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Northern Region Fishing Reports

Bear Lake

Good

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (03-08-19)

Blacksmith Fork River

Fair

Anglers are reporting fair fishing for trout. Try nymphing in shallow riffles and deep runs. Try using gray midge size 18-22, gray magic midge size 18, white beadhead woolly bugger streamer size 8-10, red beadhead prince size 18-20, orange micro egg size 14-16 or a white zonker size 8-10. Midges are hatching in the afternoons on warm days. (03-15-19)

Bountiful Lake

Fair

Fishing is fair to good. Anglers are catching 8- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Try using PowerBait (any color), orange eggs or shrimp. (03-15-19)

Causey Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with at least seven inches of ice, with snow on top. The edges are soft five to six feet out and will require a plank to get onto the ice. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is slow to fair and anglers are catching small planter rainbow trout and small planter cutthroat trout off the bottom in 20 to 30 feet of water. Try using green jig heads with green glow tubes, garlic-scented bait, gizzilla crazy glow bugs tipped with worm or shrimp or nuclear ants tipped with worm. (03-08-19)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is capped with 10 to 19 inches of ice with snow on top. The edges are soft 2 to five feet out. Please use extreme caution because the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is fair to good. Anglers are catching 11- to 22-inch rainbow trout. Try using a green jig head on a white paddle bug tipped with a waxworm, small green tube jig, green atomic teaser with an orange tail tipped with corn or chartreuse PowerBait, green ratfinkees or a tungsten jig tipped with a waxworm. Highway 65 is closed for the winter. You can, however, still get to the park via I-84 from Morgan or Hennifer. (03-15-19)

Echo Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with 12 to 22 inches of ice. The edges are weak with open water six to 14-feet out; you will need a plank to access the ice. Please use extreme caution because the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is fair to good. Anglers are catching 8- to 12-inch crappie on the west side of the reservoir in 5 to 15 feet of water, 18- to 22-inch brown trout, 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout and 6- to 10-inch perch in 25 feet of water near the bottom. Try using a dropper jig below a spoon tipped with a waxworm, small green ice flies, or a green or chartreuse tungsten teardrop jig tipped with cut perch meat or perch eyes. (03-15-19)

Farmington Pond

Slow

The pond is ice-free and few anglers are out fishing. Try fishing orange power eggs off the bottom, chartreuse or green PowerBait, or a green tube jig tipped with worm. (03-15-19)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is capped at least nine inches of ice. The edges are soft 2 to eight feet out. Please use extreme cation as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing pressure is low, try using traditional baits and lures. (03-15-19)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The reservoir is capped with 10- to 12-inches of ice with three inches snow on top. The edges are becoming soft two feet out in areas. Please use extreme caution because the ice conditions are changing. Fishing is slow to fair and anglers are catching 6- to 9-inch perch and largemouth bass in 25- to 30-feet of water near the bottom. Anglers are catching rainbow trout in 35-feet of water suspended 10-feet down. The bite at Hyrum is light. Try using regular jigs tipped with a mealworm, anything pink or green tipped with a waxworm or perch meat or eyes, teardrop jigs tipped with cut perch meat or perch eyes, olive green Hali jigs tipped with waxworms or ice jigs tipped with waxworms. (03-15-19)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

Fishing has been fair to slow. The pond was recently stocked with 500 rainbow trout that averaged 10 inches in length. Anglers are catching rainbow trout off the bottom. Try using orange power eggs, chartreuse or green PowerBait or natural-colored jigs. (03-15-19)

Kaysville Ponds

Fair

Fishing is fair to good and anglers are catching eight to 22-inch rainbow trout and 16- to 18-inch broodstock. Try using a green tube tipped with maggot, an orange micro eggs, PowerBait, a gray midge size 18-22, a gray magic midge size 18 or a white beadhead woolly bugger streamer size 8-10. (03-15-19)

Logan River

Fair

Anglers are catching 10- to 22-inch trout and are reporting fair fishing. Try using San Juan worms, green sinking stoneflies, black stonefly nymphs, pheasant tail nymph, zebra midge or pink scuds. Midges are hatching in the afternoons on warm days. (03-15-19)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with 16 to 20 inches of ice with snow on top. Please use extreme caution because the ice conditions continue to change. The road from the dam to the boat ramp is not maintained in the winter, so you will need a four-wheel drive vehicle or a snow machine to access this part of the Reservoir. Fishing is good in the early morning and slows around 10:00 a.m. Anglers are catching rainbow and cutthroat trout under the slot limit in 25 feet of water near the dam. The bite at Lost Creek is light, try using a small black marabou feather jig, white tube jigs tipped with night crawler or mealworm, floating jigs, white or green jig head tipped with a manic craw plastic, spoons, jigs or cutter bugs. (03-15-19)

