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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Bear Lake

Fair

Fishing is fair to good for lake trout this week. We received almost no reports of cutthroat trout being caught this week, but recently the bite has also been fair to good for this species. The average lake temperature is around 50 degrees. One angler brought in a large lake trout as well as a few smaller fish recently by fishing north of the Marina in about 50 feet of water. Trolling has recently been working a little better than jigging, according to angler reports we've received. (05-18-18)

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

The river is a bit cloudy but running close to its normal flow. One pair of anglers who fished the river above the dam last week had good success walking upstream using a brown trout Rooster Tail with a gold spoon. They caught six brown trout between the two of them in about two hours, averaging about 7-8 inches long. (05-18-18)

Bountiful Lake

Slow

Fishing at Bountiful this week was slow. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. In general, your basic baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait are good to try. (05-18-18)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent reports. (05-18-18)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

One group of anglers this week caught their limit in a little over two hours trolling pop gear and a worm at 1.5 mph. Shore fishing has recently been good as well using PowerBait. (05-18-18)

Echo Reservoir

Good

Echo State Park is open and the boat ramp is available for you to launch your boat. It costs $12 to launch your boat if you don't have an annual Utah State Parks pass. One group of anglers who fished from a boat when the state park opened this past week gave a detailed report. At first they had a slow time catching a few small planters on long lines and a small rainbow Rapala. As the sun warmed things up and they started to fish deeper, they caught eight very nice rainbow trout with leaded line and pink squids behind a pink dodger. They ended up catching about 20 fish total. (05-18-18)

Farmington Pond

Fair

Fishing was fair at the pond this week. The pond was stocked with nearly 500 planter-sized rainbow trout on May 14. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. In general, your basic baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait are good to try. (05-18-18)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fair

Although we haven't encountered any anglers at Holmes Creek recently — and we haven't received an updated report — fishing tends to be decent for rainbow trout this time of year and the bite has recently been fair to good. As the water warms up, it might also be a good place to try targeting largemouth bass. Basic baits such as PowerBait, worms, and marshmallows are good to try. (05-18-18)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The trend of a slowing-down bite from last week appears to have continued into this week. Fishing is slow to fair. Anglers fishing Hyrum this week had a hard time getting bites, both from shore and by boat. One group of boat anglers tried a wide variety of tackle and only got one bite. In a group of shore anglers, they had only caught two planter-sized trout over the course of the whole day. Another group of boat anglers did report catching a large number of planter-sized rainbow trout as well, but this was the only report of good fishing at Hyrum we received this week. (05-18-18)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Slow

Fishing at Jensen was slow this week. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. In general, your basic baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait are good to try. (05-18-18)

Kaysville Ponds

Slow

Fishing at Kaysville was slow to fair this week. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. In general, your basic baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait are good to try. (05-18-18)

Logan River

Fair

According to our most recent reports, the water is running a bit high right now, but fishing has been fair to good. Anglers have recently recommended patterns such as blue-wing olives, San Juan worms, green drakes, zebra midges and sowbugs. (05-18-18)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Good

We did not receive any angler reports from Lost Creek this week, but last week fishing was fair to good. One angler reported having good success trolling pop gear with a worm. Another boat angler pulled in a nice rainbow trout, but opted not to share what they were using. Shore fishing has also recently been good, with anglers recommending PowerBait or worms. (05-18-18)

Mantua Reservoir

Fair

Although we have not received any angler reports from Mantua this week, the reservoir can potentially be an excellent place to fish for bass and bluegill. If you're targeting bass, anglers have recently recommended lures such as Maniac Salt Sticks and topwater poppers. (05-18-18)

Ogden River

Fair

Fishing has recently been fair. Reporting anglers weren't hooking into very large fish, but these little trout can still be fun to catch. Anglers recommend fishing the river where it runs through the canyon. Methods used to fish other rivers in northern Utah such as the Weber could potentially work here as well. (05-18-18)

Pineview Reservoir

Fair

Fishing at Pineview has recently been slow to fair but is picking up a bit, according to the reports we received this week. The water temperature is approximately 60 degrees. We received a few reports of slow fishing or no bites from anglers, but just as many other anglers reported catching a few carp, catfish, perch, or a mixture of these species. One angler reported catching a decent-sized tiger muskie, while another caught a few smallmouth bass. (05-18-18)

Rockport Reservoir

Fair

We received very few reports from anglers this week. One angler reported very slow fishing—no bites at all—but another angler managed to land a few decent-sized rainbow trout. Try fishing near the south end of the reservoir using PowerBait, as this has been the strategy that several reporting shore anglers have used successfully at Rockport recently. (05-18-18)

