. Past trips have included the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Zion Canyon. This year we enjoyed some beautiful fall colors and spectacular views at Bryce Canyon. We also enjoyed typically good Lake Powell fishing.

Our first day out was Monday, September 24. Because of breezy conditions, I decided not to run too far. We concentrated our efforts in Gunsight Bay chasing smallmouth bass. We fished both sides of the bay about 2/3 back finding bronzebacks nearly everywhere we stopped. We didn't get any big fish this day but caught plenty of 11 and 12-inch "eaters" as well as a few larger ones. We found most fish at 10-15 feet along the edges of the flats and ends of the points. They were suckers for soft plastics, particuarly 3-inch Slim Senkos and Yamamoto Shad Shaped worms fished on drop shot rigs. We then tried the reefs and points at the mouth of Gunsight which weren't very productive. We finished the day by running into the back of Warm Creek looking for stripers. We cruised the area all around the floating restroom and dropped some spoons on what looked like might be fish marks on my graph, but we had no takers.
On Tuesday we ran up to Rock Creek, stopping first at the gravel banks and islands just opposite the mouth. I've had good success in this area all summer, however on this particular Tuesday the action was not that good. We did take a fair number of fish, including a couple nice largemouths; but the overall action was not as good there as it had been earlier in the year. Around 10:00 a.m. we motored about 3/4 of the way up the main Rock Creek arm. There we found a large, wide point that extended way out into the bay on the right had side heading uplake. The point had a mixture of chunk rock, gravel and aquatic vegetation, and there were bass all over it. Over the next couple hours we took well over 30 in that area, both smallmouths and largemouths. Most of the fish were surprisingly shallow, less that 10 feet in most locations. There was a good breeze blowing across the point that may have been pushing baitfish up on it. Whatever it was, there were lots of willing fish there. Senkos were the top bait, however Tom caught several nice fish on a Texas-rigged 7-inch Berkeley Power Worm.

We took a break from fishing on Wednesday for our trip to Bryce, however Thursday found us back in main Rock Creek fishing that same area. We enjoyed similar success as we had on Tuesday, catching several bass in the two-pound class along with the typical large number of smaller fish. The same soft plastics that we used on Tuesday worked well again on Thursday. After working that area thoroughly, we ran to the back of Middle Rock Creek where I had caught some nice smallmouth a couple years ago. Although the area looked fishy, all we managed were a few small ones. We finished the day by going to the gravel banks opposite the mouth that had not been overly productive on Tuesday. The action was a bit better there on Thursday with several nice smallmouths being taken.

With the prediction of high winds for Friday, we decided to forego Rock Creek and go back to Gunsight. We went back to the same general area where we had fished Monday. Although Monday's fishing was pretty good, Friday's was outstanding. The morning weather was perfect, fairly calm with just a slight breeze and overcast conditions. Virtually everywhere we stopped we caught fish. The big, shallow, boulder strewn coves were particularly good. There were several instances where Tom and I had fish on simultaneously. We caught quite a few smallmouth in the two-pound class, many more than on previous days. We also had some decent largemouths. Tom did quite well with his Texas-rigged Power Worm as well as the drop shot Senko; however I had my best luck fishing a 4-inch Yamamoto Kut Tail worm nose-hooked on a short drop shot rig. For some reason that worm's profile was very attractive to the bass. I don't talk much about this bait but often go to it when the fish aren't hitting like I think they should. Sometimes that skinny worm's profile is more appealing to the bass than the fatter Senkos and other soft plastics.
After lunch we cruised around looking for stripers. We had anchovies with us and tried chumming along the mouth of a small canyon at the back of Gunsight where in previous years I've caught lots of stripers. Although I saw a few marks on the graph, we simply couldn't get anything to hit. We tried both Wallylures and cut anchovies to no avail. As I later found out, we weren't the only ones having problems with the stripers this particular week.

When we'd had enough of all that, we headed back to the reefs and points at the mouth of Gunsight to see if the action would be better there than Monday. Unfortunately the wind that had been predicted started kicking up, and we weren't able to stay there long. We finished our outing with a bumpy and somewhat wet ride back to the Antelope Point Launch Ramp.

