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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2016-09-23
Good
The surface water temperature is 62°F and falling. You can launch boats at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Fishing is improving as the water cools, and should keep improving for both cutthroat trout and lake trout in the next few weeks.

Trolling is the best method, but anglers who are jigging are also catching fish. If you are trolling, try using flatfish and spoons. Try fishing off the east side of the lake from South Eden northward to Rainbow Cove, or on the west side around Gus Rich Point/Rockpile. Anglers are catching the most fish in depths of 60 to 90 feet, very close to bottom of the lake. Keep switching lures and speeds (in the 1.5 to 2.0 mph range) until you find the right combination. Anglers who are jigging report that they have been catching fish in depths of 75 to 90 feet using glow-in-the-dark, chartreuse and white tube jigs tipped with cisco. Please remember that you must release cutthroat trout that don't have a healed fin clip.
Blacksmith Fork River
2016-09-15
Good
Local angler Paul Holden of Trout Unlimited reports good fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and browns throughout the river. He's been having success using an elk hair caddis and a purple haze
Bountiful Lake
2016-09-23
Good
Fishing is good for catfish and smaller panfish. For catfish, try fishing off the bottom with nightcrawlers or other stink baits. Fish have been most active in the late afternoon and evening. For bluegill and other small fish, try using small worms that are just big enough to cover the hook. Use a bobber about two feet from the hook and make shallow casts. Most of these fish like to hang out relatively close to shore.
Causey Reservoir
2016-09-23
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing. One angler caught a 13-inch tiger trout from the shoreline near the Boy Scout camps using a worm placed about two to three feet under a bobber. There are a lot of anglers fishing the reservoir on the weekend, but not many during the week. The right and left forks of the South Fork Ogden River — from Causey Reservoir upstream to the headwaters — are closed until 6 a.m. on September 24.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2016-09-23
Good
Fishing is good from a boat or the shore. Try using PowerBait and lures. For bass, try fishing with worms and lures closer to shore. Anglers are catching wipers near the inlet.
Echo Reservoir
2016-09-15
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Farmington Pond
2016-09-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for trout using PowerBait near the surface. Worms and spinners are also working well. The trout are relatively close to shore. Anglers are catching bluegill and catfish using nightcrawlers. The pond was stocked with 1,000 eight-inch trout on September 20.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2016-09-23
Good
Fishing is good. The water level is going down, but not as quickly. There is fishable shoreline around the reservoir. You can use non-motorized watercraft (like canoes, kayaks or float tubes) while you're fishing. Holmes Creek was stocked earlier this week with 2,500 eight-inch rainbow trout. Please pack out your garbage and pick up any trash you see. No one wants to lose fishing privileges at this beautiful pond. This pond is private property, so you need to obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number before fishing.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2016-09-23
Fair
Fishing is fair. Try trolling using pop gear or fishing with PowerBait. Perch and bluegill fishing is good using worms. Anglers are catching bass using crankbait and jigs. The reservoir was stocked this past week with trout.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2016-09-23
Good
Fishing is good for bluegill and catfish. For bluegill, are biting on worms suspend a couple feet under a bobber and are close to shore. Catfish are being caught with worms or any other stinky bait fished on the bottom. Anglers are having the most success catching them in the later afternoon or evening but they can be caught any time of the day. The pond was stocked this week with 1,000 eight-inch rainbow trout.
Kaysville Ponds
2016-09-15
Good
On Sept. 9, local anglers Mckay and Clayton returned to the Kaysville ponds to continue catching bluegill out of the third pond. They used worms (most successful) and salmon eggs. Their hooks were usually picked clean when using salmon eggs. The water in the third pond is very clear, making it easy to see the fish swimming around and taking bait. Cast next to the floating vegetation — that's where most of the fish are hiding. The ponds were stocked with 1,000 eight-inch trout earlier this week. Other anglers continue to catch larger catfish out of the far north pond using worms on the bottom.
Logan River
2016-09-15
Good
Local angler Paul Holden of Trout Unlimited reports good fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and browns throughout the river. Try using an elk hair caddis and a purple haze.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2016-09-23
Good
Fishing is good overall, but can vary dramatically depending on your technique. For rainbow trout, try fishing on either side of the dam with PowerBait. Anglers recommend rigging a line with a split shot a few feet from the hook so that the PowerBait will float off the bottom. A wide variety of PowerBait colors and scents should work.
Mantua Reservoir
2016-09-15
Slow
Angling pressure continues to be light because of the reservoirs low water level, and floating vegetation. One angler had some success fishing on the north side of the reservoir with blue and brown lures; he caught four bass.
Ogden River
2016-09-15
Good
Fishing is good in many places throughout the river. The south fork is flowing well and the water is crystal clear. Anglers are having good success using hoppers and a variety of nymphs and dry flies.
Pineview Reservoir
2016-09-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for bass in the west arm near the dam using dark-colored tube jigs and curly tailed jigs. One angler caught a 13-inch smallmouth. One family caught a number of six- to eight-inch bass near windsurfer beach using worms beneath a bobber.
Rockport Reservoir
2016-09-15
Fair
The fishing at Rockport is improving. The water temperature is hovering right at 70°. The fish are 25 to 30 feet deep. Anglers are doing well fishing along the eastern side, just south of the marina. The Weber River is still producing some nice-sized brown trout near the inlet and below the dam. The water level continues to drop, but the launch ramp is still open.
Uinta Mountains
2016-09-15
Good
Anglers continue to have great success catching all trout species. Some anglers report catching 12- to 17-inch tiger trout on flies while fishing from shore and from boats.
Weber River
2016-09-15
Good
The Weber River is still producing some nice-sized brown trout near the inlet and down below the dam. Grasshoppers, purple haze and caddis flies all seem to be working well. Law enforcement officers are still encountering many anglers who think they are okay to be in the river on posted private property. Those anglers are actually trespassing. You must have written permission to fish waters that flow through posted private property. If you plan to fish in a Walk-in Access area, be sure to obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number. Please be respectful of all property and remember to pack out your trash.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2016-09-23
Good
Fishing is good for wiper and catfish. The South Marina is still the hot spot.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Scott Root

