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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
2014-12-12
Good
Fishing for trout and whitefish was still good this past weekend, and many anglers were out enjoying the nice weather. The rockpiles at Bear Lake provide habitat for fish and good fishing opportunities for anglers. Try fishing these areas around the spawning runs of whitefish and cisco. The whitefish spawn is winding down, and the cisco run is about a month away. Trout fishing can also be very good as the cisco start to congregate in mid-January.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-12-12
Fair
The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston. There have not been any recent fishing reports from this remote Rich County reservoir.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-12-12
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing with egg patterns.
Bountiful Lake
2014-12-12
Good
Temperatures continue to stay above freezing, which has kept the reservoir free of ice. The surface water temperature is around 37°F. The water is very clear, and it is easy to see fish swimming in the shallows. Many trout are still near the inlet.
Causey Reservoir
2014-12-12
Fair
Angling pressure continues to be very light. The surface water temperature is around 40°F, so the reservoir still has open water. The water is very clear, especially around the edges. Be careful while walking down the steep sides.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-12-12
Slow
Cutler is experiencing a mandatory water drawdown until early spring of 2015.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-12
Good
Many anglers have been out enjoying the warmer weather and catching trout. Most anglers have been trolling along the shoreline, although shore anglers are also fishing successfully from various points around the reservoir. The wedge dock will stay in the water until the lake freezes. The first leg of Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon will be at East Canyon on January 31. The Quad-fishalon is four ice-fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Haramoto and Park Ranger Kent Cummings for that report!
Echo Reservoir
2014-12-12
Slow
The reservoir still has open water. The water is very low and not many people are fishing here, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-12-12
Good
All of the ice has melted, and the reservoir is completely open water. Fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are having success with mealworms, fireballs, salmon eggs and ice flies. Water levels and clarity are still good. Most anglers have had the best success while fishing during the last two hours of daylight.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-12-12
Good
There are not many people fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends. Fish activity has also slowed. The water levels have increased a bit, and the dock on the north side is once again surrounded by water. Water clarity is very good. Holmes is typically an excellent place for fishing. Please remember to show respect and pick up your trash at this privately owned waterbody. And don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-12
Good
Anglers report good fishing from the shore and from boats. When fishing from shore, use orange and rainbow PowerBait. Many boaters have reported success with worms. Most people are limiting out within a few hours. Thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-12-12
Good
There is no ice on the pond, and the surface water temperature is around 40°F. We recently installed some fish habitat here to help improve fishing and to give the fish a place to hide from cormorants in the spring. Fewer people have been fishing here in recent weeks. Before the cold snap, anglers reported good fishing with worms, PowerBait or a fly and bubble. For flies, try a small #14 or 16 hare's ear or pheasant tail nymph.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-12-12
Good
The trout fishing is excellent here. Fly anglers are having great success fishing about three feet below the surface, using a brown bead-headed fly. A fly-and-bubble setup would work fine as well. Cast as close to the cattails as possible. Since the ponds are completely free of ice, this is a great time and place to fish from a kayak, float tube or any other non-motorized watercraft.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-12-12
Fair
The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston.
Logan River
2014-12-12
Fair
Snow conditions along the Logan River deepen from Ricks Spring up. Some areas are completely frozen over with unsafe ice conditions. The south side of Third Dam has unsafe ice. Second Dam and First Dam are free of ice.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-12-12
Good
We're seeing positive results from management efforts to increase the average sizes of the trout in the reservoir. Anglers have reported great fishing this fall, and our biologists predict a good ice-fishing season.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-12-12
Good
There's no ice on the reservoir. More anglers have taken advantage of the warmer temperatures and ventured out. Success has been a little spotty. Fishing is great for some people and slow for others. Some anglers reported success with Lil' Jakes lures.
Newton Reservoir
2014-12-12
Slow
The recent warm weather has melted all the ice off the reservoir. Water levels are still low. Launching a boat from the boat ramp is not recommended.
Ogden River
2014-12-12
Good
Bruce Van Horn from Bountiful had a great day on the Ogden, using gray sow bugs and egg patterns. Bruce found fish still hanging close to redds. He caught one that was about 18 inches long.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-12-12
Fair
Water temperatures have dropped to around 40°F. The reservoir still has open water but will likely freeze soon if daytime temperatures drop below freezing.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-12-12
Slow
The reservoir is free of ice. There's light fishing pressure. A few anglers have been out enjoying the beautiful weather, but we haven't received any recent reports.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-12-12
Good
On Dec. 2, Park Manager Joe Donnell reported that fewer anglers have been visiting the reservoir. He went out for an hour — trolling a dodger with a lure — and caught only one rainbow. It weighed about two pounds. Thanks for the report, Joe!

