July 29, 2015 - Boils and bait in the south
Stephen here. I just got back to Phoenix after another fun fishing trip on Lake Powell. I went with my father, Rex, and my friend, Marcus. We fished from Sunday July 26 to Tuesday July 28. We launched from Stateline each morning around 5 in our Malibu ski boat turned fish boat with the goal of eventually finding some stripers. Unfortunately, all the good boils were happening up north, so Sunday we chummed on shady cliff walls near West Canyon and came up with several 4-5 lb stripers using spoons and baited hooks.
Monday, we headed straight for Oak Bay after hearing of stripers boiling in this area. Along the way we saw surface action at buoy 36 so we stopped and casted spoons and top water poppers near the disturbances. We hooked up 4 or 5 stripers before the action disappeared. The action was very spread out, and it seemed as if it was every striper for itself. We continued toward the mouth of Oak Canyon and saw surface action immediately. The first two casts resulted in two smallmouth hookups. They were so eager to hit the lures we almost had two smallmouth hooked on one popper but it fell off right when we tried to pull the fish out of the water and into the boat. The surface action continued, but we were always just out of reach to get a close enough cast.
Around 8 the action stopped, so we headed back down lake a few miles and chummed on the cliff wall to the left of the entrance of Forbidding Canyon. We put another 5 good sized stripers in the cooler before the wind picked up and forced us to head back to the ramp. Tuesday we aimed for Oak once more but ran into the same surface action between markers 36 and 37 near the mouth of Dungeon. We immediately hooked up using top water and spoons once again. Stripers would surface for about a minute or two then drop down. The action was also spread out like the day before. Our technique was to wait for a striper to surface then cast beyond the disturbance and reel through which would usually result in a catch. After about an hour we headed to Oak but there was little action so we decided to target smallmouth back in Dungeon using deep diving cranks. We hooked up with a good sized largemouth right away and several more tiny smallmouth off of points and brushy shorelines. We called it a day around 10 and headed back to the ramp.
It was another successful trip, and we are already looking forward to next year. Thanks for the great site and spot on information.
July 27, 2015 - Midlake striper bolis
We just returned from our week at Powell. Parked the house boat in the Rincon area and fished mostly north of there. Boils were found in great numbers from Annie's to about mile 88 in the main channel. We could find them from mid morning till the sun left the water. Stripers would work the shade line till the sun was gone and then they would loose contact with the shad. Individual fish could be seen blasting the surface about anytime but the schools seemed to be done when the sun left.
We did a run down to Dangling rope and Rainbow Bridge and saw a few boils here and there but by far the most were from Annie's North. The big bend North of Annie's always seemed to have some big schools working. Fish were as reported, 12"-24". Almost any top water was working with a Sammy being my best. Also jigs and cast masters. smallies were good when we tried but didn't spend much time trying as most of this trip was about family play time but we did put a bit of a hurt on the Striper population. I think we came home with 50 lbs of fillets even without fishing more than about 3 hours a day.
July 27, 2015 - Good Hope Bay was Best!
Fished Friday and Saturday with my youngest son. Friday we went south to Rincon, pretty slow morning didn't see much of anything until we got to Escalante. Saw some small action in the main channel here and there but nothing that materialized, to boil. We were able to catch quite a few from small skirmishes that we'd spot as we traveled up the escalate as far as Fifty Mile canyon then back to the mouth. Stopped and put a hurting on some smallies that were loaded in the the cove in Rincon. After a chili dog and ice cream from Hall's we were able to double our catch in half the time fishing the buoy field. They were going pretty good, even with the crazy traffic in the middle of the day. Much bigger fish to boot. We finished the day catching a few more across from the Bullfrog ramp.
Was on the water at 6 Saturday and caught several within a stones throw of the ramp. Only thing was they were small. Didn't keep most of em. We left them still boiling in search of better fish. We found them right by the old Bullfrog/Halls bay cut. We chased them around until the the crazies came out to play.
