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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-07-02
Good
Anglers report decent fishing for cutthroat trout and an occasional lake trout. The best fishing has been near the bottom in 45 to 65 feet of water using Rapalas and spoons off of downriggers. The best spots to fish are off of the east side from First Point to the Scout Camp and also from Cisco Beach to Rainbow Cove/North Eden. If you are fishing on the west side, try trolling parallel to the shore from Swan Creek north to Fish Haven Creek. you can sometimes catch nice-sized fish by trolling flat lines in the early morning off of South Eden. The fish are feeding on insects that get blown on to the water. Try using a minnow-type lure with either a shallow or a deep-diving lip for these early morning feeders. The surface water is about 64°F. You can launch a boat at the marina and at both east side boat ramps: First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are also in the water at all locations. Remember, you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-07-02
Good
As of June 30, anglers reported good fishing throughout the river. Anglers are catching mostly rainbows and browns using PMDs, caddis flies, pheasant tale nymphs, hare's ear nymphs and ants and beetles. This is also a great time to use hoppers.
Bountiful Lake
2015-07-02
Fair
Anglers report slow fishing from the docks and the shore, despite using lures and different types of baits. Try fishing around dawn. The fish will likely be shallow, closer to shore and more active than midday. With the recent hot temperatures, there are many swimmers frequenting the pond.
Causey Reservoir
2015-07-02
Slow
As of July 1, angling pressure was very light, but many people are escaping the heat and heading to Causey to kayak. Fishing is slow, but likely better during early morning. Anglers report seeing a few fish jumping at the surface near the dam. Water levels are still very good and there was water close to going over the spillway. Water clarity is also good.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-07-02
Good
On July 1, anglers continued to report good fishing. The fish are in deeper water during the day. Whether you're fishing from a boat or from the shore, try fishing just off the bottom. In the early morning when temperatures are a little cooler, fish are usually near the surface or close to the edge. Traditional baits and lures have been working well.
Echo Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Fishing is good for anglers on rocky shores. Success for most boat anglers has slowed down a little bit recently, fishing overall though is still pretty good. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Dominick Barratt for that report.
Farmington Pond
2015-07-02
Slow
As of July 1, fishing pressure had been light as more people flock to the pond to swim.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
As of July 1, shore anglers and those fishing from non-motorized watercraft report good fishing, particularly in the early mornings when temperatures are cooler and the fish are jumping. The water levels are still good and the fish are staying close to structured areas. Surface temperatures are around 76°F. If you're fishing from the shore or from the docks, try using bright yellow PowerBait just off the bottom, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers. When fishing from a kayak, Rapalas, spinners, worms and PowerBait work well. Holmes is a private pond and it primarily reserved for a boat club. If there is a boater on the water, please use courtesy and give them space. And remember to pack out what you pack in so all anglers don't lose fishing privileges at the pond. Be sure to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-07-02
Fair
Fishing is slow, but anglers are still catching some fish from a shore or a boat. Try using PowerBait and perch-colored Rapalas.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-07-02
Slow
As of July 1, water levels were still very low and angling pressure was very light. Anglers report better fishing in the early morning versus late afternoon. The most likely catch this time of year is channel catfish. Try using baits that stink and fish off the bottom.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-07-02
Good
As of July 1, fishing was good at all four ponds. One anglers and her dad had a great morning fishing from 5:30-7:00 a.m. The temperature was nice and they caught three healthy bluegill and one bass. Fish are very active and are feeding off the surface at that time in the morning. Another couple of anglers also reported good fishing for bullhead catfishing. They caught six catfish using PowerBait and worms and fishing just off the bottom.
Logan River
2015-07-02
Good
The Logan River is fishing well. Anglers report good fishing for brown trout and cutthroat trout. Try using PMDs, caddis flies, pheasant tale nymphs, hare's ear nymphs and ants and beetles. This is also a great time to use hoppers.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Lost Creek has been receiving fairly good angling pressure from boats. Angling pressure from the shore seems to increase on the weekends and on holidays. On July 1, water temperatures were around 72°F and clarity and visibility were excellent.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Fishing is slowing down. Anglers are still catching fish, but not as quickly. Anglers have caught a few bass and perch, and some shore anglers caught some good-sized trout.
Ogden River
2015-07-02
Good
As of July 1, flows in the South Fork were good and the water was crystal clear with excellent visibility. You can easily see fish swimming around. Angling pressure is fair. Canyon temperatures are much more comfortable than the valley. This is a great place to get out of the heat and catch fish.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
One of our biologists fished Pineview for about four hours on Tuesday morning. The water temperature started out at 72°F and was nearly 79°F by 10:30 a.m. He didn't see any tiger muskies, but fishing was good for smallmouth bass around 15 inches and two pounds. He also got a good number of small, seven- to eight-inch crappies in weedy areas, six to seven feet deep. All fish were caught on jigs. The water is quite clear, except for shorelines disturbed by boat wakes.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Anglers report good fishing. The trout are still biting, especially for those trolling their favorite lures: perch-colored patterns. You'll have the best success fishing during morning hours. Try fishing deeper water. Drift fishing with PowerBait is also producing fish. Anglers report good bass fishing. Try fishing around rocky points anywhere around the lake. Drop Shot rigs with soft plastics in brown and black are working best. Remember to certify that your vessel is clean and free of quagga mussels. You can find forms at the top of most boat ramps. Thoroughly clean, drain and dry your boat after every outing, especially if you have boated at Lake Powell or Deer Creek. Read more about the decontamination process.
Uinta Mountains
2015-07-02
Hot
Many of the lakes that lie off the beaten path along Hwy 150 are producing quality fishing opportunities. Fish are readily biting on spinners (Jake's and Kastmasters), flies and even nightcrawlers. A local angler recently had good success fishing many of the high Uinta streams. Most of them are running a little high, but the water is quite clear. He had some success fishing in the East Fork of the Bear River. He caught a cutthroat on a #16 purple haze and a brook trout on a #16 Higa SOS dropper. This is a great time to get out of the valley heat, take the family for a hike and enjoy some of the secluded lakes in the area.
Weber River
2015-07-02
Good
Anglers report especially good fishing for brown trout between Coalville and Wanship. Try using dry flies — especially hoppers.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Walleye and wiper fishing is really good for boat anglers. Short fishing has slowed down a lot because the water temperature is in the high 70s and fish are looking for deeper water. A few anglers have reported hot fishing during a wiper boil. Other anglers report good fishing for walleye by bouncing Rapalas off the bottom. Wipers are hitting on jigs, Rapalas, worms and mussels. Anglers have caught some good-sized catfish. The water level is low, but steady. Use caution along the eastern shorelines where the water is the lowest and rocks and sandbars are just below the water level. The north marina is five feet deep where you launch and eight feet deep in the channel. The lake itself is 10 to 15 feet deep in the middle, so there is plenty of water still.

