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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-05-22
Good
Angler creel surveys show good fishing for cutthroat trout and a few lake trout. For trout, anglers are mainly trolling with minnow-type lures in water depths of 15 to 30 using flatlines with deep-diving lures or downriggers with lures that run more shallow. The best spots to fish have been along the east side at Rainbow Cove/North Eden and along the west side from Swan Creek to the north to Fish Haven Creek. A few anglers have been jigging using tube jigs tipped with cisco or worms on the bottom in about 60 feet of water off Second Point and Cisco Beach. Remember: you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.

State Road 39 over Monte Cristo is open, so you can reach Bear Lake and other Rich County waters through Monte Cristo. The surface water temperature is about 51 degrees. You can launch a boat at the marina and at both east side boat ramps: First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-05-22
Fair
There have been very few anglers fishing the river this week because of the rain.
Bountiful Lake
2015-05-22
Fair
Very few anglers fished Bountiful Lake last week because of the rain. The water is very cloudy and water visibility is low.
Causey Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Shore anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout using worms. Try fishing the shore near the Boy Scout camps or the shore near Causey Estates. The fish still seem to be fairly shallow. Fishing with a worm a few feet under a bobber is still your best bet. The reservoir about full.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-22
Good
There were very few anglers out fishing because of all the rain. A few anglers reported good fishing from boats or floattubes. One angler caught his limit of 18-inch rainbows shore fishing on the bottom with rainbow PowerBait. SR-65 is open east of Salt Lake City from mile post 3 to 13.2. For news about upcoming events, visit the East Canyon State Park website.
Echo Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Fishing is quite good for boat anglers. Shore anglers report good fishing for 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout using traditional trout baits and lures along shores with steep banks. Some anglers have also been able to catch smallmouth bass using light-colored plastic lures.
Farmington Pond
2015-05-22
Slow
Many anglers braved the rain and fished last weekend, but unfortunately most of them reported very slow fishing. The pond was stocked with 260 six-inch perch. The perch will be a great addition to the rainbow trout, bass, bluegill and green sunfish already at the pond.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
A local angler named Si fished on the east side with his family near the dam. As a group, the two adults and three children caught seven fish in 30 minutes fishing with PowerBait on the bottom. All the kids had a great time. Water levels are very good. The water levels are up by the trees, which is creating excellent habitat and fishing conditions along the shore around the entire reservoir. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-22
Good
Not very many anglers braved the weather, but those that did reaped the rewards. Anglers report great fishing with everything they used. Try using a worm and salmon egg combination or trolling with anything that floats. Bass are nesting in the southeastern part of the lake.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-05-22
Slow
There have been very few anglers fishing this pond. Expect slow fishing.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-05-22
Fair
The ponds are all open for fishing again. A lot of the invasive phragmites have been cut down, which has opened more fishing access for anglers — especially at the second and third ponds.
Logan River
2015-05-22
Slow
The abundant rain has led to very high and fast water flows. The water is off-color too. Very few anglers have fishing the river over the past few weeks.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-05-14
Good
One angler reported having very little success while fishing near the dam. He was using a 1/4-ounce Kastmaster. He got a few larger trout to follow it to shore, but was unable to get the fish to bite. Clinton angler Tim Summers had great fishing all weekend from shore near the boat ramp. He used a worm tipped with green PowerBait just off the bottom. When the wind calmed, he also had success catching cutthroats on a dry fly. He said the fishing was good in the morning, but really slowed down from about 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., then picked back up again around 3:00 p.m. Many thanks to Tim for that report.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout and bass using worms from the shore. Boat and floattube anglers also report good fishing.
Ogden River
2015-05-22
Good
Very few anglers have been out fishing. The water has been a little off-color because of the recent rainstorms.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Fishing is improving. Anglers report good fishing for crappie using small jigs in chartreuse, pink, red and white. Anglers fishing from boats in 25 feet of water reported the best fishing. The crappie were at depths around 10 to 15 feet. Crappie fishing was best northeast of Cemetery Point, but fishing was slow near Anderson Cove. Anglers are catching a few smallmouth bass in the shallower parts of the bays using chartreuse curly tailed jigs. A few anglers have caught tiger muskies too. One angler was targeting bass when he caught a 15-inch tiger muskie and a larger muskie that got off the jig when it was about 20 feet from shore.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Fishing is good from a boat or the shore. Fishing is better in the evening and into the night. Trolling your favorite lure can be very productive if you get the lure the the right depth. Shore fishing is improving. Some anglers have reported catching over 10 fish. One group of anglers caught 13 rainbow trout by Twin Cove campground (on the east side) using garlic and cheese. PowerBait and nightcrawlers are working well too. Bass fishing is still good. The water is still very cold, so make sure you wear a life jacket — even when you're fishing from the dock. Remember to certify that your vessel is clean and free of quagga mussels. You can find forms at the top of most boat ramps. Thoroughly clean, drain and dry your boat after every outing — especially if you have boated at Lake Powell or Deer Creek. Read more about the decontamination process.
Uinta Mountains
2015-05-22
Fair
SR-150, the Mirror Lake Highway, is open again. Some of the lakes in the high Uintas have started to open — including Whitney, Lily, Stateline and Hoop Lake. More of these should be open for fishing soon. The area has received about 18 inches of new snow recently. Smith and Morehouse is ice free and the fishing is excellent.
Weber River
2015-05-22
Good
Water visibility is low and the water is very dark because of the recent rainstorms. Conservation officer Dominick Barratt and Rockport State Park ranger Brian Kurta report fair fishing for brown and rainbow trout just below the Rockport Dam using dry fly patterns on brightly colored nymphs.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Few anglers braved this week's rainstorms. Shore anglers reported good fishing for wipers. Crappie and walleye fishing is slow, but some lucky boat anglers have been able to catch a few.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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

Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-05-22
Good
Please keep in mind that the ponds are now for day-use only. We've stocked catchable rainbow trout on multiple occasions, so fishing will be good for the Memorial Day weekend. Try using traditional lures or bait (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler has also been successful.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-05-22
Fair
The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout several times, so fishing should be excellent for Memorial Day weekend. Try using PowerBait or Jake's spinners for the best results. Worms are a good choice if you're trying to catch wipers.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
Boaters are having the most success in the early- to mid-morning hours. Try trolling with PowerBait at depths of around 20 feet, especially near Rainbow Bay. During recent gillnet surveys, DWR biologists pulled a 16-pound brown trout from the nets. There are some good-sized fish in the reservoir! The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. The Charleston boat ramp is open to non-motorized vessels only. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Please keep in mind that juvenile quagga mussels have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate. Call the state park at 435-654-0171 to check on current conditions or visit Deer Creek on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see the latest updates. The reservoir is currently 93 percent full, and the water temperature is in the low 50s.
Diamond Fork River
2015-05-22
Fair
Blue-winged olives are dwindling off. Use sizes 18–22. Trout are very active and feeding early to mid-day. Spinners work great for those who are not fly fishing.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
The reservoir has been stocked with about 6,000 rainbow trout during the last month. Try throwing a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub in chartreuse or white, tipped with an earthworm.
Highland Glen Park
2015-05-22
Good
The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout several times this spring, so fishing should be good for Memorial Day weekend. Fish are feeding actively — you many want to try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. We will start stocking catfish after Memorial Day because water temperatures are getting too warm for the trout. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers fished on the bottom of the pond.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
The PWC ramp has docks, and it is open. Any boat can launch until Memorial Day weekend. The Rock Cliff ramp leads down to dirt because of low water levels. Be aware of floating debris coming in from the river runoff. Float tubers have had success while fishing Rapalas. Try throwing jerkbaits for smallmouth bass. Fly-fishing anglers are having success with woolly buggers in black. Also, continue to use traditional baits (like worms or PowerBait) on the shoreline. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. The reservoir is about 75 percent full, and water temperatures are in the low to mid 50s.
Kidney Pond
2015-05-22
Fair
The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout several times, so fishing should be good for Memorial Day weekend. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble. Curly Tail lures, tipped with nightcrawlers, have also been successful.
Midas Pond
2015-05-22
Fair
The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout several times, so fishing should be good for Memorial Day weekend. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble. Curly Tail lures, tipped with nightcrawlers, have also been successful.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-05-22
Closed
The road is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
From May 15, 2015 until January 1, 2016, the daily bag and possession limit has been increased to eight fish. The reservoir is being drained to meet irrigation needs. Limits are being temporarily increased to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. Try spinner baits and traditional baits (PowerBait or nightcrawlers). Curly Tail grubs are also a good choice.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-22
Fair
The reservoir was stocked with nearly 5,000 rainbow trout within the last month, and anglers have had great success catching tiger trout longer than 18 inches. Using spinnerbaits and worms should produce fish right off the docks. Also, try garlic PowerBait, fished under a bubble.
Payson Lake
2015-05-22
Good
Maple Lake has been stocked several times, and the fish are biting. As of May 15, all roads and campgrounds on the Nebo Loop are currently open.
Provo River, Lower
2015-05-22
Good
Flows are higher. Blue-winged olives (BWOs) are coming to an end, but you many want to continue using sizes 18–22, especially on overcast days this week. (Zebra midges and WD 40s have been very successful.) Sow bugs and San Juan worms will be more readily accepted with the higher water flows. Pale morning dun mayflies (PMDs) are hatching at midday, when water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees. Be aware that water is being released from Deer Creek Reservoir, so water levels are up and flows range from 263 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 155 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-05-22
