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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 25) The water level has come up and rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is best at Baker during the fall, winter and spring when the water is cooler. In addition to rainbow trout, you can find some large brown trout here.

Bear Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 25) The Bonneville whitefish spawning run has finally started. Anglers are just beginning to catch them in good numbers, and the fishing should continue to improve during the next week. The spawning run should last for about two weeks or so. Water levels are lower this year, so you may need to try different spots to find the fish. One of the best places is off Cisco Beach, where there is plenty of rocky shoreline habitat that these fish prefer. Use 1/8- or 1/16-ounce jigs tipped with a small piece of worm and fished along the bottom. Try fishing close to the shore in water that's 5 to 15 feet deep. The nice part is that you can catch these fish from the shore as well as boats. Anglers are also picking up some whitefish while fishing off the Utah State Park marina. Fishing for lake trout and cutthroat trout has been very good for anglers who are jigging with tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Try fishing off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, the rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina, and off South Eden/Cisco Beach in depths of 30 to 65 feet. Anglers are also doing fairly well while trolling with downriggers in these same locations using both Rapalas and flatfish. Anglers casting off Cisco Beach and the state park marina can catch lakers and cutthroat trout using spoons or large spinners at this time of year. Please remember, if you catch a cutthroat trout that doesn't have a healed fin clip, you must release it. Launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. The water level at Rainbow Cove is dropping, so if you are launching a larger boat, be careful about not backing in your trailer so far that it will go off the end of the concrete ramp. There is a large dropoff at the end of the ramp that could ruin a trailer axle.

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

(Nov 25) Fair to good fishing is reported at Kent's, LaBaron and Puffer lakes.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 25) Lower: Irrigation releases have ended so the water level is low. Step lightly and approach pools carefully to avoid spooking fish. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.

Upper: Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries, like Merchant Creek.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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

(Dec 4) Fishing is good. Egg patterns are likely the best bet as brown trout are spawning. You may also want to try other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will likely slow down because of the colder weather.

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 25) Some of the Boulder Mountain lakes closed to fishing on November 1. Make sure you read the Utah Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go to see which lakes are closed. Note: The lakes are listed under individual names, and not Boulder Mountain Lakes.

Expect snow and the possibility of difficult access after recent storms. Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year on Boulder Mountain. The cooling weather triggers fish to feed actively to add extra weight before winter. Fall-spawning species — like brook, tiger and splake trout — also go through pre- and post-spawn aggression that can lead to great fishing success. Continue using your preferred techniques, but look for actively cruising fish near shore. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's or Kastmasters. Bait anglers should focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers. Cut bait and frozen minnows are especially effective for predatory tigers and splake — unless they are in spawning mode. Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials and bead head nymphs along with your favorite dry patterns. Most of the Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. Egg patterns are worth a try for the actively spawning fish that won't touch anything else.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 4) Fishing is improving and more anglers are catching trout. Try fishing with PowerBait on the bottom, worms under a bobber or spinners. There are still some brood stock fish in the pond and some anglers are catching them on spinners. You can usually see the brood stock swimming near the inlet channel.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

No recent reports.

Regulations

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Very few anglers are visiting the ponds, and it's expected to stay that way throughout the winter. Traditional techniques work best. Try using a nightcrawler and marshmallow, white tube jig with a worm, PowerBait, and/or curly tail jig.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Causey Reservoir

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

(Nov 25) Fishing is fair. Very few anglers are visiting the reservoir, if any. The water is very low. Use caution when you walk down to the water.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 25) The restoration of Bonneville cutthroat trout is complete in the drainage, and anglers are now reaping the benefits. You can find catchable-sized fish throughout the entire stream. Some of the tributaries — including Mill, Fish and Shingle creeks — will also provide good fishing opportunities. Anglers report good to excellent fishing.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Fishing has been steady at Cleveland Reservoir, especially when fishing from a tube or boat. Rainbow trout have been the primary catch for anglers with fast-sinking lines and size 4-8 woolly buggers in black/orange and black/green. Fishing is slower in the late morning, but picks up after noon.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 25) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked near the campgrounds in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Tiger trout have also been stocked in Chalk and Oak creeks. You can find lots of wild brown trout in Corn Creek, wild rainbows in Chalk Creek, and Bonneville cutthroat trout in Oak Creek. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and 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

No recent reports.

