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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

No recent reports.

American Fork River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should improve as the weather cools.

Bear Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 21) Bear Lake fishing is beginning to heat up now that the cold weather has arrived. Water levels are looking good they are just about the same as last year at this time. You can still launch boats at the Utah State Park marina and off the east side at the First Point and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. We recently completed our fall gillnet sampling on the lake and found cutthroat and lake trout at depths ranging from 15 to 60 feet. Anglers who have fished over the last two weeks have reported catching mainly cutthroat trout. The lake trout are just beginning to bite now that their spawning season has ended. Anglers are catching both cutthroats and lake trout while trolling with downriggers and flatfish in the U-20 and T-4 sizes. The best spots to fish this time of year include the rockpile area off Ideal Beach Resort (in 40 to 60 feet of water) and along Cisco Beach northward to North Eden. Good starting speeds range from 1.41.9 mph, but you can try faster or slower, depending on what the fish want that day. Remember, in order to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake, it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). Cutthroat trout with all fins intact have to be released, including fish that are tagged with all of their fins. You may also want to consider releasing large lake trout to help maintain the fishery. Lake trout are very slow-growing and can easily live more than 35 years in Bear Lake. For those anglers anticipating the Bonneville whitefish run, it should begin around Thanksgiving weekend and continue for the first two weeks of December. Use light-action spinning rods with four- to six-pound line and 1/16- to 1/8-ounce jigs tipped with a one-inch piece of nightcrawler. Cast along the rock shoreline on the east side and off the Utah State Park marina for the best results. Other fishing opportunities in Rich County include:

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

Laketown Reservoir: The pond is full, and anglers are catching rainbow trout and a few cutthroats with small spinners (#1 size) or with a worm-and-marshmallow combination under a bobber. At Laketown Reservoir, the daily limit is four trout.

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

(Nov 7) Irrigation flows have ended, but the water is low and clear. You'll need to be stealthy when you fish. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) The reservoir hasn't iced over yet, and water levels are now rising. At last report, fishing was fair to good for rainbows and slow for bass and yellow perch. The best fishing times vary, which is common for fall fishing. Most anglers report good fishing for a few mid-morning hours before the action slows around mid-day. Then, it picks up again in the late afternoon. Trout are moving up in the water column, so you may see some action on the surface. Bass and perch are going deeper. Trout baits, such as a worm-and-marshmallow combination or floating PowerBait, work well on the bottom. Also, try going deep or even just a few feet below the surface with a sinking fly, crankbait, jig or brightly colored spoon.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Nov 14) Starting Nov. 17, UDOT will close a portion of SR-39 for the season. At that point, you will only be able to access the reservoir from Woodruff, on the Rich County side. Ice may start forming because of recent cold temperatures in Rich County. Use extreme caution!

Blacksmith Fork River

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 21) Fishing slowed down a bit for most anglers. The fish have become lethargic with the colder weather. Anglers are having some success using small, dark midges and egg patterns in sizes 18, 20 and 22. Brown trout are still spawning and can be seen on their redds. Be careful not to step on their redds (spawning areas) while fishing. Water clarity is very good right now, and water flows are normal. Thanks to Roundrocks Fly shop in Logan for the report.

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) Most Boulder Mountain lakes are now closed to fishing.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) The reservoir is starting to freeze. Most of the water is still open and you can cast from the shore. Ice is accumulating around the inlet. Ice fishing is permitted at Bountiful Lake, but we recommend that you wait until the ice is thicker.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 21) There aren't many anglers fishing the reservoir right now. The shallows are starting to freeze. You'll likely find fair to good fishing for trout during the day, and then the action will slow in the evening hours. There are special catch-and-release regulations at the reservoir. You must use flies and lures only bait is not allowed.

Regulations

Brown's Draw Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

No recent reports.

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Nov 21) Recent reports from anglers say that fishing has been slow.

Regulations

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 13) We've completed fish stocking for the season. Anglers report slow fishing with the cooler temperatures. Try using traditional baits.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) The lake is now covered with ice, but we haven't had any recent reports from anglers. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only bait is not allowed.

Regulations

Causey Reservoir

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

(Nov 21) The surface temperature is in the 40s and though ice has not started forming yet, it probably will soon. There haven't been many anglers fishing at Causey.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) Anglers report slow fishing using worms and PowerBait. The shoreline is covered with snow.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Crouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) Anglers report fair fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and tiger trout. Try deep-drifting worms or use a worm-and-marshmallow combination floated a few feet above the bottom. Fish are also taking some of the larger terrestrials off the surface. The Uintas have received snow and will likely see more this weekend. Be prepared for winter conditions.

