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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

(Jul 3) On June 25, conservation officer Dennis Shumway reports slow fishing because of the high temperatures. Morning and evening have been the best times to fish. Trout are most active at high elevation reservoirs, like Monticello Lake and Foy Reservoir, where fish take insects from the surface throughout the day. Dry flies will work well at both locations. PowerBait and marshmallows can be effective in the early morning. Pike and bass fishing have been slow in the warm water at Recapture Reservoir, so try to fish early morning or late evening.

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

(Jul 10) Anglers report decent fishing for cutthroat trout and an occasional lake trout. A thermocline, which is the transition zone between the surface water and cooler deep water, has developed and begins at a depth of about 25 feet. The best fishing is at depths of 45 to 65 feet of water using Rapalas and spoons off downriggers near the bottom. The best spots are still off the east side from First Point to the Scout Camp and also from Cisco Beach to Rainbow Cove/North Eden. If you're fishing the west side, try trolling parallel to the shore from Swan Creek north to Fish Haven Creek. You can sometimes catch nice-sized fish by trolling flat lines in the early morning hours off South Eden. The fish are feeding on the insects that get blown off the land onto the water, so try using a minnow-type lure with either a shallow or a deep-diving lip. The surface water is about 64°F. You can launch a boat at the marina and at both east side boat ramps: First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are also in the water at all locations. Remember, you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have 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

(Jul 10) Access is good and rainbow trout have been stocked in all the usual lakes. Indian Creek Reservoir will not be stocked this year because the water level is low and road conditions are unsafe.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 10) Lower: Fishing success usually improves during irrigation flows. Recent surveys found some nice-sized brown and rainbow trout. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were recently stocked.

Upper: Fishing is fair to good for small browns and rainbows. Small spinners and hopper-dropper combinations work great in the summer.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) Early morning anglers report good fishing with a combination of worms and marshmallows or worms and PowerBait. Fishing tapers off as the temperature rises. The catch consists of planted 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 23) Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows, bass and yellow perch. The bass and yellow perch have moved into shallower water with the warmer weather, and the rainbows and browns are now in deeper water. This is the summer pattern, and fish will be most active and accessible in the early mornings and evenings.

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

(Jul 23) Despite the rain, fishing and the water visibility are very good. Anglers report catching rainbows and whitefish using caddis flies, PMDs and pheasant tails.

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) All areas of the mountain are accessible, including the Boulder Top. Fishing is good to excellent in numerous lakes across the mountain. Anglers have caught some very large tigers this year. When you're targeting these large fish, remember that they are predators and adjust your techniques accordingly.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) For best results, fish in the early morning or late evening. Dry flies are often effective in the evening. Baits can be used at other times. All of the trout are planters and will usually be in the 8- to 10-inch size range.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 23) The few anglers that fished the lake report poor fishing. Two anglers fished for six hours and caught many bluegill by fishing just off the bottom with worms along the shore and in the shallow areas that have good coverage.There are quite a few lake visitors kayaking and canoeing.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 23) We haven't received any reports from anglers. The reservoir is almost full.

Regulations

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 23) The last report was of fair fishing. The weather changes quickly in the Uintas, so you'll want to be prepared for possible storms.

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Jul 23) Anglers report fair fishing for bass and a few rainbows. The reservoir is almost full.

Regulations

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 23) Anglers report fair fishing. The water level remains low. Calder has catch-and-release regulations.

Regulations

Causey Reservoir

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

(Jul 16) There are not very many anglers fishing the reservoir, but the anglers that are there report fair fishing. One couple fishing near the Causey Estates said they caught one fish in three hours, but got a lot of bites. They caught the fish and had the most strikes between early and mid-morning by fishing on the bottom in the shallow water with a worm. The water level and the water clarity are both very good right now.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) Removal of nonnative trout in the Clear Creek drainage is now complete and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. Fingerling cutthroat stocked in fall 2014 in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long by summer.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported fair to good fishing in the evening using worms and PowerBait. Last week, anglers reported slow fishing and that has been common since ice-off. Anglers are typically catching rainbow trout up to 16 inches.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Corn and Chalk also have good populations of wild trout.