Uinta Mountains

Good

If you're looking to fish the Uinta rivers, be sure to account for runoff conditions. Our most recent river report was on May 6. At that time, the Bear River looked clear and not too fast. The East Fork of the Bear River and Stillwater were both looking good, but the East Fork has likely risen. Hayden Fork is running high. Mill Creek is running high and off-color. The Uinta lakes could be fishing well right now. On May 5, one group of anglers did very well fishing at Smith & Morehouse Reservoir. They hooked into 10-15 fish using either a pink and blue Vibrax Blue Fox spinner tipped with a worm, or a worm with a suspended bobber about 20 inches above it. This group of anglers observed that the fish were very hungry and aggressive. (05-18-18)

Weber River

Good

The river still has a decent flow, and fishing is still fair to good for brown trout. One angler recommended a slow retrieve. Rapalas did well this week, according to a couple reporting anglers. If you're fly fishing, match the hatch to pick which pattern to use. (05-18-18)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Good

The water temperature is close to 70 degrees, according to one angler report. Wiper fishing appears to be picking up. Both shore fishing and boat fishing was working well, according to the reports we received. One angler who was fishing by boat reported nailing a large wiper on their first cast. Other boat anglers reported successfully catching wipers as well. Several anglers on the shore had stringers of nice wipers they caught primarily using mussels. Fishing for wipers can be hit-or-miss at times, but hooking into one of these hard-fighting fish can be highly enjoyable. You can learn how to fish for wipers both by boat and from shore by watching the recording of the DWR's Wiper Seminar. We also received one report of an angler who caught nine crappie in the early morning at Willard. This angler opted not to share what they were using. Another angler fishing by kayak hooked into over a dozen smallmouth bass and several large crappie. We also received some scattered reports this week of anglers pulling in decent-sized catfish, as well. (05-18-18)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Good

Try using Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners or Rooster Tail spinners, and recover the lure at a medium retrieval speed. (05-15-18)

Canyon View Park Pond

Good

Anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows. Try using PowerBait Power Eggs, PowerBait Turbo Dough Trout Bait or Berkley Gulp! Trout Nuggets. (05-15-18)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching 16- to 22-inch rainbows and some smallmouth bass. Anglers have had success fishing from shore on the northeast side of the dam. Nightcrawlers tipped with an Atlas Mike's marshmallow have been the hot ticket. You can also try using Rooster Tail spinners, Kastmaster spoons or Luhr-Jensen Shyster spinners, and recover the lure at a medium to fast retrieval speed. For those who are trolling, try using popgear, Mack's Lures Wedding Rings or D&H Custom Lures spoons. Troll at 1.8 to 2.0 miles per hour with the lure suspended in 12 to 25 feet of water. The smallmouth bass fishing should start to pick up as temperatures warm. (05-15-18)

Diamond Fork River

Good

Fishing is best from the early morning until about 11 a.m. Midge and blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches are underway. Try using sow bugs, BWO emergers and midge larvae and pupae. (05-15-18)

Grantsville Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows that weigh more than a pound. Try using a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow or PowerBait Natural Glitter Trout Bait off the bottom. For smallmouth bass, try dropshotting with a Gary Yamamoto Senko and use either a nose or wacky rig. (05-15-18)

Highland Glen Park

Good

Anglers have been catching bluegill. Try using a size 10 worm hook tipped with a quarter inch of nightcrawler and suspend it about three feet off the bottom. (05-15-18)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch rainbows. Try trolling at 1.8 to 2.0 miles per hour with the lure 85 to 100 feet behind. Anglers report that longer lines are producing the best results when trolling. Try using chartreuse spoons or D&H Custom Lures Galaxy Dodgers and Triple Threat Squids. Remember to scent your lure with Smelly Jelly and tip it with a small piece of nightcrawler or a Berkley Gulp! Maggot. Anglers have caught one or two kokanee in the inlet arm, suspended in about 30 feet of water. Shore anglers have reported success using PowerBait or nightcrawlers tipped with Atlas Mike's salmon eggs. (05-15-18)

Kidney Pond

Slow

Fishing has been slow. Try using a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow and suspend it about 18 to 24 inches under a bobber. (05-15-18)

