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Revised 10-20-17


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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

(Oct 14) Several lakes and reservoirs in San Juan County were stocked in September, including Lloyd's Lake and Blanding Reservoir. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch rainbow trout.

(Oct 5) Several lakes and reservoirs in San Juan County were stocked in September, including Lloyd's Lake and Blanding Reservoir. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch rainbow trout at these waters.

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Fishing is reported as fair to good.

(Oct 6) Fishing is reported as fair to good. Trolling gold Jakes Spin-a-lures has worked well lately at Kents Lake for rainbow and tiger trout. Some rainbows are also being caught from shore with Power Bait.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Lower: Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked.

Upper: Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. Also try egg patterns. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries like Merchant Creek.

(Oct 6) Lower: Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked.

Upper: Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. Also try egg patterns. Dont hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries like Merchant Creek.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) The pond was stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout on Sept. 20. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch fish.

(Oct 5) The pond was stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout on Sept. 20. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch fish here.

Regulations

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year as the water cools down and fish get more aggressive. Fair to good fishing can be found across the mountain. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's, and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like night crawlers or cut bait (this is especially effective for large tigers and splake). Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs, and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box.

(Oct 6) Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year as the water cools down and fish get more aggressive. Fair to good fishing can be found across the mountain. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's, and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like night crawlers or cut bait (this is especially effective for large tigers and splake). Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs, and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 5) The reservoir was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout in August and September. Try using PowerBait and night crawlers to catch them.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) 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 night crawlers or salmon eggs.

(Oct 6) 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 night crawlers or salmon eggs.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) Anglers are catching rainbow trout on PowerBait with about four feet of leader on a sunken bubble. Night crawlers and marshmallows have also been effective. The reservoir was last stocked on July 12 with about 2,500 rainbow trout.

(Oct 5) Anglers are catching rainbow trout on PowerBait with about four feet of leader on a sunken bubble. Night crawlers and marshmallows have also been effective. The reservoir was last stocked on July 12 with about 2,500 rainbow trout.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Kingston Canyon: Flow has dropped to 20 cfs with the end of irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

Black Canyon: Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

Upper: The upper East Fork Sevier River and many of its tributaries hold good populations of brown, rainbow, and brook trout. Look for mostly small fish, though an occasional big brown can be caught just above Tropic Reservoir. These streams are perfect for honing your fly fishing skills. Hopper-dropper combos can be particularly effective. Spin fishers can do well with small, flashy spinners. Bait anglers should focus on natural baits like night crawlers and grass hoppers. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in 3-4 years.

(Oct 6) Kingston Canyon: Flow has dropped under 20 cfs with the end of irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

Black Canyon: Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

Upper: The upper East Fork Sevier River and many of its tributaries hold good populations of brown, rainbow, and brook trout. Look for mostly small fish, though an occasional big brown can be caught just above Tropic Reservoir. These streams are perfect for honing your fly fishing skills. Hopper-dropper combos can be particularly effective. Spin fishers can do well with small, flashy spinners. Bait anglers should focus on natural baits like night crawlers and grasshoppers. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. We have also begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in 3-4 years

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Trout fishing should be improving with cooling water temperatures. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good to excellent.

(Oct 6) Trout fishing should start to improve soon with cooling water temperatures. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good to excellent.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Harvest of Kokanee salmon is closed through Nov 30. There are a lot of red Kokanee running up Twin Creek and cruising through the marinas, making for a great viewing opportunity. Fall is a great time to hit Fish Lake as trout get more active and there are less crowds. Rainbow trout are being caught trolling with popgear or Rapalas. Perch fishing is still providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline in 10-15 feet 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. You can also try jigging in 40 to 80 feet for splake, tiger, and larger rainbow trout. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435) 638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.

(Oct 6) Harvest of Kokanee salmon is now closed through Nov 30. There are a lot of red Kokanee running up Twin Creek and cruising through the marinas, making for a great viewing opportunity. Fall is a great time to hit Fish Lake as trout get more active and there are less crowds. Rainbow trout are being caught trolling with popgear or Rapalas. Perch fishing is still 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. You can also try jigging in 40 to 80 feet for splake, tiger, and larger rainbow trout. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435)638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) The water level is coming up and fishing has been good. Anglers report catching nice tiger trout on streamers, flashy lures, and night crawlers.

(Oct 6) The water level is coming up and fishing has been good. Anglers report catching nice tiger trout on streamers, flashy lures, and night crawlers.

