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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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Abajo Mountain

Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) Try fishing with bait on the bottom during the early morning or late evening. You may try using carp or white bass meat tipped on your hooks. White bass have been very active during the early morning near the boat ramps — they are biting on small tube jigs. Water levels continue to drop, and the lake is very shallow in many places. Boats can still launch out of Lincoln Beach, but try to stay in the middle of the channel, as some anglers are reporting water depths of a foot and a half in some areas. Please use caution when launching boats. The lake is about 4.4 feet below compromise levels. Water temperatures are hovering around 75°F at midday. Mosquitoes are out in full force, so take some bug repellent when you're out. Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is currently 48 percent full.

American Fork River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Bear Lake

Cisco, Cutthroat Trout, Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Aug 27) Anglers report good fishing for cutthroat trout and an occasional lake trout by trolling. Anglers have had the best success fishing in 60 to 85 feet of water using Rapalas, flatfish and spoons close to the lake's bottom. The best spot has been off the east side from Rainbow Cove/North Eden up to the Idaho State Park. You'll also find good fishing during this time of year from First Point up to the Scout Camp. If you are fishing the west side, try trolling parallel to shore off Garden City towards the rockpile. There are few anglers jigging now, but that can also produce some good fish this time of year. Try jigging on the bottom at the same depths you would for trolling and use a 0.75- to one-ounce tube jig tipped with cisco, sucker or carp meat. You can launch a boat at the marina and both east-side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. The thermocline is strong right now and is set up between about 36 to 62 feet. Remember: you must immediately released any cutthroat you catch without a healed fin clip.

Regulations

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.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 27) Fishing is good in the early morning or evening with traditional baits.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 27) Fishing is fair. The warm water temperatures and decreasing water level have pushed brown and rainbow trout into deeper water. Try trolling deeper water in the morning and evening. There are a lot of perch in the north end of the Reservoir. Smallmouth bass are also doing well. For smallmouth, try casting into the rocks with single tail jigs or crawfish patterns. Wildlife managers are concerned about the presence of walleye in the reservoir. Please keep your limit of walleye.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Blacksmith Fork River

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Aug 27) Fishing is very good throughout the river — especially with hoppers, dry flies, elk hair nymphs and PMDs. You may also want to try using a dry dropper with a small bead nymph.

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 7) Fishing is good. Try using nightcrawlers and PowerBait in the morning or evening for best results. The reservoir was stocked on July 30.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 27) Anglers report slow fishing for larger fish, but fishing is very good for small bluegill just under the moss along the east shore. Try using a size 6, 8 or 10 hook, cover the top and barb of the hook with a small piece of worm, hot dog or salmon egg. Put your hook just under the floating moss and you should get quick bites. The pond was stocked with catfish on August 13.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 13) There are no recent fishing reports, but expect fair fishing. The reservoir is mostly full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough Reservoir.

Regulations

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 28) The water level is low for maintenance, but that is making it hard to launch a boat. Fishing should fair to good for brook trout from the shore or a float tube.

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Aug 28) Shoreline vegetation is causing some issues for anglers fishing from the bank. Fishing should be better from a float tube.

Regulations

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) Please keep in mind that the ponds are now for day-use only. We are still stocking catchable rainbow trout throughout the summer months. Try using traditional lures or baits (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 28) Anglers report fair fishing. The water level remains low. Calder has special catch-and-release regulations. You may only use flies and lures; baits and scented (or salted) lures and flies are not allowed.

