January 14, 2009 - Wayne Gustaveson - Trolling Wahweap Bay

I finally took that first trip of the year.  Nob Wimmer and I went to Lone Rock to see if we could catch a fish. We started graphing well downstream from Lone Rock beach and saw school after school of shad. My guess was gizzard shad but the depth was well over 110 feet so we kept going hoping for fish in shallower water. 

We first tried to find fish to drop spoons on near Lone Rock in 60-70 feet.  It was not easy to find a school but there were some concentrations of individuals that showed promise so the spoons went down, but to no avail.

I had dropped a marker at the biggest fish concentration and we returned there to chum and fish bait for a while. I had some small gizzard shad in the freezer since November. We used these with great confidence but the fish did not share our enthusiasm. After a while we went to plan C.

 

Mann's Heavy Duty Stretch + (9 inches long - dives to 25 feet)

This fish looks small next to the lure but it is 20 inches long and close to 3 pounds with a nice fat stomach containing two gizzard shad.

All the fish marked were deep so I got out the deep divers and put the bottom and  lure running depth in close proximity.  We trolled in 25-30 feet of water with the lures bouncing off bottom occasionally. When the lure grounded I turned to deeper water.  I wanted the little squirt of silt when the lure hit but I did not want to lose the lure.

Norman Suspend plus 4 which runs at 15-18 feet deep. Fish is 22 inches and 4 pounds.

When the 25-30 foot contour was worn out we went shallower and changed lure type and size to run near bottom at 20-25 feet.  We caught a fish ever now and then over the next hour.  We ended up with 3 in the cooler and 3 that were near misses. It was a good way to spend two hours on a sunny afternoon in January.

 

Big Mac running depth 15-20 feet

Here is fish size in a more traditional shot. I am excited about spring.  Lone Rock fish are eating, getting fatter, and will come out of winter in good shape. Plenty of shad remain. Spring 2009 will begin another banner year of fishing Lake Powell.  What a great resource.

 

We noticed gulls and cormorants flying and perching in the area. Birds and stripers go together - even in winter.  


January 15, 2009 - Brian Hammond - Padre Bay

 Wayne, here a 2 pictures of the bass Brandon Hammond caught last November in Padre Bay. He did not weigh it, but we estimated it to be around 6 Lbs.

 
Of course, he caught in on a pre-fish day for the tournament and we have not found it again since. But, this past year we have caught more fish at 5 plus pounds than all our years on the lake.

January 25, 2009 - Kip Bennett  Winter Bass - Padre Bay

I went out last Sat. Jan 17th instead of working like I should have been. It was a fun day since the weather was nice and the large mouth were hitting crank baits in the shallows. Here is a picture of a nice 3.5 lber.

 

Caught smallmouth in the shallows also but Jarrett threw 'em back in before I could take any pics. We fished around Padre, Labyrinth and Gun Sight.

Kip Bennett


February 16, 2009 - Kevin Grimm

I caught this Large Mouth on Collin Keisling's boat 2/15/2009 by Wahweap. It's weight was 5 1/2 pounds.
I did not get it officially weighed because we let it go, but the scale we used we verified when we got home showed 5 1/2 pounds.
Kevin Grimm

March 4, 2009 - Wayne Gustaveson - Padre Bay

We headed to Padre this morning arriving about 10 AM to calm waters and beautiful vistas.  I am so glad it was such a pretty morning because fish had no desire to participate in anything we had to offer.  There is always something to learn even on slow days.

We tossed deep diving crankbaits into the shallows and ran them into deep water. We spooned in 40 feet at the back of the canyon but saw no activity on the graph. We went shallow all the way back into the tree lined main canyon without a bite. After about 2 hours of casting we went looking in the shallow brush filled coves. 

All over Lake Powell there are coves just completely covered with thick tamarisk brush that is sticking up above water level.  It is easy to see, hard to navigate through.  Water depth may vary from 8 feet all the way to 2 feet and shallower.  Bush whacking allows a good visual on fish occupying the brush piles.  After covering 50 yards of brush we saw 4-5 largemouth and some smaller sunfish scurrying out the way. We could go no farther and were about ready to turn around when we saw a crappie.  We dropped a grub and got bit but he spit it out too quick to be caught. 

We reversed course and on the way back out the prop disturbance had activated the brush dwellers. This time was saw 10 or so largemouth and one smallmouth. The point is:  Largemouth are tucked safely away in the brush in the warmer shallows.  It is very difficult to fish for them unless they come out to feed. But at least we have the largemouth located.  Now if we could only catch them.

I started to take pictures of the cover. I got his one before the batteries died. Rats!

About this time the wind came up. We decided to pull out of the cove to the channel and eat a sandwich. After two bites I looked at the graph and saw a fish for the first time today.  I dropped the spoon and got two nudges and then a hit.  The first striper hit the deck. We caught 5 more in 5 minutes and then they were gone. Nice fat fish. One had a threadfin shad in the stomach.

That pretty well sums up early March fishing.  Find them on the graph before you can catch them.  Afternoon fishing is better than mornings. And Oh yes! If you don't find fish try taking one hand off the rod to eat a sandwich.  That usually works for me. 


March 12, 22009 - Mike McNabb - Largemouth in southern lake.

We've been out fishing and doing very well. I would say the BIG largemouth fishing is the best I've ever seen I've ever experienced in the 28+ years of fishing on Powell. I have been out fishing with clients and family 4 times in the last week and a half and have caught 14 largemouth that range from, one LM 2.8 (the smallest and the only one in the 2 pound range) most have been in the middle to up range of 3 pounds and 3 that were almost 5 pounds, and 2 smallies that were 3.0 and 3.2 pounds. We are not catching lots of fish just BIG ones!
 
We have been catching them on a dark colored double tail hula grub in shallow water down to about 6 to 8 feet. We are letting the bait sit still for 20 to 30 seconds and then retrieving it slowly. They seem to be in a pre-spawn mode, paired up. They are in backs of coves around stick-ups. The fish are fat and healthy! With the air temp on the rise next week I'll bet it won't be long before we see spawning beds. We have been practicing catch and release, a good thing to do especially with the big
ones!

The guys in the photos are Dave and Bruce. We caught most
of them in late afternoon.

Here are a few more pictures of some nice largemouth caught in the last week and a half! Larry caught 5 big ones that afternoon and Irina from
Switzerland landed the 4.14 pound fish.
 
 
 
Here are some photos of family outing for 3 hours last Friday. Laura and Paul McNabb with 3.8 and 3.4 pounders

Tayler, my granddaughter, with a 4 # striper. He really put up a great fight! I caught a 3.2 smallie but didn't get a picture of it.
 

March 17, 2009 - Kip Bennett - Bass Tournament

Hey Wayne here is the report I promised you. First off I just have to say that this last weekend was a blast. Alan and Colleen the tournament directors of Anglers choice put on a great tournament this weekend with over 30 boats participating. The weather was great and so was the fishing.

You reported last week that the large mouth are in the shallows and hard to catch. This is very true. I never in my life until this last week seen an actual school of 15+ 2-3lb large mouth in clear water 2-5ft deep. My dad (Robert Bennett) and I fished the tournament together. The idea was to go and have some fun. I never thought I would learn as much as I did this weekend on catching bass with lock jaw.


Robert and Kip Bennett
Saturday was day one of the tournament and we had a game plan of where to go but we did not know how to pull these fish out of the clear water and stick ups. The water Temp in the morning started around 49.5 F and got up to about 53 F in the areas we were fishing. I remembered an article on dead sticking out of a magazine so we tried it. I have never fished this patiently for a bite before but when it started working we got excited. I tried to keep the boat about 40-50ft away from some stick-ups that we knew held bass, made long casts to the edges of the stick-ups and let the bait (Pepper Jigs Delta Magic w/ a Yamamoto craw trailer and also Yamamoto hula grubs) sit for long enough to drink a pop and eat a candy bar. After the long wait I started a very very slow retrieval and sure enough would feel that tick.



Kip Bennett and Robert
Sunday was the same drill and the same holes. The water temp had risen a bit starting the morning at 51 and ending the day the hottest temp I saw was in Warm Creek at about 56.7 F. We caught fish all day long both days. The main areas fished were Rock Creek, Padre, Warm Creek and Wahweap. The first day we brought in 13.25lbs and a big fish of 4.46lbs the second day we brought in 11.41lbs and had a 3lb big fish. Our big fish did come on a wacky rigged 5" Yamamoto Senko in watermelon w/ black fleck. This was caught next to a cotton wood tree in stained water in Warm Creek. Three others were caught on senkos off the same trees in Warm creek. Again fishing the senkos really slow and making long casts so to not spook fish.


The last Great surprise came on Sunday morning in the back of Rock Creek. As I was pulling a green pumpkin hula grub through some old tamarisk stick-ups and my lure was just getting visible from the boat I saw a silver flash come out of nowhere and attack my bait. I set the hook and this skinny little fish put up a crazy fight jumping out of the water and diving under the boat taking line off my spool. I had no clue what I just caught until Dad got it in the net. There was my first Rainbow Trout ever on Lake Powell. What a Weekend. This was not the only trout caught, one other angler caught what was thought to be a brown trout in the back of Last Chance on a spinner bait.

Kip with rainbow trout  He got no credit for this fish during the bass tournament. :)

Waynes note: I seldom get fish reports from bass tournament anglers. I want to recognize Kip for sharing this with us.  Kip owns the new Page Furniture store in Page, AZ. Go in and talk fishing with him. He has a nice couch you can sit on.


March 17, 2009 - Kevin Campbell - Navajo stripers

Fished Navajo today with 3 friends and trolled up 7 stripers on shad color Norman deep little N cranks and 2 on an umbrella rig with swim bait. Fish on slick rock drop-offs or humps were catchable but not open water fish. We graphed LOTS of bait in the stained water. Water temp peaked at 60.5 The fish ranged from 3-4.5 pounds and fat. Great fillets.

March 23, 2009- Joe Wright - West Canyon - Bass

Tonja and I experienced some good fishing just prior to the weekend storm. She caught these largemouth on white senkos. Fished them weightless in the back of West Canyon. We caught 14 fish in about two hours but only two were largemouth. We did catch some decent smallmouth though.

Tonja Wright

 

Joe practices catch and release.  He let the fish go and kept the girl!

I also fished Wednesday March 25th with Mike Wright and Dick Buck and although we didn't catch an enormous amount of fish, we did catch around twenty fish. Wayne, the fish are sure healthy this year. We didn't catch anything small. Well, at least my dad and I didn't. Dick Buck doesn't ever catch anything big!

 

Sorry Dick! Joe said that - not me.


March 24, 2009 - Perry Berry - Largemouth bass

The fishing was outstanding last week I thought I would share a few pictures from out last two trips. My boat was a bit crowded at times, but we were catching many nice fish throughout the afternoon warm spells. At times, we were fishing stained water that was 61 degrees and this is where we found most of our bigger fish.



Jet Berry - Age 1
Jade Berry - Age 4
Jet and Jenae Berry Jenae Age 3
Jacob 'BASS' Berry Age 7
Jacob 'BASS' Berry
Jacob 'BASS' Berry

 

 

Jacob - someday you ought to teach your Dad to fish so we can post his picture here too.


March 30, 2009 - Mike McNabb - Wahweap Stripers

Well we made it out on Sunday for a few hours before the wind came up. We went to Lone Rock between 8 and 9:30am and did what you said to do. We trolled around Lone Rock and graphed stripers on the west side about 25 feet down and Kirk caught a 4.8 striper right away, we jigged with spoons with no luck.

 

Kirk

Started trolling again and had another one on but it got off and started jigging again this time David caught a 4 pound striper. We trolled a while longer and were unsuccessful so we stopped and jigged with spoons in a spot where we graphed them with no success so went off to catch LM and SM and compete for fishing spots with tournament fisherman.
We did catch 4 nice smallmouth and lost a couple. Fishing was tough this weekend with clear water and the cold front. We did enjoy some good fishing, he beautiful surroundings and great company!
 

April 2, 1009 - Wayne Gustaveson - Trolling Stripers at Lone Rock

Tolled for an hour near Lone Rock.  I was using a clear Deep Down Husky Jerk that hit bottom at 14 feet.  The productive bottom depth was 16-20 feet.  I had two bites and caught 2 fat female stripers.  The bite was completely random. Fish appeared to be solitary since no followers were seen in the water or on the graph after the fish was brought to the boat.  

 

Lake was calm today with water temp going up to 53 near Lone Rock and 55 at Stateline ramp.

 

Deep Husky Jerk


April 7, 2009 - Kip Bennett - Southern Lake Bass




Dad and I fished another tournament this last weekend April 4th and to everyone's surprise despite the wind and bad weather leading up to the tournament there were some big fish being caught.

Saturday - We started the morning out in the back of West canyon. The water temp in the back was around 53 and we had our limit in about an hour. The only down side was the fish all looked like clones and seemed to be in the 13-14 inch range. We spent a couple hours in West and caught over a dozen keepers for the tourney just no kicker fish. So we worked our way back hitting Padre, Gunsight and Navajo Canyon.

Robert Bennett

After breaking off a real nice large mouth that could have brought some money our way we got some redemption and Dad caught a 4.35 lb Smallmouth. Talk about a fight. The best part of this story was the fact that we were on our way back to weigh in and I saw a rock slide and said to Dad lets fish that real quick since you never know when you will catch a 4 lb small mouth. Sure enough on his second cast he got her and it made the day great.

In all we brought in a 10.42lb bag and the winning weight that day was around 16.3lbs. The big Fish brought in was a 6.6lb large mouth. The main baits we used were Hula grubs, Senkos, caught a couple on tubes and we threw some spinner baits since there was a slight 12 -15 mph breeze. The big small mouth came on a 5 inch watermelon senko Texas rigged.

 

Good luck out there!

 


April 7, 2009 - Wayne Gustaveson - Wahweap Stripers

Water temperature 54-57

 

It was too nice to stay inside so I took along lunch and cruised to the back of Wahweap where the stripers live. I traced my regular route from Lone Rock Beach to the back of the canyon.

 

Stripers were closer to the back of the canyon again today.

 

Wayne

Nob Wimmer was using the clear Husky Jerk. His lure was the best. I tried different Thundersticks until I found the clear body black top.  That worked good too. Solid colors did not perform as well. We fished where bottom depth was 16-20.  On two occasions schools came under the boat following a hooked fish.  Then we caught a few extra fish on spoons and swim baits before they lost interest and left us.

 

Norvel (Nob) Wimmer

These fish make you grin when you hook them. They are strong fighters and fat fish. Most are ripe males with ripening females.  A few had shad in the stomachs today. One was eating plankton. We caught 10 today in 2 hours trolling.  They are between 3 and 4 pounds.

 

Fishing is getting better!


April 5, 2009 - Kyran Keisling - Navajo Canyon Bass



We fished in Navajo Canyon for the better part of the day. We caught 8 smallmouth bass and a nice walleye. I was throwing a motor oil with green fleck hula grub and my brother was using a green and white lightly weighted Senko. We were having success on broken rock slides that were gradually tapering to deeper water.

We did happen upon a bunch of LARGE pre-spawn Crappie in a clear cove but we were unable to get them to bite. I'm hoping that they will kick in once the water warms a little. Two weeks ago we were having much better days when the water was a few degrees warmer.


April 9, 2009 - Mike McNabb -

We braved the wind this morning and it paid off. Caroline caught her
first small mouth, all on her own and Grant caught a 3.9# LM.

 

 

Grant

 Caught 5 Smallies ranging from 1.3#'s to 2.8#'s. We did really well for only being out a couple of hours.
 

 

 Caroline


We went to the back of Navajo and picked up a couple of stripers trolling.

Grace
We had a great day, enjoyed the company and scenery.
 

 

 

John


April 20, 2009 - Kevin Campbell/ Lake Powell Outfitters

We hit Navajo Saturday.  The green fish are frisky. Many are shallow and tight to brush near deep water access. We fished Navajo initially for crappie with no success. Mike hit a fat striper on our one and only trolling pass near where we started crappie fishing on a Norman DD22. The largemouth however, were cooperative. Hula grubs and weightless wacky rigged Senkos took these fish. The water peaked at 60 on Saturday.