Midas Pond

Slow

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond. Try using a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow and suspend it about 18 to 24 inches under a bobber. (05-15-18)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Try using silver or gold spinners or spoons, and scent them with Pro-Cure Shrimp Super Gel. (05-15-18)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers have been catching 16- to 20-inch rainbows. Try using Luhr-Jensen Needlefish spoons, Blue Fox Minnow Spin spinners, Rooster Tail spinners or Rooster Tail Minnow spinners. (05-15-18)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is currently closed and will open after Memorial Day. (05-15-18)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Fishing has been best in the mornings and evenings. Watch out for midge, blue-winged olive (BWO) and Skwala hatches. Try using sow bugs, Skwala dry flies, BWO emergers and midges. You may have some success with streamers in warmer temperatures. (05-15-18)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. Fishing has been best midmorning. Midge and blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches are occurring regularly, and Skwala hatches are increasing. Try using cased-caddis nymphs, sow bugs, hares ears, BWO Barr's emergers, streamers, Skwala stonefly dry flies and nymphs, and a variety of midge larvae and pupae. (05-15-18)

Salem Pond

Good

Anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows, bluegills and an occasional wiper. For rainbows, try using PowerBait Glitter Turbo Dough on a size 14 treble hook or a nightcrawler on a size 6 worm hook tipped with Atlas Mike's salmon eggs. (05-15-18)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

Try using gold or silver spinners, and recover the lure at a medium retrieval speed. (05-15-18)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is currently closed, but it will open later this month. (05-15-18)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Fair

The lake has open water, and anglers are catching 8- to 10-inch brook trout. Try using small silver or copper spinners. (05-15-18)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Good

The reservoir was stocked on April 23. Try using a bubble with two to three feet of leader and a brown or olive-colored dry fly, or PowerBait. (05-15-18)

Spring Lake

Fair

For trout, try using Berkley Gulp! Trout Nuggets suspended off the bottom with a 3/8-ounce egg-weight sinker. For crappie, try using Berkley Gulp! Crappie Nibbles suspended about 20 to 28 inches under a bobber. There have been reports of fish kills. If you witness a fish kill, please contact Chanté Lundskog at 385-225-4322. (05-15-18)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching 12- to 18-inch rainbows, 18- to 22-inch cutthroats and 14- to 18-inch kokanee salmon. For trout, anglers have reported success using PowerBait or a nightcrawler tipped with salmon eggs. For kokanee, anglers have reported success trolling at 1.7 to 2.0 miles per hour, with the lure suspended in 15 to 30 feet of water. Try using Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle gold with silver dodger, hyperplaid Dakota dodger, or silver Tiger Sun Jelly dodger and Slammin' Salmon squids. Scent with Pro-Cure Carp Spit or Kokanee Special Super Gel. (05-15-18)

Thistle Creek

Fair

Fishing is best from midmorning to late afternoon. Midges are hatching with some regularity. Try using midge larvae and pupae, mayfly nymphs, sow bugs and hares ears. (05-15-18)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching 8- to 12-inch rainbows near the dam. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using spinners and spoons with smaller hooks. (05-15-18)

Utah Lake

Good

Anglers have been catching white bass, walleye and channel catfish. The white bass spawn is kicking off, and anglers are harvesting stringers loaded with fish. For white bass, try using curly tail grubs or minnow-imitating lures. For channel catfish, try using chicken livers, nightcrawlers or shrimp. (05-15-18)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

Try using silver Jake's Spin-A-Lures, Worden's Rooster Tails or Swedish Pimple Hammered spoons tipped with a maggot or mealworm. (05-15-18)

Vivian Park Pond

Good

Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using silver spinners. (05-15-18)

Willow Pond

Fair

Try using Jake's Spin-a-Lures, Kastmaster spoons or Blue Fox Vibrax Classic spinners. (05-15-18)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Fishing has been slow, and the bite has been hit or miss. For northern pike, try using spinnerbaits, jerkbaits or crankbaits with a fast retrieval. (05-15-18)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching smallmouth bass using twin-tailed grubs. (05-18-18)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. On January 1, 2017, the regulations changed from artificial fly only to the regular statewide regulations. (05-18-18)

Browne Lake

Good

The reservoir is full and spring fishing is good. A couple of anglers recently reported high catch rates for rainbow trout while casting Panther Martins (yellow) and Blue Foxes (gold) from a boat. (05-23-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskies. You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. (05-18-18)

Calder Reservoir

Good

Fish survived another winter and anglers recently reported fair to good catch rates from shore for small rainbow trout using both flies and lures. Recent gillnetting showed very healthy rainbow trout up to 20 inches and cutthroats up to 16 inches. Most of those fish were eating scuds and chironomids. 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. (05-23-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching tiger muskies on bass jigs. You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. Trout fishing is extremely slow. (05-18-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is ice free and anglers are catching decent-sized trout. The stream fishing has provided some decent-sized brown trout in the last two weeks. Anglers are having success casting from shore with sinking Rapalas in trout patterns. (05-18-18)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

The Forest Service gates have been opened, but the roads are extremely slick and muddy. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (05-18-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Fishing success ranges from fair to hot, depending on what species you target.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair from a boat, especially the further uplake you go. Anglers are catching some small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 60 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Recently high catch rates have been reported from the Pipeline area and also near Buckboard. You might find fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Vertically jig a 1/4-3/8 ounce white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work well. If trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target small, aggressive lake trout. Some anglers are also catching quite a few while casting jigs and crankbaits close to shore, early and late in the day.

