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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

Fishing continues to be best in the early morning and late evenings. Fishing is expected to pick up as the temperatures cool. (09-14-18)

Bountiful Lake

Fair

The last catfish stocking of the year was last week. Concentrate on fishing for catfish using baits. This pond was stocked with more than 2,000 catfish this summer. (09-14-18)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

The Right and Left Hard Fork tributaries of the Ogden River at Causey are closed to fishing through the last Saturday in September during the salmon run. The salmon run makes for a spectacular family outing to see kokanee with their bright red fall colors. (09-14-18)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers are reporting good fishing for trout and limiting out most days. Wiper fishing has been hit and miss. Some anglers have been using Pop Gear and worm. Two anglers caught eight trout and four wipers earlier this week. (09-14-18)

Echo Reservoir

Good

Perch fishing is good from shore. Successful anglers were using a jig with perch meat and a yellow florescent jig. With the boat ramp now closed there are fewer boats, more small boats and kayaks. Shoreline fishing has been successful for bass, trout and perch. The State Park pulled the docks for this boating season. (09-14-18)

Farmington Pond

Good

The fishing for small bluegill has been good this week, so take some kids and catch some while the weather is still warm. Use either a worm and bobber or a gold-ribbed hare's ear rigged behind a bubble. The last catfish stocking of the year was last week. Trout stocking usually resumes in late September as the weather cools. (09-14-18)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fair

This week the bass were hitting top water. Try poppers or buzz-baits. Try evenings and mornings. Remember that a free Walk-In Access permit is required to fish on this privately owned reservoir. (09-14-18)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Fishing is starting to pick up with lower water temperatures. Anglers report catching smaller size perch. Water levels are low so launch boats at your own risk. (09-14-18)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

The city posted warning signs because of elevated levels of e-coli at the pond. Call the Health Department for additional information. Anglers this week were having good success for catfish, bluegill and crappie. One angler reported great fishing for bluegill. Angler used size 12 hook tipped with worm and four feet down. (09-14-18)

Logan River

Good

Fishing continues to be best in the early morning and late evenings. Fishing is expected to pick up with cooler temperatures. (09-14-18)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Fair

Fishing continues to be fair in the early mornings and late evenings for trout. Fishing is expected to pick up with cooler temperatures. (09-14-18)

Mantua Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report decent fishing for bass in the evenings. (09-14-18)

Ogden River

Good

Fall fishing conditions are starting with good water flows. Use hopper and dropper rigs while you can! Cooler temperatures are in the forecast so hopper activity will end soon. (09-14-18)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

The Forest Service is advising anglers with questions regarding algae to contact the Weber-Morgan Health Department. (09-14-18)

Rockport Reservoir

Fair

The launch ramp is open and the docks are in the water. The right side of the boat ramp is closed. The left side of the boat ramp reached its pitch change. Those launching will have to back their truck in further and will notice more silt on the ramp itself. There is no algae bloom in Rockport Reservoir at this time. (09-14-18)

Uinta Mountains

Good

Anglers report great fishing at Pass, Butterfly and Mirror Lakes. Levels are low at reservoirs, so be prepared for difficult launching conditions. Be prepared for cooling temperatures and afternoon thundershowers and lightning. Use care in fishing lakes above tree line because of lightning. Fall fishing is starting and this time of year offers some of the finest fishing in the state. (09-14-18)

Weber River

Fair

September fishing can typically provide some good fishing with streamers or Rapalas. Please remember to get Walk-In Access permits to fish these special access areas. (09-14-18)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report slow fishing for wipers from a boat using shad type lures. Anglers are still reporting decent fishing for catfish. (09-14-18)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Slow

Try using a 1/2-inch of nightcrawler tipped with Atlas Mikes Chinook salmon eggs or chartreuse, bubble gum or rainbow PowerBait Power Eggs. (09-12-18)

Canyon View Park Pond

Slow

Try using Panther Martin Holy Strike spinners, Panther Martin Willow Strike spinners or Worden's Rooster Tail spinners. (09-12-18)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Fair

