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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
2014-08-22
Good
Most fishing activity has been on the east side of the lake, trolling in 65-80 feet of water, though you'll find fish as deep as 180 feet. You can launch boats at the Utah State Park marina, and off the east side at the 1st Point and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. The courtesy docks are installed at all locations. If you want to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake, it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). If you catch a cutthroat with all of its fins intact — even if it's tagged — you must release it. Consider releasing large lake trout in order to maintain the fishery. Lake trout are very slow growing and can easily live more than 35 years in Bear Lake.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
Anglers report good fishing for tiger trout near the mouth of the inlet. One angler reported good tiger trout fishing using PowerBait from the shore, casting out and letting his bait fall to the bottom. The water level has risen about 10 feet since dewatering for irrigation discontinued. Surface temperatures are around 71°F. The water is very clear with a little algae floating on the surface near the shore. This is a great time to come out and catch tigers from the shore.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows throughout the river. Size 10 hoppers are working best during the day, and caddis flies are great for the evening. Anglers have also reported success using purple haze and Adams. The water is clear with good visibility, but the level is a little low. Please be aware that there are rattlesnakes in this area. Many thanks to Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-08-22
Fair
Fish have been very active and can be seen jumping at the surface throughout the day, but anglers are having difficulty catching them. Most are fishing from the piers, all along the east shore or near the inlet on the north side with worms or other stink baits. Elliott Robinson of Ogden caught a nice 14-inch largemouth bass from the shore near the inlet using a spinner. Trout stocking should resume in the middle of September.
Causey Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
One angler reported slow fishing from the shore across from the dam using a spinner. The water is very clear and surface temperatures are around 68°F. This is the time of year kokanee start to turn red for the spawn. The fish will gather in the inlets over the next month. Possession of kokanee salmon is prohibited during the spawning run. Please avoid stepping in the spawning beds in the inlets as eggs are deposited there. To protect spawning kokanee populations, Causey and its tributaries are closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-08-22
Good
Now is the time to fish for carp. During the day, you'll find a lot of carp congregating in shade pockets. The visibility is very low and surface temperatures are in the high 70s. Catfishing is still good using worms and stink bait. Bass fishing is slow. One angler caught a small largemouth bass in two hours.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-08-22
Hot
Anglers report hot fishing at East Canyon State Park. If you're fishing from the shore, fish to the right of the boat ramp and down from the cabins and cast towards the buoy — do not go around the point, though. The trout are biting on yellow and orange PowerBait just off the bottom. Boat anglers are catching small bass using worms in the fingers.
Echo Reservoir
2014-08-22
Slow
The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir — even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-08-22
Slow
There's not much angling activity at Farmington Reservoir.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
The water level is very low, freeing up a lot of fishing access from the shore. With the good underwater structure now dry, bass and bluegill fishing may slow down a little. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting this privately owned pond.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-08-22
Good
The water levels are a little low, offering a lot of shore access adjacent to the dam. The best time to fish is in the early morning or late evening. Hyrum State Park will start a tagged fish contest in September.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-08-22
Slow
Not many anglers are fishing this pond. Catfish is currently the most likely catch. Try fishing at dawn or dusk when the fish are most active. Fish have been seen jumping throughout the day.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-08-22
Hot
Bluegill and black bullhead catfish fishing is hot. To catch bluegill, try fishing from the piers and the bridge with a small piece of worm or salmon egg. Use a normal-sized worm to catch catfish.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
This is a beautiful time to fish Little Creek. The water is very clear and surface temperatures are around 71°F. Be careful when descending to the water from the dam; the rocks are loose. You can see a lot of small fish swimming around the rocks near the dam. You'll see larger fish jumping throughout the reservoir.
Logan River
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing throughout the Logan River. The water is very clear with great visibility. Anglers have had success using purple haze, Adams and PMDs. The river impoundments have recently been stocked with rainbow trout. Many thanks to Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers have had success using green whirly buggers and kokanee lures. Shore anglers report slow fishing, but some are getting bites on hot pink PowerBait fished just off the bottom.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-08-22
Good
The water level is low, restricting any shore fishing to the dam, but it is still possible to launch boats. The water is murky and surface temperatures are around 75°F.
Newton Reservoir
2014-08-22
Good
Water levels are very low. The water clarity is low and temperatures are in the upper 70s. Use caution when driving down to the water; the shore is still wet and vehicles may get stuck.
Ogden River
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing. The South Fork of the Ogden is low, but the water is very clear. Try hopper or stimulator patterns.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
The Amrhein family had a great time fishing while visiting from Colorado Springs. They had the best success fishing in the evening near middle inlet beach. They caught 30 crappie, one perch, one catfish and one monster carp. All fish were caught using a short, dark plastic, segmented worm about four inches long while paddling in a zig-zag pattern in their canoe. They also caught bass in the morning on a white and light blue top water lure. Many thanks to the Amrhein family for the report.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-08-22
Slow
Anglers report slow shore fishing at Porcupine. Daytime surface temperatures are around 75°F. The kokanee are starting to turn red for the spawn. Possession of kokanee salmon is prohibited during the spawning run. This reservoir is closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-08-22
Good
Trout fishing has slowed down, but early morning anglers have caught a few rainbows and browns. The water temperatures have been in the mid-70s. Fishing below the dam is good. One angler caught several nice-sized fish, including a 22-inch rainbow trout. Smallmouth bass fishing is hot for fish in the 10- to 15-inch range. Focus on fishing rocky shorelines using soft plastics or worms. Thanks to park manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-08-22
Good
Please remember that there are bears in the Uintas. See bear safety information.

