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Revised 10-20-17


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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.

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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

(Sep 30) Fishing has been really slow. Try using PowerBait and/or a Jake's Spin-A-Lure lure in the morning hours.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Sep 30) Fish are very active throughout the day. Try using a Jake's Spin-A-Lure lure, in gold or silver. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait should also work. Tiger muskie are a fun fish to target in the summer. Please let us know if you catch one.

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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

(Sep 30) Wipers up to 19 inches long are super active right now. Anglers are catching them on Rapalas in the evening and at dawn. To target tiger muskie, brown trout and rainbow trout, try jigs or Rapalas. The tiger muskie bite has been good, with anglers catching fish up to 36 inches long. Please remember to handle tiger muskie carefully and to practice proper catch-and-release techniques. Most of the fish have not reached the 40-inch length limit and must be immediately released. DWR biologists have caught decent-sized catfish, both channel cats and black bullheads, during recent surveys. If you'd like to catch these fish, try fishing bait on the bottom of the reservoir.

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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 20) Anglers are catching their limits of 14- to 18-inch rainbows. They're also catching perch. Fishing has been the best early to mid-morning, and anglers are having the most success trolling for rainbows. Reports indicate that a little bit of everything is working. Rainbows are hitting on Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, Yakima and Worden's flatfish lures, Rocky Mountain Tackle squids and Mack's wedding rings. Bright oranges, yellows, greens and reds are the popular colors right now. Six- to ten-inch perch are hitting on 1/32-ounce jigs in chartreuse, yellow or orange in about 30to 40 feet of water.

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East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Oct 20) The reservoir is about 80 percent full. Fishing has recently been fair to good, according to reporting anglers. The most likely catch is rainbow trout. Try trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir in the early morning. Anglers report receiving few to no bites on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommend using green or rainbow PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup.

(Oct 14) The reservoir is about 80 percent full and the water temperature is in the 60s. Fishing has been fair to good, according to reporting anglers. The most likely catch this week was rainbow trout. Try trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir in the early morning. Anglers have reported receiving few to no bites on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommend using green or rainbow PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup.

(Oct 5) The reservoir is about 80 percent full and the water temperature is in the 60s. Fishing is fair to good. One angler reported good fishing last week trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir in the early morning. Anglers report no bites at all on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommend using green or rainbow PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup.

(Sep 30) The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees. Fishing was fair to good for wipers and rainbow trout. One angler reported good success trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Multiple anglers reported no bites at all on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommended using PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup.

Echo Reservoir

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

(Oct 20) The reservoir's water level is low and only shore fishing is available. All ramps are closed and boats can't be launched. On Oct. 18, an algal bloom warning was announced for this reservoir. Please be sure to clean fish thoroughly and discard the guts.

(Oct 14) Fishing is currently slow to fair, according to angler reports. The water level at the reservoir is low.

(Oct 5) The water level at Echo is low and the action has slowed down, but recently anglers have done well near the dam.

(Sep 30) Fishing has been fair to good for small bass and perch as well as rainbow trout. Worms have worked well. Anglers reported good fishing by the dam if they were on a boat, or from the rocks on the east side of the reservoir if they were fishing from the shore.

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Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Trout fishing should be improving with cooling water temperatures. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good to excellent.

(Oct 6) Trout fishing should start to improve soon with cooling water temperatures. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good to excellent.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout at Farmington Pond. Try using a spinner, floating a worm off the bottom or using a traditional worm-and-bobber rig.

(Oct 14) As fall arrives, the community ponds in northern Utah are being stocked regularly with trout! Fishing is fair to good at Farmington Pond this week. Traditional methods such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber are a good bet. The pond was stocked with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout on October 3.

(Oct 5) Now that fall is here, the community ponds in northern Utah are stocked with trout regularly! Traditional methods, such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber, are working well. Farmington Pond was stocked with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout on October 3.

(Sep 30) Fishing is fair with anglers reporting catching bluegill and rainbow trout. The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout on September 13. Keep an eye on the stocking reports, as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best in the first few days after the water is stocked.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 30) Fishing is fair to good across the reservoir, depending on which species you're targeting.

Kokanee salmon: Salmon fishing is closed until Dec. 1.

