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October 6, 2016 - Good Hope Bay and Rincon

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Lake Powell Fish Report – October 6, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3610.8
Water Temperature: 70 – 74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Good Hope Bay Report:
This week we sampled Good Hope Bay using electrofishing and hydroacoustic equipment.  We found young-of-year fish to be abundant with largemouth and smallmouth bass present in good numbers. Young gizzard shad were common in the backs of canyons which provided lots of forage for the older predators. Black crappie made their best showing over the entire lake in the back of Popcorn Canyon.
We also sampled Rincon with the same equipment and found young largemouth and smallmouth bass to be well represented.  We sample shallow brushy water in the backs of canyons and coves where these young fish hang out.  Usually numbers of bass caught at Good Hope Bay are twice as numerous as those found at Rincon but this year it was almost a tie.
The huge find was really anticipated as we dealt with the same conditions last year. After a long hot summer the lake is deeply stratified, meaning the warm surface area is thick and reaches down 30-40 feet. The cool area right below the thermocline from 40-60 feet had low oxygen content. Oxygen spikes upward again at 80 feet.
There have been many fish reports lately indicating stripers caught at 80 feet on bait and spoons.  Oxygen depletion is the culprit.  Stripers can live well in 70 degree water in the upper 30 feet of water but don’t like to go through the 40-60 area often.  When they get down to 80 they stay there where they can breathe better and they do not move shallower without a really good reason.  Right now there is a two tier fishery for stripers and other fish. The depletion is more pronounced in the northern lake than in the southern.
We had only a short time to fish in Good Hope Bay.  Before our “shocking” event we graphed in Popcorn Canyon and found a striper school in 30 - 45 feet just before the only island in the back of the canyon. These fish responded well to spoons and provided great action for about 15 minutes before leaving. There were an incredible number of fish graphed in shallow water behind the island but we did not catch any sport fish back there. My guess is a mixture of shad, carp and some sport fish.
The next morning we looked for this school again without success. We did find a school right at the mouth of Popcorn, dropped spoons and caught a dozen. When we looked for these schoolies again they had moved on.
That sums up the striper story. Stripers are moving and searching for shad in a high oxygen area.  It is easy to tell where the oxygen depletion begins by watching the graph and seeing a long band of fish traces at 50, 60, or 70 feet. Drop a spoon or troll down rigger crank baits just below the depth where the band of fish is found.  We also found the larger size smallmouth bass feeding right alongside the striper schoolies that were actively chasing spoons.
Fishing is good but it is challenging.  Watch the graph. Stop immediately when a striper school is seen. Drop a spoon or yo-yo a rattletrap off the bottom.  The fish caught using these methods are in great shape.

Lake Powell Fish Report – October 6, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3610.8

Water Temperature: 70 – 73 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com

Good Hope Bay Report:

This week we sampled Good Hope Bay using electrofishing and hydroacoustic equipment.  We found young-of-year fish to be abundant with largemouth and smallmouth bass present in good numbers. Young gizzard shad were common in the backs of canyons which provided lots of forage for the older predators. Black crappie made their best showing over the entire lake in the back of Popcorn Canyon.

bbbm2We also sampled Rincon with the same equipment and found young largemouth and smallmouth bass to be well represented.  We sample shallow brushy water in the backs of canyons and coves where these young fish hang out.  Usually numbers of bass caught at Good Hope Bay are twice as numerous as those found at Rincon but this year it was almost a tie. 

The huge find was really anticipated as we dealt with the same conditions last year. After a long hot summer the lake is deeply stratified, meaning the warm surface area is thick and reaches down 30-40 feet. The cool area right below the thermocline from 40-60 feet had low oxygen content. Oxygen spikes upward again at 80 feet. 

There have been many fish reports lately indicating stripers caught at 80 feet on bait and spoons.  Oxygen depletion is the culprit.  Stripers can live well in 70 degree water in the upper 30 feet of water but don’t like to go through the 40-60 area often.  When they get down to 80 they stay there where they can breathe better and they do not move shallower without a really good reason.  Right now there is a two tier fishery for stripers and other fish. The depletion is more pronounced in the northern lake than in the southern.

