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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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

Current water levels: See current water levels for rivers and lakes across Utah.

Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing is good for cutthroat trout and whitefish, and fair for lake trout. Anglers targeting trout are fishing with tube jigs tipped with cisco and/or worms right on the bottom in anywhere from 35 to 70 feet of water. Try fishing off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, off the new rockpiles north of the marina, at Second Point and along Cisco Beach. Other anglers are trolling and catching fish in these same locations using jointed Rapalas (size 11) and minnow-shaped crankbaits. If you are after whitefish, use a small, 1/8- to 1/4-ounce jig and tip it with a piece of worm or a waxworm. Try using a vertical jigging spoon and then run another short piece of line between the spoon and a small ice fly (about 8 to 10 inches below the spoon). This method works well for both trout and whitefish. Remember, all cutthroat trout without a healed fin clip must be released.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
On Feb. 23, Birch Creek had frozen over again, but the ice was very thin and unstable. There haven't been any anglers our fishing. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston. Many thanks to Conservation Officer John Owen for the report.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-02-26
Fair
The river flow is much lighter than it has been in recent days. The water has a green hue. Some midges have hatched during the warm afternoons. Anglers report success with blue-wing olives, hare's ears and size 16–18 prince nymphs.
Bountiful Lake
2015-02-26
Fair
The recent cold temperatures have left a little ice around the edges where the water meets the shore, but the rest of the pond is open water. Anglers report slow fishing. The water near the inlet is still clear enough that you can see fish swimming. On Feb. 23, one angler had fair success catching trout near the inlet using a pink San Juan worm during the day, then switching to a blue-winged olive in the late afternoon and evening as the sun started to set. The pond stocked with 2,000 nine-inch trout on Feb. 9.
Causey Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
There is finally enough open water from the boy scout camps to the dam and along the dike. There's a little ice in the middle of the reservoir, making fishing from shore or a small watercraft possible. Ice covers the fingers leading to the South Fork inlet and to Causey Estates. We do not recommend venturing out on the ice at this time.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2015-02-26
Slow
Angling pressure is light. A few anglers fished the Benson Marina over the weekend, but the fishing has been very slow.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-02-26
Good
Anglers report good fishing from boats and from the shore. Most anglers are catching their limits. Shore anglers are using garlic-rainbow PowerBait or a worm and marshmallow combination. Most anglers seem to be having the best success on the south side of the reservoir, near the inlet and near the point just west of the boat ramp. You can now dock your boat. Please remember to put the completed quagga mussel inspection form on your dashboard. If no one is at the gate when you come in to pay, go to the boat ramp and pick up a blank form at our big quagga mussel sign. If you don't have the form on your dashboard, you will receive a citation. Many thanks to Park Ranger Kent Cummings for the report.
Echo Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
There is still some very unstable ice on the reservoir. It has melted enough to allow casting from the shore.
Farmington Pond
2015-02-26
Fair
Fishing has slowed down quite a bit within the last few weeks, especially for the larger brood stock rainbows. The water continues to be clear enough that you can see the fish swimming around, even where it is deeper by the fishing dock. Anglers have had continued success near the inlet using chartreuse or white jigs and lures, PowerBait, worms and bread.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
Angling pressure is very light. More anglers are visiting the reservoir on the weekends, but not many. The water is quite clear and visibility is good. The reservoir was stocked with 5,000 nine-inch trout on Feb. 19. You can use a non-motorized canoe, kayak, float tube or kick boat on this waterbody. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting Holmes Creek.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-02-26
Good
Anglers report good fishing. Boat anglers reported success trolling with perch Rapalas, Rat-L-Traps and almost anything else. Boats with two anglers were catching and releasing about 20-30 fish per boat. Shore anglers have had success with worms, silver spinners and PowerBait, and many were catching their limits within three hours. Many thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-02-26
Fair
Angling pressure has been very light. The pond was last stocked with 1,700 nine-inch trout on Feb. 18. There were a few fish jumping at the surface on Feb. 23. Fishing has been very hit-or-miss lately. It's been good one day and bad the next. Overall, most anglers have had success with dark-colored leeches fished a few feet below the surface. Worms and PowerBait have also been effective. Unfortunately, cormorants have returned to the pond, and fishing may stay slow while the birds are here.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-02-26
Fair
The pond was stocked with 750 nine-inch rainbow trout on Feb. 18. Angling pressure continues to be light. A couple anglers fished the third pond on Feb. 23 but didn't catch anything. The water is a little murky and visibility is low.
Little Creek Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
All ice is off at Little Creek. Anglers are seeing better fishing recently than they were a few weeks ago. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston. Many thanks to Conservation Officer John Owen for the report.
Logan River
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing is very good throughout the river. Flows are up and the river is experiencing spring-like conditions. Anglers have had success using small, size 20, renegade, typical nymph and brassie patterns. Fishing at the third dam has been fair for anglers catching smaller rainbows using PowerBait. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson, Conservation Officer Chris Schulze and Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
There's enough open water to allow casting form shore near the dam and behind the boat ramp near the inlet. The finger leading to the desert land is still covered in ice, and there is a lot of ice near and in front of the boat ramp as well. The ice touches the shore in some spots, but it's unstable. We do not recommend venturing out on the ice. Since this is one of the few reservoirs experiencing ice-off, it's likely that the fishing is very good.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing has really picked up in the last week. Fishing from the shore, along the rocks and on the east side continues to be fair to good. Fishing is very good for those using water vessels on the south side, near the creek that runs through the reservoir. Fish are biting traditional baits and lures.
Newton Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
All the ice has melted and water levels are slowly rising. There haven't been any anglers out fishing recently. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson and Conservation Officer Chris Schulz for the report.
Ogden River
2015-02-26
Good
The water is crystal clear right now. More anglers have been fishing the south fork of the river, but the action has been slow.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
The ice is gone at Pineview — it's all open water. Angling pressure is very light, but there are a few boaters trolling around. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Devin Christensen for the report.
Porcupine Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
The ice is gone at Porcupine — it's all open water. Angling pressure is fairly light. A few anglers have been out fishing, but they say it's slow. In The roads are snow packed and icy in the shadowed areas. Many thanks Jodie Anderson for the report.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
Fishing is good in the morning, but it slows down later in the day. There haven't been many anglers out fishing the reservoir. There is a giant ice sheet floating around in the reservoir; however, anglers can still fish from the shore and launch a boat. On March 7, Rockport State Park will host their Eagles on Ice program. There will be free hot chocolate and hot dogs. You'll also get a chance to see four live raptors up close, including a bald eagle. Cabela's is a co-sponsor and will bring optics for you to use for free. Many Thanks to Park Ranger Aaron Hone for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2015-02-26
Good
Angling pressure has been very light. This is a great place to get out and enjoy some ice fishing, away from all the city noise. Good choices include Washington, Trial, Whitney and Hoop lakes. Check out this video on fishing the North Slope lakes. Be prepared for winter survival conditions.
Weber River
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing is picking up. One angler reported good fishing bouncing a brown jig along the bottom. Ice has started to accumulate on the rocks throughout the river, so be sure to use caution when venturing out.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing is reported as fair to good. Some anglers are doing extremely well once they find a school of fish. Anglers are also catching some good walleye and wipers using fire tiger Rapalas.