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Flow in the upper Fremont (above Mill Meadow) has decreased. The river is also clear in the Bicknell Bottoms, but murky below Highway 12. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

(Oct 6) Flow in the upper Fremont (above Mill Meadow) has decreased. The river is also clear in the Bicknell Bottoms, but murky below Highway 12. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for 2-3 years while these populations establish. Recent surveys have found that fish stocked in 2016 spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (4-6 inches).

(Oct 6) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass - which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for 2-3 years while these populations establish. Recent surveys have found that fish stocked in 2016 spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (4-6 inches).

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Oct 20) Channel catfish and largemouth bass are being caught at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend, up to nine pounds in size. Night crawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

(Oct 6) Channel catfish and largemouth bass are being caught at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend, up to nine pounds in size. Night crawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) The reservoir is now closed to bait fishing until May 2018. Remember that the limit allows 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 and tubes.

(Oct 6) The reservoir is now closed to bait fishing until May 2018. Remember that the limit allows 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 and tubes.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) A recent netting survey found few trout, although a few big cutthroat trout were caught. It appears that water fluctuation in recent years has been pretty hard on the trout we stock 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.

(Oct 6) A recent netting survey found few trout, although a few big cutthroat trout were caught. It appears that water fluctuation in recent years has been pretty hard on the trout we stock here. You have the chance to catch some large fish at Koosharem, but youll 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

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,627 feet Water temperatures: 6568F

The 10-day weather forecast is for calm water and perfect daytime temperatures in the 70s. Fishing has been mixed recently because of wind, dropping temperatures and finicky fish. This will be the last regular report for the year, but my prediction is that fishing will be excellent during the last two weeks of October.

First, the challenges: Fishing has been difficult recently because abundant cover and forage has allowed all sportfish species to eat on their own schedules or not at all. These fish are now accustomed to eating at their leisure with plenty of foragea luxury usually not found in this lake because the normal overpopulation of predators always means fish seeking after prey. The windy conditions resulted in a rapidly dropping water temperature, which was a problem that confused fish and put them off feed at times. Hopefully those negative points are now past history.

Next, the new events: A stable water temperature (in the mid-60s) that is favored by most predators as the most consistent feeding and activity conditions of the entire year. There is an abundant shad and sunfish population that is readily available. The water levels will decline slowly which forces shad to leave the brush sanctuaries and encourages feeding from all the predators. Here is what to expect during the last two weeks of October.

Striped Bass: Right now, shad are hiding in the shallow brushy coves. By November, shad will migrate into deeper water as the water temperature drops. Threadfin shad need stable temperatures and do not like cold water. They seek a constant temperature in 30 to 60 feet of water. Stripers will react to this migration by forming bigger and tighter schools, which will make them easier to see on the graph and catch on spoons. As they make that transition from foraging in small pods in the brush to their normal large school mentality, fishing will improve dramatically.

Until that happens, you can find striped bass by trolling a shad-imitating crankbait while watching the graph looking for small schools and individual stripers. In the northern lake, surface action may happen anytime as more shad are available for stripers to chase.

Smallmouth Bass: Bass are the best angling target now because they are abundant and feeding prolifically at their favorite water temperature. Both large and smallmouth bass love brush that houses the bluegill and sunfish forage that is so abundant in this high-water year. The water temperature will remain at the peak bass activity level during the pleasant days forecast for the remainder of October. Start searching for bass on the prominent points and coves at the mouth of the canyon instead of the shallow water in the back of the cove. There is more shad forage swimming in deeper water (15 to 25 feet) than in the back of the canyon. Bass are currently holding in that deeper water but may move shallower as the lake level and water temperature drops. Bass really like surface lures right now, but will always eat plastic grubs bouncing along the bottom and dancing through the brush piles. Fast moving buzz baits are fun to throw over the brushy shoreline. Treat bass just as if it were springtime by fishing for them in the afternoon as the water warms.

Walleye: These toothy critters are back on the bite now with many being caught in the northern lake on spoons fished at 15 to 25 feet, bottom bouncers trolled slowly at the same depth, and nightcrawlers fished slowly on worm harnesses over main channel points. The magic depth for trolling across treetops or main channel points is 12 feet. Let the walleye diving lure hit bottom at 12 feet, and then catch a fish as it bounces into deeper water.

Crappie: Expect the crappie catch rate to increase dramatically as water temperature continues to decline. Normally the first two weeks of November provide the best crappie fishing of the year. Anglers are catching some crappie right now, and that catch rate will increase over the next three weeks. The most important factor is finding the school. With brush being abundant, look in the back of the canyons where water depth is 12 to 20 feet deep. Drive the boat right into the brushy thicket and then drop crappie jigs straight down below the boat to prevent snagging as you move the jig slowly up and down. It is also possible to fish from the old river channel where the brush begins. Drop jigs to the bottom at the edge of brush where crappie can see the lure while still staying in the brushy confines that they love. Expect to catch a few bluegill while fishing specifically for crappie. Tip the jig with a small worm to target bluegill.