We had only a short time to fish in Good Hope Bay.  Before our “shocking” event we graphed in Popcorn Canyon and found a striper school in 30 - 45 feet just before the only island in the back of the canyon. These fish responded well to spoons and provided great action for about 15 minutes before leaving. There were an incredible number of fish graphed in shallow water behind the island but we did not catch any sport fish back there. My guess is a mixture of shad, carp and some sport fish.

dobstb2The next morning we looked for this school again without success. We did find a school right at the mouth of Popcorn, dropped spoons and caught a dozen. When we looked for these schoolies again they had moved on.  

That sums up the striper story. Stripers are moving and searching for shad in a high oxygen area.  It is easy to tell where the oxygen depletion begins by watching the graph and seeing a long band of fish traces at 50, 60, or 70 feet. Drop a spoon or troll down rigger crank baits just below the depth where the band of fish is found.  We also found the larger size smallmouth bass feeding right alongside the striper schoolies that were actively chasing spoons.

Fishing is good but it is challenging.  Watch the graph. Stop immediately when a striper school is seen. Drop a spoon or yo-yo a rattletrap off the bottom.  The fish caught using these methods are in great shape.

 

September 30, 2016 - San Juan Sampling Report

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September  30, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3610.97
Water Temperature: 70 – 74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Our fishing adventure up the San Juan was successful thanks to the information provided in the last report.  We went to the Great Bend and fished near the mouth of Alcove Canyon.  We trolled a variety of lures and let the stripers choose which ones they wanted.  Bottom depth was 17 feet and fish marks were everywhere. It was not easy to decide which marks were stripers or other fish.
We began to catch very healthy 3-4 pound stripers at the rate of one fish every 7 minutes. Each time we stopped to reel in a fish the other anglers would cast looking for followers.  That worked half the time. We found less fish upstream from Alcove.  We found the largest school of stripers near the mouth of the next cove downstream from Alcove Canyon where bottom depth was 18 feet.  Once we got on this school we no longer trolled but just cast lures randomly in all directions to land many fish in a hurry.  On Wednesday morning we landed 27 stripers and a few smallmouth in 2 hours.
Lures that worked well were Shad Raps (SR7) with black back and grey sides, Rat-L-Trap with black back, silver sides and RED EYES, and Live Target gizzard shad traps.
Further downstream in Neskahi Bay the smallmouth bass were on fire.  Anglers caught all the 10-12 inch bass they wanted but larger bass were harder to find. We did not locate a striper school for spooning fun but we were short on time and caught plenty of fish trolling and casting.
We found the typical September oxygen depletion zone in Neskahi Bay.  The upper area of the water column held ample oxygen but the depletion began at 60 feet. Oxygen decreased from a robust 6-7 ppm down to 4 ppm or less.  Fish cannot stay in the low oxygen zone so do not target fish deeper than 60 feet in the San Juan.  The same oxygen problems are normally found in the main channel from Bullfrog to Hite.   Oxygen increases at greater depth so stripers at Bullfrog are caught at 80 feet and deeper.  We will be sampling from Rincon to Good Hope Bay next week and will have more to report when we return on Thursday. For now expect to find deep schools at 40 feet and above or deep schools at 80 feet and deeper.

Lake Powell Fish Report – September  30, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3610.97

Water Temperature: 70 – 74 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com

Our fishing adventure up the San Juan was successful thanks to the information provided in the last report.  We went to the Great Bend and fished near the mouth of Alcove Canyon.  We trolled a variety of lures and let the stripers choose which ones they wanted.  Bottom depth was 17 feet and fish marks were everywhere. It was not easy to decide which marks were stripers or other fish.

shad_rap-500x500 We began to catch very healthy 3-4 pound stripers at the rate of one fish every 7 minutes. Each time we stopped to reel in a fish the other anglers would cast looking for followers.  That worked half the time. We found less fish upstream from Alcove.  We found the largest school of stripers near the mouth of the next cove downstream from Alcove Canyon where bottom depth was 18 feet.  Once we got on this school we no longer trolled but just cast lures randomly in all directions to land many fish in a hurry.  On Wednesday morning we landed 27 stripers and a few smallmouth in 2 hours.