One of several for Mike McNabb on the smoke Hula grub,
 
Love that Senko fishing in the brush, just shy of 3#

 

Kevin Campbell
 

Sunday I went solo and eventually ended up in Last Chance after talking to Kip Bennett about his first day of the latest tourney. I talked to another solo angler in the back left fork who was trolling for stripers and doing quite well in the 20-30 foot range with deep Rapala Husky Jerks in clown color. I figured I'd leave the stripers for later and concentrated on crappie for quite a while. I covered the very back of the same fork on the north side casting crappie jigs to the brush and big boulders with no crappie to be had. I then switched to a 7" hard jointed swimbait fished on a heavy Okuma 7.5' swimbait rod & reel combo thinking I'd have at least some follows on the big bait in such target filed water... nope. I dedicated about an hour to fishing the swimbait before switching to the trusty weightless wacky Senko. That was the ticket.
I fished it until I had one of many fish take the Senko and when I set the hook the fish felt much smaller than the rest up to that point. It was a crappie. Where there's one, there's always more, especially in the spring. So for the next hour or more, I fished the area with 2 methods, flipping a slip bobber rig and a pair of 1/32 oz. jigs and casting a 1/16 oz white/ chart. Roadrunner. I brought 8 crappie to hand and had that may more short strike and shake off. Again I hit more Senko fish and a few pitching a 6" watermelon Texas rigged lizard to the edge of the brush lines and big boulders. I also used a 4" hollow belly Strike King swimbait to take 3 LM just before I went trolling for stripers. The green fish ranged from 2-3 lbs. I figure, I'd have an 11 pound tournament bag.
I trolled 20 minutes for stripers in the area where the other boat was having success and hit one fat fish on the umbrella rig with a 4" Swim Shad for the trailer. No smallmouth all day. The temp peaked at 67!! Notice the water color, just perfect.

April 20, 2009 - Mike Wall - Southern lake stripers

Dates Fished: 4/17-4/19

Thanks for the tips last week. My girlfriend and I fished Friday through Sunday. On Friday night we fished Lone Rock for a few hours. Caught a few stripers but it was still pretty windy and cold. The next morning was warmer with no wind.

 
We went straight to the back of Warm Creek and were in the fish immediately. We were using downriggers w/ typical trolling lures. The best lure was a lucky craft aurora blue, but by the end of the trip the good old standard Rapala in black/silver was pretty solid as well. We used shallow running stick baits because we had the downriggers.
We ended up fishing Warm Creek, Navajo, and some of the canyons back in Padre Bay. It seemed like all canyons had fish as long as the depth was 30 ft or shallower. The money depth seemed to be 15-25 ft. just like Wayne mentioned is his report. We were running our downriggers at 14-16 feet regardless of depth, and had steady success with that all weekend long. We would have 15 minutes of fast action with lots of doubles, only to have to search for the school again for a while. Once the school was located, we would catch several more fish. We found one point that came up to 8 ft of water that we long lined over for about three hours one day with what seemed like a fish on every pass. I also found that keeping the trolling motor going very slowly while bringing in a fish often times produced a second bite.
 

I have fished Powell since I was a kid, but never with downriggers. This was an extremely effective way to catch fish. We had a blast doing it.

Mike Wall

 


April 23, 2009  - Wayne Gustaveson - Spawning Bass and Crappie

Spawning was evident all over the southern lake today. I was lucky enough to be in a clear water canyon shortly after this nest was prepared. This nest was over 2 feet in diameter and probably belonged to a 3 pound largemouth cruising in the vicinity.  It was brand new and eggs were not present yet. I am sure there will be eggs there tomorrow. That will make the male extremely protective for the next 3 days.  
A smaller nest and smaller largemouth but eggs were present.  This tough little male would not leave despite our boat parked directly overhead in 2 feet of water. Males on nests are absolutely fearless.  
We were fortunate to see crappie spawning over this fresh nest site. There were about 10 crappie in vicinity of this nest.   
Nearby there was a crappie nest that already had eggs and this male was protecting the nest.  There were many nests in the back of this little cove with clear water, rocks, and brush.

 

We also saw gizzard shad spawning this week in shallow bushes in the back of canyons and bays. I was not quick enough to get a picture of the fast moving shad.


April 27, 2009- Zack Adams - Rock Creek

Three of us guys went camping 4/24-4/26 Friday night through Sunday afternoon up in Rock Creek Bay... To sum it up the weather was horrible but the fishing was great... We caught over 160 fish on this trip most of the fish were Small Mouth Bass in between 10-16 inches with these two monster Small Mouth Bass the first is a 19 inch and the second is a 23 inch Small Mouth and a decent Large Mouth...
Caught most of the fish on any color Gary Yamamoto Hula Grub... The fishing was really aggressive on Friday night but slowed down on Saturday and Sunday because of the storm that came through but overall was a awesome trip with some great fish.

April 26, 2009 - Kevin Campbell/ Lake Powell Outfitters

Holy wind advisory Batman!
I had 2 young clients on Saturday and we had a blast catching many LM, SM, walleye and crappie.

Hula grubs in smoke, watermelon and purple all took bass and walleye. The Senko crappie I caught last weekend that I thought might be a fluke was not; Derek caught 4 more crappie in the same spot on a 4" watermelon candy senko rigged wacky. Close by Derek and Ian hit a few walleye on the hulas and many more bass on Senkos and Hulas. The wind kept us from sight fishing bedded fish efficiently. The most active fish came from 5-15 feet on drop-offs or steep talus slopes. We trolled for stripers in the 15-30 foot range with only a small walleye on the umbrella rig after an hour spent in slow mode.

The ride back to Page was a long, wet and rough one from Last Chance to say the least. We made it to the cut only to be turned
around by 3-4 breakers on the Page side of the cut. We had to go around Antelope Island after being in sight of the Stateline ramp.
 

April 24, 2009 - Shane Spravzoff - Padre Bay


Just got back from our first trip to Powell this year and we were not disappointed. We ran into Wayne at the fish cleaning station. Good seeing you and thanks for all your work with the website! The fishing was RED HOT! We fished on the 22nd and on the 23rd. The fish were up shallow and ready to chew! I have never seen so many bass on the beds at Powell. We caught more bass than we could count.

 

Shane Spravzoff

I hadn't been up to the lake since last fall, so I had to rely on Captain Matt Turner (shown with the juicy largemouth) to put me on the fish. All of our fish were caught in 2-15ft. of water on yamamoto hula grubs fished on a 1/4 ounce jig head. The color of the grubs didn't matter, the fish were super aggressive and ready to attack anything that came near them. We concentrated our efforts in Padre Bay. We caught lots of chunky largemouths and a number of nice smallmouths.
 
I would encourage people to release the large females right now as they are full of eggs. Lets protect our resource! There are plenty of 1lb to 1 1/2lb. bass if you are looking for a fish fry. We caught stripers off of the two broken rock islands on the right hand side right after you make it through the cut. I took my 21ft. ranger bass boat through the cut! Its a little shallow, but passable. The fishing is just about as good as it gets right now, so get out there and take advantage of it, just let those big girls go!

 

Waynes Note!  Males protect the nest. Perpetuation of the species depends on males - not females.  Its a good idea to release the big ones and keep the little ones.


April 30, 2009 - Jerry Anderson - Bass in Warm Creek

Fished the weekend of April 18th in Wahweap and Warm Creek with Scott Robertson.
We caught several nice largemouth and some smaller smallmouth on grubs and senkos in 5 to 20 feet of water. Great weekend.
All fish caught and released. Keep putting the big ones back.
 

May 2, 2009 - Shane Spravzoff (Flagstaff, Arizona) - Padre Bay Bass

Hey Wayne,
After the great fishing last weak, I just couldn't justify staying at home and doing yardwork! We fished April 28-30. Once again our efforts were concentrated in Padre Bay. Most of our fish came off of steep rock slides, or in the backs of coves were brush was present. The fishing was very good all three days, but I had my best luck on the 28th when the wind was crankin! Most of our fish were caught on Yamamoto hula grubs fished on a quarter ounce head. Watermelon, white, and pumpkin where the hot colors. The water temperature ranged from 58-67.
The fishing was better in the afternoons after the water warmed up a bit. The Park Service was out doing their body recovery off of Padre Butte after that tragic accident last week. This provides a chilling reminder to be very careful out on the big lake and that the wind can come up on a moments notice! The large smallmouth in the picture was caught and released on a Pro swimbait in the wakebait model in the gizzard shad color. Fishing is still excellent up there. Be safe and catch em up!
 

May 2, 2009 - McNabb Fishing Guide Service  - Padre Bay bass


We had a great day of fishing today. Nels caught 2 nice LM, 4.7 in the picture and another that went 3.11 and the one that we all got excited about was the Small Mouth that, I thought might be a new lake record, was 5.0 on my digital scale (I weighed it several times andit stopped on 5.0 each time) It was huge!! Nels is a big man with big hands which makes the fish not look as big as it was. We took pictures and gave it a kiss and gently released him. Nels thought he had a snag at first and wanted me to back up when it took off and jumped a couple of times, I about had a heart attack!
 

NELS

Nels son Hans lost 2 big largemouth that would probably have gone 4+ and 3+ pounds. We caught a 3.7 walleye and a ton of nice small
mouth.
Earlier in the day I couldn't believe my eyes, I saw two long green thing in the shallow water just ahead of the boat. 2 stripers that would probably go 35 to 40 pounds cruising along the shore! Of course we tried to get them to bite but they wouldn't. They eventually disappeared. The biggest stripers I have ever seen, alive and in the water, and I've been here 28+ years, it was exciting!

We fished hard and had a great time! Great fishing and great company!
 

HANS


May 2, 2009 - Terry and Travis Young

The Young group - Terry and Travis Young (Valencia, CA) and Bill Daily (Livermore, Ca) fished with Page locals Ray Young & D.J. Schmaut Thursday & Friday April 30 and May 1 and found good to excellent fishing for Large Mouth Bass and Small Mouth and Fair on Crappie in the back of Navajo. Three good sized bucket mouths inhaled 5" Yamasenko plastic worms in green Pumpkin color. One tipped the on board scale at 3+ lbs. Be sure and rig these large soft plastics that you get an absolute straight worm presentation on 1/4 once bullet weights.

 
Second day we hammered the small mouths across from Navajo marina on the many rock ledges landing 25 + fish with six or more fish over two lbs all extremely healthy and very active with great fights. These fish ate both the Senko pumpkin and the 5" Hula-grub while being slowly trolled or wind drifted. No stripers taken at all by us however, we emphasized the great bass bite the is on-going now. Good luck and keep a sharp hook!
 

May 3, 2009 - Phil and Gary - Wahweap Bass

It was a great Friday morning. Gary Sotelo and I went out last Friday and caught 8 nice bass in a pretty short amount of time in the Wahweap area. Mostly 2-3.5lbs.

 

Today May 1st we hit pretty much the same. Beautiful sunrise and some pretty nice fish. Attached is a shot of Gary with one of the “smaller” ones, lol. 2’ of water and 60 degrees. All fish caught today were small mouth and caught on Yamamoto soft bait crawdads 3” length with a ¼ oz jig head, slow bumped on the bottom in the bushes.

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Sotelo


May 5, 2009 - McNabb Fishing Guide Service

These are some pictures from a few weeks ago when we went up to Last Chance.
 
We spend 4 hours in one cove and caught around 100 SM and LM bass.
We had a great time, great weather and great company with the West brothers!
 

 


May 6, 2009 - Kevin Campbell/ Lake Powell Outfitters

Returning clients Leroy and Deb from Stansburry UT fished with me on May 3rd & 4th. Deb had the first fish of the trip on Sunday on a white/ chart. Terminator spinnerbait in Warm Creek. The beauty weighed in at 2lbs 13oz. but it looks bigger than that.
We caught many fish in WC on Hulas, weightless Senkos, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. Later we fished Kane Wash for a while and had a fun time sight fishing smaller bass and a couple of crappie. Leroy stuck several with the fly rod on top water spiders and mouse patterns.

 

Monday, we fished by Dominguez Butte and found the fish on the windward side of steeper drop-offs very receptive to Hulas in 5-20 feet. The windblown points or the lee side did not produce at all. Very specific pattern. Then we hit good ole Last Chance.
After fishing along the shore with jigs and Senkos and picking up several fish, I put Leroy and Deb on my crappie spot. It was on big time. We hooked at least 30 and boated about 20. 2-4" grubs and small Roadrunners accounted for the tasty fish.
 

May 7, 2009 - Kevin Campbell/ Lake Powell Outfitters

Judy and Dean from Idaho hired me 5/5 to take them striper fishing to celebrate Dean's birthday. For this trip, we stayed close to home and fished Wahweap Bay. We trolled a variety of shallow diving lures in water no deeper than 20 feet.
Most of the fish came from the 10-12 foot range over the tops of flooded brush. We landed 7 stripers and had another shake off at the boat. The fish are nice and fat and yielded excellent fillets. The best crankbait was a Rapala DT 6 in bluegill color trolled at 75-125 feet back on 12 lb mono.

May 9 , 2009 -  McNabb Fishing Guide Service

Went out again on Saturday morning 5:15 am and got right on the fish. We caught a 3.3 SM and 5 nice LM weighing in around 2.4 to 2.12 and another SM around 2+ #'s and a ton of other SM. We caught them on white spinner baits, Yamamoto 3" watermelon crawdads and dark colored jigs, mostly in the shallow water still and a few SM in deeper water.
LM were in the backs of coves and around stick ups. The spinner bait was pulled through the sticks to catch some of the LM. We had a great half day trip and caught lots of fish! I've taken Mike out before and I just met Bryan, both very good fisherman. Great company and great fishing!!

 

May 9, 2009 - Dave Morrow (Fishbone) - Last Chance

7 of us met up at Bass Pro Shop on April 30, headed for Lake Powell. On the trip were newbie, Jerry Shumacher of Shadow Hills, Dave Morrow of Calvin Ok, and Gordon Lehman of Anacortes Wa, (who have been making this spring trip for almost 30 years) Glen Ward of Lancaster Ca, Jason Duplantis of Lancaster Ca, John Boudreaux of Palmdale Ca, and Bill Suddeth of Henderson Nv. Meeting us at the lake later would be Mack of St George, and Neil and his son Will, of Cedar City. We actually found them virtually out of gas.
 

Fishbone

We camped and fished in Last Chance. The fishing was pretty much phenomenal. The weather cooperated for the most part, only getting blown out a couple of times. With 4 boats fishing, I don't know the actual numbers of fish caught, but our boat had between 160 and 180 fish for 3 guys. The fish were bigger than last year. With a couple of the LMB going close to 4 lbs. In years past we have been catching maybe 10 to 1, LMB to SMB. But this year it was closer to 3 to 1.We caught most of our fish in the backs of coves with stick-ups, but some of the bigger SMB came from between cracks in big boulders a little deeper.
 
Our main lure was a smoke colored Gitzit. But when we ran out of smoke, any color worked. We targeted the bass, but got side tracked on Crappie, once in a while. All nice big fish. We only kept enough for a big fish fry.
No injures or breakdowns on the trip, (except for old men) We had a great time and always look forward to doing it again next year.

Jerry Shumacher


On a side note, we killed a rattlesnake in camp. Only one we've ever seen down on the lake.
 

   

May 11, 2009 - McNabb Fishing Guide Service


Here are some pictures from our trip to Gun Sight and Kane Wash. Barry and Barry Bulow, father and son, had a lot of fun catching lots of smallies and largemouth. We used spinner bait, smoke grubs, and Yamamoto crawdads.
We caught lots of fish from 1# to almost 3#'s. We stayed busy catching them up until 2:30. We fished shallow water and found lots of fish on beds still.
All catch and release. The best fishing was early morning, it got a little warm for us humans by noon!
 
Another great trip with great company!
Good Fishing!
Mike McNabb
 

May 13, 2009 - Ron Colby - Bass Tournament

Here's the way I head this story. Sheridan Colby was fishing with his dad Ron in the weekend bass tournament out of Wahweap. It seems Sheridan got two monster backlashes in his level wind reel during the day.  When he got the first backlash cleared he took up the slack and caught a big bass just short of 5 pounds.

Next time he got the backlash it was cleared a bit quicker and this time the bass was 3 pounds. Just goes to show that we often fish too fast when big bass are present.  We need to give them time to look and make up their mind before moving the bait.

What I know for sure is that Ron was lucky to have a good partner on his boat that day. Sheridan Colby allowed the team to take second place with over 15 pounds of fish.

Further, if Ron wants me to show him how to get a big birds nest in his reel I could do that.  I know for sure that neither one of us has the patience to watch our bait holding still on the bottom for more than 15 seconds. Working on the backlash is the only answer.  Wayne


May 15, 2009 - Shane Spravzoff - Padre Bay

Good seeing you at the fish cleaning station again!  We traded the red ranger in for a white champion!  We fished on the 12th and 13th up in Padre Bay.  The wind was blowing hard in the afternoon on the 12th, but the new champion handled the rough water just fine.  The wind didn't seem to bother the fish either, the smallies were on the chew!  Yamamoto hula grubs fished off the broken chunk rock in 2-20ft. of water was the ticket. 
Ryan Church and I put a hurtin on em till it got dark.  On the 13th we fished in the back of Kane early in the morning and caught some real quality fish on spinnerbaits.  Lots of nice largemouth and smallmouth falling for the blade (shad colored with silver willow leaf blades).  The fishing got tougher later in the morning and we called it quits around two.  The fishing was still excellent.  Ryan caught one nice walleye that went 3.5lbs. or so.  Time to get out there and take advantage of the great fishing before it gets too hot! 
 

