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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.

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September 16, 2014 -Boils at Antelope Canyon

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Thanks Wayne for your helpful blog! We used it to help us know how/when/where to fish for stripers, and your info worked great. We caught plenty of fish on 9/14 morning, at mouth of Antelope Canyon, as well as up in the canyon 1/4 mile or so. When we put in at Antelope Point Marina on Saturday evening, there was a huge school of stripers breaking right in the channel. They stayed up for a long time, but were gone by the time we parked and got on our way. We camped in Warm Creek, then drove back to the boat ramp at sunrise, and found stripers boiling all around Antelope Canyon.

 

We caught some smallmouth bass, too, all on Storm plastic shad and Strike King shad crank baits that we bought at Walmart in Page. We didn't see any boils from Warm Creek to the mouth of Antelope Canyon. We were marking a lot of fish in Warm Creek bay at about 30-40 feet on the depthfinder. Thanks again for your helpful advice on your blog! The tip on shallow running lures worked like a charm :)

 

 

 

September 17, 2014 - Boils and Bighorn

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Had an opportunity to fish evenings this weekend. Boils were good in the area out from the mouth of Trachyte: late Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Anglers we camped near told us 2 mile was good Thursday evening but fish were absent Friday. Also that the Trachyte area boiled well on Sunday morning. We saw hardly anything around camp in 4 Mile but were not there while fish boiled up river.
Our search for Desert Bighorns was not as productive. Hiking is good but a little warm still.   Marty Peterson.

Had an opportunity to fish evenings this weekend. Boils were good in the area out from the mouth of Trachyte: late Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Anglers we camped near told us 2 mile was good Thursday evening but fish were absent Friday. Also that the Trachyte area boiled well on Sunday morning. We saw hardly anything around camp in 4 Mile but were not there while fish boiled up river.


Our search for Desert Bighorns was not as productive. Hiking is good but a little warm still.  

Marty Peterson.

 

September 15, 2014 - Last Chance bass and stripers

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It took us a few minutes to mark the first school but when we did, it was game on.
We kept making passes, catching fish trolling, then dropping spoons on the followers, with good success.
Something we did that day was different for me, after a school had left under the boat and we resumed trolling, my daughters boyfriend decided to leave out his spoon,
he was using a brass colored kastmaster with a red insert, he quickly and often caught more than the rest dragging an assortment of shallow running lures.
With 2 lines out, from about 7:30-9:00 we boated over 20 fish, then they disappeared.
We came back the next morning and started trolling with 3 rods out.
The 2 on the outside, running a grappler shad and the famous red Kastmaster, were completely outfished this day by a short running red jointed shad rap, running 50' out in the prop wash.( a tip Mondo gave me a couple years ago)
We caught many doubles and 2 triples and yet only managed to get tangled on 2 occasions.
So we caught close to 40 fish, can't recall what time we started but it was certainly early.
On this day we kept marking schools and catching up to 11:00.
As far as boils, we saw a few, 4-5 fish hitting the surface at times, each time we got in the area and threw spoons and my daughter was using a chartreuse jig head with a Yamamoto single tail, color was white with a silver speckle.
The jig using the Yamamoto grub far out caught the combined efforts of all the spoons, her success only ended after she caught several smallies she sighted in the shallows as we made trolling passes,
the smallies, in the 1-1 1/2 pound range managed to chew off the last Yamamoto tail, other single tails were un effective.
Anyway, we had a great time fishing, caught more than we deserved based on a great tip from a friend.
All stripers were in the 1-1 1/2 pound range as well. I had a little bit larger one to the boat and promptly lost it(in the 2-3lb range.)
We pulled into the back of a small canyon to filet and my daughter wanted to keep trying the jighead.
she hollered to come look and we were treated to a display of constant shad swimming around the boat.
They kept breaking the surface and it looked like rain. No stripers caught here, despite seeing a large school come onto the graph below the shad.(they soon left 

We spent the last few days camped in Kane Wash, Travis was able to get us the much sought after first cove on the right. I had my daughter in from Oklahoma and my nephew came in from SLC for this quick trip.

We set out early Saturday and trolled a couple small Islands just out from camp, no fish caught but several graphed.We quickly headed to the East wall, made a quick trolling pass with no marked fish.

Based on a tip from a super nice guy, we headed over to last chance. Dropped into the 3rd canyon on the right and started trolling, we had out a white and orange rattlin rap and a chrome/black grappler shad.It took us a few minutes to mark the first school but when we did, it was game on.

We kept making passes, catching fish trolling, then dropping spoons on the followers, with good success.
Something we did that day was different for me, after a school had left under the boat and we resumed trolling, my daughters boyfriend decided to leave out his spoon, he was using a brass colored kastmaster with a red insert, he quickly and often caught more than the rest dragging an assortment of shallow running lures.With 2 lines out, from about 7:30-9:00 we boated over 20 fish, then they disappeared.

