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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2016-04-29
Good
The lake is entirely free of ice. You can launch a boat at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Fishing is fair for cutthroat trout and lake trout. Trolling works best when fishing for cutthroat. Anglers report finding fish at two depths: around 60 to 65 feet off the east side from Rainbow Cove to North Eden and then about 10 to 20 feet parallel to the shore at the same location. Another good spot is from the marina north to Fish Haven Creek in Idaho. Try different sizes of Rapala-type lures, dodgers, squid and flatfish. When trolling in shallow water, use a simple flat line and let it out from 100 to 175 feet. Boats will typically spook the fish in shallow water, but if you run the lure far enough behind the boat, they will return to the shallow-water zone. In the deeper water, you can use downriggers or lead core line to get the proper depth. There hasn't been much jig fishing over the past few weeks, so no update on that technique. It can be good at any time of the year. If you jig fish, try three-quarters to one ounce tube jigs tipped with cisco, sucker meat or even worms right on the bottom. Thanks to the cold water this time of year, fish can be found at any depth this time of the year, so if you're not catching fish, keep trying different depths.

Note: Cutthroat trout that don't have a healed fin clip must be released.
Blacksmith Fork River
2016-04-21
Fair
Water flows continue to be high. Water is off-color, making fishing difficult. Anglers might fish close to the banks. Try using blue wing olive, stoneflies, gun slinger, copper johns and other basic nymphs.
Bountiful Lake
2016-04-29
Good
Most anglers report good fishing. Many are catching broodstock trout using garlic-scented PowerBait. Local angler Bruce Beck of West Valley caught five broodstock rainbows on Sunday, April 24. He used garlic PowerBait and fished near the inlet. Another angler caught two broodstock rainbows while fishing the northwest outlet of the reservoir, also on garlic PowerBait. The pond was stocked with 100 eight-inch trout earlier this week.
Causey Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
Fishing is fair overall, but it's a little better early in the morning. One lucky angler caught a big brown trout near the inlet by the Boy Scout camp. He was using a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. He reported catching a lot of fish, but it slowed down after about 10 a.m.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2016-04-29
Good
Anglers are still catching some nice fish from shore and boats. Shore anglers are using green and rainbow PowerBait. Pop gear and lures from the boat deep seem to work well, too.
Echo Reservoir
2016-04-29
Fair
Fishing is good on the north side near the dam. Rooster tails and spinners are working great. Anglers are starting to catch brown trout.
Farmington Pond
2016-04-29
Fair
Angler pressure is a little light during the week, but it's still good during the weekends when the weather is nice. The reservoir is still full and the water is quite murky. Surface water temperatures are around 42°F. The pond was recently stocked with 500 eight-inch rainbow trout.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2016-04-29
Good
Many anglers visited the reservoir last weekend and reported good fishing using worms, PowerBait and spinners. Try casting parallel to the shore next to the underwater trees and vegetation. Water temperatures are around 53°F. This pond is private property and requires a Walk-in Access authorization number before fishing.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2016-04-29
Fair
Fishing is still a little slow for most anglers, but some are catching a few fish. Most anglers are using PowerBait and worms.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2016-04-29
Fair
Fishing success varies. Most anglers are using worms or PowerBait and fishing it just off the bottom. Fly anglers have recently had success fishing with dark-colored leeches. The pond was recently stocked with 1,000 eight-inch trout.
Kaysville Ponds
2016-04-29
Good
Surface water temperatures are increasing and are now around 56°F. Most anglers are having success catching trout using worms and PowerBait just off the bottom. Anglers have also had success using a variety of nymphs and leeches. All four ponds were recently stocked with a total of 1,000 eight-inch trout.
Logan River
2016-04-29
Fair
Water flows continue to be high. The water is off-color, making fishing difficult for most anglers. Try fishing close to the banks and using blue-wing olive, stoneflies, gun slinger, copper Johns and other basic nymphs.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2016-04-29
Good
Anglers report good fishing for rainbows from the shore. Most anglers report having the best success using rainbow PowerBait. Fly anglers report doing well with midges.
Mantua Reservoir
2016-04-29
Fair
Fishing has slowed down a bit. Bass and other panfish are easily spooked. Anglers have been trying Rapalas and flies with inconsistent results.
Ogden River
2016-04-29
Good
Flows are still high and the water is off-color. Some anglers have had success using nightcrawlers and San Juan worms.
Pineview Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
Water levels continue to increase, though the water is very murky with low visibility. Angling pressure is still very light, but it's starting to increase. One angler hooked into a nice muskie at Geertsen Bay.
Rockport Reservoir
2016-04-29
Good
Anglers report good fishing for nice rainbows. Bank fishing is best at the southeast end near the Weber River inlet. PowerBait works best. Anglers fishing from float tubes are doing well trolling with woolly buggers. Boat anglers are doing best trolling along the east shore near Twin Coves Campground and directly across the lake on the west shore. Trolling using Rapalas in perch patterns works well. Typically mornings are the best time to fish, but the storms have changed things up a bit. The tagged fish contest ends Saturday and there are still four big tags to be caught!
Uinta Mountains
2016-04-29
Unstable ice
There is about 50 inches of snow at Trial Lake. The rivers have come up a little bit. Most of the lakes are still capped under unstable ice.
Weber River
2016-04-29
Good
The river is running high and muddy because of recent rain and snowmelt. Die-hard anglers are out using larger streamers in the faster water. The water above the confluence with Lost Creek is running clear. Scuds, hare's ear and pheasant tail nymphs seem to produce decent results. Dry flies, like a smaller blue-wing olive or a pale morning dun, were also used. Law enforcement officers are still running into many anglers who are trespassing on posted private property. Remember, you need written permission to fish waters that flow through posted private property. A free Walk-in Access authorization number is required, too. Please respect all private property. Clean up after yourself and others.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2016-04-29
Good
Crappie fishing has started to pick up. Some anglers are catching their limit. Wiper Cove and Pelican Beach are best places to target crappie. Wiper fishing is productive in the South Marina inlet channel.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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

Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2016-04-29
Good
The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try using traditional lures and baits (e.g., Jake's spinners and worms). Tip your lures with a nightcrawler or PowerBait. Please keep in mind that youth fishing classes are held on Thursday nights.
Canyon View Park Pond
2016-04-29
Fair
The pond is open, and it has been stocked. Try using a spinnerbait or tipping a hook with a nightcrawler (under a bubble). Wipers were stocked here a couple of years ago and should be getting larger. Please keep in mind that the pond is very busy on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, which is when youth fishing classes are underway.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2016-04-29
Fair
According to the most recent reports, fishing is good. Anglers caught some nice fish while trolling at depths of about 40 feet with Meps spinners. One group reported catching fish with Daredevils. Fishing is spotty from the shore, so you might want to try using PowerBait. Rangers report that the docks are in at the main ramp. The Wallsburg day use area is now open. The Chokecherry campground has all sites open, with sewer and electric hook-up only. The Island boat ramp is closed through May 15, 2016. Juvenile quagga mussels have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate. Decontamination stations are currently operating, but you may want to call ahead to check operating hours. Call the state park at 435-654-0171 to check on current conditions or visit Deer Creek on Facebook to see the latest updates. The reservoir is rising and is currently 94 percent full.
Diamond Fork River
2016-04-29
Slow
The road is now open to the Three Forks trailhead. Please call the Spanish Fork Ranger District at 801-798-3571 for updated road closure information. Fish are adjusting to changing weather and water temperatures, so be prepared to adjust your flies. Blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches are fairly consistent with the warmer temperatures. Sow bugs and San Juan worms are also a good choice this time of year. Try fishing at midday and using sizes 18–20.
Grantsville Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
There haven't been any recent angler reports. The reservoir will be stocked soon, but for the trout remaining from last fall, try using a Curly Tail jig or a spinnerbait. Smallmouth bass fishing will start to improve with warmer water temperatures, so you might want to try throwing some spinnerbaits tipped with bait.
Highland Glen Park
2016-04-29
Good
The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout, and fishing is very good! Some of the best fishing has been off of the docks. Anglers are catching rainbow trout on PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Thursday nights may get busier after the youth fishing class begins in May.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2016-04-29
Fair
Try throwing jerkbaits and spinnerbaits for smallmouth bass as the water begins to warm up. Boaters have had success trolling in about 50 feet of water (or deeper), using Kastmasters tipped with bait. Also, continue to use traditional baits (worms or PowerBait) on the shoreline. Water temperatures are hovering around the mid 40s, so be sure and wear a lifejacket. A quagga mussel decontamination station was up and running as of April 9. All campsites are open and are available on a first-come, first-served basis until May 1. All lease docks will be open during the first week of May. The reservoir is currently 58 percent full.
Kidney Pond
2016-04-29
Fair
The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try using Jake's lures or spinnerbaits and tip them with PowerBait or a nightcrawler. Tuesday and Thursday nights may get busier after the youth fishing class begins in May.
Midas Pond
2016-04-29
Fair
The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try using Jake's lures or spinnerbaits and tip them with PowerBait or a nightcrawler. Tuesday and Thursday nights may get busier after the youth fishing class begins in May.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Please use caution around any remaining ice and be aware of changing weather conditions.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2016-04-29
Closed
The reservoir was drained and has not yet been restocked.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2016-04-29
Good
The docks are in the reservoir and ready to go. Anglers are catching big fish from the shoreline. The lake was stocked a month ago with more than 2,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout. All campgrounds and campsites are now open. The park's fourth annual fishing tournament is scheduled for May 7. See tournament rules and learn how to register. Try using Meps or Jake's spinnerbaits and tip them with PowerBait or nightcrawlers.
Payson Lake
2016-04-29
Closed
The Nebo Loop road is still closed. It is scheduled to reopen around Memorial Day. A section of the road has sunk about five feet below its original level, and the road is impassable right now.
Provo River, Lower
2016-04-29
Good
The best fishing occurs around midday, and BWO hatches are very consistent with the warmer temperatures. Size 18 seems to be working well, and both sow bugs and San Juan worms are a great choice for this stretch of the river. Flows are increasing slowly to their spring/summer levels, ranging from 169 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek, to 43 cfs near Harbor Drive. Please keep in mind that all Utah Lake tributaries west of I-15 are closed until 6 a.m. on May 7.
Provo River, Middle
2016-04-29
Fair
The fish are honing in on the emerging patterns in size 18. Midge hatches are hit or miss, but try fishing the mid-afternoon hours. Nymphs (size 22 and smaller) will be still be good at midday. Some outfitters have reported seeing stoneflies in sizes 10–12. Flows are increasing for the spring season, with current levels near 163 cubic feet per second (cfs), with flows near the Jordanelle release at 205 cfs and the average at Charleston with flows around 208 cfs. Be cautious around any fast-flowing water.
Salem Pond
2016-04-29
Good
Try using spinnerbaits, Jake's lures or garlic PowerBait. Good spots to fish include the boat ramp, the area near the bridge or the docks inside the park. Use crankbaits or floating Rapalas to catch bass near the vegetation. Be aware that the annual Salem Pond fishing day will occur on May 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 pm. We excpect about 1,400 students (plus volunteers) that day, so please plan accordingly. Important: Black crappie were illegally stocked into the pond. The movement of aquatic species is illegal and is considered a class A misdemeanor. Please call the UTIP hotline number (1-800-662-3337) or the DWR's Springville office (801-491-5678) if you have any information about this illegal stocking.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. For trout, try throwing spinnerbaits or marabou jigs (and use a bubble).
Silver Lake
2016-04-29
Closed
The lake has begun to thaw, so please use caution if you're venturing near the edges.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2016-04-29
Good
Please use extreme caution along the edges, as they can become very slippery. It can be difficult to get out if you get too close and fall in. The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try using a spinnerbait tipped with a nightcrawler or PowerBait. Fishing should be fast! Please keep in mind that youth fishing classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Spring Lake
2016-04-29
Fair
The lake is open and has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try using spinnerbaits, Jake's lures or garlic PowerBait. Double-crested cormorants are feeding at the pond, and the DWR is taking measures to address the situation.
Strawberry Reservoir
2016-04-29
Good
The lake is almost ice free! Docks will be going in at the marina over the next three weeks, with rental boats available as of this weekend. Roads are clear to the Renegade side of the reservoir. Be aware of floating ice sheets. The fish are hungry and actively feeding. The fishing has been extremely good. Try dark-colored leeches, marabou jigs, jerkbaits and spinners and tip them with chub meat or PowerBait. Check with Strawberry Bay Marina at 435-548-2261 for the most recent updates. The reservoir is currently 73 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2016-04-29
Slow
We haven't had any reports in the last few weeks. The warmest part of the day (11 a.m.–2 p.m.) should produce winter midges. Try using small sizes (typically 18–20) during the warmer, cloudy parts of the day.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2016-04-29
Good
The daily limit is now 8 fish at Tibble Fork Reservoir. This change will remain in place through June 30, 2016. The reservoir has begun the draining process to make repairs. Limits have been increased to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. As of this week, fishing was still good and steady. Try using spinnerbaits tipped with worms or white Curly Tail jigs. The Alpine Loop and the road to Silver Lake Flat are still closed for travel. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon.
Utah Lake
2016-04-29
Good
Anglers are catching healthy-sized walleye, especially at night. They're using plastic Curly Tail jigs, crankbaits and smaller swimbaits/shadraps. Continue to use caution when launching your boats out of the Lincoln Beach marina — water levels are still very low. Caution: There is a large rock near the Lincoln Beach marina launch that has ruined a few propellers. It is in the middle, straight off the end of the ramp you walk down. Pull your boats to the end with your motor away from the middle. Largemouth bass are becoming active along the shorelines, and you might catch a stray crappie near the rocks on Rat-L-Traps. Also, try throwing a white Curly Tail grub, tipped with a nightcrawler. Some active catfish are also feeding, so try fishing the lake bottom. The campground is still closed. Check out lake conditions on the live video feed. The lake is rising and is currently 56 percent full.