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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
2015-06-25
Good
Please keep in mind that the ponds are now for day-use only. The ponds will continue to receive stockings of catchable rainbow trout throughout the summer months. Try using traditional lures or bait (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-06-25
Fair
Because rainbow trout don't do well in warmer temperatures, the pond has received its last rainbow stocking until the fall. Try using PowerBait or Jake's spinners for the best results. Worms are a good choice if you're trying to catch wipers.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-06-29
Fair
In early June, we stocked 18,000 rainbow trout, and anglers have been catching them. Try fishing in the early morning and late evening hours. Boaters have been catching trout in depths of 20–30 feet. The smallmouth bass have also turned on, so try fishing jerkbaits or spinnerbaits near vegetation just as the temperature warms up in the afternoon. The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. The Charleston boat ramp is open to non-motorized vessels only. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Please keep in mind that 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. 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 currently 91 percent full, and water temperatures are in the upper 70s.
Diamond Fork River
2015-06-25
Fair
Pale morning dun mayflies (PMDs) are still out, so those are a good choice in the mid-morning hours. Use sizes 8–22. Sow bugs are also working. Spinners work great for those who aren't fly-fishing.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
The reservoir has been heavily stocked with catchable rainbow trout. The best bite has been occurring in the early morning and late evening hours. Try throwing a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub in chartreuse or white, tipped with an earthworm.
Highland Glen Park
2015-06-25
Good
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
Smallmouth bass are biting now that the water is warmer. Try throwing jerkbaits or rattletraps at midday. Also, continue to use traditional baits (worms and PowerBait) on the shoreline. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Also, be aware of rattlesnakes that may be basking in the sun near the shoreline. There have been sightings near Rock Cliff and at the Perimeter Trail. The reservoir is about 87 percent full, and water temperatures are in the upper 60s and lower 70s.
Kidney Pond
2015-06-25
Good
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Midas Pond
2015-06-25
Good
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
The road is open, and the reservoir has been heavily stocked. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble. Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-06-25
Good
As water levels continue to decrease, try using spinner baits and traditional baits (PowerBait or nightcrawlers). Curly Tail grubs are also a good choice. From May 15, 2015 until January 1, 2016, the daily bag and possession limit has been increased to eight fish. The reservoir is being drained to meet irrigation needs. Limits are being temporarily increased to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-06-25
Fair
Try fishing early in the day or in the late afternoon. Use garlic PowerBait under a bubble or a nightcrawler for the best results. If you use jigs or lures, try tipping the hook with a nightcrawler.
Payson Lake
2015-06-25
Good
Maple Lake has been stocked several times, and the fish are biting. Try using dry flies for fly fishing or a chartreuse Curly Tail grub, tipped with a nightcrawler. All roads and campgrounds on the Nebo Loop are currently open.
Provo River, Lower
2015-06-25
Good
Flows are higher. Yellow sallies are making an appearance, and PMDs are still present. Use sizes 16–22. Trout are very active and feeding early to midday, especially near the banks in shallow water. Sow bugs have been working well this week. Spinners are a great choice for those who aren't fly fishing. Water temperatures at midday are hovering above 55°F. Water is being released from Deer Creek, so water levels are up and ranging from 475 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 48 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-06-25
Good
Dry flies have been more successful on the Middle Provo than the Lower Provo. Try using a PMD emerger. There has been a lot of PMD activity. You may also want to try some sow bugs. Water levels are near 163 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release (340 cfs) and average at Charleston (around 199 cfs).
Salem Pond
2015-06-25
Good
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-06-25
Fair
Fish have been stocked during the last few weeks, so rainbow trout will be hungry and active. Try using a Jake's spinner (with a bubble), worms or PowerBait.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
The pond will be stocked with rainbow trout every other week during the summer. Be aware of swimmers throughout the pond. Trout fishing has been slow, but try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers, Curly Tail lures with a beadhead or PowerBait with a bubble.
Spring Lake
2015-06-25
Slow
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-06-25
Good
You'll find the best bite early in the morning. Shoreline anglers are catching fish on PowerBait or by fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom, especially right off the dam. Anglers have reported catching large cutthroats near Renegade. Float tubers are catching kokanee in open water at depths of around 20–30 feet. Try a large spinner tipped with nightcrawler. The Strawberry Bay Marina & Lodge rainbow trout tagged fishing contest started Memorial Day weekend. There were 295 white-tagged rainbows and five pink-tagged rainbows released for the contest. Catch one of the white-tagged fish and redeem your prize at the marina stores. Catch one of the pink-tagged fish, and you automatically win one of the five grand prizes. For more information, please call the marina at 435-548-2500. The reservoir is currently 77 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-06-29
Good
An angler who recently visited the creek reported very fast fishing. He caught many fat trout that were around 12 inches long, and fishing pressure was light.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
Try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout fishing is slow, but the fish are feeding actively in the morning and late evening. Important: From May 15, 2015 until Jan. 1, 2016, the daily bag and possession limit at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir only has been increased to 8 fish. (Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is located further up the mountain, to the north of Tibble Fork Reservoir.) It will be drained for construction, starting July 1.
Utah Lake
2015-06-25
Good
Water levels are shallow near the marina. Try fishing in the early morning or late afternoon for the best results. Catfishing has been hot, especially near the Lindon marina. Try using carp or white bass meat tipped on your hooks. White bass have been very active in the early morning hours near the boat ramps. They are biting on small tube jigs. Largemouth bass fishing has been slow, but try throwing spinnerbaits and crankbaits near the reeds. Please use caution when launching your boats. Carp are very active and being seen all around the lakeshore. Water temperatures are hovering right around or below 75° F at midday. Mosquitoes have started to appear, so take some bug repellent when you're out. Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is currently 61 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-06-25
Slow
Anglers should try spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawlers or Jake's lures.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-06-25
Good
Trout will continue to be stocked every other week throughout the summer months. The trout are active, so try a Curly Tail grub or PowerBait with a bobber, and fish in the shallows. This is a great place to take small children and elderly adults. It is ADA-accessible and has a nice pavilion with nearby restrooms.
Willow Pond
2015-06-25
Fair
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond. You may want to throw spinners or crankbaits near the vegetation for some largemouth bass hookups. By voluntarily releasing the largemouth bass, you can help control the bluegill population.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-06-25
Slow
Anglers are catching fish near Oasis, right off the dock. Try fishing early in the morning or in the early afternoon/late evening for the best bite. Anglers are still catching walleye and northern pike on sinking anchovies or sardines. You may also want to try using spinnerbaits tipped with bait.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart