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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
2015-03-02
Fair
Try using traditional lures or baits, including Jake's spinners or worms. Please keep in mind that the pond is for day-use only. Stocking will begin at the end of March.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-03-02
Closed
Fishing access is closed until mid-March.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-03-02
Fair
The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. The Charleston dirt ramp has been permanently closed. There are currently 20 tagged fish at the reservoir, and if you catch one, you can return it to the state park office for a prize. If you catch any fish with clipped fins, please measure them to the millimeter and report the data to the park office or to the Springville DWR office. Boaters are having success with shad raps. Once you find the perch, the trout aren't far behind. Quagga mussel veligers have been identified and confirmed via DNA analysis in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft that exit Deer Creek are now required to decontaminate. The reservoir is currently 87 percent full, and the island has water surrounding it. Call the state park at 435-654-0171 to ask about current conditions or check Deer Creek's Facebook status for updated information.
Diamond Fork River
2015-03-02
Slow
The road is now open to Three Forks. Midges are hatching at midday, and a size-22 midge imitation may produce fish. Anglers report catching good-sized fish north of the campground area.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-03-02
Slow
The reservoir is half full, but we have not received any recent reports from anglers.
Highland Glen Park
2015-03-02
Slow
Rainbow trout stocking will begin this week. Fish are feeding, so try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-03-02
Good
The main ramp and the Rock Cliff ramps are still closed. The PWC ramp is open. Very little ice remains (in the Rock Cliff area), but please use caution. All restrooms are closed, except for the heated one near the top of the ramp. There are currently 20 tagged fish at the reservoir, and if you catch one, you can return it to the state park office for a prize. If you catch any fish with clipped fins, please measure them to the millimeter and report the data to the park office or to the Springville DWR office. Float tubers report success while fishing with Rapalas. Traditional baits, including worms and PowerBait, are also working well. The reservoir is about 65 percent full.
Kidney Pond
2015-03-02
Slow
Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait, under a bubble. Anglers report catching several planter trout. We will start stocking fish during the last week of March.
Midas Pond
2015-03-02
Slow
Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait, under a bubble. We will start stocking fish during the last week of March.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-03-02
Fair
The road to the reservoir is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-03-02
Slow
Because of irrigation needs last year, the reservoir was drained.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-02
Slow
The reservoir is currently 75 percent full, and the water is still rising. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Payson Lake
2015-03-02
Fair
The road to the Nebo Loop is closed at the lowest gate outside of Payson.
Provo River, Lower
2015-03-02
Good
Please remember: The Provo River below I-15 is closed to angling from March 1 until May 2. Continue to use big attractor nymphs and midge nymphs without beads. Midge hatches are still occurring on the warmer days, especially at midday. Sow bugs and orange scuds are working in sizes 16 and 18. Watch for dark-colored midges and buffalo midges. Water levels are ranging from 100 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 79 cfs near Harbor Drive
Provo River, Middle
2015-03-02
Good
You'll find great midge fishing right now. Try midge nymphs without beads or use big attracter nymphs. There continues to be an incredible midge hatch at midday, and it's becoming pretty consistent. So, if you're fishing at midday, nymphs (size 22 and smaller) are a good choice. Watch for dark-colored midges and buffalo midges. Water flows are near 135 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release and Charleston areas (around 152 cfs).
Salem Pond
2015-03-02
Slow
Rainbow trout stocking will begin during the second week of March. Try using a Jake's spinner. Other good options include a bubble with worms or PowerBait.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-03-02
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Silver Lake
2015-03-02
Fair
The road to the lake is closed at Tibble Fork.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-03-02
Slow
The opened on March 1 and will be stocked this week. Try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers or PowerBait with a bubble.
Spring Lake
2015-03-02
Slow
Rainbow trout stocking will begin during the third week of March. Try using nightcrawlers or powerbait with a bubble.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-03-02
Good
We aren't adding any new ice, but conditions are holding steady with cold overnight temperatures. The ice ranges from eight to 14 inches in many spots. Fish are biting, but the bite is very light. ATV and sled use has been fairly high, but always use caution. Haws has become pretty unsafe, and there's some open water near the Narrows. Anglers have recently found the best fishing in 18–20 feet of water with white tub jigs. You should also try one- to two-inch jigs tipped with chub or shiners, mealworms or nightcrawlers.
Thistle Creek
2015-03-02
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but there are a lot of midges hatching right now. Try using small midges if you're fly fishing.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-03-02
Slow
Try throwing a dry fly along the shoreline or using small gidgets tipped with mealworms or nightcrawlers.
Utah Lake
2015-03-02
Slow
Anglers are catching white bass off the docks, but it's been slow. It looks like the walleye are already starting to milt, so the spawn is not far off. Use smaller swimbaits for walleye, and you might want to try using stainless steel leader (to avoid having your line severed by any pike you might catch). As of Jan. 27, 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 the fish to the Utah Lake State Park office (off of Center Street) or the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street).
Vernon Reservoir
2015-03-02
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-03-02
Slow
The pond will be stocked during the second week of April. Until then, try a Jake's spinner or throw a dry fly. The trout are hungry and active.
Willow Pond
2015-03-02
Slow
Rainbow trout stocking will begin this week. Try using a bubble, garlic-flavored PowerBait or worms. Fish will be very active. As soon as the water warms, catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill will begin to feed. They can be caught throughout the pond.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-02
Slow
One boat dock has been put in at the Oasis launch ramp. Try fishing in the backs of the bays with crankbaits, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. Stay in the shallows. Water levels are rising, and the reservoir is 45 percent full.

