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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

(May 15) Access is improving. Rainbow trout will soon be stocked in Little Reservoir. Indian Creek Reservoir will not be stocked this year because of low water levels and unsafe road conditions.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 15) Tread lightly to avoid spooking fish in the low water. Recent surveys found some nice brown and rainbow trout. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were recently stocked.

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

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 11) The pond is ice-free and will be stocked for spring in the next week or two.

Regulations

Blacksmith Fork River

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 22) There have been very few anglers fishing the river this week because of the rain.

(May 14) When the river was checked on May 12, fishing was pretty good. The flows are good and the water is a little off-color because of recent rain. Anglers are having success using blue wing olives and other nymphs. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson for that report.

(May 8) When the river was checked on May 6, fishing was very good. Some blue-wing olives have started hatching, and anglers are having success with blue wing olives, caddis flies and stone flies and nymphs near the edges of the river. With the increase in temperatures, salmon flies should be hatching very soon.

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

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 15) You can now access north-slope lakes with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Be very careful on snowpacked and muddy roads. Remember that ATVs can do a lot of damage to wet roads, so slow down and take it easy. East-end lakes are also accessible. The Boulder Top will probably not be accessible until late May at the earliest. Early spring fishing can provide some of the best success of the year, especially for trophy fish.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 19) According to Conservation Officer T.J. Robertson, the pond is ice-free but the catch rate is low.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(May 15) Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is now complete, and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat stocked last fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long by summer.

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

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 19) Conservation Officer T.J. Robertson reports that fishing was slow last week. The campground is now open, and the reservoir is ice-free. Try nightcrawlers and chartreuse PowerBait.

(May 11) The reservoir is entirely open for shoreline or boat fishing, but we haven't received any fishing reports. Aquatics biologist Calvin Black recommends using a gold Kastmaster. Traditional baits like nightcrawlers and PowerBait have proven effective in the past.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 15) Access is improving, and there isn't much runoff.

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

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 19) The gate blocking the access road will probably remain closed until the first week of June.

(May 11) Snow drifts and the closed gates block access to the reservoir. The U.S. Forest Service expects to open its gates sometime after mid-May.

Regulations

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 15) Kingston Canyon: Irrigation releases have begun, and the flow is up to 130 cfs. Fishing is a little difficult at this level, but you can target some of the slow-moving runs with large streamers, deep-diving lures or nightcrawlers.

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

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(May 19) The lake is ice-free. Fishing has been fairly slow, except in the upper Huntington tributary.

(May 11) Aquatics biologist Calvin Black reported good fly fishing with black leech or wooly bugger patterns. For spincasters, Calvin recommends a gold Kastmaster. Bait anglers should try using a dead minnow, chub meat or nightcrawlers.

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

(May 20) On April 26, Valerie O'Neil and a party of three others fished about a mile downstream from the dam. Using a silver Kastmaster, they caught and released almost 50 trout in less than four hours. The trout ranged from 8-16 inches.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 15) Anglers are catching a few nice lake trout. Try jigging for perch on the outside edge of the weedline or for splake in 3060 feet of water. Trolling for rainbows should also be productive. Spring provides some of the best fishing of the year.

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

Regulations

Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(May 19) Anglers report good to excellent fishing for browns and rainbows. Spring hatches are common: mayflies (BWOs), midges, ants and crickets. Most of the heavy hatches are now closer to the dam. Match the hatch as a dry fly or try a larger dry fly (such as a cricket) with an emerger (such as a mayfly or midge) or scud for a trailer. Winter streamer/bottom combinations are also working. Streamers are usually a fish-imitation (such as a sculpin) followed by a scud or egg. Anglers using lures are also successful. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors. During our recent electrofishng survey, biologists measured and released big healthy trout. They also removed numerous flies (hooks). One guide commented it was free fly night and proof that a 6X tippet does not effectively hold a Green River rainbow.

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

Regulations

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 11) The Seeley Fire and subsequent flash floods have left the creek without fish, except for the first mile below the dam.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(May 19) This reservoir, also known as Mammoth Reservoir, is totally ice-free. Try fishing a whole nightcrawler below a full bubble. Crankbaits, jigs and swimbaits should also be effective. Aside from nightcrawlers, minnows and chub meat are effective baits.

(May 11) On May 7, there was as much as 40 feet of open water around the shoreline of this reservoir, which is locally known as Mammoth Reservoir. Expect good fishing as the ice recedes. Try using nightcrawlers, chub meat, dead minnows, spinners, swim baits or crank baits.

