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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.

Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2014-04-17
Good
Fly anglers are catching large cutthroat trout with muddler minnow-type sculpin imitations. And remember: if you want to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake, it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). If you catch a cutthroat with all of its fins intact — even if it's tagged — you must release it.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-04-17
Fair
You can find good fishing for large tiger trout and rainbow trout during ice-off at Birch Creek. Jigs and streamers are effective this time of year.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-04-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing throughout the river. Fly anglers are having success with stoneflies, midge patterns and blue-wing-olive patterns. Here's a look at current water levels for many Utah waterbodies, including the Blacksmith Fork River. Many thanks to Round Rocks fly shop in Logan for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-04-17
Fair
Some anglers report slow fishing, while others are still catching fish. Chartreuse PowerBait with garlic scent is working best.
Causey Reservoir
2014-04-17
Slow
There is still some ice in the right finger. Anglers report fair fishing for kokanee from canoes.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-04-17
Fair
The water is very murky, and visibility is low. Anglers report fair fishing for catfish, bass and crappie using white plastic jigs, shrimp and nightcrawlers.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-04-17
Good
Anglers report excellent fishing from boats and from the shore using worms, PowerBait and lures.
Echo Reservoir
2014-04-17
Slow
An angler interviewed on April 12 caught three nice trout in four hours. Although catching rates are slow at Echo, the reservoir offers some large trout.
Farmington Pond
2014-04-17
Good
Water levels have risen and visibility is low. Cormorants have started coming to the area. The fish tend to stay near the shore and on the opposite side of the reservoir to avoid becoming the cormorants' next meal. DWR biologists recently installed new fish-habitat structures, which should improve fishing at this pond.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-04-17
Hot
An angler fishing for bass from the dam was interviewed on April 14 — he didn't have any luck. Recently, anglers were catching trout along the east bank from the shore and float tubes. Try using worms or PowerBait just off the bottom, spinners, lil' jakes lures and Rapalas. The water is coming up and access is limited along the east and west banks. Please respect this privately-owned pond and remember to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number. You can also see a map of other Walk-in Access areas across Utah.

Nearby Andy Adams Reservoir is now open, and the water is completely ice free. Anglers report good fishing. They are using worms and PowerBait suspended from a bobber. Many thanks to Kevin Hammer for the report!
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-04-17
Hot
Lorie Morrison from Hyrum State Park reports that the fishing has been great. Anglers are catching 10- to 12-inch trout from the shore and from boats. The fish seem to be favoring worms and PowerBait. The courtesy docks are now in place. Thanks for that report, Lorie!
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-04-17
Fair
Jensen was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on April 9 and fishing is good. There are many pelicans and double-crested cormorants at the pond. Jensen Nature Park Pond, and all other community fisheries, have a total bag limit of two fish per day. Any snagged fish (those hooked anywhere other than the mouth) must be immediately released. Report wildlife violations by calling 1-800-662-3337.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-04-17
Good
Kaysville was stocked with 1,200 rainbow trout on April 9 and fishing is good for both fly and bait anglers. A few double-crested cormorants are in the area.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-04-17
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing this week. Try traditional baits.
Logan River
2014-04-17
Good
Some anglers report slow fishing at the dams, while other anglers report good fishing throughout the river. Most anglers are having success using stoneflies, small black winter dry flies, midge patterns, blue-wing olives and nymphs. The water is clear, but a little low. Many thanks to Round Rocks fly shop in Logan for the report. Here's a look at current water levels for many Utah waterbodies, including the Logan River.,
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-04-17
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing from boats and from the shore. One angler had good success fishing from the shore near the boat ramp with PowerBait and worms.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-04-17
Slow
Anglers interviewed on April 16 reported slow fishing. The inlet is very turbid.
Mirror Lake
2014-04-17
Good
Uinta lakes and nearby Smith and Moorehouse are still ice-capped.
Newton Reservoir
2014-04-17
Slow
Not very many people have been fishing at Newton Reservoir. The water level has risen high enough to launch boats, but the water is very murky. We plan to complete fish population surveys at Newton in May.
Ogden River
2014-04-17
Fair
Fishing is fair for browns and rainbows. One angler had success using a black zebra midge on a bead-head pheasant tail. The water is high and a little off-colored. Here's a look at current water levels for many Utah waterbodies, including the Ogden River.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-04-17
Fair
Anglers report good fishing for bass with crayfish imitations. Anglers have been able to launch their boats from Port Ramp. The reservoir is still a little low. Please use caution and common sense to avoid hitting sandbars.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-04-17
Slow
Porcupine is just a little below three-quarters full. There's still a lot of snow up high for the runoff. Fishing has been fair. An angler fishing from the bank caught a smaller brown and lost another fish before he could identify it. He was using worms for bait. Overall, the fishing party was having a great day and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-04-17
Good
Rockport finished the quad-fishalon last week. Many anglers participated and won some great prizes. The winning fish was a 17-inch brown trout. The fishing is good. Anglers are having success catching fish from boats and from the shore.
Weber River
2014-04-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown trout. They seem to prefer 1/8-ounce countdown Rapalas in rainbow trout color. Target the eddies behind rocks or the deeper pools. Don't neglect the fast moving water though. Some small browns were hitting on a crankbait slowly retrieved against or across the current. Another angler landed a 21.5-inch brown on a jointed floating Rapala earlier in the week. All cutthroat trout, or trout with cutthroat markings, must be immediately released from the Great Salt Lake to Echo Reservoir dam. Here's a look at current water levels for many Utah waterbodies, including the Weber River. Many thanks to Kevin Hammer for the report.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-04-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing for wipers from the shore. Fly anglers have been using shad imitations, but shad raps on a spinning outfit should work great too. Other anglers report good fishing for catfish. There have been citations issued for over-limits of wipers. Please report illegal activities by calling the UTIP hotline at 1-800-662-3337.

