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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Bear Lake

Good

Bear Lake has open water and there are still a few pieces of ice floating around, so be cautious while boating. Launching access is available at the Utah State Park marina, First Point and Rainbow Cove boat ramps where the ramps are free of ice and snow and courtesy docks are in the water. There is still about 6 to 12 inches of snow on the ground at Bear Lake. Fishing for cutthroat trout and lake trout has slowed down near the rockpile. However, anglers are still able to catch some fish. The hot spot has been on the east side of the lake off the Pump House, Second Point and along Cisco Beach. Some anglers are trolling and some are jigging, but both methods are working well. When jigging, start in depths of 30 to 70 feet depending on the location. When jigging for trout try using tube jigs or swim baits in 1/2- to one ounce sizes and 3 to six inches long tipped with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Anglers who have been trolling are doing well using minnow-type lures, flatfish and a dodger with a squid. Troll with the lures off downriggers close to bottom, but also watch your sonar for suspended fish that may also be active at this time of year. Since the water is still very cold, sometimes trolling flat lines far behind the boat with crankbaits can also be very productive. Remember the trout limit is two fish. You can keep cutthroat trout with a healed fin clip. Cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be released immediately. (03-22-19)

Blacksmith Fork River

Fair

Anglers are reporting fair fishing for trout. Try nymphing in shallow riffles and deep runs. Try using gray midge size 18-22, gray magic midge size 18, white bead head woolly bugger streamer size 8-10, red bead head prince size 18-20, orange micro egg size 14-16 or a white zonker size 8-10. Midges are hatching in the afternoons on warm days. (03-22-19)

Bountiful Lake

Fair

Fishing is fair to good and anglers are catching 8- to 16-inch rainbow trout and small catfish off the bottom. Try using PowerBait (any color), orange eggs, nightcrawler or shrimp. (03-22-19)

Causey Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with 7 to 18 inches of ice with snow on top. The edges are soft two to four feet out; please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is slow to fair and anglers are catching small planter rainbow trout and small planter cutthroat trout off the bottom in about 20 to 30 feet of water. Try using green jig heads with green glow tubes, garlic-scented bait, gizzilla crazy glow bugs tipped with worm or shrimp or nuclear ants tipped with worm. (03-22-19)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is capped with 10 to 19 inches of ice with snow on top. The edges are soft two to five feet out. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is fair to good. Anglers are catching 11 to 22 inch rainbow trout. Try using a green jig head on a white paddle bug tipped with a waxworm, small green tube jig, green atomic teaser with an orange tail tipped with corn or chartreuse PowerBait, green ratfinkees or tungsten jig tipped with a waxworm. Highway 65 is closed for the winter, however; you can still get to the park via I-84 Morgan or Hennifer. (03-22-19)

Echo Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with 12 to 22 inches of ice. The edges are weak with open water 6 to 14 feet out; you will need a plank to access the ice. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is fair to good and anglers are catching 8- to 12-inch crappie on the west side of the reservoir in 5 to 15 feet of water, 18- to 22-inch brown trout, 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout and 6- to 10-inch perch in 25 feet of water. Try using a dropper jig below a spoon tipped with a waxworm, small green ice flies or a green or chartreuse tungsten teardrop jig tipped with cut perch meat or perch eyes. (03-22-19)

Farmington Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow to fair and angler pressure is low. Try using orange power eggs off the bottom, chartreuse or green PowerBait, or green tube jig tipped with worm. (03-22-19)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Good

The reservoir has open water with some rotten ice sheets still floating around. Fishing pressure is low and anglers are catching small planter rainbow trout. Try using floating PowerBait, an olive midge tipped with a San Juan redworm dropper or CVC midges size 18-22. (03-22-19)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The edges are soft with water 2 to three feet out in areas and there is a large crack running across the center of the lake. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is slow to fair and anglers are catching six- to nine-inch perch and largemouth bass in 25 to 30 feet of water near the bottom. Anglers are catching rainbow trout in 35 feet of water suspended 10 feet down. The bite at Hyrum is light, try using regular jigs tipped with a mealworm, anything pink or green tipped with perch meat or eyes or a waxworm, teardrop jigs tipped with cut perch meat or perch eyes, olive green Hali jigs tipped with wax worms or ice jigs tipped with wax worms. (03-22-19)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair to good and anglers are catching 9- to 16-inch rainbow trout off the bottom. Try using orange power eggs, chartreuse or green PowerBait, or an olive midge with a San Juan redworm dropper. (03-22-19)

Kaysville Ponds

Good

Fishing is good and anglers are catching 10- to 20-inch rainbow trout and 16- to 20-inch broodstock. Try using a frog pattern jig on a 1/16 ounce chartreuse jig head tipped with a waxworm, green tube tipped with maggot, orange micro eggs, PowerBait, gray midge size 18-22, gray magic midge size 18 or a white bead head woolly bugger streamer size 8-10. (03-22-19)

