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Lake Powell Fishing Report – by Capt. Bill McBurney 1-19-15

Either fly The lake has very little traffic and you can explore “hunt” the backs of all the coves and canyons.  The chance for a “whopper” has increased.  The catch can be “nil” at times but for me it’s the hunt and the quiet and a lot more wildlife and sight seeing too.

Fly fishing, trolling and structure casting are the few of many approaches with bait fishing starting usually in the spring.  Take advantage of our 10% off early booking for Spring today.  Just mention “spring discount”.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Bill McBurney


Lake Powell Fishing Report Spring Forecast by Capt. Bill

Winter at Lake Powell  Picture by Gale Yellowhair

Winter at Lake Powell
Picture by Gale Yellowhair

Dear Anglers,

Positive feed back from our fishing biologist which is very promising with the abundance of bait fish this Winter.  Whatever style of angling, beginner, semi pro-fly fishermen, bait cast, spin or trolling Spring should provide great angling opportunities.  Our newest boat a 26′ triton that cruises 25knots is rigged for that Spring Lake Powell trip of a lifetime.

Current Winter angling is a 50/50 proposition but offers an experience like no other with little or zero boat traffico n the water (weather permitting of course)

Tight lines,

Capt. Bill


Lake Powell Fishing 12-12-14

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It’s that time of year again for gift giving.  Why not give your angler a gift that will make a memory.  Give them a Gift Certificate for fishing Lake Powell 2015.  Whether fly or spin they will remember this gift forever.  You design on day(s), 1/2 day or full day and they can call and book the dates that work best for them.  We will send you a Holiday Gift Certificate for you to give to that special person(s).

To “thank you” our Customers we are offering a $25 off  for 1/2 day and $50 off full day for any Gift Certificate purchased from September 20, 2014 through December 25, 2014.  All Gift Certficates are non-refundable and you will have 1 year to use from purchase date.

Give your Angler a memory that will last a lifetime Fishing Lake Powell.

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Happy Holidays

Capt. Bill & Judy McBurney


Winter Fishing Lake Powell with Capt. Bill 11-23-14




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Winter 2014 Fly Rod Fishing Lake Powell

Winter fly fishing can be rewarding on Powell but it takes work and perseverance with the patience of finicky trout in shallow water. There is no chumming in the winter and the different water levels of each season make for an interesting hunt to land a striper on a fly. I look forward to the challenge every year for myself as winter provides few clients but the few who do give it a go have a fantastic trip on the pristine lake with no winter traffic to cloud there day. If passing this way and thinking you want to catch little trout on the river ” which is a unique trip in its self ” maybe you should try a salt water experience to satisfy that chance at a quarry that has snapped two of my 7 & 8 wt. fly rods this month alone ! .

Our Black Friday Special?  Check out a discount for Gift Certificates for our Anglers for fishing Lake Powell


Happy Thanksgiving


Capt. Bill


Lake Powell Fishing Report by Wayne Gustavenson 10-29-14

October 29, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3605
Water Temperature 65-69 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
Striped bass annual migration is now almost complete. Fish movement begins in the spring as stripers react to warming water by leaving the backs of the canyons and heading toward the main channel to spawn. Then in summer they pursue forage in open water wherever they can find it whether on the surface or at great depths. As temperature declines in fall stripers move toward the backs of canyons where they will spend the winter with shad schools that descend to 60-90 feet where water temperature is cold but stable. 
Threadfin shad must be in deep water to survive cold winter temperatures that are near their thermal tolerance level. Rapid warming or cooling can be lethal to these warm water forage fish once acclimated to cold water ranging from 45-50 F.

Stripers make one stop before going deep in the winter. At the beginning of October shad were in open water but have recently moved into shallow coves to escape relentless striper predation. Shad hope that they can find shallow water where a three-inch fish can swim but a 3-pound striper cannot without hitting bottom.

This is what we found yesterday as we searched open water for striper schools and then moved to the backs of canyons to find where stripers 
have gone. We looked in Padre Bay canyons and found a few stripers 
left in front of Gunsight Butte. Large schools were found at the beginning of the month but now only one small school was seen. We did catch fish from that school by spooning quickly when the fish were graphed. We stayed over the school long enough to catch a dozen
2-3 pound stripers before the fish departed.

Next we looked for other schools seen previously in deep water from Gregory Butte to Gunsight without finding any fish. Then we went to the backs of canyons to see if shad were trapped in shallow coves. 
Most canyons were fishless while others harbored shad. Shallow shad schools were guarded by stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Once a shallow school was found it was easy to catch husky fish of all species by casting shallow and mid depth crankbaits in 12-15 feet 
of water. When we pulled out further to 30 or 40 feet we found 
striper schools holding waiting for shad to try to escape from the their coves. These schools were more than willing to hit spoons.

