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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Bear Lake

Good

The water level has dropped about 3.5 feet this year, but you can still launch a boat in Utah at the State Park marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach and the Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. In Idaho, you can launch at the North Beach ramp.

The road on the east side of the lake in Utah is being repaved. It's now completely paved from Laketown to the Idaho State line. This will provide much easier access on the east side of Bear Lake to the boat ramps and fishing areas along the shore.

Fishing is good for cutthroat and lake trout. Anglers are catching fish by trolling with downriggers and minnow-type lures off Cisco Beach, Rainbow Cove and North Eden. Try trolling very shallow water in the rocky shoreline areas. Anglers are catching fish at 10 feet out of 60 foot deep water. Try fishing shallow depths in the mornings and move out deeper as the sun comes up. Some anglers are also catching cutthroat and lake trout by trolling and jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area. If you are jigging for trout, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one ounce sizes, and three to six inches long tipped with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. White, green and chartreuse are reliable colors. Shore fishing is fair to good for cutthroat and lake trout casting large spinners and spoons off the Utah State Park marina and off the Cisco Beach.

The Bonneville whitefish should begin their spawning run the week after Thanksgiving. The run will continue through the first two weeks of December. There have been no reports of anyone catching whitefish yet, but we will continue to monitor and report on the run once it gets going.

The trout limit is two fish. You may keep cutthroat trout that have a fin clip, but you must immediately release any cutthroat trout that have all fins intact. Lake trout take a long time to reach large sizes. They are legal to keep, but many anglers are encouraging other anglers to release them so that they can grow larger. (11-16-18)

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

Anglers report good fishing for brown trout. Brown trout become aggressive this time of year as they prepare to spawn. Try using streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flash lures. (11-09-18)

Bountiful Lake

Good

Fishing is good for rainbow trout. Successful anglers have had luck using orange PowerBait and panther martin spinners. (11-16-18)

Causey Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good for tiger and rainbow trout in the 10- to 12-inch range. Try using pink or orange PowerBait, shad minnows, trout magnates or nightcrawlers. (11-16-18)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

Fishing has been great. Boat anglers have been catching trout and a few wiper using pop gear and worms. Shore anglers have had success using PowerBait. Anglers are seeing brown trout on the south end of the lake near the inlet. (11-16-18)

Echo Reservoir

Fair

The water levels are low. The reservoir is at 11 percent of capacity. Anglers have had success fishing along the shoreline and using chartreuse PowerBait. (11-09-18)

Farmington Pond

Good

Fishing is good for rainbow trout. Try using yellow PowerBait or salmon eggs. (11-16-18)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good for rainbow trout. Successful anglers have had luck using crank baits, spinners and rooster tails. Pink, purple and silver have been reliable colors. (11-16-18)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers report good shore fishing for rainbow trout at the beach and in the south end of the reservoir. Try using green or yellow-and-garlic PowerBait, jointed jigs, spoons or worms. (11-16-18)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Good

Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout on the west end of the pond. Try using spoons, bread dough or artificial lures. (11-16-18)

Kaysville Ponds

Good

Fishing is good for rainbow trout off the dock. Successful anglers have been using spinners and worms. (11-16-18)

Logan River

Good

Fishing is good for trout. Try using black-and-gold spinners, salmon eggs, egg patterns or midge hatches. (11-09-18)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers report good fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout in the 16- to 18-inch range. Successful anglers have had luck using a paddle bugs tipped with a worm or fishing off the bottom with a nightcrawler. (11-16-18)

Mantua Reservoir

Good

The water temperature is 42°F. Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout on the west shoreline. Try using shrimp or a worm on a jug under a bobber. Boat anglers are catching perch using curly tails and imitation minnows. For best results, fish at depths of 1.5- to two feet. (11-16-18)

Ogden River

Good

Fishing for rainbow trout has been good. Try using spinners, Rapalas or worms. (11-16-18)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good for perch, crappie and largemouth bass. Try using crankbaits, sexy shad, silver minnows, Rapalas shad, soft jigs and bullet hooks. (11-16-18)