Rainbow trout: Fair to good fishing. Now that the water temperature has cooled, trout are moving into shallow shoreline habitat and are becoming more active. While fishing for rainbows, you might also catch a cutthroat. If you're fishing from a boat, casting jigs near the creek inlets has been the most productive way to catch trout. Trolling 10–15 feet deep, with pop gear, spinners and small spoons, has also been effective. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some and slowly retrieve the bait, using occasional jigging strokes. Marabou jigs in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. When you catch one rainbow, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs on your hooks so you can release fish quickly.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Use a fish finder to locate fish that are suspended above the bottom. To target aggressive pups, troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish. You can also vertically jig a white or glow-in-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well. Linwood Bay closes to nighttime fishing (from sunset to sunrise) starting Oct. 15. See the 2017 Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Jigs in earthtone colors that mimic crayfish — the primary forage of smallmouth bass — are the best option. Jerkbaits and crankbaits in copper, silver and rainbow trout colors will also entice fish. Expect patchy success as smallmouth bass concentrate along main channel habitat in preparation for winter. Fish shallow for high catch rates. If you want to catch bigger fish, though, try fishing depths greater than 20 feet. Smallmouth bass will remain active until the water temperature drops into the mid 50s.

Burbot: You'll find fair fishing. There haven't been many reports of anglers catching burbot. Those who are catching fish are mostly catching them while fishing for lake trout. Anglers in boats can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines, in 20 to 40 feet of water. The best activity may be found 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 or chub meat, recharge its glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Fishing will improve once water temperatures are consistently in the 50s.

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Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) Fishing is good for trout—especially for anglers using worms and PowerBait. You might also catch a largemouth bass using a spinner or a bluegill-imitating lure.

(Oct 5) Fishing is good at the pond. Rainbow trout are being caught on worms and PowerBait.

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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 20) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 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 2-3 years while these populations establish. Recent surveys have found that fish stocked in 2016 spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (4-6 inches).

(Oct 6) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 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 2-3 years while these populations establish. Recent surveys have found that fish stocked in 2016 spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (4-6 inches).

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Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Oct 20) Channel catfish and largemouth bass are being caught at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend, up to nine pounds in size. Night crawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

(Oct 6) Channel catfish and largemouth bass are being caught at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend, up to nine pounds in size. Night crawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Oct 20) Anglers are doing well catching rainbow trout on lures and worms.

(Sep 30) Fishing for bass and trout has been fair. Try using topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout.

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Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) The reservoir was stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout on Oct. 2. To catch trout, try using nightcrawlers, PowerBait, spinners or bead head bugger flies on a fast-sinking line. As the temperature continues to cool, fishing for wiper should pick up. To catch wipers, try using spinner lures or crayfish-imitating lures.

(Oct 5) Anglers are catching bluegill and largemouth bass using a size 6 bead head olive leech and stripping it from the bottom with a No. 8 sinking line. Fishing for wiper should pick up as the fall temperature continues to drop. The reservoir was stocked with 1,000 10-inch rainbow trout on Aug. 22. It was also stocked on Sept. 20 with 10,000 4-inch channel catfish. The catfish will grow throughout the winter.

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Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Angler reports indicate that the fishing has slowed down compared to the fast action the past few weeks. One angler reported trying all kinds of methods and having no success at all. If you still want to try your luck at Hyrum, simple methods have been working in past weeks: fishing off the bottom with PowerBait, using a worm-and-bobber setup or floating a worm off the bottom with a mini marshmallow.

For those interested in more of a challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on September 16, 2017 and runs through October 31, 2017. Catch one of the specially tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details.

(Oct 14) Sheer numbers rather than size have been the name of the game at Hyrum this week and the last. If you're looking for a place to take children or people new to fishing, Hyrum might be a good place to try. Anglers have been catching huge numbers of tiny fish from shore using simple methods such as fishing off the bottom with PowerBait, using a worm-and-bobber setup, or floating a worm off the bottom with a mini marshmallow. Although one angler who was fishing by boat reported catching a few decent-sized rainbow trout this week, the most likely catch was perch and small bass.

For those interested in more of a challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on September 16, 2017 and runs through October 31, 2017. Catch one of the specially tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details.

(Oct 5) Fishing is hot at Hyrum this week. If you're looking for a place to take children or people new to fishing, this is a great spot. Anglers are catching huge numbers of tiny fish from shore using simple methods such as fishing off the bottom with PowerBait, using a worm-and-bobber setup or floating a worm off the bottom with a mini marshmallow. Some anglers were catching small brown trout using a spinner, but the most likely catch was perch and small bass. Those who caught trout reported the fish were eight to ten inches, but in large quantities, and willing to bite. This is a great time to land lots of tugs on your lines.

