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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-08-26
Good
Anglers report good fishing for cutthroat trout and an occasional lake trout by trolling. Anglers have had the best success fishing in 60 to 85 feet of water using Rapalas, flatfish and spoons close to the lake's bottom. The best spot has been off the east side from Rainbow Cove/North Eden up to the Idaho State Park. You'll also find good fishing during this time of year from First Point up to the Scout Camp. If you are fishing the west side, try trolling parallel to shore off Garden City towards the rockpile. There are few anglers jigging now, but that can also produce some good fish this time of year. Try jigging on the bottom at the same depths you would for trolling and use a 0.75- to one-ounce tube jig tipped with cisco, sucker or carp meat. You can launch a boat at the marina and both east-side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. The thermocline is strong right now and is set up between about 36 to 62 feet. Remember: you must immediately released any cutthroat you catch without a healed fin clip.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-08-26
Good
Fishing is very good throughout the river — especially with hoppers, dry flies, elk hair nymphs and PMDs. You may also want to try using a dry dropper with a small bead nymph.
Bountiful Lake
2015-08-26
Good
Anglers report slow fishing for larger fish, but fishing is very good for small bluegill just under the moss along the east shore. Try using a size 6, 8 or 10 hook, cover the top and barb of the hook with a small piece of worm, hot dog or salmon egg. Put your hook just under the floating moss and you should get quick bites. The pond was stocked with catfish on August 13.
Causey Reservoir
2015-08-26
Fair
Two anglers reported slow fishing on Aug. 26 while fishing from the steep shore adjacent to the inlet near Causey Estates. They used spinners, worms and salmon eggs, but didn't have any bites. Recently though, other anglers have had good fishing at dusk using top water flies and lures. Anglers had the best success fishing from about 8–9:45 p.m. using dry flies on the surface and stripping it in. The trout are feeding heavily at the surface. Anglers fishing from non-motorized had more success than those fishing from shore.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-08-26
Good
Fishing is very good for trout and bass — especially in the morning and evening. If you're fishing for trout from the shore, try using a worm and marshmallow. Boat anglers should try fishing at depths of about 30 feet using pop gear or a lure with a trailing worm. Boat and shore anglers are also reporting good fishing for bass using plastics and lures in the shallower water.
Echo Reservoir
2015-08-26
Fair
Anglers report good trout fishing from the rocky shores using PowerBait and letting it float three feet from the bottom.
Farmington Pond
2015-08-26
Fair
Cade Pies reported catching 10 small, seven- to eight-inch catfish in 1.5 hours by the inlet using nightcrawlers. Cade was the only angler at the pond, but there were people swimming and playing.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-08-26
Good
Two anglers report slower fishing this week compared to last week. They usually have good success using worms and fishing them just off the bottom on different points on the east and west sides of the reservoir. Water levels have dropped a little, but there are certain areas with good vegetated structure in the water. These places are easiest to access out in the water using non-motorized watercraft. Water clarity continues to be high.

Holmes Creek is a private pond, and it is primarily reserved for a boat club. If there is a boater on the water, please use courtesy and give them space. And remember to pack out what you pack in so all anglers don't lose fishing privileges at the pond. Be sure to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-08-26
Fair
Bass anglers report good fishing. Trout anglers report slow fishing, but they say it's getting better. Other anglers had success catching bluegill, trout and a bass using worms.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-08-26
Slow
An anglers targeting catfish using stinky catfish bait reported slow fishing. He did get one bite at 9 a.m. and another bite at 10, but he was unable to hook the fish well enough to bring it to shore. Fingerling largemouth bass were stocked a few weeks ago. They should grow to a catchable size about this time next year.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-08-26
Good
Fishing is good for small panfish next to the docks. Anglers report success using hotdogs, mussels, nightcrawlers, mealworms, dough balls and salmon eggs. Most bluegill are feeding off the surface. Catfish and wipers are feeding within the water column. Since school started, angling pressure is low during the day. There are more anglers fishing the ponds during evenings and weekends. The water is murky.
Logan River
2015-08-26
Good
Fishing is very good throughout the river. Anglers recommend using hoppers throughout the day. You should also try using dry flies, elk hair nymphs, ants, beetles, smaller grasshoppers or PMDs. Anglers have also had success using a dry dropper with a small bead nymph.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-08-26
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing using PowerBait off of the bottom. Most anglers are fishing from boats, kayaks or float tubes. There are not many anglers fishing during the week. Water visibility is great.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-08-26
Fair
Boat anglers report good fishing for bass, and for some bluegill in areas right next to the vegetation beds. It's still very difficult to fish from the shore because of the vegetation that's crowding the edges. Fishing is better in the early morning and late evening, and slower during the afternoon. Try fishing on the east side of the reservoir using white, black, purple or chartreuse bass gear.
Ogden River
2015-08-26
Good
The south fork of the Ogden, near the campgrounds, is starting to receive good angling pressure. The water is crystal clear and visibility is excellent.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-08-26
Good
Anglers continue to report good fishing for crappie — especially when fishing in the morning. Two anglers fished from a boat from 7 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and caught 10 or 15 crappie using worms. They said the best fishing was right when it started to warm up for the day. Other anglers report slow fishing for tiger muskies.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-08-26
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. The water temperature is in the 70s, so fish have gone down to depths of 25–30 feet. Small mouth fishing is hit and miss on the west side of the lake and dam. Try heading to the reservoir early in the morning to avoid the recreational boat traffic. If you're looking to catch browns, fish below the dam. Fly anglers are catching nice-size browns right before sunset.

