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Northern Region report

Information compiled by Phil Douglass
DWR Northern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

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

Current water levels: See current water levels for rivers and lakes across Utah.

Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2014-10-17
Good
Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that fishing continues to be good on the east side for anglers who are jigging and trolling in 75 to 85 feet of water. Remember, you may only keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake if it has a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). If the cutthroat trout has all its fins intact — and even if it's a tagged fish — you must release it.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
Angler Tom Ogden visited the reservoir this past week and reported consistent fishing for rainbow trout. They ranged from 15–17 inches long. He used a medium-sink (#3) line in the morning with a size 6 beadhead Canada blood leech, a size 6 beadhead black/green/pearl soft-hackle fly and a size 6 beadhead (white bead) tan/brown soft-hackle fly. In the afternoon, he used fast-sinking line (#7) and size 4 beadhead (white) tan/green/pearl crystal bugger, a #6 beadhead purple leech and a size 6 beadhead black/orange woolly bugger. The water temperature was 54–55°F, and the algae reduced visibility to about four or five feet. Check out the DWR video that highlights Birch Creek Reservoir and other fun fall fishing spots in northern Utah.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-10-17
Good
Round Rocks Fly Shop reports that fishing is very good. The water was a little murky recently, but it should be nice and clear now. Anglers are catching browns, rainbows and cutthroats. Throughout the day, anglers are having success with nymphs, especially shiny nymphs like El Diablos or white PMDs. During the last 30 min of the day, anglers are having success using size 18 or 20 traditional dry flies. Thanks to Round Rocks for the report. Be careful and do not step on the redds (brown trout spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Bountiful Lake
2014-10-17
Good
Two anglers reported good fishing on Oct. 13. They caught three trout in one hour while fishing from the pier on the east side of the lake. They used orange PowerBait and fished it just off the bottom. Bountiful Lake was last stocked on Oct. 6 with 1,000 nine-inch trout. It should be stocked again sometime this coming week.
Causey Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
One angler reported slow fishing on the west bank, near the Causey Estates inlet. He fished for an hour without any success. The water is very clear, and visibility is excellent. Water levels are good and it is possible to launch a kayak or canoe near the parking area. There are shallow areas near the inlets, but using those may mean a long trek, especially back to your car.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-10-17
Good
There will be a mandatory drawdown of the water in the reservoir and marsh, starting on Oct. 20. Low-water conditions will last until early next spring, and will likely affect anglers' fishing success and hunters' access to boat ramps.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-17
Hot
Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that anglers are catching rainbow trout from boats and the shoreline, using standard baits and lures. Trout are very active in the cooler water, resulting in great fishing for anglers. Thanks to Chris for his report.
Echo Reservoir
2014-10-17
Slow
The water is very low, and there aren't many people fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-10-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing at Farmington for rainbow trout. The reservoir was last stocked on Oct. 6 with 1,000 trout, and the fish are very active. They jump at the surface throughout the day, offering good fishing for fly anglers and bait anglers alike. The trout are biting on standard dry flies and nymphs as well as PowerBait eggs and worms. Overall, the fishing at Farmington has been great this fall.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
Most anglers have been visiting Holmes Creek on the weekends. Fishing pressure is very light on weekdays. Earlier this week, one angler had a great day targeting crappie and trout. He fished all along the western shore and caught a lot of crappie. He fished for about an hour, starting at 9:45 a.m., and used perch-colored Rapalas. He also caught trout off the point on the eastern shore, using a black-and-yellow Panther Martin spinner. When fishing from the shore, be sure to cast in different directions and vary your lure-retrieving speed. Please remember to show respect and pick up your trash at this privately owned waterbody. And don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing at Hyrum. Those who are having the most success are in boats near the cove on the east side. Shoreline fishing has slowed a bit but is still good for perch. Try using worms on the bottom of the reservoir. Most of the trout have moved away from the rocky dam, but some can still be caught. One angler recently caught a large rainbow at around 9 a.m. using rainbow PowerBait floated about two feet off the bottom. The Hyrum State Park tagged fishing contest will run until Nov. 30. Some of the tagged fish have been caught, but you still have a chance to win prizes. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-10-17
Good
