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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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
2015-03-26
Good
There is no snow on ground, and you can launch a boat at the marina and both east side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove. There are courtesy docks in the water at all locations. Fishing continues to be very good for cutthroat trout; anglers are catching a few lake trout too. Anglers targeting the trout are fishing with tube jigs tipped with cisco and/or worms right on the bottom in 45 to 65 feet of water. The hot spots are off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, Second Point and along Cisco Beach toward Rainbow Cove. Some anglers are trolling and doing well using flatfish, Rapalas and dodger/squid combinations. The Bear Lake whitefish spawning is pretty much over and we haven't received reports of whitefish caught in the last week. Remember, all cutthroat trout without a healed fin clip must be released.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
The ice on the reservoir was unstable on March 23. The edges are opening up, but not quite enough allow casting from shore. We do not recommend venturing out on the ice at this time. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston. Many thanks to Conservation Officer John Owen for the report.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-03-26
Fair
On March 16, anglers reported good rainbow trout fishing on the upper portions of the river on nymphs and zebra midges. The river flows are good and angling pressure continues to be fairly light. This is a great time to fish the river.
Bountiful Lake
2015-03-26
Good
On March 23, local angler Chris Becraft and a friend braved the wind and rain for a great day fishing. They fished for a few hours on the north side of the pond and caught four trout and one 5-inch largemouth bass. For trout, they used PowerBait/worm combination and a Joe's fly with inline spinner. Local angler Cory Haddock also reported good fishing on Saturday. Between these two anglers, they caught 15 fish! Many thanks Chris and Cory for the reports.
Causey Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
On March 17, the reservoir was completely ice free. Water levels are higher, making it easier to launch boats and other small watercraft. Angling and recreation pressure continues to be very low. Causey is a good, quiet spot for you to fish.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2015-03-26
Good
On March 21, anglers reported good fishing for catfish at the Benson Marina using chicken livers. Angling pressure has increased with the warmer weather β€” especially on the weekends. Cutler is perfect for catching bass, catfish and bowfishing for carp.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-26
Hot
Now is the time to take advantage of the hot fishing at East Canyon. Boat anglers are doing very well using flashers in down riggers. You could also try slowly trolling with PowerBait just off the bottom. A group of anglers caught their limits of fish in only 45 minutes. Shore fishing is excellent as well. The fish seem to really favor rainbow PowerBait when suspended just off the bottom. Please remember that if you are going to launch any boat at East Canyon, you must complete a quagga mussel self-certification form and place it on your dashboard. If you don't have the completed form on your dashboard, you will receive a citation. If no one is at the gate when you arrive, just drive down to the boat ramp and pull a blank quagga self-certification form out of the mailbox that's under the big quagga mussel sign. We need your help to keep quagga out of East Canyon. Many thanks to Park Manager Chris Haramoto and Park Ranger Kent Cummings for the report.
Echo Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
The angling pressure is very light right now.
Farmington Pond
2015-03-26
Good
Fishing continues to be good for most anglers. One angler caught six trout with bead-headed nymphs, scuds and leeches. Another angler also had good success catching about 25-30 fish in two hours using a brown leech and damsel flies. The pond was last stocked on March 16 with 499 nine-inch trout.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-03-26
Fair
There haven't been many anglers out fishing the reservoir. Some anglers have been fishing from the shore while others have been fishing from kayaks and inflatable rafts. Some shore anglers caught 9-inch trout using PowerBait under a bobber. The trout are active and can be seen jumping at the surface throughout the day. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-26
Slow
Anglers report good fishing. PowerBait has not been as effective as worms. If you're fishing from the shore, try using silver spinners and different Rapalas. Anglers trolling have had success using any lure with blue on it. You should also try perch and trout Rapalas. Many thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for this report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-03-26
Fair
Cormorants and pelicans are swimming around the pond, but fishing continues to be fair. Last weekend, a family of six caught four brood stock trout near the bridge. Another couple caught some nine-inch rainbows β€” all on worms and PowerBait. The water is murky and visibility is low. The pond was last stocked on March 18 with 1,000 nine-inch trout. Please be sure to clean up any trash, fishing tackle and lures.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-03-26