The successful lake wide pattern is to find shad schools trapped in the back of short U-shaped canyons near the man channel. Long winding canyons are not usually as productive. Try to stay within casting distance of the shad school but do not scare shad out into open water where the shad will then flee to another sanctuary cove. Work the cove with shad imitating crankbaits for best results. Our best lure was a Lucky Craft Bevy Shad in shad color. Look further out for striper schools that really like spoons right now.

Coves with no trapped shad also had no predators. It is possible to run quickly to the back of many coves before finding the shad school. The school we saw contained thousands of shad and covered perhaps a length of 20 yards of shallow water from the front of the school to the back with a width of 20 feet. Find shad now in the southern lake and fishing success will follow. There are more shad schools in the northern lake so it may be more challenging there. In either case the best catching action is now in the very back of the canyon from a bottom depth of 40 feet to the shallow end of the cove.

This is the last regular fish report of the year. We head out on the lake for the next three weeks to sample with gill nets to document population size and fish health. Updates will be found on throughout the winter.

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From Bureau of Reclamation 10-29-14

October 29, 2014


The DOI Glen Canyon Leadership Team has directed Reclamation to carry out a High Flow Experiment from Glen Canyon Dam November 10-15, 2014.  This notification describes the operations of Glen Canyon Dam in November for the days prior to, during, and after the High Flow Experiment.


Beginning on November 1, 2014, and through November 9, 2014, the releases from Glen Canyon Dam will total approximately 16,736 acre-feet per day.   Hourly and daily average releases from Glen Canyon Dam for November 1-9 will be scheduled through Western Area Power Administration to be consistent with the Glen Canyon Dam Operating Criteria (Federal Register, Volume 62, No. 41, March 3, 1997) and to also achieve, as nearly as is practicable, this daily release volume.  Releases are anticipated to fluctuate between approximately 9,000 cfs during the daytime hours and 6,500 cfs during the nighttime hours of midnight to 5:00 a.m..


During November 10-15, releases from Glen Canyon Dam will be made according to the hourly schedule described in the file attached to this notification.  This schedule will be followed during the High Flow Experiment and shows the average hourly releases from Glen Canyon Dam that should occur during the High Flow Experiment.  Note that the schedule shows power plant capacity releases of approximately 22,500 cfs.  It is understood that the actual plant capacity with seven units running and 40 MW of system regulation may be slightly more or less than this estimate.


During all days of November, including during the High Flow Experiment, 40 MW of system regulation will be maintained at Glen Canyon Dam.  During the High Flow Experiment, the required 27 MW of system reserves will not be maintained by Glen Canyon Dam and will be moved to other CRSP generation facilities.  During the days prior to, and after the High Flow Experiment, the required 27 MW of system reserves will be maintained at Glen Canyon Dam.


After the High Flow Experiment, releases will return to a daily total of approximately 16,736 acre-feet per day.   Beginning November 15, 2014 at 1400 hours, hourly and daily average releases from Glen Canyon Dam will resume being scheduled through Western Area Power Administration to be consistent with the Glen Canyon Dam Operating Criteria (Federal Register, Volume 62, No. 41, March 3, 1997) and to also achieve, as nearly as is practicable, this daily release volume.  Releases are anticipated to fluctuate between approximately 9,000 cfs during the daytime hours and 6,500 cfs during the nighttime hours of midnight to 5:00 a.m.  The scheduled release volume for November 2014 including the High Flow Experiment is approximately 770,000 acre-feet.


The release volume for December is expected to be approximately 865,000 acre-feet with daily fluctuations between approximately 9,500 and 17,500 cfs.  The release volume for January is expected to be about 865,000 acre-feet.  Releases for December and January will be confirmed with a subsequent notification toward the end of November.


This notification supersedes all previously issued notifications and is current until a new notification is issued.  All times identified in this notification and attached schedule are local time (MST).


If there are any concerns or questions regarding these operations, I can be reached at 801-524-3635.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Thank you,

Katrina Grantz


Katrina Grantz

Hydraulic Engineer/Glen Canyon Dam

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation

(801) 524-3635


Lake Powell Fishing Report by Wayne Gusatveson



Photo caption: Brian Myers found bass fishing good for his angling group in Good Hope Bay. Here is a light colored largemouth bass which looks much like a smallmouth bass. These fish species are currently hard to tell apart when they come from murky water. Bass fishing is good now while stripers are being more selective. This is a picture also of the “graph” to illustrate striper feeding.

