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Revised 04-30-16


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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 30) All San Juan County waters are open. On March 29, Blanding #3 was stocked with more than 1,500 eight-inch rainbow trout. On the same day, Blanding #4 was stocked with more than 2,000 eight-inch rainbows. On April 13, Lloyds Lake was stocked with nearly 4,000 eight-inch rainbow trout. The Dry Wash pond has been improved, deepened and stocked this spring with eight- to nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing for pike and bass at Recapture Reservoir is improving as the water temperature rises. Calvin Black, aquatics biologist, suggests fishing with weedless swimbaits in shallow weedy areas.

American Fork River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair with bait, lures and flies. Some large brown trout are also present. The reservoir is currently full and spilling.

Bear Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 23) The lake is entirely free of ice. You can launch a boat at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Fishing is fair for cutthroat trout and lake trout. Trolling works best when fishing for cutthroat. Anglers report finding fish at two depths: around 60 to 65 feet off the east side from Rainbow Cove to North Eden and then about 10 to 20 feet parallel to the shore at the same location. Another good spot is from the marina north to Fish Haven Creek in Idaho. Try different sizes of Rapala-type lures, dodgers, squid and flatfish. When trolling in shallow water, use a simple flat line and let it out from 100 to 175 feet. Boats will typically spook the fish in shallow water, but if you run the lure far enough behind the boat, they will return to the shallow-water zone. In the deeper water, you can use downriggers or lead core line to get the proper depth. There hasn't been much jig fishing over the past few weeks, so no update on that technique. It can be good at any time of the year. If you jig fish, try three-quarters to one ounce tube jigs tipped with cisco, sucker meat or even worms right on the bottom. Thanks to the cold water this time of year, fish can be found at any depth this time of the year, so if you're not catching fish, keep trying different depths.

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

(Apr 10) Flows are low and clear and stealth is needed to avoid spooking fish. Look for fishing to improve with warmer weather. Habitat work is currently being conducted in the area of the old dance hall, so you may see some murky water below that work site.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) Colder temperatures and frequent storms have delayed the spring thaw. The pond remains under ice.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) Anglers who got out between recent storms report fair to good fishing for trout with a few bass thrown in. Water temperatures were going up a few degrees, but the cold weather slowed it down.

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

(Apr 30) Water flows continue to be high. Water is off-color, making fishing difficult. Anglers might fish close to the banks. Try using blue wing olive, stoneflies, gun slinger, copper johns and other basic nymphs.

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

(Apr 30) The pond remains under an ice cap and blanket of snow, but it's accessible on-foot.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) Most anglers report good fishing. Many are catching broodstock trout using garlic-scented PowerBait. Local angler Bruce Beck of West Valley caught five broodstock rainbows on Sunday, April 24. He used garlic PowerBait and fished near the inlet. Another angler caught two broodstock rainbows while fishing the northwest outlet of the reservoir, also on garlic PowerBait. The pond was stocked with 100 eight-inch trout earlier this week.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 23) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The area recently received rain, so roads have been muddy.

Regulations

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 23) Water levels are down. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers, but be prepared for unsafe ice. The area has received snow during the last couple of storms. Expect travel to be a combination of mud, snow and high drifts. The roads are closed.

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

No recent reports.

Regulations

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Try using traditional lures and baits (e.g., Jake's spinners and worms). Tip your lures with a nightcrawler or PowerBait. Please keep in mind that youth fishing classes are held on Thursday nights.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) When the high winds took off the ice sheet, it also blew dead fish onto the banks. Biologists checked and determined a complete winterkill. The Division located roughly 1,000 catchable-sized rainbows and restocked it to restart the fishery. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. Bait is not allowed. You must use flies and lures only—bait and scented-salted lures and flies are not allowed.

Regulations

Causey Reservoir

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

(Apr 30) Fishing is fair overall, but it's a little better early in the morning. One lucky angler caught a big brown trout near the inlet by the Boy Scout camp. He was using a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. He reported catching a lot of fish, but it slowed down after about 10 a.m.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 10) Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is complete, and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. 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. The water can get murky at times with low-elevation snowmelt.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) The reservoir is still covered with ice, but the ice has been thinning — especially around the shoreline. The snowy hike to and from the water's edge keeps a lot of anglers from fishing here in winter months.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Crouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 10) Water levels are extremely low.

