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Northern Region report

Information compiled by Phil Douglass
DWR Northern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

Attention: Quagga and zebra mussels are a major threat to Utah waterways. Read how you can help keep them out of Utah.

Current water levels: See current water levels for rivers and lakes across Utah.

Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2014-10-23
Good
Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that shore anglers are catching lake trout at the State Park Marina and Cisco Beach. Fly anglers are using white zonkers and spinning anglers are seeing success with a glow-in-dark #5 and #6. Boat anglers are trolling flatfish 55 feet deep. Boat anglers are also finding success jigging tube jigs near rockpiles in 55–65 feet of water. Please remember to keep your distance from other anglers.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Fall is a great time to fish from the shore or from a float tube.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-10-23
Good
Water levels are at base flows, but you should still check the levels before heading out. Roundrocks Fly Shop reports that fishing is very good. Some brown trout are now spawning. Be careful and do not step on the redds (brown trout spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them. Anglers report good fishing using hoppers, parachute Adams and blue-wing olives on warm afternoons. There aren't many anglers fishing the river. Thanks to Roundrocks for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-10-23
Good
Fishing is fair during the day, and better in the mid-morning and later evening. One angler had good success catching trout and bass using mepps rainbow-colored spinners (size 2) in the evenings on the north side, as well as in the mornings along the south shore. He also reported that fishing from the docks had been slow. The water is cloudy and visibility is fair.
Causey Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Water levels are good and it is possible to launch a kayak or canoe near the parking area. There are shallow areas near the inlets, but using those may mean a long trek, especially back to your car.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-10-23
Slow
There's currently a mandatory drawdown of the water in the reservoir and marsh. It will last until early next spring.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-23
Good
Park Manager Chris Haramoto and Ranger Kent Cummings report great fishing. Anglers are catching rainbow trout from the shore and boats using rainbow PowerBait with glitter, pop gear and lures. Boaters are catching fish trolling from the middle of the lake. Fishing is good from the shore, too. The lake is starting to fill.
Echo Reservoir
2014-10-23
Slow
The water is very low and there aren't many people fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-10-23
Good
Anglers are doing quite well at Farmington Pond this fall. The fish are very active. They jump and feed at the surface throughout the day. Trout are biting worms and PowerBait about a foot off the bottom. Fly anglers are having success with midges.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-10-23
Good
Most anglers have been visiting Holmes Creek on the weekends. Fishing pressure is very light on weekdays. Fishing is good for some anglers, and spotty for others. Two anglers fishing on the southwest side of the reservoir had great success mid-day using pink spinners. Another group of anglers had slow success fishing at the same time, but on the east side using PowerBait. When fishing from the shore, be sure to cast in different directions and vary your lure-retrieving speed. Please remember to show respect and pick up your trash at this privately owned waterbody. And don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-23
Good
Trout and perch fishing continue to be good throughout the water column. The Hyrum State Park tagged fishing contest will run until Nov. 30. Some of the tagged fish have been caught, but you still have a chance to win prizes. The courtesy docks at Hyrum were removed. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-10-23
Good
Fishing has been good. Fish are jumping at the surface and feeding about 12–8 inches beneath the surface. A few fly anglers using with leeches had the best success letting them sit about eight inches beneath the surface. One angler had good success catching trout using a Li'l Jakes lure. A group of younger anglers had excellent success catching bluegill on worms underneath the bridge on the west side.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-10-23
Good
Kaysville continues to be a great place to fish. One angler caught a trout and six catfish using PowerBait fishing from the bridge in the second pond. The water is quite cloudy with low visibility. Surface temperatures are around 57°F. The ponds were last stocked with 750 nine-inch trout on Oct 14.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
This is a beautiful time to fish Little Creek or to try the fishing at Laketown and Woodruff Creek Reservoir. The reservoir (usually stocked by early November) provides some of the earliest ice fishing opportunities in Northern Utah.
Logan River
2014-10-23
Good
The Logan River is fishing very well right now. Brown trout are starting to spawn and you can see them on their redds. Anglers have had the most success fishing zebra midge patterns throughout the day between the second and third dams and in the upper part of the river. Thanks to Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-10-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing from boats and from the shore. One angler fished with his four-year-old grandson in a canoe, and they caught and released four rainbow trout in two hours. They were fishing near the boat ramp and using PowerBait about two feet off the bottom. Another family also fished near the boat ramp, but they were on shore. They caught 10 rainbows smaller than 15 inches on yellow-twist PowerBait and had a great time. They said the fishing was fastest around 11 a.m. Other anglers report success using pearl tube jigs. You can either bounce them off the bottom or just use a simple cast-and-retrieve method.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-10-23
Good
Anglers are catching bass along the rocky shore using perch-colored Rapalas. Water temperatures are around 53°F near the boat docks. Water levels are extremely low on the south and southeast sides, as well as the northern shore. It is still possible to launch boats and other small watercraft from the boat ramp, but please use extreme caution. You do not want to get stuck while trying to launch a larger boat. Please remember that fishing is prohibited along the sandy shore and within 300 feet of either side of the boat ramp and dock.
Newton Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
There haven't been many anglers fishing Newton.
Ogden River
2014-10-23
Good
Lisa Decker has been enjoying brown trout fishing on the Ogden River. She has had good success using a #18 black ant and a dandelion midge.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Anglers are primarily fishing the narrows of Pineview from boats. There aren't many anglers fishing from the shore.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Angling activity has recently tapered off.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-10-23
Good
Fishing continues to be great for 15-inch (and larger!) rainbow trout. Try trolling using jointed Rapalas, pop gear and worms. The reservoir was recently stocked with 50,000 three- to eight-inch rainbows. Shore fishing is fair and the dam area is still the most productive. The lake is still rising and launch conditions are excellent.