The Rockport leg of the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon is Feb. 14, 2015. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Please remember to fill out your invasive species form every time you launch your boat.
Uinta Mountains
2014-12-12
Good
Be prepared for winter survival conditions. There have not been any reports from ice-fishing anglers in the Uintas this season. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.
Weber River
2014-12-12
Good
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-12-12
Slow
Some anglers have ventured back out in the warmer weather, but there haven't been any recent fishing reports.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer
Central Region Wildlife Recreation Specialist

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

Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2014-12-10
Fair
Anglers are catching large brood stock trout. Try using traditional baits (worms, Jake's spinners, etc.).
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-12-10
Closed
Fishing access is closed in preparation for the winter lights festival.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-12-10
Fair
The docks have been removed and the reservoir is 75-percent full. The warm weather has anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass with suspended jigs.
Diamond Fork River
2014-12-10
Good
The brown trout spawn in winding down, but fishing is still good. Please use caution and avoid stepping on redds (spawning areas). Try using glow bugs in an egg pattern with a dropper nymph. The road is closed at the lower gate. It's a 2.5-mile hike to the Three Forks Trailhead.
Grantsville Reservoir
2014-12-10
Slow
Brown trout are almost done spawning. Try using traditional baits and a spinner.
Highland Glen Park
2014-12-10
Slow
Trout are biting! Try using a spinner and PowerBait/bubble combo, especially off the docks. With the warm weather, you may also have luck fishing for bluegill off the docks.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-12-10
Fair
All docks have been pulled for the winter season, and wedge docks have been put in. All restrooms are closed, except for the one near the top of the ramp. Water temperatures are around 42°F. Try fishing near the inlet and use traditional baits (worms, PowerBait) and lures (tube jigs tipped with worm/mealworms/maggots). Browns are biting!
Kidney Pond
2014-12-10
Slow
Trout are active! Try using PowerBait, Jake's lures and worms.
Midas Pond
2014-12-10
Slow
Trout are active! Try using PowerBait, Jake's lures and worms.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-12-10
Closed
The road is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-12-10
Slow
Because of irrigation needs, the water was drained from the reservoir earlier this year.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-10
Slow
Try traditional baits, such as PowerBait, Jake's spinners, etc. The docks have been removed for the winter season, but the boat launch is still open.
Payson Lake
2014-12-10
Closed
The road to Nebo Loop is closed at the lowest gate outside of Payson.
Provo River, Lower
2014-12-10
Good
The brown trout spawn is winding down and there aren't as many fish on the redds. Please continue to be cautious. The water levels range from 101 cubic feet per second below Deer Creek, to 86 cubic feet per second near Harbor Drive. Sow bugs (size 16 and 18) and egg drop patterns work well.
Provo River, Middle
2014-12-10
Good
The brown trout spawn is winding down and there aren't as many fish on the redds. Please continue to be cautious. The mild weather has blue wings and midges coming on strong. Look for blue wing/midge hatches mid-afternoon, and Baetis hatches in the late afternoon. Throw streamers in deeper pools and fish them slow. Cloudy days make for the best streamer days. Nymphs, size 20 and smaller, will work well throughout the entire day. The water levels are near the winter minimum of 126 cubic feet per second. The flows near Jordanelle and Charleston areas are around 150 cubic feet per second.
Salem Pond
2014-12-10
Slow
Try using a bubble, traditional worms and PowerBait. Jake's spinners also work great for catching trout off the docks or near the bridge.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-12-10
Slow
Try using a Jake's spinner, 1/8-ounce, and/or traditional baits such as PowerBait and worms.
Silver Lake
2014-12-10
Closed
The road is closed to the lake at Tibble Fork.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2014-12-10
Closed
The reservoir will be closed from December 1, 2014 until Feb. 28, 2015.
Spring Lake
2014-12-10
Slow
Try PowerBait and Jake's lures to land a nice 20-inch trout. You can also try a bubble.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-12-10
Hot
The ramp is dry and you should have no problems launching boats all week. The docks have been pulled and restrooms are also closed. The marina road is half snow packed. Anglers are catching fish from the shore by tipping a white tube jig with chub meat/worms. Anglers report good fishing in shallow water during early morning. In the afternoon, fishing is better around 25–28 feet deep. The surface temperature is about 39°F. Jake's Bay has been a fairly popular area among kick boaters. Fishing will remain great before the ice forms in a couple of weeks. Please use caution as ice begins to form.
Thistle Creek
2014-12-10
Fair
Brown trout are biting. Please stay off the redds while the spawn is slowing down. Try using glow bugs in an egg pattern with a dropper nymph. Throwing streamers near riffles still works well — especially on overcast days.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-12-10
Slow
If you can access the reservoir, you'll find some active brown trout. Try using traditional baits (PowerBait, worm) and/or a Jake's spinner. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon.
Utah Lake
2014-12-10
Hot
The warm weather has melted the ice in the marina and anglers report catching large numbers of white bass off the shore. Try using minnow-colored lures. Anglers are also catching crappie and bluegill.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-12-10
Slow
Please be careful when fishing near open pockets during the day. The sun rarely reaches the corner of the pond this time of year, and the ice is unstable. Fish are still active and hungry, so try traditional baits and a fly if you have open water.
Willow Pond
2014-12-10
Fair
Anglers report catching good-sized brood stock trout. Brood stock are identifiable by their large size (20-25 inches) and worn fins. Try using a bubble, PowerBait and/or worms. Corn and garlic-flavored PowerBait also works great.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-10
Slow
Anglers are having a difficult time catching pike. The warm weather has caused a larger than normal halt to feeding. Try spinnerbaits, but be prepared for a long trip. Winterizing has begun and most of the campsites are closed, though some of the campgrounds will remain open year-round. Both launch ramps are still open, but the docks and buoys have been pulled. Please check the Yuba State Park website for current conditions.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart
Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

