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Revised 08-18-17

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Abajo Mountain

Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Trout fishing slows down during the heat of summer.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Fishing is fair to good. For rainbow and tiger trout at Kent's Lake, anglers report that trolling gold Jake's Spin-a-lures have worked well. Some anglers are catching rainbows from the shore with PowerBait.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout


(Aug 17) Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should be fair.


Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) The pond was stocked with 500 rainbow trout on July 12. To catch them, try using spinners, worms or PowerBait. You might also catch fish using fly patterns, such as leeches, bead heads and soft hackle flies.

(Aug 4) Benches Pond was stocked with 500 rainbow trout on July 12. Try using spinners, worms and PowerBait to catch these recently stocked fish. You might also catch fish using fly patterns, like leeches, beadheads and soft hackle flies.


Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Fishing is fair to good across the mountain. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait — this is especially effective for large tiger and splake trout. Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials and beadhead nymphs, along with your favorite dry patterns. Most of the Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box.


Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) The reservoir was stocked on July 12 with 400 rainbow trout. The rainbows were about 10 inches long. PowerBait, night crawlers and spinners are a safe bet to catch them.

(Aug 4) On July 12, Boulger was stocked with 400 rainbow trout averaging almost 10 inches. PowerBait, nightcrawlers and spinners are a safe bet.


Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches. Fishing is good with dry flies, terrestrials and nymphs. Spin fishers should use flashy spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, Blue Fox) or natural baits like nightcrawlers or salmon eggs.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) In July, the reservoir was stocked with 2,500 rainbow trout. Try using spinners, PowerBait and worms to catch them.

(Aug 4) The reservoir was stocked with 2,500 rainbow trout during July. Try fishing using spinners, PowerBait and worms.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout


(Aug 17) The water flow has increased to 200 cfs because of irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Fishing is difficult at this flow level.


Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass


(Aug 17) Trout fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass fishing is good to excellent. Anglers have observed some dead trout, which is a result of the warm water temperature. This does not mean, however, that all the trout are gone. Most are able to escape the heat by going deep.

Fish Lake

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


(Aug 17) The typical summer fishing pattern continues. Fishing is best in the morning and evening. You can catch rainbow trout while trolling or bait fishing from a boat. Perch fishing is providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline and fish with small jigs tipped with nightcrawler. Remember that there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest all the perch that you catch. Kokanee anglers report fair to good fishing for fat salmon measuring 14 to 15 inches by trolling dodgers and squids tipped with Gulp maggots at 30 to 40 feet in depth. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort 435-638-1040 before you go to check current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.


Forsyth Reservoir

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


(Aug 17) Anglers report good fishing for nice-sized tiger trout by casting streamers from a boat or fishing nightcrawlers from the shore.

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout


(Aug 17) The water flow in the upper Fremont has increased.

Gunlock Reservoir

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


(Aug 17) Recent surveys have found that fish that were stocked in 2016 have spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (between four and six inches).


Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Aug 17) Anglers are catching channel catfish and largemouth bass at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey in Gunnison Bend found a good number of catfish up to nine pounds in size. Nightcrawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Bait fishing is allowed until September 9. Remember: the limit allows the harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches — all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. Fishing is fair to good for fly and lure anglers fishing from boats. Bait fishing is slower.


Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) A recent netting survey found few trout, although there were a few big cutthroat trout. It appears that water fluctuation in recent years has been pretty hard on the trout stocked here. You have the chance to catch some large fish at Koosharem, but you'll have to put in plenty of time. Rainbow trout have been stocked this year.

Lake Powell

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



(Aug 17) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,633 feet Water temperatures: 79–83°F

Lake Powell is still warm on the surface (79–83°F), active stripers are sporadically boiling lakewide and smallmouth fishing is improving dramatically.