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 17) Fishing is good. Anglers are mostly catching stocked rainbows by using traditional methods. Try using garlic PowerBait, curly-tail grubs tipped with a worm and tube jigs tipped with salmon eggs.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Nov 17) Anglers are catching tiger trout up to 20 inches long and cutthroat trout up to 17 inches long. Try using a fast-sinking line with size 6 or 8 bead head soft hackles in green/black, black/red/blue or black/copper. Olive leeches with a beadhead have been useful, too. Fishing is best later in the day.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Nov 25) Fishing is hot this week. Anglers are catching a lot of trout. The fish are on the smaller side but there are a lot of them. The most effective techniques have been fishing with PowerBait and worms off of the bottom or lures from a boat.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 25) Kingston Canyon: The stream flow is down to about 17 cubic feet per second. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.

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

Upper: The upper East Fork Sevier River and many of its tributaries hold good populations of brown, rainbow and brook trout. Look for mostly small fish, though anglers can catch an occasional big brown just above Tropic Reservoir. These streams are perfect for honing your fly fishing skills. Hopper-dropper combos and other terrestrials can be particularly effective. Spin fishers can do well with small, flashy spinners.

Regulations

Echo Reservoir

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

(Nov 25) Fishing is good, but very few anglers are visiting the reservoir. Anglers have reported catching fish from the dam and trout in the evening. Try using nickel-planted or orange spoons with black spots, or other spinners and lures.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Nov 17) Anglers report steady fishing in the evenings at Electric Lake. They've had some bites with shiner crankbaits as well as a small CD-7 shiner. Tiger trout were striking on cutthroat-patterned crankbaits.

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 25) The upper reservoir is very low. Anglers report good fishing for fat rainbows using chartreuse PowerBait.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 25) Fishing is good using nymphs and flies near the inlet or worms and nightcrawlers around the pond. If you're fishing with bait, fish on the bottom or under a bobber. The water level is good.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Fishing is fair for for rainbows, good for cutthroats and great for brook trout at Ferron Reservoir. Anglers are using medium sinking line and size 6-8 leeches in brown, and a soft hackle in black/orange. The brook trout have been close to the shore in shallow water.

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 25) The marinas have started to ice over on cold nights, so launching a boat is becoming more difficult. Ice on the main body of the lake is a month away. Many rainbow trout, as well as some large brown trout, have been caught from shore near the mouth of Twin Creeks recently. Check current conditions by calling the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 25) The reservoir has been filling. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports fast action for tiger trout on olive and black woolly buggers.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 25) Irrigation releases from Johnson Reservoir have ended, so water flows have dropped. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good to excellent fishing for brown trout with midge patterns, hare's ears, caddis nymphs and streamers. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Fishing at Gigliotti Pond has been best in the evening hours. Rainbow trout are biting on standard baits such as nightcrawlers and PowerBait. Try using spinners or crankbaits for bass.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

No recent reports.

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 11) The water levels are getting low at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs, but fishing is good for catfish and a variety of other fish species.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Nov 25) Few anglers are fishing the reservoir, but those that do report good fishing for catching trout. Try fishing with a worm under a bobber or on the bottom, with PowerBait on the bottom or with a lure. Anglers fishing from non-motorized watercraft also report good fishing. Please pack out your garbage and pick up any trash you see. The pond is private property, so make sure you obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number before fishing.

