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Northern Region report

Information compiled by Phil Douglass
DWR Northern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

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

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

Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2014-11-20
Good
Bear Lake fishing is beginning to heat up now that the cold weather has arrived. Water levels are looking good — they are just about the same as last year at this time. You can still launch boats at the Utah State Park marina and off the east side at the First Point and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. We recently completed our fall gillnet sampling on the lake and found cutthroat and lake trout at depths ranging from 15 to 60 feet. Anglers who have fished over the last two weeks have reported catching mainly cutthroat trout. The lake trout are just beginning to bite now that their spawning season has ended. Anglers are catching both cutthroats and lake trout while trolling with downriggers and flatfish in the U-20 and T-4 sizes. The best spots to fish this time of year include the rockpile area off Ideal Beach Resort (in 40 to 60 feet of water) and along Cisco Beach northward to North Eden. Good starting speeds range from 1.4–1.9 mph, but you can try faster or slower, depending on what the fish want that day. Remember, in order to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake, it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). Cutthroat trout with all fins intact have to be released, including fish that are tagged with all of their fins. You may also want to consider releasing large lake trout to help maintain the fishery. Lake trout are very slow-growing and can easily live more than 35 years in Bear Lake. For those anglers anticipating the Bonneville whitefish run, it should begin around Thanksgiving weekend and continue for the first two weeks of December. Use light-action spinning rods with four- to six-pound line and 1/16- to 1/8-ounce jigs tipped with a one-inch piece of nightcrawler. Cast along the rock shoreline on the east side and off the Utah State Park marina for the best results. Other fishing opportunities in Rich County include:

Garden City Pond: Stocking is completed for the year. Recent improvements at the pond include a paved sidewalk and a dock. Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout (up to 12 inches) using nymph flies, nightcrawlers under a bobber or PowerBait. Garden City Pond is a community fishery, and the daily limit is two fish.