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Jul 23) Anglers report fair fishing for a mix of fish, including rainbows, bass and tiger muskies. The reservoir is almost full. 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

(Jul 16) Water levels are extremely low.

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 23) Anglers report slow to good fishing for tiger trout and rainbow trout. Try traditional baits (worms or artificial baits), flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. If you're bottom fishing, use something to float your bait about 18–24 inches off the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds so it's easier for the fish to find. The roads are drying out.

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

(Jul 3) In early June, we stocked 18,000 rainbow trout, and anglers have been catching them. Try fishing in the early morning and late evening hours. Boaters have been catching trout in depths of 20–30 feet. The smallmouth bass have also turned on, so try fishing jerkbaits or spinnerbaits near vegetation just as the temperature warms up in the afternoon. The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. 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. Call the state park at 435-654-0171 to check on current conditions or visit Deer Creek on Facebook to see the latest updates. The reservoir is currently 91 percent full, and water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

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Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jul 3) On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported fair fishing with a fly and bobber at dusk. In the last few weeks, anglers had reported slow fishing with artificial flies or spinners.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Jul 23) Fishing is good in the mornings. Anglers have been catching bass on plastics and worms. The reservoir was recently stocked with 10,000 fingerling wipers. They should be catchable-sized by this time next year.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 10) Kingston Canyon: Irrigation flows from Otter Creek Reservoir are up to 160 cubic feet per second. Fishing is a little difficult at this level, but you can target some of the slow-moving runs with large streamers, deep-diving lures or nightcrawlers.

Black Canyon: Fishing should be good to excellent on dry flies and terrestrials.

Upper: Small rainbow, brown and brook trout are abundant in the Upper East Fork Sevier and most of its tributaries.

Regulations

Echo Reservoir

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

(Jul 16) Local angler Mike fished with his family for a few hours in the heat of the day and only had one solid bite (though the fish got away). On a hot day, fish tend to dive to deeper water where it's cooler and there is more oxygen. You can find fish in shallow water early in the morning or late in the evening.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

No recent reports.

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 10) The trout limit at both Upper and Lower Enterprise Reservoir has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015. Because of very poor snowpack, the lower reservoir will be drained for irrigation needs. All of the upper reservoir will be drained, except for the small, state-owned conservation pool.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) Both of the lakes have been stocked, but there are no recent fishing report.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 23) Very few anglers are fishing the pond. One angler reported fishing for about 45 minutes with a worm and salmon egg without any success.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported slow fishing with all types of baits and tackle.

Regulations

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 10) It's been raining a lot lately, but fishing has been good to excellent during the calm periods in between storms. Early morning and late evening have produced the best fishing. Trolling, jigging and bait fishing are producing well for rainbow trout, with a few splake in the mix. Jigging near the bottom outside the weeds is providing fast fishing for perch. Tip your jigs with nightcrawler or perch meat for best success. Remember, there is no limit on perch in Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest as many as you can. Lake trout fishing is slow.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 23) Fishing has been fair to hot depending on locations and species. Here's a look at each species.

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee fishing has recently slowed because of the rapidly increasing reservoir surface elevation. Flaming Gorge is currently at 6,032 feet and has been rising almost three inches a day. The surface temperature has also climbed to 66–72°F. As a result, kokanee are being caught deeper in the water column (around 40 feet down). The depth and location can change quickly, so watch the fish finder and put your lure where the fish are. Many of the recently caught kokanee have been in the 2.5- to 3-pound range. Remember, mortality rates on released fish increase as water temperatures rise, so we encourage you to keep your limits of small kokanee. A variety of lures will work, including #2 Needlefish, Rocky Mountain Tackle (RMT) Viper spoons and a variety of dodger/squid combos. Pink and orange colors are working best. Troll at around 1.6 and 2.2 miles per hour.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is red hot, and anglers are catching high-quality fish. Because of abundant cicadas in the lower reservoir, the top-water action has been exceptional. Fly anglers should tie on a cicada pattern, and spin anglers can try small top waters like the Storm Hopper Popper. Top-water fishing is a riot and very productive when fish become accustomed to looking up for food. Anglers often catch rainbows while trolling for kokanee, casting jigs (marabous, curly tails, tubes) near shore or soaking a nightcrawler or PowerBait along the bottom.

