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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Bear Lake

Good

The surface water temperature is 48 degrees and dropping. The water level is nearly at full capacity, and you can launch a boat at all of the ramps on the Utah and Idaho sides of the lake, including the Bear Lake State Park marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah and the East Shore State Park and North Beach in Idaho.

The lake trout run is winding down. Last week, anglers reported that they are still catching a few lake trout and cutthroat trout by both jigging and trolling. The weather, however, has played a big part lake access and created hot-and-cold fishing. Fishing is fair in the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area and in the Cisco Beach/Rainbow Cove area. As the lake trout run winds down, fish will begin to feed and should become a little more predictable than they have been during the past month. If you prefer to jig, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one-ounce sizes and three to six inches long. White, green and motoroil are reliable colors. You can tip your lure with cisco/sucker/carp meat for better luck. If you are trolling, use flatfish in U-20 or similar sizes or minnow type lures in #9-13 sizes. The lake is pretty much the same temperature from top to bottom right now and therefore both cutthroat and lake trout can be found in water from 10 to 100 feet or more. Pay attention to your sonar and, once you locate fish, target that depth strata.

The Bonneville whitefish should begin spawning right around the Thanksgiving holiday. They can be targeted along rocky, shoreline areas using light tackle. Fish in depths from five to 30 feet and use a medium action rod with four- to six-pound line and 1/16-1/8 ounce jigs, spinners in size 1 or 2, or small, one- to two-inch long spoons. Tip your lure with a piece of worm or waxworm and keep it close to bottom. You can also catch these fish using sinking-tip fly line with wooly-buggers or egg-sucking-leach patterns fished close to bottom. Bonneville whitefish are very good eating both fried and baked — though many anglers like to smoke them. The run should last until about December 15. Try fishing along 1st and 2nd Points, Cisco Beach and off the Utah State Park marina dikes. (11-17-17)

Blacksmith Fork River

Fair

While we did not receive any angler reports this week, fishing on the Blacksmith Fork has recently been fair to good for brown trout. (11-03-17)

Bountiful Lake

Good

Fishing has been fair to good. Try fishing the inlet with worms. (11-17-17)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing. (11-17-17)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers have reported good fishing — primarily for planter-sized trout with a few 15- to 16-inch trout mixed in — since the reservoir was stocked with over 23,000 rainbow trout on October 31. One group of anglers reported catching over 20 planter-sized trout in about four hours. Try using a rainbow Rapala or popgear tipped with a worm. (11-17-17)

Echo Reservoir

Fair

You can still shore fishing, but all of the boat launch ramps are closed. Try using a golden Jake's lure. We have not received any new reports this week, but one angler recently reported a steady bite by the dam. (11-17-17)

Farmington Pond

Slow

Fishing is currently slow. (11-17-17)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good for rainbow trout. Try using worms or PowerBait. (11-17-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Good

We didn't receive any angler reports this week, but fishing has consistently been fair to good the past few weeks. Perch and trout are the most likely catch. If you're going for perch, try jigging about two feet off of the bottom. For trout, try worms and PowerBait — especially if you're fishing from shore. (11-17-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Slow

Anglers report slow to fair fishing. (11-17-17)

Kaysville Ponds

Fair

Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout and bluegill. Traditional methods, such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber, are a good bet. (11-17-17)

Logan River

Good

Fishing has been good. One angler reported a good whitefish bite last week. If you're looking to get into some whitefish, try using a scud pattern, a beadhead pheasant tail or a beadhead hare's ear. (11-17-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers reported slow shore fishing this week, even after trying all kinds of tackle. Boat anglers reported catching decent-sized, 20-inch trout. One angler reported that two-inch thick ice shelves are forming overnight, then melting quickly when the sun comes out. (11-17-17)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

We did not receive any angler reports this week, but fishing has been consistently slow the past several weeks. An algal bloom warning was still in effect as of November 6, and no updates have been posted since then. Please make sure to clean fish thoroughly and discard the guts. (11-17-17)

Ogden River

Fair

Fishing for brown trout has been fair to good the past several weeks, according to angler reports. Try using worms, Rapalas or spinners. (11-17-17)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

Fishing was fair to good for panfish, bullhead catfish and tiger muskie this week. One group of anglers marked large numbers of crappie, but didn't catch more than 20 in total. They did manage, though, to hook large numbers of bluegill near the shore. Anglers report that crappie they're catching this year are larger than they were last year. One angler reported that fishing slowed dramatically at noon, but other anglers did not mention the time of their catches. A solo angler who was targeting perch in about 25 feet of water caught more than 50, which forced him to choose the largest ones to bring home. f you're targeting perch, try using a Ratfinkee under a Swedish Pimple. Anglers are still catching bullheads, too. Two anglers also reported catching a tiger muskie. (11-17-17)

Rockport Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been slow, but one group of anglers reported fair trolling this week with a black-and-silver Rapala tipped with nightcrawler. They received several strikes and landed two fish. (11-17-17)

