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Revised 09-21-18


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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.

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY -- For more information on individual lakes and fish species: Click here for DWR information.


Abajo Mountain

Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Dark Canyon Lake, Monticello Lake, Lloyds Lake and Blanding Reservoir Nos. 3 and 4 have all been stocked with rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches long this year. Anglers have had success catching pike at Recapture Reservoir using gold Jake's spinner lures.

American Fork River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) The water level is very low with a heavy algae bloom.

Bear Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 1) The surface water temperature is 73 degrees and the thermocline is between 36 and 60 feet right now. Water levels are high but dropping slowly. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah and courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. You can also launch a boat on the Idaho side of the lake at their East Shore State Park ramp and North Beach ramps. Fishing for cutthroat trout and lake trout has been fair. Biologists are in the process of sampling the lake this week and have found trout from 45 feet out to over 175 feet. Anglers have been doing the best by trolling with downriggers and minnow type lures off North Eden. You can also try jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area, but recreational boats are typically on the water by about 10 a.m. and the fishing slows down after the jet skis and wakeboard boats hit the water. Your best bet is to troll and jig early in the morning from about 6 to 10 a.m. Other locations where fishing could be good include off the Idaho State Park on the east side of the lake and off of Swan Creek north to Fish Haven. If you are jigging for trout, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2 to one ounce sizes and 3 to six inches long tipped with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Sometimes at this time of year a squid behind a dodger can work well too. As for shore fishing, try casting or still fishing with cisco off the Cisco Beach, or Second Point. You can also try casting with large spinners and spoons. Let your lure sink so you retrieve it close to the bottom. The trout limit is two fish. Cutthroat trout with a fin clip may be kept; cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be immediately released. Large lake trout take a long time to get big, and while they are legal to keep, many anglers are encouraging other anglers to release them.

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

(Sep 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all the usual lakes. We have received reports of sick and dying fish at Puffer Lake, likely due to warm water and low oxygen associated with low water levels. There have also been dead fish observed at Kent's Lake, likely due to the same issues, as well as hooking mortality. Fishing is slow to fair.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

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

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Fishing is good at Benches Pond, especially early in the morning or later in the evening. The pond was stocked most recently on Aug. 14 with 500 rainbow trout averaging more than 11 inches long. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Garlic PowerBait has worked especially well. Tributaries to Benches Pond are now open for fishing.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Water levels are extremely low. The boat ramp no longer reaches the waterline, and you cannot launch a boat at the reservoir. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass and perch from the shoreline and the east side of the reservoir. Anglers report extremely slow trout fishing.

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

(Sep 17) Anglers report good fishing early mornings and late evenings.

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) Fishing is fair across the mountain, though you may have to try multiple lakes to find active fish. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's, and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait (this is especially effective for large tigers and splake). Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs, and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Fishing is good at Boulger Reservoir. This waterbody was most recently stocked on Aug. 14 with more than 500 rainbow trout averaging over 11 inches long. Try using night crawlers or PowerBait for catching these.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) The last catfish stocking of the year was last week. Concentrate on fishing for catfish using baits. This pond was stocked with more than 2,000 catfish this summer.

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)

(Sep 14) Anglers report slow fishing and a lot of vegetation. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskies. Remember that you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches. Please use good catch-and-release techniques.

Regulations

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) Anglers are catching eight- to 10-inch rainbow trout. Try fishing one to two feet off the bottom using chartreuse, rainbow, or yellow PowerBait Glitter Turbo Dough or 1/2-inch of nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Anglers report good fishing for the very active tiger and rainbow trout. The best method has been fly fishing the outside of the weed edge using nymphs, like scuds and princes. The reservoir has special 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)

(Sep 14) The Right and Left Hard Fork tributaries of the Ogden River at Causey are closed to fishing through the last Saturday in September during the salmon run. The salmon run makes for a spectacular family outing to see kokanee with their bright red fall colors.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Fishing is good to excellent with dry flies and nymphs.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) The water level at Cleveland Reservoir is being drawn down for irrigation needs, so the DWR has raised the daily bag limit and possession limit to eight trout at this waterbody until Jan. 1, 2019. If you're using fly tackle, try using a medium sinking line with a plum leech, a black/orange woolly bugger or a brown/green/pearl crystal bugger, all with a bead head.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) Catchable-sized tiger trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks.