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

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows, bass and yellow perch. Anglers have also caught a few nice browns. Bass and yellow perch have moved into shallower water with the warmer weather. Rainbow and brown trout are moving into deeper, so you'll find the most success fishing early mornings and evenings. The reservoir is still close to full.
Brough Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers; however, you'll usually find fair to good fishing this time of year. The reservoir is full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented/salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-06-24
Fair
The last report was of fair fishing. The roads should be dry.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing, mostly for bass and a few rainbows. The reservoir is full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers reported fair to good fishing. The water level remains low. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented/salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for a mix of fish, including rainbow trout and tiger muskie. The reservoir is full. Remember that the statewide rule for tiger muskie is one fish over 40 inches — all others must be released immediately. These big fish are quite sensitive to mishandling, so bring them in quickly but not by horsing. Try to keep them from expending too much energy and keep their gills in the water as you handle them. Be sure to release as quickly as possible.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-06-24
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers report slow to good fishing for tigers and rainbows. Try trout baits like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier. The roads are drying out.
East Park Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers report slow to good fishing. It varies from day to day. Try trout baits like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier. The reservoir is full and the roads are dry.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-06-24
Good
Fishing has been fair to hot depending on locations and species. Here's a look at each species.

Kokanee: Kokanee fishing has recently slowed because of the rapidly increasing reservoir surface elevation. Flaming Gorge is currently at 6,032 feet and has been rising almost three inches a day. The surface temperature has also climbed to 66¬–72°F. As a result, kokanee are being caught deeper in the water column, around 40 feet. The depth and location can change quickly, so watch the fish finder and put your lure where the fish are. Many of the kokanee biting are in the 2.5 to 3-pound range. Remember, mortality rates on released fish increase as water temperatures rise, so we encourage you to keep your limits of small kokanee. A variety of lures will work, including #2 Needlefish, Rocky Mountain Tackle (RMT) Viper spoons and a variety of dodger/squid combos. Pink and orange colors are working best. Troll at around 1.6 and 2.2 miles per hour.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is red hot, and so is the quality of the fish biting. Because of abundant cicadas in the lower reservoir, the top water action has been exceptional. Fly anglers should tie on a cicada pattern, and spin anglers can try small top waters like the Storm Hopper Popper. Top water fishing is a riot and very productive when fish become accustomed to looking up for food. Anglers often catch rainbows while trolling for kokanee, casting jigs (marabous, curly tails, tubes) near shore or soaking a nightcrawler or PowerBait along the bottom. Anglers report good to excellent results. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits along with common trout baits (such as worms) and fly fishing (cicada hatch) are working from the shore and from boats. Small schools are cruising the shoreline, and anglers have found good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Rainbows are also being caught in deep water, where anglers are targeting lake trout.

Lake trout: Fishing has been slow, but it's picking up in the Canyon region of the reservoir. Fishing for smaller lake trout has been red hot just south of Buckboard, WY. The most effective way to catch lake trout is to find concentrations along main channel points and breaks, and vertically jig with jigging spoons, tube jigs or Gulp minnows. Jiggers should try white, three-inch tube jigs tipped with a small chunk of sucker meat. Anglers can also troll with spoons, flatfish or similar crankbaits in chartreuse, white or rainbow trout colors. Most lake trout are 50–100 feet deep, but can also be caught in shallower waters earlier or later in the day. Successful trolling speeds are around 1.6–1.8 miles per hour. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is great! Once again, cicadas are abundant in the lower portion of the reservoir, so the top water action has been great. Smallmouth bass are coming off the spawn, so you can expect bass to be eagerly searching for food to build up their reserves after all that hard work. Smallmouth bass are a great because of their aggressive and opportunistic nature. Bounce 1/4-inch jigs in earth tone colors along the bottom, pop a top water across the surface near shore or drop shot a four-inch worm in the shallows. Regardless of the method, you're likely going to catch a lot of bass, along with a few bonus rainbow trout.