Lures that worked well were Shad Raps (SR7) with black back and grey sides, Rat-L-Trap with black back, silver sides and RED EYES, and Live Target gizzard shad traps.  

Further downstream in Neskahi Bay the smallmouth bass were on fire.  Anglers caught all the 10-12 inch bass they wanted but larger bass were harder to find. We did not locate a striper school for spooning fun but we were short on time and caught plenty of fish trolling and casting.  

We found the typical September oxygen depletion zone in Neskahi Bay.  The upper area of the water column held ample oxygen but the depletion began near 60 feet. Oxygen decreased from a robust 6-7 ppm down to 4 ppm or less.  Fish cannot stay in the low oxygen zone so do not target fish deeper than 60 feet in Neskahi Bay on the San Juan.  The same oxygen problems are normally found in the main channel from Bullfrog to Hite.   Oxygen increases at greater depth so stripers at Bullfrog are caught at 80 feet and deeper.  We will be sampling from Rincon to Good Hope Bay next week and will have more to report when we return on Thursday. For now expect to find striper schools at 40 feet and above or deep schools at 80 feet and deeper.

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September 26, 2016 - Weekend Summary

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September  26, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3610.94
Water Temperature: 70 – 74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Here is a quick summary of weekend fishing success before we head out on the lake for electrofishing sampling from Wahweap to the San Juan.
SAN JUAN – Stripers are holding at 60 feet near deep schools of gizzard shad.  Shad appear to be thick, long horizontal lines on the graph. Occasionally a few smaller lines will be seen protruding from the large mass of shad.  When that irregularity is seen, drop spoons to the bottom and work the spoon back up through the shad to find stripers.
Trollers will find mature stripers holding near bottom on the Great Bend near Alcove Canyon.  Deep diving lures excite these larger stripers.  When fish is caught trolling drop spoons to catch the trailers as the first fish is landed.
ESCALANTE - Top water action was consistent in the morning between 8-9:30 (MST). Boils were not strong but catching stripers and bass on the surface was great.  The most consistent spot was between Willow and 50-mile canyon. Spooning worked great all day long at the average depth of 40 feet.  Find fish in the graph and drop spoons to the bottom for quick catch of stripers, bass and walleye. More tagged walleye are now swimming in the Escalante.
BULLFROG-LAKE CANYON – Morning and evening striper fishing is solid with surface action when stripers come to the top, while trolling and spooning worked most of the time. Just keep watching the surface for splashes while fishing deep water.  When a school of stripers is found large numbers can be caught in short order.
WARM CREEK – GUNSIGHT – Spooning and trolling worked well for deep water striper schools holding at about 70 feet.  There are many schools now showing up that can be caught with your favorite fishing technique. Bait fishing is the most consistent but trolling, casting and spooning is a close second.
Overall lakewide fishing success is much better than it was during the full moon and warm surface water which was recently experienced.  Fall fishing is now taking off.  Surface action can be seen randomly throughout the day but morning is more consistent.
Expect the fall fishing peak to occur when water temperature hits the mid 60s.  That is the magic temperature in the spring and the fall.  Prime time for fishing, camping and enjoying the beauty of Lake Powell is at its peak now until mid October.  Hope you can make it.

Lake Powell Fish Report – September  26, 2016

Lake Elevation: 3610.94

Water Temperature: 70 – 74 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com

Here is a quick summary of weekend fishing success before we head out on the lake for electrofishing sampling from Wahweap to the San Juan.


SAN JUAN – Stripers are holding at 60 feet near deep schools of gizzard shad.  Shad appear to be thick, long horizontal lines on the graph. Occasionally a few smaller lines will be seen protruding from the large mass of shad.  When that irregularity is seen, drop spoons to the bottom and work the spoon back up through the shad to find stripers.
Trollers will find mature stripers holding near bottom on the Great Bend near Alcove Canyon.  Deep diving lures excite these larger stripers.  When fish is caught trolling drop spoons to catch the trailers as the first fish is landed.  