Logan River

Fair

Anglers are catching 10- to 22-inch trout and are reporting fair to good fishing. Try using Griffiths gnats, BWOs size 18-20, CDC midges, black para midge or a buffalo midge size 18-22. Midges are hatching in the afternoons on warm days. (03-22-19)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with 16 to 20 inches of ice with snow on top. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. The road from the dam to the boat ramp is not maintained in the winter, you will need a four-wheel drive or a snow machine to access this part of the reservoir. Fishing is good in the early morning and slows around 10 a.m. and anglers are catching rainbow and cutthroat trout under the slot in 25 feet of water near the dam. The bite at Lost Creek is light, try using a small black marabou feather jig, white tube jigs tipped with night crawler or mealworm, floating jigs, white or green jig head tipped with a manic craw plastic, spoons, jigs or cutter bugs. (03-22-19)

Mantua Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is capped with 12 inches of ice with snow on top. The edges are soft 1 to two feet out; please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Anglers are catching planter-sized rainbow trout, 5- to 6-inch bluegill three feet off the bottom, and 4- to 6-inch perch. Try using a small ratfinkee tipped with waxworms, Northland 'Gill Getters, Northland Bro Bugs, a number 12 ratfinkee tipped with a waxworm, a small tungsten jig tipped with perch eye or a small green jig head with a small white gizzy bug tipped with perch meat. There are road closures at the reservoir for the Mantua East Spring Re-Piping Project. While the work continues, access to the south side of the dike road will be closed. The Public Works Administrative Office will notify the public when access reopens. If you have questions about the project, please call 435-734-6615. (03-22-19)

Ogden River

Fair

Anglers report fair fishing and are catching 16- to 20-inch brown trout. Try using a zebra midges, sinking rock rollers, green sinking stoneflies, buffalo midges or chamois caddis. Midges are hatching in the afternoons on warm days. (03-22-19)

Pineview Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with 7 to 20 inches of ice and soft edges 6 to 20 feet out. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Angling pressure is low, try using traditional baits and lures. (03-22-19)

Rockport Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is capped with 9 to 15 inches of ice, and the top 6 to seven inches of ice is rotten with snow on top. The edges are soft and there's 8 to 10 feet of open water from shore to the ice; a plank will be necessary to access the ice. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is slow to fair and anglers are catching 8- to 10-inch perch in 40 to 50 feet of water off the bottom. They're also catching planter rainbow trout 10 feet under the ice. Try using a white paddle bug with a green neon head or a white tube with an orange tail tipped with a waxworm. (03-22-19)

Uinta Mountains

Good

All lakes and reservoirs are capped with ice; please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Most of the lakes and reservoirs are only accessible by snowmobile. (03-22-19)

Weber River

Fair

The water temperature at midday is 40 degrees and visibility is 18 inches. Fishing for trout is slow to fair. The best stretch to fish is the Wanship from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Try using 14 to 18 caddis larva, brown zebra midges, sow bugs number 16 to 20, hares ear, pheasant tails, prince nymphs or woolly buggers. (03-22-19)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

The water temperature is 43 to 45 degrees. The walleye are starting to move closer to shore for the walleye spawn. On warmer days the whipper are biting. Fishing is slow and angler pressure is low. Fishing will pick up in the next few weeks with the forecasted warmer weather. Try using traditional lures and baits. (03-22-19)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Good

The pond has been recently stocked with rainbow trout and fishing is good. Try using Zeke's Sierra Gold trout bait, chartreuse PowerBait, Pautzke's or Balls O' Fire Salmon Eggs with a bit of nightcrawler. Fish off the bottom using a slip rig. (03-22-19)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed, but will open to the public on April 1. We will begin stocking community ponds with fish later this month. (03-22-19)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Unstable ice

The ice is thinning and there is open water at the Middle Provo river inlet and the Wallsburg arm. Anglers report that the frozen edges that are present in the morning thaw by midday. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions change. We recommend that you do not attempt to ice fish right now. Anglers are catching good size rainbow trout and brown trout in the open water river inlet. Try using nightcrawler or salmon egg suspended 18 to 24 inches under a bobber. Adding a #5 or #7 spilt shot just above your hook can help keep bait at the intended depth. Also, try using yellow or chartreuse PowerBait fished 12 to 18 inches off the bottom using a basic fixed sinker rig. (03-22-19)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

Angler pressure is increasing and fishing is picking up with the warmer weather. Fly anglers should try using #18-#20 midges, sow bugs and BWOs. Fishing is best at midday. (03-22-19)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is open water and anglers have been catching 12- to 16-inch rainbow and brown trout. Try fishing glitter-and-garlic or corn-scented Powerbait or garlic marshmallows with a bit of nightcrawler off the bottom using a slip-rig sinker. You can also try using small Panther Martin Holy Hammered spinners, Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners with a slow to medium retrieve. (03-22-19)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

