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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Bear Lake

Slow

Bear Lake is entirely open water and surface water temperature is 37 degrees. Launching access is available at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps where courtesy docks are in the water. Most the snow has melted along the lakeshore at this time. Fishing pressure is light; however, anglers are catching cutthroat trout and lake trout. The best locations have been on the east side of the lake off the 2nd Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove. Anglers are trolling and jigging, both methods have been working well. When jigging, start in depths of 50 to 65 feet, depending on location. When jigging, use tube jigs or swim baits in 1/2 to 1-ounce sizes and 3 to 6 inches long. Tip the jigs or swim baits with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Anglers who have been trolling are doing well using minnow type lures, flatfish and a dodger with a squid. Troll with the lures off downriggers close to bottom; keep an eye on your sonar for suspended fish that may also be active at this time of year. Since the water is still very cold, trolling flat lines far behind the boat with crankbaits can also be productive. Remember the trout limit is two fish. Cutthroat trout with a healed fin clip may be kept; cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be released immediately. Large Lake Trout take a long time to reach substantial sizes and while they are legal to keep, many anglers are encouraging other anglers to release them. (04-19-19)

Blacksmith Fork River

Slow

Anglers are reporting slow fishing for trout. Try nymphing in shallow riffles and deep runs. Gray midge (size 18-22), gray magic midge (size 18), white beadhead woolly bugger streamer (size 8-10), red beadhead prince (size 18-20), orange micro egg (size 14-16) or a white zonker (size 8-10). Midges are hatching in the afternoons on warm days. (04-19-19)

Bountiful Lake

Slow

The lake has recently been stock with 1,500 rainbow trout averaging 10.77 inches in length. Fishing is slow and anglers are catching small bluegill and rainbow trout. Try using small midges; worms or rainbow or garlic PowerBait. (04-19-19)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is ice-free and the water is very muddy. Fishing is slow and shore anglers are catching small rainbow trout. Try using spinners, worms or PowerBait. (04-19-19)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The reservoir is ice-free. Fishing is slow and angler pressure is low. Anglers are catching small rainbow trout and bass. Try using Black Panther Martin; or a single hook jig head with 2 inches of worm hooked through the middle. Fishing off the rocks near the dam 4 to 5 feet down has been producing. Highway 65 is closed for the winter, however; you can still get to the park via I-84 Morgan or Henefer. (04-19-19)

Echo Reservoir

Slow

The boat ramp is open; however, the wedge dock is not in place yet. The water temperature is 44 degrees and fishing is slow. Anglers are catching 10- to 14-inch rainbow trout and 18- to 25-inch brown trout. Try using pink squid jigs behind a dodger; Jake's gold; scented PowerBait; orange gulp minnows or rainbow flatfish lures. Also, try tolling at 1.9 MPH along the west shoreline. Use a flasher and a wedding ring in 2 to 13 feet of water or a rainbow J-7 Rapala on the surface. (04-19-19)

Farmington Pond

Good

The pond has recently been stocked with 500 rainbow trout averaging 8.55 inches in length. Fishing is good and anglers are catching 10- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Try using a swivel and sinker with an 18- to 24-inch leader tipped with a pea-sized ball of rainbow PowerBait. (04-19-19)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has recently been stocked with 501 rainbow trout averaging 11.6 inches in length. Fishing is slow and anglers are catching small rainbow trout and small bass. Try using PowerBait; a zebra midge; or a spinner tipped with a worm or an MVF drop shot rig. (04-19-19)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The reservoir is 75 percent full; however, the boat and fishing docks are not yet available. Fishing is slow and anglers are catching 9- to 12-inch rainbow trout near the dam. Try using a sliver and green spinner tipped with a worm, one foot under the surface. (04-19-19)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

The pond has recently been stocked with 500 rainbow trout averaging 11.6 inches in length. Fishing is fair to slow and anglers are catching 13- to 20-inch rainbow trout. Try using a night crawler, or lime green, garlic, or corn scented PowerBait. (04-19-19)

Kaysville Ponds

Good

Fishing is good and anglers are catching 14- to 20-inch rainbow trout, 12- to 16-inch broodstock and 14- to 20-inch channel catfish. Try using green and orange PowerBait; spinners; stink bait or a night crawler 1 foot off the bottom. (04-19-19)

Logan River

Fair

The river has recently been stocked with 3,125 rainbow trout averaging 9.60- to 12.44-inches in length. Fishing is fair and anglers are catching 16- to 22-inch trout. Nymphs are producing well on the river. Try using hares ears, copper johns, gunslingers or zebra midges. During the warmer parts of the day, look for midge hatches. Try a small Griffith gnat or CDC adult midge. Look for blue wing olives on overcast day. (04-19-19)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Unstable ice

