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October 11, 2017 - 2-4 PM is Best

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Lake Powell Fish Report – October 11, 2017
Lake Elevation: 3628.12
Water Temperature:  68-70 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
We fished the Escalante early this week with mixed results. Our camp was in 50 Mile Canyon and we fished the canyons near there.
Fishing was slow Monday afternoon but we did find two schools of stripers and identified a pattern. The location was in the main Escalante River Channel between Three Roof Ruin and Explorer Canyon.  Water depth was 20-30 feet in the channel.  We fished on points sticking out from shore into the channel.  Striper schools were small and appeared to be laying right on the bottom. As we graphed the point from a depth of 25 feet toward the shoreline we found a small group of fish marks at 17 feet.  If we dropped spoons right into the school we caught a few fish.  If the spoon missed the school none were caught. We then ventured further up the channel toward Explorer and saw another point and found the second school by graphing up slope. Again at 17 feet, we saw a tight school on bottom, dropped spoons and caught a few more fish.
No striper boils were seen or reported in the past week.
We had more time to fish on Tuesday. We looked at the sights including La Gorce Arch and Cathedral in the Desert, both were awesome sights.  A few bass were caught on topwater in the brushy treetops in the backs of the canyons at a channel depth of 9-15 feet.  Then as the sun got higher in the sky the bass quit. Fishing was tough in some very good habitat and locations.  We ran down lake as far as Cottonwood Canyon without catching a fish. We headed back toward the Escalante and began trolling and casting along a big rockslide near Hole in the Rock. We caught stubby smallmouth all along the rocky shoreline on a variety of lures.  We checked another rocky shoreline to see if this was the only spot they were hitting. No, smallmouth bass turned on everywhere we tried from 2-4 PM.  Fish caught immediately went from none to too many.
This reminds me so much of springtime bass fishing when they will not bite at all in the cool morning and then turn on like crazy as the water warms in the afternoon. With temperatures now in the high 60s, bass behavior is much like prespawn fish. Afternoon angling was definitely best for us but that feeding period may enlarge as weather continues to stabilize and the full moon continues to “wayne”.
Back at camp we learned that stripers exhibited the same behavior. They did not bite in the morning but when the same rocky points were tried after 2 PM the stripers took off and 30 fish were landed.
It seems the pattern right now is up to the fish. It is not about the best lure or the best spot.  Many different types of spoons, bucktail jigs and medium running crankbaits worked when stripers were active while none worked when they were inactive. Topwater, shallow square bill cranks, rattletraps all caught bass in the afternoon prime time.
I suspect the same timing pattern will apply to catching fish over the length of the lake this week. If you can only fish for a short time, make sure it is in the afternoon.  I feel that fishing success will improve in the next few days as the weather warms and the lake remains calm.  Wind tends to mix warm water from the surface with cool water in the depths.  That drops the water temperature and slows fishing success.  Warming then makes the fishing better just as it does in the springtime.
We saw fishing success increase dramatically in one afternoon.  Hopefully that magic 2 hour period will get longer and finally reach all day. When fishing is tough just look up and see the beauty and majesty of Lake Powell. It is worth it!

Lake Powell Fish Report – October 11, 2017

Lake Elevation: 3628.12

Water Temperature:  68-70 F

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


We fished the Escalante early this week with mixed results. Our camp was in 50 Mile Canyon and we fished the canyons near there.  

rcolby322Fishing was slow Monday afternoon but we did find two schools of stripers and identified a pattern. The location was in the main Escalante River Channel between Three Roof Ruin and Explorer Canyon.  Water depth was 20-30 feet in the channel.  We fished on points sticking out from shore into the channel.  Striper schools were small and appeared to be laying right on the bottom. As we graphed the point from a depth of 25 feet toward the shoreline we found a small group of fish marks at 17 feet.  If we dropped spoons right into the school we caught a few fish.  If the spoon missed the school none were caught. We then ventured further up the channel toward Explorer and saw another point and found the second school by graphing up slope. Again at 17 feet, we saw a tight school on bottom, dropped spoons and caught a few more fish.  

