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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
2014-09-11
Good
Last week an angler reported catching and releasing a tagged lake trout that was 29 inches long and weighed 14 pounds! DWR records indicated the fish was tagged in 1993 and was over 30 years old.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-09-11
Good
Angler Tom Ogden had a good day at Birch Creek this past week. He fished from a tube on Sept. 4 from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and caught two tigers — one was 18 inches and the other one was 21 inches and three pounds, five ounces). He also caught seven rainbow trout that ranged in size from nine inches to 17 inches. He used a fast-sinking line (#7) and a size 4 tan/green/pearl crystal bugger, size 6 beadhead olive leech with a gold rib, and size 8 bead head soft hackle patterns in black/green/pearl and black/red/blue. There were a lot of gray and some tan mayflies on the water in the late morning. The water level was about 20-25 feet from full. The water temperature was 61-63° and the visibility was about six feet because of the algae in the water column.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-09-11
Good
This stream is one of the prettiest places to fish most of the year, but in the fall it's spectacular!
Bountiful Lake
2014-09-11
Good
The lake was recently stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout. Small spinners seem to be the best way to catch the trout.
Causey Reservoir
2014-09-11
Fair
Wildlife Law Enforcement Sargent Dave Beveridge reported seeing spawning kokanee in Wheatgrass Creek this week. Please avoid stepping in the spawning beds in the inlets as eggs are deposited there. To protect spawning kokanee populations, Causey and its tributaries are closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-09-11
Good
There haven't been as many reports of anglers catching catfish this week, but the fish should still be actively feeding.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-11
Good
Fishing is good using PowerBait. Now that school is back in session, there will be less anglers on the water. The water temperature is in the mid to upper 60s.
Echo Reservoir
2014-09-11
Good
Jan Hoch reported good fishing for bass on the freeway side of the reservoir. She also reported a layer of algae near the dam.
Farmington Pond
2014-09-11
Fair
Surface temperatures are around 65°F. The pond was recently stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout. These stocked trout are biting spinners, brown PowerBait and worms.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-09-11
Hot
The reservoir was recently stocked with rainbow trout. Even though the water level is low, fishing is hot for trout in the 7- to 10-inch range. One angler reports catching a fish with every cast using top water flies and spinners. Bass fishing has slowed down a little, but they are still biting on crankbaits. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting this privately owned pond.

Nearby Andy Adams was stocked with rainbow trout on Sept. 10 and Hobbs Reservoir is open. Remember to use artificial flies and lures only. Please see the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more details.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-11
Good
Fishing for trout has really picked up the last few weeks. Anglers are catching their limits in about four hours, and most fish are 18 inches and larger. Perch fishing is good right now, too. Many of the perch are small, but one angler reports catching some nice, 12-inch perch. The tagged fishing contest is ongoing until November 31. Many thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-09-11
Slow
On Sept. 4, Jensen was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout. These newly stocked trout are biting spinners and brown PowerBait.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-09-11
Good
Daytime angling pressure has gone down since most schools are back in session. Many bluegill can be seen swimming near the surface by the fishing pier in the third pond. Water temperatures are around 70°F.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-09-11
Fair
Fishing success has been spotty throughout the summer, but fall fishing usually produces some nice fish.
Logan River
2014-09-11
Good
Anglers report good fishing throughout the Logan River. The water is very clear with great visibility. Anglers have had success using purple haze, Adams and PMDs. The river impoundments have recently been stocked with rainbow trout. Many thanks to Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-09-11
Good
The last reports we received indicated good fishing near the dam. Try using worms and marshmallows.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-09-11
Good
Fall fishing should be good for trout, bluegill and bass.
Newton Reservoir
2014-09-11
Good
The water levels are very low. We recommend that you avoid driving down to the water; the shore is still wet vehicles may get stuck.
Ogden River
2014-09-11
Good
The water levels have risen and become more turbid this week. Use lures with good visibility and flash.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-09-11
Fair
Brothers Jason and Ryan Cooper found cruising tiger muskies feeding near the shore this week. They were fishing with spinner and buzz baits. With much of the previous hides out of water, the muskies are hanging out near the flats and drop-offs. Fall can be a great time to fish at this reservoir!
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-09-11
Slow
Anglers report catching larger kokanee during the pre-spawn fishing. The kokanee are starting to turn red for the spawn. Possession of kokanee salmon is prohibited during the spawning run. This reservoir is closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-09-11
Good
Fishing activity seems to have tapered off, but fall fishing should be great.
Uinta Mountains
2014-09-11
Good
Please remember that there are bears in the Uintas. See bear safety information.

