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Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Resources

INDEX | NORTHERN | CENTRAL | NORTHEASTERN | SOUTHEASTERN | SOUTHERN | LAKE POWELL

Northern Region report

Information compiled by Rachael Tuckett

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Bear Lake

Good

As of Jan. 4, Bear Lake had about 18 inches of snow on the ground. That may have increased in recent days. Ice has formed inside the marina and is starting to form on the lake. For current conditions, see the Bear Lake State Park website. Ice is also forming on some of the launch ramps. Please use caution. The State Park has pulled the courtesy docks at all locations except the State Park marina. If you are launching from east-side locations, come prepared to launch without a dock. The water level at Rainbow Cove is low, so if you are launching a larger boat, be careful about not backing your trailer off the end of the concrete ramp. There is a large drop-off at the end of the ramp that could ruin a trailer axle. There is a fair amount of floating ice on the lake, so be careful when boating. Fishing for lake trout and cutthroat trout has been very good for anglers who are jigging and trolling off the rockpile area. If you're jigging, use tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. If you're trolling with downriggers in these same locations, use Rapalas or minnow-type lures, including spoons. Try the area off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, the rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina, and the area off South Eden/Cisco Beach in depths of 35 to 70 feet. Anglers are also catching a few fish while casting from the shore at Cisco Beach and off the State Park marina dikes. Use larger spoons or large spinners (#5 or #6) at this time of year. Please remember, if you catch a cutthroat trout that doesn't have a healed fin clip, you must release it. (01-06-17)

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

Fishing should be good. Use caution: temperatures are below freezing and there may be dangerous ice shelves along the bank. (01-13-17)

Bountiful Lake

Fair

There is more open water because of the recent rain and warmer weather — especially on the north end. Anglers reported four or five inches of ice on the southeast end. Use extreme caution because the ice depths will vary across the lake and there is slush on top. (01-13-17)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing. Use extreme caution if you're accessing the reservoir. There is open water on the edges and slush on top of the ice. (01-13-17)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

East Canyon State Park reported that there is six feet of open water on the edges. The park recommends that anglers stay off the ice. For current ice conditions, visit the East Canyon State Park Facebook page. (01-13-17)

Echo Reservoir

Good

Trout fishing has been good. Ice depth varies across the reservoir and there are two to four feet of open water around the edges, so use extreme caution when you access the reservoir. There's also three to five inches of slush on top of the ice. (01-13-17)

Farmington Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow. The pond has three to five inches of ice. The safest ice is on the west end. There is open water under the east end dock and up to five inches of slush on top of the ice. Be very cautious if you access the pond, because the ice depth varies. (01-13-17)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Good

There are three to five feet of open water around the edges because of the recent rain and warmer weather. There is also up to five inches of slush on top of the ice. Be very cautious if you access the reservoir, because the ice depth varies. (01-13-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Fishing is fair. Anglers are having the most success using shrimp. Before the rain and warmer weather, Hyrum had six to eight inches of ice. Be very cautious on the ice around the edges. There is also six to 12 inches of slush on top of the ice. (01-13-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Unstable ice

The ice is unstable and there is open water around the pond. (01-13-17)

Kaysville Ponds

Unstable ice

The ice is unstable and there is two to four feet of open water along the edges because of the recent rain and warmer weather. There is also some open water in the middle of the ponds and on the north end of the ponds. We recommend that you stay off of the ice. (01-13-17)

Logan River

Good

Fishing should be good, but ice shelves are forming and access is becoming more difficult with each storm. (01-13-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Slow

There haven't been any reports of safe ice. On December 30, there was no ice on the reservoir. (01-13-17)

Mantua Reservoir

Fair

The ice is still six to eight inches thick with up to 12 inches of slush on top. Fishing has slowed, but anglers are reporting fair fishing for trout and bluegill using wax worms and mealworms. You may also want to try using a green ratfinky and wax worm. Anglers also report good fishing while jigging for bass and perch using a Swedish pimple. (01-13-17)

Ogden River

Good

Fishing has slowed because of the weather. Snow is making access difficult too. (01-13-17)

