March 2, 2010 - Dale Barsness  - Stripers in Navajo

Dale and Bart were fishing for bass and found reasonable success for bass in clear water along the steep walls of the main channel. They were crowded up into nooks just off the channel where it was calm and a bit warmer.

Wind cooled the water and turned off the bass. Calm sheltered water with direct exposure to warming was best.

Dale Barsness  

 

They rounded the corner and went up Navajo Canyon to the dirty water near the end. Here depth was about 20 feet and visibility was 2 feet. 

Their timing was just right as they ran into an active striper school. They were casting deep running Norman lures. Bart had a shallower running Norman bait and caught lots of stripers.  Dale had the DD22 and was getting down to consistently bigger fish.  They caught about 40 and kept 20 of the fat 4 pound fish.

Then the big one hit. Dale had a hard time turning the fish but finally got it in the boat. Unfortunately, his digital scale malfunctioned.  He did not get an accurate weight.  The big fish measured 36 inches.  Looks like we will all have to guess the weight but I think it is at least 18 and probably closer to 25.

We will never know because Dale admired the fish, took a picture and then let it go. He had 20 fish to clean and didn't need to eat the big one.  It is still swimming in Navajo Canyon.

 

Bart and Smallmouth Bass


March 15, 2010 - Kip Bennett - Bass Tournament at Wahweap



Sorry this is a little late but last weekend March 13th was the first Bass tourney on the South end of the lake. The bite was slow with some COLD water but at the same time every bite we had was a big fish. Water temp was between 48 and the warmest I found was 51.5. Dad and I ran to Padre and slowly worked our way back hitting old faithful spots that held bass last year. The most frustrating way to fish produced for us (Dead sticking Jigs). The fish in the pictures were 4lbers. Although by the pictures it looked like we kicked butt it was not good enough to win.

 

Kip Bennett

Hats off to Bill Bjork and Ed Cummings for winning the two day total with over 31lbs of fish. We were happy with just doing good enough to win our money back. On an interesting note we had a small mouth boil pop up next to the boat that produced a nice 2 lb keeper for us. Luckily Dads line was in and he dropped a senko right in the boil to get an instant hook up. Going out for crappie tomorrow will let you know what I find!


Robert Bennett

March 21, 2010 - Kip Bennett

My Father in Law Richard and I went out Saturday March 20th. Since he came all the way from Cheyenne Wyoming I wanted to make sure we got on some fish. Well he did great. We got on small mouth, large mouth, a couple stripers and finally after a lot of searching a couple crappie. The female crappie were put back to spawn but we kept a couple males to eat. The biggest was 2lbs 2 oz.
 
Water temps ranged from 49 - 54 in all the different waters we fished. Everything was caught shallow on plastics, grubs, hula grubs, senkos and just a couple small mouth on a drop shot with a robo worm. We fished from West canyon all the way back to Wahweap. From 7 am to about 4pm. I like to cover a lot of water with family visiting so they get to tour the lake as much as possible. In all I bet we caught about a dozen large and small mouth along with a hand full of crappie. Great weather and a great time to get out and fish without all the boat traffic.
 

March 24, 2010 - Mike McNabb - Last Chance stripers

This a six year old Ava holding her striper and me and Elise holding her striper. We did just like you said and found the stripers in the back of Last Chance trolling with Shad Raps in 15 to 30 feet of water about 12 to 15
feet down. They seem to turn on around noon or 1 PM.

 

Elise

We caught 9 stripers and then moved into the back of the next canyon and caught a 2 1/2 pound largemouth on a dark colored jig and a nice 2 pound walleye on a lipless crankbait. Thanks for the tip!
Good fishing and great company!
Mike McNabb
McNabb Fishing Guide Service

 

Ava


March 24, 2010 - Ed Cummings - Big Striper

Ed was fishing the clear water in Padre Canyon for bass when he decided to throw a shad colored swim bait against a steep wall. As the bait sank he saw a huge fish come up and eat it. The big striper dove straight down to 80 feet. It took Ed 10 minutes to work the fish back to the top. 

Ed was prefishing for the bass tournament. His scale only went to 15 pounds. So Ed took a picture estimated the length at 3 feet and placed the big one back in the water to swim again. 

The second big striper caught in the past 2 weeks means that there are a good number of these 20 something fish out there. There will be more caught from now to the end of June.


March 26, 2010 - Ron Colby - Bass Tournament

Ron Colby and friend Don won today's bass tournament at Wahweap with these little dudes.  It would look more impressive if Ron would have held up a tiny 3 pound fish instead of these two monsters.  The largemouth was 6.2 pounds and the smallmouth was 4.5 pounds. The winning weight for 5 fish was over 19 pounds. 

That is getting much closer to the 5 fish, 20 pound bag that was predicted earlier this year.

 

Congratulations Ron and Don.  Good Luck tomorrow to all the bass anglers.  


March 26, 2010 - Danny Woods and Kyran Keisling

Danny and I just got off a family houseboat trip and we were blessed with six great days of fishing. The weather was PERFECT and NOBODY was on the lake. The first few days of fishing required tenacity and wherewithal. We were targeting Large and Smallmouth bass in 50 to 52 degree water and bites were few and far between. The fishing was slow but the bright side was that I was sticking pig green fish. Every fish that we caught on my boat was 2 plus pounds and a few that were 4 plus. We were throwing small tubes into about 2 to 6 feet of water and getting hit before the jig hit the bottom. Every strike was vigorous and obvious.

 
The third day we decided to target Crappie in the backs of the brushy coves. We found them hiding in the depths of the thickest bushes, getting ready to spawn. We positioned our boat above the bushes and threaded a jig through the branches. Sometimes it took fifteen minutes to weasel the jig through but once we got it in front of their nose and gave it a little twitch, they would inhale it. The next issue was getting the slab out of the bush before he wrapped our 4lb test around a twig and snapped us off.
While we were popping nice pound and a half crappie out of the shrubs we were also able to hook a few Large mouth bass as an added bonus. As a side note.... we also managed to catch a bunch of small Smallmouth bass on rocky, broken slides using pumpkin colored tubes, which was really good news because when the Smallmouth start biting, the 50 fish days are soon to follow.



 
The last day of Spring Lake Powell fishing brought us up against the striped bass. We had a gaggle of sand monkeys (aka kids) that were itching to catch a fish, so we decided to do some trolling in Warm Creek for stripers. We had three boats, nine kids and a heap load of expectation. We ran medium and deep diving crank baits in stained water, over a long tapering point. After some poking around with the fish finders we were able to pin point the schools in about 10 to 15 foot of water and the fishing poles began to bounce. All told, we boated 22 stripers, and every kid on the trip caught fish. It was honestly one of the best days of fishing that I have ever done, not because of numbers and size but because of joy. Those kids were STOKED and they were so excited that they helped us clean and prepare the fish for dinner. It was truly a memory.

 
Kyran and I were both off the lake by Friday afternoon and I returned Sunday for another day of fishing. The Lake temperatures were a bit lower than early in the week due to a couple colder nights at the end of spring break. Air temperatures ranged from 63 to 66 with a mild breeze and mostly sunny skies. The fishing was a bit slower but we excitedly landed a handful of striper and a nice walleye. The striper were spread out in 10 to 12 feet of water outside the brush line in stained water. Medium crankbaits produced strikes when dragged through the top of the brush. We had some great double hook ups while enjoying another great day on the water.

March 31, 2010 - Perry Berry - Bass - lower lake






I picked up a new fishing partner this year.

 

His name is Jet Berry (2 years old).







 


With the water creeping into the low 50’s, Jacob, Jet, and I took our first trip on the lake and had a good day fishing. Making long casts into submerged tumble weeds and bushes, we were able to catch several nice fish that were moving into shallow water. We caught several nice largemouth. Our largest fish was a 4lb largemouth that Jacob is holding. Our day was cut short due to dead trolling motor batteries, but my two boys had a good time. We fished the Padre Bay and W Canyon area.
 

 

Jacob Berry

We enjoy your website.

 

Perry and Jet


March 31, 2010 - Steel Mining - Bass

My friends and I just wanted to say thank you for " hookin" us up. Through the past three weeks I have been reading every word that has been posted. Though I have not been to Powell this early or have I specifically targeted the large mouth bass, my friends and I were successful.

 

We caught several good bass, and two that were 4 lbs. We used senkos, any color, fishing Carolina style. We fished from the bays up to the San Juan. Thank you everyone, and I hope this web site will continue to help anyone who needs it.


March 31, 2010 -  Jim Cassad Stripers - Last Chance

Jim and Tom trolled up a great catch of stripers in Last Chance using Thunderstick JR lures  with orange and gold bellies trolled at 3.5 mph.

April 2, 2010 - Wayne Gustaveson - Rock Creek

The trolling pattern still works in the backs of the canyons. Small stripers were very willing to smack Lucky Craft and Thunderstick JR minnows trolled at 3.5 mph.  When my son Mark caught his striper trolling I was able to cast to the school with a white jig and catch this trailer.

 

Kyle Walker really doesn't understand good fishing and wanted to spend some time fishing for the little green fish in the trees in the back of the canyon. It was slow fishing but he seemed satisfied with this 4.5 pound largemouth.  No accounting for good taste.

April 5, 2010 - Mike McNabb

This picture was taken March 16 in Kane Wash. Nils Huss, 6 years old from Idaho, caught this nice largemouth in shallow water using a dark colored double tailed hula grub.
 

We went out Sunday March 28th and caught 10 stripers in about an hour around noon in the back of Warm Creek. We were trolling about 10 feet down using a shad rap. Tayler McNabb caught one that was long and skinny. It weighed in at a little over five pounds. The others were anywhere from 2 to 4 pounds. It made for a great dinner! We had a good time and the weather was nice.

 


April 6, 2010 - Randy Simmers- Navajo bass and crappie

April 1st,

We caught around two and a half dozen total fish in the backs of Navajo Canyon and West Canyon. Several Crappies, Large Mouths, Small Mouths, 1 Walleye and a few Stripers.



 
Smallies, Largemouths were caught primarily in the rocky shallows at the ends of the canyons with Yamamoto Green 4” grubs. Also medium diving green and orange cranks helped haul in a Walleye and a few Largemouths. All of the Crappie mostly caught in Navajo were caught with small 2” crappie grubs (various colors).

The fishing is great this early. Its going to be a great year! The Black Pearl Gang will be out in force this spring & summer. I hope to post a lot pictures this year. See you all out on the lake!

Randy Simmers, Litchfield Park, AZ. Owner of the Black Pearl, docked at Antelope Marina.

 


April 7, 2010 - Kyran Keisling - Warm Creek Stripers

I Spent Friday afternoon and all day Saturday trolling for striped bass in Warm Creek bay. A while back I saw a fishing show that highlighted umbrella rigs for sailfish and thought that it would be a great technique for the stripers on Lake Powell. I bought three, four armed rigs from Bass Pro Shops and then they spent the next year and a half gathering dust in my closet. I finally got off my lazy butt this weekend and gave them a whirl. After some Googling and connoitering I came up with two set ups. My first set up, which turned out to be the best, involved two hookless spoons on the inside loops for their flash effect (I'm going to put another two spoons on next time), four single tailed silver Yamamoto grubs on worm hooks as teasers, and a Lucky Craft shallow diving crank bait as a trailer.
On the other rig I used all 1/8th ounce Kastmasters for maximum flash effect. On both rigs I used about three inches of 14 lb test to attach the center hookless spoons to the inner loops. I kept them short to prevent tangling. The four outer “teasers” I used about 14 inches of twenty pound test. I used 20lb because these would be the likeliest lures to get snagged on the bushes and I would have more strength for pulling them free. The center trailing lure I used about 24 inches of 14 lb test and ran small shallow diving crank baits. I used 14lb because I thought the lighter line would enhance the action of the bait.
All afternoon Friday and Sat. morning I ran a test and fished the umbrella on my port and ran my standard deep diving crank on starboard. The result was three strikes to one going to the umbrella and by Sat afternoon the second rig took the place of the traditional crank bait on the starboard. To my surprise about 80% of the fish I caught were on the outside teasers and not the trailer crank. I graphed schools on 14 to 18 foot humps that rise out of 30 to 40 feet of water. My rigs run at about thirteen feet and when I would drag them through the school it was money. We even had a double hookup on one umbrella rig which was pretty dang cool!!!
 
We also added a bang for our buck by casting behind fish that were hooked on the umbrella rig and being reeled in. Stripers will follow a fighting fish and can be caught using a jig or spoon, so always have a rod rigged and ready.
I have to admit that at times the rig can be a pain because of all the hooks and lines but once they were in the water and rolling they were definitely worth the hassle. After every fish there is the inevitable detangle debauchery but it is a small price to pay for putting fish in the live well. I am very excited about this technique and plan to experiment with it extensively.

 

April 7, 2010 - Kevin Campbell - Warm Creek Stripers

The Petersons called me for a Good Friday trip on the lake. I was happy to take them out. It was post cold front conditions but we trolled up a good batch of stripers. We started in Warm Creek and found the fish around a submerged tapering ridge in depths from 10 to 25 feet. After finding the sweet spot, we hit a fish about every other pass over the structure.
The fish were scattered but they were eating our Norman crankbaits nevertheless. After lunch we headed to Navajo Canyon and found the fish on a similar but smaller ridge. The nice thing about a smaller spot is that the fish are concentrated more. This spot produced fish nearly every pass with one double hookup. Luke and Jake the 2 boys, had a blast fighting stripers up to 4lbs 10 oz while their dad Billy and his wife watched with pride.

April 7, 2010 - Wayne Gustaveson - Wahweap Stripers

We increased lure size today, got down deeper and caught bigger stripers.  I am not sure that is a good thing.  I still need to collect some small fish for a sample study but it is hard to pass up the 4 pound fish.

The lure used a deep thunderstick with orange belly and gold spotted back.

We found a point perpendicular to shore and trolled in an arc along that point. Invariably when the lures passed the end of the point where it fell from 24 to 45 feet stripers would hit.
I caught my biggest striper of the season today.  The one in my right hand was almost 5 pounds.  We found the first ripe male today. The biggest fish was female but the second biggest fish another male almost ripe.

April 12, 2010 - Russ Bassdozer - E-Zine magazine

I left work a little early on Friday to get a few hours fishing with some Gary Yamamoto Flappin Hogs for an upcoming article I will write on how to fish that product for Yamamoto's Ezine. Actually, I had gone out on Thursday afternoon as well to start fishing the Flappin Hogs on 1/2 oz Texas rigs in the very back of Ice Cream Canyon on Lake Powell. That resulted in a pair of 3 lb largemouth landed on the depth transition from shallow to deep down the side of a prominent point jutting out in very dirty water, almost all the way toward the back of Ice Cream.
Black Silver Shad adds dark contrast and definition to an overall silvery base color. Friday ~ New Pro Tie Spinnerbait Skirts
On Friday afternoon, I headed for a side bay of Lone Rock Canyon on Lake Powell, Utah. It's only a few minutes run from the launch ramp, making it a good spot for when you have only a couple hours to spend there.

As I worked down the Lone Rock Canyon side bay from the deeper, clearer mouth, I picked up a number of bass and walleye on the Flappin Hog weighted several different ways (look for that story soon in Yamamoto's Ezine).

I also had a sample on board of a brand new spinnerbait skirt product called a "Pro Tie" by Skirts Plus. It allows the usage of four different color strands, each perfectly placed and tied down with durable thread onto a solid core. I assemble and sell spinnerbaits on ebay. So that's why the skirt vendor I order skirts from had sent me the new Pro Tie samples to try. The Pro Tie skirts will be on the market soon. They are not available yet, but the story below is generally applicable to any spinnerbaits or skirts you may use.

Getting back to Lone Rock, as I worked progressively further back toward the head (meaning the tail end) of the bay where an intermittent creek flowed, the brush-filled flood plain delta at the end of a creek turned to dark-stained and shallow water - the perfect brush-infested situation to test the brand new Pro Tie spinnerbait skirt!

I put the orange Pro Tie skirt on a spinnerbait with a small orange painted blade and a tarnished copper Willow with a black and brassy orange-eyed 3/8 oz Style B head.

It proved to be the downfall of several plump largemouth in shallow brush along with one shallow walleye that came home with me to grace the dinner table that evening.
Most anglers do not use orange spinnerbait skirts, but I have found that they excel in dark-stained water and it seems smallmouth in particular can react very strongly to the orange color. On this late afternoon, however, it was several largemouth and a lone walleye in the brush that succumbed to the highly-visible orange skirt in the dark-stained water.

I encourage anglers to try orange skirts - especially in dark water - or any time when bass (in particular smallmouth) are hitting aggressively, even in lighter colored water.

