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Have you made a recent fishing trip to Lake Powell? If you have, please let us know how you did.  Post your fishing report on the Fishing Message Board or send it to Wayne Gustaveson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) via E-mail.  Please include who you are and where you are from, dates fished, location, tackle used, species and number of fish caught and any other information you would like to pass on to other anglers.

Our goal here is to save shad by encouraging harvest of striped bass.  If we do that then all fisheries benefit from the effort.

Keep the reports coming.  I send out high resolution pictures to the media with my weekly fish reports.  If you have a good photo and would like it to be displayed in newspapers and magazines then send it to me.   Be aware that your photo may be used in other locations.

If possible send, first and last name, and hometown. The media likes pictures of kids (include age) and fishergirls. Be creative when taking photos. Change poses and backgrounds. Use the flash in full sun to avoid hat shadow.

Thanks to all who have contributed because it makes it easier for a newly arriving angler to start fishing with confidence needed to catch fish on this huge lake.

If you have a general question try posting on WAYNESWORDS FISHING MESSSAGE BOARD.



April 22, 2015 - SJ Smalllmouth

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The San Juan Bass fishing was red hot, small mouth and large mouth both where hitting on every cast. The three of us caught over 500 fish in three days. 70% small mouth and 30% Large mouth. We caught crappie and sunfish also but no stripers or walleyes. We did not troll. We saw some stripers swimming around the bass we had hooked, but could not catch them. We fished in Piute and Neskahi wash where we had the best luck. We fished around the great bend, with not much luck. We did not see very many beds, but the bite was on. The best color was green pumpkin to chartreuse. I caught a 4lb large mouth on a 6" green frog. Did good on all crank baits, lv, drivers and square bills. Yums and Yamamoto worms and grubs where the best, but every thing we tried caught fish. The fish are on the banks out to 20 feet. We fished Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I hope you get a chance to try the San Juan it is worth the trip. I will send you some photos sound. Thanks Joe

The San Juan Bass fishing was red hot, small mouth and large mouth both where hitting on every cast. The three of us caught over 500 fish in three days. 70% smallmouth and 30% Largemouth. We caught crappie and sunfish also but no stripers or walleyes. We did not troll. We saw some stripers swimming around the bass we had hooked, but could not catch them.

We fished in Piute and Neskahi wash where we had the best luck. We fished around the great bend, with not much luck. We did not see very many beds, but the bite was on. The best color was green pumpkin to chartreuse. I caught a 4lb large mouth on a 6" green frog. Did good on all crank baits, lv, drivers and square bills. Yums and Yamamoto worms and grubs where the best, but every thing we tried caught fish. The fish are on the banks out to 20 feet. We fished Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I hope you get a chance to try the San Juan it is worth the trip. Thanks Joe

 

April 19, 2015 - 30.9 pound trophy striper

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Steve Roberts from Clear Lake Iowa had a great first trip to Lake Powell.  He did his homework by reading all the fish reports on Wayneswords.com two weeks before his arrival. When he finally arrived he couldn’t wait to get out on the lake. He launched at Wahweap and headed through the Castle Rock Cut to Warm Creek and started fishing for bass.  There were a few bass that cooperated but it was challenging fishing due to the recent cold front that had just passed by.
Steve then headed to the back of the Warm Creek with his fishing buddy, Dan Zanfes, from Show Low AZ.  Near the end of the bay on the east side, the anglers cast plastic jigs to rocky rubble in 8 feet of water. Steve chose a shad colored Zoom Fluke on a 3/8th ounce head.  The first fish he caught was a healthy smallmouth bass that weighed about 2 pounds.  That got the adrenaline flowing so he cast out to the same shallow spot again and got another bite.
This time the fish munching on the fluke was a bit larger and headed for deep water. Steve had on 8-pound test line so he hung on while the fish took line.  For the next 30 minutes they went back and forth but patient Steve finally prevailed and coaxed the fish close enough to the boat for Dan to net the monster.
Steve’s first Lake Powell striper weighed in at 30.9 pounds with a girth of 24 inches.  He brought the fish back to Wahweap where it was weighed on certified scales by Wayne Gustaveson.  This is the largest fish to be landed at Lake Powell in 2015.  The Lake record striper is 48 pounds 11 ounces but that was caught in 1991. Since then the trophy stripers caught have all weighed between 31 and 36 pounds.
Congratulations to Steve Roberts on his great catch.  All fish are big and healthy this year.  My guess is that another lake record will be caught in 2015.  The easiest record to beat is smallmouth bass at 5 pounds 6 ounces. I would not be surprised to see that record fall in 2015.
If you catch a big fish, it can be weighed on certified scales at Wahweap of Bullfrog.  Call Wayne Gustaveson at 928 645 2392 to start the weigh in process.