Remember to fill out an AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) form each time you launch your boat. You'll find the forms at the top of most launch ramps in the state. Thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-10-23
Good
Be prepared for winter survival conditions. Often times the Uinta lakes are ready for ice fishing by late November.

Mirror Lake Highway lakes: These lakes are stocked heavily and offer good fishing. If the action is slow at one lake, move on to another. Watch closely as the fish are rising. If their jump leaves an air bubble, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. Under those circumstances, use a fly that floats on the surface (a caddis, foam ant or hopper). If the fish rise in a swirl that does not leave a bubble, they are likely taking flies below the surface. At that point, you may want to use a Prince nymph, a hare's ear or a combination of the two. You don't actually need a fly rod to fish this way. Here's how to use your spinning reel with a fly and bubble.

Also, be sure to take your fishing rod with you as you explore the North Slope road on your ATV. Red Rock Adventures has scanned all of the booklets in the Lakes of the High Uintas series. You can download these booklets (which are no longer available in print) and use them with the DWR stocking report to check on stocking patterns for the lakes you want to explore. North Slope drainages include the Bear River, Henry's Fork and Burnt Fork.
Weber River
2014-10-23
Good
Clayton from Roundrocks Fly Shop recently had a great day fishing the Weber River. Many people are out fishing the Weber, especially near the Taggart area. Browns are spawning and you can see them on their redds. They're taking egg patterns, midge patterns, sow bugs, blue-wing olives (in size 20) and olive-colored streamers. Be careful and do not step on the redds while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-10-23
Good
Water temperatures are around 75°F and water levels are low. The boat ramp is closed. Any boaters launching in the north marina do so at their own risk. Wiper fishing continues to be steady. Anglers have caught a few crappie and a few catfish. Boaters are catching the most fish, but anglers on the south and west dikes are also catching a few. Rapalas and jigs continue to be the best for wipers. DWR officers have been doing a lot of undercover work at Willard because some people are keeping more than their limit. The South Marina has anglers every morning and night as a result of the good fishing. Thanks to Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the report.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer
Central Region Wildlife Recreation Specialist

Attention: Quagga and zebra mussels are a major threat to Utah waterways. Read how you can help keep them out of Utah.

Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2014-10-23
Slow
Stocking is finished for the season. Expect slow fishing. Try using traditional baits like worms or spinners.
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-10-23
Slow
The fish are active because of the cooler weather. Try using PowerBait or worms.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Fishing is fair. The water temperature is about 57°F. Spinner jigs are working for fish near the bottom.
Diamond Fork River
2014-10-23
Slow
The brown trout are starting to spawn. Pay attention to the local hatch, but you may also want to try using egg patterns.
Highland Glen Park
2014-10-23
Good
Catfish are biting on raw chicken at the bottom of the pond. Bluegill have been easy to catch off the new docks. Also, try using Jake's spinners in gold and red for trout. Trout were also biting on flies and bubbles on a spinning reel.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Fishing isn't fast, but anglers are catching very healthy fish. The best times to fish are from early in the morning to midday.
Kidney Pond
2014-10-23
Fair
The final stocking for the pond was last week. Expect the trout to be hungry and biting.
Midas Pond
2014-10-23
Fair
The final stocking for the pond was last week. Expect the trout to be hungry and biting.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Anglers report fair success for tiger trout and brook trout while fly fishing with a strike indicator or using leeches.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-10-23
Closed
Because of irrigation needs, the water was drained from the reservoir last month. It's unlikely that there are any fish.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-23
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing with spinners off the shoreline.
Payson Lake
2014-10-23
Slow
Fishing has been slow this week, but the trout are still biting. Try using either PowerBait or Jake's spinners.
Provo River, Lower
2014-10-23
Good
Water flows are steady at around 157 feet per second, but you should expect some weeds because of the low flows. Try using streamers to catch the prespawn brown trout. The water temperature is around 50°F. Try fishing in the early morning, late evening or on cloudy days.
Provo River, Middle
2014-10-23
Good
The water levels are still low and are running at about 160 feet per second. A variety of techniques are working right now. Try using streamers, dry flies, nymphs or hackles. Dry fly anglers should try size #18-20 blue wing olives, ants or beetles. The fish can be picky, though, so be willing to adapt your techniques. The water temperature is around 50°F. The brown trout spawn will start soon.
Salem Pond
2014-10-23
Slow
The water is cooling down and fishing is slow, but you still may find success throwing a line off the docks or near the boat ramp. Try using a bubble and worms or PowerBait. Jake's Spin-A-Lure also work great for catching trout off the docks or near the bridge.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-10-23
Slow
Fishing is slow. Try using traditional baits.
Silver Lake
2014-10-23
Slow
Fishing is slow. Most of the trout are feeding at the top of the water, so try using a fly rod or dry fly. You may also want to try tying a fly behind a bubble. You may catch a few trout on Jake's Spin-A-Lures.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2014-10-23
Slow
This will be one of the final weeks for stocking trout until next spring. Try using traditional baits like worms or PowerBait.
Spring Lake
2014-10-23
Fair
The pond has already been stocked for the final time this year. For catfish, try using PowerBait or worms on the bottom for catfish. If you're fishing for trout, try using a bubble and PowerBait.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-10-23
Hot
Shoreline fishing is slow, but you may find success using a worm and bubble combination, or garlic, salmon egg or peach PowerBait. You may also want to try trolling using worms. You'll find fish in deeper parts of the reservoir, usually at depths from 30 to 40 feet. There is a lot of algae, which should disappear when the weather gets colder. Anglers report that fishing is good from the shore near Soldier Creek and the Narrows. The water temperature is in the low 50s. Fishing is best away from the algae and moss. You should try to cast past it from shore, and to avoid it in your boat or floattube. The best time to fish still seems to be around 10 a.m.
Thistle Creek
2014-10-23
Slow
Fishing will be best in the early morning or just a couple of hours before sunset. The deer hunt is underway, so you may wear hunter orange while you're out.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
The reservoir is very busy, but fall weather is bringing fish closer to shore. This is a great time to catch some of the brown trout. The vegetation around the shoreline can sometimes make it difficult to fish. The reservoir was last stocked in September, and it will not be stocked again until spring.
Utah Lake
2014-10-23
Slow
The water levels are extremely low, so you may want to check with the State Parks office or DWR office before launching. Try using raw chicken for catfish. Traditional spinner blades may also a good choice for white bass or catfish.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-10-23
Slow
Small, catchable trout biting. Try using a lightweight jig, like a Jake's spinner, or try PowerBait under a bubble. Now that the weather is cooler, the plants are dying off and the fish are more active.
Willow Pond
2014-10-23
Fair
This is the final week that the pond will be stocked, so try using a bubble and PowerBait or a worm. Corn- and garlic-flavored PowerBait worked great over the weekend.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-23
Good
Try fishing in the early morning. The water levels near the island are very low. Spinnerbaits are effective off the shoreline.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart
Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

Warnings: Several lakes in northeastern Utah may contain quagga and/or zebra mussels. Learn more about these destructive mussels and how to decontaminate your boat.

