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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Bear Lake

Good

Bear Lake is all open water. You can launch boats at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah, and courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. There is also boat launching available on the Idaho side of the lake at their East Shore State Park ramp and North Beach ramp. There have been no sign of cisco along Cisco Beach as of Jan. 15, however, boat anglers are reporting they are just beginning to catch one or two cisco off the Rockpile by jigging. The cisco run could begin any day, but more likely it will begin around Jan 20. Since it will very likely be open water conditions, you should plan to bring up waders. It is also advantageous to have a second person jigging a lure with no hooks on it to attract the cisco closer to your net. When you scoop the cisco, you can scoop up the attractor lure and not worry about it tangling in your dip net. Anglers are doing good to excellent for cutthroat trout and some lake trout by jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area as well as off Second Point and Cisco Beach. Trolling should also work well in these areas. If you are jigging, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one ounce sizes and 3 to six inches long. Try tipping them with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and motoroil. If you are trolling, use Flatfish in U-20 or similar sizes or minnow type lures in #9-13 sizes. Cutthroat trout and lake trout can be found in any depths at this time of year, so if you are trolling parallel to shore, try close to shore in 10 feet of water or less and keep moving all the way out to 80 feet or more. Pay attention to your sonar. Once you locate fish, target those depth strata. Shore anglers are doing well along Cisco Beach both bait fishing and casting for cutthroat trout. Fly anglers are also able to do quite well at this time of year with large flies such as egg-sucking leeches or articulated bunny flies. Reports from this weekend show that anglers are also catching some Bonneville whitefish off the Rockpile using smaller jigging spoons (Kastmasters, buckshot, Hopkins, etc.) and tipping their lures with worms or Gulp worms. You can even add a small dropper ice fly about 8 to 12 inches below the main lure and tip that with a maggot. (01-18-18)

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

One angler who fished the Blacksmith Fork a couple weeks ago did well using a zebra midge and pheasant tail nymph. Since then, we have not received any angler reports from this water. (01-18-18)

Bountiful Lake

Unstable ice

On Jan. 11, the ice was unsafe. One angler who drove by the pond last weekend before the warm and rainy spell saw three people ice fishing: two next to the docks and one in the middle of the lake near one of the islands. Use extreme caution if attempting to fish on the ice. (01-18-18)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

One angler who fished Causey on Jan. 11 said that the ice was about 12 inches thick near the dam and that fishing was slow. Very few people were fishing the ice. Another angler who checked the ice on Jan. 12 said that there were a couple feet of water at the edges. (01-18-18)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Fair

On Jan. 15, one angler said that the ice on the reservoir was approximately four inches thick. (01-18-18)

Echo Reservoir

Fair

Use caution if you are going out to fish at Echo. One angler who fished Echo on Jan. 15 said that the ice is still fishable, but the edges were soft and a plank was recommended. (01-18-18)

Farmington Pond

Slow

On Jan. 11, the pond appeared to have potentially unsafe ice. Before recent warm temperatures and rain, there used to be approximately 8 to 10 inches of ice. Use caution. Fishing has been slow for several weeks. (01-18-18)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fair

One angler who fished the reservoir on Jan. 10 said that there was open water or soft ice for the first three to five feet off of shore, but then the rest of the reservoir had a solid six inches of ice. They caught six planter-sized trout in three hours. Recent warm weather might have changed ice conditions or made the ice unstable since then, so use caution. (01-18-18)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Good

The ice is five to six inches thick, but one angler described the middle as questionable. One angler who fished the reservoir on Jan. 16 caught three rainbow trout. Another group of anglers who fished on Jan. 13 reported less fishing pressure than other popular ice fishing destinations (about 10 people fishing). On that day, there was some open water on the south end, with five inches of very clear ice with no snow on top. This group of anglers fished near the Hyrum State Park Beach Area and caught three eight-inch perch in an hour. (01-18-18)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair to good at the pond, and according to one report from Jan. 11 there is no longer any ice. Try tipping a jig with waxworms or mealworms. (01-18-18)