Lake trout: Fishing has been slow, but it's picking up in the Canyon region of the reservoir. Fishing for smaller lake trout has been red hot just south of Buckboard, WY. The most effective way to catch lake trout is to find concentrations along main channel points and breaks, and vertically jig with jigging spoons, tube jigs or Gulp minnows. Jiggers should try white, three-inch tube jigs tipped with a small chunk of sucker meat. Anglers can also troll with spoons, flatfish or similar crankbaits in chartreuse, white or rainbow trout colors. Most lake trout are 50–100 feet deep, but they can also be caught in shallower waters earlier or later in the day. Successful trolling speeds are around 1.6–1.8 miles per hour.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is great! Once again, cicadas are abundant in the lower portion of the reservoir, so the top-water action has been fast. Smallmouth bass are coming off the spawn, so you can expect bass to be eagerly searching for food to build up their reserves after all that hard work. It's fun to fish for smallmouth bass because of their aggressive and opportunistic nature. Bounce 1/4-inch jigs in earth-tone colors along the bottom, pop a top water across the surface near shore or drop shot a four-inch worm in the shallows. Regardless of the method, you're likely to catch a lot of bass, along with a few bonus rainbow trout.

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

(Jul 10) The reservoir is still full. Trolling and fly fishing from float tubes is producing good fishing. Small woolly buggers and size 14 Zug Bugs are working best.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 10) Irrigation releases have raised the flow in the upper Fremont, but the river is still clear. Fishing has been fast with bushy dry flies. Fishing is also good to excellent in the lower Fremont near Torrey with various dries: caddis, PMD, yellow sally and trico. Dry fly fishing has also been excellent in other nearby streams like UM and Sevenmile.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) Fishing is good in the early morning with bait and in the late evening with dry flies.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

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Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(Jul 23) There are still a few cicadas around, but caddis flies are now more prevalent in the two to three miles immediately below the dam. Dry dropper rigs are working well with a cicada on top and with a scud, zebra midge or nymph below. Caddis hatches are becoming more abundant in the A-section, and some yellow sallies have been spotted as well. Terrestrials (like ants, crickets and hoppers) are a variation from the norm, which is always a good option during peak season. Spin anglers should try small marabou jigs, spoons or crankbaits in deeper water and runs. The river is currently flowing at an average of 1,700 cubic feet per second and peaking at 2,160 cubic feet per second between 2–8 p.m.

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 10) Water temperatures are in the low 80s. Because of an increasing population of illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers — Gunlock Reservoir will be treated with rotenone this fall. For the remainder of the year, the limits have been increased. The limit is now 12 for largemouth bass (with no size restriction) and 16 for channel catfish. There is no limit on crappie, bluegill or black bullhead. There is also no limit on smallmouth bass. You must keep all of the fish you catch. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Jul 10) Fishing is picking up because of the warming water in Gunnison Bend, DMAD and the river and canals.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Jul 23) Fishing should be good. Try using any topwater fly or fish with worms at a depth of about one to three feet under the surface. For larger bass, try fishing in the morning or late evening using traditional bass lures. Water visibility is excellent. There have been very fews anglers at the reservoir, which should make it a good place to fish during the holiday weekend.

Regulations

Honeyville Ponds

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 3) The stretch from Electric Lake dam downstream to South Hughes Canyon is the best place to fish. This stretch lies within the fly-only zone. Below South Hughes Canyon, the Seeley Fire and subsequent flash floods have made it so that there are no fish in the creek. You cannot camp overnight from South Hughes Canyon to the forks of the Huntington because of a continuing flash flood threat. You can camp below the forks, but there are few, if any, fish there.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) Multiple anglers report slow fishing. Fishing has been slow since ice off.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

No recent reports.

