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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Bear Lake

Fair

The average lake temperature is approximately 70 degrees. Fishing is slow to fair according to the few angler reports we've received in the past couple weeks. Last week, one group of anglers caught a few cutthroat trout by trolling Dardevles in the early morning. Recently, anglers have recommended varying the depths that you're fishing. Lure patterns that were working well included gold and black, silver, silver and blue or silver and green. If you're fishing deeper than 60 feet, be sure to use lures that are darker and have greater contrast. (07-13-18)

Bountiful Lake

Slow

Fishing is slow to fair. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. Basic baits, such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait, are generally good to try. (07-13-18)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is currently very slow. Anglers report trying a wide variety of setups without getting any bites. (07-13-18)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

Fishing at East Canyon is fair to good according to the angler reports we received. One group of anglers did well for wipers and smallmouth bass using spinners. Others recommended PowerBait in various colors or flavors including rainbow, garlic and chartreuse. Another angler recommended fishing at Taylor Hollow. (07-13-18)

Echo Reservoir

Good

The reservoir's water level has been dropping quickly. Fishing is still fair to good for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. According to angler reports from this and previous weeks, the smallmouth bass and a few rainbows are biting in the rocks up by the dam. One angler reported catching a 17-inch rainbow trout from this spot. Most of the smallmouths have been small in size, but one angler caught a 12-inch bass a couple of weeks ago. Worms, plastic minnows and perch eyes have worked well. (07-13-18)

Farmington Pond

Fair

Fishing is slow to fair at the pond right now. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. Basic baits, such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait, are generally good to try. (07-13-18)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Good

Although we have not received very many angler reports from Holmes Creek Reservoir this summer, two anglers reported good fishing this week. One recommended fishing in the early morning. PowerBait is always good to try if you're just looking for a less crowded place to fish for planter-sized rainbow trout. Generally this is a good time of year to fish the reservoir for largemouth bass as well, but we have not received any recent reports on what lures are working best for this species at this location. (07-13-18)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Most of the reports we received from anglers indicated slow to fair fishing, but we did receive a report of one angler who did well for perch and rainbow trout using worms on two separate occasions. A different angler reported losing one decent-sized largemouth bass. (07-13-18)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Slow

Fishing was slow at the pond this week. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. Basic baits, such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait, are generally good to try. (07-13-18)

Kaysville Ponds

Fair

Fishing at the Kaysville Ponds has been a bit slow for larger fish. Several groups of anglers reported that their children enjoyed catching tiny bluegill near the shore. Use a small piece of a worm on a small hook, and you can potentially catch the bluegill over and over very easily. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. Basic baits, such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait, are generally good to try. (07-13-18)

Logan River

Fair

The river was stocked with approximately 1,900 planter-sized rainbow trout on June 27. Fishing has been fair to good on the river. We have not received any reports of what fly patterns are working best, but spinners have been working according to one angler. (07-13-18)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Fair

We have not received any angler reports in the past two weeks, but fishing has been slow to fair. One group of anglers, that trolled with Rapalas and spoons, reported slow fishing with a few active spots to the east, near where the two canyons meet, where they caught three rainbow trout. A few weeks ago, shore anglers recommended salmon eggs, but not PowerBait. (07-13-18)

Mantua Reservoir

Good

Fishing has been fair to good. Bluegill were readily hitting worms in many of the reports we received. One family fishing from a boat caught a healthy mix of bluegills, green sunfish and a couple of largemouth bass. This group tried a large variety of lures and bait, including different flavors of PowerBait and Gulp. They had general success with most of what they used, without a clear favorite. Everyone in the family ended up catching something. A jon boat angler caught a few bluegills and a two-pound bass using earthworms under a bobber. Another family caught 30 bluegill on worms, and three bass and one trout with a Rat-L-Trap. This group observed a nearby angler doing just as well using crankbaits. (07-13-18)

Ogden River

Fair

The river was stocked with 950 planter-sized rainbow trout on June 25. Fishing has been fair to good for brown trout. Anglers reported good fishing using spinners or worms. (07-13-18)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

Tiger muskie fishing is really picking up! More anglers are catching tiger muskies compared to previous weeks. In some of these reports, anglers caught several tiger muskies during one fishing trip. Use big, flashy lures like crankbaits and spinnerbaits when you're targeting tiger muskies. Catching this spectacular fish can require a great deal of persistence, so keep casting. Fishing for perch, catfish and smallmouth bass has also been good. One angler caught a large number of catfish and perch using worms. Anglers are still catching smallmouth bass too. (07-13-18)

Rockport Reservoir

Slow

Shore fishing for trout has been very slow. One group of anglers had four rods in the water with various PowerBait colors and a worm-and-marshmallow setup, but didn't get a single bite in three hours. They did, however, do well for small smallmouth bass using silver spinners and Kastmasters.

