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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2016-05-20
Good
Fishing is expected to be very good this week because weather is supposed to warm up. Cutthroat spawn is underway but hasn't yet peaked. It should in the next week or so. Anglers report success in the shallow areas, but it is requiring a lot of patience. Anglers are also finding fish at two different depths: Around 60 to 65 feet off the east side from Rainbow Cove to North Eden and then in about 10 to 20 feet of water parallel to the shore at the same location. Another good spot to try is from the marina north to Fish Haven Creek in Idaho. Try using different sizes of rapala type lures, dodgers and a squid, and flatfish. In the shallow water, use a simple flat line and let it out from 100 to 175 feet behind the boat. The boat will typically spook the fish in the shallow water but if you run the lure far enough behind the boat, they will return to the shallow water zone. In the deeper water you can use downriggers or lead core line to get the proper depth. There really hasn't been any jig fishing going on the last few weeks, so we don't have an update on that technique. But it can be good at any time of the year. If you jig fish, try three to four one ounce tube jigs tipped with cisco, sucker meat or even worms right on the bottom. With the cold water, fish can be found at any depth at this time of the year. If you are not catching fish, keep moving to different depths until you find the active fish. Please remember, all cutthroat trout that are caught and don't have a healed fin clip must be released. Large Lake Trout are not very good eating and take a long time to reach large sizes. While they are legal to keep, anglers are encouraged to release them.
Blacksmith Fork River
2016-05-20
Fair
The river is still a little high, but the water has cleared up, making the river more fishable. Most anglers are waiting for the famous salmon-fly hatch. It's still a few weeks off. The key is to be on the water daily. This hatch occurs quickly and is prolific. With the higher water, fish close to the banks and slack water. Streamers always a good choice, green and black in color seems to be the ticket.
Bountiful Lake
2016-05-20
Fair
The water temperature is around 48 degress. A couple of anglers had success recently catching a nice brood-stock rainbow trout. They caught it while fishing on the east side using red, white and blue Powerbait, suspending it a few feet under a bobber. Other anglers report fishing to be slow to fair. The pond was recently stocked with 1,000 8­inch trout.
Causey Reservoir
2016-05-20
Slow
DWR recently sampled Causey Reservoir and found several large fish, including kokanee, Bonneville cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, tiger trout, brown trout and a red-sided Shiner. The fish sampled was a 28-inch brown trout. The sampling took place along the shore near the dam, Causey Estates inlet and down the South Fork Arm. Angling pressure continues to be very light. The reservoir is at full capacity with some water flowing over the outlet. The water is also murky with low visibility.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2016-05-20
Good
Bass fishing is picking up for a lot of anglers. Nice catches have been reported in the shallow areas. Trout fishing has been good too. One boat angler said the fishing was so good that it was like visiting a fish farm. His group caught 12 fish each, using pop gear trailing a worm. Anglers fishing from shore are having success using Powerbait or worms and marshmallows.
Echo Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
Fishing has slowed down recently. Anglers are catching some fish but not very frequently.
Farmington Pond
2016-05-20
Slow
Water temperatures are around 46 degrees. Angling pressure has been very light. The reservoir is still at full capacity, and the water is still murky with low visibility. The pond was stocked earlier this week with 500 8­inch rainbow trout.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
Surface temperatures in shallow water are around 59 degrees. Many anglers have been visiting this reservoir recently, especially in the evenings and during the weekend. Anglers report fishing to be fair with most trying their luck with worms and Powerbait. Please remember that this pond is private property and requires a Walk­in Access authorization number prior before fishing. Remember to pack out what you pack in.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2016-05-20
Fair
On May 6, 21,000 fish were stocked into the reservoir. Many anglers had better success this past week than the week before. It was hit or miss from shore, either you were catching them or you weren't catching any. It seems the farther out people were casting the better they were doing. The boats did better than the shore. One angler had a great three days in a boat floating Powerbait off the bottom. Pop gear and worms are working well also. Mornings seem to be best. But anglers report doing well in the evenings, as well.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2016-05-20
Fair
The water temperature is around 59 degrees. Few anglers have been visiting the pond.
Kaysville Ponds
2016-05-20
Fair
The water temperature ss around 62 degrees. Angling pressure is still fairly light during the week but increases on the weekends. Anglers report fishing to be fair to good. One angler reported success catching a 12­inch catfish from the second pond on a worm and salmon egg combo and letting it sit on the bottom. The pond was recently stocked with 1,000 8­inch rainbows.
Logan River
2016-05-20
Good
Water continues to be a bit high with signs of clearing up. Anglers are finding success up and around Rick Springs and Temple Fork canyon. Fish tight to the banks. Red San Juan's always a good bet, as are bwo nymphs and black midge pupa. Be sure to fish under impoundments and slack water because that's where the big fish like to swim for baitfish or other food sources.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
A DWR biologist fished Lost Creek with four friends and had very good success. For three of the five anglers, it was their first time fishing ever. The fished for three-and-a-half hours and caught 13 fish but missed many more while trolling crank baits. The majority of the fish were caught where the water is clearer with good visibility away from the inlets. The daily limit at Lost Creek is three fish under 15 inches and one over 22 inches. All fish between 15 and 22 inches must be released.
Mantua Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
Anglers report success catching bass the past week. Water temperatures are around 59 degrees. Folks had good success jigging in weed beds in shallow water or dragging a dark colored lure in seven feet of water, but the submerged reeds were still a few feet under the surface.
Ogden River
2016-05-20
Good
Flows continue to run high with water that looks almost like chocolate milk. In these conditions, some angler have had success using night crawlers and San Juan worms. The Magpie and Botts campgrounds are open.
Pineview Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
Angling pressure continues to be fairly light, but a few anglers have been venturing out. A couple of anglers had success fishing over the weekend and catching a few tiger muskie. Anglers are catching fish on traditional Muskie gear. Water temperatures are around 55 degrees.
Rockport Reservoir
2016-05-20
Slow
Fishing at Rockport has been slow because of the cold and windy weather. Fishermen have found a bit of success using pop gear with a little worm at the end. Seems like silver color is working better than gold. The fish are down deep, around 30 feet. Fly fishing along the Weber River has also been slow because of the weather. Water temperature is just around 50 degrees. The lake is starting to come up. Warmer weather should help the fishing to pick up.
Uinta Mountains
2016-05-20
Good
Anglers report good fishing at Smith and Morehouse, catching rainbow trout and grayling from the shore and from a boat. Fishermen were using a variety of Powerbaits, spinners and flies. The lakes on the North Slope are still capped under unsafe ice.
Weber River
2016-05-20
Good
Anglers report success catching fish in a variety of places. Flows are good and the water is starting to clear up a bit. Law enforcement officers are still contacting lots of anglers who think they are OK to be in the river on posted private property but who are in fact trespassing. Written permission must be obtained to fish waters that flow through posted private property, and a free Walk­in Access authorization number is required. Please be respectful off all property. Clean up after yourself and others.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
Anglers are still having a lot of success catching wipers. Folks are catching them from the shore and from boats. Mussels seem to be the most successful bait. Crappie fishing is also starting to heat up and should be even better by next week. With the increase in angling pressure a lot of garbage is being left all around the reservoir. Please do your part to keep the bay clean by picking up after yourself and other people as well.