Please keep in mind that all Utah Lake tributaries west of I-15 are closed until 6 a.m. on May 7.

If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street.
Vernon Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Vivian Park Pond
2016-04-29
Good
The pond has been stocked, and fishing is fast. Try using spinnerbaits for the best results. You might also want to try using dry flies, which will reduce the number of flies lost in pond vegetation. Please be respectful of the youth fishing class held on Thursday nights at the pond.
Willow Pond
2016-04-29
Hot
The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout in recent weeks, so fishing is hot! Try using spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Jake's lures work great this time of year. Try using spinnerbaits around submerged vegetation to catch largemouth bass. If possible, please voluntarily release the largemouth bass; we use them to control the bluegill populations. Please keep in mind that youth fishing classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2016-04-29
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The entire Oasis area is closed throughout April, while some much-needed asphalt and cement work is completed. Please remember that you can still launch your boats at Painted Rocks. Camping and day use is still available at the Beaches, Eagle View and Painted Rocks. Fishing may be good around the docks and the breakwater at Oasis and Painted Rocks. Northern pike fishing is hit or miss with the changing weather conditions, but you might want to try throwing anchovies into open water near the drop-offs and points. You can also try the backs of the bays and near the drop-offs with Maniac minnows, husky jerks and spinnerbaits. Focus on fishing in very shallow water. Perch-colored jigs seem to be the most consistent producers. Walleye fishing should also improve as the water warms up.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart

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

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2016-04-28
Good
Anglers who got out between recent storms report fair to good fishing for trout with a few bass thrown in. Water temperatures were going up a few degrees, but the cold weather slowed it down.
Brough Reservoir
2016-04-28
Slow
No recent angler contacts, older reports indicate slow fishing. The area has gotten rain recently, so roads have been muddy.
Browne Lake
2016-04-28
Slow
Water levels are down for maintenance purposes. We've had no recent angler reports, but be prepared for unsafe ice. The area recently has received snow and rain high winds. Roads are closed.
Bullock Reservoir
2016-04-28
Slow
There have been no recent angler contacts. Old reports indicated fishing was slow.
Calder Reservoir
2016-04-28
Slow
When the high winds took off the ice sheet, it also blew dead fish onto the banks. Biologists checked and determined a complete winterkill. The Division located roughly 1,000 catchable-sized rainbows and restocked it to restart the fishery. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. Bait is not allowed. You must use flies and lures only—bait and scented-salted lures and flies are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2016-04-28
Fair
There have no recent angler contacts, but older reports indicate anglers are catching a few fish of multiple species.
CRCT Lakes
2013-07-26
Fair
No current forecast
Crouse Reservoir
2016-04-28
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2016-04-28
Slow
Although the reservoir was still ice capped last week, it is filling. The edges won't be as thick as the main ice. There have no recent angler contacts. Expect fishing to be mostly slow to fair this late in the season. The main road to the dam has new snow for the last half of the drive. Dirt roads around reservoir are closed.
East Park Reservoir
2016-04-28
Fair
There have been no new reports from anglers. The reservoir is still capped. It is filling, so the edges won't be as thick as the main ice. Access is only by snowmobile or skis. Try trout baits, like worms and artificial baits or tip a small lure or fly with a mealworm.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2016-04-28
Good
Kokanee: Anglers report slow to fair fishing, but it's starting to pick up. A few anglers are finding schools that they can reach with jigging spoons, most however are fishing in or near the usual areas but close to shore in 10 to 20 feet of water. Try using a planer board to get your lure off to the side as when kokanee are in shallow waters, they shy away from boats and noise.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow fishing has been hot this last week as the lake transitioned from ice-off to spring's warmer waters. Rainbows and cutthroat are spawning, so look for concentrations of fish near streams and sometimes launch areas. Warning: Others are also fishing there, and we've seen conflicts this year between anglers and angler/boaters. Remember boaters have the right-of-way on the ramp and boat docks when they are launching and pulling out. Rainbows are found in other areas. Look for up to 18-plus-inch rainbows on shallow flats, along cliffs and points in 10 to 20 feet of water, trolling small brightly colored spoons, plastic squids or casting using spoons, small tubes and jigs tipped with meal worm. You might also catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches) that were stocked into the reservoir last summer.

Lake trout: Recent reports indicate spotty fishing. With warmer weather and a bit less wind, anglers should try a slow shallow troll along the flats and sloping shorelines or go deep along the main channel. If you locate a school or find a submerged ridge, try jigging with spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker/chub meat. Keep your smaller fish; removing them will help the fishery, and they provide some tasty treats.

Smallmouth bass: Water temperatures have kept bass in deeper waters, and fishing has been very slow.

Burbot: Some anglers have caught fish in the open waters from boats and from the shore. Look for rocky structure (smallmouth habitat) and depths of 40 to 70 feet in the early evening. As the evening progresses, try fishing shallower water to 10 feet, and move if you're not catching anything. As always, good lures are glow-n-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Thanks to all the anglers, between the tournaments and general fishing, there are thousands fewer burbot eating everything else.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2016-04-28
Good
Spring fishing has brought out the hatches, especially the midges and blue-winged olives. Some anglers are also using terrestrial patterns like ants, crickets and hoppers with a scud or shrimp trailer or a streamer with a trailer. Match the hatch on the surface or try nymphs and streamers deep along flow seams and shorelines. The water is a bit murky from muddy waters flowing through the dam, so streamers are a good choice. Try sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations followed by scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles, San Juan worms, etc. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth-tone colors are always a good option in shallow or deeper water. Try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps in deeper water. Brightly colored spoons and spinners will also entice fish. For flow information, go here.
Long Park Reservoir
2016-04-28
Slow
No reports, but ice at about the same elevation is melting out. Roads are closed, and the area has received more snow and high winds.
Matt Warner
2016-04-28
Fair
Anglers were able to break through the snow drifts to access Matt Warner over the weekend. Early reports were fair fishing. Since then, the area has received new snow and rain so access is questionable. However, Diamond Mountain roads dry out quickly, so expect to get in within a few days of good weather. There are some reports of dead fish, but it doesn't seem to have been a serious winterkill.
Moose Pond
2016-04-28
Slow
There are no new reports.
Pelican Lake
2016-04-28
Fair
Anglers reported slow to fair fishing, but the fish caught were mostly larger bass. The wind and stormy weather kept most of the boats off and fishing slow, however Pelican responds to three or four days of warm spring weather. As the water warms a bit, the fish get active and that's why we saw the bass and a few bluegill landed over the last couple of weeks.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2016-04-28
Slow
A new rule is in place to protect the recently stocked yellow perch and black crappie, the future of the Red Fleet fishery. All yellow perch and crappie need to be released immediately. These fish are our breeding stock, and they are few in number. The rotenone treatment to remove all fish was accomplished in October 2015. In November, biologists determined the lake could be restocked, so the hatcheries stocked it with 8-inch cutthroat and rainbow trout and about a 5-inch wiper. Only just over 1,000 yellow perch went in and 150 crappie to create breeding populations. Roughly 1 to 5 million sterile walleye fry should be stocked by the hatcheries within the next month. Wipers, black crappie, and mountain whitefish are also scheduled for this spring and summer. Fathead minnows (as prey species) will also be stocked as they become available in 2016. The whitefish, crappie and perch will provide a forage base and fishing opportunities. Colorado River cutthroat trout will continue to be stocked in Bush Creek (which flows into Red Fleet) so some of these fish and the natural reproducing brown trout found in Brush Creek should provide additional fishing opportunities.
Sheep Creek Lake
2016-04-28
Slow
No new reports. The ice is likely coming off as it is on other reservoirs at similar elevations. The area recently received close to a foot of new snow and high winds. Access roads still closed.
Spirit Lake
2016-04-28
Slow
The lake has ice, and our last report from anglers indicated fishing was slow. The area has received snow during the last few storms. It also received high winds, so access could be difficult because of big snow drifts.
Starvation Reservoir
2016-04-28
Good
Winds and storms kept many anglers home, but during the brief periods of calm weather, anglers reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and some nice browns. Not much action on walleye, bass or yellow perch. Roughly 100,000 kokanee (2-inch fingerlings) were stocked in early March as an experimental stocking. Boat ramps are accessible.
Steinaker Reservoir
2016-04-28
Good
Anglers have reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and a few browns from both shore and boats. A few anglers have started to catch bass and we've heard our first reports of bluegill. Both bass and bluegill are still deep. The water temperatures are in the mid 40s and getting higher. Try natural and artificial baits from shore or casting/trolling brightly colored spoons or crank baits along the rocky shorelines.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler

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

Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2016-04-29
Good
All San Juan County waters are open. On March 29, Blanding #3 was stocked with more than 1,500 eight-inch rainbow trout. On the same day, Blanding #4 was stocked with more than 2,000 eight-inch rainbows. On April 13, Lloyds Lake was stocked with nearly 4,000 eight-inch rainbow trout. The Dry Wash pond has been improved, deepened and stocked this spring with eight- to nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing for pike and bass at Recapture Reservoir is improving as the water temperature rises. Calvin Black, aquatics biologist, suggests fishing with weedless swimbaits in shallow weedy areas.
Academy Mill Reservoir
2015-06-12
Good
The reservoir was stocked last week. Expect excellent fishing.
Benches Pond
2016-04-29
Slow
Colder temperatures and frequent storms have delayed the spring thaw. The pond remains under ice.
Boulger Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
The pond remains under an ice cap and blanket of snow, but it's accessible on-foot.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2016-04-29
Good
The pond was stocked April 26 with about 350 rainbows that averaged 9.5 inches. The two previous stockings occurred in early April and mid-March. Angler success has been good since ice-off. Anglers are catching trout by using salmon eggs, worms, PowerBait, lures and artificial flies.
Cleveland Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
The reservoir is still covered with ice, but the ice has been thinning — especially around the shoreline. The snowy hike to and from the water's edge keeps a lot of anglers from fishing here in winter months.
Colorado River
2016-04-22
Slow
There is no current fishing report.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2016-04-29
Closed
The U.S. Forest Service locked the access gate to prevent unnecessary damage to public roads.
Electric Lake
2016-04-29
Slow
The boat ramp is accessible by foot. You'll find fishable open water on the north end around the boat ramp, especially in the general vicinity of the mine water discharge pipe. On the south end at the dam, there's about a foot of open water that circles the shoreline, but there's still no opportunity for shoreline fishing.
Fairview Lakes
2016-04-29
Slow
The lake remains under ice and is accessible only by snow machine.
Ferron Creek
2015-01-30
Closed
The creek is inaccessible during winter.
Ferron Reservoir
2016-04-29
Closed
The U.S. Forest Service locked the access gate to prevent unnecessary damage to forest roads and resources. The area will reopen once everything dries out.
Gigliotti Pond
2016-04-29
Good
Fishing has been good since ice-off. The pond was restocked (for the second time) on April 11 with 10-inch rainbow trout. The first stocking occurred a month earlier with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout. Try worms, PowerBait, salmon eggs, spoons and spinners.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2016-04-29
Closed
Once the snow begins to melt, the U.S. Forest will lock the access gate to prevent damage to forest roads.
Grassy Lake
2016-04-29
Closed
Snow and snowdrifts are blocking access to the lake.
Huntington Creek
2016-04-29
Fair
The best fishing is within one mile of the dam. You won't find many fish below South Hughes Canyon because of last year's flash floods. Fly-fishing has been fair below the dam. Anglers are hooking into brown trout up to 17 inches. Good fly choices include leeches, woolly buggers, prince nymphs, stoneflies, beadhead uglies, caddis larvae, hare's ear and serendipity. Trout were planted in the campground at the Forks of the Huntington last fall. Anglers might find limited numbers of seven- to eight-inch trout in the campground and up the left fork.
Huntington Game Farm Pond
2015-06-12
Good
Very few anglers fish this pond, but good fishing is expected. Try using worms and PowerBait. This pond is located at the Huntington Wildlife Management Area was stocked with 500 9-inch rainbow trout on April 27.
Huntington North Reservoir
2016-04-29
Fair
The reservoir was stocked with nearly 1,000 nine- to ten-inch rainbow trout earlier this week. This was the second stocking so far this spring. The first stocking took place on March 18 with 1,000 nine-inch rainbows. Anglers are catching wipers up to five pounds with crankbaits. Wipers can also be hooked with jigs, gulp minnows, rattle traps and Rapalas. Fishing at daybreak has been best.
Huntington Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
This reservoir, also known as Mammoth Reservoir, remains under ice and snow. On April 26, Conservation Officer James Thomas reported a solid ice sheet with no open water. Frequent snowstorms during the past week have deepened the snow pack.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2016-04-29
Fair
Creel Survey Technician Mike Ault reports that most of the tiger trout and splake being caught are found along the west shoreline between Littles Creek and the boat ramp. Most anglers are practicing catching and releasing fish, so solid information on the range of fish length is difficult to pin down. Hearsay reports suggest that a few anglers have been catching tiger trout up to eight pounds using whole chubs as bait. Splake fishing is expected to improve as spring advances and the water temperatures rise. Splake are commonly hooked with gold Jakes or Kastmaster lures. Good tiger muskie fishing might still be a month away.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2016-04-29
Good
This Wellington pond was stocked for the third time this spring with about 1,000 nine- to ten-inch rainbow trout earlier this week. The pond was stocked two weeks earlier with 500 ten-inch rainbows. Anglers report good fishing with worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs. A new concrete pier with a safety rail has been installed and is open for use. This will offer those in wheelchairs the opportunity to fish directly over the water. There are concrete sidewalks, picnic tables, a porta-potty and a gravel parking area for visitor convenience.
La Sal Mountains
2016-04-29
Closed
Most La Sal Mountain lakes remain inaccessible because of snow and mud. Recent rainfall has compounded the problem. Hidden Lake and Dons Lake have just recently opened up but will still be muddy for a while. Both ponds have been fishing well, according to Conservation Officer Adam Wallerstein. Situated at the base of the mountain, Kens Lake was stocked with nearly 3,000 eight-inch rainbow trout on March 29. Wallerstein recommends chartreuse PowerBait for trout and small crankbaits for bass.
Lower Fish Creek
2016-04-29
Slow
There's water being released from Scofield Reservoir. The largest trout overwintered in deep pools miles below the reservoir. According to anglers and hikers, the size of brown trout increases with the distance from the dam.
Lower Green River
2016-04-22
Good
One angler recently reported good fishing with chicken livers, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Most catfish measure around 10 to 12 inches. During Melon Days in mid-September, however, anglers caught one 7-pound and two 5-pound catfish.
May Day Pond
2016-04-22
Good
Fishing is good using worms and PowerBait.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2016-04-22
Closed
In the spring, the U.S. Forest Service closes road access to prevent damage to roads and forest resources. The gates are reopened after the roads dry up.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2016-04-29