May 15, 2009 - Tim Kelley and Jeff Bierer - Rock Creek

Wahweap to Rock Creek
May 5th to May 8th
Tim Kelley and Jeff Bierer

Took a one day break after the San Juan trip, then made a trip back
to Powell with my buddy Jeff Bierer to fish the lower end. We went over to Warm Creek in the wind Tuesday afternoon, and got into SMB and Walleye.


Went to Padre on Wednesday and fished the rubble piles for SMB. No disappointment as even the LMB were cooperative. Here is Jeff with a Smallie he caught while walking the shoreline during a short break. We went over to Cookie jar and trolled up a few stripers.

 
Headed up to Rock Creek the next day and found some Stripers in Dry Rock Creek, with Jeff scoring here on a deep silver and black husky jerk. I was using a white and chrome deep diving Yozuri. We spent the afternoon fishing for SMB, and catching a lot like the one I show in this pic. It was great to be out with Jeff again.
Here is Jeff with one of the many Walleye we caught fishing the tamarisks.

The wind came up every afternoon, and we had a couple of rough trips back to Wahweap.
 

May 19, 2009 - Ed Gerdemann

I always enjoy talking fishing with Cap'n Chuck Duggins as he can take simple concepts and put them into colorful terms. When discussing the most important aspect of fishing he has said, "If the fish are in the bathtub, don't fish in the toilet."

Cap'n Chuck Duggins

To put it in simple terms, location is the single most important thing in fishing. This is not to say that presentation, lure selection and color aren't important, but all that is useless unless you put the lure in front of the fish. This concept played out importantly in our trip to Last Chance Bay last Friday in search of smallmouth bass and anything else that might bite. This was a big day for me. First, I enjoy sharing the boat with Cap'n Chuck. Second, this was my first fishing trip of the year and the first with my surgically repaired right shoulder. As always, I'm anxious to see how the boat and my tackle perform on that first trip, but discovering how my shoulder would hold up was of extreme importance to me.

On Thursday afternoon I dropped by Wayne's office to say hi and perhaps get a tip. Wayne told me to look for steep banks of broken white colored rocks. When he said that a light bulb went off in my head as I knew the exact spot I wanted to try. It was a small cove about halfway up Last Chance Bay on the right side heading north. It had been a good spot for me last fall; and, after speaking with Wayne, I was certain it would be a good spot now. After about an hour ride uplake, Chuck and I idled into the cove. Chuck's first words were how he understood why I wanted to come up and fish this spot. It had a 45-degree angle bank of broken white rock with a ledge of sunken brush on one side and a slick rock wall on the other. It also had a quick escape to deep water.

We stayed for nearly two hours there taking 15 to 20 fish. All fell to Yamamoto's Shade Shaped Worm in the 901 color (watermelon/white laminate). I was using a drop shot setup (sinker on the end of the line below the hook) while Chuck used a split shot rig (weight above the hook). It really didn't seem to matter as both presentations proved equally effective. The key was getting the bait in front of the fish.

We left that area and proceeded to the next cove up on the right. This was a much longer cove which had broken white rock banks; however they were not as steep and deep water was a bit further away. We did not do well here managing only a couple of fish over the next hour or so. The wind had come up making boat handling difficult. I believe that played a part, but I also believe there just weren't as many fish in that area. We moved up to another spot which had a combination of shallow broken rock banks and steeper slick rock areas. We did a bit better here, catching the only two largemouth of the day as well as the biggest smallmouth; however it was apparent this was not the right place, either.

Before quitting for the day we stopped at a spot I had bypassed earlier. I decided to fish it as the structure was similar to the first spot - 45-degree broken white rock bank with deep (30+ feet) water nearby. Immediately we were into fish. Over the next hour or so we took another 10 to 15 smallmouths before calling it a day.

What I failed to do earlier in the day is recognize all the elements of the first spot. I figured it was the broken white rock bank that held the fish. I really didn't take into account the steepness of the bank nor the importance of deep water close by. Because of this, we spent the middle of the day fishing unproductive water. Had I recognized all the factors involved in the first area and concentrated on finding similar spots, I'm sure we would have caught more than we did. I believe just about any presentation that put a lure in front of the bass would have been successful. Although we used Shad Shaped Worms fished on drop shot and split shot rigs, I am certain that Senkos, jigs, Texas-rigged or shaky head worms or even spinnerbaits and crankbaits would have worked. The reason I say this is we were trying to imitate shad or some other bait fish, however the fish we filleted had definitely been feeding on crayfish. It was clear to both Chuck and me that these fish would have hit just about anything put in front of them that suggested food. Most of the fish were caught were eight to 12 feet deep. We caught some as shallow as four feet and a couple at around 18. I believe many of them were spawning; however I also believe we caught both pre- and post-spawn fish.

I can understand why the fish preferred the steep bank. With the rapidly rising lake, a steep bank allows them to move up without having to move far. I can understand the need for deep water close by - to escape from potential predators. I'm not certain why white colored rock was more attractive than red or tan. Perhaps it has something to do with location of forage. I'm not sure the reason, but white rock definitely held more fish.

We finished day having kept 26 smallmouths, mostly 11 to 13-inch fish, and a 2 1/2-pound walleye that made a fine dinner for me Friday night. We released 10 to 12 more smallmouths as well as the two largemouths. Our biggest smallmouth was a bit under two pounds (also released). All in all, we were very satisfied with our day as far as fishing was concerned.

It was quite apparent that my shoulder, while getting stronger, has a ways to go before being back to full strength. Although I used only spinning tackle, the shoulder was quite fatigued by the end of the day. Also, I didn't drink enough water and got too dehydrated - a likely cause of the leg cramps I had later that evening. Because of the cramping and tired shoulder, I elected not to fish Saturday. I used that time to do so more cleaning around the trailer, doing laundry and cleaning the boat - which, by the way, ran perfectly.

I'm looking forward to more trips between now and late fall, and I'm hoping to pay more attention to all the elements of the locations I'm fishing. I want to be fishing in the tub and not the toilet, that's for sure!


May 19, 2009 - Jim Riddle

 My dad and I made the trip from Orem to Wahweap last Thursday and fished Friday and Saturday.

Friday: We started out heading straight to Gunsight Canyon. We found lots of stickups and submerged brush. We concentrated on one little inlet near the mouth of the canyon. We caught several small small mouths. We had several hits on spinnerbaits when we fished them right through or around the brush. We were having a hard time hooking them up. Finally I got a big hit from a large mouth that then immediately wrapped me around a stick. After a little maneuvering, I was able to get around him and got him in the boat—my first large mouth bass at Lake Powell. I caught him on a 3/8 oz Strike King Premier Plus Spinnerbait in Sexy Shad color.

We then headed around the bend to Padre Canyon and fished rocky shoreline. We had a hard time figuring out what they wanted, but finally I threw out a 5 inch Gulp Shaky Worm in green on a ¼ oz Spot Remover shaky head jig. After that I would get a bite, or a nibble, or a hook up on nearly every cast. I fished it almost vertically just a few yards out from the boat in 8-15 feet of water. I also had some success on a 3.5 inch yamamoto tube in smoke on a 1/16 oz weighted 3/0 Owner twistlock hook, and a 4 inch Senko on a 3/0 wide gap worm hook fished weightless.

Later we headed up lake near Grotto canyon and I fished a spot that two years ago (the last time we visited) was an exposed island but is now about 10 feet underwater. The fish were still there and it is here we probably had the most success in the shortest time. Shaky worms were the ticket, although I also caught fish on a ¼ Booyah jig with a Yum Craw Papi trailer.
Saturday: We had heard that fishermen were having some limited success fishing for stripers by the dam. We tied up to the buoy line, threw out chunks of anchovies and dropped our line. We stayed for probably 2 hours without a single bite. Another group was right next to us and had stayed even longer, they also had no success. We then tried trolling up the canyon walls on deep diving plugs—again, no luck. We then headed up Antelope Canyon to a big crack in the wall where we had had success in years past. No luck at all for stripers, but I did catch some very small small mouth on a slow sinking tube.

At that point we gave up on striper fishing. Too bad, I think my dad would have had more fun bait fishing for stripers, but it just didn’t seem to be happening. So, we headed up Warm Canyon, found some shallow reefs and had similar success on shaky worms, smaller spinnerbaits and weightless Senkos. We caught pretty small small mouths. After several hours in Warm Canyon with pretty spotty success, we made one more run up the lake. The main channel was pretty rough due to increase boat traffic so we stopped halfway to Gunsight and fished a shallow area off the main channel where we saw some exposed brush. Tried several different lures, but didn’t catch a think until I moved to the shaky worms, then I caught a few more smallies. As we fished a familiar looking aluminum john boat with a hand rail across the front came motoring by. We waved. I think it was Wayne, but couldn’t be sure.
We then made our way back up to Gunsight and tried fishing across from the area we fished the day before where there was a more rocky shoreline and less brush. We caught several small smallies and one pretty small largemouth. Then we headed back across and fished the brushy inlet we fished the day before. After a couple of small mouth I realized I was fresh out of the 5 inch Gulp Shaky worms so I tried a similar size and colored Roboworm. No sooner had I rigged it up did I start seeing greenish shapes slowly cruising the brush beneath us. I dropped it down, gave it a few shakes and WHAM! Got my best Largemouth of the trip (certainly not a trophy, but for me it was pretty good). Dropped the roboworm down again and BOOM another similar sized bass that took the bait, jumped, and threw the hook. After that, we got a couple of more bites, but no hookups. Had followers on a spinnerbait and on an X-Rap, but no takers.

I don’t know how many fish we caught—not as many as a lot of people have reported and certainly no big ones to speak of, but I had a great time. It was a little hot for my dad’s taste and he got a little tired and cranky, but hopefully he had a good time too. I had a blast and can’t wait to come down again—hopefully when we can get some stripers.


 

May 22, 2009 - Bob Howard

 My two grandsons Weston Anderson, & Isaac Gallegos and I fished Friendship Cove the first day using Yamamoto 3" grubs and caught SM & LM but no stripers. We caught a few nice SM in 2 lb range and LM up to 3 1/4 lb.

 

Weston Anderson

Fishing was slower than usual, there were lots of boats fishing when we got there & we were fishing in 2nd hand water all day.
 

 

Isaac Gallegos

Next day we headed to Last Chance & had much better fishing, but still no stripers. SM & LM were running a little bigger. Weston switched over to a 4" double tale grub & was catching twice as many as Isaac & I.
 
Third day we went back to Last Chance & ran into Wayne and he put us on some stripers in the back of LC & we started trolling & catching stripers 2 & 3 at a time till we had to quit & head for the Rally. It is really hard to leave when the stripers are still biting.
 
Not as many fish this time but much better quality, which is the way we like to see it.


Thanks Wayne for putting us on the fish and for making this the best Lake ever

 

Bob Howard


May 26, 2009 - Kip Bennett, Shawn Johnson and Papa - Navajo Canyon

Kip Bennett, Shawn Johnson, and Papa


Memorial Day fishing trip with Papa. We headed out at 5AM towards Navajo Canyon where Kip knew some good stripers and crappie would probably be. On the way all three of us threw our lines in the water while going through the wakeless zone of Antelope Point. Kip had a smallmouth hit his crankbait, but nothing of any real size.


Shawn Johnson

We got back into Navajo and found some little coves to try for some early morning SM and LM. Kip hit a nice largemouth and we had a few smallmouth come in the boat. Then we headed to a cove further back where some crappie had been seen in recent weeks stopping to chum a few anchovies along the way in a spot that we'd later come back to.

 

Kip Bennett

Kip and Papa each caught some nice 2lb crappie on Gulp Minnows.

 

Papa

Then, we headed back to where we had chummed and set up our poles with 1/4 oz jig heads and anchovies and let our line go down to the bottom which was 45-50 foot deep. We saw them on the graph and soon Kip got the first one. What a fight! Forgot how fun striper fishing can be! After that, they were all over on the graph.
Shawn and Kip continued to catch 15-20 nice stripers ranging from 2-4 lbs each and Papa got into the action as well with a nice 4lber! After 10am though the bite died off and it got really hot so we left the area and hit one more spot on the way back and got a nice crappie to bite. We released all the LM and SM and kept enough striper and crappie for a good dinner.

 

Side note: Wasn't sure what kind of shad this was but it was inside one of the stripers. Also, a lot of the stripers still had eggs.

 

Wayne's note: Its  a gizzard shad evidenced by the rounded snout. Mouth is under the snout so it can eat on the bottom like a carp.


May 28, 2009 -  Brian Lewis -  Rock Creek Bass

Jeremy Voeltz 

 

 

4 pound 9 ounce largemouth taken in Rock Creek.


May 28, 2009 - Mike McNabb

Well we got in a half day of fishing on Thursday and did alright considering the lake level coming up. We fished around Gun Sight and Kane Creek and inside Padre Bay. We used the same old reliable dark colored double tail hula grub to catch these fish. The fish were in water 8 to 15 deep and the water was mostly strained. The water temp was 72degrees.

 

Kaleb

We didn't seem to do well in the really cloudy water. Kaleb is holding a nice largemouth and a nice walleye and Samuel has a nice smallmouth. I think they out fished their grandpa Rodger, but that's the way he wanted it to go, of course!

 

Kaleb

We had a great time, the weather was beautiful and great company! I wished I had half of the energy the boys have!!

 

 

Samuel


June 2, 2009 - Rodney Chugg - Warm Creek stripers


Nice to visit with you on Friday!  As we told you we fished the Warm Creek Wall on Friday.  Aaron Anderson, Garrett and I caught 35 stripers, with the largest one around 5.5 pounds. They were all healthy and fun to catch. We also caught 12 catfish.
 

Rodney Chugg and Aaron Anderson

Saturday we fished the same spot and did not catch any stripers. Aaron’s daughter Ariel joined us on Saturday and out fished us all catching several smallies and catfish. It was fun fishing even though the weather chased us off the lake each afternoon with the thunderstorms.

 

Rodney Chugg


June 4, 2009 - Tom Macosky - Navajo Canyon

Tom, Karen, and Austin from Phoenix, Arizona, recently spent a week at Lake Powell (5/23-5/30) and thoroughly enjoyed the fishing and camping experience.

Pictured is 10 year old Austin Macosky with his 3 lb. striper he landed in Navajo Canyon.
 

 

 

 

Austin Macosky


June 14, 2009 - Shane Spravzoff - Southern Lake

I just returned from fishing the big pond June 9-12. Overall the fishing was good, not as good as a month ago, but still good. Most of my efforts were concentrated on the southern portion of the lake. Most of my fishing was done in Wahweap Bay and around Lone Rock.

 

Shane Spravzoff

I found that the largemouth and smallmouth would take yamamoto hula grubs fished slooooow and deep on rocky points. Most of my fish came out of 25 ft. of water or more.
I was using a 3/4 ounce jig head with either a watermelon or pumpkin colored jig. I ran up lake one day of the trip and found some great striper boils off of Gregory Butte and out at the mouth of Last Chance. The stripers were fat and sassy and would smash anything thrown into the boil. I also saw one good boil in the cove behind Lone Rock one morning, but unfortunately I was on a wakeboard at the time.
I included a picture of horseshoe bend as well, if folks haven't checked it out, they should! Its pretty awesome!

June 21, 2009 - Kip Bennett

I got out before work again on sat June 20th. Great overcast skies and light sprinkles made it much easier to take my Grandpa (Gordon Paulsen) out without all the heat. My cousin Tanner Catlett came all the way out from Missouri to go fishing with us.
 

Kip Bennett

We started out early in the morning fishing for small mouth in Navajo canyon. Most of our success came on hula grubs and senkos catching plenty of little small mouth. I did manage to catch a very nice 3 lb small mouth on a watermelon/white laminate 4" senko. We fished mainly 5-20ft range.

Tanner Catlett
When we could not find any stripers on the typical points that produce in Navajo we moved out into the main channel were I heard about the stripers boiling. Sure enough we found some really descent sized boils between the mouth of Navajo and Antelope marina. The biggest was around 40 ft in diameter and moving quickly. We did great pulling strips off the boils with top water baits but the boat traffic had already begun and made it hard. Surprisingly the waves had no affect on the boils as a tour boat came by and they just kept boiling. The fish all seemed healthy and around 20" 2-3lbs.
 

Gordon Paulsen

Our fun got cut short by time as I had to head in to work. Like you told me last month Wayne once June hits tie on the top water and leave it on all summer.

P.S. I also attached a picture from the May Mothers day tournament I did with my Mom. She slayed the fish and kicked my butt. She had our first four keepers in the boat before I even got a bite.

 

June 25, 2009 - McNabb Fishing Guide Service

Fishing has been anything but great the last few days but I sure
had a lot of fun watching Stephen, a seven year old, really get into
fishing. We went out late afternoon on the 23rd and did okay. We caught five decent fish including this 2.6 pound largemouth Stephen brought in.

Stephen and his dad Warren are from Aspen, CO.

We were fishing a huge rock pile about 15 - 20 feet down with 4" green and white senkos on a small hook. We were fishing slow taking our time and letting the bait sit on the bottom. The bite was unnoticeable until we slowly raised our poles. Patient fishing paid off.

