February 24, 2008 - Kevin Campbell -  Glen Canyon Dam - Water Temperature 47 F

My best bud and former Lees Ferry guide Chad Bayles and I took our 2 daughters down to the dam for about 2 hours today.
We tied up to the #3 barrier just shy of noon and sent 4 "chovies cut in quarters down to get the chumming started.
On the very first drop, hook up! the girls landed 6 stripers in 2 hours and missed several more.


All fish were caught on a carolina rig w/ 1/4 oz egg sinker, 1/4 'chovie, 2 foot, 8 pound flouro leader between 15 and 40 feet.
Method was cast toward the dam about 20-40 feet and let the rig pendulum back to vertical, let soak for about 5 minutes and repeat.
Half the fish took on the fall. most fish came shortly after we chummed 2 'chovies worth of pieces.
 

Kevin Campbell and Brenna hooked up

Lailah Campbell and Brenna Bayles with their day's haul
Lailah Campbell fights a striper hooked on the first drop of the day while Brenna's dad Chad Bayles cheers her on

January 22, 2008 - Russ Bassdozer

This is one of the many stripers of all sizes that I caught in New York while visiting my family there during the holiday season.

A couple of friends had bigger ones.

They were mainly landed on soft shad-shaped swimbaits on jig heads cast from shore .

Many smaller ones also on "tin squids" (heavy casting spoons) and "teasers" (feather streamers tied on dropper loops ahead of the tins).

I caught most of my bigger ones with a 1-1/2 oz jig head and the 5-inch Yamamoto Swimbait in color #031 (pearl blue w/silver).

The people at Yamamoto really make good bait. :)

March 15, 2008 - Brad Kendrick - San Juan - Water temperature 50-53, Stained water above Neskahi

I’m a week late in reporting (March 14-15). I live 4 houses south of Gar Summers he is a great guy with lots of enthusiasm for fishing Lake Powell (I love Gar!). I went with 2 friends for 2 nights 2 days of fishing I knew it was early.

Water temp was 50 to 53 depending on the depth below. We fished from Neskahi down as the water above was stained I caught I LMB 5 lbs. My two buddies caught 5 smb, 6 lmb, and 5 really starved looking stripers. Fishing was slow but, the trip and Lake Powell’s beauty was Awesome!

Next weekend I’m heading to Wahweap any advice that you would like to add to Gar’s? Thanks for all you do.

Advice:  Hope it keeps getting warmer!


March 19, 2008 - Mike McNabb - Glen Canyon Dam - Water temperature 50 -


Monroe holds a 6# striper he caught while fishing with Mike McNabb

Fishing at the dam is usually slow and the fish are small, 1 to 3 pounds, but once in a great while a nice one like this is caught. Monroe actually caught his first fish on this trip!
 


March 19, 2008 - Bill Zeglin -  Water Temperature 50 F

 

Bill Zeglin with a 6.75 pound largemouth bass caught in the southern lake, March 15, 2008, while pre fishing for an upcoming bass tournament.

 

 

Looks like he is going to be hard to beat!


Blast from Past - Kevin, Leif and Hose 

This was from March 9-11 last year. We must of caught 600 fish in two and a half days. This picture is the first day we were there. I think there is 170 fish. It was bite after bite. We were using anchovies near the southeast part of the dam. The average striper we caught was 9 lbs. and 2 feet long. I've never caught so much fish in my life. Everyone was jealous of us and racing to get our spot the next morning. But you have to wake up before 4 am to get our spot. It was priceless to see their faces when they rolled up and saw we already had 60 on our line and in our spot.

In the picture is Kevin, Leif(myself) and Hose. I think it was a freak accident. Were going again next month to see if we might catch the feeding season again a month later. So we will cross our fingers and hope for the best. Well best of luck to all who are search of a crazy fishing weekend.
 


April 9, 2008 - Tim Kelley  - Last Chance - bass and crappie  - WTemp 55-60 F

Report for 4-3-2008 to 4-6-2008

Jeff Bierer met me at Powell for some fishing on Thursday but I had
some issues with shifting into gear on my Lund! Turns out that the guy in Flagstaff that replaced the impeller along with other maintenance did not seat the shaft to the lower unit, and did not test it either!! Thanks to Bill at Outdoor Sports he fixed it in 20 minutes without charging me, and got me on my way! I will start using him from now on!

Jeff and I made it to the Dam around 5:45 p.m. and Guido and Suzie
were already tied up to the floats! The bite was real slow by then and the wind was taking the water temps down quickly. We caught 7 stripers before dark, and the night bite under the green light was non existent!

Guido with a nice 6 ½ pound striper he took on a spinner bait casting the shoreline!
 

Friday we shadowed Guido and Suzie up to Last Chance for a shot at some multi-species fishing. We found the stripers in one cove but most we found at the end of L.C. on the right finger! Trolling up stripers were no problem in 20 to 35 feet, water temps in the mid to upper 50 degrees, lure of choice were rattle traps in blue and chrome.

 

Tim Kelley with big crappie.



 

Jeff and I got into some great crappie fishing in the afternoon, and here is a picture of monster I pulled out casting a blue and chrome rattletrap. He was very close to 3 pounds, and this picture does not do him justice. Here is Jeff holding a couple of the nice crappie that we got on Friday. We threw a lot of crappie back as Jeff was leaving from the ramp at the end of the day and did not want to take fish with him to clean. We kept it at one limits worth.

 

Jeff Bierer - Back from middle east action

The same time as catching crappie I also pulled out some nice LMB on Crappie jigs that I was casting along the walls. I think that I caught around Twelve pounds for 5 fish that day! ( maybe I should have been tournament fishing) here is a pic of a LMB I caught on ultra light gear and 4 pound test.


What a hoot, as he gave me a great fight with a little tiny jig in his mouth.

Saturday was a blow out for me as I fished alone, but decided to hunt for Cows (trophy stripers) and used several different lures deep divers and down rigged some also. It got pretty nasty with the wind on Saturday, and Guido and I got our boats off the lake by 2:00 in the afternoon.

 

Sunday we headed for Last Chance again, and went for a repeat of Friday. No disappointment here because the stripers were still in the same place and willing to take the same lures trolling. Crappie bite was on again, and Guido's boat took in 17 and I only got 4 (Guido camped out on my crappie hole).

Great times and food with some great cook outs with John and Suzie, and her parents, and great to be fishing with Jeff again!

April 8, 2008 - Kevin Campbell - Navajo Canyon - Wtemp 54 - 62 F

I went out on Lake Powell for 6 hours on 4/6 with my daughter, Lailah.

We fished exclusively in Navajo Canyon. We caught about 15 fish on 4" white Storm Swim Shad swim baits.

7 stripers, 6 largemouth and one smallmouth.

 

Kevin Campbell

The weather was just perfect with only the occasional breeze swirling through. Water temp peaked at 62. Dirty water and shad present were the keys.

 

Lailah Campbell


March 31, 2008 - Capt. Brian T. Myers - Bullfrog-Rincon - Temp 52-59 FG

I just got back last night from Hall Crossing and want to share some info with you.

The marina store on the water at Halls was closed and the upper store was not selling fishing license. So people going to Halls might want to obtain licenses on-line or travel to Bullfrog marina.

I fished Thursday afternoon through Saturday. Water temp was 52 to 59 depending on the time of day and water clarity.

I fished from Halls Bay, south to the Rincon. Fishing was slow to say the least. I threw everything but the kitchen sink. Lots of short strikes and followers on Friday. Stripers were anorexic at best. Had a nice walleye follow to the boat but didn’t eat and we caught both smallies and largemouth but they were small fish. Weather was cool, breezy, warm, windy, gusty, cold and hot. A typical spring Lake Powell day.

Bass were caught on drop shot rigs with 6-lb P-line and Senko’s in cinnamon/purple and watermelon/chartreuse laminate. Stripers came on reaction baits (rattle trap and spinnerbaits) and caught one bass on a swim bait with 12 lb P-line. Largemouths were caught around pockets of drowned tumbleweeds. Smallmouths were caught on rock shelves and boulders. Stripers were in the backs of the canyons.


April 12, 2008 - Mike McNabb and Mike Beall - Last Chance

Went up to Last Chance and Mike Beall caught this nice 4.10# LM on a dark
colored double tailed hula grub. It was his Birthday, nice birthday present!
 

We caught about 18 LM, most were 1 to 1 3/4 # , one walleye and 2 SM. Great day!

 


Mike Beall


April 12, 2008  - Bill Bjork

Here is a photo of the big fish I caught today. We are fishing tomorrow in our final tournament of this season. The bass weighs 6.27 pounds. It was a real fighter and very healthy.

 

Bill Bjork


April 15, 2008 - Mike McNabb - Gunsight, WTemp 56-65 F


We had a good day on 4-14-08. Here are a couple of pictures of some nice
largemouth that the tournament guys missed in Gunsight!

Chris with 4.2 largemouth
 

Dean with 2+ pound largemouth

Beautiful day for fishing! Saw a few beds and if this weather continues to be nice this week I believe we'll see a lot more by the weekend. Striper fishing is picking up in other places besides the crowded buoys at the dam.
 


April 17, 2008 - Perry Berry - Wetherill Canyon, WTemp 58-62

Here are a few pictures from our fishing trip this past weekend. The crappie were very cooperative and easy for the kids to catch. We caught several one-two pound largemouth bass with an occasional walleye and/or smallmouth.

 

Jacob Berry

We spent most of our time in Wetherill and West Canyon and the weather was great.

 

Jacob and Jade Berry

Photos taken before fishing got good.

April 15, 2008 - Bill Porter - Last Chance

Nice website, my family (esp my son Tanner) regularly reference your site. We have been adding fishing pressure as often as possible. Each year more and more.


We base our operation on a K-2 Blackjack 224 – it is a white center console with a T-Top. Be sure to flag us down if you ever see us, would love to chat and say thanks for all of your efforts. Attached are a few pics, nothing like photos of kids with fish and boats.
 

Our most recent trip was at the back of Last Chance on 4/11 and 4/12. There are multiple campsites with the low water and the fishing was rather ok.
We caught 6 species (Walleye, Crappie, SM, LM, Striper, and catfish) and fair numbers. Almost exclusively using brown grubs.
I have also been regularly visiting the back of Labyrinth Canyon – there is an exceptional hike there. After 150 yards the canyon narrows and narrows. As the water raises access will begin to become more difficult. A must hike if you haven’t visited at low water. Total hike time is 1 hr to ??? , we generally spend 1.5 to 2 hrs. Be sure to take your camera.

We also recently hiked West Canyon. It is a long way to the high water mark and a bit farther to the narrows but well worth the journey. Lots of Beaver signs, dens and even a couple of sightings. Hike time was about 4 hours.
 

April 17, 2008 - Tom Brown  Dam, Wtemp 54-58

Glen Canyon Barrier April 11th and 12th.

My wife Fran and I arrived at Page Thursday evening after a 5 hour drive from Durango Colorado. We grabbed a room at the Best Western Arizona Inn. We were up at 5:30 am, threw in a lunch and hopped in the boat at Wahweap and headed up for the barrier at the dam. There were two large party barges and one other boat already tied up by the time we arrived. My wife and I could already see their poles bending and the nets scooping up the stripers although the sun wouldn't hit the water for an hour or so. We hurried up and tied up to barrier number 7. We got our lines in the water by 7 am and hauled in 2-4 lb stripers until 2 pm when our live well was stuffed. My wife (Fran) counted 80 fish as she hauled them to me at the new Wahweap fish cleaning station. It took us 2 hours to clean the fish then we headed back to our room, plugged in the boat and put the bagged fillets in our electric cool chest in the motel room.
 
Saturday we were fishing about the same time again. Because the word was out about the striper run and it was the weekend, there were about 8 boats already tied up and we lost our magic spot on the barrier from the day before (ya snooze, a lose). Fishing was slow compared to Friday with all boats only getting hit about once every 30 minutes or so even in the magic spots closer to the wall. One person was having better success than the other fishermen by constantly casting way out towards the dam and getting hit as the bait (1/4 oz jig head with ½ anchovy) floated back towards his boat verses just letting his bait set under the boat.
 
About noon some of the boats left the line because the fishing was so slow. In fact the same two party boats left that were tied up since they had landed over 200 stripers the day before and I am sure were disappointed with the slow action. That left a spot back next to the wall so we tied up close to where we were on Friday. I began casting out towards the dam and would alternate my two poles so that one bait was on the fall just about all the time. That seemed to work pretty well as I caught about one striper every 10th cast. About 3 pm the bite picked up and we started filling up the live well again as well as all the other boats up and down the line. Boats were landing two and three at a time.
We headed back to the fish cleaning station about 4 pm and Fran and I cleaned and bagged up 45 nice stripers.
The only bait we used the entire trip was ½ anchovy ( from the Page Wal Mart) hooked on a Cabelas black or yellow head ¼ oz Solid Color Barbed Collar-Red Hook Series jig head. These wire hooks seem to stay sharper longer and prevent missed hook sets when the stripers hitting softly. I used 4 lb Fireline on one rod and 6 lb mono on the other 3 rods.

 

April 17, 2008 - Bill Bjork - Wahweap Bay, Wtemp 55F

Fishing Wahweap was incredible today. The fish are hungry. We fished for 4 hours this afternoon and caught some very nice smallmouth and largemouth. This one was 5.02 on the scale. All of our fish were caught cranking fast!

 

Thanks for having such a great site Wayne! bill bjork

 


April 17, 2008 - Wayne Gustaveson  Wahweap Bay, WTemp 53F

Northern UT DWR biologists Paul Thompson and Aaron Webber went out with me this morning in Wahweap.  The planned trip uplake was blow away by the wind and cold.  Water temperature dropped to 52 with the 3 day wind storm.  So we stayed in Wahweap bay and went trolling for stripers. 