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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
2014-04-18
Fair
The ponds have been stocked with trout. Anglers report fair to good fishing with traditional baits. There's not much fishing pressure right now.
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-04-18
Good
The pond has been stocked with trout. Spinners have been the most effective technique, but PowerBait and worms also work fairly well. There are only one or two spots that offer good fishing on the pond; please allow other anglers to fish in these spots as well.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-04-18
Fair
Boat and shore anglers report that success has tapered off a bit over the last week or so, but most anglers are still catching a few nice rainbows. For more information on fishing at Deer Creek State Park, please call 435-654-0171.
Diamond Fork River
2014-04-18
Fair
Trout fishing is fair. Most anglers are using small dark flies with slow to fair success. Spinners can work well in deeper holes. Try using a nightcrawler if the flies and spinners aren't working.
Grantsville Reservoir
2014-04-18
Fair
The reservoir was stocked this week! Anglers report fair trout fishing with traditional baits and lures.
Highland Glen Park
2014-04-18
Good
The pond has been stocked with trout. Anglers report good fishing with traditional baits and lures.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-04-18
Fair
The reservoir is now completely ice free. State Parks has opened the restrooms for campers. Most anglers report slow to fair fishing from shore. Angler Tom Robertshaw reports that his party of six fished from the shore at the marina. The water was muddy and they didn't catch any fish in two hours. He saw a party of two with several trout fishing from the beach at the day-use picnic area. You can use the personal watercraft ramp at Hailstone to launch small boats. There's a substantial drop-off at the end of the PWC ramp (about 10 feet from the water's edge), so use caution and only launch small boats.
Kidney Pond
2014-04-18
Good
Kidney pond (and other Salt Lake community ponds) has been stocked with trout. You'll find good fishing with traditional baits and lures.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-04-18
Slow
You'll need a snowmobile to access the reservoir.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-04-18
Slow
Anglers report slow trout fishing with traditional baits and lures. There are very few anglers out fishing the reservoir right now.
Payson Lake
2014-04-18
Fair
Access to Payson Lake is restricted because of snow conditions. The gates up the canyon usually open on Memorial Day. The U.S. Forest Service will open them earlier if conditions allow.
Provo River, Lower
2014-04-18
Good
The Provo River below I-15 is closed to angling from March 1 until May 3. Anglers report good fishing with midge patterns or sow bug patterns. The pale morning dun pattern has been effective as well. Special regulations apply to different areas of the river. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Provo River, Middle
2014-04-18
Good
Anglers continue to report fair to good fishing with smaller dark flies size 18 to 22. Bait is allowed in the stretch from above Charleston Bridge to the Midway Lane Bridge. Special regulations apply to different areas of the river. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Salem Pond
2014-04-18
Good
The pond has been stocked with trout. You'll find fair to good fishing with spinners or traditional baits.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-04-18
Fair
The reservoir was stocked this week. Fishing is fair to good with spinners and traditional baits.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2014-04-18
Good
The pond was recently stocked with trout. You'll find good fishing with traditional baits and lures.
Spring Lake
2014-04-18
Good
The lake was recently stocked and fishing is good. Be sure to try different spots if fishing is slow. PowerBait and nightcrawlers are good baits to use.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-04-18