Weber River Drainage: If you are looking for a remote backcountry experience, try the Weber River Drainage. This week, Northern Region Fisheries Manager Paul Thompson and Biologist Matt McKell found good populations of trout in this area. They fished Fran, Rhodes, Olsen and W-59 and had action in all of them. They caught a lot of 10- to 12-inchers, but also caught some up to 16 inches. They used black ants (#14-12) on the surface, but did really well with #6-8 woolly buggers (black with green and flash or black with orange and flash). The Weber River Drainage can be assessed east of Oakley.

Fish, Sand and Round lakes: Fishing is good for grayling. Try using small black ant patterns. These lakes, located in the back country in the Weber River Drainage, contain large populations of arctic grayling. The grayling are sustained through natural reproduction. Small black ant patterns have been effective.

Mirror Lake Highway Lakes: These lakes are stocked heavily and offer good fishing. If you don't find good fishing at one, move on to another. Watch closely as fish rise — if their jump leaves an air bubble, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. Use a fly that floats readily on the surface, like a caddis, foam ant or hopper. If their raise is more of a swirl that does not leave a bubble, they are likely to be taking flies below the surface. Use a prince nymph, hare's ear, or a combination of the two called a Prince Hairy. You don't need a fly rod to fish this way, you can use your spinning outfit.

Smith/Morehouse Reservoir: Scout troop 1257 recently went camping near Smith and Morehouse and had a great time catching fish. Five of the seven boys caught 10- or 11-inch rainbow trout. A medium-sized bubble filled half way placed above a snap swivel with three to five feet of leader, a single hook and brown PowerBait worked best. Try casting it out and letting it sink to the bottom with the occasional jig.

Uintas North Slope streams: Stream fishing on the north slope has been good for the past couple weeks using caddis and hopper patterns. These streams are great places to take beginning fly anglers because there are some open areas to cast. With the small streams, massive casts are not necessary and the beginner can simply flip a fly and a hungry trout is usually waiting! One angler recently took his grandson to one or these streams on his first fly fishing trip and he caught 19 fish — most were small, but it was a fun experience. Reminder: the East Fork of Smith's Fork is closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September.

Uintas North Slope lakes: Be sure to take your fishing rod when you explore the north slope road on your ATV. The North Slope drainages include Bear River, Henry's Fork and Burnt Fork.

