Lake Powell

Lake Powell Report
Personal Trip
March 3rd, 2013
water temp 48-52
lake elevation 3601
Saturday I launched about 11 for a good spring break in cruise for the boat. Caught 1 nice LM across from Whaweap marina at the end of the day.
Sunday I ran back into Navajo Canyon. I saw 1 other boat that was having good success trolling anchovies with lead core. I tried a 40 foot shelf across from them. There were plenty of fish but I didn’t hook any pulling plugs. I left that area in favor of the dirtier water in the back of the canyon. After a few passes, I began to pick them up on Norman DD22’s, deep thunder sticks. wally divers, and Risto Raps. The DD22 was the most consistent. The biggest fish went 4.75, average was 3.5-4. The warmest water was 52.5, spring is breaking out! Wahweap was 48 degrees at 10:30
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
Sept. 23 & 24, 2012
Another spoon fest. 2 days with the Keller brothers from the LA area fishing 2 “split” days, 4 hours in the morning and another 4 in the evening. Sunday morning, we did very well on small stripers in Gunsight with spoons and a good number on topwater poppers. The bigger fish from a week prior just didn’t eat that day. In the evening, we headed to Warm Creek and it was on for the bigger fish. We drifted north with the wind and stayed on the fish for about a mile. Again spoons were the hot ticket and just before darkness fell a massive boil blew up very near where were fishing. Many of these fish were 3-4 pounders. Excellent end to day 1. Day 2 and we headed straight to Warm Creek again. This time the fish were fussy and we didn’t get many into the boat. After a while, we turned to fishing for small and largemouth with topwaters and caught a few from the flooded brush. The evening session was very productive again. Despite windy conditions, we spooned up many fish from yearling to 4 pounders. I love my job!
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.
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.
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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