Mantua Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is capped with 12 inches of ice with snow on top. The edges are solid. Please use extreme caution because the ice conditions continue to change. Anglers are catching planter rainbow trout and 5- to 6-inch bluegill three feet off the bottom. They're also catching and 4- to 6-inch perch. Try using a small ratfinkee tipped with waxworms, Northland 'Gill Getters, Northland Bro Bugs, a number 12 ratfinkee tipped with a waxworm, a small tungsten jig tipped with perch eye, or a small green jig head with a small white gizzy bug tipped with perch meat. There are road closures at the reservoir for the Mantua East Spring Re-Piping Project. During the construction, access to the south side of the dike road will be closed. The Public Works Administrative Office will notify the public when access reopens. If you have questions about the project, please call 435-734-6615. (03-15-19)

Ogden River

Fair

Anglers report fair fishing for 16- to 20-inch brown trout. Try using a zebra midges, sinking rock rollers, green sinking stoneflies, buffalo midges or chamois caddis. Midges are hatching in the afternoons on warm days. (03-15-19)

Pineview Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with 7 to 20 inches of ice and soft edges 6 to 20 feet out. Please use extreme caution because the ice conditions continue to change. Few anglers are fishing the reservoir. If you head out, try using traditional baits and lures. (03-15-19)

Rockport Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is capped with 9 to 15 inches of ice, the top 5 to seven inches of ice is covered with snow. The edges soft with 8 to 10 feet of open water from shore to the ice, so you will need a plank to access the ice. Please use extreme caution because the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing has been fair to slow, but anglers are catching 8- to 10-inch perch in 40 to 50 feet of water off the bottom and planter rainbow trout about 10 feet under the ice. Try using a white paddle bug with a green-neon head or a white tube with an orange tail tipped with a waxworm. (03-15-19)

Uinta Mountains

Good

All of the lakes and reservoirs are capped with ice, but please use extreme caution because the ice conditions continue to change. Most of the lakes and reservoirs are only accessible by snowmobile. (03-15-19)

Weber River

Fair

The water temperature is 40°F at midday with visibility of 18 inches. Fishing for trout is slow to fair. Wanship is the best stretch to fish from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Try using number 14-18 caddis larva, brown zebra midges, number 16-20 sow bugs, hares ear, pheasant tails, prince nymphs or wooly buggers. (03-15-19)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is ice-free and the water temperature is 39°F. Walleye are starting to move closer to shore for their spawn. Fishing is slow and there are few anglers fishing. Fishing will improve over the next few weeks with the forecasted warmer weather. Try using traditional lures and baits. (03-15-19)


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Central Region Fishing Reports

Burraston Ponds

Slow

Catch rates have been low, and fishing has been slow. Try using Zeke's garlic/rainbow trout bait, Berkley glitter garlic PowerBait or Atlas Mike's Marshmallows. Fish off the bottom and use a slip-sinker rig. We will begin stocking the community ponds later this month. (03-08-19)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

The pond is closed, but it will reopen for public use on April 1. We will begin stocking the community ponds later this month. (03-08-19)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Unstable ice

The ice is thinning. You'll find open water and unsafe edges. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions change. We advise anglers not to attempt ice fishing. Fishing should improve as the ice comes off the reservoir. (03-08-19)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

Angler pressure and catch rates are increasing. If you're fly-fishing, try using midges (#18-#20), sow bugs and blue-winged olives (BWOs). You'll find the best fishing during the mid-day hours. (03-08-19)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has open water. Fishing has been slow, but anglers are catching good-sized trout. Try using chartreuse or garlic PowerBait, or a nightcrawler with Atlas Mike's Marshmallows off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Also, try using small Panther Martin Holy Hammered spinners, Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners, with a medium to slow retrieve. (03-08-19)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

Fishing is fair. Try using rainbow twist or garlic PowerBait, or a nightcrawler (tipped with a marshmallow) and fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Also, try using gold Mepps, silver Panther Martins, or gold or black Rooster Tails with a medium-slow retrieve. We will begin stocking the community ponds later this month. (03-08-19)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Slow