No striper boils were seen or reported in the past week. 

We had more time to fish on Tuesday. We looked at the sights including La Gorce Arch and Cathedral in the Desert, both were awesome sights.  A few bass were caught on topwater in the brushy treetops in the backs of the canyons at a channel depth of 9-15 feet.  Then as the sun got higher in the sky the bass quit. Fishing was tough in some very good habitat and locations.  We ran down lake as far as Cottonwood Canyon without catching a fish. We headed back toward the Escalante and began trolling and casting along a big rockslide near Hole in the Rock. We caught stubby smallmouth all along the rocky shoreline on a variety of lures.  We checked another rocky shoreline to see if this was the only spot they were hitting. No, smallmouth bass turned on everywhere we tried from 2-4 PM.  Fish caught immediately went from none to too many.

wgstb5This reminds me so much of springtime bass fishing when they will not bite at all in the cool morning and then turn on like crazy as the water warms in the afternoon. With temperatures now in the high 60s, bass behavior is much like prespawn fish. Afternoon angling was definitely best for us but that feeding period may enlarge as weather continues to stabilize and the full moon continues to “wayne”.

Back at camp we learned that stripers exhibited the same behavior. They did not bite in the morning but when the same rocky points were tried after 2 PM the stripers took off and 30 fish were landed. 

It seems the pattern right now is up to the fish. It is not about the best lure or the best spot.  Many different types of spoons, bucktail jigs and medium running crankbaits worked when stripers were active while none worked when they were inactive. Topwater, shallow square bill cranks, rattletraps all caught bass in the afternoon prime time. 

I suspect the same timing pattern will apply to catching fish over the length of the lake this week. If you can only fish for a short time, make sure it is in the afternoon.  I feel that fishing success will improve in the next few days as the weather warms and the lake remains calm.  Wind tends to mix warm water from the surface with cool water in the depths.  That drops the water temperature and slows fishing success.  Warming then makes the fishing better just as it does in the springtime. 

We saw fishing success increase dramatically in one afternoon.  Hopefully that magic 2 hour period will get longer and finally reach all day. When fishing is tough just look up and see the beauty and majesty of Lake Powell. It is worth it!

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October 4, 2017 - Recovering from cold weather

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Lake Powell Fish Report – October 4, 2017
Lake Elevation: 3628
Water Temperature:  68-73 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Fishing success has been well below Lake Powell standards lately due to cold weather, wind, and dropping water temperatures. Weather is now stabilizing with calm mornings and breezy afternoons.  Hopefully the 80 degree temperatures forecast for today and tomorrow will stabilize the water temperature and bring bass, shad and stripers back to the surface.
Shad schools are hiding in shallow brushy water close to shore.  Stripers are looking for shad in shallow water so it is more likely to see boils blow up near shore instead of the open bay.  That makes it harder to find surface activity over the 2000 miles of shoreline instead of the 150 miles of main channel water.
The most consistent method for finding stripers recently has been graphing and spooning.  There are lots of shad balls showing up on the graph in the backs of canyons and in open water layered at about 50 feet.  These tight packed fish schools are not stripers.  A striper school usually shows a bit of separation between individual fish.
In Neskahi Canyon this week, stripers were found as individual fish were marked as a group of 10 fish or less.  A spoon dropped right into the striper squad resulted in a hookup of one or as many as four fish before the group moved on.  The highlight of the trip was a very large group of stripers that showed up as widespread individual fish that were very aggressively chasing shad and spoons.  Many stripers were caught by anglers in 3-6 boats working over the schools at the mouth of Piute Canyon.  Hundreds of stripers were caught on September 28-30.  I am not sure if the huge school is still there as we left the fish still biting on Saturday.
Good Hope Bay to Hite has been slow due to weather but I expect stripers there to boil and attack spoons as the weather improves.  Launching is still possible at the Primitive Hite ramp. That makes for a short run to find active stripers.
Good fishing was also reported from Bullfrog at Stanton Creek. Shore fishing was best during windy weather and the desire for stripers to chase shad hiding close to shore.  Fishing will also improve mid lake as the weather stabilizes.
Smallmouth bass are the most dependable target species right now.  They have also been impacted by cold weather. Seek after them just as you would in the springtime.  Wait until water starts to warm mid day and then switch to smallmouth fishing techniques.  Plastic grubs and shad shaped worms fished on the breaking edge of a rapid drop off work very well.  High lake level still hides some brush and rock piles in slick rock canyons. Dropping plastic baits down to these typical bass sanctuaries results in quick bites from some very nice sized bass.  Topwater lures fished during early morning and late evening hours were bass magnets.  I have had some of my best bass memories recently as large bass have attacked my surface lures in the backs of canyons in the southern lake where the water was calm and placid.  The big bass jumped well out of the water and then tried to grab the lure on the way down. This experience is actually more memorable if the bass does not get hooked.  Surface fishing is fun!
I am sure fishing success will be better during the next two weeks than it was the last windy week of September.  Water temperature is still hovering around 70 degrees which is a very favorable fishing temperature.  Stripers and smallmouth bass are the best choices now but walleye, catfish, and sunfish are also available in the right place at the right time.