Kokanee salmon: The fishing is unseasonably good and most are biting while anglers troll in 20 to 40 feet of water on dodgers and squids (pink). Use planer boards to troll shallow and get the offering away from the boat. You may graph deeper schools and have to use downriggers or lead core line to troll for deeper fish. If you find a large concentration, some anglers are catching them while vertically jigging small spoons tipped with Gulp maggots.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout are being stocked reservoir-wide. Expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and from 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. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline, especially in the backs of canyons, near inflows and along shallow rocky points. Where you catch one, you will likely catch many. Marabou jigs are effective in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs work as well. If you're trolling, you should try small spoons or pop gear 10 to 20 feet under the surface at 1.5 to 2 mph.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good, especially for bigger fish that are becoming more active with water temperatures in the upper 50s. Try reaction baits like Xraps or Husky Jerks. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage, are also a good option.

Burbot: Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (05-23-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

Starting May 21, water flows are at power plant capacity (4,600 cfs) and will stay that way for about two weeks. Bypass flows could also be used to meet downstream flow targets for endangered fish. Please check for current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Expect the drifting debris to decrease each day, making it easier to fish. You can still catch fish at high flows. Dry fly fishing has been fair. Blue-winged olive hatches are tapering off but have been best from 1 to 4 p.m. on calm, cloudy days near Little Hole. Cicadas and caddis have also been reported. Although the hatches may be good, fish may still feed sub-surface. Nymphing has been most productive using small zebra midge and baetis patterns. Try a dry dropper with a cicada up high and wet fly below. Spin fishing has been good. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits and medium sized silver spoons and spinners have also been working well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (05-23-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir water level is slowly rising and anglers are catching bluegill that were recently stocked. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs. (05-18-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Fair

The Forest Service gates are open and the roads are in good shape. We haven't received any recent fishing reports, but it's typically a good location for spring rainbow trout fishing. (05-23-18)

Matt Warner

Good

Anglers report good fishing. Most of the fish caught are in the 18- to 21-inch range. Recent gillnet surveys show good numbers of rainbow trout in this same size class. Most were feeding on chironomids, but some included sow bugs, scuds, worms, eggs and shiners. Fly anglers are doing best with nymph or egg patterns. Also, Matt Warner is one of three locations for the Fishing With The Fox contest that starts Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. You may catch tagged fish now. If you catch one with a blue 'WIN 2018' tag, email tonyakieffer@utah.gov for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish. (05-18-18)

Moose Pond

Good

The pond is stocked with catchable-sized fish from Utah hatcheries. It's currently muddy from run-off, but anglers are still catching carry-over fish using flies. Expect good fishing using bait like worms or PowerBait. (05-23-18)

Pelican Lake

Hot

The bass fishing is excellent on warm days, and will only get better. Try fishing in the late afternoon. Carp have started to spawn, so now is a good time to try your hand at bowfishing. Because of a treatment that is currently scheduled for fall 2018, limits have been liberalized. The largemouth bass limit is now 12 and there is no limit on bluegill. (05-18-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Good

Fishing has started to pick up. Anglers report catching 21-inch wipers. They are feasting on black crappie, so try getting jigs to mimic smaller panfish. For perch and/or walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in about 10 to 15 feet of water. (05-18-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (05-18-18)

Spirit Lake

Closed

The lake is inaccessible and ice covered as of May 21. (05-23-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Good

Walleye fishing should be picking up. Kokanee fishing has been extremely slow. The water temperature is hovering in the mid 50s and the visibility is about four feet. The reservoir is full and spilling. Biologists have been conducting surveys and have found high densities of smaller walleye. We encourage anglers to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery and produce healthier walleye populations. Also, if anglers catch crappie, we are asking them to please voluntarily release them so this population of crappie can get established in the reservoir. (05-18-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