Good
You'll find great midge fishing, with sizes 18–22 working best. Nymphs, size 22 and smaller, will be still be good at midday. The recent overcast days are still producing BWO hatches at midday. You may want to try some sowbugs and San Juan worms because flows are higher. Water levels are near 221 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release (at 301 cfs) and at Charleston (around 282 cfs). Water temperatures are hovering around 50°F.
Salem Pond
2015-05-22
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked for the Memorial Day weekend and contains very active, hungry rainbow trout. Try using a Jake's spinner or use a bubble, worms or PowerBait. Catfish will be stocked after Memorial Day. If you catch a grass carp in the pond, please release it immediately.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-05-22
Fair
The visitor center is open. The trail isn't officially open, and the boardwalk still has some snow on it.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked with rainbow trout, and it receives very little pressure. Try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers, Curly Tail lures with a beadhead or PowerBait with a bubble.
Spring Lake
2015-05-22
Slow
The pond has been stocked a couple of times in recent weeks, so try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait with a bubble. The pond will be stocked with a small number of catfish after the Memorial Day weekend.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
The kokanee have started to turn on with the use of downriggers. Try trolling at depths of around 40 feet with pink and orange dodgers, especially near the Narrows. The Strawberry Bay Marina & Lodge rainbow trout tagged fishing contest starts this weekend. There are 295 white-tagged rainbows and five pink-tagged rainbows that will be released for the contest. Catch one of the white-tagged fish and redeem your prize at the marina stores. Catch one of the pink-tagged fish, and you automatically win one of the five grand prizes. For more information, please call the marina at 435-548-2500. Shoreline anglers should try using white tube jigs, dark-colored leeches, marabou jigs, jerkbaits or spinners. Water temperatures are hovering in the mid 40s, and the reservoir is currently 76 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-05-22
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you may want to try using zebra midges in sizes 18–22.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
Try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are feeding actively. (Important: From May 15, 2015 until Jan. 1, 2016, the daily bag and possession limit at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir only has been increased to 8 fish. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is located further up the mountain, to the north of Tibble Fork Reservoir. It will be drained for construction, starting July 1.)
Utah Lake
2015-05-22
Good
Anglers are catching good numbers of catfish, especially near Lincoln Beach. The white bass are very active off the Lincoln Beach launch area and at the Lindon harbor launch. Spring runoff is causing the lake to appear muddy, and water levels are very low. Please use caution when launching your boats. You may try using carp or white bass meat tipped on your hooks. Carp have begun to spawn and can be spotted in pods around the lakeshore. Water temperatures are hovering right around or below 60°F midday. Mosquitoes have started to appear, so bring some bug repellent when you visit the lake. The Utah Lake Commission will host the annual Utah Lake Festival on Free Fishing Day, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to this event is free. Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is currently 65 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-05-22
Slow
The reservoir has been stocked with planter-sized rainbow trout. Water levels are up, and the water temperature is hovering around 60°F. Anglers have reported success with rooster tails and Curly Tail jigs.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-05-22
Hot
The trout are very active and super hungry, so try a Curly Tail grub or PowerBait with a bobber, and fish shallow. This is a great place to take small children and elderly adults. It is ADA-accessible and has a nice pavilion with nearby restrooms.
Willow Pond
2015-05-22
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout, so fishing should be good for Memorial Day weekend. Try using a bubble, garlic-flavored PowerBait or worms. You may want to throw spinners or crankbaits near any of the vegetation for some largemouth bass hookups. By voluntarily releasing the largemouth bass, you can help control the bluegill population.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-22
Slow
DWR biologists began stocking yellow perch (from Fish Lake) on May 10, and thousands of perch have been relocated so far. Anglers are catching fish, but the bite is slow. Anglers are catching walleye and northern pike on sinking anchovies or sardines. Don't forget that the park is hosting a fishing seminar on Free Fishing Day, June 6, 2015.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart

