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Revised 10-12-18


Links give descriptions of the lake and facilities available. Check proclamtion for details on fishing restrictions as these may not be complete.

WHIRLING DISEASE -- For waters indicated, please prevent the spread of WHIRLING DISEASE by cleaning mud from waders and equipment. DO NOT TRANSPORT any parts of fish caught here to other waters. Click here for DWR information.

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY -- For more information on individual lakes and fish species: Click here for DWR information.

Bear River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Cutthroat Trout, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Whitefish, Yellow Perch

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Oct 4) Anglers report slow fishing and a lot of vegetation. Please let us know if catch any tiger muskies. Remember, you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches.

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Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Oct 4) Wiper fishing is steady, but slowing down with cooler overnight temperatures. Remember, you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches. Please use https://wildlife.utah.gov/fishing/tiger_muskie_tips.php good catch-and-release techniques and be aware of limits.

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Cutler Reservoir

Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish

No recent reports.

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Deer Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch

(Oct 12) Anglers report fair fishing from the shore or by trolling with popgear or other minnow-imitating lures. Most shoreline anglers are using PowerBait. 60,000 10-inch rainbow trout were recently stocked. The water level is low, so use caution when launching boats.

(Sep 21) Fishing has been slow, and reports have been intermittent. Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch walleyes, 16-inch rainbow trout, and largemouth bass. For walleye, try trolling a Northland Pro Walleye Crawler Harness or jigging a VMC Neon Moon Eye jig with a chartreuse shad, smelt, or watermelon pearl 3 inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow. For trout, traditional fishing methods work well, but you can also try using Panther Martin Holographic spinners or Pixee spoons. Wasatch County Health Department has posted warning signs at Island Resort and Rainbow Bay indicating the detection of harmful algae. There have been no reports of illness, but please be cautious and avoid areas where you see a layer of green scum in the water.

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East Canyon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Oct 9) Fishing has been good from boats. Anglers are using pop gear and a worm to catch trout and wipers. Shoreline anglers have been doing well with rainbow or green PowerBait. Use lures to catch wipers from shore.

Echo Reservoir

Bass, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 9) Perch fishing has been good from shore. Successful anglers are using jigs with perch meat and yellow fluorescent jigs. We're seeing more small boats and kayaks. Shoreline fishing has been successful for bass, trout and perch. The boat ramp is out of the water, the left side is closed and the right side is launch at your own risk. The boat docks have been pulled for this boating season.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 12) Water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir so only small boats can be launched. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 9) Trout fishing will improve now that temperatures are cooling and water levels are rising. Try using the fly-and-bubble technique with a Pistol Pete pattern.

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Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Brown Trout, Burbot, Channel Catfish, Crayfish, Kokanee Salmon, Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 4) Sheep Creek from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of November.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 60–100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. High catch rates have been reported from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore and near Mustang Ridge. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Jig vertically with a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers or #3 Needlefish. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches are overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of small lake trout. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until November 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. You will need a boat to access most of the lower reservoir. There is, however, good shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones at 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work too. Boat anglers will likely catch rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30–40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along the rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Anglers have reported high catch rates using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with four-inch worms. Jigs mimicking crayfish — their primary forage — are also a good option. Try using earth tone colors.

Burbot: There are few angler reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 35–45 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

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Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 28) Gigliotti Pond was most recently stocked on June 13 with about 750 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long, and anglers have had an easy time catching these fish lately. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here.

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Glassman's Pond

Bluegill, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Gunlock Reservoir

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 12) Visit Gunlock State Park website for boat ramp hours. Largemouth bass fishing has been fair to good for fish up to two pounds. A few crappie have also been caught recently. The fish re-stocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Look for conditions to continue at Gunlock over the next year

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Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Oct 12) Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good success with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with nightcrawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Oct 9) Anglers reported slow fishing, but the fish were active. Trout fishing will improve now that temperatures are cooling and water levels are rising. Try using the fly-and-bubble technique. A stimulator pattern may be more effective on warmer afternoons and evenings.