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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
2015-02-26
Unstable ice
The lake has an ice cap that's roughly four inches on the east side, with open water on the west side. The ice is deteriorating and unsafe. The boat ramp is still closed because of ice. The water level is close to full.
Brough Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
The recent winds took the ice off the reservoir. We don't have any new fishing reports, but fishing is usually fair to good at ice off. The reservoir is close to full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only; bait and scented or salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-02-26
Fair
The lake is covered with ice. We haven't received any recent reports on fishing conditions, but other lakes in the area have good ice.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-02-26
Unstable ice
The surface is mostly covered with a combination of old and new ice. There is open water near the inlet and in a few other areas in the middle of the reservoir and along parts of the shoreline. The reservoir is mostly full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
The lake is covered with ice and a thin layer of snow. The ice was 10 or more inches deep, so the cap seems to be holding up well. Anglers report slow fishing. The area around the reservoir got very little snow, so the water level is low. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only; bait and scented or salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
The reservoir is ice free, but the wind has created ice formations on the shoreline vegetation and rocks by whipping up water that freezes on the bank. This ice can be several inches thick in the shaded areas. We haven't received any reports from anglers. The reservoir is almost full.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
Water levels are extremely low. Last year, most of the remaining water was pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing near the dam for a couple species of trout. Better fishing was reported near the inlet, but you should be very cautious and avoid getting too close to the inlet. The stream is undermining the ice in this area. As some anglers have experienced, conditions can change quickly, especially when the currents melt the ice from below. The ice is roughly 12 inches thick with thinner areas along the edges. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
East Park Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
Ice is covering the reservoir. One angler reported fair fishing, but we don't have any new information on access or ice conditions. Lakes at a similar elevations, though, have roughly 12 inches of good ice. Check ice conditions before venturing out. The Uintas have been getting snow at higher elevations.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
Utah's boat ramps and most of Wyoming's boat ramps are ice free, so you can launch a boat. The water levels have held up well. Some water is being released in preparation for the spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