Lake Powell Fishing Report October 17, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3606

Water Temperature 70-74 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson

My week was spent from the mouth of San Juan to Rincon with a side trip up the Escalante Arm. Striper fishing was tough with no boils seen and only 3 fish caught all week. Bass fishing saved the day. The main channel bass pattern was consistent. At the corners and edges of the channel there are a few shallow slick rock islands protruding from the water. These beautiful rock formations harbored good numbers of smallmouth bass that could be consistently caught casting and trolling with shad colored lipless vibrating lures. It is likely that bass were running shad schools into the shallow bays and trapping them against the rocks where feeding was intense. The rocks guarding the mouth of the San Juan were a good example of the rocky habitat that provides especially good fishing. Fishing in the backs of canyons was slow for stripers but again smallmouth bass were active in 12-25 feet of water in most canyons.

Upon returning there were many fish reports waiting. Fishing has been challenging since full moon but is now slowly improving. The key is to find locations where fish are active and avoid the quiet spots. The best spots this week were on the San Juan Arm from Cha to Neskahi, and the mouth of Rock Creek to Gregory Butte. There were no fresh reports from the northern lake except to say that fishing is improving after full moon. Fishing at Bullfrog was slow with the best spot in Halls Bay.

There is more action in the southern lake. The best plan of attack is to head out early and look for striper splashes as they feed individually and in small groups from Wahweap to Rock Creek. If the surface action continues then stripers can be caught in quick small boils. The real action comes when the school dives and can be found on the graph. Spooning over holding schools at 40-60 feet is the very best fishing technique now to catch big numbers of stripers. Stripers were recently spooned up at the mouth of Rock Creek where small surface disturbances were seen. The school was found where bottom depth was 60 feet. It is really tough to find suspended schools where bottom depth exceeds 100 feet. Look for boils but the best work is done in deep water with spoons. Bucktail jigs, hyper stripers and similar lures that can be fished at various depths in the water column and then retrieved from the bottom to the location favored by suspended fish may be the best technique for catching fish in these challenging high-forage conditions.


 Tips for Graph Use: Those new to using a graph to locate fish commonly turn on the fish ID which shows computer generated fish pictures on the graph. Fishing is not a video game. Actual fish are best seen by using raw data. This can best be tested on cliff walls and at the mouth of canyons. Here the sonar sound bounces of the cliff wall then the bottom before returning to the graph. The fish ID shows these “bounces” as fish when they are not. Learn to use the graph in open water where bottom depth is between 40 and 60 feet. Look for individual fish and schools where the bottom is distinct for best results. Graphing in the main channel only works when the graph is zoomed in to show a selected area. Choose the depth where most fish traces are seen for best results. Fishing is slower than usual but warm days and cool nights are very comfortable. The Lake Powell scenery is even better than ever in these late summer days.


Fishing Report October 8, 2014 with Capt. Bill

Richard Hargis



Fly Fishing 10/8/14 with Richard Hargis from Utah

The days scenario fishing Powell is a 50/50 possibility for Stripers. If you hit the schools on top then two people can bag 10 to 20 fish in and hour fishing conventional. Fly fisherman can cut that equation in half. The fish are fat and strong with 1 1/2 inch fillets for the table. The rest of the day would be looking for small mouth unless where presented with another boil of course the hopefully a few more Stripers.

That’s the first 50% ! the second is hitting a dud on the top water and it’s a day of Small Mouth but it’s a beautiful time to get that fall weather fish with winter around the corner and don’t forget a good day fishing is better that a good day at the office and the catching is the bonus.


Lake Powell Fishing by Wayne Gustaveson 10-8-14

Photo:  Striped bass caught now are as healthy as they have ever been due to a bumper crop of shad.  Stripers are selecting threadfin shad in the main channel and saving gizzard shad next to shore until later in the year.  Fishing is challenging in these high forage conditions but very rewarding when catching these beautiful prime young fish. Lake Powell Fishing Report
October 8, 2014

Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 72-74 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson
October is hunting season.  It’s time to put on the blaze orange sweatshirt, load some weapons and get in the boat.  The weapons should be transported fully loaded because the game appears quickly and then runs off even faster.  If fully ready and very observant there is time to get one shot off before the game slips out of range.  This is not a road hunt but rather a very exciting fishing trip.  The critters being pursued are surface feeding striped bass and smallmouth bass. The weapons are fishing reels fine tuned to cast very far with great accuracy and they are loaded with heavy, long-casting lures that resemble shad.   Yes – Fishing striper boils in the fall is more like hunting than fishing.

