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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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
2015-01-23
Good
Bear Lake has open water, and there is no ice on the lake. With mild temperatures predicted for this coming week, there is no chance of it freezing over for at least another week. There is just a skiff of snow on the ground and the east side boat ramps are open for launching, but the courtesy docks aren't in the water because of ice formation on the docks. Fishing has been good for cutthroat, lake trout and a few whitefish. Anglers report success while jigging tube jigs tipped with cisco or worms off the bottom in 35 to 70 feet of water. Other anglers are trolling and also catching some fish, but jigging has been the more productive method. The best spots have been off the east side in the Cisco Beach/North Eden area, Second Point and the rockpile off Gus Rich Point. Some fish have also come from off the rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina. The Bonneville Cisco run is expected to begin any day. Anglers have not started dipnetting for cisco along Cisco Beach yet. In years with open water, the cisco tend to begin their run a little later. A few anglers started catching cisco off the rockpile from boats. Remember, you must use lures that are legal for fishing for other types of fish. Foul-hooked cisco can be kept, but any other foul-hooked species must be returned immediately. The Cisco Disco/Polar Plunge/Chili Cook-off will be on Saturday, January 24, beginning at sunrise.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
Ice is about eight inches thick. Fishing is slow to fair with some anglers catching good-sized rainbows and tigers. Be prepared for extreme, windy conditions. We recommend you use an ice tent with good stakes. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-01-23
Fair
The second dam has open water, but there is ice on the bank. Please be extremely cautious.
Bountiful Lake
2015-01-23
Good
On Jan. 22, there were five inches of good ice throughout the pond, with few patches of cloudy ice. There is some open water and unstable ice in the inlet near the boat ramp and the edges near the parking lot are a little soft. We recommend avoiding that area. You can access the ice near the fishing pier on the east side of the pond. Please keep in mind that warmer temperatures can quickly melt the ice. Use extreme caution and common sense when venturing out.
Causey Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
The ice is about seven or eight inches thick. Some anglers are venturing out, but they report slow fishing. Please use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Devin Christensen for the report.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2015-01-23
Slow
Cutler is experiencing a mandatory water drawdown until early spring.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-01-23
Good
The ice is about eight inches thick and most anglers report very good fishing. Jigs tipped with any kind of worm — nightcrawlers, wax worms and meal worms — have been working very well. Anglers fishing with PowerBait report slow success. The trout coming up are beautifully colored and about 17-18 inches long. Anglers report good fishing near Dixie Hollow and west of the ramp near the dam. Fish are schooling and biting throughout the water column. Because ice thickness varies — and can change quickly in warmer weather — please use extreme caution and common sense. The first leg of the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon will be held 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.
Echo Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
The reservoir is mostly capped with ice. There is some open water near the inlets. Because ice thickness varies — and can change quickly in warmer weather — please use extreme caution and common sense. There aren't many people fishing the reservoir
Farmington Pond
2015-01-23
Good
The majority of the pond is covered in seven inches of good, clear ice with a few areas of cloudy ice. There is a little bit of open water and thin ice near the inlet and the edges on the north side of the pond. Anglers continue to report good fishing for rainbow trout. Some are still catching brood stock rainbows that were put in the pond at the end of November.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
The ice has thickened up since last week. There is two inches of thin, unstable ice along the rocky and western shore, and four inches of good ice along the edge on the west side. In the middle of the reservoir the ice is 6-7.5 inches thick. Because ice thickness varies — and can change quickly in warmer weather — please use extreme caution and common sense. 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
2015-01-23
Good
Fishing is good, and some anglers are catching their limits in a couple hours. Orange, pink and white jigs tipped with a mealworm or piece of shrimp work best. The ice is about six to eight inches thick. Hyrum State Park is hosting the Best Dam Ice Fishing Contest on Jan. 24. Thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-01-23
Good
On Jan. 13, there was thin, slushy ice on the south side of the bridge and open water and great fishing on the north side of the bridge. Anglers are having great success catching rainbows using flies. One angler was having excellent success using a yellow rubber worm. Fish were also biting on leeches, blood or San Juan worms and chironomids. Fishing in the open water is excellent! Please stay off the ice.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
On Jan. 22, the first pond was about 50-percent open water on the north end. There is enough open water to allow casting from shore. The ice in all ponds is only two inches thick; it's very weak and unstable, especially around the edges. We recommend staying off the ice for now.
Little Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
The ice is now six to seven inches thick and anglers say that fishing is good for rainbow trout. Be prepared for cold, windy conditions. Ice tents are recommended. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston.
Logan River
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
There's unstable ice covering half of the First, Second and Third Dams. There are ice shelves throughout the river, until you reach Rick Springs where the ice covers the river (there are some open pockets of water). These ice shelves are very slippery and extremely dangerous. Overall, angling pressure has been fairly light. Please use caution and common sense when venturing out.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
On Jan. 10, fishing was slow to fair. Some anglers are bringing in rainbows and cutthroats within in the slot limit. If you happen to go on a good day, the fishing can be quite exciting. One little girl caught a five-pound cutthroat near the dam. The ice is six inches thick with a little slush on top. Use caution and common sense when venturing out. The road leading to the boat ramp is not maintained during the winter and is covered with a mixture of packed and powdery snow.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-01-23
Good
Anglers continue to report good fishing throughout the reservoir. The ice is only about four inches thick. Please be very cautious when venturing out on the ice.
Newton Reservoir
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
Very few anglers have been fishing the reservoir. The ice is very unstable and we recommend staying off for now.
Ogden River
2015-01-23
Good
Most of the ice shelves have melted off the rocks leaving open water throughout most of the upper river. The rocks can still be very slippery. Use caution when venturing out.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing throughout the reservoir. Some lucky anglers have been able to catch a few crappie and perch. The ice is unstable in many places throughout the reservoir. One anglers said he could feel the ice bowing under the weight of him and his gear: about 220 pounds. Please use caution and common sense if you venture out.
Porcupine Reservoir
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
The ice on the east side of the reservoir is about five inches thick and there's some open water in the middle of the reservoir. Anglers report slow fishing throughout the reservoir. The roads to the to the reservoir are icy. We recommend using a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Please use caution and common sense when venturing out.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-01-23
Good
Fishing mid-week was great, but slower over the weekend. Anglers are catching nice 17 to 20-inch rainbows and browns. The south end of the reservoir — about ten feet down — anglers are catching 20-inch fish. We haven't received any reports of perch. Try moving around and using every lure option you have. With the two-pole license option, there are now more possibilities. 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. Thanks to Joe for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2015-01-23
Slow
Smith and Morehouse is capped with ice. Use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out. The road leading to Hoop Lake is mostly snow packed and can be accessed with a four-wheel-drive truck, snowmobile or ATV. The fishing was slow to fair with a few instances of quick hits. Between three anglers, about 18-24 fish were caught, most of which were rainbows. Anglers also caught four small arctic grayling and one 16-inch cutthroat trout. All fish had vibrant colors. Bridger Lake sometimes experiences winter-kill, so the fishing in January may not be as good as it was in December. Other good choices include Washington, Trial, Whitney and Hoop Lake. Check out this video on fishing the North Slope lakes. Be prepared for winter survival conditions.
Weber River
2015-01-23
Good
Much of the ice shelves have melted off the rocks leaving open water throughout most of the upper river. The rocks can still be very slippery. Please use extreme caution when venturing out. Even the rocks underneath the water can be ice-covered and slippery.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
The ice has thickened up, despite the recent warmer temperatures. There haven't been many anglers out fishing, but we've seen some ice skaters. Thanks to Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the report.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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