For those interested in more of a challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 31. Catch one of the tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details.

(Sep 30) The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees and the reservoir is 60 percent full. The State Park reports that fishing for perch has been very good, with worms working well. Trout fishing is fair but picking up. PowerBait, worms and trolling have been best. If you're looking for an additional challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on September 16, 2017 and runs through October 31, 2017. Catch one of the specially tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details.

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 20) Division biologists recently sampled Jordanelle and saw good numbers of 13- to 14-inch rainbows, plenty of 14- to 18-inch browns, one tiger muskie at 25 inches, a handful of 12- to 13-inch smallmouth bass, and many kokanee salmon. Anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch rainbows, 18- to 20-inch browns, and perch. For rainbows, try trolling at speeds at 1.5–1.7 mph and use Yakima flatfish lures in firetiger, red yellow fluorescent, and bait fish pink or Mack's wedding rings in hammered nickel, chartreuse and hot pink. Anglers are having success fly fishing for browns using anything resembling a terrestrial insect. For perch try using 1/8 to 1/32 ounce jig head in chartreuse or yellow and tip with a nightcrawler or Berkley Gulp! minnow. For smallmouth try using four-inch Gary Yamamoto in a whacky or nose style rig and retrieve at a medium speed. Remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10–Nov. 30.

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Kaysville Ponds

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

(Oct 20) Anglers report decent fishing for rainbow trout and bluegill at Kaysville. Traditional methods, such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber, are a good bet.

(Oct 14) As fall arrives, the community ponds in northern Utah are being stocked regularly with trout! Traditional methods such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber are a good bet. Kaysville was stocked with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout on October 10.

(Oct 5) Now that fall is here, the community ponds in northern Utah are stocked with trout regularly. Traditional methods, such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber, are working well. Kaysville Ponds were stocked with approximately 2,000 rainbow trout on Sept. 27.

(Sep 30) Fishing has been good as Bluegill were hitting almost any bait. Nightcrawlers are always a good one to try first, but anglers were also pulling in a few catfish as well. One angler reports catching a 14 inch bass last week using a rubber frog. If you're looking for a place close to home to take children fishing, Kaysville might be a good water to consider.

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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 20) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,627 feet Water temperatures: 65–68°F

The 10-day weather forecast is for calm water and perfect daytime temperatures in the 70s. Fishing has been mixed recently because of wind, dropping temperatures and finicky fish. This will be the last regular report for the year, but my prediction is that fishing will be excellent during the last two weeks of October.

First, the challenges: Fishing has been difficult recently because abundant cover and forage has allowed all sportfish species to eat on their own schedules or not at all. These fish are now accustomed to eating at their leisure with plenty of forage—a luxury usually not found in this lake because the normal overpopulation of predators always means fish seeking after prey. The windy conditions resulted in a rapidly dropping water temperature, which was a problem that confused fish and put them off feed at times. Hopefully those negative points are now past history.

Next, the new events: A stable water temperature (in the mid-60s) that is favored by most predators as the most consistent feeding and activity conditions of the entire year. There is an abundant shad and sunfish population that is readily available. The water levels will decline slowly which forces shad to leave the brush sanctuaries and encourages feeding from all the predators. Here is what to expect during the last two weeks of October.

Striped Bass: Right now, shad are hiding in the shallow brushy coves. By November, shad will migrate into deeper water as the water temperature drops. Threadfin shad need stable temperatures and do not like cold water. They seek a constant temperature in 30 to 60 feet of water. Stripers will react to this migration by forming bigger and tighter schools, which will make them easier to see on the graph and catch on spoons. As they make that transition from foraging in small pods in the brush to their normal large school mentality, fishing will improve dramatically.

Until that happens, you can find striped bass by trolling a shad-imitating crankbait while watching the graph looking for small schools and individual stripers. In the northern lake, surface action may happen anytime as more shad are available for stripers to chase.

Smallmouth Bass: Bass are the best angling target now because they are abundant and feeding prolifically at their favorite water temperature. Both large and smallmouth bass love brush that houses the bluegill and sunfish forage that is so abundant in this high-water year. The water temperature will remain at the peak bass activity level during the pleasant days forecast for the remainder of October. Start searching for bass on the prominent points and coves at the mouth of the canyon instead of the shallow water in the back of the cove. There is more shad forage swimming in deeper water (15 to 25 feet) than in the back of the canyon. Bass are currently holding in that deeper water but may move shallower as the lake level and water temperature drops. Bass really like surface lures right now, but will always eat plastic grubs bouncing along the bottom and dancing through the brush piles. Fast moving buzz baits are fun to throw over the brushy shoreline. Treat bass just as if it were springtime by fishing for them in the afternoon as the water warms.