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) Although the reservoir was still ice capped last week, it is filling. The edges won't be as thick as the main ice. There have no recent angler contacts. Expect fishing to be mostly slow to fair this late in the season. The main road to the dam has new snow for the last half of the drive. Dirt roads around reservoir are closed.

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

(Apr 30) According to the most recent reports, fishing is good. Anglers caught some nice fish while trolling at depths of about 40 feet with Meps spinners. One group reported catching fish with Daredevils. Fishing is spotty from the shore, so you might want to try using PowerBait. Rangers report that the docks are in at the main ramp. The Wallsburg day use area is now open. The Chokecherry campground has all sites open, with sewer and electric hook-up only. The Island boat ramp is closed through May 15, 2016. Juvenile quagga mussels have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate. Decontamination stations are currently operating, but you may want to call ahead to check operating hours.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Apr 10) You'll need a snow machine to access the reservoir. As the snow melts, the U.S. Forest Service will close the road until it's dry enough to permit travel access without destroying the road.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Apr 30) Anglers are still catching some nice fish from shore and boats. Shore anglers are using green and rainbow PowerBait. Pop gear and lures from the boat deep seem to work well, too.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 10) Flows are running at 20 cfs. The river has been a little murky at times lately from low elevation snow melt. Now is a great time to fish the river before irrigation season starts and the flow increases.

Regulations

Echo Reservoir

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

(Apr 30) Fishing is good on the north side near the dam. Rooster tails and spinners are working great. Anglers are starting to catch brown trout.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Apr 30) The boat ramp is accessible by foot. You'll find fishable open water on the north end around the boat ramp, especially in the general vicinity of the mine water discharge pipe. On the south end at the dam, there's about a foot of open water that circles the shoreline, but there's still no opportunity for shoreline fishing.

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 10) Access is good, and both reservoirs are ice-free. The upper reservoir is still fairly low, so don't expect good boat launching conditions. Catchable-sized rainbow have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Fishing has been fair to good.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) Angler pressure is a little light during the week, but it's still good during the weekends when the weather is nice. The reservoir is still full and the water is quite murky. Surface water temperatures are around 42°F. The pond was recently stocked with 500 eight-inch rainbow trout.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) There's water being released from Scofield Reservoir. The largest trout overwintered in deep pools miles below the reservoir. According to anglers and hikers, the size of brown trout increases with the distance from the dam.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 10) There were a few anglers out on the ice last weekend, but the condition of the ice is deteriorating quickly because of the warm weather. While the ice is still pretty thick in the middle, the edges are getting soft and weak. A few people have broken through the past couple of days. Accessing the ice is no longer recommended. It should take two to four weeks for the ice to come off, depending on the weather. Remember that boats are not allowed on the lake until all the ice is gone. There are still about 20 prizes left over from the perch tournament for lucky anglers who catch tagged perch. Just check in at the Lakeside General Store before you go fishing to be eligible. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435) 638–1000 before you go 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

(Apr 30) Kokanee: Anglers report slow to fair fishing, but it's starting to pick up. A few anglers are finding schools that they can reach with jigging spoons, most however are fishing in or near the usual areas but close to shore in 10 to 20 feet of water. Try using a planer board to get your lure off to the side as when kokanee are in shallow waters, they shy away from boats and noise.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow fishing has been hot this last week as the lake transitioned from ice-off to spring's warmer waters. Rainbows and cutthroat are spawning, so look for concentrations of fish near streams and sometimes launch areas. Warning: Others are also fishing there, and we've seen conflicts this year between anglers and angler/boaters. Remember boaters have the right-of-way on the ramp and boat docks when they are launching and pulling out. Rainbows are found in other areas. Look for up to 18-plus-inch rainbows on shallow flats, along cliffs and points in 10 to 20 feet of water, trolling small brightly colored spoons, plastic squids or casting using spoons, small tubes and jigs tipped with meal worm. You might also catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches) that were stocked into the reservoir last summer.

Lake trout: Recent reports indicate spotty fishing. With warmer weather and a bit less wind, anglers should try a slow shallow troll along the flats and sloping shorelines or go deep along the main channel. If you locate a school or find a submerged ridge, try jigging with spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker/chub meat. Keep your smaller fish; removing them will help the fishery, and they provide some tasty treats.

Smallmouth bass: Water temperatures have kept bass in deeper waters, and fishing has been very slow.