Kaysville Ponds

Good

On Jan. 11, the ponds were half-frozen with unsafe ice but the fishing on the open water was good. Try a jig tipped with waxworms or mealworms. (01-18-18)

Logan River

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good on the river these past few weeks. One angler who fished this week several miles above the dams on January 15 caught one brown trout and one mountain whitefish between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. using a Copper John nymph. Beyond these fish caught, they received no other bites. (01-18-18)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Slow

One angler who fished the reservoir on Jan. 12 said that there was open water in the middle of the reservoir with six to seven inches of ice on the dam arm. They fished for a little over an hour in the afternoon and caught nothing. Another angler who fished on the same day said that the edges of the ice were soft and they only got one bite after fishing for most of the day. (01-18-18)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

According to one angler on Jan. 8, the ice was 5 to seven inches thick with soft edges. Fishing was slow. (01-18-18)

Ogden River

Fair

Fishing has recently been fair to good on the Ogden, but we have not received any angler reports these past couple weeks that might indicate what patterns are working best. (01-18-18)

Pineview Reservoir

Fair

Ice fishing for perch is slow to fair, according to angler reports this week. One angler said that the ice was six inches thick everywhere they drilled when they fished the reservoir on Jan. 12. This same angler has been successful on Pineview these past couple weeks fishing for perch in about 30 to 40 feet of water using spoons and a dropper both tipped with perch eyes or meat. Gulp maggots have also been successful. This angler found that dropping everything to the bottom, counting to five and slowly lifting the rod worked well for them. Other presentations will work, but this was the one that did well for this angler in particular. Keep in mind that fishing pressure has been very heavy on Pineview. One angler who fished the reservoir on Jan. 13 said that there were 400 to 500 people fishing off of Cemetery Point. Both this angler and several other anglers they spoke with that day said that fishing was slow all over the reservoir, with only a few small perch caught over the course of several hours. There were many fish on the finder, but few willing to bite. On that day, the ice was five inches thick, nearly clear and very slippery. (01-18-18)

Rockport Reservoir

Unstable ice

On Jan. 16, one angler who checked ice conditions said that there is no safe ice on the reservoir right now. (01-18-18)

Uinta Mountains

Good

The frozen lakes along Mirror Lake Highway are only accessible by snowmobile or foot, but the fishing is good for rainbow trout. The lakes along the highway had approximately 18 inches of ice beneath two to three feet of snow. If you're looking for some good ice fishing and don't mind the remote location, deep snow and cold temperatures, anglers recommend accessing the higher lakes from the Wyoming side. (01-18-18)

Weber River

Fair

Fishing on the Weber has been fair to good. One angler last week reported catching a few decent-sized rainbow trout. Another angler reported catching one good-sized brown trout. Anglers have recently recommended a hare's ear, sowbug or zebra midge pattern. (01-18-18)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

An angler who checked the reservoir on Jan. 17 said that the North Marina was covered in a sheet of ice. There was some open water off of Eagle Beach. The water temperature was in the mid-30s, according to one angler. Fishing has been slow. (01-18-18)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Slow

Fishing is slow. Try using silver or gold Jake's Spin-A-Lures or a 1/16-ounce, neon-colored jighead with a 1.5-inch chartreuse Cut'r Bug. Tip with either a nightcrawler, maggot, or meal worm. (01-18-18)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed for the season and will reopen in the spring. (01-18-18)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Good

There is no ice and plenty of individuals have been launching boats. Anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout by trolling. Fish are suspended anywhere in water depths of 15 to 30 feet. Try using chartreuse, fluorescent-pink or fluorescent-orange Mack's Wedding Rings Treble Series lure or silver, glass perch or pink clown Rapala Husky Jerks. Remember to tip with a white Berkley Gulp! Maggot or a nightcrawler and to scent with Pro-Cure Rainbow Trout Super Gel for an extra attractant. (01-18-18)