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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
2016-05-13
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try using traditional lures and bait (worms, Jake's spinners, etc). Tip lures with nightcrawler or PowerBait. Be aware of the youth fishing classes being held on Thursday nights throughout the spring and summer months. A new restroom will be installed in June, so be aware of construction at the north end of the pond, near the rope swing.
Canyon View Park Pond
2016-05-13
Fair
The pond is open and has been stocked. Try using a spinnerbait or tipping a hook with nightcrawler under a bubble. Wipers were stocked into the pond a couple of years ago and should be gaining size.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2016-05-17
Fair
Water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees. Trolling at depths of 40 feet with mep spinners has produced some nice fish. One group reported catching fish with Daredevils. Fishing is spotty from the shore, so you might try Powerbait. Rangers report that the docks are in at the main ramp. Wallsburg day use area is now open. The Chokecherry campground has all sites open with sewer and electric hook up only. Campground sites must now be made through reservations instead of on a first-come, first-served basis. Quagga-mussel decontamination stations are currently operating, but you might call ahead to check operating hours. Visit the DWR website for more information. Call the state park (435) 654–0171 to check out current conditions or check out Deer Creek's Facebook status to see the latest updates. The reservoir is rising and currently sitting at 93 percent full.
Diamond Fork River
2016-05-13
Slow
The road is now open to the Three Forks trailhead. Please call the Spanish Fork Ranger District for updated road closures at (801) 798–3571. Water was extremely muddy as of May 11, so fishing is going to be tough. Fish are adjusting to changing weather and water temperatures. Be prepared to adjust your flies. BWO hatches are fairly consistent with the higher temperatures. Sow bugs and San Juan worms may also be good to try. Try fishing midday and using sizes 18–20.
Grantsville Reservoir
2016-05-13
Slow
There have been no recent angler reports. The reservoir will be stocked soon. For overwintered trout, try using a curly tail or spinnerbait for best results. Smallmouth fishing will start to increase with higher water temperatures, so you might try throwing some spinnerbaits tipped with bait.
Highland Glen Park
2016-05-13
Good
The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout, and as of April 14 fishing was very good. The best fishing occurs off of the docks. Anglers catch rainbow trout on Powerbait and night crawlers. Be aware of the Thursday night youth fishing class during the month of May.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2016-05-17
Fair
Try throwing jerkbaits and spinnerbaits for smallmouth bass as the water temperatures begin to warm up. Boaters have had success trolling in about 50 feet of water or deeper with kastmaster's tipped with bait. Also, continue to try using traditional baits (worms, powerbait) on the shoreline. All docks are in and all restrooms and campsites are open. Fees will increase starting Memorial Day weekend. A quagga mussel decontamination station is up and running.
Kidney Pond
2016-05-13
Good
The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try using a Jake's lure or spinnerbaits, tipped with powerbait or a nightcrawler. Be aware of the youth fishing class on Tuesday and Thursday nights in May.
Midas Pond
2016-05-13
Good
The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try using a Jake's lure or spinnerbaits, tipped with Powerbait or a nightcrawler. Be aware of the youth fishing class that will be going on Tuesday and Thursday nights in May.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2016-05-13
Slow
There have been no recent angler reports. Be aware of changing weather conditions.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2016-05-13
Closed
The reservoir was drained and will not be stocked until later this year.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2016-05-13
Good
The docks are in and ready to go. Big fish are being caught by anglers from the shore. Brood stock hatchery trout have been stocked, with an average weight of about nine pounds. All campgrounds and campsites are now open. Try using meps or Jake's spinnerbaits tipped with Powerbait or nightcrawlers.
Payson Lake
2016-05-13
Closed
The road to the Nebo Loop is still closed but is expected to reopen around Memorial Day. Be aware that a section of the road has sunk about five feet below its original level, leaving the it impassable until repairs are completed.
Provo River, Lower
2016-05-13
Fair
The best fishing occurs during the midday. BWO hatches are consistent with the higher temperatures. You might try throwing in some skwala adults and nymphs. Water is being let out of Deer Creek. Flows are extremely high, ranging from 564 ft3s below Deer Creek to 449 ft3s near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2016-05-13
Fair
Look for stoneflies in sizes 10 to 12, and use a BWO dropper for best results. Water temperatures average around 43 degrees. Flows are moving extremely fast, with current levels near 267 ft3s and flows near the Jordanelle release at 305 ft3s. The average at Charleston is flows at or around 286 ft3s. Be cautious of the faster currents.
Salem Pond
2016-05-13
Good
Brood stock hatchery trout have been stocked. Try fishing with Powerbait or worms on the bottom for best results. You may also try using spinnerbaits, Jake's lures, and/or garlic Powerbait off the boat ramp, near the bridge, or at the docks inside the park. Use crankbaits or floating rapalas to catch bass near the vegetation. Note: Black Crappie have been identified as being illegally stocked into the pond. Please be aware the movement of aquatic species is illegal and is considered a class A misdemeanor. Please call the UTIP hotline number or the Springville DWR office if you have any leads, (801) 491–5678.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2016-05-13
Slow
There have been no recent angler reports. For remaining trout, try throwing spinnerbait, marabou jigs, and/or use bubbles.
Silver Lake
2016-05-13
Closed
The lake has begun to thaw, so please use caution if venturing near the edges.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2016-05-13
Good
Please use extreme caution along the edges because they can become very slippery. The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try using a spinnerbait tipped with a nightcrawler or Powerbait. Fishing should be fast.
Spring Lake
2016-05-13
Fair
The pond is open and anglers are catching rainbow trout. Try using a spinnerbait, Jake's lure and/or garlic Powerbait. The pond is being frequented by double crested cormorants, and the DWR is taking measures to address the situation.
Strawberry Reservoir
2016-05-17
Good
The docks are in at both the marina side and the soldier creek side. Roads are clear to the Renegade side of the reservoir. The bite has been best in the early morning to middle afternoon. Spoons have been producing the most fish near the dam. The reservoir is currently holding at 74 percent full. Check with Strawberry Bay Marina for the most recent updates at (435) 548–2261.
Thistle Creek
2016-05-13
Slow
We haven't had any reports during the last few weeks. Winter runoff has left the water murky, so fishing will be tough. The warmest part of the day (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) produces some BWOs. Try using small sizes, 18 to 20 during the warmer, cloudy parts of the day.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2016-05-13
Good
Effective immediately, the daily bag and possession limit has been increased to eight fish. This change is effective now and will remain in effect through June 30, 2016. The reservoir has begun the draining process to make repairs. Fishing as of this week was still good and steady. Water levels will begin to decrease steadily after June 1. Try using spinnerbaits tipped with worms or white curly tails. The road to Silver Lake Flat remains closed.
Utah Lake
2016-05-17
Good
On warmer days, white-bass fishing is off the charts. The water temperature is averaging 60 degrees, and the bite is beginning early, around 7 a.m. The channel depth at Lincoln Beach is being reported to be 1.8 feet at the shallow point halfway. Be cautious when launching your boat, or you might not get out of the channel. Largemouth are becoming active along the shoreline. You might try catching a stray crappie near the rocks on rattle traps. Also try throwing a white curly tail grubbed, tipped with nightcrawler. Some active catfish are also feeding, so try fishing the lake bottom with cuttbait or nightcrawlers. The campground is still closed.

