January 1, 2009 - Grant Holcomb - Bullfrog Night fishing
|My son and I caught 18 fish in less than 90 minutes Sunday
night December 28, 2008. We were fishing from
the covered marina at Bullfrog.
We caught 1 Walleye and 17 Stripers. The Walleye was a 3.5 pound 21" female full of row. The biggest Striper was a 3.5 pound 22" male. The smallest Striper was 2.5 pounds. Seven of the 17 Stripers were females full of row. The Striper filets were the thickest I have seen for this length of fish. Every fish had a thick layer of fat and long fat deposits in their abdomens. Two of the Stripers had Threadfin Shad (both 2.5" and 3.5" in length) in their stomachs. One Striper's stomach was packed full of Anchovy chunks, which means it was enjoying our chum and snatching Anchovy from our hooks for a while before we caught it. The rest of the Stripers had empty stomachs.
We were using 3/8 Oz Pearl White colored glow in the dark lead head jigs (4 per pack @ $.99). Most of the fish were caught at a depth of 40'. A few fish were caught at 60'. Any sized chunk of Anchovy on the hook worked. No fish were caught above or below these depths. All you had to do to catch fish was keep the jig steady at the right depth and set the hook properly when they "hit".
The fish bite was very gentle. The fish were able to snatch the Anchovy off the hook a good percentage of the time. Due to the small sized hook of a 3/8 Oz jig, if you do not keep the pressure on the fish they get away easily. We lost more fish than we caught. We stopped fishing at around 10:00 PM because we ran out of Anchovy. We only bought 4 bags of Anchovies thinking it would be enough. When the fishing got slow we had to chum to revive the bite. I used nearly two bags of Anchovies for chum over a two hour period.
Fish this healthy at this size are amazing fighters on light tackle. We experienced multiple runs with some fish fighting so hard I thought they were in the 10 pound class. My son had never caught a Walleye of Striper before and had an absolute blast. He is only 13 and acted as if he just got a new computer game!!!
We drove from Park City, Utah to Bullfrog Marina and arrived around 4:00 PM Sunday. We spent the next three and a half hours trying to figure out the best place to fish on the docks. I started by measuring depth. It was only 30' deep by the building when you first enter the marina. Just past the Q and P dock intersection it drops from 40' to 120' over a very short distance. From what I read on the Waynes Words web site I was looking for a depth of 60' to 80'.
We started chumming and fishing after 6:00 PM just past the Q and P dock intersection. We did not get a single bite for an hour. I had brought a fishing light. It was a 3 AAA battery powered 6 Green LED submersible light. It was completely ineffective in the "tea" colored Lake Powell water. I was planning on taking my son back to the Ticaboo lodge because it was freezing - until "Steve" arrived.
Along came Steve just after 7:00 PM. He is a local fisherman with a 4' long florescent Green fishing light with a car sized 12VDC battery. When I looked at his light compared to my light it was a "Crocodile Dundee" moment - "that's not a knife, this is a knife". Having the right fishing light turned out to be critical.
I followed Steve to see where he was going and what he was using for bait. He went to the end of the dock under the last dock light. He dropped in his Green fishing light and caught a Striper on his first cast using a 3/8 Oz jig with Anchovy chunk. I asked him if we could join him. That is when we caught our fish until we ran out of Anchovies. Surprisingly, it is only 90' deep at the end of the dock.
Steve caught a lot more fish than my son and I. He left early because the fishing was too slow for him. He said the night before he caught over 100 fish!!!!!! Three other fishermen joined us before Steve left. They also left before us because the considered the fishing slow from previous nights.
They said the large Walleye was a rare catch from their experience. We did see Shad near the lights, but only individuals not schools. Steve caught one Catfish. Two of the fishermen were trying to catch Crappie with small jigs and small pieces of Anchovy. All they caught were Stripers.
I did not know the water temperature, but our line froze in the spools of our spinning reels. The dock got pretty dangerous. We caught so many fish that the splashed water froze on the dock and made it very slippery. I almost went over twice.
The Bullfrog Marina Defiance House Lodge is closed for the season so the Ticaboo Lodge is the closest place to sleep (if you do not have a house boat or camper). The fish cleaning station at Bullfrog Marina is now closed due to freezing.
A fisherman with a boat, fish finder, and night lights could catch all the fish they want anytime they want at Lake Powell.
I am ordering a new fishing light and going back as often as I can.
January 18, 2008 - Grant Holcomb - Night fishing at Bullfrog
|At approximately 3:00 AM on Sunday January 18, 2009 my son
Gage R. Holcomb caught a 5 pound 0 ounce 23 inch female Striper. My son is
13 years old.
When the fish was cleaned its stomach was empty and stomach cavity was full of row.
We were night fishing at the end of the dock at Bullfrog Marina. He was using a 4000 series Shimano Symetre spinning reel with a 6 foot Ugly Stick rod using PowerPro braided line. Gage was using a 1/2 Oz Pearl White lead head jig with 1/3 of an Anchovy dropped to a depth of 80 feet in 137 feet of water.
The 5 pounder compared to a 3.5 pounder and other smaller fish.
Yes, it was very cold - ice was forming on the dock.
February 19, 2009 - Marty Peterson - Bullfrog
Leitch of West Jordan, Utah caught this 5 lbs. 4 oz, 26 inch long
Striper on Feb. 16th 2009 using a jig with anchovy while fishing out of
Bullfrog with Richard Snow and I. It was the best one of the 32 fish we
landed over two days.
We started out trying to find Crappie and Smallmouth. No luck. Later picked up a Catfish on a Wallylure. But jig with piece of anchovy worked best.
March 18, 2009 - Marty Peterson Bullfrog Stripers
Bullfrog on Monday March 16th and 17th. Weather was great. Didn’t catch
much. Richard Snow caught 4 Stripers Monday and me, one. On jigs tipped with
anchovy. In the 3lb range.
Tuesday I landed 3 and Richard, one.
The good- wonderful fillets. Had some today.
The bad- we fished shallows and had fish follow our lures but no hits.
Marty Peterson with a 20” 3lb. 10 oz. Striper ready to fillet.
March 24, 2009 - Dan "Chovycaptain" Jenkins - Bass Buoy 110
|This is Chovycaptain from Grand Jct with a quick report. Camped in Stanton, got on water late Friday, caught 3 SMB's that night. Trolled Bullfrog sat with no success, talked to Goldcup and Capt. Rimrock, good talking to you guys. Nice to put faces with names.|
|After that headed uplake to mm 110 area and started fishing in clear water, depth fish caught anywhere from shoreline to 30'. All fish were Very Nice SMB's with no other species caught. Water temp was 60 at surface. Then headed into Cedar Canyon with some results. Was the best day of SM fishing I've experienced.|
|Attached pics are of my buddy " Zebco 33" which is his new
LP call name, who has a new appreciation for"Waynes's Words". All fish were
caught on yamo's single tail grubs. Pic of tent/cot is Zebco 33's "Camp".
Thanks for all you do Wayne.
Dan "Chovycaptain" Jenkins
April 12, 2009 - Philip Roskowski - San Juan Bass
|John Hildebrand and I just spent 3 1/2 days fishing the San
Juan around Neskahi. We started fishing Thursday around noon after leaving
Grand Junction around 4 am and fished until 10 Sunday morning. The fish were
biting Thursday and never really let up. The water temp was from 51 to 55,
mostly around 52 or 53. We had one of the best fishing trips ever. This is
an annual affair and we have never caught as many nice fish. The overall
size and quantity was superb.
We caught several dozen LMB, most 1-2 lbs with a few larger ones. The SMB fishing was great with probably 200 fish caught most 12-15 inches with a few larger and a few smaller. We fished mostly with black jigs and watermelon crawdads. We managed to land a few crappie, all over 12 inches, one walleye and 1 striper. We only fished for striper for a little while Saturday am. We could see them on the graph but they didn't seem to want to hit. Bass fishing being so good we quickly abandoned the stripers to go back to bass fishing.
Keep up the good work.
April 14, 2009 - Nick Wray - Bullfrog to Good Hope Bay - Bass
|Just got back from our annual Easter trip to Lake Powell.
Fished the Bullfrog area up through Good Hope primarily for SMB's and LMB's.
Had the best success using grubs fished slow and deep (probably on average
15-18 feet). We also had some success with spinner baits fished deep. It
seemed that all of the fish were super healthy and fat.
Chris Wray with a 3 lb largemouth.
|We boated about 40 smallies, 8 Largemouths, 1 walleye, and
about a dozen sunfish over a long weekend. Here are a couple of pics. The
first one is Chris Wray with a 3 lb largemouth. The other one is my brother
in law Danny Rushton, his son Conor and
Chris with one of many fat smallies we boated. Thanks for all you
April 14, 2009 - Tedman - Bullfrog
|We were fishing Bullfrog Bay near the gravel bars and
managed to land 67 fish between storms and Dylan landed his fish striper.
The large mouth were released the bigger one weighed 4 lbs. We also
caught a few bigger striper in Lake Canyon. There were 7 between 3 and 4
April 14, 2009 - Cameron Riley - New Gizzard Shad Lake Record
|First of all thank you for all you do for Lake Powell and keeping us fishermen excited. My name is Cameron Riley from Colorado. We try and get as many trips to Powell as possible throughout the year.|
|Recently we were there and was fishing in Halls Creek. We
were trolling rapalas and Tom Stevenson landed this giant gizzard shad and I
thought you might be interested in seeing a couple of pictures.
|We weighed it with a digital scale and the weight was 2.9
pounds and an unofficial lake record.
Waynes note: Gizzard shad are not given UT State Record status due to a change in policy within UT Wildlife. Gizzard shad are not official game fish. That doesn't stop me from making this a Lake Powell Record. Unofficial digital scales qualify as adequate estimators of weights for Lake Records.