The next day, late morning, we fished the same rock pile and only pulled a few small smallies out. Then we went into the back of Kane Wash and started using a crank bait and caught 6 more fish. Stephen caught 4 of them which included a walleye, 2 largemouth and a smallie. He was really getting into casting and bringing in the fish, all by himself. He didn't want to quit!
 

The fishing was okay but the company was great!
 


June 28, 2009 - Kyran Keisling - This Side of That - Guide Service

Sorry I haven't posted in a while but I've been really busy chasing boils these days. I wanted to send you a pic of this really nice Walleye that my clients Albert Ferguson and Robin caught this morning in Wahweap Bay. We chased striper slurps from 5:00 am to about 8:00 and caught a bunch, throwing 1/4 ounce blue and silver Kastmasters on 6lb test. The keys to the striper were approaching quietly, making long accurate casts to the LEADING!!! edge of the slurp (hence the Kastmaster and light line), and quickly reeling the lure through the strike zone (1 to 3 feet deep).



 
The action has been best once the sun hits the water, up until you see the first of the jet ski, rental boat circus at about 8:30 am. When they churn up the water and put the boils down I have been trolling deep diving crank baits at the 20 to 30 foot depth, over the weed beds that used to be on the shoreline at low water. I have been paying very close attention to the graph and have found that when the baits are bumping the tops of the bushes (plan on losing a lure or two) that success goes up. I have been hooking Smallmouth, Largemouth, Walleye and Striper on a regular basis and the average size has been high. The action is sporadic but I haven't caught many fish on the bottom with jigs, so it has been my best bet when the water gets choppy. We caught this Walleye with a Bluegill Imitation crank. Also, I noticed on my last few trips that the smallmouth have been mini-boiling off of the 20 to 30 foot depth areas So... Next time I'm going to troll a shallow crank (and keep a spook on hand for those unexpected splashes) and see what happens.

 

June 28, 2009 - JR Roederer

JR, 14 years old from Flagstaff, caught this 16" 2.5# Large mouth in a shallow wash behind Cookie Jar. Total of three fish caught on gray jigs this day 6/20/09. This fish was so full of fight he decided to let him go to swim another day.

July 6, 2009 - Doepke Boy’s - Padre Bay

The Doepke boy’s (three generations) from Phoenix camped and fished in Labyrinth Canyon area from 6/30 to 7/5. We fished all over Labyrinth and also the main channel islands at the entrance to Padre Bay with very limited success.

Small slurps would appear but usually a jet ski or a wake board boat would head toward them and chase them down.

Small mouth fishing was slooow and you really had to work at it to catch a fish. The good news is that all of the fish are full and healthy from stuffing themselves full of shad.

I tried everything in my bag of tricks for the SM. I concentrated from the surface down to 50ft. with a wide variety of baits. The best bait I used in the early am was a white fluke. Every fish that I hooked threw up many ½ inch long shad which is the reason for the slow fishing.

I had to travel back to Antelope on Wed. 7/1 to pickup one of my sons and we spotted Wayne’s boat at the entrance to Navajo. We chased slurps for about thirty minutes in this area and we did manage to catch several fish. However, the largest slurp we found was located across from the fuel docks at APM. This was a very aggressive slurp that stayed up longer than most others.

I am still surprised that other boaters on Powell will see that you are fishing but will choose to buzz right by you and think nothing of it. This was in the middle of Labyrinth, which is about one mile wide and we were the only boats present. This happened twice on Thursday morning, 7/2. Please remember and be respectful of other users of the water, not just yourself.

We are looking forward to better fishing in August and September and hopefully less wake board boats and wet bikes.


July 14, 2009 - Wallace Family, Phoenix - Navajo Striper boils

Dates Fished: July 10th-11th

Where: Antelope Point Marina to about 5 miles back in Navajo to mouth of Warm Creek, go back and do it again.

Tackle: Mostly X Raps



I wanted to pass along a tip to the folks chasing striper slurps. This last weekend I took my wife, mom (75) and dad (79) to Wahweap to chase stripers. I have fished crazy boils in Aug in the past and it didn’t really seem to matter what you threw. That was not the case on this trip. I could see why you call them “slurps” instead of boils.
On Friday morning we easily found groups of stripers slurp’n heading up lake from the Antelope Point Marina, but we had a hard time getting them to take a bait. It was a little frustrating to move from group to group make a perfect cast beyond and in front of a moving school and get nary a bump. By the time we came off the lake at 11pm we had cast to hundreds of Stripers and I only had 3 fish and the others had 3 between them to show for it. I was a little stumped. During the mandatory afternoon nap, lunch at Slackers and a call to my therapist (ok, actually it was my long time Lake Powell fishing buddy) we guessed was that we need to use the “reflex” stimulus rather than trying to get them to “eat”. So, our plan was to use our reels with the highest retrieve speed and start reeling like crazy.

Doug Wallace and Mom

Personally, I went from a reel with a 4:1 ratio to one with 6:1. We got back out on the lake about 5pm and didn’t really see anything until 6 pm a few miles up Navajo Canyon. It appeared to be a small group in an inside corner. The four of us cast and reeled like crazy and 2 of us hooked up. Ding! We didn’t see as many boils that evening or on Sat morning/evening, but by greatly speeding up our retrieve we went from catching 1 fish out of every 10 boils, to 1-3 fish out of every 2 boils we cast to. The difference was astonishing and I wanted to pass our findings along to others.



Of course in another week or two as the slurps change to full tilt boils, “burning” your lure probably won’t be needed anymore.


Janae Wallace
 

July 19, 2009 - Kyran Keisling- This Side of That Guide Service

I thought that you and your viewers would like to see this beautiful Rainbow trout that my client Jerry Dire caught while trolling in Wahweap Bay. This rare trout hit a silver rattle trap and then launched at least two feet out of the water, three different times. I have fished here for over thirty years and this is the first trout that I've ever seen boated. Look how healthy she is!!!!

As for the bass fishing......

Last weekend I was in the best boil fishing of my life and then suddenly they stopped. I noticed that the enormous boils fragmented into groups of 2 to 5 fish that were randomly hitting the surface in all directions. A few days later even that died out. This weekend I am yet to see any significant striper activity. I have however been doing really good for Smallmouth and Stripers, trolling silver Rattle Traps over submerged brush.


 

July 20, 2009 - Mike McNabb Guide Service

We went up lake a ways and found 30+ small mouth in the back of a cove along with big schools of very small shad. We caught the Smallies on a dark colored jigs and top water - Sammys. The depth was 8 to 18 feet. When we saw a swirl on the surface we would throw the top water bait. They sometimes hit as the jig was falling but fishing slow got the best results, an occasional Smallie hit as we reeled in fast.

We fished from 5:45 am to 10:00 am. We stayed in the shadows as long as we could. This 3.2 pound Largemouth hit a jig at 8 am, the only LM we caught. We had another nice fish on but broke off when it hit the trolling motor.


July 25, 2009 - Shane Spravzoff -Flagstaff, AZ - Padre Bay Boils

Just got back from another great trip on the big pond. We fished July 21-24 and most of our efforts were concentrated in Padre Bay. The striper fishing was excellent in the mornings from 6 until 10. We just ran laps around Padre Bay in the mornings searching for boils and slurps. Some of the boils were as small as ten fish or so and others had hundreds of stripers. We caught fish on topwater, jerkbaits, spoons, and rattle traps. We had our best luck with TD minnow jerkbaits and spoons, because you can cast them a mile. We also found that you couldn't reel too fast for the stripers, the faster you reeled, the harder they hit. We had a couple of gorgeous evenings with no wind and I looked for striper boils but they were non-existent.
The smallmouth bass fishing was good drop-shotting out on rocky main lake points in 20-30 ft. of water. We met some very nice folks from California and Idaho who let us share a great campsite with them. Thanks to Dave, Linda, Buck, and Annie. I included a picture of Buck and I with some stripers we caught one morning. Buck came along to take pictures, but after he caught a couple of stripers he was addicted! Lake Powell is all about having a great time, catching some fish, and making new friends! Be nice to one another out on the lake! Hope the report helps!
 

August 2, 2009 - Bill and Penny Angel - Southern boils


We just returned from our now annual Powell trip on Aug 1st. We heard the northern lake was doing very well, but the southern part wasn't too bad at all. We saw quite a few boils from Padre Bay to Antelope Canyon. We had one boil last bout an hour or so as they went up and down. It was quite large. It was in the main channel between Navajo and Antelope Canyons.

 

Bill Angel

Saw boils there everyday, but the northern lake still sounded better right now. When I pulled up to the edge, it would continue to grow to about 50-60 feet all around the boat (100 ft diameter). My white super spook worked best when I walked the lure around the top of the water. I had a hit almost every cast, but 3 or 4 did come off and I lost them. Oh well, the excitement was not lost.

 

Penny Angel


August 5, 2009 - Ed Gerdemann - Last Chance Bass fishing

Midsummer fishing can be challenging at Lake Powell. On any given morning you might do really well on smallmouth bass or, especially if you get into some boils, stripers; however on other days fishing can be just plain challenging.

Challenging would be the best way to describe the fishing my longtime fishing partner John Conrad and I experienced this past week. We had to work hard for every fish we caught - more like fishing one of the lower desert lakes instead of fishing Lake Powell. Nevertheless, despite the tough conditions we still managed to catch some fish - and a lot more than most would expect.

Friday morning we launched at 4:45 and motored the 20-plus miles to the mouth of Last Chance Bay. In a trip two weeks ago a friend and I had taken several decent smallmouths around Gregory Butte at around noon on the hottest day of the year, so I thought this might be a good place to start. As we motored uplake we kept a sharp eye out for striper boils; however it was breezy, and we just didn't see anything. With the wind blowing straight down Last Chance, it was a challenge just to hold the boat; and it was even a bigger challenge to catch some fish. We took a few but most were very small. After working that area for over an hour and a half we had managed just three "eating size" smallmouths in the cooler and about a dozen or so dinks that we released.

Having tried the main lake area, I decided to work some of my favorite coves in Last Chance Bay. With the water level higher than last year, things have changed; however the places I fished still had plenty of good structure, and, in my opinion, should have held fish. In fact, I do think there were plenty of fish everywhere we tried. While watching my front graph I noted lots of arches relating humps and dropoffs at 23-28 feet. When fishing has been in good in the past, I found that if I dropped a soft plastic lure into those arches my rod usually bent over when I engaged the reel. Time and time again on Friday I dropped Yamamoto Senkos and Shad Shaped Worms into the arches getting only occasional hookups. From the back of the boat John worked various sized tubes, Senkos and curly tail grubs with similar success. John finally settled on a small crappie tube and caught lots of small fish as well as an occasional decent one. I switched off between the Senko and Shad Shaped Worm all day catching fewer smaller fish than John but perhaps a few more larger ones. We finished the day having taken 35-40 smallmouths, a catfish and a couple green sunfish, keeping 11 of the bass as well as the catfish and one sunfish. Our biggest bass were around 13 inches. We simply could not find the larger ones. As mentioned earlier, most of our fish came from 23 to 28 feet with 25 feet being the most productive depth. Vertical presentations got more strikes than horizontal casts. We tried fishing between 30 and 40 feet with no success.
We only saw one small striper boil all day Friday. It came up at the mouth of Last Chance around 12:30 p.m. and lasted about 10 seconds. We couldn't get close enough to make any casts.

Saturday I decided to fish the Padre Bay area. After cruising the bay in the early morning light looking for striper boils and seeing none, we started fishing a large rockslide on the Padre Canyon side of Gunsight Butte. It was a repeat of Friday's pattern - a couple fish here and there, mostly small with an occasional keeper size bass. We kept our eyes peeled for boils but none materialized in the area we were fishing. There was a lot of boat traffic including water skiers and jet skis from around 6:30 a.m. on which didn't help the fishing in my opinion. At around 9:30 we motored to the east side of Padre Bay to fish along a vertical wall with adjacent rock slides. I picked the area because it was shaded and there was no boat traffic. The water depth along the wall ranged from 35 to 40 feet, but suddenly we came upon a hump that came up to 18 feet. There were many arches all along the sides of the hump. I took a nice walleye and a decent smallmouth, and John took a couple keeper fish; but, alas, two jet skiers came by at full throttle within 20 feet of our boat and that ended the fishing there. We finished the morning working the adjacent rockslides and picked up a couple more fish. The highlight of the day was a large walleye that grabbed a small bass John was playing. The walleye held on the bass for quite some time before dropping it. In my Canadian fishing days I saw many a pike grab a hooked walleye, but I never saw a walleye grab a hooked bass or other game fish.

As with Friday, 25 feet seemed to be the best depth. Sudden dropoffs off the ends of points and humps held the most fish. John primarily fished with his crappie tube while I again drop shotted both Senkos and Shade Shaped Worms. I also tried jigging spoons and made a few casts with a crankbait. Only the soft plastics produced any fish. We kept nine more smallmouth Saturday along with the walleye, another catfish, a bluegill and a green sunfish. We probably released 20 to 25 small fish between us.

This was not great fishing by Lake Powell standards. It took patience and perseverance to catch what we did. We managed plenty of fish for a couple nice fresh fish dinners, and the fellowship between two old fishing buddies was priceless. Hopefully we'll do it all again under less challenging fishing conditions.

August 5, 2009 - Steve and Duke Doepke - Phoenix AZ - Mountain Sheep and Wetherill

Fished Friday, 7/31 to Tuesday, 8/4.

Location – Southern Lake, San Juan.



Doepke Boy’s (Stratos 66)
We setup camp in Mountain Sheep Canyon on 7/31 and fished this general area on Friday with limited success. On Saturday morning we ran up to the San Juan almost to Cha Canyon without seeing a boil. We were able to catch stripers and small mouth by finding coves that contained shad. The stripers would hang on the outside of the edge of the cove in deeper water and when hungry they would attack the shad and then head for deeper water to rest.



 
On Sunday we stayed in the Mountain Sheep Area and found the pattern in this part of the lake. Every morning at 5:00am the stripers would be chasing shad by the small whales at the entrance to this canyon. Good fishing in the morning until the sun comes up.



On Monday, 8/3 we ran from camp all the way up the San Juan to Neskahi. We spotted several good sized boils in the bay outside Piute, but they only stayed up for a few minutes.





 
We had to leave on Tuesday, 8/4 and during our water trip to Antelope Point (6 am) we saw sporadic boils from Wetherill Canyon all the way to Friendship cove in the main channel. If I was going to the lake today I would camp somewhere around Friendship or Dungeon and cruise the main channel early in the morning. I was on the largest boil I have ever seen this morning mid channel out from Friendship. They hit on almost everything I threw at them including Yamamoto single tail grubs (white) that I usually throw at small mouth.

 

July 24, 2009 - Danny Woods

Danny Woods with This Side of That Guide Service, I just wanted to send you a fishing report for some mid week fishing July 21 to July 24.

Striper fishing is holding solid with large boils being found in the Navajo and Antelope areas. Zara puppies and spooks on 6 lb test seems to be the best combo. Boat position and long casts are a must, the stripers go under very fast with approaching motor noise. Find the boils and just hang around for awhile, the striper will surface again.

Danny Woods
Bass fishing is picking up, smallmouth and crank baits is a great combo, although most of the smallies are on the lighter side you can still manage to catch a few 2 pounders with a little patience and persistence. The largemouth bite is kicking into gear and they are beginning to attack top water lures, both plugs and spooks. Find the submerged bushes in about 12 feet of water and run those top water lures over the top very early in the morning.

I also sent in a pic of a beautiful walleye that Kyran Keisling and I managed to land after trolling large crank baits in 35 feet of water off the cliff faces. The walleye are few and far between but make a great meal when you are lucky enough to land one.

August 5, 2009 - Danny Woods

Danny Woods again, this is our most current report. (This Side of That Guide Service)

The top water bite is really picking up and small, silver and white zara puppies and plugs seem to entice most of the bites. The smallmouth's are still gong crazy for shad pattern crank baits at multiple depths (12 to 25 feet). Most of the fish are quite small but you can count on catching a lot of them, remember to stay at it and you will land some descent size fish.


Kyran Keisling
My brother Brian Woods, Kyran Keisling and I spent the last couple of days fishing the warm creek and Navajo canyon area. We did manage to hunt down a couple of small boils and catch a few 4 to 5 pound striper. Finding the boils is very random and the old saying "its better to be lucky then good" holds true. If you are in the right place at the right time you can have some of the best striper boil fishing ever. You just need to keep on looking for those those monster boil, they are still up producing great action.
 

August 14, 2009 - Chad Pitt - Gunsight bass

We recently camped over in Gunsight July 19 - 25 and fished from shore next to a drop-off. I was out there for approximately 2 hours and catching small mouth bass non-stop.

 

Chad Pitt

 They are much smaller than the striper, but I had a fun time watching my 3 year old son and nephews reel them in. It was a great way to teach them how to fish!