Note: Tributaries are open. If anyone catches northern pike of any size in Utah Lake and its tributaries, they are asked to bring them to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is sitting steady at 56 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2016-05-13
Slow
There have been no recent angler reports.
Vivian Park Pond
2016-05-13
Good
The pond has been stocked, and fishing is pretty fast. Try using a spinnerbait for best results. Fly fisherman might try dry flies because as this will eliminate loosing flies in the pond vegetation. Please be respectful of the youth fishing class held on Thursday nights.
Willow Pond
2016-05-13
Good
The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try using spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawler or Powerbait. Jake's lures work great this time of year. You might try using spinnerbaits around any vegetation for catching largemouth bass. We ask that you voluntarily release the largemouth bass because we use them to control the bluegill populations. Be aware of the youth fishing classes being held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2016-05-17
Fair
As the water is warming, the walleye are becoming more active. Float tube anglers have been catching several walleye over the past week, south of the Oasis launch ramp. Yellow jigs with tails have produced the most fish.

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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
2016-05-20
Good
Anglers report good fishing for nice-sized rainbows. Try trolling spoons at depths of 15 to 20 feet. Effective colors include red, pink and silver. Water temperatures have been on the rise, but recent storms and increased inflow have slowed things down. Because water temperatures are cooler, the bass are staying in deeper water and fishing is slow.
Brough Reservoir
2016-05-20
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The area has received rain, so roads have been muddy.
Browne Lake
2016-05-20
Unstable ice
Water levels are down. The ice is likely gone, but you should be prepared for unsafe ice. We haven't had any recent reports from anglers. The area has received snow, rain and high winds during the last couple of storms. Expect travel to be a combination of mud and snow. The roads to the lake are closed.
Bullock Reservoir
2016-05-20
Slow
Recent reports indicate slow fishing. Vegetation is making it difficult to access the shoreline. Small boats or float tubes are a good choice at Bullock.
Calder Reservoir
2016-05-20
Slow
Catchable rainbows have recently been stocked to replace the fish lost over the winter. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. Baits and scented/salted lures and flies are not allowed. You must use flies and lures only. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
Fishing has been a little slow. Anglers report catching a few tiger muskie and trout while trolling crankbaits, spinners and spoons.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
The reservoir hasn't seen too many anglers this season, but there are reports of good fishing near the inlets for decent-sized rainbows. Successful anglers have been using woolly buggers from tubes and trolling crankbaits, spoons and worm rigs. The campgrounds are opening up, and access is good but somewhat muddy. On a side note, fly-fishing anglers have reported good fishing below the dam on Currant Creek using subsurface patterns, including beaded San Juan worms and Prince Nymphs.
East Park Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The reservoir is still covered in ice. Water levels are rising, so the edges won't be as thick as the main ice. Roads are closed, and you'll need a snowmobile or skis to access the area. Try trout baits (like worms and artificial baits) or tip a small lure or fly with a mealworm.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
Fishing is good across the reservoir. Spring is always a great time to fish the Gorge!

Kokanee salmon: Fishing has been slow to fair, but it's starting to improve. A few anglers are finding schools they can reach with jigging spoons, while others are catching fish close to shore in 10 to 20 feet of water. If you're fishing near the shore, use a planer board to keep your lure off to the side. When kokanee are in shallow water, they shy away from boats and noise.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow fishing has been hot this past week. The lake has finally finished its transition to spring. Rainbows and cutthroat are spawning, so look for concentrations of fish near streams and sometimes launch areas. Warning: We've seen conflicts this year between shoreline anglers and boating anglers. Remember that boaters have the right of way on the ramp and boat docks when they are launching and pulling out. You can also find rainbows in other areas. Look for large rainbows (longer than 18 inches) on shallow flats and along cliffs and points in 10 to 20 feet of water. Try trolling small, brightly colored spoons or plastic squids or try casting spoons, small tubes and jigs tipped with mealworm. You may also catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches) that were stocked last summer.