Good
On March 23, a father and his daughter fished the third pond for about an hour and half and caught some bluegill and trout using worms and flies. Fly anglers also report good fishing in the second pond using dark-colored nymphs and leeches.
Little Creek Reservoir
2015-03-26
Fair
By March 23, all the ice had melted. This is a great place to fish from the shore or from small canoes and kayaks. The trout are active and biting frequently. Please be very careful when descending to the water β€” the rocks are very loose and it's easy to slip and fall. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You can reach the reservoir through Woodruff, driving through either Logan Canyon or Evanston. Many thanks to Conservation Officer John Owen for the report.
Logan River
2015-03-26
Good
Anglers report good fishing with nymphs and zebra midges. Angling pressure is good and has increased with the warmer temperatures. Angling pressure at the third dam is good, but fishing is a little slow. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
Tom Ogden fished on March 16 from a kick boat using fly tackle. He caught six rainbows and five cutthroats with a fast-sinking line (#7) and size 4 bead head tan/green/pearl crystal bugger, size 6 bead head black/green crystal bugger, and a size 8 bead head black/green soft hackle fly. The ice is completely melted. Fishing is slow. Many thanks to Tom for the report.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-03-26
Good
Fishing for bass and trout continues to be good for anglers in boats or those fishing from the shore on the south side. Fishing from shore is fair. Bass fishing should continue to pick up as temperatures continue to increase. If you want to catch bass, try using plastics and jerk baits. To catch trout, try using traditional lures, worms and PowerBait.
Newton Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. The water level is high enough to allow launching small boats from the ramp, but we advise you to use extreme caution. A group of four anglers fished from a boat on Saturday and didn't catch anything.
Ogden River
2015-03-26
Good
Angling pressure has been pretty light this week. On March 17, two anglers fished the river up by the Meadows campground. They said the catch was very slow using worms and midge patterns. The previous week's anglers had better success catching rainbows using midges throughout the river. Flows are okay and the water continues to be crystal clear.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-03-26
Fair
Water temperatures are in the 40s. Angling pressure continues to be very light. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Devin Christensen for that report.
Porcupine Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. One angler who had been fishing the reservoir frequently for long hours caught a very nice brown trout. He was trolling and fishing very deep. Water temperatures have increased since last week, and the fishing may improve as temperatures rise. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson for that report.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-03-26
Fair
Anglers report slow fishing from the shore. Some anglers had fair success fishing the inlet. Those fishing from boats are doing well using spoons. Fish are biting along the east side, just south of the launch ramp around the point. Remember to complete your quagga self-certification form every time you launch your boat. Deer Creek Reservoir recently tested positive for juvenile quagga mussels, so we need boaters to be extremely diligent. Many thanks to Park Ranger Brian Kurta for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2015-03-26
Good
On Marhc 24, there were still four or five feet of snow up in the Uintas. The lakes are still frozen, but the edges are soft and pulling away from the shore. The ice fishing season is coming to a close and spring should be here soon. Watch this short video on catching arctic grayling in the Uintas. Be prepared for winter conditions and deep snow. Many thanks to the Kamas Ranger District office for the report.
Weber River
2015-03-26
Good
On March 23, DWR's Walk-in Access Manager Clint Brunson found some time to fish the Weber and he caught four brown trout in two hours. Two fish were eight inches and the other two were 16 inches. He was nymph fishing pools and deep runs. Most of the fish bit on either Prince Harry's or sow bugs in olive or rainbow colors. He missed a few other hits, but not a bad stretch on the Weber. Many thanks to Clint for that report.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-03-26
Good
Anglers report great fishing. Boaters are catching lots of wipers (often four-pounders). There are still a few walleye biting here and there, but not many. Shore anglers are catching a few crappie. Anglers seem to have the best success early in the morning or late in the evening. DWR's Aquatics Biologist Chris Penne had a great day fishing Willard on Sunday afternoon. He fished from his kayak and caught four wipers while trolling with lipless crankbaits and a plastic grub. The fish were about 10-12 feet deep on the west side of the reservoir. Many thanks to Chris Penne and Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the reports.