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Sep 14) Wiper fishing is steady, but slowing down because of the cooler overnight temperatures. Trout fishing has been extremely slow. Remember: you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches.

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

(Sep 14) The moss around the edges is pretty thick. Anglers report the best success with garlic PowerBait, worms and marshmallows while fishing from a boat.

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

(Sep 21) Fishing has been slow, and reports have been intermittent. Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch walleyes, 16-inch rainbow trout, and largemouth bass. For walleye, try trolling a Northland Pro Walleye Crawler Harness or jigging a VMC Neon Moon Eye jig with a chartreuse shad, smelt, or watermelon pearl 3 inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow. For trout, traditional fishing methods work well, but you can also try using Panther Martin Holographic spinners or Pixee spoons. Wasatch County Health Department has posted warning signs at Island Resort and Rainbow Bay indicating the detection of harmful algae. There have been no reports of illness, but please be cautious and avoid areas where you see a layer of green scum in the water.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 14) Anglers have caught tiger trout and cutthroat trout at Duck Fork Reservoir using various bugger, soft hackle and leech flies in sizes 6 to 10. Fishing is best when you can get out into deeper water away from the shore. Duck Fork Reservoir was stocked with almost 1,300 cutthroat trout on July 2 and 1,560 tiger trout on Aug. 2.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Sep 14) Anglers are reporting good fishing for trout and limiting out most days. Wiper fishing has been hit and miss. Some anglers have been using Pop Gear and worm. Two anglers caught eight trout and four wipers earlier this week.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 7) Kingston Canyon: Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have dropped to 110 cfs. Fishing is possible at this flow, though the faster sections may be difficult to navigate.

Black Canyon: Expect murky flows after rainstorms. Look for fair to good fishing. Terrestrial flies can provide exciting action during the summer.

Upper: The East Fork and most of its tributaries upstream of Tropic Reservoir have abundant brown, rainbow and brook trout and can provide some great fishing opportunities with flies, lures, and natural baits. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three or four years.

Regulations

Echo Reservoir

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

(Sep 14) Perch fishing is good from shore. Successful anglers were using a jig with perch meat and a yellow florescent jig. With the boat ramp now closed there are fewer boats, more small boats and kayaks. Shoreline fishing has been successful for bass, trout and perch. The State Park pulled the docks for this boating season.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Sep 14) The boat ramp at Electric Lake was still useable on Labor Day, but water levels may change. Anglers have been successful catching cutthroat trout trolling and jigging with gulp minnows and dead shiners. Anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30.

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 7) The water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir so only small boats can be launched. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Smallmouth bass are active and you can catch them on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Fairview Lakes were stocked with about 7,000 rainbow trout this spring. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Water levels have been low at Fairview Lakes.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) The fishing for small bluegill has been good this week, so take some kids and catch some while the weather is still warm. Use either a worm and bobber or a gold-ribbed hare's ear rigged behind a bubble. The last catfish stocking of the year was last week. Trout stocking usually resumes in late September as the weather cools.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Anglers have caught rainbow and cutthroat trout using bead head soft hackle flies in black/red/blue and black/green/pearl color combinations. Ferron Reservoir has been stocked with rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout in the past two months.

Regulations

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Fishing below the dam at Scofield Reservoir is good if you're looking to catch chubs. Try using soft hackle flies here.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 7) Perch fishing is fast just outside the weeds in 1525 feet of water. Use small jigs tipped with night crawler or perch meat. The prizes for the tagged perch contest were awarded on September 3. Kokanee salmon harvest will close on September 10. Kokanee have already started to congregate at the inlets to prepare for spawning. Kokanee anglers have been picking up a lot of small rainbow trout recently on dodgers and squids. You can catch some lake trout by trolling lures that imitate rainbows and chubs in 3080 feet before sunrise. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 before you go for up-to-date reports and conditions.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Sheep Creek from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of November.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 60100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. High catch rates have been reported from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore and near Mustang Ridge. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Jig vertically with a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers or #3 Needlefish. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches are overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of small lake trout. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until November 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. You will need a boat to access most of the lower reservoir. There is, however, good shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones at 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work too. Boat anglers will likely catch rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 3040 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along the rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Anglers have reported high catch rates using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with four-inch worms. Jigs mimicking crayfish their primary forage are also a good option. Try using earth tone colors.