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
2014-12-03
Slow
The reservoir hasn't iced over yet, and water levels are now rising. The last report was slow to fair fishing for rainbows. We haven't received any reports on bass or yellow perch fishing. Most anglers report better fishing for a few hours mid-morning, then picking up again in late afternoon. Trout can be anywhere in the water column, and the bass and perch are going deeper. Try trout baits such as a worm-and-marshmallow combination or floating PowerBait near the bottom. Also, try going deep — or even just a few feet below the surface — with a sinking fly, crankbait, jig or brightly colored spoon.
Brough Reservoir
2014-12-03
Fair
There aren't many anglers fishing the reservoir right now. We've received some reports of ice in the shallows. You'll likely find fair fishing for trout during the day, and then the action will slow in the evening hours. There are special catch-and-release regulations at the reservoir. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2014-12-03
Fair
The lake is now covered with ice. There haven't been any recent reports on fishing conditions, but other lakes in the area have enough ice to fish. Browne was partially drained earlier this year so crews could work on the dam. Because of the lower water levels, the daily bag limit has been increased to eight trout until Jan. 1, 2015.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-12-03
Slow
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers, but older reports indicate that fishing is slow.
Calder Reservoir
2014-12-03
Fair
The lake is now covered with ice. The ice was thick enough to fish on, but recent warm days have made it unsafe. There is open water along some of the edges (but it wasn't there a week ago). Anglers caught a few fish though the ice last week, mostly on small, natural-colored tube jigs. 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
2014-12-03
Slow
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. The reservoir restocked this summer with fingerling and catchable-sized rainbows, brown trout, tiger muskie and wipers.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-12-03
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2014-12-03
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. The last reports were of fair fishing. Fish were taking lures and flies near the surface and trout baits off the bottom. The Uintas have received some snow, so access past the dam is questionable.
East Park Reservoir
2014-12-03
Fair
The reservoir now has a layer of ice, but we haven't had any recent reports from anglers. Other lakes in the area have enough ice to fish. Check ice conditions carefully before venturing out. Fishing was fair before the reservoir froze. The Uintas have received plenty of snow. Be prepared for winter conditions.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2014-12-03
Good

You'll find good to excellent fishing for many species right now.