Pineview Reservoir

Fair

Conservation officer Derek Christensen reports that anglers are catching perch. Anglers report the best fishing using small jigs tipped with mealworms or wax worms. Pink- and orange-colored jigs are working best. Officer Christensen recommends caution, because the ice thickness varies across the reservoir. Be very cautious when you access the reservoir: there is open water around the edges and unstable ice near the edges. One angler reported that there are six to eight inches of ice with four inches of slush on top. (01-13-17)

Rockport Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good for anglers using jigs. The state park reported five to six inches of ice last weekend around most of the reservoir, and seven to nine around the dam. The recent rain and warmer weather, however, means that you should be very cautious on the edges of the reservoir because there is open water. One angler reported patches of unsafe ice — especially near the edges. (01-13-17)

Uinta Mountains

Good

You'll need a snowmobile to access the North Slope lakes and Provo River Drainage Lakes on SR-150. Be prepared for winter survival. (01-13-17)

Weber River

Fair

Fishing is fair. Wes Johnson, from the Ogden area chapter of Trout Unlimited, reported that there is a lot of ice along the edges, but very little open water. He predicts that the cold weather in the forecast should improve the ice conditions. (01-13-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

One angler reported slow fishing in the north marina. (01-13-17)

 

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Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Resources

INDEX | NORTHERN | CENTRAL | NORTHEASTERN | SOUTHEASTERN | SOUTHERN | LAKE POWELL

Central Region report

Information compiled by Chante' Lundskog

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

Burraston Ponds

Unstable ice

The pond is frozen and there's not much open water left. Ice fishing is permitted, but recent reports indicate that the ice is unsafe, so please use extreme caution when venturing out. (01-06-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed until the spring of 2017. (01-06-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Good

There is little to no ice formation on the reservoir. Anglers are still able to launch boats from the main boat ramp. Anglers report success using silver and/or white tube jigs tipped with a wax worm or mealworm. Try fishing from the east bank or near the dam for 13- and 14-inch cutthroats, and 16-inch brown trout. (01-06-17)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

There have been few anglers fishing the river, and there are no significant hatches happening. Try using nymphs, midges, sow bugs and worm patterns. San Juan worms are another excellent choice. (01-06-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Good

The reservoir has frozen over and recent reports indicate about six inches of ice. Anglers are catching their limits and 13- to 14-inch rainbow trout are the dominant catch. Anglers are using tube jigs tipped with bait and glow ratfinkees tipped with mealworms and/or wax worms. One angler reported success fishing 30 to 40 feet deep in the water column. (01-06-17)

Highland Glen Park

Slow

The pond has frozen over. Ice fishing is permitted at Highland Glen Park Pond. Try using ratfinkees, tube jigs and Maniac Cut R Bugs tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has frozen over and there's little open water. Jordanelle State Park reports that anglers have been ice fishing in the east arm of the reservoir near the inlet of the Provo River. Please continue to exercise extreme caution as ice conditions change. Try using ratfinkees, tube jigs and/or curly tail grubs tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Kidney Pond

Slow

The pond has iced over. Ice fishing is permitted and remember to always use extreme caution. Traditional methods work well (i.e., Powerbait and nightcrawler), or try using jigs tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Midas Pond

Slow

The pond is mostly frozen, except on the north side. Ice fishing is permitted. Please use extreme caution has ice conditions change. (01-06-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Slow

There haven't been any recent angler reports. The reservoir has frozen over. Be aware of changing weather conditions and road closures. (01-06-17)

Nine Mile Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has been drained. (01-06-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Fair

There haven't been any recent fishing reports. Palisade State Park reports that there is 1/2 or one inche of ice on the reservoir. Try using paddle bugs, rat finkees, curly tail grubs and/or tube jigs tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Payson Lake

Closed

Payson Lake is closed for the 2017 winter season. The entrance gate is closed. (01-06-17)

Provo River, Lower

Fair

The Lower Provo River is fishing similar to the Middle. There are no significant hatches happening. Anglers have reported success using glo bugs, hare's ears, sow bugs and San Juan worms. For those not fly fishing, try using Panther Martins, Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners and Rapalas. (01-06-17)

