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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2016-02-05
Good
The entire lake is frozen, and the fishing has been very good. The thickest ice (8 to 10 inches) is in the southern part of the lake south of Gus Rich Point, but the Rockpile area is now accessible and the ice is about 4 to six inches thick where the anglers have been fishing this area. People are also riding four-wheel vehicles and snowmobiles all over the lake. However, use extreme caution since Bear Lake has many areas where there are springs and/or methane gas vents and there may be no ice or thin ice in these areas. Ice thickness of the east side varies from about five inches to eight inches in most places. Finally, since this question gets asked a lot this time of year: Ideal Beach resort will allow anglers to drive in through their property and park on the beach in the plowed out area. Cost is $3 per person per day and is the closest access to the Rockpile. Garden City plows several areas too. One is about quarter mile north of Ideal Beach on 250 East Loop Street, and parking is free. Another popular ice-fishing access point is on 150 South Street in Garden City. The ice anglers are doing very well for cutthroat trout, lake trout and whitefish. The best spots for trout have been on the southwest side of the lake east of the highway pull-offs in water from about 50 to 70 feet deep. Also, the rockpile is fishing really well. Good lures to use for jigging include vertical jigging spoons such as castmasters and Buck Shots, but tube jigs tipped with cisco are the hottest lures at this time. Also, jigging rapalas are working for trout. For whitefish, the best spots have been off the weedbeds in 17 to 30 feet of water south of Gus Rich Point, along the east side at the pump house and between First Point and Second Point, and right on top of the rockpile. The rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina haven't had a lot of pressure yet, but the fishing on those should also be very good for both trout and whitefish. For whitefish, use smaller jigs (1/8 ounce) jigging spoons and ice flys, and tip your lure with a small piece of worm, wax worm or salmon egg.