 

Aaron joked when leaving the dock that he would like to take home about 30 stripers. I told him to be careful what you wish for. They thought the weather balmy and I shivered under 4 layers of clothes.

We put out the trolling lines and went about 50 yards when Aaron caught his first striper ever.  As Paul was reeling in his lure another hit and the first stop was a double hookup.  In fact, the next 3 stops were double hookups. 

 

Aaron and Paul Thompson

We trolled at 1200 rpms (3.5 mph) and ran a zig-zag course following the bottom contour

 

Aaron Webber with his first striper.

The best lure today was the black and silver wally diver.  It runs 9-12 feet deep and we were targeting reef edges that broke from 12 to 25 feet.
The bevy shad (blue gill color) was steady. I retired it early because the wally diver was working so well and I didn't want it to get chewed up.  The wally diver hooks will need replacement before the next trip. 
We had Paul use the custom rattletrap made by Chip which was also very effective. Action was best early but steady all day.  We ran the same pattern on reefs from Wahweap to the Dam and caught fish on all of them.

At the fillet station we counted 32 stripers. Looks like Aaron got his wish. 


April 29, 2008 - Wayne Gustaveson - Trolling technique

Last week I had the opportunity to fish three consecutive days - two in Last Chance and one in Navajo. After spending that much time it was possible to feel comfortable with the pattern for stripers and the lack of bite from bass.

Stripers were found schooled in the main channel and occupying their normal springtime locations. Bait fishing and chumming got the schools going and that resulted in quick catches of lots of fish when the school turned on. We found them on the points in Navajo canyon upstream form the double islands. We tried the intake first thing in the morning with no success -only to find those that fished there later in the day caught 50 in the same spot.

The technique was standard. Find a ridge or rock slide in deep water. Chum and wait for fish to start. They should take off in 15 minutes. If they don't I am no longer there because I have inadequate patience to wait. It's a character flaw.

Jim Casad, Nissa, OR
The only unusual event was that 3 anglers were catching fish every cast and one was not hooking up at all. It took a while but we discovered that the 3 successful anglers were letting the bait slowly descend straight down to the shallow ridge simulating free falling bait. The other was closing the bale and letting the bait pendulum back toward the boat. That bait apparently just missed the narrow ridge top and was ignored by the fish. It is interesting that such a subtle difference would be the key between catching and not. In the future while waiting for known fish to start biting I will try many different methods of descent to find one that fish like. They can be very finicky at times.

The pattern in the back of the canyon was the one that interested me. Stripers were feeding on plankton and other targets of opportunity (crayfish). Plankton feeders were scattered in the upper 20 feet and easy prey for fast trolling. We worked Last Chance two mornings and found willing fish each time by trolling Wally Divers, and rattle traps at 3.5 mph. We initially got a hit about every 3-4 minutes. Then the duration between fish increased and finally stopped. At that point we went deeper with Little N's and Thundersticks and caught fish again at a slower rate. It was obvious that fish got tired of us buzzing over them and dove to the bottom in 25-45 feet of water.

Dorian and Darrell Gustaveson- Ontario, OR
We repeated the trolling method the second day with slightly less results. In Navajo, we found stripers doing the same thing in the same depth and clarity of water. We caught fish pretty quick at first and then the trolling catch rate decreased as we worked them harder.
 

Fishing the shoreline for bass resulted in lone stripers with no school mates being caught on grubs much more often than bass. They were searching for crayfish while bass were not feeding in the cold water.

Crappie were on nests in the backs of canyons especially where steep canyon walls protected the cove from cooling winds. We found fish on nests around boulder-sized rocks and hiding in thick brush including tumbleweeds and tamarisk.


May 1, 2008 - Rebecca Twiss - Last Chance -Houseboat fishing

Hi Wayne!

Rebecca and Scotty from Scotty's Sportfishing on Catalina Island, California here.

We just wanted to report that we had an AMAZING time houseboating on Lake Powell.

We got to Wahweap on April 24, and it was blowing pretty good at 30-35 mph. The HB people took great care of us...and because of the wind, they suggested we may stay on the boat in the marina until it died down probably the next day.

 
Thanks but no thanks! We are used to getting tossed around on the ocean in the winter, and that never stops us from fishing...well, almost never.

We had already decided to head out to Last Chance Bay...it took us about four hours to get there but what is that after driving all the way from Southern California?

Finding a place to beach the boat was the most challenging part being first timers...we looked for a spot that would be protected from the wind that we would be able to get in and out of.

 
But the fish showed us the way! As we looked into the fingers of the bay, a fish just popped up and said "this way please!" We turned toward it, and another jumped, and we followed that one to what had to be the perfect fishing spot.

We did exactly as you said - parked the boat with the end out over deep water - great advice! This finger of the bay had 10 little inlets, shallow on the edge and deep in the middle. Captain Scotty caught his first fish from shore within five minutes of setting his feet on the beach.

In three days we caught 87 fish - 66 stripers, 11 catfish, 9 largemouth, and one carp. We'd fish a few hours in the early morning, then spend the day hiking and playing, and drop the lines back in around 4:30 for the evening bite.
We had hand-made rod holders we duct-taped to the back rail of the boat and soaked cut anchovies on half-ounce slide weights. We had scooped up the anchovies in Avalon Harbor after a charter and vacuum-sealed them - the lake fish loved them. We caught most of the stripers, the catfish, and the carp off the back of the boat on anchovies. The largemouth would follow the bait to the surface, but wouldn't bite.
 

Luckily, we had decided to bring a kayak...and after taking our 3-yr-old for a cruise around the coves, Scotty went out and caught a striper and the 9 large mouth with an SX shad (silver and blue), a Bomber Fat A (red/crawdad) and a knocker shad.
We released all the fish (we brought way too much food!) so we don't have pics of the largemouth...didn't want to lose the camera off the kayak ya know.


 

The inlets were full of carp - you could see them swimming around in the reeds like they were in a fish tank - but they wouldn't bite. On the last night we were there, April 26, Scotty had planned to go back out and try for the largemouth and smallmouth again, but he was just too darn tired from so much fun.
So that is our fish report! Sorry it took so long to get it to you...we had to hit the ground running when we got back to the island. We loved the Lake, the fishing was great, the houseboat was awesome...and we can't wait another year to come back...so we'll see you in October!

Rebecca Twiss
Scott Costa
Scotty's Sportfishing
Catalina Island, California

May 3, 2008 - Brent Gunderson - Wahweap Bay

I fished with my cousin Wayne to learn about catching stripers. We trolled and spooned up 36 in the morning and then went back in the afternoon to catch another 36 on bait.  He just parked over the school, chummed and the fish went crazy. This is really fun! 

May 2, 2008 - Dr Chad Lunt  - Wahweap Bay

My son Jason caught his first fish while fishing in Lake Powell. We were trolling for stripers and then jigging with spoons while a troll-caught striper was being reeled in.  The school tended to follow the hooked fish. When the school is seen on the graph then drop spoons to catch more fish.

 

Tim was holding the spoon rod while I was taking a fish off the hook when  this striper hit the spoon.  That was fun.

 

Chad Lunt with 5-year old Jason

Timothy Lunt thought trolling with Bevy shad was just great.  He caught his first striper and then many more.  We brought in 36 fish in 3 hours. 

Timothy Lunt, 14 years old.

Chad Lunt

May 7, 2008 - Tim Kelley

Report for 5/1 thru 5/3, 2008
Tim Kelley and number one son.

Arrived at Wahweap Thursday 10:30 a.m. and set up camp while the w- -d was howling! Did some maintenance on trailer, and boat while being spiteful of the w- -d! Guido and Susie showed up later. All of us
decided to hang around for awhile! Guido got antsy and headed for the dam with Susie. I told him to call me if he started catching! He called me, so my son and I hopped in the boat and headed for the dam. Guido was tied to float #3 on the west side, so I tied up to #2. My son caught a couple of stripers right off, and then the stripers decided my bait looked pretty good also. After an hour and a half we decided to quit and not clean a hundred stripers that night, we had 32, and Guido and Susie had about the same. The big "W" blew most of the night!

 
Friday morning was chilly, and we went to Rock Creek. Water temp. was 53 degrees when we got there. Fishing was tough for stripers, we caught a few on black and chrome wally divers, but most of all they had lock jaw.
 

My son and I headed down lake for Gregory Butte in the afternoon. When We got there the water temp. was 61 degrees, and I remembered what worked there a couple of years ago, and pulled out the chartreuse and white shad raps. We started catching stripers and smb immediately. That was the 1st real good smb fishing I had this year. Here is a pic of one smally on the deck. They were all about this size. We went from there to Face canyon to do some graphing, and then went back in.

 

Saturday we headed up to the back of Last Chance to see if the school of stripers from a few weeks ago were still there. They were!! Water temp was 58 degrees
back there, and we kept the chartreuse shad raps going and we started picking up stripers right away. Quite a few times we had double hook ups, and it was very
consistent catching. We tired of stripers, and decided to go hunt out some crappie and smb, maybe some lmb also. We went to the back of a long cove where Guido and Susie had been for about an hour, and started working a trolling pattern with some Norman Little N's.
 
Guido and Susie hadn't any luck back there and were going to head for Gregory where we did good the day before for smb. I told them that we were going to stay where we were at for awhile to try some different techniques. Glad we did. When the water temp hit 63 degrees all heck broke loose, with topwater slappin', and splashin', and crappie jig action also so! We worked the short cliffs for smallies and my son and I got doubles a couple of times workin' the little crappie jigs. We got into smb, lmb, crappie, walleye, and stripers workin the little ultra light rigs with crappie jigs. This can be some of the funnest ways to fish with some great action, and pole bendin' fish fighten'. What a way to end the trip, and my son and I had a blast. Next stop the South Rally, and I am ready for it again!

May 6, 2008 - Joe Leko - Navajo Canyon

Went down the lake on Friday and we caught 53 stripers in Navajo Cyn was done by 4:30 we only fished for a couple of hours. Sat we went to Last Chance, water was still cold. We caught 8 small mouth bass, 1 crappie, and 1 walleye. Came back to Navajo in the afternoon and caught another 40+ stripers. Fished Navajo on Sunday morning for a couple of hours and picked up 38 stripers. Had to put the poles away to get my crew to stop fishing, we were pretty much catching them every cast. My 90 year old father-in-law had a great time. Appreciate your help.

May 10, 2008 - Matt Monson - Navajo and West Canyon - WTemp 59-66

Matt Monson friends and crew  from Monson Millworks in SLC, came down to catch stripers and bass.  The early morning striper fishing was great along the main channel walls between the dam and Antelope Point. Before sunup, we chummed a relatively shallow shelf along the deep canyon wall.  In a few minutes the stripers lit up.  When the chum cleared there were 55 stripers in the cooler in about 90 minutes on nonstop catching.

The technique was small jig heads with a small chunk of anchovy. Cast toward the shelf and let the bait slowly settle.

In Navajo Canyon we got a striper school to turn on mid day along a main channel point using the same light jig head and anchovy technique.

We caught 45 in about 2 hours of fishing.   

Then we went fishing further up Navajo Canyon looking for bass. We used chartreuse grubs on 1/4 ounce jigheads.  Casting to boulders and broken rock worked well in the afternoon after the water temperature had risen to 65. It was slow fishing for bass in the morning.    

Matt Monson

The best spot in Navajo was a short creek channel that joined Navajo Canyon.  Smallmouth and largemouth bass were holding on the steep drop near the channel junction. 
Bass fishing was great in West Canyon in the afternoon while morning fishing was only so-so.

 

Blaine Baxter

Chartreuse grubs caught many different species including bluegill, stripers, large and smallmouth bass and crappie. A walleye even fell for a smoke sparkle grub.

 

Reed Baxter

Smallmouth were caught most often with 2 to 5 bass in each spot we fished.

 

Mark Hunter  

The reefs in clear water were good but the best luck was found in the broken rock or mats of floating debris that was piled up in short little slick rock coves along the channel edge. 

May 14, 2008 - Ed Gerdemann

Having been in the grips of cabin fever all winter, finally getting that first fishing trip of the year last week was a welcome tonic. It wasn't just about the fish caught. It was about getting out of the insanity of Phoenix and the pressure of work for a few days and doing something that I find totally relaxing. My guest once again was longtime angling partner John Conrad of Prescott. I first met John 30 years ago when we both lived in Flagstaff, and over the years we have shared some incredible fishing experiences.

Last week's trip was no exception, although the fishing we experienced is almost common place on Powell these days. In our two days on the water we took five of the seven major sports species in the lake while enjoying absolutely wonderful weather as well as great fellowship - not to mention a couple great fish dinners. I also used a new technique with good success that should help me catch even more fish this year.

On this trip we decided to forego striper angling and concentrate on bass. We were primarily targeting smallmouths, however it was also my intention to try and find a few largemouths as well - and hopefully even some walleyes. To accomplish this we decided to fish the Gunsight area, which is where I had found good success last fall. Things looked great from the very beginning when on my first cast a decent smallmouth sucked in my Yamamoto shad shaped worm. Two years ago, an incredible fishing year for me, I also took a nice smallie on my first cast; so this was a good omen. I missed a bass on my next cast and then didn't get a strike for nearly an hour.

Ed Gerdemann

We finally hit the jackpot when we moved into a large cove about halfway up Gunsight on the right side. This cove has two shallow shelves on each side and a deep V cut down the middle. John scored immediately on a nice walleye which snatched a small crappie tube he was fishing on his ultralight. The fish was working towards the end of the V cut in about 17 feet of water. John soon put two more walleyes in the boat out of the same spot.