Rockport Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good for the stocked rainbow trout. Shore anglers recommend fishing by the dam using garlic PowerBait. Boat anglers report good fishing by trolling at a depth of 20 to 25 feet with Rapalas and Jake's gold. Rainbow lures and Fish-Skull flies tipped with a worm have been working as well. (11-09-18)

Uinta Mountains

Good

Fishing is good, but you need to be prepared for winter conditions. (11-16-18)

Weber River

Good

Trout fishing is good. Successful anglers have been casting natural-color Rapalas, streamers, midge hatches and worms. (11-16-18)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

Fishing for catfish has been slow to fair. Successful anglers have used whistle jigs and worms. (11-16-18)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Fair

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout two weeks ago. Anglers report fair fishing using traditional baits. This Juab County location has some picnic tables and portable restrooms. It's a beautiful, peaceful location for catching a trout or two. (11-02-18)

Canyon View Park Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow and there aren't many anglers out. Traditional baits are the most popular. (11-02-18)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Fair

About 60,000 10-inch rainbow trout were stocked into Deer Creek Reservoir about two weeks ago. Water levels are low so use caution when launching boats. Anglers are doing fairly well by trolling with popgear or other minnow-imitating lures. Shore fishing is actually producing fair success as well. Most shoreline anglers are using PowerBait. (11-02-18)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

The canyon opened back up to access right before the deer hunt. Anglers report fair fishing using flies, lures and baits. (11-02-18)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was stocked with 1,000 12-inch rainbow trout last week. Anglers report fair fishing. Traditional baits are the preferred technique of shore anglers. (11-02-18)

Highland Glen Park

Good

The pond was stocked with 1,600 12-inch rainbow trout in early October. Anglers report good fishing and only light fishing pressure. Traditional baits are working best. (11-02-18)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Fair

Water levels are low. Boat anglers report better success for trout than shore anglers. Remember that you can't keep kokanee from any Utah waters from September 10 through November 30. Besides trout, this reservoir's main species includes smallmouth bass, tiger muskies, kokanee salmon and wipers. For camping information, call the state park at 435-649-9540. (11-02-18)

Kidney Pond

Fair

The pond was stocked a few weeks ago. Fishing is fair using traditional baits and spinning lures. (11-02-18)

Midas Pond

Fair

The pond was stocked a few weeks ago. Fishing is slow to fair using traditional baits and lures. (11-02-18)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Conditions are snowy. Ice is actually starting to form on parts of this high-mountain lake. Fishing is fair, but access and open water are your obstacles. It may be better to wait for a warming trend before venturing to this lake. (11-02-18)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is currently 50 percent full. The water level is low and shorelines are muddy. Success is slow to fair. (11-02-18)

Payson Lake

Closed

Access to Payson Lakes in Payson Canyon is closed. (11-02-18)

Provo River, Lower

Good

The brown trout spawn is starting and trout are taking spinners fly patterns, sow bugs, etc. Smaller sizes 18 to 22 are used by most fly anglers. Copper-colored spinners seem to be a good color. (11-02-18)

Provo River, Middle

Good

November is a great time to fish the Provo because of the aggressive nature of the spawning brown trout. Sow bug, caddis, blue-winged olive pattern and small, dark nymph patterns are effective in November. Egg patterns will start to work well in the coming weeks. Spinners work well in October and November as well. (11-02-18)

Salem Pond

Fair

Fishing pressure is fairly light and success has been fair by using PowerBait. Mostly trout are being caught, but an occasional catfish, bass or bluegill reported. This is a good location to take the family. Large grassy areas, picnic tables, pavilions, playground, bathrooms and nearby fast food locations make this an ideal spot for an outing. There's also good wheelchair access. (11-02-18)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was stocked with rainbow trout a couple weeks ago. Fishing is fair and angling pressure is light. Most anglers are using traditional baits. Beautiful setting at this Tooele County reservoir. (11-02-18)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Good

