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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Bear Lake
2016-12-02
Good
The Bonneville whitefish spawning run has finally started. Anglers are just beginning to catch them in good numbers, and the fishing should continue to improve during the next week. The spawning run should last for about two weeks or so. Water levels are lower this year, so you may need to try different spots to find the fish. One of the best places is off Cisco Beach, where there is plenty of rocky shoreline habitat that these fish prefer. Use 1/8- or 1/16-ounce jigs tipped with a small piece of worm and fished along the bottom. Try fishing close to the shore in water that's 5 to 15 feet deep. The nice part is that you can catch these fish from the shore as well as boats. Anglers are also picking up some whitefish while fishing off the Utah State Park marina. Fishing for lake trout and cutthroat trout has been very good for anglers who are jigging with tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Try fishing off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, the rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina, and off South Eden/Cisco Beach in depths of 30 to 65 feet. Anglers are also doing fairly well while trolling with downriggers in these same locations using both Rapalas and flatfish. Anglers casting off Cisco Beach and the state park marina can catch lakers and cutthroat trout using spoons or large spinners at this time of year. Please remember, if you catch a cutthroat trout that doesn't have a healed fin clip, you must release it. Launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. The water level at Rainbow Cove is dropping, so if you are launching a larger boat, be careful about not backing in your trailer so far that it will go off the end of the concrete ramp. There is a large dropoff at the end of the ramp that could ruin a trailer axle.
Blacksmith Fork River
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good. Egg patterns are likely the best bet as brown trout are spawning. You may also want to try other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will likely slow down because of the colder weather. Watch a short video about Recognizing and Protecting Brown Trout Spawning Areas.
Bountiful Lake
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is improving and more anglers are catching trout. Try fishing with PowerBait on the bottom, worms under a bobber or spinners. There are still some brood stock fish in the pond and some anglers are catching them on spinners. You can usually see the brood stock swimming near the inlet channel.
Causey Reservoir
2016-11-25
Fair
Fishing is fair. Very few anglers are visiting the reservoir, if any. The water is very low. Use caution when you walk down to the water.
Echo Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good, but very few anglers are visiting the reservoir. Anglers have reported catching fish from the dam and trout in the evening. Try using nickel-planted or orange spoons with black spots, or other spinners and lures.
Farmington Pond
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good using nymphs and flies near the inlet or worms and nightcrawlers around the pond. If you're fishing with bait, fish on the bottom or under a bobber. The water level is good.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
Few anglers are fishing the reservoir, but those that do report good fishing for catching trout. Try fishing with a worm under a bobber or on the bottom, with PowerBait on the bottom or with a lure. Anglers fishing from non-motorized watercraft also report good fishing. Please pack out your garbage and pick up any trash you see. The pond is private property, so make sure you obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number before fishing.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good for trout. Floating PowerBait off the bottom seems to work the best, but you may also want to try using a worm and marshmallow combination. Anglers are catching some nice-sized fish, but mostly smaller ones. Fewer people are fishing at Hyrum because of the cold weather.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is very good. Anglers are catching trout on a wide variety of baits, lures and flies. Fishing seems to be best near the bridge, near the inlets and on the south side. Patience is key: cast your line and wait and the fish will soon bite.
Kaysville Ponds
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good for trout, and some bluegill and catfish, using PowerBait and worms. You may also want to try using flies and spinners.
Logan River
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good. Egg patterns are the best bet because the brown trout are spawning. You should be able to catch fish with other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will slow down as the weather get colder. Watch a short video about Recognizing and Protecting Brown Trout Spawning Areas.
Ogden River
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good. Egg patterns are the best bet because the brown trout are spawning. You should be able to catch fish with other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will slow down as the weather get colder. Watch a short video about Recognizing and Protecting Brown Trout Spawning Areas.
Pineview Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good. Boat anglers report good fishing for crappie and perch using smaller jigs and baits. The crappie and perch are hanging out in groups. It can take some time to find them, but once you do fishing is hot. Few anglers are fishing because of the cold.
Rockport Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is very good and most anglers are catching their limit. There are fewer boat anglers because of the cold weather, but they are still catching fish. Shore anglers report good success fishing just off the bottom with garlic-and-corn PowerBait.
Uinta Mountains
2016-11-25
Unstable ice
Ice fishing is just around the corner. Some of the rivers and lakes are already freezing. Whitney is half covered in ice, but you can still fish from the shore. Lilly and Beaver lakes are both frozen, and some of the rivers are starting to freeze too. Use caution with any of the ice because it may be thin or unstable.
Weber River
2016-11-25
Good
The water levels are low in many places throughout the river. Fish seem to be congregating in the deeper pockets of water. Egg patterns are the best bet because the brown trout are spawning. You should be able to catch fish with other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will slow down as the weather get colder. Watch a short video about Recognizing and Protecting Brown Trout Spawning Areas.

