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 (
) 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.
July 5, 2015 - Easy Like Sunday morning
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 17:13
Topwater continues to produce big Lake Powell bass for the first two hours every morning. Bassdozer released this largemouth that slurped a Lobina Rio Rico bone-color popper in bluegill-infested brush and tumbleweed windrows that ring the lake at this water level. Once the early morning topwater window closes, scraping deep-diving crankbaits off the deep sides of points will produce spirited smallmouth action. Corey Kidwell releases one of many that belted Stike King 6XD (shown) and Bomber Fat Free BD7 extra deep divers. Grinding the bottom and deflecting off any high spots will trigger the resident smallies into full-out feeding flurries.
July 3, 2015 - Sammy doing work
Topwater is the early morning story for smokin' hot Powell bass action. Here are a couple of reasons why the Sammy 115 is my fave Lucky Craft topwater bait; also the Gunfish 115, Sammy 100 and Gunfish 95 in that order. For best action, replace hooks on 115s with #2s. On 100 and 95, add #4s. Lose the Gunfish stock feather tails. Use undressed tail hooks for crisper tail action. These simple hook (and therefore lure action) adjustments will positively catch more and better bass.
June 26, 2015 - Old School rules at daybreak
Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 18:49
Old school ruled this morning as bass, mostly smallmouth sucker-punched a large, dark, Baby Bass color Heddon Super Spook for the first hour of dim light. Also, this chunky largemouth popped a Lucky Craft Sammy 115, proving that the old reliable Spooks and Sammies will still make bass fishing magic at daybreak on the scenic wonderland that is Lake Powell.
June 27, 2015 -Smallmouth at dawn
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 June 2015 07:18
The sooner you can reach good fishing grounds (drive safely), the better you will do. Smallmouth are waiting to ferociously blast topwaters at "false dawn" which is the lightening that precedes the actual rising of the sun by about an hour. Use bigger baits and darker or bolder colors in dim light, and segue to more subtle baits and more reflective colors as the glare of the sun breeches the east. Heddon Super Spook, Super Spook Jr, Livingston Lures Pro Sizzle Jr and Lucky Craft Sammy 100 (shown here) were repeatedly and relentlessly pursued from the very first cast. If anything, Lake Powell smallmouth are getting more aggressive by the day, not letting any topwater get away and jumping high! Rise before the sun and catch some active smallies on top!
Explosive topwater action and Yamamoto Senkos continue to make it worth rising by 3:30 am every morning for nice largemouth like this being released by Corey Kidwell, my next-door neighbor and bass fishing ally. Largemouth and smallmouth today belted the Yellow Magic Magnum popper, ima Roumba wakebait, 5" weighted weedless Yamamoto Senko and 4" weightless wacky-rigged Yamamoto Senko. What a perfect way to greet another glorious day in paradise on Lake Powell!
June 22, 2015, Mountain Sheep Canyon
My wife our baby and I camped in willow creek and fished throughout the Escalante. We saw several slurps early morning but were only able to catch a few fish out of them. We trolled during the day along with some bank fishing and caught stripers, small mouth bass , blue gill and large mouth bass. The fishing really picked up at dusk trolling a 6" red and silver deep running crank bait and casting 3/4 oz silver slab once a fish was hooked. We loaded the boat.
The last day We fished our way south and had good luck in Mountainsheep with stripers and one large walleye , struck out in West but did see a midday slurp at buoy 36.
June 22, 2015- Southern lake fish
I did not know how to post in the anglers corner, so I figured I'd send this past weeks report to you. I was there 3 days up until yesterday and the lake was on fire. Smallmouth bass were large and abundant on shoals, reefs and broken structure. Caught more than I can count on Yamamoto grubs. I also landed a massive black crappie in the back of padre canyon on a Yamamoto grub.
The largemouth were acting interesting. I caught numerous ones under docks with wacky rigged Yamamoto senkos, however, when I went into thick cover, the bass were jumping at something that I couldn't see or find no matter how hard I looked. It reminded me of a stonefly hatch on the snake river, the amount of jumping there was. I threw everything I knew at them and they wouldn't have it. Catfish were the usual. Abundant and ready to take table scraps on sandy beaches and this is the first trip I didn't catch a single Carp while fishing for catfish.