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

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout. Anglers are also catching a few browns, bass and yellow perch. The water level is almost full.
Brough Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers, but fishing is usually fair to good in the spring. The reservoir is full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented-salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-05-20
Fair
The last report was fair fishing, and then the area started getting rain and snow making access to the lake a muddy mess.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent fishing reports from anglers, but fishing is usually fair to good in the early spring. The reservoir is full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing. The water level remains low. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Calder. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented-salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers, but fishing is usually fair to good in the early spring. The reservoir is almost full.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-05-20
Closed
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
Prior to the last set of storms, anglers reported slow to good fishing for tiger trout and rainbow trout. You can access the reservoir to the dam. The area has been receiving rain and snow.
East Park Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
The ice is off and fishing is fair to good, but accessibility changes quickly. The area has new snow and the melt has made the roads muddy.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
Utah and Wyoming ramps got some snow, but they are ice-free, so boats can be launched. Reservoir levels have held up well and they are even letting some water out in preparation for spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee fishing is fair to excellent. The rainy weather seems to increase anglers success. A variety of lures will work, including (but not limited to): Cripplures, Needlefish, RMT Viper spoons and dodgers with squids. Lures with pink or orange are always a good choice. Canyon seems to be a week or two behind, but we're hearing some reports of good fishing there as well.

Rainbow trout: Anglers report good to excellent rainbow fishing in Utah and Wyoming. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits (along with common trout baits such as worms) are working from shore and boats. Anglers report seeing small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some bays. Some anglers fishing deep for lake trout are catching rainbow trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing from boats. Fish can be anywhere, though most are still being taken in deeper waters. If you mark a group, try holding position and drop a vertical presentation, such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or 3-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 could also try trolling through or just above the school, usually 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Slow, shallow trolls along slopping banks can be an excellent technique in the spring; it's one of the few times regular trolling without specialized deep-water equipment can be used. Deep trolling, right on the bottom, with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially for those 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: Anglers report slow fishing. The bass are deep.

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is fair to good from boats, and a few have been caught from the bank. Pick your fishing spots in the late afternoon so you can see your area and where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. Boat anglers can start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower after sunset and as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep waters (about 75 feet); however, they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallow waters to forage. Some will follow channels or rocky flats and come into waters less than 10 feet deep. Try fishing along the rocky shores, points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use something that glows, such as spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows and jigging spoons, and tip it with bait (we recommend cut bait like sucker meat or minnows). A worm-and-marshmallow combo placed about three to six inches above the weight has worked recetly. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2015-05-20
Good
The water levels have been ramped up for the imitation spring floods. Cicadas and other terrestrials are supplying good surface action — try as a combo with a scud or shrimp trailer. Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. There could be other hatches going, so match the hatch as it occurs. Anglers using lures are also catching fish. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors. During the recent electro-fishing, biologists measured and released big, healthy trout. They also removed several flies (hooks).
Long Park Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports, but the ice is off the reservoir. Expect the roads to be muddy.
Matt Warner
2015-05-20
Good
Fishing is good, but storms have shut down access. Try worms, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits.
Moose Pond
2015-05-20
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. The pond has not been stocked yet this spring.
Pelican Lake
2015-05-20
Good
Anglers report fair to excellent fishing. Recent rain, winds and cold nights might slow fishing down some, but a couple days of warmer weather will attract the bass and bluegill back to the shallows. Bluegills are moving into the warmer shallows and are now reachable from shore. With the shallow waters warming up, now is a good time to target carp. Removal of carp by archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality and the growth of the bass and bluegill. The lake is full. A tagged carp contest started May 1, 2015. Contact Sportsman's Warehouse in Vernal for details.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
The reservoir is ice free and the ramp is accessible. Fishing for rainbows was good, up until the storms. A few anglers reported good bass fishing and one angler reported slow walleye fishing. The water level remains low.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-05-20
Fair
One angler reported fair fishing. The roads in the area are now open, but recent rain has made them muddy.
Spirit Lake
2015-05-20
Fair
The last gate was recently opened, so you can now access the forest, but we haven't received any reports on fishing or if anyone can actually get to the lake. The area received more snow in the last set of storms. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout last summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these high-elevation lakes. They will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
Most reports are of good fishing for rainbows and some walleye, though most anglers were chased off by high winds and stormy weather. Baits were working well, especially from the shore. Try smaller, slow-moving presentations for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleye are small or in the 24-inch range and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
Anglers report fair to excellent rainbow fishing from shore and boats. Bass moved back into the shallows prior to being shut down again by the storms. After a few warm days, the bass will return to the shallows and this time, likely followed by the bluegill. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore while crankbaits and brightly colored spoons are producing for boaters. Some fish are along the surface while most appear to be deep, with many in the 30- to 40-foot range. The water level is low, so watch for rocks and sandbars.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler

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

Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2015-05-19
Good
Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports that fishing pressure at Lloyds Lake has been low, despite a good catch rate. Dennis recommends PowerBait, marshmallows or worms, floated off the bottom. At Recapture Reservoir, Dennis recommends gold spoons or lures, tube jigs or a crankbait. Blanding 3 and 4 are full and have been stocked. Traditional baits are effective. Dry Wash is empty. This spring, we stocked the following San Juan County fisheries: Blanding 3 and 4, Monticello Lake, Foy Lake, Lloyds Lake, Kens Lake and the Rattlesnake Ponds. For a detailed look at the number and sizes of fish that were stocked, please see the Fish Stocking Report.
Benches Pond
2015-05-19
Fair
The pond is ice-free. Stocking will occur soon.
Blue Lake
2015-05-19
Closed
Mud and snowdrifts continue to block access to this reservoir.
Boulger Reservoir
2015-05-19
Slow
According to Conservation Officer T.J. Robertson, the pond is ice-free but the catch rate is low.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2015-05-19
Good
Near the end of April, the pond was stocked with more than 1,000 nine-inch rainbow trout. The pond is low, which concentrates the fish and makes them easier to catch. Worms and PowerBait are recommended.
Cleveland Reservoir
2015-05-19
Slow
Conservation Officer T.J. Robertson reports that fishing was slow last week. The campground is now open, and the reservoir is ice-free. Try nightcrawlers and chartreuse PowerBait.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2015-05-19
Closed
The gate blocking the access road will probably remain closed until the first week of June.
Electric Lake
2015-05-19
Slow
The lake is ice-free. Fishing has been fairly slow, except in the upper Huntington tributary.
Emerald Lake
2015-05-11
Closed
This high elevation reservoir is inaccessible because of snow drifts.
Fairview Lakes
2015-05-19
Closed
Access to the Fairview lakes should open up just before Memorial Day.
Ferron Reservoir
2015-05-19
Closed
The gate blocking the access road will remain locked until the road dries out and lingering snowdrifts are plowed.
Gigliotti Pond
2015-05-19
Fair
The pond was stocked two weeks ago with 750 eight-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been good with baits during the day and dry flies in the evening. On June 20, the DWR will host a special family fishing event in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. Hours will be from 8–11 a.m., and there will be prizes for children younger than 14.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2015-05-19
Fair
The reservoir is now accessible. Stocking should occur in the near future.
Grassy Lake
2015-05-19
Good
The lake is accessible. Dale Harbor and his friends fished on May 9 with Kastmasters. Dale said the catch rate was at least 10 trout per hour.
Huntington Creek
2015-05-19
Slow
The Seeley Fire and subsequent flash floods have left the creek with few fish, except for a mile or more below the dam.
Huntington North Reservoir
2015-05-19
Good
Aquatics Program Manager Justin Hart recommends spinners, spoons, plastic jigs or Rapalas for wipers. A blue-over-white color pattern is especially effective. Justin recommends either anchoring and still fishing where your fish graph shows fish or trolling in open water. We used gill nets to survey the reservoir on May 8. Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black reported catching numerous wipers ranging from 12–22 inches and one to five pounds. Several largemouth bass, one 23-inch brown trout and a number of green sunfish and bluegill were also caught. Fishing for wipers has been improving with warmer weather. Fishing is better in the morning before 11 a.m. The reservoir has been stocked with more than 5,000 seven- to nine-inch rainbows this year.
Huntington Reservoir
2015-05-19
Good
This reservoir, also known as Mammoth Reservoir, is totally ice-free. Try fishing a whole nightcrawler below a full bubble. Crankbaits, jigs and swimbaits should also be effective. Aside from nightcrawlers, minnows and chub meat are effective baits.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2015-05-19
Fair
The gate from Lowry Water to Indian Creek Campground remains locked. A fair number of tiger muskies will likely surpass the 40-inch minimum size for harvest this year.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2015-05-19
Fair
This new Wellington community pond was stocked with 2,000 seven- to nine-inch rainbow trout in early spring. Traditional baits are recommended. On June 6, the DWR will sponsor a family fishing event at this pond from 8–11 a.m. There will be rods and reels for public use. Bait will also be provided. All kids younger than 14 will receive prizes.
La Sal Mountains
2015-05-19
Fair
The gates to Warner Lake and Oowah Reservoir have been opened and are accessible. Hidden Lake and Dons Lake are accessible and have each been stocked with 850 eight-inch rainbow trout. As of May 13, Geyser and La Sal passes remained blocked by snowdrifts.
Lower Green River
2015-05-19
Good
Walt Maldonado reported good fishing with worms, chicken liver and blood-flavored commercial catfish baits. Walt recommends fishing the east side (just above the rock house) or near the pumphouse on the west side of the river. Kathy Jo Martinez reported good fishing with Primo catfish bait for 14- to 15-inch catfish.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2015-05-19
Closed
The gate from Highway 31 to Miller Flat Reservoir has been opened, but the lower Miller Flat Reservoir Road and gate remain locked.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-19
Fair
Su Jones of Huntington caught some 16- to 18-inch splake and rainbows several weeks ago using Velveeta cheese.
Petes Hole
2015-05-19
Closed
Access beyond the turn-off remains blocked by snowdrifts and mud.
Potters Ponds
2015-05-19
Closed
The gate from Miller Flat Road to Potters Ponds remains locked, but it could be opened at any time.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2015-05-11