 

August 16, 2009 - Mark Thompson - Neanderthal Cove Stripers


My name is Mark Thompson. Our anglers included my son DJ, my brother Scott, and my girlfriend Rebecca. We are from San Diego, CA. 

We just returned from Lake Powell (August 7th-August13th) with one of our greatest fishing experiences ever.

We stayed in Neanderthal cove and striper action
was non-stop. We fished the morning and evening feeding frenzy. Our first morning we never left our cove. We averaged 15 stripers a piece each session.
We even caught a couple walleye on top water. When the action was slow we trolled and fished for bass. I cant tell you how many bass in the 1 pound range we caught.
 
We caught bass all day, mostly on reapers and on the troll with kastmasters and shad raps.


We used spooks, pop r, rapalas, rattle traps, yozuri, and kastmasters. My 12 year old son was grinning from ear to ear for a week.


We fished from mile marker 28 to 30 in the main channel and cruised the coves all around looking for boils. It was a cat and mouse chase. Sometimes the schools were 30 yards by 30 yards wide.



 

On our way back to Wahweap we spotted huge schools outside of Padre bay, I packed all poles away because if we stopped we were going to be late.


If anglers are only fishing, they will be able to spot and stalk boils all day. On the 9th we fished all day and the striper boils were everywhere, all day.
 

I wanted to thank you and all the anglers who have posted, without everybody's help prior to us going we would have been a little handicapped. I knew
exactly what to take and what to look for, thanks again.
 

August 17, 2009 - Jeramie Kerns - Last Chance - bass



Date Fished: Saturday, 08-15-09
Tackle Used: Rattle Traps

After much excitement from reading about the recent striper boils, the guys in our family headed to Lake Powell for my brother in-law's bachelor party. We saw several pics on the website over the last month with boat loads of stripers, and were looking forward to getting in, on the action.



Jeramie Kerns
Cedar City, UT
 

Starting at 6 AM, we fished the canyons from Padre Bay back out to the main channel hoping to see some surface action. Unfortunately mother nature had other ideas. Saturday was an extremely windy day to be on the lake and eliminated the possiblity of seeing any surface action. As a result, we altered our strategy and hit a cove deep within Last Chance. Thankfully it paid off and, within one hour we caught ten SMB and a handful of small stripers using Rattle Traps.

It wasn't the striper action that we were hoping for but we had a great time anyway catching SMB.

August 21, 2009 - Danny Woods (This Side of That Guide Service)



Monday/Tuesday August 17th & 18th

Boils going crazy in Warm Creek on Monday. Air temp low 90's water temp is dropping and the striper were staying up for a long time, long enough that we caught 5 fish out of one boil. Cast, catch, cast again and catch again, absolutely amazing. We have been using the same gear as we have the whole summer. 6 lb test on spin casters with medium size blue spooks, great combo!
 
I do have a suggestion, I am starting to switch to fire line 14 lb test 6 lb diameter, the striper are tearing up the line and I am loosing spooks after about the 7th or 8th fish. Tuesday was not as productive as Monday, we saw a lot of boil but the were going down fast, timing and a little luck was the key. Tuesday was also a lot hotter then it was on Monday.
 
Smallmouth bass are attacking top water lures early in the morning. Poppers seem to be a little bit more productive than the smaller spooks but both of these lures will produce. Trolling crank baits have slowed down, still catching a few but not like it was a couple of weeks ago. For those who are willing to fish the hot late afternoon, try throwing silver and blue cast masters off the main points in the channels with a sharp up stroke and then a subtle fall. Nice Bite!! Good Luck and Good Fishing www.fishingpowell.com
 

August 22, 2009 - Russ Bassdozer

Striped Bass Fishing Fun!
Field-Testing SEBILE's New Lures for 2010

What do a trio of guys who work in the fishing business do for fun? We just can't help it. We confess. We love to go fishing more than anything else!

This time we shot forty-two miles up lake in the cool dimness of false dawn, itching to reach a hotspot nestled in the back of Rock Creek Canyon on Lake Powell in Utah. Fish had bitten well there on Thursday, when a lot (approx. 50 stripers) were deep-jigged off bottom. We were disappointed there on Friday morning, when "only" 8 to 10 stripers obliged us. On Saturday, the wind blew them off their feed. So with two "off" mornings in a row, as we sped back up there on Sunday morning, I just knew (I hoped) that they'd be ready to go wild in the windless conditions on Sunday morning - and they did!

Patrick Sebile, a Frenchman who has relocated himself and his lure company to Palmer Lake, Colorado supplied us with some new lures we were field-testing for him. Patrick's possibly the best angler in the world today.

Also joining us was Captain Jay Withers, a saltwater charter captain sharpie from Port Charlotte, Florida.

We hit stripers and smallmouth on Sebile's new lures, which will be available in late 2009 or early 2010. I'm here to tell you, you need to try them too! The hit list included:

  • New Fast Cast Jig. An ideal choice for distance casting, speed reeling and jigging bottom in deep water.
  • New Vibrato Jig. I can only describe the Vibrato as a wacky jig, with the line tied to the center of the long, slim metal jig's body, and a treble dangles off each end of the bait. On the fall, it flutters like a wacky worm, and when you lift it, it paddles hard, vibrating side-to-side with a throbbing resistance felt in the rod tip. There's really nothing else quite like it
  • New Spin Shad #1. We fished the smallest of the Spin Shad sizes from anywhere just below the surface to sixty feet deep, and caught stripers non-stop with it. The Spin Shad was also the most productive lure for smallmouth on this trip.
  • New Crankster SR (Shallow Runner). We didn't use this a lot, but when we did, stripers and smallies were all over it!
  • Slim Stick and Splasher Topwater Baits. These aren't new (although many anglers have yet to try them) - but it was too much fun for us not to toss them for stripers and smallies on top!
  • New Magic Swimmer Soft and new Stick Shadd Soft. We Carolina-rigged and dropshot these new soft lures, having success with smallmouth - but that's another story. Let's take it back to the big striper blitz right now...

So there we were - battling schoolie-sized landlocked striped bass. At times on every cast all three of us were reeling them in - reveling in the world-famous beauty of the scenic southwest desert impoundment, Lake Powell.

As the sun and temperature climbed quickly and uncomfortably, the stripers retired for the day to parts unknown. After the striper action subsided, we did try largemouth and smallmouth fishing, which was slow, but the poor cooperation from the black and brown bass didn't dampen our delight or tarnish our shared memories of catching the plentiful striped bass that were breaking the surface in an early morning feeding frenzy. At times they surrounded us in all directions for magical moments that didn't want to end. The barrages of feeding stripers everywhere were amplified and echoed off the cliff walls, seeming all the louder in contrast to the stillness of early morning.

Differences Between Freshwater and Saltwater Stripers

People often ask if there are differences in the quality of the fight, the coloration, body tone, or if stripers taste different from fresh or saltwater. No, there really is no difference I can notice.

One thing though, is that freshwater stripers fixate or predate heavily on pelagic (meaning open water baitfish) in large impoundments like Powell. They do not normally pursue bottom fish, mollusks, panfish, crayfish for example, unless pelagic baitfish (like shad) become so scarce or inaccessible that the freshwater stripers really have no other choice but to scavenge for anything else they can find, which doesn't happen that often. Fortunately, they can usually find shad, shad and more shad. It's their mainstay on Powell.

In contrast, in saltwater, it seems there is such a multitude and variety of bait available to striped bass, that they tend to feed on whatever's most plentiful at any given moment, which may vary widely. What this means to an angler, is that saltwater striped bass will often hit a wider variety of lures, especially colors that match whatever fodder's most prevalent at the moment. Sometimes that may be red-hued sand eels, golden yellow baby pollack, amber brown squid, black-striped mackerel, sheening butterfish, black eels, blue herring, not to mention shrimp, clams, crabs, worms, bottom fish (baby blackfish, porgies, flatfish) snapper blues, hordes of young-of-year weakfish and so much more. Now, it’s true that day in and day out (including night fishing for stripers), odds are you can't beat a white color lure for saltwater stripers - but since the menu is so varied in saltwater, other colors seem to be of more importance in the salt to match the almost endless menu in the seas. Conversely, since the menu is so limited in freshwater impoundments like Powell, basically to shad, the importance of a white color lure is absolutely essential, such as the Sebile White Lady (Q2) color in freshwater. Certainly have fun trying other colors, but white really is the "go to" color for freshwater stripers, plus shad-imitating silver-sided colors like Sebile's Holo Greenie (D9) and Natural Shiner (O) for instance.

 

Sebile's New Product Showcase

These are examples of the new products we put to the test, producing results that exceeded our expectations. What a memorable and rewarding trip this was for Patrick, Jay and I!
New Crankster SR (Shallow Runner) has a super-loud knocking rattle inside, and casts super long distance. It waddles desperately just under the surface. Try pauses every few feet to let it pop to the top, then continue.

New Spin Shad #1 (shown top) weighs 5/8 oz. This is the size we used from just below the surface to 60 feet deep - and at any depth in between wherever striper schools showed up in mid-water on the electronics, we were able to count down and keep the Spin Shad #1 working at any level necessary in the water column. We did not get a chance to try Spin Shad #2 (bottom) which weighs 1-3/8 oz and is easy to use, according to Patrick and Jay who have fished depths to 120 feet, with it - which is not uncommon for striper fishing or offshore ocean fishing.


New Vibrato Jig, which I refer to as a "wacky-rigged jig" since the line is tied mid-center, remindful of how one rigs a wacky worm, except this is a solid metal jig. It flutters on the fall and throbs with vibration when you lift or jig it. Stripers and smallies hit it on the fall as well as on a steady retrieve  or when bounced on bottom. On a steady retrieve, I fished it like and it felt like a tight-wobbling crankbait. It worked any way I tried to use it!


New Fast Cast Jigs. These metal-bodied beauties weigh approx. 1-3/8 oz and are 2-3/4" long, but will come in larger and smaller sizes too. They're great for long distance casting, they swim and swagger on the retrieve and excel for deep vertical jigging. The Fast Cast proved productive on stripers and smallies alike.

 

After stripers schools had broken up the shad schools and pushed the remaining shad up against offshore reefs or deep cliff walls, then schools of smallmouth would come out to clean up on the left-over shad. That was when Captain Jay Withers, saltwater expert from Port Charlotte, Florida, would pop up a little smallmouth on the side with a Sebile Splasher topwater lure.


When the stripers schools took breaks (which didn't last long) to let the dispersed shad regroup back into schools before charging them again, that's when smallmouth would come out from the nearby reefs, points and walls and blast anything that moved, including a blue chrome Sebile Crankster SR (Shallow Runner) fat crankbait waddled along the surface with a stop-and-go retrieve. Swim the Crankster SR barely below the surface for several feet and then let it pop to the top during pauses in the retrieve, which is when smallies love to smash it.


August 26, 2009 - Wayne Gustaveson - Warm Creek to Navajo Boils

I took some first time striper chasers with me to Warm Creek this morning. The fish were late allowing us to marvel at the sunrise over Warm Creek.  It was one of the good ones.

 

But the singles that usually start to come up with the sun were late. I start looking around Warm Creek red buoy 12-14. Being patient absolutely as long as possible I left after 5 minutes.

At the mouth of Navajo we started to see single splashes.  I had the rookies throw to a splash ring  and WHACK... the lure disappeared.

We kept that up for about 10 minutes until we started to see groups of 5 to 10 fish. Then the chase was on. We got close enough a number of times.

Stu and Roger Sandall turned into boil veterans within the hour. We tossed 22 fish in the cooler and then headed to the dock so we could go to work and take Roger to school.  We left the fish boiling.  Looks like they are going to keep feeding for most of the day.

 

Boils are fun!


August 26, 2009 - Danny Woods

Fishing Report Lake Powell 08/26/2009
Danny Woods

The fishing has definitely changed and is changing for the better, if you want to start catching some better bass. We were unable to locate striper boils, so my Friend Randy and my son Christopher concentrated on the long rocky points with deep water close. The small mouth were hot and active around 2:00pm for about an hour and sporadic until an hour before dark. Once the sun went behind the canyon walls the long rocky points began to swirl with small mouth bass. Blue gill colored rapalas was the lure of choice and it paid off big dividends. We all had multiple hook ups and the size of the fish are noticeable larger then what we have been catching all summer. We caught plenty of fish around the 1.5 pound range. The smaller fish are still attacking like crazy but the larger fish seem to be getting hungry.

My son, who is four years old, caught and landed four fish by himself. To my amazement his fourth fish ended up being a great catch. I thought for a moment that he had hooked a striper until I saw the gold white flash of a large small mouth bass. I jumped up to retrieve the net hoping my son keeps the line tight. He fought the fish to the boat like a little pro, drag ripping and pole bending, close enough so I could scoop the trophy into the boat. After a great laugh and some great pictures he returned the beauty back to the lake.

August 30, 2009 - Jeff Rogers and family- St. George, UT

"Dad get the net" said Jeter, age 7, as he reeled in a smallmouth bass. It was the first time he cast, hooked, and landed a fish all by himself. It was a one day family outing led by Jeff Rogers, with his son Clint, grandson Jeter and friend Randy Freston. The day started with finding a short lived striper boil near Tapestry Wall in Navajo Canyon. We caught 10 stripers all about 4 lbs in size along an east wall at about 8am. We had the most success with topwater lures in the boil although a rattletrap and wally lure also caught fish.

 

Jeter Rogers

The boil and slurps quit soon after and so we switched to smallmouth fishing using drop shot rigged senkos. Topwater lures also worked well for smallmouth even in the middle of the day with no shade on the water. We landed and released 20 smallmouth bass from various spots around the lower lake, the biggest of these at about 2.5 lbs. At the mouth of Padre Canyon we fished around a large submerged rock and caught smallmouth from a periodic boil. It looked like a small striper boil but topwater lures brought back smallmouth bass instead. It was a great day on the lake, and we brought home some healthy looking striper fillets for a fish fry.

September 1, 2009 - Danny Woods

 
 Monday Aug. 31st - Tues. Sept. 1st.

Well, sometimes the fishing slows down and on smoky Monday (smoky, hazed filled Warm Creek) the fishing was slow. My clients Peter and his son Carter and I left State Line at 2:30 pm Monday afternoon to go find some striper boils, it was not happening. After scouting around with zero success I decided to hit the points once again for some small mouth action. The bass fishing was still good but was defiantly slow. We managed to boat about 20 small bass, nothing with any size. We fished the Blue Gill patterned rapala and small poppers, lots of activity but light fish. The last hour of dark was going to be our attack time but the wind picked up and blew until dark. Managed to land a few.

 
Peter and Carter really enjoyed the Lake and the trip and decided to try it again on Tuesday. I received their called and was happy to accommodate. Tuesday was a real turn around, the overcast sky and lower temps seemed to get the fish active. We tried once again to chase down a boil or two. We located 3-4 boils over by the dam and a few more in Warm Creek. Peter and Carter were unable to hook up but what a great thrill chasing boils. The boils we saw are large boils and were not staying up very long, timing is everything on these boils.

The smallies seemed to enjoy the cooler weather as well, we stayed with the same lures as Monday and started catching larger bass throughout the day. This time the last hour of dark was calm, cool and the backs of the coves were like glass. We headed to the to coves and started our top water attack. We all had on silver colored plugs, fishing 8# test line. The Large mouth and smallies were on the bite. We ended up boating 2 nice Largemouth and a handful of little chunk smallies. Top water fishing early in the morning and late day is only going to get better!!
 
 

September 4, 2009 - Robert and Billie Morris - Heber City, Utah

Friday, September 4, 2009

Just got back from our every morning fishing activity and I think I am on-line. Just like last year we trolled off of Gunsight Point, right out of Padre Bay, and have caught around 40 smallies (some in the 2-3 lb range, WOW) and several stripers in the 5-8 lb range, all in just a few days of fishing . . . with the grandkids. All the bass were caught (trolling at a pretty good speed) on shad colored shap rap lures of medium size. Some were caught on green colors and some on green, yellow and red in combo. Fishing was fast and furious and best from 1/2 hour prior to sunrise to about 1/2 hour after sunrise. We had several triple hookups and lots of smiles and laughter from everyone on board. All of the grandkids caught fish and even all of the adults!! Great times, thanks for the Website and all the info!
I will try and send several photos in additional emails, I am using a verizon wireless air-card and am in Padre bay but cannot see Navajo so . . . you may not get the photos, but I will try.

All the kids, spouses, grandkids and even a Mother-in-law!
 

September 6, 2009 - Shane Spravzoff - Mid Lake Bass


Just got back from another great trip on the big pond. We fished the mid lake up around Face, West, Rock Creek, and Last Chance. The striper fishing was very inconsistent. Some days it was very good and other days the boils were non-existant.

 

Shane Spravzoff

The smallies were ready to chew and stole the show. We caught numerous nice smallmouths and largemouths drop shotting shad shaped worms in 15-30 ft. of water. Find the shad balls and find the fish!
 