Catfish: You can catch catfish by placing bait on the bottom near the sandy beach behind the boat near camp.

Again, this will be the last regular report for the year. Annual netting starts October 30 and will continue through November 10. I will post random reports on the website through the winter when something good happens. Though, the only time fishing at Lake Powell, isn't good is when you don't go. I will fish all winter and keep you advised of the fishing excitement.

(Oct 14) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,628.12 feet Water temperatures: 6870F

We fished the Escalante early this week with mixed results. Our camp was in 50 Mile Canyon and we fished the canyons near there.

Fishing was slow on Monday afternoon, but we did find two schools of stripers and identified a pattern. The location was in the main Escalante River Channel between Three Roof Ruin and Explorer Canyon. The water depth was 20 to 30 feet in the channel. We fished on points sticking out from shore into the channel. Striper schools were small and appeared to be laying right on the bottom. As we graphed the point from a depth of 25 feet toward the shoreline, we found a small group of fish marks at 17 feet. If we dropped spoons right into the school, we caught a few fish. If the spoon missed the school, we wouldn't catch any. We then ventured further up the channel toward Explorer and saw another point and found the second school by graphing up slope. Again at 17 feet, we saw a tight school on bottom, dropped spoons and caught a few more fish.

No striper boils were seen or reported in the past week.

We had more time to fish on Tuesday. We looked at the sights including La Gorce Arch and Cathedral in the Desert, and both were awesome. We caught a few bass on topwater in the brushy treetops in the backs of the canyons at a channel depth of 9 to 15 feet. Then, as the sun got higher in the sky, the bass quit. Fishing was tough in some very good habitat and locations. We ran down lake as far as Cottonwood Canyon without catching a fish. We headed back toward the Escalante and began trolling and casting along a big rockslide near Hole in the Rock. We caught stubby smallmouth all along the rocky shoreline on a variety of lures. We checked another rocky shoreline to see if this was the only spot they were hitting. No, smallmouth bass turned on everywhere we tried from 2 to 4 p.m. The number of fish we caught immediately went from none to too many.

This reminds me so much of springtime bass fishing pattern, when they will not bite at all in the cool morning and then turn on like crazy as the water warms in the afternoon. With temperatures now in the high 60s, bass behavior is much like it is for pre-spawn fish. Afternoon is definitely the best time to fish, but that feeding period may get longer as weather continues to stabilize and the full moon continues to wane.

Back at camp, we learned that stripers exhibited the same behavior. They did not bite in the morning but, trying the same rocky points after 2 p.m., the stripers took off and we caught 30 fish.

The pattern right now is up to the fish. It is not about the best lure or the best spot. Many different types of spoons, bucktail jigs and medium running crankbaits worked when stripers were active. Nothing worked when they were inactive. During the afternoon primetime, we caught bass using topwater, shallow square bill cranks, rattletraps.

I suspect the same timing will apply to catching fish over the length of the lake this week. If you can only fish for a short time, make sure it is in the afternoon. I feel that fishing will improve in the next few days, as the weather warms and the lake remains calm. Wind tends to mix warm water from the surface with cool water in the depths. That drops the water temperature and slows fishing success. Warming water will improve just as it does in the spring.

We saw fishing improve dramatically in one afternoon. Hopefully that magic two-hour period will get longer and finally last all day. When fishing is tough, just look up and see the beauty and majesty of Lake Powell. It is worth it!

(Oct 5) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,628 feet Water temperatures: 6873F

Fishing success has been well below Lake Powell standards lately, because of the cold weather, wind and dropping water temperatures. The weather is stabilizing and there have been calm mornings and breezy afternoons. Hopefully the 80 degree temperatures forecast for this week will stabilize the water temperature and bring bass, shad and stripers back to the surface.

Shad schools are hiding in shallow brushy water close to shore. Stripers are looking for shad in shallow water, you're more likely to see boils blow up near shore, instead of the open bay. That makes it harder to find surface activity since there are over 2,000 miles of shoreline and only 150 miles of main channel water.

The most consistent method for finding stripers has been graphing and spooning. There are lots of shad balls showing up on the graph in the backs of canyons and in open water layered at about 50 feet. These tight packed fish schools are not stripers. A striper school usually shows a bit of separation between individual fish.