Burbot: Some anglers have caught fish in the open waters from boats and from the shore. Look for rocky structure (smallmouth habitat) and depths of 40 to 70 feet in the early evening. As the evening progresses, try fishing shallower water to 10 feet, and move if you're not catching anything. As always, good lures are glow-n-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Thanks to all the anglers, between the tournaments and general fishing, there are thousands fewer burbot eating everything else.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 10) The reservoir is full and spilling. However, it was mostly drained last summer due a malfunction in the outlet. It is unclear how many fish were lost. The ice is about half gone.

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

(Apr 30) Fishing has been good since ice-off. The pond was restocked (for the second time) on April 11 with 10-inch rainbow trout. The first stocking occurred a month earlier with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout. Try worms, PowerBait, salmon eggs, spoons and spinners.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) There haven't been any recent angler reports. The reservoir will be stocked soon, but for the trout remaining from last fall, try using a Curly Tail jig or a spinnerbait. Smallmouth bass fishing will start to improve with warmer water temperatures, so you might want to try throwing some spinnerbaits tipped with bait.

Regulations

Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(Apr 30) Spring fishing has brought out the hatches, especially the midges and blue-winged olives. Some anglers are also using terrestrial patterns like ants, crickets and hoppers with a scud or shrimp trailer or a streamer with a trailer. Match the hatch on the surface or try nymphs and streamers deep along flow seams and shorelines. The water is a bit murky from muddy waters flowing through the dam, so streamers are a good choice. Try sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations followed by scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles, San Juan worms, etc. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth-tone colors are always a good option in shallow or deeper water. Try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps in deeper water. Brightly colored spoons and spinners will also entice fish.

(Apr 23) Lower: One angler recently reported good fishing with chicken livers, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Most catfish measure around 10 to 12 inches. During Melon Days in mid-September, however, anglers caught one 7-pound and two 5-pound catfish.

(Apr 10) Lower Green: Walt Maldonado reported good fishing with chicken livers, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Most catfish measure around 10 to 12 inches. During Melon Days in mid-September, however, anglers caught one 7-pound and two 5-pound catfish.

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Apr 10) Fair to good success is reported for a variety of fish species near the outlets of Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs, as well as in the river and canals below the outlets. One angler reported good fishing for largemouth bass at Gunnison Bend.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Apr 30) Many anglers visited the reservoir last weekend and reported good fishing using worms, PowerBait and spinners. Try casting parallel to the shore next to the underwater trees and vegetation. Water temperatures are around 53°F. This pond is private property and requires a Walk-in Access authorization number before fishing.

Regulations

Honeyville Ponds

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 30) The best fishing is within one mile of the dam. You won't find many fish below South Hughes Canyon because of last year's flash floods. Fly-fishing has been fair below the dam. Anglers are hooking into brown trout up to 17 inches. Good fly choices include leeches, woolly buggers, prince nymphs, stoneflies, beadhead uglies, caddis larvae, hare's ear and serendipity. Trout were planted in the campground at the Forks of the Huntington last fall. Anglers might find limited numbers of seven- to eight-inch trout in the campground and up the left fork.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) The reservoir was stocked with nearly 1,000 nine- to ten-inch rainbow trout earlier this week. This was the second stocking so far this spring. The first stocking took place on March 18 with 1,000 nine-inch rainbows. Anglers are catching wipers up to five pounds with crankbaits. Wipers can also be hooked with jigs, gulp minnows, rattle traps and Rapalas. Fishing at daybreak has been best.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 30) Fishing is still a little slow for most anglers, but some are catching a few fish. Most anglers are using PowerBait and worms.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 30) Creel Survey Technician Mike Ault reports that most of the tiger trout and splake being caught are found along the west shoreline between Littles Creek and the boat ramp. Most anglers are practicing catching and releasing fish, so solid information on the range of fish length is difficult to pin down. Hearsay reports suggest that a few anglers have been catching tiger trout up to eight pounds using whole chubs as bait. Splake fishing is expected to improve as spring advances and the water temperatures rise. Splake are commonly hooked with gold Jakes or Kastmaster lures. Good tiger muskie fishing might still be a month away.