Unfortunately for most anglers, many just will not use orange spinnerbait skirts. That's okay by me!
1/2 oz Style B spinnerbait with new Pro Tie fire tiger skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Pro Tie spinnerbait skirts have a solid core underneath the skirt to which the optional tail strands are attached..

Saturday ~ The Spinnerbait Bite Materializes
I had planned to spend the entire weekend working on the Yamamoto Flappin' Hog story. That would have meant fishing Flappin' Hogs almost exclusively all weekend. I truly looked forward to doing just that, but when I checked at the office after fishing Friday afternoon, the Flappin' Hog samples I had ordered (along with the Yamamoto hooks and accessories to rig them) were not available yet. So I decided to backburner the Flappin Hog fishing trips until after the samples were made available to me sometime this next week.

Therefore, on Saturday, I decided to test some jigs with various Yamamoto trailers including single tail grubs, double tail grubs, swimbait and Swim Senko trailers. I also planned to test some Swim Senko and Yamamoto tube bait rigs too. I started to fish shallow and deep with the jigs and rigs, and although I caught a few fish this way (most were shallow), it vexed me that I was seeing more fish swimming (usually headed away from me or away from their lair) than I was catching. Fish seemed everywhere you would expect them to be, but I was not getting bit enough in comparison to the number of fish visible.

I had started to work down the mouth of Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell on Saturday morning, checking into all the side bays as I worked deeper into the Canyon. As I got further into Gunsight Canyon, the number of visible fish and bites began to increase as the water transitioned from clear to lightly stained. It was at this point I decided to try a new spinnerbait skirt color I had gotten and I have dubbed "Black Silver Shad" which is, as the name implies, a black and silver shad color skirt.

The number of hits and fish landed increased dramatically on the spinnerbait compared to jigs and rigs. This was in clear to lightly-stained water - and always in shallow brush.

In the side bays, the mouth of each side bay is relatively clearer than the back of each side bay - but overall, I was only about halfway back into Gunsight Canyon (a larger side arm tributary). So overall, the water was relatively clear (at the mouth of the side bays) to lightly stained at the head (back) of these side bays. The Black Silver Shad skirt color was making a difference. I tested it versus several other skirt colors and always a return to using Black Silver Shad resulted in increased interest from the fish. There were plenty of fish present, but they were finicky, so there was an observable difference between what they wanted to strike versus what they didn't.

I had my buddy on board, my 15-month old pup Sandy. She likes fishing but loves exploring the beach even more! So I beach the boat every few hours to let her run around, swim and sniff everything for 30-40 minutes. During this time, I test other tackle I have on board. So I secured the boat with an anchor, donned my wading shoes and set out on foot to fish a side creek in Gunsight. This was when/how I proved to my satisfaction that the Black Silver Shad was "it" this particular day. Other skirt colors I tried did produce some fish, but not at the productive rate that Black Silver Shad seemed to get them. I had also began to sense it was what's called a "reaction bite" since spinnerbaits were proving more productive to me this particular day than soft baits or even crankbaits. So I also used this bank fishing time to test some other blade combinations that had more vibration to them. The blade combo you see above on the Black Silver Shad skirt (same blade configuration as on the four-color orange skirt too) really does not vibrate that much. The spacing of the small front Colorado deprives the back Willow from getting a good grip on the roiled water coming off the front blade. So the back blade vibrates weakly in this configuration. Fishing the bank about an hour, I proved that blade combos with more vibration were not preferred by the fish this particular day. Although I could get the fish to hit several different skirt colors - I could not really get any hits on blades with a strong vibration to them. So testing seemed to indicate a weak vibration was desirable this day. And fish seemed to prefer the Black Silver Shad color versus other skirt colors I showed them.

As I returned to the boat and motored further back into Gunsight Canyon, the water became increasingly darker stained, and by this time, after 2 PM, a 10 to 15 mph breeze with gusts had arisen. In the darker water now, with a wind-smeared surface, I switched to the four-color orange skirt, and also began to test another brand new Pro Tie with Tail in fire tiger color (see below). The fire tiger had double Willows which are not strong in the vibration department. The fire tiger also has an additional tail that brings the tally up to five colors, all perfectly placed per Pro Tie skirt. Fish loved it!

 

1/2 oz Style N spinnerbait with double Royal blades proved best Sunday in Padre.

 

Sunday ~ Piecing the Puzzle Together
Saturday night at home, I prepared more jigs, more soft bait rigs and more spinnerbaits to test Sunday. I had already learned a lot from testing on Saturday, so I was now refining the lure testing selections more precisely for Sunday.

Sunday morning proved to be flat calm and perfectly still. I drove approx 20 moles Suinday to the Kane Creeks, which is a sprawling section of Lake Powell with three larger creeks and several smaller ones spread out over a number of miles. Small fish were visible everywhere you cared to look in large numbers in the Kanes. A number of empty bass spawning nests were observed, but few bass over two pounds were evident. The Kanes are very popular and well-known fishing spots on Lake Powell, and I sensed that the Kanes may have been hard hit by a number of other bass anglers in recent days and weeks.

For every 25 fish I saw, I was able elicit only one strike. Fish were not necessarily acting alarmed but were disinterested and uncooperative. Faced with these kinds of conditions, I increasingly went more toward a slower, subtler and smaller "finesse" presentation, but the fish weren't having hardly anything to do with it. This was all happening in shallow brush. Deep water fish proved especially elusive. Deep water strikes were few and far between but resulted in some of the larger (3 pound plus smallies each day). Most of the fish action seemed shallow in brush.

During Sandy's mid-day romp on the shoreline Sunday, I beached the boat in the end of a brush-littered creek that was filled with milling bass. I estimate over 100 largemouth and smallmouth bass, most under two pounds were within close casting distance. It made the perfect lure testing studio. I had fished all morning by taking a finesse approach, but it had been tough. I decided to use the break time to test some of the spinnerbait configurations I put together on Saturday evening. One after another, I trotted out about a dozen different color and blade configurations to test. I was testing them for the different "feel" of vibration that resulted in a "quiet" spinnerbait. I was looking for a desirable action and appearance of the blades - but with little vibration to them. For example, the chartreuse white spinnerbait below, the blade configuration is what I call very "quiet". It does not produce much vibration even when reeled fast and hard, it's still relatively one of the quietest blade pairs.



By the time I had tied on the chartreuse white spinnerbait above, I had thrown about 10 different spinnerbaits in front of several dozen bass with little interest. As soon as I tossed the chartreuse white spinnerbait with the quiet blade configuration, they instantly started to chase and smack it! I assessed what had just occurred - dozens of fish had just seen 10 different spinnerbaits pass by with no interest. Then suddenly, they're interested in the eleventh one they see. Why? The bold chartreuse white color is a "reaction" color as opposed to the more subdued and natural colors I had been showing them. They did not want a subdued and natural color to eat. They wanted a reaction color to strike. Also, they did not want a loud vibration. They wanted a relatively quiet spinnerbait but with plenty of action and appearance from the moving, flashing blades.

As I continued to test, the fish showed no other interest in any of the remaining spinnerbaits - until I tied on the one below. It is a second spinnerbait dressed with the Black Silver Shad skirt, this time with double Royal blades. Within the first few casts, I had several strikes, followers and landed one fish that had just seen thirty minutes worth of other spinnerbaits go past them. This is not scientific testing, but I am satisfied to draw some conclusions from it.

I pulled up the anchor, got the happy Sandy back on board and headed over to Padre Canyon on Lake Powell. Here I proceeded to catch a large number of largemouth and smallmouth in a mile-long stretch of brush that had apparently been bypassed by other anglers. The brush was filled with many good two and three pound bass that were eager to belt the spinnerbait below in very lightly-stained water. The fish were much more willing to strike and of a better size than I had observed earlier in Kane Creek, That's why I feel this brush bank may have been overlooked by other recent anglers.


1/2 oz Style N spinnerbait with double Royal blades proved best Sunday in Padre.

I never did get far back enough into darker stained water on Sunday. So I did not try the four-color orange or fire tiger Pro Tie spinnerbait skirts on Sunday.

Actually, I had planned my entire weekend to fish with the Flappin' Hog. Fortunately for me, the Flappin' Hog samples from Yamamoto were not ready yet, and that proved to be a stroke of good luck for me. Testing this weekend proved to me no doubt the fish were not overly eager to eat or to be finessed on jigs or soft plastic rigs - at least not by me.

This does not mean soft baits don't work big magic at the right time and place (indeed often), depending on the mood of the fish. Of course soft baits sure do work fantastic most days! In fact, I'd confidently bet that someone on Lake Powell killed them exclusively on soft baits this same weekend. In recent days and weeks, I have gotten some great results using Yamamoto Senko, Swim Senko, Ika, Big Ika, Fat Ika and some red hot fishing with Yamamoto tube baits, including good fishing earlier this week with the Yamamoto Flappin Hog. This past weekend for me, however, my fish seemed more willing to strike spinnerbaits out of reaction, but not on spinnerbaits (or crankbaits I tried) that had moderate to heavy vibration. They were looking for flash and an attractive appearance of movement in the blades, but not vibration on this particular weekend. As they say in the diet fad ads - your results may vary!

To sum up what I learned or reconfirmed this weekend is that fishing success is based on a commitment to trial and error in choosing lures and locations, much hard work and at least a modicum or more of luck.

April 14, 2010 - Brian Clement - Wahweap

My name is Brian Clement and my dad is Robert Clement, we met up at Wahweap Bay for an annual father and son trip from Arizona and St. George Utah to fish for the weekend. We fished in Wahweap Bay, Warm Creek and Navajo Canyon...most of our success came from Wahweap Bay.

 

Brian Clement

We fished the rocks a lot using tubes and berkley power worms any color that was darker and we caught several fish...two of them being good size a 2lb small mouth and a 4 lb largemouth. We did well and caught stripers trolling in 15 to 45 feet of water near the edges of the canyon. Hope this helps out on your report, thanks-Brian Clement

 

Robert Clement

 


April 16, 2010 -  Carolyn Grebenstein

Lake Powell April 10th,2010. Caught this smallmouth in a canyon off Lone rock area. Used a Norman BB with no bait. Caught about 2pm off of a rock ledge near brush. We returned it to water in hopes he might get a little bigger for the next lucky fishermen. Weather was awesome, a little cloud cover and no wind to be felt.

 
In picture Wyatt Grebenstein my wing man and the fish approximately  2lbs.


Thanks for your site, I watch it all the time.

 


April 18, 2010 - Adam and Holly Johnson- Page, AZ

Great day on the lake. Didn't fish for long, but it was exciting to see the fish on the nests. Thought you'd enjoy our 2y/o son's (Colton Johnson) first catch.


 
Smallmouth was caught in Wire Grass on a small tube, although I think they would hit just about anything.

April 20, 2010 - Bassdozer - Ezine Magazine

The Quest for Wood
Fishing is a continuum in that what you learn on the water one day, you adapt and modify that for the next trip, picking up[ where you left off so to speak. So my report this weekend is really a continuation of last weekends report (see below) entitles "Anatomy of a Weekend Spinnerbait Bite".

Since last weekend, I fished a few hours each of Wednesday and Thursday in Warm Creek. I had four largemouth over 4+ pounds in the brush on the 3/8 oz Style N spinnerbait shown below plus a couple of 3+ smallmouth on the same spinnerbait and a number of other good bass in the brush on several different spinnerbaits. The water I was fishing was lightly stained and in general, chartreuse white color spinnerbaits did best with either metallic or chartreuse and white painted blades.

 
3/8 oz Style N. I landed four 4+ pound largemouth and a couple 3+ smallmouth on this lure in Warm Creek on Wednesday and Thursday plus many other small bass in the brush. Key points about it are the smaller than usual blades and skirt. A noticeable percentage of the bites, and most of the bigger bass hit while the lure was falling (pauses in the retrieve).
 
I also had several solid smallmouth from 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pounds on the deep points adjacent to the brush beds. These were in 20 to 30 feet of water and the 1/2 oz Yamamoto Arkey style jig head with a green pumpkin red Flappin Hog and a green pumpkin Yamamoto soft jig skirt has been consistently landing most of my best smallmouth off deep points near brush for the last few weeks, practically every trip. I have not landed a lot of deep bass, but they have been bog ones, and the Flappin Hog with GYCB's soft jig skirt has been the ticket to those big deep brown bombers every trip.


 
3/8 oz Style C Sexy Shad. I assembled this spin on Saturday morning at home. It proved to be one of my most productive spins on Saturday. It too has the small skirt.
 
Okay, getting on with the story, a tournament was in town this weekend and many of the southwest's best bass anglers journey to Lake Powell to fish it. Along with Page Arizona's own local experts, it is a formidable gathering of contestants. I figured I'd stay out of their way this weekend. So I decided to fish from 42 to 62 miles uplake along a 20 mile stretch from Music Temple Canyon to just below Cathedral Canyon.

 some of those spots with yellow balloons on the following map.
 
3/8 oz Style B Chartreuse Shad. I assembled this spin on Sunday morning at home. It proved to be one of my most productive spins on Sunday. It too has the small skirt.
 
I ranged from Music Temple south to Oak Canyon Saturday, landing an estimated 80 to 100 bass Saturday. I ranged from just below Cathedral north to just below Oak Sunday, landing another 70 to 80 bass and 2 walleye. For the total two days, approx. 150 to 180 bass, most above 1 pound but below 2. In Oak meadow and the head of the bay there, I did have about 8 smallmouth over 2 pounds, but none over three. Nor did I see any larger bass. Most were one to 2 pounds in this stretch, and up to 2-3/4 lbs in Oak Meadow and the head of that bay.

 
3/8 oz Style N 50/50 Blades. I assembled this spin on Sunday morning at home. It too has the small skirt. It proved to be one of my most productive spins on Sunday. These blades are smaller than any of the others and they are half gold and half nickel on each blade so they flicker noticeably. I used this one at my last stop Sunday on the way out of Forbidding Canyon in the area I call "White Rock Creek" which are some huge deposits of white rocks, and if you go around behind them, a hidden creek filled with brush, many more white rocks behind the bend and many largemouth and smallmouth that couldn't resist this flickering spin there. I call my weekend "The Quest for Wood" since wood in the form of brush standing in the water was the key to my fishing success. If I could find brush in at least semi-sheltered water (not fully exposed to wind), it never failed to hold from a few to many bass. The more sheltered and deeper-inside parts of Music Temple Canyon, Anasazi Canyon, the Aztec Creek arm of Forbidden Canyon, Oak Canyon, Cathedral Canyon, Little Arch Canyon and several other small cuts and washes that most have no names but do have wood in the water to attract bass were best, and I have marked some of those spots with yellow balloons on the following map.

1/2 oz Style N Double Royal Blades. This was one of my best spinnerbait choices last Sunday in the lightly stained brush in Padre Bay, accounting for a good number of good size largemouth and smallmouth in Padre. It has a standard skirt. I put it to work again this Saturday in the area I call Oak "meadow" which is the large basin with the floating restroom just north of Oak Creek proper. This basin was a vast meadow before Lake Powell was filled, and a large number of good bass graze in its waters. Oak meadow was my last stop on Saturday, and ended on a strong note with steady action with some of the best size bass I caught all Saturday on this particular spinnerbait.
 
3/8 oz Style H. I changed the blades on this spin Saturday morning at home. It has a standard skirt. I fished the sandy head of the bay at the apex of Oak meadow Saturday with this brown, orange sand green spin with copper and orange blades. The water there is moderately stained and brown and orange spinnerbaits work well in such water color. I landed one of my largest smallmouth (approx 2-3/4 lbs) and other bass there on this spin.  
Yamamoto Flappin Hogs. These have been a part of my fishing every day for several weeks. A few weeks ago, I was using them more on Texas and Carolina rigs, but most recently on jig heads. Shown at top is a 1/2 oz GYCB weedless Arkey style jig with green pumpkin soft jig skirt and green pumpkin red Flappin Hog. This has accounted for a few of my biggest smallmouth each trip in 20-30 feet of water off deep points adjacent to brush. In the back of Oak meadow and the head of Aztec Creek in Forbidding Canyon, I flipped the black with blue flake (shown center) on 3/8 oz GYCB Arkey style jig. The head of Aztec Creek was phenomenal Sunday with many fish flipped in the dark water and brush. Shown at bottom is a 1/4 oz GYCB Arkey jig with no skirt, and I flipped this in clearer water, catching a good number of bass that eventually knocked and chewed all the weedguard fibers loose from the jig head.  
Yamamoto Swimbait and Swim Senko. I also landed some fish this weekend on the 3-1/2" GYCB swimbait on 3/8 oz jig head. This worked best in 15-30 feet of water directly in front of brush fields in relatively clear water. I used the 4" Swim Senko on 3/8 oz weedless jig head in the thickest brush. It gave me a quieter, more streamlined alternative to the spinnerbaits in the brush, accounting for good numbers of bass each day.  

