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WHIRLING DISEASE -- For waters indicated, please prevent the spread of WHIRLING DISEASE by cleaning mud from waders and equipment. DO NOT TRANSPORT any parts of fish caught here to other waters. Click here for DWR information.

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Abajo Mountain

Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 16) San Juan County waterbodies have been stocked with fish. On April 67, the following waters received their allotment of eight- to nine-inch rainbow trout: Lloyds, Blanding #3, Blanding #4, Kens Lake and the Rattlesnake Ponds. By Memorial Day, Monticello and Foy will be stocked. Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway noted that PowerBait is always effective at catching trout. He also said that anglers are catching pike at Recapture Reservoir.

American Fork River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Fishing has been slow to fair lately, but more catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked in March. Fishing from a float tube or a small boat can help you get away from the crowds and find better fishing. A recent fish population survey found a lot of 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout left over from last fall's stocking. There are good numbers of nice-sized brown trout up to seven pounds too. The browns are eating goldfish, so try fishing with minnow-imitating lures, jigs or flies. Frozen minnows or anchovies could also work.

Bear Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) Fishing is good for cutthroat trout. Anglers are doing the best on the east side of the lake from Cisco Beach to the Idaho state line. Try trolling with flat fish and larger rattles crank baits, or jigging. Fish are 50 to 70 feet deep. Anglers that are jigging should fish near the rock pile, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach areas in about the same depths using tube jigs tipped with cisco. Fishing from the Utah State Park Marina has been fair for cutthroat trout in the morning using spoons and different types of crankbaits because fish are getting ready to spawn. Remember, you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.

Regulations

Bear River

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

No recent reports.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) Fishing is fair to good for small brown and rainbow trout.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows and a few browns. We're just starting to see some of the warmwater fish move into the shallows. There's some floating debris (dead branches) in the water, so please be careful. The reservoir is nearly full.

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

(May 1) On April 28, fishing was good for most anglers throughout the Black Smith Fork. Anglers have had success using a blue-wing olive and other traditional dry flies. One angler had great success using a rooster tail. Olivia Dent had a great time fishing with her family on a recent trip to the river. Armed with a worm, she unfortunately had a lot of success catching trees and other sticks instead of fish. A fun day, nonetheless.

(Apr 25) Nick Forsberg of Loan caught 2 browns using Blue Fox orange spinner.

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) On April 28, anglers reported catching fish, but said fishing has been a little slower lately. One angler said he had many bites using PowerBait and bread; he finally landed a rainbow trout after three hours using corn PowerBait. Another angler said he fished for two hours on Saturday and caught two large carp on worms.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 21) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you will usually find fair to good fishing in spring. The reservoir is full.

Regulations

Brown's Draw Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

No recent reports.

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Apr 21) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you will usually find fair to good fishing at Bullock in the early spring. The reservoir is nearly full.

Regulations

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 21) The ponds have been stocked multiple times this spring, so fishing should be good for catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try using traditional lures or bait (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler has also been successful. Please keep in mind that the pond is now only open to day-use.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Anglers report fair to good fishing, and the water level remains low. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only bait and scented/salted lures are not allowed.

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Causey Reservoir

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

(May 1) Fishing is slow. One lucky angler caught a rainbow trout on a worm while fishing by the Boy Scout camps. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Devin Christensen for that report.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(May 1) The removal of nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is complete and the Bonneville cutthroat trout stocking is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat that were stocked in the rest of Clear Creek in fall 2014 will be six to eight inches in length by summer.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 16) Ice-off may occur at any time.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Access is improving and there isn't much runoff.

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Apr 21) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you will usually find fair to good fishing at Cottonwood in the early spring. The reservoir is almost full.

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Crouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 21) Water levels are extremely low.

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) The ice is off, and anglers report slow to good fishing for tigers and rainbows. You can now reach the dam. The area received snow during the last round of storms.

Cutler Reservoir

Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish

(Apr 9) On April 6, anglers report that fishing for catfish had slowed down quite a bit at the Benson Marina. You can usually catch catfish with nightcrawlers, chicken hearts or livers, or with any bait that sits on the bottom and stinks. You may also catch largemouth bass or carp.