There is unstable ice on the middle, north and east areas of the reservoir. The south end of the reservoir has open water. The road is clear over the dam all the way to the boat ramp. Fishing is slow to fair and anglers are catching14- to 21-inch cutthroat trout. Try using a worm under a bobber; pink PowerBait or traditional lures and baits. (04-19-19)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow and anglers are catching 10- to 14-inch rainbow trout and 4- to 6-inch bluegill from shore. Try using a lime green jig head tipped with a night crawler; or pink and white PowerBait. Look for midge hatches on warm days. Try using a small maroon, red, black or olive midge. There are road closures at the reservoir for the Mantua East Spring Re-Piping Project. While the work continues, access to the south side of the dike road will be closed. The Public Works Administrative Office will notify the public when access reopens. If you have questions about the project, please call 435-734-6615. (04-19-19)

Ogden River

Slow

Spring runoff has made the river extremely turbid. Angler success is low and finding fish is challenging due to low visibility. Try using flies or lures with metallic/bright coloration or produce noise/vibration to increase your chances. (04-19-19)

Pineview Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow and angler pressure is low. Try using traditional baits and lures. (04-19-19)

Rockport Reservoir

Slow

The boat dock is open and the wedge dock is in place. Fishing is slow but anglers are catching small rainbow trout from shore. Try using traditional lures and baits. (04-19-19)

Uinta Mountains

Fair

Most of the lakes and reservoirs are capped with ice; please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Most of the lakes and reservoirs are only accessible by snowmobile. (04-19-19)

Weber River

Good

Fishing for trout is fair to good and the water is raging at 1200 CFS and murky. Anglers are catching 16- to 22-inch brown trout and 13- to 16-inch white fish. Try nymphing in deep runs and pools. Use a split shot to get your line down deep before the midge hatch begins; midges are hatching on warm afternoons. Gray midges (size 18-22), white beadhead woolly bugger streamers (size 8-10), red beadhead Princes (size 18-20), orange micro eggs (size 8-10) and white zonkers (size 8-10) are producing well. (04-19-19)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is 87 percent full, the water is muddy from recent storms and the temperature is 58 degrees at midday. Fishing is slow but anglers are catching small crappie, 14- to 16-inch smallmouth bass, 16- to 23-inch wiper on mussels, Rapala, Kastmaster and worms; and 13- to 21-inch catfish in 15 feet of water near Eagle Beach and on the west side of the reservoir. For catfish, try using Rapalas, mussels on a treble hook off the bottom, raw chicken strips, shrimp or worm under a bobber 6 to 10 feet from the bank. For walleye, try trolling at 2.5 to 4 MPH with a wedding ring; small blades or white curly tail jigs. (04-19-19)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Fair

Catch rates are fair. Try using yellow or garlic/chartreuse Powerbait fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed sinker rig or a slip sinker rig. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/4-ounce Panther Martin Holy Strike spinners or 1/4-ounce metallic Jakes Spin-A-Lures. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit the stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Canyon View Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair. The pond experienced a partial fish kill. Spanish Fork City and DWR have taken measures to remedy water conditions to prevent future fish loss. Try using 1/4- or 1/6-ounce metallic Jakes Spin-A-Lures, 1/8-once Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners or 1/4-ounce Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners. Also, try using a bit of nightcrawler under a bobber or Powerbait off the bottom using a slip sinker rig. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit the stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Hot

The fishing is hot. Anglers are catching high numbers of 12- to 18-inch rainbow trout from boat, kayak, float tube and shore. Anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout, 15- to 19-inch brown trout, and the occasional walleye. For trolling, try using Williams Wabler spoons, nickel/blue or nickle/chartreuse kastmaster lures or Zona Lures Z Ray spoon. For shore fishing, try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, nickel/blue or nickle/chartreuse kastmaster lures, or silver or copper Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinners. Also, try using yellow or chartreuse PowerBait fished 15- to 20-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 20- to 25-inches under a bobber. (04-19-19)

Diamond Fork River

Slow

Spring runoff has made the river extremely turbid. Angler success is low and finding fish is challenging due to low visibility. Try using flies or lures with metallic/bright coloration or produce noise/vibration to increase your chances. Fishing further up-stream, closer to Fifth Water, may have more success. (04-19-19)

Grantsville Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good to fair. The reservoir was recently stocked with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using garlic, cheese, or corn scented PowerBait fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, or 1/4-ounce Acme Little Cleo spoons. We recommend fishing near the inlet. (04-19-19)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

The pond was stocked this week with 10- to 11-inch rainbow trout. Try using corn or garlic Powerbait fished 12- to to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed or slip rig sinker, or using a bit of nightcrawler and a kernel of corn fished 18- to 24-inches under a bobber. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit the stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is nearly ice-free, boat ramps are open, the wedge dock is installed at the main boat ramp, and the fishing is good. Anglers have been catching nice 16- to 22-inch brown trout. Minnow mimic stick baits work well. Try using live rainbow trout, yellow perch, hot steel or purpledescent colored Rapala Original Floating Minnows, Mepps Aglia spinnerbaits, or Acme Kastmasters. Also, try using yellow or chartreuse PowerBait fished 18 to 24-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. (04-19-19)