I gain confidence by religiously using fish attractant on soft baits (but don't use it on spinnerbaits).


 
 

April 21, 2010 - Jim Morrill - Rock Creek

The crew of the Canyon Runner Lodge and the Canyon Runner had a great week of fishing April 12-17th in Rock Creek and Dry Rock Creek. Aden and Maggie Blackburn our junior fishing champs racked up a catch of most of the species of Lake Powell. The two young Tennessee fishermen (my niece and nephew) caught over 35 stripers to 4 1/2 lbs, largemouth, walleye, smallies to 3 lbs as well as crappie, bluegill, sunfish and carp. Everything was caught by them on artificials with a total over 55 fish.
 
They proved deadly some mornings while trolling for stripers using Lucky Craft 3" pointers with a follow up crank bait after a yearling was hooked up in 40' down to 10' of water in the back of main Rock Creek. As Wayne had suggested, as soon as the yearling was hooked up some bigger fish came up to inhale our small Lucky Craft and other crank baits that were quickly thrown into the area of the fight. The next circuit around would often land a 4 pound fish.

Aden, expertly jigged up a walleye off our honey hole located just off the innermost island abeam the whole in the rock wall. It is a favorite "go to" spot where fish often stack up. We correctly identified the walleye on the fish finder (looks like a group of fish but looks attached to the bottom) and then Aden used a Cabelas Real Image 1 ounce spoon to pick up a light pressure bite that got the walleye in the cooler. We learned a lot from this experience.

 

Fish were primarily caught in the first 200 yards out from shore deep in the canyon. We picked up a few all the way out along brush line to the end of the deepest canyon walls along the islands that have exposed themselves. We found the bite to be inconsistent. One morning, one fish was caught on each circuit, and another morning, one each hour.

 Smallmouth fishing was on fire when we arrived on Tuesday when using crankbaits but was never to really sizzle again with one per hour fishing grubs, tubes and cranks. Largemouth were few and far between and perhaps because we weren't deep enough in the canyons.

All in all the trip was filled with great experiences of adventure, beauty and fun challenges for all of us learning more about spring fishing at the big lake.

 

Aden and Maggie

The trip started out with a storm that produced a beautiful full rainbow and ended with a treasure of great experiences for these two fine fishermen (Aden and Maggie) and the Blackburn/Tolsma family.

GO FISH!
Jim Morrill
   

April 22, 2010 - Mike Wall Trolling lower lake

 Mike Wall And Erin Dohrmann Trip Dates: April 16-20

We were originally planning to be on the lake this weekend, but with weather moving in we scrambled to get up there before the storm hit.

After visiting Powell multiple times a year since I was a kid, I finally caught a monster. I’ve been pestering Wayne via email on how to target bigger fish. I got to the point where I could usually catch the schooling fish on each trip, but this trip I was after something bigger.

We spent a lot of time driving deep in to the back of canyons and fishing the dirty water. We caught plenty of 3-5 lb stripers at most locations trolling. When we saw some good water for bedding LM/SM we would pull in and catch a few on the way in/out of the canyons.
After fishing Navajo, Warm Creek, Padre Bay, Friendship, and many other locations, we decided to head to the back of Last Chance. When we arrived I set two downriggers, one at 18 ft and the other at 22 ft. About 30 minutes after we arrived it was game on. I’ve hooked too many big carp or catfish to get too excited, but once the fish started pulling the boat I knew it had to be a big striper. After about 10 minutes of the fish actually dragging my boat backwards, we saw a big flash and that confirmed what we had hoped for. However, I didn’t have a net big enough to fit the fish. So, I had my girlfriend get the head in to our small net, I grabbed the tail, and somehow we pulled her over the side of the boat. At that point we just looked at each other and started celebrating.

 
  It was at that point that I realized I had just purchased a new scale, but it maxed out at 15 pounds. About 30 minutes after we landed the fish another boat pulled up. They were nice enough to come over and let us use their 50 pound scale. The fish went exactly 30 pounds.

The rest of the week was spent fishing beds and catching countless numbers of smallies and LM.

Wayne thanks for all of your great advice! You do a great job with your site.
 

April 22, 2010 - Mike McNabb

Photo album of recent trips. Bass were caught in southern lake on double tail hula grubs, flappin hogs, senkos and spinner baits fished in  the brush close to shore.
 

April 28. 2010 - Kip Bennett and Shawn Johnson - Warm Creek bass


This last weekend we decided to take the families out for a fun day on the lake. We headed over to Cottonwood Canyon (Warm Creek)  and found a nice open area to beach the boat for the day. There were a lot of stick-ups along the shoreline so Kip and I decided to fish it a bit.
 

Shawn Johnson

Kip hooked on to the first fish and handed the pole to Kendyl. She reeled it in most of the way and Kip helped finish bringing it in. It was a nice little smallmouth that bit onto a Yamamoto crawdad. Shawn headed down the shoreline to an area that was undisturbed and very secluded. He disappeared out of sight for about 3 minutes then reappeared with a nice largemouth. It was caught in the back of the canyon in a spot unreachable by boat. He was throwing a Yamamoto green pumpkin double tail hula grub letting it sink into about 3 foot of water and letting it sit.

Shawn and son

About 5 minutes later he reappeared with an even bigger largemouth that he caught in the same spot using the same bait and method. We loaded up the boat and headed over to Haystack to fish a couple points before calling it a day. As soon as we got there Shawn instantly landed a nice smallmouth on the green pumpkin double tail hula grub off of a rocky point. Kip was using Kendyl's pole with the same Yamamoto crawdad and had a decent smallmouth on but lost it right at the boat. Never one to give up, he tried again and was able to bring in two nice smallmouth.
All in all, it was a beautiful day to be on the lake even though the wind picked up at the end. We put the largemouth back for someone else to enjoy catching as we always do with the big fish. Looks like a great year to be a fisherman on Lake Powell!
 

Kip and Kendyl


April 30, 2010 - Mike McNabb - Wahweap Bass


Photos are from April 22, 24, 26. Caught in the Wahweap area on 5" Pumpkin Senko's, hooked up weedless, in 2 to 8 feet of water. We looked for bushes
on rocky points. The fish have been hammered on the beds so we did a lot of casting at stick ups instead of sight fishing.
We let the senko fall and hit bottom, got line tight and after about 30 seconds lifted the line gently to feel for resistance. If there was some resistance we waited for a slight tug or the line giving a little as the fish was pulled towards us, if that was the case we set the hook. If we felt a steady resistance or a pop it meant we were hung on a bush.
A lot of the fish just put the bait in their mouth
and didn't move, it was tough knowing we had a bite. One gentle tap on the line meant they had it in their mouth, that may have been all we felt until you set the hook and then away we went for a good fight!
We missed almost as many as we brought in. Weedless flappin' hogs also worked great when going a little deeper or when wanting to drop in directly onto a bed. We also caught a quite a few nice largemouth by dropping a senko straight down between bushes, when you couldn't see the bottom, and letting it set for a
few seconds and then twitching it a few times.
We caught a couple of really nice largemouth on spinner baits. The big ones were returned to their
beds.

 

 

May 3, 2010 - Adam Arp-Romero - Padre Bay bass



My name is Adam Arp-Romero. Attached are some pictures from our recent trip. Ben Smith and Mike Okeefe and I fished Saturday and Sunday the 1st and 2nd. We fished in Padre bay and the fishing was a little slow as we each caught 4 to 8 fish.
 
Mike caught the first, most, smallest, and two biggest fish. For a guy from Wisconsin who had never fished in the southwest he had some good beginners luck and caught some nice smallies at 3 Lb 7 oz and a 3 Lb 2 oz. Both were caught on Saturday.
We caught the 2 largemouths in the picture within 10 yards and 45 seconds of each other. They were identical weight right at 2lbs. We also caught a few nice 1 lb smallmouth and a walleye.
The fish were caught on hula grubs, flapping hogs, and other similar plastics or shad swimbaits. The water was still 55 degrees in the morning and never warmed up on Sunday. The sun definitely helps get the bite going. Can't wait to get back up for some more.

May 5, 2010 - Shane Spravzoff-


Wayne,
Here's my report from the Rock Creek area April 29- May 2.
I picked up my good friend Mike Packer on the 29th at the Flag airport in a snowstorm. I told him that I am not very good at fishing for bass in the snow and rain. Being that Mike lives in Washington he assured me that he wouldn't have any trouble putting us on the fish. He didn't lie, we toughed it out in some less than desirable conditions (wind, rain, snow) and still managed to catch smallies, walleye, largemouth, and stripers.
The fishing was pretty good overall. Most of our fish were caught on yamamoto hula grubs in darker colors. Chartreuse proved to be an excellent choice of color once the sun went down or when it was overcast. My Dad (Steve Spravzoff) managed to catch the best smallie of the trip, it went 3.6 on the digital scale.
I included a picture of me (Shane Spravzoff) with a couple of nice walleye that fell victim to a smoke colored tube jig. Mike Packer is shown all bundled up with another nice smallie. The bite was best in the afternoons and evenings. The water temp never broke into the 60s and ran 54-58 all weekend. All in all a good trip with a number of fish caught. Looking forward to getting back up there this weekend in some warmer weather!
 

May 9, 2010 - Gonzalez Family - Padre Bay stripers


Arrived to Lake Powell on the 26th of April, went out on the 27th. Really confused about why the launch practices were so late, 1 hour after sun rise, but couldn't wait to get out and go fishing (catching). Did ok on my 1st day with 18 stripers, 10 at 3.5 and 8 at 4.5 lbs. Day 2 was a different kind of day with still water and warm temps, an amazing thing happened. I found 63 degree water in the shallows where I normally fish and suddenly the water literally changed color with hundreds of stripers (no exaggeration). They would not bite anything and I threw everything, even tried cut bait, they just cruised slowly by.

Richard Gonzalez

The next day wind kept me off the lake with 60 mile per hr. gusts. Went out to Last Chance the next day the wind still blowing caught 0, so I thought I should head back to Wahweap for fear of the wind but decided to check out that school I saw in Padre bay, it was treacherous conditions that even frightened me, trolling motor on 5 (24 volt) just enough to keep me off the cliffs, 2 foot rollers, (boat even took on two waves) BUT every cast was a hook up with 4 to 5 Lb. stripers, filled my ice chest but had to leave some of the best fishing solely because of safety.

Michelle Gonzalez
 
The next few days were uneventful so I switched gears and caught smallies one that went 3.5 lbs biggest I ever caught, all were on beds.
My family and I were able to duplicate the windy condition once more and we caught 26 very healthy strippers with nothing in their stomachs, all 3.5 to 5 lbs. in the same spot in Padre Bay across from Cookie Jar.
Overall it wasn't our greatest fishing trip but I have no complaints we love Lake Powell and can't wait to go back.

 

Lora Gonzalez


May 7, 2010 - Bob Yniguez

This is 4-year-old Anthony Tkalcevic!! This little fisher caught this bad boy straight from the Wahweap docks! it weighed over 4 lbs. and is 21" in length! 5/7/10- nothing like a day of fishing with Grandpa Bob Yniguez! Great Job Anthony!

 

Anthony Tkalcevic


May 15, 2010 - Mike McNabb Bass fishing in Southern Lake

We tried to hit a day when the wind wasn't going to blow but it did! Not too bad though so we ventured out to Warm Creek and did pretty good. Lars pulled this nice smallie into the boat while dad held it. Lars pulled a few more in during the morning. We used my old faithful smoke grub and fished the shallows with bushes. I had 4 generations of Nielsens on board that day! It is always great to have Ron and his Family with me fishing.
Okay, so I went out fishing in the morning on Mothers day! I asked my wife if she wanted to go but she said no! So I took Easton and his daughter Jemma. How could I say no to this cute little 5 year old! This is her first fish! We had a really great time. We fished shallow slick rock again and some beds. We caught mostly smallies on the smoke grub with 1/4 oz jig head.
Her dad runs the Paria Guest Ranch.
We went out Saturday May 15 and had a great time catching the largemouth and smallmouth bass. We used the smoke grub again fishing slick rock and points with brush. The fish we caught were in 4 to 15 feet of water. Cory is holding up his first Largemouth and his second, he caught them one right after another. Good job Cory!
 Cory's dad Billy caught a nice smallmouth. We won't talk about the big largemouth he missed, I know that hurt! The weather was perfect, we caught a lot of fish and the company was great. What more can you ask for! It was a great day on Lake Powell. We do wish we would have made it to Kane Wash a little earlier to top it all off with some stripers but we'll do that next time when they are boiling!
Roy Butler and I had a great day of fishing on Powell on Wednesday. Our trip was scheduled for Tuesday but the wind changed those plans. We caught lots of fish, largemouth and smallmouth. We went into Face canyon looking for slick rock and a few submerged bushes. We used the smoke grubs and tube baits. We found smallies and largemouth all day long. We got a little wet on the way home, the weather turned windy and very cloudy. Another great day of fishing and company.
 
We headed out on Monday as the cold front moved in and the wind wasn't too bad. It was cold and windy in the morning then turned beautiful in the afternoon. It turned out to be a great 60th birthday for John. The trip
started out with "Competitive Talk" between Bernadette and John. Bernadette catching the first 2 fish but then John took the lead with 2 nice largemouth and many more nice smallmouth. The score was Bernadette 5 winning the first fish rights, John won the most, 15 fish and biggest with a three pound largemouth and 2.9 smallie. We really had a great time catching fish and
getting to know one another on beautiful Lake Powell! The fish were caught with double-tail hula grubs in 4-8 feet of water. The bite was hardly noticeable. Keeping a tight line and moving the bait slowly was usually the
way to tell if you had a bite. We caught (and missed) fish all day long. I had a great time with great people.
I decided to go to a place that the smallies were probably biting and they were! We fished the shallow slick rock with the smoke colored grub. We were only out a half day and really did well. Jake caught a nice 2#+ smallie one of many that size. They took a few home for a big family fish fry. Great fishing and great company! I always have a great time fishing with Lee and his sons.

May 17, 2010 - Ted Geohagan - Padre Bay stripers

Me and some buddies went fishing last weekend and this is what happened. 164 fish on Friday

 
and 220 on Saturday, between three boats. Caught them all in Padre Bay

 

May 19, 2010 - Ed Gerdemann - Southern lake bass

Not having wet a line anywhere in nearly seven months, it really felt good to get back on the water again this past Sunday. It seems like that first trip is getting later and later for me every year. It also seems like life is getting more complicated every year which is why I seem to be fishing less - especially in the spring. So it was almost with a sense of relief when I motored from the Stateline ramp past the no-wake buoys, pushed the throttle forward and felt the boat go up on plane for the first time. Just feeling the wind in my face and looking at the tan, brown and pink buttes, something I never tire of despite all the times I've experienced it, brings forth a sense of renewing and knowing that some things remain the same in this crazy world. Of course seeing the rod bend and feeling the head shakes of that first smallmouth bass of the season reinforces the idea that some things are still okay despite everything else happening around us.

My partner for this first trip of the year was my good friend Cap'n Chuck Duggins of Page. I always enjoy fishing and talking fishing with Cap'n Chuck as he can break the sport down to its simplest terms. I think at times some of us anglers get too complicated and technical for our own good. Cap'n Chuck brings fishing back to the basics - something I need from time to time.

Since I've had a lot of luck in Last Chance Bay over the past couple seasons, that is where we headed. We started fishing in the very last cove I fished last fall - a fairly long cove that from its entrance looks like nothing but slick rock; however my experiences in there over the past couple seasons revealed something quite different. In the far back end of that cove there is a lot of broken rock substrate of which very little can be seen above the water at its current level. I noted the water temperature was 60.4 degrees when we started. In the early going Chuck managed one decent fish that was just off the bank while I lost a couple good fish and landed a couple small ones further out on a large submerged point that ran off a small rockslide out into the cove. After working that area over thoroughly we moved around the corner to another area where I had previously enjoyed success. Things heated up as I lost a decent largemouth right at the boat and then landed several decent smallies while working the edge of another long submerged point running out into the bay. The fishing wasn't fast, but at least we were getting bit. Both Chuck and I lost an abnormally high number of fish which seems to indicate the bass really weren't completely sucking in the lure. Virtually all of our bites were very soft pressure bites - another indication the bass were not in an overly active mode.
We took 12 fish from that first cove, and then we motored up to the next cove on our right. This is a smaller cove which at times over the past couple seasons has produced some nice bass - both brown and green. On this day, however, the action was not that good. We took about a half dozen fish over about an hour; however all except a couple were very small. One of the better fish we took came right from the base of some submerged brush. We believed it was probably on a bed.
 