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Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 23) Fishing has slowed down over the last week. Some shore anglers have caught smaller perch and rainbows using Rapalas, spinners and worms.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 3) Both east and west side boat ramps are open. The campground will have water by July 2. During the past month, tiger muskie anglers have reported good fishing from the bank or a boat. Look for rocky structure on the east side where you can ambush chubs from cover. Jointed stickbaits with a green-over-yellow or green-over-orange color pattern have been effective. Fishing is fair for trout. Most trout have been caught with the same tackle intended for tiger muskies.

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Johnson Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Musky, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 10) Anglers have caught a few nice-sized tiger muskies. The water conditions are still very favorable for fishing. One group recently had best luck with spinner baits in fire tiger color. Remember that fair fishing for tiger muskies often means only two or three hookups.

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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

No recent reports.

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Kaysville Ponds

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

(Jul 23) Fishing is hot for panfish at all four ponds. Anglers have also reported good bluegill fishing using worms suspended from a bobber about a foot under the surface. Fishing can be good from the piers or the bridges. You can also catch black bullhead catfish fishing on the bottom with worms almost anywhere in the pond.

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Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) Kolob Reservoir is open to bait fishing until September 12. Angling pressure is high on the weekends. Fishing has slowed down, but is still fair with bait. A few more fish in the slot have been caught recently. Major road construction will be taking place on the Kolob Terrace road from now through October and will limit access to the reservoir.

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Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) A recent population survey found cutthroat trout up to six pounds and rainbow trout up to three pounds. Try trolling near the dam with chub-imitating lures. Ten-inch rainbow trout have been stocked.

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

(Jul 23) Lake elevation: 3,614 feet Water temperatures: 76-80°F

Our trawling crew just completed shad sampling with a midwater trawl for the month of July. The trawl has a 10-foot square opening that leads into a 50-feet long funnel-like net culminating in a plankton bucket where shad are captured before being counted and measured. This survey has been done every summer since 1976 which gives a long history of how shad have fared over the last 40 years. The survey also indicates much about how striped bass behave as they pursue shad throughout the lake.

Bullfrog was the winner among trawl sampling sites with over 400 shad of various sizes collected in each sample. Good Hope Bay was second with 170 shad collected. Wahweap came in last with only 50 larval shad per trawl tow. Now when we compare fishing success for stripers, it makes more sense that the best fishing is found midlake where shad numbers are greatest. Likewise the least number of stripers are caught in the southern lake where shad are low in number.

Here is the fishing report. Stripers are boiling along the surface from early morning to late evening from Oak Canyon to Good Hope Bay. In the midlake trawl samples we found shad of all sizes from tiny half-inch larval fish to 3-inch adults. Midlake boils consisted of small stripers mixed in with large adults up to 5-pounds. Larger stripers come up more regularly when shad are big enough for a quick meal. Then big stripers dive quickly to deeper cool water.

In the southern lake there are a few slurps with yearling stripers feeding on a small number of tiny shad. The good news here is that shad will grow and boils will occur in August when the tiny shad now living in turbid water in the backs of canyons swim into open water where larger stripers can find them. Southern stripers can still be caught but it requires trolling, or spooning, or bait fishing to get down to the striper holding level.

For now, go north to Bullfrog/Halls and then look upstream or down for serious boils action that occurs in the main channel very early in the morning and repeats regularly throughout the day and into the evening when winds are calm. These stripers will take full size surface lures, swim baits, spoons and crankbaits. It’s your choice. Catch them and keep as many as you can use or give away.

These fish are healthy and strong. All you have to do is keep them on ice immediately after capture and vacuum pack them if they are not eaten fresh within three days in the refrigerator.

NEVER put striped bass on a stringer and tow them around for hours in 80-degree water. The water in your live well is also 80 degrees. If stripers are put in the live well do not allow water to circulate. Replace water with crushed ice where stripers will stay fresh. Treat stripers like ice cream. Always keep them cold. You will thank me for this chastisement later if you take my advice and fry up striper fillets that never got warm. Do your own taste test to rediscover how good eating fresh striped bass can be.

