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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.



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.

realimagespoon

 

February 9, 2015 - Bullfrog to Trachyte - Mixed Bag

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Sorry, I didn't take any pictures (there was enough filming going on).  We started the day off in Bullfrog Bay spooning for stripers, fishing was not red hot but we caught a handfull in about 40 feet of water.  We found small groups (2-7) fish on the finder and dropped spoons, fishing was fairly good until about 10 am.  We then headed up lake fishing numerous canyons looking for Walleye.  Walleye, Crappie, LMB, and a few Stripers were found in the backs of canyons from Bullfrog to Trachyte.  We fished in less than 30 feet of water, curly tail jigs fished slow on the bottom found the walleye, stripers and LMB.  Crappie were found in the same areas just suspended at 10-15 feet deep.  

For more info and video watch Adam Eakle's Outdoor show on Sat. February 21st

 

February 3, 2015 - Lone Rock Stripers

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qmlrWe watched the full moon set this morning as we launched from Wahweap and headed to Lone Rock.  We really wanted to go uplake but it was 39 degrees and the full moon makes fishing results uncertain.  My plan was to try the Lone Rock fish and see how they responded with an option to head uplake.
We tried the big fish cove from last week with spoons.  No luck. Well I did hook a tumbleweed and when the spoon was being removed from the weed it was obvious that I had just landed my first Lake Powell quagga mussel.  The scrawny little 10-inch stem had about 10 mussels attached. Unfortunately that won’t be the last mussel that gets hooked this year.
We trolled Lone Rock Canyon.  No Luck!  Next we headed to deeper water toward Lone Rock.  The SR7 Shad Rap in black and gray soon had a 14-inch striper attached. A quick glance at the graph showed the following school spread wide under the boat.  Spoons were quickly deployed and fish were rubbing against and licking the spoons but it was hard to get one to stay hooked.  They were really hitting short. We put 5 fish in the boat from this school and lost 5 or more while reeling in. They entertained us for a half hour before silently drifting away.
The key points are that shad numbers are less or feeding is not as effective since only one striper had shad in the stomach.  All the others were empty.
These fish were in deeper water 40-45 feet than last week. Looks like stripers are moving to deeper water.  That could be temporary and will be confirmed next week when moon effect is less.
There is still one school near Lone Rock but it may be hard to find.  Next trip will be to Warm Creek or Navajo Canyon.

We watched the full moon set this morning as we launched from Wahweap and headed to Lone Rock.  We really wanted to go uplake but it was 39 degrees and the full moon makes fishing results uncertain.  My plan was to try the Lone Rock fish and see how they responded with an option to head uplake. 

qmlrWe first tried the big fish cove from last week with spoons.  No luck. Well I did hook a tumbleweed and when the spoon was being removed from the weed it was obvious that I had just landed my first Lake Powell quagga mussel.  The scrawny little 10-inch stem had about 10 mussels attached. Unfortunately that won’t be the last mussel that gets hooked this year. 

We trolled Lone Rock Canyon.  No Luck!  

At 8 AM we headed to deeper water toward Lone Rock.  The SR7 Shad Rap in black and gray soon had a 14-inch striper attached. A quick glance at the graph showed the following school spread wide under the boat.  Spoons were quickly deployed and fish were rubbing against and licking the spoons but it was hard to get one to stay hooked.  They were really hitting short. We put 5 fish in the boat from this school and lost 5 or more while reeling in. They entertained us for a half hour before silently drifting away. By 9 AM catching was over.

The key points are that shad numbers are less or feeding is not as effective since only one striper had shad in the stomach.  All the others were empty. 

These fish were in deeper water (40-45 feet) than last week. Looks like stripers are moving to deeper water.  

That could be temporary and will be confirmed next week when moon effect is less. There is still one school near Lone Rock but it can be hard to find.  