Uinta Mountains

Good

Fishing is good for tiger and rainbow trout. According to one angler, the Uinta lakes are starting to ice over. This angler reported that every lake by the road had a thin layer of ice. Washington had about three inches of ice with some patches of open water. The ice may thicken this weekend because of the cold weather in the forecast. Be aware, however, that fishing on this thin ice is very dangerous. We have received reports of anglers falling through the ice this week. (11-17-17)

Weber River

Good

Fishing appears to have slowed down this week. One group of anglers who fished near Taggart had fish chase their spinners, but only caught one fish. Anglers have caught smaller brown and rainbow trout recently. Try using a Rapala, Panther Martin, a worm on a spinner or a white jig. If you're using flies, you might want to try a sowbug pattern or a San Juan worm above a beadhead. (11-17-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Fair

The water temperature was in the mid- to high 40s this week. Anglers report fair to good fishing for catfish and perch, but slow fishing for wipers and walleye. Catfishing was described in multiple reports as steady: not too fast and not too slow. One angler reports catching a decent-sized perch this week. (11-17-17)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Good

There has been limited angling pressure. Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows. Try using Blue Fox Classic Vibrax or Panther Martin spinners or a neon-colored jighead tipped with a nightcrawler, and remember to retrieve the lure at a slow to medium speed. (11-02-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed for the 2017 season and will reopen in the spring of 2017. (11-02-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching 14- to 16-inch rainbows trolling near the dam and north shore. Troll in about 16 to 22 feet of water at about 1.5 mph. Try using Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, Worden's flatfish lures, Mepps Aglia spinners, or Rapala Original Floaters. Stick with silvers, golds or any colors that mimic the coloration of trout fingerlings. If you are shore fishing, use the above-mentioned lures and retrieve them at a medium speed, or try a nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow. (11-02-17)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

Fishing is best until mid-morning. Anglers report observing increased brown trout activity. Try using caddis larvae, pupae, and nymphs, white streamers, or egg patterns. Be wary of cleared gravel sites (redds) as disruption of these sites will damage eggs. (11-02-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

Reservoir water levels are low. Fishing is best early mornings and late evenings. Try using Marabou Jigs, Jake's Spin-A-Lures, or Worden's Rooster Tails. (11-02-17)

Highland Glen Park

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows. For rainbows, traditional methods work well, but you can also try using Blue Fox Vibrax Classic spinners, curly tail grubs, or Jake's Spin-A-Lures. For channel catfish, try using a nightcrawler, stink bait, or hot dogs. (11-02-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching 14- to 16-inch rainbows, perch, and 15- to 17-inch browns. For perch, fish off the bottom and try using a neon colored jighead or size 2 brass hook tipped with a nightcrawler. For trout, try trolling with Rapalas, Yakima flatfish lures, Mack's wedding rings, or Kastmaster spoons. Use lures that mimic the coloration of prey species such as perch or fingerling trout. If you are fishing from shore try fishing near Rockcliff or just west of the personal watercraft launch ramp. Try using lime twist PowerBait or a nightcrawler tipped with salmon eggs, or try casting gold and/or silver spinners or spoons. Remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10–Nov. 30. (11-02-17)

Kidney Pond

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows and bullheads. For rainbows try using PowerBait, a nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow, or gold and/or silver spinners in sizes 1-3. (11-02-17)

Midas Pond

Good

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond. For catfish, try using a nightcrawler, Magic Bait Catfish Bait, or chicken livers. There have been reports of fish kills at Kidney and Midas Ponds. If you see dead fish please report them to Chante Lundskog at 385-225-4322. (11-02-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching brook trout, tiger trout and rainbows. Fishing has been best early to mid-mornings and early evenings. For brook trout, try using olive or black patterned woolly buggers, Hare's Ear Nymphs, Panther Martin spinners, or Mepps Aglia spinners. (11-02-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try trolling with spinners or spoons in about 15 to 22 feet of water at about 1.5 mph. (11-02-17)

Payson Lake

Slow

There is little angling pressure, and fishing has been best early mornings and early evenings. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try jigging curly tail grubs or neon-colored Marabou Jigs. (11-02-17)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Anglers have been catching 14- to 18-inch brown trout and 16-inch rainbows. Brown trout are spawning, and males and females can be seen grouped together near spawning nests or redds. Gravel sites free of debris and/or vegetation are indicators of redds so be please be cautious when nearing these sites as disturbances can damage the eggs. The spawn is an excellent time to use streamers, trigger combinations, and egg patterns — don't limit yourself so keep a variety of colors on hand to use. Flows are normal for this time of year and the water conditions are clear. Watch for BWO hatches midday, caddis hatches in the early afternoon and evening, midge hatches in the morning, and there is an occasional PMD hatch throughout the day. Try using try using BWO, zebra midges, caddis larvae and pupae, and nymphs. (11-02-17)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River and is fishing well in the afternoon to early evening. Watch for small BWO hatches in the mid-morning and caddis hatches in the afternoon. Brown trout are very active, but please be cautious of spawning beds. Try using streamers, egg patterns, midges, caddis larvae and pupae. For those spin casting try using Blue Fox Vibrax spinners or Mepps Aglia spinners. (11-02-17)

