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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

(Dec 18) Access is restricted to snowmobiles only after the most recent storm.

(Dec 5) All lakes are capped, but the ice is unsafe.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Dec 18) Lower: Flows are low and clear. You'll need to be stealthy to avoid spooking the fish. With recent mild temperatures, the river is still ice-free. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.

Upper: Anchor ice should start forming soon.

(Dec 5) You'll need to be stealthy to fish the low, clear water. With the recent mild temperatures, the river is still ice free. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in the winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Dec 18) This pond is capped with ice. There are very few anglers fishing the pond.

(Dec 5) This pond is frozen, but we don't have any report on ice thickness.

Regulations

Blacksmith Fork River

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Dec 18) The spawn is over, but browns are still protecting their redds (spawning areas). Use caution and avoid stepping on the redds. Richard from Roundrocks Fly Fishing Shop reports that zebra midges and orange egg patterns are working well.

(Dec 5) When DWR personnel checked the river on Dec. 1, there were no anglers present. Due to recent warm weather, the ice shelves have melted. Water clarity is good.

(Nov 28) There are still a few brown trout spawning. Anglers report fair fishing using egg patterns and zebra midges. Ice shelves are starting to form on the slower sections of the river and there is a thin ice layer forming on the second dam. The water levels are at base flows.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 5) Most Boulder Mountain lakes are now closed to fishing.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Dec 18) The pond has iced over, but it's difficult to access. Very few anglers are fishing at the reservoir.

(Dec 5) The pond has iced over. Access is by snow machine only.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Dec 12) The reservoir has a thin covering of ice and is unsafe for ice fishing.

(Dec 5) On Dec. 1, Randall Stilson reported that half of the reservoir is open water.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 18) Snow is limiting access to the creek.

(Dec 5) Access is limited because of recent snowfall.

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Dec 18) You can only access the reservoir by snow machine. There are no recent fishing reports.

(Dec 5) Access is by snow machine only, and we haven't received any fishing reports recently.

(Nov 28) Duck Fork has iced over. The U.S. Forest Service gate may be locked at any time.

Regulations

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Dec 18) Kingston Canyon: Flows are below 20 cfs and the river is ice-free, for now. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown and rainbow trout, with some browns exceeding 20 inches and two pounds.

Black Canyon: Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter because of spring inflow. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.

Upper: Snow is limiting access to the river.

(Dec 5) Flows are below 20 cubic feet per second. Because of the recent mild temperatures, the river is still ice free. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown and rainbow trout, with some browns exceeding 20 inches and two pounds.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Dec 5) Randall Stilson reported that the lake was ice free on Dec. 1. Accessing the boat ramp on the north side is very difficult because of the snow, ice and mud.

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

(Dec 18) You'll have a difficult time accessing the creek unless you're in a snow machine. We haven't received any recent fishing reports.

(Dec 5) You'll have a difficult time accessing the creek unless you're in a snow machine. We haven't received any recent fishing reports.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Dec 18) There isn't much fishing pressure. The marinas and shallow bays at the north and south ends are starting to ice over. Look for safe ice between Christmas and the beginning of January.

(Dec 5) There isn't much fishing pressure. The marinas and shallow bays at the north and south ends are starting to ice over. Look for safe ice between Christmas and the new year.

Regulations

Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(Dec 19) Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Try the winter combinations, either a top/bottom combination or streamer/bottom combination. For example, use grasshopper or large terrestrial on top followed by a scud or egg imitation as a trailer. Streamers are usually a fish imitation followed by a scud or egg. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.

(Dec 4) Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Try the winter combinations, either a top/bottom combination or streamer/bottom combination. For example, use grasshopper or large terrestrial on top followed by a scud or egg imitation as a trailer. Streamers are usually a fish imitation followed by a scud or egg. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.

(Nov 28) Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Try the winter combinations, either a top/bottom combination or streamer/bottom combination. For example, use grasshopper or large terrestrial on top followed by a scud or egg imitation as a trailer. Streamers are usually a fish imitation followed by a scud or egg. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.

Regulations

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Dec 5) Except for a mile or so below the dam, there are no fish in the creek because of last fall's flash floods. You can find fish in the fly fishing-only section.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Dec 18) There is a thick sheet of ice, but there aren't many anglers fishing. Anglers report 8 to 12 inches of ice under a foot of snow. Fishing has been very good according to multiple anglers on BigFishTackle.com. One angler recommended a 1/16-ounce white glow jig head with a one-inch gulp minnow. That angler reported that his average catch was 15 to 18 inches, with the biggest one measuring more than 20 inches. Another angler fished on Dec. 14 and reported catching a number of eight- to 12-inch fish. A third angler reported an average catch size of 13 to 16 inches. He did best with a small white and yellow sparkled tube jig on a 1/32-ounce head, tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Huntington Reservoir is also known as Mammoth.