We average somewhere between 40 and 60 bass per day. I was particularly impressed with the number of largemouths we caught. I would estimate that one out of every five or so bass we took was a largemouth. The overall pattern was very shallow with most bass coming in less than 15 feet. It was more like a mid-spring pattern than early autumn. Although I've had wonderful bass fishing on Powell in September, I have never caught so many bass so shallow at this time. We also found that fishing towards the backs of the tributaries was generally more productive than main lake structure. This is more in line with a late fall rather than an early fall pattern.

The big disappointment was the lack of stripers. Over four days on the lake we didn't catch one striper nor did we see anything that I could positively identify as a striper. As mentioned early, we were not the only ones having striper problems. Still, 40-60 bass a day is pretty darn good fishing. Tom lives close to some very good Texas bass fishing, and he says he doesn't experience anything like Powell's bass angling in Texas. This place will spoil you, that's for sure!

October 8, 2007 - Mike McNabb

My good old Buddies and I planned a trip quite a while ago to go out camping and fishing and well, I know it was crazy but we went out anyway in the wind on Friday (50 mph gust) and Saturday.  We tried  hiding in Navajo where we caught a few on Friday. Saturday was much better but still had to fight the wind to fish in the good spots in Gunsight.  On Saturday we managed to bring home some to eat. It was great
just being with friends and fishing.

 

Jim, Kevin, Steve, George


October 8, 2007 - Mike McNabb

We went out on Sunday after the windy days on Friday and Saturday and did okay. It was tough fishing but Trevor managed to bring in this 3# smallie in Wahweap Bay area caught off of a point with a dark colored grub, late morning. His younger brother Chase also caught a lot of smallies.
Mike McNabb
Trevor with 3-pound smallmouth bass

October 20, 2007 - Gary Diewald and Family - Johnstown, Colorado
 

My wife, our four children and I rented a houseboat for 5 days, September 28 to October 2, and had the best family vacation ever. We had been gearing up for this trip for a couple months. Each weekend, my daughter, who is 10, and I would read up on fishing at Lake Powell on your website. We especially liked reading the Anger's Corner which gave us dreams of getting into a big striper school. We made a couple trips to Bass Pro Shops in Denver to gear up and get the "right" lures for Lake Powell.

Our first night on the houseboat we camped at a sand bar on the east side of Gunsight Pass. We were all in awe of the great beauty of the sandstone formations and blue green water.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Caleb

The next morning my seven year old son, Caleb, caught the first fish, a smallmouth bass off the back of the houseboat. By the end of the trip, Caleb would be the grand champion of fishing. Yes, he is the one holding the most fish in all our pictures. He was always the first one to make a catch, that would instigate us all going into a fishing frenzy. Our dog, Yukon, was very intrigued by the bass. He had never seen a fish before.
After switching out our stinky houseboat (a seal in the toilet was leaking in one of the bathrooms) for a replacement. We headed over to Kane Creek Wash Canyon to get out of the wind. (We later learned that five boats went down that day in 40 to 50 mph wind gusts). We found a nice cove to hide in and used our left over hamburgers to fish for catfish later that night once the wind calmed down. Again, Caleb, brought in the first catfish. Followed up by myself, my five year old son, and wife. The 3 to 4 lb. catfish my wife caught was the first catch of her life.
The next morning, Caleb caught another smallmouth off the back of the houseboat. The Fishing Frenzy was On!! My 8 year old son, Alex, and I went out in our boat, while my wife and Caleb went around the shore. I brought in a nice 3 lb. smallmouth. Alex also caught a smallmouth off the boat. Caleb mean while caught a small striper off the shore. (This would turn out to be the only striper caught). We spotted some catfish and carp swimming below the houseboat, so we threw in some more line with hamburger for bait. While distracted a big fish hit and took one of our new pole over the back of the houseboat. Not willing to yield to the fish, I donned my snorkel gear and went in after it. I soon found the rod tangled in the weeds on the bottom, still with fish attached. I handed the rod to my daughter who reeled in the Big..........Carp! We still laugh about the whole adventure!