Diamond Fork River

Slow

Fishing is best in the early afternoon. Try using caddis nymphs, midge larvae and pupae or sow bugs. (01-18-18)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

Try using an olive shad or a clown-colored, 1.5-inch Acme Hyper Glide, a glow clown or gold Rapala Jigging Shad Rap, or a rainbow-trout or brass-colored Luhr-Jensen Krocodile spoon. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (01-18-18)

Highland Glen Park

Slow

There have been no recent fishing reports. The pond is frozen, but the thickness of the isn't known. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change with the warmer temperatures. (01-18-18)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

There is little ice formation, and individuals have still been launching boats. Anglers have been catching 18- to 20-inch brown trout and 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Try trolling at speeds of 2.0 to 2.2 mph and suspending in water depts of 10 to 20 feet. You should try using neon-colored wedding rings, silver or pink spoons and neon-colored squids and tipping with a maggot, nightcrawler or mealworm. (01-18-18)

Kidney Pond

Slow

There is no ice on the pond and the water level is down about 12 inches. Try using a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow or salmon egg. (01-18-18)

Midas Pond

Slow

Like Kidney Pond, there is no ice on Midas. Try using traditional fishing methods, Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners or Kastmaster spoons. (01-18-18)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

The reservoir has 8 to 10 inches of ice. Please exercise extreme caution because ice conditions are constantly changing. Suspend your lure in 8 to 15 feet of water and try using a Kastmaster with an ice fly, Ratfinkee dropper, neon-colored tungsten jig, chartreuse PowerBait Atomic Teaser, or a 1/16-ounce jighead with a Maniac Custom Lure Gizzila. Remember to tip with either a nightcrawler, mealworm, maggot or waxworm. (01-18-18)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Slow

There is some ice on the west side of the reservoir. Traditional fishing methods should work well, but you can also try using Blue Fox Rattlin' Pixee spoons or Rapala Original Floating lures. (01-18-18)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the season and will be reopened in the spring. (01-18-18)

Provo River, Lower

Slow

There are some sporadic midge hatches occurring. Fishing has been best from afternoon to early evening. Try using caddis nymphs, hares ears, BWO emergers, pheasant tails and midge larvae and pupae in smaller sizes. (01-18-18)

Provo River, Middle

Slow

Midge hatches are more consistent are more consistent in the Middle Provo River. Try using midge larvae and pupae, caddis nymphs, midge dry flies, sow bugs and pheasant tails. Although the brown trout spawn is over, please try to avoid disturbing the spawning areas (redds). (01-18-18)

Salem Pond

Slow

There is no ice on the pond. Try using 1/32-ounce jigheads with a white curly tail grub or a chartreuse or pink, 1/16-ounce paddle bug. (01-18-18)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any reports of ice on the reservoir. Try using Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, Luhr-Jensen Krocodile spoons or Mepps Aglia spinners. Remember to tip with either a maggot or nightcrawler. (01-18-18)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed for the season and will reopen in the spring. (01-18-18)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

The lake is frozen, but there haven't been any recent ice fishing reports. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions are constantly changing. (01-18-18)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

Spanish Oaks Reservoir is closed for the season and will reopen in the spring. (01-18-18)

Spring Lake

Slow

The lake has some ice, but please use extreme caution because ice conditions are constantly changing. Try using traditional fishing methods or jigging white tube jigs scented with shrimp Smelly Jelly. (01-18-18)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

Most of the lake is capped with 4 to five inches of ice. The exception is Soldier Creek, which has 8 to 10 inches of ice in the bays. There are still some questionable areas of ice, so please use extreme caution if you venture out on the ice. Anglers are catching 16- to 20-inch cutthroat trout and 15- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Try using 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs, white paddle bugs or pearl white Maniac Custom Lures Cut'r bugs. Remember to tip with either a nightcrawler, mealworm or waxworm and to scent with either Smelly Jelly or Pro-Cure for an additional attractant. (01-18-18)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There is some ice formation around pockets of slower moving water. Try using smaller-sized midge pupae and larvae, sow bugs and caddis nymphs. (01-18-18)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Slow