Red Rock Adventures has scans of the Lakes of the High Uintas booklet series available for download. The books, which are out of print, contain useful information on these lakes and how to find them. Download the pdf files.
Weber River
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing near the mouth of Weber Canyon. Elliott Robinson of Ogden caught a nice brown on a spinner while is friend was able to land his first whitefish using a dry fly.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
On a recent fishing trip to Willard Bay, DWR Biologist Chris Penne reported that the catfish and wiper fishing has slowed down quite a bit. The wipers have plenty to eat with the abundance of forage in the reservoir, but they should start boiling soon. Many thanks Chris for the report.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Scott Root
Central 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.

Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair with traditional baits. Please take a minute to pick up any trash you see at the ponds.
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing is fair from boats and slow from the shoreline. According to the State Parks personnel at the reservoir, the main boat ramp has about 15 feet of ramp left, and large boats are still able to launch. The Island boat ramp is lower, and only smaller boats can launch there. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair, but the fish have been on the smaller side. For more information, please call Deer Creek State Park at 435-654-0171.
Diamond Fork River
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing is fair with flies or worms, and fishing pressure is light. Now's a good time to try a terrestrial hopper pattern.
Grantsville Reservoir
2014-08-27
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair trout fishing with traditional baits and lures.
Highland Glen Park
2014-08-27
Fair
Fair fishing continues with traditional baits and lures.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-08-27
Fair
Natalie at the state park reports that boats can be launched without a problem. The Rock Cliff arm is out of the water, but you can hand launch a small boat. Fishing is fair for smaller-sized smallmouth bass. Trout fishing is slow to fair.
Kidney Pond
2014-08-27
Slow
Fishing has been slow.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-08-27
Good
Angler Dan reports that fish have been jumping like crazy. Flies are a good option. Traditional baits and lures are also working well. This is a good place to fish.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-08-27
Slow
Slow angling success.
Payson Lake
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures. A fly-and-bubble combination can work well in the low-light hours.
Provo River, Lower
2014-08-27
Good
Anglers report good fishing with small flies or spinners. Grasshopper patterns are effective in August and September. Baits are allowed from below Olmstead Diversion dam, down through the canyon and town. Anglers report good fishing in the deeper pools and near undercut banks. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for the special regulations on the Provo River.
Provo River, Middle
2014-08-27
Good
Anglers report fair to good trout fishing with flies that range from size 18 to 22. Bait is allowed in the stretch above Charleston Bridge to the Midway Lane Bridge. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for the special regulations on the Provo River.
Salem Pond
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing is fair with traditional baits. Catfish success has slowed down. The best time to fish for catfish is in the lower-light hours.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-08-27
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing this week.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing is fair with traditional baits or lures.
Spring Lake
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing is fair for trout and slower for catfish. PowerBait and nightcrawlers appear to be anglers' favorite baits.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-08-27
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing with a variety of methods. If you're using bait and the fish completely swallows the hook, please cut the line. Crowds are thinning out a bit now that school has started. The tagged rainbow trout contest runs until October 31, and there are still many prizes to be claimed. Registration is not necessary, so go catch a tagged rainbow trout! There are special regulations in effect at Strawberry: the limit is a combined total of four trout or kokanee salmon. No more than two may be cutthroat trout under 15 inches, and no more than one may be a cutthroat trout over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released. Trout and salmon may not be filleted, and the heads or tails may not be removed in the field or in transit. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more regulations and for help identifying Bear Lake cutthroat trout and rainbow trout.
Thistle Creek
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing pressure is light, and anglers report fair fishing with baits, lures or small flies. Please respect the private property along the creek.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-08-27
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for catchable-sized trout with PowerBait or worms.
Utah Lake
2014-08-27
Fair
Fishing is fair for channel catfish. Here's a new video about fishing for catfish at Utah Lake. White bass, bluegill and other panfish species are also biting. Please keep in mind that there is a fish-consumption advisory for channel catfish and carp in Utah Lake. Also, if you happen to catch a northern pike, please do not release it. We do not want pike in the lake!
Vernon Reservoir
2014-08-27
Good
Fishing is good with traditional baits and lures.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-08-27
Fair
You'll find fair fishing for rainbow and brown trout with traditional baits and lures.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-08-27
Fair
Because of low water levels, you can no longer launch a boat on the Painted Rocks side of the reservoir. The Oasis boat ramp has deeper water. Anglers report slow to fair fishing for walleye and pike. To fish for pike, use small fish-imitating lures (or even flies) in 5 to 15 feet of water. Please keep in mind that there is a fish-consumption advisory for walleye and northern pike in Yuba.

