Striper

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
Oct. 21st, 2012
 
JD his Dad John, friend Dave and JD’s 10 year old son Seth came out with me today on the Big Pond. Once again, the stripers were the target and they were in the mood to eat when we found just the right spot to drop spoons to them. John had the first fish of the day, a small walleye. Then Seth hooked up to something that almost took him overboard, at least that what he’ll tell you. Seth’s striper tipped the scales at 4.25 pounds and was a great fighter. Jd and Dave and John got into the act and they had multiple double and triple hook ups. We ended the day bass fishing around the Cottonwood cove area and had some topwater action. 2 big stripers took topwaters but both came unbuttoned. Back at the cleaning station, we filleted a cooler full of fish and relived the great day.
Lake Powell Report
Personal Trip
October 5-7, 2012
 
My sister and BIL are in town for my 2 daughter’s birthday party and naturally I took them fishing on the lake to experience the spoon bite. We had a great time taking stripers in Warm Creek and Gunsight Bays.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
September 17, 2012
 
Excellent spoon bite. I guided my former dentist and his wife/ dental partner from Tucson plus 4 others on 9/17 off their houseboat parked in Gunsight. We found the first school 200 yards from the house boat and stayed on it for over 2 hours. They kept me busy with 5 at a time hooked up. No room in the fish cooler after about an hour.  Most of the fish in this pack were of the 1-2 year old size with several 3 pounders to keep everyone happy. This was one of the biggest striper schools I have ever been in. Then that school suddenly disapperaed. We graphed for a while to find them but they must have went the opposite way we were looking. We soon found a different school about a mile away and it was on again, this time there were many fish over 3 pounds and we released most of them because of lack of space. After an excellent meatball sandwich lunch and over an hour filleting fish, we cruised over to the west side of the pass in directly in front of Gunsight point and graphed until we found a smaller school in 50 feet and spooned some more yearlings. Another awesome day on the lake
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
Sept. 9, 2012
 
A very nice Israeli couple, Elihay and Lilah called last minute for a trip. I was happy to show them our beautiful lake. Lilah had never fished before and naturally, she was the first one hooked up to a hard pulling 3 pound striper. I have been on a school of stripers close to Page and they were right where I left them after the last trip. Elihay was and experienced angler and was used to the jigging spoon method we used on the 50′ deep fish. We managed to stay on these fish for over 2 hours and the couple had a great time. When the stripers disappeared as they sometimes do, We went smallmouth fishing with 5″ Yamamoto grubs with success and finished up the day with a active school of smallies from a small island.
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