Whirling disease was found in the northeastern region of the state. Please make sure you clean, dry and sterilize waders, livewells and other fishing gear before venturing to another water.

Cleaning fish: Biologists now believe the disposal of fish parts, especially the head and skeleton, is one of the primary reasons whirling disease has spread to new waters. To avoid moving whirling disease and other undesired organisms, you should clean fish at home and send the parts to a landfill. If that isn't possible, please clean the fish and bury the parts at least 100 yards away from the water's edge. Do not move fish or fish parts from one water to another.

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
You'll find fair fishing for rainbows from the bank and from a boat. Fishing has slowed for bass and yellow perch. Temperatures are beginning to cool down. The best fishing times vary, which is common in the fall. An angler recently reported faster fishing during a couple of hours in the middle of the morning. Trout are beginning to move up in the water column. Bass and perch are still in deeper water, so try fishing just above the bottom. Trout baits, such as a worm-and-marshmallow combination or PowerBait, work well on the bottom. Also try fishing a few feet below the surface with a sinking fly, crankbait, jig or brightly colored spoon. Water levels are low, but you can still launch a boat from the ramp.
Brough Reservoir
2014-10-29
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing for bass and trout. That should change with the colder weather moving in. There are special catch-and-release regulations at the reservoir. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2014-10-29
Fair
The fishing has been slow to fair. Water levels are low, and weeds are growing along the shoreline, which makes it harder to bank fish. Browne was being drained for work on the dam. However, crews were able to inspect the problem areas, and the reservoir was not drained completely. Because of the problem with the dam, the daily bag limit has been increased to eight trout until Jan. 1, 2015.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-10-29
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing.
Calder Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing from tubes and from the bank. To limit catch-and-release mortality, be responsible, use stronger lines and bring fish in quickly. Keep their gills in the water at all times and make sure your hands are wet before handling them. Using rubber or silicon nets will prevent damage to scales and the fish's protective slime layer. Please park in the parking area and not on the ramp (inside the cattle guard); it will help others launch with fewer delays. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2014-10-29
Slow
The reservoir was restocked this summer with fingerling and catchable-sized rainbows, brown trout, tiger muskie and wipers.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-10-29
Slow
Water levels are extremely low. Most of the remaining water has been pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and tiger trout. Cooler fall temperatures are finally here, so it's no longer critical to fish early or late. Anglers are catching fish on deep-drifting worms or a worm-and-marshmallow combination that floats a few feet above the bottom. Fish are also taking some of the larger terrestrials off the surface. The Uintas have been getting some heavy rains.
East Park Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
Fishing has been fair with flies and spoons. It's been a bit slower with baits, although some anglers have done well drifting worms. The water level is well below the ramp, which makes it difficult to launch a boat from a trailer. The Uintas have been getting some heavy rains.
Flaming Gorge
2014-10-29
Good
You'll find good to excellent fishing for many species right now.

Kokanee salmon: Closed — All kokanee caught from September 10 through November 30 must be immediately released. Sheep Creek, a tributary stream near Manila, is also closed to fishing.

Rainbow trout: Most anglers report good results. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working from the shore and from boats. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Rainbows are also being caught when anglers are fishing for lake trout, kokanee and bass.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing. Schools, small groups and singles can be anywhere, although most are now being taken in deeper water. If you find a group, try holding your position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or a three-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also, try trolling through or just above the school, usually around 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass: The bass are slowing down and going deeper. You may find smaller fish 20 feet down and larger fish are even deeper. Anglers are still catching a few. Try using darker, crayfish-colors in just about any kind of bass lure (including flies, grubs, worms, crankbaits and spoons). If they are not hitting, try going smaller and working your lure down close to the bottom.