Recreational traffic has begun to subside. Anglers are catching walleyes, 16–18 inch rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. For walleye, try trolling a Northland Pro Walleye Crawler Harness or jigging a VMC Neon Moon Eye jig with a chartreuse shad, smelt or watermelon pearl 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow. For smallmouth, try drop shotting a Gary Yamato Senko in watermelon moon dust or green pumpkin in a wacky rig and bounce it across the bottom. You may also want to try a Keitech Swing Impact swimbait in green pumpkin chartreuse, male perch or black shad in a Carolina rig and slowly move it across the bottom. For trout, try trolling at 1.8–2.2 mph with the lure suspended in 20–30 feet of water. Try using Luhr-Jensen Bolo Flex-I-Troll, a Worden's Flatfish or a black silver, blue smelt, clear or pearl white Berkley Flicker Shad. (09-12-18)

Diamond Fork River

Slow

Reports indicate that the river is extremely turbid and that fishing is poor. Try using San Juan worms, caddis larvae and pupae, sow bugs and split-cased PMDs. (09-12-18)

Grantsville Reservoir

Slow

Anglers are catching 8–12 inch rainbow trout and 6–8 inch smallmouth bass. For rainbow trout, try using Panther Martin Teardrop spinners, Bluefox Vibrax Classic spinners, Rapala Original Floater or Berkley Gulp! Trout Dough. (09-12-18)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

Anglers are catching 13–15 inch channel catfish and 8–10 inch rainbow trout. For catfish, try using a nightcrawler scented with Little Stinker chicken liver catfish bait. (09-12-18)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Fair

Recreational traffic has still been heavy on the weekends. Anglers are catching various sizes of smallmouth bass, 16-inch rainbow trout, 13–15 inch wipers, and 6–8 inch perch. For smallmouth bass, try drop shotting a Gary Yamato Senko or jigging a neon-colored jighead with a 2.5-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow. For wipers, try using a 1/16-ounce jighead tipped with a nightcrawler, and jig right off the bottom. Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon until November 30. (09-12-18)

Kidney Pond

Slow

Anglers are catching channel catfish and black bullheads. For catfish, try using a nightcrawler, chicken livers encased in nylon, Berkley Gulp! Catfish Chunks or Magic Bait Catfish bait. (09-12-18)

Midas Pond

Slow

Anglers are catching channel catfish and black bullheads. For catfish, try using a nightcrawler, chicken livers encased in nylon, Berkley Gulp! Catfish Chunks or Magic Bait Catfish bait. (09-12-18)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching 10–12 inch rainbow trout and 10–12 inch tiger trout. Traditional methods are working well. Try using a nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow or Pautzke's Balls O' Fire salmon eggs, or chartreuse, rainbow, or fluorescent orange PowerBait Power Nuggets. You can also try using Panther Martin Brass Body spinners, Worden's Rooster Tail spinners, or Mepps Aglia Marabou spinners. (09-12-18)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Anglers have been catching 14-inch rainbow trout and 12-inch tigers. Try using Rapala Scatter Rap Countdown crankbaits, Mepps Aglia Marabous, Luhr-Jensen Krocodile spoons, or Berkley Squarebull crankbaits. (09-12-18)

Payson Lake

Fair

There has been a lot of recreational pressure and the water levels have dropped. Target areas that appear to be deeper or locations that provide some refuge or shade and use garlic, cheese or corn PowerBait Natural Scent Trout Bait. (09-12-18)

Provo River, Lower

Fair

Recreational traffic from tubers has lessened. Watch for PMD and caddis hatches on cloudier days. Fishing has been best early morning and evening. Try using terrestrial patterns, split-cased PMDs, zebra midge, sow bugs, caddis larvae and pupae or Frenchie's. (09-12-18)

Provo River, Middle

Good

There has been a lot of Pale Morning Dun activity. Nymphs, caddis' midges and terrestrials are all productive. Try using San Juan Worms, caddis larvae and pupae, split-cased PMDs, elk hair caddis, terrestrials such as ants, soft hackled-flies, grasshoppers or beetles. (09-12-18)

Salem Pond

Slow

Anglers have been catching 4–6 inch smallmouth bass, 4–5 inch bluegill, 8-inch rainbow trout and 14–15 inch channel catfish. For bluegill, try using neon-colored 1/32 jigheads tipped with 1/4-inch of nightcrawler or a 1-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow. (09-12-18)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been very slow. For wipers, try jigging a neon-colored jighead tipped with a 1/2-inch of nightcrawler slowly off the bottom., (09-12-18)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Fair