Smallmouth bass are still at it. While searching for stripers in the southern lake by casting and trolling and spooning we caught 11 stripers and over 25 smallmouth bass, without even trying. Bass were on 45-degree angle sloping shorelines with brush along the edge. Crankbaits cast toward the shore were viciously attacked by smallmouth from 8 inches to 2 pounds. We could have targeted bass and caught 100 fish. But we kept looking for the elusive stripers and did not have time, on a one day trip, to run to midlake where the boiling action starts.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(Jul 3) On June 27, Sergeant Ben Wolford reported fair to good fishing at high elevation lakes. Fishing is best in the early morning or late evening. At lower elevations, anglers should be on the water at daybreak to avoid competition with other water sports. On June 23, recreation specialist Walt Maldonado reported good fishing at Kens Lake with Velveta cheese or multicolored PowerBait.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Logan River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 23) Fishing is good throughout the river. Anglers are catching brown and cutthroat trout using PMDs, pheasant tails and caddis flies. Fishing is slow from the third dam, but a few anglers are catching rainbows.

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Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 16) Anglers report fair fishing from the shore. In the early mornings, you can see fish jumping at the surface throughout the reservoir. One angler caught a nice-sized rainbow trout around 11 a.m. from the shore behind the boat ramp using green PowerBait and letting it float a few feet off the bottom. Many anglers are fishing from paddleboards, or motorized and non-motorized watercraft.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) Fishing is fast with size 12 woolly buggers. Also try using flashy spinners and lures, or natural baits like nightcrawlers.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

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Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 23) Fishing is very good. Anglers report catching a lot of bluegill by floating jigs tipped with a worm under two to three of water. You can also catch largemouth bass from the shore or a boat using Rapalas and other traditional bass lures. Some anglers have caught perch too. The best fishing seems to be on the east side of the reservoir.

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Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 23) Most reports are of fair to good fishing. Try trout baits (like worms or 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.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 10) The water level has dropped a lot. Pressure has been low. You'll find good fishing sight casting to cruising browns near shore with an assortment of small nymphs.

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Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported excellent fishing from a boat with green spinners, good fishing from a boat with worms, and slow fishing with PowerBait. On June 22, conservation officer TJ Robertson reported slow fishing. In preceding weeks, fishing has gone from one extreme to the other.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) On June 29, DWR officers reported good fishing with PowerBait. On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported fair to good fishing from a boat in the early morning. Bait fishing had been most productive with PowerBait and worms suspended from a bobber. Stacey said that boat anglers had good results in shallow water by using spinners. Shoreline fishing has been the least productive. The state park now rents paddle boards, kayaks and canoes on an hourly or daily basis. The equipment is available for a modest fee on a first come, first served basis.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 10) Trout fishing is fair to good. Bass and wiper fishing is also picking up.

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Misc

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) Lower Green River: On June 23, recreation specialist Walt Maldonado reported fair fishing with chicken liver, nightcrawlers and stink baits. Walt noted that the water flows were still high, but they are dropping. The river dropped four feet in the two days before Walt's report.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jul 10) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes. Manning Meadow Reservoir will open to fishing on Saturday, July 11.

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

(Jul 10) Splake fishing has slowed down with the warmer weather. Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 10) Wiper fishing is picking up. Last weekend, boat anglers found success using nightcrawlers near the dam. Bass fishing is fair to good.

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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

No recent reports.

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 23) Fishing, water flows and water visibility are good. There are a fair amount of anglers fishing during the week, and many more fishing during the weekend.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 10) The reservoir is 57-percent full. There haven't been problems launching boats. Anglers report good to excellent fishing for rainbows, from a boat (trolling) and from shore (PowerBait). Fish the steeper shorelines around the south end points and state park, as trout vacate the shallow shorelines during the summer due to warm water and chubs.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Panguitch Lake

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

(Jul 10) Fishing is fair from the shore and boats. A recent population survey found that 11- to 12-inch rainbows are abundant and growing fast. We also saw more rainbows in the 17- to 18-inch range than we have in recent years. As always, nice cutthroat and tiger trout are also plentiful.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) Bait fishing is slow. Remember that the rainbow trout here are wild and don't take bait as well as lures and flies.