Kokanee: We haven't received any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: A few anglers have reported fair to good fishing. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working from the shore and from boats. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Anglers are catching rainbows in deep water when they're out fishing for lake trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing. Schools, small groups and singles can be anywhere, although most are still being taken in deeper water. If you find a group, try holding your position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or a three-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also, try trolling through or just above the school, usually around 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries. Please remember that Linwood Bay is closed to nighttime angling (sunset to sunrise) from Oct. 15 through 6 a.m. on Dec. 13. The closure is in place west of a line from the easternmost point of the south shore of Linwood Bay (mouth of canyon) to the easternmost point of the north shore of Linwood Bay (Lucerne Point).

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. The bass have moved to deep water and are mostly inactive.

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is starting to pick up. Pick a spot in late afternoon, so you can see your area and figure out where you want to go when it gets dark. Start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters (approximately 20 feet down) to forage. Some will follow channels and move into water that is 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 just about anything that glows (including spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about 6 to 10 inches above the weight. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2014-12-03
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Try the winter combinations, either a top/bottom combination or streamer/bottom combination. For example, use grasshopper or large terrestrial on top followed by a scud or egg imitation as a trailer. Streamers are usually a fish imitation followed by a scud or egg. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-12-03
Good
There haven't been any recent reports, but you'll likely find some ice. (Other reservoirs in the area have frozen.) Check ice conditions carefully before venturing out. Before the reservoir froze, anglers reported good fishing using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp.
Matt Warner
2014-12-03
Unstable ice
The reservoir is covered with ice, but it may not be safe for long. Anglers reported good fishing last week, but several said the ice was getting thinner with some open water near the banks. Check the ice carefully and be aware that conditions can change rapidly.
Moose Pond
2014-12-03
Fair
Moose Pond is now covered with ice, but there haven't been any recent fishing reports. The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbows over the summer.
Pelican Lake
2014-12-03
Unstable ice
There is a ring of ice in the shallows, and it extends roughly 100 feet out from the reeds in some places. Before the ice formed, anglers reported slow fishing for largemouth bass. Bluegill have also been difficult to find. Pelican Lake has an overabundance of carp, so you can help the fishery by catching them or taking them with archery equipment. The waterfowl hunt started on Oct. 4, so there have been a lot of waterfowl hunters at the lake.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-12-03
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and slow fishing for bass and small walleye. The best bank fishing has been near the dam. The most consistent fishing has been during the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours. Try trolling or casting crankbaits and brightly colored spoons. You may also want to try fishing with a worm-and-marshmallow combination, a worm and floating bait a couple of feet above the bottom, or a worm or cut bait suspended below a bobber.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-12-03
Slow
We've received a couple of reports of slow to fair fishing, but nothing consistent. The lake should be covered with ice — please check it carefully before venturing out.
Spirit Lake
2014-12-03
Fair
The lake should now be covered with fishable ice, based on ice conditions on other mountain reservoirs. To be safe, please check ice conditions carefully prior to venturing out. Anglers reported fair fishing before the lake froze. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout this summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes. This high-elevation area is receiving snow, so it may be difficult to access the lake.
Starvation Reservoir
2014-12-03
Good
Reports range from slow to hot for rainbow trout. Bank anglers report good to excellent fishing. A few boats were out last week, and some diehard float-tubers reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and walleye. The bass and yellow perch are few and far between. Because of the cold weather, you'll find the best fishing in the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours. For trout, try trolling or casting fish-colored crankbaits, beadhead streamers or a worm rig in 20 to 30 feet of water. If you're fishing from shore, try a marshmallow-and-worm combination or a floating PowerBait-and-worm combination. For walleye, go deep into the rocks or shallow into the backs of the bays. Use rainbow or perch-colored crankbaits or worm rigs. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Watch out for the afternoon winds, which can quickly generate big waves. Improvements to the campgrounds and facilities — and the addition of a new 3-D archery range — have greatly improved the state park.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-12-03
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and slow fishing for bass and bluegill. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged sandbars, humps and rocks. Try fishing with trout baits and deep-diving lures for trout. For bluegill, focus on the flats or just off the dam in roughly 20 to 30 feet of water.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler
DWR Southeast Region Outreach Manager