There has been a lot of recreational pressure and the water levels have dropped significantly. Anglers are catching cutthroats, rainbow trout and arctic graylings. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using a dry fly behind a bubble. (09-12-18)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Fair

Anglers are catching 8–10 inch rainbow trout. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using silver Jake's Spin-A-Lures. (09-12-18)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Fair

Anglers have been catching 8–10 inch rainbow trout. Try using garlic, cheese, or corn PowerBait Natural Scent Trout Bait and suspend your bait in 18–20 feet of water. (09-12-18)

Spring Lake

Slow

Anglers have been catching 18–20 inch channel catfish, 10-inch wipers and 4–6 inch bluegill. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers, chicken livers encased in nude nylon, or PowerBait Catfish PowerPunch. Scent whatever you choose with Little Stinker catfish bait. (09-12-18)

Strawberry Reservoir

Fair

Fishing for cutthroats has been fairly productive. Anglers are catching 17–21 inch cutthroats and 14-inch rainbow trout. Try using a 1/2-inch nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow and fish in about 25–30 feet of water. For those that are trolling, try trolling at 1.8–2.0 mph with the lure suspended in 20–30 feet of water. Try using Luhr-Jensen Jack-O-Diamonds Flex-I-Troll, Worden's Flatfish, Berkley Surge Shad Jointed or a Luhr-Jensen Needelfish spoon. Then, scent with Pro-Cure Garlic Plus or Carp Spit super gel. Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon until November 30. (09-12-18)

Thistle Creek

Slow

Fishing is best early in the morning and late evening. Try using midges, sow bugs, zebra midges or cased-caddis larvae. (09-12-18)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Slow

The water has been drawn down to conservation pool, so the fish appear to be more concentrated. Traditional methods are very effective, but you can also try using a brown- or olive-colored wooly bugger behind a bubble. (09-12-18)

Utah Lake

Good

Anglers are catching 25-inch and larger channel catfish, carp, walleye and white bass. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers, Magic Catfish Bait, chicken livers encased in nude nylon or shrimp soaked in chicken blood. Lindon Harbor and Lincoln Beach are still closed due to an algae bloom. (09-12-18)

Vernon Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching 16–18 inch rainbow trout. Traditional methods have proved effective, but you can also try using Panther Martin Hammered spinners, Mepps Dressed Aglia spinners or Mepps Aglia Brite spinners. (09-12-18)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

Fishing has been very slow. Active fishing has been more effective than traditional methods. Try using Blue Fox Vibrax Bullet spinners or Blue Fox Flash spinners. (09-12-18)

Willow Pond

Slow

Angling pressure has been heavy and there has been little to no fishing success. (09-12-18)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The water levels are extremely low. The Oasis boat ramp is the only open ramp. Fishing has been slow for sportfish, but anglers are catching carp, wipers and channel catfish. For wipers, try using a neon-colored jighead tipped with a nightcrawler and bounce it off the bottom. (09-12-18)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Slow

Water levels are extremely low. The boat ramp no longer reaches the waterline, and you cannot launch a boat at the reservoir. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass and perch from the shoreline and the east side of the reservoir. Anglers report extremely slow trout fishing. (09-14-18)

Calder Reservoir

Good

Anglers report good fishing for the very active tiger and rainbow trout. The best method has been fly fishing the outside of the weed edge using nymphs, like scuds and princes. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only; bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (09-14-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Good

Wiper fishing is steady, but slowing down because of the cooler overnight temperatures. Trout fishing has been extremely slow. Remember: you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. (09-14-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Sheep Creek from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of November.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 60–100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. High catch rates have been reported from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore and near Mustang Ridge. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Jig vertically with a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers or #3 Needlefish. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches are overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of small lake trout. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until November 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. You will need a boat to access most of the lower reservoir. There is, however, good shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones at 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work too. Boat anglers will likely catch rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30–40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along the rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Anglers have reported high catch rates using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with four-inch worms. Jigs mimicking crayfish — their primary forage — are also a good option. Try using earth tone colors.