With this information, Cap'n Chuck suggested we find a place that had some brushy flats. That place was the next cove up on the same side - another good producer for me. We motored in there around 12:15 and spent the next three plus hours working around the back side of that cove even going up into the narrow canyon area at the far back end. By then the water temperature had warmed to 62.8 degrees. Chuck and I were into fish right off the bat, and we had consistent action the rest of the afternoon. It was not overly fast action - a fish here, two more there and maybe three more up ways a bit - but it was undoubtedly the best action of the day. This was the first time we actually some chaser fish following a hooked buddy, but we couldn't get the chasers to strike.

 
By 3:30 we were both worn out having tallied 32 smallmouths. Cap'n Chuck had the honor of landing the only largemouth. The size wasn't great. We had a couple fish that were around 1 3/4 pounds, but we never got into the really big fish this trip. Most of the fish we took were on broken rock flats. Those that had some brush were better than the bare ones. The depth of our fish ranged from around six feet out to15. Although a few fish came from close to the bank, most of our fish came from other right on or very near the first big dropoff at the end of a flat or point. Some of the fish we caught were undoubtedly on beds, but we had no site fishing success. We took several females that still had eggs.

 
Our best presentation was drop shot soft plastics - particularly the Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm. I was using a watermelon color while Chuck fish mostly with a brown and a watermelon/white laminate. Approximately half our strikes came on the initial drop with the others coming from a very slow drag type of retrieve. It was important not to try and impart in action with the rod as the sinker dragging over the bottom appeared to give the bait all the action it needed.


All in all it was a good average Lake Powell fishing day - not a great producing day but certainly a good one. And after nearly seven months of not fishing, even a good average day on Lake Powell is a great day for me.

May 19, 2010 - Kip Bennett - Wahweap Bass

Just thought I would send you some pictures from the last two tournaments Dad (Robert Bennett)
and I fished. We fished this last weekend and three weeks prior. We have never caught so many large mouth over 4 lbs on this lake ever.
Real quick note that we found our biggest fish this last weekend off of beds and moving out on points looking for an easy meal. The best bite was on a 4" wacky rigged senko cast on points just out from were beds where 2 weeks ago in 15 - 25ft of water.
This weekend the fish had huge heads with skinny long body's. After the spawn those big mamas sure are skinny and lethargic. The tuff part was getting our bait past the overwhelming amount of little 10" small mouth. We caught tons of fish each day and had a blast. The last picture is from the end of April when the big ones still had lots of eggs. Can't wait to chase some boils real soon!

Kip Bennett

May 24, 2010 - Mike McNabb - Padre Bay

We went out on Sunday morning before the wind kicked up and did pretty good. Kyle Heffelfinger, in picture, caught this nice largemouth on a white spinner bait pulled through stick-ups and had another on just as big on a smoke colored double-tailed hula grubb and lost it at the boat (called catch and release).
 

We caught several smallies between 2 to 2 1/2 pounds. We fished bushes under the water about 4 to 8 feet. All but one fish was caught on the grub.

We caught the stripers on anchovies off a point in 20 feet of water. The 3 stripers ranged from 4 to 5 pounds. Two males and female with eggs. We caught them on the wall east of the entrance to Kane Wash. We had a great time fishing with great company!

Sara Heffelfinger


May 24, 2010 - Rod Chugg - Padre stripers


Randy and Kelli Ostler catching their first stripers.
 
It was nice talking to you the other day. Your directions and recommendation to fish Padre Bay was helpful. Here are a few photos of our trip. It is always nice to get with Aaron Anderson each year and do some fishing.
 

For Garrett Chugg his High School Graduation present was to fish Lake Powell with his friends and Father Rod. Aaron Anderson was our guide to catching: 14 stripers, 3 large mouth bass, 1 crappie and numerous small mouth.


Thanks Wayne for your website, friendship and helpful hints of catching fish over the years.
 

Rod showing a couple of the typical stripers caught on anchovies at a dept of 40 feet from the boat.

 
Garrett’s final caught the crappie he was looking for. This one was caught on a “Gary Yamamoto” 4 inch double tail green pumpkin.
 
Best friends Brandon Pearson and Garrett Chugg living the dream of fishing every day. Rod and Garrett Chugg, Brandon and Brian Pearson displaying some of the stripers caught on Padre Bay 5/21/2010. We caught them on anchovies.

May 26, 2010 - Mike and Rhonda - Southern Lake Bass

Thanks for the great site you have with info on the lake and fishing conditions. We have attached a few pictures of our trip, and the pictures are from May 25, 2010. We fished the Padre Bay Points for the Smallies, and the backs of Rock Creek and Last Chance for Largemouth. We caught well over 3 dozen Largemouth from about 1 1/2lbs to about 5lbs on the 25th, a few 2lb Walleye, and tons of Smallies up to about 2 lbs.


 
We used the double up jig method of us both hitting the same bush with our jigs at the same time to entice bites from the Largemouths. We used 1/2 ounce swim jigs with dull red skirts, and and purple or chartreuse twin trailers; depending on the the clarity. Most of the Largemouth came out of brush from 10-15 feet.

 
The Smallies and Walleyes were mostly hitting 3 inch Kalin smoke grubs on 1/8 oz jig head, and mirror 2 inch swim shads; almost all caught on fall ins on main lake points, and fall ins on rock bluffs. The fishing is phenomenal on this lake; we have been here over a week, and caught great numbers of fish everyday we could fish when the wind allowed us too.

May 26, 2010 - Mike McNabb - Dungeon Canyon Bass

I went to Dungeon Canyon and met up with Frank Perkins and Steve Goldsmith from Salt Lake on Wednesday May 26 for a half day fishing trip. Frank hooked up with a couple of nice ones. Once again we used the smoke hula grub fishing slow about 5 to 10 feet down.
The water was a little murky. We were fishing brushy points in the back of coves. We caught a lot of little smallmouth bass too. We had a great time and the weather was good too, no wind to speak of, for a change!
 

May 26, 2010 - Wayne Gustaveson - Padre Bay stripers

Finally got a chance to go back to Padre Bay and check on the spawning school there.  We arrived early while the shadow was still on the water.  Jerk baits (Lucky Craft Bevy Shad) tossed right to the slick rock shoreline produced quick hookups on striper males guarding the spawning grounds. Most fish were 3-5 pounds. Females were larger fish than males.
We worked down the shoreline to find new fish.  One fish per group was all we caught as the others then moved away from us. When the crankbait bite stopped we tried spoons and jigs. One fish hit a wallylure but the schools were moving off the flat into deep water so we switched to anchovies. The first chum shower produced quick bites from school fish at 40-60 feet. But then they too slowed. Periodically we drifted close enough to shore for a quick cast with a jerk bait which caught an occasional fish.
Most of the active school fish were shallow so we took the weights off and fished anchovies weightless on a slack line.  That was the best technique. It worked well until the pesky wind came up and blew us off the school. We packed it in with 29 fish (90 pounds) in the cooler.  Most of the fish were ripe males that made a gooey white mess on everything they came in contact with.   Females still had full green ovaries.  These fish had not yet spawned.             
Here is the spot in Padre Bay on the east wall.  The small alcove circle in the center of the picture is the center of activity but fish are found along most of the steep wall structure. Cookie Jar is on the left and a deep indented cove is on the right.

June 5, 2010 - Kip Bennett - Warm Creek Bass

  I have been planning this trip with my buddies John and Breck Leach for a week now and were excited to get out and catch up with them. Breck came all the way down from South Dakota and John moved back for the summer.

Had a good morning of bass fishing. We got out about 5:00am this morning and I asked my guests if they wanted to go after Bass or Stripers. After noticing the senkos tied on I got the hint we were shooting for bass. We mainly fished Warm Creek/ Haystack Area and a couple coves further back in Warm Creek.


Kip Bennett
Early morning water was already 72 F. we had a great top water bite to start the morning followed by a very successful hula grub and senko bite. Largemouth are still in the sticks and we found small mouth everywhere!
 

Breck Leach

John Caught the biggest Large mouth of the day on a 5" smoke senko. He also caught the smallest fish of the day a 4" striper on a top water which he would not let me take a picture of. Most of our success came in the 8-15 foot range. It does help knowing where they were spawning weeks ago and trying to fish the same areas.

 

John Leach


June 7, 2010 - Mike McNabb - Bass

We traveled up lake on Saturday, got to our spot and Mark Saba caught this nice smallmouth on the first cast. We fished for about 2 1/2 hours and caught over 40 fish. One striper, 4 nice largemouth and several 2# smallies.


 
We fished 8 to 12 feet down using the Yamamoto smoke double tail grub again. We even got hits using a top water lure. It was a great day!
 

On Monday morning Tom, Irene and I stayed at this end of the lake. We started out catching dinky smallies, there are lots of those to go around. Finally we found a spot with 2#+ smallies and walleyes and a few largemouth.

Tom Kudrle


June 10, 2010 - Mike Durman - Navajo Stripers





I wanted to send this to you. We had a great fishing trip over Memorial Day Weekend. Caught over 80 stripers in 2 days..with 2 of us fishing. Most of them where in the 2lb - 4lb range, with the largest around 5 lbs. Caught the fish in Navajo Canyon using bait. The picture is of my fishing buddy,

Jim Greene of SLC.... proud of some of those he caught.
 


June 11, 2010 - Danny Vine - Shore fishing Wahweap

I was fishing down in Wahweap Bay in the morning around 7:30 - 9:30. Early in the morning I was using a 4 inch Gary Yamamoto Single Tail on a 1/4 ounce lead head.
Early in the morning I was catching "nemo's" very small small mouth. At around 8 o' clock I started fishing with a wide gap gamakatsu hook with a Yamamoto Shad Shaped worm and brought in a 2 lb Largemouth. As it got later I switched spots and caught two very nice sized Walleye and the last fish of the day for me was around 9:20 before my mom came around with the camera I saw a very large fish checking out my walleye on my stringer. At this point I thought I was just a humungous Walleye but I threw in my single tail grub quickly and I saw the fish eat it. I let it take it for a couple seconds then set the hook. I bring up the fish to the dock and it was at least a 5.5 pound largemouth.
 

June 12, 2010 - Kyran Keisling and Danny Woods - Bass

We have been having awesome days for the last two weeks, catching loads of fish and boating many above average fish.
Here is the break down of what's been happening on our end.


Largemouth - Brush on submerged islands and points combined with broken rock in 5 to 15 feet of water. Casting swim baits, Senkos and tubes in and around the limbs. The trick has been finding the broken rock/weeds, there are miles of weeds on a sandy bottom that hold no fish.. (we call it "sucker structure") and you can easily waste a lot of time in these areas.




 
Smallmouth - For our beginner clients we have been fishing the shoreline of rock slides in the main channel with small tubes and drop shot rigs and been catching LOADS of small fish. Although they don't make for great pictures they sure do make for a fun day and a tasty dinner.
 For the bigger smallmouth we have been fishing much deeper in fifteen to thirty feet of water. We have been using our memories and a graph to find those shelves and pockets that until a short time ago were shallow. We have done really well with large chartreuse swim baits and clear tubes, fishing them very slow and methodical.
 
In the process of fishing for bass we have caught more Walleye than we have caught in our lives and our tummies rejoice.
 
Striped Bass- Because the smallmouth and largemouth fishing has been so good we have not targeted them recently. We have been keeping our eyes peeled for the first boils and when they start we will dive into them full force.


Once again Danny and I would like to thank you for the work that you put into this website. It is a great service for all of us Lake Powell fishermen.


 

June 14, 2010 - Ralph Allen - Face Canyon

We fished nearly every day from Face Canyon and some of the surrounding areas. Caught lots of smallies, but very few with any size. Biggest might have been 14”. Caught a few small bluegill and two nice walleye, which would have been my preference for eating. Water levels continue to rise rapidly and brush is submerging everyday which challenges the pursuit of crappie or bluegill because they seem to move. Smallmouth are aggressive enough but seem to ebb and flow as the temperatures rise. The higher the temps the harder they are to entice. Anyone with a decent jig and patience should be able to catch smallies there. Stripers were a no go…

 

We mixed green, brown and purple Flappin Hogs with 1/2 oz skirted flipping jigs of the same colors.

 

Bill Bjork

The large Flappin' Hog is a new product that Yamamoto expects to release in early July.

June 14, 2010 - Bassdozer

Russ Bassdozer and local tournament angler Bill Bjork caught these beauties plus a bunch of other bass this morning in Wahweap Bay using Yamamoto's new Large Flappin' Hogs (FHL series) as trailers on flippin' jigs.

 

 


June 15, 2010 - Edward Gerdemann - Warm Creek Smallmouth bass

Fishing Report June 11-12

Making the best of a disappointing situation can often spell the difference between a successful fishing trip and total failure. By any stretch of the measure the weather forecast for this past weekend was very discouraging, high winds with likely rain and thundershowers - hardly the recipe for a successful outing. Instead of running 20 plus miles uplake to my favorite fishing haunts of the past few years, my partner John Conrad and I would have to stay in close so we could make the run to the ramp should the weather turn against us. Quite honestly, we would simply be fishing some of the same areas I fished regularly prior to 2004 when I fished out of a smaller boat with much less range. This would be a homecoming so to speak.

Fishing under threatening conditions is nothing new for John and I. Some thirty years ago I remember us driving down I-17 from Flagstaff in a snow storm to fish Peck's Lake near Cottonwood. We faced inclement conditions many times when fishing the local lakes around Flagstaff back in the early 80s. And we've fished around bad weather here at Powell several times over the past 14 years. With the help of my Greenehaven neighbor, Dave Tomes, John and I put together a battle plan that worked far better than we ever could expected.
Thursday evening Dave came over to visit. During the course of the conversation he told us he had taken several nice bass and walleyes off the double islands in Warm Creek just through the Castle Rock Cut. He suggested that might be a good place for us to try given our plan to stay in close. Taking Dave's advice, we fished those islands both Friday and Saturday morning with excellent success. We worked around them very slowly both days taking numerous smallmouth bass as well as a couple walleyes and even some sunfish. The fish where right Dave said they would be - in eight to 15 feet of water off the points and flats. Quite a few of the bass were small and appeared to be spawning, however there were enough fish running from 14 to 16 plus inches to keep things interesting. Friday we were able fish a couple of the points coming off nearby Antelope Island taking several more decent bass before the wind drove is back across Wahweap Bay.


On Friday when the whitecaps started breaking across Wahweap Bay, we motored back through the cut and crossed Wahweap reaching the lee shore just below the main marina. We motored along until we find an area that was sheltered enough where I could hold the boat. Although the structure was a bit steep for the pattern I thought we were on, I've found it's often better to fish the less than ideal place where I can properly position and hold the boat than better looking structure where the wind is too great to fish effectively. This spot turned out better than our wildest dreams. In a little over an hour John and I took 20 plus bass as well as a channel cat. The average size here was better than it had been at the double islands. We finished Friday having taken 76 smallmouths, four green sunfish, one walleye and one channel cat - not too bad for having to stay in close. Finally the wind got the better of us, and we headed back to the ramp.
Saturday morning broke with ominous clouds, thunder and lightning, something that does not mix well with aluminum boats and graphite fishing rods. John and I drove to Stateline ramp to watch the weather and decide whether or not to launch. There we ran into Cap'n Chuck Duggins. It was Cap'n Chuck's opinion that the immediate bad weather was moving away from the lake and that it would be okay to head out at least for the immediate time being. John and I decided to head back to the islands with the idea of saving our area below the marina in case the wind came up. Unfortunately we never made it to our second spot. After fishing the double islands for around three hours the wind suddenly increased whipping up the whitecaps. After battling three-footers across Wahweap Bay we decided it was too windy to continue to fish. Ironically the wind laid down later in the morning, however the ever present threat of thunderstorms made going back out on the lake unwise.

Our Saturday total was 24 smallmouths, two sunfish and another walleye - pretty decent for just three hours. Our total of 109 fish in less than a day-in-a-half of fishing was astounding considering we could not get to our better fishing water. That just shows how good a fishery Lake Powell really is. It also proved that my old fishing holes are still productive.
As mentioned previously, most of the fish we caught were eight to 15 feet deep off broken rock and gravel substrate. A little brush was not a bad thing, either, except for hangups. I did all my damage slowly dragging a drop shot rig with a dark green Yamamoto Shad Shaped worm - my favorite combination of the past several years. I tried a curly tail grub and a shaky head worm with no success. John had most of his success with small tubes fished on standard jig heads. He also had some success on curly tails fished on a drop shot. His best color was chartreuse, however he did catch a couple fish on black lures. He had a lot of trouble keeping the smaller bass off his tubes. In some places he took eight to 10 fish on successive casts. I didn't catch quite as many as the larger bait I was using, while being attacked with equal vigor, appeared to be a bit harder for those smaller fish to get in their mouths.
 
We found the key to our presentation was to do as little as possible. The fish did not want a lot of extra action on the lures. A nature drop and slow drags with a very occasional hop seemed to work the best. The fish hit about equally on the same drop as well as during the retrieve.