Keep catching Gizzard shad. There is a bigger one out there. We got a 3.25 pound fish in the nets. Wayne
April 7, 2009 - Capt. Brian T. Myers - Bullfrog Area Bass
|Tuesday March 31st. I was pre-fishing for clients later in
the week. I ran from Halls Marina north to the Rincon.
I started out fishing the back of a cut with a rattle trap. The sexy shad pattern was on fire. Within the first hour I had caught 5 smallmouth all around 2lbs and a good 3lb largemouth. I traveled further north to the Rincon to make sure the floating bathrooms were open and started fishing that area and just kept smacking the largemouth and smallmouth on the rattle trap. I then started dragging a green pumpkin tube on a Texas rig. They loved that too. Bass candy. Everywhere I tossed the tube it seemed like the bass were biting. I hope this pattern holds out for Thursday and Friday.
Wednesday April 1st. The Weather was absolutely beautiful. APRIL FOOLS. I thought I could at least get a morning fish in but it was howling when I launched. I ran to Hansen Creek and the wind had to be doing 50+ so I called it a short day and was soaked by the time I made it back to the launch ramp. I had graphed lots of bait and stripers in Hansen though.
|Thursday, April 2nd. Thank goodness the group I would be guiding was able to
change from yesterday to today. It was a beautiful day today and the fish
cooperated. We did the exact same run I did on Tuesday and it was
spectacular to say the least. Because we had 6 in the boat counting me we
had to use extreme caution with the treble hooked baits, so I got everyone
flipping tubes and we had at least a 20 bass day. All bass were keeper size
to 2.5 pounds. We even got in the back of one canyon and when a client
hooked up on a smallmouth and brought it to the boat it had about 10 buddies
with him. I told everyone to get there tubes in the water and we whacked
them for about an hour. Both smallmouth and largemouth were schooled up
Friday, April 3rd. I had 4 in the boat counting me this day and I was going to do the same thing but would try throwing some deeper diving crank bait's in hopes for some striper bites also. Needless to say the stripers were tough on this day. Not a one. We did however change over to tubes and immediately started whacking bass. Smoke tubes also were the ticket as were 5 inch senkos. we caught a real nice 4.5lb largemouth during the day.
April 15, 2009- Patrick Milburn - Bass fishing northern lake
We went to Powell April 5th-12th with my friend Stacie Bater, Buddy Cal Evans on his Houseboat the "Gitzit". It was awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Here is some info.
|We went up lake from Bullfrog and fished canyons from Hansen to Trachyte ended up camping in Cedar and fished canyons up and down from that base and found the best action in that area. Fished mon-sat, weather was good except Wed. **very windy** had to re-secure houseboat it was so bad we just chilled that day.|
|Other days were very pleasant with light to no wind, air as warm as 75? daytime 45-50's at night, water temp 49 degrees at the coldest in the mornings, found water as warm as 58 in backs of canyons.|
Seemed at first fish did not get active until afternoon as water warmed, later in the trip caught fish all day and when we found 53-54 degrees we did well.
|Caught more Smallies than we could keep track of, probably 20+ largemouth, 60+- Crappies up to 14", a couple walleyes, and 3 stripers (we did not really try to target them, trolled a couple up) then decided why waste the good Smallie action so we would go back to that.|
|We had good action on Grubs, tubes in Crawfish colors with 1/8 to 1/4 oz. heads, shad colors in Curlytails also worked, we had have some luck on jerk baits and crank, caught fish at depths between 5 and 18 ft in areas that had access to deeper water.|
|For Crappies small curlytails and tubes, lighter colors in flooded pockets of
stickups. The fish were in excellent shape. They all were very fat and
healthy. I can only imagine how good it is going to get when it really
Thanks for all you do for lake Powell, it is going to be a great season.......
April 16, 2009 - Kevin Hurdsman and Bret Hansen - Bullfrog - January
|Kevin Hurdsman , Bret Hansen on the big pond 1-31-09 pretty
good fishing, pretty healthy stripers.
|Anchovies not real hot mostly trolling wally divers thumbs up in bullfrog bay.|
|We hope to have many more good trips this year. GOD BLESS &
|Kevin and Bret|
April 23,2009 - CoachK and son Austin. Delta Colorado - Bullfrog
We were in Bullfrog with our little boat from April 13 and 14th. We had hoped to be there all week but the weather made us come home early
Trolled up a couple stripers past the dome rock on a white/blue/chartreuse crank bait in the morning. They were 20" and FAT No shad in them. Only plankton.
|Headed to Moki around 12:30. Got to the back and fished our
way out. Wow are there a lot of 8 inch largemouth everywhere. We caught our
fair share of them in the backs and started fishing the rock slides on the
way out. Great fun as we caught or had hits on almost every cast for the
smallmouth. Most in the 12-14 inch range with on nearing 16"
|Day 2 we trolled up 2 more stripers in the back of Bullfrog
then the wind came up. We reverted back to our old strategy of fishing off
the bank around Stanton creek and behind the fuel docks. We did well with
smallmouth and those 8" largemouth and even one big green sunfish.
Thanks again for providing the best fishing opportunity around.
Terry & Austin Kimber
April 28, 2009 - Dave Haynes - Bullfrog/Halls Creek
| My wife and I caught several of this caliber (just under 5 lbs.) fish plus
many slightly smaller 4/20 thru 4/22.
We fished in Bullfrog area and Halls Creek. We were flipping
plastic worms and weightless senko’s.
Wayne's Note: Look at the tamarisk stickups in the background. That habitat type is abundant everywhere at the lake this year. That is where you will find largemouth of this caliber.
May 3, 2009 - Jim Romero / Ken Trujillo - Bullfrog/Halls
Dates Fished: April 29 – May 1
Water Temp: 55 – 59
Water Clarity: very clear – visibility 30 feet
Air Temp: Low 80s every day
We arrived Wednesday morning, set up camp and started fishing at about 11:00 am in Bullfrog and Halls bays. Water temps were on the low side at 54, but we tried to fish shallow areas and flats in the bays near shore hoping for some fish that were getting ready to spawn. The smallies were pretty good sized, and we caught a few up to about 2 pounds. Bigger fish came on jerk baits that would suspend like a Lucky Craft bevy shad. After catching 5-6 fish in the bays, we went up-lake and fished the main channel rock slides, main canyon walls, and in Moki canyon. Fishing was slow, but we caught about 25 smallies all together. We also found some stripers in 35 feet of water. We trolled up a double and thought we were in the money. The larger one was 3 pounds. We caught one more and the fish moved. That was the end of the striper fishing.
|Thursday and Friday, we fished main channel wall, rock
slides, and bigger main wall cuts down lake from Halls Bay. Fish were
shallow and right up against the walls and rubble in the morning and then
were at about 25-35 feet for the rest of the day. They were only 10-15 yards
from where the walls or from where the rubble entered the water, but we had
to let the jigs get down to 25 feet or so. Fish were piled up in what
appeared to be random rock slides. Some places would yield 15 fish in only
25 to 50 yards of shoreline. Other places that looked exactly the same had
no fish (or at least none that we could catch). The best baits were twin
tailed grubs, rubber worms, and rubber lizards fished on a ¼ oz jig head or
Texas rigged. Anything that was green or brown seemed to work. Thursday’s
catch: 2 largemouth about 1.5 to 2 lbs, and 80-100 smallies. Friday’s catch:
Overall, we had a fantastic fishing trip. I can’t imagine what it would have been like if the wind hadn’t kept the water temps below 60.
May 4, 2009 - Ryan Mosley - Bullfrog Bass
|We launched at Bullfrog on Wednesday afternoon (4/29),
set-up camp in
Forgotten Canyon, and departed on Sunday morning (5/3). All-in-all, the
weather was fantastic. We had some storms with wind come through on
Saturday, which cooled the air/water temperature. We fished the canyons
from Crystal Springs all the way up to Seven Mile. Morning water temps
were typically around 58-59F, but warmed to the mid-60s by afternoon.
Fishing was fantastic for bass. We caught bass on classic structure
using Yamamoto twin tailed grubs, Hula grubs and Senkos in earth tones.
Some bass were already on nests, but most of the fish we caught/kept
were pre-spawn. Fishing was best by afternoon, when the water temps
warmed into the low 60s. Much better than two years ago, a lot of the
bass were well over a pound and we even caught a few in the 2-3 lb
We found crappie and bluegills hovering around old vegetation in the
backs of each of the canyons we fished. We did best for crappies using
a chartreuse 2-inch Berkley Power grub, hanging about 2-4 ft under a
bobber. The crappies we caught/kept were still prespawn, but very
aggressive. Once again fishing was best in the afternoons after the
water warmed. The crappies were slabs, ranging from 10-13 inches.
|Striper fishing was tough in that section of the lake. We
attempts at trolling and jigging, with little success. Some of the
group boated all the way up to the lower end of Good Hope Bay and found healthy stripers while trolling crankbaits in fire tiger colors.
We spotted gizzard shad just about everywhere we fished. It's
amazing to see the size of the schools and individual fish. We also saw
and caught lots of yearling largemouth bass while fishing for crappies
May 3, 2009 - Jim Maack - New State Record Crappie
was a new Utah and Lake Powell record crappie caught near the Escalante.
Jim Maack from Wisconsin was the lucky angler.
The fish hit a roadrunner crappie jig.
The fish measured 18.5 inches long, and 15 inches around.
This monster weighed 3 pounds and 5 ounces.
Congratulations Jim Maack
May 5, 2009 - David Leach
We just got back from a great weekend of fishing except for Saturdays wind.