Burbot: There are few angler reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 3545 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 7) Irrigation releases have ended and the reservoir is beginning to fill again. It appears that a fair amount of trout survived the low water, though fishing is still slow right now.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 7) Water flows on the upper Fremont have decreased but the water is still a little murky. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good success fishing evening hatches of caddis and tricos. The river below Highway 12 has also been clear enough to fish lately with good hatches of caddis.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Gigliotti Pond was most recently stocked on June 13 with about 750 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long, and anglers have had an easy time catching these fish lately. Try using night crawlers or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout here.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbow trout and six- to eight-inch smallmouth bass. Try fishing adjacent to the inlets using firetiger, hot pepper, bleeding silver Blue Fox Vibrax Classic spinners or Jake's Spin-A-Lures. For smallmouth, try using a one-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow or Lost Creek curly tail grub on a 1/16- to 1/8-ounce jighead and bounce it slowly off the bottom.

Regulations

Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(Sep 14) The average water flow is 2,200 cfs and the temperature is 56F. See current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. To avoid the crowds, anglers should try and fish weekdays, early and late in the day or on the lower sections of the river. Anglers are still catching fish on the surface using big bugs like cicadas, hoppers and ants. Nymphing is most productive using small zebra midges, stone flies, San Juan worms or scuds. You can double your chances with a dry dropper. For example, by placing a hopper on top with a nymph trailing 34 feet below. Olive or black streamers have been effective early and late in the day. Spin fishing is good. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white-and-chartreuse and ginger are good options in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits also work well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 7) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. Small and medium-sized largemouth bass (1012 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Sep 7) Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good success with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with night crawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Sep 14) This week the bass were hitting top water. Try poppers or buzz-baits. Try evenings and mornings. Remember that a free Walk-In Access permit is required to fish on this privately owned reservoir.

Regulations

Honeyville Ponds

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Anglers have had success catching brown trout in the afternoons using elk hair caddis dry flies along the edges of the channel where the water slows.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Anglers have been catching bluegill, rainbow trout and bass at Huntington North lately. The best fishing has been in 15 to 25 feet of water. If you'd like to use fly tackle, try using a size 10 bead head olive tinsel soft hackle fly or a size 6 bead head tan/green/pearl crystal bugger on fast-sinking line. The rainbow trout have mostly been between 18 and 19 inches long. Anglers have also reported that midges and damsel flies have been plentiful at this reservoir, so lures that imitate those might be effective. Huntington North Reservoir was stocked with about 10,000 channel catfish on Aug. 22.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Sep 14) Fishing is very good when you can get out on a boat or a float tube into deep water away from the shoreline, though water levels have been low here. With fly tackle, anglers have been successful using size 6-10 buggers and soft hackle flies in green, tan and pearl color combinations. You might also do well with bead head green tinsel leeches, brown/green/pearl crystal buggers, and plum leeches with a purple tail. The tiger trout have been between 13 and 19 inches long, all of them caught between 15 and 35 feet of water. Tributaries to Huntington Reservoir are open to fishing. The boat ramp at Huntington Reservoir is out of the water due to dropping water levels.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Fishing is starting to pick up with lower water temperatures. Anglers report catching smaller size perch. Water levels are low so launch boats at your own risk.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Fishing has been slow to fair at Joes Valley Reservoir, though trout fishing should pick up as temperatures begin to drop. Try using jigs tipped with chub meat or crankbaits for catching trout and tiger muskies here. Anglers have also had some luck catching cutthroat trout using size 4 bead head crystal buggers in black/silver and black/red/blue color combinations on fast-sinking fly line. The boat ramp is out of the water at Joes Valley Reservoir.

Regulations

Johnson Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Musky, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 7) The water level has dropped with irrigation releases and the water is murky. Fishing is slow fishing and there is not much fishing pressure.