Kidney Pond

Good

Both Kidney and Riverfront (just south of Kidney) ponds were stocked this week with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, 1/8- ounce sunfish or hot firetiger/orange tail rooster Mepps Aglia Dressed spinners, or 1/4-once yellow spot or flash chartreuse Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners. Also, try using cheese or garlic Powerbait fished 12- to 18-inches off the bottom using using a basic fixed sinker rig, or a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 18- to 24-inches under a bobber. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit our the stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Midas Pond

Slow

Midas has developed a significant leak in the pond liner and has not been receiving stocking. The pond will need to be completely drained and repaired. The pond will be refilled and the DWR will restock the pond with fish once everything is fixed. Anglers are still able to fish the other two ponds: Kidney and Riverfront. (04-19-19)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Fair

No recent fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Good

The pond was stocked this week with 9- to 11-inch rainbow trout. Try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or Y5D/silver Lil Jake Lures, 1/4-ounce gold or holographic tiger Panther Martin WillowStrike spinners, or 1/4-once hammered gold or chrome Acme Kastmasters. Also, try using yellow or garlic Powerbait fished 12- to 18-inches off the bottom using using a basic fixed sinker rig, or using a bit of nightcrawler fished 20 to 30 inches under a bobber. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit the fish stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the season. It should reopen by Memorial Day. (04-19-19)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Angler success is high and catch rates are good. Dry fly fishing is consistent with most midge and mayfly hatches occurring midday. . If you're fly-fishing, try using dry fly midges (size #16-#18), BWO (size #16-#18), Parachute Adams (size #18-#22) or midge clusters (size #16-#18) trailing midge emergers (size #22-#24) or small dry flies (size #20-#24). When a hatch is not occurring, nymphing is your best option. Try using caddis larva (size #16-#18), sow bugs (size #16-#18), or pheasant tails (size #18-#20). If you're spin-casting, try using 1/4-once bumble bee, crawdad or salmon fly Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners, 1/4-ounce gold shiner, silver shiner, bleeding silver or red/silver flake Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinners, or 1/4-ounce gold or brook trout Panther Marin Original spinners. (04-19-19)

Provo River, Middle

Good

Angler success varies with the weather, but good overall. Catch rates remain high. Dry fly fishing is consistent with good midge and increased BWO hatches occurring regularly midday into the afternoon. If you're fly-fishing, try using dry fly midges (size #16-#18), BWO (size #16-#18), or midge clusters (size #16-#18) trailering midge emergers (size #22-#24) or small dry flies (size #20-#24). When a hatch is not occurring, try nymphing using caddis larva (size #16-#18), sow bugs (size #16-#18), or pheasant tails (size #18-#20). If you're spin-casting, try using 1/4-once bumble bee, crawdad or salmon fly Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners, 1/4-ounce gold shiner, silver shiner, bleeding silver or red/silver flake Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinners, or 1/4-ounce gold or brook trout Panther Marin Original spinners. We are conducting creel surveys on the Middle Provo this year. Angler information and participation in these surveys gives our biologists essential data that we will use to better manage and improve Utah's fisheries. (04-19-19)

Salem Pond

Good

The pond was recently stocked with 18- to 19-inch rainbow trout. Angler are catching rainbow trout, largemouth bass and channel catfish. For trout, try using garlic or corn scented Powerbait fished 12- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or a bit of nightcrawler and a kernel of corn fished 20- to 30-inches below a bobber. For bass, try using skirted jigs, Lindy Fuzz-E grub, 1/16 to 1/8 ounce jig heads with a white or chartreuse curly tail grub, Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners. For catfish, try using nightcrawler or shrimp with a #6 or #4 size circle hook fished off the bottom using a slip sinker rig. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit our DWR fish stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was recently stocked with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using garlic, cheese or corn scented Powerbait fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, 1/4-ounce Acme Little Cleo spoons, or 1/4-once hammered gold or chrome Acme Kastmasters. (04-19-19)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed for the season. It should reopen by Memorial Day. (04-19-19)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

No recent reports. (04-19-19)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is open and was stocked this week with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using garlic, cheese, or corn scented Powerbait or two Berkley Floating Magnum Eggs fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, or 1/4-ounce Acme Little Cleo spoons. (04-19-19)

Spring Lake

Slow

Anglers report the fishing being a little slow. Try using garlic or cheese scented Powerbait or two Berkley Floating Magnum Eggs fished 12- to 15-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 20- to 24-inches under a bobber. Also, try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, 1/8-ounce sunfish or hot firetiger/orange tail rooster Mepps Aglia Dressed spinners, or 1/4-once yellow spot or flash chartreuse Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners (04-19-19)

