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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
2014-07-23
Good
Fishing the deep, cold waters of Bear Lake can require special equipment. Bear Lake Biologist Scott Tolentino compiled an informational flyer that includes tips on how to fish at Bear Lake. He also listed other great fishing spots in Rich County for families and novice anglers. Send an email to phildouglass@utah.gov for a copy of the flyer.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-07-23
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing using spinners and gold Little Jakes lures. They're also catching fish while stripping streamers along the bottom. Please do your part to keep this unique fishery clean.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-07-23
Good
Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop recently experienced good fishing for browns, rainbows and the occasional cutthroat, using a Fat Albert. He also recommends using different caddis flies and PMDs. For whitefish, use nymph patterns and fish deep. The water is low and very clear. Many thanks to Colton for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for catfish and carp. Larger carp are swimming around the inlet, feeding on the vegetation that floats on the surface of the water. Other anglers report good fishing for small green sunfish and bluegills. Try using small pieces of worm on a small hook. Fingerling wipers were recently stocked, and with the right conditions they should be catchable by next spring.
Causey Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report spotty fishing. Some are catching many fish, while other anglers only catch a few. One group of anglers fished for a few hours and caught one fish using PowerBait. Another angler reported catching 20 fish on July 14 while fishing from shore. The water is dark green and clear with fair visibility.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-07-23
Good
Good fishing for catfish continues! Anglers report good fishing in the afternoons and evenings, using sucker meat.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-23
Good
Ogden resident, Tom Dunn, fished with his father, uncle and grandpa on Saturday July 19. They fished from shore in the morning (7 to 9 a.m.) and caught nine fish, using worms for bait. Fishing seems to be best in the early morning hours. Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing has been great, especially for boaters. Shoreline fishing is fair to good. On Friday, one boater caught an 18-inch, four-pound bass that he planned to put on his wall. The tagged fish contest is still underway. Come up and catch a fish to win some great prizes! Many thanks to Tom and Chris for their reports.
Echo Reservoir
2014-07-23
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing. One angler fished for four hours from a boat and caught one fish. The water is very low. Although the boat ramp is out of the water, boats can launch. The tagged fish contest is still going, and some fish have tags worth $100.
Farmington Pond
2014-07-23
Slow
A lot of locals are swimming at Farmington Pond, but there aren't many anglers out fishing. Fingerling wipers were recently stocked and with the right conditions, they should be catchable by next spring.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for trout and bass. To catch trout from the shore, float some PowerBait about one or two feet off the bottom. Anglers in float tubes are catching bass with frog patterns and pop-gear or anything that sits on the surface of the water. Bluegill are still swimming in the shallows. Try targeting areas with lots of structure. Please take a minute to pick up trash, even if it is not your own, and don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting this privately owned pond.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-23
Good
Trout fishing has improved. Many anglers are catching full limits (or close to full limits) within four to six hours. They are using many different methods, including trolling with Rapalas or spinners, or dunking PowerBait or worms. The average fish size is about 12 to16 inches. Bass fishing has slowed because there is very little cover. The north and east sides are the best places to catch bass. Anglers are keeping bass that weigh about two to four pounds. Perch fishing is decent, but the fish are only about six inches long. Hyrum's tagged fish contest will begin in September. Thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-07-23
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing for catfish. The bluegill are still spawning. Fish for them in the shade, and try using small hooks and a small piece of worm, or a single salmon egg.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-07-23
Hot
A young angler sent me a report this week to say he enjoyed great fishing for bullheads and perch. Thanks for the report, Chase! Bluegill fishing is still hot from the piers. The best thing to use is a small, single hook. Then, tip the hook with a small piece of worm or a salmon egg, and place it 12 to 18 inches under a bobber. The ponds are a great place to introduce kids to the fun of fishing. Fingerling wipers were recently stocked and with the right conditions, they should be catchable by next spring.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-07-23
Fair
Visit the reservoir while the water level is decent. It could drop substantially as irrigation demands increase.
Logan River
2014-07-23
Good
All three dams are scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout this week.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report fair fishing from the shore. One angler reported good fishing with garlic PowerBait on the east side of the reservoir, adjacent to the dam. Anglers who fished from float tubes recently reported very good fishing. They were using jigs and fishing deep.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing throughout the reservoir, especially north of the knoll on the east side.
Mirror Lake
2014-07-23
Good
Have you ever caught a golden trout in Utah? You can learn more about how to catch them in this cool new video and informative blog post.

