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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.



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

 

 

larrymmcnabb

 

March 18, 2015 - Southern stripers

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client2On Wednesday afternoon we started out to Warm Creek 

to see if the stripers were still around and they were. The first two

hook-ups were doubles and then it slowed down for a while catching one at a

time. We caught 20, kept 19 and missed a few.

 

 

We caught them trolling in 10 to 20 feet of water using Shad Raps.

We were there for 4 1/2 hours. The breeze picked up but not bad.

We trolled back and forth and in a few big

circles in the bay trolling the entire time.


We had a great time with great company!

Good fishing,

Mike McNabb

 

 

 

Albert Wada

client1

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2015 11:27
 

March 20, 2015 - Murky water stripers

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I met “Wordling” Bob Reed on the lake yesterday.  He wanted to learn more about spring time fishing so we went to the back of the canyon (see this week’s fish report).  We started trolling rattletraps and Lucky Craft pointers where bottom depth was 25 feet.  It did not take long for Bob to hook a 16-inch striper.  While he was landing the fish I tossed the rattletrap out into 18 feet of water and let it sink to the bottom.  A school of fish trailed Bob’s fish to the boat.  As the trap was reeled in through the school the hits were quick. As my fish was landed Bob cast his trap to the school and let it sink. He hooked another fish…and so on.  We caught 8 fish on the first stop before the school and boat parted. Then we trolled again and found another school and caught more casting.    We caught stripers from 8-10 AM and then the stripers quit. They have that prerogative and can start and stop at a moment’s notice.
The important points are these:
Sport fish are now holding in shallow murky water.
Murky water is warmer than clear water.
Morning fishing is good during dark moon.
Spoons are not very effective in shallow water.  Yo-yoing a rattletrap off the bottom works very well now.
Water warms to exceed 60 degrees in the afternoon when all fish get more active making afternoon fishing better.
Fish for stripers in the morning and then bass and stripers in the afternoon.
The lake is beautiful, calm and productive right now.

bobreedI met “Wordling” Bob Reed on the lake yesterday.  He wanted to learn more about spring time fishing so we went to the back of the canyon (see this week’s fish report).  We started trolling rattletraps and Lucky Craft pointers where bottom depth was 25 feet.  It did not take long for Bob to hook a 16-inch striper.  While he was landing the fish I tossed the rattletrap out into 18 feet of water and let it sink to the bottom.  A school of fish trailed Bob’s fish to the boat.  As the trap was reeled in through the school the hits were quick. As my fish was landed Bob cast his trap to the school and let it sink. He hooked another fish…and so on.  We caught 8 fish on the first stop before the school and boat parted. Then we trolled again and found another school and caught more casting.    We caught stripers from 8-10 AM and then the stripers quit. They have that prerogative and can start and stop at a moment’s notice.  

The important points are these:

Sport fish are now holding in shallow murky water.Murky water is warmer than clear water. 

Morning fishing is good during dark moon.

Spoons are not very effective in shallow water.  Yo-yoing a rattletrap off the bottom works very well now. 

Water warms to exceed 60 degrees in the afternoon when all fish get more active making afternoon fishing better. 

Fish for stripers in the morning and then bass and stripers in the afternoon.

reedboat

The lake is beautiful, calm and productive right now.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 08:50
 

March 16, 2015 - Cedar to Red Canyon

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Fished Cedar on Friday evening after seeing little on the graph in Knowles. No hits.

Nightfished in 75' of water landed 3 stripers. Spooned up two more in the morning.

Then went up to Ticaboo. No success.

Then to Red Canyon where it was crowded. Saw one boat trolling successfully. Spent the evening in Bullfrog Bay and found nothing that would take a spoon. Tournament anglers near us were always considerate.  