Regulations

Causey Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Aug 27) Two anglers reported slow fishing on Aug. 26 while fishing from the steep shore adjacent to the inlet near Causey Estates. They used spinners, worms and salmon eggs, but didn't have any bites. Recently though, other anglers have had good fishing at dusk using top water flies and lures. Anglers had the best success fishing from about 8–9:45 p.m. using dry flies on the surface and stripping it in. The trout are feeding heavily at the surface. Anglers fishing from non-motorized had more success than those fishing from shore.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 7) One angler reported fair fishing with PowerBait and nightcrawlers on Aug. 6. In two hours, he and his two daughters caught a 16-inch, a 17.5-inch and five 9.5-inch rainbow trout. Tom Ogden reported catching a number of 13- to 17-inch rainbows by fly fishing from a tube with fast-sinking line and a beadhead crystal bugger or soft hackle fly. Tom also said that the winds were very strong.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Aug 28) Anglers report fair fishing for a mix of fish, including rainbows, bass and tiger muskies. The statewide daily limit for tiger muskie is one fish over 40 inches; all others must be released immediately. Tiger muskies are sensitive to mishandling, so bring them in quickly, but not by horsing. Try to keep the fish from expending too much energy; keep their gills in the water as you handle them and release as quickly as possible.

Regulations

Crouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 13) Water levels are extremely low.

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 28) Anglers report fair fishing from boats, but slow fishing from the shore because of the aquatic vegetation. Try trolling in deeper water or drifting traditional trout baits. Stream fishing for brown trout is good. Anglers report that grasshopper patterns are working well. To increase your fly-fishing success, try rigging a dropper under a grasshopper or stimulator.

Cutler Reservoir

Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish

No recent reports.

Regulations

Deer Creek Reservoir

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

(Aug 20) Try fishing with nightcrawlers, marshmallows and garlic- or salmon-flavored peach PowerBait. Anglers fishing the north shoreline are catching walleye and smallmouth. Use tube jigs and a 3/16- to 1/16-ounce jig head. The main ramp and the island ramp at Deer Creek are currently open. The Charleston boat ramp is open to non-motorized vessels only. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Please keep in mind that juvenile quagga mussels have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Aug 7) Fishing is fair. Conservation officer JD Abbott recommends using a dry fly pattern in the evening or a nymph pattern during the day. The reservoir was stocked with 1,500 5-inch tiger trout on Aug. 5. Conservation officers are issuing tickets to anglers fishing with bait. Duck Fork has special regulations, including that you can only fish with artificial flies and lures.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Aug 27) Fishing is very good for trout and bass — especially in the morning and evening. If you're fishing for trout from the shore, try using a worm and marshmallow. Boat anglers should try fishing at depths of about 30 feet using pop gear or a lure with a trailing worm. Boat and shore anglers are also reporting good fishing for bass using plastics and lures in the shallower water.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Echo Reservoir

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

(Aug 27) Anglers report good trout fishing from the rocky shores using PowerBait and letting it float three feet from the bottom.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Aug 7) On Aug. 7, a group of anglers reported good fishing, once they found the fish. They used yellow tube jigs tipped with cut bait or redside shiners and still-fished off the bottom from a boat. They caught an equal mix of tiger and cutthroat trout, with the largest fish measuring just over 17 inches.

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 27) Cade Pies reported catching 10 small, seven- to eight-inch catfish in 1.5 hours by the inlet using nightcrawlers. Cade was the only angler at the pond, but there were people swimming and playing.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 7) Anglers mostly report slow fishing. On Aug. 6, Tom Ogden fly fished from a tube with fast-sinking line and leech or soft hackle fly patterns. In 4.5 hours, he caught 12 14- to 17-inch brook trout, six 12- to 14-inch rainbows and three 12- to 15-inch cutthroats. Tom said shoreline anglers were catching fish as well. A week earlier, Kathy Wilde and her family spent a week camping at the reservoir and scarcely caught any fish. Brandon Behling reported good fishing along the west and south shores on Aug. 2 & 3.

Regulations

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 27) Bait is not allowed on this portion of the creek, so Biologist Cody Edwards recommends a hopper-dropper set-up for fly-fishing anglers. He likes a Blue Fox in silver and gold and Panther Martins in yellow and red. Cody also has had good luck with a Panther Martin in yellow and red with a teardrop blade.

