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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is good for cutthroat trout. Anglers are doing the best on the east side of the lake from Cisco Beach to the Idaho state line. Try trolling with flat fish and larger rattles crank baits, or jigging. Fish are 50 to 70 feet deep. Anglers that are jigging should fish near the rock pile, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach areas in about the same depths using tube jigs tipped with cisco. Fishing from the Utah State Park Marina has been fair for cutthroat trout in the morning using spoons and different types of crankbaits because fish are getting ready to spawn. Remember, you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-04-17
Good
On April 14, the Blacksmith Fork was experiencing spring-runoff conditions, but fishing continues to be good throughout the river. Nymphing seems to have been effective for most anglers. They specifically reported success with blue-winged olive caddis flies, pale morning duns and standard nymphs (Prince and caddis larvae). Many thanks to Clayton Winter for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2015-04-24
Good
Fish have been very active and anglers have seen them jumping throughout the day. Fishing is a little spotty. Some anglers report good fishing one day, but slow the next. Most anglers are fishing with worms, PowerBait or salmon eggs. You may also want to try using dough balls and bread.
Causey Reservoir
2015-04-24
Slow
Fishing is slow. Few anglers are fishing the reservoir, so Causey is a good choice if you want to fish in solitude. The water levels are still very good, almost flowing over the spillway, but the water is a little murky.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is very good from a boat or the shore. Try using PowerBait or a worm and marshmallow combo. Boat anglers should try using popgear, shiny spoons or Jake's lures. The cleaning station should be up and running soon. For news about upcoming events, visit the East Canyon State Park website.
Echo Reservoir
2015-04-24
Good
Shore fishing is good. Trying fishing rainbow-colored PowerBait close to the bottom from steep shore lines. Anglers are catching 15- to 17-inch fish. Boat anglers report good fishing trolling at about two mph using Rapalas, triple teasers or Jake's Spin-a-lures.
Farmington Pond
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is good for rainbow trout. The water is a little murky because of runoff and visibility is low. The best fishing is near the inlet using lures, but you should also try fishing from the pier using PowerBait on the bottom.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
During the week of April 4, fishing was very good for anglers who fished from the dam with bright yellow Power Eggs. Sheldon Pierce of Layton caught five trout in 20 minutes while suspending yellow Power Eggs on a single hook, about three feet from the bottom. Holmes has lighter angling pressure during the week and more pressure on weekends with nice weather. Water levels have risen. Much of the fishing bank on the east and west sides is now under water, just below the treeline. As the water continues to rise, it will submerge the vegetation and create excellent fishing conditions for the warmwater species along the shoreline. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-17
Good
Our last report from the reservoir was on April 14. Fishing has been pretty good lately. Shoreline anglers report success with worms and PowerBait. Boating anglers are catching fish on pop gear and Rapalas (silver, blue and gold). Groups of anglers in boats were averaging about 30–50 fish per boat. Shoreline anglers were having a harder time landing fish and bringing them to shore. The reservoir is completely full right now, which leaves little room for shore fishing. Many thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for that report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-04-24
Slow
Fishing is slow and very few anglers have been fishing the pond. Cormorants and pelicans have returned to the pond, which is likely contributing to the slow fishing.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-04-24
Fair
Fishing is good, but it depends on where you are fishing and what you are using. On April 20, three anglers fished the ponds for a few hours. They moved around a lot and had the best fishing for bullhead catfish from the bridge in the second pond using crescent dough. Trout fishing is slow. The water is clear with high visibility, especially when the sun is out. Despite the pelicans and cormorants, this is a good place to fish for catfish.
Logan River
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is good. Water flows are increasing and anglers report seeing a lot of caddis hatches when the weather is warmer. You may also want to try using blue wing olives, PMDS and standard nymphs.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
On April 14, angling pressure was very light, and only a handful of anglers were fishing. Right now, shore fishing is very slow. Anglers who fish from boats, kayaks and float tubes will probably see faster fishing. Recently, anglers have reported some success while fishing deep with woolly buggers.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is great for bass and bluegill when you fish on the eastside of the reservoir.
Ogden River
2015-04-24
Good
On April 20, one angler reported fair fishing in the South Fork near the Botts campground. He fished from 10 a.m.—11 a.m. and caught one trout using a bead-headed pheasant tail. The water is a little murky because of runoff, but this should help anglers because fish will be harder to scare.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-04-24
Slow
Fishing is fair for catfish in the evening as the sun goes down. The cold water means that most of the fish are not very active. Fishing should improve as the weather and the water warm.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-04-24
Fair
Fishing is really good right now. Bank fishing has improved for anglers using PowerBait or nightcrawlers. Try fishing near the dam, in the inlet and south end, or at Twin Coves Campground. If you aren't catching fish, try moving around. Boat anglers are doing very well trolling with their favorite gear. Green seems to be the favorite color. The fish are down at least 20 feet, so leaded line will help (but monofilament should be okay). Remember to confirm that your vessel is free of invasive mussels before you launch. There are mussel self-certification forms at the top of the boat ramp if the entrance station is not staffed.
Uinta Mountains
2015-04-24
Unstable ice
There are still about 35 inches of snow in the Uintas and many lakes are still capped with ice. Be prepared for soft roads and deep snow. The majority of the ice has melted from Smith and Morehouse and there is enough open water to cast from shore.
Weber River
2015-04-17
Good
On April 14, fishing was very good on the Weber. Anglers were primarily using flies. Last weekend, we worked with Trout Unlimited to catch and tag some Bonneville cutthroat trout. This was part of a larger effort to monitor the cutthroats' migration patterns throughout the Weber and its tributaries. Here is a recent Fox 13 news story about the project.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-04-24
Fair
Fishing is good for wipers and fair for walleye, with a few anglers catching catfish. Try using blue- and silver-Rapalas or orange- or red-jigs and mussels.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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

Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-04-21
Fair
The ponds have been stocked multiple times this spring, so fishing should be good for catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try using traditional lures or bait (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler has also been successful. Please keep in mind that the pond is now only open to day-use.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-04-21
Slow
The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout, so try using PowerBait or Jake's spinners for the best results. We suggest using worms to catch wipers. If you have a minute, please let us know how many you catch.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-04-21
Fair
Boaters are having the most success in the early- to mid-morning hours. They are trolling at depths of around 20 feet. Shoreline anglers should use PowerBait or Jake's spinners. The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. The Charleston dirt ramp has been permanently closed. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Please keep in mind that quagga mussel veligers have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate. Call the state park at 435-654-0171 to check on current conditions or visit Deer Creek on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see the latest updates. The reservoir is currently 90 percent full, and the water temperature is in the low 50s.
Diamond Fork River
2015-04-21
Fair
Blue-winged olives have been hatching around midday. Spinners work great for those who aren't fly fishing. The fishing is consistent, and there's not much pressure compared to many of Utah's other rivers.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
The reservoir has been stocked, so try using a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub lure.
Highland Glen Park
2015-04-21
Fair
The pond has already been stocked with rainbow trout a couple of times this spring. Temperatures are warmer, and the fish are feeding. Try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful. Catfish can be caught with nightcrawlers while fishing on the bottom of the pond.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-04-21
Fair
Float tubers have had success while fishing with Rapalas. Try throwing jerkbaits for smallmouth bass. Fly-fishing anglers are having success with woolly buggers in black. Boaters have had success trolling in about 50 feet of water. Also, continue using traditional baits (such as worms and PowerBait) on the shoreline. Courtesy docks are in at the main ramp. The Upper Fisher and PWC restrooms are open, as well as the cabins. The PWC ramp has docks and is open, and any boat can launch until Memorial Day weekend. Murdock Camp is open. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Be aware of the floating debris that's coming in from the river runoff near the south arm. The reservoir is holding at 68 percent full.
Kidney Pond
2015-04-21
Slow
The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout a couple of times this spring. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait, under a bubble. Curly Tail lures, tipped with nightcrawlers, have also been successful.
Midas Pond
2015-04-21
Slow
The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout a couple of times this spring. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait, under a bubble. Curly Tail lures, tipped with nightcrawlers, have also been successful.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-04-21
Closed
The road is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
The reservoir has been stocked. Anglers are encouraged to harvest and enjoy the stocked fish. Try spinner baits and traditional baits (such as PowerBait or nightcrawlers). You might also want to try throwing a Curly Tail grub.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-21
Fair
Spinnerbaits and worms should produce fish right off the docks. Also, try garlic-flavored PowerBait, under a bubble. The Third Annual Palisade State Park fishing tournament will be on May 9. Please call the state park at 435-835-6676 or visit their Facebook page for more details.
Payson Lake
2015-04-21
Closed
The Nebo Loop is closed at the Maple Lake turnoff. From Nephi, the loop is closed at the Bear Canyon turnoff.
Provo River, Lower
2015-04-21
Good