One place to catch golden trout is Echo Lake in the Murdock Basin. You'll need a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to reach this lake, and it's a rough, bumpy and slow ride. Try fishing with a size 14 elk-hair caddis. Although there is a four-fish limit for trout, anglers can keep an additional four brook trout in the Uintas. Echo Lake has both brook and golden trout, and anglers are encouraged to take full limits of brook trout.

Anglers report good fishing for the lakes in the Uintas. Seventeen lakes are scheduled to be stocked this week, so this area will be a great place to escape the heat and enjoy some midsummer fishing.
Newton Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for perch and crappie. Smaller bluegill are near the boat ramp and other shallow areas with underwater structure. Water levels have dropped significantly, and new regulations require wakeless speeds across the entire reservoir. The water levels are so low that the boat ramp is now out of the water. It's not a good idea to launch larger boats at this time.
Ogden River
2014-07-23
Good
The water is crystal clear, and visibility is excellent. This is a great time of year to use hopper and stimulator fly patterns!
Pineview Reservoir
2014-07-23
Fair
One angler recently reported good fishing for muskie and bass, using a jointed Rapala.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for small kokanee salmon, ranging from 10 to 13 inches long.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Trout fishing slowed down when water temperatures climbed into the mid-70s, but early-morning anglers are still picking up a few rainbows and some nice browns. Fishing below the dam remains good. One angler landed several nice fish, including a 22-inch rainbow! The hottest fishing is for smallmouth bass. Anglers are catching good numbers of bass that range from 10 to 15 inches long. Focus on rocky shorelines and use soft plastics or worms. Many thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Weber River
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report better fishing in the early mornings, the late evenings and throughout the night. This cool video from the Standard Examiner takes a look at cutthroat trout conservation efforts on the river.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Park Ranger Travis Hancock reports good fishing for wipers at Willard Bay. Anglers are catching them from shore, near the southwest corner of the lake. Thanks to Travis for that 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
2014-07-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing using traditional baits.
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair on this small Spanish Fork pond. Traditional baits and lures work best.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Bass fishing is good but most of the fish are under 13 inches. Trout fishing is fair to good from a boat and slow to fair from the shoreline. Anglers are happy with the size of most rainbow trout — 14 to 17 inches and chunky. For more information about the state park, call 435-654-0171 or visit the Deer Creek website.
Diamond Fork River
2014-07-29
Fair
This is a great time of year to fly fish using terrestrial patterns. Fishing is fair, but there are very few anglers on the river. Worms are a good bait to try.
Grantsville Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Fishing is fair to good for trout using traditional baits and lures.
Highland Glen Park
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair using traditional baits and lures.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-07-29
Fair
Anglers report good smallmouth bass fishing by jigging near the shore and out to about 20 feet deep. Senkos, or other bait-tipped jigs, can provide fast action. Trout fishing has been spotty, but anglers report catching an occasional large brown trout.,
Kidney Pond
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair for trout using traditional baits and lures.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Fishing is fair to good using traditional baits, lures or flies. Mill Hollow is a good place to fish.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-07-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for trout using traditional baits and lures.
Payson Lake
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair using traditional baits and lures.
Provo River, Lower
2014-07-29
Good
fishing is fair to good using flies and lures. Grasshopper patterns and green drake patterns are effective in July and August. You can use bait below Olmstead Diversion dam and down through the canyon through town. Anglers report good fishing in the deeper pools and near undercut banks. The Provo River has special regulations. Please read Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Provo River, Middle
2014-07-29
Good
Anglers report good fishing for trout by using size 18 to 22 flies. Green drake patterns and hopper patterns work on this stretch of river. Small-sized flies work great too, but be sure to switch patterns if the fish are not biting. You can use bait in the stretch from above Charleston Bridge to the Midway Lane Bridge. The Provo River has special regulations. Please read Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Salem Pond
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair for trout using traditional baits. Catfish fishing is best in lower light hours.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Fishing is fair to good using traditional baits and lures.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Fishing is good using traditional baits or lures. Please give swimmers their space in the beach area.
Spring Lake
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair. PowerBait and nightcrawlers are the two most popular baits.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Kokanee fishing is good and there is a tagged rainbow trout contest running until October 31 with many prizes are yet to be claimed. That means, though, that there is a lot of boat traffic at Strawberry on the weekends. There is much less traffic on weekdays. You do not need to register if you want to participate in the tagged rainbow trout contest.