Slow
According to Conservation Officer James Thomas, fishing has slowed down. This has been a departure from the favorable catch rate that has made this water popular since ice-off. Frequent storms over Emery County during the past week may have contributed to the drop in catch rate. Fish won't be planted this year. Hatcheries will not stock Millsite this year in anticipation of the dam renovation in 2017.
Petes Hole
2016-04-29
Closed
Snow and snowdrifts are preventing access.
Potters Ponds
2015-11-30
Slow
The ponds are frozen. There haven't been any recent reports on ice thickness or fishing success.
Price River
2016-04-22
Slow
The water level is better now that water is being released from Scofield Reservoir. Because of overwinter dewatering of lower Fish Creek, anglers will find more and bigger trout in the larger pools along the river.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2016-04-29
Slow
The creek's trout population has been minimized by flash floods in the drainage during 2015. Limited stocking has taken place, but planters have struggled from the effects of flash flooding. Full restoration of the fishery won't be possible until the drainage is fully revegetated.
Scofield Reservoir
2016-04-29
Slow
The reservoir is ice free. You can launch boats and fish from the shore at all public beachfronts. Anglers are catching big trout using whole chubs skewered with large bait hooks and fished on the bottom. The larger the bait, the larger the potential catch. The downside is that the bigger the bait, the lower the catch rate. Small pieces of chubs, worms and salmon eggs attract smaller trout, as well as chubs. Scofield is a good fishery for fishing mentors, parents and grandparents that want fast action for youngsters, who don't care if they are catching a trout or chub. On April 22, Jackson Harrison reported slow fishing. After fishing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., he had caught one rainbow. Although he tried many lures and baits, he caught the trout using PowerBait.
Soup Bowl
2016-04-29
Closed
Snow and snowdrifts are blocking access.
Straight Canyon Creek
2016-04-22
Slow
Fishing is good for brown trout up to 20 inches. Try fishing with nymphs.
Willow Lake
2016-04-29
Closed
Road access is closed until the mountain dries up and road damage can be averted.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2016-04-29
Closed
This reservoir is inaccessible. The U.S. Forest Service has locked the access gate to prevent road damage.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2016-04-23
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair with bait, lures and flies. Some large brown trout are also present. The reservoir is currently full and spilling.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2016-04-23
Slow
All lakes (except Dougherty Basin) are now open to fishing. Access is blocked by snow drifts above Twitchell Creek.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2016-04-23
Fair
Access is limited by snow.
Beaver River, Lower
2016-04-23
Fair
Flows are low and clear and you'll need to be stealthy in order to avoid spooking fish. Look for fishing to improve with warmer weather. Habitat work is currently being conducted in the area of the old dance hall, so you may see some murky water below that work site.
Beaver River, Upper
2016-04-23
Fair
The ice should be melting and fishing should be improving. Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant.
Boulder Mountain
2016-04-23
Fair
Most lakes are now open to fishing for the year. Only the lakes at the lowest elevations are accessible and ice free. Look for access to improve at lakes under the rim in May, while the Boulder Top won't be accessible until June.
Clear Creek
2016-04-23
Fair
Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is complete, and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Look for catchable-sized fish throughout the entire stream this year. Some of the tributaries – including Mill, Fish, and Shingle creeks – will also provide good fishing opportunities. The water is currently running high and murky with runoff.
Corn Creek
2016-04-23
Fair
We haven't received any recent fishing reports.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2016-04-23
Slow
Duck Creek Pond is almost completely ice free. A few fish typically make it through the winter, but fishing has been slow. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in May. Access to Aspen-Mirror Lake is still difficult.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2016-04-23
Fair
Irrigation releases have begun at Otter Creek Reservoir and flows are running at 25 cubic feet per second (cfs). The river has been a little murky from low-elevation snow melt. This flow is still fishable and now is a great time to hit the river (before it increases to 100 cfs). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2016-04-23
Fair
The river may be a little murky from low-elevation snowmelt. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2016-04-23
Fair
Access is good. Flows are a little high and murky, but not enough to make fishing difficult.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2016-04-23
Good
The upper reservoir is still fairly low, so don't expect good boat-launching conditions. Fishing has been good for 10- to 12-inch rainbows. Catchable-sized rainbow have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Fishing is slower in the lower reservoir, but there have also been fewer people there.
Fish Lake
2016-04-23
Slow
We are officially in ice-off limbo at Fish Lake. The ice is deteriorating, so it is no longer safe to access. Because the ice was so thick this winter, it is taking a while to break up. Currently, only the Twin Creeks area has enough open water to fish in. Remember that the actual creek is closed to fishing. Depending on the weather, the ice should come off in two to three weeks. Remember that boats are not allowed on the lake until all the ice is gone. There are still about 15 prizes left over from the perch tournament for lucky anglers who catch tagged perch. Just check in at the Lakeside General Store before you go fishing to be eligible. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2016-04-23
Slow
A malfunction in the outlet required the reservoir to be mostly drained last summer. An angler recently reported catching a few tiger trout. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2016-04-23
Slow
Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling, so flows have come up and the fishing has slowed down a little. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2016-04-23
Slow
Because of an increasing population of illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers — Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two to three years while these populations establish.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2016-04-23
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for a variety of fish species near the outlets of Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs, as well as in the river and canals below the outlets. We received one report of good largemouth bass fishing.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2016-04-23
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond. Some brood rainbows were also stocked in Leigh Hill recently. Anglers report exciting fishing action.
Johnson Reservoir
2016-04-23
Slow