Regulations

Jordanelle Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 22) The PWC ramp has docks, and it is open. Any boat can launch until Memorial Day weekend. The Rock Cliff ramp leads down to dirt because of low water levels. Be aware of floating debris coming in from the river runoff. Float tubers have had success while fishing Rapalas. Try throwing jerkbaits for smallmouth bass. Fly-fishing anglers are having success with woolly buggers in black. Also, continue to use traditional baits (like worms or PowerBait) on the shoreline. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. The reservoir is about 75 percent full, and water temperatures are in the low to mid 50s.

(May 5) Float tubers have had success while fishing with Rapalas. Try throwing jerkbaits for smallmouth bass. Fly anglers are having success with woolly buggers in black. You should also continue to try using traditional baits (such as worms and PowerBait) on the shoreline. The PWC ramp has docks and is open, and any boat can launch until Memorial Day weekend. When the ramp is being resurfaced, you will need to use the main ramp for reservoir access. The Rock Cliff ramp is currently dirt because of low water levels. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Be aware of the floating debris that's coming in from the river runoff near the south arm. The reservoir is holding at 70 percent full and water temperatures are in the low to mid 50s.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(May 20) The gates to Warner Lake and Oowah Reservoir have been opened and are accessible. Hidden Lake and Dons Lake are accessible and have each been stocked with 850 eight-inch rainbow trout. As of May 13, Geyser and La Sal passes remained blocked by snowdrifts.

Logan River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 22) The abundant rain has led to very high and fast water flows. The water is off-color too. Very few anglers have fishing the river over the past few weeks.

(May 14) On May 12, flows were high and fast throughout most of the river, creating unsafe conditions. Angling pressure has been very light. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson for the report.

(May 8) On May 6, flows were high and fast throughout most of the river, creating unsafe conditions. Angling pressure has been very light. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson for the report.

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

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 15) Trout fishing is fair to good. Look for smallmouth bass to become active soon. Anglers have caught a few wipers while trolling chub-imitating lures near the bottom in deep water.

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

Regulations

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 22) Very few anglers have been out fishing. The water has been a little off-color because of the recent rainstorms.

(May 14) Angling pressure has been light during the week, but it picks up on the weekends, especially as the campgrounds begin to open. Flows are good and the water is once again crystal clear.

Regulations

Price River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Provo River

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

(May 22) Lower: Flows are higher. Blue-winged olives (BWOs) are coming to an end, but you many want to continue using sizes 1822, especially on overcast days this week. (Zebra midges and WD 40s have been very successful.) Sow bugs and San Juan worms will be more readily accepted with the higher water flows. Pale morning dun mayflies (PMDs) are hatching at midday, when water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees. Be aware that water is being released from Deer Creek Reservoir, so water levels are up and flows range from 263 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 155 cfs near Harbor Drive.

Middle: You'll find great midge fishing, with sizes 1822 working best. Nymphs, size 22 and smaller, will be still be good at midday. The recent overcast days are still producing BWO hatches at midday. You may want to try some sowbugs and San Juan worms because flows are higher. Water levels are near 221 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release (at 301 cfs) and at Charleston (around 282 cfs). Water temperatures are hovering around 50F.

(May 5) Lower: Anglers are catching big rainbows! The Big Fish Challenge over the weekend proved that there are a couple decent-sized 20-inch (and larger) fish hanging around. Be aware of the Mother's Day caddis hatch. Blue-winged olives are hatching, so try sizes 18-22, especially on overcast days. Mayflies are also making an appearance. Sow bugs will be more readily accepted with higher water flows. Be aware that they are releasing water from Deer Creek, so water levels are up and ranging from 354 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek, to 82 cfs near Harbor Drive.

Middle: You'll find great midge fishing right now, with sizes 18-22 working best. Be aware of the Mother's Day caddis hatches. Blue-winged olives are making an appearance. Nymphs, size 22 and smaller, will still be good midday. Lots of overcast days means great blue-winged olive hatches midday. Water levels are near 164 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release (311 cfs) and the average at Charleston around 18 cfs. Water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees.

Regulations

Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 20) On May 13, DWR aquatics personnel gillnetted fish at the reservoir. They collected quite a few large, fat cutthroat trout, many of which were more than 20 inches long. Several large tiger trout were also collected. The number of Utah chubs were about the same as last year but were larger. This could be a sign that younger age classes are being eaten and controlled by large tiger and cutthroat trout in the reservoir. Some of the best fishing reports come from anglers who fish the south side of the dam arm. In that area, worms, PowerBait and chub meat have been effective. A nightcrawler tipped with a salmon egg has also been a good bait combination, said Officer T.J. Robertson. In late April, Scofield was stocked with 14,000 nine-inch cutthroat trout.