Lake Powell Fish Report – October 4, 2017

Lake Elevation: 3628

Water Temperature:  68-73 F

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


graphshadFishing success has been well below Lake Powell standards lately due to cold weather, wind, and dropping water temperatures. Weather is now stabilizing with calm mornings and breezy afternoons.  Hopefully the 80 degree temperatures forecast for today and tomorrow will stabilize the water temperature and bring bass, shad and stripers back to the surface.

Shad schools on left and some stripers on right:

Shad schools are hiding in shallow brushy water close to shore.  Stripers are looking for shad in shallow water so it is more likely to see boils blow up near shore instead of the open bay.  That makes it harder to find surface activity over the 2000 miles of shoreline instead of the 150 miles of main channel water.  

The most consistent method for finding stripers recently has been graphing and spooning.  There are lots of shad balls showing up on the graph in the backs of canyons and in open water layered at about 50 feet.  These tight packed fish schools are not stripers.  A striper school usually shows a bit of separation between individual fish.  

In Neskahi Canyon this week, stripers were found as individual fish were marked as a group of 10 fish or less.  A spoon dropped right into the striper squad resulted in a hookup of one or as many as four fish before the group moved on.  The highlight of the trip was a very large group of stripers that showed up as widespread individual fish that were very aggressively chasing shad and spoons.  Many stripers were caught by anglers in 3-6 boats working over the schools at the mouth of Piute Canyon.  Hundreds of stripers were caught on September 28-30.  I am not sure if the huge school is still there as we left the fish still biting on Saturday. 

 

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Good Hope Bay to Hite has been slow due to weather but I expect stripers there to boil and attack spoons as the weather improves.  Launching is still possible at the Primitive Hite ramp. That makes for a short run to find active stripers. 

Active stripers on graph:

Good fishing was also reported from Bullfrog at Stanton Creek. Shore fishing was best during windy weather and the desire for stripers to chase shad hiding close to shore.  Fishing will also improve mid lake as the weather stabilizes.

Smallmouth bass are the most dependable target species right now.  They have also been impacted by cold weather. Seek after them just as you would in the springtime.  Wait until water starts to warm mid day and then switch to smallmouth fishing techniques.  Plastic grubs and shad shaped worms fished on the breaking edge of a rapid drop off work very well.  High lake level still hides some brush and rock piles in slick rock canyons. Dropping plastic baits down to these typical bass sanctuaries results in quick bites from some very nice sized bass.  Topwater lures fished during early morning and late evening hours were bass magnets.  I have had some of my best bass memories recently as large bass have attacked my surface lures in the backs of canyons in the southern lake where the water was calm and placid.  The big bass jumped well out of the water and then tried to grab the lure on the way down. This experience is actually more memorable if the bass does not get hooked.  Surface fishing is fun!  