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

(Sep 21) Recreational traffic has finally begun to subside. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass, 16- to 18-inch rainbow trout, 12- to 13-inch wipers, six-inch perch and 16-inch brown trout. For trout, try trolling at 1.5 to 2.0 mph in about 20 to 25 feet with the lures sent back 100 feet using silver, pink or chartreuse D&H Custom Lures spoons. If you are using downriggers, send the lures back 70 feet and suspend the lure in eight to 12 feet of water using Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle pink or cotton candy squids with a neutral dodger tipped with a Berkley Gulp! Maggot. For wipers, try using 1/16-ounce, neon-colored jighead tipped with a 1/2-inch of nightcrawler or one-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow, and slowly jig one to two feet off the bottom. Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon through November 30.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Sep 1) Trout stocking usually resumes in late September as the weather cools. Target catfish by using baits.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) We have now confirmed the illegal introductions of bluegill, green sunfish and yellow perch in Kolob Reservoir. Due to the significant negative impact that these fish could have on the long-term health of the trout fishery, the reservoir will be drained and treated with rotenone this fall in order to remove the illegally introduced species. Until November 1, the daily trout limit has been raised to 8 fish, with no size restrictions, so that anglers can utilize these fish before they are lost. Bait fishing will also be allowed during this emergency change.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) The reservoir has been completely drained for irrigation use.

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

(Sep 21) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,594 feet Water temperatures: 7579F

This week we traveled to Good Hope Bay to begin a walleye migration study in the northern lake. It is possible that walleye may migrate up the Colorado River and then move back and forth between the river and Lake Powell. Our goal was to tag as many walleye as possible with sonic tags which include an underwater transmitter that can be detected by a hydrophone attached to the lake bottom in the main channel. The hydrophone detects fish movement and records the tag number of each fish that passes by. The data can then be checked and recorded by our scientists on a regular basis.

My job was easy. I was supposed to catch some walleye so the fish could be tagged and used in the experiment. The only hard part was that the recent warm weather has kept the water in the high 70s instead of the 60s, which is when walleye are more aggressive. Twelve really good anglers headed out to collect 40 walleye. We fished all day and then returned to camp with only one walleye in the live well. Fishing was tough!

We finally figured out that the walleye pattern was to troll over humps at depths of 1015 feet and let bottom bouncers or deep-diving lures drag across the bottom. Walleye would hit as the lure cleared the hump and began to swim in open water. We were proud to finally tag and release 20 walleye, which are now part of the migration study. More will be added in the future. I suggest waiting until water temperatures cool before making a trip to catch walleye.

We did catch lots of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish and catfish while trying for walleye. We tipped our plastic grubs, jigs, spoons and other lures with a one-inch piece of nightcrawler and caught tons of the non-target species. To catch all those fish, we just parked the boat in the shade during the morning and evening hours and dropped our lures to depths of 1030 feet.

We also found large schools of stripers swimming in open water looking for shad schools. It was not as easy as usual to find a striper school because they were rarely boiling; but when we found some by trolling, we could stop over them and spoon up lots of stripers.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(Sep 14) Dons Lake and Hidden Lake were both stocked with more than 700 rainbow trout on July 9. Kens Lake and Rattlesnake Ranch Pond, as well as several others on the La Sal Mountains, have both been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches in length so far this year. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Logan River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Fishing continues to be best in the early morning and late evenings. Fishing is expected to pick up with cooler temperatures.

Regulations

Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Fishing continues to be fair in the early mornings and late evenings for trout. Fishing is expected to pick up with cooler temperatures.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) Fishing is good to excellent with bait and lures.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Anglers report decent fishing for bass in the evenings.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Anglers report good fishing for large rainbow trout. Try using Jake's spinners or a variety of PowerBait.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 7) Rainbow trout have been stocked. Fly fishing is fair in the evening with leech patterns and zug bugs. A recent netting survey found that suckers are abundant and trout are suffering due to competition. Brown trout are also abundant, but are fairly skinny.

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Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) The water level at Millers Flat Reservoir is being drawn down for irrigation needs, so the DWR has raised the daily bag limit and possession limit to eight trout at this waterbody until Jan. 1, 2019. Rainbow trout have been biting on size 8 bead head soft hackle flies in tan, as well as bead head crystal buggers in black/orange/pearl colors. Anglers have also had success trolling in small boats about 50 yards from shore using small, gold Panther Martin and Jake's spinners. Small crayfish imitation lures may also work well here.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 7) Fishing is fair for trout. Trout have moved away from shorelines, so boats and float tubes are producing better results. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Surface action on midges is common on calm mornings and evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with the best fishing at dawn and dusk. Smallmouth bass are also active and providing fair to good success.

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Misc

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes (Big, Deep and Anabella).

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

(Sep 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows using PowerBait from boats.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 7) Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout during early morning and late evening using nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth and wipers are also being picked up.