Seeing that my dropshot rigged shad shaped worm wasn't producing at the time, I switched over to a five-inch Yamamoto Kut Tail worm fished on a shaky head jig. For those not familiar with shaky head fishing, the best way to describe it is Texas rigging but using a jig head instead of an offset worm hook and bullet sinker. A number of companies sell special shaky head jigs for this technique. As the name implies, the way to fish this setup is to drag it and shake it along the bottom. The method certainly worked for my Friday as I almost immediately took a nice smallmouth. I followed it up with several more decent smallmouths as well as a largemouth and a walleye of my own. The fish seemed to range from eight down to 18 feet. There did not appear to be one depth better than the other except for the walleyes all of which came from the same small area at the end of the V cut. John took two more walleyes on his crappie tube as well as a couple bass before the action died down.

We then moved to a long point on the north side of the cove. I took a couple more smallmouth on the shaky head, but John then nailed the best fish of the trip, a 20-inch smallmouth that weighed 3 lbs. 5 oz. - once again on the little chartreuse tube. That fish cleared water three times during the fight. I put my rod down to watch and man the net. The fish may have been a spawned out female as it did not seem as heavy for its length as it should have been. Nevertheless, it was still a fine fish. After a few quick photos John released that fish and we continued up the point catching several more smallmouths including a couple in the 2-pound plus class. It was out towards the end of the point that John caught the only striper of the trip - a healthy 2-pounder. At this point it did not seem the shaky head was nearly as effective as it was earlier. As we worked along the edge of a large flat I switched back to the drop shot and the shad shaped worm. I took several more smallmouths and a couple largemouths all along this area. The fish again ranged between eight and 18 feet with the largemouths coming from on top of the flat and the smallmouths being a bit deeper and much closer to the break line.
John Conrad We fished several more areas in Gunsight taking good numbers of smallmouths along with some largemouths thrown in. Most of the smallies ranged from 3/4 to two pounds, and the biggest largemouth was also around two pounds. In addition to these fish, we also caught a couple green sunfish; and John caught another walleye. Our Friday total was 33 smallmouths, seven walleyes, six largemouths, two green sunfish and a striper - quite a variety. I stayed with the shad shaped worm the rest of the day, but John got the last laugh by catching a number of bass on a strip of chamois he cut and fished on a drop shot rig - a far less expensive alternative to my Yamamoto baits.

Saturday was one of those strange days in which the fishing didn't seem nearly as good as it had been on Friday; however when all was said and done we actually caught more fish. The big difference on Saturday was we didn't catch as many of the nicer bass as we did on Friday, and we only caught two walleyes and didn't catch any stripers. We decided to head back to Gunsight on Saturday planning to fish only the most productive spots from the day before while trying some places we didn't fish on Friday. We started back at the cove with the V cut. Right off the bat I nailed a 22-inch three-pound walleye on a shaky head worm. I also caught several nice smallmouth and lost two very good fish. John had a tough start to the day only catching a couple little bass, but things would turn his way later on. We fished up the long flats catching a few smallmouths and a couple largemouths, and then we went across the bay to the west side and fished a long point that produced some good fish for me last fall. We took several decent smallmouths there, and John got another walleye and 10 little bass that inhaled his crappie tube every time he pitched it under a shallow overhanging ledge.
Having worked this area completely, we went up the bay fishing some large coves on the west side that we had not fished the day before. The fishing wasn't fast - one fish here, two there - but it was steady. Most the fish were smallmouths in the "eating size" class - 11 to 13 inches. We finished the day fishing reefs and flats at the mouth of Gunsight on the west side. This area produced the biggest smallmouth of the day, a 15-incher for John, as well as a number of smaller ones and a couple of largemouths for good measure. Saturday's tally was 62 smallmouths, four largemouths and two walleyes. After some early success, the shaky head worm gave way again to the drop shot shad shaped worm. John took most his fish on the small tubes he had used with such success the day before. The colors I used both days were 297 (Green Pumpkin and Black) in the Kut Tail worm and 194 (Watermelon and Black) in the shad shaped worm. John's tubes were all chartreuse. His chamois strip was a natural tan color.

One thing that was clear to us was that the spawn was not quite in full swing. There a lot of fish staging out near the break lines, and many of the bass we took were still full of eggs. Some fish were on top of the flats and reefs, while others were still hanging along the drop-offs in a bit deeper water. No fish were caught really deep, but not all that many were caught in the really shallow water, either. While the fishing was very good, there wasn't a bass behind every rock. We had to work for what we caught. All in all it was a great way to break in the new season. I returned to work Monday relaxed and refreshed, but I'm ready to come back up and do it all again!

May 17, 2008 - Wayne Gustaveson - Shad Rally Fish Report

The weather on Saturday - last day of rally - was gorgeous.  It got warm and lit up the stripers by 9 AM. The school found the previous day responded in grand fashion on both days.  Everyone that fished there both days caught all the fish they wanted.
Rich, Michelle and Lora Gonzales had found a school here earlier in the week with jerk baits and found a good early morning bite.  They told me the striper school was huge and could be lit up with bait.  They were kind enough to invite all the rally folks to share the spot. No one was disappointed.

THANKS RICH - Lora would not leave Friday until she had personally caught 50 stripers. Yes this is Michelle that caught the big fish 2 years ago.

Brooke and Bill Wiley shared in the great event and a memorable day. Brooke was using anchovy bait and caught a fish on virtually every cast.
Bill changed to a 2-inch tungsten spoon and kept right up with Brooke.   They have a double here to reinforce the previous report.
Bob Howard and grandsons struggled at their favorite spot in Friendship Cove on Thursday due to windy weather.  The trip to Padre Bay on Saturday made up for it. They caught up quickly with fast fishing.  They were the last boat to leave the spot with more than 80 fish in the cooler.  2 hours of filleting made them late for the weigh in. I suspect they had the winning weight at 3.7 pounds. The prize was awarded to a 3.6 pound fish.

But there is no prize better than a successful day fishing with the grandsons - right Bob?

Hotwheels was on a roll. That man is incredible! He caught fish on bait and lures. I will bet his arms were dead tired after hoisting in numerous fish. He has the swing perfected. The net is only used on select occasions when the fish is big enough to deserve special treatment. 
Tim Kelley, Guido and Susie were right there with the rest on both days. 
The triple posted here is indicative of the success of the day and the Shad Rally in general. It was a special event with a deluxe setting and some very special people.

 

Thanks to all.  And to the fish who cooperated in grand fashion.


May 15, 2008 - Brian Walters - Mesa, AZ


Fished last weekend.. Smallmouth bite hit or miss, but there is always stripers to catch! We caught about 150 every evening from about 5-7 pm on anchovies.

 

May 14, 2008 - Roger Kaufman

Nine of us went to Wahweap 2-9 May. Fishing was excellent! We caught over a 150 Stripers on Anchovies (1/3) drifting, no weight, up to 40' deep, caught some on Rapalas and bottom bouncers. Lot's of Smallies on almost any plastics and crank baits, as you can see those Smallies are "ferocious" and try to take a Lure as big as they are! Crappie (6) on Rattle-trap, Rapalas, and Mister Twisters. Walleye (5) on Rapala or Bottom Bouncer with worm harness. Catfish as well. Couldn't find the Largemouth. We hiked, went sight seeing, and tried swimming in 60 degree water...wow! Water Temps were from 60 to 70 depending how far up the Canyon you went. The stream coming into Navajo was warm and lots of fish there as well. We hiked up Canyon to the Ruins.
 
Rented a Houseboat from Aramark and got the early bird special with a free 19' Power boat. Wasn't cheap by any means, Gas at the Marina $4.48, Ice $4.00, etc. All in all it was still Great fun!
ARAMARK Staff at Wahweap, Russ and his Gang were very Professional and extremely helpful. The only
draw back is that you have to Pre-pay 60 days in advance of your trip, a Damage deposit of $600.00 per Houseboat and $400.00 per Power boat. Sounds more like a Reservation Deposit to me! Full pre-payment 60 days prior on all Houseboats and if cancelled within 30 days of trip ZERO REFUNDS.


It is a serious commitment financially.
We still had a great time and plan on doing it again next year!
 


May 26, 2008  Rich, Michelle, and Laura Gonzalez

Well we just returned home from another great spring vacation at Lake Powell. Yielding a total of 505 fish caught and a new Gonzalez record!
The first few days were blustery, cold days. After three days of searching for surface fish and always watching my meter, I noticed a large school of fish tightly bunched together in and around 40 foot of water. They were lying in a trough directly across from state line launch ramp in Wahweap Bay. I assumed they were carp or something other than stripers because I dropped spoons and other deep water baits and still nothing.


 
That afternoon I was proudly flying my U.S. and U.S Marine flags. My son is in boot camp and on his way to becoming a U.S. Marine. A Marine approached and asked if I could help him out with fishing. He and his wife were struggling and couldn't seem to locate the fish, so I gave a few suggestions. That night it rained and they got wet as they were in a tent and decided to leave. In the morning I found an ice box with five bags of chovies and a thank you note signed "from a U.S. Marine". We put it in the boat and went to the school I had seen in the previous days, needless to say they turned to gold {44 stripers that day in only 2 hours!}.
 
The next few days warmed up nicely and the wind diminished. We tried the Gonzalez tradition of jerk baits each morning very early, no luck; caught just a few on jerk baits here and there. However, spotted big schools in deep water off points in Padre Bay and mid morning continued to yield a nice chovie catch. Laura (our daughter, 15) ended the trip with catching upwards of 200 fish herself. I believe this trip she out fished her dad! She proudly reminds him of that often. The fishing was unbelievable and consistent. "like fishing in a barrel"
 

Had a great time fishing with the team of folks visiting for the Shad Rally. But nothing could compare to fishing with Wayne and his wife and son. It was a great honor to help with providing Wayne fish for the samples he needed.


We are looking forward to our fall trip coming up shortly!


May 29, 2008 - Brian W - Mesa AZ   Navajo Canyon  WTemp 64

Went for stripers over the weekend and caught over 120 in two afternoons...
 
The bite didn't turn on until about 3pm..Same as two weeks ago...
We were fishing in Navajo Canyon just past the first big island
 
Brian - Antigua Landscape & Design Mesa, AZ

 

Great Family Shot!  Wayne


May 28, 2008 - Steve Harris - "Off the Hook"

 Here are some pics of our last two fishing trips to Lake Powell. The weekend of the 17th we caught around 100 smallmouth and 3 largemouth.
We caught them on Gary Yamamoto chartreuse jigs and on Mister Twisters. Any rock slides would produce a good bite.
We caught most of the fish in Last Chance. On Memorial day weekend we caught around 30 or so stripers mostly in Navajo canyon.
The smally’s weren’t as cooperative as last weekend. The water temp was around 62 where as last weekend it was around 71.
Great trip and the kids all got to catch fish.

Steve Harris “OFF THE HOOK”

 

The Big 'Kids'


May 26, 2008 - Scot S - Slick Rock - Iceberg

NEW: Fish Report May 16-23

Just a quick report from our houseboating trip down to Iceberg canyon. Noted numerous boats fishing the South point coming out of Halls Bay and pulling out yearling Stripers.

We fished heavily in the areas just outside of Slickrock then moved to Iceberg Canyon. Fished exclusively for Smallies and an occasional nice Walleye. Found the best color jig to be a green with black flakes and a 1/4 oz. head. We tried a heavier jig weight like Wayne suggested but the fish seemed to prefer a softer presentation. Often found a shelf or shady spot and would pull out fish with almost every cast (at least for a short while). The surprise was how large the Walleye are getting!! Must of had at least two 5 pounders fall off on the way to the boat (never saw the heavier one).

My BIL often caught his smallmouth just by letting his jig sit on the bottom for a few seconds. Dropping the jig off of any shelf proved the most successful. Caught one really nice Smallie with a large white decayed tube jig still in his mouth (caught him on the same color).

Thanks to all of you for encouraging me to stick with the jigs...I tried numerous other lures but none produced half as well as the jig. My BIL depleted my tackle box of our favorite color skirt so a trip to BPS is in need.
 

May 29, 2008 - Steve Doepke - Cookie Jar - Stripers

We concentrated our fishing at the Cookie Jar area based on the success of the South Shad Rally. We found the fish and at times had some very fast action. The harder the wind blew, the better the bite in that location. At one point I think you could have thrown your shoe down there and got bit.



Dad Doepke
On Memorial Day were we ran into Wayne at the Cookie Jar. He gave us some tips and made us promise that we wouldn’t leave until we caught fifty fish. In total from that spot we caught close to 200 fish over the duration of our stay. The best bite was on Memorial Day at 5:00pm, 15 feet deep and the wind was blowing hard directly into the bank that held the school.



We had a great time and caught many species of fish…what a lake!!!

The Doepke boy’s will be back over the July 4th Holiday.
 

Steve's son and father


May 29, 2008 - Mike McNabb - Warm Creek


Sunday May 25th, 2008


We went into Warm Creek early morning and hooked up with a few nice ones.
 

Larry's striper was 3.11 pounds.


Gorden, from New Zealand, caught his first large mouth and striper.

The morning was slow but caught some nice ones. About 8
stripers and 8 or 9 LM and SM. A good day considering the lake is coming up so fast.
 

Larry's LM weighted 2.8 pounds an
I lucked out with the 4.3 # LM. All caught in the back of coves in about 3-10 feet of water on dark colored jigs.

 

Mike McNabb


June 5, 2008 - Perry Berry and Jim Walker



Here are a few pictures of our latest fishing trip.



Perry Berry
We fished Dungeon, Reflection, and the San Juan and we caught many small fish.
 Occasionally, we would pick up mature fish in deeper water, but it was pretty tough with the water level rising so fast.
 