Steve Roberts from Clear Lake Iowa had a great first trip to Lake Powell.  He did his homework by reading all the fish reports on Wayneswords.com two weeks before his arrival. When he finally arrived he couldn’t wait to get out on the lake. He launched at Wahweap and headed through the Castle Rock Cut to Warm Creek and started fishing for bass.

 There were a few bass that cooperated but it was challenging fishing due to the recent cold front that had just passed by.  Steve then headed to the back of the Warm Creek with his fishing buddy, Dan Zanfes, from Show Low AZ.  Near the end of the bay on the east side, the anglers cast plastic jigs to rocky rubble in 8 feet of water. Steve chose a shad colored Zoom Fluke on a 3/8th ounce head.  The first fish he caught was a healthy smallmouth bass that weighed about 2 pounds.  That got the adrenaline flowing so he cast out to the same shallow spot again and got another bite. 

This time the fish munching on the fluke was a bit larger and headed for deep water. Steve had on 8-pound test line so he hung on while the fish took line.  For the next 30 minutes they went back and forth but patient Steve finally prevailed and coaxed the fish close enough to the boat for Dan to net the monster. Steve’s first Lake Powell striper weighed in at 30.9 pounds with a girth of 24 inches.  

He brought the fish back to Wahweap where it was weighed on certified scales by Wayne Gustaveson.  This is the largest fish to be landed at Lake Powell in 2015.  The Lake record striper is 48 pounds 11 ounces but that was caught in 1991. Since then, the trophy stripers caught have all weighed between 31 and 36 pounds. Congratulations to Steve Roberts on his great catch.  

All fish are big and healthy this year.  My guess is that another lake record will be caught in 2015.  The easiest record to beat is smallmouth bass at 5 pounds 6 ounces. I would not be surprised to see that record fall in 2015.  If you catch a big fish, it can be weighed on certified scales at Wahweap or Bullfrog.  Call Wayne Gustaveson at 928 645 2392 to start the weigh in process.

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April 12, 2015- Excellent fishing -Good Hope Bay

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Good Hope Bay April 9-11th Report

 

Water Temp 55.5-62 (Average was 59).

 

Stained water starts at the floating bathroom, stained line starts just above Ticaboo and a significant silt line is near the Red Canyon area.

 

 

Got away again for spring break, the weather had finally chilled up here in Utah County so we decided to wait as long as possible till the weather and wind cleared up down there. It turned out to be unbelievable fishing.

 

Wednesday night,

Got to Bullfrog to a little wind but nothing crazy so we put in and headed up. There was only a few trucks in the lot and we didn't pass anyone on the way up. Water temp in and around Bullfrog was 55ish, which was actually somewhat encouraging counting all the wind that had been happening. By the time we got up to Good Hope it had gone up to around 57, set up camp in the same spot as a couple weeks ago and contemplated where and how to fish.

