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Revised 09-25-16


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Abajo Mountain

Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 22) Lake elevation: 3,611.26 feet
Water temperatures: 73-75F

by Wayne Gustaveson:

I made it back on the water this week after successful knee surgery. My doctor suggested using the knee as much as the pain would allow. I thought I should do more to hasten healing, so I incorporated my own plan for 'fish-ical' therapy. My recommended techniques for improving knee strength and movement: trolling while sitting down with the knee elevated (I also iced the knee while the cold rain came down and soaked the ace bandage); standing straight up and casting top water lures toward shore. This also works for spooning striper schools in deep water and bass on drop-offs near shore. I tried sitting down while bait fishing but I had to keep standing up to land the fish. I have to improve that technique and will report back next week.

Bait fishing: The first stop was at Warm Creek Wall. Previously cut chum was tossed in the water where the Warm Creek Wall ends at the entrance to Wahweap Bay. It took five minutes for the chum to settle and then stripers started to hit regularly as the bait impaled on a 1/4-ounce jig head descended to 3050 feet. We spent 20 minutes there, caught 10 fish and then moved on. Bait fishing still works at the normal spots.

Other bait spots include Padre Canyon and Rock Creek (close to the mouth of the canyon).

Trolling: The second stop was near Gregory Butte where stripers reportedly boiled last week. They were seen on both the east and west shorelines, but the surface activity decreased as the full moon got brighter. We trolled a shallow-running rattletrap and a deep-running walleye lure. Both lures got ticked but the rattletrap caught a healthy young striper. I was constantly searching for deep-resting schools of stripers that could be caught on spoons. Unfortunately, the graph did not show anything but a blank water column. So we moved on.

We stopped at West Canyon mouth and repeated the trolling pattern. We caught two bass and another striper but saw no spooning schools. So we moved on.

Top water: We moved into Dove Canyon, which was dead calm, and stopped mid-way back in the middle arm and cast topwater lures to the brushy shoreline. It was fun to see large and smallmouth bass blow up on the surface lures and follow them to the boat splashing all the way. These were curious fish that needed to improve their targeting techniques as only one largemouth bass was actually hooked and landed. I really enjoy the experience of seeing bass and stripers strike surface lures. It is very exciting.

The dead-calm water then succumbed to the weather front and strong winds blew for a short time, then light rain followed. We used discretion and returned to Stateline Ramp and called it a day. The report summary is that all techniques we tried worked. The full moon and weather front had a negative impact on fishing success, but each technique caught fish. Lake Powell was beautiful on a calm overcast morning. I am thankful for the opportunity to be back out on the lake enjoying what I love to do best.

American Fork River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) The water level is very low.

Bear Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 23) The surface water temperature is 62F and falling. You can launch boats at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Fishing is improving as the water cools, and should keep improving for both cutthroat trout and lake trout in the next few weeks.

Trolling is the best method, but anglers who are jigging are also catching fish. If you are trolling, try using flatfish and spoons. Try fishing off the east side of the lake from South Eden northward to Rainbow Cove, or on the west side around Gus Rich Point/Rockpile. Anglers are catching the most fish in depths of 60 to 90 feet, very close to bottom of the lake. Keep switching lures and speeds (in the 1.5 to 2.0 mph range) until you find the right combination. Anglers who are jigging report that they have been catching fish in depths of 75 to 90 feet using glow-in-the-dark, chartreuse and white tube jigs tipped with cisco. Please remember that you must release cutthroat trout that don't have a healed fin clip.

Regulations

Bear River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Cutthroat Trout, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Whitefish, Yellow Perch

No recent reports.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) Anglers report fair to good fishing at Kent's, LaBaron and Puffer lakes.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 15) Lower: Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Look for fair to good fishing with summer irrigation flows.

Upper: Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant and can be caught on small spinners, flies and natural baits like nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. A foam hopper-bead head nymph dropper rig can be especially fun and effective here. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries, like Merchant Creek.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 17) Fishing is good on many of the lakes along Skyline Drive in the Manti-La Sal National Forest including Benches Pond. Fishing is best in the morning and evening. During the past three weeks, Benches Pond and several other waters in the area were stocked with rainbow trout.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 25) Cooler water temperatures and lower water levels have improved trout fishing. For trout, try trolling spoons and crankbaits in the mornings and evenings or fish on the bottom with floating baits. Smallmouth bass have started to move into deeper water and are a bit sluggish but still catchable. Perch are plentiful, and you can find them throughout the reservoir. Once you find them, the fishing can be very fast with small jigs.

