Lake Powell

A tougher than normal early spring that saw us fishing deep, heavy rigs from the boat gave way to eager and very healthy rainbows in May and June. Double rigs with midges suspended below a small indicator or a single below a dry fly accounted for most of the action.

 Spin fishing was difficult as the fish didn’t seem to want to chase lures.  July is here and our annual cicada hatch has begun.  Cicadas are clumsy in flight and often fall to the water for the fish to attack. I usually consider the fourth of July as the kick off to the cicada fishing at the Ferry. 

The best way to target trout looking for cicadas is on the drift. Casting large dry flies, with or without a beaded midge dropper at tree-lined banks or over expensive flats often elicits violent strikes. 

July flows are higher than June but there is still wadable water to cast dry/ dropper or nymph rigs. 

 Monsoon storms can pop up in the afternoons creating beautiful waterfalls throughout the canyon if we get enough rain. Tight lines everyone.   

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After a long time off the clear blue waters of Lake Powell, I’m back! My boat engine was down for repair all spring but it’s rebuilt and ready to take clients out once again. The striper and bass fishing has been excellent this spring. My first guide trip on the lake was very successful. Dave and Charlie joined me for a full day outing and in the first 10 minutes we had a double hook up; I figured we were in for a day full of bent rods and happy anglers. We fished stripers in 3 spots and each paid off big time. This cooler photo was taken 40 minutes after starting at our first spot. We had a load of laughs and a ton of fun. The smallmouth fishing was good but all were small. The guys ended the day with 2 walleye and a couple of crappie from Navajo Canyon. It’s great being out on Lake Powell again.

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Lake Powell Report
Guide Trips
April 2014
water temp 57-62
lake elevation 3574
 
After a very busy February and March on Lees Ferry, I am finally out on the lake again. April has produced big time for stripers. The fish are averaging 3 pounds with the usual crop of little ones mixed in and the occasional 4+ pounder hooked as well. All the trips I have guided so far have been no farther than Navajo Canyon. I have heard reports of good striper fishing in other areas but the close fishing is working so well, we have spent time fishing instead of boating to the other locales.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trips
Late April- Late June
water temp 77+
lake elevation 3600
 
I have been very busy on the lake this spring, I just haven’t kept up with my reports. The striper fishing this year is the best the southern end of the lake has ever seen. Fly fishing for stripers with sinking lines has been excellent as well. The bass fishing has been fair to good. I haven’t spent much time bass fishing because the striper fishing has been so good. The walleye fishing this spring was very good on single tail grubs fished in shaded broken rock areas. I will get more specific reports and photos posted as time permits.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
April 20-21, 2013
water temp 57-61
lake elevation 3597
 
Norm and his wife Theressa came to Powell from California to do some multi species fishing with me. Norm especially wanted to catch a walleye. Norm is a very experienced angler and brought his own gear. Day 1 saw excellent striper action with and without anchovies. A variety of grubs fished on a 1/4 oz head worked very well for stripers cruising  a shelf in 5-20 feet. I had Theresa on a chartreuse grub and she never changed it up because it just kept catching fish; stripers, smallies, and the first walleye in the boat from steep broken rock with shade. Later in the day, we ran into Navajo Canyon and found more stripers and a few crappie. Day 2 we fished for stripers again without anchovies and did well. I even got into the act with the fly rod before running up lake a bit to Gunsight Canyon. Gunsight fished well with smallies, largemouth and a couple more walleye. We finished the day with Theressa catching a couple more walleye on her trusty chartreuse grub and Norm finally had his on a bottom bouncer/ crawler harness rig.  
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
April 14th, 2013
water temp 54-59
lake elevation 3597
 
The Gross family, brothers Josh, Luke, Matt and Dad Mike spanked the stripers in the buoy 3 area for 2 hours before we left the main channel waves behind and ran up into Navajo Canyon. We fished for bass and walleye briefly before returning to striper fishing. A little chum and it was on again. During our “working” lunch, Josh made a cast, put the rod in the holder at the rear corner of the boat, picked up his sandwich and within a few seconds was rudely interrupted by the drag singing. A few minutes later I slipped the lip gripper into the mouth and hefted the 7.5 pounder aboard. The Navajo stripers were in good condition overall and a little stronger than the channel fish. Great time and great company.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
April 10th, 2013
water temp 51-57
lake elevation 3598
 
Another successful striper outing With the Abbot family. Tom Sr. and Jr. and their wives Alice and Mary Kay fished Wednesday after a strong cold front blew out Monday and Tuesday. The weather was chilly, starting out at 40 degrees at the start of the day. This storm cooled off the surface temp 6 degrees from the Saturday before. The stripers were a little less aggressive but we still caught a good batch of line sides. The biggest fish of the day went 4.5 pounds.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
April 6th, 2013
water temp 57-60
lake elevation 3598
 
The stripers are hungry!! The Lafferty family from Lakeside, AZ fished with me for a second time. With fresh reports of stripers taking anchovies along the main channel walls we headed out with high hopes of big numbers. I’m happy to say we were not disappointed. Within minutes of dropping the first chunk of anchovy on a 1/4 oz jig head, it was on and it was still going when we got off the water at 4PM. Many fish were 4 pounds and all were good fighters. At one point, we were fishing over a 20 deep shelf and we could see dozens of stripers silhouetted against the bottom. Many of these fish took the bait up shallow by the edge of the rock face. What a day, 130+ fish and smiling faces all around.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
March 9th, 2013
water temp 50-54
lake elevation 3600
 
Nice stable weather prior to today’s guide trip on Lake Powell with Evan, TJ and Bob from UT. We fished for smallmouth for the first half of the day. Smoke color Yamamoto Hula grubs and chartreuse single tails were the best choice. Several smallies and 2 walleyes and 1 striper came to hand on the plastics. We trolled the back of Navajo at lunch time with limited success but we did have a few stripers take deep divers while trolling. We went back to bass fishing to end the day with decent luck again on Hula Grubs and single tails around broken rock.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
March 9th, 2013
water temp 47-51
lake elevation 3600
 
After a late winter snow storm on Friday, March 8 PM – March 9th AM, I had my first guide trip on Lake Powell for 2013 on Sunday, March 9th. Kacey, Scott, Ryan and Jed from Roosevelt, UT fished with me for stripers in Navajo Canyon. The storm had cooled off the water a bit since the week before and fishing is generally tough immediately after a cold front and storm. We were able to scratch out a decent day trolling, spooning and fishing a short time with anchovies. The guys caught fish on several crank baits, minnow shaped and shad shaped alike. We spooned a few and sought a few on frozen anchovies in 35 feet. Trolling was the most productive overall. One of the best baits of the day was a giant 6″ Storm minnow diver. Great guys and a beautiful weather. I hope to get up and fish for giant lake trout with them on Flaming Gorge sometime this year.
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