Fair
The ice is no longer safe; it's gray and rotting. The only open water is at the ladders, but pockets of open water may start showing up in the bays over the next week or so. There are special regulations in effect at Strawberry: the limit is four trout or kokanee salmon in the aggregate. 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. For help differentiating Bear Lake cutthroat trout and rainbow trout, download the identification brochure.
Thistle Creek
2014-04-18
Fair
Fishing is fair, and there aren't many anglers out. This is a good brown trout fishery. Try using baits, lures or small flies. Please respect private property in the area.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-04-18
Fair
Trout fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.
Utah Lake
2014-04-18
Fair
We've received reports of large, healthy walleye being caught! Success for walleye is still considered slow to fair, but this species is not typically easy to catch. Anglers report fair to good fishing for channel catfish, white bass, bluegill and other pan fish. Try fishing in shallower water (3 to five feet) and near structure. Don't forget that the tributaries below I-15 are closed to fishing from March 1 until May 3. Please keep in mind that there is a fish-consumption advisory for channel catfish and carp in Utah Lake. If you happen to catch a northern pike, please do not release it. We do not want pike in the lake!
Vernon Reservoir
2014-04-18
Fair
The reservoir was stocked this week and fishing is fair to good. Anglers report catching rainbow, brown and tiger trout with using traditional baits and lures.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-04-18
Fair
he pond was recently stocked. Trout fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-04-18
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for northern pike; they're catching at least a few of these large fish in a few hours. Fishing should be good until late May or beyond. Fish-imitating lures (or even flies) in 5 to 15 feet of water are your best bet. Please keep in mind that there is 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
2014-04-16
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout from the bank and boats. The reservoir is full and the boat ramp is easily accessible.
Brough Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Fishing is good for rainbow trout. There should also be a few nice brown trout, but there weren't any caught the day we visited the reservoir. The reservoir is currently full. There are special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but our last reports were of fair fishing. The gates are closed and the area has had some high winds and recent snow.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any new reports from anglers, but fishing is usually fair to good in the spring.
Calder Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. The ice is gone and the roads to the reservoir are mostly dry. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2014-04-16
Closed
Cottonwood Reservoir was treated on Sept. 26 to remove carp.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports. The ice is gone and the water level has come up from last year. The water level was extremely low going into winter, so if there were any fish left at the end of last summer, it's likely there was a complete winterkill. The roads to the reservoir are dry.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2014-04-16
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports. Ice conditions are unknown, but with the warm weather and high winds, the ice is likely deteriorating. The road to the dam is usually plowed, but you should expect some snow and ice as a result of recent storms.
East Park Reservoir
2014-04-16
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but fishing should be fair to good. Ice conditions are unknown; check it carefully before venturing out.
Flaming Gorge
2014-04-16
Good
The Utah portion is ice free, but be on the lookout for floating debris.