Regulations

Deer Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch

(Apr 21) Boaters are having the most success in the early- to mid-morning hours. They are trolling at depths of around 20 feet. Shoreline anglers should use PowerBait or Jake's spinners. The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. The Charleston dirt ramp has been permanently closed. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Please keep in mind that quagga mussel veligers have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate. The reservoir is currently 90 percent full, and the water temperature is in the low 50s.

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Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Apr 16) Access to Duck Fork is restricted to prevent road damage.

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East Canyon Reservoir

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

(May 1) Last week, anglers reported good fishing from boats and the shore. Anglers fishing from shore are using PowerBait, worms, and anything white including marshmallows tipped with a worm. Boaters should try trolling using shiny spoons, Jakes, worms and anything white. The water for the park is on and the fish-cleaning station is up and running. Many thanks to Park Ranger Kent Cummings for that report.

(Apr 12) Marlene Oberan fished the shore line without catching any fish. "We tried everything. Not even a bite. Saw two fish jump way out. Saw 3 fish taken by other people after hours of trying several different spots."

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 1) Irrigation releases have begun and the water flow is up to 120 cubic feet per second. Fishing is a little difficult at this level, but you can target some of the slow-moving runs with large streamers, deep-diving lures or nightcrawlers.

Regulations

Echo Reservoir

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

(May 1) Shore anglers report slow fishing. Boat anglers report good fishing and have had the best results trolling slowly with shiny lures and Lil Jakes. Echo was recently stocked with 50,000 rainbow trout. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Dominick Barratt for that report.

(Apr 13) Clint Kingsley fished the west bank and caught 7 rainbows using rainbow PowerBait. "We started laying into the trout from about 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM. We were catching 16" to 18" trout."

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Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Apr 16) Ice-off may occur at any time. However, the access road is wet, slick and muddy.

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 1) The trout limit at both Upper and Lower Enterprise Reservoir has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015. Because of very poor snowpack, the lower reservoir will be drained for irrigation needs and everything but the small, state-owned conservation pool will be drained from the upper reservoir. Fishing has been good lately both from the shore or a boat. Be very careful launching boats. The water level is far below the ramp and there are several deep gullies in the dirt. You should only launch small boats. A recent fish population survey found that rainbow trout are abundant in two size classes: 12 to 14 inches and 17 to 18 inches.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) With the recent arrival of a few cormorants, fishing has slowed some, but anglers are still able to catch fish. Anglers are catching fish throughout the reservoir, but are having the best success fishing near the inlet. One angler caught ten fish using a green crappie jig relatively close to the inlet simply by casting it out and reeling it back in. Rainbow trout are the most common catch at the pond right now. They are favoring green plastic jigs, spinners, garlic-scented PowerBait, worms and bread.

(Apr 6) Spencer of Farmington fished the inlet and caught 2 rainbows fly fishing. "the fishing is really slow the water is really muddy and the fish are really weary"

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) The lake has been open to boats for a couple weeks now. Anglers are catching a few nice lake trout. You may also want to try jigging for perch on the outside edge of the weedline or for splake in 30 to 60 feet of water. Trolling for rainbows should also be productive. Spring provides some of the best fishing of the year.

(Apr 19) Chuck of Salt Lake fished the west side and caught 10 rainbows and 2 splake. "Rainbows (10 to 16") were taking everything."

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 1) The Utah and Wyoming ramps received snow during the last storm, but they remain ice-free and anglers are launching boats. Reservoir levels have held up well, and some water has been released to prepare for spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee fishing reopened at the end of November, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing in Utah and Wyoming. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits (such as worms), are working from the shore and from boats. Small schools are cruising the shoreline, and anglers have found good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Rainbows are also being caught in deep water, where anglers are targeting lake trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing from boats. Fish can be anywhere, although most are still being caught in deeper waters. If you find a group, try holding your position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or a three-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also try trolling through (or just above) the school, usually 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Slow, shallow trolls along sloping banks can be an excellent technique in the spring. It's one of the few times of year that you can just troll without specialized deep-water equipment. Deep trolling, right on the bottom, with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and to help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing has been slow because the bass are still deep.