Lake trout: Fishing has been spotty between storms. With some warmer weather and a bit less wind, anglers should try a slow shallow troll along the flats and sloping shorelines or go deep along the main channel. If you locate a school or find a submerged ridge, try jigging with spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker/chub meat. Please your smaller fish because removing them will help the fishery and provide a tasty meal.

Smallmouth bass: The colder water temperatures have kept the bass in deeper waters, and fishing has been very slow.

Burbot: Some anglers have caught fish from boats and from the shore. Look for rocky structure (smallmouth habitat) and depths of 40 to 70 feet in the early evening. As the evening progresses, try fishing shallower water (up to 10 feet down) and move if you're not catching fish. As always, good lures are glow-in-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Thanks to all the anglers who are targeting burbot — you are definitely helping put a dent in the Gorge's burbot population!
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2016-05-20
Good
Spring fishing has brought out the hatches, especially the midges and blue-winged olives. Some anglers are also using terrestrial patterns (like ants, crickets and hoppers) with a scud or shrimp trailer or a streamer with a trailer. Match the hatch on the surface or try nymphs and streamers deep along flow seams and shorelines. The river is a bit murky from the muddy water flowing through the dam, so streamers are a good choice. Try sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations followed by scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles or San Juan worms. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good! Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors are always a good option in shallow or deeper water. Try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps in deeper water. Brightly colored spoons and spinners will also entice fish. See current river flows.
Long Park Reservoir
2016-05-20
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports, but the ice is starting to melt at other waterbodies with similar elevations. The roads are closed, and the area has received snow.
Matt Warner
2016-05-20
Good
Anglers report good fishing for nice-sized rainbows. They're using traditional trout baits, including worms, marshmallows and PowerBait. Fish are visible from the shoreline and easy to reach with streamers and spinners.
Moose Pond
2016-05-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Pelican Lake
2016-05-20
Good
With warmer weather, the bass and bluegill are more active. Anglers report good fishing from the shoreline and from boats. For bluegill, try floating worms under a bobber, retrieving small jigs or drifting worm-tipped jigs from a boat. For bass, fish near the weeds, underwater structures and shorelines with plastic worm and crayfish patterns. Pumpkinseed as well as black-and-blue plastics have also been good options.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2016-05-20
Slow
A new rule is in place to protect the recently stocked yellow perch and black crappie, the future of the Red Fleet fishery. All yellow perch and crappie must be released immediately. These fish are our breeding stock, and they are few in number. The rotenone treatment to remove all fish was accomplished in October 2015. In November, we began restocking the reservoir with eight-inch cutthroat and rainbow trout and five-inch wipers. Just over 1,000 yellow perch and 150 crappie were added to create breeding populations. Roughly 750,000 sterile walleye fry have been stocked, with more to come. Wipers, black crappie and mountain whitefish are also scheduled for this spring and summer. Fathead minnows (as prey species) will also be stocked as they become available in 2016. The whitefish, crappie and perch will provide a forage base and fishing opportunities. Colorado River cutthroat trout will continue to be stocked in Bush Creek — which flows into Red Fleet — so some of these fish and the naturally reproducing brown trout found in Brush Creek should provide additional fishing opportunities.
Sheep Creek Lake
2016-05-20
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports. The ice is likely coming off the lake, but the area received close to a foot of new snow and high winds during the last storm. The access roads are still closed.
Spirit Lake
2016-05-20
Slow
The lake still has ice, and our last report from anglers indicated that fishing was slow. The area received snow during the last few storms. High winds have created some big snowdrifts and bare areas.
Starvation Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and some nice browns. Fishing for walleye, bass and yellow perch is slower. Roughly 100,000 kokanee (two-inch fingerlings) were stocked in early March, and biologists are interested to see how they will do in Starvation. Boat ramps are accessible.
Steinaker Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing from the shoreline and from boats. They're catching rainbows and a few browns. A few anglers have also started to catch bass, and we've heard our first reports of bluegill. Both bass and bluegill are still deep. Water temperatures are in the mid 40s and gradually getting warmer. Try natural and artificial baits from shore or casting/trolling brightly colored spoons or crankbaits along the rocky shorelines.