Waterbody Report
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-01-16
Unstable ice
DNA analysis has identified and confirmed the presence of juvenile quagga mussels (veligers) in a water sample taken from the reservoir. Because of this discovery, you must decontaminate your boat before you leave the reservoir. The reservoir has ice near Charleston Bay, but much of it has melted in the last week and is unsafe to walk on. Please use extreme caution! Anglers report catching nice-sized rainbows near the dam wall on Kastmasters and peach PowerBait. You might want to try tipping a jig with chub meat. Anglers are catching fish in the upper 10 feet of the water column. You can also try using #4 and #7 leeches and woolly buggers with sinking line. The ramps are currently dry and snow-free, the reservoir is 80-percent full and the island has water surrounding it.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-01-16
Hot
Biologists report that ice conditions are slowly improving. Use extreme caution. Drilling test holes is always a good indicator of ice conditions. Some areas aren't safe. Many anglers report excellent fishing! If you aren't getting bites, move and fish somewhere else. There are 8–12 inches of ice near the Highway 40 bay, Mud Creek, Jakes Bay and in the backs of other protected bays with shallower water. Expect to trudge through up to four inches of snow. Try using one- to two-inch jigs (white paddle bugs, curly tails) tipped with chub, mealworms or nightcrawlers. Gizzy bugs, PowerBait Atomic Teaser jigs, Ratfinkees, gizzila and marabou jigs tipped with shrimp will also work. Soldier Creek has open water near the dam and boat ramp. The lodge has some safe ice, but be cautious near the pocket of open water. Anglers have reported a pressure ridge starting just east of the ramp. It goes out into the bay, all the way to the Narrows. If you go off the ramp and try to head east, you will need to negotiate it.
Utah Lake
2015-01-16
Unstable ice
With recent storms, the ice has become unstable and unsafe in many areas. Use extreme caution. The lake is 60-percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-01-16
Unstable ice
The reservoir has some ice, but it may melt quickly in warmer weather. Please use caution.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-01-16
Unstable ice
As of Jan. 14, there were three to six feet of open water along the edges. Try using spoons or marabou jigs tipped with chub or mealworm. Please use extreme caution. Ice conditions are continually changing, especially with the recent warm weather. Water levels are low.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart

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

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
The east side and northern bays have about six to eight inches of fishable ice. The west side has some unsafe ice. The reservoir is being filled, which is also thinning the ice along the edges. Anglers report a steady catch of rainbows and small perch. Try using small, light-colored jigs tipped with a piece of worm or mealworm. Plain hooks or jig heads tipped with bait are also working, especially white or yellow with big eyes. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
Brough Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
There haven't been any new reports from anglers. The ice is five to eight inches thick. Check the ice carefully before venturing out. 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
2015-01-23
Fair
The lake is now covered with ice and starting to fill. There haven't been any recent reports on fishing conditions.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
The surface is now covered with new ice, and other lakes in the area have five to eight inches. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but fishing was slow before the ice thickened. Check the ice carefully before going out.
Calder Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
The ice is now about eight to 12 inches deep. Anglers report slow fishing. 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
2015-01-23
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The reservoir has ice, but its thickness and condition are unknown. Check any ice carefully before venturing out.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
Water levels are extremely low. Most of the remaining water has been pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing near the dam and fair to good fishing near the inlet. They are catching rainbows, tigers and a few cutts. The ice is roughly eight to 12 inches thick, but it can be thinner in places. Check any ice carefully before venturing out, especially near the inlet. Warmer flows will undermine the ice, creating thin areas. As anglers can testify, the flows can hollow out the ice fairly quickly, sometimes within 30 minutes.
East Park Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
The reservoir is ice-covered, and fishing is fair. The road was unblocked last Saturday, and there were signs of people driving in. However, there were also some drifts, so most vehicles will have a difficult time getting to the reservoir. Other folks are using snowmobiles on the same road. The Uintas have received snow at higher elevations.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
Deteriorating ice conditions and warm weather in the forecast have forced the cancellation of the 2015 Burbot Bash. You will only find ice in the uppermost reaches of Flaming Gorge, starting immediately above Buckboard Marina in Wyoming. Currently, eight out of ten boat launches are usable and many anglers are fishing from boats. Only the Firehole and Buckboard launches are closed by ice formation.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing reopened on Nov. 30, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: A few anglers have reported fair to good fishing in Utah and in Wyoming from a boat or through the ice. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working well from the shore, through the ice or from a boat. 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 in areas where there is safe ice or while fishing near the ice in boats. Fish can be anywhere, although most are still being taken in deeper waters. If you mark a group, try holding position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or 3-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also try trolling through or just above the school, usually 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 for those going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries. Linwood Bay is now open.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. The bass are deep and will stay there until the water warms up.