(May 11) The catch rate has been mixed, but some anglers doing very well. On BigFishTackle.com, one angler reported that his party of four caught 75 trout in the 15- to 19-inch range on May 6. They fished the west side using white and green tube jigs that were tipped with dead minnows. The angler also caught a 6-pound, 15-ounce tiger trout at the same location and with the same tackle two weeks earlier. On April 20, the Division stocked Scofield Reservoir with more than 14,000 8-inch cutthroat trout.

Regulations

Strawberry Reservoir

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

(May 22) The kokanee have started to turn on with the use of downriggers. Try trolling at depths of around 40 feet with pink and orange dodgers, especially near the Narrows. The Strawberry Bay Marina & Lodge rainbow trout tagged fishing contest starts this weekend. There are 295 white-tagged rainbows and five pink-tagged rainbows that will be released for the contest. Catch one of the white-tagged fish and redeem your prize at the marina stores. Catch one of the pink-tagged fish, and you automatically win one of the five grand prizes. For more information, please call the marina at 435-548-2500. Shoreline anglers should try using white tube jigs, dark-colored leeches, marabou jigs, jerkbaits or spinners. Water temperatures are hovering in the mid 40s, and the reservoir is currently 76 percent full.

(May 5) Fish are biting early morning, typically before noon. White tube jigs are working great. Try dark-colored leeches, marabou jigs, jerkbaits and spinners. The water temperature is around 44F and the reservoir is currently 76 percent full.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(May 15) Most lakes are accessible, and fishing is fair to good.

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

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 22) Try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are feeding actively. (Important: From May 15, 2015 until Jan. 1, 2016, the daily bag and possession limit at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir only has been increased to 8 fish. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is located further up the mountain, to the north of Tibble Fork Reservoir. It will be drained for construction, starting July 1.)

(May 5) Try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are feeding actively. Silver Lake Flat reservoir will start draining July 1 for construction.

Regulations

Uinta Lakes

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

(May 22) SR-150, the Mirror Lake Highway, is open again. Some of the lakes in the high Uintas have started to open including Whitney, Lily, Stateline and Hoop Lake. More of these should be open for fishing soon. The area has received about 18 inches of new snow recently.

(May 14) The spring runoff has started. Most of the North Slope streams along Hwy. 150 (Mirror Lake Road) are rising and changing color.

East Fork of the Bear: High and slightly off-color. It looks like some new channels may be cut this year, especially around the beaver dams.

Bear River: Moderately high and off-color.

Stillwater: High and slightly off-color.

Hayden Fork: High and off-color. It looks like some beaver dams were taken out. The water is clearer at higher elevations.

Mill Creek: High and slightly off-color. There are many new beaver dams in the creek.

Carter Creek: The creek is good for fishing right now. (It is located just past the Hill AFB Carter Camp.

North Fork Mill Creek: High and slightly off-color.

McKenzie Creek: High and slightly off-color.

Mosquitoes are already hatching, and they seem to be bigger than normal this year. Many thanks to Wes Johnson for the report.

(May 8) The spring runoff has started. Most of the North Slope streams along Hwy. 150 (Mirror Lake Road) are rising and changing color.

East Fork of the Bear: High and slightly off-color. It looks like some new channels may be cut this year, especially around the beaver dams.

Bear River: Moderately high and off-color.

Stillwater: High and slightly off-color.

Hayden Fork: High and off-color. It looks like some beaver dams were taken out. The water is clearer at higher elevations.

Mill Creek: High and slightly off-color. There are many new beaver dams in the creek.

Carter Creek: The creek is good for fishing right now. (It is located just past the Hill AFB Carter Camp.)

North Fork Mill Creek: High and slightly off-color.

McKenzie Creek: High and slightly off-color.

Mosquitoes are already hatching, and they seem to be bigger than normal this year. Many thanks to Wes Johnson for the report.

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

Regulations

Weber River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 22) Water visibility is low and the water is very dark because of the recent rainstorms. Conservation officer Dominick Barratt and Rockport State Park ranger Brian Kurta report fair fishing for brown and rainbow trout just below the Rockport Dam using dry fly patterns on brightly colored nymphs.

(May 14) Anglers are having good success in many areas throughout the river, especially between Rockport and Echo reservoirs. Anglers are catching browns using typical dry fly patterns.

Regulations

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 20) Access to Willow Lake will be available by Saturday, May 23.

(May 11) The gate is locked. It will reopen when the road dries.













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