Next trip will be to Warm Creek or Navajo Canyon.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 16:01
 

January 29, 2015 - Navajo Stripers

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I got the boat running after a 2 year hiatus and I am finally back in the swing again. Here is a quick report you can post if you'd like. It's a little gloomy so I would understand if you didn't post it.
On Jan 24, the rascals and I headed up Navajo Canyon to take advantage of the beautiful day and to soak up some vitamin D. We had absolutely hammered the stripers in the stained water during the fog out conditions earlier in the month and we were hoping to duplicate the success. Although the sunny conditions slowed everything down, we were all able to put quite a few fat and sassy fish in the boat. The hot bait for us has been the blue and silver shad rap rs and it was no different on this trip as long as we trolled the bait perfectly over a small 15 ft deep hump, they would hammer it. The stripers are as healthy as they can get. I was peeling a small strip of fat off the back of every filet and man, were they delicious!
On a different note, one pass over the hump, my son Daylon snagged an old chunk of black brush and once he got it in and began to unhook it we noticed something wasn't right. Upon closer inspection we found that it was absolutely infested with Quagga muscles. What a sad sight! We have been noticing them showing up around the marina but to see many hundreds of them on a single small bush in the back of Navajo was a sickening site. It was a valiant effort but it looks like we are now in the days of the Quagga. I guess we can only wait and see what the consequences will be but I can only hope that in the future, my kids kids will be able to enjoy the same fishing experience we had that day and that we've continually had through out their lives.Â
Thanks for all you do Wayne.
Collin Keisling

collinkidI got the boat running after a 2 year hiatus and I am finally back in the swing again. Here is a quick report you can post if you'd like. It's a little gloomy so I would understand if you didn't post it.

On Jan 24, the rascals and I headed up Navajo Canyon to take advantage of the beautiful day and to soak up some vitamin D. We had absolutely hammered the stripers in the stained water during the fog out conditions earlier in the month and we were hoping to duplicate the success. Although the sunny conditions slowed everything down, we were all able to put quite a few fat and sassy fish in the boat. The hot bait for us has been the blue and silver shad rap rs and it was no different on this trip as long as we trolled the bait perfectly over a small 15 ft deep hump, they would hammer it. The stripers are as healthy as they can get. I was peeling a small strip of fat off the back of every filet and man, were they delicious!

On a different note, one pass over the hump, my son Daylon snagged an old chunk of black brush and once he got it in and began to unhook it we noticed something wasn't right. Upon closer inspection we found that it was absolutely infested with Quagga muscles. What a sad sight! We have been noticing them showing up around the marina but to see many hundreds of them on a single small bush in the back of Navajo was a sickening site. It was a valiant effort but it looks like we are now in the days of the Quagga. I guess we can only wait and see what the consequences will be but I can only hope that in the future, my kids kids will be able to enjoy the same fishing experience we had that day and that we've continually had through out their lives.

Thanks for all you do Wayne.

Collin Keisling

 

January 28, 2015 - Lone Rock 14-pound striper

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Hi Wayne,
My son Paul and I went out to Lone Rock Canyon, Wednesday the 28th, to see
if we could catch a few stripers for dinner. We had seen Waynes pictures and
story on Waynes Words, "Anglers Corner", we also saw Ray Youngs article from
a couple of weeks before and thought we'd give it a try. Wayne said to stay
close to the canyon walls, so that is what we did and our first pass thru my
son caught a 2 pound striper. I was getting the boat straightened out to
continue trolling, with a #9 Rapala Shad Rap black and white, when Paul
threw out next to the wall and began trolling. Right away I noticed a pile
of rocks about 10 feet under the water and told him he would probably get
snagged up. Sure enough a few seconds later he said he was snagged so I
started to back up when he said: "wait I think I have a fish". I said no you
probably have the pile of rocks I just saw on the graph. He said no, look
it's moving. Sure enough he had a fish on and a big one! Of course it took
his drag out but he played it gently, loosening the drag even more. Finally
after 6 or 7 minutes he got a look at the fish. He guessed it to be about 8
pounds but it looked bigger than that to me. He got it next to the boat and
I tried to get it in the net but it slipped out, then tried again and was
successful. The fish doubled over hanging out of the net but we got it into
the boat. We looked at the hook and it had barely hooked a thin piece of
skin on his lip! I grabby the camera to take a picture of the hook when it
slipped out of the fishes mouth all on it's own! I can't believe he got it
to the boat hooked like it was, good fishing Paul! I probably would have
lost the fish it were mine! We only caught three fish in 3 hours but it was
definetly worth the trip. Paul caught a 15 pound Strieper when he was 12
years old off of Lake Shore Drive.  We took this fish up to Waynes office
and weighted it on his scale. It  wieghted in at 14.15 pounds and was 34
1/2" long. Even though it was really foggy and cold we wanted to spend some
time together and catch some fish, it turned out to be a great morning of
fishing and hangin' out together. We'll have to try it sgsin nrxt week. Good
fishing to all!
Mike McNabb

