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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.

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August 31, 2015 - Boils at Tapestry and Moki

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Friday evening we cruised out of Bullfrog up past Knowles looking for boils. About 7 or so we found a large one near Tapestry Wall. Then a couple more in the larger area after the first school vanished. Ran into no boils in canyons or the main channel on the way up or back.  My brother and his wife in another boat did see several in Good Hope earlier and then more on the way back a little later than us. Including near Tapestry and Moki. Saturday morning from my boat we bait fished in Moki. Caught a few fish. My Brother and others ran into boils south towards Escalante and beyond. Out of boils we only hooked fish on topwater lures. Spooned up only one after boils. My brother in his boat did not try topwater much and caught their fish only on spoons. Some of the fish are strong enough now to break lines or lures if not careful.

 

Marty Peterson

 

August 28, 29015 - Hole in Rock Boils

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Using the cellphone to do an update from the lake.  Sunday,  Monday and Tuesday had great boil action at hole in the rock the last two hours of day light.   Wednesday and Thursday evening no boils, but went deep with spoons and anchovies on lead jigs and caught bigger fish,  many in the 4 pound range.   Going home with a cooler full of vacuum packed frozen fillets,  even gave a lot away.   If you are in the hole in the rock area come help save some shad.
 

August 26, 2015 - More Boils in Rock Creek

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Hi Wayne, We headed out uplake again on Monday with Jim and his son Sam.
There was almost no wind at 5am. When we got to the north side of River Rock
Island we saw the boils going on. Once again they were the smaller stripers.
They were anywhere from 10" to 18" long and caught probably 20+ of them and
missed that many or more. The boils stayed around, up and down, for probably
45 minutes. We followed the group to the north into a cove in the shady
areas. We caught some little smallmouth and largemouth in the boils also.
Once they stopped we went to the honey hole and I started to throw out a
bunch of chum, but first got Sam and his dad set up with anchovies. Before I
could get all the chum out Jim had one on. These stripers were really fat
and healthly. We sat there for about 2 and a half hours and caught about 15
or so. Many of them weighted in at 4 to 4 and a half pounds. Total we caught
about 35 to 40 in 3 or so hours, not bad for a few hours. It was probably
the best outing, as far as numbers go for stripers, this year. I hope the
bigger ones start boiling soon, that will be a blast. As hard as the 4+
pound stripers fight on anchovies we'll have to hold on with both hands for
a while when catching the big stripers. Needless to say we had a great time
catching fish and getting to know one another. Good fishing to all.
Mike McNabb

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 We headed out uplake again on Monday with Jim and his son Sam.There was almost no wind at 5am. When we got to the north side of River Rock Island we saw the boils going on. Once again they were the smaller stripers.They were anywhere from 10" to 18" long and caught probably 20+ of them and missed that many or more. The boils stayed around, up and down, for probably 45 minutes. We followed the group to the north into a cove in the shady areas. We caught some little smallmouth and largemouth in the boils also.

Once they stopped we went to the honey hole and I started to throw out abunch of chum, but first got Sam and his dad set up with anchovies. Before I could get all the chum out Jim had one on. These stripers were really fat and healthly. We sat there for about 2 and a half hours and caught about 15 or so. Many of them weighed in at 4 to 4 and a half pounds. Total we caught about 35 to 40 in 3 or so hours, not bad for a few hours. It was probably the best outing, as far as numbers go for stripers, this year. I hope the bigger ones start boiling soon, that will be a blast. As hard as the 4+pound stripers fight on anchovies we'll have to hold on with both hands for a while when catching the big stripers. Needless to say we had a great time catching fish and getting to know one another.

Good fishing to all.