Walleye: These toothy critters are back on the bite now with many being caught in the northern lake on spoons fished at 15 to 25 feet, bottom bouncers trolled slowly at the same depth, and nightcrawlers fished slowly on worm harnesses over main channel points. The magic depth for trolling across treetops or main channel points is 12 feet. Let the walleye diving lure hit bottom at 12 feet, and then catch a fish as it bounces into deeper water.

Crappie: Expect the crappie catch rate to increase dramatically as water temperature continues to decline. Normally the first two weeks of November provide the best crappie fishing of the year. Anglers are catching some crappie right now, and that catch rate will increase over the next three weeks. The most important factor is finding the school. With brush being abundant, look in the back of the canyons where water depth is 12 to 20 feet deep. Drive the boat right into the brushy thicket and then drop crappie jigs straight down below the boat to prevent snagging as you move the jig slowly up and down. It is also possible to fish from the old river channel where the brush begins. Drop jigs to the bottom at the edge of brush where crappie can see the lure while still staying in the brushy confines that they love. Expect to catch a few bluegill while fishing specifically for crappie. Tip the jig with a small worm to target bluegill.

Catfish: You can catch catfish by placing bait on the bottom near the sandy beach behind the boat near camp.

Again, this will be the last regular report for the year. Annual netting starts October 30 and will continue through November 10. I will post random reports on the website through the winter when something good happens. Though, the only time fishing at Lake Powell, isn't good is when you don't go. I will fish all winter and keep you advised of the fishing excitement.

(Oct 14) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,628.12 feet Water temperatures: 68–70°F

We fished the Escalante early this week with mixed results. Our camp was in 50 Mile Canyon and we fished the canyons near there.

Fishing was slow on Monday afternoon, but we did find two schools of stripers and identified a pattern. The location was in the main Escalante River Channel between Three Roof Ruin and Explorer Canyon. The water depth was 20 to 30 feet in the channel. We fished on points sticking out from shore into the channel. Striper schools were small and appeared to be laying right on the bottom. As we graphed the point from a depth of 25 feet toward the shoreline, we found a small group of fish marks at 17 feet. If we dropped spoons right into the school, we caught a few fish. If the spoon missed the school, we wouldn't catch any. We then ventured further up the channel toward Explorer and saw another point and found the second school by graphing up slope. Again at 17 feet, we saw a tight school on bottom, dropped spoons and caught a few more fish.

No striper boils were seen or reported in the past week.

We had more time to fish on Tuesday. We looked at the sights including La Gorce Arch and Cathedral in the Desert, and both were awesome. We caught a few bass on topwater in the brushy treetops in the backs of the canyons at a channel depth of 9 to 15 feet. Then, as the sun got higher in the sky, the bass quit. Fishing was tough in some very good habitat and locations. We ran down lake as far as Cottonwood Canyon without catching a fish. We headed back toward the Escalante and began trolling and casting along a big rockslide near Hole in the Rock. We caught stubby smallmouth all along the rocky shoreline on a variety of lures. We checked another rocky shoreline to see if this was the only spot they were hitting. No, smallmouth bass turned on everywhere we tried from 2 to 4 p.m. The number of fish we caught immediately went from none to too many.

This reminds me so much of springtime bass fishing pattern, when they will not bite at all in the cool morning and then turn on like crazy as the water warms in the afternoon. With temperatures now in the high 60s, bass behavior is much like it is for pre-spawn fish. Afternoon is definitely the best time to fish, but that feeding period may get longer as weather continues to stabilize and the full moon continues to wane.

Back at camp, we learned that stripers exhibited the same behavior. They did not bite in the morning but, trying the same rocky points after 2 p.m., the stripers took off and we caught 30 fish.

The pattern right now is up to the fish. It is not about the best lure or the best spot. Many different types of spoons, bucktail jigs and medium running crankbaits worked when stripers were active. Nothing worked when they were inactive. During the afternoon primetime, we caught bass using topwater, shallow square bill cranks, rattletraps.