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
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing is fair using traditional lures and bait, like worms or Jake's spinners. Try tipping your lures with nightcrawler or PowerBait. Fishing is best in the early mornings and late evenings.
Canyon View Park Pond
2016-09-09
Fair
Slow to fair fishing reported for rainbow trout and wipers. Fishing is best on the south end of the pond. It's unlikely that the pond will be stocked again in 2016.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2016-09-09
Fair
One angler reported fishing is very slow and that he hasn't seen other anglers catch fish either. Other anglers have reported slow to fair fishing from the shore. If you have a boat, try trolling pop gear tipped with a worm. Fishing is fair for walleye just outside of the Charleston arm. Try using Rapalas just outside the weed lines in the early to mid-morning. Anglers are also catching smallmouth bass using jerk baits and soft plastics along the rocky shorelines.

The state park states that some people are calling concerned about their water level. The reservoir is open and there is plenty of water to boat, swim or play in. The reservoir is 63.37 percent full. The Island (north) area is shallower than then the south end, so be careful close to shore. The Island and main entrances now have gates that close at 10 p.m. and re-open at 6 a.m. The campground sites now require a reservation.

Quagga mussel veligers have been confirmed through a DNA analysis. As such, every watercraf that leaves the reservoir must by decontaminated. Decontamination stations are operating, but you should call ahead to check operating hours. You can call the state park at 435-654-0171. Check the Deer Creek Facebook page for updates.
Diamond Fork River
2016-09-09
Fair
Light angling pressure. Anglers are reporting fair fishing success. Try fishing with spinners, green or black flies (dry flies or nymphs) in the deeper holes for some nice-sized trout). Hatches are consistent and there is limited pressure along this river. Mid-August and into the fall is a great time to try grasshopper patterns. Pale morning duns (PMD's) are a good pattern as well.
Grantsville Reservoir
2016-09-09
Slow
Officer Troy Hammond reports that anglers still fishing from shoreline and float tubes even though the water level is lower. Fishing is fair using traditional baits and lures. Smallmouth bass will be active near any edges or vegetation.
Highland Glen Park
2016-09-09
Good
Fishing is good. Try using PowerBait, gold spinners or nightcrawlers. The pond was stocked with rainbow trout this week. Wipers and trout are biting on nightcrawlers under a bobber. Because of the high level of recreational activity, you'll find the best fishing off of the docks in the early morning or late evenings.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing is fair. Trout success is better from boats than from shoreline. Anglers are catching smallmouth along the shoreline with jigs and jerk baits — especially near the Rock Cliffs side. Try fishing from the shoreline in the early morning or late evening using traditional baits, like worms, PowerBait or tube jigs. All of the docks are in and the restrooms and campsites are open. You can still launch a boat from the main ramp and PWC ramps
Kidney Pond
2016-09-09
Fair
Catfishing is fair using nightcrawlers and traditional catfish baits. The pond was stocked with catfish a few weeks ago and will receive trout in a couple of weeks.
Midas Pond
2016-09-09
Fair
Catfishing is fair using nightcrawlers and traditional catfish baits. The pond was stocked with catfish a few weeks ago and will receive trout in a couple of weeks.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing is good using nightcrawlers, or PowerBait and other baits. Black or gray-colored flies work very well in the early morning and evening hours. You may be able to catch brook and tiger trout using gold and silver spinners.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2016-08-19
Slow
Fishing is fair. Try using nightcrawlers or other traditional baits and lures.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2016-09-09
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing using traditional baits or spinning lures. The water temperature is 70 degrees and the reservoir is 50 percent full.
Payson Lake
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing is fair using traditional baits and lures. Fishing is better if you can get a small boat, raft or kayak in the middle of the lake.
Provo River, Lower
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing is fair overall, and can be good at midday. Try using fly patterns in sizes 18-22 or grasshopper terrestrial patterns. You may also want to try PMD adult, gold-ribbed hares ear and other traditional fly patterns. Artificial lures, like a copper or gold-colored spinner, can produce too. You can use bait from below the Olmstead diversion dam (about one mile up the canyon from Bridal Veil Falls) through town to Utah Lake.