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

(Nov 13) This week, 70,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked. Traditional baits should work great as the fish get acquainted with their new surroundings. Try trolling near the island.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Nov 21) The cold weather and wind have kept anglers from fishing East Canyon lately. The few anglers that are out report good fishing using Pop Gear and rainbow-colored lures. Shore anglers are catching fish with a simple worm-and-marshmallow combination or with rainbow PowerBait. There's no ice on the reservoir yet, but it won't be long. The wedge dock is in and it will stay in the water until the lake freezes over. The first leg of Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon will be at East Canyon on January 31. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Haramoto and Ranger Kent Cummings for the report.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 7) Kingston Canyon: Water flows are below 20 cubic feet per second because it's the end of irrigation season. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown and rainbow trout, with some browns exceeding 20 inches and two pounds. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.

Black Canyon: Fishing is fair to good with a variety of fly patterns. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.

Upper: Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.

Regulations

Echo Reservoir

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

(Nov 21) The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

No recent reports.

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

(Nov 22) Spencer of Farmington fished the creek inlet with a partner and caught 20 rainbows 3, 5 largemouth, 3 cutts, and 2 browns using flies. "the fish were farthest from the creek inlet by the big tree is where i caught most fish"

(Nov 21) The pond is almost completely covered in ice. There is a little open water around the inlet. Ice fishing is permitted at the reservoir, but do so at your own risk. Ice thickness varies throughout the reservoir, so we recommend waiting to venture out. Prior to freezing, the water level had come up quite a bit and is almost full.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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

(Nov 7) Boat anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout by trolling pop gear. Shore anglers are doing well using flies or bait near Twin Creeks. Yellow perch also offer fast action by jigging just outside the weedline. To target splake, jig outside the weedline in 20 to 60 feet. Lake trout move to shallow water during October to spawn and, although they can be very visible, they are fairly hard to catch.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 21) You'll find good to excellent fishing for many species right now.

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

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

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

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

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is starting to pick up. Pick a spot in late afternoon, so you can see your area and figure out where you want to go when it gets dark. Start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters (approximately 20 feet down) to forage. Some will follow channels and move into water that is less than 10 feet deep. Try fishing along the rocky shores, points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use just about anything that glows (including spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about 6 to 10 inches above the weight. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 7) The reservoir is filling. Fishing is fair to good for tigers in the cove near the boat ramp.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 7) Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Fishing is good in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow and slower in the Bicknell Bottoms and below Highway 12.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 30) Fishing is good using worms or PowerBait. The pond was stocked for the last time this fall on Sept. 11.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 13) Brown trout are spawning, so now is a good time to try your luck at the reservoir.

Regulations

Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(Nov 21) Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Try the winter combinations, either a top/bottom combination or streamer/bottom combination. For example, use grasshopper or large terrestrial on top followed by a scud or egg imitation as a trailer. Streamers are usually a fish imitation followed by a scud or egg. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.

(Oct 30) Lower Green: Walt Maldonado reports that there aren't as many anglers fishing the river right now, but says that those who do report good fishing with chicken liver and shrimp. The water has cleared and Walt recommends fishing from Swasey's boat ramp upriver. You may also want to try fishing the pump house area and at the end of the L R Thayn

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

(Nov 7) Michael Boyack of Delta fished the SW outlet with a partner and caught 11 perch, 5 bullheads, 3 crappie and 2 white bass using nightcrawler and white paddle bugs. "We Did really well this time, What surprised me the Most was the Amount of Yellow Perch we Caught. We have Caught More Yellow Perch here and At DMAD Res than we have in the Last several Years, Hopefully this is a Good sign When you catch more Perch and White Crappie than Carp and Catfish. What concerned me the most was the Water Level at Gunnison Bend is at a Max depth of only 4ft, The Dock at the Boat ramp is on Dry Ground and not even touching Water"

(Nov 4) Michael Boyack fished the west end of DMAD Res. with a partner and caught 28 bullheads, 4 perch, 2 white bass and 1 each crappie and channel cat. "Lately we have Been Catching Dozens of 4 to 6 Inch Yellow Bullheads using Plain Nightcrawlers, Back in 2013 DWR Stocked Both DMAD and Gunnison Bend res with 10,000 to 15,000 of these Little Mud Cats, so the fishing Has been Really Good But the "Cats" arent very Big at All. We have Been Catching Crappie, Perch and White Bass In Both outlets Coming out of DMAD Using Nightcrawlers and White Paddlebug Jigs Tiped with Carp Meat"

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Nov 21) Water temperatures have decreased and are hovering around 40F. Ice should start accumulating shortly. The water level has come up a little and water clarity has improved; visibility is fair. There haven't been many anglers visiting the reservoir lately.