Fishing has been very good, and anglers are catching the larger trout that were stocked last week. One angler has fished the pond every day for the past two weeks and reports great success with both blue Fox spinners and red-and-white Mepps spinners. Meadow Creek Pond in Roy and Glassmans Pond in Ogden — which are both nearby — were also stocked with large brood fish earlier in the week. The daily limit at all community ponds is two fish. If you see someone exceeding the limit, please call 1-800-662-3337.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-10-17
Good
One angler and his daughter recently had a great time fishing the ponds for trout. They caught their limit using worms and PowerBait on the bottom. They also caught and released another 10 fish using top-water flies. On Oct. 13, an angler caught bluegill and trout on spinner baits while targeting bass in the third pond.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
This is a beautiful time to fish Little Creek or to try the fishing at Laketown and Woodruff Creek Reservoir. Water levels are rising, and the reservoir should be stocked with rainbow trout in the next couple of weeks. (It is usually stocked in late October or early November.)
Logan River
2014-10-17
Good
The Logan River is fishing very well right now. Anglers are catching browns, rainbows and cutthroats. Throughout the day, anglers are having the most success with nymphs, especially shiny nymphs like El Diablos or white PMDs. During the last 30 minutes of the day, anglers are having more success using traditional dry flies (in size 18 or 20). Now is a great time to come out and fish the river. Thanks to Round Rocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing from boats and from the shore. One angler fished with his four-year-old grandson in a canoe, and they caught and released four rainbow trout in two hours. They were fishing near the boat ramp and using PowerBait about two feet off the bottom. Another family also fished near the boat ramp, but they were on shore. They caught 10 rainbows smaller than 15 inches on yellow-twist PowerBait and had a great time. They said the fishing was fastest around 11 a.m. Other anglers report success using pearl tube jigs. You can either bounce them off the bottom or just use a simple cast-and-retrieve method.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
Bass fishing has been incredible at Mantua. Anglers are catching bass all along the rocky shore on the west side of the reservoir. Fishing is best in the evening, but you can still catch fish throughout the day. Try using spinner baits and perch-colored Rapalas. The bass are in the shallow water, so cast parallel to the shore. Water levels are extremely low on the south and southeast sides, as well as the northern shore. It is still possible to launch boats and other small watercraft from the boat ramp, but please use extreme caution. You do not want to get stuck while trying to launch a larger boat. Please remember that fishing is prohibited along the sandy shore and within 300 feet of either side of the boat ramp and dock.
Newton Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
Water temperatures have dropped to the high 50s, but anglers are enjoying the beautiful fall weather and good fishing.
Ogden River
2014-10-17
Good
Some anglers report tough fishing in the south fork of the river. For fly fishing, the team at Anglers Den recommends using Prince nymphs (in size 16 or 18), sow bugs, Copper Johns, blue-wing olives (in size 18 or 20) or Parachute Adams. For spinners and lures, try using small Rapalas with a brown trout or rainbow trout pattern. A Blue Fox Vibrax (in size 1 or 2) should also do well. Thanks to Anglers Den for the report! The Magpie and Botts campgrounds — which offer easier access to the river — are still open. Other campgrounds up the river have closed, but you can still find access points. Check out the DWR video that highlights the Ogden River and other fun fall fishing spots in northern Utah. Be careful and do not step on the redds (brown trout spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
Anglers are catching some large tiger muskie this fall! They are primarily fishing the Pineview Narrows area in boats. Few anglers have been fishing from the shoreline. Check out the DWR video that highlights Pineview Reservoir and other fun fall fishing spots in northern Utah.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
On a recent trip, an Ogden family enjoyed fishing the reservoir near the inlet. They fished for six hours, using worms on the bottom, and caught one brown, two rainbows and eight kokanee salmon.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
You'll find really good trout fishing from a boat. The fish are about 15 feet down, and anglers are catching them while trolling with pop gear and worms. Rapalas are also working well. The water temperature is about 58°F. Bank fishing is best in the dam areas, using either PowerBait or worms. We've had beautiful weather lately, and our campgrounds remain open all year. For those who love to ice fish, we are just starting to plan the second annual Wasatch Back Quadfishalon! Thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for that report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-10-17
Good
Mirror Lake Highway lakes: These lakes are stocked heavily and offer good fishing. If the action is slow at one lake, move on to another. Watch closely as the fish are rising. If their jump leaves an air bubble, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. Under those circumstances, use a fly that floats on the surface (a caddis, foam ant or hopper). If the fish rise in a swirl that does not leave a bubble, they are likely taking flies below the surface. At that point, you may want to use a Prince nymph, a hare's ear or a combination of the two. You don't actually need a fly rod to fish this way. Here's how to use your spinning reel with a fly and bubble.