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 25) Local angler Paul Holden of Trout Unlimited reports good fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and browns throughout the river. He's been having success using an elk hair caddis and a purple haze

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) You can find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Try getting away from the most popular lakes for better success. Also, don't hesitate to move to a new lake if you find slow fishing. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Bait fishers should focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait. (This is especially effective for large tiger trout.) Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. Midsummer is an ideal time to target grayling and cutthroat trout. These fish can often be caught on dry flies or nymphs. In recent weeks, ant patterns have produced well in lakes on the top of the mountain.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 17) Fishing is good on many of the lakes along Skyline Drive in the Manti-La Sal National Forest including Benches Pond. Fishing is best in the morning and evening. During the past three weeks, Benches Pond and several other waters in the area were stocked with rainbow trout.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 25) Fishing is good for catfish and smaller panfish. For catfish, try fishing off the bottom with nightcrawlers or other stink baits. Fish have been most active in the late afternoon and evening. For bluegill and other small fish, try using small worms that are just big enough to cover the hook. Use a bobber about two feet from the hook and make shallow casts. Most of these fish like to hang out relatively close to shore.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 25) Trout fishing picks up as the water cools. Now that temperatures are dropping, anglers can expect largemouth bass fishing to slow down, and trout fishing to start getting better.

Regulations

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 25) Water levels are down, which is making it difficult to launch a boat. Brook trout fishing should be fair from the shore or a float tube.

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Sep 25) Aquatic vegetation has made fishing difficult. As temperatures drop, vegetation will die and make access a little easier.

Regulations

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 25) Anglers report fair fishing for fish stocked this summer.

Regulations

Causey Reservoir

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

(Sep 25) Anglers report fair fishing. One angler caught a 13-inch tiger trout from the shoreline near the Boy Scout camps using a worm placed about two to three feet under a bobber. There are a lot of anglers fishing the reservoir on the weekend, but not many during the week. The right and left forks of the South Fork Ogden River from Causey Reservoir upstream to the headwaters are closed until 6 a.m. on September 24.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) The restoration of Bonneville cutthroat trout is complete in the Clear Creek drainage, and anglers are now reaping the benefits. Look for catchable-sized fish throughout the entire stream this year. 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

(Sep 17) Fishing is fair to good at Cleveland, depending on the time of day. Try using worms or green PowerBait. The reservoir was last stocked with rainbow trout on July 13.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked near campgrounds in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Tiger trout have also been stocked in Chalk and Oak. You can find lots of wild brown trout in Corn, wild rainbows in Chalk, and Bonneville cutthroat trout in Oak.

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Sep 25) A few anglers report that wiper fishing at Cottonwood is improving, especially during the evenings from shore. Try throwing spinners and crankbaits. Once complete, we'll share results from fall electrofishing at Cottonwood.

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 25) Fall is a great time of year to get out and enjoy cool weather and hot fishing. As water temperatures start to drop, trout activity should begin to pick up. Anglers should consider trolling deeper waters or drifting traditional trout baits off the bottom. Shoreline anglers should try floating their baits two to three feet above the sinker and use floating bait or a marshmallow. Stream fishing is great this time of year. Streamers, nymphs and spinners should all produce fish.

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 17) Fishing is best from a kick boat near the dam and the tributary flows. Try using dry flies for cutthroat, and scuds with sink-tip line for tiger trout. This reservoir was last stocked with tiger trout on Aug. 24 and with cutthroat on July 19.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Sep 25) Fishing is good from a boat or the shore. Try using PowerBait and lures. For bass, try fishing with worms and lures closer to shore. Anglers are catching wipers near the inlet.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 15) Fishing is fair to good, depending on the area you fish. Don't hesitate to move around. Summer is a great time to throw a hopper-dropper combo or other terrestrials. 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, although you can catch an occasional big brown trout 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 anglers can do well with small, flashy spinners.