Kokanee salmon: There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: Anglers fair to good fishing in Utah and in Wyoming. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working well from the shore, through the ice or from a boat. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Anglers are catching rainbows in deep water when they're out fishing for lake trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing, mostly from boats. Fish can be anywhere, although most are still being taken in deeper waters. If you mark a group, try holding position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or 3-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also try trolling through or just above the school, usually 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly-colored spoons. Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially for those going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow because the bass are deep.

Burbot: Reports indicate fishing is fair to good from boats and slower up the northern arms. Try picking a spot in late afternoon, so you can see your area and figure out where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. Start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters to forage. Some will follow channels and move into water that is less than 10 feet deep. Try fishing along the rocky shores, points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use just about anything that glows (including spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about three to six inches above the weight. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2015-02-26
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Try a winter streamer/bottom combination. Streamers are usually a fish imitation (such as a sculpin) followed by a scud or egg. Anglers who use lures are also successful. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
There are no new reports, but you should expect ice. Check the ice conditions carefully before you venture out. Try using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp.
Matt Warner
2015-02-26
Good
There is still good ice, which is around a foot thick. There are signs, though, that the surface is melting during the day and refreezing at night. The roads are generally passable, especially in the morning when everything is frozen. The roads can get muddy during the day, so try to get out early. Try using a mealworm or a piece of nightcrawler on a bare hook or small jig. Smaller, light-colored offerings seem to be working the best. The area received very little snow. That made is so that anglers cold drive up to the reservoir all winter, bu tit also means that the water level will likely be low.
Moose Pond
2015-02-26
Fair
The pond is covered with ice and anglers report fair to good fishing. The pond is stocked during the summer with catchable-sized rainbows.
Pelican Lake
2015-02-26
Slow
Last week's high winds cleared most of the ice cap off of the lake, so you can launch a boat now. Anglers have been out fishing, but we've haven't received any recent fishing reports. The lake is mostly full and the water level looks good.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
The reservoir is half covered with ice, but the ice is in large floating sheets. The ramp is open and much of the area close to the ramp is open water. Boaters might be able to skirt along the shoreline to reach the dam area, but that's where most of the ice remains. The wind is moving the sheets around, though, so your boat could be cut off. The water level is low.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-02-26
Slow
The lake is covered with ice, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The roads in the area are closed for the winter. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
Spirit Lake
2015-02-26
Fair
The lake has fishable ice, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers. You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the lake. Spirit was restocked 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, so they will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing is fair to good from the shore or a boat for rainbow trout. The winds removed most or all of the ice. There are floating logs and debris on the reservoir, so use caution and move slowly in your boat. Bait seems to be working better than lures or flies — especially from the shore. Try smaller, slow-moving presentations for rainbows and larger presentations for walleye. Most of the walleye are small, but you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is almost full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
The Reservoir is now open water. Strong winds cleared the ice last weekend. The high winds also kept anglers off the reservoir, so we don't have any recent reports. We did see a couple of fish break the surface, however, while we were checking the reservoir. The water level is still low.

