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Old 10-04-2013, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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[img][/img]Left Lake Forest, picked up buddy Mark in Corona and made the 7 hour drive to Prescott AZ to hook up with my brother Paul and his buddy Curtis. After packing Paul?s 20?Nitro with camping gear, ice chests, food and water, and fishing gear, we left for Powell at O?dark:30 on Wednesday for the 4 hour drive. After launching the boat and loading everything into it, we made the 15 or so mile run up to the Warm Creek arm. Found a flat shoreline and set up the tents. We noted that the water level was down about 25? since June, with a lot of junk floating in big ?rivers? and packed up against the shore, possibly from the Colorado floods?

We headed out to find stripers for the evening bite, and were not disappointed. As in past years most of them were about 12? to 16? and made for good filets. Also as in the past, the bigger models were skinny as a rail, with meat that looked more like a rubber chicken than a fish. The stripers school up in the early morning and again in late evening, but we never found any boiling, which we usually do. All by finding suspended schools on the Humminbird. There?s no limit on them and you?re welcome to release them, but here?s the kick --- they request that you kill them before release! There are apparently just too many of them in the lake for the amount of feed (shad). We found most of the fish in depths of around 75? and caught them jigging with small Megabait-style jigs. While searching for schools we caught a fair number of stripers and smallmouth (and one walleye) while trolling deep diving crankbaits, but never any volume.

Total for the 3 days was about 225 stripers, a few less than usual, anong with about 25 smallmouth, and a half dozen catfish from campground shore at night. We were going to fish for a bit Sunday morning before packing up but the wind was really blowing so we called it a trip.

Great trip. We?ll do it again next year.
Keith

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1) Water here was about 400' deep!
2) Cleaning fish at camp.
3) We had to search for the fish. Check the plot track!
4) Mark with one on the high end of typical.
5) Camp Hilton. Notice that they're leaning left in the wind.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Kelser,

Great little report and pics pretty much set the tone of your adventure. Too bad about the big-headed, skinny Stripers. Lots of action anyways !!

Nice goin',

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That's awesome, I really want to make that trip to Powell one of these days, camping from the boat looks great!
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Sweet campground. I bet the show at night was unbelievable, all the stars and no city shine. 400 feet deep on the cliff? Yikes!
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Yeah, it's fun camping with just guys. No makeup table needed. Our campsite was at least 20' underwater a few months ago, but even when the lake is up there are plenty of similar spots back in the coves.

We go "no frills", and there's a floating restroom about 1/4 mile where we camped. Bring a porta potty if you have the room.

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Looks like a fun trip with some awesome scenery. X2 on the stars!
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Outstanding report and pics!

Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Give it another 10 years and you can post the same report for Diamond Valley Lake.
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Yup, if we don't get some rain. Pertty soon we'll be able to fish the entire shorline of most any lake by standing in one spot. Pretty dismal.

I'm heading back to Powell in a couple weeks for our annual tripl. Apparently the water level there is pretty good, and actually higher than last year.

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