There is open water south of the personal watercraft (PWC) boat ramp to the dam. Please do not venture out onto thin ice. It is extremely unsafe. The ice is about seven inches thick north of the main ramp and about 11 inches thick near Rock Cliff. Anglers report slow fishing with very few bites. Try using Ratfinkee jigs, Ratso or Shrimpo jigs, Swedish Pimples, Lindy Rattl'n Flyer spoons or white paddle bugs. We recommend tipping jigs with mealworms, nightcrawlers or PowerBait. (03-08-19)

Kidney Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow. Stocking will begin this month, so catch rates will improve. Try using garlic PowerBait or Atlas Mike's Marshmallows fished off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. You can also try using a wet fly behind a bubble or metallic inline spinners. (03-08-19)

Midas Pond

Slow

Midas has developed a significant leak in the pond liner. The pond will need to be completely drained and repaired. The pond will be refilled, and we will restock the pond with fish once everything is fixed. Anglers are still able to fish at nearby Kidney and Riverfront ponds. (03-08-19)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the season. It should reopen by Memorial Day. (03-08-19)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Anglers report lower clear water, good catch rates and increased feeding activity. Daily midge hatches are occurring around mid-day. If you're fly-fishing, try nymphing using caddis larva (size #16-#18), sow bugs (size #16-#18) or midge larva or pupa (size #18-#22). Also, try using dry fly midges (size #16-#18), midge emergers (size #20-#22) or soft hackles (size #18-#20). If you're spin casting, try using gold, green or black Rooster Tails, Mepps, Panther Martins or Rapalas and use a medium-slow retrieve. (03-08-19)

Provo River, Middle

Good

Anglers are reporting high catch rates and a lot of feeding fish. Daily midge hatches are occurring around mid-day. If you're fly-fishing, try nymphing using caddis larva (size #16-#18), sow bugs (size #16-#18) or midge larva or pupa (size #18-#22). Also, try using dry fly midges (size #16-#18), midge emergers (size #20-#22) or soft hackles (size #18-#20). If you're spin casting, try using gold, green or black Rooster Tails, Mepps, Panther Martins or Rapalas and use a medium-slow retrieve. We will be conducting creel surveys on the Middle Provo this year. Angler information and participation in these surveys gives our biologists essential data that we will use to better manage and improve Utah's fisheries. (03-08-19)

Salem Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching some trout. Try using garlic PowerBait or a nightcrawler with Atlas Mike's Marshmallows and fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Also, try using small Panther Martin Holy Hammered spinners, Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners with a slow retrieve. We will begin stocking the community ponds later this month. (03-08-19)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has open water. We haven't had many reports of angler pressure or fish catch rates. Try using corn or garlic PowerBait, a nightcrawler (tipped with a marshmallow), or a salmon egg and fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. (03-08-19)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed for the season. It should reopen by Memorial Day. (03-08-19)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

The reservoir is still closed. Additional safety issues were identified, and the reservoir has been drained to make repairs. (03-08-19)

Spring Lake

Slow

Fishing is slow. Try using garlic PowerBait, pink or orange marshmallows, or salmon eggs. Suspend them four feet below a bobber or fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. We will begin stocking the community ponds later this month. (03-08-19)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

Average ice thickness is about 12 inches. Anglers report bad slush in spots, so please use caution when venturing onto the ice. Catch rates are high. Anglers report catching multiple rainbow and cutthroat trout, some kokanee salmon and even Utah suckers. Anglers report success fishing 10 to 15 feet below the ice (or 3 to five feet off the bottom) in the 20- to 30-foot water column. Try using 1/16- to 1/32-ounce pink or chartreuse ice flies, Swedish Pimples, Crazy Glow Orange or Pearl White Maniac Custom Lures Cut'r Bugs, white or pink paddle bug jigs, or white or pink tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs with mealworms, nightcrawlers, shrimp or PowerBait. Also, try scenting your plastic jigs with trout, garlic or crayfish attractant gel or spray. (03-08-19)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There have been no reports of angler pressure or fish catch rates. The upper portion (the Nebo Creek area) and lower portion (near Bennie Creek) have felt the effects of debris flows due to fire in 2018. Fish numbers are down, but fish are still present in the system. If you're fly-fishing, try nymphing using small sized baetis, caddis larva, midge larva or pheasant tails. If you're spin casting, try gold Mepps, silver Panther Martins, or gold or black Rooster Tails upstream of the deeper sections and use a slow retrieve. (03-08-19)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has an average of 12 inches of ice. Open water is present near the river inlet, so please continue to use extreme caution when venturing out near this area. Fishing has slowed a bit, but anglers are still catching 12- to 16-inch trout. Try using Ratfinkees, Ratso or Shrimpo jigs, teardrop jigs or 1.5-inch white or glow panfish tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs and spoons with mealworms, salmon eggs, wax worms or PowerBait. (03-08-19)