I suspect the same timing will apply to catching fish over the length of the lake this week. If you can only fish for a short time, make sure it is in the afternoon. I feel that fishing will improve in the next few days, as the weather warms and the lake remains calm. Wind tends to mix warm water from the surface with cool water in the depths. That drops the water temperature and slows fishing success. Warming water will improve just as it does in the spring.

We saw fishing improve dramatically in one afternoon. Hopefully that magic two-hour period will get longer and finally last all day. When fishing is tough, just look up and see the beauty and majesty of Lake Powell. It is worth it!

(Oct 5) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,628 feet Water temperatures: 68–73°F

Fishing success has been well below Lake Powell standards lately, because of the cold weather, wind and dropping water temperatures. The weather is stabilizing and there have been calm mornings and breezy afternoons. Hopefully the 80 degree temperatures forecast for this week will stabilize the water temperature and bring bass, shad and stripers back to the surface.

Shad schools are hiding in shallow brushy water close to shore. Stripers are looking for shad in shallow water, you're more likely to see boils blow up near shore, instead of the open bay. That makes it harder to find surface activity since there are over 2,000 miles of shoreline and only 150 miles of main channel water.

The most consistent method for finding stripers has been graphing and spooning. There are lots of shad balls showing up on the graph in the backs of canyons and in open water layered at about 50 feet. These tight packed fish schools are not stripers. A striper school usually shows a bit of separation between individual fish.

In Neskahi Canyon this week, we found individual stripers that marked a group of 10 fish or less. A spoon dropped right into the striper squad resulted in a catching as many as four fish before the group moved on. The highlight of the trip was a very large group of stripers that showed up as widespread individual fish that were very aggressively chasing shad and spoons. Anglers are catching many of the stripers in 3-6 boats working over the schools at the mouth of Piute Canyon. Anglers caught hundreds of stripers from September 28 to 30. I am not sure if the huge school is still there, but the fish were still biting on Saturday, September 30.

Fishing from Good Hope Bay to Hite has been slow because of weather, but I expect the stripers there will boil and attack spoons as the weather improves. You can still launch at the Primitive Hite ramp, which makes for a short run to find active stripers.

Good fishing was also reported from Bullfrog at Stanton Creek. Shore fishing was best during windy weather, since the desire for stripers is to chase shad hiding close to shore. Fishing will also improve mid-lake as the weather stabilizes.

Smallmouth bass are the most dependable species to target right now. They have also been impacted by cold weather, so you'll need to seek after them like you would in the spring. Wait until water starts to warm at mid-day, and then switch to smallmouth fishing techniques. Fishing plastic grubs and shad-shaped worms on the breaking edge of a rapid drop off should work very well. The high lake level still hides some brush and rock piles in slick rock canyons. Dropping plastic baits down to these typical bass sanctuaries results in quick bites from some very nice-sized bass. Fishing topwater lures during the early morning and late evening hours were bass magnets. I have had some of my best bass memories recently as large bass have attacked my surface lures in the backs of canyons in the southern lake where the water was calm and placid. The big bass jumped well out of the water and then tried to grab the lure on the way down. This experience is actually more memorable if you don't hook the bass. Surface fishing is fun!

I am sure fishing success will be better during the next two weeks than it was the last windy week of September. The water temperature is still hovering around 70 degrees, which is a very favorable fishing temperature. Stripers and smallmouth bass are the best choices now, but walleye, catfish and sunfish are also available if you're in the right place, at the right time.

(Sep 30) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,628 feet Water temperatures: 70–74°F

Last week, we sampled young fish production in Lake Powell with electrofishing techniques. The windy weather reduced our catch, but we learned about the general success of most fish species. With lots of submerged brush, we expected brush-loving fish — like bluegill, crappie and largemouth — would be the most abundant species sampled. Bluegill were the most abundant species captured, and black crappie had a strong showing in the northern lake and the San Juan. Smallmouth bass were well represented lakewide and the largemouth bass catch was steady over the length of the lake. The brushy cover that is still submerged has been very beneficial in rebuilding the populations of those fish that anglers really appreciate. Striped bass are more of an open water fish, even at a young age, so they are not captured as easily as bass and crappie during the September shoreline sampling.

Windy conditions over the past week have slowed fishing considerably. It was not easy to fight the waves and catch fish while the wind was blowing hard. The strong winds reduced the water temperature from 77°F (last report) to 70°F degrees this morning. Fishing slowed down during the windy weather. September is going out like a lion, with more wind and rain forecast. As the weather settles down in October, fishing success will rebound once more even with cooler weather. The best fishing in the spring is at a water temperature from 62-72°F. That is repeated in the fall.