 
We headed up lake some more and camped the last two nights in Middle Rock Creek Canyon. It was amazingly beautiful! We had the whole canyon to ourselves. We had a fish fry for dinner that night, using your recipe off the website. Even my wife, who does not like fish, enjoyed the bass and striper. I had all the catfish to myself since no one else liked the taste. We tried night fishing with anchovies, but never hooked up with any stripers. The next day was rainy. The slick rock look of the canyon and low clouds brought a whole new beauty to the canyon. We tried our hand at finding a striper school in Rock Creek Canyon once the clouds cleared, but again they alluded us and taxed the patience of my young children.
 


So, we ended up with a total catch of 10 fish. Grey grubs with sparkles and hamburger were the baits of choice. Seeing the joy and excitement on my children's faces was worth more than a hundred stripers. We will never forget the found memories made and the love and family togetherness built during those 5 days together on Lake Powell. Wayne, you truly have the best job in the world working in this beautiful country! Thank you for all the tips and for sharing the joys of Lake Powell with each of us through you webpage.
 

October 30, 2007 - Fred Silvester

My fishing partner Abe and I spent Tuesday thru Saturday camped in Piute Bay. We fished for black bass but found them small and hard to come by. We trolled Tuesday afternoon in the San Juan inlet near Spencer Camp and boated 30 stripers in about two and a half hours. Trolled white plastic lures in 9' to 13' of water through the debris field.

Wednesday we stopped in Alcove and found a school of stripers in twenty plus feet and pulled about twenty five stripers and several LMB before heading up to the inlet. Continued catching stripers trolling and casting, most healthy with a few long snakes.

Thursday we began trolling in 25' of water near the last bend in the lake and found good concentrations of stripers, many in the three pound range. We passed some fishers trolling in 40' that afternoon. They only had a few stripers so we directed them to the 25' depth and as they left that evening that waved to thank us.

Saturday we bass fished to the mouth of the San Juan. Bass fishing was tough, no matter what we tried. Lots of little SMB a few small LMB but largest of the trip was 15", not what we are used to. Fished from shallow down to 40' with plastic, crankbaits, and spinner baits. Weather was perfect day and night.


October 30, 2007 - Jim Buxton

Ed Gerdemann & I fished together this weekend and sure had a great time; in the process, I got a few nice shots of the area which Ed said you might want for your "Slideshow" section of your Lake Powell website.

Your lake is so.........."AWESOME."
Another fisherman
Sunrise over Greenehaven
Sunday sunrise.

Fishing was good, too. See report below.


October 30, 2007 - Ed Gerdemann

As good as the fishing generally is at Lake Powell it's pretty easy to get spoiled. If my fishing partner and I don't get between 40 and 60 fish per day, including some extra nice ones, then I feel we've had a slow trip. Using this standard last the fishing last Friday and Saturday was slow. My partner for this trip was Jim Buxton, a former work colleague who retired a little over a year ago. Jim and I first fished together in 1983, and we've had at least one trip together nearly every year since.

I was a bit concerned Thursday night when I saw that big full moon rising just at sunset. While I've done well on full moons in the past, I'm still convinced it's not the best time for fishing. Friday's weather was simply too good. Except for a short time in the morning there was very little wind, and the sun was about as bright as I'd ever seen this time of year. We made the 30-plus mile run to Rock Creek as I had enjoyed excellent success in there this year; however, as mentioned above, Friday was a different story. We decided to concentrate on bass early on. We'd catch one or two fish on a spot and then fish several more points and reefs with no success. Then we'd pick another small fish or two. Our best action occurred around 9:00 a.m. when a good breeze kicked up and blew across some long, shallow points toward the back of Main Rock Creek. We picked up six or seven smallmouth in a short time span, however the biggest were 10 to 12-inch "eaters." We didn't get anything more substantial. I idled around Rock Creek for awhile looking for stripers, but I didn't see anything I could positively identify as a striper school.
We then tried the gravel banks opposite the mouth of Rock Creek. Again, we picked up a few fish but the action was slow. We had our best luck of the day late in the afternoon around Gregory Butte and some points and reefs behind it where we nearly doubled our catch total over the last two hours we fished. We finished the day with 32 bass, mostly smallmouth but with three or four green bass to boot. Our biggest were about 12 inches. We tried several different baits and presentations, but our best success came on 4-inch Yamamoto Kut Tail worms. The rootbeer and watermelon colors both worked. We fished the entire water column from right against the bank to 40 feet. With the exception of one smallmouth I took at 24 feet, all of our fish came from 15 feet and less. Friday can best be described as a tough grind. But we stuck with it and managed to bring home more than enough for a wonderful dinner.