Last week, Tom Ogden and his group fished the Bryant's Fork/East Portal area on their kick boats from 7:30 until 2:30. They caught eighteen fish, mostly rainbow trout, using sinking line (from a medium sink to a fast sink) with size 4-8 leeches and crystal buggers in Canada blood, purple, black and copper, and red. They didn't catch many fish before 10:00 and fishing slowed again after 1:00. They all missed quite a few fish, so the fishing wasn't bad but the catch was was slow. Most of the day, there were some fish feeding on the surface that were after midges and some damsel flies. The water temperature was 60 to 62 degrees and the visibility in the water was 10 to 12 feet. There were quite a few boats and some other anglers in kick boats. It seemed like most people were catching fish. The reservoir level is at 77 percent and dropping slowly.

There are special fishing regulations at Strawberry: the limit is four trout or kokanee salmon in the aggregate. 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 the Bear Lake cutthroat trout from the rainbow trout.
Thistle Creek
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair using baits, lures or small flies. There are very few anglers fishing Thistle Creek. Please respect private property.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair. Angler Tim reported last week that he caught three small trout using a hare's ear pattern. The reservoir gets a bit crowded on weekends. There are a few waters nearby you may also want to check out. American Fork Creek has been stocked in recent weeks. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is full and fishing is good for brook trout using flies or worms.
Utah Lake
2014-07-29
Hot
Anglers continue to report good fishing for channel catfish. Fishing is fair for white bass, bluegill and other panfish species. Try fishing in shallower water (three to five feet deep) and near structure. Please keep in mind that there is a FishAdvisories.Utah.gov/docs/2007/100207_Fish_Advisoryi-nr.pdf'>fish-consumption advisory for channel catfish and carp in Utah Lake. If you happen to catch a northern pike, please do not release it. We do not want pike in the lake.
Vernon Reservoir
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures. The water level should be getting lower.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair to good for rainbow and brown trout using traditional baits and lures.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-29
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing for walleye and pike. For pike, try using small fish-imitating lures or even flies in five to 15 feet of water. Please keep in mind that there is a FishAdvisories.Utah.gov/docs/2013/fishadvisoryaug2013.pdf'>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
2014-07-23
Fair
Anglers report 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
2014-07-23
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for bass in shallow water. 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
2014-07-23
Fair
Fishing has been fair. 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
2014-07-23
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing.
Calder Reservoir
2014-07-23
Fair
Anglers report fair to good 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
2014-07-23
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
2014-07-23
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
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers reporting fair to hot 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. 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.
East Park Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Fishing is fair to good using flies and spoons, but slower using bait. The water level is now below the ramp, which will make it difficult to launch a boat from a trailer. The Uintas have been getting scattered afternoon showers.
Flaming Gorge
2014-07-23
Good
Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. Fish are mostly in deeper water, but some anglers have been catching kokanee in shallow water (10 to 20 feet) in the early mornings. 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 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
2014-07-23
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
2014-07-23
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp.
Matt Warner
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing, depending on the depth they are fishing and their ability to stay out of the weeds. The best fishing is in the cool morning and evening hours. The roads are mostly dry, barring an occasional afternoon thunder storm. The water level is low, so launching a boat could be difficult.
Moose Pond
2014-07-23
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. Moose Pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbows.
Pelican Lake
2014-07-23
Good
Depending on their timing, anglers report good fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill. Those who fished during calm weather had better success than those who challenged the winds or the midday heat. 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
2014-07-23
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.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-07-23