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Payson Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Jul 23) Anglers are visiting the lake, and most report fair to excellent fishing for bass and bluegill, depending on the time of day and the storms. It is also a good time to target carp. Removal of carp by archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality, which will help the growth of the bass and bluegill. A tagged-carp contest started May 1 and will run until August 1. The tags are red and located on the left side of the dorsal fin. If you catch a tagged carp, take it to the Vernal Sportsman's Warehouse to receive a prize. Water levels still look good.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) Rainbow trout have been stocked.

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

(Jul 23) Crappie fishing is awesome. One angler and his son caught over 100 crappie on a recent trip. They used anything pink and white or green and black. He recommend fishing in 10 feet of water where there is some vegetation. They fished from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crappie will bite all day, but the best fishing is before 11 a.m.

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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

(Jul 10) The reservoir is down to 28-percent full. Anglers report catching a few 12- to 13-inch rainbows. Because of the poor snowpack, much of the water in Piute Reservoir will be drained for irrigation this summer. The trout limit has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015.

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

No recent reports.

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Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 10) The water temperature is in the low 80s and bass fishing is fair to good. Try fishing early or late to avoid the heat and boat traffic.

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Red Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 23) Fishing has been good for rainbows and bass. We are also hearing that bluegill are in the shallows and supplying some fast fishing. Fishing is slow for small walleye, although anglers occasionally catch larger fish. If you're fishing for bluegill, think small: jigs, spoons or small baits. For bass, much the same as bluegill, just larger. For trout, try baits (like worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits), flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs or 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. The water level is back to normal as a result of spring rain.

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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

(Jul 23) Bass fishing is hot, but trout fishing is slow. The water temperature is in the mid-70s on the surface, so fish have gone down to depths of about 30 feet. So try using leaded line or downriggers, or fishing in the early morning or late evening. If you're fishing from the bank, try to fish off of the steeper banks.

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Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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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

(Jul 10) The water temperature is in the low 80s and bass fishing is good to excellent. Top water is producing well in the early morning. Drop shots and swim baits are a good bet when the fish head deeper as the water heats up. Try fishing early or late to avoid the heat and boat traffic.

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Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Settlement Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Silver Lake

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Smith and Morehouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 23) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, bass and walleye. The hot weather has moved the trout into a summer pattern, so you'll find the best fishing in the cooler hours. Baits have been working well, especially from the shore. Try 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.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 23) Anglers report fair to 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.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

No recent reports.

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Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Jul 10) The fish have moved to deeper water at most lakes, so a float tube is very helpful. There are still plenty of damsel flies out. Try both damsel dries and nymphs.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Uinta Lakes

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

(Jul 23) Chris Haramoto reported great fishing at State Line Dam. He and his friends reported catching fish so quickly that they barely had time to get the fish off of the hooks. Chris used a yellow plastic jig floated with a bubble and caught a lot of trout.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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Vernon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Weber River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 16) Fishing is good between Echo and Rockport state parks. One angler caught a nice-sized rainbow trout on a nymph. In the Morgan area, the river has a high water flow and the water is off color. Try using streamers and larger flies in this area. There is a overgrowth in the lower part of the river, which is making it very difficult to fish.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports good fishing for bass by casting plastics in the brushy areas.

Willard Bay

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

(Jul 23) Fishing improved last week for shore and boat anglers. The water temperature dropped, so fish are a little more active. You can catch catfish on many different kinds of bait and lures. Wipers have been more aggressive throughout the lake. The water level is still dropping, so use caution while you're on the water. The north marina ramp is at five feet and south marina ramp is at three feet.

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Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jul 3) On June 27, sergeant Stacey Jones reported good fishing with worms, PowerBait or spinners. In previous weeks, the catch rate has been slow, but variable.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 10) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good.

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Yuba Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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