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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Bear Lake

Good

The lake is ice-free. This is a great time to start jigging for Bonneville cisco. Try using a Kastmaster in green, silver, blue, copper, gold or green in areas like Cisco Beach or the Rock Pile. If you're fishing for trout, jigging is still the approach that has been working the best on the lake lately. Try using tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Later this month, the cisco will begin to move to shallower waters where you'll be able to catch them in your dipnet. (01-12-18)

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

One angler who fished the Blacksmith Fork last week did well using a zebra midge and pheasant tail nymph. (01-12-18)

Bountiful Lake

Unstable ice

According to Conservation Officer Doman, the ice was unsafe on January 11. One angler who drove by the pond last weekend before the warm and rainy spell saw three people ice fishing: two next to the docks and one in the middle of the lake near one of the islands. Use extreme caution if attempting to fish on the ice. ` (01-12-18)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was capped with 6 to 10 inches of ice last week. One angler who fished Causey last week caught a single kokanee about 10 feet down, and didn't observe other nearby anglers catching anything either. We have not received any angler reports or conditions reports on the reservoir this week. (01-12-18)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Unstable ice

On January 12, one angler who spoke with several other anglers on the ice reported that it was 3 to 3.5 inches thick with some areas of cloudy ice. Use extreme caution, especially in light of recent warm temperatures in the area. (01-12-18)

Echo Reservoir

Fair

One angler who fished the reservoir on January 4 said that there was a solid seven inches of ice. This angler fished for four hours and caught two decent-sized rainbow trout. However, another angler who drove by the reservoir on January 9 reported warm temperatures, rain, and standing water on top of the ice which could have affected the safety of the ice. Use caution if you are going out to fish at Echo. (01-12-18)

Farmington Pond

Slow

On January 11, Conservation Officer Doman said that the pond now has potentially unsafe ice. Before recent warm temperatures and rain, there used to be approximately 8 to 10 inches of ice. Use caution. Fishing has been slow for several weeks. (01-12-18)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report that the middle of the reservoir has about 5 to six inches of ice with 1 to two inches of slush on top, but the first two feet along the edges of the water were soft. One angler reported catching a few trout, but fishing overall was slow according to their reports. (01-12-18)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Fair

One family of anglers who fished the ice on January 6 said that it was 5.5 inches thick. They reported catching a large number of perch less than eight inches long as well as one 12-inch rainbow trout. This group of anglers did well in about 20 feet of water using a small gold-colored jig tipped with mealworm. (01-12-18)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair to good at the pond, and according to one report from January 11 there is no longer any ice. Try tipping a jig with waxworms or mealworms. (01-12-18)

Kaysville Ponds

Good

On January 11, the ponds were half-frozen with unsafe ice but the fishing on the open water was good. Try a jig tipped with waxworms or mealworms. (01-12-18)

Logan River

Good

Fishing on the Logan is fair to good. One angler recommended using a black midge dry fly. Another angler who fished the Logan last week had good success on a zebra midge and pheasant tail nymph. (01-12-18)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Good

One angler who fished the boat ramp arm of the reservoir on January 5 said that the ice was a solid 5 to six inches. They caught several 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout and two large cutthroat through the ice. (01-12-18)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

According to one angler on January 8, the ice was 5 to seven inches thick with soft edges. Fishing was slow. (01-12-18)

Ogden River

Fair

Fishing has recently been fair to good on the Ogden, but we have not received any angler reports these past couple weeks that might indicate what patterns are working best. (01-12-18)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

Angler reports indicated that perch fishing was still good to hot throughout last week. One pair of anglers did well for perch on January 5 and 6 in about 35 to 40 feet of water using Kastmasters with dropper ice flies tipped with mealworms and perch eyes. These anglers caught mostly small perch, but did get into several that were 9 to 10.5 inches long. Several anglers marked crappie, but these crappie have been unwilling to bite in great number these past few weeks. (01-12-18)

Rockport Reservoir

Unstable ice

On January 9, one angler reported that there was approximately two inches of ice underneath two inches of slushy water. This ice is unsafe to access for angling. (01-12-18)

Uinta Mountains

Good

The frozen lakes along Mirror Lake Highway are only accessible by snowmobile or foot, but the fishing is good for tiger trout and rainbow trout. The lakes along the highway had approximately 12 inches of ice, a few inches of slush, and a foot of snow, according to one angler report last week. If you're looking for some good ice fishing and don't mind the remote location, deep snow and very cold temperatures, anglers recommend accessing the higher lakes from the Wyoming side. (01-12-18)