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing, but nothing consistent.
Spirit Lake
2014-07-23
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
2014-07-23
Fair
Anglers report slow to good fishing for rainbows, bass and walleye from the shore or a boat. For trout, try using deep-diving lures. For bass and walleye, try casting into the rocky points or bottom bouncing across the flats. 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
2014-07-23
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 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
2014-07-25
Good
Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway provided reports for the following reservoirs:
  • Blanding 3 and 4—Fishing has slowed at both ponds.
  • Foy Reservoir—Anglers report good fishing with marshmallows and PowerBait. The reservoir was last stocked with 900 nine-inch rainbow trout on July 14.
  • Monticello Reservoir—The reservoir was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout on July 14.
  • Recapture Reservoir—The water level is dropping, which has concentrated fish and improved the catch rate. Bass fishing has slowed down, but pike fishing has picked up. Dennis recommends jigs or Rapalas as well as gold-colored Jakes or Kastmasters.
Benches Pond
2014-07-22
Good
Fishing is good in the early morning and late evening with using traditional baits. The pond was most recently stocked on July 3 with 500 ten-inch rainbow trout.
Boulger Reservoir
2014-07-22
Good
Early morning anglers report good fishing with worms and PowerBait. The last stocking occurred just before the July 4 holiday with 500 ten-inch rainbow trout.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2014-07-25
Good
The pond was stocked twice in the past month with 1,000 10-inch rainbow trout. JD Abbott reported good fishing with worms or gold spinners.
Cleveland Reservoir
2014-07-25
Slow
On July 19, Tom Ogden fly-fished from a tube. In 6.5 hours, he caught 20 rainbow trout. Six ranged from 14–16 inches. The rest averaged 10 inches. Tom used fast-sinking line and patterns in sizes 4–8 that included a beadhead soft-hackle fly, hot-head copper tan, and beadhead crystal bugger. Last week, boaters experienced better success than bank anglers, although the catch rate was slow for everyone. On June 30, the reservoir was stocked with 2,500 10-inch rainbow trout.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2014-07-25
Good
On July 21, Tom Ogden fly-fished from a tube. In seven hours, he caught 21 trout, including a fairly even mix of tigers and cutthroats. The fish ranged from 11–18 inches, with most in the 14- to 16-inch class. Tom observed a midge and damsel fly hatch while he was on the water. The best patterns proved to be a beadhead olive leech in size 10 and a beadhead soft-hackle fly in size 8.
Electric Lake
2014-07-25
Fair
On July 21, Conservation Officer JD Abbott reported fair fishing from shore with dead minnows. On July 19, Dave Cunningham and two other anglers fished four hours from a boat. Dave reported poor success while trolling and fair success while still fishing and using PowerBait with glitter. The group caught a total of five trout and had four other hits. The cutthroats measured 14–16 inches.
Ferron Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
The reservoir was stocked during the week. Prior to stocking, fishing was sporadic.
Gigliotti Pond
2014-07-25
Good
The pond was restocked on July 15 with 750 10-inch rainbow trout. Anglers report good fishing. Worms and PowerBait (rainbow and chartreuse with glitter) have been effective.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2014-07-25
Fair
On July 15, the reservoir was stocked with 1,200 10-inch rainbow trout. Fishing below the dam has been good with small silver Kastmasters. Boaters have had better success than shoreline anglers.
Grassy Lake
2014-07-25
Fair
On July 18–19, Andy Urbanik fished from a canoe with mixed success on both days. Red-white-blue PowerBait proved to be the most effective bait, followed by PowerBait in pink lemonade. Andy's catch included a number of 9- to 10-inch rainbows and 12- to 13-inch tiger trout.
Huntington Creek
2014-07-25
Slow
A recent flash flood has swept away thousands of four-inch fingerling brown trout that were planted in early May.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-07-25
Fair
On July 18, Dan Keller reported good fishing for wipers using Rapala Glass Shad Raps. Dan trolled along the buoy line at about 1.5 mph. Trout anglers have reported slow fishing from boats and the shore.
Huntington Reservoir
2014-07-22
Slow
Multiple angler reports indicate slow fishing from a boat or the shore.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2014-07-22
Slow
On July 13, Stephine Matkin fished from a boat with two other anglers. In six hours, one 33-inch tiger muskie was hooked with a Rapala. Stephine said a number of fish followed the lure to the boat, but wouldn't strike. In general, fishing has been slow for trout, but is improving for tiger muskies.
La Sal Mountains
2014-07-25
Good
The following report was provided by Conservation Officer T.J. Robertson:
  • Blue Lake—On July 15, the lake was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout.
  • Dark Canyon—Slow fishing has been reported. On July 15, the fishery was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout.
