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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.



August 25, 2014 - Bullfrog to Horn

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Friday evening my brother and I looked for boils in Forgotten Canyon. We had been told that there were excellent boils there until Thursday when they stopped. Had not restarted by Friday evening. Nor Saturday morning but we left early. Because we wanted an early start we did not try to nightfish. We saw no boils all the way to Ticaboo Canyon.


In Ticaboo we hiked a few miles up looking for Desert Bighorns with no success either. Then off to Four Mile Canyon. Ran into a boil near the Horn. Caught one striper. No other cooperation all evening in the areas between there and Four Mile. Too windy to nightfish comfortably.


Hiked up Four Mile first thing in the morning. No sheep seen. Pleasant hiking. Then left for Bullfrog and spotted no fishable boils all the way back during the 12:30 to 1:30 time frame which we expected anyway. Just had hoped that the glass smooth water would have encouraged boils.


At the ramp talked to anglers that fished boils in Escalante and at the Rincon.  

 

Marty Peterson.

 

August 20, 2014 - San Juan boils

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I got a phone call this morniing from the San Juan. Whaler Wayne and Hotwheels are camped there in a houseboat.  On Monday Whaler Wayne was awakened from his morning nap by a striper boil that came into their bay.  They caught 20 super fat stripers off the back of the houseboat.  Then at dusk yesterday the clouds cleared, lake calmed and stripers boiled. Another 25 fish in the freezer.

The general report is that stripers boil each afternoon with not too much activity during the day.  But numerous shad are easy to see visually and on the graph.  Stripers are feeding throughout the day at depth.  It is easy to spoon up as many as you want or take a nap and wait for boil room service or rest up for the evening boil.  Stripers are 3 pounds and better. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:45
 

August 16, 2014 - Boils and Gizzard shad

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We spent the weekend of the 8th - 12th of Aug on the upper end of the Lake.  Lots of  short boils from Knowles to 7 mile.  We caught small mouth with bombers. 

 

Our catch of the trip was this 22 inch Gizzard

 

 

Shad caught by Jonathan Dearth floating on a knee board with a net!

 

 

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August 11, 2014 - Bullfrog to 4 Mile

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Fished out of Bullfrog this weekend. Our best boil was found in Forgotten Canyon at the end of the left arm. Around 9AM. Also found boils in the area near the mouths of Knowles and Cedar. Saw not one single boil in Good Hope Bay evening or morning. Other anglers reported a good boil near the Horn. Found an evening boil near the mouth of 4 Mile. And a small morning boil also nearby. Water up there still contains sediment and debris.

Night fishing produced only one striper each of two nights, darn wind and darn moon? Fish fillets are a little better than previous trips this summer. Shared boils in Knowles area. Only saw one other boat past GHB.


Topwater lures worked. We did not catch anything with Kastmasters, but had a few hits. A worthwhile weekend.

 

Marty Peterson

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Leonard Iversen

 


Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014 11:29
 

August 6, 2014 - Brief Boil in Navajo

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On Monday, August 4th my dad, brother, nephew, and I arrived at State line about 7:30 am. We were hoping to find boils in the south end, looking for any sign we traveled to Navajo Canyon, to our surprise just about a ¼ mile on the other side of the sand dune we found a boil tucked in the morning shade. We immediately began throwing top water and crank baits ( zarra spooks, rattle traps, and a rico) we managed to catch 18 healthy stripers ( lost several others) in about 40 minutes of fun action. At one point we had a quadruple going on. We fished for another six hours only to boat a few smallmouth. This turned out to be a memorable trip for my brother and nephew who are from Arkansas and have never experienced Lake Powell fishing. The scenery and sometimes the fishing never disappoint!


On Monday, August 4th my dad, brother, nephew, and I arrived at State line about 7:30 am. We were hoping to find boils in the south end, looking for any sign we traveled to Navajo Canyon, to our surprise just about a ¼ mile on the other side of the sand dune we found a boil tucked in the morning shade. We immediately began throwing top water and crank baits ( zarra spooks, rattle traps, and a rico) we managed to catch 18 healthy stripers ( lost several others) in about 40 minutes of fun action. At one point we had a quadruple going on. We fished for another six hours only to boat a few smallmouth. This turned out to be a memorable trip for my brother and nephew who are from Arkansas and have never experienced Lake Powell fishing. The scenery and sometimes the fishing never disappoint!
 