We came back the next morning and started trolling with 3 rods out. The 2 on the outside, running a grappler shad and the famous red Kastmaster, were completely outfished this day by a short running red jointed shad rap, running 50' out in the prop wash.( a tip Mondo gave me a couple years ago). We caught many doubles and 2 triples and yet only managed to get tangled on 2 occasions.


So we caught close to 40 fish, can't recall what time we started but it was certainly early.
On this day we kept marking schools and catching up to 11:00.


As far as boils, we saw a few, 4-5 fish hitting the surface at times, each time we got in the area and threw spoons and my daughter was using a chartreuse jig head with a Yamamoto single tail, color was white with a silver speckle. 
The jig using the Yamamoto grub far out caught the combined efforts of all the spoons, her success only ended after she caught several smallies she sighted in the shallows as we made trolling passes,
the smallies, in the 1-1 1/2 pound range managed to chew off the last Yamamoto tail, other single tails were un effective.
Anyway, we had a great time fishing, caught more than we deserved based on a great tip from a friend.
All stripers were in the 1-1 1/2 pound range as well. I had a little bit larger one to the boat and promptly lost it(in the 2-3lb range.)


We pulled into the back of a small canyon to filet and my daughter wanted to keep trying the jighead.
she hollered to come look and we were treated to a display of constant shad swimming around the boat.
They kept breaking the surface and it looked like rain. No stripers caught here, despite seeing a large school come onto the graph below the shad.(they soon left)

 

September 13, 2014 - Stripers in Southern lake

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Two friends and I fished the lower lake  this week Thur Fri and Sat. We worked  all the old faithful hot spots Including the dam, 3 mile wall, power plant inlet, mouth of Navajo, etc. looking for stripers. It was very slow fishing. We only saw one very short boil and a few feeble splashes. We tried chumming as well as the recommended lures.Total catch was only two fish.

 

But we will be back

 

September 9, 2014 - Cedar to Fourmile

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Fished North Lake from 9/4 to 9/7. Water temp 75-79. Summer pattern still holding on, that is, if you want to catch fish, start fishing at first light until about 7:30, then again for the last hour of sunlight. SMB, LMB, Stripers feeding (mostly solo) on top during those hours. Targeting is important. Fish are on the Shad, so most Shad imitations worked for us. We had best luck with Lucky Craft Pointer (ghost), 3” Pearl grub, 1/4 horse head jughead (for a little flash) with pearl grub. We had best luck shallow running these lures at feeding fish. Although we were targeting surface feeding fish, none of our arsenal of surface lures worked for us.
Traveled every morning and evening from Cedar to Fourmile in search of surface feeding fish. We did not encounter any groups of feeding Stripers in 8 trips up and back. Singles slurping here and there from Castle Butte to the Horn. Picked up some Stripers target fishing these fish. Beware of fishing too late, especially without GPS. We helped lost boaters get to their camps on two nights. It’s tough to leave surface feeding Stripers at last light.
Caught many nice Bluegill off houseboat dropshotting size 14 hooks with Chena bait. Several nice Catfish caught on pieces of shrimp.  Cal Evans

Fished northern lake from 9/4 to 9/7. Water temp 75-79. Summer pattern still holding on, that is, if you want to catch fish, start fishing at first light until about 7:30, then again for the last hour of sunlight. SMB, LMB, Stripers feeding (mostly solo) on top during those hours. Targeting is important. Fish are on the Shad, so most Shad imitations worked for us. We had best luck with Lucky Craft Pointer (ghost), 3” Pearl grub, 1/4 horse head jighead (for a little flash) with pearl grub. We had best luck shallow running these lures at feeding fish. Although we were targeting surface feeding fish, none of our arsenal of surface lures worked for us.

Traveled every morning and evening from Cedar to Fourmile in search of surface feeding fish. We did not encounter any groups of feeding Stripers in 8 trips up and back. Singles slurping here and there from Castle Butte to the Horn. Picked up some Stripers target fishing these fish. Beware of fishing too late, especially without GPS. We helped lost boaters get to their camps on two nights. It’s tough to leave surface feeding Stripers at last light.


Caught many nice Bluegill off houseboat dropshotting size 14 hooks with Chena bait. Several nice Catfish caught on pieces of shrimp.  Cal Evans

 