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

(Nov 17) Worms are effective for catching rainbow trout and channel catfish at Huntington North Reservoir. Trolling with pop gear has also produced results landing rainbow trout. The reservoir was stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout on Sept. 26 and with about 10,000 channel catfish on Sept. 14.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Nov 17) Tiger trout at Huntington Reservoir have been biting various crankbait patterns, as well as size 6-8 buggers and leeches in darker colors. Some of the tiger trout have been up to 19 inches long. As the water cools down, some of the larger fish may start biting more frequently.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 25) Fishing is good for trout. Floating PowerBait off the bottom seems to work the best, but you may also want to try using a worm and marshmallow combination. Anglers are catching some nice-sized fish, but mostly smaller ones. Fewer people are fishing at Hyrum because of the cold weather.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 17) Trolling with crankbaits has produced fair results for cutthroats and tiger muskies at Joes Valley. The best fishing has been on the east side, south of the dam, out from the rocky shorelines. Bait fishing has been slow, so try using spoons or crankbaits.

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

(Nov 17) We stocked 42,000 rainbow trout on Nov. 14. Boat anglers are hitting their limits. Trolling with white tube jigs tipped with bait is a popular technique. Try using PowerBait under a bubble, curly-tail jigs tipped with a worm or a nightcrawler. The fish-cleaning stations at Hailstone and Rock Cliff are now closed.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Nov 25) Fishing is good for trout, and some bluegill and catfish, using PowerBait and worms. You may also want to try using flies and spinners.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 25) Fishing has improved because of the cooling water temperatures. Anglers report good success with streamers and beadhead nymphs. The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2017.

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

(Nov 25) Annual Gill Netting Report

Every November the UDWR sends me out to sample Lake Powell fish with gill nets. Our purpose is to understand how fish numbers have changed over time. If we do this survey every year, using the same nets, same locations and same time of year, we are confident that dramatic changes in fish numbers can be determined. While handling and recording our catch we can see if physical condition of the various fish species has changed. We sacrifice fish to determine what they have been eating, and if there are parasites or other anomalies that have developed over time. Sometimes over a thousand fish are handled in highly productive areas, but usually 300 to 500 fish of all sizes are captured during the two day netting event at four different locations.

Over the years we have learned that some species are not good candidates for gill net sampling. Largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, and green sunfish are prone to hold up in aquatic vegetation. These species do not often move at night when the nets are hard to see and most of the fish are caught. Therefore, these species are caught in low numbers lakewide. We cannot say that there are low numbers of bass or crappie based on gill net sampling results. All of the sampling techniques used at Lake Powell must be combined to make that statement accurate. Fortunately, bass numbers look strong going into 2017.

Some species tend to move constantly. Striped bass and gizzard shad are sampled most often in gill nets because they cruise the shoreline at night. Number of fish netted is indicative of relative abundance at each netting area. Smallmouth bass are active along the shoreline but are not cruisers. Numbers of smallmouth caught at each netting site are often very similar because they are caught based on feeding and moving behavior which is the same at each netting site. Channel catfish, yellow bullheads, and native fish still residing in Lake Powell are caught in low numbers because of their moving behavior.

When netting results are discussed, fish numbers caught per gill net sampling site is more likely to accurately portray relative abundance of striped bass and gizzard shad. We found that Good Hope Bay once again had high numbers of both species. The Good Hope Bay station represents the productive inflowing water that is high in nutrients and plankton which allows more shad to grow and attracts predatory fish. Striped bass and gizzard shad are consistently found in greatest abundance at Good Hope Bay. That was true again in 2016.

The San Juan station in Neskahi Bay is another productive area which has high numbers of shad and stripers. These numbers are not as high as found at Good Hope Bay but are indicative of high population strength for many species. Smallmouth bass are also well represented.

The Rincon has very clear water during November making the nets less productive as many fish can see and evade the nets. From our netting results it seems that the Rincon would be a very poor fishing area. That was the case while we were sampling in November but that changes dramatically in the spring when smallmouth are found in abundance.

The last netting station is in Wahweap Bay. The area near the dam is surprising because there are many more fish species found in abundance than expected. Nets are set from Wahweap main launch ramp to the back of Lone Rock Bay. Water color and productivity increases in the shallower water near Lone Rock. Surprisingly, Wahweap was in second place lakewide in striped bass numbers. Unfortunately, most of the stripers caught were in poor condition or of small size. Striped bass fishing results this fall have not been worthy of a second place prize for lakewide fishing. Sometimes sampling does not directly relate to sport fishing results.