Burbot: The 2015 Burbot Bash has been cancelled because of deteriorating ice conditions. Currently, fishing is slow to good through the ice and from boats. Ice conditions are changing rapidly, so check the ice carefully and don't run your machines on ice you haven't checked. Burbot are breeding, so now is a good time to target them. Try picking a spot in late afternoon, so you can see your area and figure out where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. 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 four to six 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
2015-01-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Try the winter streamer/bottom combination. 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
2015-01-23
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
2015-01-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing and 10 inches of ice. The reservoir was accessible by four-wheel drive late last week. Try a mealworm or a piece of a nightcrawler from a bare hook or small jig. Smaller, light-colored offerings seem to be working the best.
Moose Pond
2015-01-23
Fair
The pond is covered with ice, and anglers report fair to good fishing. The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout during the summer.
Pelican Lake
2015-01-23
Fair
Anglers report a wide range of fishing success, from slow to excellent for bass and bluegill. It seems to be spotty fishing — good one day, and slow the next. Look for the deeper areas or areas that might have a deeper channel. The lake has about eight inches of ice.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
The reservoir has six to eight inches of ice. Some anglers have been out and report fair to good fishing. They're mostly catching rainbows. Check the ice carefully. The reservoir is filling, which weakens the ice along the edges.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-01-23
Slow
The lake should be covered with ice, but please check any ice carefully before venturing out. There are no new fishing reports. The roads in the area are closed for the winter.
Spirit Lake
2015-01-23
Fair
The lake is covered with fishable ice. You can access the lake by skis or snowmobile, but the roads are closed. Spirit Lake 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 or three years to reach catchable sizes. This high-elevation area is receiving snow.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
A few anglers risked the ice, and some reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and walleye. Please keep in mind that the ice is irregular and unstable in many areas. (Last week, anglers reported fishing in open water.) Most of the best fishing reports suggest fishing during the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours. Try using small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with bait — like worms, mealworms or cut bait. Try a larger presentation for walleye. Most of the walleye are small and you can help the fishery by taking them home.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-01-23
Good
The surface is covered with ice. We've heard varying reports of ice thickness, ranging from about six to eight inches. Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and browns. We haven't heard much on bluegill, but there was one report that the fishing really turned on right at sunset. The bluegill were in 25 to 35 feet of water and right on the bottom. The reservoir is filling, so there is thin ice along the shoreline. Cross one at a time and check the ice carefully.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler

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

Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2015-01-21
Slow
Low elevation waters have unstable ice. Snow has blocked access to Monticello Lake and Foy Reservoir.
Benches Pond
2015-01-21
Slow
Access by foot from the road is not possible. There aren't many ice fishing trails and holes, which usually suggests that fishing is slow.
Blue Lake
2015-01-21
Closed
The pond may be inaccessible.
Boulger Reservoir
2015-01-21
Closed
The pond is only accessible via snowmobile.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2015-01-21
Closed
Access to this Carbon Fairgrounds pond is prohibited during winter months.
Cleveland Reservoir
2015-01-21
Fair
The ice is solid and ranges from 8-17 inches thick, depending on where you're at on the reservoir. There haven't been many anglers out fishing. On Jan. 17, one party of anglers reported catching two fat 14-inch rainbow trout in their first 20 minutes. They used white jigs tipped with wax worms, sucker meat or chub meat. Another party of four failed to get a bite in hours. They were using worms, PowerBait and Spam.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2015-01-21
Closed
Snow drifts block access, even via snowmobile.
Electric Lake
2015-01-21
Fair
On Jan. 17, snow machine tracks from two sleds ran the length of the reservoir. Water had filled one track near the dam. Anglers were fishing on the ice near the mine water discharge, which has kept a pool of water open. Fishing is fair to good. Small jigs tipped with dead minnows or chub meat work best. You can access the boat ramp and lake using a snowmobile.
Fairview Lakes
2015-01-21
Slow
You may have difficulty accessing the lakes, even with a snowmobile. The trout population in both lakes is low because of reconstruction and minimal water storage.
Ferron Creek
2015-01-21
Closed
The creek is inaccessible, even with a snowmobile.
Ferron Reservoir
2015-01-21
Closed
Deep snow and drifts are making access impossible.
Gigliotti Pond
2015-01-21
Slow
A week ago, the ice was too thin to support an adult's weight. Please be extremely cautious when venturing out onto the ice.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2015-01-21
Closed
Large drifts are blocking the access road.
Grassy Lake
2015-01-21
Closed
Deep snow and drifts are making access impossible.
Huntington Creek
2015-01-21
Slow
The creek is open and the frozen banks are covered by snow. You won't find many (if any) trout below the flash flood zone.
Huntington North Reservoir
2015-01-21
Slow
DPR employee Jerry Jones reports four inches of ice with open water at the mouth of the inlet. Pressure cracks are common. The reservoir's ice thickness and stability can change quickly. Please be extremely cautious when venturing out onto the ice.
Huntington Reservoir
2015-01-21
Slow
Snowmobile track crisscross the surface of the reservoir. The ice pack is split by several layers of frozen slush. Each of two ice layers has been about a foot thick. Multiple anglers report very slow fishing.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2015-01-21
Slow
On Jan. 17, Conservation Officer James Thomas visited the reservoir and the ice was unstable. Open water occurs at tributary mouths. A day earlier, Tony Wright fished in shallow water near the rocky east side. In five hours, he caught one tiger trout and two splake. The fish were skinny and about 15 inches long. The ice was six inches where Wright fished. He urged anglers to be extra cautious around the dam cove or in Seeley Bay, where warm water springs can thin and soften the ice. Please be extremely cautious if you choose to venture out onto the ice.
Lower Green River
2015-01-21
Slow
Floating ice chunks regularly cut anglers' lines.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2015-01-21
Fair
On Jan. 17, Brandon Behling reported four or more inches of ice, depending on where he was on the lake. Thawing and refreezing was evident closer to shore. Fishing is good in the northeast corner of the dam just beyond the boat ramp. Some old ice holes were refrozen. The ice appeared solid. Because of its elevation, ice conditions at this reservoir could change rapidly. Please exercise caution.
Petes Hole
2015-01-21
Closed
Deep snow and drifts are making access impossible.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2015-01-21
Slow
Flash floods following the Seeley Fire have eliminated the trout population, except for the stretch between the dam and the uppermost flood zone.
Scofield Reservoir
2015-01-21
Fair
The ice is solid and ranges from 8-16 inches thick, depending on where you're at on the reservoir. Anywhere from two to five inches of snow may cover the ice pack. Most rainbows range from 9–13 inches. Cutthroat trout are around the same size, but on occasion you'll catch one up to 17 inches. Some anglers describe the trout in Scofield as skinny. Based on creel surveys, technicians say that tiger trout are rarely caught. Officer Thomas recommends using small jigs tipped with meal worms. Sport Fish Biologist Calvin Black has been successful with a yellow tube jig tipped with chub meat. Other effective rigs include a glow-in-the-dark spoon tipped with chub meat, a white lead head jig tipped with a worm, and a transparent tube jig with glitter, also tipped with a worm. Trout are generally caught in less than 10 feet of water. Chubs are more commonly found in deeper water and are typically caught with ice flies and small pieces of worm. Anglers report catching chubs up to 13 inches long. The catch rate varies by day, location and fishing party, but one fish per hour is about average. Anglers who locate 'honey holes' or who excel in ability and timing will catch considerably more.
Soup Bowl
2015-01-21
Closed
Deep snow and drifts are making access impossible.
Straight Canyon Creek
2015-01-21
Slow
Steep frozen banks are making access dangerous.
Willow Lake
2015-01-21
Closed
A large snowdrift is blocking access about 200 yards short of the lake.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2015-01-21
Slow
The reservoir is accessible, but we haven't received any recent fishing reports.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-01-16
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-01-16
Fair
Changes have been made to seasonal closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most lakes are now open year-round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes are now listed by their own names, not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. All lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by heavy snow.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-01-16
Slow
All lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by heavy snow.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-01-16
Slow
Some surface ice may have retreated with recent mild temperatures. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in 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
2015-01-16
Slow
Anchor ice often makes winter fishing difficult.
Boulder Mountain
2015-01-16
Fair
Changes have been made to seasonal closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most lakes are now open year-round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes are now listed by their own names, not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. All lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by heavy snow.
Clear Creek
2015-01-16
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. The fingerling cutthroat stocked this fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long this summer.