Saturday morning wasn't nearly as bright as Friday; however, like Friday, it was pretty much dead calm. After going all the way to Rock Creek and having such a tough time, we decided to stay closer to home and venture into Gunsight. Unlike Friday, however, we hit the lake Saturday armed with anchovies. I was determined to find some stripers if the bass weren't cooperative.
If Friday's bass fishing was tough, Saturday's was even tougher. We simply could not put any sort of pattern together. Like Friday, caught a few small fish; but fishing generally was not as good. We caught everything Saturday morning on the drop shot Yamamoto Kut Tails. I spent a good bit of time fishing a buzz bait on the glass smooth surface. I had two bass blow up on the bait, including one very good looking largemouth; but I couldn't hook either one.

We ate lunch around 11:15 and then headed towards the back of Gunsight looking for stripers. I idled around for quite awhile until I marked some scattered fish on the bottom of the bay in around 30-32 feet. We put down a lot of chum over the area, baited our anchovy outfits, dropped our baits to the bottom and waited. About 25 minutes later we started getting some soft bites. After a bit I managed to hook a fish that broke my line. I quickly
re-rigged and soon was hooked up again. This time I landed a fat two-pound striper. Jim soon landed one of his own. Over the next 45 minutes we put five more stripers and a bonus channel cat into the fish cooler. It wasn't fast fishing, but after fishing all morning with little success this was quite fun.
 
Then suddenly it was over. I was about ready to go looking somewhere else when I heard a commotion behind me. I looked and saw a large striper school that appeared to have pushed some shad up against the bank. We tried to get over there to cast into the boil but weren't quick enough. Although the fish had sounded, I quickly found them on the graph. It was one of the most massive striper schools I've ever seen. My graph was literally solid black from the bottom at 29 feet up to 15 feet. Jim and I quickly dropped our Wallylure spoons into the school and soon had a double hookup. The next 45 minutes could only be described as a frenzy as we took one fish after another. After putting 14 in the cooler, however, the action stopped as quickly as it started. The school left, and I never could find it again. Although a couple fish were too skinny to fillet and a couple more were marginal, most of them were fat and healthy fish in the two to three-pound class.

Because the late afternoon produced our best bass fishing Friday, we decided to give it one more try late Saturday. We ran down to the reefs at the mouth of Gunsight. Although the fishing was not fast, we enjoyed our best action of the day which included a three-pound largemouth that inhaled my Kut Tail with a vengeance. I also lost a very nice smallmouth that broke my line. The hazy conditions made the afternoon much darker than normal. That, combined with the almost glass-like water conditions made for an almost eerie feeling. Our total for Saturday were 21 stripers, 15 smallmouths, one dandy largemouth and a channel cat. Our two-day total was 70 fish - slow by Lake Powell standards but pretty darn good just about anywhere else.

November 17, 2007 - Wayne Gustaveson

It's time for a fish report to go along with netting results.

We started our fall sampling survey in Wahweap. A very cooperative school of stripers found some shad near Lone Rock and have been very active for the past month. They can be caught on bait or spoons near Lone Rock where main channel bottom depth is 55 feet. Smaller gizzard shad (6 inch) were more abundant here than at any other lake location. Stripers and bass were taking advantage of that with many striper stomachs containing the big shad. Bass fishing was tough in the lower lake all month.

The San Juan was much like Wahweap with bass fishing being difficult except in the upper reaches of the lake around the Great Bend. In the shallow inflow waters - bass, crappie and stripers were feeding and willing to hit many different lures in shad colors. The bays near Cha and Piute were slow for bass. Striper schools could be found one day but were absent the next. We got a great striper spoon bite in Neskahi Canyon one day but could not find the school the next.