The smallmouth fishing appears to be very good on the lake right now. The cooler overcast weather we experienced is likely why so many fish were up shallow. I also believe quite a few of the smaller fish were still spawning. We filleted several females still with eggs. If the clouds move out and the weather warms this week, I would expect most of the bass to drop to the 20-foot level; however I would not rule out working some shallow flats. The best news of all is it's not necessary to run 20 plus miles uplake to find quality smallmouth bass fishing. There are plenty of fish in close.

June 16, 2010 - Bill Bjork - Big Bass Worms

We got them to go on the big, big, big, big, very big worms early this morning and were off the lake before the wind came up! this lake is awesome right now!!

June 17, 2010 - Bassdozer - Bass baits

The big ones were falling for the new color Senko (green pumpkin/orange laminate) this morning in Wahweap.



 
This picture shows how we were fishing with a lightly weighted hook that has a corkscrew wire clipped in the hook eye to hold the Senko, used with 15 lb braided line.
Big or small, the Senko caught them all.

 
Plus bass and walleye on the Sebile Koolie Minnow too
 

June 23, 2010 - Bassdozer - Wahweap Bass Baits

Local tournament angler Bill Bjork and I went out for a brief while at sunrise yesterday morning in Wahweap Bay.

Bill lifts striped bass that blasted SEBILE Koolie Minnow 118 Big Round Lip ("BRL") in Ghost Violet color

Bill just loves the BRL's wicked tail-whipping action.


Below is one of the two fish that Bill on a deps Basirisky 60 surface-walking frog.
 
Bassdozer didn't get any picture-worthy fish today, but he did have his hands full of fun with smaller bass that blasted a Gary Yamamoto Kreature buzzed on the surface; and also flipping a Texas-rigged Yamamoto Kreature with a 1/4 oz bullet sinker fished on the bottom.
 

June 23, 2010 - Kyran Keisling and Danny Woods - Southern Lake

We have been out the last week looking for the striper slurps and have found a few but they have been fickle and far between. We have been having our best success throwing crappie jigs on 4lb line, but our catch per boil percentage has been pretty low. We are anxiously awaiting the full on boils -aka topwater - that should come soon with the growth of the shad.

Cody

Unfortunately our jig bite for Small and Largemouth Bass has disappeared. We decided to change tactics and stuck a bunch of slab Smallmouth and Walleye trolling deep diving blue gill crank baits over submerged brush. Our best success came when our lures would tick the tops of the weeds at 15 feet with a bottom depth of 21 feet. Snags and false bites were common but they were well worth the hassle. .


Danny Woods

June 27, 2010 - Steve and Joy Wells - Padre Bay stripers



We stayed in Padre Cove and fished Padre Bay each day last week , the 20th thru the 26th of June. It was exciting to see Wayne when he came by and asked how we were doing chasing stripers. Great smallmouth fishing on almost anything but small twintails seemed to be the best in 25 feet of water.


Brenden Torres


 
Stripers were tough but would bite a Hopkins or any small heavy jig when it was cast ahead of a slurp. Plenty of fish for a good old fish fry!!! Thank you Wayne for all that you do. You're the best.

 

Ethan Torres


June 28, 2010 - Kip Bennett - Navajo Stripers



The family came down from Wyoming for my Daughters third B-Day. I had my two Nephews Gabe and Evan Carlson and my Father in law Richard with me for a full day of fishing in Navajo Canyon Saturday.
We started the morning out launching at 4:45am from state line and catching our first fish by 5am at the mouth of Navajo off of some slurps. They boys wanted to chase slurps but I knew anchovies on a point would be easier for them to get more fish in the boat. We drove up Navajo past the big beach and cut up a bunch of chovies to chum the same point that we caught stripers on two years ago. Nothing on the graph but we chummed anyway. Then we went towards the back and laid into some nice sm bass and lm bass.
Just using tubes and single tailed grubs. Gabe had a nice 3+ lb Large mouth and Evan found some nice blue gill. After an hour or two of fishing for bass and chumming our point another two more times we headed back and started getting instant double and triple hook-ups on 1/2 anchovies hooked on a jig head.
We maybe chummed to much because we ran out of anchovies after catching 44 of the 3-6lb fish. We had a great time and headed in by 2pm to start cleaning our mess of fish. They can't wait to come back and do it again next year.

June 28, 2010 - Kevin Campbell - Warm Creek

Warm Creek is still producing stripers. My last guide trip on Sunday produced 7 stripers in about 1.5 hours. The slurping fish didn't cooperate for us. We saw many pods of stripers in the southern end of Warm Creek.
My clients John and Craig had a great time fighting the drag burning fish.

 

 

John

The trick was to chum frequently. If the bait sat and soaked without the chum raining down, the fish wouldn't eat. The biggest went 41/4 pounds.
After leaving the striper spot at 8:15 because of the boat wakes, we fished the back of Warm and took some smallmouth and one good crappie took a 5" hula grub.

 

Craig


June 29, 2010 - Rick Sall - Kane Wash

DATE: June 11-17 Rick, Jesse, and Taryn Sall

Water level: 3635

We camped in the back of Kane Wash our last 3 days and caught fish in a variety of ways. In the first photo, Jesse used the dropshot technique to catch smallmouth and catfish on night crawlers.
Using the dinghy, we trolled about 20 feet outside the brush line using the Bevy Shad 75- feeling the lure just clip the brush was the key and the dinghy allowed us to zig-zag through the brush. The photo shows Cookie Jar in the background for reference and one of the nice smallmouth caught on the Bevy Shad before I lost it (the lure), and nearly the dinghy when the 50 mph gusts took the whole operation into the bushes!!
We went to the wall in Padre and found that the smallmouth would bite on the sardines if we tossed the bait against the wall and just let it drop- you can see bait hanging out of the "small mouth". Finally, we just used barrel sinkers and a split shot to get the bait down to 35 feet and brought up some nice Stripers.
Taryn really enjoyed reeling these guys in and now can't wait to come back and try chasing the boils in August. Thanks for all the great info- my kids camped for 6 days, endured 24 hours of brutal wind, and never complained one time- can't wait to come back

June 30, 2010 - Kelly - Fishing tubes

Hi, My name is Kelly. We fish Powell Nearly every weekend, we live in Flagstaff. Last Sunday I had the best bass fishing day of my whole life, and I have been bass fishing for 30 years. I started out early with spinners, silver with a pearl trailer. I caught several largemouth early and with good size too. Then the bite slowed, so I tried larger sized plastics and deep diving cranks, but not much was happening. Then I thought I would try tubes. I haven't really used them much, so I didn't have that confidence built up for using tubes. But that all changed on Sunday. The bass were loving the tubes, and it didn't stop the rest of the day. I was shocked! I couldn't believe how the bite turned on after I tied on a tube.

 

Like night and day. I started out the day with around 9 bass on spinners and finished the day at 5:30 with a total of 44 bass, so all the rest I caught on tubes that day. It was great. And many of the bass caught on tubes were good size large largemouth. I also noticed that the size of the smallmouth increased after I started using tubes. Also, I like fishing with tubes because it is fished the same as plastics or worms, but I don't have to wait for the fish to get the whole bait in its mouth before setting the hook. And as a result, I don't loose as many fish. It seems like I can set the hook after I feel the first thump, but with a worm I wait until about the 4th thump or the hook wont be in it's mouth yet. So, I was just very excited and wanted to share this great day with you.


July 9, 2010 - Michelle Wells -from Kelly



After submitting a report last week about my successful fishing at Lake Powell I realized that I had left out the best part of the weekend, My girlfriend and best fishing buddy of all time. So here is a picture of Michelle Wells, with some big largemouth and stripers from the 4th of july weekend and the previous weekend too.


We have been camping at Powell nearly every weekend for about a month, and out of a Bass Boat! We have been many times this year and always do very well bass fishing. We never get skunked, always catch fish. Early this year in March I caught A 5.7 lb Largemouth!! And the 4th of July weekend Michelle caught a big one too, as seen in the photo.


My addiction of fishing has poisoned me in such a way that I must stay on the water all day, sun up to sun down, back pain, foot killing me from the trolling motor pedal, battling wind, 100 degree temps, warm bottled water after all the ice is melted, and so on. Many of these discomforts normally don't go over well with other passengers. But not Michelle, she loves every minute of it! The back of the boat is organized with her rig, 4 poles from light to heavy and a huge tackle box packed full of lures, she cannot be stopped! As the pictures speak for themselves this is a girl that's a true bass fisherwoman! And the best fishing buddy I could ask for. So cool!

July 1, 2010 - Gaun Family - Wetherill Canyon

 June 23-27
The Gaun Family fish along the main channel across from Wetherill Canyon. This ledge runs from 30 to 60 before it drops off to380. It also has some shallow rock structure. What a fish producer. Smallies, Walley, and stripers. Friday the 25th being the best with over cast skis. Shad rap was the lure in tow with the best results. the larger of the small mouths were striking hard on the green twin tail jig at 16 ft.
 
Savannah Gaun on 6/25/10 closer to four lb I didn't have a scale.
Joey Gaun and his Striper caught on the 6/25/10 roughly 2.5lb
 

July 5. 2010 - Jeramie Kerns - Cedar City - Last Chance Stripers

 

This is trip report is a bit late but we had too much fun and success not to share a few pics.



 
We fished a cove at the mouth of Last Chance last Friday and Saturday (June 25 – 26) and caught 45 stripers (all 20 - 24“) on anchovies.
 
We filled our coolers and eventually had to start throwing them back.
We also caught several small mouth, catfish, and one walleye in Neanderthal Cove.
As always, thank you for your continued efforts on this great website. We look forward to your weekly reports and other family’s fishing adventures at Powell!



 

July 7, 2010 - Steve Cullison

We're new to Lake Powell fishing and appreciate all that we read in the Angler's Corner.

This report is a bit late, since these fish were caught last weekend, but the fish were fun to catch and I can also report that they were delicious. I've fished in water where the level of pollutants was so high that the fish were not safe to eat. I hope I never do that again. Lake Powell has to be one of the best fishing opportunities on the North American continent !! What could be better than all that this lake has to offer?

 
We fished for Stripers at night and watched huge schools of fish lounging 100 to 300 feet beneath our boat. None of them chose to come aboard, although we offered the most delicious-looking Anchovies that Wal-Mart had to offer. We'll try again next weekend. During the daylight hours, we fished along the shores with everything that wiggles or spins. We watched for brush in 10 to 30 feet of water with our Garmin 178c and found them to almost always be loaded with fish. Sometimes they were 30 feet from shore and sometimes they were 100 yards from shore. We trolled those places at 1.5 to 2.5 mph. The Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass were a lot more cooperative than the Stripers had been and we also caught a Walleye. The flesh of a Lake Powell Walleye is so delicious that it defies description.

 
I'd like to offer a suggestion that someone else told us about. Put a full block of Dry Ice, purchased from the Wal-Mart in Page, into your ice chest. Leave it wrapped up in plastic at the bottom of the chest and when you catch a fish, just drop that fish alive into the ice chest. The fish will soon be frozen solid. When you decide to clean the fish (today or tomorrow) they will be as fresh as the moment that they died.

 
All of our fish on this trip were caught within a few miles of the Wahweap boat ramp. Our daughter, Lisa is a native of Belize, Central America and might rather fish than go to her summer college classes. That's a real dilemma. Which is more important?

The thought of discovering one of those huge schools of Stripers when they're hungry is enough to keep a feller awake at night !!
 

July 8, 2010 - Mike McNabb - Wahweap Bass

I have been impressed with how good the fishing for Largemouth Bass has been this year! Lots of big ones and still in the shallows. The water has been a little stained as the lake came up which has been very helpful. The walleye fishing has been great too!

 

Warren is holding up a 2#+ LM, one of Stephen's LM Bass we caught up around Kane Creek and Kane Wash that day. The Largemouth were in the shallows around the bottom of bushes. We fished it slowly. The bite was very light and you had to keep your line tight to feel the slightest bump. Occasionally lifting the line to feel for any resistance and then setting the hook. Lots of times it was a bush but many times it was a fish. Often the fish would swim towards the boat or come in slowly as we lifted the line to see if we had one on. It was hard to know if you really had something on the end of our lines.
 

Tiffany caught this nice smallie up lake, one of many we caught that
morning.
My 9 year old Granddaughter Taylor  hauled this 2.6# smallie in the same day I
missed a big one in a local cove. It gave her a good fight.
Joan Wilgus caught this nice largemouth up lake in the back of a cove in the submerged brush about 8 feet down on a smoke double tail grub.
 
Jim McCoy caught a nice smallie in Warm Creek on Wednesday on a Green Pumpkin Tube bait. It seems like the bigger small mouth are getting harder to find, or we're probably fishing in the wrong spots! This is a nice smallie and fought hard.
Don Martin and I went to high school together over 40 years ago but didn't really know each other. Don is a Fishing Guide on Lake Mead and a Hunting Guide. He takes people out fishing on Mead at night and is very successful, catching 40 to 60 stripers a night! He was at Lake Powell with his Bass Club from Kingman and asked if I would show him some spots. He did really well that morning and caught several one to two pound LM Bass and several smallies. He was using a green colored tube bait fishing in 4 to 8 feet of water at the bottom of bushes.
 
We went out one late afternoon and evening with Jason and his family and caught this nice 2.6# LM bass in Wahweap Bay Area. It was in about 15 feet of water on a smoke double tail grub, fishing it slow.
 
Darleem, her twin sister Darlain and her husband Jim went out last Wednesday and caught this Big 4.4# largemouth in a local cove using a green pumpkin craw. For a change it wasn't a smoke double tail grub, they didn't seem to work that morning. We started out using the smoke grub but hadn't caught anything for about and hour or so. It was hard to change what has always worked for me but you gotta do what you gotta do, change color and bait and I'm glad we did, it really paid off in a big way. We caught several smallie and a 3# walleye to finish off our early morning trip.
Dan caught this nice Lm Bass in Warm Creek, once again in the back of coves in brush 4 to 8 feet down using a smoke double tail grub. This is a nice one but the one that got away was much bigger, it got tangled in a bush and got off before we could net him.
Barry Conway with one of many largemouth caught in a short time. We found a cove with many 1 to 1 1/2 pound largemouth.

July 18, 2010 - Jeramie Kerns - Last Chance Stripers

We had another successful trip to Last Chance. As you know, we found an excellent location in Last Chance in June, and so we returned again last week and had the same success. We fished on July 16 and 17 and caught 40 plus stripers, including 8 that were taken from slurps. We cast silver, and blue rattle traps to the slurps Friday morning, with only one of us being successful in generating a hook-up.
As a result, Saturday morning I switched to the silver and blue colored KastMaster which did not disappoint. We encountered 4 different slurps Saturday morning from Padre to Last Chance, and the silver and blue Kastmaster successfully caught a striper from each of the 4 different slurps. Three of my four slurp hook-ups actually came after the schools were already well submerged before we got within casting range. Once in range, I threw my Kastmaster past the submerged slurp pools and VERY SLOWLY reeled through the slurp path which did the trick need to pull a striper from each of the slurps.
 
The remaining stripers were caught on anchovies, and once again we filled the cooler with 20-23" stripers. Other catches this trip included, several small SMB, a few small, LMB, and one walleye. It has been a great year for our family at Powell and we look forward to one more trip this summer!

 

July 19, 2010 - Mike McNabb - Stripers in Padre


Steve, Larry, Frank and I went out to Padre Bay on Friday afternoon,
that's right from 1pm to 4pm!! It was HOT and I didn't think we would catch a thing. We went looking for Slurps in Warm Creek, the mouth of Navajo around to Antelope Marina and saw one slurp! So we dropped anchovies off the wall at the junction of Warm Creek and Padre Channel were we caught the 565 stripers a few years ago. But no luck so I asked them if they wanted to go up to Padre and look for Slurps. So away we went. We didn't see any slurps and it was getting hot and it was about 2:15 so we went to a spot that had been good to me once earlier in the spring, I call it Kane Wall. We dropped in the anchovies and it took about 5 minutes and the bite was on. I couldn't keep up with baiting their hooks and taking fish off! Several times we had triples on and many doubles! We caught 50 stripers in 2 hours. Reminded me of the good old days. It took an hour and a half to clean them all. The guys are going to have a big fish fry when they get home. Lots of fun! Larry and Steve will drink more water next time, the sun got to them right as we were getting ready to take it in for the day. It doesn't take long out there to get dehydrated and wind up with heat exhaustion! Drink Lot of Water!!

The next day it was back top the same place to see if there were any fish
left in that spot but this time we got there around 6am. Andrew, Jared,
Brandon and Ryan were with me, part of a four boat bachelor party group and we had a tournament going. We won the most fish catching a total of 40 fish, 36 were stripers out of the same hole. We caught them at a good steady pace and had a great time!