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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
Electric Lake
2015-02-23
Slow
On Feb. 19, a thread on the Utah Fishing Forum described ice and snow conditions as great. Fishing was reported as slow, but a little faster in shallow water.
Huntington North Reservoir
2015-02-23
Slow
On Feb. 18, State Park Manager Jonathan Hunt reported seeing fewer boats every day. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout, some in the four- to five-pound range. On Feb. 10, Tom Ogden fly-fished from a tube. In five hours, he caught four rainbow trout ranging from 11-16 inches. Tom said there were another ten hits. The bite turned off after noon. Tom used size 6 and 7 bead head soft hackle flies and bead head olive leeches.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2015-02-23
Slow
On Feb. 17, Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black reported 6-10 feet of open water between the bank and the ice pack. Calvin estimated that the was unstable for ice fishing. Conservation Officer James Thomas agreed.
La Sal Mountains
2015-02-23
Fair
Kens Lake has been stocked with 5,000 eight- to nine-inch rainbow trout. Good fishing is expected. The Rattlesnake Ponds are accessible, but may have some winter fish-kill. Fishing will be slow until we stock the ponds this spring. Access to Hidden and Dons Lakes is questionable. Spring stocking hasn't happened yet. The gates to Warner Lake and Oowah Reservoir are closed.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2015-02-23
Fair
The ice is off the reservoir. On Feb 18, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly-fished from kick boats. Tom described fishing as slow. In six hours, they caught ten trout, including cutthroats, tigers, rainbows, tigers and splake. The trout ranged from 12-17 inches long and were caught in 10-20 feet of water using size 6-10 bead head crystal buggers, leeches and Canada blood leeches. Tom talked to shoreline anglers who had been fishing as long as he had. Although they had taken a few fish, the bite was slow for them too.
Scofield Reservoir
2015-02-23
Fair
On Feb. 12, Joe Christensen reported 12-14 inches of ice. The shoreline was said to have melted and refrozen overnight. In four hours, Joe caught 12 cutthroats and three rainbows. All were under the slot limit (or close to it). Joe said the fishing was best in 4-6 feet of water. There were chubs in water deeper than 10 feet. The ice is reported as 12 inches thick. Afternoon anglers may find a gap between the shoreline and the ice pack. Depending on the day, there may be open water pockets near Madsen Bay. Almost all anglers continue to have best fishing in shallow water, less than 10 feet deep. Chub meat continues to be the best bait.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The reservoir is mostly full.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-02-27
Fair
There have been changes to the seasonal closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most lakes are now open year-round, but check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes are listed under their own names, not under the Boulder Mountain Lakes heading. All lakes are ice-capped, but snow is making it difficult to access them.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-02-27
Slow
All lakes are ice-capped, but snow is making it difficult to access them.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-02-27
Fair
Slow-moving runs have less oxygen in the winter, so target areas with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-02-27
Slow
Anchor ice often makes winter fishing difficult.
Boulder Mountain
2015-02-27
Fair
There have been changes to the seasonal closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most lakes are now open year-round, but check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes are listed under their own names, not under the Boulder Mountain Lakes heading. All lakes are ice-capped, but snow is making it difficult to access them.
Clear Creek
2015-02-27
Fair
Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is now complete, and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. Fingerling cutthroat stocked last fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long by summer.
Corn Creek
2015-02-27
Slow
Snow is limiting access to the creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
There's open water around the spring. Be very careful on the ice.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-02-27
Fair
The river is ice-free, and the flow is up to 17 cfs. Slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target areas with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Surveys last fall found good numbers of brown and rainbow trout, with some browns exceeding 20 inches and two pounds. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2015-02-27
Fair
Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter due to spring inflow. Slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target areas with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-02-27
Slow
Snow is limiting access to this part of the river.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-02-27
Fair
Both reservoirs are ice-free. The upper reservoir is fairly low. Anglers report fair to good fishing.
Fish Lake
2015-02-27
Good
Ice is still safe across the entire lake. There are a number of pressure ridges that should be avoided, and these are the only obstacles to getting on the ice. Fishing is still good to excellent for perch and small trout near the weedline in 15–25 feet of water. Larger rainbows and splake can be caught at 25- to 35-foot depths, on the bottom or suspended at the same depths over deep water. Remember, there is no longer a limit for perch at Fish Lake, and perch caught here can be disposed of in any manner. Anglers are encouraged to remove as many perch from the lake as they can. Lake trout can be caught on the bottom in 70–100 feet of water, but it requires a lot of patience. Sonar can be very helpful in deep water, whether you're fishing on the bottom or suspended. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-02-27
Unstable ice
The ice has been weakening for a couple of weeks now and may no longer be safe. There is quite a bit of open water around the springs, and fish are active. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-02-27
Good
Anglers report good fishing in the upper Fremont (above Mill Meadow) with midge patterns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