This is the closest grayling fishery along the Wasatch Front. Small spinners or streamers or flies can still pick up the grayling. Fishing is fair. (11-02-18)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Fair

Snowy conditions continue this week. You can still catch a small trout or two at this lake located near Brighton Ski Resort. Small action lures, small amount of PowerBait or flies are your best bet. Dress for cold weather and bring boots. (11-02-18)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

The reservoir is closed for the season. (11-02-18)

Spring Lake

Fair

The lake was stocked with 2,000 12-inch rainbow trout last week. Fishing is fair using traditional baits at this small lake located in the town of Spring Lake just south of Payson. (11-02-18)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

We stocked 95,000 10-inch cutthroat trout into the reservoir a couple of weeks ago. There are still a couple of courtesy docks at the Marina ramps but they will likely be pulled soon. There's no ice and boats are being launched. Anglers are reporting fair to good success from both shoreline and boat. The average size trout caught from the state's most popular fishery averages about 17 inches. Please remember that there are special regulations at Strawberry Reservoir and all cutthroat of fish with cutthroat markings from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released. This is a good publication to look at if you plan to fish this beautiful, large reservoir. (11-02-18)

Thistle Creek

Good

Brown trout success is considered fair to good by using worms, spinners or flies. (11-02-18)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Closed

Alpine loop road is closed on November 1st. (11-02-18)

Utah Lake

Slow

Fishing is slow now that the season has turned colder. Pressure is light. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. (11-02-18)

Vernon Reservoir

Good

Fishing is considered fair to good by using traditional baits and lures. (11-02-18)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

There's not many fish seen in this pond, and there are few anglers. Fishing is slow. The pond has not been stocked in a few months, but a few trout are still cruising. (11-02-18)

Willow Pond

Fair

The pond was stocked with some chunky rainbow trout last week. Fishing is fair. Trout is your main catch but some sunfish and catfish are present too. The nice facilities at this location make is a great family fishing destination. (11-02-18)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The water has come up enough to launch small boats. Fishing success is slow. Few anglers reported by the state park staff. Please don't drive vehicles by the shoreline as several vehicles have become stuck in the mud this year. No reports of ice forming. Call the state park for more information at 435-758-2611. (11-02-18)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Fair

As of Nov. 6, water levels were still extremely low. Rainbow trout fishing has improved. Water levels have been slowly increasing, so you should be able to launch a boat at the reservoir within the next couple of weeks. (11-06-18)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Statewide regulations now apply at Brough. You no longer need to use artificial flies and lures only. (11-06-18)

Browne Lake

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Please let us know if you're catching fish here. (11-06-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report very slow fishing. Please let us know if you are catching any tiger muskie. REMINDER: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use proper catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. (11-06-18)

Calder Reservoir

Fair

As of Nov. 6, anglers reported very active trout and low fishing pressure. Try using shallow-diving baits in rainbow trout colors. 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. (11-06-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Fair

Trout fishing should begin to improve with continued cooler temperatures. REMINDER: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use proper catch-and-release techniques. (11-06-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Good

As of Nov. 6, the moss around the edges was dying because of the cooler temperatures. Anglers who fished from boats report excellent trout fishing using PowerBait, worms and marshmallows. (11-06-18)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports for East Park, although anglers report good fishing in the higher mountain lakes for all trout species. The gates are currently open. Please let us know if you have any success. (11-06-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Please keep in mind that Sheep Creek (the physical creek) from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on Nov. 24. The fishing at Flaming Gorge varies, depending on which species you're targeting.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing for small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near the main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-in-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 and #3 Needlefish. Small lake trout (shorter than 25 inches) have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will affect the trophy lake trout (less food to grow big fish). Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size class of fish is also a tasty meal for the dinner table.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until Nov. 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir; however, there is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective, especially in earth tones and quarter-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at depths of 20 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slowing down with the recent drop in temperatures. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are usually a good option.