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

Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2014-12-12
Slow
Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports some edge freezing around Monticello Lake and Foy Reservoir. Otherwise, San Juan County waters are ice free. There aren't many anglers out fishing and we haven't received any recent reports.
Academy Mill Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
You can access the reservoir with a snow machine and then snow shoes.
Benches Pond
2014-12-05
Fair
This pond is frozen, but we don't have any report on ice thickness.
Blue Lake
2014-12-05
Slow
This lake, situated near Grassy Lake, is accessible by snow machine only.
Boulger Reservoir
2014-12-05
Fair
The pond has iced over. Access is by snow machine only.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2014-12-05
Closed
Carbon County Fairgrounds closes the pond during the winter.
Cleveland Reservoir
2014-12-12
Unstable ice
The reservoir has a thin covering of ice and is unsafe for ice fishing.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
Access is by snow machine only, and we haven't received any fishing reports recently.
Electric Lake
2014-12-05
Fair
Randall Stilson reported that the lake was ice free on Dec. 1. Accessing the boat ramp on the north side is very difficult because of the snow, ice and mud.
Fairview Lakes
2014-12-05
Slow
Access is by snow machine only.
Ferron Creek
2014-12-05
Slow
Access will be by snow machine only.
Ferron Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
Access will be by snow machine only.
Gigliotti Pond
2014-12-05
Slow
The pond is frozen, but we don't have any reports on ice thickness. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
There are a lot of snow drifts clogging the road, and the reservoir is frozen.
Grassy Lake
2014-12-05
Slow
This lake is accessible by snow machine only.
Huntington Creek
2014-12-05
Slow
Except for a mile or so below the dam, there are no fish in the creek because of last fall's flash floods. You can find fish in the fly fishing-only section.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-12-12
Slow
The reservoir remains totally open and you can launch boats. On Dec. 2, Jerry Jones reported that his party of three anglers caught only a single fish in 1.5 hours of trolling. State Park Manager Jonathan Hunt estimates ice-over sometime near Dec. 20.
Huntington Reservoir
2014-12-12
Fair
The reservoir has safe ice. Anglers have been fishing, but we haven't received any reports.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2014-12-12
Slow
Calvin Black fished on Dec. 9 for 1.5 hours. In that time, several cutthroats chased the curly tail jig on his line, but nothing took the hook.
Lower Fish Creek
2014-12-05
Slow
You'll have a difficult time accessing the creek unless you're in a snow machine. We haven't received any recent fishing reports.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
The reservoir is partially iced over. Please wait until the ice cap is complete and the ice is at least three or four inches thick.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-12
Good
On Dec. 9, Brandon Behling reported good fishing with baits or lures. You can launch boats on the reservoir. The water is ice free, except for occasional shoreline freezing.
Petes Hole
2014-12-05
Slow
Access will be by snow machine only.
Potters Ponds
2014-12-05
Slow
Both of the ponds have iced over. Access will be by snow machine only.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2014-12-05
Slow
Last fall's flash floods have washed most trout downstream. You can find some in the upper reaches of the creek, near the dam.
Scofield Reservoir
2014-12-12
Unstable ice
The ice is unstable and there are random pockets of open water and soft ice in the main channel, especially on the west. Anglers report better ice in the dam arm and northeast side, although ice in any location should be treated as dangerous. Please be cautious. Carry a rescue rope, ice picks, and a floatation device. There have been unconfirmed reports of anglers falling through the ice. In the past few weeks, anglers have reported good fishing for smaller rainbows and cutthroats. On Dec. 8, Rick Berg reported 6-7 inches of ice near the dam. He said the ice was unstable with a lot of cracking under his feet as he walked. Rick said he caught a trout every 20 minutes. Most were 14-inch cutthroats.
Soup Bowl
2014-12-05
Slow
Access will be by snow machine only.
Willow Lake
2014-12-12
Fair
A huge snow bank is blocking the road about 200 yards short of the lake. The lake is frozen, but we haven't received any fishing reports.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2014-12-12
Fair
The reservoir has eight inches of ice and access is clear.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley
DWR Southern Region Aquatics Biologist