Mike McNabb

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August 24, 2015 - San Juan Boils slowing down

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We headed down to the San Juan arm on Friday morning, arriving around 10 am. There were still a few fish feeding on the surface but didn't see any major activity and didn't catch any fish on the surface. After making camp we trolled around Cha, Wilson Creek, and up the San Juan a bit from Wilson. We caught a few nice smallies but didn't find the striper. Fishing was very slow in the afternoon for all species.
Around 630 pm we found some highly active fish in Cha. We fished until just before 8, catching about 30 fish in that time period, most were 2-3 pounds but we did catch 2 nice fish that were closer to 5. Surface activity stopped a few minutes before dark.
We woke Saturday to a moderate wind and no surface activity. We trolled a bit with no luck and headed out to Dangling Rope for fuel. Fishing was slow the rest of the afternoon.
About 430 pm, we noticed very active feeding in Cha. These fish turned out to be smallmouth with a few small striper mixed in (we caught 2 small striper and a dozen smallies). The activity continued until about 6 when a front blew in and all surface feeding stopped. Winds were in excess of 25 mph for about an hour then stopped completely, allowing us to fish some more. However, there was no surface activity after the wind, despite several large schools of shad swimming on the surface. We caught quite a few smallmouth and a couple small striper on bucktails and white tube jigs fished near the shad.
On Sunday, Cha was dead; again there were shad everywhere. We drove up the San Juan past the next canyon above Wilson Creek and found a school of striper on the surface but were only able to catch 3 before these fish disappeared. This was between 7-830 am.
On our way out of the SJ we found a small boil at the confluence with the main channel but probably  drove up onto these fish too quickly. We did catch 2, though. It was then close to 9 am and we headed back to Hall's.

We headed down to the San Juan arm on Friday morning, arriving around 10 am. There were still a few fish feeding on the surface but didn't see any major activity and didn't catch any fish on the surface. After making camp we trolled around Cha, Wilson Creek, and up the San Juan a bit from Wilson. We caught a few nice smallies but didn't find the striper. Fishing was very slow in the afternoon for all species.
Around 630 pm we found some highly active fish in Cha. We fished until just before 8, catching about 30 fish in that time period, most were 2-3 pounds but we did catch 2 nice fish that were closer to 5. Surface activity stopped a few minutes before dark.

We woke Saturday to a moderate wind and no surface activity. We trolled a bit with no luck and headed out to Dangling Rope for fuel. Fishing was slow the rest of the afternoon.

About 430 pm, we noticed very active feeding in Cha. These fish turned out to be smallmouth with a few small striper mixed in (we caught 2 small striper and a dozen smallies). The activity continued until about 6 when a front blew in and all surface feeding stopped. Winds were in excess of 25 mph for about an hour then stopped completely, allowing us to fish some more. However, there was no surface activity after the wind, despite several large schools of shad swimming on the surface. We caught quite a few smallmouth and a couple small striper on bucktails and white tube jigs fished near the shad.

On Sunday, Cha was dead; again there were shad everywhere. We drove up the San Juan past the next canyon above Wilson Creek and found a school of striper on the surface but were only able to catch 3 before these fish disappeared. This was between 7-830 am.

On our way out of the SJ we found a small boil at the confluence with the main channel but probably  drove up onto these fish too quickly. We did catch 2, though. It was then close to 9 am and we headed back to Hall's.

 