For this week, you'll find the best fishing if you graph bottom structure looking for striper schools. Shad have been hiding in the backs of canyons, protected by brush shelters. Stripers are moving in that direction. Open water boils have slowed considerably. Expect to find striper schools in 40 to 80 feet of water, toward the backs of canyons. Stripers periodically come up to feed on shad, and you can see them pushing shad schools along the canyon wall. You can use surface lures to catch them when they're visibly chasing shad, but spoons will be the most effective striper lures this week. Expect to find schools at a common depth. In past years, the best depth to find them has been 60 to 70 feet. When you find a school, remember the depth and look for them at the same depth in other bays or canyons. Striper schools will be very willing to chase your spoons.

Smallmouth bass may be easier to find and catch than stripers. They are in shallower water (10 to 25 feet) holding near the brushy points where tamarisk trees are becoming more visible as the lake level declines. Smallmouth bass are excited about all the tasty little bluegill that we found while electrofishing and are close to their brushy sanctuaries. Bass are running in packs, so when you find one fish there may be a bunch more in the same spot. Shad-shaped worms are working very well. Try either wacky rigged on a dropshot rig or impaled on a leadhead jig. You can catch bass along the entire shoreline of Lake Powell.

Walleye are starting up again and can be caught in the daytime occasionally while fishing for bass and stripers.

Bluegill hide in the submerged treetops, but you can see them in the brush near shore. Find a good-sized bluegill and feed it a live nightcrawler or Berkeley gulp minnow. Youngsters will really enjoy catching sunfish off the back of a houseboat.

Catfish are feeding steadily along the bottom in 10 to 15 feet of water. They like table scraps and will provide a lot of excitement as they join your party at dusk on the sandy beach.

October is often the best weather to cruise and camp at Lake Powell. There are fewer crowds, and water is calm and cool. It might be the best time to camp and fish in 2017.

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LaSal Mountains

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

(Oct 14) Several lakes and reservoirs near the La Sal Mountains were stocked in September, including the Rattlesnake Ranch Pond and Kens Lake. Try using worms, PowerBait and spinners to catch rainbow trout at these waters.

(Oct 5) Several lakes and reservoirs near the La Sal Mountains were stocked in September, including the Rattlesnake Ranch Pond and Kens Lake. Try using worms, PowerBait and spinners to catch rainbow trout at these waters.

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 20) Fishing has been slow at Mantua. One angler who fished the reservoir over the course of a week caught a couple bass each day, but little else. As of Oct. 6, an algal bloom warning was still active for this reservoir. Please make sure to clean fish thoroughly and discard the guts.

(Oct 5) Due to the toxic algae bloom at Mantua recently, we have not received any fishing reports from anglers. Before the bloom, fishing was fair to good for bass. As temperatures cool down, we anticipate that trout fishing will pick up.

(Sep 30) Due to the toxic algae bloom last week, we have not received any fishing reports from anglers this week. Before the bloom, fishing was fair to good for bass. Once temperatures begin to cool off, we anticipate that trout fishing will pick up.

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Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) There have been some dead trout observed lately, though this is fairly typical at Minersville when the water level gets low in late summer. The weather has turned cooler, however, and conditions are improving. Rainbow trout are getting more active and moving in to shore to feed. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown and can be caught trolling or casting topwater lures.

(Oct 6) There have been some dead trout observed lately, though this is fairly typical at Minersville when the water level gets low in late summer. The weather has turned cooler, however, and conditions are improving. Rainbow trout are getting more active and moving in to shore to feed. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown and can be caught trolling or casting topwater lures.

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Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Wipers are being caught on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle.

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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

(Sep 30) Fly anglers are using a range of patterns, from dry flies to nymphs to tiny jigs. Those using spinning gear are throwing a worm or two-inch Berkley Power Grub on a No. 12 hook. If you're interested in catching larger bass, throw a weedless frog pattern among the reeds early or late in the day. The daily limit at the lake is 12 largemouth bass. There's no limit on bluegill.