Salem Pond

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows and bluegill. For rainbows traditional methods work well. For bluegill try using Rat Finkees or small neon colored jigheads tipped with a nightcrawler. (11-02-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using curly tail grubs, Eppinger Dardevle lures, Mepps Aglia spinners, Kastmaster spoons, or Rooster Tail spinners. (11-02-17)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The water levels are low, but this is great time of year to catch brook trout. Try using woolly buggers, Hare's Ear Nymphs, Panther Martin spinners, or Mepps Aglia spinners. (11-02-17)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

There is little angling pressure, but traditional methods work well, or you can try using Jake's Spin-A-Lures. (11-02-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows. Try using PowerBait Power Eggs or a nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow. (11-02-17)

Spring Lake

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows. For rainbows traditional methods work well, but you can also try using Panther Martin spinners or jigging a neon-colored jighead tipped with a nightcrawler. (11-02-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Hot

Anglers are catching 15- to 20-inch cutthroats, a few slot buster cutthroats, and 14- to 17-inch rainbows. Try trolling in about 15 to 23 feet of water and use white tube jigs, rainbow trout patterned Rapalas, neon-colored Mack's wedding rings, or Yakima flatfish lures. Fishing from shore is excellent as well. Traditional methods work great, but you can also try jigging 1.5-inch Maniac Custom Lures Cut'r Bugs or 2-inch Maniac Custom Lures Minnows. Fish near the Strawberry Bay Campground, Haws Point, Chicken Creek East, or the Ladders. (11-02-17)

Thistle Creek

Fair

Fishing is best in the afternoon. Try using caddis nymphs, streamers or egg patterns. (11-02-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching eight to 12-inch rainbows using traditional methods. You can also try using black or olive Wooly Buggers, Kastmaster spoons, or gold Jake's Spin-A-Lures. (11-02-17)

Utah Lake

Good

Anglers are catching white bass and channel catfish. For white bass, try using a neon-colored curly tail grub or neon colored jighead tipped with a nightcrawler, and retrieve your lure at a medium speed. Reports indicate good white bass fishing at Utah Lake State Park and Lindon Harbor. For channel catfish try using Magic Bait Catfish Bait, chicken livers incased in nylons, or nightcrawlers. (11-02-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows. Try using any type of minnow-imitating lure, silver spinners, or Maniac Custom Lures Cut'r Bugs. (11-02-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Fair

There has been little angling pressure and fishing has been best early to mid-morning. Try using Blue Fox Vibrax Classic spinners or Jake's Spin-A-Lures for the best results. (11-02-17)

Willow Pond

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows using traditional methods. You can also try targeting channel catfish using nightcrawlers, hot dogs, or stink bait. (11-02-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The Oasis boat ramp has two lanes open and ready for launching, but the Painted Rocks boat ramp is closed. Please use extreme caution when boating as underwater hazards do exist. For northern pike, try using BOOYAH Pikee spinnerbaits, Rapalas Shallow Shad Raps, or Rapala BX Swimmers, and use color patterns that mimic perch or other prey species. (11-02-17)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report slow fishing at Big Sandwash. Try fishing early mornings and late evening hours for trout species. Anglers have caught rainbows recently. As the water cools, trout will be feeding and moving around more. Try trolling crankbaits and spoons. Perch are biting well. Continue to try using a variety of PowerBait, nightcrawlers and Jake's lures. If you can fish from a boat, try bass fishing mid afternoon. Smallmouth bass fishing is good, but fish will start to find deeper water as the water continues to cool. For smallmouth, try fishing 20 to 30 feet deep with crawfish patterns. Water levels are still dropping fast, so watch for rocks when launching and operating boats. (11-09-17)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

Launching a boat may be difficult because of low water levels. The fishing has been slow this past week. Try using PowerBait, crankbaits in rainbow patterns and/or a Jake's lure in the morning hours. As of Jan. 1, 2017, regulations changed from artificial fly use only to the regular statewide regulations. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook. (11-09-17)

Browne Lake

Fair

The reservoir is full and the fishing has gotten better now that the lake has been restocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout. The fish are smaller than 12 inches, but the action can be fast. Try fish bait near the bottom or casting small spoons and spinners near the inflows. (11-09-17)

Bullock Reservoir

Fair

The aquatic vegetation has died back with the cooler water temperatures, making it a little easier to launch a boat. The trout are very active throughout the day, so try using a Jake's lure in gold or silver. You could also try using traditional nightcrawlers and PowerBait for quick results. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskies. (11-09-17)

Calder Reservoir

Slow

Catch rates are fair for smaller trout using flies and lures. Most fish will be smaller than 15 inches. There isn't much ice forming yet. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (11-09-17)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Fair

Wipers are active and being caught on Rapalas in the evening and at dawn. Anglers report catching wipers up to 19 inches long. Try using jigs or Rapalas to target tiger muskies, brown trout and rainbow trout. The tiger muskie bite has been good with anglers catching fish up to 36 inches. Anglers are encouraged to remember good catch-and-release techniques with tiger muskie, as most fish have not reached the 40-inch length limit and must be immediately released. Decent-sized catfish were captured in the fall surveys (channels and black bullhead). Anglers might want to try targeting these fish on the bottom using bait. (11-09-17)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Good