The water level is low and will remain at the conservation pool level for some time. There are 10 to 12 inches of ice with some soft edges. Try using ice flies, Ratsos, tungsten jigs, Lindy Ice Worms or Lindy toads, and tip with either a nightcrawler, wax worm or mealworm. (01-18-18)

Utah Lake

Slow

Reports indicate 1.5 to three inches of ice, depending on location. Please use extreme caution because ice conditions are changing constantly. (01-18-18)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

There are 10 to 12 inches of ice. Try using ice flies, Nuclear Ants, Shrimps or tungsten jigs tipped with a mealworm or waxworm. You may also want to try PowerBait Atomic Teasers or Gitzit Bait Savers tipped with a nightcrawler. (01-18-18)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

The pond is frozen, but please use extreme caution because ice conditions are changing constantly. (01-18-18)

Willow Pond

Slow

There is no ice on the pond, but ice fishing is prohibited at Willow Pond. Try using PowerBait or a nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow. (01-18-18)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Unstable ice

On Jan. 18, the reservoir had some open water, but the ice that can be accessed is reportedly to be 8 to nine inches thick. Anglers are using planks to access the ice from the open sections of shoreline, especially near the Sportsman's Access. We advise anglers to use extreme caution when accessing these conditions. Drill test holes and check the thickness of ice before venturing long distances. Anglers report excellent fishing in 30 feet of water using Hali ice-fishing jigs tipped with mealworms. (01-18-18)

Brough Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 13, Brough had ice, but there is open water on the edges. Please use extreme caution and drill test holes. There have been no recent angler reports. Last year, regulations changed at the reservoir, and you are no longer restricted to artificial fly use only. Utah's regular statewide regulations now apply to fishing at Brough. Please see the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (01-18-18)

Browne Lake

Slow

As of Jan. 18, there were no new angler reports. Please use extreme caution on the ice. (01-18-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 18, there were no recent angler reports. Please use extreme caution on any ice. Please let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie through the ice. (01-18-18)

Calder Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 18, there were no recent angler reports. Please use extreme caution on any ice. On Jan. 5, the western portion of the reservoir was frozen and had close to nine inches of good, fishable ice. There was open water east of the windmills near the aerators. You must use flies and lures only at Calder; bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (01-18-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Unstable ice

There are no recent angler reports. Please use extreme caution on any ice, and drill test holes. Most of the tiger muskies in Cottonwood have not yet reached 40 inches in length, so please remember to use recommended catch-and-release techniques. (01-18-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 11, biologists reported that fishing was slow. Some anglers are having good success catching rainbow trout near the dam. There's still open water near the middle, and all access points have good ice. There was about 10 inches of ice by the dam and about six inches on the north side. Please use extreme caution on any ice. We advise against using snowmobiles on the ice at this time. For rainbow trout, try using green or white tube jigs tipped with mealworms or wax worms. (01-18-18)

East Park Reservoir

Good

As of Jan. 14, biologists reported that the reservoir was low, but still accessible via 4wd vehicle. The ice is 16 inches solid. The rainbow and brook trout being caught are feisty and good-sized and they will come through in waves, so be on alert. Please continue to use extreme caution on the ice. Tip all ice jigs with mealworms for the best success. (01-18-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir's elevation is 6,029 feet and descending and the temperature is 42 degrees F. As of Jan. 18, anglers reported 12 inches of ice near Firehole, with seven inches of cloudy ice near Sage Creek. Anglers report about four inches of thin ice near the Confluence, so continue to use extreme caution. Buckboard had reports of the ramp being frozen in, but any wind may open it back up.

Kokanee Salmon: Fishing for kokanee reopened Dec. 1.