Regulations

Honeyville Ponds

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 30) Fishing is sporadic. The reservoir was stocked for the last time this fall on Oct. 1 with 1,200 9-inch rainbow trout.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Nov 21) Conservation Officer James Thomas reported good fishing from a boat but slow fishing from the shore. The water level is dropping and the shoreline is covered by six inches of snow.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 21) There haven't been many anglers fishing the reservoir, and there's still no ice. The tagged fishing contest is ongoing until November 30. Some tagged fish have already been caught, but there are many still out there. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Bradshaw for the report.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Johnson Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Musky, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 7) The water clarity is very poor and fishing is slow.

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

(Nov 13) This week, we stocked 60,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout into the reservoir. You can expect fair fishing as the trout get acquainted with their new surroundings. Use traditional baits (worms, PowerBait) as well as lures, such as tube jibs. Perch have migrated to deeper waters, but you may have luck catching browns this time of year.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Nov 21) All four ponds are almost completely covered in thin, unstable ice. A lure or heavy split shot weight can easily break through the ice. As long as daily temperatures stay below freezing, the pond should completely freeze up very shortly. Ice fishing (permitted at this pond) is usually very good, but we recommend waiting until the ice is thicker before venturing out.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2015. The water level has been fairly low this year. Fall fishing is typically fair to good.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) Fishing is slow from the shore, but trolling has produced fair results. There is no boat ramp, but you can launch small boats near the dam.

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 30) Lake Elevation: 3605 Water Temperature 65-69 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson

Striped bass annual migration is now almost complete. Fish movement begins in the spring as stripers react to warming water by leaving the backs of the canyons and heading toward the main channel to spawn. Then in summer they pursue forage in open water wherever they can find it whether on the surface or at great depths. As temperature declines in fall stripers move toward the backs of canyons where they will spend the winter with shad schools that descend to 60-90 feet where water temperature is cold but stable. Threadfin shad must be in deep water to survive cold winter temperatures that are near their thermal tolerance level. Rapid warming or cooling can be lethal to these warm water forage fish once acclimated to cold water ranging from 45-50 F. Stripers make one stop before going deep in the winter. At the beginning of October shad were in open water but have recently moved into shallow coves to escape relentless striper predation. Shad hope that they can find shallow water where a three-inch fish can swim but a 3-pound striper cannot without hitting bottom.

This is what we found yesterday as we searched open water for striper schools and then moved to the backs of canyons to find where stripers have gone. We looked in Padre Bay canyons and found a few stripers left in front of Gunsight Butte. Large schools were found at the beginning of the month but now only one small school was seen. We did catch fish from that school by spooning quickly when the fish were graphed. We stayed over the school long enough to catch a dozen 2-3 pound stripers before the fish departed.

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

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

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

Coves with no trapped shad also had no predators. It is possible to run quickly to the back of many coves before finding the shad school.

The school we saw contained thousands of shad and covered perhaps a length of 20 yards of shallow water from the front of the school to the back with a width of 20 feet. Find shad now in the southern lake and fishing success will follow. There are more shad schools in the northern lake so it may be more challenging there. In either case the best catching action is now in the very back of the canyon from a bottom depth of 40 feet to the shallow end of the cove.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(Oct 30) On Oct. 27, Conservation Officer TJ Robertson reported good fishing at Kens Lake. The lake was restocked this past week with approximately 7,000 10-inch rainbow trout.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Logan River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 21) Fishing has slowed down a bit for most anglers. The fish are rather lethargic because of the cold snap. Anglers report some success using small dark midges and egg patterns in sizes 18, 20 and 22. Brown trout are still spawning and can easily be seen on their redds (spawning areas). Be careful and avoid stepping on the redds while fishing.