Laketown Reservoir: The pond is full, and anglers are catching rainbow trout and a few cutthroats with small spinners (#1 size) or with a worm-and-marshmallow combination under a bobber. At Laketown Reservoir, the daily limit is four trout.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
Starting Nov. 17, UDOT will close a portion of SR-39 for the season. At that point, you will only be able to access the reservoir from Woodruff, on the Rich County side. Ice may start forming because of recent cold temperatures in Rich County. Use extreme caution!
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-11-20
Good
Fishing slowed down a bit for most anglers. The fish have become lethargic with the colder weather. Anglers are having some success using small, dark midges and egg patterns in sizes 18, 20 and 22. Brown trout are still spawning and can be seen on their redds. Be careful not to step on their redds (spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them. Water clarity is very good right now, and water flows are normal. Thanks to Roundrocks Fly shop in Logan for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-11-20
Good
The reservoir is starting to freeze. Most of the water is still open and you can cast from the shore. Ice is accumulating around the inlet. Ice fishing is permitted at Bountiful Lake, but we recommend that you wait until the ice is thicker.
Causey Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
The surface temperature is in the 40s and though ice has not started forming yet, it probably will soon. There haven't been many anglers fishing at Causey.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-11-20
Slow
Cutler is experiencing a mandatory water drawdown until early spring of 2015.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-11-20
Good
The cold weather and wind have kept anglers from fishing East Canyon lately. The few anglers that are out report good fishing using Pop Gear and rainbow-colored lures. Shore anglers are catching fish with a simple worm-and-marshmallow combination or with rainbow PowerBait. There's no ice on the reservoir yet, but it won't be long. The wedge dock is in and it will stay in the water until the lake freezes over. The first leg of Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon will be at East Canyon on January 31. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Haramoto and Ranger Kent Cummings for the report.
Echo Reservoir
2014-11-20
Slow
The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-11-20
Good
The pond is almost completely covered in ice. There is a little open water around the inlet. Ice fishing is permitted at the reservoir, but do so at your own risk. Ice thickness varies throughout the reservoir, so we recommend waiting to venture out. Prior to freezing, the water level had come up quite a bit and is almost full.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
Water temperatures have decreased and are hovering around 40°F. Ice should start accumulating shortly. The water level has come up a little and water clarity has improved; visibility is fair. There haven't been many anglers visiting the reservoir lately. Please remember to show respect and pick up your trash at this privately owned waterbody. And don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-11-20
Good
There haven't been many anglers fishing the reservoir, and there's still no ice. The tagged fishing contest is ongoing until November 30. Some tagged fish have already been caught, but there are many still out there. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-11-20
Good
Fishing is still good for small rainbow trout. The fish rise in the evenings. Anglers have had success using worms, PowerBait and a fly and bubble. For flies, try a small #14 or #16 hare's ear or pheasant tail nymph.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-11-20
Unstable ice
All four ponds are almost completely covered in thin, unstable ice. A lure or heavy split shot weight can easily break through the ice. As long as daily temperatures stay below freezing, the pond should completely freeze up very shortly. Ice fishing (permitted at this pond) is usually very good, but we recommend waiting until the ice is thicker before venturing out.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
Starting Nov. 17, UDOT will close a portion of SR-39 for the season. At that point, you will only be able to access the reservoir from Woodruff, on the Rich County side. Ice may start forming because of recent cold temperatures in Rich County. Use extreme caution!
Logan River
2014-11-20
Fair
Fishing has slowed down a bit for most anglers. The fish are rather lethargic because of the cold snap. Anglers report some success using small dark midges and egg patterns in sizes 18, 20 and 22. Brown trout are still spawning and can easily be seen on their redds (spawning areas). Be careful and avoid stepping on the redds while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them. Thanks to Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
Fishing was fair for three determined anglers who braved the cold and wind this week. They fished from a boat near the cliffs in the desert finger from about 9 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Using pink, white and green jigs — and fishing deep — they caught seven fish, all within the slot limit. The reservoir is completely open water with temperatures around 40°F. Ice will start forming shortly.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
The reservoir is beginning to freeze over. Prior to the cold snap on Saturday, anglers were having success catching their limits — within an hour or two — using PowerBait and worms. Other anglers were catching bass using black woolly buggers and zugbugs.
Newton Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
The reservoir still has open water but will probably freeze over shortly.
Ogden River
2014-11-20
Good
Ice has started to accumulate on the rocks and over pools of slow-moving water. Please be cautious when venturing out. Be careful and avoid stepping on the redds (spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
Water temperatures have dropped to about 40°F. The reservoir is still open water, but will likely freeze shortly.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
There aren't many anglers out braving the cold weather and strong wind. The reservoir is completely open water. Since this reservoir is higher in elevation and above the inversion, it is one of the last to freeze, allowing shore anglers to fish well into the season.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
Fishing continues to be really good. The ramp is open and the courtesy wedge is still on the ramp. The lake is starting to freeze over. Most of the south end has several inches of ice, so if you're ready to punch a hold and try ice fishing, you could start there. Try trolling with Rapalas or pop gear and a worm. The Rockport leg of the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon is February 14, 2015. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Remember to fill out your invasive species form every time you launch your boat. Thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-11-20
Good
Be prepared for winter survival conditions. Some years, the ice conditions are suitable for ice fishing by late November.
Weber River
2014-11-20
Good
Ice has started to accumulate in different sections of the river, covering rocks and pools of slow-moving water. Please be very careful when venturing out.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-11-20
Slow
Fishing pressure has been very light. On November 16, there were only three parties fishing the reservoir. There was no ice was forming at that time.