Please remember, all cutthroat trout that are caught and don't have a healed fin clip must be released. Large lake trout are not very good eating and take a long time to reach large sizes, and while they are legal to keep, many anglers encourage others to release them.
Blacksmith Fork River
2016-02-05
Fair
Anglers are finding success using small nymphs — 18 and 20 midge patterns or smaller classic nymphs. Dead drifting small leech patterns under an indicator have been successful. Eggs and San Juan worms are working as top-fly, attractor patterns. Most folks are catching a mix of trout and whitefish. Most trout will be browns because they're experiencing a little bit of post-spawn hunger. The upper stretches of the Blacksmith Fork River are a little more difficult to access because of snow and ice. There is still fishable water in the lower areas.
Bountiful Lake
2016-02-05
Good
Anglers success catching trout in many places throughout the pond, especially fishing just off the bottom or 2 to four feet under the ice. The ice is about five inches thick. Family Ice Fishing day is February 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information and to register, contact Stephanie Gonzales at (801) 292–4422 or sgonzales@woodscross.com.
Causey Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Angling pressure continues to be very light because only a few people are visiting the reservoir. The ice is about 12 inches thick, but it's under many layers of snow and slush. The ice conditions are, so be sure to have good waterproof boots. Wildlife sightings are frequent. Anglers have been seeing turkeys, deer and moose on their fishing trips.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-05
Fair
Fishing continues to be spotty with anglers finding a bit of success in some areas and little success in others. Several report catching fish with shrimp and a variety of worms. Powerbait is semi-effective as well. Most anglers are fishing around 30 to 40 feet. Anglers have best success either fishing on the south side of the reservoir or when moving around when an area seems slow. The most common catch is trout, and they are biting on any type of bait. The trick is finding them.
Echo Reservoir
2016-02-05
Fair
Angling pressure was pretty light this week. Anglers have been fairly successful catching trout and perch at various depths throughout the water column. Try using traditional jigs tipped with wax worms or perch meat just off the bottom or just a few feet under the ice. There is still a layer of slush and snow on top of good ice.
Farmington Pond
2016-02-05
Good
On January 30, Centerville City hosted Family Ice Fishing Day at the pond. The fishing was very good for trout, and most people caught fish throughout the reservoir. Most fish were caught about 6 to eight feet under the ice on small jigs tipped with wax worms and spikes. The ice was about 12 inches thick. Farmington City has closed the first gate, closing the parking lot. Anglers and other visitors will be required to park in other legal areas and walk.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Angling pressure continues to be light. Most anglers visit the reservoir during the weekend. Use caution on the ice because the edges may be soft later in the afternoon. The ice is about 12 inches thick. With the recent rain storms, the strength of the ice varies. Please remember that this pond is private property and requires a Walk-in Access authorization number.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-05
Good
Anglers report success catching lots of fish along the rocky dam and throughout the reservoir. Anglers are catching a lot of perch in depths from 12 to 19 feet using brown plastics and jigs tipped with a wax or meal worm. The ice is solid, about 12 inches thick.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2016-02-05
Fair
Most of the pond is open water, especially on the north side. There is also open water or very thin ice around the edges on the south side. Angling pressure was very light this week.
Kaysville Ponds
2016-02-05
Fair
Ice thickness varies between the ponds. The first pond (north) is mostly open water with a little weak ice on the south side. The ice at the second and third ponds is only about three inches thick. Most anglers are fishing the third pond. Anglers report fishing to be fairly good, mostly catching rainbow trout. The ice at the fourth pond (south) is about five inches thick and has not received any angling pressure recently.
Logan River
2016-02-05
Fair
Small nymphs are the name of the game right now — size 18 and 20 midge patterns or smaller classic nymphs. Anglers have also had some luck dead drifting small leech patterns under an indicator. Eggs and San Juan worms have also been working as top-fly, attractor patterns. Most folks are catching a mix of trout and whitefish. Most trout will be browns because they're experiencing a little bit of post-spawn hunger. The upper stretches of the Logan are a little more difficult to access because of snow and ice. There is still fishable water in the lower areas.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2016-02-05
Fair
Fishing is a little spotty right now; some anglers report good success and others not as much. Anglers report fairly consistent fishing, though overall quicker success around noon. Try fishing shallower water relatively close to shore. The ice is fairly thick, 4–6 inches, but it lies under a few layers of snow and slush.
Mantua Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Anglers continue to report slow fishing. Two anglers recently fished Mantua for four hours without any success. They fished in water three feet to 13 feet deep and fished from the west side to the east side of the reservoir. There is a lot of snow and slush on top of the ice. Be very careful as it is difficult to see unstable ice under the added snow and slush.
Ogden River
2016-02-05
Good
Few anglers have been fishing the river lately. The river is mostly free flowing with a few areas that are covered in ice. Use caution when venturing out.
Pineview Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Anglers report fishing to be slow to fair right now. While fishing the north side of Cemetery Point recently, an angler caught two perch and three crappie from 11 a.m. to noon. Other anglers report success just before sunrise and just after dark. The ice is still thick and safe, but there are a few layers of slush and snow on top of it. Some of the edges may be a little soft as well. Please use caution when venturing out.
Rockport Reservoir
2016-02-05
Fair
Fishing has been fair but there is a lot of pressure especially on weekends. Try moving around and focus on areas that are not getting a lot of pressure. We had a couple more tagged fish caught this past week, and
Uinta Mountains
2016-02-05
Good
Trial Lake is buried under about 55 inches of snow. The gate is closed at mile marker 15, requiring snowmobiles to access the lake. Angling pressure is fair. This is a great time to visit the Uintas.
Weber River
2016-02-05
Fair
The river is mostly open with flowing water, but there are a few areas covered with ice. Use caution when venturing out.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2016-01-29
Unstable ice
Fishing is really slow. The ice is unstable, and there are pockets of open water around the reservoir.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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
2016-02-05
Slow
The ponds will be restocked in April. Try using traditional lures or baits (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). White tube jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or PowerBait have also been successful.
Canyon View Park Pond
2016-02-05
Closed
The pond is closed for the winter season and will reopen in the spring of 2016.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Warmer weather from last weekend has left a lot of slush on the reservoir. Be prepared for a couple layers of ice. The top layer is a couple of inches thick, and the bottom layer has eight to 12 inches. The reservoir has six to eight inches of ice in the Charleston Arm. Please use extreme caution — the ice may still be very thin near the dam. For the best results, use a flasher above an ice fly tipped with bait (a nightcrawler or mealworm). The fish are on the bottom, and the bite is very light. Both boat ramps are closed for the season. The Island boat ramp is closed until the middle of May. Please keep in mind that juvenile quagga mussels have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate. Call the state park at 435-654-0171 to check on current conditions or visit Deer Creek on Facebook to see the latest updates. The reservoir is currently 79 percent full.