September 8, 2014 - GHB bass, stripers and SHAD

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We launched Thursday morning from Halls and headed north. After going all the way up to Striper City and not finding a good camp spot we headed south and ended up just south of Red Canyon. After getting camp set up and sitting out the heat under the shade canopy, we headed out and trolled the easterly shoreline south of Red Canyon. We graphed more shad than I have ever seen. I caught one large LMB on a white fat free shad. Gloria caught a SMB on a Norman Li'l N in a shad color. Both were fat, full of fight and spitting up shad. We saw a few striper splashes but no sustained boils. Friday we headed up to Striper City. We trolled our old stomping grounds south of White Canyon along the easterly shoreline while looking for boils. We graphed even more shad up there than in Good Hope Bay. Managed only one large SMB trolling. We tried fishing grubs along structured shorelines - nothing. No boils. Headed back to camp for lunch. Later that afternoon we fished the cuts south of camp and finally found the missing SMB. Using white, smoke/sparkle or clear with large silver flake 4" grubs we caught a good number of SMB and a couple of LMB. All were chasing shad that had backed up into the cuts. Fish were fat and strong. There were SMB and a few LMB constantly busting shad off the shoreline at camp all day long. Large gizzard shad were splashing all day long. Sitting at camp we did see a number of very brief up and down boils but nothing lasting long enough to get us out of our chairs. Saturday morning we went back early to the cuts looking for SMB but didn't have near the success that we had had the previous day. Tried trolling again with no success at all. Later that afternoon we began to see brief boils across the channel but none lasted long enough for us to run to the boat, launch and get over there. Finally, just to get away from camp we went over to the shaded westerly shoreline and simply drifted in the shade - looking for boils but nothing happened. Heading back towards camp we saw a boil at the mouth of Red Canyon. We ended up with 13 stripers, mostly in the 20" range, all fat and all very strong. We could have caught more if I hadn't had to get one of Gloria's stripers untangled that managed a run between the boat and outboard - more yet if I hadn't been fishing with a large Sammy that a striper had ripped the rear hook off of - I had removed the belly hook. These fish were amazingly strong and simply couldn't be horsed back to and into the boat. Fun.
I don't know how much the bright moon affected the fishing but I can state with certainty that I have never graphed so many shad, especially up in Striper City. What we did catch, of all species, were full of shad.

We launched Thursday morning from Halls and headed north. After going all the way up to Striper City and not finding a good camp spot we headed south and ended up just south of Red Canyon. After getting camp set up and sitting out the heat under the shade canopy, we headed out and trolled the easterly shoreline south of Red Canyon. We graphed more shad than I have ever seen. I caught one large LMB on a white fat free shad. Gloria caught a SMB on a Norman Li'l N in a shad color. Both were fat, full of fight and spitting up shad. We saw a few striper splashes but no sustained boils.

Friday we headed up to Striper City. We trolled our old stomping grounds south of White Canyon along the easterly shoreline while looking for boils. We graphed even more shad up there than in Good Hope Bay. Managed only one large SMB trolling. We tried fishing grubs along structured shorelines - nothing. No boils. Headed back to camp for lunch.

Later that afternoon we fished the cuts south of camp and finally found the missing SMB. Using white, smoke/sparkle or clear with large silver flake 4" grubs we caught a good number of SMB and a couple of LMB. All were chasing shad that had backed up into the cuts. Fish were fat and strong. There were SMB and a few LMB constantly busting shad off the shoreline at camp all day long. Large gizzard shad were splashing all day long.

Sitting at camp we did see a number of very brief up and down boils but nothing lasting long enough to get us out of our chairs. Saturday morning we went back early to the cuts looking for SMB but didn't have near the success that we had had the previous day. Tried trolling again with no success at all. Later that afternoon we began to see brief boils across the channel but none lasted long enough for us to run to the boat, launch and get over there.

Finally, just to get away from camp we went over to the shaded westerly shoreline and simply drifted in the shade - looking for boils but nothing happened. Heading back towards camp we saw a boil at the mouth of Red Canyon. We ended up with 13 stripers, mostly in the 20" range, all fat and all very strong. We could have caught more if I hadn't had to get one of Gloria's stripers untangled that managed a run between the boat and outboard - more yet if I hadn't been fishing with a large Sammy that a striper had ripped the rear hook off of - I had removed the belly hook. These fish were amazingly strong and simply couldn't be horsed back to and into the boat. Fun.


I don't know how much the bright moon affected the fishing but I can state with certainty that I have never graphed so many shad, especially up in Striper City. What we did catch, of all species, were full of shad.

 

September 1, 2014 - Moki

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Hi Wayne.


pappasLove you site.Camped out of Stanton with my son Logan 13 and my nephew Alex 12 years of age.We had a boat with engine trouble so we didn't venture past Moki Canyon.Our last trip was our first time getting into the slurps and we pulled in 60 healthy stripers in late june. So.So the kids and i were hoping that the boils were still around from the report i  think 2 weeks ago.Anyway we fished hard for those three days.We were searching hard early and late in the day and didn't see one boil or slurp. We also fished really hard all the broken rocky shoreline from Stanton up to Moki without getting many small-mouth at all. And threw every lure in the book from the shoreline to about 20' deep.


We did graph some schools just beyond making a left at the Y not to far past the entrance to Moki Canyon and we spooned up 4 really nice healthy stripers averaging 3 pound with Kastmasters. But that was it. And the small-mouth count was 10 from hitting the shoreline.All in all a great trip even though the fish count wasn't that high.The kids had tremendous amount of patience and they fished really well and the weather was perfect.I will send you also  an awesome picture of the kids in Moki holding up the stripers.


Thanks Wayne.

Brian Pappas

Silverthorne Colorado

 

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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