Law enforcement officers are still encountering anglers who think they are okay to fish in the river on posted private property, but who are actually trespassing. You must have written permission to fish waters that flow through posted private property. If you're fishing in a Walk-in Access area, make sure you obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
The water temperature has dropped to 46°F. It's cold, but still too warm for ice. Watercraft anglers report good fishing for wipers, perch and catfish. Fishing isn't fast, but it is consistent. Try fishing in deeper water using smaller baits and lures. Anglers are catching fish from dike by fishing with mussels placed a few feet under a bobber or off the bottom.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Chante' Lundskog

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

We have no current reports.

 

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Alex Hansen

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.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Morgan Jacobsen

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

Waterbody Report
Cleveland Reservoir
2016-12-05
Unstable ice
Ice conditions are unstable and unsafe.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2016-12-05
Closed
Duck Fork Reservoir is currently inaccessible.
Electric Lake
2016-12-05
Unstable ice
Ice conditions are unstable and unsafe.
Fairview Lakes
2016-12-05
Closed
Fairview Lakes is currently inaccessible.
Ferron Creek
2016-12-05
Closed
Ferron Creek is currently inaccessible.
Ferron Reservoir
2016-12-05
Closed
Ferron Reservoir is currently inaccessible.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2016-12-05
Closed
Grassy Lake is currently inaccessible.
Huntington Reservoir
2016-12-05
Unstable ice
Ice conditions are unstable and unsafe.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2016-12-05
Unstable ice
Ice conditions are unstable and unsafe.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2016-12-02
Good
Fishing is fair to good. Rainbow and cutthroat trout are biting in the upper portion of the reservoir. Try using size 8 bead head brown woolly buggers, beadhead olive leeches or beadhead (orange) plum leeches.
Potters Ponds
2016-12-05
Unstable ice
Ice conditions are unstable and unsafe.
Scofield Reservoir
2016-12-05
Unstable ice
Ice conditions are unstable and unsafe.
Willow Lake
2016-12-05
Closed
Willow Lake is currently inaccessible.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2016-12-05
Closed
Wrigley Springs Reservoir is currently inaccessible.

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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
2016-11-23
Fair
The water level has come up and rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is best at Baker during the fall, winter and spring when the water is cooler. In addition to rainbow trout, you can find some large brown trout here.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2016-11-23
Good
Some of the Boulder Mountain lakes closed to fishing on November 1. Make sure you read the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go to see which lakes are closed. Note: The lakes are listed under individual names, and not Boulder Mountain Lakes.

Expect snow and difficult access after recent storms. Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year on Boulder Mountain. The cooling weather triggers fish to feed actively to add extra weight before winter. Fall-spawning species — like brook, tiger and splake trout — also go through pre- and post-spawn aggression that can lead to great fishing success. Continue using your preferred techniques, but look for actively cruising fish near shore. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's or Kastmasters. Bait anglers should focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers. Cut bait and frozen minnows are especially effective for predatory tigers and splake — unless they are in spawning mode. Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials and bead head nymphs along with your favorite dry patterns. Most of the Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. Egg patterns are worth a try for the actively spawning fish that won't touch anything else.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2016-11-23
Good
Fair to good fishing is reported at Kent's, LaBaron and Puffer lakes.
Beaver River, Lower
2016-11-23
Fair
Irrigation releases have ended so the water level is low. Step lightly and approach pools carefully to avoid spooking fish. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Beaver River, Upper
2016-11-23
Fair
Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries, like Merchant Creek.
Boulder Mountain
2016-11-23
Good
Some of the Boulder Mountain lakes closed to fishing on November 1. Make sure you read the Utah Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go to see which lakes are closed. Note: The lakes are listed under individual names, and not Boulder Mountain Lakes.

