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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.

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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.



June 27, 2016 - Boils Between Rincon and Escalante

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It's On! 1 Hour, 45 Minutes ago
Got my boat back from Cali last Monday and was heading to Powell on Friday morning.Reading all the post were killing me and my BIL. We were on the water at 6 Am and headed straight for the Juan. We made a quick stop for some boiling stripers at the Rincon. They were blowing up shad they had cornered in a small cove. Fun Stuff. Saw small skirmishes here and there on the way down. Got to the San Juan and it was dead no action on top at all. We bass fished til about 3;30. Driving all night was catching up to us so we put the power poles down in a little cut and took bout a hour nap. Hoping to kill a little time til the evening boils started. The bass were hitting anything and everything. Tons of smallies , no size though, even out deep. Did well for largies in the flooded brush with flukes and Keitechs. We waited around thinking the stripers should get going any minute but it never happened. It might of after we left but I didn't want to wait much longer. It was probably around six at that time. We found plenty of willing schools at the mouth of Escalante on our way back. Big schools were working in and out of the main channel. When we were done with one school or they would sound there was usually another one heading our way or just a short trolling motor trip away. What a way to the end a day.
The next morning we intended on going back to Escalante but never made it. Rincon was alive. After an hour or so and several fish later we set back out for Escalante but got right up to the last bend and hit the mother lode. They weren't slurping , they were full on boils. We smashed em for a couple of hours. It was just craziness. Me and My BIl are pretty good at getting the most out boils. We've been doing it for a while and got a good system. When they're going pretty good it's not about enjoying the moment or the scenery or taking pictures. We have one thing on our mind, load the boat! Get a fish on get in the boat as fast as you can and repeat. I know a bass boat isn't the best for trolling and bait fishing, but when it comes to boil fishing it's absolutely the best rig to have, put the trolling motor on high and get at em. The Fortrex is strong enough to keep up with moving schools and quiet enough it doesn't spook them. When the dust settled my boat was thrashed. There was blood, scales and shad littered all over the deck. We had so many fish I could barely get on plane, good problem to have. Only bad part about the whole thing it was only 10:30. We still had the whole day ahead of us. Oh well. We stopped for a burger and ice cream at Hall's and we were off the lake at 12:00.
They were going strong in the main channel between the Rincon and Escalante. Most of the damage was done on Grubsters and Keitechs. They weren't real boat shy and even willing to hit 4" Big Hammers and Fish Traps even though the shad they were spitting up all over my boat were only 1". That was a great outing and should hold me over for ,I don't know...a week or so . Nows a good time to be out there! Go get you some!


It's On!  Got my boat back from Cali last Monday and was heading to Powell on Friday morning. Reading all the post were killing me and my BIL. We were on the water at 6 Am and headed straight for the Juan. We made a quick stop for some boiling stripers at the Rincon. They were blowing up shad they had cornered in a small cove. Fun Stuff. Saw small skirmishes here and there on the way down. Got to the San Juan and it was dead no action on top at all. We bass fished til about 3;30. Driving all night was catching up to us so we put the power poles down in a little cut and took bout a hour nap. Hoping to kill a little time til the evening boils started.

The bass were hitting anything and everything. Tons of smallies , no size though, even out deep. Did well for largies in the flooded brush with flukes and Keitechs. We waited around thinking the stripers should get going any minute but it never happened. It might of after we left but I didn't want to wait much longer. It was probably around six at that time. We found plenty of willing schools at the mouth of Escalante on our way back. Big schools were working in and out of the main channel. When we were done with one school or they would sound there was usually another one heading our way or just a short trolling motor trip away. What a way to the end a day.


The next morning we intended on going back to Escalante but never made it. Rincon was alive. After an hour or so and several fish later we set back out for Escalante but got right up to the last bend and hit the mother lode. They weren't slurping , they were full on boils. We smashed em for a couple of hours. It was just craziness. Me and My BIl are pretty good at getting the most out boils. We've been doing it for a while and got a good system. When they're going pretty good it's not about enjoying the moment or the scenery or taking pictures. We have one thing on our mind, load the boat! Get a fish on get in the boat as fast as you can and repeat. I know a bass boat isn't the best for trolling and bait fishing, but when it comes to boil fishing it's absolutely the best rig to have, put the trolling motor on high and get at em. The Fortrex is strong enough to keep up with moving schools and quiet enough it doesn't spook them. When the dust settled my boat was thrashed. There was blood, scales and shad littered all over the deck.

We had so many fish I could barely get on plane, good problem to have. Only bad part about the whole thing it was only 10:30. We still had the whole day ahead of us. Oh well. We stopped for a burger and ice cream at Hall's and we were off the lake at 12:00. 