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Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 28) Anglers have been catching bluegill, rainbow trout and bass. The best fishing has been in 15 to 25 feet of water. If you'd like to use fly tackle, try using a size 10 bead head olive tinsel soft hackle fly or a size 6 bead head tan/green/pearl crystal bugger on fast-sinking line. The rainbow trout have mostly been between 18 and 19 inches long. Anglers have also reported that midges and damsel flies have been plentiful at this reservoir, so lures that imitate those might be effective. Huntington North Reservoir was stocked with about 10,000 channel catfish on Aug. 22.

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Hyrum Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid), Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 9) Fishing is improving at Hyrum as the water cools. Anglers report catching trout, perch and bass. You can catch trout from the shore and from boats. Perch fishing is good from the fishing dock, and bass fishing is good along the south shoreline with Rapalas.

Jordan River

Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Walleye, White Bass

No recent reports.

Jordanelle Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 12) The water level is low. Boat anglers report better fishing for trout than shore anglers. Remember: you cannot keep any kokanee salmon from September 10–November 30.

(Sep 21) Recreational traffic has finally begun to subside. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass, 16- to 18-inch rainbow trout, 12- to 13-inch wipers, six-inch perch and 16-inch brown trout. For trout, try trolling at 1.5 to 2.0 mph in about 20 to 25 feet with the lures sent back 100 feet using silver, pink or chartreuse D&H Custom Lures spoons. If you are using downriggers, send the lures back 70 feet and suspend the lure in eight to 12 feet of water using Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle pink or cotton candy squids with a neutral dodger tipped with a Berkley Gulp! Maggot. For wipers, try using 1/16-ounce, neon-colored jighead tipped with a 1/2-inch of nightcrawler or one-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow, and slowly jig one to two feet off the bottom. Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon through November 30.

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Kaysville Ponds

Black bullhead, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 9) Fishing has improved with the cooler weather.

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Lake Powell

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 12) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,591 feet Water temperatures: 70–74°F

Sporadic rain continues to fall at Lake Powell. The welcome moisture has maintained the lake level at essentially the same as it was last week. Today inflow from the Colorado River is greater than outflow from Glen Canyon Dam. Two more rainy days are forecast in the next 10 days with average air temperature in the mid 60s and evenings in the mid 40s.

There is one downside to the recent stormy weather. The drop in barometric pressure has caused a drop in fishing success. Anglers who were catching fish every cast a week ago are now struggling to find and catch fish. The good news is that the storms are clearing, pressure is rising and fishing success will perk up again.

The secret to finding fish now — particularly striped bass — is to go out early in the morning. In the southern lake, stripers are being caught quickly on spoons from first light to 8 a.m. After the sun gets higher and boat traffic picks up stripers are hard to find. Midday, they can be found with anchovy bait used in the commonly reported spots reported here. If one favorite spot does not produce, then move to another to see where the schools are now. It should only take moving to 3 or 4 good bait fishing spots to locate an active school.

Striper schools are suspending and feeding on shad schools half way back in major canyons. They are not easy to see on the graph since they are high in the water column while the graph is focused on the bottom in 50-100 feet of water. The most consistent way to locate suspended stripers is to start near the back of a major canyon and troll out towards the mouth of the canyon. It is best to use a deep diving lure, such as a Norman Little N or Deep Little N in Lavender shad color. Troll until a striper is caught, then fish with spoons and cast crankbaits to catch more fish following the hooked school mate. This technique should work lakewide.

Smallmouth bass fishing remains steady. There has been a recent decline in total numbers caught with the same reaction to falling barometric pressure, but smallmouth are caught throughout the day. Smallmouth are holding in relative deeper water, not in the backs of canyons. Look for visible open water reefs surrounded by deep water. They were also found on deep cliff walls, in the shade at 15 to 30 feet. They are feeding on crayfish so use green colored grubs senkos and dropshot lures.

Walleye are caught periodically while trolling for stripers or dragging a bass bait along the bottom. Walleye are not schooling fish, but they do tend to aggregate in the same location. It is wise to turn around and try to retrace the path where the first fish was caught to see if another walleye can be caught at the same spot using the same technique. Finally, the water temperature will soon drop into the 60s which is the prime temperature for fish activity in Lake Powell. Catching should improve and peak during the next few weeks of October.