Rainbow Trout: Fishing is good. Now that water temperatures have cooled, trout are active along the shoreline. Casting jigs and spoons and retrieving with the occasional jig and pause is most effective. Watch your line during the pause, as many of the hits will come as the lure drops through the water column. Good lures are 1/4 ounce marabou jigs in earth tones and spoons in silver, copper and chartreuse. If fishing from shore, cast the lure in a 45-degree angle from shore, and let the lure drop 10 to 15 feet before retrieving. Trolling 10 to 20 feet deep and 1.5-2 mph with pop gear, spinners and small spoons has also been effective. Let the lure out 100 to 150 feet before attaching the line to the downrigger or inline weight. The longer set back will help decrease spooking of shallow fish. Lake trout may also be caught using these same tactics.

Lake Trout: Fishing is good. The lake trout are active and hungry. Anglers are consistently catching smaller lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be located suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows, and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. Vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) on a 3/8-ounce head tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well. Some lake trout are being caught while casting jigs and spoons along the shoreline (see rainbow trout), and longline trolling shallow running crankbaits like Rapala Shad Raps and Xraps.

Smallmouth Bass: Fishing is slow. Now that water temperatures have dropped into the 40s, bass fishing has slowed down, and it will be considerably difficult to catch them during the winter months. Try using jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage.

Burbot: Fishing is fair. Some recent reports indicate fishing success but it's been rather slow this year. The best activity has been at night. Boaters can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 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 glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Hot spots are uplake of Buckboard near the Confluence/Lost Dog and Firehole boat launch. (01-18-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Fair

Flows are currently 2,850 cfs and water temperature is 42 degrees F. Flows can change daily, so check for current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam before you visit. Fly anglers are having success closer to the shoreline using small zebra midges in sizes 16-22, and blue winged olive nymphs in sizes 20-24. (01-18-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Closed

The reservoir was drained for final repairs to the outlet gate. Construction will began in October and should be done soon. We will begin to refill the lake as soon as the repairs are complete. DWR biologists are also looking for Eagle Scouts or community members to build fish habitat structures over the next few months. We want to install these while the lake is empty. If interested please contact sportfish biologist, Natalie Boren, at 435-219-2644. (01-18-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Matt Warner

Fair

On Jan. 5, anglers had reported a good eight to nine inches of solid ice. The fishing was slow, so expect to move around until you find them. Try tipping your ice lures with wax worms and/or mealworms. Without snow, the top layer is very slick, but this has left good access on all roads. Please continue to use extreme caution on all ice. (01-18-18)

Moose Pond

Fair

The pond is iced over, and anglers are having success catching rainbow trout. Try using ratfinkees or small ice flies tipped with mealworms. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Pelican Lake

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 16, anglers reported five to six inches of slick, solid ice and open water in the middle. Anglers have discovered some hotspots in the ice where it's only two inches thick. The fishing has been slow, but try moving around until you find the fish in 10 to 15 feet of water. Please continue to use extreme caution on the ice and drill test holes as you enter. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill. (01-18-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Unstable ice

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Spirit Lake

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Slow

On Jan. 18, anglers reported no ice on the reservoir and slow fishing from the shoreline. Biologists are encouraging anglers to harvest their limits of 10- to 14-inch walleye to help thin out the walleye population and to help the yellow perch population. If you catch crappy, consider voluntarily releasing them to help establish the population. (01-18-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 18, the reservoir was mostly covered with ice, with some open water spots during the day. Anglers report seven inches of ice from the boat ramp to the dam, but we advise using extreme caution and drilling test holes as you venture out. There are still no limits in place as there are still lots of fish in the lake. The Division issued an emergency change, liberalizing limits at Steinaker. 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. The Bureau of Reclamation will fill Steinaker to the same level as previous years in 2018. It will be drawn down to dead pool over the course of the 2018 irrigation season. We have been told that boaters will be able to launch through the 2018 summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October 2018, with no storage water in Steinaker for all of 2019.Work on the dam will commence in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020. (01-18-18)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Closed

Many of the waters on the Abajo Mountains are currently inaccessible with highway vehicles. (01-19-18)