The boat ramp is closed until April 1. The water level is up to 70 percent, and the water temperature is nearing 50 degrees.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-02-27
Fair
The Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) is open, and fishing for trout is fair with PowerBait.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
It is difficult to access the reservoir during the winter months. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May. Winter access is typically limited to snowmobiles, and the reservoir doesn't get much ice-fishing pressure. Major road construction will be taking place on the Kolob Terrace road from now through October and will limit access to the reservoir. Visit the Zion National Park website for closure schedules.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is gone. There haven't been any recent reports, but ice-off is a good time to target large cutthroats and rainbow trout from the shoreline.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is off, and the reservoir is accessible with four-wheel drive. The road has 10–12 inches of snow in the thick forest, decreasing to almost nothing at the reservoir. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-02-27
Fair
Surface ice has receded on Mammoth Creek, the Sevier River and Asay Creek with recent mild temperatures. Trout get a little sluggish in winter, but fishing can be fair to good if you target deep pools. Whitefish can also provide good winter fishing. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and Asay Creek (along Hwy. 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2015-02-27
Unstable ice
There's a lot of open water, and the remaining ice is unsafe. Anglers report good fishing in the open water (especially the inlets) with streamers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is gone, and anglers have shared mixed reports. Many fly anglers report slow fishing with nymphs, while others have had found fair to good success with streamers. One angler also mentioned better success after getting out into deeper water.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-02-27
Slow
There hasn't been much winter fishing pressure because snow makes it difficult to access the lakes.
Navajo Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is safe, but access is limited to snowmobiles. Winter is a great time to target splake.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
The ice is gone, and we've had one recent report of slow fishing.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-02-27
Slow
Most anglers report slow fishing, although a few of them have caught some very nice-sized fish. Rainbows up to six pounds have been caught since the ice came off a few weeks ago. You'll find the best success before 11 a.m. Also, fly anglers seem to be picking up a few more fish.
Panguitch Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
Despite recent mild temperatures, the edges have hardened, and the ice is still 10 to 12 inches thick. If the cold weather pattern continues, we may have another two or three weeks of ice fishing left. Fishing varies from fair to good and the bite is light, so keep an eye on the pole tip. Most trout are well fed and in great condition. Success is slow to fair near the shore, with the best success coming before 10 a.m. Heavy pressure has pushed most of the more active fish to deep water, and you can find better success while fishing in the middle of the lake. Fish can be found throughout the water column in deep water. Sonar can be very helpful. Most fish in the middle are cutthroats, but there are some rainbows as well. When the fishing is slow, try something different. Move away from the crowds and experiment with different depths, techniques and bait.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
Based on reports from Yankee Meadow, there may still be some good ice, but access will be difficult after this week's snowstorm.
Pine Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
The lake was accessible by truck before the last snowstorm, but it may be more difficult to reach now. Anglers report fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice has been off for about three weeks now. There haven't been any recent fishing reports. Approximately 100,000 rainbow trout were stocked after the draining and rotenone treatment last fall, and more will be stocked soon. We've also recently stocked 14-inch brown trout.
Quail Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
Visit the state park website for the current boat ramp schedule. To catch bass, target deep water (20–30 feet) with a slow-moving presentation. Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits can be effective when fished slowly. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, and shore fishing has been fair to good with bait.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
The water temperature was reaching the low 50s, but the warm-up has slowed since the snowstorm earlier this week. Fishing is slow, but a few nice bass have been caught lately. Target deep water (20–30 feet) with a slow-moving presentation. Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits can be effective when fished slowly.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice has retreated with recent warm weather. The flow is up to 115 cfs with some releases from Piute Reservoir. Slow-moving runs have less oxygen in the winter, so target areas with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-02-27
Fair
Ice fishing is often good in the Solomon Basin lakes, but access is only possible from the Emery County side. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
It can be difficult to access the reservoir during the winter.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-02-27
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked every two to three weeks. Fishing is fair to good with all techniques.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is gone, and catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked soon. Anglers are catching a few of the rainbows left over from last year.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
Before last week's snowstorm, the reservoir was accessible, the ice was still 10–12 inches thick and fishing was good to excellent for rainbows, cutthroats and brook trout. The snow is now making it difficult to access the reservoir.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