Anglers are catching big rainbows! A few skwalas were seen this weekend, and more should appear near the end of month. Be aware that some hatches may occur earlier this year (for example, the Mother's Day caddis hatch). Blue-winged olives are hatching, so try sizes 18–22, especially on overcast days. Mayflies are also making an appearance. Water levels range from 190 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 41 cfs near Harbor Drive. From the Center Street Bridge upstream to I-15, the river is closed until 6 a.m. on May 2.
Provo River, Middle
2015-04-21
Good
You'll find great midge fishing right now, with sizes 18–22 working best. Blue-winged olives are making an appearance. Nymphs, size 22 and smaller, will be still be good at midday. Water levels are near 148 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release (241 cfs) and the average at Charleston around 149 cfs. Water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees.
Salem Pond
2015-04-21
Fair
The pond has been repeatedly stocked and has very active, hungry rainbow trout. Try using a Jake's spinner. Another good option is to use a bubble with worms or PowerBait. Catfish will be stocked at the end of May.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-04-21
Closed
The road to the lake is closed at Tibble Fork.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-04-21
Fair
The pond has been repeatedly stocked with rainbow trout and has received very little pressure. Try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers, Curly Tail beadhead lures or PowerBait with a bubble.
Spring Lake
2015-04-21
Slow
The pond has been stocked, so try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait with a bubble. Please be aware that there have been a large number of cormorants feeding at the pond.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-04-21
Fair
The bite is occurring in the early morning, typically before noon. Shoreline anglers have brought in some nice-sized rainbows near Mud Creek. The Soldier Creek Marina and the Ladders are completely open. The main road to Haws Point is open, but we suggest using a vehicle that has four-wheel drive. Try dark-colored leeches, marabou jigs, jerkbaits or spinners. There may still be a couple of ice slabs lingering, so boaters should be careful. The water temperature is around 41 degrees, and the reservoir is currently 77 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-04-21
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you may want to try using midges in sizes 18–22. The blue-winged olives are hatching right now.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
Try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are feeding actively.
Utah Lake
2015-04-21
Slow
Spring runoff is causing the lake to appear muddy. Anglers report slow fishing. Use smaller swimbaits or shad raps for walleye. You might also want to try using stainless steel leader and prevent any pike from severing the line. For catfish, try using chub meat, carp meat, chicken liver or worms on the bottom. Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is currently 64 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Please let us know about your fishing experience at the reservoir.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-04-21
Slow
Stocking has begun. The water is very low, but the trout are hungry and active. Try a Curly Tail grub or PowerBait with a bobber and keep it shallow.
Willow Pond
2015-04-21
Fair
The pond has been repeatedly stocked with rainbow trout. Try using a bubble, garlic-flavored PowerBait or worms. You may want to throw spinners or crankbaits near any of the vegetation for some largemouth bass hookups. By voluntarily releasing the largemouth bass, you can help control the bluegill population.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-21
Slow
Water levels are very low and continue to fall. The reservoir is currently 48 percent full. The buoys have been put in, and both launch ramps have docks. The restrooms and showers are now open. Anglers are catching fish, but it is a slow bite. Try the backs of the bays (and near the dropoffs) with Maniac minnows, Husky Jerks or spinnerbaits and fish extremely shallow for northerns. Perch-colored jigs seem to be the most consistent producers. Water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart

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

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows and a few browns. Water levels are high (the reservoir is nearly full), and there are some dead trees and branches floating on the surface. Watch out for floating debris if you are boating.
Brough Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you will usually find fair to good fishing in spring. The reservoir is full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented/salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-04-20
Fair
The last report we received indicated that the ice was almost off, but we haven't heard anything on the fishing conditions. These higher mountain lakes usually have fair to good just after ice-off. The road gates are open.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you will usually find fair to good fishing at Bullock in the early spring. The reservoir is nearly full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-04-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing. Just after ice off, there were some dead fish found along the banks. The lake likely suffered a minor winterkill. The water level remains low. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented/salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you will usually find fair to good fishing at Cottonwood in the early spring. The reservoir is almost full.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-04-20
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
The ice is off and anglers report slow to good fishing for tigers and rainbows. Access is to the dam. The area received some snow in the last set of storms.
East Park Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
The area still has melting snow, which has made the roads muddy. The ice is off and fishing is fair, but some other reservoirs in the area had a partial refreeze over the weekend.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-04-20
Good
The Utah and Wyoming ramps are ice-free, so you can now launch boats. Reservoir levels have held up well over the winter, and water managers are even letting some of the water out in preparation for spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee fishing reopened on Nov. 30, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing in Utah and in Wyoming. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits (along with common trout baits, such as worms) are working from the shore and from boats. We've heard reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Anglers are also catching rainbows while fishing deep water for lake trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing from boats. Fish can be anywhere, although most are still being caught in deeper waters. If you find a group, try holding your position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or a three-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also try trolling through (or just above) the school, usually 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Slow, shallow trolls along sloping banks can be an excellent technique in the spring. It's one of the few times of year that you can just troll without specialized deep-water equipment. Deep trolling, right on the bottom, with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing has been slow because the bass are still deep.

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is fair to good from boats, and a few burbot have been caught from the bank. Pick your spots in the late afternoon, so you can see the area and where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. Boat anglers can start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water. Move shallower after sunset and as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep waters (around 75 feet); however, they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallow waters to forage. Some will follow channels or rocky flats and venture into water that's less than 10 feet deep. Try fishing along the rocky shores, points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use something that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat or minnows, is recommended.) Worms with a marshmallow placed about three to six inches above the weight have worked recently. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2015-04-20
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Spring hatches are common: mayflies (BWOs), midges, ants and crickets. Match the hatch as a dry fly or try a larger dry fly (such as a cricket) with an emerger (such as a mayfly or midge) or scud for a trailer. Winter streamer/bottom combinations are also working. Streamers are usually a fish-imitation (such as a sculpin) followed by a scud or egg. Anglers using lures are also successful. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
There haven't been any new reports, but the ice is off most reservoirs at the same elevation.
Matt Warner
2015-04-20
Good
Fishing has been good since the ice came off. There were a few dead fish found along the bank, but biologist believe they were likely due to winter angling loss. Try trout baits, like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits.
Moose Pond
2015-04-20
Slow
The pond is ice free and fishing is slow. The water has not yet been stocked.
Pelican Lake
2015-04-20
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing. With recent temperature fluctuations, fishing success changes daily. A few consecutive days of warm weather will bring the bass back into the shallow water. Bluegill are still deep. With the shallow waters warming up, it's a good time to target carp. Removal of carp before they spawn (by either archery or fishing tackle) will help the water quality. Better water quality will help both the bass and bluegill populations. Water levels look good; the lake is mostly full.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-04-20
Good
There's open water across the reservoir, and the ramp is accessible. Fishing for rainbows was good, up until the last storm. We haven't received any reports on walleye. The water remains low.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-04-20
Fair
One angler reported fair fishing. The roads in the area have opened.
Spirit Lake
2015-04-20
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, and the road to the lake remains closed. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout last summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take a few years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for rainbows and walleyes, although most anglers were chased off by recent high winds. Baits are working well, especially from the shore. Try smaller, slow-moving presentations for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleyes. If you're walleye fishing, keep your bait/lure on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleyes are small or in the 24-inch range, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-04-20
Good
Anglers report fair to excellent rainbow fishing from shore and from boats. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore, while crankbaits and brightly colored spoons are producing for boaters. Some fish are near the surface, while most appear to be deep (about 30 to 40 feet down). The water level remains low, so watch for rocks and sandbars.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler

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

Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2015-04-17
Good
Conservation officer Dennis Shumway says that fishing is improving in San Juan County. Thousands of rainbow trout have been stocked in the area reservoirs. These fish are hungry, so try fishing with PowerBait, marshmallows or worms. Dennis reports that bass and pike are both active at Recapture Reservoir, and tube jigs and gold lures have been working well.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2015-04-17
Good
The pond is shallow, which has concentrated fish and made them compete for food. That means anglers have had good luck fishing with almost any bait.
Cleveland Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
The ice has receded from the shoreline and is soft and rotten. Ice off could happen at any time.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2015-04-16
Closed
Access to Duck Fork is restricted to prevent road damage.
Electric Lake
2015-04-17
Slow
At last report, the lake was capped with soft, rotten ice. Ice-off is imminent. Fly anglers have reported mixed results using a gnat pattern in the tributary on the north end.
Gigliotti Pond
2015-04-16
Fair
On April 10, Michael Johnson fly fished for five hours. He caught and released 11 nine-inch rainbow trout and one four-inch bass. All of them were caught with a beadhead purple/brown woolly bugger.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2015-04-16
Closed
The gate from Skyline Drive has been locked to prevent road damage to the reservoir and campgrounds.
Grassy Lake
2015-04-16
Closed
Anglers are encouraged to postpone any fishing trip until the road dries. Snow drifts, mud and snow make access difficult. Stocking will not occur until the road is dry.
Huntington Creek
2015-04-16
Slow
The only trout will be found within a mile of the dam, which is within the fly fishing-only zone. Anglers will not likely find trout below the flash flood zone.
Huntington North Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
Kathy Jo Martinez reported slow fishing. Fishing has been slow for several months, despite the reservoir being stocked less than a month ago.
Huntington Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
At last report, this reservoir (also known as Mammoth) was capped with ice that had receded from the shore and was soft and rotten. Ice off could happen at any time.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2015-04-16
Slow
The reservoir is ice-free, but splake fishing has been slow. Fish from a boat with chubs or chub meat for the best success. Aside from chub meat, anglers should also try spinners, spoons, Rapalas, swim baits and Berkley Gulp, all of which have been effective in the past. The tiger muskie bite will improve as soon as the water warms up. Last fall, anglers reported catching muskies larger than the 40-inch minimum harvest size. This year, we expect anglers will catch fish that are even larger.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2015-04-17
Slow
At last report, the pond was unfishable because of cloudy, murky water. Terry Sanslow explained that the pond was being filled by a pipe on the bottom and that had stirred up sediment. Water clarity should improve once the pond is filled. This pond was stocked in March with several thousand 8- to 9-inch rainbow trout.
La Sal Mountains
2015-04-17
Good
Kens Lake was stocked in March with 5,000 seven-inch rainbow trout. Expect good fishing.
Lower Green River
2015-04-16
Fair
Walt Maldonado reported fair fishing for catfish. The best baits are shrimp, chicken livers and stink baits. Fishing will slow down as the spring run-off peaks. Walt says that anglers are catching walleyes with worms near the Crystal Geyser.
May Day Pond
2015-04-16
Fair
This is a new Henry Mountains fishery that will be stocked on a regular basis. Its first stocking will occur soon.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2015-04-16
Closed
The U.S. Forest Service road between Cleveland and Joes Valley has been locked to prevent spring road damage.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-16
Fair
The catch rate has slowed and varies from day to day. Worms and PowerBait have been the most frequently used baits.
Petes Hole
2015-04-16
Closed
Snow, drifts and mud make access difficult. Stocking will not occur until the access road is dry and passable.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2015-04-16
Slow
The Seeley Fire and subsequent flash floods have killed the trout in the creek.
Scofield Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
Aside from a five-pound tiger trout and an eight-and-a-half pound tiger trout, fishing has been very slow during the past several weeks. Most anglers have been disappointed because they have very few fish to show after a day of fishing. Aquatics technician Mike Ault suggests fishing at the mouth of the dam cove—especially on the south side. One angler reported good fishing until 10 a.m. when it became really slow. You should try using chub meat, but you may have success with fish eggs or nightcrawlers. Of the fish anglers catch, most of the cutthroats are 12 to 15 inches long and skinny, and the rainbows are 9 to 14 inches long. Last week, anglers reported slow or very slow fishing. Many anglers caught nothing but chubs, but a few shore anglers did catch one or two trout per hour.
Soup Bowl
2015-04-16
Closed
Access is snowy, muddy and impassable. Please wait until the road dries to prevent unnecessary road damage.
Willow Lake
2015-04-16
Closed
To prevent road damage, the U.S. Forest Service locks out vehicles until the road is dry and passable. This saves taxpayers thousands of dollars in road-repair expenses.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2015-04-16