Remember to certify that your vessel is clean and free of quagga mussels. You can find forms at the top of most boat ramps. Thoroughly clean, drain and dry your boat after every outing, especially if you have boated at Lake Powell or Deer Creek. Read more about the decontamination process.
Uinta Mountains
2015-08-26
Good
On Aug. 5, Scout Troop 1257 had a great day fishing at Smith and Morehouse Reservoir. Each scout caught a fish and some of them even caught multiple fish while casting from the shore near the boat ramp. Fishing was good all morning, but the best fishing was around 9 a.m. Worms suspended about three feet under a large bobber worked best. A few anglers fishing from canoes also had good success when trolling with garlic-scented PowerBait.
Weber River
2015-08-26
Good
The river is running high in many areas, but the fishing is very good. One angler fished near the Henefer area with a nightcrawler. Other anglers report good fishing using nymphs throughout the day and in the evening. If you're fishing after dark, try using mouse patterns.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-08-26
Slow
The few anglers on the reservoir report very slow fishing. The water levels are low.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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

Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-08-18
Good
Please keep in mind that the ponds are now for day-use only. We are still stocking catchable rainbow trout throughout the summer months. Try using traditional lures or baits (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Try using a rattletrap or nightcrawlers to catch the small wipers, especially near the deeper end of the pond (southeast side). PowerBait or Jake's spinners are also effective.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-08-18
Hot
Try fishing with nightcrawlers, marshmallows and garlic- or salmon-flavored peach PowerBait. Anglers fishing the north shoreline are catching walleye and smallmouth. Use tube jigs and a 3/16- to 1/16-ounce jig head. The main ramp and the island ramp at Deer Creek are currently open. The Charleston boat ramp is open to non-motorized vessels only. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Please keep in mind that juvenile quagga mussels have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate. Call the state park at 435-654-0171 to check on current conditions or visit Deer Creek on Facebook to see the latest updates. The reservoir is currently 74 percent full.
Diamond Fork River
2015-08-18
Fair
Look for a variety of hatches with the changing weather. PMDs are still working well in the late evening hours. Sizes 16–18 caddis are a great choice for early mornings and late evenings.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
The reservoir has been heavily stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try throwing a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub in chartreuse or white, tipped with an earthworm.
Highland Glen Park
2015-08-18
Good
Stocking will resume the first week of September when the water cools down. You can catch channel catfish with nightcrawlers, chicken or shrimp by fishing on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or powerbait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
Trout and perch have been active very early in the morning. Try bass fishing at the top of the water with rattletraps or jerkbaits. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. The reservoir is holding at 73 percent full, and water temperatures range from the mid to lower 60s.
Kidney Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Channel catfish were stocked at the end of last week, and you can catch them by fishing with nightcrawlers or other bait (such as chicken or shrimp) on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing will be slow until fall, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Midas Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Channel catfish were stocked at the end of last week, and you can catch them by fishing with nightcrawlers or other bait (such as chicken or shrimp) on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing will be slow until fall, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
The reservoir has been heavily stocked with planter-sized rainbow trout. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble. Using a Curly Tail lure tipped with a nightcrawler has also been successful.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-08-19
Closed
The reservoir has been completely drained for the 2015 season.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-08-18
Fair
The best bite is happening early in the day or in the late afternoon. Try using a nightcrawler or garlic or rainbow PowerBait (under a bubble) for the best results. Whenever you use any jigs or lures, remember to tip the hook with a nightcrawler.
Payson Lake
2015-08-18
Fair
The water level is about a foot below average. Try fishing with PowerBait, Jake's spinning lures or nightcrawlers. If you're fly fishing, try using dry flies. Float tube anglers have been very successful. Be sure to take your bug repellent with you. All roads and campgrounds on the Nebo Loop are currently open.
Provo River, Lower
2015-08-18
Good
PMDs, spinners and caddis are all working right now, especially in the evenings. Use sizes 16–18. Trout are very active and feeding early to midday. If you choose to fish on hot days, make sure you arrive early or late for the best fishing. Cooler weather will produce great fishing throughout the day. Water is being released from Deer Creek, so water levels are up and ranging from 540 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek, to 63 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-08-18
Good
