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Northern Region report

Information compiled by Phil Douglass
DWR Northern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

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

Current water levels: See current water levels for rivers and lakes across Utah.

Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2014-09-25
Good
Biologist Scott Tolentino reports good fishing on the east side trolling in 85 feet (or deeper) of water. Remember, in order to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). Cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be released, including tagged fish with all of their fins. Consider releasing large lake trout in order to maintain the fishery. Lake trout grow slow and can easily live more than 35 years in Bear Lake.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
The neighboring private access point on the west side of Birch Creek is now part of the Walk-in Access program. With a Walk-in access authorization number, you may walk through the half-mile of private land and enter the reservoir from the gate on the west. Let's show the landowner that sportsmen can be good neighbors.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-09-25
Good
The brown trout are aggressive and preparing to spawn. Anglers report good fishing for browns, rainbows and whitefish using worms throughout the river. Anglers are also seeing success using beaded spinners and a fly and a bubble near the dam. During the day, anglers are having success using black whirly buggers, streamers, hoppers, bates and caddis flies. During the evening, anglers prefer to use nymphs, pheasant tails and scuds. Many thanks to Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop in Logan for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report good fishing using spinners. One angler caught five rainbow trout and two bass using spinners on the east side of the pond near the inlet. This angler also caught a few bluegill using worms while fishing on the northside.
Causey Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
The water is very clear and visibility is excellent. The water temperature is around 55°F. There are a lot of small fish congregating around the rocky shore near the dam. Please avoid stepping in the spawning beds in the inlets as eggs are deposited there. To protect spawning kokanee populations, Causey and its tributaries are closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-09-25
Good
Water temperatures have dropped to 63°F, yet the carp continue to be very active during the day. Often times you'll see them jumping at the surface. The water is still very murky with low visibility.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-25
Good
The water temperature is in the low to mid 60s. The boat ramp is down to one lane but, but there's plenty of ramp to use, and plenty water to boat on. Fishing is still good from the shore and trolling. Water recreation has slowed, so anglers shouldn't have trouble finding good spots to fish. Power Bait, Jakes, Rapalas and spoons are working best now
Echo Reservoir
2014-09-25
Slow
The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-09-25
Fair
Surface temperatures have decreased to about 65°F. The pond was recently stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout. Anglers report good fishing with spinners.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
The water levels have dropped farther below the dam. Holmes receives fair fishing pressure. There is a film floating on the surface of the water and the temperature is about 65°F. Trout are still active and can be seen jumping at the surface. Please respect this privately owned pond by picking up trash. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting this privately owned pond.