Burbot: There are few angler reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 35–45 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (09-14-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average water flow is 2,200 cfs and the temperature is 56°F. See current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. To avoid the crowds, anglers should try and fish weekdays, early and late in the day or on the lower sections of the river. Anglers are still catching fish on the surface using big bugs like cicadas, hoppers and ants. Nymphing is most productive using small zebra midges, stone flies, San Juan worms or scuds. You can double your chances with a dry dropper. For example, by placing a hopper on top with a nymph trailing 3–4 feet below. Olive or black streamers have been effective early and late in the day. Spin fishing is good. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white-and-chartreuse and ginger are good options in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits also work well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (09-14-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

The water levels are very low and the water is mossy. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs, like gulp minnows on small weighted jig heads. Anglers report good fishing for crawdads on upper Montes Creek. Remember: you need a fishing license to catch crayfish and they need to be harvested at the lake; you cannot transport live crayfish. (09-14-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

The water level is low. Over the summer, population surveys found good numbers of rainbow and brook trout, along with a few tiger trout and grayling. Try targetting shallow fish along the shoreline using jigs, spoons and spinners. If you aren't successful, try changing your lures or using a different method. (09-14-18)

Matt Warner

Good

Anglers report good fishing for large rainbow trout. Try using Jake's spinners or a variety of powerbait. (09-14-18)

Moose Pond

Fair

The pond is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and they are very active, but tough to catch! Fly fisherman may have the best results. (09-14-18)

Pelican Lake

Hot

The lake will be treated with rotenone on October 10–11, 2018. Limits have been liberalized, so you can keep 12 largemouth bass and there is no limit on bluegill. The water levels are extremely low, but the bass and bluegill fishing is excellent on warm days. Anglers report catching very large catfish a couple weeks ago. Try throwing bass jigs along the weeds beds or fish the outskirts of the high vegetation on the east side. (09-14-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Fair

Remember: You may may not possess kokanee salmon until December 1. The ranger dock is closed to public use. The water level is at 62 percent and falling. The water temperature is hovering around 65 degrees. Some anglers have reported debris from the fire that may create water hazards, so use caution when boating on the south side of the reservoir. Biologists are encouraging anglers to plan campouts at the reservoir and to target the smaller walleye. Fly anglers recommend using fast sinking lines and size 6-10 bead head flies in multiple colors. We recommend using the same technique as from a boat (jighead and worm) and just fish in the evening and after the sun goes down. Anglers are being encouraged to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery out and produce healthier walleye populations. You can also try using bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers for the walleye. For smallmouth bass, fish the rock edges. If you catch crappie, consider voluntarily releasing them so this population can establish. (09-14-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

It is nearly impossible to access the shore due to deep mud and silt. Launch at your own risk from the ramp. The water levels are almost drawn down to dead pool. We urge anglers to make use of the resource and continue to harvest as many fish as possible before it's drained. There is no daily bag limit for any species: Largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020. (09-14-18)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Good

Dark Canyon Lake, Monticello Lake, Lloyds Lake and Blanding Reservoir Nos. 3 and 4 have all been stocked with rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches long this year. Anglers have had success catching pike at Recapture Reservoir using gold Jake's spinner lures. (09-13-18)

Benches Pond

Good

Fishing is good at Benches Pond, especially early in the morning or later in the evening. The pond was stocked most recently on Aug. 14 with 500 rainbow trout averaging more than 11 inches long. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Garlic PowerBait has worked especially well. Tributaries to Benches Pond are now open for fishing. (09-13-18)

Blue Lake

Good

Blue Lake was stocked with 1,000 tiger trout this summer. Try using spinner lures or tube jigs for catching these. (09-13-18)

Boulger Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good at Boulger Reservoir. This waterbody was most recently stocked on Aug. 14 with more than 500 rainbow trout averaging over 11 inches long. Try using night crawlers or PowerBait for catching these. (09-13-18)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Good

The Carbon County Community Fishing Pond was stocked on Aug. 14 with 1,000 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long. The pond was also stocked on Aug. 22 with about 500 channel catfish. Try using night crawlers or PowerBait for fish here. (09-13-18)