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is fair to good from boats, and a few burbot have been caught from the bank. Pick your spots in the late afternoon, so you can see the area and where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. Boat anglers can start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water. Move shallower after sunset and as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep waters (around 75 feet); however, they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallow waters to forage. Some will follow channels or rocky flats and venture into water that's less than 10 feet deep. Try fishing along the rocky shores, points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use something that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat or minnows, is recommended.) Worms with a marshmallow placed about three to six inches above the weight have worked recently. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) Fishing is slow to fair with few anglers at the reservoir. Spring is a good time to target tigers and splake.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports that blue wing olives are hatching. Fishing is good above Mill Meadow and improving fishing in the lower river. Fishing should also improve in the section below Highway 12 in the coming weeks.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 16) On April 10, Michael Johnson fly fished for five hours. He caught and released 11 nine-inch rainbow trout and one four-inch bass. All of them were caught with a beadhead purple/brown woolly bugger.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

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Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 21) The reservoir has been stocked, so try using a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub lure.

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Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(May 1) Anglers report good to excellent fishing for browns and rainbows. Spring hatches are common: mayflies (BWOs), midges, ants and crickets. Most of the heavy hatches are now closer to the dam. Match the hatch as a dry fly or try a larger dry fly (such as a cricket) with an emerger (such as a mayfly or midge) or scud for a trailer. Winter streamer/bottom combinations are also working. Streamers are usually a fish-imitation (such as a sculpin) followed by a scud or egg. Anglers using lures are also successful. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors. During our recent electrofishng survey, biologists measured and released big healthy trout. They also removed numerous flies (hooks). One guide commented it was free fly night and proof that a 6X tippet does not effectively hold a Green River rainbow.

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 1) The water temperature is reaching the low 60s and bass are moving on to beds to prepare to spawn. Largemouth up to six pounds are plentiful. Crappie are also abundant. There are a lot of 10-inch crappie available. 10-inch crappie are the perfect size for the frying pan.

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Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(May 1) Fishing is slow at Gunnison Bend and DMAD, but water temperature is warming and should bring improved fishing soon.

(Apr 25) Stephen Boyack of Oak City fished the SW bend with a partner and caught 11 crappie, 7 perch, 2 largemouth and 1 northern pike using ice flies and paddle bug jigs. "I had no Idea there were Northern Pike In Gunnison Bend, Needless to say we were Very Surprised to see a pike on the end of out Line"

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(May 1) On April 28, water levels had risen, creating a lot of excellent habitat for bluegill, bass and crappie along the shoreline of the entire reservoir. With the higher water, there is very little flat shoreline on the west side of the reservoir and the banks are very steep; please use caution when shore fishing on the west side. Water temperatures are around 56F. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.

Regulations

Honeyville Ponds

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 16) The only trout will be found within a mile of the dam, which is within the fly fishing-only zone. Anglers will not likely find trout below the flash flood zone.

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Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 16) On April 10, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly-fished for six hours, using fast-sinking line and size 68 woolly buggers, crystal buggers and leech patterns. They caught 11 trout, all rainbow trout that ranged from 14-16 inches.

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Huntington Reservoir

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

(Apr 16) The remaining ice is unsafe for anglers, and ice-off may occur at any time. Please stay off any remaining ice.

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Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) About 26,400 fish were stocked into the reservoir last week. Anglers have had great success catching fish all week long. The trout are aggressive, hungry and readily taking a wide variety of baits and lures. Try worms, PowerBait, salmon eggs, Rapalas, spinners and Lil Jakes lures. Many boat anglers report catching trout 20 inches or larger. Shore anglers are catching fish too, but they're slightly smaller. Now is a great time to come out and catch some fish! Many thanks to Jodie Anderson and Kamas Hatchery Specialist Wes Pearce for that report.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 16) The reservoir is ice-free, but splake fishing has been slow. Fish from a boat with chubs or chub meat for the best success. Aside from chub meat, anglers should also try spinners, spoons, Rapalas, swim baits and Berkley Gulp, all of which have been effective in the past. The tiger muskie bite will improve as soon as the water warms up. Last fall, anglers reported catching muskies larger than the 40-inch minimum harvest size. This year, we expect anglers will catch fish that are even larger.

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Johnson Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Musky, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) The reservoir is accessible and ice-free, but there are no reports on fishing.