August 23, 2015 - Sunday Morning Slewout

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Got an anonymous tip I should hang out by the dam buoy line this morning waiting for stripers to show. They did not. As I idled back through the nearby no wake zone (going toward Wahweap), I was getting up on plane again when suddenly they were blasting all around me. I came down off plane and left the motor in neutral. When they moved beyond casting range, I put the engine in gear and idled to them. Actually, they did not move very much. They were boiling insanely for about 20 minutes. Pretty much one main boil with a couple of side boils spinning off and reforming - but all one school. Got 15+ stripers from 12 inches on up. Several were 3 to 4 pounds each. Smaller ones were plumpest; bigger ones leanest…but all pretty healthy. First, caughtt 6-7 skipping a ½ oz spoon on the surface. Next, caught another 6-7 on a chartreuse/white buzzbait. That was fun! They were spitting up at least 3 different sizes of shad ranging from 1-inch to 2.5-inches. When the boil finally went down, I returned to skipping the spoon over individual breaks and caught another 3-4 stripers. At that point, along the channel edges, smallies started doing individual mini boils, mopping up the left-overs after the stripers were gone. Best depth was 25 feet at/near the channel edge. Smallies weren’t keen on the skipping spoon, so I switched to a popper. Key was to first cast the popper out to the channel edge and second (important part) move the boat toward the popper (with the trolling motor now) in a flanking maneuver to herd the bait toward the popper, triggering smallie mini-boils in the vicinity of the popper with the boat. I got 6 smallies (4 midgets, a one-pounder and a two-pounder) working from the back of the no wake zone to the front (dam) end. One about 3 pounds raced after it, blasted it - but missed it. Anywhere there was a danger buoy (submerged hazard on the channel edge) was stacked up with wolf packs of midget smallies - with a couple decent smallies holding under them.
Bass-t Regards,
Russ "Bassdozer" Comeau

Got an anonymous tip I should hang out by the dam buoy line this morning waiting for stripers to show. They did not. As I idled back through the nearby no wake zone (going toward Wahweap), I was getting up on plane again when suddenly they were blasting all around me. I came down off plane and left the motor in neutral. When they moved beyond casting range, I put the engine in gear and idled to them. Actually, they did not move very much. They were boiling insanely for about 20 minutes. Pretty much one main boil with a couple of side boils spinning off and reforming - but all one school.

Got 15+ stripers from 12 inches on up. Several were 3 to 4 pounds each. Smaller ones were plumpest; bigger ones leanest…but all pretty healthy. First, caught 6-7 skipping a ½ oz spoon on the surface. Next, caught another 6-7 on a chartreuse/white buzzbait. That was fun! They were spitting up at least 3 different sizes of shad ranging from 1-inch to 2.5-inches. When the boil finally went down, I returned to skipping the spoon over individual breaks and caught another 3-4 stripers.

At that point, along the channel edges, smallies started doing individual mini boils, mopping up the left-overs after the stripers were gone. Best depth was 25 feet at/near the channel edge. Smallies weren't keen on the skipping spoon, so I switched to a popper. Key was to first cast the popper out to the channel edge and second (important part) move the boat toward the popper (with the trolling motor now) in a flanking maneuver to herd the bait toward the popper, triggering smallie mini-boils in the vicinity of the popper with the boat. I got 6 smallies (4 midgets, a one-pounder and a two-pounder) working from the back of the no wake zone to the front (dam) end. One about 3 pounds raced after it, blasted it - but missed it. Anywhere there was a danger buoy (submerged hazard on the channel edge) was stacked up with wolf packs of midget smallies - with a couple decent smallies holding under them. 
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Bass-t Regards, 
Russ "Bassdozer" Comeau

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 11:48
 

August 21, 2015 - Bait at Dangling Rope

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We got an early start again and headed up to the river rock islands looking for boils but no luck there. Things sure to change fast on this lake, here today gone tomorrow! We headed up to the honey hole above the turn off to Dangling Rope and saw people fishing out in the middle of the channel. I didn't see any boils but as we came closer they said there was a small boil earlier.

 

Danny, the dad was casting a top water lure here and there and caught one. After about 5 minutes or so we headed to the first spot and throw out a half a bag of chum and then went to the other spot kowing it was still in the shade. We chummed there and finally caught one and then another. It was really slow so headed back to the first spot where we had chummed earlier.

 

It worked, we caught 4 in about an hour. We were happy to bring home 6 nice stripers and headed home. We had a fun morning, wished we would have seen a boil or two but that is fishing!

 

It was great getting to  know Ethan and Danny. They are from Durango and Danny says the river is clear now from the spill they had in Silverton, good news.

 

 

Good fishing to all.