June 21, 2015 - Iceberg walleye and striper
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 19:11
My name is Tanner Smith and I'm from Durango colorado. We were fishing near iceberg canyon on June 18th through June 21st. We did well trolling in the main channel at about 30-50 feet with walleye runners and down riggers. This method produced several decent sized walleye. In the evenings we spent time searching for striper slurps until dark. Yesterday I hooked into a very nice striper jigging a spoon in the main channel at about 25 feet.
June 21, 2014 - Happy Fathers Day!
With daily high temperatures pinning the needle at 100+ degrees, the savvy Lake Powell angler can still fish comfortably in cool 70 degree weather at dawn - and enjoy the best bass fishing of the day. Especially when there's some cloud cover and humidity (to enable aquatic insect bio-activity thereby kindling the food chain), the topwater bite can be mighty exciting for largemouth bass in shallow vegetation and smallmouth off deep points and slick rock high spots that appear out of nowhere barely below the waterline.
High on Bassdozer's top ten list of the best topwater bass fishing lures on the planet today is the ima Skimmer, a Japanese import. Another of the best bass baits in the world is made locally right here in Page, AZ - the Yamamoto Senko.
Both these baits work hand-in-hand because any time a bass misses a topwater, reel in and throw right back at it with a second rod rigged and ready with the Senko. Let it sink out of sight and you will catch that hungry shallow largie or deep-dwelling smallie most every time!
6-21-2015 - Halls and Hansen Stripers
Lucky enough to have spent four evening-night-mornings fishing this last week:
Monday at Halls Creek- one slurp no fish caught. 6 landed nightfishing. No slurps AM.
Tuesday at Hansen- one slurp two fish landed out of it, 29 fish nightfishing, then the gnats got distracting and lights out. 3 more in the morning on anchovies.
Wednesday night and Thurs morn. at home- no fishing at all just working and wishing.
Thursday late at Hansen- one slurp no fish caught but hooked and lost a couple. 15 fish landed at night. 4 more in the morning.
Friday checked out Halls and Hansen again. Crowded. Decided to try Knowles. Arrived about 5:30 to a BOIL. Landed 6 out of it. All Juvenile stripers. These fish were chasing shad completely out of the water into the sky a foot. Continued chasing slurps and a couple more boils right up until dark. There was one time that a skier fell nearly into a boil and did not hardly interrupt the activity. I tried topwater with no takers. All fish taken with Kastmaster or Hopkins spoon. Set up for nightfishing right where we cast to our last slurp. Shad were on the light in minutes. But it was 10:30 or so to the first bite. They hit steady for about an hour and quit. In the morning we found no slurps, but caught a few fish out of single splashes. Filleted 61 at the cleaning station Saturday morn.
For us the fish on the surface would take spoons. At night fluro and circle hook or 1/32 jig. Largest striper about 23 inches. My wife says that we would have boated a few more fish at night but she has trained me to put a piece of anchovy back on her hook for her after I net and then remove the hook from all the fish she catches. But not yet trained me to then get back to my pole and start to lower my bait back into the water quick enough. Because by then she has another one on and will need the net again. So I wasn't doing my part to put fish in the boat. (More fun to watch her enjoy catching fish but should not tell her.)
June 20, 2015 - First Striper
First and foremost, a big Wayne's Words welcome to Cory Kidwell for popping up his first ever lake Powell striper on a big, noisy Yellow Magic Magnum!
Although fishing this morning was preditcably slow (due to no wind, no clouds, high pressure and bright light), we "matched the hatch" by slowing down and soaking Yamamoto 5" Senkos on 1/8 oz 3/0 weighted weedless screw-on hooks flipped into thick cover.
Key was to find good, grassy shore cover that's also "quiet" - meaning not overrun by spawning carp. Those hard-to-find carp-free sanctuaries are not only peaceful but most productive for largemouth like these two that Bassdozer's releasing here.
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