Flows are still high, but staying consistent. Be careful if you're attempting to wade. Pale Morning Duns are working the best in the evenings, and caddis are working best in the early morning and late evening. Water levels are near 517 cubic feet per second (cfs), with flows higher near the Jordanelle release at 633 cfs, and average at Charleston with flows around 511 cfs.
Salem Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Catfish were stocked at the end of last week, and you can catch them with nightcrawlers or bait fished on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or garlic PowerBait off of the boat ramp or from the docks inside the park.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-08-18
Slow
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-08-18
Good
With cooler temperatures in the higher mountain lakes, fishing is good almost all day! Fish have been very active the last couple of weeks. Try using a Jake's spinner or use a bubble with worms and PowerBait.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
The pond will continue to be stocked with rainbow trout every other week during summer. Be aware of swimmers throughout the pond. Trout fishing has been slow, but try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers, Curly Tail lures with a beadhead or PowerBait with a bubble.
Spring Lake
2015-08-18
Slow
Channel catfish were stocked last week and can be caught with nightcrawlers or bait by fishing on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow and stocking will resume in September. Try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. You can also try using a Curly Tail lure tipped with a nightcrawler.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-08-18
Good
Fishing is best very early in the morning, typically before 9 a.m. Some kokanee are being picked up by the Narrows. Anglers are finding kokanee in depths of around 30 feet, and below that, they're finding the cutthroat. Try using pink dodgers with a pink or white squid. Shoreline anglers are catching fish on PowerBait, and while fishing nightcrawlers at depths of around 20 feet. Try a large spinner tipped with nightcrawler or PowerBait.

The Strawberry Bay Marina & Lodge rainbow trout tagged fishing contest started Memorial Day weekend. There were 295 white-tagged rainbows and five pink-tagged rainbows released for the contest. One pink tag has been retrieved, so far. Catch one of the white-tagged fish and redeem your prize at the marina stores. Catch one of the pink-tagged fish, and you automatically win one of the five grand prizes. For more information, please call the marina at 435-548-2500. The reservoir is currently 74 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-08-18
Fair
We haven't received any reports for the last couple weeks. Prior to that, anglers were catching big browns in the Walk-in Access areas. They said the water was very clear and the fish were easily spooked, but the fishing is worth it. Spinnerbaits produced several large fish.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
At Tibble Fork, try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are slow to bite, but are feeding actively in the morning and late evening. For a chance to catch some nice-sized grayling, try fishing Silver Lake above Silver Lake Flat reservoir. It's about a 1-hour and 15-minute hike. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is almost completely drained so the dam can be repaired. The daily bag and possession limit of Silver Lake Flat Reservoir only has been increased to 8 fish from now until January 1, 2016.
Utah Lake
2015-08-18
Good
Try fishing with bait on the bottom during the early morning or late evening. You may try using carp or white bass meat tipped on your hooks. White bass have been very active during the early morning near the boat ramps — they are biting on small tube jigs. Water levels continue to drop, and the lake is very shallow in many places. Boats can still launch out of Lincoln Beach, but try to stay in the middle of the channel, as some anglers are reporting water depths of a foot and a half in some areas. Please use caution when launching boats. The lake is about 4.4 feet below compromise levels. Water temperatures are hovering around 75°F at midday. Mosquitoes are out in full force, so take some bug repellent when you're out. Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is currently 48 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-08-18
Slow
Water levels are extremely low and will continue to drop because of irrigation needs. Anglers should try Jake's lures or spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawlers. Fish during early morning and evening hours for the best results.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-08-18
Good
The pond received the last stocking of rainbow trout for the year. The trout are active, so try a Curly Tail grub or PowerBait with a bobber, and fish in the shallows. This is a great place to take small children and elderly adults. It is ADA-accessible and has a nice pavilion with restrooms nearby.
Willow Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Stocking will resume mid-Septembe when the water cools down. Channel catfish were stocked earlier in the summer. You can catch them by fishing a nightcrawler on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful. You may want to throw spinners or crankbaits near the vegetation for some largemouth bass hookups. By voluntarily releasing the largemouth bass, you can help control the bluegill population.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-08-18
Slow
Try using an original Rapala floater in 11/16-ounce or a chrome Rat-L-Trap tipped with bait. Fish the first two or three feet of water. Fishing is slow, but a few anglers have caught 36-inch pike in the last two weeks. The water temperature is around 75°F.