Nearby Andy Adams was stocked with rainbow trout on Sept. 10. Hobbs Reservoir is now open. Remember, artificial flies and lures only. Please see the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more details.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-25
Hot
Anglers report hot fishing for trout using lures from the shore. Two anglers report visiting the reservoir every day for the last 10 days and catching trout on almost every cast. They didn't have success using bait. Any shiny lure works very well. Spinners have been working best — especially when the sun is shining. The water level and clarity is good for this time of year. Often times, you'll see schools of trout cruising the shoreline. The Hyrum State Park tagged fishing contest will run until Nov. 30. A few tagged fish have already been caught, but many are still out there! Prizes include, but are not limited to: Camp Chef two burner stove and portable campfire, fishing supplies from Al's Sporting Goods, Sportsman's Warehouse gift cards, a one-year supply of Coca-Cola, a one-year supply of Pepsi, dutch oven from IFA, many gift cards to local restaurants and even cash!
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-09-25
Good
The pond was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on Sept. 24. The average size of the fish stocked is about nine inches, and many are as big as 12 inches. The water is fairly cloudy with low visibility and surface temperatures are around 63°F. Anglers have had great success catching stocked fish using spinners.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-09-25
Hot
Angler Michael Alexander fishes for catfish in the evenings and he pulled in a 28-inch whiskered wonder out this week! The Brigham City Senior fishing club visited the pond on Friday Sept. 19 and collectively caught 40 fish: ten black bullhead catfish, a couple rainbow trout and the rest bluegill. The fish were caught on worms and PowerBait either suspended from a bobber or resting on the bottom. For those anglers using float tubes or other non-motorized watercraft, many large catfish and bass have been caught in areas that are not targeted by folks fishing from the shore.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
This is a beautiful time to fish Little Creek.
Logan River
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown trout preparing to spawn. Anglers are having success throughout the river using egg patterns, streamers and hoppers during the day. Try usig dry flies and nymphs near Tony's Grove and Temple Fork. Whitefish are biting on scuds in the lower sections of the river. Rainbows and cutthroats are biting on black whirly buggers. Now is a great time to come out and fish the Logan. Many thanks to Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report good fishing along the shore near the boat ramp using worms and PowerBait, letting them rest on the bottom. During a recent survey of Lost Creek, we found healthy populations of rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and Utah chub. The majority of the trout surveyed were within the slot limit (15-22 inches) with a few fish over 22 inches. One cutthroat was 25 inches and weighed five pounds. The majority of the bigger fish were found deep along the shore in the north finger. Water temperatures are around 63°F with fair visibility.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
Water temperatures are around 63°F with cloudy water and low visibility. Underwater vegetation has started to grow near the surface, but you can still cast from shore. The inlet stream on the southeast side is very low. Most boat anglers are fishing in the coves on the east side of the reservoir. On Saturday, Sept. 27, Brigham City will host the annual Dam Donut Ride around the reservoir at 8:00 a.m.
Newton Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
There haven't been many anglers visiting the reservoir. The water is very cloudy with low visibility and surface temperatures are around 60°F.
Ogden River
2014-09-25
Good
The South Fork of the Ogden has good flows with crystal clear water. During the week, angling pressure is light on this section of the river. Magpie and Botts campgrounds are currently open and offer easy access to the river. Other campgrounds up the river are closed, but you can still access the river from pull-outs. The river through town was recently stocked with rainbow trout.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
On a recent fishing trip, Biologist Chris Penne hooked a tiger muskie while trolling in his kayak. He was trolling at 2-3 mph with perch-colored crank baits. You can see muskies cruising the shallow waters in the morning, then dive deeper in the afternoon. Other anglers report fair fishing for smallmouth bass along shores and points using motor oil colored tube jigs.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-09-25
Slow
Possession of kokanee salmon is prohibited during the spawning run. This reservoir is closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September. Anglers report slow fishing overall, but slightly better fishing for rainbow trout near the inlet stream using nymphs or any brass bead-headed flies.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
Trout fishing is picking up with the cooler weather. On the converse, bass fishing is slowing down. Trolling with your favorite gear works well. Bank anglers are doing well with PowerBait. The good news is that the ramp is still open and you should have no problem launching a boat. The large crowds are gone so now is the time to come fishing and relax! Many thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-09-25
Good
The fall colors are spectacular right now, and the fish are actively feeding. Try fishing with a fly and bubble rigged with two flies. Or try a stimulator pattern on the top and a emerger soft hackle pattern on the bottom in size 14 or 16. Fish were readily taking both patterns this week.

Mirror Lake Highway Lakes: These lakes are stocked heavily and offer good fishing. If you don't find good fishing at one, move on to another. Watch closely as the fish rise — if their jump leaves an air bubble, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. Use a fly that floats readily on the surface like a caddis, foam ant or hopper. If their rise is more of a swirl that doesn't leave a bubble, they are likely taking flies below the surface. Use a prince nymph, hare's ear or a combination of the two called a Prince Hairy. You don't need a fly rod to fish this way—you can use your spinning outfit.

Uintas North Slope Lakes: Anglers interviewed Sept. 15 were doing good fishing with bloodworm patterns at Bridger Lake. Be sure to take your fishing rod with you as you explore the north slope road on your ATV.

Red Rock Adventures has scans of the Lakes of the High Uintas booklet series available for download. The books, which are out of print, contain useful information on these lakes and how to find them. Download the pdf files.
Weber River
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report slow fishing throughout the river because of low water levels and lots of aquatic vegetation. Brown trout should pick up as they are more aggressive in preparation for the spawn.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report good fishing for wipers, walleye and catfish.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Scott Root
Central Region Conservation Outreach Manager