I included a couple of pics of my Dad (Steve Spravzoff) and his little brother (Nick Vargas). My Dad participates in the big brothers big sisters program. Nick had a blast catching fish and enjoying the lake. This is a good reminder to us all of just how important it is to take kids fishing!

September 6, 2009 - Brian Chee

I took this shot with my phone, I caught this on the morning of 8/22/09. it was about 9am in the morning, i was using a 4 inch orange grub with skirt on a 1/8 jig. I caught this over next to state line launch ramp. it was about 5 to 6 lbs. this was my only catch that day but one of my biggest largemounths I've caught.

 

Brian Chee


September 10, 2009 - Danny Woods

 

 

 

 



Danny Woods (This Side of That Guide Service)

The top water bite has slowed down, the warm weather has sent the bass back down to about 25 feet of water. The long deep points on the main channels are still holding a lot of small mouth bass, if your looking for numbers this is the place to fish. Larger fish are a bit more reluctant to bite but like i have said before, be patient, slow down and the size of your fish will increase.

Shad colored crank baits, watermelon hula grubs and the ol' blue/silver cast master all produced good numbers of fish. The air temp was in the low 90's and the surface water temp ranged from 79 degrees to 82 degrees. It is not going to be long until the backs of coves fill up with large fish waiting to attack unsuspecting critters to eat. So, until then keep on fishing!!!

 


September 13, 2009 - Danny Woods -  Warm Creek Bass

Fishing Report Sept. 13 2000

Sunday was perfect Lake Powell weather, the water was like glass and at 5:15am not more than a few boats spread across this awesome water. The air temp ranged from the high 80's when the sun was out from behind the clouds to the low 80's when the sun disappeared behind the distant thunder heads. Water temp is still a bit warm, high 70's but cooling down and getting the fish active.

The fishing was slow for us early in the morning, throwing top water with the occasional attack from a lurking bass. We were fishing in the backs of some of the coves in Warm Creek that had small points poking out here and there. As the air warmed the fish seemed to be heading back from deep water to the shad filled shallow water, the fun begins. Boils of small mouth bass began to appear on the little points chasing schools of shad. The shad were all over the surface of the water and the bass started to aggressively attack the poppers and spooks that we had been tossing earlier.

From 5:00am to 1:00pm we boated 20 to 25 nice bass, ranging from 1 to 2 pounds, most of the fish we caught were on the heavier side. The top water fishing was sporadic throughout the day but when it was on it was on!!! We had a lot of action on Sunday and everyone on the boat left with a great big grin.

Leon

September 16, 2009 - Denis and Maria Denardo - Lake Havasu City Wahweap Boils

It was nice meeting you at the fish cleaning station during our vacation
last August 2009.


Maria and I had a great time chasing boils and being on such a beautiful
lake. As I mentioned to you, we chased boils right outside the Marina south of the breakwater, near the Dam, Warm Creek, Navajo and out to Buoy 22. All off our fishing was done with Top-water Lures. Caught them both mornings and evenings.



Denis and Wayne

Our favorite evening was August 20th, perfect weather. We were in boils
between the Wahweap Marina and the Dam for two hours until it got dark. I spent the rest of that evening cleaning fish.
 

Maria Denardo

 

I included a few pics for you to enjoy.
Maria really enjoy spending her vacation time fishing Lake Powell, even
waking up to fish at 5 AM....you couldn't have asked for a better
fishing trip to Lake Powell.





Please pass the word on that Colleen with the National Park Service is
truly dedicated in protecting the Lake from the Mussels and was very
helpful in assisting us with the boat and insuring we had a great time.
She was very appreciative of the way we prepared our boat for inspection
since we were coming from a Lake with the Quagga Mussel issue.



Thanks for your hard work and the information you provide regarding
fishing at Lake Powell.


We'll see you next summer...right around the same time.


 


September 16, 2009 - Bill Bjork - Wahweap Boils

 
i saw a boil this morning just outside of the rental breakwater about 100 yds. only caught one out of that boil. ended up spooning up a mess and 3 smallies near the big rock wall and broken rock just to the left of sand king there is a house boat parked there called harmony( i dont know what that rock is called. it is behind the rock island.) then a big boil broke out on the point even further to the left aroud 11:30. they went down as soon as i got over there and i only got one from it. thanks having such a big bad website!!!

September 20, 2009 - Brian Benedetto (Litchfield Park, Az)

We spent an awesome week of fishing, camping and sightseeing at Lake Powell. We caught about 200 smallies, a handful of LM and about 50 stripers (largest was about 6 lbs). We would fish from about 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm every evening and every morning from safe light until about 0900.
If you did not get out at safe light you totally missed the top water striper action, it was usually over by 0630. We were camped out in a cove by Dangling Rope. Sun-Wen the weather made for tough conditions due to high winds & rain, we still made our way out rain or shine, we would not be denied .
I love having big stripers nail the top water lures and rip off line after they get done thrashing it. Sadly, one pole did not survive the trip, that striper was a little to much for it. SNAP! After the morning striper bite was over we would throw top waters at the shore line and the smallies would take over, numerous dinks with occasional 2 lbers thrown in.
The last 2 days we found some schooling stripers down deep by the camp site and we were able to spoon up a few before they moved off. There was a huge school of shad that they were feeding on at 20-50 feet of water. It was an awesome trip that we have done the last 2 years, your website is awesome. Tight lines!

 

September 22, 2009 - Todd Silva - Gunsight

We caught about 10 fish mostly stripers including these two small mouths within a couple of minutes off the beach near Gunsight. There were boils as big as you will ever see right off the shore. This was around 6:00 a.m. Sunday September 20th. Randy Simmers from Litchfield Park Az. Used a Rapala Deep diving shad lure. It was a beautiful morning. More small and large mouths were caught later in the day from Gunsight to Cookie Jar. We used a lot of green colored grubs with weighted hooks in these areas and had a lot of success.



Todd Silva
 

September 24, 2009 - Bill Bjork - Spooning stripers at Wahweap

My brother Derek Bjork and his friend Miguel Perez came down from Washington state and Oregon. We waited at dawn for striper boils at the buoy field by stateline, it didn't happen for us. So we went to the cut, no action on either side. We drove the rest of the way around antelope island and then stopped at the dam. I went over to the chains saw stripers on the screen, sent down the spoon brought up a striper. Miguel got one, but unfortunately his bloody fish jumped out of the boat while trying to get a picture and turned off the bite. So we went to the main marina. I heard they were boiling in there yesterday no luck. So I took them to the island by Sandking and the fish were a little further off shore this time. If I could see them on the graph they were easy to spoon up. we got 18 stripers in the well, probably 4-5 smallies were released. They were some of the strongest fighting stripers I have caught this year. Lines were broken and spoons were lost! We had a great time.

Thanks Wayne!!

September 25, 2009 - Shane Spravzoff (Flagstaff, AZ) -

Just got back from another great trip at Powell! Fishing was very good at times and it when it slowed you could always find some cooperative smallies on the dropshot. I guess my Dad (Steve Spravzoff) ran into you on the lake. He was in the white Champion. We spent most of our time fishing in Labyrinth as there were lots of smallmouth, stripers, and shad in there. Find the shad and find the fish! Lots of fish were taken fishing zara spooks.
 
On Sunday night when we put the houseboat away I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge striper boil off of the tire line in Wahweap. The fish were going nuts and we took advantage! There were clouds of stripers and shad on the graph all the way from 2 ft down to 100 ft. Keep your eyes open around the marina, there were a ton of fish in there. I included a picture of my Dad, Steve Knecht, and Mike Packer in Labyrinth and a picture of myself in Wahweap. Fishing is about to bust loose up there!!! Keep up the good work!
 

October 1, 2009 - Ed Gerdemann - Last Chance Bass

There's no doubt I'm a big fan of fall fishing on Lake Powell. Typically my best days on the lake occur in the fall, and this past week was no exception with two outstanding days and one better than average outing that was cut short by the wind. Joining me on this trip was my uncle Tom Estes from Bluffdale, TX. This was Tom's fifth trip to Lake Powell, and the third September in a row he's fished with me here. I suspect it won't be his last.


Our first morning out was Monday, the 27th. After reading in Wayne's fishing report that the shad had moved to the backs of the coves, I believed we could duplicate last year's successful pattern of working the backs of several coves in Last Chance Bay. Unfortunately the first one we fished, one of the best from last year, failed to produce much. I took a decent largemouth, managed to catch a striper on a spoon, and we both took a couple smaller smallmouth; but that was it. When I caught the striper I had graphed a school on the bottom. I started jigging a Wallylure spoon, and the fish marks started showing up off the bottom on my depth finder screen. I then got four hits, too hookups and the one fish; but that was it. After that the school disappeared, and I couldn't find it again; and I was not able to duplicate that pattern the rest of the trip.


 
We moved up one cove and, after catching a few small bass, I noticed some shad rippling in the far back end. I immediately cast a Spit'n Image topwater lure into the riffles and was rewarded by multiple strikes on every cast. The smallmouth blew up on that lure time and time again, often knocking it in the air. I did manage to hook and land several, a couple in the two pound class. We also discovered that throwing drop shot soft plastics around the shad brought almost instantaneous strikes as well, and far more consistent hookups than with the topwater. Still, it was fun watching those smallmouth blow up on the Spit'n Image. This was far my best success for smallmouth on topwaters in my 15 years of seriously fishing Lake Powell. Although the drop shot rigs brought more consistent hookups, the average size of the topwater caught bass was larger. Unfortunately this was another pattern I was not able to duplicate later in that day or for the rest of the trip. I threw a lot of topwaters over the three days, but the only strikes I got were this one time when shad were readily visible.


Not being able to duplicate the topwater pattern was tempered by the fact that we continued to take big numbers of smallmouths on soft plastics. In addition to drop shotting, Tom fished Texas-rigged worms around the brush catching both largemouths and smallmouths. We fished one more cove that day that had been good the previous year and did well there again, however this year more fish came from the north side of the cove vs. the south side which was better in 2008. On the first day we kept 37 bass and released probably that many more. This was by far my best day on the year to date.


 
On Monday we decided to try and duplicate Sunday's action and were generally successful except for the inability to get a topwater bite. The first cove we visited was the one where we had the topwater success Sunday. The bass were still there and still willing to take soft plastics either Texas-rigged or drop shot. Tom took a couple nice largemouth from the brush, and I caught my largest bass of the trip, a fine three-pound smallmouth, on a drop shot Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm. I also took another lone striper while bass fishing while Tom caught a nice walleye that proved a nice addition to our evening meal. The action wasn't fast paced, but it was steady all day. After completely working the back of the first cove, we visited the other one where we had success Sunday and found similar action there. Our second day totals were about the same as the first except we only kept enough bass to replace the ones eaten the evening before.




 

Not knowing if our productive coves would hold up to another day's onslaught, Tuesday we decided to fish some coves we hadn't fished before if our first spot first didn't produce. That cove did produce but not like in previous days. We managed several decent smallmouth, and Tom took another good largemouth out of the brush, but that was it. We then moved into a cove we hadn't fished before, and things looked good when I took a very nice smallmouth on my second cast. However the action slowed from there. Finally, we started fishing some long, shallow points and flats which started to produce, however the wind came up in our face making it difficult to hold the boat. We went across the bay into another cove to get out of the wind, but results where disappointing there as well. Finally, I decided the wind was getting too much, and that we'd better get back to Stateline ramp. We then enjoyed a bone-jarring one-hour boat ride over a heavy white capped chop to end our day. We "only" caught 43 bass Tuesday which would be a good day in most places, but after what we did on Sunday and Monday; Tuesday's catch was somewhat disappointing. We also didn't get quite the size Tuesday as in previous days. I do believe that had the wind not cut our day a couple hours short that we would have been close to our previous days' tallies. It was a good thing we left when we did, because just after taking the boat out of the water the wind velocity increased significantly. I would not have wanted to be on the lake when that happened.
Most of our fish were taken in 12 to 18 feet of water mostly on the edge of drop offs, however some came off the middle of large flats and some, mostly largemouth, came out of heavy brush. We took a few bass in just a couple feet of water and some as deep as 25 feet. My three-pound smallmouth was about 15 feet deep right on top of a big drop off. As mentioned previously, our only topwater success came when we could actually see shad riffles. Our best colors for our soft plastics were watermelon and a combination watermelon and white laminates. Tom also had some luck on what looked like a junebug colored worm. I really don't think color was all that important - location and presentation were the keys.


I have two trips planned for October and hope to enjoy the same success, hopefully with some stripers added to the equation. However, I'd be more than satisfied with good bass fishing. I love fall fishing on Lake Powell!

 


October 1, 2009 - Matt Pennington -  Last Chance Stripers



We fished the big pond this last weekend (26-27) and had a great weekend. My wife and I are from Bloomfield, NM and I have been coming to Powell for over 20 years. I have probably told her so many stories about Lake Powell's famous striper boils that she doesn't even pay attention any more.
We left our houseboat at Wahweap early Saturday morning and headed toward Gunsight. No stripers but a couple of nice largemouth taken on silver/white poppers and silver rattle traps.
Sunday we ventured farther out and went up Last Chance taking a left at the Y. Again, a couple of nice largemouth and some small smallmouth taken on 1oz Kastmasters, but no stripers. Then as we were working our way back south we stumbled into the largest boil I have ever seen in my years at Powell. It was just before we reached the Y junction to turn south. It easily filled the canyon side to side and my graph was solid to the bottom at 70 ft. My wife's first cast produced a nice 5-6 lb striper while my first cast brought back a small yearling. She enjoyed that.
The surface action ended quickly with us boating 5 or 6 decent fish. Usually I would chase the strays but thanks to all the pointers on this sight we started jigging our 1oz Kastmasters. Not only did the action heat up but so did the size. It was amazing to see the size of the shad schools. They looked like wind moving across the water and it was so quiet that it sounded like rain. The shad surrounded our boat at least 20 - 30 yards in every direction and were over 20 ft deep.
We fished until the setting sun forced us to leave....the action still going. The hardest thing I've ever done. In all we took over 20 fish and most weighing over 6 pounds. I don't know if Ill ever see a boil like that again, but i can hope. Sorry I didn't take any pictures of the action but my hands were full! Thanks for the help!

October 4, 2009 - Richard Roberts - Gunsight Bass

I have not written in lately but have certainly enjoy reading your report and listening to all of the fish reports from anglers. It is very motivating to come to Lake Powell after reading the site. My wife, Raelynn Roberts (me, Richard Roberts) and I went out for the day and decided to stay local to Antelope. We spent the day at Warm Creek looking for and signs of Striper on the bottom or for that matter top! Not finding any striper on top (early/Late) we looked for SMB,LMB.

We found the rock piles surrounding the Warm creek area. While we normally catch a great deal of SMB, My wife, Raelynn, fishing from the stern seat caught a SMB. This SMB looked to be about 2 1/2 plus lbs. I said incredible!! Awesome fish. Shortly (5 minutes) after that, she said hooked another!!!! I ran back to look and notice this Whale she hooked. This thing jumped about 3-4 feet out of the water trying to spit out the PUMPKIN Grub with a small jig weight out of its mouth. I freaked and said WOW, this one has to be around 3 1/2 -4 lbs. My scale is old and inaccurate. The weigh is a guestimate.

Location: South West side of the point on Alstrom. Reddish Rocky Point area.

Taught her everything she knows!!

I caught a handful of SMB but absolutely have to say my wife rocked this day for us with her catch.

I now know what i have to do! One more trip up this year. There have to be more there!

Thanks again Wayne.

October 7, 2009 - Danny Woods



Fishing Report October 4th and 5th - This Side of That Guide Service

Early Sunday morning looked to be a good day, calm winds and cool weather. The fishing poles all had new Gamma fishing line spooled and ready to go, we had 12# on the bait casters and 8# on the spinners. I new the wind was coming and was trying to beat the afternoon breeze, that did not work out. The wind came early and we got blown off the lake by 10:30am. I was fishing with Larry Vinson, his wife and 79 year young mother, Christine. We managed to land a few small mouth bass, but nothing to exciting, the fishing was difficult and slow.



Christine
The weather report called for lighter winds on Monday so we loaded the boat and launched from State line at 6:30am to give it another try. The wind was a constant problem and again the early fishing was slow, Christine landed a descent smallie right off the get go, but it shut down after that. We spent some time graphing stripers and schools of shad, we found plenty of fish but could not get them to bite. We found some relief from the wind in the backs of some coves in Warm Creek, as the day began to warm the fish started to bite, but not for long. The schools of shad are still loaded in the backs of the cove and the stripers are hanging in about 40 feet of water just waiting for the shad to swim out. We started graphing the fish and sending blue and silver cast masters down to the schools, we had a few hook ups that produced a few small stripers. The small mouth bite was descent for about an hour, top water with plugs, white and grey crank baits close to shore.