Shore anglers have been extremely successful fishing for rainbow trout with worms, Jake's lures and traditional PowerBait. Largemouth bass fishing is excellent during the warmer parts of the day. There's Bluegill Fishing Tournament happening on June9, which is Free Fishing Day in Utah. To learn more, and to register, visit the Eventbrite signup page. 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 December 31, 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will fill Steinaker to the same level as previous years in 2018. It will be drawn down to dead pool over the course of the 2018 irrigation season. Boaters should be able to launch through the summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October. We also expect there to be no storage water in Steinaker during all of 2019. Work on the dam will begin in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoring of the fishery in 2020. (05-18-18)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Good

Several waters on the Abajo Mountains are now accessible, and fishing has been good at most of them. In the past month, Monticello Lake, Lloyds Lake and Blanding Reservoir Nos. 3 and 4 have all been stocked with more than 1,000 rainbow trout, each averaging about 10 inches long. (05-23-18)

Academy Mill Reservoir

Closed

Academy Mill Reservoir may be accessible with four-wheel drive to the trailhead, but roads may still be muddy. Use caution. (05-23-18)

Benches Pond

Unstable ice

Benches Pond is accessible, but the ice is melting and too unstable for ice fishing. (05-11-18)

Boulger Reservoir

Closed

Boulger Reservoir is currently inaccessible with highway vehicles and it may have unstable ice. Access may be possible with a snow machine. (05-11-18)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Good

The Carbon County Community Fishing Pond was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on March 28. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here. (05-23-18)

Cleveland Reservoir

Fair

The water is open at Cleveland Reservoir, but roads and the shoreline may be muddy. (05-23-18)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Good

Duck Fork Reservoir is now accessible. Try using soft-hackle flies to catch trout here. (05-23-18)

Electric Lake

Unstable ice

Electric Lake is accessible and still capped with ice, but ice thickness varies and it is too unstable for ice fishing. (05-11-18)

Fairview Lakes

Closed

Because of snow levels, the Fairview Lakes are currently inaccessible with highway vehicles. (05-11-18)

Ferron Reservoir

Closed

The gate on Ferron Canyon Road at Stevens Creek has been opened, but the gate past Willow Reservoir is still closed, so Ferron Reservoir is still inaccessible. (05-23-18)

Gigliotti Pond

Good

Gigliotti Pond was stocked on March 28 with 750 rainbow trout. Try using worms or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here. (05-23-18)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Fair

Access to Gooseberry Reservoir is now open, but the campgrounds won't have drinking water until June. (05-23-18)

Grassy Lake

Good

The water level is rising back to normal levels at Grassy Lake. Anglers have had success catching tiger trout using white jigs and spinners. (05-23-18)

Huntington Creek

Slow

Fishing has been slow on Huntington Creek below Electric Lake. (05-23-18)

Huntington Game Farm Pond

Good

Try using worms or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here. Small flies may work well for bluegill. (05-23-18)

Huntington North Reservoir

Good

Anglers are now catching wipers and rainbow trout at Huntington North Reservoir. They've had success using a size 6 beadhead crystal bugger in brown/green/pearl colors. Fishing was best in the vicinity of the boat ramp. (05-23-18)

Huntington Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is now thawed and accessible. Anglers may have the most success fishing in deep water using spinners or streamers. (05-23-18)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been fair at Joes Valley Reservoir. Try using jigs tipped with chub meat or crankbaits to catch trout and tiger muskies here. Anglers have also had some luck using size 4 beadhead crystal buggers in black/silver and black/red/blue color combinations on fast-sinking fly line. (05-23-18)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Good

The Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on March 28. Try using worms or PowerBait to catch trout here. Anglers have caught trout ranging from 8 to 14 inches since the pond reopened. (05-23-18)

La Sal Mountains

Good

Kens Lake and Rattlesnake Ranch Pond have both been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout that are more than nine inches long. (05-23-18)

Lower Fish Creek

Good

Fishing below the dam at Scofield Reservoir is good if you're trying to catch chubs. (05-23-18)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Fair

The Miller Flat Road is now completely open, making Miller Flat Reservoir and Potters Ponds accessible. The Forest Service is working to clear downed trees and debris on OHV trails in the Miller Flat area. (05-23-18)

Millsite Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The water level at Millsite Reservoir is still low, but it has risen by about 10 feet since the ice thawed. There isn't enough water to launch a boat. The daily limit of 16 fish has also been extended for another year at Millsite. Anglers have had success using leeches and crystal buggers. (05-23-18)

Petes Hole

Closed

Petes Hole and Soup Bowl may still be inaccessible due to muddy roads. Use caution when venturing here. (05-11-18)

Potters Ponds

Fair

Potters Ponds and other areas along the Miller Flat Road are now open and accessible. (05-23-18)