Provo River, Middle

Fair

Angling pressure is consistent. Try using prince nymphs (size 18), red zebra midges (size 20), rainbow glo bugs and worm patterns. Anglers have reported catching 14- to 15-inch browns and 12- to 13-inch rainbow trout. For those that are spin casting, try using Mepps Aglia Streamers, gold spinners and minnow-imitating lures. Remember, fish aren't as active during the winter. Allow your lure to drift and then slowly reel back in. (01-06-17)

Salem Pond

Slow

The majority of the pond is frozen. The east arm that goes under the bridge has open water. Ice fishing is prohibited on Salem Pond per Salem City Ordinance. Try using traditional methods such as Powerbait under a bobber, nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow and salmon eggs. (01-06-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has frozen over with reports indicating four to five inches of ice. Anglers have been catching 10- to 14-inch tiger trout near the dam. Try using white and/or glow tube jigs, pink ratfinkees, white paddle bugs and/or gold tungsten jig tipped with mealworms, nightcrawlers, wax worms or Powerbait. (01-06-17)

Silver Lake

Closed

The lake has frozen over and the gate leading to Silver Lake is closed for the season. (01-06-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

The pond is closed for the 2017 winter season. (01-06-17)

Spring Lake

Slow

The lake has frozen over. Please use caution when ice fishing. Try using white tube jigs and/or pink or chartreuse ratfinkees tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is frozen. Reports indicate that Soldier Creek Bay has six to eight inches of ice, the Ladders has five to six inches of ice, Jakes Bay has five to six inches of ice and Strawberry Bay has six to seven inches of ice. Fishing has been fast and slow. Anglers have reported catching 16- to 21-inch cutthroat trout and 18- to 22-inch rainbow trout. Try using pink and/or pearl paddle bugs, pearl and/or glow Maniac Cut R Bugs, pink, white, and/or chartreuse rat finkees, white and/or glow tube jigs and glow white and/or pink-white curly tail grubs. Popular baits to tip with are mealworms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, chub meat and Powerbait. (01-06-17)

Thistle Creek

Slow

Shallow pools and slower-moving waters are frozen. Please use caution. Try using mayfly nymphs, zebra midges, rainbow sow bugs and worm patterns (sizes 16-20). San Juan worms are an excellent choice. (01-06-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Closed

Tibble Fork Reservoir has been drained and is still under construction. (01-06-17)

Utah Lake

Fair

The lake has iced over. There are no recent ice thickness or angling reports. Please use extreme caution when venturing on the ice. (01-06-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Good

The reservoir has frozen over and reports indicate six to eight inches of ice. Anglers have reported catching tiger trout, brown trout and rainbow trout in 10 to 15 feet of water near the south end of the reservoir. Try using rat finkees tipped with mealworms, glow tube jigs tipped with wax worms and/or curly tail grubs tipped with wax worms. (01-06-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

The pond is frozen. There have been no recent angler reports. Please use caution when ice fishing. (01-06-17)

Willow Pond

Slow

The pond is frozen. Ice fishing is prohibited on Willow Pond per Murray City ordinance. (01-06-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The reservoir has iced over and reports indicate soft edges with about four inches of ice. For pike, try using minnow-imitating lures, vertical spoons tipped with minnow heads and/or swimming jigs tipped with bait. For perch, try using 1/32- or 1/64-ounce rat finkee, orange, pink or chartreuse gizzy bug and/or white tube jig tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

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Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Resources

INDEX | NORTHERN | CENTRAL | NORTHEASTERN | SOUTHEASTERN | SOUTHERN | LAKE POWELL

Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Alex Hansen

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

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is mostly capped; the ice is about six inches on the north end, but there is still a fair amount of open water near the dam. Early last week, reports were excellent for yellow perch in 20 to 40 feet of water near the sportsman access point. Try small jigging spoons or jigs tipped with bait, like mealworms, Berkley Gulp or nightcrawler. (01-06-17)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is filling and creating unstable ice in some areas. Please use caution. The most recent reports indicate slow fishing. (01-06-17)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers report good fishing. Fish are fairly active and easy to catch once you find them. The best success has been reported on the north side of the reservoir, uplake from the dam. Small, red and pink jigs including Berkley Atomic Teasers tipped with mealworms proved very effective. Ice thickness at the dam was approximately eight to ten inches this week. The road is open to the dam. If you travel beyond the dam, you must use a snow machine. (01-06-17)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