Striped bass are boiling over the length of the lake. The boils are larger and last longer from the mouth of the San Juan to Hite. There are commonly many schools that come to the surface and feed on shad for extended periods occurring both morning, mid-day and evening. When stripers are actively feeding on top, it is possible for anglers to stay within casting range of the schools as they pop up and down often. Sometimes they come up out of range, but other times they are close enough to make a short cast and catch many fish in a short time. One group of anglers caught over 100 stripers during a morning of fishing.

Be aware, though, that stripers often take a day off. They can boil prolifically in one spot two days in a row and then be missing completely on the third day. When they don't show up, spend time looking for another active group. Heading north from Bullfrog may be the best way to find another active school, but boils occur randomly and can be hard to predict. When stripers do not come to the surface as expected, keep a rod ready to cast while traveling up or down the lake. When the fish start to boil, get in range quickly and cast to the feeding fish. They will go down quickly and then pop back up close to spot where first seen. It is wise to travel in a pattern between the spots where you've previously seen boils. Stripers can miss a day and then come back up in the same spot where they were found a few days ago.

The boil pattern in the southern lake is very similar to that reported uplake. The exception is that boils are less abundant, quicker and the fish take more days off. On my trips uplake, I often see a few quick boils in only a spot or two. I can catch 10 to 20 fish instead of 50 to 100.

The great news lakewide is that smallmouth bass are feeding actively and are easy to catch. They were missing in action during the first part of the month. The declining lake level has allowed them to find the habitat and forage they like and to stay in it. Their prime location is along a shallow shoreline covered with brush. It is possible to find smallmouth along the tall main channel walls or in rocky coves, but the most consistent spot is along sandy flats with brush. I took my young grandson fishing and trolled along the brushy shoreline of West Canyon and Neanderthal with a lure that ran at 12 feet over the brushy bottom at 20 feet. Smallmouth were holding near the tree tops and were very excited to attack my shad lure (2.5-inch Live Target, Threadfin Shad Silver Bronze) as it swam past their bush. He caught a lot of bass.

Trolling over tree tops is a great way to find walleye as well. Now that shad are abundant, it is best to fish for walleye at first and last light. Walleye prefer to feed at night in summer conditions, but they are fat and healthy and you can catch them by trolling and casting.

Catfish are another night prowler. They are easy to catch off a sandy beach near camp or where your houseboat is parked for the night. Fish using some table scraps on a (#4) circle hook behind the boat.

Bluegill and green sunfish are active now and often use a parked houseboat for shade. Take the kids to the back of the houseboat. Put a Gulp Minnow or small worm on a tiny hook and catch some sunfish. There are still lots of things to do at Lake Powell.

(Aug 11) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,633.9 feet Water temperatures: 79–83°F

The lake's water level is declining slowly. It would be great if the lake stayed at or above the current level forever, but there are some advantages to declining water levels in the late summer and fall. First, the flotsam the rushed downstream with the huge runoff will be stranded on the shore, making boating much safer. Next, clean sandy beaches will be increasingly available for shore camping and daily visits to the lake.

Most important to me, with my total focus on fishing success, is that it's easier to identify fish habitat and which fish should be in each type of habitat. Bass anglers are habitat oriented as they search for the best structure that will hold the fish they want to catch. Largemouth bass are often in thick brush in relatively shallow water. Smallmouth bass will be prowling along the edges of a brushy ridge or cove. As the water declines, those habitats will be easier to find and then successfully fish.

This week, rocky points that extend out into the bay (primary points) — separated by a cove or indented shoreline — were the common smallmouth habitat. Smallmouth bass were consistently holding on the points and ignoring the coves. Focus on fishing the primary points, and ignoring the coves and shoreline, to catch a lot of bass. I caught a few nice smallmouth bass while fishing open water reefs looking for striper boils.

Stripers are also starting to follow the rules established over the years. Normally, stripers chase shad to the surface at first light in the morning and go quiet after about 9 a.m. We left Stateline ramp at first light, ran uplake and found boiling stripers in Warm Creek, Face Canyon, Gregory Butte main channel and mouth of Rock Creek. We did not stay long at any one spot because we wanted to see how far uplake the boils persisted.