Be aware of changing weather conditions. Fall weather has increased trout activity; now is a great time to get out and enjoy some fishing before ice forms. Anglers are reporting successful fishing in deeper water. Try using worms on the bottom, and PowerBait. Anglers are also having success with crankbaits, spinners and spoons. Stream fishing is great this time of year as well; streamers, nymphs and spinners should all produce fish. The road is washboarded, so take your time getting there. Ice hasn't been reported here yet. (11-09-17)

East Park Reservoir

Fair

Take advantage of nice fall temperatures until ice begins forming on high-elevation lakes. Fish should be fairly active for longer periods during the day as they stock up for winter. Try using traditional trout baits including PowerBait, marshmallows and worms. Spinners, spoons and crankbaits should also produce results from bank or boat. (11-09-17)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Elevation is 6,033 feet and stable. The water temperature is 56 degrees F or less in the canyon (Utah region).

Kokanee salmon: Fishing for kokanee is now closed until Dec 1st.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair. Catchable rainbow trout were recently stocked in the Utah portion of the reservoir. Now that water temperatures have cooled, trout are moving shallow and becoming more active along shoreline habitat. Fishing will get even better once the reservoir cools into the upper 40s to low 50s. If fishing from a boat, casting jigs near creek inlets has been productive. Trolling in 10 to 15 feet of water with pop gear, spinners and small spoons is also effective. If fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some, and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging strokes. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. Look for rising fish on warm days when hatches are more prevalent. When you catch one, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs for quick release.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair. Biologists are encouraging anglers to keep small lake trout (pups) under 25 inches. The abundance of small lake trout is creating competition for a limited food supply. The competition is reducing lake trout growth rates and reducing the number of kokanee salmon and rainbow trout available for anglers to catch. Catch small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. You might find fish suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. Vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) on a 3/8-ounce head tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work well. Linwood Bay is closed to nighttime fishing (sunset to sunrise) as of Oct. 15. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. Bass fishing has slowed down considerably with cooler temps and shorter days. Expect patchy success, as smallmouth bass will concentrate along main channel habitat in preparation for winter and colder temps. Fish shallow for higher catch rates, but try fishing depths greater than 20 feet for bigger fish. Smallmouth bass will remain active until water temperatures drop consistently into the mid 50s. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage, are the best option. Jerkbaits and crankbaits in copper, silver and rainbow trout colors may also entice fish. Expect patchy success, as smallmouth bass will concentrate along main channel habitat in preparation for winter.

Burbot: Fishing is good. Some recent reports indicate fishing success has picked up since water temperatures have consistently fallen into the 50s. Many are being caught while jigging for lake trout, even during the day, but the best activity has been at night. Boaters can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs, and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Hot spots are uplake of Buckboard near the Confluence/Lost Dog and Firehole Boat Launch. Biologists' surveys during the first week of November showed a slight decline in the population. We're encouraging anglers to continue to harvest burbot in the northern reaches of the Gorge. (11-09-17)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

Due to maintenance in the power plant of the dam, flows have dropped to a stable 1,500 cubic feet per second. Water temperatures have also dropped to the low 50s. Flows can change daily so be sure to check them before you head out. Dry fly fishing has been fair to good. Terrestrials like hoppers, crickets and ants are a great option this time of year. Try a dropper with a zebra midge or cricket throughout the day, and streamers when it's overcast. Spin fishing is fair to slow. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earthtones are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout-patterned crankbaits will also entice fish. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (11-09-17)

Little Montes Reservoir

Closed

The reservoir has been drained for final repairs on the outlet gate. Construction will begin in October and be done by January. We will begin to refill the lake as soon as the repairs are complete. Division biologist are also looking for Eagle Scouts or community members to build fish habitat structures over the next few months. We want to install these while the lake is empty. If interested, please contact Natalie Boren at 435-219-2644. (11-09-17)

Long Park Reservoir

Good

Recent reports indicate good fishing for 16- to 17-inch trout. There's very little fishing pressure now. Don't forget cooler weather means great fishing for longer periods during the day. Traditional trout baits such as worms and PowerBait should work well. If you want a little more action, try trolling spoons or crankbaits, or casting spinners to attract active fish. (11-09-17)

Matt Warner

Good

Anglers report good catch rates for larger rainbows using typical trout lures and baits. Ice is forming on the west and east bays, but most of the shoreline is still fishable. About 4,000 eight- to 11-inch rainbow trout were stocked in October. Try casting marabou jigs or fishing bait (worms, PowerBait) close to the bottom. (11-09-17)

Moose Pond

Slow

There isn't much angling pressure this time of year. Anglers have been successful with trout baits including worms and PowerBait. Casting spinners and jakes lures may also produce fish. (11-09-17)

Pelican Lake

Fair

As water temperatures begin to fall, bass will start moving to deeper waters. If you can locate them, fishing can be good, especially for larger fish. Look for underwater structure and fish these areas slowly as fish are more likely to limit their efforts in cooler water. Try slowly trolling small chartreuse spinners and jigs baited with a piece of nightcrawler. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass, and there's no limit on bluegill. (11-09-17)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Good