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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
2014-08-21
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports. Older reports are of fair to good fishing for rainbow trout, bass and yellow perch from the bank and from boats. With the summer weather, trout will go deeper, so try fishing just above the bottom with trout baits like a worm and marshmallow or PowerBait. Lure anglers should fish deep with a crankbait, jig or brightly colored spoon. Try curly-tailed jigs and crankbaits cast into and along the rocky bank or underwater knoll for bass, and small lures and jigs for yellow perch. Water levels are dropping, but access at the boat ramp is still good. It's just a slightly longer walk.
Brough Reservoir
2014-08-21
Fair
Anglers reports fair to good fishing for bass. The trout are staying deeper because of the warm weather. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only: bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2014-08-21
Good
Fishing is fair to good. Because of the lower water levels and weeds along the shore, it's difficult to fish from the bank. Browne was being drained so that crews could work on the dam, however it will not have to be drained completely as they were able to inspect the problem areas. Because of the problem with the dam, the daily bag and possession limit has been upgraded from four to eight trout until Jan. 1, 2015.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-08-21
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing.
Calder Reservoir
2014-08-21
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing from tubes and slow fishing from the bank. Biologists have reported an increase in the number of dead fish observed along the shoreline. This is likely a product of the water being warmer than usual, which adds stress to the fish are being released. To reduce stress on fish, use stronger line, bring fish in quickly, keep their gills in water at all times, and use wet hands and rubber or silicon nets to prevent damage to their scales and the protective slim layer. Please park in the parking area and not on the ramp (inside the cattle guard). This will help others launch more quickly. 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
2014-08-21
Fair
Cottonwood Reservoir has been stocked with brown trout, tiger muskie, wipers and catchable-sized rainbow trout. The reservoir was treated on Sept. 26 to remove carp.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-08-21
Slow
The water level is extremely low, and what's left is being pumped downstream to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2014-08-21
Fair
Anglers report slow to good fishing for cutthroat, rainbow and tiger trout. Fishing is best in the early morning or late afternoon or evening. Anglers with fish finders have seen fish cruising about 30 feet down, so try using deeper running lures and baits. Anglers using worms or a worm-and-marshmallow combination and fishing a couple feet above the bottom have reported hot fishing. A recent biological survey found fish up to six pounds. Almost all of the fish had been feeding on snails. Even though catch rates vary, most anglers are happy after a trip to Currant Creek Reservoir. The scenery and weather have been beautiful, and the lake isn't as windy as some others. The Uintas have been receiving scattered afternoon showers.
East Park Reservoir
2014-08-21
Good
Fishing is fair to good with flies and spoons, but slower using bait. Some anglers have done well drifting worms. The water level is now below the ramp, which will make it difficult to launch a boat from a trailer. The Uintas have been receiving scattered afternoon showers.
Flaming Gorge
2014-08-21
Good
Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. Schools of fish are moving deeper (40 to 65 feet) and are picky about lures. Try starting out with silver-colored flashers and pink and orange lures. Keep mixing it up until you find the right combination. If the schools are deep, try jigging with a small jigging spoon or trolling by just above the school.