Slow
Ice-off is imminent or has already occurred. Spring stocking has not yet taken place.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair, but catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked in March. Fishing from a floattube or a small boat can help you get away from the crowds and find better fishing. A recent fish population survey found lots of 1- to 12-inch rainbow trout left over from last fall's stocking. There are also good numbers of brown trout up to seven pounds. The browns are eating goldfish, so try fishing with minnow-imitating lures, jigs or flies. Frozen minnows or anchovies could also work.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-04-17
Fair
Changes have been made to season closures for the Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most of the lakes are now open year round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed April 18. Also, note that lakes will be listed by their own name, and not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. Dougherty Basin Lake is closed to fishing until July 11. There are no recent reports on access or ice, but conditions should start changing soon.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-04-17
Slow
We haven't received any recent fishing reports. Little Res should be accessible soon.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-04-17
Fair
Tread lightly to avoid spooking fish in the low water. Recent surveys found some nice-sized brown and rainbow trout. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-04-17
Fair
The anchor ice should be coming off and fishing should improve.
Boulder Mountain
2015-04-17
Fair
Changes have been made to season closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most of the lakes are now open year round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed until April 18. Also, note that lakes will be listed by their own name, and not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. Snow is melting only at the lowest elevations, which means that access is still limited. Fishing has been very good at Oak Creek Reservoir, where the ice is still over two feet thick. Remember, you can now keep a limit of 16 brook trout at Oak Creek Reservoir.
Clear Creek
2015-04-17
Fair
The removal of nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is complete and the Bonneville cutthroat trout stocking is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat that were stocked in the rest of Clear Creek in fall 2014 will be six to eight inches in length by summer.
Corn Creek
2015-04-17
Fair
Access is improving and there is not much runoff.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-04-17
Good
Brood brook trout were stocked recently and are providing excellent fishing. Fishing is fair for the rainbow trout carried over from last year.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-04-17
Fair
Irrigation releases have begun and flow is up to 70 cubic feet per second. The river is still fishable at this level, so get out there before it goes over 100 cubic feet per second in May. Population surveys last fall found good numbers of brown and rainbow trout, with some browns exceeding 20 inches and two pounds. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2015-04-17
Fair
The water in the river has cleared a little. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-04-17
Slow
There are no recent reports, but access should be improving.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-04-17
Good
The trout limit at both Upper and Lower Enterprise Reservoir has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015. Because of a very poor snowpack, the lower reservoir will be drained for irrigation needs and all but the small state-owned conservation pool will be drained from the upper reservoir. Fishing has been good lately both from the shore or a boat. Be very careful launching boats. The water level is far below the ramp and there are several deep gullies in the dirt. You should only launch small boats. A recent fish population survey found that rainbow trout are abundant in two size classes: 12 to 14 inches and 17 to 18 inches.
Fish Lake
2015-04-17
Good
The ice is gone and boats are now allowed on the lake. There are no fishing reports from boaters yet, but shore fishing has been good at Twin Creeks for rainbow trout. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair with few anglers at the reservoir. Spring is a good time to target tigers and splake. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-04-17
Good
Fishing is good in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow with wooly buggers and midge patterns. Fishing is fair in the Bicknell Bottoms fishing slowly using streamers and nymphs through the deep pools and runs. At Fremont, fair may only mean you catch one or two fish, but they could be very large. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Fishing is up and down, depending on weather. Look for fair to good fishing on warm, calm days and slow fishing on cool, windy days. Bass are getting active and looking to spawn because the water temperatures are reaching the upper-50s and low-60s. You can catch crappie up to 10 inches in length. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
Fishing is slow at Gunnison Bend and DMAD, but the water temperature is warming and fishing should improve soon.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-04-17
Fair
15-inch brood brook trout were recently stocked in the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and are providing fair to good fishing on lures and spinners. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in both Leigh Hill and Parowan Pond. The ice is coming off Brian Head and Woods Ranch ponds.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