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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer
Central Region Wildlife Recreation Specialist

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
2014-11-13
Slow
We've completed fish stocking for the season. Anglers report slow fishing with the cooler temperatures. Try using traditional baits.
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-11-13
Closed
Fishing access is closed in preparation for the winter lights festival.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-11-13
Fair
This week, 70,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked. Traditional baits should work great as the fish get acquainted with their new surroundings. Try trolling near the island.
Diamond Fork River
2014-11-13
Fair
Brown trout are spawning. Try using glow bugs in an egg pattern with a dropper nymph.
Grantsville Reservoir
2014-11-13
Slow
Brown trout are spawning, so now is a good time to try your luck at the reservoir.
Highland Glen Park
2014-11-13
Slow
Now that temperatures are cooler, the fish are diving deeper. Trout are biting on flies and bubbles on a spinning reel.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-11-13
Fair
This week, we stocked 60,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout into the reservoir. You can expect fair fishing as the trout get acquainted with their new surroundings. Use traditional baits (worms, PowerBait) as well as lures, such as tube jibs. Perch have migrated to deeper waters, but you may have luck catching browns this time of year.
Kidney Pond
2014-11-13
Slow
Fish are still biting on traditional baits (PowerBait, Jake's lures and worms).
Midas Pond
2014-11-13
Slow
Fish are still biting on traditional baits (PowerBait, Jake's lures and worms).
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-11-13
Slow
The reservoir will ice over soon, and access will be difficult.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-11-13
Slow
Because of irrigation needs, the water was drained from the reservoir earlier this year.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2014-11-13
Slow
Fishing is slow, but some anglers are catching fish from the shore using spinners.
Payson Lake
2014-11-13
Good
There is some snow on the ground, but fishing is good. Try using traditional Jake's lures and PowerBait. Anglers report fast fishing. Be aware of changing weather and road conditions as you head up the canyon.
Provo River, Lower
2014-11-13
Good
Brown trout are now spawning, so please be cautious of their redds. The water flows are a little higher this week (around 187 cubic feet per second). The weeds are expected to be removed, but in the meantime, fishing access may be difficult. Streamers work well for catching aggressive brown trout on cloudy days. Try fishing early in the morning.
Provo River, Middle
2014-11-13
Good
Brown trout are now spawning, so please be cautious of their redds. Be on the lookout for some lingering caddises and start throwing streamers during this cloudy, cooler weather. Water flows are less than 151 cubic feet per second, and water levels are lower below I-40. Try using a Western Weedy Water Sedge and a tan Caddis, size 16. Ants and beetles are a good choice on sunny days. The Pseudos are very small this year and you'll need size 22 or 24 to be effective. Try fishing during the early morning. Water temperatures are around 50 degrees.
Salem Pond
2014-11-13
Slow
Try using a bubble, traditional worms and PowerBait. Jake's spinners also work great for catching trout off the docks or near the bridge.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-11-13
Slow
Try using traditional baits.
Silver Lake
2014-11-13
Slow
Water levels are pretty low. The lake will freeze over soon.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2014-11-13
Fair
Brood stock trout were stocked in the reservoir, and though the water level is low, the trout are very active! Use traditional baits (worms and PowerBait).
Spring Lake
2014-11-13
Fair
Brood stock trout were stocked in the pond. Try PowerBait and Jake's lures to land a nice 20-inch trout. You can also, try a bubble and PowerBait.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-11-13
Good
The marina docks have been pulled and the restrooms are closed. Moss is starting to die off and the fish are starting to come closer to shore. Try trolling and jigging (tip a tube jig with minnow for great results). Anglers are catching nice cutthroat trout in the Meadow's area.
Thistle Creek
2014-11-13
Fair
Now that the browns are spawning, the best time to fish is early morning. Please be cautious of their redds. Try throwing streamers near riffles, especially on overcast days.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-11-13
Slow
The brown trout in the reservoir are spawning and active.
Utah Lake
2014-11-13
Slow
The water levels are low, so you may want to check with Utah Lake State Park or the DWR Central Region office prior to launching. Catfish are biting on worms and raw chicken. For white bass or catfish, you can try using traditional spinner blades. There is a mandatory catch and kill on all Northern pike caught at Utah Lake. If you catch a pike, please call 801-491-5678 and let us know where it came from.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-11-13
Slow
Anglers are catching a few brown trout. Use a lightweight jig (Jake's spinner) or try PowerBait under a bubble. The moss is dying off quickly and the pond is beginning to ice over.
Willow Pond
2014-11-13
Fair
Try using a bubble, PowerBait, and/or worms. Corn and garlic-flavored PowerBait also work great. Some brood stock fish may still be lingering.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-11-13
Good
Some anglers in boats have reported catching northern pike.