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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
2016-05-05
Good
All San Juan County waters are open and have been stocked. The most recently stocked water is Lloyd's Lake, which was planted with nearly 4,000 8-inch rainbow trout on April 13. Fishing for pike and bass at Recapture Reservoir is improving as water temperature rises. Try fishing with weedless swimbaits in shallow weedy areas.
Academy Mill Reservoir
2015-06-12
Good
The reservoir was stocked last week. Expect excellent fishing.
Benches Pond
2016-05-05
Slow
The shoreline is beginning to thaw, but shoreline fishing may be several weeks away.
Boulger Reservoir
2016-05-05
Slow
The pond is accessible on foot, but shoreline fishing is still several weeks away.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2016-05-05
Good
For the third time this spring, the pond has been stocked with about 350 rainbows that averaged over nine inches. The two previous stockings occurred in early April and mid-March. Angler success has been good since ice-off. Trout are being taken with salmon eggs, worms, PowerBait, lures and artificial flies.
Cleveland Reservoir
2016-05-05
Slow
On May 1, one angler said most of the reservoir was still under ice, but the east and west sides were open, and the entire shoreline was ringed with about 10 feet of open water.
Colorado River
2016-05-05
Slow
There is no current fishing report.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2016-05-05
Closed
Gates have been shut and locked by the U.S. Forest Service to prevent damage to public roads.
Electric Lake
2016-05-05
Slow
On the north end, anglers may access and fish open water in the vicinity of the boat ramp. On the south side around the dam, there's too little open water to accommodate bank fishing.
Fairview Lakes
2016-05-05
Slow
Access is only by snow machine. Lakes remain under ice.
Ferron Creek
2015-01-30
Closed
The creek is inaccessible during winter.
Ferron Reservoir
2016-05-05
Closed
The gate has been closed and locked to prevent unnecessary road damage until the mountain dries out.
Gigliotti Pond
2016-05-05
Good
Fishing continues to be good in the morning and evening with worms, PowerBait or salmon eggs. Some anglers have had good success with a variety of spinners and spoons. The pond was restocked for the second time on April 11 with rainbow trout over nine inches long. The first stocking occurred a month earlier with 500 9-inch rainbow trout.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2016-05-05
Closed
Once the snow begins to melt, the U.S. Forest will lock the access gate to prevent damage to forest roads.
Grassy Lake
2016-05-05
Closed
On May 5, a DWR conservation officer said that access to the lake was still blocked by snow drifts.
Huntington Creek
2016-04-29
Fair
The best fishing is within one mile of the dam. You won't find many fish below South Hughes Canyon because of last year's flash floods. Fly-fishing has been fair below the dam. Anglers are hooking into brown trout up to 17 inches. Good fly choices include leeches, woolly buggers, prince nymphs, stoneflies, beadhead uglies, caddis larvae, hare's ear and serendipity. Trout were planted in the campground at the Forks of the Huntington last fall. Anglers might find limited numbers of seven- to eight-inch trout in the campground and up the left fork.
Huntington Game Farm Pond
2016-05-05
Fair
The best fishing occurs within a mile of the dam. Few fish will be found below South Hughes Canyon because of last year's flash floods. Fly-fishing has ranged from fair to good. Brown trout up to 17 inches have been hooked in the fly-only zone. Good fly choices include leeches, wooly buggers, prince nymphs, stone flies, bead head uglies, caddis larvae, hares ear and the serendipity. Last year, 770 7-inch cutthroat trout were stocked at the Forks of the Huntington campground, so anglers may find some of these planters in that vicinity or further up the left fork.
Huntington North Reservoir
2016-05-05
Fair
On April 27, the reservoir was stocked with almost 1,000 9-to-10 inch rainbow trout. This was the second stocking this spring. The first stocking took place on March 18 with 1,000 9-inch rainbows. Wipers weighing up to five pounds were reportedly hooked with crankbaits in April. Wipers can also be hooked with jigs, gulp minnows, rattle traps and rapalas. Fish at daylight for best results.
Huntington Reservoir
2016-05-05
Slow
This reservoir, also known as Mammoth Reservoir, is expected to remain under ice for another week. Open water is just beginning to show, but ice-off could be several weeks away.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2016-05-05
Fair
On April 30, a sportfish biologist caught six splake with Jakes and Kastmaster lures in shallow water. Splake average 16 to 17 inches with a weight of about two pounds. He said that action is important, catching most of his fish during a rapid retrieve. Aside from lures, anglers have been catching trout on tube jigs and curly tail jigs or by using whole chubs as bait. In late April, most tiger trout and splake were being caught along the west shoreline between Littles Creek and the boat ramp. Tiger muskies are active now. Expect the best fishing to be in the early morning or evening with a 5-inch black/silver Rapala.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2016-05-05
Good
On May 3, Terry Sanslow reported good fishing with worms, PowerBait and cheese baits. The water is a little muddy around the bank because of wave action caused by wind. On April 27, this Wellington pond was stocked for the third time this spring with about 1,000 9-to-10 inch rainbow trout. The pond had been stocked two weeks earlier with 500 rainbows that approached 10 inches.
La Sal Mountains
2016-05-05
Good
Most La Sal Mountain lakes remain inaccessible because of snow and mud. However, Hidden Lake and Dons Lake have opened up and have been fishing well, according to Conservation Officer Adam Wallerstein. Situated at the base of the mountain, Kens Lake has been stocked with nearly 3,000 8-inch rainbow trout this spring. Wallerstein recommends chartreuse PowerBait for trout and small crankbaits for bass. A DWR recreation coordinator reports good fishing conditions and recommends fishing around the dam with Jakes' lures for trout and jerk baits for largemouth bass.
Lower Fish Creek
2016-05-05
Slow
Water is now being released from Scofield Reservoir, but the creek bed was dewatered all winter. Shed antler hunters reported seeing large brown trout 2 to three miles below the dam in early spring, so anglers who are looking for big fish will need to hike downstream.
Lower Green River
2016-05-05
Slow
One angler reports that water in the channel is rising. Fishing is slow near the town of Green River. The best bait is chicken liver. Worms come in second.
May Day Pond
2016-05-05
Good
Fishing is good using worms and PowerBait.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2016-05-05
Closed
The Miller Flat Road is gated and locked each spring to prevent unnecessary damage to public roads. Gates are opened after the roadbed dries out.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2016-05-05
Good
Fishing has been good with PowerBait and worms. A lot of trout were caught and released during a recent fishing clinic. Trout can get up to 17 inches.
Petes Hole
2016-05-05
Closed
Snow and snow drifts prevent access.
Potters Ponds
2015-11-30
Slow
The ponds are frozen. There haven't been any recent reports on ice thickness or fishing success.
Price River
2016-05-05
Slow
The water level is better now that water is being released from Scofield Reservoir. Because of winter dewatering of lower Fish Creek, anglers should expect to find more and bigger trout in the larger pools along the river.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2016-05-05
Slow
The creek's trout population has been hurt by flash floods in the drainage during 2015. Limited stocking has taken place, but planters have struggled with the effects of flash flooding. Full restoration of the fishery won't be possible until the drainage is fully revegetated through efforts of the U.S. Forest Service.
Scofield Reservoir
2016-05-05
Slow
The reservoir is ice-free. Boats may be launched and shoreline fishing is available at all public beach fronts. On May 3, the reservoir was stocked with 12,000 8-inch cutthroat trout. Anglers report that fishing was slow.
Soup Bowl
2016-05-05
Closed
Access is blocked by snow and drifts.
Straight Canyon Creek
2016-05-05
Slow
Fishing is good for brown trout up to 20 inches. Try fishing with nymphs.
Willow Lake
2016-05-05
Closed
Road access has been closed until the mountain dries up and road damage can be avoided.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2016-05-05
Closed
Access will be closed until the road dries up.