Regulations

Echo Reservoir

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Sep 17) Fishing is good. Cutthroat trout are taking most baits, but especially shiners. Occasionally, the larger tiger trout are responding to trolling spoons along the rocky shorelines. Tiger trout were stocked here last on June 15.

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 15) The upper reservoir is very low. We haven't received any recent reports, but smallmouth bass are typically active during this time of year.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 25) Anglers report good fishing for trout using PowerBait near the surface. Worms and spinners are also working well. The trout are relatively close to shore. Anglers are catching bluegill and catfish using nightcrawlers. The pond was stocked with 1,000 eight-inch trout on September 20.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 17) Bait fishing is good. Cutthroat and brook trout are striking beaded streamers. Ferron was last stocked with cutthroat on July 19 and with rainbows on June 13.

Regulations

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 17) Access to the DWR property from Highway 6 is available. Expect fair to good fishing for brown trout.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 15) Fishing is fair to good. Trolling with pop gear and worms is effective for catching rainbow trout. Anglers are catching splake on the east shore using tube jigs tipped with cut bait. A few lake trout have also been picked up on the west side south of Bowery Haven with large tube jigs tipped with cut bait. Perch action can be fast while jigging just outside the weedline. ll prizes left over from the perch tournament have been awarded. Before you visit the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 to check on current conditions.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 25) Fishing is fair to good for most species:

Kokanee salmon: Closed through the end of November. Remember that it is illegal to possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good. Surface water temperatures are cooling, and fishing is improving. Fall fishing can be exceptional for rainbow trout at Flaming Gorge, and this is the time of year when shorter days and cooler nighttime temps can quickly increase trout activity. Try casting jigs near creek inlets along the length of the canyon region of the reservoir. Also, while fishing near shore, let your jig drop further in the water column where water temps are cooler (about 20 to 40 feet down). Anglers who are trolling for lake trout will also frequently catch rainbow trout, using similar gear at similar depths. Shoreline anglers are having some success while soaking worms and PowerBait, especially early in the morning and late in the day.

Lake trout: Fishing is good. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling and jigging in 60 to 70 feet of water near steep drop-offs and main channel points. Look for fish suspended above the bottom. When trolling, try lures like the Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoon (Tequila sunrise variety), Northland Forage Minnows (rainbow trout variety) and Rapala crankbaits (rainbow trout variety) at speeds of 1.61.8 mph. If you locate a good concentration of lake trout, you can also try dropping a white or watermelon tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker or chub meat.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Smallmouth bass are still active in shallow water along the rocky shoreline. You can catch them using a variety of methods and techniques. Jigs in 1/4- to 3/8-ounce weights rigged with tubes, curly tails or hula grubs in earth-tone colors are almost always a good choice. Drop-shot rigs with four-inch artificial worms or minnows are also very effective. For some excitement, try topwater poppers early and late in the day when the conditions are calm. The surface activity can still be exceptional this time of year, and fishing will hold up while water temperatures remain in the 60s.

Burbot: Fishing is fair. Burbot activity will start to increase as the reservoir cools and water temperatures drop into the 50s. Good locations to try include Linwood Bay and north into Wyoming, where burbot densities are greatest. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water. As always, fish at night and use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat and recharge the glow frequently. Jig the presentation close to the bottom.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 15) The water level is very low.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 17) Fishing is good during the day and great at dusk. Rainbow trout are easy to catch here using worms or PowerBait. Bass are responding to spinners and bluegill-imitation lures. The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout Aug. 30.

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

(Sep 25) Fishing has been fair, but pressure is down now that summer is over. Expect very few anglers early on weekdays. Flows can change daily, so check out current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Nymph fishing has been productive using scuds, soft hackles, midges and PMDs. Rigs should be set about five to ten feet and fished along seams. Dry fly fishing is better in the lower reaches of the river. Terrestrials are working great, but there are still a few caddis hatches late in the day. Mix it up using a dry dropper (with a large terrestrial high) and a nymph trailing two to five feet below. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth-tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. Also try crankbaits (like Rapala Xraps and Husky Jerks) in deeper water. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. Brightly colored spoons and spinners will also entice fish.