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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

(Sep 14) Fall fishing conditions are starting with good water flows. Use hopper and dropper rigs while you can! Cooler temperatures are in the forecast so hopper activity will end soon.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 7) The reservoir is at 14 percent of capacity. Irrigation releases have steadily decreased, but remain around 175 cfs. Launching boats is still possible, but use caution. Trout have moved away from shore and fishing is better from boats. Trolling with pop gear has been fair to good. Still fishing PowerBait from a boat is also popular. Focus on 2030 feet of water in boats. If fishing from shore, focus on the steeper areas at the south end.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 21) The reservoir water levels have dropped significantly. Fishing has been slow, and reports have been intermittent. For trout, try using 1/2-inch of nightcrawler tipped with Pautzke Yellow Jackets salmon eggs or rainbow, sherbet or yellow PowerBait Power Nuggets.

Panguitch Lake

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

(Sep 7) Fishing has been fair to good from boats, but slower from shore as trout have moved out to deeper water. Most anglers are fishing with bait from boats, but trolling pop gear and nightcrawlers has also produced.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) We conducted a netting survey this spring to assess the potential loss of fish after last year's flooding following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been significantly reduced, though a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, the 13,000 tiger trout stocked last fall have survived very well and have grown to 1011 inches. Fishing is slow from shore, fair from boats trolling small lures.

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Payson Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) Access to Payson Lake and the surrounding lakes is closed because of the Bald Mountain and Pole Canyon fires.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Sep 14) The lake will be treated with rotenone on October 1011, 2018. Limits have been liberalized, so you can keep 12 largemouth bass and there is no limit on bluegill. The water levels are extremely low, but the bass and bluegill fishing is excellent on warm days. Anglers report catching very large catfish a couple weeks ago. Try throwing bass jigs along the weeds beds or fish the outskirts of the high vegetation on the east side.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) Rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing pressure has been high and fishing has slowed down.

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

(Sep 1) Anglers report some success for nice-sized smallmouth and largemouth bass. Try using spinner baits or crayfish grubs like gitzits or beavertails. One angler reported having success fishing in the morning for bass using pop gear with a worm. Anglers are reporting good success for perch up to eight inches long.

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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

(Sep 7) The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is down to 1 percent capacity with a depth of less than 10 feet. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, making boat launching very difficult.

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

(Sep 21) Lower: Anglers have reported some pre-spawn brown trout behavior. As we move closer to the spawn, you will begin to see males show signs of aggression and females will begin to gather near redds. Streamers will provide great results as the spawn unfolds. You can also try using terrestrials, midge larvae and pupae, mayfly nymphs, sow bugs, split-cased PMDs or San Juan worms.

Middle: Fishing is best from dawn until about noon, and from 5 p.m. till dusk. The water temperatures are warm for this time of year, so focus on locations that provide some refuge from the elements. PMDs and terrestrials (e.g. ants, beetles and grasshoppers) are still productive. You can also try using sow bugs, Griffith's gnats, hares ear nymphs, pheasant tails or miracle midges.

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Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 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

(Sep 14) Anglers report catching perch from shore in the shallow weed beds. The wipers and cutthroat have also been very active. If you fish from a boat, you may have success fishing for the crappie and walleye. Try getting jigs to mimic smaller panfish. For perch and walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in about 10 to 15 feet of water.

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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

(Sep 14) The launch ramp is open and the docks are in the water. The right side of the boat ramp is closed. The left side of the boat ramp reached its pitch change. Those launching will have to back their truck in further and will notice more silt on the ramp itself. There is no algae bloom in Rockport Reservoir at this time.

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Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) The air quality is poor because of the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires. Anyone with asthma or other respiratory problems should consider avoiding exposure to the smoke. Anglers have been catching eight- to 12-inch rainbow trout using traditional fishing methods such as PowerBait Trout Bait or 1/2-inch of nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow.

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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

(Sep 7) Most quality sized bass have headed for deep water to escape the heat. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crank baits and ned rigs. Bluegill are also getting active. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

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Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Anglers are catching mostly cutthroat trout from the shore using worms, PowerBait, spinners and soft hackle flies in tan/green/pearl or midnight fire. Try fishing in the dam cove or along the western shore, including the Walk-in Access portion. Anglers have also been catching cutthroat trout using spoons or white or pearl sparkle tube jigs tipped with chub meat. Yellow garlic PowerBait and tube jigs have worked well for rainbow trout. Scofield Reservoir was stocked on June 27 with 11,600 rainbow trout averaging about 10.5 inches long. Scofield has also been stocked with 12,000 cutthroat trout this year. Tributaries to Scofield Reservoir are now open to fishing.