They were going strong in the main channel between the Rincon and Escalante. Most of the damage was done on Grubsters and Keitechs. They weren't real boat shy and even willing to hit 4" Big Hammers and Fish Traps even though the shad they were spitting up all over my boat were only 1". That was a great outing and should hold me over for ,I don't know...a week or so . Nows a good time to be out there! Go get you some!

 

June 27, 2016 - Bass habitat

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BIG BASS LOVE NECKS! A neck is a constriction where everything that passes between two other parts of the lake must funnel through - and that's often fatal to any baitfish that pass through because largemouth bass especially dominate the necks on Lake Powell. They take a heavy toll on anything that passes through their vantage point by camping right on the narrorwest part of the neck from where the largemouth can command the entire area and dominate anything that passes. These big largemouth turn smaller bass away from passing through the neck and keep baitifish from passing back out to get out into the open again. With water on the rise, new necks are forming daily - and the biggest largemouth will occupy and take control of them as soon as they find them. The better the neck, the bigger the bass! -

 

Russ Bassdozer

 

June 25, 2016 - Bass are early risers

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AS THE SUN RISES, THE FISH FALL! We caught and released all the "size-challenged" ‎largemouth and #smallmouth a fella could stand this morning with Corey Kidwell (in photo). With baby threadfin shad schools present, first key was to use a small profile wakebait under 2 inches long to mimic the shad.  Second key was to twitch and pop the wakebait like a popper. If you waked it, you wasted your time.

 

From false dawn, that lasted for two hours. For the third hour, it was necesary to go subsurface using a shallow-running squarebill, still keeping the small shad profile approx 1.5 inches long. For the fourth hour, spinnerbaits at mid-depth - and finished up the morning with weedless jigs bounced right on the bottom before pulling the boat out of the water by 9am for coffee and breakfast.

 

So as the sun climbs higher, the bite descends progressively deeper within the first few hours of each morning this time of year. Follow the fish down with suitable lure depth changes from one hour to the next and you will score more!

 

- Russ Bassdozer

 

June 23,2016 - Bait and slurps - Wahweap

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Hi Wayne, last weekend Wife and I went on lake to find every location stuffed with houseboats side to side. Could not even find a sliver for my boat. Finally came back to Padre area and found a spot for the night and did Wahweap hotel next two nights. Fishing the south lake has never been ideal for me as I know Rock Creek well and try to stay up in that area.

 

 

 

richroberts2We did one day trip to Dam with Anchovies and under the overhanging fence 100 feet up is best spot. 10 feet off wall chum and we had doulbles all day until we got tired and moved out to mouth of dam entrance. Sitting and smiling because we caught a cooler of fat fish, they taunted us next to our boat. I did not want to toss a line to catch as they are smaller guys so I snapped a few pics. Not sure if reader like to see boils, just thought it was fun to catch them so close to a camera.

 

Hope all is well,

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 20:39
 

June 22, 2014 - Stripers Slurp Lakewide

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Our crew returned from sampling shad in the northern lake today.  They made the journey from Good Hope Bay to Wahweap. Their report was as expected.  Stripers are slurping in the main channel from one end of the lake to the other.

 

I found out today that larger stripers have now joined the youngstres in the southern lake.  The size of shad consumed is still small but larger fish are less nervous when the boat approaches.  The fish are staying up long enough to catch more than one fish at each stop.  

 

The only downside is that stripers are consuming an overwhelming number of shad.  So do your part - Go save some shad - eat a striper.

 

June 20, 2016 - Last Chance Stripers on Top

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zacspilker1HI Wayne,

 

Just had another great trip to Lake Powell. See attached pictures

 

We spent most of our time in Last Chance Canyon. We experienced two types of striper boils. The first was the older stripers that were very skinny. I call them ghosts. They would come up and they would hit a top water if you threw it in the right spot. I would hook the first one then hand the pole to my wife. She would keep it on while I tried to get another one. The funny thing was that they were so hungry that  they would try and take the lure out of the mouth of the striper that was hooked. We ended up with two striper on one lure. This happened two times. The second type of boils were the small 1/2lb stripers. They were very spooky. We ran into about 10 boils and only hooked up twice. We used a bladed jig to hook them up. They are very fat and healthy.

 

We also caught small mouth bass all over with drop shot rigs and craws. We found a canyon with submerged cat tails and noticed fish busting the surface on small micro bait near the cat tails. We couldn’t get them to bite, but as we got closer we saw a whole school of largemouth bass. I haven’t seen largemouth school very often but it was very promising to see them thriving.

 

One night we put out a bait for catfish. Set the pole down while we waited for a bite. Half hour later or so we noticed the rode bouncing pretty hard. Before we could get to it the rod almost went over the boat and the line snapped. 12lb test. I stayed up later and ended up catching a 2lb cat, but it was not the monster that got away.

 

We caught 2 walleye, but the second thing I noticed that I haven’t seen in years is that there are quite a few more blue gill in the lake.

