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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2016-07-22
Good
Fishing continues to be pretty good. Many anglers are catching their daily limits of cutthroat trout and lake trout. Local angler Darin Pugmire reports good cutthroat fishing with double-hooked lead jig heads. The fish are biting on white, chartreuse, orange and green-and-black jigs — or on anything that glows. Many anglers also report success while trolling at speeds from 2.5–4 mph. Fishing in the early morning has produced the best results. Anglers are seeing success at First/Second Point, Cisco Beach/South Eden, Fish Haven, Rainbow Cove/North Eden and North Eden/Ledges. Please remember that you must release cutthroat trout that don't have a healed fin clip.
Blacksmith Fork River
2016-07-16
Good
Anglers from Round Rocks fly shop in Logan report that green and gray drakes have started coming off on the Logan and Blacksmith Fork rivers. Fishing is excellent throughout the day. Caddis hatches have also been heavy, so try fishing with size 14–18 elk hair caddis. Nymphing small beadhead pheasant tails and Prince nymph rigs works well, too.
Bountiful Lake
2016-07-22
Fair
On July 18, anglers Lucas P. and Porter E. enjoyed a great evening of fishing at Bountiful Pond. Between 6 and 6:30 p.m., they caught 21 black bullhead catfish. They fished from the south pier and had the best success when using worms on the bottom of the pond. They also tried PowerBait, but it didn't work as well. You may see larger broodstock rainbows cruising near the inlet. Bountiful is a popular spot for evening anglers. As the day starts to cool down, people enjoy fishing from the shore and from their canoes and kayaks.
Causey Reservoir
2016-07-16
Fair
Water levels continue to be very good. During the day, most visitors are canoeing, kayaking or riding paddle boards. Anglers will probably have the best success in the mornings and evenings. That's when the fish are most active, and there are fewer people at the reservoir. Try a topwater fly or small pop gear in the evening as the sun is starting to go down. Trolling at a wakeless speed is also producing good results for anglers. Try fishing relatively close to the rocks and in the upper arm, near the inlet. Fishing with PowerBait on the bottom (or a few feet off the bottom) typically produces good results.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2016-07-16
Good
Since July 13, bass and trout fishing has really started to pick up. Anglers report good fishing from the shore and from boats. Shore anglers are catching trout on salmon eggs, corn-scented PowerBait and green garlic PowerBait. Boating anglers have had success trolling with pop gear and worms on a lead-core line about 3.5 to 4.5 colors out from the boat. Smallmouth bass are biting on worms suspended under a bobber in shallow bays and along rocky shores.
Echo Reservoir
2016-07-16
Fair
Anglers report good fishing for bass along the rocky shore using Senko worms and other traditional bass lures.
Farmington Pond
2016-07-22
Fair
Anglers report that the best fishing is in the evenings, and they are catching catfish and bluegill. On July 18, four young anglers caught seven catfish and bluegill in an hour. They had the best success using worms and fishing on the bottom near the inlet. When they used PowerBait, they had quite a few bites but had difficulty landing any fish. Many people who visit the pond are kayaking, paddleboarding and swimming.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2016-07-22
Good
On July 18, a couple of anglers reported good fishing in the mid-morning and in the evening. They caught two trout and two bass. They floated garlic PowerBait just off the bottom to catch the trout and used a pearl octopus tube jig for the bass. Local angler Brian Winter and his son also had a pretty good trip. They fished from 9 a.m. to noon and caught 10 fish, nine trout and one bass. They used nightcrawlers behind a clear bubble (filled to the top) with a couple feet of leader. They were fishing from the dock on the east side. Water levels are slowly decreasing, but the reservoir is still has clear water and good visibility. People are leaving a lot of trash along the shores of the reservoir. Please pack out your garbage and pick up any trash you see. No one wants to lose fishing privileges at this beautiful pond. Please remember that this pond is private property. You must obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number prior to fishing.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2016-07-22
Fair
On the evening of July 18, anglers reported good fishing for trout from boats and from the shore. Try using PowerBait and fishing it on the bottom, but don't hesitate to try other baits and lures as well. Bass fishing continues to be pretty slow right now.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2016-07-22
Good
On the evening of July 18, anglers reported good fishing for catfish. They had the most success using worms and fishing them on the bottom of the pond. Anglers are still catching bluegill on small dry flies (or nymphs), salmon eggs or worms on small hooks. Water levels seem to fluctuate each week. Right now, the water level is a little lower than normal for this time of year.
Kaysville Ponds
2016-07-22
Good
Anglers report pretty good fishing from all four ponds, especially for catfish. Those who've had the most success are fishing in the evenings and using worms. On July 18, one angler reported catching bass in the fourth pond. He used Senko worms and fished from shore. He targeted areas where there was a lot of vegetation and good underwater structure (which is where bass usually reside). Bluegill are still regularly biting salmon eggs and small pieces of worm. Nearly any kind of bait, placed on a size 8 or 10 salmon egg hook, will work when suspended a foot or two under a bobber. The bluegill are spending most of their time near the docks and bridges.
Logan River
2016-07-16
Good
Anglers from Round Rocks fly shop in Logan report that green and gray drakes have started coming off on the Logan and Blacksmith Fork rivers. Fishing is excellent throughout the day. Caddis hatches have also been heavy, so try fishing with size 14–18 elk hair caddis. Nymphing small beadhead pheasant tails and Prince nymph rigs works well, too.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2016-07-22
Good
On July 17, Daniel Gonzalez and his son, Sam, took their neighbors fishing at the reservoir. It was their first time fishing at Lost Creek and their neighbors' first-ever fishing trip. Sam fought and landed a nice cutthroat. They caught the fish while trolling pop gear with a worm at about 30 feet. With the hot daily temperatures, trout can get stressed easily and die if you handle them too much. Consider using barbless hooks, artificial flies/lures and cutting the line if a fish is deep-hooked. Trout can pass a hook within a few days of it being in their stomach. It's best to keep fish in water, if possible. Remember, the daily slot limit is three fish under 15 inches and one fish over 22 inches. All fish between 15 and 22 inches must be immediately released.
Mantua Reservoir
2016-07-16
Good
Fishing is pretty good for bass and perch. For bass, the best techniques and baits vary, depending on the time of day. When fishing in the morning, try using topwater frogs and buzz baits. In the middle of the day, people are having success with spinner baits, Rat-L-Traps and jigs. There seem to be a lot of fingerling bass in schools, so try mimicking those. Perch are also in schools and, if you find them, you can catch quite a few at one time. Small jigs tipped with worms work well for catching perch. The bluegill have finished their spawn and moved to deeper water. Some vegetation has creeped to the surface (along the shore) and appeared in a few spots along the edges, but most of the reservoir is clear of surface vegetation.
Ogden River
2016-07-16
Good
The South Fork of the Ogden is still flowing nicely. The water continues to be crystal clear, and visibility is excellent. Grasshoppers are abundant this time of year, so try using hopper patterns, nymphs, rainbow sows and chironomids.
Pineview Reservoir
2016-07-16
Fair
Anglers report good fishing for crappie (when they can find them). Crappie are biting aggressively. Target areas with a lot of submerged vegetation and structure. In general, fishing has slowed down for most anglers. A few lucky people have caught bass from the shore and tiger muskies (in the early morning) from boats.
Rockport Reservoir
2016-07-22
Good
Rockport fishing is still productive in the early-morning hours. Anglers are using worms and pop gear. The fish are deep, and the best way to catch them is by trolling in about 25 to 30 feet of water. Anglers seem to be doing well along the dam and in the southeastern portion of the reservoir. Garlic or cheese PowerBait seems to be the choice this week. Fly-fishing has increased along the inlet and below the dam on the Weber River. Those who are fly-fishing have found the most success about an hour before sunset, when it finally starts to cool down.
Uinta Mountains
2016-07-22
Hot
Local angler Shaun Bloomquist recently fished several lakes in the Uintas and had excellent success. At one of the lakes, he caught 51 fish in an hour. He caught several golden trout at Echo Lake and commented that Marshal Lake produced the biggest brook trout. Kastmaster lures and worms worked the best. Other anglers report catching fish on small flies (in sizes 14 and 16) and small hooks with worms, PowerBait or salmon eggs (in sizes 8, 10 and 12). Just use enough bait to cover the hook. Anglers are also catching fish at Smith and Morehouse on spinners and Jake's lures.
Weber River
2016-07-16
Good
Anglers report that fishing has slowed down quite a bit from Wanship to Echo Reservoir. More people have been floating the river recently, especially on the weekends. Law enforcement officers are still encountering many anglers who think they are okay to be in the river on posted private property. Those anglers are actually trespassing. You must have written permission to fish waters that flow through posted private property. If you plan to fish in a Walk-in Access area, be sure to obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number. Please be respectful of all property and remember to pack out your trash.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2016-07-16
Good
Overall, fishing continues to be pretty good. Boat anglers are catching wiper, walleye and catfish while trolling bottom bouncers and using mussels and worms. If bait isn't working well, try trolling two-toned crankbaits that imitate shad. Rat-L-Traps seem to work better than diving crankbaits. Try trolling quickly (around three miles per hour). Shore anglers are catching catfish using slip-sinker rigs and traditional catfish baits.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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

Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2016-07-09
Good
The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try using traditional lures or bait (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). Tip your lures with nightcrawler or PowerBait. Please keep in mind that youth fishing classes are held on Thursday nights throughout the summer months. Fishing may be best in the early mornings and late evenings.
Canyon View Park Pond
2016-07-09
Fair
The pond will only receive one more stocking of rainbow trout for the 2016 season. Be sure to target the species in the pond, which are rainbow trout and wipers. Try using a spinnerbait or tipping a hook with nightcrawler under a bubble. Fishing has been the best on the south end of the pond.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2016-07-09
Fair
Try using a gold-bladed Panther Martin or three-inch tube jigs. Boat anglers report great fishing while trolling with spoons at a depth of 35 feet. Anglers are also catching smallmouth bass near the shoreline. The island and main entrance now have gates. These gates close at 10 p.m. and re-open at 6 a.m. Campground sites must be reserved ahead of time — they are no longer available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Juvenile quagga mussels have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate. Decontamination stations are currently operating, but you may want to call ahead to check operating hours. Call the state park at 435-654-0171 to check on current conditions or visit Deer Creek on Facebook to see the latest updates. The reservoir is holding steady at 86 percent full.
Diamond Fork River
2016-07-09
Fair
Be aware of rattlesnakes along the shoreline. Near the Three Forks area, anglers report good fishing in the deeper holes for brown trout. Try using spinners in gold or silver or olive-colored dry flies in sizes 10–16. Hatches are consistent and there is limited pressure along this river. Pale morning duns (PMDs) are fishing well in rusty and yellow spinners in sizes 18–20.
Grantsville Reservoir
2016-07-09
Slow
There have been no recent reports from anglers. The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbows during the past month. Try using a Curly Tail or spinnerbait for the best results. Smallmouth bass fishing will start to improve with warmer water temperatures, so you may try throwing some spinnerbaits tipped with bait.
Highland Glen Park
2016-07-09
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked with channel catfish and trout, but it will not be stocked again until August. Wipers were also stocked into the pond last week, so be on the lookout for another species to catch. The best fishing is occurring off of the docks in the early mornings or late evenings. Anglers are advised to use PowerBait, gold spinners and nightcrawlers.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2016-07-09
Fair
Anglers are seeing a large number of rattlesnakes at the Rock Cliffs side near the boat ramp, so please use EXTREME CAUTION as you walk through the area. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass along the shoreline with jigs, especially near the Rock Cliffs side. Fish early mornings and late evenings for the best bite. Continue to use traditional baits (worms or PowerBait) and tube jigs from the shoreline. All docks are in and all restrooms and campsites are open. The reservoir is rising and is currently 90 percent full.
Kidney Pond
2016-07-21
Fair
Recent water-quality tests detected small amounts of blue-green algae in the pond. For now, fishing at the pond is strongly discouraged. Please stay out of the water and keep any children and pets out of the water. If you've caught any fish at the pond in the past week, we recommend that you do not eat them.
Midas Pond
2016-07-21
Fair
Recent water-quality tests detected small amounts of blue-green algae in the pond. For now, fishing at the pond is strongly discouraged. Please stay out of the water and keep any children and pets out of the water. If you've caught any fish at the pond in the past week, we recommend that you do not eat them.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2016-07-09
Slow
The reservoir has been heavily stocked with large rainbow trout for the last three weeks. You might also catch brook trout and tiger trout on gold/silver spinners. If you have any reports, please let us know.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2016-07-09
Fair
The reservoir has been stocked with rainbow trout, and the water level is slowly falling. Use nightcrawlers, tube jigs and spinners for the best results.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2016-07-09
Good
Anglers are still catching some broodstock trout, as well as other catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try fishing early mornings and late evenings, using Mepps or Jake's spinnerbaits tipped with PowerBait or nightcrawlers.
Payson Lake
2016-07-09
Fair
The lake has been heavily stocked with large rainbows for the summer season. A temporary patch is on the road that leads to the lakes from the Payson side. The lake is also accessible from the Santaquin Canyon side. The paved road eventually becomes a dirt road, so be aware and drive accordingly. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, so please let us know if you have any success.
Provo River, Lower
2016-07-09
Fair
Be bear aware during the summer months. Please use caution and avoid contact. If you spot a bear while fishing, please call our Springville office at 801-491-5678 and let us know where you saw the bear. Anglers are seeing pale morning dun (PMD) spinners, so the best fishing is occurring during the cooler, overcast hours of the day. Try using sizes 18–22. Cicadas may also be worth trying. Golden stonefly patterns will be useful, as well as PMD adults and spinners, in the early and late hours of the day. Be aware that June suckers are still moving into the Provo River and all the tributaries into Utah Lake. Anglers have reported catching them often. You must immediately release any suckers caught within the tributaries. Flows are a little high coming out of Deer Creek at 498 cubic feet per second (cfs), but they slow down near Harbor Drive to 52 cfs.
Provo River, Middle
2016-07-09
Slow
Green drakes are being spotted from late morning to mid-afternoon, especially when it is overcast and cloudy. You'll also be seeing the golden stoneflies. The water temperature has risen and is sitting at around 49°F. Flows are at their normal summer rates, with current levels near 147 cfs. Flows near the Jordanelle release are at 317 cfs, and the average at Charleston is around 203 cfs.
Salem Pond
2016-07-09