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

(Apr 30) Try throwing jerkbaits and spinnerbaits for smallmouth bass as the water begins to warm up. Boaters have had success trolling in about 50 feet of water (or deeper), using Kastmasters tipped with bait. Also, continue to use traditional baits (worms or PowerBait) on the shoreline. Water temperatures are hovering around the mid 40s, so be sure and wear a lifejacket. A quagga mussel decontamination station was up and running as of April 9. All campsites are open and are available on a first-come, first-served basis until May 1. All lease docks will be open during the first week of May. The reservoir is currently 58 percent full.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Apr 30) Surface water temperatures are increasing and are now around 56°F. Most anglers are having success catching trout using worms and PowerBait just off the bottom. Anglers have also had success using a variety of nymphs and leeches. All four ponds were recently stocked with a total of 1,000 eight-inch trout.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 10) The ice is coming off quickly. The southwest shoreline was recently posted closed to trespassing by the land owner, but public access remains through BLM land near the restroom.

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) It's been a roller coaster ride trying to catch fish at Lake Powell this week.

Cold winds blow and reduce the water temperature, sending bass scurrying for deeper water. Pouting and lockjaw are symptoms of fish hoping to spawn but finding cooling temperatures. Then the wind quits, the sun comes out and fish swim into shallow warm water, and frolic while basking in the sun. The best pattern for anglers this past week was to hunker down while the wind was blowing and then rush out when the sun came out and water warmed. The short warm periods produced very good fishing results. This week expect more of the same. Wind and rain are forecast but some calm warm periods will happen as well. Look at the thermometer on your graph often and fish in the warmest shallow water available to find the best success.

The bass and crappie have started spawning. Bass nests or beds are easy to see in shallow water. The lake has come up less than a foot and water is still clear over the majority of the lake. Water is muddy near the Colorado inflow from Trachyte to Four-mile Canyon and in the upper San Juan and Escalante river arms.

Male bass guard their nests while fresh eggs are there but cold water takes the fun out of it and males sometimes abandon the nests. When the sun comes out again, the same male returns to the nest, tidies up the rocks and then finds another ripe female to add more eggs to the old ones on the rocks. Both male and female bass are able to spawn as many as six different times during the spawning season (which lasts from mid April to mid May).

This knowledge should alert anglers about where to find bass depending on weather conditions. If it's cold and windy, look for bass in deeper water near a shallow rocky shoal or point where nests have been seen. If it's warm and calm, just look for bass in close proximity to nests visible in shallow water. Crappie follow the same triggers and patterns but really like to have their nose in a bush while waiting for the weather to warm and spawning to resume. Tumbleweed piles are the most common habitat.

The big news this week is the beginning of 'Walleye Month.' Warming water increases their activity but lack of food makes them very hungry. The end result is that walleye are easy to catch from now through May. Good Hope Bay is the Walleye Capital of Lake Powell. Last week walleye were caught in stained water in the morning hours. The best technique was to drag a crayfish imitating lure slowly along the bottom. Twin tail grubs in dark pumpkin, watermelon and other crayfish variations worked well as did white shad imitating colors. Some anglers caught walleye while vertically jigging white Yamamoto grubs in less than 30 feet of water, while others used a slow-drifting technique with double tail grubs while maintaining bottom contact in 20 feet of water.

Trollers were successful as well, as they covered more water looking for the walleye congregation. Wally Diver lures in blue and brown colors were successful when they were trolled at a depth where the lure would periodically bounce off the bottom. Walleye fishing will only get better as the water gets much warmer in May. There is no limit on walleye as there is an overpopulation of these tasty fish in the northern lake. We wish you great success in catching and keeping as many walleye as you can use.

Stripers were still red hot for those using bait in the southern lake near the main channel. Hot spots included Buoy 3A on the corner that turns toward Antelope Canyon, the power plant intake and Navajo Canyon. There were no reports from bait fishermen further uplake as the fish close to Antelope and Wahweap launch areas were too fun to catch.

Warm weather returns early next week and fishing will only improve. The first two weeks of May should provide epic fishing adventures and stories for those that can make the magical trip to Lake Powell during prime time.

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

(Apr 30) Water flows continue to be high. The water is off-color, making fishing difficult for most anglers. Try fishing close to the banks and using blue-wing olive, stoneflies, gun slinger, copper Johns and other basic nymphs.