Cleveland Reservoir

Good

The water level at Cleveland Reservoir is being drawn down for irrigation needs, so the DWR has raised the daily bag limit and possession limit to eight trout at this waterbody until Jan. 1, 2019. If you're using fly tackle, try using a medium sinking line with a plum leech, a black/orange woolly bugger or a brown/green/pearl crystal bugger, all with a bead head. (09-13-18)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Fair

Anglers have caught tiger trout and cutthroat trout at Duck Fork Reservoir using various bugger, soft hackle and leech flies in sizes 6 to 10. Fishing is best when you can get out into deeper water away from the shore. Duck Fork Reservoir was stocked with almost 1,300 cutthroat trout on July 2 and 1,560 tiger trout on Aug. 2. (09-13-18)

Electric Lake

Good

The boat ramp at Electric Lake was still useable on Labor Day, but water levels may change. Anglers have been successful catching cutthroat trout trolling and jigging with gulp minnows and dead shiners. Anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30. (09-13-18)

Emerald Lake

Good

Emerald Lake was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout over 10 inches long on June 19. Try using worms, PowerBait, yellow spinner lures or soft hackle flies for catching these. (09-13-18)

Fairview Lakes

Fair

Fairview Lakes were stocked with about 7,000 rainbow trout this spring. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Water levels have been low at Fairview Lakes. (09-13-18)

Ferron Creek

Closed

As part of a project to restore native trout, all fish have been removed from Ferron Creek. It is anticipated the creek will be restocked in the fall of 2019. Contact the Southeast Regional Office for more information. (09-13-18)

Ferron Reservoir

Fair

Anglers have caught rainbow and cutthroat trout using bead head soft hackle flies in black/red/blue and black/green/pearl color combinations. Ferron Reservoir has been stocked with rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout in the past two months. (09-13-18)

Gigliotti Pond

Good

Gigliotti Pond was most recently stocked on June 13 with about 750 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long, and anglers have had an easy time catching these fish lately. Try using night crawlers or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout here. (09-13-18)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Good

Gooseberry Reservoir was most recently stocked on Aug. 20 with more than 1,200 rainbow trout averaging over 11 inches long. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Anglers have also had success catching cutthroat trout using Mepps spinners. Tributaries to Gooseberry Reservoir are now open to fishing. (09-13-18)

Grassy Lake

Good

Grassy Lake was stocked with 2,600 tiger trout on July 5. Anglers have had success catching tiger trout using white jigs and spinners. (09-13-18)

Huntington Creek

Good

Anglers have had success catching brown trout in the afternoons using elk hair caddis dry flies along the edges of the channel where the water slows. (09-13-18)

Huntington Game Farm Pond

Good

Try using worms or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout here. Small flies may work well for catching bluegill. The Huntington Game Farm Pond was stocked with 500 rainbow trout on May 15. (09-13-18)

Huntington North Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching bluegill, rainbow trout and bass at Huntington North lately. The best fishing has been in 15 to 25 feet of water. If you'd like to use fly tackle, try using a size 10 bead head olive tinsel soft hackle fly or a size 6 bead head tan/green/pearl crystal bugger on fast-sinking line. The rainbow trout have mostly been between 18 and 19 inches long. Anglers have also reported that midges and damsel flies have been plentiful at this reservoir, so lures that imitate those might be effective. Huntington North Reservoir was stocked with about 10,000 channel catfish on Aug. 22. (09-13-18)

Huntington Reservoir

Good

Fishing is very good when you can get out on a boat or a float tube into deep water away from the shoreline, though water levels have been low here. With fly tackle, anglers have been successful using size 6-10 buggers and soft hackle flies in green, tan and pearl color combinations. You might also do well with bead head green tinsel leeches, brown/green/pearl crystal buggers, and plum leeches with a purple tail. The tiger trout have been between 13 and 19 inches long, all of them caught between 15 and 35 feet of water. Tributaries to Huntington Reservoir are open to fishing. The boat ramp at Huntington Reservoir is out of the water due to dropping water levels. (09-13-18)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been slow to fair at Joes Valley Reservoir, though trout fishing should pick up as temperatures begin to drop. Try using jigs tipped with chub meat or crankbaits for catching trout and tiger muskies here. Anglers have also had some luck catching cutthroat trout using size 4 bead head crystal buggers in black/silver and black/red/blue color combinations on fast-sinking fly line. The boat ramp is out of the water at Joes Valley Reservoir. (09-13-18)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Good

The Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond was stocked most recently on June 13 with more than 500 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long. Try using night crawlers or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout here. (09-13-18)

La Sal Mountains

Good

Dons Lake and Hidden Lake were both stocked with more than 700 rainbow trout on July 9. Kens Lake and Rattlesnake Ranch Pond, as well as several others on the La Sal Mountains, have both been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches in length so far this year. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. (09-13-18)

Lower Fish Creek

Good

Fishing below the dam at Scofield Reservoir is good if you're looking to catch chubs. Try using soft hackle flies here. (09-13-18)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Good

The water level at Millers Flat Reservoir is being drawn down for irrigation needs, so the DWR has raised the daily bag limit and possession limit to eight trout at this waterbody until Jan. 1, 2019. Rainbow trout have been biting on size 8 bead head soft hackle flies in tan, as well as bead head crystal buggers in black/orange/pearl colors. Anglers have also had success trolling in small boats about 50 yards from shore using small, gold Panther Martin and Jake's spinners. Small crayfish imitation lures may also work well here. (09-13-18)

Petes Hole

Good

Petes Hole was stocked most recently on July 25 with 600 rainbow trout. Petes Hole has also been stocked with tiger trout this summer. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners. Tributaries to Petes Hole are now open to fishing. (09-13-18)

Potters Ponds

Fair

Potters Ponds were most recently stocked on Aug. 20 with about 700 rainbow trout each. Try using worms or PowerBait for catching trout here. (09-13-18)

Price River

Fair

The Price River was stocked with more than 2,000 tiger trout on Aug. 2. Try using spinners for catching these. (09-13-18)

Right Fork of Huntington Creek

Good

Anglers have had good success catching brown trout in the afternoons using elk hair caddis dry flies along the edges of the channel where the water slows. (09-13-18)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching mostly cutthroat trout from the shore using worms, PowerBait, spinners and soft hackle flies in tan/green/pearl or midnight fire. Try fishing in the dam cove or along the western shore, including the Walk-in Access portion. Anglers have also been catching cutthroat trout using spoons or white or pearl sparkle tube jigs tipped with chub meat. Yellow garlic PowerBait and tube jigs have worked well for rainbow trout. Scofield Reservoir was stocked on June 27 with 11,600 rainbow trout averaging about 10.5 inches long. Scofield has also been stocked with 12,000 cutthroat trout this year. Tributaries to Scofield Reservoir are now open to fishing. (09-13-18)

Soup Bowl

Good

Soup Bowl was stocked most recently on July 25 with 250 rainbow trout. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. (09-13-18)

Straight Canyon Creek

Good

Anglers have had success catching brown trout using soft hackle flies in Straight Canyon Creek. Anglers may catch more fish near the Joes Valley Dam, but the larger brown trout are further downstream. (09-13-18)

Willow Lake

Good

Willow Lake was stocked most recently on Sept. 10 with about 1,000 rainbow trout. Willow Lake has also been stocked with tiger trout this year. Try using traditional baits and spinners or tube jigs for catching fish here. (09-13-18)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Good

Wrigley Springs Reservoir was stocked with nearly 800 rainbow trout on Aug. 2. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching trout at Wrigley Springs Reservoir. (09-13-18)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Slow

The water level is very low with a heavy algae bloom. (09-07-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Fishing is fair to good. See Boulder Mountain report for technique and tackle recommendations. (09-07-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all the usual lakes. We have received reports of sick and dying fish at Puffer Lake, likely due to warm water and low oxygen associated with low water levels. There have also been dead fish observed at Kent's Lake, likely due to the same issues, as well as hooking mortality. Fishing is slow to fair. (09-07-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (09-07-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. You can catch them with small spinners and flies. (09-07-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Fishing is fair across the mountain, though you may have to try multiple lakes to find active fish. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's, and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait (this is especially effective for large tigers and splake). Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs, and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. (09-07-18)

Clear Creek

Good

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Fishing is good to excellent with dry flies and nymphs. (09-07-18)