Fishing is fair. Try fishing rainbow-twist or garlic Powerbait, or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow off the bottom using a slip-rig sinker. Also, try using gold Mepps, silver Panther Martins, gold or black Rooster Tails with a medium-slow retrieve. We will begin stocking community ponds with fish later this month. (03-22-19)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Slow

There is a large area of open water near the dam. Please do not venture out onto thin ice near open water because it is extremely unsafe. The ice is 20 to 22 inches thick north of the main ramp and 18 to 20 inches near Rock Cliff. Anglers are catching rainbow and brown trout through the ice but report the action is slow. A few anglers have reported success fishing the Upper Provo river inlet. If you're ice fishing, try using pink or chartreuse tube jigs, glitter or white paddle bugs, Swedish Pimples or Lindy Rattl'n Flyer spoons. We recommend tipping jigs with Powerbait, minnow, chub meat or nightcrawler. If you're fishing the river inlet, try using nightcrawler or salmon egg suspended 18 to 24 inches under a bobber. Adding a #5 or #7 split shot just above your hook can help keep bait at the intended depth. Also, try fishing yellow or chartreuse PowerBait 12 to 18 inches off the bottom using a basic fixed-sinker rig. (03-22-19)

Kidney Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow. We will begin stocking the pond this month, so catch rates will improve. Try using garlic Powerbait or Atlas Mikes Marshmallows fished off the bottom using a slip-rig sinker. You can also try using a wet fly behind a bubble or metallic inline spinners. (03-22-19)

Midas Pond

Slow

Midas has developed a significant leak in the pond liner. The pond will need to be completely drained and repaired. The pond will be refilled and we will restock fish in the pond once everything is fixed. You can still fish the other two nearby ponds: Kidney and Riverfront. (03-22-19)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the season. It should reopen by Memorial Day. (03-22-19)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Anglers are reporting good catch rates and increased numbers of feeding fish. Daily midge hatches are occurring but the timing of hatches varies from day-to-day. If you're fly-fishing, try using dry fly midges (size #16-#18), baetis (size #16-#18), midge emergers (size #20-#22), or a combination using a dry dropper during the hatches. When a hatch is not occurring, try using midge larva or pupa (size #18-#22), mayfly nymphs (size #16-#18), or sow bugs (size #16-#18). Spincasters should try using gold, green or black Rooster Tails, Mepps, Panther Martins or Rapalas with a medium-slow retrieve. (03-22-19)

Provo River, Middle

Good

Anglers are reporting high catch rates and a lot of feeding fish. Daily midge hatches are occurring but the timing of hatches varies from day-to-day. If you're fly-fishing, try using dry fly midges (size #16-#18), baetis (size #16-#18), midge emergers (size #20-#22), or a combination using a dry dropper during the hatches. When a hatch is not occurring, try using midge larva or pupa (size #18-#22), mayfly nymphs (size #16-#18), or sow bugs (size #16-#18). Spincasters should try using gold, green or black Rooster Tails, Mepps, Panther Martins or Rapalas and use a medium-slow retrieve. We're conducting creel surveys on the Middle Provo this year. If you have the change, please participate and share information for us. The surveys give our biologists essential data that they use to improve Utah's fisheries. (03-22-19)

Salem Pond

Good

Fishing is good. The pond has been recently stocking with rainbow trout and anglers report catching largemouth bass. For trout, try fishing with garlic- or corn-scented Powerbait, or Atlas Mikes Marshmallows with a little bit of nightcrawler off the bottom using a slip rig sinker. For bass, try using skirted jigs, Lindy Fuzz-E grub, 1/16 to 1/8 ounce jig heads with a white or chartreuse curly tail grub or Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners. Use a slow retrieve. (03-22-19)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is open water and the fishing is fair. Anglers are catching 14 to 16 inch rainbow trout. Try using glitter/garlic or corn scented Powerbait or garlic marshmallows with a bit of nightcrawler off the bottom using a slip rig sinker. Also, try using small Panther Martin Holy Hammered spinners, Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners with a slow to medium retrieve. (03-22-19)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Closed

The gate is closed for the season. It should reopen by Memorial Day. (03-22-19)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

Spanish Oaks is still closed. The reservoir has been drained to make repairs and address some safety issues. We anticipate that the reservoir will be refilled and open for fishing in April. (03-22-19)

Spring Lake

Good

Fishing is good. The pond has been recently stocking with rainbow trout and anglers report catching largemouth bass. Try using garlic- or corn-scented Powerbait, or Atlas Mikes Marshmallows with a little bit of nightcrawler off the bottom using a slip-rig sinker. You may also want to try using salmon egg with a bit of nightcrawler suspended 24 to 30 inches under a bobber. (03-22-19)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

As of March 18, the parking area and road leading to the Strawberry Marina are closed. This year's heavy snow has forced the Marina snowplow operators to suspend operations. The road is likely to remain closed until the snow melts in late April or early May. The plowed parking areas at Clyde Creek and along Highway 40 are still open. There are several other angler access areas still available, too.