Kokanee salmon: If you can locate a school, kokanee fishing is good. Schools are deep, so try jigging with a small jigging spoon.

Rainbow trout: Most anglers report good fishing. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits work well from the shore and boats. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline. Fishing is good off rocky points and in the backs of some of the bays.

Lake trout: Lake trout fishing is fair to good. Schools, small groups and singles can be found anywhere. If you mark a group, try holding position and then drop a vertical presentation, like a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or 3-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. You could also try trolling through or just above the school and along the shorelines as the fish cruise for food. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Anglers can continue to help the Flaming Gorge fishery (kokanee, rainbows and lake trout) by harvesting a limit of small lake trout, which are tasty and abundant in the reservoir.

Smallmouth bass: There haven't been any recent reports. The bass are still deep.

Burbot: Try fishing at sunset along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in the deeper waters; however, they become more active during the twilight hours when they move into the shallows to forage. If you're fishing from the shore or from a boat, fish the bottom, or just slightly above it, in depths from 10 to 50 feet. Use just about anything that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnow, jigging spoons) and tip it with some type of bait (cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended). Place your lure within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after recharging and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery (including kokanee) by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot, and in Utah they must be killed; they cannot be returned alive.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown trout and rainbow trout. Try a combination with a streamer (woolly bugger, sculpin, etc.) or a larger terrestrial, followed by a scud, midge larva or egg imitation as a trailer. The hatches are starting, so watch and be prepared to switch techniques if there's a hatch in your area. Anglers using lures have also been successful. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but other lakes in the area still have ice. The gates are closed.
Matt Warner
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers reported good fishing earlier this week. The lake is ice free. The water level is low, so launching boats could be difficult. The roads to the area are mostly dry, but there are some muddy spots.
Moose Pond
2014-04-16
Fair
Ice off fishing is fair. The ice is likely all gone.
Pelican Lake
2014-04-16
Slow
Because of high winds and cold weather, fishing has been slow. With the recent warm weather, fishing should start to pick up soon.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Fishing is good for rainbow trout. The ice is off. Boats were able to get on in the mornings, but pulled out because of afternoon winds.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports. The lake has ice and the roads are gated. The area recently received snow.
Spirit Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but we do know the lake has ice. The lake was treated in September and restocked with roughly 5,000 tiger trout in early October. More fish are scheduled to be stocked this spring. Eventually, the lake and some nearby waterbodies will be restocked with Colorado River cutthroat trout, the only trout native to the area. The success of this treatment is a critical part of a management strategy to keep Colorado River cutthroat trout off of the endangered species list.
Starvation Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, browns and walleye from the shore and boats. The reservoir is full, so boaters should be on the lookout for floating logs and other debris. Use caution during afternoon winds; they can generate large waves quickly.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing between windstorms. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged humps and rocks. You'll find ducks, loons, geese and other waterbirds in the shallows.

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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
Abajo Mountains
2014-04-11
Slow
Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports slow fishing in San Juan County because of recent wind storms. Blanding three and four reservoirs have been stocked. For trout, try using PowerBait at Blanding four. Monticello Lake and Foy Reservoir are still capped with ice.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2014-04-07
Good
Conservation Officer James Thomas reports fair to good fishing using worms or PowerBait. Fairground employees recommend artificial flies or lures.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-04-07
Slow
Fishing is slow for both boat and shoreline anglers. On March 29, Tom Ogden fly fished from a kick boat. He failed to catch a single fish in 3.5 hours, which is a rare event for him.
La Sal Mountains
2014-04-11
Fair
Conservation Officer Tj Robertson reports fair fishing at Ken's Lake. Anglers are using PowerBait and a variety of spinners. Ken's Lake and the Rattlesnake ponds have been stocked.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2014-04-11
Good
On April 8, Calvin Black and Dan Keller fished from a boat along the face of the dam in 20 to 30 feet of water. Once they located fish with a graph, fishing was excellent. PowerBait worked better than jigs, spinners, or tube jigs tipped with chub meat. They had the most success using chartreuse PowerBait with glitter. Rainbow trout averaged 14–16 inches and weighed between one and two pounds. Splake ranged from 15 to 17 inches long and weighed a little more than a pound.
Scofield Reservoir
2014-04-17
Fair
The ice fishing season is over and the shoreline is opening up. On April 17, State Park Manager Jonathan Hunt reported that there were 50 to 100 feet of open water around much of the reservoir. Boaters will need to wait another week or more, but it's the perfect time for small watercraft like kick boats. Fishing is mixed. Experienced anglers have been doing well, while others have been going home without hooking a single fish.