This is in reference to April 23 – 26, here is a picture of me
David Leach with 2 of the better
ones. We did catch some real nice smallies on Saturday, like 16 ½” but did
not get any pictures as we got blown off the lake. We were using just about
anything but crank baits were the best for us anyway, just go slow.
May 12, 2009 - Drew Cushing - Forgotten Canyon - Crappie and Bass.
|We put in at Hall's Creek and camped with several friends.
We ended up camping in Forgotten Canyon which was a spectacular place to
camp. We had fair weather, one day of rain, one day of rain and 2 perfect
Drew Cushing - Light Phase crappie
|The smallmouth males were on nests which was neat so see.
There were a number of very impressive largemouth lurking around but we
could not seem to find anything to entice them to bite.
|We also got into a pretty fair striper bite one afternoon
along the south east rubble field in Good Hope Bay. The stripers were 2-3
pounds and in really great shape.
Knowles Canyon was by far the best bass fishing, but off course it's full of rocky habitat and submerged vegetation. We also did well in Seven Mile, Smith's Fork, and Forgotten. Basically everywhere we fished bass, we caught bass, excluding the main channel. I tried quite a few rigs, but ended up back at the basics: Yamamoto Hula grubs (double tailed, skirted) in both black with silver flake and green with black flake on a 3/8oz football head and Yamamoto Senkos in green with black flake on a 2/0-3/0 offset hook. I used the grubs to fish deeper and while sight fishing beds and the Senkos near brush or to follow-up a miss while jigging. Fish were in great shape, and most ranged from 1-1.5lbs. Ryan Mosley report.
May 18, 2009 - Russ Muir - Bullfrog
|Hi Wayne, went to bullfrog May 12-15. Caught lots of small mouth around most rock slides, or backs of coves and canyons.|
|Spent mornings and evenings looking for stripers, fished
Moki points and wall. Fish were around 70 feet but would come up with
chumming. We had some hot action at times and ended up with a lot of nice
Stripers are fat and healthy, most fish were 2.5 to 5 lbs, I caught a nice 8.5 lb striper that about spooled me.
|We were fishing anchovies on small jigs. We had a 5 lb striper take both our jigs, we thought we had a double but both hooks were in its mouth.|
|Fished with my brother in law Bill Heder and sons Austin and Brooks and work partner Shawn Hawkins. Thanks for your help.|
|My nephew Austin Heder caught a nice rainbow one morning, a surprise to me.|
|Crappie were in the brush filled canyons and also caught a few large mouth on top water baits in the evening. Overall a great trip.|
May 19, 2009 - Tim Bagley - Halls Crossing - Stripers
|Today we found stripers along the recently submerged island between the Bullfrog Ferry ramp and Hall's houseboat buoy field. The fish are scattered from the bullfrog boat ramp all the way to the last island just going under towards the Hall's buoy field. We trolled at a depth of 15'-20' of water, with a few coming out in the deeper water. We trolled Buck tails and shad raps at 3.5 mph. Together we caught around 30 total for the day.|
May 19, 2009 - Leo Heugly - Bullfrog Stripers
|Bullfrog Area--weather was great all week which surprised
me. Fishing early in the morning did not help--smb fishing was poor compared
with previous years--striper fishing was fair at times--only one area
provided fish--Lake Canyon right at the mouth on the north side--we tried
Moki area but did not catch a striper so returned to Lake Canyon--learned the secret of catching stripers this year which I have not been
told by anyone that I read--brightly colored jig heads instead of the plain type--luckily I had a few of them and used them my last day which was
Friday--I still only caught ten stripers that three or four hours but that was the best fishing of the week and I was glad to get those--cat fish drove
me nuts for I caught that many of those critters.
May 19, 2009 - ~Joel and Lili Belmont
We were on the lake from May 5th to 13th. Went from Bullfrog to Wahweap the first day, then worked our way back up, as we have never been past DR before.
Overall the smallmouth fishing was the best, though I continually targeted stripers, which unfortunately seemed to have their minds on spawning. I only caught 2 stripers on the whole trip, one on chovies at dusk, one on a crankbait just before dusk. At least they were strong, fat fish.
The photo with the shad circling... this was in the back of middle rock creek. I got bored with poor night fishing, left the light on for half the night, and awoke to find them (kind of expected it to happen, and hoped it would bring in some stripers... which it didn't!) The school had to be in the hundreds.
|I was able to mark schools in the back of middle rock creek,
twitchell, and reflection, but could not arouse them after dark, regardless
of using a green light in a prime spot close to them, and using copious
amounts of chum. Occasionally one or two would zip in and out just as
quickly, as was also the case in the small inlet just south and outside of
the mouth of Labyrinth. Caught a nice catfish there. If you would like to
see exactly where we night fished: http://tinyurl.com/powell09 (The marker
locations are exact, though google maps took the photo when the lake level
was much lower).
The yellow bullhead... I seem to always finesse these out of the woodwork. This is my 3rd LP yellow bullhead. Released, as with the others.
|Reflection had a lot of fat bluegill in the back, though I
always feel better about returning them since they are not a dominant
species. Interestingly, the Gizzard Shad were spawning in the back of
Reflection when we were there. Are they encouraged for harvest? Are they
table worthy? Can they be used for bait or are they a gamefish? Or it is
best just to leave them alone? They are about the only fish I've seen in the
lake that are as fast and agile as stripers, though it's hard to get them to
strike at anything.
|The catfish and carp were an interesting occurrence about
halfway back in Face Canyon (where the night image was made as well). My
wife Lili made a pasta that we didn't end up caring for, and she added it to
the food buffet in the lake. Something about the tomato sauce, peas, or
pineapple drove these fish mad! They liked the scent in the water, though
interestingly enough they didn't eat it.
|The scorpion was a reminder to wear good shoes at night on
shore and look where I walk. !!
|There are two prominent points half way back in Twitchell
that are covered in SMB and readily took brownish hula grubs, lipless shad
colored cranks, and even topwater (chug bugs and buzz baits). It seemed that
anywhere there were slightly submerged rock points on the lake, they were
covered with fish. The few nice LMB I saw, I couldn't interest them in
anything... they would stay in an area, but just cruise the shoreline.
Water temps varied from 66 to 75 degrees.
May 28, 2009 - Mark & Sue Rudie - Bullfrog
Wednesday - Sunday, May 20-24
Just thought we'd give you a detailed report from our trip to Bullfrog last week. The rain was with us the whole trip and really cut down on our fishing times. We only had about a day and a half combined of full time fishing. Even with the rain, we were able to catch some fish and had a lot of fun. We even got to the point of fishing out the side of our cover on our boat while trolling. Now THAT made it interesting...especially when the fish would run to the other side of the boat while trying to bring 'em in!
|Wednesday late afternoon we launched and had just enough
time to try the back of Bullfrog Bay past the haystack rock. Nothing on the
west side and we managed 2 stripers on the east side in 25' of water. We
trolled Walleye Assassins in black and silver w/green tails almost the whole
time we fished. We trolled with lead line 5 - 6 colors out with a 6' - 10#
fluorocarbon leader. It got dark so we headed to a camp spot.
|Thursday morning we were able to get in a few hours of
fishing and headed to the east side of Bullfrog Bay and trolled in 25' of
water again. We picked up a striper or two and a walleye, then a really nice
smallie. Then the bite quit. I moved into 15' of water and we shortened up
to only 2 - 3 colors out and started nailing them. We got smallies,
largemouth, walleye, and stripers. Great fun wondering what you'd bring up
each time we hooked up. I even netted a striper and smallie at the same
time! (see pic). The great thing about those Assassins was that anything
would hit them. Early afternoon, here came the rain and it never stopped. It
rained all through the night and next day. Finally, Friday afternoon we got
a break for a couple hours and headed to Lake Canyon. Well, we never made it
because of the rain showers ahead of us, so I turned around and started
trolling in the main channel along the shore and walls. Just south of buoy
92 on the west side at the wall in the main channel, Sue hooked up while
taking a picture of a waterfall. We never left that wall trolling back and
forth and picked up at least two fish per pass getting stripers and an
occasional walleye with 6 colors out. Fish were on the graph at 20 - 50'
deep. We only managed one striper inside the canyons that we trolled.
Rain stopped us again and Friday we woke up to more rain. We tried Halls Creek Bay on the east side for a few hours after the rain with no fish showing on the graph and called it a day. Saturday was the same with more heavy rain until the afternoon and headed back to the wall at buoy 92. The stripers and walleye were still there, but the bite slowed to only one fish per pass.
Sunday morning was sunshine!!! We had to leave early so headed back to that wall and caught about half a dozen more nice stripers and a walleye. The stripers all averaged between 19 - 20", 2 1/2- 3 pounds and healthy. The walleye were small but fun, and the smallies were all good size 2 - 3 pounders. The largemouth went over 3 pounds. I tried a little casting with a white spinner bait w/colorado blades and caught one nice largemouth that got off and had numerous hits. We also got about 6 catfish on anchovies while sitting around waiting for the rain to stop.
|Totals were only about 30 fish...not many....but it's better
than nothing! Hey, you can't have a hundred fish every time, right? All in
all, the rain made it very challenging but we saw some beautiful waterfalls
and still had a great time. We don't get to Powell very often anymore with
our job, so we cherish the times we get to enjoy the greatest lake in the
west. Thanks Wayne for all you do for our fishery and God bless.
Mark & Sue
June 1, 2009 - Kbass - Halls Fishing Report
|Got down to the lake Thursday 28th. We were planning on
going down to the Rincon but weather reports convinced us to stay closer to
Bullfrog. Set up camp in Halls Creek Bay.
Fished rock piles and gravel banks using curly tail jigs and 8 inch plastic worms with 3/8 oz lead. Caught several small mouth. The pattern is to get deep and bounce the jig slowly. Every place we fished we caught fish ranging from 8-16 inches.