Academy Mill Reservoir

Closed

Academy Mill Reservoir and others above Joes Valley may be inaccessible because of snow and mud. (01-19-18)

Boulger Reservoir

Fair

Boulger Reservoir has stable ice, though access to the reservoir may be limited because of snow, ice and mud. Try using tube jigs tipped with mealworms to catch trout. (01-19-18)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Closed

This pond is closed for the winter. (01-19-18)

Cleveland Reservoir

Fair

Cleveland Reservoir has stable ice. Try using tube jigs tipped with mealworms to catch trout. (01-19-18)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Closed

Access to Duck Fork Reservoir, and others waters on the South Manti, may be limited because of snow, ice and mud. (01-19-18)

Electric Lake

Fair

Anglers are catching tiger trout through the ice near the boat ramp at Electric Lake. The fishing has been best before noon using tube jigs. Use caution because there may still be open water in some parts of the lake. (01-19-18)

Fairview Lakes

Closed

Fairview Lakes may be inaccessible with highway vehicles because of recent snow. (01-19-18)

Ferron Reservoir

Closed

Ferron Reservoir, and other waters on the South Manti, may be inaccessible with highway vehicles. (01-19-18)

Gigliotti Pond

Unstable ice

On Jan. 18, Gigliotti Pond did not have stable ice. (01-19-18)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Closed

Gooseberry Reservoir may be inaccessible because of snow and mud. (01-19-18)

Grassy Lake

Closed

Grassy Lake, and other waters on the South Manti, are currently inaccessible to highway vehicles because of ice on the road. (01-19-18)

Huntington North Reservoir

Unstable ice

Huntington North Reservoir has unstable ice and areas of open water. (01-19-18)

Huntington Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching tiger trout at Huntington Reservoir using a paddle bug and worms, as well as red shiners. (01-19-18)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Unstable ice

Ice has started forming at Joes Valley Reservoir, but it is still too unstable for fishing. (01-19-18)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Closed

Access to the Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond is closed until March 1. (01-19-18)

La Sal Mountains

Closed

Many waters on the La Sal Mountains are either inaccessible to highway vehicles or covered with unstable ice. (01-19-18)

Lower Fish Creek

Good

Access may be limited as snow accumulates, but it may be accessible below Scofield dam with four-wheel drive. Try using panther martin spinners or green soft hackle flies to catch trout and chubs here. (01-19-18)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Fair

Miller Flat Reservoir may be accessible in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Try using tube jigs tipped with mealworms to catch trout. (01-19-18)

Millsite Reservoir & State Park

Unstable ice

Some of the ice at Millsite Reservoir has melted off, and the remaining ice is now too unstable for fishing. (01-19-18)

Petes Hole

Closed

Petes Hole and other waters above Joes Valley may be inaccessible because of snow, ice and mud. (01-19-18)

Potters Ponds

Closed

Potters Ponds may be inaccessible with highway vehicles because of snow, ice and mud. (01-19-18)

Price River

Slow

Much of the Price River through Price Canyon has frozen, making fishing impossible in many areas. (01-19-18)

Right Fork of Huntington Creek

Fair

Many parts of Huntington Creek are frozen over. Fishing may be difficult, depending on where you go. (01-19-18)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been ice fishing near the dam cove anbd on the west side of the reservoir, approaching the island. They've reported success catching rainbow and cutthroat trout using white and chartreuse jigs tipped with chub meat or waxworms. Paddle bugs and green glow ice flies tipped with a waxworm have also worked well. Try fishing between 16 and 22 feet of water, close to the bottom. (01-19-18)

Soup Bowl

Closed

Soup Bowl, and other waters on the South Manti, may be inaccessible with highway vehicles. (01-19-18)

Willow Lake

Closed

Willow Lake, and other waters on the South Manti, may be inaccessible with highway vehicles. (01-19-18)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Fair