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
2014-09-19
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair with traditional baits. Please help clean up trash at this location.
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-09-19
Good
Fishing is fair using traditional baits and lures. Wipers were introduced last year and anglers reported catching some last week.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-09-19
Fair
The colder weather has made the fish very active. State parks employees report that trout fishing has been fair. Try using garlic PowerBait. Please call Deer Creek State Park for more information at 435-654-0171.
Diamond Fork River
2014-09-19
Slow
Fishing is fair using flies or worms, but there are very few anglers fishing the river. Try using a terrestrial hopper pattern.
Grantsville Reservoir
2014-09-19
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair for trout using traditional baits and lures.
Highland Glen Park
2014-09-19
Fair
Fishing is fair using worms. Anglers have recently caught trout, catfish and bass.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-09-19
Fair
Natalie at the State Park reports that you can launch a boat without a problem. The Rock Cliff arm is out of the water, but you can still hand launch a small boat. Fishing is fair for smaller smallmouth bass. Trout fishing is slow to fair.
Kidney Pond
2014-09-19
Slow
Fishing is slow for trout and catfish.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-09-19
Good
Fishing is good. Try using flies or traditional baits and lures.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-09-19
Slow
The water level is very low. Expect slow fishing.
Payson Lake
2014-09-19
Fair
Fishing is fair for rainbow and brook trout using worms, spinners or PowerBait.
Provo River, Lower
2014-09-19
Good
Fishing is good using small flies, spinners or grasshopper patterns. You can use bait from below Olmstead Diversion dam down through the canyon through town. Anglers report good fishing in the deeper pools and near undercut banks. The Provo River has special regulations. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Provo River, Middle
2014-09-19
Good
Trout are very active in the mornings, and are biting fairly well on dry flies. There was an incredible caddis hatch on Sunday, and fish were rising all afternoon. Fishing is fair to good using size 18 to 22 flies. You can use bait in the stretch from above Charleston Bridge to the Midway Lane Bridge. The Provo River has special regulations. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Salem Pond
2014-09-19
Fair
Fishing is fair using traditional baits. Catfish fishing has slowed down. Try fishing for catfish during lower-light hours.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-09-19
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing again this week.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2014-09-19
Slow
There are few anglers at the reservoir and fishing is slow. The reservoir will close at the end of September.
Spring Lake
2014-09-19
Fair
Fishing is fair for trout and slow for catfish. Try using PowerBait or nightcrawlers.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-09-19
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing with spinning gear and dodgers, and fair to good fishing using a variety of different methods. If you're using bait and the fish completely swallows the hook, please cut the line. Crowds are thinning out a bit now that school has started. The tagged rainbow trout contest runs until October 31, and there are still many prizes to be claimed. Registration is not necessary, so go catch a tagged rainbow trout!

There are special regulations in effect at Strawberry: the limit is a combined total of four trout or kokanee salmon. No more than two may be cutthroat trout under 15 inches, and no more than one may be a cutthroat trout over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released. Trout and salmon may not be filleted, and the heads or tails may not be removed in the field or in transit. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more regulations and for help identifying Bear Lake cutthroat trout and rainbow trout.
Thistle Creek
2014-09-19
Fair
There are few anglers fishing the creek. Fishing is fair using baits, lures or small flies. Please respect the private property.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-09-19
Fair
The fall colors are beautiful, but fishing is slow. Most anglers are using PowerBait or worms.
Utah Lake
2014-09-19
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for channel catfish. Fishing is fair for white bass, bluegill and other pan fish too. If you happen to catch a northern pike, please do not release it. We do not want pike in the lake.

Please keep in mind that there is a fish-consumption advisory for channel catfish and carp in Utah Lake.
Vernon Reservoir
2014-09-19
Good
Fishing is good using traditional baits and lures.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-09-19
Slow
Fishing is slow for rainbow and brown trout using traditional baits and lures.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-19
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing for walleye and pike. For pike, try fishing with small fish-imitating lures or flies in five to 15 feet of water.

Please keep in mind that there is a fish-consumption advisory for walleye and northern pike in Yuba.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart
Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

Warnings: Several lakes in northeastern Utah may contain quagga and/or zebra mussels. Learn more about these destructive mussels and how to decontaminate your boat.

Whirling disease was found in the northeastern region of the state. Please make sure you clean, dry and sterilize waders, livewells and other fishing gear before venturing to another water.