Also, be sure to take your fishing rod with you as you explore the North Slope road on your ATV. Red Rock Adventures has scanned all of the booklets in the Lakes of the High Uintas series. You can download these booklets (which are no longer available in print) and use them with the DWR stocking report to check on stocking patterns for the lakes you want to explore. North Slope drainages include the Bear River, Henry's Fork and Burnt Fork.
Weber River
2014-10-17
Good
Roger from Smitty's Tire and Service reports fair fishing for brown trout. The browns are concentrating on digging their redds (spawning areas) as they prepare to spawn. Nymphs seem to work best this time of year. Try using egg patterns, Prince nymphs (in size 16 or 18), sow bugs, Copper Johns, blue-wing olives (in size 18 or 20) or Parachute Adams. For spinners and lures, try using small Rapalas with a brown trout or rainbow trout pattern. Be careful and do not step on the redds while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
Wiper fishing continues to be steady. Anglers have caught a few crappie and a few catfish. Boaters are catching the most fish, but anglers on the south and west dikes are also catching a few. Rapalas and jigs continue to be the best for wipers. DWR officers have been doing a lot of undercover work at Willard because some people are keeping more than their limit. The South Marina has anglers every morning and night as a result of the good fishing. Thanks to Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the report.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer
Central Region Wildlife Recreation Specialist