Utah Lake

Good

The lake has open water. Boaters are able to launch from all marinas. Anglers report that the white bass bite is still good. Try using glitter/chartreuse, fire tiger, yellow or white 1.5-inch curly tail grubs or skirted panfish tube jigs (with a 1/16- to 1/32-ounce jig head). Also, try Mepps White Dot Black Fury, Mepps Syclops Spoon, Blue Fox Vibrax Foxtail, or Rapala Shad Rap lures. White bass will typically bite without baiting jigs. You can tip jigs with nightcrawlers, mealworms or PowerBait if the bite is slow. (03-08-19)

Vernon Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow. Try using rainbow twist or garlic PowerBait or a nightcrawler (tipped with a marshmallow) and fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Also, try using gold Mepps, silver Panther Martins, or gold or black Rooster Tails with a medium-slow retrieve. (03-08-19)

Willow Pond

Slow

Catch rates have been low, and fishing is slow. Try using rainbow twist or garlic PowerBait or a nightcrawler (tipped with a marshmallow) and fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Also, try using small neon Ratfinkees or ice flies below a bobber. We recommend tipping jigs with nightcrawlers, salmon eggs or PowerBait. We will begin stocking the community ponds later this month. (03-08-19)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The reservoir has open water. Boats can launch from the Oasis and Painted Rock boat ramps. Water levels are low, and hazard buoys are not in place yet, so launch at your own risk. Angling pressure has been low. Our biologists will begin working to net and collect eggs from female northern pike. Our hatcheries will use those eggs to produce tiger muskies. Recent netting efforts to check pike spawning conditions intercepted 12-inch rainbow trout and 36- to 42-inch northern pike. All fish were released back into the reservoir. DWR biologists recommend fishing the south, Sevier River inlet portion of the reservoir. For trout, try using glitter garlic PowerBait, Atlas Mike's Marshmallows or a nightcrawler and fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. For northern pike, try using Acme Kastmasters, Blue Fox Foxtail Super Vibrax spinners, white/red Dardevle spoons, Panther Martin Muskie Marabuck spinners, Rapala Jointed Minnow or Heddon Zara Spook. (03-08-19)


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Northeastern Region Fishing Reports

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir is currently 73 percent full, but will rise with the warmer weather. Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush during the week ahead. There may also be up to a foot of snow and a few inches of slush in places, which will make it difficult to walk. There is some open water near the dam. Please use extreme caution on the ice. Use small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with waxworms, perch eyes, and gulp minnows. (03-15-19)

Brough Reservoir

Good

Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush once the weather warms. Anglers report fish sitting at the top five feet of the water column. Fishing is good in the morning with pink jigs tipped with mealworms. There are still some thin soft spots, so please use extreme caution on and off the ice and drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Browne Lake

Slow

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are still closed and locked for the winter. Please use extreme caution on and off of the ice and let us know if you have any success. (03-15-19)

Bullock Reservoir

Unstable ice

There have been no recent angling reports. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice, and drill test holes. Also, let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie through the ice. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. Submit any photos to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (03-15-19)

Calder Reservoir

Slow

Because of the extreme winter, we starting to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir and we anticipate a fish kill. We aren't currently sure about the extent of the kill. The roads are limited to snowmobile access only. The reservoir is capped with ice, but there may still be open water near the windmills in the middle. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice, and drill test holes. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (03-15-19)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Unstable ice

There are no recent angling reports. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. (03-15-19)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Slow

The gates are closed and you can only access the reservoir by snowmobiles. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. There are no recent angler reports. If you fish Currant Creek Reservoir, please email pictures and results to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (03-15-19)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are closed and locked for the winter. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. There are no recent angler reports. (03-15-19)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

All of the launches are iced-in and most of the reservoir is frozen. Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush once the weather warms. The roads will likely be muddy throughout the week, too.

Lake trout: Fishing is slow to fair for small lake trout while jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Small lake trout (less than 25 inches long) have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size of fish also makes for an excellent meal.

Kokanee salmon: Prior to freezing in, some anglers were launching boats at Lucerne and catching kokanee while trolling dodgers/squids in 10 to 15 feet of water under planer boards.

Rainbow trout: Some anglers are having success fishing open water from shore near the dam. Marabou jigs are very effective, in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Ice anglers report good fishing in 8 to 15 feet of water using small jigging spoons and jigs tipped with mealworm. Chartreuse and pink have been successful lure colors.

