About Bill McBurney


Lake Powell Fishing Report 5-22-12

Photo caption: Brian Myers from Colorado took some friends fishing in Good Hope Bay. They found fishing to be great for smallmouth bass. Stripers are spawning this week and only being caught at night. That will change as boils are predicted to begin in June.   Lake Powell Fish Report ­ May 22 2012 Lake Elevation: 3636 Water Temperature 70-75 F By: Wayne Gustaveson   We did a tour of the recent hot spots and found fish holding in the same spots as last week. Read More +

Bill’s Corner 4-22-12

Tips for Fly Rod Fishing at Lake Powell   When trolling for stripers and everything is dialed in like the fish position on the fish finder, wind speed and fish taking the trolled bait, mark that position on the shore line.  Immediately then wind drift back over that area with a fly rod and a full sink line and any shad type fly.  Use a fast retrieve back to the boat.  It is worth several  passes before you resume trolling for the next school of Read More +

Bill’s Corner 4-05-12

  STRIPER FISHING   In the Spring freshwater Stripers will start staging the holding pattern mostly by school size. If your catching 1 to 2 pound class fish in the backs of canyons either fish  deeper or move out the channel then find the cover and try for larger fish. After the larger fish are caught be prepared for the smaller ones to show up again. Captain Bill  

Bill’s Corner March 11, 2012

Joe from Oklahoma asked the questions about boating on Lake Powell at the low water times before runoff:  My advice was to stick to the channel markers and do not crowd points less than two hundred yards.   Venture in slowly to become familiar with your surroundings. State Line Marina is not open yet but the “Cut” has remained open….that’s the good news Tight Lines, Capt. Bill            

Lake Powell Fishing Report March 7, 2012

  Lake Powell Fish Report – March 7, 2012 Lake Elevation: 3635 Water Temperature 49-54 F By: Wayne Gustaveson   Mike Crowther, Page AZ, shows off one of the trophy largemouth bass caught at Lake Powell this spring. This one came from the San Juan Arm. The better news is that there are many of more of these waiting to be caught in the next 3 months. This will be a banner year for big fish. Fishing Report: Lake Powell water temperature still hovers between Read More +

Bill’s Corner 2-26-12- Where are the best stripers right now?

Often I am asked during off seasons where is good fishing right now?  I always try to give my customers since 1979 the best information even if it is not where I am guiding.  A “good guide” should do this. Southwestern AZ Lakes like Havasu and Mohave are good fly an spin opportunities right now between Spring storm fronts for Fly fishing.  Try the south end of Havasu around Havasu Springs with a 7-8 wt rod and 15-20 sink trip 200 grain line with a Read More +

Bill’s Corner 2-13-12- Teasing the Fish on Lake Powell

On Lake Powell (as I learned in Florida) we like to tease our fish!  Recipe?  Bait & Switch  – for fly casters and short throwers: Take one zara spook (large) and remove the hooks, drill a small hole in the mouth and fill with enough water to let the plug still barely float.  Load the lure on a medium spin rod with 4-6 lb fluro line and you can cast this rocket 300+ feet to schools out from the boat.  Stripers will hold and chase your Read More +

Bill’s Corner 2-05-12

[singlepic id=75]Fishing Lake Powell Mad Fish Fly or Spin.  What fish you are catching get really really mad?  Answer? Bass especially smallmouth during the spawn.  It is the best time around April and May when waters hits the magic degree of 60. Present a chartreuse clauser or grub at broken rock structure or submerged tree or bush line and catch  a “mad fish” which will help you to be a “happy angler”. Capt. Bill