The water temperature is around 42°F in the canyon or Utah region of the reservoir. Fishing varies, depending on species.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing for Kokanee opened again on Dec. 1, but there are no recent fishing reports.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good. In the canyon, surface temperatures are now in the low 40s and fishing is good along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points. Trolling can be productive near the surface (10 to 20 feet) using pop gear and a worm, spoons or even small crankbaits. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. Anglers report good fishing through the ice further uplake. The ice is currently about eight inches thick at the Confluence, nine inches thick at Sage Creek and 10 or more inches at Firehole. Target depths of 10 to 20 feet along shallow points and flats along the main channel of the lake. A variety of lures work, including small tube jigs, curly tail grubs, jigging spoons in vibrant colors and tipped with nightcrawler, PowerBait or a mealworm.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing. Fishing is especially good from the ice-covered portion of the reservoir. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while jigging in 50 to 70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be easily located suspended above the bottom using a sonar or a fish finder. Try dropping a white, watermelon or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows also work well. The ice is currently about eight inches thick at the Confluence, nine inches thick at Sage Creek and 10 or more inches at Firehole. Please harvest your limits of small lake trout at Flaming Gorge.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass fishing slows in the winter once the water temperature reaches the 40s. At or below that point, smallmouth are extremely difficult to catch.

Burbot: Anglers report fair fishing. Anglers are having more success now that there's fishable ice. The ice is currently about eight inches thick at the Confluence, nine inches thick at Sage Creek and 10 or more inches at Firehole. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water. The best activity will be found 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 and recharge glow frequently and jig the presentation close to the bottom. Good locations to try open-water fishing include Linwood Bay and north into Wyoming where burbot densities are the greatest. (01-06-17)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

Flows are currently double peaking at 2,930 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the early morning, 3,440 cfs in the evening and averaging 1,800 cfs. Fishing has been good. Expect low angler pressure. Streamer fishing has been good, especially on cloudy days and when the water is high. Nymph fishing has also been productive using scuds, soft hackles, midges and egg patterns. Mix it up by using a dry dropper with a large terrestrial as an indicator and nymph or egg trailing two to five feet below. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. Also try crankbaits in deeper water. Brightly colored spoons and spinners may also entice fish. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. See current water flows from Flaming Gorge Dam. (01-06-17)

Pelican Lake

Good

Ice anglers report fair to good bass and bluegill fishing throughout the lake. Small chartreuse jigs tipped with mealworms have been productive. (01-06-17)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Slow

Most of the reservoir is ice capped, with the exception of the area near the boat ramp. A recent population survey found that all of the stocked species are doing well. Anglers can expect great fishing in the not-too-distant future. (01-06-17)

Spirit Lake

Good

The gates are closed, limiting access to snow machines and foot travel. (01-06-17)

Starvation Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is building ice quickly. There is still a fair amount of open water in Rabbit Gulch, but most of the reservoir has some ice. Knight Hollow had six to eight inches of ice this week, and a few anglers have been out fishing. Most reports indicate fairly slow fishing with a few rainbows being picked up on small jigs tipped with mealworms. (01-06-17)

Steinaker Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is still mostly open water for shore fishing; however ice has begun to form near the dam and boat ramp, making it difficult to launch a boat. Cold temperatures this week may finally create fishable ice. (01-06-17)

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Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Resources

INDEX | NORTHERN | CENTRAL | NORTHEASTERN | SOUTHEASTERN | SOUTHERN | LAKE POWELL

Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Morgan Jacobsen

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

Academy Mill Reservoir

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Closed

This waterbody is closed to fishing for the winter. (01-09-17)

Cleveland Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good at Cleveland Reservoir using mealworms and tube jigs. Be prepared for deep snow when walking to and from the lake, as well as possible hazardous road conditions on Skyline Drive. (01-09-17)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Electric Lake

Unstable ice

Road access to the lake is limited, and ice conditions may be unstable. (01-09-17)

Fairview Lakes

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Ferron Creek

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Ferron Reservoir

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Gigliotti Pond

Good

Ice conditions are safe at Gigliotti Pond. Try using nightcrawlers, mealworms or soft plastics to catch rainbow trout here. (01-09-17)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Grassy Lake

