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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.

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY -- For more information on individual lakes and fish species: Click here for DWR information.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 31) Access is limited by snow. One angler reports that he was able to get to Kent's Lake by snowmobile. Fishing was good and steady during mid day. Lots of small rainbows were caught with a few tigers up to 16 inches mixed in.

(Jan 15) Access is limited by snow, but one angler reported that he was able to get to Kent's Lake on a snowmobile. Fishing was good and steady during mid-day. The angler caught a lot of small rainbows and a few tigers up to 16 inches.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 31) Flows are low and clear, and stealth is needed to avoid spooking fish. Surface ice often forms and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.

(Jan 15) Flows are low and clear. You may need to be stealthy to avoid spooking fish. Surface ice often forms and could make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Blacksmith Fork River

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Feb 5) Anglers are finding success using small nymphs 18 and 20 midge patterns or smaller classic nymphs. Dead drifting small leech patterns under an indicator have been successful. Eggs and San Juan worms are working as top-fly, attractor patterns. Most folks are catching a mix of trout and whitefish. Most trout will be browns because they're experiencing a little bit of post-spawn hunger. The upper stretches of the Blacksmith Fork River are a little more difficult to access because of snow and ice. There is still fishable water in the lower areas.

(Jan 31) Angling pressure has been light recently, but the fishing has been good. Anglers report success using small pheasant tails and midges. Use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out.

(Jan 22) Angling pressure has been light recently, but the fishing has been pretty good. Anglers report success using small pheasant tails and midges. Use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out.

(Jan 15) Angling pressure has been very light this past week, but the fishing has been good. Anglers report success with small pheasant tails and midges during the colder months. Use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Feb 5) Access from the highway to the water's edge has been challenging because of deep snow.

(Jan 28) Ice is 8 to 10 inches thick. Rainbows ranging from 13 to 16 inches long are being caught in about 15 feet of water. Anglers will need to hike through two feet of snow to access the ice. Typical tackle consists of jigs, tube jigs or Kastmasters baited with a worm.

(Jan 15) On Dec. 30, Tony Wright ice fished for 2.5 hours. The ice was 8 to 10 inches thick. Tony caught three rainbows ranging from 13 to 16 inches long. He was fishing with a tube jig tipped with a mealworm in 15 feet of water. On Jan. 8, Conservation Officer TJ Robertson reported fair fishing. Anglers will need to hike through two feet of snow to access the ice. Typical tackle consists of jigs, tube jigs or Kastmasters baited with a worm.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Regulations

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 31) Flows are below 10 cfs. Surface ice often forms in winter and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter due to spring inflow.

(Jan 15) Water flows are below 10 cfs. Surface ice often forms in winter and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen this time of year, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Feb 5) A snow machine is the best way to access and cross the lake right now. Parking on the north end is limited to the pull-outs cleared by snowplows. Expect ice to be 10 inches thick.

(Jan 28) A snow machine is the best way to access and cross the lake right now. Parking on the north end is limited to the pull-outs cleared by snowplows. Expect ice to be 10 inches thick.

(Jan 15) A snow machine is the best way to access and cross the lake right now. Parking on the north end is limited to the pull-outs cleared by snowplows. On Jan. 4, one angler reported snowmobiling from the boat ramp to the dam. He reported the ice to be 10 inches thick. He fished in water that was 20 to 50 feet deep and found the bite to be very light. He used jigs, paddle bugs, Ratfinkies and spoons tipped with wax worms.

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 31) There is a lot of snow at Fish Lake and parking is somewhat limited, though crews are working hard to clear more space. Please leave plenty of space for others and stay off the main road so that plows can get by. Ice thickness is 1416 inches over the entire lake. Fishing is good to excellent with a wide variety of opportunities. Lots of perch and small trout are being caught near the weedline in 1520 feet. Remember that there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake, and you are encouraged to harvest as many as possible. Recently, perch fishing has been best on the north and south ends, as well as the east side, but a little slower on the west shore between the lodge and Bowery Haven. For bigger trout, move out 25 to 45 feet or fish 20 feet down over deep water. You can also catch more trout than perch by suspending your bait a few feet off the bottom. Small, light-colored jigs and ice flies are working best, tipped with meal worms, wax worms and night crawlers. Tipping your jigs with chub or perch meat also helps you catch larger trout. Many anglers are noticing an increase in the numbers and quality of splake this year. Winter is a great time to target lake trout. Fish on the bottom in 80 to 100 feet with large jigs or spoons tipped with cut bait (perch, chub, sucker, minnows). Don't be afraid to try dark colors; they are surprisingly visible at that depth. Sonar can be a real key to seeing the fish and reacting to their behavior. You'll also need a lot of patience. It's pretty typical to catch a few pups and get a couple of hits from larger fish during a day.