Strawberry Reservoir

Unstable ice

The ice is starting to grey and degrade. Strawberry has received a lot of rain this past week resulting in several layers of soft ice having water in between. This late season ice is very unsafe. We do not recommend anglers fish the ice. Anglers are fishing open water at the Ladders and various bays, and report catching 16- to 19-inch cutthroat trout and 15- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, nickel/blue or nickle/chartreuse kastmaster lures, or silver or copper Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinners. Also, try using garlic, chartreuse or corn scented PowerBait fished 18- to 24-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or nightcrawler with a kernel of corn, dead red-side shiner, or a white paddle tail jig tipped with nightcrawler fished 20- to 30-inches under a bobber. (04-19-19)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There have been no reports of angler pressure or fish catch rates fishing. The upper portion (the Nebo Creek area) and lower portion (near Bennie Creek) have felt the effects of debris flows due to fire in 2018. Fish numbers are down, but still present in the system. Spring runoff has made the river very turbid. Angler success is low and finding fish is challenging due to low visibility. Try using flies or lures with metallic/bright coloration or produce noise/vibration to increase your chances. (04-19-19)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Slow

No recent fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Utah Lake

Good

Anglers have been catching more channel catfish and black bullhead, some largemouth bass, carp, and the occasional northern pike and walleye. The white bass bite is slow, but should really pick up by the end of April.

If you're targeting catfish, try using nightcrawler, dead red-side shiner, shrimp, chub meat, or carp meat fished off the bottom using a circle or octopus hook (size #6-#3), or fished under a bobber 10 to 12 inches off the bottom. If you're targeting largemouth bass, try using dark pattern Yamamoto 4-inch Senko stick baits, Z Man ZinkerZ soft stick baits, or Strike King OCHO 5-inch stick baits with a drop shot or Carolina rig. If you're targeting northern pike, try using 1/6- to 3/4-ounce spinner baits with a single blade and big skirt such as Blue Fox Foxtail Super Vibrax, Panther Martin Muskie Marabuck, Mepps Dressed Agila or Mepps Dressed Black Fury lures. If you're targeting walleye, try fishing near the tributaries using duel jig rigs with lemon meringue, fire tiger, orange crush, sour grape or chartreuse grubs with a 1/16 to 1/32-ounce jig head. We recommend tipping jigs with nightcrawler. Use a very slow retrieve to keep jigs in contact with the bottom. Remember: Utah Lake tributaries are closed to the possession of walleye until May 4. DWR has received report of anglers illegally harvesting walleye from the tributaries. If you see anglers illegally harvesting walleye from these tributaries, please report it to law enforcement. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook for information about other special regulations. (04-19-19)

Vernon Reservoir

Good

The reservoir was stocked this week with 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout. Try using corn or garlic Powerbait, or a bit of nightcrawler tipped with a two Berkley Floating Magnum Egg fish 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, 1/4-ounce nickel or gold Acme Kastmaster Plain Spoons, or 1/6-ounce brass/red head Luhr-Jensen Super Duper Spoons. (04-19-19)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

No recent fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Willow Pond

Good

The pond was stocked this week with 11- to 12-inch rainbow trout, and was also recently stocked with 18- to 19-inch brood rainbow trout. Try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or Y5D/silver Lil Jake Lures, 1/4-ounce gold or holographic tiger Panther Martin WillowStrike spinners, or 1/4-once hammered gold or chrome Acme Kastmasters. Also, try using yellow or garlic Powerbait fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 24- to 30-inches under a bobber. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit our DWR fish stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Fishing is fair. The water levels are continuing to rise and hazard buoys in the water for boaters. Please remember that hazards still exist so exhibit caution when launching. Anglers report catching 18- to 22-inch walleye, 11- to 14-inch rainbow trout, and 14- to 16-inch carp. No recent report of anglers catching northern pike. The majority of northern pike have spawned or are nearing the end of the spawn, and are feeding in the shallows. For northern pike, we recommend fishing in shallow areas of the reservoir with vegetation or structure. Try using 1/2 to 3/4-ounce spinner baits with a single blade and big skirt such as Blue Fox Foxtail Super Vibrax, Panther Martin Muskie Marabuck, Mepps Dressed Agila or Mepps Dressed Black Fury lures. If bait fishing for pike, walleye or channel catfish, try using a dead red side shiner, smelt, Utah chub or carp meat fished off the bottom using a slip rig sinker, or suspended 25- to 30-inches below a bobber in shallower water. For walleye, try using Rapala Shad Rap lures, Rapala Husky Jerk lures, or Walleye Nation Shaky Shad. For rainbow trout, try using 1/4 or 1/6-ounce gold Jakes Spin-A-Lures, 1/4-ounce silver Zona Z Ray Lure or 1/4-ounce hammered gold or chrome Acme Kastmasters. Also, try using yellow or garlic Powerbait fished 15- to 20-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig sinker, or using a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 24- to 36-inches under a bobber. (04-19-19)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is currently 98% full. Ice off is a great time to fish the reservoir. The water temperature is very cold still, making catch rates slower. The reservoir has been stocked recently with rainbow trout. (04-19-19)