Burbot: Though there haven't been many reports, some anglers say the burbot fishing is good. Burbot are most abundant in the uppermost reaches of the reservoir in Wyoming, so anglers should start their search there. They are predominantly a nighttime fishery and prefer cooler water and rocky main channel structure. Start fishing at dusk and target depths greater than 30 feet. Use 3/8- 1/2-ounce glow lures, like Yamamoto grubs in luminous white or Northland Buckshot spoons in glow, tipped with sucker or chub meat. Burbot are not nearly as active or aggressive during the summer months, so jig lures slowly and close to the bottom, and move if you're not catching fish. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2015-06-24
Good
Fishing is good to excellent. Cicadas have been more widespread in the two to three miles immediately below the dam. Dry dropper rigs are working well, with a cicada on top and a scud, zebra midge or nymph below. Caddis hatches are becoming more abundant in the lower portion of A-section and some yellow sallies have been sighted as well. Terrestrials like ants, crickets and hoppers are a variation from the norm, which is always a good option during peak season. Spin anglers should try small marabou jigs, spoons or crankbaits in deeper water and runs. Currently the river is flowing at an average of 1,700 cubic feet per second, and peaking at 2,160 cubic feet per second between 2–8 p.m. You can check flows online.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports. The roads should be drying out.
Matt Warner
2015-06-24
Good
Most reports are of fair to good fishing. Try trout baits (like worms) or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier.
Moose Pond
2015-06-24
Good
Most anglers report good fishing. The pond was recently stocked. Try trout baits, like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier.
Pelican Lake
2015-06-24
Good
Anglers are visiting the lake, and most report fair to excellent success. Bluegill have joined the bass in the warmer shallows and are now reachable from shore. Now is a good time to target carp. Removal of carp by archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality, which will help the growth of the bass and bluegill. A tagged-carp contest started May 1 and will run until August 1. We tagged 30 carp for the contest. The tags are red and located on the left side of the dorsal fin. If you catch a tagged carp, take it to the Vernal Sportsman's Warehouse to receive a prize. Water levels look good, and the lake is full.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-06-24
Good
Fishing has been good for rainbows and bass. We are also hearing reports that bluegill are moving into the shallows and supplying some fast fishing. We received a single report of slow walleye fishing. If you're fishing for bluegill, think small: jigs, spoons or small baits. For bass, much the same as bluegill, just larger. For trout, try baits, like worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use a marshmallow or floating bait to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier. The water level is rising and back to normal as a result of spring rain.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-06-24
Fair
We received one report of fair fishing. The roads in the area should be dry.
Spirit Lake
2015-06-24
Good
A few early anglers reported fair to good fishing. For trout, try baits like worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use a marshmallow or floating bait to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout last summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take about two to three years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-06-24
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing during the cooler hours for rainbows, bass and walleye. Most anglers were chased off by high winds in the afternoons. The hot weather has moved the trout into a summer pattern. You'll find better success during the cooler hours. Baits are working well, especially from the shore. Try smaller, deep-diving crankbaits and spoons for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye and bass. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleye are small or in the 20- to 23-inch range, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-06-24
Good
Anglers report fair to excellent fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill from shore and boats. Bass and bluegill have moved back into the shallows. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore while crankbaits, brightly-colored spoons and crayfish-colored jigs are producing for shore anglers and boaters. Fish can be anywhere from the surface to depths in the 30- to 40-foot range. The hot weather has initiated a summer pattern where the trout move deeper and are mostly active in the cooler hours of early morning and evenings. The water level has come up but still remains low enough to expose rocks and sandbars.