Diamond Fork River
2016-02-05
Slow
The road is closed at the lower gate, and it's five miles (one way) to reach the Three Forks trailhead. Please call the Spanish Fork Ranger District at 801-798-3571 for updated road-closure information. Watch for the midge hatches and use sizes 20–24.
Grantsville Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Please use extreme caution on any ice has that has formed. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. Water levels are very low.
Highland Glen Park
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
The pond ice is about six inches thick, but it may be thinner or unstable near the docks. Please use extreme caution. Anglers are catching rainbow trout through the ice on salmon eggs, PowerBait and nightcrawlers.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
The Jordanelle Quadfishalon will be hosted at the Hailstone Marina on Feb. 6. See the Jordanelle State Park Facebook page or the state park website for more details. Rangers report about eight to 12 inches of ice near the main ramp and north arm. Ice in the Rock Cliffs area is about five to 10 inches thick. Ice is around five inches thick near the middle of the reservoir, but it is very thin near the dam. Use extreme caution. Anglers report that the fishing is decent in the Rock Cliffs area, but be prepared for slush. There is still self-contained camping at the main marina parking lot, where you will find an open, heated restroom. Try paddlebugs or hot-pink Ratfinkees tipped with bait. The reservoir is currently 56 percent full. See a live view of the main ramp.
Kidney Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
The pond will be stocked in April. To fish the open water for trout, try using a Jake's lure or a white tube jig tipped with PowerBait or a nightcrawler.
Midas Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
The pond will be stocked in April. To fish the open water for trout, try using a Jake's lure or a white tube jig tipped with PowerBait or a nightcrawler.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
You can only access the reservoir via snowmobile. There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please use caution. Be aware of changing weather conditions and road closures.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2016-02-05
Closed
The reservoir was drained and will not be stocked again until the spring of 2016.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
The lake is frozen. Please continue to use extreme caution and always drill test holes before ice fishing. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Payson Lake
2016-02-05
Closed
The road to the Nebo Loop is closed for winter/spring 2016. It is scheduled to reopen around Memorial Day.
Provo River, Lower
2016-02-05
Fair
Please plan ahead and use caution along slippery shorelines. Mid-morning to mid-afternoon are the best times to fish. You should see fish rising as the temperatures warm and the midges hatch. Try throwing dry flies and nymphs. Water levels are holding steady from 99 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 62 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2016-02-05
Fair
You'll find the best fishing during the warmer hours of the day with dry flies. Midge hatches are occurring throughout the nicer days, so try using winter midges in sizes 20–24. Water levels are consistent, with current levels remaining steady near 136 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows near the Jordanelle release are running at 151 cfs, and the average at Charleston is about 153 cfs.
Salem Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
We will start stocking the pond again in April. To catch trout, use salmon eggs, Jake's lures or garlic PowerBait. Try fishing off of the boat ramp or from the docks inside the park.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Use caution around any ice on the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2016-02-05
Closed
Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon. The ski resorts are open, and the lake is frozen over and covered with snow. Please use caution if you venture near the lake.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2016-02-05
Closed
The pond is closed until Feb. 27.
Spring Lake
2016-02-05
Slow
We will start stocking the pond again in April. To catch trout, use Jake's lures or garlic PowerBait.
Strawberry Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Be prepared to encounter slush under the snow. The ice is a solid seven inches thick near Soldier Creek. Use extreme caution, especially near the shorelines. Fish early in the morning for the best bite, and keep in mind that the bite is very light. White paddlebugs, gidgets, Ratfinkees, glow tube jigs and pink gizzy bugs (all tipped with PowerBait, mealworms or earthworms) have been very successful. All roads are closed, except the road to Strawberry Bay Marina, so plan on bringing snowmobiles for travel. Check with Strawberry Bay Marina at 435-548-2261for the most recent updates. The reservoir is currently 72 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2016-02-05
Slow
We haven't received any reports from anglers in the last few weeks. The warmest part of the day should produce winter midges. Try using small sizes (around 20 to 24) and dry flies in the eddies.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Anglers report that the ice is about four inches thick, but it's a bit slushy. Try using Ratfinkees, paddlebugs or ice flies tipped with bait (nightcrawlers or mealworms). Remember that the daily limit has been increased to eight fish. This change will remain in effect through June 30, 2016, but the reservoir will be drained as early as April 1 to make repairs. Limits have been increased to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost when the reservoir is drained. Please use extreme caution on the ice. The Alpine Loop and the road to Silver Lake Flat are now closed for travel. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon.
Utah Lake
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
As the snow melts, the lake levels are increasing and the ice is pulling away from the shoreline. As always, use extreme caution, especially near any open water pockets that may develop in the coming week. Try using pink or white Ratfinkees — or white paddle bugs — and tip them with nightcrawlers or mealworms. The campground is closed, and the entry fee has been lowered for the winter season. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring your fish to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The water is rising, and the lake is currently 51 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Please use extreme caution on any ice that has formed. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers.
Vivian Park Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
The pond has frozen over. Please use your best judgment and stay off the ice. Open-water pockets will likely be near the deep end, on the west side of pond near the road. Please do not put the picnic tables on the ice.
Willow Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
We will start stocking the pond in late March/early April. The water is currently open, so try using a Jake's lure or white tube jigs and tip them with a nightcrawler or PowerBait.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Be prepared for slushy ice conditions. Please continue to use extreme caution. All docks are out of the water at the Oasis boat ramp, and the showers and toilets are closed for the winter season. If you can safely access the ice, try using hot-pink Ratfinkees tipped with a mealworm or gizzy bugs tipped with a mealworm or nightcrawler.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart

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
2016-02-04
Good
Be careful. The reservoir is filling, and the edges can have thin ice and open water. Also, ice near the inlet is not as thick and has an irregular pattern because of currents. Anglers have been fishing the northern bays and are catching perch and a few rainbows. Try either the top 10 feet or the bottom 10 if fishing for trout. Perch are mainly on the bottom, but there are schools of larger fish moving through, and they can be at any depth, including within a few feet of the surface. Try a small, brightly colored jig, jigging spoon or fly tipped with a worm, mealworm or soft artificial bait. Perch are plentiful but mostly small and have been found in greater numbers in the northern end of the reservoir, 25–30 feet deep. The presence of walleye in the reservoir has caused some concern for managers.
Brough Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The lake has a solid cap of ice. However, be careful. The reservoir is filling, and the edges have thin ice and open water. Access roads can be slippery. We haven't received any recent fishing reports.
Browne Lake
2016-02-04
Fair
Water levels are down, but fishing for brook trout through the ice should be fair to good. The area has received snow during the last couple of storms. Roads are closed.
Bullock Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The lake has a solid cap of ice. However, be careful. The reservoir is filling, and the edges have thin ice and open water. There's relatively easy access over snow-covered roads. There are some signs that anglers have been out fishing, but we haven't received any reports.
Calder Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
There's ice on the lake. Fishing is slow to fair with small plastics. No bait is allowed. The reservoir has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only. Bait and scented-salted lures and flies are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. Anglers were able to get in late last week, but current conditions are unclear. Notes: Trout Unlimited recently installed wind-generated aerators to keep the water oxygenated and save the fish. Please stay away from the area. Ice is eroding because of currents created by aerator bubbles. Drifts have closed the access road.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The reservoir is capped with several inches of ice. However, it is being filled, and there is a bit of thin ice and even open water along the edges. There are signs that anglers have been out on the ice, but we haven't received any recent reports on fishing success.
Crouse Reservoir
2016-02-04
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The reservoir is ice-capped. It is also filling, so the edges won't be as thick as the main ice. Fishing reports have ranged from slow to good. The main road to the dam is snow-covered, and the dirt roads around reservoir are closed.
East Park Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. The roads are closed, so you can only access the reservoir by snowmobile or skis. Try trout baits, like worms and artificial baits or tip a small lure or fly with a mealworm.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2016-02-04
Good
There's currently ice down to Lucerne, with six or more inches north of the Pipeline. Some anglers are venturing out near Lucerne, but check the ice carefully. Thickness varies. Ice is slowly forming down the reservoir with only Cedar Springs and Mustang Ridge boat launches still useable. Both of those ramps were snow-covered. Weekend snow created messy roads.