Smallmouth Techniques in summer conditions

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Bluffing Summer Smallmouth

 

By Russ Bassdozer

 

Smallies suspending on deep bluff walls...now that's a great way to light tackle the hottest days of summer. Go grab your lightest spinning rod(s) and try these approaches that have proven to work very well lately. You may not set any size records but you'll more than make up for it in numbers and fun with cliff-hanging bronzebacks.

 

RECOGNIZING A GOOD SPOT

Your boat should be stirring up bitty 1- to 2-inch shad in your wake as you use your trolling motor to maneuver through an area. Very small bass, stripers and sunfish will surface to blast the shad you make vulnerable for a few seconds, almost always on the offshore side or in the wake of your boat. If not, you're not in the right spot. Make a move. When you move your boat slowly, you’ll set off subtle disturbances. With the trolling motor set higher, you’ll kick up more energetic boils. Sometimes when you first pull into a spot, you’ll ignite the entire area for a very brief flurry. As the disturbance you made dies down, so does the action you incited. So be prepared and use your boat like a cowhand’s horse to herd bait and to activate gamefish. Also look for smallmouth to spit up multiple mini-shad as you reel them in. That’s how to recognize you're in a good spot.

 

For this pattern, I have four spinning rods on deck, rigged along the following lines:

 

► Top: Yamamato Shad Shape Worm (watermelon red flake)
Delivery: 1/4 ounce Bassdozer Stand Up Jig
Line: 6 lb. Yamamoto Sugoi fluorocarbon

 

► 2nd: Optimum Victory Tail (ghost shad)
Delivery: 1/2 oz Bassdozer Stand Up Jig
Line: 8 lb. Yamamoto Sugoi fluorocarbon

 

► 3rd: Yamamoto Swimbait (watermelon red flake)
Delivery: 3/8 oz Bassdozer Stand Up Jig
Line: 7 lb. Sunline FC Sniper fluorocarbon

 

► Bottom: Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm (smoke pepper purple flake)
Delivery: Wacky. #1 Gamakatsu Splitshot/Dropshot hook. 1/16 to 3/8 oz sinkers
Line: 5 lb. Yamamoto Sugoi fluorocarbon

 

CRACKS IN THE WALLS

 

Look for the most prominent indentations or little cuts in the cliff walls. These cracks may only be good for a couple casts each. Cast all the way back into the shadowiest part of the crack. With this pattern, you’ll be doing lots of ‘running and gunning’ which cools you off between cracks. If you make 10 crack stops and catch a smallie or two at half of them, you’re doing great. Cracks tend not to have a shelf or ledge beneath them. I typically wacky dropshot at cracks since the falling, squiggling wacky bait has a succulent appeal as it falls toward smallies suspended in mid-water in deep water cracks. Your line will just stop falling which means you have a suspended smallmouth on the line.

 

I keep several sizes of dropshot sinkers in my pocket. This style of sinker can be clipped on the line without a knot. As I get within range, I use the fishfinder and polarized amber sunglasses to assess if there is a fishable bottom below the crack.

 

► If there’s a short protruding ledge or tumbled rocks with a ledge or shelf in 40-50 feet or less, I clip on the 3/8 oz sinker. Being relatively heavier, it’s the one most likely to reach bottom.

 

► If a ledge runs from 10 to 30 feet deep, I clip on a ¼ oz. Such ledges tend to extend 10-20 feet at most from a wall before dropping off again into very deep, unfishable water. Why not stick with the heavier 3/8 ounce here? Because the ¼ ounce dropshot sinker usually catches more fish in 10-30 feet of water. Try it yourself and see if this isn’t true.

 

► If it’s greater than 50 feet deep, I clip on the 1/8 oz sinker to get the slowest lingering fall possible, targeting suspended fish, without intent to ever reach bottom here.

 

DIMPLES

 

These are very small embayments as little as 100 feet wide that depress 100 feet or less into a bluff bank Wherever you detect 10 to 30 feet of water around the entranceway, it may be a hotspot. These areas are big enough to hold numbers of smallmouth, so you could catch a handful. Smallies will loosely aggregate by size in these areas with smaller ones running shallower than those bigger. The slightly larger lures worked toward the 30 foot depths will catch bigger fish than the smaller lures worked up shallower. The ¼ to ½ ounce jigheads work great here when constantly contacting bottom. When you lose contact with the bottom, just stop reeling and let the jig pendulum fall toward you until it reconnects with the bottom. Smallies often engulf the falling jig just an instant before or as soon as it hits bottom. A trick here is not making a full-length cast. You’ll only get snagged immediately and spend the whole day moving the boat to get unstuck.  Only make short casts to the shadowy spots on the ledge bottom and slightly ahead of the boat in the direction you are working. The line stays semi-vertical so it doesn’t drag the jig into as many snags and the boat is right there to unsnag easily without any unnecessary maneuvering. As you pass directly over the stuck jig, right when the line angle changes from ahead to behind the snag, jiggle it and the jig will drop free.