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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
2015-08-28
Fair
Fishing is fair. The warm water temperatures and decreasing water level have pushed brown and rainbow trout into deeper water. Try trolling deeper water in the morning and evening. There are a lot of perch in the north end of the Reservoir. Smallmouth bass are also doing well. For smallmouth, try casting into the rocks with single tail jigs or crawfish patterns. Wildlife managers are concerned about the presence of walleye in the reservoir. Please keep your limit of walleye.
Brough Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
There are no recent fishing reports, but expect fair fishing. Fishing is usually slow to fair in late summer, and then improves as the water cools. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough Reservoir. You may only use flies and lures; baits and scented (or salted) lures and flies are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-08-28
Fair
The water level is low for maintenance, but that is making it hard to launch a boat. Fishing should fair to good for brook trout from the shore or a float tube.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Shoreline vegetation is causing some issues for anglers fishing from the bank. Fishing should be better from a float tube.
Calder Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing. The water level remains low. Calder has special catch-and-release regulations. You may only use flies and lures; baits and scented (or salted) lures and flies are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for a mix of fish, including rainbows, bass and tiger muskies. The statewide daily limit for tiger muskie is one fish over 40 inches; all others must be released immediately. Tiger muskies are sensitive to mishandling, so bring them in quickly, but not by horsing. Try to keep the fish from expending too much energy; keep their gills in the water as you handle them and release as quickly as possible.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-08-28
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing from boats, but slow fishing from the shore because of the aquatic vegetation. Try trolling in deeper water or drifting traditional trout baits. Stream fishing for brown trout is good. Anglers report that grasshopper patterns are working well. To increase your fly-fishing success, try rigging a dropper under a grasshopper or stimulator.
East Park Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Fishing has been slow to fair, but it varies greatly from one day to the next. Try using trout baits (like worms or artificial baits), flies, brightly-colored spoons and crankbaits. If you're bottom fishing, use something to float your bait about 18–24 inches off the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds so it's easier for the fish to find. The water level is still high.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-08-28
Good
Fishing has been good at Flaming Gorge. The surface water temperature ranges from 70 to 72°F.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is still much slower than it was in June. Larger three- to four-year-old fish are now preparing to spawn. The spawning kokanee will take on a new look — turning red and developing hooked noses — but they'll also migrate towards the spawning areas and stop foraging for food all together. Most of the fish were concentrated in small areas along the main channel in 45 to 60 feet of water and measured 12 to 14 inches in length. Remember, mortality rates on released fish increase as water temperatures rise, so we encourage you to keep your limits of small kokanee. If you're not harvesting, please use single, barbless hooks, minimize handling, and use nets with rubber coating. A variety of lures are working well. Try using pink, purple and orange colored lures, including dodger and squid combinations, #2 Needlefish, Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoons and Triple Teazers. You should shorten the leader between the dodger and squid to about 10 inches. Use orange colors during low light or cloudy periods. If you're trolling, vary your speed between 1.6 and 2.0 mph.

