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Good Start for Iowa Fisherman

Good Start for Iowa Fisherman
April 20
15:30 2015
By Wayne Gustaveson

Steve Roberts from Clear Lake Iowa had a great first trip to Lake Powell.
He did his homework by reading all the fish reports on Wayneswords.com two
weeks before his arrival. When he finally arrived he couldn't wait to get
out on the lake. He launched at Wahweap and headed through the Castle Rock
Cut to Warm Creek and started fishing for bass.  There were a few bass that
cooperated but it was challenging fishing due to the recent cold front that
had just passed by.

Steve then headed to the back of the Warm Creek with his fishing buddy, Dan
Zanfes, from Show Low AZ.  Near the end of the bay on the east side, the
anglers cast plastic jigs to rocky rubble in 8 feet of water. Steve chose a
shad colored Zoom Fluke on a 3/8th ounce head.  The first fish he caught was
a healthy smallmouth bass that weighed about 2 pounds.  That got the
adrenaline flowing so he cast out to the same shallow spot again and got
another bite.

This time the fish munching on the fluke was a bit larger and headed for
deep water. Steve had on 8-pound test line so he hung on while the fish took
line.  For the next 30 minutes they went back and forth but patient Steve
finally prevailed and coaxed the fish close enough to the boat for Dan to
net the monster.

Steve's first Lake Powell striper weighed in at 30.9 pounds with a girth of
24 inches.  He brought the fish back to Wahweap where it was weighed on
certified scales by Wayne Gustaveson.  This is the largest fish to be landed
at Lake Powell in 2015.  The Lake record striper is
48 pounds 11 ounces but that was caught in 1991. Since then the trophy
stripers caught have all weighed between 31 and 36 pounds.

Congratulations to Steve Roberts on his great catch.  All fish are big and
healthy this year.  My guess is that another lake record will be caught in
2015.  The easiest record to beat is smallmouth bass at
5 pounds 6 ounces. I would not be surprised to see that record fall in 2015.

If you catch a big fish, it can be weighed on certified scales at Wahweap of
Bullfrog.  Call Wayne Gustaveson at 928 645 2392 to start the weigh in
process.

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