Regulations

Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) Anglers report good fishing for rainbows from the shore. Most anglers report having the best success using rainbow PowerBait. Fly anglers report doing well with midges.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Apr 10) Access is now possible with high clearance and four-wheel drive. The ice is gone and fishing is reported as good.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 22) Fishing from the shore is pretty good for most anglers. One lucky angler caught a nice largemouth bass while using a rapala from the shore.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) Anglers were able to break through the snow drifts to access Matt Warner over the weekend. Early reports were fair fishing. Since then, the area has received new snow and rain so access is questionable. However, Diamond Mountain roads dry out quickly, so expect to get in within a few days of good weather. There are some reports of dead fish, but it doesn't seem to have been a serious winterkill.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 10) The ice is off. Look for fair to good fishing for rainbows and browns.

Regulations

Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) According to Conservation Officer James Thomas, fishing has slowed down. This has been a departure from the favorable catch rate that has made this water popular since ice-off. Frequent storms over Emery County during the past week may have contributed to the drop in catch rate. Fish won't be planted this year. Hatcheries will not stock Millsite this year in anticipation of the dam renovation in 2017.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 10) Lots of fly anglers have been fishing from shore lately and have been finding fair to good success. Nymphs and streamers are working well. A fish population survey this week found that both rainbows and wipers are abundant and healthy.

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Misc

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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

No recent reports.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 10) The water is as clear as you will find it all year. Fair to good fishing reported for rainbow trout from 8 to 15 inches with bait, lures, and flies. A fish population survey this week found that rainbows and wipers are in great shape.

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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

(Apr 30) Flows are still high and the water is off-color. Some anglers have had success using nightcrawlers and San Juan worms.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 10) Reservoir capacity is up to 70 percent and steadily rising. Fishing success is starting to pick up for some anglers but still remains spotty overall. The north end seems to be producing a little better. The water is a couple of degrees warmer on that end, which may be helping to increase trout feeding activity. Look for fishing success to continue improving. A fish population survey this week found lots of those 16- to 18-inch rainbows that Otter Creek is famous for. These fish are in great shape, weighing 2 to 3 pounds. We also found a handful of 4-pound wipers, with one pushing six pounds. Wipers have been a little hard to come by – for both anglers and our monitoring surveys – since we started stocking them in 2011. The fish caught in the survey were in great shape and are obviously doing well in the reservoir. It appears we just need to stock more. Anglers are noticing sores and spots on the skin and flesh of rainbow trout caught at Otter Creek. These are caused by parasites attacking the fish during times of high stress, particularly when the water is low and warm in late summer and early fall. Apparently, the parasites were a little worse last year and have persisted through the winter on some fish. Spawning stress may also be contributing to the parasites now. The spots should disappear when conditions get better as the reservoir fills and rainbow trout finish spawning. The meat is safe to eat as long as it is cooked properly.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Apr 30) The docks are in the reservoir and ready to go. Anglers are catching big fish from the shoreline. The lake was stocked a month ago with more than 2,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout. All campgrounds and campsites are now open. The park's fourth annual fishing tournament is scheduled for May 7. See tournament rules and learn how to register. Try using Meps or Jake's spinnerbaits and tip them with PowerBait or nightcrawlers.

Panguitch Lake

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

(Apr 10) The ice is almost gone and should disappear completely on the next windy day. It took a little longer to come off this year due to the thickness and inconsistent weather patterns during the past few weeks. Hungry rainbow, cutthroat and tiger trout are moving in close to shore to feed. Anglers report fair to good fishing this week with black and white marabou jigs, as well as white swim baits and flukes on unweighted hooks. The key to success has been a slow retrieve as the fish work out of their winter sluggishness. Tipping jigs with a small piece of cut bait (chub, sucker, frozen minnow) also helps trigger a few more bites. Still fishing has been a little tougher because of the dense weeds that grew up last summer and haven't completely broken off yet. A few folks have also reported seeing dead fish near the dam. This has occurred regularly during the low water levels of the last few years. These fish died from low oxygen levels in a small area near the dam as the ice started to melt. Winterkill is not widespread, and this die-off will have no impact on fish populations or fishing success.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Payson Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) The Nebo Loop road is still closed. It is scheduled to reopen around Memorial Day. A section of the road has sunk about five feet below its original level, and the road is impassable right now.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Apr 30) Anglers reported slow to fair fishing, but the fish caught were mostly larger bass. The wind and stormy weather kept most of the boats off and fishing slow, however Pelican responds to three or four days of warm spring weather. As the water warms a bit, the fish get active and that's why we saw the bass and a few bluegill landed over the last couple of weeks.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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

(Apr 30) Water levels continue to increase, though the water is very murky with low visibility. Angling pressure is still very light, but it's starting to increase. One angler hooked into a nice muskie at Geertsen Bay.