 

Jim Walker

Jim and I both caught bass that had eaten birds!

June 5, 2008 - Bryan Beckstead - Wahweap Bay

we have fished 3 times this year on Powell, It seems like each time we learn something different.
Saturday 3 of us went to see if we could catch some stripers... We went in Wahweap Bay... only 1 other boat even came clost to us that was fishing.
 

Bryan Beckstead

We caught 100 fish total... We caught 1 LMB, had on a couple of SMB , we landed 4 catfish and the rest were stripers...
We had a great time.
 

Dennis and Bryan Beckstead

We are the Beckstead Family
My DAD Dennis was at the controls all day
My Brother Wayne was at the helm
Me Bryan sat in between and reeled them in ... hope you enjoy the pics.

 

Wayne Beckstead


June 8, 2008 - Mike McNabb  - Navajo Canyon


I took some friends from the UK into Navajo in the afternoon to look for stripers. I haven't been out in the afternoon - evening yet this year and wasn't sure if we would catch any but the fish were there and hungry.

 

Matt Simons

We caught 26 healthy stripers, 1 to 3 1/2 pounds and 2 LM and 5 SM. Good afternoon! We all had a great time!
 

June 11, 2008 - Ed Gerdemann

Dale Marenda and I happened upon the perfect striper presentation this past Sunday! After sitting for several hours off our favorite striper point in Navajo Canyon getting a bite here and there, we stumbled on something so wonderful that I had to share it here. It was around 11 a.m. and, having eaten breakfast at around 3:30 a.m., we were getting pretty hungry. We both set our rods down on the deck and got a sandwich and a bottle of water out of my boat's cooler. Just as we took our first bites from our sandwiches, our rods both bent over. We grabbed them and wrestled in two very lively stripers. Laughing about our "luck" and joking that we had found the perfect technique, we rebaited, dropped our lines over the side and laid down our rods once more. No sooner than we did, both rods bent over again, and two more stripers found their way into the fish cooler. Dale proceeded to do it two more times, each time is rod tip started dipping as soon as he laid it down and put his foot over the handle. Unfortunately the pattern dried up after Dale's fourth striper, but it was really fun while it lasted!

Of course fun is what we always have at Lake Powell. This trip was both a work and fun affair as Dale graciously agreed to help me repair a soft spot in the kitchen floor of my Greenehaven mobile. We arrive Thursday the 5th and proceeded to tear up the floor, take some measurements and lay out a carefully drawn blueprint on a paper napkin. The next morning we drove in to Page Lumber, bought the supplies we needed and proceeded to make the repairs. We then spent Friday afternoon getting our gear ready for some serious fishing Saturday morning.

Saturday's plan was to chase bass - preferably smallmouths, but we wouldn't refuse a green bass if it found one of our lures to its liking. We motored up to the area between Dominguez and Padre Butte which I thought might be good with the rising water. To say the bass fishing Saturday was tough is an understatement. We simply could not put together a consistent pattern. Although we caught over 30 fish, only about a half dozen were decent size. We tried our favorite drop shot techniques, and I tried the shaky head worm pattern that was so successful for me last trip. I even threw a spinnerbait some into the flooded tamarisk and around the mudlines. After reading Mondo's post about catching both smallmouths and largemouths on spinnerbaits, I wish I had done this a bit more. Nevertheless we did catch some fish. If we'd have been fishing about anywhere but Lake Powell, we would have thought we'd had an exceptional day. Our best pattern, as Wayne pointed out in his report last week, was fishing the small rockslides along the steep slick rock walls in Padre Bay. The bass generally ranged anywhere from 14 to 18 feet deep except for one largemouth I caught under a mudline at around 10 feet. We tried a number of different soft plastics on our drop shot setups, but probably the best lure was the old reliable three-inch Slim Senko in 194J (Classic Watermelon with Black). I believe that our problems were related to the fast rising lake which may have disoriented the bass and caused them to scatter. Whatever the reason, we simply could not find that sweet location/presentation that is normally easy for us on this lake.

On our way back to Greenehaven Saturday afternoon we stopped and bought some anchovies. Convinced that bass fishing was not where it was happening, we decided to devote our efforts Sunday to stripers. We first motored from the Antelope Point ramp to the Buoy 3 area in the main channel which has produced a lot of stripers lately. It was too windy there to hold the boat, so we went to the power plant intake where the water was much calmer. Dale quickly nailed a striper, however we went for the next 30 minutes without another bite. Convinced it wasn't happening at the intake, we then ran up to the double island area in Navajo Canyon. We graphed the first point above the islands and didn't see anything. We then noticed a boat off the second point and motored there to check it out. The couple in that boat had just taken a couple of fish and invited us to join. Over the next several hours the action was not fast, except for when the "lay down the rod" pattern was working, but it was fairly steady. Dale managed to take over two fish to my one which he attributes to the red bead he had between his sinker and swivel. Actually, I think it was the way he held his nose; but we'll never know for sure! At any rate, over a six-hour span we managed to put over 30 stripers in the cooler - again not a great day by Lake Powell standards but pretty darn good just about anywhere else.

Hopefully when the lake begins to stabilize the bass fishing will improve. But if I have to resort to striper fishing with anchovies on my next trip, I will make sure to lay my rod down after dropping the bait over the side. I'll also try different "nose-holding" patterns and maybe a red bead. Having that "perfect" presentation is so important!
We spent a week at Powell week of June 18th on a houseboat. We stayed in Friendship Cove. Weather was great not too hot and no major wind problems. I was there with my family, my 2 sons Johnny and Mike both from Prescott and my daughter Cindy from Canada my other daughter Sam didn't make it this year and their familes. We go every year at this time, a little early for the good striper bite but usually do pretty good and get everyone catching fish.

Paul Padrnos

This year was a little tougher I think the rising water and cooler water temp. was hurting us. Saw a lot of stripers on the surface all small fish working the points at Friendship Cove just before the floating restroom and around the small islands heading towards Dangling Rope across from friendship Cove. We also
saw a lot of fish in Rock Creek working but small also.

Cindy - Canada

Caught a few fish out of the boils, had to use small cast masters in the 1/4 oz. size to get them to bite. Had most of our luck metering fish and using anchovies to get them going. Once you caught a few we would jig with the Cabelas Mirage Jigs. Caught a lot of small mouth off the rocky points across from Friendship Cove using shad color rattle traps and crank baits.

 

Ciara

With the high water the shore lines can be deceiving with a lot of brush under water now. Water temp. was in low 70's.

We really had the most luck off back of houseboat using anchovies, catching catfish ,stripers and small and large mouth bass.

Paul with Channel Catfish

July 1, 2008 - Kip Bennett - Navajo Canyon - WTemp 78 F


We had a good day in Navajo Canyon. There was already a guide taking the second point past the first Island so we skipped that and fought the drift wood on up past the big beach and headed towards the back. I headed to a spot that produced for me last year. My family came down from Wyoming and had never had the chance to experience Lake Powell Striper fishing.

 
We had 6 people in the boat and mainly used Jig heads with anchovies and Carolina rigged anchovies. We caught 52 stripers by noon and ran out of anchovies. One key that I believe helped us out is I have always taken some chartreuse Yamamoto skirts and put them on the hook first followed by the anchovies. This proved to get strikes even after loosing an anchovy off your hook. I also credit the skirts for catching 9 small mouth on this set up.

 
The water temp was about 78 and we fished a point that was out about 30-50 ft deep. At first the bite started deep at 35 ft and then came up a little and hung around 25-30ft.

In the Pictures are my brother-in-law Brad Carlson and two sons Gabe and Evan of Casper Wyoming and Kip Bennett.

 

June 30, 2008 - Mike McNabb - Buoy 3

 

 

 

 

 

Mitch Blankard, 8 years old, Bothell, Washington caught this 4.8 pound striper near buoy number 3, on 6-25-08 in the morning on anchovies. The average we were catching was 1 to 3 pounders but then this one swam by.


 


June 29, 2008 - Paul Padrnos, Prescott AZ - Friendship Cove - WTemp 73-75


July 4, 2008 - Wayne Gustaveson - Morning Holiday Boil - Wahweap and Maytag Straits.

Stripers are boiling every morning from an hour after first light to about 9 AM. The most aggressive boils happen between 6:30 - 7:30 (MST).  They will take full sized surface lures and shallow running crankbaits.  The lure is not as important as placement.

First, stop the boat just in casting range.  Determine direction of travel and coast that way. These fish are going to the right. See the smooth water ahead and riffled water behind the boil.    Put the trolling motor on high, bear to the right an try to keep up.

Approaching from behind is better than having a school come head on. They are hard to cast to when coming toward the boat.

Lure placement in this group should be well over the biggest concentration in the middle of the picture.  One angler should cast over the middle group while the other casts over and right of the splashing fish. 

After sounding there is a period of waiting while the school regroups and comes to the top again. Look to see which way they were heading when they went down.  These are going right. Move the boat slowly in the direction of travel hoping that fish pop up in casting range.  When  that happens the first cast should be a hookup.

But sometimes the fish double back and come up 200 yards in the wrong direction. In that case get on the big motor and try to get close again. 

A tight boil means all fish have surrounded the prey.  DO NOT CAST into the pod. That will cause the fish to jump in unison and then flee at full speed.  Cast beyond or to either side and bring the lure into the strike zone. 
When fish are down look for stragglers to come up. A couple of swirls mark the location of the school.  Sometimes a single swirl will tell you where the next surfacing event will be and give you time to get in range before they come up. 

 

Happy chasing.  Right now you should be able to get 20 fish in 2 hours of chasing boils. 


July 9, 2008 - Bill McBurney, Ambassador Guide Service - Navajo Canyon

I just wanted to add (Concerning the 36 pound fish recently caught) we landed a solid fifteen pounder on bait in Navajo tuesday. We also lost something as big or bigger Wednesday at the islands. But what really blew us away was we were casting to mini Stripers slurping in Oak Canyon monday at six in the morning when a school of monstor Stripers attack the slurpers. It was like a school of Tuna hitting Skipjacks in the ocean. I have never seen this before and probably wont see it again but I have 4 witnesses to the event and I will continue trolling my 14 " AC"S.  We did manage to troll and broke a big one off that morning but my tackle wasn't up to that school of fish for the day. A Big Congrats To Robert!!! Fly Man Bill!!
 

July 10, 2008 - Shane Spravzoff - Padre Bay


Thanks for the great website and all of the fishing reports! Here are a few pictures from our trip up to Powell during the beginning of the month.
The fishing was excellent early in the morning until about 11 and then picked up again around four in the afternoon. We caught some early morning topwater fish on ricos.
The rest of our fish were either caught fishing double tailed hula grubs or dropshotting in 15-30 ft. of water. Most of the walleye came out of 20 ft. of water or more. Two of the most productice colors were silver smoke and chartreuse.
We had great luck drop shotting a four inch yamamoto cut tail worm. We also pulled some largemouths out of the submerged trees fishing weightless senkos.
All of our fishing efforts were concentrated in Padre Bay. My name is Shane Spravzoff and I was accompanied on the trip by local catfish guide Scuba Steve Ruiz and Lacey 'The Striper Killer' Nylen.
The bass are still there, just gotta go a little deeper!!! All of the larger bass were released!!!
Hope the tips help!

July 22, 2008 - Shawn Johnson and Kip Bennett -  Face Canyon

We headed out early in the morning around 5 am and took off through Castle Rock cut and headed over to Face and West Canyon. Kip asked which one we wanted and I told him Face Canyon. I was itching to get back since 3 months earlier I had gone out with Dave Allen and his kids to Face and his son, Adam had caught a very nice 1.7lb crappie and we had seen some very nice largemouth under some sagebrush.

Shawn Johnson - Page AZ

Kip and I arrived to the back of the canyon where it was smooth as glass! It doesn't get any better than that! We threw some wacky rig Yamamoto senkos and some single tail Yamamoto grubs (all colored Watermelon).  We caught a few small mouths here and there and continued to troll the still waters. We came close to the mouth of Face Canyon and I had cast a watermelon single tail grub against a rock wall then let it slowly sink below. I reeled in and instantly had a bite! The smallmouth came up out of the water as if mocking me and spit out the grub. I instantly threw back to try to catch the little guy again, I hate to lose to a fish. Once again, I got a bite and I had him all the way up next to the boat until he shook his head as if to say, "I don't think so, buddy!" 

By this point we had rounded the corner of the rock wall so I threw one last desperation toss behind us against the rock wall. As I reeled in again, I once again felt the familiar tug but this time it wasn't followed by a fight. I slowly reeled in while Kip asked if I needed the net. I told him I wasn't sure yet but I'd let him know in a second. Then, as I was reeling I looked out at the water and saw the top of a fish coming through the water towards me! This fish had given up, or it was a carp! I was hoping for the first. It was slowly meandering towards the boat so I told Kip to go ahead and grab the net. As it approached the boat it rolled over on its side and that's when I noticed the silver shine on its side then gasped as it darted down! At this point I was yelling at Kip to get that net over here but he had seen it to so he was frantically rummaging to get the net. I reeled and pulled up as he slid the net under it!

We instantly grabbed his Rapala electric scale to measure the beautiful crappie. It weighed in at 2lbs even! We had never seen a crappie that size before. Needless to say we were both excited. I know there are more up there in Face Canyon and look forward to getting back up there. Yes, I am a true fisherman so I had to include an "elaborate" story behind my fish that can be verified by Kip. Oh, and it was a watermelon single tail Yamamoto grub that I let sink about 10-15 feet down along a rock wall.