I am sure fishing success will be better during the next two weeks than it was the last windy week of September.  Water temperature is still hovering around 70 degrees which is a very favorable fishing temperature.  Stripers and smallmouth bass are the best choices now but walleye, catfish, and sunfish are also available in the right place at the right time.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:13
 

September 26, 2017 - Electrofishing Results

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September 26, 2017
Lake Elevation: 3628
Water Temperature:  70-74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Last week we sampled young fish production in Lake Powell with electrofishing techniques. Windy weather reduced our catch some but we did learn about the general success of most fish species.  With lots of submerged brush it was expected that brush-loving fish like bluegill, crappie and largemouth would be the most abundant species sampled.  As expected, bluegill were the most abundant species captured. Black crappie had a strong showing in the northern lake and the San Juan.  Smallmouth bass were well represented lakewide and largemouth bass catch was steady over the length of the lake. The brushy cover that is still submerged in Lake Powell has been very beneficial in rebuilding the populations of those fish that anglers really appreciate.  Striped bass are more of an open water fish even at a young age so they are not captured as well as bass and crappie during the shoreline sampling in September.
Windy conditions over the past week have slowed fishing success considerably. It was not easy to fight the waves and catch fish while the wind was blowing hard. Strong winds reduced water temperature from 77 (last report) to 70 degrees this morning. Catching success dropped during the windy weather.  September is going out like a lion with some more wind and rain forecast.  As the weather settles down in October, fishing success will rebound once more even with cooler weather. The best fishing in the spring is at a water temperature from 62-72. That is repeated in the fall.
For this week, expect best success by graphing bottom structure looking for striper schools.  Shad have been hiding in the backs of canyons protected by brush shelters.  Stripers are moving in that direction. Open water boils have slowed considerably.  Expect to find striper schools in 40-80 feet toward the backs of canyons.  They periodically come up to feed on shad and can be seen pushing shad schools along the canyon wall.  Use surface lures to catch them when visibly chasing shad, but the most effective striper lures this week will be spoons.  Expect to find schools at a common depth. In past years the best depth to find them has been 60-70 feet. When a school is found, remember the depth and look for them at the same depth in other bays or canyons.   When found a striper school will be very willing to chase your spoons.
Smallmouth bass may be easier to find and catch than stripers.  They are in shallower water (10-25 ft) holding near the brushy points where tamarisk trees are becoming more visible as the lake level declines. Smallmouth bass are excited about all the tasty little bluegill that we found while electrofishing and are close to their brushy sanctuaries. Bass are running in packs so when one fish is found there may be a bunch more in the same spot. Shad shaped worms are working very well either wacky rigged on a drop shot rig or impaled on a lead head jig. Bass can be caught along the entire shoreline of Lake Powell.
Walleye are starting up again and can be caught in the daytime occasionally while fishing for bass and stripers.
Bluegill hide in the submerged treetops and can be seen in the brush near shore.  Find a good sized bluegill and feed it a live night crawler or Berkeley gulp minnow.  Youngsters will really enjoy catching sunfish off the back of a houseboat.
Catfish are feeding steadily along the bottom in 10-15 feet of water. They like table scraps and will provide a lot of excitement as they join your party at dusk on the sandy beach.
October is often the best weather to cruise and camp at Lake Powell. Crowds have diminished, water is calm and cool. It might be the best time to camp and fish in 2017.

Lake Powell Fish Report – September 26, 2017

Lake Elevation: 3628

Water Temperature:  70-74 F

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

Last week we sampled young fish production in Lake Powell with electrofishing techniques. Windy weather reduced our catch some but we did learn about the general success of most fish species.  With lots of submerged brush it was expected that brush-loving fish like bluegill, crappie and largemouth would be the most abundant species sampled.  As expected, bluegill were the most abundant species captured. Black crappie had a strong showing in the northern lake and the San Juan.  Smallmouth bass were well represented lakewide and largemouth bass catch was steady over the length of the lake. The brushy cover that is still submerged in Lake Powell has been very beneficial in rebuilding the populations of those fish that anglers really appreciate.  Striped bass are more of an open water fish even at a young age so they are not captured as well as bass and crappie during the shoreline sampling in September. 

zanetysonWindy conditions over the past week have slowed fishing success considerably. It was not easy to fight the waves and catch fish while the wind was blowing hard. Strong winds reduced water temperature from 77 (last report) to 70 degrees this morning. Catching success dropped during the windy weather.  September is going out like a lion with some more wind and rain forecast.  As the weather settles down in October, fishing success will rebound once more even with cooler weather. The best fishing in the spring is at a water temperature from 62-72. That is repeated in the fall. 