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

Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2014-10-07
Slow
The ponds were stocked two weeks ago and will not be stocked again this season. Try using traditional baits (worms or PowerBait) or spinners.
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-10-07
Slow
Fish are active now that temperatures have cooled. Anglers report catching some larger rainbow trout and a couple of wipers. For bait, try using PowerBait or worms.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-10-07
Slow
Smallmouth bass have been hitting on poppers and spinnerbaits. Colder temperatures will slow them down in the weeks to come. For rainbows, try Kastmasters and Rapalas this time of year. Water levels are up, so try the Wallsburg area or the deeper water near the dam.
Diamond Fork River
2014-10-07
Slow
The water may be murky after recent storms. Fishing will get significantly better as the water clears and the brown trout begin to spawn. Try using egg patterns.
Highland Glen Park
2014-10-07
Good
For catfish, use raw chicken as bait at the bottom of the pond. Bluegill have been easy to catch off the new docks. Also, try using Jake's spinners in gold and red for trout. Trout are also biting on flies and bubbles on a spinning reel.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-10-07
Fair
Anglers have seen fish in 15–25 feet of water. Use worms for bait.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-10-07
Fair
Anglers report success while fly fishing with a strike indicator or using leeches. They are catching tiger trout and brook trout.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-10-07
Slow
Because of irrigation needs, the water was drained from the reservoir last month.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-07
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing with spinners off the shoreline.
Payson Lake
2014-10-07
Slow
Fishing has been slow this week, but the trout are still biting. Try using either PowerBait or Jake's spinners.
Provo River, Lower
2014-10-07
Good
At this time of year, you can use just about anything to catch trout on the fly. Midges, Adams and even hoppers have caught the attention of a few nice-sized trout. Expect some weeds because flows are low. The water temperature is around 50°F. Try fishing in the early morning and late evening.
Provo River, Middle
2014-10-07
Good
Water levels have dropped, and we're still seeing some good hatches on warmer days. It's the time of year to start getting excited about baetis fishing! Blue wing olives are best for dry-fly use (preferred size #20–#22). The water temperature is around 50°F. The brown trout spawn will be starting soon.
Salem Pond
2014-10-07
Slow
The water is pretty murky, but it's worth throwing a line off the docks or near the boat ramp. Try using worms or PowerBait.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-10-07
Slow
Use traditional baits like worms or PowerBait.
Silver Lake
2014-10-07
Good
Fishing is fast right now. Try using a fly rod and your dry fly of choice. Most trout are feeding topwater. Water levels are pretty low, but the fall colors make a trip up here worth it!
Spring Lake
2014-10-07
Fair
Catfish and trout are still biting. Try PowerBait or worms on the bottom for catfish. Try a bubble and PowerBait for the trout.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-10-07
Hot
Cooler temperatures have fish very active at the Berry. Renegade has been a hotspot, so it may be fairly crowded. The best fishing seems to be in the morning. Try using white marabou jigs and/or tube jigs, leeches and olive woolly buggers.
Thistle Creek
2014-10-07
Slow
Fishing will be best in the early morning or just a couple of hours before sunset.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-10-07
Fair
The reservoir is very busy, but fall weather is bringing fish closer to shore. This is a great time to catch some of the browns. The vegetation around the shoreline can sometimes make it difficult to fish. The reservoir was last stocked in September, and it will not be stocked again until spring.
Utah Lake
2014-10-07
Slow
With the duck hunt under way, fishing is best away from grassy shorelines. Water levels are extremely low, so you may want to check with the State Parks office or DWR office before launching. Try using raw chicken for catfish. Walleye fishing is slow, but they are still biting this time of year.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-10-07
Slow
Small trout are biting. Use a lightweight jig, like a Jake's spinner, or try PowerBait under a bubble. Now that the weather is cooler, the plants are dying off, and the fish are more active.
Willow Pond
2014-10-07
Fair
The fall trout stocking is coming to end. Try using a bubble with PowerBait or worms.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-07
Good
Try fishing in the early morning hours. Water levels near the island are very low. Spinnerbaits are effective off the shoreline.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart
Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

Warnings: Several lakes in northeastern Utah may contain quagga and/or zebra mussels. Learn more about these destructive mussels and how to decontaminate your boat.

Whirling disease was found in the northeastern region of the state. Please make sure you clean, dry and sterilize waders, livewells and other fishing gear before venturing to another water.

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

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2014-10-15
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair for rainbows, bass and yellow perch from the bank and from boats. Temperatures are beginning to cool down, but you'll still find the best fishing in the morning and evening hours. Trout, bass and perch are still in deeper waters, so try fishing just above the bottom with trout baits such as a worm-and-marshmallow combination or PowerBait. Boaters are reporting suspended schools of perch and rainbows, roughly 30–40 feet down. Bass anglers are catching fish deep with a sinking fly, crankbait, jig or brightly colored spoon. Water levels are low, but you can still launch a boat from the ramp.
Brough Reservoir
2014-10-15
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing for bass. There haven't been many reports of trout, which are still deep due to the warm weather. There are special catch-and-release regulations at the reservoir. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2014-10-15
Fair
Fishing has been slow to fair. Because of the lower water level, there are weeds growing along the shoreline that make it harder to fish from the bank. Browne was being drained for work on the dam. However, crews were able to inspect the problem areas, and the reservoir was not drained completely. Because of the problem with the dam, the daily bag limit has been increased to eight trout until Jan. 1, 2015.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-10-15
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing.
Calder Reservoir
2014-10-15
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing from tubes and from the bank. Biologists have reported seeing an increase in dead fish along the shoreline. This is likely because warmer water is adding more stress to fish that are released. To help keep fish alive, please use stronger lines and bring fish in quickly. Try to keep their gills in the water at all times and make sure your hands are wet before handling them. Using rubber or silicon nets will prevent damage to scales and the fish's protective slime layer. Please park in the parking area and not on the ramp (inside the cattle guard); it will help others launch with fewer delays. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2014-10-15
Fair
This summer, the reservoir was stocked with fingerling and catchable-sized rainbow trout, brown trout, tiger muskies and wipers.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-10-15
Slow
Water levels are extremely low. Most of the remaining water has been pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2014-10-15
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and tiger trout. The best time to fish has been in the early morning or late afternoon/evening. Anglers who have fish finders report seeing the fish cruising at about 30 feet down, so try deeper-running lures and baits. Use deep-drifting worms or float a worm-and-marshmallow combination a few feet above the bottom. A recent fish-population survey caught fish up to six pounds, and almost all of the fish had been feeding on snails. The Uintas have received heavy rains over the past few weeks
East Park Reservoir
2014-10-15
Fair
Fishing is fair with flies and spoons. It's been a bit slower with baits, although some anglers have done well drifting worms. The water level is well below the ramp, which makes launching a boat from a trailer difficult. The Uintas have received heavy rains over the past few weeks.
Flaming Gorge
2014-10-15
Good
Kokanee salmon: Closed — All kokanee caught from September 10 through November 30 must be immediately released. Sheep Creek, a tributary stream near Manila, is also closed to fishing.