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

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2014-12-05
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-12-05
Fair
All lakes except Barker Reservoir and Lower Barker are now closed to fishing.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-12-05
Unstable ice
All lakes are capped, but the ice is unsafe.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-12-05
Fair
You'll need to be stealthy to fish the low, clear water. With the recent mild temperatures, the river is still ice free. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in the winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-12-05
Fair
There's no ice yet, so now is a good time to hit the river.
Boulder Mountain
2014-12-05
Fair
Most Boulder Mountain lakes are now closed to fishing. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which ones remain open.
Clear Creek
2014-12-05
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 for the rest of 2014 will be above the Narrows. Fingerling cutthroat stocked this fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long by next summer.
Corn Creek
2014-12-05
Slow
Access is limited because of recent snowfall.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-12-05
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-12-05
Fair
Flows are below 20 cubic feet per second. Because of the recent mild temperatures, the river is still ice free. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown and rainbow trout, with some browns exceeding 20 inches and two pounds. 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
2014-12-05
Fair
Fishing is fair to good with a variety of fly patterns. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Also try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-12-05
Slow
Winter access is limited because of snow.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-12-05
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports.
Fish Lake
2014-12-05
Slow
There isn't much fishing pressure. The marinas and shallow bays at the north and south ends are starting to ice over. Look for safe ice between Christmas and the new year. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-12-05
Unstable ice
The reservoir is capped, but the ice is still not safe enough to fish on. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-12-05
Fair
Anglers report good fishing in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow with egg patterns and hare's ear nymphs. Fishing is slower in the Bicknell Bottoms and below Highway 12. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
The boat ramp is closed until spring. There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2014-12-05
Fair
There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-12-05
Fair
The Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) is still open, but will close as soon as ice forms. Brian Head Pond has thin ice.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
Winter access is difficult. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2015. The water level has been fairly low this year. We haven't had any recent reports, but there may be some thin ice.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-12-05
Unstable ice
Ice covers much of the lake, but there is open water around the edge and in the middle. It should be safe once temperatures get colder.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-12-05
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-12-05
Fair
Mammoth Creek, the Sevier River and Asay Creek are ice free thanks to recent mild weather. Trout get a little sluggish in winter, but fishing can be fair to good if you target deep pools. Whitefish can also provide good winter fishing. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and 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
2014-12-05
Unstable ice
The reservoir is 80-percent covered with thin ice. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-12-05
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but fall fishing is typically fair to good for fly anglers, whether they're on the shore or in float tubes.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-12-05
Slow
Snow makes winter fishing difficult because of limited access.
Navajo Lake
2014-12-05
Unstable ice
Most of the lake is capped, but the ice is not safe to walk on.
Newcastle Reservoir
2014-12-05
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-05
Fair
There's no ice on the reservoir yet. Shore fishing should be fair to good until it ices over, which usually happens just before Christmas.
Panguitch Lake
2014-12-05
Good
Thin ice has been forming at night, and blowing off during the day. Because of forecasted mild weather, safe ice is still likely a couple weeks away. Fishing is still fair to good in the open water. PowerBait and worm-marshmallow rigs are catching rainbows and small to medium-sized cutthroat. Fly anglers are catching fish with nymphs and streamers. Large cutthroat and tiger trout have moved in close to shore and are feeding actively. The best way to target these fish is with cut bait (chub, sucker, minnows, or anchovies) fished either on a large hook with no weight or tipped on a white tube jig. Most fish caught with this method are in the slot and will need to be released. In order to avoid deep-hooking, hold the rod in your hand and set the hook as soon and the fish hits. Large single hooks (size 1 to 00) help ensure hooking in the mouth. If the fish does swallow the hook, cut the line instead of trying to pull the hook out.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-12-05
Unstable ice
Thin ice covers much of the lake, but there is still some open water to fish in. Safe ice may still be a couple weeks away because of the recent mild weather.
Pine Lake
2014-12-05
Fair
The lake likely has some thin ice.
Piute Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
The reservoir is now refilling after it was drained and treated with rotenone. More than 60,000 rainbow trout were stocked in the fall.
Quail Lake
2014-12-05
Fair
Visit the Quail Lake State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. See the Sand Hollow report for winter bass techniques. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should produce fair to good fishing.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
Bass fishing slows down during winter, but some anglers are catching few nice fish. Target deep water (20-30 feet) with a slow-moving presentation. Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits can be effective when fished slow.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-12-05
Fair
Flows are low now that Piute Reservoir is refilling. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-12-05
Fair
Access should still be possible from Forsyth Reservoir, but expect about three inches of snow. Ice fishing can often be good in the Solomon Basin lakes. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
We haven't received any recent reports, but access may still be good.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-12-05
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked every two to three weeks. Fishing is fair to good with all techniques.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-12-05
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-12-05
Fair
Thin ice covers much of the lake, but fishing can be fair to good in the open water. Safe ice may be a couple weeks away because of mild weather.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