For this week, expect best success by graphing bottom structure looking for striper schools.  Shad have been hiding in the backs of canyons protected by brush shelters.  Stripers are moving in that direction. Open water boils have slowed considerably.  Expect to find striper schools in 40-80 feet toward the backs of canyons.  They periodically come up to feed on shad and can be seen pushing shad schools along the canyon wall.  Use surface lures to catch them when visibly chasing shad, but the most effective striper lures this week will be spoons.  Expect to find schools at a common depth. In past years the best depth to find them has been 60-70 feet. When a school is found, remember the depth and look for them at the same depth in other bays or canyons.   When found a striper school will be very willing to chase your spoons.

Smallmouth bass may be easier to find and catch than stripers.  They are in shallower water (10-25 ft) holding near the brushy points where tamarisk trees are becoming more visible as the lake level declines.  Smallmouth bass are excited about all the tasty little bluegill that we found while electrofishing and are close to their brushy sanctuaries. Bass are running in packs so when one fish is found there may be a bunch more in the same spot. Shad shaped worms are working very well either wacky rigged on a drop shot rig or impaled on a lead head jig. Bass can be caught along the entire shoreline of Lake Powell. 

Walleye are starting up again and can be caught in the daytime occasionally while fishing for bass and stripers. 

bgcolorBluegill hide in the submerged treetops and can be seen in the brush near shore.  Find a good sized bluegill and feed it a live night crawler or Berkeley gulp minnow.  Youngsters will really enjoy catching sunfish off the back of a houseboat.  

Catfish are feeding steadily along the bottom in 10-15 feet of water. They like table scraps and will provide a lot of excitement as they join your party at dusk on the sandy beach. 

October is often the best weather to cruise and camp at Lake Powell. Crowds have diminished, water is calm and cool. It might be the best time to camp and fish in 2017.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:18
 

September 21, 2017 - Take 3 Rods

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September 21, 2017
Lake Elevation: 3629
Water Temperature:  76-79 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Lake Powell fishing results are always amazing.  While working on the lake this week my goal was to get to Good Hope Bay to repeat the fantastic boils experienced on my previous trip. Wind complicated fishing results all week.  My first stop was the San Juan where a few striper boils were expected. We did not expect the magnum boils that developed along the north wall of Neskahi Bay on the morning of September 19. Active stripers were leaping high out of the water and hitting our surface lures consistently. If they went down for a few minutes we just dropped spoons and caught more until they returned to the top. We had to leave them boiling to head uplake for the Good Hope Bay experience.
More wind greeted us at Good Hope Bay but only one short small boil was found.  The next morning we ran all the way to White Canyon and did not see anything but a few single stripers hitting the surface. Very few boils were seen from September 16 to 20.
What does this mean for boils in the coming week? There will be boils lakewide but timing and location are not assured. Stripers are very fat, aggressive and constantly chasing shad but much of that now occurs in deeper water.  Now, instead of just scanning the surface it is more important to watch the graph to find deep resting striper and shad schools. These fish can be caught in 30-90 feet of water on spoons, down rigger trolling and even on bait.
My plan for the rest of the 2017 fishing season is take 3 rods. Attach a surface lure to one, a spoon on the next and finally a plastic shad shaped worm on the 3rd rod. With this combination fish can be caught in any location of any canyon on Lake Powell. Stripers will hit surface lures and spoons depending on their depth/location while smallmouth bass will crush the plastic bait.
My goal for the rest of the year will be to always look for surface action, but it is fine to catch bass and stripers while scanning for a boil. Here is what to expect over the length of the lake:
Southern Lake:  Spoons will be the most effective striper lure from Wahweap to Rainbow. Stripers are moving toward the backs of canyons. Rock Creek has the best recent reports from the backs of the 3 canyons.  Bass are hitting well on the breaking edge of brushy points where the depth quickly falls from 12-25 feet.
San Juan:  Expect striper boils in Cha, Wilson Creek and Neskahi Bay and uplake to the Great Bend.  Spoons will work consistently in most canyons from the mouth of the side canyon to about half way back.  Bass fishing in the San Juan is unsurpassed lakewide.
Escalante:  Striper boils and spooning will be best from 50 Mile Canyon to Cow Canyon. Smallmouth fishing is very predictable on every rock slide in the main canyon.
Bullfrog: Spooning is the best striper technique. Start at Dome Rock in Bullfrog Bay and travel as far as Iceberg and Slick Rock downstream or Moki to Hansen Creek upstream.  Rincon is awesome for bass fishing.
Good Hope Bay to Hite:  Boils will start up again but the start date is not known. Until then use spoons to catch lots of stripers. Trachyte Canyon to White is my best guess but the water color is murky. It may be better to spoon in clear water from Good Hope downstream. I wish I could pin this down better but I did not find a consistent pattern while there for one day this week.   I did see my best boil in Popcorn Canyon across from Ticaboo.
Have fun fishing now that Summer is over and Autumn has arrived.  There will be some monster boils occurring at random days and time lakewide, but more stripers will be caught from deep schools graphed on the bottom while waiting for the lake to boil.sjboilshore