Burbot: There haven't been many reports from anglers, but catch rates should improve now that water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50s. Typically, the highest catch rates are found near Firehole Boat Launch in late October to early November. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night. Try 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 of inches from the bottom. (11-06-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average flow is holding steady at 1,500 cfs. (Check on current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam.) The crowds are gone and now is great time to fish the Green River. Anglers are having good success using small beatis nymphs and dry flies, zebra midges and small ants. Streamer fishing has also picked up in light and dark color patterns. Spin fishing is always good. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white/chartreuse and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits also work well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (11-06-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

Water levels are very low, and the reservoir is still mossy. Bubbles or bobbers are effective. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs for bluegill. Upper Montes Creek Reservoir has been emptied, which resulted in a total fish kill. Be aware of pheasant releases and hunting near the reservoir through the month of November. (11-06-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Fair

Water levels are low. You can catch active trout using jigs, spoons and spinners along the shoreline. If you aren't successful, change your lures and try something different. (11-06-18)

Matt Warner

Fair

As of Nov. 6, anglers reported slower fishing for large rainbow trout. Try trout baits (like worms or artificial baits), flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. Tip: When you're bottom fishing, use something to float your bait about 18 to 24 inches off the bottom. This will keep your worm or bait above the mud and weeds where the fish will have an easier time finding it. Fishing has been best throughout the middle of the day. (11-06-18)

Moose Pond

Fair

As of Nov. 6, the trout were very active. Try using small spinners and PowerBait during the mid- to late-afternoon hours. (11-06-18)

Pelican Lake

Slow

REMINDER: A rotenone treatment occurred on Oct. 10–11. The reservoir is open, but fish have not been stocked yet. (11-06-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Good

Water levels are low, but trout fishing has been good from shore. (11-06-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Fair

Try wading or fishing from a small boat or float tube. Fishing should improve as the water cools down. Remember that the trout limit is two fish, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout that are 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. (11-06-18)

Spirit Lake

Good

With recent cooler temperatures, trout are more active during the mid- to late-afternoon hours. Try fly fishing nymphs (Prince or sow bug) early and late in the day. Spincasters should try small spoons (Jake's) and spinners (Panther Martins). If you are getting follows but no hits, try lures in a different color. (11-06-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Fair

REMINDER: Anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10–Nov. 30. As of Nov. 6, the ranger dock was closed to public use. Rangers report that trout fishing has improved with the cooler temperatures. The reservoir's water level is holding at 64 percent, and water temperatures are hovering around 58°F. Please harvest small walleye to help balance the fishery and ensure healthier walleye populations. Also, if you catch crappie, we encourage you to voluntarily release them so their population can get better established in the reservoir. (11-06-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

Shore access is scattered and nearly impossible because of the deep mud and silt. There is less than five square acres of open water, which equates to about 400 acre feet. Although the water is at deadpool, many fish are still alive. We encourage the public to harvest as many fish as possible. There is no daily bag limit for any species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2018. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019, and we hope to begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (11-06-18)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Good

Blanding Reservoir Nos. 3 and 4 were each stocked on Sept. 18 and 19 with more than 1,600 rainbow trout. Monticello Lake and Lloyds Lake have also been stocked with rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches long. Expect snow in some areas of the Abajo Mountains, as well as ice on some reservoirs. (11-15-18)

Benches Pond

Good

Benches 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. Benches Pond may soon freeze over, so use caution. (11-15-18)

Blue Lake

Good

Blue Lake has been stocked with 1,000 tiger trout this summer and 1,500 fingerling Arctic grayling on Oct. 9. Try using spinner lures or tube jigs for catching trout. Access to Blue Lake may be limited due to snow and mud. (11-15-18)

Boulger Reservoir

Good

Fishing has been 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. Boulger Reservoir may soon freeze over, so use caution. (11-15-18)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Good

The Carbon County Community Fishing Pond was stocked on Sept. 11 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. When the water freezes over, this pond will close. (11-15-18)