The reservoir is now accessible from Mill Meadow, and the ice is starting to pull back. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2016-04-23
Fair
The ice is off and the road around the lake is snow free. Access is still not possible across Cedar Mountain. The water level is rising and the water is a little murky. Some anglers report good fishing while others have experienced slow fishing. Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2016.
Koosharem Reservoir
2016-04-23
Fair
We haven't received any recent fishing reports, but we do know the ice is off. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The southwest shoreline was recently posted closed to trespassing by the landowner, but there's still public access through BLM land near the restroom.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2016-04-23
Good
Access is good. The ice is gone and anglers report good fishing. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2016-04-23
Fair
Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River are all running murky from low-elevation snowmelt. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2016-04-23
Fair
Look for fair to good fishing for rainbows and browns. We also received a report of an angler catching some nice tiger. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2016-04-23
Good
Lots of fly anglers have been fishing from shore and have reported fair to good fishing. Nymphs and streamers both work well. A fish population survey recently found that both rainbows and wipers are abundant and healthy.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2016-04-23
Slow
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers.,
Navajo Lake
2016-04-23
Fair
Access is limited by snow.
Newcastle Reservoir
2016-04-23
Good
The water is as clear as you will find it all year. Anglers report fair to good fishing for 8- to 15-inch rainbow trout with bait, lures and flies. A recent fish population survey revealed that rainbows and wipers are in great shape.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2016-04-23
Fair
The reservoir's capacity is at 79 percent and steadily rising. Fishing is starting to pick up for some anglers, but still remains inconsistent overall. The north end seems to be producing a little better. The water is a couple degrees warmer on that end, which may be helping increase trout feeding activity. Look for fishing success to continue improving. A fish population survey recently found many of the 16- to 18-inch rainbows that Otter Creek is famous for. These fish are in great shape and weigh two to three pounds. We also found a handful of four-pound wipers, with one pushing six pounds. Wipers have been a little hard to come by (for both anglers and our monitoring surveys) since we started stocking them in 2011. The fish caught in the survey were in great shape and are obviously doing well in the reservoir. It appears we just need to stock more. Anglers are noticing sores and spots on the skin of rainbow trout caught at Otter Creek. These are caused by parasites attacking the fish during times of high stress, particularly when the water is low and warm in late summer and early fall. Apparently, the parasites were a little worse last year, as they have persisted through the winter on some fish. Spawning stress may also be contributing to the parasites. The spots should disappear when conditions improve as the reservoir fills and rainbow trout finish spawning. The meat is safe to eat, as long as it is cooked properly.
Panguitch Lake
2016-04-23
Good
The ice is gone. Hungry rainbow, cutthroat and tiger trout are moving in close to shore to feed. Anglers are catching small and medium-sized rainbows from shore with popular baits like PowerBait and worm/marshmallow rigs. For larger rainbows, try casting black or white marabou jigs. Big cutthroat and tiger trout can be caught with cut bait (chub, sucker, frozen minnows) or with white tube jigs tipped with a small piece of cut bait. Most of the cutthroats and tigers are in the slot and must be released, so use single hooks and set the hook as soon as you see a fish pick up the bait. If the fish still swallows the hook, cut the line.
Paragonah Reservoir
2016-04-23
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports, but the reservoir should be accessible soon.
Pine Lake
2016-04-23
Fair
Access is good. This week's netting survey found a good number of 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout, as well as 10- to 12-inch cutthroat trout. Fishing is slow to fair. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked soon.
Piute Reservoir
2016-04-23
Slow
The reservoir was almost completely drained for irrigation needs last summer. It is unknown how many fish were lost.
Quail Lake
2016-04-23
Fair
Visit the Quail Lake State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. The water temperature is in the low 60s and fishing is picking up for bass and crappie. Fishing is fair for rainbow trout.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2016-04-23
Good
The water temperature is in the mid 60s and largemouth bass are very active. Males are all over the shallows building nests while females are cruising out a little deeper. Anglers are catching fish everywhere from six to twenty feet. It has become popular to 'fizz' a bass caught in deep water to help it deflate its air bladder and get back down. However, when you puncture the air bladder it can do major damage to the fish. Not only is the fish susceptible to infections through the wound, it now has a hole in its air bladder and it may not be able to re-inflate it. This means that, even though the fish goes down, it may never come back up. It is best to let the fish deflate its air bladder on its own. Although it may be hard to watch the fish float away, they eventually can get back down — it just takes time. If you want to avoid this situation altogether, don't fish in deep water.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2016-04-23
Slow
The flow has increased to 150 cubic feet per second with releases from Piute Reservoir.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2016-04-23
Good
Access to Solomon Basin is good from Emery County. The road from Forsyth Reservoir still has large snowdrifts and some people have gotten stuck trying to get through them. Wait a couple weeks before trying to go over the pass. The ice is off Solomon Basin lakes and fishing is good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 4354616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2016-04-23
Slow
Access is good and the reservoir is full. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked soon. A recent netting survey found a handful of nice brown trout (up to five pounds!), but rainbow trout did not fair well through the winter drawdowns.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2016-04-23
Fair
Rainbow trout are stocked in each pond about every two weeks through April. Look for fair to good fishing for a few more weeks.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2016-04-23
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout were recently stocked and should provide fair fishing. A recent netting survey found low numbers of rainbow trout that held over from last year, but those fish are 18–20 inches and 2–3 pounds. All rainbows observed had juvenile bluegill and bass in their stomachs, so try using lures, jigs or flies that will imitate small fish.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2016-04-23
Slow
We haven't received any recent reports regarding access to the reservoir.