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Huntington Reservoir

Good

Tube jigs, soft plastics (white) and mealworms are working well the reservoir. Anglers are catching rainbow trout. Be prepared for lots of snow and slushy conditions on the ice. (01-09-17)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been slow to fair. Ice conditions vary across the reservoir. Anglers report fairly stable ice on the east side, especially near the dam. Try using mealworms and tube jigs for trout. (01-09-17)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Closed

This waterbody is closed to fishing for the winter. (01-09-17)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Millsite Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Anglers report seven to eight inches of ice at the reservoir. Fishing has been slow to fair. Try using mealworms, tube jigs or other soft plastics to catch cutthroat, splake and rainbow trout. (01-09-17)

Petes Hole

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Potters Ponds

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Cutthroat trout are biting in the deeper areas of the reservoir. Chubs are biting frequently from just about anywhere. Try using spoons tipped with nightcrawlers or mealworms. Tube jigs are also effective. (01-09-17)

Soup Bowl

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Willow Lake

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Closed

This waterbody is currently inaccessible by car or SUV. You may need snowshoes or a snow machine to access the area. (01-09-17)

 

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Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Resources

INDEX | NORTHERN | CENTRAL | NORTHEASTERN | SOUTHEASTERN | SOUTHERN | LAKE POWELL

Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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

Baker Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is nearly full, and rainbow trout have been stocked. The fall, winter and spring seasons provide the best fishing at Baker. Those are the times of year when the reservoir is filling and the water temperature is cooler. In addition to rainbow trout, some large brown trout also live here. (01-04-17)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2017. Consult the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go to see which lakes are closed. Lakes are listed under individual names, not Boulder Mountain Lakes. Access is limited by snow. Most lakes should have safe ice. (01-04-17)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports, but snow is making it difficult to access the lakes. (01-04-17)

Beaver River, Lower

Slow

Flows are low and clear. You may need to be stealthy to avoid spooking the fish. Surface ice often forms and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. (01-04-17)

Beaver River, Upper

Slow

You'll find a lot of anchor ice during the winter months. (01-04-17)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2017. Consult the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go to see which lakes are closed. Lakes are listed under individual names, not Boulder Mountain Lakes. Access is limited by snow. Most lakes should have safe ice. (01-04-17)

Clear Creek

Good

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. (01-04-17)

Corn Creek

Slow

Snow is making it difficult to access the creek. (01-04-17)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Unstable ice

Half of Duck Creek Pond has thin ice, and there is open water around the spring. (01-04-17)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

Flows are below 10 cfs. Surface ice often forms in winter and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. (01-04-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter because of spring inflow. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. (01-04-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Slow

Snow makes it difficult to access the upper stretches of the river during the winter months. (01-04-17)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports on access or ice thickness. (01-04-17)

Fish Lake

Hot

The Fish Lake Perch Tournament will be held on Jan. 21, 2017. The tournament is free, but you must pre-register. This year, prizes will be awarded for tagged fish as well the most perch caught. You can register as individuals or teams. You can find six to eight inches of ice on the north and south ends, while the middle of the lake is still ice-free. Fishing has been fast for perch and rainbow trout close to the weeds and for larger rainbow and splake trout in deeper water (out to 40 feet). Try fishing with small jigs, ice flies or jigging spoons tipped with mealworms, wax worms or small chunks of perch meat. For splake, use slightly larger jigs and tip them with perch, sucker or chub meat. Corn is now legal to use as bait at Fish Lake. Remember, however, that chumming is still illegal and that corn cannot be used at other nearby waters. Corn is considered an effective bait for kokanee salmon, so try tipping a small jig or ice fly with a single kernel and fish it suspended over deep water. Before you visit the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 to check on current conditions. (01-04-17)

Forsyth Reservoir

Fair

The ice is safe, and fishing is fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-04-17)

Fremont River

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The road from Mill Meadow to Johnson is not plowed. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-04-17)

Gunlock Reservoir

Slow

Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass. The bass posed a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two or three years while these populations grow. (01-04-17)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report five inches of ice at Gunnison Bend Reservoir. Fishing is fair to good for small perch, crappie and white bass. (01-04-17)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Good

Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) is closed for the winter due to unsafe ice. Brian Head Pond has safe ice. One angler reported fast fishing for small rainbow trout. (01-04-17)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

Winter access is not maintained. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-04-17)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir should have safe ice. The road is not maintained in the winter, so access is usually restricted to snowmobiles unless snow is scarce. The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2017. (01-04-17)

Koosharem Reservoir

Fair

The ice is safe, but there haven't been any recent fishing reports from anglers. (01-04-17)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir should have safe ice, but winter access is limited by snow. Ice fishing is usually fair to good, if you can get into the area. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-04-17)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

The trout get a little sluggish in winter, but fishing can be fair to good if you target deep pools. Whitefish can also provide good winter fishing in the upper Sevier River, Asay Creek and lower Mammoth Creek. Surface ice often forms at night on these streams, but it can melt off by afternoon. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-04-17)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The ice is safe, and fishing is fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-04-17)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has four to six inches of ice, although there is an open patch of water at the boat ramp. Anglers report fair to good fishing with light-colored jigs (green, pink or white) in about 10 feet of water. The rainbow trout are in great shape, and some anglers are catching fish in the 19-inch range. (01-04-17)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

There isn't much winter fishing pressure because it's difficult to access the lakes. (01-04-17)

Navajo Lake

Fair

The ice is more than eight inches thick. The road is closed to vehicle access until spring to protect roadwork completed last year. Snowmobiles are okay, however. Fishing is fair to good. (01-04-17)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has three to five inches of ice, with a couple small patches of open water. Use caution as warming temperatures are softening the top of the ice. Fishing is slow to fair. (01-04-17)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is capped with seven to eight inches of ice. Anglers report mixed fishing success. Some are doing well, while others are not catching many fish. Everyone agrees, however, that the fish are in great shape. The rainbow trout are about 16 to 18 inches long. Try moving around until you find active fish. This may mean changing areas or depths. Small jigs and ice flies tipped with standard baits (like mealworms, wax worms, nightcrawlers and PowerBait) are all producing, but don't be afraid to try some different techniques if the fishing is slow. Anglers report good success using shrimp and small pieces of frozen minnows, as well as fishing in deeper water (around 20 feet down). (01-04-17)

Panguitch Lake

Good

The ice is eight to ten inches thick with some snow and slush on top. Anglers are finding the best success by fishing in water that's at least 15 to 20 feet deep (and even as deep as 40 feet). Cutthroat trout are really active right now and can be found throughout the water column at those depths. Remember that fish are very sensitive to increased fishing pressure during the winter, so the dense groups of anglers ringing the shallows often push active fish out to deeper water or to less-accessible areas, like the west end. Tipping jigs with shrimp or cut bait (chubs, suckers, anchovies or minnows) is producing the best success. A fish finder can really help you see individual fish as they come through and adjust your depth. Don't feel obligated to use small tackle either, as these cutthroat are still hitting larger jigs. If you'd prefer to catch some rainbows to take home, fish with smaller jigs and tip them with standard baits (mealworms, wax worms, nightcrawlers or PowerBait). (01-04-17)

Paragonah Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir should have safe ice, but snow can make access difficult. Ice fishing is usually fair to good, if you can get to the reservoir. (01-04-17)

Pine Lake

Fair

The lake should have safe ice, but snow can make access difficult. Ice fishing is usually fair to good, if you can get to the lake. (01-04-17)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

Although the reservoir is now filling, it was mostly drained again this past year. It is unknown if any fish survived. (01-04-17)

Quail Lake

Fair

Visit the state park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still caught every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet down) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, dropshot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (01-04-17)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Slow

Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still caught every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet down) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, dropshot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (01-04-17)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

The Piute Reservoir dam has been closed, so flows have dropped to winter levels. Surface ice often makes fishing difficult. (01-04-17)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

The ice should be safe on most lakes. Access to Solomon Basin is usually possible from Emery County, although you will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access the area. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-04-17)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (01-04-17)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Stocking will continue every three to four weeks through May. Upper Tawa Pond has been drained low (although not dry) for a few weeks while maintenance work is done. Stocking will resume there once the pond is refilled. (01-04-17)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Unstable ice

The state park reports that the reservoir is filling and is partially iced over. (01-04-17)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir should have safe ice, but winter access is limited by snow. Ice fishing is usually fair to good, if you can get to the reservoir. (01-04-17)

 

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

Lake Powell is infested with quagga mussels. Protect other Utah waters by cleaning and draining the water from your boat before leaving Lake Powell. Your boat must be dried for 18 days before launching in another water. If you plan to launch soonet, a professional decontamination is required. Locate a decontamination station and learn about quagga mussels.