Rainbow trout: Anglers are catching rainbows while trolling for kokanee or fishing deep water for bass. If you're trolling, try using small spoons tipped with bait and moving at about 1.6 to 1.8 mph. Most of the rainbow trout are in 40 to 60 feet of water in habitat ranging from main channel points to all the backs of canyons. You can easily catch rainbows while casting towards shore with Marabou or tube jigs in earthtone colors. If you fish in deeper water, you can catch both larger bass and rainbow trout. Both species spend time in colder water looking for crayfish to eat. Shore anglers can always catch rainbow trout by fishing with worms or PowerBait on the bottom.

Lake trout: Fishing is improving. You can find schools of smaller lake trout along the main channel in 50 to 100 feet of water. These smaller lake trout are numerous and aggressive at times, and they can be fun to catch and eat. When you find a school, you have two options. Option one: drop a white tube jig or a jigging spoon (like a Northland Buckshot) tipped with a small chunk of sucker meat. Be ready, though, the bites can be quick! Option two: troll small spoons or crankbaits immediately above the school at 1.4 to 1.8 mph using lures like Flatfish, Rapalas or wobble spoons (like Northland Forage Minnows) in silver or chartreuse.

Smallmouth bass: The warmer water has sent larger bass to deeper waters, but anglers are still catching good numbers of smaller bass in the shallows. Focus on using traditional smallmouth baits, like crawfish-pattern crankbaits or plastics. Retrieving these and other baits (like single tail jigs) on or near the bottom should produce good results.

Burbot: Although there haven't been many reports, some anglers say the burbot fishing is good. Burbot are most abundant in the uppermost reaches of the reservoir in Wyoming, so anglers should start their search there. They are predominantly a nighttime species and prefer cooler water and rocky main channel structure. Start fishing at dusk and target depths greater than 30 feet. Use 3/8- to 1/2-ounce glow lures, like Yamamoto grubs in luminous white or Northland Buckshot spoons in glow, tipped with sucker or chub meat. Burbot are not nearly as active or aggressive during the summer months, so jig lures slowly and close to the bottom, and move if you're not catching fish.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2015-08-28
Good
Dry fly fishing is fair to good. Fishing is even better with streamers, nymphs and emergers. Try using terrestrial patterns along the bank like ants, crickets or hoppers. You may also want to try trico or caddis pattern, or doubling up some flies to double your chances. For nymphs and streamers, try fishing deep along flow seams with scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles, San Juan worms or any two to three fly combination of the above. Set your hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. In shallow or deeper water, you should also try using marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors. In deeper water, using crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or X-Raps should also work. Several types of spoons and spinners will also entice fish. Currently the river is flowing at an average of 1,700 cubic feet per second and peaking at 2,160 cubic feet per second between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. You can check flows online.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Fishing is best during the morning and evening. Try trolling deeper waters or drifting traditional trout baits. You can still launch a boat.
Matt Warner
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing. Try using worms, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find. The boat launch is muddy, which is making it difficult to launch without a 4x4 with good mud tires.
Moose Pond
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report good fishing, but it changes with the weather. Try using worms, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find.
Pelican Lake
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for bass and bluegill, depending on the time of day and the weather. Carp fishing is good too. Catching carp with archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality and help the bass and bluegill grow. The water level is good.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-08-28
Good
Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout and bass. Bluegill fishing is good, and can even be hot if you can locate a school. Walleye fishing is slow, but anglers are occasionally catching a larger fish. For bluegill, use small jigs, spoons or baits. For bass, try the same things you would for bluegill, but larger. For trout, you'll want to try worms, mealworms, salmon eggs, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use a marshmallow or floating bait to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-08-28
Fair
Fishing is fair for nice-sized cutthroat trout using wet flies. Bank fishing is difficult because of the vegetation, so try wading or from fishing a small boat or floattube. The best fishing is during the morning and evening.
Spirit Lake
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing. For trout, try using worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits. You should also try flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits. When you're fishing the bottom, use a marshmallow or floating bait to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find. Spirit was stocked with catchable-sized tiger trout last summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes in 2013, so they should now be reaching catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Walleye fishing has improved. Anglers report good walleye fishing, especially for smaller fish. The hot weather has moved the trout into a summer pattern, so the best fishing will be in the cooler hours. Baits are working well—especially from the shore. Try using smaller, deep-diving crankbaits and spoons for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye and bass. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleye are small or in the 20- to 23-inch range, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report good fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill, whether they're fishing from shore or in boats. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore, while crankbaits, brightly colored spoons and crayfish-colored jigs are producing for shore anglers and boaters. The fish can be anywhere from the surface to depths of about 30 to 40 feet. The hot weather has initiated a summer pattern where the trout move deeper and are mostly active in the cooler hours (early mornings and evenings). The water level has risen but it's still low enough to expose rocks and sandbars.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler

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

Waterbody Report
Benches Pond
2015-08-24
Good
Fishing is good in the early morning or evening with traditional baits.
Blue Lake
2015-08-24
Good
Located near Grassy Lake, this shallow pond is home to many small trout that hide in aquatic vegetation close to the shoreline. Try salmon eggs, PowerBait or pieces of worm.
Cleveland Reservoir
2015-08-24
Fair
On Aug. 18, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly fished for three hours from tubes with fast-sinking line and wet flies. They caught five rainbows that ranged from 11 to 19 inches long.
Electric Lake
2015-08-24
Fair
On Aug. 21–22, Danielle Mills and her family spent two days trolling the lake. During their visit, they caught one trout on a Jakes lure and one on a rainbow trout-imitating spoon. On Aug. 20, Tom Ogden fly fished Electric Lake from a tube with fast-sinking line and size 6–8 beadhead soft-hackle flies. He caught six cutthroats up to 16 inches long and 18 tigers up to 17 inches long. Most of the tigers were in the 11- to 12-inch range. Although kokanee salmon are harder to catch, Tyrel Mills used leaded line, pop gear and kokanee killers to hook salmon up to 14 inches long.
Grassy Lake
2015-08-24
Slow
On Aug. 15, Kathy Jo Martinez rated the catch rate as slow. Fish weren't taking PowerBait, worms or lures.
Huntington Creek
2015-08-24
Slow
Until the slopes burned by the Seeley Fire see fewer flash floods and more stable vegetation, there will not be large-scale stocking at the creek.
Huntington North Reservoir
2015-08-24
Fair
On Aug. 16, Larry Jones of Price caught 16- and 17-inch wipers from the boat dock. One was hooked with a crankbait and the other with a nightcrawler. A week earlier, Biologist Joe Christensen caught 17- and 18-inch rainbow trout, using white tube jigs.
Huntington Reservoir
2015-08-24
Good
On Aug. 18, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly fished the reservoir with fast-sinking line and size 6–8 beadhead olive leeches, soft-hackle flies and Leprechauns. They caught 14 tigers ranging from 11 to 20 inches long.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2015-08-24
Fair
Aquatics Biologist Cody Edwards, who catches tiger muskies regularly, predicts that tiger muskie fishing will improve as temperatures cool down. Cody suggests using three-inch marabou jigs or jointed Rapalas in a fire-tiger or silver-shad pattern or soft plastics in root beer, chartreuse or red/black.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2015-08-24
Slow
Warm, murky water coupled with high daytime temperatures and low oxygen resulted in a fish kill during the past week. Few, if any fish, are expected to have survived. Restocking will not occur until later in the fall, after fresh water is pumped through the system and daytime temperatures fall.
Lower Fish Creek
2015-08-24
Good
Bait is not allowed on this portion of the creek, so Biologist Cody Edwards recommends a hopper-dropper set-up for fly-fishing anglers. He likes a Blue Fox in silver and gold and Panther Martins in yellow and red. Cody also has had good luck with a Panther Martin in yellow and red with a teardrop blade.
Lower Green River
2015-08-24
Good
Walt Maldonado says the water is clearing and flowing steadily. The catfish in this portion of the river can reach up to 16 inches and seven pounds. Try fishing with chicken livers, shrimp or Berkeley catfish nuggets. Walt recommends fishing near the pump house, the rock house or Little Valley.
Petes Hole
2015-08-24
Good
On Aug. 16, Kathy Jo Martinez fished Petes Hole with a friend and reported catching a trout with almost every cast. Worms worked best. Another successful angler recommended lures in gold, white or neon.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2015-08-24
Slow
Large-scale trout restocking will not occur — except in a few isolated areas — until revegetation stabilizes the slopes burned in the Seeley Fire.
Scofield Reservoir
2015-08-24
Slow
On Aug. 22, Lt. J. Shirley checked anglers at the reservoir. Anglers caught a lot of chubs and a fair number of trout, which ranged from 8–12 inches. DWR Aquatics Technician Mike Ault has been interviewing anglers at the reservoir on a regular basis since ice-off. He recommends putting a piece of worm on a hook and fishing close to shore to catch a few chubs. He suggests cutting the chubs up and casting them into deeper water for trout. Mike says that cutthroats will be the most common species caught. They will generally be small. Mike adds that spinners will sometimes out-fish chub meat, so keep your favorite hardware in the tacklebox just in case. Mike says that fly-fishing anglers who work the west side have frequently done better than bait or spincasters.
Soup Bowl
2015-08-24
Good
On Aug. 16, Kathy Jo Martinez found good fishing with Kastmasters and PowerBait. She reported reeling in a fish every two to three minutes.
Straight Canyon Creek
2015-08-24
Good
Live grasshoppers, terrestrial insects, worms and artificial hopper-dropper rigs are effective at this time of year.