The surprising statistic is walleye numbers. The three stations downstream from Good Hope returned results of essentially the same numbers of walleye caught. That seems similar to smallmouth being caught in the same numbers due to behavior of the fish around nets. Walleye are not an easy fish to catch in gill nets, but the numbers in Good Hope are six times greater than found at any other location. This anomaly is proven to be true by other sampling results and specifically by angler catch. The northern lake has a much larger population of walleye than the rest of the lake combined.

Another factor shown by our netting is that there are two different striped bass populations. Those long, thin stripers that are easy to catch on bait are found lake wide. Many are located in areas where shad numbers are high. The thin stripers are obviously not feeding on the shad resource even when in close proximity. My guess is that these malnourished stripers no longer have the speed to feed on shad. Most of the adults in poor condition will not survive the winter. It seems more humane to me to euthanize these thin fish when caught, instead of allowing them to starve over a long period of time. Adult stripers in good condition outnumber thin fish caught in nets.

Smaller stripers are in good shape and ready to take over as the dominant predator next spring as soon as shad spawn and food is abundant. Smallmouth bass are abundant and the population will increase in size and length in the spring when shad spawn in April and May.

Crappie and largemouth bass are being treated to abundant cover right now as aquatic weed beds have grown up in the back of many canyons and coves. While brushy cover is now abundant these two populations depend on brushy cover in the springtime so that newly hatched young bass and crappie are able to avoid predation by hiding in thick woody cover as terrestrial vegetation is covered by rising lake water. If the lake comes up fast before the spawn is over, bass and crappie numbers will increase in future years. If the runoff is slow and small then these two species will continue to be low in number in the near future.

In summary, Lake Powell fish are in good shape. They will be much happier in the spring if threadfin shad are able to spawn in huge numbers. That only seems to happen every third year. Threadfin shad had an off year in 2016 and are not scheduled to spawn well until 2018. It would be great if the threadfin spawn happened sooner than expected. Fortunately, gizzard shad adults are now here in big numbers and they do spawn every spring. There will be a shad spawn and all of our game fish will thrive during April and May due to presence of adult gizzard shad. Striped bass numbers will be reduced over winter. The reason stripers are so plentiful is that reproductive success is near 90%. There are plenty of healthy adult stripers to spawn. The success of this species is dependent on the shad food supply being strong enough to support the millions of mouths ready to feed.

Smallmouth bass numbers are well represented by smaller fish. The key to the smallmouth population growing in size and length is dependent on the shad spawn. If smallmouth bass have enough shad to eat in the springtime, all ages of bass will grow in length.

Walleye are strong in number in the northern lake. Mark the dates from April 15th to June 15th on your fishing calendar for a walleye trip. Sign up for the tagged walleye contest before you go so you can win a prize when one of the many walleye caught turns out to be a tagged fish.

Lake Powell fish are in good health and strong numbers. My prediction is that fishing in 2017 will mimic that found in 2016. Bass will spawn in April with the best fishing found before the lake begins to rise. There will be good bait fishing for stripers in the spring before the shad spawn. After the spawn, striper slurps will start followed by boils if shad numbers are high enough. It looks like 2017 will be another great year for high fishing success at Lake Powell. I can’t wait!

Wayne Gustaveson

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

(Nov 25) Fishing is good. Egg patterns are the best bet because the brown trout are spawning. You should be able to catch fish with other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will slow down as the weather get colder.

Regulations

Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 11) Anglers continue to report good fishing from boats and from shore. PowerBait works best for most folks whether they are fishing from the shore or from boats. Anglers are also having success with a worm-and-marshmallow combo and Lil Jakes lures.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 25) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports fast fishing for aggressive rainbow trout by casting leech patterns from a float tube.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 11) Anglers report that fishing is picking up. The vegetation has dissipated, allowing anglers to cast from shore. Anglers are having success using worms under a bobber, nymphs, PowerBait and crankbaits. Angling pressure is very light.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 25) The reservoir is slowly filling. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports that brown trout are aggressively chasing brown, black and olive streamers. Fishing is best on calm days with little wind.