The reservoir is accessible and ice-free. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 16. The reservoir is accessible and ice-free. Major road construction will take place on the Kolob Terrace road from now through October. The construction will limit access to the reservoir. Visit the National Park website to see closure schedules.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
A recent population survey found cutthroat trout up to six pounds and rainbow trout up to three pounds. Try trolling near the dam with chub-imitating lures.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
The reservoir is accessible and good to excellent fishing is reported. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-04-17
Fair
Fishing is good for nice-sized brown trout in Asay Creek. Recent population surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and Asay Creek (along Highway 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
5,000 nine-inch rainbow trout were stocked in March. Fishing is good for rainbows and browns in the inlets using streamers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
Fishing is picking up as trout finally move in toward the shore. Anglers in float tubes and pontoons are still report good fishing using streamers slow and deep. Fishing is improving using nymphs from the shore. Recent population surveys found good numbers of rainbows and fat, healthy wipers that measured up to 21 inches and five pounds.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-04-17
Slow
There were no recent reports, but access to the Box Creek reservoirs should be opening up soon.
Navajo Lake
2015-04-17
Fair
Access is good. The ice is coming off fast and may be gone already. Spring is a good time to target large splake. Concentrate on the steeper shorelines and the dike. Fish with chub-imitating lure and flies, white and dark green tubes jigs, cut bait (like chubs, suckers or anchovies), or frozen minnows.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
Trout fishing is good. Anglers are also catching a few wipers and smallmouth bass because of the warming water.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-17
Fair
Most anglers report slow fishing, though the fish that are being caught are very nice sized. Anglers have caught rainbows up to six pounds this spring. Fly anglers report the best luck by drifting nymphs along gravelly shore lines or dragging streamers on sinking line from floattubes. Anglers who are trolling report slow to fair fishing. Shore anglers using bait report slow fishing.
Panguitch Lake
2015-04-17
Fair
The ice is off and shore fishing is slow to fair. Trollers report fair to good fishing.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Access is good and the ice is gone, but the water level is fairly low. Bait fishing is slow. Remember that the rainbow trout here are wild and don't take bait as well as lures or flies.
Pine Lake
2015-04-17
Fair
There are no recent reports, but the ice should be off.
Piute Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
We haven't received any fishing reports, but 150,000 rainbow trout and 2,600 brood brown trout have been since last fall. Recent population surveys found that rainbows are growing fast and many now average 12 inches. Unfortunately, the surveys also found a number of suckers. That means that the rotenone treatment last fall wasn't as successful as we had hoped.
Quail Lake
2015-04-17
Fair
Trout fishing has slowed down. The reservoir has been filling and is up to 90 percent capacity. The water temperature is reaching the upper-50s and low-60s. Anglers report mixed results for bass fishing because of the recent varied weather. Bass are moving up to the shallows to build nests. Fishing should pick up as the water continues to warm. Fishing is slowest on cool, windy days. Anglers have also caught a few crappie. Visit the Quail Lake website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
The water level is rising, water clarity is improving and the water temperature has risen to the low 60s. Bass fishing has heated up during the recent warm weather, but the frequent windy cold fronts have really slowed things down. Try using a variety of techniques when the fish are active. The keys to success are hitting the right depth and fishing with a pattern that you're confident about. Try looking for fish in 10 to 15 feet during warm periods and closer to 20 feet on cool days. Anglers are catching some nice-sized crappie. Recreational boaters are out in force on the weekends.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-04-17
Slow
Water releases from Piute Reservoir are up to 170 cubic feet per second.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-04-17
Fair
You may be able to access the area from Forsyth Reservoir. Ice should be coming off in Solomon Basin. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Access should be improving.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-04-17
Fair
Trout fishing is starting to slow down because of the warmer weather. Largemouth bass and bluegill are present in most of the ponds and provide better fishing during the warmer months.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
The reservoir is filling and open to boating. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers have also caught a few fish that have been in the reservoir since last year.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Access is good. The ice is coming off fast and could be gone already. Ice-off is a great time to target larger rainbow and brook trout.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