Wrigley Springs Reservoir was accessible with four-wheel drive on Jan. 8, and had stable ice on the south end of the reservoir. Access may change, however, because of precipitation. (01-19-18)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers have reported mixed results. Bait and fly anglers have done fair to good, while trolling has not been productive. Some large brown trout are present and are more readily caught during the colder months. (01-11-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 2018. All of the other lakes are open. (01-11-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Slow

Ice conditions are currently unknown. Access should be more difficult after the current storm. (01-11-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

The water flow is low and clear, so tread lightly to avoid spooking fish. There are good numbers of rainbow trout that are biting well on wooly buggers. Expect surface ice in the morning. (01-11-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Slow

Anchor ice makes fishing difficult in the winter. (01-11-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Some of the Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2018, so check the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go fishing to make sure the lake you are fishing is open. Lakes are listed individually in the Rules for Specific Waters section. (01-11-18)

Clear Creek

Fair

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches. (01-11-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Duck Creek Pond is mostly ice-free. (01-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

The water flow is under 20 cfs. Some surface ice forms on cold mornings, but there is still plenty of open water to fish. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter because of water inflow from a spring. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

Access is good because there is little snow. 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 to four years. (01-11-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Slow

Unsafe ice reported on both the upper and lower reservoir. (01-11-18)

Fish Lake

Slow

The lake has some thin ice, but there are large patches of open water as well. It is no longer possible to launch boats. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is full and spilling. The rising water level and warm weather have deteriorated ice to unsafe conditions. Fishing open water may be a better option here. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Fremont River

Good

The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing with hare's ear nymphs. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from the shore. 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 largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. (01-11-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Unstable ice

The ice is unsafe. (01-11-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Slow

Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) is closed for the winter because of thin ice. (01-11-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Fair

There has been safe ice near the dam and fishing for perch has been fair to good in 12 to 13 feet. Access may be more difficult after the current storm, however. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Ice has continued to deteriorate and there is a lot of open water. Kolob is closed to bait fishing until May 2018. Remember that the limit allows harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches; all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. (01-11-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The ice is six to eight inches with some open water on the east side. Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time. (01-11-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

Access may be more difficult after the current storm. Anglers report that there are eight inches of ice on the southwest end with fair fishing for rainbow trout and a few tiger trout. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible from there. Surface ice is forming on lower Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River on cold mornings. (01-11-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The water level is rising and the ice edges on the north end are deteriorating. The rest of the reservoir is open water. Fishing in the open water has been more successful anyway. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice. (01-11-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

Access is typically limited during winter months. (01-11-18)

Navajo Lake

Slow

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Most of the lake has eight inches of ice, though there is a patch of open water in the middle of the lake. Fishing has been slow to fair. (01-11-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice. (01-11-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Unstable ice

Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. There is a lot of open water, and there are large cracks and soft edges. (01-11-18)

Panguitch Lake

Slow

The east end from Bear Paw beach to the dam has ice, the middle of the lake is open water, and the west end has thin ice. The ice on the east end has been mostly safe, but use caution and stay away from the edges of open water. Because anglers have been packed in tightly on the safe ice, fishing has slowed down. Open water fishing may be more productive right now. (01-11-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent reports on access or ice. Most, if not all, of the rainbow trout were lost to flooding after the Brian Head fire. 13,000 seven-inch tiger trout were stocked at the end of November and will hopefully provide some fishing opportunity. (01-11-18)

Pine Lake

Fair

Access should be possible, but the ice conditions are unknown. (01-11-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was nearly drained again in 2017. Suckers are still abundant, despite the repeated draining in recent years. Trout numbers are very low right now. (01-11-18)