Weber River

Fair

Fishing on the Weber has been fair to good. One angler this week reported catching a few decent-sized rainbow trout. Another angler reported catching one good-sized brown trout. Anglers have recently recommended a hare's ear, sowbug or zebra midge pattern. (01-12-18)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

An angler who checked the reservoir on January 2 said that the North Marina was capped and the ice was about one and a half inches thick. However, recent warm temperatures in the area might create changes in current conditions. Fishing has been very slow. (01-12-18)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Slow

There is ice formation. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions change. Try using an 1/8 ounce chartreuse jighead with a chartreuse shad Berkley Gulp! 1-inch minnow-tipped with a nightcrawler. (01-03-18)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed for the 2017 season and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (01-03-18)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Slow

There is no ice formation and fishing is slow. Try using size #1 or #2 gold or hot firetiger Mepps Dressed Aglia spinners, size #2 with 2.5-imch gold red-white Mepps Comet Mino's, or gold neon red or gold Kastmaster Rattle Masters. If you are fishing from shore use PowerBait or a nightcrawler suspended in 10 to 15 feet of water. (01-03-18)

Diamond Fork River

Slow

Fishing is best mid-morning. The brown trout spawn has concluded and the fish are less active and aggressive. Try using sow bugs, baetis fly patterns, midges and hares ear nymphs. Focus on deeper, slower moving water to target fish. (01-03-18)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

Try using bleeding silver or gold shiner Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, silver/plated silver Blue Fox Minnow Spin spinners, or silver or rainbow trout Rapala Jigging Rap's. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (01-03-18)

Highland Glen Park

Slow

The pond is frozen and please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Try using neon colored jigheads or tungsten jigheads tipped with a nightcrawler or wax worm. For trout suspend your lure in 8 to 12 feet of water. (01-03-18)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow, but there have been some reports of anglers catching 18- to 22-inch browns and 14- to 16-inch rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using shad or rainbow trout Mepps Comet Mino's, hot firetiger Mepps Little Wolf's, gold Rapala Original Floater's, gold shiner or rainbow trout Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Foxtail spinners, or holographic silver/pink insert Blue Fox Rattlin' Pixee spoons. (01-03-18)

Kidney Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow. Traditional methods work well, and for trout suspend your bait about 1.5 to two feet off the bottom. There is no ice formation. (01-03-18)

Midas Pond

Slow

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond. There is no ice formation at this time, but please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly. (01-03-18)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Hot

The reservoir has 8 to 10 inches of ice. Please exercise extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Anglers have been catching 10- to 12inch tigers, 12- to 14-inch rainbows, and there was a recent report of an angler catching an 18- to 20-inch tiger. Suspend your lures in about 8 to 15 feet of water and try using chartreuse jigheads with a chartreuse shad Berkley Gulp! 1-inch Minnow, green chartreuse or glow bright pink Rat Finkee's, or firetiger or orange crush Acme Pro-Grade Tungsten jigs. Remember to tip your jigs with either a nightcrawler, wax worm or mealworm. Recent reports indicate that the reservoir can only be accessed using snowmobiles. (01-03-18)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Fishing has been slow and there have been no reports of ice formation at this time. Traditional methods work well. (01-03-18)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed the season. (01-03-18)

Provo River, Lower

Slow

Anglers have been catching 12- to 16-inch browns. Early January tends to be the slowest time of year for the river. The brown trout have completed their spawn and are not as active or aggressive, and there are no significant hatches occurring. Fish tend to reside in deeper, slower moving pockets so focus on these areas. Try using midges, sow bugs, and hares ears. (01-03-18)

Provo River, Middle

Slow

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River and fishing is best mid-morning. There are occasional midge hatches, but no significant hatches happening. Try using natty sow bugs, gnats, black or olive zebra midges, and natty hares ear nymphs. (01-03-18)

Salem Pond

Slow

There is no ice formation at this time and traditional methods work best. (01-03-18)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, Luhr- Jensen Krocodile spoons, or Mepps Aglia spinners. (01-03-18)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed for the season. (01-03-18)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

The lake is frozen and there have been no recent ice fishing reports. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (01-03-18)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

Spanish Oaks Reservoir is closed and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (01-03-18)