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Pineview Reservoir

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

(Oct 20) The water temperature is in the 50s. This week, many anglers report that fishing was good to hot for crappie, smallmouth bass, perch and tiger muskie. This week, the crappie bite turned on for most (but not all) reporting anglers. Anglers that reported catching large numbers of crappie also remarked that their size was decent as well, but did not report what depth they were at or what tackle they used to catch them. Several anglers reported limiting out on crappie. This wasn't universal, though, as a couple reporting groups of anglers were still getting into small perch rather than the crappie. Another angler caught almost a dozen smallmouth bass on the dam end of the reservoir, which matches several other angler reports of a good bass bite this week. Recently, anglers have reported catching a few decent-sized tiger muskie as well. If you're targeting muskie, try a large spinnerbait or Rapala.

(Oct 14) This week, fishing was fair to good for tiger muskie, perch and smallmouth bass. One angler who was targeting crappie reported no crappie bites, but did get into some decent perch. Normally, we would expect the crappie bite to be picking up around this time of year. Recently anglers have been catching some decent-sized tiger muskie.

(Oct 5) A couple anglers have reported catching decent-sized tiger muskie this week. Although we expect the crappie bite to be good this time of year, we have not received any firsthand reports from anglers this week.

(Sep 30) Fishing has recently been slow to fair at Pineview for tiger muskie, bass and crappie.

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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 20) The reservoir was nearly drained again this year. Suckers are still abundant, despite repeated draining in recent years. Trout numbers are very low right now.

(Oct 6) The reservoir was nearly drained again this year. Suckers are still abundant, despite repeated draining in recent years. Trout numbers are very low right now.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle.

(Oct 6) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle.

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Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 30) Wipers and yellow perch are active and biting. DWR biologists surveyed the reservoir recently and found that some of the stocked wipers had grown to almost 19 inches. Wiper fishing was great last week, with anglers trolling crank baits and catching wipers that averaged 10 to 12 inches long. Please harvest larger yellow perch to help grow a larger population of fish in the reservoir. Surveys during the summer showed an abundant population of yellow perch in the five- to six-inch range, and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of them. Anglers have also been actively catching black crappie and a few walleye from the shoreline and from boats. Try fishing from the shoreline in the middle of the day, and use Roostertails or Jake's Spin-A-Lures tipped with bait. In the evenings, anglers are catching tiger trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish near the Brush Creek stream inlet and in the back of many of the coves. Trout fishing for browns, tigers and the few rainbows that are in the reservoir should pick up as the water cools. Try casing jigs in the canyon areas, or even fly fishing near the mouth of Brush Creek. Biologists transferred select sizes of largemouth bass back into Red Fleet over the past few weeks. These fish, which are 12 inches long and longer, have a metal jaw tag on the lower jaw. Walleye are also being caught. Most of the walleye are between 8 and 12 inches long.

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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 20) On Oct. 18, an algal bloom warning was announced for this reservoir. Please be sure to clean fish thoroughly and discard the guts. Fishing at Rockport was unusually slow last week, but anglers are reporting fair to good fishing this week. One group of anglers who trolled the shorelines in the morning in 20 to 50 feet of water caught several decent-sized rainbow trout in a few hours. Try using Rapalas, Jake's lures, worms or PowerBait in garlic or rainbow.

(Oct 14) Fishing was rougher than usual at Rockport this week, according to anglers. Reporting anglers tried several lures and presentations for an extended period of time and received very few bites. They also observed other anglers on the water having no luck as well. Before this week, several methods worked: worms, spinners, garlic or rainbow PowerBait, or trolling with Rapalas.

(Oct 5) The water level at Rockport looks great (98 percent full) and anglers report good — but not incredibly fast — fishing. Some reporting anglers did well trolling in about 25 to 50 feet of water with Rapalas. The rainbow trout caught were about 15 to 17 inches long, according to the anglers that reported a successful catch. Worms and spinners have also done well recently. Shore anglers have been catching fish using garlic or rainbow PowerBait.

(Sep 30) Fishing for rainbow trout and perch has been good. Anglers recommend fishing shallow. Worms, spinners and small jointed Rapalas have worked well. Shore fishers reported that PowerBait did well – especially garlic, peach and rainbow.

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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 20) Largemouth bass are very active. Small and medium-sized fish are very abundant around the shorelines and easily caught. Larger fish are found deeper. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive.