Here are a few recommendations for Easter weekend anglers:
  • Bait anglers should try using chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait with glitter in addition to a container of worms and nightcrawlers. You might also want to bring chubs, sucker meat or dead minnows. If the ice sheet is within casting distance, throw your bait onto the ice and drag it off. If not, try fishing off the bottom. If that fails, put a bobber on your line and suspend your bait at a variety of water depths. If all else fails, change your location.
  • For the anglers who prefer spincasting, try using several sizes of gold and silver Jakes Spin-a-lures and Kastmasters or, if those fail, try your favorite standbys. Retrieve at different speeds and from a variety of depths.
  • If you prefer to throw jigs, for soft plastics you should try watermelon or pumpkin with or without glitter and flecks are good choices. Plain white and brown jigs have worked well. Try working them with and without bait or scent.
  • Crankbaits can also be effective. Bring along a few with dark backs and white bellies, and a few with a green back and orange belly.
  • There will be a lot of anglers fishing at Scofield over the holiday weekend, so be there at daybreak for the best fishing.

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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
2014-04-16
Fair
The water level is rising, but the reservoir is still fairly low. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-04-16
Slow
Most Boulder Mountain lakes will open to fishing on Saturday, April 19. Dougherty Basin Lake will remain closed until July 12. Access is still difficult because of snow levels, but conditions should improve in the coming weeks.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-04-16
Slow
Conservation Officer Brent Farnsworth reports that it's still difficult to access most lakes. There is not enough snow on the Kent's Lake road for snowmobiles, but large drifts and icy patches make it impassable for ATVs and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Ice conditions are also deteriorating. Little Reservoir will have open water soon.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-04-16
Fair
Water flows are low, and the fish are easy to spook. Recent fish population surveys found that trout numbers are fairly low, but some good-sized fish are available. Fishing is slow to fair with flies, lures or bait. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-04-16
Fair
Conservation Officer Brent Farnsworth reports that flows are low and clear, but you'll see anchor and bank ice in the upper stretches of the canyon. You can find open, fishable water up to the Kent's Lake Road turnoff. Fish are wary in the low water, so use caution when you approach the stream.
Boulder Mountain
2014-04-16
Slow
Most Boulder Mountain lakes will open to fishing on Saturday, April 19. It's getting easier to access some of the lower-elevation lakes.
Clear Creek
2014-04-16
Slow
The section of the creek that runs through Fremont Indian State Park is muddy because of runoff. The work to remove nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is progressing. There are no fish in much of the drainage, except in between Fish and Shingle creeks and inside the state park. Bonneville cutthroat trout were stocked in these two sections in fall 2012.
Corn Creek
2014-04-16
Slow
Roads are closed at the national forest boundaries in Corn and Chalk creeks.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake will open to fishing on Saturday, April 19.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-04-16
Fair
The river is flowing up to 20 cubic feet per second (cfs) with small releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Spring provides some of the year's best fishing. The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports afternoon hatches of midges and small black stoneflies. Fishing is fair to good with midge larvae, black hare's ears, small black stones, black and brown woolly buggers, and brown and olive zonkers. Call the shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2014-04-16
Fair
Spring provides some of the year's best fishing. Try using midge larvae, black hare's ears, small black stones, black and brown woolly buggers, and brown and olive zonkers. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-04-16
Fair
Access is improving.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-04-16
Fair
The water level in the upper reservoir is very low. You'll find fair to good fishing from the shore with lures, flies or bait. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir, and fishing is good.
Fish Lake
2014-04-16
Good
Good ice covers most of the lake, but the edges are starting to soften, so use caution. There hasn't been much fishing pressure lately, and ice anglers aren't seeing a lot of competition for space. The patch of open water around the Twin Creeks area is growing, and some anglers are now catching rainbows from the shoreline. Fishing remains good to excellent for perch and rainbows in 15–30 feet of water. You can catch larger rainbows in deeper water. Fishing for splake and lake trout is slow to fair. Tip your jigs and spoons with mealworms, waxworms, nightcrawlers, perch meat, or sucker meat. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
The splake and tiger trout stocked last summer are about eight inches long, and fishing has been slow so far this spring. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-04-16
Good
Access is good above Mill Meadow Reservoir, and the river's flows are low. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing for small browns and recommends hare's ear nymphs in black or natural colors. Fishing is generally slow in the Bicknell Bottoms, but a few nice fish have been caught on brown woolly buggers. Patience is a must when fishing here. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The state park boat ramp is open on weekends through May. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for the boat ramp schedule. The water temperature is in the low to mid 50s, so bass fishing should start improving.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers report good to excellent fishing for rainbow trout in Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir). Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Parowan Pond as well.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