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
2014-09-24
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair for rainbows, bass and yellow perch from the bank and from boats. Temperatures are beginning to cool down, but you'll still find the best fishing in the morning and evening hours. Trout, bass and perch are still in deeper waters, so try fishing just above the bottom with trout baits such as a worm-and-marshmallow combination or PowerBait. Boaters are reporting suspended schools of perch and rainbows, roughly 30–40 feet down. Bass anglers are catching fish deep with a sinking fly, crankbait, jig or brightly colored spoon. Water levels are low, but you can still launch a boat from the ramp.
Brough Reservoir
2014-09-24
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing for bass. There haven't been many reports of trout, which are still deep due to the warm weather. There are special catch-and-release regulations at the reservoir. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2014-09-24
Fair
Fishing has been slow to fair. Because of the lower water level, there are weeds growing along the shoreline that make it harder to fish from the bank. Browne was being drained for work on the dam. However, crews were able to inspect the problem areas, and the reservoir was not drained completely. Because of the problem with the dam, the daily bag limit has been increased to eight trout until Jan. 1, 2015.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-09-24
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing.
Calder Reservoir
2014-09-24
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing from tubes and from the bank. Biologists have reported seeing an increase in dead fish along the shoreline. This is likely because warmer water is adding more stress to fish that are released. To help keep fish alive, please use stronger lines and bring fish in quickly. Try to keep their gills in the water at all times and make sure your hands are wet before handling them. Using rubber or silicon nets will prevent damage to scales and the fish's protective slime layer. Please park in the parking area and not on the ramp (inside the cattle guard); it will help others launch with fewer delays. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2014-09-24
Fair
Cottonwood Reservoir was treated last fall to remove an overabundance of carp. It has been restocked with fingerling and catchable-sized rainbows, brown trout, tiger muskie and wipers.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-09-24
Slow
Water levels are extremely low. Most of the remaining water has been pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2014-09-24
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and tiger trout. The best time to fish has been in the early morning or late afternoon/evening. Anglers who have fish finders report seeing the fish cruising at about 30 feet down, so try deeper-running lures and baits. Use deep-drifting worms or float a worm-and-marshmallow combination a few feet above the bottom. A recent fish-population survey caught fish up to six pounds, and almost all of the fish had been feeding on snails. The Uintas have received heavy rains over the past few weeks
East Park Reservoir
2014-09-24
Fair
Fishing has been fair to good with flies and spoons. It's been a bit slower with baits, although some anglers have done well drifting worms. The water level is well below the ramp, which makes launching a boat from a trailer difficult. The Uintas have received heavy rains over the past few weeks.
Flaming Gorge
2014-09-24
Good
Kokanee salmon: Closed — All kokanee caught from September 10 through November 30 must be immediately released. Sheep Creek, a tributary stream near Manila, is also closed to fishing.

Rainbow trout: Most anglers report good fishing. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits along with common trout baits (such as worms) are working from the shore and from boats. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline. Anglers also report good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Anglers have caught rainbows while they are fishing for lake trout, kokanee and bass.

Lake trout: Anglers report fair to good fishing. Schools, small groups and singles can be anywhere, although most are now being taken in deeper water. If you find a group, try holding your position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or a three-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also, try trolling through or just above the school, usually around 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass: The bass are providing good to excellent fishing. You'll find the smaller fish at about 10 to 20 feet down, and the larger fish even deeper. Try using the darker, crayfish-colors in just about any kind of bass lure, including flies, grubs, worms, crankbaits and spoons. If they are not hitting, use a smaller lure and work it down close to the bottom.