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked with channel catfish and trout, but it will not be stocked again until August. Wipers were also stocked into the pond last week, so be on the lookout for the new additional species to catch. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers, shrimp, or chicken livers on the bottom of the pond for best results. You may also try using spinnerbaits, Jake's lures or garlic PowerBait off of the boat ramp, near the bridge or at the docks inside the park. Use crankbaits or floating Rapalas to catch bass near the vegetation. Important: Black crappie were illegally stocked into the pond. The movement of aquatic species is illegal and is considered a class A misdemeanor. Please call the UTIP hotline number (1-800-662-3337) or the DWR's Springville office (801-491-5678) if you have any information about this illegal stocking.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2016-07-09
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. More than 7,000 pounds of rainbow trout have been stocked in the last two months, so the fishing should be good. For trout, try throwing spinnerbaits or marabou jigs and use a bubble.
Silver Lake
2016-07-09
Good
The lake was stocked with large rainbow trout during the past two weeks, so fishing will be good. The best fishing has been off the dock, using PowerBait or flies under bubbles. Try throwing an occasional spinner as well. Fish in the early mornings or late evenings for the best success.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2016-07-09
Good
Please use EXTREME CAUTION along the edges. They can become very slippery, and if you get too close, you might fall in. The pond has been heavily stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try using a spinnerbait tipped with a nightcrawler or PowerBait. Fishing should be fast, but be aware of the summertime crowds!
Spring Lake
2016-07-09
Fair
The pond has been heavily stocked with channel catfish and trout, but it will not be stocked again until August. Wipers were also stocked into the pond last week, so be on the lookout for an additional species to catch. Anglers are catching trout on gold spinners. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers, shrimp or chicken livers on the bottom of the pond for the best results.
Strawberry Reservoir
2016-07-11
Hot
Anglers are doing very well all around the lake! Extremely large cutthroat are coming into the marina in large numbers. Fishing near the Ladders should deliver fish if you use two- to three-inch tube jibs in chartreuse or white. Try tipping the hooks with nightcrawlers or PowerBait (colors may vary). Kokanee fishermen are using squids and beaded spinners, tipped with Gulp maggots. Boaters are having success near the Chicken Creek west area with poppers and dodgers at around 35 feet. Strawberry Bay guides recommend using pink dodgers and squid (tipped with pink grubs) at depths of 35 to 40 feet for kokanee. Anglers are reporting good fishing near the Soldier Creek side. Marabou jigs in black and green have produced fish. Lime green or orange PowerBait works well, too. Also, try using a gold or silver Jake's lure (size 1/6 ounce) or gold Rapalas. Anglers are having success using olive-colored leeches and scuds, in sizes 12–16, near the Soldier Creek Dam. If you're bringing the family, be sure and pack some raw chicken/chicken legs. They are easy to tie a string around, then fish off the shoreline to catch crayfish and provide hours of entertainment for everyone. Don't forget that the rules that apply to fishing also apply to catching crayfish. Anyone over the age of 12 must have their Utah fishing license on them or downloaded to a smartphone. Also, please remember that you may not transport live fish or crayfish away from the water where they were caught. Strawberry Bay Marina is holding a tagged fish contest. More than 400 yellow-tagged fish have been released, as well as the grand prize pink-tagged fish! Several tagged fish have already been caught and are worth instant prizes. Check with Strawberry Bay Marina for the most recent updates at 435-548-2261. The reservoir is currently holding at 74 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2016-07-09
Fair
Be aware of rattlesnakes along the shoreline and use caution as you're walking. Anglers report good fishing for browns with gold spinners. The cloudy, overcast hours of the day are producing fish on rust-colored midges in size 18–20. The PMD hatch should last for a few more weeks.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2016-07-09
Closed
Effective immediately: The reservoir has begun the draining process to make repairs and will be closed until Dec. 2016. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir has been heavily stocked with Arctic grayling, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. This is one of the only opportunities in the state to catch grayling in a body of water that you can easily drive to. Gold Jake's spinners have been very successful as well as flyfishing with dry flies.
Utah Lake
2016-07-20
Closed
On July 15, the Utah Department of Health and the Utah County Health Department closed Utah Lake because of a large, harmful algal bloom that poses potential health risks to people and their pets. Do not fish at Utah Lake or in the Jordan River. If you caught fish in either location after July 10, please do not consume them. Please visit the Utah Department of Environmental Quality website for ongoing updates on the Utah Lake algal bloom.
Vernon Reservoir
2016-07-09
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Try using a spinnerbait or PowerBait under a bubble during the early morning or late evening hours. Please let us know how you do!
Vivian Park Pond
2016-07-09
Good
The pond will continue to be stocked every two weeks throughout the summer months. You can catch bigger fish in the early mornings/late evenings in the deeper pools. Try using a gold spinnerbait, PowerBait or a dry fly/caddis fly for the best results.
Willow Pond
2016-07-09
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked with channel catfish and trout, but it will not be stocked again until August. Wipers were also stocked into the pond last week, so be on the lookout for an additional species to catch. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers, shrimp or chicken livers on the bottom of the pond for the best results. For trout, try using spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawler or PowerBait. Jake's lures work great this time of year, but try fishing early mornings or late evenings. You may try using Rapalas around any vegetation for catching largemouth bass. We ask that you voluntarily release the largemouth bass because we use them to control the bluegill populations.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2016-07-09
Fair
Please use caution when launching from the sandy beaches — bigger vehicles will get stuck very easily. The water has receded and is too low to launch boats at the Painted Rocks boat ramp. Rangers are asking citizens to respect the posted boundaries. They want to remind everyone that dark sand is very unsafe to drive on. Light sand is ok, but you're launching at your own risk. Please try launching boats from the Oasis ramp on the west side of the lake. Anglers are catching fish near Oasis, right off the dock. Try fishing early in the morning and in the early afternoon/late evening for the best bite. Bowfishing anglers may have luck near the north beach for carp.