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

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2015-01-30
Good

Lake elevation: 3,605 feet

Water temperatures: 48°F

Paul McNabb holds the 14-pound striper he caught while fishing with his dad on Jan. 28 at Lake Powell.
Photo courtesy of Mike McNabb

Mike McNabb of Page, Arizona went fishing with his son, Paul, earlier this week. He sent me this account of their trip:

My son, Paul, and I went out to Lone Rock Canyon, on Wednesday the 28th to see if we could catch a few stripers for dinner. We saw Wayne's pictures and story on WaynesWords.com and Ray Young's article from a couple of weeks before, so we thought we'd give it a try. Wayne said to stay close to the canyon walls, and that is what we did. On our first pass through, my son caught a two-pound striper. I was getting the boat straightened out to continue trolling, with a #9 Rapala Shad Rap (black and white), when Paul threw out next to the wall and began trolling.

Right away, I noticed a pile of rocks about 10 feet under the water and told him he would probably get snagged up. Sure enough a few seconds later he said he was snagged so I started to back up. That was when he said: I think I have a fish! I thought he had snagged the pile of rocks I just saw on the graph. Then, he pointed out that it was moving. Sure enough, he had a fish on and a big one! Of course, it took his drag out, but he played it gently, loosening the drag even more. Finally after six or seven minutes, he got a look at the fish.

He guessed it to be about eight pounds, but it looked bigger than that to me. He got it next to the boat, and I tried to get it in the net, but it slipped out. Then I tried again and was successful. The fish doubled over, hanging out of the net, but we got it into the boat. We looked at the hook, and it had barely hooked a thin piece of skin on the lip! I grabbed the camera to take a picture of the hook, when it slipped out of the fish's mouth all on its own! I can't believe he got it to the boat hooked like it was. Good fishing, Paul!

I probably would have lost the fish if it were mine! We only caught three fish in three hours, but it was definitely worth the trip. Paul once caught a 15-pound striper when he was 12 years old, just off of Lake Shore Drive. We took this fish up to Wayne's office and weighed it on his scale. It weighed in at 14.15 pounds and was 34.75 inches long. Even though it was really foggy and cold, we wanted to spend some time together and catch some fish. It turned out to be a great morning of fishing and hangin' out together. We'll have to try it again next week. Good fishing to all!

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