(Jan 15) The Fish Lake Perch Tournament will be held on January 30, 2016. Registration is online only this year at http://wildlife.utah.gov/perch-tournament.html. There is a lot of snow and parking is somewhat limited. Crews are working hard to clear more space before the tournament. Please leave plenty of space for others and stay off the main road so that the plows can get by. You can get ATVs and snowmobiles on the ice at Lakeside Marina, but it's very difficult elsewhere because of the snow depth. The ice thickness is 12 to 14 inches on the west side and eight to 10 inches on the east side. Fishing is good to excellent and there are a wide variety of opportunities. Anglers are catching a lot of perch and small trout near the weedline in 15 to 20 feet of water. Remember: there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest as many perch as possible. For bigger trout, try moving out to 25 to 45 feet or fish 20 feet down over deep water. You can catch more trout than perch by suspending your bait a few feet off the bottom. Small, light-colored jigs and ice flies are working best. Tip them with mealworms, waxworms, nightcrawlers or perch meat. Many anglers have reported an increase in the number and quality of splake this year. Winter is a great time to target lake trout. Try fishing on the bottom in 80 to 100 feet with large jigs or spoons tipped with cut bait like perch, chub, sucker or minnow. Don't be afraid to try dark colors as they are surprisingly visible at that depth. Sonar can be key to seeing the fish and reacting to their behavior. You'll also need a lot of patience. It's pretty typical to catch a few pups and get a couple of hits from larger fish during a day's fishing.

Regulations

Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(Feb 5) Fishing is good with streamer/nymph trailer combos. Some anglers are also using terrestrial patterns like ants, crickets and hoppers with a scud or shrimp trailer. The fish are mainly taking the trailer, and the terrestrial is acting as an attractant and strike indicator. For nymphs and streamers, go deep along flow seams and along the shorelines. Try sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations followed by scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles or San Juan worms. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors are always a good option in shallow or deeper water. Try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps in deeper water. Several types of spoons and spinners will also entice fish.

(Jan 28) Fishing with streamer/nymph trailer combos has been good. Some anglers are also using terrestrial patterns like ants, crickets and hoppers with a scud or shrimp trailer. The fish are mainly taking the trailer, and the terrestrial is acting as an attractant and strike indicator. For nymphs and streamers, go deep along flow seams and along the shorelines. Try sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations followed by scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles or San Juan worms. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors are always a good option in shallow or deeper water. Try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps in deeper water. Several types of spoons and spinners will also entice fish.

(Jan 21) Fishing with streamer/nymph trailer combos has been good. Some anglers are also using terrestrial patterns like ants, crickets and hoppers with a scud or shrimp trailer. The fish are mainly taking the trailer. The terrestrial attracts fish and indicates a strike. For nymphs and streamers, go deep along flow seams and along the shoreline with scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles, San Juan worms or streamers sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations, and any 2-3 fly combination of the above. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors are always a good option in shallow or deeper water. Try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps in deeper water.

(Jan 15) Fishing is good with streamers and nymphs, but many anglers are switching to using a terrestrial patterns like ants, crickets and hoppers with a scud or shrimp trailer. Fish are mainly taking the trailer. The terrestrial acts as an attractant and strike indicator. For nymphs and streamers, fish deep along flow seams and along the shorelines using scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles or San Juan worms. You may also want to try streamers like sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations, or any two- to three-fly combination of the above. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors are another good option at any depth. If you are in deeper water, try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps. Several types of spoons and spinners will also entice fish.

Regulations

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Feb 5) An auger extension will be needed to drill through thick ice, which is blanketed by snow that deepens with each new storm system.

(Jan 28) Huntington (aka Mammoth Reservoir) continues to attract a relatively modest number of anglers who are willing to drill a little deeper. One recent group landed a 17-inch cutthroat using a small Rapala.

(Jan 15) Fishing pressure has been moderate at this waterbody (also known as Mammoth Reservoir). Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black recommends using a Kastmaster attractant over a jig tipped with a worm, mealworm or wax worm.