July 30, 2008 - Ed Gerdemann

There is simply no other way to put it, fishing was difficult this past Saturday. Despite what would appear to be an ideal fishing day - cool, cloudy and a bit of a breeze - putting any kind of pattern together was a difficult proposition for Cap'n Chuck Duggins and me. The plan was to leave Stateline at dawn and cruise the lake looking for striper boils. If we didn't find any boils, we were going to fish some smallmouth structure.

Heading uplake we didn't see anything that might have resembled a striper boil. In fact, I cannot recall seeing a fish of any kind break surface on the trip uplake. There was a chop on the water which probably made that difficult; however there was some smooth water along the main channel wall between Warm Creek and Gunsight, but no stripers showed. We stopped at an area of good looking points and reefs right at the mouth of Gunsight, but 45 minutes of working that area yielded just a couple small bronzebacks and a channel cat. We then fished completely around a big island right in the channel opposite Gunsight. Here fishing was a bit better as we picked up several bass. We didn't get much in terms of size - the biggest fish going around 1 1/2 pounds - but at least it was some action. I had a funny thing happen when working a point at the far end of the island. I hooked and lost a smallmouth. That bass also managed to strip my Senko from the hook. Since we had gone down that side of the island with the wind, Chuck felt we didn't fish the area as thoroughly as we might and suggested we turn around and fish it again against the wind. I dropped my bait right where I had lost that fish and was soon hooked up again. When I landed that bass it spit up the Senko I had just lost. It was undoubtedly the same fish. It just goes to show we are not dealing the smartest of creatures here.

A bit later while Chuck was struggling to untangle a loop from his reel, a bass picked up his lure as it lay on the bottom. When Chuck started reeling after straightening out the mess, the fish was there. This may have been a clue that we were fishing too quickly. The bite certainly was not aggressive. When smallmouth are really hitting at Powell most of the strikes will come on the initial drop; however on Saturday many of the strikes came while deadsticking and slowly dragging the lure along the bottom.

After fishing around that island, we motored back up into Gunsight to fish some of the steeper banks as well as some rocks sticking up out in the middle of the bay. We managed to catch a few more fish before the sun burned through the clouds forcing us to call it a day. We finished the day having caught about 20 smallmouth total, 13 we kept, as well as the one catfish. We did not catch a striper nor did I see anything on the graph I could positively identify as a striper.

We fished a wide variety of depths from right up against the bank to well out over 30 feet. Most of our fish came from 12 to 18 feet with a few deeper. The cloud cover undoubtedly was the reason most of the fish were shallower than we expected. I caught all my fish on the old reliable 3-inch Slim Senko fished on a dropshot setup. Chuck caught his on a Yamamoto Ika. We both tried throwing spinnerbaits around flooded brush with no success.

Because of several conflicts, I won't be back up until September. Hopefully by then all fishing will improve. This has been a tough season for me. Given the success I've enjoyed the past few years, I guess this was likely to happen. I'm hoping fall we bring better tidings.

August 3, 2008 - Wayne and Phillip

Phillip Tinsley was on a Houseboat trip to Lake Powell sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has recently lost a leg to bone cancer but he is fighting hard to overcome this devastating disease.  We had a chance to fish together in some very tough conditions - But fishing is fun even when the catching is not up to par.

Letter from Craig Tinsley - Phillip's Dad who went along for the ride.

Wayne - I wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how much Phillip and I appreciated you and Ron taking us both on such a wonderful trip last Thursday (as well as provide you with the photos I promised you…).

 Words cannot express how grateful we both are to you  for your time and for providing us with your extensive knowledge .. Although the "BIG ONE" eluded us, we had an absolutely WONDERFUL time - as the old saying goes, the worst day fishing is better than the best day working, and our day with you both was certainly no exception!!
I was very impressed with how well you worked and got along with Phillip as well as helped us both learn so much about such a tremendous place - Lake Powell is definitely one of the most phenomenal places in North America, and I simply cannot wait to return (we'd love to see you both again if we do).
 
You both were wonderfully gracious hosts, and I am hopeful that you'll choose to post this letter to your readers so that everyone knows what a great guide, and more importantly, what a wonderful person, you are. You provided Phillip and I with something that he and I will always remember, and I will be forever indebted to you.


My sincerest thanks to you both ..

Craig and Phillip Tinsley

August 14, 2008- Cliff Biggs - Wahweap Night Fishing

I live in Greenehaven and figure it's time to contribute after reading this site for years.

Went to Stateline yesterday evening with my boat and fished the lighted areas of the rental houseboat docks and caught all the stripers I wanted up to almost 4 lbs. Could have landed 50 in a couple of hours but quit after I had all I wanted. Just tossed out half an anchovy on 1/4 oz lead head 40 feet into 100' of water and buy the time my line sank to vertical I had a fish on every cast. If I went more than 2 minutes without a bite it was because the bait must have flown off on the cast. Could see flashes of stripers in the water reflecting the lights of the dock every now and then. Who says the lower lake is slow fishing right now?

Anchored a houseboat for a family last week in Warm Creek and they forgot their fishing equipment but they found 25' of contractor chalk line and a 6/0 hook on the boat and caught 5 catfish one night on pork tenderloin with the hand line. Go figure?


August 12, 2008 - Brooke Wiley

August 8-10th
On Friday we headed up to Friendship cove and got a nice camping spot. We fished from our kayaks for a few hours catching a few good sized smallies. That evening we fished a small reef in the bay and the shallow flat in front of friendship and picked up a few more smallies.

Saturday morning I got up early and went out in the kayak. I saw a few fish jumping and started fishing where they were jumping. Then there were several large slurps and i caught several smallies and a striper.

During the day we took a trip up to rainbow bridge. On the way back we stopped at Dangling Rope for ice cream and gas. When sitting in the shade eating our iced cream i noticed several large catfish swimming among the masses of carp. I made up my mind i was gonna catch one. So when the biggest one in the bunch swam by I grabbed it by the tail and hauled it out. It was pretty big, about ten pounds. Saturday night we anchored near our campsite and dropped in our green light. After about on hour there was lots of shad swimming around it. We chummed twice and fished with divers, chovies, and wally lures, we didn't get a single bite. Sunday morning we got up early and chased slurps catching about six very fat and healthy striper. 17 inches and 2 1/2 pounds were typical...  


September 1, 2008 - Gonzalez Family - Padre Bay Boils

Gonzalez Family August 08 Fishing Trip

Arrived at Lake Powell on Friday, August 22 late in the afternoon; set up camp and ended the day early as we knew that Richards's boat leaves at 4:30 am. As expected, started the day early Saturday morning as the sun came up. Launched early and headed towards Rock Creek but were stopped abruptly in Wahweap Bay by a school of boiling fish. Caught about 8 nice fat stripers, 2 ½ to 3 lbs, but then the boil disappeared. Proceeded up lake toward Rock Creek, but were stopped again in Warm Creek as we spotted another boil. Caught a couple then headed again to Rock Creek. Rock Creek produced a few more fish on one good boil. We could tell that fishing was going to be rough this year.


The next few days were a lot like the first day, spotting boils here and there. Around day four, we finally found committed fish boiling between Padre Bay and Gunsight Canyon. Where we returned each day to fill our live wells and ice chest with beautiful healthy fish. 2 ½ to 3 lbs was the average. Boils where only visible from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 each day. Once the sunlight appeared, fish were gone except for a few pops here and there. As expected, the Gonzalez day started at 3:45 a.m. in order to be out at Gunsight by 5:00!

If you are lucky enough, you may be able to catch two fish on one lure!! As Michelle did!!

Our trip ended on Friday, August 29 with a total catch of 190 stripers and 6 smallies.
We were lucky enough to catch Wayne out there scouting the lake and throwing a few casts into the boils. We can't wait for our spring trip; as the stripers are going to be monsters!! (The lake is loaded with Shad).


September 5, 2008 - Robert & Billie Morris, Heber UT, Padre Bay Bass


This photo of a smallmouth bass was taken near the island between Gunsight, Padre Bay and the main channel. Fishing action was fast just prior to the rise of the sun. We had three hookups at one time . . . several times . . . over a period of 30 minutes. We were using rapala medium divers of various colors, all seemed to work . . . most fish were near the surface. Best results were in about 15 to 20 feet of water. We arrived at our destination around 6:30 am (Utah Time) 7:30 pm (AZ Time) Fishing was fast and furious for about 30 minutes as we trolled our lures going around the tip of Gunsight (between the island, Padre Bay and the main channel) We kept several nice largemouth and a couple of stripers. We fished for about 90 minutes total . . catching over 20 fish . . . before returning to camp . . . chasing several striper boils. We had only one hookup in the very quick and 'ghostly' boils.

Robert & Billie Morris . . . and all the grandkids!!

 


Sending this email to you from our camp site in Padre Bay via a verzion high speed wireless modem and a cell phone booster located on the house boat. This is a very live and current report . . . Hey . . . this is what life is all about!!!! Very FUN!


September 5, 2008 - Shane Spravzoff - Padre Bay


Thanks again for the great web page. Here's a report from Labor Day Weekend. My name is Shane Spravzoff, and I spent the weekend fishing with my favorite fishing partner, my Dad Steve Spravzoff. We got up to the lake on Friday afternoon and we were greeted by our good friends Mike and Jen Packer. Mike had located a bunch of stripers up at the mouth of Friendship cove and Rock Creek, so we made the run up lake for the evening topwater bite. My Dad is normally a crappie fishing fanatic, but we turned him onto the stripers!
There was a wide open bite and we were catching them on half ounce rattle traps and zara spooks. The stripers ranged between two and four pounds and they fought like the dickens! The fish were bustin shad, and there were some really nice smallmouths mixed in with the stripers. My Dad had an absolute blast!

 

Shane and Steve Spravzoff

Thanks to Mikey for turning us onto the fish! Saturday morning we fished for bass in Padre and we caught 30 nice smallies and large mouths between 630 and 830 a.m. We caught the bass on ricos, rattle traps, and drop shotting. My Dad landed a nice 3 and a half pound smallie. We also picked up some boiling stripers in Padre.

 

Jamie and Molly Packer

Sunday morning was great fishing for bass once again before the rain started up. Got off the lake at about eleven. All in all a great weekend! Mikes daughters Jamie and Molly are pictured on the beach with the stripers! The stripers were in extremely good shape and I saw the most shad that I have seen in a very long time on the lake!!! Looks like it should be an outstanding fall season!!! Hope the report helps!
 

September 5, 2008 - Wayne Gustaveson - September strategy

Sunrise in September is not only beautiful but the ambient temperature is just about perfect.  It is the perfect time to go fishing.  The sky lightens at 5:30 and the sun peaks over the rim of the mountain about 6:15 AM. If serious about catching fish it is wise to be up with the sun. There are more fish caught between 6-8 AM than all the remaining daylight hours.

I spend the first hour looking for splashes if targeting stripers which I am because the fish are averaging near 3 pounds and I can catch them on top. 

Lure selection is simple. Put on a favorite surface lure like the clear Sammy pictured here. Tight walking action is more than tempting for both bass and stripers.

A medium runner like a Lucky Craft LV (left) or bevy shad works great getting more hook ups in a tight  or loose boil but lacks the visual display when a striper decides to play volleyball with the surface bait.

The past week jigging spoon have out classed all of the other baits because fish are near bottom more than on top. That, however, does not preclude me from throwing the surface lure just because.

At 6 AM or PM stripers come to the top. Timing may be more important than location.  Boils are up all over the lake during the same time frame.  In the past two days, big boils have been seen in Warm Creek, Padre Bay, Rock Creek and more that I don't know about.  Just see them and catching is easy.

 These two fish and 15 others were taken this morning on a combination of spoons, jumpin minnows and Sammie's in Padre Bay, main channel and back of main Rock Creek.  Fillets today were perhaps the thickest striper fillets I have ever collected at Lake Powell.  These fish are prime.


September 6, 2008 -  Terry Biagi

It was nice meeting you and your friend Nob Wimmer up in Rock Creek last Saturday, August 29th. Thank you for stopping by our boat to visit and generously share some of your striper catch.
We fished the rock piles across from Rock Creek on the main channel as you suggested and picked up some nice small mouth as well as this fat striper (caught by my daughter Michelle Biagi on a single tail Yamamoto). We got into some striper boils just south of Rock Creek and again just north of the Antelope Point Marina.

Thanks for all you do.
 

September 6, 2008 - Robert and Billie Morris - Update from Padre Bay


Fishing has been very good each morning since our last report. All the grandkids have now caught several bass and have had a great time having close encounters with all kinds of Lake Powell fish. Fishing is very good in the am. We have encountered several striper boils and have had great success landing stripers in the 4-5 pound range.

One boil occurred last evening just a couple hundred feet upshore from our camping spot in Padre Bay. We had six poles in hand as we were running up the beach to the boil. We cast out six poles and had six large stripers in seconds!! Very fun.
Thanks for the website Wayne . . . you do a good job.
 

Robert and Billie Morris and all the Grandkids.


September 9, 2008 - Dan Thieme - Family Vacation in Padre

Thanks for doing your website. I live with my wife and six kids in Middleton, near Boise, Idaho, but I grew up in Page. My dad Bill Thieme worked as an operator at the dam for years before moving away to California. My best friend from Page, Matt Gifford, lives up in Washington north of Seattle. I have kept in contact with him over the years.

Anyway, I have been back to the lake only a few times since 1985, but finally we rented a houseboat and spent a week for my dream vacation. It was wonderful!