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

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2014-10-31
Good

Lake elevation: 3,605 feet

Water temperatures: 65–69°F

Nob Wimmer from Clark Bench, Utah found all species of fish guarding shad schools in shallow coves at the backs of canyons. It was possible to catch stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass while casting crankbaits in shallow water. Great fishing should last into November or as long as we have warm fall weather.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

The annual striped bass migration is now almost complete. Fish movement begins in the spring when stripers react to warming water by leaving the backs of the canyons and heading toward the main channel to spawn. Then, in summer, they pursue forage in open water wherever they can find it, whether on the surface or at great depths. As temperatures decline in the fall, stripers move toward the backs of canyons, where they will spend the winter with shad schools that descend to 60–90 feet. At those depths, the water temperature is cold but stable. Threadfin shad must be in deep water to survive cold winter temperatures that are near their thermal tolerance level. Rapid warming or cooling can be lethal to these warmwater forage fish once acclimated to cold water that ranges from 45–50°F.

Stripers make one stop before going deep in the winter. At the beginning of October, shad were in open water but have recently moved into shallow coves to escape relentless striper predation. The shad hope they can find shallow water, somewhere a three-inch fish can swim but a three-pound striper cannot without hitting bottom.

This is what we found earlier this week. We searched open water for striper schools and then moved to the backs of canyons to find where the stripers had gone. We looked in Padre Bay canyons and found a few stripers left in front of Gunsight Butte. Large schools were there at the beginning of the month, but on this trip, we only saw one small school.  We caught fish from that school by spooning quickly when the fish were graphed.  We stayed over the school long enough to catch a dozen two- to three-pound stripers before the fish departed.

Next, we looked for other schools seen previously in deep water from Gregory Butte to Gunsight without finding any fish. Then, we went to the backs of canyons to see if shad were trapped in shallow coves. Most canyons were fishless, while others harbored shad. Shallow shad schools were guarded by stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Once a shallow school was found, it was easy to catch husky fish of all species by casting shallow and mid-depth crankbaits in 12–15 feet of water.    When we pulled out further (to 30 or 40 feet), we found striper schools holding, just waiting for shad to try to escape from the coves. These schools were more than willing to hit spoons.

The successful lakewide pattern is to find shad schools trapped in the back of short U-shaped canyons near the main channel. Long, winding canyons are not usually as productive. Try to stay within casting distance of the shad school but do not scare shad out into open water where they will then flee to another sanctuary cove. Work the cove with shad-imitating crankbaits for the best results. Our best lure was a Lucky Craft Bevy Shad in shad color. Look further out for striper schools that really like spoons right now.

Coves with no trapped shad also had no predators. It is possible to run quickly to the back of many coves before finding the shad school. The school we saw contained thousands of shad and covered perhaps a length of 20 yards of shallow water from the front of the school to the back, with a width of 20 feet. Find shad now in the southern lake, and fishing success will follow. There are more shad schools in the northern lake, so it may be more challenging there. In either case, the best catching action is now in the very back of the canyon from a bottom depth of 40 feet to the shallow end of the cove.

This is the last regular fish report of the year. We head out on the lake for the next three weeks to sample with gill nets to document population size and fish health. I will post updates on Wayneswords.com throughout the winter.

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