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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
2016-05-04
Good

Lake elevation: 3,592 feet

Water temperatures: 59–66°F

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Hunter Allan knows that the month of May is the best time to catch smallmouth bass and many other fish species at Lake Powell. The spring fishing peak will occur in mid-May.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

It has taken the lake a while to warm up, but that is changing now that May has arrived. The early-morning surface water temperature has held steady at 58°F for the past few weeks, and that is what the thermometer showed as we headed out for our weekly trip. Those fish waiting to spawn in the southern lake were slow to start feeding in cold water. We caught a few smallmouth and an occasional striper or walleye in the early morning hours as we ran uplake as far as Dungeon and Rock Creek.

As the day warmed and the water temperature climbed to 65°F, fishing success improved. Here is a rundown on the various techniques we used to catch each species:

Striped bass were best caught using bait in the main channel. Choose a spot, throw out a handful of chum, and follow it up with a baited circle hook (Carolina rig) or lightweight jig head with a chunk of anchovy attached. The best fishing spots are the same ones we've shared in past reports: the dam, the first main channel corner before arriving at Antelope Canyon (also known as Buoy 3), the power plant intake (under the chainlink fence, upstream from Antelope Point marina) and some points in Navajo Canyon upstream from the double islands. I know there are other places where stripers can be caught on bait, but these locations are still producing, so there are no reports of anglers going further uplake to fish bait.

In the northern lake, the best bait spots have been close to marinas, including the mouth of Moki Canyon, Buoy 99 and the nearby coves. Remember that stripers along the walls tend to start and stop feeding on their own schedule. If they are not hitting in one spot, move a short distance and try again. When a school turns on under the boat, your fishing trip will be a great success.

Anglers are still catching stripers while trolling and spooning over the length of the lake. For that matter, many stripers are still in the shallows, which makes them susceptible to crankbaits and crayfish-imitating plastic baits. Spooning was more productive for us in the afternoon after the water had warmed.

Over the length of the lake, anglers are catching more smallmouth bass than stripers. Morning hours are not as productive as later in the afternoon when water warms to the mid-60s. Productive habitat includes protected coves with southern exposures, where the sun heats up the water a few degrees warmer than the surrounding open water.

Smallmouth bass really like plastic baits, including single-tail grubs, double-tail grubs, senkos, squarebill crankbaits and spinner baits. It seems that more bass have been caught in the backs of canyons in cloudy water than in the main channel and main canyon clear water. As you travel further uplake from Wahweap, the number of smallmouth caught increases. The very best areas right now are the San Juan Arm, the Escalante and the Rincon, including surrounding canyons.

Be aware that the runoff is flowing and muddying the water from Good Hope Bay upstream. The mud line is near the middle of the big bay. Cloudy and murky water provide excellent fishing for bass and stripers while dark, muddy water makes it more difficult to interact with fish that remain in the runoff areas. These fish include stripers that are running upstream to spawn, walleye that feed well in muddy water and some bass and crappie that are using the colored water for protection while waiting for the lake level to come up and cover brush.

Anglers are catching walleye more often, especially as the water warms. These low-light feeders are best caught during May while they wait for shad to spawn. The best technique is to maintain bottom contact with a slow-moving lure in the 12- to 30-foot range. Try using live nightcrawlers to target walleye. Cast worm harnesses to the sandy lake bottom in cloudy coves or attach the harnesses to bottom bouncers that are slow-trolled behind a boat in the same depth range. Anglers are also catching walleye on plastic baits used to target smallmouth bass in rocky cover.

May is the month of variety. As we used dark green double-tail plastic grubs, we caught smallmouth, stripers, bluegill, green sunfish, largemouth bass and walleye along the same stretch of shoreline. All sportfish are hungry while waiting for shad to spawn, which normally happens in mid-May. The warming water triggers the feeding response. All of these fish are looking for food, and a plastic grub or crankbait draws serious attention from a variety of species. May is the best spring month to fish at Lake Powell.

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