A harmful algae bloom could still be affecting Rockport in select areas, but monitoring efforts are ongoing. Follow any directions posted by Rockport State Park. Anglers can still fish in waters where a bloom is occurring, but they are encouraged to clean the fish, discard guts and thoroughly wash their hands with clean water. Since toxins concentrate mostly in a fish's organs (fatty tissue and skin), discard these items and eat only the fillets. (07-13-18)

Uinta Mountains

Good

Fishing in the mountains is good to hot. Regardless of the bite, the Uinta Mountains are still a great place to relax and fish during the summer. Many of the car-accessible lakes are being stocked almost every week. A variety of lures and bait are working, but recently worms, PowerBait and a fly-and-bubble setup have been recommended by anglers as being particularly effective on the car-accessible lakes. Be sure to bring bug spray. (07-13-18)

Weber River

Good

Fishing has been fair to good on the river. The river was stocked with 300 planter-sized rainbow trout on July 2. While walking the banks of the Weber recently, one angler observed an afternoon caddis hatch. Size 12 would be the biggest this angler recommends, and 14 would be their ideal recommendation. (07-13-18)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been extremely slow over the last two weeks. Several anglers report very little success despite trying a variety of methods. (07-13-18)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Fair

Fishing is fair. Try using Blue Fox Vibrax Classic spinners or Blue Fox Vibrax Foxtail spinners. (07-13-18)

Canyon View Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair. Try using Mepps Aglia Brite spinners, Blue Fox Vibrax Classic spinners or Panther Martin Two-Tone Roe spinners. (07-13-18)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Fair

Boat traffic has been heavy, but anglers are catching smallmouth bass, crappie and 16- to 18-inch rainbow trout. For smallmouth bass, a little bit of everything has been working. Anglers have been catching smallmouths using flashy pearl or flashy silver Berkley Flicker Shad Pro Flash's, various swimbaits, various gold and silver spinners and Gary Yamamoto Senko's rigged in either a nose rig or whacky rig. For trout, try trolling at about 1.8–2.0 mph with the rig suspended in about 20 to 30 feet of water. Try using Luhr-Jensen popgear, Mack's Wedding Rings, Worden's Flatfish's or Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle pink squids and Dakota dodgers. (07-13-18)

Diamond Fork River

Slow

Fishing has been sporadic. Try using cased-caddis nymphs, zebra midges, sow bugs and hares ears. (07-13-18)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

Shore fishing has been tough, but anglers fishing from personal watercraft have reported good results. Try using Panther Martin Holographic tiger green, chartreuse or rainbow trout spinners, Eppinger Original Dardevle spoons, Luhr-Jensen Hydro Vibe Extreme spinners or nightcrawlers tipped with an Atlas Mike's marshmallow. (07-13-18)

Highland Glen Park

Good

Anglers have been catching 13- to 15-inch channel catfish and bluegill. For catfish, try using Magic Bait Catfish Bait, nightcrawlers or Premo Catfish Dip bait. For bluegill, try using a bobber to suspend a nightcrawler or Berkley Gulp! maggot about one or two inches off the bottom. (07-13-18)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Boat traffic has been heavy, but anglers are catching smallmouth bass, 12- to 16-inch kokanee salmon, 14- to 16-inch rainbow trout, 10- to 12-inch wipers, and occasionally 18- to 22-inch brown trout. For kokanee, try trolling at 1.3 mph with the rigs suspended in 15- to 25 feet of water. Try using Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle pink spotted glow squids and gold with silver fish scale Dakota dodgers tipped with a Berkley Gulp! Maggot. For wipers, try trolling at 2.6–3.0 mph straight out from the boat docks in about eight to 12 feet of water. Try using Berkley Flicker Shad Pro Flash's in a variety of lighter colors. (07-13-18)

Kidney Pond

Good

Anglers are catching channel catfish and black bullheads. For catfish trying using a nightcrawler, chicken livers encased in nylon, PowerBait Catfish Bait Chunks or Magic Bait Catfish Bait. (07-13-18)

Midas Pond

Good

Anglers are catching channel catfish and black bullheads. For catfish trying using a nightcrawler, chicken livers encased in nylon, PowerBait Catfish Bait Chunks or Magic Bait Catfish Bait. A lot of people have been fishing at the pond. (07-13-18)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows and tigers. Try using nightcrawlers, PowerBait Trout Baits or a brown or olive wooly bugger under a bobber. (07-13-18)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Anglers have been catching 16- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Try using Rapala Original Floating lures, Mepps Aglia Marabou spinners, Panther Martin Holy Hammered spinners or Jake's Spin-A-Lures. (07-13-18)