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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
2015-03-20
Fair
The pond will be stocked next week. Try using traditional lures and bait, like worms or Jake's spinners. Reminder, the pond is day-use only now.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
Stocking has begun. Try using PowerBait or Jake's spinners for best results. You may also want to try using traditional worms to catch wipers. Let us know if you catch any wipers.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The warmer water has fish actively feeding. Try using PowerBait or Jake's spinners. Walleye anglers should try using diving rattletraps between 15 to 20 feet. The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp is closed until further notice. The Charleston dirt ramp has closed permanently. The reservoir is 93 percent full. There are 20 tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one, return it to the state park office for a prize. Please measure the tagged fish in millimeters — or any other fish you catch that has a clipped fin — and report the data to the state park office or the Springville DWR office. For current conditions, call the state park at 435-654-0171 or visit the Deer Creek State Park Facebook page to see the latest updates.

Quagga mussel veligers have been confirmed at Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, plan on having your all of your watercraft decontaminated when you leave Deer Creek. Visit our website for more information.
Diamond Fork River
2015-03-20
Slow
The road is closed at the 3 forks trailhead, but you can park in trailhead parking lot. Buffalo midges are hatching midday, so try using size 22. Anglers report catching decent-sized fish north of the campground.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
The reservoir is half full, but the fishing is slow. Try throwing a spinnerbait for active trout.
Highland Glen Park
2015-03-20
Fair
Rainbow trout are being stocked for spring. The fish are feeding because of the warmer temperatures, so try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
There is a wedge dock at the main ramp. The PWC ramp has docks and is open. Any boat can launch until Memorial Day weekend. There are currently 20 tagged fish at the reservoir. If you catch one, return it to the state park office for a prize. Please measure the tagged fish in millimeters — or any other fish you catch that has a clipped fin — and report the data to the state park office or the Springville DWR office. Float tubers report good fishing with Rapalas. Boaters anglers should try trolling in 30 to 60 feet of water. Try throwing jerkbaits for smallmouth bass. You probably should also try using traditional baits, like worms or PowerBait. The water temperatures are hovering around 40 degrees. The reservoir is 65 percent full.
Kidney Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout for spring. Try fishing with worms, Jake's lures, or with garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble.
Midas Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout for spring. Try fishing with worms, Jake's lures, or with garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Closed
The road to the reservoir is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-03-20
Closed
The water was drained and the reservoir hasn't been refilled.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-20
Fair
Angler report fair fishing. One angler caught an eight-pound tiger trout off the docks. The warmer weather has the trout feeding. Try using spinnerbaits and worms. The 3rd Annual Palisade State Park fishing tournament will be on May 9. Visit the Palisade State Park website for more details.
Payson Lake
2015-03-20
Closed
The Nebo loop is closed at the Maple Lake turnoff. From Nephi, the loop is closed at the Bear Canyon turnoff.
Provo River, Lower
2015-03-20
Good
Think midges. Big buffalo midge hatches are occurring on the warmer days, especially at midday. Try using sizes 24 to 26. Mayflies are also making an early appearance. Sow bugs and orange scuds are still working in sizes 16 and 18. The water flows range from 101 cubic feet per second, below Deer Creek, to 56 cubic feet per second, near Harbor Drive
Provo River, Middle
2015-03-20
Good
Midge fishing is great. Fishing should also be good with nymphs, size 22 and smaller, at midday. There has been an incredible buffalo midge hatch at midday that's becoming pretty consistent. Watch for black-colored midges and blue wings that may be making an early appearance this year. The water flows are near 136 cubic feet per second. They are higher near the Jordanelle release and Charleston areas, where they are around 147 cubic feet per second.
Salem Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout for spring. Try using a Jake's spinner. Try using a bubble and a worm or PowerBait. The boat ramp on the northwest side and the dock located within the park can be some of the best places to fish.
Silver Lake
2015-03-20
Closed
The road to the lake is closed at Tibble Fork.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout for spring. Try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers, and PowerBait with a bubble. Please use caution in the early mornings, as frost may make the concrete slick.
Spring Lake
2015-03-20
Slow
Stocking for rainbow trout began this week. Try using nightcrawlers, and PowerBait with a bubble. Bluegill will start feeding as the water temperature begins to warm up.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
The ladders have open water and there is open water on the shoreline. The ice, though, still ranges from 10 to 16 inches. There are very thin ice pockets in many places, though, so please use extreme caution. The warm daytime temperatures will have you breaking through a few inches of slush to the more frozen layer. No new ice is forming, but the cold overnight temperatures have kept the ice that was already on the reservoir. Fish are biting super light. The best bite is occurring in the morning. Haws has a pressure point that has been refreezing. Over the weekend, anglers report good fishing in 15 to 35 feet of water using gazillas or one to two-inch jigs tipped with chub meat, shiners, mealworms or nightcrawlers. The reservoir is 76 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-03-20
Slow
We haven't received any recent reports. Try using size 20-24 midges because the hatches have been consistent.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
Trout are feeding actively. Try throwing a dry fly along the shoreline or using spinners or nightcrawlers.
Utah Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
Anglers are catching white bass off the docks, but fishing has been slow. Fish are actively feeding — especially catfish. Try using smaller swimbaits or shadraps for walleye. You may also want to try using stainless steel leader to avoid a severed line if you catch any pike. For catfish, try using chicken liver or worms on the bottom.

Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake and its tributaries, please bring the pike to the DWR office in Springville, at 1115 N Main Street, or to the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is 65 percent full.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
Stocking will begin the second week in April. Until then, try using a Jake's spinner or throwing a dry fly. Trout are hungry and active.
Willow Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout at the pond. There are also some nice-sized brood stock trout actively feeding in the pond. Try using a bubble, garlic PowerBait or worms. For largemouth bass, you may also want to try throwing some spinners or crankbaits near any of the vegetation.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-20
Slow
The buoys have been put in and both launch ramps have docks. The restrooms and showers are now open too. The north beach will open around April 5. Anglers are catching fish, but fishing is slow. Try fishing the backs of the bays or near drop offs in the shallows with maniac minnows, husky jerks or spinnerbaits. Perch-colored jigs seem to be the most consistent tackle. The water temperature is hovering between 40 and 43 degrees. The water level is rising and the reservoir is 50 percent full.

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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
2015-03-18
Fair
The lake is nearly ice free. Fishing has been fair to good for rainbow trout; anglers are also catching a few brown trout. Be on the lookout for floating branches. The ramp is clear and boats are using it. The water level is full or close to full.
Brough Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
We haven't had any recent reports, but fishing is usually fair to good at ice off. The reservoir is close to full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only; bait and scented or salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-03-18
Unstable ice
The lake is covered with ice. We haven't received any recent reports on ice or fishing conditions. The roads are still gated and the area received some snow. Browne was drained so crews could work on the dam. However, it was not drained completely as they were able to inspect the problem areas.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
The winds and warm weather have cleared the ice so now and the reservoir is open water. The area did get snow, but it's now melting and leaving a muddy mess. The reservoir is full or close to full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
The lake is partially frozen with large areas of open, fishable water. Anglers report fair to good fishing. The roads are dry. The water level is low, but the snow melt will help. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only; bait and scented or salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-03-18
Slow
The reservoir is ice free and almost full. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-03-18
Closed
Water levels are extremely low. Last year, most of the remaining water was pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
We don't have any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions, so check ice carefully before venturing out. Older fishing reports were for fair to good fishing near the dam for a couple species of trout. Fishing was better near the inlet, but the ice in this is likely unsafe because the stream undermines it.
East Park Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions. Older reports indicate that ice is covering the reservoir and fishing is fair. The Uintas have been getting snow at higher elevations.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
Utah's boat ramps and most of Wyoming's boat ramps are ice free, so you can launch a boat. The water levels have held up well. Some water is being released in preparation for the spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

Kokanee salmon: There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: Anglers fair to good fishing in Utah and in Wyoming. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working well from the shore or from a boat. 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. Anglers are catching rainbows in deep water when they're out fishing for lake trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing, mostly from boats. Fish can be anywhere, although most are still being taken in deeper waters. If you mark a group, try holding position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or 3-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 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Slow, shallow trolling along the sloping banks can be an excellent springtime technique. Spring is one of the few times you can troll without specialized deep-water equipment. Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially for those 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: Fishing is slow because the bass are deep.