Burbot: Fair to good fishing starts after sunset and continues until midnight. Start in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters (approximately 30 feet down) to forage. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use just about anything that glows (including spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about 6 to 12 inches above the weight. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2014-10-29
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Both dry flies and top/bottom combinations are working well. Try a combination with a grasshopper or large terrestrial on top, followed by an emerger, scud, midge larva or egg imitation as a trailer. Also, be prepared to switch techniques if a hatch begins in your area. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-10-29
Good
Anglers report good fishing using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp. Even thought the water is low, you can still launch a small boat.
Matt Warner
2014-10-29
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing, depending mostly on the depth, time of day and ability to stay out of the weeds. Blue-green algae is also present, which makes it harder to use lures. The best fishing reported this week was mid-morning and in the late afternoon or early evening hours. The water level is low (below the boat ramp), so launching boats can be difficult.
Moose Pond
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbows.
Pelican Lake
2014-10-29
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill. Bluegill are difficult to find, so try some of the deeper waters near the middle or west end. Pelican Lake has an overabundance of carp, so you can help the fishery by catching them or taking them with archery equipment. The waterfowl hunt started on Oct. 4, so now there are quite a few waterfowl hunters at the lake.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-10-29
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and bass. A few small walleye are also being taken. The best bank fishing has been near the dam — and in the east bay near the dam — during the early morning hours. Try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm and floating bait a couple of feet above the bottom. You may also want to try trolling or casting crankbaits and brightly colored spoons.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-10-29
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing.
Spirit Lake
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for stocked fish. Spirit has been restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout, so try small, brightly colored lures. Tamarak and Jessen are also being stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes. Anglers have reported fair to good fishing on other lakes in adjacent drainages.
Starvation Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report mixed fishing success for rainbows, bass, walleye and small yellow perch from the shoreline and from boats. The best times to fish are changing with the cooler weather. Anglers now report better fishing in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon hours. For trout, try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm and floating PowerBait from shore. Another option is to use deep-diving lures. For bass and walleye, go deep. Try casting into the rocky points, and bottom bouncing across the flats for walleye. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Be careful of the afternoon winds, which can generate big waves very quickly. Improvements to the campgrounds and facilities — and the addition of a new 3-D archery range — have greatly improved the state park.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, and slow to fair fishing for bass and bluegill. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged sandbars, humps and rocks. Try fishing with trout baits and deep-diving lures. For bass, try fishing near rocky points, and for bluegill, focus on the flats or just off the dam in roughly 20 to 25 feet of water.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler
DWR Southeast Region Outreach Manager

Attention: Quagga and zebra mussels are a major threat to Utah waterways. Read how you can help keep them out of Utah.

Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2014-10-17
Good
Conservation officer Dennis Shumway reported that there are fewer anglers out fishing since the beginning of the hunting seasons. Nonresident hunters, however, reported good fishing at Foy and Monticello reservoirs using worms, PowerBait, dry flies or marshmallows. Blanding #3, Blanding #4 and Lloyds Lake have all been recently stocked and should offer excellent fishing until winter.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2014-10-17
Good
J Shirley reported excellent fishing on Oct. 10–11, but noted that there were a lot of anglers fishing at the pond. Nightcrawlers and green or rainbow PowerBait were the best baits. As far as spinners, Shirley recommended gold and silver Jakes. J was supervising three young boys who hooked a total of 21 trout in one hour.
Cleveland Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
Aquatics personnel conducted a population survey last week and biologist Calvin Black was pleasantly surprised at the health and size of the rainbow trout population. Most of the rainbow trout ranged from 11 to 17 inches, but one cutthroat trout measured 21 inches. The biggest surprise was a 23.5-inch, six-pound brown trout that was netted.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
On Oct. 15, Tom Ogden and Randy Rodriguez fly fished from kick boats using sinking line and size 6-8 soft hackle flies, size 8 Canada blood leeches and olive leeches. In five hours, they caught 10 tiger trout in the 12- to 18-inch range, and 19 cutthroat trout in the 10- to 17-inch range. Fishing picked up after 1 p.m.
Electric Lake
2014-10-17
Fair
One angler reported sporadic fishing using worms. The Division conducted a gillnet sampling and collected a number of chunky tiger and cutthroat trout in the 13- to 19-inch range. No kokanee salmon were collected, but anglers have reported catching several in the 12- to 14-inch range.
Gigliotti Pond
2014-10-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing using PowerBait, nightcrawlers or salmon eggs. Rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait seem to outperform other colors.
Huntington Creek
2014-10-17
Slow
Recent flash floods have once again scoured the streambed. You'll find the remaining trout population within a mile of the dam. Expect better fishing closer to the outflow.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
On Columbus Day, Rick Berg reported fair to good fishing using Rapalas for rainbow trout, wipers and bass.
Huntington Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
One angler reported hot fishing. He caught tiger trout in the 16- to 18-inch range using worms. During the past week, aquatics personnel conducted a fish population survey. Biologist Calvin Black said that numerous, healthy tiger trout were netted. The trout were in the 12- to 26-inch range and one fish weighed six pounds. Black expects that anglers will see great fishing this fall and into early winter.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
On Oct. 13, Calvin Black fished using tube jigs, crankbaits, spoons and spinners without much success for tiger muskies or trout. On Oct. 9, Mike Milburn fished the reservoir hoping to catch more 40-inch-plus tiger muskies like the ones he's landed in previous weeks. On this trip, he caught one 34-inch and one 37-inch tiger muskie. Mike used a 5-inch paddle tail swimbait on a 3/8-ounce jighead.

Aquatics personnel surveyed the fish population during the past week. They collected numerous 14- to 25-inch splake, with most being around 18 inches and 1.5- to two pounds. They also netted several large cutthroat trout. The largest was five pounds and measured 24 inches. Six tiger muskie were collected, which ranged from 32 to 35 inches and 8 to 10 pounds. Fishing for splake and cutthroat trout should pick up in the next few weeks.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2014-10-17
Slow
Recent flash floods have scoured the streambed again. You will only find trout in the fly-only zone near the dam.
Scofield Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
Multiple anglers report good to excellent fishing. On Oct. 9, an angler on BigFishTackle.com reported catching 22 cutthroats in 4.5 hours. He fished the southeast shoreline and said he got a bite or fish with every cast. He wrote that bait preferences changed as the day advanced. He used corn-flavored PowerBait, nightcrawlers and chubs over the course of the day. On Oct. 5, Makeda and Pat Hanson fished bait on the surface for about an hour with minimal success. After changing tactics and sinking chub meat to the bottom, Makeda said they couldn't keep the trout off their lines. They were bank fishing near the dam.

Fishing was a little too good for three anglers who recently put 23 trout on ice — most of which were within the slot — before being visited by a conservation officer. Only one angler had a fishing license. The trio had been using dead minnows and anchovies. You can read more about the story on our Officers on Patrol blog.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley
DWR Southern Region Aquatics Biologist

Attention: Quagga and zebra mussels are a major threat to Utah waterways. Read how you can help keep them out of Utah.