The Uintas received snow this week! Be prepared for winter weather. These lakes are stocked heavily and the fishing is good. If you don't find good fishing at one lake, move on to another.

Smith and Morehouse Reservoir: Angler Jan Hoch reports good fishing using dry flies. Here have been a lot of anglers fishing near the dam.

Uintas North Slope Lakes: Be sure to take your fishing rod when you explore the north slope road on your ATV. The North Slope drainages include Bear River, Henry's Fork and Burnt Fork.

Red Rock Adventures has scans of the Lakes of the High Uintas booklet series available for download. The books, which are out of print, contain useful information on these lakes and how to find them. Download the pdf files.
Weber River
2014-09-11
Good
On Sept. 10, the lower section of the river was turbid due to recent storms.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-09-11
Good
Catfish and wiper fishing is good on the west side of the lake. Anglers are catching fish from boats and from the shore. Recently, wiper and catfish fishing has started to pick up at the inlet channel. One angler recently caught a 24-inch wiper. Many thanks to Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the report.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Scott Root
Central Region Conservation Outreach Manager

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

Waterbody Report
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-09-15
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing with a variety of methods. If you're using bait and the fish completely swallows the hook, please cut the line. Crowds are thinning out a bit now that school has started. The tagged rainbow trout contest runs until October 31, and there are still many prizes to be claimed. Registration is not necessary, so go catch a tagged rainbow trout! There are special regulations in effect at Strawberry: the limit is a combined total of four trout or kokanee salmon. No more than two may be cutthroat trout under 15 inches, and no more than one may be a cutthroat trout over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released. Trout and salmon may not be filleted, and the heads or tails may not be removed in the field or in transit. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more regulations and for help identifying Bear Lake cutthroat trout and rainbow trout.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart
Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

Warnings: Several lakes in northeastern Utah may contain quagga and/or zebra mussels. Learn more about these destructive mussels and how to decontaminate your boat.

Whirling disease was found in the northeastern region of the state. Please make sure you clean, dry and sterilize waders, livewells and other fishing gear before venturing to another water.