Cleveland Reservoir

Good

The water level is low at Cleveland Reservoir, but anglers are still having success catching trout, both from the shore and out on the water. Fly anglers have been using medium- and fast-sinking line with size 6 and 8 bead-headed lures. These lures include woolly buggers in brown/orange, brown or green leeches, and black/green soft hackle flies. Anglers have also had a lot of success catching rainbow trout while trolling with pop gear or bait fishing from shore. 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. Cleveland Reservoir may soon freeze over, so use caution. (11-15-18)

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. Access to Duck Fork Reservoir may be limited due to recent snowfall. (11-15-18)

Electric Lake

Good

A recent gill net survey found lots of healthy tiger trout, including one tiger trout that was several pounds. Anglers have been successful catching cutthroat trout trolling and jigging with gulp minnows and dead shiners. Electric Lake was stocked with 15,000 fingerling cutthroat trout on Oct. 31. Anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30. (11-15-18)

Emerald Lake

Good

Emerald Lake was stocked with 1,500 fingerling Arctic grayling and 1,000 rainbow trout over 10 inches long this summer. Try using worms, PowerBait, yellow spinner lures or soft hackle flies for catching trout. Access to Emerald Lake may be limited due to recent snowfall. (11-15-18)

Ferron Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching cutthroat, rainbow and brook trout, all between 11 and 19 inches, at Ferron Reservoir. They've had success using size 8 bead headed leeches in brown and plum, as well as soft hackle flies in tan/green/pearl color combinations. Most of the fish are being caught in the shallow water along the edges. You might also try using a fly and a bubble from the shore. Access to Ferron Reservoir may be limited due to recent snowfall. (11-15-18)

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. This pond may soon freeze over, so use caution. (11-15-18)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Good

Gooseberry Reservoir was stocked on Oct. 9 with 1,500 fingerling Arctic grayling and more than 1,200 rainbow trout averaging over 11 inches long this summer. Try using worms, PowerBait, spinners or dark soft hackle flies for catching trout. Anglers have also had success catching cutthroat trout using Mepps spinners. Gooseberry Reservoir may soon freeze over, so use caution. (11-15-18)

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. Access to Grassy Lake may be limited due to recent snowfall. (11-15-18)

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. A recent electrofishing survey produced some impressive brown trout in the creek below the Electric Lake Dam, near the bridge. (11-15-18)

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. (11-15-18)

Huntington North Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow at Huntington North Reservoir lately. Anglers have had some success catching rainbow trout using a size 8 bead head (white) leech in brown, as well as a bead head (copper) soft hackle fly in tan/green/pearl on the same size of hook. (11-15-18)

Huntington Reservoir

Good

Huntington Reservoir is about 17 percent full, and the boat ramp is well out of the water. Fishing is still good, though, especially if you can fish from a float tube or a small boat. With fly tackle, anglers have been successful using size 6 bead headed crystal buggers in black/orange/pearl color combinations. You might also do well with bead headed soft hackle flies with tan tinsel, brown/green/pearl crystal buggers, or plum leeches with a purple tail. The tiger trout have been between 14 and 18 inches long. Huntington Reservoir may soon freeze over, so use caution here. (11-15-18)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Fair

A recent gill net survey found several large, healthy cutthroat trout and splake at Joes Valley Reservoir. 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. (11-15-18)

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. (11-15-18)

La Sal Mountains

Good

Kens Lake was stocked on Oct. 10 with 700 rainbow trout averaging more than 11 inches long. Rattlesnake Ranch Pond was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout on Oct. 10. Dons Lake and Hidden Lake were both stocked with more than 700 rainbow trout on July 9. Dark Canyon Lake and several others on the La Sal Mountains have been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches in length this year. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Access to waterbodies on the La Sal mountains may be limited due to recent snowfall, and many of these waterbodies will soon freeze over. (11-15-18)

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. (11-15-18)

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. As winter conditions arrive, access to Miller Flat Reservoir may be limited. Miller Flat Reservoir will also begin to freeze over soon. (11-15-18)

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. Access to Petes Hole may be limited due to recent snowfall and muddy road conditions. (11-15-18)

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. Access to Potters Ponds may be limited due to recent snowfall and muddy road conditions. (11-15-18)