The second day we decided to boat down to the Rincon. So right at the "crack of six" we headed south. We stopped at gravel/rock pile points and caught fish. I quit counting the caught fish. Didn't try for stripers. Colors that worked: watermelon flake, cinnamon with black flake, chartreuse.
Went back to camp (wind started). No late fishing that day.
Sat. AM started catching fish in Halls again. Went to the marina store at noon started fishing rocks between the store and fuel dock- did well. It was getting hot so we trolled the wall south of Hall's Marina (in the shade). We were using deep divers silver and black deep Deep Thundersticks. My BIL had an immediate hookup- 3 lb striper. We trolled back through- same thing. Another striper. We really got into them around the corner south of Halls about a mile. On the east side is a shelf of 20-30 ft. We caught 4 more stripers, a walleye, but lost several fish. Went back to camp with threatening skies.
We noticed the biggest small mouth (3-3.5 lbs) of the trip was full of eggs (prespawn) and spitting out crayfish. The stripers were "ripe" males 3-4 lbs. Looks like there is still some spawning yet to take place. Water temps went from 68 to 78 degrees. The "magic" depth is 12-25 feet of water. Several fishermen we talked to were not getting that with the lake rising the fish were deep. We told several what and how we were fishing so hopefully they could be more successful. Left Sunday. Had a great time.
June 3. 2009 - Glenn Wall - Iceberg canyon
| My name is Glenn Wall and I am from Colorado Springs.
My family and my brothers family just came back from a 3 day houseboat
vacation at Lake Powell (wasn’t long enough).
|On Sunday, May 31 Mike (brother) and I went out early morning about 6ish to fish. We were camped at about bouy # 79, so we headed up Iceberg canyon.|
|We were using some small silver minnow shallow diving lures.
Within 15 minutes we caught 3 nice stripers. We decided to head back to the
houseboat and get the kids.
|Carson, my brothers youngest caught a very nice 4lb
|We continued to catch a few more small stripers and several very small largemouth bass for the rest of the morning, all in Iceberg canyon.|
|Attached are some of our pictures. I am in the white tee
shirt. We all had a great time. We also got in some skiing, rafting, and
June 5, 2009 - Craig Lindgren - Bullfrog
We just got back from our trip to Bullfrog from Clearfield, Utah. We Arrived Sunday Morning May 31 and left Wednesday morning June 3. We caught a total of 28 Stripers trolling. The best Lure was an old green red and silver thin fin salt water diving lure. We also had success with a deep diving Shad-Rap and a Thunderstick with similar colors.
|My buddy Jeremy Moneypenny caught an 11.5 lb Striper on the thin fin (I have enclosed a few pictures). Most all of our stripers were caught trolling the Channel walls just west of Hall's creek bay.|
| As far as regular bass fishing our luck
was ok the water rising didn't help us to much. We caught only two
Largemouth, but they were nice ones. One on a pumpkin colored Senko and one
on a Booyah red and Green spinnerbait. I (Craig Lindgren) caught a nice 3.5
lb Largemouth on the senko and my friend Jose Bueno caught a 3 lb one on the
spinnerbait. We caught around 12 smallmouth using 3-4"plastic grubs.
White and green seemed to be the best although no smallies were over 1.5 pounds. We also landed 4 walleye. The biggest was 6 pounds (Jose caught it) which I couldn't believe was caught on the Booyah spinnerbait! The others were small but good eating size. We chummed anchovies a little which worked ok but mostly it was early morning trolling from 5:00 AM until 11:00 AM. that worked best. Afternoons and early evening we didn't fair as well. The big striper had milk in it and some of the fish had eggs in them as well. Just another quick note. While trolling we were fishing cracks for bass, we landed 4 or 5 stripers that way as well and one pitching brush back in a cove behind the marina as well. An awesome trip overall. Great weather and good fishing. Can't wait to come back!
June 12, 2009 - Mike Larsen - Salt Lake City - Bullfrog/Halls Creek - Bass
Amy Gainsford and Mike Larsen
|I took a group of six young friends down to the lake who had never fished Lake Powell. In fact, for several of our guests this was their first trip to the lake. We spent June 11-13 on the lake and fished primarily in the Bullfrog/Halls Creek area due to windy conditions most of the trip. We did make a run down to Slick Rock and Iceberg Canyons (which we paid for on the rough ride back north) and picked up fish in those areas as well. We caught fish pretty steadily whenever we could find a notch or corner out of the wind. Large mouth were plentiful and really went after anything we threw on top water. Small mouth also were active and healthy, and were caught both on top water and deeper in rough conditions. Green gitzits worked well along sharply dropping slick rock areas in 12-18 feet of water, producing some nice small mouth bass.|
|Fortunately, the fish were all responding on cue as time
after time I would show my young guests where to throw and it would produce
that wonderful explosion of water, fish and lure as a large mouth attacked
from its hiding place in the backs of coves. Great fishing! Healthy fish! I
appreciated the fish cooperating. Exciting to watch these folks catch their
first ever bass.
I should note that Patrick Svedin, our photographer, was so busy catching fish and taking photos we failed to capture him and some of his nice fish with the camera, but trust me, he caught some, truly he did. I am not lying.
|Justin Osmund and another nice top water catch|
|Steve Thurman picked this prize up with a green gitzit.|
|Kim Bake and friend.|
The Crew--Mike & Teresa Larsen, Kim Bake, Amy Gaisford, Rachael Cardon, Justin Osmond, Patrick Svedin and Steve Thurman
June 23, 2009 - Shaun and Brenda Sandoval - Larkspur CO - Moki Boils
We spent June 17-21 in Moki and had a great time. This was the first time since we started going to Lake Powell (5 years) to experience striper boils. What an addicting event. We spent hours cruising Moki looking for boils / slurps. Some were small others were thirty feet deep and fifty feet wide. Our most productive lure was a storm rainbow minnow but, as Wayne has said if you get the cast just right anything worked.
|I found that if I did not get the cast right I would reel as
fast as I could for a few seconds slow the retrieve for an instant then
speed it up again I would get the fish on the edge to break and chase the
”fleeing bait fish”. When we got to Moki the boils were in the back quarter
of the canyon, every day the boils would move further toward the main
channel. When we left the boils /slurps were in the middle of the canyon. We
ended up catching close to 60 stripers and a dozen catfish. This equated to
30- 40 lbs of fillets.
July 2, 2009 - Vanez Wilson - Fly Fishing for Stripers
|Wayne: Thanks for all the "words" over the past many years.
My wife and I have fished Lake Powell for 26 years. We returned today from
our House-boat at Bullfrog. The fishing around Bullfrog and Hall's is great.
Having fished for bone fish, we thought a similar approach to stripers may be productive. Use a 6-8 wt rod and floating line - a sink-tip works also. The angler needs to stand on the "casting platform" with 50 or so feet of line striped out and ready to cast. The boatman uses an electric trolling motor to approach a boil. A long cast to the leading edge of the boil frequently leads to a hook-up. After the cast a few long, fast strips are needed. A strip hook- set works as does a lift set. A single feeding fish can also be caught with a lucky cast - that is a cast in front of the fish. On occasion you can see water movement ahead of the fish and judge his direction. When the shad are small - a small dark streamer or bugger works well. As the shad get bigger a larger fly is better. A 18-24 inch striper on a fly rod is a great fight and much better to eat than a bone fish. You can catch more fish with a spinning rod and a A Spook or a popper - but for a fun change of technique - try striper on the fly.
July 6, 2009 - Tom and Fran Brown - Bayfield, Colorado - Bullfrog stripers
|-July 1st -3rd.
|The Striper pattern for those three days was boils a half
hour before sunrise and just before sunset. The duration for the boils was
about a minute. Most of the boils occurred near the shore after the Stripers
apparently trapped the small 1" shad larvae schools.
|We tried fishing at off of the back of the houseboat with
lights in the water until midnight with zero luck. There were literally
clouds of shad larvae swimming in circles around the lights but no stripers.
July 8, 2009 - Ed Rajki - Fernley NV - Bullfrog Stripers
1. Al Beaty with his first striper of the trip
|I've just returned home from a 10-day fishing / houseboating
trip to Lake Powell (June 27 thru July 6) and thought I'd pass along a
report on how we did.
To begin with, I'm primarily a black bass fisherman, and I've only fished for stripers once before, in the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta. That trip was with a guide, and we spent the day trolling broken-back Rebel minnows. Consequently, your website was an absolute wealth of information for tactics on Lake Powell. I would research your website almost every night for the week prior to our departure. Not only did the information help with the fishing, but I was also able to have my boat prepared for the QM inspection prior to launching it, and it passed with flying colors. The inspector was impressed that I had taken all the necessary precautions in advance, and I credit your fine website with providing the information I needed to insure compliance.
2. Sharon Beaty with one of our morning hauls
|Now, on to the important stuff...
We launched out of Bullfrog on Saturday afternoon, June 27, and tied up our rental houseboat in the north end of the front cove of Halls Creek Bay, with my Nitro bass boat tied up across the back of the houseboat. (we could see the main lake channel from our anchorage). As evening approached, we started seeing individual fish surfacing, so I stepped off the houseboat onto my boat (still tied up to the houseboat at this point), clipped on a shad-colored rattle trap and started casting in the vicinity of the splashes. My third cast produced the first striper of the trip. As the fish activity increased around the cove, myself and Al & Sharon Beaty launched the Nitro and probed the backs of the small coves in the bay. We never saw any big boils (that would come later in the week), but we managed to catch 5 stripers that first evening.