Fish Lake

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Splake (hybrid), Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 28) Fishing has been good at Flaming Gorge. The surface water temperature ranges from 70 to 72°F.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is still much slower than it was in June. Larger three- to four-year-old fish are now preparing to spawn. The spawning kokanee will take on a new look — turning red and developing hooked noses — but they'll also migrate towards the spawning areas and stop foraging for food all together. Most of the fish were concentrated in small areas along the main channel in 45 to 60 feet of water and measured 12 to 14 inches in length. Remember, mortality rates on released fish increase as water temperatures rise, so we encourage you to keep your limits of small kokanee. If you're not harvesting, please use single, barbless hooks, minimize handling, and use nets with rubber coating. A variety of lures are working well. Try using pink, purple and orange colored lures, including dodger and squid combinations, #2 Needlefish, Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoons and Triple Teazers. You should shorten the leader between the dodger and squid to about 10 inches. Use orange colors during low light or cloudy periods. If you're trolling, vary your speed between 1.6 and 2.0 mph.

Rainbow trout: Anglers are catching rainbows while trolling for kokanee or fishing deep water for bass. If you're trolling, try using small spoons tipped with bait and moving at about 1.6 to 1.8 mph. Most of the rainbow trout are in 40 to 60 feet of water in habitat ranging from main channel points to all the backs of canyons. You can easily catch rainbows while casting towards shore with Marabou or tube jigs in earthtone colors. If you fish in deeper water, you can catch both larger bass and rainbow trout. Both species spend time in colder water looking for crayfish to eat. Shore anglers can always catch rainbow trout by fishing with worms or PowerBait on the bottom.

Lake trout: Fishing is improving. You can find schools of smaller lake trout along the main channel in 50 to 100 feet of water. These smaller lake trout are numerous and aggressive at times, and they can be fun to catch and eat. When you find a school, you have two options. Option one: drop a white tube jig or a jigging spoon (like a Northland Buckshot) tipped with a small chunk of sucker meat. Be ready, though, the bites can be quick! Option two: troll small spoons or crankbaits immediately above the school at 1.4 to 1.8 mph using lures like Flatfish, Rapalas or wobble spoons (like Northland Forage Minnows) in silver or chartreuse.

Smallmouth bass: The warmer water has sent larger bass to deeper waters, but anglers are still catching good numbers of smaller bass in the shallows. Focus on using traditional smallmouth baits, like crawfish-pattern crankbaits or plastics. Retrieving these and other baits (like single tail jigs) on or near the bottom should produce good results.

Burbot: Although there haven't been many reports, some anglers say the burbot fishing is good. Burbot are most abundant in the uppermost reaches of the reservoir in Wyoming, so anglers should start their search there. They are predominantly a nighttime species and prefer cooler water and rocky main channel structure. Start fishing at dusk and target depths greater than 30 feet. Use 3/8- to 1/2-ounce glow lures, like Yamamoto grubs in luminous white or Northland Buckshot spoons in glow, tipped with sucker or chub meat. Burbot are not nearly as active or aggressive during the summer months, so jig lures slowly and close to the bottom, and move if you're not catching fish.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 7) Fishing has been good since ice-off, depending on the day and time of day. The catch rate is better in the early morning with nightcrawlers and PowerBait or salmon eggs. The pond was stocked with 380 11-inch rainbow trout on Aug. 5.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) The reservoir has been heavily stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try throwing a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub in chartreuse or white, tipped with an earthworm.

Regulations

Green River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Cutthroat Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(Aug 28) Dry fly fishing is fair to good. Fishing is even better with streamers, nymphs and emergers. Try using terrestrial patterns along the bank like ants, crickets or hoppers. You may also want to try trico or caddis pattern, or doubling up some flies to double your chances. For nymphs and streamers, try fishing deep along flow seams with scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles, San Juan worms or any two to three fly combination of the above. Set your hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. In shallow or deeper water, you should also try using marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors. In deeper water, using crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or X-Raps should also work. Several types of spoons and spinners will also entice fish. Currently the river is flowing at an average of 1,700 cubic feet per second and peaking at 2,160 cubic feet per second between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

No recent reports.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Aug 27) Two anglers report slower fishing this week compared to last week. They usually have good success using worms and fishing them just off the bottom on different points on the east and west sides of the reservoir. Water levels have dropped a little, but there are certain areas with good vegetated structure in the water. These places are easiest to access out in the water using non-motorized watercraft. Water clarity continues to be high.