Our quarry this morning was found in the same range as reported last week but there were some subtle differences.  Early morning fishing during the full moon is not as productive as it is under dark night skies. We headed out at first light but did not see any surface action until we reached Rock Creek.  Even then the action included only a few stripers jumping here and a couple over there. We eased over to the spots where the last splash was seen. If another fish or two came up they were easy to catch when the boat was in casting range. Stripers in pursuit of shad are single minded and will bite just about anything that wiggles.  But once they dive and start looking for another school they are hard to catch.

For two hours we chased single splashes and rolling turbulent waters which were big stripers feeding just under the surface.  These fish were working individually since shad numbers are high enough to allow stripers this luxury.  Usually the striper school has to surround shad and hold them in place before feeding.  Not now!  Shad are numerous making stripers a bit more challenging to capture.

After 8 AM surface boils began holding more fish and the action persisted a little longer.  We caught stripers at the mouth of Rock Creek by running a circle around the big bay looking for splashes.  Big splashes usually mean stripers are feeding but we also caught smallmouth as they boiled in two locations.

Next we headed down lake to look at Last Chance again. It had been calm and quiet early in the morning but this time through there were more aggressive small boils with an exciting climax of one big boil that stayed up for 5 minutes.  The big boil came up at 10 AM.

That’s a good summary of how to catch stripers now.  They are easy to snare when hitting the surface and hard to find when not on top.  The very best way to catch fish now is to find a school on the graph and drop spoons to catch a lot of fish in a short time.  But the schools holding on the bottom are just as hard to find as the fish boiling on the surface.  Trolling is the last resort as both chasing boils and spooning are more productive.

The best time to fish now is the last few hours in the evening.  The best location is in the main channel from Padre Bay to Trachyte. The best recent report came from the main channel just upstream from the mouth of the San Juan.
All of the stripers caught had threadfin shad in their stomachs.  These shad are open water fish while small gizzard shad are found close to shore. I suspect that stripers are selectively pursuing threadfin shad in open water and will save the gizzard shad in coves and backs of canyons for later in the year.

Fishing in these high forage conditions is more challenging than when stripers are really hungry.  But catching fish now is more rewarding as these fish are in abnormally prime physical condition seldom seen on Lake Powell. Catching 10 stripers now makes a successful trip. Catching 20 or more is like fishing in Shangri-La.   stbduo (1)


Lake Powell Fishing Report September 30, 2014 by Wayne Gustaveson





Caption: Raquel Dibble, Perry UT, displays some very healthy stripers caught this week from boils. Cooler temperatures allow stripers to come to the surface to feed on shad that have been hiding in the warm surface waters. Boil fishing should be good through October.  ht

Lake Powell Fishing Report September 30, 2014 Lake Elevation: 3605 Water Temperature 73-77 F

Just blew the hot water lid off of Lake Powell. The long hot summer kept the surface temperature above 80 degrees until the rainy cold front arrived this past weekend. Now instead of daytime air temperatures reaching 90 degrees the temperature is now a much more comfortable 70 degrees. Morning air temperature is now in the 50s. We put on our coats and headed out at first light this morning. We saw no boils in Warm Creek so we headed uplake. There were no boils at the mouth of Gunsight so we kept driving. This was getting depressing because I was sure the cooler water temperature would allow stripers to attack shad that had been peacefully feeding on the surface. On calm evenings for the past two weeks hundreds of schools of shad could be seen feeding in the open water of the main channel with only an occasional game fish rising up to chase them. It was amazing to see that many shad with no stripers in attendance.

Next we rounded the corner of Gregory Butte trying to decide whether to go to Rock Creek or Last Chance when a school of big stripers attacked a shad school right in front of us. In early September we had been catching stripers smaller than 16 inches on top in the warm surface water. But these fish were different. The first two fish hooked were both over 3 pounds and so strong we could not get them in the boat before the school went down. We just had to play these fish and watch the rest boil while we reeled them in. The school came up quickly 2 more times and we caught more big fish each time they surfaced. The largest striper weighed 4.5 pounds. That was worth the trip but we weren’t done.

We headed into a nearby Last Chance cove and found the yearlings boiling. They were easier to catch and land quickly so we caught another 10 on top. When they went down we followed them with spoons between 40-60 feet and caught more. At 9 AM this action stopped so we headed back down lake. Back at Gregory Butte the big fish boiled in the main channel twice more and we caught 2 out of each boil. Fall fishing has officially arrived. Stripers are boiling from dawn to 10:30 AM. There were reports of more 3-4 pound boiling fish in Rock Creek during the same time that we were catching fish in Last Chance. We caught plenty of smallmouth bass on top water and shallow running cranks that were feeding right with the stripers in the coves. It is likely that random boils continued through the day and then build again during the last hour of daylight. The cooler surface temperature is what the stripers have been waiting for. If planning a trip for boiling stripers now is the time.

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