Corn Creek
2015-01-16
Slow
Snow is limiting access to the creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-01-16
Fair
There's open water around the spring. Be very careful on the ice.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-01-16
Fair
Ice has retreated with recent mild temperatures. 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
2015-01-16
Fair
Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter due to spring inflow. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in 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.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-01-16
Slow
Snow makes it difficult to access the river in the winter.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-01-16
Slow
One report from Jan. 8 found three to five inches of ice, but recent mild temperatures may have thinned some edges. The lower reservoir had open water. Fishing was slow, but the few fish caught on nightcrawlers were 14–17 inches long.
Fish Lake
2015-01-16
Good
Ice is safest on the south end, where it's four to six inches thick. It's only about three inches thick from just north of Lakeside to Mackinaw. There is also six inches of ice in the narrow neck on the north end, but snow makes access difficult. There is open water between Bowery Haven and Joe Bush. The north end also has some large cracks that you should avoid. It's easy to be overconfident with snow on the ice, so you should check thickness before venturing out too far. Fishing is good to excellent for perch and small trout near the weedline in depths of 15–25 feet. Larger rainbows and splake can be caught at 25–35 feet down (on the bottom or suspended over deeper water). Lake trout can be caught on the bottom in 70–100 feet of water, but it requires a lot of patience. Sonar can be very helpful in deep water, whether you're fishing on the bottom or suspended. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife are hosting a free perch fishing tournament on January 24. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-01-16
Fair
Anglers report six to eight inches of ice. There haven't been any reports on fishing success yet, but you probably won't have much competition for space. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-01-16
Fair
Anglers report good fishing in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow. They are using midge, hare's ear and pheasant tail nymphs. Success 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
2015-01-16
Slow
The boat ramp is closed until spring. There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-01-16
Fair
There haven't been any recent fishing reports. Use caution on any ice.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-01-16
Slow
The Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) is closed for the winter.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-01-16
Slow
It can be difficult to access the reservoir during the winter. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-01-16
Slow
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May. Winter access is typically limited to snowmobiles, and the reservoir doesn't get much ice-fishing pressure.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-01-16
Fair
The ice is safe. We haven't received any recent reports on fishing success, but there are some large trout in the reservoir and winter may be the best time to target them.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-01-16
Fair
Ice fishing can be good, if you can access the reservoir. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-01-16
Fair
Because of the recent mild temperatures, surface ice has likely receded on Mammoth Creek, the Sevier River and Asay Creek. 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
2015-01-16
Fair
Anglers are reporting safe ice and catching fat, healthy rainbows and browns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-01-16
Slow
There haven't been any recent fishing reports. The ice may be unstable after recent warmer temperatures.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-01-16
Slow
There isn't much winter fishing pressure because access is difficult.
Navajo Lake
2015-01-16
Fair
The ice is safe, but you'll need a snowmobile to access the area. Winter is a great time to target splake.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-01-16
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports. The ice may be unstable after recent warmer temperatures.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-01-16
Fair
The state park reports seven inches of ice on the south end, but the edges are getting soft. Use caution, especially around cracks and pressure ridges. One ATV was lost recently to a pressure ridge. Anglers report slow to fair fishing, but many of the fish are large and in great condition. Heavy fishing pressure can really affect fish activity, so don't hesitate to get away from popular spots and try different depths, techniques and baits. Believe it or not, but tipping jigs with pieces of minnow or cut bait can produce well at Otter Creek when other baits aren't working.
Panguitch Lake
2015-01-16
Fair
The ice is six to eight inches thick. Fishing varies from fair to good, and the bite is light, so keep an eye on the pole tip. All trout are well fed and in great condition. Success is slow to fair near shore, with the best success coming before 10 a.m. Heavy pressure has pushed most of the more active fish to deep water, and you can find better success fishing in the middle of the lake. Some fish are on the bottom and others are suspended halfway up. Most fish in the middle are cutthroats, but there are some rainbows as well. When fishing is slow, do something different. Move away from the crowds and try different depths, techniques and bait.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-01-16
Fair
Ice fishing is typically good, if you can access the reservoir.
Pine Lake
2015-01-16
Fair
Ice fishing is typically good, if you can access the reservoir.
Piute Reservoir
2015-01-16
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from Piute, but ice conditions should be similar to Otter Creek. The water level is up to 44 percent and rising, so watch for thinner edges. Approximately 100,000 rainbow trout have been stocked since the reservoir was drained and treated with rotenone last fall.
Quail Lake
2015-01-16
Fair
Visit the 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
2015-01-16
Slow
Bass fishing slows down during winter, but anglers usually catch a few nice fish. Target deep water (around 20–30 feet down) with a slow-moving presentation. Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits can be effective when fished slowly.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-01-16
Slow
The ice may have retreated with recent mild temperatures. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-01-16
Fair
Ice fishing can often be good in the Solomon Basin lakes, but access is only possible from the Emery County side. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-01-16
Slow
Winter conditions limit access to the reservoir.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-01-16
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked every two to three weeks. Fishing is fair to good with all techniques.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-01-16
Slow
The state park reports five inches of ice, but fishing is slow.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-01-16
Fair
Ice fishing is typically good, if you can access the reservoir.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