Payson Lake

Good

Anglers have been catching 10-inch rainbow trout. Traditional fishing methods work well, but you can also try using Panther Martin Teardrop spinners, Panther Martin Holographic Fly spinners or Kastmaster spoons. (07-13-18)

Provo River, Lower

Good

There has been a lot of raft traffic, but the water flows have lessened. Watch for caddis and midge hatches throughout the day, and an occasional pale morning dun mayfly hatch. Try using zebra midges, cased-caddis nymphs, sow bugs, PMD nymphs and streamers. (07-13-18)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The water flows are great for this time of year, and there are plenty of hatches happening. Watch for caddis, midges, pale morning dun mayflies, yellow stoneflies and some green drakes. Try using drake nymphs, zebra midges, sow bugs, caddis nymphs, PMD nymphs, soft-hackled flies and streamers. (07-13-18)

Salem Pond

Good

Anglers have been catching bluegill, 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout and 13- to 15-inch channel catfish. For catfish, try using Berkley Gulp! Catfish Dough or Magic Bait Catfish Bait. (07-13-18)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been difficult. For wipers, try using 1/16-ounce, neon-colored jigheads with Mister Twister Curly Tail Tri Alive grubs in baby bass, rainbow trout or Tennessee shad. (07-13-18)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Hot

Anglers have been catching arctic graylings, and cutthroat and rainbow trout. Try using a dry fly dropper, caddis nymphs, zebra midges or sow bugs. For those spincasting, try using a nightcrawler tipped with Atlas Mikes Chinook salmon eggs or salmon peach PowerBait Glitter Salmon Egg Trout Bait. (07-13-18)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Good

Anglers are catching 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout. Try using Panther Martin Holographic spinners or Mepps Aglia-E spinners. (07-13-18)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Fair

There has been a lot of recreational pressure on the reservoir lately. Traditional fishing methods work well, but you can also try using Blue Fox Flash spinners or Blue Fox Vibrax Classic spinners. (07-13-18)

Spring Lake

Fair

Anglers are catching 18- to 20-inch channel catfish and wiper. For catfish, try using Magic Bait Catfish Bait or chicken livers encased in nude-colored nylon. For wiper, try using 1/16-ounce white colored jighead with a Mister Twister Curly Tail Tri Alive Grub. (07-13-18)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching 17- to 22-inch cutthroat trout and 15- to 20-inch kokanee salmon. The kokanee have moved deeper in the water column. Try trolling at 1.3–1.6 mph with the lure suspended in 45 to 50 feet of water. Anglers are catching 10- to 12-inch kokanee on the Solider Creek side, and larger than 15-inch kokanee on the Strawberry Bay side. Try using white, orange or pink squids with a neutral-colored dodger bent in a heads up/heads down orientation. Tip with white Berkley Gulp! Maggots and scent with Pro-Cure Kokanee Special or garlic Mike's Gel Scent. (07-13-18)

Thistle Creek

Slow

Fishing is best early in the morning. Try using midges, sow bugs, zebra midges or hares ears. (07-13-18)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Fair

There is a lot of recreational pressure, so fishing is best early in the morning. Traditional fishing methods work well, but you can also try using Swedish Pimple spoons, Blue Fox Vibrax Classic spinners or Mepps Aglia Brite spinners. (07-13-18)

Utah Lake

Good

Anglers are catching channel catfish that are 25 inches or longer. Try using chicken livers encased in nude nylon, shrimp soaked in chicken blood, nightcrawlers or Magic Bait Catfish Bait. There is currently an algal bloom warning in place at Utah Lake. You can still fish in the lake, but avoid areas with scum. (07-13-18)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

Traditional fishing methods work well, but you can also try using silver Jake's Spin-A-Lures, Kastmaster spoons or Blue Fox Flash spinners. (07-13-18)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow. Try using Panther Martin Hammered Regular spinners or Mepps Aglia Brite spinners. (07-13-18)

Willow Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow, but a lot anglers have been fishing at the pond. Traditional fishing methods work best. (07-13-18)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Fishing has been slow for sportfish, but anglers are catching carp that are five pounds or heavier. Try using bread, chicken liver, nightcrawlers or chicken blood-soaked shrimp to catch carp. (07-13-18)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report fair fishing for smallmouth bass and perch from the shoreline, and perch on the east side of the reservoir. For bass, fish the edges of the weed beds with a Rapala floater, senko worm or rattle lure. You should also try tipping jigs with nightcrawlers. (07-13-18)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent fishing reports. Brough no longer has an artificial-fly only regulations and instead now follows the statewide regulations. (07-13-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent fishing reports. Please let us know if catch any tiger muskie. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. (07-13-18)