Price River

Closed

Much of the Price River through Price Canyon has frozen over. (11-15-18)

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. (11-15-18)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Fishing at Scofield Reservoir has been very good lately. Anglers have had the most success using worms and PowerBait nuggets (chartreuse, rainbow or orange) under bobbers or bubbles at least three feet below the surface. Anglers have also had luck using size 8 bead head (copper) soft hackle flies in tan/green/pearl combinations and medium sinking line. Rainbow trout have been the most common catch lately, as well as cutthroat trout, with very few, if any, chubs. Scofield Reservoir was stocked with 121,000 tiger trout averaging almost seven inches long and about 900 wiper in mid-October. The reservoir was also stocked on Sept. 13 and 19 with more than 20,000 rainbow trout averaging about 12 inches long. Scofield has also been stocked with 12,000 cutthroat trout this year. A recent gill net survey also found several tiger muskie about 28 inches long, as well as healthy wiper and rainbow trout. Ice has begun forming on Scofield Reservoir, so use caution. (11-15-18)

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. Access to Soup Bowl may be limited due to recent snowfall and muddy road conditions. (11-15-18)

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. (11-15-18)

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. Access to Willow Lake may be limited due to recent snowfall and muddy road conditions. (11-15-18)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Good

Wrigley Springs Reservoir was stocked with nearly 900 rainbow trout on Sept. 10. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching trout at Wrigley Springs Reservoir. Access to Wrigley Springs Reservoir may be limited due to recent snowfall and muddy road conditions. (11-15-18)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. There haven't been any recent fishing reports from anglers. (11-16-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 2019. See the Boulder Mountain report for techniques/tackle. (11-16-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (11-16-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-16-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Try catching them with small spinners and flies. (11-16-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Several Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2019. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed. Snow has limited access to some areas, especially the Boulder Top. Recent cold temperatures have also resulted in thin ice on many lakes. Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year as the water cools down and fish get more aggressive. Fair to good fishing can be found across the mountain. Spincasting anglers 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. (11-16-18)

Clear Creek

Good

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Anglers report good to excellent fishing with nymphs and small streamers. (11-16-18)

Corn Creek

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-16-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (11-16-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Good

The flow is below 15 cfs — perfect for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-16-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-16-18)

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. They 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 the next three to four years. (11-16-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Fair

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. Smallmouth bass are active and you can catch them on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs. (11-16-18)

Fish Lake

Fair

Anglers may not harvest or possess kokanee salmon through Nov. 30. Boat launching opportunities are limited due to ice in the marinas. Before you head to the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (11-16-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has mostly filled after being drawn down to fairly low levels earlier in the summer. It appears that a fair number of trout survived the low water, although fishing remains slow right now. (11-16-18)

Fremont River

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-16-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

Visit the Gunlock State Park website for boat ramp hours. Largemouth bass fishing has been fair to good for fish that weigh up to two pounds. A few crappie have also been caught recently. The fish re-stocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Conditions should continue to improve at Gunlock over the next year. (11-16-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report fair fishing for a number of species at Gunnison Bend and DMAD. Try using small jigs and nightcrawlers. (11-16-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

Rainbow trout have been stocked at the Lake at the Hills fishery in Cedar City. (11-16-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

You'll find slow fishing and not much fishing pressure. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-16-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was mostly drained and treated with rotenone to remove illegally stocked yellow perch, green sunfish and bluegill. Trout will be re-stocked as early as possible in spring 2019. (11-16-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has been completely drained for irrigation use. (11-16-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-16-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-16-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-16-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report fair fishing for trout. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Drifting nymphs under a strike indicator also works well. (11-16-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at the Box Creek reservoirs and north-end lakes (i.e., Big, Deep and Anabella lakes). (11-16-18)

Navajo Lake

Fair

The water level is fairly low and weeds are thick. This is making shoreline fishing difficult. (11-16-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing. (11-16-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is slowly filling, but it is still at just 20 percent of capacity. Fishing should improve as the water cools and the reservoir fills. (11-16-18)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