3. Me with the only largemouth of the trip
|For the duration of the trip, we never traveled more than a
couple miles to fish...most of our time was spent in the front cove and the
entrance to Halls Creek. We ventured over to the coves between Halls
Crossing Marina and boat ramp, mostly in the mornings. In the cove behind
Halls fuel dock on our third morning out, we saw our first big boil of the
week. Once again throwing rattle traps and shad raps, everyone managed to
catch fish. During lulls in the striper activity, I'd tie on a Spittin'
Image (similar to a Zara Spook) and work it parallel to the shoreline, and
caught several smallmouth (no real size to any of them), and a nice 4.5 lb.
largemouth. I even managed to nail a nice striper on the Spittin' Image, but
for the most part, we exclusively threw Rattle Traps & Shad Raps. It
appeared that color didn't matter, as we caught them on everything we tied
on (personally, I felt the shad imitations did the best job - Al preferred
throwing anything with gold in it).
4. Me with a few, the morning of July 4th
|As the week progressed, the boils in Halls Creek Bay
progressively moved further out of the cove and into deeper water toward the
main lake. Boils would fire up starting at about 5:45 AM and last for about
2-3 hours, then start again at around 5:00 PM and would last for an hour or
two. The morning of July 3rd produced the most incredible boil of the
week...it stretched practically across the entire cove (approximately 150
yards wide) and lasted a good 2 minutes. Fishing continued to be excellent
in the mornings, and fair to good in the evenings, weather permitting
(lightning and wind forced us off the water two evenings). Our best morning
produced 18 fish in 3 hours for the 3 of us, and the best evening produced
10 fish. I can emphatically state that if we'd had a landing net (we lost a
lot of fish right next to the boat) and had used heavier line and been able
to "horse" the fish more during the fight, we would have done much better,
but I'll tell you, those fish were a blast to catch on 8 lb. test line!
5. Partial results of our last evening on the water
|On July 5, we moved our houseboat over to Bullfrog Bay in
preparation for our departure the next day. We fished that evening between
the Bullfrog dump / pump station and boat ramp. We saw plenty of boils, but
they were widely scattered throughout the entire area...we spent a lot of
time chasing the fish, but still managed to land 16 of them. The following
morning we fished the same area. We never saw an actual boil, but there were
plenty of fish breaking the surface here and there, and Al and I caught 17
fish in 2 hours by making random casts in the area of the activity. We ended
our trip with well over 100 stripers in the freezer (we actually lost count
somewhere around the 7th day)...even had a few for dinner one evening. Ever
try them marinated in Italian salad dressing, then cooked on the barbeque?
One interesting side note on something we noticed...as we continued making random casts following a boil, we would consistently pick up several smallmouth, even out in deep water. I'm guessing they follow the striper schools and pick off any injured shad the stripers leave behind.
In closing, let me thank you again for furnishing such valuable information on your website...it certainly provided us with a trip to remember!
July 13, 2009 - Coachk and Austin - Bullfrog Boils
|Wow you guys are right about the addictive nature of striper
boils. We got to Bullfrog Thursday Night 7/9 and drove down to Stanton to
scope out a place to camp the next day. Saw some boils pop up so we ran down
to the lake and caught 4 right off the bank.
Need to be on the lake early now as the boils are most active around 6am and 8:30 pm.
Friday morn cruised in our little boat back down to Stanton and was not disappointed after catching a couple in small boils a huge one came up on a cove and lasted about 20 min. You were so right about everything going wrong with your lines when it is like that. We laughed afterwards at your insight. After that we went to the back of Halls fuel dock and they started up there and caught plenty more.
This pattern worked all 3 days. Rumor had it a boil in Halls bay came up about 7:30 Saturday evening and went for over an hour about 200 yards wide. Sunday morning they were practically jumping in the boat we were in the middle of them when the boil broke out. Talk about exciting.
|We used Kastmaster 1/4 oz with the white tail on it and some
topwater lures to catch most of the stripers. I used some swimming shad and
big spoons occasionally also. Best was the Kastmaster and the top water
We filleted over 70 stripers and 3 smallmouth over the weekend and had a
great time. I will be back to do that again. All fish are between 3 and 5
lbs. Our biggest was 24 inches and a fat 24 at that.
July 13, 2009 - Marty Peterson - Bullfrog Boils
Iversen on the front lawn of his house. While taking a break from
filleting Stripers caught out of boils on July 9th.Leonard saw many boils in
the channel around the Rincon.
Richard Snow and I caught about 95 Stripers out of slurps and boils in
the Bullfrog Bay area. All between 2 and 3.5 pounds. Although willing to
attack about any lure, the one that worked best for us was a 3 in Wild Eye
(soft body) shad. Night fishing very slow. .
July 14, 2009 - Chet Garling - Bullfrog Boils
|Fish report 7/11/09 - 7/13/09.
Arrived Saturday late to Halls Creek Bay and headed to last reported striper boil reported at the Haystacks near Stanton that early evening around 7:30 P.M. . Found nothing happening and headed back to Halls Creek Bay around 8:30, ran into boils that proved real difficult to get a fish out of, very spooky with the big engine and moving too fast for the electric to keep up, of course lot's of boat traffic is also detrimental to fishing shy stripers. One SMB for the day.
Sunday morning headed back to Stanton area after talking to Rich and also checked upstream of the Halls buoy field, found a boil in the ferry ramp area, pulled a quick seven out of it and headed back to the houseboat to pick up a couple of friends. Got back to boils just in time for them to stop and headed into Coyote creek to fish for green bass, at 8:00 the cove exploded with stripers, we could cast 360 degrees and hook up. We ended up with seven out of that boil.
The rest of the day boated all of Lake Canyon, Moki, and headed up past Tapestry Wall and did not see a boil. Went back to Ferry ramp that evening to nothing. Ended up with a few stripers out of boils in Halls Creek bay. Monday morning headed back to Coyote creek and managed 3 stripers, chased some others to no avail and got one out of a boil just inside the entrance to Halls Creek Bay.
July 15, 2009 - Sidney Smith - Bullfrog Night
Currently living: Bullfrog ,UT
Caught Fish: Bullfrog Bay, Halls Bay, Lake Canyon
|The stripers are still boiling for the first few hours of light, especially in Bullfrog and Halls bay. In fact the stripers were boiling only feet off the shore. Afternoon tends to slow down especially when the wind picks up was only able to catch 2 small mouth using a pink grub worm. Because of the full moon the fishing got hot at night. Used a Wildeye Virbrotail Jig by STORM LURES. At night trolled with this lure until we got a hit, then returned to that spot and landed 9 stripers within a hour.|
|Night fishing can be safe with the proper equipment and another pair of eye watching out for rocks. Temp is a lot cooler, you don't have to worry about drunk kids skiing over your line and the Bullfrog cleaning station is well lit throughout the night.|
July 20, 2009 - James Urry - Halls Creek Bay Boils
|We just got back from a week in Halls Creek Bay. We had good success early morning with top water lures on small boils and huge boils mid day.|
|Stripers were not as boat shy as I have seen them in the past.|
|We would just spot and stalk the big boils all day long.|
|In two days we caught 10 each and had a great fish fry.|
July 21, 2009 - Tim Richard - Elizabeth CO - Escalante Stripers
were at Lake Powell from 7-10-09 until 7-16-09. My first chance to fish came
on 7-11-09 and we had set up our house boat in Slick Rock Canyon. I used a
wave runner for my mobile fishing vessel and on the morning of 7-11-09, I
left Slick Rock canyon and crossed the main channel straight out of the
canyon and found a lot of “slurp” action. Took me all of 30 minutes to tie 5
good striper on the stringer using a ½ oz. silver Kastmaster with a white
tail. I simply quit fishing after I had 5 fish, because at the time, I had
never eaten striper, and I didn’t want to clean a bunch of them if I didn’t
like to eat’em. I should’ve kept fishing!!!
That afternoon, we moved down the lake into the Escalante River arm. The
morning of 7-12-09, I again used the wave runner and went to the mouth of
the Escalante and the main channel, and there was not nearly as much “slurp”
action here as there was back in the main channel at Slick Rock. But, by
using the “patience, cast accurate” method, I was still able to catch three
more good striper that morning. And this was the method that I used for the
rest of the week. No boils, but feeding fish non-the-less, so it was all
about being patient, and casting accurately to fish that surfaced with-in
casting range. I ended up catching 19 stripers, all on the ½ oz. silver
Kastmaster with a white tail and all from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.. I didn’t do any
July 27, 2009 - Jasen Decker - Slick Rock Stripers
Just thought I would drop a few pictures from our trip. We took the houseboat down to a canyon across from Slickrock Canyon and found a good camping spot. At the break of dawn the stripers began boiling in the canyon and along the wall to the north. My father (Tim), my son (Keedan age 5), and I would use the electric to motor over to the boil and the fun was on!
|We had three rods rigged up each, two with shallow running
x-raps, two with intermediate bombers, and two with large silver spoons. We
would start shallow and hook up a fish on the x-rap, then hand it off to one
of the kids or the rod holder, and then depending if the school was still up
use the bomber or cast the spoon and let it go deeper to the remaining fish
(10+ feet deep).
|We also found the jetski to be a great fun way to attack the
stripers, you can get up enough speed heading toward the boil and kill the
engine about 30 yards away from the school and coast into casting range
without spooking the school. In total we caught 60+ stripers, 20 smallmouth,
5 small largemouth, and the kids caught too many cafish and bluegill to
count. We had a great trip despite generator problems in 105 degree temps!
Thanks for the site and all the great info!! Attached is a picture of Keedan
and his 4.1 lb. striper (the biggest he has ever caught), and Tim and Keedan
with the first stripers of the trip.