We tried Hall's again and didn't see any boils. After a few minutes I asked my son right, or left? He said right. so we headed up lake. I was a little leary due to the unfavorable reports. Peeked in Moki for minute but the waves were already unmanageable so decided to go for a ride and escape the traffic. Above Knowles it happened, it was only a mini boil but we were able to pull a few fish from it. From Knowles to GHB the main channel was alive. Nothing in GHB or in Knowles but the water between was money. Had a blast, especially watching my son dig fishing. The boils weren't up for a long time but we were able to get in sync with a few of them. We would run to a boil not with the intention of catching a fish out of it first off, because they wouldn't be up long enough. Instead we would get close with the big motor and sneak in with trolling motor, they'd come back up and we'd be waiting for em. when we were successful at determining their direction we'd be on em when they came back up. We were able to harvest many fish this way. Of course sometimes we would guess wrong, creating an even bigger distance between us the next time they would rise. But that's why its so fun.
I filet'd 60 fish saturday. It should/could have been more but between helping helping my son with his fish and giving him first shot most of the times, there were many lost opportunities. I say most of the time, cuz there were a couple times I just couldn't stand it. They would be just out of his range and I new they were going to sound so I let a couple fly.
Had Six Dobyn's rods rigged and ready to go, but only used one. The 733 rigged with a Lunker City Grubster did all the damage. Small enough for the little ones and the big fish eat em too. Tried a Fish Trap early only to be frustrated with short strikers pulling my tails. Could have caught em on spoons but didn't want to mess with trebles.
The north has risen.. wait that's not how it goes is it? Anyway, head north to escape the traffic and catch lot's of fish.
July 27, 2015 - Padre Fishing
Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 14:51
Just wanted to give you a report on our trip this past week of 19-25th. We stayed in Padre Canyon.Striper fishing was good some days and others not so good. We caught 90 percent of them on the main lake points. I was using down riggers at 20' with a shallow shad rap (Rapala's) Colors were shad, perch, and chartruese (clown). Fish were 18-22' long.
We had a few slurps in the same area, but these were only in the 10" range for size, caught on Kastmaster's.Also took time to fish with my nephew off the house boat. We caught lots of bluegill and a few catfish. He also enjoyed coming out on the boat and running the down riggers and reeling in the stripers.
Have a great day
July 25, 2015 - Lake Powell Journey
Report for July 24, 2015
I thought I’d see what it was like to be an EXXON stock holder and ‘Wayne’s Words’ disciple and since I had to deliver some batteries up for a houseboat at Wahweap, I took the new Phoenix 920 along to get more acquainted with it and the Verado 250 motor and my electronics. After arriving at the lake late on Thursday, I got the batteries delivered and set up for an early AM departure next day. I left the houseboat at 4:45 AM Friday morning and decided I’d just start driving to see the lake some and visit with any striper boils should I see such. This Phx boat and Mercury motor combo just purred along easily although loaded down with all my fishing tackle, sleeping stuff, and 60 gallons of gas (just in case since I didn’t really know where my destination was going to be for sure).
After a brief 5 mile detour spent in the San Juan looking for boils, I headed upriver again and encountered my first real activity of boils just after passing the floating bathrooms near the Escalante River mouth. I think this may have been partly due to the water being flatter in this section than almost everywhere else as the wind died down and I might have even slowed down a little here after seeing fish on top regularly. I did stop briefly and throw on 2 quick boils and caught one 4 lb fish out of one of the two groups. I probably should have stuck around here longer as there was definitely more action in this area (buoy 69) than anywhere else I’d seen although the boils were pretty small and random.
I went ahead and moved on up to Halls Crossing marina and did some slow drive bys of the ferry cove as well as the buoy field and then did the same over at Bullfrog before going into gas up at the Bullfrog Marina fuel dock and paying my tribute money for the 23.5 gallons to fill me up. All I ever saw was random 1 or 2 fish on top, not enough to interest me in stopping to check anything out. Of course, I could have arrived on the scene anywhere along the way just after massive boils went down or just passed areas where they then came up, sometimes timing is everything! After almost an hour at the fuel dock having an ice cream and planning the rest of my road (water) trip and watching a guy impressively back in a 45’ king cabin cruiser and then the fuel dock folks finding out that the diesel pump wouldn’t work for him, it seemed like a good time to depart before any sparks flew.