Slow
The Seeley Fire and subsequent flash floods have left the creek without fish, except in the first mile or so downstream from Electric Lake Dam.
Scofield Reservoir
2015-05-19
Fair
On May 13, DWR aquatics personnel gillnetted fish at the reservoir. They collected quite a few large, fat cutthroat trout, many of which were more than 20 inches long. Several large tiger trout were also collected. The number of Utah chubs were about the same as last year but were larger. This could be a sign that younger age classes are being eaten and controlled by large tiger and cutthroat trout in the reservoir. Some of the best fishing reports come from anglers who fish the south side of the dam arm. In that area, worms, PowerBait and chub meat have been effective. A nightcrawler tipped with a salmon egg has also been a good bait combination, said Officer T.J. Robertson. In late April, Scofield was stocked with 14,000 nine-inch cutthroat trout.
Soup Bowl
2015-05-19
Closed
Due to lingering snow and mud, access is difficult except by ATVs.
Willow Lake
2015-05-19
Slow
Access to Willow Lake will be available by Saturday, May 23.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2015-05-19
Fair
The reservoir is accessible, and stocking will occur before Memorial Day.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
Fishing has been slow to fair. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked in March. Fishing from float tubes or small boats can help you get away from the crowds and find better fishing. A recent fish population survey found many rainbows left over from last fall's stocking (now ten to twelve inches long) as well as good numbers of brown trout that weigh up to seven pounds. The browns are eating goldfish, so try fishing with minnow-imitating lures, jigs or flies. Frozen minnows or anchovies could also work.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is open to the end of the road. Expect to encounter a few snowdrifts on the trails. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Barker and Lower Barker. Dougherty Basin Lake is closed to fishing until July 11.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is improving. Rainbow trout will soon be stocked in Little Reservoir. Indian Creek Reservoir will not be stocked this year because of low water levels and unsafe road conditions.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-05-15
Fair
Tread lightly to avoid spooking fish in the low water. Recent surveys found some nice brown and rainbow trout. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were recently stocked.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-05-15
Fair
You'll find fair to good fishing for small browns and rainbows.
Boulder Mountain
2015-05-15
Good
You can now access north-slope lakes with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Be very careful on snowpacked and muddy roads. Remember that ATVs can do a lot of damage to wet roads, so slow down and take it easy. East-end lakes are also accessible. The Boulder Top will probably not be accessible until late May at the earliest. Early spring fishing can provide some of the best success of the year, especially for trophy fish.
Clear Creek
2015-05-15
Fair
Removal of non-native trout in 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 will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat stocked last fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long by summer.
Corn Creek
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is improving, and there isn't much runoff.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-05-15
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Broodstock brook trout were also stocked in April. Fishing has been good to excellent this spring.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-05-15
Fair
Irrigation releases have begun, and the flow is up to 130 cfs. Fishing is a little difficult at this level, but you can target some of the slow-moving runs with large streamers, deep-diving lures or nightcrawlers. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2015-05-15
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-05-15
Fair
Access should be good. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers on runoff or fishing conditions.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-05-15
Good
The trout limit at both Upper and Lower Enterprise Reservoir has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015. Due to a very poor snowpack, the lower reservoir will be drained for irrigation needs and all but the small state-owned conservation pool will be drained from the upper reservoir. Fishing has been good lately both from shore and boats. The water level is very far below the ramp, so only small boats should be launched. The deep gullies in the dirt have been fixed. A recent fish population survey found that rainbow trout are abundant and are typically either 12–14 inches or 17–18 inches.
Fish Lake
2015-05-15
Good
Anglers are catching a few nice lake trout. Try jigging for perch on the outside edge of the weedline or for splake in 30–60 feet of water. Trolling for rainbows should also be productive. Spring provides some of the best fishing of the year. Before you head to the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-05-15
Slow
Fishing is slow to fair, but anglers have caught a few tigers and splake longer than 20 inches. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-05-15
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports that the river below Highway 12 is running clear and should provide good fishing until summer rainstorms. Some nice fish have been picked up in the Bicknell Bottoms with sculpin imitations. The take is pretty light. Flows are currently low and clear above Mill Meadow, and the fish are easily spooked. Blue-wing olive patterns have produced best lately. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Visit the Gunlock State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Fishing is fair to good for largemouth bass and crappie. Due to an increasing population of illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers — Gunlock Reservoir will be treated with rotenone this fall. For the remainder of the year, daily bag limits have been increased. You may now keep up to 12 largemouth bass (no size restriction); 16 channel catfish; and an unlimited number of crappie, bluegill and black bullhead. There is also no limit on smallmouth bass, and you are required to keep all the smallmouth bass you catch. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-05-15