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Jordan River

Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Walleye, White Bass

No recent reports.

Jordanelle Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 21) Float tubers have had success while fishing with Rapalas. Try throwing jerkbaits for smallmouth bass. Fly-fishing anglers are having success with woolly buggers in black. Boaters have had success trolling in about 50 feet of water. Also, continue using traditional baits (such as worms and PowerBait) on the shoreline. Courtesy docks are in at the main ramp. The Upper Fisher and PWC restrooms are open, as well as the cabins. The PWC ramp has docks and is open, and any boat can launch until Memorial Day weekend. Murdock Camp is open. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Be aware of the floating debris that's coming in from the river runoff near the south arm. The reservoir is holding at 68 percent full.

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Kaysville Ponds

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

(May 1) Fishing is fair. Anglers aren't catching many trout, but some folks are catching bullhead catfish. On April 28, an angler caught a bullhead within his first ten minutes fishing in the second pond. He was using worms near the bridge. You can see a lot of small fish swimming in the third pond near the fishing pier, but they tend to hide when the pelicans and cormorants get close. T catch the smaller fish, use small pieces of worms, PowerBait or a single salmon egg on a size 8 or 10 hook.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 16. The reservoir is accessible and ice-free. There will be major road construction on the Kolob Terrace road from now through October that will limit your access to the reservoir.

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Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 1) A recent population survey found cutthroat trout up to six pounds and rainbow trout up to three pounds. Try trolling near the dam with chub-imitating lures.

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

(Apr 30) Lake Elevation: 3590.5 Water Temperature 61 - 66
By: Wayne Gustaveson

May is walleye month. Fishing at Lake Powell continues to get stronger as the water warms. It was 61-66 F today, which is primetime for spring fishing. Smallmouth are still king but striped bass are in the back seat now and walleye are riding shotgun. Smallmouth bass are moving back on the spawning beds so bass fishing will be super this week. Striped bass are thinking about spawning so they are active at night. The best time to catch stripers is at night or early morning in pre dawn light. They tend to quit biting when the sun peaks over the ridge and hits the water. Walleye always come on strong in May because they are trying to rebuild their body after the stress of spawning. They are caught more often now because they feed all day long. Later in the summer after the other fish spawn there is plenty of forage for omnivorous walleye but in May they have to use available forage. It takes a full day of feeding to get that feeling of fullness they desire. Walleye pattern: Find colored water, usually toward the back of the canyon but sometimes along the bank where wind and waves stir up the sediment. The proper walleye-catching depth is 12-15 feet. That works whether trolling, casting or dragging live worms. Find a bench, terrace or reef surrounded by deeper water. Work your bait along the breaking edge. As with most animals fish really like to have a close avenue of escape handy where they can dive quickly into deep water. Trolling, casting, dragging or bottom bouncing will work. It is up to you to decide which is your preferred method.

May is walleye month. Fishing at Lake Powell continues to get stronger as the water warms. It was 61-66 F today, which is primetime for spring fishing. Smallmouth are still king but striped bass are in the back seat now and walleye are riding shotgun. Smallmouth bass are moving back on the spawning beds so bass fishing will be super this week. Striped bass are thinking about spawning so they are active at night. The best time to catch stripers is at night or early morning in pre dawn light. They tend to quit biting when the sun peaks over the ridge and hits the water. Walleye always come on strong in May because they are trying to rebuild their body after the stress of spawning. They are caught more often now because they feed all day long. Later in the summer after the other fish spawn there is plenty of forage for omnivorous walleye but in May they have to use available forage. It takes a full day of feeding to get that feeling of fullness they desire. Walleye pattern: Find colored water, usually toward the back of the canyon but sometimes along the bank where wind and waves stir up the sediment. The proper walleye-catching depth is 12-15 feet. That works whether trolling, casting or dragging live worms. Find a bench, terrace or reef surrounded by deeper water. Work your bait along the breaking edge. As with most animals fish really like to have a close avenue of escape handy where they can dive quickly into deep water. Trolling, casting, dragging or bottom bouncing will work. It is up to you to decide which is your preferred method.

Oh! and one last caution: When you hook the walleye do not put your hand in the fishes mouth They have sharp teeth!