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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

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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
2015-08-26
Good

Lake elevation: 3,610 feet

Water temperatures: 80-85°F

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Stripers are changing their schedule and location. As soon as we get them figured out, they do something else. The big boils on the San Juan last week turned into little boils over the weekend. San Juan is still a good place to go but the successful fishing technique is different.

Ethan from Colorado enjoyed catching big stripers in a boil near Rock Creek. Those big fish are still there, but did better on spoons this week. Find small fish boiling on top, then fish under the boil with spoons to catch larger stripers.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Let me explain by sharing yesterday morning's experience. Reports of boils uplake took us to Rock Creek early. We looked in the main channel between Rock Creek and Dungeon Canyon, well before the sun came up. When no surfacing fish were seen on top, we began a large circular path around the mouth of Rock Creek. We soon saw tiny but numerous splashes against a canyon wall. These fish would swirl on our surface lures, but would not hook up. When I finally caught one, we discovered that these fish were yearlings happily chasing shad, but our full-size surface lures were too big for them to consume.

We chose to downsize our lures to catch the little surface feeders or to fish deeper water looking for larger fish. Jigging spoons, bucktail jigs and Kastmasters were deployed and immediately we were hoisting 2- to 4-pound stripers into the boat. Catching continued for the next hour with big fish hitting our deep spoons anywhere from 20 to 60 feet deep. We just followed the little surface feeders and fished under the surface action to catch some really nice fish in a very short time. We ended up with 36 stripers in one hour.

Let me explain what’s happening right now. The water surface temperature has climbed back into the 80s with the recent hot weather. Larger stripers cannot stay in water warmer than 80 degrees for more than a minute or two. If they exert lots of energy in the warm surface water, they build up lactic acid in their muscles and cramp up, or worse, die from the exertion. These big stripers watch the yearling stripers feed on top and follow them hoping that a wounded shad sinks or an escapee runs into deeper water.

Right now the small stripers mark the location of the larger fish. The big fish are easy prey to a lure resembling a dying or wounded shad. The very best lure is a heavy slab spoon that sinks quickly to deep cool water where big fish are waiting. A heavy white bucktail jig or a heavy Kastmaster spoon work well also. Find the school of big fish on the graph. Drop the spoon to the bottom if they are deep or stop the lure at mid depth if the school is suspended. Perhaps the easiest technique is to drop the spoon to the bottom, jig it up twice and then speed reel it back to the surface. I stop the spoon and jig it once or twice before speed reeling again. Stop it at 20-foot intervals to convince the following stripers to eat the fleeing shad (spoon) as it starts to swim once more.

Spooning under surface-feeding yearlings works lake wide. Spooning is the best technique now, even if you don't see boils. Graph the bottom contour looking for big striper schools. When you see a school, mark the spot and drop spoons into the school. The best time is early morning. The second best time is in the evening.

Anglers are reporting new boil spots. Buoy One, Mouth of Navajo Canyon, Rock Creek, San Juan, Escalante, Good Hope Bay and beyond are still experiencing boils. Most of these are from small fish, so look for large fish in deeper water. Over the rest of the lake, locate striper schools on the graph and then spoon to catch a lot of fish. This is working in Last Chance, Moki Canyon and 100 other spots.

Finally, big stripers are biting on bait down by the dam at the buoy line. Fishing is picking up but the weather is changing from hot to rainy. It will be interesting to see what changes are in store for Lake Powell fishermen in the coming week. I will track the changes and report next week.

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