Calder Reservoir

Good

Anglers recently reported good catch rates for rainbow trout up to 18 inches. Biologists recommend that fly anglers try using scud and midge patterns, and dry fly hoppers and cicadas close to shore. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You may only use flies and lures, and bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (07-13-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Good

Wiper fishing is fast on the top water in the evening and at dusk. Trout fishing has been extremely slow. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. (07-13-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching decent-sized rainbow and tiger trout with garlic PowerBait, worms and marshmallows. (07-13-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Fishing at Flaming Gorge has been good.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 70 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Recently, anglers reported high catch rates from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try targeting aggressive pups with spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish. Small lake trout, less than 25-inches, have become overabundant. This is causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component because there will be less food to grow big fish. Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout less than 25 inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing has been spotty, but it can be good when you are at the right spot. Effective colors and lures have become more variable. Pink has been a go-to color this season, but recent reports recommend green, white and even brass spinner blades. On the Utah side of the reservoir, anglers report success at Sheep Creek Bay near the red cliffs, Kingfisher Island near the rope swing, North Skull Creek, Jarvies Bay and near Mustang Ridge. Kokanee salmon are susceptible to higher mortality because of warm water and air temperatures. Now that water temperatures are above 70°F, anglers should minimize catch and release.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout were stocked reservoir-wide during the last week of May. Expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir. You can, however, shore fish near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline — especially in the backs of canyons, near inflows and along shallow rocky points. Where you catch one, you will likely catch many. Marabou jigs in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights have been very effective. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along the rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Recently, anglers have reported high catch rates using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with four-inch worms. Jigs that mimic crayfish, their primary forage, are also a good option. Use earth tone colors.

Burbot: There are few angler reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (07-13-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average water flow is 2,200 cfs and the temperature is 58°F. See current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam.

To avoid the crowds, anglers should try to fish weekdays, early and late in the day or the lower sections of the river. Dry fly fishing has been excellent. Yellow sally and caddis hatches have been thick and the fish are responding to both emergers and dries. PMDs are also good and some fish are selecting those amongst the hordes of caddis and sallies. Anglers are still catching some fish on the surface using big bugs like cicadas, hoppers and ants. Nymphing has productive as well using small zebra midges, stone flies, San Juan worms and scuds. Streamers in olive or black have been effective early or late in the day. Spin fishing has been good. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white, and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits have also worked well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (07-13-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report active bluegill around the docks. The water levels are very low and mossy. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs, like gulp minnows on small weighted jig heads. Anglers also report success fishing for crawdads on upper Montes Creek. Reminders: you need a fishing license to catch crawdads. You must also harvested them at the lake if you are going to eat them. It is unlawful to transport live crayfish. (07-13-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

A recent population survey found good numbers of rainbow and brook trout, along with a few tiger trout and grayling. Most of the fish were consuming chironomids, sow bugs and zooplankton. The larger fish were also consuming smaller fish. Try targetting shallow fish along the shoreline using jigs, spoons and spinners. (07-13-18)

Matt Warner

Good

Anglers report good fishing using trout baits like PowerBait or worms. Fly anglers are doing well, too. Most of the fish are in the 18- to 21-inch range. With the warmer weather, we may start seeing blue-green algal blooms. These blooms may cause low oxygen levels, resulting in potential fish kills and water that contains toxins for animals and humans. If you see anything like this, please report call and report it to us. Also, Matt Warner is one of three locations included in the Fishing With The Fox contest that started Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. Catch a fish with a blue tag that says DWR WIN FISHING WITH THE FOX and register it online, or email tonyakieffer@utah.gov for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish. (07-13-18)

Moose Pond

Fair

The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and they are very active, but tough to catch! Fly anglers may find the best fishing. Also, Moose Pond is one of three locations included in the Fishing With The Fox contest that started Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. Catch a fish with a blue tag that says DWR WIN FISHING WITH THE FOX and register it online, or email tonyakieffer@utah.gov for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish. (07-13-18)

Pelican Lake

Hot

Bass fishing is excellent on warm days. You may want to try throwing bass jigs along the weeds beds. The fishing pier is old and damaged, so we won't be putting it in this year. Carp have been very active, so you may try you hand at bowfishing. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill. (07-13-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good. Anglers report catching perch from shore in the shallow weed beds. Wipers and cutthroat have also been very active. If you fish from a boat, you may also catch crappie and walleye. Try getting jigs that mimic smaller panfish. For perch or walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in 10 to 15 feet of water. (07-13-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