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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
2016-05-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair with bait, lures and flies. There are some large brown trout in the reservoir. The reservoir is currently full and spilling.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2016-05-20
Good
Access to Barker Reservoir is good. There are still snowdrifts on the trails, but hiking isn't too difficult. The ice is coming off daily. Fishing is reported as fair to good. Remember that Dougherty Basin Lake is closed to fishing until July 9.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2016-05-20
Good
Forest Road 137 is accessible as far as Upper Kent's Lake. Anglers report good fishing for rainbow, tiger, and brook trout at Kent's Lake. The Indian Creek road has been fixed and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the reservoir.
Beaver River, Lower
2016-05-20
Fair
Flows have increased slightly, but are not yet as high as normal irrigation releases. Look for fair to good fishing. Habitat work in the area of the old dance hall has now concluded, so the water should start to clear up.
Beaver River, Upper
2016-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports. Runoff is likely.
Boulder Mountain
2016-05-20
Good
Access is improving daily. Most lakes under the rim are now accessible, although some roads will only be passable by ATV. Use caution on muddy roads. You'll also see snowdrifts on some of the trails. The Boulder Top will be accessible sometime in June. Some of the year's best fishing happens during the spring and early summer.
Clear Creek
2016-05-20
Fair
Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is complete, and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Look for catchable-sized fish throughout the entire stream this year. Some of the tributaries — including Mill, Fish, and Shingle creeks — will also provide good fishing opportunities. The water is currently running high and murky with runoff.
Corn Creek
2016-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2016-05-20
Fair
Duck Creek Pond is ice free. We stocked 15-inch broodstock brook trout recently and fishing should be fair to good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked before Memorial Day.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2016-05-20
Fair
Irrigation releases have begun at Otter Creek Reservoir and flows are running at 39 cubic feet per second. The river has been running fairly murky with runoff from Black Canyon. 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
2016-05-20
Slow
The river is running high and muddy from runoff. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2016-05-20
Fair
Access is good. Flows are a little high and murky, but not enough to make fishing difficult.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2016-05-20
Good
The upper reservoir is still fairly low, so don't expect good boat-launching conditions. Fishing has been good for 10- to 12-inch rainbows. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Fishing is slower in the lower reservoir, but there have also been fewer people there.
Fish Lake
2016-05-20
Fair
The ice is off and the lake is open to boats. Trollers are finding fair to good fishing for rainbows and splake. Jigging for splake outside the weedline has produced fair to good results as well. We haven't received reports of anyone catching perch. Lake trout fishing slowed down after kokanee salmon were stocked a couple of weeks ago. Fishing is slow to fair shore with bait. There are still about 15 prizes left over from the perch tournament. Come test our your luck, catch a perch and win a prize. To be eligible, be sure to check in at the Lakeside General Store before you go fishing. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 for current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
A recent netting survey revealed that most of the larger fish went downstream when the reservoir was drained last year. The tiger trout stocked last summer stayed in the creek, however, so there are plenty of ten-inch fish to catch, as well as a handful of bigger fish. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2016-05-20
Slow
Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling, so flows have come up and the fishing has slowed down a little. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2016-05-20
Slow
Because of an increasing population of illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers — Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two to three years while these populations establish.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for a variety of fish species near the outlets of Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs, as well as in the river and canals below the outlets. We received one report of good largemouth bass fishing.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2016-05-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond. Some brood rainbows were also stocked in Leigh Hill recently. Anglers report exciting fishing action. Catfish stocking will begin in June.
Johnson Reservoir
2016-05-20
Slow
The reservoir is accessible from both directions, and the ice is off. We haven't received reports on fishing, but tiger muskies are usually best targeted when the water clears up in spring. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
The ice is off and the road around the lake is snow free. Access is still not possible across Cedar Mountain. The water level is rising. Fishing has been fair to good, especially around Crystal Creek pipe. Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 21.