 

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Woke up to a little bit of a north wind which wasn't surprising despite the forecast. So we barely went north of our camp and started casting bank with silver tail Yamamoto grubs since thats what worked so well the end of March. Our goal then was 100 fish and we fell about 60 short of that so we decided to go with that goal again and see what happens since we had three full days. Within minutes we were catching smallmouth after smallmouth, then Andrew hooked into two nice Stripers which was very surprising, I wasn't thinking they would be cruising bank this year with the Shad numbers what they are but we'll take it. The wind picked up again so we decided to drift with it than against it. Found a great little island across from Castle Butte with dozens of Walleye hanging off the back end of it in around 20 feet of water, so we drifted and spot locked that area till we stopped getting bites 20+ fish in that area. After that we headed up to Scorrup and found Largemouth, Smallmouth and a really nice Crappie, water temp back there was above 60 reaching 62 when the wind calmed. Went down a little past Red and started hitting more Smallmouth in shallower reef type drop offs till around 7ish then it became very spotty. About 60+ fish for the day and we were ecstatic!

 

Friday

Decided to see if the Walleye were still in that spot around that island and a few more were. We know knew the pattern the bass were in, shallower reef areas where there is a good stretch of 20-30 feet with broken gravel and submerged boulders (not main channel points where shoreline drops off into 50+ feet almost immediately. Tried to hit as many spots like that as we could, also look for variety in the structure, gravel, with smaller rocks along with boulders both in and out of the water. If you find yourself casting one type of structure move on, they're not quite in those spots yet. One spot in the mouth of Ticaboo held 50+ fish easily, and tripling up with nice Smallmouth was a common occurrence. Friday night was a bit different when we hit a spot that had been great to us in years past, even though it had mostly just bigger boulders it held a few more Walleye and bass (maybe just the time of day?), and this time fishing success lasted well past sunset.

 

Saturday

Saturday was different in the fact that the wind decided to howl up a lot more, so after another successful Smallmouth bite and a five pound Walleye in the morning we trolled up 10 Stripers in just over an hour by the red marker out in front of Castle Butte, most hits came in 30 feet or less. We used Cotton Cordell Wally Divers (I really like them since they swim very well at the 4-5mph range) and even missed a few more Stripers or we would've gotten more (obviously).

 

Fishing was amazing! Well over 200 fish, mostly Smallmouth and Walleye but we caught a little of everything including a Catfish. Saturday got pretty busy with plenty of boats even up north but died down towards the end of the day. All fish were caught on shad color hula and single tail grubs, and model A bomber craw color cranks. Ran into a few more Wordlings which is always nice, great people who share good knowledge which is much appreciated. Ive got well over two hours of raw footage to go over and will have a video out ASAP, really good stuff! As long as the weather stays somewhat stable I don't see anything other than water clarity ruining Good Hope? Thanks again everyone, hope this helps you guys catch more fish.

 

Preston

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April 11, 2015- Good fishing -Bullfrog

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We are here on your lake catching five different species of fish. The bite is on.

 

We are finding schools right at the mouth of canyons on drop off's,  humps or ledges that drop to deeper water.  We first found them trolling silver and black thunder stick junior's. This school was at the mouth of Bullfrog and the main channel near mm 94 and has shown up the past three days. We don't have to go far to find structure holding bass, and the Walleye are on the shallow gravel points. Visual was good to10 feet and we saw nothing on beds yet.  Having said that we are talking mid week and very little boat traffic. Water temp reaching 62 in the after noon. Big stripers mostly male and all fish are very healthy.  Green watermelon grubs worked for us.  We released the L'M bass.  

Cheers Mate.

Night fishing is slow but for a couple we caught Wednesday night... Live from Bullfrog. This is your friend. .  !  Gold Cup

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Last Updated on Saturday, 11 April 2015 19:22
 

April 7, 2015 - Rock Creek to Dungeon

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eli1We just did a April 4 weekend trip and wanted to share some of my 10 year old son, Eli's fishing experience and couple of photos.  Before going to the lake I had Eli read the your recent fishing reports.  Despite not usually wanting to read, he was excited to read your reports since he really loves to fish at Lake Powell.  This was our first trip to the lake for the season.  Eli fished about 15 minute each day, trolling behind the family boat.  Eli caught a large mouth bass in Dungeon Canyon, a small striper in Dry Fork of Rock Creek Bay, and a good size small mouth bass in Balanced Rock Canyon.  All were caught using a green minnow lure with black spots.  Sorry that we don't know exactly what it is called.  We are new to fishing!  Eli was happy to catch a fish each day we were at the lake.