Provo River, Middle
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing is fair. Fishing can be good with caddis and blue-winged olive patterns. Try to match the hatch in fly sizes 16-22. Anglers are primarily catching brown trout. A lot of anglers fish the middle Provo — especially on the weekend. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook for special regulations.
Salem Pond
2016-09-09
Good
Catfishing is hot in the evening. Some of the catfish are very large. The pond was stocked this week with rainbow trout. Angler report catching wipers using bobbers and nightcrawlers on a hook. For catfish, try fishing on the bottom of the pond using nightcrawlers, shrimp or chicken livers. To catch bass, use crankbaits or floating Rapalas near the vegetation.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair using traditional baits and lures. The water level is still decent.
Silver Lake
2016-09-09
Good
Fishing is fair. The best fishing has been off the dock using PowerBait or with flies under bubbles. Try throwing an occasional spinner too. Fishing is best in the early morning or late evening.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2016-09-09
Good
Fishing is good. Try using a spinner tipped with a nightcrawler or PowerBait. Please don't fish on or near the beach because there are still a lot of people swimming. Use extreme caution along the edges, because they can be very slippery. The reservoir was stocked this week with rainbow trout.
Spring Lake
2016-09-09
Fair
Wipers are easy to catch using nightcrawlers under bobbers. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers, shrimp, garlic PowerBait or chicken livers. Let the set on the bottom of the pond for best results. The pond will be stocked with rainbow trout in a week or so.
Strawberry Reservoir
2016-09-09
Fair
There is no fishing allowed in the tributaries right now. For more information, read the current Utah Fishing Guidebook. Anglers report good fishing all around the lake. Kokanee anglers (in the reservoir) are using orange or pink squids and beaded spinners tipped with bait. Boat anglers report good fishing with poppers and dodgers at depths around 35 feet. Strawberry Bay guides recommend using pink dodgers and squid tipped with pink grubs at depths of 35 to 55 feet for kokanee.

Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day will take place on Saturday, September 17 at the Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Read more about the event. The Strawberry Bay Marina is also running a tagged rainbow trout contest. If you catch a tagged fish, you can win an instant prize. For more information, call the Strawberry Bay Marina at 435-548-2261.
Thistle Creek
2016-09-09
Fair
Anglers report good fishing for brown trout with gold spinners or worms. Please stay off of private property.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2016-09-09
Closed
Tibble Fork Reservoir has been completely drained.
Utah Lake
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing can be difficult and you may have to hike to the water in some areas. Anglers report fair fishing for catfish using traditional baits like worms, shrimp or chicken livers. Use caution near the edges because they can be muddy. The water level is low and ranges from 6 percent to 33 percent filled. The main boat harbor is open.

Visit the Utah Department of Environmental Quality website for ongoing updates on the Utah Lake algal bloom.
Vernon Reservoir
2016-09-09
Slow
The water level is low, but fishing is still slow to fair from the shoreline or a float tube. Try using a spinnerbait or PowerBait under a bubble during the early morning or late evening hours.
Vivian Park Pond
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing is fair, but is usually better if you cast toward the deeper pools. Try using a gold spinnerbait, PowerBait or a dry fly/caddis fly for best results.
Willow Pond
2016-09-09
Fair
Fishing is fair. Try using nightcrawlers to catch wipers or catfish. Fishing has been best in the early morning or late evening. For trout, try using spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawler, gulp minnows or PowerBait. Jake's lures can work great this time of year. For largemouth bass, you may want to try using Rapalas around any vegetation. If you catch a largemouth bass, please release it because we use them to control the bluegill populations. The pond was stocked with channel catfish a couple of weeks ago.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2016-09-09
Slow
The water levels are dangerously low and all of the boat ramps are closed. Fishing is slow. Avoid the darker sand areas with your vehicle because it could get stuck.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Alex Hansen