Burbot: Fair to good fishing starts after sunset and continues until midnight. Start in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters (approximately 30 feet down) to forage. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use just about anything that glows (including spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about 6 to 12 inches above the weight. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. 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
2014-09-24
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Both dry flies and top/bottom combinations are working well. Try a combination with a grasshopper or large terrestrial on top, followed by an emerger, scud, midge larva or egg imitation as a trailer. Also, be prepared to switch techniques if a hatch begins in your area. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-09-24
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp. You can still launch a small boat even though the water level is quite low.
Matt Warner
2014-09-24
Fair
Anglers report hit-or-miss fishing, depending mostly on the depth, time of day and their how well they can stay out of the weeds. Blue-green algae is also present, which makes it harder to use lures. You'll find the best fishing in the cool morning and evening hours. The water level is low (below the boat ramp), so launching boats can be difficult.
Moose Pond
2014-09-24
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbows.
Pelican Lake
2014-09-24
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill. Bluegill are difficult to find, so try fishing some of the deeper water near the middle or west end. Pelican Lake has an overabundance of carp, so you can help the fishery by catching them or taking them with archery equipment. The waterfowl hunt starts on October 4.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-09-24
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for bass, rainbows and small walleye. A few big walleye and bass have been caught in recent weeks. The best bank fishing has been near the dam and in the east bay (also near the dam), during the early morning hours. Try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or worm and floating bait a couple of feet above the bottom.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-09-24
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing.
Spirit Lake
2014-09-24
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for stocked fish. Spirit has been restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout, so try small, brightly colored lures. Tamarak and Jessen are also being stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes. Anglers have reported fair to good fishing on other lakes in adjacent drainages (for those interested in starting from the Spirit Lake trailheads).
Starvation Reservoir
2014-09-24
Fair
Anglers report mixed fishing success for rainbows, bass, walleye and small yellow perch from the shoreline and from boats. The best times to fish are the cooler hours of early morning and late evening, although small bass can be caught anytime. For trout, try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm and floating PowerBait from shore. Another option is to use deep-diving lures. For bass and walleye, try casting into the rocky points and then bottom bouncing across the flats for walleye. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Be careful of the afternoon winds, which can generate big waves very quickly. Improvements to the campgrounds and facilities — and the addition of a new 3-D archery range — have greatly improved the state park.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-09-24
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill, especially in the early morning and on calm evenings. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged sandbars, humps and rocks. The trout are deeper, avoiding the warmer waters that attract the bass and bluegill. Try fishing deep with trout baits and deep-diving lures. For bass, try fishing near rocky points, and for bluegill, focus on the flats or just off the dam in roughly 20 to 25 feet of water.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler
DWR Southeast Region Outreach Manager

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

Waterbody Report
Cleveland Reservoir
2014-09-24
Fair
On Sept. 15, Tom Ogden fly fished from a kick boat with medium sinking line and a size 6 Canada blood leech or size 8 soft hackle fly. In six hours, he caught three cutthroat and nine rainbow trout. All of the fish measured between 12 and 17 inches long. Tom saw other boaters and bank anglers catching fish as well.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2014-09-24
Good
On Sept. 17, Conservation Officer James Thomas reported fair fishing using Rapalas from float tubes, and good fishing from the shore with the same tackle. On Sept. 22, Clay Lofley reported good fishing over the weekend.
Ferron Reservoir
2014-09-24
Good
On Sept. 17, Officer James Thomas reported good fishing with corn- or garlic-flavored, or rainbow-colored PowerBait.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-09-24
Fair
On Sept. 20, Stephine Matkin and her companion trolled with silver Kastmasters for one hour and caught two wipers, which were as large as 18 inches, and 10 sunfish. On Sept. 15, Park Manager Jonathan Hunt reported that anglers had caught 20 to 30 small bass in a single day. The best location was on the shallow north end.
Huntington Reservoir
2014-09-24
Good
On Sept. 17, Tom Ogden fly fished from a kick boat with two other anglers. In six hours, the group caught 38 tiger trout in the seven- to 18-inch range. They used sizes 6-8 soft hackle patterns on sinking line. Fishing was better after 10:30 a.m. Tom also reported that fishing was good for other anglers in watercraft, but that fishing was slow for shore anglers. On Sept. 22, Russ Stevens reported good fishing over the weekend. He was trolling with popgear and a worm or a Kastmaster. Terry Sanslow reported similarly good results with popgear and a worm. Terry caught a dozen tiger trout up to 15 inches.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2014-09-24
Good
On Sept. 4, Mike Milburn caught eight tiger muskies in the 35- to 41.5-inch range. He estimated that the largest was about 16 pounds. A week later, Mike caught a tiger muskie that was just short of 40 inches in length, and he estimated was 13 or 14 pounds. Mike used a 5-inch, greenish-brown swimbait.
Lower Green River
2014-09-24
Fair
Walt Maldonado recommends using chicken livers if you're targeting larger-sized catfish. Nightcrawlers are good for small- to medium-sized cats.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2014-09-24
Fair
Green, yellow, orange or rainbow PowerBait have been the best baits.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-24
Fair
Fishing varies, with anglers reporting fair to good results with worms or PowerBait. The limit has not changed at Millsite, despite rumors to the contrary.
Potters Ponds
2014-09-24
Good
James Thomas reported good fishing with green, orange or yellow PowerBait and fair fishing with worms. There is some moss build-up, so try floating your bait just under a bobber.
Scofield Reservoir
2014-09-24
Good
On Sept. 20, Kathy Jo Martinez and her companion caught 30 12- to 15-inch cutthroat trout in three hours using a silver Kastmaster or rainbow Krocodile lure. The largest fish weighed nearly three pounds. On Sept. 20, State Park Manager Jonathan Hunt reported catching plenty of 8- to 14-inch cutthroat trout. He averaged six fish per hour, but noted fishing was sporadic throughout the day. Bank and boat anglers seemed to do well.
Willow Lake
2014-09-24
Good
Fishing was good last weekend using PowerBait, according to conservation officer James Thomas. Try using corn-flavored or rainbow-colored PowerBait.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley
DWR Southern Region Aquatics Biologist