Rainbow trout: Most anglers report good fishing. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits along with common trout baits (such as worms) are working from the shore and from boats. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline. Anglers also report good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Anglers have caught rainbows while they are fishing for lake trout, kokanee and bass.

Lake trout: Anglers report fair to good fishing. Schools, small groups and singles can be anywhere, although most are now being taken in deeper water. 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 around 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. 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: The bass are slowing down and going deeper. You'll find the smaller fish at about 10 to 20 feet down, and the larger fish even deeper. Try using the darker, crayfish-colors in just about any kind of bass lure, including flies, grubs, worms, crankbaits and spoons. If they are not hitting, use a smaller lure and work it down close to the bottom.

Burbot: Fair to good fishing starts after sunset and continues until midnight. Start in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters (approximately 30 feet down) to forage. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use just about anything that glows (including spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about 6 to 12 inches above the weight. 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
2014-10-15
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Both dry flies and top/bottom combinations are working well. Try a combination with a grasshopper or large terrestrial on top, followed by an emerger, scud, midge larva or egg imitation as a trailer. Also, be prepared to switch techniques if a hatch begins in your area. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-10-15
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp. You can still launch a small boat even though the water level is quite low.
Matt Warner
2014-10-15
Fair
Anglers report hit-or-miss fishing, depending mostly on the depth, time of day and how well they can stay out of the weeds. Blue-green algae is also present, which makes it harder to use lures. You'll find the best fishing in the cool morning and evening hours. The water level is low (below the boat ramp), so launching boats can be difficult.
Moose Pond
2014-10-15
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbows.
Pelican Lake
2014-10-15
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill. Bluegill are difficult to find, so try fishing some of the deeper water near the middle or west end. Pelican Lake has an overabundance of carp, so you can help the fishery by catching them or taking them with archery equipment. The waterfowl hunt started on October 4, so now most of the use is by waterfowl hunters.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-10-15
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for bass, rainbows and small walleye. The best bank fishing has been near the dam and in the east bay (also near the dam), during the early morning hours. Try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or worm and floating bait a couple of feet above the bottom.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-10-15
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing.
Spirit Lake
2014-10-15
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for stocked fish. Spirit has been restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout, so try small, brightly colored lures. Tamarak and Jessen are also being stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes. Anglers have reported fair to good fishing on other lakes in adjacent drainages (for those interested in starting from the Spirit Lake trailheads).
Starvation Reservoir
2014-10-15
Fair
Anglers report mixed fishing success for rainbows, bass, walleye and small yellow perch from the shoreline and from boats. The best times to fish are the cooler hours of early morning and late evening, although small bass can be caught anytime. For trout, try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm and floating PowerBait from shore. Another option is to use deep-diving lures. For bass and walleye, try casting into the rocky points and then bottom bouncing across the flats for walleye. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Be careful of the afternoon winds, which can generate big waves very quickly. Improvements to the campgrounds and facilities — and the addition of a new 3-D archery range — have greatly improved the state park.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-10-15
Fair
Anglers reported fair fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill, especially in the early morning and in between evening windstorms. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged sandbars, humps and rocks. The trout are deeper, avoiding the warmer waters that attract the bass and bluegill. Try fishing deep with trout baits and deep-diving lures. For bass, try rocky points, and for bluegill, focus on the flats or just off the dam in roughly 20 to 25 feet of water.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler
DWR Southeast Region Outreach Manager