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should improve as the weather cools.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-10-24
Fair
Fishing is fair to good. Most of the Boulder Mountain lakes close to fishing on November 1, so get some fishing in while you can. Barker Reservoir and Lower Barker Reservoir remain open year round. October is one of the best months of the year to fish on Boulder Mountain. A variety of flies, small lures, and jigs can produce well. If you're fishing with bait, use natural baits like nightcrawlers or grasshoppers. If fishing is slow at one lake, move to another.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-10-24
Fair
Fishing is fair to good at all lakes. Anderson Meadow Reservoir has been drained for dam repairs.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-10-24
Fair
Irrigation flows have ended, but the water is low and clear. You'll need to be stealthy when you fish. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-10-24
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Boulder Mountain
2014-10-24
Good
October is one of the best months of the year to fish on Boulder Mountain. A variety of flies, small lures or jigs can produce well. If you're fishing with bait, use natural baits like nightcrawlers or grasshoppers. If fishing is slow at one lake, move to another. Most of the lakes on the mountain close to fishing on November 1, so get out while you have time. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions, fishing reports, and specific patterns.
Clear Creek
2014-10-24
Fair
Work to remove nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is now complete and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish for the rest of 2014 will be above the narrows. Fingerling cutthroat stocked this fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches in length next summer.
Corn Creek
2014-10-24
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-10-24
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-10-24
Good
Water flows are below 20 cubic feet per second because it's the end of irrigation season. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2014-10-24
Good
Fishing is fair to good with a variety of fly patterns. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-10-24
Good
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-10-24
Fair
The water level has been fairly low all year in the upper reservoir. One angler recently did well catching rainbows up to 15 inches in the lower reservoir using nightcrawlers.
Fish Lake
2014-10-24
Good
Boat anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout by trolling pop gear. Shore anglers are doing well using flies or bait near Twin Creeks. Yellow perch also offer fast action by jigging just outside the weedline. To target splake, jig outside the weedline in 20 to 60 feet. Lake trout move to shallow water during October to spawn and, although they can be very visible, they are fairly hard to catch. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or the Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The reservoir is filling. Fishing is fair to good for tigers in the cove near the boat ramp. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-10-24
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Fishing is good in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow and slower in the Bicknell Bottoms and below Highway 12. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-10-24
Slow
There are no recent fishing report. The boat ramp is closed until spring.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-10-24
Fair
Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and catfish at the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and Parowan Pond. Visit the new pond in Brian Head, which has been stocked with rainbows.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-10-24
Slow
The water clarity is very poor and fishing is slow. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2015. The water level has been fairly low this year. Fishing should improve in the cooler fall weather.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
Fishing is slow from the shore, but trolling has produced fair results. There is no boat ramp, but you can launch small boats near the dam.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-10-24
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing from float tubes and small boats. The water is low and there is no boat ramp, so you'll have to hand-launch your boat from the shore. Hare's ears, pheasant tails and brown wooly buggers have all worked well lately. You may also want to try fishing with flashy lures, spinners and spoons. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-10-24
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The reservoir is mostly full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing near the inlets in the afternoon with brown and black wooly buggers. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
Irrigation releases have ended and the lake level has stabilized. Trout are starting to get more active and fly fishing is improving for anglers in float tubes.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-10-24
Fair
There are good numbers of rainbow trout left in Big and Deep lakes. The fish in Big Lake have grown well this year; up to 14 inches.
Navajo Lake
2014-10-24
Fair
Look for splake to become more active because of the cooler weather.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-24
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing by trolling. Look for shore fishing to improve as the weather cools down.
Panguitch Lake
2014-10-24
Good
Fishing is fair to good, depending on where you fish and what you fish with. Boat anglers report fair fishing for small- and medium-sized trout by trolling. Shore anglers are also catching rainbow trout on popular baits like PowerBait and worm-marshmallow rigs. Fly anglers are catching fish from the shore using nymphs and streamers. Large cutthroat and tiger trout have moved in close to shore and are feeding actively. The best way to target these fish is with cut bait (like chub, sucker, minnows or anchovies) fished either on a large hook with no weight or tipped on a white tube jig. Most of the fish you'll catch with this method will need to be released because they'll be in the slot. In order to avoid deep-hooking, hold the rod in your hand and set the hook as soon and the fish hits. Large single hooks (size 1 to 00) will help ensure the fish are hooked in the mouth. If a fish swallows a hook, cut the line instead of trying to pull the hook out.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
Fly and lure anglers report fair to good fishing. Trolling flashy lures can also provide good results. These fish are wild, so natural baits like nightcrawlers work better than PowerBait.
Pine Lake
2014-10-24
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-10-24
Slow
The reservoir is now refilling after it was drained and treated with rotenone. 5,000 10-inch rainbow trout and 3,500 4-inch wipers were stocked this week. More rainbows will be stocked in the next few weeks.
Quail Lake
2014-10-24
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good. See the current boat ramp schedule at the Quail Creek State Park website.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-10-24
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent. Anglers report good fishing using topwater lures and crayfish-imitating plastics.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-10-24
Fair
The water flows are around 40 cubic feet per second — which is perfect for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-10-24
Good
Fishing is good for brook trout at Deep Creek and Meeks lakes with wooly buggers. Fishing is fair to good for cutthroat and tiger trout in the Solomon Basin lakes. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-10-24
Fair
Trout will be stocked in November.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The boat ramp is still open.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The water level is fairly low, but will slowly rise now that irrigation releases have ended. Look for fishing to improve because of the cooler weather.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