Rainbow trout: Most anglers report good fishing. Spoons, jigs, crankbaits and common trout baits (like worms) work well from the shore or a boat. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline. Fishing is good off rocky points and inlets, and in the backs of some of the bays. Anglers are also catching rainbows while fishing for lake trout, kokanee and bass.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair to good. You can find schools, small groups and single fish anywhere, but anglers are mostly catching them in deeper waters. If you mark a group, try holding position and then drop a vertical presentation, like a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or 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. You may also want to try trolling through or just above the school, at depths around 45 to 75 feet. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well. Please keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout. It reduces competition among species and helps both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good to excellent for the smaller fish in the surface waters and larger fish below. Just about any kind of bass lure is working well — including flies, grubs, wacky worms, crankbaits, spoons and toppers.

Burbot: Anglers report fair to good fishing starting just before midnight in 50 to 75 feet of water and moving shallower. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in the deeper waters (around 75 feet). They become more active, however, during the evening and twilight hours when they move into the shallows to forage. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels. You'll want to fish the bottom or just slightly above it. You should use just about anything that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnow, jigging spoons) and tip our lure with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Worms with a marshmallow placed about 6 to 12 inches above the weight have worked recently. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after recharging and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery (including kokanee) by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2014-08-21
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Hatches are common, so both dry flies and top/bottom combinations are working well. Try a combination with a mayfly, cicada or grasshopper on top followed by an emerger, scud, midge larva or egg imitation as a trailer. Other hatches are also starting, so be prepared to switch techniques if a hatch begins in your area. Anglers using lures have also been successful. Try using crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver or gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-08-21
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp.
Matt Warner
2014-08-21
Fair
Anglers report slow to good fishing, depending on the depth they are fishing, the time of day and their ability to stay out of the weeds in the inlet arm. The blue green algae is making it harder to use lures. The best fishing is in the cool morning and evening hours. The water level is low, so launching a boat could be difficult.
Moose Pond
2014-08-21
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. Moose Pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbows.
Pelican Lake
2014-08-21
Fair
Depending on their timing, anglers report slow to fair fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill. Those fishing during calm weather had better success than those who challenged the winds or the midday heat. Bluegill are getting more difficult to find — try some of the deeper waters near the middle or west end. Pelican Lake has an overabundance of carp, so please help the fishery by catching as many as you can or taking them using archery equipment.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-08-21
Good
Fishing is good for bass, rainbow trout and small walleye. Anglers are catching a few big walleye too. Boats have been able to get on in the mornings, but they are often pulled out because of afternoon winds. Many return in the evening. The best bank fishing is near the dam and in the east bay during the early morning hours. Try fishing a worm and marshmallow or worm and floating bait a couple of feet from the bottom.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-08-21
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing, but nothing consistent.
Spirit Lake
2014-08-21
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for stocked fish. Spirit has been restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout, so try using small, brightly colored lures. Tamarak and Jessen are also being stocked with tiger trout. Two to three inch fingerlings will be flown into these upper lakes. They should grow to catchable sizes in two to three years. For those interested in starting from the Spirit Lake trailheads, anglers report fair to good fishing on the other lakes in this area. Last September, Spirit, Tamarak, Jessen and several other small lakes and their connecting streams in the headwaters of the Middle Fork of Sheep Creek were treated. All fish species were removed as part of a Colorado River cutthroat trout restoration project. This treatment is a critical part of a management strategy to keep Colorado River cutthroat trout off the endangered species list.
Starvation Reservoir
2014-08-21
Fair
Anglers slow to fair fishing for rainbows, bass, walleye and small yellow perch from the shore or a boat. The best time to fish is during morning hours. Try a worm and marshmallow or worm and floating PowerBait from shore, or use deep-diving lures for trout. Try casting into the rocky points or bottom bouncing across the flats for bass and walleye. Most of the walleye are small and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Use caution during windy afternoons, because the wind can generate large waves quickly. The state park is adding a number of improvements to the campgrounds and facilities. On June 28, the state park opened its new 3D archery range.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-08-21
Good
Anglers reported fair to good fishing in between windstorms for rainbows, bass and bluegill. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged sandbars, humps and rocks. The trout are moving deeper to avoid the warmer waters that are attracting the bass and bluegill. Try fishing deep with trout baits and deep-diving lures. Try rocky points for bass and the flats (or off the dam in 20-25 feet of water) for bluegill.