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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.

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
Anglers continue to have good success trolling for rainbows; try trolling crankbaits or spoons along the shoreline in deeper waters. Smallmouth bass and perch fishing is great right now as well. Perch have been found throughout the reservoir; for best success cast small jigs tipped with a piece of worm along sandy shorelines, and let the jig sink to the bottom before slowly retrieving. For bass, try casting along the shoreline with crawfish or perch patterns. Single tail jigs in various colors including chartreuse have been productive for bass as well.
Brough Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
With warmer temperatures, fish will likely be in deeper water. Fish during early morning or evening hours, and try trolling crankbaits or spoons, or casting spinners.
Browne Lake
2016-07-20
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing from shore and boats. Once water levels are low enough, we anticipate that dam repairs will happen. Hopefully this improves the fishery.
Bullock Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
Recent growth of aquatic vegetation has made fishing the reservoir a little difficult. Even so, anglers report decent fishing for largemouth bass. Shoreline access is limited due to vegetation; small boats or float tubes are recommended.
Calder Reservoir
2016-07-20
Slow
Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked to restart the reservoir after the winterkill.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
Fishing is improving. Anglers report catching a few tiger muskies, wipers and trout while trolling crankbaits, spinners and spoons. Rainbow colors have been the most productive. Some anglers are catching tiger muskie (18 to 20 inches) while casting toward shore with crawfish pattern plastics. A few carp were recently seen in the reservoir. Please bring along your bow-fishing tackle and help remove them.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
Fly fishing from float tubes near the inlets for rainbow and cutthroat has produced good results; anglers recommend using woolly buggers in black, olive and yellow. Boat anglers trolling crankbaits in brown and brook trout colors in 10 to 25 feet of water have been successful too. Shore anglers report good fishing with worms and PowerBait. Anglers have seen fish taking flies from the surface, making a fly and bubble setup a good option. The water temperatures are in the low to mid 60s.
East Park Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
Shore anglers report slow fishing with traditional trout baits, like PowerBait, worms and marshmallows. Anglers have seen fish feeding on insects at the surface, making fly fishing or casting a fly and bubble attractive alternatives to bait. Trolling has also been fairly productive with gold Jakes.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
Fishing is fair to good depending on species and location. The water is 70°F in the Canyon (Utah portion of the reservoir).

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. Surface temperatures have warmed, so expect fishing to get better for fish deeper in the water column. Many of the kokanee caught last weekend were found at around 35 feet. If you're graphing and not catching fish, change out your lures. Try spoons and dodger/squid combos. Good spoons to try include #1 and #2 Needlefish in pearl/red, silver/red and pearl bikini, along with Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoons in tequila sunrise and Caribbean sunset. Silver dodgers are a great attractor, followed by squids in pink, orange or white. Try smaller squids (1.5 inches) for wary fish. A good average speed is 1.8 miles per hour, but you should vary your speed by doing S-turns to see if fish want the lure faster or slower.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is good. Whether you're casting jigs toward the shore, trolling the open water or fishing from the shoreline, fishing for rainbows has been good. While trolling last weekend for kokanee, rainbow trout (up to 20 inches) were caught using the gear presented above. Rainbows are also biting along shallow points, near inflows and even along cliffs while casting tube jigs, curly tailed grubs and marabou jigs in olive, white, pink or black. Shore anglers are also having success soaking worms, PowerBait, etc., especially early in the morning and late in the day.