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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart
Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

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

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
The reservoir hasn't iced over yet, and water levels are now rising. At last report, fishing was fair to good for rainbows and slow for bass and yellow perch. The best fishing times vary, which is common for fall fishing. Most anglers report good fishing for a few mid-morning hours before the action slows around mid-day. Then, it picks up again in the late afternoon. Trout are moving up in the water column, so you may see some action on the surface. Bass and perch are going deeper. Trout baits, such as a worm-and-marshmallow combination or floating PowerBait, work well on the bottom. Also, try going deep — or even just a few feet below the surface — with a sinking fly, crankbait, jig or brightly colored spoon.
Brough Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
There aren't many anglers fishing the reservoir right now. The shallows are starting to freeze. You'll likely find fair to good fishing for trout during the day, and then the action will slow in the evening hours. There are special catch-and-release regulations at the reservoir. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2014-11-20
Fair
The lake is now covered with ice. There haven't been any recent reports on fishing conditions, but other lakes in the area have enough ice to fish. Browne was partially drained earlier this year so crews could work on the dam. Because of the lower water levels, the daily bag limit has been increased to eight trout until Jan. 1, 2015.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-11-20
Slow
Recent reports from anglers say that fishing has been slow.
Calder Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
The lake is now covered with ice, but we haven't had any recent reports from anglers. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2014-11-20
Slow
The reservoir was restocked this summer with fingerling and catchable-sized rainbows, brown trout, tiger muskie and wipers.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-11-20
Slow
Water levels are extremely low. Most of the remaining water has been pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and tiger trout. Try deep-drifting worms or use a worm-and-marshmallow combination floated a few feet above the bottom. Fish are also taking some of the larger terrestrials off the surface. The Uintas have received snow and will likely see more this weekend. Be prepared for winter conditions.
East Park Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
The reservoir now has a layer of ice, but we haven't had any recent reports from anglers. Other lakes in the area have enough ice to fish. Check ice conditions carefully before venturing out. Fishing was fair before the reservoir froze. The Uintas have received snow and will likely see more this weekend. Be prepared for winter conditions.
Flaming Gorge
2014-11-20
Good
You'll find good to excellent fishing for many species right now.

Kokanee salmon: Closed — All kokanee caught from September 10 through November 30 must be immediately released. Sheep Creek, a tributary stream near Manila, is also closed to fishing.

Rainbow trout: Most anglers report good results. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working from the shore and from boats. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Rainbows are also being caught in deep water, when anglers are fishing for lake trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing. Schools, small groups and singles can be anywhere, although most are still being taken in deeper water. If you find a group, try holding your position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or a three-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also, try trolling through or just above the school, usually around 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries. Please remember that Linwood Bay is closed to nighttime angling (sunset to sunrise) from Oct. 15 through 6 a.m. on Dec. 13. The closure is in place west of a line from the easternmost point of the south shore of Linwood Bay (mouth of canyon) to the easternmost point of the north shore of Linwood Bay (Lucerne Point).

Smallmouth bass: Fishing has slowed, and the bass are moving to deep water. Smaller fish are now more than 20 feet down, and the larger fish are even deeper. Try using darker crayfish colors in just about any kind of bass lure, including flies, grubs, worms, crankbaits and spoons. If they are not hitting, try going smaller and working your lure down close to the bottom.