Biologists report a lot of vegetation, which may hinder shoreline anglers. (07-13-18)

Spirit Lake

Good

Anglers are catching high numbers of 12- to 24-inch tiger trout. The tigers were mostly consuming chironomids and sow bugs. Try fly fishing with nymphs (Prince or sow bug) early and late in the day. Spincasters should try small spoons (Jake's) and spinners (Panther Martins). If you are getting follows but no hits, try changing the color. (07-13-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are having the best success for walleye in the early morning and late evenings fishing with glow-in-the-dark jigheads, curlytail lures and nightcrawlers. Anglers should fish shallow, sloping shorelines with rock and some vegetation, and make sure to set the hook when you feel a bump. Smallmouth fishing has also picked up along the rocky edges. Biologists have been conducting surveys and have found high densities of smaller walleye. Anglers are being encouraged to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery and produce healthier walleye populations. Biologists are also asking anglers to voluntarily release crappie to help establish the population. (07-13-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

The water levels are extremely low and dropping daily. We anticipate that you will only be able to use the boat ramp for two more weeks. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent during the warmer parts of the day, especially near the rocky edges and the dock. Remember, there is no daily bag limit for any species at Steinaker: largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout and bluegill. The reservoir is currently 45 to 47 percent full. This is about 20 percent less than what the Water Conservancy predicted in their draw down schedule for this time of year. Steinaker will be drained to dead pool by Sept. 1, per construction contract. This means the boat ramp will most likely be unusable by mid to late July. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2018. Work on the dam will commence in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020. (07-13-18)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Good

Monticello Lake, Lloyds Lake and Blanding Reservoir Nos. 3 and 4 have all been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches long so far this year. Anglers have had success catching pike at Recapture Reservoir using gold Jake's lures. (07-18-18)

Benches Pond

Good

Fishing is good at Benches Pond, especially early in the morning or later in the evening. The pond was stocked most recently on June 25 with 500 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Garlic PowerBait has worked especially well. Highway 31 is now open, and tributaries to Benches Pond are now fishable. (07-18-18)

Boulger Reservoir

Good

Fishing has been good at Boulger Reservoir. This waterbody was most recently stocked on June 25 with more than 500 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long. Highway 31 is now open. (07-18-18)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Good

The Carbon County Community Fishing Pond was most recently stocked on June 28 with 1,600 rainbow trout averaging about 10.5 inches long. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout here. (07-18-18)

Cleveland Reservoir

Good

The fishing for rainbow trout has been good at Cleveland Reservoir, especially if you can get out on a float tube. If you're using fly tackle, try using a medium sinking line with a plum leech, a black/orange woolly bugger or a brown/green/pearl crystal bugger, all with a bead head. Most of the fish have been caught in 10 to 20 feet of water, well within casting distance from the shore. Cleveland Reservoir was stocked with about 5,000 rainbow trout in the latter part of May. Highway 31 is now open. (07-18-18)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching tiger trout between 14 and 18 inches before noon using bead head soft hackle flies in black/red/blue and black/green/pearl color combinations. Duck Fork Reservoir was also stocked with almost 1,300 cutthroat trout on July 2. (07-18-18)

Electric Lake

Fair

Try trolling with pop gear or dodgers for catching kokanee salmon at Electric Lake. Highway 31 is now open. (07-18-18)

Fairview Lakes

Fair

Fairview Lakes were stocked with about 7,000 rainbow trout on May 18. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Highway 31 is now open. Water levels have been low at Fairview Lakes. (07-18-18)

Ferron Creek

Closed

As part of a project to restore native trout, all fish have been removed from Ferron Creek. It is anticipated the creek will be restocked in the fall of 2019. Contact the Division's Southeast Regional Office for more information. (07-18-18)

Ferron Reservoir

Fair

Anglers have caught rainbow and cutthroat trout using bead head soft hackle flies in black/red/blue and black/green/pearl color combinations. A recent gill net survey here also yielded some large brook trout as long as 18 inches. Ferron Reservoir was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout on June 4. (07-18-18)

Gigliotti Pond

Good

Gigliotti Pond was most recently stocked on June 13 with about 750 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout here. (07-18-18)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Good

Gooseberry Reservoir was most recently stocked on June 18 with more than 1,200 rainbow trout. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Anglers have also had success catching cutthroat trout using Mepps spinners. Highway 31 is open, and tributaries to Gooseberry Reservoir are now fishable. (07-18-18)

Grassy Lake

Good

Grassy Lake was stocked with 2,600 tiger trout on July 5. Anglers have had success catching tiger trout using white jigs and spinners. (07-18-18)