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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
2014-08-21
Slow
The following reports were provided by Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway.

Blanding 3 and 4: There aren't many anglers fishing, which suggests that fishing is slow. Try using PowerBait and marshmallows.

Foy Reservoir: Fly anglers have had the best success, although PowerBait and marshmallows have been good backups.

Monticello Lake: Fishing has slowed down. Try using PowerBait and marshmallows.

Recapture Reservoir: The water level continues to drop. Fishing is slowing down and there are few anglers on the reservoir.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2014-08-21
Good
The Division offered a family fishing day during the Carbon County Fair on Aug. 9. Fishing was good using nightcrawlers and chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait. According to a few anglers, garlic flavor improved the catch rate. Most anglers floated their bait just off the bottom. A few used a bobber and fished under the surface. Both methods were successful. 750 3-inch largemouth bass were stocked last week, and the pond will be restocked before Labor Day.
Cleveland Reservoir
2014-08-21
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2014-08-21
Slow
Aquatics biologist Calvin Black reported slow fishing using lures or flies.
Ferron Reservoir
2014-08-21
Fair
Brandon Behling reported good fishing using worms. Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black reported good fishing for 13- to 15-inch brook trout. Conservation Officer James Thomas reported fair fishing using purple PowerBait and slow fishing using spinners.
Gigliotti Pond
2014-08-21
Good
Fishing is good using worms, PowerBait, lures or artificial flies. 250 3-inch bass were stocked last week, and the pond will be restocked with 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout before Labor Day.
Grassy Lake
2014-08-21
Fair
Most anglers report good fishing, but it has been sporadic at times. Andy Urbanik reported fast fishing during the weekend of August 9 and 10 using a variety of PowerBait colors. He talked to another angler, who reported poor fishing using spinners.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-08-21
Slow
Anglers reported slow, but improving, fishing for wipers. For wipers up to 15 inches, Calvin Black recommends fishing from the shore or trolling using Rapalas. Evening is the best time to fish.
Huntington Reservoir
2014-08-21
Slow
Fishing is slow, but you can improve your catch rate by fishing from a boat or watercraft.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2014-08-21
Fair
Fishing is fair for tiger muskies, but slow for trout. More and more anglers report catching muskies over 40 inches. Calvin Black recommends fishing using Rapalas on the rocky east side.
La Sal Mountains
2014-08-21
Fair
The following reports were provided by conservation officer TJ Robertson.

Dark Canyon Lake: Fishing has ranged from slow to fair. Try using worms and salmon eggs. PowerBait has not been effective.

Dons Lake: Fishing has been fair with nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, Kastmasters or Jakes lures. There is a lot of moss along the shoreline, which is making it challenging to cast and retrieve in some places.

Kens Lake: Fishing has slowed for trout, but has picked up for bass. You can catch bass using small tube jigs or spinners near the inlet or on the northeast side.

Medicine Lake: Fishing is fair to good using spinners or baits. There haven't been many anglers fishing the lake.

Oowah: Fishing is fair using salmon eggs, worms or small spinners. PowerBait has not been effective.

Warner Lake: Fishing is good using worms, marshmallows or salmon eggs.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2014-08-21
Good
Kathy Jo Martinez reported good fishing with a variety of baits that included nightcrawlers, lemon twist PowerBait or artificial flies. The dragon fly pattern worked best. James Thomas recommends dark green PowerBait.
Petes Hole
2014-08-21
Good
Anglers report good fishing using baits and artificial flies.
Potters Ponds
2014-08-21
Good
Officer James Thomas reported good fishing using dark green PowerBait.
Scofield Reservoir
2014-08-21
Slow
Most anglers report slow fishing for trout. Anglers frequently catch chubs with the same rigs they use to catch trout from the shore or a boat. Chubs continue to be the best bait. Last week, Kathy Jo Martinez reported catching 20 chubs while trolling.
Soup Bowl
2014-08-21
Good
Fishing has been good with baits — like PowerBait, nightcrawlers or artificial flies — in patterns that imitate insects found on or around the waterbody.
Willow Lake
2014-08-21
Fair
Biologists report slow fishing. Conservation Officer James Thomas said that Jakes spinners produced good fishing.