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Settlement Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) Fishing has been slow, and there have been few to no reports. For trout, try using Mepps Aglia Brite spinners or Luhr-Jensen Cast Champ spoons.

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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

(Sep 14) Remember: You may may not possess kokanee salmon until December 1. The ranger dock is closed to public use. The water level is at 62 percent and falling. The water temperature is hovering around 65 degrees. Some anglers have reported debris from the fire that may create water hazards, so use caution when boating on the south side of the reservoir. Biologists are encouraging anglers to plan campouts at the reservoir and to target the smaller walleye. Fly anglers recommend using fast sinking lines and size 6-10 bead head flies in multiple colors. We recommend using the same technique as from a boat (jighead and worm) and just fish in the evening and after the sun goes down. Anglers are being encouraged to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery out and produce healthier walleye populations. You can also try using bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers for the walleye. For smallmouth bass, fish the rock edges. If you catch crappie, consider voluntarily releasing them so this population can establish.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) It is nearly impossible to access the shore due to deep mud and silt. Launch at your own risk from the ramp. The water levels are almost drawn down to dead pool. We urge anglers to make use of the resource and continue to harvest as many fish as possible before it's drained. There is no daily bag limit for any species: Largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Sep 21) The air quality is poor because of the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires. Anyone with asthma or other respiratory problems should consider avoiding exposure to the smoke. Anglers have been catching 17- to 22-inch cutthroat trout and 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout. For those fishing from shore, try using garlic, cheese or corn PowerBait Natural Scent Trout Bait or a nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow. For those trolling, try trolling at 1.6- to 2.0-mph with the lure suspended in 18 to 25 feet of water. Try using Worden's Flatfish, D&H Custom Lures spoons or popgear. Remember to scent with Pro-Cure Carp Spit super gel. Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon through November 30.

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Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Sep 7) Fishing is best in Solomon Basin lakes during evening hatches. Fishing is fast at Neffs Reservoir for the abundant brook trout.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) The water has been drawn down to conservation pool and the fish are fairly concentrated. Traditional fishing methods are producing the best results.

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Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good, despite the low water level.

Uinta Lakes

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

(Sep 14) Anglers report great fishing at Pass, Butterfly and Mirror Lakes. Levels are low at reservoirs, so be prepared for difficult launching conditions. Be prepared for cooling temperatures and afternoon thundershowers and lightning. Use care in fishing lakes above tree line because of lightning. Fall fishing is starting and this time of year offers some of the finest fishing in the state.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 21) Anglers are catching two- to five-pound channel catfish, white bass and 18-22 inch walleye. For white bass, try using 1/8-ounce neon colored jighead with a pearl, chartreuse or amber Seps grub. For channel catfish, try using chicken livers encased in nylon, shrimp, nightcrawlers or PowerBait Catfish Bait Chunks.

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Vernon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) Water levels are significantly low, and there have not been any recent angler reports. Traditional fishing methods work well.

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Weber River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) September fishing can typically provide some good fishing with streamers or Rapalas. Please remember to get Walk-In Access permits to fish these special access areas.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) The water level remains below 25 percent and the boat dock has been pulled. The end of the boat ramp is still under water, however, so it is possible to launch. Fishing is fair for largemouth bass and bluegill. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn.

Willard Bay

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

(Sep 14) Anglers report slow fishing for wipers from a boat using shad type lures. Anglers are still reporting decent fishing for catfish.

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Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 14) Willow Lake was stocked most recently on Sept. 10 with about 1,000 rainbow trout. Willow Lake has also been stocked with tiger trout this year. Try using traditional baits and spinners or tube jigs for catching fish here.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch channel catfish and bluegill. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers, 1/4-inch of hot dog, shrimp or Gulp! Catfish Dough.

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Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Bait fishing is slow to fair from shore. Fishing can be fair to good with streamers and lures from float tubes or boats for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout. We conducted a netting survey this spring and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It appears that no fish were lost to the effects of fire and the lack of fishing pressure in 2017 created a stockpile of fish this year.

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Yuba Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 21) The water levels are critically low. The Oasis boat ramp is the only ramp that is still open. Fishing has been slow for sportfish, but anglers are catching carp, wipers and channel catfish.

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