Brough Reservoir

Fair

Ice off is a great time to fish this reservoir, though it is very full from the winter's runoff. This has made launching boats longer than 18 feet very difficult. You may also encounter very muddy roads leading to the reservoir. Anglers have been successful catching rainbow trout. (04-19-19)

Browne Lake

Unstable ice

There have been no recent angling reports. (04-19-19)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

There have been no recent angling reports. Also, let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie. REMINDER: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. Submit any photos to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (04-19-19)

Calder Reservoir

Unstable ice

The roads are limited to snowmobile access only. We anticipate the snow to melt enough to get to the reservoir within the next two weeks. The reservoir is capped with ice, but there may still be open water near the windmills in the middle. With the extreme winter conditions these season, we have started to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir. We anticipate a fish kill, though we do not know the extent of the kill at this time. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. 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. (04-19-19)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Slow

There have been no recent angling reports. Reminder: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. (04-19-19)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report being able to access the reservoir at the dam with 4 wheel drive vehicles. Anglers recommend using white and green tube jigs, tipped with bait, in 15-20 feet of water. Fish will be very lethargic this time of year. If you fish it, please email me pictures and results at tonyakieffer@utah.gov. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. (04-19-19)

East Park Reservoir

Unstable ice

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are closed and still locked for the winter season. We haven't received any recent angling reports. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. (04-19-19)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

The ice has deteriorated and currently the reservoir is open from the Dam up to Hideout Canyon, in Sheep Creek Bay, and also from Lucerne up to Brinegar's Ferry Crossing. The cut thru in Sheep Creek is still iced in, but could open any day. In Utah, all of the launch ramps are open and accessible. Be aware of large floating ice sheets further north.

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Lake trout: Very few reports. Lake trout can be caught shallow this time of year, while casting jigs along the shoreline or trolling lures close to the surface. Also try looking for fish in 50-70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and if located, vertically jig a 1/4-3/8 ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Small lake trout less than 25-inches have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of lake trout less than 25-inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing been exceptional this spring. Watch for large schools of suspended fish along the main channel of the reservoir and in the backs of canyons. Jig small spoons like 1/4 ounce Northland Buckshots, Kastmasters, Thomas Cyclones in chartreuse, pink, silver, or gold and tip with Gulp maggots, corn or meal worm. Even try adding a dodger a couple feet above your spoon. You can also troll dodgers/squids through the schools. Typically kokanee salmon will be close to the surface in the spring where plankton is most abundant. If you're not graphing fish, trolling the surface at 10-15 feet using planer boards or long set-backs (150ft or more) can also be productive.

Rainbow trout: Slower than usual. Try casting jigs like 1/4 ounce marabous in earth tones, along the shoreline. Many of the fish caught last weekend were very close to the shore. Also check the backs of canyons especially where streams are present.

Smallmouth bass: Few reports but will become more active as surface temperatures increase, especially late in the day. Try reaction lures like jerk baits and swim baits.

Burbot: Few reports but usually good fishing. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20-40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs, and Northland Buckshot or Flutter spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (04-19-19)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

Average flow is 950 cfs (stable) and temperature is 39F. Please go to https://www.usbr.gov/rsvrWater/rsv40Day.html?siteid=917&reservoirtype=Reservoir for current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Nymphing has been productive using small midge and baetis patterns (18-22), scuds and San Juan worms. Midges will hatch most of the day, and blue winged olive hatches will occur early in the afternoon. Try using size 16-22 midge and BWO dries. Streamers in olive or black have been effective early or late in the day, and on cloudy days. Spin fishing has been good to excellent. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white/chartreuse, and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits and spoons also work well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (04-19-19)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

There have been no recent angler reports. Water levels are increasing and the reservoir should be full by the end of May. Anglers can expect to catch only bluegill and largemouth bass. (04-19-19)

Long Park Reservoir

Unstable ice

The gates are still closed for the winter season. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. (04-19-19)

Matt Warner

Unstable ice

Access to the reservoir is still limited to snowmobile only. With the extreme winter conditions these season, we have started to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir. We anticipate a fish kill, though we do not know the extent of the kill. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice. (04-19-19)

Moose Pond

Unstable ice

There have been no recent angling reports. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. (04-19-19)

Pelican Lake

Slow

Reminder: A rotenone treatment occurred on October 10 and 11, 2018, and there has been few fish re-stocked. Bluegill were stocked in the reservoir after the treatments, but biologists do not recommend fishing for them, as the numbers of fish are minimal compared to the lake size. They are asking anglers to practice catch and release, in order to allow the population to get a jumpstart. They also want to extend a warm thanks for your cooperation. (04-19-19)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report fair fishing for small crappie and wipers near the dam. Once water temperatures reach above 55 degrees, the fishing catch rates will increase. The reservoir is currently 46% full. (04-19-19)