 

Jared

Andrew
The next day Chris and his dad and I went back again at 5:30 am and only caught 3 out of that hole. They trolled a little in the area and caught one more then headed to the mouth of Navajo and Antelope Marina. When we got to the Marina we hooked up with a double out of a slurp (boil-but not really a full fledge boil) anyway we caught one more after that to make it 7 stripers, 3 Catfish, 1 small mouth, and 1 carp! The slurps were really tough to fish, they didn't want to take our top water, rattle trap or cast master. There were at least 20 slurps, they were all over the place. It was fun but frustrating fishing for them. I will give it another week or so an they will be full-on boils out there! Once again we had a great time and great company!!
 

Chris Carnahan


July 22, 2010 - Kelley Family - San Juan

We arrived Sunday around 1:30 Pm at Antelope Ramp passed inspection and motored away after nice ride from gentleman down the ramp!
 

Picture of Last Chance bay headed for Padre after wind storm Tuesday night

Took off for San Juan mouth. Arrived around 4 pm set up camp in Reflection Canyon and then decided to try boil fishing around the mouth toward Bullfrog saw a few nice boils that lasted 10-15 min more slurping than boiling but the trolling motor batteries died on this day and would leave us with weak to poor motor movement in silent mode. So we headed in for dinner and the night rest after travel. Midnight we awoke to the most bright starlit night in memory at Lake Powell we gazed at then for about 1 hour before we thought sleep for am fishing!! 4 Am Monday am winds are blowing 35-40 3-4 white caps at mouth of San Juan hmm headed in to the River and see what we find. All the way back into Neskahi we start looking for boils but chop is not help so smallie fishing we go.

They are still as plentiful as years past. A gentleman stops buy in boat asking if we wanted Stripers as their house boat got hammered by a boil that they filled their cooler. We fished all day in the arm and found many Bass and Smallies on grubs Dark and Green and white did not seem to matter. No real boils we could find or get close to for fish. We stopped to cool off in Water with Dog and while we are near the small cut in the arm we hear the loudest splashing sure enough a big boil right in front of our faces by the time I get in boat for rod they have moved on past us.

Tuesday morning we heard of boil near Rainbow Bridge entrance so we head over to take a look inside second canyon I see small slurps so we head in. While I try and untangle a mess caused by trip over to area these small boils start up right next to boat I was looking down at the yearling fish eating little shad dropped that rod mess grabbed another and poof they were gone!

So off to every smallie location we see all the way to DR gas up get some Anchovies and Ice Cream head to Rock Creek smallie fishing in these canyons has been good in past so we hammer 10 -15 spots and nothing huge but we are entertained by the attack style of the fish. We hear one of the loudest spalling we can remember sounded like huge cannon fire and crash did not see waves or dust so not sure where it was. Off to Last Chance for walls and bait fishing we pull in to second small indent on left side and (west) find some change in the wall and decide to chum away like old days. Jill lands the first 5 lb striper in 5 min then does not get bit again I then proceed to catch 9 more stripers and 3 cats all are healthy but one thinner striper. Wind storm hits and we ride it out in small cove. Eat dinner and figure let’s move to Navajo so we can start at 5 am and fish our way out and leave wed by 13:00. Pull out into Last Chance bay striper boil! We did not stop figured better get where we are going to camp and find one in very back of Canyon Nice day Wed see the Skiff headed back in to Navajo Not Wayne but we are in small cove fishing as the drive by. Bait fish near middle island Jill again land nice 4 lb striper as I get nothing but cats on my Chovie. Well than we head out for Ramp and home. Did see the Skiff returning from back of Canyon the Guys waved.


July 25, 2010 - Mike McNabb

Peter and Vincent and I went out for a half day early on Sunday and looked
for stripers around Kane Wash and got skunked. We went into Kane Wash and
hooked up with a few Largemouth and missed a few using Yamamoto Senkos and Craws, fishing slow in shallow water around bushes.

Vincent caught 3 Largemouth and his dad, Peter, finally caught one, it was the biggest of the day. He was going for quality not quantity! We had a great time fishing.
 


July 26, 2010 - Mike McNabb


We went out on Monday morning hoping to clean up on the striper boils and slurps but the stripers had other plans! We got to the Antelope Marina area and found nothing going on so we sent to the back of Navajo Canyon and got into the Smallmouth and Largemouth.


 
 We caught lots of SM and LM but they were small except for the one Gavin caught, 2#+ SM. Chris is holding up the size largemouth we were catching. Kathy, Braden and Gavin in the boat in Navajo Canyon. Everyone caught fish, we used the smoke hula grub to catch most of the fish.
We returned to Antelope Marina around 10:30 and still nothing happening! I blame the lack of appearance of stripers on the full moon! The day was a good one because of the company on board! We had a good time fishing together and the fishing was okay. We caught enough for a good dinner or two.
 

July 28, 2010 - Mike McNabb


This is one reason I love getting out first thing in the morning! Calm
waters and Fire in the sky! There was a storm in the east probably over Rock Creek area this morning and it made a great sunrise! I was hoping to get some lighting in the picture but it didn't happen. We had a great morning or fishing as you can see! 5 Largemouth weighting in at 2+ to 3.8 pounds!
Rob Williams and family together holding their catch. Mike Williams showing off his 2.8 pounder.
 
Grandpa Luke, celebrating the BIG 60, and grandson Kye with a nice one. Today was one of the best mornings I've had catching many big largemouth. It was great sharing it with the Williams Family.
Grandson Luke caught 2 nice largemouth but didn't want to hold them up, but he did want to eat them! Good fishing and great company once again. We used green Senko's and Smoke hula grubs fishing in bushes, slowly, 10 - 12 feet down.

 

July 29, 2010 - Ed Gerdemann - Bass - Last Chance


I've always had a rule about fishing - even if the weather conditions are less than ideal, still go if you have the chance. This past weekend my partner Dale Marenda and I were faced with upper 90s temperatures, possible monsoon storms and a full moon. Top it all off with typical mid-summer boat traffic and you have less than ideal fishing conditions.


Nevertheless, I left Phoenix Saturday morning with the intent to fish no matter how difficult things might be. I picked up Dale at his Munds Park summer home and we headed to Page. Everything seemed fine Saturday evening for hitting the lake the next morning, however neighbor Dave Tomes came over and mentioned that my left trailer tire was flat. After determining the problem was a faulty valve stem, with the help of Dave's floor jack and some elbow grease we managed to get the flat tire off and the spare on. Fortunately that was the only problem like that we had.




 
The next morning we launched at 5:00 a.m. and enjoyed a smooth boat ride up to Last Chance Bay. We picked one of my favorite coves on the right hand side and motored in about 2/3 the way. I caught a smallmouth bass on my first cast, and that helped set the tone for the day. Fishing 25-28 feet deep we consistently caught smallmouths most of the morning in three different coves. We kept 21 and released 10. The biggest fish we caught were around 1 1/2 pounds. This was far better fishing than I expected under those conditions. After 10:00 a.m. the action really slowed. We kept at it until 12:30 before heading back to Stateline ramp. I must add that in addition to catching a smallmouth on my first cast, I also caught one on my last cast - the third time I've accomplished this feat on Lake Powell over the past four years.
 
The next morning we faced an unusual southeast wind. We ducked behind an island in Padre Bay where Dale had caught quite a few fish in the past. I cannot recall ever having fished the place before. There was a small point jutting out into the lake right where the shoreline transitioned from chunk rock to sand. There was a shelf that came off the point down to around 12 feet and then it plunged suddenly to 28 feet. I could see on the graph there were a lot of fish using that area. In about an hour and a half we caught 10 bass and one nice channel catfish that found Dale's lure to its liking. The main lake was white capping by now. I didn't want to head uplake any further under those conditions, so we headed for the bays near the floating toilet on the southeast side of the lake looking to get out of the wind. We managed to catch a few more fish around a small rocky island, and then we motored to Gunsight Bay and fished a series of points on the west side catching a few more bass. By noon the boat traffic in the area made it difficult to fish, so we headed home. Our total for the day was 17 smallmouth kept, four released plus Dale's catfish. Our biggest bass were about the same size as the day before. In retrospect I wished we had gone all the way up to Last Chance as there were several more coves I wanted to try, however given the time of the year and conditions I felt we did fairly well.


The keys to our success were the two basic fundamentals of fishing - location and presentation. Except for a few smaller fish, most of the smallmouths we caught ranged from 24 to 28 feet deep with a few going down to 30 feet. It was important to be on or near a sudden dropoff, and it was important to fish very slowly. Once again the drop shot presentation was the most effective. We caught most of our fish on the Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm with a few falling to Senkos. We used a number of variations of green colors ranging from dark watermelon to the lighter baby bass. I also used natural shad. I really don't believe the color was very important. What was important was getting the lure in front of the fish and leaving it there. We found that fishing straight down below the boat was generally more effective than casting - particularly on Monday.


 
We had very few strikes on the initial drop. Most of our hits came either on the retrieve or when we were simply deadsticking our lures under the boat. By deadsticking I mean we were not adding any additional action. We were dropping our lures directly below the boat and taking up the slack when the weight hit bottom. It was similar to fishing for stripers with cut anchovies. The only action being put on our lures was from the motion of the boat. Sometimes the strike would be a definite thump, but other times it felt like a little nibble; and sometimes the rod tip just slowly started to bend. At any of these signs it was time to begin reeling and sweeping the rod into fighting position.


If this tedious finesse fishing sounds boring, believe it is not when one is catching fish. Right now under these tough fishing conditions I am convinced this is one of the best, if not the very best presentations for putting a mess of smallies into the boat. So don't let the midsummer doldrums keep you from fishing. Fish early, deep and slow down. Believe me, you will catch fish.


 

August 1, 2010 - Rickey Jackson - Warm Creek Stripers



We arrived on the lake on Tuesday and looked for boils, as we approached Warm Creek we saw a large boil which lasted a half hour. I was able to catch 12 stripers out of the boil. The splashes were two feet high and the fish were very aggressive.
Later in the day we did not see any more action and were able to pick up a few small mouth. Wednesday I took the rest of my family out was not able to find a single boil or slurp.

 
We went from Warm Creek to the back of Navajo were the kids picked up a few largemouth and smallmouth. Finally on Thursday we found small slurps in front of Castle Rock cut and each kids was able to pick up a few stripers.
The action was brief and in all we were able to pick up 24 fish. I know the fishing should break out soon.
 

August 1, 2010 - Stephen Coldren - Padre to Last Chance


My dad and I  went out from July 25 – July 27 with a friend of ours, Bill and his son Scott. We started the first day fishing brush in the back of Last Chance and found nothing. Then we moved closer to Last Chance bay and went looking for stripers and also found nothing. Later, at 3 we moved into coves in Padre and finally found some fish.

 
We were fishing pumpkin Yamamoto Senkos rigged wacky style with a weight, as shown in your Fishing Tips, and chartreuse Gitzits vertically and very slowly in about 20 feet of water. We would let the lure sink to the bottom and some fish would hit when it was dropping, but if it got to the bottom without a hit, we would bounce the lure up and down. Sometimes, it was hard to tell right away if the “hit” was a tree or an actual hit from a fish. We fished there for an hour (3pm-4pm) and caught four fish: a catfish, a walleye, a smallmouth, and a largemouth.

Stephen Coldren
The next day, we decided to stay around Warm Creek and Padre. We got on the lake at 5am and idled through the cut and immediately turned right as we saw a lot of smallmouth jumping around on the surface. I was using a white surface popper and caught four nice smallmouth. As the surface action slowed, we decided to search for stripers by “Kane Wall”. Right as we arrived, there was a small boil, but unfortunately it was windy and the stripers were uncooperative.
We decided to chum to see what we could get… Scott (9) caught a good catfish with an anchovy. As we were leaving to go back to where we had luck the day before, the stripers resurfaced for a little, but we got nothing. We all had high hopes as we still used the Senkos and Gitzits along with the same technique. I caught 3 nice largemouth, Bill caught a catfish, and my dad caught a largemouth. Overall, it was a great weekend. Thank you for all your reports! We love the website.
 

August 4, 2010 - Wayne Gustaveson - Rock Creek to Wetherill - Stripers

Ran to Rock Creek early this morning to get in on striper boils that have been hot there recently. Sure enough this morning they were not - at least for us.  Rich Gonzalez was there and caught fish before we arrived. We came in and the waters calmed immediately.   We chased singles around for awhile without catching one and then decided to go further upstream. When we left, Rich said a boil came up in our wake.  He caught some more.

We went to mouth of Wetherill and found a few isolated splashes.  True to the new character of boiling fish, if we could cast close to the surfacing school they would readily hit shallow running pointers and Rapala minnows. We got 5 and lost a couple more at the boat. Then we caught some bass by casting to the shoreline eventually working our way downlake hoping for the mid day boils.

Rich went downlake after he left Rock Creek and caught a bunch in the back of Dove Canyon running shad on shore. That's the first shore boil I have heard of this year. Another new dimension has opened. The search pattern now has to include the backs of canyons.

Ron Colby stayed downlake and caught a big boil in Warm Creek.  At the fish cleaning station Ron had 10, Rich had 25 and Wayne had 5.  They should know its not a good thing to have me down by double figures. This is not over yet!


August 8, 2010 - Gonzalez Family - Striper boils

Arrived at Lake Powell July 26 with a friend and went fishing that evening. Found fish boiling at the mouth of Warm Creek and caught 25 - 3 to 4 lb. striped bass with 96 degree temperature and what felt like 100% humidity. Couldn't drink water quick enough, miserable conditions. Went out next morning, caught 3 fish in Rock Creek and then went out that evening and caught 17 more stripers boiling in Warm Creek. Fishing really slowed down for the next few days due to wind and boils were scarce.

It wasn't until my wife and daughter arrived on 8/2 that the fishing exploded. With her eagle eye, we were cruising up to Rock Creek and she found boils in Dungeon Canyon where we hammered 33 stripers and 6 small mouth bass boiling in the back of the canyon.
For the next few days, we continued to spot boils in Rock Creek, Last Chance Bay and Dungeon Canyon where we had a total fish count of 131 stripers all 3-4 lbs. Rock Creek boils where sporadic and very unorganized but what a blast as you would see a fish come up, cast into ring and hook one up. As the days progressed the boils in Last Chance Bay became more aggressive with hundreds of fish. The boils lasted longer but were very difficult to sneak up on. As we headed towards a boil, the fish would get spooked and dive down. We started running the boat on plane looking for boils to appear near the boat so we could get casts off. Once we started this trick, what we called "Drive by's", we would all get hooked up almost every time. There was even a time that 2 fish were caught on 1 lure 4lbs each. Thought we had a big one, but it was a true double hook up. Also had a blast catching small mouth bass while they were boiling, with a total count of 10 fish for the trip.
Fishing was awesome, the weather turned out nice, but the lightning storms were unbelievable. Every day we would have a great time fishing, then head back to camp with an awesome evening lightning display. To make the trip even better, it was a great pleasure to see Wayne out on the lake as well as visit with him at camp. It is always exciting to tell Wayne about our daily fishing trips as we can enjoy our excitement with him! Wow, it couldn't have been any better.

August 8. 2010 - Richard Campbell - Wahweap Night Fishing

Trevor Campbell and Kris Espinoza



Caught these in 35 feet of water near Wahweap marina on anchovies



08/05/10 from 10 to 12 pm

Ranged from 2-5 lbs

August 9, 2010 - Shaggy - Last Chance Stripers

August 8. Headed out of Page on our fishing camper Friday afternoon and settled in Last Chance Bay. Caught a few Walleye and Stripers trolling that evening. Saturday was one of those rare overcast rainy days at Powell which makes for better sleeping than fishing. Worked hard for few fish.

Shaggy

Saturday evening the skys cleared and the entire bay came alive. 42 out of 2 big boils. Then Sunday morning as the sun hit the water (6:30ish) the fish were on fire. 4-6 pound stripers with attitudes. Top water poppers were being unmercifully murdered as quadruple hookups prevailed. Alright.....bit dramatic but true and fun. When the dust (stripers) settled about 9am the boat was littered with 71 fish. Total of approx 120 fish made for lots of work motoring back to the marina.

August 12, 2010 -  Steve A.

Great Site Wayne! Started in Warm creek Thursday the 5th. Looked for the shad but didn't stumble into any so tried some bait fishing near the floating restroom. Saw some schools on the sonar, but only caught 1 yearling. Tried by the cliffs across from Stateline ramp and found a couple of stripers in the 4 lb. class. Friday was tough and didn't do well for striper or bass (just a few small ones), gave up about 10 am to golf in town. Great fun till lightning storm! Great views though!