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
2016-09-23
Good
Cooler water temperatures and lower water levels have improved trout fishing. For trout, try trolling spoons and crankbaits in the mornings and evenings or fish on the bottom with floating baits. Smallmouth bass have started to move into deeper water and are a bit sluggish but still catchable. Perch are plentiful, and you can find them throughout the reservoir. Once you find them, the fishing can be very fast with small jigs.
Brough Reservoir
2016-09-23
Fair
Trout fishing picks up as the water cools. Now that temperatures are dropping, anglers can expect largemouth bass fishing to slow down, and trout fishing to start getting better.
Browne Lake
2016-09-23
Fair
Water levels are down, which is making it difficult to launch a boat. Brook trout fishing should be fair from the shore or a float tube.
Bullock Reservoir
2016-09-23
Fair
Aquatic vegetation has made fishing difficult. As temperatures drop, vegetation will die and make access a little easier.
Calder Reservoir
2016-09-23
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for fish stocked this summer.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2016-09-23
Fair
A few anglers report that wiper fishing at Cottonwood is improving, especially during the evenings from shore. Try throwing spinners and crankbaits. Once complete, we'll share results from fall electrofishing at Cottonwood.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2016-09-23
Fair
Fall is a great time of year to get out and enjoy cool weather and hot fishing. As water temperatures start to drop, trout activity should begin to pick up. Anglers should consider trolling deeper waters or drifting traditional trout baits off the bottom. Shoreline anglers should try floating their baits two to three feet above the sinker and use floating bait or a marshmallow. Stream fishing is great this time of year. Streamers, nymphs and spinners should all produce fish.
East Park Reservoir
2016-09-23
Fair
Fishing has been slow to fair. It's good one day and slow the next. Try trout baits (like worms or artificial baits), flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. Tip: When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait off the bottom roughly 18–24 inches. This will keep your worm (or other bait) above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2016-09-23
Good
Fishing is fair to good for most species:

Kokanee salmon: Closed through the end of November. Remember that it is illegal to possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good. Surface water temperatures are cooling, and fishing is improving. Fall fishing can be exceptional for rainbow trout at Flaming Gorge, and this is the time of year when shorter days and cooler nighttime temps can quickly increase trout activity. Try casting jigs near creek inlets along the length of the canyon region of the reservoir. Also, while fishing near shore, let your jig drop further in the water column where water temps are cooler (about 20 to 40 feet down). Anglers who are trolling for lake trout will also frequently catch rainbow trout, using similar gear at similar depths. Shoreline anglers are having some success while soaking worms and PowerBait, especially early in the morning and late in the day.

Lake trout: Fishing is good. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling and jigging in 60 to 70 feet of water near steep drop-offs and main channel points. Look for fish suspended above the bottom. When trolling, try lures like the Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoon (Tequila sunrise variety), Northland Forage Minnows (rainbow trout variety) and Rapala crankbaits (rainbow trout variety) at speeds of 1.6–1.8 mph. If you locate a good concentration of lake trout, you can also try dropping a white or watermelon tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker or chub meat.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Smallmouth bass are still active in shallow water along the rocky shoreline. You can catch them using a variety of methods and techniques. Jigs in 1/4- to 3/8-ounce weights rigged with tubes, curly tails or hula grubs in earth-tone colors are almost always a good choice. Drop-shot rigs with four-inch artificial worms or minnows are also very effective. For some excitement, try topwater poppers early and late in the day when the conditions are calm. The surface activity can still be exceptional this time of year, and fishing will hold up while water temperatures remain in the 60s.