July 28, 2009 - Ty Mannion- Mid Lake Boils
|We got to the big pond on Friday (7-24) evening at Bullfrog
and headed down lake to the Escalante River arm (that is after a quick dip
in the lake to put the drain plug in once we were launched, I still haven't
found my sandal in the mud). We had planned on going all the way that night
(about 6) but stopped at lake canyon after the other groups boat took a
giant wake and let them cool off with lake water. We fished for large and
small mouth bass in the back of lake and caught about 4 between 4 of
The next morning we headed out to beat the traffic and after the first corner we found a great boil it lasted about an hour and we caught around 40 between the four of us. Fishing in the Escalante was really slow. So the next morning we headed back out to find more boils and start working our way back. Found one 20 minute boil about 1 mile into the Escalante and picked up another 10 fish and a smallie. We didn't see any other boils until that evening and found the mother load of all boils.
They trapped shad into a little cove just down from lake canyon and this one lasted well over another hour. The group camping next to this cove suddenly noticed two bass boats catching striper after striper and one gentleman waded out to his chest and joined the fun. We found a few more scattered boils that night but only one or two were caught out of each.
So Monday morning and the trip back we found another great boil just north this time of lake canyon and the whole main channel came alive we caught another 40 or so and it would have been more but the trolling batteries were almost dead. That boil lasted about an hour and a half. Our groups two boats and another enjoyed the last and best boil of them all. Overall the large and smallmouth fishing was slow. But the boils saved the fishing trip we estimated we caught around 150 stripers 5 smallmouth 2 bluegill and a 20 largemouth. We found the best lures to throw at the boils, were white crankbaits, white spinnerbaits, white chatterbaits, and Gary Yamamoto swim baits.
July 28, 2009 - Mike Slater - Hansen Creek Boils
I just wanted to send you a quick report on my fishing near Bullfrog this last weekend. My wife and I and the four kids camped near Hansen Creek Canyon just off the main channel to play and fish for over the Holiday weekend. Wow! it was awesome. I haven't had a striper fishing trip like that before.
We typically go to Powell and end up doing a whole lot more swimming and skiing than fishing but Thurs. evening the 23rd we ran into a boil just inside Hansen Creek Canyon while skiing and had to stop because the fish were boiling everywhere. We fished the boil for about 2 hours 5:30-7:30pm. The fish were still boiling when we finally left and headed back for camp. We were all catching fish with Zara Spooks. I took the 1st hook off to allow us to handle the fish quicker and get the line back out there. After that all the kids wanted to do was go fish again rather than ski.
However, to our disappointment the next evening was very windy and we never saw a boil. Saturday morning we found them boiling in the mouth of Moki but didn't do as well there. We had to follow the fish around a little more there and they were more spooky. Saturday evening in Hansen Creek Canyon around 4:30-5:00pm the boils were back but we only got about 30 minutes in until the wind picked up. We then had to leave the lake even though things calmed down a little later in the evening when I'm sure Hansen was going again.
Anyway the fishing was awesome and the kids loved cooking the fish over the camp fire. We'll be back to do that again for sure!
August 4, 2009 - Andrew Garchar - Lake Canyon boils
Andrew is lucky enough to work at Lake Powell. He has learned to catch boiling stripers while working for UT Wildlife at Bullfrog. He was very excited when he caught 2 fish out of his first boil early in the year. Here is his recent catch of 57 stripers from boils at mouth of Lake Canyon.
The whole family is excited about fishing now. Their previous experience in other years has been catching stripers on bait.
They agree that boil fishing is more exciting and rewarding. Andrew has also improved in his ability to fillet stripers with an electric knife.
Andrew Garchar (right) and Family
August 9, 2009 - Garrison Genschorck -Bailey CO - Lake Canyon
We were at Powell from the 21st of July through the 31st of July. Fishing was hit and miss. Some days we only caught 5, some days we caught none, but on two separate days we caught 32 and 46 respectively. Both times were right outside Lake Canyon. One was in the morning at about 7:30, while the other was at night around 6:30. Both times there were boils going for over an hour. But, I have to say those are the only two times we saw tight, consistent boils. The rest of the time the boils were very loose and sporadic. I am attaching pictures of our loot!
Garrison Genschorck and family
We used mostly Cast Masters and Rattle Traps. Occasionally we used Top Waters and we all enjoyed watching the Striper hit those as well.
|We brought home 122 Striper and caught a total of 180 fish.|
August 23, 2009 - Brandon Genereaux - Grand Junction Spooning stripers
8-20 8-23 fishing.
Buddy and I spent the end of the week between Bullfrog and Escalante. Caught lots and lots of small mouth on rattle traps and tube jigs everywhere, morning, noon, and almost night.
Caught lots of stripers from 6:30AM to 9:00AM on the shaded banks of the north side of the entrance to slick rock. Don’t just hunt for boils they are a good indicator for finding fish and of course fish can be caught but if you know what to watch for on a fish finder you can haul 3x more fish vertical jigging cast masters or fast sinking jigs. The boils only lasted for about 40 minutes but we caught fish for two hours after the boils ended by dropping jigs into 50 feet of water and reeling quickly up about 20 feet and then dropping back down, drop, rip, repeat. 1 – 1.5 ounce cast masters had the best success due to their quicker drop, silver and gold. Also caught a bunch of fish Sat evening in slick rock canyon, the wind made things extra challenging but the two of us put 40 fish on the deck droppin and rippin on steeper south bank mid canyon. This method also worked great on the east shores of bull frog bay south of the boat ramp at noon Sunday! An awesome boil popped up as well right at mid day while we were jigging in 40-50 feet of water! If you saw two guys with constant double hookups on the front of a pontoon boat that was us.
Also beware the fish police are on the prowl at night! Got checked at midnight outside Slick Rock canyon while anchored on the wall night fishing. Night fishing is hopeless by the way. Also made a trip to the entrance of the Escalante and it was barren Friday evening and Saturday morning, was rather disappointing wish we would have stayed around slick rock but can’t beat the scenery. Caught an endless amount of small mouth on the eastern banks at the upper part of the bend midday, fished a small mouth boil in the back of a cove!
August 30, 2009 - Capt. Brian T. Myers
|Lake Powell, Aug 18-20
I had clients coming in for a houseboat trip that would take them south to the Escalante. I began scouting out old haunts from years way past in the Rincon. WOW! I have not fished Powell for what seems like a dozen years when the water was up this high. I began in the north cut of the Rincon with a buzzbait over the flooded salt cedars where rocky points fell off into deeper water. I caught several 1-2 pound small mouths and I was amazed at the amount of shad in this cut. I have never seen the shad like it is now. For the past few years the shad population in areas that I have fished has exploded.
September 4, 2009 - Scott Stelmach
Here's a report from the Captain who had the pleasure of taking 6 ladies out on our houseboat last week!! We pulled out of Bullfrog slips around 12:30 pm on Friday Aug 28 and headed straight down to Slickrock Canyon. Found a nice quiet beach to ourselves and set about anchoring and preparing appetizers. About the time we had retired to the back of houseboat to relax(maybe 6ish) a boil exploded across the entire channel!! The easiest thing to untie was a jetski so I leaped off the back deck with rod in hand and shot out to the boil. I had not thought much about what rod I grabbed and that was my first mistake. The first cast near the boil and the rod bent immediately. Unfortunately, I was throwing a Lucky Craft Sammy 100 on fairly light fluoro line (6 lb) so really had to play them to get them in. And of course in my haste to mount the jetski I hadn't grabbed any kind of hook removal device. Well I did manage to pull one hook out of my index finger so that I could continue to fish the boil after I had gotten the first fish aboard the jet ski. After that a little more care was taken to pull each fish into the trough of the jetski. The boil maybe lasted 15 minutes and 3 were successfully landed (already enough for a fish fry).
On Saturday morning I awoke to the sound of single splashes so this time I was READY. The Boston Whaler was loaded with rods ("Are those all yours?" the ladies had inquired the night before). Off I shot in the boat and started casting single splashes/shore structure with mild success. This kept me occupied until around 6:45 am when the bay again exploded with a boil. This time I put down the Lucky Craft Sammy that I was using for shore fishing. Smallies and started throwing a single hook swimming shad. It was easy fishing and each cast brought in a Striper. The single hook made it so easy to just drop the fish in the back and chuck the lure into the boil again. Well, unfortunately, I had left the Sammy floating out near the shore instead of reeling it in when the boil started (amazing how many bad choices a boil causes!) and now that rod was about to fall out of the boat while I had another Striper on the rod in hand. Luckily my foot caught the rod before it jumped out of the boat but I heard a snap and the $15.00 Sammy was now a delightful piece of jewelry for a Striper. By the time all was said and done I might of had 8-10 fat fish before the boil dissolved. After the boil I spent some time casting the shoreline with another Sammy and was amazed at the size of the Smallmouth. Still caught numerous fat 12-14 inchers but then there'd be a 2.5-4.0 lb fish interspersed. Headed back to the houseboat to fillet fish for dinner and noted that at least half of the Stripers had nothing in their stomachs while the other half had one shad. Makes me wonder if the shad are becoming sparse in Slick Rock area?
Saturday afternoon we watched a movie with the air conditioning on and all the shades closed. That evening not a single boiled appeared but we had a delicious fish fry and had so much left over we took it to two houseboats parked in the canyon with us. In talking to people aboard the other houseboats we discovered there was a huge boil during the afternoon while we were watching the movie! They had wondered where I was during the explosion.
Sunday was an odd day and very few fish showed themselves so we all just floated and relaxed.
Monday a.m. again had boils moving through the canyon and I repeated the same system with great success. Monday evening was the "girls gone wild" night so I spent time chasing boils up and down the canyon while the ladies were my spotters from the top of the houseboat. Literally the canyon would resound with 6 woman screaming "BOIL!!!!!" at the top of their lungs so that I could keep track of where the fish were coming up next. Fishing boils is exciting enough but to have an audience made it even more thrilling!
That evening I gave 7 stripers (and two swim shad lures) to a boat that hadn't had much luck.