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September 21, 2017

Lake Elevation: 3629

Water Temperature:  76-79 F

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

Lake Powell fishing results are always amazing.  While working on the lake this week my goal was to get to Good Hope Bay to repeat the fantastic boils experienced on my previous trip. Wind complicated fishing results all week.  My first stop was the San Juan where a few striper boils were expected. We did not expect the magnum boils that developed along the north wall of Neskahi Bay on the morning of September 19. Active stripers were leaping high out of the water and hitting our surface lures consistently. If they went down for a few minutes we just dropped spoons and caught more until they returned to the top. We had to leave them boiling to head uplake for the Good Hope Bay experience. 

More wind greeted us at Good Hope Bay but only one short small boil was found.  The next morning we ran all the way to White Canyon and did not see anything but a few single stripers hitting the surface. Very few boils were seen from September 16 to 20.

graphstbWhat does this mean for boils in the coming week? There will be boils lakewide but timing and location are not assured. Stripers are very fat, aggressive and constantly chasing shad but much of that now occurs in deeper water.  Now, instead of just scanning the surface it is more important to watch the graph to find deep resting striper and shad schools. These fish can be caught in 30-90 feet of water on spoons, down rigger trolling and even on bait. 

My plan for the rest of the 2017 fishing season is take 3 rods. Attach a surface lure to one, a spoon on the next and finally a plastic shad shaped worm on the 3rd rod. With this combination fish can be caught in any location of any canyon on Lake Powell. Stripers will hit surface lures and spoons depending on their depth/location while smallmouth bass will crush the plastic bait. 

My goal for the rest of the year will be to always look for surface action, but it is fine to catch bass and stripers while scanning for a boil. Here is what to expect over the length of the lake:

Southern Lake:  Spoons will be the most effective striper lure from Wahweap to Rainbow. Stripers are moving toward the backs of canyons. Rock Creek has the best recent reports from the backs of the 3 canyons.  Bass are hitting well on the breaking edge of brushy points where the depth quickly falls from 12-25 feet. 

San Juan:  Expect striper boils in Cha, Wilson Creek and Neskahi Bay and uplake to the Great Bend.  Spoons will work consistently in most canyons from the mouth of the side canyon to about half way back.  Bass fishing in the San Juan is unsurpassed lakewide.     

Escalante:  Striper boils and spooning will be best from 50 Mile Canyon to Cow Canyon. Smallmouth fishing is very predictable on every rock slide in the main canyon.