Marty Peterson

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 12:49
 

March 16, 2015 - Trolling in Wahweap

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Hi Wayne,
Paul end I went out Friday afternoon and caught 7 stripers and one nice
largemouth. We went out again on Saturday afternnon from 1 to 5:30 and found
stripers trolling in water about 10 to 20 feet deep close to shore. We
covered a lot of area but when we found some we continued to troll back and
forth hooking up just about everytime. When one of us had one on the other
reeled in quickly and casted out and reeled in quickly again and several
times we hooked up too. The fish were healthy and fought hard.
Good fishing too all.
Mike McNabb

pmcnabb3Paul and I went out Friday afternoon and caught 7 stripers and one nice largemouth. We went out again on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 5:30 and found stripers trolling in water about 10 to 20 feet deep close to shore. We covered a lot of area but when we found some we continued to troll back and forth hooking up just about everytime. When one of us had one on the other reeled in quickly and cast out and reeled in quickly again and several times we hooked up too. The fish were healthy and fought hard.

 

Good fishing too all. 

Mike McNabb

 

 

 

pmcnabb4

 

March 12, 2015 - Southern stripers

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Slight changes in striper behavior were detected today. We went out early as usual but found slow fishing for the first hour in Gunsight.  Reports lately indicate better reaction midday.  We went uplake further and tried the same techniques but maybe the midday timing resulted in much better catching.  

Fish size was smaller than we were catching last month and school depth was shallower.  Now, instead of fishing the 25-45 foot contour we moved into the 15-25 ft area in the back of major canyons. Fishing shallower water means we have to use shallower running lures.  We put the deep shad raps away and put on rattle traps.  lv100stb

 

Here is our best lure today - the Lucky Craft LV100 in Ghost color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other change was no action on spoons when a hooked fish was brought to the boat.  The good news was casting ratlletraps behind the troll caught fish was GREAT!  Find the school at 20 feet and cast rattletraps to fillthe cooler.

We left the fish while they were still biting due to a full cooler and time constraints.  It continues to be a very good spring for striper fishing. stb3me

 

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2015 - Bass Tournament

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I've caught a lot of smallies back there, but have yet to catch any good green fish (which is what I'm after). I'll figure them out eventually. The first day of the UBTT tournament my partner and I won 1st place with 13.49 lbs of green fish. Day two was rough for us, and we only weighed 8.66 lbs with a mix of green and brown fish. Day two was very good to one team. They took 1st and weighed close to 17 lbs. They were able to catch two fish over 5 lbs. I'm not sure where they got them at, but they were both beautiful fish. One was 5.85 lbs, and the other was 5.25 lbs I believe.   I still think that a lot of fish died off the previous year, but the ones that survived have thrived. All the fish look healthy. I can't wait for the clear water fish to start coming up. I think there is going to be some 7-8 pounders caught this year! :) I also included a picture of some bass that I graphed with the structure scan, and was able to get on crank baits. It's not a great picture, but it works. If you look where the curser is, you can see a small group of fish. I need to learn how to do screen snap shots on the unit.  If you don't have the structure scan (lowrance), or side scan (hummingbird), you should really look into it. It's an amazing tool for powell.
It looks like a great fishing year.  My prediction is that calm, good weather periods extending for 3-5 days in March and April will be the best spring fishing periods for a variety of fish with largemouth the main target and smallmouth a close second.  Walleye will be the best target fish in May.  Striped bass will be consistent throughout the spring season but location will be the key to finding them. Look in the backs of canyons near shad schools for best results.  Bait will work better for night fishing while shad lures will be the best method in daylight hours.
Plan your trip now.  It’s going to be a great year for fishing success.

The first day of the UBTT tournament my partner and I won 1st place with 13.49 lbs of green fish. Day two was rough for us, and we only weighed 8.66 lbs with a mix of green and brown fish. Day two was very good to one team. They took 1st and weighed close to 17 lbs. They were able to catch two fish over 5 lbs. I'm not sure where they got them at, but they were both beautiful fish. One was 5.85 lbs, and the other was 5.25 lbs I believe.  ubttmay15

 

 

 

I still think that a lot of fish died off the previous year, but the ones that survived have thrived. All the fish look healthy. I can't wait for the clear water fish to start coming up. I think there is going to be some 7-8 pounders caught this year! :)

 

I also included a picture of some bass that I graphed with the structure scan, and was able to get on crank baits. It's not a great picture, but it works. If you look where the curser is, you can see a small group of fish. I need to learn how to do screen snap shots on the unit.  If you don't have the structure scan (lowrance), or side scan (hummingbird), you should really look into it. It's an amazing tool for powell.  