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
2014-09-25
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-09-25
Fair
Fishing is fair to good.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-09-25
Fair
Fishing is fair to good at all lakes. Anderson Meadow Reservoir has been drained for dam repairs.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-09-25
Fair
Water flows are regular with releases from Minersville Reservoir. Fishing has been fair for rainbows. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-09-25
Fair
Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Flies and small spinners typically produce well in the summer.
Boulder Mountain
2014-09-25
Fair
Fish are congregating in deeper water in many lakes. Look for fishing to really pick up as soon as the weather cools down. A variety of flies, small lures and jigs can produce well. If you're fishing with bait, use natural baits like nightcrawlers or grasshoppers. If fishing is slow at one lake, move to another.
Clear Creek
2014-09-25
Fair
Work to remove nonnative trout from 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 for the rest of 2014 will be above the narrows. Fingerling cutthroat stocked this fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches in length next summer.
Corn Creek
2014-09-25
Fair
Summer fishing can be good with flies, small spinners and natural baits. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked near campgrounds in Corn Creek, Chalk Creek and Oak Creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-09-25
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good. There are a lot of anglers out fishing — especially on weekends.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-09-25
Good
Flows have dropped to 40 cfs: a perfect level for fishing. Look for brown trout to start pre-spawn aggression in the next few weeks. 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
2014-09-25
Good
Fishing is fair to good with a variety of fly patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-09-25
Good
Brown, brook and rainbow trout are abundant and generally provide good fishing throughout the summer. Try using flies, lures or natural baits.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-09-25
Fair
There are no recent reports, but smallmouth bass should provide fair to good fishing. The water level has been fairly low all year.
Fish Lake
2014-09-25
Good
Fishing is in its normal summer pattern. Boat anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout by trolling popgear. Shore anglers should try using flies or bait near Twin Creeks. Yellow perch also offer fast action if you jig just outside the weedline. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or the Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-09-25
Slow
The reservoir is filling, but fishing is slow. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-09-25
Slow
Fishing is difficult in the upper Fremont because water flows are murky and high from irrigation releases. Fish are feeding actively in the Bicknell Bottoms until about 10 a.m., then heading for cover. Patience is a must when fishing here. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-09-25
Slow
The boat ramp is closed because of the low water level. You can still hand-launch float tubes, canoes and kayaks from shore. Fishing is slow after the recent heavy rain.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-09-25
Fair
Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and catfish at the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and Parowan Pond. The small bluegill can provide fast action for kids at Leigh Hill. Visit the new pond in Brian Head; it's been stocked with rainbows.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
Anglers have caught a few tiger muskies this summer. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2015. The water level has been fairly low this year. Look for fishing to improve with cooler fall weather.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
Fishing is slow from shore, but fair for anglers that are trolling. There's no boat ramp, but you can launch small boats near the dam.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing from float tubes and small boats. The water is low and there is no boat ramp, so boats must be hand-launched from shore. Hare's ears, pheasant tails and brown wooly buggers have all worked well lately. You may also want to try fishing with flashy lures, spinners and spoons. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-09-25
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.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
The reservoir is mostly full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports fair fishing for fat and healthy rainbows and browns. Hare's ear and brown woolly buggers have worked well. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
The water level is dropping due to irrigation releases. Anglers who are trolling report fair fishing for trout and wipers. Both flashy lures and minnow imitations are working. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-09-25
Good
Fishing is good at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes.
Navajo Lake
2014-09-25
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Splake fishing slows down during the summer.
Newcastle Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
Trout fishing is fair. Wiper fishing is fair to good. Trolling deep-diving lures produces medium-sized wipers, as well as a few trout. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-25
Fair
Trolling is producing fair to good results. Shore fishing slows down in the summer as trout move to deeper water, but you can find fair fishing around the steeper shorelines at the south end.
Panguitch Lake
2014-09-25
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair. Best results for anglers trolling or bait fishing from boats.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
Fly and lure anglers are finding fair to good fishing. Trolling flashy lures can also provide good results. These fish are wild, so natural baits like nightcrawlers work better than PowerBait.
Pine Lake
2014-09-25
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-09-25
Slow
The reservoir is mostly drained and the remaining water was treated with rotenone to reduce a dense population of Utah suckers. Rainbow trout will be stocked later this fall once the reservoir begins to refill.
Quail Lake
2014-09-25
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good. See the current boat ramp schedule at the Quail Creek State Park website.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent. Try using topwater lures and crayfish-imitating plastics.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-09-25
Fair
Fishing should improve because, with Piute Reservoir mostly drained, water flows have dropped to 21 cfs.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers reportgood fishing for small cutthroat and rainbows. To catch bigger fish, concentrate on deeper water with brown or olive woolly buggers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-09-25
Fair
Trout fishing slows down when the weather is warmer, but largemouth bass and bluegill can provide good fishing throughout the summer.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-09-25
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing. The water level is fairly low, but will slowly rise now that irrigation releases have ended.