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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
2015-07-02
Slow
On June 25, conservation officer Dennis Shumway reports slow fishing because of the high temperatures. Morning and evening have been the best times to fish. Trout are most active at high elevation reservoirs, like Monticello Lake and Foy Reservoir, where fish take insects from the surface throughout the day. Dry flies will work well at both locations. PowerBait and marshmallows can be effective in the early morning. Pike and bass fishing have been slow in the warm water at Recapture Reservoir, so try to fish early morning or late evening.
Benches Pond
2015-07-02
Fair
Early morning anglers report good fishing with a combination of worms and marshmallows or worms and PowerBait. Fishing tapers off as the temperature rises. The catch consists of planted 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout.
Blue Lake
2015-07-02
Slow
According to a U.S. Forest Service report, access is by ATV only. It's unlikely that the lake has been stocked this year.
Boulger Reservoir
2015-07-02
Fair
For best results, fish in the early morning or late evening. Dry flies are often effective in the evening. Baits can be used at other times. All of the trout are planters and will usually be in the 8- to 10-inch size range.
Cleveland Reservoir
2015-07-02
Fair
On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported fair to good fishing in the evening using worms and PowerBait. Last week, anglers reported slow fishing and that has been common since ice-off. Anglers are typically catching rainbow trout up to 16 inches.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2015-07-02
Fair
On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported fair fishing with a fly and bobber at dusk. In the last few weeks, anglers had reported slow fishing with artificial flies or spinners.
Electric Lake
2015-07-02
Fair
On June 22, conservation officer TJ Robertson reported fair fishing with minnows near the boat ramp. The catch rate has been sporadic since ice-off. The Upper Huntington Creek, which flows into the lake, has also been a reasonably productive fly fishing destination.
Emerald Lake
2015-07-02
Slow
The U.S. Forest Service has reported that access is by ATV only. This pond has almost certainly not been stocked this year.
Fairview Lakes
2015-07-02
Fair
Both of the lakes have been stocked, but there are no recent fishing report.
Ferron Reservoir
2015-07-02
Slow
On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported slow fishing with all types of baits and tackle.
Gigliotti Pond
2015-07-02
Good
Fishing is good in the early morning with bait and in the late evening with dry flies.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2015-07-02
Fair
The reservoir has been stocked, but fishing is only fair. The dam outflow is closed to fishing until July 11.
Grassy Lake
2015-07-02
Good
On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported good fishing with PowerBait and worms. Since spring, almost all of the reports have been positive. Try using PowerBait in a variety of colors.
Huntington Creek
2015-07-02
Slow
The stretch from Electric Lake dam downstream to South Hughes Canyon is the best place to fish. This stretch lies within the fly-only zone. Below South Hughes Canyon, the Seeley Fire and subsequent flash floods have made it so that there are no fish in the creek. You cannot camp overnight from South Hughes Canyon to the forks of the Huntington because of a continuing flash flood threat. You can camp below the forks, but there are few, if any, fish there.
Huntington North Reservoir
2015-07-02
Slow
Multiple anglers report slow fishing. Fishing has been slow since ice off.
Huntington Reservoir
2015-07-02
Slow
On June 22, conservation officer TJ Robertson reported slow fishing, which is locally known as Mammoth Reservoir. Fishing has been slow to fair fishing since ice off.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2015-07-02
Fair
Both east and west side boat ramps are open. The campground will have water by July 2. During the past month, tiger muskie anglers have reported good fishing from the bank or a boat. Look for rocky structure on the east side where you can ambush chubs from cover. Jointed stickbaits with a green-over-yellow or green-over-orange color pattern have been effective. Fishing is fair for trout. Most trout have been caught with the same tackle intended for tiger muskies.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2015-07-02