We are from Flagstaff, where Eli is in the 4th grade at Flagstaff Montessori.


Thanks for the great information resource you provide for Lake Powell.  The information and message boards have been very helpful in speeding up our learning curve for boating.


Ed Price,

Flagstaff, AZ

 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:02
 

April 6, 2015 - South Lake

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We headed out Wed. afternoon, planning on going to Last chance.

 

We arrived, in Powell canyon to calm, within a hour it started to blow, we knew the forecast was wind

 

so we secured the boat to shore and relaxed.

 

Thurs. morning it was game on for wind, I'd guess sustained 20-30 and gusts 50+.

 

We stayed in place and fished for bass, the 2 of us caught 4 smallies, between gusts that you could stand up in.

 

We were beached towards the end of the canyon in hopes of a little protection but when it blows, there is no such place.

 

There was a full moon all night and the winds calmed down to a breeze Friday morning.

 

We had good reports from mm25 and the "rockcreeks", we opted to hit the end of Last chance first.

 

Water temp there was an amazing 50.1, we decided to go for big or go home, more Winter type conditions.

 

Broke out the deep divers and started trolling, no luck for the first half hour then I hauled in a 4.5 lb, hmm

 

Kept trolling and started finding schools and picking up fish on most passes. Water depth was around 35-40' and our 3 divers were running 16'/18'/and 27'.

 

We caught fish on all these baits but the Yozuri seemed to win out in the end.

 

After fileting 23 fish, we headed up to Middle Rock, we dropped deep divers again and in the first 7 minutes, had 2 very nice fish.

 

We trolled a loop and eventually caught 10 healthy stripers from 3.5-5.5 lbs.( I lost a REAL nice one but things happen).

 

Next morning, caught 2 quick ones again in Middle Rock, but successive passes came up empty.

 

Headed to Dry Rock, made several passes--no fish, 2 other boats showed up and it was too crowded for us.

 

Went to Main Rock, dropped deep divers and again got into them quickly, ended up with 6, one spooned in(fish were overall not very responsive to spoons)

 

Decided to go back to last chance for the evening/morning offering, caught 1 in the evening and none in the morning.

 

Headed to mm25 on the way out, dropped 2 Lucky craft pointers, within a minute we had a double, kept trolling and caught 8 total.

 

Fun trip, had a little of everything and that was what we planned and were prepared for.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 19:07
 

April 5, 2015 - Navajo to Rock Creek

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We fished Navajo cyn on friday caught some stripers trolling in the stained water in the back of the canyon. Also caught a few smallies on the rock piles on the way out.

 

Saturday we headed to the back of Rock creek. We were trolling with thunder sticks, white was best. As soon as we got in 25 feet of water we started catching fish. First it was walleyes then it was stripers. There were three different size schools 12", 16" and 20 ". The fatest stripers I have caught for years. At times double hookups the graph would load up. It was a small area towards the back there were lots of fish.

 

We got tried of catching them and went out toward the bathroom. We fished the big rock piles near the bathroom using 6" green pumpkin colored yum sharp shooter worms. Used a 1/8 darter jig head. We could double and triple up. From the bank out to about as deep as you could see in the clear water. The bigger fish where deeper. We caught large and small mouth bass. We used other worms dream shot, yamamoto pro 6" yum crawdads and tubes. Dark green was the color. The fish have not spawned yet but they are getting close. We must of caught fifty plus small mouths the fish are fat.

 

We had a great trip. I bought my 4 year old grandson a new fishing pole. He caught a smallie on the first cast

 

Thanks for all your help we will be back down on the north end April 18th.   Joe

 

March 30 2015 - Variety in Southern Lake

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kiptroutSunday afternoon Matt and Josh Tenpenny and my son (Trace) and I set out to padre bay for some fun afternoon fishing. Besides the dozen small mouth couple large mouth and one big blue gill we caught a few surprise fish. First I had a trout destroy my lucky craft crank bait. He literally hit so hard and twisted and turned so hard that one treble hook came off and the second was bent. I was told it is a brown trout as I am definitely a bass guy not a trout guy. 22" and fat n happy!! After a little revival time he swam on about his way.