 

If your favorite smallie baits and patterns haven’t working lately, hit the bluffs and give this a try.

 

rbdlures

 

July 22, 2014 - Family fishing in Padre

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Fishing report July 16-22 - Padre Bay, behind Gun Site Butte

 

We wanted to report that we fished exclusively off our parked houseboat with frozen anchovies, cut into 1/3rds and 1/4 pieces on an 18” leader, with a light weight on 12lb line with a #2 octopus hook.  We were on the houseboat for 12 days, but only fished the second half of the trip.

 

My kids did all the fishing, all have fished in the past, when they were little, but none of them remembered fishing.  I was their fishing “'supervisor", I taught them all how to properly tie their hooks, prepare their lines, bait their hooks, and of course safety.  They are now (Maddie 20, Garrett 14, and Tyler 12 years old).  My parents live at Bass Lake, but because of low water conditions and retrofit repairs to the lake’s dam, their boat dock has been out of the water for the past 6 summers and fishing has been poor.

 

My kids fished most days for about 1-2 hours, mostly in the afternoon and early evening before supper.  Activity died off after dark.   We were beginning to come off a full moon, as I didn’t expect to catch much. We released all catches, and all seemed in good health upon their photo and release.

 

We caught a few Large Mouth Bass, the biggest was 12” and just under a pound.  We caught 17 catfish, the largest was estimated at 3-4  pounds, and missed the photo op, as we were preparing the camera, he slid from my daughter’s hand, average was 1.5 pounds, and all looked very healthy.

 

Thank you for running this website, as I go to your website a few times a week, year round.  I live in L.A. and dream of fishing or enjoying Lake Powell all year long. You’ve done an excellent job and I can’t thank you enough.

 

Scott Denton

 

July 29, 2016 - GHB striper boils

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Myself, my sons Matthew and Hunter and my father in law Paul made a trip to

the lake from July 25th to the 28th. We launched at Bullfrog and camped in

Good Hope Bay. As we were setting up camp we saw our first boil. This was to

be the way things would be for the rest of the trip! Good Hope Bay had a boil

going on all times of the day if you were looking for them. We fished boils in

the southern portion of the bay all day Friday. It didn't seem to matter what

you were throwing as long as it was anywhere close to the boil you got hit.

After the boils went down a rattle trap or spoon thrown in the area would pick

up fish.

 

Saturday we slept in till 0900. (We NEVER do that!) We went out into the bay

and found boils again. We fished the boils until it got hot, then went

snorkeling/swimming along the very southern bank of Good Hope Bay. We shot a

LOT of carp with the spear gun and pole spear. Also shot the new Lake Powell

record Gizzard shad if I had bothered to take a picture and fill out the

paperwork.  :)

 

Speaking of Gizzard shad, there were Gizzard Shad "boils" going on all over

Good Hope Bay. It took us a while to figure out why we couldn't get some fish

in boils to hit until we snagged one and realized they were shad, not

stripers. I am assuming they were spawning. Once you knew what to look for it

was easy to distinguish the shad boils from the striper boils. The Stripers

splashed a lot more than the Shad, and in the Shad boils you would see all

kinds of backs and bodies in the boils instead of splashing.

 

Sunday we slept in again then decided to go for a ride up lake just to see

what was going on. We wouldn't make it very far before we would see a boil,

stop and fish it till they went down, then head up lake again. The horn area

had boils going on pretty regular, and the mouth of 4 mile canyon was pretty

much a nonstop boil, along with the main channel from 4 mile to 2 mile canyon.

Boils EVERYWHERE. We ran into TR in 4 mile canyon and he gave my son Matthew

some flies to throw into the boils.  He did the same thing for us last year

when we ran into him down there last August. I am going to owe him a house

payment if he keeps giving us flies like he has! Really a nice guy.  We spent

some time just watching him throw flies into boils. Watching him with a fly

rod is like watching some kind of pure art form. He can cast a fly! Thanks for

the flies TR!

 

The water started to get more stained up lake from 2 mile canyon and we didn't

see many boils past there. We did ride up into Farley and checked out the

launching possibilities. The road down to the lake that we could see looked

pretty good and you could launch a small boat there if you are daring. You do

still have to deal with the very narrow part in the road where you have to get

around the big rock, but it didn't look like it would be too bad. There were a

LOT of tumble weeds blown into the very back of the canyon where the road

meets the water so camping there would be rough.