Koosharem Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent fishing reports. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The southwest shoreline was recently posted closed to trespassing by the landowner, but there's still public access through BLM land near the restroom.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
Access is good and fishing is reported as good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2016-05-20
Fair
Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River are all running murky from snowmelt. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
A recent netting survey found many small- to medium-sized brown trout, as well as a handful of nice tigers and splake that washed down from Forsyth last summer. Catchable-sized rainbows have also been stocked. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows and browns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any reports. A fish population survey found that both rainbows and wipers are abundant and healthy.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2016-05-20
Fair
Access to the Box Creek reservoirs is good. A recent netting survey found plenty of wild rainbow trout in Upper Box as well as good numbers of tiger trout in Lower Box. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked in both lakes this week. Glenwood Pond has also been stocked, but the other north end lakes are not yet accessible.,
Navajo Lake
2016-05-20
Slow
Access is still limited by snow and the lake is still mostly ice covered.
Newcastle Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
Fishing is fair to good for 8- to 15-inch rainbow trout. Try bait, lures and flies. A fish population survey recently found that rainbows and wipers are in great shape.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2016-05-20
Good
The reservoir's capacity is up to 89 percent and steadily rising. Fishing has been fair to good. Trolling and bait fishing from boats has improved over shore fishing as trout are moving back to deep water. If you're shore fishing, focus on banks that drop off more steeply.
Panguitch Lake
2016-05-20
Good
Hungry rainbow, cutthroat and tiger trout are cruising close to shore. Anglers are catching small and medium-sized rainbows from shore with popular baits like PowerBait and worm/marshmallow rigs. For larger rainbows, try casting black or white marabou jigs. Big cutthroat and tiger trout will bite on cut bait (chub, sucker, frozen minnows) or white tube jigs tipped with a small piece of cut bait. Most of the cutthroats and tigers are in the slot and must be released, so use single hooks and set the hook as soon as you see a fish pick up the bait. If the fish still swallows the hook, cut the line
Paragonah Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
The reservoir is accessible and ice free. Anglers report good fishing for small rainbow trout. Try using leech patterns and nymphs.
Pine Lake
2016-05-20
Fair
Access is good. A netting survey recently found a good number of 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout, as well as 10- to 12-inch cutthroat trout. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, so fishing should be fair to good.
Piute Reservoir
2016-05-20
Slow
The reservoir was almost completely drained for irrigation needs last summer. It is unknown how many fish were lost.
Quail Lake
2016-05-20
Fair
Visit the //stateparks.utah.gov/parks/quail-creek'>Quail Lake State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Bass and crappie fishing is fair to good, and the water temperature is in the mid 60s.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
The water temperature is in the upper 60s by afternoon, and bass fishing is good to excellent. It has become popular to 'fizz' a bass caught in deep water to help it deflate its air bladder and get back down. However, when you puncture the air bladder it can do major damage to the fish. Not only is the fish susceptible to infections through the wound, it now has a hole in its air bladder and it may not be able to re-inflate it. This means that, even though the fish goes down, it may never come back up. It is best to let the fish deflate its air bladder on its own. Although it may be hard to watch the fish float away, they eventually can get back down — it just takes time. If you want to avoid this situation altogether, don't fish in deep water.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2016-05-20
Fair
The flow is at 60 cubic feet per second while Piute Reservoir fills. This may not take long, so get out and enjoy the good fishing conditions while they last.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2016-05-20
Good
Solomon Basin is accessible from all points, and fishing is fair to good. The south end lakes are higher and not yet accessible. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2016-05-20
Fair
Access is good and the reservoir is full. Catchable-sized rainbow have been stocked and fishing should be fair to good. A recent netting survey found a handful of nice brown trout (up to five pounds!).
Washington County Community Fisheries
2016-05-20
Fair
Rainbow trout stocking has ended. Bass and bluegill are active with the warmer water and should provide fair to good fishing.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Largemouth bass are becoming active as the water warms. The State Park reports good fishing with plastics like grubs and worms.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2016-05-20
Good
Access is good and the ice is gone. Anglers report good fishing with leech patterns and nymphs. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