The ice is thick, the snow is deep and the slush is serious. Anglers report almost being unable to drill through to the water in some areas because of the total depth of the snow, slush and ice. The average ice thickness is 24 inches with very wet slush in spots. There is open water at the Ladders and some areas may have soft ice, so please use caution if you access the ice. Catch rates are high for rainbow and cutthroat trout, and have increased for kokanee salmon. Try using 1/16- to 1/32-ounce pink or chartreuse ice flies, Swedish Pimples, Crazy Glow Orange or Pearl White Maniac Custom Lures Cut'r Bugs, white or pink paddle bug jigs, or white or pink tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs with mealworm, nightcrawler, shrimp or Powerbait. Also, try scenting your plastic jigs with trout, garlic or crayfish attractant gel or spray. (03-22-19)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There have been no reports about angling pressure or fishing catch rates. The upper portion, the Nebo Creek area, and lower portion, near Bennie Creek, have felt the effects of debris flows from the fire in 2018. Fish numbers are down, but they are still present in the system. If you're flyfishing, try using midges (size #18-#20), baetis (size #16-#18), caddis larva (size #18-#20), midge larva or pupa (size #18-#20), or mayfly nymphs (size #16-#18). Spincasters should try casting gold Mepps, silver Panther Martins, gold or black Rooster Tails upstream of deeper sections using a medium-slow retrieve. (03-22-19)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Fair

The ice is 12 to 15 inches thick, but there is open water near the river inlet. Warmer weather can create soft spots, cracks or pressure ridges in the ice, so please use extreme caution if you access the ice. Anglers are catching 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout and 10- to 14-inch cutthroat trout. Try fishing the 10 to 15 foot water column using Paddle Glow Bug jigs, Gitzit Micro Little Tough Guy jig, Lindy Glow Spoon, Swedish Pimple, Acme Kastmaster or 1.5-inch chartreuse or orange panfish tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs and spoons with mealworm, nightcrawler or PowerBait. (03-22-19)

Utah Lake

Fair

The lake is open water. Boaters are able to launch from all marinas. The white bass bite is slow. Anglers are catching some largemouth bass, northern pike, and report that the walleye bite is picking up. If you're targeting walleye, try fishing near the tributaries using duel jig rigs with lemon meringue, fire tiger, orange crush, sour grape or chartreuse grubs with a 1/16 to 1/32-ounce jig head. We recommend tipping jigs with nightcrawler. Use a very slow retrieve to keep jigs in contact with the bottom. Remember: Utah Lake tributaries are closed to the possession of walleye until May 4. (03-22-19)

Vernon Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow. Try using rainbow-twist or garlic Powerbait, or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow fished off the bottom using a slip-rig sinker. Also, try using gold Mepps, silver Panther Martins, gold or black Rooster Tails with a medium-slow retrieve. (03-22-19)

Willow Pond

Slow

Catch rates have been low and fishing is slow. Try using rainbow-twist or garlic Powerbait, or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow fished off the bottom using a slip-rig sinker. You can also try using small neon Rattfinkees or ice flies below a bobber. We recommend tipping jigs with nightcrawler, salmon egg or Powerbait. We will begin stocking community ponds with fish later this month. (03-22-19)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

You can launch a boat from the Oasis and Painted Rock boat ramps. Water levels are low and the hazard buoys are not in place yet, so launch at your own risk. Angling pressure is increasing but fishing is still slow. Biologists completed recent netting efforts to collect northern pike eggs. The eggs will be used to produce tiger muskies in our fish hatcheries. Through the course of these efforts, our biologists documented 12- to 16-inch walleye, 12- to 20-inch channel catfish, 10- to 13-inch rainbow trout, and 18- to 45-inch northern pike. Try fishing with glitter garlic PowerBait, Atlas Mike's Marshmallows, salmon eggs or a nightcrawler off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. For northern pike, we recommend fishing the eastern portion of the lake near the Sevier River inlet. Try using Acme Kastmasters, Blue Fox Foxtail Super Vibrax spinners, white-and-red Dardevle spoons, Panther Martin Muskie Marabuck spinners, Rapala Jointed Minnow or Heddon Zara Spook. Also, try bait fishing using a 3- to 5-inch dead red side shiner, smelt or chunk of Utah Chub meat. (03-22-19)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir is currently 73 percent full, but will rise with the warmer weather. Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush during the week ahead. There may also be up to a foot of snow and a few inches of slush in places, which will make it difficult to walk. There is some open water near the dam. Please use extreme caution on the ice. Use small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with waxworms, perch eyes, and gulp minnows. (03-15-19)