Spring Lake

Slow

The lake has ice formation, but please continue to use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Try using traditional methods, or neon colored jigheads or Rat Finkee's tipped with a nightcrawler or wax worm. (01-03-18)

Strawberry Reservoir

Fair

According to Strawberry Bay Marina and Lodge, most of the reservoir is open water. There was some ice formation on the south end of the lake, however with the current weather conditions that ice has disappeared. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Try using 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs or curly tail grubs tipped with a nightcrawler or wax worm, rainbow trout Original Floating Rapala's, or silver or gold Jake's Spin-A-Lure's. Also, scent the lure with Pro-Cure Rainbow Trout Super Gel for an extra attractant. (01-03-18)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There is some ice formation around pockets of slower moving water. Try using sow bugs, baetis fly patterns, midges and gnats. (01-03-18)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Slow

The water level is low and will remain at the conservation pool level for some time. There is six inches of ice. Anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows using neon colored Rat Finkee's tipped with bread. (01-03-18)

Utah Lake

Slow

There is some ice formation in the harbors and in various locations throughout the like. Reports indicate 1.5 to three inches of ice. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Anglers have reported catching white bass. Try chartreuse or pink jigheads tipped with a nightcrawler, wax worm, or mealworm, or chartreuse, white, or pink curly tail grubs. (01-03-18)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

There is six inches of ice with soft edges and some slush, and there is some open water near the dam. Angling pressure has been heavy and anglers have reported catching 8- to 12-inch tigers and 10- to 12-inch rainbows. Try using ice flies, Marabou jigs, or tungsten jigs tipped with a mealworm or wax worm. You can also try using Maniac Custom Lures chartreuse holographic, crazy glow, or mindless orange gizzy bugs. (01-03-18)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

The pond is frozen. Please use extreme caution has ice conditions continue to change. (01-03-18)

Willow Pond

Slow

There is little ice formation at this time and traditional methods work best. Please remember that as ice begins to form that ice fishing is prohibited at Willow Pond per city ordinance. (01-03-18)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

There have been no reports of ice formation and there has been little angling pressure. (01-03-18)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir was capped with ice as of yesterday. Some areas seemed solid, but please use caution and check the thickness of the ice before venturing out. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. (01-08-18)

Brough Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir has four to five inches of safe ice by the dam. One group of anglers reported catching two rainbows with a white squid. Several other anglers were catching fish with jigs and nightcrawlers. Water levels are extremely low. Last year, regulations changed at the reservoir, and you are no longer restricted to artificial fly use only. Utah's regular statewide regulations now apply to fishing at Brough. Please see the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (01-08-18)

Browne Lake

Slow

As of Jan. 3, there was fishable ice, but anglers are reporting slow ice fishing. Please use extreme caution. (01-04-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 3, the reservoir was completely capped with no open water, and unsafe ice. Without snow, the top layer is very slick, but this has left good access on all roads. Please use extreme caution. There have been no recent angler reports. Please let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie through the ice. (01-04-18)

Calder Reservoir

Unstable ice

The western portion of the reservoir is frozen and has close to nine inches of good, fishable ice. There is open water east of the wind mills near the aerators. There is no snow, so the top layer is very slick but there are good access conditions on all of the roads. Please use extreme caution on this early forming ice. You must use flies and lures only at Calder; bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (01-05-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir currently has four inches of fishable ice with possible open-water spots in the middle. Most of the tiger muskies in Cottonwood have not yet reached 40 inches in length, so please remember to use recommended catch-and-release techniques. (01-08-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Unstable ice

Our biologists reported that fishing was slow this past weekend, but success improved in the afternoon. Anglers reported catching rainbow trout near the dam. There is open water in the middle of the reservoir, but all access points have good ice. There are about 10 inches of ice by the dam and about six inches on the north side. Rainbow trout are biting on green tube jigs tipped with mealworms or wax worms. Please use extreme caution and check the thickness of the ice before venturing out. (01-08-18)

East Park Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report fair fishing through the ice. Please continue to use extreme caution. Tip all ice jigs with mealworms for the best success. (01-04-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir's elevation is 6,029 feet and descending and the temperature is 39 degrees F. There is fishable ice in Green River and Blacks Fork arms, and unstable ice at the Confluence. Currently, there are five to six inches of ice at Firehole, and five inches of ice at Fontenelle, but it is very unstable so use extreme caution. All boat ramps are still open for launching.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing for kokanee reopened Dec. 1.