Saturday went to Gunsite early enough to fish some shade and found a school of 2.5 lb. smallmouth to harass. Great fun and got 6 fish from the school. Went to middle of Padre bay and used binoculars to find a couple of striper schools and was able to get 2 fish from 2 schools. Sunday found large boils in Last chance as a couple other posting had mentioned. Aggressive fish in the 4 - 5 lb. class. Shared the boils with another boat in the bay. Great of them to share as they found them first. If you read this, Thanks guys!


August 14, 2010 - Bret Maughan and Dave Dodds - Last Chance Aug 13-14th

Bret and Jamie.



We left Jeramie and his family home this time and brought our wives. We should have invited Jeramie...the cove that has been producing for us this summer was deserted. Keeping up with the reports had us excited to get into some Last Chance boils, but with winds in the mornings it wasn't happening. We cruised a few of the side canyons on Friday night but never saw more than a few surface splashes. We did manage to find a small school in one of the right/north side canyons and with enough chum we kept them under us for a few minutes. Enough to catch 10-15 before the school moved on.
Dave and Britney. The first few were caught at 50 feet, but soon the striper were rising to within visible range and taking the anchovies with a silvery flash. The rest of the trip was rather slow. Small bass were eager to hit just about anything, no matter what size, and they usually coughed up their previous meal upon de-hooking. Several spit up fairly large shad and sunfish. A shad colored swimbait dropped down a vertical wall produced one striper and one smallmouth in the middle of the day. At least we didn't get skunked!

August 15, 2010 - SVSherwood

I had the privilege of hosting a couple of veterans in my boat at Lake Powell this past week and as always, was duly impressed. World War I ace Dale Gray and World War II sub commander Jim Hamman can still catch fish amazingly well even in their old and feeble condition. Notwithstanding their limited bowel control and constant pill requirements, I heartily recommend these 2 as great entertainment and fish catching instructors should you have the time, patience, and funding to provide a tag-a-long nurse and some extra Depends. You’ll also need a rather large bucket for all the laughs!!

Now for the actual fishing report; Daily water temps 80+, mid 90’s air temp & sunny, 3636’ elevation

Arrived at the lake on Thursday 8/12/10 at 1 PM and unloaded our stuff on the houseboat (Thanks Dave Reay) and then proceeded to start looking for boiling stripers as that’s what this trip was to be all about. Per the reports on Wayne’s Words, we looked over the Wahweap buoy fields first starting about 2 PM then on up into Warm Creek after looking around the cut near Lone Rock and drove around a lot but saw nothing. We then grudgingly headed up into Padre Bay and after no signs of boils we headed to Last Chance. We were able to locate a few small boils about half way up the main channel but only caught a few as they would sound quickly when we got close and the wind made it tough. We then went to Rock Creek, near Dungeon Canyon and over into the back of Wetherill Canyon and caught a few smallmouth. About 6 PM we went back into Last Chance and cruised around looking for the non-existent boils and finally went back into Sumner Cove and caught a few more smallmouth before heading in. We cruised by the buoy fields again but saw no action. I was really bummed by the lack of striper boils that we had planned on but as of yet, the two older fellers had not required mouth-to-mouth so I considered all was not lost.

Friday we did a quick run by the buoy fields on our way out at 5:15 AM but it was too windy to see much so we headed to Last Chance looking for boils as we went but saw nothing. Turning up into Last Chance I only went a ½ mile before it was very apparent that it was too windy to ever see anything if they did boil so up to the San Juan we headed with plans to go as far as Zahn Bay looking for boils but finally ran into some just before the Wilson Creek area. One boat was already on them but the poor guy couldn’t cast his small spoon more than 30’. We stopped and hooked up a triple almost immediately and soon had to get the defibulator out for the WWI ace. We were on them pretty good and some of the schools would even stay up but the short caster boat boy insisted on driving in right on top of them and putting them down. I’m not sure if he was just figuring too make us all miserable if he couldn’t catch any or if he really couldn’t see where they were but it didn’t take long for our Ace to inform him of his folly. I guess he was deaf as well since he never responded. We eventually left this area as the sun got up higher and the boils ceased and shorty boat boy went to sulk. These fish were all in the 4-5 lb range and would willing eat big to bigger Spook/Sammy type baits. I really don’t think it mattered all that much as long as the presentation was good. We went onto Zahn’s and never saw any more boils but proceeded to catch lots and lots of SM and LM bass in all shapes and sizes with occasional sunfish thrown in. Some on med/shallow cranks, some spinnerbaits (way to go Dale!), many small grub/jig fish and a bunch on dropshot. >From 5’ to 35’ and all points in-between.

We stopped at Dangling Rope on the way back about 6:00 PM for a little ice cream and to listen to a guy tell us he had driven from Wahweap to Halls’ Crossing never seeing a boil. (I guess he should have read Wayne’s Words late Thursday Fishing Report where it stated the main lake boils were all but gone unless you went up by Hite….I think our experience and this poor guy with a deep investment in Mobil found that out the hard way!) Anyway on the way back in we went back into Last Chance and fought the low sun but sub commander Jim spotted some boils and the chase was on. We managed to land a fair number of these stripers but boils were few and far between and we had to look carefully for the many slurps instead which was tough with a bit of wind and low light conditions. These fish would also eat whatever was placed by them for the most part and were in the 3-5 lb range. This was in the main channel only about a mile up. We fished as long as light would let us and hurried in.

We debated even going out Sat morning but decided to go up Navajo Canyon and it turned into a great time. We ran into some single boils here and there about a ½ mile past the double islands and spent an hour mostly chasing but occasionally catching one here and there with both bass and stripers mixed in. Some small and other good ones including a 5 lb striper that out of nowhere attacked the Super Spook of our Ace when it was almost back to the boat. That left a ‘mark’….. We left here and motored up the river until we hit 20’ and fished a little bit with limited success. We came back out a few miles and stopped in an area that had been good in previous years but was doing nothing with grubs in 10-20’ when our sub commander noticed fish hitting the surface out behind us in the middle of the channel with regularity. We got on them but they were a bit more picky preferring smaller top water baits and jerk baits. All the stripers in this group were in the 1-2 lb class but we had some decent LM bass and some really good SM bass come aboard until we had to pack it in at 10:30.

Thursday totals: 10 fish maybe, Friday totals: 160+ Sat: Approx 60 Summary: Maybe 30 good stripers on top water so don’t plan a trip where this has to be the deciding factor for success. If you don’t see stripers in a few areas where recent reports have indicated they would be, pick a good fish area (San Juan) and just go fishing for whatever!

August 16, 2010 - Doepke Boy’s -Rock Creek


Fished – Sat, 8/7 – Sat. 8/14

We arrived and setup camp in Neanderthal Cove in the rain on Sat., 8/7. We fished from Gregory Butte to Dangling Rope. The best Striper fishing we found was all the way in the back of Dry Rock Creek at 6:30am on 8/14. We used surface lures and when the school would go down they were easily spooned up. We were almost run over by a black and red Malibu ski boat at 7:00am on 8/14 in this area. I was unable to get his bow numbers but If the captain of this boat reads this please contact me because we have some unfinished business! Running this close to another boat is dangerous and illegal.
Largemouth and Smallmouth fishing was better than I have had in years, both in numbers and size. During the day they would be at 25ft. but would come up to the surface each morning and evening. I used Zoom Super Flukes in white color on six pound mono to catch thirty fish during each morning or evening session. All SM and LM were released so we can catch them again when we come back on Labor Day.
 
All of the shad that I saw were 1 ½” long. No larger shad was seen during our trip. Most of the stripers that I cleaned were nearly empty of shad, with an almost empty stomach.

We had a great trip with the exception of some wake board boats and wave runners. Can’t wait until our Labor Day trip!

August 16, 2010 - Mike McNabb - Bass

This is Julian Couret from France with a 2.9 pound LM he caught last Friday. We started out using top water and caught 6 or 8 smallmouth and caught that many more using double-tail hula grubs in 10 to 20 feet of water around the shore line around slick rocks. When we got the fish into the boat they spit out several small shad and inch and a half long. We fished the backs of coves where the LM were hanging out. They were in shallow water, 2 to 5 feet deep. The water was clear so we tossed our bait away from the boat. They hit almost immediately.

Their stomachs were flat and probably empty. It seemed strange to catch LM so close to where we caught the smallmouth stuffing themselves on shad and yet the largemouth were hanging around the bushes eating nothing or an occasional crawdad. Maybe as the water temperature goes down the largemouth will take their turn hitting the shad and hitting topwater. Last year around this time when the water temp got down to around 77 degrees we were catching big LM on topwater. Last year at this time there were full-out boils and great topwater fishing, it seems to be late in happening this year! The fishing for SM and LM is okay right now but I think it will pick up really soon.


August 15, 2010 - Mike McNabb

My son Sean and I finally got to go fishing together last Saturday. We
headed to Rock Creek and caught a couple. Then headed out to another spot called Coyote Canyon and had great luck fishing the shallows, 2 to 6 feet of water with senkos and double tail hula grubs. We caught 10 Largemouth that ranged from 2 to 3.9 #'s.
We caught them fishing slow around the base of bushes. We caught a few on spinner bait. Then the storm hit and it rained on us all the way back to the launch ramp. We had a great time!


 

 


August 22, 2010 - Aaron Proulx - Wahweap Stripers

Just wanted to update you on our recent fishing trip (8-14 to 8-19). 7 of us came from MA. We stayed for 6 days but only made it out 3 times. As a group, we only caught 12 stripers. All were caught and kept in the morning from 6-10am. We used sardines and caught stripers in depths ranging from 25-50 feet. Weight ranged from 3-8 pounds. Fish were caught as quickly as 2 minutes after chumming and as long as 45 minutes after chumming. All were caught along walls in deep channels. One channel wall around the corner from the dam, and another around the corner from warm creek bay. DELICIOUS!

I also caught 2 largemouth in shallow coves on a blue and white floating minnow. Both bass were 3 lbs. and hit the minnow on the descent. 6 catfish were caught on sardines and worms, behind the beached houseboat. No cat was larger than 4 lbs. Thanks 4 the fillet video. After the 3rd one, I developed a decent technique. Hope 2 b back next year. Beautiful lake!


August 22, 2010 - Kip Bennett

Wow what a great summer! I can not wait for the Bass fishing to really turn on this September and October. Dad and I ran up to Rock Creek Early Sat. morning to fun fish. Caught a little of everything only saw some random slurps here and there and seemed to catch them after they would go down. I was using a 4" Sebile Sinking Magic Swimmer in white that has great action to it and Dad had Success with the stripers also but was using an old trusty 4" swim bait that had a spinner attached to it (I think his lure was like 50yrs old but did the trick)

 

Robert Bennett

We had a couple doubles and every time after they would go down, casting to where they were, letting the bait sink a couple seconds then retrieving. Caught large mouth in the brush... nothing to huge and LOTS of small mouth along rocks, deep, shallow, pretty much everywhere! Water temp was HOT! Called it a day by noon and saved some stranded sea-dooers out of Padre bay. It is amazing how many boats will go by a broke down boat before one will stop even with the people waving for help.
I do need to point out that we went fishing early Friday morning also throwing nothing but cranks and top water in Warm creek and by castle rock. I bet we caught 50 or so 8-12" Striper. Every single one reeled in had about 30 or more following it. Fun and easy to do up in shallow water if chovies are not your thing and boils not present.

 

Kip Bennett


August 29, 2010 - Brooke Wiley - Warm Creek Stripers

We came up to Paige as soon as school got out on Friday, since it was storming we decided to wait to go out on the lake. We got out on the lake at 515 Saturday morning and immediately went to the floating porta potty in Warm Creek. There we saw individual jumps that we could tell were striper. In the 50-100 foot deep area around the potty we saw small groups (1-4 fish)of striper. We tried dropping spoons but got nothing.

Then we went across the bay to a cove that had worked for us before, that was straight across from the potty. There we immediately saw jumps, shad being chased to the surface, and on the finder we marked massive amounts of fish. The finder looked like when you are in 5 feet of water and it is very weedy, and you mark solid weeds and the finder is black. This was happening to us in 75 feet of water with solid striper. We would drop a spoon and feed out line, after we had fed out about 10 feet of line, it would go totally slack and we knew we had a fish. In about an hour and 15 minutes we had landed 70 fish and filled the ice chest and live well. Most were about 2-3 pounds with some small yearlings. As the sun came over the ridge and the clouds cleared the fishing slowed way down.


September 6, 2010 - Brian Kelley - Last Chance

Once again Lake Powell showed a newbie it's beauty and fishing nirvana.
We arrived sat. at 12:00 noon got checked and in water riding through a rough narrows in to Rock creek Area south of the channel point for camp spot.
We still had 4 hours of light so we took off in to Middle Rock Creek left side first canyon like you stated in fish report finding area from 100ft up to 45 or so chummed 3 or 4 chovies and about 7 min later my future Daughter-in law screamed "hey I got one".

Ali's first Striper


We all got 1 -2 fish in around 1.5 hours 2-4 # fish smaller ones were showing signs of thinning out the larger ones were fat all had good fillets



 
Sunday
We traveled over to Last chance to the Wall were spring school was located found same pattern of deep drop from shallow rocky or big change in depth.
2 hours and 10 fish later we got sunned out of that spot to shade and smallie area in next canyon every one was able to boat 3-4 smallies and
after noon lunch we headed over to left wall of first canyon in Last Chance just to the right of the rock outcrop everyone jumps off again find pattern of deep to shallow quick change chum and another 15 fish.Ali caught her first LG mouth.

Monday back to Last chance for Striper and we run out bait after only three more Ones we caught all had tiny .5 to 1" shad burped up. So we finished Smallie fishing in Padre Bay
Maria with her best fish of weekend.

So once again LP has hooked another fisher person!!!!
Thanks for all the information you and all of the board poster send.

September 8, 2010 - Joe Paez - Navajo Stripers

Our family just got back from our Labor Day house boat trip and I wanted to share some info. We arrived at Antelope Pointe late Thursday evening and I was on the water Friday morning at 7 because I had to go into Page to get my AZ stamp. I was upset at my late start because I wanted to head out at first light to get into the Warm Creek stripers I've been reading about on this site. I headed to Warm Creek and got into them good on a channel that winded out from a cove into the main Lake. The depth of the cove was 40-45 feet but would drop to 70-75 in the channel. They were right on the break. I spooned a couple and moved on. I was actually trying to locate fish for later that evening when I had the kids with me. I should have stayed and enjoyed the fishing because in the afternoon we headed out to Navajo Canyon in the house boat and would not make the run to back to Warm Creek.

That evening I went out solo to the very back of Navajo and found massive shad schools and vulnerable stripers. I could have caught them on anything but preferred the topwater action and landed 15 on the spook til it got to dark. I took my daughter and nephew out to the same place and we had the best day( morning) of fishing I've had in a long time. I attached a photo of what my graph looked like when we pulled up. We caught too many fish to count. It seems they would eat anything but a topwater bait. We spooned for a bit then I switched the kids to the Storm shad style baits because of the single hook.

I revisited the area every morning and evening with different kids of our party and caught several every time out. As we kept going back it seemed the fish were getting smaller until the last evening all you could get were 8-12 inches. The shad were still there but the big ones were gone. Maybe they got wise as we were releasing all fish. I know I could have saved a lot of shad but nobody I was with eats fish.
We had an awesome time on a Lake that is really creeping up on Clear Lake as my favorite lake. Looking back I'm thinking that I, personally, didn't catch all that many fish. I was unhooking most the time and that I made a mistake by getting the kids on all those fish. Throughout the day when we were relaxing all some of the kids just kept saying was "I wanna go fishing." Oh well..what a problem to have, somebody begging you to go fishing. Maybe it will pay off when I'm old and they'll take me out.
I know you like photos of the kids but I took video of them catching fish and had no actual photos. I also don't have the Money Shot with the 50 fish piled in a stack but thought that someone could use this info and take their kids to Navajo and have some success. It's like shooting fish in a barrel right now.

September 6, 2010 - Mike & Rhonda - Warm Creek

Dates: Aug. 24- Sept. 5 

We just came back from another trip to this Great Lake Powell. What a fishery. We finally pursued Stripers this trip after reading all these reports.
We used our down riggers on the big boat and fished from 30 to 50 feet at 3 mph on the east side of Warm Creek Bay. We used Rapala 2-2 1/2 inch Shad raps in natural color for lures. We caught more than we could count ranging from a pound or so up to about 6 pounds, and believe it or not they seemed to be hitting harder and more often the more boats that were on the water; and there were plenty of them!! Many times we had several stripers following the caught fish to the boat and trying to take the lure from them. We had the stripers for shore lunch and dinner each day, what a meal. le who make there living on such, and this site. Thanks Wayne for the site.
The cook/boss/expert is shown in the pictures. We also did our usual brush hitting in the Bass boat and kayaks, and the largemouth were there as usual in the brush even with all the boaters and skiing. We used swim jigs in the brush for the largemouth bass and they seemed to be back about 10 feet from the edges of the brush lines kind of hiding from all the traffic. Smallmouth fishing was normal, easy and could be caught at any time during the day on rock slides and "whales". We used Kalin 3 inch smoke grubs, and curly tail minnow imitations for the Smallies. We love this lake, the who make their living on such, and this site. Thanks Wayne for the site.