Right Fork of Huntington Creek

Fair

Try using soft-hackle flies or renegades to catch brown trout in Huntington Creek. (05-23-18)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching mostly cutthroat trout from the shore using worms, PowerBait, spinners and soft-hackle flies in tan/green/pearl or midnight fire. Try fishing in the dam cove or along the western shore, including the Walk-in Access portion. Anglers have also been catching cutthroat trout using white or pearl sparkle tube jigs tipped with chub meat. Yellow garlic PowerBait has worked well for rainbow trout. Scofield Reservoir was stocked with 12,000 eight-inch cutthroat trout on April 18. A recent gill-net survey produced several large tiger and cutthroat trout, as well as two tiger muskies that were 19 inches long. All these fish were found to be feeding on chubs between two and six inches long. (05-23-18)

Soup Bowl

Closed

Soup Bowl and Petes Hole may still be inaccessible due to muddy roads. Use caution when venturing here. (05-11-18)

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. (05-23-18)

Willow Lake

Good

Willow Lake is now accessible, but the roads may be muddy. Use caution. (05-23-18)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Good

Wrigley Springs Reservoir was accessible on May 1, but recent snow may make the roads difficult to travel. Fish have been biting at the reservoir. Try using white jigs, spinners, worms and PowerBait to catch trout here. (05-23-18)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers are sending mixed reports of fishing success. (05-17-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Access is good to all lakes. Fishing is fair to good. See the Boulder Mountain report for effective techniques and tackle. Dougherty Basin is closed to fishing until July 14. (05-17-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Good

All gates are open on the Kents Lake loop, but you may find some wet spots or an occasional snowdrift up high. Access is great up to the Kents lakes. We completed netting surveys this week at the Kents lakes and found plenty of fish, even before the spring stocking. Lower Kents Lake (Tushar) has good numbers of holdover rainbows and brook trout. Middle Kents Lake has lots of tiger trout, with a handful of rainbows and cutthroat. We even caught an 11-pound tiger — really, that's not a typo! Upper Kents Lake had the best average size and condition, with plenty of quality-sized cutthroat and brook trout. Now is the time to fish the upper lake before the algae blooms begin. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in most lakes in the upcoming weeks. (05-17-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Fishing should be improving with irrigation release flows. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (05-17-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Slow

The river is still a little high with runoff, but clarity has improved and fishing is possible. Look for runoff to subside in the next two to three weeks. (05-17-18)

Boulder Mountain

Good

All lakes below the rim are accessible and ice-free. The Boulder Top should be accessible by early June. You can find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's lures 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. (05-17-18)

Clear Creek

Fair

The creek is flowing at around 45 cfs with runoff, although it has decreased some in the last few days. Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. You can find good fishing as long as flows remain clear. (05-17-18)

Corn Creek

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports, and the gates should be opened soon. (05-17-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Both lakes are ice-free, and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Expect heavy fishing pressure on weekends. (05-17-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

Limited releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have begun, and the flow is up to 35 cfs. This flow is still fishable, and fishing should remain fair to good until it increases to 100 cfs. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Runoff has subsided, so look for fair to good fishing. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

Access is good, and runoff has subsided. 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 whether you're fishing with flies, lures or natural baits. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non-native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three to four years. (05-17-18)

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 launch. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Anglers report slow to fair fishing. (05-17-18)

Fish Lake

Good

Although the 2018 Fish Lake Perch Tournament was canceled, you still have a chance to win a prize. If you catch a tagged perch, take it to the Lakeside Marina Store and you will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the end of the summer. The ice is completely gone, and boats are launching. Spring is one of the best times of the year at Fish Lake. Rainbow trout are shallow and can be caught trolling outside the weedline. Perch fishing can be fast just outside the weeds in 15 to 25 feet of water. Use small jigs tipped with nightcrawler or perch meat. For splake, move out to 30- to 60-foot depths, use larger jigs and jigging spoons, and tip them with perch meat. You can also catch some lake trout while trolling lures that imitate rainbows and chubs in 30 to 80 feet of water. Before you visit the lake, call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date reports and conditions. (05-17-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is full. A recent netting survey found abundant splake and tiger trout in phenomenal condition. These fat, healthy fish are active and are providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are having the best success from boats and float tubes, fishing on the bottom in 10 to 15 feet of water. Fly anglers are having success dragging streamers along the bottom, catching mostly tigers. Spin anglers can catch plenty of both species with Gulp Minnows or swim baits tipped with cut bait. The steep west shoreline gets little pressure and can provide great action from a boat. Shore anglers have found fair fishing with nightcrawlers, jigs and Gulp minnows. (05-17-18)