Lake trout: Fishing for lake trout is good. Reports have been spotty, specifically in the Canyon Region. Anglers are catching a few smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee and rainbows. Last weekend, anglers caught several smaller lake trout while trolling along the red cliffs in Sheep Creek Bay. Fish were suspended above the bottom from 40 to 80 feet. Lures like the Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoons in tequila sunrise worked best. The boat speed was 1.6–1.8 miles per hour. If you locate a good concentration of lake trout, try dropping a white tube jig, or jigging a spoon tipped with sucker/chub meat.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing for smallmouth bass is great. Smallmouth are most active now with the warmer weather. They can be caught using a variety of methods and techniques. Jigs in 1/4- to 3/8-ounce weights rigged with tubes, curly tails, hula grubs, etc., in earth tone colors are almost always a good choice. Drop shot rigs with four-inch artificial worms or minnows are also very effective. For some excitement, try top water poppers early and late in the day when the conditions are calm. The surface activity can be exceptional this time of year.

Burbot: Fishing is fair for burbot. Burbot activity decreases in the warm summer months, so expect spotty success. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water. As always, fish at night and use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat and recharge the glow frequently. Jig the presentation close to the bottom.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2016-07-20
Fair
Flows are currently at 2,690 cubic feet per second. Fishing is picking up as the flows drop. Expect higher recreational (rafting) pressure during the heat of the day and on weekends. Flows are dropping, but that's scheduled to change. Be sure to check the USBR website for current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Nymph fishing has been most productive using large scuds, soft hackles and San Juan worms. Rigs should be set deep, 10 to 14 feet, and fished along seams. Expect dry fly fishing to pick up as flows are reduced. A few cicadas have been spotted, but hatches have been minimal to this point. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. Also, try crankbaits like Rapala Xraps and Husky Jerks in deeper water. Pinch down the barbs for a quick release. Brightly colored spoons and spinners will also entice fish.
Long Park Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
Anglers continue to report good fishing from boats and the shoreline. Lures, PowerBait, worms and marshmallows have all produced great results. Those fishing from a boat have been successful trolling spinners, crankbaits and spoons. For a go-to lure, give the pink Sonic Rooster Tail a try.
Matt Warner
2016-07-20
Fair
The water clarity has improved some and fishing has picked. Anglers report fair to slow fishing with traditional trout baits including worms, marshmallows and PowerBait. Those casting spinners and flies have had better success. The most recent reports indicate trout have been actively feeding on the surface, creating a good opportunity for fly fishing or fly and bubble rigs.
Moose Pond
2016-07-20
Fair
Bait anglers have reported slower fishing, but they continue to catch fish using worms. For faster fishing, try casting a fly and bubble or spinner. A number of rainbow trout have been tagged for the Fox Family fishing contest, so look out for yellow tags with the word 'win' and a number. Tags need to be turned in at Basin Sports in Vernal or Paragon Oilfield Products in Roosevelt by August 17 to be eligible for the prize drawing.
Pelican Lake
2016-07-20
Good
Bass fishing is still great at Pelican. Anglers report fast fishing and good catch rates. Focus your attention on the weeds and other structure where bass like to hide. Spinner baits have been working well lately, but don't overlook your favorite largemouth tackle including plastic worms and jigs. Bluegill fishing has reportedly slowed down, but if you're targeting bluegill, try floating worms under a bobber, retrieving small jigs or drifting worm-tipped jigs from a boat.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
The reservoir is being restocked. Fishing for smaller rainbows and cutts has been fair to good. Fishing for other species — including wipers, crappie, walleye and yellow perch — is on the horizon but may take a while to fully establish.
Sheep Creek Lake
2016-07-20
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing trolling crankbaits, spinners and spoons in 10 to 15 feet of water. Fly-fishing is another great option as summer insect hatches attract fish to the surface to feed. Mornings and evenings are optimal times to fish.
Spirit Lake
2016-07-20
Fair
High-elevation lakes are fishing well right now. With summer in full swing and insect hatches in progress, fly fishing or fly-and-bubble techniques should produce great results.
Starvation Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
Walleye fishing is improving. Anglers report good success trolling bottom bouncers in 18 to 25 feet of water. Walleye in the 16- to 25-inch range have been fairly plentiful with a few larger fish in the mix. For rainbow trout, try trolling popgear and worms or using PowerBait from the shore. Bass fishing is hot at the moment, and water temperatures have come up, but it's still cool enough to hold fish in shallower waters along the shore. Anglers report good shore fishing for bass and walleye casting and retrieving jigs along the bottom.
Steinaker Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
Anglers good fishing for rainbows by trolling crankbaits, spoons and popgear along the shorelines. Vertical jigging with small, worm-tipped curly tail jigs has also been productive for trout sitting on the bottom in about 30 to 40 feet of water. Bluegill fishing is good. To target bluegill, look for tight schools of fish suspended near the middle of the water column in 30 to 40 feet of water. Once located, vertical jig small, worm-tipped jigs and be prepared for the hook-set. Bass fishing is fair to slow. For bass, try casting curly tailed grubs along the shoreline allowing the jig to follow the contour of the shoreline while occasionally lifting the rod tip and allowing the jig to fall a few feet before retrieving again. A number of rainbow trout have been tagged for the Fox Family fishing contest, so look out for yellow tags with the word 'win' and a number. Tags need to be turned in at Basin Sports in Vernal or Paragon Oilfield Products in Roosevelt by August 17 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler

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

Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2016-05-26
Good
All San Juan County waters are open and stocked. The most recently stocked waters are Blanding Three and Four. Each were stocked with about 1,400 nine-inch rainbow trout each on May 16. The Rattlesnake ponds were stocked with nearly 2,000 nine-inch rainbows on May 16. Lloyds Lake was stocked with nearly 4,000 eight-inch rainbow trout on April 13. Fishing for pike and bass at Recapture Reservoir is improving as the water temperature rises. Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black suggests fishing with weedless swimbaits in shallow, weedy areas.
Benches Pond
2016-07-06
Good
Try using nightcrawlers and other standard baits.
Boulger Reservoir
2016-07-06
Good
Try using nightcrawlers and other standard baits. Fishing has been better in the mornings.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2016-05-26
Good
For the third time this spring, the pond has been stocked with rainbows that averaged over nine inches. Earlier this month we stocked 55 11-inch wipers. You can catch wipers with silver spinners. Fishing for rainbow trout has been good since the winter thaw. In the past few weeks, anglers have reported great fishing. Recently, the best trout bait has been worms. PowerBait, salmon eggs and artificial lures and flies work well too.
Cleveland Reservoir
2016-07-06
Fair
Fish shallow in the morning and move to deeper water in the afternoon. A variety of spinners and lures (Jake's, Kastmaster and spoons) have been working well. You might also want to try using nightcrawlers and other standard baits.
Colorado River
2016-05-05
Slow
There is no current fishing report.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2016-07-06
Good
Dry flies (like mosquitoes) have been producing nice cutthroat trout along the shorelines. Try using a beaded nymph under a strike indicator for tiger trout.
Electric Lake
2016-07-06
Good
Anglers report catching a lot of nice tiger trout and cutthroat trout off the shore and from boats. Try bait fishing with dead minnows along the weedline for the best success.
Fairview Lakes
2016-05-26
Fair
Both lakes are open and the road is accessible.
Ferron Reservoir
2016-07-06
Good
Try using nightcrawlers and other standard baits. Anglers are also using beaded streamers to catch cutthroat trout and brook trout in deeper water.
Gigliotti Pond
2016-07-06
Hot
The pond was recently stocked. Try using nightcrawlers and other standard baits.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2016-07-06
Fair
The reservoir was stocked with 10-inch rainbow trout at the first of the month. Nightcrawlers and other standard baits are a good choice. Use different colors of PowerBait and, if that doesn't work, try a nightcrawler with salmon eggs.
Grassy Lake
2016-07-06
Good
The reservoir was stocked with 10-inch rainbow trout at the first of the month. Try using nightcrawlers and other standard baits.
Huntington Creek
2016-07-06
Fair
Anglers are catching a few fish at the Forks of Huntington and upstream on both forks.
Huntington Game Farm Pond
2016-05-05
Fair
The best fishing occurs within a mile of the dam. Few fish will be found below South Hughes Canyon because of last year's flash floods. Fly-fishing has ranged from fair to good. Brown trout up to 17 inches have been hooked in the fly-only zone. Good fly choices include leeches, wooly buggers, prince nymphs, stone flies, bead head uglies, caddis larvae, hares ear and the serendipity. Last year, 770 7-inch cutthroat trout were stocked at the Forks of the Huntington campground, so anglers may find some of these planters in that vicinity or further up the left fork.
Huntington North Reservoir
2016-07-06
Fair
Rainbow trout have been biting early in the morning, before water temperatures get too warm along the shallow shorelines. Fish the deeper water later in the day.
Huntington Reservoir
2016-07-06
Hot
Tiger trout fishing is fast and furious if you are out in a boat or float tube. Fish in 15 to 35 feet of water using beadhead buggers and leech patterns.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2016-07-06
Fair
Splake fishing is slow to fair. Anglers should fish in deeper water for better success. Tiger muskie fishing is good right now. Anglers who fish in the early morning hours along the rocky shorelines have reported catching tiger muskie longer than 40 inches.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2016-07-06
Good
Community ponds were recently stocked. Try using nightcrawlers and other standard baits.
La Sal Mountains
2016-05-26
Fair
The U.S. Forest Service hopes to open the gate to Oowah Reservoir before the holiday weekend. Warner Lake will not be accessible by the weekend. Hidden and Dons lakes are accessible and both have been stocked with nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been good at both locations. Dark Canyon is accessible but anglers may encounter some ice along the way. Stocking won't happen before the holiday weekend. Kens Lake was stocked with nearly 3,000 eight-inch rainbow trout earlier this spring. Conservation Officer Adam Wallerstein recommends chartreuse PowerBait for trout and small crankbaits for bass. Recreation Coordinator Walt Maldonado reports good fishing conditions and recommends fishing around the dam — use Jake's lures for trout and jerk baits for largemouth bass.
Lower Fish Creek
2016-05-26
Fair
Access to the DWR property from Highway 6 is available. Expect fair to good fishing for brown trout.
Lower Green River
2016-05-26
Fair
Catfish fishing is slow to hot, depending on the location, water flow and time of day. Chicken liver or commercial catfish baits work the best. Night fishing is often productive. Anglers are catching fish in the 12- to18-inch range.
May Day Pond
2016-05-05
Good
Fishing is good using worms and PowerBait.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2016-07-06
Good
Anglers should fish in the early morning along the dam. A variety of spinners and lures (Jake's, Kastmaster and spoons) have been working well. Try using nightcrawlers and other standard baits.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2016-05-26
Fair
State Park Manager Jonathan Hunt noted that Ferron Creek is running high and according to local anglers, that slows down the catch rate. Despite the high runoff, Jonathan said anglers have done fairly well from shore with worms or PowerBait. Trout up to 17 inches have been caught in May.
Petes Hole
2016-07-06
Good
The reservoir was stocked with 10-inch rainbow trout at the first of the month. Try using nightcrawlers and other standard baits.
Potters Ponds
2016-05-26
Fair
The ponds are accessible, but spring stocking hasn't happened yet.
Price River
2016-05-05
Slow
The water level is better now that water is being released from Scofield Reservoir. Because of winter dewatering of lower Fish Creek, anglers should expect to find more and bigger trout in the larger pools along the river.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2016-05-26
Slow
The creek's trout population was minimized by flash floods in the drainage in 2015. We've stocked some fish, but planters have struggled from the effects of flash flooding. Full restoration of the fishery isn't possible until the drainage is fully revegetated. The U.S. Forest Service is working on reforestation now.
Scofield Reservoir
2016-07-06
Slow
For the best chance at catching cutthroat trout, try fishing with dead chubs along the shoreline in the mornings.
Soup Bowl
2016-05-26
Fair
Access is now open, but spring stocking may be a week or more away.
Straight Canyon Creek
2016-05-26
Fair
Brown trout average from 10 to 13 inches. One angler recently reported good luck with a red and gold Mepps spinner. The catch rate has been best below the dam.
Willow Lake
2016-05-26
Fair
The lake is now accessible, although spring stocking hasn't happened yet.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2016-05-26
Fair
The reservoir has been accessible for several weeks. Anglers report fair to good fishing. Try traditional baits.