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

No recent reports.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Logan River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) Anglers report good fishing using purple Adams, tent wing caddis and blue-wing olive patterns on the surface. Below the surface, a standard nymph will work, but you can also try caddis larvae, rubber leg stoneflies and flash bugs. Midges, caddis and some blue-winged olives should be hatching out throughout the valley within a week. Many thanks to Clayton Winter and Jodie Anderson for that report!

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Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Fishing has been good recently, especially when from shore. Ruben of Ogden caught 16 healthy fish on garlic-scented bright yellow power eggs on a size 6 hook. Other anglers reported good fishing from shore near the boat ramp with PowerBait just off the bottom.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Fishing is hot with size 12 wooly buggers. You should also try flashy spinners and lures, as well as natural baits like nightcrawlers.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

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Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Anglers report great fishing for bass and bluegill on the east side of the reservoir.

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Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Fishing has been good. Biologists believe that a few dead fish found along the shoreline were likely due to winter angling loss. (They were visible once the ice and snow melted.) Try trout baits (including worms) or artificial baits like flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) 5,000 nine-inch rainbow trout were stocked in March. Fishing is good for rainbow and brown trout in the inlets with streamers.

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Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 16) The U.S. Forest Service road between Cleveland and Joes Valley has been locked to prevent spring road damage.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 16) The catch rate has slowed and varies from day to day. Worms and PowerBait have been the most frequently used baits.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) Fishing is best for anglers in float tubes and pontoons using streamers slow and deep. Fishing from the shore with nymphs is improving. Recent population surveys found good numbers of rainbow trout and fat, healthy wipers up to 21 inches and five pounds. Bass and wiper fishing should improve in May when the water warms up.

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Misc.

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 16) Lower Green: Walt Maldonado reported fair fishing for catfish. The best baits are shrimp, chicken livers and stink baits. Fishing will slow down as the spring run-off peaks. Walt says that anglers are catching walleyes with worms near the Crystal Geyser.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

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

(May 1) The ice is off and access is fair. The last storm put down a lot of snow, which is making the road a little muddy. Spring is a good time to target large splake. Concentrate on the steeper shorelines and the dike. Fish with chub-imitating lure and flies, white- and dark-green tubes jigs, cut bait (like chubs, suckers or anchovies) or frozen minnows.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 1) Trout fishing is good. Anglers are catching a few wipers and smallmouth bass as the water warms up.

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Newton Reservoir

Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybrid), Yellow Perch

(Apr 9) Fishing is slow and there aren't many anglers out.

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Nine Mile Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 21) The reservoir has been stocked. Anglers are encouraged to harvest and enjoy the stocked fish. Try spinner baits and traditional baits (such as PowerBait or nightcrawlers). You might also want to try throwing a Curly Tail grub.

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 24) On April 20, one angler reported fair fishing in the South Fork near the Botts campground. He fished from 10 a.m.11 a.m. and caught one trout using a bead-headed pheasant tail. The water is a little murky because of runoff, but this should help anglers because fish will be harder to scare.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 1) One angler reported that shore fishing has improved.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Apr 21) Spinnerbaits and worms should produce fish right off the docks. Also, try garlic-flavored PowerBait, under a bubble. The Third Annual Palisade State Park fishing tournament will be on May 9.

Panguitch Lake

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

(May 1) Fishing is fair from the shore or a boat. A recent population survey found an abundance of 11- to 12-inch rainbow trout that are growing fast. We also saw more rainbows in the 17- to 18-inch range than we have in recent years. As always, nice-sized cutthroat and tiger trout are also plentiful.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Access is good, but the water level is fairly low. Bait fishing is slow. Remember that the rainbow trout here are wild and don't take bait as well as lures or flies.

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Payson Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(May 1) Anglers are out, and fishing is fair. A few days of consistently warm weather will attract the bass back into the shallows. Bluegill are also just starting to move into the warmer shallows. This is a good time to target carp, and we've partnered with Sportsmen's Warehouse to host a carp-catching contest that will run until the beginning of August. We tagged 30 carp for the contest. The tags are red and located on the left side of the dorsal fin. Catch a tagged carp and take it to the Vernal Sportsman's Warehouse for exciting prizes. You can remove the carp with archery or fishing tackle, which will help the lake's water quality and improve conditions for the bass and bluegill. Water levels look good, and the lake is full.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Rainbow trout have been stocked.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Pineview Reservoir

Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Musky (hybrid), Trout, Yellow Perch

(May 1) Pineview was stocked with 20,000 fingerling tiger muskie on April 29. Anglers report slow fishing. Some have been lucky enough to catch a few fish. Catching rates are expected to improve as temperatures increase. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Devin Christensen for that report.