Burbot: Fishing is fair to good from a boat. There likely isn't any safe ice left. Try picking a spot in late afternoon, so you can see your area and figure out where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. Start fishing before sunset 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 to forage. Some will follow channels and move into water that is less than 10 feet deep. Try fishing along the rocky shores, 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 three to six 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
2015-03-18
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Try a winter streamer/bottom combination. Streamers are usually a fish imitation (such as a sculpin) followed by a scud or egg. You may also want to try using lures. Try using crankbaits, spinners, spoons or jigs colored in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver or gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
There are no new reports, but you should expect ice. Check the ice conditions carefully before you venture out. Try using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp.
Matt Warner
2015-03-18
Fair
The lake is partially frozen with large areas of open, fishable water. Anglers report fair to good fishing. The roads are dry.
Moose Pond
2015-03-18
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions.
Pelican Lake
2015-03-18
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. That may change soon as bass were seen moving into the shallows. Bluegill are still deep. With the shallow waters warming up, it will be a good time to target carp. Removal of carp by archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality and the growth of the bass and bluegill, especially now that it's pre-spawning time. The water levels look good, and the lake is mostly full.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
The reservoir is open water and the ramp is accessible. Fishing for rainbows is fair to good. We haven't received any reports on the walleye, though several boats were observed targeting the fish. The water level remains low, but the drainage area got some snow, which will help.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-03-18
Slow
The lake is covered with ice. We haven't received any recent reports on fishing. The roads in the area are closed for the winter. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
Spirit Lake
2015-03-18
Fair
The lake has fishable ice. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the lake. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout last summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. The two- to three-inch fingerlings that were flown into these upper lakes will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
Anglers report good fishing for rainbows and walleye. Baits are working well, especially from the shore. Try smaller, slow-moving presentations for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleye are small or in the 24-inch range and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The water level is almost full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
The reservoir is ice free and anglers are reporting fair to good fishing from shore and boats. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore while crankbaits and brightly colored spoons are producing for boaters. Some fish can be found along the surface while most appear to be deep, down in the 40-foot range. The water level remains low, so watch for rocks and sandbars.

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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
2015-03-11
Fair
Conservation officer Dennis Shumway predicts that fishing in San Juan County should be pick up soon. The ice is off of all of the waters — except Foy and Monticello Lake. At Recapture Reservoir, pike and largemouth bass should be spawning soon and will be close to shore. Dennis recommends using gold lures or plastic jigs. Trout fishing is slow.
Huntington North Reservoir
2015-03-14
Slow
On March 10, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly fished from tubes for more than five hours. They caught a total of five rainbow trout ranging from 14-16 inches. They hooked and lost a few others. They used fast-sinking line and sizes 6-8 leeches, crystal buggers and soft hackle flies.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
On March 17, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly fished on the east and west sides of the reservoir. In four hours, they caught three trout using fast-sinking line tied to a crystal bugger or leech patterns.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2015-03-20
Fair
This new Wellington Pond located at 850 E. 300 S. has been stocked with eight- and nine-inch rainbow trout. It is open during daylight hours and the limit is two fish.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-20
Good
On March 13, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly fished from tubes for 5.5 hours. They fished near the state park, because the top end was murky. They had best luck in 12-22 feet of water. They used sizes 6-8 olive leeches, crystal buggers, and bead head Green Meannies. Tom said they hooked a bunch of fish including rainbows, cutthroats, splake and tiger trout. Trout ranged from 10-17 inches.
Scofield Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
Scofield State Park and wildlife officials encourage anglers to put away their ice fishing tackle and wait for the bank to open up. Although anglers continue to fish the deck, ice conditions and thickness change regularly. Continued ice fishing may be dangerous and is discouraged.