Kokanee: Expect slow fishing. Kokanee are rarely caught through the ice.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout fishing is good for 18- to 20-inch fish. Focus on shallow flats and points in 10 to 20 feet of water using small tubes and jigs tipped with mealworm. You may also catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches), which were stocked last summer.

Lake trout: We've received reports of anglers catching fish all over the reservoir. Some of the better reports have come from further downlake near Buckboard, Brinegar Ferry Crossing (aka Squaw Hollow or Holmes Crossing) and south to Anvil and Lucerne. Fish main channel depths with jigging spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker or chub meat. Keep your smaller fish — removing them will help the fishery and provide some tasty treats.

Smallmouth bass: Water temperatures have sent bass to deeper water. Fishing has been slow.

Burbot: Recent reports indicate better fishing in the middle and southern portion of the reservoir. Look for rocky structure (smallmouth bass habitat) and depths of 10 to 40 feet. As the evening progresses, try fishing shallower water and move if you're not catching fish. As always, good lures are glow-n-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Thanks to all anglers who participated in the recent burbot tournaments; there are now thousands fewer burbot eating everything else.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2016-02-04
Good
Fishing is good with streamer/nymph trailer combos. Some anglers are also using terrestrial patterns like ants, crickets and hoppers with a scud or shrimp trailer. The fish are mainly taking the trailer, and the terrestrial is acting as an attractant and strike indicator. For nymphs and streamers, go deep along flow seams and along the shorelines. Try sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations followed by scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles or San Juan worms. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors are always a good option in shallow or deeper water. Try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps in deeper water. Several types of spoons and spinners will also entice fish. Information on flows can be found online.
Long Park Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
There haven't been any recent fishing reports, but ice fishing at Long Park is usually fair to good. The roads are closed and the area has received more snow. You can access the reservoir by skis or snowmobile only.
Matt Warner
2016-02-04
Good
The lake has fishable ice and anglers have been reporting good fishing. You can access the reservoir by skis or snowmobile only.
Moose Pond
2016-02-04
Fair
The pond has over a foot of ice. Anglers report fair to good fishing, mostly for stocked rainbows. Try tipping a small jig with meal worms or artificial bait. The bites have been light so set the hook. Remember, you are only in three to six feet of water.
Pelican Lake
2016-02-04
Good
Anglers still report good fishing for bluegill and bass. Try small brightly colored jigs and lures tipped with a mealworm or soft artificial baits. The reservoir is being filled so the edges have less ice than farther out. Anglers have broken through, so check the ice carefully.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The rotenone treatment to remove all fish was completed in October. In November, hatcheries stocked it with eight-inch cutthroat and rainbow trout, and five-inch wipers. Division plans call for roughly one million walleye fry to be stocked by hatcheries next spring, in addition to more wipers and tiger trout (all top predators). Mountain whitefish, black crappie, yellow perch and fathead minnows (as prey species) will be stocked as they become available in 2016. The whitefish, crappie and perch are also catchable species and will supply faster fishing opportunities than the top predators. Colorado River cutthroat trout will continue to be stocked in Bush Creek (which flows into Red Fleet), so some of these fish and the natural reproducing brown trout found in Brush Creek should provide additional fishing opportunities.
Sheep Creek Lake
2016-02-04
Fair
Sheep Creek has ice, but we haven't heard any fishing reports from anglers. The area recently received snow and high winds. The access roads are closed.
Spirit Lake
2016-02-04
Good
The lake has ice, and it should be fair to good fishing. The area has received snow during the past few storms, so access can be hazardous, even with snow machines.
Starvation Reservoir
2016-02-04
Good
The lake is capped with ice eight to 15 inches deep. Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows and fair to excellent for yellow perch. Most of the perch reported are six to eight inches. Look for schools in relatively shallow waters, 10 to 15 feet, or in deeper waters, 20 to 45 feet. A few anglers report that perch, down deep, are larger, but they don't start hitting until near or after dark.
Steinaker Reservoir
2016-02-04
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and bluegill, and a few anglers have found bass. Worms and artificial baits are working, along with small jigs tipped with a meal or wax worm. Fish are mostly deep. Try looking for bluegill down around 25 to 35 feet. Anglers have reported early evening bites for bluegill. Trout have been active for periods throughout the day, and can be found on the bottom or in the top 15 feet of water.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler

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
2016-02-05
Fair
Few San Juan County anglers seem to be ice fishing. Kens Lake is frozen, but ice skating has been the most popular activity.
Cleveland Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Access from the highway to the water's edge has been challenging because of deep snow.
Electric Lake
2016-01-27
Slow
A snow machine is the best way to access and cross the lake right now. Parking on the north end is limited to the pull-outs cleared by snowplows. Expect ice to be 10 inches thick.
Huntington North Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Snow covers the ice, which may be slushy on warmer days. Traditional tackle is recommended.
Huntington Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
An auger extension will be needed to drill through thick ice, which is blanketed by snow that deepens with each new storm system.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Fishing success is generally slow with brief periods of brisk action. Ice near the dam was 12 to 14 inches thick. Anglers should be wary of Seeley Cove, where underwater springs makes the ice dangerously thin. One angler on the Utah Fishing Forum reported on several trips to Joes Valley. He said he caught a 19-inch rainbow and a 23-inch splake. A friend caught a 35-inch tiger musky. Creel surveys indicate that fishing is slow.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2016-02-05
Fair
Depending on the weather, surface ice might be slushy. Snow blankets the ice sheet. Fishing success ranges from slow to fair. Jigs, tube jigs and bait have been popular.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2016-01-27
Fair
This body of water has attracted a lot of ice fishing pressure since freezing over. The bite is characterized as very soft. White tube jigs tipped with wax or meal worms are popular baits. Trout commonly range from 1 to 2 lbs. The ice ranges from 8 to 12 inches thick, although a few springs and oxygen pockets could potentially be hazardous as temperatures rise.
Scofield Reservoir
2016-02-05
Fair
Fishing for chubs has been fast. Anglers hoping to replenish their stock of meaty bait will find plenty. Kids who aren't fussy about the kind of fish they catch will have great fun. Trout fishing is fair. Most trout will be cutthroats in the 9 to 13 inch range. Weights start at quarter pound. A few 6 to 7 pound cutthroats remain in the reservoir, but they are difficult to find and catch. Rainbow and tiger trout comprise a small percentage of the catch. Most will be 13 inches or less. Occasionally a tiger that exceeds the slot limit will be iced. The dam arm is the most popular fishing destination, followed by the vicinity of the Madsen Bay boat ramp.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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
2016-01-29
Fair
Baker typically has open water through the winter. There has been some ice reported this winter, but it is not safe and won't last long. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Some large brown trout are also present.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2016-01-29
Fair
Some lakes are closed to fishing until April 16. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to find out which ones are closed. All lakes have safe ice. Access is limited by snow.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2016-01-29
Fair
Access is limited by snow. One angler reports that he was able to get to Kent's Lake by snowmobile. Fishing was good and steady during mid day. Lots of small rainbows were caught with a few tigers up to 16 inches mixed in.
Beaver River, Lower
2016-01-29
Slow
Flows are low and clear, and stealth is needed to avoid spooking fish. Surface ice often forms and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
Beaver River, Upper
2016-01-29
Slow
Lots of anchor ice during the winter.
Boulder Mountain
2016-01-29
Fair
Some lakes are closed to fishing until April 16. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to find out which ones are closed. All lakes have safe ice. Access is limited by snow.
Clear Creek
2016-01-29
Fair
Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is complete and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Fingerling cutthroat stocked in fall 2014 in the state park now measure 8 to 10 inches. Larger fish can be found above the Narrows.
Corn Creek
2016-01-29
Slow
Limited access because of snow.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Thin ice. Plenty of open water as well. Parking is limited, so please avoid parking on the highway.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2016-01-29
Slow
Flows are below 10 cfs. Surface ice often forms in winter and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577–2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2016-01-29
Fair
Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter due to spring inflow. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577–2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2016-01-29
Slow
Winter access is limited because of snow.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2016-01-29
Fair
The road has been plowed to the top of the boat ramp at the upper reservoir. Four-wheel-drive is needed to get to the shore. The ice is 6 to seven inches thick over most of the reservoir, but a little thinner around the edges. The water level is still very low, and fish congregate in the deepest water. Try to find at least 10 feet of depth. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows once you find the right depth. A few smallmouth bass are even being caught. Ice is not as stable at the lower reservoir.
Fish Lake
2016-01-29
Hot
There is a lot of snow at Fish Lake and parking is somewhat limited, though crews are working hard to clear more space. Please leave plenty of space for others and stay off the main road so that plows can get by. Ice thickness is 14–16 inches over the entire lake. Fishing is good to excellent with a wide variety of opportunities. Lots of perch and small trout are being caught near the weedline in 15–20 feet. Remember that there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake, and you are encouraged to harvest as many as possible. Recently, perch fishing has been best on the north and south ends, as well as the east side, but a little slower on the west shore between the lodge and Bowery Haven. For bigger trout, move out 25 to 45 feet or fish 20 feet down over deep water. You can also catch more trout than perch by suspending your bait a few feet off the bottom. Small, light-colored jigs and ice flies are working best, tipped with meal worms, wax worms and night crawlers. Tipping your jigs with chub or perch meat also helps you catch larger trout. Many anglers are noticing an increase in the numbers and quality of splake this year. Winter is a great time to target lake trout. Fish on the bottom in 80 to 100 feet with large jigs or spoons tipped with cut bait (perch, chub, sucker, minnows). Don't be afraid to try dark colors; they are surprisingly visible at that depth. Sonar can be a real key to seeing the fish and reacting to their behavior. You'll also need a lot of patience. It's pretty typical to catch a few pups and get a couple of hits from larger fish during a day. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435) 638–1000 before you go to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Although the reservoir is almost full now, it was mostly drained last summer due a malfunction in the outlet. It is unclear how many fish were lost. Access is difficult because of deep snow and drifts. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2016-01-29