Sheep Creek Lake

Unstable ice

The gates are still closed for the winter season, but should be open before Memorial Day weekend. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. Reminder the trout limit is 2, and only 1 may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. (04-19-19)

Spirit Lake

Unstable ice

The lake is only accessible by snowmobile. There have been no recent angling reports. (04-19-19)

Starvation Reservoir

Good

Shoreline anglers have been very successful fishing for rainbow trout. They are coming up to spawn on the sandy gravel near the shore, so expect good success rates. The reservoir water level is increasing at 84 percent. Anglers are being encouraged to harvest small walleye to help balance the fishery out and produce healthier walleye populations. Also, if you catch crappie, please consider voluntarily releasing them so the population can become established. (04-19-19)

Steinaker Reservoir

Closed

Rangers have reported the reservoir has undergone a complete fish kill, with little to no survival. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice. Work on the dam will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2019 — we hope to be begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (04-19-19)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Good

Anglers at Lloyd's Lake have had a lot of success catching rainbows. Try using rainbow PowerBait or white tube jigs tipped with mealworms. Most of their success has been near the dam in 10 to 15 feet of water. The ice is between 5 and six inches thick. (03-08-19)

Academy Mill Reservoir

Closed

Academy Mill Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are inaccessible to highway vehicles because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Benches Pond

Closed

Benches Pond is currently inaccessible because of deep snow along Skyline Drive. (03-08-19)

Blue Lake

Closed

Blue Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Boulger Reservoir

Closed

Boulger Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Closed

The Carbon County Community Fishing Pond is closed for the winter. (03-08-19)

Cleveland Reservoir

Closed

Cleveland Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Closed

Duck Fork Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are likely inaccessible to highway vehicles because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Electric Lake

Closed

Electric Lake is currently inaccessible without a snow machine or snowshoes. (03-08-19)

Emerald Lake

Closed

Emerald Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Fairview Lakes

Closed

Snow on the Manti-La Sal National Forest has made the road to Fairview Lakes inaccessible for highway vehicles. (03-08-19)

Ferron Reservoir

Closed

Ferron Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Gigliotti Pond

Fair

Gigliotti Pond had about 16 inches of snow on Mar. 7. Try using white or green tube jigs or paddle bugs tipped with worms for catching rainbow trout here. (03-08-19)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Closed

Gooseberry Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are likely inaccessible to highway vehicles because of deep snow. Gooseberry, however, may be accessible with a snow machine. (03-08-19)

Grassy Lake

Closed

Grassy Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Huntington Creek

Fair

Portions of Huntington Creek are still accessible, but there is a lot of snow in Huntington Canyon. Finding safe parking along Highway 31 may be difficult. (03-08-19)

Huntington North Reservoir

Good

Huntington North Reservoir had about 16 inches of ice on Mar. 7, though the ice is getting soft and slushy along the shoreline, so use caution. The rainbow trout are biting on green, sparkly tube jigs. Try tipping these with worms or chub meat. (03-08-19)

Huntington Reservoir

Closed

Huntington Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Fair

The fishing hasn't been fast at Joes Valley, but anglers are catching splake and cutthroat trout averaging 18 inches or larger. Try using white jig heads or tube jigs tipped with mealworms or chub meat. Joes Valley Reservoir is still easily accessible and had about 20 inches of ice near the boat ramp on Mar. 7. Utah Highway 29 will be impacted by rockslides throughout the spring runoff, so drive with caution. (03-08-19)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Closed

The Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond is closed for the winter. (03-08-19)

La Sal Mountains

Closed

Access to waterbodies on the La Sal mountains may be limited because of recent snowfall. (03-08-19)

Lower Fish Creek

Fair

Lower Fish Creek below Scofield Reservoir is not frozen over, but you'll need snowshoes or a snow machine to get to it. (03-08-19)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Closed

Miller Flat Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are likely inaccessible to highway vehicles because of recent snowfall. Miller Flat Reservoir may be accessible with a snow machine. The gate to the Miller Flat road will close during the spring months as the snow thaws. (03-08-19)

Millsite Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Try using a white or green tube jig tipped with chub meat, mealworm or nightcrawler for catching tiger and cutthroat trout at Millsite Reservoir. (03-08-19)

Petes Hole

Closed

Petes Hole and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Potters Ponds

Closed

Potters Ponds and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Price River

Closed

Much of the Price River through Price Canyon has frozen over. (03-08-19)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Accessing Scofield Reservoir will be difficult without snowshoes or a snow machine. Some anglers have also reported lots of slush on the reservoir, so driving a snow machine on the ice is not recommended. Fishing, however, has been good. Anglers are catching lots of cutthroat and rainbow trout. Try using white or green tube jigs or paddle bugs tipped with chub meat. (03-08-19)

Soup Bowl

Closed

Soup Bowl and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Willow Lake

Closed

Willow Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Closed

Wrigley Springs Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Slow

Catchable sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The reservoir is full but murky due to recent storms and runoff. Fishing is slow to fair. (04-19-19)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