There isn't much fishing pressure at this time of year because it's difficult to access the reservoir. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports
Kolob Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 17. The reservoir is accessible, but the dirt road around the lake is pretty muddy. The reservoir is very low because of water releases during the winter. Fishing is slow to fair.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports slow fishing, but anglers have caught a few rainbows and cutthroats (in the two- to four-pound range) with brown and black woolly buggers fished deep and slow. Fishing can be hit and miss.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The reservoir is ice-free and accessible. You'll find fair to good fishing for rainbows. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-04-16
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports. The water can be occasionally murky with runoff. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
The reservoir is almost full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good numbers of browns and rainbows. Rainbow trout have been staging in any area where there is enough gravel for spawning. Midge patterns and bead-head hare's ear have worked well. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair from shore. Anglers have caught fish with woolly buggers, nymphs and green tube jigs. Recent sampling found good numbers of rainbows in the 16- to 20-inch range, as well as wipers that weighed up to three pounds.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-04-16
Slow
There isn't much fishing pressure at this time of year because it's difficult to access the lakes.
Navajo Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
You still need a snowmobile to access the lake. Look for ice-off and better access around the first of May.
Newcastle Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
The water is fairly high and clear. Conservation Officer Josh Carver reports good fishing for rainbow trout with PowerBait. Recent sampling found many rainbows in the 16- to 18-inch range. There were also plenty of wipers that weighed three to five pounds, as well as a couple that weighed up to seven pounds.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-04-16
Fair
The reservoir is 94 percent full. Anglers report slow to fair fishing from shore with all techniques.
Panguitch Lake
2014-04-16
Good
Fishing is fair to good from the shore and from boats. Anglers are catching small- to medium-sized rainbow and cutthroat trout using lures and flies. Fishing is slower with Power Bait. For larger cutthroat and tiger trout, try using fish-imitating lures and flies, frozen minnows or cut bait (chub, sucker or anchovy). One angler caught a 26-inch tiger this spring using cut bait. Most of the cutthroat and tiger trout that you'll catch are in the slot and will need to be released. To avoid deep-hooking, fish with large single hooks (up to size 00) and set the hook as soon as a fish picks up the bait. If a fish swallows the hook, cut the line and release the fish as quickly as possible.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The road is clear, and the reservoir is mostly full. Recent sampling found lots of rainbows in the 10- to 14-inch range. Fly and lure anglers report fair fishing. Bait is not as effective for these wild fish.
Pine Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
The lake is ice-free and accessible. Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The reservoir is almost full. Recent sampling found that although Piute has a high density of large Utah suckers, many of the rainbow trout stocked last fall have survived and are in good condition. Most trout are 10 to 12 inches long, and a few have hit the 18-inch mark. Water temperatures are getting into the mid-50s in the afternoon near the dam, so smallmouth bass fishing should improve soon.
Quail Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
Visit the Quail Creek State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. The water temperature is reaching the mid 50s, and a few bass have started moving into shallow water as they prepare to spawn. Anglers report fair fishing, and one person recently caught a fish that weighed up to six pounds. Trout fishing is also fair to good.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
The water temperature has reached the upper 50s, and the bass fishing is in full swing. Anglers are still catching most fish in 15–25 feet of water, but a few bass are moving into the shallows as they prepare to spawn. Fishing has been good to excellent.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-04-16
Slow
Piute Reservoir is full, and the river is flowing up to 90 cubic feet per second (cfs).
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-04-16
Good
There's no access from Forsyth Reservoir because of snow. Solomon Basin lakes are accessible from Emery County, and the ice is coming off. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good ice-off fishing. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The reservoir is accessible and catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked soon.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-04-16
Good
Rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds, and fishing should be fair to good.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, and the state park reports good fishing.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
Access is good. The ice getting very thin around the edges, and there should be enough open water to fish by the weekend. Ice-off fishing can be very good with all techniques.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

Attention: Quagga mussels have been detected at Lake Powell, so plan extra time to get your boat decontaminated before you leave. Learn more about these destructive mussels.