Regulations

Honeyville Ponds

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Aug 27) Until the slopes burned by the Seeley Fire see fewer flash floods and more stable vegetation, there will not be large-scale stocking at the creek.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 7) Fly anglers, shoreline anglers and boaters report slow fishing. Anglers trolling with Rapalas are catching a few 6- to 17-inch wipers. On Aug. 6, Larry and Damon Jones caught several 16- and 17-inch wipers using Rapalas at dusk and after dusk. On Aug. 4, Joe Christensen and Tyrel Mills caught small wipers, largemouth bass, bluegill and green sunfish using crayfish-imitating Rapalas. On Aug. 4, Tom Ogden fly fished from a tube and caught caught two green sunfish and four bluegill in the 8- to 9-inch range in five hours. Tom had fished using with beadhead leeches and soft hackle fly patterns.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Aug 7) Fishing has been sporadic, but mostly slow. You may want to try using nightcrawlers along the bottom with a full bubble or split shot. On July 31, Tom Ogden fly fished from a tube with fast-sinking line and beadhead crystal buggers, soft hackle flies, prince nymphs or leeches. He only caught 13- to 19-inch tiger trout. Tom saw boat anglers catching fish, but didn't see any shore anglers catching fish.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Aug 27) Bass anglers report good fishing. Trout anglers report slow fishing, but they say it's getting better. Other anglers had success catching bluegill, trout and a bass using worms.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid), Splake (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 27) Aquatics Biologist Cody Edwards, who catches tiger muskies regularly, predicts that tiger muskie fishing will improve as temperatures cool down. Cody suggests using three-inch marabou jigs or jointed Rapalas in a fire-tiger or silver-shad pattern or soft plastics in root beer, chartreuse or red/black.

Regulations

Johnson Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Musky, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

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

(Aug 20) Trout and perch have been active very early in the morning. Try bass fishing at the top of the water with rattletraps or jerkbaits. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. The reservoir is holding at 73 percent full, and water temperatures range from the mid to lower 60s.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Aug 27) Fishing is good for small panfish next to the docks. Anglers report success using hotdogs, mussels, nightcrawlers, mealworms, dough balls and salmon eggs. Most bluegill are feeding off the surface. Catfish and wipers are feeding within the water column. Since school started, angling pressure is low during the day. There are more anglers fishing the ponds during evenings and weekends. The water is murky.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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

(Aug 27) Lake elevation: 3,610 feet Water temperatures: 80-85°F

Stripers are changing their schedule and location. As soon as we get them figured out, they do something else. The big boils on the San Juan last week turned into little boils over the weekend. San Juan is still a good place to go but the successful fishing technique is different.

Let me explain by sharing yesterday morning's experience. Reports of boils uplake took us to Rock Creek early. We looked in the main channel between Rock Creek and Dungeon Canyon, well before the sun came up. When no surfacing fish were seen on top, we began a large circular path around the mouth of Rock Creek. We soon saw tiny but numerous splashes against a canyon wall. These fish would swirl on our surface lures, but would not hook up. When I finally caught one, we discovered that these fish were yearlings happily chasing shad, but our full-size surface lures were too big for them to consume.

We chose to downsize our lures to catch the little surface feeders or to fish deeper water looking for larger fish. Jigging spoons, bucktail jigs and Kastmasters were deployed and immediately we were hoisting 2- to 4-pound stripers into the boat. Catching continued for the next hour with big fish hitting our deep spoons anywhere from 20 to 60 feet deep. We just followed the little surface feeders and fished under the surface action to catch some really nice fish in a very short time. We ended up with 36 stripers in one hour.