(Oct 4) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,592 feet Water temperatures: 73–76°F

The weather is cooling, rain is finally falling and fishing is picking up. Hopefully, the rainy period will slow down the decline in water level for a short time and allow the Castle Rock Cut to stay open for a few more weeks. The water depth is 12 feet in the Cut, which means it should be passable through October.

Fishing is improving as the water temperature has declined to the low 70s. Smallmouth bass have been the constant, most dependable target species to pursue. They are gorging on crayfish and are very cooperative for anglers. The best techniques now are very similar to those for spring bass fishing. Fish with weightless shad-shaped worms and senkos are in five to 15 feet of water. Bass are moving shallower as the lake continues to decline. They are very active early in the morning and late in the evening. During the day, it may be better to dropshot fish in slightly deeper water.

Habitat preference is very different this year. Usually, there are brushy spots with tumbleweeds and brush. This year the rapid drop in water level has left the brush high and dry. This past week, the best bass habitat was long shallow gravel points that were shaded by mud lines. Bass are much more likely to be on the outside of primary points instead of in the backs of shallow coves. Look for deeper water in shallow bays to find bass.

Stripers have been harder to find in the southern lake. There is a short period at dawn where you can locate striper schools on the graph and then catch them using deep-diving spoons. This flurry of activity is short lived and drops off as the sun gets higher in the sky. During a normal fishing day, the very best technique is to use bait with lots of chumming. The spring time spots — like the dam, Buoy 3 and Navajo Canyon points — are working again. Add in some of these uplake spots that have produced good catches this week: Warm Creek Wall, Labyrinth Wall, the back of the main Rock Creek and Middle Rock Creek. The best technique is to graph the bottom structure while you're trolling. When you see a school, mark the spot. Return to the school, chum the spot with cut bait and then drop a one-inch piece of anchovy down to the school to catch lots of stripers.

In the northern lake — from Bullfrog to Good Hope — there are many more shad schools. Normal fall fishing techniques are working well. Again, troll and graph until you see a striper school. Then, drop spoons into the school in order to catch a lot of fish in a hurry. The best spots this week include mouth of Stanton Creek, Bullfrog Bay haystacks and the mouth of Knowles. The best lures are slab spoons, including Fle Fly Slabs, or any spoons that resemble them.

Bait fishing has also worked at Bullfrog this past week. Anglers have caught a lot of stripers on bait at the mouth of Lake Canyon.

Other fish that are responding well are walleye, catfish and bluegill. Tip your jig, small spoon or just a small jighead with a piece of nightcrawler to catch a wide variety of fish in a short time. Fishing is improving and will peak as the lake temperature drops into the 60s.

(Sep 27) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,591 feet Water temperatures: 75–78°F

Lake Powell's water level continues to drop. The lake elevation today is 3,591 feet, which still leaves 11 feet of water in the Castle Rock Cut. If the current rate of decline continues, the Cut will remain open for approximately five more weeks. That would mean that it will be open through most of October. The Cut and Antelope ramp will both close before the High Flow Experiment scheduled for November 5.

ishing in the southern lake has been slower than usual with the full moon and declining lake levels. Here are the bright spots:

Smallmouth bass have continued to cooperate with bass anglers who are using plastic baits and targeting open water reefs. With the lake falling, there are some long, narrow rocky points that extend from shore and gradually decline to 30 feet or more. Work green plastic grubs or shad-shaped worms along the bottom in 15 to 25 foot range to target the larger bass. Smaller bass will be mixed in but are more common at shallower depths. There are some bass in the backs of canyons and coves. They are usually on the breaking edge where the shallow water drops into a deeper channel. Water clarity over the length of the lake has declined considerably with dropping lake levels. This is allowing sand and sediment to mix in the water column with each wind event. Big patches of aquatic weeds are now showing in the backs of many coves. The weed mats are coming out of the water and drying as the lake drops.