Brough Reservoir

Good

Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush once the weather warms. Anglers report fish sitting at the top five feet of the water column. Fishing is good in the morning with pink jigs tipped with mealworms. There are still some thin soft spots, so please use extreme caution on and off the ice and drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Browne Lake

Slow

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are still closed and locked for the winter. Please use extreme caution on and off of the ice and let us know if you have any success. (03-15-19)

Bullock Reservoir

Unstable ice

There have been no recent angling reports. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice, and drill test holes. Also, let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie through the ice. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. Submit any photos to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (03-15-19)

Calder Reservoir

Slow

Because of the extreme winter, we starting to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir and we anticipate a fish kill. We aren't currently sure about the extent of the kill. The roads are limited to snowmobile access only. The reservoir is capped with ice, but there may still be open water near the windmills in the middle. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice, and drill test holes. 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. (03-15-19)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Unstable ice

There are no recent angling reports. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. (03-15-19)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Slow

The gates are closed and you can only access the reservoir by snowmobiles. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. There are no recent angler reports. If you fish Currant Creek Reservoir, please email pictures and results to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (03-15-19)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are closed and locked for the winter. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. There are no recent angler reports. (03-15-19)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

All of the launches are iced-in and most of the reservoir is frozen. Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush once the weather warms. The roads will likely be muddy throughout the week, too.

Lake trout: Fishing is slow to fair for small lake trout while jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near 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-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Small lake trout (less than 25 inches long) have become 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 lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size of fish also makes for an excellent meal.

Kokanee salmon: Prior to freezing in, some anglers were launching boats at Lucerne and catching kokanee while trolling dodgers/squids in 10 to 15 feet of water under planer boards.

Rainbow trout: Some anglers are having success fishing open water from shore near the dam. Marabou jigs are very effective, in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Ice anglers report good fishing in 8 to 15 feet of water using small jigging spoons and jigs tipped with mealworm. Chartreuse and pink have been successful lure colors.

Smallmouth bass: We haven't received any recent reports. It's uncommon to catch bass in the winter.

Burbot: Fishing is good. Look for areas that weren't hit by the Burbot Bash crowd. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night. Use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip your lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (03-15-19)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average water flows are around 800 cfs. This decrease should make the river more accessible to fish and for wade fishing. See the current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. The crowds are gone, so now is a great time to fish the Green River. Try using small zebra midges and other midge dry flies. For nymphs, use some midge and small baetis patterns. Light- or dark-colored streamers should be useful during the water flow changes. Spin fishing is always good. Marabou or tube jigs in earth tones, white-and-chartreuse or ginger are good options in shallow or deep water. Rainbow- or brown-trout-patterned crankbaits and spoons also work well. Pinch down the barbs for a quick release. (03-15-19)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent angler reports. Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. The reservoir has fishable ice, but use extreme caution and drill test holes before accessing it. Before the last stocking, the reservoirs pH levels were very high. Because of the high level, we did not stock rainbow trout. You should expect to catch only bluegill and largemouth bass. (03-15-19)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

The gates are closed for the winter. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Matt Warner

Slow

With the extreme winter conditions these season, we have started to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir. We anticipate a fish kill, though we do not know the extent of the kill at this time. Access is limited to snowmobile access only. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice. (03-15-19)

Moose Pond

Slow

The pond has solid, fishable ice. We haven't received reports on fishing conditions or success. This is a great place to introduce anglers to ice fishing. Try using small jigs tipped with bait like mealworms, gulp minnows or PowerBait. Please use extreme caution on the ice, and always drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Pelican Lake

Slow

Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. There may be some open water in several locations on the north end. The lake was treated with rotenone on October 10 and 11, and few fish have been restocked. Bluegill were stocked after the treatments, but biologists do not recommend fishing for them. There are few fish compared to the size of the lake. If you catch one, please release it to help the population get a jump start. Thanks for your cooperation. (03-15-19)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing. The North Beach access to Red Fleet — off of Donkey Flatt Road — is closed until the snow can be cleared. The gate is closed, too. Please use caution if you attempt to drive to the gate, because you will likely get stuck. There are about 18 inches of ice in many locations. Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. Rangers report about 10 inches of fishable ice with varying thin spots. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

The gates are closed for the winter. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. Remember: the trout limit is 2, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. (03-15-19)

Spirit Lake

Slow

The lake is only accessible by snowmobile. There are no recent angling reports. (03-15-19)