We haven't received any recent angler reports. Biologists have discovered that some of the wipers have reached almost 19 inches. Anglers continue to report good wiper fishing and are catching 10- to 12-inch fish trolling crankbaits. Anglers are encouraged to harvest larger yellow perch to help grow a larger population of fish. Summer surveys show an abundance of yellow perch in the five- to six-inch range and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of them. Biologists transferred select sizes of largemouth bass back into Red Fleet over the last month. These fish are larger than 12 inches and have a metal jaw tag on the lower jaw. Walleye caught this fall have been in the 8- to 12-inch range. (11-09-17)

Sheep Creek Lake

Good

Fair Be aware of changing weather conditions. Fall fishing can be great with cooler temperatures and low pressure. Anglers trolling crankbaits and spoons have done fairly well this time of year. There are no reports of ice on the lake yet. (11-09-17)

Spirit Lake

Fair

Tiger trout fishing has been fairly productive using spinners and lures. Ice should be forming soon. (11-09-17)

Starvation Reservoir

Good

Fishing varies day to day, but has slowed down considerably for perch, bass and walleye. Anglers report fair fishing in the Rabbit Gulch area using woolly buggers and sparkle buggers on sinking fly lines. Rainbow trout will become more active as the water temperature continues to cool down. Anglers report observing and catching spawning kokanee salmon in the lake (kokanee must be released from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30). Fly anglers are having success with black woolly buggers, tan/green/pearl soft hackle, and a black/orange woolly bugger. The water temperature is hovering around 48 degrees and the visibility in the water is about six feet. The reservoir is 82 percent full. Biologists are encouraging anglers to harvest their limits of walleye from 10- to 14-inch to help thin out the walleye population and to help the yellow perch population. If you catch crappie, consider voluntarily releasing them so the population can become established. (11-09-17)

Steinaker Reservoir

Fair

Water levels continue to drop. Fishing has moved from summer to fall patterns with increased trout activity and slower bass fishing. For trout, try trolling crankbaits, spoons, spinners or worms from the boat. Shore anglers can also expect to find success casting or fishing suspended trout baits including worms and PowerBait. Bass have slowed down with the cooler temperature, but you can still catch them if you are patient. Bass anglers should focus on rocky structure in 20- to 30-foot depths and slowly fish jigs or crawfish patterns to hook sluggish fish. You can catch bluegill if you can locate schools; once located, try vertically jigging with small worm-tipped jigs. There are still no limits in place as there are still lots of fish in the lake. The Division has issued an emergency change, liberalizing limits at Steinaker. There is no daily bag limit for any species: largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2017, though this will most likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing down Steinaker Reservoir this year and next year in preparation for dam repair work. The drawdown will take the reservoir past dead pool and a complete fish kill is expected. It will be restocked with bluegill, rainbow trout and brown trout upon refilling, and largemouth bass the year after refilling begins. (11-09-17)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Good

Monticello Lake was stocked with several thousand rainbow and tiger trout this summer. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch them. Spinner lures might also work well in deeper water. (11-13-17)

Academy Mill Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was stocked with 3,000 fingerling tiger trout in June. To catch them, try using spinners or dark flies on fast-sinking lines. (11-13-17)

Benches Pond

Good

The pond was stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout in late September. That's in addition to several thousand rainbow trout that were stocked earlier in the summer. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch them. (11-13-17)

Boulger Reservoir

Good

The reservoir was stocked with about 1,800 rainbow trout in August and September. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch them. (11-13-17)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Good

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout in August and channel catfish in September. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch either species. (11-13-17)

Cleveland Reservoir

Good

The reservoir was stocked with several thousand rainbow trout this summer. To catch them, try using worms, PowerBait or Panther Martin spinners. (11-13-17)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was stocked with 1,500 tiger trout in August. Try using dark soft hackle or bead head flies to catch tiger and cutthroat trout here. (11-13-17)

Electric Lake

Fair

Anglers are catching cutthroat and tiger trout using dead minnows suspended under bobbers. Anglers have also caught cutthroat trout using a size 8 bead-head leech in a red UV polar chenille pattern. Some anglers have also had luck catching kokanee salmon fishing downriggers in 20 feet of water. (11-13-17)

Ferron Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and some tiger trout using medium- and fast-sinking lines with size 6 and 8 bead head flies in great/black/pearl, brown/green and white combinations. Some of the rainbow and cutthroat trout have been longer than 16 inches. Fishing has been slower in the mornings but picks up after noon. Also, those fishing in the middle of the lake are catching more fish than those fishing from shore. (11-13-17)

Gigliotti Pond

Good

Try using worms and PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here. (11-13-17)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was stocked with several thousand rainbow trout this summer, as well as fingerling Arctic grayling that will grow through the fall and winter months. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch trout here. (11-13-17)

Huntington Creek

Good

A recent electrofishing survey found hundreds of healthy, large brown trout in Huntington Creek below Electric Lake. Try using dark soft hackle flies or leeches to catch them. (11-13-17)

Huntington Game Farm Pond

Good

Try using worms and PowerBait to catch some of the hundreds of rainbow trout stocked here this summer. (11-13-17)