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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
2014-09-17
Good

Lake elevation: 3,605 feet

Water temperatures: 75–79°F

Fishing is improving over the length of the lake. Anglers are seeing more striper boils each day and are catching bass with more regularity.

Mark Counter from St George, UT found a nice striper boil in Warm Creek Bay.

Last week, striper boils were confined to a few specific spots. Now, you can see boils almost daily. The best locations in the southern lake include the main channel near the mouth of Navajo Canyon, Gunsight Canyon main channel, Last Chance coves (about half way up the canyon) and main channel from West Canyon to Wetherill. These boils follow the lakewide pattern, so they are most active during the first two hours of the morning and the last hour of the evening. Stripers come up quickly to feed and then go down to regroup before surfacing again. This week the boils moved closer to the walls as stripers try to corral shad and trap them where there's no escape, which makes feeding easier for the predators.

At mid-lake, the best spots are in the San Juan near the mouth and then again from Cha Canyon bay to Neskahi bay. Here the boils are up a bit longer, but the best time is still early morning and late evening.

In the northern lake, the best action is from the Horn to Trachyte Canyon. Again, early and late are the best times to find surface feeding fish.

You can still catch fish during the rest of the day. It takes a bit more work than stopping near a boil, but in the end you can catch more fish deep than on the surface. To start, chase a boil and then start trolling when it ends, graphing the bottom structure. Graphing does not work well in the main channel since the bottom depth is greater than 100 feet. But in the backs of canyons and coves, you can spot suspended shad schools surrounded by other fish traces. Toss out a floating marker and continue to troll, hoping for a bite. If you don't catch fish trolling, return to the marker and drop spoons, bucktail jigs or plastic grubs to the bottom. With the tremendous number of shad available, the game fish are schooling near large shad schools. It is possible to catch both bass and stripers under shad schools. Bass will be in large groups, rather than randomly scattered along the shoreline.

On some days, trolling mid-range lures like Shad Raps or Pointers is the best option. On other days, the Kastmaster may be the best bet. Keep changing lures until the favored pattern for the day is discovered. Try trolling or fishing the bottom in the likely spots you see on the graph. The choice is up to the fish and as anglers we have to respond to what the fish are doing if we want a successful catch.

It is gratifying to see the fisheries respond to the improved habitat and forage. Over the last two years, the lake level declined, brush was eliminated and the fish populations downsized. But now a new younger generation of bass and stripers is responding to the resurgence in lake conditions. There is brush in the shallow water, shad are at a 10-year peak, and young game fish are growing fast while enjoying the luxury.

Fishing is more challenging in these ideal conditions when fish do not have to work to eat, but that also makes catching fish very rewarding. Do not just use the same old techniques in the same comfort zone that you've used over the years. Try using a variety of lures and fishing techniques to find what the fish want. You will be surprised by your reward at the end of the day.

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