paulmcnabb1My son Paul and I went out to Lone Rock Canyon, Wednesday the 28th, to see if we could catch a few stripers for dinner. We had seen Wayne's pictures and story on Waynes Words, "Anglers Corner". We also saw Ray Youngs article from a couple of weeks before and thought we'd give it a try. Wayne said to stay close to the canyon walls, so that is what we did and our first pass through my son caught a 2-pound striper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

paulmcnabb2I was getting the boat straightened out to continue trolling, with a #9 Rapala Shad Rap black and white, when Paul threw out next to the wall and began trolling. Right away I noticed a pile of rocks about 10 feet under the water and told him he would probably get snagged up. Sure enough a few seconds later he said he was snagged so I started to back up when he said: "wait I think I have a fish". I said no you probably have the pile of rocks I just saw on the graph. He said no, look it's moving. Sure enough he had a fish on and a big one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

paulmcnabb3Of course it took his drag out but he played it gently, loosening the drag even more. Finally after 6 or 7 minutes he got a look at the fish. He guessed it to be about 8pounds but it looked bigger than that to me. He got it next to the boat andI tried to get it in the net but it slipped out, then tried again and was successful.

The fish doubled over hanging out of the net but we got it into the boat. We looked at the hook and it had barely hooked a thin piece of skin on his lip! I grabbed the camera to take a picture of the hook when it slipped out of the fishes mouth all on it's own! I can't believe he got it into the boat hooked like it was - good fishing Paul! I probably would have lost the fish it were mine!

 

 

paulmcnabb4We only caught three fish in 3 hours but it was definetly worth the trip. Paul caught a 15-pound Striper when he was 12 years old off of Lake Shore Drive.  We took this fish up to Waynes office and weighed it on his scale. It  weighed in at 14.15 pounds and was 34 and 3/4" long. Even though it was really foggy and cold we wanted to spend some time together and catch some fish, it turned out to be a great morning of fishing and hangin' out together. We'll have to try it again next week.

Good fishing to all!

Mike McNabb

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:10
 

January 20, 2015 - State of the Union

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We went early to Lone Rock because it seems to me that the most dependable fishing happens early in the morning even in the winter. It was really cold at 7:45 and hard to see out while covered by a baclava, beanie, hooded sweatshirt, ski goggles and heavy coat. We got to Lone Rock at 8 AM and I left my gloves on while we trolled in Lone Rock Canyon at a bottom depth of 33 feet. My partner caught the first striper on a black and silver shad rap after trolling for about 3 minutes. My deep thunderstick was ignored. We trolled again and the shad rap scored again. After being drubbed 5 to 0 I took off the gloves, changed to a shad rap and caught a fish. But I was still being drubbed so changed to the Lucky Craft XD100 in ghost. At this point the catching was about equal but I was so far behind I was sure to be out fished for the day.

 

Each time we caught a trolled fish we searched the graph looking for the trailing school without success. After 2 hours of successful trolling it slowed down enough to make us move to a new spot. We trolled over toward Lone Rock Beach without success. But on the way back midway between Lone Rock Beach and Lone Rock Canyon my friend again caught a fish. Grrr!

 

At this point the whole day changed as a trailing school appeared on the graph. We had 14 fish in the cooler after 2.5 hours of fishing. In the next 15 minutes we doubled our catch with spoons under the boat.

 

The stripers are still very fat and healthy. I did not catch the most but I did get the largest fish - a 6 pound striper along with a 5.5 sibling on spoons. It was great day for a cold day in January.

 

At the fish cleaning station it became obvious why the fishing was better today than for the past few weeks. These stripers had found a new school of large threadfin shad. Each striper had 2-5 shad that were as long as 6 inches bulging out of the stomach. 