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 15) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 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, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two to three years while these populations establish.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Sep 15) Anglers report fair to good fishing for a variety of fish species near the outlets of Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. Conditions are similar in the river and canals below the outlets.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Sep 25) Fishing is good. The water level is going down, but not as quickly. There is fishable shoreline around the reservoir. You can use non-motorized watercraft (like canoes, kayaks or float tubes) while you're fishing. Holmes Creek was stocked earlier this week with 2,500 eight-inch rainbow trout. Please pack out your garbage and pick up any trash you see. No one wants to lose fishing privileges at this beautiful pond. This pond is private property, so you need to 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

(Sep 17) Fishing is good in the stretch just below Electric Lake especially at dusk. Brown trout are responding well to streamers. The creek was stocked with cutthroat trout on July 19.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 17) Fishing is good. Bluegill and rainbow trout are responding well to mayflies and midges. This water was stocked with wiper on July 6.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Sep 17) Standard baits have produced mixed results throughout the day, but tiger trout are hitting crickets occasionally. The reservoir was stocked with 10,000 young tiger trout on June 15.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 25) Fishing is fair. Try trolling using pop gear or fishing with PowerBait. Perch and bluegill fishing is good using worms. Anglers are catching bass using crankbait and jigs. The reservoir was stocked this past week with trout.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 17) Fishing for tiger muskies is fair. Try using crankbaits and top water plugs.

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Sep 25) Cast next to the floating vegetation that's where most of the fish are hiding. The ponds were stocked with 1,000 eight-inch trout earlier this week. Other anglers continue to catch larger catfish out of the far north pond using worms on the bottom.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) Fishing is slow to fair. Fish have moved to deeper water during the warmer weather. Bait fishing is allowed until Sept. 10.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) There haven't been any recent fishing reports from anglers. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Lake Powell

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 15) Lake elevation: 3,612 feet
Water temperatures: 7477F

Water temperatures have dropped to 74F in the morning, and they rise to around 78F in the afternoon. These temperatures parallel what we see in mid June, which is a transition month for warmwater fish. In the spring, bass get ready to spawn while waiting for the preferred temperature (mid 60s). Shad get active in the low 70s. Stripers spawn when the water temperature rises quickly to the mid 70s. After all the springtime excitement based on water temperature, most fish experience a lull in activity during the 7580F temperature range. That is exactly where our fish are right now. Fish are waiting for the magic mid 60s, when energy and excitement are at a peak.

For now, there is a gradual movement of bass from deep water to shallow. Bass are still holding at 25 feet or deeper, but feeding forays occur more often in shallow water. Stripers are holding at 40 feet, but they are constantly searching the surface for any sign of shad. When they see shad, they attack. With no shad, they go back to cool water and wait. Walleye are cool-water fish and nighttime predators. It is easier to catch them as the light fades in the evening or before the sun gets bright in the morning.

Fish reports indicate scattered fish randomly working the surface or being caught in deep water. The most consistent fishing pattern is to do what you like best. If you like to use plastic baits on the bottom, try it and work at it persistently. At the end of the day, you will have caught a large number of smallmouth bass and a number of other species. If you choose to throw surface lures toward shore, your catch will include mostly stripers and bass.

My suggestion is to use your favorite technique and concentrate on conditions and signs around you for best results. Obviously, when you see surface action, throw topwater baits to catch stripers and bass. When you see fish on the graph, get a bait or spoon down to them quickly for good results. If you happen to see 15 ravens and two coyotes waiting patiently on shore, it would be wise to throw surface lures toward that group of predators to see if the striper school that drove shad onto the shore is still in the vicinity. Pay attention to subtle events that surround you, which may lead to a discovery that improves your fishing success.

Basically, all Lake Powell sportfish are in transition. Shad continue to run and hide. When bass or stripers find them, fishing results are quick. Keep three rods ready with a surface lure, a spoon and a medium-running crank or swim bait. The best location to fish is on outside points rather than the backs of coves. Shad live in open water, and bass wait near rock or brush cover close to open water waiting for a shad sighting. Stripers are in deep water looking up to see a random shad school they can attack.