Bullfrog: Spooning is the best striper technique. Start at Dome Rock in Bullfrog Bay and travel as far as Iceberg and Slick Rock downstream or Moki to Hansen Creek upstream.  Rincon is awesome for bass fishing.Good Hope Bay to

Good Hope Bat to Hite: Boils will start up again but the start date is not known. Until then use spoons to catch lots of stripers. Trachyte Canyon to White is my best guess but the water color is murky. It may be better to spoon in clear water from Good Hope downstream. I wish I could pin this down better but I did not find a consistent pattern while there for one day this week.   I did see my best boil in Popcorn Canyon across from Ticaboo.    

Have fun fishing now that Summer is over and Autumn has arrived.  There will be some monster boils occurring at random days and time lakewide, but more stripers will be caught from deep schools graphed on the bottom while waiting for the lake to boil.

 

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September 12, 2017 - Boils, Boils, Boils

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Lake Powell Fish Report – September 12, 2017

Lake Elevation: 3629

Water Temperature:  78-81 F

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

I had the pleasure of fishing with Adam Eakle who hosts hunting and fishing videos for KSL TV (Channel 5) in Salt Lake City.  He wanted to make a Lake Powell video of striper boil fishing. We agreed to fish in the northern lake on September 7th.  The preparation for the event was simple.  Stripers were not boiling well in the southern lake so I asked those fishing in the northern lake on Wayneswords.com to give quick fish reports. I received this information:

Boils were consistently seen in the northern lake from Good Hope Bay to White Canyon. The best time to see surfacing fish was from 7-9 AM and 4-6 PM.  After the boils ceased stripers could still be caught on spoons in the vicinity of the boil.

wcboilsWith this information to guide us, we launched from Bullfrog at dawn and headed uplake scanning for boils as we cruised.  We saw a nice sunrise at Buoy 110.  A few minutes later near Buoy 113 we saw our first boil. It was small and widespread but the first stripers were caught.  Around the next corner (Buoy 114) we found the first big boil and caught stripers on top for the next 40 minutes. We cruised uplake looking for more and saw them near the left hand wall just past the floating restroom. We caught boiling fish constantly for the next 45 minutes.  When they went down five anglers quickly filleted over 100 stripers with electric knives on the boat. With the fillets cooling down in the ice chest we resumed our trip to White Canyon. We were not disappointed to see a quick boil as we neared Battleship Rock. These fish did not stay up long so we used spoons to catch a few more. Then we turned around to head back down lake and ran right into another boil at 10:20 AM.  Total count from White Canyon was 30 more stripers bringing the morning striper total to 130 fish. Not a bad day.  The breeze increased so we headed in.

The Lake Powell striper boil video will air on KSL.com on September 30th at 6:30 PM.

Today we launched at Wahweap Stateline and passed through the Castle Rock Cut.  Stripers were reportedly caught on the Warm Creek side of Castle Rock the previous day on spoons with a few hitting the surface.  We saw a few fish come up behind Castle Rock so we headed for the splash rings but no more fish surfaced. A quick look at the graph changed our attitude from surface to deep water spoons. Spoons were deployed and the stripers jumped into the boat for the next half hour. When the sonar screen went blank we saw stripers breaking the surface near shore.  We grabbed the surface lures and rushed toward shore where another 10 fish were caught in wide spread boils.  With 30 fish in the cooler we headed toward the back of Warm Creek but were delayed near the floating restroom by a bigger and tighter boil. Twenty more stripers were caught on surface lures.  The surface action quit by 9 AM.   At the fish cleaning station we counted 55 stripers caught in less than 3 hours.

This week’s report is simple.  Look for surface action for the first 3 hours in the morning. Cast surface lures to boiling fish. After they go down find them on the graph and drop spoons to the bottom to catch many more. Striper fishing is hot. Expect this to continue through the rest of September and into October. Boil time is the first 3 hours after daylight and then the last 2 hours before dark. They also come up randomly during the day.

Smallmouth bass have been reportedly boiling with stripers on the San Juan.  Stripers chase shad which run toward the shore where they can hide in the brush line.  Bass wait in the brush for shad to swim by and ambush them.  Near shore this morning we caught some nice 2-pound smallmouth on surface lures while casting to stripers.

Fishing success is heading for a fall peak that has not been seen for a very long time. Don’t leave home without a surface lure and a spoon close at hand.

sr91217

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 14:16
 


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