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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
Baker Reservoir
2014-08-28
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-08-28
Fair
Fishing is fair to good.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-08-28
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing at all lakes. Anderson Meadow Reservoir was drained for dam repairs.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-08-28
Fair
Flows are regular. There have been consistent 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
2014-08-28
Fair
Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Flies and small spinners typically produce well in the summer.
Boulder Mountain
2014-08-28
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for most of the lakes. A variety of flies, small lures and marabou 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.
Clear Creek
2014-08-28
Fair
Work is progressing to remove non-native trout from the Clear Creek drainage. Much of the drainage is currently fishless, except for the stretch between Fish and Shingle creeks and inside the state park. Bonneville cutthroat trout were stocked in these two sections in 2012 and 2013.
Corn Creek
2014-08-28
Fair
Summer fishing can be good with flies, small spinners and natural baits. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked near campgrounds in Corn Creek, Chalk Creek and Oak Creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-08-28
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, and fishing is fair to good. There is a lot of fishing pressure, especially on weekends.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-08-28
Fair
Flows are at 140 cfs, so fishing may be a little easier. 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
2014-08-28
Good
Fishing is fair to good with a variety of fly 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
2014-08-28
Good
Brown, brook and rainbow trout are abundant and generally provide good fishing throughout the summer. Your best bets are flies, lures and natural baits.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-08-28
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but smallmouth bass should provide fair to good fishing. The water level has been fairly low all year.
Fish Lake
2014-08-28
Good
Fishing at Fish Lake has settled into its normal summer pattern. Boating anglers are catching rainbow trout while trolling pop gear. Shoreline anglers report catching trout on flies or bait near Twin Creeks. Try jigging just outside the weedline for fast yellow perch action. 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
2014-08-28
Slow
The water level is low, and fishing is slow. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-08-28
Good
Flows above Mill Meadow Reservoir have risen because of releases from Johnson Reservoir. Despite the increased flows, the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing for small browns. Fish are actively feeding on the surface on caddis, stones and baits. Fishing is generally slow in the Bicknell Bottoms, but a few nice fish have been caught on brown woolly buggers. Patience is a must when fishing here. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
The boat ramp is closed because of low water levels. It is still possible to hand-launch float tubes, canoes and kayaks from shore.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-08-28
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout and catfish at the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and Parowan Pond. Small bluegill can provide fast action for kids at Leigh Hill. Visit the new pond in Brian Head, which has also been stocked with rainbows.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
A few tiger muskies have been caught this summer. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
Bait fishing is allowed until Sept. 13. The reservoir's water level is very low because of water releases during the winter. Fishing is fair for small fish with bait, lures and flies.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
Fishing is slow from shore, but trolling has produced fair results. There is no boat ramp, but you can launch small boats near the dam.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-08-28
Good
Fishing is good to excellent with lures and flies. Anglers report fair to good fishing with bait. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-08-28
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
2014-08-28
Slow
Fishing is hit and miss lately. Try fishing in the mornings and evenings for the best results. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
The water level is dropping because of irrigation releases. Trolling produces fair fishing for trout and wipers. Both flashy lures and minnow imitations are working. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-08-28
Good
Anglers report good to excellent fishing at the Box Creek reservoirs and the north-end lakes.
Navajo Lake
2014-08-28
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Splake fishing slows down during the summer.
Newcastle Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
Trout fishing is fair. Wiper fishing has been fair to good. Trolling deep-diving lures produces medium-sized wipers, as well as a few trout. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-08-28
Fair
Trolling produces fair to good fishing. Shore fishing slows down in the summer as trout move to deeper water, but you may find fair fishing around the steeper shorelines at the south end.
Panguitch Lake
2014-08-28
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair. Anglers who troll or bait fish from boats are having the most success.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
Fly and lure anglers are finding fair to good fishing. Trolling flashy lures can also provide good results. Natural baits like nightcrawlers work better than PowerBait because these fish are wild.
Pine Lake
2014-08-28
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-08-28
Slow
The trout bag limit has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of the year. The reservoir is being drained for irrigation use, and is now down to 12 percent of its capacity. The remaining water will be treated with rotenone in October to reduce a dense population of Utah suckers.
Quail Lake
2014-08-28
Fair
See the current boat ramp schedule at the Quail Creek State Park website. Bass fishing is fair to good.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-08-28
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-08-28
Slow
Flows are higher than 400 cfs, which makes it difficult to fish.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-08-28
Fair
Fishing success varies by lake. If you're not having much luck, try a different lake. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports that fish are cruising near the weeds and taking damsel flies. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-08-28
Fair
Trout fishing slows down with warm temperatures, but largemouth bass and bluegill can provide good fishing throughout the summer.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-08-28
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-08-28
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing in recent weeks.