Attention: Quagga mussels have been detected at Lake Powell. Protect other Utah waters by cleaning and draining the water from your boat before leaving Lake Powell. Your boat must be dried for 18 days before you can launch in another water. If you plan to launch sooner than that, a professional decontamination is required. Learn more about these destructive mussels.

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2014-10-23
Good

Lake elevation: 3,606 feet

Water temperatures: 68–72°F

Brett, Richard and Stuart Hepworth from Cedar City, Utah found that spooning for stripers was the best way to catch big fish in Iceberg Canyon. Look for boils, and then drop jigging spoons down to the bottom to catch fish. Bass and stripers are feeding together around shad schools.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Here's what you'll find during a typical day at Lake Powell. From dawn to 9 a.m., the bass and stripers wake up and go out for breakfast. Shad are the only option on the menu for stripers, but bass add crayfish to the list. Shad schools are no longer free to live in open water because of striper gluttony. Now, shad are moving toward the backs of canyons and coves to hide. Somewhere along the way, the stripers and/or bass find the school, and breakfast is served. Surface activity is still visible most mornings, but the splashes are not as frequent.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a daily truce is declared. The stripers and shad back off and manage to quietly coexist. Stripers hold near the bottom at 40–60 feet while threadfin shad form a suspended open-water school from 20–50 feet. Not much feeding or other activities occur unless a random shad happens to drop in on the striper school. Stripers cannot resist a shad swimming through their peaceful surroundings and must react by eating the intruding shad. That makes spooning and deep-water trolling the only effective mid-day fishing techniques.

From 4 p.m. until dark, the skirmish lines are redrawn. Sportfish go back into feeding mode, while shad run and hide. A few stripers and bass blow up on top, marking the spot where a submerged school is working. The same techniques (top-water and spooning) that worked in the morning are effective once more.

Surface boils are the most exciting form of fishing in fresh water. There are just enough boils happening now to make them worthwhile to pursue. Always keep a lookout for splashes during the morning and evening hours. Stripers blow water up over a foot in the air. Gizzard shad jump in open water too, but they make a smooth entry back into the lake. Make sure the splash is made by the species you're targeting. If you are close enough to cast while the fish are working the surface, top-water lures, rattletraps and Kastmaster spoons work very well. 

The boil is great fun, but the real work is done with jigging spoons. There are few fish on the surface compared to the huge school waiting below. See the splash and then look at the graph. When the school is visible at depth, simply drop your spoons right on the hungry fish. This is how you can catch a lot of fish in a short amount of time. The school eagerly awaits the next shad-imitating spoon. (Most shad are now eaten at 20–60 feet.) The best technique now is spooning where bottom depth ranges between 20 and 60 feet.

Trolling is not very effective but does have a purpose. If you don't see any surface action, then trolling while watching the graph is a good way to find fish. Troll about halfway back in most canyons at a bottom depth of 40–100 feet with a marker in hand. When you see the striper school, toss the marker and return to that spot if the fish do not respond to trolled lures. Most stripers are found in water too deep to troll without downriggers or leaded line.

The best places to fish in the southern lake are Dominguez Rock (Face Canyon), Gregory Butte, Last Chance Coves, Rock Creek mouth and Dungeon Canyon. In the northern lake, try fishing Crystal Spring, Moki Canyon and Warm Springs.

Do not be surprised to see largemouth and smallmouth bass boiling on shad. Stripers and bass are often working the same shad schools. Find any surface action and look deep to find vulnerable fish that can be caught most efficiently on spoons.

Good luck!  Despite its challenges, fishing is very rewarding because of all the high-quality fish you can catch.

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