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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
2016-07-20
Slow
Access to Baker Reservoir and Pine Valley Reservoir is open again.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2016-07-20
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Barker and Lower Barker. Fishing is fair to good at most lakes. If you find slow fishing at one lake, don't hesitate to move to another.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2016-07-20
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all lakes. The Indian Creek road has been fixed, and the reservoir has been stocked.
Beaver River, Lower
2016-07-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Look for fair to good fishing with summer irrigation flows.
Beaver River, Upper
2016-07-20
Fair
Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant and can be caught on small spinners, flies and natural baits (like nightcrawlers and salmon eggs). A foam hopper beadhead nymph dropper rig can be especially fun and effective here. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries like Merchant Creek.
Boulder Mountain
2016-07-20
Good
You can find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Try getting away from the most popular lakes for better success. Also, don't hesitate to move to a new lake if you find slow fishing. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Bait fishers should focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait. (This is especially effective for large tigers.) Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. Midsummer is an ideal time to target grayling and cutthroat trout. These fish can often be caught on dry flies or nymphs. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports that callibaetis mayflies are hatching in many lakes, so be prepared with nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners to match the particular stage of the hatch. Anglers have also done well lately with leech patterns and scuds. Check out our Boulder Mountain fishing guide for a look at the different fish (and their sizes) in the many lakes found on the mountain.
Clear Creek
2016-07-20
Good
The restoration of Bonneville cutthroat trout is complete in the Clear Creek drainage, and anglers are now reaping the benefits. Look for catchable-sized fish throughout the entire stream this year. Some of the tributaries — including Mill, Fish and Shingle creeks — will also provide good fishing opportunities. Anglers report good to excellent fishing.
Corn Creek
2016-07-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked near campgrounds in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Tiger trout have also been stocked in Chalk and Oak. You can find lots of wild brown trout in Corn, wild rainbows in Chalk, and Bonneville cutthroat trout in Oak.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2016-07-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in both lakes. Duck Creek Pond has also received some catchable-sized tiger trout.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2016-07-20
Slow
Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have increased to more than 300 cfs, which is making it difficult to fish.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2016-07-20
Fair
Fishing is fair to good, depending on the area you fish. Don't hesitate to move around. Summer is a great time to throw a hopper-dropper combo or other terrestrials.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2016-07-20
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, although you 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-fishing anglers can do well with small, flashy spinners.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2016-07-20
Good
The upper reservoir is still fairly low. Only small boats can be launched. Fishing has been good lately for 10- to 12-inch rainbows. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on small jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or curly-tail grubs in dark colors. Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked in the lower reservoir.
Fish Lake
2016-07-20
Good
Fishing has been good to excellent in the morning and evening hours. Afternoon winds are blowing most boats off the lake. Trollers are finding good success with pop gear and worms. Lots of recently stocked rainbows are being caught in shallow water. Trolling deeper (below 20 feet) has produced bigger rainbows and splake, as well as an occasional pup lake trout or brown trout. One angler even reported catching a fat 10-inch kokanee. Some anglers have caught larger splake by jigging off the slide areas on the east shore. Anglers have also picked up a few lake trout while jigging tube jigs tipped with cut bait in deep water. Perch action can be fast while jigging just outside the weedline. There are still a few prizes left over from the perch tournament for lucky anglers who catch tagged perch. Just check in at the Lakeside General Store before you go fishing to be eligible. Before you go to the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or Bower Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
A recent netting survey found that most of the larger fish went downstream when the reservoir was drained last year. The tiger trout stocked last summer stayed in the creek, however, so there are plenty of 10-inch fish to catch (as well as a handful of bigger fish). Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2016-07-20
Fair
Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling, so flows have come up and the fishing has slowed down a little. However, fish are still feeding and can be caught. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop recommends throwing large, attractor-style dry flies, caddis, and terrestrials. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2016-07-20
Slow
Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass that posed a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for the next two or three years while the new populations establish.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for a variety of fish species. Focus on the area near the outlets of Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs, as well as in the river and canals below the outlets.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2016-07-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills), Parowan Pond and Wood's Ranch (Kid's Pond). Some brood rainbows were also stocked in Leigh Hill this spring and have provided some exciting action. Catfish have also been stocked.
Johnson Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports on fishing success, but June and July are typically good months to target tiger muskies. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports
Kolob Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair. Fish have moved to deeper water with the warmer weather. Bait fishing is allowed until Sept. 10.
Koosharem Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent fishing reports. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The southwest shoreline has been posted closed to trespassing by the landowner, but public access remains available through the BLM land near the restroom.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
You can access the reservoir, and anglers report good fishing. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2016-07-20
Fair
Fishing should be fair to good in lower Mammoth Creek. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
A recent netting survey found lots of small to medium-sized brown trout, as well as a handful of nice tigers and splake that washed down from Forsyth last summer. Catchable-sized rainbows have also been stocked. Look for fair to good fishing for rainbows and browns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
Trout are surface-feeding on midges in the morning before the wind comes up. Later in the day, you can catch them while trolling or fishing streamers and lures under the surface. The trout are healthy and strong this year. Smallmouth bass and wipers are active, especially in the early morning.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2016-07-20
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs and north-end lakes, and they should provide fair to good fishing. A survey this spring also found some nice tiger trout in Lower Box Creek Reservoir. Manning Meadow Reservoir is now open, and fly fishing has produced good to excellent success for cutthroat trout up to 17 inches. Throwing dry flies in the evening has been particularly exciting. The limit has changed this year at Manning Meadow — you can now keep two trout, with no size restriction.
Navajo Lake
2016-07-20
Fair
The road into Navajo Lake is being paved this summer. Construction runs Monday–Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can expect 30-minute delays during these times. No construction is scheduled on weekends or federal holidays. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Splake fishing has been slow this year because chubs are abundant, and splake are not very hungry.
Newcastle Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout with bait, lures and flies. The fish range in size from eight to 15 inches. Smallmouth bass should also be active. Anglers are catching a few wipers on nightcrawlers.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2016-07-20
Good
The reservoir is at 78 percent of capacity and is steadily dropping with irrigation releases. Boat-launching conditions are still good. Most anglers are fishing with PowerBait. Trout have moved to deeper water, so boats and anglers fishing the steeper shorelines on the south end are finding the best success. Garlic-flavored PowerBait seems to be producing best. A few anglers have also found good success while trolling.
Panguitch Lake
2016-07-20
Fair
Fishing is fair until the wind picks up, which has been happening at about 10 a.m. each day. Trolling with pop gear and a worm, or shore fishing from the steeper shorelines has been the most productive.
Paragonah Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
The rainbow trout are wild here, so they typically respond better to flies, lures and natural baits — like nightcrawlers — than they do to PowerBait. Some catchable-sized tiger trout were also stocked this year.
Pine Lake
2016-07-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, so fishing should be fair to good.
Piute Reservoir
2016-07-20
Slow
The reservoir was mostly drained last summer for irrigation needs. It is unknown how many fish were lost.
Quail Lake
2016-07-20
Fair
Visit the state park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Bass and crappie fishing is fair to good.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent. Bluegill are also active and can be found suspended in 25–30 feet of water. Many anglers are fishing in the early morning or at night to avoid the heat and waterskiers, and they are finding great success for bass. Try casting topwater lures, spinner baits in dark colors or lipless crankbaits after dark. Night fishing can be especially effective during a full moon. Just remember that you need to pay an overnight camping fee if your vehicle will be in the parking lot after 10 p.m.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2016-07-20
Slow
Flows are up to nearly 500 cfs, which is making fishing difficult.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2016-07-20
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good to excellent fishing with damselfly patterns. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. A recent netting survey found a handful of nice brown trout, some of which weighed up to five pounds.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2016-07-20
Fair
Bass and bluegill get active with the warmer water and should provide fair to good fishing.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2016-07-20
Good
The state park reports water temperatures in the 60s and active bass and bluegill fishing.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2016-07-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Pressure is high on the weekends. Fishing from boats generally produces better than shore fishing, although one group recently found success on shore with corn-flavored PowerBait. One angler also reported fast action on dry flies near sunset.