Starvation Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report good fishing for 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout. Bigger fish have been harder to catch. Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. The reservoir water level is increasing and is currently at 88 percent full. Please harvest small walleye to help balance the reservoir and produce healthier walleye populations. If you catch crappie, please release them to help the population establish. (03-15-19)

Steinaker Reservoir

Slow

Rangers report that the reservoir has had a complete fish kill. It's unlikely any fish survived. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice. Work on the dam will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2019. We hope to be begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (03-15-19)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Good

Anglers at Lloyd's Lake have had a lot of success catching rainbows. Try using rainbow PowerBait or white tube jigs tipped with mealworms. Most of their success has been near the dam in 10 to 15 feet of water. The ice is between 5 and six inches thick. (03-08-19)

Academy Mill Reservoir

Closed

Academy Mill Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are inaccessible to highway vehicles because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Benches Pond

Closed

Benches Pond is currently inaccessible because of deep snow along Skyline Drive. (03-08-19)

Blue Lake

Closed

Blue Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Boulger Reservoir

Closed

Boulger Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Closed

The Carbon County Community Fishing Pond is closed for the winter. (03-08-19)

Cleveland Reservoir

Closed

Cleveland Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Closed

Duck Fork Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are likely inaccessible to highway vehicles because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Electric Lake

Closed

Electric Lake is currently inaccessible without a snow machine or snowshoes. (03-08-19)

Emerald Lake

Closed

Emerald Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Fairview Lakes

Closed

Snow on the Manti-La Sal National Forest has made the road to Fairview Lakes inaccessible for highway vehicles. (03-08-19)

Ferron Reservoir

Closed

Ferron Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Gigliotti Pond

Fair

Gigliotti Pond had about 16 inches of snow on Mar. 7. Try using white or green tube jigs or paddle bugs tipped with worms for catching rainbow trout here. (03-08-19)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Closed

Gooseberry Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are likely inaccessible to highway vehicles because of deep snow. Gooseberry, however, may be accessible with a snow machine. (03-08-19)

Grassy Lake

Closed

Grassy Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Huntington Creek

Fair

Portions of Huntington Creek are still accessible, but there is a lot of snow in Huntington Canyon. Finding safe parking along Highway 31 may be difficult. (03-08-19)

Huntington North Reservoir

Good

Huntington North Reservoir had about 16 inches of ice on Mar. 7, though the ice is getting soft and slushy along the shoreline, so use caution. The rainbow trout are biting on green, sparkly tube jigs. Try tipping these with worms or chub meat. (03-08-19)

Huntington Reservoir

Closed

Huntington Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Fair

The fishing hasn't been fast at Joes Valley, but anglers are catching splake and cutthroat trout averaging 18 inches or larger. Try using white jig heads or tube jigs tipped with mealworms or chub meat. Joes Valley Reservoir is still easily accessible and had about 20 inches of ice near the boat ramp on Mar. 7. Utah Highway 29 will be impacted by rockslides throughout the spring runoff, so drive with caution. (03-08-19)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Closed

The Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond is closed for the winter. (03-08-19)

La Sal Mountains

Closed

Access to waterbodies on the La Sal mountains may be limited because of recent snowfall. (03-08-19)

Lower Fish Creek

Fair

Lower Fish Creek below Scofield Reservoir is not frozen over, but you'll need snowshoes or a snow machine to get to it. (03-08-19)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Closed

Miller Flat Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are likely inaccessible to highway vehicles because of recent snowfall. Miller Flat Reservoir may be accessible with a snow machine. The gate to the Miller Flat road will close during the spring months as the snow thaws. (03-08-19)

Millsite Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Try using a white or green tube jig tipped with chub meat, mealworm or nightcrawler for catching tiger and cutthroat trout at Millsite Reservoir. (03-08-19)

Petes Hole

Closed

Petes Hole and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Potters Ponds

Closed

Potters Ponds and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Price River

Closed

Much of the Price River through Price Canyon has frozen over. (03-08-19)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Accessing Scofield Reservoir will be difficult without snowshoes or a snow machine. Some anglers have also reported lots of slush on the reservoir, so driving a snow machine on the ice is not recommended. Fishing, however, has been good. Anglers are catching lots of cutthroat and rainbow trout. Try using white or green tube jigs or paddle bugs tipped with chub meat. (03-08-19)

Soup Bowl

Closed

Soup Bowl and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Willow Lake

Closed

Willow Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Closed

Wrigley Springs Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Slow

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The reservoir is full but murky because of recent storms and runoff. (03-22-19)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 20. Lakes should have safe ice, but snow will limit access. (03-22-19)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

The lakes should have safe ice, but snow limits access. (03-22-19)

Beaver River, Lower

Slow

The flow is a little murky because of recent storms. Step lightly to avoid spooking fish during low flow. (03-22-19)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