 

Mike McNabb

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August 19, 2015 - Boils and bait

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Nicolas Poillot, from France, and I were on the water at 5 AM headed to
Bill's Honey Hole when we got distracted by a huge boil at the south end of
the River Rock Islands at the mouth of Rock Creek. Nicloas was using a top
water lure and sometimes a cast master casting where the splashes were
happeneing and connected almost everytime. He missed several but did land
several more. He said he had never seen anything like this in France, he was
really enjoying himself! Once the boil slowed down to almost nothing, about
10 minutes after the sun hit the water, we took off for the honey hole when
we saw another big boil at the north end of the River Rock Islands. We
followed them around for a while and caught a few more and then headed to
the honey hole. We probably spent 30 or more minutes catching stripers out
of the boil. We caught around 15 in the boils. We finally got to the Honey
Hole and chummed a bunch of anchovies and sat there for about a half hour
and finally caught a couple nice stripers 3 + pounds. The stripers in the
boils ranged from 1# to 3#'s. Then we went to the other spot, chummed and
caught 3 or 4 more on anchovies. We were fishing about 40 feet down. Good
fishing to all.
Mike McNabb

poillot1Nicolas Poillot, from France, and I were on the water at 5 AM headed to Bill's Honey Hole when we got distracted by a huge boil at the south end of the River Rock Islands at the mouth of Rock Creek. Nicloas was using a topwater lure and sometimes a Kastmaster casting where the splashes were happeneing and connected almost every time. He missed several but did land several more. He said he had never seen anything like this in France, he was really enjoying himself!

Once the boil slowed down to almost nothing, about10 minutes after the sun hit the water, we took off for the honey hole when we saw another big boil at the north end of the River Rock Islands. We followed them around for a while and caught a few more and then headed to the honey hole. We probably spent 30 or more minutes catching stripers out of the boil. We caught around 15 in the boils. We finally got to the HoneyHole and chummed a bunch of anchovies and sat there for about a half hour and finally caught a couple nice stripers 3 + pounds. The stripers in the boils ranged from 1# to 3#'s. Then we went to the other spot, chummed and caught 3 or 4 more on anchovies. We were fishing about 40 feet down.

 

Good fishing to all.

Mike McNabb

 

August 17, 2015 - Night Fishing

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Thanks for all the good information from your website!

 

I fished under the lights at Halls Crossing Friday night 13-14 Aug, and thought I would

pass on how it went.  We got away from Blanding a bit later than hoped for, and put the

cruiser in the water right at dark.  A fellow taking his boat out at the same time said he

had fished hard and came away with just one striper, about 2 pounds.  I decided to just

head over and tie off at the marina and fish for a while there.  My daughter tried fishing a

while, and gave up after no bites for an hour or so.  My wife read until she too went to sleep

in the comfortable bedding in the cruiser.  (That has turned out to be a good thing, to have

my family comfortable, even when I am still fishing, looking for the next big one.)  My wife

turned off the light about midnight, and I was just starting to get some bites.  Pretty soon I

hooked the first one, and didn't stop pulling in stripers and cats for a few hours.  The biggest

striper was about 3 pounds, and the smallest only 9 inches or so, but all very fat but one

that was about 25" long and very emaciated and weak.  I kept 3 cats, and ended up with

around 23 stripers.

 

The walleye were taunting me all the time I was catching stripers.  They would swim by

with their greenish eyes reflecting up as they passed, and the closest I could get them to

biting was about 1/2" from the bait or lure.  They would come to check it out and stop, then

go on their way.  I used anchovies, worms, lures, and lures with a bit of worm on the hook,

all to no avail.  Some of the walleye were quite big, over 3 pounds for sure.  They all outsmarted

me.  I think they were so full of all the little shad under the lights that they couldn't bother to

bite anything else.

 

My thoughts:  The fish didn't start biting until midnight, so if you can stay awake until midnight

you may still do well when they are ready.  I tried going deeper to get some bigger stripers, but

had few bites below about 40'.  The smaller stripers are good anyway.  If I had figured out the

trick for the walleye, I might have doubled my catch.