The advisory for harmful algal blooms has been lifted. The water is clearing up but may still be a little murky as the algae dies off and settles out. Fishing is fair to good in the morning and late afternoon but slows down during the mid-day hours. You can catch rainbow trout on popular baits (i.e., PowerBait and nightcrawlers). If you're targeting larger cutthroat and tiger trout, try dark-green tube jigs, swimbaits and cut bait. (11-16-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Good

Tiger trout are growing well and providing some fun action. Anglers have reported good fishing with flies and lures for fish ranging from 12 to 15 inches long. (11-16-18)

Pine Lake

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but look for fishing success to improve as the water cools down. (11-16-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight fish through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is still at three percent of capacity, with a depth of only 10 feet. There are some 14- to 15-inch rainbow trout available. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, which makes boat launching very difficult. (11-16-18)

Quail Lake

Fair

Bass fishing is fair to good. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques. (11-16-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Largemouth bass fishing is fair to good. Bass are holding at depths of 30 to 40 feet. Spinnerbaits, swim baits, crankbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics are all good choices. (11-16-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Releases from Piute Reservoir are at 50 cfs, providing ideal flows for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-16-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-16-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Slow

The water level is very low. (11-16-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Trout stocking has begun and will continue periodically through the cold months. (11-16-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is slowly filling. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. 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. (11-16-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout are abundant and providing fair to good fishing. For brook trout, try fishing deep with marabou jigs, woolly buggers, Gulp minnows and nightcrawlers. (11-16-18)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,591 feet

Water temperatures: 66°F

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We will be sampling fish with gill nets at Good Hope Bay and Rincon Monday through Friday of next week. Therefore, this will be the last regular weekly report for 2018. Each year we do gill net studies to document changes in fish populations, health indexes, and to help us understand how the fishery is doing compared to previous years. The gill netting sites include Wahweap, San Juan (Piute), Rincon and Good Hope Bay (Red Canyon). Gill netting data dates back to 1973 so there is a long history of netting data for comparison.

Otters helped us pull fish out of the gill nets on the San Juan sampling trip.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

This week we placed nets in the San Juan from Piute Canyon toward the Great Bend. The most numerous fish species collected were gizzard shad (from 4 to 20 inches) and striped bass. Smallmouth bass numbers were below average but that may have more to do with the stormy weather or changing habitat encountered. Results from the other three stations will help us understand that more fully.

We did have some volunteers show up to help us pick fish out of a couple of nets. We politely told the two otters to leave the fish in the nets and to stop eating the tails off the smallmouth bass, which seemed to be their preferred fish. They looked quizzically at us and then went on their way to a new spot.

After the netting was completed we went fishing along the large wall on the right side before entering the Great Bend. We caught a couple of stripers trolling and a few more on spoons but catching was not fast enough. We went up the Great Bend and saw two fishing boats with anglers willing to give us fish reports. The first report indicated good smallmouth fishing along the canyon walls. The second report of a striper boil caused us to turn around and head back downstream to where the water depth in the Great Bend was 30 to 40 feet. Stripers were not boiling on the sunny side of the channel where they had been reported in the morning but we saw splashes in the shade of the afternoon sun. We chased splashes and caught 20 stripers on surface lures, crank baits and spoons. They moved quickly over a half mile area but each time we saw a splash we caught a few more fish. It was a great way to finish our last trip to the San Juan this year.

Reports from Good Hope Bay indicated slow fishing which improved with distance traveled upstream. The mudline near Trachyte produced stripers caught trolling and spooning with the best habitat being quick drop-offs where the depth quickly changed from 10 to 25 feet. The best trolling lures were purple Flicker Shad and Rattletraps and a black-backed jointed Rapala.

The crazy weather lately is very unusual for late October where calm weather is the normal. As those normal fall weather conditions return and stabilize expect fishing success to improve for all species.

For now, the best option is to target the 30 to 40 foot depth strata when looking for stripers near the back of a canyon. Trolling is the best way to find fish now but as the water cools stripers will seek deeper water and spooning will be the best technique.

(10-25-18)

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