Let me explain what’s happening right now. The water surface temperature has climbed back into the 80s with the recent hot weather. Larger stripers cannot stay in water warmer than 80 degrees for more than a minute or two. If they exert lots of energy in the warm surface water, they build up lactic acid in their muscles and cramp up, or worse, die from the exertion. These big stripers watch the yearling stripers feed on top and follow them hoping that a wounded shad sinks or an escapee runs into deeper water.

Right now the small stripers mark the location of the larger fish. The big fish are easy prey to a lure resembling a dying or wounded shad. The very best lure is a heavy slab spoon that sinks quickly to deep cool water where big fish are waiting. A heavy white bucktail jig or a heavy Kastmaster spoon work well also. Find the school of big fish on the graph. Drop the spoon to the bottom if they are deep or stop the lure at mid depth if the school is suspended. Perhaps the easiest technique is to drop the spoon to the bottom, jig it up twice and then speed reel it back to the surface. I stop the spoon and jig it once or twice before speed reeling again. Stop it at 20-foot intervals to convince the following stripers to eat the fleeing shad (spoon) as it starts to swim once more.

Spooning under surface-feeding yearlings works lake wide. Spooning is the best technique now, even if you don't see boils. Graph the bottom contour looking for big striper schools. When you see a school, mark the spot and drop spoons into the school. The best time is early morning. The second best time is in the evening.

Anglers are reporting new boil spots. Buoy One, Mouth of Navajo Canyon, Rock Creek, San Juan, Escalante, Good Hope Bay and beyond are still experiencing boils. Most of these are from small fish, so look for large fish in deeper water. Over the rest of the lake, locate striper schools on the graph and then spoon to catch a lot of fish. This is working in Last Chance, Moki Canyon and 100 other spots.

Finally, big stripers are biting on bait down by the dam at the buoy line. Fishing is picking up but the weather is changing from hot to rainy. It will be interesting to see what changes are in store for Lake Powell fishermen in the coming week. I will track the changes and report next week.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

No recent reports.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Logan River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Aug 27) Fishing is very good throughout the river. Anglers recommend using hoppers throughout the day. You should also try using dry flies, elk hair nymphs, ants, beetles, smaller grasshoppers or PMDs. Anglers have also had success using a dry dropper with a small bead nymph.

Regulations

Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 27) Anglers report fair fishing using PowerBait off of the bottom. Most anglers are fishing from boats, kayaks or float tubes. There are not many anglers fishing during the week. Water visibility is great.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 27) Boat anglers report good fishing for bass, and for some bluegill in areas right next to the vegetation beds. It's still very difficult to fish from the shore because of the vegetation that's crowding the edges. Fishing is better in the early morning and late evening, and slower during the afternoon. Try fishing on the east side of the reservoir using white, black, purple or chartreuse bass gear.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 28) Anglers report fair to good fishing. Try using worms, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find. The boat launch is muddy, which is making it difficult to launch without a 4x4 with good mud tires.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Brake (hybrid), Brownbows (hybrid), Perch, Rainbow, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Musky (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 7) On Aug. 6, Tom Ogden fly fished from a tube with fast-sinking line and a beadhead black and red crystal bugger. He caught a number of 12- to 15-inch rainbow trout.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 7) State park manager Jonathan Hunt reported that fishing was fast last weekend. A number of anglers, interviewed near the boat ramp, had caught their limit of fish.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

Misc

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 27) Lower Green River: Walt Maldonado says the water is clearing and flowing steadily. The catfish in this portion of the river can reach up to 16 inches and seven pounds. Try fishing with chicken livers, shrimp or Berkeley catfish nuggets. Walt recommends fishing near the pump house, the rock house or Little Valley.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Moon Lake

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid), Whitefish

No recent reports.

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Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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Newton Reservoir

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

No recent reports.

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Nine Mile Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) The reservoir has been completely drained for the 2015 season.