Regulations

Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 4) Fishing is fair to good. Rainbow and cutthroat trout are biting in the upper portion of the reservoir. Try using size 8 bead head brown woolly buggers, beadhead olive leeches or beadhead (orange) plum leeches.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 25) The reservoir's water level is fairly low, but irrigation releases have ended for the season so the reservoir is rising. Trout fishing has been fair to good. Trout are in good shape thanks to the reduction in chubs caused by wiper stocking. Anglers have been doing well catching nice-sized rainbows with black and orange woolly buggers.

Regulations

Misc

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Nov 11) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes, and should provide fair to good fishing. A spring survey found some nice-sized tiger trout in Lower Box Creek Reservoir. Fly fishing is good to excellent for cutthroat trout up to 17 inches at Manning Meadow Reservoir. The limit has changed this year at Manning Meadow: you can now keep two trout with no size restriction.

Moon Lake

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 25) Rainbow trout are very aggressive right now because they are feeding actively before winter. If you're targeting splake, try fishing with cut bait or frozen minnows. The easiest way to get some bait is to catch a chub (use small pieces of nightcrawlers or even small nymphs) then cut it up into chunks about a half inch inch across.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 25) Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout from eight to fifteen inches with bait, lures and flies.

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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

(Nov 25) Fishing is good. Egg patterns are the best bet because the brown trout are spawning. You should be able to catch fish with other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will slow down as the weather get colder.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 25) The reservoir is slowly filling and has reached 42 percent of capacity. Fishing should improve as water temperatures cool.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Nov 17) Fishing for rainbows has been good. Anglers are catching large rainbows (20 inches plus) from shore using PowerBait. The best location to fish is near the boat ramp. Anglers have been using a variety of different PowerBait. Stick with traditional methods and you should get lucky.

Panguitch Lake

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

(Nov 25) The water is cooling down quickly. The algae are dying off and the water clarity is improving. Although the lake level is higher than it was last fall, there are still a lot of weeds in the shallow areas, especially on the south shore. You'll want to concentrate on steeper banks if fishing from the shore. Rainbow trout were stocked recently, so you're likely to catch lots of small fish if using PowerBait or nightcrawlers. Trolling flashy lures has produced good to excellent results for rainbows and a few cutthroat — the key is slow speed (only 1 to 1.5 mph). Shore fishing for rainbows has been a little tougher because of the weeds. Fall is one of the best times of year to target large, hungry cutthroat, tiger and rainbow trout from shore. Try fishing with tube jigs, Gulp minnows, cut bait or frozen minnows. Many of these fish will be in the slot and will have to be released. If you're fishing with bait, use large, single hooks and set the hook immediately to ensure more fish are hooked in the mouth. If the fish swallows the hook, cut the line rather than pulling it out.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 11) One anglers reported good fishing while trolling small lures. Shore fishing is slow. The rainbow trout are wild here, so they typically respond better to flies, lures and natural baits like nightcrawlers — but not PowerBait. Some catchable-sized tiger trout were stocked this year.

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Payson Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 25) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should be fair to good.

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 25) Fishing is good. Boat anglers report good fishing for crappie and perch using smaller jigs and baits. The crappie and perch are hanging out in groups. It can take some time to find them, but once you do fishing is hot. Few anglers are fishing because of the cold.

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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 25) The reservoir has been mostly drained.

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

(Nov 17) Lower: Fishing conditions are similar to the Middle Provo River. Mayfly hatches have been better than usual for this time of year. Blue-wing olives sizes 22-24, caddis nymphs and egg patterns are popular techniques. Weed growth is still abundant on the Lower Provo River, and that could impact fly-fishing opportunities.