The water has cooled enough now so that the thin, adult stripers that were trapped under the warm water layer are now able to come to the surface to feed with their smaller, faster offspring. Many more thin adult stripers are being caught on the surface in the northern lake. They feed right next to the schools of 14- to 18-inch juvenile stripers that are the prime fish in the lake right now.

There is not one best spot to be fishing. That will change as the water cools a bit more. The best advice right now is to choose the fishing technique and location that gives you the most confidence. Use the lure that you have had the best luck on recently. Go out and do your thing. At the end of the day you will have had a great fishing trip.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(Sep 17) Fishing is hit-and-miss with standard baits, but spinners are working well. Try using a silver Jake's Spin-O-Lure with red dots.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Logan River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 25) Local angler Paul Holden of Trout Unlimited reports good fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and browns throughout the river. Try using an elk hair caddis and a purple haze.

Regulations

Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 25) Fishing is good overall, but can vary dramatically depending on your technique. For rainbow trout, try fishing on either side of the dam with PowerBait. Anglers recommend rigging a line with a split shot a few feet from the hook so that the PowerBait will float off the bottom. A wide variety of PowerBait colors and scents should work.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) Anglers report good fishing although water levels are low.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 25) Angling pressure continues to be light because of the reservoirs low water level, and floating vegetation. One angler had some success fishing on the north side of the reservoir with blue and brown lures; he caught four bass.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 25) Most reports are in the fair to good range. Try trout baits (like worms or artificial baits), flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. Tip: When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait off the bottom roughly 1824 inches. This will keep your worm (or other bait) above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find. Early mornings and evenings have been the best times to fish during warm weather. As temperatures drop, daytime fishing will improve.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 15) The water level is low, but stabilized. Clarity is fairly low due to algae blooms. Fair to good fishing reported for brown and rainbow trout fly fishing with streamers from a float tube.

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Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 17) Fishing is good. Try using nightcrawlers, PowerBait or spinners. Miller Flat Reservoir was stocked with about 20,000 rainbow trout in June.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 15) The reservoir level is fairly low, but fishing is fair to good. Trout are surface-feeding on midges in the morning before the wind comes up. Later, they can be caught trolling or fishing streamers and lures under the surface. The trout are healthy and strong this year, which should help them get through the low water level. Smallmouth bass and wipers are active, especially in the early morning.

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Misc

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 17) Lower Green: Standard baits are working well for catfish, but especially stinkbaits and nightcrawlers.

(Sep 17) Colorado River: Fishing is good. For catfish, try using various stinkbaits especially chicken livers.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 15) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs and north-end lakes. They should provide fair to good fishing. A survey this spring also found some nice tiger trout in Lower Box Creek Reservoir. Manning Meadow Reservoir is open, and fly-fishing anglers are catching cutthroat trout up to 17 inches long. Throwing dry flies in the evening has been particularly exciting. 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.

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Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) Road work is underway this summer, but it is currently causing minimal delays on weekdays. No construction is scheduled on weekends or federal holidays. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. The best success happens early and late in the day.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 15) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout (ranging from 8 to 15 inches long) with bait, lures and flies. Smallmouth bass should also be active. Anglers are picking up a few wipers after dark on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

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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 25) Fishing is good in many places throughout the river. The south fork is flowing well and the water is crystal clear. Anglers are having good success using hoppers and a variety of nymphs and dry flies.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 15) The reservoir has dropped to 39 percent, but irrigation releases are tapering off. Boat launching conditions are still good. Most anglers are fishing with PowerBait. Trout have moved to deeper water, so boats and anglers fishing the steeper shorelines on the south end are finding the best success. Garlic-flavored PowerBait seems to be producing best. A few anglers have also found good success trolling.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Panguitch Lake

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

(Sep 15) Fish have moved to deep water to avoid warm temperatures and algae blooms. Shore fishing is slow. Fishing from boats in deep water is fair to good with nightcrawlers, PowerBait and salmon eggs. Spinners and rainbow-imitating lures have picked up a few bigger fish.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) One angler 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 than they respond to PowerBait. Some catchable-sized tiger trout were also 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

(Sep 25) Fewer anglers are visiting the lake. There have been reports of fair fishing for bass and bluegill. Success varies, depending on the time of day and stormy weather. As temperatures begin to drop, fishing will likely slow down.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, so 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

(Sep 25) Anglers report good fishing for bass in the west arm near the dam using dark-colored tube jigs and curly tailed jigs. One angler caught a 13-inch smallmouth. One family caught a number of six- to eight-inch bass near windsurfer beach using worms beneath a bobber.