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

Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2014-10-17
Good
Conservation officer Dennis Shumway reported that there are fewer anglers out fishing since the beginning of the hunting seasons. Nonresident hunters, however, reported good fishing at Foy and Monticello reservoirs using worms, PowerBait, dry flies or marshmallows. Blanding #3, Blanding #4 and Lloyds Lake have all been recently stocked and should offer excellent fishing until winter.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2014-10-17
Good
J Shirley reported excellent fishing on Oct. 10–11, but noted that there were a lot of anglers fishing at the pond. Nightcrawlers and green or rainbow PowerBait were the best baits. As far as spinners, Shirley recommended gold and silver Jakes. J was supervising three young boys who hooked a total of 21 trout in one hour.
Cleveland Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
Aquatics personnel conducted a population survey last week and biologist Calvin Black was pleasantly surprised at the health and size of the rainbow trout population. Most of the rainbow trout ranged from 11 to 17 inches, but one cutthroat trout measured 21 inches. The biggest surprise was a 23.5-inch, six-pound brown trout that was netted.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
On Oct. 15, Tom Ogden and Randy Rodriguez fly fished from kick boats using sinking line and size 6-8 soft hackle flies, size 8 Canada blood leeches and olive leeches. In five hours, they caught 10 tiger trout in the 12- to 18-inch range, and 19 cutthroat trout in the 10- to 17-inch range. Fishing picked up after 1 p.m.
Electric Lake
2014-10-17
Fair
One angler reported sporadic fishing using worms. The Division conducted a gillnet sampling and collected a number of chunky tiger and cutthroat trout in the 13- to 19-inch range. No kokanee salmon were collected, but anglers have reported catching several in the 12- to 14-inch range.
Gigliotti Pond
2014-10-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing using PowerBait, nightcrawlers or salmon eggs. Rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait seem to outperform other colors.
Huntington Creek
2014-10-17
Slow
Recent flash floods have once again scoured the streambed. You'll find the remaining trout population within a mile of the dam. Expect better fishing closer to the outflow.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
On Columbus Day, Rick Berg reported fair to good fishing using Rapalas for rainbow trout, wipers and bass.
Huntington Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
One angler reported hot fishing. He caught tiger trout in the 16- to 18-inch range using worms. During the past week, aquatics personnel conducted a fish population survey. Biologist Calvin Black said that numerous, healthy tiger trout were netted. The trout were in the 12- to 26-inch range and one fish weighed six pounds. Black expects that anglers will see great fishing this fall and into early winter.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
On Oct. 13, Calvin Black fished using tube jigs, crankbaits, spoons and spinners without much success for tiger muskies or trout. On Oct. 9, Mike Milburn fished the reservoir hoping to catch more 40-inch-plus tiger muskies like the ones he's landed in previous weeks. On this trip, he caught one 34-inch and one 37-inch tiger muskie. Mike used a 5-inch paddle tail swimbait on a 3/8-ounce jighead.

Aquatics personnel surveyed the fish population during the past week. They collected numerous 14- to 25-inch splake, with most being around 18 inches and 1.5- to two pounds. They also netted several large cutthroat trout. The largest was five pounds and measured 24 inches. Six tiger muskie were collected, which ranged from 32 to 35 inches and 8 to 10 pounds. Fishing for splake and cutthroat trout should pick up in the next few weeks.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2014-10-17
Slow
Recent flash floods have scoured the streambed again. You will only find trout in the fly-only zone near the dam.
Scofield Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
Multiple anglers report good to excellent fishing. On Oct. 9, an angler on BigFishTackle.com reported catching 22 cutthroats in 4.5 hours. He fished the southeast shoreline and said he got a bite or fish with every cast. He wrote that bait preferences changed as the day advanced. He used corn-flavored PowerBait, nightcrawlers and chubs over the course of the day. On Oct. 5, Makeda and Pat Hanson fished bait on the surface for about an hour with minimal success. After changing tactics and sinking chub meat to the bottom, Makeda said they couldn't keep the trout off their lines. They were bank fishing near the dam.