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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

(Apr 10) The reservoir was mostly drained last summer for irrigation needs. It is unknown how many fish were lost.

Porcupine Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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Price River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Provo River

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

(Apr 30) Lower: The best fishing occurs around midday, and BWO hatches are very consistent with the warmer temperatures. Size 18 seems to be working well, and both sow bugs and San Juan worms are a great choice for this stretch of the river. Flows are increasing slowly to their spring/summer levels, ranging from 169 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek, to 43 cfs near Harbor Drive. Please keep in mind that all Utah Lake tributaries west of I-15 are closed until 6 a.m. on May 7.

Middle: The fish are honing in on the emerging patterns in size 18. Midge hatches are hit or miss, but try fishing the mid-afternoon hours. Nymphs (size 22 and smaller) will be still be good at midday. Some outfitters have reported seeing stoneflies in sizes 10–12. Flows are increasing for the spring season, with current levels near 163 cubic feet per second (cfs), with flows near the Jordanelle release at 205 cfs and the average at Charleston with flows around 208 cfs. Be cautious around any fast-flowing water.

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Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 10) Rainbow trout are still providing fair success for shore anglers using Powerbait. Water temperature is getting into the upper 50s, and bass activity is increasing.

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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

(Apr 23) A new rule is in place to protect the recently stocked yellow perch and black crappie, the future of the Red Fleet fishery. All yellow perch and crappie must be released immediately. These fish are our breeding stock, and they are few in number. The rotenone treatment to remove all fish was accomplished in October 2015. In November, we began restocking the reservoir with eight-inch cutthroat and rainbow trout and five-inch wipers. Just over 1,000 yellow perch and 150 crappie were added to create breeding populations. Roughly 750,000 sterile walleye fry have been stocked, with more to come in the next few weeks. Wipers, black crappie and mountain whitefish are also scheduled for this spring and summer. Fathead minnows (as prey species) will also be stocked as they become available in 2016. The whitefish, crappie and perch will provide a forage base and fishing opportunities. Colorado River cutthroat trout will continue to be stocked in Bush Creek — which flows into Red Fleet — so some of these fish and the naturally reproducing brown trout found in Brush Creek should provide additional fishing opportunities.

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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

(Apr 30) Anglers report good fishing for nice rainbows. Bank fishing is best at the southeast end near the Weber River inlet. PowerBait works best. Anglers fishing from float tubes are doing well trolling with woolly buggers. Boat anglers are doing best trolling along the east shore near Twin Coves Campground and directly across the lake on the west shore. Trolling using Rapalas in perch patterns works well. Typically mornings are the best time to fish, but the storms have changed things up a bit. The tagged fish contest ends Saturday and there are still four big tags to be caught!

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Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) Try using spinnerbaits, Jake's lures or garlic PowerBait. Good spots to fish include the boat ramp, the area near the bridge or the docks inside the park. Use crankbaits or floating Rapalas to catch bass near the vegetation. Be aware that the annual Salem Pond fishing day will occur on May 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 pm. We excpect about 1,400 students (plus volunteers) that day, so please plan accordingly.

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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

(Apr 10) The water temperature is getting close to 60 degrees and bass are moving in to the shallows. Fishing has been steadily improving, and bass are being caught at all depths. Afternoon is typically the best time to fish since that is when the water is warmest. Avoid any windy day because that also cools the water.

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Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) The reservoir is ice free. You can launch boats and fish from the shore at all public beachfronts. Anglers are catching big trout using whole chubs skewered with large bait hooks and fished on the bottom. The larger the bait, the larger the potential catch. The downside is that the bigger the bait, the lower the catch rate. Small pieces of chubs, worms and salmon eggs attract smaller trout, as well as chubs. Scofield is a good fishery for fishing mentors, parents and grandparents that want fast action for youngsters, who don't care if they are catching a trout or chub. On April 22, Jackson Harrison reported slow fishing. After fishing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., he had caught one rainbow. Although he tried many lures and baits, he caught the trout using PowerBait.