My drive back down the lake was even more uneventful as I left Halls Crossing after 10 and arrived at the mouth of the San Juan after a slow drive by/Pioneer salute at Hole-in-the-Rock. Only single fish rolls on top here and there so I decided to head up the San Juan to the start of the Great Bend (my favorite catching area) and just slow it down to see any boils. The water was definitely not as flat as I’d hoped so I got all the way to my destination, almost to the NE corner of the bay when sure enough, there was a large boil of good sized stripers going at it 100 yards in front of me with a few other smaller groups just beyond that. As I slowed down to coast in my Lowrance Sonic Hub decided it was a good time to malfunction and just started blaring out a bass drum beat-down rhythm that I could not silence nor get the volume down on. By the time I figured out that the main power switch was my only choice to stop the racket, which happened to be 100 yards later, those boiling fish were in no hip hop mood and had all gone down, never to reappear. Lowrance, YOU OWE ME!
Other than cursing Lowrance for the loss of boiling big fish opportunities AND the loss of my music (fish love the right kind of music!) there wasn’t much else to do but toss a line out and see what happened. After moving over to a 15’ hump the catching was on for as many small smallmouth as you’d like to have for your home aquarium. These guys decided they’d take the place of striper boils and they were all over the place. I had to downsize some baits but small jerkbaits and white grubs was what they seemed to like quite well. Every now and then a decent sized smallie would show up and catfish loved a white Berkley ‘GULP” minnow. After an hour+ of this small fish-a-thon I decided to give the Verado motor ‘troll mode’ a try and it works great. I caught a striper in the first 100 yards and decided that was all I needed to know about trolling for that day and went to the many points in the area, starting out in 25’ with a drop shot and Yamamoto grub and sure enough they were out there. That white GULP minnow caught 5 more catfish in addition to smallies and the chartreuse grub also produced my biggest striper of the trip out of 25’. Most of the fish were in 15’ - 25’ but when I beached the boat to get the extra gas cans emptied, I saw several decent sized smallies up in 6” of water. It was somewhat overcast and I think this put them shallow.
After gassing up I headed out going slow enough on the way back to look for boils all the way out of the SJ and down to the Oak Canyon area as earlier reports had mentioned but boat traffic and wind kept the water choppy and I never saw anything resembling a boil, arriving at the Wahweap ramp at 3:30 and then left for home. Long day but beautiful scenery! Over 250 miles on the water and a few fish caught is a great way to spend Pioneer Day but hoping for boil improvement in Aug/Sept.
July 25, 2015 - Boils all Day at the Horn
I heard the good news about strong boils in Striper City (Horn to Buoy 135) so I went there yesterday and found it to be everything that was reported. I set up camp at the Horn and then just looked both ways - toward Hite and toward Good Hope. I was able to see boils in one direction or the other all day long. I could of caught more fish but they were so strong that it took forever to reel in and land. The boils were so intense at times that the fish drove shad against my boat while I was playing a fish. Stripers were strong and fat. Shad were seen by the thousands.
The trip to Striper City was extremely productive. I did not go to Hite but do not think it would be possible to lauch there becuse of debris and muddy water.
July 24, 2015 - Northern Lake Boils
Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 14:53
Fishing Report July 17-22.
I arrived at Bullfrog about Noon on Friday, and Wayne Dorsett or Whaler Wayne as I call him was waiting for me. He got that name from me the year he got their 22ft Boston Whaler he and his wife Kathy Dorsett use it fishing on Lake Powell. But on this trip we just used my 22ft Premier Pontoon with 150hp Honda. It works great as a platform for fishing from my wheelchair. We loaded our gear onto the houseboat and got our fishing poles all rigged up with mostly top water and a couple of spoons.Now I normally use 3 top water rods and one spoon rod, but Wayne puts on at lest 6 top water rods at lest and two spoon rods. So then we headed out that afternoon to see what we could find.
We had heard about boil reports in mid-lake. So we headed south for the Rincon, and found boils there as reported.
Then on the way back we found very good boils from 3pm until almost dark in middle channel from Lake Canyon to Halls Creek. These fish were hitting full size top water lures.
We put about 40 in 165qt cooler that day. I was dead tried by now since as I started my day at 3:30 am driving from Arvada, CO to Bullfrog that day. Very good start of our fishing trip.
Next morning we did not get up early since the boils where going in the afternoon and I needed some sleep.
Found out later that week,we should have got up early.