 

Things are looking up for Lake Powell.

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:26
 

June 20, 2016 - Warm Creek Wall Stripers

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doepket1Doepke Fishing, Steve & Tom.

Phoenix, AZ


Fished Saturday, 6/18 and Sunday morning, 6/19

Targeting stripers on Warm Creek Wall (MM12)


Doepke boy's from Phx (Steve & Tom) caught 65 stripers at the point on Warm Creek Wall on Saturday, 6/18. Stripers were down 40 - 50 feet and were moving along the wall. We used 8lb mono line with 1/4 oz jig heads. Fish were not line sensitive, when the school was under us we would quickly hookup every rod in the boat until they moved on. The point seemed to be the center of the action.


Sunday morning we found slurps in front of the entrance to Navajo. Not just one slurp, but three or four pods working in different directions. We were able to hookup throwing Yellow Magic surface lures (bone color) on braid. These are mainly smaller stripers that are healthy, fast and fun to catch.

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JUne 19, 2016 - Smallmouth bass in deep water

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Hi Everyone!  Fishing for bass and found most bigger fish in Padre bay, fishing the shaded walls in the morning.  As mentioned in previous reports lots of small smallmouth shallow, but bigger fish found along the old shoreline (approx. 18 feet). Had the fish deeper and slower for the bigger fish.  Found lots of stripers bait fishing first point after the double islands in Navaho canyon. Just couldn’t get a bait in the water without a fish.  Two of us caught about 40 fish apiece before wearing out for the day.  All in all a great trip! Suspect bass fishing will improve for the big fish once the water level stabilizes.

Steve Anderson

 

June 17, 2016 - Slurping Striper pictures

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Here are some neat pictures of slurping stripers on the Bulletin Board.

 

http://www.wayneswords.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=27&func=view&catid=8&id=105127

 

June 17, 2016 - Family fishing in Gunsight/Labyrinth

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Wayne,

 

Here is may report for June 10-17th. We passed you as we headed back to the dock on Friday morning. Wish we weren’t in the houseboat would have loved to stop and chat.

 

Headed out on the Houseboat and found a great spot directly below the Western shelve of Gunsight Butte. After spending a few hours getting the boat anchored and things situated it was time to get a line in the water. Started fishing for some cats off the back of the houseboat with some great success using frozen anchovies. Landed several 1-2 lb and then hooked into a really nice 6-7 lb channel. The kids also had great success off the houseboat fishing the shade for Bluegill. A small grub tipped with a piece of meat was usually the ticket. We did however notice that as the week progressed and the water level increased a foot a day the catfish and bluegill action slowed.

 

In the evenings we headed to the Southern point of Gunsight where we made several passes over the ledges that jut out into the main channel from the South end of Gunsight and only picked up a few Smallmouth. So we made the move across the channel to the mouth of Labyrinth Canyon. On the East side of the mouth there is a shear wall with water depths 350-400’ feet. We trolled West along the wall and at the end the bottom abruptly shallows to 18-25’. Every time we passed over that elevation change we hooked up on either Striper, Walleye or Smallies. The fish were stacked on this point, and it became our go-to spot to take those in our party who weren’t really into fishing, but wanted to experienced Lake Powell fishing. Our best time to troll these spots was dusk and after dark.

 

 

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The next morning we were up early looking for bass on rock-falls in Padre Creek but never really dialed into the small mouth frenzy. The main reason for this was due to our first experience with slurps. As we trolled the shore tossing grubs we spotted the slurps happening in the calm water. We knew they were following small shad so we switched to Maniac Minnows on 1/8oz and 3/16oz jig heads. After spending a couple of opportunities learning how to fish the slurp, it was on.

 

Everything you read about slurps is true. You cannot cast into the slurp like you would a boil. It immediately will put the whole school down. Although we found that if they just went out of sight, a couple more casts into the general area would produce a strike. The best way is to get parallel with the slurp with the trolling motor and then cast across and beyond their path and reel the minnow into their noses as they passed. Using this we had several doubles and triples. I recommend keeping two poles ready and let the caught fish lie in the boat and get another bait into the water asap in hopes of picking up a second hit. The size of the fish in the slurps are not the biggest, but we did find the smaller 15-20” size produced the best fillets. As the wind kicked up in the mid morning and afternoon, it became very difficult to spot the slurps and chase them around. We were very surprised to find several slurps out in the open water of Padre Bay in windy conditions while taking family boat rides.

 

On the way in with the houseboat we spotted Wayne in the main channel fishing slurps in breezy conditions, so our next trip we will be more vigilant to keep looking in the waves.

 

What a great week with family and friends enjoying everything this beautiful lake has to offer.

 

Eric Whitley

Bear River City, Utah

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 June 2016 15:23
 
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