Slow
The road is plowed only to the first restroom past Mill Meadow. The upper Fremont is iced over as far as you can access. The Bicknell Bottoms is ice-free. Winter is a good time to fish here because the mud is frozen. Fishing is still challenging, but some nice fish can be caught if you have a lot of patience. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Due to an increasing population of illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers — Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016, but fishing opportunities will be limited for 2 to 3 years while these populations establish.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
No recent reports, but there may be safe ice on Gunnison Bend and DMAD due to the cold temperatures.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2016-01-29
Fair
No recent reports, however.
Johnson Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Very little ice fishing pressure because of due poor access. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Access is limited due to snow. Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2016.
Koosharem Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Ice is over a foot thick. No reports on fishing success, but some nice fish can be caught through the ice. The southwest shoreline was recently posted closed to trespassing by the land owner, but public access remains through BLM land near the restroom. Access is difficult due to deep snow.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Should have safe ice and fair to good fishing if you can get there. Winter access is often limited to snowmobile or ATV. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2016-01-29
Fair
Trout get a little sluggish in winter, but fishing can be fair to good if you target deep pools. Whitefish can also provide good winter fishing. Surface ice can often limit fishing on Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577–2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
The road is plowed to the first bathroom past the reservoir. Ice thickness is 8 to 12 inches. The water level is fairly low. Fishing has been slow to fair, but some very nice rainbows have been caught — up to 18 inches and three pounds. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Anglers report 6–10 inches of ice. Fishing is fair, with some really nice rainbows caught.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2016-01-29
Slow
Not much winter fishing pressure because of limited access.
Navajo Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Ice should be over a foot thick. Access is limited by snow. Fair to good success for splake in the early morning.
Newcastle Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Safe ice, but thickness is unknown. Fishing is slow to fair for rainbows.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2016-01-29
Fair
Ice is 10 to 12-inches thick. Fishing success has slowed, as it typically does in late winter, because of high fishing pressure and cold temperatures. Some very nice rainbows are still being caught, however. Most are in the 2- to 3-pound range, while a few bigger fish up to six pounds have also been caught. Power Bait is often the most popular bait, while night crawlers, shrimp, wax worms and meal worms are also producing.
Panguitch Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Heavy fishing pressure has slowed fishing down in the shallow areas. As winter extends into February, it becomes ever more important to change up your tactics to either find active fish or entice sluggish fish to bite. The best way to increase your catch rate is to move out to deep water — as deep as 30 feet. Fish can be found throughout the lower half of the water column in deep water. You're most likely to catch cutthroat in the middle of the lake, however. If you're after rainbows to take home, using a fish finder and moving around frequently in the shallows will help you find fish willing to bite. You may want to leave the ice shelter at home so you can be more mobile. You can also try changing up your tackle (size, color, etc), bait (try small pieces of frozen minnows), or depth in the water column (try fishing halfway down, instead of right on the bottom).
Paragonah Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Access is difficult because of snow, but expect safe ice and fair fishing if you can get there.
Pine Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Expect safe ice and fair fishing if you can get there.
Piute Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
The reservoir was mostly drained last summer for irrigation needs.
Quail Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Visit http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/quail-creek/ for the current boat ramp schedule. Rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good success for shore and boat anglers. See the Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass techniques.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2016-01-29
Fair
Flows are running at about 100 cfs, which may keep the river ice-free and easier to fish.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2016-01-29
Fair
Access to Solomon Basin is typically possible through the winter from Emery County, but you'll likely need four-wheel-drive. Ice fishing is typically good if you can get there. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Winter access is limited because of snow.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2016-01-29
Fair
Rainbow trout are stocked in each pond about every two weeks through April. Look for fair to good fishing.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
The reservoir has iced over, and there are no reports on thickness or fishing success.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Access is difficult because of snow. Expect safe ice and fair fishing if you can get there.

