Category Archives: Capt Bill’s Fishing Tips

Lake Powell Spring Fishing recommendations by Capt. Bill

Fishing Lake Powell 2021 – Capt. Bill McBurney With low water expectations on Lake Powell this year, we will no longer have our “cut” to use for sometime.  This will increase our travel time to get “on fish”.  For anyone wanting a 1/2 day trip, I highly recommend 5 hours instead which is a new rate of $575.00 for 1-2 anglers, to have travel time included. This year one of our rides up Lake Powell will be on a 4 Stroke Center Console Polar Boat Read More +

Why use a Fishing Guide?

There is an adage in the world of fishing; “Fish where the fish are.” Finding big fish in Lake Powell, Arizona, with more than 27 million acre-feet of water to explore, is a big challenge even for an experienced angler.

Lake Powell Fishing Report February 15, 2020

  High points – Low points to Pre-Spring Fishing on Powell   It’s all about the water temps, the moon phase, your approach and then the secret “luck of the draw”. For us locals and guides that finally get to fish “without customers” is the warming of a few consecutive nights and days by as little as a few degrees.  It doesn’t matter if your bait drop shotting, anchovies at a 100′, trolling, jigging or even fly fishing the shallows where stripers will run in Read More +

Lake Powell Fishing September 15, 2019 Capt. Bill

September 2019 Lake Powell Fishing Right now as water temperatures are slowly dropping on the south end of Lake Powell. To sum it up briefly, one day we have a fair bite and the next day nothing! So what is happening? The top layer (first few feet) of water has dropped from the summer 80’s to around 74 degrees. The fish are only active at very specific times to the day as to feeding and will improve as temps decline further. My summary for October Read More +

Spring Fishing Lake Powell 2019

Fishing Thoughts~Spring Lake Powell by Capt. Bill Every beginning starts about the same at Lake Powell but there are variables. This year we have a huge carry over of 2 dominate bait fish being thread fin and gizzard shad. The north end will produce more threadfin and the south more gizzard and some threadfin. How do you like to catch them? If fly fishing May & June in the back of canyons I recommend in the the south half and sometimes in early July for Read More +

Lake Powell Updates for Boat Owners 2019 from Ambassador Guides & Outfitters

  FROM BOAT U.S. MAGAZINE URGENT Our current administration has moved to allow E15 Ethanol gasoline sales year round.  This puts 140 plus million boaters at risk because E15 is prohibited for use in recreational boats. Using E15 voids all warranties!  Advice is to “tweet” and “complain” right now to your Congressmen and Congresswoman in your district right now as most boat owners refuel at roadside gas stations knowing that marine fuel costs are “EXCESSIVE”. Please visit:  www.advocacy.boatus.com. for the web link (located in “Ethanol Read More +

Lake Powell Spring Fishing by Capt. Bill McBurney

Fishing Thoughts~Spring Lake Powell by Capt. Bill Every beginning starts about the same at Lake Powell but there are variables. This year we have a huge carry over of 2 dominate bait fish being thread fin and gizzard shad. The north end will produce more threadfin and the south more gizzard and some threadfin. How do you like to catch them? If fly fishing May & June in the back of canyons I recommend in the the south half and sometimes in early July for Read More +

Lake Powell April Fishing Tip April 4, 2015

Dear Anglers, My tip for fly fishing (#flyfishing) stripers in back of canyons at Lake Powell.  I like a fast 7-8 wt. rod wit a fast sink 15′ sink tip, 4′ leader and 15 lb. tippet and 3″ crawfish flies with chartreuse and white clauser flies.  If the stripers are feeding, you want a fast retrieval and a tarpon set (scissor set) and watch that rod tip when your landing so not to high stick the rod tip. Tight lines, Capt. Bill    

Important Info for Lake Powell 2014

New information for you. ———- Forwarded message ———- From: “Brindle, Todd” <todd_brindle@nps.gov> Date: Apr 24, 2014 7:21 AM Subject: Quagga mussel update To: “NPS GLCA All Employees” <glca_all_employees@nps.gov> Cc: Now that quagga mussels have been detected in Lake Powell, we are developing an Extended Response Strategy that will shift our focus from keeping mussels out (prevention) to trying to keep mussels from leaving the lake (containment) and infesting other bodies of water. This strategy is supported by the Western states. We hope to implement this Read More +

Lake Powell Winter Fishing 2013

Western water strategy for fresh water stripers conditions with water at 55 degrees and Fly Rod used 7 to 8 weight with a your line 20 feet with a sink tip.  use a fluorocarbon leader 6 feet with a 17 pound 2x tippet.  Your presentation for fly fishing for stripers, always fishing down wind from the drift.  Always drift toward your target area and silence is golden when fly fishing for stripers.  Use a fast full strip and scissor set the fly with 3 inch Read More +