Regulations

Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) Fishing was fair for three determined anglers who braved the cold and wind this week. They fished from a boat near the cliffs in the desert finger from about 9 a.m.11:00 a.m. Using pink, white and green jigs and fishing deep they caught seven fish, all within the slot limit. The reservoir is completely open water with temperatures around 40F. Ice will start forming shortly.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing from float tubes and small boats. The water is low and there is no boat ramp, so you'll have to hand-launch your boat from the shore. Hare's ears, pheasant tails and brown wooly buggers have all worked well lately. You may also want to try fishing with flashy lures, spinners and spoons.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) The reservoir is beginning to freeze over. Prior to the cold snap on Saturday, anglers were having success catching their limits within an hour or two using PowerBait and worms. Other anglers were catching bass using black woolly buggers and zugbugs.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) New ice now covers the reservoir. It looks like anglers have been on the ice, but we haven't had any recent reports. Before the reservoir froze, anglers reported fair to good fishing.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 7) The reservoir is mostly full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing near the inlets in the afternoon with brown and black wooly buggers.

Regulations

Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) Fishing is good using PowerBait and worms.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) Park Manager Jonathan Hunt reported catching a lot of 5- to 6-inch cutthroat trout. Conservation Officer James Thomas reported slow fishing, but said that PowerBait seemed to produce the most fish.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 7) Irrigation releases have ended and the lake level has stabilized. Trout are starting to get more active and fly fishing is improving for anglers in float tubes.

Regulations

Misc.

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Nov 7) There are good numbers of rainbow trout left in Big and Deep lakes. The fish in Big Lake have grown well this year; some are up to 14 inches long.

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

(Nov 7) Look for splake to become more active because of the cooler weather.

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

(Nov 21) The reservoir still has open water but will probably freeze over shortly.

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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

(Nov 21) Ice has started to accumulate on the rocks and over pools of slow-moving water. Please be cautious when venturing out. Be careful and avoid stepping on the redds (spawning areas) while fishing.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 7) Anglers report fair to good fishing by trolling. Look for shore fishing to improve as the weather cools down.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Nov 13) Fishing is slow, but some anglers are catching fish from the shore using spinners.

Panguitch Lake

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

(Nov 7) Fishing is fair to good, depending on where you fish and what you fish with. Boat anglers report fair fishing for small- and medium-sized trout by trolling. Shore anglers are also catching rainbow trout on popular baits like PowerBait and worm-marshmallow rigs. Fly anglers are catching fish from the shore using nymphs and streamers. Large cutthroat and tiger trout have moved in close to shore and are feeding actively. The best way to target these fish is with cut bait (like chub, sucker, minnows or anchovies) fished either on a large hook with no weight or tipped on a white tube jig. Most of the fish you'll catch with this method will need to be released because they'll be in the slot. In order to avoid deep-hooking, hold the rod in your hand and set the hook as soon and the fish hits. Large single hooks (size 1 to 00) will help ensure the fish are hooked in the mouth. If a fish swallows a hook, cut the line instead of trying to pull the hook out.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) Fly and lure anglers report fair to good fishing. Trolling flashy lures can also provide good results. These fish are wild, so natural baits like nightcrawlers work better than PowerBait.

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Payson Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 13) There is some snow on the ground, but fishing is good. Try using traditional Jake's lures and PowerBait. Anglers report fast fishing. Be aware of changing weather and road conditions as you head up the canyon.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Nov 21) There is a ring of ice in the shallows, and it extends roughly 40 feet out from the reeds in some places. Before the ice formed, anglers reported slow fishing for largemouth bass. Bluegill have also been difficult to find.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.

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

(Nov 21) Water temperatures have dropped to about 40F. The reservoir is still open water, but will likely freeze shortly.

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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

(Nov 7) The reservoir is now refilling after it was drained and treated with rotenone. 44,000 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout have been stocked in the last few weeks.

Porcupine Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 21) There aren't many anglers out braving the cold weather and strong wind. The reservoir is completely open water. Since this reservoir is higher in elevation and above the inversion, it is one of the last to freeze, allowing shore anglers to fish well into the season.

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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

(Nov 13) Lower: Brown trout are now spawning, so please be cautious of their redds. The water flows are a little higher this week (around 187 cubic feet per second). The weeds are expected to be removed, but in the meantime, fishing access may be difficult. Streamers work well for catching aggressive brown trout on cloudy days. Try fishing early in the morning.

Middle: Brown trout are now spawning, so please be cautious of their redds. Be on the lookout for some lingering caddises and start throwing streamers during this cloudy, cooler weather. Water flows are less than 151 cubic feet per second, and water levels are lower below I-40. Try using a Western Weedy Water Sedge and a tan Caddis, size 16. Ants and beetles are a good choice on sunny days. The Pseudos are very small this year and you'll need size 22 or 24 to be effective. Try fishing during the early morning. Water temperatures are around 50 degrees.

Regulations

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 7) Bass fishing is fair to good.