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

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2014-09-16
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair for rainbows, bass and yellow perch from the bank and from boats. You'll usually find the best fishing in the cooler morning and evening hours. Trout, bass and perch have gone deeper, so try fishing just above the bottom with trout baits such as a worm-and-marshmallow combination or PowerBait. Boaters are reporting suspended schools of perch and rainbows, roughly 30–40 feet down. Bass anglers are catching fish deep with a sinking fly, crankbait, jig or brightly colored spoon. Water levels are low, but boats can still be launched from the ramp.
Brough Reservoir
2014-09-16
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for bass. There haven't been many reports of trout, which are still deep due to the warm weather. 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
2014-09-16
Good
Fishing has been fair to good. There are weeds growing along the shoreline that make it harder to fish from the bank. Browne was being drained for work on the dam. However, crews were able to inspect the problem areas, and the reservoir was not drained completely. Because of the problem with the dam, the daily bag limit has been increased to eight trout until Jan. 1, 2015.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-09-16
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing.
Calder Reservoir
2014-09-16
Slow
Fishing is slow from tubes and from the bank. Biologists have reported seeing an increase in dead fish along the shoreline. This is likely because warmer water is adding more stress to fish that are released. To help keep fish alive, please use stronger lines and bring fish in quickly. Try to keep their gills in the water at all times and make sure your hands are wet before handling them. Using rubber or silicon nets will prevent damage to scales and the fish's protective slime layer. Please park in the parking area and not on the ramp (inside the cattle guard); it will help others launch with fewer delays. 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
2014-09-16
Fair
Cottonwood Reservoir was treated last fall to remove an overabundance of carp. It has been restocked with fingerling and catchable-sized rainbows, brown trout, tiger muskie and wipers.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-09-16
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
2014-09-16
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and tiger trout. The best time to fish has been in the early morning or late afternoon/evening. Anglers who have fish finders report seeing the fish cruising at about 30 feet down, so try deeper-running lures and baits. Use deep-drifting worms or float a worm-and-marshmallow combination a few feet above the bottom. A recent fish-population survey caught fish up to six pounds, and almost all of the fish had been feeding on snails. The Uintas have received heavy rains over the past few weeks.
East Park Reservoir
2014-09-16
Good
Fishing has been fair to good with flies and spoons. It's been a bit slower with baits, although some anglers have done well drifting worms. The water level is well below the ramp, which makes launching a boat from a trailer difficult. The Uintas have received heavy rains over the past few weeks.
Flaming Gorge
2014-09-16
Good
Kokanee salmon: Closed — All kokanee caught from September 10 through November 30 must be immediately released. Sheep Creek, a tributary stream near Manila, is also closed to fishing.

Rainbow trout: Most anglers report 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. Anglers also report good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays.

Lake trout: Anglers report fair to good fishing. Schools, small groups and singles can be anywhere, although most are now 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.

Smallmouth bass: The bass are providing good to excellent fishing. You'll find the smaller fish at about 10 to 20 feet down, and the larger fish even deeper. Try using the darker, crayfish-colors in just about any kind of bass lure, including flies, grubs, worms, crankbaits and spoons. If they are not hitting, use a smaller lure and work it down close to the bottom.