You can find striped bass schools in deeper water: from 50 to 75 feet. These fish have been searching for shad, but not finding many in the southern lake. When you see a school, try spooning. If that does not work, then drop anchovy bait in order to quickly catch a lot of fish. When stripers school and shad numbers are low, many in the school do not get fed. Only the quickest fish will get enough shad to eat. Right now about 75% of the schooling stripers are healthy and 25% malnourished. I suggest keeping every striper you catch to reduce the total number of stripers and increase the opportunity for the remaining fish to find adequate nourishment.

Shad numbers are much higher from Bullfrog north than in the south. Graph and troll to find striper schools and then use spoons to catch a bunch. Try spoons that resemble shad and stripers. Fish really respond well to spoons in these conditions. The target depth is a bit shallower in the north, but you can graph striper schools from 30 to 70 feet. Striper schools may be harder to find now than is common for this time of year, but when you graph a school the fish respond very well.

We found out last week that the very best way to catch a large number and huge variety of fish is to use nightcrawlers. Tip a plastic grub, spoon or a plain bait hook with a one-inch piece of worm. Drop the bait down to the bottom in five to 25 feet of water and gently jig it up and down. The response is amazing. Expect to catch bluegill, green sunfish, smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish in big numbers. A really small hook is best. An ice jig or ice fly has a very small hook, but packs a lot of weight for its size. This is the technique to use if you want to catch a lot of fish.

(Sep 21) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,594 feet Water temperatures: 75–79°F

This week we traveled to Good Hope Bay to begin a walleye migration study in the northern lake. It is possible that walleye may migrate up the Colorado River and then move back and forth between the river and Lake Powell. Our goal was to tag as many walleye as possible with sonic tags — which include an underwater transmitter — that can be detected by a hydrophone attached to the lake bottom in the main channel. The hydrophone detects fish movement and records the tag number of each fish that passes by. The data can then be checked and recorded by our scientists on a regular basis.

My job was easy. I was supposed to catch some walleye so the fish could be tagged and used in the experiment. The only hard part was that the recent warm weather has kept the water in the high 70s instead of the 60s, which is when walleye are more aggressive. Twelve really good anglers headed out to collect 40 walleye. We fished all day and then returned to camp with only one walleye in the live well. Fishing was tough!

We finally figured out that the walleye pattern was to troll over humps at depths of 10–15 feet and let bottom bouncers or deep-diving lures drag across the bottom. Walleye would hit as the lure cleared the hump and began to swim in open water. We were proud to finally tag and release 20 walleye, which are now part of the migration study. More will be added in the future. I suggest waiting until water temperatures cool before making a trip to catch walleye.

We did catch lots of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish and catfish while trying for walleye. We tipped our plastic grubs, jigs, spoons and other lures with a one-inch piece of nightcrawler and caught tons of the non-target species. To catch all those fish, we just parked the boat in the shade during the morning and evening hours and dropped our lures to depths of 10–30 feet.

We also found large schools of stripers swimming in open water looking for shad schools. It was not as easy as usual to find a striper school because they were rarely boiling; but when we found some by trolling, we could stop over them and spoon up lots of stripers.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Grayling, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid)

(Sep 28) Dons Lake and Hidden Lake were both stocked with more than 700 rainbow trout on July 9. Kens Lake, Dark Canyon Lake and Rattlesnake Ranch Pond, as well as several others on the La Sal Mountains, have both been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches in length so far this year. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners to catch these.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

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Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 9) Anglers report decent bass fishing in the evenings.

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Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 12) Trout fishing is fair. Trout have moved away from shorelines so boat and float tubes are producing better results. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Surface action on midges is common on calm mornings and evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with best fishing at dawn and dusk. Smallmouth bass are also active and providing fair to good success.

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Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 12) Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout during early morning and late evening using nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth and wipers are also being picked up.

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Newton Reservoir

Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybrid), Yellow Perch

No recent reports.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Oct 4) The lake will be treated with rotenone on October 10–11, 2018. Limits have been liberalized, so you can keep 12 largemouth bass and there is no limit on bluegill. The reservoir will be closed from Oct 10 until Oct. 31. Information boards will be posted at all major access points, as well as orange signs indicating this closure at other locations around the lake. The water levels are extremely low, but the bass and bluegill fishing continues to be excellent on warm days.