Good
Fishing has been good at this new Wellington community fishery since spring. Since late February, the pond has been stocked with more than 4,000 pan-sized rainbow trout. Worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs have been popular baits.
La Sal Mountains
2015-07-02
Fair
On June 27, Sergeant Ben Wolford reported fair to good fishing at high elevation lakes. Fishing is best in the early morning or late evening. At lower elevations, anglers should be on the water at daybreak to avoid competition with other water sports. On June 23, recreation specialist Walt Maldonado reported good fishing at Kens Lake with Velveta cheese or multicolored PowerBait.
Lower Green River
2015-07-02
Fair
On June 23, recreation specialist Walt Maldonado reported fair fishing with chicken liver, nightcrawlers and stink baits. Walt noted that the water flows were still high, but they are dropping. The river dropped four feet in the two days before Walt's report.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2015-07-02
Fair
On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported excellent fishing from a boat with green spinners, good fishing from a boat with worms, and slow fishing with PowerBait. On June 22, conservation officer TJ Robertson reported slow fishing. In preceding weeks, fishing has gone from one extreme to the other.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2015-07-02
Fair
On June 29, DWR officers reported good fishing with PowerBait. On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported fair to good fishing from a boat in the early morning. Bait fishing had been most productive with PowerBait and worms suspended from a bobber. Stacey said that boat anglers had good results in shallow water by using spinners. Shoreline fishing has been the least productive. The state park now rents paddle boards, kayaks and canoes on an hourly or daily basis. The equipment is available for a modest fee on a first come, first served basis.
Petes Hole
2015-07-02
Good
Fishing is good with PowerBait and worms. Traditionally, Petes Hole is one of the best places to fish in mid-summer.
Potters Ponds
2015-07-02
Fair
On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported fair to good fishing in the morning or evening with spinners, PowerBait or worms. On June 23, conservation officer JD Abbott reported good fishing dangling a worm and PowerBait from a bubble.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2015-07-02
Slow
Except from the dam downstream to South Hughes Canyon, the creek has mostly been scoured by flash floods since the Seeley Fire. The highest population of fish will be in the short stretch above South Hughes Canyon.
Scofield Reservoir
2015-07-02
Slow
On June 22, conservation officer TJ Robertson reported slow fishing. He thought that lemon twist PowerBait seemed to have had a slight edge over other baits that day. Cutthroat trout typically range from 10 to 12 inches, but may occasionally exceed the upper slot limit. Rainbow trout typically range from 8 to 14 inches. Few tiger trout are being caught and most measure below the slot limit. Cutthroats trout are the most frequently caught trout species because thousands are stocked every year — including more than 75,000 catchable-sized cutthroat that were planted last fall. On June 20, creel survey technician Mike Ault interviewed a number of anglers along the east shoreline. The anglers reported exceptionally good fishing for trout. The next day, fishing was poor though some anglers were catching chubs. In the recent weeks, Mike has said that the most consistent fishing is in the dam cove and the west side angler access is second best. Boaters have had good success by fishing around the island.
Soup Bowl
2015-07-02
Good
On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported good fishing with spinners or with a fly and bobber. In recent weeks, good fishing has been the norm.
Willow Lake
2015-07-02
Good
On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported good fishing with worms, PowerBait or spinners. In previous weeks, the catch rate has been slow, but variable.