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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

(May 1) There are no new fishing reports, but 150,000 rainbow trout and 2,600 brood brown trout have been stocked since the reservoir was drained and rotenone treated last fall. Recent population surveys found that the rainbows are growing fast and average 12 inches. Unfortunately, we also found a number of suckers. That means that the rotenone treatment last fall wasn't as successful as we had hoped.

Porcupine Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 9) On April 7, one angler caught a brown trout while trolling in 30 feet of water. Fishing is slow overall, but anglers are rewarded after putting in lots of time and trying different lures and baits. Many thanks Jodie Anderson for the report.

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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

(Apr 21) Lower: Anglers are catching big rainbows! A few skwalas were seen this weekend, and more should appear near the end of month. Be aware that some hatches may occur earlier this year (for example, the Mother's Day caddis hatch). Blue-winged olives are hatching, so try sizes 1822, especially on overcast days. Mayflies are also making an appearance. Water levels range from 190 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 41 cfs near Harbor Drive. From the Center Street Bridge upstream to I-15, the river is closed until 6 a.m. on May 2.

Middle: You'll find great midge fishing right now, with sizes 1822 working best. Blue-winged olives are making an appearance. Nymphs, size 22 and smaller, will be still be good at midday. Water levels are near 148 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release (241 cfs) and the average at Charleston around 149 cfs. Water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees.

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Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 1) Trout fishing has slowed down. The water temperature is reaching the low to mid 60s. Because of the varied weather, fishing for bass has been hit and miss. Bass are moving up to the shallows to build nests and fishing should pick up as the water warms. Fishing is slowest on cool, windy days. Anglers have also caught a few crappie.

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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

(May 1) There's open water across the reservoir, and the ramp is accessible. Fishing for rainbows was good, up until the last storm. We have had a few reports on bass and walleye, but not as many as expected, considering the number of anglers on the reservoir. The water level remains low.

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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

(May 1) Fishing varies from fair to hot, depending on the weather. During recent gill net surveys at Rockport, we caught some monster brown trout up to 26 inches as well as several large smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass are starting to bite. Trolling from boats is producing the best. You'll find fish at about 15-20 feet deep. Remember to confirm that your vessel is free of invasive mussels before you launch. There are mussel self-certification forms at the top of the boat ramp if the entrance station is not staffed. You should be sure to thoroughly clean, drain and dry your boat after every outing, especially after boating on Lake Powell or Deer Creek. Many Thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for that report.

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Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 21) The pond has been repeatedly stocked and has very active, hungry rainbow trout. Try using a Jake's spinner. Another good option is to use a bubble with worms or PowerBait. Catfish will be stocked at the end of May.

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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

(May 1) The reservoir will be closed on the morning of May 2 for the Ironman event. Fishing success follows the weather. Fishing is good to excellent for bass during warm, calm days when the water temperature reaches the mid 60s. Fishing is just fair on cool, windy days when the water temperature drops near 60 degrees fair. A variety of techniques will work when the fish are active. The keys to success are hitting the right depth and fishing with a pattern you are confident in. Fish are at depths of 10 to 20 feet and are moving up to beds on warm days. Anglers are also catching some nice-sized crappie. Recreational boaters are out in force on the weekends.

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Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 16) The reservoir is completely ice-free. Traditionally, some of the best fishing of the year occurs at this time, but that hasn't been the case this year. On April 6, Tom Robertshaw's party of three caught only chubs during their day of fishing. On April 3, one thread posted on BigFishTackle.com reported that a party of five caught 20 cutthroat trout. One tiger trout was also caught; it measured 24 inches and weighed 5.5 pounds. The party had been fishing with sucker meat and lures. DWR Aquatics Technician Mike Ault, who conducts regular creel surveys, describes fishing as slow. Mike indicated that the best fishing is at the mouth of the dam cove. The south side is best. Most of the trout that Mike checks are skinny cutthroats that range from 1215 inches. On April 4, Mike checked a tiger trout caught on chub meat. It weighed 8.5 pounds and measured 27 inches. Anglers will have the best success while fishing from a boat. Try using chub meat, spoons, crankbaits, plastic grubs, nightcrawlers and fish eggs.