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is starting to pick up. Pick a spot in late afternoon, so you can see your area and figure out where you want to go when it gets dark. 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 (approximately 20 feet down) 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 6 to 10 inches above the weight. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2014-11-20
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Try the winter combinations, either a top/bottom combination or streamer/bottom combination. For example, use grasshopper or large terrestrial on top followed by a scud or egg imitation as a trailer. Streamers are usually a fish imitation followed by a scud or egg. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
There haven't been any recent reports, but you'll likely find some ice. (Other reservoirs in the area have frozen.) Check ice conditions carefully before venturing out.
Matt Warner
2014-11-20
Good
New ice now covers the reservoir. It looks like anglers have been on the ice, but we haven't had any recent reports. Before the reservoir froze, anglers reported fair to good fishing.
Moose Pond
2014-11-20
Fair
The Moose Pond is now covered with ice, but there haven't been any recent fishing reports. The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbows during the summer.
Pelican Lake
2014-11-20
Slow
There is a ring of ice in the shallows, and it extends roughly 40 feet out from the reeds in some places. Before the ice formed, anglers reported slow fishing for largemouth bass. Bluegill have also been difficult to find. Pelican Lake has an overabundance of carp, so you can help the fishery by catching them or taking them with archery equipment. The waterfowl hunt started on Oct. 4, so there have been a lot of waterfowl hunters at the lake.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and slow fishing for bass and small walleye. The best bank fishing has been near the dam and in the east bay near the dam. The most consistent fishing has been during the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours. Try trolling or casting crankbaits and brightly colored spoons. You may also want to try fishing with a worm-and-marshmallow combination, a worm and floating bait a couple of feet above the bottom, or a worm or cut bait suspended below a bobber.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-11-20
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing. The lake should be covered with ice — please check it carefully before venturing out.
Spirit Lake
2014-11-20
Fair
The lake should now be covered with fishable ice, based on ice conditions on other mountain reservoirs. To be safe, please check ice conditions carefully prior to venturing out. Anglers reported fair fishing before the lake froze. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout this summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes. This high-elevation area is receiving snow, so it may be difficult to access the lake.
Starvation Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows from the bank. A few boats were out last week, and some diehard float-tubers reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and walleye. The bass and yellow perch are few and far between. Because of the cold weather, you'll find the best fishing in the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours. For trout, try trolling or casting fish-colored crankbaits, beadhead streamers or a worm rig in 20 to 30 feet of water. If you're fishing from shore, try a marshmallow-and-worm combination or a floating PowerBait-and-worm combination. For walleye, go deep into the rocks or shallow into the backs of the bays. Use rainbow or perch-colored crankbaits or worm rigs. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Watch out for the afternoon winds, which can quickly generate big waves. Improvements to the campgrounds and facilities — and the addition of a new 3-D archery range — have greatly improved the state park.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and slow fishing for bass and bluegill. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged sandbars, humps and rocks. Try fishing with trout baits and deep-diving lures for trout. For bluegill, focus on the flats or just off the dam in roughly 20 to 30 feet of water.

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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler
DWR Southeast Region Outreach Manager

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

Waterbody Report
Cleveland Reservoir
2014-11-19
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing using worms and PowerBait. The shoreline is covered with snow.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-11-19
Good
On Nov. 12, Su Jones fished from the dock for 1.5 hours and caught four rainbows using nightcrawlers. Three were 10 inches and one was 13 inches.
Huntington Reservoir
2014-11-19
Good
Conservation Officer James Thomas reported good fishing from a boat but slow fishing from the shore. The water level is dropping and the shoreline is covered by six inches of snow.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2014-11-19
Good
Fishing is good using PowerBait and worms.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2014-11-19
Fair
Park Manager Jonathan Hunt reported catching a lot of 5- to 6-inch cutthroat trout. Conservation Officer James Thomas reported slow fishing, but said that PowerBait seemed to produce the most fish.
Scofield Reservoir
2014-11-19
Fair
Last week, State Park Manager Jonathan Hunt reported slow fishing. His fishing party spent four hours on the water and caught 12 cutthroats. On Nov. 13, Sergeant Stacey Jones reported good fishing in the morning, but slower fishing by midday when the wind picked up. Stacey recommends using chub meat, worms and spinners. The best places to fish are the point opposite Mountain View State Park or by the dam.