Fishing was a little too good for three anglers who recently put 23 trout on ice — most of which were within the slot — before being visited by a conservation officer. Only one angler had a fishing license. The trio had been using dead minnows and anchovies. You can read more about the story on our Officers on Patrol blog.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley
DWR Southern Region Aquatics Biologist

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

Waterbody Report
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-10-10
Fair
Fishing is fair to good.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-10-10
Fair
Fishing is fair to good at all lakes. Anderson Meadow Reservoir has been drained for dam repairs.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-10-10
Fair
Water flows are regular with releases from Minersville Reservoir. Fishing has been fair for rainbows. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-10-10
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Boulder Mountain
2014-10-10
Good
October is one of the best months of the year to fish on Boulder Mountain. A variety of flies, small lures or jigs can produce well. If you're fishing with bait, use natural baits like nightcrawlers or grasshoppers. If fishing is slow at one lake, move to another. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Clear Creek
2014-10-10
Fair
Work to remove nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is now complete and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish for the rest of 2014 will be above the narrows. Fingerling cutthroat stocked this fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches in length next summer.
Corn Creek
2014-10-10
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-10-10
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-10-10
Good
Water flows are down to 20 cubic feet per second because it's the end of irrigation season. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. 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
2014-10-10
Good
Fishing is fair to good with a variety of fly patterns. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-10-10
Good
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-10-10
Fair
The water level has been fairly low all year in the upper reservoir. One angler recently did well catching rainbows up to 15 inches in the lower reservoir with nightcrawlers.
Fish Lake
2014-10-10
Good
Rainbow trout are still providing good fishing for boat anglers trolling popgear and for shore anglers using flies or bait near Twin Creeks. Yellow perch also offer fast action by jigging just outside the weedline. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or the Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-10-10
Slow
The reservoir is filling, but fishing is slow. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-10-10
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-10-10
Slow
The boat ramp is closed because of the low water level. You can still hand-launch float tubes, canoes and kayaks from shore. Fishing is slow after the recent heavy rain.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-10-10
Fair
Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and catfish at the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and Parowan Pond. Visit the new pond in Brian Head; it's been stocked with rainbows.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-10-10
Fair
Anglers have caught a few tiger muskies this summer. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-10-10
Fair
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2015. The water level has been fairly low this year. Look for fishing to improve with cooler fall weather.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-10-10
Fair
Fishing is slow from shore, but fair for anglers that are trolling. There's no boat ramp, but you can launch small boats near the dam.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-10-10
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing from float tubes and small boats. The water is low and there is no boat ramp, so boats must be hand-launched from shore. Hare's ears, pheasant tails and brown wooly buggers have all worked well lately. You may also want to try fishing with flashy lures, spinners and spoons. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-10-10
Fair
Fishing should be fair to good. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2014-10-10
Fair
The reservoir is mostly full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports fair fishing for fat and healthy rainbows and browns. Hare's ear and brown woolly buggers have worked well. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-10-10
Fair
Irrigation releases have ended and the lake's water level has stabilized. Trout are starting to get more active and fishing is improving for fly anglers in float tubes.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-10-10
Good
Fishing is good at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes.
Navajo Lake
2014-10-10
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Look for splake to become more active with the cooler weather.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-10
Fair
Trolling is producing fair to good results. Look for shore fishing to improve as the weather cools down.
Panguitch Lake
2014-10-10
Fair
Fishing varies from slow to good depending on the technique. Fly anglers fishing from boats and tubes report the best fishing for rainbows up to 17 inches. Trolling and bait fishing from boats or the shore is producing fair to good results for rainbow and small cutthroat trout. A few large cutthroat are moving in shallow and you can catch them with cut bait and frozen minnows. Fishing slows down for all techniques through the middle of the day. Look for more cutthroat and tiger trout to move in to the shore over the next few weeks. Weeds and algae are dying off and piling up on some shorelines, but this should start to clear out in coming weeks.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-10-10
Fair
Fly and lure anglers report fair to good fishing. Trolling flashy lures can also provide good results. These fish are wild, so natural baits like nightcrawlers work better than PowerBait.
Pine Lake
2014-10-10
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-10-10
Slow
The reservoir is mostly drained and the remaining water was treated with rotenone to reduce a dense population of Utah suckers. Rainbow trout will be stocked later this fall once the reservoir begins to refill.
Quail Lake
2014-10-10
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good. See the current boat ramp schedule at the Quail Creek State Park website.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-10-10
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent. Try using topwater lures and crayfish-imitating plastics.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-10-10
Fair
No water is currently being released from Piute Reservoir, but one more release is planned for this fall. Fishing should be fair to good until that time. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-10-10
Good
Anglers report good fishing for small cutthroat and rainbows. To catch bigger fish, concentrate on deeper water with brown or olive woolly buggers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-10-10
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-10-10
Fair
Trout stocking will begin in November.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-10-10
Fair
The water level is fairly low, but will slowly rise now that irrigation releases have ended. Look for fishing to improve with cooler weather.