Burbot: Fishing is fair. Burbot activity will start to increase as the reservoir cools and water temperatures drop into the 50s. Good locations to try include Linwood Bay and north into Wyoming, where burbot densities are greatest. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water. As always, fish at night and use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat and recharge the glow frequently. Jig the presentation close to the bottom.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2016-09-23
Good
Fishing has been fair, but pressure is down now that summer is over. Expect very few anglers early on weekdays. Flows can change daily, so check out current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Nymph fishing has been productive using scuds, soft hackles, midges and PMDs. Rigs should be set about five to ten feet and fished along seams. Dry fly fishing is better in the lower reaches of the river. Terrestrials are working great, but there are still a few caddis hatches late in the day. Mix it up using a dry dropper (with a large terrestrial high) and a nymph trailing two to five feet below. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth-tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. Also try crankbaits (like Rapala Xraps and Husky Jerks) in deeper water. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. Brightly colored spoons and spinners will also entice fish.
Long Park Reservoir
2016-09-23
Good
With the onset of fall weather, trout fishing continues to be good. Cooler weather means you'll be able to find great fishing for longer periods during the day. Traditional trout baits (such as worms and PowerBait) should work well. If you want a little more action, try trolling spoons or crankbaits or casting spinners to attract active fish.
Matt Warner
2016-09-23
Good
Most reports are in the fair to good range. Try trout baits (like worms or artificial baits), flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. Tip: When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait off the bottom roughly 18–24 inches. This will keep your worm (or other bait) above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find. Early mornings and evenings have been the best times to fish during warm weather. As temperatures drop, daytime fishing will improve.
Moose Pond
2016-09-23
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. Try trout baits (like worms or artificial baits), flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. Tip: When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait off the bottom roughly 18–24 inches. This will keep your worm (or other bait) above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find.
Pelican Lake
2016-09-23
Fair
Fewer anglers are visiting the lake. There have been reports of fair fishing for bass and bluegill. Success varies, depending on the time of day and stormy weather. As temperatures begin to drop, fishing will likely slow down.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2016-09-23
Slow
A recent survey of the reservoir indicated that re-stocking efforts were successful. All species stocked are doing well in their new home. Anglers can expect great fishing in the not-too-distant future.
Sheep Creek Lake
2016-09-23
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing. They're catching some nice cutthroat trout on wet flies. Vegetation along the bank is making it difficult to fish from shore. Try wading or fish from a small boat or float tube. Fishing should improve as water temperatures start to drop. Get outdoors and enjoy some great fishing and beautiful fall weather.
Spirit Lake
2016-09-23
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing. Spirit has been restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout. For trout, try baits (including worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits), flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs or fish-colored crankbaits.
Starvation Reservoir
2016-09-23
Fair
Fishing has been fair for walleye and bass. It is starting to pick up a bit for rainbows. The trout are still mostly in a summer pattern, where the best fishing is during the cooler hours. Try trolling slow and deep (in the 20- to 30-foot range) and use crankbaits, brightly colored spoons or flashy worm rigs. Baits are working well, especially from the shore. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. We'd love your help with a walleye population estimate at Starvation. If you catch a walleye with a metal jaw tag before Oct. 28 — and you bring the tag to the Starvation ranger station or to Natalie Boren at the DWR's Vernal office — you'll receive a prize. For more information, please call the DWR office at 435-781-9453.
Steinaker Reservoir
2016-09-23
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore. Crankbaits, brightly colored spoons and crayfish-colored jigs are producing for shoreline anglers and boaters. The fish are mostly deep. Even the bluegill are at depths of around 30 feet. The trout are mostly active in the early morning and evening hours. The water level remains low enough to expose rocks and sandbars. Try fishing off the rocks and dam (around 30 feet down) to locate the schools of bluegill.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Morgan Jacobsen