 

My 6-pound striper was the only fish without shad in the stomach. But her stomach was full of a lobster-sized crayfish. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 19:37
 

January 14, 2015 - Big Striper at Lone Rock

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This will be the year of the Big Fish at Lake Powell.  Ray Young and Dana Andrus trolled near Lone Rock in Wahweap Bay this morning and captured a 12-pound striper.  The big fish was 32 inches long.

Ray was the lucky angler catching his second largest striper at Lake Powell. He caught a 15-pound fish in Navajo Canyon a few years ago. 

This fish hit a Lucky Craft DD Pointer in Ghost color.  The lure was trolled behind a one ounce weight to gain more diving depth. The big fish was hooked near the mouth of Lone Rock Canyon where bottom depth was 30 feet.

Examination of the fish showed it was eating 4 inch fish (not shad) but they were too digested to identify species. 

I read the fish scales and estimated the fish to be 8 years old. 

 

raydana12

 

January 11, 2015 - Southern lake winter trip

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newman1Here is a little trip report from January 4-7.

Launched from a foggy Antelope Point marina early morning on the 4th with temps in the lower 20's.  Mine was the only vehicle in the lot.  Was hoping the NWS was right in their forecast for fog to break up in the afternoons.  Was a chilly drive up to Rainbow Bridge, passing zero boats in the limited visibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

newman2Fortunately the sun came out for an hour or two for the stroll to the Rainbow.

 

 

 

 

Spent a foggy night up in Oak Bay with a light breeze much of the night.  The gallon water jugs were frozen solid the first 30 hours of the trip.  Scrapped plans for the San Juan and backtracked to the head of Rock Creek.  The weather remained cool and foggy for the following days which dwindled my enthusiasm for fishing.  I was skeptical about the fishing conditions with a near full moon, but did land 6 stripers trolling for about 5 hours throughout the daytime at about the 20' depth in 30-50' of water.  They all put up a good fight, much more than the "logs" we pulled in last winter.  My graph is not that great and I didn't fish Rock Creek last winter, but the schools appear more spread out and not as large this winter.  I'm confident a motivated party of two fishers could have filled a cooler with fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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newman4The sun never materialized after that first afternoon and a light breeze kept conditions cool (highs never got above about 35 with lows around 28).

 

Icicles as seen from dock at Rainbow Bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the 4th morning the monkey was off my back and I headed back in, passing an NPS boat and a barge, the only boats I saw this trip.  Back at Antelope Point my truck was still alone in the lot.  The sun has hardly felt so nice as I pulled the truck up past Lechee and returned to sunny, warm Flagstaff where our daytime temps have averaged 10-15 degrees warmer than Page in the last week.

 

 

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Though conditions are much tougher and more serious, winter can be a blast on the lake.  Though I think next time I will wait for a little more sun in the forecast.  It is looking to be a bumper year for fishing on the lake.  Thank you for all you do with the website and for the lake.

 

See you out on the water!

Albert

 

January 7, 2015 - Bullfrog stripers

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mpfog3Just back from a winter trip to Bullfrog. 10 of us arrived on Jan. 2nd to 9" of snow. Two boats launched and fished the Bay that afternoon with some success. Tire chains helped for towing the boat back up the ramp. In the morning they went back out but I did not. The north breeze and fog discouraged me. But the hardy anglers in our group enjoyed decent fishing catching mostly stripers on both spoons and anchovies. The snowmobile suits or similar they were wearing did not seem to slow them down much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mpfog1We all fished the next 2 days. They were dialed in. Our boat struggled but landed a few of the nice sized stripers and walleyes available. Trips up the side canyons worked to escape the breeze and all gave up fish.

 

The air temp never rose out of the 20's according to my thermometers. And it got cold as 10 the first night. We did not see the sun or moon the entire time. And the breeze from the north never stopped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mpfog2We joined anglers fishing the dock at night from houseboats. Catching there was sporadic but the company was good and everyone enjoyed it when a fish was caught. Most of the stripers there and out on the open water were very light biters requiring a hook set. Many spit shad upon netting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mpfog4Interesting to me was that anchovies caught the majority of the fish. I was never able to find any decent schools but fish could be caught out of small schools. The water was around 48 degrees all days. The snow on the work boats, houseboats and roofs of the covered slips never melted even in the "warm" water.

 

Marty Peterson

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 10:51
 
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