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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
2014-10-17
Good

Lake elevation: 3,606 feet

Water temperatures: 70–74°F

My week was spent from the mouth of San Juan to Rincon, with a side trip up the Escalante Arm. Striper fishing was tough — I didn't see any boils and only caught three fish all week — but bass fishing saved the day. The main channel bass pattern was consistent. At the corners and edges of the channel, there are a few shallow slick rock islands protruding from the water. These beautiful rock formations harbored good numbers of smallmouth bass that could be consistently caught casting and trolling with shad-colored, lipless vibrating lures. It is likely that bass were running shad schools into the shallow bays and trapping them against the rocks, where feeding was intense. The rocks guarding the mouth of the San Juan were a good example of the rocky habitat that provides especially good fishing.

Fishing in the backs of canyons was slow for stripers, but again smallmouth bass were active in 12 to 25 feet of water in most canyons.

Upon returning, there were many fish reports waiting. Fishing has been challenging since the full moon, but it's now slowly improving. The key is to find locations where fish are active, avoiding the quiet spots. The best spots this week were on the San Juan Arm from Cha to Neskahi, and the mouth of Rock Creek to Gregory Butte. There were no fresh reports from the northern lake except to say that fishing is improving after the full moon. Fishing at Bullfrog was slow, with the best spot in Halls Bay. There is more action in the southern lake.

The best plan of attack is to head out early and look for striper splashes as they feed individually and in small groups from Wahweap to Rock Creek. If the surface action continues, then you can catch stripers in quick, small boils. The real action comes when the school dives. The best technique to catch big numbers of stripers right now is to find the schools on your graph and spoon over holding schools at 40 to 60 feet.

Stripers were recently spooned up at the mouth of Rock Creek, where you could see small surface disturbances. The school was at bottom depth, which was about 60 feet. It is really tough to find suspended schools where the bottom depth exceeds 100 feet. Look for boils, but the best work is done in deep water with spoons. The best technique for catching fish in these challenging high-forage conditions may be using bucktail jigs, hyper stripers and similar lures (that can be fished at various depths in the water column) and retrieving them from the bottom to the location favored by suspended fish.

Tips for graph use: Those new to using a graph to locate fish commonly turn on the fish ID which shows computer generated fish pictures on the graph. You'll probably have better success if you view the raw data. If you use a graph near cliff walls or at the mouth of canyons, the sonar sound bounces of the cliff wall and then the bottom before returning to the graph. The bounces will cause the fish ID to falsely show fish. The best place to learn to use the graph is in open water where the bottom depth is between 40 and 60 feet. Look for individual fish and schools where the bottom is distinct. Graphing in the main channel only works when the graph is zoomed in to show a selected area. Choose the depth where you see the most fish traces.

Fishing is slower than usual, but the warm days and cool nights are very comfortable. The Lake Powell scenery is even better than ever in these early autumn days.

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