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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley
DWR Southern Region Aquatics Biologist

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

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should improve as the weather cools.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-11-06
Fair
All lakes, except Barker Res and Lower Barker, are now closed to fishing.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-11-06
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports. Anderson Meadow Reservoir has been drained for dam repairs.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-11-06
Fair
Irrigation flows have ended, but the water is low and clear. You'll need to be stealthy when you fish. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-11-06
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Boulder Mountain
2014-11-06
Fair
Most Boulder Mountain lakes are now closed to fishing. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which waterbodies are open.
Clear Creek
2014-11-06
Fair
Work to remove nonnative trout from 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 for the rest of 2014 will be above the narrows. Fingerling cutthroat stocked this fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches in length next summer.
Corn Creek
2014-11-06
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-11-06
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-11-06
Good
Water flows are below 20 cubic feet per second because it's the end of irrigation season. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown and rainbow trout, with some browns exceeding 20 inches and two pounds. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2014-11-06
Good
Fishing is fair to good with a variety of fly patterns. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-11-06
Good
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-11-06
Fair
The water level has been fairly low all year in the upper reservoir. There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Fish Lake
2014-11-06
Good
Boat anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout by trolling pop gear. Shore anglers are doing well using flies or bait near Twin Creeks. Yellow perch also offer fast action by jigging just outside the weedline. To target splake, jig outside the weedline in 20 to 60 feet. Lake trout move to shallow water during October to spawn and, although they can be very visible, they are fairly hard to catch. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or the Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
The reservoir is filling. Fishing is fair to good for tigers in the cove near the boat ramp. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-11-06
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Fishing is good in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow and slower in the Bicknell Bottoms and below Highway 12. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-11-06
Slow
There haven't been any recent fishing reports. The boat ramp is closed until spring.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-11-06
Fair
Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and catfish at the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and Parowan Pond. Visit the new pond in Brian Head, which has been stocked with rainbows.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-11-06
Slow
The water clarity is very poor and fishing is slow. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2015. The water level has been fairly low this year. Fall fishing is typically fair to good.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
Fishing is slow from the shore, but trolling has produced fair results. There is no boat ramp, but you can launch small boats near the dam.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-11-06
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing from float tubes and small boats. The water is low and there is no boat ramp, so you'll have to hand-launch your boat from the shore. Hare's ears, pheasant tails and brown wooly buggers have all worked well lately. You may also want to try fishing with flashy lures, spinners and spoons. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-11-06
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
The reservoir is mostly full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing near the inlets in the afternoon with brown and black wooly buggers. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
Irrigation releases have ended and the lake level has stabilized. Trout are starting to get more active and fly fishing is improving for anglers in float tubes.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-11-06
Fair
There are good numbers of rainbow trout left in Big and Deep lakes. The fish in Big Lake have grown well this year; some are up to 14 inches long.
Navajo Lake
2014-11-06
Fair
Look for splake to become more active because of the cooler weather.
Newcastle Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-11-06
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing by trolling. Look for shore fishing to improve as the weather cools down.
Panguitch Lake
2014-11-06
Good
Fishing is fair to good, depending on where you fish and what you fish with. Boat anglers report fair fishing for small- and medium-sized trout by trolling. Shore anglers are also catching rainbow trout on popular baits like PowerBait and worm-marshmallow rigs. Fly anglers are catching fish from the shore using nymphs and streamers. Large cutthroat and tiger trout have moved in close to shore and are feeding actively. The best way to target these fish is with cut bait (like chub, sucker, minnows or anchovies) fished either on a large hook with no weight or tipped on a white tube jig. Most of the fish you'll catch with this method will need to be released because they'll be in the slot. In order to avoid deep-hooking, hold the rod in your hand and set the hook as soon and the fish hits. Large single hooks (size 1 to 00) will help ensure the fish are hooked in the mouth. If a fish swallows a hook, cut the line instead of trying to pull the hook out.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
Fly and lure anglers report fair to good fishing. Trolling flashy lures can also provide good results. These fish are wild, so natural baits like nightcrawlers work better than PowerBait.
Pine Lake
2014-11-06
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-11-06
Slow
The reservoir is now refilling after it was drained and treated with rotenone. 44,000 8- to10-inch rainbow trout have been stocked in the last few weeks.
Quail Lake
2014-11-06
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good. See the current boat ramp schedule at the Quail Creek State Park website.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
Bass fishing is starting to slow down.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-11-06
Fair
The water flows are low now that Piute Reservoir is refilling. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-11-06
Good
Fishing is good for brook trout at Deep Creek and Meeks lakes with wooly buggers. Fishing is fair to good for cutthroat and tiger trout in the Solomon Basin lakes. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-11-06
Fair
Trout stocking will begin soon.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-11-06
Good
The State Park reports good fishing for rainbows from boats.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-11-06
Fair
The water level is fairly low, but will slowly rise now that irrigation releases have ended. Fall is a great time to target brook trout.