Huntington Creek

Good

Highway 31 is now open, and Huntington Creek is accessible. Anglers have had good success catching brown trout in the afternoons using elk hair caddis dry flies along the edges of the channel where the water slows. (07-18-18)

Huntington Game Farm Pond

Good

Try using worms or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout here. Small flies may work well for catching bluegill. The Huntington Game Farm Pond was stocked with 500 rainbow trout on May 15. (07-18-18)

Huntington North Reservoir

Good

Anglers have had success catching rainbow trout and wiper using a size 6 bead head crystal bugger in brown/green/pearl colors. Fishing was best in the vicinity of the boat ramp. (07-18-18)

Huntington Reservoir

Good

Fishing is best when you can get out on a boat or a float tube, into deep water away from the shoreline. With fly tackle, anglers have been successful using size 6-10 buggers and soft hackle flies. You might also do well with bead head green tinsel leeches, brown/green/pearl crystal buggers, and plum leeches with a purple tail. The tiger trout have been between 13 and 19 inches long. Highway 31 is open, and tributaries to Huntington Reservoir are now fishable. (07-18-18)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been fair at Joes Valley Reservoir. Try using jigs tipped with chub meat or crankbaits for catching trout and tiger muskies here. Anglers have also had some luck catching cutthroat trout using size 4 bead head crystal buggers in black/silver and black/red/blue color combinations on fast-sinking fly line. (07-18-18)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Good

The Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond was stocked most recently on June 13 with more than 500 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout here. (07-18-18)

La Sal Mountains

Good

Dons Lake and Hidden Lake were both stocked with more than 700 rainbow trout on July 9. Kens Lake and Rattlesnake Ranch Pond, as well as several others on the La Sal Mountains, have both been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches in length so far this year. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. (07-18-18)

Lower Fish Creek

Good

Fishing below the dam at Scofield Reservoir is good if you're looking to catch chubs. Try using soft hackle flies here. (07-18-18)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Good

Highway 31 is open, and Miller Flat Reservoir continues to be accessible. Try using worms, PowerBait or gold spinners for catching trout here. Anglers have had the most success trolling in small boats about 50 yards from shore using small, gold Panther Martin and Jake's spinners. (07-18-18)

Petes Hole

Good

Petes Hole was stocked most recently on July 5 with 4,000 tiger trout and 600 rainbow trout. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners. Tributaries to Petes hole are now fishable. (07-18-18)

Potters Ponds

Fair

Potters Ponds were both stocked with several thousand rainbow trout in May and June, most recently on June 6. Try using worms or PowerBait for catching trout here. (07-18-18)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching mostly cutthroat trout from the shore using worms, PowerBait, spinners and soft hackle flies in tan/green/pearl or midnight fire. Try fishing in the dam cove or along the western shore, including the Walk-in Access portion. Anglers have also been catching cutthroat trout using spoons or white or pearl sparkle tube jigs tipped with chub meat. Yellow garlic PowerBait and tube jigs have worked well for rainbow trout. Scofield Reservoir was stocked most recently on June 27 with 11,600 rainbow trout averaging about 10.5 inches long. Scofield has also been stocked with 12,000 cutthroat trout this year. Highway 31 is open, and tributaries to Scofield Reservoir are now fishable. On July 10, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued an algal bloom advisory for Scofield Reservoir. You can still catch fish here, but wear gloves while cleaning the fish. When finished, was your hands with clean water. Discard the entrails and eat only the fillets. Before cooking, rinse the fillets thoroughly with clean water. Contact the DEQ for more information. (07-18-18)

Soup Bowl

Good

Soup Bowl was stocked most recently on July 5 with 350 rainbow trout and 1,000 tiger trout. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. (07-18-18)

Straight Canyon Creek

Good

Anglers have had success catching brown trout using soft hackle flies in Straight Canyon Creek. Anglers may catch more fish near the Joes Valley Dam, but the larger brown trout are further downstream. (07-18-18)

Willow Lake

Good

Willow Lake was stocked most recently on June 27 with more than 300 rainbow trout and 3,000 tiger trout. Try using traditional baits and spinners or tube jigs for catching fish here. (07-18-18)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Good