 

Ralph Redd

Blanding UT

 

August 16, 2015 - Bass Doldrums

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Buzzing the Summer Doldrums

Good-looking largemouth like these prime specimens are still easy to catch during the first light of morning. Fishing shallow vegetation is a prerequisite part of the puzzle. Bass hotspots will have fresh, growing aquatic vegetation. With water temps at sunrise in the low eighties already, the bass will hold in the comfortably cooler, more shaded/sun-filtered water a few feet deeper an a few feet further out from these thriving vegetation berms. Outlying bass still have a commanding view of any baitfish (or buzzbaits) moving along the outskirts of the berms, and won't hesitate to streak and strike. A subtle, seductive ‎buzzbait like this purring plastic blade model will tend to outproduce more boisterous #buzzbaits in the calm conditions and listless winds of summer doldrums.

Bass-t Regards,

Russ "Bassdozer" Comeau

 

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August 15, 2015 - Follow Fish Report to Find Fish

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Catching Bonanza - Really Hot Fishing

 

I had the pleasure of hosting my fishing mentor Jim Hamman and his son Aaron at Lake Powell in my boat this week along with Darrin Gray and Dave Keith in Darrin's boat as our delayed north Lake Powell adventure finally took place where we drove up to Bullfrog and stayed in the Defiance House Hotel Wed-Friday night. The drive from Mesa to the hotel took us close to 9 hours with a few stops on the way, going to the edge of Blanding, Utah before turning onto Rd 95 to go to Bullfrog. We took the cutoff Rd #261 on the way home which saved us 45 minutes but it does have a 4 mile switchback off the side of a mountain, not for the faint of heart. The Halls Crossing to Bullfrog ferry was out of commission indefinitely so we didn't try that route to save some more time. We did go down to Ticaboo restaurant one night and found that we liked the food, price, and service better and the hotel rooms were $50 less per night. Ouch!! It is 12 miles from the lake however.

 

The fishing: We arrived mid afternoon on Wed Aug 12, got unloaded into our rooms and then launched and headed up lake to where the boils had been rocking for me in a solo trip almost 2 weeks ago. (At this point there was still no posting of Wayne's Words latest fishing report) I headed directly to the Red Canyon area near Buoy 124 hoping for the kind of boils that had kept me busy for many hours midday previous but it just wasn't going like it had been. We could find a few smaller groups here and there but quite boat shy. We ended up killing several hours spooning smallies on humps and running up to the Horn looking for more boils but the few we saw were small and down quickly. We ended up over in Ticaboo cove where there was definite activity going on and shared the cove with a couple of other boats. We did catch a few stripers but more smallmouth here before buzzing back over to Red Canyon for a last look and then headed in somewhat disappointed. At this point I decided to make the run to the San Juan River come Thursday morning, toxic spill or not, since you can always count on the other fish species cooperating.

 

After getting in and while having dinner at the Defiance Lodge restaurant, we called up Wayne's latest report and we're excited to read the SJ reports of boiling stripers.

 

We headed out early Thursday morning but ran mid 40's to Escalante keeping an eye out for boils and then slowed it down more based on Wayne's report, passing over several boils that looked too small to bother with until we got to Buoy 68 where a good group came up and we spent some time there catching a few.

