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.
Lees Ferry Report
Personal Trip
Labor Day, 2012
Lees Ferry was on fire today! I didn’t even fish above 3.5 miles above the dock. Steady 8000 CFS and wading all over 3 mile was great with dry/ tungsten beaded dropper on the Sage 4 weight. Spin fished on the drift from 3.5 mile to 2.5 west bank with 3″ salt-free Yamamoto green pumpkin grub on a 1/8 jig head. The rainbows chomped it just like they  a week ago when we were filming with Jarrett Edwards and Roland Martin. Quality fish were eating the grub too. I landed at least 10 fish 14-16 inches in that 1 mile of drift. The light was just right and I saw most of the fish eat the grub. I parked the boat at 2.5 mile and saw a ton of fish in a foot or less and they were rising to midges. Time for the Sage 1 weight SPL . After trying several midge dries, I found they would take a Griffth’s Gnat on 7X. All of these fish were 10″ or smaller. I could see bigger fish but they were too wise for the gnat. I then switched to the trusty dry/ dropper rig and that was the ticket. I tried several of my custom versions of Zebra Midges in size 18. Fish were eating the dropper on nearly every drift. All of these fish were on the 1 weight and were great fighters. Most were 10-13 inches but I wanted some bigger fish. I rigged up a 6 weight Sage rod with a 5 foot sink tip and a black bugger. I stuck a chubby 15 incher on the first swing and proceeded to get bit at least every 3 casts. I worked the bar from top to bottom and landed at least 15 fish on the bugger. Most were bigger than the 1 weight fish. 3 were 15-16 inches. I switched back to the 4 weight, this time with a tungsten beaded brown San Juan Worm as the dropper. The bigger fish really liked the worm and I finished the day with several fish 14-16 inches. The last fish of the day was the prettiest by far. I saw him holding in a small depression just below a rock in the lower part of the flat. I could see the red side and gill plates and he was obviously bigger than the 2 other fish holding in the same depression. After about 10 casts and landing one of the other neighboring fish, I saw him turn and the dry fly took a dive indicating he had the worm. After a few minutes of good battle, I slid him up up on a flat boulder just under water and took his portrait. I can’t tell if he was smiling, but I sure was.
Lake Powell Report
June- August 2012
Topwater and spooning for stripers is the name of the game in the hot part of the summer for me. I’ve taken a few trips on the lake and stayed close to Page. I start out looking for splashes from stripers chasing shad and throw a topwater of some type in the area. Most of these fish have been yearlings and in the 16 inch range but still fun. The bigger fish in the 3-5 pound range are deeper and will usually take a jigging spoon. I keep a close eye on my sonar and when I find a school, I put down the topater and quickly pick up the spoon rod and drop it to the feeding stripers.
Lees Ferry Report
TV Show Production
August 25th, 2012
TV legend fishing and show host got together with fellow show host Jarrett Edwards to join me on Lees Ferry for a day of spin fishing. Jarrett has his own show on World Fishing Network on Dish channel 394 and some Comcast networks and Sportsman Channel called Jarrett Edwards Outdoors. Roland’s show airs on NBC Sports Channel. We had a great time catching the feisty Lees Ferry rainbows using 3″ Yamamoto grubs in green pumpkin color. Yamamoto made a special batch without salt so we could stay within the “no bait” regulation on the Ferry. Using scented or salted plastics is against the regulations and both Roland and Jarrett are sponsored by Yamamoto, thus the need for the special pour. Boy, did the fish love the grub. We fished over flats  and along steep banks with 1/8- 1/4 oz. heads. On the steeper banks, we used a 1/4 oz. marabou jig with a grub for a trailer. Jarrett rigged up with 2 pound flourocarbon and a 7 foot medium light St. Croix rod and Roland used 10 pound braid with a 4 pound flouro leader on the same rod. Jarrett’s wife Rebecca is the consummate pro on the camera and gets all the good shots. This was my second show with Jarrett. We shot a fly fishing show on the Ferry Labor Day 2010 at 8000 CFS and spanked ’em. Jarrett’s show will air during his 5th season, which starts on WFN 9/7/12. UPDATE: this show was on-air starting 10/19 and is rerunning now.
Lees Ferry Report
Guide Trip
July 27th, 2012
Rainbow trout fishing is excellent! Summer means cicadas at the Ferry. These big bugs are a nice change of pace for the trout which normally feed on much smaller aquatic food sources. I have been out many times this Summer and the fishing has been excellent. As of my trip on the 22nd, it looks like the cicada bite might be winding down a bit. The wade fishing was excellent however. Randy and Jeff from Scottsdale fish with me on the 22nd and the wade fishing was very good. Dry/ dropper fishing was very good in riffles and shallow nymphing (4-6 feet) was excellent in the deeper runs just below the rifles. Just before lunch, we did some drifting with long heavy nymphing rigs below the dam. This produced the biggest fish of the day on scuds and worms. After lunch we fished the cicada dries to select banks and drew some nice strikes from several aggressive trout. A great day on the river once again.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trips
June-July, 2012
Lake Powell has a been a bit of a fickle creature recently. Some very good days mixed with some ok days. The stripers are boiling on most days especially very early in the morning. Recent monsoon rains are helping out greatly with cloudy skies in the mornings. This prolongs the boils greatly. On sunny days, the boils are mostly done except in shady areas along high cliffs by 7am. The trolling for walleye remains fairly good with mid-depth crankbaits. Smallmouth are often caught with the walleye off the flooded tree tops. Jig fishing is always a consistient way to put fish in the boat this time of year. Single tail Yamamoto grubs are a favorite. Broken rock, especially with scattered bursh is a good place to find smallmouth and the occasional walleye. The trusty dropshot rig is a go-to method to provide good action from smallmouth.
Lake Powell Report
April -May, 2012
Bass fishing was as good as it gets here on the Big Pond. A dry winter in the Colorado, Green and San Juan drainages led to very stable lake levels in Powell in 2012. This provided excellent angling for smallmouth, largemouth, walleye and crappie. Sight fishing for bass on spawning beds was outstanding since the lake level didn’t really move. Normally, the spawn happens right when the lake level is rising rapidly and the fish are not visible on their beds for more than a couple weeks. A welcome addition to this year’s boated fish are a drastic increase in the catch rate of walleye. These tasty fish are showing up while fishing for smallmouth on rocky structure and trolling for stripers over submerged brush, or targeting them with walleye specific methods like bottom bouncers.
Early in the spring the stripers were found in the submerged brush by trolling or casting shallow running plugs. As the water warmed and their spawn approached, they quit feeding in the day and seemed to be on a night bite. Around the second week of May, they went back on a daytime pattern and could be caught trolling over brush. As of  5/19 there were several “slurps” reported. Slurps are  small pods of stripers, often yearlings, sipping newly hatched shad off or near the surface. These slurps should turn into full fledged violent boils of adult and juvenile fish within 3 weeks or so.

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