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2017-06-20
Good

Lake elevation: 3,609.82 feet

Water temperatures: 65-68°F

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Lake Powell fish are now in prime time. The water temperature is in the mid 60s, which means that all fish can basically go anywhere they want. During summer, there is a separation of large and small stripers because big fish need cooler temperatures. Those barriers are now removed.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,626.58 feet

Water temperatures: 69–78°F

In the last report, I mentioned that stripers would soon feed on the surface. We now have confirmation! Stripers are slurping lakewide. The recent windy days kept stripers down as the waves crashed against the shore and messed up surface visibility where young shad swim. June 14, the water was finally calm and stripers were on top early eating baby shad by the millions. The twenty stripers I caught this morning averaged about 50 shad per stomach. The shad averaged .75 inches in length. That equates to 1,000 shad. It's time to go save some shad and catch stripers in the process.

Here is the plan: Stripers hit the surface shortly after dawn and continue to feed randomly throughout the day. I saw slurps the morning of June 14 in Warm Creek, Gunsight mouth, Labyrinth Bay, Padre Bay east wall, Gregory Butte bay, West Canyon mouth and Dove Canyon mouth. There was still a breeze blowing in Rock Creek, so I didn't see any striper slurps there. I am sure the same events played out uplake. If it was calm, then there were stripers slurping.

Surface feeding stripers stayed up longer and were more likely to hit my lures better today than last week. I could cast Lucky Craft (ghost) Pointers beyond the surface feeding school and work the lure through the closely feeding fish. With a good cast, and if the stripers continued to feed in the same direction, I connected with a fish about half the time. The four-inch lure is a lot bigger than the forage, so each striper has to give up small shad to feed on something really big like my lure. Later in the day, I though that these fish might be bold enough to hit topwater. I tried an Ima Skimmer (white) and found that they were just as likely to hit the surface lure as the crankbait. I used topwater the rest of the day.

Schools varied in size from 10 to about 50 fish. They fed in a semi-circular pattern like adults cornering full grown shad. Lures that landed inside the group caused a few to splash but caused others to hit the lure. The school moved fast enough that only one cast could reach the group. You'll need a trolling motor in high gear or a big motor at fast idle to keep up with the rapidly moving school.

Most of the schools were in the main channel over deep water. Spoons did not work as well over deep water as they did when the escaping school heads to the bottom and stops at 30 to 40 feet. I didn't catch any fish on spoons. Stripers continued to slurp until 11 a.m. when wake boat traffic increased. They will blow up any time they find food and calm seas. Expect to see slurps randomly throughout the day, but more commonly early morning and late evening.

Adult stripers are still locked below 20 feet by the warm surface water. Bait can work, but crayfish are coming out of hiding and adult stripers are searching the flats along the shore for a good meal. You can catch adult stripers by trolling in the 10 to 30 foot strata. Storm Deep Thundersticks are working quite well.

Bass fishing has not kept pace with stripers. The rapidly rising water levels may be hindering the bass catch rate. Bass are staying in their preferred, previously found holding structure and have not moved up even though the water level rose another five feet this week. The water temperature also plummeted from 76°F last week to 69°F the morning of June 14. Bass are not biting as well as they did last week, but I think they will recover as the water temperature warms up this week. Look in the same rocky habitat or flooded brush points to find willing smallmouth. Largemouth bass are tucked in tightly in shallow, weedy water. Expect bluegill and largemouth to be close by and sharing the same habitat.

Now is the time to try fishing for catfish because these bottom dwellers are in spawning mode and are super active.

Anglers caught two more tagged walleye this week. Both fish came from the Cedar to Knowles canyon area of the main channel, and both were tagged in Good Hope Bay but moved downstream. We will continue to analyze walleye movement and will report when we have conclusive information.

My next move is to post this report and then go fishing for slurping stripers!

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