I suppose November fishing is always marked with spurts of great fishing followed by longer periods of slow fishing. Cooler water makes fish less likely to feed for long periods as their metabolism slows down. I suggest fishing slowly along the bottom with swim baits like the Walleye assassin or Yamamoto swim bait.

Good Hope Bay is still a bit of a mystery to me. When we got done netting for the day we just lit out for the upper lake. The best reports have all been coming from the murky waters upstream so we went that way. Scorup was slow with only smaller size bass biting. So we went to Trachyte. We missed the crappie there catching some more small bass and a walleye. But it was slow so we went to Hite to fish with Gary Foell and the other Gary from Riverton WY. They were sitting on a crappie school which they shared with us. What a nice gesture. We caught crappie, stripers, walleye and catfish until dusk sitting side by side with good friends. Thanks Gary and Gary. They gave us a package of walleye assassins with white bodies and a chartreuse tail. That bait was hot.

With our tight netting schedule we only get to fish one afternoon at each site. So the next day we went to Rincon. Water clarity there is 28 feet. Don't go there to fish in November, it's too clear. Surprisingly we were able to catch small bass in the shallow grass beds but larger fish were not interested in anything we had to offer.

So if I had to choose a spot for the last trip of the year I would recommend Lone Rock for the closest spot with stripers that are in very good condition and longer than fish in other locations.

If I wanted crappie I would go to White Canyon or 4-Mile with an added bonus of smaller stripers that are easy to catch in big numbers. There is an unending school in the first cove just west of the White Canyon buoy. Another school resides at the mouth of Trachyte near the main channel.

If I wanted crappie and bass with good striper fishing I would go to the Great Bend of the San Juan. So there are still some good choices but fishing in most places is slow. Choose your spots carefully to be successful.

December 8, 2007 - Chris Cross

12/04/07 8am. 40 degree air, 56 water. Flat glass .

Debi and I ran the Sunset with our new Honda 225 from Wahweap Bay to the middle of the Great Bend on the San Juan. 70 miles, 2 hours. (thanks Antelope) We did not see another boat. Fished from 10am until 2pm.

 

Chris Cross

Debi caught over 20 largemouth bass. None over two pounds. She fished a 5/8 ball jig with a 215 Yamamoto double tail. I used a 3/8 brown jig with a 140 double
tail trailer.  I caught 11 largemouth, largest was 3.65. I thought Debi was fishing a 3/8 jig. She must have been getting a reaction bite as that 5/8 ounce jig flew by.

Her pic here was of two of the four largemouth she caught in Wahweap Bay on Thanksgiving Day. All the fish were at the mouths of cuts. Graphed shad in close proximity. My big fish was on the shady side of a big rock in 20'.

 

Debi Cross


December 18, 2007 - Brad Heiner


My Dad, my son Preston and I went out to Lone Rock to soak up a little sun yesterday(17th) for a few hours fished from around 1-4:00 and caught around 15, we kept a few for a fresh fish fry and found the little bluegill or sunfish in one out of five stomachs others just had a few pieces of our anchovies in them All healthy stripers with a couple nice ones!!
 

Brad Heiner

Dad Heiner
Preston Heiner
My son Preston showing us how its done!!
 
SLOW Bluegill

December 28, 2007 - Bill "Fly Man" McBurney

Had a good day with guest Tom and Joe for there first trip ever on lake Powell Friday the 28th. Temperature was about 34 all day and the water was still holding at 49.5 in Warm Creek. Fish started nibbling around noon but did not turn on until 3 o'clock and did so with a hard bite that lasted a good hour. All the fish were between two and three pounds with one like this one lost.

 

This bad boy was on for a good 5 plus minutes and even though he wasn't real heavy in the belly he still tipped the scales just shy of 7 lbs. Fish seem to be right at the 40 ft range in Wahweap and Warm Creek alike. They were finicky and will even move away until hungry for that magical hour for now which is around 3 in the afternoon on Mr. Anchovy.

 

Joe Cliett