Wrigley Springs Reservoir was stocked with 2,000 tiger trout and over 1,500 rainbow trout in June. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching trout at Wrigley Springs Reservoir. (07-18-18)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent reports, but the hot weather should fishing difficult. (07-13-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Fishing is fair to good. See the Boulder Mountain report for technique and tackle recommendations. Dougherty Basin is closed to fishing until July 14. (07-13-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Fishing is slow to fair. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all the usual lakes. We have received reports of sick and dying fish at Puffer Lake — likely due to warm water and low oxygen associated with low water levels. Anglers have also observed dead fish at Kent's Lake, likely due to the same issues or hooking mortality. (07-13-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Fishing should be improving with irrigation release flows. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (07-13-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. You can catch them with small spinners and flies. (07-13-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Fishing is fair across the mountain, though you may have to try multiple lakes to find active fish. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like night crawlers or cutbait. Natural bait is especially effective for large tigers and splake. Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs along with your favorite dry patterns. Most of the Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. (07-13-18)

Clear Creek

Fair

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Fishing is good wherever the water flows are clear. (07-13-18)

Corn Creek

Fair

Catchable-sized tiger trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. (07-13-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Expect heavy fishing pressure on weekends. (07-13-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Slow

Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have increased the water flow over 200 cfs, which is making fishing difficult. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-13-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Expect murky water flows after rainstorms. Look for fair to good fishing. Terrestrial flies can provide exciting action during the summer. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-13-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

The East Fork and most of its tributaries upstream of Tropic Reservoir have abundant brown, rainbow and brook trout. The trout can provide some great fishing opportunities with flies, lures and natural baits. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non-native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three or four years. (07-13-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Fair

Water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir, so you can only launch small boats. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs. (07-13-18)

Fish Lake

Good

Fishing for rainbow trout — either by trolling pop gear and a worm or still fishing bait from boats — has been slow to fair. Kokanee fishing has been fair to good for nice salmon up to two pounds. Anglers are using squids trailed behind dodgers or pop gear. They're using downriggers or leaded line to get down to the right depth. Try varying depths from 25 to 50 feet and watch the fish finder until you find the exact depth that the salmon schools are focusing on. Perch fishing is fast just outside the weeds at depths of 15 to 25 feet. Use small jigs tipped with nightcrawler or perch meat. Some lake trout can also be caught trolling lures that imitate rainbows and chubs in 30 to 80 feet. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 before you go for up-to-date reports and conditions. (07-13-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

Forsyth Reservoir has been almost completely drained for irrigation needs. (07-13-18)

Fremont River

Fair

Water flows are up a little on the upper Fremont with releases from Johnson Reservoir. (07-13-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass. Smallmouth pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small- and medium-sized largemouth bass (10 to 12 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. Visit the State Parks website for open hours. (07-13-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Good

Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good fishing with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with nightcrawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits. (07-13-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

We have observed some die off of both rainbow trout and catfish in Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond because of the hot weather. (07-13-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

Water level is dropping with irrigation releases and the water is getting murky. Fishing is slow to fair for tiger muskies. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-13-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Fair

The water level is very low because of winter releases and poor snow pack. Minimal water will be released through the summer, so hopefully the level rises or at least maintains. Fishing is fair to good. A recent netting survey found lots of trout: about 75 percent were 12- to 14-inch cutthroat with a handful up to 21 inches. Unfortunately, it also appears that someone illegally introduced bluegill and green sunfish. The bluegill are unlikely to establish, but we could see a population of green sunfish. Hopefully the water temperature will be cold enough to keep the numbers low and avoid negative effects on trout. Bait fishing is allowed until September 8. Remember: the limit allows you to keep two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches. You must immediately release all trout between 15 and 22 inches. (07-13-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow, but you can catch a large fish if you put in some time. Rainbow trout have been stocked. (07-13-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good to excellent with bait and lures. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-13-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so you cannot access Mammoth Creek from there. Water flows can get murky in Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River after rain storms. (07-13-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Rainbow trout have been stocked, but there are no recent reports of fishing success. A recent netting survey found that suckers are abundant and trout are suffering due to competition. Brown trout are also abundant, but are fairly skinny. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-13-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is slow to fair. Trout have moved away from the shorelines, so anglers on boat and float tubes are finding better results. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Surface action on midges is common on calm mornings and evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with best fishing at dawn and dusk. (07-13-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes (Big, Deep, Anabella). Manning Meadow Reservoir will open to fishing on Saturday, July 14. (07-13-18)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows using PowerBait from boats. (07-13-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout during the early morning and late evening using nightcrawlers. Anglers are catching a few smallmouth and wipers. (07-13-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is at 43 percent of capacity and dropping steadily. Trout have moved away from shore and fishing is better from boats. Trolling with pop gear has been fair to good. Still fishing Power Bait from a boat is also popular. In a boat, focus on 20 to 30 feet of water. If you're fishing from shore, focus on the steeper areas at the south end. (07-13-18)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good from boats, and slower from shore because trout have moved out to deeper water. Most anglers are fishing with bait from boats. (07-13-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow lately. We conducted a netting survey recently to assess potential loss of fish after last year's flooding following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been significantly reduced, though a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, tiger trout stocked last fall (13,000 were stocked) have survived very well and have grown to 10 to 11 inches. (07-13-18)