The ice is melting. Now is a great time to get out and fish before runoff starts. Brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Flies and small spinners can be very effective. (03-22-19)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Several Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 20. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed. Most lakes have safe ice, but access is limited by snow to snowmobiles and ATVs with tracks. (03-22-19)

Clear Creek

Slow

Flows have been high lately because of rain and runoff. Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. (03-22-19)

Corn Creek

Fair

Access is limited by snow. (03-22-19)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Slow

Thin ice is covering most of Duck Creek Pond. (03-22-19)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Slow

The flow is running just under 20 cfs, but is murky because of low elevation runoff and rain. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-22-19)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Slow

The flow is very murky because of low elevation runoff and rain. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-22-19)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Slow

Access is limited by 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 establish over the next 3-4 years. (03-22-19)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Fair

Both reservoirs are ice-free and full for the first time in several years. Water is murky, which can make for tough fishing. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. (03-22-19)

Fish Lake

Hot

The ice is 15 to 18 inches thick with up to two feet of snow on top. More snow this week is making access difficult for ATVs and even snowmobiles. Fishing is fast for perch and small trout just outside the weeds in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs, ice flies or jigging spoons tipped with mealworms, nightcrawlers or perch meat. Perch stay within a couple feet of the bottom, trout can be found on the bottom or suspended. If you want to catch a lot of perch, focus on the north and south ends of the lake. The sections through the middle have fewer perch due to a more narrow weed line. Trout fishing has also been slower lately between Lakeside and Bowery. To increase your trout catch and average size, move out to 20-40 feet and increase your jig size. You can also catch rainbows and splake suspended 20-40 feet down over deeper water. An occasional kokanee is also picked up. For lake trout, head out to deeper water (60-100 feet) and fish large tube jigs tipped with cut bait (chub, sucker, or perch) on the bottom. A good fish finder is essential to spot lake trout and react to their behavior. A heavy dose of patience is also required. It's typical to catch several pups and hook an occasional large lake trout. It's also common to see a lot of fish swim by and look without biting. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (03-22-19)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

The access road off Hwy 72 has not been plowed and the snow is too deep for trucks or ATVs. The reservoir is still ice-capped but fishing pressure is minimal. It appears that fish numbers were significantly reduced by low water last year. (03-22-19)

Fremont River

Slow

The road from Mill Meadow Reservoir to Johnson Reservoir is not plowed, but some access is possible with four wheel drive. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports slow to fair fishing using midge patterns. Ice cover makes fishing a little difficult on the colder days. (03-22-19)

Gunlock Reservoir

Slow

Visit the Gunlock State Park website for boat ramp hours. The fish re-stocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Look for conditions to continue to improve at Gunlock over the next year. (03-22-19)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs are ice-free. Fair success reported for white bass, yellow perch and walleye at the reservoir outlets. (03-22-19)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

Lake at the Hills in Cedar City is open and has been stocked with brood brook trout. (03-22-19)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

Access roads are not maintained during the winter. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-22-19)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was mostly drained and treated with rotenone in fall 2018 to remove illegally stocked yellow perch, green sunfish and bluegill. Trout will be re-stocked as early as possible in spring 2019. (03-22-19)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was completely drained in 2018 for irrigation use and dam repairs. The reservoir is filling now and trout will be stocked as soon as the ice is off and the reservoir is accessible. (03-22-19)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Slow

The ice is starting to retreat, but access is difficult because of deep snow on the road. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-22-19)

Mammoth Creek

Slow

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. Expect high flow because of rain and runoff on lower Mammoth Creek, lower Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River near Hatch. (03-22-19)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Slow

The ice is becoming unstable and open water is appearing at the inlets. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-22-19)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is ice-free and the water level is rising. Clarity is fairly good. Rainbow trout are cruising close to shore and providing fair to good success to fly anglers using midge patterns and streamers. The fish are fairly close to shore so there is no need to cast too far. (03-22-19)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

Access is not maintained during winter. (03-22-19)

Navajo Lake

Slow

Ice is safe. Access is limited to snowmobiles. Expect a lot of snow and slush on top of the ice. Slow to fair fishing for small rainbows and splake. Larger splake are also present, but can be pretty tough to catch. (03-22-19)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is ice-free. The water level is rising and water clarity has decreased lately. Slow to fair fishing reported for rainbow trout using Power Bait. (03-22-19)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The ice is off and the water level is rising steadily. Mixed reports of slow to good success have been received. Fishing early morning and late afternoon may increase your chances. Rainbow trout are cruising close to shore, so make sure you don't cast too far. One fly angler reported good success with woolly buggers, leeches and nymphs. Fish up to four pounds have been caught. (03-22-19)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