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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
2015-10-29
Good

Lake elevation: 3,606 feet

Water temperatures: 69-72°F

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Each November we conduct our annual gillnet sampling to assess adult fish population strength, numbers and health. Since we will be on the lake for two weeks, today's fishing report will be the last of the season. Sporadic reports will be sent out randomly when something unusual happens, like when trophy fish are caught. For current fishing information over the winter, visit Wayneswords.com. The next regular weekly fishing report will be published here the first week of March 2016.

Wayne Gustaveson examines a typical striped bass and finds it to be in great shape. The Lake Powell fishery was very healthy and fishing success was terrific in 2015.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Stripers are hiding in deep water today. They must not like the bright, full moonlight. There is a band of adult stripers and gizzard shad suspended at the preferred temperature at 40 feet. Trolling with down riggers works along the 40-foot thermal barrier this week. The best report came from trolling Kastmasters in the main channel at 40 feet near Halls Marina and in the channel upstream from Slick Canyon. The Slick Rock report included speed reeling spoons between 40 and 80 feet for quick striper hookups.

Young-of-year stripers (6–10 inches) are in the backs of canyons in shallow water. They eat plankton, shad and sunfish and you can catch them by jigging small spoons in 15–30 feet of water. We've seen shad schools feeding on the surface during early mornings and late evenings. Small spoons cast into or near the shad schools will be clobbered by the many small stripers that stalk these schools. When you see shad on top, remember that game fish can be caught nearby.

Bass continue to be the most productive target. Smallmouth and largemouth bass can be found in 15–25 feet of water. The most effective technique is dropshot fishing with plastic grubs and swim baits. Casting crankbaits is not as good now as it was a week ago. Fish slow and deep while maintaining bottom contact for the opportunity to catch some really nice smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass are now being caught more often in the same areas, particularly where aquatic weeds are growing on the bottom.

These fishing patterns will hold up during November and December. Dropping water temperature adds the possibility of catching walleye and crappie in shallow water using the same techniques favored in springtime.

In summary, the fishery is in awesome shape. Stripers continue to put on weight and are increasing in number. Shad forage is still high going into the winter season. Adult stripers, which weighed 3–4 pounds this spring, produced a huge crop of young-of-year stripers. These adults will weigh 4–5 pounds in the spring and produce another bumper crop of young stripers. If shad have a good spawn in 2016 then stripers will grow to even larger proportions. Expect fishing success in spring 2016 to be of epic proportions.

Bass numbers are high. Largemouth bass need the lake to come up next spring and cover brush along the shoreline before that population can excel. Smallmouth bass are doing very well. They need more forage from shad, sunfish and crayfish. Anglers can help increase size of smallmouth bass by harvesting 9- to 12-inch fish while releasing larger bass. There is intense competition for forage among smallmouth, and you can help reduce that competition by keeping more bass. Smallmouth are great fish to eat. Keep more bass to make the average size of fish grow larger.

Walleye numbers are very high in the northern lake. Plan a walleye trip to Good Hope Bay in May to and see if you can catch 50–100 fish per day it's very possible.

Thanks for fishing at Lake Powell in 2015 — one of the most amazing fisheries in the world.

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