Well that's it for this year...thanks for all the info you help pass on to us all. Please tell Sonny (with the DWR) that I met at Bullfrog ramp that I did send a photo in poor resolution. The metal stringer broke right after the photo on Saturday morning.
Long live the lake
September 8, 2009 - Scott Barclay - Bullfrog Bass
|Fishing this weekend was spectacular for small mouths and
large mouths. I could not find the stripers. The small mouths were hitting
spinner baits, rattle traps, shad raps, and plastic worms. The large mouths
were hitting the same lures. My brother and I fished for two days. Saturday
and Sunday, and we caught 75 small mouths and 15 large mouths.
We fished near Bullfrog bay and Halls Crossing. We fished the north edges of the main channel between the bay and Moki canyon. We also fished Moki canyon but didn't have as much success. Again, we did not see a single striper boil or catch a single striper. We did catch one walleye. We caught mainly small fish but about 10 of the smallmouth were over 2 lbs. Largemouth were fun to catch and a little bigger than most of the smallmouth. Most of the fish were caught on spinner baits.
We tried the green lights at night as those have worked well in the past and the shad would come to the lights in huge schools (the shad sure are bigger this year) however, the strippers never showed up. We really wanted to catch the strippers. If you could tell us where they are we might go back down this next weekend and try to find them.
August 27, 2009 - Tim Kelley - Bullfrog Boils
Chris and Dave
|Halls Fishing Report 08-24-09
Tim Kelley, Hot Wheels, Chris, Dave, Wayne & Kathy
Headed to Halls on 8-19-09 with Chris and Dave from Flagstaff to meet Hotwheels, Wayne and Kathy Dorsett. We arrived at 2:00 p.m. and Hotwheels had left me a phone message to meet him up at Tapestry Wall. Chris, Dave & I arrived at the wall, and were hailing Jack, but know reply. I told Chris to head a little farther north, and about 1 mile north on the east shore a big boil was already in progress. We glided in on the boil and had a triple hook up right away. We were pulling stripers in left and right for about 20 minutes, when Jack hailed us on the radio. I told him to get his buns over there as we had a boil going around us. He pulled up with Wayne and Kathy on the boat with him, and said that they were in a long afternoon boil in Warm Springs canyon, so they couldn't hear our radio. They caught a couple out of this boil, and said they had no more room in the cooler, so they were heading back to the cleaning station! (Can you imagine leaving a boil because your 160 quart cooler was already full?) Too funny!! We fished it till it subsided and ended up with 32 fish. What a way to start the trip-we were pumped. Got into a small boil in a little cove on the right before the ramp on the way back, stripers and small mouth together caught a few more.
|Thursday morning we started early in the Halls houseboat
field, and they were already going when we arrived. Boils everywhere, just
cast and catch! This went for about an hour and a half, and Hotwheels and I
had the magna cooler half full!! After that we went to Tapestry Wall just
before there we caught a few from the channel, and then we went to the wall
and started catching them right on the wall. They were cruising the wall and
if you got close to the wall and then started casting parallel to the wall
you would get a hit or catch a fish every cast. Wayne and Kathy were there
along with Chris and Dave in
Chris's new Lund. We worked the wall all the way to Warm Springs Canyon, and caught quite a few off of the points at the mouth, and in between the points. We went into Warm Springs Canyon and filleted the fish in the shade, another giant cooler full. I think I died and went to fishing heaven.
|Friday morning we went back to the Halls houseboat field,
but nothing. Wayne Dorsett saw a boil erupt across the bay to the right of
Stanton on the shore line. We screamed over there and started getting into
them big time. They were busting shad clear into the tamarisks. That boil
lasted for about 30 minutes and then dispersed and turned into small groups
feeding out into the channel. We went from there up to Tapestry wall and
fished the rest of the day to fill the cooler again.
Saturday morning we got into the tail end of the boils at Stanton, and headed up the channel towards Tapestry wall. Kathy Dorsett and Dakota joined Hotwheels and I on the boat as the Dorsett's had some friends come up to fish with Wayne on their whaler. About two mile south of Tapestry wall the whole channel was lit up with dispersed feeding, but what we found out was that fish were packed in there all throughout the channel, and all you had to do was fan cast the channel and catch stripers.
|Several boats were on this pattern, and Topcat and Denn
showed up too. We fished this channel most of the morning with numerous
double and triple hookups all morning long. It didn't take long to fill the
cooler. The stripers ended up moving towards the west shore line along the
sloping rocks, and it was a blast tossing top waters to the shoreline for
numerous hook ups. Lures of choice were large saltwater poppers, super
spooks, sammys, and walking sticks. Spent the afternoon filleting fish, and
pulling Chris around on water skis. We heard the National Weather Service
severe storm warning so we headed in early, and we were glad we did. It
wasn't as severe as what hit the southern end, but it was pretty windy.
|Sunday morning the storm must have knocked down the boils
because there was nothing happening early in the morning, however a big boil
came up over by the haystacks and ferry cove later in the morning. We went
up to Tapestry wall and fished most of the morning up there. Hotwheels and I
caught around 30 stripers, before we had to head back to get everything
packed, and removed from the pontoon for the trip back home on Monday. What
a great trip, with good friends, and spectacular fishing.
September 10, 2009 - Rich Tolway, Tony Lunato and Ed Elefante - Knowles Canyon Boils
After a slow day in Bullfrog and Halls Crossing the friendly game wardens informed us we should move up North to Tapestry Wall and Knowles Canyon to fish. We moved the houseboat to Knowles Canyon on Saturday afternoon and found boils all over the bay between the wall and the canyon. Silver spoons, Kastmasters and Crippled herring were producing large stripers all Saturday evening when cast into a boil. The full moon had been covered by cloud cover all Friday night. All the stripers were 3-4 lbs. A couple of bigger ones were lost at the boat (of course). The boils were large and fast moving. One striper had 21 full grown shad in his stomach.
|Tony Lunato (Eastlake, Ohio)|
|Ed Elefante (Phoenix, Arizona)|
Sunday and Monday the boils were hard to find. The full moon had been out all night and we could hear them feeding all night. The wives had a large boil in Knowles next to the houseboat for awhile while we were at Tapestry wall. We switch to trolling and found Chartreuse deep running shad plugs at 20 feet caught a nice mixed bag of Walleye, smallmouth and stripers. With the moon waning, I can only imagine the fishing will get better. The schools were there.
September 14, 2009 - Sherm and Letts Fish from Anglers Corner Bullfrog
|fished 11th 12th and morning of the 13th
first day we fished up lake and at buoy 119 got into the fish big numbers all on slab jig with a few on lipless crank bait, there are large numbers of shad in the area. Really good fishing in this area for small mouth bass using crank bait and spinner bait
On the 12th we hooked up with Howard and chased boils around bullfrog bay
until 9:30 am you need to be on the water before the sun comes up and if it
is white or shad colored it will work, after the boils go down you can also
add some fish to the live well with a lipless crank bait. Stay in the area
and keep casting after the bullfrog morning fishing we headed down lake and
slabbed up some more at the point at lake canyon.
September 25, 2009 - Bill Miller - Silverthorne, CO - Stripers in Knowles
|Sorry no pics, I was fishing by myself.
I fished from Bullfrog north to Knowles last weekend. On Saturday I was able to vertical jig some Stripers up in Hall’s creek with a ¾ oz silver and blue Kastmaster with a white dressed treble. I spotted them by looking for Grebes and then finding the school with the electronics suspended between 20- 40 feet. I only hooked two, but they were nice fat fish in the 3# range. I fished the shore by Hall’s buoy field and the back of Crystal Springs canyon until dark and caught a lot of 10” smallies and a few large mouths, but nothing bigger than 2#. They liked green 5” double tail hula grubs on a 3/8 oz football jig or a White 4” single tail Yamamoto grub on a ¼ oz stand up jig.
Sunday morning I went cruising north looking for boils at dawn and tried to hit a few isolated striper rings with top water baits to no avail. I headed for Knowles and arrived about 7:45 AM to discover the whole entrance bay filled with striper boils. It was pretty incredible top water action until about 9:00 AM and I filled a big cooler with stripers all in the 2-4# range. There were several other boats in the bay having some success although they arrived late to the party. I used two top water baits: Lucky Craft G splash in a shad pattern with a white dressed tail treble and a Sammy in a ghost minnow pattern. The larger noise of the G splash seemed to do a little better, but anytime I could get a cast near a splash ring there would be a hook up. What an exciting treat to catch stripers on top water baits for that long!
Thanks to you and your advice and all of the other reports, my fishing on the Lake has improved dramatically over the years. I have fished the Lake for 25 years, but this season was the best for me.
September 28, 2009 - Chuck and Colleen - Boulder, CO
|The wife and I arrived at Bullfrog Sunday and got the boat
into the water and over to the marina just in time for the big thunderstorm.
The winds broke all connections to the beach and the floating dock began to
float away while the ramp disappeared underwater. The ramp was reconnected
Monday and power restored on Thursday. I believe sewage was still out at
We fished Monday through Thursday, totally skunked. We tried around Bullfrog, the lower end of Hall's, and the Moki Wall and canyon. Silver spoons, Kastmasters, curlytail and feathered jigs, wacky-rigged worms, drop-shotted plastics, and spinnerbaits were all losers. On the day at Moki we didn't observe a single catch on the 6-8 boats around us. Some marina staff told us that they hadn't observed a boil in 2 weeks. Water temp was 75 with good visibility. Maybe it was a high pressure weather system of the wrong moon phase, but we gave up and left 2 days early. Maybe next time.
Wayne's Note: Striper boils are very specific. The only ones that can be counted on occur at first light and last light. There is a random boil during the day but it is not predictable. The location is midway or all the way back in canyons. There are no open water boils to speak of now.