Slow
Fishing will improve as the water gets warmer.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-05-15
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills), Parowan Pond, Forebay Pond and Brian Head Pond.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-05-15
Slow
The reservoir is accessible and ice-free. There haven't been any recent fishing reports from anglers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
Bait fishing will be allowed at Kolob Reservoir beginning Saturday, May 16. Major road construction will be taking place on Kolob Terrace Road from now through October, which will limit access to the reservoir. You can find closure schedules online. Access has been good on weekends. There are still some snowdrifts on the road from Cedar Canyon.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
A recent population survey found cutthroat trout up to six pounds and rainbow trout up to three pounds. Try trolling near the dam with chub-imitating lures. Ten-inch rainbow trout have been stocked.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-05-15
Hot
Anglers report fast fishing with size 12 woolly buggers. Also try flashy spinners and lures, or natural baits like nightcrawlers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-05-15
Fair
Mammoth Creek has been running a little high and murky with runoff. You'll find better conditions for fishing in Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and in Asay Creek (along Hwy. 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
Rainbow trout were stocked in March. The reservoir is full, but irrigation releases have begun. Anglers report fair fishing with nymph patterns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Trout fishing is fair to good. Look for smallmouth bass to become active soon. Anglers have caught a few wipers while trolling chub-imitating lures near the bottom in deep water.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-05-15
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs. There is still no access to the north-end lakes.
Navajo Lake
2015-05-15
Fair
You can now access the lake. Spring is a good time to target large splake. Concentrate on steeper shorelines and the dike. Fish with chub-imitating lures and flies, white and dark green tube jigs, cut bait (chubs, suckers and anchovies) or frozen minnows. Catchable-sized rainbows will be stocked before Memorial Day.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Trout fishing is good. Anglers are starting to catch a few wipers and smallmouth bass as the water warms.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-15
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Panguitch Lake
2015-05-15
Fair
Fair fishing from shore and boat. A recent population survey found that 11- to 12-inch rainbows are abundant and growing quickly. We also saw more rainbows in the 17- to 18-inch range than we have in recent years. As always, nice cutthroat and tiger trout are also plentiful.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is good. The water level is fairly low. Bait fishing is slow. Remember that the rainbow trout here are wild and don't take bait as well as lures and flies.
Pine Lake
2015-05-15
Fair
Rainbow trout have been stocked.
Piute Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but 150,000 rainbow trout and 2,600 brood brown trout have been stocked since last fall's draining and rotenone treatment. Recent surveys found that the rainbows are growing quickly, and many now average 12 inches. Unfortunately, a number of suckers were also found, which means that last fall's treatment wasn't as successful as hoped.
Quail Lake
2015-05-15
Fair
Visit the Quail Creek State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Trout fishing has slowed down. Bass and crappie fishing are improving as the water warms.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Fishing success follows weather patterns. Success is good to excellent for bass during warm, calm days when water temperatures reach the mid 60s. Cool and windy days drop the temperature near 60°F and slow the fishing down to just fair or good. A variety of techniques are working when the fish are active. The keys to success include hitting the right depth and fishing a pattern you have confidence in. Fish are at depths of 10–20 feet and are moving up to beds on warm days. Anglers are also catching some nice crappie. Pleasure boaters are out in force on the weekends.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-05-15
Slow
Releases from Piute Reservoir are over 300 cfs, which is making it difficult to fish the river.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-05-15
Good
Most lakes are accessible, and fishing is fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is good, and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-05-15
Fair
Trout fishing is starting to slow down as the weather gets warmer. Largemouth bass and bluegill are present in most ponds and will provide better fishing during the warm months.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
The reservoir is filling and is now open to boating. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers are also catching a few fish from last year that survived the winter.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Access is good. A recent population survey found good numbers of rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout, up to 17 inches long. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