(Dec 12) The reservoir has safe ice. Anglers have been fishing, but we haven't received any reports.

(Dec 5) Randall Stilson reported that the reservoir was completely covered in ice on Dec. 2. A week earlier, aquatics biologist Calvin Black said the ice was at least two inches thick. Please be cautious because the ice conditions may still be hazardous.

(Nov 28) The reservoir is ice-covered. On Nov. 17, Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black reported an inch of ice. Since that time, frigid weather has undoubtedly thickened the ice considerably.

Regulations

Jordanelle Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Dec 12) All docks have been pulled for the winter season, and wedge docks have been put in. All restrooms are closed, except for the one near the top of the ramp. Water temperatures are around 42F. Try fishing near the inlet and use traditional baits (worms, PowerBait) and lures (tube jigs tipped with worm/mealworms/maggots). Browns are biting!

(Nov 28) All docks have been pulled for the winter season, and wedge docks have been put in. All restrooms are closed, except for the one near the top of the ramp. Use traditional baits (worms, PowerBait) and lures (tube jigs tipped with worm).

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(Dec 18) Conservation Officer TJ Robertson reported fair fishing for rainbow trout at Kens Lake, using nightcrawlers, rooster tails or other spinners.

Logan River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Dec 18) Richard from Roundrocks Fly Fishing shop reports the Logan and Blacksmith Fork are fishing very similar. The spawn is over, but browns are still protecting their reds. Zebra midges and orange egg patterns are working well. Snow conditions along the Logan River deepen from Ricks Spring up. Some areas are completely frozen over with unsafe ice conditions. The south side of the third dam has unsafe ice. The second and first dams are free of ice.

(Dec 5) Thinner ice shelves are present above Second Dam, and fishing has slowed. Use zebra midges and egg patterns.

(Nov 28) There are still a few brown trout spawning. Anglers report fair fishing using egg patterns and zebra midges. Ice is forming on slower sections of the river above the second dam.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Dec 18) There haven't been any recent reports. There should still be open water due to mild weather.

Regulations

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Dec 18) Bruce Van Horn from Bountiful had a great day on the Ogden, using gray sow bugs and egg patterns. Bruce found fish still hanging close to redds. He caught one that was about 18 inches long.

(Nov 28) The ice from last week has melted, but the rocks are still very slippery. Use caution when venturing out. The Magpie and Botts National Forest campgrounds are still open, which makes it easier to access to the river. Some brown trout may still be spawning, so be careful not to step on their redds (spawning areas) while fishing.

Regulations

Price River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Provo River

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

(Dec 12) Lower: The brown trout spawn is winding down and there aren't as many fish on the redds. Please continue to be cautious. The water levels range from 101 cubic feet per second below Deer Creek, to 86 cubic feet per second near Harbor Drive. Sow bugs (size 16 and 18) and egg drop patterns work well.

Middle: The brown trout spawn is winding down and there aren't as many fish on the redds. Please continue to be cautious. The mild weather has blue wings and midges coming on strong. Look for blue wing/midge hatches mid-afternoon, and Baetis hatches in the late afternoon. Throw streamers in deeper pools and fish them slow. Cloudy days make for the best streamer days. Nymphs, size 20 and smaller, will work well throughout the entire day. The water levels are near the winter minimum of 126 cubic feet per second. The flows near Jordanelle and Charleston areas are around 150 cubic feet per second.

(Nov 28) Jonathan of Salt Lake fished between Jordanelle and Heber and caught 4 browns using BWO.

(Nov 28) Lower: Brown trout are now spawning, so please be cautious of their redds. The water levels range from 101 cubic feet per second below Deer Creek, to 84 cubic feet per second near Harbor Drive. Sow bugs and egg drop patterns work well. Whitefish are also pretty active this time of year, and anglers report catching nice-sized fish.

Middle: Brown trout are now spawning, so please be cautious of their redds. Throw streamers in the deeper pools and fish them slow this works well with the cooler weather and cloud cover. Try San Juan worms and egg patterns with a midge dropper. Look for blue wing/midge hatches mid-afternoon, and Baetis hatches in the late afternoon. Water levels are near the winter minimum of 126 cubic feet per second.

Regulations

Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 18) Multiple anglers report good fishing for both rainbow and cutthroat trout in the 11- to 13-inch range. On Dec. 15, Joe Christensen fished near Madsen Bay and reported more than eight inches of ice under a layer of snow. He didn't see any open water. Joe reported catching a large number of trout in shallow water. His biggest catch was am 18-inch cutthroat. His most effective method was a tube jig tipped with chub meat. Joe caught the chubs he needed in deeper water using ice flies and mealworms. Several anglers on BigFishTackle.com reported good to excellent fishing. One anglers reported that the ice in the dam arm was 10 inches thick. He fished using small white and green tube jigs tipped with a piece of chub meat. The consensus among all of the anglers in the Madsen Bay area was that fishing for cutthroats was seven feet deep or shallower. Chubs were more likely found in 10 or more feet of water.