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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

(Apr 30) Winds and storms kept many anglers home, but during the brief periods of calm weather, anglers reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and some nice browns. Not much action on walleye, bass or yellow perch. Roughly 100,000 kokanee (2-inch fingerlings) were stocked in early March as an experimental stocking. Boat ramps are accessible.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 30) Anglers have reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and a few browns from both shore and boats. A few anglers have started to catch bass and we've heard our first reports of bluegill. Both bass and bluegill are still deep. The water temperatures are in the mid 40s and getting higher. Try natural and artificial baits from shore or casting/trolling brightly colored spoons or crank baits along the rocky shorelines.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Apr 30) The lake is almost ice free! Docks will be going in at the marina over the next three weeks, with rental boats available as of this weekend. Roads are clear to the Renegade side of the reservoir. Be aware of floating ice sheets. The fish are hungry and actively feeding. The fishing has been extremely good. Try dark-colored leeches, marabou jigs, jerkbaits and spinners and tip them with chub meat or PowerBait. Check with Strawberry Bay Marina at 435-548-2261 for the most recent updates. The reservoir is currently 73 percent full.

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Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Apr 10) Access to Solomon Basin is good from Emery County. There are a few muddy spots in the road. The ice is off those lakes and fishing is good.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) The daily limit is now 8 fish at Tibble Fork Reservoir. This change will remain in place through June 30, 2016. The reservoir has begun the draining process to make repairs. Limits have been increased to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. As of this week, fishing was still good and steady. Try using spinnerbaits tipped with worms or white Curly Tail jigs. The Alpine Loop and the road to Silver Lake Flat are still closed for travel. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon.

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Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Uinta Lakes

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

(Apr 22) There is about 50 inches of snow at Trial Lake. The rivers have come up a little bit. Most of the lakes are still capped under unstable ice.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 30) Anglers are catching healthy-sized walleye, especially at night. They're using plastic Curly Tail jigs, crankbaits and smaller swimbaits/shadraps. Continue to use caution when launching your boats out of the Lincoln Beach marina — water levels are still very low. Caution: There is a large rock near the Lincoln Beach marina launch that has ruined a few propellers. It is in the middle, straight off the end of the ramp you walk down. Pull your boats to the end with your motor away from the middle. Largemouth bass are becoming active along the shorelines, and you might catch a stray crappie near the rocks on Rat-L-Traps. Also, try throwing a white Curly Tail grub, tipped with a nightcrawler. Some active catfish are also feeding, so try fishing the lake bottom. The campground is still closed. Check out lake conditions on the live video feed. The lake is rising and is currently 56 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 30) The river is running high and muddy because of recent rain and snowmelt. Die-hard anglers are out using larger streamers in the faster water. The water above the confluence with Lost Creek is running clear. Scuds, hare's ear and pheasant tail nymphs seem to produce decent results. Dry flies, like a smaller blue-wing olive or a pale morning dun, were also used. Law enforcement officers are still running into many anglers who are trespassing on posted private property. Remember, you need written permission to fish waters that flow through posted private property. A free Walk-in Access authorization number is required, too. Please respect all private property. Clean up after yourself and others.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 10) Catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked this week and should provide fair fishing. A recent netting survey found low numbers of rainbow trout that held over from last year, but those fish are large – 18 to 20 inches and 2 to three pounds. All rainbows observed had juvenile bluegill and bass in their stomachs, so try using lures, jigs or flies that will imitate small fish.

Willard Bay

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

(Apr 22) Many anglers are having great success catching fish right now — whether fishing from the shore or from boats. Wipers are the hot fish right now. People are shoulder-to-shoulder at the south inlet channel. Mussels and worms are working well.

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Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 30) The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout in recent weeks, so fishing is hot! Try using spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Jake's lures work great this time of year. Try using spinnerbaits around submerged vegetation to catch largemouth bass. If possible, please voluntarily release the largemouth bass; we use them to control the bluegill populations. Please keep in mind that youth fishing classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

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Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Apr 10) Access is difficult due to snow but should improve in the next two to three weeks.

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Yuba Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Apr 30) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The entire Oasis area is closed throughout April, while some much-needed asphalt and cement work is completed. Please remember that you can still launch your boats at Painted Rocks. Camping and day use is still available at the Beaches, Eagle View and Painted Rocks. Fishing may be good around the docks and the breakwater at Oasis and Painted Rocks. Northern pike fishing is hit or miss with the changing weather conditions, but you might want to try throwing anchovies into open water near the drop-offs and points. You can also try the backs of the bays and near the drop-offs with Maniac minnows, husky jerks and spinnerbaits. Focus on fishing in very shallow water. Perch-colored jigs seem to be the most consistent producers. Walleye fishing should also improve as the water warms up.

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