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

Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good for northern pike and bass — especially if you use weedless swimbaits in shallow, weedy areas. Blanding No. 4 was stocked with tiger trout on Aug. 22.
Benches Pond
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good on many of the lakes along Skyline Drive in the Manti-La Sal National Forest — including Benches Pond. Fishing is best in the morning and evening. During the past three weeks, Benches Pond and several other waters in the area were stocked with rainbow trout.
Boulger Reservoir
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good on many of the lakes along Skyline Drive in the Manti-La Sal National Forest — including Benches Pond. Fishing is best in the morning and evening. During the past three weeks, Benches Pond and several other waters in the area were stocked with rainbow trout.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good for rainbow trout and bluegill with nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The pond was stocked with wiper on May 12 and with rainbow trout on Aug. 10.
Cleveland Reservoir
2016-09-16
Fair
Fishing is fair to good at Cleveland, depending on the time of day. Try using worms or green PowerBait. The reservoir was last stocked with rainbow trout on July 13.
Colorado River
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. For catfish, try using various stinkbaits — especially chicken livers — in the Colorado River.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is best from a kick boat near the dam and the tributary flows. Try using dry flies for cutthroat, and scuds with sink-tip line for tiger trout. This reservoir was last stocked with tiger trout on Aug. 24 and with cutthroat on July 19.
Electric Lake
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Cutthroat trout are taking most baits, but especially shiners. Occasionally, the larger tiger trout are responding to trolling spoons along the rocky shorelines. Tiger trout were stocked here last on June 15.
Ferron Reservoir
2016-09-16
Good
Bait fishing is good. Cutthroat and brook trout are striking beaded streamers. Ferron was last stocked with cutthroat on July 19 and with rainbows on June 13.
Gigliotti Pond
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good during the day and great at dusk. Rainbow trout are easy to catch here using worms or PowerBait. Bass are responding to spinners and bluegill-imitation lures. The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout Aug. 30.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2016-09-16
Fair
Fishing is fair. Try using standard baits, like PowerBait or nightcrawlers in combination with salmon eggs. Gooseberry was stocked with 1,200 11-inch rainbow trout on Aug. 3.
Grassy Lake
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Most standard baits work well — especially worms. The lake was stocked with tiger trout on Aug. 8 and with rainbow trout on Aug. 1.
Huntington Creek
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good in the stretch just below Electric Lake — especially at dusk. Brown trout are responding well to streamers. The creek was stocked with cutthroat trout on July 19.
Huntington Game Farm Pond
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Try fishing within a mile of the dam where brown trout are responding well to fly fishing. Some of the better fly methods right now are prince nymphs, caddis larvae, leeches, stone flies and wooly buggers. The pond was stocked with more than 530 11-inch rainbows on Aug. 30.
Huntington North Reservoir
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Bluegill and rainbow trout are responding well to mayflies and midges. This water was stocked with wiper on July 6.
Huntington Reservoir
2016-09-16
Fair
Standard baits have produced mixed results throughout the day, but tiger trout are hitting crickets occasionally. The reservoir was stocked with 10,000 young tiger trout on June 15.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2016-09-16
Fair
Fishing for tiger muskies is fair. Try using crankbaits and top water plugs.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Standard bait fishing is working well for rainbow trout. This pond was stocked three times in the month of August with more than 2,500 rainbows that are 10 inches or bigger.
La Sal Mountains
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is hit-and-miss with standard baits, but spinners are working well. Try using a silver Jake's Spin-O-Lure with red dots.
Lower Green River
2016-09-16
Good
Standard baits are working well for catfish, but especially stinkbaits and nightcrawlers.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Try using nightcrawlers, PowerBait or spinners. Miller Flat Reservoir was stocked with about 20,000 rainbow trout in June.
Petes Hole
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing fair to good during the day, and best at dusk. This water body was stocked more than 4,000 tiger trout on Aug. 8 and with 600 rainbow trout on Aug. 1.
Potters Ponds
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Try using PowerBait, worms or spinners. Both ponds were stocked with rainbow trout on Aug. 8.
Price River
2016-09-16
Fair
Fishing is fair. Try using streamers or other common flies. The Price River, including lower Fish Creek, was stocked with more than 25,000 brown trout in June.
Scofield Reservoir
2016-09-16
Fair
Scofield Reservoir has reopened to boating and fishing. Chub were the primary species impacted by the algae, but some of the larger chub likely survived. Try using PowerBait, nightcrawlers and spinners for chub and trout. Be sure to clean your catch with water that is safe to drink.
Soup Bowl
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Try using spoons or other lures with sink-tip line. The Reservoir was stocked with tiger trout on Aug. 8 and with rainbows on Aug. 1.
Willow Lake
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Dusk is the best time to fish. For rainbow and tiger trout, try using black leeches or renegades. The lake was stocked with 1,000 11-inch rainbow trout on Aug. 4 and about 3,000 tiger trout on July 27.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2016-09-16
Good
Fishing is good. Silver Kastmaster lures and gold spoons have been more effective than PowerBait, but anglers have caught rainbow and tiger trout with a variety of combinations. This reservoir was last stocked on Aug. 4 with about 800 11-inch rainbow trout.