  • Dons Lake—The catch rate has been good, but the moss that encircles the shoreline has been a problem, especially for lures. Robertson recommends casting beyond the moss and floating bait just below the surface. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait have both been effective. The pond was stocked on July 15 with nine-inch rainbow trout.
  • Hidden Lake—On July 15, the lake was stocked with 800 nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has ranged from fair to good and is best in the morning and evening hours. A variety of baits have been effective, including PowerBait in green, orange or rainbow. Nightcrawlers and salmon eggs have been making a comeback. Jakes and Kastmasters are also working well. One group of anglers who used small Roostertails (tipped with salmon eggs) reported excellent success. Officer Robertson encourages anglers to clean up after themselves. Littering is against the law and carries a fine of $500. Walt Maldonado fished last week and said corn-colored PowerBait was the ticket. He suggested using light line, a sinker and allowing the PowerBait to float above the moss.
  • Kens Lake—Fishing success ranges from slow to fair but is better in the early morning or late evening hours. Trout have been taking a wide variety of baits. Bass anglers have been using small jigs near the inlet. Watermelon and chartreuse have been the most popular colors. Small double-tailed jigs have been effective for sunfish. Boaters are having more success than shoreline anglers.
  • Medicine Lake—On July 14, the lake was stocked with 524 nine-inch rainbows.
  • Oowah Reservoir—On July 15, the pond was stocked with 900 nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been good. Take along a variety of small spinners as well as traditional baits.
  • Rattlesnake Ponds—The water is low, and fishing pressure has all but disappeared.
  • Warner Lake—On July 15, the lake was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been good with nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. Jakes, Kastmasters and spoons have been the top-producing lures. Most trout range from nine to 12 inches.
Lower Green River
2014-07-22
Good
Walt Maldonado reports good fishing for catfish using shrimp, chicken livers or nightcrawlers. The water level is low, leaving a lot of exposed bank for easy fishing access. Mornings and evenings are the best times to fish. Walt specifically recommended fishing near the pump house near town. He suggests using an egg weight on the line to prevent a fish from feeling any resistance when it picks up the bait.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2014-07-25
Good
Conservation Officer JD Abbott reported good fishing throughout the past week. Kathy Jo Martinez recommends fishing with worms along the dam.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-22
Slow
On July 12, Tom Ogden fly fished from a kick boat for five hours and caught three cutthroats and two rainbows. All fish ranged from 14-16 inches. Tom used a fast sinking line and a size 8 bead head green meanie pattern, size 4 bead head olive leech, and a size 6 bead head crystal bugger. Tom had only five other hits and all occurred before 11 a.m. Tom did not see any other boaters or shoreline anglers catch fish.
Petes Hole
2014-07-25
Good
On July 15, this fishery was stocked with 600 10-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been good, especially from a tube or other watercraft. Worms and PowerBait are recommended.
Potters Ponds
2014-07-25
Good
On July 21, Conservation Officer JD Abbott reported excellent fishing with worms and PowerBait. The last stocking took place on July 16, when each pond received 1,000 10-inch rainbow trout.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2014-07-25
Fair
Fishing ranges from fair to good for anglers above South Hughes Canyon in the fly-only zone.
Scofield Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
On July 16, Rick Berg reported excellent fly fishing for rainbows and cutthroats in upper Fish Creek using a San Juan worm. During the past few weeks, conservation officers and anglers have reported better fishing success from boats. Most boaters have been trolling with pop gear and chubs or worms. Others have reported good luck trolling with spinners. Bank fishing has been fair to slow with most of the fish falling below the slot limit. The most popular baits are worms and PowerBait. Rainbow and lemon twist have been good colors. Chub meat has generally been the most effective bait for cutthroats and tiger trout.
Soup Bowl
2014-07-25
Good
On July 16, the pond was stocked with 175 10-inch rainbow trout.
Willow Lake
2014-07-22
Fair
The lake was stocked this week. On July 13, Brandon Behling and his wife fished from shore. The lake is extremely mossy, preventing the effective use of lures. Brandon recommends fishing from a boat in deep water using nightcrawlers.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
The pond was stocked this week. Last weekend, Brandon Behling and his wife fished with spoons. One was red/gold. The other imitated a rainbow trout. They caught one 14-inch and one16-inch rainbow trout.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley
DWR Southern Region Aquatics Biologist