The good news is great bass fishing around trees that hold shad in the backs of canyons.
October 8, 2009 - Brian Myers - Bullfrog
|Lake Powell Fishing Report 10/1 - 10/5
Water temp: 72-75
I got on the water at about 2:30pm. Because it was late I would only run to Halls Creek. Started on a spot where I catch nice smallmouths. Picked up a tube and on the 4th cast caught a 3lb smallie. I'm out of there. I will save it for the Bullfrog open. I threw rattle traps, spinner baits, crank baits and flipped jigs. I was only able to produce small fish and lots of bites that did not hook up.
I was on the water before safe light and headed south. The moon was bright so I was able to get a good head start on the day. The boat ride was incredible. I pulled into the first canyon I wanted to fish only to pull up on a striper boil in the shallow brush next to a houseboat. Zara spook, SMACK! Again and again and again. Ok let's try a tube. ZOWIE! Largemouth after smallmouth after largemouth. Oh boy is this great!
|After a few hours of chasing schools of largemouth, smallmouth and stripers
I was off to another spot. When I got there it was the same. It was mostly
schools of largemouth and smallmouth chasing the shad in this cut. I started
flipping a tube into shallow brush where shad were being chased and it was
largemouth after smallmouth after largemouth.
I then ran into Ice Berg clear to the back only to find nowhere near the shad I had found in the other canyons and the fish I caught were small. But Ice Berg is always worth a look. It is one of the most beautiful canyons on the lake. I will fish the previous spots with my clients tomorrow.
Zara spooks, buzz baits, drop shot senko and Texas rigged tubes ruled the day and the fish. Most bass were 1-2lb with a few larger and the stripers were 3-6lbs and fat. Everything is fat and still feeding.
This was a fishing trip to remember. Four long time friends on Lake Powell, and we were catching. After the 1.5 days of pre-fish, I had a plan. We would start south towards the Rincon.
Our first stop would be the back of the canyon where I found the striper boil the morning before and as a guide you couldn't ask for a better start to the day. I stopped the boat and picked up a spinning rod with a drop shot senko. I showed them how to flip the bait out towards the bank using the rod tip so four anglers are not casting sharp hooks overhand and told them to let it sink to the bottom once the bait was in the water. As I am showing this to them a fish hits the bait so I set the hook and ask an angler to hold the rod for me and reel. WHAM! Largemouth #1 was in the boat.
20-30 largemouth's and smallmouth's later plus some nice stripers on light tackle but before 11am, we were just getting started. We started with 2 different set ups. The drop shot senko I mentioned prior and a Texas rigged tube. Schools of largemouth, smallmouth and stripers were feeding in the backs of canyons where shad were. They were all chasing shad up on the bank and into the shallow salt cedars. I was worried that the full moon would slow down the feeding fish but there was something in this moon that triggered the fall bite. We didn't see as many boils this day but once we found the bait balls, we would just flip our baits to surrounding cover and BANG! Fish on.
At around 11am we headed for the Rincon and stop #2. When we got there fish were busting on shad everywhere and it was hammer time. We realized after about a dozen bass that the drop shot senko was out catching the tube. We pulled up on a beach to eat lunch and re-rig all spinning gear to the drop shot. If you put on a robo worm, nothing. If you put on a lizard, maybe one fish. If you put on the senko, BANG!
20-30 more bass later with many doubles and a triple it was 2:30pm and time to head in. The day was warm with a slight breeze. Good friends with great commentary all day. The fishing and catching was one of the best I ever had on Lake Powell. It was perfect.
I can't wait for tomorrow.
Blown off the lake.
October 10, 2009 - Steve
|Fished the last two S/M/T, going back in the morning for
another 3 days. Found more LG Mouth's than in the last few years, though
only up to 2 1/2 lbs. Fished Slickrock (Backend), main channel sloping banks
up to 25' and single Stripers ( 3-5 lbs. ) on Zara's. Caught over 100
(variety) each trip, jerkbaits good for Smallies and 4" - 6" shakey head
worms for Largies.
Also fly fished (Poppers) and had Topwater bite early or cloudy. Overall,
great trip when out of the wind. Swamped Gambler at 3am. Entire back of boat
up to windshield under water. Bailed out in morning, cranked engine and
fished last two days. Pretty scary night, batteries, gas tank, oil tank and
all compartments under water. Was amazed that we started back up and fished
and got back to Halls. Taking friends Skeeter this time.
October 12, 2009 - Bent Rods - Escalante
|Spent Oct. 7-10 up Escalante and had a great
time. water temps were 68F (compared to 65F in the main channel). Only
encountered one boil of yearlings before sunrise on the 8th. I wasn't able
to graph a school that would hang around long enough to have success
spooning. We did troll up a couple 3-pound stripers but trolling wasn't very
productive. I had a really hard time keeping 9-11" smallmouth off even large
lures. Just outside of the brushlines about every other cast resulted in a
hook-up. I filleted a dozen or so for dinner one night along with the
stripers. I'd never eaten a smallmouth before. They were actually really
If you've got kids, go anchor in some submerged brush in 6-8' water and hand out rods with single-salmon-egg sized hooks. The 5-8" bluegill action was non-stop. My kids (all under 10 years old) probably spent 15 hours fishing for bluegill this trip and never got tired of it. I think more time was spent taking fish off hooks and re-baiting than waiting for bites.
October 12, 2009 - Mike Larsen - Rincon Bass
|When the case you are scheduled to try settles and all of a
sudden you have some free days on your hands, there is only one thing to do:
GO FISHING! And that is exactly what John Wilson and I did last week at Lake
Powell. When the case settled, we grabbed our gear, some groceries and our
spontaneous wives and headed to the lake. We arrived on Wed. afternoon, Oct.
7th and once situated on we headed out for some evening fishing around Halls
Crossing marina and surrounding areas. Fishing with white and green tubes we
picked up lots a nice small mouth bass and an occasional large mouth. Fish
got more active and aggressive as the sun started to dip in the west. Not
surprisingly, points on open water were most productive with the backs of
notches less productive, except for an occasional large mouth hanging out in
the back of a nice cut.
|We were staying on a boat I keep in a slip at Halls Crossing
so early Thursday morning found us fishing the cuts above Halls Crossing and
Bullfrog, again with good, steady success using white and light green tubes
or grubs. Calm winds also allowed us to throw some top water lures with
limited action and generally smaller fish.
|After a very good morning, we collected our wives, packed a
lunch and headed south for the rest of the day. After a relaxing lunch in a
beautiful cove, we got back after the fishing while the girls read and
napped. Occasionally we begged them to ohhh and ahhh at our fishing skills.
Mostly they just rolled their eyes and went back to reading their books! We
fished the Rincon area again with steady, good fish, particularly on points
for small mouth and recessed notches for some nice large mouth. Occasionally
a school of stripers would slip under us and a well placed gig produced a
few stripers although we were not really going after the stripers--the bass
fishing was just too much fun. The middle of the afternoon on Thursday
introduced lots of smallish bass messing with our lures, mixed with some
solid fish. As evening fell the quality and pace of the fishing improved
significantly. Every other cast was producing a nice fish for us. We were
treated to a beautiful sunset to go along with great company, a lovely fall
day and some great fishing!
|Friday morning found us again down in the Rincon area.
Conditions seemed ideal for some topwater action and John picked up a couple
of fish but generally fishing was slower on Friday morning than it had been
on Thursday evening. Tubes in whites and various shades of green seemed to
work best, with the bigger fish holding in deeper water 8 to 10 feet away
from the shore and on the points. All in all, another great time had a Lake
October 20, 2009 - Galen Landon - Highland, UT - Bullfrog Bass
|Fished upstream from Bullfrog October 14 – 16, Air Temp in
upper 70’s to low 80’s, water 67-69 degrees.
We fished primarily for LMB & SMB and tried for a few Stripers but unable to get any hookups. Bass action was steady with most being caught using a 3” brown/green tube jig, Carolina rig with Gulp worm and a few on spinners. Largest fish was a healthy LMB in the 3 ½ - 4 ½ pound range (didn’t have time to weight it) with several others pushing the same size. Great time at Powell with some of the best bass cover I’ve seen.
Only downside to the trip was due to the recklessness of other boaters as a cabin cruiser came within 50 feet of my houseboat causing the huge waves to break my other boat away, wrapping the tow rope around my 12 yr olds leg pulling it really tight. He’s lucky he was wearing pants and it didn’t break his leg but did cause some serious tissue damage… Please boaters, obey the no wake rules! Obviously didn’t have time to get the other boat’s info to report the incident and thanks to the other boater who stopped to help us out.
October 31, 2009 - Marty Peterson and Richard Snow - Bullfrog
|Tried the night fishing at the Bullfrog covered slips on
10/29. Cold temps and windy. Landed one catfish. Fished off the back of the
houseboat for three hours and that was the only fish. There are new signs
posted that state that no fishing is allowed from the dock or walkways. And
that only owners and their guests are allowed past the signs.
The morning of the the 30th was below freezing but with reports of stripers being taken trolling in the back of Bullfrog Bay we started out early. Did not pick up a striper until about noon and that was out of a small boil near shore. We then landed another twenty spooning out of moving schools using Wallylures. All in less than 30 foot deep water. Right at dark activity increased and so we anchored in expecting some good night fishing. But no shad and no striper. Nearly full moon. Calm wind.
Lake Canyon sunrise
|We had half a day the 31st to find more fish. Decided to try
Lake Canyon. Found no striper schools. No smallmouth or largemouth either.
Caught one striper on topwater and one on a jig.
Average striper was around three pounds. Our largest 3 lbs. 7 oz. Good fighters. Air temp Saturday morning 33. Water 57. By afternoon: air 60, water 64.