 

Dan Thieme and Jackson - 3.5 pound striper

 

We beached the houseboat in Padre Bay on Sept 1, and caught a few crappie off the back deck in the mornings (we released all but a few for a fish dinner). At night we would hang a fishing light off the back deck of the houseboat, and it attracted lots of shad, but we only caught channel cats at night. No stripers or crappie. We graphed tons of large fish - likely stripers- at 40-60 feet in Padre Bay. The last few days they started boiling, and we saw boils on the way home from Padre into the main channel. The biggest boil was about 500 feet off of Stateline marina as we were transferring things from the houseboat to the boat.
 

 

Evan with catfish - (9 yrs)

I had just had my 10 year old son take all the lures off the poles so they would travel better, and then a huge boil erupted ten feet from the houseboat, within easy casting distance! But, by the time I got a lure back on a pole, they were gone! I told my son, " Since when have you listened to me the first time I ask you to do something! This was a perfect time to drag your feet!" The only striper we caught was trolling in a side canyon near rainbow bridge. The 3 1/2 pounder was really a scrapper and we fried him up that night and that was some fantastic table fare.


3 1/2 lb striper



Jackson with big crappie - (10 Yrs)
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Bryson (4 yrs) with the carp.

September 10, 2008 - Jamie Jenneve, Buffalo, NY - Oak Canyon stripers

Our family really enjoyed our 1st trip to Lake Powell. We live in Buffalo, NY and traveled to Lake Powell the last week in August and left after Labor Day.


Boil in Padre Bay.
We have two boys, 8 & 10 years old that love to fish. We rented a Houseboat out of Wahweap Marina and had a 23’ boat in tow. The fishing was outstanding with heavy boils at sunrise at two of the three camps we made. Camps at Wetherill Canyon and Oak Canyon were especially good.
 

Double hook up

One cloudy morning we went out into the bay at Oak Canyon and nailed boiling fish for almost 2 hours. This came after a night of rain and thicker clouds which I suspect kept the fish feeding later into the morning. The boys would wake up at the crack of dawn and scurry across the rocky shorelines in pursuit of the splashing fish. eparing for this trip!
They nailed boiling fish on surface poppers almost every morning, sometimes right from the back of the anchored Houseboat. Whether fishing from shore or pursuing fish by boat we always looked for surface action and then cast poppers to the feeding fish as this provided the most excitement for all! Many times numerous fish would fight for the lure as it fell from the air.
The Stripers made for fine table fare. Filleting the fish revealed they were feeding on Shad that were less than 1” in length. We also did very well catching numerous Catfish from the back of the boat after dark using cut Anchovies with the occasional carp caught on dough balls. A few big Bluegill were also mixed in.



 
Most of the attached photos are of my boys with a few random Stripers they caught. The biggest was 23 inches.  I also include a picture of a typical smallmouth and a nice boil just outside of Padre Bay on our way back in. This gave us a final 5 minutes of action as we wrapped up an awesome trip!


 

Thanks for all your advice on your website as it was really helpful in preparing for this trip.
Note the “Striper Thumb” on my hand from lipping upwards of 30 fish in Oak canyon one morning!

September 18, 2008 -  Brent Barre - Rock Creek



Camped in the back of Rock Creek 09/10 thru 09/14 with my dad Ted and brother Ryan . Cruised mornings and evenings throughout the area looking for boils and saw only 2, both on Thursday night. The first was in Dry Rock Creek, a fairly large school which was up long enough to boat a half dozen fish on Jumpin' Minnows and Spooks. Dropped spoons (Wallylures/Kastmasters) as soon as the school sounded to hook a couple of more fish. These fish were strong, fat, and..... FAST.... Lost the school almost immediately and no amount of graphing could pick them up again. Headed back to Rock Creek at dusk and hit the second boil with the exact same result: Several fish each in the boil and several dropping spoons after the topwater action stopped (fish total was 25 stripers). Again, the school moved so fast that once it was lost it was impossible to find again. Tried trolling/graphing for stripers, but only managed a few smallmouth. As for boils, I think we might have been victimized by the extremely bright waxing moon, as there was almost NO action on top, not even single splashes, especially in the mornings.

Smallmouth fishing was very good around points in large coves and channels using crayfish colored tube jigs, and the occasional top water cast. Fish were generally deep (30 feet or so), except in the evenings when smallies would venture up to chase shad.

Fished flooded tamarisk for largemouth where ever we found it during the day, action was slow but hooked fish sporadically using a mix of rattle traps, chartreuse spinner baits, and suspending jerk baits. While fishing the tamarisk in the cove just up from the Cookie Jar, we found an unlimited number of voracious 8"-10" largemouth, would have been a lot of fun if we had some kids on the boat. (Who am I kidding, it was a lot of fun for me!!). Saw a few nice sized fish but could not get them to do more than just lazily follow anything we threw at them.

There were a LOT more shad than I thought there would be in the southern lake, (not as many as I saw in the northern lake with Josh 2 weeks ago), but still many very large schools near the Cookie Jar and in Rock Creek. Without exception, fish of every species were the fattest and healthiest we've seen in the last 8 years of fishing Lake Powell, with the stripers having bellies giving them the shape of fat largemouth. WARNING: THESE STRIPERS WILL STRAIGHTEN HOOKS AND SWIVELS NEXT YEAR!! :)

Thanks again everyone for all the past fishing instruction making this another successful fishing trip!

September 22, 2008 - Ed Gerdemann - Last Chance

With the exception of my first trip in May, it has been a tough fishing year for me on Lake Powell - certainly my toughest since 1999. My trips and June and July met with little success, and I had to cancel my August trip because of a scheduling conflict. So it was a redemption of sorts I was seeking when I left Phoenix for Greenehaven last Wednesday. Meeting me at Greenehaven was my uncle Tom Estes of Bluff Dale, TX. This was Tom's fourth trip to Powell having previously fished with me here in 2001, 2002 and last year. After spending Wednesday afternoon getting the boat and tackle ready and running some errands in town, we launched at Stateline Thursday morning with high hopes.

Those hopes appeared dashed early on as we really struggled. Like most anglers on the southern end, we were not able to find any stripers; and the bass fishing in the areas we fished was very slow. We primarily fished main lake structure in the Gunsight and Cookie Jar areas taking 22 smallmouths, but most were small. We managed enough "eating-size" fish for a Thursday night dinner, but that was about all. While at the fish cleaning station two other anglers showed up with a fairly decent mixed catch of largemouths and smallmouths. Although reluctant to respond to our direct inquiries, we overheard them talking about fishing in the back of a cove. Armed with that bit of information, we decided to change our location on Friday.

That next morning we motored to Last Chance Bay. The reason we chose Last Chance is because it has lots of big coves on both sides of the bay. Our location change did the trick. In the first cove we took 20 or so bass, mostly smallmouths but with a couple largemouths for variety. We saw a lot of boiling fish; but they were smallmouths, not stripers. What looked like striper schools on the graph were actually smallmouths. They would ignore spoons dropped to them but would take soft plastic baits. In one spot I caught eight smallies on eight consecutive drops. Most of the fish were taken in 20-24 feet of water with a few shallower and a couple at over 30 feet. After spending a good part of the morning in that cove, we moved to the next one up where we doubled our bass totals in just a little over an hour. We finished the day in a third cove adding 10 or so more fish. These coves were about halfway up Last Chance and on the ride side heading north. Given what had happened Thursday, we were feeling pretty happy as we headed back to Stateline Friday afternoon.
Our confidence boosted by Friday's success, we headed back to Last Chance Saturday morning. Our first stop was our second stop the day before. The fishing was slower here than Friday with the spot yielding six smallmouths and one green bass. We then went back to Friday's last stop but fished on a different side. We found good numbers of smallmouths on the edge of a big flat where the water pitched off from 12 to 35 feet. We also found a lot of fish in a narrow channel at the very back end. There were big shad schools in the back of that channel, and bass were boiling on them. I tried a surface lure in the boils. I had a couple blowups but no hookups. However both Tom and I took a number of nice smallies back there on soft plastics. We caught somewhere between 20 and 25 fish from this spot before breaking for lunch. Our final stop of the trip was two coves up. I noticed an area on the right side (see photo) where the channel narrowed. There was a broken rock bank on the right side and a wall on the left. This spot turned out to be our very best. There was one little V cut in a rock shelf on the left side at the mouth of the channel where the smallmouths were stacked up like a striper school. For well over an hour nearly every time we were able to get a bait into that cut we'd hook a fish. There were several other good spots where that shelf pitched off into deeper water and along the broken rock bank which also produced fish. We also caught a number of decent fish in the far back end of the narrow channel. Again, they were working shad back there and would strike a top water bait; however once more I did not manage a hookup on top. Soft plastics were once again the ticket. I'm not sure how many fish we caught in this final spot as I lost track after around 30. My guess is we took somewhere between 40 and 50 bass, mostly smallmouths but with some largemouths as well, from this relatively small area. In all my years of fishing Powell I never took that many bass from such a small area in such a short amount of time.

As on Friday, 20 to 24 feet proved to be the magic depth with a few fish coming from both shallower and deeper water. The fish in the little cut, which was quite deep, seemed to be suspended as our strikes most always came before our baits hit the bottom. Drop shotting was once again the most effective presentation on both Thursday and Friday. We were using 1/4 oz. drop shot weights hanging 16 to 24 inches below the hook. By far our best lure was the Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm. All the dark green colors such as Watermelon with Back and Gold (323), Baby Bass (305) and Green Pumpkin with Black (297) all worked equally well. We also caught a few fish on 3-inch Slim Senkos and 4-inch Kut Tail worms, but the Shad Shaped Worm seemed to be the most consistent.
Our best presentation was straight down. When we could see a school of fish on the graph we'd drop straight down below the boat. When the line stopped dropping we'd tighten up and were often rewarded with a bent rod. When fish weren't showing directly below the boat, we'd cast over likely spots. Most of our hits on both straight down and horizontal casting presentations were on the initial drop. We did take a few fish while dragging the lure back and even had a fair number of strikes while reeling in quickly after we felt our baits were outside the strike zone. Our biggest bass, both bronze and green, were a bit over two pounds. We caught a lot of fish in the 3/4 to 1 1/2-pound range. We caught very few dinks on both Friday and Saturday. Tom felt that Friday and Saturday were the two best fishing days of his life. They were certainly my best bass days of the season and probably my best overall in a couple years.

We only caught one striper, a fat two-pounder that nailed Tom's Shad Shaped Worm. With the number of shad moving into the backs of the coves, however, I don't believe it will be long before the stripers will follow. I'm looking forward to some nice striper catches on my two October trips. But if that doesn't happen, I'll be happy catching feisty bronzebacks along with a few ugly green bass. This trip was definitely redemption time for me.
 

September 23, 2008 - Janet and Ken Johnson - Wahweap Bay

Hello from Janet and Ken Johnson of Kanab.

Our houseboat is buoyed in Wahweap Bay and today we were able to catch stripers from the boat in 3 of the more than a dozen boils we watched. They were about  4lbs. each.


September 27, 2008 - Kevin  - Dangling Rope

Another great trip to Powell 9/26 to 9/29 - Fished the cove behind dangling rope, on Friday evening, after a tip from a parks dept. officer. Trolled rattletraps and hooked 25 hard fighting stripers including 3 triple hook-ups. Returned Sat. AM and fished the cove just to the East of D.R. and got into some explosive top water action and more rattletrap fun. Added another 17 fat stripers. Trip totaled 50 plus healthy stripers and a whole lot of fillets.  Heading back this weekend for the lower lake boils. Thanks for all the reports - Kevin

September 28, 2008 - Ron Griffith - Antelope Point Marina

I saw two boils tonight at Antelope Point Marina. I was returning to the parking lot and saw a shad ball. I have not seen this in years so I stopped and watched.

Right under my feet a boil started. Two feet away!!! It only lasted 30 seconds and was gone. The shad ball was moving towards Ben's dock, so I followed. Another one...right under my feet!!!! WOW!!! Twice. What are the chances of that?
 

October 1, 2008- Brian Hammond - Southern Lake Bass

My son Brandon and I just spent 3 days on the lake. Wow, what a change from a few weeks ago. We caught several smallmouth in the 2 to 3 pound category.

Also hooked up with a few largemouth over 2 pounds but they are very selective. You can sight fish them, but they are very hesitant to bite, at least the bigger ones are more selective as they have full bellies.

We also encountered striper boils around the Castle Rock Cut area while passing thru and caught some nice "FAT" 3 to 4 pounders.

All I can say, it is making rapid changes for the better in all fishing aspects, so enjoy. We fished Rock Creek, Gunsight, Padre and Kane along with assorted spots all the way back to Wahweap. All produce fish, smallmouth, largemouth and stripers.

October 1, 2008- Kevin Campbell - Southern Lake Bass

We found very good smallmouth fishing in coves with gravel and broken rock banks and lots of brush. We took fish on topwaters, Rattle Trap-type crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. By buddy Wendell, landed best fish of the evening on a spinnerbait, a brute of a smallmouth weighing in at 4 pounds 1 ounce.

The following morning Wendell and I ran up to Dove Cove and found a small pocket loaded with shad and healthy sized smallies. We took many on topwater, dropshot plastics, and small grubs. Later that evening, the back of the cove in Last Chance that produced the 4 pound smallie was excellent for stripers and smallies on topwaters, swimbaits and jigging spoons. There were loads of shad in the cove and the stripers would occasionally come to the top and hit them in pods of 2 or 3. Our best method was just to keep fishing over gradual points in the back of the cove and the stripers would come through about every 5 minutes and blast our topwater lures. I caught several on spoons when I could see the fish hugging the bottom on the fish finder.
 

October 1, 2008- Ron Colby


I guess some stripers aren’t satisfied with just eating shad. We found this striper floating in the buoy field between Wahweap and State line ramps. They were both still alive. The spine on the catfish’s pectoral fin had pierced the stripers gill plate and couldn’t get out. Both fish were stuck.