Burbot: Fair to good fishing starts after sunset and continues until midnight. Start 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 30 feet down) to forage. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky 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 12 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
2014-09-16
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Both dry flies and top/bottom combinations are working well. Try a combination with a grasshopper or large terrestrial on top, followed by an emerger, scud, midge larva or egg imitation as a trailer. Also, be prepared to switch techniques if a hatch begins in your area. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-09-16
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. They are using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp.
Matt Warner
2014-09-16
Fair
Anglers report hit-or-miss fishing, depending mostly on the depth, time of day and staying out of the weeds. Blue-green algae is also present, which makes it harder to use lures. You'll find the best fishing in the cool morning and evening hours. The water level is low (below the boat ramp), so launching boats can be difficult.
Moose Pond
2014-09-16
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbows.
Pelican Lake
2014-09-16
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill. Those who fished early and late during calm periods did better than those who challenged the mid-day heat and winds. Bluegill are getting more difficult to find, so try some of the deeper water, near the middle or west end. Pelican Lake has an overabundance of carp, so you can help the fishery by catching them or taking them with archery equipment. The youth waterfowl hunt starts on September 20.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-09-16
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for bass, rainbows and small walleye. A few big walleye and bass have been caught in recent weeks. Boats can generally get on the water in the mornings, but they often pull out during the afternoon winds. They return in the evenings, after the wind has died down. The best bank fishing has been near the dam and in the east bay (also near the dam), during the early morning hours. Try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or worm and floating bait a couple of feet above the bottom.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-09-16
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing.
Spirit Lake
2014-09-16
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for stocked fish. Spirit has been restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout, so try small, brightly colored lures. Tamarak and Jessen are also being 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. Anglers have reported fair to good fishing on other lakes in adjacent drainages.
Starvation Reservoir
2014-09-16
Fair
Anglers report mixed fishing success for rainbows, bass, walleye and small yellow perch from the shoreline and from boats. The best times to fish are the cooler hours of early morning and late evening, although small bass can be caught anytime. For trout, try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm and floating PowerBait from shore. Another option is to use deep-diving lures. For bass and walleye, try casting into the rocky points and then bottom bouncing across the flats for walleye. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Be careful of the afternoon winds, which can generate big waves very quickly. Improvements to the campgrounds and facilities — and the addition of a new 3-D archery range — have greatly improved the state park.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-09-16
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill, especially in the early morning and on calm evenings. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged sandbars, humps and rocks. The trout are deeper, avoiding the warmer waters that attract the bass and bluegill. Try fishing deep with trout baits and deep-diving lures. For bass, try fishing near rocky points, and for bluegill, focus on the flats or just off the dam in roughly 20 to 25 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
2014-09-04
Fair
Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports improved fishing at Lloyds Lake. Anglers are catching trout as large as 15 inches using PowerBait or dry flies.
Cleveland Reservoir
2014-09-04
Fair
Tom Ogden fly fished for two hours on Aug. 25 and caught four rainbow trout ranging from 14-16 inches long. He used fast-sinking line and a size 6 beadhead purple leech. One Price resident reported consistently good fishing with a silver or gold Shad Rap.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2014-09-04
Slow
On Aug. 23, Randall Stilson reported slow fishing with a large variety of lures.
Grassy Lake
2014-09-04
Fair
On Aug. 31, Kathy Jo Martinez reported fair to good fishing with both nightcrawlers and lemon twist PowerBait.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-09-04
Slow
On Aug. 28, Tom Ogden fly fished from a kick boat. In five hours, he caught two 17-inch wipers, four green sunfish (from 7-9 inches), and eight chubs (from 12-14 inches). Tom used fast-sinking line and a size 6 beadhead soft hackle fly.
Huntington Reservoir
2014-09-04
Slow
Tom Ogden and two others fished for seven hours from kick boats. In that time, they caught 32 tiger trout ranging from 8-20 inches long. The best tackle was size 6-8 soft hackle flies or red leeches on fast-sinking line. Tom observed a number of other shoreline and boat anglers, but other didn't seem to be catching many fish.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2014-09-04
Slow
Over Labor Day weekend, Brandon Behling reported slow fishing. He and his nephew fished from the rocks on the east side, hoping to hook a tiger muskie. Although they had bites, they were unable to land one of the big ones.

Aquatics Manager Justin Hart reported that a friend caught a 36-inch tiger muskie over the weekend. To catch a tiger, Justin recommends large crankbaits, large jigs, large spoons or large pieces of chub meat.
Lower Green River
2014-09-04
Slow
Walt Maldonado reports slow fishing along the lower Green River near the town of Green River. The river has been running thick and red. P&D Ace Hardware in Green River will be sponsoring a catfish contest during the week of Melon Days, which will be from September 15-20. Prizes will include rods and reels.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2014-09-04
Fair
On Aug. 25, Tom Ogden fly fished for three hours and caught 19 rainbow trout ranging from 11-15 inches. He used fast-sinking line and a beadhead purple leech, beadhead soft hackle fly, or green meenie. All flies were sizes 6-8.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-04
Slow
Brandon Behling reported generally slow fishing over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Silver spoons and lures performed best. He tried using a variety of colors of PowerBait without success.
Petes Hole
2014-09-04
Fair
On Aug. 31, Kathy Jo Martinez and two other anglers reported fair to good fishing using lemon twist PowerBait molded onto a single bait hook floated off the bottom. Kathy Jo also enjoyed fast action by casting and retrieving Pistol Petes.
Soup Bowl
2014-09-04
Good
Fishing is good using PowerBait or nightcrawlers.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley
DWR Southern Region Aquatics Biologist