 

Continuing on to and up the SJ the fish activity continued to increase but based on WW report we didn't stop but headed toward Cha Bay and sure enough as we got closer to the point with the large rocks on the SW side we could see big fish boils 300 yards away. WOWSA! We kept busy here for over 3 hours chasing boils all over a 500 yard circle. Numerous double and triple hook ups. I soon found myself hooking a fish and then sitting on that rod once it was reeled in 70% of the way so I could make another cast and then have to figure out how to handle 2 fish along with the other fish my buddies had on. A great problem to have and most of these fish were the 3-5 lb variety with an occasional smaller size. It also was great not having any other boats than the two of us working these fish although more boats that KNOW what they're doing can be a help! (More on that later)

 

When these fish finally went down and seemed to stay down we headed up to Piute Bay to see if we had any willing TW stripers in that area but never found any sizable groups even after going part way up the Great Bend but we started running into runoff debris from the recent rains so we came back and bass fished till lunch time, working the points in the bay with drop shot and 1/8 oz 4" grubs with much success. Surprisingly the 20-25' deep bite was not nearly as good as the 5-10' range was. Some pretty good smallies caught in here with very steady action.

 

We had to hunt shade for a lunch break as it was as HOT weather wise as was the fishing but the catching was on again soon as we started back in the Cha Canyon area of the morning striper boil-a-thon but with no boils I decided to troll the SW side of the area, hoping to stay in the shade wherever we could. We caught fish regularly doing this although most were smallies as we kept the lures in 30' or less as much as possible. We always caught fish in broken rock/shallow areas but not so much in other areas. After doing this for several hours the thunder and lightening coming our way off Navajo mountain finally sent us heading in earlier than we wanted but we missed the rain and most of the wind. We did stop briefly for a decent boil just before the mouth of the SJ and caught some even in the blowing wind and waves.

 

With Darrin needing a boat part and some oil Friday he stayed in until the store was open and with us knowing where we wanted to be again, as early as possible, we launched before first light and I pushed the new Phoenix 920 pretty hard knowing we weren't stopping until we reached Cha again. The 250 Verado effortlessly pushed us along at mid 60's, with more to go, until we arrived at the battleground 45 mins later although this time the foray was starting a mile closer to the SJ River mouth, up in the channel and not nearly as much in the bay. Once again the fun was on!! More doubles and triples although these fish were more spread out and would not stay up quite as long and the battle ended an hour earlier than the day before.

 

Now my rant; When we arrived on these fish the second day there was an old classic/glass windshield boat sitting next to the boils looking at them. We ran 200 yards past them on the far side before turning around and coming up on the down side. After us catching stripers pretty good for 30 min this other boat of 4 folks decided it was time to troll through the boils but apparently with little success. From our vantage point they then decided they'd make life tough for the stripers or us and just drive around the striper activity area for 30 min about 20 mph to throw off a nice sized wake. What the heck??? If you don't know how to catch these fish, please come ask or just watch or maybe leave. No reason to try and make life tough for others!! Ok rant over...

 

We chased these fish around until 8:30 when the action slowed and then headed off to Piute Wash area looking for more boils but after driving a big slow circle with no boils of much size noted we stopped a few times here and there and caught a few TW smallies before deciding to go back to the Cha area and do some more trolling. This was a good decision! We again worked the shallow SW side catching stripers, smallmouth, along with a largemouth, bluegill, and  walleye in the chunk rock areas, never more than 50 yards between 'fish on'.

 

About the time we said what a problem it would be if boils started again with 3 lures being trolled 50 yards behind us...yeah the boils started again so we reeled in like crazy men and the chase and wait game was on again albeit not all that successful but it gave us the idea to just troll the middle of the channel and it was a consistent/regular bite of 4 lb plus stripers until lunch at noon. These fish were very, very strong and were determined not to be boated but all were.

 

Due to my Fed/Ex phone situation (another story/another day) being misplaced somewhere in Bullfrog (and the oppressive heat wasn't helping at over 100 degrees this day) we just went back in to the hotel after lunch and called it a day so we could find my phone and get rested up for an early departure back home Sat morning.

 

I might have to go back soon, when the weather cools down. I sure love that lake when the fishing is on and this new Phx and the Verado continue to WOW me. That Verado troll feature was helpful to use and ez to set at a 4 mph troll speed. Gotta go acquire some more of those Vixen TW baits too!

 

Sam Sherwood

Mesa, AZ

8/15/15

 
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