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Aug 27) The south fork of the Ogden, near the campgrounds, is starting to receive good angling pressure. The water is crystal clear and visibility is excellent.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Aug 20) The best bite is happening early in the day or in the late afternoon. Try using a nightcrawler or garlic or rainbow PowerBait (under a bubble) for the best results. Whenever you use any jigs or lures, remember to tip the hook with a nightcrawler.

Panguitch Lake

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Payson Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) The best bite is happening early in the day or in the late afternoon. Try using a nightcrawler or garlic or rainbow PowerBait (under a bubble) for the best results. Whenever you use any jigs or lures, remember to tip the hook with a nightcrawler.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Aug 28) Anglers report fair to good fishing for bass and bluegill, depending on the time of day and the weather. Carp fishing is good too. Catching carp with archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality and help the bass and bluegill grow. The water level is good.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Pineview Reservoir

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

(Aug 27) Anglers continue to report good fishing for crappie — especially when fishing in the morning. Two anglers fished from a boat from 7 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and caught 10 or 15 crappie using worms. They said the best fishing was right when it started to warm up for the day. Other anglers report slow fishing for tiger muskies.

Regulations

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

No recent reports.

Porcupine Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid)

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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Price River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Provo River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye

(Aug 20) Lower: PMDs, spinners and caddis are all working right now, especially in the evenings. Use sizes 16–18. Trout are very active and feeding early to midday. If you choose to fish on hot days, make sure you arrive early or late for the best fishing. Cooler weather will produce great fishing throughout the day. Water is being released from Deer Creek, so water levels are up and ranging from 540 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek, to 63 cfs near Harbor Drive.

Middle: Flows are still high, but staying consistent. Be careful if you're attempting to wade. Pale Morning Duns are working the best in the evenings, and caddis are working best in the early morning and late evening. Water levels are near 517 cubic feet per second (cfs), with flows higher near the Jordanelle release at 633 cfs, and average at Charleston with flows around 511 cfs.

Regulations

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Red Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 28) Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout and bass. Bluegill fishing is good, and can even be hot if you can locate a school. Walleye fishing is slow, but anglers are occasionally catching a larger fish. For bluegill, use small jigs, spoons or baits. For bass, try the same things you would for bluegill, but larger. For trout, you'll want to try worms, mealworms, salmon eggs, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use a marshmallow or floating bait to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find.

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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

(Aug 27) Anglers report slow fishing. The water temperature is in the 70s, so fish have gone down to depths of 25–30 feet. Small mouth fishing is hit and miss on the west side of the lake and dam. Try heading to the reservoir early in the morning to avoid the recreational boat traffic. If you're looking to catch browns, fish below the dam. Fly anglers are catching nice-size browns right before sunset.

Regulations

Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) Catfish were stocked at the end of last week, and you can catch them with nightcrawlers or bait fished on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or garlic PowerBait off of the boat ramp or from the docks inside the park.

Regulations

Sand Cove Reservoirs

Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 27) On Aug. 22, Lt. J. Shirley checked anglers at the reservoir. Anglers caught a lot of chubs and a fair number of trout, which ranged from 8–12 inches. DWR Aquatics Technician Mike Ault has been interviewing anglers at the reservoir on a regular basis since ice-off. He recommends putting a piece of worm on a hook and fishing close to shore to catch a few chubs. He suggests cutting the chubs up and casting them into deeper water for trout. Mike says that cutthroats will be the most common species caught. They will generally be small. Mike adds that spinners will sometimes out-fish chub meat, so keep your favorite hardware in the tacklebox just in case. Mike says that fly-fishing anglers who work the west side have frequently done better than bait or spincasters.

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Settlement Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.

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Silver Lake

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Smith and Morehouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 6) On Aug. 5, Scout Troop 1257 had a great day fishing at Smith and Morehouse Reservoir. Each scout caught a fish and some of them even caught multiple fish while casting from the shore near the boat ramp. Fishing was good all morning, but the best fishing was around 9 a.m. Worms suspended about three feet under a large bobber worked best. A few anglers fishing from canoes also had good success when trolling with garlic-scented PowerBait.

Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 28) Walleye fishing has improved. Anglers report good walleye fishing, especially for smaller fish. The hot weather has moved the trout into a summer pattern, so the best fishing will be in the cooler hours. Baits are working well—especially from the shore. Try using smaller, deep-diving crankbaits and spoons for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye and bass. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleye are small or in the 20- to 23-inch range, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.

Regulations

Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 28) Anglers report good fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill, whether they're fishing from shore or in boats. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore, while crankbaits, brightly colored spoons and crayfish-colored jigs are producing for shore anglers and boaters. The fish can be anywhere from the surface to depths of about 30 to 40 feet. The hot weather has initiated a summer pattern where the trout move deeper and are mostly active in the cooler hours (early mornings and evenings). The water level has risen but it's still low enough to expose rocks and sandbars.

Regulations

Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Aug 20) Fishing is best very early in the morning, typically before 9 a.m. Some kokanee are being picked up by the Narrows. Anglers are finding kokanee in depths of around 30 feet, and below that, they're finding the cutthroat. Try using pink dodgers with a pink or white squid. Shoreline anglers are catching fish on PowerBait, and while fishing nightcrawlers at depths of around 20 feet. Try a large spinner tipped with nightcrawler or PowerBait.

The Strawberry Bay Marina & Lodge rainbow trout tagged fishing contest started Memorial Day weekend. There were 295 white-tagged rainbows and five pink-tagged rainbows released for the contest. One pink tag has been retrieved, so far. Catch one of the white-tagged fish and redeem your prize at the marina stores. Catch one of the pink-tagged fish, and you automatically win one of the five grand prizes. For more information, please call the marina at 435-548-2500. The reservoir is currently 74 percent full.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

No recent reports.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) At Tibble Fork, try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are slow to bite, but are feeding actively in the morning and late evening. For a chance to catch some nice-sized grayling, try fishing Silver Lake above Silver Lake Flat reservoir. It's about a 1-hour and 15-minute hike. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is almost completely drained so the dam can be repaired. The daily bag and possession limit of Silver Lake Flat Reservoir only has been increased to 8 fish from now until January 1, 2016.

Regulations

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Uinta Lakes

Albino Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Regulations

Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Vernon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) Water levels are extremely low and will continue to drop because of irrigation needs. Anglers should try Jake's lures or spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawlers. Fish during early morning and evening hours for the best results.

Regulations

Weber River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 27) The river is running high in many areas, but the fishing is very good. One angler fished near the Henefer area with a nightcrawler. Other anglers report good fishing using nymphs throughout the day and in the evening. If you're fishing after dark, try using mouse patterns.

Regulations

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Willard Bay

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

(Aug 27) The few anglers on the reservoir report very slow fishing. The water levels are low.

Regulations

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Aug 7) Fishing is good, but it has been sporadic recently. On Aug. 6, Tom Ogden fly fished for two hours with slow-sinking line and beadhead soft hackle flies and leech patterns. He caught two small tiger trout and 19 recently stocked rainbow trout, all of which were less than 13 inches. Because of the moss, Tom suggests fishing with bait under a bubble or using a fly and bubble. Brandon Behling recommends using nightcrawlers, based on angler interviews on Aug. 2. The lake was most recently stocked on Aug. 4 with 3,000 5-inch tiger trout.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 20) Stocking will resume mid-September when the water cools down. Channel catfish were stocked earlier in the summer. You can catch them by fishing a nightcrawler on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful. You may want to throw spinners or crankbaits near the vegetation for some largemouth bass hookups. By voluntarily releasing the largemouth bass, you can help control the bluegill population.

Regulations

Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Yuba Reservoir

Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 20) Try using an original Rapala floater in 11/16-ounce or a chrome Rat-L-Trap tipped with bait. Fish the first two or three feet of water. Fishing is slow, but a few anglers have caught 36-inch pike in the last two weeks. The water temperature is around 75°F.

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