Middle: Remember to match the hatch. Blue-wing olives, assorted nymph patterns and egg patterns work well. Success with streamers is varied; however, you should try using chartreuse, purple, or white streamers. Try a variety of egg patterns: bright orange eggs in size 1/4-inch, translucent yellowish-orange colored eggs in size 3/16-inch, off-white or cream colored eggs, and single egg to egg cluster patterns.

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Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 25) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still picked during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20-30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.

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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

No recent reports.

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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

(Nov 25) Fishing is very good and most anglers are catching their limit. There are fewer boat anglers because of the cold weather, but they are still catching fish. Shore anglers report good success fishing just off the bottom with garlic-and-corn PowerBait.

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Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) There aren't many anglers visiting the pond. Those who are fishing report success using rainbow or garlic PowerBait under a bubble. Pond Town Christmas runs from Nov. 25, 2016 to Jan. 2, 2017. Please be cautious of light displays and obstructions when visiting the pond.

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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 25) Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20-30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.

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Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Scofield was stocked with more than 120,000 tiger trout averaging seven inches last month. Try using silver spoons, Kastmasters, jigs or soft plastics for these. Anglers are also catching chubs on worms and spinners from the shore. As the water cools, try using crankbaits for catching larger cutthroats along the rocky shorelines.

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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

No recent reports.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Nov 17) Anglers report that fishing is still fairly good. Troll near shore using tube jibs tipped with bait. When fishing from shore, rely on traditional methods: spinner baits, PowerBait, nightcrawler and a worm. Trevor Bradshaw was the lucky winner of the pontoon boat for the 2016 Strawberry Bay Marina Tagged Fishing Contest. He caught a red-tagged rainbow near Renegade using lime twist PowerBait. Nice job, Trevor! The annual tagged fish contest is a great incentive to get the family outdoors. Thank you to all the participants and donators involved in the event.

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Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Nov 25) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good to excellent fishing with brown and olive streamers, and caddis in both nymphs and dries.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 11) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. A recent netting survey found a handful of nice-sized brown trout up to five pounds.

Uinta Lakes

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

(Nov 25) Ice fishing is just around the corner. Some of the rivers and lakes are already freezing. Whitney is half covered in ice, but you can still fish from the shore. Lilly and Beaver lakes are both frozen, and some of the rivers are starting to freeze too. Use caution with any of the ice because it may be thin or unstable.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 17) Low water conditions have made fishing difficult. A few shore anglers have reported catching white bass and crappie using jigs or worms under a bobber. Anglers have been fishing from the docks in the harbor at Utah State Park.

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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

(Nov 25) The water levels are low in many places throughout the river. Fish seem to be congregating in the deeper pockets of water. Egg patterns are the best bet because the brown trout are spawning. You should be able to catch fish with other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will slow down as the weather get colder.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 11) The state park reports that the water level is dropping fast and the boats docks have been pulled out.

Willard Bay

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

(Nov 25) The water temperature has dropped to 46°F. It's cold, but still too warm for ice. Watercraft anglers report good fishing for wipers, perch and catfish. Fishing isn't fast, but it is consistent. Try fishing in deeper water using smaller baits and lures. Anglers are catching fish from dike by fishing with mussels placed a few feet under a bobber or off the bottom.

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Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Fishing is good. Anglers are catching rainbows, and some report catching more than 20 fish in a day. Anglers are using white jigs tipped with a nightcrawler, salmon eggs and a mealworm. Traditional methods work great as well.

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Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 25) The water level is fairly low. Fly anglers can pick up some nice brook trout by dragging streamers in dark colors slowly across the bottom.

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Yuba Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 17) We haven't received any recent angler reports. The park has begun to close amenities for the 2016 season. All water to Oasis and Painted Rocks campgrounds is turned off. Painted Rocks, Eagle View, North and West Beach campgrounds are all closed. Oasis is the only campground open. The Oasis boat ramp has two lanes open, but please continue to exercise caution as water levels are low and underwater hazards exist. Try using crankbaits or jigs near the bottom to target walleye. For trout fishing, try casting lures or jigs along the shoreline.

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