The Willow Bottom reservoirs will open to fishing on April 20. Access is still limited by snow. (04-19-19)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Snow limits access. Ice is starting melt around the edges at Little Res. (04-19-19)

Beaver River, Lower

Slow

Step lightly to avoid spooking fish during low flow. (04-19-19)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Ice has been melting off. Now is a great time to get out and fish before runoff ramps up. Brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Flies and small spinners can be very effective. (04-19-19)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Access is limited by snow to snowmobiles and ATVs with tracks. (04-19-19)

Clear Creek

Slow

Flows have been high lately due to rain and runoff. Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. (04-19-19)

Corn Creek

Slow

No recent reports. (04-19-19)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Ice has mostly retreated at Duck Creek Pond, but there is a lot of snow in the area so parking and walking around the lake can be difficult. Fair fishing reported. (04-19-19)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

Flow is running just under 30 cfs and has cleared up. Now is a good time to get fish this reach before irrigation releases start. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577-2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (04-19-19)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Slow

Flow is high and very murky due to runoff and rain. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577-2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (04-19-19)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Slow

Access is limited by snow. 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 establish over the next 3-4 years. (04-19-19)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Slow

Both reservoirs are full for the first time in several years. Water is very murky, which can make for tough fishing. Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. A recent netting survey at the upper reservoir found that trout numbers are down a little due to poor water conditions last year. However, the fish stocked this year should grow fast and do well thanks to the full reservoir. (04-19-19)

Fish Lake

Fair

Ice fishing pressure has decreased with open water at lower elevations drawing more interest. The ice still measures around two feet thick with edges getting a little soft on warm days. Fishing for trout and perch in the shallows should remain good as long as you can access the ice. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435) 638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

The ice is off. Low water conditions last year reduced trout numbers, but those that remain have experienced exceptional growth. Fishing is slow, but the fish are quality sized. (04-19-19)

Fremont River

Slow

The road from Mill Meadow Reservoir to Johnson Reservoir is not plowed, but some access is possible with four wheel drive. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports slow to fair fishing using midge patterns. (04-19-19)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

The boat ramp is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. The reservoir is full and drawing a lot of visitors to the spillway falls. Water temperature is still in the low 50s, so bass are still a little sluggish. Look for the bass to start moving up to the shallows to find warmer water during the afternoon on sunny days. The fish re-stocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Look for fishing success, especially for bass, to improve this year. (04-19-19)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

Fair to good success reported for white bass, yellow perch, catfish, and walleye at the Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoir outlets. (04-19-19)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

Catchable-size rainbow trout and brood brook trout have been stocked at Lake at the Hills in Cedar City. Parowan Pond has also received rainbow trout. (04-19-19)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

Access is still not possible due to snow. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was mostly drained and treated with rotenone in fall 2018 to remove illegally stocked yellow perch, green sunfish, and bluegill. Trout will be re-stocked as early as possible in spring 2019. Access is not yet possible. (04-19-19)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

Koosharem reservoir was completely drained in 2018 for irrigation use and dam repairs, but is now mostly full and ice-free. We have started stocking the reservoir, including some catchable-size rainbow trout. These fish should grow fast this year in an empty reservoir free of chubs. (04-19-19)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

The ice is off and the remaining snow drifts have been cleared from the road. Fishing should be fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Mammoth Creek

Slow

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. Expect high flow due to rain and runoff on lower Mammoth Creek, lower Asay Creek, and the upper Sevier River near Hatch. (04-19-19)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The ice off and catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair to good for rainbow and brown trout. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

The water level is slowly rising. Our annual netting survey found good numbers of rainbow trout and very healthy wipers. Fishing for trout is fair from shore, slower the farther out you fish. Midge (chironomid) patterns are still providing the best success. Fishing pressure is often high, even during the week. (04-19-19)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

Access is not maintained during winter. (04-19-19)

Navajo Lake

Slow

Access is limited to snowmobiles. Very little fishing pressure due to several feet of snow and thick ice. (04-19-19)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

Runoff has filled the reservoir, but the water is very murky. Slow fishing reported. (04-19-19)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is rising steadily and is up to 66% of capacity. The high level of runoff has made the water fairly murky, especially on the south end. Our annual netting survey found a lot of healthy rainbow trout from two to four pounds, with the largest coming in at six pounds. We also found a handful of healthy wipers up to eight pounds. Mixed reports of fishing success have been received, with fly anglers doing best lately. Rainbows are cruising very close to shore right now, so you don't need to cast very far. Fishing also tends to be better in the morning. April typically provides the best fishing of the year, so look for success to pick up as the water warms over the next few weeks. (04-19-19)