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Lake Powell report

Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com

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

Waterbody Report
Lake Powell
2014-10-31
Good

Lake elevation: 3,605 feet

Water temperatures: 65–69°F

Nob Wimmer from Clark Bench, Utah found all species of fish guarding shad schools in shallow coves at the backs of canyons. It was possible to catch stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass while casting crankbaits in shallow water. Great fishing should last into November or as long as we have warm fall weather.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Gustaveson

The annual striped bass migration is now almost complete. Fish movement begins in the spring when stripers react to warming water by leaving the backs of the canyons and heading toward the main channel to spawn. Then, in summer, they pursue forage in open water wherever they can find it, whether on the surface or at great depths. As temperatures decline in the fall, stripers move toward the backs of canyons, where they will spend the winter with shad schools that descend to 60–90 feet. At those depths, the water temperature is cold but stable. Threadfin shad must be in deep water to survive cold winter temperatures that are near their thermal tolerance level. Rapid warming or cooling can be lethal to these warmwater forage fish once acclimated to cold water that ranges from 45–50°F.

Stripers make one stop before going deep in the winter. At the beginning of October, shad were in open water but have recently moved into shallow coves to escape relentless striper predation. The shad hope they can find shallow water, somewhere a three-inch fish can swim but a three-pound striper cannot without hitting bottom.

This is what we found earlier this week. We searched open water for striper schools and then moved to the backs of canyons to find where the stripers had gone. We looked in Padre Bay canyons and found a few stripers left in front of Gunsight Butte. Large schools were there at the beginning of the month, but on this trip, we only saw one small school.  We caught fish from that school by spooning quickly when the fish were graphed.  We stayed over the school long enough to catch a dozen two- to three-pound stripers before the fish departed.

Next, we looked for other schools seen previously in deep water from Gregory Butte to Gunsight without finding any fish. Then, we went to the backs of canyons to see if shad were trapped in shallow coves. Most canyons were fishless, while others harbored shad. Shallow shad schools were guarded by stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Once a shallow school was found, it was easy to catch husky fish of all species by casting shallow and mid-depth crankbaits in 12–15 feet of water.    When we pulled out further (to 30 or 40 feet), we found striper schools holding, just waiting for shad to try to escape from the coves. These schools were more than willing to hit spoons.

The successful lakewide pattern is to find shad schools trapped in the back of short U-shaped canyons near the main channel. Long, winding canyons are not usually as productive. Try to stay within casting distance of the shad school but do not scare shad out into open water where they will then flee to another sanctuary cove. Work the cove with shad-imitating crankbaits for the best results. Our best lure was a Lucky Craft Bevy Shad in shad color. Look further out for striper schools that really like spoons right now.

Coves with no trapped shad also had no predators. It is possible to run quickly to the back of many coves before finding the shad school. The school we saw contained thousands of shad and covered perhaps a length of 20 yards of shallow water from the front of the school to the back, with a width of 20 feet. Find shad now in the southern lake, and fishing success will follow. There are more shad schools in the northern lake, so it may be more challenging there. In either case, the best catching action is now in the very back of the canyon from a bottom depth of 40 feet to the shallow end of the cove.

This is the last regular fish report of the year. We head out on the lake for the next three weeks to sample with gill nets to document population size and fish health. I will post updates on Wayneswords.com throughout the winter.

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