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

Waterbody Report
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-09-12
Fair
Fishing is fair to good.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-09-12
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing at all lakes. Anderson Meadow Reservoir has been drained for dam repairs.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-09-12
Fair
Water flows are regular with releases from Minersville Reservoir. Fishing has been fair for rainbows. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-09-12
Fair
Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Flies and small spinners typically produce well in the summer.
Boulder Mountain
2014-09-12
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for most lake groups. A variety of flies, small lures, and marabou jigs can produce well. If you're fishing with bait, try using natural baits like nightcrawlers or grasshoppers. If fishing is slow at one lake, move to another.
Clear Creek
2014-09-12
Fair
Work is progressing to remove the nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage. Currently, there are catchable-sized Bonneville cutthroat trout in Clear Creek above the Narrows. Water flows are often muddy after rain storms.
Corn Creek
2014-09-12
Fair
Summer fishing can be good with flies, small spinners and natural baits. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked near campgrounds in Corn Creek, Chalk Creek and Oak Creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-09-12
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good. There are a lot of anglers out fishing — especially on weekends.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-09-12
Good
Water flows have dropped to 46 cfs: a perfect level for fishing. 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
2014-09-12
Good
Fishing is fair to good with a variety of fly patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-09-12
Good
Brown, brook and rainbow trout are abundant and generally provide good fishing throughout the summer. Try using flies, lures or natural baits.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-09-12
Fair
There are no recent reports, but smallmouth bass should provide fair to good fishing. The water level has been fairly low all year.
Fish Lake
2014-09-12
Good
Fishing is in its normal summer pattern. Boat anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout by trolling popgear. Shore anglers should try using flies or bait near Twin Creeks. Yellow perch also offer fast action if you jig just outside the weedline. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or the Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-09-12
Slow
The reservoir is filling, but fishing is slow. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-09-12
Slow
Fishing is difficult in the upper Fremont because water flows are murky and high from irrigation releases. Fishing is generally slow in the Bicknell Bottoms, but anglers have caught a few nice-sized fish using brown wooly buggers. Patience is a must when fishing here. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-09-12
Slow
The boat ramp is closed because of the low water level. You can still hand-launch float tubes, canoes and kayaks from shore. Fishing is slow after the recent heavy rain.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-09-12
Fair
Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and catfish at the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and Parowan Pond. The small bluegill can provide fast action for kids at Leigh Hill. Visit the new pond in Brian Head; it's been stocked with rainbows.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-09-12
Fair
Anglers have caught a few tiger muskies this summer. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-09-12
Fair
The reservoir closes to bait fishing on September 13. The water level has been fairly low this year. Look for fishing to improve with cooler fall weather.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-09-12
Fair
Fishing is slow from shore, but fair for anglers that are trolling. There's no boat ramp, but you can launch small boats near the dam.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-09-12
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing from float tubes and small boats. The water is low and there is no boat ramp, so boats must be hand-launched from shore. Hare's ears, pheasant tails and brown wooly buggers have all worked well lately. You may also want to try fishing with flashy lures, spinners and spoons. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-09-12
Fair
Fishing should be fair to good. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2014-09-12
Fair
The reservoir is mostly full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports slow to fair fishing, but fish are fat and healthy. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-09-12
Fair
The water level is dropping due to irrigation releases. Anglers who are trolling report fair fishing for trout and wipers. Both flashy lures and minnow imitations are working. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-09-12
Good
Fishing is good at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes.
Navajo Lake
2014-09-12
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Splake fishing slows down during the summer.
Newcastle Reservoir
2014-09-12
Fair
Trout fishing is fair and wiper fishing is fair to good. Trolling deep-diving lures produces medium-sized wipers, as well as a few trout. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-12
Fair
Trolling is producing fair to good results. Shore fishing slows down in the summer as trout move to deeper water, but you can find fair fishing around the steeper shorelines at the south end.
Panguitch Lake
2014-09-12
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair. Best results for anglers trolling or bait fishing from boats.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-09-12
Fair
Fly and lure anglers report fair to good fishing. Trolling flashy lures can also provide good results. These fish are wild, so natural baits like nightcrawlers work better than PowerBait.
Pine Lake
2014-09-12
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-09-12
Slow
The reservoir is mostly drained and the remaining water will be treated with rotenone in November to reduce a dense population of Utah suckers. The trout bag limit has been increased to eight for the remainder of the year.
Quail Lake
2014-09-12
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good. See the current boat ramp schedule at the Quail Creek State Park website.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-09-12
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent. Try using topwater lures and crayfish-imitating plastics.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-09-12
Fair
Fishing should improve because, with Piute Reservoir mostly drained, water flows have dropped to 35 cfs.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-09-12
Fair
Fishing varies by lake. If you're not having much luck, try a different lake. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-09-12
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-09-12
Fair
Trout fishing slows down when the weather is warmer, but largemouth bass and bluegill can provide good fishing throughout the summer.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-09-12
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-09-12
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing.