Smallmouth bass: We haven't received any recent reports. It's uncommon to catch bass in the winter.

Burbot: Fishing is good. Look for areas that weren't hit by the Burbot Bash crowd. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night. Use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip your lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (03-15-19)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average water flows are around 800 cfs. This decrease should make the river more accessible to fish and for wade fishing. See the current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. The crowds are gone, so now is a great time to fish the Green River. Try using small zebra midges and other midge dry flies. For nymphs, use some midge and small baetis patterns. Light- or dark-colored streamers should be useful during the water flow changes. Spin fishing is always good. Marabou or tube jigs in earth tones, white-and-chartreuse or ginger are good options in shallow or deep water. Rainbow- or brown-trout-patterned crankbaits and spoons also work well. Pinch down the barbs for a quick release. (03-15-19)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent angler reports. Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. The reservoir has fishable ice, but use extreme caution and drill test holes before accessing it. Before the last stocking, the reservoirs pH levels were very high. Because of the high level, we did not stock rainbow trout. You should expect to catch only bluegill and largemouth bass. (03-15-19)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

The gates are closed for the winter. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Matt Warner

Slow

With the extreme winter conditions these season, we have started to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir. We anticipate a fish kill, though we do not know the extent of the kill at this time. Access is limited to snowmobile access only. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice. (03-15-19)

Moose Pond

Slow

The pond has solid, fishable ice. We haven't received reports on fishing conditions or success. This is a great place to introduce anglers to ice fishing. Try using small jigs tipped with bait like mealworms, gulp minnows or PowerBait. Please use extreme caution on the ice, and always drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Pelican Lake

Slow

Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. There may be some open water in several locations on the north end. The lake was treated with rotenone on October 10 and 11, and few fish have been restocked. Bluegill were stocked after the treatments, but biologists do not recommend fishing for them. There are few fish compared to the size of the lake. If you catch one, please release it to help the population get a jump start. Thanks for your cooperation. (03-15-19)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing. The North Beach access to Red Fleet — off of Donkey Flatt Road — is closed until the snow can be cleared. The gate is closed, too. Please use caution if you attempt to drive to the gate, because you will likely get stuck. There are about 18 inches of ice in many locations. Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. Rangers report about 10 inches of fishable ice with varying thin spots. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

The gates are closed for the winter. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. Remember: the trout limit is 2, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. (03-15-19)

Spirit Lake

Slow

The lake is only accessible by snowmobile. There are no recent angling reports. (03-15-19)

Starvation Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report good fishing for 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout. Bigger fish have been harder to catch. Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. The reservoir water level is increasing and is currently at 88 percent full. Please harvest small walleye to help balance the reservoir and produce healthier walleye populations. If you catch crappie, please release them to help the population establish. (03-15-19)

Steinaker Reservoir

Slow

Rangers report that the reservoir has had a complete fish kill. It's unlikely any fish survived. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice. Work on the dam will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2019. We hope to be begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (03-15-19)


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Southeastern Region Fishing Reports

Abajo Mountains

Good

Anglers at Lloyd's Lake have had a lot of success catching rainbows. Try using rainbow PowerBait or white tube jigs tipped with mealworms. Most of their success has been near the dam in 10 to 15 feet of water. The ice is between 5 and six inches thick. (03-08-19)

Academy Mill Reservoir

Closed

Academy Mill Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are inaccessible to highway vehicles because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Benches Pond

Closed

Benches Pond is currently inaccessible because of deep snow along Skyline Drive. (03-08-19)

Blue Lake

Closed

Blue Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Boulger Reservoir

Closed

Boulger Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond

Closed

The Carbon County Community Fishing Pond is closed for the winter. (03-08-19)

Cleveland Reservoir

Closed

Cleveland Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Duck Fork Reservoir

Closed

Duck Fork Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are likely inaccessible to highway vehicles because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Electric Lake

Closed

Electric Lake is currently inaccessible without a snow machine or snowshoes. (03-08-19)

Emerald Lake

Closed

Emerald Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Fairview Lakes

Closed

Snow on the Manti-La Sal National Forest has made the road to Fairview Lakes inaccessible for highway vehicles. (03-08-19)

Ferron Reservoir

Closed

Ferron Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Gigliotti Pond

Fair

Gigliotti Pond had about 16 inches of snow on Mar. 7. Try using white or green tube jigs or paddle bugs tipped with worms for catching rainbow trout here. (03-08-19)