I took both fish to the fish cleaning station and made fillets out of the them.



 

Neil Banner’s son Colby Banner is holding the striper/catfish.

September 29, 2008 - Brian - Padre Bay stripers

Not sure if this was the only way to report on our Powell trips to you. Thanks for the report last week, as I had to find a computer in-between our stay in the Whites and Powell. Unfortunately your news wasn't great! I just can't seem to find the patience to fish worms at Powell. I should have brought the bass scent for the power worms, and maybe even dropped down to six pound tippet.


We pulled in a little after sunset on the 24th at the little bay just north of the Labyrinth Canyon and before the point to Padre Island by the Crossing of the Fathers. Within minutes the striper started boiling within casting range of our boat and just off the little rock point by us. My fiancé and I caught about eight within fifteen minutes. They were all nice 4-5# fish. I didn't think that we would be having fish for dinner pulling in that late!
The next morning proved to be the first of many sleepless ones. I don't know if I heard the fish first, in my dreams, or just knew that they would be back. Sporadic boils would take place all over the bay. I had never experienced topwater action like this before in my life. After the striper left, I then caught smallmouth nearly every cast. The striper seemed to leave a half hour or more before sunrise. Their activity started best in the pre-dawn light for a half hour and may have been attacking the shad a bit in the back cove all night. During the day I had great luck with the shad-rap on the smallmouth. The big ones were a little tough to catch though. I shouldn't have put the nightcrawlers so close to the dry ice, and should have been a little more prepared or had help maneuvering the boat with the cast net to get some live shad. Didn't catch any over two pounds, but they are great fighters still. I saw plenty of schools of nice bass in that bay.


We were in the bay with the houseboat with the helicopter on top. I saw nice bass on the point right by his boat. There are lots of nice bass all around the bay as there are loads of shad there. Finally on the last day as we were packing up, the boil temporarily erupted at 10 right by our little camping point for one last large sunlit striper. We had no luck chumming them up with anchovies by the Warm Creek point or the spit before Padre Island. Caught some decent cats and only had one 1.5# largemouth jump off. I tried trolling after the departing schools of striper in the mornings losing but a few. Maybe I should have tried chumming for them as they retreated or tried the shallower bays for chumming. It was incredible to catch them in such shallow water in the mornings and evenings though. Wish I could have hung out until the water temps were a little more striper friendly. It sure felt good to swim in. I'm standing by my belief that Powell is the greatest lake on earth!

Back to the big game in Mexico. Looks like I'm finally going to get our charter license in San Carlos! I think I'll get plenty of largemouth action this fall down here too. Some guys are getting spooled, so maybe this will be my year for a real marlin. I'm sure that I'll be jealously reading about some great striper boils soon. I guess I'll just have to settle for chasing the fall packs of our own stripers (marlin).


October 2, 2008 - Ron and Peggy McKinney - Lone Rock

My wife and I just returned from a great trip to Lone Rock Beach. We chased boils all week and even with my little bitty 8 horse power outboard we were able to get to a lot of boils. The stripers would hit just about anything, but the most fun was a popper on top. I would like to thank the crew of the Goin Catchn for sharing so many great boils with us they are really neat people. They did have a funny hat and flag something about words I think.

It was a treat to have Wayne show up on Saturday, too bad that was the only day the fishing was slow. What a class act, can you believe he thanked me for sharing info with him after all the things he shares with all of us. All in all a super trip and it looks like the fishing will only get better. The fish are in beautiful shape and really good eating. I'm getting some ready to go in the smoker, be a first for me with striper and I can hardly wait.


October 2, 2008 - Shane Spravzoff

Just got home from another epic trip up to Powell!!! The bite was wide open for largemouth, smallmouth, and stripers!!! We caught a number of really nice fish throwing rattle traps in the evenings off of the islands at the entrance to Friendship Cove and Rock Creek.
During the day we had great luck throwing cranks and drop shotting. Most of our efforts were concentrated in Padre Bay, but we did fish farther up lake, as we ran up to Rainbow Bridge one afternoon! We caught a number of nice smallmouth in Forbidden Canyon on the way to Rainbow!
The fish were extremely healthy and we saw a ton of shad! I can't wait to see what next summer is gonna be like up there!
I included a picture of a dead striper I found at the entrance to Last Chance. I estimated the fish to be somewhere between forty and fifty pounds!!!! It was a MONSTER! It's nice to know that there are a few of those swimming around in the lake and your next cast could be a fish of a lifetime!!! Hope the report helps!!!!

 

October 6, 2008 - Jim Morrill - Gunsight - Bass

We fished last week in Padre with success on smallies using small white and chartreuse grubs. The stripers only boiled three times that we saw and they were very limited in size. Most productive areas were just outside of Gunsight Canyon extending on the rocky shoreline to the northeast. We also were fairly productive on the shorelines of the islands just south of Gunsight and extending toward the main channel of Gunsight Bay around mile 19/20. Swimming the grub slowly vs bouncing the bottom seemed to be about even in productivity. The last smallie of the trip may have come close to four pounds, everything else was 1-2 lbs.

October 8, 2008 - Ed Gerdemann - Bass southern lake

October fishing at Lake Powell means high risk and high reward. The high risk is the chance of catching an early Pacific storm which can put a damper on any lake activities; however the high reward is great fishing if you catch things just right.


My fishing partner Jim Buxton, a former co-worker, and I experienced just that this past week. On Friday we had a beautiful day with great fishing, while Saturday - well, I'll get into that a bit later. This is the 25th anniversary for Jim and I fishing together. We made our first trip together back in 1983 - a hike-in fly fishing trip to East Clear Creek. We both lived in Flagstaff then. Although we were both transferred to Phoenix later that year, we continued annual trips to East Clear Creek throughout the 80's. When the 90's rolled around, and I bought my first boat; we started fishing the desert lakes. We made our first trip to Powell together 11 years ago, and it has been an annual affair for us over the past several years.
Before leaving from Phoenix Thursday morning, I checked the weather forecast. I figured we'd have a pretty decent day Friday, but I felt Saturday would be marginal. When I picked Jim up at his house I told him I could promise a good day Friday but would make no promises for Saturday. We discussed our options and decided that on Friday we'd make the run up to Last Chance Bay where I'd experienced excellent bass fishing two weeks before. The pattern two weeks ago was 20-25 feet deep in the backs of the coves off broken rock structure. Some brush here and there was even better. When we arrived at our first spot Friday morning, it was soon apparent that pattern was still holding. We took several nice smallmouth and one largemouth, the only green bass of the trip, at that first cove. We then visited several other coves, all but one I had fished my previous trips, and were rewarded with a number of nice bronzebacks at each stop.
 
Everything about this trip was just like the last one. There were a lot of shad in the backs of the coves. The bass were found at the same depths. Drop shotting a Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm on a 1/4 oz. weight 15 to 24-inches below the hook was the top technique. Just like last time, the only boils were smallmouth. I did not see anything either on the graph or boiling on surface that I could positively identify as a striper. What looked like big striper schools on the graph turned out to be smallmouths. We took somewhere between 50 and 60 fish before the wind started coming up around 1:30 p.m. Although we didn't catch any really big fish, most of the fish we took were in that 3/4 to 1 1/2-pound range - ideal eating size. We took very few dinks.

 

With Saturday's ominous weather forecast, we decided to stay close. We motored over to the twin islands on the Warm Creek side just past the Castle Rock Cut. We fished around those two islands as well as some points coming off Antelope Island. We managed to take about 20 smallmouths in a couple hours; however, unlike Friday at Last Chance, most were small. At around 9:30 the wind really picked up and the rain started falling. We decided to head back to Stateline Ramp. When we cleared the Castle Rock Cut and headed onto Wahweap Bay, we were greeted by three to four-foot rollers. Fortunately they were coming from the launch ramp side of the bay, so we could motor directly into them.
 

My Ranger took some water over the bow but got through that rough water just fine. Cold and wet, we decided to call it a day. Ironically, a few hours later the rain stopped and the wind died. Because the forecast said it would rain and blow the rest of the day once it started, we had unloaded our gear and put the boat away.

Had we known the weather would improve in the afternoon, we likely would have gone back out; however hindsight is always 20-20.

 

Nevertheless, with Friday's action it was a fun trip. I plan to be back in late October to do it again. Hopefully this time it will only be high rewards.
 


October 9, 2008 - Mike McNabb - Warm Creek



We had a good morning in Warm Creek. We caught 9 stripers, fat 3 to 4 pounders, using spoons and lots of small mouth and a few large mouth on top water right up until we went in at 11:15 am.
 
The large mouth Keith caught was 4.3 pounds on top water using a Sammy. The fishing is starting to pick up now and should get really hot when the water temp hits the mid 60's.

 

Keith Barney

Top water fishing is really alot of fun.  I'm hoping the top water fishing sticks around for a long time, I love it!
 

 

Brad Barney


October 11, 2008 - Wayne Gustaveson - Dungeon Canyon

I went uplake and fished on Saturday. (It was not my choice.) I said the wind was going to blow hard but sometimes duty calls. It was Carlos Dibble's birthday and he was going to use the new boat no matter what. So we went - wind or no wind.

We pulled into Dungeon Canyon mid morning and tried to tie the boat up with swirling wind blowing from a new direction every 5 minutes. After securing the last anchor I looked toward the white capped channel and saw stripers coming to the surface. The wind white caps were uniform while the stripers were making a different type of splash.

 



I told the group stripers were boiling and got some funny looks considering the weather. But I got my jumping minnow rod, walked 50 yards up the beach and made a cast to the spot. INSTANT HOOK UP! Then others scrambled out and got rods flailing with good success. We caught 5 from the first spot.

We then headed back to the boat to continue with the hiking plans when they came up again off the back of the boat. Rods whipped again and we put another 5 stripers in the boat.

 

Raquel Dibble fishing off new boat.

When the fish headed away from the boat Carlos ran up the shore line and found bass feeding after the stripers departed. All fish were taken on topwater or jerk baits.  They were very agreeable as a school of shad had taken up residence under the big boat after the first boil subsided. Shad stayed there the rest of the time. 
 

 

Dr Carlos Dibble.

My wife, Charlene, ran up the shore to check another splash and was rewarded by catching two smallmouth on one cast. A first for her and quite proud too.
 

Charlene Gustaveson

She let me hold her fish because I had to take them of the hook.  She likes to fish but I like to unhook the critters more than she does.

 

Wayne

Charlene tows another customer to be unhooked. This picture cracked me up. We kept the stripers and released the bass.

There are a lot of fish in Dungeon right now. 
 

We were not as fortunate with weather as the scene in this quiet cove depicts.  The ride backs was quite a challenge in 40 mph winds.  Waves in Wahweap, Warm Creek, and Padre were ginormus.
 


October 15, 2008 - Evan Coleman - Big Striper Report

 Sunday morning my wife and I grabbed a wave-runner to do some sight seeing on our last full day on the lake. We were going to go across the bay and check out Face or Labyrinth canyons but after a couple minutes I realized that at barely 50 degrees outside it was too cold to go that far, so I remembered a little cove on the back wall of Padre Bay near the Cookie Jar, and was curious what it was like with the water up higher. We cruised around in there a little while, noticed a large school of very small fish.

 

Evan Coleman

Then on our way out of the cove maybe a couple hundred feet from us I saw something white floating, and in my head I quickly assumed it was trash blown from a boat because of the strong winds during the previous days, and almost dismissed it as such, but we decided to check it out and what a surprise. We could see it's gills, and it's two front fins moving slowly back and forth.
I was a little nervous about grabbing it thinking it might come out of shock and swim away or start flailing about. We made a few attempts of trying to grab it, my wife acting as a counterbalance, but finally I was able to get a hold of it, grabbing around it's belly and getting it up far enough to slide it into the trough of the wave runner were you put your feet. It seemed much bigger out of the water. We were still in disbelief as we head back to the houseboat.
Looking down at it I noticed a tail of a fish just barely sticking out of his mouth, but couldn't identify it. Their were many boils back in Kane Creek where we were beached and caught some nice 2-3 pounders but this was amazing. At the houseboat when we picked it up by the mouth and the fish it had in its mouth slid down it's throat almost out of sight. Later on at Stix a guy pulled it out a little and we could see it was a carp. Then a few of our group went to Wahweap and got some pics taken of us and and tried to get direction on what to do. So we went to Bashas's and got it weighed. 41lbs even. After that we went to Stix and confirmed no new record. The same guy that identified the carp in it's mouth said it looked like it was very healthy. Under it's gills was a nice full red color and it had no large scars on it. Depending on whose tape measure you used it was 48-50" with a girth of about 28" It was starting to stiffen up by then and I wanted to keep it strait, so not knowing what to do with it I brought it to work and stuck it in the walk in freezer where it sits now, seemed too nice to cut up and eat. This by far eclipsed the 3 days of fighting with the wind. Just happened to be in the right place at the right time........Here's some pics. My boss said he'll mount it in the office.