We then motored into the back of White canyon looking for a shady place to

fillet fish. We drove around the stern end of Battleship rock and found boils

in the bay there. We chased them around for an hour or so until we decided

that we had to get the fish filleted and on ice. The water there was only 32

feet deep with no deep water anywhere close that I could see. I was surprised

the Stripers were staying in the warm water like that.


As we headed back down lake we ran into boils from 2 mile on down, but around

the Horn area they were really coming up. Lots of boils that stayed up for

long enough to really get some fish out of them. We fished there till about

dark and headed back to camp. We saw boils all the way back to camp but didn't

want to fillet fish in the dark so we didn't chase them as much.

 

Over all it was a great trip with the only downside being a houseboat that

pulled up about half a mile from our camp the last night. It was an obvious

party boat that managed to make enough noise to bother us from half a mile

away. And of course they were shooting off fireworks. (I am sure they cleaned

them all up though....ya right.)


The condition of the stripers seemed to get better the farther up lake you

went. In the Good Hope area the stripers caught out of boils were in good

shape, but the ones caught after the boils went down were very skinny. Some of

them in bad enough shape that the fight in killed them. They were dead before

you could get the hook out. We caught about 250 stripers total, and CPR'd

about half of them.  We didn't fish as hard as we usually do. I think if we

had we could have added another couple hundred fish to that total. The smaller

fish were in excellent condition and had great fillets. We only caught about 7

bass total. 6 smallmouth and 1 largemouth, but we didn't fish for them much

either. The striper fishing was so good it was hard to fish for the finicky

bass. :)


If you are headed to the lake soon, the Good Hope area is great fishing right

now!

 

July 25, 2014 - Boils at Horn

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It has been a long 2 years since I have been to the big pond, but today was just like I remembered it 10 years ago with Hot Wheels and crew on the old pontoon boat. Boil fever was intense!!
We left from Halls and found them in the main channel at the HORN mile marker 129. During a brief period there were 5 separate boils we could see from the boat with the largest boil next to the bouy marker. The fish preferred the smaller top water lures, the yozuri would cast a lot further but they seemed to have issues with the larger hooks. We had originally planned to go all the way to check out white, farley and striper city but will have to do that on Friday. We didnt get to the Horn til about 12pm or later, and once the sun came out they boiled all afternoon. Life is so much better when you can fill the cooler with stripers and drink a cold beer to boot.

It has been a long 2 years since I have been to the big pond, but today was just like I remembered it 10 years ago with Hot Wheels and crew on the old pontoon boat. Boil fever was intense!!


We left from Halls and found them in the main channel at the HORN mile marker 129. During a brief period there were 5 separate boils we could see from the boat with the largest boil next to the bouy marker. The fish preferred the smaller top water lures, the yozuri would cast a lot further but they seemed to have issues with the larger hooks. We had originally planned to go all the way to check out white, farley and striper city but will have to do that on Friday. We didn't get to the Horn til about 12pm or later, and once the sun came out they boiled all afternoon. Life is so much better when you can fill the cooler with stripers and drink a cold beer to boot.

 

July 19, 2014 - Bullfrog Boils and Bait

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Returned to Bullfrog on Tuesday evening for more fishing adventure. The fish cooperated.  We found slurps, boils and nightfishing. The hotspot for us was near where the ferry boat is stored (was operating? Friday).  Boils of stripers toward the shallows and slurps deeper. Nightfished till about 11PM each night. First night great, second average, third fantastic for stripers with a little less fillet than those caught from boils. First night 60' deep water with most fish caught 30' or so. Second night 78' deep. Third 50'. All fish around 30' deep or less those nights too. Maybe 35' deep water would have worked even better now that I think about it.  All spots same area.

 

For the best fillets learned that we needed a cooler full of ice for fish caught first and then can use live well in the morning. Fish were tough on our knife blades. Because we have a place we can rest off the water in the afternoon we like to fish the evening, anchor in at night and then up before dawn in the morning preferably chasing boils. Then go to the fish cleaning station and after to the refrigerator and a nap.

 

The "Jumpin Minnow" I think is the name was our best overall lure. Nothing on spoons although we used them when other lures were not working either. Would have struggled without lip grippers and rubber net as opposed to a regular net. There is just something about casting out into a boil, and have a striper grab it before I even start to reel and enjoying the fight all the way back to the boat. So 30 stripers each daily is about what we were catching. And that is just too many to resist putting the longer, skinnier, big boned ones back into the Lake.

 

Marty Peterson

 
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