But we found good boils much of the day as we fished in main channel all the way down to Rincon and back to Bullfrog
Put another 60 in the cooler for the day.
Sunday morning early we started over at Stanton and found good boils there and in the main channel and working south towards Moki. At around 11am the whole area in front of Moki all around buoy 99a you could see boils for as far you could see and we fished until we could put no more into the 165qt cooler at around 3pm. So we went back to clean fish and found out
we had caught 112. Wow this was a very good day of boil fishing. At this rate we would fill up the 7cu ft freezer on front of the houseboat.
It was like someone turn off the light switch on the boils..what happened? We did a lot running from as far south as the Rincon and as far north as Knowles Canyon. We only were able to find about 6 boils that whole day, caught around 27 Stripers. So for the next day we planned to get up before day light and get a very early start.
Tuesday morning.. We found boils right away around Stanton, but by 7am it was over. So we headed north to Moki
area in main channel. We waited there for some time and could not find any Striper boils. So just kept heading north.
We did not find our first boil until we got to Good Hope Bay just as you enter the Bay. This boil only came up twice and
we got two doubles out of it. So stopped there and looked around and waited a bit we could not see anymore, so we kept heading north.
Just as we turn the corner at around 11am, off the point heading into Red Canyon heading towards Castle Butte and the mouth of Blue Notch, Wayne spotted Boils with his binocks up against the shore line just off to the left of Blue notch.There is a very shallow reef runs along that shore line and you have to be careful with your boat. We got closer and we could see that a very large Striper boil was going on the top of the shallow reef and up against the shore line. So it was on again and we started pulling them in as fast we could get a top water lure into the middle of the boiling fish. We fished these boils until around 3pm and had the cooler about 3 quarters full. But we knew we had to run back to Bullfrog so we left them boiling there as we headed back to clean fish. These fish were mostly larger fish so we had another 60 plus day of boil fishing.
We get up before the Sun came up. We headed straight for Red Canyon. We arrived around 7am and see the first boil off the point at the base of Castle Butte heading toward the Great Bend. As we round the point to chase the boil we could see several Striper boils all in the main channel heading north. But these boils were very boat shy we could only get in one cast before they would go down and a second with a 1oz buck tail. But we could just look over and see another boil so on we run over to it and would go get another 2-4 Stripers before they would go down. But later in the day the Striper boils would stay up longer and we could get more cast into them. By 2:30pm our 165qt was full and we could have stuff more into it, but decided it was getting late and we should head back to Bullfrog. Cleaned another 91 that day. We had to pack next morning and head home. I am thinking it is going to be awesome boil fishing up North in August.
Jack Herrin (aka Hotwheels)
July 21, 2015 - Bullfrog Boils
Just got back from another great trip. We arrived late Friday night and had just enough time to set up a camp just across from Bullfrog. It was hard to stay in and set camp up because we heard from a boat that they had boated 40 Stripers in an hour drifting with a boil along the Halls buoy field. This was a unique trip for us, I took my little boy with us for his first Powell trip, he isn't a stranger to the boat but wasn't quite ready for Powell yet. Peter who hadn't been in over a year, along with my brother in law and his boy. So i was talking up the reports and trying to describe what fishing a boil was like, but just kept ending with "wait till we're in one...." They did great and I'm glad we got to put them on some boils.
We were up fishing Saturday morning fishing by 6, caught a couple bass on topwater but didn't see any slurps/boils till about 9:30 in the Stanton area, did see a few boats that looked like they were chasing boils just north of that but couldn't see them pulling anything in with the binoculars. Saw and chased the one quick slurp/boil for a minute but it never came back up. So we headed south and made the beautiful boat ride towards the Rincon. We were waiting and expecting some rain/bad weather but it never arrived till the evening. Arrived in the Rincon, TR pulled up and gave us a heads up of the situation and said hello. Kept fishing a few areas on the southern end of the Rincon till we noticed a boil/slurp in the middle of the bay, started about noon. So we ended up chasing multiple ones for the next 4-5 hours. The fish were a mixed bag of size, it didn't seem like one school was simply one size as wed catch multiple sizes in each boil. They were a mix between slurps and boils, some groups were more picky and some were more aggressive, even had a Striper come up from about ten feet, look at my POP R and turn around? NEVER seen a picky Striper before. They varied in length, some were pretty quick and some stayed up for a few minutes, nothing longer than that. Didn't seem very boat shy either as we dodged plenty of boat traffic being in the middle of the bay there.