Gooseberry Reservoir

Closed

Gooseberry Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are likely inaccessible to highway vehicles because of deep snow. Gooseberry, however, may be accessible with a snow machine. (03-08-19)

Grassy Lake

Closed

Grassy Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Huntington Creek

Fair

Portions of Huntington Creek are still accessible, but there is a lot of snow in Huntington Canyon. Finding safe parking along Highway 31 may be difficult. (03-08-19)

Huntington North Reservoir

Good

Huntington North Reservoir had about 16 inches of ice on Mar. 7, though the ice is getting soft and slushy along the shoreline, so use caution. The rainbow trout are biting on green, sparkly tube jigs. Try tipping these with worms or chub meat. (03-08-19)

Huntington Reservoir

Closed

Huntington Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Joes Valley Reservoir

Fair

The fishing hasn't been fast at Joes Valley, but anglers are catching splake and cutthroat trout averaging 18 inches or larger. Try using white jig heads or tube jigs tipped with mealworms or chub meat. Joes Valley Reservoir is still easily accessible and had about 20 inches of ice near the boat ramp on Mar. 7. Utah Highway 29 will be impacted by rockslides throughout the spring runoff, so drive with caution. (03-08-19)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond

Closed

The Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond is closed for the winter. (03-08-19)

La Sal Mountains

Closed

Access to waterbodies on the La Sal mountains may be limited because of recent snowfall. (03-08-19)

Lower Fish Creek

Fair

Lower Fish Creek below Scofield Reservoir is not frozen over, but you'll need snowshoes or a snow machine to get to it. (03-08-19)

Miller Flat Reservoir

Closed

Miller Flat Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are likely inaccessible to highway vehicles because of recent snowfall. Miller Flat Reservoir may be accessible with a snow machine. The gate to the Miller Flat road will close during the spring months as the snow thaws. (03-08-19)

Millsite Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Try using a white or green tube jig tipped with chub meat, mealworm or nightcrawler for catching tiger and cutthroat trout at Millsite Reservoir. (03-08-19)

Petes Hole

Closed

Petes Hole and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Potters Ponds

Closed

Potters Ponds and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Price River

Closed

Much of the Price River through Price Canyon has frozen over. (03-08-19)

Scofield Reservoir

Good

Accessing Scofield Reservoir will be difficult without snowshoes or a snow machine. Some anglers have also reported lots of slush on the reservoir, so driving a snow machine on the ice is not recommended. Fishing, however, has been good. Anglers are catching lots of cutthroat and rainbow trout. Try using white or green tube jigs or paddle bugs tipped with chub meat. (03-08-19)

Soup Bowl

Closed

Soup Bowl and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Willow Lake

Closed

Willow Lake and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir

Closed

Wrigley Springs Reservoir and other waters on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are currently inaccessible because of deep snow. (03-08-19)


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Southern Region Fishing Reports

Baker Reservoir

Slow

Some catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The reservoir is full but murky due to recent storms. (03-09-19)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 20. Lakes should have safe ice, but the snow is limiting access. (03-09-19)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

The lakes should have safe ice, but the snow is limiting access. (03-09-19)

Beaver River, Lower

Slow

The water flow is a little murky due to recent storms. Anglers should step lightly to avoid spooking fish during low flow. (03-09-19)

Beaver River, Upper

Slow

The anchor ice is making winter fishing difficult. (03-09-19)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Several Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 20. Anglers should check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed. Most of the lakes in the area have safe ice, but access is limited to snowmobiles and ATVs with tracks, due to the snow. (03-09-19)

Clear Creek

Slow

The water flows have been high lately, due to rain and runoff. Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. (03-09-19)

Corn Creek

Fair

The access is limited by snow. (03-09-19)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Slow

Currently, thin ice covers most of Duck Creek Pond. (03-09-19)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Slow

The surface ice is gone, but the flow is very murky, due to low elevation runoff and rain. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-09-19)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Slow

The water flow is very murky due to low elevation runoff and rain. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-09-19)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Slow

Access to the river is limited by snow. Work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in the drainage has begun. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non-native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three to four years. (03-09-19)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Slow

Both reservoirs are now ice-free. Water levels are also rising quickly and the water is murky, especially in the upper reservoir. Fishing conditions are tough right now but more water means better fishing for the rest of the year. (03-09-19)