Between ice, frozen slush and snow, you'll find up to three feet of material to drill through. You'll need every inch of your auger. Hwy 143 from Brian Head to the Mammoth Creek road remains closed due to excessive snow. Fishing pressure has decreased due to the thick ice and snow. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows and cutthroat in 10-15 feet. You can also go out to deeper water (25-40 feet) and catch plenty of fish in the top 10-15 feet. A fish finder can be very useful in deep water. Light-colored (especially glow) jigs tipped with raw shrimp or chub meat are producing most consistently. Bites have been fairly light. (03-22-19)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

Access is difficult. There are large snow drifts stopping trucks and ATVs, with bare patches of dirt in between making it hard for snowmobiles to get through. Starting Jan 1, the trout limit has been reduced to four – same as the statewide limit. The tiger trout stocked after the fire have survived very well, however, so feel free to take a limit to help cut down on competition and improve growth. (03-22-19)

Pine Lake

Fair

There are no recent reports on access. Ice fishing is typically good if you can get there. (03-22-19)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was mostly drained in 2018 for irrigation needs. (03-22-19)

Quail Lake

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair to good fishing from shore and boats. See Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass fishing tips. (03-22-19)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Slow

Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20-30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, swimbaits, and drop shot rigs are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be effective. (03-22-19)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Flow is up to 140 cfs. Now is a good time to get out before flow increases with irrigation release. (03-22-19)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

The lake should have safe ice, but snow limits access. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-22-19)

Tropic Reservoir

Slow

There should be safe ice. Access may be possible with four-wheel-drive. Rainbow trout often don't overwinter well, but there are a few nice brown trout that can be caught through the ice. (03-22-19)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Trout are stocked periodically through the cold months and provide fair to good fishing. Brood-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds and are providing some exciting action. (03-22-19)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is filling and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing pressure is light. 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. (03-22-19)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Access is limited to snowmobiles. Ice fishing is typically fair to good if you can get there. (03-22-19)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,570 feet

Water temperatures: 49°F-53°F;

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Cold, windy weather has been replaced by beautiful, calm, warming spring weather. My fishing results the first two weeks of March in the cold water were not stellar so I hoped for much better success for the 3rd weekly fishing trip. In preparation for that trip I reviewed my archived fish reports — both the recent reports on wayneswords.net and the older reports on wayneswords.com. The old reports are still insightful and I found one that resonated with the current conditions faced this week. The water has been cold and is now warming so what is the fish response to the change in temperature? I found several reports from mid-March but one really stood out to me. Briefly, the report stated that stripers moved from deep water to very shallow water and were receptive to fast moving, shallow running crankbaits.

Shallow running lures (3-10 feet) with shad coloration are working well for stripers in shallow water.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

The old reports were from Last Chance and Rock Creek, but I find that a fishing pattern is likely to work over the length of the lake instead of in one isolated canyon. With that in mind, we headed uplake and tried some of the deep-water spots that had been productive in previous reports. On one trip we caught 80 stripers on spoons along with one 20-pound striper. We stopped at that spot and saw no fish on the graph. We went further back to shallower water and saw no fish on the graph.

It was time to try the pattern given in the old fish report. Water temperature in the morning held steadily at 49 degrees in the clear water of the main channel, but as we moved to the back of the canyon the temperature rose to 52, and finally to 53 degrees in the slightly turbid water. There were many unfamiliar islands showing up with the recent decline in lake level. We started trolling at 3.5 mph, in 15 feet of water, seeing no fish on the graph. (Remember the visible graph cone size is very small when graphing in shallow water.)

The first striper hit our trolled Lucky Craft Bevy Shad and XD pointers at a depth of 11 feet. We stopped to reel in the fish, then started to cast at that spot and were rewarded with constant catching of willing, very healthy stripers, from 12 inches to 3 pounds. We were surrounded by single splashes of jumping fish, which were eventually identified as gizzard shad. We had found the warm spot where many different species of fish were enjoying the sunshine and frolicking in the warmer water. The shallowest fish caught was in 2 feet of water and the deepest was at 14 feet.

Back at the fish-cleaning station we found the vast majority of stripers were males that will spawn this year. These precocious males are the most likely stripers to catch in abundance each spring. They are usually in shallower water and much more aggressive than pre-spawn females. They are very fun fish to catch. They all had empty stomachs so they were happy to see our lures.

Bass fishing is turning on due to the same warming triggers mentioned for stripers. Find shallow, murky water that is warmer than the clear water in the main channel. Fish plastic grubs, senkos and jerk baits around rocky structure. Bass will be grouped up. Sometimes you find a regular point that has many bass, while other similar points are vacant. Pound the shoreline and catch a decent amount of bass each day.

The winning weight of the Utah BASS Nation State Team Qualifier held at Bullfrog last weekend was 10 bass with a total weight of 32 pounds. Overall, 64 anglers caught and released 396 bass (300 largemouth and 96 smallmouth). Largemouth prime time is right now at Lake Powell.

(03-20-19)

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