Corn Creek

Fair

Catchable-sized tiger trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. (09-07-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Expect heavy fishing pressure during weekends. (09-07-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have dropped to 110 cfs. Fishing is possible at this flow, though the faster sections may be difficult to navigate. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (09-07-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Expect murky flows after rainstorms. Look for fair to good fishing. Terrestrial flies can provide exciting action during the summer. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (09-07-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

The East Fork and most of its tributaries upstream of Tropic Reservoir have abundant brown, rainbow and brook trout and can provide some great fishing opportunities with flies, lures, and natural baits. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three or four years. (09-07-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Fair

The water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir so only small boats can be launched. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Smallmouth bass are active and you can catch them on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs. (09-07-18)

Fish Lake

Good

Perch fishing is fast just outside the weeds in 15–25 feet of water. Use small jigs tipped with night crawler or perch meat. The prizes for the tagged perch contest were awarded on September 3. Kokanee salmon harvest will close on September 10. Kokanee have already started to congregate at the inlets to prepare for spawning. Kokanee anglers have been picking up a lot of small rainbow trout recently on dodgers and squids. You can catch some lake trout by trolling lures that imitate rainbows and chubs in 30–80 feet before sunrise. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 before you go for up-to-date reports and conditions. (09-07-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

Irrigation releases have ended and the reservoir is beginning to fill again. It appears that a fair amount of trout survived the low water, though fishing is still slow right now. (09-07-18)

Fremont River

Fair

Water flows on the upper Fremont have decreased but the water is still a little murky. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good success fishing evening hatches of caddis and tricos. The river below Highway 12 has also been clear enough to fish lately with good hatches of caddis. (09-07-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. Small and medium-sized largemouth bass (10–12 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for open hours. (09-07-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Good

Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good success with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with night crawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits. (09-07-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

We have observed some die off of both rainbow trout and catfish in Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond due to the hot weather. (09-07-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

The water level has dropped with irrigation releases and the water is murky. Fishing is slow fishing and there is not much fishing pressure. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (09-07-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Fair

We have now confirmed the illegal introductions of bluegill, green sunfish and yellow perch in Kolob Reservoir. Due to the significant negative impact that these fish could have on the long-term health of the trout fishery, the reservoir will be drained and treated with rotenone this fall in order to remove the illegally introduced species. Until November 1, the daily trout limit has been raised to 8 fish, with no size restrictions, so that anglers can utilize these fish before they are lost. Bait fishing will also be allowed during this emergency change. (09-07-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has been completely drained for irrigation use. (09-07-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good to excellent with bait and lures. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (09-07-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Water flows can get murky in Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River after rain storms. Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. (09-07-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Rainbow trout have been stocked. Fly fishing is fair in the evening with leech patterns and zug bugs. A recent netting survey found that suckers are abundant and trout are suffering due to competition. Brown trout are also abundant, but are fairly skinny. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (09-07-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is fair for trout. Trout have moved away from shorelines, so boats and float tubes are producing better results. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Surface action on midges is common on calm mornings and evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with the best fishing at dawn and dusk. Smallmouth bass are also active and providing fair to good success. (09-07-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes (Big, Deep and Anabella). (09-07-18)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows using PowerBait from boats. (09-07-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout during early morning and late evening using nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth and wipers are also being picked up. (09-07-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is at 14 percent of capacity. Irrigation releases have steadily decreased, but remain around 175 cfs. Launching boats is still possible, but use caution. Trout have moved away from shore and fishing is better from boats. Trolling with pop gear has been fair to good. Still fishing PowerBait from a boat is also popular. Focus on 20–30 feet of water in boats. If fishing from shore, focus on the steeper areas at the south end. (09-07-18)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good from boats, but slower from shore as trout have moved out to deeper water. Most anglers are fishing with bait from boats, but trolling pop gear and nightcrawlers has also produced. (09-07-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Fair

We conducted a netting survey this spring to assess the potential loss of fish after last year's flooding following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been significantly reduced, though a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, the 13,000 tiger trout stocked last fall have survived very well and have grown to 10–11 inches. Fishing is slow from shore, fair from boats trolling small lures. (09-07-18)

Pine Lake

Slow

Rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing pressure has been high and fishing has slowed down. (09-07-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is down to 1 percent capacity with a depth of less than 10 feet. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, making boat launching very difficult. (09-07-18)