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A new crank bait tied on and a couple casts later and line was striping of my reel again. Another first!! 3.2 lb gizzard shad. Weighed him on my cullemright. I kept throwing the crank bait thinking I might get a third hard to catch fish like a humpback chub but oh well just settled for what I got! None the less the boys had a blast and the weather was awesome. Water temp was 65-68 in the afternoon. And bass were getting ready to bed! Fishing is awesome right now!


 

 

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March 30, 2015 - Northern Bass

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mike larsen1This past weekend, however, my fishing companion was my son, Chase Larsen.  He has spent the past 4 years in Boston attending dental school and another year in an advanced practice residency, so our fishing trips have been few and far between these past 5 years.  Our window of opportunity to get to the lake this past weekend (March 28-29) was tight but we made it work.  Beautiful weather, rising lake temperatures and no wind made for great conditions for this father/son trip.  It happened to coincide with the Bullfrog Open and despite low water conditions and a fair number of fisherman/race boat drivers, it is still a big lake and plenty of fish to go around.  On Saturday we watched as all the competitors roared off to the north of Bullfrog. 

 

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Knowing they would all head to Good Hope and spots further north, we opted to hit some favorite spots just past Tapestry Wall and then work north to Good Hope Bay.  Our first spot offered quick results of both large and small mouth bass.  Shad Gitzits did the trick.  We picked up a dozen quality fish on our first pass and were glad we weren’t up around Two and Four Mile Canyons fighting for casting spots.  Seven Mile Canyon offered some more rewards in both SMB and LMBs.  Less productive were stretches leading into Good Hope Bay and up in the bay itself.  Ticaboo was dotted with numerous  boats so we opted to move back to the south.  Fishing slowed considerably in the afternoon after lunch and a delightful mid-day nap in a shady spot.  We topped off the day with a good meal and some NCAA hoops!




mikelarsen3The next morning took us south between Slick Rock and the Rincon.  We collected some nice bass of both varieties using the same plastics and some deep running crank baits.  Water was very clear and while it may have slowed the fishing some, it did provide some great entertainment being able to see some strikes.  Quick trip but a good trip!  I get the same thrill now when my 28 year old son sets the hook on a LMB as I did when he wearily said after a prolonged striper boil 20 plus years ago that “I can’t catch any more dad!  My arms are just too tired from catching fish!”  One thing is for sure. . .  I will never grow tired of watching him catch them!  So there you have it!  The best part of the trip was spending it with my other great fishing partner, Dr. Chase Larsen.  And, as an added bonus, all that dental training comes in real handy when you need to remove those well set hooks!

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 15:37
 

March 24, 2015 - Southern bass and stripers

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Hi Wayne,
Larry and I headed up to Dove canyon and did really well for small mouth.
They were fat and healthy and fought great! We caught 11 and they weighted
in around 1 3/4 #'s. We caught one little largemouth and saw one that would
probably go 3 1/2 to 4 pounds. We saw other nice smallies but couldn't get
them to bite. Probably because they saw us coming! We were using double tail
hulas, smoke colored. The bite was really light, at times they swam in on us
as we were reeling in, it was hard to know we had one on. They were in 8 to
10 feet of water and the water was slightly stained. It was grat getting to
know Larry and fishing with him, good fisherman, great company!
Good luck fishing,
Mike McNabb

larrymmcLarry and I headed up to Dove canyon and did really well for small mouth.They were fat and healthy and fought great! We caught 11 and they weighed in around 1 3/4 #'s. We caught one little largemouth and saw one that would probably go 3 1/2 to 4 pounds. We saw other nice smallies but couldn't getthem to bite. Probably because they saw us coming! We were using double tailhulas, smoke colored. The bite was really light, at times they swam in on usas we were reeling in, it was hard to know we had one on. They were in 8 to10 feet of water and the water was slightly stained. It was great getting to know Larry and fishing with him, good fisherman, great company!

 

Good luck fishing,

 

Mike McNabb

 

 

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