On Dec. 27, Utah State Parks is sponsoring an ice fishing tournament at Scofield Reservoir on Dec. 27. The five anglers with the largest rainbow trout will receive valuable gift certificates from Cabelas. A number of door prizes will also be raffled off. Registration will start at 6 a.m. at the Madsen Bay boat ramp. Park manager Jonathan Hunt expects safe ice conditions for the tournament.

(Dec 12) The ice is unstable and there are random pockets of open water and soft ice in the main channel, especially on the west. Anglers report better ice in the dam arm and northeast side, although ice in any location should be treated as dangerous. Please be cautious. Carry a rescue rope, ice picks, and a floatation device. There have been unconfirmed reports of anglers falling through the ice. In the past few weeks, anglers have reported good fishing for smaller rainbows and cutthroats. On Dec. 8, Rick Berg reported 6-7 inches of ice near the dam. He said the ice was unstable with a lot of cracking under his feet as he walked. Rick said he caught a trout every 20 minutes. Most were 14-inch cutthroats.

(Dec 5) Multiple reports indicate that the ice is potentially hazardous. Ice thickness ranges from three to seven inches, but there are still pockets of open water. Ice anglers should exercise extreme caution. Fish with another person, wear ice cleats, and carry self-rescue ice picks and a long rope.

(Nov 28) On Nov. 20, State Park employee Jerry Jones reported a complete ice cover with 3-4 inches of ice. He talked with three anglers who said the fishing was fast for 10 to 12-inch fish.

Regulations

Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Dec 12) The ramp is dry and you should have no problems launching boats all week. The docks have been pulled and restrooms are also closed. The marina road is half snow packed. Anglers are catching fish from the shore by tipping a white tube jig with chub meat/worms. Anglers report good fishing in shallow water during early morning. In the afternoon, fishing is better around 2528 feet deep. The surface temperature is about 39F. Jake's Bay has been a fairly popular area among kick boaters. Fishing will remain great before the ice forms in a couple of weeks. Please use caution as ice begins to form.

(Nov 28) The ramps are packed with a foot of snow and access is very limited. The parking lots haven't been plowed yet, but we expect them to be later in the week. The marina docks have been pulled and the restrooms are also closed. The water temperature is now hovering around 34F. There's no ice yet, but shore fishing is hot. Try tipping a white tube jig with chub meat or worms.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Dec 18) Access is more difficult because of recent snowfall. Ice fishing can often be good in the Solomon Basin lakes.

(Dec 5) Access should still be possible from Forsyth Reservoir, but expect about three inches of snow. Ice fishing can often be good in the Solomon Basin lakes.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 12) If you can access the reservoir, you'll find some active brown trout. Try using traditional baits (PowerBait, worm) and/or a Jake's spinner. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon.

(Nov 28) The roads to the reservoir have been plowed. Ice is forming around the dam, but it's still thin. The brown trout in the reservoir are active. Try using traditional baits (PowerBait or worms) and/or a Jake's spinner. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon over the weekend.

Regulations

Uinta Lakes

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

(Dec 18) On Dec. 17, the ice was checked at Stateline Reservoir, Bridger Lake and Hoop Lake. The ice was ten inches thick at all three waterbodies. You can only access Bridger and Stateline by snowmobile. The road to Hoop Lake had four inches of snow and was accessible by 4-wheel-drive truck, but that could change quickly. The fishing at Hoop and Bridger was very good for rainbow trout. Try using standard ice fishing techniques. Be prepared for winter survival conditions and use extreme caution when checking the ice.

(Dec 5) Be prepared for winter survival conditions. There have not been any reports from ice-fishing anglers in the Uintas this season. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.

(Nov 28) The high country has received over 30 inches of new snow. The lakes are frozen, but ice thickness is currently unknown. Be prepared for winter survival conditions!

Regulations

Weber River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Dec 18) Water conditions are low and clear. There are a lot of anglers out fishing, especially over the weekends.

(Nov 28) The ice that was forming last week has melted off the rocks, but they are still very slippery. Use caution when venturing out. The water level is very low in some places. Some brown trout may still be spawning, so be careful not to step on their redds (spawning areas) while fishing.

Regulations

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Dec 18) The lake is frozen and safe for ice anglers. Anglers report good fishing with jigs or tube jigs with bait. There is a large snow drift blocking the road, so you should prepare for a short hike if you want to fish the lake.

(Dec 12) A huge snow bank is blocking the road about 200 yards short of the lake. The lake is frozen, but we haven't received any fishing reports.

(Nov 28) The lake has 4-6 inches of ice. Last week, Calvin Black fished for 20 minutes and while jigging with a 1/4-ounce Kastmaster, caught six fish, ranging from 10-14 inches.













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