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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
2014-09-17
Good

Lake elevation: 3,605 feet

Water temperatures: 75–79°F

Fishing is improving over the length of the lake. Anglers are seeing more striper boils each day and are catching bass with more regularity.

Mark Counter from St George, UT found a nice striper boil in Warm Creek Bay.

Last week, striper boils were confined to a few specific spots. Now, you can see boils almost daily. The best locations in the southern lake include the main channel near the mouth of Navajo Canyon, Gunsight Canyon main channel, Last Chance coves (about half way up the canyon) and main channel from West Canyon to Wetherill. These boils follow the lakewide pattern, so they are most active during the first two hours of the morning and the last hour of the evening. Stripers come up quickly to feed and then go down to regroup before surfacing again. This week the boils moved closer to the walls as stripers try to corral shad and trap them where there's no escape, which makes feeding easier for the predators.

At mid-lake, the best spots are in the San Juan near the mouth and then again from Cha Canyon bay to Neskahi bay. Here the boils are up a bit longer, but the best time is still early morning and late evening.

In the northern lake, the best action is from the Horn to Trachyte Canyon. Again, early and late are the best times to find surface feeding fish.

You can still catch fish during the rest of the day. It takes a bit more work than stopping near a boil, but in the end you can catch more fish deep than on the surface. To start, chase a boil and then start trolling when it ends, graphing the bottom structure. Graphing does not work well in the main channel since the bottom depth is greater than 100 feet. But in the backs of canyons and coves, you can spot suspended shad schools surrounded by other fish traces. Toss out a floating marker and continue to troll, hoping for a bite. If you don't catch fish trolling, return to the marker and drop spoons, bucktail jigs or plastic grubs to the bottom. With the tremendous number of shad available, the game fish are schooling near large shad schools. It is possible to catch both bass and stripers under shad schools. Bass will be in large groups, rather than randomly scattered along the shoreline.

On some days, trolling mid-range lures like Shad Raps or Pointers is the best option. On other days, the Kastmaster may be the best bet. Keep changing lures until the favored pattern for the day is discovered. Try trolling or fishing the bottom in the likely spots you see on the graph. The choice is up to the fish and as anglers we have to respond to what the fish are doing if we want a successful catch.

It is gratifying to see the fisheries respond to the improved habitat and forage. Over the last two years, the lake level declined, brush was eliminated and the fish populations downsized. But now a new younger generation of bass and stripers is responding to the resurgence in lake conditions. There is brush in the shallow water, shad are at a 10-year peak, and young game fish are growing fast while enjoying the luxury.

Fishing is more challenging in these ideal conditions when fish do not have to work to eat, but that also makes catching fish very rewarding. Do not just use the same old techniques in the same comfort zone that you've used over the years. Try using a variety of lures and fishing techniques to find what the fish want. You will be surprised by your reward at the end of the day.

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