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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
2016-09-14
Slow
The water level is very low.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2016-09-14
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Barker and Lower Barker. Fishing is fair to good at most lakes. If you find slow fishing at one lake, don't hesitate to move to another.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2016-09-14
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing at Kent's, LaBaron and Puffer lakes.
Beaver River, Lower
2016-09-14
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Look for fair to good fishing with summer irrigation flows.
Beaver River, Upper
2016-09-14
Fair
Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant and can be caught on small spinners, flies and natural baits like nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. A foam hopper-bead head nymph dropper rig can be especially fun and effective here. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries, like Merchant Creek.
Boulder Mountain
2016-09-14
Good
You can find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Try getting away from the most popular lakes for better success. Also, don't hesitate to move to a new lake if you find slow fishing. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Bait fishers should focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait. (This is especially effective for large tiger trout.) Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. Midsummer is an ideal time to target grayling and cutthroat trout. These fish can often be caught on dry flies or nymphs. In recent weeks, ant patterns have produced well in lakes on the top of the mountain. Learn more about fishing Boulder Mountain.
Clear Creek
2016-09-14
Good
The restoration of Bonneville cutthroat trout is complete in the Clear Creek drainage, and anglers are now reaping the benefits. Look for catchable-sized fish throughout the entire stream this year. Some of the tributaries — including Mill, Fish and Shingle creeks — will also provide good fishing opportunities. Anglers report good to excellent fishing.
Corn Creek
2016-09-14
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked near campgrounds in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Tiger trout have also been stocked in Chalk and Oak. You can find lots of wild brown trout in Corn, wild rainbows in Chalk, and Bonneville cutthroat trout in Oak.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2016-09-14
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in both lakes. Duck Creek Pond also received some catchable-sized tiger trout.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2016-09-14
Fair
Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have dropped to 90 cubic feet per second. This level is great for fishing. Try streamers and terrestrials.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2016-09-14
Fair
Fishing is fair to good, depending on the area you fish. Don't hesitate to move around. Summer is a great time to throw a hopper-dropper combo or other terrestrials.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2016-09-14
Fair
The upper East Fork Sevier River and many of its tributaries hold good populations of brown, rainbow and brook trout. Look for mostly small fish, although you can catch an occasional big brown trout just above Tropic Reservoir. These streams are perfect for honing your fly-fishing skills. Hopper-dropper combos and other terrestrials can be particularly effective. Spin anglers can do well with small, flashy spinners.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2016-09-19
Fair
The upper reservoir is very low. One angler reports fast action in the lower reservoir for smallmouth bass and a few rainbow trout by casting Panther Martin spinners from shore. Other anglers also seemed to be catching fish as well.
Fish Lake
2016-09-14
Good
Fishing is fair to good. Trolling with pop gear and worms is effective for catching rainbow trout. Anglers are catching splake on the east shore using tube jigs tipped with cut bait. A few lake trout have also been picked up on the west side south of Bowery Haven with large tube jigs tipped with cut bait. Perch action can be fast while jigging just outside the weedline. ll prizes left over from the perch tournament have been awarded. Before you visit the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2016-09-14
Slow
The water level is very low. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2016-09-14
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2016-09-14
Slow
Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass, which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two to three years while these populations establish.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2016-09-14
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for a variety of fish species near the outlets of Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. Conditions are similar in the river and canals below the outlets.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2016-09-14
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills), Parowan Pond and Wood's Ranch (Kid's Pond). We also stocked 2,700 10-inch wipers in Leigh Hill on Aug. 25. These fish should provide some exciting action, and they are tasty as well. Try spinners, jigs, nightcrawlers or anchovies. Lures that imitate small bluegill may also be effective, as that will be their primary food source. Catfish have also been stocked.
Johnson Reservoir
2016-09-14
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports on fishing success. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2016-09-14
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair. Fish have moved to deeper water during the warmer weather. Bait fishing is allowed until Sept. 10.
Koosharem Reservoir
2016-09-14
Fair
There haven't been any recent fishing reports from anglers. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2016-09-14
Fair
Anglers report good fishing although water levels are low. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2016-09-14
Fair
Fishing should be fair to good in lower Mammoth Creek. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2016-09-14
Fair
The water level is low, but stabilized. Clarity is fairly low due to algae blooms. Fair to good fishing reported for brown and rainbow trout fly fishing with streamers from a float tube. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2016-09-14
Good
The reservoir level is fairly low, but fishing is fair to good. Trout are surface-feeding on midges in the morning before the wind comes up. Later, they can be caught trolling or fishing streamers and lures under the surface. The trout are healthy and strong this year, which should help them get through the low water level. Smallmouth bass and wipers are active, especially in the early morning.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2016-09-14
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs and north-end lakes. They should provide fair to good fishing. A survey this spring also found some nice tiger trout in Lower Box Creek Reservoir. Manning Meadow Reservoir is open, and fly-fishing anglers are catching cutthroat trout up to 17 inches long. Throwing dry flies in the evening has been particularly exciting. The limit has changed this year at Manning Meadow — you can now keep two trout, with no size restriction.
Navajo Lake
2016-09-14
Fair
Road work is underway this summer, but it is currently causing minimal delays on weekdays. No construction is scheduled on weekends or federal holidays. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. The best success happens early and late in the day.
Newcastle Reservoir
2016-09-14
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout (ranging from 8 to 15 inches long) with bait, lures and flies. Smallmouth bass should also be active. Anglers are picking up a few wipers after dark on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2016-09-14
Good
The reservoir has dropped to 39 percent, but irrigation releases are tapering off. Boat launching conditions are still good. Most anglers are fishing with PowerBait. Trout have moved to deeper water, so boats and anglers fishing the steeper shorelines on the south end are finding the best success. Garlic-flavored PowerBait seems to be producing best. A few anglers have also found good success trolling.
Panguitch Lake
2016-09-14
Fair
Fish have moved to deep water to avoid warm temperatures and algae blooms. Shore fishing is slow. Fishing from boats in deep water is fair to good with nightcrawlers, PowerBait and salmon eggs. Spinners and rainbow-imitating lures have picked up a few bigger fish.
Paragonah Reservoir
2016-09-14
Fair
One angler reported good fishing while trolling small lures. Shore fishing is slow. The rainbow trout are wild here, so they typically respond better to flies, lures and natural baits — like nightcrawlers — than they respond to PowerBait. Some catchable-sized tiger trout were also stocked this year.
Pine Lake
2016-09-14
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, so fishing should be fair to good.
Piute Reservoir
2016-09-14
Slow
The reservoir is mostly drained.
Quail Lake
2016-09-14
Fair
Visit the //stateparks.utah.gov/parks/quail-creek/'>state park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Bass and crappie fishing is fair to good.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2016-09-14
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent. Bluegill are also active and can be found suspended in 25 to 30 feet of water. Many anglers fish in the early morning or at night to avoid the heat and water-skiers, and they are finding great success for bass. Try casting topwater lures, spinner baits in dark colors, swim baits or lipless crankbaits after dark. Night fishing can be especially effective during a full moon. Just remember that you need to pay an overnight camping fee if your vehicle will be in the parking lot after 10 p.m.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2016-09-14
Fair
With Piute Reservoir mostly drained, flows have dropped to 100 cubic feet per second, which should make for better fishing.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2016-09-14
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good to excellent fishing with damselfly patterns. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2016-09-14
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. A recent netting survey found a handful of nice brown trout that weighed up to five pounds.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2016-09-14
Fair
Bass and bluegill get active with the warmer water and should provide fair to good fishing.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2016-09-14
Good
The state park reports good fishing for bass and bluegill.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2016-09-14
Fair
Most anglers report slow fishing.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