We found stripers were still feeding quickly and stayed on top less than a minute. We ran to the feeding spot and hoped to be close enough to catch fish when the school resurfaced. If we were in range, then we caught fish. If not, we repositioned and hoped that the fish would come back in range. Our best success came when the boat was in range for the second uprising. We didn't catch many stripers when we tried the third boil from the same school. Surface lures worked better than shallow runners and spoons. Remember that as soon as the school leaves the surface, it dives for deeper water. If the school appears on the graph, you can catch more fish by dropping a small, heavy spoon to the depth indicated. One-ounce white or speckled Bomber slab spoons have been working well on the fleeing stripers.

Stripers in the southern lake are still feeding closer to the main channel than the back of the canyon. There are many more shad schools holding in the backs of the canyons, but stripers are gradually working toward the back and seem content to stay in open water until the shad disappear, at which time they will head further back in the canyon. For now, stripers are in the bays and you can see them from the main channel and main canyon mouths.

The best boil reports this week were in the main channel between the Escalante Arm and Halls Creek. The San Juan was great as well. I heard few reports from the northern lake, so the results were inconclusive. I would not be afraid to head north to Good Hope to find boiling stripers.

The only other fishing technique that was successful lakewide is downrigger trolling. Stripers quit boiling at 9 a.m. and can start up again anytime they want. When they are not boiling, they hold at 30 to 50 feet. Downriggers can deliver a shad-shaped lure to stripers at their holding depth, so you can catch them all day long while waiting for next boil. The afternoon wind prevents boils, but downriggers can overcome that as well.

(Aug 4) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,634 feet Water temperatures: 81–85°F

If you're shopping for the best deal on striper boils at Lake Powell, the answer is simple: the far north lake. The area from Good Hope Bay (Buoy 118) to Trachyte Canyon (Buoy 125) is the most productive. There are boils occurring every day over the length of the lake, though, so it is possible to find them anyplace and anytime. But if you asked me for a list of the top 5 boiling spots, it would look like this:

Good Hope to Trachyte
San Juan–Cha Canyon to Great Bend
Escalante River Arm
Rincon to Forgotten Canyon
Face Canyon to Rainbow Bridge

Wind, rain and sunshine are all factors that influence boiling activity. Wind tends to keep stripers from boiling, but when it stops the hungry stripers like to make up for lost time and feed very aggressively. Rain may keep anglers off the lake, but stripers can easily ignore rain because they are already wet! When the sun is shining brightly from dawn to dark, stripers choose their own best time to feed. They may start chasing shad at first light or sleep in until 8 a.m. before feeding. My plan, when looking for boils, is to head out at first light and cover a lot of water during the first three hours of daylight. If you don't see any boils, that makes it more likely that surface action will occur in the evening. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees.

I live near the number five rated boil spot on the lake, so I am reporting for that area. Other canyons uplake are better for boils and fish caught, but similar in how to find and catch them.

Today, I headed out at first light and found a breeze blowing. According to my rules, that's not good for finding surface action. When I got to the choppy water in Padre, I stopped and trolled along the east wall in the shade. The result was one smallmouth and one striper caught in 15 minutes. That is too slow for me. The wind let up a bit, so we moved to Face Canyon.

Surface feeding stripers were in the same bay where we found them last week. The boils were very quick, averaging about 25 seconds from beginning to end. If we moved close enough to the previous boil and they came back up again in casting range, then we would catch a fish. Usually we arrived at the boil with the water still trembling on top, but the fish were gone. We chased five or six quick boils, caught four fish and moved on.

At Buoy 25, we saw a quick rise now and then but never got in casting range. We didn't see or catch any fish at the mouth of West and Dove, so we went to Friendship Cove. It was calm and quiet there, but no fish. We got a report from a wave runner Captain that there had been a huge boil there at 7 a.m. We missed it.