Huntington North Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has slowed down at Huntington North Reservoir, but anglers are still catching some largemouth bass and bluegill using flies on fast-sinking line. Try using leeches and soft hackle flies in black or green. Spinners and crayfish imitation lures may work for catching bass and wiper. Huntington North has also been stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish over the past two months; try using worms and PowerBait for catching these. (11-01-17)

Huntington Reservoir

Good

Fishing has been best during the late morning and early afternoon hours. Those fishing from boats are having better luck than those fishing from shore. To catch trout here, try using a fast-sinking line with green buggers and leeches. You might also find success trolling a 3-inch red-sided shiner minnow or Rapala pattern. (11-13-17)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Fair

A recent gill net survey found several large cutthroat trout, splake and tiger muskie at the reservoir. A look at stomach content found that the trout were feeding on small crayfish and flying ants, while the tiger muskie were eating chub. (11-13-17)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Good

The pond was stocked with several thousand rainbow trout in September, as well as fingerling largemouth bass. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch trout here. For bass, try spinner lures. (11-13-17)

La Sal Mountains

Good

Anglers should find success catching rainbow trout at Dons, Hidden, Oowah, Warner and Kens lakes using worms, PowerBait and spinner lures. Kens Lake has also been stocked with 10,000 largemouth bass. The bass will grow throughout the fall and winter. (11-13-17)

Lower Fish Creek

Good

Anglers are catching brook trout using Panther Martin spinners. Utah chub are very thick below the dam at Scofield Reservoir; catching them has been easy using a green soft hackle fly. The creek was also stocked with more than 26,000 brown trout in June; the same lures should work well to catch them. (11-13-17)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was stocked with 21,000 rainbow trout in June. Try using worms, PowerBait and spinners to catch them. (11-13-17)

Millsite Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The water level is still low as construction continues on the dam. The lower water level means the fish are more concentrated, and the daily limit is still 16 fish. Try using Panther Martin spinners, worms and PowerBait to catch trout here. (11-13-17)

Petes Hole

Fair

The reservoir was stocked with several thousand rainbow trout, and 4,000 tiger trout, this past summer. To catch trout here, try using worms and PowerBait, or try spinners in deeper water. (11-13-17)

Potters Ponds

Good

Try using worms and PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here. Some anglers have also found success using small shrimp. (11-13-17)

Scofield Reservoir

Hot

Fishing is hot for cutthroat trout. Successful anglers are catching several dozen cutthroats in two or three hours trolling with spoons and Rapalas. Fly anglers are finding success using size 6 bead-head soft hackle flies in brown/green/pearl or black/blue/red patterns. The reservoir was stocked in late October with about 37,000 tiger trout. The tigers were about seven inches long. About 2,500 rainbow trout—some averaging 24 inches long—were also stocked. (11-13-17)

Soup Bowl

Fair

The reservoir was stocked with several hundred rainbow and tiger trout this summer. Try using worms, PowerBait and spinners in deeper water to catch them. (11-13-17)

Willow Lake

Fair

The lake was stocked with several thousand rainbow and tiger trout this summer. Try using worms, PowerBait and spinners in deeper water to catch them. (11-13-17)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Good

The reservoir was stocked with several thousand rainbow and tiger trout this summer. Try using worms, PowerBait and spinners to catch them. (11-13-17)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is reported as good to excellent. Most anglers fish with bait from shore, but fly fishing from float tubes can also be very productive. Some large brown trout are present and can be more readily caught during the colder months. (11-17-17)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 2018. All other lakes are open. Fishing is fair to good. See the Boulder Mountain report for techniques. (11-17-17)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Access is still good but can change at any time with fall snowstorms. Anglers report good to excellent fishing at Kent's Lake for rainbow and tiger trout with flies. Nightcrawlers were also productive. (11-17-17)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

The flow is low and clear, so tread lightly to avoid spooking fish. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-17-17)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries like Merchant Creek. (11-17-17)

Boulder Mountain

Good

Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2018. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go fishing to make sure the lake you are fishing is open. Lakes are listed individually in the 'Rules for Specific Waters' section. Access is still good but that can change at any time with fall snowstorms. Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year as the water cools down and fish get more aggressive. Fair to good fishing can be found across the mountain. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait (this is especially effective for large tigers and splake). Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs, and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. (11-17-17)

Clear Creek

Good

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches. Fishing is good with dry flies, terrestrials and nymphs. Spin fishers should use flashy spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, Blue Fox) or natural baits like nightcrawlers or salmon eggs. (11-17-17)

Corn Creek

Fair

Various species of wild trout can be found in Corn, Chalk, Meadow and Oak creeks. Fishing can be fair to good using small spinners, natural baits like nightcrawlers and dry flies. A foam hopper-bead head nymph dropper rig can be especially fun and effective. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are also stocked near campgrounds in Cork, Chalk and Oak creeks. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-17-17)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked in Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake. (11-17-17)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

The flow has dropped to 20 cfs with the end of irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