Expect snow and the possibility of difficult access after recent storms. Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year on Boulder Mountain. The cooling weather triggers fish to feed actively to add extra weight before winter. Fall-spawning species — like brook, tiger and splake trout — also go through pre- and post-spawn aggression that can lead to great fishing success. Continue using your preferred techniques, but look for actively cruising fish near shore. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's or Kastmasters. Bait anglers should focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers. Cut bait and frozen minnows are especially effective for predatory tigers and splake — unless they are in spawning mode. Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials and bead head nymphs along with your favorite dry patterns. Most of the Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. Egg patterns are worth a try for the actively spawning fish that won't touch anything else.
Clear Creek
2016-11-23
Good
The restoration of Bonneville cutthroat trout is complete in the drainage, and anglers are now reaping the benefits. You can find catchable-sized fish throughout the entire stream. Some of the tributaries — including Mill, Fish and Shingle creeks — will also provide good fishing opportunities. Anglers report good to excellent fishing.
Corn Creek
2016-11-23
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked near the campgrounds in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Tiger trout have also been stocked in Chalk and Oak creeks. You can find lots of wild brown trout in Corn Creek, wild rainbows in Chalk Creek, and Bonneville cutthroat trout in Oak Creek. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2016-11-23
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in both lakes. Duck Creek Pond also received some catchable-sized tiger trout this year.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2016-11-23
Fair
The stream flow is down to about 17 cubic feet per second. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2016-11-23
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2016-11-23
Fair
The upper East Fork Sevier River and many of its tributaries hold good populations of brown, rainbow and brook trout. Look for mostly small fish, though anglers can catch an occasional big brown just above Tropic Reservoir. These streams are perfect for honing your fly fishing skills. Hopper-dropper combos and other terrestrials can be particularly effective. Spin fishers can do well with small, flashy spinners.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2016-11-23
Good
The upper reservoir is very low. Anglers report good fishing for fat rainbows using chartreuse PowerBait.
Fish Lake
2016-11-23
Fair
The marinas have started to ice over on cold nights, so launching a boat is becoming more difficult. Ice on the main body of the lake is a month away. Many rainbow trout, as well as some large brown trout, have been caught from shore near the mouth of Twin Creeks recently. Check current conditions by calling the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go.
Forsyth Reservoir
2016-11-23
Good
The reservoir has been filling. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports fast action for tiger trout on olive and black woolly buggers. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2016-11-23
Good
Irrigation releases from Johnson Reservoir have ended, so water flows have dropped. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good to excellent fishing for brown trout with midge patterns, hare's ears, caddis nymphs and streamers. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2016-11-23
Slow
Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove the illegally introduced smallmouth bass. The bass pose a serious threat to the native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, but fishing will be limited for two to three years while these populations establish.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2016-11-23
Fair
We haven't received any recent angler reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2016-11-23
Fair
Rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond. Brood brown trout were also stocked in Leigh Hill.
Johnson Reservoir
2016-11-23
Slow
There are no recent fishing reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2016-11-23
Good
Fishing has improved because of the cooling water temperatures. Anglers report good success with streamers and beadhead nymphs. The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2017.
Koosharem Reservoir
2016-11-23
Fair
There are no recent fishing reports, but catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2016-11-23
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports fast fishing for aggressive rainbow trout by casting leech patterns from a float tube. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2016-11-23
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435- 577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2016-11-23
Good
The reservoir is slowly filling. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports that brown trout are aggressively chasing brown, black and olive streamers. Fishing is best on calm days with little wind. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2016-11-23
Fair
The reservoir's water level is fairly low, but irrigation releases have ended for the season so the reservoir is rising. Trout fishing has been fair to good. Trout are in good shape thanks to the reduction in chubs caused by wiper stocking. Anglers have been doing well catching nice-sized rainbows with black and orange woolly buggers.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2016-11-23
Fair
We haven't received any recent angler reports.
Navajo Lake
2016-11-23
Good
Rainbow trout are very aggressive right now because they are feeding actively before winter. If you're targeting splake, try fishing with cut bait or frozen minnows. The easiest way to get some bait is to catch a chub (use small pieces of nightcrawlers or even small nymphs) then cut it up into chunks about a half inch inch across.
Newcastle Reservoir
2016-11-23
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout from eight to fifteen inches with bait, lures and flies.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2016-11-23
Fair
The reservoir is slowly filling and has reached 42 percent of capacity. Fishing should improve as water temperatures cool.
Panguitch Lake
2016-11-23
Good
The water is cooling down quickly. The algae are dying off and the water clarity is improving. Although the lake level is higher than it was last fall, there are still a lot of weeds in the shallow areas, especially on the south shore. You'll want to concentrate on steeper banks if fishing from the shore. Rainbow trout were stocked recently, so you're likely to catch lots of small fish if using PowerBait or nightcrawlers. Trolling flashy lures has produced good to excellent results for rainbows and a few cutthroat — the key is slow speed (only 1 to 1.5 mph). Shore fishing for rainbows has been a little tougher because of the weeds. Fall is one of the best times of year to target large, hungry cutthroat, tiger and rainbow trout from shore. Try fishing with tube jigs, Gulp minnows, cut bait or frozen minnows. Many of these fish will be in the slot and will have to be released. If you're fishing with bait, use large, single hooks and set the hook immediately to ensure more fish are hooked in the mouth. If the fish swallows the hook, cut the line rather than pulling it out.
Paragonah Reservoir
2016-11-23
Fair
We haven't received any recent angler repots. The rainbow trout are wild here, so they typically respond better to flies, lures and natural baits like nightcrawlers — but not PowerBait. Some catchable-sized tiger trout were stocked this year.
Pine Lake
2016-11-23
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should be fair to good.
Piute Reservoir
2016-11-23
Slow
The reservoir has been mostly drained.
Quail Lake
2016-11-23
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still picked during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20-30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. Visit the Quail Creek State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2016-11-23
Fair
Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20-30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2016-11-23
Fair
The Piute Reservoir dam is closed, so the flow has dropped to winter levels and the water has cleared up. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You should also try egg patterns.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2016-11-23
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good to excellent fishing with brown and olive streamers, and caddis in both nymphs and dries. Call the shop at 435- 616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2016-11-23
Fair
We haven't received any recent angler reports.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2016-11-23
Good
Rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Stocking will continue every three to four weeks through May. Upper Tawa Pond has been drained low (not dry) for a few weeks while maintenance work is done. Stocking will resume there once it is refilled.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2016-11-23
Fair
We haven't received any recent angler reports.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2016-11-23
Fair
The water level is fairly low. Fly anglers can pick up some nice brook trout by dragging streamers in dark colors slowly across the bottom.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