October 18, 2008 - Shane Spravzoff - Padre Bay


Just got back from another great trip up to Powell! I fished the 13th through the 15th. I too thought the fish would be affected by the moon phase, but they weren't!!!! The bite was WIDE OPEN!!!!! Once again, our efforts were focused in Padre Bay. The water temperature was 65-68 and the fish were keyed in on the shad.
The shad were schooled up in the backs of canyons and coves all throughout Padre Bay. Is all you had to do was find a cove with shad in it and you would find the fish! Once we found the shad, we would rip a lipless crankbait such as a rattle trap or a jerk bait such as a lucky craft pointer through the outside edges of the shad schools and the stripers and smallmouths were there waiting!!!! It was one of the best bites I've seen at the lake all year, and it was quite possible to catch 100+ fish a day. It was unbelievable!!!!
I'm sure the fish were feeding at night with the full moon, but it didn't seem to slow the bite during the day! We had numerous double hook ups and many times we caught fish on consecutive casts!!!! I'm telling you, it was ON FIRE!!!!
Get up there and take advantage of the great fishing now, cause once that water temp dips down into the 50s its gonna get a whole lot tougher! I'll be back up there again this weekend!!! Look for me, my mom, my Dad, and my silly English Setter in a red Ranger!!! Until then............
Tight Lines,


 
P.S. Lacey Nylen is pictured in the photo with me, we had to use the timer on the camera because no one was around! I also included some moons pics so you wouldn't think I was BSing!
 

October 20, 2008 - Bruce Tracy, Castaic, CA




I flew out to Page from Castaic California to fish Friday and Saturday mornings with my brother in law (from Wrightwood California), my father and my father’s friend (from Prescott Arizona). We hired guide Bill McBurney and went our searching for striper boils.
 
We started out at Wahweap and worked that area without a lot of luck on Friday. There were a few fish coming up, but not much. We then moved back to Warm Creek on Saturday and found one boil early and landed a nice 4 and a half pound striper on a top water lure. After that the boils were nowhere to be found (I guess the schools were all up in Padre Bay according to the other report here).




 
Later in the morning we went after largemouth and smallies. We had some luck with the largemouths throwing everything from plastics to cranks, and later got into a fairly nice smallmouth bite. The smallmouths were all in the two pound range. The weather was absolutely perfect, and you can’t beat Bill McBurney for a guide. We all had a great time out there and plan to fish Powell again down the road.
Bruce Tracy and Bill McBurney

October 22, 2008 - Mike McNabb


I thought I'd send you some pictures of our houseboat trip last week. The
weather was fantastic! We did lots of fishing using top water mostly and
crank bait. We fished the back of coves in the brush where we found shad.

 

Mike McNabb

 We caught smallies and largemouth on top water in the middle of the day. My
daughter-in-law caught a 4.3 pound largemouth on top water (sammy) it was a
kick watching her bring it in. It was the biggest fish of the trip.

 

Sean and wife

 

 Paul caught a 3.6 pound smallie and Sean caught a couple of largemouth that were close to 3 pounds.

 

Paul McNabb

The trip was just what the doctor ordered, it was layed
back and fun. We played games at night and sat around the campfire enjoying
each others company. My granddaughter Tayler was on the trip with us and she
had a blast. We celebrated my birthday while on the houseboat. Tayler and I
went clam hunting along the shore a few times. She loves fishing and has her grandpa wrapped around her little finger, she is our little angel!

 

Tayler McNabb

We caught several small largemouth. They were really
aggressive, as you can see in the picture with my trophy largemouth that is
as big as the bait!! I'm going to have it mounted!
Just thought I'd share some pictures and info with you and your readers. Good luck!
 

October 22, 2008 - Chuck Rossenbach

 

 

 

 

Thanks to a fishing guide named Mike McNabb in Page we had a great time.


 


October 25, 2008 - Brett Moser - Padre Bay

We spent the last week up there in Kane Creek Canyon. We caught over 200 fish between 17 guys with some stripers weighing around 4 pounds. But the catches of the week were two smallies, one weighing 4.8lbs and the other 4.4lbs. The magic lure is the Lucky Craft pointer in 70 or 90 series with the color being soft shell crab. Thanks for all that you do for conservation. I currently work for Arizona Game and Fish and will be finishing my degree to become a wildlife manager. See you next year same time.

October 29, 2008 - Ed Gerdemann - Last Chance SMB

In deciding whether or not one had a good fishing trip; one must consider where he or she was fishing, and what is the norm for that water. By most other standards, Dale Marenda and I enjoyed some pretty decent fishing this past week; however by Lake Powell standards it was pretty slow. After a couple trips where 50-60 smallmouth bass per day for two anglers was average, having to "settle" for 43 smallies over two days was somewhat of a disappointment. Still, if we had been visiting most other waters in Arizona; we'd have been very happy with the results.

Wanting to avoid the the Anglers Choice tournament launching at State Line Friday morning, we made the 20-mile drive from Greenehaven to Antelope Point where we found a deserted launch ramp and plenty of parking near the water. Our plan was to head up to Last Chance Bay where I had enjoyed some excellent smallmouth action the past two trips this fall. In addition to the smallies, were hoping for a few largemouth and perhaps even getting into some stripers.




 After a somewhat chilly, but beautiful ride; we arrived at the first cove I wanted to fish. My past patterns this fall had been the back ends of the coves in 20-24 feet of water. Chunk rock banks had been superior to slick rock, and that proved the case again last week. We tried the big rocky bank in the back of the first cove but only took a couple smallmouth. We then moved up the bay one cove to the spot that had been my most consistent producer the past two trips; however there were three tournament boats sitting on the spots I wanted to fish. We fishing a spot further out from the back, but that only produced one fish for Dale. We then moved to what had been my second best spot, a couple coves further up. There we found solitude and a few willing fish. Unlike past trips to this spot, we were not able to get on one piece of structure that yielded a bunch of fish. Instead it was one here and a couple there. We tried another cove that had been productive my last trip but took only two bass.

After eating lunch, we motored to the opposite side of Last Chance to a cove I'd never fished. I located a shelf on the graph that pitched off from 12 to 30 feet in a very short distance. On my graph I saw a large school of fish suspended along that dropoff from 24 to 29 feet.
 
 I dropped a Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm on a drop shot rig right into the transducer cone below my trolling motor. When the thin double line on the graph reached the arches, I engaged my reel and my rod bent over with my best bass of the day. Dale and I took several off that spot before the school moved on. We picked up several more fish in other areas in the back of that cove before calling it a day. Our total for Friday was 27 smallmouths. Although our biggest bass was only around 1 3/4 pounds, we took many chunky fish in the one to 1 1/4-pound class. We only took four really small fish. It was apparent by their condition that these fish had been feeding quite well, with several of them spitting up shad as we fought them.

 Dale Marenda


Saturday turned out to be quite a bit slower than Friday. Although we encountered tournament anglers in only one cove Friday; we found them in several of our spots Saturday, including once again my best spot of the past couple trips. After seeing two tournament boats at the first spot we wanted to try, we went to our second best cove from the day before. Again we found fish, but we had trouble hooking them at first. We finally managed to boat 10 decent fish. We tried a new cove on the west side of Last Chance - the best looking spot I had scene in three trips - but only managed a couple fish. Our best spot from the day before only yielded a one more. We finally went into my favorite cove from past trips, but only Dale managed to land a fish there. It was quite apparent that the tournament guys had hit this cove quite hard as there were tournament boats in it every time we stopped by. We ended the day by going back to the first spot we fished Friday morning where we took two more. Our second day total of 16 included 15 solid fish about the same size as the day before and just one dink.

 

Every fish taken was a smallmouth. Neither Dale nor I landed a largemouth, and I'm fairly certain neither of us hooked one. We saw nothing that we could identify as a striper either visible on the surface or on the graph. In fact, the only surfacing fish we saw all trip was one smallmouth working some shad in the back of a cove. Although we tried topwaters and spoons, once again our best technique was to drop shot soft plastics at 20-24 feet. We took a few fish higher than that as well as a few down as deep as 29 feet. Our best bait once again was the Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm. I had the opportunity to try the new laminate model in the 901 color - watermelon and white. The top of the bait is watermelon and the belly is white. I think it will be a winning color on Lake Powell. Dale took several nice fish on a Yamamoto 40 Series single tail grub in a root beer color. He also had some success with the old standard 3-inch Slim Senko in 194J (classic watermelon with black).


 

In trying to figure out why the fishing had slowed so much, part of it could have been the tournament. Although we really didn't run into too many tournament boats in the area we were fishing, there is no doubt those we did see were hitting the same spots we were - not only during the tournament Friday and Saturday, but on the Wednesday and Thursday practice days as well. The second reason I believe the fishing had slowed is simply the fact there are so many shad in the lake that the fish are so well fed and are not in that frenzy feeding mood we had seen earlier. I do not believe the weather played a part as it was steady, and the water temperature ranged from 65 to 67 degrees - ideal for smallmouth fishing.


It appears this will be my last fishing of the season. There are a number of things upcoming in Phoenix, and I'll likely have to use vacation and personal time that would normally be used for fishing. While I would have liked my last trip of the season to have been the best, I still had a good time. I always enjoy fishing with Dale - true gentleman and overall good guy. We're already talking about next season.


To most folks not accustomed to how good Lake Powell fishing can be, what we did would sound like an excellent trip. That is a testament to just how excellent the fishing is here at Lake Powell.
 

November 14, 2008 - BassDozer and Patrtick Sebile - Lure Demonstration

I have had the pleasure for Patrick Sébile to visit me and to fish with him on Lake Powell (in Utah) the past three days.

Frenchman Patrick Sébile has fished in 61 countries. He's caught 564 species of fish.

He has over 300 records - over 50 IGFA world records, 100 European continental records and 150 French national records.

He has written seven books and a thousand articles on fishing. His photo has appeared on 150 fishing magazine covers around the world.

He is possibly the best angler in the world today, maybe ever. There is no one else who comes close to his accomplishments.


 
We caught many striped bass, smallmouth and largemouth for the duration. We got into a number of surface feeding blitzes instigated by the stripers, but of course the black and brown bass nose in on that kind of surface action as well, courtesy of the stripers' efforts!
On our first day (Nov. 10th), we fished in the backs of creeks:

to the right and left of Labyrinth Canyon,
within Padre Canyon,
the western and easternmost of the three Kanes, and
Mexican Hat (behind the floating restroom at mile marker 24)
On our second day (Nov. 11th), we stayed in the westernmost of the three Rock Creeks (our best day).

 
The first two days, we found similar conditions in the backs of many creeks (to the sides of Labyrinth, Padre, the Kanes, Mexican Hat and the Rock creeks). Medium-sized shad were found in the brushy backs of all these creeks, wherever water was trickling into the lake. Shad were buried deep in the brush lines, and they did not come out into open water, but were entrenched deep in the brush lines. Needless to say, predators were present and buried within the brush lines also. Likewise, we the anglers had to fish within the brush where the bait and predators were thickest. If you fished outside the brushlines, it wasn't where you needed to be. Many times, we had the boat behind the brushlines or smack in the thick of them.


 
Our third day (Nov, 12th), we stayed in Wahweap basin, which was our least productive day, although it had its moments. We failed to find shad in the brush in the areas we checked in Wahweap basin on our third day, but we did get a bunch of smaller fish in Wahweap which was still made for a fun day fishing!

 
Since he has his own hard bait product line, we decided to fish soley Sebile hard baits for the duration. I decided to rule out deep water fishing for this trip. With the limited time we had to put Patrick's hard bait product line through the paces, I elected to forego deeper water and instead concentrated on the backs of creeks for most of our three days together. This is because the shallower depths in the backs of the creeks would let us have fun with a wider range of Patrick's product line which includes hard plastic topwaters, jerkbaits, minnows, crankbaits, lipless, stickbaits and double-jointed swimbaits.

 
We did not get anything too big, but there was certainly enough action to keep us on our toes for the entire three day trip, particularly the first two days.

We found the Holo Greenie (hologram green back) color closely matched the pale green-backed shad, but we tried many other colors that produced fish.


 
Several sizes and depths of Sébile's Flatt Shad lipless crankbait, including the 54 SK, 66 SK, 66 XH-SK and 77 SU proved best for the duration. At first we fished them on normal retrieves, which proved productive. On a few retrieves, reeling in quickly at the end of the cast, we observed some followers and flashers reacting to the quick pace. So we began to burn the Flatt Shads by reeling rapidly, and fish began to react and chase instinctively. We further modified our approach to whipping the Flatt Shads by sweeping the rod tip quickly up from water level to say 11 o'clock, pausing at the apex of the sweep, and then reeling in the slack on the downstroke as we lowered the rods to whip again. That gave us the fast lure movement on the upstroke that caused the instinctive chasing - followed by a pause each time we reeled in to match the sinking Flatt Shad's fall on the downstroke. This whipping tactic proved most productive of all.
 
Other Sebile hard baits that landed plenty of stripers, largemouth and smallmouth for us were:

Koolie Minnow and Acast Minnow in several lengths and lip sizes, worked with jerk-and-pause retrieves as well as trolling long lip models in 25-35 feet of water
 
Slim Stick topwater walking baits in 98 and 118 sizes
 

Stick Shad 72 SK, 90 SK and 90 FT hard plastic stickbaits in floating and sinking models
 

Double-jointed Magic Swimmer 95 SK, 125 SK and 110 F-SK models
 

Crankster MR 65 medium-running fat-bodied crankbait
 

Rattsler flat-sided crankbaits
 

Proppler Buzz buzzbaits in the very thickest of heavy brush

 

 

 

It was strictly a Sébile hard bait outing for us as we elected not to try other brands or styles of baits.


November 24, 2008 - Mike McNabb

Hayden, his dad Kelly and Grandpa Wayne from Lehi, Utah went out fishing with me on Sunday in Navajo Canyon. Hayden, 6 years old, caught a 2.1 pound smallmouth all by himself. He was sitting in the back of the boat when his dad asked if he had a fish on.
I looked over and saw his pole bent way over and the fish jump out of the water! He was just quietly hauling in the fish. He did a great job of casting out his line, setting the hook and getting it into the net! Then it was high five time.
I couldn't get him to kiss the fish before we let it go though! Good job Hayden!! We caught about a dozen smallies in 20 feet of water using a Yamamoto smoke double tail hula grub.


Thanks, Mike McNabb