Fremont River

Fair

Flows are a bit faster on the upper Fremont because Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling. (05-17-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

The boat ramp is open during daylight hours on weekends. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for open hours. The reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass that pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun restocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches long) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. (05-17-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Good

Gunnison Bend Reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good fishing with small jigs in green and yellow — tipped with nightcrawler — and one-inch perch pattern swim baits. (05-17-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond. Fishing is fair to good. (05-17-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is full, and the water should be clearing up any time. Look for tiger muskie to get more active as the water clears and the weeds grow, from now to early June. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Fair

The water level is very low due to winter releases and poor snowpack, but minimal water will be released through the summer. Hopefully, the reservoir rises or at least maintains its current water level. Fishing is fair to good. A netting survey this week found lots of trout (about 75 percent cutthroat) at 12 to 14 inches, with a handful up to 21 inches. Lots of larger fish are also running up the stream right now to spawn. Unfortunately, it also appears that someone illegally introduced bluegill and green sunfish. The bluegill are unlikely to establish, but we could see a population of green sunfish establish. Hopefully, the water temperature will be cold enough to keep the numbers low and avoid negative effects on trout. Bait fishing will be allowed beginning May 19. Remember that the limit allows the harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches — all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. (05-17-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time. Spring is one of the best times to fish here. Rainbow trout have been stocked. (05-17-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Good

Access is good. Fishing is good to excellent with bait and lures. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. Runoff should subside in Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River at any time. (05-17-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is full. Rainbow trout have been stocked, and fishing is fair to good. A recent netting survey found that suckers are abundant and trout are suffering due to competition. Brown trout are also abundant, but are fairly skinny. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good lately. Trout are moving away from shorelines so boats and float tubes are producing better results. Surface action on midges has been common on calm evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with the best fishing at dawn and dusk. Look for smallmouth bass to get more active at any time. We conducted our annual fish population survey recently and found good numbers of rainbow trout from 16 to 22 inches. These larger fish are in great condition and are very fat. Rainbows stocked last fall also experienced good survival. Results were encouraging despite poor water levels in recent years. Utah chub numbers have been severely reduced by wipers, reducing competition with trout and leading to better growth and survival. (05-17-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Access is good to the Box Creek reservoirs, and rainbow trout have been stocked. The north-end lakes should be stocked soon. Manning Meadow Reservoir is closed to fishing until July 14. (05-17-18)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Fishing for splake is slow to fair. Splake are very healthy and aren't feeding regularly, but some nice fish can be caught if you can entice them to hit. Focus on the dike and steeper shorelines. Cut bait, jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait are the best tackle for splake. Rainbow trout that made it through the winter are fairly aggressive and will hit small lures. More rainbows will be stocked soon. (05-17-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

Fishing for trout has been picking up from boats trolling and casting lures. Anglers are also catching a few smallmouth and wipers. Fishing is slower from shore. We conducted a fish population survey recently and found great results for rainbow trout. Rainbows stocked last fall are abundant and are now about 10 to 12 inches long. We also found a fair number of larger rainbows, up to 20 inches long. These fish are in great condition and seem to be growing well, despite low water levels in recent years. (05-17-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Good

The reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. Look for trout to be moving away from shorelines with the warming water temperatures. If you're fishing from shore, focus on the steeper areas at the south end. Fishing is fair to good. Our annual netting survey yielded standard results — lots of fat, healthy rainbows, with two primary size classes at 10–12 inches and 16–19 inches. Some fish that weighed more than five pounds have also been caught lately. (05-17-18)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good from the shore and from boats, but boat fishing will soon be better as the trout move to deeper water for the summer. Our annual netting surveys found plenty of healthy trout. More large rainbows are available this year, possibly due to low ice-fishing pressure during the winter. (05-17-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Fair

We recently conducted a netting survey to assess potential loss of fish after last year's flooding, following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been substantially reduced, although a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, 13,000 tiger trout stocked last fall have survived very well and are now 10–11 inches long. Anglers can look forward to some good fishing this year for tiger trout, with an occasional rainbow in the mix. (05-17-18)

Pine Lake

Fair

The water is very clear, and trout are actively cruising the shoreline. Rainbow trout have been stocked. (05-17-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

Due to the likelihood of the reservoir being drained this year, the daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight fish through the remainder of 2018. Suckers are still abundant, despite repeated water fluctuation in recent years. Rainbow trout were stocked last fall, but will likely experience poor growth and survival. (05-17-18)

Quail Lake

Good

Bass are getting more active and moving up into the shallows to spawn. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques. (05-17-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Hot