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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
2015-06-26
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked in early spring.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-06-26
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked in Barker and Lower Barker. Fishing is fair to good in all of the other lakes. Dougherty Basin Lake is closed to fishing until July 11.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-06-26
Fair
Access is good and rainbow trout have been stocked in all of the usual lakes. Indian Creek Reservoir will not be stocked this year because the water level is low and the road conditions are unsafe.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-06-26
Fair
Fishing usually improves during irrigation flows. Recent surveys found some nice-sized brown and rainbow trout. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were recently stocked.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-06-26
Fair
Fishing is fair to good for small brown and rainbow trout.
Boulder Mountain
2015-06-26
Good
All areas of the mountain are accessible, including the Boulder Top. Fishing is good to excellent in numerous lakes across the mountain. Anglers have caught some very large tigers this year. When you're targeting these large fish, remember that they are predators and adjust your techniques accordingly.
Clear Creek
2015-06-26
Fair
Removal of nonnative trout in the Clear Creek drainage is now complete and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. Fingerling cutthroat stocked in fall 2014 in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long by summer.
Corn Creek
2015-06-26
Fair
Access is good and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-06-26
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Brood brook trout were also stocked in April. Fishing has been good to excellent this year.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-06-26
Fair
Irrigation water flows are up to 110 cfs. Fishing is a little difficult at this level, but you can target some of the slow-moving runs with large streamers, deep-diving lures or nightcrawlers. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2015-06-26
Fair
Fishing should be fair to good. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-06-26
Fair
Small rainbow, brown and brook trout are abundant in the Upper East Fork of the Sevier and in most of its tributaries.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-06-26
Good
The trout limit at Upper and Lower Enterprise Reservoir has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015. Because of to a very poor snowpack, the lower reservoir will be drained for irrigation needs. All of the upper reservoir will be drained, except for the small, state-owned conservation pool.
Fish Lake
2015-06-26
Fair
Trolling and bait fishing are good to excellent for rainbow trout. You may also want to try jigging suspended over 75 feet. Anglers are catching a few splake with these methods too. For perch, try jigging near the bottom outside the weeds. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
Fishing is fair to good in the morning and evening with streamers and nymphs. Fishing from a float tube or boat helps. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-06-26
Fair
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop report good to excellent fishing in the upper Fremont with dry flies. Don't let the irrigation flows deter you. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
The water temperatures are in the upper 70s. Most of the fish have finished spawning and have moved back out of the shallows, but there are still a few bluegill on beds.

Because of an increasing population of illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers — Gunlock Reservoir will be treated with rotenone this fall. For the remainder of the year, the limits have been increased. The limit is now 12 for largemouth bass (with no size restriction) and 16 for channel catfish. There is no limit on crappie, bluegill or black bullhead. There is also no limit on smallmouth bass. You must keep all of the fish you catch. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
Fishing is improving because of the warming water in Gunnison Bend, DMAD and the river and canals.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-06-26
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills), Parowan Pond, Forebay Pond and Brian Head Pond.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
Anglers have caught a few nice-sized tiger muskies. The water conditions are still very favorable for fishing. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-06-26
Good
Kolob Reservoir is open to bait fishing until September 12. Fishing is good for rainbow and cutthroat trout under the slot limit. Fish are fat and healthy. Major road construction will be taking place on the Kolob Terrace road from now through October and will limit access to the reservoir. Visit the National Park website for closure schedules. Access has been good on weekends.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
A recent population survey found cutthroat trout up to six pounds and rainbow trout up to three pounds. Try trolling near the dam with chub-imitating lures. Ten-inch rainbow trout have been stocked.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-06-26
Hot
Fishing is fast with size 12 wooly buggers. Also try using flashy spinners and lures, or natural baits like nightcrawlers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-06-26
Fair
Water flows have decreased and the water is starting to clear up in Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and Asay Creek (along Highway 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
Rainbow trout were stocked in March. The reservoir is full, but irrigation releases have begun. Fly fishing is good in the morning and evening with streamers and nymphs. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-06-26
Good
Trout fishing is fair to good. Bass and wiper fishing is also picking up.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-06-26
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes. Manning Meadow Reservoir is closed to fishing until July 11.
Navajo Lake
2015-06-26
Fair
Splake fishing is slowing down with the warmer weather. Catchable-sized rainbows have also been stocked and should provide fair to good results.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
Bass fishing is fair. There are no recent reports on wiper fishing.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-06-26
Good
Fishing is good to excellent for rainbow trout for anglers trolling from a boat or using PowerBait from shore.
Panguitch Lake
2015-06-26
Fair
Fishing is fair from shore or a boat. A recent population survey found that 11- to 12-inch rainbows are abundant and growing fast. We also saw more rainbows in the 17- to 18-inch range than we have in recent years. As always, nice cutthroat and tiger trout are also plentiful.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
Bait fishing is slow. Remember that the rainbow trout here are wild and don't take bait as well as they take lures and flies.
Pine Lake
2015-06-26
Fair
Rainbow trout have been stocked.
Piute Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
Because of the poor snowpack, much of the water in Piute Reservoir will be drained for irrigation this summer. The trout limit has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015.
Quail Lake
2015-06-26
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good. Visit the Quail Creek State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-06-26
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent. The best fishing is coming on swimbaits in the evening. Anglers are also catching some nice-sized crappie. Recreational boaters are out in force on the weekends.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-06-26
Slow
Water flows have increased to over 300 cfs, which is making fishing difficult.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-06-26
Good
All of the lakes are accessible, and fishing is fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-06-26
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-06-26
Fair
Largemouth bass and bluegill are present is most ponds and provide fair to good fishing during the summer.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-06-26
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports good fishing for bass by casting plastics in the brushy areas.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-06-26
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing has been fair to good. The road be under construction next week. Access will be closed on June 30 and restricted on July 1. The road will be open by July 4. For more information, contact the Dixie National Forest or the Iron County Road Department.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