Fish Lake

Hot

The ice is 15 to 18 inches thick. Additional snow in the area this week is making access difficult for ATVs and even snowmobiles. Fishing is fast for perch and small trout just outside the weeds in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs, ice flies or jigging spoons tipped with mealworms, night crawlers or perch meat. Perch are typically staying within a couple feet of the bottom and trout can be found on the bottom or suspended. If you want to catch a lot of perch, focus on the north and south ends of the lake. The sections through the middle have fewer perch, due to a more narrow weed line. Trout fishing has also been slower lately between Lakeside and Bowery. To increase your trout catch and average size, move out to 20-40 feet and increase your jig size. You can also catch rainbows and splake suspended 20-40 feet down over deeper water. An occasional kokanee salmon is also picked up. For lake trout, head out to deeper water (60-100 feet) and fish large tube jigs tipped with cut bait (chub, sucker or perch) on the bottom. A good fish finder is essential to spot lake trout and react to their behavior. A heavy dose of patience is also required. It's typical to catch several pups and hook an occasional large lake trout. It's also common to see a lot of fish swim by and look without biting. Before you head to the reservoir, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (03-09-19)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

The access road off Highway 72 has not been plowed, and the snow is too deep for trucks or ATVs. The reservoir is still ice-capped but fishing pressure is minimal. It appears that fish numbers were significantly reduced by low water last year. (03-09-19)

Fremont River

Slow

The road from Mill Meadow Reservoir to Johnson Reservoir is not plowed. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports slow-to-fair fishing using midge patterns. The ice cover is making fishing a little difficult on the colder days. (03-09-19)

Gunlock Reservoir

Slow

The fish that were restocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Look for conditions to continue to improve at Gunlock over the next year. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for boat ramp hours. (03-09-19)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs are ice-free again. Fair success has been reported for white bass, yellow perch and walleye at the reservoir outlets. (03-09-19)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Slow

The Lake at the Hills in Cedar City opened this week and has been stocked with brood brook trout. (03-09-19)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

The access roads are not maintained during the winter. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-09-19)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was mostly drained and treated with rotenone in the fall of 2018 to remove illegally stocked yellow perch, green sunfish and bluegill. Trout will be restocked as early as possible during the spring of 2019. (03-09-19)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was completely drained in 2018 for irrigation use and dam repairs. The reservoir is starting to fill now, but trout will not be stocked until spring. (03-09-19)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Slow

No recent reports on access or ice are available. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-09-19)

Mammoth Creek

Slow

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been closed to trespassing so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. Expect high water flow due to rain and runoff on lower Mammoth Creek, lower Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River near Hatch. (03-09-19)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Slow

The ice is currently safe. Slow-to-fair fishing has been reported from small rainbows, browns and perch. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-09-19)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is once again ice-free. Fly fishing has been fair for some nice rainbow trout. (03-09-19)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

Access is not maintained during the winter. (03-09-19)

Navajo Lake

Slow

The ice is currently safe. Access is limited to only snowmobiles. Expect a lot of snow and slush on top of the ice. Slow-to-fair fishing for small rainbows and splake has been reported. Larger splake are also present, but can be pretty tough to catch. (03-09-19)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is currently ice-free. The water level is rising and water clarity has been good, though that can change at any time with runoff. Slow-to-fair fishing has been reported for rainbow trout using Powerbait. (03-09-19)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The ice is deteriorating rapidly due to recent warm temperatures, rain and rising water levels. Open water fishing should be possible any day now. (03-09-19)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

The ice currently measures up to 18 inches. Snowstorms have hit the area hard lately, so you can expect to find up to a foot of snow and slush on top of the ice. Highway 143 from Brian Head to the Mammoth Creek Road remains closed due to excessive snow. The best way to find consistent fishing is to get away from the crowds. Heavy fishing pressure in the popular areas in the shallows pushes active fish to the middle of the lake. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows and cutthroat in 10-15 feet on the south and east parts of the lake, but remember to walk past all the people ringing the shoreline. You can also go out to deeper water (25-40 feet) and catch plenty of fish in the top 10-15 feet. There haven't been as many fish on the bottom in the deeper water, which may be due to lower oxygen. You can access deep water fairly close to the north shore, but you should go farther out to get away from the heavily pressured spots. A fish finder can be very useful in deep water. Light-colored (especially glow) jigs tipped with raw shrimp or chub meat are producing the most consistently. The bites have been fairly light. (03-09-19)

Paragonah Reservoir

Good

Access is currently limited to snowmobiles and maybe ATVs. Ice should be over 12 inches by now. Fishing is very fast for tiger trout up to 16 inches, though most are 10-11 inches, with a handful of cutthroat trout mixed in. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or chub meat are working well. Starting Jan. 1, the trout limit has been reduced to four – the same as the statewide limit. The tiger trout stocked after the wildfire have survived very well, however, so feel free to take the limit to help cut down on competition and improve growth. (03-09-19)