The wind finally came and small thunder head rolled in, so we headed back up north and immediately ran into some similar type boils/slurps right on the edge of the Halls buoy field. Fished multiple more along the coves above and below the Ferry site. Wind came up again, so we called it a day. This morning I woke up to Peter yelling in a panic as he reeled in a Striper from the point in our cove camp site, out my tent door i saw our whole cove boiling. Of course by the time we got the boat out and ready they went down the second we were ready to cast. No big deal, we just followed them out of our cove and towards the marina. With all the variables i simply used a POP R (with the front trebles removed, thanks Wayne), it seemed to be really consistent although Peter mostly used our boil rig with the buck tail. They boiled this morning till about 9, guess we should've headed a bit north after, we only went up to the ferry cove again and saw a few more. Our actual landed numbers would've been a lot higher, boil fever and being first timers my brother and nephew missed plenty of hook sets. They just need to come a lot more now!
Another great trip, way too short, just like all Powell trips. Water temp was around 78-79 the couple times i checked, and the weather was amazing! Usually we'er melting during boil trips, but we were very comfortable this time. Thanks for the reports and heads up from everyone. Hopefully the area just keeps getting better. We'll probably be heading back to our true stomping grounds @Good Hope around mid August for a longer trip.
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July 20, 2015 - Sloils San Juan to Escalante
July 5-11 Fishing
Family vacation that included taking the 2 grandkids and son on a 3 day shore camping trip up the lake. I will include the striper part of the trip. After camping in Oak Canyon on Monday night we came out and headed to the mouth of the San Juan. This is where I usually see boils this time of the year. After arriving, we saw no boils so we decided to do some bass fishing. As we came out of the San Juan there were sloils (slurps and boils) everywhere. The fish were very catchable. Once the grandkids got the hang of where to throw the lure (1/2oz Kastmaster, 3 in. swim baits) the fun was on. These fish were sloiling from Oak Canyon to the entrance of the San Juan.
We decided to move the camp up to the San Juan and wait for the late afternoon boils. They did boil but it was very late and the wind made it even harder to see them. These fish were in 3 different size pods (yearling, 2-3 lbs, and bigger). Very easy to catch once found. The next morning Wed we chased a few boils in the entry channel of the San Juan and caught fish. We were on our way up to the Cathedral in the Desert. Once we arrived at the Escalante, once again, there were boils everywhere with different size fish in different schools. We caught smaller fish in the Escalante. That was it for the Escalante as we headed back toward Friendship for our last night. We chased boils all the way back to the entrance of Oak Bay all in the main channel. Wayne it is happening. We left Friendship early on Thursday in hopes of seeing slurps or boils on our way back to Wahweap. We did not see one fish on the way in. Stopped in Warm Creek and graphed with very few fish were on the graph.
My daughter wanted to fish on Friday so at o-dark-thirty we headed through the cut and into Warm Creek. Nothing anywhere. Moved from there to the entrance of Navajo and more of the same, nothing. We continued to Antelope Marina and I started marking fish. I had just read your fish report that morning before we took off. I said let’s troll. Shad rap running 17 to 20 feet. We trolled until the boat traffic began. 7 fish later, all in good shape, we left. These fish were in the 2 to 3 lb. category. The action was at the far end the Antelope launch ramp side of the wakeless area where the water changed depth from 75 to 45 feet. All were caught within 50 yards of the wakeless buoys. Needless to say she was stoked. When I cleaned them 3 of the stripers had crawfish in them.
July 18, 2015 - Slurps Stanton to Moki
Found many quick slurps and small boils from Stanton to Moki over the last few days. Two of us filleted over 200 stripers. Topwater and small spoons worked well.
Night fished one night main channel. Did well with small jigs.
Also found topwater action in the area of the mouth of Knowles. Wind and wakes made it hard to see sometimes, but they were there.
Went north as far as Cedar. Not much debris in water to there but a few surprises. Seemed to be a lot of unsafe boaters out and about but the NPS boats were reminding people it appeared. Did hear one boat moving fast after sunset hit something hard.