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

Waterbody Report
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-07-22
Good
Fishing is fair to good.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-07-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing at all of the lakes. Anderson Meadow Reservoir has been drained in order to repair the dam and won't be filled until later in the summer.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-07-22
Fair
With releases from Minersville Reservoir, water flows are regular. There have been a steady number of anglers, and 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
2014-07-22
Fair
There is an abundance of small brown and rainbow trout. Flies and small spinners typically produce well in the summer.
Boulder Mountain
2014-07-22
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for most groups of 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
2014-07-22
Fair
The work to remove nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is progressing. There aren't any fish in much of the drainage, except in between Fish and Shingle creeks and in the state park. Bonneville cutthroat trout were stocked in these sections in 2012 and 2013.
Corn Creek
2014-07-22
Fair
Summer fishing can be good with flies, small spinners or natural baits. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked near campgrounds in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-07-22
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good. There are a lot of anglers fishing — especially on weekends.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-07-22
Fair
Water flows are up to 200 cfs, which is making fishing a little difficult. Focus on the slower, low-gradient sections. 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
2014-07-22
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
2014-07-22
Good
There is an abundance of brown, brook and rainbow trout. Fishing is good throughout the summer using flies, lures or natural baits.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-07-22
Good
The water level in the upper reservoir is below the boat ramp, but it is still possible to launch small boats. The dirt area below the ramp was recently smoothed out by a local volunteer. Rainbow trout fishing has slowed down a little, but fishing for smallmouth bass is good to excellent.
Fish Lake
2014-07-22
Good
Fishing has settled into its normal summer pattern. Fishing is good for rainbow trout for boat anglers trolling pop gear and for shore anglers using flies or bait near Twin Creeks. Yellow perch fishing is fast for anglers jigging just outside the weedline. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or the Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
A spring netting survey found that the splake and tiger trout that were stocked last year have grown up to 10 inches. There are also a few larger fish that were likely up in UM Creek when it was treated in 2012. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports fair fishing. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-07-22
Good
Water flows above Mill Meadow Reservoir have risen because of releases from Johnson Reservoir, but the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing for small browns despite the flows. Fish are actively feeding on the surface on caddis, stones and baetis. Fishing is generally slow in the Bicknell Bottoms, but anglers have caught a few nice fish on brown wooly buggers. Patience is a must when fishing here. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
The boat ramp is closed for the rest of the summer because the water level is dropping. You will still be able to hand-launch float tubes, canoes and kayaks from the shore. Fishing has been fair recently. There is an abundance of eight- to ten-inch crappie, which you can catch in coves using small jigs. Bluegill and bass fishing has been fair to good.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-07-22
Good
Fishing is good to excellent for rainbow trout and catfish at the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and Parowan Pond. Visit the new pond in Brian Head, which has also been stocked with rainbows.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
The water is fairly clear on calm days, and anglers have caught a few tiger muskies. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
Bait fishing is allowed until Sept. 13. The water level is very low because of water releases during the winter. Fishing is slow with bait, and fair with lures or flies.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
Fishing is slow from shore, but trolling has produced fair to good results. There is no boat ramp, but you can launch small boats near the dam.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-07-22
Hot
Fishing is good to excellent with lures and flies, and fair to good with bait. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-07-22
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
2014-07-22
Fair
A recent netting survey found good numbers of rainbow and brown trout. These fish are very healthy and have grown fast since the reservoir was treated in 2012 to reduce the number of suckers. Fishing is reported as fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
The water level is dropping because of irrigation releases. Anglers report fair fishing for trout and wipers by trolling. Both flashy lures and minnow imitations are working well. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-07-22
Good
Fishing is good to excellent at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes. Manning Meadow Reservoir is now open to fishing for the year.
Navajo Lake
2014-07-22
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Splake fishing slows down during the summer.
Newcastle Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
Trout fishing is fair. Wiper fishing has been fair to good. Trolling deep-diving lures can help you catch medium-sized wipers and a few trout. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-22
Fair
Anglers who are trolling report fair to good fishing. Shore fishing slows down in the summer as trout move to deeper water, but you can find fair trout fishing around the steeper shorelines at the south end.
Panguitch Lake
2014-07-22
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair. Anglers are finding better results by trolling or bait fishing from boats.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
Fishing is fair to good for fly and lure anglers. Trolling flashy lures can also provide good results. Natural baits, like nightcrawlers, are working better than PowerBait because the fish at Pargonah are wild.
Pine Lake
2014-07-22
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-07-22
Slow
The water level is dropping fast because of irrigation releases. The reservoir is down to 25 percent capacity.
Quail Lake
2014-07-22
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good. Visit the Quail Creek State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-07-22
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-07-22
Slow
Water flows are over 300 cfs, which is making fishing difficult.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-07-22
Good
Fishing is fair to good at all of the lakes. Fishing is fair at Meeks Lake using small spinners, lures or bait. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing using brown leech patterns. Adult damsel flies are starting to come out, and big fish are hitting dry patterns near the weeds. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-07-22
Fair
Trout fishing slows down with the hot summer weather, but largemouth bass and bluegill can provide good fishing throughout the summer.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
Look for bass and bluegill fishing to start heating up.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-07-22
Slow
Fishing is slow to fair.