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Pineview Reservoir

Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Musky (hybrid), Trout, Yellow Perch

No recent reports.

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Pioneer Park Pond

Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Piute Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Oct 12) The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is down to 3 percent capacity, with a depth of only 10 feet. There are some 14- to 15-inch rainbow trout available. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, making boat launching very difficult.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 12) Bass fishing is fair to good.

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Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 4) Anglers report catching perch from shore in the shallow weed beds. The wipers and cutthroat have also been very active. If you fish from a boat, you may have success fishing for the crappie and walleye. Try getting jigs to mimic smaller panfish. For perch and walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in about 10 to 15 feet of water.

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Redmond Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike

No recent reports.

Rockport Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid), Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 9) The water level is low, and angling activity is light.

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Sand Cove Reservoirs

Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 12) Largemouth bass are starting to move up to the shallows as the water cools. Smaller bass are providing fast action on Ned rigs. Some bigger bass are also found shallow, but most are still holding in the deeper water. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged soft plastics are all good choices.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 4) Remember, you may not possess kokanee salmon until Dec. 1. The ranger dock is closed to public use. The reservoir water level is at 59 percent and dropping, with water temperatures hovering around 60 degrees. Be aware of increased debris in the lake with weather coming in this week. Biologists are encouraging anglers to plan campouts and target smaller walleye at the reservoir. Anglers are encouraged to harvest smaller walleye to help balance the fishery. Fly anglers recommend using fast-sinking lines and size 6-10 bead head flies in multiple colors. We recommend using the same technique from a boat (jighead and worm) and fish in the evening, after the sun goes down. If you catch crappie, consider voluntarily releasing them so this population can establish.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 4) It is nearly impossible to access the shore due to deep mud and silt. Launch at your own risk from the ramp. The water levels are almost drawn down to dead pool. Anglers have been successful with a float tube. We urge anglers to make use of the resource and continue to harvest as many fish as possible before it's drained. There is no daily bag limit for any species: Largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020.

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Strawberry Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Oct 12) The reservoir was just stocked with 95,000 10-inch cutthroat trout. Anglers report fair to good fishing from the shoreline or a boat. Trout average about 17 inches in length. Remember: there are special regulations at Strawberry Reservoir.

(Sep 21) The air quality is poor because of the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires. Anyone with asthma or other respiratory problems should consider avoiding exposure to the smoke. Anglers have been catching 17- to 22-inch cutthroat trout and 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout. For those fishing from shore, try using garlic, cheese or corn PowerBait Natural Scent Trout Bait or a nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow. For those trolling, try trolling at 1.6- to 2.0-mph with the lure suspended in 18 to 25 feet of water. Try using Worden's Flatfish, D&H Custom Lures spoons or popgear. Remember to scent with Pro-Cure Carp Spit super gel. Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon through November 30.

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Utah Lake

Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 12) Fishing is slow because of the colder weather and fewer anglers are out fishing. One angler caught nearly a dozen white bass with a small action lure tipped with a piece of worm. Some anglers have also caught catfish.

(Sep 21) Anglers are catching two- to five-pound channel catfish, white bass and 18-22 inch walleye. For white bass, try using 1/8-ounce neon colored jighead with a pearl, chartreuse or amber Seps grub. For channel catfish, try using chicken livers encased in nylon, shrimp, nightcrawlers or PowerBait Catfish Bait Chunks.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 12) The water level remains below 25 percent and the boat dock has been pulled. The end of the boat ramp is still under water, however, and launching is possible. Fishing is fair for largemouth bass and bluegill. DWR began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn.

(Oct 12) The water level remains below 25 percent and the boat dock has been pulled. The end of the boat ramp is still under water, however, and launching is possible. Fishing is fair for largemouth bass and bluegill. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn.

Willard Bay

Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Wipers (hybrid), Yellow Perch

(Oct 9) Anglers report that wiper fishing has improved.

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