September 9, 2010 - Jennifer Dencklau - Antelope Canyon

 
Sept. 2 & 3rd 2010


We did a mixed bag of small, small mouth and small stripers in Antelope Canyon using 4" grub, at the dam caught 5-6 lb stripers using the storm swim bait. in the canyon these fish must be starving before you could close the bail they would swallow the entire jig.



 

these two little girls Elly & Azy both mother and father are in the Army and their father was just wounded in Afghanistan they are staying with aunt and uncle in page until mom comes home in Dec they actually caught all the fish shown, I promised them that I would send their pictures in.
 

September 9, 2010 - Mark Chamberlain - First Striper

Ryan & Nicole Chamberlain, both 5 (twins), were the principal fish catchers and assisted by Mark Chamberlain, 43. We’re from La Palma, California. This was our first visit to Lake Powell and the first time we’ve caught a fish! Because of our inexperience, the fishing advice from wayneswords.com was what made our catch possible.




 
Dad used used a Navionics (“Lakes West”) map application for the iPhone to find a submerged creek channel leading into a shallow cove on the west side of Gunsight Butte. In 40-60 feet of water at about 7:30 am, on Saturday 9/4/10, Ryan deployed a 5/8 once Luhr-Jensen Krocodile spoon in chrome & neon blue from the back of our rented ski boat. The spoon was dropped to the bottom a few times before catching this 21-inch striper. We fished for another hour in the same spot, but didn’t catch any others.


We had a great time and I’m sure Ryan and Nicole will never forget catching their first fish at Lake Powell.

September 13, 2010 - Bill Mc Burney - Striper

MY Guest caught this 16 lb and a 7 lb on anchovies today. Their 4 hr take
was 25 fish all robust healthy Stripers. They wanted to share this with you
and your readers as they are loyal followers to Wayne's words and have been
fishing with Ambassador for many years.

As always thank you Wayne for the best fishing reports in the west.

Bob and Don from Tucson, AZ

 

September 17, 2010 - Art Lykken - Phoenix, AZ

A brief note on what we saw Labor Day week. Sept. 6-10, 2010

Cooler weather was making fish more active all hours of the day. Smallmouth could be caught virtually anytime. Surface plugs worked at dawn and dusk, my favorite. We were beached off deep water in Last Chance Bay with broken rock to either side of the houseboat.

Mid week, the wind was at work, blowing against the back of the boat all morning. This apparently also blew the bait fish to the back of the boat. When we were sitting down for lunch, a small boil outside the houseboat window was quite a surprise. Not the small juvenile splashes, but big gulps and splashes. My buddy Ed and I over the next 15 minutes were able to catch several 1-3 pound stripers of the back of the houseboat. Even after the frenzy subsided we were able to still catch several by just working our surface plugs (Rebel Pop-r's) in the general area. Switching to a spoon would probably have produced longer, but who wanted to change when the surface plugs were still working? Smallmouths were also in the frenzy, as several were caught. One cast a striper the next a smallmouth.

Timing is everything. We saw boils here and there during the week, most lasted less than a minute while some lasted several minutes. Chasing boils was futile, best to fall back on reliable techniques to catch dinner.

Otherwise, stripers and smallmouth were readily caught on anchovies dangled off the back of the houseboat all week.

A good week on Lake Powell, but aren't they all.

If your lucky enough to be at the lake, your lucky enough!

September 16, 2010 - Jake DeAngelis - Last Chance stripers

Unfortunately got home Sunday(9-5) from Lake Powell. Home being West Los Angeles Ca., UGH! Your lake is very fishy, as far as Striper fishing goes! Fished Last Chance.4th cove, east side, little fish rock island in the middle of cove. All fish were caught on frozen sardines and Gulp shrimp, 6lb line and #2 hooks!
 
Tues.8-31,17 Stripers caught
Wed.9-1,14 Stripers caught
Thurs.9-2,6 Stripers caught
Fri.9-3,2 Stripers caught
Sat.9-4,1 Striper caught
As you can see my #'s declined as my trip progressed! Was this due to Moon Faze? I fished dusk and dawn everyday by my kayak that is totally equipped, Humminbird GPS/Fishfinder! Many area's were discovered holding large volumes of fish, I MEAN STACKED!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was the case the whole trip!
 
What put these fish in lockjaw mode? What can you share with me, I'm very curious to know!? All in all, can't complain with a total count of 40 fish, but after the first two days I was spoiled. This was my first trip to Lake Powell, and what a unique place! there is no place like it, this is a fact. Looking forward to next year's trip, already counting the days.
 
P.S., Forgot to mention that fish were caught in 40 to 125 ft of water and fish ranged in the 2 to 6 lb class! Hope to hear back from you with your explanation regarding lockjaw!

September 16, 2010 - Ed Gerdemann - Last Chance bass

A couple years ago Cap'n Chuck Duggins told me I was fishing too fast - that I needed to slow down and fish less water more thoroughly. I started heeding his advice, and lo and behold, my bass numbers improved. This past weekend's trip simply reinforced those findings.
Case in point was Monday morning. Longtime fishing partner Jim Buxton and I spent over four hours in the very back end of a cove in Last Chance Bay. We particularly concentrated on a small stretch of rather nondescript looking slick rock that leads in to some broken rock ledges. Normally I would have bypassed this area, but having taken a few fish there before I decided to fish it again. The water was clearer there than it has been for a couple years, so I got a good look at what was below the surface. It didn't take long for me to determine why this rather plain looking 60-foot strip of slick rock held fish. What I saw was this bank was actually a submerged overhanging ledge, and bass - both smallmouth and largemouth - were stacked up underneath. We used short pitches to put our drop shot rigs up against the bank and let our lures sink until the line either stopped or twitched. When we tightened up there was often a fighting bass on the end.
We slowly fished this stretch twice taking a couple nice largemouths and some smaller smallmouths. We then fished the rest of the area. After working the entire back of the cove, taking a number of nice fish, we then went back to this little stretch of bank. We went up and down it four more times taking a number of nice smallmouths. After four hours we had tallied over 45 bass, nearly half of them from that tiny plain-looking 60-foot stretch. I would really like to know just how many similar places there are on Lake Powell. I'll bet it is mind-boggling.

Having discovered the fish-holding structure, Jim and I had met the first criteria in successful fishing - location. The second criteria is presentation, and the presentation we found these fish wanted was slow. That meant leaving our lures in one place for 15-20 seconds and then slowly dragging them and stopping again. We found the hits came about equally on the initial drop, during the slow drags and during the dead-sticking pauses.

 If finesse fishing like this sounds dull and tedious, believe me it is not when you catch over 45 fish in less than four hours. While we caught a few fish in the 10 to 15-foot range, a vast majority of the bass were taken between 25 and 35 feet. Finding some overhead shade in the form of ledges or simply a shady area along a wall was a key.
After working the back of that cove we decided to graph for stripers. We graphed a few fish holding in deep water, but the only fish we would catch would be a walleye that grabbed Jim's Wallylure spoon at 60 feet along an outside wall. We idled along walls both on the outsides and insides of coves and creek channels graphing all the way, but we saw virtually nothing else. Finally, later in the afternoon we went back to bass fishing working through small cove adding a few more bass to our total. We finished the day with 57 bass plus Jim's walleye.
Sunday's fishing was a different story. There was some cloud cover; and instead of finding the bass underneath the ledges and in the shade, we found them on the tops of the flats mostly at 10 to 15 feet near major drop offs. As with Monday, we went to Last Chance Bay but our primary fishing was done in two different coves. The same slow drag and stop presentation was the key to Sunday's success as well. Once the cloud cover left the bass reverted to deeper structure, and our success slowed. We finished the day in the same little cove where finished on Monday. I took a nice walleye which hit a slowly dragged piece of drop shot plastic in around 30 feet of water at the end of a wall that jutted out into the middle of the cove. We took several decent smallies there as well.
We did not catch any really big fish - our biggest was right at two pounds - but we didn't catch very many dinks, either. Most of the fish we caught were between 11 and 13 inches with a few larger. Both Jim and I hooked larger fish that got away. Given the location of these fish, I believe our pattern will hold up most of the fall if past experience is any indicator.
It appeared the bass we caught were keying in primarily on shad and small sunfish, however we did catch a few with crayfish. We caught all of our fish on Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worms. Our best colors were solid watermelon and natural shad. Jim caught a few fish on the watermelon and white laminate color, too. Quite frankly, I don't believe our lure or color choice was very important and believe a number of lure/color combinations would have worked. I am convinced it was our location and presentation that led to our success.
I know I'm beating a dead horse, but for those of you bass fishermen who are not drop shotting you need to start. While the traditional curly tail grubs fished on jig heads and Texas-rigged worms will still catch bass on Lake Powell, drop shotting allows us to do things we can't do with other methods. Because the drop shot setup puts the sinker below the hook, it is possible to hold a bait suspended off the bottom not only below the boat but at any angle away the boat. During those dead-sticking pauses between the slow drags, our lures were just hanging suspended above the bottom. That simply can't be done with any other method, and it is highly effective for Lake Powell bass.

I'm glad I listened to Cap'n Chuck's admonition a couple years ago. It's made a big difference in my fishing. Fish slowly and enjoy faster bass action this fall.
 

September 15, 2010 - Peggy McKinney - Toquerville, UT

This report is from Ron McKinney's wife. Ron and I are camping at Lonerock beach since last Thursday Sept.9th. We caught many striper in the bay right there. We also got onto large schools of striper at the mouth of Lonerock Canyon. We caught so many striper from 1 pound to 5 pounds that we had our daughter take a load of filets home and filled up our top freezer. We are using castmasters and some hammer silver spoon thingy. I caught the biggest so far on an ultralight pole with a castmaster lure. That was awesome.


Unfortunately I, Peggy had to come home briefly but I left Ron out there fishing without me. Some of us still work. I hope this info helps out the fishermen on Lake Powell. Oh yeah, we were jigging these castmasters. We did not see any boils as of yet. Please know that I am a real novice at fishing so this report may sound laughable. That's ok. LOL


September 30, 2010 - Terry Biagi - Rock Creek

September 20th - 24th
Terry Biagi, Chandler, AZ


We fished the back of Rock Creek for stripers and found several schools hanging out at a depth of about 40 to 50 feet with a bottom of 50 to 80 feet. They would take spoons very early in the morning but anchovies worked better as the sun came up. We found that the chovie chunks worked best on 3/16 oz jig heads verses bait hooks and split shot rigs. Some people in our group chummed and some did not. Chumming was not necessary to catch fish on this trip. The fish seemed to be on their own schedule as the same spot would produce lots of fish some days and times and not much on others. Wayne is right about keeping a hooked striper on the line for a while to get the rest of the school excited as we did get several doubles this way.


We spent one day fishing for small mouth on single tail grubs, caught a lot of fish but all were pretty small. We keep about 25 and they still make a delicious meal.


We had some ladies on this trip and some had never caught a fish while others were old pros. They all caught stripers and small mouth and enjoyed some delicious fish dinners on the lake.



Lexi's first fish ever, a big one.
 Lauren and Lexi with a double  
Rosa netting her own fish.
 

Michelle and Lauren with a double hook-up

 

October 1, 2010 - Ed Gerdemann - Bass

 I really look forward to September fishing on Lake Powell. The crowds are reduced, the lake is calmer, the weather is cooler and the fishing really picks up as fish begin their fall feeding frenzy. Well, at least this week two of those things were true - reduced crowds and a calmer lake - however I can't say the same for the weather or fishing.


It has become a September tradition for my uncle Tom Estes to drive out from his home in Bluff Dale, TX to join me for a few days. We pick this time because of the above reasons, and for the past several years we've enjoyed both great weather and great fishing. So it was with great expectations that Tom joined me in Greenehaven this past Saturday. Our plan was to fish Sunday, Monday and Tuesday which we were able to do; however the 90-degree plus temperatures were not what we had in mind - and neither were the somewhat stubborn fish. We did manage to catch a good number of fish all three days, just not as many as we were accustomed to this time of year.
Like me, Tom is primarily a bass fisherman. He will fish for stripers if they are readily available, however he prefers bass both on the end of the line and on the dinner table. We decided early on that we would concentrate on bass fishing and secondly, if we ran into some stripers, take advantage of those as well. Over the past two years we've had excellent September bass action in several coves in Last Chance Bay; and, having had good success there a couple weeks ago with Jim Buxton, I decided that's where we'd fish.

Things couldn't have started better Sunday as we went to the little wall in the back of a cove where Jim and I had taken a lot of fish two weeks before. This wall actually turns into a submerged overhanging ledge that is roughly 50 feet long. The water depth under the overhang is 35 feet. As with Jim, Tom and I discovered that if we could pitch our lures right up against that wall and let them sink completely to the bottom, we would get a strike nearly every time. The action lasted there for over an hour where we took 10 nice fish and several smaller ones. We fished around the back of the cove and then came back to the wall, but there was no action the second time around. But after that initial flurry, we had great hopes for the rest of the day. Little did we now what a struggle it would be to for the rest of the day. Fishing three more coves, we found ourselves catching one smallmouth here and a couple more there; but we never got into a large concentration of active fish. We finished the day catching 32 bass, all smallmouths, plus a couple green sunfish. The highlight of the day for me was catching a dandy three-pound smallie along a shaded wall in the middle of the afternoon.
Most of our fish came from 20-35 feet deep with a couple coming up from over 40 feet. We did catch several shallower fish, but a vast majority of our hits came from deep water. We primarily fished Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worms on drop shot rigs, however we both had some success with Texas-rigged worms slowly crawled along the bottom.
 
On Monday we decided to rest our productive wall and fish some other areas. We started in a large cove on the right (east) side of the bay going in that had been very good for us the past two years. We didn't fish it Sunday because another party was fishing it as we motored in, but on Monday morning it was totally deserted. We did manage to catch several decent fish, but again the action was very slow. I also started having problems losing fish which plagued me on Tuesday as well. Not satisfied with the action there, we tried a couple coves on the opposite side. The first was a total bust yielding only a couple small fish; however we went further up the bay into the green water and found some success in a cove there. The wind had come up, and it was blowing waves into a small island near the mouth of the cove. We fished around that island taking a few fish. We then fished down all the way to the back of the cove and took a few more. We finished the day back on the east side of the bay where we had ended it the day before. That spot failed to produce another three-pounder, but we did take a few more fish. Our final total was 31 bass, again all smallmouths, and a couple sunfish. Most of the fish once again came from 20-35 feet. The exception was around the wind-blown island where the fish seemed to be around 15 feet.
After rather lackluster bass fishing Sunday and Monday, I asked Tom if he wanted to get some anchovies and look for stripers on Tuesday; however Tom indicated he'd prefer to stick with the bass. We returned to the wall where we had been successful on Sunday, and once again the bass were there and willing. We again enjoyed good action for nearly two hours, taking over a dozen fish from under and around that ledge. We worked around the rest of the back of that cove catching a couple more. The water was calm; and, seeing some bass hitting the surface, I tried throwing a surface lure. I had one lackluster strike, however I did have a nice smallmouth follow the lure and then drop down to the top of a reef as it neared the boat. I grabbed my drop shot rod and dropped a Shad Shaped Worm in front of it, and it inhaled the lure. Later Tom saw a nice bass cruising about 12 feet below the boat. He dropped his bait to it and was rewarded with a decent largemouth.
After lunch we went back to the wall, but this time we didn't get a strike. We then moved across to the west side to a cove we had not fished. It was very hot by then with virtually no wind. The lake surface was like a giant mirror. We started fishing a boulder-strewn flat near where a house boat was parked and were surprised with several decent bass and a number of smaller ones. What was even more surprising was these fish were only 10-15 feet deep. We then fished around a gravel and sand point and took two of our bigger bass of the day, both in about 12 feet. During most of our trip we literally had to put our lure in front of a fish's nose to get bit, however at this time the bass actually started to chase. Twice I saw bass following my lure as I was quickly reeling in for another cast. Both times I opened my reel bail and let the lure fall, and both times I hooked up. Again, it was hot and there was no wind. Why these fish decided to get active in the middle of the afternoon after being sluggish for two and a half days, I don't know. Previously I had been willing to attribute the slow fishing to the bright moon and warm temperatures, but for them to suddenly get active during the hottest part of the day didn't make sense. Nevertheless, we were glad it happened.