Bass are very active and providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crankbaits and ned rigs. They are catching bass from boats and from the shore. Topwater action can be particularly exciting at dawn and dusk. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid pleasure boat traffic. (05-17-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Slow

The flow is near 400 cfs, which makes fishing difficult. (05-17-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Good

Access is good to the Solomon Basin lakes. Anglers report fair to good fishing at Meeks and Floating Island lakes. There haven't been any recent reports on access to the south-end lakes, but they may very well be accessible. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Access is good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (05-17-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Look for trout fishing to slow as water temperatures increase over the next few weeks. Bass and bluegill will become more active, however, and should provide fair to good fishing. (05-17-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is filling. Rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair to good fishing. Largemouth bass are also becoming more active. 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 this spring. (05-17-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is full and pretty murky due to runoff from the fire area. We conducted a netting survey recently and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It appears that no fish were lost during the fire (and subsequent runoff), and the lack of fishing pressure last summer has created a bonus stockpile of fish to be caught this year. Fishing is fair to good. (05-17-18)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,610 feet

Water temperatures: 65–72°F

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Lake Powell actually rose 12 inches last week. The runoff was welcome, but all fish are still anxiously waiting for the lake water to cover the brush on the shoreline. That has not happened yet but the water is moving in the right direction this week. After a cool week, the days are now getting warmer and water temperature will rise once more. All of these are positive events when considering how fish will respond in the coming week.

Bruce Bonebrake successfully fished for stripers with his fly rod and a clouser minnow in the early morning light in Padre Bay.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Striped bass are actively spawning. The cooling temperature slowed down the process because the females are motivated to spawn by rapidly warming water. We noticed a few stripers on the surface during our weekly fishing investigation. They came to the top as the morning sky began to lighten in the east. Numbers seen were much less than the previous week. We were able to catch a few stripers while fly fishing, casting surface lures, and even jigging with bass lures at 10 to 20 feet. The action was sporadic as stripers rolled on top in small groups from first light until the sun cleared the horizon. In full sunlight, striper action was done for the day along the spawning wall. There were reports of good striper catching in the stained water in the backs of the canyons with trolling lures. Some stripers are still being caught with bait along the main channel walls and in the canyons but striper fishing is good instead of great right now.

Our sampling shows that both gizzard and threadfin shad spawned this week. The tiny shad will grow and reside near the surface. In due time, striper schools will finish spawning, find small shad, and begin feeding on the surface. Then fishing will improve from good to great as stripers start to slurp shad from the surface. Expect these changes to occur the first week of June.

Smallmouth bass are the hot item in the lake this week. They continue to spawn in shallow water, feed actively on crayfish and sunfish, and provide constant action for anglers. They are found in great numbers in 10 to 25 feet of water along the shoreline where large rocks are available for cover. We drifted along rocky shorelines yesterday in Padre Bay and found active groups of bass on small rocky points jutting out from the shoreline. Expect this pattern to hold over the length of the lake.

Bass will hit topwater lures early and late. The most versatile lure is a single tail plastic grub which works all day long. Chartreuse and various shades of green were the best colors. Bass size ranged from small to 2.5 pounds. Number of bass caught ranged from 30 to 50 for each group of anglers that we checked with. Largemouth bass were less abundant but were caught right alongside the smallmouth throughout the day.

We found that adding a one inch piece of nightcrawler to the single tail grub increased the catch considerably. While fishing the rocky shoreline (10 to 25 feet deep) we also caught green sunfish, bluegill, channel catfish and walleye. This mixed bag of game fish really makes fishing the shoreline exciting. The rising water has had a small impact on the extreme water clarity as well. It is now possible to see the bottom in clear water areas at a depth of 15 feet but there is a green tinge to the water as well which is encouraging for the productivity of the fishery.

Finally, we are continuing to study eating habits of fish that might might quagga mussels. We’re asking for your help with that study. Simply catch bluegill and sunfish and bring them to the fish-cleaning stations at Bullfrog or Wahweap from May 28 through June 2, from 10 a.m. to dark.

For every fish you turn in, we will put your name into a drawing for new fishing tackle.

Please bring fish to cleaning stations separated by location caught. Example: Good Hope Bay or Moki Canyon, is sufficient.

You can take filets from fish if you want them. We need the carcass with stomach intact and the ability to get a length measurement.

Each person who donates fish will be entered into a drawing for each fish donated. The drawing will take place after June 2, 2018 and prizes will be mailed to winners.

All current fishing regulations will be enforced: Daily limit for bluegill and green sunfish (a combined total of 50).

(05-23-18)

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