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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
2015-03-20
Fair
Fishing has been slow to fair lately, but more catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked on March 17. Fishing from float tubes or small boats can help you get away from the crowds and find better fishing. A recent fish population survey found lots of rainbows left over from last fall's stocking — now ten to twelve inches in length — as well as good numbers of nice brown trout up to seven pounds. The browns are eating goldfish, so try fishing with minnow-imitating lures, jigs or flies. Frozen minnows or anchovies could also work.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-03-20
Fair
Changes have been made to season closures for the Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most of the lakes are now open year round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes will be listed by their own name, and not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. All lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by snow.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-03-20
Slow
All of the lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by snow.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-03-20
Fair
Tread lightly to avoid spooking fish in the low water. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-03-20
Slow
Anchor ice often makes winter fishing difficult.
Boulder Mountain
2015-03-20
Fair
Changes have been made to season closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most of the lakes are now open year round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes will be listed by their own name, and not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. Snow is melting only at the lowest elevations, which means that access is still limited. Fishing has been very good at Oak Creek Reservoir, where the ice is still over two feet thick. Remember you can now keep a limit of 16 brook trout at Oak Creek Reservoir.
Clear Creek
2015-03-20
Fair
The removal of nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is complete and the Bonneville cutthroat trout stocking is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat that were stocked in the rest of Clear Creek in fall 2014 will be six to eight inches in length next summer.
Corn Creek
2015-03-20
Slow
Access is limited because of snow.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
There is open water around the spring. Be very careful on the ice.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-03-20
Fair
The river is ice-free and water flows are up to 18 cubic feet per second. The river is murky, but fishing has been fair to good with large streamers. Last fall's surveys found a good number of brown and rainbow trout, with some browns exceeding 20 inches and two pounds. 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
2015-03-20
Slow
Snow melt at low elevations has made the river fairly murky. Fishing is slower than in Kingston Canyon. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-03-20
Slow
Winter access is limited because of snow.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-03-20
Fair
Both reservoirs are ice free. The water level in the upper reservoir is very low. You could launch a small boat, but you'll have to back your trailer through several gullies, so it's not recommended. Fishing has been just slow to fair lately. However, a recent fish population survey found an abundance of rainbow trout in two size classes: 12 to 14 inches and 17 to 18 inches. Try getting away from the easy access points. Fishing with flies or small lures may also produce better success.
Fish Lake
2015-03-20
Good
The ice thickness varies from 14 to 18 inches across the lake. There are some areas of slush that you should watch out for. Most anglers are finding good to fast fishing, but a few are having a tougher time. If fishing is slow for you, move around — especially away from spots with a lot of anglers — until you find more active fish. Fishing is still good to excellent for perch and small trout near the weedline in 15 to 25 feet. You can catch larger rainbows and splake at depths of 25 to 35 feet on the bottom or suspended at the same depths over deep water. Remember: There is no limit for perch at Fish Lake and any perch you catch can be disposed of in any manner. Anglers are encouraged to remove as many perch from the lake as they can. You can catch lake trout on the bottom in 70 to 100 feet of water, but it requires a lot of patience. Sonar can be very helpful in deep water, whether you're fishing on the bottom or suspended. Good ice may last through the rest of the month, but it's worth calling the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The ice is not safe and should be completely gone soon. There haven't been many anglers lately, but spring can be a great time to target nice-sized tiger trout and splake. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-03-20
Good
Fishing is good in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow with blue-wing olive nymphs. Fishing is fair in the Bicknell Bottoms with streamers and nymphs fished slowly through the deep pools and runs. At Fremont, fair may mean you catch only one or two fish, but they could be very large. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The boat ramp is closed until April 1. The water level is up to 70 percent and the water temperature is reaching the low 50s. A recent fish sampling found that largemouth bass are moving into the shallows in the afternoon looking for warmer water. Try fishing with very slow presentations from the shore or a float tube. There are also crappie up to 10 inches in the reservoir that could provide some action.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-03-20
Fair
The Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) is open and fishing for trout is fair with PowerBait. A number of brood brook trout were also stocked recently. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have also been stocked in Parowan Pond.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
Winter access is difficult. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May. The road still has snow and access is difficult past the store. Major road construction will be taking place on the Kolob Terrace road from now through October and will limit access to the reservoir. Visit the National Park website for closure schedules.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The ice is gone. We haven't received any fishing reports, but ice-off is a usually good time to target large cutthroat and rainbow trout from the shore.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The reservoir became inaccessible after the last snow storms, but it could open back up soon if the warm weather holds. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-03-20
Fair
The surface ice has receded on Mammoth Creek, the Sevier River and Asay Creek because of the recent mild temperatures. 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. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and Asay Creek (along Highway 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
What remains of the ice will be gone soon. 5,000 nine-inch rainbow trout were stocked on March 17. Fishing is good with streamers in the open water in the inlets. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
Fishing is picking up as trout are finally moving in toward shore. Anglers in float tubes and pontoons are still finding the best fishing using streamers slow and deep, but nymphing from shore is improving.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-03-20
Slow
There are not many anglers fishing the lakes in the winter because of limited access.
Navajo Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
The ice is safe, but access is limited to snowmobiles. Winter is a great time to target splake.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-20
Slow
Most reports note slow fishing, though the fish are good sized. Anglers have caught rainbows up to six pounds this spring. The best fishing is before 11 a.m. Also, fly anglers seem to be catching a few more fish.
Panguitch Lake
2015-03-20
Slow
Don't expect open water just yet. You may still be able to get on the ice, but watch out for soft edges.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
Access is difficult after the recent snow storms.
Pine Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
Access is difficult after the recent snow storms.
Piute Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
We haven't received any fishing reports, but 100,000 rainbow trout have stocked since last fall and more will be stocked soon. In addition, 14-inch brown trout were recently stocked. All of these fish should be feeding actively now that they don't have to compete with suckers, so fishing could be good.
Quail Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
Trout fishing has slowed down. The water temperature is reaching the mid-50s on warm afternoons, so look for bass to move into the shallows to look for a spot to build a nest. Visit the state parks website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
The water level is rising and is up to 70 percent. The water temperature is rising to the upper-50s and bass are moving in shallow. Fishing is really starting to heat up. Anglers are also catching some nice crappie.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-03-20
Fair
Water releases from Piute Reservoir have increased the flow up to 200 cubic feet per second, so fishing might be a little difficult for now.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-03-20
Fair
Ice fishing can often be good in the Solomon Basin lakes, but access is only possible from the Emery County side. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
Access is often limited in winter.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-03-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked every two to three weeks. Fishing is fair.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The reservoir is filling and open to boating. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked soon, but anglers have caught a few that were leftover from last year.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
Access is difficult after the recent snow storms.