Rainbow Trout: Fishing is good. Now that water temperatures have cooled, trout are active along the shoreline. Casting jigs and spoons and retrieving with the occasional jig and pause is most effective. Watch your line during the pause, as many of the hits will come as the lure drops through the water column. Good lures are 1/4 ounce marabou jigs in earth tones and spoons in silver, copper and chartreuse. If fishing from shore, cast the lure in a 45-degree angle from shore, and let the lure drop 10 to 15 feet before retrieving.,Trolling 10 to 20 feet deep and 1.5-2 mph with pop gear, spinners and small spoons has also been effective. Let the lure out 100 to 150 feet before attaching the line to the downrigger or inline weight. The longer set back will help decrease spooking of shallow fish. Lake trout may also be caught using these same tactics.

Lake trout: Fishing is good. The lake trout are active and hungry. Anglers are consistently catching smaller lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be located suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows, and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. Vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) on a 3/8-ounce head tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well. Some lake trout are being caught while casting jigs and spoons along the shoreline (see rainbow trout), and longline trolling shallow running crankbaits like Rapala Shad Raps and Xraps.

Smallmouth Bass: Fishing is slow. Now that water temperatures have dropped into the 40s, bass fishing has slowed down, and it will be considerably difficult to catch them during the winter months. Try using jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage.

Burbot: Fishing is slow. Some recent reports indicate fishing success, but it's been rather slow this year. The best activity happens at night. Boaters can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs, and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Hot spots are uplake of Buckboard near the Confluence/Lost Dog and Firehole boat launch. (01-04-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Fair

Flows are currently 2,842 cfs and the water temperture is at 43 degree F. Flows can change daily, so check for current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam before you visit. Fly anglers are having the best success using small midges in sizes 20-26, and blue winged olive nymphs in sizes 20-22. (01-04-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Closed

The reservoir was drained for final repairs to the outlet gate. Construction will began in October and should be done by January. We will begin to refill the lake as soon as the repairs are complete. DWR biologists are also looking for Eagle Scouts or community members to build fish habitat structures over the next few months. We want to install these while the lake is empty. If interested please contact sportfish biologist, Natalie Boren, at 435-219-2644. (01-04-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 3. there was fishable ice, but continue to use extreme caution. Without snow, the top layer is very slick, but this has left good access on all roads. Anglers have been successful this week on a variety of ice fishing lures, tipped with wax worms or mealworms. (01-04-18)

Matt Warner

Slow

Anglers have reported eight to nine inches of solid ice and that the entire reservoir is frozen. The fishing is very slow, so expect to move around until you find fish. Try tipping your ice lures with waxworms or mealworms. There is no snow, so the top layer is very slick but there are good access conditions on all of the roads. Please continue to use extreme caution. About 4,000 eight- to 11-inch rainbow trout were stocked in October. (01-05-18)

Moose Pond

Fair

The pond is iced over, and anglers are having success catching rainbow trout. Try using ratfinkees or small ice flies tipped with mealworms. (01-04-18)

Pelican Lake

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 3, the ice was three inches thick. The lake is currently filling, and we are not getting cold enough temperatures to freeze the edges. During the warmth of the day, open water formed around the shoreline in the afternoon, and on the very northwest end of the lake, near the sportsman's access. Please use extreme caution. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill. (01-04-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Fair

Biologists have discovered that some of the wipers have reached almost 19 inches. Anglers continue to report good wiper fishing and are catching fish from 10- to 12-inch range by trolling crank baits. Anglers are encouraged to harvest larger yellow perch to help grow a larger population of fish. Last summer's surveys show an abundance of yellow perch in the five- to six-inch range and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of them. DWR biologists transferred select sizes of largemouth bass back into Red Fleet within the last month. These fish are larger than 12 inches and have a metal tag on the lower jaw. Walleye caught in the fall were eight to 12 inches. (01-04-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 3, the ice was three to four inches thick and edges were soft. Please use extreme caution. Without snow, the top layer is very slick, but this has left good access on all roads. There have been no recent angler reports. (01-04-18)

Spirit Lake

Slow

The road was open and the lake was covered with four to six inches of ice. Fishing is fair for small tiger trout. Roads will likely remain open until the next snowstorm. (01-04-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Fair