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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
2016-05-24
Good

Lake elevation: 3,599 feet

Water temperatures: 63-67°F

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Early Monday morning, you couldn't walk to the Stateline Ramp courtesy dock without getting wet up to the knees because the lake had risen that much overnight. Lake Powell is coming up fast as the spring runoff builds. Lake level is four feet higher this week than last. The lake will rise even more this week. If you're camping, it will be necessary to readjust mooring lines daily. Rising water also impacts fishing success.

This big striper was 'rescued' by an angler who saw it thrashing on the surface. When he pulled the trophy out of the water, he found another striper stuck in its throat. He pulled the smaller striper out, took a picture and then released the big striper and watched it swim off apparently unharmed.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Lake water temperature is holding in the mid 60s, which makes all fish happy. The full moon this week delayed good fishing success until mid morning, and then afternoon fishing was just great — particularly for stripers on bait. Early-morning bait fishing at the dam and other steep canyon wall locations was slower than usual. Anglers caught fish randomly, but big schools were not active. At 10:30 a.m. that changed and schools became hyperactive. Still, the good bait-fishing spots further uplake (Navajo Canyon, Warm Creek Wall, Labyrinth Wall, etc.) seem to be better than the dam and buoy 3 now. Run uplake and try some of the spots that have not been fished as much to find a secluded location with a ton of fish ready to bite.

The striper spawn is now imminent. Each year I dream of finding a spawning school where it is possible to catch a mature fish or even a trophy every cast for hours at a time. I say ‘dream’ because it all happens at night when I am home in bed. If you are camping on the lake it would be wise to check the nearby coves and points by trolling and casting shallow running crankbaits, just as the sun sets. You may be near the spawning school that has been inactive all day long and becoming super active at night. My search for spawners happens early in the morning before the sun rises. I look along the east walls of the tall canyons where the sun’s rays are delayed by morning shade. Ripe males and females can be caught trolling and casting in the pre-dawn light. These fish are bigger and healthier than the stripers caught on bait during the day.

Trees and brush along the shoreline are getting much closer to becoming fish habitat as the lake rapidly rises. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will gladly leave their current barren locations to find a tumbleweed or tamarisk tree in three feet of water. They love to be near, live in and never depart from brush structure once found. Fish near brush for these fish as the lake comes up.

Smallmouth bass are still living on the rocks. They have built nests to spawn and some are still actively guarding the nests. As the lake rises, smallmouth bass tend to stay at the same nesting location. This week, adult smallmouth will be four feet deeper than last week since the lake came up that much. Fishing success is still really good for those using jig heads and plastic baits worked along the bottom from 10 to 25 feet deep. Do not hesitate to use top-water baits for bass at first light in the morning and as the sun sets at night.

Channel catfish are awake and actively eating. They will spawn in early June as the water temperature climbs to 72°F. Anglers are catching them all day long now on bait fished on the bottom. Some striper anglers are catching catfish each day as the anchovy temporarily resides on the bottom near a striper fishing spot.

Walleye fishing is now at its peak. The best locations are in the upper lake in the backs of the canyons where water color is stained but not muddy from the huge runoff event currently happening. Reports of walleye caught in huge numbers are coming in from Red Canyon in the far north and many canyons between Bullfrog and Good Hope. My choice to catch walleye would be from Bullfrog down to San Juan including the Escalante. In a new fishing area my first exploratory efforts would be to troll bottom bouncers or flat line lures in 15-30 feet of water near shore or over open water reefs. When you find walleye, target that area specifically with bass grubs or worm harnesses tipped with a tasty nightcrawler. Work the worm slowly along the bottom in the area where a walleye was randomly caught to find many more in the walleye gathering spot.

UDWR is actively tagging walleye to have target fish in the water for anglers to catch from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. If you register for the contest and catch a tagged walleye, you will be awarded a gift certificate donated by Sportsman’s Warehouse. We'll share more information — as well as contest rules and signup details — prior to July 1. For now, practice honing your walleye skills.

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