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

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2015-05-19
Good

Lake elevation: 3,592 feet

Water temperatures: 64-70°F

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Lost stripers are found!

Dave Sellers, expert fly angler from California, found stripers using flies while anglers using conventional tackle struggled. Try tying a fly on a spinning rod and trolling it along the surface to catch plankton-eating stripers.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Striper fishing has been difficult in May since most are accustomed to fishing with bait for big schools of fish in deep water of the main channel. But not this year. Stripers are in great shape and in spawning condition. In April, schools of stripers were found in the backs of canyons eating shad hiding in shallow water. But not now.

It is now apparent that these schools of prespawn fish have moved out of murky water in the backs of canyons into open bays often near the canyon mouth and main channel. Prespawn schools are holding in spawning coves next to deep water waiting for water to warm enough for spawning to occur. With no shad in spawning coves stripers have only plankton to eat while waiting. Plankton move just enough to group up in shallow open water. Stripers cruise along just under the surface until a plankton congregation is encountered and eat a few microscopic tidbits as they wait. In these conditions, shad-imitating crankbaits are ignored except at low light morning and evenings. This is why striper fishing has been tough in May.

Now enter Dave Sellers, an expert striper fly fishermen from California. He discovered that these schools were often near the surface and could be caught on flies by long casts expertly retrieved. That did not help me much since I have not used a fly rod since I was a teenager. But he did give me one technique that I could successfully perform and it worked for a fish collection that was needed this week. Here are Dave’s words (which I edited for this report) that I used to catch stripers:

'We headed back to Padre Bay to the cliff walls on the east shore and located a big school under the boat. We went fishless for about an hour. Rob handed me the controller to his boat troller and he laid out for some shut eye on the leaning seat on his Ranger Bay Boat while dragging a fly behind the boat. Happy accident! it wasn't 100 feet before the rod was just about jerked out of his hand. I cast out and gave it a long count. Nothing. Then, I resumed trolling looking for schools. Rob did not have his line in water any longer as he was staring at the graph with me. Another 15 minutes and we decided to get on the main motor and slowly head across the mouth of the cove looking for fish on finder. I dragged my fly line out this time and cruising at tuna trolling speed, a hook up occurred inside of 30 seconds. The two clueless fly casters finally got a clue. The fish were not on the graph because they were on the surface. After getting my fish in, we shut the motor down and started casting. Every cast again. This time many of the takes were within the first two pulls, and once again, bone jarring. The fish, as expected, would pile under the boat with the caught fish. But this time, it was not a problem. For every school we dragged in from our casts, there were more out around us. It was yet another evening of abundance.'

I found ripe male stripers using Dave’s description of the habitat and then trolled a clouser minnow on my spinning rod with 7-pound fluorocarbon line along the surface at 4 miles per hour and hooked up within 5 minutes. Then we circled around that location continuing to catch shallow stripers on flies. We got one triple while trolling 3 flies and we even caught one fly casting when stopped over a school that we drug under the boat.

For the next week (or maybe two), it is possible to find mature adult stripers by trolling flies along the surface. This magnificent but incredibly unusual year continues while fishing Lake Powell.

Bass and walleye are still being caught in big numbers while working the shoreline with green plastic baits and square bill crankbaits. The walleye bite in the northern lake is monumental. Add a live night crawler to target these toothy and tasty game fish.

Come enjoy fishing at Lake Powell. There is something for everyone right now.

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