The upper East Fork Sevier River and many of its tributaries hold good populations of brown, rainbow and brook trout. Look for mostly small fish, though an occasional big brown can be caught just above Tropic Reservoir. These streams are perfect for honing your fly fishing skills. Hopper-dropper combos can be particularly effective. Spin fishers can do well with small, flashy spinners. Bait anglers should focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers and grasshoppers. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non-native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three to four years. (11-17-17)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Good

Trout fishing should be improving with cooling water temperatures. The water level has been low this year. (11-17-17)

Fish Lake

Good

Harvest of Kokanee salmon is closed through Nov 30. Fall is a great time to hit Fish Lake as trout get more active and there are less crowds. Fish Lake Resorts reports that lake trout fishing has improved with the end of the spawn. Some nice fish have been caught recently trolling Rapalas or pop gear with minnows. The kokanee spawn is tailing off and brown trout are starting to congregate around Twin Creeks. Rainbow and splake trout are being caught by boat anglers, both trolling and bait fishing. Perch fishing is still providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline in 10 to 15 feet and fish with small jigs tipped with nightcrawler. Bring your own nightcrawlers, as the local supplies are gone for the year. Remember that there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest all the perch that you catch. You can also try jigging in 40 to 80 feet for splake, tiger and larger rainbow trout. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (11-17-17)

Forsyth Reservoir

Good

The water level is coming up and fishing has been good. Anglers report catching nice tiger trout and a few splake on streamers, flashy lures, and night crawlers. Most of the fish are caught near shore as they are actively feeding before winter sets in. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

Fremont River

Good

Flow in the upper Fremont (above Mill Meadow) has decreased. The river is also clear in the Bicknell Bottoms, but murky below Highway 12. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from shore. Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small, largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. (11-17-17)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

The water level at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs is getting fairly low, but fishing has still been fair to good. Anglers are finding success using small jigs, spinners and Rapalas. Most fish are small, but you have a chance to catch quite a variety, including white bass, perch, largemouth bass, white crappie, catfish and even northern pike. (11-17-17)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond and should provide fair to good fishing. Brian Head Pond has rainbow, brook and tiger trout. (11-17-17)

Johnson Reservoir

Fair

We haven't received any recent reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

Kolob Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is now closed to bait fishing until May 2018. Remember that the limit allows harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches. All trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. Fishing has been good this fall but has slowed down some with winter water releases and dropping reservoir level. (11-17-17)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

Netting surveys this year found few trout, although a few big cutthroat trout were caught. It appears that water fluctuation in recent years has been pretty hard on the trout we stock here. You have the chance to catch some large fish at Koosharem, but you'll have to put in plenty of time. Rainbow trout have been stocked this year. (11-17-17)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Good

Good to excellent fishing reported. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. (11-17-17)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The water level has been rising. Fair to good fishing reported for small and medium-sized rainbow and brown trout casting streamers from float tubes. Slow to fair fishing from shore. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

Minersville Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir level is low and the water is fairly murky. Trout don't appear to be concentrating on the shorelines. Fishing is fairly slow, but a few nice rainbows have been caught. We have noticed a reduction in trout numbers due to low water levels in recent years, but the fish that survived seem to be growing well enough. (11-17-17)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

We haven't received any recent reports. The trout limit is increased to eight (8) at Big Lake, Deep Lake, and Anabella Lake until Dec. 31. (11-17-17)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Splake have finished their attempted spawn and are starting to feed more aggressively. (Although they are sterile, splake still go through the motions of spawning and don't bite very well during that time.) Focus on steeper shorelines and fish with cut bait (chubs, anchovies, minnows) or tube jigs and swimbaits tipped with cut bait. (11-17-17)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent reports. (11-17-17)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Good

Irrigation releases have ended and the water level is rising, now up to 51 percent. Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout from boats and shore, though most fish are in the smaller size class (12-15 inches). The regular fall quota of 7- to 10-inch rainbows was stocked in October, so you may catch quite a few of those as well. (11-17-17)

Panguitch Lake

Good

The dock at the north boat ramp has been pulled out for the winter. Conditions are improving with colder weather. The water level is slightly higher than it has been in fall during the last couple of years. There are still lots of weeds, but it is a little easier to get around them or cast past them. Also, there are large mats of dead weeds floating around that you may have to dodge. The north shore has fewer weeds, though the mats are washing up on the rocks there. Shore fishing is fair to good as rainbow, cutthroat, and tiger trout cruise close to shore feeding. Power bait and night crawlers are working well for rainbows up to 17 inches. Flies are also catching rainbows, as well as some cutthroat and tigers. For larger cutthroat and tigers use cut bait (anchovies, chubs, frozen minnows), as well as tube jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait. Most of the fish caught by this method will be in the slot and must be released, so reduce fighting and handling time. Also, use large single hooks and fish actively to avoid deep hooking. If the fish does swallow the hook, cut the line and release the fish quickly. (11-17-17)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

Access to Paragonah Reservoir is open, however, it appears that the trout population has been lost due to intense flooding and ash flow from the Brian Head fire scar. (11-17-17)

Pine Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (11-17-17)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was nearly drained again this year. Suckers are still abundant, despite repeated draining in recent years. Trout numbers are very low right now. (11-17-17)