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Settlement Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Silver Lake

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Smith & Morehouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 24) The majority of the ice has melted from Smith and Morehouse and there is enough open water to cast from shore.

Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 1) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and walleyes. Baits are working well, especially from the shore. Try smaller, slow-moving presentations for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleyes. If you're walleye fishing, keep your bait/lure on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleyes are small or in the 24-inch range, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 1) Anglers report fair to excellent rainbow fishing from shore and from boats. As the weather warms, the bass will return to the shallows. This time, they will likely followed by the bluegills. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore, while crankbaits and brightly colored spoons are producing for boaters. Some fish are near the surface, while most appear to be deep (about 30 to 40 feet down). The water level remains low, so watch for rocks and sandbars.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Apr 21) The bite is occurring in the early morning, typically before noon. Shoreline anglers have brought in some nice-sized rainbows near Mud Creek. The Soldier Creek Marina and the Ladders are completely open. The main road to Haws Point is open, but we suggest using a vehicle that has four-wheel drive. Try dark-colored leeches, marabou jigs, jerkbaits or spinners. There may still be a couple of ice slabs lingering, so boaters should be careful. The water temperature is around 41 degrees, and the reservoir is currently 77 percent full.

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Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(May 1) You can now access Round Lake and the Solomon Basin lakes using the pass from Forsyth Reservoir. There still isn't access to the higher lakes. Spring fishing is typically good to excellent.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 21) Try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are feeding actively.

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Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 1) You can now access Round Lake and the Solomon Basin lakes using the pass from Forsyth Reservoir. There still isn't access to the higher lakes. Spring fishing is typically good to excellent.

Uinta Lakes

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

(May 1) On April 28, Hoop Lake and many other lower elevation lakes had finally opened up enough to allow folks to fish from shore. Be prepared for muddy or soft roads when venturing out to the lakes. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen for the report.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 21) Spring runoff is causing the lake to appear muddy. Anglers report slow fishing. Use smaller swimbaits or shad raps for walleye. You might also want to try using stainless steel leader and prevent any pike from severing the line. For catfish, try using chub meat, carp meat, chicken liver or worms on the bottom. Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is currently 64 percent full.

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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

(Apr 24) On April 14, fishing was very good on the Weber. Anglers were primarily using flies. Last weekend, we worked with Trout Unlimited to catch and tag some Bonneville cutthroat trout. This was part of a larger effort to monitor the cutthroats' migration patterns throughout the Weber and its tributaries.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) The reservoir is filling and open to boating. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. You may even catch a few of the rainbows that are left over from last year.

Willard Bay

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

(Apr 24) Fishing is good for wipers and fair for walleye, with a few anglers catching catfish. Try using blue- and silver-Rapalas or orange- or red-jigs and mussels.

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Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Apr 16) To prevent road damage, the U.S. Forest Service locks out vehicles until the road is dry and passable. This saves taxpayers thousands of dollars in road-repair expenses.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 21) The pond has been repeatedly stocked with rainbow trout. Try using a bubble, garlic-flavored PowerBait or worms. You may want to throw spinners or crankbaits near any of the vegetation for some largemouth bass hookups. By voluntarily releasing the largemouth bass, you can help control the bluegill population.

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Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 1) Access is good and the ice is gone. A recent population survey found good numbers of rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout up to 17 inches. Now is a good time to target these holdover fish before the 10-inch rainbows are stocked.

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Yuba Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 21) Water levels are very low and continue to fall. The reservoir is currently 48 percent full. The buoys have been put in, and both launch ramps have docks. The restrooms and showers are now open. Anglers are catching fish, but it is a slow bite. Try the backs of the bays (and near the dropoffs) with Maniac minnows, Husky Jerks or spinnerbaits and fish extremely shallow for northerns. Perch-colored jigs seem to be the most consistent producers. Water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees.

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