Pine Lake

Slow

Rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing pressure has been high and fishing has slowed down. (07-13-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

Because of the extremely low water level, the daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018. The reservoir is down to 5 percent capacity, with a depth of only 10 feet. There are some 14- to 15-inch rainbow trout available, so it may be worth trying to fish the reservoir before its drained completely. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, which makes it very difficult to launch a boat. (07-13-18)

Quail Lake

Good

Bass fishing is fair to good. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques. (07-13-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Hot

Bass are very active and providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crank baits and ned rigs. Anglers are catching bass from both boats and shore. Topwater action can be particularly exciting at dawn and dusk. Bluegill are also getting active. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic. (07-13-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Slow

The water flow is over 250 cfs, which is making fishing difficult. (07-13-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Good

Fair to good fishing reported at Meeks and Floating Island lakes. Fishing is fast at Neffs Reservoir for brook trout, which are abundant. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-13-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is good, despite the low water level. (07-13-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Bass and bluegill can provide fair to good fishing through the summer. (07-13-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The water level is dropping quickly and there have been some trout dying due to warm temperatures. Fishing is slow to fair for bass and bluegill. The boat dock has been pulled due to low water level. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn. (07-13-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is slow to fair using bait from the shore. You can find fair to good action catching rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout by fishing streamers and lures from float tubes or boats. We conducted a netting survey recently and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It doesn't appear that any fish were lost to fire effects and the lack of fishing pressure last summer has created a stockpile of fish this year. (07-13-18)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,606 feet

Water temperatures: 79–84°F

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Lake Powell’s water level is declining at the rate of about a foot per week. That will slow down slightly in September or level out if the monsoon season provides more inflow to counter that being released. This decline will bring the lake level back down to near the five-year average of 3590-3600 feet (MSL). That means the Castle Rock Cut will remain open for those boaters launching at the south end of the lake and running upstream. We certainly hope that the winter of 2018 will provide more moisture to the parched southwestern area of the US and allow the lake to remain in this comfort zone.

Jeremy N. reported that his four-year-old daughter caught her first fish on her own rod during their recent trip. She reeled in a bunch of dad's fish before actually catching her own large carp. She is now hooked for life!

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Fishing continues to be good for smallmouth bass across the lake. The hot spot this past week was the San Juan Arm. Bass there average one to two pounds, but they are super aggressive. If you’re looking for a great family fishing trip, the San Juan is a good choice.

Over the length of the lake, smallmouth bass fishing is consistent and the best lures are green (crayfish colored) plastic grubs. A wide variety of lures, baits and techniques work well, with time of day being as important as which lures are used. Make sure to get out early and stay out late for the best bass fishing results. While jigging along the 12- to 25-foot bottom for bass, a few walleye, largemouth bass and catfish will join in the fun. Topwater action at first light in the morning is still the best bass fishing technique.

Striped bass are boiling in the northern lake from The Horn (just upstream from Good Hope Bay) to Trachyte and White Canyon. Boils happen there because the shad crop is larger in size and numbers. It’s a long run to launch at Halls or Bullfrog and run to Trachyte but the fishing results are quite productive. Boils are performed by a wide range of small to adult size stripers. Adult stripers are only able to stay up in warm surface water for short period of time. They feed quickly on two-inch shad and then dive down to deep water to cool off before hitting the surface again. This behavior makes stripers vulnerable to topwater lures when fish are boiling. When they are resting, deep trolling with down riggers work well, along with spoons when the striper school is seen on the graph.

From the Horn downstream, stripers are still slurping on the surface because they target the small shad that were recently spawned and have not found a good hiding place. Shad that were spawned last month have to find murky-colored water to be able to hide and survive the constant onslaught of juvenile striper predation. These slurps are seen virtually every day in most canyons. A school of stripers finds a shad pod, comes to the surface for 15 seconds and then goes back down. Anglers awaiting the slurpers see the school and rush to get in range to cast. The hard part is trying to predict where the school will resurface for the next 15-second burst. If the boat is in casting range when the school pops back up, a good cast, beyond the school, will likely catch a fish as the lure is retrieved through the surfacing school. If they come up out of range, then the boat has to be repositioned again to hopefully be in range when the school resurfaces. It’s a real cat-and-mouse game with the fish winning most of the time. The visual portion of seeing a lot of fish and catching a few makes for an exciting day.

(07-17-18)

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