ESCALANTE - Top water action was consistent in the morning between 8-9:30 (MST). Boils were not strong but catching stripers and bass on the surface was great.  The most consistent spot was between Willow and 50-mile canyon. Spooning worked great all day long at the average depth of 40 feet.  Find fish in the graph and drop spoons to the bottom for quick catch of stripers, bass and walleye. More tagged walleye are now swimming in the Escalante.   

BULLFROG-LAKE CANYON – Morning and evening striper fishing is solid with surface action when stripers come to the top, while trolling and spooning worked most of the time. Just keep watching the surface for splashes while fishing deep water.  When a school of stripers is found large numbers can be caught in short order.  

WARM CREEK – GUNSIGHT – Spooning and trolling worked well for deep water striper schools holding at about 70 feet.  There are many schools now showing up that can be caught with your favorite fishing technique. Bait fishing is the most consistent but trolling, casting and spooning is a close second.

 Overall lakewide fishing success is much better than it was during the full moon and warm surface water which was recently experienced.  Fall fishing is now taking off.  Surface action can be seen randomly throughout the day but morning is more consistent.

Expect the fall fishing peak to occur when water temperature hits the mid 60s.  That is the magic temperature in the spring and the fall.  Prime time for fishing, camping and enjoying the beauty of Lake Powell is at its peak now until mid October.  Hope you can make it.

 

September 23, 2016 - New Instructions

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With all the annoying internet conflcits now I also have time issues.  I am going to St George for a baptism this weekend.   I can catch up with fish reports on Monday morning before electrofishing sampling Monday night at Wahweap and Tuesday night on the San Juan. I wil be back Wednesday afternoon and post a San Juan fish report.

The next week we will electrofish at Good Hope Bay and The Rincon with fish reports to follow from those areas.  

You can count on getting these reports. Hopefully many will email me fishing information which I will then post on Anglers Corner.  We are moving into the best fishing period of the entire year. We will get this information out to you as best we can.  Check Anglers Corner, Fish reports and other new reports that show up to find current fishing information until we can get the whole website operating properly again.

Thanks for you patience and participation.

Wayne  

Last Updated on Friday, 23 September 2016 11:56
 

September 21, 2016 - Fishing Therapy

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September  21, 2016
Lake Elevation: 3611.26
Water Temperature: 73 – 75 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
I made it back on the water this week after successful knee surgery.  My doctor suggested using the knee as much as the pain would allow.  I thought I should do more to hasten healing, so I incorporated my own plan for “fish-ical” therapy.  I can highly recommend my techniques for improving knee strength and movement which include: trolling while sitting down with the knee elevated.  (I also iced the knee while the cold rain came down and soaked the ace bandage.)  Standing straight up and casting top water lures toward shore. This also works for spooning striper schools in deep water and bass on drop-offs near shore.  I tried sitting down while bait fishing but I had to keep standing up to land the fish. I have to improve that technique and will report back next week.
The last report said to fish with the technique which inspires the greatest confidence in catching.  Therefore I choose techniques that give me complete confidence in catching fish. I was not disappointed.
Bait Fishing:  The first stop was at Warm Creek Wall.  Previously cut chum was tossed in the water where the Warm Creek Wall ends at the entrance to Wahweap Bay.  It took 5 minutes for the chum to settle and then stripers started to hit regularly as the bait impaled on a ¼ ounce jig head descended to 30-50 feet.  We spent 20 minutes there, caught 10 fish and then moved on.  Bait fishing still works at the normal spots.
Other bait spots include: Padre Canyon, Rock Creek (close to the mouth of the canyon).
Trolling:  The second stop was near Gregory Butte where stripers reportedly boiled last week.  They were seen on both the east and west shorelines but the surface activity decreased as the full moon got brighter.  We trolled a shallow running rattletrap and a deep running walleye lure.  Both lures got ticked but the rattletrap caught a healthy young striper. I was constantly searching for deep resting schools of stripers that could be caught on spoons. Unfortunately, the graph did not show anything but a blank water column. So we moved on.
We stopped at West Canyon mouth and repeated the trolling pattern.  We caught two bass and another striper but saw no spooning schools. So we moved on.
Top Water:  We moved into Dove Canyon which was dead calm and stopped midway back in the middle arm and cast topwater lures to the brushy shoreline. It was fun to see large and smallmouth bass blow up on the surface lures and follow them to the boat splashing all the way.  These were curious fish that needed to improve their targeting techniques as only one largemouth bass was actually hooked and landed.  I really enjoy the experience of seeing bass and stripers strike surface lures.  It is very exciting.
The dead calm water then succumbed to the weather front and strong winds blew for a short time followed by light rain.  We used discretion and returned to Stateline Ramp and called it a day.  The report summary is that all techniques tried, worked. The full moon and weather front had a negative impact on fishing success but each technique caught fish. Lake Powell was beautiful on a calm overcast morning.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be back out on the lake enjoying what I love to do best.