In Neskahi Canyon this week, we found individual stripers that marked a group of 10 fish or less. A spoon dropped right into the striper squad resulted in a catching as many as four fish before the group moved on. The highlight of the trip was a very large group of stripers that showed up as widespread individual fish that were very aggressively chasing shad and spoons. Anglers are catching many of the stripers in 3-6 boats working over the schools at the mouth of Piute Canyon. Anglers caught hundreds of stripers from September 28 to 30. I am not sure if the huge school is still there, but the fish were still biting on Saturday, September 30.

Fishing from Good Hope Bay to Hite has been slow because of weather, but I expect the stripers there will boil and attack spoons as the weather improves. You can still launch at the Primitive Hite ramp, which makes for a short run to find active stripers.

Good fishing was also reported from Bullfrog at Stanton Creek. Shore fishing was best during windy weather, since the desire for stripers is to chase shad hiding close to shore. Fishing will also improve mid-lake as the weather stabilizes.

Smallmouth bass are the most dependable species to target right now. They have also been impacted by cold weather, so you'll need to seek after them like you would in the spring. Wait until water starts to warm at mid-day, and then switch to smallmouth fishing techniques. Fishing plastic grubs and shad-shaped worms on the breaking edge of a rapid drop off should work very well. The high lake level still hides some brush and rock piles in slick rock canyons. Dropping plastic baits down to these typical bass sanctuaries results in quick bites from some very nice-sized bass. Fishing topwater lures during the early morning and late evening hours were bass magnets. I have had some of my best bass memories recently as large bass have attacked my surface lures in the backs of canyons in the southern lake where the water was calm and placid. The big bass jumped well out of the water and then tried to grab the lure on the way down. This experience is actually more memorable if you don't hook the bass. Surface fishing is fun!

I am sure fishing success will be better during the next two weeks than it was the last windy week of September. The water temperature is still hovering around 70 degrees, which is a very favorable fishing temperature. Stripers and smallmouth bass are the best choices now, but walleye, catfish and sunfish are also available if you're in the right place, at the right time.

(Sep 30) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,628 feet Water temperatures: 7074F

Last week, we sampled young fish production in Lake Powell with electrofishing techniques. The windy weather reduced our catch, but we learned about the general success of most fish species. With lots of submerged brush, we expected brush-loving fish like bluegill, crappie and largemouth would be the most abundant species sampled. Bluegill were the most abundant species captured, and black crappie had a strong showing in the northern lake and the San Juan. Smallmouth bass were well represented lakewide and the largemouth bass catch was steady over the length of the lake. The brushy cover that is still submerged has been very beneficial in rebuilding the populations of those fish that anglers really appreciate. Striped bass are more of an open water fish, even at a young age, so they are not captured as easily as bass and crappie during the September shoreline sampling.

Windy conditions over the past week have slowed fishing considerably. It was not easy to fight the waves and catch fish while the wind was blowing hard. The strong winds reduced the water temperature from 77F (last report) to 70F degrees this morning. Fishing slowed down during the windy weather. September is going out like a lion, with more wind and rain forecast. As the weather settles down in October, fishing success will rebound once more even with cooler weather. The best fishing in the spring is at a water temperature from 62-72F. That is repeated in the fall.

For this week, you'll find the best fishing if you graph bottom structure looking for striper schools. Shad have been hiding in the backs of canyons, protected by brush shelters. Stripers are moving in that direction. Open water boils have slowed considerably. Expect to find striper schools in 40 to 80 feet of water, toward the backs of canyons. Stripers periodically come up to feed on shad, and you can see them pushing shad schools along the canyon wall. You can use surface lures to catch them when they're visibly chasing shad, but spoons will be the most effective striper lures this week. Expect to find schools at a common depth. In past years, the best depth to find them has been 60 to 70 feet. When you find a school, remember the depth and look for them at the same depth in other bays or canyons. Striper schools will be very willing to chase your spoons.

Smallmouth bass may be easier to find and catch than stripers. They are in shallower water (10 to 25 feet) holding near the brushy points where tamarisk trees are becoming more visible as the lake level declines. Smallmouth bass are excited about all the tasty little bluegill that we found while electrofishing and are close to their brushy sanctuaries. Bass are running in packs, so when you find one fish there may be a bunch more in the same spot. Shad-shaped worms are working very well. Try either wacky rigged on a dropshot rig or impaled on a leadhead jig. You can catch bass along the entire shoreline of Lake Powell.

Walleye are starting up again and can be caught in the daytime occasionally while fishing for bass and stripers.