Lake Powell is infested with quagga mussels. 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 launching in another water. If you plan to launch soonet, a professional decontamination is required. Locate a decontamination station and learn about quagga mussels.

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2016-10-25
Good

Lake elevation: 3,609.82 feet

Water temperatures: 65-68°F

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Lake Powell fish are now in prime time. The water temperature is in the mid 60s, which means that all fish can basically go anywhere they want. During summer, there is a separation of large and small stripers because big fish need cooler temperatures. Those barriers are now removed.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Consider fishing patterns now to be just like fishing in late April and early May. The big difference is that spawning is not a factor. It is all about food and structure. The favorite meal now and always will be threadfin shad. Find threadfin and fishing success is assured. The hook is that threadfin numbers are not as high as seen in 2014 and 2015. All sport fish are searching for shad.

One sure fishing technique is to throw topwater lures in shallow water each morning and evening. You will consistently catch stripers and bass by pounding the shoreline in low light periods. The surface action may not last long after the sun hits the water but the information gathered during prime time will give you insight into where fish are holding. All fish are really on the move right now as they search for shad. If bass and stripers hit surface lures in the back of brushy coves at first light, the next step is to target brushy coves in the later hours using diving shad-imitating crankbaits like a bomber deep flat A, rattletrap or a swim bait like a Yamamoto D-Shad.

If bass and stripers hit surface lures on primary points next to deepwater, then target the bench areas where water drops off quickly from 10 feet, down to 20, 40 or 60 feet.

Shad are on the move trying to avoid predators. Earlier this month there have been many examples of a hot spot blowing up at Padre Canyon, Kane Wash, Bullfrog Bay, or Good Hope only to quiet down in a few days as shad move out trying to find safe haven. Shad leave and stripers trail in hot pursuit. Bass tend to stay closer to home but will move from the back of the cove to the edge of deep water.

Fishing results have been spotty recently because of fish movement. They also seem to feed for a short time where activity is intense only to quiet down after a short period. If a hot spot is located one day, keep track of the time and place and try to repeat that performance at the same time and place the next day.

The deep layer of fish between 60-80 feet is still there. These fish are down below the oxygen depletion layer that will soon be gone. For now it is possible to troll a downrigger in very deep water (60-80 feet) or drop spoons down when striper schools are seen on the graph. The huge line of fish seen at 60 feet and below is mostly gizzard shad, but when shad are present, stripers may be close. Don’t spend a lot of time fishing in deep water where no fish traces are seen.

Instead, focus on the spot where many fish traces are seen on the graph.

The key to identifying shad and stripers is to stop the boat directly over a large concentration of fish at 60 feet. If those fish then form a long horizontal line as they move under the boat it is most likely that they are gizzard shad. If they have some separation between individual fish and are stacked in a hump, it is likely that these fish are stripers. Drop a spoon immediately into the school to quickly catch a lot of stripers in a short time.

This will be the last regular fish report for 2016. We will be netting fish for our annual UDWR survey during the first two weeks of November. The sample sites are Good Hope Bay, Rincon, San Juan (Piute Canyon), and Wahweap Bay. We compare fish numbers among years to find out how adult fish of all species are faring this year compared to other years dating back as far as 1982. I will report that information midwinter on wayneswords.com.

Thanks for reading my reports and using the information to harvest fish that are in high numbers (striped bass, walleye and smallmouth bass) while protecting those fish that are in low numbers (largemouth bass and crappie). We are a good team that makes fishing at Lake Powell better due to our efforts. I can’t wait until next year!

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