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Found several large groups of what I believe to be stripers, in the back right fork of Padre canyon, in the 20-30 feet range. I caught stripers on jigs and crank baits every time I'd get this on the graph. Thought I'd share it with you, so you can post if for those guys looking for stripers. 

jakegraphpadre

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:00
 

March 9, 2015 - Bullfrog Bass

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Fishing Report

3/6 Bullfrog

Water Temp 50-54

 

meyersbsmbAttended the NPS meeting with vendors on 3/5 and mussels are still the big issue. Make sure you boat is cleaned, dried and drained before you leave the Park. That includes bilge, live wells and any ice you have in the ice chest. Pull your plug until you get home. Checkpoints will be at Hanksville and Blanding exit points. If your plug is in you will be checked. NPS will be trying to do more about graffiti and drones on the lake. The Water level is about half way down the new concrete on the Bullfrog launch ramp. Your launch vehicle will get wet.

 

Fish are gorged and as fat as I can remember this early in the year. LM on soft plastic T-rigs around submerged tumbleweeds. SM on reaction baits around rock ledges and points. I trolled the back of Bullfrog only to find scattered fish that would not bite. Judging by the fish caught and the coming rise of the water into the shore cover we should experience an excellent year for setting the hook.

 

Brian

 

 

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February 22, 2015 - Gunsight to Last Chance - Stripers and Cats

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an1Launched mid-morning on Thursday, February 19th from Antelope Point.

Sure do love the lack of crowds and glass this time of year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did some graphing and trolling in the upper end of Gunsight Bay, caught a couple dinky stripers, but

did not see much on the graph in the 30-60' depths so enjoyed the empty cruise up to Last Chance

Bay.  Couldn't help but contrast the quiet with the roar of the big boat race through these parts last September.

 

 

 

an2First mate Sylvester enjoys the early sun in Last Chance Bay, his 50th morning on the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

an3Last Chance Bay was a little slow for me, but there were definitely fish on the graph.  Friday morning

payed off, trolling over a shelf which dropped from about 25-45' had a double hook up and reeled in the

two biggest fish of the trip, just over 19" and fat as footballs.  Caught a handful more trolling, as usual

around the 20' depth.

 

That afternoon cruised over to Padre Bay and drifted in the stillness and calm, realizing it may be another

nine months before that part of the lake will be as quiet.

 

Had good luck trolling the narrow shallows (30-50' of water) in the upper end of Padre Canyon, catching

5 dinks and about a 3 lb striper in less than an hour.  It's a tight canyon which makes trolling tougher, it seems

someone who knew how to spoon or if you threw chum it could fill the ice chest.

 

Saw a couple Bald eagles which appear to be nesting near Gunsight Butte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

an4Trolled for a bit Saturday morning, catching one 5" Smallmouth Bass that was nearly as thick as my wrist.

One thing is for sure the fish I've seen in the last 4 months have been chunky.  Though the parking lot

was empty, did see a total of three other boats on the water in three days.

 

 

 

Thanks for all you do for the lake.  We hope to see you out there soon.

Albert

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 February 2015 17:57
 

February 16, 2015 - Bullfrog Stripers on Graph

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bfgraph1Hi Wayne. Just thought I would send a pic or two of my trip last Friday and Saturday. These first few are off the corner of the houseboats on NW corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bfgraph2The next few I'll send are from Red Canyon, Castle Butte, and the horn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bfgraph3A lot off stripers and of course easy to catch on spoons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also a pic of my favorite spoon. Great place to take kids at the time.

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