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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
2014-07-23
Good

Lake elevation: 3,609 feet

Water temperatures: 77–85°F

Fishing is good at Lake Powell, but for the best fishing go north. The water is now clearing in Good Hope Bay, all the way to Trachyte. Surface action continues, but boils are sporadic. Trolling and spooning will put more fish in your boat, but it is hard to beat the adrenaline rush provided by a school of stripers thrashing on the surface. With surface temperatures exceeding 80 degrees, it's much more likely that you'll catch juvenile stripers on top. You can catch the bigger fish in deeper water on deep trolling lures. For the very best results (and copious quantities of stripers), fish at night with a green a light near the marinas and houseboats fields.

Austin Kimber and his dad from Colorado spent a few days chasing stripers near Bullfrog with great results. They caught a lot of stripers on top-water lures, and bass along the shore with plastic grubs.

Fishing out of Wahweap is challenging because of the warm surface temperatures and boating activity. These fish have not returned to the surface since the full moon. You can catch stripers by trolling in the shade of the main channel cliffs early in the morning. The area from buoy 25 upstream to Wetherill is the most productive. Early morning and late evening are the best times to fish. Midday is a better time for swimming and recreating.

Smallmouth bass fishing is improving, but bass are located further off shore and in deeper water than expected. The best depth to catch larger smallmouth bass is 25 feet. It is also possible to catch smallmouth trolling along the shoreline at a bottom depth of 15 to 25 feet. There are some shad along the edge of the canyons and coves, but stripers have slurped up a high percentage of larval shad already. Smallmouth are more than willing to chase shad along the shore, which makes them vulnerable to crankbaits trolled or cast in open water.

Water conditions have opened up a new event in which all can participate. There are many long, deep-channel coves that have flooded cattails, tumbleweeds and tamarisk trees. Many species of fish have moved into the weedy coves and are easy to see in the clear water. A boat, paddle board or floating device will put you in range of the fish picture show. (It's reminiscent of a nature preserve.) Bluegill are the most commonly seen fish, with many spread randomly through the weeds. School of shad swim in tight bunches of 50 to 100 fish. Not far away, a few larger bass will try to ambush the shad school. Striped bass will be lurking on the perimeter of the weeds, waiting for the opportunity to rush into the cove and chase shad. I recommend spending an hour watching the natural fish exhibit while you're camped on the lake.

Catfish are perhaps the easiest fish to catch right now. You can catch them near camp on the sandy beaches. But for best results, try the fishing in the backs of long narrow canyons like Navajo, Last Chance, and San Juan. Most of the shallow water near the end of the canyon will be very murky. Anchor in 10 to 15 feet of water in the back of the canyon and use chicken liver or similar smelly bait to catch catfish all day and all night long.

There is always some fishing activity going on at Lake Powell, even in the hottest part of summer.

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