Attention: Quagga mussels have been detected at Lake Powell. Protect other Utah waters by cleaning and draining the water from your boat before leaving Lake Powell. Your boat must be dried for 18 days before you can launch in another water. If you plan to launch sooner than that, a professional decontamination is required. Learn more about these destructive mussels.

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2015-07-01
Good

Lake elevation: 3,613 feet

Water temperatures: 82–85°F

Russ Bassdozer of Page, Arizona has been getting up at 3:30 a.m. so he can get to the lake in time to catch bass on topwater lures, crankbaits and senkos. Bass fishing is excellent each morning and late evening and is definitely the best thing going at Lake Powell this holiday week.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Powell is red hot!

The water surface temperature is well over 80°F first thing in the morning. The air temperature is well over 100°F each day. The air cools off into the high 70s after the sun has been down for a long time at night. The wind is mostly calm. All of this explains why so many boaters, swimmers and campers love the lake in July. What a great place to be!

Anglers can also enjoy the July celebration at the lake, but there is a window when fishing success is truly excellent. The timeframe is early morning and late evening. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are very aggressive and easy to catch on topwater lures, shallow-running crankbaits and weightless wacky rigged senkos. The time to start fishing is when the sun begins to light up the eastern sky between 4–5 a.m. Fishing is great until about 7 a.m., when bass blink at the sun and move back into the brush or slip into the depths.

Evening bass fishing gets good again when the sun settles low in the west. Again, topwater and crankbaits cast close to the brushy shoreline are the best bet. Sunfish have found shelter in the freshly flooded green brush and old tumbleweed piles that are now underwater. Largemouth bass live in the brush with the sunfish, and smallmouth bass are in deeper water (not far away) so they can make a quick trip into the brush for a meal.

Bass fishing is steady all day long. Just cast plastic grubs to shallow reefs or quick-falling slickrock slopes and points to find bass eagerly awaiting forage fish. There is no question that bass fishing provides the best success right now. To catch a lot of fish, target smallmouth bass.

Striped bass are not slurping/boiling as much this week as they have during most of June. From their behavior today, it seems that the supply of small shad has dropped. Where big slurping groups were seen last week, there are now only very small groups or individual stripers working the surface in the early morning in the southern lake. It is probably only a coincidence, but declining surface action in the south usually means improvements in surface feeding in the northern lake.

The best surface action seen this week was in the evening. Watch for a quick boil of larger 18- to 20-inch stripers in the main channel or main canyon as the sun sets in the evening.

During the daylight hours, the most consistent striper technique is trolling along the shallow-sloping shoreline, where the bottom depth is 25–30 feet. Trolling results are steady for 18-inch stripers. Target rocky points and reefs, and troll along the 25-foot layer with medium-depth crankbaits. Remember to drop a spoon to the bottom or cast a crankbait behind the boat when a striper is caught trolling. Other stripers will be trailing along behind the hooked fish. It’s a great way to increase the catch rate.

Trolling with 12-foot divers at depths of around 12 feet will still provide some decent walleye success. Walleye numbers are still above average and you can continue to catch them in midsummer. We found today that fast trolling (4–5 mph) for stripers resulted in an occasional walleye when the lure passed near a bush or some other likely walleye hangout.

Fishing is still good, and you can cool off by swimming with the fishes when you get hot.

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