Panguitch Lake

Slow

The ice fishing season is officially over at Panguitch Lake. Runoff has begun and the water level is starting to rise. This has created a ring of open water 10 to 15 feet wide around much of the lake. This ring can freeze on cold mornings, but thaws again by afternoon. Believe it or not, but you can find fish in this narrow stretch of open water as long as the depth is at least a few feet. The main ice sheet is still fairly thick, so it could take a few weeks for the ice to come off. This is good news, however, as ice-off fishing should steadily improve through the rest of April and should continue through most of May. (04-19-19)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

No recent reports on access, however the snow pack is much higher than in recent years. Starting Jan 1, the trout limit has been reduced to four – same as the statewide limit. The tiger trout stocked after the fire have survived very well, however, so feel free to take a limit to help cut down on competition and improve growth. (04-19-19)

Pine Lake

Slow

The last mile or so of road is still blocked by snow. (04-19-19)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was mostly drained in 2018 for irrigation needs. Sport fish numbers are very low. (04-19-19)

Quail Lake

Fair

Good Catchable-sized rainbow trout are providing fair to good fishing from shore and boats. Water temperature is warming into the mid 50s on sunny days. Look for bass to start moving up to the shallows on warm afternoons. Otherwise, cold water techniques are still your best bet. (04-19-19)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Welcome to spring transition time at Sand Hollow. The water temperature is getting into the upper 50s on sunny days, meaning that bass are starting to wake up but are not yet as active as they will be once it passes 60 degrees in the next couple of weeks. Right now, you can find some bass moving up to the shallows on sunny afternoons looking for warm water, but most are still going to be in the transition zone of 20-30 feet. Stormy days can shut the whole process down, however, and keep fish deep until it's calm and warm for a couple days in a row. Target the nice weather days and start out with cold water techniques (i.e. slow presentation). Adjust your approach according to water temperature. (04-19-19)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Releases from Piute Reservoir have been shut off, so flow is back down to the low winter level. Now is a good time to get out before irrigation releases start. (04-19-19)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

Snow limits access. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Tropic Reservoir

Slow

Access is limited by snow. Ice should be deteriorating. Rainbow trout often don't overwinter well, but there are a few nice brown trout that can be caught. (04-19-19)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Trout are stocked periodically through the cold months and provide fair to good fishing. Brood size rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds and are providing some exciting action. (04-19-19)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is nearly full and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is good for trout. (04-19-19)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Slow

Access is still limited by snow. (04-19-19)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,568 feet

Water temperatures: 57–60°F

Lake Powell finally stopped going down and has bottomed out at the elevation of 3,568 MSL. It will be gratifying to see the lake begin to rise as the heavy winter snow melts and begins to fill the reservoirs downstream. It may take as long as 2 months for the water level to inundate the Castle Rock Cut and Antelope Point launch ramp. Hopefully, the rising water will cover brushy habitat so that spawning will be successful for all fish that use brush to avoid predation when small in size.

Recently, the surface water temperature is 57F, which is the kick-off temperature for bass and crappie fishing success. Water in the high 50s in the morning will warm into the 60s later in the day which means afternoon fishing is better for bass. That spike in temperature triggers spawning activity. Bass and crappie will now build spawning beds/nests in about 3 feet of water. These nests are easy to see in clear water and sets up a sign post that anglers can use to target bass and crappie.

Smallmouth bass may be the best target species right now. They are still in pre-spawn mode but are very active and inquisitive when a plastic grub hits bottom close enough that a bass can see or feel its presence. Smallmouth bass are very curious and will respond to a wide variety of baits. Just move along the shoreline until a bass bites and then target that area to catch more bass.

Largemouth bass are found in narrow side canyons with lots of rock structure. Find the warmest water with a wide assortment of rocks to target largemouth.

Striped bass fishing is getting much better as stripers are moving toward the main channel. Each spring the migration occurs as water temperature warms and shad abundance is at the lowest point of the year. Shad do not spawn until May, so stripers impatiently wait for them in the channel where anglers can provide some forage. Bait fishing (anchovies, or striper meat) is taking off and more than one fishing boat has returned to the marina with a load of over 100 stripers for one day of fishing.

Fishing at the dam is spotty but schools move through periodically and provide great excitement when the school moves under your boat. Shore fishermen at the Chains have the same experience of waiting for a school only to be rewarded by a quick catch of 30 or more stripers when the school moves through. Other dependable hot spots include: Buoy 3 (south wall on the corner just before the mouth of Antelope Canyon); The intake structure just east of the Antelope Canyon Buoy field; Buoy 9 on the corner before arriving at the mouth of Navajo; In Navajo Canyon first two points just past the double islands.

Further uplake, stripers behave differently by occupying deep narrow canyons with very clear water. It is possible to look down and visibly see large schools. They can be caught on bait but also by trolling, casting and jigging. Further north, stripers have been reported at the mouth of Lake Canyon and Moki Canyon mouth as well.

Trolling in the backs of major canyons with medium to deep divers is a good way to target the healthiest stripers that are still searching for shad in the backs of canyons.

(04-19-19)

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