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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 15) The reservoir is 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

(Sep 17) Fishing is fair. Try using streamers or other common flies. The Price River, including lower Fish Creek, was stocked with more than 25,000 brown trout in June.

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Provo River

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

No recent reports.

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Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 15) Bass and crappie 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

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

(Sep 25) The fishing at Rockport is improving. The water temperature is hovering right at 70. The fish are 25 to 30 feet deep. Anglers are doing well fishing along the eastern side, just south of the marina. The Weber River is still producing some nice-sized brown trout near the inlet and below the dam. The water level continues to drop, but the launch ramp is still open.

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Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Sand Cove Reservoirs

Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 15) Bass fishing is good to excellent. Bluegill are also active and can be found suspended in 25 to 30 feet of water. Many anglers fish in the early morning or at night to avoid the heat and water-skiers, and they are finding great success for bass. Try casting topwater lures, spinner baits in dark colors, swim baits or lipless crankbaits after dark. Night fishing can be especially effective during a full moon. Just remember that you need to pay an overnight camping fee if your vehicle will be in the parking lot after 10 p.m.

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Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 17) Scofield Reservoir has reopened to boating and fishing. Chub were the primary species impacted by the algae, but some of the larger chub likely survived. Try using PowerBait, nightcrawlers and spinners for chub and trout. Be sure to clean your catch with water that is safe to drink.

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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

(Sep 25) Fishing has been fair for walleye and bass. It is starting to pick up a bit for rainbows. The trout are still mostly in a summer pattern, where the best fishing is during the cooler hours. Try trolling slow and deep (in the 20- to 30-foot range) and use crankbaits, brightly colored spoons or flashy worm rigs. Baits are working well, especially from the shore. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. We'd love your help with a walleye population estimate at Starvation. If you catch a walleye with a metal jaw tag before Oct. 28 and you bring the tag to the Starvation ranger station or to Natalie Boren at the DWR's Vernal office you'll receive a prize. For more information, please call the DWR office at 435-781-9453.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 25) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore. Crankbaits, brightly colored spoons and crayfish-colored jigs are producing for shoreline anglers and boaters. The fish are mostly deep. Even the bluegill are at depths of around 30 feet. The trout are mostly active in the early morning and evening hours. The water level remains low enough to expose rocks and sandbars. Try fishing off the rocks and dam (around 30 feet down) to locate the schools of bluegill.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

No recent reports.

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Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Sep 15) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good to excellent fishing with damselfly patterns.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. A recent netting survey found a handful of nice brown trout that weighed up to five pounds.

Uinta Lakes

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

(Sep 25) Anglers continue to have great success catching all trout species. Some anglers report catching 12- to 17-inch tiger trout on flies while fishing from shore and from boats.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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Vernon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Weber River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 25) The Weber River is still producing some nice-sized brown trout near the inlet and down below the dam. Grasshoppers, purple haze and caddis flies all seem to be working well. Law enforcement officers are still encountering many anglers who think they are okay to be in the river on posted private property. Those anglers are actually trespassing. You must have written permission to fish waters that flow through posted private property. If you plan to fish in a Walk-in Access area, be sure to obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number. Please be respectful of all property and remember to pack out your trash.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) The state park reports good fishing for bass and bluegill.

Willard Bay

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

(Sep 25) Fishing is good for wiper and catfish. The South Marina is still the hot spot.

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Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 17) Fishing is good. Dusk is the best time to fish. For rainbow and tiger trout, try using black leeches or renegades. The lake was stocked with 1,000 11-inch rainbow trout on Aug. 4 and about 3,000 tiger trout on July 27.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 15) Most anglers report slow fishing.

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Yuba Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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