Throughout the day with a lot of hard work we boated 8-10 small mouth, 3 large mouth and 3 stripers, one tough day of fishing, cold and windy. Christine who will turn 79 years young this month out fished the entire boat. She used the bait casters with the 12# Gamma line and to my amazement controlled her lure in the wind and the lake chop, Christine boated this beautiful 3+ lb large mouth bass, awesome fishing.

October 12, 2009 - Ed Gerdemann - Last Chance Bass

Normally when chasing Lake Powell smallmouths, once I find that magic depth where the fish are holding I can concentrate my efforts there for the greatest success. That was not the case this past weekend, however. There was no magic depth nor was there even a magic range of depth. Smallmouths were ranging throughout the water column anywhere from as shallow as five feet to as deep as 35. There were hanging out on flats, all cliffs, on broken rock, slick rock, bare rock and brush covered rock. An equal number of small and big fish seemed to be holding throughout the water column. The only consistency we found was they were mostly found in towards the backs of the coves and canyons. The outer reaches did not hold as many fish. The other consistency was the largemouth we caught were hanging in shallow brush.


My fishing partner on this trip was my old friend Dale Marenda. Our relationship goes back to the mid-1980s. Dale was a personal injury attorney; and I, being an insurance claim representative, had a number of cases with him. Over the years it got to the point we'd talk about two minutes on whatever case we had going and then 20-30 minutes on fishing. We started fishing together in the late 1990s, and Dale has been frequent guest of mine at Lake Powell this past decade.


 
With a forecast of good weather, we decided to concentrate our fishing in Last Chance Bay where I had excellent success my previous trip. We hoped to find either some striper boils or schools we could spoon, but our primary interest was smallmouth bass. Our plan was to fish three coves on the right side of the bay about halfway up. These coves were excellent for me last fall and had proven good on my previous trip. Our day Friday started with a bang. Dale hooked up with a smallmouth on his first cast, and I nailed a nice largemouth on my second. Then, except for a couple small fish, that was it for the next two hours. I threw a lot of topwater into the brush but only got one half-hearted strike. Finally, as we moved around on the opposite side of the cove we hooked into several nice smallmouths. Those fish were mostly near the brush at five to 15-feet deep. I tried fishing straight down at 20-30 feet with no success. We moved up to the next cove, and the fishing seemed to pick up. It was not one fish after another, but we had consistent hookups. Here is where we starting finding smallmouths at greater depths. Fishing straight down below the boat was very successful as we worked along a series of jetty-like points that ran out into the bay from the back end. The two "canyon" sections at the very back end of each side of the cove also produced fish. Around 2:00 p.m. the wind started coming up, and we decided to head back; however the wind died so we decided to fish a rocky bank along the west side of Padre Canyon where we caught several more fish before heading back to Stateline ramp. Our tally for the day was around 35 bass - not as many as on my previous trip but the overall average size was quite a bit bigger with several bass in the two-pound class.


 
Saturday found us back in Last Chance in the cove where we started on Friday. However, on Saturday we started on the opposite side. On my second cast I was into a decent smallmouth. Dale was soon into one as well. We took seven nice bass within the first 20 minutes, and then everything stopped. We fished completely around the back of the cove catching only a couple small fish. I actually lost a couple decent fish, but for nearly two hours we caught very few. We then went back to where we started where Dale picked up several fish including a dandy crappie. I hit some hard luck having one nice smallmouth break off while another simply got off the hook near the boat. At our second cove the fishing was even better than it had been the day before. As we moved along the south end we took several nice fish. My highlight the day was catching a three-pound plus smallie in the far back end of the south side. Here the cove narrowed down into a small canyon-like section. I took the fish in about 10 feet of water off a rock slide between two slick rock walls. The big smallmouth hit my lure on the drop. When I took out the slack I felt the weight and began reeling. As I swept my rod to fighting position I could feel the power of the big tail. The bass then jumped three feet out of the water and headed for the channel taking a lot of my line with it. Finally the spring of the rod wore the fish down and Dale got the net under it. After some photos I released it. Hopefully it will be a four-pound plus next year.


 
We had difficulty working the points that were successful for us Friday because the wind had come up and was blowing down the bay. We went into the narrow area on the north side where we found some shelter and continued to catch fish. It was here I took the lone striper of the trip which clobbered a Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm as I was reeling in. I spooned the whole area but was unable to get any more hookups. The wind calmed, and we went back out to the points but only managed a couple small fish. I then decided we should move down to a cove we hadn't fished this trip. The wind was starting to come up again, and I felt this cove would be sheltered and might produce a few fish. This turned out to be a good move as over the next hour we took a dozen more bass before calling it quits for the trip.




 
As on Friday, we found fish from right up against the bank all the way out to over 30 feet. A good tactic was to drop our lures straight down along rock faces. A number of bass darted out from cracks, crevices and overhanging ledges to grab our baits as they dropped. Dale had good luck by casting out in deep water and letting his lure pendulum back to the boat. He believes, and I concur, that bass will congregate under a boat that stays in the same place for awhile for cover and shade. At any rate, his tactic worked quite well.


The most disappointing aspect of the trip, besides the lack of stripers, was the lack of topwater action. I threw a lot of topwater both days an failed to connect with even one fish. Everything we took came on drop shot soft plastics. Dale caught a few fish on Senkos, however the Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm was the bait of choice. Color didn't seem to be all that important. Dale had good luck on watermelon green. I didn't have any Shad Shaped Worms in pure watermelon, but I did have good success on the watermelon/white laminate (Color 901). On Saturday, having run out of the watermelon/white laminate, I found a pack in natural shad (Color 306) which seemed to work equally as well. The most important thing was getting the bait in front of the fish - and that meant working a lot of depths. This is something I'll remember my next time up.
 

October 12, 2009 - Mike McNabb - Lower Lake Bass

We were out for three days, 10-9,10,11. We spent most of the first day in Antelope and caught LITTLE ones.
 
The next day we went up lake and got into bigger ones. We tried top water and could only get the fish to swipe at our bait except for one nice one that broke the line and got away with our Sammy!
The rest of the fish were caught using jigs - smoke and pumpkin. On
Sunday we stayed close to this end of the lake and got really lucky. The
boys caught 2 big largemouth.
Aarons was a 4.0#er and Josh caught a 3.10#er.


Others we caught that day ranged from Aquarium size to almost three pounds, largemouth and smallmouth.

We were most successful fishing trees and bushes straight down and letting it set. We used double tail hula grubs - smoke and pumpkin.
It was a great day of fishing and great company.
 

October 17, 2009 - Mike McNabb - Warm Creek Bass

I spent the day with Rick, Paul, Chris and their kids. We had a great time, and caught a lot of fish.
We spent the day at this end of the lake in and around Warm Creek. We caught these fish using Grubbs fishing around bushes and trees about 10-20 feet down, letting the grub hit the bottom and then letting it sit or twitching it a little.
We caught fish all day long. It slowed down a bit during mid-afternoon but that is when we caught the almost 3 pound smallmouth.
Everyone had a great time. We let the big one go, of
course, and kept some of the fish for "taco Tuesday" dinner that night!
Once again we we had a great time with great company and great fishing on Lake Powell!
 

October 19, 2009 - Flint Stephens - Southern lake

Fished Oct. 16 and 17 in Warm Creek, Padre Bay, and Wahweap. Fishing was slow both days. No stripers, although we graphed several schools but could not entice them to bite. We found lots of shad in the backs of brushy coves, but never saw any predators going after them. At one spot we could see several largemouth bass with a shad ball right above them but they never tried to chase them.

We ended up catching a few smallmouth bass and a couple of largemouth bass each day. Biggest was a largemouth about three pounds. We could not even find any bluegills or catfish willing to bite. I took some ribbing from the wife and was feeling bad until I saw several other boats at the fish cleaning station and no one seemed to do much better. Only one striper among the anglers that were there.

October 19, 2009 - Kip Bennett and Shawn Johnson - Wahweap


We went fishing early Friday morning on National Bosses Day.
 
Got out as soon as the sun came up and saw some fish hitting the surface so decided to throw some top water baits and a couple random Sebile baits.
 Caught some decent size bass all morning totaling to about 20 for the morning since we had to open the store at 9am.
We caught a 2.5lb smallmouth, 3lb largemouth, and a 4lb Striper.
 
The fish were chasing baits that looked like baby bluegill as you can see in the picture.

October 21, 2009 - Jim Morrill - Rock Creek

First I want to say how much I appreciate what you do and how kind you are to us as we approach these fishing trips. For some crazy reason, the trips are always so important to us as we prepare for them all year, it seems. Each time you respond with great info and sooooo graciously pass on info for the trillionth time. This year I brought outstanding men and many outstanding fishermen from Iowa, Louisiana, South Carolina, Georgia, California and of course Phoenix and Prescott. Most of the guys from out of state had never really heard of Lake Powell and were in awe of what they saw as well as the fishing.

The fishery is so good that fishing was always great in spite of the tons of bait. We struggled a lot on the Stripers in Rock Creek and Dry Rock Creek although what I saw as far as numbers of fish and bait on the screen was beyond any previous trip except early summer trips out of Hite up near and in the water color change area. All fish were healthy with our largest Striper at about 7 1/2 to 8 lbs. Smallmouth ran up to 3 lbs and a nice Bucketmouth who was living the good life in Dungeon was close to 4 lbs. The fishing improved for us on this trip 10/16-10/19 over the trip in September 20-27. Stripers were perhaps a little more vulnerable to our standard spoon the Cabelas RealImage jiggin spoons in 1 1/2 oz but the numbers were still way, way down from previous years. We experimented with slow baits and the only one that really seemed to wake up the fat lazy sleepers was a lure that I will order more of if I can find it. It was a Norwegian or Finland made lure I believe may be called a Dart Dagger or Dagger Dart. On the drop and on the rise, the lure scurries horizontally and looks very similar to a darting small shad. It has both the horizontal and vertical element. In normal spooning conditions, late year, I believe this lure would be absolutely lethal. It woke up 6-8 sleepers on this trip and brought them to the boat. It was dropped into schools with absolutely no desire to bite and got a hookup in seconds several times. I thought a jigging stroke of perhaps just a foot or two brought the best darting action. I will try to acquire some more and want to paint a few white and will report on the results. Maybe we should all pay more attention to some of these ice fishing type lures, perhaps there are more on the market that when jigged vertically add that horizontal darting action that could keep us fishing longer when the fish slow down and more lethal on a normal fall bite. I was really impressed with how closely this thing resembled a shad darting around and its small size, heavy weight, and ruggedness could make it my new best Striper producer. I think the size more closely resembles the smaller shad of early summer and could really help during that period. Does anyone else have experience with this type of lure on our Stripers?

Smallmouth and largemouth fishing in Dungeon was absolutely as good as it gets with unbelievable bait in the canyon around the rocks. Just keep all those rocks in mind and don't forget about any of their locations in low light as I did and banged into one on our last evening and have a little fiberglass and gel coat work on one of my cat's floats.

Seems to me there will be plenty of fishing to be done yet in the season with the way the fish are still responding. My best producing lure was the Norman's mid level diver (14-16' I think) in a light natural gray/white color. I pulled them back at the speed of light using a 6:1 reel and got a strong reaction bite in all areas where there was good structure or vegetation. My partner had limited success on plastics/rubber grubs and crawfish imitations in all colors and had fully switched to crankbait by second day with better success. High speed was definitely most productive.

On the way back we dropped the Norman down passing through Castle Rock cut for another healthy 2 year fish for the bucket. I think that this is the spot to get rid of the skunk early on the way out to a days fishing or to end on a high note on the way in. Great trip.

Next year I believe I will be start guiding along with my trips with my buddies as my heart tugs at me to do it and this new Glacier Bay 2665 begs to be used for such. I am working on my 6 pack license and will turn in the paperwork soon. The boat is a 26'(28'fishing deck) twin (Honda 150 4 stroke), 200 gallon fuel tank, 225-250 square feet, onboard stove, grill, built in coffee/hot drink maker, full spreader lights, 2 fish finders, Walker downriggers with a downrigger camera and monitor on board to watch and maybe record strikes, top of the line stereo, VHF, Garmin GPS/Radar/Sonar/video network and monitor. I believe this power cat may have one of the smoooothest rides on the lake, built in lockers and fish lockers, and head. There is zero hull slap ever! My thought is I will charter out with a group of 3-6 guys and set up a 1st class fish camp deep up the lake in the areas with the most potential even if that means San Juan, Striper City or White Canyon. The boat is an efficient, long range cruiser. I will most likely do nothing less than 5-6 day trips as that seems optimal to me for a great LP experience. The guys all consider me a gourmet chef so that will come with my package as standard fare. I can't wait. Guys looking for a first class trip with a lifetime fish hauler, ex USAF survival instructor/safety officer with customer service and people skills from years as an airline captain should look me up next year if I am not already booked up by then. Guys say I can always find and cook like they do in the finest restaurants from a rocky shoreline. My most requested dish is Hawaiian Paradise Pineapple Teriyaki Lake Powell Striper with rice and asparagus or just Louisiana's Pappadeaux's style fried fish and coleslaw.

Wayne again I sure appreciate you and your great site. I tried to come by and visit and show off the new fishing platform, but I guess I just missed you. Hope to get up there a couple more times before the lake freezes over and it is a lot more convenient to stop by with Wahweap being our only launch option and the Castle Rock cut is awesome. First time I have motored Wahweap Bay and Warm Creek in years.

Tragic accident on that houseboat on Friday. We were 1/4-1/2 mile away when the houseboat exploded. Helicopter response was a little slow. We prayed for that 8 year old boy several times as you couldn't help from doing it after watching the accident and hearing the radio calls.
With no more bass showing in the shallows, we concentrated on the offshore drops where Jim caught, and I lost, several more fish. I finally scored on a decent largemouth before leaving that cove. As we were getting ready to leave, I remembered a cove that had been good at last year's lower water level. I hadn't fished there at all this year and thought it might be worth a try. Upon first appearance it looked to be an uninviting slick rock cove with no brush or broken rock structure; however I remembered what the back end was like last year and figured there might be some hidden structure holding fish. This turned out to be a great move as we really hit the jackpot there with both Jim and I taking several nice smallmouths to end the day. I don't think the tournament anglers fished that cove all day. It really doesn't look like much at first appearance, but the back end is loaded with submerged broken rockpiles and brushy cover which are not observable from a distance. The fish were really active there as we often saw three or four fish following a hooked buddy. We hadn't seen that the whole trip. With the sun starting to get low we headed back to the Stateline ramp having taken 32 bass, including seven or eight largemouths. Unfortunately we didn't catch any stripers. I graphed what appeared to be a couple schools but could get no hits on spoons. The only stripers we saw were in that brief boil right in with the other bass.


This was my last scheduled Lake Powell fishing trip this season. I got off to a late start because of shoulder surgery this spring, and I didn't get as many trips this season as normal due to other issues. However in eight days on the water in September and October my guests and I brought over 370 bass into my boat. There's not many places that can be done.
 

October 27, 2009 - Ed Gerdemann - Bass Last Chance

In 15 seasons of serious Lake Powell fishing I've observed several things about late October fishing. First, it's a high risk/high reward trip. If I hit things right I'll have some of the best fishing of the year. If my trip coincides with or just after a Pacific front, however, I may find it difficult fishing. Another thing I've noticed is while total fish numbers may be a bit less than earlier in the fall, the average size seems to be bigger - particularly with bass. Also, I've found that the later it is in the season, the later the fish start hitting. Early mornings are not nearly as successful as late afternoons. Finally, I've discovered that bass later in the fall tend to hit in flurries. I'll go an hour or more without a hit and then catch four or five in rapid succession.

This past weekend's trip certainly falls into that pattern. The weather was good and, overall, so was the fishing - tough at times but generally good. Joining me was my longtime work colleague Jim Buxton. This is our 26th season of fishing together, and late October trips to Powell have become sort of a tradition with us. Since Jim has been enjoying retirement the past three years, I haven't seen as much of him; so our annual fishing excursions provides a chance to catch up on things as well as catch some fish.
 






We fished Last Chance Bay exclusively on both Friday and Saturday. Although there was a tournament that coincided with our trip, we didn't see too many tournament anglers in our area. In fact, we only saw them in two of the coves we were fishing; and they appeared to be concentrating on largemouths up in the heavy cover and generally ignoring the offshore structure. That was fine with us as we found more fish just out off the shore a bit, off that first dropoff at about 15 feet. The one exception to this was Saturday when a combined group of largemouth, smallmouth and stripers pinned a school of shad up against the shore. That was the only surface action we saw in two days. The rest of the time we fished off shore a bit just off that first dropoff.