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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
2014-08-27
Good

Lake elevation: 3,606 feet

Water temperatures: 77–80°F

Carl Lind of Wittmann, Arizona caught this three-pound striped bass in Last Chance Bay while trolling a shad rap. Fishing is much better this week because stripers are chasing shad to the surface each morning and evening. The stripers are fat after gorging on a bumper crop of shad. They are very strong fighters and are willing to hit surface lures.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Reports of stripers feeding on the surface really had me invigorated this morning. We took off for Navajo Canyon at first light and studied the calm water at the mouth of the canyon. It was the same place where boiling stripers were caught in big numbers the day before. A few fish broke the surface, but we could not identify any stripers. The next decision was to wait for the action to start or to travel up canyon. I waited about 10 seconds and then decided to go uplake because patience is not one of my virtues.

It seemed like a good choice — scattered stripers were breaking the surface just past the double islands. My cast to a surfacing fish was rewarded when I caught my first top-water striper this month. Stripers were surfacing all around the bay, but they were not bunched up. They appeared to be feeding individually instead of in a school. We decided to troll and caught a few more fish on Shad Raps and Bevy Shad. We saw a few more individual splashes as we traveled to the Big Sand Dune where we turned around.

On the way back down the canyon, we trolled near the shore by rocky points and rock piles.  Smallmouth bass were obviously feeding on the shad — each rock pile paid off in at least two bass and occasionally in another striper. Our largest bass weighed almost two pounds.

The next stop was the mouth of Warm Creek on the shoals marked by white buoys. We trolled there and found more bass ready and willing, but the average size was smaller than the fish we caught in Navajo. We picked up one larger striper while trolling the shoals; it was 19 inches long and weighed three pounds. These stripers are very fat! That bodes well for fall fishing.

Upon my return, it was reported that the boils at the mouth of Navajo were strong between 8–9 a.m. Oh well, that’s fishing!

The northern lake is still the best striper fishing location, and The Horn is the most consistent spot. We also received reports from Escalante and Rincon this week. I think the whole lake is now fishing well. We're seeing small quick boils during the first two hours of daylight and the last two hours of twilight. If more than five fish break the surface, attack them with surface lures and shallow runners. If you only see one fish, then troll in the area of the splash with medium runners that dive 12 feet down.

Bass fishing improved dramatically when the surface water temperature dropped into the 70s. Bass are hanging on the deep-water edge of rock piles that extend into the main channel.  They will hit surface lures early and late but may be caught more frequently on plastic grubs in shad colors all day long.

Fishing has definitely improved. It's time to plan the fall fishing trip to Lake Powell!

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