(Oct 6) Largemouth bass are very active. Small and medium-sized fish are very abundant around the shorelines and easily caught. Larger fish are found deeper. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 30) Great walleye fishing continues at the reservoir. For best results, try trolling a pink mini squid with a very silver dodger scented with garlic. This is the time of the year when walleye stock up for the winter months. They start feeding heavily on smaller forage fish and even on bigger rainbow trout. Please keep your limit of 10- to 14-inch walleye. Thinning the abundant walleye population will help yellow perch in the reservoir. To catch walleye, try fishing in 15 to 24 feet of water using Rapalas or jig heads tipped with worms. Jigs that imitate crayfish are also working well. The walleye are very aggressive and will bite on almost anything you cast at them. Fly anglers are finding success using size 6-8 bead head leeches and buggers in olive, black/orange and purple. If you catch a kokanee salmon, you must immediately release it. You may not possess kokanee salmon until Dec. 1. This closure protects the salmon during their spawning season. The water temperature is 73 degrees, and visibility is about six to seven feet. Rainbow trout will become more active as the water cools down. This spring, DWR biologists moved 250 crappie from Pineview and stocked them in Starvation to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch crappie, please voluntarily release them so they can help establish this new population.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 30) Water levels in the reservoir continue to drop. Bluegill are stacked up by the dam and are easy to catch. Bluegill fishing is also fast for anglers who fish from boats. For decent-sized bluegill, try fishing along the northern shoreline. For largemouth bass, try along the rocky shore on the reservoir's east side. Before temperatures cooled last week, bass fishing was good for those who were throwing spinner baits and tube jigs off the rocks. If you're fishing from the shore, you can use a casting bubble or a slip bobber to suspend your jig off the bottom. Anglers are also catching rainbows on jigs near the inlet. There are still many fish in the reservoir. Note: The DWR has issued an emergency change that removes fish limits at Steinaker. You're welcome to keep all of the fish you catch. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2017 and will likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing Steinaker down this year, and in 2018, so the dam can be repaired. The drawdown will take the reservoir past dead pool, and a complete fish kill is expected. It will be restocked with bluegill, rainbow trout and brown trout soon after it refills. Largemouth bass will be restocked the year after refilling begins.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching 15- to 20-inch cutthroats and a few slot buster cutthroats. Reports indicate that anglers are having success trolling 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs and rainbow trout patterned Rapalas, but any type of lure that resembles a minnow will work well. Try trolling at 1.3–1.7 mph, in about 18-24 feet of water, and troll adjacent to the Narrows near Strawberry Bay, across from the Ladders and along the opening of the Narrows on the Solider Creek Side. Please remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30. This closure is in place to protect the spawning salmon.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching white bass and channel catfish. For white bass try using a 1/8 to 1/32 ounce jig head tipped with a nightcrawler and retrieve at a slow to medium speed. Reports indicate successful white bass fishing off the jetty's at Utah State Park. For channel catfish try using Magic Bait Catfish Bait, chicken livers incased in nylons or nightcrawlers.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) The water level is low, so launch boats at your own risk. We began introducing black crappie this spring 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 next spring.

(Oct 6) The water level is getting low, so use caution when launching boats. Largemouth bass and bluegill are active and providing good to excellent fishing using jigs and minnow imitations. We began introducing black crappie this spring 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 next spring.

Willard Bay

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

(Oct 20) Anglers report slow to fair fishing at Willard this week. The water temperature was in the low to mid 50s. One angler who trolled all morning caught a single average-sized catfish, while other anglers who were targeting wipers from both a boat and the shore reported few to no bites at all.

(Oct 14) The water temperature was in the mid to high 50s this week. Anglers who reported success this week were trolling below 1.5 mph. If you're fishing from shore, you could also try your luck with crankbaits. According to angler reports this week, the catfish bite was fair to good, but the walleye bite was slow. We received almost no reports regarding the wiper bite this week, but last week the wiper action had slowed down considerably. If you're still trying to catch a wiper, try fishing a mussel on the bottom or plastics low and slow.

(Oct 5) As the water temperature cools off, the wiper action is slowing down a bit. A few anglers are still reporting catching wipers. If you're still trying to catch a wiper, try fishing a mussel on the bottom or plastics low and slow. The catfish bite was also slower this week compared to last week. One angler reports bringing in only a single catfish after a morning of fishing despite using a variety of tackle. We have not received any recent reports on the walleye bite.

(Sep 30) The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees and the reservoir is full. Several anglers have reported good fishing for catfish. One angler reports good success for catfish by fishing the north end of the reservoir using a Gulp minnow tipped with nightcrawler. A nightcrawler alone has also done fairly well for catfish recently. A few anglers reported catching wipers both from the shore and by trolling, but we also received a couple reports of slow wiper fishing at Willard. If you're targeting wipers, try fishing in the evening using mussels or a lure that imitates a shad.

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