Bluegill hide in the submerged treetops, but you can see them in the brush near shore. Find a good-sized bluegill and feed it a live nightcrawler or Berkeley gulp minnow. Youngsters will really enjoy catching sunfish off the back of a houseboat.

Catfish are feeding steadily along the bottom in 10 to 15 feet of water. They like table scraps and will provide a lot of excitement as they join your party at dusk on the sandy beach.

October is often the best weather to cruise and camp at Lake Powell. There are fewer crowds, and water is calm and cool. It might be the best time to camp and fish in 2017.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Good to excellent fishing reported.

(Oct 6) Good to excellent fishing reported.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) The water level has been rising. Fair to good fishing reported for small and medium-sized rainbow and brown trout casting streamers from float tubes. Slow to fair fishing from shore.

(Oct 6) The water level has been rising. Fair to good fishing reported for small and medium-sized rainbow and brown trout casting streamers from float tubes. Slow to fair fishing from shore.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) There have been some dead trout observed lately, though this is fairly typical at Minersville when the water level gets low in late summer. The weather has turned cooler, however, and conditions are improving. Rainbow trout are getting more active and moving in to shore to feed. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown and can be caught trolling or casting topwater lures.

(Oct 6) There have been some dead trout observed lately, though this is fairly typical at Minersville when the water level gets low in late summer. The weather has turned cooler, however, and conditions are improving. Rainbow trout are getting more active and moving in to shore to feed. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown and can be caught trolling or casting topwater lures.

Regulations

Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing. Look for splake to get more active with cooling water temperature.

(Oct 6) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing. Look for splake to get more active as the water cools down in the next few weeks.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Wipers are being caught on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle.

Regulations

Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Irrigation releases have ended and the water level is starting to rise again. Look for trout to start getting more active with cooling water. Anglers have noticed sores and spots on many rainbow trout caught recently. These are caused by parasites that attack when the fish get stressed by warm water. The meat is safe to eat if fully cooked and the sores should disappear once the water cools down in the fall.

(Oct 6) Irrigation releases have ended and the water level is starting to rise again. Look for trout to start getting more active with cooling water in the next few weeks. Anglers have noticed sores and spots on many rainbow trout caught recently. These are caused by parasites that attack when the fish get stressed by warm water. The meat is safe to eat if fully cooked and the sores should disappear once the water cools down in the fall.

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Panguitch Lake

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

(Oct 20) Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair to good from boats. Power Bait, night crawlers, and trolling Rapalas have all produced well. Look for shore fishing to improve once the algae dies off and settles out which could happen any time now. Popular baits like Power Bait and night crawlers work well from shore for rainbows. Large cutthroat and tiger trout can also be caught from shore using cut bait (anchovies, chubs, frozen minnows), as well as tube jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait. Most of the fish caught by this method will be in the slot and must be released, so reduce fighting and handling time. Also, use large single hooks and fish actively to avoid deep hooking. If the fish does swallow the hook, cut the line and release the fish quickly.

(Oct 6) Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair to good from boats. Power Bait, night crawlers, and trolling Rapalas have all produced well. Look for shore fishing to start to improve once the algae dies off and settles out in the next few weeks.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Access to Paragonah Reservoir is open, however, it appears that the trout population has been lost due to intense flooding and ash flow from the Brian Head fire scar.

(Oct 6) Access to Paragonah Reservoir is open, however, it appears that the trout population has been lost due to intense flooding and ash flow from the Brian Head fire scar.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

(Oct 6) 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, as well. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle.

(Oct 6) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle.

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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

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Largemouth bass are very active. Small and medium-sized fish are very abundant around the shorelines and easily caught. Larger fish are found deeper. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive.

(Oct 6) Largemouth bass are very active. Small and medium-sized fish are very abundant around the shorelines and easily caught. Larger fish are found deeper. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Oct 20) Access is good to all areas. Fishing is reported as fair to good.

(Oct 6) Access is good to all areas. Fishing is reported as fair to good.

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

(Oct 6) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) The water level is low, so launch boats at your own risk. 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.

(Oct 6) The water level is getting low, so use caution when launching boats. 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

(Oct 20) Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is open again. It appears that there have been no large losses of fish after the Brian Head Fire although ash flow and fish kills may still happen at any time. Also, it is possible to see flooding across the road any time it rains, so use caution. Anglers are reporting good success thanks to no fishing pressure for much of the summer.

(Oct 6) Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is open again. It appears that there have been no large losses of fish after the Brian Head Fire although ash flow and fish kills may still happen at any time. Also, it is possible to see flooding across the road any time it rains, so use caution. Anglers are reporting good success thanks to no fishing pressure for much of the summer.

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