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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
2015-03-24
Hot

Lake elevation: 3,591 feet

Water temperatures: 55–63°F

This is an incredible time to be on Lake Powell. Spring arrived early with warm temperatures and no wind. The calm water is so picturesque that it is hard to break away and concentrate on fishing. All the fish are noticing the warm water as well. It’s a month early, but the bass are lining up to spawn. If the water continues to warm, the bass may move onto nests next week. Regardless, the prespawn fishing success is awesome.

While fishing for stripers in Warm Creek, my lure ticked the bottom momentarily. It was long enough for a small quagga mussel to snap shut on the hook. This is my first shell-hooked catch of a live mussel. If a mussel can bite a rattletrap, there is no reason that it can't catch an anchor rope, ski rope or any other object under the water. Make sure to clean, drain and dry your boat when leaving Lake Powell.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Smallmouth bass are the most cooperative fish right now. Fishing success is temperature dependent, which makes afternoon the prime time to be on the water. Use plastic single-tail grubs or tubes along primary and secondary points near shore. The warm water is found in shallow areas. (The deep water is still fairly cool.) You may have more consistent success in areas with colored water, although some bass are now being caught in clear water as well. You can catch bass anywhere from the shoreline to depths of about 25 feet. Cast shallow and work the plastic bait progressively deeper along the rocky point until you hook a fish. Then, it's time to recast and catch another one.

You can also use some of the smallmouth techniques to catch the occasional largemouth bass. It helps to find some semblance of brush to locate largemouth bass habitat.

The best news is that all these fish are fat and healthy. Many rotund, two-pound smallmouth were caught this past weekend.

Crappie are also showing up in these warm conditions. Bluegill and other brush-loving fish have moved into muddy water to find protection from marauding predators. If submerged tumbleweeds or some other brushy material is in the water, the bass, crappie and bluegill may set up temporary quarters there until the lake rises and covers more brush. We heard reports of anglers catching 30 crappie in one day last weekend. One angler caught a three-pound crappie in the San Juan.

Stripers are following these proceedings with interest. As small-bodied fish move into the shallow muddy water, the stripers follow. The best reports for big stripers this week came from muddy water in the backs of canyons. Anglers who used jerk baits and lipless vibrators in shallow water were rewarded with big stripers. Some weighed five pounds or more. Again, afternoon fishing was better after the water warmed in the afternoon sun.

Smaller stripers (16 inches) are eating plankton, which is most prevalent in murky water (5–10 feet deep). Troll or cast lipless vibrators or jerk baits to target these fish. The best option is to troll and find the striper school. Then, right after you hook a fish, have another line ready and cast quickly into the school so you can catch more stripers while netting the first fish.

Walleye are starting to show up for bass anglers who drag plastic lures along the bottom. They will get more active in April, but walleye made an appearance this past weekend. To target walleye, tip the plastic bass jig with a small piece of nightcrawler.

All things considered, it looks like a very good week to fish for many different species at Lake Powell.

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