Pine Lake

Fair

No recent reports on access are available. Ice fishing is typically good if you can get there. (03-09-19)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was mostly drained in 2018 for irrigation needs. (03-09-19)

Quail Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair-to-good fishing from the shore and boats. See the Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass fishing tips. (03-09-19)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Slow

Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The key is to fish deep (20-30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, swimbaits and drop shot rigs are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be effective. (03-09-19)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

The flow is up to 130 cfs. This flow should remove ice and make fishing easier. (03-09-19)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

The lake should have safe ice, but the snow limits access. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up- to-date conditions and fishing reports. (03-09-19)

Tropic Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir should have safe ice. Access may be possible with four-wheel-drive. Rainbow trout often don't winter well, but there are a few nice brown trout that can be caught through the ice. (03-09-19)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Trout are stocked periodically through the cold months and provide fair-to-good fishing. Brood sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all the ponds and are providing some exciting action. (03-09-19)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Slow

There is currently little-to-no fishing pressure. Black crappie began being introduced in the reservoir in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn. (03-09-19)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Access is currently limited to snowmobiles and maybe ATVs. Ice fishing is typically fair-to-good if you can get there. (03-09-19)


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Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake Powell

Good

Lake elevation: 3,570 feet

Water temperatures: 49°F-53°F;

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Cold, windy weather has been replaced by beautiful, calm, warming spring weather. My fishing results the first two weeks of March in the cold water were not stellar so I hoped for much better success for the 3rd weekly fishing trip. In preparation for that trip I reviewed my archived fish reports — both the recent reports on wayneswords.net and the older reports on wayneswords.com. The old reports are still insightful and I found one that resonated with the current conditions faced this week. The water has been cold and is now warming so what is the fish response to the change in temperature? I found several reports from mid-March but one really stood out to me. Briefly, the report stated that stripers moved from deep water to very shallow water and were receptive to fast moving, shallow running crankbaits.

Shallow running lures (3-10 feet) with shad coloration are working well for stripers in shallow water.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

The old reports were from Last Chance and Rock Creek, but I find that a fishing pattern is likely to work over the length of the lake instead of in one isolated canyon. With that in mind, we headed uplake and tried some of the deep-water spots that had been productive in previous reports. On one trip we caught 80 stripers on spoons along with one 20-pound striper. We stopped at that spot and saw no fish on the graph. We went further back to shallower water and saw no fish on the graph.

It was time to try the pattern given in the old fish report. Water temperature in the morning held steadily at 49 degrees in the clear water of the main channel, but as we moved to the back of the canyon the temperature rose to 52, and finally to 53 degrees in the slightly turbid water. There were many unfamiliar islands showing up with the recent decline in lake level. We started trolling at 3.5 mph, in 15 feet of water, seeing no fish on the graph. (Remember the visible graph cone size is very small when graphing in shallow water.)

The first striper hit our trolled Lucky Craft Bevy Shad and XD pointers at a depth of 11 feet. We stopped to reel in the fish, then started to cast at that spot and were rewarded with constant catching of willing, very healthy stripers, from 12 inches to 3 pounds. We were surrounded by single splashes of jumping fish, which were eventually identified as gizzard shad. We had found the warm spot where many different species of fish were enjoying the sunshine and frolicking in the warmer water. The shallowest fish caught was in 2 feet of water and the deepest was at 14 feet.

Back at the fish-cleaning station we found the vast majority of stripers were males that will spawn this year. These precocious males are the most likely stripers to catch in abundance each spring. They are usually in shallower water and much more aggressive than pre-spawn females. They are very fun fish to catch. They all had empty stomachs so they were happy to see our lures.

Bass fishing is turning on due to the same warming triggers mentioned for stripers. Find shallow, murky water that is warmer than the clear water in the main channel. Fish plastic grubs, senkos and jerk baits around rocky structure. Bass will be grouped up. Sometimes you find a regular point that has many bass, while other similar points are vacant. Pound the shoreline and catch a decent amount of bass each day.

The winning weight of the Utah BASS Nation State Team Qualifier held at Bullfrog last weekend was 10 bass with a total weight of 32 pounds. Overall, 64 anglers caught and released 396 bass (300 largemouth and 96 smallmouth). Largemouth prime time is right now at Lake Powell.

(03-20-19)

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