On Friday we did my Last Chance milk run hitting the coves that had produced for my guests and me in my earlier trips. Fishing was very slow until about 10:00 a.m. when we started picking up a bass or two here and there. We found that drop shotting a Yamamoto Shad Shaped worm worked reasonably well, however we also had good success fishing a Series 40 single tail grub rigged on a 1/4 oz. jig head. In fact, as the day wore on the grub seemed to outproduce the drop shot rig. We combined to catch 42 smallmouths of which 16 were pretty decent. Our biggest ones went right at two pounds, and we had several between 1 1/2 and two pounds. We did not catch a single largemouth on Friday.
Saturday we started fishing in the same cove where we finished Friday. Things were much slower there, however. We took six or seven small bass, and I lost a pretty nice fish; but that was it. We then went to our most successful cove from Friday only to find a tournament boat there. I then went across the bay to a cove I hadn't fished this season. There was no one there, and I hadn't seen anyone go in or out of there all morning. It was then about 10:00 a.m. Almost immediately we took several smallmouths off the first rockpile we fished. Unfortunately I continued my pattern for the day losing fish, getting hung up, breaking off and having to rerig several times. Jim, having better luck, took several nice bass. As we were moving into the very back of the cove a tournament boat roared in about 150 yards ahead of us. The front seat angler nailed a striper almost immediately on a topwater, and the back seater took a decent smallmouth on what appeared to be some subsurface pattern. We simply went around them and continued fishing. Right at high noon the boil I described earlier erupted along the shoreline. I threw a Rattlin' Rapala lipless crankbait into the fray and soon was battling a decent largemouth. Another largemouth hit Jim's Pop-R. After unhooking my green bass, I made another cast and was soon battling a 2 1/2-pound smallie - my best fish of the day. We didn't catch any of the stripers that were boiling with the bass. As suddenly as it began, it ended. We could see the fish swimming in the shallows, but they no longer were interested in our lures. Eventually they exited for deeper water.
 

We continued around the cove throwing crankbaits and topwaters over the heavy cover and working the outer edges with drop shot rigs. I hooked and lost a couple more nice bass, and then the day's crowning blow occurred. While moving around the bow of my boat, I stumbled and kicked my crankbait rod overboard. I grabbed for it, but it was just barely out of my reach and sank out of sight. Fortunately, Jim triangulated the area with several landmarks, and we started searching the area. It was Jim who spotted it laying on the bottom where my depthfinder registered 18 feet. We both dropped Wallylure spoons trying to snag it. Jim was able to snatch it with his spoon, and we retrieved the rod. Although we didn't catch one fish on Wallylures this trip, it turned out to be our most valuable lure.

 

October 28, 29009 - Pieter Jones - San Diego CA - Gunsight stripers

My father Fred and my friends Ben, James and I fished the lake the 17th.-22nd. The fishing was the toughest that we have seen it at Powell. It took us five days to scratch together what I've seen in a day. Nonetheless, we still ended up with a few nice sacs of striper filets. We made the trip to fish the fall pattern in the shallow water, which barely happened. We camped in Gunsight and most of the fish that we caught were in about 90 feet of water, speed reeling hopkins and crocodile's. We caught fish like this in Gunsight and Padre.

Pieter Jones

We simply used the meter to find the schools and then dropped jigs on them. Sunday evening James and Ben got into the fish at dusk in shallow water on topwater in the back left of Gunsight against that big wall.

 

Fred Jones

We also had a shot at them when we saw them come up on the point under the rainbow. We ran about an 1/8 of a mile from our camp following the rainbow to the point which yielded the 8 fish in the dirt pic.
We also found a pot of gold but there was a leprechaun there that wouldn't give it up? All 8 of them were caught on topwater in about 2 feet of water. The weather handed it to us Between Monday afternoon and early Wednesday morning which quickly turned red dirt into a staple element of our existence; however, we were able to get the cool rainbow pic out of the deal which is a rare find. Tough but great trip to Powell. Thanks for the great resource, Pieter J

November 3, 2009 - Bill Bjork - Warm Creek Stripers

Nick Smith and I went to Warm Creek and followed Wayne's instructions and caught all these stripers at 60 feet with spoons. At least 10 of them were in the four pound range, they fought hard and were not afraid to take some strong runs making the drag sing. I think any spoon will work as long as its heavy enough to get down to the bottom in a reasonable amount of time. We had a great morning! We got to the spot at 8:45 and they bit till about 10. Nick is fun to fish with and is an awesome mechanic! thanks Wayne you make it fun to fish here!!

November 7, 2009 - Kip Bennett and Shawn Johnson - Wahweap Bass

We read in the paper this week how you said that fishing is beginning to slow down so we decided to go out and try to prove you wrong. Went out Saturday morning at sunrise and headed to Ice Cream Canyon. Water temp was 61 degrees and the air temp was cold enough for 3 layers of clothing. By 9am we had both taken off a layer though. We started at the mouth and worked our way back.
Kip laid into the first couple bass, all with nice size ranging from 2-3lbs. He was running low on his "money" bait so he switched to another plastic bait. Meanwhile Shawn brought a couple in with a 5" Ika from Yamamoto rigged weightless.
We tried ripping some spinner baits but the fish seemed too sluggish to react quickly to them. We noticed even while bringing the largemouth in they didn't fight as much as normal so we decided weightless plastics would be the way to go on this morning. Kip got back into the action when he found one more of his "money" baits and hooked it on.
There was a lot of underwater trees/bushes that we fished around with fairly good luck. We were in about 8 feet of water most of the time and caught a couple in 20 foot depth. We didn't see a whole lot on the graph at 60 foot depth like we had read on your site earlier this week so we gave up any hope of striper fishing.
All together we caught about 15 largemouth and smallmouth for the morning. We figured we had about a 12lb bag with our 5 biggest bass which would have been nice two weeks ago when Kip and Robert fished the tournament. We released all the fish hoping that for next years tournaments they will be bigger for us or whoever else may get lucky enough to get them.

November 9, 2009 - Bob Fenchak - Padre Bay Bass

Just a couple of the Smallmouths that we caught our last week out. These were 4 lbs. +. But most of the fish were 2.5 and 3.5 lbs. I guess it was the Full Moon that week.
All of the fish were caught in Gunsight, Padre, and Kane Creek Canyons. It was a good week for the final week out until next Spring.

November 17, 2009 - Russ Bassdozer - Putting Sebile Lures to the Test on Scenic Lake Powell, Utah


Patrick Sebile (who many say is the world's most accomplished angler), Laurent Picq, a famous angler from France and Russ Bassdozer trolled, retrieved and jigged over 70 stripers in Warm Creek Bay on Lake Powell, Utah yesterday. The day earlier, we landed plenty of fine largemouth, smallmouth and even walleye, yellow catfish and carp succumbed to Sebile lures during our two day test trip on November 15 and 16, 2009.

The first day, we started fishing in backs of canyons called Labyrinth, Gunsight, Rock Creek and Padre, with high hopes of laying into bass and stripers in those arms. We certainly did okay, but not great. Best was Rock Creek. Patrick had some lures he wanted us to test (he is the owner/designer or Sebile lures), and bass obliged by hitting a variety of them including:

Magic Swimmer 110 Fast-Sinking jointed swimbait, with which Laurent landed our best bass of the trip - a nice smallie in Gunsight.


Flatt Shad Snagless. This a lipless vibrating crankbait that can be pulled through the thickest brush or weed cover anywhere and hardly ever snags, which is exactly how Patrick snagged a couple nice bass nestled in brush beds in Rock Creek. It has a hookless feather tail, and an upward-facing double (not treble) hook on the belly that tucks up tight to the bottom. The broad flat sides of the lipless bait serve to shield the hook from everything the lure encounters except for striking fish which get solidly hooked.


Koolie Minnow 90 LL in white proved best for bass this day. It looks like a jerkbait minnow, but I swam it steadily through the brush like a crankbait, not jerking or pausing it. The Koolie has a bowed body and a very broad, flat belly that shields the trebles from snags, so it comes through brush amazingly snagless, which is how I landed a handful of nice smallies and largemouth in the brush in Rock Creek.

 
Stick Shadd Hollow soft bait was what Patrick also dropshot a bass or two in the deep brush in front of the Cookie Jar in Padre Bay.


The bass fishing was decent, but we were hoping for more. On the way home, I pulled into Warm Creek basin at last light to scout for the striped bass that I know always winter-over in there. I put the boat down about 1/2 mile from the back on the eastern shoreline (which gets the late light), idled onto the 60 foot mark, and immediately found big dense walls of shad and striper schools blacking out the fish finder. By the dense, compact and fairly featureless blobs of bait and predators, we knew they were not actively feeding right then, but we dropped a few spoons down, and pulled up a couple stripers, confirming this would be where we'd start the next morning's fishing for stripers.

The second day morning, we got to Warm Creek bay about 8 o'clock and started marking and fishing the thick black balls of fairly inactive fish on the graph. In the morning, most of the bait and stripers were in water from 80 to 60 feet deep, and there was also a significant presence hovering over depth breaks (rapid changes in bottom depth) down to 100 or more feet deep.

We started to jig a few stripers, mainly from the 60 to 70 foot schools, but it was difficult to keep the boat over the schools. Although fish were coming aboard on a steady basis, we spent as much time idling around as fishing. So I reckoned that if we couldn't easily stay on the schools, we would instead bring the schools to us by trolling, retrieving and then jigging them.

It wasn't any one technique - but the combined effect of trolling, retrieving and jigging that started scoring striper after striper for us from the late morning and lasting through 2:30 pm.

What I mean by our devastatingly effective trolling, retrieving and jigging combo is the following explanation:

First, we trolled 1 oz Koolie Minnow 118 LL plugs about 60 yards behind the boat on the thinnest braided line possible. Patrick had a wispy thin 12 lb test braid that was letting his Koolie hit bottom about 43 feet deep. So we put Patrick's line down the center behind the boat, in between Laurent's and my line. I had a thicker 20 lb braid and was only achieving 34 feet of depth due to the thicker line diameter. Laurent also had a thicker braid, and he wasn't achieving the 40+ foot depths, only Patrick. We mainly trolled the 50 to 60 foot depths since by late morning, the stripers and bait had moved shallower from 60-80 feet in early morning to 50-60 feet deep by late morning, and the dense balls of bait and predators had started to open up (were not as densely compacted) by late morning, meaning they were becoming more active.


Because Patrick's plug was reaching 40+ feet deep (due to his ultrathin line diameter), he was hooking almost all the fish as we trolled, using the big motor at idle speed (800 rpm's). I'd start marking fish on the graph, and a few seconds later, Patrick was most likely to hook up. But that didn't mean Laurent and I were shut out. It's true we did not hook many on the trolling phase, but once Patrick hooked a fish out of the school, we'd shut off the motor right away. This is where phase two - retrieving - our plugs so they followed and flanked Patrick's hooked striper resulted in multiple hook-ups for Laurent and I. We had 60 yards of line out behind the boat, and as Patrick fought the first fish, he'd pull the school up to the level where Laurent and I had our plugs as we retrieved them on both sides of Patrick's fish - and we'd also hook up.


Now, 2 or 3 of us were hooked up on plugs, and bringing the entire school to the boat along with the hooked fish. The school would come right up to the top by the time they were boatside, and you could simply cast back out and catch another one or two near the surface for a minute as we boated the hooked fish.


Next, we'd drop 1.4 oz Fast Cast 42 jigging spoons down on the school, now under the boat, and this was almost like chumming with the jigging spoons constantly being jigged up about 8 feet and then falling back down (which is when most bites occur). With three spoons, it simulates a fall-out of injured shad fluttering to the bottom thereby keeping the school under us for a few minutes more. All of the fish were super fat and their stomachs were stretched to the bursting point with shad. They looked like stomachs with tails and fins. By 1 o'clock, the feeding activity was so high, that the streaking fish on the graph looked like Fourth of July fireworks exploding beneath the boat, and most of the stripers were so stuffed by this time that they regurgitated fresh mouthfuls of both gizzard and threadfin shad - about the size of our spoons - further chumming the water to keep the schools with the boat. We also caught stripers on Sebile's 2.1 oz Vibrato wacky jigging spoons and 1-1/4 oz Spin Shad #2 tailspinners, plus, when the fish moved shallower than 40 feet and into its effective range, we caught a few by vertical jigging the 3/4 oz Flatt Shadd 66 XH (Extra Heavy) lipless crankbait - but it's fair to say that the 1.4 oz Fast Cast jigs in a variety of shad colors were the most effective vertical jigging tools for us this particular day.


By 2:30, we got into the biggest, most active school, that stayed under the boat for fifteen minutes, and we caught them on almost ever drop of the spoon as the boat drifted from 60 to 30 feet deep, with constant double and triple hook-ups. It was our finest moment! Marks on the graph were no longer dense blobs, but more like streaking, scattered markings, surely signaling that an all-out, furious striper blitz was going on below. The scent of battered shad wafted to the surface, and a sweet smell of shad oil spread over the water, filling the warm air all around us.

I am not sure if the school moved with us, or if we slowly moved over them, since as we got shallower (from 40 to 30 feet), the fish got smaller. Most of the fish all day were 3 to 5 pounders, but as we drifted over the shallowest tip of this school (about 30 feet deep), there were only 1-2 pounders. So I think that was just a solid 15 minute long school that we slowly slid over. There was no wind at this time, and we were fishing off the deep side of the boat, so as 2 or 3 of us were always hooked up, the fighting stripers were actually working like mule teams to pull our boat back toward the main melee, helping to pull and position the boat right over the heaviest action!

Also note that when the stripers were deepest and least active early in the morning, they had a pale purple blush and very dark black stripes. As they became semi-active in late morning, the blush had flushed to a brighter pale blue. At the height of the feeding frenzy after noon, the charged-up fish were flashing a pale green, a more silvery sheen and dark chocolate as opposed to black stripes.

All good thing must end, and around 2:30 pm, a slight breeze arose out of the south, which riffled the surface. The fresh breeze was just strong enough to finally blow the boat off that massive school and into shallow water. Since we were almost up on the shoreline by this time, we turned around and started casting to shore, which was how Patrick landed a nice walleye on the Koolie Minnow 118 LL, and we also had some other bites from bass - but didn't land them.

I am not sure whether it was us or the stripers who had enough, but whoever gave up the game by 2:30 pm, we didn't catch or mark many more stripers after that. I honestly think it was us, the anglers who were finished catching for the day. I feel the stripers continued feeding, but had moved to the sunniest side (the east side) of the bay, which was where we first found them the evening earlier. I find the stripers will often lay on western shorelines when the sun is in the eastern sky and on eastern shorelines after 2 pm on sunny winter days. I do think they moved over to the eastern shoreline, but we did not. We had a dinner date that we didn't want to miss that evening at the home of Jarrett and Becca Edwards who produce the “Jarrett Edwards Outdoors” TV show. They feature multi-species catch and release action on the most famous waters of the western USA. Their show is high tech, specializing in live underwater diver videography, scenic helicopter aerial shots and multi camera production. Jarrett's show airs nationally on The World Fishing Network, Dish HD Channel 394.

So we left Warm Creek around 3:30 pm with a cooler full of stripers to fillet, and a great day we won't ever forget, made even more memorable with a scrumptious home-cooked dinner by Becca with friends!

If you want to try for these stripers, it was difficult but not impossible to put it all together like we did yesterday. These stripers that always winter-over in Warm Creek won't come to lures as easy as during the summer months, but hard work will pay off all winter. Key this trip was the 60 foot depth, and out deeper than that in the morning, shallower than that in the afternoon. Simply motor straight back into Warm Creek until you are in the very back where the depth comes up to 60 feet, which will form an imaginary line from one side of the basin across to the other side, at the 60 foot depth. This is your key depth for now. Then pivot the search up along that 60 foot mark for about a 1/2 mile on either side, keying off the mouth of the deep slot creek on the east side, across the back of the basin to the western shore (up to the brushy creek mouth).

Toward the tail end of the day, or first thing in the morning, try the east side from the deep slot creek up about a 1/2 mile to where we found the original school at last light of the earlier day.

Keep this trip report in mind and hopefully you too can keep a tight line deep into a Warm Creek striper blitz.
 

                   Bass lures that worked on day one, from top down: 3/8 oz Koolie Minnow 90 LL (Long Lip), 3/4 oz Magic Swimmer Fast-Sinking jointed swimbait, 1-1/4 oz Spin Shad #2 tailspinner and 1/2 oz Snagless Flatt Shad 66 SK (Sinking) lipless crankbait. Stick Shadd Hollow soft bait on dropshot also produced a few bass in deep brush.
Patrick smiles over fine bass on Stick Shadd Hollow dropshot. Effective striper lures from top down: pair of 1 oz Koolie Minnow 118 LL (Long Lip), 1.4 oz Fast Cast 42 jigging spoon,  2.1 oz Vibrato 60 jigging spoon and 3/4 oz Flatt Shadd 66 XH (Extra Heavy) lipless crankbait. Also, 1-1/4 oz Spin Shad #2 tailspinner (not shown).
Thumbs up for another Fast Cast jig fish! The 2.1 oz Vibrato wacky jig produces for Patrick.
Double for Russ and Laurent trolling and retrieving 1 oz Koolie Minnow 118 Long Lips. 1.4 oz Fast Cast 42 jigging spoon proved devastatingly effective on stripers

Screen fills with charging stripers from 32 to 49 feet below the boat.