As of Jan. 3, the southern bay is about 1/3 covered with ice. The reservoir temperature is hovering around 37 degrees F and is sitting at 90 percent full and continuing to rise. Fly anglers are reporting very slow success with size 6-8 woolly buggers. Kokanee fishing reopened statewide on Dec. 1. Biologists are encouraging anglers to harvest their limits of 10- to 14-inch walleye to help thin out the walleye population and to help the yellow perch population. If you catch crappy, consider voluntarily releasing them to help establish the population. (01-04-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Fair

Anglers have been successful using spinners to catch large trout from the shoreline. Water levels are low. Shore anglers can also expect to find success casting or fishing suspended trout baits including worms and PowerBait. Bass have slowed down with the cooler temperatures but can still be caught if you are patient. Bass anglers should focus on rocky structure in 20 to 30 foot depths and slowly fish jigs or crawfish patterns to hook sluggish fish. Bluegill are also catchable if you can locate schools; once located try vertically jigging with small worm tipped jigs. There are still no limits in place as there are still lots of fish in the lake. The Division issued an emergency change, liberalizing limits at Steinaker. There is no daily bag limit for any species: Largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will fill Steinaker to the same level as previous years in 2018. It will be drawn down to dead pool over the course of the 2018 irrigation season. We have been told that boaters will be able to launch through the 2018 summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October 2018, with no storage water in Steinaker for all of 2019.Work on the dam will commence in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020. (01-04-18)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Closed

Many waters on the mountains cannot be reached by vehicle. (01-10-18)

Academy Mill Reservoir

Closed

Academy Mill Reservoir and other waters above Joes Valley are likely inaccessible due to recent snow. (01-10-18)

Boulger Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir now has stable ice. To catch trout here, try using tube jigs tipped with meal worms. (01-10-18)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Closed

The pond is closed for the winter. (01-10-18)

Cleveland Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir now has stable ice. To catch trout here, try using tube jigs tipped with meal worms. (01-10-18)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Closed

Access to Duck Fork Reservoir and other waters on the South Manti might be limited due to snow, ice and mud. (01-10-18)

Electric Lake

Good

Anglers are catching tiger trout through the ice near the boat ramp. Fishing has been best before noon using tube jigs. Use caution as there may still be open water in some parts of the lake. (01-10-18)

Fairview Lakes

Closed

Recent snow has likely made the lakes inaccessible to vehicles. (01-10-18)

Ferron Reservoir

Closed

Ferron Reservoir and other waters on the South Manti are likely inaccessible to vehicles. (01-10-18)

Gigliotti Pond

Fair

The pond froze several weeks ago, but ice thickness may vary due to highly variable temperatures in Carbon County. Use caution when fishing here. Try using tube jigs tipped with either meal worms or night crawlers. (01-10-18)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Closed

Gooseberry Reservoir might be inaccessible due to recent snowfall. (01-10-18)

Grassy Lake

Closed

Grassy Lake and other waters on the South Manti are Closed to highway vehicles due to ice on the road. (01-10-18)

Huntington North Reservoir

Unstable ice

Huntington North Reservoir still has some areas of open water. Use caution when ice fishing here. (01-10-18)

Huntington Reservoir

Good

Anglers have had success catching tiger trout through the ice. Try using a white tube jig tipped with a meal worm. (01-10-18)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Unstable ice

Ice has started forming on the reservoir, but the ice is unstable, and there are still areas of open water. (01-10-18)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Closed

Access to the pond is closed until March 1. (01-10-18)

La Sal Mountains

Closed

Many waters on the La Sal Mountains are either inaccessible to highway vehicles or covered with unstable ice. (01-10-18)

Lower Fish Creek

Good

Access to the creek may be limited as snow accumulates, but it may be accessible below Scofield dam if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle. Try using Panther Martin spinners or green soft hackle flies to catch trout and chubs here. (01-10-18)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir might be accessible in a four-wheel drive vehicle. To catch trout here, try using tube jigs tipped with meal worms. (01-10-18)

Millsite Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Anglers have been fishing through the ice off of the island at the bottom of the boat ramp. Fishing has been slow to fair. (01-10-18)

Petes Hole

Closed

Petes Hole and other waters above Joes Valley may be inaccessible due to recent snowfall. (01-10-18)

Potters Ponds

Closed

The ponds may be inaccessible to vehicles due to recent snowfall. (01-10-18)