We decided to take one look in Rock Creek and then head back. It was 10 a.m. and way too late for morning boils. The mouth of the three Rock Creeks has been a good boil spot over the years, so we went there. We were very surprised to see the biggest boil of the morning against the wall between Main Rock and Middle Rock. Then the fish came up in the middle of the bay. The next boil was on the east wall of Dry Rock. This bay was the best spot of the day and we quickly caught 20 fish on topwater lures in less than an hour.

Surface feeding stripers can come up at any time or place. The shad in their stomachs were two to three inches long, which means these fish need to boil to catch fast moving shad. They go down quickly because the surface temperature of the water is 84 degrees, which was too warm for the two- to three-pound stripers to stay on top for long. They dive quickly to deep water to cool off, and then pop back up again to eat more shad. We haven't seen stripers in the superb physical condition of those we caught today since 2016. They are fat again.

We saw many, and caught a few, smallmouth bass in the rock slide areas of Rock Creek. As the lake level declines, bass fishing will get back to normal with bass occupying habitat that is easy to find.

Fishing success is amazing! When you stick with it and keep trying, the result is a fun day of fishing, a good catch and the memorable red rock walls and blue water. I love this place!


Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Fishing is good to excellent.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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


(Aug 17) Fishing is fair to good for small- and medium-sized rainbow and brown trout when casting streamers from float tubes. Fishing is slow to fair from the shore.


Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass


(Aug 17) Trout fishing has slowed down in the heat of the summer. You can catch come trout by trolling in deep water. Also look for hatches in the early morning and late evening. Smallmouth bass are active and you can catch them on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown, and you can can catch them by trolling or casting topwater lures. Our annual monitoring survey found a fair number of fat, healthy rainbow trout. Fish in the 17- to 22-inch range are readily available. Wipers are also doing fantastic, and there is an abundance of four- to six-pound fish. We also saw a few larger wipers, up to eight pounds


Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)


(Aug 17) Anglers are catching wipers fishing at night from the shore with anchovies or other cut bait. Smallmouth bass are active, and you can catch them on crayfish-imitating tackle.


Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout


(Aug 17) The water level is dropping with irrigation releases, but the reservoir is still 68 percent full. Trout head for deeper water during the summer, so the best fishing right now will be from boats — either trolling or bait fishing. If you're fishing from shore, focus on steeper shorelines around the south end and state park. Anglers who have caught rainbow trout have noticed sores and spots on some of the fish. These are caused by parasites that attack when the fish get stressed by warm water. The meat is safe to eat if it's fully cooked and the sores should disappear once the water cools down in the fall.


Panguitch Lake

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

(Aug 17) Trout have moved to deeper water because of the warm temperatures, so fishing is best from a boat. Many anglers are bait fishing from boats and doing well for rainbow trout. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait are producing best. You can also troll lures and flies and catch plenty of fish.


Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Access to Paragonah Reservoir is open. It appears, however, that the trout population has been lost due to intense flooding and ash flow from the Brian Head fire scar.


Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. A recent netting survey found that improvements to the water delivery system improved overwinter survival and there are plenty of holdover rainbow and cutthroat trout. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.


Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout


(Aug 17) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See the Sand Hollow report for technique and tackle recommendations. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and the pleasure boat traffic.


Redmond Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike

No recent reports.

Sand Cove Reservoirs

Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass



(Aug 17) Largemouth bass are very active and various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The Ned rig is increasingly popular and productive this year. The Ned rig is half a Senko threaded on a jig head. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swimbaits, spinner baits, dropshots and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.


Thousand Lakes Mountain


(Aug 17) Access is good to all areas. There are no recent reports, but fishing should be fair to good.

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should be fair.

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Largemouth bass and bluegill are active and providing good to excellent fishing using jigs and minnow imitations. We began introducing black crappie this spring in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn next spring.

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.


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