Regulations

Jordanelle Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Feb 5) The Jordanelle Quadfishalon will be hosted at the Hailstone Marina on Feb. 6. See the Jordanelle State Park Facebook page or the state park website for more details. Rangers report about eight to 12 inches of ice near the main ramp and north arm. Ice in the Rock Cliffs area is about five to 10 inches thick. Ice is around five inches thick near the middle of the reservoir, but it is very thin near the dam. Use extreme caution. Anglers report that the fishing is decent in the Rock Cliffs area, but be prepared for slush. There is still self-contained camping at the main marina parking lot, where you will find an open, heated restroom. Try paddlebugs or hot-pink Ratfinkees tipped with bait. The reservoir is currently 56 percent full.

(Jan 22) Rangers report that the entire north arm is covered in about eight inches of ice. The ice in the Rock Cliff area is reportedly seven inches thick. Anglers report that fish are biting, but it's slow. Use extreme caution. There is a lot of open water near the dam, but it is ice locked. Try paddle bugs or hot pink Ratfinkees tipped with bait. The reservoir is 56 percent full. There is still self-contained camping at the main marina parking lot with an open, heated restroom.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

No recent reports.

Logan River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Feb 5) Small nymphs are the name of the game right now size 18 and 20 midge patterns or smaller classic nymphs. Anglers have also had some luck dead drifting small leech patterns under an indicator. Eggs and San Juan worms have also been working as top-fly, attractor patterns. Most folks are catching a mix of trout and whitefish. Most trout will be browns because they're experiencing a little bit of post-spawn hunger. The upper stretches of the Logan are a little more difficult to access because of snow and ice. There is still fishable water in the lower areas.

(Jan 31) Angling pressure has been light, but the fishing has been pretty good. Anglers report success using small pheasant tails and midges during the colder months. Use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out.

(Jan 22) Angling pressure has been light, but the fishing has been pretty good. Anglers report success using small pheasant tails and midges during the colder months. Use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out.

(Jan 15) Angling pressure has been very light this past week, but the fishing has been good. Anglers report success with small pheasant tails and midges during the colder months. Use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 31) Anglers report 610 inches of ice. Fishing is fair, with some really nice rainbows caught.

(Jan 15) Anglers report six to 10 inches of ice. Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching a lot of really nice rainbows.

Regulations

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Feb 5) Few anglers have been fishing the river lately. The river is mostly free flowing with a few areas that are covered in ice. Use caution when venturing out.

(Jan 31) Angling pressure continues to be light. Ice shelves are scattered along the shore and are slippery. Anglers report success using smaller nymphs and midge patterns. Please use extreme caution when venturing out.

(Jan 22) Angling pressure continues to be light. Ice shelves are scattered along the shore and are slippery. Anglers report success using smaller nymphs and midge patterns. Please use extreme caution when venturing out.

(Jan 15) Angling pressure continues to be very light. Ice shelves are scattered along the shores and are very slippery. Anglers report success with smaller nymphs and midge patterns. Please use extreme caution when venturing out.

Regulations

Price River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Provo River

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

(Feb 5) Please plan ahead and use caution along slippery shorelines. Mid-morning to mid-afternoon are the best times to fish. You should see fish rising as the temperatures warm and the midges hatch. Try throwing dry flies and nymphs. Water levels are holding steady from 99 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 62 cfs near Harbor Drive.

(Jan 22) Please plan ahead and use caution along slippery shorelines. Mid-morning to the mid-afternoon are still the best times to fish. You should see fish rising as the temperature rises, causing a midge hatch. Use caution around any ice forming on the shorelines. Water levels range from 102 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek, to 78 cfs near Harbor Drive.

Regulations

Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Feb 5) Fishing for chubs has been fast. Anglers hoping to replenish their stock of meaty bait will find plenty. Kids who aren't fussy about the kind of fish they catch will have great fun. Trout fishing is fair. Most trout will be cutthroats in the 9 to 13 inch range. Weights start at quarter pound. A few 6 to 7 pound cutthroats remain in the reservoir, but they are difficult to find and catch. Rainbow and tiger trout comprise a small percentage of the catch. Most will be 13 inches or less. Occasionally a tiger that exceeds the slot limit will be iced. The dam arm is the most popular fishing destination, followed by the vicinity of the Madsen Bay boat ramp.

(Jan 28) Most trout coming through the ice range from 9 to 13 inches and weigh 1/4 pound or a little more. Cutthroats are the most frequently caught species; tigers and rainbows less frequently. They typically run in the same size range but weigh a little more than cutthroats. Try fishing for trout in 3 to 5 feet of water and using large chunks of chub meat on a jighead. Chub fishing has been good with small ice flies and a piece of worm. Chubs can be caught at a variety of water depths just off the bottom.