dbunnelcalm

 

Lake Powell Fish Report – September  21, 2016 Lake Elevation: 3611.26

Water Temperature: 73 – 75 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com


I made it back on the water this week after successful knee surgery.  My doctor suggested using the knee as much as the pain would allow.  I thought I should do more to hasten healing, so I incorporated my own plan for “fish-ical” therapy.  I can highly recommend my techniques for improving knee strength and movement which include: trolling while sitting down with the knee elevated.  (I also iced the knee while the cold rain came down and soaked the ace bandage.)  Standing straight up and casting top water lures toward shore. This also works for spooning striper schools in deep water and bass on drop-offs near shore.  I tried sitting down while bait fishing but I had to keep standing up to land the fish. I have to improve that technique and will report back next week.  


dbunnellThe last report said to fish with the technique which inspires the greatest confidence in catching.  Therefore I choose techniques that give me complete confidence in catching fish. I was not disappointed.


Bait Fishing:  The first stop was at Warm Creek Wall.  Previously cut chum was tossed in the water where the Warm Creek Wall ends at the entrance to Wahweap Bay.  It took 5 minutes for the chum to settle and then stripers started to hit regularly as the bait impaled on a ¼ ounce jig head descended to 30-50 feet.  We spent 20 minutes there, caught 10 fish and then moved on.  Bait fishing still works at the normal spots. 


Other bait spots include: Padre Canyon, Rock Creek (close to the mouth of the canyon).


Trolling:  The second stop was near Gregory Butte where stripers reportedly boiled last week.  They were seen on both the east and west shorelines but the surface activity decreased as the full moon got brighter.  We trolled a shallow running rattletrap and a deep running walleye lure.  Both lures got ticked but the rattletrap caught a healthy young striper. I was constantly searching for deep resting schools of stripers that could be caught on spoons. Unfortunately, the graph did not show anything but a blank water column. So we moved on. 


We stopped at West Canyon mouth and repeated the trolling pattern.  We caught two bass and another striper but saw no spooning schools. So we moved on.


Top Water:  We moved into Dove Canyon which was dead calm and stopped midway back in the middle arm and cast topwater lures to the brushy shoreline. It was fun to see large and smallmouth bass blow up on the surface lures and follow them to the boat splashing all the way.  These were curious fish that needed to improve their targeting techniques as only one largemouth bass was actually hooked and landed.  I really enjoy the experience of seeing bass and stripers strike surface lures.  It is very exciting. 


The dead calm water then succumbed to the weather front and strong winds blew for a short time followed by light rain.  We used discretion and returned to Stateline Ramp and called it a day.  The report summary is that all techniques tried, worked. The full moon and weather front had a negative impact on fishing success but each technique caught fish. Lake Powell was beautiful on a calm overcast morning.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be back out on the lake enjoying what I love to do best.

dbunnellmb

 

 

 


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