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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

(Nov 21) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and slow fishing for bass and small walleye. The best bank fishing has been near the dam and in the east bay near the dam. The most consistent fishing has been during the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours. Try trolling or casting crankbaits and brightly colored spoons. You may also want to try fishing with a worm-and-marshmallow combination, a worm and floating bait a couple of feet above the bottom, or a worm or cut bait suspended below a bobber.

Regulations

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

(Nov 21) Fishing continues to be really good. The ramp is open and the courtesy wedge is still on the ramp. The lake is starting to freeze over. Most of the south end has several inches of ice, so if you're ready to punch a hold and try ice fishing, you could start there. Try trolling with Rapalas or pop gear and a worm. The Rockport leg of the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon is February 14, 2015. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Remember to fill out your invasive species form every time you launch your boat. Thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for the report.

Regulations

Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 13) Try using a bubble, traditional worms and PowerBait. Jake's spinners also work great for catching trout off the docks or near the bridge.

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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

(Nov 7) Bass fishing is starting to slow down.

Regulations

Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 21) Last week, State Park Manager Jonathan Hunt reported slow fishing. His fishing party spent four hours on the water and caught 12 cutthroats. On Nov. 13, Sergeant Stacey Jones reported good fishing in the morning, but slower fishing by midday when the wind picked up. Stacey recommends using chub meat, worms and spinners. The best places to fish are the point opposite Mountain View State Park or by the dam.

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Settlement Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 13) Try using traditional baits.

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Silver Lake

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Smith & Morehouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 21) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows from the bank. A few boats were out last week, and some diehard float-tubers reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and walleye. The bass and yellow perch are few and far between. Because of the cold weather, you'll find the best fishing in the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours. For trout, try trolling or casting fish-colored crankbaits, beadhead streamers or a worm rig in 20 to 30 feet of water. If you're fishing from shore, try a marshmallow-and-worm combination or a floating PowerBait-and-worm combination. For walleye, go deep into the rocks or shallow into the backs of the bays. Use rainbow or perch-colored crankbaits or worm rigs. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Watch out for the afternoon winds, which can quickly generate big waves.

Regulations

Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 21) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and slow fishing for bass and bluegill. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged sandbars, humps and rocks. Try fishing with trout baits and deep-diving lures for trout. For bluegill, focus on the flats or just off the dam in roughly 20 to 30 feet of water.

Regulations

Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Nov 21) Mark and Jody Covington fished the west side and caught 22 cuts and 4 rainbows using PowerBait from shore. "We had two hooks on poles and three time we caught two cuts at a time. Awesome day in a cold snow storm!!!"

(Nov 13) The marina docks have been pulled and the restrooms are closed. Moss is starting to die off and the fish are starting to come closer to shore. Try trolling and jigging (tip a tube jig with minnow for great results). Anglers are catching nice cutthroat trout in the Meadow's area.

(Nov 7) Richard of Salt Lake caught 8 cutts trolling a crawler tipped with red PowerBait. "fishing rated as slow and due to size all were released"

(Nov 7) Richard Abel fished the Narrows and caught 8 cutts using crawlers tipped with red PowerBait.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Nov 7) Fishing is good for brook trout at Deep Creek and Meeks lakes with wooly buggers. Fishing is fair to good for cutthroat and tiger trout in the Solomon Basin lakes.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 13) The brown trout in the reservoir are spawning and active.

Regulations

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Uinta Lakes

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

(Nov 21) Be prepared for winter survival conditions. Some years, the ice conditions are suitable for ice fishing by late November.

Regulations

Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 13) Catfish are biting on worms and raw chicken. For white bass or catfish, you can try using traditional spinner blades. There is a mandatory catch and kill on all Northern pike caught at Utah Lake.

Regulations

Vernon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Weber River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 21) Ice has started to accumulate in different sections of the river, covering rocks and pools of slow-moving water. Please be very careful when venturing out.

Regulations

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) The State Park reports good fishing for rainbows from boats.

Willard Bay

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

(Nov 21) Fishing pressure has been very light. On November 16, there were only three parties fishing the reservoir. There was no ice was forming at that time.

Regulations

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 13) Try using a bubble, PowerBait, and/or worms. Corn and garlic-flavored PowerBait also work great. Some brood stock fish may still be lingering.

Regulations

Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 7) The water level is fairly low, but will slowly rise now that irrigation releases have ended. Fall is a great time to target brook trout.

Regulations

Yuba Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 13) Some anglers in boats have reported catching northern pike.

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