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

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2015-01-16
Good

On Jan. 14, an angler caught a 12.1-pound, 32-inch striped bass at Lake Powell.

Dana Andrus holds the 12.1-pound, 32-inch striped bass that Ray Young (left) caught by trolling near Lone Rock in Wahweap Bay.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Powell's sport fish enjoyed a great year in 2014. Threadfin shad came back in record numbers, which gave all of the fish species a seat at a banquet table. Fish responded by growing rapidly in the warm water during the fall. Now, over the winter, striped bass have continued feeding.

Fish are in remarkable health and condition. Striped bass have not been this healthy since 1993. When shad are at a low point in the spring, stripers typically head to the main channel by the dam in the southern lake or Moki wall near Bullfrog. When shad are thick, stripers stay in the backs of the canyons where shad spend the winter.

In 2015, it looks like you should plan on fishing the backs of the canyons instead of the main channel. Ray Young from Page, AZ confirmed that recently by catching a 12.1-pound, 32-inch striped bass by trolling near Lone Rock in Wahweap Bay. Fishing was not fast, but he caught five smaller stripers along with the big one.

The fishing pattern was very similar to the techniques that produced well in November and December. The big fish was caught on a Lucky Craft XD100 Pointer trolled behind a one-ounce weight to gain more depth. The bottom depth at the capture sight was 30 feet. The 30 to 45 foot strata has been the prime holding depth for striper schools, and that hasn't changed in the dead of winter.

If you're fishing for stripers during the next two months, head to the back of any canyon and troll while graphing to look for striper schools. Target the area where bottom depth is 30 to 45 feet. If you only see single fish, troll over them hoping to catch a bass, walleye or striper. If you see a school of fish, stop your boat and jig with spoons or marabou jigs to catch stripers.

Fish quality at Lake Powell will be superb in 2015, but anglers will catch fewer fish because there is much more food than normal. The end result will be higher satisfaction with each fish caught, because of the size and quality of the catch.

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