(Jan 15) The Scofield ice fishing tournament took place on Jan. 2. The winning rainbow trout measured 14 inches and was caught by Brian Jensen. Chad Ward caught 181 chubs to win the Most Chubs category. Most anglers considered fishing slow, and chubs outnumbered trout. The best place to catch trout was in the dam cove. The best place for chubs was north of the island. The most popular baits for all fish were jigs, tube jigs or ice flies tipped with a piece of worm. Conservation Officer JD Abbott suggests that anglers fish in shallow water near the shoreline, if they want to target trout and avoid chubs. In general, larger tackle will hook more trout than chubs. On Dec. 19, one angler posted a report on the Utah Fishing Forum, saying his son caught a 29.5 inch, 10 pound tiger trout in the dam cove. They were fishing in 12 feet of water, using a jammin' jig and wax worm.

Regulations

Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Feb 5) Be prepared to encounter slush under the snow. The ice is a solid seven inches thick near Soldier Creek. Use extreme caution, especially near the shorelines. Fish early in the morning for the best bite, and keep in mind that the bite is very light. White paddlebugs, gidgets, Ratfinkees, glow tube jigs and pink gizzy bugs (all tipped with PowerBait, mealworms or earthworms) have been very successful. All roads are closed, except the road to Strawberry Bay Marina, so plan on bringing snowmobiles for travel. Check with Strawberry Bay Marina at 435-548-2261for the most recent updates. The reservoir is currently 72 percent full.

(Jan 22) Ice fishing is pretty inconsistent. The ice is a solid 10 to 12 inches around the marina and near the ladders. Use extreme caution, especially near shorelines. White paddle bugs, gidgets, Ratfinkees, glow tube jigs and pink gizzy bugs tipped with PowerBait, mealworms and earthworms have worked very well. All roads (except the road to Strawberry Bay Marina) are closed, so plan on bringing snowmobiles for travel. Call with the Strawberry Bay Marina at 435-548-2261for the most recent updates.

The reservoir is currently 72 percent full.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Jan 31) Access to Solomon Basin is typically possible through the winter from Emery County, but you'll likely need four-wheel-drive. Ice fishing is typically good if you can get there.

(Jan 15) Ice fishing is typically good, if you can get there. You can access Solomon Basin from Emery County, but you'll likely need a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Feb 5) Anglers report that the ice is about four inches thick, but it's a bit slushy. Try using Ratfinkees, paddlebugs or ice flies tipped with bait (nightcrawlers or mealworms). Remember that the daily limit has been increased to eight fish. This change will remain in effect through June 30, 2016, but the reservoir will be drained as early as April 1 to make repairs. Limits have been increased to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost when the reservoir is drained. Please use extreme caution on the ice. The Alpine Loop and the road to Silver Lake Flat are now closed for travel. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon.

(Jan 22) The reservoir will be drained as early at April, 2016 to make repairs to the outlet works, upgrade Tibble Fork Dam to meet dam safety and seismic standards and increase water storage. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. The daily limit has been increased to eight fish. This change will remain in effect until June 30, 2016. Please use extreme caution if you're venturing out in the ice. The Alpine Loop is now closed for travel. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon throughout the week.

Regulations

Uinta Lakes

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

(Feb 5) Trial Lake is buried under about 55 inches of snow. The gate is closed at mile marker 15, requiring snowmobiles to access the lake. Angling pressure is fair. This is a great time to visit the Uintas.

(Jan 31) You'll find about 55 inches of snow at Trial Lake. The gate is closed at mile marker 15, which means you'll need a snowmobile to access the lake after that point. Angling pressure is fair.

(Jan 22) Snow depth in the Uintas is about 60 inches. All the lakes are frozen and many folks are fishing. Roads are plowed up to mile marker 15. Snow machines are recommended after that.

(Jan 15) With the recent storms, there are about 60 inches of snow in the Uintas. All the lakes are frozen, and many people are fishing. The roads are plowed up to mile marker 15. After that point, you'll need a snow machine to access many of the lakes.

Regulations

Weber River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Feb 5) The river is mostly open with flowing water, but there are a few areas covered with ice. Use caution when venturing out.

(Jan 31) The river has opened up again in many spots. Ice shelves are scattered along the shores and are very slippery. Anglers report success with smaller nymphs and midge patterns. Please use extreme caution when venturing out.

(Jan 22) The river has opened up again in many spots. Ice shelves are scattered along the shores and are very slippery. Anglers report having success using smaller nymphs and midge patterns during the cold winter months. Please use extreme caution when venturing out.

(Jan 15) The river has opened up again in many spots, but ice shelves are scattered along the shores and are very slippery. Anglers report success with smaller nymphs and midge patterns during the cold winter months. Please use extreme caution when venturing out.

Regulations

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.













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