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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
2016-07-27
Good

Lake elevation: 3,619 feet

Water temperatures: 79-83°F

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If you're planning a fishing trip to Lake Powell, the best advice is to go north! Fishing is awesome. The best spots are from Bullfrog to Hite. I will present details later, but just wanted to get that out there.

The Bobbie Gilliam family from Colorado came to Lake Powell and successfully fished for walleye, but they were interrupted by a lot of stripers feeding on the surface. Fishing is HOT right now for stripers, particularly in the north lake for boiling stripers and in the southern lake for deep schooling fish. .
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

If you are committed to a southern lake trip, and it’s too late to switch, you can still catch a lot of fish. The differentiation between north and south lake fishing is technique. North is topwater and spoon fishing while southern lake fish are eating bait. So take your pick.

If you're launching from Wahweap or Antelope Point, the best fishing is from Padre Bay to Rock Creek and beyond. The good bait spots close to the marinas are still producing but at a smaller, slower rate than last month. Now, the key to finding a deep striper school is to find a major rock structure that extends out from the middle or at the end of a steep cliff wall. Stripers suspend at 30–40 feet over a 200 feet (or deeper) bottom, and then periodically search shallower rocky flats or structures to find sunfish and crayfish.

These spots produced big catches recently:

Rock Creek: Last steep cliff on the left side near the back of the canyon; three coves starting at the restroom cove and then those coves in order on the same side when moving toward the back of the canyon. Look for the steep walls with a shallow structure nearby.

Last Chance: Same steep structure with isolated shallow structure. White Rockslide on the right side about three or four coves toward the back of the canyon.

Padre Bay: Shady east side in the morning. The steep cliff on the east shoreline is interrupted by a large cove in the middle of the cliff wall. On the left of the cove, look for a big rockslide that leads down to a slick rock point, which is the first hot spot. In the middle cove is a short canyon with high walls that I call Secret Canyon, second hot spot. The third hotspot is along the right side of the big cove where a rocky butte protrudes from the cliff wall. Basically, graph and troll along the east wall until a school is seen and then use bait to catch them.

From Bullfrog north, finding stripers is a lot easier. Head uplake early and look for striper boils. You'll find boils from Good Hope Bay to Trachyte during mornings and evenings. When boiling, the stripers were happy to hit topwater, shallow runners, spoons, etc.

These boils were not nonstop. There were times when there was no surface action. When this happens, just look at the graph and stop over the first school of fish seen and drop spoons or swim baits. Catching is actually quicker using spoons in deeper water although boils are the most exciting fishing done in freshwater. Unlimited fish are waiting to be caught in the northern lake.

As a bonus, you can try for a few walleye from Bullfrog to Good Hope Bay. One of those tasty fish may have a tag in its back, which will allow you to win a prize in the tagged walleye contest.

The hot fishing will continue through August. Everyone should make at least one more trip to Lake Powell this summer. There are a lot of fish waiting for you.

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