Price River

Slow

Much of the river through Price Canyon is covered in ice, making fishing impossible in many areas. (01-10-18)

Right Fork of Huntington Creek

Fair

Many parts of the creek are covered with ice. Depending on where you go, fishing might be difficult. (01-10-18)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Most of the ice fishing is happening near the dam cove, where the ice is almost 10 inches thick. Anglers have caught rainbow and cutthroat trout using white jigs tipped with chub meat. Paddle bugs and green glow ice flies, tipped with a wax worm, have also worked well. Try fishing close to the bottom in 16 to 22 feet of water. (01-10-18)

Soup Bowl

Closed

Soup Bowl and other waters on the South Manti might be inaccessible to vehicles. (01-10-18)

Willow Lake

Closed

Willow Lake and other waters on the South Manti might be inaccessible to vehicles. (01-10-18)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was accessible by four-wheel drive on Jan. 8. Access may change, however, due to recent snowfall. The ice on the south end of the reservoir was stable. (01-10-18)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers have reported mixed results. Bait and fly anglers have done fair to good, while trolling has not been productive. Some large brown trout are present and are more readily caught during the colder months. (01-11-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 2018. All of the other lakes are open. (01-11-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Slow

Ice conditions are currently unknown. Access should be more difficult after the current storm. (01-11-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

The water flow is low and clear, so tread lightly to avoid spooking fish. There are good numbers of rainbow trout that are biting well on wooly buggers. Expect surface ice in the morning. (01-11-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Slow

Anchor ice makes fishing difficult in the winter. (01-11-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Some of the Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2018, so check the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go fishing to make sure the lake you are fishing is open. Lakes are listed individually in the Rules for Specific Waters section. (01-11-18)

Clear Creek

Fair

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches. (01-11-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Duck Creek Pond is mostly ice-free. (01-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

The water flow is under 20 cfs. Some surface ice forms on cold mornings, but there is still plenty of open water to fish. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter because of water inflow from a spring. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

Access is good because there is little 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 are established in three to four years. (01-11-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Slow

Unsafe ice reported on both the upper and lower reservoir. (01-11-18)

Fish Lake

Slow

The lake has some thin ice, but there are large patches of open water as well. It is no longer possible to launch boats. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is full and spilling. The rising water level and warm weather have deteriorated ice to unsafe conditions. Fishing open water may be a better option here. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Fremont River

Good

The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing with hare's ear nymphs. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from the shore. Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass, which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. (01-11-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Unstable ice

The ice is unsafe. (01-11-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Slow

Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) is closed for the winter because of thin ice. (01-11-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Fair

There has been safe ice near the dam and fishing for perch has been fair to good in 12 to 13 feet. Access may be more difficult after the current storm, however. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Ice has continued to deteriorate and there is a lot of open water. Kolob is closed to bait fishing until May 2018. Remember that the limit allows harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches; all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. (01-11-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The ice is six to eight inches with some open water on the east side. Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time. (01-11-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

Access may be more difficult after the current storm. Anglers report that there are eight inches of ice on the southwest end with fair fishing for rainbow trout and a few tiger trout. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible from there. Surface ice is forming on lower Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River on cold mornings. (01-11-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The water level is rising and the ice edges on the north end are deteriorating. The rest of the reservoir is open water. Fishing in the open water has been more successful anyway. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice. (01-11-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

Access is typically limited during winter months. (01-11-18)

Navajo Lake

Slow

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Most of the lake has eight inches of ice, though there is a patch of open water in the middle of the lake. Fishing has been slow to fair. (01-11-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice. (01-11-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Unstable ice

Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. There is a lot of open water, and there are large cracks and soft edges. (01-11-18)

Panguitch Lake

Slow

The east end from Bear Paw beach to the dam has ice, the middle of the lake is open water, and the west end has thin ice. The ice on the east end has been mostly safe, but use caution and stay away from the edges of open water. Because anglers have been packed in tightly on the safe ice, fishing has slowed down. Open water fishing may be more productive right now. (01-11-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent reports on access or ice. Most, if not all, of the rainbow trout were lost to flooding after the Brian Head fire. 13,000 seven-inch tiger trout were stocked at the end of November and will hopefully provide some fishing opportunity. (01-11-18)

Pine Lake

Fair

Access should be possible, but the ice conditions are unknown. (01-11-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was nearly drained again in 2017. Suckers are still abundant, despite the repeated draining in recent years. Trout numbers are very low right now. (01-11-18)