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2014-04-16
Good

Lake elevation: 3,574 feet

Water temperatures: 54–62°F

Lake Powell's water level increased a fraction of an inch this week. It wasn’t much, but it is a step in the right direction. Combine that with warming temperatures and longer stretches of daylight, and the ingredients are in place for good fishing. Now the final ingredient is to plan your trip when weather is warm and calm. Try to avoid a cold front with wind, if possible. Warming water may even overpower the full-moon effect, which will happen this week. (If I had to choose between this week and next, I would go later because of the full moon.)

Laura Lind of Peoria, Arizona fished Lake Powell for the first time. She caught striped bass while trolling and casting in the backs of canyons where water was murky and plankton abundant.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

All of the sportfish species are starting to move up in the water column, looking for the warm surface layers.  Smallmouth bass finally found a few days when the morning water temperature was above 57 degrees, which is their trigger for increased activity. Bass action is not strong yet, but more fish were caught this week than last, and many more will be caught during the last two weeks of April. Try using plastic grubs and tubes on jigheads, working them slowly along the bottom. Drop-shot rigs and shad-shaped worms are also effective. For those who like to fish faster, try a spinnerbait worked methodically along the shoreline with a fast retrieve. (That will test all the likely habitat.) Square-bill crankbaits are also a good choice for covering a shoreline in a hurry.

Walleye fishing will get better each week from now until the end of May. Fish muddy water in the afternoons with a plastic grub and tip it with a live nightcrawler. Walleye have a distinctive bite that duplicates the feel of a rubber band. Walleye grab the tail of a plastic grub and then pull on it slightly before letting go allowing the grub to shoot forward. When this happens, immediately drop the lure to the bottom instead of reeling in. The walleye will come over and take another look. It usually takes two or three pickups before a walleye is hooked. If the walleye tastes the live worm, it is much more likely to be caught.

Stripers are the most active fish right now. Schools are running from the main channel walls to the backs of the canyons. Main channel fish are located in very deep water that is closely associated with a shallow shelf. At the dam, the best fishing spots are found where a shelf extends out 20 to 30 feet from the cliff wall. At this lake level, there is a nice shelf under the chainlink fence that sticks out on the west side of the forebay (about 100 yards from the barricade).

In Navajo, Labyrinth and the Buoy 25 cove, striper schools hover at the breaking edge of the 30-foot shelf, where they can quickly descend to deep water when danger threatens. Anchovy chum will keep the school around long enough to catch quite a few or possibly draw them back up once they have moved to deep water. I find that schools repeatedly return to the same spots. If they quit, give them a rest and then come back later for a rerun.

The other option is to head to the back of the canyon and troll and cast in murky water where bottom depths vary from 15–45 feet. Troll lures with a white background marked with a chartreuse stripe. This color combination has been deadly so far this spring.  Shad raps, X-raps and Norman Little Ns are flat-line trolling very well. As the day warms, stripers move shallower and can be caught right up against the shallow flats now seen in the backs of many canyons. Shad have moved on to the flats, and stripers wait for them to swim back into deeper water. Look for grebes to mark shad schools. Stripers can’t resist chartreuse and white jerk baits that swim out of shallow water into their feeding zone. Most of the stripers are eating plankton, but they're all willing to chomp on any forage fish that invade their personal space. Put a lure in front of their face, and they will definitely bite the fish first and look for more plankton later.

This report is heavy on the southern lake experience, but the fish in the middle and northern parts of the lake will respond in a similar manner. These techniques will work just as well in the San Juan, Escalante and Good Hope Bay.

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