Quail Lake

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and provide good fishing from the shore or a boat. See the Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass fishing tips. (01-11-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but anglers still catch a few nice fish during the colder months each year. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, dropshot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (01-11-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased to 100 cfs as water is sent down to Yuba Reservoir. This flow is still fishable and should keep surface ice from forming. (01-11-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Prior to the storm, anglers reported good ice conditions and fishing for the Solomon Basin lakes. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Access is still good because there is little snow. There are nine inches of ice. (01-11-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds and should provide fair to good fishing. (01-11-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent reports, but the reservoir is mostly ice-free. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, please release them so that they can spawn next spring. (01-11-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. There are four to five inches of ice. Fishing is slow to fair. (01-11-18)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,624.34 feet

Water temperatures: 55–56°F

As of the last fishing report, stripers and shad were holding in the 15 to 30 foot depth range. We suspected that colder weather would force both species to seek deeper water where temperature was more stable. With that in mind, we headed for Warm Creek to look for striper schools. We passed the floating restroom and slowed down and started graphing.

Nob Wimmer hooked the fish of a lifetime one day after his 83rd birthday while spoon fishing for stripers in Warm Creek Bay. The big fish weighed 30.35 pounds and was 43 inches long.

This fall, the graph has printed a mostly blank screen in deep water with an occasional layer of fish or suspended sediment at 60 feet. Since we have not caught any fish from this strange cloudy line, we ignored it when we saw it at 90 feet and moved on. It seems to have been the longest time since I have actually seen a striper school resting on the bottom. When that happened I got an adrenalin rush and quickly dropped spoons down to 95 feet. It took such a long time for my one-ounce spoon to reach the bottom that I changed to the two-ounce spoon, which worked very well. With 4 anglers in the boat, we quickly caught six fat stripers before they left the area. We searched some more and saw that school a few more times, but we moved on because they wouldn't hit our spoons.

After 30 minutes of graphing, we finally saw another school holding at 75 feet and caught fish on the first drop. My technician, Nob Wimmer, was having a hard time hooking fish. He got a lot of bites but they came off quickly. He usually catches more fish on spoons than I do on his homemade lures, so it was gratifying to be in the lead this time. After missing five to six fish, he finally hooked one and started reeling in. He said it was a really big fish, but I ignored him because he says that about every fish he hooks in deep water. I was playing a regular sized fish and spent my time concentrating on that fish. After I put my fish in the cooler I noticed that Nob had not gained any line and the fish was going deeper instead of coming to the surface. It must be a big fish. I hooked another fish and played it to the surface in short order. While putting it in the cooler I glanced at Nob's fish and saw that it was still pulling line and that the boat was following the fish. I was now sure that it truly was a big fish.

Despite the excitement of having a huge striper on the line, I thought I could catch one more before netting the big one. I dropped down and caught another fish at mid-depth as the striper school had followed the big fish off the bottom. The school was now at 20 to 30 feet as they watched the action. It was easy and quick to drop again to 20 feet and catch one more before the big one came up. Nob played the big fish for 20 minutes and we landed 10 more while watching him do battle. Stripers are a schooling fish that really get excited when one fish in the school shows feeding behavior. They often follow the hooked fish and look for something to eat. Always drop more lures in the water when a fish is being played to increase the catch.

Finally, the big one came close enough to see. I expected to see a 10-pound fish, but that estimate was not even close to the size of the monster fish in the water. Now I was thinking this one could be a new lake record. I grabbed the net, and hoisted the fish into the boat. The net handle bent dramatically but did not break. The fish was in the boat.

It measured 43 inches long, with a girth of 26 inches and weighed 30.35 pounds. It is very difficult to understand just how big a fish is when it is thrashing around in the net and is too large to put in a magnum sized cooler. I was actually disappointed, when we put the fish on the scale, to see that the fish was only 30 pounds. I got over it quickly, though, and took a lot of pictures to memorialize the event.

Nob later said that the big fish inhaled the spoon just after it hit bottom. The spoon must have landed right in front of the big one, who swallowed it. The spoon was lodged in the back of the throat near the last gill racker. Nob did not feel the fish until he lifted the spoon off the bottom. It was a perfect drop to the biggest fish living in Warm Creek. Congratulations to Nob Wimmer who caught the biggest fish of his life.

(12-14-17)

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