Quail Lake

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and provide good fishing from the shore or a boat. See the Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass fishing tips. (01-11-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but anglers still catch a few nice fish during the colder months each year. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, dropshot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (01-11-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased to 100 cfs as water is sent down to Yuba Reservoir. This flow is still fishable and should keep surface ice from forming. (01-11-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Prior to the storm, anglers reported good ice conditions and fishing for the Solomon Basin lakes. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Access is still good because there is little snow. There are nine inches of ice. (01-11-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds and should provide fair to good fishing. (01-11-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent reports, but the reservoir is mostly ice-free. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, please release them so that they can spawn next spring. (01-11-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. There are four to five inches of ice. Fishing is slow to fair. (01-11-18)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,624.34 feet

Water temperatures: 55–56°F

As of the last fishing report, stripers and shad were holding in the 15 to 30 foot depth range. We suspected that colder weather would force both species to seek deeper water where temperature was more stable. With that in mind, we headed for Warm Creek to look for striper schools. We passed the floating restroom and slowed down and started graphing.

Nob Wimmer hooked the fish of a lifetime one day after his 83rd birthday while spoon fishing for stripers in Warm Creek Bay. The big fish weighed 30.35 pounds and was 43 inches long.

This fall, the graph has printed a mostly blank screen in deep water with an occasional layer of fish or suspended sediment at 60 feet. Since we have not caught any fish from this strange cloudy line, we ignored it when we saw it at 90 feet and moved on. It seems to have been the longest time since I have actually seen a striper school resting on the bottom. When that happened I got an adrenalin rush and quickly dropped spoons down to 95 feet. It took such a long time for my one-ounce spoon to reach the bottom that I changed to the two-ounce spoon, which worked very well. With 4 anglers in the boat, we quickly caught six fat stripers before they left the area. We searched some more and saw that school a few more times, but we moved on because they wouldn't hit our spoons.

After 30 minutes of graphing, we finally saw another school holding at 75 feet and caught fish on the first drop. My technician, Nob Wimmer, was having a hard time hooking fish. He got a lot of bites but they came off quickly. He usually catches more fish on spoons than I do on his homemade lures, so it was gratifying to be in the lead this time. After missing five to six fish, he finally hooked one and started reeling in. He said it was a really big fish, but I ignored him because he says that about every fish he hooks in deep water. I was playing a regular sized fish and spent my time concentrating on that fish. After I put my fish in the cooler I noticed that Nob had not gained any line and the fish was going deeper instead of coming to the surface. It must be a big fish. I hooked another fish and played it to the surface in short order. While putting it in the cooler I glanced at Nob's fish and saw that it was still pulling line and that the boat was following the fish. I was now sure that it truly was a big fish.

Despite the excitement of having a huge striper on the line, I thought I could catch one more before netting the big one. I dropped down and caught another fish at mid-depth as the striper school had followed the big fish off the bottom. The school was now at 20 to 30 feet as they watched the action. It was easy and quick to drop again to 20 feet and catch one more before the big one came up. Nob played the big fish for 20 minutes and we landed 10 more while watching him do battle. Stripers are a schooling fish that really get excited when one fish in the school shows feeding behavior. They often follow the hooked fish and look for something to eat. Always drop more lures in the water when a fish is being played to increase the catch.

Finally, the big one came close enough to see. I expected to see a 10-pound fish, but that estimate was not even close to the size of the monster fish in the water. Now I was thinking this one could be a new lake record. I grabbed the net, and hoisted the fish into the boat. The net handle bent dramatically but did not break. The fish was in the boat.

It measured 43 inches long, with a girth of 26 inches and weighed 30.35 pounds. It is very difficult to understand just how big a fish is when it is thrashing around in the net and is too large to put in a magnum sized cooler. I was actually disappointed, when we put the fish on the scale, to see that the fish was only 30 pounds. I got over it quickly, though, and took a lot of pictures to memorialize the event.

Nob later said that the big fish inhaled the spoon just after it hit bottom. The spoon must have landed right in front of the big one, who swallowed it. The spoon was lodged in the back of the throat near the last gill racker. Nob did not feel the fish until he lifted the spoon off the bottom. It was a perfect drop to the biggest fish living in Warm Creek. Congratulations to Nob Wimmer who caught the biggest fish of his life.

(12-14-17)

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