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

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2015-04-24
Good

Lake elevation: 3,590.5 feet

Water temperatures: 59–65°F

Weather in the southwest continues to be mild. At Lake Powell, the nights are cool and the days warm enough to make fishing and boating on the lake refreshing. The mild weather lasts until May, when the temperatures turn up a notch. That warming will bring another bass spawn and the beginning of runoff and rising lake levels.

Wayne Gustaveson displays a fat striped bass and a walleye. Both fish were caught at noon while trolling and casting in 20 feet of water.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Fishing is currently excellent for smallmouth bass lakewide. Largemouth and crappie are the next most likely fish that you'll catch. When May warms up, walleye may take over second place (at least in the northern lake). Here is a breakdown of fishing from last week.

Northern Lake (Trachyte to Good Hope Bay)

Fishing is better or worse depending on the degrees on the thermometer. It is better on warm afternoons and more challenging following a cool night or a windy day. Striper schools are continually moving, but you can catch large numbers when you locate a school by graphing or trolling. The most recent positive report came from trolling the main channel between Castle Butte and the Horn with deep Thundersticks and Umbrella rigs adorned with six-inch paddle tail swim baits.

Anglers caught walleye by trolling bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers and casting Wally Divers across shallow flats (15 feet) near Castle Butte. Bass fishing was best near broken rock structure on a 45-degree slope. Bass are as far as 20 feet from shore out .

Bullfrog to Escalante

Bass fishing is best along the shoreline. Use plastics for best success. Single tail, double tail, senkos, shad shaped worms and other plastic baits all work well. The secret is to use a technique that instills personal confidence, rather than trying the technique that worked well for someone else. Go with your favorite lure and technique right now and you will catch fish. For best results, use green-colored plastic.

Crappie are showing up in the Escalante canyons where there are brush piles on the bottom. Stick up brush is hard to find, so search for the submerged cover for best results.

You can catch walleye in bigger numbers during May, but expect to catch one or two per trip this week.

Southern Lake (Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge)

Bass lead the way, but do better in the warming afternoons. Fish broken rock along the shore and over submerged rock piles in open water. Plastic lures are best, and green colors are preferred. Walleye are showing up, but not yet in large numbers.

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