Lake Powell is infested with quagga mussels. 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 launching in another water. If you plan to launch soonet, a professional decontamination is required. Locate a decontamination station and learn about quagga mussels.

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2016-09-22
Good

Lake elevation: 3,611.26 feet

Water temperatures: 73-75°F

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I made it back on the water this week after successful knee surgery. My doctor suggested using the knee as much as the pain would allow. I thought I should do more to hasten healing, so I incorporated my own plan for 'fish-ical' therapy. My recommended techniques for improving knee strength and movement: trolling while sitting down with the knee elevated (I also iced the knee while the cold rain came down and soaked the ace bandage); standing straight up and casting top water lures toward shore. This also works for spooning striper schools in deep water and bass on drop-offs near shore. I tried sitting down while bait fishing but I had to keep standing up to land the fish. I have to improve that technique and will report back next week.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

Bait fishing: The first stop was at Warm Creek Wall. Previously cut chum was tossed in the water where the Warm Creek Wall ends at the entrance to Wahweap Bay. It took five minutes for the chum to settle and then stripers started to hit regularly as the bait impaled on a 1/4-ounce jig head descended to 30–50 feet. We spent 20 minutes there, caught 10 fish and then moved on. Bait fishing still works at the normal spots.

Other bait spots include Padre Canyon and Rock Creek (close to the mouth of the canyon).

Trolling: The second stop was near Gregory Butte where stripers reportedly boiled last week. They were seen on both the east and west shorelines, but the surface activity decreased as the full moon got brighter. We trolled a shallow-running rattletrap and a deep-running walleye lure. Both lures got ticked but the rattletrap caught a healthy young striper. I was constantly searching for deep-resting schools of stripers that could be caught on spoons. Unfortunately, the graph did not show anything but a blank water column. So we moved on.

We stopped at West Canyon mouth and repeated the trolling pattern. We caught two bass and another striper but saw no spooning schools. So we moved on.

Top water: We moved into Dove Canyon, which was dead calm, and stopped mid-way back in the middle arm and cast topwater lures to the brushy shoreline. It was fun to see large and smallmouth bass blow up on the surface lures and follow them to the boat splashing all the way. These were curious fish that needed to improve their targeting techniques as only one largemouth bass was actually hooked and landed. I really enjoy the experience of seeing bass and stripers strike surface lures. It is very exciting.

The dead-calm water then succumbed to the weather front and strong winds blew for a short time, then light rain followed. We used discretion and returned to Stateline Ramp and called it a day. The report summary is that all techniques we tried worked. The full moon and weather front had a negative impact on fishing success, but each technique caught fish. Lake Powell was beautiful on a calm overcast morning. I am thankful for the opportunity to be back out on the lake enjoying what I love to do best.

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