Quail Lake

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing good fishing from shore and boats. See Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass fishing tips. (11-17-17)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Good

Due to mild fall temperatures, largemouth bass are still shallow and fishing has been fair to good along the dikes using swim baits. As the water cools down, bass activity will slow, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20-30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (11-17-17)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Irrigation releases from Piute Reservoir have ended, so the flow is perfect for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. (11-17-17)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Good

Access is good to all areas. Fishing is reported as fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (11-17-17)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds and should provide fair to good fishing. (11-17-17)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The water level is low, but is starting to rise again. The dock has been pulled out for the winter. The state park says that the fishing was better this year for trout, bass and bluegill than it has been since the dam was re-built. We began introducing black crappie this spring in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn next spring. (11-17-17)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Good

Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is open again. It appears that there have been no large losses of fish after the Brian Head Fire, although ash flow and fish kills may still happen at any time. Also, it is possible to see flooding across the road any time it rains, so use caution. Anglers are reporting good success thanks to no fishing pressure for much of the summer. (11-17-17)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,627 feet

Water temperatures: 65–68°F

The 10-day weather forecast is for calm water and perfect daytime temperatures in the 70s. Fishing has been mixed recently because of wind, dropping temperatures and finicky fish. This will be the last regular report for the year, but my prediction is that fishing will be excellent during the last two weeks of October.

Raquel Dibble, from Anacortes, Washington, found excellent striper fishing.

First, the challenges: Fishing has been difficult recently because abundant cover and forage has allowed all sportfish species to eat on their own schedules or not at all. These fish are now accustomed to eating at their leisure with plenty of forage—a luxury usually not found in this lake because the normal overpopulation of predators always means fish seeking after prey. The windy conditions resulted in a rapidly dropping water temperature, which was a problem that confused fish and put them off feed at times. Hopefully those negative points are now past history.

Next, the new events: A stable water temperature (in the mid-60s) that is favored by most predators as the most consistent feeding and activity conditions of the entire year. There is an abundant shad and sunfish population that is readily available. The water levels will decline slowly which forces shad to leave the brush sanctuaries and encourages feeding from all the predators. Here is what to expect during the last two weeks of October.

Striped Bass: Right now, shad are hiding in the shallow brushy coves. By November, shad will migrate into deeper water as the water temperature drops. Threadfin shad need stable temperatures and do not like cold water. They seek a constant temperature in 30 to 60 feet of water. Stripers will react to this migration by forming bigger and tighter schools, which will make them easier to see on the graph and catch on spoons. As they make that transition from foraging in small pods in the brush to their normal large school mentality, fishing will improve dramatically.

Until that happens, you can find striped bass by trolling a shad-imitating crankbait while watching the graph looking for small schools and individual stripers. In the northern lake, surface action may happen anytime as more shad are available for stripers to chase.

Smallmouth Bass: Bass are the best angling target now because they are abundant and feeding prolifically at their favorite water temperature. Both large and smallmouth bass love brush that houses the bluegill and sunfish forage that is so abundant in this high-water year. The water temperature will remain at the peak bass activity level during the pleasant days forecast for the remainder of October. Start searching for bass on the prominent points and coves at the mouth of the canyon instead of the shallow water in the back of the cove. There is more shad forage swimming in deeper water (15 to 25 feet) than in the back of the canyon. Bass are currently holding in that deeper water but may move shallower as the lake level and water temperature drops. Bass really like surface lures right now, but will always eat plastic grubs bouncing along the bottom and dancing through the brush piles. Fast moving buzz baits are fun to throw over the brushy shoreline. Treat bass just as if it were springtime by fishing for them in the afternoon as the water warms.

Walleye: These toothy critters are back on the bite now with many being caught in the northern lake on spoons fished at 15 to 25 feet, bottom bouncers trolled slowly at the same depth, and nightcrawlers fished slowly on worm harnesses over main channel points. The magic depth for trolling across treetops or main channel points is 12 feet. Let the walleye diving lure hit bottom at 12 feet, and then catch a fish as it bounces into deeper water.

Crappie: Expect the crappie catch rate to increase dramatically as water temperature continues to decline. Normally the first two weeks of November provide the best crappie fishing of the year. Anglers are catching some crappie right now, and that catch rate will increase over the next three weeks. The most important factor is finding the school. With brush being abundant, look in the back of the canyons where water depth is 12 to 20 feet deep. Drive the boat right into the brushy thicket and then drop crappie jigs straight down below the boat to prevent snagging as you move the jig slowly up and down. It is also possible to fish from the old river channel where the brush begins. Drop jigs to the bottom at the edge of brush where crappie can see the lure while still staying in the brushy confines that they love. Expect to catch a few bluegill while fishing specifically for crappie. Tip the jig with a small worm to target bluegill.

Catfish: You can catch catfish by placing bait on the bottom near the sandy beach behind the boat near camp.

Again, this will be the last regular report for the year. Annual netting starts October 30 and will continue through November 10. I will post random reports on the website through the winter when something good happens. Though, the only time fishing at Lake Powell, isn't good is when you don't go. I will fish all winter and keep you advised of the fishing excitement.

(10-17-17)

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