Quail Lake

Good

Bass fishing is fair to good. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques. (09-07-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Most quality sized bass have headed for deep water to escape the heat. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crank baits and ned rigs. Bluegill are also getting active. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic. (09-07-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Slow

With Piute Reservoir nearly drained, the water flow has dropped to 100 cfs. This makes fishing more feasible, though you may see murky water close to the reservoir. (09-07-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

Fishing is best in Solomon Basin lakes during evening hatches. Fishing is fast at Neffs Reservoir for the abundant brook trout. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (09-07-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good, despite the low water level. (09-07-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Bass and bluegill can provide fair to good fishing during the summer. (09-07-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The water level remains below 25 percent and the boat dock has been pulled. The end of the boat ramp is still under water, however, so it is possible to launch. Fishing is fair for largemouth bass and bluegill. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn. (09-07-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Bait fishing is slow to fair from shore. Fishing can be fair to good with streamers and lures from float tubes or boats for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout. We conducted a netting survey this spring and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It appears that no fish were lost to the effects of fire and the lack of fishing pressure in 2017 created a stockpile of fish this year. (09-07-18)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,595 feet

Water temperatures: 75–80°F

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Lake Powell continues to drop about a foot per week. The Castle Rock Cut should be passable for another two months. It was recently announced that a High Flow Experiment (HFE) will occur during the first week of November. At that time the outflow from the dam will increase dramatically to move sediment from the river bottom to the river banks further downstream. This event improves habitat for native fish in the river and in backwaters. It is likely that the Castle Rock Cut will no longer be open after the HFE event occurs.

The big news now is that striper schools are actively chasing shad schools in deep, open water. That means it is time to pull out the jigging spoons and start fishing in deep water in the canyons and main channel. If you are lucky it is still possible to see a quick striper boil. You may be able to get to the school quickly and catch some fish on top water lures. More importantly a surface feeding event marks the spot where large schools of stripers are holding in deeper water. Get to the boil site as quickly as possible and if the fish have gone down, deploy spoons into the depths, let the spoon hit bottom and then speed reel the spoon back to the boat.

Speed Reeling definition: When the lure hits bottom start reeling the spoon as fast as physically possible. If fish are seen on the graph at a certain depth, pause and jig a few times at the suspected holding depth. Then continue reeling very fast until you are sure that the spoon is above the holding depth of the school. Retrieve the spoon, cast again, then repeat the retrieval process.

If you don’t see boils, use the graph to search for a large striper school, which may be holding somewhere between 30 and 90 feet of water. When a striper school is detected, stop quickly and drop spoons immediately. Let the spoon hit bottom to help you know where the spoon is in relation to the fish. If the school is 10 feet off the bottom than reel up four turns and start jigging the spoon up three feet and letting it fall back down three feet. Stripers often follow the spoon and then hit as it falls. It is more likely to feel the fish as you jig upwards instead of feeling the fish hit the lure as it falls. A hooked striper excites the other fish in the school as they see the fish swimming with a ‘shad’ in its mouth. The school follows the hooked fish looking for more food. It is often possible to “lead” a striper school that follows the boat. When a fish is caught, unhook the fish as quickly as possible, and return the spoon to the water immediately to keep the school under the boat and actively engaged in searching for more shad. It is not unusual to lead a striper school for over an hour as the boat drifts with the breeze, while catching 50 or more stripers in one drift.

Spooning hotspots recently include Knowles Canyon, Good Hope Bay, Dome Rock in Bullfrog Bay, Piute Canyon in the San Juan, 50 Mile Canyon in the Escalante, and Oak Canyon upstream from Rainbow Bridge.

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be excellent lake wide. Dropshot rigged Yamamoto Shad-shaped worms and other plastic baits are working well all day along the shoreline. Look for long rocky points that reach out into the lake at the new lower water levels we are now dealing with. Bass will be holding at 10-20 feet at the end of the point and also at the same depth perpendicular to the point.

Most fish are perking back up now that the water temperature is dropping into the mid 70s in the morning. Expect to still catch a few largemouth bass, bluegill, walleye and catfish while fishing for your favorite species of fish.

(09-12-18)

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